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  • Brandon 9:31 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 2 Pick-ups: Austin Collie the new Pierre Garcon? 

    With week one of the fantasy football season almost in the books, it’s already time to start looking ahead to week two (especially in leagues where there is no waiver system for free agents.) Here are the players to consider on the waiver wire for week two. I’ll try to elaborate on this list after tonight’s games, but this should get you started…

    Wide Receivers

    • Austin Collie (IND): 10 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD. While a lot of the stats came on a single, 73-yard touchdown bomb late in the fourth quarter, the fact that he had 10 receptions means he was being looked at a lot over the course of the game. His primary competition for WR2 on the team, Pierre Garcon, finished with four catches for 75 yards. It’s still early, but it looks like it might be a crapshoot each week to figure out which guy does better.
    • Mark Clayton (STL): Was NOT expecting this one! Ten catches for 119 yards by a guy who was traded to the team just a week before and FROM a rookie quarterback. Looks like he’s the legit #1 in this passing game and while he may not rack up the touchdowns, he’ll definitely get a lot of looks.
    • Mike Thomas (JAX): It could end up being Thomas, not Mike Sims-Walker, who is the top receiver in the Jaguars offense this season. We’ll have to wait and see. He was one of my top sleeper picks this year though (got him on almost all of my teams!)
    • Legedu Naanee (SD): Looks like it could end up being Naanee, not Malcom Floyd, that benefits the most from Vincent Jackson’s absence. He finished Monday night’s game with 110 yards and a score, while Floyd only had 48 yards. Either way, Antonio Gates could end up having the best numbers of any pass catcher on the team, but Naanee could make a solid WR3 play most weeks if he keeps this up.
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    • Fit 6:53 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      I have Roy Williams (DAL) as one of my back-up WRs. Both Clayton (STL) and Lloyd (DEN) are FA’s in my league. Should I keep Williams or get rid of him for one of these guys?

      • Brandon 11:01 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one. If you don’t pick up Clayton, I’m sure someone else will snag him in your league. However, it’s only been one week and it’s tough to give up on a player (even if it is Roy Williams) so soon. I guess I’d drop him to grab Clayton though. He has much more upside, considering he’s the #1 target on the team, as opposed to Williams being the 4th target in the passing game. I wouldn’t drop him for Brandon Lloyd though. I think he just got lucky.

    • Chris 8:50 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone know a good site to see WR targets? Instead of just receptions?

      • Brandon 9:05 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        This one seems to do the trick. You have Roddy White on your team by chance? 🙂

        Wide Receiver targets

        • Chris 12:32 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          No but I was thinking of trading for him…moreno and terrell owens for white. Moreno was my back up, I’m starting Mathews and Foster. Mcfadden will be my backup.

        • Squish 1:04 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yep, FFtoday is one of the better sites for tracking stats especially targets. Question:

          Do you think TO’s targets were a fluke or do you expect him to get thrown to that much every week?

    • Squish 9:14 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Concussion Party!

      Nice list of guys but isn’t Ryan Grant injured because of a concussion, not an ankle injury? I suspect Grant will play this week as one concussion doesn’t usually keep a guy out for long (though two is another story). Either wya, whoever is playing definitely deserves a start this week.

      • Squish 9:51 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Disregard the part about grants concussion. That was last month lol! I read the wrong report by accident. One things for sure, Grant appears as fragile as ever this year.

        • Brandon 10:51 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, yeah I’m pretty happy I don’t have him on any of my teams.

    • Shane 2:37 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know it early but…..
      Help with next week please.
      Start 5:
      Wayne @ NYG
      Austin @ Chi
      Boldin @ Cin
      Rice @ Cin
      MJD @ SD
      Thomas (NO) @ SF

      • Brandon 10:54 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure how you ended up with all those players, but kudos to you 🙂

        Anyways, go Wayne, Austin, Boldin, Rice and MJD. The only consideration might be PT over Boldin, but considering what Anquan did to the Jets defense, I’d say he’s a pretty safe bet against a Bengals squad that got lit up by Tom Brady.

        • Shane 12:31 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah i got lucky in the draft. i had alot of key players that other people needed so i traded for their good players.
          Mcnabb for MJD preseason
          Slaton, Spiller for Wayne preseason
          and i just got ronnie brown in a trade.

