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  • Brandon 7:06 pm on October 13, 2011 Permalink
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    Here’s your non-football related post for the day. I’m sure most of our readers have heard about all the drama coming out of the Boston Red Sox camp…news about starting pitchers drinking beers and eating fried chicken during games in which they weren’t playing. The Boston Globe put together a slideshow to show the before and after pictures of the pitchers to show that their extracurricular activities were making them slightly out of shape (although it’s hard to tell for a couple of them.) Anyways,Deadspin poked some fun at the article and it’s pretty hilarious, so check it out!

    Oh…and then Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez enjoyed some grilled chicken in the locker room 🙂

    • Duncan 7:22 am on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of the Pats, if Green-Ellis doesn’t play, do I start Ridley or Ernest Graham?

      • Brandon 8:59 am on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        If Green-Ellis is out, go Ridley. The Patriots will be in the game a lot longer than the Bucs could be against the Saints (which means a lot of passing and not a lot of running!)

  • Brandon 10:41 am on September 19, 2011 Permalink
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    Aaron Hernandez, I’m fine with you giving up two touchdowns to your buddy Rob Gronkowski, but did you have to go and get hurt too?! Hopefully it’s just normal soreness and I don’t have to bench you…

    • Matt 2:19 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sprained MCL. Sorry bud. On the bright side, at least he won’t share any of the blame when the Bills shock the Pats next weekend.

      • Brandon 2:41 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hah. I’m not too worried about that. Maybe Ochocinco will actually make an appearance, but even if he doesn’t, the Gronk/Bash Brothers will be more than the Bills can handle!

    • Ryan 3:11 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hey I have a couple trade options in a 16 team league and need another opinion. I could trade jerm finley straight up for mike williams (tb) and be left with fred davis at te the rest of the year or I could trade some combo of finley, fred davis chad henne and ben tate for mike wallace. Thoughts?

      • Brandon 3:25 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Keep Ben Tate if you need help at RB, just know his value has gone up quite a bit in the past week or so. Feel free to trade one of those TE’s though, as either will hold down the position admirably.

    • Eric 3:45 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have Hernandez and no back-up TE, I would like to hang onto him.. drop sid rice or mark ingram?

      • Ryan 5:15 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Easily drop rice. The secret to fantasy success this year is to own as few Seahawks as possible.

      • Brandon 3:26 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I see no reason to hang on to Sidney Rice at this point. That offense is terrible. What backup will you get?

        • Eric 3:04 pm on September 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          I ended up with tony gonzalez, not thrilled but He will work as a plug in till Hernandez comes back,

    • Squish 5:34 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thought you guys might get a kick out of this. I had some success in a fanduel freeroll this week. Just wanted to give credit to the guys that helped turn my fantasy football hobby into an obsession a few years back. FF Geek for life!


      This is still Squish by the way, I just lost my login info and my old e-mail account doesn’t exist to recover it. Any chance I could reset it or something so that I can login again?

      • Brandon 3:27 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        You won $150? Sweet! As far as your e-mail account, that’s something Matt would have to answer for you.

    • TJ 11:29 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Need some advice tonight –

      – WR: pickup D Moore or Decker?
      – QB – I have Ryan & Fitzpatrick, worth dropping one for Cam? Difficult, but not impossible, to carry 3 qbs.

      • Brandon 3:29 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I’m leaning towards Decker and even David Nelson over Denarius Moore. Moore is my third option. At QB, see if you can get Cam. Then maybe you can trade Fitz or Ryan for an upgrade at another position? With this running, Newton has the chance to be a top fantasy QB this year.

    • Hawgman 11:23 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have Gates this year. Somehow he delivered a big fat doughnut for me! Ain’t gunna bench him though. The Pats had him double covered even in the locker-room at half-time! Picked up Fitzy and Chandler as backups, but I may play both of them against the Pats this week. My feeling is they will target Stevie and leave Chandler to roam free underneath. Big Ben is not putting up the numbers I hoped he would, so maybe he needs a rest…

      • Brandon 12:09 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah keep Gates in there, he shouldn’t put up any more goose eggs this year. I’m not sure why the Patriots felt that was the best way to defend the Chargers, as V-Jax went wild on them and it was the turnovers that saved them, not the fact that they stopped Gates.

