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06 Jan 2010

Scramble for the Ball: Stuck in Your Head

by Tom Gower and Mike Kurtz

FO Staff Fantasy Playoffs Draft

Everyone's favorite Football Outsiders Staff Playoffs Fantasy League has returned! The scoring rules are the same as every year:

  • 6 points for rushing or receiving touchdown, 4 points for passing touchdown
  • 1 point for every 10 yards rushing or receiving, 20 yards passing
  • -2 points for lost fumble or interception
  • 2 points for 2-point conversion of any kind
  • Kickers: 3 points for FG 1-39 yard, 4 points for 40-49 yard, 6 points for 50-plus yards, and 1 point for every extra point
  • Defense: 2 points for interception or fumble recovery, 6 points for touchdown, 4 points for safety, 1 point for sack, and then -1 point for every 7 points allowed (and a bonus 5 points for a shutout)

Teams are comprised of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 DEF. There are no substitutions, so if a player is injured or his team is eliminated, then he ceases to produce points for his team. The teams, in drafting order are as follows:

  • College Assistant Editor Dave Gardner
  • Your Scramble Writer and Pro Assistant Editor Mike Kurtz
  • Your Scramble Writer and Jeopardy! Hairdo Aficionado Tom Gower
  • Staff Writer and Actual Jets Fan Sean McCormick
  • Scrambler Emeritus and Any Given Sunday Writer Vince Verhei
  • People's Glorious Statistical Revolutionary Leader Aaron Schatz

Alas, we had to leave out ex-Scrambler Bill Barnwell because of a neighborhood Internet outage. This is a serpentine draft, as is the fashion of the day, with a two-pick round eight.

Round 1

1. Dave: Adrian Peterson, RB Minnesota Vikings
2. Mike: Ryan Grant, RB Green Bay Packers
3. Tom: Joseph Addai, RB Indianapolis Colts
4. Sean: Thomas Jones, RB New York Jets
5. Vince: Ray Rice, RB Baltimore Ravens
6. Aaron: Peyton Manning, QB Indianapolis Colts

Round 2

7. Aaron: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB San Diego Chargers
8. Vince: Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers
9. Sean: Philip Rivers, QB San Diego Chargers
10. Tom: Drew Brees, QB New Orleans Saints
11. Mike: Tom Brady, QB New England Patriots
12. Dave: Brett Favre, QB Minnesota Vikings

Round 3

13. Dave: Randy Moss, WR New England Patriots
14. Mike: Cedric Benson, RB Cincinnati Bengals
15. Tom: Reggie Wayne, WR Indianapolis Colts
16. Sean: Dallas Clark, TE Indianapolis Colts
17. Vince: Laurence Maroney, RB New England Patriots
18. Aaron: Antonio Gates, TE San Diego Chargers

Round 4

19. Aaron: Miles Austin, WR Dallas Cowboys
20. Vince: DeSean Jackson, WR Philadelphia Eagles
21. Sean: Vincent Jackson, WR San Diego Chargers
22. Tom: Marques Colston, WR New Orleans Saints
23. Mike: Sidney Rice, WR Minnesota Vikings
24. Dave: Jason Witten, TE Dallas Cowboys

Round 5

25. Dave: Greg Jennings, WR Green Bay Packers
26. Mike: Jeremy Maclin, WR Philadelphia Eagles
27. Tom: Pierre Thomas, RB New Orleans Saints
28. Sean: Larry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona Cardinals
29. Vince: Donald Driver, WR Green Bay Packers
30. Aaron: Marion Barber, RB Dallas Cowboys

Round 6

31. Aaron: Julian Edelman, WR New England Patriots
32. Vince: Jermichael Finley, TE Green Bay Packers
33. Sean: Beanie Wells, RB Arizona Cardinals
34. Tom: Jeremy Shockey, TE New Orleans Saints
35. Mike: Derrick Mason, WR Baltimore Ravens
36. Dave: Robert Meachem, WR New Orleans Saints

Round 7

37. Dave: Reggie Bush, RB New Orleans Saints
38. Mike: Brent Celek, TE Philadelphia Eagles
39. Tom: Austin Collie, WR Indianapolis Colts
40. Sean: New York Jets Defense
41. Vince: Green Bay Packers Defense
42. Aaron: Percy Harvin, WR Minnesota Vikings

