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  • 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 9:50 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 2: Vikings ready to pillage 

    Now that week one is in the record books, we’re starting to get a better idea of how the teams will look this season. It’s obvious that Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the league and he’s being rewarded for his spectacular play in week one with a Detroit Lions defense that was complete owned by the Saints last week. While you would think that that would earn him a spot on the Hit list this week, I had to leave him off for reasons mentioned in my week one post. However, that does not prevent me from including his quarterback, who starts off this edition of the Hits & Misses… (More …)

     
    • John 10:04 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Should I pick up and start Correll Buckhalter or start Cadillac Williams?

      • Brandon 11:52 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I guess it depends on who you need to drop to get Buckhalter. Don’t drop Cadillac for him though! You’re probably safe just starting Cadillac this week if you don’t want to shake up your roster too much.

    • e-roc 11:03 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – with TJ suffering from the injury bug, do I start Laverneus Coles or Steve Smith (NYG)?

      @John – I vote for Buckhalter w/his matchup vs. the hapless Brownies.

      • Brandon 11:54 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey e-roc, if Housh plays, then I think you still want to go with him this week. It seems that Coles hasn’t been fully integrated into the Bengals offense yet and any Giants receiver is always a wild card (although Smith looked good in week one.) If Housh doesn’t play, go with Smith.

        • e-roc 4:36 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Brandon. Sounds like he’s going to still play, but who knows for how long (or how well!).

    • Brandon 11:53 am on September 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I guess Mark Schlereth was right…I’ll be darned!

  • Brandon 4:11 pm on September 9, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 1: Let the games begin! 

    With tomorrow already being opening day of the 2009-10 NFL season, it’s time for the first Hits & Misses post of the year. I’m trying a new table-based formatting this year, which should make it a little easier to distinguish between players at each position, so let me know what you think. With the Hit list, I usually try to  pick players that aren’t the most obvious, so you’ll rarely see a player with the name Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss, or Tom Brady (although I did include Drew Brees this week!) For the Misses list I try to include only players that are fantasy relevant, so while it’s probably a given that a fourth string receiver on the Raiders will  have a bad day, you won’t see his name on the list. Anyways, let’s get to the good stuff… (More …)

     
    • Chris Johnson 12:57 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So, you are telling me to bench Chris Johnson, my 1st round pick, because he is playing against Pittsburgh… That is terrible advice which will be evidenced tonight… Never sit your studs is a fantasy football maxim for a reason… Ridiculous.

      • Brandon 1:30 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I never said to sit him, I’m just saying he doesn’t have a favorable match-up and you should temper your expectations. Maybe there is someone out there who has three solid running backs and can afford to sit him for the week though.

        In reality though, I hope both Titans running backs have a great game, because I want the Steelers to lose.

        By the way, you’ll never hear me say “never sit your studs”, as there are so many variables during an NFL season and just blindly following that saying is sometimes unreasonable.

      • Brandon 10:05 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You better step it up Mr. Johnson if you want to prove me wrong. Besides your 30 yard run, you have a whopping six carries for one yard. Probably just jinxed myself though…

    • [email protected] Bassinet 3:53 pm on September 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I think its a little early to count out the Cowboys chances of putting up points on a young Bucs defense. The Cowboys can spread the field and have alot of weapons at Romo’s disposal. Just the threat of Felix Jones being on the field is enough to get defenses to relax coverage on the other WR’s and TE Witten. Yes TO is gone but Felix Jones is back. The attention to TO now becomes attention to Jones which should allow Witten to flourish. If Dallas can get anything from Roy Williams this could be a very dangerous attack. I need to see it before I believe it in terms of the Bucs D. This is not the same team as years past.

      • Brandon 10:03 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Good call on the Cowboys…I may have underestimated what this team can do without T.O. (he looked pretty awesome in the Bills/Pats game on Monday, eh?)

  • Brandon 2:14 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Tight end rankings for 2009 

    Here are my tight end rankings for this season. You can check out the other cheat sheets here.

