Saturday, February 27, 2010

Top 5 Rookie QBs and an addiitional 15% Off at BN.com


Top QBs at this years NFL Draft and who they may be drafted by:

1. Sam Bradford-Oklahoma (# 1 STL) Bradford is better than Clausen but until he proves it with a workout #1 and #2 are interchangeable.
2 Jimmy Clausen-ND (#6 SEA or #9 BUF) Da Bills need QB help and someone who can lead by example, a perfect fit for a Notre Damer. However, Gailey is going to a 3-4 so a Defensive player would not surprise me either and they can try for a slip at QB to later. Another possibility is Pete Carroll and SEA taking a QB at #6, in either case 2 QBs will be off the board before pick #10 comes up.
3 Colt McCoy-Texas (#22 NE or #26 AZ) Ok both of these are wishful thinking, but ...well we will see.
4 Jevan Snead-Old Miss ??????
5 Tim Tebow-Fla (NE in the 4th round if available and they did not pull the trigger earlier on McCoy or Snead; they have three 2nd rounders and could trade down to another 4th rd pick) Great leader, smooth talker. Needs lots of work before he can step on the field as a competent NFL QB.


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dallas Cowboys face Cincinnati Bengals in Hall of Fame game Sunday 8 Aug at 8 PM EST

So we finally know who plays in the first game to start the 2010 season. Sure it is just pre-season but it marks the beginning of the 2010 season and the preparation for Fantasy Football.



Dallas Cowboys face Cincinnati Bengals in Hall of Fame game Sunday 8 Aug at 8 PM EST on NBC.

Remember to start your prep early with a few books to help and some FF magazines too. Look for my rankings, projections and mock draft participation in Fantasy Football Index and Fantasy Football Pro Forecast magazines.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Radio Interview on AuthorsShow with Sam Hendricks, author Fantasy Football Guidebook

Listen to the radio interview with Sam Hendricks, from the AuthorsShow, as Sam discusses his books, FF career and new books for 2010!


video



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Saturday, February 20, 2010

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2010 and HOF Game 8 Aug

Here is the class of 2010.

Russ Grimm
Rickey Jackson
Dick LeBeau
Floyd Little
Jerry Rice
Emmitt Smith
John Randle

And don't forget the Hall of Fame game on Sunday 8 Aug at 8 PM
Teams TBD


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

2009 Fantasy Sports Writers Association Awards!

On January 26, the FSWA presented its annual writing awards. Same as last year, RotoWire
(http://www.rotowire.com/) came away as the big winner with six awards, including Best Baseball Print Publication, Best Football Article on the Web by Derek VanRiper, Basketball Writer of the year (Andre Snellings) and Racing Writer of the Year (Mark Taylor).

RotoWire baseball writer David Regan won for Best Baseball Series and Best Baseball Article on the Web. Regan said, “It's humbling to even be nominated alongside this great group of writers, and to win a pair of awards is just gravy. I'd like to thank my editors at RotoWire (including Jeff Erickson and Jason Thornbury), as well as a great group of writers too numerous to list here, but many of which I've learned a great deal from over the years."

As for the unprecedented success of RotoWire (which has won 12 awards over the past two years), RotoWire President Peter Schoenke said, “It's pretty amazing to have as many nominations and wins as we did with the large number and quality of entries this year.”

The hotly contested Writer of the Year awards went to KFFL’s Ryan Bonini for Football, Scott White of CBSSports.com for Baseball, Yahoo!’s Scott Pianowski for Golf, ESPN’s Sean Allen for Hockey, and Brad Evans of Yahoo! for College Sports. Allen, who won for the second straight year thanked ESPN for their support of fantasy hockey and praised his fellow nominees Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com and Pianowski for raising the bar of fantasy hockey writing. White was honored to win, especially with the quality of writers who had won in the past, including RotoWire’s Jeff Erickson who had won the award in 2008 and 2009.

Here is a complete list of the 2009 FSWA Writing Award winners for each category:

Best Fantasy Football Publication
Pro Football Weekly / Yahoo!

