Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fantasy Draft: Team Number One-The Kansas City Chiefs

Happy Sunday Morning, everybody...This is going to be the closest to a live blog that I will be doing. Today is the first of my fantasy drafts. I don't know how many more that I am going to do, but I'm gonna try to keep it to under four. This draft takes place with the fantasy football league. I love's fantasy football. More points, and I'm all about the points! My fantasy league is called the Dynasty Orginization League...yeah, I'm aware of the misspelling. There were only two rules to join this league: (1) you have to be a true fantasy fan (which I am) and (2) your team name had to be the name of your favorite football team. So, the name of my team is the Kansas City Chiefs. Because the draft order is randomized, we didn't find out our draft order until this morning. I have the 7th pick out of 12, which sucks. So, let's see if I can salvage a good team with the 7th pick.

Here we go!!!

Introducing my starting line-up:
1st round-7th pick QB Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees finished last season with a Super Bowl Ring, while accumulating 34 touchdowns to 11 interceptions with a total of 4,388 yards. He also had 336.50 fantasy points

Feb. 07, 2010 - Miami, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - epa02020884 New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees warms up on the field at Sun Life Stadium prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, Florida, USA, 07 February 2010. The New Orleans Saints will play the Indianapolis Colts in american football's annual championship game.

2nd round-34th pick RB Pierre Thomas New Orleans Saints
I try not to pick teammates especially back to back, but he really was one of the best players left on the RB board. Thomas finished the season with 793 yards and 6 touchdowns. *Sigh* I'm hoping these numbers improve this year. 2009 Fantasy stats: 142.40 fantasy points.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints dives into the endzone for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

3rd round-47th pick WR Michael Crabtree San Francisco 49ers
Michael Crabtree missed the first 5 games of last season. He finished the season with 625 yards and 2 touchdowns. Yeah, I know he can do better, but will he?

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

4th round-74th pick RB Ahmad Bradshaw New York Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw finished last season with 778 yards and 7 touchdowns. 2009 Fantasy stats: 130.14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

5th round-87th pick TE Heath Miller Pittsburgh Steelers
Of course I wanted Tony Gonzalez, but I was left with Heath Miller who finished last season with 789 yards and 6 touchdowns. 2009 Fantasy stats: 75.45, not bad for a tight end.

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to break through a tackle by AJ Hawk #50 of the Green Bay Packers during the game on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

6th round-114th pick WR Austin Collie Indianapolis Colts
Austin Collie clocked 676 yards and 7 touchdowns, not bad for a rookie. 2009 Fantasy stats: 75.90 points. Okay for 2nd wide receiver.

Jan. 24, 2010 - Indianapolis, Kentucky, USA - Indianapolis Colt reciever Austin Collie pulled in a second quarter Peyton Manning pass in front of New York Jets defender Kerry Rhodes,25, as the Indianpolis Colts played the New York Jets in the AFC Championship on Sunday January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis,IN. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff.

7th round-127th pick DEF The San Diego Chargers
Okay, I couldn't get TG, so I'll settle for Shawne Merriman. Actually, they were the best defense left at this pick. They finished 16th among team defenses last year.

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Linebacker Shawne Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers stands with his defensive teammates on the field against the Oakland Raiders on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

8th round-154th pick WR Bernard Berrian Minnesota Vikings
Bernard Berrian finished last season with 618 yards and 4 touchdowns. I'm really reaching here. There really wasn't much left and another team took Justin Gage.

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Bernard Berrian #87 of the Minnesota Vikings runs for yards after the catch against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

These are my bench players:
9th round-167th pick QB Matt Cassel Kansas City Chiefs
10th round-194th pick WR Anthony Gonzalez Indianapolis Colts
11th round-207th pick RB Larry Johnshon Washington Redskins
12th round-234th pick TE Tony Moeaki Kansas City Chiefs
13th round-247th pick DEF Kansas City Chiefs
14th round-274th pick K Jeff Reed Pittsburgh Steelers
15th round-287th pick WR Greg Camarillo

Technically, Jeff Reed is my starting kicker, but honestly, I'll probably replace him during his bye week and never look back. *kicker hater*

It only took one hour and 45 minutes to wrap up this first draft, and I learned a valuable lesson. I should have looked more carefully at how many teams were in this league. There is more balance with the players when there are only 12 teams. So what do you think? Leave me a line.

