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  • Matt 7:01 pm on December 30, 2008 Permalink

    Playoff leagues: Keeping the fantasy football season alive to the bitter end 

    I’ve never paid much attention to playoff fantasy leagues. They’re missing just about everything I love about fantasy football – trades, waivers, a three-hour draft that largely determines the team you have to live with for an entire season, and so on. I tried out NFL.com’s playoff challenge a couple of years back, forgot about my team after the first week, and that was pretty much that.

    This year, I’m giving it another shot. The prizes up for grabs on a few websites are pretty enticing, which hopefully will keep me interested enough to remember to set my lineups each week. I’m only going to invest my time in the leagues with the best prizes, which means that SportingNews Playoff Fantasy Football, with a decidedly unexciting top prize of $500, is out. After scoping out the schwag being offered up around the Web, I wound up signing up for teams in three leagues: (More …)

    • ffexchange 2:43 am on January 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve done my own for a while where we set a lineup each week and you can play anyone, but can only play them once. One third fantasy, one third survivor style pool, and one third guessing the games. Its not the same as the real thing, but going cold turkey isn’t easy.

    • frank m 1:41 pm on January 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m playing at ESPN. I’m also doing weekly tournaments at http://www.papersports.com.

  • Brandon 7:24 pm on December 22, 2008 Permalink
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    2008 Fantasy Football Playoffs MVPs 

    This season has been one of my best years ever in terms of fantasy football, as I made the championship in three seperate leagues, while playing in the third place game in two others. For that reason, I figured it made sense to create an All Fantasy Football Playoffs MVP team, highlighting the players that either caused me joy or pain over the past few weeks. Interestingly enough, only one of these players even made the Pro Bowl (Wes Welker…as a reserve). Anyways, let’s jump into the MVP awards for the 2008 playoffs…


    Philip Rivers, SD: Rivers was the top quarterback in the league nearly the entire season, so it’s fitting that he would continue his fantasy football dominance of the position through the playoffs. This past Sunday, when some of you may have been playing in the Championship game of your league, Rivers threw for nearly 290 yards and four touchdowns, probably carrying more than one team out there to a league title. Let’s also mention that he’s thrown a combined nine touchdowns over the past three weeks, while averaging around 280 passing yards or so.

    Honorable Mention: Matt Cassel, NE (More …)

    • e-roc 8:41 am on December 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – somehow I managed to own just two of the names above and still came away with the wins down the stretch.

      Any thoughts/recommendations on teams like Indy who will probably be sitting starters in Week 17?

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 10:44 am on December 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: I’m not generally in favor of starting players on teams that are playing for nothing and it seems that Indy is one of the worst culprits of this (maybe because they are always in the playoffs?) If you have someone like Peyton Manning, you may try to find a suitable replacement, as he’ll probably be benched after a few quarters to keep the MVP healthy for the playoffs. Reggie Wayne might be the same story. Good luck!

    • e-roc 10:56 am on December 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – Go figure I’m in the office and reading blogs… Anyway, I have both Manning & Wayne so my conundrum is this:

      QB – Thigpen @ Cin or Garcia v. Oak?
      RB – PT Cruiser v. CAR , Slaton v. CHI or McClain v. Jax?
      WR – Do you know if Boldin going to play? Otherwise, I might need to pick up a TGII or Hixon….

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 9:15 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Sorry for the delay, but was busy with Christmas. Hope yours is going well too. Anyways, in terms of your questions there…I’d go with Thigpen and Pierre Thomas. It looks like Boldin will be questionable for this weekend, so I’d keep him out of your lineup just in case. If Hixon and Ginn are your best replacements, you have to go with Hixon I guess who’s been a lot more consistent as of late. Good luck!

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 8:58 pm on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Just to update the situation, it looks like the PT Cruiser may have a flat tire (i.e. he’s questionable with various injuries) and does not seem to be a good play this weekend. Go with Steve Slaton and hope he can find the endzone.

  • Brandon 12:26 am on December 20, 2008 Permalink
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    Hits and Misses – Week 16: Take a ride in the PT Cruiser! 

    Of all the cars out there to get a nickname from (see: Cadillac Williams), I’m not sure I would want people calling me the name of one of the worst new vehicles to come out this century, but whatever works I guess! It apparently IS working for Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who has put up some great fantasy numbers over the past few weeks in an offense that is traditionally pass-first (and made a lot of fantasy team managers very happy in the process.) This weekend you should have the PT Cruiser parked right in the RB1 or RB2 slot on your roster when the Saints head to Detroit, helping your team cruise to a fantasy football championship!


    • Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: Although I recommend a few of our readers sit the PT Cruiser last week, this week my tune has changed a bit. The Saints head to Detroit on Sunday to play a Lions team that has been absolutely dreadful against the run this year, allowing 169 yards per game (4.9 ypc) to opposing tailbacks, while allowing them to rack up 26 touchdowns. With Reggie Bush out of the picture, expect a big day for Thomas.
    • Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers: For all of you who snagged Antonio Bryant off the waiver wire in the middle of the season, you have to be loving your decision at this point. In most leagues, Bryant has now racked you up around 300 yards and a couple touchdowns through the first two rounds of the playoffs, and I’m predicting that he’ll continue that trend against a bad San Diego Chargers defense. You know those commercials that ESPN had for the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame? If Bryant comes through this weekend, I think you need to add him for next year’s ads. (More …)
    • e-roc 10:37 pm on December 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – I’m glad I stumbled onto the FFGeekblog when I did (week 13?), because I’ve since become the champion of my 10-team league (even though I unintentionally benched Wayne). Week 17 still counts for us in the points-race where I’m currently 3rd (top 2 get paid). Thanks for the guidance!

