Saturday, September 3, 2016

2010 Fantasy Baseball: Third Base Rankings

Get ready for the 2010 Fantasy Baseball season by dominating your draft with some of the best fantasy baseball rankings, stat projections, and player info, all right here for free. Third Base (3B) Rankings are based on a 1-year standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2010 season.

Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2009 season.

In these rankings, for a player to qualify at Third Base (3B), they must have played in at least 10 games or started at least 5 games at the Third Base (3B) position during the 2009 season. Each players 2010 fantasy baseball position eligibility and their age for the 2010 season is provided after their name.

Top 10 – Third Base (3B) Rankings 2010

#1 – Alex Rodriguez – 3B – New York Yankees (34)
Rodriguez may be getting up there in age, but as long as he is batting in that potent Yankees lineup, there is no reason to expect a drop off in stats anytime soon. 30 homeruns and 100 rbi are essentially a guarantee from ARod in 2010 with plenty of potential for even more.
2009 Stats: 444 AB, 78 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 14 SB, .286 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 110 R, 35 HR, 120 RBI, 10 SB, .300 AVG

#2 – Evan Longoria – 3B – Tampa Bay Rays (24)
At just age 24, there is plenty of reason to expect an ever better year statically from Longoria in 2010 than what he put up in 2009. Longoria should be a perennial 30 homerun and 100 rbi third baseman over the next decade. An increase in stolen bases to around 10-15 is also a very good possibility for Longoria in 2010.
2009 Stats: 584 AB, 100 R, 33 HR, 113 RBI, 9 SB, .281 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 35 HR, 115 RBI, 12 SB, .295 AVG

#3 – David Wright – 3B – New York Mets (27)
After tallying 116 homeruns over his first four seasons as a starter for the Mets, Wright experienced a major power outage during the 2009 season as he managed to knock out just 10 homeruns. So on the heals of being label a fantasy baseball bust for the first time in his career, Wright at just age 27 is primed for a major comeback in 2010. I would expect a reemergence to at least 25 homeruns for Wright during the 2010 season. Combine that with the potential for 20 plus stolen bases, and Wright could very easily be a draft day steal for fantasy baseball teams in 2010.
2009 Stats: 535 AB, 88 R, 10 HR, 72 RBI, 27 SB, .307 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 110 R, 28 HR, 115 RBI, 18 SB, .310 AVG

#4 – Ryan Zimmerman – 3B – Washington Nationals (25)
Since his emergence onto the major league scene back in 2005, Zimmerman was seemingly on the cusp of taking over the role as a potentially elite fantasy baseball 3B. Then last season, Zimmerman finally broke out with a career year in 2009 that included 33 homeruns and 106 rbi. At just age 25, Zimmerman offers plenty of potential to put up even better stats, with an eventual 40 homerun campaign not that far fetched.
2009 Stats: 610 AB, 110 R, 33 HR, 106 RBI, 2 SB, .292 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 35 HR, 110 RBI, 5 SB, .300 AVG

#5 – Mark Reynolds – 3B/1B – Arizona Diamondbacks (26)
A career year last season may have set up Reynolds to be the dreaded fantasy bust this season. And realistically, after posting 44 homeruns and 24 stolen bases last season, Reynolds could easily have an extremely hard time matching those stats once again in 2010. I would expect stats closer to 30 homeruns and 15 stolen bases this season. So draft Reynolds based on those 30-15 stats rather than the 40-20 homerun-stolen stats. However on the upside for Reynolds is the fact that he offers fantasy baseball teams duel position eligibility at 1B and 3B, which helps boost Reynolds fantasy value heading into the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 578 AB, 98 R, 44 HR, 102 RBI, 24 SB, .260 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 15 SB, .260 AVG

#6 – Kevin Youkilis – 3B/1B – Boston Red Sox (31)
Simply put, Youkilis is a steady and reliable hitter who plays in a potent run scoring Boston lineup. Combine that with his duel eligibility at 1B and 3B, and fantasy baseball teams have a solid sure bet starter for their team. On the downside, Youkilis is more of a 25 homerun and 90 RBI guy, rather than the big bopper of 35 homeruns and 120 RBIs.
2009 Stats: 491 AB, 99 R, 27 HR, 94 RBI, 7 SB, .306 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 95 R, 25 HR, 95 RBI, 3 SB, .305 AVG

#7 – Pablo Sandoval – 3B/1B – San Francisco Giants (23)
During just his first full season in the majors last year, Sandoval quickly established himself as one of the best hitters in all baseball. Displaying an Albert Pujols/Vladimir Guerrero type of plate coverage, Sandoval a switch-hitter, can essentially hit any pitch throw at him, as he has already raked in a career .333 batting average over 717 at bats in the major leagues so far. Combine that type of batting average with outstanding power, and Sandoval at just age 23, has the potential to be a perennial 30 plus homerun, 100 plus RBI, and .320 plus batting average hitter over the next 10 years. Entering the 2010 season, Sandoval will offer fantasy baseball teams duel position eligibility at both 1B and 3B, with his future full time position likely to be 1B.
2009 Stats: 572 AB, 79 R, 25 HR, 90 RBI, 5 SB, .330 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 5 SB, .325 AVG

#8 – Chone Figgins – 3B – Seattle Mariners (32)
Much like his new teammate in Seattle, Figgins offers fantasy baseball teams the same type of luxury that Ichiro Suzuki offers. Stolen bases, stolen bases, and runs scored. As for the power numbers, there is little to be excited about as Figgins has never hit 10 homeruns in any major league season yet.
2009 Stats: 615 AB, 114 R, 5 HR, 54 RBI, 42 SB, .298 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 110 R, 5 HR, 55 RBI, 45 SB, .290 AVG

#9 – Aramis Ramirez – 3B – Chicago Cubs (32)
Injuries may have derailed Ramirez’s 2009 season, however there should still be plenty in the tank for Ramirez to return to his 25 homerun and 100 rbi form during the 2010 season. Based on his stats from last season, Ramirez will likely come at a huge discount in numerous fantasy baseball drafts this year. However make sure you do not let him slip too far, as Ramirez is a reliable and proven 3B option. He could easily become one of the top comeback players and fantasy baseball draft day steals in 2010.
2009 Stats: 306 AB, 46 R, 15 HR, 65 RBI, 2 SB, .317 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 90 R, 25 HR, 100 RBI, 2 SB, .300 AVG

#10 – Ian Stewart – 3B/2B – Colorado Rockies (25)
During his first full season in the majors last year, Stewart bounced around between playing 2B and 3B for the Rockies, so even though Stewart will enter the 2010 season as the Rockies full time starting 3B, he will still qualify as a 2B in fantasy baseball leagues during the 2010 season. Boasting 30 homerun and 100 rbi potential, Stewart should contribute outstanding power numbers to the 2B position for fantasy teams this season. However after posting a dreadful .228 batting average over 425 at bats during the 2009 season, Stewart offers much of the same type of stat potential as Dan Uggla, only Stewart is a less reliable and proven option. Yet with a career .293 batting average from over 2200 at bats during his time in the minor leagues, there is ample reason to believe an immense batting average improvement could be in store from Stewart during the 2010 season
2009 Stats: 425 AB, 74 R, 25 HR, 70 RBI, 7 SB, .228 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 85 R, 30 HR, 95 RBI, 5 SB, .275 AVG

Third Base (3B) Rankings: #11-20

#11 – Adrian Beltre – 3B – Boston Red Sox (31)
#12 – Michael Young – 3B – Texas Rangers (33)
#13 – Chris Davis – 3B/1B – Texas Rangers (24)
#14 – Jhonny Peralta – 3B/SS – Cleveland Indians (28)
#15 – Gordon Beckham – 3B – Chicago White Sox (23)

#16 – Jorge Cantu – 3B/1B – Florida Marlins (28)
#17 – Casey McGehee – 3B/2B – Milwaukee Brewers (27)
#18 – Chipper Jones – 3B – Atlanta Braves (38)
#19 – Mat Gamel – 3B – Milwaukee Brewers (24)
#20 – Alex Gordon – 3B – Kansas City Royals (26)

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2010 Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitcher (SP) Sleepers

2010 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Starting Pitcher (SP) Sleepers. Starting Pitcher (SP) Sleeper selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2010 season. Scoring system stats include: wins, losses, strikeouts, era, and whip – (W, L, K, ERA, WHIP). IP = innings pitched during the 2009 season.

Starting Pitcher (SP) Sleeper selections are based on players who have yet to make a significant statistical impact at the major league level, but offer the potential to accumulate major league playing time and fantasy baseball relevant stats during the 2010 season. Starting Pitcher (SP) Sleepers are players to consider drafting late in fantasy baseball drafts or pick up as free agents to begin the 2010 season.

