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  • Brandon 10:39 pm on September 2, 2008 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks – Week 1: Cutler or Rodgers? 

    Atg ButtonWith week one of the regular season right around the corner, it’s time to reply to our first Ask the Geeks questions of the month. Feel free to use the Ask the Geeks button located on our left sidebar to send your own questions to us throughout the entire season, with questions regarding who to start, who to pick up, or anything else you can think of regarding fantasy football. So here goes…

    Wendy asks: I already have a dilemma the first week. My league starts two QB’s. I’m starting Brees. Scoring: 1PPR; 1 pt. per 10 yds. passing & rushing; 6 pts. TD. ¬†Who is my best #2?

    Cutler @ Oakland (no Marshall, will that hurt him too much?) OR Rodgers vs. Minnesota (Packers got lots of passing yds. against them last year, but that was Favre; will Rodgers be eaten for lunch on MNF?) Thanks!

    Brandon’s take: Although I’m a Patriots fan, for some reason (maybe it’s because I share the name of their star receiver!) the Broncos are my favorite fantasy football team. This year I expect huge things from Jay Cutler, as he’s figured out his diabetes and seems to be ready to rock ‘n roll (30/43 for 352 yards and 3 TD this preseason.) Even without Brandon Marshall, newly acquired receivers Darrell Jackson and rookie Eddie Royal, plus Brandon Stokley, Glenn Martinez and tight end Tony Scheffler should provide all the targets Cutler needs to put up solid fantasy stats. Rodgers on the other hand is an unknown quantity at this point, with this being his first official start, the game being on Monday Night Football, and it being against the top rated defense in the NFL (even if they were horrendous at stopping the pass last year.) The Vikings made it a point to drastically improve their pass defense in the offseason, with the acquisition of pass rusher extrordinaire Jarred Allen, and also using three draft picks to boost the squad. Go with Cutler until you have some clue what you’re getting with Rodgers.

    Matt’s take: I’m with Brandon on this one. Rodgers could very easily put up a goose-egg for all we know about him at this point, whereas Cutler has a ton of upside, Marshall or no Marshall. (More …)

  • Brandon 4:49 pm on September 2, 2008 Permalink
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    Post-draft waiver wire notes 

    Did you have the draft for your fantasy league yet? If so, how long ago? If it was over a week ago and you haven’t taken another look at your team, you might want to log-in and check the status of the following players, whose value has increased/decreased dramatically since you picked your squad…

    • Kurt Warner (QB-ARI): When ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the Cardinals were going to name Warner the starter over Matt Leinart, head coach Ken Whisenhunt was quick to squash the rumor, questioning why Mortensen was making decisions for the team when it wasn’t his job. Then Whisenhunt waited a few days…and named Kurt Warner the starter on opening day. Although Whisenhunt wasn’t fooling anyone but himself, he might have raised enough questions to keep both Warner’s and Leinart’s names off your league’s draft results list. Now that we know Warner will be starting the season at quarterback though, it’s time to assess the position for your team. With the weapons Warner has at receiver, he always has a chance to put up solid fantasy numbers. You’ll want to look at his schedule if you plan to start him early in the year though, as the team has some pretty tough match-ups to start the season, going to San Francisco and at home versus the Dolphins (I know they sound easy, but they were actually tied for the third best pass defenses in terms of yards per game allowed last season!) Weeks three and four get much easier though, against Redskins and Jets, who were 30th and 26th respectively in passing yards per game allowed. (More …)
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