Round 8

43. Aaron: Indianapolis Colts Defense
44. Aaron: Nate Kaeding, K San Diego Chargers
45. Vince: Mason Crosby, K Green Bay Packers
46. Vince: Chad Ochocinco, WR Cincinnati Bengals
47. Sean: Stephen Gostkowski, K New England Patriots
48. Sean: Steve Breaston, WR Arizona Cardinals
49. Tom: Cincinnati Bengals Defense
50. Tom: Garrett Hartley, K New Orleans Saints
51. Mike: Ryan Longwell, K Minnesota Vikings
52. Mike: New Orleans Saints Defense
53. Dave: Jay Feely, K New York Jets
54. Dave: New England Patriots Defense

Here are the rosters. Feel free to put "The Final Countdown" on in the background.

FO Playoff Fantasy Rosters
Pos. Dave Mike Tom Sean Vince Aaron
QB Brett Favre Tom Brady Drew Brees Philip Rivers Aaron Rodgers Peyton Manning
RB Adrian Peterson Ryan Grant Joseph Addai Thomas Jones Ray Rice LaDainian Tomlinson
RB Reggie Bush Cedric Benson Pierre Thomas Beanie Wells Laurence Maroney Marion Barber
WR Randy Moss Derrick Mason Reggie Wayne Vincent Jackson DeSean Jackson Miles Austin
WR Greg Jennings Sidney Rice Marques Colston Larry Fitzgerald Donald Driver Percy Harvin
WR Robert Meachem Jeremy Maclin Austin Collie Steve Breaston Chad Ochocinco Julian Edelman
TE Jason Witten Brent Celek Jeremy Shockey Dallas Clark Jermichael Finley Antonio Gates
K Jay Feely Ryan Longwell Garrett Hartley Stephen Gostkowski Mason Crosby Nate Kaeding
D New England New Orleans Cincinnati New York Jets Green Bay Indianapolis

You Drafted Whom?

Dave Gardner

My strategy was just to try and get as much value for each pick as possible. Because of the double picks, I would often go a while without picking a single player, so I had to try and anticipate what was coming next -- the dreaded run on tight ends for example.

My strategy in the NFC was that I thought Minnesota and New Orleans would each win their first game, and I just wanted as many productive players as possible playing at least two games each.

Tom: I do kind of like the quarterback/running back hedge, as you may have guessed from my Brees/Thomas pairing.

Mike: He didn't quite load up to the same extent you did, and he still got good value across the board. He was able to do that because most of the other teams were avoiding stacking up on one specific team.

Tom: Probably. I like Dave's team more than I thought I would.

Mike: Witten probably wasn't such a great pick that high.

Tom: Well, in an end of the round slot, he wasn't going to pick again for another 10 slots, and Clark and Gates had just gone. It's aggressive, sure, but certainly not crazy.

Mike Kurtz

I didn't like going second. The only running back I liked in the draft was Peterson. What I do like is Green Bay, especially since the offensive line seems to have somewhat gotten it together.

Tom: Talk about hedging your bets. It is weird that the "entire" first round was running backs and the second round was quarterbacks. I don't like Grant because I think Jackson may get too many carries.

Mike: It's a risk, but less of a risk than the other running backs.

Tom: I think Green Bay will beat Arizona, but I'm skeptical they can do more than that. I just felt like New Orleans was most likely to come out of the NFC, so I went all-in with them.

Mike: That's two games, which isn't bad. It isn't great, but the worst possible scenario is getting only one game out of your guy and the best is either three or four.

Tom: This whole thing feels like a complete crap shoot compared to a normal fantasy draft.

Mike: Very true.

Tom Gower

If I'm going in, I'm going in full throttle. C'mon, Indianapolis-New Orleans Super Bowl!

Mike: Speaking of randomness, you definitely maximized it here.

Tom: If it happens, I have a great shot at winning. Since I don't really care about going down in flames, seems fine by me.

Mike: I'd say this is a good strategy, but trying to predict the two teams left standing at the end is like shooting a bullet with a smaller bullet blindfolded whilst riding a pony.