Top 5 – Starting Pitcher (SP) Sleepers 2010

#1 – Kris Medlen – SP – Atlanta Braves (24)
With Tommy Hanson receiving all the attention as the Braves best minor league pitcher over the past few seasons, Medlen has flown under the radar in terms of potentially being a top of the rotation starting pitcher in the major leagues. Yet stats do not lie, and Medlen has the minor league track record to prove he has the ability to become a very successful starting pitcher at the major league level. Boasting an incredible strikeout ratio of 10.4 strikeouts per 9 innings over his minor league career, including a total of 263 strikeouts over just 227 innings pitched, Medlen could offer just the type of production the Braves need from their pitching staff during the 2010 season. With the 1-4 starting spots all but claimed by Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson, Medlen will need a solid spring training to earn the 5th and finals spot in the Braves starting rotation to being the 2010 season. However if he does claim that 5th spot, Medlen could very easily be one of the best #5 starting pitchers in all of baseball.
2009 Minor League Stats: 37 IP, 5 W, 0 L, 44 K, 1.19 ERA, 0.79 WHIP
2009 Major League Stats: 67 IP, 3 W, 5 L, 72 K, 4.26 ERA, 1.40 WHIP
2010 Major League Stat Projections: 170 IP, 12 W, 8 L, 170 K, 3.50 ERA, 1.15 WHIP

#2 – Wade Davis – SP – Tampa Bay Rays (24)
Considered to be one of Tampa Bay’s best pitching prospects, Davis finally made his much anticipated major league debut in September 2009, and he definitely did not disappoint. In just 6 major league starts to finish out the 2009 season for the Rays, Davis tallied 2 wins, 36 strikeouts, and a 3.72 ERA over 36 innings pitched, including a complete game shutout in just his 3rd major league start. As a beneficiary of the Scott Kazmir trade, Davis will enter the 2010 season with a great opportunity to claim a spot in the starting rotation. Offering solid strikeout potential, including an 8.7 strikeouts per 9 innings ratio during his minor league career, as well as boasting an outstanding 3.28 ERA over 767 innings pitched in the minors, Davis at age 24 offers plenty of minor league experience and success to transition into becoming one of the best starting pitchers in the Rays rotation during the 2010 season.
2009 Minor League Stats: 158 IP, 10 W, 8 L, 140 K, 3.40 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
2009 Major League Stats: 36 IP, 2 W, 2 L, 36 K, 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
2010 Major League Stat Projections: 170 IP, 12 W, 6 L, 150 K, 3.50 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

#3 – Ian Kennedy – SP – Arizona Diamondbacks (25)
As a former 1st round pick in the 2006 draft, the Diamondbacks are hoping Kennedy can translate his minor league success into major league success during the 2010 season. After a solid showing in the 2009 Arizona Fall League, Kennedy will enter spring training with a great opportunity to claim a spot in the starting rotation to begin the 2010 season for the Diamondbacks, as both the 4th and 5th spots are up for grabs heading into spring training. As a strikeout pitcher who has tallied 273 strikeouts over 248 innings pitched during his minor league career, Kennedy at age 25 has the potential to develop into a solid major league starting pitcher during the 2010 season.
2009 Minor League Stats: 22 IP, 1 W, 0 L, 25 K, 1.59 ERA, 1.10 WHIP
2009 Major League Stats: 1 IP, 0 W, 0 L, 1 K, 0.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP
2010 Major League Stat Projections: 160 IP, 10 W, 8 L, 150 K, 3.80 ERA, 1.15 WHIP

#4 – Carlos Carrasco – SP – Cleveland Indians (23)
Coming to Cleveland in the Cliff Lee trade with Philadelphia, Carrasco entered the 2009 season as the Phillies top minor league prospect. With no proven ace starting pitcher on the Indians pitching staff to open the 2010 season, Carrasco who is considered to be major league ready, will be given every opportunity to claim a starting spot in the rotation to begin the season. Offering enough potential as a starting pitcher, Carrasco has the ability to transform into the ace of the Indians pitching staff during the 2010 season.
2009 Minor League Stats: 157 IP, 11 W, 10 L, 148 K, 4.64 ERA, 1.23 WHIP
2009 Major League Stats: 22 IP, 0 W, 4 L, 11 K, 8.87 ERA, 2.28 WHIP
2010 Major League Stat Projections: 170 IP, 10 W, 10 L, 150 K, 4.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

#5 – Aaron Poreda – SP – San Diego Padres (23)
After making his major league debut during the 2009 season and receiving some playing time as a relief pitcher, Poreda showcased his potential, as he was very successful in his limited major league innings while tallying a 2.70 ERA and 12 strikeouts over just 13 innings pitched. As a projected starting pitcher, Poreda could earn a spot in the starting rotation for the Padres to begin the 2010 season, or he could also be used as a relief pitcher in the Padres bullpen which would allow him to gain more experience against major league hitters. While another Padres SP pitching prospect in Mat Latos could very easily beat out Poreda for a starting spot in the Padres rotation sometime during the 2010 season, it makes sense that the Padres will give the first opportunity to the older and more experienced Poreda.
2009 Minor League Stats: 107 IP, 5 W, 7 L, 108 K, 3.95 ERA, 1.47 WHIP
2009 Major League Stats: 13 IP, 1 W, 0 L, 12 K, 2.70 ERA, 1.73 WHIP
2010 Major League Stat Projections: 100 IP, 7 W, 5 L, 90 K, 3.60 ERA, 1.30 WHIP

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2010 Fantasy Baseball: Right Field (RF) Comebacks

2010 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Right Field (RF) Comebacks. Right Field (RF) Comeback selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2010 season. Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2009 season.

Right Field (RF) Comeback selections are based on players who have the potential to post a significant increase in offensive statistics as a batter during the 2010 season, as compared to their 2009 or previous season stats. Each players 2010 fantasy baseball position eligibility and their age for the 2010 season is provided after their name.

Top 5 – Right Field (RF) Comebacks 2010

#1 – Josh Hamilton – CF/RF – Texas Rangers (29)
Coming off of a huge breakout season in 2008, Hamilton was a complete bust for fantasy baseball teams in 2009 after he struggled through hitting slumps and injuries. Yet at just age 29 and entering the prime of his career, Hamilton offers plenty of potential to rebound back into a 30 homerun and 100 rbi hitter during the 2010 season. With all-around solid hitters in Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, Nelson Cruz, Vladimir Guerrero, and the young and emerging Elvis Andrus and Chris Davis all complementing each other in the lineup, Hamilton should find himself with plenty opportunities to tally RBI’s and runs scored during the 2010 season.
2009 Stats: 336 AB, 43 R, 10 HR, 54 RBI, 8 SB, .268 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 100 R, 30 HR, 115 RBI, 10 SB, .290 AVG

#2 – Corey Hart – RF – Milwaukee Brewers (28)
To say it nicely, Hart was downright awful as a major league hitter during the 2009 season. However after winning his arbitration case and earning an even higher salary in 2010, odds seem to be pretty high that those jury panel members were looking at Hart’s back to back seasons of 20 homerun and 20 stolen base stats during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. With this in mind, and the fact that Hart will be just 28 years old for the 2010 season, a return to 20 homerun and 20 stolen base territory is definitely possible for Hart in 2010.
2009 Stats: 419 AB, 64 R, 12 HR, 48 RBI, 11 SB, .260 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 80 R, 20 HR, 90 RBI, 20 SB, .275 AVG

#3 – Alex Rios – CF/RF – Chicago White Sox (29)
While the dramatic drop in batting average during the 2009 season is concerning, the odd reality is that Rios was still able to rack up 17 homeruns and 24 stolen bases during the 2009 season. With plenty of major league success already under his belt, and a career .281 batting average in the majors to boot, expecting Rios to hit at his 2009 season batting average of just .247 simply does not seem all that realistic. A return to 20 homeruns, 20 stolen bases, and a .280 batting average during the 2010 season is definitely likely.
2009 Stats: 582 AB, 63 R, 17 HR, 71 RBI, 24 SB, .247 AVG
2010 Stat Projections: 80 R, 20 HR, 85 RBI, 20 SB, .280 AVG

#4 – Magglio Ordonez – RF – Detroit Tigers (36)

#5 – Xavier Nady – RF – Chicago Cubs (31)

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2010 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Part One

The 2010 fantasy baseball season is about to start and league managers will begin to develop their pre-draft ranks. Here is a list of the top-10 players for each position and 2010 projections.
Part 1 of 3:

1. Joe Mauer (MIN) 2009: .365, 28 HRs, 96 RBIs. He was hurt in the first half of the year but played like an MVP after he came back.
2010 Projections: .334, 23 HRs, 87 RBIs.

2. Brian McCann (ATL) 2009: .281, 21 HRs, 94 RBIs. McCann was inconsistent during parts of the ’09 year but should thrive in an offense that has made several off-season moves.
2010 Projections: .295, 25 HRs, 103 RBIs.

3. Matt Wieters (BAL) 2009: .288, 9 HRs, 43 RBIs. Wieters struggled after he was called up early in the season, but should find his place in the league in 2010.
2010 Projections: .313, 23 HRs, 98 RBIs.

4. Victor Martinez (BOS) 2009: .303, 23 HRs, 108 RBIs.V-Mart should continue to put up strong numbers now that he has had some to settle in to Fenway.
2010 Projections: .294, 21 HRs, 89 RBIs.

5. Jorge Posada (NYY) 2009: .285, 22 HRs, 81 RBIs. Posada has hit 19 or more homeruns in nine of the last 10 years, and he should continue that trend.
2010 Projections: .296, 19 HRs, 75 RBIs.

6. Miguel Montero (ARI) 2009: .294, 16 HRs, 59 RBIs. He showed signs of great power after being called up early last year and may be an all-star candidate.
2010 Projections: .276, 29 HRs, 81 RBIs.

7. Ryan Doumit (PIT) 2009: .250, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs. Pirates’ fans have been waiting for him to explode, and despite showing streaks of greatness he is yet to put it together. 2010 may be his year and he could be worth taking a risk on for fantasy owners.
2010 Projections: .267, 26 HRs, 87 RBIs.

