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  • Brandon 2:50 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 3 Pick-ups: Revenge of the Back-ups 

    With only the Saints and 49ers left to play in week two, I figured it was about time to get out the waiver wire recommendations for the upcoming week. To be honest though, there aren’t a whole lot of players on the list that get me all that excited (there are no Brandon Jackson’s this week!) Unless you’re a Michael Turner or Ryan Mathew owner and really need their backups, the most promising players on the list are probably Kyle Orton, Demaryius Thomas and Aaron Hernandez. Anyways, I hope everyone did a lot better this week than yours truly, because I got beat up pretty bad in most of my leagues 🙁

    Running Backs

    • Jason Snelling (ATL): With Michael Turner suffering a mild groin injury and the game already in their hands, the Falcons turned to backup Snelling, who delivered in a big way. I’m pretty sure he wasted a lot of fantasy points on your league’s waiver wire with his combined 186 yards and three touchdowns and who knows how much he’ll play next week, but he’s a MUST pick-up for Turner owners.
    • Mike Tolbert (SD): Starter Ryan Mathews hurt his ankle and had to be carted off the field on Sunday, but apparently was healthy enough that he could have played later in the game if they needed him. However, they were dominating the Jaguars, so Tolbert (not Darren Sproles) was sent in and put up solid numbers. There’s no word yet on if Mathews will be available for week three and if you have him on your team, you should make Tolbert your #1 waiver priority.
    • Peyton Hillis (CLE): Seems the Browns are perfectly comfortable splitting carries between Jerome Harrison and Hillis, but they seem to lean towards Peyton when it comes to the goal-line. He has two touchdowns in two games, while Harrison has zero. (More …)
     
    • steve 6:03 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      should i drop Jabar Gaffney for Demaryius thomas

      • Bob 12:37 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m going to. Thomas has much more upside and can stretch the field. I think he’s going to be Orton’s go-to guy going forward.

        • Dan 3:32 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’m doing the same thing this week… I feel like I might be wasting my Waiver Priority but I think he could possibly have a lot of upside.

      • Brandon 8:39 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I already recommended someone do something similar. I debated it temporarily, but the upside of DT is much higher than Gaffney and the other Bronco receivers. In a keeper league it’s a no-brainer 🙂

    • Robin palm 6:19 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys. Wondering who I should pick up on the waiver this week. Got beat up real bad and get #1 pick. 12 team standard league
      I have kolb/farve
      traded vick for a.foster straight up.
      R.Mathews, mendenhall
      boldin, d Bryant, p garçon, m Williams (tb), m Clayton, s breaston
      j witten

      wittens been a chump and my qbs aren’t looking good now that vicks gone, but I doubt Orton or TEs will be waiver priorities.

      Thoughts?

      • Kyle 9:50 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        i’m in almost the exact same position. my recievers are currently Crabtree, Welker, Garcon, and Gates, with Meachem and Naanee on the bench. Crabtree and Garcon has done nothing for me, and while i’m tempted to keep move them to the bench for a bit, i’m also in desparate need of a reciever who i can count on for a few more points. i’ve actually been eyeing Mark Clayton or Kevin Walter.

      • Brandon 8:41 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure what you mean about Orton not being a waiver priority? I actually like him more than Favre and Kolb at this point, especially if Demaryius Thomas proves to be the real deal. I’m losing my patience with Pierre Garcon. As for Witten, I would hate to drop him outright unless there was some crazy good option on the waiver wire. Maybe you can trade him to a Cowboy fan or something.

      • Brandon 8:53 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        ALERT: Mike Vick is the new starter for the Eagles…so Kolb isn’t an option for week 3. Grab Orton if you can.

    • Shirley 6:45 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I already have Mark Clayton on my bench. How would you rank the other three (or even adding in Clayton) as far as who to target on the wire?
      Mike Williams seems like he’ll give you consistent points but nothing too flashy.
      I’m worried about Demaryius Thomas being in a group of so many WRs, not exactly the clear cut #1 yet.
      Schaub threw A LOT yesterday and with a limited Owen Daniels and defenses having to worry about Andre Johnson, I think I like Kevin Walter a bit better than Mike Williams.
      And Mark Clayton… doing well with Bradford but it IS St. Louis…
      What say you? Please give me your two best.

      • Brandon 8:43 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully I’m not too late, but my two favorite (at least this week :-)) are Mark Clayton and Mike Williams. I worry about the other two because it’s not confirmed that they will be the go-to guy. At least with Williams and Clayton you know the QB will be looking their way often. They’re all about equal though, so hopefully you make the right picks…no pressure!

