The good thing about “Mid-Term” grades is that it shows the student how well they are doing, or how much harder they need to work to finish out the year strong. We have seen plenty of our first and second round picks totally flop on us and we have seen some late round picks and free agent pickups go nuts. How does this reflect on your record? Have you been smart enough and fast enough to get the proper waiver wire pickups?
This season, more than any other, has been a true testament to the perils of being a Fantasy Football Team owner. How many people flushed money down the toilet with roster moves that did not pan out? We all grabbed a Roy Williams, drafted a guy like Shonn Greene or Ryan Mathews high and have given up on T.O. too soon. You can’t hang your head, you have to dust yourself off, and get back out there.
So what I have done for your enjoyment or your venting is rate and grade several fantasy football players, and their performances this season. These fantasy football rankings are based on “Point Per Receptions” leagues and are also based on how high a player may have been drafted and the expectations we had. So, I didn’t rank everyone, just the essentials. Also we will give out some awards and rank the All League teams, All Bust teams, and lots more. So you know what to do, sit back, read and relax and enjoy the article and good luck in week 10 and on.
Philips Rivers, Chargers: 2944 yards, 19 TDs
Drew Brees, Saints: 2587 yards, 18 TDs
Aaron Rodgers, Packers: 2300 yards, 18 total TDs
Peyton Manning, Colts: 2478 yards, 16 TDs
Eli Manning, Giants: 2075 yards, 17 TDs
Rivers has been a miracle worker over the last few weeks. While he has been missing Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd and has had a make shift bunch at RB, he is tops in the league in TD’s and pass yardage. For the rest, it is business as usual, and owners have had big success with these guys on board.
The B’s and C’s
Kyle Orton, Broncos: 2509 yards, 12 TDs
Carson Palmer, Bengals: 2103 yards, 14 TDs
Matt Ryan, Falcons: 1949 yards, 13 TDs
Tom Brady, Patriots: 1826 yards, 14 TDs
Joe Flacco, Ravens: 1917 yards, 12 TDs
Orton is having a nice year, but has been slowed down the last few weeks. Brady was a first or second round draft pick in many leagues and he has left owners wanting more. This class is decent as your starters, but you will need more down the stretch.
The D’s and F’s
Matt Schaub, Texans: 2005 yards, 10 TDs
Donovan McNabb, Redskins: 1971 yards, 7 TDs
Jay Cutler, Bears: 1671 yards, 9 TDs
Brett Favre, Vikings: 1896 yards, 9 TDs
Alex Smith, 49ers: 1554 yards, 9 TDs
The Texans have become a running team, and Schaub has looked lost at times this season. In the year of the QB, or so many thought, a high pick like Schaub must have owners dying inside. McNabb, who was acquired in a trade this offseason has been terrible by the stats. Cutler and Favre are far less than many expected and Smith has been a rather big letdown. If these are your starters or even your back-ups you need to make a move.
Arian Foster, Texans: 864 yards, 9TDs, 32 rec., 315 yards, 1 TD
Adrian Peterson, Vikings: 857 yards, 7 TDs, 26 rec., 257 yards, 1 TD
Peyton Hillis, Browns: 644 yards, 7 TDs, 30 rec., 229 yards, 1TD
Darren McFadden, Raiders: 757 yards, 4 TDs, 24 rec., 242 yards, 2 TDs
Chris Johnson, Titans: 721 yards, 8 TDs, 22 rec., 90 yards
Foster has the most points of any fantasy non QB so far this season and has been the backbone of the Texans offense. Hillis and McFadden were not even drafted in many leagues, while Peterson and Johnson are doing what was expected when they were taken 1 and 2 in most leagues. RBs are still the bread and butter of fantasy teams, so these guys are warm rolls for sure.
The B’s and C’s
Frank Gore, 49ers: 691 yards, 2 TDs, 38 rec., 348 yards, 2 TDs
LeSean McCoy, Eagles: 572 yards, 5 TDs, 41 rec., 301 yards
Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers: 702 yards, 7 TDs, 14 rec., 93 yards
LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers: 591 yards, 5 TDs, 30 rec., 191 yards
Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants: 765 yards, 5 TDs, 20 rec., 140 yards
This is still a quality list, so you can’t go wrong if you have and start these guys regularly. McCoy has become red-hot lately as the Eagles offense has improved, as has Bradshaw. Tomlinson has stunned many with his numbers, and Gore and Mendenhall are doing what many expected them too on draft day.
D’s and F’s
Ray Rice, Ravens: 606 yards, 2TDs, 31 rec., 236 yards
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars: 645 yards, 1 TD, 19 rec., 153 yards, 2 TDs
Cedric Benson, Bengals: 599 yards, 3 TDs, 11 rec., 77 yards, 1 TD
Steven Jackson, Rams: 676 yards, 2 TDs, 17 rec., 169 yards
Joseph Addai, Colts: 406 yards, 3 TDs, 18 rec., 118 yards
Rice and Jones-Drew were top 5 picks that have done very little with those drafting positions. Benson, Jackson, and Addai have also let owners down as well. These guys are hard to sit down, and I would not advise it because some games they are bound to boom. However, it is hard to imagine many owners being tops in leagues with any of these guys as their top backs.
