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  • Matt 7:04 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink

    While most of the questions submitted to Ask the Geeks are related to waiver pickups and trades, don’t forget that we’re also more than happy to give our two cents on some of the stickier issues that come up over the course of a fantasy football season, such as commissioner rulings, questionable trades, and disputes over league rules. If you want real, fee-for-service arbitration, try the SportsJudge, but if you just want a third party to weigh in on a tough call, Ask the Geeks!

    • Mal 9:48 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ah I forgot about the Thursday game! I’m not affected HOWEVER it makes sense why my Jacobs-Forte trade was accepted (the 24 hours would allow for Forte to be still in his team for the game) although i’m not sure if that’s a bad thing. I know you guys did recommend keeping Jacobs, but splitting carries with Bradshaw is a killer + it is becoming more and more apparent that they are going to Bradshaw for the goal line carries- at least Forte is a definite.

      RB: Betts or Cad Williams? (Jacobs on bye)


      • Mal 5:11 am on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Forte Jacobs is going to the commisioner- do you think it will get approved?

      • Rob 2:28 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        i feel like i have to pick between poop but i need to pick the best of poop here…..i’ve got mike wallace, shonn green, larence maroney, jeremy maclin, reggie bush, jamal charles…i need to pick three of them…any advice? thanks

        • sal 3:11 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          i would go with – mac attack, bush, and maroney against a bad run D

        • Squish 6:37 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I like Maroney, Bush, and Charles this week better than any of the WRs. They all have great matchups and should have considerably more consistent scoring than Maclin and Wallace.

  • Brandon 4:13 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 10: Thursday Night Football Edition 

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, make sure to check your rosters before the game tonight so that you don’t get screwed with a starter on your bench (or even worse if there are leagues out there that lock rosters after the first game of the week starts!) Anyways, I wanted to get this post out with time to spare before game-time tonight in case any of the 49ers or Bears players made the list. Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week ten, 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!) (More …)

    • Matt 4:20 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      One note of caution on Favre – the groin injury I discuss here.

      • Brandon 4:25 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        All reports I’ve seen say he should be fine, but it’s always a good idea to watch these situations all the way until game day.

        • Amir 4:30 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          hes good to play — active game streak — unless his arm or leg actually fell off hell play — come on boys your better than that!

        • Matt 4:39 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          My fear isn’t that he won’t play, it’s that he’ll do exactly what he did last year – play through an injury that slowly ruins his performance.

      • Colin 8:48 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        So I have both Brett Favre and Tom Brady on my FF team. Farve looks like the better match-up this week but Im worried that the Vikings will stomp all over the Lions early thus taking Farve out of the game early. Brady will be playing all game but a very tough game…. What should I do?!

        • Squish 9:16 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Go with Brady. Why waste one of your studs? Favre may have performed well so far but there is no way he can be deemed on the level of Brady. You know Brady will toss a few tDs no matter who he’s playing so play him for sure.

    • Anthony 5:47 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Which 2 WRs should I start, Mike Sims Walker, Devin Hester, Santana Moss, or Robert Meachem?

      • Brandon 5:50 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although Sims-Walker has a tough match-up, go with him and Devin Hester. Moss made my “Miss” list this week and Meachem is too risky.

        • Squish 8:04 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Agreed. If Hester can still play the way he did last week injured then he’s a legitimate fantasy WR now. I learned the consequences of benching MSW last week. Don’t make yourself go through that Anthony.

    • Jonathan 8:27 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      In a debacle this week. Should I start: Which one?

      Austin Collie-Colts WR vs. New England
      Devery Henderson-Saints WR vs. Rams

      • Brandon 10:03 am on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Henderson for sure. Better match-up and he’s been solid the past few games.

    • Scotty 5:11 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon, I’m in a PPR leauge & I’m wondering who I should start: Kevin Smith vs. Minn or Lesean McCoy vs. SD? Minn def is stout & will be rested coming off a bye; however, Smith will undoubtedly get the lion’s share of touches (& he performed ok against Minn earlier this season). Whereas McCoy has an easier matchup, he will be sharing time with Westbrook, according to Andy Reid. What do you think?

      • Brandon 5:31 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Even with Kevin Smith getting “the lion’s share” (pun intended), I still like LeSean McCoy against a suspect Chargers run defense. There’s still a chance Brian Westbrook doesn’t play, so McCoy would be a definite start in that case.