        • Shirley 9:03 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          You are not too late. Thank you for your input, good reasoning.

    • Squish 7:58 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Reports indicate that both Turner and Matthews could have returned to their games this week. Turner was held out because it was a blowout. Matthews was held out for precautionary reasons. Both will start next week. Snelling might be worth an add in deep leagues to handcuff but I see no reason to add Tolbert considering he’s not even guaranteed to be the starter if Matthews were to get injured.

      • Brandon 8:51 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m hearing that Mathews injury was a high ankle sprain and the word on the street (e.g. Twitter) isn’t that optimistic as to him being 100% this week. Maybe Tolbert is worth a pick-up, if only for one week, but we’ll see when it gets closer to game-time!

        • Squish 4:57 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Christ! When did they decide that it was a high ankle sprain 🙁

          If the report is true, he’ll be out for ta least 3 weeks. It’s Turner from last year all over again.

    • Mal 9:14 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Going to rest GB DEF this week vs a pretty destructive Bears Offensive. Waiver Options…

      @MIA (NYJ)
      SD (@SEA)
      WAS (@STL)
      TEN (@NYG)

      I’m was gonna dump ARI DEF but I’m questioning having Fred Taylor on my bench too considering he’s along side McFadden and LT already there with DeAngelo and Forte starting. Was a bit hard to evaluate Taylor against a tough Jets D this week.

      • Brandon 8:52 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not so sure I wouldn’t stick with Green Bay, who has done a great job two weeks in a row now. I like Arizona against the Raiders as well, but of the ones listed, I guess Miami would be my favorite. Hopefully the Jets play more like the week one version and less like they did against the Patriots!

    • TJ 11:12 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,
      What do you think of the following trade offer to a desperately WR-needy owner:

      Garcon (from me) for Crabtree (who I think will pick it up later in the year) and possibly one of her D/sts if I can get her to throw it in (TEN or PHi).

      My current WRs, start 2: Roddy, then Collie (he’s more consistent than Garcon, and I don’t want 2 Colts), M Clayton, M Floyd. I thinking of dropping Garcon for J Knox anyway, I thought Crabtree might be a better bet for later, especially if I can get a Def thrown in.

      Thoughts?

      • Brandon 8:53 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m in favor of you trading for Crabtree AND picking up Knox. Is there a way you can do that?

        • TJ 9:55 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Only if I can drop someone else for Knox….. Knox might be unavailable after this week if he scores this weekend, prob can’t trade Garcon until he has a great game, so might need to just drop Garcon for Knox. Very tempted by FA Dem Thomas too, but who to swap? Clayton is looking like my best WR2 this week, but I’m not convinced he’ll keep it going all year with a rookie qb on a weak team.

    • Kate K 2:23 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know you guys aren’t psychic but what are your thoughts on Jason Witten being able to play this week? I know the NFL is taking concussions really seriously so I’m tempted to pick up Aaron Hernandez (NE) but I’m pretty happy with my team and would prefer not to mess with it.

      • Brandon 8:54 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        If you can drop someone crappy, go with Aaron Hernandez and feel pretty confident starting him this week against the Bills. Hopefully he has a repeat of last week.

    • TJ 4:48 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you guys could pick up one between DThomas, Walter, Clayton, or Knox, who would it be?

      • Brandon 8:56 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        With the sample size that we have, i like Mark Clayton right now. He is obviously the receiver Sam Bradford is the most comfortable with. The other receivers aren’t really the go-to guys in the passing game at this point and will be less consistent. Demaryius Thomas could prove me wrong though. If you just want pure upside, go with him. If you need a WR3 for this week, Clayton is probably your man.

    • Brian 9:24 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thinking of dropping Maclin or Crabtree for one of the following:

      D. Thomas, M. Clayton, M. Williams (TB), K. Walter

      What would you do?

      • Brian 9:35 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Nevermind the pickup, as I didn’t see the above question. I’m picking purely for upside, and like Demaryius the most. It’s down to which one I drop (neither of them start).

        • Brandon 8:58 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          If you’re going to drop one of the two, I’d go with Crabtree. It’s hard to drop him though considering his expectations coming into this season. Can you wait another week and see how they all do?

