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  • Brandon 3:20 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink
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    For your reading pleasure, here's a funny post from Deadspin.com about the deat… 

    For your reading pleasure, here’s a funny post from Deadspin.com about the death of the workhorse running back. I’ve been thinking about this a lot this season, as we get more and more Ask the Geek questions regarding running backs. The answer to many of these questions has become less and less clear, because you never even know which running back on a single team is going to score more points, never mind across the entire league!

     
    • Mal 12:05 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      In light of that, I am just going to have to keep starting Jacobs with fingers crossed each week and keep Hightower and Bradshaw on my bench correct? I have now also acquired the services of Eli Manning to compliment a solid Roethlisberger. The PIT v MIN game has predicted to aerial ping pong, does this make Big Ben my starter? Or do I try offset the potential bad game of jacbos seeing no carries and yards by feeding in Eli as my QB? confused.

      • Brandon 2:27 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, actually with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, lately it seems you need to go with Bradshaw. Ahmad has been running better and getting more carries around the goal-line, so stick with him until the team starts using Jacobs more in the red zone. As for your quarterback, I’d stick with Roethlisberger, who has 7 touchdowns over the past three games. Both guys make excellent starts though.

        • Squish 7:37 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Jacobs will come around eventually. However, Hightower maybe the safest play if you have to choose between the 3. The Giants RBs are facing the best rush defense in the league. Expect NYG to air it out. Arizona is the opposite. NYG has the best pass defense in the league so they will run more than normal and likely make use of screens to beat the speedy front seven which all around bodes well for Hightower who’d I’d expect to have 20+ carries and 5+ receptions on the day. What he does with them is TBD but I like his chances.

          I wouldn’t invest too much in the aerial prowess of the PIT vs MIN game. With Mendenthal making his first official start with Parker healthy, look for PIT to lean on the run as a test and expect a lot of outside runs as the Williams brothers will clog up the center but couldn’t get outside without a twinkie on a stick. And though MIN may be impressed with Favre, don’t expect them to forget he’s an old man. They’ll keep it on the gorund if they can. They may rest the ailing AP a bit but and y carries he loses will go to Chester Taylor who quite honestly is just as good a playmaker and a much better blocker and receiver out of the backfield.

          For what it’s worth, fantasyfootballnerd.com’s combined rankings agree on the RBs with Hightower projected ahead of Bradshaw and Jacobs. Manning and Roethlisberger are about even in their rankings. Manning has a far better matchup against the 31st ranked pass defense in the league and they will be forced to throw because Arizona simply does not let anyone run the ball right now.

          In short, I’d play Manning and Hightower and feel comfortable about it.

    • JP 11:26 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Benjamin Watson or Kevin Boss?

      • Brandon 2:29 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Not a fan of either this week, but I’m starting Boss in one of my leagues with my tight end on a bye, so maybe you should do the same and we can root for him together!

        • Amir 12:45 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I like Watson here — Pats 3rd WR Edelman is injured and were projecting big things out of Brady this week so he should definitely be looking Watson’s way.

    • LT 3:27 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon, got this problem (non-ppr league)
      For 2 WR slots: Wayne, Steve Smith (NYG), Andre Johnson…
      For 2 RB slots: Bradshaw, PT, Ryan Grant, R. Williams

      Guess Wayne & Johnson are obvious… but which RBs? And do I plug Smith into the Flex? Thanks…

      • Brandon 8:44 am on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne at wide receiver (awesome group there though.) At running back, go PT Cruiser and Ryan Grant (who has a good match-up.) Definitely put Steve Smith in the Flex spot if possible, unless you had someone better in there already.

  • Brandon 2:26 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks – Week 7: Start Michael Crabtree? 

    Here is our first round of Ask the Geek questions for week seven. Remember, you can ask the geeks here or simply leave your questions as comments on our posts and we’ll try our best to respond to them as soon as possible.

    Greg asks…

    I have a huge conflict here. I know this should be an easy choice. I have to choose between Sidney Rice & Micheal Crabtree? Rice had a couple great games lately….I would assume they are gonna work Crabtree alot. Who do I start?