8. Russell Martin (LAD) 2009: .250, 7 HRs, 53 RBIs. Martin had an extremely disappointing season in ’09, but should bounce back in a lineup that is stacked with power hitters.
2010 Projections: .277, 19 HRs, 74 RBIs.

9. Geovany Soto (CHC) 2009: .218, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs. After a breakout rookie-year in ’08, Soto struggled in his sophomore year. He should bounce back if he can stay healthy throughout the year.
2010 Projections: .283, 15 HRs, 73 RBIs.

10. Mike Napoli (LAA) 2009: .272, 20 HRs, 56 RBIs. Defensive struggles cost Naps some playing time early in the season, but the Angles slotted him in the Designated Hitter position and he hit well the remainder of the season.
2010 Projections: .269, 23 HRs, 65 RBIs.

First Base:
1. Albert Pujols (STL) 2009: .327, 47 HRs, 135 RBIs. Pujols is the best all-around hitter in the league and possibly the best in the last decade. The Question is how long he will continue at the current pace.
2010 Projections: .333, 42 HRs, 145 RBIs.

2. Prince Fielder (MIL) 2009: .299, 46 HRs, 141 RBIs. He changed his diet a few years ago but it hasn’t stopped him from destroying opposing pitchers. Look for him to make a run at the league homerun crown in 2010.
2010 Projections: .309, 49 HRs, 134 RBIs.

3. Ryan Howard (PHI) 2009: .279, 45 HRs, 141 RBIs. He was drafted in the first round in most leagues, and until July seemed like a bust. If he can avoid an early-season slump he can be in contention for the Most Valuable Player award.
2010 Projections: .273, 50 HRs, 142 RBIs.

4. Miguel Cabrera (DET) 2009: .324, 34 HRs, 103 RBIs. He has hit at least 30 homers and driven in at least 100 RBIs for five of the last six years; and may be just now entering the prime of his career.
2010 Projections: .319, 32 HRs, 113 RBIs.

5. Justin Morneau (MIN) 2009: .274, 30 HRs, 100 RBIs. He was injured throughout the season in ’09, but the former American League MVP should return to form in 2010.
2010 Projections: .284, 36 HRs, 115 RBIs.

6. Mark Teixeira (NYY) 2009: .292, 39 HRs, 122 RBIs. Teixeira began his first year in New York in a slump, but after A-Rod returned to the lineup he showed why he demanded such a large price tag.
2010 Projections: .286, 32 HRs, 120 RBIs.

7. Adrian Gonzalez (SD) 2009: .277, 40 HRs, 99 RBIs. He was on pace to challenge 55 homers last year, but slowed down in July and finished the year surrounded by trade rumors.
2010 Projections: .275, 43 HRs, 109 RBIs.

8. Pablo Sandoval (SF) 2009: .330, 25 HRs, 90 RBIs. Sandoval came of nowhere last year and finished the year with 189 hits. He should continue to be the best hitter in the Giants lineup and put fear in opposing pitchers.
2010 Projections: .329, 29 HRs, 85 RBIs.

9. Kevin Youkilis (BOS) 2009: .305, 27 HRs, 94 RBIs. He slowed down last year after the loss of Manny and the disappearance of David Ortiz for most of the ’09 season. Hopefully for Sox fans he can bounce back in 2010 for a Boston team that lost star outfielder Jason Bay.
2010 Projections: .290, 32 HRs, 99 RBIs.

10. Joey Votto (CIN) 2009: .322, 25 HRs, 84 RBIs. Reds fans had high expectations for Votto in ’09 and he didn’t disappoint, contributing 151 hits and 38 doubles.
2010 Projections: .329, 23 HRs, 84 RBIs.

Second Base:
1. Chase Utley (PHI) .282, 31 HRs, 93 RBIs, 23 stolen bases. Utley may be one of the best offensive second basemen to play the game and should finish the year near the top of the MVP voting.
2010 Projections: .299, 27 HRs, 100 RBIs, 21 SB.

2. Ian Kinsler (TEX) 2009: .253, 31 HRs, 86 RBIs, 31 SB. Kinsler dealt with injuries throughout the ’09 season and posted his lowest career batting average. Expect him to have a much better year at the plate and return to his all-star form.
2010 Projections: .301, 23 HRs, 75 RBIs, 36 SB.

3. Brandon Phillips (CIN) 2009: .276, 20 HRs, 98 RBIs. Phillips is an under rated and somewhat unknown player. He has never been to the MLB All-Star game, but may be able to reach the game in 2010. The Reds may be an improved team and he could have more RBI opportunities.
2010 Projections: .271, 19 HRs, 112 RBIs.

4. Dustin Pedroia (BOS) 2009: .296, 15 HRs, 72 RBIs. The 2007 American League Rookie of the Year wasn’t able to repeat his 2008 MVP year, but he still made an all-star appearance and scored 115 runs. He should continue to thrive in the league and the unique Fenway Park.
2010 Projections: .324, 13 HRs, 69 RBIs.

5. Ben Zobrist (TB) 2009: .297, 27 HRs, 91 RBIs. He surprised everyone in 2009 and hit a career-most 28 doubles and seven triples. He should continue to develop as a played and if he can adjust to new pitches he may be an all-star.
2010 Projections: .299, 23 HRs, 77 RBIs.

6. Brian Roberts (BAL) 2009: .283, 16 HRs, 79 RBIs. For several years Roberts has been the best-unknown player in the league. For most of that time he has hit third for the Orioles, and now they have put a decent set of players around him. Look for him to score more runs and have more RBI opportunities in the new improved Baltimore offense.
2010 Projections: .279, 19 HRs, 81 RBIs.

7. Dan Uggla (FLA) 2009: .243, 31 HRs, 90 RBIs. Uggla has struggled ever since he committed errors in the 2008 MLB All-Star game that may have cost the game for the National League. He still showed signs of power in ’09 but struggled with his average and RBIs.
2010 Projections: .256, 33 HRs, 85 RBIs.

8. Robinson Cano (NYY) 2009: .320, 25 HRs, 103 RBIs. New York has unloaded several young players but Cano seems to have cemented his place alongside Jeter in the Yankee infield. He had a career-high 204 hits in ’09 and will and look to build on his success.
2010 Projections: .303, 18 HRs, 88 RBIs

9. Jose Lopez (SEA) 2009: .272, 25 HRs, 96 RBIs. Since coming into the league in 2004 Lopez has been a solid contributor for the Mariners. He had a career high in HRs and RBIs in ’09 and has put together four great years. Seattle made several off-season moves, including obtaining Chone Figgins, and Lopez should benefit.
2010 Projections: .279, 26 HRs, 99 RBIs.

10. Howie Kendrick (LAA) 2009: .291, 10 HRs, 61 RBIs. He struggled last year and was sent down to triple-A early in the season. However, he was called up, and showed signs of why he was once thought to be a batting-champ contender.
2010 Projections: .334, 12 HRs, 49 RBIs.

Be sure to check out parts 2 and 3 to see the rest of the position ranks and 2010 projections.

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2010 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: SP Tier Rankings

2010 Fantasy Baseball SP Tier Rankings are based on a 1-year standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues. Scoring system stats include: runs, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average. Starting Pitcher SP Tier Rankings include the Top 20 Tiers for fantasy baseball SP eligible players enter the 2010 fantasy baseball season. All SP players are ranked in tiers based on 2010 preseason fantasy baseball draft value and draft position as compared to other SP eligible players in the same tier bracket.

2010 Fantasy Baseball – SP Tier Rankings

Tier 1:
Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants (26)

Tier 2:
Roy Halladay – Philadelphia Phillies (33)
Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals (26)
Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners (24)
CC Sabathia – New York Yankees (29)

Tier 3:
Johan Santana – New York Mets (31)
Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals (28)
Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers (28)
Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals (35)
Cliff Lee – Seattle Mariners (31)

Tier 4:
Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox (26)
Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves (23)
Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers (24)
Dan Haren – Arizona Diamondbacks (29)

Tier 5:
Jake Peavy – Chicago White Sox (29)
Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies (26)
Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox (30)
Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers (22)
Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins (26)

Tier 6:
Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies (26)
Chad Billingsley – Los Angeles Dodgers (25)
Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants (25)
Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels (27)
Javier Vazquez – New York Yankees (33)

Tier 7:
John Lackey – Boston Red Sox (31)
Ricky Nolasco – Florida Marlins (27)
Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins (28)
Jair Jurrjens – Atlanta Braves (24)
Gavin Floyd – Chicago White Sox (27)
Matt Garza – Tampa Bay Rays (26)
John Danks – Chicago White Sox (25)


Tier 8:
Carlos Zambrano – Chicago Cubs (29)
Ervin Santana – Los Angeles Angels (27)
James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays (28)
Edwin Jackson – Arizona Diamondbacks (26)
David Price – Tampa Bay Rays (24)
Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics
Rick Porcello – Detroit Tigers
Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds
AJ Burnett – New York Yankees (33)
Roy Oswalt – Houston Astros (32)
Brandon Webb – Arizona Diamondbacks (31)
Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros (31)

Tier 9:
Jeff Niemann – Tampa Bay Rays (27)
Kevin Slowey – Minnesota Twins
Ryan Dempster – Chicago Cubs
Scott Kazmir – Los Angeles Angels (26)
Rich Harden – Texas Rangers (28)
Francisco Liriano – Minnesota Twins (26)
Randy Wolf – Milwaukee Brewers

