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Fantasy Football Is Upon Us

We are now in the process of creating our leagues, ranking our players, and getting ready for our drafts.  I am a Yahoo Fantasy Football kinda guy.  I prefer it to others that I have tried.  I normally do public leagues, and never join a competitive league.  I keep it casual because I am such a homer when it comes to the Saints.  I know, I know, being a homer has no place in Fantasy Football, but I just can't help myself.  I just ranked my players a couple of days ago and this morning I was notified that my team had been drafted.  After the jump you will find my lineup, let me know what you think.

Starting Line up:

QB - Drew Brees - I know, I can't believe it either.  This is the 4th straight year I have had him on my team.  I figured other fans would have figured out he is the best QB in football by now.  This is the reason I try to steer clear of leagues with fellow Saints fans.  Everyone would be vying for brees as a #1 Draft Choice. - Draft Choice

WR -
Miles Austin - Speed, agility and game changing play.  What more could you ask for in a Wide Receiver.  He finds ways to gain separation, get open, and then break away.  He and Romo have a great chemistry and he has the potential for big games every time he steps on the field. - Draft Choice


Marques Colston - Great hands and a big target.  He is the #1 weapon of choice for Brees.  He led Saints Receivers last year in yardage and tied for the team lead in Receiving TD's.  He is not the fastest we have, but he gets the job done. - Draft Choice


Robert Meachem - Great hands, great speed and game changing potential on every down.  Barring injury, I believe he is in for another exceptional year.  He has Henderson's speed with Colston's hands.  He tied Colston for receiving TD's and led Saints receivers in TD's due to the strip/fumble recovery in Washington.  Even though that didn't count for fantasy points, it tells me he is hungry and ready to score with every opportunity given. - Draft Choice

RB -


Reggie Bush - He is like having an extra receiver.  He hasn't been healthy enough to really do much until late last year.  I saw flashes of his new running style that need to become more dominant than the rabbit approach he was famous for.  If he continues to develop his ability to truck defenders, he could be in for a real break out year if he can stay healthy.  He had 8 total TD's last year5 rushing, 3 receiving, and I look for Payton to continue his development as a RB/WR hybrid. - Draft Choice


Cedric Benson - Solid runner, 1362 Total Yards last year, 1251 rushing, 6 TD's, 111 receiving, 0 TD's. He is a solid threat on the ground and I think he will have a good year this year, especially if Carson Palmer's arm, awareness, and QB skills don't get back to their former self. - Default Yahoo Draft Choice
 
TE -
Jeremy Shockey - Big Target, great hands, short on TD's though.  I really like Shockey and followed him when he was drafted by the Giants.  I have always thought of Shockey as an under appreciated talent.  That is the reason I believe he was so vocal about his displeasure with his former team.  Even if his stats aren't huge, his presence is.  The Saints went 16-0 with Shockey playing last year, and went 0-3 without him.  I know you don't get fantasy points for presence, but Shockey is just as good as any other TE in the game.  If we get our O-Line tweaked, maybe Shockey will have the availability to gain the stats we all know he can achieve. - Draft Choice

On the Bench:

QB - Mark Sanchez - I actually picked him up as a free agent and am cutting Chad Henne.  I like Sanchez's week 10 matchup better than Henne's.  I am not fond of either player, but I believe that Sanchez with improve much more than Henne will this year. - FA

WR -
Austin Collie - I think we will see increase in his playing time and productivity this year.  I will keep an eye on him to see how he progresses.  He didn't see a great deal of playing time until late in the year and he was just as dependable as any other Indy receiving option. - Draft Choice (He fell lower than I thought he would)

WR -
Malcom Floyd - I don't know much about him, so he will probably get dropped for a better option by week 10.  I will wait and get closer to Bye Week to pick up a replacement. - Default Yahoo Draft Choice

RB -
LeSean McCoy - His playing time and productivity should increase this year.  With the trade of McNabb, the release of Westbrook, and the unknown of Kolb, the running game might be the Eagles first choice while Kolb gets he feet under him a bit. - Default Yahoo Draft Choice

TE -
THE BACONATOR - Dave Thomas - I know, extremely silly to pick up two TE's from New Orleans, but if Shockey gets injured, I have a replacement for him.  I will have to work out something by week 10 though, because I will need a Back Up TE for the bye week. - Draft Choice

K - Garrett Hartley - He definitely proved he can come through in the clutch, and the whole 3 FG's from 40 yards or greater during the SB ain’t too shabby either.  Hartley will get a full season under his belt this year, barring injury or test issues.  I think he will have every opportunity to develop his ability and he should be a very high scoring kicker with the offense that we have.  Who knows, we might need him to boot a few from 40 or greater and we know he has the leg to do it. – Draft Choice

DEF
New Orleans - What can I say, GW's D last year scored points regularly, and for a little while, they had more TD's than some team's offenses.  I hope that the moves made during the offseason solidify the line a little more in order to stop giving up so many yards.  I am a little nervous about our LB situation at the moment.  The secondary is back in place and I think we will get our chances at turnovers and defensive scores on a semi regular basis. – Draft Choice

Chicago - I know they were horrible last year, but this year they picked up Peppers, trimmed some dead weight and they get their star LB back this year.  With the money they have thrown at their team, especially at peppers, their D should be a solid unit from game one.  With the return of Urlacher, their LB corps should be back at full strength.  They were drafted primarily as a week 10 replacement.  – Draft Choice

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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