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  • Matt 8:53 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink
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    ESPN Fantasy Focus and Stephania Bell: My two favorite discoveries this season 

    I’ve got to credit both of these finds to my iPhone – more specifically, the fantastic (and free) Stitcher Radio app, which has a fantasy football channel. This is how I first encountered the ESPN Fantasy Focus podcast, which has become a regular companion on my dog’s nightly after-dinner walk.

    focusFootball_v2_300Hosted by Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz, Fantasy Focus is great once you get past the obligatory five-minute warm-up, which generally consists of personal anecdotes you won’t care about and jokes you won’t laugh at (no matter how many times you repeat the line, “That is factually correct,” it still isn’t funny). Thankfully, Berry and Ravitz more than make up for it with their knowledge of and obvious love for fantasy football – I almost always learn something important that I didn’t know before, and their enthusiasm is contagious.

    A frequent guest on the show is Stephania Bell, an orthopedic clinical specialist and fantasy football geek whose blog is easily the most thorough resource for NFL player injury info. Definitely one to add to your feed reader.

    • Marques 11:25 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been listening to Fantasy Focus for the past 2 years and I totally agree that their enthusiasm and love for fantasy is quite infectious. Also when you combine Fantasy Focus with ESPN Football Today, you’ve pretty much got the NFL covered from reality and fantasy.

      • Matt 8:40 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That is factually correct.


    • e-roc 7:55 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in the wrong career path. I should have grown up aspiring to host a Fantasy Football TV show. Where did I go wrong??

      Thanks for the heads-up on Ms. Bell. RSS subscription added..

    • Terry 10:43 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve listen to several of their podcasts over the last few years but their good content to mixed in with way too much “entertainment” – I’ll follow your blog and you let me know what is important 🙂

  • Matt 8:11 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink

    Props to the Fantasy Football Librarian for donating all proceeds from the FFLibrarian Store from now through December to the American Cancer Society.

  • Brandon 4:39 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 12: Bottom of the Barrel 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week twelve. 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 Yahoo! leagues) in parenthesis. All I can say about the cast of characters on this week’s list is that hopefully you don’t have to rely on them too much…otherwise you’re in big trouble.

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    • rob 8:16 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey all: I am thinking about picking up kevin boss and dropping antonio gates. I am reading that the giants are going to keep looking toward the tight end more while it appears that the chargers are not. What do you think? rob

      • Matt 8:49 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I definitely wouldn’t drop a TE with 52 receptions for 709 yards in order to pick up one with 24 catches for 359 yards. Gates might only have two TDs, but Boss just has four. If defenses adjust and key in on Boss the way they often do on Gates, Eli’s just going to go to one of his many, many other options.

    • matt 8:59 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hey the news this week out of detroit doesn’t look well, who should i start this week, Megatron vs. GB or Housh vs STL?

      • Brandon 9:11 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If Calvin Johnson actually plays, then I’d go with him, even with Daunte Culpepper likely to start. However, it looks like Johnson won’t be playing either at the moment, making your decision a bit easier 🙂

        • Squish 10:20 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I swear that these questions start coming in earlier and earlier every week. At what point can we just say “It’s too early to tell”.

    • Natalie 12:03 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Here is my team and it needs help! Don’t have WR stars and it’s killing me every week against others who are stacked. Any advice? Meachem is available, Jason Avant, but that’s about it. Who should l hold onto, get rid of, pick up? Snelling is available and tempting to pick up, but I think I am ok with RB’s. PPR in my league and we are only allowed to start 2 RB’s and 3 WR’s. (R)= Reserve

      B Jacobs
      R Williams
      B Scott (R)
      A Collie
      D Driver
      S Breaston
      E Bennett (R)
      N Washington (R)
      D Clark
      T Heap (R)
      S Gostkowski
      R Longwell (R)
      Packers DST

    • Natalie 12:05 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      BTW- Peyton Manning is my QB (I didn’t see him listed)

      • Brandon 4:03 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Feel free to ditch Earl Bennett and Nate Washington (especially with Vince Young at quarterback.) While Washington has found the endzone recently, his upside isn’t high enough to warrant the limited catches he gets each week. I’d actually drop Todd Heap as well so you could grab Meachem, Avant and Snelling (if only to keep other teams from getting him for the time being.)

        No other receivers off my waiver wire list is a free agent in your league? Coles, Wallace, Henderson, etc?

        • Natalie 4:57 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I had Coles in the draft and dropped him (dumb now I know) and someone else picked him up. Wallace is unavailable, but Henderson is available.

        • Natalie 4:58 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Oh, and which do you think most will try and pick up? I think Snelling so should I go for him first or get a receiver for sure?

        • Brandon 3:39 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Did your waivers already clear? Grab Snelling for sure if you have a chance and Henderson as well. You can drop Bennett and/or Washington for them.