So until next time remember, "Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. " - Tom Landry

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fantasy Wide Receivers Report

Hey, guys...I can almost feel the excitement in the air...Training camps will be opening soon all over NFL land, and we football fans can't wait. The fantasy football nation has already started drafts. My first draft will be July 24. I'm still looking to join about two more leagues. My draft strategies vary, depending on my draft position. I try to draft Running backs back to back; however, more often than not, I usually draft a wide receiver. So, here are my top 5 wide receivers. Once again, I don't rank them, I leave that to the professionals. These are the guys I want as my fantasy wide receivers.

Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans. Andre Johnson has been a fantasy diamond for the last couple of years. As Matt Schaub continues to grow as the Texans QB, he looks early and often for his favorite target Andre Johnson. Johnson led the league last year with 1569 receiving yards. He also racked up 9 touchdowns. Johnson had six games with over 100 yards including a season high 196 yards against the St. Louis Rams. Johnson also knows how to protect the ball with only one fumble last year. Although the New York Jets were able to neutralize him keeping Johnson to an anemic 35 yards, Johnson averages a little over 98 yards per game. He finished the season with 133.45 fantasy points last season a sound pick for starting WR.

ST. LOUIS - DECEMBER 20: Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans hauls in a pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 20, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Texans beat the Rams 16-13.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Randy Moss of the New England Patriots. I'm not the biggest fan of Randy Moss, from that growth that appears on his face from time to time to his time with the Oakland Raiders to his corn pone accent that vexes me to no end. Yet, no one can deny the talent that Moss possesses, a talent that has been well tapped into by one Tom Brady. Over his last three years with the Patriots, Moss has accumulated over 3756 yards with the Patriots, including last season when he racked up 1264 yards and 13 touchdowns (tying him for first in the league). He still has great hands only fumbling the ball 2 times last year. Moss finished the fantasy season with 141.20 fantasy points, and although he is getting up there in age, and he will have to fight with Wes Welker for looks, he is a still a pretty sound #1 fantasy choice.

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Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys. Although he has gained more fame recently for being the current NFL boyfriend of Kim Kardashian (gag), Miles Austin is a talented receiver who seemed to explode last year and show Roy Williams that Roy Williams is no #1 WR. How awesome was Austin? He only started 9 games last year, missed one game, and still gained 1320 yards averaging 82.5 yards per game. In addition to his yardage, Austin finished tied for second in the league with 11 receiving touchdowns. Not bad for the guy who was supposed to be Tony Romo's #2 WR. He finished the fantasy season with 131.80 points last year, so I don't think Mr. Austin will be on the board very long.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by Chris Johnson #37 of the Oakland Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. Fitzgerald has been one of the best WR in the league for the past 3 years racking up 3932 yards during that time. He also had Kurt Warner throwing to him during that time period. (Gonna miss you, Kurt!) He will be receiving passes from Matt Leinert (or Derek Anderson, if Leinert flops again). Fitzgerald gained 1092 yards last season averaging 68.25 yards per game. He also tied for first in the league with 13 receiving touchdowns. Fitzgerald finished the fantasy season with 132.60 fantasy points. Although I'm a little leery of Matt Leinert, I think he will rely on Fitzgerald a lot this season.

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Sidney Rice of the Minnesota Vikings and DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles. I couldn't pick between the two, so I'll give you the stats. Sidney Rice amassed 1312 yards and 8 touchdowns last season, while DeSean Jackson gained 1156 yards and 9 touchdowns. Rice finished the season with 113.60 fantasy points as Jackson finished the season with 132.05. While Sidney Rice may have ole man Favre throwing to him this year, there is no guarantee, because Favre is still waffling in Hattiesburg. Meanwhile, the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to Washington, and Kevin Kolb will be tossing to Jackson. Regardless, I think both of these young men will be prime targets for their quarterbacks.

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Other Top 10 Wide Recievers
Wes Welker (New England Patriots), Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts [if he doesn't hold out]), Vincent Jackson (San Diego Charger [He has to serve a 3 game suspension, plus he may hold out for an extended period]), Brandon Marshall (Miami Dolphins), Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons), Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints). I'm aware that I have given you more than 10, but you will need back up if VJ and Reggie Wayne aren't going to play.

