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  • Matt 4:34 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink
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    Fantasy Outlook: Steelers @ Browns 

    It’s tempting to give the Browns a better shot to win this one that they probably deserve. After all, the Steelers are on a four-game slide that includes baffling losses to the Chiefs and Raiders, and they’ll be without two team captains (Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward). When you look at the game from the Browns’ perspective, your season’s effectively over, but at least you can spoil the playoff hopes of your long-time rival. They’ll show up to play (unlike most weeks).

    Still, it’s the frigging Browns. My money’s on Pittsburgh.

    From a fantasy perspective, Cleveland is generally a statistical bonanza for opposing players. They give up the second-most points to fantasy RBs and the tenth-most to QBs. Tight ends do particularly well against them (6th-most points) while they’re in the top half of the league in terms of defending against wide receivers. Heath Miller is a must-start, especially with Ward on the bench. Ben Roethlisberger is just a step below the elite QBs this week – I’d consider him a top-5 or -6 QB. Santonio Holmes had 104 yards against the Browns in week 6, and with Ward out he’ll likely be targeted more, so he’s an excellent start unless the weather limits the Steelers’ ability to go vertical. Rashard Mendenhall‘s ankle should be fine, and given the weather, he’ll get a ton of touches against that awful rush defense. He’s easily a top-10 back this week.

    The Steelers, on the other hand, remain a tough fantasy opponent, though less so in recent weeks. They’re second only to the Vikings at stopping the run, so don’t expect much from Jerome Harrison (just hope he doesn’t get hurt – the Browns have KC and OAK coming up on the schedule). I have zero faith in Brady Quinn on a sunny 70-degree day, so I wouldn’t start him in the snow if you held a gun to my head. Same for any of the Browns receivers – if you’re thinking about starting any of them, how the hell did you make your league’s playoffs? Evan Moore could be a sneaky TE play if you’re desperate, given that Quinn will probably be going to his check-down option quite a bit.

    • Tommy 6:09 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon or Matt, I need your help ASAP!!!!!

      For my RBs, pick 4 to start (3 RB spots, one W/R)
      1) MJD
      2) Jamaal Charles
      3) Quinton Ganther
      4) Chris Brown
      5) Jerome Harrison
      6) Ahmad Bradshaw

      For my WRs, pick my WR2 and WR3 spots…
      1) Nate Burleson
      2) Devin Thomas
      3) Chris Chambers
      4) Sammie Strougher

      Thanks so much!

      • Tommy 6:12 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, also: I have GB defense and Jay Cutler. Should I pickup another D or QB (available DEF: Miami, Oakland, KC, NYG; QB: Chris Redman, Matt Moore, Daunte Culpepper, Kellen Clemens)

      • e-roc 7:35 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        IMO (I’m just a commenter):

        RBs – MJD, Charles, Ganther
        WRs – Thomas, Chambers

        Bradshaw is a close 3rd… Good luck Tommy.

        • Tommy 7:55 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks. I’m sticking with Burleson over Chambers, though. And there’s one more spot to be filled out of those RBs. You think it should be Bradshaw?

      • Matt 8:55 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry Tommy, was still driving home when your comment came in… my normal 25-minute commute took nearly two hours tonight.

        • Tommy 9:02 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          It’s no problem, I wasn’t going to start Harrison anyway. Minus Harrison, can you give me an answer to my question? Thanks a lot!

      • Matt 9:16 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        The RB choice is pretty clear – the first three you have listed are a tier or two above the other three. For WR, Burleson’s a solid WR2 against Houston. Devin Thomas is pretty exciting right now and I’d definitely say he’s worth a shot as a WR3.

        • Tommy 9:21 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply


        • Tommy 9:21 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          And my WR1 is Vincent Jackson. Think he’ll have a good week?

    • Jason Picklesimer 7:22 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This week I’m looking at Colston, Fitzgereld at WRs, and McCoy, Maroney at RBs, with Meachem at flex. I have Celek at TE over Shockey. Bench is J. Stewart, Holmes, Steve Smith(NYG), I have the Jets D against Tampa, I benched Saints D over Atlanta, What do you guys think, right moves?

      • Tommy 7:26 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think Holmes is going to have a big week this week. Hines is put and Browns pass defense isn’t very good. I’d put him in over Meachem.

        Help me out on mine above!

      • Jason Picklesimer 8:05 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have to pick up a back up quarterback for playoffs. I have Manning as my starter. Would Vince Young or Alex Smith or Jason Campbell, for rest of season? thanks

        • Tommy 8:07 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Vince Young has been great.

        • Brandon 8:33 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Alex Smith. The other guys are too risky, especially given Vince Young’s recent injury troubles at practice.

    • PM 8:18 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Mendenhall and Peterson are my two running backs so that makes good news for me.

      Can decide on QB though:
      Farve, Rivers or McNabb?
      I need to start two so I was thinking Rivers and Farve but as an Eagles fan I have faith that McNabb with destroy the struggling Giants. Opinions?

      • Brandon 8:33 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It’ll probably end up that they all put up decent points, but I’m leaning towards McNabb and Rivers. The Bengals defense has been pretty good and I’m a bit worried about how Favre will fare against them.

    • beepdude 10:12 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who would you guys start this week out of Matt Forte (GB), Marshawn Lynch (KC), Terrell Owens (KC), or Ryan Moats (SEA) ? I made the playoffs this year after finishing dead last in my league last year. Thanks for the advice

      • Brandon 8:31 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Terrell Owens. The only other starter out of that group is Matt Forte and he has a bad match-up this week with Green Bay in town.

