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Welcome to a May edition of the Brew Crew Corner. It was really great to have the NFL draft as everyone wants to get the lockout situation resolved so that teams can get back to training and we can have great football games. This isn't going to be a draft recap article but I will say I was generally pleased with how my Giants drafted. I hope they are able to get more linebacker help from free agency and maybe add to the offensive line. I watched as much of the draft as I could and I'm eager to start analyzing the rookies and how they fit into fantasy football.

We will usher in a new decade of football and also a new decade of fantasy leagues. We've all had great players from year to year and some of us have had the privilege of drafting a player the year he lit up fantasy leagues. I've broken down the skill position players from 2001-2010. In this edition of the BCC I've noted some trends that may help for this years draft as well as strategies that I will use for my draft. I'd also like to introduce the All-Decade Team. These are the top 5 players at each position that dominated the decade. These players have been a critical part of fantasy championships over the past 10 years.

All-Decade Top 5
RK NAME POS PYD PTD INT FANT PT
1 Peyton Manning QB 46954 347 155 3729.2
2 Donovan McNabb QB 35302 222 108 3021.3
3 Brett Favre QB 40946 273 195 3007.2
4 Tom Brady QB 34744 261 103 2783.2
5 Drew Brees QB 35271 235 132 2674.7







RK NAME POS RSHYD RSHTD FANT PT
1 LaDainian Tomlinson RB 13404 144 2761.9
2 Edgerrin James RB 10703 67 1791.3
3 Shaun Alexander RB 9453 100 1769.3
4 Tiki Barber RB 9513 52 1692
5 Clinton Portis RB 9923 75 1688.5







RK NAME POS RECYD RECTD FANT PT
1 Randy Moss WR 12584 133 2074.6
2 Terrell Owens WR 12627 123 2032.5
3 Torry Holt WR 12594 68 1670.6
4 Marvin Harrison WR 10439 95 1615.5
5 Hines Ward WR 10818 76 1585.5







RK NAME POS RECYD RECTD FANT PT
1 Tony Gonzalez TE 10625 73 1503.9
2 Antonio Gates TE 7005 69 1114.5
3 Jason Witten TE 6967 36 914.8
4 Todd Heap TE 5492 41 801.3
5 Jeremy Shockey TE 5689 33 767.5

If you had a chance for the most dominating fantasy season, this would have been the ultimate line-up. Imagine drafting a lineup like this. This team would average 122.4 FTPs not counting the kicker and defense.

All-Decade Fantasy Line-up Team
NAME POS YR FTPS
Tom Brady QB 2007 454.1
LaDainian Tomlinson RB 2006 427.3
Priest Holmes RB 2003 373
Randy Moss WR 2007 287.3
Marvin Harrison WR 2001 242.7
Vernon Davis TE 2009 174.5
 

Let us look at the top players at each position from 2001-2010. There are surprising trends that we should consider when drafting players this season. This information could be very helpful in putting together a draft list and deciding from to similar players at a position. I used standard non-PPR scoring in a 12 team league format.

Top 5 Individual Season by Position
RK NAME POS YR AGE EXP PaYD PaTD INT FTPS
1 Tom Brady QB 2007 30 8 4806 50 8 454.1
2 Daunte Culpepper QB 2004 27 6 4717 39 11 433.5
3 Peyton Manning QB 2004 28 7 4557 49 10 417.7
4 Aaron Rodgers QB 2009 26 5 4434 30 7 395.1
5 Drew Brees QB 2008 29 8 5069 34 17 372.4
 

The first thing I notice is that the top 2 quarterbacks on this list had Randy Moss as a receiver. Of the top 20 quarterbacks, only Dante Culpepper in 2002 and Aaron Rodgers in 2010 were 25 years old. There were 9 quarterbacks between ages 26-29 as well as 9 quarterbacks 30 and older. Rich Gannon is only quarterback to make the top 20 after age 35. He was 37 in 2002 (RK 9). Note that Peyton Manning turns 35 this year.           

Here is a list of quarterbacks that will be 30 or older this season.