Sean McCormick

I think that the Colts and Chargers are the two most likely teams to reach (and win) the Super Bowl, and I wanted to be sure that I had either Manning or Rivers at quarterback and either Reggie Wayne or Vincent Jackson at wide receiver. I also had Dallas Clark targeted as the tight end who could really provide elite production, so I was thrilled to be able to take him in the third and still have Jackson available the following round. I also looked to target Thomas Jones and the Jets defense and came away with both. There's very little chance that the Jets will play three games, but I think they have possibly the best chance of any team in the field to play two games, and their defense was so dominant (and could put up major points against what looks to be a feeble Bengals offense) that I thought they were a slightly better play than the Colts defense. I didn't necessarily mean to have so many Cardinals on my team, but in each case I thought Fitzgerald, Wells and Breaston were clearly superior players to anyone else on the board. I think the Cards-Packers game is a toss-up, but if Arizona can manage to play two or even three games, each of those guys has a chance to put up big numbers.

Mike: I like Rivers, but for some reason I'm not feeling the Jets this week. Fitzthulu and Breaston also seems like an odd pairing.

Tom: He needs Arizona to make a deep run.

Mike: I suppose it makes sense with Boldin injured, but Fitz and Breaston aren't complimentary players.

Tom: And we both think they'll lose their first game.

Mike: Yes.

Vince Verhei

Every year in this thing, one guy ends up with most of his roster coming from one team, and that team makes the Super Bowl and that guy picks up a ton of points. You can't beat that guy with a diversified roster picking up a touchdown here or there, so your only real chance to win is to pick a bunch of guys from one team yourself and hope that team makes the Super Bowl too. So while I didn't start off targeting any particular teams or players, once I got Aaron Rodgers, I was going to grab as many Packers as I could. I missed out on Greg Jennings -- I was surprised he went as high as he did -- but I got their No. 2 wide receiver, their tight end, their defense, and their kicker. If Arizona wins this Sunday, I'm screwed. GO PACK GO!

Mike: At least I'm not the only true believer. If his strategy works, he's golden. If not, I really don't like Maroney. Baltimore's run defense isn't great this year, but it's definitely good enough to bottle up New England.

Tom: Maroney does seem to have somewhat more credibility lately.

Mike: He's going to have to have, for the Pats to have much of a chance at winning the championship.

Tom: I never liked him, so I'll be skeptical of him long after the point I should be, but I don't think that we've reached the point where my skepticism is unwarranted.

Aaron Schatz

I'm going with the idea that either Indianapolis or San Diego is going to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Since I think the NFC is a toss-up, I mostly wanted to go with players who could get four games, but since Boldin is injured, I liked Harvin better than any remaining receivers from seeds 3-6.

Tom: As we've seen, it's not a bad strategy, but I'm not sure how much I like what he did in the NFC. If the NFC really is evenly matched, you shouldn't expect some team to win four games.

Mike: Also, it doesn't seem that he tried to pick teams that would win four games so much as he avoided the NFC. Which I suppose fits his philosophy pretty well. He does have Peyton Manning, though.

Tom: Seems like kind of a milquetoast strategy ... and remember 2006, when Manning was like 2/7 in the AFC playoffs.

Mike: True. I'm of two minds with Edelman. I think he'll pretty much perfectly replace Welker for New England but I'm not sure how much value either of them would have in the playoffs.

Remember to assemble your own "best of what's left" teams in the comments! We'll keep track of them! Or find someone responsible to do so. We promise!


KEEP CHOPPING WOOD: While it was tempting to give this award to the Cincinnati Bengals or the Philadelphia Eagles for just not showing up, or to the Auburn Tigers for continually giving Northwestern additional chances in the Outback Bowl, your Scramble writers are instead going beyond the universe of football to the NHL. The Winter Classic, while an interesting stunt, serves in part as a reminder that outdoor hockey is probably best limited to cities like Edmonton where it's well below freezing on January 1, also provided a great example of a player ignoring team goals to get personal revenge. Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has aggrieved Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, so Thomas decided to get his revenge by taking a whack at Hartnell. While Flyers defenseman Danny Svyret had the puck in the offensive zone. Considering Thomas is getting paid to stop shots, one would think that, and not taking a whack at an opposing player, would be his priority. The Bruins did manage to tie the game, and win it in the extra session, but Thomas almost gave the opponent a win, and that makes him an easy KCW winner.

