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  • Matt 12:12 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink
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    Poll: Where do you play fantasy football? 

    Now that we’re halfway through the season, I’m curious as to what websites our readers are using to manage their fantasy football leagues. We generally offer player ownership statistics for Yahoo and ESPN leagues (as in, “Pierre Thomas is available in 72% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues”), but that’s not too helpful if the majority of our visitors are hosting their leagues elsewhere. 

    Only one way to find out! This is one of the few polls around that doesn’t have anything to do with the election that will mercifully be over with in one week. If you answer “other,” we’d appreciate it if you enlightened us as to what system you do use – the comment section is below.

    Who wins the 2011 FFGeekBlog.com Bowl?

    • Brandon (57%, 4 Votes)
    • Matt (43%, 3 Votes)

    Total Voters: 7

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    • Brandon 12:19 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have some bogus public leagues on Facebook and EA Fantasy Sports…but I wouldn’t recommend them to any serious fantasy footballers out there.

    • Matt 1:39 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting… an hour or so into the polling and it looks like we’re pretty spot on when it comes to using Yahoo and ESPN for our ownership stats.

    • alfonso 8:28 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t mean to be a smartass but the percentages don’t add up to 100.

    • Matt 8:35 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      That’s because people can check more than one box if they’re in multiple leagues.

    • Lucashenko 7:09 am on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m telling you – if you’ve tried Fleaflicker, you never go anywhere else – SOLID – Get the word out!!!

    • Luke 10:42 am on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      two on yahoo, one on myfantasyleague.com

    • Chris 11:09 am on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I use Yahoo! the most but also play in one league hosted by ESPN. I’m not a fan of the NFL.com league setup as it appears like it has been created more our of desperation. Yahoo! is very nice although I would love to see a live chat window that managers could use when watching games in real time. Additionally I think it would be cool to draft an O-line and get stats for rushing yards, sacks, etc. Maybe even have the ability to draft a head coach and get points based on wins/losses. I think there is a lot of room for creativity. I’ll have to check out some of the other sites mentioned here. Thanks for the bog, it’s great!

    • GrizDave 8:46 pm on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Used Yahoo for about 5 years for main league, got talked into using ESPN this year, due to free live scoring. Other than the cost for Live Scoring Yahoo is much better, in terms of comparing Players, looking into the future, etc.

    • Nicole 11:49 am on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I use rtsports.com.. absolutely love it

    • Matt 12:50 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nicole – cool, I hadn’t heard of that one before. I’ll have to check it out, looks pretty nice.

  • Brandon 10:55 am on October 28, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 9, 2008 

    Here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available; even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    Nate Washington, WR, Steelers (6.6% owned, Desperation Pickup) – While his reception totals for each game this year aren’t all that consistent, Washington still manages to get some solid yardage and has been adding touchdowns to that as of late. I can’t recommend you start him on a weekly basis, but if you’re in a bind and it looks like a good matchup, you might consider him at the WR3 or flex position.

    Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, Dolphins (19.6% owned, Instant Starter) – Obviously you shouldn’t count on an other-worldly 175 yard performance from Ginn each week, but besides a bogus game in week 6, Ted Jr. has been pretty decent this year in his rookie season. He gets to play the lowly Broncos defense this week as well, making him even more appealing. (More …)

    • Fantasy Football Calculator 12:58 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What numbers do you think Avery will continue to put up? I agree he’s a great free agent pickup, but I’m still skeptical about his consistency. He’s had a lot of bad weeks so far, and he seems hard to predict.

      Good list of pickups. I didn’t realize that Bulger was owned in less than 50% of leagues.

    • Brandon 1:41 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have to imagine that Avery will continue to put up WR2 style stats. I was watching the game on Sunday (for the Patriots of course) and it looks like Bulger is really keyed on looking to Avery once he sees that Torry Holt is double covered. With Steven Jackson out, the team went to the passing game a bit more than usually probably, but Avery will still see a good amount of looks per game. He’s probably a 60-80 yard a week kind of guy and he’ll break a few for a touchdown here and there. His bad weeks were only really the first few games of the season, which as a rookie, seems pretty understandable. He had to work his way up the depth chart and now that he’s a starter, I don’t see him falling back down anytime soon.

    • Tim 2:33 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Who is the better pass catcher out of the backfield – Pierre Thomas or Stecker? Any RB in the Saints offense should be serviceable as a flex option, but what’s the chances of a time share being established?

    • Brandon 2:43 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You’re probably right about the time share between Stecker and Thomas, but at this point it looks like Thomas would get the most carries though as he’s already seen a lot more action this year than Stecker. When he plays, Stecker is used a lot in the passing game and he could be used as the third down back, but Thomas can also catch passes so we’ll see. If you’re looking for a guy to start this weekend as your RB2 or flex spot though, go with Thomas, as he’s the safer bet to produce.

    • Tim 11:19 am on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the solid free agents list each week- I use this list with more confidence than the other FF “experts” out there at the bigger sites like ESPN and Yahoo.

      One thing to point out though – Ten Ginn Jr. was a rook last year, so this is his 2nd year. I’m not a fan of him this year, but I think he makes the “3rd yr WR jump” next year and establishes himself as a top tiered WR.

    • Brandon 11:33 am on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the props on the list! I agree that Ginn will be a great candidate for a big third year…as long as he has a good quarterback throwing him the ball. If the team keeps Pennington as the starter and doesn’t go back to some young guy to groom for the future, then he’ll be alright, otherwise I think he’ll be in for a long third year in the league.

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