Best Fantasy Football Online Article
Derek VanRiper, RotoWire

Best Fantasy Football Print Article
TedCarlson, Fanball

Best Fantasy Football On-Going Series
Adam Levitan, RotoWorld

Fantasy Football Writer of the Year
Ryan Bonini, KFFL


Fantasy Humor Article of the Year
Mike Gilbert, RotoExperts

Fantasy College Sports Writer of the Year
Brad Evans, Yahoo!

Fantasy Racing Writer of the Year
Mark Taylor, RotoWire

Fantasy Golf Writer of the Year
Scott Pianowski, Yahoo!

Fantasy Hockey Writer of the Year
Sean Allen, ESPN

Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year
Andre Snellings, RotoWire

Best Fantasy Baseball Publication
RotoWire

Best Fantasy Baseball Online Article
David Regan, RotoWire

Best Fantasy Baseball Print Article
Brent Hershey, USA Today Sports Weekly

Best Fantasy Baseball On-Going Series
David Regan, RotoWire

Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year
Scott White, CBSSports.com

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Congratulations to Fantasy Sports Trade Association Award Winners

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the 2009 FSTA Awards:

(I have taken the liberty to BOLD some of my favorites)

* Best Fantasy Commissioner/League Management Product: CBSSports.com
* Best Draft Style Contest: ESPN
* Best Salary Cap Contest: Head2Head.com
* Best High Stakes Contest: GridIron Fantasy Sports/World Championship of Fantasy Football (WCOFF)
* Best Live Fantasy Event or Contest: BaseballHQ.com/First Pitch Arizona
* Most Unique Contest: ESPN Streak for the Ca$h
* Most Innovative: Fantasy Sports Insurance
* Best Draft Kit: Rotoworld/NBC Sports
* Best Online Draft Room: CBSSports.com
* Best Fantasy Draft and Game Assistance Tool: MyFantasyLeague.com/Fantasy Sharks Draft Coach
* Best Print or Online Ad: ESPN
* Best Fantasy Magazine: Rotowire
* Best New Website or Site Update: Fantasy Sports Channel/BlogTalkRadio
* Best Specialty Product: Rotoworld/NBC Sports Season Pass
* Best Online Content Service: FootballGuys.com (www.footballguys.com/)
* Best Fantasy Sports Broadcast: ESPN
* Best Fantasy Sports Audio Podcast: Fantasy Sports Channel/BlogTalkRadio
* Best Fantasy Sports Video Podcast: ESPN
* Fantasy Baseball 2009 Projection Accuracy Challenge Winner: RotoHog
* Fantasy Football 2009 Projection Accuracy Challenge Winner: RotoHog
* Fantasy Football 2009 Draft Rankings Accuracy Challenge Winner: CBSSports.com

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fantasy Football Almanac 2010-Whats new?

I have listened to all the comments here in previous reviews and in emails/letters and posts.

I promise change for Fantasy Football Almanac 2010 as follows:

1) Lower Price! (It is available for pre-order from many online sites now at even lower prices than this years $10.95 cover price-$2 less than previous years)

2) Better editing and formatting. (I am going with a different publisher/editor)

3) More text and analysis. Readers requested more depth in why I make my predictions and I will provide as much as possible.

4) Earlier availability-Readers complained that the book arrived in June in some cases versus May, so I arranged with my new printer for the book to become available by 1 May. Shipping by some retailers is beyond my control however.

5) Consistency-Fonts and sizes will be consistent and the schedules will be better

6) Tiers returned to the tables to show the breaks in talent.

I can only hope that you try the 2010 version, see the improvements, and like them enough to get a copy in 2011 as well.



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Monday, February 8, 2010

Fantasy Sports Writers Association announces Fantasy Football MVP and ROY Players for 2010

First, here is my ballot as a voting member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (www.FSWA.org).

MVP Finalists ranked in order:

1) RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

2) QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

3) RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

4) QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

5) RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars




Rookie of the Year Finalists (ranked in order):

1) RB Chris "Beanie" Wells, Arizona Cardinals

2) WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings

3) RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

4) WR Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts

5) WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants



2009 All-Fantasy Team
QB: A. Rodgers GB
RB: Chris Johnson TEN
RB: Adrian Peterson MIN
WR: Andre Johnson HOU
WR: Wes Welker NE
TE: Dallas Clark IND
K: Nate Kaeding SD
Team Defense: SF 49ers
Top IDP Performer:-Patrick Willis LB

So who really won?