MIKE MARTZ AWARD: The Pittsburgh Steelers have made somewhat of a cottage industry of wide receivers throwing passes. Hines Ward has done it. Antwaan Randle El did it in the Super Bowl. Ward and Randle El, though, had something in common: they were college quarterbacks. Santonio Holmes, however, was a wide receiver in college. And in high school. So, we shouldn't be too surprised he threw a pass into double coverage and was intercepted, and nor should Mike Tomlin have been.

COLBERT AWARD: The Outback Bowl may be the early game of the decade, not that that's a particularly stiff challenge thus far. Still, part of the reason for that premature honor is that Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald not only showed confidence in quarterback Mike Kafka and let him keep throwing despite his five interceptions, he showed creativity in producing a game-tying two point conversion in the last minute and then boldness in eschewing a field goal to force a second overtime to go for the win.

Loser League Results

"The Final Countdown" still playing? What, you didn't have it on loop? For shame. Note that some Week 17-only players aren't invited to this party. Being that guy is shame enough, don't you think? It would just be mean to pick on them any more.

We'll look at both the worst scorers for this week and the biggest Losers of the second half of the season.

Kicker: This week, we are all witness to greatness. Four extra points is a bad but passable game, right? How about four extra points and and a missed field goal? That's probably loser territory, right there. Just imagine what four extra points, two missed field goals and a missed extra point. It feels like ... -5 points, Kris Brown.

Kicker, Weeks 10-17: Spectacularly bad weeks a Loser League All-Star does not make, however. Kickers rely pretty heavily upon their teams for points. At 3 points a pop, if a team sputters in the red zone, then the kicker can start racking up points. The key appears to be maintaining a level of constant mediocrity, mirroring your team. You couldn't ask for a better model than Josh Scobee.

Wide Receiver: Part of the problem with the end of the season is that teams stop trying and don't play -- wait, is that a touchy subject? Sorry. Robert Meachem did play, but not much, and not very well. He avoided the penalty, but a paltry 12 yards and a fumble aided him to -2 points and Week 17 glory.

Wide Receiver, Weeks 10-17: Sometimes it's not the player's fault. Sometimes a good player (okay, this is the Loser League. A mediocre player) for whatever reason is passed up. Sometimes it's because the team changes offensive strategies. Sometimes it's because the team replaces you with two really good young players and you sit on the Island of Misfit Analogies. You'll fit right in, Bernard Berrian. You'll fit right in.

Running Back: You're a young player on a bad team that has shown hints of respectability. You're playing in a game that is relatively meaningless to your side, but is everything to your opponent. It's a perfect opportunity: If your team wins, they're the plucky spoiler, and players who have a good game are heroes of the fandom. Even if you lose, the "wanted it more" storyline is ready in your holster. The only way this can possibly go wrong is if you play, your team loses, and you do ... pretty much nothing. Michael Bush missed his chance at modern Raiders history by only putting up a paltry 1 point.

Running Back, Weeks 10-17: You know those awful accidents on the highway, that everyone talks about ignoring and how people staring at them hold up traffic and then go and stare at them anyway? They point and they shake their heads and they try to figure out what could possibly have meted out such horrible carnage. Matt Forte may as well have an "LO sraeB" imprint on his forehead at this point.

Quarterback: Eleven passes. Zero yards. One interception. I actually went and checked the line for that, because I didn't believe the computer (I'm sorry, Internet!). Wow. Carson Palmer is a Week 17 wunderkind with -2 points.

Quarterback, Weeks 10-17: Palmer's opposite was trying in Week 17, however. And every week before that, which is the scary part. Mark Sanchez can't play like he's, uh ... been playing, if they want to beat a Cincinnati team that's actually trying.

The Moment Some Non-Zero Number of You Have Been Waiting For ...

Congratulations to Free Orange Julius, our second-half Loser League Challenge champion! He'll get a free copy of next year's KUBIAK projections.

Honorable mention goes to Winston Justice Security Systems, which came extremely close to snagging the first-ever Loser League repeat. He'll get both KUBIAK and next year's FOA 2010 as a prize.

Where was the quirkiness, you say? Ha ha! This week's Scramble was only using 3/7 of its power! Scramble will be back next week, and its power will be over 9000!

