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  • Matt 5:01 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink
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    Are kickers and defenses worth the trouble? 

    I’ve been daydreaming today about suggesting to the keeper league I commish that we just eliminate kickers and defenses altogether next season. There’s very little that’s compelling or interesting about them to me, and winning or losing a match because a defense had a couple of fumble recoveries for touchdowns just feels kind of random and empty. If your QB, RB, WR or TE has a huge game, you’re happy not just because of this week’s win, but also because it’s an indication that you’ve got an explosive player on your roster. If your defense or kicker has a big game – well, that’s great for this week, but there’s little reason to believe it’ll happen on a consistent basis. (More …)

    • Adam 5:56 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I definitely see where you’re coming from, especially your point about bye weeks, but I like having Def as part of fantasy football (not so much a kicker). My main reason for playing fantasy is that it makes more NFL games interesting and fun to watch – not just the couple games that affect my NFL team. For me, the Def position in fantasy really does that job better than a TE or 3rd WR or RB. The entire game is important when your defense’s points are on the line. This is kinda true with kickers, but not nearly as much. I could certainly do without a kicker position, but I’d keep the Defense.

    • Ryan 6:13 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s your solution…IDP! Use IDP’s and you take alot of the luck out of it. Sure there’s still “luck” involved (pick-sixes aren’t exactly consistent) but it takes alot more knowledge and skill to field a solid group of defensive players.

    • Pinwiz 6:23 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Any league that would get rid of K and DST would be a league I would not play in. Without them, we would be excluding a significant part of the game.

    • Squish 7:19 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m all for getting rid of kickers. They are shoveled around like a dollar bill and their performance is really only a summation of their team’s performance. Besides nobody likes someone who is rooting for only a kicker in a particular game. It makes you look like a jackass.

      I’d have to disagree with getting rid of defenses. My personal reason is that picking defenses seems to be the one advantage I have over most fantasy owners. Too many people just let one defense sit and play all year. Thus it significantly increases my chances of winning. Secondly, watching a defense you are starting score a TD is one of the single most exciting things in the fantasy world. It’s far better than watching an offensive player score. In addition, adding defenses significantly increases the community’s overall knowledge of football. I now know at least half as many defensive players as I do offensive. I can sit down and talk for hours with someone about their favorite team no matter who their favorite team is.

      So, I do advise the no kicker rule as it is more luck based than skill based. Defenses on the other hand have to stay. To pick a good defense each week you need to know a ton about both the offensive and defensive capabilities of each team involved. There are more variables involved in predicting defensive scoring than any other type in the game. And though you speak of fumble recoveries for TDs and the like as random and unpredictable, I would have to say that 75% of the time I can predict whether a team will have a defensive TD in any given week. I played the 49ers last week, I played the Eagles week 1, I’ve played the Packers when Woodson took it to the house twice. If you pay attention, you can be sure of your decisions well before gametime. In Flea Flicker, 10 of my 11 teams have gotten at least 18% of their scoring from the DST position. If that’s random then I must be real lucky 😉

    • Terry Howard 8:06 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe you should select your kickers a little better. Every year I put a little thought into picking a good kicker whose team puts him into situations to score often. I have Tynes this year and he contributes over 10 points a game nearly every week. I think you honestly just suffer from having poor skill at picking kickers. Sorry but its what it sounds like to me.

      As far as defenses… are you nuts? Football might as well be a gay sport like Soccer if it weren’t for the defensive element of the game. In one of my most favorite leagues we not only dish out points for sacks, INTs, return yards and points, but also dish out hearty penalties to QBs for sacks, as well as IDPs. Seeing your defense or player put a QB in the dirt and chalking up some points for you is probably the most satisfying part of fantasy football for me. I don’t see how you can truly enjoy the game of football and think the defenses should be left out. Might as well play fantasy baseball or something then.

      • Squish 4:09 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve also grabbed Tynes in nearly every league. He’s a monster this year! Oh and it’s 11.4 PPG in Flea Flicker Standard…

    • Mads 11:11 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      A backup WR named Miles Austin came out of nowhere this week and decided the outcome of several matches – so, its not just defenses and kickers who have the random element, it is every position.

      That being said, I forgot to exchange my kicker on bye this week, simply because my focus was on all the other “important” players.

      In real life football games can both be won with incredible offenses or amazing defenses – and it should the same in Fantasy Football 🙂

      But, as Ryan mentions – maybe it simply time you changed to IDP?

    • Shirley 2:52 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have the Jets DST right now and the Bengals, Broncos & Saints DST are somehow on the waiver wire. I’m tempted to drop the Jets for the Saints (or perhaps Bengals), especially after the last two games. What do you think?