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    • mark 3:05 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who to start, Terrell Owens or Michael Crabtree?

      • Brandon 3:31 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t recommend anyone start Michael Crabtree until he’s at least played one game. While I don’t think T.O. will do all that great this week, he’ll get more looks than Crabtree and has a lot more potential this week.

        • KKK 1:22 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Disagree, Houston’s run D is so bad that gore will be getting the hand offs but since the Texans’ off. is so high octane the niners will have to go to the air. Houston only has college video on this guy, he has something to prove, and SIngletary doesn’t just start you as the number 1 if you aren’t getting looks.

        • Brandon 8:48 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Looks like I was wrong…pretty sad moment for T.O., when he’s outperformed by a rookie who held out until mid-season and plays for the 49ers!

    • Javier 3:32 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      [email protected] or Dwayne Bowe vs. SD? I also need a backup RB to cover a bye, should I keep Mike [email protected] or try to pick Don Brown from waivers (I am already starting Addai).

      • Brandon 2:41 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Even with Addai already starting, I think I’d go with Donal Brown against the Rams. As for your receiver, go with Dwayne Bowe.

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

      I have Ray Rice and Chris Johnson on a bye this week, so my RB options are Matt Forte, Reggie Bush, and Jamal Lewis. I need to start two of them, I guess, so really it comes down to Bush or Lewis.

      Down the stretch, which of the following are more likely to have a real impact: Jamaal Charles, Glen Coffee, or LeSean McCoy?

      • Brandon 2:46 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Forte and Bush, but with Reggie Bush you have to hope he can somehow find the endzone for him to have a lot of value. As for those running backs, McCoy has the most value in the long term for sure.

    • Jones 5:12 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RB/WR spot: Westbrook, Mendenhall or Driver? (Sidney Rice and Breaston are available on waiver.)

      • Brandon 2:44 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Even against a tough Vikings defense, I’d go with Mendenhall. However, I recommend you pick up Rice and Breaston if possible, as they are solid WR’s that you might want to play depending on the match-up.

    • Tyler 8:01 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Marshawn Lynch or Reggie Bush or Steve Slaton, i start 2 of 3

    • David 10:55 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Guys, I really appreciate all the work you do. I need to start two of the following RBs: Brandon Jacobs, Leon Washington or Donald Brown. (MJD and Buckhalter are on bye this week).

    • John 8:27 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, I’m in a 0.25 PPR league, I need one WR, and two W/R. I have
      Laurence Maroney
      Devin Hester
      Santana Moss
      Lance Moore
      Tashard Choice
      Chester Taylor
      Mohamed Massaquoi
      Cadillac Williams

      Which three guys will help me win this week? Thanks!

    • Stediberto 11:52 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I was offered Calvin Johnson & Matt Shaub for Kerry Collins and Marshall. Do it?

      • Glory Hog 12:42 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yes.

      • Brandon 2:36 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        WHA?!! Hopefully you already accepted this trade, since it’s insanely favoring you! Schaub is about 500x better than Collins and when he’s not hurt, Calvin Johnson is equal to (if not better) than Marshall. GET MEGATRON AND SCHAUB ASAP!

    • Brian 11:53 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who do you like this and coming weeks

      Shiancoe or Vernon Davis

      • Brandon 2:33 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m leaning towards Shiancoe, who has been on fire lately. The Texans are actually pretty good against the tight end position, which is why I have Vernon Davis on the “miss” list this week.

        • Brian 8:37 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          You missed this one, no worries though

        • Brandon 8:45 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, I think the entire world underestimated the Alex Smith-to-Vernon Davis love affair! Looks like Smith may have the starting gig for the time being, so you’ll probably want to keep Davis in there next week. Did you end up winning anyways?

    • Adam 12:32 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need to start 2 of these four flex options. Which should I use?

      DeSean Jackson (against a tough Washington defense that plagued him last year)
      Larry Johnson (coming off a good week against a so-so SD run defense)
      Brent Celek (TE, so less upside)
      Donald Brown (Good matchup @StL, but not the key RB)

      Thanks!

