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  • Brandon 11:26 am on November 1, 2010 Permalink
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    Week 8 FAIL: Stumblin' Steelers 

    Continuing with a new post for this season, 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?

    Last week it was the Cowboys (and Felix Jones still represents this week!) but this week the team-wide failure is awarded to the Steelers. Pittsburgh couldn’t find a way to pass against the tough Saints defense and it hurt Roethlisberger and his receivers.

    As I mentioned last week, I’ve now included the entire season count of FAIL’s as a new worksheet in the spreadsheet, so you can click the “Season” tab and see where each player stacks up. As expected, drama-king himself, Brett Favre, leads the pack!

    Anyways, here are the rest of them…
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    • AtlantaJJ (Janet) 12:33 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m new to fantasy football, this is not an excuse, just a fact.

      I need to remind myself that this is my year to learn. My goal is to stay in the top 7 of 14 team league.

      My team failed this week, here are some of the reasons why:

      I started Knowshon Moreno against my better judgment. I decided that asking for advice would be better than following my gut feel.

      I didn’t use my critical thinking skills which would have told me that BJGE and Woodhead would have a good day against the Vikings. I’m really upset about this, they burned holes in my bench.

      I didn’t expect Hinds Ward, Heath Miller and the Steelers to just suck wind against the Saints who just caught a beat down by the Browns last week!

      Steve Johnson decided to be mediocre again on the day I decided to start him.

      I followed advise of the “knowledgeable” and started Seattle’s D/ST – which netted me 2 points. I would have done better to stick with the Redskins.

      I actually knew the Titans would loose yesterday. I just always start Chris Johnson no matter what because he’s Chris Johnson. Blount out performed CJ however and burned a hole in my bench.

      I just needed to type all of my pain from week 8 out loud somewhere. I hope I can put it behind me now and move forward.

      Thank goodness I didn’t start James Jones.

      • Brandon 3:43 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll defer to user Squish on this one. See his response below…

    • Squish 3:32 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon,

      Mike Williams was actually injured his knee (bruised) in his game so that’s his excuse. He had no catches before leaving and got the 27 yard catch after returning.

      I know you guys aren’t in the habit of adding kickers but Nick Folk deserves props this week. He netted me -1 points in my money league which penalizes for misses.

      Janet, you seem to have made all the right calls this week they just turned out bad. On paper, the Seattle defense should have destroyed OAK. It was a fluke that they didn’t. In reality, the Rams had the best matchup this week and their defense followed through as it should have. Seattle was expected to do the same. It just happened weird. Was Cleveland supposed to smoke the Saints last week? I think not. The stats are broadly predictable most of the time but not always. Just stick with good advice and you’ll end up getting the better results in the end.

      Moreno gets way too many goal-line carries to bench normally and Tebow stole his TD this week.

      What skills could have told you that the NE backfield would play well? Minnesota is generally a fairly stout run defense and NE generally has a fairly useless backfield by committee even at its best.

      I present no excuses for Heath Miller. He should be back on track with Big Ben at the helm but he isn’t. I’m as confused as you are. Ward has a good excuse in that he is old. The Steelers are also passing less this year.

      Steve Johnson had a fine day, it’s all you can expect of a waiver pick-up. Draft an elite WR if you want better results than a TD and 37 yards receiving each week. Generally if a WR gets in the endzone, he has had a good week regardless of yardage or catches. I think because of all the big performances by WRs this year that people are starting to forget they aren’t a reliable source of scoring.

      If you had started Blount over CJ you would have been a prophet of FF. Nobody could have predicted that. though CJ got into the endzone so why complain?

      Some weeks just don’t work out the way they are expected too. This week in my money league I’m going to score less than half the points my team (the league leader) normally does. I am already past it. I had bye week troubles but there was no excuse. My team had their off-week which is fine with me. I know I have a great team and this was a fluke. Let it go and you’ll be much better off.

      • Brandon 3:44 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Squish…but next time make sure to click the “Reply” button for the actual comment you’re responding too! ๐Ÿ™‚ That way the user who posted the comment will be notified of the response.

        • Squish 11:19 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Well it started out just the comment to you about Folk and Williams but then the other comment appeared while I was typing the response to your list. I started addressing it and the next thing you know it was more of that than the original comment lol. Just a case of what happens when you address two posts in one I guess.

    • Hawgman 4:08 pm on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a sure fire way to make Big Ben put up mad numbers – All I gotta do is keep him on my bench!! I am in one of the lowest scoring contests of the year against the team I am tied with for 1st in my division. My QB puts up less than SIX POINTS!!!
      Just hope Andre can blow it up tonight. All I need is a couple TD’s and I can eek out a win…

      • Hawgman 11:22 am on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Update (as if anyone else really cares), Andre did his job, but I still lost by a frakkin HALF POINT! I blame it on the Miami D (dropping all those INTs they had in their hands) and/or Big Ben.
        Oh well, on to the next victim! He has 5 or 6 bye-bye babies, so I am hoping for the best.

  • Brandon 9:42 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 6 pick-ups: Mark Clayton out for the year and Patriots players galore! 