      • Brandon 3:00 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        With all of those teams available on the waiver wire, it seems that most people aren’t paying attention very much to the position. With that in mind, it might make sense to just pick up and drop your defense each week depending on the matchup. With the Jets playing the Bills this coming weekend, it’s probably best to stick with them.

    • Shirley 3:06 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      True. Thanks again, Brandon!

    • Matt 4:17 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Had a feeling this one would get some reaction. 🙂

      You all make some good points, and I do feel far less strongly about ditching defenses than I do kickers. I guess it boils down to what you enjoy most about fantasy football.

      IDP might be something I’ll have to try next year.

  • Brandon 2:50 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 6: Week of the Wide Receiver 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates going into week six. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis (and if you see an asterisk by the players name, it means they’re on a BYE this week.) We begin with a whole slew of wide receivers, a few of which racked up some serious stats (Miles Austin, Austin Collie, Jeremy Maclin) this past weekend.

    UPDATE: Added Chad Henne to the list (Oct-13) (More …)

    • Squish 4:51 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love your waiver reports! It’s like anyone I can possibly think of and 20 more have their own description here!

      I’m an Andre Caldwell owner and quite honestly I don’t think he’s worth a look unless you’re in a league with return yardage. Eventually his TD streak will end and when it does, so will his fantasy viability. That being said, I’ve looked like a genius playing him the last two weeks in a return yardage league. Now that my main bye weeks are passed, I don’t see him getting the start on my team again anytime soon.

    • ffgeekblogROCKS 12:04 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Matt, Brandon, you guys are awesome! Would you guys trade your Tony Throw-mo and Ronnie Brown for Philip Rivers and Deangelo Williams, or has the ship sailed on Carolina RB? We play in a standard Yahoo league and my other RBs are Chris Johnson, LJ, and Bradshaw. Thanks in advance for the advice!

      • Brandon 11:25 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although you’d be upgrading at the quarterback position, I can’t recommend trading away Ronnie Brown, even if it’s for a guy who’s preseason rank was a bit higher. Brown looks great running in the wildcat offense and is racking up touchdowns like Williams did last year. I’d keep Romo and Brown and hope that the Romo-to-Miles Austin connection is for real and his stats improve from here on out.

    • TeamWorseThanARectalDysfunction 2:09 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      should i trade my calvin johnson and pierre garcon for randy moss and mark clayton? my wr1 is andre johnson and have devery henderson and eddie royal on the bench. i need your psychic powers!

      • Brandon 11:33 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Stick with Megatron and Garcon, as you’d basically be trading both for Randy Moss (Clayton seems like a throw in to make the numbers work.) Johnson’s injury doesn’t appear to be anything serious and Garcon’s potential makes him more valuable than Clayton. So far this season, opposing teams have been doubling up on Moss in a big way and his numbers are suffering.

    • Shirley 8:24 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I know you said not to give up on Massaquoi but I need a win. Currently my WRs are Pierre Garcon (BYE), Derrick Mason, Roddy White, Mohamed Massaquoi, and Mario Manningham.
      Miles Austin, Austin Collie, Jeremy Maclin, Andrew Caldwell, Torry Holt, and Josh Morgan are some of the guys available on the waiver wire.
      I’m thinking about dropping Massaquoi for Maclin. Thoughts?

      • Brandon 11:41 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It’s tough with a lot of these guys, because they’ve all (Massaquoi, Austin, Collie, Garcon, Maclin) had one or two break out games. I still like Massaquoi and last weeks stats shouldn’t scare you off this soon. Cleveland was playing in very windy conditions and Derek Anderson had the worst game of his career. This week the ship should right itself somewhat and I think he still has value. You might drop Garcon this week if you’re looking to start one of those guys, as he’s on a BYE and would be available next week most likely if you wanted to pick him up again. Maclin is going to be very hit or miss this season, so if you’re up for the mood swings, feel free to grab him and drop Garcon. In the long term, Collie might have a bit more value than Garcon as he seems more consistent, so if you just want to swap players on a BYE, you might consider that. Did any of that make sense?

    • Mal 11:21 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yet another bit of advice I seek from you legends….

      OK, I play NFL.com fantasy and require 3 WR to start each week

      I have 5 (bye week)
      C Johnson (7)
      B Marshall (7)
      R Williams (6)
      M Sims Walker (7)
      K Britt (7)

      My problem is pretty easy to see. I only have 5 bench spots and atm they belong to 2 WR, 2 RB (Bradshaw + Hightower) and a TE (J Finley/T Heap).

      I can try ride out week 7 by playing Williams + dropping K Britt (7) picking up someone off the waivers, ditching my TE reserve and picking up someone off the waivers. OR I will have to consider trading at least one of my big guys away. Jennings is a top WR who hasn’t been scoring too well maybe try for someone like him? What do you guys think and if you think try a trade what WR do you like? Keeping in mind the people offered trades are usually sceptical they are getting screwed over. Thanks once again guys!

