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Divisional Playoffs: Stars and Busts from the 2007 Draft

Divisional Playoffs: Stars and Bust from the 2007 Draft

 

The second round of the playoffs continue to shape the fantasy picture for 2008 as teams that lose may change coaches and players as well as the teams that move on. Already in the last week we have seen major changes with the retirement of Joe Gibbs and the 49ers hiring of Mike Martz.

 

Injuries to key players this late in the season will also impact players. If a player suffers a major injury will most likely not be ready for the start of the new season which will leave their owners hesitant to draft them or frustrated with selecting a player they can not use right away.

 

The 2007 regular season is over and it leaves us with an insight of the ups and downs of the top players that were drafted this year. Before we look at these players, let us look at the Top Waiver players and the Top Comeback players.

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Waiver Wire Players

Overall

Player

 

FPTS

18

Derek Anderson CLE QB

 

277

30

Earnest Graham TBB RB

 

255

44

Roddy White ATL WR

 

232

 

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Comeback Players

Overall

Player

 

FPTS

4

Randy Moss NEP WR

 

378

5

Clinton

Portis WAS RB

 

327

11

Jamal Lewis CLE RB

 

296

 

 

The next list consists of the Top Bust of 2007. There will be many different articles you may read between now and the start of training camp that will discuses which players were busts and why but if you look directly at the numbers you will know who really fell short.

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Bust of 2007

Overall

Player

 

FPTS

 

QBs

 

 

320

Alex Smith SFO QB

 

52

275

J.P. Losman BUF QB

 

70

262

Rex Grossman CHI QB

 

74

 

 

 

 

 

RBs

 

 

287

Dominic Rhodes OAK RB

 

63

277

Brandon Jackson GBP RB

 

69

269

Ahman Green HOU RB

 

72

 

 

 

 

 

WRs

 

 

467

Dwayne Jarrett CAR WR

 

12

406

Eddie Kennison KCC WR

 

21

327

Marvin Harrison

IND WR

 

48

 

 

 

 

 

TEs

 

 

331

L.J. Smith PHI TE

 

47

324

Todd Heap BAL TE

 

50

308

Daniel Graham DEN TE

 

57

 

 

 

 

 

KRs

 

 

273

Josh Scobee JAC PK

 

71

264

Olindo Mare NOS PK

 

74

256

Dave Rayner SDC PK

 

76

 

 

 

 

 

DEFs

 

 

158

Dolphins Def

 

137

149

Eagles Def

 

142

124

Panthers CAR Def

 

155

 

 

It is not enough to just list the big bust of the season but also to recognize the players that were drafted in the top 10 but finished outside of those rankings. To some, these are the players that are viewed the most as Studs or Duds.

 

 

 

 

Players Drafted in Top 10

But Didn’t Finish in Top 10

Drafted

Player

Overall by Pos

FPTS

 

QBs

 

 

5

Marc Bulger STL QB

21

132

6

Donovan McNabb PHI QB

13

230

7

Vince Young TEN QB

16

196

9

Philip Rivers SDC QB

15

205

10

Jon Kitna DET QB

12

233

 

 

 

 

 

RBs

 

 

2

Steven Jackson STL RB

12

237

3

Larry Johnson KCC RB

33

152

5

Shaun Alexander SEA RB

34

149

8

Willie Parker PIT RB

17

227

9

Reggie Bush NOS RB

14

231

10

Rudi Johnson CIN RB

45

119

 

 

 

 

 

WRs

 

 

1

Steve Smith CAR WR

16

227

3

Marvin Harrison

IND WR

101

48

5

Torry Holt STL WR

11

251

8

Roy Williams DET WR

30

172

 

 

 

 

 

TEs

 

 

3

Todd Heap BAL TE

37

50

5

Vernon Davis SFO TE

12

122

8

Alge Crumpler ATL TE

14

110

10

Ben Watson NEP TE

15

105

 

 

 

 

 

KRs

 

 

1

Adam Vinatieri

IND PK

23

126

2

Nate Kaeding

SDC PK

14

140

3

Jeff Wilkins

STL PK

22

128

6

Jason Elam

DEN PK

13

141

7

Neil Rackers

ARI PK

17

135

9

Matt Stover

BAL PK

19

130

10

David Akers

PHI PK

25

123

 

 

 

 

 

DEFs

 

 

2

Ravens Def

21

163

5

Steelers Def

13

193

6

BroncosDef

20

166

7

Dolphins Def

30

137

9

Jaguars Def

11

196

10

Eagles Def

29

142

 

 

Now that you’ve seen the players drafted in the top ten and where they finished, let us look at the players that were drafted lower that ended the season in the top 10. These are the players we consider to be value picks.

 

 

 

 

Players Not Drafted in Top 10

But Finish in Top 10

Overall by Pos

Player

 

FPTS

 

QBs

 

 

5

Derek Anderson CLE QB

 

277

6

Brett Favre GBP QB

 

272

7

Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB

 

269

10

Jay Cutler DEN QB

 

239

 

 

 

 

 

RBs

 

 

3

Clinton Portis WAS RB

 

327

5

Jamal Lewis CLE RB

 

296

6

Adrian Peterson MIN RB

 

291

7

Willis McGahee BAL RB

 

276

9

Marion Barber DAL RB

 

265

10

Edgerrin James ARI RB

 

256

 

 

 

 

 

WRs

 

 

1

Randy Moss NEP WR

 

378

4

Braylon Edwards CLE WR

 

296

9

Brandon Marshall DEN WR

 

274

10

Wes Welker NEP WR

 

270

 

 

 

 

 

TEs

 

 

6

Dallas Clark

IND TE

 

179

7

Owen Daniels HOU TE

 

151

8

Heath Miller PIT TE

 

140

9

Donald Lee GBP TE

 

135

 

 

 

 

 

KRs

 

 

1

Mason Crosby

GBP PK

 

 

2

Rob Bironas

TEN PK

 

178

3

Jason Hanson

DET PK

 

175

5

Nick Folk

DAL PK

 

163

6

Josh Brown

SEA PK

 

158

9

Kris Brown

HOU PK

 

157

10

Shaun Suisham WAS PK

 

150

 

 

 

146

 

DEFs

 

 

3

Seahawks Def

 

216

4

Vikings Def

 

214

5

Colts Def

 

212

7

Buccaneers Def

 

208

8

Giants Def

 

204

9

Packers Def

 

199

 

 

 

These lists will vary depending on the league you play in but if you break out the rankings like these are, then you could find bargains in 2008. Even players that underperformed this year can fall in the 2008 drafts and become value picks.

 

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