    • Dan 10:47 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got a tricky situation – I have Cutler and Matt Ryan as my QBs, my WRs are R. Moss, C. Johnson, S. Moss, P. Harvin, and D. Bowe, and I have an open slot on my roster. Cutler and Ryan have the same bye week, and after last week’s performance, I’m a believer in Cutler (though I know he’s got some tough sledding this week vs. GB). R. Moss and C. Johnson are obviously my studs at WR, but I’m not comfortable cycling between S. Moss, P. Harvin, and D. Bowe for my WR3. I’m happy with all my other positions.

      My questions: Roethlisberger is becoming available on the waiver wire this week in my league. Would you give up Ryan (who has the same bye week as my starter) to get him, or should I use my waiver priority to grab a WR and see who I can pick up at QB as a free agent (Orton, maybe)?

      Speaking of WR, I am sure I want to use my empty roster slot to pick up one, and I am 90% sure I want to drop Percy Harvin to get one as well. Kevin Walter is available and seems like a good choice for the empty roster spot for the long haul, but I’m trying to figure out who, if anyone, I should try to get to take Harvin’s spot on my roster – Clayton isn’t getting a lot of targets, Nate Washington is a good receiver with a bad QB, Demaryius Thomas seems like a bit of a risk due to the week 1 injury. Given that I’m not optimistic about Favre’s ability to deliver a good season, would you swap any of these guys for Harvin? If so, which one do you think could compete for a WR3 job with S. Moss, D. Bowe, and potentially Kevin Walter in a standard (not PPR) league?

      • Brandon 9:29 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m actually pretty high on Kyle Orton this year, especially if Demaryius Thomas turns out to be the real deal.

        Just a note, Mark Clayton is currently the 8th most targeted WR in the league right now. He might not catch every ball, but at least the quarterback is looking his way…especially in the red zone.

        Your quarterbacks don’t have a bye for a while, so I don’t see the rush to drop them right now. What if one gets hurt between now and week 8?

        I’d use the empty roster spot on a wide receiver like Kevin Walter and hang on to Percy Harvin for at least another week. This will allow you to see how Demaryius Thomas does in his second game as a pro as well and see if he’s consistent at all.

        Not sure this answered all your questions, but hopefully it helped!

        • Dan 11:09 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, this helps a lot – I’ll hold off on making a QB move and I did use my free roster spot to pick up Kevin Walter.

          I really don’t WANT to give Harvin another week, but I guess the upside potential for Harvin is much bigger than it is for Clayton if Favre manages to get his act together… so that’s good advice too. I take it from your comments that you’d rather have Thomas than Clayton, provided that Thomas shows any consistency over the next week or two.

          Thanks again!

    • sam 11:01 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Alright I’m in a 16 team league ppr.
      My tight end is tony gonzalez who has failed me. I’m 0-2 with some bad starts to some good players.
      Qb:Joe flacco
      Rb:Brandon jackson (number 1 waiver last week and this week)
      Rb:Steven jackson
      Wr:Anquan boldin
      Wr:Mike sims walker
      Te:Tony gonzalez
      Flex:Jabar gaffney

      Bench: peyton hillis, willis mcgahee,legedu naanee,anthony armstrong, 2 free roster
      I don’t know if I should pick up aaron hernandez or jason snelling with my waiver pick. I think I should go with the te pick since I’m struggling with tony gonzalez.

      • Brandon 9:00 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d grab Aaron Hernandez over Snelling. If Michael Turner returns this week, Snelling will return to being the back-up.

    • oak 11:33 am on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      my receivers are moss, dez bryant, clayton and sims-walker which two should i start week 3 and should I use one of them at flex instead of Buckhalter ?

      • Brandon 12:49 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d start Moss and Clayton and leave Buckhalter in there. Good luck!

    • DFonz001 12:44 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Having trouble on weather to start D-Thomas, Michael Turner, or Snelling for my flex spot.

      • Brandon 12:49 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Turner. Practiced in full and should be ready to go!

        • DFonz001 12:52 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Ok ill stick with him thanx B

    • DFonz001 12:52 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      By the way its nice to see your back this year.

  • Matt 9:31 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink
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    Monday night recap: Morals of the (fantasy) story 

    Jets: Not that you drafted Sanchez anyway, but it’s clear that he doesn’t belong on anyone’s fantasy team. (Ever?) Rex Ryan had plenty of reasons to look depressed at the post-game conference, but weighing most on his mind had to be the reality that his quarterback just isn’t very good, and this is a league that rewards good quarterback play above all else – just look at last year’s Super Bowl teams.