    • PM 1:28 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Holy crap, can you believe the Browns victory?

  • Matt 3:50 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink
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    Drool-worthy matchups for the stretch run 

    With nine weeks of data in the books on this year’s NFL team defenses, it’s now pretty clear which matchups you should absolutely love to see on your players’ schedules for the remainder of the season.

    Passing Defense

    Worst of the Worst:

    Detroit Lions: They allow a whopping 263 passing yards per game, including games where they gave up 358 to Brees, 340 to Campbell, 358 to Rodgers, and 329 to Hasselbeck. And only the Titans (who I’ll get to in a minute) have allowed more passing TDs.

    Kansas City Chiefs: Only ten sacks on the season, second-worst in the league, and only three interceptions, which is obviously the worst. (Interesting aside – the Redskins, who give up the fewest yards per game, are tied with the Browns for the second-fewest INTs – just four.)

    (More …)

    • e-roc 9:49 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Does this imply that you’re giving the edge to the Chiefs this weekend v. Oakland? Who’s going to suck less?

      • Matt 9:55 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d prefer to pretend that game doesn’t exist. 🙂

        • The don 3:06 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Speak to me ohh fantasy gods i have a choice
          sidney rice
          Brandon Marshall
          Kevin Smith ( rb)
          Who deserves my starting roster spot this week?
          oh and calvin johnson

        • Squish 8:54 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          A lot of my sources like Sidney Rice this week so think about taking him. Kevin Smith is the obvious option to me but I like taking a chance on Rice this week. You can’t expect much from Marshall against Washington’s pass defense and they should be WAY ahead all day. CJ hasn’t shown he’s fully healed yet so I’d wait to begin starting him again.

          So your real choices are Sidney Rice or Kevin Smith. The problem is that both of them have a downside. Rice won’t be getting too many looks because his team won’t need to pass and he’s got all kinds of competition at WR on his own team.. Kevin Smith gets looks but has done next to nothing with them. He has only 1 run over 20 yards all season and is averaging only 3.3 YPC. In the end I’d say take Smith if you only need 8 or 9 points (the highest projection I’ve seen for him in PPR is 16 with a low of 4) and Rice if you’d like more upside (I’ve seen PPR projections as a high as 24 points with a low of 7.8).

          My personal pick is Rice in both standard and PPR.

    • Squish 8:15 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great post Matt. I’ve been tracking things more in my head but it’s really nice to see it all spelled out on the same page! I’ve definitely been planning to have these playoff matchups anywhere I can.

      As I said a few weeks ago it was a good idea to target Hightower who was low value then. I traded for him in several leagues and now my mouth is watering over his SF, DET, STL series of matchups which have Arizona as a team ranked in the top 5 of projected playoff fantasy scoring in every standard FF position.

      As it is now, for weeks 14-16 the top 5 at each position for projected (based on the average points given up by the teams on their schedule those weeks) are:
      QB – Hard to be able to do anything here. All the good QBs are already taken. However, Henne may be a viable fill-in down the stretch for Ryan and Orton owner’s (ranked 32nd worst and 27th worst playoff QB schedules respectively)
      1. SD
      2. MIA
      3. STL
      4. ARI
      5. NO

      RB – Watch the Jamaal Charles/Kolby Smith situation very closely. Go after Hightower if you can. I guarantee he pays off down the stretch. Also be the first to jump on Fred Taylor if he comes back.
      1. KC
      2. NE
      3. WAS
      4. ATL
      5. ARI

      WR – I’m ignoring STL and MIA because their offenses suck but at this point consider trading AJ or R. Moss for VJ or Fitz for a matchup upgrade down the stretch.
      1. MIA
      2. STL
      3. SD
      4. NO
      5. ARI

      TE – More or less doesn’t mean anything since they don’t have reliable options (save SF)
      1. TEN
      2. CIN
      3. SF
      4. ARI
      5. HOU

      DEF – Keep these in mind especially because a lot of them are available. I’ve had defenses in the Championship game win me as many titles as any other position.
      1. NYG
      2. NE
      3. ARI
      4. BAL
      5. OAK

      Anyway, just thought I’d add some stuff in. For a wider range of values go here:

      • Matt 9:54 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Nice post yourself! 😉

        • Squish 10:53 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks! I really just more or less combined data I found on different sites. No big hassle there. I meant to add kicker rankings but I can’t seem to find a way to edit my posts 🙁

    • Squish 10:55 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nice! Just realized you guys got a mention at FFLibrarian! Great job!


      • Matt 12:01 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        She’s awesome. I credit our “discovery” by the fantasy football community in 2007 in large part to the weekly link love she was sending us.

  • Brandon 3:21 pm on September 9, 2009 Permalink
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    Looks like Brady Quinn has won the Mangini Starting Quarterback Sweepstakes in Cleveland (not that anyone ever really thought Derek Anderson would be the starter anyways.) He still does not make a good play on your fantasy team though and should only be used as a backup QB if necessary.

  • Brandon 9:25 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink
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    Some quick notes from the past day or so…

  • Brandon 9:18 am on August 18, 2009 Permalink
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    It’s looks like Brady Quinn will be the starting quarterback in Cleveland this season and if he puts up another decent performance in week two of the preseason, you can almost guarantee it. I’ve already adjusted the quarterback rankings accordingly.

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