    • e-roc 12:42 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Should I pick up Collie in exchange for V.Jax? I think it’s time….

      Also, please help me pick three starting this week:
      > D. Jackson @ DET
      > S. “Little Giant” Smith @ IND
      > H. “3 TD” Nicks @ IND
      > D. “My Favorite” Driver v. BUF
      > A. “if I pick up” Collie v. NYG

      p.s. I’m kicking myself SO hard for not drafting Roddy White right now…. *kick kick kick* /wrist.

      • Brandon 1:40 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one with V-Jax. If you don’t grab Collie now you’re not going to have a chance to the rest of the year I assume. However, I doubt he has many more games like the one he just had. Looking at your roster, it doesn’t seem you’ll really need to start either Jackson or Collie anyways though, so maybe it makes sense to just pick up Collie so you have someone dependable who will at least play.

        As for your wide receivers, ask me again once I have the User Requested Week 2 Rankings up 🙂

    • Austin 2:23 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      im thinking steve smith and hines ward as my 1 and 2, but for my 3rd…

      austin collie, mike williams (seattle), or meachem?

    • kyle 5:18 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Should i trade Moreno for Brandon Jackson??? i’m in a TD only league

      • Brandon 10:06 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, in a touchdown only league I don’t think I’d do this. Jackson will have value because he’ll be the first option in the running game for the Packers, but when it comes to the red zone, there are a lot of other targets on the team. Moreno had 7 touchdowns and doesn’t have a whole lot of competition when the team gets inside the five yard line or so.

        I’ve actually never done a touchdown only league, but I assume Moreno isn’t one of your starters? Who do you start at running back?

        • kyle 10:23 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          In the league I’m in we have two running backs and they always start. Mine are Moreno and D. Williams. They get 6 pts for a td and 6 pts if they break 100 yards

    • Jo 10:45 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      F. Taylor or Brandon Jackson?? I have Ryan matthews, Caddy, and Bradshaw and T

    • Jo 10:46 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      F. Taylor or Brandon Jackson?? I have Ryan matthews, Caddy, and Bradshaw. Non ppr

    • TJ 2:11 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, lots of questions:
      -Still looking to improve my WR group (need one to start with Roddy White), wondering if you think any of these guys is worth trading in for the FAs below – I’m not thrilled with this group. We start 2, non-PPR.

      My team: Knox (but you never know who Cutler will throw to), Floyd (Brandon, you were absolutely right about him this week!), Garcon, Jac Jones
      FAs: It’s a 10 team league, so pretty much most of the mid and below guys went undrafted: What do you think about Clayton (a true #1WR?), Collie (I think I like him better than Garcon, but it’s just a tossup between those 2 every week), Mike Thomas, the Mike Williamses, Manningham, DEN wrs……too many to name.

      – D/ST – whose you’re favorite flavor of the week? I’m thinking about NE, Oak, Car, KC…. Our league scores 6pts for a return TD and a point for every 25 return yards.

      – I picked up Brandon Jackson for Ryan Grant today. Seems you guys and most people are not that impressed with him, but Yahoo Sports (Behrens) just loves the guy. McFadden is also available…… neither one likely to unseat Rice & Foster on my team, but I will need someone for byes.


      • TJ 2:25 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Also – I’m carrying 2 QBs at least through the byes, have Schaub with Alex Smith on my bench. What do you think about Mike Vick to replace Smith?

      • Brandon 10:25 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll work from the bottom up: I like Jackson over McFadden as your bye-week filler. I like New England and Carolina defenses this week.

        At wide receiver, I like Clayton more than Jacoby Jones, only because he’ll be the first option in the passing game all season. I like Thomas and Collie too, but Thomas is probably too deep for a 10 team league and you already have Garcon, so adding Collie would just add headaches when it came to deciding your line-up. I’d give Floyd another week to prove himself, but if he doesn’t do much, you may drop him next week as well.

        Hopefully I answered all your questions!

    • nick 5:48 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      looking for weeks 2 starting advice going out of town so wanna get it soon if possible.
      ppr league with 1 pt per catch and 1 per target as well rbs get 1 pt per rush attempt.
      need to start 2 rbs and 2 wrs as well at a flex spot.

      rbs- [email protected] cin, gore vs no, bradshaw @indy, portis vs huston, b. jackson vs buf
      Wrs- white vs ari, wayne vs nyg, austin vs chi, naanee vs Jac, gaffney vs seattle.

      also for QB orton or shaub this week?

      appreciate any thoughts

    • ThatGuy 2:39 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Garcon or Ronnie Brown in the flex this week?