Quarterbacks 30 and over Age  
Peyton Manning 35  
Donovan McNabb 34 35 in Nov.
Tom Brady 33 34 in Aug.
David Garrard 33  
Drew Brees 32  
Carson Palmer 31 32 in Dec.
Tony Romo 31  
Michael Vick 30 31 in June
Eli Manning 30  
Matt Schaub 29 30 in June
Philip Rivers 29 30 in Dec.
Jason Campbell 29 30 in Dec.  
 

Top 5 Individual Season by Position
RK NAME POS YR AGE EXP RuYD RuTD FTPS
1 LaDainian Tomlinson RB 2006 27 6 1815 28 427.3
2 Priest Holmes RB 2003 30 7 1420 27 373
3 Priest Holmes RB 2002 29 6 1615 21 372.7
4 Shaun Alexander RB 2005 28 6 1880 27 363.8
5 Chris Johnson RB 2009 24 2 2006 14 346.9
 

We all covet the next best running back coming out of college. We've seen in fantasy drafts where rookies are selected in the first three rounds but looking over the past decade, only Clinton Portis in 2002 (RK 22) has made the top 50 overall. A bigger discovery was that 5 of the top 10 running backs were in years 6 or 7. Chris Johnson, LaDainian Tomlinson and Arian Foster were the only running backs to rank in the top 20 in year 2. As good as Adrian Peterson has been, his best season ranks 21st among running backs. Priest Holmes in 2003 (RK 2) and Tiki Barber in 2005 (RK 19) are the only running backs age 30 or over to rank in the top 20. So this year it would be wise to check the list of running backs that will be drafted in the first few rounds and avoid the rookies and tailbacks 30 and older early.

Here is a list of running backs that will be 30 or older this season as well as the running backs that will be in their 6th or 7th year in the league.

Running backs 30 and over Age     Running backs Entering Year 6 or 7 EXP
Ricky Williams 33 34 in May Marion Barber 7
Thomas Jones 32 33 in Aug. Cedric Benson 7
Chester Taylor 31 32 in Sept. Ronnie Brown 7
LaDainian Tomlinson 31 32 in June Frank Gore 7
Brian Westbrook 31 32 in Sept. Ryan Grant 7
Fred Jackson 30   Brandon Jacobs 7
Ronnie Brown 29 30 in Dec. Darren Sproles 7
Julius Jones 29 30 in Aug. Joseph Addai 6
Willis McGahee 29 30 in Oct. Reggie Bush 6
Clinton Portis 29 30 in Sept. Jerome Harrison 6



Maurice Jones-Drew 6



Leon Washington 6



DeAngelo Williams 6

Top 5 Individual Season by Position
RK NAME POS YR AGE EXP ReYD ReTD FTPS
1 Randy Moss WR 2007 30 10 1493 23 287.3
2 Randy Moss WR 2003 26 6 1632 17 267
3 Marvin Harrison WR 2001 29 6 1524 15 242.7
4 Torry Holt WR 2003 27 5 1696 12 242.1
5 Terrell Owens WR 2001 28 6 1412 16 239.3
 

There is always a debate about wide receivers in their 3rd year, the rule where receivers are expected to breakout. However, looking over the stats, there are only three players to rank in the top 20 that were in their 3rd year. They are Braylan Edwards in 2007 (RK 10), David Boston in 2001 (RK 16) and Javon Walker in 2004 (RK 17). Chad Ochocinco is the only other wide receiver in the top 50 that was in year 3. Rand Moss (RK 1, 2, 25), Marvin Harrison (RK 6, 7, 11) and Terrell Owens (RK 5, 9, 11) hold 3 spots each in the top 25. Andre Johnson (RK 14, 22) and Larry Fitzgerald (RK 13, 23) hold 2 spots each. This year I am targeting receivers in their 5th or 6th season as they have dominated the past decade. Seven out of the top 20 best fantasy individual seasons were from receivers in their 5th and 6th year. Five of them were in the top 10. Sixteen of the top 20 receivers were in year 5 or later. Anquan Bolden in 2003 (RK 45) is the only rookie in the top 50. There are no receivers in the top 20 in their 2nd year, but 4 in the top 50. They are Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, DeSean Jackson and Mike Wallace. So don't draft a rookie as your starter and be cautious of taking a receiver in his 2nd year. For receivers such as Hakeem Nicks, Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin, chances are that a veteran in his 5th or 6th year will out perform them.

