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Postby MCG321 » Wed Apr 13, 2005 7:00 pm

Ah, the power of archive.org!

Check out the rankings on the Cafe in August 2002:

PLAYER RANKINGS (1-50)
1 Marshall Faulk - RB, STL
This is a no-brainer as Faulk has been the most dominant force in fantasy football for three seasons in a row.

2 Ahman Green - RB, GB
Green gets the nod over Alexander here because teams will have to pay attention to Brett Favre and his improved receiving corps.

3 Shaun Alexander - RB, SEA
He showed just hgow productive he can be last season. This year, his owners don't have to worry about Alexander being benched in favor of Ricky Watters.

4 Kurt Warner - QB, STL
Easily the best QB out there, he will be the first non-RB taken in almost every draft. Be sure to get RBs in the next rounds, but don't shy away from choosing this star with an early pick.

5 LaDainian Tomlinson - RB, SD
A great rookie season gets him into our top five. Has the right tools to anchor your team's offense.

6 Jeff Garcia - QB, SF
Young QB also breaks into the RB-dominated pack at the top. He's as solid as they come, and comes with less risk than many other star players.

7 Randy Moss - WR, MIN
He may be a headcase, but Moss has too much talent to let him slip away. If you don't mind taking risks, pick him and enjoy the ride.

8 Curtis Martin - RB, NYJ
Always a workhorse, this slowly aging RB is still very dependable.

9 Priest Holmes - RB, KC
Stellar season propels him high up in any ranking, but can he repeat? We think he's for real.

10 Peyton Manning - QB, IND
Question marks surround the running game in Indy, but the passing game is fine with Manning at the helm.

11 David Boston - WR, ARI
Boston had a great fantasy season on a mediocre team (to say the least), and should be able to keep up his numbers and help his team improve.

12 Terrell Owens - WR, SF
Owens will team up with Garcia and might be the safest choice at the WR position.

13 Marvin Harrison - WR, IND
Completing the first tier of WRs, Harrison has been a top notch player for years and can easily lead any fantasy receiving corps.

14 Ricky Williams - RB, MIA
The Dolphins will be happy with their new RB. Williams is a #1 back if he gets his head straight.

15 Edgerrin James - RB, IND
Last year's injury makes him a bit of a question mark, but he was the consensus #2 overall pick last season.

16 Daunte Culpepper - QB, MIN
Running game should improve, and Culpepper should become even more comfortable with Moss.

17 Corey Dillon - RB, CIN
Every-down backs like Dillon are hard to find and are invaluable assets to a fantasy squad.

18 Stephen Davis - RB, WAS
Which Stephen Davis will show up? Let's hope it isn't last year's... Carries in the new offense might be a problem area.

19 Torry Holt - WR, STL
Holt has to share receptions with too many other players on the league's top offense, reducing his fantasy value, but he's a top WR nonetheless.

20 Anthony Thomas - RB, CHI
Last year's rookie sensation from Chicago has something to prove.

21 Donovan McNabb - QB, PHI
There's still no every-down back in Philadelphia, so expect McNabb to get lots of yardage on the ground once again, improving his value even more.

22 Brett Favre - QB, GB
Favre won't dominate the league as he once did, but remains a solid choice.

23 Rich Gannon - QB, OAK
The Cannon won't play six more seasons, but he has enough poise for at least one more very good campaign.

24 Eddie George - RB, TEN
New lead-blocker should help George prove he's not washed out yet.

25 Rod Smith - WR, DEN
Return of McCaffrey should help lessen defenses' focus on Smith.

26 Garrison Hearst - RB, SF
As #1 back of the Niners squad, he would be a nice fit if you missed out on the top RBs.

27 Isaac Bruce - WR, STL
Bruce might not be the #1 receiver in St. Louis but could fill that role on your team.

28 Jimmy Smith - WR, JAC
Evergreen continues to shine. Think he could get a contract for six seasons like Gannon?

29 Joe Horn - WR, NO
Blossomed into a top receiver and is here to stay.

30 Aaron Brooks - QB, NO
Young and hungry team nucleus ensures Brooks of a top spot.

31 Deuce McAllister - RB, NO
Well-balanced offense now relies on McAllister and he'll prove his worth.

32 Michael Bennett - RB, MIN
A rough season behind him, he should improve and (almost) live up to last year's expectations.