  • Brandon 10:46 am on September 13, 2011 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 1: I told you to draft Aaron Hernandez 

    I feel like the format of the weekly waiver wire posts change every year…so here we go again! Here’s my waiver wire advice for week one of the 2011-12 NFL season, in Google Doc spreadsheet form, so it can easily be updated behind the scenes without the post being edited. Here’s the link to the spreadsheet if you’re trying to view on a mobile device and it’s hard to read.

    The list shows the players, along with the percentage owned in Yahoo, so you know who will most likely be a free agent and who might already be owned. As usual, I’ll only include players that are 80% or less owned in leagues, as I assume those with a higher ownership are only available in public leagues that no one cares about. Those in green are the players you should be targeting first, with the yellow guys being those that I’m less excited about. Forget about the players in red, as they’re one-hit-wonders for the most part.

    Just a note, I was really high on Aaron Hernandez this year, as was apparent by all my spamblogging about him during the preseason. Just let it be known! (More …)

    • TJ 11:22 am on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon – can you also post the Google Docs link to this (and your weekly player rankings)- hard to view on a mobile device otherwise. Thanks

      • Brandon 11:27 am on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Just updated the post with the link. I’ll add it to the player rankings as well for week 2 once that is up.

        • Brian 8:33 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Could you please supply the link for all these charts when you post them? The dont display correctly when embedded on an iPad.

          • Brandon 10:28 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Did I go back in time and respond to this comment before you made it? The comment you replied to answers this question 🙂

    • jmac 1:54 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Would you play Hernandez over J. Graham this weekend?? And would you want Kolb or Henne as backup QB??

      • jmac 2:21 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Also–would you dare sit J. Charles and play f. jones and hightower?? I start 2 RBs and I know he had a TD but KC looks terrible…

        • Brandon 3:04 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Wow, that’s a tough one. I’ll get back to you when I start the player rankings for week 2…

      • Brandon 3:03 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I’d most definitely play Hernandez over Jermaine Gresham (I think that’s who you mean) this week. Hernandez’ upside is much higher. At quarterback, stick with Kolb. Henne will come back down to earth soon.

        • jmac 7:18 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry…Jimmy Graham or Hernandez??

          • jmac 9:04 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Need some help at WR–should i grab henderson or burleson?? dropping g. little at this point.

            • Brandon 9:34 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink

              If you plan on starting him in the next couple weeks, I’d go with Henderson. Burleson might have more value over the entire season, but Devery Henderson is going to get a lot of looks while Marques Colston is out.

          • Brandon 9:38 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Oops, that’s my bad. As for who to play this week, you could almost flip a coin. If I wasn’t a Patriots fan, I might go with Graham though, especially if Lance Moore is out again. With Marques Colston already out, Graham will get more looks. If you pick up Devery Henderson and start him though, you might not want to put all your eggs in the Saints passing-game basket and spread the risk by playing Hernandez.

    • Wolf 4:33 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Picked up Gronkowski to replace my benched Amendola (unfortunately Hernandez was already drafted). The real question is…. Do I bench Dallas Clark for Gronkowski? I know….. HOW can I bench Clark? But I have a good feeling Gronkowski will outscore him again without the colts pulling it together…

      • Brandon 9:39 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        It sounds crazy based on previous years, but this year is completely different with Kerry Collins throwing the ball to Clark. Feel free to go with Gronkowski, who will get WAY more red zone opportunities and is one of Brady’s favorite targets there.

    • Javier 4:58 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I picked Cadillac WiIlliams but should I use him over Jamal Charles, Hightower or Tolbert?

      • Brandon 9:50 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        You might consider starting him over Mike Tolbert, who could have some lingering knee pain and who has a tough start against the Patriots. Check back with me when I get the user requested player rankings up for this week though.

    • Josh 5:35 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Do I drop Matt Cassel for Alex Smith, Henne, or Grossman?

