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Who You Drafted and Who You Should Have Drafted…

By now most of us have realized that we did an awful job during our fantasy football draft.  Of course at the time, we thought we had a championship team and the championship was a lock.  The football season is about half way over, which makes for a good time to look back and see who we drafted, and who we should have drafted.

Who You Drafted

If you drafted Favre, you feel the same way.

Brett Favre
Fantasy Points: 79
Projected Rank: 47
Actual Rank: 151
Drafted: 7th Round
Ryan Mathews
Fantasy Points: 53
Projected Rank: 8
Actual Rank: 122
Drafted: 2nd Round
Shonn Greene
Fantasy Points: 44
Projected Rank: 9
Actual Rank: 159
Drafted: 2nd Round
Steve Smith (CAR)
Fantasy Points: 45
Projected Rank: 34
Actual Rank: 177
Drafted: 5th Round
Robert Meachem
Fantasy Points: 44
Projected Rank: 85
Actual Rank: 163
Drafted: 8th Round
Owen Daniels
Fantasy Points: 20
Projected Rank: 100
Actual Rank: 225
Drafted: 9th Round

Who You Should Have Drafted

Somebody is playing as if they want a new contract soon...

Kyle Orton
Fantasy Points: 219
Projected Rank: 136
Actual Rank: 8
Drafted: 17th Round
Darren McFadden
Fantasy Points: 139
Projected Rank: 117
Actual Rank: 6
Drafted: 12th round
Peyton Hillis
Fantasy Points: 112
Projected Rank: 256
Actual Rank: 19
Drafted: 15th Round
Brandon Lloyd
Fantasy Points: 113
Projected Rank: 262
Actual Rank: 11
Drafted: Undrafted
Steve Johnson
Points: 82
Projected Rank: 265
Actual Rank: 52
Drafted: Undrafted
Marcedes Lewis
Fantasy Points: 76
Projected Rank: 157
Actual Rank: 37
Drafted: Undrafted


Week 9 Waiver Wire Wonders

1. LaGarrette Blount (18.5%) – If you didn’t want to listen to me last week, I bet you’re listening now. 22 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns. If you ignored our sage advice, I almost hope that it’s too late now. Sometimes tough love is the only way.

2. Mike Tolbert (61%) – He’s owned in more than half of leagues, but the number has declined in the last couple weeks big time. And rightfully so. But On Sunday he the Chargers went back to basically an even-split time share with Tolbert and Ryan Matthews. Of course, Tolbert claimed the lone rushing TD. He’ll be a TD-vulture on his worst week and a guy who gets close to 20 touches on his best week. Definite value.

3. Danny Woodhead (31.5%) – I’m sorry, but the Patriots are using this little guy more than I can ever remember them using Kevin Faulk. He’s in on way more than just 3rd downs and he’s good. He scored another TD (his 3rd in 5 games) on Sunday and he had 11 touches for more than 50 yards. Even better, you can play him at RB or WR. This guy is a valuable bench player that should be owned in pretty much all leagues.

4. Darrius Heyward-Bey (1.1%) – Where did that come from? After being nearly invisible since being drafted way too early in 2009, Heyward-Bey went nuts yesterday with over 100 yards receiving and a TD. His 9 targets were almost triple the amount of the next closest pass catcher. Jason Campbell may have just awoken a #1 NFL WR…

5. Robert Meachem (60.1%) – Like Tolbert, Meachum is owned in good amount of leagues already, but he really looks poised for another nice 2nd half. He’s officially displaced Devery Henderson as the Saints’ 3rd WR and has been getting a lot of attention from Drew Brees the past three weeks. Last night he led the Saints in receptions and yards, and he caught every pass Brees tossed his way.

Keep An Eye On

1. Roscoe Parrish (0.9%) – Parish really stood out in Buffalo’s game against KC. They were using him on reverses in the running game, and he was targeted 8 times in the passing game. If you;re in a league where return yards count, keep tabs on this guy going forward.

2. Jerricho Cotchery (10.1%) – There wasn’t much offense between the Jets and Packers yesterday, but Cotchery – who has had a couple nice games – garnered a team-high 13 targets in the game. LT was the 2nd most-targeted Jet, with 7.

3. Kevin Smith (30.6%) – Smith carries the ball just as many times as Jahvid Best did yesterday. This may be because Best has a bit of a turf toe issue, but that is definitely an uptick in Detroit’s usage of Smith.

