My Week 5 AFCN List:
I'm writing this up as if we have to field a team to take on other divisions best team. I will knock guys for inconsistency and Attitude.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger -> Joe Flacco
Ben's been Struggling for lack of help from the Oline AND a severe lack of creativity from the OC spot. Arians is terrible. Flacco is the young incumbent sitting in the wings.
RB: Willie Parker -> LeRon McClain -> Mewelde Moore
Willis McGahee is a talented back but Parker has been better for 2 years straight now. His speed, and tenacity added with McClains Earl Campbell-esque Running would make this a very potent 2-punch. Mewelde Moore is one of the best Pass catchers out of the backfield, a reliable 5 carry guy and an excellent blitz pickup guy. Basically your prototypical 3rd down RB.
FB: Lawrence Vickers -> Sean McHugh(Yeah it's a bit early, but watch you'll see)
WR1: Santonio Holmes -> TJ Houshmanzadeh
WR2: Derrick Mason -> Braylon Edwards
WR3: Hines Ward -> Demetrius Williams
I want Receivers that can catch, be consistent and no attitude problems. Hence the prevalent lack of Ocho Something. I'm iffy on Edwards Hands but He's the best option. Holmes Speed and big play threat, added with Mason/Wards ability to find holes in any zone coverage and make undoubtedly any catch possible is why they have there. I believe Ward is superior to Mason, but I like Ward playing from the Slot. Add Mason, Holmes and Wards Run blocking which is unparalleled in the league. Housh is a guy that could compete for #1. He doesn't quit, but he can be rattled. Edwards is too streaky to be a starter for me. I want the WR's to be reliable.. He's not at this point. Demetrius Williams may not be everyones choice for the backup slot WR, but he can find an opening has extremely good and deceptive speed and is an excellent receiver.
TE: Heath Miller -> Kellen Winslow
I figure I'll catch the most **** for this one. Winslow is an excellent receiver and a mismatch for any team. Which is why I'd be using him split out as a 4th WR. He's not a blocker. He's not afraid to get his clothes dirty and try to block, but that doesn't mean he's great at it. Meanwhile Heath Miller is an excellent Blocker and a guy that can be a consistent threat over the middle of the field for 8-12 yards a pop. I'd still be cycling Winslow in at the #3 Slot. The 2nd great thing about Sean McHugh (FB) is he is a TE as well. Solid no **** blocker too.
LT: Joe Thomas -> Levi Jones
LG: Eric Steinbach -> Ben Grubbs
C: Hank Fraley -> Justin Hartwig
RG: Willie Colon -> Chris Kemoeatu
RT: Jared Gaither -> Kevin Shaffer
I don't think there's much to complain about here. In fact that line is amazing. Center could be upgraded but, I don't think many other Divisions could field superior OL's. Only one I can think of is NFCEast between Dallas/Philly and Was. NYG has a good line, not a great one.
For Defense I'm using a 3-4 Hybrid Alignment. Don't be discouraged if your favorite player or someone doesn't make it.
RDE: Haloti Ngata -> Brett Keisel -> Shaun Rogers
NT: Casey Hampton -> Kelly Gregg -> Shaun Rogers
LDE: Aaron Smith -> Trevor Price -> Shaun Rogers
ROLB: James Harrison -> Terrell Suggs
RILB: Ray Lewis -> Lawrence Timmons
LILB: James Farrior -> Larry Foote
LOLB: LaMarr Woodley -> Robert Geathers
CB: Chris McCallister -> Ike Taylor -> Eric Wright
CB: Bryant McFadden -> Jonathon Joseph
FS: Ed Reed -> Ryan Clark
SS: Troy Polamalu -> Sean Jones
PR: Joshua Cribbs
KR: Joshua Cribbs
P: Sam Koch (Was a toss up between Sep and Koch and Sep is injured)
K: Jeff Reed
I'm expecting some retaliation for Jeff Reed over Matt Stover, but it won't change my mind. Stover loses for 2 things in this battle. 1) Jeff Reed has been Money the last 2 years and still getting better. 2) he has cooler hair.
HC: Mike Tomlin
OC: Cam Cameron ASST: Bob Bratkowski
DC: Dick Lebeau ASST:Rex Ryan