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  • Brandon 9:32 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink
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    Yahoo! Fantasy Football app for iPhone updated for 2010 

    I was starting to get worried that my Yahoo! Fantasy Football app for my iPhone was going to say 2009 all season long, but thankfully they’ve finally released the 2010 update. Log into the App Store and download the update if you have an iPhone and use Yahoo! for your fantasy football leagues!

    • Chris 10:00 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Me too! Although I noticed that they claim to offer Alerts in this update but I don’t see a way to set them up…will probably show up when the season starts.

    • Marques 12:13 am on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My main league has been using Yahoo for 10 years now. I was getting worried they weren’t going to offer a decent app upgrade as well. Now all is well.

    • Wolf 5:58 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I still find the app to be lacking some of the data I like to see. I end up just logging in to the actual site from the web on the phone lol. Plus on game day I like using the Stat Tracker.

    • Greg 8:07 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you complete your draft from the app? I can’t be near a computer tomorrow, but i have the app.

      • Brandon 11:16 am on September 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oops, didn’t get to this one in time. Did you give the app a try for the draft? I’m thinking even if it did work, it wouldn’t be that user friendly. Let us know how it went if so though!

    • Leo 6:06 pm on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How is the yahoo fantasy football app for iphone 2010 working?

      • Brandon 6:23 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure if it was just me, but it wasn’t working at all!!! I could bring up the main screen, but none of my teams were listed so I couldn’t view any of the stats. I tried it about 20 times hoping it was just a temporary glitch, but no luck. Maybe tonight it’ll be working again…

    • Leo 5:03 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Had emailed yahoo support they say iphone app for FF 10′ will be working for today’s match..

    • Leo 7:50 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yahoo Fantasy Football Iphone App Rocks!! Its working 98% well…Woot !! Enjoy tonight with iphone app..

    • Vickie 1:08 pm on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I do not see any of my teams i have chosen for todays games. It just has a slider to view 6 videos … I am thinking it might work once the games end, but i would like to see my teams i have chosen … any one else having this same problem for the iphone??

  • Brandon 2:29 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , max komar, , ,   

    NFL leaders through week 3 (of the preseason) 

    Here are the leaders through the first three weeks of the preseason…which are the most important weeks. Week four could possibly jettison some 4th stringer up the ranks, but that shouldn’t impact your thoughts on him going into the fantasy football season. In terms of the numbers, you can see Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are already in mid-season form. Arian Foster Matt Forte and Ryan Mathews are showing that they may be the real deal as well and at this point, both make solid RB2’s to start the season. As for the receivers, the only guy worth drafting is a tight end…although Max Komar is a pretty cool name guys worth drafting are a tight end and MAYBE Jabar Gaffney…but even he’s a stretch.


    (Stats via NFL.com)

  • Matt 12:41 pm on August 29, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: marc colombo,   

    Keeper draft tonight 

    I’m in can’t-think-about-anything-else mode for the big event at 7pm tonight, the draft for our keeper league, which is now entering its fifth season. It takes time and effort to build up a mature keeper league with 12 dedicated participants, but it’s so worth it for the long-term strategic element keepers bring.

    Each team can keep up to three players, and you give up your pick in the round that’s two higher than the one the player was drafted in the previous year (so if the player was drafted/kept in the 8th round in 2009, you can sacrifice your 6th-round pick to keep him in 2010). If the player was undrafted, you give up your 12th-round pick to keep him. Brandon’s giving up his 2nd, 11th and 12th picks to keep Ray Rice, Mike Wallace and Jermichael Finley, while I’m giving up my 8th, 10th and 12th picks for Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Mike Sims-Walker. It’s obviously all about maximizing value by getting to draft your keepers much later in the draft than you’d be able to get them otherwise, and on that count I think we’ve both done pretty well here.

