A Fantasy Ramblings For All!

31 08 2009

by John Ryan

Since the last timfacebook_momse I rambled (a mere 4 days ago for you spoiled readers, you) two major events have happened: 1.) My annual BIG fantasy football draft happened and 2.) I opened a facebook account. I know, I know, that seems like a lot for one week. But have no fear, I have plenty of energy and close to 1,000 words in me for this edition of “JR’s Ramblings.” Away we go……. Read the rest of this entry »

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2009 Ultimate Fantasy Football ADP

31 08 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Back by popular demand, the 2009 Ultimate Fantasy Football ADP! Once again, I’m baffled that the average draft positions can vary so greatly from one site to another.  With a sample size of 10,000 plus drafts there really should be more consistency. I did realize one reason for the discrepancy though; On several of the mock draft sites, they have their own suggestions for your next pick. This greatly influences who is drafted and in what order. In addition, if a player leaves the draft, many of these sites will auto pick, which will simply go straight by their rankings.  This is why a compilation of these many adp’s is so important. In other words, you’re welcome. :-)

In putting together this year’s Ultimate ADP, I decided to create the spreadsheet that combines the results from the top 4 fantasy football adp sites; myfantasyleague.com, antsports.com, ESPN, Sportsline.  Here are the results… Read the rest of this entry »





Nomar to Philly?

31 08 2009

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that “there remains a small chance Nomar Garciaparra will go to a nomarcontender” before Monday’s waiver trade deadline. Any player acquired after Monday will not be eligible for a team’s postseason roster. Garciaparra, has already cleared waivers, so a trade to any team would be a possibility. The Phillies had expressed interest in Nomar over the winter and, despite Phils’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. saying the team was through dealing, reportedly sent scouts to watch him play in Anaheim over this past weekend. Despite being healthy, he didn’t. Ben Francisco, Eric Bruntlett, and Miguel Cairo are currently the only right handed options off the bench for the defending World Series champs. Bruntlett and Cairo have combined for just 18 major league hits this season.





Eagles: Patriots Looking To Trade For A.J. Feeley

31 08 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network is reporting that the Patriots’ surprising decision to cut quarterback Kevin O’Connell, a third round draft pick in 2008, could be a precursor to a trade that would send Philadelphia Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley to New England.

La Canfora says that the Patriots are “among the many teams” to have shown interest in Feeley since the team signed Michael Vick. It is expected that Feeley would be the odd man out, since it is unlikely the team would carry four quarterbacks, though they may do so until Vick is fully re-instated. Read the rest of this entry »





Eagles: Quick Hits

28 08 2009

by Michael DeLuca

  • The projected starting five for the Philadelphia Eagles have yet to line up next to one another and, after news today that left guard Todd Herremans will undergo surgery today to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, it may be quite a while before the get a chance to. The team initially believed he would be ready for the season opener, but an MRI this week revealed the fractures. “He’ll miss a couple games here,” Reid said. “We’ll see how the surgery goes.” Nick Cole will replace Herremans in the starting lineup. Cole replaced Max Jean Gillis as a starter late last year and, many believe, actually outperformed Jean Gillis. With the number of setbacks this team has suffered, Cole could be a very important piece of the 2009 puzzle for the Birds.
  • Look for former Eagle, Jon Runyan, to sign with a team instantly after the start of the regular season. Teams are reluctant to sign Runyan now because  his salary would be guaranteed for the year once the season begins. Not the case if signed after week 1. One likely destination could be the San Francisco 49ers, who just learned that Marvel Smith will be unable to overcome lingering back problems and has decided to retire. Smith was just signed the offseason and was expected to be a big upgrade for the 49ers as their starting right tackle.




JR Rambles On all Things that Matter (and Don’t Matter)

27 08 2009

by John Ryan

I’ll bet the half dozen to dozen of you out there that read this blog thought I was taking a week off againCurbYourEnthusiasm and beginning an Indiana Jones-esque hiatus from this column. Well, you’re wrong. I’m just “rambling” a little later this week than us ual, as Monday and Tuesday saw several odd things happen to me personally. I felt like I was in an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Anyways, without further ado, away we go……….

1.) Michael Vick Will Make His Eagles Debut Tonight: And this qualifies as news because he has not played in two years, but it ends there. The Eagles have far more worries than how Vick is perceived by the locals, and can only hope their revamped offensive line reminds people of a shift change for that better at a strip club. (You know how strip clubs usually have the “C” and “D” squads on during a Tuesday afternoon, but come Friday, around 3:00 p.m., they bring in the big guns (no pun intended) and they usually stay on until about 2 AM Sunday/Monday.) Well, thus far Jason Peters is still hurt while Tra Thomas will line up opposite the Eagles tonight, Jon Runyan is still a free agent while Shawn Andrews has more back problems than the hunchback of Notre Dame, and

"D Squad" Stripper......and potential future right tackle of the Philadelphia Eagles.

"D Squad" Stripper......and potential future right tackle of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Stacy seems like he caught Shawn’s disease “training campitis.” Also, I’d like to see the defense show its chops tonight. I’ve bee saying for months that besides the tandem of Sheldon and Asante, they are grossly overrated. I hope they prove me wrong, but let’s take stock here: 1.) After they lost Stu Bradley, they were left with 3 stiffs at LB, 2.) Trent Cole wears down too easily, and Jacqua Parker is now actively trying to join “The Doobie Brothers,” and 3.) Quintin Mikell needs to prove he can fill the large leadership void left by B Dawk. No easy task. Read the rest of this entry »





Teams Scouting Eagles Receivers

27 08 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Paul Domowitch is reporting that both the Ravens and the Jets are monitoring how the Philadelphia Eagles preseason wide receivers situation shakes out. Once a position of weakness, the Eagles now have an embarrassment of riches at the wideout position. DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis are the starters, while rookie first round selection Jeremy Maclin is expected to be the slot receiver. Reggie Brown, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, Brandon Gibson, and Danny Amendola round out the rest of the crew. Expect Amendola to be cut and one of the others, most likely Reggie Brown, to be traded. They’ve been impressed with the play of Brandon Gibson and will find a spot for him on the roster.The team will not carry more than six receivers.

The Jets are rediculously thin at the position, with Jerricho Cotchery the being the lone player of substance. The next four receivers on their depth chart have totaled just 92 career receptions. Reggie Brown could step right in and start opposite Cotchery for this team.

The Ravens are coached by former Eagles coordinator John Harbaugh. Harbaugh and Reid have an excellent relationship, so a trade with the Ravens would not be surprising. Baltimore has Mark Clayton and Desmond Mason, who they coaxed out of retirement, as their starters. They have little depth behind them

The Ravens actually had to talk Derrick Mason out of retirement. So a trade with Baltimore seems like a likely scenario.