    The Ravens defense, despite a secondary with major injury woes, is still a top-notch unit, but there’s nothing good to say fantasy-wise about a Jets offense that mustered only 176 total yards of offense. Owners of Greene, Tomlinson, Cotchery and Keller would be ill-served by trading them now (their value has nowhere to go but up) – but I’m not all that optimistic that things will improve all that much. Until opposing defenses have a reason to respect the quarterback, they’ll be able to focus on stopping the run, and the offense will become incredibly frustrating to watch – trust me, as a Bills fan, I’ve been there. (Still am there.)

    (More …)

     
    • Brandon 11:05 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, that is one fast dude. Last night before the games they were showing the top speeds of running backs from Sunday’s games and Chris Johnson led the way, reaching 22 mph on his long touchdown run. I wonder how fast McCluster was going on this return?

    • The Don 11:20 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Aite oh fantasy gods be honest
      Who should get the flex spot (Randy moss) on revis island or mike williams in denver?

      • Brandon 1:33 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Randy Moss on Revis Island for sure.

      • Matt 1:56 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Anquan Boldin did just fine on The Island this week. Doesn’t mean that Moss will do the same, but it also means that you can’t bench your top WR. I always harp on this point – you just don’t bench top talent like Moss. You spent a considerable amount of draft capital on him, don’t let him blow up on your bench.

        • Nero 5:08 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Randy Moss, but I got to disagree with Matt. I benched Boldin last week in favor of Naanee (wow, a whole 2% started him) and I won my first game by 2 points because of that decision – they had the same yardage, but Naanee got the TD that put me ahead for good. Every situation is different, but I benched my #1 WR (3rd round pick) for my 15th round selection … sometimes you gotta roll the dice.

          With that stated, I’d start Randy Moss … 😉

  • Brandon 3:32 pm on August 18, 2010 Permalink
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    Jets TE Dustin Keller could be a sneaky later-round draft pick if you miss Clark, Gates, Davis, etc http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/16497/scouts-inc-te-keller-jets-go-to-guy

     
    • Squish 6:14 pm on August 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve actually been grabbing Gonzalez in a lot of leagues. For being the most consistently good TE in the game, I’m surprised that he is still out there in the 6th round of most drafts. 7th TE off the board? I’ll risk him.

      • Brandon 10:57 am on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Gonzo should do the job nicely, especially if you were going to have to reach for one of the top guys. Best to combine a solid TE with a good player at another position.

    • Lab 3:47 am on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree on Keller. In 2009, he ranked 12th in targets, but only 20th in points. Looking at his stats from 2009, he seems to have an abnormally low number of receptions per target (http://fwd4.me/avO), and his TD total for 2009 also was abnormally low for the number of targets. If he receives the same number of targets in 2010 (or maybe even increases slightly), and his other numbers increase toward the mean, then his value will be much higher.

  • Brandon 9:09 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 14: Who's Starting Vince Young in the Playoffs? 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week fourteen. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis. This week we start off with a few quarterbacks who’s play has improved dramatically over the next few weeks. Early in the season, did you ever imagine starting Alex Smith or Vince Young (or Bruce Gradkowski?) in the playoffs? Me neither.

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    • e-roc 9:39 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      *whew* Limped into the playoffs with 3 straight L’s but still managed to secure a Bye week.

      My QB situation has been a crap shoot because I own McNabb, VY, and Alex Smith. Who do I start this week? Purely based on match-ups, I want to start VY…

      • s 2 da a L 1:52 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I was 7-2 and tied for first – 4 straight losses has made me the 5th seed.. guys are just not performing :/

      • Brandon 3:37 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hard to sit McNabb against a Giants defense that just got lit up by Tony Romo. Plus, if you actually look at the last few games the Rams of played, they haven’t been all that bad against the pass (shut down Hasselbeck and Cutler.) Stick with McNabb.

        • e-roc 3:46 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’ll stick with McNabb… My team has under-performed for 3 straight weeks. Not looking good…

    • Mark 12:00 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Best week 14 flex play?
      Sidney Rice vs CIN
      Joseph Addai vs. DEN
      Jamaal Charles vs BUF

      • Tommy 10:41 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Jamaal Charles, definitely.

      • Brandon 3:39 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Tommy here, go with Jamaal Charles. The Bills are the worst team in the league at stopping the run.

    • TJ 2:19 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Guys – First off, thanks for helping me win my division, you guys are the best.

