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  • Brandon 2:23 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink
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    Week 12 FAIL: Chargers passing game goes AWOL 

    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?

    This week features an entire passing offense that I never expected to see here. Philip Rivers and the Chargers somehow managed to put up little-to-no stats in a game in which they thoroughly dominated the Indianapolis Colts. I guess when you’re running all over the opposing team and Peyton Manning is throwing pick-six’s, there is little need to risk it by throwing a lot.

    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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    • AtlantaJJ (Janet) 3:20 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Man my fail list is sooooo LONG!
      DeSean Butter Fingers Jackson
      Steve Butter Fingers Johnson
      Chris WTF Johnson
      Mark C’mon Man Sanchez

      Me for not playing BJGE like I wanted to, but instead listened to all the pundits advice. Now I most likely will not make the playoffs. That might be a good thing, take me out of my misery.

    • Larry 2:51 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Qakland’s Darrin McFadden. Last 2 games were worthless. Against SD this week it will probably be the same.

      • Brandon 6:34 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        The only reason McFadden didn’t make the list is due to his solid day in the receiving game. I have him in a league where we get 0.5 points per reception, so his seven catches for 63 yards weren’t completely horrible. However, his rushing the past couple games have been absolutely atrocious.

        Funny, in a league with a flex spot, I have Chris Johnson, Ray Rice and Darren McFadden. I thought I was pretty much guaranteed a spot in the championship, but all three have been playing way below expectations. πŸ™

    • Hawgman 6:27 am on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I can send you the list for my team if you want me to start the Week 13 FAIL post for you… Thanks Orton!!
      I still have hope though. Just need Welker to have 100+ yards and a couple of TD’s and I will get the win and bragging rights.

      • Brandon 11:05 am on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, I’m putting the blame on Orton for costing me $100. If he had scored some decent points, I had a chance to win the regular season 1st place prize!

  • Brandon 5:32 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 11: Playoffs approaching 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week eleven, 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!) This week I returned to my previous ways of leaving the most obvious players off the list (Drew Brees @ TB, Maurice Jones-Drew vs BUF,) so we’re left with players you may actually have to think about starting or benching this week. In most leagues the playoffs are rapidly approaching, so this could be a huge week for your team and hopefully some of our advice can help you clinch a spot! Anyways, here we go with the hits and misses…

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    • Mal 5:52 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Have to start 2 RB non-PPR – Options are…

      Turner
      Betts
      Portis
      Wells
      Forte

      Thinking Forte + Wells/Betts?

      • Brandon 5:02 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Portis and Turner aren’t playing, so that narrows it down a bit. Go with Forte and Wells, who has a good match-up against the Rams.

    • Anthony 6:10 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need three out of the following (atleast one WR): Devin Hester, Cadillac Williams, Laurence Maroney, Chester Taylor, Mike Sims Walker, Robert Meachem, Bernard Scott

      I lost Ronnie Brown πŸ™

      • Shirley 6:48 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Bernard Scott (if Benson doesn’t play), MSW and I suppose Meachem?

      • Squish 10:30 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree about Scott. If Benson doesn’t start, Scott is a great play against a porous Oakland defense and MSW is definitely your WR as Shirley said. If you start Scott and MSW as your WR, I’m leaning towards Maroney as your flex. If Scott doesn’t start, replace him with Cadillac Williams who has a pretty solid matchup this week at NO. If Scott and Cadillac don’t start, play Maroney MSW and Hester.

        As I keep telling everyone, when in doubt play the RBs. Maroney and Cadillac thought not the hottest fantasy commodities will still have a better chance of putting up 10+ points than most WRs. Normally I think about giving Hester the start over them but with Cutler playing the way he is, I’d avoid him since you have roughly equal/better options.