Tier 10:
Ben Sheets – Oakland Athletics
Tim Hudson – Atlanta Braves (34)
Mark Buehrle – Chicago White Sox (31)
Daisuke Matsuzaka – Boston Red Sox (29)
Ted Lilly – Chicago Cubs (34)
Joel Pineiro – Los Angeles Angels
Kevin Correia – San Diego Padres
Hiroki Kuroda – Los Angeles Dodgers

Tier 11:
JA Happ – Philadelphia Phillies
Wade Davis – Tampa Bay Rays (24)
Clay Buchholz – Boston Red Sox (25)
Max Scherzer – Detroit Tigers (25)
Randy Wells – Chicago Cubs
Jonathan Sanchez – San Francisco Giants
Phil Hughes – New York Yankees
Joba Chamberlain – New York Yankees
Ricky Romero – Toronto Blue Jays

Tier 12:
Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals
Chris Tillman – Baltimore Orioles
Bud Norris – Houston Astros
Mat Latos – San Diego Padres
Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

Tier 13:
Derek Lowe – Atlanta Braves
Aaron Harang – Cincinnati Reds
John Maine – New York Mets
Chris Young – San Diego Padres
Andy Pettitte – New York Yankees

Tier 14:
Ryan Rowland-Smith – Seattle Mariners
Scott Feldman – Texas Rangers
Matt Palmer – Los Angeles Angels
Nick Blackburn – Minnesota Twins
Paul Maholm – Pittsburgh Pirates
Mike Pelfrey – Baltimore Orioles
Joe Saunders – Los Angeles Angels
Shaun Marcum – Toronto Blue Jays

Tier 15:
Kevin Millwood – Baltimore Orioles
Brad Penny – St. Louis Cardinals
Joe Blanton – Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers – Houston Astros
Justin Duchscherer – Oakland Athletics
Kenshin Kawakami – Atlanta Braves
Kyle Lohse – St. Louis Cardinals
Chien-Ming Wang – Washington Nationals
Jorge De La Rosa – Colorado Rockies
Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants
Jeff Francis – Colorado Rockies
Kelvim Escobar – New York Mets

Tier 16:
Kris Medlen – Atlanta Braves
Homer Bailey – Cincinnati Reds
Trevor Cahill – Oakland Athletics
Derek Holland – Texas Rangers
Chris Volstad – Florida Marlins
Brad Bergesen – Baltimore Orioles
Clayton Richard – San Diego Padres
Tommy Hunter – Texas Rangers
Brian Duensing – Minnesota Twins
Brandon Morrow – Toronto Blue Jays
Brian Matusz – Baltimore Orioles
Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians
James McDonald – Los Angeles Dodgers

Tier 17:
Manny Parra – Milwaukee Brewers
John Lannan – Washington Nationals
Fausto Carmona – Cleveland Indians
Oliver Perez – New York Mets
Ian Snell – Seattle Mariners
Bronson Arroyo – Cincinnati Reds
Gil Meche – Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Guthrie – Baltimore Orioles
Freddy Garcia – Chicago White Sox
Jason Marquis – Washington Nationals
Carl Pavano – Minnesota Twins
Aaron Cook – Colorado Rockies
Jarrod Washburn – Detroit Tigers
Scott Olsen – Washington Nationals
Brian Bannister – Kansas City Royals
Anibal Sanchez – Florida Marlins
Jason Hammel – Colorado Rockies
Zach Duke – Pittsburgh Pirates
Dallas Braden – Oakland Athletics
Jon Garland – San Diego Padres
John Smoltz – Free Agent

Tier 18:
Andrew Miller – Florida Marlins
Luke Hochevar – Kansas City Royals
Charlie Morton – Pittsburgh Pirates
Jon Niese – New York Mets
Gio Gonzalez – Oakland Athletics
Carlos Torres – Chicago White Sox
Brad Mills – Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Cecil – Toronto Blue Jays
Ross Detwiler – Washington Nationals
Vin Mazzaro – Oakland Athletics
David Purcey – Toronto Blue Jays
Jeremy Sowers – Cleveland Indians
Dontrelle Willis – Detroit Tigers
Rich Hill – St. Louis Cardinals

Tier 19:
Dustin McGowan – Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Outman – Oakland Athletics
Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals
Edinson Volquez – Cincinnati Reds
Erik Bedard – Seattle Mariners

Tier 20:
Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
Kyle Drabek – Toronto Blue Jays
Jake McGee – Tampa Bay Rays
Jake Arrieta – Baltimore Orioles
Aaron Crow – Kansas City Royals
Antonio Bastardo – Philadelphia Phillies

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2010 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: RF Tier Rankings

2010 Fantasy Baseball RF Tier Rankings are based on a 1-year standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues. Scoring system stats include: runs, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average. Right Field RF Tier Rankings include the Top 15 Tiers for fantasy baseball RF eligible players enter the 2010 fantasy baseball season. All RF players are ranked in tiers based on 2010 preseason fantasy baseball draft value and draft position as compared to other RF eligible players in the same tier bracket.

2010 Fantasy Baseball – RF Tier Rankings

Tier 1:
Matt Kemp – CF/RF – Los Angeles Dodgers (25)

Tier 2:
Justin Upton – RF – Arizona Diamondbacks (22)

Tier 3:
Josh Hamilton – CF/RF – Texas Rangers (29)
Ben Zobrist – CF/RF/2B/SS – Tampa Bay Rays (29)
Jayson Werth – CF/RF – Philadelphia Phillies (31)
Nelson Cruz – RF – Texas Rangers (29)

Tier 4:
Andre Ethier – RF – Los Angeles Dodgers (28)
Ichiro Suzuki – RF – Seattle Mariners (36)
Nick Markakis – RF – Baltimore Orioles (26)
Adam Dunn – LF/RF/1B – Washington Nationals (30)

Tier 5:
Jay Bruce – RF – Cincinnati Reds (23)
Hunter Pence – RF – Houston Astros (27)
Shin-Soo Choo – RF/LF – Cleveland Indians (27)

Tier 6:
Bobby Abreu – RF/LF – Los Angeles Angels (36)
Ryan Ludwick – RF – St. Louis Cardinals (31)

Tier 7:
Alex RĂ­os – CF/RF – Chicago White Sox (29)
Corey Hart – RF – Milwaukee Brewers (28)
Brad Hawpe – RF – Colorado Rockies (31)
Michael Cuddyer – RF/1B – Minnesota Twins (31)
Denard Span – CF/LF/RF – Minnesota Twins (26)

Tier 8:
Kyle Blanks – LF/RF – San Diego Padres (23)
Garrett Jones – LF/RF/1B – Pittsburgh Pirates (29)
Jason Kubel – LF/RF – Minnesota Twins (28)
Colby Rasmus – CF/RF – St. Louis Cardinals (23)
Mark DeRosa – LF/RF/1B/3B – San Francisco Giants
Juan Rivera – LF/RF – Los Angeles Angels (31)

Tier 9:
Matt LaPorta – LF/RF/1B – Cleveland Indians (25)
Travis Snider – LF/RF – Toronto Blue Jays
Jason Heyward – RF – Atlanta Braves
Jeff Francoeur – RF – New York Mets (26)


Tier 10:
Nick Swisher – RF/1B – New York Yankees
Jermaine Dye – RF – Free Agent (36)
Elijah Dukes – CF/RF – Washington Nationals (26)
Rick Ankiel – LF/CF/RF – Kansas City Royals
Marlon Byrd – LF/CF/RF – Chicago Cubs
Cody Ross – CF/RF – Florida Marlins
JD Drew – RF – Boston Red Sox
Magglio Ordonez – RF – Detroit Tigers

Tier 11:
Gerardo Parra – LF/CF/RF – Arizona Diamondbacks
Fernando Martinez – LF/CF/RF – New York Mets
Josh Willingham – LF/RF – Washington Nationals
Nate Schierholtz – RF – San Francisco Giants

Tier 12:
Randy Winn – LF/CF/RF – New York Yankees
Melky Cabrera – LF/CF/RF – Atlanta Braves
Jeremy Hermida – LF/RF – Boston Red Sox
Mark Teahen – RF/3B/1B – Chicago White Sox
Xavier Nady – RF – Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome – RF/CF – Chicago Cubs
Matt Diaz – LF/RF – Atlanta Braves
Will Venable – CF/RF – San Diego Padres
Jack Cust – RF – Oakland Athletics
Milton Bradley – RF – Seattle Mariners
Ben Francisco – LF/CF/RF – Philadelphia Phillies
Jose Guillen – RF – Kansas City Royals

Tier 13:
Jose Bautista – LF/RF/3B – Toronto Blue Jays
Andruw Jones – LF/RF – Chicago White Sox
Ryan Raburn – LF/CF/RF/1B – Detroit Tigers
Ryan Spilborghs – LC/CF/RF – Colorado Rockies
Skip Schumaker – LF/RF/2B – St. Louis Cardinals
Tony Gwynn – CF/RF – San Diego Padres
Rocco Baldelli – CF/RF – Free Agent

Tier 14:
Jonny Gomes – LF/RF – Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Sweeney – LF/CF/RF – Oakland Athletics
Micah Hoffpauir – LF/RF/1B – Chicago Cubs
Mitch Maier – LF/CF/RF – Kansas City Royals
Brandon Moss – RF/LF – Pittsburgh Pirates
Ryan Church – RF/CF – Pittsburgh Pirates
Delwyn Young – RF/2B – Pittsburgh Pirates

Tier 15:
Michael Stanton – RF – Florida Marlins
Josh Reddick – LF/RF – Boston Red Sox
Jose Tabata – CF/RF – Pittsburgh Pirates

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2010 Fantasy Football: Rookie RB Spiller Might Get a Shot

C.J. Spiller’s stock is on the rise, and the rookie out of Clemson has only carried the ball four times as a pro.