4. Keiland Williams (0.9%) – Ryan Torain left the game with a strained hammy. No confirmation that it is serious or anything, and the Redskins do have a bye week this week, but if you hear Torain’s strain was serious, this is the guy who will get the carries in DC.

5. Nate Burleson (27.4%) – Man the Lions offense looks a lot better with Stafford behind center. Yeah, Calvin Johnson is the beast on the team, but Burleson is definitely the #2 WR on a team that will be passing plenty. Yesterday he had 7 catches off of 9 targets from Stafford.

NFL Week 8 Fantasy Studs and Duds

David Garrard


  • QB – David Garrard 44 points
  • WR – Calvin Johnson 29 points
  • WR – Brandon Lloyd 24 points
  • RB – BenJarvus Green-Ellis 27 points
  • RB – Jamaal Charles 26 points
  • TE – Jason Witten 17 points
  • DEF – Detroit 27 points


  • QB – Mark Sanchez 4 points
  • WR – Randy Moss 1 point
  • WR – Roy Williams 1 point
  • RB – Marshawn Lynch 1 point
  • RB – Shonn Greene 3 points
  • TE – Vernon Davis 1 point
  • DEF – San Diego 1 point

Dallas Cowboys Coaching Candidates

Jerry Jones

Recently, one of Illegal Shift’s contributors shared his plan on how the Dallas Cowboys could make an in-season coaching change, and obtain their next head coach.  Since this post, Jerry Jones has stated that he will not fire current coach Wade Phillips during the season.  This makes sense given the recent injury to Tony Romo.  Why make a change when, at 1-6 and without your starting quarterback, the season is barely salvageable?  Letting someone else lead the team won’t accomplish much.  With that said, let’s take a look at some of the head coach prospects that will no doubt catch Jerry’s eye this off-season.

Jon Gruden

Why he should be hired
Gruden’s resume comes with a Super Bowl ring.  That alone is enough to attract the Cowboys’ interest.  On top of his success in Tampa, Gruden has a reputation for running a tight ship.  With the lack of accountability currently in Dallas, his style of leadership and hard-nosed football could be what the team needs.
Why they should pass
Despite Gruden’s Super Bowl championship, he was let go by Tampa for two reasons.  Poor drafting and bad decisions.  Gruden inherited a great team from Tony Dungy and was a good enough coach to win with this talent.  However, when it came time to replenish, he was unsuccessful.  He also seemed to get a little wreckless with his decision making.  Often going for it on 4th down unnecessarily or overconfidence in the run, when he should have passed.  These types of decisions led to his demise.
Odds:  7 to 1

Bill Cowher

Why he should be hired
The Chin’s tenure with the Steelers was filled with nothing but success.  His leadership and coaching style was perfect for the Steel City.  Cowher-coached teams always featured stout defenses and occassionaly potent offenses.  The Cowboys have the talent to feature this deadly combination.  They just need the leader to put it all together.  Cowher can deliver this need.
Why they should pass
All speculation is that Cowher is circling the Giants job if/when it becomes available versus taking another open position.  A lot of folks also think Carolina is another possibility given his residence in North Carolina.  I’m not sure that will happen since Jerry Richardson has shown no signs of making serious financial investments in the team.  Unless you have stellar drafts, I don’t know how you can succeed with those limitations.  Bill will pass on the Panthers opportunity.  I think Cowher will interview for the Cowboys head job but not convinced he will accept when offered.
Odds: 10 t0 1

John Fox

Why he should be hired
The Panthers are having just as disastrous of a season as the Cowboys which will most likely spell the end of the Fox era in Charlotte.  His departure opens the door for several teams to give him a look including Dallas.  Fox has had good success with the Panthers despite the same financial limitations I mentioned previously.  This success and his reputation as a defensive-minded, players coach could lead to him being the favorite.
Why they should pass
Unless Cowher accepts the position or Jerry feels he needs a bigger-named coach, Fox is the guy.  He has the resume, ability and reputation around the league to turn this underachieving team into a winner.
Odds: 3 to 1