    • Shirley 12:18 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Should I try to get Rock Cartwright or Bernard Scott?

      I have Ryan Moats on my bench on a team with Gore, Ricky Wiliams, Beanie Wells & Slaton. Since Moats didn’t do anything last night, I’d like to replace him with someone to compete with Wells and Slaton for the possible flex slot.
      Or should I also drop Wells so that I can get both Cartwright and Scott?

      • Shirley 1:13 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Oh and I just noticed that Justin Forsett is available. I’m thinking he should be at the top of my list? His next 3 games look pretty good (STL, SF, HOU).

        • Brandon 3:59 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hey Shirley, I’d keep Beanie Wells, since you know he’s going to see action every week. As for the other guys, Rock Cartwright will start for the Redskins for the rest of the year, as long as he’s healthy, so he’s probably the best add of the group. Justin Forsett and Bernard Scott both have good match-ups on the horizon, but it’s not quite clear what the status of Cedric Benson or Julius Jones are at this point. Keep on eye on the health of those two, as they would make excellent plays if they are named the starters. Long story short, if you need to make a waiver move, the safest is to drop Ryan Moats for Rock Cartwright, with your backup waiver claims being Bernard Scott and Justin Forsett.

    • Scotty 5:02 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon, should I start Lesean McCoy vs. WAS or Kevin Smith vs. GB (in a PPR League)?

      LeSean has an easier matchup & I feel as if Philly will build an early lead & feed him the rock! Smith catches more passes, & puts up decent #s in our PPR League. Everytime I bench Smith, he inevitably finds the endzone & puts up big #s. I realize Stafford & Megatron may be on the shelf, which would allow GB to load the box & key in on Smith. Do you see any reason to start Smith over McCoy?


      • Brandon 3:41 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I honestly have no reason to start him…although I’d prefer you could start someone other than LeSean McCoy instead! However, I’d definitely go with McCoy…if only so you don’t have to sit and stare at a bad score from Smith all the way until Sunday.

    • Natalie 7:07 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon: Here is my team now after waivers this morning. Unfortunately the guy that beat me last week ended up getting J. Snelling before I could grab him. 🙁

      With this lineup who would you start for RB’s and WR’s? I can have 2 RB’s and 3 WR’s starting. PPR league with 1 pt. for every 10 yrds. 5 pts for TD. RB’s are scored same way. Thanks for your help!

      P Manning QB
      Ricky Williams RB
      B Jacobs RB
      R Williams RB
      B Scott RB
      R. Meachem WR
      D. Henderson WR
      A Collie WR
      D Driver WR
      S Breaston WR
      J. Avant WR
      D Clark TE
      S Gostkowski K
      R Longwell K
      Packers DST

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      • Brandon 3:36 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Did you list Ricky Williams twice? Anyways, I’d go with Ricky Williams and Brandon Jacobs (with Ahmad Bradshaw out) for your running backs. At wide receiver, go with Devery Henderson, Donald Driver and Steve Breaston.

        • Natalie 5:09 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Brandon! Yes, I did list Ricky Williams twice, maybe in hope that he will give me another double digit showing like last week. Can’t beat 30 pts from one player! 🙂

    • Jo 12:23 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need one of these RBs..Mendenhall, P. Thomas, or J. Stewart?? And one WR..Housh(good matchup but he’s killing me), Meachem, B. Edwards, or Manningham? CIN D or DAL D? Thanks. Happy Turkey Day.

      • Brandon 3:32 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Mendenhall, Housh (just hope he gets one of his big yardage or touchdown games) and Cincinnati.

    • jago 1:28 am on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I am a little concerned with Mcnabb this week. I just picked up Alex Smith. Should I start him over Mcnabb. All common sense tells me no, but the way that the skins held him down last time, I am not sure

      • Brandon 7:54 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I know common sense (and a lot of other experts) tell you to go with McNabb, I’m leaning towards Alex Smith actually. The Jaguars defense is a heck of a lot worse than the Redskins at slowing down opposing quarterbacks and the last time McNabb faced Washington, he had one of his worst games of the season. I know the Eagles will throw a lot, but I’m thinking the 49ers will as well and Smith could be in for one of his three touchdown games.

    • Lindsay 2:40 am on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      SO I am concerned about all my positions this week. I have Romo as my QB and he has been seriously lacking the past 2 weeks. My B/U is Orton, but I don’t really want to play him either. I could pick up Hasselback or A. Smith?