Tennessee’s Chris Johnson ran away with the 2009 FSWA fantasy football most valuable player award, claiming 85 percent of all first place votes cast. The second-year back rushed for 2,006 yards and found the end zone 16 times for fantasy owners. He was my first choice on the ballot as a voting member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (http://www.fswa.org/).

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished second, followed by Baltimore’s Ray Rice, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew. Exactly as I voted!

Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams won the award in 2009; New England quarterback Tom Brady won it in 2008.

In fantasy football rookie of the year voting, Minnesota’s Percy Harvin claimed 56 percent of the first place ballots but barely edged Denver’s Knowshon Moreno in the final voting. Chris Wells of Arizona finished third, followed by Indianapolis’ Austin Collie and the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks.

I gave Chris Wells the nod because his numbers were about the same as Harvin's and Moreno's but Beanie really rewarded the FF owner with a great playoff stretch. But any of the three deserves the ROY.

The first annual FSWA all-fantasy team was competitive at running back and tight end. Only one vote separated Dallas Clark and Vernon Davis (my vote I am sure!), while split voting for Ray Rice and Maurice Jones-Drew allowed Adrian Peterson to crack the first team.

My ballot was a mirror image except I took Wes Welker over Miles Austin. I think too many writers forgot about the great season Welker had because of his season ending injury in the last game. In fact, he missed 2 entire games and still was the #2 WR behind AJ (at least in PPR leagues). Too many writers are thinking straight performance league rules I am sure.

QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
RB Chris Johnson, Titans
RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
WR Andre Johnson, Texans
WR Miles Austin, Cowboys
TE Dallas Clark, Colts
K Nate Kaeding, Chargers

Outstanding Team Defense – New York Jets
Outstanding IDP – Patrick Willis, 49ers

I voted for SF instead of NYJ but now that I look at it maybe their 3 Def TDs against STL skewed there #2 ranking FP wise. In that case NO Def would get my vote FP wise, not NYJ who were a great defense but not Fantasy Points wise (more like 5th).

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Prediction IND 31 NO 17

This one is not going to be close folks!

NO has no defense and IND can win a shoot out if it comes down to that. I seriously think a better game would have been IND vs MIN.

IND will dominate and be up 21-10 at half time.

Congrats to Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark on their 2nd Super Bowl in 4 years!


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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fantasy Football Index Experts Poll All-Time Winners

Fantasy Football Index Magazine announced James Serra of First Place Sports Software as the winner of Fantasy Football Index Experts Poll. He joins Bob Henry and Jon
Millman as the only two-time winners of the competition.

As part of the Experts Poll, they keep track of overall career success,
tabulating which experts tend to do the best over the years.

The poll has included various formats. In the early and mid 90s, we had 15
experts on our panel. Then it grew to 20 and even climbed up to 25 in some
years. It's been back down at 20 the last two years.

To track overall success, we've gone to a won-loss system. For each year,
each expert is assigned wins and losses, showing how he did against the rest
of the poll. Serra, for example, won this year's poll, so for 2009, we're
giving him a record of 19 wins and no losses ­ he beat all of the other
competitors. Christopher Harris of ESPN finished 2nd, so he gets a win-loss
record of 18-1. Scott Pianowski (Yahoo! Sports) finished 3rd to go 17-2, and
so on.

Using this system for every expert and every year, Pianowski is our current
all-time leader. Add up all of his various years and he's gone 149-42
against other experts. That's just one game ahead of David Dorey (The
Huddle), who's 148-43.

The all-time stuff gets tricky to tabulate. Some guys switch jobs, and other
companies using different guys in their analyst role. Bob Henry, for
example, started with Red Eye Sports before moving over to Footballguys.com.
So do we list those separately? Look at his individual numbers? Or blend his
numbers with other guys who have competed under the Footballguys banner?

We decided to do both. So Pianowski (who's competed for three different
companies) appears an individual, and you also see some of his work combined
with Chris Liss (who's now making the picks for RotoWire.com).

Shown below are all active experts and companies with at least 50 games
worth of action.

These rankings aren't necessarily a big deal. With the way we've got the
scoring set up, assigning points in varying degrees for every pick, experts
are perhaps too heavily penalized when a player blows out a knee or simply
doesn't pan out ­ it can become almost a battle of attrition in years when
there are a lot of injuries at quarterback and tailback.

