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  • Brandon 10:27 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink
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    Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill will miss at least a game with a broken index finger on his throwing hand, meaning third-stringer Drew Stanton will be at center this weekend. It also means you need to start the Bears defense if you can and lower your expectations for Calvin Johnson.

     
    • Hawgman 11:00 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      While this is sad news for the Lions and real football, this is great news for my fake football team. I have the Bears D/ST and my opponent (also my sister-in-law) has Megatron. She is currently 10-2 and mighty proud of it. I think it took all of 10 minutes for her to mention it on T-day! Thanks for the update!

  • Brandon 11:22 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 13: Win or Go Home 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week thirteen, 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!) With the playoffs right around the corner, you most likely need a win badly this week to clinch that first round BYE (or to even get a playoff spot!) Hopefully our list this week can help you get over the hump and into your league’s tournament, where you will surely bring home the bacon because you frequent such an awesome and knowledgeable fantasy football website! Alright, enough tooting of our own horn, let’s get to the hits and misses for this week and GOOD LUCK!

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    • fightingamish 1:44 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      quick question…this week…i need to pick two WR..my choices are Hester, Massaquoi, Patrick Crayton, Berrian, Devry Henderson, or Lee Evans…I’m leaning towards Hester and Evans..i neeeeed a win this week to make the playoffs

      • Brandon 3:13 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You’re in the same boat as me in terms of needing to win to make the playoffs, but luckily I’m not relying on a wide receiver corps like that (no offense, hah.) Did you end up starting Evans? Hopefully not. If you did, I’d gamble on Devin Hester and hope he pulls out a big game against the Rams. If you didn’t play Evans, then put Henderson in there as well.

        • Squish 1:18 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’ve learned one thing about Henderson. He specifically only has big games (3 or more receptions) against teams that have great coverage. Because the coverage is great, Brees is forced to throw the ball his way. I bet he has a huge game against Carolina but little or nothing in the coming weeks with an average performance at Atlanta.

    • e-roc 1:49 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Now I’m all flustered and confused… Mighty Mouse (w/Matt Moore!!) or Donnie Avery (v. bad Bears DEF: 24th PA)… Starting Wayne & Avant….

      • Brandon 3:11 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Donnie Avery is probably the safer pick at this point, but I would say that Steve Smith has more upside. Depends on how you’re feeling about your match-up this week 🙂

        • Squish 1:20 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, I gotta go with Avery. Smith will likely see little action since they’ll be able to run at will. Avery has turned into a legitimate WR2 in recent weeks and looks to continue as he gets most of the red zone targets in STL.

        • e-roc 10:41 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’m going to hate myself more for not starting Smith with Matt Moore in at QB…

        • Brandon 10:52 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, unfortunately I have to root for Steve Smith here, as I have him in my line-up in one of my biggest leagues. Let’s just hope both of them have huge games!

    • Heather 4:33 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Like your analysis, but Revis isn’t a rookie. This is his 3rd season.

      • Squish 12:40 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Well he’s the age of most rookies if that means anything.

      • Brandon 10:20 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, thanks for the update. Yeah I realized this after publishing the post and forgot to update it. Not sure why I thought he was a rookie, but either way, he’s been dominant.

    • Kamaps 4:45 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So I have a problem…too many skilled players. Please help me pick out my starters? I have 2 WR spots, 1 RB spot, and a RB/WR spot. The players I have are:

      RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac RB
      RB Rock Cartwright, Was

      WR Miles Austin, Dal
      WR Mike Sims-Walker, Jac
      WR Jason Avant, Phi
      WR Chad Ochocinco, Cin

      I have MJD and Cartwright filling up the RB and RB/WR spots, with Austin and Sims-Walker in my WR spots, but all of them are expected big #s and I don’t know who to play. I’m nervous about Cartwright against New Orleans and I’m nervous about Sims-Walker also, but Ochocinco hasn’t been producing, so I’m confused. Please help.

      • Shane 6:42 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Stick with MJD but in the flex i would take Avant over Cartwright. Did you see him last week? He got stuffed at the line 3 times, 8 rushes for 3 of less yard, and none longer than 7. I like Austin and Ochocinco this week. I like Austin because the NYG D has been bad and its a division game. I like Chad because he has been talking about how his team doesn’t throw enough and they are playing Detroit who boasts an atrocious Pass D. Expect Palmer to throw all day.

      • craig 9:51 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Ochociinco and Miles Austin as your two starting receivers, MJD as your starting back, and Jason Avant at the flex spot especially if Desean Jackson doesn’t play after taking that big hit last week. For a whole list of week 13 must starts as well as everything else fantasy football related go to http://www.thefantasyfootballguru.com

        • Squish 1:07 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Gotta agree about the two WRs recommended by the other guys. MJD is a must start as well. As usual though I still like RBs better at the flex spot. Cartwright should have a monster day against an NO defense giving up the 7th most points in the league to opposing RBs. Considering he’s the only guy left on the squad at RB and that he’s had two solid games against rush defenses as the starter, I would consider him a low end RB2 in most leagues this week.

