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  • Brandon 10:20 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink
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    Late round flyers 

    Just mentioned it in a tweet, but here are a couple names to consider towards the end of the draft when it seems everyone is doing their own thing and there isn’t as much competition for players:

    QB Sam Bradford – not getting as much love as I would expect at this point, could end up with numbers similar to guys going five rounds or so ahead of him
    RB Thomas Jones – solid backup numbers, doesn’t get hurt very often and is one injury from starting
    WR Nate Burleson – if Stafford improves, Burleson will be benefactor
    TE Aaron Hernandez – almost feel confident using him as his your starting TE, but you can snag him late as a great backup
    WR Jacoby Ford – should be top receiving option on Raiders, but kickoff rule change hurts his value in return yard leagues
    WR Steve Smith (both of them) – just seem to be available deep in the draft where their upside is worth the low risk
    DEF Detroit – maybe I’m giving them too much credit based on their dominance of the Patriots in preseason game, but they should get plenty of sacks and pressure on QB, which could mean interceptions and fumbles too

    • Brandon 10:24 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon Gibson was on the list previously, but he’s been hurt recently and I’m not sure what is going on with the Rams receiving corps at this point!

  • 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!

  • 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.)

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    • 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.

  • Matt 8:40 am on October 30, 2009 Permalink
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    One more defense to consider this week: Detroit vs. St. Louis. The Rams have scored just 60 points all season, worst in the league. They’re also sixth from the bottom in passing yards, tied for second-worst in fumbles, and have given up touchdowns to opposing defenses five times this season – no other team has allowed more than three. I’m actually considering starting them over Denver in one of my leagues, even though the little voice in the back of my head is telling me that this is one of those too-clever-by-half ideas I end up beating myself up over on a regular basis.

    • victor q. collins 9:48 pm on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi just thought i will let you know i also had a problem with your blog coming up frozen as well. Might be chimpanzees in the system.

      • Matt 11:37 pm on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Really? I hadn’t heard anything about problems with the blog, but I wouldn’t be surprised… we’ve had all kinds of trouble with our hosting provider this year.

        • Squish 10:49 pm on November 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I think the problem might be the sheer amount of data and links on the right side of the page. My page usually freezes until all that is loaded or I hit the stop button.

          It might be wise to link to those other sections and put them somewhere else on the website rather than have all those sections in full on the front page. You’d probably get the biggest performance boost by moving the “Latest Posts from the Blogs we Read” section. Since it constantly changes, the browser has to recheck them rather than just remembering them like the rest of the links on the page.

    • Trevor 1:22 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      so i have brady and need a bye week fill: Henne, Fitzpatrick, Bulger, Stafford, delhomme.

      • Matt 1:56 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yikes. None of those options are startable except in desperate times, but I guess I’d go with Fitzpatrick out of the group and hope that Alex Smith’s ability to pummel the Texans last week was more a reflection of their inability to stop the pass than a sudden turnaround of Smith’s career.

    • Shane 2:31 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      trying to fill my flex this week.

      Steve Smith (NYG)
      Mario Manningham
      Pierre Thomas

      Thank you

      • Matt 5:26 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I doubt that Bell will get the bulk of the carries for the Saints two weeks in a row. Look for Pierre to reestablish himself as an every-week fantasy RB2 this week.

  • Matt 4:15 pm on October 17, 2008 Permalink
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    Desperation is a Stinky Cologne: Extreme Sleepers for Week 7 2008 


    In a bind? This column is for those of you who, due to injuries or other circumstances, find yourselves with a gaping hole at QB, RB or WR and need a stop-gap player to plug in for one week.

    Unlike our waiver-wire columns, I’m not advising you to pick these players up if you’re seeking long-term production. Thanks to matchups, injuries, or other favorable conditions, these usually useless players are worth a look this week, but probably aren’t good long-term options.

    Note: “% owned” statistics are an average of that player’s ownership percentage in all Yahoo and ESPN leagues, rounded to the nearest percent.


    Kerry Collins (25% owned) – Normally you’d never even consider starting Collins, but the Titans are playing the Chiefs, so I ask you to consider this riddle: What adds up to six and should get someone fired? Answer: The total number of sacks and interceptions the Kansas City defense has managed so far this season (three of each). That’s dead last in the league, by a lot. Even Collins should be able to put together a decent day.

    Marc Bulger (41% owned) – Considering his abysmal numbers so far this season, I’m surprised his ownership percentage is so high – not that I don’t think he has some upside. Dallas will be missing cornerbacks Terence Newman (groin) and Pac-Man Jones (brain), so if he’s ever going to show us a glimpse of his old self, it’ll probably be this week.

    Running Backs

    Kolby Smith, KC (8% owned) – zOMFG, a starting RB is going to miss a game and his backup will get to be the feature back for a whole game! Quick, everyone run out and get him! Wait, why’s he only 8% owned? Oh, right – the Chiefs are playing the Titans’ solid rush D, and LJ isn’t hurt; he’ll be back next week, so there’s no point in using a roster spot on this guy unless you need him now. But if you’re reading this, single-week plugins are what you’re after, and Smith fits that description perfectly. (More …)

    • Brandon 4:45 pm on October 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Coincidentally, you’re starting 3 of those players in our League of Champions this week…you must be desperate!

    • Matt 4:57 pm on October 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Remind me again, who’s in first place in that league?

    • Brandon 8:41 am on October 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      We talking as of today? Or as of tomorrow when I move into first place baby!

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