But this is at least one way of looking at it. And for now, Pianowski, Dorey
and Henry have had the most all-time success.

{Authors note: I have calculated my own W/L record and inserted it based on the two years I have participated in the Experts Poll. HOWEVER, I will not qualify for the minimum number of games (50) until after the 2010 season. Hopefully, in 2010 I can break the Top 10 and improve on my two 12th place finishes.}

FANTASY INDEX EXPERTS POLL: ALL-TIME LEADERS
(50 games minimum)

Win Loss Pct.
149 42 .780 Scott Pianowski (multiple companies)
148 43 .775 David Dorey (The Huddle)
121 46 .725 Bob Henry (Footballguys / Red Eye)
137 54 .717 * Fantasy Football Champs (Jon Millman, Ian Millman, Bo
Mitchell)
139 71 .662 * Footballguys.com (Joe Bryant, Bob Henry)
131 98 .572 Michael Nazarek (Fantasy Football Mastermind)
76 58 .567 * KFFL (William Del Pilar, Cory Bonini)
153 133 .535 James Serra (First Place Sports Software)
100 91 .524 * RotoWire.com (Scott Pianowski, Chris Liss)
63 71 .470 Chris Liss (RotoWire.com)
97 132 .424 Lenny Pappano (Draft Sharks)
94 135 .410 Jeffrey Kamys (Dr. Stats Fantasy Sports)
23 39 .371 * Fanball.com (Bo Mitchell, Ryan Houston, Rick Hawes)

14-24 .368 Sam Hendricks (Author of Fantasy Football Guidebook and FF Tips)

35 75 .318 Nathan Zegura (The Fantasy Consultant)
48 105 .314 Kevin Marshall (Draftwizard.com)
19 43 .306 Scott Endsley (Fantasy Draft Edge)


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Friday, February 5, 2010

Sam Hendricks, author of Fantasy Football Guidebook and FF Tips, finishes 12th in Fantasy Football Index Experts Poll

The Fantasy Football Index Magazine Experts Poll overall results are in. Over 4.3 million points were scored between 20 Experts.



And James Serra is the winner of the 2009 Fantasy Football Index Experts Poll.

Serra, of First Place Sports Software, has been part of the Experts Poll
panel since 1996, the longest run of anyone. And this is his second title.
He last won in 1999, and he's also finished 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th during his
14-year run.

Serra won both the defense and tight end categories, and he held onto that
lead with respectable finishes at all of the positions ­ kicker (4th), wide
receiver (6th), running back (8th) and quarterback (8th).

Christopher Harris of ESPN is the runnerup in this year's poll. Harris won
at both kicker and running back and was 2nd at quarterback, but was done in
by finishing 10th at defenses and last at tight end.

Scott Pianowski of Yahoo! Sports finished in 3rd, followed by Rick Hawes
(Fanball) and David Dorey (The Huddle).

By finishing first, Serra gets his choice of draft position in the mock
draft competition held in the 2010 issue of Fantasy Football Index. If Serra
wants to choose first (in a sine-wave draft format), he has the option; or
he can move down to enhance his draft slot in the second round.

The top 11 finishers (out of 20) earn spots in that league. So joining the
top five are Pretzel May, Chris Liss, Alan Satterlee, Kevin Marshall, Louis
Tranquilli and Nathan Zegura. That 12-team league will also include a
Fantasy Football Index reader that will be named later.



Sam Hendricks (FFGuidebook.com) finished 12th, one spot off the pace for inclusion in the Mock Draft competion, but that means he is the first alternate; so if for some reason one of the Experts mentioned above cannot make it, he can jump in. The difference between 12th place and 5th place is just 840 points, quite a narrow margin! 9th and 10th place were only 20 points off.

Here are his rankings by position: QB (12th), RB (10th), WR (10th), TE (2nd), Kickers (13th), Defenses (13th).



Congratulations to the Top 11!



I wish I had done better but beating the likes of Bob Henry, Mike Nazarek, Scott Endsley and Lenny Pappano makes me feel a little better. A slow start at Kicker and Defense (both 13th) set me too far behind even with a 2nd place TE finish and averaging 10th in QB, RB and WR.