      • Brandon 9:47 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Unless the rest of the league is going crazy and attacking the waiver wire quarterbacks, I’d just leave them there another week and let the dust settle. My guess is that Cassel does better this week, while Grossman and Henne do worse. As for Alex Smith, leave him alone 🙂

    • Brian 8:40 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Need some advice on two moves. With an eye towards long term (not 1-2 week fill ins) would you:

      1) pick up Steve Smith (car) and if so drop whom: Lance Moore, Santana Moss, AJ Green?
      2) pick up Delon Carter, Ben Tate, Cadillac, Magahee?

      FYI it’s a .5 ppr league.

      • Brandon 10:26 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I’d pick up Steve Smith and drop AJ Green. At running back, long term there’s very little reason to pick up those guys. Do you have any of the starters on those teams that you would want to backup?

    • M_Parr 10:51 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Which two RB’s should I keep for this year and which (1) should I save for my bench?:
      BenJarvus Green-Ellis
      Reggie Bush
      Darren Sproles
      Mike Tolbert
      Ahmad Bradshaw

      Also, who would you go with Jacoby Jones, Jordy Nelson, or Santana Moss?

      • Brandon 9:49 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re asking me who I think the top three out of those running backs are I’d go Ahmad Bradshaw, Mike Tolbert and Reggie Bush. Why can’t you hang on to the other guys though? As for your wide receivers, Santana Moss is the guy I’d stick with. Is this a keeper league with some late draft date or something?

        • M_Parr 5:00 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          It’s a weekly match-up league and I’ve got Kenny Britt, Jordy Nelson, and Santana Moss as my WR’s and Plaxico Burress as my BN WR.
          Then I have Reggie Bush, Ahmad Bradshaw, Green-Ellis, and Tolbert. I just don’t know which two to use this week and which to BN this week.

          • M_Parr 5:15 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Also, which should be my main DEF? Washington, Arizona, or Houston?

    • Shane 11:09 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Would you pick up Sproles over Ingram?

      • Brandon 9:40 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        No, give Ingram a chance. Sproles will be erratic, while Ingram should get more consistent and score more touchdowns in the long run.

    • Myspace is awesome 11:15 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      hey do you think Matt Forte for Mike Vick is a fair trade?????

      • Brandon 9:40 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Are you giving up Forte or Vick? Who are your other running backs and quarterbacks?

      • Brandon 9:46 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        and why is MySpace awesome? It’s not.

        • Myspace is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! 2:50 pm on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          LOL Don’t question Myspace awesomeness. I don’t question your. anyway, I have Reggie Bush and Johnathan Stewart for RBs. yup those two are my starter. I’m given up Vick for Forte. Stupid commissioner vetoed my trade.

          • Brandon 12:49 pm on September 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            they vetoed Vick for Forte? seems like a reasonable trade to me

  • Brandon 10:20 am on September 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Brandon’s 2011 fantasy football teams 

    Just felt like showing off my fantasy football teams for this season, along with a couple of notes based on the similarities and differences between the leagues.

    • Got Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez on all four teams. He has great upside and could easily be the best receiver on the Patriots this year…and he doesn’t cost anything! You can grab a starting tight end earlier in the draft, such as Owen Daniels (who I got in multiple leagues), and still get Hernandez towards the end in case he has a huge year.
    • I never had the courage to draft a top tier quarterback. With a shallow running back and wide receiver class this year, it seemed more important to solidify those positions and then just grab two (or three?) quarterbacks that can be rotated in based on match-ups. It seems I went RB-RB-WR or RB-WR-RB in all of my leagues to start the drafts.
    • Based on them being on more than one of my team’s this year, some of the players I’m high on (and see good value in) are: Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Ray Rice, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, Mario Manningham, Wes Welker, Owen Daniels, Jacoby Ford, Aaron Hernandez, DeAngelo Williams and the New England defense.
    • This year Yahoo has Toyota as one of their sponsors and in each league, they award the Toyota best drafted team (or something.) My Beer league team was the only one to win this prize, but one out of four isn’t bad I guess!
    • I wanted to pick my favorite team out of the bunch, but I actually really like all of my teams this year and expect big things from them.
    • My public league team is pretty stacked, but the scoring is wacky, so who knows how good it’ll end up doing!

  • Brandon 11:40 am on September 1, 2011 Permalink
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    Don’t rush to draft a tight end this year! 