    Here are your potential waiver wire pick-ups for week 6. I missed the mark a bit last week with the Sam Bradford prediction, but who knew the Rams would look so terrible against the Lions?! Anyways, this week’s top players are Danny Amendola, who becomes the top receiver in St. Louis with Mark Clayton suffering a season-ending injury. I like Brandon Tate and Aaron Hernandez now that Randy Moss is out of town. Also, Roy Williams and Felix Jones seem to be starter-worthy fantasy players now. Anyways, take a look and see if any of these guys can help your squad overcome some injuries and bye weeks…

     
    • Brian 7:11 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Need some help fellas. Got crushed by injury god this week with Rogers – Finley – Clayton. Like to hear who you recommend me grabbing from waivers:

      Finley Replacements:
      Pettigrew
      Hernandez
      Moeaki
      O. Daniels

      Clayton replacements:
      Crabtree
      Gaffney
      Britt
      St. Johnson (Buf)
      Cribbs
      Knox

      Luckily I have Big Ben coming back so he will serve if Rogers can’t play. I have been trying to make a trade for WR depth for weeks with nobody budging so I don’t hold much hope but will keep trying. Thanks for your time!

      • Brian 7:14 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just read your list again and noticed Amendola -he too is still available.

        • J 8:39 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Pettigrew/Hernandez
          Crabtree over Steve J

      • Squish 3:36 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d grab Crabtree for sure. With the new offensive coordinator in town he’s seeing a lot more targets than before. It’s only a matter of time before he matches the numbers people were expecting of him before the season.

        At TE I like Pettigrew more than the others listed due to him being a favorite target of hill. He’s currently 8th among TEs in targets which is a great factor to go by. Also consider adding Heath Miller if he’s out there since he’s an elite (top 5) TE when Big Ben is around.

      • Brandon 8:47 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with “J” on this one, but favor Aaron Hernandez slightly over Pettigrew, just because of the potential upside now that Randy Moss is out of town. Grab Crabtree though.

    • TJ 10:07 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Guys, like everyone else here I got pummeled yesterday (Clayton, Foster, Schaub starting….). But’s it’s only my first loss, so life isn’t all bad. A few questions:

      WR – All these guys are available FAs – who to pick for Clayton? (I was thinking Tate, but really not as tuned into the NE scene as you, Brandon…) Have: White, Collie, Floyd, Lloyd
      – Tate, R Williams, M Williams, Bess, Britt, Amendola, MSW, Braylon

      QB: Time to pick up a Schaub backup, would prefer a longer-term option: Freeman, Young, Smith – leaning toward Freeman, but just don’t love any of them. Also available are Hill, Hasselback, Garrard, Oakland QBs, Fitzpatrick & Cassel…. really bottom feeding here. One possibility might be to offer to trade to a fellow owner: She has Brees AND Rodgers (!) – and the rest of her team is weak, especially at WR, could maybe offer one of my WRs for Rodgers (tho hard to pick which one…..). Ideally she’d be clueless enough to take a one-for-one trade of Schaub for Rodgers, seeing how he’s concussed and all and she has no QB for wk 10, but I don’t know if that will fly.

      RB – Ryan Torain and the ‘Skins line seemed a little underwhelming yesterday. Still worth holding? Lynch, Spiller, BJGE available.

      Much thanks, as always.

      • Squish 3:49 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d take a flyer on Tate but I don’t think you really need any help at Wr. The guy you pick up will see little playing time. Out of those options, only MSW has as much upside as Tate. Brandon will definitely tell you to go with MSW.

        At QB it’s a tossup. I’d just play it week to week by matchup. None of those guys really stick out. Normally I’d lke Hill the best but CJ’s shoulder injury could greatly decrease his value. that being said, I think he’s going to get the Lions an NFL record for most passes to a TE in a season. (Currently at 71). That being said, I don’t like his matchups the next couple weeks and I’m betting Stafford will be back soon enough. I’d take Freeman and hope it works out.

        I think you have to hang with Torain at least until after next week. They play the horrible Indy run defense and he could be in for a huge day.

      • Brandon 9:09 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, Squish thinks he knows me so well, but unfortunately I can’t recommend Sims-Walker on this one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually Brandon Tate in your situation, since you have enough starters at the position and are looking for upside primarily. If you wanted an instant starter though, Braylon Edwards and Roy Williams seem pretty solid.

        At quarterback, I think I like David Garrard the most due to the touchdowns he’s been throwing these days. At running back, stick with Torain for now.

        • TJ 2:47 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, for advice on the WRs, don’t need an immediate starter so may just sit on Tate for a while.
          Looks like the other owner is OK with trading me Rogers for Schaub….might come back to burn me in wk 10 when I face her and Schaub has Jac (or if Rodgers gets whacked again….), but right now I’m thinking even a banged up Rodgers is a better bet than Schaub, who is just not looking sharp lately

          What do you guys think of D’s this week – any bottom-feeders you think might shine? NE, Det, OAK, ATL, WAS, SEA…… a

          • Brandon 8:56 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            I just picked up Tennessee in one of my leagues and they should be decent if they’re available. Atlanta has been solid this year and they’ll be playing Kevin Kolb, who I would say the jury is still out on if he’s a legit NFL quarterback or not. I’d probably go with them out of the group.

