I wish we all could live in a fantasy vacuum. You know, something that you might see on Pee Wee’s Playhouse, but we can’t. Players get hurt. Players suck. A player becomes poor and struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Hey Shakespeare! Don’t call me an idiot! Anyway, things change and our Tiers From Heaven could easily become Tiers From A Clown if we didn’t update them once in a while. So with out further ado, here are the updated 2009 Fantasy Football Tier Rankings. You’ll see that there aren’t any drastic changes, but I’ll go over the rationale behind the few that were made below:
Kurt Warner: Slipped and fell down two spots due to old age. He just doesn’t look right during a time of the year he really should.
Brett Favre: Replaces Sage Rosenfels in the exact same spot. He has more upside than my man Sage, but also has more injury risk.
Steven Jackson: Moves down one while Matt Forte takes his place at #4. This was tough because I have a good feeling about SJax, but good feelings can only go so far when the starting QB breaks a finger and the starting WR breaks his foot!
Darren McFadden: Moved up one spot into “Solid Starter” status. He will get the starting role and is good at catching the ball in the flat which is probably about as far as Russell can throw it before it goes off line.
Thomas Jones: Fell five spots due to the developing three-headed RB beast that Rex Ryan is concocting in his New Jersey sewer lab.
Julius Jones: Dropped one spot with the Walter Jones surgery. I still like JJ as a value pick, but losing Jones for an extended period of time doesn’t boost his value any.
Kenneth Darby: Removed due to ineptitude.
Shonn Greene: Vaulted up five spots because he could see goalline carries and has looked good in camp.
Jerome Harrison: Moved down one spot because James Davis will also see touches when Jamal Lewis’ bones decay. I still like Harrison’s versatility, but he would probably lose goalline carries to Davis.
James Davis: Added to the bottom of the RB’s because, uh, just look up a bit. Hey, I think I went to James Davis Middle School.
Eddie Royal: Moved up three spots because he isn’t a big whiner.
Brandon Marshall: Demoted into 3rd string territory because he is just too risky at this point. He could be suspended. He could hold out. He could be a Cylon agent bent on destroying the NFL. Who the frack knows?
Davone Bess: Moved up three spots because he has locked down the #2 WR position.
Chris Henry: Transferred up six excel cells to cell block “could do worse!” because he continues to shine in preseason.
Visanthe Shiancoe: Moved up one because Brett likes tight ends.
Brandon Pettigrew: Fell to the bottom of the TE’s because he’s been shut down due to a strained thigh. He has some possible upside, but he’ll have to show it before he’s even worth considering.
Garrett Hartley: Removed due to his four game suspension for doing Cannonball Adderals off The Causeway into Lake Pontchartrain. I added John Carney to the bottom of the tier because he plays for the Saints, but may only play for four games. Don’t waste too much time worrying about a kicker.