    • Jojo 6:38 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      OK. I have Cutler and only him…moment of silence please. On the waiver my choices are limited moving forward. Sanchez, Freeman, T. Edwards, and J. Campbell. Which one is the best pick moving forward for possible matchup play??

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

        Let’s not go too crazy on thinking Jay Cutler is a lost cause…just two games ago he threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns against the Cardinals (although a lot was in garbage time I guess.) Either way, none of those QB’s you’ve listed strike my fancy, but if I had to pick any of them right now I’d say Mark Sanchez. Josh Freeman is a wildcard though. Watch him over the next game or so and see what kind of numbers he puts up.

    • Ken 1:25 am on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Normally a no brainer but seeing the numbers guys like Randy moss and Andre Johnson put up against the jets I’m worried about starting simswalker.

      You like msw or breaston better this week? I’m leaning tiwards breaston but a second opinion always helps.


      • Squish 7:08 am on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I can answer the question for everyone on this board I think. Brandon and Mike will definitely say go with MSW despite his poor matchup. I am more or less in agreement with them. But, I will go out on a limb and say that if Boldin is out this week, Breaston should be the better play this week for sure.

    • Ken 9:23 am on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks squish. Yea, I mean the cardinals usually score well against seatle and breaston pulled in 17 points in my ppr league last time. But i got this nagging feeling that’s not going to happen again. I think seatle’s def is gonna step up a bit this week.

      But man, the only time I saw Revis eff up was his booboo against ted ginn in miami’s Jet’s first match. Otherwise he’s shut down every receiver, and I doubt MSW is gonna be amy dif. So its a tough call.

      • Brandon 1:29 pm on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, Squish called me out I guess…and he’s right. Although Sims-Walker’s good games this season have all come at the expense of less-than-spectacular defenses, I can’t recommend you bench him for the likes of Steve Breaston. I’m not necessarily a “never bench your start player” kind of guy, but in this case, I wouldn’t bench your star guy. πŸ™‚

    • Jojo 2:52 pm on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If D. Williams is out this weekend, who is the better play J. Stewart or Mendenhall?

      • Squish 12:05 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If Williams is out I think Mendenthal is the better option. Carolina is facing a reasonable defense and Stewart really hasn’t looked good all season plus he’s been on the injury list for a majority of it. Mendenthal is clearly now the primary carrier in PIT and they’ll use him plenty against a Cincinatti team who’s DL is still hurting from the loss of Odom. Look for Pittsburgh’s OL to establish themselves early and often. Even if Mendenthal doesn’t get a big load of carries, he’ll do plenty with what he does get. I think you can count on at least a couple long runs by him and like a TD or two.

      • Brandon 11:26 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have to disagree with Squish here. If DeAngelo Williams is out, Stewart makes a great play against the Falcons. Minus his last game (against a tough Saints defense), he was running the ball pretty well and the last time he played the Falcons, he had a 7.2 ypc average on nine carries. I’d go with Stewart (IF DeAngelo Williams is out that is :-))

    • Brian 1:24 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon,
      I’ve been waffling back and forth (just call me Favre) about which QB to start. I’ve got Flacco with a great matchup or the always consistent Rivers with a not so great matchup against Philly. What do you think?

      • Squish 1:46 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Rivers this week better than Flacco despite the matchup differences. All my most accurate sources have Rivers slightly ahead as well. The going consensus is that Baltimore won’t have to pass much against the Browns and because of that the great passing game matchup is more or less superficial. Rivers on the other hand will likely have to pass often in the competitive game he’s playing in and thus should accrue more fantasy points.

      • Brandon 11:28 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Squish on this one. There are very few match-ups now where you would start Flacco over Rivers. Rivers’ upside is just too high with the weapons he has at his disposal.

        • Brian 12:57 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thank you both of you. Well articulated and sound reasoning. Looks like i’m going with Rivers!

  • Brandon 11:20 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink

    Ask the Geeks – Week 10: Running back questions galore! 

    With the first game of the week less than 12 hours away, I figured it was time to put up our first Ask the Geeks post for week ten. 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.