Rookie on the Rise: Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys. Here's hoping that Dez Bryant lives up to all of the baggage he is bringing with him to Cowboys stadium. He has some big shoes to fill choosing to wear the #88 which belonged to Michael Irvin (why would you do that?). He was suspended for part of the 2009 season for improper contact with another former Cowboy Deion Sanders. His freshman season saw him gain 622 yards and 6 touchdowns in 12 games. In 2008, he had 1480 yards with 19 touchdowns. In 2009, he managed 323 yards and 4 touchdowns before his suspension which lowered his draft stock and Heisman contention. He also played special teams racking up a career total of 431 yards and 3 touchdowns in 22 Punt returns. He'll be playing behind Miles Austin, Roy Williams, and Patrick Clayton.

December 30, 2008: Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant plays with pain in his left leg during the 42 - 31 loss against the University of Oregon in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm stadium in San Diego, CA., on December 30, 2008 Photo via Newscom

Fantasy Tip: Don't be a homer. Picking all players from your favorite team will lead to a problem on your team-the bye week, when they will all be on vacation together...

Until next time, "If you can accept losing, you can't win."Vince Lombardi

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Fans, Stans, or Groupies...

Happy Monday, everybody. Like most relationships, I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter. Last night, some people were dropping some knowledge that sort of irked me. It reminded me of a quote one young man dropped a few weeks ago. This young man who shall heretofore remain nameless made the following generalization that women who follow sports are either groupies or gay (I won't repeat what he actually said, because I find that term offensive). I took exception to this comment, because I am not a groupie or gay, and I love sports. Most of my blog is devoted to my love of sports.


As far back as I can remember, I've followed sports. My Grandmother introduced me to sports. She was hopelessly devoted to the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers. My oldest cousins were mostly boys with whom I was not going to play "dollies." It was tackle football (mostly on gravel, no wonder my legs are jacked up), stinger baseball (which is played with a tennis ball, which is used basically to nail you as you round 1st, 2nd, 3rd or even if you are safe), and track (which often included one of them trying to trip you out of the starting gate). Even hide and seek turned into a contact sport. When it was over, it was into our grandmother's house to watch football (They liked mostly like the Cowboys, while I was a 49ers fan [converted to the Chiefs in the 90s]), basketball (They were and still are Lakers fans, while I supported and still support the Celtics), and wrestling (They [surprise] rooted for the bad guys, and I rooted for the babyfaces). Thursday nights, we went to junior high school football games, Friday nights high school football games. The reason I joined the band was because I couldn't play football, and this would get me into all the games for free. Two of my cousins were pretty good football players, one even played for Mississippi College. My uncle who is a workaholic, would always turn to me for information on any and all of his favorite players and teams. I was my family's walking talking version of ESPN.

1990:  Center Robert Parish and forward Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics walk down the court during a game. Mandatory Credit: Tim de Frisco  /Allsport

When I was in 7th grade, I had a final growth spurt and shot up to 5' 4". My P.E. teacher thought it would be a good idea for me to join the basketball team, as I was one of the taller girls. She thought. I sucked. One, there was a reason I was in band. I had no coordination, and band was spent mostly in a chair. Two, the running. Like my favorite baseball player, David Justice, I wasn't that keen on all those damn laps. Three, I can't shoot a basket to save my life. To leave practice, we would have to shoot 10 free throws in a row. I would be the last girl there with only one or two baskets. I would shoot until she felt sorry for me. After two days, we both realized that this was a bad idea. *Shrug*

24 Oct 1995: Fred McGriff of the Atlanta Braves stands for the National Anthem with David justice and Ryan Klesko before a game against the Cleveland Indians at the Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Braves 7-6.

I grew up with Joe Montana and the catch, loved Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott, Brent Jones, Derrick Thomas, Neil Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Bruce Smith, Darryl Talley, Rod Woodson, hated Danny White, Tony Dorsett (I don't really hate him. He seems like a nice dude, but he wore the star), Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irving, John Elway, basically all things Denver, Dallas and Oakland. When I was younger, I wasn't looking at these guys going, "OMG, Becky, they are gorgeous." Mostly, because they weren't. I watched sports for the pure athleticism, for the head knocking, and the trash talking (which was the only reason I remotely like Shannon Sharpe). I loved it!