          I do agree that Avant is a very solid start if DJ is out but I’d take Cartwright otherwise and personally would take him either way.

    • TJ 5:46 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Quick one: Looks like Julius Jones is (supposedly) healthy and will start Sunday, possibly hurting Forsett’s numbers. I can play J Charles instead – hard to predict which Denver RunD will show up, but Charles might also have decent receiving numbers. Which one, you think, assuming Jones is “healthy”?

      • Squish 1:26 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Charles better for upside. He has been hot recently. You can expect 100 rushing yards at least but he may not get in the endzone since Denver’s red zone run defense is 9th in the league. I like to think they’ll utilize him as scat back this week too so expect some receiving numbers. Plus, there’s always that chance that he’ll take a return to the house!

      • Brandon 10:33 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Agree with Squish here, go with Charles.

    • Shane 6:37 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Forsett “Strained” his quad during practice today.
      Jones is a safe bet now because Forsett isn’t 100%

      • Ken 3:03 pm on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        i wouldn’t call JJ a safe bet. He hasn’t done much as a starter. And Forsett said he sat out as a precaution in practice. Its still possible that Forsett splits carries with Jones on sunday.

        As a Forsett owner this all pisses me off. At this point Id rather not have to rely on either back.

        I’d def play J Charles if I had him as an option. Him and Forsett are very similar backs and both have the possibility to make points as a receiver if the run game isn’t there…or even if it is lol. They’re great for PPR leagues

        • TJ 1:58 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks guys – now do you think Steven Jackson will play tomorrow? Cold Chicago may not help his back, unlike last week. I may need to use Forsett after all if SJax is inactive…..

        • Brandon 10:32 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Steven Jackson is expected to play and should put up solid points against a mediocre-at-best Bears defense. Keep him in your line-up.

    • Joe 8:29 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need QB Help! Trying to trade for Favre. Who should I trade? My players include:
      QB Cutler
      RB D. Will
      J Stew
      P.Thomas
      R.Mendenhall
      WR: R. Moss
      TJ Housh
      B. edwards
      M. Manningham
      J. Avant
      TE: Celek
      K: Bironas
      D: DAL
      CIN

      • Squish 1:29 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Try to package Housh/Edwards and Pierre Thomas for Favre and a low end WR. What does the other player have that you could target in the area of WRs?

    • Ken 2:58 pm on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Any thoughts for a flex spot between these guys?

      Chris Brown
      Jason Snelling
      Devin Hester
      Steve Breaston
      Chris Chambers

      • Squish 1:32 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Chambers this week out of that group. Snelling is my next choice since I have a hunch he’ll get a majority of the carries this week with Atlanta. Hester, Breaston and Brown just aren’t viable options at this point.

      • Brandon 10:31 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have to disagree with Squish here and actually like Chris Brown today. Looks like Steve Slaton is out and Brown should get the bulk of the carries against the Jaguars.

    • Matt 4:05 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If Steven Jackson can’t go, I need one of the following for my RB2:
      1. C. Brown @ JAC
      2. J. Forsett vs. SF
      3. J. Norwood vs. PHI

      I also need a WR3:
      1. M. Colston @ WAS
      2. J. Avant @ ATL
      3. D. Hester vs. STL

      Also, between these two for a defense:
      1. New Orleans @ WAS
      2. Denver @ KC

      • Brandon 10:24 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I actually like Chris Brown at running back with Steve Slaton out this week. At wide receiver, Avant is a great play with DeSean Jackson out as well and finally, for your defense, I like the Saints this week. I think they’ll force Jason Campbell to make some bad throws and could end up with some solid points off interceptions.

        • Matt 10:55 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the advice!

  • 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?

  • Brandon 9:42 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink
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    Wide Receiver rankings for 2009 

    Here is our wide receiver cheat sheet for this season:

    1. Randy Moss, NE – With Brady back, expect mucho touchdowns again
    2. Andre Johnson, HOU – He’s a reception machine and racks up the yards as well.
    3. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI – The age of his quarterback scares me a bit, but Fitz is a monster and would probably produce even with Matt Leinart in the lineup
    4. Calvin Johnson, DET – The team HAS to do better this year and Megatron should see a boost in his stats
    5. Steve Smith, CAR – Injury scare seems to have passed.
    6. Reggie Wayne, IND – Should be one of the more consistent options on this list.
    7. Roddy White, ATL – He got his money over the weekend and immediately made an impact in the first preseason game. Any scare about White missing practices can be erased now.
    8. Greg Jennings, GB – He’ll be Rodgers top target all season long.
    9. Anquan Boldin, ARI – Saying all the right things and claims to be focused on helping the team win…not on getting more money.
    10. Terrell Owens, BUF – DOWNGRADE! As much as I think he would put up great numbers if healthy all year, I’m wondering if he’ll be able to stay on the field, as he’s already missing practices with a “bum toe.”
    11. Dwayne Bowe, KC – After being demoted to third string recently for attitude/weight issues, he had a huge preseason game and there’s no reason to move him down at this point.
    12. Marques Colston, NO – In this high-flying, pass-friendly offense, Colston should see the most passes.
    13. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, SEA – UPGRADE! Braylon Edwards and Brandon Marshall just keep making the guys right below them on the list look a whole lot more appealing!
    14. Chad Ochocinco, CIN – UPGRADE! He’s healthy this year and Housh is gone. I’m optimistic he can make the best out of the situation. Apparently he can even kick extra points!
    15. Wes Welker, NE – Last time Brady was at QB, Welker was a Pro Bowler with eight TD’s and almost 1,200 yards.
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    • Matt 10:40 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Lee Evans is going to surprise the hell out of you. He’s in his prime and finally has a complementary receiver to keep teams from doubling him on every play.

    • Brandon 10:53 pm on July 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @matt: it’s not Lee Evans I’m worried about…it’s Trent Edwards. The guy averaged under 200 yards passing per game and less than one touchdown. He has to prove he can throw the ball to make me believe that both T.O. and Evans can put up stats this season.

    • Matt 8:36 am on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon: Hard to rack up the yardage when your receiving corps is the laughingstock of the NFL. Check out their receiving stats from last season. Lee Evans at #1, Josh Reed at #2, no surprise there, but then the next three top receivers are two RBs and a TE. The third-best WR had 232 receiving yards. The much-ballyhooed rookie wideout Josh Hardy had 9 total receptions.

      This is why I can’t help but like the TO move, despite how much I loathe him as a personality. If there was ever a team that was held back by a lack of quality WRs, the Bills were it last year.

    • chris 12:39 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t figure out how to reply to the vick to washington comments.

      • Matt 2:30 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        All fixed, Chris. Threaded comments are live.

    • Brian 8:50 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Regarding T.O., let’s not forget that his first two teams after SF were the Eagles and the Cowboys. Two well-developed passing offenses with great quarterbacks. I just don’t see that same situation in Buffalo.

    • Bienio 2:17 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I definitely think Fitz will be #1 and Roddy White will be top 5. Count it!

    • Jeff 10:15 pm on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You have Desean Jackson at 20 and 33! Which is it?

      • Brandon 11:57 pm on August 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I had that a few days ago, was a copy/paste error…I fixed it though, maybe you need to refresh the page or something.

  • Brandon 12:26 am on December 20, 2008 Permalink
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    Hits and Misses – Week 16: Take a ride in the PT Cruiser! 

    Of all the cars out there to get a nickname from (see: Cadillac Williams), I’m not sure I would want people calling me the name of one of the worst new vehicles to come out this century, but whatever works I guess! It apparently IS working for Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who has put up some great fantasy numbers over the past few weeks in an offense that is traditionally pass-first (and made a lot of fantasy team managers very happy in the process.) This weekend you should have the PT Cruiser parked right in the RB1 or RB2 slot on your roster when the Saints head to Detroit, helping your team cruise to a fantasy football championship!

    Hits

    • Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: Although I recommend a few of our readers sit the PT Cruiser last week, this week my tune has changed a bit. The Saints head to Detroit on Sunday to play a Lions team that has been absolutely dreadful against the run this year, allowing 169 yards per game (4.9 ypc) to opposing tailbacks, while allowing them to rack up 26 touchdowns. With Reggie Bush out of the picture, expect a big day for Thomas.
    • Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers: For all of you who snagged Antonio Bryant off the waiver wire in the middle of the season, you have to be loving your decision at this point. In most leagues, Bryant has now racked you up around 300 yards and a couple touchdowns through the first two rounds of the playoffs, and I’m predicting that he’ll continue that trend against a bad San Diego Chargers defense. You know those commercials that ESPN had for the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame? If Bryant comes through this weekend, I think you need to add him for next year’s ads. (More …)
     
    • e-roc 10:37 pm on December 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – I’m glad I stumbled onto the FFGeekblog when I did (week 13?), because I’ve since become the champion of my 10-team league (even though I unintentionally benched Wayne). Week 17 still counts for us in the points-race where I’m currently 3rd (top 2 get paid). Thanks for the guidance!

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 10:57 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Glad we could help you out. This is only our second year in existence, but thanks to readers like you we’ve been pretty successful so far. We’re hoping to get even better next season, so if you have any recommendations on things that would be helpful to you that we don’t currently offer, please let us know!

    • @Brandon 11:06 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Keep up the good work. I’ll let you know if I think of anything. but for now, I’m looking forward to next August and your draft insight.

    • Keke 8:31 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wow if u guys like Forte i could probly get u tickets
      he goes to me church

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