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  • Matt 8:04 am on October 5, 2011 Permalink
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    Tentatively bullish on Jacoby Jones now that it sounds like Andre will be out for a few weeks. Oakland’s defense has been allowing 273 yards through the air per game, so this should be a good opportunity for him to show whether he’s a capable AJ replacement. I like him as a flex start this week.

    • Sal 9:58 am on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      ESPN Standard league – Flex spot: Darren Sproles, Mike Wallace, or Mike Williams (TB)? Just for clarity: Starting WR’s Wes Welker and Roddy White.

      • james hance 9:58 pm on October 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        wallace, with mendenhall hurt walace will have huge game

    • steeve 1:42 pm on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have Stafford and Newton as my QBs and I’ve been playing Stafford every week.. I’m going to start Newton this week so only address that if I 100% shouldn’t which I’m sure isn’t the case.

      I just realized they have the same BYE so I’m going to trade one to better my RBs so I was just wondering who you all thought would be a better choice to hold onto as my QB1 until further notice..

      • james hance 9:58 pm on October 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        keep newton i dont think stafford will keep it up newton is the #3 QB right now keep him

    • Eddie 2:23 pm on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      So I have these RBs in a standard league: Chris Johnson, Jahvid Best, Cedric Benson, Joseph Addai, Michael Bush, Willis McGahee, Ryan Torain, and Deangelo Williams. I have a guy offering me Fred Jackson for two of those, and I think he’s particularly high on Torain. Which ones would be the best trade for me and which would probably be the fairest trade (so I know how far to go). 12 teams, standard format, no yardage bonus so touchdowns help. Thanks!

      • steeve 9:56 am on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Eddie, why does it sound to me like you have a lot of RBs for standard format? how many do you start? The most I’ve ever started in a league is 3….was just curious

        • Eddie 10:03 am on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          I have way too many. I’m trying to get rid of them but can’t get any decent trades, and I think they all have too much value to drop to the waivers.

          • steeve 10:08 am on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            They definitely do.. I was stacked at RB in my CBS league and I ended up dropping M.Bush but I can only start 2 RBs max so it may be a different scenario..

            Did you work out the trade for Jackson?

            • Eddie 1:52 pm on October 7, 2011 Permalink

              I’m now offering McGahee, Torain, and Jacoby Ford for Fred Jackson and Mario Manningham – still a good trade for me, right? Is Torain overvalued right now or am I undervaluing him?

    • Mike 2:39 pm on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      So after tons of injuries, costing me my first 3 picks, I have managed to piece together what I think is a pretty darn good salvage team. However, I am not sure who to start over who.
      Here is my current starting line;
      M. Stafford (He has been a lucky pick/up and awesome)
      RB1) Ryan Mathews (Has exceeded expectation thus far and moved to my 1 spot)
      RB2) Ahmad Bradshaw (Steady and good)
      RB3) ?????
      WR1) Jordy Nelson (Everyone looks over him, but he keeps putting up numbers, I keep wanting to put other big names over him but cant)
      WR2) Percy Harvin (New p/u and does well, could be better)
      TE) Pettigrew (In for Witten, who is the MAN on BYE week)
      Defense) Giants (in flex for Jets)
      K) Rackers

      Knowing that, here are my other options, who would you choose to put in / is there someone you like better of; Mike Tolbert, Mar Colston, Deon Branch, Reggie Wayne, Matt Ryan?????

      PS I had Santonio Holmes and he gave me nothing, mostly cause of the line and Sanchez but I dropped him

    • Chris 9:26 am on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Who’s a better flex start, Maclin or McGahee?

  • Matt 1:55 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Desperation is a Stinky Cologne: Deep Sleepers for Week 6 

    If you’ve already perused Brandon’s waiver report for this week and still can’t find anyone on your league’s waiver wire to fill that gaping hole in your roster, it’s time for a hail mary. Here’s a look at some players who are currently owned in fewer than one third of Yahoo leagues who might just make a decent play this week.

    Plug ‘n’ Pray = High-risk, high-reward players who, given the right circumstances, could make you look like a goshdarned genius – or a blithering fool.
    Plug ‘n’ Yawn = If you can’t stand the sight of a goose egg, these players are a good bet to get you at least a few fantasy points.

