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  • Brandon 4:59 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 4: Time to wake up and smell the Coffee 

    Here’s our waiver wire recommendations heading into week four, leading off with a guy who should have been a mandatory handcuff heading into the season, but apparently was not. As usual, The Wire is organized into four categories: Get ’em in there, Pick up and hold, Stopgaps, and Pretenders. “Get ’em in there” are the players worth of a start right away, while “Stopgaps” are the players who will get you through a short-term injury or bye week. “Pick up and hold” is just what is sounds like and “Pretenders” are those players who might have had one good week and immediately picked up in every Yahoo Public league out there…don’t waste a roster spot and waiver claim on them. In addition, you’ll find the Yahoo! ownership rank (in parenthesis) for each player so you know which guys have a better chance of being available in your league.

    UPDATE! I’ve added Tashard Choice and Dante Rosario to this list after last night’s game, just to let you know.

    Get ’em in there

    • Glen Coffee, RB, 49ers (48%) – It looks like Frank Gore will be out a week or two, so all of you who handcuffed Coffee to him in the draft are happy right now…the others, not so much. Glen didn’t play all that well, but he was going against a tough Vikings defense. He should put up decent numbers in Gore’s absense, as the team plays the Rams and Falcons in their next two games.
    • Denver DEF (64%) – Who ever thought they’d be the top ranked defense after three weeks?! Seems that they’re the real deal.
    • Correll Buckhalter, RB, Broncos (67%) – He had 108 yards on Sunday and while he splits carries with Knowshon Moreno, he makes for a decent injury fill-in RB2 or flex play from week-to-week.
    • Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars (69%) – Sims-Walker is trying his hardest to wrestle the WR1 role away from Torry Holt and now has 12 receptions over his past two games. He makes a decent WR3 or flex play at this point.
    • Brent Celek, TE, Eagles (79%) – This guy is one of the best tight ends in the league so far this season and is still only owned in 79% of the leagues out there. I assume he’ll be taken in at least 95% after Sunday’s 104 yard and a touchdown performance.

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    • Wolf 8:53 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I currently have Carlson and Olsen for my TEs (I started Olsen week one and two with no luck.. switched to Carlson for week 3 and guess what? Olsen had a great game on my bench).. Now I am unsure of what to do with Either of them and Brent Celek is available for me to grab up. Any words of wisdom?

      • Squish 2:37 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I was an Olsen owner in many of my leagues and I’ve been dumping him by the wayside. Even though his game looked decent, he still didn’t do too well overall. Until this week, he was only the third ranked TE ON HIS OWN TEAM! I’d keep carlson as he’s still getting plenty of targets. If Celek is available, go after him! He’s the most targeted TE so far this year and both Kolb and Mcnabb like throwing to him.

      • Brandon 8:34 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        As Squish says, grab Celek for sure. The guy has been HUGE so far this season. As for the other two guys, I still think Olsen has more upside and his receptions have increased each week. Carlson has more value when Hasselbeck is the team’s quarterback, so the sooner he can come back, the better.

        • Wolf 10:17 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Well, due to the byes coming up, I am already squeezing one extra bench around to fill in spots, so to pick up Celek means dropping Olsen or Carlson.. and Celek has a Bye week, so I have to play whoever I keep. Olsen is up against the Lions this week (Carlson is against Colts), so would you agree I should drop Carlson for Celek and then play Olsen during week 4?

        • Brandon 10:31 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah I think it’s worth it to drop Carlson and play Olsen this week, if it means you have Celek on your team for the rest of the season.

      • J L 11:28 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Grab him!!

    • Eric 9:54 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Fellas – I’m contemplating a big risk-reward kind of trade right now. We start 1 QB, 2 RBs, and 4 WRs, no flex backs. I’m pretty solid at RB and QB – McGahee, LT, Gore, and Brown (at least once everyone is healthy) and Warner/Flacco/Palmer. I’m not so hot at WR… Braylon, Henderson, Bryant, Moore, Bennet, Sims-Walker, and Breaston… Although Sims-Walker and Breaston are showing life, and I have faith in Henderson/Moore most weeks. One of the guys in my league is pretty solid at WR, but needs a backup QB, and his best RB is Slaton, even with his slow start. He also has Berrian, who I think could have a big rest of the season now that Favre is starting to heat up and throw more downfield. I’m thinking about offering McGahee and Palmer for Slaton and Berrian… crazy or a solid risk play given my situation?