      • Brandon 11:45 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Orchestrating a successful trade is one of the toughest parts of fantasy football, but if possible, Greg Jennings makes a great buy low candidate. I’d definitely drop Britt and pick up someone off waivers if there are decent offerings there. Keep Megatron and Brandon Marshall and consider trading Mike Sims-Walker (who I’m pretty sure has reached his potential in the Jacksonville offense) or Britt if anyone wants him. Maybe package Sims-Walker and Britt for Jennings? Hopefully this helps.

      • Squish 4:16 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I second what Brandon said.

        Though I also have Roy Williams on a few teams and I’ve been contemplating dropping him for Miles Austin. Seems risky but I don’t see Williams having too big an upside whereas Austin has a ton. Thoughts?

      • Mal 6:45 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have Britt for Maclin and Britt for Caldwell as pending waiver transactions. However, someone did accept my trade of Britt for Garcon, so the question is should I cancel my pending waiver transactions?

        Colts have a great match up wk 7 vs the Rams, although with that in mind they also did this week vs the titans to which garcon saw no action. Anthony Gonzalez is also on the waiver, perhaps I should try pick him up, however if he’s not ready for wk7 I’m in trouble, thoughts? Cheers!

        • Brandon 8:43 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I think long term Maclin should have the most value out of the bunch. However, since the trade was already accepted, can you still back out of it?

    • e-roc 8:55 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      First off, to the Geeks, sorry I’ve been MIA. Corporate America has blocked me from the Fantasy Football world, but specifically your website. “Games” are not allowed.

      Secondarily. I’m playing WR5 roulette between Nate Washington and potentially Avery or Maclin. Avery is explosive enough to score some points and STL has some decent match-ups later this season.

      On the RB front, I was screwed by a Cleveland Brownie (surprised??) as I dropped Bradshaw (went for 40+ in our league) for Harrison (went for 1.6). You do the math.

      Keep up the good work!

      • Brandon 8:46 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Good to have you back E-roc! How doe they know FFGeekBlog.com is associated with “games”?

        Anyways, I like Jeremy Maclin out of the group of receivers you mention there. Avery plays for an offense that is terrible and it’s hard for me to get excited about him.

        For your running back, that’s rough about Bradshaw. Who knew he’d get his first touchdowns of the year AND Jamal Lewis would make his glorious return to the gridiron in the same week! Can you scoop Bradshaw back up off waivers/free agency?

    • Hatch 12:13 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need a Plug n Play TE this week to take Witten’s spot in my lineup… Available TE’s are Watson, Pettigrew, Scheffler, Rosario, Z. Miller, Donald Lee and Scaife. It is a TD heavy league. My first thought is Watson due to NE seeming to like him near the redzone, but I think Pettigrew may have a huge week against the Packers if Calvin Johnson is out. Any Suggestions??

      • Brandon 8:48 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Pettigrew hasn’t done enough this year so far to convince me that he’s a viable fantasy starter. Go with Ben Watson and hope Brady finds him in the endzone this week against a week Titans secondary.

    • Jennifer Lopez 11:21 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If you were in a standard fantasy league with 11-man rosters, and you had a terrible WR situation (Nate Burleson, Santonio Holmes, and Terrell Owens) and someone in your league just dropped Ravens S/T, would you drop T.O. in favor of the Ravens S/T?

      • Brandon 11:27 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t know J-Lo was into fantasy football…I guess her purchase of a stake in the Dolphins has really got her into the sport! Anyways, I’m not ready to give up on T.O. just yet, as there are rumors that he could be traded before the deadline at the end of the week. The Ravens defense/special teams unit hasn’t been good this year, but not good enough to warrant this type of move.

    • Mike 11:56 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Which side gets the better deal:
      A. Steven Jackson
      B. Percy Harvin + T.O


      • Brandon 3:34 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Seems like a fairly even trade, but it all depends on the situation (i.e. what WR/RB each team has)

    • bryan 1:39 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      im having a hard time deciding what WRs to start this week. I need to play 3. I have Greg Jennings, Santana Moss, Braylon Edwards, Nate Burleson and Mike Sims-Walker. Which 3 should I start?

      • Brandon 3:33 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Greg Jennings (vs DET), Santana Moss (vs KC) and Mike Sims-Walker (vs STL) have the best match-ups. However, the Jets will most likely be without Jericho Cotchery this weekend, meaning lots of looks for Braylon Edwards. I’d still start Jennings, Moss and Sims-Walker though and hope all of them do well so you don’t regret benching anyone!

