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  • Matt 3:54 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: bow-chicka-wow-wow,   

    The Mike Sims-Walker suspension mystery has been solved. If you’d like to know what he was doing when he missed his curfew, you can either read this update from the Jags’ reporter or the lyrics to this Bloodhound Gang song.

    • Brandon 9:44 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s always amusing when a team benches a player for something like this and then goes out and gets completely trounced (against a quarterback returning from broken ribs.) In this situation, does Sims-Walker feel bad because he is partially to blame for the team’s less than inspiring performance? Or does he feel good, like “wow, this team can’t do ANYTHING without me on the field!”

    • Massie 12:05 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t think an NFL team would actually suspend a player that important for something like that. Frankly, it sounds like a scout-camp violation to me, haha..
      Btw, wouldn’t it be better to fine him instead? – then the team doesn’t have to suffer from his misbehaviour!

  • Matt 1:55 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Desperation is a Stinky Cologne: Deep Sleepers for Week 6 

    If you’ve already perused Brandon’s waiver report for this week and still can’t find anyone on your league’s waiver wire to fill that gaping hole in your roster, it’s time for a hail mary. Here’s a look at some players who are currently owned in fewer than one third of Yahoo leagues who might just make a decent play this week.

    Plug ‘n’ Pray = High-risk, high-reward players who, given the right circumstances, could make you look like a goshdarned genius – or a blithering fool.
    Plug ‘n’ Yawn = If you can’t stand the sight of a goose egg, these players are a good bet to get you at least a few fantasy points.

    Jamaal Charles, RB, KC – Plug ‘n’ Yawn – The Chiefs are using Charles a decent amount in the passing game (5 catches last week), so he’s probably good for at least a few points, especially in PPR leagues. Given starter Larry Johnson’s brutal 2.4 YPC so far, it wouldn’t shock me if the Chiefs finally decided to give Charles a shot at earning a bigger portion of the rushing workload at some point.

    Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU Plug ‘n’ Pray – So far this season, the Bengals (Houston’s opponent this week) have been able to very effectively bottle up their opponents’ top receiver week after week (see Andy Behrens’ post on the Big Orange Machine). But, as Behrens points out, they’re still allowing a lot of passing yardage. If the pattern holds, the Texans are going to need Jones to step up and keep the passing attack moving. If you’re looking for this week’s Miles Austin… look elsewhere, but Jones has a decent shot at hauling in a big reception or two. If your league’s scoring includes return yards, this three-time AFC Player of the Week has your name written all over him. Wait – my mistake, that’s actually the state of Louisiana.

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  • Brandon 12:17 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks: Mendenhall vs Parker 

    Here are the first few Ask the Geek questions for week six. Hopefully you guys continue to dominate your leagues, but if not, all the more reason to get questions in so we can help! Remember, you can ask the geeks here or simply leave them as comments on our posts and we’ll try our best to respond to them as soon as possible.

    Matt asks…

    Hey guys! I’m leading my league and I want to stay undefeated. I have both Mendenhall and Parker and I don’t know who is going to produce more in my lineup… little help? Also I have Ochocinco, Colston and Brandon Marshall…What two would you keep in your lineup consistently… please help!

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    • Joe 3:32 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who should I start this week? Flacco against the Vikings or Ryan against the Bears?

      • Brandon 3:40 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        After seeing what Matt Ryan did to San “best defense of week 4” Francisco last week, I see no reason to bench him this week against a Bears defense that is more bark than bite these days.

    • ffgeekblogROCKS 4:22 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need a bye week Flex, guys! LJ, Devery, DWard, Royal, or trade my Garcon for Burleson and Flex him? Thanks in advance!

      • Brandon 4:32 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d trade Garcon for Burleson if possible and use him as your Flex. Otherwise, Eddie Royal would probably work.

    • TeamWorseThanARectalDysfunction 4:35 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Should I drop Garcon and/or Derrick Ward to pick up Donnie Avery, Antonio Bryant, Jamal Charles, Hakeem Nicks, Chester Taylor, or Lance Moore? You guys are my main fantasy football advice source!

      • Brandon 9:22 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It depends on how deep you are at RB for Ward. If you have 3 or 4 other solid RB’s, feel free to drop him for Bryant or Nicks. As for Garcon, I’d give him another week or so before making any moves, but it might turn out that Bryant and Nicks are also better plays at WR. Hope everything works out!

    • Javier 7:25 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I am concerned about McGahee not getting enough plays, like last week… my league is a 2RB 2WR 1RB/WR with only 4 bench spots:

      QB Rodgers
      RB MJD
      RB McGahee
      RB/WR Bowe
      WR Steve Smith (NYG)
      WR Randy Moss
      TE Daniels
      K Gostkowski
      D/ST Jets

      Bench: Addai, Brown (Byes), Buckhalter (inj), Orton (picked up to cover Rodgers last week)

      Should I drop Orton right away for someone? Which of my starters should be replaced?

      • Brandon 9:18 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d stick with what you have there unless there’s some pretty solid running backs on free agency/waivers. Orton has become a very startable quarterback and you may play him over Rodgers depending on the match-up.

