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2008 First Annual CHUM-leys

Welcome to the first annual CHUM-ley’s.  ESPN can have their red jackets and their fantasy hall of fame, while The Corner of Knowledge prefers to “call out” those players who cost us a championship. This is not your typical list of players who underperformed throughout the regular season, rather, the CHUM-ley is reserved for those players who made us sharks during the regular season then turned us into CHUM come playoff time.

Unless the Fantasy Sharks legal department tells me different,

Chumley,

Tennessee Tuxedo’s dim-witted sidekick, will serve as the mascot for this award.

What criteria were used to award the CHUM-ley?

The performance of the Top 10 players at each position during the regular season was calculated for Weeks 14 through 16 to give us a ranking for the fantasy playoffs.  Then the player’s fantasy playoff ranking was subtracted from the player’s ranking during Weeks 1-14 to arrive at the difference between the player’s regular season performance and his playoff performance.  A positive number indicates that a player performed better than he did during the regular season, while a negative number indicates that a player performed worse than he did during the fantasy regular season.      

      

QUARTERBACKS

      

PLAYER

REGULAR SEASON

WEEK 14

WEEK 15

WEEK 16

PLAYOFF RANK

DIFFERENCE

Drew Brees

1

10

12

10

11

-10

Aaron Rodgers

2

8

11

14

11

-9

Jay Cutler

3

7

25

2

11

-8

Kurt Warner

4

13

16

35

21

-17

Philip Rivers

5

6

2

5

4

1

Peyton Manning

6

4

9

4

6

0

Donovan McNabb

7

19

7

22

16

-9

Matt Cassel

8

11

1

3

5

3

David Garrard

9

22

5

7

11

-2

Tony Romo

10

20

8

13

14

-4

Drew Brees, NO, QB

Brees finished as the No. 1 quarterback during the fantasy regular season, but had an average playoff rank of 10.66. Brees should have lit up

Atlanta,

Chicago and

Detroit during

the fantasy playoffs, so a finish outside of the Top 10 is just unaccpetable.

Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB

Rodgers finished as the No. 2 quarterback during the regular season, but had an average playoff rank of 11. Rodgers should have had a field day against Houston in Week 14 and Chicago in Week 16, but instead he finished eighth and 14th against those teams, respectively.

Jay Cutler, DEN, QB

Who really cares what Cutler’s average ranking was during the playoffs? His 25th-ranked performance against

Carolina in Week 15 was enough to bury plenty of championship hopes.   Cutler was the second-ranked QB during Week 16, but that was just pouring salt on an open wound.

Kurt Warner, ARI, QB

Warner finished as the fourth-ranked QB during the regular season and what a magical season it was, but when it hit money time Warner was MIA.  Even if you were able to survive his No. 13 and No. 16 rankings in Weeks 14 and 15, he submarined your title hopes with a No. 35 ranking in Week 16.  How bad do you have to play in order to finish as the 35th-ranked QB?  And by the way,

Matt Cassel, who was playing in the same weather conditions, finished Week 16 as the third-ranked QB, as he threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns. Even

Matt Leinart threw for a score.

RUNNING BACKS     

PLAYER

REGULAR SEASON

WEEK 14

WEEK 15

WEEK 16

PLAYOFF RANK

DIFFERENCE

DeAngelo Williams

1

2

15

1

6

-5

Michael Turner

2

18

2

20

13

-11

Adrian Peterson

3

20

11

35

22

-19

Matt Forte

4

22

20

14

19

-15

Thomas Jones

5

15

16

33

21

-16

Steve Slaton

6

12

21

30

21

-15

LaDainian Tomlinson

7

13

19

27

20

-13

Clinton Portis

8

42

31

17

30

-22

Maurice Jones-Drew

9

10

5

13

9

0

Brian Westbrook

10

1

36

26

21

-11

The running back position was littered with busts come playoff time.  Only

DeAngelo Williams, who had an average playoff rank of six and

Maurice Jones-Drew, who had an average playoff ranking of nine, managed to have a variance of less than 10 from their regular season ranking.

Michael Turner, ATL, RB

Turner was the No. 2 ranked RB during the regular season, but was only the 18th-best RB in Week 14 and only the 20th best in Week 16.

Adrian Peterson, MIN, RB

All Day was MIA come playoff time with performances that placed him 20th in Week 14 and 35th in Week 16. Maybe I’m just bitter, but AP is no lock to be my No. 1 pick in 2009.

Matt Forte, CHI, RB

Thanks for the great regular season, Matt.  But, a 22nd-ranked performance in Week 14 and a 20th-ranked output in Week 15 sent a lot of owners home early.

Thomas Jones, NYJ, RB

Based on everyone else’s playoff performance Jones’ 15th and 16th rankings in Weeks 14 and 15 weren’t that bad, but his 33rd-ranked performance in Week 16 was a bitter pill to swallow.

Steve Slaton, HOU, RB

A 30th-ranked performance in Week 16 was a humble ending to an unexpectedly brilliant rookie season.

LaDainian Tomlinson,

SD, RB

A 27th-ranked performance in Week 16 was a fitting end to a season that marks the end of LT2’s dominance.

Clinton Portis, WAS, RB

Portis heated up as the playoffs went on going from 42nd to 31st to 17th.  He may have actually been relevant has the playoffs gone another eight weeks.

Brian Westbrook, PHI, RB

Westbrook heated up as the playoffs went on going from 36th to 26th to 21st.  He may have actually been …

WIDE RECEIVERS

    

PLAYER

REGULAR SEASON

WEEK 14

WEEK 15

WEEK 16

PLAYOFF RANK

DIFFERENCE

Larry Fitzgerald

1

11

46

7

21

-20

Andre Johnson

2

13

1

75

30

-28

Calvin Johnson

3

8

5

35

16

-13

Greg Jennings

4

28

27

22

26

-22

Steve Smith

5

6

2

32

13

-8

Roddy White

6

7

42

69

39

-33

Anquan Boldin

7

33

60

Antonio Bryant

8

1

6

2

3

5

Terrell Owens

9

17

57

16

30

-21

Randy Moss

10

37

4

9

17

-7

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, WR

How can I hate on Fitz?  Easy. As the 46th-ranked WR in Week 16, enjoy your CHUM-ley Mr. Fitz!

Andre Johnson, HOU, WR

How can I hate on ‘Dre?  Easy. As the 75th-ranked WR in Week 16, enjoy your CHUM-ley Mr. Johnson!

Calvin Johnson, DET, WR

How can I hate on Megatron?  Easy, as the 35th ranked WR in Week 16. At least Matt Millen is gone and he should get a quality QB out of the NFL draft. 

Greg Jennings, GB, WR

He was 28th ranked in Week 14, 27th ranked in Week 15 and 22nd ranked in Week 16.  Now, get out of my face.

STEVE SMITH, CAR, WR

After ranking as the 32nd-best WR in Week 16, fantasy fans should get to punch Smith in the face. Better yet…

                             

 

 

Roddy White, ATL, WR

After ranking 42nd in Week 15 and 69th in Week 16, I hope that White wore a mask when he went to cash his paycheck for those weeks.

Anquan Boldin, ARI, WR

Great regular season; non-factor come playoff time.  

SUPER BOWL PREDICTION

The Steelers, with zero CHUM-leys, will defeat the Cardinals, with three CHUM-leys.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail me at

thecornerofknowledge@yahoo.com.

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