Spiller, the ninth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft who finally signed with Buffalo on August 6, rushed four times for 16 yards in the Bills’ preseason opener.

But it wasn’t Spiller’s performance that has him worthy of your attention for the 2010 fantasy football draft; it was the fact that he was still standing after the game was over.

Fred Jackson, who took over as Buffalo’s starting running back in 2009, will miss the rest of the preseason and could miss the team’s first couple of regular-season games after breaking a bone in his left hand during that preseason opener, a 42-17 loss to Washington. The official timeframe, according to Jackson, is four to six weeks, and he’s hoping it’s the short end of that, which would make him eligible to return for Buffalo’s regular-season opener on September 12 against the Miami Dolphins.

Marshawn Lynch, who fell to backup status in 2009 after serving a suspension, injured his ankle in the same game and is expected to miss at least two to three weeks.

So Spiller, who figured to see mop-up duty, at best, during his inaugural NFL season, takes over as Buffalo’s lead back, at least for the rest of the preseason, and potentially longer than that.

But as Jackson found out in 2009, it doesn’t necessarily take long to steal the spotlight.

Lynch was coming off back-to-back seasons with more than 1,000 yards rushing when he missed the first three games of 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge during the offseason.

Jackson moved to the top of the depth chart and stayed there. During the three games Lynch was ineligible, Jackson rushed for 291 yards – including a 163-yard game against Tampa Bay – and caught 15 passes for 134 yards.

After his return, Lynch never really got going, and Jackson went on to finish with 1,062 yards, cementing his status as starter heading into the 2010 season.

Unless the injuries to Jackson and Lynch end up being worse than initially expected, Spiller won’t get the same type of opportunity in 2010 that Jackson got in 2009. But he’s still worth consideration in deep fantasy football leagues, where I’m not sure he was a week ago, when the Bills had two viable NFL running backs and were insisting they would be bringing along the rookie slowly.

Spiller could eventually play a big role in Buffalo’s offense, particularly if the Bills’ offensive line improves and particularly if Lynch gets the trade out of Buffalo that he wants.

In the meantime, though, add Spiller to the short list of rookie running backs who could make an early impact on your fantasy team in 2010.

Fred Jackson, Yahoo! Sports
Marshawn Lynch, Yahoo! Sports
Bills RB Lynch Suspended 3 Games, ESPN
Schedule, Buffalo Bills
Spiller Signs With Bills, Buffalo News

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2010 Fantasy Football: Tight End (TE) Busts

2010 fantasy football draft guide: tight end TE busts. Welcome to the 2010 fantasy football season! Here are my top 3 tight end TE busts picks to begin the 2010 fantasy football season. Bust picks are based on a standard mixed NFC/AFC single season redraft fantasy football league for the 2010 season. Tight end TE bust picks are based on players who have a high probability of posting a major decline in fantasy football stats for the 2010 season, or simply will have a hard time living up to their fantasy football expectations for the 2010 season. For additional fantasy football rankings and draft tools, check out my Blog at Hawk Fantasy Sports.

Tight End (TE) Busts

Vernon Davis – SF
After a breakout season last year, Davis who is oozing with potential to be a star tight end in the NFL, could actually be a major disappointment for fantasy football teams in 2010. With a terrible track record of underachieving during his NFL career, and an anything but proven quarterback in Alex Smith throwing him the ball, it seems like an almost guaranteed bet that Davis will not reach the 13 touchdown mark during the 2010 season that he tallied in 2009. Commonly ranked in the top 3 among fantasy football tight ends to begin the 2010 season, I would actually bump Davis down in the rankings and draft him after other tight ends like Jermichael Finley, Jason Witten, and possibly even Brent Celek.

Visanthe Shiancoe – Min
So Brett Favre threw to his tight end a lot during the 2009 season, what else is new. If Favre doesn’t play, Shiancoe could slip into non-existence in fantasy football leagues during the 2010 season. And in my mind, even if Favre does play during the 2010 season, it is hard to see Shiancoe posting another 11 touchdowns like he did last year. Considered by many to be a top 10 fantasy football tight end entering the 2010 season, I have no problem bumping Shiancoe down to around #15 in my tight end rankings, as I think a season of 500 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns seems likely.

Jeremy Shockey – NO
As usual, Shockey is entering the 2010 season once again dealing with an injury. With injuries a constant challenge for Shockey over the coarse of a season, there is no way any fantasy football team will want to count on Shockey as their starting tight end during the 2010 season. If Shockey is available sometime after the top 20 tight ends are taken and you could use a decent backup option, then Shockey is your guy. Otherwise steer clear of the Shockey name brand.

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2010 Fantasy Football Draft Tips - Players to Beware Of

In the 2010 NFL season, there are a number of players that are a question mark for fantasy football owners. A former NFL fantasy football stud can be less than satisfactory coming off a serious injury or off-season surgery. Here are five players to keep an eye on during preseason before making the decision to draft them onto your 2010 fantasy football team.

Wes Welker – The New England Patriots wide receiver was a fantasy goldmine to anyone who owned him the last three seasons. Luckily, for his 2009 owners, he did not go down until Week 17 in a game that meant nothing for the Patriots. He had to have surgery to repair his ACL and MCL in his left knee as his Patriots fell in the playoffs without their big-game playmaker. Forget Randy Moss, it was Welker who averaged 116 catches and over 1200 yards over the last three years. He started 13 games in the first 16 weeks of the season and, in leagues that allow points-per-reception, averaged 22 fantasy points-per-game. While Welker plans to be ready for the start of the season, it takes awhile to recover from this injury. Watch him in preseason and during the Patriots camp and ask yourself if you are ready to take a chance on Welker for your fantasy football team after his horrendous injury.

Brandon Marshall – The former Denver Bronco malcontent finally got what he wanted. It took a year, but he finally followed the footsteps of his former teammate Jay Cutler and got out of the Mile High City. Marshall was traded to the Miami Dolphins and that should not give any fantasy football owner confidence. To add to the uncertainty, Marshall almost immediately underwent hip surgery. While the minor surgery may not be too much to worry about, his new team will be. Marshall averaged 102 catches, 1237 yards and 8 TDs per season over the last three years but only eclipsed 100 yards three times in 2009. If you eliminate those three games, Marshall only averaged five receptions for 51 yards-per-game, not the kind of numbers that will win many fantasy football games. With Chad Henne a work-in-progress and the Dolphins a run-first team, Marshall is not going to put up the monster stats you want from a starting wide receiver.

Ronnie Brown – Can this guy ever stay healthy? Brown is coming into training camp for the second time in three years following a season-ending injury. His 2009 season ended following a Lisfrane fracture and he will split time with Ricky Williams once again in the Dolphins backfield. Brown has never played a full NFL season, missing 25 games in his first five years in the league. With Brandon Marshall in town (see above), Brown’s carries might be further diminished but his days as the powerhouse runner he was predicted to be might never come to pass (see: Veterans to drop in Fantasy Football (2010)).

Brett Favre – The Brett Favre Show has not been as lively as it was in recent years. The “will he” or “won’t he” that he usually demands of the media has been tempered and the focus is instead on his offseason ankle surgery. Many pundits predict his surgery means he is coming back. So with that said, will he return or won’t he? Who knows? What is known is that the Brett Favre in 2009 was much better than the Brett Favre in 2008 and that is thanks to Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice. Out of those three players, Rice and Harvin are the ones who need Favre back the most. The problem is the fact that Favre is going to be 41 this year and he can’t keep this up forever. The ankle surgery is also a sign that he might not want to keep playing in pain for much longer. Take a gamble on him as a backup but be careful if you expect him to be more than that.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh – A sport’s hernia is nothing to take lightly. Look at how far Kevin Curtis fell thanks to his sport’s hernia last year. Housh is returning from surgery on his sport’s hernia and, with the upheaval of the Seattle Seahawks offense, he will be facing an uphill battle. Housh went to Seattle after eight years playing at Cincinnati and suffered his worst season since 2005 (79 receptions, 911 yards). If he played so poorly while healthy, imagine how he will struggle coming back from this surgery. A fantasy football owner can find many choices better on draft day then an older player coming back from injury on a bad team. He also has Golden Tate breathing down his neck.

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2010 Fantasy Football Team Organization and Maintenance

You participate in four leagues. You registered for all of them back in February. Nary a day has gone by in the last six months where you haven’t checked Yahoo, ESPN and, only to be disappointed by the lack of updated content. You love the NFL, but are simply obsessed with Fantasy Football, and the world that does not share your year-round enthusiasm confuses and saddens you.

Buy the first fantasy magazine you see. Be not concerned that it came out in June, and that most of the information contained within was obsolete months ago. Continue to purchase every fantasy publication as it is released, including the one that told you not to draft Marshall Faulk in 2001, because knowledge is power. Sign up for every draft guide, newsletter, cheat sheet and update you can get your browser on.

Divide your time wisely between studying and performing mock drafts. Analyze every conceivable scenario, including the keeper option in case any of your leagues decide to adopt it this year.