      Wanted to know your thoughts on my playoff roster:
      – At RB I have SJax, Wells, Charles, F Jackson, & Forsett. Thinking about swapping someone for Harrison, as a posible week 15 option should something happen (like SJax’s back finally caving in). Maybe FredJack, or Forsett if it looks like they’ll be sticking to Jones….?
      – At WR, Welker, Austin, Ocho, SimsWalker, Smith(NYG). Meacham is available. Worth swapping one for him – will Ocho shine again?
      – D/ST – GB & CIN, who do you like going forward? (can also grab DEN, CAR, ARI)
      And for the rest:
      – TE – Witten & Shiancoe
      – K is always the flavor of the week, and Q is Brees.

      Big question about whether I’m safer carrying 2 QBs in case Brees gets hurt (would grab Smith), but I’d have to drop something (probably the extra D/ST, hard to part with the others) Are there 2 D’s worth carrying, or do you think I can safely stick with one (probably GB this week, at least)

      Thanks!

      I’m thinking

      • TJ 2:21 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Also – Garcon is available too….

        • TJ 2:47 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          …And I the Ravens DEF too, just swapped CIN for them

        • e-roc 8:12 am on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          You’re pretty stacked at WR.. They’re all #1’s on their respective teams. At this point, the only guy I would consider swapping is Steve Smith (NYG) for Meachem since he plays for an offensive juggernaut.

        • Brandon 3:45 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Not sure Garcon is worth the add with the Colts about to clinch home field advantage through the playoffs and Peyton Manning seeing a drop in playing time.

      • Brandon 3:52 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It might not be a huge upgrade, but feel free to drop Forsett for Harrison. At least you’re assured he’ll get some carries. At wide receiver, I agree with E-Roc on Steve Smith. He hasn’t found the endzone a whole lot lately and actually has some pretty bad match-ups down the stretch (PHI, WAS, CAR.) I like Witten at tight end and love the Packers defense this week against Jay “Interception Machine” Cutler.

    • DJ 12:03 am on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      warner or A. smith this week

      • Brandon 3:41 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although there are some hip injury worries, Kurt Warner should be good to go on Monday and with the weapons he has at receiver, you have to start him over Alex Smith. This will all change if you find out that Warner is looking less likely to play later in the week, but for now plan on starting the old man.

    • ffgeekblogROCKS 1:41 am on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ffgeekblog STILL rocks!

    • Javier 7:23 am on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      2 RB 2 WR 1 Flex: MJD, McGahee, Addai, Rock Cartwright; Randy Moss, Steve Smith (NYG), Sid Rice, Britt and Maclin (will go if I get Meachem off waivers).

      Although Miami is great against the run, MJD can still receive some passes, he should remain #1… I think the Colts will start resting starters, and Denver is quite tough for Addai. Cartwright will get a million touches and might score 0 TDs… and McGahee could score 3 in 3 carries! Oh boy…

      For WRs I am only positive about Moss… Steve Smith *might* be ok against Brown and Samuel… it seems Young can throw the ball, so Britt has potential to wreck the Rams. I don’t like Rice against the Bengals and Maclin was dissapointing.

      PD: Hoping to pick up Heap and Ravens to replace Olsen and Vikings… Baltimore’s schedule is pretty soft for the rest of the season.

      • Brandon 3:55 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Jones-Drew and Cartwright (and hope he gets lucky against a bad Oakland run defense.) At receiver go with Moss, Britt (worth a gamble) and either Meachem or Smith, depending on if you got Meachem.

    • Dennis 4:23 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      3 WR 2 RB 2 Flex: Sims Walker, Roddy White, T.O., Smith(NYG), Smith(Car), Crabtree, Chambers, Mike Wallace, Pierre Thomas, Ganther (starting against OAK), and Hightower.

      I was thinking Wallace might have a good game if Ward doesn’t play. KC doesn’t have a good pass defense so TO might have a break game.

      I’m pretty sure with Thomas and Ganther but Hightower is a good goal line back.
      Please help me out.

      • Dennis 3:06 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I also have Chris Brown.

      • Brandon 4:35 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        WR – Sims-Walker, T.O., White
        RB – PT and Ganther
        Flex – Steve Smith (CAR) and Mike Wallace

        I’m starting Mike Wallace tonight I think, especially if Hines Ward isn’t playing. If ward starts, you might consider swapping him for Steve Smith (NYG) though.

    • Ted Anderson 5:21 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who to start? Vince Young vs Stloy or Hasselback vs Houston?