  • Brandon 10:47 am on August 20, 2010 Permalink
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    Another record season for the Patriots? 

    I don’t want to jinx them or anything, but things have already looked great for the Patriots this preseason. With a healthy Wes Welker in the fold, along with a contract-inspired Randy Moss, Julian Edelman, rookie Aaron Hernandez and healthy Brandon Tate, this passing game should be absolutely dominant. Even the rookie tight end touted for his blocking, Rob Gronkowski, racked up 38 yards and a score last night! Will Tom Brady rack up 50 touchdowns like he did in 2007? Maybe not. But he could get 49 🙂

    Obviously you’re drafting Brady, Moss, and Welker, but now I bet you see Edelman and Hernandez taken in the later rounds of most drafts…especially keeper leagues. In the leagues out there that reward for kick return yardage, Brandon Tate makes for an interesting pick as well.

    Even the running game was going on all cylinders, with the old-man-tandem of Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris combining for over 100 yards and two scores on just 17 carries! Where you draft any of their running backs is another story though. This is the ultimate running-back-by-committee situation and one you should probably stay away from unless absolutely necessary.

    • Brandon 2:07 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sooo….this isn’t exactly working out according to plan. There’s still time for the Pats offense to turn it around though!

  • Brandon 4:59 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 4: Time to wake up and smell the Coffee 

    Here’s our waiver wire recommendations heading into week four, leading off with a guy who should have been a mandatory handcuff heading into the season, but apparently was not. As usual, The Wire is organized into four categories: Get ’em in there, Pick up and hold, Stopgaps, and Pretenders. “Get ’em in there” are the players worth of a start right away, while “Stopgaps” are the players who will get you through a short-term injury or bye week. “Pick up and hold” is just what is sounds like and “Pretenders” are those players who might have had one good week and immediately picked up in every Yahoo Public league out there…don’t waste a roster spot and waiver claim on them. In addition, you’ll find the Yahoo! ownership rank (in parenthesis) for each player so you know which guys have a better chance of being available in your league.

    UPDATE! I’ve added Tashard Choice and Dante Rosario to this list after last night’s game, just to let you know.

    Get ’em in there

    • Glen Coffee, RB, 49ers (48%) – It looks like Frank Gore will be out a week or two, so all of you who handcuffed Coffee to him in the draft are happy right now…the others, not so much. Glen didn’t play all that well, but he was going against a tough Vikings defense. He should put up decent numbers in Gore’s absense, as the team plays the Rams and Falcons in their next two games.
    • Denver DEF (64%) – Who ever thought they’d be the top ranked defense after three weeks?! Seems that they’re the real deal.
    • Correll Buckhalter, RB, Broncos (67%) – He had 108 yards on Sunday and while he splits carries with Knowshon Moreno, he makes for a decent injury fill-in RB2 or flex play from week-to-week.
    • Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars (69%) – Sims-Walker is trying his hardest to wrestle the WR1 role away from Torry Holt and now has 12 receptions over his past two games. He makes a decent WR3 or flex play at this point.
    • Brent Celek, TE, Eagles (79%) – This guy is one of the best tight ends in the league so far this season and is still only owned in 79% of the leagues out there. I assume he’ll be taken in at least 95% after Sunday’s 104 yard and a touchdown performance.

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    • Wolf 8:53 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I currently have Carlson and Olsen for my TEs (I started Olsen week one and two with no luck.. switched to Carlson for week 3 and guess what? Olsen had a great game on my bench).. Now I am unsure of what to do with Either of them and Brent Celek is available for me to grab up. Any words of wisdom?

      • Squish 2:37 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I was an Olsen owner in many of my leagues and I’ve been dumping him by the wayside. Even though his game looked decent, he still didn’t do too well overall. Until this week, he was only the third ranked TE ON HIS OWN TEAM! I’d keep carlson as he’s still getting plenty of targets. If Celek is available, go after him! He’s the most targeted TE so far this year and both Kolb and Mcnabb like throwing to him.