    Jamaal Charles, RB, KC – Plug ‘n’ Yawn – The Chiefs are using Charles a decent amount in the passing game (5 catches last week), so he’s probably good for at least a few points, especially in PPR leagues. Given starter Larry Johnson’s brutal 2.4 YPC so far, it wouldn’t shock me if the Chiefs finally decided to give Charles a shot at earning a bigger portion of the rushing workload at some point.

    Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU Plug ‘n’ Pray – So far this season, the Bengals (Houston’s opponent this week) have been able to very effectively bottle up their opponents’ top receiver week after week (see Andy Behrens’ post on the Big Orange Machine). But, as Behrens points out, they’re still allowing a lot of passing yardage. If the pattern holds, the Texans are going to need Jones to step up and keep the passing attack moving. If you’re looking for this week’s Miles Austin… look elsewhere, but Jones has a decent shot at hauling in a big reception or two. If your league’s scoring includes return yards, this three-time AFC Player of the Week has your name written all over him. Wait – my mistake, that’s actually the state of Louisiana.

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  • Brandon 9:12 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 5: Maybe the Steelers do have a running game! 

    As a firm believer in the Continuous Quality Improvement model, I’ve once again updated the look and feel of The Wire for your enjoyment. The list is now organized by position, which seems to make more sense since you are undoubtedly looking to fill a certain spot on your roster with these waiver wire pick-ups. However, it’s still organized in order of the ownership percentage (in parenthesis) so you know the odds of the player being available in your league. Also, the classifications have changed slightly (I just didn’t like the old ones for some reason.) So for this week, 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 make your roster moves accordingly. Anyways, let’s get to the good stuff…the actual player list, starting with a player who might be able to return the Steelers back to the bruising style of running they once had (but which Fast Willie Parker lacked)… (More …)

    • Wolf 11:17 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RBs for Week 5… Slaton, Grant, or pick up Addai off the wire.. My league is PPR and thus heavier on WRs, so there are still some good RB choices on the Wire if you’ve got any other suggestions.

      • Wolf 11:17 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        (that is for my 2nd RB .. i play MJD as primary RB)

        • Brandon 6:58 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Go with Slaton. Ryan Grant is on a BYE this week and Addai has a tough match-up against Tennessee, who even though they can’t stop the pass to save their life, have been good against the run. What other running backs are on waivers?

        • Wolf 7:55 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          This is a small league heavy with WRs, so (although I am far down on the waiver) sitting in the wire is Marion Barber, Addai, Coffee, Ray Rice, Ronnie Brown and a handful of others that are all still great RBs… so it is really up to who is going to have the best game (although some guys have the same bye week as MJD and I’m not sure I can afford to have 2 benched RBs for that week). An RB that gets a couple receptions is a Plus in my league as well.

        • Brandon 10:36 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In a league that awards for receptions, I think Ronnie Brown and Ray Rice would make excellent additions to your team. Brown against the Jets isn’t the best play, but Rice makes an intriguing play against the Bengals.

        • Wolf 11:53 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yah, I had some extra spots which were ready to go after the bye weeks last week, so I picked up both Rice and Addai (Rice and MJD have a bye at the same time, so Addai will take one spot with Slaton in the other).

    • E-roc 11:52 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Once again MJD under-performed…. and Kevin Smith over-performed. Thomas Jones is another 30-y/o+ bust. Would you rather have Bradshaw (NYG) or Ricky Williams on your roster?

      Also, please provide an update on McNabb’s status for Sunday when you hear something… Thanks! His match-up v. TB is like putting Charlie Cheeseburger Weis in an all-you-can-eat buffet!!

      • Javier 1:03 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Well the Titans defense is pretty good, but they were missing both Harepr and Finnegan on their secondary. It made perfect sense that the Jaguars chose to throw the ball instead of giving it to MJD. It will be tough for him to shine against the Steelers next game, but I think he will win the attrition wars and perform ok (14-16 points)

        • Javier 1:08 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Well I was looking at last year’s schedule! The Jags are actually up against Seattle this week, there is no reason to think MJD will pull a 20-pointer at least.

      • Brandon 7:19 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        While Williams has found the endzone a lot more than Bradshaw so far, I think in the long run they both have about the same value. They’re both getting about 1/3 the carries for their respective teams and are both in good running offenses. Not sure what your other options are, but you might consider keeping both if possible. If you have to make a decision though, I guess I’d go with Williams, who could be used as the teams goalline back more often than Bradshaw.