      • Brandon 4:28 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I love Vince Young’s match-up, but I think Hasselbeck is the safer bet. If you’re a gambling man, try your luck with Young though.

    • James 2:01 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Im having a tough time deciding who to start this week at WR and QB…

      At QB I have Romo and Smith, and I was dead set on Romo until I read this article…

      At WR, ( in a league where we can start 5) I have
      Sims-Walker (vs MIA)
      Desean Jackson (vs NYG)
      Andre Johnson (vs. Sea)
      Santonio Holmes (vs. CLE)
      Kenny Britt( vs.STL)
      Pierre Garcon( vs. DEN)

      Britt has been lighting people up lately and so has Garcon. I’m afraid to bench Holmes because of Cleveland’s horrible defense. I need some major help her guys.

      Thanks!

      • Brandon 4:40 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, didn’t mean to make you second guess yourself, but you’re good to go with Romo anyways. He’s coming off two good performances in a row and plays a Chargers defense that just got beat up by the Browns of all teams.

        At wide receiver, you might bench Kenny Britt, even if he has been playing well lately with Vince Young. If he doesn’t catch touchdowns in two of the last three games, he finishes with pretty bad numbers actually, so he’s a gamble.

    • Tony 2:46 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Greetings!  I’m having a tough time week, finally moved into 4th in our standings, and working to protect that spot and make a team good enough to give some of our overpowered teams a run for their money come weeks 15-17 and I could use some assistance.  Here’s my lineup.

      QB:
      QB: Peyton Manning
      WR: Larry Fitzgerald
      WR: Marques Colston
      RB: Jamaal Charles
      RB: Cedric Benson
      TE: Heath Miller
      W/T: Mike Sims-Walker
      W/R: Jason Avant
      W/R: Kenny Britt

      On the bench:
      QB: Mark Sanchez
      RB: Mike Bell
      RB: Brandon Jacobs

      Last week I finally benched Jacobs having moved in Britt into my lineup instead, figuring it was finally time, and it really came back to bite me.  I’ve got one empty spot on my roster and would be more than willing to make some moves should there be some options deemed better.  There are few availabilities at the QB position (Gradkowski, Boller, Moore being really the only real choices..and not necessarily good ones.)  TE Miller’s stock has certainly fallen in the last few weeks, and I’m wondering if Scaife, Finley or Carlson might not be better choices here? (All are available.)  Also, I’m not sure about WRs in the next few weeks, since Bess, Breaston, Bryant and Devin Thomas are all available.

      Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?

      • Brandon 4:51 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m a little confused about the empty QB spot you mention. I’m assuming you obviously want to pick up a quarterback and plug him in there. Is Chad Henne or Ryan Fitzpatrick available? I like them more than the guys you mention. If not, then I guess I’d go with Bruce Gradkowski (even though he’s one of my “misses” this week) and hope he continues where he left off last week.

        With DeSean Jackson most likely playing, I’d plug in Brandon Jacobs for Jason Avant as well.

        Finally, stick with Heath Miller, who is my tight end “hit” this week.

        • Tony 6:34 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry for not clarifying that empty spot. I had Sanchez in there previously, and he’s hurt this week. Henne and Fitzpatrick are both already taken as well. 2 QBs and 12 people make for slim QB pickings…

          Starters Available at QB:
          Gradkowski
          Moore
          Boller
          Freeman

        • Brandon 6:07 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Stick with Gradkowski. Moore is an enticing option considering how bad the Patriots defense has been lately, but they’re playing at home and should be a lot better against the Panthers (considering they only have to cover one receiver!)

    • JMOST 9:03 am on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      John M says:

      Hi:

      I need some help. Playoff round(1) 2 week format standard scoring.
      RB1 Johnson & RB2 Charle is set.
      Flex (LT, Fred. Jackson, Ganther or K. Smith)
      WR1 Wayne?_bad Match up & may Colts may rest players. , WR2 & Flex (MSW-D, White-Q, Mason, Smith NY, Britt_”VY -Q”).
      Finally:
      Do I pick up a back up QB for Rodgers (Smith & Young is avaliable). I have 2 _Kickers. Hartley & Gostkowski). Hartley will have better weather conditions. and 2 TEs (Celek I Shiancoe). Who would you drop?

      What do you think, thanks
      jm

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

        Go with Mason as your WR2 and LT in the flex spot.

