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September 1, 2007

With final cuts around the National Football League this week, there have been one or two of the usual surprises. Leagues which had their drafts a week or two early will have owners cursing their luck, or boasting their skill at drafting low. Owners of Byron Leftwich have to be shaking their heads, while owners of Randy Moss must be crossing their fingers right now. Here's the latest camp news from the NFL.

Byron Leftwich

Byron Leftwich was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Had Leftwich made the Jags final roster, the team would have had to pay Byron Leftwich over $5 million in roster bonuses. David Garrard, the Jaguars backup for the past 5 years, will take over the reins in Jacksonvillle.

Byron Leftwich was drafted 7th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He showed flashes of skill and toughness during his years with the Jaguards, but he never made it through an entire season. Also, despite the Jags spending multiple #1 picks on receivers for Byron Leftwich to target, Leftwich never developed a chemistry with his receivers.

Fantasy Football NewsDavid Garrard has replaced the oft-injured Leftwich numerous times, usually playing average football. Garrard is much more mobile than Byron Leftwich, though he is an inconsistent passer. Owners should consider Garrard's role as quarterback when drafting Jags receivers and runners, and possibly when drafting the Jacksonville Jaguars Team Defense. The offense might sputter without a pure passer in the pocket this season, especially given that teams have extra time to prepare for Garrard.

Byron Leftwich will sign with another team soon. Rumor has it that the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens are interested in signing Leftwich.

Randy Moss

Beware of drafting Randy Moss this weekend. The latest reports out of New England have the Patriots possibly placing Moss on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Apparently, the team is concerned about Moss's lingering hamstring injury.

If Randy Moss went to the PUP list, he would miss the first 6 weeks of the NFL season.

Even worse for potential Randy Moss owners, it is rumored the New England Patriots front office is considering waiving Moss altogether. Apparently, Patriots management is concerned how Randy Moss would react to a lesser role on the team, or a move to the PUP list. They might prefer to rid themselves of a potentially disruptive force and go with a receiving corps which includes other newcomers like Donte Stallworth and Wes Welker.

I wouldn't be dropping Randy Moss anytime soon, though, because the sources of these rumors aren't the most reliable ones. The source is Boston area radio show host, Craig Mustard, who isn't known to be a New England Patriots insider. Still, if your draft is tomorrow, I might avoid Randy Moss, just in case.

Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan ended his holdout with just 9 days to go before the end of the season. Strahan's agent insists that the future Hall of Fame defensive end will be ready to go by Week 1, though Giants head coach Tom Coughlin says that might not be the case. Coughlin wants to bring Strahan slowly, playing him in spots for the first week or two.

Kevin Jones

It looks like the Detroit Lions might not place Kevin Jones on the PUP list, after all. Had this happened, Kevin Jones would have been barred from playing the first 6 games of the season.

Adjust your rankings of Kevin Jones and Tatum Bell accordingly. In many early drafts, Tatum Bell had been drafted earlier than he should have been. With another in a long line of ankle injuries, Tatum Bell has begun to fall down draft boards recently. If Bell isn't ready to go to start the season and Kevin Jones is ready to go before Week 7, then Tatum Bell isn't of much value.

Frankly, I would stay away from the Lions running game altogether. With the injury history of Kevin Jones and Tatum Bell, I might rather draft T.J. Duckett in the final round of larger leagues.

Marshawn Lynch

Start Marshawn Lynch at your own risk in Week 1. Lynch has been posting awful preseason numbers, averaging less than 2 yards per carry (1.7 ypc). In Week 3, Lynch had 9 carries for 9 yards and a fumble. In Week 4, Marshawn Lynch has 4 carries for 4 yards.

Now, I usually don't put much stock in preseason results, but I do like to track how young running backs fare in the exhibition season. While most owners who drafted Marshawn Lynch probably don't have a whole lot of other options, I would consider starting someone else in Week 1 if I can.

August 27, 2007

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August 24, 2007

An Analysis of the Fantasy Football Scoring System at FantasySportsLive.com

Fantasy Sports Live recently revealed its fantasy football scoring system for the upcoming 2007 NFL season.

Fantasysportslive.com offers players a chance to wager real money on individual weeks of fantasy football. For those who don't have time for a full fantasy football season, or who have seen their season go up in flames due to key injuries, can now reset the rosters every week.

What's more, Fantasy Sports Live allows real bets, as if you were betting on a college or pro football game. The only difference is this is perfectly legal. You can't bet on all the players on one team, but otherwise, you're free and clear to fill out your dream fantasy football roster.

To this point, Fantasy Sports Live has supported daily fantasy baseball betting only. With the NFL back at work, though, players can now bet on daily or weekly football games.

The Starting Line Up

All players will start a team including 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 3 wide receivers, 1 tight end, 1 field goal kicker and 1 Team Defense. That becomes your 9-player team for that particular week, or that particular bet.