Posted by: Mike Kurtz and Tom Gower on 06 Jan 2010

54 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2010, 8:48pm by Snowglare


by Key19 :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:14am

Interesting picks...

by zip.4chan.org/sp/ (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:20am

Very few Eagles picked. Is that because Andy Reid spreads touches out thin? Or because you all secretly have no faith in the Eagles?

by Snowglare :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:43am

What, 9000?!

Will the loser league results be updated? I wanna see how much I won by.

Congrats to Winston Justice Security Systems for picking up the first half and overall wins. I couldn't get close enough in the first half or far enough ahead in the second to grab the combo.

by Aaron Schatz :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 1:00am

We'll post when Loser League is updated... should be early tomorrow morning.

by T. Diddy :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:44am

Over 9000? Good sirs, I believe that to be impossible.

by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:20am

Why don't they just make ten more powerful?

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 11:39am

Spinal Tap?

by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:35pm

Smell the Glove!

by Kuato (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 1:15pm

It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.

by Justin Zeth :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 1:13am

You have to admit that 'Winston Justice Security Systems' is an appropriately funny name for a Loser League champion.

by David C (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 1:36am

The most surprising result to me was that nobody drafted Tony Romo. He was the number one quarterback in December, and his number 7 DVOA ranking league wide is largely the result of his poor performance from the first four weeks before Miles Austin emerged. Toss out those 4 weeks for all the quarterbacks, and he probably moves up several spots.

Vince Verhei seems to have forgotten about opponent adjustments when he drafted so many players from the Green Bay pass offense. Cardinals are 2nd for pass defense DVOA, and the Packs will play the 9th ranked Saints if the Cowboys win. If Eagles beat the Cowboys, they'll get the Vikings who aren't that great against the pass, but then they're likely to face the Eagles' number 5 pass defense in the NFC Championship. The Packs are probably going to lean heavily on their running game the whole way through.

by Arkaein :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 6:32pm

Actually the Cardinals are 12th in pass defense DVOA and are overall trending downward, 14th in Weighted Def DVOA compared to 12th in full season Def DVOA. They are also hurting, with Rogers-Cromartie and Antrell Rolle both not yet able to practice fully.

NO's pass defense is also trending downward slightly, and in any case 9th best pass defense in the league is fairly average compared to the rest of the playoff field. If GB manages to win and ends up facing Minnesota (either in the second round or the NFC Championship) they get to face their 22nd ranked pass defense.

Dallas has the 15th ranked pass defense, so really only Philly (5th ranked pass defense) looks like a tough matchup for GB were that to occur.

by mm (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 11:06pm

NO's pass defense is also trending downward slightly, and in any case 9th best pass defense in the league is fairly average compared to the rest of the playoff field

NO's pass defense was #1 for most of the year by DVOA. Strangely enough, when their top 3 corners, starting free safety, and best DT all missed large amounts of time in the second half of the season, their rating fell. Don't expect them to be average next week.

by Cen (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 1:48am

Why on earth did Dave draft Favre in round two. Its not like people draft backups in this league, and every other team already had a qb...

by Dan :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 3:33am

QB Tony Romo
RB Felix Jones
RB Willis McGahee
WR Roy Williams
WR Pierre Garcon
WR Jerricho Cotchery
TE Todd Heap
PK Shaun Suisham
Def Dallas Cowboys

by the K (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 5:39am

OK here goes:

QB Donovan McNabb
RB Felix Jones
RB LeSean McCoy
WR Bernard Berrian
WR Devery Henderson
WR Malcom Floyd
TE Todd Heap
K David Akers
DEF Baltimore

by Brendan Scolari :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 7:01am

QB Tony Romo
RB Willis McGahee
RB Felix Jones
WR Roy Williams
WR Pierre Garcon
WR Patrick Crayton
TE Todd Heap
K Shaun Suisham
DEF Cowboys

Sorry Dan, I had to do it. If the 'Boys go all the way, I might have a decent shot.

by Dan :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 6:02pm

Thanks, buddy. Now I know what it's like to be on The Price is Right when someone bids a dollar more than you.

