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Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford Texas Tech junior QB Graham Harrell

Our Forum on Ning spawned a couple excellent writers/entertainers this season. Most of you know the effervescent “Neil Young” but you should also get to know Topher Dean.

Topher comes through again with some great analysis of the best values at’s College Salary Cap Game. My favorite snippet:

So do you start Bradford or Harrell? Don’t choose. Start them both.

His top ten through week 11 of the H2H season:



Michigan State RB Javon RingerI am happy to announce that I lead my division in the Fantasy College Blitz 30-team league and am third in scoring – so my whole “find some value and load up on big names” theory has worked well.

I just am choosing not to use that method this week.

Nation’s leader of yards from scrimmage Michigan State RB Javon Ringer hosts Ohio State, traditionally strong against the run and 30th in our exclusive BlitzIndex defense rankings. PINE.

WR Michael Crabtree travels to College Station. PINE (I will likely regret this one).

Nation’s leading rusher Donald Brown of UConn – PINE.

Who did I pick? (more…)

Hits louder than a bombHalfway home to the fantasy playoffs, and I must admit it is nice to see the old BI giving us some early signals of which defensive matchups you should avoid for your starting lineup.

Minnesota, last year ranking in the 100s overall, now is a legit force (#46 BI, #21 nationally in yards per point allowed) in the Big Ten. Rank in the top quartile for most of the year, they held fantasy dual-threat star Indiana QB Kellen Lewis to no TDs in a 16-7 win. Granted, even I thought the game would be a shootout on my appearance on XL950 so I need to trust the system, yes?

Northern Illinois D (#16)stood strong against its early foes, so why not expect that the Vols and their new QB would struggle much more so than you would expect and SEC team to do against a MAC team? Beware owners of Toledo, and Bowling Green studs upcoming…

Of course, we should also point out again that you should start even marginal fantasy players ( or a fill-in K and TE) against North Texas, Washington, Rice and Washington State.

Below lies your ultimate tool for fantasy lineup domination for Week 6 (in addition to the Forum Lineup help): (more…)

Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson pressures Wesley CarrollWhile the Week 3 BlitzIndex (BI) was useful to highlight the solid defenses of Florida State and Iowa, those rankings didn’t turn into wins for them. But the Seminoles forced Wake Forest into 7 FG attempts and the BI may have kept you from playing DJ Boldin or Josh Adams. The Hawkeyes did however keep Pitt’s LeSean McCoy mostly in check and if they had any QB play at all may have earned a road upset.

This week, USC takes over the top spot which I doubt will be affected by their Thursday Night game at Oregon State. Florida joins Florida State in the top three after an absolute de-pantsing of the Tennessee Volunteers. Interesting that BYU Cougars defense shows up at #13 when there has been so much focus this BCS-Busters offense.

And like the AP Top 25, the BI has five SEC teams in the Top 12 continuing to prove that conference faces the most difficult schedules in the land. Could Alabama be for real? We will know soon when they travel to play Georgia between the hedges. Full ranking sheet after the jump:


I had my share of challenges getting a full group to commit (I had 25 people sign up but only ten ever paid to secure their spot) but these guys seem to be fierce competitors and loyal fans of the site. the final count was eleven teams chomping at the bit to draft in my promotional/experimental league for 2008, hosted by

Experimental – how is that? Some rule tweaks I always wanted to try and everyone who signed up was game to try it. The unique scores that stood out to many was the graduated TD scoring (pass 5pts, run 6, receive 7pts) and the one-half point per reception – the goal was to level the playing field among the positions. But as you can see, the fact the starting lineup calls for 2 QB, there was a lot of early QB grabbing.


    After writing down every wideout in the country on an index card then sorting them out into tranches, I was smacked upside the head by two observations.

    This list, especially the Top Ten, is pretty safe with no discernible reaches. Also lots of small “waterbug” wideouts, certainly much more than I am used to ranking highly.

    I have a rule of thumb to focus on WRs over six feet and 200 pounds and darned if there are only three of those build in my top 12, and the only one in my top ten leads it off…

    1. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech

    The Bentley of fantasy college football pass catchers. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him eclipse lat year’s numbers and maybe even join Nevada’s Trevor Insley (1999) and D3 Westminster’s Scott Pingel (1998) as the only collegiate receivers to get 2000 yards in a season. Then Drew Smith told me that of the 17 WRs to amass 200 fantasy points and returned the next year, only two scored 200 the next year. Keep an eye out for our point-counterpoint on the Crab soon.

    2. Chris Williams, New Mexico State

    A healthy CW, a third-year starter at QB and WAC defenses should get this little man among the statistical big boys. Remember his 1400-12TD in 2006? Here he comes again.

    3. Jarett Dillard, Rice

    One of the most exciting WR in this game for the last two years, and I am really looking forward to the Week One Friday prime time matchup between Rice and the new SMU. Owls passing game should be lethal this year as CUSA continues to excel at two things: offense, and waiting to play offense.


    Darius Hill Ah, the underappreciated and traditionally ignored fantasy college football position of TE.

    Some systems treat the position as third tackles, others put 210-pound bulked up WRs at the position. Missouri likes to split their TE out wide, BYU likes to throw to them early and often.

    Darius Hill of Ball State (right, Icon SMI) produces like few tight ends in the last decade with two straight double-digit TD seasons and has averaged 800 yards in each – he is primed for a huge senior season with all 11 starters returning.

    Of the Top Ten, only Oklahoma State’s Brandon Pettigrew and Southern Mississippi’s Shawn Nelson are traditional NFL-type TE capable of blocking and receiving contributions – until there are fantasy points for pancake blocks we don’t much care about that until NFL Draft time.