Archive for August, 2008

Saints make evacuation plans

With Tropical Storm Gustav threatening to hit the Louisiana coast early next week as a major hurricane, the Saints have made precautionary plans if they need to evacuate from New Orleans. Saints executive VP/GM Mickey Loomis said in a statement late Thursday the team would evacuate to Indianapolis.

Dungy expects Manning to start Colts’ opener

All signs are pointing to Peyton Manning starting the season opener for the Colts. Following the Colts win over in the preseason finale on Thursday night, Indy coach Tony Dungy said he would be “shocked” if Manning doesn’t play in the regular-season opener against the Bears on Sept. 7th.

Marshall’s suspension decreased to one game

It’s a happy day for the Denver Broncos and fantasy football owners alike, as the NFL has decreased the suspension of Brandon Marshall to just one game.

Marshall was initially suspended three games for violating of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy, but it was dropped to one game after his appeal. He will also pay an additional fine of one game check in addition to missing the team’s regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders.

O-line injuries could hurt Manning, Brady

Offensive linemen don’t receive much attention in the world of fantasy football. So when it was announced that the Indianapolis Colts had lost C Jeff Saturday for at least the first six weeks of the regular season with an injured right knee, it didn’t make news.

Maybe it should have.

Living in a fantasy (draft) world

The last 24 hours have been an absolute whirlwind of fantasy football madness. Starting yesterday at 11 a.m. PT and ending at 830 a.m. PT this morning, I participated in four different drafts. Although I’m sure many of you who have to trudge through work have little or no sympathy. He is a look back at my so-called hectic day.

Report: RB Johnson on trade block

The Cincinnati Bengals are shopping Rudi Johnson according to a published report. What does this mean for your fantasy cheat sheets?

Sproles closing in on LT understudy role

Who needs LT? Well, probably your team. If you are fortunate enough to land Tomlinson in your draft, be sure to grab his backup. Darren Sproles likely will be the man, if last night’s game was any indication.

Report: Warner could start in Arizona

Fantasy football fans rejoice! According to published reports, the Arizona Cardinals could choose Kurt Warner as their starting quarterback. Matt Leinart all but gave up the top spot on the depth chart Saturday night, as he completed one more pass to his teammates (4) than he did to the Oakland Raiders (3) in less than a half. He finished with a passer rating of 2.8 (no, that’s not a misprint) and looked like the mistake-prone quarterback who threw for 2 TDs and 4 picks in five starts last season.

First-round draft strategies

NFL.com Senior Editor Andy Fenelon proposed a question to me in the office this afternoon: “What do I do if I have the sixth or seventh pick in the first round?” This is a question that countless fantasy footballers will have to ponder, and there are no simple answers. But if I’m in that position, I will not draft Tom Brady ahead of a running back. I know, I know, he had over 4,800 passing yards with 52 total touchdowns last year and is coming off the best fantasy season ever recorded.

O’Sullivan wins starting job

J.T. O’Sullivan has won the starting job in San Francisco. Does this mean you pick him first overall in your fantasy draft? Not so much. Hey, just because Mike Martz risks his career on journeymen quarterbacks doesn’t mean you do the same to your fantasy team.

McGahee becoming more of a risk

When word came down that Willis McGahee needed an operation on his knee (the same knee that basically exploded in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl), it was cause for concern in fantasy land. New coach John Harbaugh did state that his running back would return for Baltimore’s regular-season opener, however, so the concern decreased for a time and McGahee kept his prominent spot on rank lists.

Orton looks impressive

Bears coach Lovie Smith took a calculated risk when he selected Kyle Orton as the team’s starting quarterback with two preseason games remaining. Orton, however, was up to the challenge as the new starting quarterback looked sharp against the 49ers.

Eagles lose veteran WR Curtis

In a sudden announcement this afternoon, Eagles coach Andy Reid announced that Kevin Curtis needs surgery to repair a sports hernia and will “be out for a while.” Curtis is coming off a career season in Philadelphia, and some fantasy enthusiasts felt he was a bit underrated in 2008 drafts. Now it looks like his value is limited to that of a late-round selection in leagues with larger rosters. While there’s been no concrete timetable set for his return, this procedure could keep Curtis out of action for more than a month.

Cincinnati re-signs Chris Henry

In a move that has to be seen as nothing less than desperate, the Bengals have re-signed troubled wide receiver Chris Henry just over four months after releasing him. Henry will miss the first four weeks of the regular season due to a league-imposed suspension, but he’s back on the fantasy football radar.

Walker should be fine for training camp

The details of what happened to Javon Walker in Las Vegas earlier this week are clouded at best. But one thing appears to be certain: He will be fine for the start of training camp.

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