March 10, 2005 |
Edgerrin James could be a bargain for some NFL team. James' new agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said yesterday the Indianapolis Colts were not demanding a first-round draft pick in exchange for the former two-time NFL rushing champion. James, the Colts' career rushing leader, was designated the team's franchise player last month. Now Rosenhaus, who said he spoke with Colts president Bill Polian yesterday, is looking for a trade. "The bottom line is that I talked to the Colts today, and he doesn't think he can get a long-term deal done," Rosenhaus said in a telephone interview.
August 27, 2009
Top 100. . . F-3 Quarterbacks. . . F-5 2008 statistics. . . F-6 Running backs. . . F-7 Fantasy nuggets. . . Centerspread Wide receivers. . . F-10 Injuries. . . F-11 Tight ends/kickers. . . F-12 Defenses. . . F-14 Inside one league's draft. . . F-15 ABOUT THE WRITER Sports writer Ed Barkowitz has been writing about fantasy football since 2001. You can read his reports weekly in the Daily News. 2008 FANTASY Award winners, as voted on by Daily News readers: MVP: Kurt Warner, QB, Cardinals Best quarterback: Kurt Warner, Cardinals Best wide receiver: Anquan Boldin, Cardinals Best running back: Adrian Peterson, Vikings Least valuable player: Edgerrin James, Cardinals Worst quarterback: Marc Bulger, Rams Worst wide receiver: Braylon Edwards, Browns Worst running back: Joseph Addai, Colts ABOUT THE COVER Three players who could have a huge fantasy impact this season: Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
August 31, 2007 |
What a difference a year makes. In 2006, running backs Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis and Carnell Williams were top 10 selections in the majority of fantasy drafts. Each was perceived as a can't-miss option, with Williams being the darling choice after his strong rookie season. But not much went according to plan. James struggled in Arizona and wound up with his worst yards-per-carry average behind a shaky offensive line. Portis suffered a broken hand against the Eagles in Week 10 that shut him down for the year, and Williams managed just 798 yards rushing for the Bucs.
July 18, 2003 |
The Kansas City Chiefs signed running back Larry Johnson to a seven-year deal yesterday, making him just the second first-round draft pick to agree to terms. The deal is worth $8.8 million and includes a signing bonus of a little more than $3 million, the Associated Press reported. Johnson, the 27th overall pick, led the nation in rushing with 2,087 yards at Penn State and was third in the Heisman Trophy voting. The Chiefs also signed fourth-round pick Brett Williams, an offensive tackle from Florida State, to a three-year contract for undisclosed terms.
October 27, 2001 |
Two-time NFL rushing champ Edgerrin James could miss the Indianapolis Colts game next week at Buffalo because of a sprained left knee. James injured the knee with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in Thursday's 35-28 victory at Kansas City. James was hurt when his foot stuck in the Arrowhead Stadium grass as linebacker Marvcus Patton tackled him. Colts coach Jim Mora said James had an MRI exam yesterday that confirmed he had a sprained knee - but no structural damage. Mora listed James as questionable, meaning there was a 50-50 chance he would play Nov. 4 against the Bills.
November 29, 2007 |
It doesn't take Peyton Manning or Tom Brady to win a fantasy championship. It helps, but this quirky competition is about fielding the right combination of players peaking at the right time. That can include minor NFL players benefiting from good opportunities. The Buccaneers' best fantasy performer is quarterback Jeff Garcia, but running back Earnest Graham has the attractive upcoming schedule that includes three of the weaker rushing defenses in those of the Texans, Falcons and 49ers.
November 9, 2007 |
It is time to applaud fantasy owners who recognized the potential in Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and seized the opportunity to draft him. After a record-setting game by the rookie, it is easy to forget that in August, Peterson was labeled more risk than reward. The critics said Peterson was injury-prone and risky because of an upright running style vulnerable to dangerous hits. Besides, the Vikings already had a starting running back in Chester Taylor. Many fantasy draft magazines ranked Peterson below 20 other running backs, including Taylor.
November 22, 2007 |
Deciding on a starting lineup is part intuition, part math class, and a heavy dose of Patriots players whenever possible. Randy Moss notwithstanding, the level of opponent can affect fantasy production for even the best players. The Eagles' Brian Westbrook is one of the top five performers in fantasy this season and should be in all lineups when healthy, However, expectations must be tempered with reality. Westbrook may struggle on the ground Sunday against the Patriots' sixth-ranked rushing defense.
April 14, 2001 |
The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent running back Charlie Garner, the team said yesterday. Garner, 29, spent the last two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, topping the 1,000-yard mark each year. He rushed for 1,142 yards with seven touchdowns last season and caught 68 passes for 647 yards and three scores to earn his first Pro Bowl selection. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed. Garner has rushed for 6,376 yards and 28 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons and caught 199 passes for 1,744 yards and five scores.
January 16, 2009 |
The Arizona Cardinals might have been the last team that Eagles defensive tackles Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley wanted to see a second time this season. It's not because either man fears the Cardinals. It's just that when the Eagles trounced Arizona, 48-20, on Thanksgiving night at Lincoln Financial Field, neither Patterson nor Bunkley left the bench all that much. With the Cardinals having fallen behind by 21-0 early, they went almost exclusively to the air, running the football only 10 times while trying 39 passes.