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  • Matt 11:08 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink
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    Not looking good for Big Ben… 

    The first half is in the books and Roethlisberger hasn’t scored yet, so it looks like it’ll be one of the four people who picked Kurt Warner in our contest who gets the $50 NFL.com gift card. Commenter Adam requested a breakdown of the picks people made in the contest, and since I’m not doing much else during halftime, I’ll post that now – check it out after the jump. (More …)

     
    • Brandon 9:20 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      At least Roethlisberger made it somewhat interesting towards the end…but I still think Kurt Warner gets the victory.

  • Brandon 5:21 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 10: The Return of Chris Chambers 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week ten. 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.)

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    • Amir 5:38 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Jamaal Charles?

      • Brandon 5:43 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I usually don’t include players that are already owned in around 80% of the Yahoo leagues out there and Charles is owned in 79%. Plus, he only got six carries (and caught three passes) with LJ out this past weekend…so he’s not a strong play anyways.

        • Amir 12:12 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          With LJs departure are they just not gonna run the ball anymore? Any chance Kolby Smith sees action if Charles is ineffective?

        • Brandon 2:43 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Smith could very well see action right away, but I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference. If you’re looking for 3-4 points out of the RB position, then feel free to take a chance on him.

    • F Chuck 9:55 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Chris Chambers or Ladell Betts? I have the 1st. pick this week on the waiver wire?

      • Matt 10:02 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Depends on your needs, really – Portis will probably be back in a week or two, so if you need points right now (because your team is only borderline for the playoffs and every week is important), then it might be smart to pick up Betts and get what you can out of him before Portis returns. If you aren’t desperate for short-term points, Chambers is a better bet to continue to produce later in the season.

        • F Chuck 10:13 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          It is a keeper league but I wouldn’t keep either one. In reality it is more about “sticking it to” my competitors as I have a losing record in this league. Thanks for the “take”, F CHUCK…

      • Squish 10:25 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re only interested in pissing off then Betts is the better grab since he’ll likely be the most coveted of the week.

    • Jojo 11:26 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Looking ahead I have CHI def and GB def..I know?? Who should I cut ties with and which defense should I look to pick up moving forward? Is Cincy worth a look?

      • Matt 10:01 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        The Bears still have to face Minnesota twice and Philly and Green Bay once each. I wouldn’t start them in any of those games, so that doesn’t leave you with much reason to hold onto them. Green Bay’s upcoming schedule is better but not stellar.

        The Bengals, on the other hand, have Oakland, Cleveland, Detroit and Kansas City on the menu in coming weeks. All juicy matchups. They’re by far a better bet than the two you have now.

        • Squish 10:24 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I agree with Matt. Though if Arizona is available grab them since they have a ridiculously good playoff schedule. And they shouldn’t be too shabby against a Seattle team they literally destroyed last time either.

    • Jojo 11:30 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Also, I have J. Cutler and only him. Should I pick up Sanchez, Freeman or T. Edwards for matchups?

      • Brandon 2:27 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t play any of those QB’s over Cutler.

        • Squish 11:55 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I could almost lean towards Sanchez but with Cutler facing such a good run defense, he’ll be airing it out all day and thus has to be played here.

    • Trevor 1:52 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      On a different not i need to pick up a defense to start since the NYG are on a bye. available are TEN vs. buf, CAR vs. atl, KC vs. oak, OAK vs. kc,

      • Brandon 2:29 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m high on Tennessee vs Buffalo this weekend. I think the Titans are starting to put it together and who knows what Trent Edwards is going to do for the Bills in his first game back from injury.

        • Squish 10:23 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, I think Tennessee is getting it together too and Buffalo is as good a matchup as any.

      • Brandon 9:52 am on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You go with Tennessee? Defense of the week.

        • Trevor 2:08 pm on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          yep i went with the titans my best friends team btw haha it was a good choice. thanks for the advice guys. this website rules

        • Brandon 2:18 pm on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Nice! Glad we could help. However, I’m not sure I can predict the defense that scores two touchdowns every week…but I’ll do my best!

    • Amir 5:02 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I own Jason Witten and no other tight ends. He gets a lot of targets every week but is currently the 15th ranked TE in my 10 team league. Do I keep taking my chances with him? There are some free agent TEs that beat him but none of them are consistant? Pick them up? Blah blah blah — whats you take on his fantasy season?