EXPERTS POLL: OVERALL STANDINGS (final)

Points
219,854 James Serra
219,198 Christopher Harris
219,051 Scott Pianowski
217,707 Rick Hawes
217,398 David Dorey
217,380 Pretzel May
217,328 Chris Liss
217,188 Alan Satterlee
217,096 Kevin Marshall
217,076 Louis Tranquilli
216,670 Nathan Zegura
216,560 Sam Hendricks
216,259 Bob Henry
215,902 Michael Nazarek
215,183 Scott Endsley
214,697 Jeffrey Kamys
214,446 Colin Darlington
214,261 Cory Bonini
213,955 Bo Mitchell
210,446 Lenny Pappano

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sam Hendricks (FFGuidebook.com) finishes 12th in QB Ranking competiton;

The results of the Fantasy Index Magazine Experts Poll for the 2009 season are final.
They do this carefully, being cautious not to overlook any 2-point conversions or
gadget-type plays. At the quarterback position, Rick Hawes of Fanball is
the winner, but not by much. Five other experts finished within 215 points
of him (with everyone scoring over 62,000).

Christopher Harris of ESPN, who previously won two positions, finished 2nd
at this position, followed by Bob Henry of Footballguys.com and Chris Liss
of Rotowire.com

In this grading system, every pick counts. The higher you rank a player, the
more he counts towards your score. If you rank a player first, his fantasy
production is multiplied by 20. If you rank him 2nd, it gets multiplied by
19. Ranking him 3rd brings in 18 as the multiplier number and so on.

Hawes appeared to help himself at this position by ranking Tony Romo as high
as anyone. Romo scored 344.7 points in this fantasy format, so that was
worth 5,515 points (16 x 344.7). Hawes also was one of the few to put Aaron
Rodgers in his top 3, helping him overcome ranking Matt Schaub (13th) lower
than most experts. I had Romo at 8th; Rodgers at 4th (higher than many others) but Schaub at 12th hurt me the most. If I had more faith in the Univ of Virginia grad I could have placed much higher.

Scoring system for the poll: 1 point for every 20 passing yards, 1 point for
every 10 rushing yards, 4 points for TD passes, 6 points for touchdowns and
2 for each two-point conversion.

The Fantasy Index picks aren't included in these results out of fairness to
the competition, we stay in the administrator role since their picks
aren't locked into the same deadline, which usually is around May 20


EXPERTS POLL: QUARTERBACKS

Points
68,036 Rick Hawes
67,964 Christopher Harris
67,882 Bob Henry
67,876 Chris Liss
67,876 Scott Pianowski
67,821 Michael Nazarek
67,784 Cory Bonini
67,758 James Serra
67,647 Louis Tranquilli
67,615 Pretzel May
67,482 Alan Satterlee
67,340 Sam Hendricks
67,134 Kevin Marshall
67,063 Scott Endsley
66,968 Nathan Zegura
66,772 Colin Darlington
66,627 Bo Mitchell
66,510 David Dorey
65,890 Jeffrey Kamys
62,585 Lenny Pappano



QUARTERBACKS MULTIPLIER NUMBERS
(For quarterbacks named in the poll)

Points
409.3 Aaron Rodgers
370.7 Drew Brees
362.2 Matt Schaub
355.7 Peyton Manning
344.7 Tony Romo
344.3 Tom Brady
340.6 Ben Roethlisberger
335.7 Philip Rivers
318.6 Jay Cutler
315.6 Eli Manning
295.7 Donovan McNabb
292.7 Kurt Warner
292.2 David Garrard
290.5 Jason Campbell
281.2 Kyle Orton
270.3 Joe Flacco
270.0 Carson Palmer
244.7 Matt Ryan
231.4 Matt Hasselbeck
231.1 Matt Cassel
140.8 Jake Delhomme
93.1 Trent Edwards
80.8 JaMarcus Russell
74.2 Shaun Hill
46.3 Byron Leftwich
25.4 Chad Pennington

Who will be in the top 11 and make the Fantasy Index mock draft for 2010?
I am at 12th overall before the QBs. Can I get enough of a boost to get into 11th place?

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sam Hendricks, author of Fantasy Football Guidebook places 10th in Fantasy Index RB rankings competition; but drops to 12th overall?

