Fantasy Clicks: Storylines to watch
With just 48 hours before kickoff and a long offseason of fantasy speculation almost behind us, I'll be watching a six-pack of plots play out in this weekend's games.
"Enter Anderson, who has one of the strongest arms in football and would be a perfect play-action quarterback in the pocket for the Cards. ... My bold prediction is that Anderson could wrest the job by the beginning of the season or at the latest, midway."
The only thing that surprised me was how quickly things unraveled publicly in the past two weeks of preseason for Leinart, leading to the wholesale change. Anderson should make a low end QB2 for most leagues and will come dirt cheap, at least until he proves himself reliable. For me, WR
In Seattle, the cutting of
Thanks to the Houshmandzadeh pickup,
It's amazing how quickly fortunes change not only in the NFL, but in fantasy. Here's how the top 30 looked in my 10-team, mixed yardage and scoring league draft in 2006:
1 RB Larry Johnson, Chiefs
11 RB Lamont Jordan, Raiders
21 RB Willie Parker, Steelers
This collection of old-school names makes the draft look like it took place eight years ago instead of just four. The running back attrition rate really stands out here, and by the way, was Brown always a fantasy tease? Interesting how Jackson's draft spot didn't differ much from this year's projections (now that's consistency). Top-pick Johnson entered year two of his brief two-year reign of dominance, while No. 2 pick Tomlinson would go supernova with 28 TDs that year. Alexander's period as a member of the Big 3 running backs ended this season, as his TD number fell from the then-record 27 in 2005 to just seven the next season.
As far as the other backs went, James' desert decline was imminent, while Jones washed out, Dunn's days were numbered, Parker had a short shelf life and Davis got hurt and never played in 2006. And that forward-thinking last pick of the third round? By some astute owner and current Fantasy Clicks lead writer