    In unrelated but kind of awesome news, a real live football player is following us on Twitter. Weird:

    • Squish 2:24 am on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I guess your blog is just that good. Eventually Ochocinco is going to start responding to your tweets 😉

      I’ve got a question for you guys. I just did an offline draft today for a 12 team money league I’m playing in this year and I was having some trouble figuring out where to pick some of the kick and punt returners. The scoring format is PPR and 4 points per passing TD. The return yards are worth 1 point for every 15 yards (which seems like a lot to me). The league starts 1QB/2RB/3WR/1Flex/1TE/1DEF/1K

      Anyway, I’m curious as to how far up the board someone like Cribbs or Harvin should be moved. Also someone like Royal, Hester, Sproles, Devin Thomas or even Bernard Scott who all have some kick return or punt return duties. For example, my custom cheatsheets had Cribbs ranked all the way at 12th Wr whereas in a normal format he likely wouldn’t be drafted. Is 12th off the board too high a price to pay for him in a return league? If not, what’s good value for him in a draft like mine?

      I already drafted but was wondering what you think. My team ended up like this:

      QB – Eli Manning/Palmer/McNabb (QB carousel baby!)
      RB – Rice/Best/Foster/Forsett/Scott (Young talent, at least two of them should be huge)
      WR – Wayne/White/Cribbs/Hester/Thomas (if Cribbs return value is the real deal I’m golden here)
      TE – Carlson/Gresham (I don’t want to talk about it…)
      DEF – BAL
      K – Didn’t draft one. Plenty of good ones still in free agency.

      Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts. In case you want to know, here’s the draft log to show where I ended up drafting everyone:

      1. (4) Ray Rice RB
      2. (21) Reggie Wayne WR
      3. (28) Roddy White WR
      4. (45) Jahvid Best RB
      5. (52) Arian Foster RB
      6. (69) Joshua Cribbs WR
      7. (76) Justin Forsett RB
      8. (93) Eli Manning QB
      9. (100) Carson Palmer QB
      10. (117) Devin Hester WR
      11. (124) Donovan McNabb QB
      12. (141) John Carlson TE
      13. (148) Baltimore DEF
      14. (165) Jermaine Gresham TE
      15. (172) Bernard Scott RB
      16. (189) Devin Thomas WR

      Thanks in advance!

    • Matt 1:56 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s definitely a whole lot of points per return yard. There were 11 players with over 1,000 return yards last year, so under your league’s system, each of those guys would have averaged more than 5 fantasy points per game just from return yardage (and not including return TDs) – nothing to sneeze at when you consider that some of the top kick returners were fantasy-relevant even with these points taken out of the mix (Fred Jackson, Percy Harvin, Jamaal Charles).

      Given the value this league puts on return yardage, you’re throwing value down the toilet if you don’t take it into consideration. I don’t think Cribbs was a bad pick at all where you took him.

      This looks like a fun team to own… high-risk, high-ceiling.

      • Eric 9:40 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Would like your honest opinion on one of my money league teams this year. We start 1 qb, 2 rb, 4 wr (no flex), 1 te, 1 def, 1 k. The top flight QB’s were pretty much gone by the time I got my 2nd pick (I was 1st overall). 10 team league.

        QB: Flacco, Ryan
        RB: Chris Johnson, Forte, Arian Foster, and LT
        WR: Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, Housh, Floyd, Louis Murphy, Davone Bess, and I also snagged Sidney Rice and Vincent Jackson for shits and giggles.
        TE: Gates
        Def/ST: Packers and Vikings
        K: Gostkowski

        Curious as to your overall assessment.

  • Matt 2:27 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink

    The power of the all-position cheat sheet 

    Most experienced fantasy football managers organize their cheat sheets like Brandon did here – separate rankings for each position. If you have a good understanding of the relative value of each position, it makes sense to keep things organized this way so you can quickly identify the best player at the position you’re hoping to fill in a given round.

    For newbies, however, a combined cheat sheet makes a lot more sense. A co-worker recently asked me for some advice before her first-ever fantasy draft, and I told her to keep it simple and just go by the CBS Top 200 Players list. I told her to simply cross off each player’s name when as they were called and take the highest-ranked player every round until the mid-way point, at which point she should start making sure she had enough players at each position. She promised to “stick the the sheet” as closely as possible.

