Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wrapping up July with fantasy news

Greetings FFers! I hope the rest of you are in far more temperate weather than I am in right now...it's supposed to be at the 100 degree mark for the next several days here in Colorado - and when you combine the hot temps and strong sun it's just brutal out here. I will be running in a race tonight, too (a short one though!), which definitely feels a bit crazy right now. The real question here will be: how red can my face get??

But back to football. Sad day in Broncos Country with John Lynch being granted his release today. For more football links, read on:

  • FF Geek Blog has a handful of guys you might want to think about grabbing in their 2008 Sleepers and undervalued players article. The news that Reggie Williams will undergo knee surgery makes me think a little bit harder about Garrard this season. Don't get me wrong, I think Garrard definitely has it in him but with both Williams and Jerry Porter recovering from surgery, I just have a few more question marks surrounding Garrard than before. I do like the mention of Zach Miller here in particular - I think he's going undrafted in a lot of leagues and may be a surprise top 10 TE.
  • There are a couple of nice nuggets in Rosenthal's Pancake Blocks blog - read up on Wes Welker's quiet injury status, and Logan Payne, a new WR in Seattle to take note of in dynasty leagues in particular.
  • Remember how I mentioned that I was looking for a comprehensive list of training camp blogs/articles? Well this comes close and I can't believe I forgot all about it - FF Mastermind's Eye in the Sky Reports give local flava to team updates. Granted, many of these haven't been updated in quite some time, but they're still fairly interesting. On a similar note, there's also an NFL Beat Writers Blog that I'm digging into. Good stuff.
  • In the 4-round draft I did earlier this month with The Hazean and friends, I debated grabbing Michael Turner at the start of the 4th round as my second RB. But after thinking a lot about Atlanta's o-line, I opted to go with someone else (Ronnie Brown - equally dicey but for different reasons in my mind). After reading this great analysis of Turner on Football Outsiders, Every Play Counts: Michael Turner, I'm more convinced than ever that Turner is a bigger gamble than most think.
  • The Sports Outlaw takes on an often overlooked topic in fantasy football: the tight end. No, this won't be another gushing post about Tony Scheffler (who is awesome, need more be said?) - there are plenty of other TEs to take a look at, particularly during the later rounds of your draft. So read up on Western Perspective: Tight Ends for some thoughts on TEs that might post solid numbers this season.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Beyond the Obvious with IDP's

My next article with the Bruno Boys' A Librarian's Touch column is up - Beyond the Obvious with IDPs. In this column I took a look at the IDPs (individual defensive players) in my dynasty league and evaluated them plus a handful of rookies and FAs that are still available. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

And training camp rolls on...

As training camp continues across the NFL, I can't encourage you all enough to stay on top of training camp news. I'll probably beat this issue to a pulp over the next few weeks, but there's nothing more enlightening for a draft than news eking out from camp. So hey, feel free to check back here often or try some of the usual suspects like KFFL, Rotoworld, FF Xtreme, ESPN - they all will have the latest and greatest camp news up asap.

In other camp news, I'm on the hunt for a website that keeps a list of all the training camp blogs/sites out there. Anyone have suggestions? In the meantime, keep yourselves entertained with Rotoworld's Nine stories to know from camp. I'll be honest, I'm still not 100% sold on Marvin Harrison being back to his old self but I'm willing to be convinced. If someone wanted to oh I don't know, fly me out to the Colts' training camp to see for myself, I'd be okay with that.

But onto the links for the day:

  • Want free football stuff? Look no further than Football Jabber. Get your thoughts up on the Jabber forums and you will be entered to win a t-shirt from your favorite NFL team. This leads me to the subject of my 100,000th visitor prize - turns out that while a small number of you could have been that visitor, no one has verified the correct IP address so far...but I'm still mulling over this idea of FFL shwag. At the very least, I will be doing another FFLibrarian Challenge during the postseason this year and will happily reward the winner with a lovely FFL prize. But if you can't wait to win stuff until then, I suggest you check out Football Jabber stat.
  • The FootballDocs are making me triple guess my decision to draft Ronnie Brown in a mock league in The Running Back Two Year Major Injury Rule.
  • Does Ryan Grant's contract negotiations and holdout make him a little less valuable? I grabbed Brandon Jackson in the 14th round of a mock yesterday as a precautionary move; I don't think there will ultimately be any problems with Grant but having Jackson certainly doesn't hurt...unless it's Wynn that we should all be using as insurance...
  • Need some advice on drafting strategies? Look no further than Pro Football Weekly's Fantasy rankings are fine, but you must figure out where position drop-offs occur. And while we're talking about PFW, take a look at their article The Bush bounce. As a Reggie Bush believer, I enjoyed reading this article to confirm my suspicions that Bush will be just fine as an RB2 this year.
  • Looking for some breakout wide receivers? Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy (one of my new favorite sites this season so far) takes a look at 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year receivers in Breakout Wide Receivers who might just end up with big seasons in 2008. My above-stated hesitation over Marvin Harrison leads to a direct support of Anthony Gonzalez (yes, despite his OSU pedigree), so I'm pleased to see Gonzalez listed here.
Now unless something goes horribly awry, my column for Bruno Boys' A Librarian's Touch this week will be about IDPs, so stay tuned all you IDP fans - it should be up later today or tomorrow.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Revving up to evaluate the experts

As many of you know, I spent some time over the past year or so looking at how the fantasy football experts did in their preseason rankings - which sites were the most accurate? Was one site particularly good with RBs or maybe WRs? I've only looked at about 2 years worth of data (and in many cases, really just one year) and my rankings of the rankings are hardly without fault...but it's time to start looking at the 2008 preseason rankings. Below is a list of the sites that I was able to access (either for free or the site comped me access to their rankings) and evaluate in the past. Some of you have requested additional sites be added for this year and beyond - so if you don't see a site listed below and you'd like to know how it does at the end of the 2008 season, let me know!
1. Rotoworld
2. Ask The Commish
3. FootballGuys.com
4. FF Cheatsheets
5. NFL.com
6. FFToolbox
7. CBS Sports
8. Yahoo! Sports
9. Fantasy Football Xtreme
10. Fox Sports
11. Pigskin Addiction
12. SI
13. ESPN
14. ProFantasySports

This year I may try looking at which sites do the best job with predicting rookie success, which we all seem to think is a total crapshoot...but is it? Or if there are enough sites out there that rank IDPs, I might try doing an IDP ranking analysis.

Also, this year I have enlisted help from the Sports Data Hub guys - they will be able to help me use their database powers to maintain all the preseason rankings so that it's easier for me come analysis time next winter - but this info will also be available to everyone on the SDH site so that you all can do your own analysis if interested. This is a big step forward and I'm very grateful to the SDH guys for helping out. If you are an expert site that would be interested in participating, please let me know and I can put you in touch with the SDH guys.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Mock draft wrap-up and Ledyard, CT fan

If you came to FF Librarian this morning at 8:47 AM eastern time from Ledyard, Connecticut, you are my 100,000th visitor. Congratulations and I will happily (and perhaps slowly) reward you with some sort of FFL shwag if you are interested. If this could be you, send me your IP address and I can confirm if it's correct or not.

So I have just now finished The Hazean's e-mail mock draft that was just 4 rounds long. My first two picks were Randy Moss (1.12) and Reggie Wayne (2.01); with rounds 3 and 4 I wanted to grab some RBs for my team, so based on the following picks from round 3, I went with the following guys...

3rd Round:

  1. Curveballs 4 Jesus: Jamal Lewis
  2. Sean McCall/Football Outsiders: Marques Colston
  3. Football Burrito Tony Romo
  4. Pancake Blocks: Chad Johnson
  5. West Coast Nonsense: T.J. Houshmandzadeh
  6. Bruno Boys: Steve Smith
  7. The Hazean: Brandon Marshall
  8. Football Jabber: Plaxico Burress
  9. Fantasy Football Fools: Edgerrin James
  10. Fantasy Football Geek Blog: Torry Holt
  11. Fantasy Football Goat: Santonio Holmes
  12. Fantasy Football Librarian: Reggie Bush
Round 4:
  1. Fantasy Football Librarian: Ronnie Brown
So my lineup is: Randy, Reggie, Reggie and Ronnie. I sense a name trend. Thoughts? Good decisions or should I have picked other guys with my 3rd and 4th round picks? I know a lot of people are down on Ronnie Brown and I'm certainly not banking on him being an RB1 for me, that's what you get when you draft WR-WR. Would love to hear any thoughts you have.

