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Fantasy Football: Postseason research

In case you’re participating in a postseason fantasy league, here’s a quick summary of the primary scorers on all 12 playoff teams. Good luck.

AFC
Indianapolis (1st seed)
QB: Peyton Manning (33 pass TD)
RB: Joseph Addai (10 rush TD, 3 receiving TD, 1 pass TD), Donald Brown (3 rush TD), Chad Simpson (2 rush TD, 1 return TD), Mike Hart (1 rush TD)
WR: Reggie Wayne (10 receiving TD), Pierre Garcon (4 receiving TD), Austin Collie (7 receiving TD)
TE: Dallas Clark (10 receiving TD)
PK: Adam Vinatieri (38 points), Matt Stover?
Defense: (2 return TD)

San Diego (2nd seed)
QB: Philip Rivers (28 pass TD, 1 rush TD)
RB: LaDanian Tomlinson (12 rush TD), Darren Sproles (3 rush TD, 4 receiving TD, 1 return TD), Mike Tolbert (1 rush TD, 3 receiving TD)
WR: Vincent Jackson (9 receiving TD), Malcom Floyd (1 receiving TD), Legedu Naanee (2 receiving TD)
TE: Antonio Gates (8 receiving TD)
PK: Nate Kaeding (146 points)
Defense: (4 return TD)

New England (3rd seed)
QB: Tom Brady (28 pass TD, 1 rush TD)
RB: Laurence Maroney (9 rush TD), Kevin Faulk (2 rush TD, 1 receiving TD), Sammy Morris (2 rush TD), Fred Taylor (4 rush TD)
WR: Randy Moss (13 receiving TD), Julian Edelman (1 receiving TD), Sam Aiken (2 receiving TD)
TE: Benjamin Watson (5 receiving TD), Chris Baker (2 receiving TD)
PK: Stephen Gostkowski (125 points)
Defense: (3 return TD)

Cincinnati (4th seed)
QB: Carson Palmer (21 pass TD, 3 rush TD)
RB: Cedric Benson (6 rush TD), Bernard Scott (1 return TD), Larry Johnson, Brian Leonard
WR: Chad Ochocinco (9 receiving TD), Laveranues Coles (5 receiving TD), Andre Caldwell (3 receiving TD),
TE: J.P. Foschi (2 receiving TD)
PK: Shayne Graham (97 points)
Defense: (3 return TD)

N.Y. Jets (5th seed)
QB: Mark Sanchez (12 pass TD, 3 rush TD)
RB: Thomas Jones (14 rush TD), Shonn Greene (2 rush TD)
WR: Jerricho Cotchery (3 receiving TD, 1 rush TD), Braylon Edwards (4 receiving TD), Brad Smith (1 rush TD, 2 return TD)
TE: Dustin Keller (2 receiving TD)
PK: Jay Feely (122 points)
Defense: (3 return TD)

Baltimore (6th seed)
QB: Joe Flacco (21 pass TD)
RB: Ray Rice (7 rush TD, 1 receiving TD), Willis McGahee (12 rush TD, 2 receiving TD), LeRon McClain (2 rush TD)
WR: Derrick Mason (7 receiving TD), Mark Clayton (2 receiving TD), Kelley Washington (2 receiving TD)
TE: Todd Heap (6 receiving TD)
PK: Billy Cundiff (55 points)
Defense: (3 return TD)

NFC
New Orleans (1st seed)
QB: Drew Brees (34 pass TD, 2 rush TD)
RB: Pierre Thomas (6 rush TD, 2 receiving TD), Mike Bell (5 rush TD), Reggie Bush (5 rush TD, 3 receiving TD), Lynell Hamilton (2 rush TD)
WR: Marques Colston (9 receiving TD), Devery Henderson (2 receiving TD), Robert Meachem (9 receiving TD, 1 return TD), Lance Moore (2 receiving TD)
TE: Jeremy Shockey (3 receiving TD)
PK: Garrett Hartley (37 points)
Defense: (7 return TD)

Minnesota (2nd seed)
QB: Brett Favre (33 pass TD)
RB: Adrian Peterson (18 rush TD), Chester Taylor (1 rush TD, 1 receiving TD)
WR: Sidney Rice (8 receiving TD), Percy Harvin (6 receiving TD, 2 return TD), Bernard Berrian (4 receiving TD)
TE: Visanthe Shiancoe (11 receiving TD), Jeff Dugan (2 receiving TD)
PK: Ryan Longwell (132 points)
Defense: (1 return TD)