    Here’s the squad she wound up with in her ten-team league with many experienced fantasy footballers (and a few other novices). I envy this team. Deeply.

    She had the first overall pick. The round each player was taken in is indicated in parentheses.


    Matt Schaub (4)
    Alex Smith (12)


    Chris Johnson (1)
    DeAngelo Williams (2)
    Cedric Benson (3)
    Cadillac Williams (5)


    Miles Austin (6)
    Steve Smith (7)
    Sidney Rice (8)*
    Donald Driver (9)


    Visanthe Shiancoe (10)
    Zach Miller (11)


    Cowboys (13)
    Patriots (14)


    Lawrence Tynes (15)

    * Draft was done before the extent of his health issues were known.

    Now obviously she’s got some concerns at WR with Rice’s situation, but aside from that – did she own this joint or what? I give her tons of credit for sticking to the sheet and drafting RB-RB-RB right off the bat, which was probably pretty nervewracking.

    • Shirley 4:45 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing team, especially all the RBs.

    • Steve 11:44 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Who did she draft with that let Miles Austin fall to round 6. Insanity. But seriously…a great team.

    • Mal 8:16 am on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Guys, good to be back in the swing, got my draft order today so lately no questions just reading.

      Q1- I’m 8th- was thinking RB, QB ?
      Q2 – What is VJax’s value? Chargers or not he is a beast?
      Q3 – Which RBs are threatened by their backups the most? One reason I don’t like Deangelo being so high?
      Q4 – Saw Matthews go at #8 on an NFL.com draft, thoughts?

      Thoughts on it all? I’m going to edit Brandons sheet for my draft on the 4th so thanks for that. SPREAD IT ON!

      • Matt 8:55 am on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t think QB in round 1 is necessary this year – the top four guys are so closely bunched in how I see their value that you can pretty safely wait until the 2nd round if you want one of them, and possibly the third (though that’s pretty risky with the 8th pick).

        VJax’s situation is just way up in the air. I don’t think his agent could even answer your question right now.

        I think Shonn Greene has the most to fear – LJ is used to working with an offensive line of that caliber and he’s going to excel every time he touches the ball, making it tough for the coaches to bench him. Greene’s going to have to improve in protection and hold onto the ball if he wants to secure the lion’s share of the workload.

        Mathews is a nice RB but there are better options at #8 overall in any format.

        • Mal 12:43 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks a lot Matt-

          I think at 8 I’m going to go, best RB I can get then get a decent QB with that close next pick. I agree, I put Rogers, brees, manning and brady (nearly rivers too) in the same grade of QB.

          With your advice I will steer clear of Greene and Williams. I also notice Jamaal Charles gets left hanging a bit in mock drafts?

          So @ 8th, I get the 2 picks within 6 turns. So RB,QB I think is pretty solid for the first two, 2nd 2 i’ve been going WR, WR as the RB talent drops very quickly. I am usually left with that section of thomas, stewart, mccoy, wells, foster, best etc to pick my 2nd RB from, who is the best value RB for that that you find down the list a bit?

        • Matt 11:12 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Careful not to set your positional strategy in stone – I’d caution you against going into the draft with your mind made up as to the positions you’re drafting in the first few rounds. What if the first seven picks are all RB? Do you really want to pass on Andre Johnson – who in my opinion is in a league of his own at WR – and draft the 8th-best RB instead?

  • Matt 12:05 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: evil incarnate, shanahan   

    The Wall Street Journal has already deemed 2010 fantasy football's Year of the … 

    The Wall Street Journal has already deemed 2010 fantasy football’s Year of the Head Slap thanks to the myriad suspensions, holdouts, running back committees and generally unsettled starting lineups heading into the season. Few things are ever as clear-cut in the NFL as fantasy owners would like them to be, but this season does seem to be more fraught with uncertainty than most. I blame the return of Shanahan.

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