by Podge (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 7:19am

The All-American Rejects:
QB Kurt Warner
RB Darren Sproles
RB Felix Jones
WR Malco(l)m Floyd
WR Pierre Garcon
WR Anquan Boldin
TE Visanthe Shiancoe
K Shaun Suisham
DEF Minnesota Vikings

I'm going to guess that the reason at least 3 of those players weren't picked is because they are actually injured, and I haven't realised this. And I do realise Boldin is hurt.

by ammek :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 7:50am

qb Romo
rb McGahee, Jones
wr Garcon, Crayton, Floyd
te Shiancoe
k Stover
d Cowboys

I don't think Tom need worry. If anyone takes carries from Ryan Grant — and it's rare that they do — it ought to be Ahman Green.

by IsraelP (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 8:29am

nor should Mike Tomlin have been.

Bruce Arians, on the other hand...

(Actually, when he was drafted after Randle El left, and people kept calling him Sanantonio, I suggested that he could throw on a play called El Passo.)

by Ryan D. (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 9:02am

The Paper Champions
QB - Kurt Warner
RB - Felix Jones, Fred Taylor
WR - Devery Henderson, Austin Collie, Malcolm Floyd
TE - Visanthe Shiancoe
K - Neil Rackers
DEF - Vikings

by Brendan Scolari :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 1:42pm

Tom Gower picked Austin Collie already.

by Ryan D. (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 5:25pm

Sorry, Collie was supposed to be Pierre Garcon.

by Paul R :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 9:22am

I'm going with the "Paint-it-Zero" team - Curtis Painter at every position.
I should achieve a score of zero, which means I might finish ahead of some other squads.

Unless he plays, of course. In which case, I will probably have to deduct two points every time the ball is snapped.

by roguerouge :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 9:45am

Philly Bias FTW

QB: McNabb
RB: Westbrook
RB: Morris (NE)
WR: Garcon
WR: Avant
WR: Boldin
TE: Watson
K: Akers
D: Philly Eagles

by Chris UK :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:08am

QB Sanchez
RB Jones
RB Sproles
WR Edwards
WR Cotchery
WR Garcon
TE Keller
K Akers
DEF Vikings

by dryheat :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:15am

Well, it appears that Philly and Dallas are spoken for, so I'll move to choice #3:

QB Warner
RB Hightower
RB Sproles
WR Doucett
WR Boldin
WR Floyd
TE Keller
K Rackers
D Arizona

by C (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:34am

Jim Zorn should coach the loser league.

Hunter Smith starting QB

by Kevin S (not verified) :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:38am

QB Tony Romo
RB Darren Sproles
RB Felix Jones
WR Malcolm Floyd
WR Pierre Garcon
WR Patrick Crayton
TE Visanthe Shiancoe
K Shaun Suisham
DEF Cowboys

by djanyreason :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:40am

QB Donnovan McNabb
RB Darren Sproles
RB Brian Westbrook
WR Malcolm Floyd
WR Pierre Garcon
WR Jason Avant
TE Todd Heap
K David Akers
D Eagles

Go Go Verhei Strategy!

by Dennis :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:52am

On the Cobler Award, remember that a big part of Fitzgerald's reasoning in going for the win is that their starting kicker was injured.

by JasonK :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:53am

#1 in DVOA has to mean something, right? Go Ravens Homer Team!

QB: J. Flacco
RB: W. McGahee
RB: D. Sproles
WR: M. Floyd
WR: M. Clayton
WR: K Washington
TE: T. Heap
K: B. Cundiff
D: Baltimore

by Temo :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:56am

Reverse jinxing, it never works but here we go:

QB McNabb
RB Sproles
RB McCoy
WR Avant
WR Garcon
WR Floyd
TE Todd Heap
K Akers
DEF Eagles

by Tim Gerheim :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 11:38am

Of the 13 best-of-the-rest teams so far, only 5 of them do not contain Felix Jones. Also, every one has either Pierre Garcon or Malcom (brother of Malcolm, former NFL wideout!) Floyd. Five have both. That sort of thing may happen every year, but I thought it was interesting.

by ar4t :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:19pm

So my best bet in terms of points is assume Pats-Boys in the Superbowl (And Jets over Bengals and then Colts)
QB Romo
RB Jones
RB Taylor
WR Crayton
WR Edwards
WR Aiken
TE Watson
K Suisham
DEF Dallas

by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:38pm

I'm rooting for you - to get zero points after week 1. No offense. Literally.