Herm Edwards

Why he should be hired
Herm has already expressed interest in the job during recent appearances on ESPN Radio.  Accountability and leadership will not be lacking with the fiery Edwards should he be given the reigns.  He also had moderate success in New York when given talent.
Whey they should pass
Despite being a recognizable name and owning decent experience, I don’t think he’ll be the guy.  I do, however, expect him to at least interview if for no other reason then the Rooney Rule.  Personally, I see Edwards having tremendous success in the college level and would be a great fit somewhere like the University of Minnesota.
Odds: 20 to 1

Rob Ryan

Why he should be hired
Ryan’s family success alone could get him head coaching interviews.  His father led the famous ’85 Bears defense and his brother, Rex, is off to a great start as the head coach of the Jets.  Along with the family name comes talent.  Ryan has been able to put together overachieving defenses in Oakland and Cleveland despite average talent.  He’s also attractive to the Boys due to his knowledge of the 3-4.
Why they should pass
It’s true that his family has had some success and he is no doubt a good defensive coordinator.  What needs to be determined is whether he can be a good head coach. I’m not sure the Cowboys will be the team to try and answer this question.
Odds: 15 to 1

NFL Week 8 Fantasy Quarterbacks

Wanna win this week in fantasy football? Pay attention, these are some must and don’t plays at running back in the NFL in week 8.
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Start That Quarterback – Warzecha

I'm so smart I went to Harvard.

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatrick has started 4 games for the Bills this season. In those four weeks he has averaged 20 fantasy points, most among all quarterbacks over that stretch. Kansas CIty has a pretty good defense, but its better against the run than the pass…and the Jets and Ravens have pretty good defenses too, but it didn’t matter. This guy isn’t a gimmick anymore.
2. Jon Kitna – Sure he looked pathetic last week for most of his three quarters of action against the Giants. But the guy hadn’t seen real action since 2008 and the Giants can play defense. This week he’ll get all the first-team reps and he gets to play the most generous defense to fantasy QBs, the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has history with Roy WIlliams, looked last week like he already has a rapport with Dez Bryant, and Miles Austin and Jason Witten should be easy enough to get the ball to. Kitna will put up Top 12 numbers this week at least.
3. Chad Henne – Henne has been pretty up and down this season as a fantasy QB, but this is a week where you want to have him in your lineup. He’ll be facing the Cincinatti Bengals who will be without both of their talented starting corners, Michigan alum Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph. Look for him to hook up with Brandon Marshall all day and get Davone Bess heavily involved as well.

Sit That Quarterback

1. Drew Brees – Brees has really only had a couple really good fantasy performances all year, so it should come as no surprise that I’m not high on him against the Steelers defense this week. Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush are still out with injuries, so this will be another week with no help from the running game. I know it’s hard to sit a guy you used a 1st or 2nd round pick on, but you can probably pick up all, or at least one, of the guys listed above and they will all have better days. Mark it down.
2. Brett Favre – Favre is still acting as if he is going to play this weekend. Maybe he won’t. Either way, don’t even think about playing him. I told you not to start him at Lambeau last week, when everyone was sure the old man was going to come up with a vintage performance. He was pathetic. Even though it’s New England’s secondary we’re talking about, he’ll be a bad start again this week too. He’s done.
3. The Texas Rangers’ Bullpen – They probably aren’t eligible in your league, but just in case they are, for the love of God leave them on the bench…


Please don't hit my shoulder.

Matthew Stafford – This is Stafford’s first week back since getting injured in the season’s first game. Don’t be shocked is he is a tad rusty in the first quarter, but if Shaun Hill could do it (and he did), then Stafford will be able to put up numbers throwing to Johnson, Burleson, Pettigrew, and Best out of the backfield. He’s at home facing a Washington defense that is in the bottom quarter of the NFL against the pass. I’d feel fine playing him if I needed a bye-week fill-in, and I’ll be ready to snatch him up as an elite back-up for the rest of the way if he has a good game.


NFL Week 8 Fantasy Running Backs

Wanna win this week in fantasy football? Pay attention, these are some must and don’t plays at running back in the NFL in week 8.
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Put Em In – Edwards

Week 1 Repeat?

1.Arian Foster – At the beginning of the season, Foster torched the Colts for over 200 yards on the ground. His opponent this week? The Colts. I doubt he can replicate that kind of success but look for the former Volunteer to rack up the fantasy points.

2.Darren McFadden – Run DMC had a break-out fantasy game last week against the Broncos, scoring four touchdowns. This type of play is what the Raiders envisioned when selecting him in the Top 10 in ’08. I expect McFadden to have a strong game this week against the Seahawks. Start him with confidence.