        • craig 10:43 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Well I just woke up and got an interesting e-mail from squish who has no knowledge of football. He actually told you to start betts against dallas who are 7th in the league against the rush this year and betts is banged up. I’d go with Meachem as he is one of the biggest sleepers this week against Tampa Bay who will go way over his projected ending up with 6 to 7 receptions for around 75 yards and possibly a touchdown. If you want real fantasy football advice than go to http://www.thefantasyfootballguru.com. Oh yeah, and squish I’ll go toe to toe with you about football any day of the week you wanabe football analyst.

        • craig 10:50 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          sorry i responded in the wrong section but i’d stillgo with meachem over hester or maroney this week as hester is going up against philly even though culter has had two 300 plus passing games in a row. and cadillac is going up against NO who has a banged up secondary so tampa bay will be passing more than running.

        • craig 11:02 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          still half asleep, but as for maroney he’s going up against the jets who are 9th against the run this year so expect NE to be passing the ball as usual even in red zone situations. the most points maroney will get you will be around 8 to 11 depending on league and scoring. Remember that’s the most points he’ll get you. so if you want real advice then go to my site at http://www.thefantasyfootballguru.com where there is a link to my e-mail and i’ll answer your questions to the most depth possible with actual reasoning and logic behind it than telling you to start scott against a weak Raiders D that anyone could figure out even my mom who doesn’t watch football would start scott this week. As even if Benson plays he’ll only see about 12 carries other than his usual 28 to 35.

        • Squish 11:20 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          LOL! I love your site Craig! Is there any content under all that crap on the front page? Oh… I guess not, just a bunch of links to NFL.com/Yahoo/ESPN. It looks like a pre-schooler designed your site! Nevermind, even preschoolers know better than to steal content from other people.

          BTW, “your” projections (which happen to on the same page as ESPN’s) agree with the advice I gave. Those same projections recommend starting both Cadillac and Maroney over Meachem. Interesting how that works. I guess you must have changed your mind after you made “your” projections.

          To be serious though if you are going to link to decent sites at least make sure they are reasonably accurate ones. ESPN is bottom 10% this year in accuracy. Just for everyone’s information, the current most accurate sites on the net in all categories are as follows:

          RBs – RotoExperts.com
          WRs – Yahoo.com
          QBs and TEs – Fantasyfootballbreakdown.com
          Kickers – fantasynews.cbssports.com
          Defenses – Not tracked
          Waiver Advice – Lesters Legends and FFtoday and THIS SITE (rated for speed and accuracy)
          Start Advice – Fantasyfootballgoat.com
          Sit Advice – Fantasyfootballjournal.com
          Number 1 Overall – Fantasycafe.com

          Source -fantasyxpert.com

          Note: http://www.thefantasyfootballguru.com = unranked due to having no original content.

          P.S. I think the site owners would appreciate it if you took your trolling to another site.

        • craig 11:26 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          took you that long to come up with a response as I actually give my fantasy owners different opinions on the subject teaching them to make decisions for themselves and become better fantasy owners. Rather than saying the almighty prophet craig knows the future. no i don’t but i’m sure I know more than you when it comes to this crazy game we call fantasy football.

        • craig 11:29 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          oh yeah by the way if we’re going to point out the content of our sites then didn’t you notice that maroney is one of your misses this week. oh yeah that’s right this isn’t even your sight. hahaha try starting your own sight then come talk to me.

        • craig 11:33 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          oh yeah, this will be one of the last times i come on this site beside next week to see if there is any slanderous material about me or my site as i will slap you with a defimation of character law suit and if i recieve any more e-mails from this site or any alike i will file a harrasssment law suit and talk to your e-mail provider about shutting you down.

        • Squish 11:54 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Good riddens! When you come back in a few minutes to respond to this post, it would be better for you if you know that I don’t own this site nor am I one of “the geeks”. I’m simply an active reader willing to help the guys out and provide a different point of view from time to time (though usually we agree).