    David asks…

    I’m doing well in my league right now but I made a pretty big mistake early in the season, trading Addai, and others, for an injured McFadden, and others. I dropped McFadden but picked him up off waivers last week. With Jacobs out this week on bye, I need a second RB, and my other options include Buckhalter and Donald Brown. (I have MJD as my RB1). I’m in first place in my league, so no hope for a waiver pick-up and I’m not willing to trade anyone decent away at this point. My gut says that McFadden will have a decent RB2 game against KC. What do you think? Many thanks for the great site.

    (More …)

    • Robb 12:25 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great site. Very informative stuff. This is a make or break week for me in my league. It’s a non-PPR 12-team league. I have a few position questions for you.

      WR – Start 2 – I have Reggie Wayne, Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Breaston, & Roy Williams. Who to start?

      RB – Start 2 – I am starting Forte (By default). Who should be the other starter? I have Kevin Smith, Julius Jones, Kolby Smith, Correll Buckhalter.

      WR/RB – Start 1. Whoever is not starting from any above, who should be the flex option?

      Thank you!

      • b @ 12stepdrop.com 12:44 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would be worried about Sims-Walker this week. Just look up Colston, A Johnson and Moss’s numbers against the Jets …



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

        WR – No question about this one… Wayne and MSW are every-week WR1s while Breaston and Williams are more like low-end WR2s.

        RB – I’m benching Kevin Smith this week; he’s been a huge disappointment and I’m only planning on using him once or twice over the rest of the season (definitely against Cleveland but that’s the only sure thing) unless something changes. I think Julius Jones’ skills as a receiver will be put to good use by the Seahawks quite often this week, making him a sneaky play despite the very solid Arizona rush defense.

        • b @ 12stepdrop.com 5:41 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Jamey Eisenberg @ CBSSports just called MSW his sit of the week. Breaston (with Boldin back) and Williams are very iffy candidates for replacement though. Just temper your expectations with an MSW start …


        • Squish 8:22 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          The Geeks have had a huge MSW crush for awhile now but if I had listened to them last week about him I would have won an extra 2 games.

          I’m a bit more tempered. I like to look at about 12 sources before I make a decision. To be perfectly honest, CBS is not a reliable source especially on WRs. They are useful mainly for QB and Kicker advice. I normally can’t argue with Yahoo but they have had one of the most accurate WR rankings/advice the last two years and are the single most accurate source this year at the position (thought they blow at all others).

          That being said, your/their caution on MSW is well placed. Many of my sources have knocked him down a couple notches too. Yahoo, who normally loves him has him down at the 28th ranked WR this week. FFbreakdown has him at 28th too as do several other sources. I can’t find one where he is ranked better than 20th at WR.

          Whether he performs better than his projections is TBD but either way, he’s still the best start in this case as b said since the other two WRs simply aren’t on the same level. Breaston and Williams are ranked 3-15 spots behind him on the accurate sites. But like b said, definitely temper your expectations. With Revis covering him, I’d be surprised to see him cross the 60 yard mark. He’s held AJ, R. Moss, and Colston to just over 30 yards each. He may be the best shutdown CB in the NFL this year.

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

          It’ll be an interesting clash of two newborn titans, that’s for sure. While Revis has been impressive this season and I don’t dispute that he’s already one of the best in the game, the sample size is pretty small in terms of top-flight WR talent he’s faced so far. The A. Johnson, Moss and Colston takedowns were impressive to be sure, but since then he’s had four straight games against offenses that can’t throw the ball (MIA, BUF, OAK, MIA), which has given coaches and players like MSW plenty of time to study tape on him.

          That said – point taken. I do tend to lean pretty heavily on my mantra of start your stars, and this is one of those exceptional situations where that philosophy may be called into question. I still would start MSW over Breaston or Williams, but it’s not as much of a no-brainer as I said earlier.

      • Squish 8:28 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Woops! Forgot the rest of the question! For RB, I’d definitely go with Smith. I’d say go with Buckhalter for your Flex. Denver will likely be on the ground a lot against Washington enough so that both Buckhalter and Moreno should both have productive games.

        • Robb 11:48 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I fear Revis. He’s such a beast but I really have no other option at WR. Roy Williams and Forte have let me down this year immensely. It seems that people are mixed about Kevin Smith. As a former UCF alumni, it pains me to say he has disappointed. Forte is playing well in the receiving game tonight against the 49ers, which could be a good sign in the future! Thanks for the help everyone.