Christopher Harris of ESPN is emerging as a contender to win the Fantasy
Index Experts Poll. Harris has won the running backs portion of the poll,
moving him up to No. 2 in the overall standings with one position
(quarterbacks) left to be graded.

In the complex scoring system (where every pick is awarded points in varying
degrees), Harris separated himself from the back by ranking Brian Westbrook
lower than anybody and putting Chris Johnson up at No. 4 ­ higher than all
but one other expert.

Louis Tranquilli (BFD Fantasy Football) finished 2nd in this category,
largely because he ranked Johnson higher than anybody. And David Dorey (The
Huddle) and Kevin Marshall (Draftwizard.com) placed highly again after doing
well at wide receiver.

But can anybody catch James Serra of First Place Sports Software? With only
one position left, he's still got a lead of almost 800 points. Harris is
currently in 2nd, followed by Scott Pianowski (Yahoo! Sports), Dorey and
Marshall.

When the scoring is done for all six positions, the top 11 finishers will
win spots in our Mock Draft league (with the No. 1 finisher getting to
choose where he would like to select). Fantasy Index always put a Fantasy Index reader in the league too.

Running backs are scored on the system of 1 point for every 10 run-rec yards
and 6 points for touchdowns on runs, catches and returns. In addition,
Ronnie Brown earned 4 points for a TD pass and there were a few 2-point
conversions.

FANTASY INDEX EXPERTS POLL: RUNNING BACKS

Points
40,746 Christopher Harris
40,575 Louis Tranquilli
39,860 David Dorey
39,825 Kevin Marshall
39,809 Alan Satterlee
39,632 Scott Pianowski
39,535 Jeffrey Kamys
39,400 James Serra
39,376 Nathan Zegura
39,229 Sam Hendricks
39,144 Scott Endsley
39,059 Lenny Pappano
39,016 Pretzel May
38,935 Chris Liss
38,765 Bo Mitchell
38,752 Rick Hawes
38,596 Bob Henry
38,523 Cory Bonini
38,230 Michael Nazarek
37,648 Colin Darlington




FANTASY INDEX EXPERTS POLL: OVERALL (SO FAR)
Includes all positions except quarterbacks.

Points
152,096 James Serra
151,234 Christopher Harris
151,176 Scott Pianowski
150,887 David Dorey
149,962 Kevin Marshall
149,765 Pretzel May
149,706 Alan Satterlee
149,702 Nathan Zegura
149,671 Rick Hawes
149,452 Chris Liss
149,429 Louis Tranquilli
149,220 Sam Hendricks
148,808 Jeffrey Kamys
148,377 Bob Henry
148,121 Scott Endsley
148,081 Michael Nazarek
147,861 Lenny Pappano
147,674 Colin Darlington
147,328 Bo Mitchell
146,477 Cory Bonini



RUNNING BACK MULTIPLIER NUMBERS
Using the fantasy scoring system of 1 point for every 10 yards, 6 points for
any kind of touchdown and 4 points for touchdown passes:

Points
348.9 Chris Johnson
289.9 Adrian Peterson
272.5 Maurice Jones-Drew
252.1 Ray Rice
230.6 Frank Gore
230.0 Thomas Jones
211.0 Ryan Grant
198.4 Joseph Addai
197.8 Steven Jackson
193.2 Jonathan Stewart
180.9 DeAngelo Williams
172.2 Cedric Benson
170.0 Knowshon Moreno
166.0 Matt Forte
160.4 LaDainian Tomlinson
157.5 Pierre Thomas
157.3 Marion Barber
150.6 Michael Turner
148.2 Kevin Smith
137.9 Brandon Jacobs
135.6 Beanie Wells
132.0 Darren Sproles
127.4 Steve Slaton
126.6 Ronnie Brown
120.5 Reggie Bush
74.9 Marshawn Lynch
73.9 Derrick Ward
67.1 Clinton Portis
66.2 Darren McFadden
66.1 Larry Johnson
57.5 Brian Westbrook
51.3 Willie Parker
35.6 LenDale White


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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sam Hendricks (FFGuidebook.com) finishes 10th in the Fantasy Index WR Rankings competiton, advances to 11th Overall

Continuing with the grading of the Fantasy Index Experts Poll, some new
faces have popped up. Kevin Marshall of Draftwizard.com is the winner in the
wide receiver category, followed by Colin Darlington of MyStartEmSitEm.com.