      Also for receivers, I need 3, I have Colston, Smith (nyg), L. Evans, Collie, Meacham, Floyd, Bess…I can also get D. Avery of the FA list.
      For RBs I need 2…I have R. Williams(obvious), Forte, R. Cartwright…there isn’t anything on waivers or the FA list except J. Lewis, C. Taylor, K. Faulk and Buckhalter.
      I also need a flex option from the above names.
      I am in a PPR league, so that is the only consolation for Forte since he catches passes more than he runs!
      And for defense I had Arizona, but am looking to pick up another one…Atlanta or Seattle? THX a bunch!

      • Brandon 8:00 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry we didn’t get to this before the Thursday games Lindsay, but who did you end up playing? I’d start Rock Cartwright over Matt Forte if that is an option. At receiver, go with Marques Colston and Donnie Avery if you can get him still (I’m assuming you already played Steve Smith? For your flex spot, go with Matt Forte and hope he has another 8 catch, 120 yard performance to compliment his 30 yards or so he gets on the ground. For your defense, go with Seattle against Kyle Boller and the Rams for sure.

        • Lindsay 1:04 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          No problem…I know you guys are busy…Thx for the response though. I did end up playing ROmo and thankfully he did well. I also played Smith. I picked up Avery but couldn’t get him in my lineup in time, so hopefully both Meacham and Colston pull some good numbers, cause those are the other WRs I have in my lineup besides Smith. I also used Seattle, so we’ll see how that goes too. Thx

  • Brandon 8:52 am on November 23, 2009 Permalink

    Team of the Week – Week 11: Detroit Rock City! 

    Here is the fantasy football “Team of the Week” for week eleven, listing the players that scored the most points (using standard scoring) over the course of Sunday’s games. While last weekend’s Team of the Week featured the regulars (Brady, Chris Johnson, Peterson, Randy Moss, etc), this weekend featured some of the most unlikely performances of the season. You know the fantasy world has been turned on its head when the first name you read on this list is Matthew Stafford! Anyways, let’s get to the list…a list which contains players that were possibly on A) someone’s bench or B) free agency…




    QB Matthew Stafford (DET) 422 passing yards, 5 TD, 2 INT
    RB Ricky Williams (MIA) 119 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards, 3 TD
    RB Kevin Smith (DET) 45 rushing yards, 104 receiving yards, 1 TD
    WR Terrell Owens (BUF) 197 receiving yards, 1 TD
    WR Wes Welker (NE) 15 receptions, 192 receiving yards, 11 rushing yards, 0 TD
    WR Calvin Johnson (DET) 161 receiving yards, 1 TD
    TE Kevin Boss (NYG) 76 receiving yards, 2 TD
    K Billy Cundiff (BAL) Kicks – 20-29 (1), 30-39 (2), 40-49 (2), 50+ (0), PAT (0)
    DEF New England 14 points allowed, 2 sack, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
    • e-roc 10:49 am on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      *sigh* – I should have started Smith over McCoy. Cost me the win.

      • Brandon 11:04 am on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, tough one there. Hard to predict Smith would have over 100 yards receiving (and a touchdown!) On the ground, it tied for his third worst rushing performance of the season.

      • Brandon 12:04 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Didn’t realize until now that McCoy still had 99 yards and a score (but a fumble too.) Hard to complain too much about that performance from your RB2.

        • e-roc 1:30 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          No complaints except our league awards bonuses for exceeding 100 yards Ru. or Re… The other play that cost me was the Bengals DEF v. Chargers DEF.

      • Squish 1:00 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        All hail Wes Welker in PPR formats!

        Nailed my salary cap team this week with Ricky Williams, Mendenhal, S. Rice, V. Davis, and Cundiff with AJ and Schaub yet to play.

        • Matt 8:50 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I don’t think there’s any question now: The “problem with Brady” early in the season was simply the lack of Wes Welker’s services.

    • Squish 12:58 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      And Chris Johson, Matt Schaub and AJ have yet to play 😉

      • Shirley 1:33 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        A PPR league I’m in, I still have Chris Johnson to play and my opponent has Nate Washington. I’m already ahead by about 30 points. I should be all right. 🙂

        • Brandon 7:22 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In case you were wondering, the most likely situation in tonight’s game is Chris Johnson hurting himself on the first running play, fumbling the ball, then Matt Schaub throwing for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. At least that’s what I need to happen for me to win in one of my leagues! 🙂

    • Squish 1:04 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh and Ladell Betts, I hate you. Hello Rock Cartwright, the only decent remaining healthy RB on Washington’s team! I swear if he gets injured and Quinton Ganther plays the rest of the game next week I’m never playing another Redskin player in fantasy for the rest of my life!

      • Matt 5:35 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m putting in a claim for Rock Cartwright just because his name is completely awesome. Rock. Cartwright.

        • Brandon 7:24 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          If that were true, you would have obviously put in a waiver claim for Larod Stephens-Howling back in week eight when he had his first career touchdown…because his name is the most awesome.

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