Betting on Fantasy Sports Live

If the NFL betting is anything like their fantasy baseball bets, players will be able to register for contests including from 2 to 10 owners. That means you can play head-to-head contests, or pit yourself against 9 other owners for a larger prize.

Registration fees, or bets if you want to call it that, range from $1 to $100. There are a whole lot in the $3, $5 and $10 range, so you can join multiple contests.

Before you register, you'll be able to see which NFL games will be included in that particular contest. You might see a contest with only 1 o'clock Eastern games, or 4 o'clock Eastern games. You might have a wager that includes all of the games for that week.

In the baseball betting, there are often contests for night games. I don't know if that's feasible in fantasy football, though I would like to see a contest which includes the Sunday Night and Monday Night Football games only.

Offensive Scoring Rules

Here's a list of the offensive scoring rules:

  • 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown.
  • 2 points for a rushing, receiving or passing 2 point conversion.
  • 0.1 point for 1 yard rushing
  • 0.1 point for 1 yard receiving
  • 0.2 point for 5 yards passing (This is rounded to the nearest 0.1 point.)
  • -2 points for a fumble lost
  • -2 points for an interception thrown

Field Goal Scoring

  • 1 point for a converted extra point
  • 2.5 points for a converted field goal from 0-29 yards long
  • 3.5 points for a converted field goal from 30-39 yards long
  • 4.5 points for a converted field goal from 40-49 yards long
  • 5.5 points for a converted field goal from 50+ yards long
  • -2 for a missed field goal

Defensive Scoring

  • Starting total of opponents score = 12 points (That is, if your Team Defense holds the opponent to 0, you get 12 points.)
  • -0.5 for each point scored against your Team Defense.
  • 1 point for a sack
  • 2 points for a fumble recovery
  • 2 points for an interception
  • 4 points for a safety

Quarterback Scoring

I like that a passing touchdown is worth 6 points. A lot of leagues these days only give 4 points for a passing touchdown, but that essentially makes quarterbacks an afterthought.

Especially when you are counting off for fumbles and interceptions, the quarterback needs to get as many points for a touchdown as a runner or receiver.

The .2 for every 5 yards passing is pretty standard fantasy football scoring, since that equals 1 point for every 25 yards thrown. I was hoping Fantasy Sports Live would have a standard scoring system in this way, because I didn't want to spend the first month of the season losing bets because the scoring system was too alien.

Team Defense Scoring

One big problem I have with a lot of old school leagues is the defensive scoring. I still see leagues that only give points for shutouts, along with the requisite sacks, interceptions and fumbles.

Personally, I've always thought the truest test of a defense's effectiveness was its ability to hold down the score of an opponent. I never understood scoring systems that gave big points for a shutout, but didn't recognize that holding an opponent to 3 points deserved points as well.

So I was happy to see Fantasy Sports Live giving out a good amount of points for their ability to hold opponents' scores down. This actually makes defenses matter. It also makes them a little more predictable, because when you only count turnovers, those are completely unpredictable. You might as well take the cheapest defense and hope for the best.

I would have liked to have seen points for touchdowns scored by defenses, but that's a minor gripe. Those are relatively rare anyway and, once again, entirely unpredictable.

One thing to keep in mind is that points scored against your defense's team count against it. So if you have the Chicago Bears Team Defense and Rex Grossman throws an interception for a touchdown, those points count against your team.

Some may not like that, but that would have been a problem for the software. Otherwise, people would have been waiting until Tuesday for adjustments and the official word on how their contest ended. This less complicated way, you'll know who won by Sunday night.

Kicking Game Scoring

This system gives kickers a chance to affect the outcome of your game. You get extra points for long field goals, which means a hot kicker getting several 40+ kicks can have a noticeable effect on the outcome of the game.

Of course, if that same kicker misses a couple of long tries, then you're going to be throwing something at the television screen. The scores on these guys should be pivotal one or two weeks of a season, which is in keeping with the way real NFL kickers are.

Scoring System Analysis

Fantasy Sports Live tried to make a balanced scoring system. Too many fantasy football scoring rules seem to give the advantage to running backs, dismissing positions like kicker and defense by having scant opportunity for them to score.

Of course, good running backs are always going to rule in fantasy football, because they are more consistent and predictable. But having a balanced scoring system requires a greater margin of error, which forces contestants to use more strategy.

I give Fantasy Sports Live high marks for what they've produced. My one or two complaints with the Fantasy Sports Live scoring rules are relatively minor. Maybe it's because this is remarkably similar to the system my own local league has used for the past 12 years, but after seeing these rules, I'm ready to "register" for a couple of contests.

Registration Begins September 4th

Betting for the 2007 NFL begins on September 4th. The Sunday, September 9th schedule of games will be the launch of the Fantasy Sports Live fantasy football scoring system.

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