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 10:57 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Glad we could help you out. This is only our second year in existence, but thanks to readers like you we’ve been pretty successful so far. We’re hoping to get even better next season, so if you have any recommendations on things that would be helpful to you that we don’t currently offer, please let us know!

    • @Brandon 11:06 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Keep up the good work. I’ll let you know if I think of anything. but for now, I’m looking forward to next August and your draft insight.

    • Keke 8:31 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wow if u guys like Forte i could probly get u tickets
      he goes to me church

  • Brandon 10:29 am on December 18, 2008 Permalink
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    Quick Hits (and Misses): Colts @ Jaguars 

    In case you weren’t aware, not only do we have a Thursday game this week, but we also have a Saturday game now that college football is coming to an end. I’ll get to my official HIts and Misses post at some point over the next day or so, but I wanted to get started with the game tonight, which features a few players that could hurt/help your chances at winning that Championship (or third place game) this week (or next week) as the Indianapolis Colts head to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars, so here we go…


    • Peyton Manning, QB, Colts: To date, the Jaguars have given up 22 passing touchdowns, which ties them as the fourth worst team in the NFL in that area. Peyton Manning, on the other hand, is tied for 6th in the league with 23 passing touchdowns. Sounds like a pretty good match-up to me! With the game in Jacksonville, you won’t have to worry about bad weather screwing anything up (unlike what Kurt Warner and Matt Cassel owners should be worrying about this Sunday.)
    • Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts: With his quarterback a near lock to throw a couple of touchdowns tonight, expect Wayne to catch one of them to go along with around 80-100 yards or so. (More …)
    • Brandon 9:26 pm on December 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Northcutt with a touchdown already?!!! Maybe the Jaguars should have started him all season long…he’s done more than their other receivers could do this entire season in two games.

    • JT 3:15 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      In the fantasy championship this week, and I need some advice.
      If D. Foster is declared the starter against St. Louis, do I consider benching S. Slaton/T. Jones/D. Williamas? I also have S. Morris sitting on my bench, who could get many carriers in the snow.
      Speaking of the snow, do I go with the NE or CLE defense ?

    • Brandon 3:31 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @JT: First of all, I can’t advise you bench DeAngelo Williams for anyone at this point. Steve Slaton is playing a terrible Raiders run defense, so keep him in, while T.Jones plays the Seahawks, who aren’t anything special. Keep your three guys (Slaton, Jones, Williams) in there.

      As for your defense, I’d recommend playing the Patriots. If it gets sloppy in Foxboro (we have over an inch of snow in Connecticut today already!), the Cardinals could be forced to run and it could get ugly for them…but would be big for the Patriots defense. Hope this helps!

    • JT 1:14 pm on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for reminding me to stay with my stars. Slaton and Jones didn’t have great days, but Williams pulled through for me.
      Great blog! See you next year!

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 1:20 pm on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @JT: Yeah DeAngelo Williams went off huh?! I’m not sure what either the Texans or Jets were trying to do on Sunday, but it just wasn’t working for them. The Patriots almost pitched the shutout, but that garbage time touchdown probably took a few points from you. See you next season!

  • Brandon 10:01 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink
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    2009 Pro Bowl rosters announced 

    If you haven’t seen them yet, the 2009 Pro Bowl rosters were announced today and you can see the entire teams here. I’ve already been reading articles mentioning Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (2nd in NFL for rushing touchdowns, 4th in NFL for rushing yards), Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (leads the NFL in passer rating and touchdown passes) and Texans rookie running back Steve Slaton as the biggest snubs, while listing Jets quarterback Brett Favre (leads NFL in interceptions) and Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown (17th in NFL for rushing yards, got 4 of 10 touchdowns in one game) as the most undeserving of a roster spot. After reviewing the stats, a few other snubs, who will probably make it anyways after guys drop off due to injuries/injury worries/laziness, include Chicago rookie running back Matt Forte and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (tied for 2nd in NFL in receiving touchdowns.) I’ll open it up to the forum for anyone else’s opinions on the selections…

    Who had the better draft? (League #2)

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    • Rushi 2:22 am on December 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Not putting in Rivers really sucked. Rivers beats Favre in every stats category possible. Jets have largely been successful due to Thomas Jones’ skill not Favre’s. The only place where Rivers loses out to Favre is the “name”, and the team’s overall record.

    • Brandon 9:22 am on December 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Rushi: I guess the fact that the Chargers are simply a bad team this year may have factored in, but Favre really hasn’t done a whole lot to prevent the Jets from almost slipping out of playoff contention these past few weeks. If the Jets make the playoffs, it will somewhat justify the selection, but otherwise it was a bad pick.

    • Matt 9:35 am on December 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I voted for Calvin Johnson… while it’s admittedly hard to argue that someone on a team without a single win should make the Pro Bowl, the way he’s been able to perform in that atrocious offense is nothing short of superhuman.

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 12:26 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like DeAngelo Williams was pretty PISSED that he didn’t make the Pro Bowl…and he used the Giants defense as his punching bag!

    • Rushi 12:30 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What about Phillip Rivers too? Single handedly winning the game for the Chargers. 4 TDs against Tampa!

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