    • Squish 3:29 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think Heath Miller is worth adding this week now that Big Ben will be playing again. He’s consistently a top 5 TE when Big Ben is healthy. He’s widely available and with Big Ben shaking the rest off and missing Holmes as a target, I’d expect Miller to have the best stretch of fantasy numbers he’s ever seen from here on out.

      • Brandon 9:13 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure about the whole top 5 TE thing with Heath Miller. Looking at his stats from the past few years (click the 2009, 5Y, 3Y, 2Y filters,) he seems to be around 8-12, so a borderline TE1 for a team. This year I expect more of the same, especially with the abundance of solid players at the position.

    • Joe 6:14 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I lost Clayton this week and was wondering who to pick up:
      Kenny britt, deion branch,mike thomas, steve johnson, dywane bowe,kevin walter, or bess

      • Brandon 9:02 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry we didn’t get to this before waivers cleared (at least I assume they did.) I like Steve Johnson, as it appears he’s become Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite target in Buffalo, but he’s on a bye this week so that won’t help you out a lot if you’re in a bind. Mike Thomas is alright in a PPR league, but won’t score a whole lot. On the other end is Kenny Britt, who probably won’t catch as many passes, but is finding the endzone with regularity these days. If you’re feeling especially risky, you could go with Dwayne Bowe, even with his terrible game of drops last week. The Chiefs play a terrible Houston pass defense and this could be a chance for Bowe to redeem himself.

    • matt 12:27 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      for “the fantasy football geek blog” I am shocked at your waiver wire pickups.. do you think we play in handicap leagues, nearly 90% of the players you listed are all rostered in my league and I can only assume the majority of others as well

      • sean 3:31 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Seriously, i count 3 players that are actually available in my main league. this list seems more suited for fantasy beginners.

        • Brandon 8:53 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I don’t recall ever saying that we wrote this blog only for fantasy football experts. Plenty of beginners visit the site and checking the ownership percentages in Yahoo, it doesn’t appear that these players are owned in 90% of leagues. For example…

          – Danny Amendola: 29%
          – Deion Branch: 15%
          – Marcedes Lewis: 57%
          – Steve Johnson: 18%
          – Aaron Hernandez: 52%
          – Mike Hart: 5%

          If you want a comprehensive list to satisfy the experts, I’m sure the Talented Mr. Roto Matthew Berry or someone like him can help you out. This blog is mostly a place where people can ask questions, help others out, etc. Once we start getting paid the big bucks, then we’ll make a specific list of waiver wire adds ONLY for expert players, which only includes a few select players that we’re sure aren’t taken in the experienced leagues out there.

          Thanks for visiting though!

          • matt 12:21 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            yeah man i didn’t mean to chirp you and for your info i would much rather visit this site than look at fat matthew berry eating hotdogs.. as far as im concerned hes a plug when it comes to fantasy football. keep up the good work boys and ps. yahoo leagues suck

    • Reed 12:00 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, can you give me some help evaluating this trade offer. Here is my team: Mcnabb, Vick & Freeman @ QB – Ray Rice, Pierre Thomas, Felix Jones, and Tolbert @ RB- Brandon Marshall, Ochocinco, B Lloyd, Brandon Tate, Nate Washington, & Vincent Jackson @ WR.

      We start 1 QB, 2 RB’s, 3 WR’s and a QB/WR/RB/TE Flex.

      I have been offered BJGE for Brandon Tate. What are your thoughts? I am leaning towards making the trade, because of injury worries for Thomas, and the emergence of Ryan Matthews. Thoughts?

      • Brandon 12:06 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, not a huge fan of this trade. I think Tolbert should continue to see carries and should have nearly as much upside as Green-Ellis for the remainder of the year. It seems Felix Jones is emerging as a decent option at RB, so you can start him and Ray Rice at the position. Brandon Tate is all upside at this point and could end up being your flex play for the rest of the year. Maybe you can trade Nate Washington for BJGE? ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Reed 12:19 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          OK. Thanks for the help. I dont think he is taking Washinton for BJGE!!! And Washington does still have the Jags on the schedule twice. It hurts to even make that joke, i am a huge Jags fan!

          I posted the comment twice by mistake, my bad!

          Thanks for your help!

    • Reed 12:15 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, can you give me some help evaluating this trade offer. Here is my team: Mcnabb, Vick & Freeman @ QB โ€“ Ray Rice, Pierre Thomas, Felix Jones, and Tolbert @ RB- Brandon Marshall, Ochocinco, B Lloyd, Brandon Tate, Nate Washington, & Vincent Jackson @ WR.

      We start 1 QB, 2 RBโ€™s, 3 WRโ€™s and a QB/WR/RB/TE Flex.

      I have been offered BJGE for Brandon Tate. What are your thoughts? I am leaning towards making the trade, because of injury worries for Thomas, and the emergence of Ryan Matthews. Thoughts?

    • Phootballer 7:36 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Amendola or Roy Williams in a non-PPR league
      Furthermore, who would you start in week 6?

      Knox, Amendola, or R.Williams?

      • Brandon 9:07 am on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I think I’d gamble on Amendola to be honest. Even in a non-PPR league, the Rams are going to be getting pounded by the Chargers and I assume they’ll throw the ball about 50 times or so as they try to keep up. Amendola should see even more looks now that Mark Clayton is out for the year.