          As for your “threats”, you should educate yourself. As a law student, I’ll try to enlighten you. Slander is the term used for a spoken mistruth/unproven truth that damages someone’s character. The word you were looking for is “libel” which is a written statement doing the same thing. Either way, those suits only work if the information presented is not true which isn’t the case here. Secondly, you would also not be able to file such a suit since no one has damaged you or your character (since you are anonymous on the forum and nobody used your name) and since the site is not responsible for comments made on the forum. As for your site, well it doesn’t come into play at all since you do not own it (you’re officially a renter at your provider) or any of the material on it. You could get ESPN to try and sue somebody for example but you don’t have the option.

          As for the e-mails, well quite honestly I’m not sure what you are even talking about! Who are the e-mails from? You may get e-mails when a topic you posted on is replied to but you agreed to have that happen when you agreed to the terms and conditions of the site by signing up then posting. I think you can go into your user settings and change that.

          Either way, have a great rest of the year! Don’t feel as if you are unwelcome here! This site exists to provide advice to anyone who needs it. You aren’t excluded!

        • craig 12:14 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          you got me there squish as i am not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to law, and yes i did over react about you just stating your opinion. everyone is entitled to their opinion even if the almighty guru lol doesn’t like it. I do have more knowledge of football then i think you’re giving me credit for but that is here nor ther. But, hopefully one day I could even gain you as re-occuring member of my web page but by the looks of it i don’t think that’s going to happen. So good luck with your fantasy football this season and hopefully no hard feelings.

        • Squish 12:35 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Definitely no hard feelings! And for the record I didn’t say anything about your fantasy football knowledge. I’m sure you know plenty. Everyone’s bound to disagree on at least a few start/sits. Just don’t attack the geeks for something I say. I’m just a lowly reader πŸ™

          As for my mocking your site, I apologize. I may have overreacted a bit. You do have a legitimately complete collection of content even if it isn’t yours. Some of my favorite sites do the same thing (FFNerd, FFLibrarian). The issue was that stolen content has been a hot topic in the community for awhile now. There has been a rash of people literally stealing entire posts from sites like this and posting them to their own site. Granted those sites are getting shutdown left and right but it was wrong to group you with them. You don’t steal literal content. You at least are reasonable enough to link to it. Just understand that content theft is a big deal right now.

          It’s all good though. Do you play any other types of FF besides standard? I’ve got and NFL.com TD challenge team, a yahoo pickem (against the spread) team and salary cap team, a couple USAToday contest teams, a bestbuy.com team, and even a FF for charity team. Let me know if you’d like to make/join a group with me in any of those games.

          BTW, one of my NE sources seems to believe Randy Moss missed practice Wednesday because he had a family issue believed to be illness or death related πŸ˜‰

    • Shirley 6:11 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who do you think is likely to have a better fantasy game? Brett Favre (vs. SEA) or Kurt Warner (vs. STL)? I haven’t paid attention to whether Warner throws a lot when he plays an easy team. I know Favre has better games when he goes up against tough teams but not weak teams because MIN just lets AD run the ball.

      • Amir 6:38 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Warner should go off start him with confidence.

        • Squish 10:33 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I agree. Warner should go nuts this week. Even if it was close I’d still take Warner since Favre was limited in practice this week. I can assure you the Seahawk defense also heard the news and will likely go the immobile senior all day.

      • Brandon 5:04 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Warner of course, he’s one of my “hits” this week! Favre should do alright too though, so either way you shouldn’t worry too much.

    • Squish 7:38 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Kinda last second here but would you guys go with Deangelo Williams or Ricky Williams tonight? I currently have Ricky Williams in mostly because Dwil has been limited this week plus Ricky has a great matchup.

      • Brandon 7:57 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think you have to go with Ricky Williams. At least you know he’s healthy and will get the bulk of the carries. DeAngelo will be sharing carries with Jonathan Stewart and if he shows any sign of the injury coming back, I’m sure they’ll be quick to bench him.

        • Squish 11:16 pm on November 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the quick response! Looks like we made the right decision. With Williams scoring two TDs already, I should really move up in the NFL.com TD challenge. Doesn’t hurt for my Yahoo salary cap team which is super TD heavy πŸ˜‰

          Good call!