        In terms of picking up a backup quarterback, there really isn’t a whole lot of season left and you won’t be benching Rodgers unless he gets hurt (knock on wood.) If you’re going to drop anyone, I guess you could drop Gostkowski, since you probably don’t need him anymore with Hartley playing now.

  • Brandon 9:52 am on December 1, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 13: The Hunt for the Playoffs 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week thirteen. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis. With the playoffs rapidly approaching (only one week of the regular season left in my two main leagues,) many teams out there are probably in a “must win” situation this week. Hopefully some of the players below can get you a much needed victory and give you a chance at that championship trophy (or pride, cash, whatever else you get for winning a fantasy football league.) Anyways, let’s get to the waiver wire picks for this week, starting with a few wide receivers that could help your cause… (More …)

     
    • TJ 11:17 am on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering what you guys think about:
      – swapping Rock Cartwright for Fred Jackson (other RBs are Sjax, Wells, Forsett, Charles). I like Jackson, Rock has OAK in wk 14, but…not impressive Sunday, and unless Jackson is hurt vs TEN, probably wouldn’t start him then anyway….
      – Swapping one of my receivers (SmithNYG or Ochocinco?) for Chambers (also have Welker, Austin, SimsWalker). Now questioning whether to even start Ocho vs DET, he’s really stunk lately.
      – Which D/ST(s) are best to hold for rest of season, playoffs start wk14, can hold 2 if necessary: CIN, BAL, GB, DEN, BUF, ARI, ATL, SEA

      – we start 2 RB/WR, no flex, non ppr. Thanks, guys, your advice is always stellar.

      • Shane 6:13 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Keep Cincinatti and Green Bay on Defense.
        For this week stay in the NFC West and start Sjax and Forsett. They have both been solid lately. At WR start Austin and SimsWalker.
        Chambers wont pan out long run and FJack is more reliable moving forward. Anyone on Was is a tough start every week.

        • TJ 8:52 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Shane, I didn’t have much faith in Rock, nice to hear it from someone else.

      • Brandon 8:38 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d grab Fred Jackson for sure, as it looks like he could get the bulk of the carries for Buffalo down the stretch. Cartwright plays for a Redskins offense that is just too terrible to rely on.

        For your receivers, I’d stick with Ochocinco and Smith and start Ochocinco this week. He just complained about the offense not passing enough and I figure that will be worth at least a few extra looks.

        Finally, for defense I agree with Shane, go with Cincinnati and Green Bay.

        • TJ 9:02 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I guess you guys don’t think much of Welkers this week…… Now do you really think Cincy’s going to actually try to pass the ball vs Detroit Lately they seem to be saving Palmer’s arm for the postseason. MSW, Austin, and Ocho all look good this week, I can start 2…

        • Brandon 9:12 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Oops, I was confused there. I thought you meant you were going to drop Ochocinco or Smith for Chambers. If you can only start two of those receivers, I’d go with Steve Smith and Mike Sims-Walker.

    • Rom3o 4:14 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who do you think to start this week? Laverrneous Coles,Jason Avant, or Marrio Manningham? I already got Welker and Burleson starting

      • Brandon 8:35 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Jason Avant, who should have a big day with DeSean Jackson possibly sidelined. If Jackson plays though, go with Manningham.

    • Dennis 9:52 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need help have two weeks left to clinch playoffs and this week is my toughest match up. I need 3 WR, 2 RB, and 2 FLEX. Here are my players; Sims-Walker, Roddy White, Smith (NYG), Smith (Car), Crabtree, TO, Chambers, Hightower, Pierre Thomas, Norwood, and Larry Johnson.

      Please help me out. With TO finally putting up good numbers and Chambers becoming KC’s number 1, I’m not sure who to start.

      • Dennis 9:55 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I also have Antonio Bryant.

      • Brandon 8:43 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        At running back, go with Pierre Thomas and Jerious Norwood. For your receivers and flex, go with Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Smith (NYG), Roddy White, Michael Crabtree and take the gamble on Steve Smith (CAR). I know he was shut down last week, but he gets a match-up with Tampa Bay and even if Delhomme is out, backup Matt Moore has experience throwing to Smith and should look his way often.

    • Duncan 1:02 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need to start two: Steve Smith (NYG), Chris Chambers, and/or Jason Avant.

      It’s tough because while Avant has been putting up reasonable numbers and has great sleeper potential with DJax out it’s hard to start him over Smith or Chambers. On the other hand, Dallas’s pass defense has stepped up over the last few weeks (not to mention Eli’s struggles) and I’m still not sold on Chambers especially against a decent defense in Denver coming off a strong game and a few extra days of rest.

