Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving: Early Football Deadline

As you likely realize, this Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States.  What you need to realize is that as a result, this week's Strategy Deadline is Thursday November 22 at 12:30 PM ET.  This means that your strategy and early game players are 'frozen' as of Thursday, though you are still able to make adjustments involving players who are playing the Sunday and Monday games this week.

So make sure you hit the free agent market early to avoid disappointment!

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

gamedayritual Nation

OK, I'll be the first to admin this is very random.  And that the gamedayritual Nation does not just include the lower 48 plus slices of Canada and Mexico.  But I was playing around with some Google Earth functionality and this is what came of it.

If you're into Google Earth, you can find the KMZ file here.  (Note: this link requires Google Earth, and will launch Google Earth when clicked if you have it installed.)

A(-rod) Modest Proposal

With the fun and games that have surrounded A-Rod and his interesting relationship with the Yankees, Steinbrenner, the media world and reality in general I thought I'd interject with a proposal of my own.

A-Rod signs a new 282 HR contract with the Yankees.  Terms of the deal - $1M for each HR hit.  The deal would last until A-Rod reaches 800 HRs - he's sitting on 518 now.

Economically speaking it means the faster he hits 'em, the faster he makes 'his money' and the more entertainment he delivers to the fans.  It gives the Yankees the side-show they're looking for to close out the House that Ruth Built and kick-off life in new Yankees' Stadium: The House that A-Rod Built...?  It gives A-Rod the spotlight he deserves and is looking for.

And it provides a novel approach dolling out the riches of MLB.  I wouldn't mind players getting paid based on their actual performance - somehow it seems more honest.  But perhaps I'm a just a jilted Blue Jays fan who watched Carlos Delgado wilt after getting the big deal and watching BJ Ryan sit out the season after cashing in on a big year.

I wonder what KC fans think about all the smoke (and cash) coming out of NYC?  Maybe A-Rod will take them out for lunch the next time they're in town... me - I know that I'll be chasing A-Rod as hard as I can come FAB-time.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

In Progress: Football ’07 – Deals and Steals

Which Players are Providing the Most Bang for Your Buck

It’s the midpoint of the football season, the perfect time to evaluate how well our site-o-geniuses have thus far proven their ability to prognosticate. We’ll do so by taking a look at the players who have the best fantasy-point-per-million (FP/$M) ratios to date across the various positions. We enforced FP minimums at each position to filter out a little noise, and then compiled the following tables:

Offense

QB

(Min 200 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Favre, B.

GBP

4.0

227

28.4

57.2

2

Roethlisberg, B.

PIT

4.3

219

27.4

51.0

3

Romo, T.

DAL

5.7

242

30.3

42.6

4

Brady, T.

NEP

11.1

412

45.8

37.3

5

Brees, D.

NOS

11.0

217

27.1

19.8

HB

(Min 80 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Peterson, Ad.

MIN

5.0

120

15.0

24.2

2

Barber, M.

DAL

3.6

81

10.1

22.5

3

Lynch, M.

BUF

3.9

83

10.4

21.0

4

Addai, J.

IND

6.0

107

15.3

17.9

5

Brown, Ro.

MIA

5.8

90

12.9

15.5

WR

(Min 68 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Welker, W.

NEP

1.6

83

9.2

50.8

2

Edwards, B.

CLE

2.9

96

12.0

32.9

3

Holmes, S.

PIT

2.5

68

9.7

27.0

4

Moss, R.

NEP

6.3

130

14.4

20.6

5

Houshmandzada, T.

CIN

5.4

98

12.3

18.1

TE

(Min 30 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Clark, Da.

IND

1.7

60

7.5

35.5

2

Miller, H.

PIT

1.9

50

6.3

25.7

3

Witten, J.

DAL

2.9

67

8.4

23.2

4

Winslow, K.

CLE

3.0

55

6.9

18.3

5

Watson, B.

NEP

2.4

42

6.0

17.7

OL

(Min 70 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Tampa Bay OL

TBB

0.6

91

10.1

142.3

2

Miami OL

MIA

0.7

71

8.8

105.8

3

Houston OL

HOU

1.2

86

9.5

71.3

4

Tennessee OL

TEN

1.3

88

10.9

64.9

5

New York (NFC) OL

NYG

1.9

85

10.6

45.0

FB

(Min 12 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Leonard, B.