    • sal 2:11 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Urgent Help! Non- PPR – Choose a RB from: Snelling, Moats, McFadden, or LJ – I know, I know. Lineup sucks, but I’m still in 1st Place.

      • Shirley 6:50 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d say Snelling. Very probable that Turner won’t start and so Snelling has the best chance to start out of all the guys you listed.

        • Squish 10:11 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, Snelling for sure. Turner is definitely out (I don’t care what he says) and Norwood is doubtful so he’s literally the only RB left. Turner seems to think he can play but nobody has ever played (outside the postseason) the week after a high ankle sprain which is what he has. If he decides to try, he’ll just end up limping off the field after a few carries. Either way, neither Norwood or Turner have practiced this week and that usually means they’ll be inactive. Start Snelling with confidence.

      • Brandon 5:05 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Shirley and Squish…Snelling is your man!

        • sal 2:12 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          change of plans – made a trade for Marion the (non)Barbarian – how do we feel now? snelling or marion anfd the RB by Committee (not to mention- unpredictable Jason Garrett)?

        • Squish 6:14 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I still think you have to go with Snelling this week. However, if either Turner or Norwood end up playing this week, feel fre to go with Barber. As far as I’m concerned Snelling is only a good play if he starts. If he doesn’t start I like the Barber instead.

    • Jake 2:46 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need to start 3 of the 6 (at least 1 RB):
      M. Sims-Walker
      C. Chambers
      M. Wallace
      J. Maclin
      J. Addai
      L. Betts

      • craig 2:56 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        for advice on everything fantasy football go to http://www.thefantasyfootballguru.com

        • Squish 10:19 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Damn! At least when I link to ffgeek I at least answer the person’s question first! How rude! Besides everyone knows that the good FF players don’t consider themselves “gurus” so much as obsessed geeks and nerds. Guru is just a self-dedicated title to make a person feel more confident about their lack of skills.

          Anyway…

          I’d go with Betts, Addai and MSW. Addai may seem to have a bad matchup but Baltimore hasn’t stopped anyone good on the ground for awhile plus he’s great out the backfield and brown is still hurting. MSW is a beast and should do great at Buffalo. The rest of your list is kind of a pick of who’s more consistent. Betts is your best bet there (say that 5 times fast). The WRs are just too inconsistent. Betts will get plenty of carries and be relied on and should be good for 10+ points in standard scoring.

        • craig 11:20 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          This is the only time I do agree with squish as if you read one of my earlier posts I don’t usually. but besides the subject you guys who run this site have no heart as your hits and misses are so obvious. grow some balls and tell us the answer to some hard questions. Oh ricky williams was really hard to pick as all of their other backs are injured. By the way Gore, Moss, and Addai will have good games making you guys look like idiots come monday.

        • Brandon 5:08 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          If they’re so obvious, why will those guys have a good day and make us look like idiots? Plus, I think we do plenty of “hard question” answering in our Ask the Geeks segments, not to mention all of the comments on our posts. Thanks for the input though!

      • Brandon 5:11 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although I’m not high on Addai this week, I like him more than Betts. As for the other two, Maclin and Wallace are good high risk/high reward players with solid match-ups, but I’m not sure I can recommend you play both as that may set you up for a low scoring week if both don’t live up to their billing. Go with Jeremy Maclin (especially if your league awards for kick returns) and Mike Sims-Walker and hope he can have a decent game against a tough Bills pass defense.

    • craig 11:21 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      they’re called must starts for a reason!

      • Squish 11:30 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        We’ll see if Moss can beat Revis this week. Revis completely shut him down last time and still hasn’t let a WR he’s covered gain more than 50 yards in any game to date this year. He’s shutdown Moss, AJ, Colston, and other than a short TD catch, MSW.

        I got a question for you craig since you are a self-proclaimed fantasy god. Any idea why Moss missed practice Wednesday?

        • craig 11:34 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          it was non injury related jackass and is fully expected to play sunday!

        • Squish 11:35 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          so… no?

        • craig 11:40 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          looks like you’ve got nothing else to say squish so I’m gone!

