Published: June 7th, 2011 | Tags: First and 10, Alex Smith, Christian Ponder, Donovan McNabb, Eric Mangini, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, New Orleans Saints, NFL.com Fantasy, Plaxico Burress, Ronde Barber, Seattle Seahawks, Tiki Barber
Big day here at NFL.com. If you happen to run a fantasy league through this site, you likely got an email last night telling you we are officially open for business. So even though players are not back with their real teams yet, you can still begin your quest for a 2011 fantasy football crown. Tuesday marks the launch of our NFL.com Fantasy Draft Kit, which will be available later today. In the meantime, since we’ve been so keen on providing you with all sorts of lists on NFL.com this spring, here’s one you can’t do without: Michael Fabiano‘s ranking of the top fantasy players heading into the summer.
Here’s what else is on tap Tuesday:
- While we’re on the fantasy kick, here are some bold – and we mean bold – fantasy predictions from a few of our (so-called) experts.
- No. 4 on our top games of 2010: A playoff thriller in Seattle in which the defending champion Saints get knocked off, thanks in part of an amazing run by Marshawn Lynch.
- Don’t be misled by the leadership shown in players-only workouts by Vikings first-round pick Christian Ponder, writes Jason La Canfora. The NFL Network insider makes a case Minnesota could and should still go after Donovan McNabb.
- Former Jets and Browns coach Eric Mangini will be in studio at NFL Network both today and tomorrow. We’ll see if he can get our team into playing shape, and we’ll no doubt get a chance to talk with him for an NFL.com Q&A as well.
- Ronde Barber of the Bucs was in studio yesterday. Here’s what he had to say about his twin brother Tiki’s attempted comeback.
- After the awkward hug Drew Rosenhaus gave Plaxico Burress yesterday as he made his way to freedom, we wondered: Who might be the last people in the world you’d want to be greeted by upon your exit from prison?
- Of course, Burress isn’t the first player to face a comeback after serving hard time. Here’s a photo essay to illustrate.
- San Francisco WR Michael Crabtree isn’t in any trouble, but he might find himself in an awkward position if the 49ers have Alex Smith back as the starting QB.
- Here’s your chance to chat with personnel guru Gil Brandt, whose weekly chat takes place today at 1 p.m. ET. Submit a question now.