A quick glance at the top defensemen of yesterday and today...
Another fantasy season is in the books and "Sweet Melissa" is back atop my mantle where she belongs. Here's a look back on where it all went wrong, or right, for your fantasy squad in '09.
Best Picks of the Draft:
Ray Rice (Round 8) The young Raven quickly seized the primary role in Baltimore's backfield en route to an astounding 1,952 all-purpose yards this fantasy season. The lucky few who had the foresight to select him enjoyed a solid 20-spot most weeks.
Chris Johnson (Round 2) CJ had just about the greatest 9-game fantasy stretch in the history of the sport, averaging practically180 yards and 2 TDs ever time he took the field. Anything less than the first pick in the draft turned out to be a HUGE steal. Move over AP, theres a new juggernaut in town.
Brett Favre (Round 12) To think that in most leagues, the John Kerry of the NFL went outside the top 100 picks in the draft. Brett posted an insane 104 passer rating, throwing for 27 TDs and 3,565 yards. Perhaps most surprising was his uncharacteristic 7 picks on the fantasy season.
Cedric Benson (Round 9) Though he missed 2 weeks, Benson still compiled 1,362 all-purpose yards for the Bengals.
Dallas Clark (Round 7) Dallas was a beast in '09, posting 1,054 yards, 10 scores, and 93 receptions, including a league-altering 5 touchdowns in weeks 14 and 15 when fantasy owners needed him most.
Miles Austin- For the first month of the season, Austin was a fantasy footnote. Then, out of nowhere, the Dallas receiver busted out a 250-yard, 2 TD performance against KC. Two weeks later, he followed it up with 171 yards and another 2 scores, and from there Austin was inarguably the real deal. 11 TDs later, and Austin will look to be a solid 3rd round pick in 2010.
Steve Smith (NYG)- In an unprecedented move, the former USC wideout seized "The Real" Steve Smith moniker, stealing the reigns from one of the most established veterans in the league with a crushing 97 receptions.
Vernon Davis- In the year of the tight end, Davis quietly brought down a whopping 12 TDs to bring smiles to fantasy owners everywhere.
Ricky Williams- Ricky finally put down the sticky icky and vaulted back into fantasy relevance with a heady 13 TD effort in 09.
Jamaal Charles- After his 117 yard, 1 TD performance in week 10, the rush was on to roster the Jamaal with 3 a's. From week 10 through week 16, he averaged roughly 100 yards and a touchdown every game. A definite stud in '10.
Visanthe Shiancoe- Shiancoe thuroughly enjoyed Favre's presence en route to 10 scores for those quick enough to snatch him off waivers.
Sidney Rice- Another Favre benefactor, Rice caught 77 balls for 1,200 yards and six scores in 09.
Calvin Johnson (Round 2) Calvin looked a lot like a Detroit Lion this year with a measly 4 touchdown receptions.
Matt Forte (Round 1) 1,276 all-purpose yards and 4 TDs isnt necessarily a bad fantasy effort, but with all the hype surrounding the former Tulane star, its hard to see this as anything but a sophomore slump.
So congrats to all the winners out there and for those teams that didn't pan out this year, it's never too early to start your research. Your fantasy draft is only seven months away...
- Def Jam: Nas, Meth and Red, Ludacris, LL Cool J, Rick Ross
- Death Row: 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
- Roc-a-fella: Jay-Z, Kanye West, DJ Clue, Camron, Juelz Santana
- Aftermath: Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, The Game
- Bad Boy: Notorious BIG, Puff Daddy and the Family, Mase, 112, Faith Evans, Shyne
- Jive: KRS One, Kool Moe Dee, Whodini, Fresh Prince
- Cold Chillin': Big Daddy Kane, MC Shan, Biz Markie, Marley Marl, Kool G Rap
- Tommy Boy: De La Soul, Digital Underground, Naughty by Nature, Queen Latifah
- No Limit: Master P, Mystikal, Silkk The Shocker, Soulja Slim
- Ruffhouse: The Fugees, Cypress Hill, Kris Kross, Schooly D
Bill Belichick is the Timbaland of the NFL. Work with him, and you're going places. The marks of football's mad genius can be found all over the game. Consider the following:
Former assistant coaches under Belichick that have gone on to become head coaches:
- Nick Saban, Michigan State (1995–1999), LSU (2000–2004), Miami Dolphins (2005–2006), Alabama (2007–present)
- Charlie Weis, Notre Dame (2005–present)
- Romeo Crennel, Cleveland Browns (2005–2008)
- Al Groh, New York Jets (2000), Virginia (2001–present)
- Josh McDaniels, Denver Broncos (2009–present)
- Eric Mangini, New York Jets (2006–2008), Cleveland Browns (2009–present)
- Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions (2009–present)
- Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (1999–present)
- Pat Hill, Fresno State (1997–present)
Assistant coaches or executives under Belichick that have become assistant head coaches, coordinators or executives in the NFL:
- Scott Pioli, general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Jeff Davidson, offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers
- Thomas Dimitroff, general manager for the Atlanta Falcons
- John Mitchell, assistant head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Ozzie Newsome, general manager for the Baltimore Ravens
- Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns
- Mike Tannenbaum, general manager for the New York Jets
So theres been some talk around the NFL as of late that the Bills might be exploring trade options for reality tv star and so-so wide receiver Terrell Owens. With Buffalo wallowing in the depths of sucktitude, the prospect of cutting their losses on the 1 year, $6.5 million dollar Owens contract is looking more alluring by the week. There are some rumors starting to circulate about Chicago being a possible destination, but personally, I can't help but hope for Minnesota to enter the discussion. Think about it: Brett Favre throwing to Terrell Owens. Its a media wet dream. Arguably the two most nausiating, over-exposed athletes of the past two decades on the same side of the ball. Not that more exposure is really what we all need right now, but how nice will it be once TO starts inevitably bad-mouthing his quarterback, and that quarterback turns out to be Brett Fucking Farve.
But the more I think about it, the more it actually seems to make sense. Minnesota has a great defense, a top notch running game, and a quarterback who all of a sudden looks pretty damn good. All they're missing is that big play-making receiver. Don't get me wrong, Rice, Berrian, Wade and Harvin aren't the worst tandem in football, but big time play-makers they are not. Right now, despite the record, I consider Minnesota to be a top 5 or 6 team. TO could arguably catapult them to the top 2 or 3, right over that hump into a Super Bowl. The Vikes are already contending with the media shitstorm that Favre has created, so its doubtful the addition of TO would upset the boat much. And remember, the Vikes are no strangers to the irreverent loud-mouth type; they did have Randy Moss during his 'just don't give a fuck' heydays. So think about it Minnesota. Don't do it for me. Do it because I'm pretty sure Jim Rome's head would literally implode, and who doesn't want to see that.
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