      • Matt 1:01 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey. HEY. Cut it out. πŸ™‚

        • Squish 2:18 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          The issue has been dealt with. No more arguing with trolls. I promise πŸ˜‰

    • Jones 2:54 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Would you start D Driver or McCoy over Gore this week? (RB/WR spot)

      • Brandon 5:14 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Even with a tough match-up, I can’t recommend you bench Frank Gore for the likes of Driver or McCoy. Stick with Gore and hope he proves my “miss” designation wrong.

    • Angel 3:13 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      need to start 4 of these 5 WR

      R. Wayne
      A. Johnson
      S. Rice
      M. Colston
      S. Holmes

      And 2 of these 4RB

      R. Rice
      B. Scott
      B. Wells
      M. Forte

      • Brandon 5:15 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        At wide receiver, go with your top four guys: Wayne, Johnson, Rice and Colston. For your running back, I like all of those guys (except Forte) this week, but I’d go with Ray Rice and take a chance on Bernard Scott, who has a dream match-up with the Raiders. Good luck!

        • Angel 5:18 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          thanks for the help..

    • Scotty 4:23 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need some good advice as my opponent this week played Ricky Williams & has a nice head start. PPR league & I need to start 2 of 3:

      Thomas Jones vs. NE
      LeSean McCoy vs. CHI
      Jason Snelling vs. NYG

      I’m think of benching Jones, in favor of Snelling. Jones doesn’t catch many passes, whereas Snelling is a gifted receiver. Furthermore, NE’s run defense is tougher than the G-Men. Lastly, I expect the Jets to fall behind early & resort to an aerial attack, thus limiting Jones’ touches.

      Please let me know what you think! Thanks

      • Brandon 5:19 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        T-Jones is playing too good these days to bench. Go with him and hope he picks up a few big runs early in the game (or a short touchdown or two.) For your other RB, go with McCoy, who has a much better match-up and is a bit more of a proven commodity than Snelling.

        • Scotty 8:57 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the advice!

    • Matt 5:22 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m looking for a solid WR3:

      1) B. Marshall vs. SD
      2) S. Breaston @ STL
      3) D. Hester vs. PHI

      I’m also deciding between these two for a good RB2:

      1) F. Gore @ GB
      2) K. Smith vs. CLE

      Also, between these two defenses:

      1) New Orleans @ TB
      2) Dallas vs. WAS

      • Squish 10:50 am on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Brandon Marshall is a must start in most formats so go with him at WR. Breaston definitely could do very well but Marshall gets too many looks to bench. Hester is worth avoiding with the way Cutler is playing.

        You have to go with Gore at RB. Smith may have a great matchup but Gore is a beast and should have a big day regardless of matchup during most weeks.

        For the defenses, it’s really up to you but NO is probably the way to go. They force too many turnovers to bench. Dallas will likely allow less points. But the chance that NO’s defense scores a TD is way too high to bench them in my opinion.

        • Matt 5:02 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the advice.

          Should I still go with Marshall even if Orton is out?

        • Squish 6:16 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          It’s a tough call but I think you still have to play him. However, I don’t think it would be a mistake to error on the side of safety and just play Hester or Breaston instead if Orton is out. I think if you want to make a safe play that should be good for 9 or so points, you’d be best off playing Hester. But if Orton goes, definitely play Marshall.

    • PK 8:22 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      im having trouble filling my 2 flex spots for this week any help would be greatly appreciated!
      WR/TE and WR/RB are the slots i need to fill and my flex players are:
      desean jackson, steve smith (NYG), lesean mccoy, l. coles and jamaal charles

      i always have trouble benching desean but he has not done anything in the past 2 weeks warranting a start, steve smith is coming off a bye but the giants are struggling, lesean mccoy is an enigma in andy reid’s tard offense, coles is coles and jamaal charles is facing pittsburgh……………….decisions decisions!

      my regular starters are as follows
      carson palmer over romo at QB
      andre johnson and vincent jackson at WR
      maurice jones-drew and ray rice at RB
      heath miller at TE
      cincinatti over new orleans at DEF

      • Squish 10:58 am on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Well your lineup as is looks good don’t change anything on the current lineup.