Now onto the links for the day:
  • The Hazean has some sleeper picks for you in Sleeper watch: Wide receivers; check out the sleeper QBs and RBs, too. I can't agree with the Rudi Johnson pick there (how have I become so virulently anti-Rudi?) and I'm not buying the Delhomme love, but the rest are fairly sound assessments.
  • What to do with Larry Johnson? He's one of those guys that I'm really uncertain about - if he comes to you at the end of the 1st round, would you take him? What about the middle of the 2nd round? Check out FF Starters' thoughts in Larry Johnson: Fantasy Football Sleeper or Bust in 2008?
  • IDP fans, check out FF Xtreme's 2008 IDP Rankings. Not only is there commentary for each player but each player's ADP is also listed. Awesome stuff as always, FFX.
  • While I certainly think it's important to focus draft research on those players that you imagine will be your starters, I also think you need to know more about the guys you draft as backups; you might need them more than you think. So on that note, TJI brings us Value City...Quarterbacks for some backup QBs that you may be able to snag at a very late point in the draft.
  • And for some amusement as the weekend approaches, enjoy a chuckle while you search for yourself in Football Outsiders' Walkthrough: Psychiatric help, 5 cents - what does your draft style say about you?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

More RBBC material - and visitor 100,000!

In my recent column with the Bruno Boys, I commented on the lack of articles that address some of the more difficult RBBC (running back by committee) situations. There are a few gems out there, though, and apparently more are cropping up every day. Take a look at a few:

  • The Huddle's The 2008 Ultimate RBBC Review - I realize this article is only partially free for non-Huddle members. But I'm a non-Huddle member who can only read the first 4 or so reviews, and I still think it's worth your time. Now if you are a Huddle member, you're probably in for a treat. And by the way, I apparently can't stop reading and linking to John Tuvey's articles; he's got quite the fan club (um, why can't my last name be turned into something as hipster as his? tuvey=2v. I mean, really - that's fantastic. It's the small things in life...). If you haven't read his o-line analysis that I linked to in this blog post yet, go check them out (again, only partially available to non-Huddle members now).
  • CBS Sportsline's Draft Prep: Backs more plentiful than ever - includes a nice tiering of backs that I agree with for the most part. I think I would merge their Tier 4 and 5 backs together though since most of those guys hold approximately the same value in my book. I also think Reggie Bush is more of a Tier 3 guy, especially in PPR leagues.
  • FFToolbox's Running Back by Committee (RBBC) Update - makes a great point about a now nearly ignored Jerious Norwood; though I disagree that Adrian Peterson of Chitown will really have much of an impact at all (though my husband, who likes to refer to him as The Real Adrian Peterson, is likely disagreeing with that latter statement as he reads it).
So I'm nearing my 100,000th visitor of all time. FFLibrarian has been around since September 2006 and I've had 99,564 visitors as of this posting. I feel like I should have some sort of FFL gift for the 100,000th visitor as my way of saying thanks to you all for stopping by, but what would that gift be?? An awesome FFL t-shirt? Personally I've met my quotient of random t-shirts but maybe you all haven't? Perhaps an FFL mug so you can caffeinate and think about FF simultaneously? Do I need to start making FFL schwag here? I welcome all suggestions for the 100,000th visitor prize...and if you guys are down with this, I think I should hit visitor #100,000 sometime tomorrow and can only actually recognize visitor #100,000 by your IP address. So who knows if this would actually work, but if you guys like this idea, let me know in the comments. Stupid idea? Tell me that, too.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Committing to a Committee

My column with the Bruno Boys is up! Check out Committing to a Committee and let me know what you think. Anything you want to hear about in the future? Leave a comment and let me know.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Beer + FF = hot times

If I love beer, I can only imagine that the vast majority of you all love beer as well (however in an interesting side note, according to research conducted by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association in 2007, 21.4% of fantasy football players don't drink beer). So when I received an e-mail this morning about a Redhook Brewery sweepstakes, I immediately started paying attention. Enter to win the Redhook Fantasy Football Trash Bash and you might be taking home a Redhook Toolbox Fridge and other prizes. My husband has been angling to spend our tax rebate check on a mini kegerator...now while I'm all for beer, there are probably about 50 other things that we could do with that money first. So if I could win the Redhook fridge, I'd be a step closer to making his beer dreams come true.

