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  • Matt 5:16 pm on August 14, 2007 Permalink  

    Should you handcuff your #1 WR? 

    We’re all used to the idea of handcuffing our #1 RBs to their backups, but what about the Steve Smiths and Torry Holts who tend to get drafted mid-2nd round? If you’re willing to spend a mid-to-late 2nd-round pick, shouldn’t you protect that investment by investing, not in the team’s #2 receiver, who was already starting anyway – but in their #3? Often, a team’s #3 receiver is the young gun who’s chomping at the bit to start, and given the opportunity will likely put up big numbers. When your stud WR gets hurt, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to plug that kid into your roster right away, without having to battle it out on the waiver wire for his services (or worse, watch the manager who grabbed him with the last pick in the draft reap the benefits of your misfortune)? It’s usually not even a huge investment – chances are good that you’ll be able to snag a #3 receiver near the end of the draft. Here’s a look at a few of these potentially season-saving handcuffs. (More …)

     
    • Dan 12:17 pm on August 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I like the concept, and I think you outlined some of the instances where it could pay off. That being said, I think the main reason why you don’t hear about it too much is because the depth at WR is much better overall.

      In a standard league, you need to start 2 RBs, and there’s only 32 starting RBs available in the NFL. There are platoon situations, but you typically want to avoid these, as more often than not, neither player will give you top-level production. Based on that, there’s a very small pool of RBs that can give you fantasy production on any given week.

      In these same leagues, you need to start 3 WRs, but there are 64 starting WRs (I’m considering #1 and #2 receivers as starters). Right off the bat, that’s already a better ratio than RBs. In addition, an NFL team’s 3rd WR will often see a fair amount of action in a game, and sometimes even the 4th WR can give you some production. With RBs, unless you’re in a platoon situation, the only guy giving you production is often the starter.

      Clearly, the depth at WR is much, much greater than that at RB. That doesn’t necessarily make handcuffing WRs a bad idea, but it certainly makes it much less necessary. I would argue that since there are so many WRs that can give you production, you’re still better off taking the best available WR. In most cases, the guys you would be looking to use as handcuffs are pretty legitimate picks in their own right.

      My advice would be to give backups for your top WRs a small bump up. It might be a deciding factor if you view two late-round WRs as pretty much equal, but if you think one WR is legitimately better than the other, I think you still have to take the higher quality player over the backup.

      Any thoughts?

    • Matt 6:10 pm on August 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Dan,

      I think we’re already in agreement here. I’d only advocate considering a handcuff for those six WRs listed above, whereas you almost always want to handcuff your #1 RB, and doing so for your #2 RB isn’t even a bad idea in some situations. And as I said, “I’m definitely not suggesting that you go more than one round higher on their backups than you normally would.”

      Basically, it’s something to pay attention to, and if the opportunity comes up to grab the handcuff without too much of a player-value cost, I’d say you should.

  • Brandon 4:46 pm on August 14, 2007 Permalink  

    Madden 2008 In Stores Today 

    I just thought it should be pointed out that Madden 2008 hits stores today, so make sure to go out and get yourself a copy so you can start building your fantasy teams and seeing how they would actually perform on a team. My first question though is if Mike Vick will be the starting QB for the Falcons? If he is, will an XBox Live update remove him from the game if he’s suspended? Also, how nasty did they make Randy Moss for my Patriots? I guess we’ll have to wait a couple more hours until I have it in my Xbox 360 to find out.

     
    • Brandon 4:49 pm on August 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      In interesting news, I just read this in an article about the game in Chris Littmann’s SportingBlog (SportingNews):

      “…Michael Vick still is the No. 1 QB for the Falcons, but in an interview on Maxim Radio, Xbox Live Director of Programming Larry Hryb…said if and when an official move is made by the NFL regarding Vick, a roster update would be issued, removing Vick from the game.”

    • Matt 7:31 pm on August 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Someone will need to fill me in on whether they fixed the defense this year or not. The last version I played was 2006, and I hated that version as much as every one since it was on SNES because you only have fun on offense.

    • Dan 5:47 pm on August 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I just got it yesterday, I’ll give you guys an update when I get some more time to play it. My initial reaction is that it is a pretty big improvement over last year’s version, but I’m going to reserve judgement for the time being. Some of the new features do seem pretty cool though, and the defense does seem to play significantly better than last year’s “wet paper bag” version.

  • Brandon 2:18 pm on August 14, 2007 Permalink  

    2007 Kicker Power Rankings 

    Last updated: 10/23/07

    Below you will find the 2007 FFGeekBlog power rankings for kickers, updated weekly: (More …)

     
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      Well long story short, the cable box works brilliant and my bro gets all his virgin cable channels for free now, but his wife is quite religious and to be frank a bit strange and once she heard that her Dreambox is not original but a clone from china has demanded I should replace her box with an original which the maker does nott make any more or give her money back. The Dreambox 500c has worked without problems and does exactly what I said it would do giving her all the paid channels for free, including the pay-per-view channels, etc.. I charged them £150 for the Dreambox and I flashed it for them with the latest image. I know it only cost me £60 to buy but, I’m the one who has to fix it if it needs updating etc…

      So, here I am ,awaiting my brother to come to my house with the Dreambox and demanding his money back in full, as his wife demands it….. what would you do?

      Anyone here heard of or used the Chinese clone Dreambox 500 models and can post reply if you think the clones are as good or as bad as the originals so I can show him your views?

      What would you do??

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