      • Brandon 2:31 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I still like Jason Witten down the stretch. He is getting looks from Romo every week, which is more than you can say for a bunch of the borderline TE’s out there. it would be nice if he saw some more looks in the redzone, but hopefully that will happen over the second half of the season.

      • Squish 12:01 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m in a similar situation in a couple leagues. Unfortunately, unless you were lucky enough to grab Celek early on, you’re probably stuck starting Witten the rest of the year. Unlike Brandon though, I don’t see him getting any better. Dallas has the 28th toughest TE schedule for the rest of the year. It’s unlikely they’ll get any better for TE scoring if they haven’t done it so far. That being said, your TE wire is likely slim pickings so you’ll want to stay with Witten who constantly outperforms his matchups. He might have a few big games in him down the stretch.

        Now if you have a roster spot free, it may be worth picking up Pettigrew as a insurance policy that might turn into a borderline starter. Once Calvin Johnson is back in form in Detroit, Pettigrew will likely get less coverage applied to him. It’s a longshot but probably worth a look.

    • Porter 11:48 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, here are my starters this week:

      QB
      Peyton Manning (Colts QB) – vs NE

      WR
      Nate Burleson (Sea – WR) @Ari Sun

      WR
      Randy Moss (NE – WR) @Ind Sun

      WR
      Robert Meachem (NO – WR) @StL

      RB
      Maurice Jones-Drew (Jac – RB) @NYJ Sun

      RB
      Tim Hightower (Ari – RB) Sea

      TE
      Brent Celek (Phi – TE) @SD

      K
      Dan Carpenter (Mia – K) TB

      DEF (Minnesota) Det

      Bench

      Santonio Holmes (Pit – WR) Cin

      Devery Henderson (NO – WR) @StL

      Darren Sproles (SD – RB) Phi

      Kevin Smith
      (Det – RB) @Min

      Antonio Gates (SD – TE)

      Who should I start and who should I drop from my team, I have some decent FA available, Floyd for SD, Betts for Wash, Maroney for NE and some others. Your help is appreciated!!

      • Brandon 2:37 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Henderson over Meachem and Gates over Celek this week. As for dropping anyone, I’d stick with what you got.

        • Porter 4:00 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Gates over Celek..Really?? IDK, I can go Henderson over Meachem, but why Gates, he had two huge drops against NY and Celek has been $$ last two weeks.

        • Brandon 4:10 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Celek has only been money the past two weeks because he’s found the endzone in each. Even with his dropped passes, Antonio Gates isn’t going to be ignored when the Chargers get in the redzone. The Eagles are the second worst team in the league when it comes to points allowed to the tight end position.

        • Porter 4:16 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          OK, and you think Henderson and Burleson over Holmes at WR?

        • Brandon 5:25 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, they have better match-ups.

    • Jojo 12:05 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Housh or B. Edwards this week??

      • Brandon 2:33 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Braylon Edwards is a higher risk, but higher reward play this week against the Jaguars. Go with him and hope he catches a touchdown.

        • Squish 10:21 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I agree, I just can’t trust any Seattle WR against Arizona this week after their outing last time against them.

    • Luke 12:39 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, Ochocinco or Greg Jennings this week?? Ocho didnt do much against the steelers in week 3 but then Jennings hasnt done much all season! What do you think? Its PPR league. thanks

      • Brandon 2:35 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Tough one there, as you’d like to get both of them into your line-up. I’m leaning towards Chad Ochocinco though to avenge himself against the Steelers this time.

      • Squish 10:20 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        In a ppr league I’d have to go with Jennings. Jennings is historically very good against Dallas and has averaged almost 20 points per game in his 2 outings against them. The Ocho is averaged only about 14 points per game against the Steelers in his last 4 against them. He plays particularly poorly against them on the road so I wouldn’t look for him to have too big a day this week @ PIT.

    • LT 8:00 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon! Mr. Andre Johnson is on bye… who should I start, Devery Henderson or Austin Collie? My other wide is Reggie Wayne…

      • Squish 10:06 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Henderson straight up but I do think Collie will have a far bigger role in the game than he will. The only thing knocking Henderson above Collie is the fact that Collie has an injury of sorts from last week. It may be healed already but I’ll still take Henderson over him for that reason.