James Serra of First Place Sports Software, meanwhile, remains the overall
leader, with a lead of 1,153 points over Scott Pianowski (Yahoo! Sports).
David Dorey (The Huddle), who finished 3rd in the wide receiver category,
and Rick Hawes (Fanball) are about another 500 points back.

At wide receiver, Marshall didn't make any one pick that gave him a huge
advantage, but put together a well-rounded card. He was among the highest on
Wes Welker (12th), Brandon Marshall (11th), Vincent Jackson (14th) and
DeSean Jackson (18th). Those picks all helped him. And he was among the
lowest on Steve Smith (8th), Terrell Owens (15th) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh
(17th). Those picks all helped him relative to the other experts.

In this competition, every pick ­ 120 for each of the experts ­ is graded,
with players receiving more credit the higher they are ranked. Marshall went
with Larry Fitzgerald as his No. 1 wide receiver; that pick was worth 3,744
points (20 x 187.2). He went with Andre Johnson No. 2; that pick was worth
4,064 points (19 x 213.9). Follow that process for every pick by every
expert and Marshall is the winner in this category.

The fantasy scoring system here is 6 points for TDs, 4 for TD passes, 1 for
every 10 runrec yards and 1 for every 20 passing yards.

When the scoring is done for all six positions, the top 11 finishers will
win spots in our Mock Draft league (with the No. 1 finisher getting to
choose where he would like to select). That field should be set in a few
days.

Anthony Gonzalez getting hurt early in the first game of the season did not help many experts. In this scoring system, team health is crucial (since you're not allowed to submit
lineups or make waiver moves), and one injury can change everything.


FANTASY INDEX EXPERTS POLL: WIDE RECEIVERS

Points
34,246 Kevin Marshall
34,169 Colin Darlington
33,793 David Dorey
33,740 Nathan Zegura
33,647 Pretzel May
33,596 James Serra
33,580 Christopher Harris
33,515 Scott Pianowski
33,505 Scott Endsley
33,374 Sam Hendricks
33,345 Michael Nazarek
33,210 Bob Henry
33,162 Rick Hawes
33,058 Jeffrey Kamys
32,988 Cory Bonini
32,937 Alan Satterlee
32,837 Bo Mitchell
32,654 Chris Liss
32,646 Louis Tranquilli
32,616 Lenny Pappano

FANTASY INDEX EXPERTS POLL: OVERALL (so far)
(Includes WR, TE, K, Def)

Points
112,696 James Serra
111,543 Scott Pianowski
111,028 David Dorey
110,919 Rick Hawes
110,748 Pretzel May
110,518 Chris Liss
110,488 Christopher Harris
110,326 Nathan Zegura
110,137 Kevin Marshall
110,026 Colin Darlington
109,991 Sam Hendricks
109,897 Alan Satterlee
109,851 Michael Nazarek
109,780 Bob Henry
109,273 Jeffrey Kamys
108,977 Scott Endsley
108,854 Louis Tranquilli
108,802 Lenny Pappano
108,563 Bo Mitchell
107,954 Cory Bonini

MULTIPLIER NUMBERS FOR WIDE RECEIVERS
Using the scoring system of 6 points for TDs and 1 for every 10 yards:

Points
213.9 Andre Johnson
206.4 Randy Moss
202.4 DeSean Jackson
187.2 Larry Fitzgerald
186.4 Reggie Wayne
181.5 Roddy White
175.9 Brandon Marshall
171.8 Vincent Jackson
162.4 Wes Welker
162.0 Marques Colston
161.9 Chad Ochocinco
155.4 Santonio Holmes
152.7 Hines Ward
144.4 Steve Smith
139.3 Greg Jennings
135.7 Calvin Johnson
133.6 Anquan Boldin
124.3 Terrell Owens
109.1 T.J. Houshmandzadeh
109.0 Santana Moss
103.2 Lee Evans
101.6 Roy Williams
94.0 Braylon Edwards
85.8 Bernard Berrian
84.0 Antonio Bryant
82.9 Dwayne Bowe
72.2 Torry Holt
68.2 Ted Ginn
46.5 Eddie Royal
27.3 Lance Moore
00.0 Anthony Gonzalez

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Monday, February 1, 2010

FFGuidebook.com 13th in Fantasy Index Rankings for Defense; 9th overall

James Serra of First Place Sports Software, earlier won
the tight ends portion of the Fantasy Index Experts Poll competition; now
he's won the defensive section as well.

