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  • Brandon 2:23 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink
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    The FFGeekBlog.com Bowl 

    In the keeper league that Matt and I are in (which happens to be our most important league at this point) we’ve finally crossed paths in the semi-finals. It’s gearing up for quite the bloodbath! We would also be playing in our B-League semi-finals if someone (cough*Matt*cough) hadn’t been eliminated in the first round. Anyways, I just wanted to post the match-up and add a poll to see who our readers favored. Hopefully it’s me!

    UPDATE: I’ve now updated the match-up with the most recent rosters, including a new defense so everyone can stop laughing about it! Here’s the old match-up if you want to look at it.

    ffgeekblog.com bowl 2010

    Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
    • Matt 3:00 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My receivers absolutely terrify me. All three are capable of 30-point explosions or goose eggs.

      • Brandon 3:11 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m worried that Bowe has had two quiet weeks in a row, but I’m pretty happy that Floyd and D-Jax got big games out of the way the week before playing me. Let’s hope any of that means anything though!

        • Matt 3:22 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          A couple Vick -> DJax strikes and I’ll feel a whole lot better.

    • Brandon 3:09 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      By the way, there is NO WAY I’m starting the Denver defense this week. Somehow Yahoo has them scoring 7.8 points though, which seems insane…

    • Matt 3:48 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s my attempt to break this one down as objectively as I can…

      QB: Kitna’s fine, especially given the matchup, but Vick is the clear winner here both in terms of average points per game and capability for a monster game.

      RB: Sounds crazy, but it’s no contest – fantasy-wise, Ray Rice and Chris Johnson just haven’t been as strong as Peyton Hillis and Knowshon Moreno, and there’s little reason to think that will change this week. Over the past five weeks, Hillis and Moreno are both top-5 backs, while Johnson and Rice are 14 and 19 respectively. The difference is even greater if you look at an average of the past three weeks. And the matchups are slightly better this week for my duo.

      WR: I’m starting to sound a little partisan here, but I’m not trying to be… There’s just so much big-play potential in my WR corps that it’s hard to pick against it. Brandon’s receivers are solid but the ceiling is a tad low.

      TE: Hernandez is by far the better start here. Drafting Shiancoe in most of my leagues really hurt me this year.

      Flex: If there’s one player on Brandon’s team that scares me, it’s McFadden. Mathews should be decent this week, but I don’t have huge expectations given that he’s part of a timeshare and is still being used carefully. McFadden’s taking on the same team he scored 4 TDs against in week 7. Gulp.

      K/DST: Meh, who cares.

      Prediction: McFadden tees off on the Broncos again, which balances out my modest advantage across the QB/RB/WR positions. This one’s too close to call.

      • Brandon 3:56 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        If you look at last week’s scoring though for RB’s, I got #1, #4 and #20, while you have #9, #18, and #21. What have you done for me lately?!

        (I’m hoping this matters.)

    • Adam 3:50 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon – are you really going to play Denver’s defense? I tried that this past week against Arizona, and got killed. There’s gotta be another DEF available…almost any other DEF.

      • Adam 3:51 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, sorry….I see your comment now. OK.

        • Brandon 3:53 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, apparently Matt didn’t see my comment either as he thinks I’ll allow McFadden to tee off against my own defense!

    • solomon_adams 8:19 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      For user requested list… please add: Miles Austin, Dwayne Bowe, Hines Ward, Greg Jennings, Brandon Lloyd, Antonio Gates, Owen Daniels, Dallas D/ST, Minnesota D/ST, St. Louis D/ST (i’m screwed defense wise as you can see) Thanks! Keep up the good work.

    • Hawgman 9:01 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Straight across match-ups –
      QB – Kitna vs Vick – Vick dominates.
      WR1 – Mike Wallace vs DeDiva Jackson – Just a couple of speedsters out having fun. Right now, Jackson has a better QB throwing to him, so he wins this one.
      WR2 – TO vs D-Bowe – Both have been hot this season, but Bowe just mailed in a couple of policeman’s friends. If Cassel plays, I would rather have Bowe. Otherwise (as much as I hate to say this, not a big fan) To should have the better day this weekend.
      WR3 – Boldin vs Floyd – It seems like Boldin just can’t get much going and Rivers can throw to ANYBODY. I like Boldin, but I would start Floyd first.
      RB1 – Rice vs Hillis – If not for a case of the dropsies, this would be a no brainer. Toss-up with a slight edge to Rice.
      RB2 – CJ28 vs No-Show Moreno – It is not in me to pick against CJ.
      TE – Hernandez vs Watson – Since Hernandez is in a platoon situation, he is very hit or miss. I am picking Watson.
      Flex – D-Mac vs Mathews – Really no contest here. D-Mac all the way!
      K – Eh…
      D/ST – Donkeys vs Static – I have to believe that someone that writes this blog and advises other on who to start and who to sit will actually play what the Broncos are putting on the field and calling a “Defense”. SD is very stout, so unless Brandon has the Steelers on his bench, gotta go with the Bolts.

      Looks like 6 out of 9 positions go Matt’s way, but CJ and D-Mac are going to be very hard to beat. I like Brandon in this one (as long as he has a different D/ST that is).

      • Brandon 9:19 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Got Cleveland in there now against a turnover-prone Bengals offense. Hopefully it makes just enough of a difference!