      • Brandon 8:39 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t trade McGahee, even for Slaton at this point. The Ravens offense is running on all cylinders right now and Willis is their goalline guy. Plus, you probably want to target a better receiver, as I don’t see Berrian being much better this year than the guys you already have. As you’ve seen already from the Vikings, most of the time they run the offense through Adrian Peterson, so Favre has to do his best to distribute the ball to Harvin, Rice, Berrian, Taylor and Shiancoe.

    • Shirley 11:27 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Even though week 3 isn’t officially over, I’m 0-3 in one league which will put me again #1 in the waiver order with which I’ll take Pierre Garcon….

      Dilemma #1: I have Hasselbeck & Warner at QB. Warner has a bye and I don’t know if Hasselbeck will be back next week.
      I wanted to grab the 49ers DST (vs. STL) to replace Packers DST (vs. MIN) to start & sit Jets DST (@NO). Since it seems you can’t count on defenses to do well or poorly as predicted, should I just find pick up a QB on the waiver wire and drop the Packers DST?
      ON WAIVER WIRE — Brett Favre, Josh Johnson, Kyle Boller, Matthew Stafford, Seneca Wallace, & Chad Henne

      Dilemma #2: I have 4 RBs (Ryan Grant, Michael Turner, LeSean McCoy & LenDale White. Turner & McCoy have a bye next week.
      This wouldn’t be a problem but I want to try and offer one of my RBs to a player who has banged up or mediocre RBs in order to get DeSean Jackson.
      List of my current WRs: Derrick Mason, Roddy White, Mario Manningham, & Michael Clayton (will drop him for Garcon).
      So assuming the owner will go for it, should I trade a RB to get DeSean?

      • Brandon 8:42 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Defenses are really hard to predict in most cases, so I would focus your waiver pick on a position player. Brett Favre looked really good last week and will probably put up the best numbers out of all those guys you mentioned. Given how the Bills played against the Saints this past weekend, you might just keep in the Jets defense, as they look pretty solid these days.

    • Bob 11:48 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I was offered Shaub for Slaton before this weeks games. Don’t know if the other owner will still do it but do you think it’s a good trade? I’m concerned that Kubiak is going to continue the Slaton – Brown (semi) time share with Brown vulturing TD’s. Will Brown’s fumble this week will give Slaton an opening for some red zone touches? Also, with the Texans defense being so miserable Schaub should be throwing a whole lot more when they are behind.

      • Brandon 3:58 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It seems that this season the offense is going through Matt Schaub, as opposed to Steve Slaton like last year. The passing game is off to a great start, while the team can’t seem to run the ball with any consistency. It depends on who your quarterback is though, as well as your other running backs.

        • Bob 7:13 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I have Flacco and Farve as my QB’s and Gore, Coffee, Rice, and Moreno as my RB’s. Thanks!

        • Brandon 8:50 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          With that group of running backs, you might want to keep Slaton around. I know he’s struggled early, but he should turn it around and put up better numbers than Moreno and Rice in the long run. Your quarterbacks should hold down the position if you play the match-ups (Flacco is much improved over last year!)

    • Jones 1:13 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This week in my league TJ Housh, Santana Moss and Wes Welker were dropped from teams. Mike Sims-Walker is also available. My WR’s right now are Wayne, Driver, Smith (NYG), Harvin and Evans. I’m thinking of dropping Evans and adding Moss.

      • Brandon 3:54 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, that’s crazy that those guys were dropped and they should all be universally owned (even if they’re of to rough starts.) How many teams are in your league? I like Welker the most out of the group, as he’ll be putting up solid numbers once he actually gets back on the field. Can you pick them all up? Hah. Maybe you can trade some of your receivers and pick up those guys, as they should put up solid numbers at the position for your squad.

        • Jones 3:53 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          8 teams in the league. I can’t pick them all up because these are my RBs (Gore, Westbrook, Williams) so I have to pick up Coffee or Choice by dropping R Bush. I already picked up Welker when I saw he was dropped and I’m going to try to add S Moss by dropping Evans. Would you drop Harvin for TJ Housh?

        • Brandon 9:51 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          That’s a tough one. If your league awards points for return yards, definitely stick with Harvin. You might just wait a week or two and see if Housh is still available. By then, maybe your situation has changed and you’re in need of his services, but until then, it looks like your team should be more than equipped to hold down the WR position.

      • RB 8:25 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would need to see Harvin have a bad week first, and see Hasselback return. Last week with Seneca QB’ing in Seattle, Burleson was target number 1, not Housh. I’d ride Harvin until you see some cracks.

    • Jeff 2:41 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      should i drop mike bell for tashard choice?