        For your flex slots, you have to start Djax. I don’t know what you are complaining about! He had 8 receptions for 91 yards last week! He may not have gotten in the endzone in awhile but you have to know it’s coming with the number of targets he gets. Steve Smith other than a TD last week has actually done less over the past 4 games than DJax.

        For your WR/RB flex, I think McCoy is your best play since Westbrook is out. Smith could be played here too but stay away from Charles this week.

      • Matt 12:39 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        DeSean Jackson’s a WR1 every week regardless of matchup. He’s the best receiver on a team that passes more than any other squad in the league, and talent-wise is showing that he belongs in the conversation with the best in the business.

    • JRS 2:56 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      nonPPR 14 team league… my RB2 options are L.Betts, B.Scott, and J.Charles (weakest). I also might be able to trade for Lynch. Who should I go with? Scott?

    • rebel 3:54 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      non ppr standard scoring 12 man league. I lost Ronnie, now am thin at rb, I already have Moss starting and taking a gamble on Owens this week, have slaton starting as well, do I start Hester or Harvin, and do I start Caddy or an unproven Bernard Scott?

      • Brandon 9:17 am on November 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Devin Hester at wide receiver and Bernard Scott as your running back.

    • Chris 5:34 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon,

      you have mendenhall on your hit list. Would you start him over s Jackson?

      Chris

      • Squish 6:23 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t speak for Brandon but I personally like Mendenhall over Jackson this week. He has a monster matchup against a team giving up almost 15 points on average to opposing RBs. Pittsburgh should be way ahead all day and he’ll get fed a large meal of carries.

        Steven Jackson mostly is projected to have a good week simply because of who he is. He has a horrible matchup at Arizona and judging from the last couple weeks, I think STL is learning they might need to lean on the pass to get anywhere. They should be down early and go away from the run.

        I feel like Mendenthal is a lock for a big game whereas Jackson has only a decent chance. If I had Mendenthal in any league I’d probably start him over Ray Rice, Frank Gore, and Steven Jackson. This is his week, I’d start him for sure!

      • Brandon 9:19 am on November 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Squish here, go with Mendenhall. However, who are you starting that requires you to bench one of them in the first place?

    • Brandon Walsh 7:21 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      PPR League, should I start Steve Breaston or Derrick Mason. Mason has been pretty consistent and is the clear #1 WR on Baltimore, but Breaston has been hot recently, and I also get points for punt/kickoff returns.

      • Brandon Walsh 7:26 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        And a follow up! Greg Olsen or Tony Gonzalez?

      • Brandon 9:16 am on November 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It’s close, but I like Derrick Mason just because he’s the primary target in the Ravens passing game. At tight end, Greg Olsen is your man this week.

    • DJ 11:33 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Beanie Wells or Laurence Maroney?

      Thanks

    • Mal 1:31 am on November 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Been playing Todd Heap as my TE this season. Has proven pretty useless- other waiver options are

      Scheffler
      Finley
      Davis
      Pettigrew
      Lewis

      • Brandon 9:14 am on November 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Scheffler could be a sneaky play this week, considering he had a huge game the last time the Broncos played the Chargers. However, his quarterback position has some issues.

      • Brandon 12:18 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I guess Pettigrew was the guy to play here…who would have known?!

    • Brett 10:51 am on November 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Marshawn or F. Jackson?

      • Brandon 11:41 am on November 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Pretty much a coin flip here, but I’d go with Lynch and hope he gets some goal line carries.

    • Brett 10:51 am on November 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Lee Evans or Hester?

  • 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.

      Thanks!

      • 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!

  • Matt 3:50 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink
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    Top Five at Five: Week 3 

    Kill me. Now. I was almost done with this post, and then an errant click on the back button wiped it out because I hadn’t thought to save it as a draft yet. Sigh.