      • Brandon 9:59 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Henderson this week, who has a great match-up with the Rams and should get a few looks on deep routes from Drew Brees.

    • MattyIce02 9:17 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      need help…who should I start in my OP this week…Matt Forte or hope Kyle Orton rebounds??? Also, should I go with the Saints @ STL. or Vikings vs. DET for defense???

      • Squish 10:02 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If the scoring is standard, Orton should be a better play than Forte this week. Forte has a better matchup but QBs are always good for more points since their chance of scoring TDs is much higher.

        As for the defense, it’s really a toss up. I personally like the Saints. they aren’t the best in ground defense but they should be ahead all day forcing a horrible STL passing offense to be very active all day. The Vikings are a good play too but their passing defense scares me. Sure they won’t allow much on the ground but how much will Detroit really be running the ball? I’d say NO is your best bet this week. They may not get many sacks but they get turnovers like nobody else and almost 3rd of their TOs go for TDs. I like their chances.

        • MattyIce02 11:17 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          thanks squish…the scoring is standard by the way, I feel like Forte has a tough matchup with the niners (which is why I’m undecided) but I feel like the Broncos will run..run…run….all day not giving Orton many attempts?? what do you think…still go with Orton??

        • Squish 11:49 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’d say yes. In standard scoring, Orton is predicted to have slightly more points and I think everyone can agree that he has a much bigger upside simply from being a QB. On the other hand, Forte faces a top 5 rush defense and Chicago has more or less become a passing team.

          I like Orton more because his defense should get him more chances to score TDs. Even if they run a lot, I still think he’ll get more red zone chances than Chicago will have against SF. Chicago’s defense on the other hand is shoddy at best right now. I have them losing that game which doesn’t bode well for Forte since Chicago will likely be down all game.

          It’s really up to you. The projected scoring for the two players is about the same. It’s just my personal rule to play a QB in a flex when you can even if that QB has a horrible matchup. In one league I’ll be playing Alex Smith over Tomlinson this week. I’ve done similar things all year and am leading the league in scoring. But that’s just my rule. You can do what you want. I don’t think it will make too big a difference (in this situation) either way.

      • Brandon 10:32 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have to agree with Squish here on the Orton/Forte debate. I don’t think the Broncos offense is good enough to get them into a position where they can completely abandon the pass. Orton will throw plenty and should get a touchdown or two (hopefully to my boy Brandon Marshall!)

        As for your defense, both are great plays. I like the Saints this week though against Marc Bulger and the Rams, who are almost guaranteed to throw a pick or two against New Orleans. If they can take one back to the house, all the better!

        • Mattyice02 11:08 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks..Squish/Brandon, Orton it is

    • Ryan 11:14 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who should I start at TE this week. Jeremy shockey or Winslow. I am worried that shockey is playing a easy team and they may not air it to much. Winslow on the other hand is a roller coaster. Shockey the safer play?

      • Ryan 11:21 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Oh yeah one more question. Would you play Chargers defense or the titans defense this week? Seems to me the Titans have a easy opponent in the bills. The chargers play the eagles. What do you think?

        • Brandon 10:36 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Go with Shockey and the Titans. If you’re worried about the Saints running the ball a lot, just remember, they have to score a few touchdowns first (most likely through the passing game) before feeling safe and switching to the PT Cruiser and the running game.

      • Squish 11:54 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Shockey is definitely the safer play. Wait another game to see how Freeman plays before you put your trust completely in Winslow.

        I’ve got to go with Tennessee for your defense. Like you said, they have a far better matchup. They also have gotten some key players back recently and should hit their real form in a week or two. The Chargers are facing an Eagle’s offense that is really starting to hit its stride. Play the Titans defense for sure!

        • ryan 4:17 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Ok I will toss another question in here. Should I trade winslow for maclin. My other WR’s are randy moss, wallace, and cotchery. I am working on a rb but it does not look like that is going to happen. Would you make this trade winslow for maclin?????

