Only two playoff games have been completed so far, and already there’s plenty to talk about looking forward to our 2010 fantasy drafts/auctions/keeper decisions.
Take, for instance, Shonn Greene. He was awesome against the Bengals – 21-135-1 – and had an awesome week – 19-144-2 – during the season. Is Thomas Jones done in NY? Is Green really that good? There are a lot of questions that need to be answered, and surely most of them will be hashed out between now and July-August of 2010.
But one thing is for certain, Green is likely to be overvalued by a lot of fantasy players in 2010. He could be excellent, but he’s setting himself up to be good early-season trade material if he stumbles out of the gate for owners who paid dearly for “the next big thing” at running back.
What else? Plenty:
Shayne Graham – There is not a more hated man in Cincinnati right now. Graham missed two field goals in the 24-14 loss. While the kicks wouldn’t have given his team the lead, they would have given them hope. Twice. That could have been enough. Shayne’s gonna be looking for work.
Carson Palmer – What was wrong with this QB all game? He was firing the ball all over the place. Palmer’s going to have surgery on his non-throwing thumb, but that doesn’t explain how terrible he was against the Jets. All of his receivers suffered as a result.
Chad Ochocinco – Had 2 catches for 28 yards. Don’t play your No. 1 receiver if he’s traveling to Revis Island, as some of the folks on Twitter refer to it. There’s no reception out there.
Cedric Benson – The only effective Bengal, Benson had 169 yards on 21 carries. He’s just a different back than the Cedric Benson that started his career with the Bears. It’ll be interesting to see where he gets picked in 2010.
Mark Sanchez – Commentators made a big deal about how the kid gloves were off Sanchez in this game. He still only threw the ball 15 times, but completed 12 for 182 yards and a TD. Those aren’t starting fantasy QB numbers, but he can build on them.
Braylon Edwards – We expected a bigger improvement after his change of scenery from Cleveland to New York. Instead we get a dropped long TD pass that hit him right in the 1 of the No. 17 on his jersey. It’s disappointing to think about how far he’s fallen.
Dustin Keller – He hasn’t been great this season, but Keller made a good cut and raced 45 yards on a catch yesterday. Keller finished with 3 catches for 99 yards and a TD. As Sanchez improves, so does Keller’s value.
Jerricho Cotchery – The wide receiver caught all 6 targets for 67 yards. That’s not a spectacular performance on its own, but look at it this way, he caught half of the completions thrown by Mark Sanchez.
Thomas Jones – A benefactor of Jones’ ageless legs this season, I was surprised how ineffective he was against the Bengals. He averaged just 2.3 yards on 15 carries. He did score a TD, but it seemed like Greene was auditioning to take over his spot.
Donovan McNabb – There are two QBs worth talking about in Philadelphia, and I’m going to start with the incumbent. McNabb’s inconsistency Sunday may have cost him his job. It’s sad because, like Charles Barkley said in the pregame, McNabb is the best, most underrated QB of his career. Possibly the best in Eagles’ history. The next QB will have a hard time accomplishing what he did in 10 years. That said, McNabb hasn’t been shown the door yet, but we all know Philly fans. It wasn’t his fault the Eagles D was giving up eight minute drives, but many fans will blame him anyway.
Mike Vick – The heir apparent to the throne threw a short out to Jeremy Maclin who beat his guy with one move and raced for 76 yards and a TD. The announcers were all, McNabb’s 0-for-3 and Vick’s 1-for-1 with a TD. Too funny. Vick looked completely helpless watching a defender scoop up a lost fumble and threw an incompletion on his other pass attempt. Not sure Eagles fans will want him either.
Jeremy Maclin – Speaking of the aforementioned Maclin, the rookie receiver had 146 yards, a TD and seven catches on a whopping 12 targets. The Cowboys took DeSean Jackson out of the equation and Maclin made them pay. Lots of good, young talent in Philadelphia.
Eagles running backs – LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver combined for 10 carries and 43 yards. That is not good. Brian Westbrook contributed a 27-yard catch. With more balance, maybe Philadelphia could have stayed with the Cowboys. McCoy didn’t seem ready to replace Westbrook on Saturday.
Tony Romo – When they showed the regular season statistics at the start of the game, I was surprised that he broke records for completions, attempts and yards. This was a guy I didn’t draft in one league because I was afraid his value would drop without TO in town. Somehow he’s better. He had another great game Saturday – 23/35-244-2 – and finished with a 104.9 QB rating. As long as he has Miles Austin, he’s an elite QB.
Marion Barber – A left knee injury that kept him out of practice Thursday held him to just three carries on Sunday. I have him in a deep dynasty league, and I’m very scared, not just of the injury, but of how events played out in his absence.
Felix Jones – With Barber out of commission, Jones went nuts. He finished with 148 yards on 16 carries and a TD. He also turned a screen pass into 30 yards. This guy’s for real, and the Chinstrap Ninjas have been touting him since the preseason. Jzak has him pegged to become a rockstar next year in his early 2010 sleepers post.
Miles Austin – Targeted 10 times, Austin caught 7 for 82 and a TD. He’ll be a top 5 WR in 2010. Top 3? The Magic 8 Ball says, “signs point to yes.”
Roy Williams – The man who was supposed to be the next TO, caught five of eight targets for 59 yards. As a complement to Austin for an entire season, Williams will be an intriguing mid-round pick in 2010.
Michael Jenkins – He looked Darrelle Revis-like in holding DeSean Jackson to just three catches. He batted down four passes, made two solo tackles and picked off McNabb.
All that in just two games in the first weekend of the playoffs. What might be in store for us today?