      • Brandon 8:34 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        As Squish says, grab Celek for sure. The guy has been HUGE so far this season. As for the other two guys, I still think Olsen has more upside and his receptions have increased each week. Carlson has more value when Hasselbeck is the team’s quarterback, so the sooner he can come back, the better.

        • Wolf 10:17 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Well, due to the byes coming up, I am already squeezing one extra bench around to fill in spots, so to pick up Celek means dropping Olsen or Carlson.. and Celek has a Bye week, so I have to play whoever I keep. Olsen is up against the Lions this week (Carlson is against Colts), so would you agree I should drop Carlson for Celek and then play Olsen during week 4?

        • Brandon 10:31 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah I think it’s worth it to drop Carlson and play Olsen this week, if it means you have Celek on your team for the rest of the season.

      • J L 11:28 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Grab him!!

    • Eric 9:54 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Fellas – I’m contemplating a big risk-reward kind of trade right now. We start 1 QB, 2 RBs, and 4 WRs, no flex backs. I’m pretty solid at RB and QB – McGahee, LT, Gore, and Brown (at least once everyone is healthy) and Warner/Flacco/Palmer. I’m not so hot at WR… Braylon, Henderson, Bryant, Moore, Bennet, Sims-Walker, and Breaston… Although Sims-Walker and Breaston are showing life, and I have faith in Henderson/Moore most weeks. One of the guys in my league is pretty solid at WR, but needs a backup QB, and his best RB is Slaton, even with his slow start. He also has Berrian, who I think could have a big rest of the season now that Favre is starting to heat up and throw more downfield. I’m thinking about offering McGahee and Palmer for Slaton and Berrian… crazy or a solid risk play given my situation?

      • Brandon 8:39 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t trade McGahee, even for Slaton at this point. The Ravens offense is running on all cylinders right now and Willis is their goalline guy. Plus, you probably want to target a better receiver, as I don’t see Berrian being much better this year than the guys you already have. As you’ve seen already from the Vikings, most of the time they run the offense through Adrian Peterson, so Favre has to do his best to distribute the ball to Harvin, Rice, Berrian, Taylor and Shiancoe.

    • Shirley 11:27 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Even though week 3 isn’t officially over, I’m 0-3 in one league which will put me again #1 in the waiver order with which I’ll take Pierre Garcon….

      Dilemma #1: I have Hasselbeck & Warner at QB. Warner has a bye and I don’t know if Hasselbeck will be back next week.
      I wanted to grab the 49ers DST (vs. STL) to replace Packers DST (vs. MIN) to start & sit Jets DST (@NO). Since it seems you can’t count on defenses to do well or poorly as predicted, should I just find pick up a QB on the waiver wire and drop the Packers DST?
      ON WAIVER WIRE — Brett Favre, Josh Johnson, Kyle Boller, Matthew Stafford, Seneca Wallace, & Chad Henne

      Dilemma #2: I have 4 RBs (Ryan Grant, Michael Turner, LeSean McCoy & LenDale White. Turner & McCoy have a bye next week.
      This wouldn’t be a problem but I want to try and offer one of my RBs to a player who has banged up or mediocre RBs in order to get DeSean Jackson.
      List of my current WRs: Derrick Mason, Roddy White, Mario Manningham, & Michael Clayton (will drop him for Garcon).
      So assuming the owner will go for it, should I trade a RB to get DeSean?

      • Brandon 8:42 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Defenses are really hard to predict in most cases, so I would focus your waiver pick on a position player. Brett Favre looked really good last week and will probably put up the best numbers out of all those guys you mentioned. Given how the Bills played against the Saints this past weekend, you might just keep in the Jets defense, as they look pretty solid these days.

    • Bob 11:48 am on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I was offered Shaub for Slaton before this weeks games. Don’t know if the other owner will still do it but do you think it’s a good trade? I’m concerned that Kubiak is going to continue the Slaton – Brown (semi) time share with Brown vulturing TD’s. Will Brown’s fumble this week will give Slaton an opening for some red zone touches? Also, with the Texans defense being so miserable Schaub should be throwing a whole lot more when they are behind.

      • Brandon 3:58 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It seems that this season the offense is going through Matt Schaub, as opposed to Steve Slaton like last year. The passing game is off to a great start, while the team can’t seem to run the ball with any consistency. It depends on who your quarterback is though, as well as your other running backs.