      • Brandon 2:35 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek, even if they’re competing for receptions from Donovan McNabb. Those guys have a lot more upside than the other two.

    • Jason 3:01 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, love the site. I’m screwed at RB this week with MJD and CJ on byes. I’m torn between Tashard Choice and Mike Bell as my RB2. Any thoughts?

      • Brandon 11:49 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Tashard Choice, as I think he’ll be given more chances to produce. Bell has basically been relegated to a goal-line back at this point, while Choice will still get carries between the 20’s. There is also a chance that Felix Jones is limited this week too, so Choice should see more action (plus Jerry Jones promised he would!)

    • Amir 4:06 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Donald Brown or Santana Moss — ugh have to sit Ray Rice MSW and Housh this week Yikes!

      • Brandon 11:17 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Both are hit or miss plays, but I’m leaning towards Donald Brown against a Rams defense that is giving up a lot of points to running backs this week, while the Eagles have been pretty good against wide receivers. Brown will still split carries with Addai, but he should get a few carries in the redzone that lead to a touchdown.

    • Matt 5:32 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Okay guys, I have a problem but an awesome problem to have.
      My WR Core:
      Moss
      Mario Manningham
      Hakeen Nicks
      Lance Moore
      Miles Austin
      Kevin Walter

      My RB Core:
      Pierre Thomas
      LT
      Felix Jones
      Shonn Greene (wakka wakka)

      I know I want an angry LT in there, Moss, but the rest??

      Also Vernon Davis is on waivers; drop Walter for him?

      • Brandon 11:46 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re staring two running backs, go with PT and LT. At wide receiver, the three I like the most are Moss (Randy I assume), Manningham and Moore. Miles Austin was a close fourth, but I’m still not convinced that his last performance wasn’t a once in a lifetime game.

        As for Vernon Davis, grab him if he’s an upgrade at the tight end position for your team. If you don’t plan on starting him though, I’d keep Walter.

        Finally, you might want to think about trading Manningham or Nicks. With both players on the same team and putting up similar numbers, it’s going to be tough to decide which of the two to start from week to week. I chose Manningham because he’s the “starter” still, but it’s almost a coin flip as to who will get the better numbers each game.

        • benjamin 5:22 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks brandon! Yeah I was just thinking that about nicks. Great blog man! Two year reader!

    • Glory Hog 7:06 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I was offered (in a non-ppr league):
      Mendenhall, Cassel, Mason for Andre Johnson, Michael Bush, Trent Edwards (he would take Moss instead of Johnson, but I love Moss)
      my current RB’s are: Gore, Coffee, M. Bush, Harrison, Mike Bell, M. Moore
      my current WR (no TEs) are: A. Johnson, R. Moss, Celek, Harvin
      Should I do this? should I trade Moss instead of Johnson?
      thanks

      • Brandon 11:39 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although it’s tough to trade away one of the top scoring wide receiver in the league, you have to consider what you’re getting/giving up at each position. Let’s take the quarterbacks out of this deal, since I assume they’d be your backup anyways and don’t add a lot to the deal. The real trade is Rashard Mendenhall and Derrick Mason for Andre Johnson. Mendenhall will start for your team alongside Frank Gore right away and makes a big improvement to the position on your team. At wide receiver, you’ll lose Johnson, but you’re getting a receiver in Derrick Mason that is only really a couple points per week worse. I’d go with the trade. Keep Randy Moss though, as I think he has the better chance to score touchdowns in bunches. Good luck!

      • Brandon 11:42 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Can you do the trade AFTER this week though? When Derrick Mason isn’t on a bye?

        • Glory Hog 4:28 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          possibly. the guy is offering the trade because he is hurting with bye weeks. I passed on the trade for now, but if it’s there next week I may go for it. Thanks for the help

    • Kulprit 7:58 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Here is my scenario, my 3 main WR are 1) Fitzgerald 2) Steven Smith (NYG) and 3) Vincent Jackson. I have Kevin Walter on the bench and he hasn’t done much of anything even with the Texans scoring at on of points.