      • Brandon 9:09 am on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        However, the Seahawks are giving up a ton of passing hards and Jay Cutler is returning for the Bears. I’d say the highest risk/reward is Knox, but the safer bet is Amendola.

  • Brandon 1:56 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink
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    Quick updates on Roethlisberger, Hardesty and White 

    In case you hadn’t heard yet, there have been some important changes in the status for a few players in the upcoming season. To begin, Browns rookie running back Montario Hardesty will miss the entire season with a torn ACL. I wouldn’t draft him even in a keeper league at this point. Another running back slated to miss the entire year is Denver’s reclamation project, LenDale White. White tore his Achilles tendon and should be no where near your fantasy football team (if for some reason you were considering it in the first place!)

    Finally, Ben Roethlisberger has had his suspension cut from six games to four, which I assume was due to good behavior. While the fact that he’s out four games makes him nothing but a backup QB to start the season for your team, he could carry you down the stretch if paired with some mid-tier quarterback that can limp you through the first quarter of the season. The same goes for his former teammate, Santonio Holmes of the Jets, who can be had for a bargain and has looked great in the preseason.

    By the way, Roethlisberger is the only Pittsburgh quarterback you really should be drafting. The other guys will be a waste of a roster spot and are no better than top 25 signal callers anyways.

     
    • Matt 8:39 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I was thrilled to get Roethlisberger as my QB2 in our League of Champions draft with Flacco as my QB1. He’s the perfect QB2 to draft if you wait until the mid-rounds to draft your QB1 – there’s little doubt that he’ll be ready to play when his suspension ends.

    • Squish 3:31 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget that Housh and Leinert got released too.

    • Mal 7:45 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      guys, my live draft is in T-1hr15min anyone keen to coach me through it? Cause i’m all ears. Skype/msn etc

      • Brandon 9:59 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You drafting? Who’d you get so far? Probably won’t be on too long to help, but was curious how it’s going.

        • Mal 10:51 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          My first proper live draft (after missing last years)- twas good fun- thoughts.

          12 Man keeper league 2RB/3WR

          QB – Brady
          RB – Deangelo (3rd round!), forte, LT, McFadden (only RB @ oakland now right?), rashad jennings (12th pick in case MJD goes down)
          WR – Andre Johnson (boom!), Occhocinco, Hines Ward, Mason, Naanee
          TE – Cooley (hard choice, as shiancoe & zach miller were there)
          K – Longwell (stoked)
          DEF GB (DAL BAL were avail),ARI(drafted for 1st week match up vs St Louis, thoughts?)

      • Brandon 9:14 am on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Solid team there. Not sure I can really criticize any particular position. If Forte and D-Williams return to their numbers from a couple years ago, you’ll be stacked at RB.

        • Mal 1:20 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Brandon. I’ll be hitting you guys up a LOT this season. Keenly awaiting your first starts/sits thread. Also, saw TJ’s move- kills my Mason value. Start Arizona D this week?

        • Brandon 6:50 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I do like Arizona D against the Rams. Check out our User Requested Rankings for week 1. I’ve thrown the Cardinals defense on there and can throw any others that you are also considering.

          http://www.ffgeekblog.com/advice/user-requested-player-ranks-week-1/

    • Brett 9:45 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yah, I like pairing Roethlisberger with Favre. I’m a little worried about Favre staying healthy all season, but I’m sure he’ll make it through the first 5 weeks, so I’ll have Big Ben if Favre goes down. They’re a great duo!

      • danny a. 8:47 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        hey whats up matt? its big danny aidala. i have a dilemma at my second qb spot and its not pretty…. should i start henne against your beloved bills or vince young against the raids?. dont worry rodgers is my other qb.

    • mlw 3:35 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      leave Ben alone. hes awesome…were going to playoffs.

  • Brandon 2:39 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 16: CHAMPIONSHIP TIME! 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for this week. It’s championship week for most league’s out there, so hopefully these tips can help you bring home the bacon! As usual, please feel free to leave a comment on any of our posts with additional hit/miss questions and we’ll try our hardest to get back to you in a timely fashion. Good luck!

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    • Tommy 3:14 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hereโ€™s my dilemma, heading into the finalsโ€ฆ

      We have at QB:

      Jay Cutler vs. Minnesota
      OR
      Matt Moore @ NYG

      At running back, pick 4:
      Maurice Jones Drew @NE
      Jamaal Charles @Cincinnati
      Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Carolina
      Jerome Harrison vs. Oakland
      Quinton Ganther vs. Dallas
      Maurice Morris @SF

      At WR, pick 3:
      Vincent Jackson @Tennessee
      Devin Thomas vs. Dallas
      Chris Chambers @ Cincinnati
      Dwyane Bowe @ Cincinnati
      Mike Thomas @ NE
      Justin Gage vs. SD

      Thanks dude, as always.

    • Shane 3:48 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Looking for a little help:
      Sitting Peyton Manning this week i’m left with two options
      Big Ben vs. Baltimore
      Alex Smith vs. Detroit

      Also WR help:
      Driver vs. Seattle on the Frozen Tundra
      Crabtree vs. Lions miserable secondary at Candlestick
      Meachem vs. Tampa Bay at home

      • Tommy 4:57 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Alex Smith will have a huge game vs. Detroit.