        • Javier 10:17 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Some of the options from free agency are Maclin, Knox and LenDale White… also Sidney Rice and Miles Austin hmm…

    • sal 8:20 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hi guys – first time, long time – 2 RB, 2WR, and a flex: Tomlinson, Parker, Hightower, Jennings, Roddy White, & V. Jackson – who do you bench?

      • Brandon 9:15 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Sal, glad to hear from you! Anyways, of that group I’d start the following:

        WR: Greg Jennings and Roddy White
        RB: LaDainian Tomlinson and Willie Parker
        Flex: Vincent Jackson
        Bench: Tim Hightower

        • sal 11:06 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          thanks — for some reason I didn’t even consider benching hightower.. hoping my bye-week scrubs (kyle orton, jags def, jermichael finley) come through…

    • Steve 9:31 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Matt Hasselback Or Matt Ryan and Percy Havin Or TO at Flex?

      • Brandon 9:13 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hasselbeck has a decent match-up with the Cardinals this week, but I just don’t see him putting up the numbers he did last week twice in a row. Also, T.O. will have Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on him all afternoon, so he’s not a strong play. I like Matt Ryan and Percy Harvin this week.

      • Brandon 9:45 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        The more I think about the Ryan vs Hasselbeck question, the more I’m leaning towards Hasselbeck. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with either one, but I’m officially changing my opinion to recommending Matt Hasselbeck over Matt Ryan.

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

      Hey guys, thanks for everything you put into the site. It’s great! Need to pick 2 out of Rice, Grant, and Portis. I’m tempted to start Grant and Portis simply due to match-ups, but Rice has been so dependable this year, I’m having a hard time benching him. Any thoughts?

      • Brandon 9:10 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Ray Rice’s potential for the rest of the year, but I have a hard time recommending you bench Grant and Portis, who play the 7th and 8th worst defenses against the run this year. Give Rice the week off and hope the other guys come through for you.

    • lou 10:51 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guy, i have Chris Cooley and Jermichael FInley, who should be my guy this week considering what Cooley did last week and Finley’s matchup this week?

      • Brandon 9:08 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Both guys have great match-ups and I heard rumors that Cooley was used more for blocking last week than usual. If you’re a gambling man, go with Finley and hope he has another huge game, but Cooley’s still the safer play if you’re satisfied with 6-10 points or something.

    • Wolf 11:14 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Do you think Sims-Walker vs Rams will outperform Steve Smith (NYG) vs NO this weekend?

      • Brandon 9:06 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I believe he will, but not by a whole lot. Sims-Walker will be playing his heart out after missing last weeks game due to a curfew violation. You can’t start both of them?

    • LT 2:32 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great advice guys! I’m undefeated and I want to keep it like that. I got a close matchup, so it all comes down to choose from K. Winslow or H. Miller? Who do you think will put the numbers??? Who should I keep for the rest of the season?

      • Brandon 9:04 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Kellen Winslow this week and think he has more upside over the course of the season. Miller doesn’t make a bad backup though if you have a roster spot to spare.

    • Shirley 6:28 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Because of my horrible record thus far, I have been able to pick up great RBs Rashard Mendenhall and Cedric Benson, I also drafted Ryan Grant and Michael Turner. I’m strong at RB, solid at QB but relatively weak at WR. Roddy White is my only WR1 and all of the others are maybe WR3 at best. I’m looking to trade one of my RBs for a WR1 or a high WR2 (if necessary). Which of my 4 RBs should I try to shop around? I’m thinking Ryan Grant. He always gives decent numbers but after looking at his schedule, his seems to be overall tougher than the others? Please let me know what you think, thanks.

      • Brandon 9:00 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You might want to shop Mendenhall, who’s value is pretty high at this point. With Willie Parker returning, they will undoubtedly split carries (not sure on the percentage at this point, but it’ll be some sort of time share.) I see Benson as another sell-high candidate, as I don’t see him getting any better than he is playing right now. The problem with Ryan Grant is that people will look at his numbers and not give him the value he deserves, meaning you won’t get that great of WR offers. Hope this helps!

    • Eric 8:00 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Fellas. Need your help. I’m in a 10 team money league. I’m set at QB, RB, and TE, but I’m not good at all when it comes to WR. Last week, I started Breaston, Sims Walker (Ouch), Bryant, and Mossaquoi (a bigger OUCH). In this league, it’s safe to say that I’m stuck with what I have. I’ve tried to shop Lynch, Gore, LT, Mgahee, and Ronnie – no one will buy because we start 4 WRs so they are clinging to what they have. Here’s my question. If I’m stuck with the following WR core – who are my best bets to hold on to, and who should I let go? I currently need to pickup a Kicker and DL for week 6 and have no slots to do so.

      Antonio Bryant
      Devery Henderson
      Lance Moore
      Earl Bennett

      Thanks Fellas,

      • Brandon 8:56 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If you need to drop a couple receivers, I’d start with your bottom two guys there…Bennett and Moore. I think Devery Henderson has overtaken Moore as the number two receiver in New Orleans this season and the Bears receivers haven’t been consistent enough this year to warrant starting in a fantasy league.