        • Bob 7:13 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I have Flacco and Farve as my QB’s and Gore, Coffee, Rice, and Moreno as my RB’s. Thanks!

        • Brandon 8:50 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          With that group of running backs, you might want to keep Slaton around. I know he’s struggled early, but he should turn it around and put up better numbers than Moreno and Rice in the long run. Your quarterbacks should hold down the position if you play the match-ups (Flacco is much improved over last year!)

    • Jones 1:13 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This week in my league TJ Housh, Santana Moss and Wes Welker were dropped from teams. Mike Sims-Walker is also available. My WR’s right now are Wayne, Driver, Smith (NYG), Harvin and Evans. I’m thinking of dropping Evans and adding Moss.

      • Brandon 3:54 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, that’s crazy that those guys were dropped and they should all be universally owned (even if they’re of to rough starts.) How many teams are in your league? I like Welker the most out of the group, as he’ll be putting up solid numbers once he actually gets back on the field. Can you pick them all up? Hah. Maybe you can trade some of your receivers and pick up those guys, as they should put up solid numbers at the position for your squad.

        • Jones 3:53 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          8 teams in the league. I can’t pick them all up because these are my RBs (Gore, Westbrook, Williams) so I have to pick up Coffee or Choice by dropping R Bush. I already picked up Welker when I saw he was dropped and I’m going to try to add S Moss by dropping Evans. Would you drop Harvin for TJ Housh?

        • Brandon 9:51 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          That’s a tough one. If your league awards points for return yards, definitely stick with Harvin. You might just wait a week or two and see if Housh is still available. By then, maybe your situation has changed and you’re in need of his services, but until then, it looks like your team should be more than equipped to hold down the WR position.

      • RB 8:25 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would need to see Harvin have a bad week first, and see Hasselback return. Last week with Seneca QB’ing in Seattle, Burleson was target number 1, not Housh. I’d ride Harvin until you see some cracks.

    • Jeff 2:41 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      should i drop mike bell for tashard choice?

      • Brandon 3:51 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Choice has the most immediate value, as Bell is still nursing an injury at this point. When Mike Bell returns, he’ll most likely be the backup to Pierre Thomas, who looked really good this past weekend. Once Marion Barber and Felix Jones are back though, Choice’s value diminishes dramatically. Not sure if this helped at all, but if you shed a little more light on what you are looking from either of these guys (start right away, depth, etc) maybe we can be more helpful.

    • Brandon 4:21 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If you’re looking for some other waiver wire tips, the Fantasy Football Librarian lists a bunch in her recent post: Advice for the 0-3 to the 3-0 teams

    • chris 5:03 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have a spot for a reserve back on my team and the following are available: Felix Jones (I have barber) Knowshon Marino, Leon Washington and Fred Taylor.

      • Brandon 8:41 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would say Felix Jones, but he’s injured now and will probably miss a game or so. Tashard Choice makes a solid play if Barber and Jones are still limited, but in the long term he’s won’t be too productive if the other guys are healthy. Knowshon Moreno and Leon Washington are both going to see plenty of carries in their respective offenses, but I’m leaning towards Moreno. He should get more and more carries as long as he remains productive, while I think Washington’s role in the offense is pretty well determined at this point.

    • Sona 5:06 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Week 4 : Julius Jones is available in my league, do you think i should drop Derrick Ward to pick him up? Also I am considering dropping chargers defense for Glen coffee, Gore 🙁 . I hope Wes Welker returns this week, I am not liking Santonio Holmes, what do you suggest? I am celebrating my hat-trick win but playing against another person who celebrated hat-trick this week.

    • Sona 5:09 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Week 4 : Julius Jones is available in my league, do you think i should drop Derrick Ward to pick him up? Also I am considering dropping chargers defense for Glen coffee . I hope Wes Welker returns this week, I am not liking Santonio Holmes, what do you suggest? I am celebrating my hat-trick win but playing against another person who celebrated hat-trick this week.

      • Sona 6:17 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Also considering dropping Hines ward for Mike Sims-Walker, what do you suggest?

        • Brandon 8:47 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I definitely wouldn’t drop Hines Ward for Mike Sims-Walker at this point. I think Sims-Walker is going to be pretty inconsistent this year, while Ward should put up decent numbers each week.