        • Brandon 10:27 am on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          This trade seems pretty fair, just to provide you with some depth at the WR position. You start three receivers and only have three on your roster?

    • ryan 10:37 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I actually start only 2 usually. Randy moss or wallace/cotchery. I start 3 rbs in Frank Gore, mendehall, and addai. I will put one WR incase of a bye or something.

    • mike 1:05 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hopefully someones still here helping… got a confused WR slot im trying to fill. It literally comes down to me playing devery henderson or mike wallace…with my other WR being larry Fitz… any help would be nice…. i could also put in braylon edwards in the WR role.

      now for QB, I have Matt Cassel, Matt Ryan and Kyle Orton and they all seem strong…though i do seem to be leaning to start Matt Cassel over the other two.

      Thanks for anything even though its a little late on the notice

      • Brandon 1:27 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Mike, at wide receiver I’d go with Devery Henderson, who has a much better match-up and has been solid the past few weeks.

        At quarterback, I’m not high on any of those guys this week, but if I had to pick one, I’d go with Matt Ryan, with Roddy White scheduled to start and provide a big target for him. Good luck!

        • mike 1:40 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          yeah im not high on any of those QBs either but if life gives you lemonade…..

        • Mike 2:38 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          guess going with Orton wouldnt have been too bad of an idea…lol

  • Matt 12:33 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink
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    We'd be able to announce the winner of the $50 NFL.com gift card contest today … 

    We’d be able to announce the winner of the $50 NFL.com gift card contest today if it weren’t for the two folks who picked Ben Roethlisberger (nobody picked Orton, which is shocking, simply shocking). Thanks a lot guys! 😉 Buy hey, maybe you’re right and Big Ben will be too much for the usually-stifling Denver D.

    If Ben doesn’t have a huge game, the winner will be randomly selected from the four contestants who picked Kurt Warner, who went from five INTs last week to five touchdowns (and zero picks) this week. Pretty embarrassing for the Chicago D, but a very nice pick by the four of you who were willing to give him a shot at redemption.

     
    • Adam 9:04 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for running the contest. Will you guys give the stats of how many picks each QB got?

      • Matt 9:58 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yep! I’ll be putting the breakdown up tomorrow along with the winner.

  • Brandon 9:45 am on November 9, 2009 Permalink
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    Team of the Week – Week 9: Tampa Bay wins a game…and is the top defense of the week? 

    Here is the fantasy football “Team of the Week” for week nine, listing the players that scored the most points (using standard scoring) over the course of Sunday’s games. Overall, it was the big names that put up big numbers this week, but we had a few wildcards. Greg Olsen finally made an appearance this week with his three touchdowns, but it was the Tampa Bay defense that was the biggest surprise. You have to feel bad for Packers fans at this point, after losing to Favre twice and giving the Bucs their first win of the season…

    Pos.

    Player

    Stats

    QB Kurt Warner (ARI) 261 passing yards, 3 rushing yards, 5 TD
    RB Michael Turner (ATL) 166 rushing yards, 14 receiving yards, 2 TD
    RB Chris Johnson (TEN) 135 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards, 2 TD
    WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) 123 receiving yards, 2 TD
    WR Randy Moss (NE) 147 receiving yards, 1 TD, 1 two-pt conversion
    WR Mike Sims-Walker (JAX) 147 receiving yards, 1 TD
    TE Greg Olsen (CHI) 71 receiving yards, 3 TD
    K Stephen Gostkowski (NE) Kicks – 20-29 (0), 30-39 (3), 40-49 (1), PAT (1)
    DEF Tampa Bay (?!) 28 points allowed, 6 sack, 3 interceptions, 0 fumble recoveries, 2 TD, 1 blocked kick, thousands of depressed Packers fans
     
    • Javier 3:20 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Early thoughts on Chris Chambers? Is he really a threat to Bowe’s fantasy value? They pretty much had the same numbers except for (ahem) 2 TDs…

      • Brandon 5:46 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t think he’s a direct threat to Bowe and if anything, should help him by taking some of the defense’s focus off him. Chambers did great this past weekend, but like Braylon Edwards in New York, he could put up a few stinkers once defenses have a little game tape to look at. As I mention in The Wire this week though, keep an eye on him and see if Matt Cassel takes a liking to him.

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