About Kurt Backert

Kurt Backert

Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980's where he's captured more titles than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins   Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son.

OLD SCHOOL: When it comes to the Patriots, history offers the Ravens hope

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First the bad news…   The Patriots are 8-1 in franchise history at home in post season games.   Now, the good news…   The Ravens are 5-2 on the road in post season games in their franchise history.   More bad news…   There are only 2 teams in the NFL the Ravens have not beaten. They are winless against the Carolina Panthers and 0-5 vs. the Patriots.   More Good News…   Twice in franchise history the Ravens have beaten teams in the AFC Playoffs that they had...

History is on the side of the Ravens

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Controlling your own destiny, or simply put, having to win your last regular season game to make the playoffs.   With a victory this week the Ravens are in the playoffs, as we all know anything can happen from there. A loss will bring a probable ending to an up and down season.   That brings us to this week’s match against the seemingly lowly 5-10 Raiders in Oakland this Sunday. Journeyman Charlie Frye will start at quarterback and the Raiders average just twelve points a game and are next...

FANTASY BLITZ: Facts, figures and trends to set your Week 1 lineups

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If you want to win your league, spend five minutes a week with Fantasy Blitz, where we take a fast view of every game and highlight the sleepers who will score and the elite players who will not.   For this first week, the defensive rankings are from the end of the 2008 regular season   Always note the defensive statistics when setting your line up   Dolphins at Falcons, Over- Under 43.5   Dolphins, Falcons defense vs run 25th vs pass 21st   Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are...

FANTASY BLITZ: Thursday Night Special

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  If you want to win your league, spend five minutes each week with Fantasy Blitz, where we deliver a rapid fire tour around the NFL highlighting the sleepers who will score and the elite players who will not each week.   Thursday Special, the 90th NFL Season is here…   For this first week, the defensive rankings are from the end of the 2008 regular season   NOTE: Always consider the defensive statistics when setting your line up   Titans at Steelers, Over- Under 34.5   Titans, Steelers defense...

FANTASY FOCUS: Fantasy News & Notes

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I have said this before – I hate using the word sleeper when it comes to fantasy football discussion. It simply is a way for a fantasy writer to say a player could provide fantasy value but says this without fully committing to that player. Now with drafts here, there are few players who I think will surprise, some I am sure you know of, some perhaps not.   Cardinals, they say they want to run more, no way, their pass run ratio will be the same as 2008…..Falcons, Matt...

FANTASY FOOTBALL 2009: Think of this as your GPS to a Fantasy Championship

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You could spend your hard earned money on any fantasy football magazine and choose from a plethora of publications. You might also choose to subscribe to an online fantasy source and pay for their analyses.  And if that sounds like you we highly recommend the NFP (National Football Post) publication. Or you could choose to ignore said publications or perhaps augment them by working out your mouse right here and go click happy at ProFootball24x7.com for fantasy insight, depth charts, positional spotlights and of course our player rankings. And perhaps the best...

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pre Camp Notes and Depth Charts, Wide Receivers

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This two part article will view the depth of all 32 teams at the wide receiver position. All of my articles are based on a twelve team league that uses three wide receivers. If I list a player as WR I, he is one to twelve on my board, WR II, thirteen to twenty four, WR III, 25 to thirty six.   All of my position rankings will be ready by the end of July and will be changed accordingly.   I will also list each team’s wide receivers in...

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pre Camp Notes and Depth Charts, Wide Receivers

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This is the second part of our 2 part article on the wide receiver situations of all 32 teams as they head into camp.   NFC East   Dallas, Roy Williams mid WR II, Patrick Crayton, Miles Austin, Sam Hurd   Although Terrell Owens is a knucklehead he put up great fantasy statistics in Dallas, replacing his 1,029 yards and 10 scores from 2008 will be tough. Roy Williams never asserted himself after being obtained from the Lions but has shown flashes of fantasy stardom during his career, he had...

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pre Camp Notes and Depth Charts, Tight Ends

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This two part article will view the depth of all 32 teams at the TE position. All of my articles are based on a twelve team league that starts one TE. If I list a player as TE I, he is one to twelve on my board and a fantasy starter. TE II, thirteen to twenty four, TE III, 25 to thirty six.   All of my position rankings will be ready by the end of July and will be changed accordingly.   I will also list each team’s TE’s...

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pre Camp Notes and Depth Charts, Tight Ends

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This is the second part of our 2 part article, viewing the Tight End situations of all 32 teams as they head into camp, part 2, the NFC TE’s   NFC East   Dallas, Jason Witten, high TE I, Martelius Bennett   Witten, while scoring just 4 touchdowns in 2008 moves to 1 on the board. He has the capability to put up WR I statistics. With Terrell Owens gone and his strong rapport with quarterback Tony Romo, Witten should become his favorite receiver. He has the athletic ability to...

FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Quarterback

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Pro Football24x7’s Spotlight: Fantasy Quarterback   Along with our player rankings we will highlight one player at each position who has the possibility of a monster fantasy season. We start with football’s most important position, quarterback.   Houston was the only team in the NFL last year to have 2 wide receivers, a TE, and a running back each having at least 50 receptions. They also had the third highest amount of total offensive yards last year. They have perhaps the deepest wide receiving corps in football that most fans...

FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Running Back

Pro Football24x7’s Spotlight Fantasy Running Back   Every fantasy football player knows Steven Jackson and that he is included in every top ten list of projected fantasy running backs that has been published this year.   In the drafts I have been able to poll so far, his average draft position has been 5th over all. The earliest I have seen him taken has been third, the latest 10th. He is on everyone’s radar, the reason he is my spotlight running back is that I have him 2nd over all....

FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Wide Receiver

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Pro Football24x7’s Spotlight Fantasy Wide Receiver   Few players I have seen play or researched in NFL history have the pure athletic skills of Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson.   Raymond Berry had John Unitas throwing to him, Lance Alworth had John Hadl,  John Stallworth had Terry Bradshaw, and Jerry Rice had both Joe Montana and Steve Young. Great receivers, logically have generally needed great quarterbacks to put up great statistics.   Johnson is that rare breed, a great receiver who will score fantasy points both in bunches and consistently...

FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Kickers

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Pro Football24x7’s Spotlight Fantasy Placekicker   The draft strategy for place kickers is very simple. Draft one with your last pick. History has shown us that the point differential between the top and the twelfth kicker is very small. Stephen Gostkowsi of the Patriots led all fantasy kickers with one hundred and fifty nine points in 2008, Josh Brown of the Rams was twelfth, he scored 134. This breaks down to 1.6 points a game for a sixteen week season. That type of difference has been consistent for the past...

FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Defenses/Special Teams

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Pro Football24x7’s Spotlight Fantasy Defense/Special Teams   This is toughest position to project fantasy rankings for. Leagues vary in  their scoring methods for the defense/special teams. My rankings are based on basic scoring, one point for every turnover and sack, six points for every defensive or special teams return for a touchdown. With so many scoring variations for yardage and points allowed it would not be possible to serve every league’s needs in one article.   If your scoring method does involve yardage and points allowed, my rankings would change...

FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Tight End

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Pro Football24x7’s Spotlight Fantasy TE   The importance of the TE position in fantasy football seems to change every couple of years. Of course this has to do with the NFL being a copy cat league and the talent level of the players themselves. For recent memory, Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates have been almost in a league of their own, then there was a few in the second tier, after that a subtle constant drop in points.   Gonzalez and Gates are in the top three, with Dallas’ Jason...

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pre Camp Notes and Depth Charts, Running Backs

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  The Backfields of the AFC, Part I   In this two part article we will preview the running back situations of all 32 teams. Part I will be the AFC, part II the NFC running backs.   Every year the top scoring quarterbacks score more points than the top running backs, but that said it has been statistically proven year after year that you still have to select a running back with your first pick in almost every circumstance. This year if you are holding a first round selection...

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pre Camp Notes and Depth Charts, Running Backs

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  NFC East   Dallas, Marion Barber is a low RB I, his foot injury is healed, he averaged almost 5 yards a carry in 2008, he averaged 3.7 in 2007, handcuff Tashard Choice to him to be safe, he ran effectively while filling in for Barber, he had 90 yards and scored against the Ravens week 16. Felix Jones has all the tools but has a durability problem, He is at 43 on my board, he has greater value in point per reception leagues, Jason Garrett has him working...

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Wide Receiver depth charts

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This two part article will view the depth of all 32 teams at the wide receiver position. All of my articles are based on a twelve team league that uses three wide receivers. If I list a player as WR I, he is one to twelve on my board, WR II, thirteen to twenty four, WR III, 25 to thirty six.   All of my position rankings will be ready by the end of July and will be changed accordingly.   I will also list each team’s wide receivers in...

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pre Camp Notes and Depth Charts, Quarterbacks

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In this 2 part article we will spin you around the league and focus on all 32 teams quarterbacking situations, part one the AFC, part two the NFC.     While the top quarterbacks outscore the top running backs every year, you still must draft solid running backs early to win a fantasy championship. There are a few exceptions at quarterback, players that you would use a lower first round choice for, Drew Brees and Tom Brady are the top two this year. Future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning still...