          As for your running backs, Julius Jones doesn’t have a Cadillac Williams-type guy to compete with, so he has a better chance to get the majority of the carries for his team from week to week. I would make that move.

          In terms of dropping the Chargers, I’d definitely do this if you A) have Frank Gore and/or B) have a decent defense to play and don’t need SD.

          By the way, in case you were thinking about it, don’t drop Santonio Holmes. You might wait for a breakout game and trade him if you really don’t like him, but he’s too good to send to waivers.

    • Wish I. wereplayingyou 6:17 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe how freakin retarded this advice is–gee what an “expert” you are!! Way to focus on the short term, and lose sight of reality–gee I wonder why the Denver Def. has statistically showed something?!! Wouldn’t trade Willis for Slaton?? Drop Olsen?! Wow you are a bufoon!

      • Brandon 8:33 pm on September 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I recommended keeping Olsen over John Carlson, not sure where you are referring to. As for McGahee vs. Slaton, maybe McGahee’s the hot hand and maybe Slaton’s better long term, but right now everything is leaning in Willis’ favor. Do you think Willis McGahee’s production is going to drop off a lot for the rest of the season? I don’t see it happening. I see McGahee/Rice as last years Chris Johnson/LenDale White or DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart.

      • Amir 12:37 am on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Jeez — what a hostile post!
        1) Do you watch the same NFL games? Steve Slaton STINKS! McGahee is a STUD right now
        2) Olsen was decent last week but come on there are a lot of tight ends that are outproducing him
        Plus these guys are just giving their advice — No one is making you trade/drop/pick up or do anything — Start your own blog if you think you can give better advice!

    • The Don 1:43 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Steve Slaton drop or kee

    • Jared 2:49 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have the choice of using my first position waiver to pick up Moreno or Coffee and I am definately hurting at RB. Which one would you pick up if you need a win this week and are starting season 0-3?

      • Brandon 9:53 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Are you looking for a starter right away? Or just RB depth. Coffee makes the better start this weekend with Frank Gore out, while Moreno is the better long term option.

    • Mike 2:57 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My league starts 2 QBs and one of the teams has both qbs on bye. While there are qbs available on ww because of injuries/benchings, I may have a shot at trading one of my qbs. I have Peyton Manning, Trent Edwards and Kyle Orton. I was thinking of offering Orton (still undecided if I like him better than Edwards) and Lance Moore for Delhomme and Welker. Not sure that he’ll accept it but what are your thoughts? I may have to throw in Derrick Ward or Bradshaw for Coffee to sweeten the deal. Would you still do it? I have AP and Benson as my other rbs.

      • Brandon 10:01 pm on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If Welker improves your WR corps, then that trade seems to make sense. Are there any quarterbacks on free agency? How will you fill your QB spots when you have bye weeks? In terms of adding any running backs, I’d stick with Ward and Bradshaw if possible.

    • Andy 9:06 am on October 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I picked up Jerome Harrison, but need to decide who will have the bigger day, him or Ahmad Bradshaw (only other option is playing them both and benching Jerricho Cotchery). Any thoughts?

      • Brandon 10:19 am on October 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Jerome Harrison who will get nearly all of the carries this week with Jamal Lewis and James Davis out.

    • Jeramie 12:50 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey there, 4 of my starters are out from a bye or injury this week. I was wondering who you would choose to go in your flex position between:

      Mike Bell ( RB ) NO
      Correll Buckhalter ( RB) DEN

      • Brandon 10:09 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It looks like Correll Buckhalter is good to go for Monday and has a much better match-up than Bell. Go with Buckhalter.

  • Brandon 11:10 pm on September 10, 2008 Permalink
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    Studs and Duds – Week 2: Ryan Grant ready to roll! 

