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Divisional Fantasy Rankings Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my Divisional Fantasy Rankings. If you missed Part 1, you’ll find the link at the bottom of this article. Part 1 explains the rating system so head there first to get the lowdown.

I received a few comments on Part 1, mostly complaints about why a team was ranked as low as I placed them. One such comment was, “Cowboys last in rushing with Barber and Jones? I think our running game is better than the Skins’ … ” Remember, this is based on fantasy football. Do I think the Cowboys’ running game overall is better than the Redskins’? Yes. But in fantasy terms, I’ll take Clinton Portis over Marion Barber or Felix Jones. As for the tie issue in the NFC East, I’ve heard enough from the readers to state that the Eagles earn the overall crown. Let’s move on to Part 2, shall we?


 


AFC South



Quarterbacks



4 –

Indianapolis
Colts:

A lot of folks are expecting Peyton Manning to start his downfall this year. Don’t be one of them.


3 –

Houston
Texans:

Everyone has been waiting to see what a healthy
Matt Schaub
can do with this team.


2 –

Jacksonville
Jaguars:

Like Schaub, David Garrard has had some health issues. The Jags need him in order to regain their 2007 form.


1 –

Tennessee
Titans:


Kerry Collins
had a magical season last year for his age. but I expect the glass slipper to shatter this year.


Running Backs



4 –

Jacksonville
Jaguars:

Depending on PPR or non-PPR leagues,
Maurice Jones-Drew
is the first or second overall pick, period.


3 –

Houston
Texans:

Steve Slaton had an impressive rookie campaign for the Texans and is expected to produce even more this season.


2 –

Indianapolis
Colts:

With
Manning
at QB,
Joseph Addai
will still benefit from a high percentage of pass defenses.


1 –

Tennessee
Titans:

The Titans are one of the better rushing teams in the NFL, but the way they split carries between LenDale White and 
Chris Johnson
makes them a fantasy nightmare.


Wide Receivers



4 – Houston Texans:


Andre Johnson
rules this division and is a Top 5 wideout regardless.


3 –

Indianapolis
Colts:

With
Marvin Harrison
gone, this is now
Reggie Wayne
’s group and
Anthony Gonzalez
is a solid compliment on the other side.
Manning
behind center doesn’t hurt either.


2 –

Jacksonville
Jaguars:

The Jags’ wideouts have changed dramatically over the past couple of years. They are now loaded with young speedsters and added that much-needed veteran presence with Torry Holt.


1 –

Tennessee
Titans:

A ragtag group of unknowns here. The top two (Nate Washington and
Justin Gage
) are going each get around 600 yards and maybe five TDs each. They get combined what you would expect from a legit No. 1, a testament to

Tennessee
’s desire to run the ball.


Tight Ends



4 – Indianapolis Colts:


Dallas Clark
, third ranked TE on my list, and many others’, I’m sure.


3 – Houston Texans:


Owen Daniels
is a Top 10 TE this year, but so much disparity after
Chris Cooley
to really matter.


2 –

Tennessee
Titans:


Bo Scaife
is decent; he could be picked up on a bye week when needed.


1 –

Jacksonville
Jaguars:

Don’t even bother with
Marcedes Lewis
.


Defense



4 –

Tennessee
Titans:

Not an elite defense fantasy-wise, just good enough to crack the Top 10.


3 –

Indianapolis
Colts:

Middle of the pack defense here; they shouldn’t even be picked up in a 12-team league.


2 –

Houston
Texans:

Not much to speak of here; don’t even bother with this D.


1 –

Jacksonville
Jaguars:

Cross them off your list, now!


Kickers



4 –

Tennessee
Titans:


Rob Bironas


3 –

Houston
Texans:


Kris Brown


2 –

Jacksonville
Jaguars:


Josh Scobee


1 –

Indianapolis
Colts:


Adam Vinatieri


 

Totals:



Houston

Texans: 18



Indianapolis

Colts: 17



Tennessee

Titans: 13



Jacksonville

Jaguars: 12

AFC South fantasy football division bragging rights goes to – the
Houston Texans.



 


NFC South



Quarterbacks



4 –

New Orleans
Saints:

Drew Brees is the class of this division and an upper echelon QB on your draft day.


3 –

Atlanta
Falcons:

Do I smell a sophomore jinx? Not likely; expect big numbers out of
Matt Ryan
again this year. He’s got some solid players on offense across the board.


2 –

Carolina
Panthers:

Time is catching up to Jake Delhomme and his arm is not what it once was.


1 –

Tampa
Bay
Buccaneers:

I hear they are opening up QB tryouts to the public in camp this year.


Running Backs



4 –

Atlanta
Falcons:


Michael Turner
took the fantasy football world on a wild ride last year, surprising everyone. He’s for real; he’s at the top of your running back lists.


3 – New Orleans Saints:


Pierre Thomas
had a touch of a breakout year late last season as he more than doubled his touches from the year before. Nine touchdowns with only 129 carries? Rather impressive, and
Reggie Bush
has officially moved more into a returner/wideout role.


2 –

Carolina
Panthers:

Another situation where two backs split the load a bit too much.
DeAngelo Williams
is still more than worthy to take at the right time in your draft.


1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers:


Derrick Ward
was brought in and should get most of the carries, but Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams is already reported as running at full speed in camp. You might want to stay away from this situation until the mid-to-late rounds.


Wide Receivers



4 –

New Orleans
Saints:


Marques Colston
is Top 10 WR on every list out there.


3 –

Atlanta
Falcons:


Roddy White
is another Top 10 WR, and
Michael Jenkins
is one to look at in the mid-to-late rounds.


2 –

Carolina
Panthers:

Some guys with a bit of age here, but
Steve Smith
is yet another possible Top 10 WR. The QBs for the Falcons and Saints drive the Panthers’ WRs to this position.


1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers:


Antonio Bryant
had a nice year last season, but with the QB position a question mark at this point, you can wait on him.


Tight Ends



4 –

Atlanta
Falcons:

The Falcons made a big splash picking up
Tony Gonzalez
. He’s still got what it takes to be a top fantasy TE.


3 –

Tampa
Bay
Buccaneers:

Finally, an area where the Bucs improved.
Kellen Winslow
should produce regardless of who’s behind center.


2 –

New Orleans
Saints:


Jeremy Shockey
was a monumental bust with the Saints last year. I’ve lost all faith in him at this point.


1 –

Carolina
Panthers:


J eff King
and Dante Rosario split the duties here, and neither is worth looking at.


Defense



4 –

Carolina
Panthers:

Don’t let the rankings here fool you; all four of these teams group together as the beginning of the bottom half of fantasy defenses.


3 –
Tampa
Bay Buccaneers:

See

Carolina
Panthers.


2 –
New Orleans Saints:

See

Carolina
Panthers.


1 –
Atlanta Falcons:

See

Carolina
Panthers.


Kickers



4 –

Atlanta
Falcons:


Jason Elam


3 –

Carolina
Panthers:


John Kasay


2 –

New Orleans
Saints:


Garrett Hartley


1 –

Tampa
Bay
Buccaneers:


Matt Bryant
or Mike Nugent. Which one will win the battle in camp?

Totals:



Atlanta

Falcons: 19



New Orleans

Saints: 17



Carolina

Panthers: 14



Tampa


Bay

Buccaneers: 10

NFC South fantasy football division bragging rights goes to – the
Atlanta Falcons.


Check back next week for Part 3 and, as always, feel free to e-mail me any remarks you may have and I’ll do my best to address them. Enjoy the training camps everyone; football season is here!

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