NFL Fantasy Football
27th, 2007 - Page updated at 3:00 pm
Bodog Fantasy - Week 5 - Player News
NFL Fantasy Football
Re-evaluating a player's situation is key
September 27, 2007
By Jason Lake
Do you have the post-draft blues?
Most fantasy draft lists started with LaDainian
Tomlinson, Steven Jackson and Larry Johnson. That
hasn't worked out too well so far. Tomlinson has
51.80 fantasy points after three weeks, good for
36th among all players and eighth among running backs.
But at least he's way better than Jackson (36.30
points) and Johnson (31.30 points).
Things aren't happening for a lot of quarterbacks,
either. Drew Brees was pre-ranked fourth among QBs
and ninth overall for the draft. His 25.00 fantasy
points, though, put him 28th among all pivots, below
the likes of Joey Harrington (44.90 points) and Josh
McCown (37.90 points).
Is it time to pull the trigger on some of these
clods? Or is patience the right approach? The first
thing you need to do is re-evaluate these players
and their situations. All four of the struggling
players we've mentioned are operating in different
circumstances that they were in 2006 - or even Week
1 of this season.
The common thread with this gruesome foursome is
the offensive line. The deeper committed football
analysts delve into what makes a team tick, the more
they realize that - aside from the quarterback -
the most important players on the gridiron are those
unsung heroes on the offensive line, especially the
center and whichever tackle is protecting the QB's
blindside. If the line is shaky, the team is sunk.
Of these four players, Jackson is in the worst position.
His line has lost tackle Orlando Pace and guard Mark
Setterstrom for the season. Tackle Richie Incognito
may return this week against the Cowboys, but there
simply isn't enough talent remaining to open up running
lanes for Jackson once he does return to action from
a groin injury.
Brees is also in big trouble behind a poor offensive
line and without RB Deuce McAllister for the remainder
of the year. But there is reason to believe better
things are coming for Tomlinson and Johnson. The
Chargers may have downgraded at coach with Norv Turner,
but they still have talented personnel, and tackle
Shane Olivea should be ready to play this week. And
Johnson's offensive line may be weak following the
retirement of guard Will Shields, but he should improve
as he plays himself back into health, and the Chiefs'
schedule gets much easier from here after starting
the season against the defenses of Houston, Chicago
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