    The following are my top five picks for the week at the five positions I give a crap about – i.e., everything but the kicker.

    Quarterback

    1. Drew Brees (@BUF) – He’s in a league of his own, and will occupy this position in the weekly rankings regardless of the matchup until I’m given a good reason to change my mind, which doesn’t seem likely to happen.
    2. Tony Romo (vs. CAR) – He’s the A-Rod of the NFL: He saves his biggest performances for the weakest opponents. (Oh, and he plays for the flashiest team in a shiny new stadium, has dalliances with pop singers, and is alternately exalted and skewered by both the local and national media.)
    3. Peyton Manning (@ARI) – Arizona’s been good against the pass so far, but their opponents (JAX and SF) don’t have aerial attacks anywhere close to the same class as Indy’s. This will almost surely be a shootout. Speaking of which…
    4. Kurt Warner (vs. IND) – If it’s a shootout you’re selling, Warner’s buying. If he wasn’t slightly bothered by a shoulder injury, I’d like him a little bit more than Manning this week.
    5. Tom Brady (vs. ATL) – Rust, the Jets, and Welker’s absence are all valid excuses. But one more off week and he won’t make this list again until he looks like the Brady we used to know. I’m guessing here that the recent Moss injury reports are just a Belichick game of some sort since he was fine all week.

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    • John 6:01 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      For my flex spot, Cadillac Williams, Todd Heap, Devin Hester, Davone Bess, or Mike Sims-Walker?

    • Eric 9:46 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I like Winslow this week too. I’m so torn between him or Witten.. up until tonight I had both of them… and Keller. I just dropped Keller to make room for an IDP that I needed, which broke my heart because I really like him. Talk about depth at TE this year!! I need your help trying to figure out my RB and RB/WR slots for this week. I’m going crazy over it. I have 2 RB and 2 RB/WR’s slots, and I have the following to choose from. This is a PPR league, and we also get points for return yards and TD’s. As of right now, I have Sproles and MJD as my starting RB’s, with Slaton and Johnny Knox as my flex. I also could choose from Benson, Breaston, Jonathon Stewart, Eddie Royal and Dewayne Bowe. My gut tells me to sit Slaton… but he HAS to do somehting soon, doesn’t he?? I keep thinking I should bench both Slaton and Knox, and go with Benson and Stewart. What are your thoughts? I am in a must-win situation this week. With MJD and Slaton starting out so slow, and Jennings doing nothing last week, I’m out to a lethargic 0-2 start. Thanks fellas!

  • Matt 10:56 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink
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    Top Five WR and TE for Week 2, 2009 

    Here’s the second half of my top-five series for this week – the first half was on the QB and RB positions. Normally it would all be one post, but it’s hard to predict when I’ll have free time to write a post with this two-month-old around. Parenthood – you gotta get you some of this!

    Wide Receiver

    1. Andre Johnson (@TEN): Call his week 1 performance (4 catches, 35 yards, no scores) what you will – a blip, early-season rust – just don’t call it a sign of things to come for Andre Johnson and the potent Texans offense. The Titans gave up a whopping 363 yards through the air last week to the Steelers, and Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward both hit the 100-yard mark. With Kevin Walter back in the lineup, the Texans are back in their comfort zone and ready to pounce.
    2. Steve Smith (@ATL): The Eagles utterly shut the Panthers down in week 1, intercepting three of the 13 passes thrown Smith’s way. If he’s targeted 13 times again this week, he’s in for a monster game in Atlanta. An angry Steve Smith is a dangerous Steve Smith. Let’s just hope he doesn’t punch anybody. Again.
    3. Calvin Johnson (vs. MIN): The Vikings offense is a force of nature and its run defense is arguably the stoutest in the league. The only way to stay in the game against them (not that the Lions have a snowball’s chance in hell) is to pass the ball, so pass it they will, and Johnson will probably more or less singlehandedly make the score at least somewhat respectable.
    4. Randy Moss (@ NYJ): Are the Jets really that good? They sure looked it last week, but if I had to bet their track record against that of the Brady-Moss connection, I’ll take the one that set all those records not long ago.
    5. Larry Fitzgerald (@ JAC): With Boldin’s hammy better but still not quite healed, the Cards offense should start slowly rounding into shape this week. Until Boldin and Breaston are back to full health, though, defenses will still be able to key on Fitz like they did last week. I can’t list him any higher than #5, but there’s also no way he doesn’t get a spot on this list.