      Any thoughts?

      • Brandon 8:34 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Last time the G-Men played Dallas, Smith had a huge game, so I’d leave him in there and hope he can do the same. For your other receiver, I like Jason Avant this week as it appears DeSean Jackson will sit this one out.

    • e-roc 2:00 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sharing in Duncan’s dilemma…

      To all: would you pick up D.Bowe or Meachem in exchange for S.Smith (NYG) or Cotchery?

      • Brandon 8:32 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Meachem is higher risk, but has a potential for higher reward over Cotchery. However, I’d stick with what you have just because Jerricho is still a number one receiver in the Jets offense. Also, what are the odds that Meachem, the teams third receiver, keeps catching touchdowns every game?! Stick with what you got.

    • Ashley 11:26 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, I would really appreciate some help….

      Steelers or Saints Defense?
      I need three: Benson, Slaton, Norwood, Pierre Thomas, Chris Brown
      I need two: Calvin Johnson, Marques Colston, Pierre Garcon, Hakeem Nicks

      Also I have Kurt Warner….if he cant play who makes for a better pickup Chris Redman, Vince Young or David Garrad?
      Thanks for the help!

      • Brandon 2:59 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with the Saints for your defense. They’ve been good and have a great match-up with a terrible Redskins offense. At running back, go with Thomas, Benson, and Norwood. For your receivers, start Calvin Johnson (as long as he’s playing, which it appears he should be at this point) and Marques Colston. Finally, for your quarterback, if Warner is a no-go, your best bet is probably Garrard against the Texans. Good luck!

    • Sal 5:00 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need to start 3: SmithNYG, Sims-Walker, Burleson, Garcon, Avant and Crabtree.

      Thanks for the help!

    • Dennis 9:44 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Cartwright or Norwood?

    • Mark 11:00 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure who to start. I need to start 1QB, 2 WRs, 2RBs, 1 TE and a flex. Please help. Here is my roster

      Cutler
      Garrard
      Sims-Walker
      Andre Johnson
      Larry Fitzgerald
      Sid Rice
      Ray Rice
      Rashard Mendenhall
      Joseph Addai
      Jamaal Charles
      Visanthe Shiancoe
      Antonio Gates

      • Brandon 3:06 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Cutler (I know it’s tough, but bear with him for at least this one week!), Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Sidney Rice (flex), Ray Rice, Rashard Mendenhall, and Antonio Gates.

        Great team (besides Cutler,) by the way.

    • Natalie 11:39 am on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon!

      Running Short on RB’s this week due to Bernard Scott’s turf toe and Cedric Benson now playing. Should I drop him or does he still warrant a roster spot? My other RB’s are Ricky Williams and Brandon Jacobs, but I really think I need to bench Jacobs because he hasn’t done anything worth starting him so far. With Dallas as a matchup this week it isn’t worth the risk in my opinion. As far as RB’s available to pick up in my league, I have a choice between Felix Jones, Chris Brown, or Sammy Morris. I could drop Scott and pick up any of these RB’s for this week. What do you think? I need to start two RB’s Sunday and Ricky Williams will obviously be one of them.

      BTW- Thanks for the advice on picking up Avant, Meachem, and Henderson last week as well as starting Donald Driver! Started Henderson and Driver which was good, but wish I would have started Meachum too! Breaston didn’t get crap and I forgot to check if Warner was out- oops! This week I think I will start Avant, Driver, and Meachum. Do you agree?

      I won in my league last week too and beat the guy in 1st place! YEAH! Thanks!!!!

      • Brandon 2:33 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Natalie, congrats on the victory! It’s probably safe to ditch Bernard Scott at this point. In terms of who to start at running back, he’s a bit of a risk, but I like Felix Jones. The Giants run defense isn’t that great and Jones has played very well the past few games when given the chances.

        As for your receivers, it’s hard to guess between Henderson and Meachem, but go with what you have there (Avant, Driver, and Meachem) and you should do alright.

    • Patrick 4:16 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have a big week this week and team is in shambles. I have to chose a WR and a WR/RB flex option. Players to choose from are cadilac williams, rock cartwrite, pierre garcon, and donnie avery. Not sure on which two should play here. Any help is appreciated

      • Brandon 10:19 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with your two wide receivers, Garcon and Avery, who have much higher potential than the other two, who will be lucky to run for 80 yards or so.

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