3.Ryan Torain – Torain has put together back to back 100-yard games and should continue the streak against the Lions average-at-best run defense. Expect Torain to make it rain…that just happened.

Leave Em Out

1.Cedric Benson – I can’t say this enough so I’ll say it again, I’m not a fan of Benson. *cough…overrated…cough* On top of that he has continuously faced tough defenses this season and faces the stingy Dolphins D this week. Sit him if you can.

2.Brandon Jackson – Jackson has shown some signs of fantasy life recently but I don’t expect much against an excellent Jets defense. Look for another option.

3.Beanie Wells – Wells has taken over the lion-share of carries in Arizona and has run well. Unfortunately for Wells, his QB play has been horrible. With that said, look for the Buccaneers to put eight in the box and force the concussed Max Hall to beat them through the air. This doesn’t add up to great fantasy numbers for Wells. Search the waiver wire if you can.


I will, hit you!

LeGarrette Blount – I can’t believe I’m even typing his name but Blount has somehow not only played his way into the Tampa rotation but also taken over the bulk of the carries. I’m hesitant to promote any fantasy stability here but if you’re desperate this week give him a look.

NFL Week 8 Wide Receivers and Team Defenses

Wanna win this week in fantasy football? Pay attention, these are some must and don’t plays at running back in the NFL in week 8.
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Must Start WRs – Thompson

Look Maw, I'm playing the Bills!

1. Dwayne Bowe – The Chiefs have silenced the doubters and have shown to be a solid team. They have done so with a good defense and the league’s best running offense but the week 8 match up against the Bills should be beneficial for the entire offense. My guess is the Chiefs will open up the playbook to try to get passing attack some work. That will mean Bowe should get a lot of looks and barring any drops, will be very productive.


2. Reggie Wayne – I picked Wayne week 1 as a top wide out against the same Texan team he faces this week. He didn’t come through then but will now. Reggie is due for a breakout game against this division foe and I believe it will be this week. Expect a big night from Mr. Wayne this Monday.

3. Brandon Marshall – Marshall is having a quietly productive year and I think it is time he made my top 3. He is leading the Dolphins with 524 yards but only has 1 touchdown. The Dolphins are 3-0 on the road this year and are in Cincinnati this week. Look for the Dolphins to pull out all the stops as they need a win to keep pace with the elite teams in the AFC. Marshall will find the end zone for his second and possibly even his third TD of the year.

Let ’em ride the pine

I want my Romo...

1. Miles Austin – We all know Romo is hurt and Kitna has taken over for the Cowboys. Kitna has shown he can get the job done in years past but he didn’t look the part last week. The full week of preparation should help but how much effort the disappointing Cowboys will give is still unknown. I’m sure he will complete some passes against a pathetic Jacksonville secondary but with so many options, we just don’t know who will be on the receiving end. Leave him out this week just to see how things shake out.


2. Donald Driver – The Packers are traveling to New York to take on the Jets. The Jets just so happen to have the league’s best corner in Darrelle Revis. Earlier this week Revis stated he is “100 percent”. That alone should scare you into leaving Driver on the bench.

3. Calvin Johnson – There is no doubt Johnson is a great talent. However, this week Matt Stafford is starting for the first time since injuring his shoulder week 1. I could see Stafford either throwing 4 touchdowns or 4 picks in his return. You don’t want that kind of uncertainty in your lineup this late in the season. Go ahead and bench him and see how things come together.

Hope You Got One Of These Team Defenses – Cook

  1. Chiefs – At home against the Bills
  2. Cowboys – At home against the Jaguars
  3. Rams – At home against the Panthers
  4. Broncos – On the road at 49ers
  5. Jets – At home against the Packers
  6. Dolphins – On the road at Bengals
  7. Buccaneers – On the road at Cardinals
  8. Steelers – On the road at Saints
  9. Jaguars – On the road at Cowboys
  10. Redskins – On the road at Lions


PatriotsSure, the Vikings have a great running back in Peterson, but not one back has rushed for more then 88 yards against New England this year. Plus we all know about Favre and the broken bones in his foot. The Patriots also know this and you can expect them to focus on the Vikings running game. If Favre doesn’t play then that plays even more into the Pats plans, because nobody is scared of Tarvaris Jackson dropping back to pass.