        • Hawgman 10:13 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          That’s better. I still think that the SD D/ST will do better, but my high school team could do better than the Broncos did last week.

          • Brandon 10:14 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Yeah I agree on SD being better than Cleveland, but I just had to get the Broncos away from my team before they jinxed it!

        • Hawgman 10:17 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I like the Owen Daniels move too.

          • Brandon 10:24 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Yeah, as a Patriots fan it’s hard for me to bench Hernandez, but the guy only produces in about 1 of 3/4 games these days. I figure Daniels will be a big target for Schaub down the stretch.

        • Hawgman 10:31 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Don’t get me wrong, I think Hernandez is a better player, but he is part of a crew, not the lone shining light (like a Vernon Davis or a Jason Witten). Couple that with the Hoodie and you have skill players that are just too damn unpredictable to trust a playoff game to.
          I have Welker and Woodhead on my team. I go back and forth every week trying to decide which one to start or if I should start both or neither.
          I like both players and they are on a high flying O, but I hate to be tied to both of them just in case the “flying” goes to the other guys (and NE’s got a BUNCH of them).

    • Brandon 9:22 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m happy that Matt has three guys in the Thursday night game. I need them to put up poor numbers so that Matt will be sad/depressed for a few days leading up to Sunday.

      • Hawgman 10:32 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah – It’s always nice to see what you’re up against.

      • Matt 2:56 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It’s just my WR3, Flex, and DST, so unless it’s three goose eggs I’ll still be feeling OK even if they’re kinda bleh. If they blow up, however, you’re already in a deep hole…

        • Brandon 10:17 am on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Nervous yet?

          • Matt 10:25 am on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Not particularly. I’ll be nervous at 4:15pm on Sunday, though.

        • Brandon 3:49 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’m praying Malcom Floyd doesn’t play tonight…

          • Matt 3:54 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            My other options: Breaston, Sims-Walker and Earl Bennett. He better get in there or I’m showing up at his door with a bill for fantasy wages lost.

          • Matt 3:57 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Thing is, the Chargers are in the perfect position as far as I’m concerned – fighting for their playoff lives. If Floyd can go, he will – their season might depend on it.

          • Brandon 8:44 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Malcom Floyd is fighting for his hamstring’s life apparently. Happy to see that!

          • Brandon 8:45 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Also, let’s go Mike Tolbert!

  • Brandon 10:16 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink
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    Week 14 FAIL: Kyle Orton punishes fantasy owners for sticking with him 

    Here are a few players who just didn’t quite live up to expectations this week. Were they over-rated to begin with? Did they just have a bad game? Were they benched because their team was dominating (or getting dominated?) It’s probably just a one week mishap, but if they land on this list a couple weeks in a row, you might start worrying! Anyways, feel free to add to the discussion with your own. Maybe someone that you blame this week’s loss on?

    Week 14 is the first week of the playoffs in most fantasy football leagues, so I’m interested to see who you’re blaming for your quick (or near) departure? This week the fails are again headlined by Kyle Orton and Dwayne Bowe, as they both were out to punish their fantasy owners for no apparent reason (maybe they’re not big on the holidays or something!) Not to be outdone though, whole boatload of receivers ended up with an awesome ONE reception and probably didn’t help your squad.

    I’ve included the entire season count of FAIL’s as a separate worksheet in the spreadsheet, so you can click the “Season” tab and see where each player stacks up. As usual, drama-king himself, Brett Favre continues to lead the pack!

    Anyways, here are the rest of them (and here’s a direct link to the spreadsheet)…
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    • solomon_adams 10:44 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Cowboys fan here… tough pass defense? really? The reason Celek had 0 catches is b/c it was the Vick, DJax, and Mccoy show. No need to get anyone else involved.

      • Brandon 10:57 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, that’s why I say “Oddly…” but I guess they only played tough pass defense against players not named DeSean Jackson anyways. Figured I would give him some kind of excuse other than saying “None.”

      • Hawgman 11:08 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        ANTI Cowpokes here – but I gotta say I was wishing that someone on the Dallas D would have ballz enough to break that little showboat half. I felt the same way when TO did the thing in the star all those years ago. Break a couple of those cats in two and it will stop. A 15 yard penalty that the D has to pay for is nothing to these “ME-ME-ME” chumps.

    • Hawgman 11:04 am on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ORTON TRIED TO KILL MY TEAM TWO WEEKS IN A ROW!! I was also fortunate enough to make it the 2nd round of the playoffs, but it was because of D-Mac picking up the slack.
      I am seriously thinking of dropping Orton’s Donkey-Ass and picking up Josh Freeman. I have Big Ben, but his match-ups the next couple of weeks have me a little concerned. I just know that as soon as I do, Orton will go off for 6 TD’s and 500 yards.
      What do you think about Freeman vs Big Ben?

    • Lindsay 1:31 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How much does this hurt Brandon Lloyd going into week 15? I could put in Kenny Britt vs. Houston instead, but can’t tell if it would be worth it.

      • Lindsay 1:32 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Aaand I should have put this in the Orton post below.

      • Brandon 10:12 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not high on Lloyd at this point. Britt is not a sure bet either though, but at least he’s got a MUCH better matchup. Roll with Britt and good luck!

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