Onto our next link of the day - what goes better with beer and football than kids? Hmm. Right. Well this next link might be of interest to those of you with little ones who would like to get them involved in fantasy sports - FamilyFantasySports.com. As the founder of the site notes, "sports have always been something that parents and their kids could share and use to build stronger, healthier relationships" so why not get in on some free family-style fun for the fantasy season? Since my only children at this point in time have four legs and fur, I won't unfortunately won't be signing up, but I'd certainly like to hear about it if any of you do since one day I'm sure to force my future children into it (a recipe for success, right?).

A few blog posts ago I mentioned that I'll be starting up a weekly column on the Bruno Boys, which will be called A Librarian's Touch. Originally I had hoped to get that up today but due to my inability to schedule my time with any sort of skills whatsoever, I am falling behind. I do hope to have it up over the next 24 hours and will be posting a link to the column from here when it's up. In the meantime, entertain yourself with results from the four-round mock draft that the Bruno Boys and I are both participating in - here's a link to the results from the second round.

All for now - I've gotta go work on that column!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Returning from Columbus to the start of training camp

First things first, I actually enjoyed the Ohio State campus and my general Columbus experience this past weekend far more than I anticipated. I just returned from a trip to Columbus for a college roommate's wedding and I had a fantastic time; though am now likely sick after a trip that included 4 different flights and a lot of sleep loss. Four footballish things I learned from this trip:

  1. Buckeye fans, you have a fine stadium. My apologies for considering peeing on the side. But you guys still remain my football nemesis...
  2. Never discount the chance that the father of the bride will show the entire crowd his OSU boxers during his toast at the reception.
  3. There was Buckeye pride everywhere I looked. And football is um, kind of a big deal. On one of my teeny flights out of Columbus, there was a guy behind me that used to be on the Rams' practice squad (I'm sure he was thrilled to squeeze his larger frame into the small plane seat). Football seemed to be everywhere; football is god in Ohio. So maybe it wouldn't be such a bad place to live after all...
  4. Training camp is here! Okay, so that wasn't a lesson I learned while in Ohio but it must be noted.
Onto football links for the day:
  • As noted above, training camp has started. Don't be that guy/girl who doesn't stay updated on news. Check out Rotoworld or KFFL's news sections for the latest and greatest.
  • There are a few RB situations out there that I feel have received an unbelievably small amount of press in the fantasy football world - one such situation? Cincinnati. Please raise your hand if you have faith in Rudi Johnson. Anyone, anyone? I'll be honest, I have none. It's possible you couldn't pay me to draft him. But what I want to know is, what happened to poor Kenny Watson who is returning to a "more limited role offensively"? That guy was pretty impressive last year but Cincy is psyched about injury-laden Chris Perry instead? Intriguing. What a mess of a backfield. No wonder fantasy writers aren't anxious to spew forth their opinions...but for the record, I bet that Kenny Watson will be the lead runner by Week 5 and he'll end up with a pretty decent season by the end. I might be alone on this one, but I'll be the FFer taking a flier on Watson this year...
  • If you're all about drafting by tiers, or even if you just want some solid insight on WRs this season, check out KFFL's Wide receiver fantasy analysis article. I just saw Larry Fitzgerald go pretty early in a 12-person mock draft (at the 2.08 spot) so I'm interested to see him listed so highly here as well.
  • Shockey's return with the Giants isn't guaranteed according to the Giants' GM. How comfortable do you feel drafting Shockey? Latest ADPs (average draft position) show him at 98th behind Chris Cooley, Todd Heap and Vernon Davis, but still ahead of Heath Miller, Owen Daniels and Tony Scheffler. Hmmm...many of you know about my big fantasy crush on Scheff, but I don't think I would draft Shockey, a man whose team this fall may be an unknown, ahead of Miller, Daniels or of course Scheffler.
  • Here's an offensive line ranking that I don't think I ever posted - Rotoworld's Evan Silva put this together a few weeks ago so remember that as some training camp news comes out I'm sure these rankings, like all others, might shift slightly.
Tomorrow I will hopefully have a column up on the Bruno Boys site - this is something that I'd love feedback on so if there's anything you'd like to hear about in the column down the road, let me know!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bruno Boys Draft Magazine!

