Saturday, September 5, 2009

Deadly Space Turnips - 2009 Preview

Turnips fans, the 2009 roster is set and ready to go.

League Settings


0.75 pts/completion
-0.25 pts/pass attempt
1 pt/50 yards passing
6 pts/passing td
-3 pts/interception
-1 pts/sack

0.25 pts/rush attempt
1 pt/20 yards rushing+receiving+return
1 pt/reception

Sack 2
Interception 3
Fumble Recovery 3
Touchdown 6
Safety 3
Block Kick 2
Points Allowed 0 points 40
Points Allowed 1-6 points 30
Points Allowed 7-13 points 20
Points Allowed 14-20 points 10
Points Allowed 21-27 points 0
Points Allowed 28-34 points -5
Points Allowed 35+ points -20

Last Year

QB: David Garrard, Ben Roethlisberger
RB: Marshawn Lynch, Jerious Norwood, Justin Fargas, Fred Jackson
WR: Reggie Wayne, Greg Jennings, Steve Breaston, Ted Ginn Jr., Devin Hester
TE: Zach Miller
Def: Miami, New York Jets

The team may not look impressive on paper, but finished first out of 14 teams to win the championship! That means in the team's two-year history, they've finished first once, and second once. Anything less would be disappointment.

This Year

QB: Philip Rivers, Jason Campbell
RB: Darren Sproles, Leon Washington, Felix Jones, Jerious Norwood
WR: Reggie Wayne, Greg Jennings, Ted Ginn Jr., Percy Harvin, Domenik Hixon
TE: Antonio Gates
D: Cincinnati, Arizona

Here's a look at this year's Turnips, new and old.

QB Philip Rivers

Philip displaying one of his many superhuman powers.

I took Rivers with my first pick (pick #29). I did this fully expecting regression from last year's season. I considered taking PPR-machine Wes Welker here and hoping Rivers would fall to round 4, but I didn't want to risk it. It's a good thing, because I got confirmation that another owner would have taken him the same round. I've taken a QB in this round all 3 years, with mixed results: Brady two years ago, Roethlisberger last year. This year I expect Rivers to regress, but beyond that, I feel he's low risk. He was the best QB on the board, and the QB's I rank immediately behind him both had causes for concern. (Aaron Rodgers being on film for D-coordinators, Warner being old). He's also an NC State alum and one of my favorite players.

QB Jason Campbell

Jason and his pageant-winning boo.

Campbell actually went undrafted in the league. I used my last two picks on Shaun Hill and Brady Quinn. I eventually dropped Quinn for Campbell and Hill for a kicker. It's a touch decision. Hill outscored him on a per-game basis last year, but is no longer playing in Martz's system. As a first-rounder who has barely played, Quinn has a lot of upside, but a lot of downside as well. As I mentioned in my Redskins preview, I expect Campbell to take a big step forward this year, so he's my guy.

TE Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates playing basketball

Took Gates with my second pick (pick #43). I grew attached to Zach Miller last year and kind of wanted him back as a very late pick, but Gates should be one of the two best TE's this year. Needless to say, I will really enjoy Rivers-to-Gates touchdowns this year.

WR Reggie Wayne

Reggie being freaking awesome

Reggie is the identity of the Deadly Space Turnips! In year one, I traded Housh and McGahee for Mr. Wayne and Marshawn..and he's been a keeper twice in a row now. He's consistently great.

WR Greg Jennings

Greg blowing out candles on a football cake!

I took Greg Jennings with my 2nd pick a year ago, and he put up such a great season last year that I kept him this year. It wasn't just the numbers, he really became an awesome go-to receiver.

WR Ted Ginn Jr.

Ted running track..apparently in Raleigh..regardless...go pack!

I've owned Ginn now for all 3 of his NFL seasons. Haven't kept him, just keep drafting him. He's fast, a good kick returner, and is still improving as a receiver.

WR Percy Harvin

Percy throwing a ball. LOL.

Percy is a rookie, and he's my new toy (and Brett Favre's new toy). He's a home run threat everytime he gets the ball, and will be used as a kick returner, wildcat back, and receiver. Normally I avoid rookie receivers, but it's looking clear that the Vikings need to use Harvin right away.

WR Domenik Hixon

Domenik signing a girl's back. np.

The cloudiness of NYG's receiving situation seems to be holding Hixon's average draft position down. To me he's going to be their #1 guy, like he was last year when Plaxico was I think I got a bargain for him in the at pick #125.

RB Darren Sproles

Darren telling the Colts to !@#& off.

Sproles should have a bigger role in the offense this year, is being paid like a top 5 RB, and is a great KR/PR. Plus, gotta root for the short fellas.

RB Leon Washington

Leon being a sign of the future. (the future is now)

Leon Washington is great at what he does. KR/PR, excellent change of pace back and receiver. I hope he is used like a taller Sproles.

RB Felix Jones

This is not Felix Jones.

I coveted this guy last year, but didn't get him, and then he got hurt. He's ridiculously talented, a dangerous kick returner, and has room to improve his skill as a back.

RB Jerious Norwood

Jerious's trademark high step.

Jerious, there's a rumor that you're illiterate, so these pictures are for you man. But if you can read leave me a comment, bro. He was on my team last year, getting solid points by giving Turner a breather, and returning kicks. His production should go up some this year, since he'll be used more in the wildcat, and Turner is a bit of an injury risk.

As for the defenses...see my Bengals preview and Cardinals preview.

All in all it should be a fun season. They're a great team that deserves to be chronicled in this blog. There will be updates throughout the season, starting with week 1: a matchup with the always tough ZULU NATION.

1 comment:

Caleb said...

is that Jennings's 70th birthday cake