by ar4t :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 5:58pm

None taken.
I'm just taking the best available path.

by Aaron Schatz :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:58pm

Note: Final Loser League totals should now be all updated for anyone who wants to check out their team.

by Snowglare :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 11:56pm

Thank you.

by Duke :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 2:48pm

Matt Forte may as well have an "LO sraeB" imprint on his forehead at this point.


by Joseph :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 5:02pm

Go Saints!!! (This means that, among the FO teams, I am hoping that Tom edges out Dave because the Colts lose to the Saints in the SB--which would be the horriblest thing for Archie Manning--trying to root against his son--which IIRC he has said that he would do.)

The Hope-for-Lucky-TD's are:
QB: Romo
RB: Westbrook, McGahee
WR: Roy Williams, Devery Henderson, M. Floyd
TE: Heap
K: Akers
D: Cowboys

I haven't seen it mentioned--what about special teams TD's? Are they counted with defense, or for that player (e.g., DeSean Jackson)?

by Tom Gower :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 10:10pm

Scrambler emeritus Ian Dembsky's team, submitted via email:
Best of the Rest:
QB: Tony Romo
RB: Darren Sproles
RB: Brian Westbrook
WR: Malcolm Floyd
WR: Devery Henderson
WR: Roy Williams
TE: Visanthe Shiancoe
K: Matt Stover
DT: San Diego

by You'd never guess, but I'm a Bengals fan (not verified) :: Fri, 01/08/2010 - 9:59am

QB: Romo
RB: McCoy
Felix Jones
WR: Garcon
Roy Williams
TE: Shiancoe
K: Vinatieri
D: San Diego

by Ryan D. (not verified) :: Fri, 01/08/2010 - 1:12pm

Thought you might want to know that Stover is kicking for the Colts this postseason. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4804988

by PatsFan :: Fri, 01/08/2010 - 2:07pm

Moss might be hurting this weekend. From the Boston Globe:

Randy Moss was not present at the portion of Patriots practice
open to the media today. Moss has been a full participant at
practice and has not been on the injury report all week, but
yesterday he limped out of the locker room, and on Wednesday he
had his knees heavily wrapped in ice.

by Sid :: Fri, 01/08/2010 - 2:35pm

QB: Kurt Warner
RB: Darren Sproles
RB: Brian Westbrook
WR: Anquan Boldin
WR: Braylon Edwards
WR: Devery Henderson
TE: Dustin Keller
K: Rackers
DT: Philadelphia

by Jere :: Fri, 01/08/2010 - 4:25pm

Team McEagles:
QB - McNabb
RB - McCoy
RB - McGahee
WR - Garcon
WR - Henderson
WR - Floyd
TE - Shiancoe
K - Akers
D - Eagles

by lester bangs (not verified) :: Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:49pm

It's a better playoff pool if you pick two QBs per team. Tap the depth everywhere.

Move away from dial-up, Barnwell.

by lester bangs (not verified) :: Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:53pm

Congratulations to Free Orange Julius, our second-half Loser League Challenge champion! He'll get a free copy of next year's KUBIAK projections.

Which will lead the way to his tenth-place finish in his 2010 Fantasy League! At least, if 2009 taught us anything.

by Snowglare :: Mon, 01/11/2010 - 8:48pm

I didn't need Kubiak's help to finish 10th this year. I did win one of my two leagues, though. Maybe it can fix that.

by wdarin (not verified) :: Sat, 01/09/2010 - 2:56am

QB - Romo
RB - Sproles, Felix Jones
WR - Garcon, Floyd, Roy williams
TE -Shiancoe
K -Stover
D - Dallas

by mjb :: Sat, 01/09/2010 - 10:16am

QB - D.McNabb, Phi.
RBs - D.Sproles, S.D. & L.Weaver, Phi.
WRs - J.Avant, Phi. & M.Floyd, S.D. & S.Aiken, N.E.
TE - T.Heap, Bal.
K - D.Akers, Phi.
D - Eagles, Phi.

by Sid :: Sun, 01/10/2010 - 3:50am

I'm done. Took Westbrook and Eagles as DT.