    With a couple of drafts under my belt at this point, I wanted to point out that this year’s tight end class is DEEP! To the right you can see a list of the free agent tight ends in Matt and my League of Champions league. If I hadn’t drafted a backup, you’d also find Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on that list. Realistically, beyond the top 4-6 tight ends (Gates, Finley, Clark, Witten and maybe Daniels and Davis) there is no saying how the final numbers will end up for the position. Are you really confident that someone like Marcedes Lewis is going to be better than some of the guys on that free agent list? Lot’s of people do apparently, since his average draft position is in the 9th round somehow.

    New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham, a second year player who has 31 catches in his career, is currently being drafted in the 6th round! You have to have some serious confidence that he’s going to pick up exactly where he left off at the end of last season to invest that much in him. Personally, I’d much rather grab a receiver like Mario Manningham or Kenny Britt in the 6th round, then pair them up with a tight end like Tony Gonzalez, Kellen Winslow or even Zach Miller (who should be solid with John Carlson now out for the year.)

    It might not be the norm in most years, but this season, as long as your league has around five bench spots available, you might consider drafting a backup tight end (specifically Aaron Hernandez.) Hernandez and his teammate Rob Gronkowski can produce like a top flight tight end on any given week. Zach Miller, Todd Heap and Jermaine Gresham could also end up being very good as their inexperienced quarterbacks continuously look for safety valves.

    Similar things can be said about the quarterback position this year, so make sure to focus much of your attention early in the draft on the running back and wide receiver positions. The talent at those positions is not as deep and you don’t want to find yourself rolling out some scrubs each week just because you wanted to gamble on Jimmy Graham (who could end being awesome…but could end up not being awesome too!)

    • tommy 12:36 pm on September 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      disagree…. i like taking a stud TE in the 5th round or so

      • Brandon 9:53 pm on September 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Which tight ends are you targeting in the 5th round?

        • tommy 11:13 pm on September 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Ended up with Gates in my league… our league is 6 pt TD for QB and start 2 qb, also .5 ppr this was my draft

          Round 1 Brady
          Round 2 Calvin
          Round 3 Sjax
          Round 4 Gore
          Round 5 Gates

          …added on Cutler, Beanie Wells, Ochocinco, Addai, and a few others

          I do like the idea of waiting and tyring to get Jimmy Graham later in the draft though

          • Brandon 11:55 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            With that strategy, you end up putting a lot of faith in Gates staying healthy and Ochocinco putting up some decent numbers. If you were to wait a bit for Owen Daniels or something, you could have a solid WR2 to pair with Megatron. If Gates stays healthy though, then he kind of acts as your WR2.

            • tommy 4:52 pm on September 6, 2011 Permalink

              Yeah, my WRs aren’t great, but the rest of my team makes up for it


              Lance Moore



              I pretty much drafted around an assumption that I’ve had all preseason that Ocho is going to be a beast this year. Just a feeling I have.

          • sua cho 1:10 pm on September 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            J. maclin
            ahmad bradshaw
            antonio gates
            vernon gates

            having mixed feelings.. would like some comments…

            not a great bench key names-
            mark sanchez
            marion barber (garbage)
            josh freeman (love the kid)

            • sua cho 7:54 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink


    • TJ 1:35 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have Hernandez and Kendricks at TE, need to start one, non-ppr. Hernnadez might be solid, Kendricks had a great preseason, but…….

      Lots of FAs available in our 10-team league, wondering if any of you think the following FA’s might be an upgrade over either guy: Cook, Watson, Heap, Boss, Gresham, Celek, Heath Milller, Fred Davis….

      • Matt 10:48 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I’d stick with what you’ve got.

      • tommy 4:51 pm on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Really like Jared Cook this year as a potential breakout

    • Joe 10:10 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Someone just dropped Owen Daniels in my league. I have Gonzalez and Lewis. Should I drop one of them to pick up Daniels?

      • Matt 10:46 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely. No clue why someone would drop Daniels. He’s a major upgrade over Gonzo or Lewis. I’d drop Lewis.

        • Joe 11:14 am on September 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Ok, then a follow up question to that.

          Kenny Britt was also dropped, who should I take first on the waiver? I have the 2nd position so I will get one of them at least. Would you take Daniels before Britt?

          I have C Johnson, M Wallace, and Welker as my WR.

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