      My question is should I take a chance and drop Walter for Miles Austin? He’s still available after his huge week and now that he’s starting it might be worth a shot. I already have Anthony Gonzalez on the bench who I picked up this week as I have the room and enough of a lead to take on a gamble like this.

      I think Austin has a lot more upside then Walter does, and if I can catch a few good weeks with Austin I migh be able to spin him for a trade for an upgrade somewhere.

      • Kulprit 10:00 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Well Miles Austin was picked up last night. So my same question then extends to Hakeem Nicks? Again I feel he has a large upside.

        • Brandon 11:31 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Grab Hakeem Nicks. He’s become one of Eli’s favorite targets in the endzone and has three touchdowns in three games already.

    • Jake 8:35 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Should I start Reggie bush or Donald driver as my flex play?

    • Bribo 8:30 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Steelers D or Colts D? H Miller or Witten at TE? Pick up Donald Brown or Leon Washington (better overall pick-up, not just this week)? Thanks dudes!

      • Brandon 11:28 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Colts for your defense. As for your tight end, Miller has the better match-up against the Vikings, who are giving up the most points in the league to the tight end position, but the Falcons aren’t all that far behind them. Go with Witten and expect Romo to look his way often. As for the running back, grab Leon Washington, who makes a better start from week-to-week at this point.

    • apk 10:48 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Do I start LeSean McCoy (@Wash monday night) or Leon Washington (@oakland) this week?

      Who do you see as the best running backs during weeks 15 & 16? (fantasy playoffs)

      • Brandon 11:25 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Leon Washington, who will get more chances than McCoy. As for the best running backs during weeks 15 and 16, if you mean across the league, some of the guys I like include Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Rashard Mendenhall and even Brandon Jacobs (who I think will have turned things around by then.)

    • Jason 5:20 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Week 7 Fantasy Pick WR I need help. Who should I start. I have Crabtree or Kevin Walter. Walter has been a dud for me all your please help.. This is a big week for me.

    • Jason 5:21 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Reggie bush or Glen Coffee. Please pick one

    • Anthony 7:46 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need 3, Steve Smith, Dwayne Bowe, Miles Austin, Dobald Driver, Austin Collie.

    • LT 8:34 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon, got this problem (non-ppr league)
      For 2 WR slots: Wayne, Steve Smith (NYG), Andre Johnson…
      For 2 RB slots: Bradshaw, PT, Ryan Grant, R. Williams

      Guess Wayne & Johnson are obvious… but which RBs? And do I plug Smith into the Flex? Thanks…

    • Brian 10:50 am on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RB/WR: Donald Brown, Andre Caldwell, or Jeremy Maclin.. Thank you

    • jake 6:44 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      should i start donald drvier or michale crabtree. driver is playing the vikings in week 8 and crabtree is playing th colts in week 8. who should i start

      • Brandon 6:35 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Donald Driver. Last week I was wrong about picking Crabtree over T.O., but I honestly can’t put Crabtree in Driver’s league until he gets a few more games under his belt. Also, you’ll want to see what Alex Smith does in his return to the starting quarterback job.

    • Steve 7:56 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure what to do during week 8 – M. Crabtree, S. Smith NYG, or S Smith Car. I only need to pick one to line up with V. Jackson and A. Gates (WR/TE). Any ideas at all??

      • Brandon 9:39 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with the New York variety of Steve Smith. He’s the most consistent and in the best passing offense at the moment.

    • jake 5:47 pm on October 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      should i start steven jackosn or ray rice. steven jackson is playing detroit and rice is playing broncos. jackson has not yet made it to the redzone and his team sucks. rice is a beast but playing a undefeatable team, who should i start

    • Cheryl 7:42 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ok I am stacked with RB (Gore, R. Brown, Turner, Barber, T. Jones, K. Smith)….but not as strong in WR’s (A. Johnson, Boldin, B. Marshall). I was just offered a trade that would give me Crabtree for Marshall…..what is your advice?

