The Football Guys, which is a great content site, wrote up their winners & losers column following the NFL draft.
NFL.com published an article on the top 10 impacted veterans following the NFL draft. The list is far from exhaustive but is a good example of some of the things that the annual addition of talent does to fantasy leagues each year.
Tyler Thigpen - A flop this week, Everybody has a bad game once in awhile. I look for a different week this week, drawing Denver.
Brett Favre - 247 and 1 int not a great day either, however he had quite a few good opportunities for a TD his wide receivers spoiled that.
Lance Moore - Scored a TD I say success even if he only caught two passes.
By Jay Hathaway, FFC Columnist
Hey there again, fellow fantasy dorks! We are now fully all up in week 12, which means for many of you that playoffs are right around the corner, and for others, well, I dunno, go outside and do something productive. I myself have a few teams that aren't going to be around much longer, so I have been trying to pay more attention to my 5-5ish teams, making last minute desperation moves in order to make the final cut. For example, I was severely lacking at RB for one team a couple of weeks ago, so I took a chance on Pats RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis while Sammy Morris was out, and it paid off, until last week, when my benched and forgotten Kevin Faulk got most of the run work. Very annoying. Anyway, I've dropped 'em both now in favor of Bucs RB Warrick Dunn, being that Earnest Graham is done for the season. Also, I can finally start Detroit RB Kevin Smith to fill in some voids as well. It only took 10 weeks for him to get going. Luckily, patience is one of my better virtues.
Going into Sunday's matchup I felt comfortable with all my guys, most were surprises but the disappointments were there too, I have yet to see a week when my teams all ran over 100 points and some of them have the same players, mixed in the fray. I picked up Ben Jarvis Green Ellis this week as I felt as If I couldn't hold out any longer, As I am writing this piece Quinn-Winslow have combined for 2 touchdowns and I'm sitting here dumbfounded for not picking up Brady Quinn. As for week 9 awards were handed out for the first half of the season, but no first half can cement into stone the final verdict and any week those awards can change.
Week 9 is over and many of us are finding ourselves half-crazy, halfway to gone, half-drunk on the drama that has been the 2008 NFL season. Ah, it seems like just yesterday that the Heartbreak Kid Tom Brady broke the hearts of many a fantasy owner that took him with their oh-so important first pick, going down in the first game with a season-ending injury. Then there was Willie Parker looking like this year's LT right out of the gates, only to fall to injury for most of the first half. Some of you thought that this would be the breakout year for Vince Young and the Titans. Well, you were half right. Then, there were those of us that took the Lions' 4-0 preseason start as a sign of a fantastic year. I believe I actually said to someone, "Our road to the Super Bowl starts in Atlanta!" Sigh. My delusions aside, there have been some really incredible and incredibly dreadful performances that warrant some recognition, an award if you will. Being that I think each player is unique, I have named these awards to personally match the players themselves. I have no actual trophies to hand out, but being mentioned on the pages of a website of such high repute as the FFC is a fine prize in itself. So congrats to those of you savvy owners who found success in the first half, and to those who didn't: There is still time to draft a fantasy basketball team.
by Jay Hathaway, FFC Columnist, part-time rock star
Week 7 is over. Another notch in your fantasy belt. Another week of ups and downs, injuries, arrests, suspensions, over- and under-achievement, and staph infections. I'm thinking that by the time the season is over, at least one team's starting lineup will consist entirely of backups. Well, maybe not, but you get the point.
For me living in Kentucky, is an awaking experience when football season comes up. This year its even more fun. In the state of Kentucky since we don't have a pro football team everyone you see is a Titan fan (Which I am myself now converted. I live 30 miles from Nashville.) In North Kentucky you see an insane amount of Bengals fans due to Cincinnati being right across the river, well probably not anymore I think I would be embarrassed to wear something out in public. As a football fan this season is great for me my Titans are 6-0. My northern Kentucky friends, I have told them every time I see them "I am so sorry for your luck this season. Chin up maybe next year they will make the ROSE BOWL Muhahaha!" Needless to say my list of surprises starts with my Tennessee Titans.
Well it was a hectic week 5, many fantasy owners started their core few and lost because of the no name people taking over and exploding in certain offenses. Much like me with Plaxico Burress out, I had a friend ask me "who would you start since he is out this week." The first name that came to mind was Toomer . Ha was I wrong, I did for my defense also state Hixon which was the fantasy god in New York this weekend. Sinorice Moss, Santana's little brother also played a big role in the Giants week 5 win, and who could have predicted that. Eli Manning what can I say, I picked Peyton in a couple of leagues when I could have drafted a RB and waited till round 4 to pick up Eli. The Giants continue to be the powerhouse offense this year and looking much like the Patriots of last year. A very big surprise none the less.
Here are a few fantasy players who are rising and falling in value. Of the guys rising I will name the ones whose recent success is not a fluke, and will also name some who you shouldn’t expect the same production from.