Print out every Top 50, Top 100, and Top 300 Players list, even the ones that list kickers. Check back daily, and print new copies as the lists are updated. Highlight every player in whom you have even the slightest bit of interest or knowledge. You don’t want a repeat of that ’07 draft where you let Mason Crosby slip through your fingers.

Redo your mock drafts when two of your top three wide receiver prospects go down with injuries in August, and the third gets suspended for violating the leagues substance abuse policy.

Arrive at your draft physically, mentally and spiritually prepared. Secure your usual spot on the floor where you can arrange your magazines, guides, graphs and spread sheets according to relevance, and where no one else can see them. Armed with months of preparatory research, a medium-sized file cabinet of information and a new year’s sense of promise, square your shoulders and watch all your efforts come to naught as the guy who came late and empty handed draws first position in the draft, then snatches Adrian Peterson out from under you.

Do not despair. Know that you can put things right with transactions. Drop two of your players before the season even starts. Propose a trade or two. Let your league mates know you mean business, and that you intend to remain active, if not entirely informed.

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2010 FIFA World Cup: Team USA Wrap-Up, Final Grade

“I think the team is capable of more.” – Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer Federation president, 6/28/2010

Nobody was expecting the United States to actually win the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Still, eliminated by Ghana? Again? This wasn’t 2006 Team USA. The American soccer team that landed in South Africa all those weeks ago was supposed to advance to the second round with ease, even win its group with a little bit of luck. When the group was won and the USA-Ghana 2006 World Cup rematch made official, soccer fans in this country and possibly even members of Team USA were already looking ahead to the semi-finals. What team had an easier road through the World Cup quarterfinals than Team USA?

The bitter loss to Ghana is one that is going to stick with American soccer players and fans for months, possibly years. All that can be done now is sit back, reflect and wonder one thing.

What now?

What happens to head coach Bob Bradley? Many American soccer fans want Bradley’s head after the coach decided to start Ricardo Clark against Ghana. My gripe with Bradley is that he didn’t have his team ready at the start of any of Team USA’s four World Cup matches. England, Slovenia and Ghana all netted goals against the United States before the 15-minute mark. Algeria would have also if not for the crossbar. The U.S. failed to come close to playing a solid 90 minutes in one of its World Cup matches.

I was unhappy with Bradley after watching a few of Team USA’s World Cup warm-up matches leading up to the World Cup. Along with fellow soccer fans, I was convinced just a couple of weeks ago that this team was not in any way ready for a competition such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We were right.

When do the statues of Landon Donovan and Tim Howard get erected, and where will they be located? A buddy of mine had a great idea; put them on the White House lawn so President Obama can rub both statues for luck before he starts his day. I have no problem with this. Tim Howard will be 35 and Landon Donovan 32 when the 2014 FIFA World Cup comes around. Barring any serious injuries, these two cornerstones should be given the opportunity to right the wrong of Team USA’s too-early elimination from this year’s World Cup. Donovan and Howard were far from perfect throughout the entire World Cup (more on that later) but the men are still two new American sports heroes.

The United States needs a striker. Boy does this team need a finisher. Are there any two Americans more eager for the next World Cup than Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore? Dempsey should have had three goals against Algeria alone. A World Cup-caliber player needs to bury at least half of those chances that left USA fans on their hands and knees screaming “How do you not bury that?!?” Altidore is a great athlete and a fine young talent, one that had a terrible, terrible World Cup. Altidore was constantly a step or two out of position and really only had one good touch on the ball against Ghana, a touch that was luck as much as it was skill. A guy I know calls Altidore “almost,” because Jozy’s almost there or almost scores once a game. Altidore and Dempsey two young players have quite a bit of work to do before 2014 in order for the United States to be a true semi-final or further threat.

In the end, the most upsetting thing about the 2010 World Cup is that history repeated itself again. This was probably the easiest draw the United States has ever had in a World Cup. What did the team do when the going got tough? The U.S. reverted to, well, USA soccer. A style of play that includes bunching, bad first touches, shaky goaltending (Howard was not strong against Ghana) and disappearing superstars. Landon Donovan’s shining moment from the Ghana match will be a penalty kick that ricocheted off the post and in. That’s simply not good enough.

In a way, it’s nice that just making it to the round of 16 is no longer “good enough” for USA Soccer. Taking that next step, however, is going to be much more difficult than many American fans realize. Sadly, there is nothing about this particular squad on July 1 2010 that screams 2014 World Cup champs.

Overall United States 2010 FIFA World Cup Grade: B-

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2010 FIFA World Cup Proves Americans Can Love Soccer

By the time this piece is posted and read, many United States soccer fans will have already moved on from the 2010 FIFA World Cup. American soccer fans around the world had their hearts broken in an instant when Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan buried the fatal shot three minutes into extra time of the USA-Ghana match, a brilliant goal that sent Team USA home. The 2010 men’s national soccer team did not go down in vein. There is much that we, American soccer fans or just sports fans in America, can take from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Most importantly, that we actually cared.

I’m not talking about record-breaking ratings or millions of dollars in advertising working like a charm. Once the United States managed to tie England in the team’s first World Cup match, the bandwagon was filled ten-times over. Were you out during the US-Algeria match or the US-Ghana match? Were you and your friends among the hundreds or even thousands of USA fans (depending on where you were at the time) wearing red, white and blue soccer jerseys and/or flags, screaming at the top of your lungs when Landon Donovan hit one of the most golden goals you’ll ever see? What started out as pure nationalism and the typical “US versus them” mentality you see every Olympics, World Cup or similar international competition turned into a love affair with a club that, for a couple of weeks, captivated a nation.

People gathered together in bars, homes and around company computers in order to watch full soccer matches. Not because they were blowing off a few hours of work, wanted to get hammered or just like screaming at television sets. Americans who, a month prior couldn’t name three players on Team USA, were sporting Tim Howard jerseys and asking each other why the hell Ricardo Clark was starting even before Clark’s horrific miscue in the USA-Ghana game. American sports fans were watching every match of the World Cup to get a look at potential future opponents. For about one week in 2010, soccer was the most popular sport in the United States.

Perhaps most stunning was the impact of Team USA’s defeat. People weren’t mad or disappointed when Ghana eliminated the United States from the World Cup. They were defeated. Crushed. In the no-more-room-in-the-inn bar I was at, fans wiped away tears with their American flags. The entire town fell into stunned silence for hours.

USA Hockey captivated sports fans in this country in February, especially during the gold medal match. No sane person shed a tear when Sidney Crosby snatched gold away from the Americans, though. We didn’t feel the same connection to that Team USA as we did to this Team USA. Why is that? Was it the dramatic comebacks? The fact that the World Cup is the greatest sporting event on the planet? Americans actually getting swept off their collective feet by the beautiful game? Probably a little of each.

USA Soccer and American soccer fans both are extremely disappointed by the one-and-done elimination round World Cup exit. The love affair doesn’t have to end with Asamoah Gyan’s shot sailing past Tim Howard. Team USA hosts Brazil at the new Meadowlands (Giants) Stadium in August. It’s up to you to show up or watch on TV and support this team that, admittedly, broke your hearts this June.

Both USA Soccer and USA soccer fans need to start preparing for 2014 right now. Oh, how I want Ghana in round one.

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2010 Fourth of July Fireworks and Activities in LaVerne, California

If you live in or near La Verne California this Fourth of July you are in for a great Independence Day Celebration. The city of La Verne goes all out to celebrate our country’s birthday with many activities that are enjoyed by young and old alike.Starting with a pancake breakfast, followed by a Fourth of July parade, old fashioned country fair, deep pit barbecue and finishing with a fireworks show there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the city of La Verne’s Fourth of July Celebration. This years festivities begin on Saturday July 3 and finish on Sunday July 4.

2010 Fourth of July Activities in La Verne, California

Pancake Breakfast
This annual event is hosted by Boy Scout Troop 411. The pancake breakfast starts at 6:30 am on Saturday July 3 and is located in the Methodist Church parking lot at 3205 D Street in the city of La Verne directly across from Bonita High school. The cost of breakfast is $4.00 and consists of three pancakes and three sausages. The pancake breakfast ends at 11:00 a.m. and is a great way to kick off your Fourth of July activities.

Fourth of July Parade
La Verne’s traditional hometown parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday July 3 but get there by 9:45 a.m. to see the pre- parade Harley Ride. You won’t want to miss seeing over 150 Harley motorcycles drive through the parade route carrying flags that represent all 50 states as well as all branches of the military.The parade begins on D street just past Peyton. The parade route goes south on D then west on Bonita and winds back through downtown to finish on 8 th Street. You can view a detailed map on the city of La Verne’s website at This years parade theme is USA: One Nation.

Country Fair
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday July 3rd join your friends and neighbors for La Verne’s annual old fashioned Country Fair held at Bonita High School 3102 D Street. The fair features old fashioned games and contests, craft and food booths as well as fun activities for the kids. Finish off your day at the fair by enjoying a free slice of cold watermelon provided by the Rotary Club. This year the fair will end at 4:30 p.m.

Deep Pit Barbecue
In its 46 year the La Verne Methodist Church’s Deep Pit Barbecue is a La Verne tradition you won’t want to miss. The barbecue begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday July 3rd and ends at 7:00 p.m. or when the barbecue runs out, which ever happens first. The meal consists of your choice of barbecue beef or turkey, coleslaw, baked beans, fruit, dinner roll and an ice cream cup. The cost is $ 10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. Meal tickets can be purchased in advance at the La Verne Methodist Church located at 3205 D Street in La Verne.