This one was close. Serra beat David Dorey by only 2 points ­ essentially
nothing in a category where all 20 competitors scored over 30,000 points.

With the back-to-back category wins, Serra has moved to an overall lead of
over 1,000 points. Scott Pianowski (Yahoo! Sports), Chris Liss
(Rotowire.com), Rick Hawes (Fanball) and Dorey are next in line. But we're
only halfway done grading, and we always save the most telling categories
for last ­ quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

Scoring is based on a complex formula that awards points for every selection
by every expert at every position. For each guy, 120 picks are scored, with
players weighted more heavily the higher they are ranked.

At the defense position, Serra won out in large part because he got it right
with the Pennsylvania defenses. He was the only guy to rank the Eagles No.
1, and they were the top-scoring defense in this format. Serra also was one
of only two experts to drop the Steelers down to 6th; most of the other
experts ranked them first.

However you slice it, Serra is the leader for now.

Defenses are graded using the scoring system of 6 points for touchdowns
(including special teams plays) and 2 points for every takeaway, sack and
safety. The only controversial play was Robert Meachem's fumble return for
New Orleans after he stripped a defensive back following an interception.
That type of TD was specifically not allowed in the rules laid out last May
(though the Saints did receive 2 points for a takeaway on the play). Only
one expert (Jeffrey Kamys) ranked the Saints in his top 20 anyway.

When the scoring is done for all six positions, the top 11 finishers will
win spots in our Mock Draft league (with the No. 1 finisher getting to
choose where he would like to select). That field should be set in a few
days.

FANTASY INDEX EXPERTS POLL: DEFENSES

Points
32,446 James Serra
32,444 David Dorey
32,332 Rick Hawes
32,312 Louis Tranquilli
32,264 Jeffrey Kamys
32,172 Bob Henry
32,140 Lenny Pappano
32,136 Scott Pianowski
32,014 Chris Liss
32,010 Christopher Harris
31,938 Alan Satterlee
31,816 Michael Nazarek
31,802 Sam Hendricks
31,766 Pretzel May
31,752 Colin Darlington
31,742 Cory Bonini
31,684 Kevin Marshall
31,672 Bo Mitchell
31,592 Nathan Zegura
31,552 Scott Endsley

FANTASY INDEX EXPERTS POLL: OVERALL (so far)
Includes kickers, tight ends and defenses:

Points
79,101 James Serra
78,028 Scott Pianowski
77,863 Chris Liss
77,757 Rick Hawes
77,235 David Dorey
77,102 Pretzel May
76,960 Alan Satterlee
76,909 Christopher Harris
76,617 Sam Hendricks
76,586 Nathan Zegura
76,570 Bob Henry
76,506 Michael Nazarek
76,215 Jeffrey Kamys
76,208 Louis Tranquilli
76,186 Lenny Pappano
75,891 Kevin Marshall
75,857 Colin Darlington
75,726 Bo Mitchell
75,471 Scott Endsley
74,966 Cory Bonini

FANTASY INDEX EXPERTS POLL: DEFENSE MULTIPILIER NUMBERS
Below are the 2009 stat totals for the 32 NFL teams for defensive
production. They are ranked using the scoring system of 6 points for TDs and
2 points for each sack, safety and takeaway.

Points
204 Philadelphia
196 New Orleans
180 Green Bay
178 San Francisco
164 Minnesota
162 Arizona
162 Denver
156 Pittsburgh
154 Miami
152 Baltimore
152 San Diego
150 NY Jets
146 Carolina
146 Chicago
144 Cleveland
144 Dallas
144 Tampa Bay
142 Buffalo
142 Cincinnati
142 Houston
142 Tennessee
138 Indianapolis
136 New England
136 NY Giants
132 Kansas City
130 Atlanta
120 Detroit
120 Seattle
114 Oakland
114 Washington
96 St. Louis
78 Jacksonville

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