    1. Jason Witten, DAL – With T.O. distractions out of the way, the Romo-to-Witten connection should be better than ever.
    2. Antonio Gates, SD – Looking for Gates to rebound from a season where he was hampered by injuries throughout and regain his spot near the top of this list.
    3. Tony Gonzalez, ATL – It’s hard to tell how Gonzo will do in Hot-lanta, but he gives Ryan a great new target and I can only see things going at least as well as they did in Kansas City for the veteran.
    4. Dallas Clark, IND – With Marvin Harrison leaving town, expect Peyton Manning to look Clark’s way a lot this season.
    5. Greg Olsen, CHI – Jay Cutler likes throwing to the tight end and he might have already found a new best friend in Olsen, especially given the weakness at the wide receiver position in Chicago.
    6. Chris Cooley, WAS – Hopefully they look to him in the end zone a bit more than they did last year when he only had ONE touchdown!
    7. Kellen Winslow, TB – He’s a “soldier” when he IS playing, but he’s got a new team with quarterback questions and there are always injury concerns. I’m optimistic though that the Bucs will make good use of him.
    8. Kevin Boss, NYG – With no Plaxico Burress in the picture, hopefully Eli can make better use out of Boss this year. He did have six touchdowns in only his second season, so that’s promising.
    9. Owen Daniels, HOU – Only two touchdowns last year, but racks up solid yardage.
    10. Zach Miller, OAK – Needs to become more of a red-zone factor.
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    • Matt 2:38 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I know I said this last season and it didn’t pan out quite how I thought it would, but Greg Olsen’s going to be positively huge. He’s always had the size and talent; now he’s finally got a QB who can get him the ball consistently (just like he did with Scheffler in Denver). He scored in 3 of the final 4 games last year. Barring injury, I don’t see how he doesn’t finish in the top 3 TEs.

      • Randy 1:35 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure why people keep pointing to the Cutler-Scheffler connection in Denver as an argument for Olsen having a huge year. The fact is, Scheffler and Graham together were targeted just 111 times by Cutler – that’s how many targets Cooley had on his own. Olsen and Clark, on the other hand, were targeted 155 times last year. The numbers suggest that the 2 Chicago TE’s will be splitting fewer, not more, targets with Cutler in town. Yes, Olsen will get a greater share this year now that he’s starting and he’s the favorite, plus the WR corps is shaky, but the numbers don’t support Olsen as the #5 overall.

        • Brandon 1:52 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Keep in mind that Scheffler was hurt for about 1/3 of the season, so the fact that he still piled up a lot of targets says something.

          Maybe a better reason to expect big things from Olsen is the “Cutler-to-best receiver connection”, as the Cutler-to-Brandon Marshall connection was pretty huge over the past two years in Denver and now Olsen is arguably the best receiver in the Bears offense.

        • Matt 1:58 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          The Cutler-to-Scheffler connection obviously doesn’t mean much on its own; it’s just one more factor to consider when you’re attempting to predict what the Cutler/Olsen pairing will produce. The number of targets the tight ends get is more dependent upon the offensive coordinator than the QB is, in any case.

  • Brandon 3:13 pm on October 6, 2008 Permalink
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    Week 5 Weekend Wrap-Up: Will the real contender please stand up? 

    After another crazy week in the NFL where upsets seem to be commonplace, it’s hard to point at any team and say that they are the team to beat (besides maybe the Giants and Titans…but even they have their issues.) Last year it was easy with the Patriots and Cowboys clearly the top teams throughout the regular season, but this year is another story. When Tom Brady went down in week one, it seems to have given every other team in the league the idea that they can beat any team on any given Sunday. Anyways, on the day after the Dolphins beat the Chargers, the Colts should have lost to the Texans, and the Cowboys nearly lost to the Bengals, here are some quick thoughts on what took place this weekend:

    • Dolphins 17, Chargers 10: Are the Dolphins the team to beat in the AFC East now? After beating the Patriots and Chargers in their past two games, opponents better figure out how to stop the Wildcat offense. Those of you who gambled on Ronnie Brown (125 rushing yards, TD) in your draft are pretty proud of yourselves right now, while those of you who went for the “sure bet” in LT (55 combined yards) though…not so much. In one of my leagues (with pretty much basic Yahoo league scoring) Brown now has 10 more fantasy points than LT through the first five games of the season. (More …)
     
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