Fireworks Show
The city of La Verne has one of the best professional firework shows around and you won’t want to miss it. This years show begins at 6:00 pm and concludes at 9:30. Before the fireworks show begins the crowd will be entertained by The Answer, a family friendly band and a La Verne favorite. The Fireworks show will be held at Bonita High School Stadium 3102 D Street, La Verne. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the show or are available at City Hall, The Chamber of Commerce, and Ellsworth Stationers before July 4, 2010. Tickets purchased prior to July 4 will be discounted $1.00 per ticket. The cost of an adult ticket is $6.00, children ages 5-12 are 5.00 and children under 5 are free.

Happy Fourth of July and Enjoy The Fourth of July Fireworks Show and Celebration in La Verne, California!

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2010 FIFA World Cup: Portugal Dismantles North Korea 7-0, Makes Statement

Portugal routed North Korea 7-0 in their second match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

It was clear from the start that North Korea had no business on the same field as the European powerhouse. By virtue of their 7-0 win, Portugal has put itself in prime position to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament. They have also, according to the live ESPN telecast, secured the “seventh most decisive decision in World Cup history” and the “largest World Cup win since 2002” when Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8-0.

Portugal scored early and often. They scored in the 29th, 53rd, 56th, 60th, 81st, 87th and 89th minute. Everyone from Raul Meireles to Cristiano Ronaldo notched a goal.

Most importantly in this win, Portugal made a statement that, unlike the other favorites in this tournament, they were here to win a championship.

England was favored by some coming into the tournament. Well, after two matches and only one goal they’re not looking very sharp. The home fans had to be furious that they could not even avoid a 0-0 tie versus Algeria. They probably should have beat the U.S., but a goal is a goal, as they say.

Spain was trumped by Switzerland 1-0 in their World Cup opener. Shocking for a squad with names such as David Villa, David Silva and Fernando Torres. It’s only the first game, but that is an underwhelming result.

Brazil got back on track with their 3-1 victory over Ivory Coast, after only nudging past North Korea 2-1.

The French are the biggest disappointment. They have no goals after two games, and only a point after tying Uruguay in their first match. Can it get worse? Well, they have sent home star striker Nicolas Anelka, who apparently yelled profanities to manager Raymond Domenech at halftime in their 2-0 loss to Mexico. Oh, but it gets worse. The players, trying to make some “statement,” refused to practice on Sunday, and the team’s director Jean-Louis Valentin, resigned.

But, as of now, all things are good in the Portugal camp. After tying a talented Ivory Coast team, they put down North Korea in dominating fashion, as they should have.

In a tournament that is now turning upside-down (which you love, if you’re a sports fan), Portugal is one of the few early favorites to win that still looks like they actually could.


“2010 FIFA World Cup: France team refuses to practice over Nicolas Anelka expulsion”, ESPN

“World Cup Match Results: Portugal vs North Korea – FIFA World Cup 2010”, ESPN

“FIFA 2010 World Cup Scores / Results – Live Scoreboard”, ESPN

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2010 FIFA World Cup Final Decided Late by Spain

The 2010 FIFA World Cup final went live to over 700 million people. As it turned out, the 2010 FIFA World Cup final was live longer than scheduled, as the World Cup final went to extra time. Spain and the Netherlands were held scoreless through 90 minutes, with all indications that they would be shut out for 30 more. With a few more minutes, it would be the third championship match of the last five to go to penalty kicks. However, the 2010 FIFA World Cup final had a live celebration for Spain just before that.

The 1-0 Spanish extra time win came with a 116’th minute goal from Andres Iniesta. The Dutch defense had held the Spanish off all night, yet they played with 10 men down by the end. Six minutes after the second yellow card for John Heitinga, the Netherlands could not prevent Iniesta’s last-minute rally.

After almost two hours of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final going live, the world finally saw a championship clinching goal. For the fourth consecutive match, Spain took a 1-0 victory, with this one giving them their first title. As for the Dutch, it was their third loss in a Cup final, and first since 1978.

It was fitting that the 2010 FIFA World Cup final was decided soon after a yellow card. All told, the Netherlands had nine yellows for the match, while Spain trailed with five. The 14 combined yellow cards set a record for the title match, and ensured it was not a game of finesse.

The Netherlands and Spain got here with defense and the occasional goal, but offense was not on display here. Both goalkeepers came up big with some one-on-one saves, although the Spanish had the most chances. The game played much like the others for Spain, as they held the ball most of the way, shut down the opponent’s attack, and finally broke through late. However, it took them longer than usual this time.

Spain got a 1-0 shutout for the fourth straight match, as they only gave up two goals in the whole tournament. The 2010 FIFA World Cup final was the Spanish’s sixth straight win, after their stunning opening loss to Switzerland. But since every game after that was an elimination match, they honed their survival skills from the start.

For the Netherlands, they remain the best team never to win a championship. However, the 2010 FIFA World Cup final was their greatest near miss, and their best chance to break through by far. The Dutch were the only undefeated and untied team left in the bracket, yet their streak ended at the worst time.

This year’s championship will be defined by fouls, like the one in 2006. Of course, the 2006 title had its best player get a red card for a head butt, before things went to penalty kicks. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, there was more yellow than red – and for the Dutch Orange, there was one yellow card too many. With that, the World Cup has run red at last.

Sources “Iniesta’s overtime goal gives Spain its first World Cup”

Toronto Star- “Spain captures World Cup with 1-0 win over Netherlands”

YouTube- “Netherlands vs Spain 0-1 – The winning Iniesta goal”

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2010 Ferrari F500

Yes it is! And That’s not on a sad note, because the F430 is going to be replaced by a jumped up, honed up F450, or possibly even an F500.

The F430 is going under a knife, and the surgery is major. The car will have restyled headlights, bumper, and essentially, everything. The air intakes will now be bigger, and that means the air vents and scoops will be bigger. We have an inside scoop on the size of the engine Ferrari wants to give it, and it’ll be a bigger and stronger engine. Perhaps a 4.5, or maybe even a 5.0 V8, which may be producing over 500 horsepower!

The F430 was a bit of a calm brute. I almost sensed that Ferrari had a little big of common sense knocked into them for a minute. Well, whatever common sense was knocked into them was knocked back out, and Ferrari, as we know it, is a wild stallion again, and is completely insane!

The styling on the speculated replacement for the F430 is now more aggressive, mad, and mental. The one thing that I’m happy about in this new design, or at least the possible new design, is the front bumper lost its round vents, which drove me absolutely insane! Ferrari made a perfectly good looking car, and then, they decided to give it two gaping mouths, which is perfectly normal for a car like that, but the two “mouths” were round! This problem was fixed by the Scuderia, but the Scuderia wasn’t a practical car – it wasn’t the car people wanted to buy unless they planned on attending track days regularly.

The engine will be in the right place – in the middle. Details on the size and power are still sketchy, but one thing for sure, it’s got to be bigger, better, faster, and stronger. And that will make it more desirable, more of a handful, and more of a competition to its rivals.

Now, the rivals we’re talking about are the same story – McLaren P11, Lamborghini LP560-4, Aston Martin DBS, Porsche 911 GT2, and Corvette ZR1. The new stallion, however, won’t just be a bit of a competition for the rest of the flock in power, but also in style and looks. I’m almost ashamed of saying this, because I’ve always preferred Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin to any Ferrari! And now, it’s becoming hard for me to deny the looks of Ferrari.

I’ve always looked down on Ferrari, mostly because I thin that Ferrari F40, and F50 looked like absolute crap. I don’t like the looks of the Enzo either. But ever since the F430, I began to accept the Ferrari styling. OK, before anyone sends me hate mail, it’s just my opinion. I know some of you can be absolutely in love with the F40/50, but I’m not, and that’s that.

So, Ferrari may be doing it again, they may slowly be winning my heart towards their design. And while Lamborghini is irreplaceable, Porsche GT2 will forever be a favorite, and the DBS may be the most beautiful, I now know that I must make extra room in my heart for the dark horse.

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2010 Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver (WR) Tier Rankings

2010 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver WR Tier Rankings are based on a standard mixed NFC/AFC single season redraft fantasy football league for the 2010 season. Tiers are based on player draft value and overall draft position when comparing all fantasy football quarterbacks for the 2010 season. For additional 2010 Fantasy Football Rankings and Draft Tools check out my blog at Hawk Fantasy Sports.