        If you wanted my opinion on who to start this week, I’d go with Sims-Walker, Maclin, Nicks and Bryant, although Breaston could be decent if you wanted the 8-9 point safe route instead of the Maclin 2 or 20 point route.

    • Brian 8:03 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RB dilema, who to start (pick 2):

      Ray Rice (been getting better and better but goes against the Vikes this week)
      Knowshon Moreno (keep waiting for him to explode – against the Chargers)
      Ryan Grant (been a big let down so far – but against the Lions this week should help)
      Kevin Smith (have a hard time starting this guy on a horrible team, against the Pack this week)

      I think I am leaning towards two of the top 3 but I can’t make up my mind. I have a personal bias to Rice as I am a Rutgers guy but not sure if he has the best matchup this week.

      Thanks for your help.

      • Brandon 8:52 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately I’d sit your Rutgers guy this week. Moreno plays the worst run defense in the NFL this week and Grant has a solid match-up with the Lions. I’m afraid this week that Willis McGahee might get a lot of carries for the Ravens (since the team has barely used him the past two weeks and the coach has said he’s still a part of the gameplan), which will cut into Rice’s workload…which was going to be hard enough anyways against the Vikings.

    • Reggie 10:23 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Cutler or Garrard this week?

      • Josh from RI 1:35 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Reggie,

        I personally love Garrard, especially matching up against St. Louis. Forget about his performance last week. He’ll have Sims-Walker (barring another late night social engagement) and a completely forgettable Rams D.

      • Brandon 2:30 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Josh from RI…go with Garrard.

    • Mark 10:28 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      How will New Orleans D fare this week?

      • Josh from RI 1:31 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Mark,

        I had the same problem with the Saints D. In fact, I own both the Saints AND Giants D and have benched them in favor of Jacksonville being at home against St. Louis.

        If you still can pick up Jacksonville off of waivers, you’ll probably be better off. The Saints have a very low projection being such a though matchup even with Eli hobbling around in practice.

      • Brandon 2:29 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Josh from RI if Jacksonville is available, but to answer your question, I think they’re going to let up three or four touchdowns to a pretty high powered Giants offense.

    • Mal 10:36 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I ended up trading britt for Garcon purely for his wk7 matchup (as sims-walker, megatron and b marshall have bye for me that week). I will keep simswalker this week but after this week do you think if I have the oppurtunity to trade Sims-walker for santonio holmes I should do it??? Also if megatron is out this week who should I grab off the waiver. Some names available ATM are caldwell, royal, massaquoi, muhammad (CAR).

      Also my starting backs are always Jacobs/Burner. What is with the bad omen around Jacobs, do I keep him starting? (Sproles + Bradshaw are on my bench) THANKS!

      • Brandon 2:26 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t trade Sims-Walker for Santonio Holmes, as I think Sims-Walker will be more consistent (when he’s not missing curfew!) than Holmes for the rest of the year. As for your receivers, I’d grab Massaquoi if you have a roster spot to spare, but he’ll be a gamble (was two weeks ago the norm? Or last week?) For your running back, I’m almost leaning towards recommending you start Bradshaw over Jacobs, as he seems to do more with his carries. Keep Jacobs in there this week and hope he can find the endzone.

    • Shane 12:30 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have 5 Receivers and need to start 2

      Donald Driver
      Roddy White
      Steve Smith (NYG)
      Mario Manningham
      Jeremy Maclin

      Also, Brady or Hasselbeck?

      • Brandon 2:22 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Roddy White and Steve Smith. At quarterback, I like Tom Brady a bit more than Hasselbeck, but they’re both great plays and both made my “Hits” list this week.

    • Josh from RI 12:58 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi guys! I have a WR quandary:

      Pick 2 to start: (2 WR slots, 14 team league, no Flex)

      Wes Welker
      Mike Sims-Walker
      Donald Driver

      BTW: I have Garrard starting since Peyton is on a bye.

      Thanks again!

      • Brandon 2:08 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Welker against a terrible Titans pass defense and Sims-Walker, who (along with the rest of the Jaguars) will be out to prove something after last week’s embarrassment.

    • Greg 2:57 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      5 receivers, Playing 2

      Steve Smith (Car)

      • Brandon 3:55 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Steve Smith and Nate Burleson…although Driver has a great matchup as well.

        • Greg 11:59 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the help Brandon
          Much appreciated

    • David 4:23 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, love the site, thanks for all the work!

      I have B. Jacobs, L. Washington, W. Parker and MJD. I’m starting MJD for sure, but am torn about B. Jacobs (rough start to the season, tough match-up against the Saints). Who should I start as my RB2?
      Many thanks!

      • Brandon 4:37 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Considering your options, I’d stick with Brandon Jacobs. I’m not sure what kind of carries Parker will get with Mendenhall running so well these days and Washington still hasn’t proven to be a fantasy-worthy starter quite yet.

        • David 5:13 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Brandon, I was leaning in that direction but I really needed a consultation. (Very close match-up this week…)

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