        Am I supposed to pick one WR? If so, then Crabtree. I’m a big fan of having a QB-WR duo on the same team (I have Rivers, Jackson, and Gates all on my team).

      • Brandon 10:46 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Tommy on Alex Smith, but at receiver I like Robert Meachem, who should rebound with a touchdown this week as the Saints fight for home field advantage through the playoffs. All of those receivers make solid plays though.

    • Anthony 3:52 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need help with Flex Spots. I have Robert Meachem for WR and MJD for RB. I need to players for my flex spots. I have Mike Sims Walker, Laurence Maroney, Jason Snelling, Mike Sims Walker, Cadillac Williams, Josh Cribbs (no points for return yds), and Chester Taylor.

      Thanks!

      • Anthony 3:52 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        need two players*

      • Shane 3:59 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        MSW and Maroney

      • Brandon 10:53 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Laurence Maroney and Jason Snelling (against the worst run defense in the league) this week.

    • Luke 4:10 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys Merry Christmas
      I need 2 RBs from Addai, Deangelo Williams and Maroney, and i need 2 WRs from Fitzgerald, Ochocinco and Jennings
      Thanks

      • Tommy 5:58 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Addai and Maroney

        Fitz and Ochocinco

      • Matt 9:43 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Keep an eye on Williams, but at this point the ankle doesn’t look good. Fitz is a must-start every week, and Ocho’s got KC so that’s a winner.

    • Zack 5:20 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need help in starting 3 WR
      Vincent Jackson
      Randy Moss
      Andre Johnson
      DeSean Jackson

      • Matt 9:04 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Those are some ridiculous options. Andre Johnson is the absolute must-start of this group. Even though you’d normally think of Moss as a must-start, I’d bench him in your case because he’s gone five games in a row without a 100-yard performance, that troubling one-catch game was only two weeks ago, and he’s averaged just over three catches per game over the past five.

    • Tommy 5:59 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Sit V-Jax. Tough decision though- those are 4 WRs that could be the #1 on any given fantasy team.

    • NIck 6:49 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need Help 3WR –ppr

      D. Jackson vs broncos
      H. Ward vs Ravens
      Mike sims-walker vs Pats
      Crabtree vs lions

      • Matt 9:45 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I love Hines Ward this week against a banged-up Ravens secondary. Crabtree’s the odd man out for me.

    • nero 8:05 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m looking pretty good going into the championship game with a healthy team and great matchups to boot while my opponent has some really tough matchups, a key guy that might sit and injury problems.

      Last week I started (we get return yards btw).:

      Rivers
      Moss
      Fitzgerald
      Cribbs
      Rice
      Wells
      Tony Gonzalez
      Saints
      Tynes
      James Harrison (this week I picked up Beason for this slot)

      My opponent has
      McNabb
      Mason
      Cotchery
      DeSean
      Barber
      Harrison (he picked him up this week for Forsett, he’s got Turner out)
      Dallas Clark
      Steelers
      Nugent
      London Fletcher

      My question is related to my RBs. I had been using Pierre Thomas all year long until 2 weeks ago but it’s been effort poorly spent.

      I have been toying around with the idea of starting Wells and Thomas this week to avoid the Steelers run D with Rice but there’s no way to bench him. So Wells or Thomas? Right now I’m leaning heavy towards Wells since hes the man, riding a 2 game TD streak and even the Texans could run on the Rams, plus I expect AZ to get up early.

      • Matt 9:51 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree – you’re going with Wells for all the right reasons. This is going to be a rout and the Cards use Wells far more than Hightower in these kinds of games, with last week’s game in Detroit (17 rush, 110 yards and a score) a perfect example of what he can do against a bad opponent. He’s a virtual lock for a nice game, whereas the same certainly can’t be said for Thomas, who hasn’t found the end zone since week 11.

    • Matt Scott 9:54 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      3 issues with my chamionship game this week.
      Manning or Benro in Week 16???
      NYG Steve Smith or Hester/ Clayton…My other WR is Mason.
      Pats or Carolina D???

      • Matt 9:54 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        QB – Which Manning? If it’s Peyton, then go with him. If it’s Eli, then go with Ben.
        WR – Smith. By a mile. Don’t overthink this one.
        DEF – Pats. But check your waiver wire. Are the Falcons or Cowboys available? (See my post on this.)

    • Sam 11:40 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      this is who I have, who should I start. Some are obvious put I’m still putting my whole line up.

      QB – Rivers, Orton
      RB – C. Johnson, Ganther, M. Morris, Jennings, Westbrook
      WR – Austin, Ochocinco, Avery, Burleson, J. Morgan
      DEF – SF or NE

      1QB
      2RB
      2WR
      1WR/RB
      1DEF

      • Matt 9:58 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        QB – Rivers by a mile, no question.
        RB – CJ + Ganther
        WR – Austin + Ocho (by a mile)
        DEF – 49ers. Again, by a mile.

        These are all straightforward picks, which is great – no second-guessing.

        • Sam 10:56 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          yeah i thought so. What about for the flex spot? I’m thinking Morris over Morgan?

        • Brandon 11:51 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          As you say, go with Morris over Morgan.

