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2006 Wrap-Up Report (and 2007 Preview)

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; This is from fantasyguru.com. I have posted the link but you need a membership so I also posted the NFC south portion of the article. http://www.fantasyguru.com/football/.../1-25wrap.html NFC South Atlanta Falcons – When you have 70+ starts at the QB position, ...

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Old 01-27-2007, 09:29 AM   #1
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2006 Wrap-Up Report (and 2007 Preview)

This is from fantasyguru.com. I have posted the link but you need a membership so I also posted the NFC south portion of the article.

http://www.fantasyguru.com/football/.../1-25wrap.html

NFC South



Atlanta Falcons – When you have 70+ starts at the QB position, you are what you are, and Michael Vick is what he is. He’s a dynamic runner with a strong arm, but he’s also a very inconsistent passer for a variety of reasons: his inaccurate throwing, his inability to read defenses consistently, and his natural inclination to take off and run rather than hanging in the pocket. He’ll be working in a new system, his 3rd in the league, but new head coach Bobby Petrino’s spread offense is considered more of a downfield offense, which is probably best for Vick, and potentially for WR Roddy White, a good deep threat. Petrino said he will tweak his offense to Vick’s strengths. I have heard the talk of something of a competition between Vick and backup Matt Schaub, but that’s not going to happen in 2007, even with Vick’s recent airport escapades. RB Warrick Dunn is signed through 2008, but he’s 32 years old, so his workload needs to be lessened. Petrino’s offense includes a power running game, which is okay for Dunn despite his size, but it remains to be seen if Jerious Norwood, more of a speed back, will excel in it. Norwood needs to add some bulk and show he can handle 15-20 carries a week, but he does have some power to his game, so this situation will be interesting to watch. They also want to use a lot of three and four-receiver sets, and they don’t have enough quality at the position to do that right now.



Value to target in 2007: Jerious Norwood

Keeper Sleeper: Jerious Norwood/Roddy White


Carolina Panthers – Here’s another team with some decisions to make. First and foremost, is Jake Delhomme the answer at QB? At least for 2007, his starting job should be secure, so the real questions on offense surrounds their running game. RB DeAngelo Williams will likely be the featured back, but his and DeShaun Foster’s roles aren’t exactly clear while Foster is still with the club. The team needs to revamp its O-line, too, since it was a big disappointment and prevented the team from running the ball like it wanted to all year. Look for the club to rebuild its line and cater its scheme to fit Williams’ strengths. A consistent running game will mean a more consistent Delhomme, which will result in good things from Steve Smith and the other receivers. This offense could quickly and nicely rebound in 2007 and almost certainly will if Williams can stay on the field.



Value to target in 2007: DeAngelo Williams

Keeper Sleeper: Drew Carter



New Orleans Saints – Head coach Sean Payton has done a masterful job running and managing this team, and there’s nothing but promise going forward. RB Reggie Bush is not yet the finished product, but after he showed significant improvement in the second half of the season, I’m ready to anoint him a future superstar in the league, and by future I could be talking 2007. He obviously has all-time-great talent, but he was very durable in his rookie season, which was a small surprise, and his character and work ethic are seemingly excellent. There’s also a place for Deuce McAllister in this offense, obviously, and I think these two guys could go down as the most productive RB tandem in league history over the next 1-2 years. As for QB Drew Brees, I’ll never doubt him again. Everything pointed to a somewhat difficult season for him in 2006, and just the opposite was the case. He’s the 4th best QB in the NFL behind Manning, Brady, and Palmer. I’ve been asked many times if I think WR Marques Colston is for real, and I think he is. This is not the next Michael Clayton, who has fallen off a cliff after an impressive rookie season in 2004. Colston will be productive for many years to come for several reasons. He has Brees, of course, and both have an excellent feel for finding voids in coverage, plus Colston has excellent size and uses it to his advantage. His hands are also excellent. I would be floored if he didn’t produce these next few years. In Devery Henderson, the Saints have one of the fastest receivers in the league, and his ability to make big plays was impressive last year. I assume he will be a bigger factor in 2007, so the only question is, will he be the #2 or will Joe Horn be back, keeping Henderson in the #3 role. The team could really use a TE, and I would love for them to get New England’s Daniel Graham, an unrestricted free agent. Graham is an excellent blocker and a good red zone threat, but he’s also a better downfield receiving threat than most people think. He would be perfect for this team, especially with Brees here.



Value to target in 2007: Deuce McAllister

Keeper Sleeper: Devery Henderson



Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I appeared to be terribly off on my analysis of QB Chris Simms this past year, but a couple of bad games does not a season make. I still contend he’s a good NFL QB, and that point was confirmed by the Bucs when they offered him a contract extension late last year. Simms signed the deal, so he’s the guy here. Simms has all the tools to be a quality player, but he will need more help than he has now. WR Joey Galloway appears to have at least another relatively big year in him, which helps, but the rest of the receiving corps is weak. I’ve given up on Michael Clayton, so the player to watch for 2007 for now is Maurice Stovall, who finally got on the field late in the season and showed some game. He’s a big receiver who could emerge as their main possession guy over Clayton. As for RB Cadillac Williams, I’m at something of a loss. He’s a quality back, for sure, but I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s not good enough to put an offense on his back. If there’s good blocking in front of him and a good passing game alongside him, I think he can still be a dynamic fantasy option. But if the line and the passing game aren’t particularly good, which was the case this past year, I think he’ll continuer to struggle, as he did this past year. The guy runs hard, but he doesn’t go anywhere. I wonder if he’s a poor fit for Jon Gruden’s offense. Gruden wants to “pound that rock,� and I’m not sure Caddy can.



Value to target in 2007: Chris Simms

Keeper Sleeper: Maurice Stovall
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:55 AM   #2
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RE: 2006 Wrap-Up Report (and 2007 Preview)

Yeah....I'd like to get Daniel Graham, too. How sweet would that be....a TE that can block & catch. I'd also still love to grab Nate Clements or Asante Samuel. That would give us the entire draft to take the best player available.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:05 AM   #3
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We have certainly had our share of bad luck at TE. I think Graham would help us tremendously in the red zone. I'm not sure what McKenzie's contract situation is as far as a cap hit, but would it be possible to trade him then sign Clements and Samuel. That would be sweet.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:11 AM   #4
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I don't know.....I was tough on McKenzie at the beginning of the year, but he definately improved his play in the latter part of the season. Notice....teams quit throwing in his direction after he stepped up his game. But then again.....when you have Fred Thomas to pick on.....why throw anywhere else? If we just get one of those elite CB's available, I think this team would have a vast improvement in the secondary.
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Old 01-27-2007, 12:04 PM   #5
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Re: RE: 2006 Wrap-Up Report (and 2007 Preview)

Originally Posted by gandhi1007
Yeah....I'd like to get Daniel Graham, too. How sweet would that be....a TE that can block & catch. I'd also still love to grab Nate Clements or Asante Samuel. That would give us the entire draft to take the best player available.
Personally, I'd like a TE that plays every week...of course with great blocking skills and can catch the ball. Graham will do nicely! I have had enough of Conwell.
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Old 01-27-2007, 02:41 PM   #6
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^^Me, too^^^

I like Graham, if not him Jerramy Stevens. Both are excellent recieving threats that can block for this team. In the draft I still get a TE, like Chandler.

I really want us to get Samuel, and a rookie. That gives us a developing youngster, hopefully keeping Groce and/or Deloatch. Leaving us with Samuel and the rook at starters, and Deloatch or someone else for the nickle in the future
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