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    • Wolf 11:33 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I played Greg Olsen last week, but with no luck I decided to grab up a backup TE just in case.. John Carlson. Now here’s the question… Will Greg Olsen come alive vs Pit at home? or should I be tossing in John Carlson to see a repeat of last weeks performance?

    • Ken 12:19 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I would stay with Carlson and try to conjur up a trade with Olsen. Carlson is huge and was all last year. You have to love him with Hasselback healthy.

      • Wolf 12:30 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yah, I may just do that. I have Hasselback on my bench as well (with Peyton Manning playing).. we’ll see how it all pans out.

      • Matt 1:27 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t think about trading Olsen now. His value has nowhere to go but up, and I still think he’s going to have a good season.

        • Wolf 2:07 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Ah yes, I meant that I would play Carlson this week… Definitely not going to trade Olsen (I have a feeling he’s going to be big still and I can’t let that slip away)

        • Matt 2:39 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Me too. Got him on one of my teams and still plan on starting him weekly.

    • Trevor 3:13 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I got a tough decision at my WR2 spot i need to decide between Brandon Marshall, Lance Moore, or Steve Smith(NYG)???

      • Brandon 3:20 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Brandon Marshall. He’s declared that he’s 100% healthy, the team has stated that they want to get him (and Eddie Royal) the ball more this week, plus they’re playing the Browns.

    • Wolf 4:27 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got Wes Welker as one of my WRs (this is a league with a few more points towards WR, so I actually play 4 WRs), but I’m hearing he is not doing well again (knee). How are you liking Roy Williams for this week? Or I could put in a 3rd running back in his place – Steve Slaton – but I don’t believe he is up for a good match this weekend.

    • Will 4:37 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      New to FFootball, luckily drafted LT first, and this is what I’m working with this week. VERY bottom of the barrel for RB’s in our league FA so went heavy with WR’s. Any thoughts as to this line up, or suggestions?

      QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER
      WR TERRELL OWENS
      WR HINES WARD
      WR MARK CLAYTON (BAL)
      RB MIKE BELL (NO)
      RB LE’RON MCCLAIN (BAL)
      TE ZACH MILLER (OAK)
      W/R ISAAC BRUCE (SF)

      BN LADAINIAN TOMLINSON
      BN GLEN COFFEE (SF)
      BN STEVE BREASTON (ARI)
      BN KENNY BRITT (TEN)
      BN BRETT FAVRE
      BN ROBERT MEACHEM (NO)

      Thanks

    • Mike 5:34 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I, also, am starting John Carlson over Greg Olsen this week.
      QB Matt Ryan
      RB Darren McFadden
      RB Cadillac Williams
      RB Larry Johnson
      WR Roddy White
      WR Anquan Boldin
      TE John Carlson
      DST Titans
      K Stephen Gostkowski

      Notable bench players:
      QB Eli Manning
      RB Jamal Lewis
      WR Donald Driver
      TE Greg Olsen

    • pyite9 7:10 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering who to start as a flex. Starting QB Hasselback, RB Jones-Drew and R. Brown, WR C. Johnson, R. White, TE J Witten, K N. Folk, D Vikings. This is a ppr league and more points are awarded for length of a TD. Flex spot do I go with RB T. Hightower, WR D. Driver, or TE V. Shiancoe. Don’t know if Hightower will produce again like last week, Shiancoe is bound to go off cause Fauvre loves his TE’s, and Driver always has the ability to have a huge game.

    • lou 7:36 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I played Carlson last week and he had an awesome day. But I don’t know who I should start this week, Gonzalez or Carlson?

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