Saturday, January 03, 2009

FDH Fantasy Newsletter: Volume II, Issue I

Welcome to our 18th edition of the FDH Fantasy Newsletter, as we continue to bring you weekly fantasy sports updates in addition to our usual content on In case you missed it, here are the previous issues: Volume I, Issue I (September 4, 2008), Volume I, Issue II (September 13, 2008), Volume I, Issue III (September 19, 2008), Volume I, Issue IV (September 27, 2008), Volume I, Issue V (October 4, 2008), Volume I, Issue VI (October 11, 2008), Volume I, Issue VII (October 18, 2008), Volume I, Issue VIII (October 25, 2008), Volume I, Issue IX (November 1, 2008), Volume I, Issue X (November 8, 2008), Volume I, Issue XI (November 15, 2008), Volume I, Issue XII (November 21, 2008), Volume 1, Issue XIII (November 30, 2008), Volume 1, Issue XIV (December 7, 2008), Volume I, Issue XV (December 14, 2008), Volume I, Issue XVI (December 20, 2008), Volume I, Issue XVII (December 28, 2008)

In this week's edition:

^ NFL Playoffs Fantasy Preview

^ 2009 Fantasy Football Honorable Mention (Players after the Top 20)

NFL Playoffs Fantasy Preview

NOTE: Our advice, as it does on our FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER weekly program (Wednesdays, 9:00-9:30 PM EST as part of THE FDH LOUNGE on, is based on avoiding the obvious and trying to be of actual help to you.

As always, your best Sunday morning option for last-minute injury news: Google News. Although any updates from responsible news providers are very useful, pay particular attention to those who come from team beat reporters, because they are closest to the action. Additionally, here is the CBS Sports NFL Injury page and the CBS Sports NFL Scoreboard page, with all of the individual game rundowns there.

Here are our rankings, by position and overall, for the 2009 fantasy football postseason:


1. E. Manning

2. P. Manning

3. McNabb

4. Delhomme

5. Collins

6. Pennington

7. Ryan

8. Warner

9. Roethlisberger

10. Flacco


1. Jacobs

2. D. Williams

3. C. Johnson

4. M. Turner

5. D. Ward

6. L. White

7. Westbrook

8. Bradshaw

9. J. Stewart

10. Peterson

11. R. Brown

12. W. Parker

13. Tomlinson

14. M. Moore

15. Sproles


1. S. Smith (Panthers)

2. Hixon

3. R. White

4. Wayne

5. H. Ward

6. Toomer

7. Gage

8. A. Gonzalez

9. S. Smith (Giants)

10. Fitzgerald

11. Boldin

12. V. Jackson

13. S. Holmes

14. Berrian

15. M. Jenkins


1. Boss

2. Scaife

3. D. Clark

4. A. Gates

5. H. Miller

6. L.J. Smith

7. Heap

8. Fasano

9. Shiancoe

10. Rosario


1. Carney

2. Bironas

3. Vinatieri

4. Kasay

5. Akers

6. Reed

7. Elam

8. Longwell

9. Stover

10. Carpenter


1. NY Giants

2. Tennessee

3. Carolina

4. Philadelphia

5. Pittsburgh

6. Atlanta

7. Baltimore

8. Miami

9. Minnesota

10. Indianapolis

Top 10 Overall

1. E. Manning

2. Jacobs

3. S. Smith (Panthers)

4. P. Manning

5. D. Williams

6. C. Johnson

7. McNabb

8. M. Turner

9. D. Ward

10. Hixon

2009 Fantasy Football Honorable Mention (Players after the Top 20)

Last week, we brought you a potential Top 20 for next fantasy football season from The FDH New York Bureau. This week, we bring you 30 honorable mention candidates, in alphabetical order:

^ Anquan Boldin: The epitome of a great #2 WR who is actually more of a “1A.”

^ Dwayne Bowe: He’s developing a nice chemistry with QB Thigpen.

^ Ronnie Brown: He’s all the way back physically and the combo with Ricky Williams will help preserve him – much like the combo at Auburn with Cadillac Williams.

^ Antonio Bryant: He looks to be on the verge, finally, of harnessing his awesome physical abilities.

^ Michael Crabtree: Once in a blue moon, a rookie WR should go this high. He is such a receiver.

^ Jay Cutler: He’s still mistake-prone, but he has a bazooka arm and weapons to match.

^ Lee Evans: He had a down year, but he should continue to gel with a promising young QB.

^ Ryan Grant: He had a disappointing year, but he still eked out 1,000 yards in an offense where the pass sets up the run nicely.

^ T.J. Houshmandzadeh: He’ll produce regardless of where he is next year – he proved that this year!

^ Torry Holt: Everyone will sleep on him next year, but in a new offense and healthy, he’ll at least be a borderline #1 WR.

^ Greg Jennings: He has now assumed the mantra of #1 WR in Green Bay – quite a lineage for that in the last 20 years.

^ Andre Johnson: With a full season with QB Schaub, more TDs will follow – he’s got everything you want.

^ Calvin Johnson: ’08 proved that his numbers are bulletproof.

^ Thomas Jones: He has never been able to string together two good seasons in a row, but he had an excellent ’08 in this offense.

^ Mo Jones-Drew: He may suffer without fellow RB Taylor as a buffer #2, but the OL will be better and he still has a lot of catches and TDs in him.

^ Marshawn Lynch: He’s coming along nicely in all phases, including receptions.

^ Brandon Marshall: He has to be single-covered with the weapons around him, which doesn’t quite seem fair.

^ Darren McFadden: He showed glimpses of his ability in a disappointing, injury-filled rookie year.

^ Knowshon Moreno: He will make an immediate impact on the NFL.

^ Terrell Owens: He didn’t have a great year by his standards, but this egomaniac will have something to prove in ’09.

^ Philip Rivers: He’s now firmly entrenched as an upper-echelon QB.

^ Aaron Rodgers: The wins and losses aren’t there yet, but his numbers in his first year of starting already mark him as a top-tier fantasy QB.

^ Eddie Royal: As this youngster continues to develop, he and Marshall will challenge for best 1-2 WR combo in the league very shortly.

^ Kevin Smith: He did a very nice job under impossible conditions as a rookie.

^ Steve Smith (Panthers): The TDs were not great, but his overall numbers were respectable by his great standards given the two-game suspension.

^ Pierre Thomas: He’s done well this year, and with the Deuce likely getting dropped by New Orleans, he will benefit.

^ Reggie Wayne: His TDs were done and other numbers slightly off as well, but he has certainly taken the firm mantle of #1 WR in Indy.

^ Wes Welker: Not many TDs, but his catch totals are impeccable.

^ Chris Wells: Like Moreno, he’ll come in and make a difference right away next year.

^ Roddy White: Aside from maybe a few more TDs, he’s giving everything you would want.


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