Here is a list of wide receivers that will be 30 or older this season as well as the widereceiver that will be in their 5th or 6th year in the league.

Wide receivers 30 and over Age     Wide receivers Entering Year 5 or 6 EXP
Terrell Owens 37 38 in Dec. Devin Aromashodu 6
Derrick Mason 37   Miles Austin 6
Donald Driver 36   Marques Colston 6
Hines Ward 35   Devin Hester 6
T.J. Houshmandzadeh 33 34 in Sept. Santonio Holmes 6
Randy Moss 34   Greg Jennings 6
Chad Ochocinco 33   Brandon Marshall 6
Reggie Wayne 32 33 in Nov. Dwayne Bowe 5
Deion Branch 31 32 in July Steve Breaston 5
Patrick Crayton 32   Ted Ginn 5
Steve Smith (Car) 31 32 in May Anthony Gonzalez 5
Santana Moss 31 32 in June Johnnie Lee Higgins 5
Anquan Boldin 30 31 in Oct. Calvin Johnson 5
Bernard Berrian 30 31 in Dec. Jacoby Jones 5
Jabar Gaffney 30 31 in Dec. James Jones 5
Lee Evans 30   Robert Meachem 5
Justin Gage 30   Legedu Naanee 5
Wes Welker 30   Sidney Rice 5
Andre Johnson 29 30 in July Laurent Robinson 5
Brandon Lloyd 29 30 in July Mike Sims-Walker 5
Nate Burleson 29 30 in Aug. Steve Smith (NY) 5
Kevin Walter 29 30 in Aug.

Malcom Floyd 29 30 in Sept.

Roddy White 29 30 in Nov.

Roy Williams 29 30 in Dec.


Top 5 Individual Season by Position
RK NAME POS YR AGE EXP ReYD ReTD FTPS
1 Vernon Davis TE 2009 25 4 965 13 174.5
2 Antonio Gates TE 2004 24 2 964 13 174.4
3 Dallas Clark TE 2009 30 7 1106 10 171.7
4 Antonio Gates TE 2005 25 3 1101 10 170.1
5 Tony Gonzales TE 2004 28
1258 7 168.3
 

The tight end position is pretty straight forward. The past decade has been dominated by Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez. Gates has ranked 4 times in the top 10 and has ranked 6 times in the top 20 (RK 2, 4, 7,10, 13, 16). Gonzalez also ranked 2 times in the top 10 and 5 times in the top 20 (RK 5, 6, 11, 12, 20). Jason Witten has ranked 3 times in the top 20 (RK 8, 9, 17) and Vernon Davis has ranked twice in the top 20, especially #1 overall with his 2009 performance (RK 1, 18). It is surprising that Dallas Clark was ranked once in the top 20 (RK 3). Rob Gronkowski is the only rookie to rank in the top 50 (RK 41). Gates, Gonzalez and Clark are the only tight ends to rank in the top 20 at age 30 or older. Shannan Sharp is the oldest to make the top 50, in 2003 he was 35 (RK 26).  Selecting a tight end is simple, avoid rookies as your starter and try to get one of the top 5 at that position.

Here is a list of tight ends that will be 30 or older this season.

Tight ends 30 and over Age  
Tony Gonzalez 35  
Desmond Clark 34  
Jim Kleinsasser 34  
Alge Crumpler 33 34 in Dec.
Robert Royal 32 33 in May
Daniel Graham 32 33 in Nov.
Chris Baker 31 32 in Nov.
Dallas Clark 31 32 in June
David Martin 32  
Randy McMichael 31 32 in June
Jerramy Stevens 31 32 in Nov.
Todd Heap 31  
Brandon Manumaleuna 31  
Antonio Gates 30 31 in June
Visanthe Shiancoe 30 31 in June
Donald Lee 30 31 in Aug.
Jeremy Shockey 30 31 in Aug.
Ben Watson 30 31 in Dec.
Bo Scaife 30  
 

The past decade has produced great studs at the skill positions and I look forward to seeing which players will dominate for the next 10 years. When preparing for your draft this year, consider all these factors as well as the lockout situation. Only the players selected in the first round were given playbooks and if the lockout drags on it will really hurt the development of younger players or free agents, if  they have free agency, that are joining new teams. It is a good year to play it conservative.

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