So I'm particularly psyched to announce that the Bruno Boys' Draft Magazine is up and available for review as of today - go check it out! The Bruno Boys continuously put together great content for fantasy footballers and I'm pleased to be joining them a bit this season. I have an o-line update in their draft magazine but I'll also be doing a weekly column every Tuesday on their site, which I believe they're calling A Librarian's Touch. It will be a little different than what I do on this blog since I'm usually just sending you out to a bunch of different fantasy sites here - on their site I'll actually be giving you my thoughts and opinions. Hmm, we'll see how that pans out...I think my first column will likely be next Tuesday, so stay tuned!

In other news, I am heading out tomorrow for Columbus, Ohio, to be a part of my friends Beth and Bart's wedding. If you've paid attention to my college football rants in the past, you may know that I am um, not an Ohio State fan. Sorry Buckeyes but everyone's gotta have a nemesis. So it should be interesting to be in Columbus, surrounded by OSU fans - scarlet and gray everywhere. Since I'm actually in the wedding I'll have to maintain some degree of decorum and therefore will likely not be arrested for peeing on the stadium. But you never know...

A few more football links for today follow:

  • The Huddle's 2008 Ultimate RBBC Review - if the Huddle posts something, you should probably read it. They're that good. And who doesn't want info on which of their RBs will be part of the dreaded running back by committee (RBBC) approach?
  • My doorbell rang over the weekend and the postman was standing there with a package for me from Amazon - he must've hand delivered the package because he knew what fantastic material was inside: the Football Outsiders' 2008 Pro Football Prospectus. I love this thing and if there is one actual print resource you might want to pick up before you draft, I highly recommend this book.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Rare Peyton news

In my house, Peyton is a bit of a demi-god. My husband grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and I quickly learned that that comes with an innate sense of Peyton Love (Peyton was a Vol). My husband has joked about one day naming our firstborn Peyton Manning. Yeah, not just Peyton, but Peyton Manning. And I'm not entirely sure how much he's really joking. So Peyton news is a big deal for us. However, I don't think that this bursa sac news of Peyton's is worth too much attention. Will it even drop Peyton in drafts (or mock drafts) at all? Perhaps a few spots but the guy is a machine - he produces season after season and I don't think I'll let routine surgery like this keep me from drafting a stellar QB like Peyton. And I mean that despite the Peyton Mania in my household...

So yesterday I mentioned the mock draft that I am slowly doing via e-mail - this morning we finally got around to my 1.12 and 2.01 picks...who did I take? Well here's who was drafted so far:

1. Curveballs 4 Jesus: L. Tomlinson
2. Football Outsiders: A. Peterson
3. Football Burrito: J. Addai
4. Pancake Blocks: S. Jackson
5. West Coast Nonsense: B. Westbrook
6. Bruno Boys: T. Brady
7. The Hazean: M. Barber
8. Football Jabber: F. Gore
9. Fantasy Football Fools: C. Portis
10. Fantasy Football Geek Blog: M. Lynch
11. Fantasy Football Goat: L. Johnson
12. Fantasy Football Librarian.....

Since I didn't like the value of really any of the RBs available at this point in the draft, with the 1.12 pick I selected Randy Moss and with the 2.01 pick I took Reggie Wayne. I have complete faith that both of these receivers will play at an elite level; I can't say the same for my running back options. Additionally, if you take a look at the RBs that are going around the 36th pick (when I'll be picking again) based on ADP, I think the quality of RB there isn't necessarily all that different than the quality of RB available now. I think this is a little bit of a gamble, but hey, that's what a mock is for, right? The Hazean is running the mock, so I expect he'll have some wrap-up on the draft posted once the 4-round mock is over, but I'd love to hear what you guys think - did I make the right draft picks? Love 'em, hate 'em? Let me know.

And in case you were actually looking for some links to quality fantasy info, I'll throw you one link for now - Rotoworld's Projected Pass Attempts. There are an ever-growing number of ways to look at which players will have the best fantasy seasons and Gregg Rosenthal ranks this season's QBs by yet another metric - projected pass attempts. Check it out - interesting stuff there.