33 Tony Gonzalez - TE, KC
Is he worth a WR's money? We know he's worth a WR's draft position!

34 Drew Bledsoe - QB, BUF
Bledsoe may not win another ring in Buffalo, but on the other hand he'll be hungry to prove he's not made to be a backup.

35 Tiki Barber - RB, NYG
This guy has lots of talent, but sharing touches never helps in fantasy football.

36 Duce Staley - RB, PHI
Just when we thought he'd be healthy and get all the carries, Philadelphia signs Levens. We still expect Staley to be a solid second fantasy back, though.

37 Michael Vick - QB, ATL
Potential is unlimited, but expect a few rocky outings in his first full season as a starter.

38 Tim Brown - WR, OAK
Others call it age, Oakland calls it experience. Timeless duo of Gannon and Brown will show once again that old men can play!

39 Steve McNair - QB, TEN
He may not be a fantasy stud, but is still a solid choice.

40 Kerry Collins - QB, NYG
Another solid QB who won't drop off too much behind the league's elite.

41 Thomas Jones - RB, ARI
Jones will surprise a lot of people, preferably the rest of your league, with a solid season as the top back in Arizona and as #2 on your team.

42 Jerome Bettis - RB, PIT
The fare is pretty low this season so be prepared to get on the Bus!

43 Henry, Travis - RB, BUF
Look out for this young back to show the world why he's the number one in Buffalo right now.

44 Brian Griese - QB, DEN
Question marks in Denver around receivers and backs, but not at the helm.

45 Freddie Jones - TE, ARI
Jones is simply the best of the rest at TE.

46 Michael Pittman - RB, TB
Has to split time with Alstott, but will still get enough carries to be a good fantasy choice.

47 Jake Plummer - QB, ARI
Could things actually be looking up in Arizona? Well, maybe.

48 Eric Moulds - WR, BUF
After a rocky start last year, Moulds again showed his talent and will once more make a fantasy owner very happy this season.

49 Terry Glenn - WR, GB
Favre will help Glenn shine even brighter than he did in New England. At least if he manages to keep his focus on football.

50 Charlie Garner - WR, OAK
Not garnering the attention he should get could make him a bargain.


Kurt Warner and Jeff Garcia in the top 10. Seems like their hey-days were decades ago...
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Postby no1cowboysfan » Wed Apr 13, 2005 7:27 pm

since when was Garcia "young" in 2002? Tsk tsk...
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Postby TTTBone » Wed Apr 13, 2005 7:38 pm

Taken in context, nothing too surprising here.
Although, Boston at 11 was just wrong, even pre-steroid pump-up. Never liked the guy, and never had him anywhere near that high.
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Postby Horizons » Wed Apr 13, 2005 7:46 pm

I'm trying to forget Warner and the '02 season.....I tried the, "hell Warner's gonna get 41 TD's and is worth two players in one strategy", that year and well you know the rest.. :~(
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Postby eaglesfan » Wed Apr 13, 2005 7:49 pm

TTTBone wrote:Taken in context, nothing too surprising here.
Although, Boston at 11 was just wrong, even pre-steroid pump-up. Never liked the guy, and never had him anywhere near that high.

his 2001 season was very good: 98rec 1598yrds 8tds
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Postby deluxe_247 » Wed Apr 13, 2005 7:54 pm

Horizons wrote:I'm trying to forget Warner and the '02 season.....I tried the, "hell Warner's gonna get 41 TD's and is worth two players in one strategy", that year and well you know the rest.. :~(


i took warner #2 overall that year 8-o :-o needless to say i didnt win my league that year !+)

charlie garner was a WR that season i guess ;-)
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Wed Apr 13, 2005 8:04 pm

Wow, how Garcia has fallen off the fantasy radar! I remember the days when he was a top 3 quarterback. Now he's just top 3 on the lowly Lions.
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Postby IRON CHEF » Wed Apr 13, 2005 8:14 pm

Kurt Warner at #4 :-b

This was my first fantasy season I believe, I didn't know what the hell I was doing. :-D
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Postby mtryanks12 » Wed Apr 13, 2005 8:39 pm

Peyton Manning the #2 quarterback?? Am I hallucinating? Since when can such a thing be possible?

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Postby no1cowboysfan » Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:06 am

mtryanks12 wrote:Peyton Manning the #2 quarterback?? Am I hallucinating? Since when can such a thing be possible?

:-b


I really don't know what's more sad...

* Why you said this at all? or...

* That Peyton is the #3 QB... :-b
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