    After all the dust has settled and the injury count has been tallied (bye bye Brady, Burleson, Alex Smith and for a little while, Colston), it’s time to recount my predictions for the previous weekend and give you a few more for week two of the season. According to my slightly-biased count, I finished last week 13-7-6, which isn’t all that bad I guess. Some of my better picks included Thomas Jones, who re-assumed his spot in fantasy football relevance with a strong showing against the Dolphins and Chris Perry, who did very little with his first chance to shine as the Bengals new starting running back, as expected. On the flip-side, I did miss a few picks, including Ricky Williams, who returned to his role as a deadbeat (in fantasy production that is) against the Jets, while Brandon “The Bruiser” Jacobs taught me (and LaRon Landry) never to doubt him again. Anyways, it’s time for your week two studs and duds, so hopefully I can provide a little insight that can help your team this upcoming weekend…


    Ryan Grant, RB, Packers: Unless Michael Turner is one of the greatest running backs of all time, I see no reason why Grant shouldn’t be able to exploit the same gaping weakness in the Lions defense that the Falcons did when they obliterated (for some reason the word seems like an understatement) them for 318 rushing yards in week one!

    LenDale White, RB / Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: If the Ravens, minus an injured Willis McGahee, could pound it out for 229 yards last weekend against the Cincinnati Bungholes, I have to believe a more talented duo can at least do the same. You should expect LenDale White (thunder) and Chris Johnson (lightning) to run the ball non-stop while the quarterback position for the Titans is currently going through somewhat of a a rough patch. (More …)

    • Advisor 2:41 pm on September 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon,

      Nice analysis.. I have a feeling that things are going to get shaken up a bit in week 2. Ray Rice may have a difficult week, not because of his ability but because of his QBs ability. I think Houston is going to throw the kitchen sink at Flacco this week.

      Slaton may not be a good option for this week or next, but he’s got wheels and he will have some solid games, especially now that he’s starting for an injured Ahman Green.

    • NG2000 3:30 pm on September 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Valuable resource of Ryan Grant news summaries: http://www.ng2000.com/fw.php?tp=ryan-grant

    • Rolando Peterson 6:14 pm on November 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply


  • Brandon 2:33 pm on September 4, 2008 Permalink
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    Studs and Duds – Week 1: Opening Day edition! 

    After months and months of waiting, prognosticating, and drafting many a fantasy football team, the day has finally come to get this show on the road! Tonight the defending Superbowl champion New York Giants will host division rivals, the Washington Redskins. Even though they’re the champs, I have a feeling it won’t mean much for New York in this one. It seems that every game in this division is a battle to the end and the G-Men will have to go into this one without their two leading pass rushers from last season in Michael Strahan (retirement) and Osi Umenyiora (injury), while also looking to a young tight end (Kevin Boss) to replace the disgruntled and traded Jeremy Schockey. As a Patriots fan, all I can say is GO REDSKINS! Anyways, enough of the ranting about a game I really don’t care all that much about, and on to some important stuff…like who you should feel confident starting (studs) and who you should think about benching (duds) for this coming week in fantasy football. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???


    Marion Barber (RB-DAL): This is Barber’s first chance to prove that he has what it takes to be a feature back, now that Julius Jones has left town, and it couldn’t have come against a better opponent. Last season the Browns gave up nearly 130 yards per game on the ground and that is the kind of production you can expect from Barber in this one (with maybe a touchdown or two). If all goes according to plan, Barber should be one of the top running back plays of the week. (More …)

    • Jason 3:22 pm on September 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      2007 Week 15 Brandon Jacobs ran for 130 yards against the Redskins and 3 catches for 30 yards. Game was at NY.

    • Brandon 3:32 pm on September 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Jason: That’s true…and it was one yard shy of his career best apparently. However, he got 25 of the teams 28 rushing attempts, something I see changing a bit in this one with Ahmad Bradshaw helping out. We’ll see though…

    • Brandon 9:13 pm on September 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm…Jacobs seems to be ignoring my prediction for the most part. Also, I didn’t know the Washington offense would be so bad this year!

    • Jason 10:12 am on September 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      well, Washington looked terrible. Hard to say if the Giants are good or the Redskins are that bad. Love watching Jacobs run, though. Hope he stays healthy.

    • Brandon 10:22 am on September 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Jason: Yeah looks like my prediction wasn’t so accurate, but it didn’t look like the Giants were in a rush to use Jacobs around the end zone, which could be concerning. The Redskins just looked horrible on offense and I’m glad I own zero of their players on any of my fantasy teams. Jacobs is a bruiser for sure though…he completely destroyed that one defender that tried to bring him down. I wouldn’t expect him to rush for over 6 yards a carry all season long, but you’ll take it if you can get it I guess.

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