      • Brandon 3:51 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Choice has the most immediate value, as Bell is still nursing an injury at this point. When Mike Bell returns, he’ll most likely be the backup to Pierre Thomas, who looked really good this past weekend. Once Marion Barber and Felix Jones are back though, Choice’s value diminishes dramatically. Not sure if this helped at all, but if you shed a little more light on what you are looking from either of these guys (start right away, depth, etc) maybe we can be more helpful.

    • Brandon 4:21 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If you’re looking for some other waiver wire tips, the Fantasy Football Librarian lists a bunch in her recent post: Advice for the 0-3 to the 3-0 teams

    • chris 5:03 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have a spot for a reserve back on my team and the following are available: Felix Jones (I have barber) Knowshon Marino, Leon Washington and Fred Taylor.

      • Brandon 8:41 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would say Felix Jones, but he’s injured now and will probably miss a game or so. Tashard Choice makes a solid play if Barber and Jones are still limited, but in the long term he’s won’t be too productive if the other guys are healthy. Knowshon Moreno and Leon Washington are both going to see plenty of carries in their respective offenses, but I’m leaning towards Moreno. He should get more and more carries as long as he remains productive, while I think Washington’s role in the offense is pretty well determined at this point.

    • Sona 5:06 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Week 4 : Julius Jones is available in my league, do you think i should drop Derrick Ward to pick him up? Also I am considering dropping chargers defense for Glen coffee, Gore 🙁 . I hope Wes Welker returns this week, I am not liking Santonio Holmes, what do you suggest? I am celebrating my hat-trick win but playing against another person who celebrated hat-trick this week.

    • Sona 5:09 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Week 4 : Julius Jones is available in my league, do you think i should drop Derrick Ward to pick him up? Also I am considering dropping chargers defense for Glen coffee . I hope Wes Welker returns this week, I am not liking Santonio Holmes, what do you suggest? I am celebrating my hat-trick win but playing against another person who celebrated hat-trick this week.

      • Sona 6:17 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Also considering dropping Hines ward for Mike Sims-Walker, what do you suggest?

        • Brandon 8:47 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I definitely wouldn’t drop Hines Ward for Mike Sims-Walker at this point. I think Sims-Walker is going to be pretty inconsistent this year, while Ward should put up decent numbers each week.

          As for your running backs, Julius Jones doesn’t have a Cadillac Williams-type guy to compete with, so he has a better chance to get the majority of the carries for his team from week to week. I would make that move.

          In terms of dropping the Chargers, I’d definitely do this if you A) have Frank Gore and/or B) have a decent defense to play and don’t need SD.

          By the way, in case you were thinking about it, don’t drop Santonio Holmes. You might wait for a breakout game and trade him if you really don’t like him, but he’s too good to send to waivers.

    • Wish I. wereplayingyou 6:17 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe how freakin retarded this advice is–gee what an “expert” you are!! Way to focus on the short term, and lose sight of reality–gee I wonder why the Denver Def. has statistically showed something?!! Wouldn’t trade Willis for Slaton?? Drop Olsen?! Wow you are a bufoon!

      • Brandon 8:33 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I recommended keeping Olsen over John Carlson, not sure where you are referring to. As for McGahee vs. Slaton, maybe McGahee’s the hot hand and maybe Slaton’s better long term, but right now everything is leaning in Willis’ favor. Do you think Willis McGahee’s production is going to drop off a lot for the rest of the season? I don’t see it happening. I see McGahee/Rice as last years Chris Johnson/LenDale White or DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart.

      • Amir 12:37 am on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Jeez — what a hostile post!
        1) Do you watch the same NFL games? Steve Slaton STINKS! McGahee is a STUD right now
        2) Olsen was decent last week but come on there are a lot of tight ends that are outproducing him
        Plus these guys are just giving their advice — No one is making you trade/drop/pick up or do anything — Start your own blog if you think you can give better advice!

    • The Don 1:43 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Steve Slaton drop or kee

    • Jared 2:49 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have the choice of using my first position waiver to pick up Moreno or Coffee and I am definately hurting at RB. Which one would you pick up if you need a win this week and are starting season 0-3?

      • Brandon 9:53 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Are you looking for a starter right away? Or just RB depth. Coffee makes the better start this weekend with Frank Gore out, while Moreno is the better long term option.

    • Mike 2:57 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My league starts 2 QBs and one of the teams has both qbs on bye. While there are qbs available on ww because of injuries/benchings, I may have a shot at trading one of my qbs. I have Peyton Manning, Trent Edwards and Kyle Orton. I was thinking of offering Orton (still undecided if I like him better than Edwards) and Lance Moore for Delhomme and Welker. Not sure that he’ll accept it but what are your thoughts? I may have to throw in Derrick Ward or Bradshaw for Coffee to sweeten the deal. Would you still do it? I have AP and Benson as my other rbs.