Monday, July 14, 2008

FFL and del.icio.us

So for quite some time now I've had an account with del.icio.us (what is del.icio.us?) to help me maintain a list that bookmarks some of my favorite fantasy football websites. I think it's about time I share that del.icio.us list with you all, even though I run the risk of you all bypassing my site and going straight to some of my bookmarks...so take a look on the right side of the blog - towards the bottom you should see my del.icio.us link roll or I'm pretty sure you can just go here.

I'm in the process of cleaning my bookmarks up, making sure I have the right site name down, the best tags possible (you can see I'm extremely creative with my tags) and other such matters. So if you notice any errors, don't be surprised. And if you have any new site suggestions, please let me know - I'm always looking for more...

More mock drafts & seeing the Broncos, baby!

Right now I'm part of a really slow mock draft; I'll be honest, it's just 4 rounds and it started last Wednesday. Kind of thought we'd be done by now, but somehow we're not even to the end of the 1st round. I'm just as flummoxed on that one as the rest of you - I'm drafting 12th of 12 in that league, so I'm just gearing up for my first two picks and am really intrigued by the choices I have facing me: do I grab one RB and Randy Moss? Two RBs? One RB and Peyton Manning? There's still one more guy to pick before my turn arrives, so I might not have the luxury of picking Randy or Peyton, but so far I'm liking these options quite a bit...

In other news, individual game Broncos tickets went on sale this past weekend and I will be in attendance at the Broncos vs. Saints game on September 21. I am going to be traveling a lot this fall so my options were somewhat limited - but I must say, their home schedule is pretty awful. Not exactly matchups that I'm dying to see.

Let's get to some football links - oh and happy Bastille Day to all the Frenchies out there.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Construction madness means turning to football

So for those of you who are new to this site, I really am a librarian - it's not just a blog name, I work as a librarian at a university in Colorado and our library has just started a major construction project. The start of the project involves overhauling two huge rooms just outside my office - and anyone who has dealt with construction in their workplace or home might see where I am going with this...the noise this morning has been close to unbearable and this is just the beginning. Soon there will be the removal of entire walls and glass panels as well as the joys of drilling into concrete. I'm scoping out possible new "office" locations for the rest of the summer and am wondering if actually I just need to concentrate on fantasy football above all else.

  • I really am starting to worrying about my Broncos' #1 WR...Brandon, what is going on??
  • ProFootballWeekly takes a look at six training camp battles for QB from a fantasy perspective...frankly, you probably aren't going to grab any of these guys except as a flyer or if you're in a massive league of 16+ (I hope), but I think many of these are guys to keep an eye on as the season progresses. They also have five training camp battles for RB, which are bound to be more relevant for most drafts.
  • Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy brings us Predicting the Top 10 Wide Receivers Based on Historical Trends - note their comments in the beginning that this is not an actual ranking, they are assuming this will be a fun article that can be ridiculed at the end of the season, but personally I really enjoy this sort of analysis. I'm particularly intrigued by some of their picks for top 6-10 WRs by the end of the season like Darrell Jackson and Jerricho Cotchery. I'm also a Colston-lover, so I appreciate seeing some love for him in the top 5 WRs...and don't worry, UltimateFFStrategy doesn't stop with WRs - check out their predictions for RBs and QBs, too. There's some serious love for the Broncos in those three posts - Selvin Young, Darrell Jackson and Jay Cutler all get some attention here.
  • Some of you have asked if I have any advice on draft or lineup software out there...and honestly, I really don't. There's a lot out there but I haven't tried a single one - if I was going to try one though, I think I'd get on board with Fantasy Football Starters' Line-up Analyzer. It's possible that I'd really just want to use this to challenge myself and see if an algorithm could outsmart me. These guys have a trade analyzer and a draft analyzer, too, so there's a lot to choose from if you're so inclined. And if by chance I do bit the bullet and check out the Line-up Analyzer, I'll be sure to keep you posted on my battle for start/sit dominance with the algorithm.
  • Fanball does a pretty solid job and providing in-depth analysis on individual players including guys like TE Vernon Davis, TE Ben Utecht and WR Joey Galloway.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Holiday Weekend Recovery

I'm recovering from a very relaxing long weekend by easing my way into the work day - hope you all enjoyed some time off as well. I have to say, I did not see a single firework but I watched a hell of a lot of Olympic trials for track & field. My husband ran in college and we are therefore a dedicated track & field household - but truly, who doesn't love seeing runners move at unbelievable speeds? I must admit it's really just the track events that I dig. Sorry long and high jumpers, but the field events just don't hold my interest nearly as much as the track stuff. Anyway, back to football. I'll try to stay focused on football throughout this Olympic season but apparently I'm easily distracted.