      • Brandon 2:39 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wha?! No, definitely do not do this trade. The hope is that Crabtree becomes as good as Brandon Marshall and all you’re doing is downgrading your WR position. With all that talent at running back, wouldn’t you want to trade an RB for help at WR instead?

    • Josh 9:31 am on October 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Derrick Mason @ Buff or Santana Moss @ Chicago ?

    • Bob 11:16 am on October 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      For Flex Position this week? Derrick Mason or Willis Mcgahee at Buffalo

  • Brandon 12:02 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 7: New England heads to Old England 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week seven, listing players you want to make sure are in your lineup, as well as those you might consider shelving for the week (or at least lowering your expectations!) This week I’ve again tried to leave off the most obvious picks, such as Peyton Manning’s dream match-up against the Rams, so that the list only includes players you may have been scratching your head about starting this week. Also, not to get too far off topic, but the Patriots head to London this week to play the Buccaneers, which got me thinking…is the team name “New England Patriots” offensive to the British? I mean, they ARE the nation that we were being patriots against in the first place! Anyways, I guess we’ll let some of our readers from the U.K. comment on that, so let’s get into the hits and misses for the week… (More …)

     
    • Stediberto 12:09 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have Marshall & MSW on bye this week, so Steve Smith (CAR), Collie, and Coles have to start. On TE, Carlson is on bye, and I have McMichael. Should I address TE (V Davis or Sean Ryan) or WR (Miles Austin, Nicks, or L Moore) from the waiver wire this week? Thanks!!

      • meany1413 1:45 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would say stick with McMichael at TE. You might wanna pick up Austin considering he has got the starting job over Crayton now. Moore be a good backup option though.

      • Brandon 3:37 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d grab Vernon Davis at tight end and honestly, those waiver wire receivers look more appealing than two of your three current options. I like Austin, Nicks AND Moore more than Collie and Coles. If possible, I’d start Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Lance Moore at wide receiver.

      • e-roc 3:38 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        @Stediberto – I’m sitting Steve Smith (CAR) in favor of Nicks this week (and possibly going forward). I encourage you to do the same. Nicks has a competent QB… Delhomme is as good as Akili Smith right now.

    • meany1413 1:47 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey love the site guys,

      I’m in a predicament here. I’ve got Marion Barber and Tashard Choice. Who do you guys think i should start this week? My other RB’s are Reggie Bush and Steven Jackson.

      • Brandon 3:33 pm on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d start the guys in this order: Marion Barber, Steven Jackson, Tashard Choice, Reggie Bush, depending on how many spots you need to fill.

    • Luke 8:42 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hello, i need two running backs from deangelo williams, ronnnie brown and joseph addai, and two WRs from fitzgerald, Ochocinco and greg jennings. please help

      • Brandon 2:13 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with DeAngelo Williams and Ronnie Brown as your RB’s, then Fitzgerald and Ochocinco at WR. It’s tough to bench Jennings, but the other two are just playing better football at the moment and have decent match-ups.

    • The Don 12:23 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      All right i got a choice Donald Driver vs Sidney Rice

      BLOGGERS SPEAK

      • Brandon 2:04 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Donald Driver more simply based on the match-up. Sidney Rice is not likely to repeat last weeks crazy numbers against the Steelers this week.

    • Luke 12:53 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i would go with driver for sure. wat u think of my problem above Don

    • Ken 12:02 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As a flex: Devin Hester, Hakeem Nicks, or Johnny Knox?

      • Brandon 8:45 am on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Devin Hester…but Hakeem Nicks is a close second. If your team awards points for return yards, then Knox becomes an option, but otherwise go with Hester.

    • Russ 3:53 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      miles austin or sidney rice for flex?

    • Jesse 12:19 pm on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dilemma: larry johnson or Laurence Maroney. Phillip Rivers or Ben Rothlisberge??

    • Brandon 9:08 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Whoops…Vernon Davis is not a regular follower of FFGeekBlog.com I guess!

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