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Friday, January 30, 2009

Top 20 Off-Season Buys / Sells

Top 20 Off-Season Buys
1. Steven Jackson, RB, Rams
2. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
3. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
4. Randy Moss, WR, Patriots
5. Kellen Winslow, TE, Browns
6. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
7. Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Colts
8. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
9. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
10. Braylon Edwards, WR, Browns
11. Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins
12. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
13. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers
14. Chad Henne, QB, Dolphins
15. Lee Evans, WR, Bills
16. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
17. Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs
18. Roy Williams, WR, Cowboys
19. Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings
20. Josh Morgan, WR, 49ers

Others Buys:

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
Greg Olsen, TE, Bears
Brent Celek, TE, Eagles
Donovan McNabb, QB, Eagles
Matt Schaub, QB, Texans
Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers
Torry Holt, WR, Rams
Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
Trent Edwards, QB, Bills
Matt Jones, WR, Jaguars
Mark Clayton, WR, Ravens
Jason Hill, WR, 49ers

Top 20 Off-Season Sells
1. Brian Westbrook, RB, Eagles
2. Steve Slaton, RB, Texans
3. Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers
4. Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
5. Matt Cassel, QB, Patriots
6. Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
7. Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins
8. Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
9. Eli Manning, QB, Giants
10. Thomas Jones, RB, Jets
11. JaMarcus Russell, QB, Raiders
12. Domenik Hixon, WR, Giants
13. Matt Forte, RB, Bears
14. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Chiefs
15. Kyle Orton, QB, Bears
16. Shaun Hill, QB, 49ers
17. John Carlson, TE, Seahawks
18. Willie Parker, RB, Steelers
19. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
20. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons

Other Sells:

Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
Tyler Thigpen, QB, Chiefs
Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Vikings
Bo Scaife, TE, Titans


Anonymous said...

Buy LT and sell Westbrook? I was thinking the opposite.

Chris Wesseling said...

What can I say? I think the opposite. I would imagine you can get LT a whole hell of a lot cheaper right now.

Philly ready to crater? Eagles to grab a backfield partner?

Anonymous said...

No sooner did I write that comment then I heard that Westbrook may need knee surgery... Oops

Anonymous said...

what do you have against slaton? he's a good young RB on an up and coming offense. I know they'll probably end up bringing in a goaline back but I think he's just scratching the surface of what we can expect from him.

Chris Wesseling said...

I personally would look to deal Slaton because I think he'll always be paired with another back. History tells us that every successful rookie runner doesn't keep getting better and many crater. I think Slaton's rookie year will end up being his most valuable fantasy season.

I don't see him as a young stud RB, but I know there a lot of guys who do value him that highly. To me, that's what makes him such a sell right now. I think you can cash in and get an outstanding return.

Anonymous said...

Most teams use a two RB system anyway. the feature back is rapidly going the way of the dinosaur. Just because Slaton was drafted to be a third down back and turned into a good starter doesn't mean that he over achieved. Hell look at Royal in Denver. He was drafted to be a returner and turned out to be an every down starting WR. Slatons skill set reminds me of westbrook when he was younger. which if you're in a PPR dynasty league, makes him very valuable. we will have to agree to disagree on this one! I give you credit though, you're rankings are usually spot on.

Chris Wesseling said...

Right. I agree that most teams use a committee -- they always have. The problem is that Slaton is going to get replaced in short yardage and at the goal-line, which makes him what? A slightly slower Willie Parker with better pass catching skills?

You can compare him to a guy like Chris Johnson, but Johnson is much more talented and did his damage against 8- and 9-man fronts. Slaton is good, but he's not living off of elite talent like Johnson is. He can replaced in the Texans offense just like Addai could always be replaced in the Colts offense.

I'm not saying I'm right that he's going to lose value. It's just a judgment call. If I owned him, I would sell him high right now b/c I know there are a lot of guys like you who value him as a stud.