Wide Receivers/ Tight Ends:
Terrell Owens, Bengals: 55 rec., 770 yards, 7 TDs
Hakeem Nicks, Giants: 51 rec., 653 yards, 9 TDs
Roddy White, Falcons: 58 rec., 796 yards, 5 TDs
Antonio Gates, Chargers: 40 rec., 663 yards, 9 TDs
Calvin Johnson, Lions: 39 rec., 551 yards, 8 TDs
How unusual does this list look to you? How many thought Owens would even find a team in time, or thought Nicks would become the main man in New York? White and Johnson were high picks and well deserved, and gates is the best WR in San Diego, when healthy.
The B’s and C’s
Percy Harvin, Vikings: 40 rec., 579 yards, 5 total TDs
Brandon Lloyd, Broncos: 42 rec., 878 yards, 4 TDs
Reggie Wayne, Colts: 60 rec., 724 yards, 3 TDs
Greg Jennings, Packers: 39 rec., 551 yards, 6 TDs
DeSean Jackson, Eagles: 26 rec., 504 yards, 5 total TDs
There is a good mix of talent at this level, but each needs to produce more on some ends. Wayne and Lloyd could use more TDs, while Jackson, Jennings and Harvin could use more receptions. Still good as second WRs or Flex position players.
The D’s and F’s
Brandon Marshall, Dolphins: 52 rec., 618 yards, 1 TD
Myles Austin, Cowboys: 45 rec., 657 yards, 2 TDs
Marquis Colston, Saints: 54 rec., 592 yards, 2 TDs
Wes Welker, Patriots: 44 rec., 355 yards, 3 TDs
Chad Ochocinco: 40 rec., 473 yards, 2 TDs
This list of 5 highly touted under-achievers has just 1 more TDs as a group then Hakeem Nicks combined. Marshall was supposed to light it up for a struggling Dolphins pass game, but he just can’t find the end zone. Welker doesn’t have his usual big time receptions, and the others are really bad bust compared to where they may have been drafted.
Packers: 28 sacks, 14 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries, 4 TDs
Steelers: 24 sacks, 11 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries, 2 TDs
Titans: 26 sacks, 13 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries, 2 TDs
The Packers and Steelers are both ball-hawking defenses that score big almost every week. The Titans have surprised some with plenty of sacks and turnover recoveries.
Ravens: 14 sacks, 8 interceptions, 0 fumble recoveries
49ers: 16 sacks, 8 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 TDs
Jets: 17 sacks, 5 interceptions, 9 fumble recoveries, 1 TD
All 3 of the teams here were among the top defenses taken, but none have added up to big fantasy numbers. In fact, the Ravens, who have been the fantasy big dogs for years are dead last in fantasy scoring this season. A huge let down as far as where they were drafted, some as early as the 8th round, while big time 2nd WRs or back up QBs could have been had.
While many knew that the top tier of QBs would have the digits, no one, or many anyway expected this much of Foster. When rookie Ben Tate went down to injury and Steve Slaton was unable to get his job back, many knew Foster would be the lead back, but in many leagues he was not drafted until after the 6th round. He leads all fantasy backs in rushing yards, and TDs and is 4th in receptions as well. Easily a guy you start every week, and has made a name for himself in Houston.
First Half Biggest Bust: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
In years past, Drew has been a fantasy God, this season however a mere mortal. Drew may finally be feeling the wear and tear of being an every down back, and has little help on this roster. He has only 1 rush TD, and is not even piling up his usual high number of catches. He has to be a major let down to owners who took him within the top 5.
Michael Vick, Eagles: 1017 yards, 7 TDs, 261 yards rushing, 2 TDs
This off-season the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, then handed the number 1 job over to Kevin Kolb. Vick not only wasn’t drafted in just about every league, but the fans in Philly were looking for him to get dealt. He has missed 2 plus games with injury and is still one of the top point scorers by average amongst QBs. Vick has not been this valuable in fantasy in years, but anyone smart enough to pick him up on the waiver wire will be singing his praises.
Peyton Hillis, Browns: The Broncos created a fantasy superstar when they traded Hillis to the Browns in the Brady Quinn deal, one you have t be sure the Broncos would love to have back. Hillis is making that guy Manning look like the second best Peyton in fantasy land this season. He is running hard, and scoring at a high rate, making a case to actually be drafted next season.
Steve Johnson, Bills: 41 receptions, 554 yards, 6 TDs
Who? What team now? Outside of Fred Jackson and a bit of C.J. Spiller, the thought of any Bills player on draft day was clearly absurd. Now, despite being 0-8, the Bills have a decent QB, and a very talented WR on Johnson who is in the top tier in many stat categories. Yes you cringe watching your opponents rack up points from this guy, but he is earning his keep.
QB: Michael Vick
RB: Peyton Hillis, Darren McFadden
WR: Steve Johnson, Austin Collie
TE: Marcedes Lewis
Defense: Tennessee Titans
Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski
The Incomplete Report Card: Randy Moss, Titans
Moss now is on his third team this season, and despite having some good games, he is now really being pressed to perform. Moss is usually a second or third round pick, and some owners have gone as far as to release him. The QB situation in Tennessee is uncertain and it is Chris Johnsons team first and foremost. WR usually starve for action with the Titans, so it is interesting to see what Moss can bring to the table.
Well, here are the grades. Where did your players rank? If you have lots of flunking players, you are having a very bad season, but there are still games to play, and just about anything can happen. Keep that chin up owners, and go get ’em, starting this week! Good luck owners, players and enthusiast.
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