SLR

1.3

60

7.4

46.4

2

Sellers, M.

WAS

0.9

28

3.4

30.3

3

Cook, J.

HOU

0.5

15

2.1

28.6

4

Weaver, L.

SEA

0.6

16

2.2

27.4

5

Evans, H.

NEP

0.8

19

2.4

23.8

Defense

DL

(Min 50 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Dockett, D.

ARI

0.6

60

7.4

92.8

2

White, De.

DET

0.9

57

7.1

67.0

3

Dumervil, E.

DEN

0.9

51

6.4

55.1

4

Kiwanuka, M.

NYG

1.5

52

6.5

34.0

5

Cole, T.

PHI

2.8

62

7.7

21.9

LB

(Min 67 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Harrison, Ja.

PIT

0.6

82

10.2

125.6

2

McIntosh, R.

WAS

1.0

72

9.0

74.4

3

Ruud, B.

TBB

1.1

74

8.2

69.6

4

Howard, T.

OAK

1.3

76

9.5

59.5

5

Boley, M.

ATL

1.6

76

9.5

46.9

DB

(Min 55 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Wright, E.

CLE

0.6

62

7.8

96.2

2

Bodden, L.

CLE

0.7

61

7.6

90.4

3

Hayden, K.

IND

0.7

58

7.3

88.5

4

Nelson, R.

JAC

0.9

59

7.4

69.0

5

Revis, D.

NYJ

0.9

60

6.7

68.6

Special Teams

PK

(Min 65 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Folk, N.

DAL

0.6

80

10.0

136.0

2

Crosby, M.

GBP

0.8

78

9.8

95.4

3

Brown, K.

HOU

1.0

83

9.3

82.2

4

Bironas, R.

TEN

1.1

85

10.6

75.7

5

Gostkowski, S.

NEP

1.2

82

9.1

70.2

P

(Min 65 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Colquitt, D.

KCC

0.5

80

10.0

147.9

2

Barr, M.

ARI

0.6

67

8.4

121.1

3

Sepulveda, D.

PIT

0.6

66

8.3

105.0

4

Lee, A.

SFF

1.2

108

13.5

88.7

5

Koch, S.

BAL

0.9

71

10.1

74.7

A few names above are more remarkable than others, but the most amazing inclusion above must belong to Tom Brady. This is not to say that it’s surprising that he’s good. It’s just that at an average salary of $11M, that he’s so good for the money. Favre makes the list at the rather affordable $4M price tag, and Drew Brees, having turned his season around is starting to pay dividends as well. Romo and Roethlisberg are also proving doubters that they deserve The MoneyTM.

With the record-setting season he’s having, it’s not a shock to see the Viking’s Adrian Peterson leading the halfbacks. Even at $5M/year, an astounding salary for a rookie, he is proving to be worth every penny and then some. The workmanlike performance by the Cowboys’ Marion Barber also has him high on the list, pulling in a modest $3.6M a year at GamedayRitual but producing 81 FP to date. Fellow grinder Marshawn Lynch, the oft-overlooked Joseph Addai, and somewhat surprising Ronnie Brown round-out the halfbacks.

Other offensive notables include Patriot WRs Welker and Moss, the always under-appreciated TE Dallas Clark, and a pair of offensive lines from Florida in the Bucs and Dolphins that are earning near the league minimum of $0.5M, but are producing like upper-tier lines. TEs Witten, Winslow and WR Houshmanzada are also notable given their higher salaries, but commensurate production.

On defense where new faces pop-up each year, it’s impressive that defensive linemen Kiwanuka and Cole are earning their keep in the top 5 by value. Feel good story James Harrison is leading the Steelers defense as well as the GDR linebackers in value at an astonishing rate of 125FP/$M, the best of any defensive players.

And finally on special teams, we would be remiss not to mention that even though punter Andy Lee is being paid a substantial $1.2M on average, that the San Francisco 49ers are so bad that he might be their MVP. We’re also impressed that the Patriots’ Gostkowski is a value-play given how infrequently the Pats pull up for a field goal. If his leg doesn’t fall off kicking PATs, he should continue to pay for himself.

Filed by gamedayScott