22 Sep 1996:  Quarterback John Elway #7 of the Denver Broncos attempts to hang onto the football as he is hit and tackled by linebacker Derrick Thomas #58 and Anthony Davis #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs for a sack during a pass play in the Broncos 17-14 l

I admit as I started Jr. High school, I started realizing how cute some athletes were. While my friends had Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, New Edition, or NKOTB on their walls, on their binders and in their lockers, mine were covered with David Justice, Rod Woodson, Warren Moon, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Derrick Thomas. When I started college, while the girls were watching 90210 and Melrose Place in our lobby, I was across the alley at the rec hall watching the Braves or the NFL with the guys, who were often at a loss for words at my ability to learn and spout off facts, or the fact that I would give them a hearty STFU without fear of retaliation. Most of my friends were athletes; most of my boyfriends were athletes. Not because, that's what I was looking for, it was with whom I was hanging out.


Now, I will fully admit the only reason I have remotely rooted for the San Diego Chargers is because of one Shawne Merriman. If he ever leaves the Chargers, I will go back to ignoring them, like I basically did before he came into the league. I almost did when they fired Marty Schottenheimer. I honestly rooted for the Saints, because they are considered our "hometeam" and Darren Sharper. Reggie Bush? Uh, no. "Sideline" Reggie is cute, but I can't really think of one thing I would like to hear him talk about. The gay aspect, I am not gay. I love men. So, why wouldn't I watch sports that have the finest specimen of the opposite sex. It's why I watch movies, too. That doesn't mean I want to jump the bones of every single guy on the screen. I love Don Cheadle the actor; it doesn't mean I want to be his baby momma. Add Forrest Whittaker and Morgan Freeman to that list.

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 25: Shawne Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers warms up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 25, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez participates in the Best Hands competition in the NFL Pro Bowl Skills Challenge at the J.W. Mariott Ihilani Resort & Spa in Ko'Olina, HI on Friday, Feb. 11, 2005 Photo via Newscom

I love 48 Hours, but I'm gonna keep it on the real. I pay more attention to the story when it's told by Troy Roberts rather than Peter Van Sant. Why do you have to degrade women? Let's keep it real. You boys watched Tomb Raider minamally for the action and maximally for Angelina Jolie and her boobs. You watched Transformers for the action and Megan Fox, clearly storyline was not important with that film. I'm the girl who was pissed that they added too much of the love story between Aragorn and Arwen in the Lord of the Rings.

Angelina Jolie before the premiere of the film 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' at Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles, CA., Monday, June 11, 2001.  (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Megan Fox attends the UK premiere of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' at the Odeon Leicester Square on June 15, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

I love fantasy football. I'm in a league with several of my former students, and I join a couple of other leagues every year. I'm not the best fantasy player, but I know enough to have won two championships, two second place finishes, three third place finishes, in addition to finishing last and next to last twice each. I don't look to find a husband in these leagues. My goal is to take them down. It makes me feel better for every bruise that my cousins gave me.

We don't call men groupies who solely watched Monster's Ball or Swordfish to see Halle Berry naked. We don't call men gay who watch soap operas (My favorite baseball player David Justice said he loved The Young and The Restless). So, why do you feel the need to generalize women who like sports as groupies, Stans, or gay? I am well aware that there are women who watch sports for those reasons, but most of us are genuine fans. I admit that I might be a Stan when it comes to Tony Gonzalez or Shawne Merriman, but give me one reason, I'm still a fan of the Chiefs if not for my love for the team...I'll wait...

390056 01: Actress Halle Berry arrives  at the world premiere of Warner Bros.'' 'Swordfish' June 4, 2001 at the  Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty  Images)

I'm also not delusional. I know that I have a snowball's chance in my backyard of meeting, much less doing anything with any of these guys at any time. I'm a dumpy, fat chick who likes watching the best of the best knock the snot out of each other every Sunday, Monday, some Thursdays, and Saturdays, and if they happen to be a good looking dude, well that's all the better.

Until next time, "I feel like I'm the best, but you're not going to get me to say that."-Jerry Rice

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fantasy Running Backs Report

Howdy do, everybody. Well, it's almost that time again. Training camps start to open in two weeks, and I begin searching for the right players to fill my fantasy rosters. I like most fantasy owners usually pick our starting running back first, because outside the quarterback, this will be the player that brings your team the most fantasy points. I don't rank players. I leave that to you. I am merely going to show you what I'm looking for in a fantasy running back. Yards and touchdowns. I don't care about carries because they don't get you points. Carries are important in the world outside of fantasy football, because that wear and tear will bring a quick downfall to a running backs career. So, if I'm picking in the top 5, these are the 5 running backs I'm aiming to anchor my fantasy team.

Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans. Chris Johnson is one fast brother. I love watching him outrun opposing teams. He lead all rushers last year with 2oo6 yards, with an additional 503 receiving yards for a total of 2509 all purpose yards. Remember, in fantasy, all yards count unless they are special teams. Johnson logged in 8 games last year with 130 or more yards, including a monster game against Jacksonville where he racked up 228 rushing and 11 receiving yards. Johnson was also the top fantasy point provider from last year with 321.75 fantasy points. He scored 14 touchdowns and only fumbled the football 3 times in 16 games. He's not perfect. He struggled against Pittsburgh Defense which held him to only 57 rushing yards and Indy who held him to a mere 34 yards in the first game and 113 in the second. As a part of the AFC South, he will face Indy twice this year, as well as, Pittsburgh, and Dallas. That said, I will have a snowballs chance on the equator of getting Johnson, but if by some fluke I get the first pick, I'm going with Johnson all the way.

SEATTLE - JANUARY 03:  Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans rushes against the Seattle Seahawks on January 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Titans defeated the Seahawks 17-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. Adrian had a bit of drop off last year in fantasy, mostly because of his attack of fumblitis. That said, Adrian still finished the season 4th in rushing with 1383 yards rushing and 436 yards receiving. Adrian only had 3 game last year where he rushed for over 100 yards. As I said earlier, Adrian has had a bout with the droppsies. He had 7 fumbles last year and lost 6 of them. This is not good in fantasy especially if fumbles are negative point in your league. In his defense, he has been spending the offseason working with a custom football filled with sand to improve his hands. I hope it works for his sake. That's the bad news. The good news is that Adrian lead all rushers with 18 touchdowns and finished the fantasy season with 268.70 points in second place behind Chris Johnson. Even with the fums, I would still make Adrian my first or second pick.

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jones-Drew has been a darling in the fantasy world for the last couple of years, even drafting himself for his fantasy league. Yeah, I know what he did to Shawne Merriman a few years ago. I was watching the game. Shut up. Anyway, Jones-Drew has no trouble telling fantasy players to pick him. Jones-Drew finished 3rd in rushing last year with 1391 yards and with 374 yards receiving. Jones-Drew also scored 15 touchdowns last year. Jones-Drew only had 2 fumbles last year so he will hold onto the ball. Jones-Drew had five games of 100 or more yards rushing. Jones-Drew finished the Fantasy season with 253.80. Although I dislike him for obvious reasons, I'd have no problem with Jones-Drew as my fantasy rusher.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 13:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball against Yeremiah Bell #37 of the Miami Dolphins during the game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Dolphins won 14-10. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers. Frank Gore's numbers were down a bit from last year. He missed two games last season, but still managed 5 games of 100 or more rushing yards, including one game over 200. He finished the season with 1,120 yards rushing and 406 yards receiving. I truly believe if Gore is healthy those numbers will improve this year. Gore scored 10 touchdowns in 2009. He had a total of 210.30 fantasy points. Gore, if healthy, is a solid fantasy starters.

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 27:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against the Detroit Lions during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on December 27, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Thomas Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs. I was relunctant to list Thomas Jones. He put up some pretty good numbers last year as a New York Jet. He was third in rushing yards with 1402 and another 48 receiving. Jones also tied for third in rushing touchdowns with 14. He only had 2 fumbles and finished in the fantasy standings with 227.10 points. The problem you ask? He'll be behind the line of my favorite team the Chiefs. Sigh. I don't see him putting up those numbers behind our line. Who knows he may surprise us all...

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24: Running back Thomas Jones #20 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Other Top 10 Running Backs:
Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens), Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams), Ryan Grant (Green Bay Packers), Pierre Thomas (New Orleans Saints), Michael Turner (Atlanta Falcons), and Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers).

Rookie on the Rise: Ryan Mathews of the San Diego Chargers. He was the Chargers first round pick and is hoping to fill the very big shoes left behind by Ladanian Tomlinson. Last year at Fresno State, he rushed for 1808 yards averaging 150 yards per game with 19 touchdowns. Impressive. I don't expect those numbers in the NFL, but he just might be my sleeper for the year.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Running back Ryan Matthews of Fresno State runs with the football during practice drills during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

*Fantasy Tip: Make sure that you are aware of the bye week of your players before you draft them. You only have a limited number of reserves, and if all of your starters are off on the same week, you can call that a loss.

Until next time "Football is easy if you're crazy as hell." ~Bo Jackson

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