So for the latest on all things football, read on...

  • He'll retire, he'll retire not, he'll retire, he'll retire not...who's to say what will happen with Favre but for the latest on why we might know within the next 10 days, check out SI's Nightmare in Green Bay: The saga of Brett Favre is far from over.
  • The Bruno Boys' draft webazine will be out and freely available within the next few days. Yours truly has a quick fantasy-focused o-line article in there, so I'm sure to pimp the webazine a bit more when it becomes available.
  • This Just In... (TJI for short) is back and better than ever. Check out the new site and take a look at some of those new features to come this year including Drafting With Intelligence and The Bust Report.
  • And speaking of sites that are kicking it into gear for the 2008 season, Football Outsiders (seriously, you should pay attention to this site if you want to oh, say, win your league this year) is getting ready to provide all the 2008 info you'll need, including their KUBIAK projections.
  • Hadn't noticed this before - looks like CBS is on the mock draft bandwagon. If you want to mock it up sometime, give their system a whirl. I haven't tried it yet so I don't know how easy it is to use, but I say give it a try if you have a slow day on your hands...
  • And finally, for those IDP-leaguers out there, SportingNews has an IDP overview: Being patient will pay off article for you to read as your prep for you draft.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

What's the circumference of your thigh, please?

Earlier this week I was chatting with a friend who is going to represent the FF Librarian in an "experts" league this fall (yes, I'm eating up the fact that the FFL is part of not just one but two expert leagues this fall...even if they are self-defined as expert leagues...), and he mentioned that a guy he knows has developed a correlation between a running back's performance and the circumference of that RB's thigh. Oh yeah, baby - leg mass = ranking metric. I thought I'd heard of a lot of crazy stuff out there to help narrow down draft rankings, but this was a new one. The guys over at Sports Data Hub are getting ready to wow us all with a brand new stats world this summer, and now I'm hoping that SDH might include thigh circumference as one of their many tools for analysis. Kidding. But only a little.

  • Someone recently asked if I could provide some more links to rankings by tiers. I'll try to get as many tier links up over the next few weeks, but for those of you who are new to tiers, read up on Sports Data Hub's Tiering it Up.
  • KFFL ranks by tiers - here's a link to their non-PPR ranking, but they have several different types of rankings for different scoring system, so definitely take a look around their various rankings.
  • Check out Yahoo's take on Brady and why it might not be worthing snagging Brady quite so early. There's a lot of quality QB info in that article actually, so I recommend checking it out. From what I've seen in my mock drafts, this is going to be an interesting QB year.
  • Speaking of mock drafts, my latest one just ended last night. West Coast Nonsense ran the mock and has all of the results up on his site in Mock it. Mock it good. I'm seeing some trends in my own drafting - I already knew I had a fantasy crush on Cutler, but apparently I also like Todd Heap and Earnest Graham since they're repeat draftees for me. This mock draft was an 8-team 12-rounder sans kicker and I have to say, with just 8 teams, most teams look pretty darn good. But of course only one of us (ahem) could land LT...
  • Football Burrito has looked at far more draft magazines than I will likely ever get my hands on and has done a quick and dirty grading of each one in Fantasy football magazine reviews. The grand winner from the burrito guy's analysis is Fanball.
  • Smitty from FFXtreme knows how to provide some of the best FF content out there and new this year (I think?) will be Fantasy Football Stock Market - check it out to see whose stock is on the rise or fall.
I'll try to keep the posting up through the holiday weekend but I plan to spend a lot of time doing very little. In addition to my regular fantasy football information overload, I'll also be taking up the following activities this weekend: vast blueberry consumption, advanced sunburn avoidance techniques to escape being the bridesmaid with odd burn lines at my upcoming summer weddings, staring at my small new laptop with adoration every hour on the hour, responding only to the name Professor (I just started a new job at the library this week, hence the new laptop and new job title), and potentially even Independence Day parade attendance (which could directly conflict with the sunburn avoidance situation). In between it all, I'll try to update the blog regularly.