    • Amir 12:38 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I would start –Wayne, MSW, Roy Williams, Forte and K Smith

      • Robb 1:39 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think I have to start Kev. Smith. Julius only gained 5 yards total against Arizona in their last match-up and the other two are not even starters (even though Buckhalter started against the Steelers).

        You think Roy will continue his production from last week going forward?

    • Lindsay 1:44 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for all the awesome info. I come here each week to get insight on my team. This is my first year playing ff since my bros sort of forced me into it…Don’t get me wrong, I love football, but I definitely don’t know enough about all the different players yet. I am learning for sure. Anyway, used your picks last week, except for a sudden gut feeling to switch out Portis for Moats at the very last second which payed off since he got a concussion in the first quarter…lucky break I guess…so I won my matchup and am back to 3rd place in a 10 team league. So I need some help again this week. I am really lacking with WRs and RBs. Need 3 WRs and 2RBs and a flex…here are the options…

      WRs…Colston, Collie, Evans, Knox, and Floyd
      RBs…Forte, R. Williams, Buckhalter, L. Betts

      on waivers…Mcfadden, Fargas, Choice, Faulk
      Mark Clayton, N. Washington, Bennet…if any of these would be better!

      Also for my defense I had been using GB, but dropped them and should I pick up ATL, TEN, ARI?

      I am thinking QB Romo over Orton for sure and Celek is my current TE.

      Thanks for all the help!!!

      • Robb 1:57 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome to the world of fantasy football! I’d start..

        WR – Colston, Collie, and Floyd
        RB – Forte and Ricky Williams (terrible Tampa run defense)
        Flex – Buckhalter. He is involved in the passing game and still gets touches.
        DEF – I’d go with either TEN or ARI. TEN is playing BUF, who has no offense. Arizona is one of the best teams in stopping the run and might be a good source of sacks this and INTs this week against the Seahawks.

        For a waiver claim, think about Kolby Smith from KC. I know KC is a black hole for offense but he could be the starter soon and KC is playing better. Also, think about Sammy Morris from NE (if someone dropped him early). He will return from injury soon.

        Good luck!

        • Lindsay 3:43 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks so much for the input…I really feel at a loss this week for who to play, although I normally do this anyway…go back and forth. Regularly though I would have Smith(nyg) to put in my WR slot, but he is on bye. My concerns are that Floyd is playing PHI and I am not sure if he can get it done. Not that Evans or Know can get it done any better, but really who will pull the biggest number for me? My opponent pulled 202 pts. last week and I am scared. I beat him the last time we had a matchup, but this week my options are more limited…AHHHH!! I hate this. I am too competitive and who likes to loss?

      • Squish 8:40 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        For WR I’d definitely go with Colston and Collie. For the third spot I suggest you take a flier. My most trusted source has Lee Evans ranked ahead of all your Wrs but Colston and for good reason. TO is likely going to be hampered if not out in their game and Edwards is likely to start at this point. Edwards favorite target has always been Evans and it’s more than likely that relationship will establish itself again.

        At RB I agree with Robb. At Flex however, I’d consider grabbing Fargas and dropping Knox, then playing Fargas this week at flex. He’s the primary carrier in Oakland until McFadden gets comfortable again. I like him better than Buckhalter this week.

        At defense, I’ve been totting Arizona all week because of their success against Seattle earlier in the season. That being said, I think Atlanta is the safe play this week.

    • sal 2:05 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i am screwed at RB, but somehow still in first place – I am starting DeAngelo Williams – who should start with him? the running back formerly known as “fast” willie or Run DMC (McFadden)?- Moats is on a BYE and I’m waiting to see if LJ lands anywhere worthwhile…thanks for the assistance πŸ™‚

      • Matt 4:18 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You aren’t all that screwed at RB if you’ve got DeAngelo Williams. πŸ™‚ As for your other options – yikes. Nobody useful on the waiver wire, huh? Willie’s useless. McFadden’s a huge gamble. Take the gamble.