    • Dean 12:38 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      First time in Championship. Have a couple of questions. I have on my team…
      QB-Romo, Smith
      RB-Rice, Harrison, Wells, Maroney, Jackson
      WR-R. Moss, Djax, NYG Smith

      We play 1 QB and I must start a min of 1 RB and 1 WR above. I have three more slots for RB/WR mix. Who should I start?
      Thanks a bunch and Merry Christmas!!

      • Matt 10:05 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I worry about Romo this week – Washington shut him down pretty well earlier in the season, and despite their issues they always show up to play in division games. Smith has Detroit, one of the sweetest matchups for any fantasy QB, and in your shoes I think I’d give him a shot over Romo.

        There’s no way you bench Harrison this week. Absolutely no way, especially given that he’s got another sweet matchup. So go with him, both Jacksons, Rice, and Moss.

    • Sona 4:57 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      yeahhhhh! made it to the finals! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the help till now ๐Ÿ™‚ Need your opinion TE options : Kellen Winslow or Fred Davis. Flex position: Ganther, Maurice Morris, Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes Def available: Falcons, 49ers, Colts and Steelers

      • Brandon 10:08 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Fred Davis at tight end, Holmes in the flex spot and at defense, go with the 49ers.

    • Nick 12:06 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      What kills me is that any bozo can make an internet fantasy page. Even the ones that charge typically have incompetent people giving their opinions. Think about this. Buffalo has the #5 pass defense in the NFL for 2009. This week they lost their #1 corner and their all pro safety who has 9 ints. Now, how is it that you can tout the great Buffalo pass defense. THEY’RE NOT PLAYING!!! Do your homework! And their #2 corner is out too! Who’s gonna cover?

      • Brandon 10:09 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        We’ll make sure to refund your money right away…

    • Brandon Walsh 12:50 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Guys, looking for advice from anyone who would like to share it.

      My RB situation is totally messing with my head.

      Pick 2

      Marion Barber…coming off his best game of the season and up against the pitiful Redskins.
      Jonathan Stewart…if Deangelo is out again this guy seems to dominate. Going up against a decent Giants run D.
      Lawrence Maroney…at home vs. the Jags, he has been my most consistent back over the last few weeks. I also have Brady though, so if the Pats get shut out or limited to FGs then I’m screwed by playing both guys. (I know its unlikely)
      Pierre Thomas…on the best offense in the league, but has really been pretty lousy for the last 4-5 games. No PPR for RBs in in my league, otherwise he’d be a must start. Up against the Bucs worst run D in the NFL.
      And the Sleeper.
      Last weeks mystery stud Michael Bush…I’m not really considering him, but he did have a huge game last week, and this week he plays the god awful Browns.

      Thanks!! Merry Xmas.

    • Bobby Triplett 12:54 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I went from worst to first in the last 8 weeks, and now I find myself in the championship game.
      We are a PPR league and here is what I have so far… Would love your advice bro. Love the show man.
      Bobby

      QB: Palmer
      WR: A. Johnson
      WR: A. Bryant
      RB: R.Grant
      RB: L. McCoy
      TE: D. Thomas
      FLEX: M. Morris
      DEF: Atlanta
      D: L. Briggs
      D: B. Cushing

      K. N Keading

      Here is my bench… If you think anything should switch let me know man thanks.

      WR. A. Collie
      WR. L Moorse
      WR. M. Massaquoi
      RB. J. Forrset
      QB. C Henne
      TE. Z Miller
      K. L Tynes
      D. C. Sessions

      • Brandon 11:48 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        The only real change I’d consider making is replacing Antonio Bryant with Austin Collie. Collie will most likely not be one of the Colts benched early if they decide to go that direction in this game. Good luck.

    • erik hassy 3:23 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have a tought choice to make between Santonio Holmes, Ocho-Cinco and Chris Chambers at WR. Who should I start and should I bench Michael Bush against the Cleveland sieve D and use one of the WR as a flex?

      • Brandon 10:05 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Holmes and Ochocinco at wide receiver, with Michael Bush over Chambers in the flex spot. The worry with Chambers is that Dwayne Bowe will take over as the top receiver now that he’s back in the swing of things.

    • Patrick 4:08 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Quarterback Dilemma:

      I have Manning slated to start v. Jets; but Warner v. Rams on the bench. My gut says go with Warner v. Rams (they are terrible) but he has been average at best the past two weeks. But Manning faces the #1 defense in the NFL, and may have limited playing time…

      What to do?

      • Brandon 10:03 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Warner just in case Manning doesn’t play the whole game.

    • Amir 4:32 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      KEEPER LEAGUE QUESTION —

      I’m in a keeper league and think I have a decent idea about who to keep on my roster — does anyone know of any article with a list of possible sleeper keepers for the next year (our rules are you can keep anyone you just lose a draft pick 2 rounds higher than the round they were originally drafted)

      Let me know

    • DFonz001 10:41 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Well guy I’m in the championship game and I’d like to say thank’s for your help when I needed it, good luck to you as well. I needed to know If I should start
      QB: Peyton Manning or Alex Smith
      WR: Randy Moss, Brandon Marshall, or Santonio Holmes (I need two receivers)
      RB: Laurence Maroney or Marion Barber
      I’d really appreciate your help as you can see I have good players thats why its so hard for me to decide.

