Fantasy Football Rankings Report

by Cory J. Bonini on September 8, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


KFFL.com'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 new 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 at least one each week throughout the draft season.

Players on the rise

Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Detroit Lions

Steve Slaton, Houston Texans
Stafford will start from Day One in Detroit

Reason: The Lions promoted the 2009 No. 1 overall pick to the starting lineup, much to the chagrin of some of his teammates, per published reports. Stafford is not worth drafting in single-year fantasy leagues unless you roster three quarterbacks in at least a 14-owner league.

Josh Freeman, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Reason: The Buccaneers traded backup quarterback Luke McCown to the Jacksonville Jaguars, which permitted Freeman to climb in our rankings. We gave him a few games worth of stats due to starting passer Byron Leftwich's fragility. Avoid Freeman in all formats.

Fred Jackson, running back, Buffalo Bills

Reason: The Bills released veteran running back Dominic Rhodes over the weekend, and Jackson is expected to start the first three games of the year while Marshawn Lynch serves a league-mandated suspension. Jackson's best value is found in point-per-reception leagues. He'll still have a prominent role upon Lynch's return, and we like Jackson as a fourth fantasy running back.

Willie Parker, running back, Pittsburgh Steelers

Reason: Fast Willie is back in the driver's seat, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Parker will be the primary back until someone wrestles it away from him or he falls to injury. As for the goal line work, expect to see Parker earn plenty of chances to score. He's a No. 3 fantasy back and a sleeper.

Players on the decline

Daunte Culpepper, quarterback, Detroit Lions

Reason: The Lions named Culpepper the No. 2 job in favor of rookie Matthew Stafford. Culpepper has no fantasy value unless he finds his way into the starting job. 

Jeff Garcia, quarterback, Free Agent

Reason: The Oakland Raiders released Garcia and we have removed him from our rankings.

Luke McCown, quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars

Reason: The Jags acquired McCown from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is expected to be David Garrard's primary backup, but his fantasy value is largely unchanged. He was reduced a tad, and fantasy owners shouldn't consider him in any format.

Rashard Mendenhall, running back, Pittsburgh Steelers

Steve Slaton, Houston Texans
Mendenhall taking a backseat to FWP

Reason: Head coach Mike Tomlin has made it abundantly clear that Mendenhall wouldn't be handed anything, and he reiterated it again by vocalizing Willie Parker's role as the feature back. Tomlin added the player in the game on any given series will be the goal line option, unless he severely needs a blow.

Chauncey Washington, running back, Free Agent

Reason: Washington was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars and remains a free agent. He offers no fantasy value.

Arian Foster, running back, Houston Texans

Reason: The Houston Texans released the rookie back, but Foster was re-signed to the practice squad. Still, his fantasy value is non-existent.

Dominic Rhodes, running back, Free Agent

Reason: The veteran rusher was cut by the Bills in a somewhat surprising move. Rhodes has been removed from our rankings and can be waived from fantasy rosters unless you have the room to stash him to see where he lands.

Antonio Pittman, running back, Free Agent

Reason: Pittman was released by the St. Louis Rams and has been pulled from our rankings.

Chad Jackson, wide receiver, Free Agent

Reason: The Denver Broncos waived Jackson; accordingly, we have removed him from our rankings.

David Patten, wide receiver, Free Agent

Reason: The veteran was released from the Cleveland Browns' stable of receivers, and we have scratched him from our rankings.

Tim Carter, wide receiver, Free Agent

Reason: Carter has been removed from our projections after the St. Louis Rams waived him in their bid to reach the 53-man roster requirement.

Ronald Curry, wide receiver, Free Agent

Reason: The Detroit Lions bid farewell to Curry in their round of purging the roster, and we have yanked him from our projections.

Brandon London, wide receiver, Free Agent

Reason: We have removed London from our rankings following his release by the Miami Dolphins.

David Martin, tight end, Miami Dolphins

Reason: The Dolphins have placed Martin (knee) on Injured Reserve, and we have given him the hook from our rankings.

Matt Bryant, place kicker, Free Agent

Reason: Battling a hamstring injury throughout the preseason, Bryant was released after refusing to risk his career by kicking on an unhealthy leg. He has been removed from KFFL's rankings.

Entering rankings/unchanged newsmaker

Byron Leftwich, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Reason: Despite being named the starter, Leftwich's fantasy value hasn't changed since we originally projected him to win the job. He doesn't warrant fantasy consideration, even in the deepest of leagues.

Xavier Omon, running back, Buffalo Bills

Reason: The removal of Dominic Rhodes from the Bills' roster allows Omon to move into the No. 3 spot. He ascends to the No. 2 role with Marshawn Lynch suspended for the first three games.

Mike Nugent, place kicker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Reason: Nugent replaces Matt Bryant as the Buccaneers' kicker in our rankings. His accuracy and consistency are questionable; fantasy owners shouldn't consider him during their drafts.

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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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