Dallas (3rd seed)
QB: Tony Romo (26 pass TD, 1 rush TD)
RB: Marion Barber (7 rush TD), Felix Jones (3 rush TD), Tashard Choice (3 rush TD)
WR: Miles Austin (11 receiving TD), Patrick Crayton (5 receiving TD, 2 return TD), Roy Williams (7 receiving TD)
TE: Jason Witten (2 receiving TD)
PK: Shaun Suisham (11 points)
Defense (1 return TD)

Arizona (4th seed)
QB: Kurt Warner (26 pass TD)
RB: Beanie Wells (7 rush TD), Tim Hightower (8 rush TD), Jason Wright (2 receiving TD)
WR: Larry Fitzgerald (13 receiving TD), Anquan Boldin (4 receiving TD, 1 rush TD), Steve Breaston (3 receiving TD), Early Doucet (1 receiving TD)
TE: Ben Patrick (2 receiving TD)
PK: Neil Rackers (85 points)
Defense: (2 return TD)

Green Bay (5th seed)
QB: Aaron Rodgers (30 pass TD, 5 rush TD)
RB: Ryan Grant (11 rush TD), Ahman Green (1 rush TD), Brandon Jackson (2 rush TD, 1 receiving TD), John Kuhn (1 rush TD, 2 receiving TD)
WR: Greg Jennings (4 receiving TD), Donald Driver (6 receiving TD), James Jones (5 receiving TD), Jordy Nelson (2 receiving TD)
TE: JerMichael Finley (5 receiving TD), Spencer Havner (4 receiving TD)
PK: Mason Crosby (129 points)
Defense: (4 return TD)

Philadelphia (6th seed)
QB: Donovan McNabb (22 pass TD), Michael Vick (1 pass TD, 2 rush TD)
RB: LeSean McCoy (4 rush TD), Leonard Weaver (2 rush TD, 2 receiving TD), Brian Westbrook (1 rush TD, 1 receiving TD)
WR: DeSean Jackson (9 receiving TD, 1 rush TD, 2 return TD), Jeremy Maclin (4 receiving TD), Jason Avant (3 receiving TD)
TE: Brent Celek (8 receiving TD)
PK: David Akers (133 points)
Defense: (4 return TD)

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Shanahan crashes the DC party

It’s official – Mike Shanahan is the new head coach and decision-maker with the Washington Redskins. Below are some thoughts on the hiring; we’ll compare it to other hirings this offseason in an upcoming Football Relativity post.

Shanahan, one of the big-name coaches on the market, seemed to be the most eager one to take a job this year. Most of all, he wanted a job where he would have final decision-making power like he had in Denver. He got that job with the Redskins, where he (not owner Daniel Snyder) will have final say. Shanahan’s hand-picked GM, Bruce Allen, will work on the day-to-day personnel responsibilities. On the field, Shanahan is a terrific offensive mind who knows the West Coast scheme as well as anyone and can implement it. That’ll be the plan, but it will probably take multiple years for him to accumulate the offensive talent to do it. Jason Campbell is OK, but unless Shanahan is sold the Redskins will start over at quarterback, and the offensive line is old and brittle while the receiving corps is young and unproven. There’s more talent on defense, which should help Shanahan lure a big-name defensive coordinator, although keeping Greg Blache would be acceptable as well. Shanahan had lost steam with the Broncos at the end of his tenure there, and it’ll be interesting to see whether a new spot reinvigorates him. The questions, however, fall more on the personnel side than the coaching side with him. If he can find the offensive talent, he should be able to build a winner in Washington.

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Predictions review

In the interest of accountability, I thought I should assess my preseason predictions of playoff teams. You can read the full predictions in this post.

Division Winners:
AFC East – Prediction: New England Patriots; Actual – Patriots
AFC West – Prediction: San Diego Chargers; Actual – Chargers
AFC North – Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers; Actual – Cincinnati Bengals
AFC South – Prediction: Tennessee Titans; Actual – Indianapolis Colts

NFC East – Prediction: New York Giants; Actual – Dallas Cowboys
NFC West – Prediction: Arizona Cardinals; Actual – Cardinals
NFC North – Prediction: Green Bay Packers; Actual – Minnesota Vikings
NFC South – Prediction: Atlanta Falcons; Actual – New Orleans Saints

Wild Cards:
AFC: Prediction: Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars; Actual – Ravens, New York Jets
NFC: Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers; Actual – Eagles, Green Bay Packers

Totals: 3 of 8 division winners correct, 6 of 12 playoff teams correct

Here are the rest of the predictions…

Championship games:
AFC: Patriots over Chargers
NFC: Packers over Giants

Super Bowl 44:
Patriots over Packers

League MVP:
QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Defensive MVP:
S Ed Reed, Ravens

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