      • Brandon 11:43 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Alex Smith with a great match-up against the Lions. At receiver, Moss and Marshall, with Maroney filling out the running back spot. Good luck dude!

    • DFonz001 10:43 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      By the way MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

    • Chris 12:21 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Mason or driver this week?

      • Brandon 11:42 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yahoo apparently loves Donald Driver this week, but I’m going with Derrick Mason, who has a touchdown in two straight games is the uncontested number one receiver in the offense.

    • Greg 3:03 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Maurice Morris or Brian Westbrook? Normally a no brainer. You can’t predict BW’s touches but I don’t trust backups who have one good game as a fill-in #1. Westbrook is home and Morris is away. Denver has batter D. I’m squarely on the picket fence and it’s not comfortable.

      • Tommy 6:36 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        10000000% Maurice Morris. Westbrook is a complete gamble, and Maurice Morris is guaranteed carries.

        • Greg 11:06 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Here’s another one. Chris Chambers or Hakeem Nicks. RE Nicks, I shy away from bad hammies, but I think his projections are rising. Someone knows something! As of now I have Chambers penciled in.

      • Brandon 11:39 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Gotta agree with Tommy here, go with Maurice Morris.

    • ChadClay 3:54 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Merry Christmas!
      I would like some lineup help please. I am in a PPR league that rewards return yardage. Thanks for your help!
      QB: Aaron Rodgers
      RB: Ray Rice, Thomas Jones, Beanie Wells, Forsett, or Hightower.
      WR: Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Miles Austin, or Johnny Knox (I need two)
      TE: Jermichael Finley or Fred Davis (I need one)
      Flex: Any of the above WR’s or RB’s (I need one)

      Thanks again!

      • ChadClay 3:55 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry. Forgot to say how many RBs I need. I need two. Thanks again!

      • Tommy 6:35 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        RB: Ray Rice and Beanie Wells
        WR: Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald
        TE: Fred Davis
        W/R: Miles Austin

      • Brandon 11:46 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Tommy for the most part, but I like Jermichael Finley over Fred Davis this week. I wish you could get Thomas Jones in there somehow, but it looks like he’ll have to cheer your team on from the bench this week.

    • Harry 7:12 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Merry Christmas All !!! Should I start New England or Miami D this week ??? This is for all the marbles….LOL Thanks for any input !!!

      • Brandon 11:09 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with New England this week…I have a good feeling about them playing at home.

        • Harry 11:11 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thank You ๐Ÿ™‚

    • aker 8:34 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got Gonzalez at TE. Finley is available, and I’m looking to find points anywhere I can get them. Thoughts as between the two? Gave up Vernon Davis earlier in the season thinking that I would never justify starting him over Tony G. Don’t want to foolishly overestimate Gonzo again. Your advice is always appreciated.

      • Brandon 11:38 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d stick with Gonzo this weekend. He’s been getting looks on a consistent basis all season and there’s no real reason to switch to Finley.

    • Suzanne 3:30 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Help! At QB — Matt Schaub or Alex Smith?

      • Tw 5:45 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        SF is not playing for their play-off lives and has a running game, Smith looked poor last wk, DET is improving
        I’d stick with Schaub
        GOOD LUCK

      • Brandon 11:04 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Tw here, go with Schaub who plays a Dolphins team that was just lit up by Vince Young of all people last week.

    • Lucas 4:42 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      In the final – $600 on the line playing the number 1 team
      PPR, 1pt/20yds rush/rec, 6 pts/TD
      Need 2 RB: Rice, Wells, PT, Harrison
      Need 2 WR: Colston, Driver, Crabtree
      Need 1 TE: Dallas Clark,Finley
      Am thinking Rice, Wells, Colston, Crabtree, Finley
      Thoughts?
      Worth mentioning that my opponent has Rogers, so Finley over Clark seems like the right move (IND may rest starters). Really torn over Driver vs. Crabtree.
      My line-up (as of now):
      Brees, Rice, Wells, Colston, Crabtree, Finley, Bironas, Cards D

      Opponent:
      Rogers, AP, Benson, Wayne, Welker, Winslow, Akers, Ravens D
      How do you like my chances???

      • Brandon 11:09 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I also like Rice, Wells, Colston and Finley, but at receiver I’d go with Donald Driver, who has proven to have more big game potential than Crabtree at this point.

        As for your chances, it should be a pretty good battle, but hopefully Reggie Wayne has a short day and gives you the slight edge. Good luck and feel free to “donate” a bit of those winnings to the FFGeekBlog cause!

    • Tw 5:59 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Driver w/ Finley helps cover rodgers better
      Starting colston w. brees gives you the edge
      Good luck

    • Greg 10:05 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hakeem Nicks (bad hammie but his projections seem to be rising) or Chris Chambers?

      • Brandon 10:56 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I guess if you hear that Nicks is starting when they announce the actives/inactives, you could consider starting him, but I’d just go with Chambers who is definitely going to start and continues to put up numbers for the Chiefs.

        • Greg 12:18 pm on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks. I agree.