Wide Receiver (WR) Tier Rankings are based on a standard fantasy football scoring system, with scoring categories including:
Receiving Yards: 1 point / 10 receiving yards
Rushing Yards: 1 point / 10 rushing yards
Receiving/Rushing Touchdown: 6 points
Fumble Lost: -2 points
Passing Yards: 1 point / 25 passing yards
Passing Touchdown: 4 points
Interception: -1 points

TIERS UPDATED: August 30, 2010

Tier 1
Andre Johnson – Hou

Tier 2
Randy Moss – NE
Reggie Wayne – Ind

Tier 3
Larry Fitzgerald – Ari
Calvin Johnson – Det
Roddy White – Atl
Greg Jennings – GB
Miles Austin – Dal

Tier 4
DeSean Jackson – Phi
Marques Colston – NO
Brandon Marshall – Mia
Anquan Boldin – Bal

Tier 5
Hakeem Nicks – NYG
Chad Ochocinco – Cin
Steve Smith – Car
Mike Sims-Walker – Jac
Steve Smith – NYG
Dwayne Bowe – KC
Wes Welker – NE
Percy Harvin – Min

Tier 6
Vincent Jackson – SD
Donald Driver – GB
Mike Wallace – Pit
Michael Crabtree – SF
Jeremy Maclin – Phi
TJ Houshmandzadeh – Sea
Hines Ward – Pit
Pierre Garcon – Ind
Malcom Floyd – SD
Johnny Knox – Chi
Lee Evans – Buf

Tier 7
Sidney Rice – Min
Santonio Holmes – NYJ
Dez Bryant – Dal
Santana Moss – Was
Terrell Owens – Cin
Robert Meachem – NO
Kenny Britt – Ten
Derrick Mason – Bal
Braylon Edwards – NYJ
Jacoby Jones – Hou

Tier 8
Anthony Gonzalez – Ind
Jerricho Cotchery – NYJ
Austin Collie – Ind
Steve Breaston – Ari
Eddie Royal – Den
Roy Williams – Dal
Nate Burleson – Det
Mario Manningham – NYG
Bernard Berrian – Min
Kevin Walter – Hou
Mike Williams – TB

Tier 9
Devin Aromashodu – Chi
Lance Moore – NO
Devin Thomas – Was
Chris Chambers – KC
Julian Edelman – NE
Mohamed Massaquoi – Cle
Donnie Avery – StL
Golden Tate – Sea
Demaryius Thomas – Den
Ted Ginn Jr – SF

Tier 10
Laurent Robinson – StL
Devin Hester – Chi
Arrelious Benn – TB
Earl Bennett – Chi
Jabar Gaffney – Hou
Jordy Nelson – GB
Devery Henderson – NO
Early Doucet – Ari
Josh Morgan – SF
Justin Gage – Ten
Joshua Cribbs – Cle
Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oak
Torry Holt – FA
Davone Bess – Mia
James Hardy – Buf
Michael Jenkins – Atl
Chaz Schilens – Oak
Brandon LaFell – Car
Antonio Bryant – FA
Deion Branch – Sea
Nate Washington – Ten
Dwayne Jarrett – Car
Matt Jones – Cin
Louis Murphy – Oak
Brandon Tate – NE
Brandon Stokley – Den
James Jones – GB
Juaquin Iglesias – Chi
Patrick Crayton – Dal
Bryant Johnson – Det

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2010 Fantasy Football: Tight End (TE) Underrated Players

2010 fantasy football draft guide: tight end TE underrated players. Welcome to the 2010 fantasy football season! Here are my top 3 tight end TE underrated players to begin the 2010 fantasy football season. Underrated player selections are based on a standard mixed NFC/AFC single season redraft fantasy football league for the 2010 season. Tight end TE underrated player selections are based on players who will likely be drafted later in fantasy football drafts to begin the 2010 season than what their overall fantasy football scoring worth will warrant for the 2010 season. Tight end TE underrated player selections should not be considered sleepers, however these underrated player selections are essentially players I would take a chance on and possibly even reach for or draft a round or two, or a couple of picks earlier in fantasy football drafts to begin the 2010 season. For additional fantasy football rankings and draft tools, check out my Blog at Hawk Fantasy Sports.

Tight End (TE) Underrated Players

Jason Witten – Dal
If you are looking for the most underrated and undervalued tight end in fantasy football entering the 2010 season, then there is no doubt in my mind that player has to be Jason Witten. Firmly entrenched in the prime of his career at age 28, and coming off of an outstanding 2009 season that included 94 receptions and 1030 receiving yards, there is absolutely no reason why Witten’s low touchdown total of just 2 last season should scare any fantasy football teams off drafting him this season. Commonly ranked around #5 among fantasy football tight ends, Witten could easily be in the top 3 as he is one of the most reliable fantasy football tight ends in the game entering the 2010 season.

Kellen Winslow – TB
If Winslow could manage to tally 77 receptions, 884 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns during his first season in Tampa Bay with virtually a nonexistent quarterback during the 2009 season, then having a more experienced Josh Freeman at the helm full time during the 2010 season could easily boost Winlsow’s stats again this year. With little to no reliability or production from the wide receiver position in Tampa Bay, Winslow should easily be Freeman’s number one option and target during the 2010 season. A push towards 1,000 receiving yards is definitely within reach for Winslow in 2010, so with a fantasy football rankings often around #10 among tight ends, Winslow is a solid mid round tight end pick that could pay huge dividends for fantasy teams in 2010.

Greg Olsen – Chi
So get this, Olsen actually posted career highs during the 2009 as he tallied 60 receptions, 612 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, but yet he was still considered a fairly large bust for fantasy football teams last year. That right there tells me that expectations were just blow way out of proportion for Olsen entering the 2009 season. Now entering the 2010 season with a fantasy football ranking often around #15 among tight ends, Olsen and his 60 reception, 600 receiving yards and 8 touchdown potential looks like a huge steal for fantasy teams.

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2010 Fantasy Football Keeper Rankings: Quarterback (QB)

2010 Fantasy Football Quarterback QB Keeper Rankings are based on a three year outlook over the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons in a standard mixed NFC/AFC fantasy football league. Individual player profiles, scouting reports, and stat projections will be available as the 2010 season approaches. For additional 2010 Fantasy Football Rankings and Draft Tools check out my blog at:

Quarterback (QB) Keeper Rankings are based on a standard fantasy football scoring system, with scoring categories including:
Passing Yards: 1 point / 25 passing yards
Passing Touchdown: 4 points
Interception: -1 points
Rushing Yards: 1 point / 10 rushing yards
Receiving Yards: 1 point / 10 receiving yards
Rushing/Receiving Touchdown: 6 points
Fumble Lost: -2 points

1. Aaron Rodgers – GB
2. Drew Brees – NO
3. Peyton Manning – Ind
4. Matt Schaub – Hou
5. Tony Romo – Dal
6. Philip Rivers – SD
7. Tom Brady – NE
8. Matt Ryan – Atl
9. Joe Flacco – Bal
10. Jay Cutler – Chi

11. Kevin Kolb – Phi
12. Eli Manning – NYG
13. Carson Palmer – Cin
14. Mark Sanchez – NYJ
15. Matthew Stafford – Det
16. Ben Roethlisberger – Pit
17. Donovan McNabb – Was
18. Matt Leinart – Ari
19. Chad Henne – Mia
20. Jason Campbell – Oak

21. Josh Freeman – TB
22. Alex Smith – SF
23. David Garrard – Jac
24. Sam Bradford – StL
25. Vince Young – Ten
26. Brett Favre – Min
27. Matt Cassel – KC
28. Matt Hasselbeck – Sea
29. Jimmy Clausen – Car
30. Tim Tebow – Den

31. Matt Moore – Car
32. Brady Quinn – Den
33. Colt McCoy – Cle
34. Trent Edwards – Buf
35. Kyle Orton – Den
36. Tarvaris Jackson – Min
37. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buf
38. Michael Vick – Phi
39. Derek Anderson – Ari
40. Brian Brohm – Buf

41. Marc Bulger – StL
42. Jake Delhomme – Cle
43. Byron Leftwich – Pit
44. Seneca Wallace – Cle
45. David Carr – SF
46. Kyle Boller – Oak
47. Brodie Croyle – KC
48. Sage Rosenfels – Min
49. Chad Pennington – Mia
50. Shaun Hill – Det

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2010 Florida Gator Football Schedule

The Florida Gators will kick off their 2010 football schedule on Saturday September4th led by Coach Urban Meyer.

Urban Meyer has been the head coach for the Florida Gators since December of 2004 and the main goal for him was to bring the Florida Gators back to being recognized as a strong team to beat. The 2009 Florida Gator football season will be their chance to show if the still have the talent they had in the 2008 season.

The Florida Gators play their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also known as “The Swamp”. The stadium has received major renovations since it was built in 1930 making it a fierce facility for competitors to enter. The average attendance for a Florida Gators home game is around 90,000. “The Swamp” is rated as the largest stadium in the state of Florida. Florida has a home record of 106 wins and only 13 losses since 1990, the best in the country.

2010 Florida Gator Football Schedule

Saturday September 4th the Florida Gators will play Miami of Ohio in Gainesville, Florida

Saturday September 11th the Florida Gators will play USF in Gainesville, Florida

Saturday September 18th the Florida Gators will play Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee

Saturday September 25th the Florida Gators will play Kentucky in Gainesville, Florida

Saturday October 2nd the Florida Gators will play Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Saturday October 9th the Florida Gators will play LSU in Gainesville, Florida

Saturday October 16th the Florida Gators will play Mississippi State in Gainesville, Florida

Saturday October 30th the Florida Gators will play Georgia in Jacksonville, Florida

Saturday November 6th the Florida Gators will play Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee

Saturday November 13th the Florida Gators will play South Carolina in Gainesville, Florida

Saturday November 20th the Florida Gators will play Appalachian State in Gainesville, Florida

Saturday November 27th the Florida Gators will play Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida

All games times are still to be announced due to television coverage. For the most up to date time and dates for game times you can go here.

If you plan to visit “The Swamp” during the Florida Gator 2009 season be sure to follow all policies. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the stadium and smoking is prohibited inside the stadium. If you violate these policies you will be ejected from the stadium. Fans are not allowed to leave and re-enter the stadium once the ticket has been torn. Chairbacks larger than a single person are prohibited as well. The gates to the stadium open 90 minutes prior to game time and it is recommended that you arrive early.

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