Fantasy football rankings report

by Cory J. Bonini on July 24, 2009 @ 17:01:07 PDT's fantasy football rankings are fluid from week to week - and even on a daily basis if news dictates such. To keep you in the loop, our long-standing NFL Grapevine series has a moniker and fresh look, but the flavor remains as tasty as ever. Track the changes in a snapshot approach by using KFFL's Fantasy Football Rankings Report, released each Friday throughout the draft season.

Players on the rise

No players have moved up in our rankings during the past week.

Players on the decline

Brad Cottam, tight end, Kansas City Chiefs

Reason: We crunched his numbers again after they seemed high and realized that Cottam was projected to optimistically. The tight end position was seldom used in Todd Haley's system with the Arizona Cardinals. Cottam will be used slightly more than the Arizona tight ends were since KC doesn't have Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. The 6-foot-9 Cottam should be a capable red zone target for quarterback Matt Cassel, though.

Fantasy tip: He isn't worth drafting until Haley gives attention to the position.

Entering rankings/unchanged newsmaker

Drew Bennett, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens

Reason: The Ravens signed Bennett this week as another body to throw into the mix at wide receiver. Reportedly, his addition had nothing to do with the retirement of Derrick Mason. Baltimore was supposedly interested in Bennett's services well before Mason hung up his cleats.

Fantasy tip: He's best left for the waiver wire.

Minnesota Vikings' offense

Brett Favre, free agent No, really, it's OK - take your time

Unchanged: The conclusion to his ongoing decision to sign with the Vikings appears to be right around the corner for Brett Favre, so we'll wait until something concrete happens before we adjust the players his return will affect.

Fantasy tip: Favre remains ranked as a mid-to-low No. 2 fantasy quarterback in our rankings on the cusp of his expected announcement. Obviously, we will remove him from the rankings should he chose to remain retired.

Willis McGahee, running back, Baltimore Ravens

Unchanged: We haven't moved him down in our rankings yet, despite his admission that he thinks Ray Rice will be the starting running back entering training camp. We're waiting to see what the carry split in camp looks like before making any adjustments.

Fantasy tip: Until the situation is clarified, you can't consider McGahee as anything more than a No. 4 fantasy carrier. 

Ronald Curry, wide receiver, St. Louis Rams

Unchanged: Despite joining his second team this offseason, the injury-prone veteran receiver doesn't change - just yet - in our rankings. Our numbers are fair from the role he was competing for in Detroit in comparison to the same situation in St. Louis. The Rams are going to run a similar offense to what the Lions will be (run-first, ground control). Even still, Curry needs to compete for the third job but is expected to be the fourth receiver. Recent reports suggest he may have lost a step, so we'll let training camp be the judge of that.

Fantasy tip: No drafting of Curry is necessary.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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