    • Leah 10:18 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Schaub or Brees . . . in the Finals. Decisions Decisions

      • Brandon 11:03 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, that’s a tough (but good) decision to have to make. Last time the Saints played Tampa Bay, he didn’t rack up all that much yardage, but he still managed three touchdowns. I’m guessing this week he throws for some solid yards and again gets the touchdowns as well as his team fights to clinch home field advantage in the playoffs. Go with Brees.

    • Swaimy 11:11 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      tough calls
      RB
      Thomas Jones or Jamaal Charles
      WR
      Mike Sims-walker or Hines Ward

    • Chadclay 11:57 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for your feedback!

    • eric ivy 12:40 pm on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ok so i got aaron rodgers chris johnson frank gore derrick mason tony gonzalez 49 ers d and jeff reed …. my flex spot choices are t.0. santonio holmes cadilac n collie. who should i pick

      • Brandon 12:46 pm on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Santonio Holmes. The other guys are too inconsistent or risky (if Peyton sits early.)

  • Brandon 3:46 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 14: Win or Go Home! 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for the upcoming games, 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!) In most leagues out there this is the first week of the playoffs, so you absolutely need to win if you want to continue your journey towards that league championship. Hopefully a few of these hit and miss suggestions will help you make those tough roster decisions and if they don’t, please feel free to leave a comment with your specific situation. Good luck!

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    • Lindsay 6:25 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So I was able to land myself in 3rd place in a 10 team league so I am in the playoffs, but without a bye this week. My RB position is seriously sad and getting worse each week it seems, so I need some help.
      My roster right now looks like this

      QB Romo, Orton
      WR Colston, Smith(nyg), Meacham, Collie, Avery, Bess Floyd
      RB R. Williams, Forte, Ganther
      DEF Jets

      I am thinking Romo at QB…Colston, Smith, and Meacham for WRs and maybe Williams and Ganther for my 2 RBs…I need a flex play…last wk I played Avery over Bess which wasn’t so great, but who could predict that. I am thinking Avery again this week. Please let me know what you think of my lineup and who I should switch out if any!! Thx for all your help!!!

      • Lindsay 6:26 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, I also have Evans, who I normally wouldn’t consider but he does have a good matchup in KC this week…

      • Brandon 8:36 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with your gut…Romo, Colston, Smith, Meachem, Williams, Ganther, Jets and Avery.

    • Trevor 9:14 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      so i have to pick 2 RB and 1 RB/WR :
      Forte, F. Jackson, Forsett, Wells, A. Byrant, S. Morris, Buckhalter???
      its a toughie and all of your opinions will help thanks

      • Brandon 8:22 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not high on him this week, but I guess you’ll want to throw Matt Forte in there, along with Fred Jackson and Correll Buckhalter (and hope he has another week like last week.)

    • Brandon Walsh 4:17 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      2 of these 4 RBs: Pierre Thomas, Marion Barber, Jonathan Stewart, Laurence Maroney
      1 of these 2 TEs: Greg Olsen, Tony Gonzalez

      • Brandon 6:37 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with the PT Cruiser and Maroney. At tight end, go with Gonzo.

    • Coach Mike 4:33 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Lost both Ronnie Brown and Slaton to IR so my (pathetic) RB choices are (need two):
      Forsett, Ganther, Beanie Wells, Chris Brown, Cadillac Williams,

      Help please….and wish me luck. Thanks

      • Brandon 6:32 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Quinton Ganther and Chris Brown are probably your best bets…good luck!

    • Ron 9:24 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Please help w/ Turner likely out – need 2 from J Stew, Bell, Snelling, Buckholter. Norwood. Also pains me but I need to bench one from Calvin, Meachem and Marshall…Thanks

      • Brandon 6:31 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        At receiver, that’s a pretty tough decision, but I guess I’d bench Brandon Marshall against a solid Colts defense. In terms of your running backs, Correll Buckhalter and Jonathan Stewart are probably your best bets. Just hope that Stewart gets a touchdown and Buckhalter can take a few screen passes for solid yardage.

    • Not Barry Sanders 9:29 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      yo B…my RB sitch is a mess…started Mendenhall – lost Portis, Westbrook AND now Slaton…so I need to choose 2 + a pick a flex (I may use a WR for flex but not sure) from this mess…Moats, Buckholter, Snelling, Felix Jones, Cartwright, Lynch & Fargas. Last week I used Correl vs KC and he cam up big – Lynch has same matchup and similar situation…Thanks for your help

      • Brandon 6:23 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wowsers that is a motley crew you have there. Depending on your receivers, you probably want one of them in the flex spot. If they’re not any good though, your top three running backs this week are probably Fargas, Buckhalter and Felix Jones (high risk, high reward.)

    • Ken 10:41 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson and Randy Moss for my WR. (4 team league)

      I’m considering benching Wayne and Jackson for Sidney Rice and Robert Meachem. Any thoughts on this decision?

      • Brandon 6:21 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Tough one there, as all of them are pretty solid options. It’s hard to bench Meachem while he’s so hot right now, so I’d probably plug him in for Vincent Jackson. As for Moss and Wayne, I think you have to keep them in over Sidney Rice just because of their potential.

    • Adam 9:02 am on December 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s fairly clear that you don’t know what you’re talkin’ about.

      • Matt 9:14 am on December 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        An excellent, well-reasoned argument.

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