    • Scotty 3:10 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I realize the uncertainty surrounding the RB picture in Cleveland, Dallas & (to a lesser extent) Carolina. However, I desperately need to pick-up a RB….& I was wondering which of the following RB’s you believe will put up the best stats through the remainder of the season:

      Jerome Harrison
      Felix Jones
      Jonathan Stewart

      Thanks for all your great advice!

      • Brandon 3:26 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        With Jamal Lewis back in the picture, Harrison has very little value as it was hard enough when Lewis was out to put up stats in such a bad offense. As for the other two, they’ve both struggled through injuries this season and neither is the starter in their offense even when healthy. However, I think Felix Jones has the most value when he actually plays, as he gets plenty of carries in relief of Marion Barber and I have more hope that the Cowboys offense will improve than the Panthers. Tashard Choice’s role in the offense scares me slightly if Dallas goes the way of a three-headed monster, but I still like Felix Jones more than Harrison or Stewart.

    • Glory Hog 7:03 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I start 2 rbs and a flex, should I waive Mewelde Moore for Shonn Greene? I have $1 left for free agents so this would be my final move. My other rbs are: Gore, Coffee, Michael Bush, Harrison, Mike Bell.


      • Brandon 8:41 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t waste your final $1 for Shonn Greene, who I see having very little fantasy impact this season (unless Thomas Jones got hurt.) Keep your money for another week when a more interesting free agent appears.

    • Jim 8:21 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ok im in kind of a bind here i need to start 3 WRs but dont know which to choose. the candidates are:
      Santana Moss
      Brandon Marshal
      Hakeem Nicks
      Steve Breaston
      and Megatron(but hes “hurt”)

      and also would you drop any of those for Sidney Rice?

      • Brandon 8:39 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d think about dropping Steve Breaston for Sidney Rice, just because Rice seems to find the endzone more often, but don’t do it this week (Breaston has a better match-up.) When Calvin Johnson is healthy, you’ll be starting him, Moss and Marshall anyways, so it’s just a matter of bench players. This week go with Moss, Marshall and if you’re feeling risky, take a gamble on Hakeem Nicks and hope he finds the endzone for a third straight week. If you’re more conservative, go with Breaston.

    • Andrew 8:32 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Start Philip RIvers or Kyle Orton?

      • Brandon 8:32 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t have expected to say this at the start of the season, but I’d start Kyle Orton. The Broncos passing game has been improving and their defense was good enough to limit Tom Brady last week, so I’m thinking it might do the same against Rivers.

    • Farve$FootLong 1:39 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in a league that really devalues RB’s(one point for every 25 yards compared to receivers one point for every 10 yards). So I have had to really stock up and load up my team with wide outs.

      My question is- Is my wideout postion strong enough?(i have Schaub, MJD, A. Gates at the other postions so i feel good there)

      Wide Receivers:
      Roddy White
      Anquan Boldin
      Nate Burelson
      Sidney Rice
      Pierre Garcon
      Donny Avery

      And who would you start this week??

      • Brandon 8:25 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That group doesn’t look too bad if it’s a 12 team league or something. As far as who to start this week, I’d go with your top three guys there (White, Boldin and Burleson.) Nate Burleson has a great match-up this week against the Cardinals, who have been pretty bad against the pass, while Boldin and White are just much better options over the rest of your crew…even with mediocre match-ups.

  • Matt 8:41 am on October 12, 2009 Permalink

    I think it's fair to say I was on to something when I suggested using Miles Aus… 

    I think it’s fair to say I was on to something when I suggested using Miles Austin as a plug-in this week. Luckily, I followed my own advice. I’m feeling especially good about the pick because I also convinced a buddy of mine who was over on Saturday to pick Austin up as a free agent and give him the start this week. Chris – you’re welcome! 🙂

    • Brandon 8:54 am on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ESPN’s Matthew Berry claims to have been recommending Miles Austin all Sunday morning, but since you had your post up Saturday, we can safely assume that he visited FFGeekBlog.com for the advice before taking to the airwaves.

      • ffgeekblogROCKS 10:53 am on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        hey, guys! great call on the miles austin plug-in! y’all helped me secure a blowout win!

        who do y’all recommend i pick up for a week 6 WR spot start: Donnie Avery @ JAC, Eddie Royal @ SD, Antonio Bryant @ Car, Bobby Wade @ Was, Andre Caldwell @ Hou, Nicks @ NO? you guys are geniuses!

        • Matt 11:00 am on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’d rank those guys in this order as far as their week 6 prospects look to me: Royal (who I particularly like going forward), Avery, Bryant, Nicks (who will get better as the season goes on but isn’t a good start vs New Orleans), Caldwell, Wade.

        • Brandon 11:24 am on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, I think Matt’s psychic powers were working a bit better this week than mine…just look at my Hits & Misses this week (Matt Ryan, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Brandon Marshall, Fred Jackson…ugh)!

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