      • Brandon 10:01 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If Welker improves your WR corps, then that trade seems to make sense. Are there any quarterbacks on free agency? How will you fill your QB spots when you have bye weeks? In terms of adding any running backs, I’d stick with Ward and Bradshaw if possible.

    • Andy 9:06 am on October 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I picked up Jerome Harrison, but need to decide who will have the bigger day, him or Ahmad Bradshaw (only other option is playing them both and benching Jerricho Cotchery). Any thoughts?

      • Brandon 10:19 am on October 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Jerome Harrison who will get nearly all of the carries this week with Jamal Lewis and James Davis out.

    • Jeramie 12:50 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey there, 4 of my starters are out from a bye or injury this week. I was wondering who you would choose to go in your flex position between:

      Mike Bell ( RB ) NO
      Correll Buckhalter ( RB) DEN

      • Brandon 10:09 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It looks like Correll Buckhalter is good to go for Monday and has a much better match-up than Bell. Go with Buckhalter.

  • Matt 3:59 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink  

    RotoInfo is stealing our content 

    UPDATE – Commenter nero noticed some malware coming from their site, so proceed with caution if you click on the link below.

    Here’s my post from earlier today. And here’s RotoInfo’s post. Strikingly similar, eh?

    This isn’t the first time I’ve seen another blog republish what we write without permission, but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen it happen on what appears to be a relatively large, established website. Generally speaking, “blog scrapers” don’t bother to set up a big complex website; they just quickly throw together a default-template WordPress blog because they figure they’ll get caught sooner or later and then just move on to another web host and/or URL. RotoInfo seems to be in the content-stealing game for keeps, which is why I’m taking the time to call them out.

    I just did a quick Google search and verified that they are indeed stealing all of our content, word for word, and it’s all coming up in Google right under our own listings.

     
    • Shirley 4:19 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Imitation may be the highest form of flattery but that definitely isn’t cool.

    • nero 4:24 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It gets better…my antivirus Avira detects malware coming off their site. You definitely shouldn’t be forwarding your readers there.

      • Matt 4:37 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the heads-up, I updated the post with a warning.

        • Wolf 8:46 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          You can also report them as Spam in Google (at the bottom of the Search Results page). At least then (hopefully within a couple weeks) they will be completely removed from google ranking!

    • Squish 2:32 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Man that is so retarded. Hope you guys get everything sorted out because you deserve all the credit for your great work. Anybody stealing your material deserves to burn.

    • FFLibrarian 6:07 pm on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,
      Same thing just happened to me today with a different site – any resolution? I’m assuming they must be related somehow…
      Sara/FFLibrarian.com

      • Matt 10:58 pm on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Sara – sorry to hear it’s happening to you too. I’m addressing this issue behind the scenes for now, will shoot you an email with the details…

  • Brandon 3:07 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink
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    Some more quick thoughts of my own… Is Brandon Marshall back?! He's apparent… 

    Some more quick thoughts of my own…

     
  • Matt 1:11 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink
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    A few quick thoughts on yesterday's games from a fantasy perspective… Maybe… 

    A few quick thoughts on yesterday’s games from a fantasy perspective…

    • Maybe the real QB controversy in Philly is Kolb-McNabb… but yeah, not really. Reid’s going to start McNabb as soon as he’s healthy, and the good news for his fantasy owners is the emergence of DeSean Jackson as a truly elite receiver. McNabb hasn’t had a target of this caliber since T.O. left town.
    • I’m not usually one to say “I told you so,” but I’m feeling pretty good about my MJD pick.
    • Joe Flacco looked good again, but I’ll wait to declare him an every-week fantasy starter until I see how he does in New England this Sunday.
    • Matt Schaub and Co. are rounding into shape pretty nicely, wouldn’t you say? Slaton didn’t exactly have a breakout game fantasy-wise, but his owners should be relieved to see him look effective when he touched the ball (and to see his vulture Chris Brown fumble in the red zone). If you own him, hold onto him; if you don’t, see if his owner might be willing to trade him.
     
    • Wolf 1:38 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I was quite glad to see MJD go off as well. I played Ryan Grant instead of Slaton though, which didn’t turn out the best! Thanks to MJD and Peyton.. I am well in the lead

      • Matt 1:40 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, pretty sure the MJD/Peyton combo is a winner no matter what this week.

    • Wolf 1:42 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Good thing too because I was 0-2 (went up against the 2 strongest teams in the league… I lost both games with the 2nd highest score in the league!)

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