      • Squish 8:45 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow! There is honestly nobody better on your waiver wire?! What is this a rapiddraft team? All of these guys are better starts this week and may be available:

        Justin Fargas vs. KC
        Jamaal Charles at OAK
        Mike Bell at STL
        Kolby Smith at OAK
        Correll Buckhalter at WAS
        Jamal Lewis vs. BAL
        Felix Jones at GB
        Derrick Ward at MIA
        Carnell Williams at MIA
        Rock Cartwright vs. DEN
        Darren Sproles vs. PHI
        Tashard Choice at GB
        Chester Taylor vs. DET

        If you absolutely have to, go with Run DMC.

    • Shirley 2:39 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If DMC is active on Sunday, then I’d go with him. I think Parker’s like third string on the Steelers now? I think I read that he had no touches and Mewelde Moore had a couple but the majority went to Mendenhall. Any other guys on the waiver wire?

      • sal 2:41 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        12 team league – slim pickings :/ cuz I’m in 1st – waiver is practically out of the question

    • Matt 3:28 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Just got my responses in there as well.

    • sal 7:38 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for the help guys

    • Anthony 2:14 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need help with a trade proposal. I have Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers as QB and Miles Austin, Donald Driver, Steve Smith, Austin Collie and Dwayne Bowe as WR’s. Should I trade Aaron Rogers and Steve Smith and get Matt Hasselbeck and Larry Fitz to prepare for the playoffs??

      • Brandon 4:25 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like this trade a lot actually. You’re giving up a quarterback you would have benched all year anyways (unless *knock on wood* Brady got hurt) and getting a huge upgrade at the WR position. Go for it!

    • Brendan 9:40 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need help. I’m sitting MSW this week but have to choose his replacement from my bench: Steve Breaston or Austin Collie. Anyone have any thoughts on his descision? Much appreciated.

      • Brandon 11:18 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think I commented on a similar situation on another post, but I still don’t recommend benching Sims-Walker. It looks like Anquan Boldin will play, meaning Breaston becomes the third option on the team. Collie has a tough match-up with the Patriots. If you definitely plan to sit MSW though, go with Steve Breaston, who gets a bunch of looks as his team throws the ball a ton.

    • Greg 12:44 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My weekly problem it seems: Brian Westbrook. I have to make my decision by 11AM central. I won’t have access after that. Do I play Westbrook, McCoy, or Beanie Wells? It looks like Westbrook will play as of now, so I imagine the choice is between him and Wells.

      • Brandon 1:18 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        With Westbrook scheduled to start, you have to go with him and hope he doesn’t reinjure himself. Good luck!

        • Greg 1:37 pm on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thamks. I did that. Your comment was prescient. Now it looks like he’s gone for the year. Go figure. It didn’t matter anyway. As usual, I drew the top scoring opponent.

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

          Wow, I need to be careful what I say I guess! At least you know LeSean McCoy is the guy to go with each week now if Westbrook takes some time off.

  • Brandon 10:41 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink  

    There's a football game tonight! 

    In case you weren’t aware, the Bears will head to San Francisco to play the 49ers in some Thursday Night Football action tonight. Keep this in mind, as you’ll want to make sure any Bears or 49ers players on your roster are either in or out (depending on who) of your line-up so you don’t get screwed over!

    • Matt 10:45 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Good call. I’m sure this is going to catch a lot of fantasy footballers with their pants down.

      • Squish 9:14 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        This post single handedly saved two of my Yahoo pick-em teams. I really appreciate it! Now to wait 10 more minutes to tell my opponents…

        • Brandon 10:05 am on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, nice! Glad it helped at least one person out there. However, I wish I would have benched Jay Cutler after realizing he was playing (even if his match-up on paper seemed alright!)

        • Matt 10:16 am on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I for one am glad you started Cutler. This week’s FFGeekBlogger smackdown in our League of Champions:

          Brandon: Cutler, Derrick Mason, Ochocinco, Randy Moss, Frank Gore, Shonn Greene, Kellen Winslow, Nate Kaeding, Miami.
          Matt: McNabb, Miles Austin, Houshmanzilly, Crabtree, Tim Hightower, Steven Jackson, Greg Olsen, Dan Carpenter, Denver.

          I feel the need to point out that Andre Johnson is on a bye for my team. Still, should be a pretty even matchup.

        • Brandon 10:33 am on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Luckily Crabtree and Olsen didn’t play out of their minds and Frank Gore had a good enough game that if I average he and Cutler’s scores, it equals a crappy-to-moderate performance from each. I’m just hoping for another breakout performance from Shonn Greene to carry me to victory…

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