    • Ravi 1:22 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So I picked up Coffee as a stopgap but now Mendenhall is heating up. Coffee will be getting a LOT of looks where as mendenhall might not be. What do you think, drop Coffee for Mendenhall? They are taking on Detroit who is like 6th in avg rush yards allowed.

      • Brandon 6:59 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Is there any way you can keep both of them? I think in the long run Mendenhall has more value as the team will eventually realize that he is a better back than Willie Parker. Coffee is only useful until Gore returns and at that point, he is only a handcuff.

        • Ravi 9:39 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Unfortunately I can’t keep both, league has 1 RB start position and 1 RB Bench position. I have Forte sitting out the BYE. I think I will add/drop for Mendenhall.

          Thanks Brandon.

    • Brandon 1:34 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s some more waiver wire suggestions, compliments of the Fantasy Football Librarian in case you’re interested in other people’s advice (gasp!)

    • Shirley 3:40 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Would you drop Patrick Crayton for Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Massaquoi or Sidney Rice?
      I’m 4-0 in this league and my other WRs are Steve Smith (NYG), Boldin, Garcon & Manningham. I have been beating teams by quite a bit lately so I don’t REALLY need another WR but it couldn’t hurt. I think I’ve only started Crayton once, maybe twice. Non-PPR league.

      • Brandon 7:13 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Feel free to drop Crayton for any of those guys. If you’re feeling risky, go with Massaquoi who could be the next big thing (or a one-hit-wonder!) If you just want a solid bench player than Sidney Rice or Nate Washington are pretty good bets.

        • Shirley 10:11 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks. I had Sidney Rice in as a pending waiver claim before I read your answer. Would be sweet if I got him but not a big deal since I’m very happy with my record thus far.

        • Brandon 10:37 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Looks like Massaquoi’s value just shot up with the Browns trading Braylon Edwards out of town. Grab him for sure if you still have the opportunity!

        • Shirley 11:00 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I picked up Massaquoi in a PPR league so I’m good in that league.

          In a league where I’m 0-4, I picked up Sidney Rice. Current team: Kurt Warner, Hasselbeck, LeSean McCoy, Mendenhall, Ryan Grant, Michael Turner, Garcon, Manningham, Derrick Mason, Roddy White, Sidney Rice, and only have 1 each of TE/K/DST. Maybe drop Mason or Rice for Massaquoi?

        • Brandon 11:09 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Shirley, I’d keep Derrick Mason, as he’s Flacco’s favorite target. I think it’d be worth it to drop Rice for Massaquoi though.

    • Mal 5:25 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This week’s first lot of waiver transactions has seen me continue my trend of picking a favourable D from the waiver, which saw me ditch Redskins and pick up Cowboys, thoughts? Other options were/are Jaguars, Dolphins, Panthers, Falcons, Cardinals, Bills, Texans.

      I ended up dropping Justin Gage and picking up Kenny Britt, I didn’t think I’d get him but I did, i think i’m happy? This gives me Megatron, Sim-Walker, R Williams, Brandon Marshall & K Britt. Have to start 3 in a pt/10yd 6pt/TD league. I’d think Megatron and Sims-Walker are safe. Williams is looking like he’ll miss this week, but if he was cleared to play, starting recommendations for my last one? Cheers guys!


      • Brandon 10:40 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Just put up my post “Week 5 Defenses to Consider” and topping the list is Dallas, so good move.

        As for your receivers, Sims-Walker and Megatron are safe options as WR1 and WR2, but as for the third receiver, I’d take the chance on Brandon Marshall. I don’t like big name receivers against the Patriots, but after watching him these past two weeks it’s hard to imagine that Orton doesn’t try to get him the ball a lot this weekend.

    • Scotty 2:32 pm on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Would you trade Kevin Walter for Thomas Jones in a PPR league? Rex Ryan has stated he wants to get Leon Washington more involved, and Shonn Greene received a few carries last week, as well! Worried Jones will become obsolete…

      • Brandon 8:02 am on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Are you getting Jones or Walter? I wouldn’t do this trade quite yet (if you’re giving away Jones), especially now with the Braylon Edwards trade. The hope for the Jets is that Edwards can run the deep routes and draw double coverage, opening up a little space for the running game, which has been hurting lately. If T-Jones is your third running back or something and you’re hurting at WR, then it is more of a possibility though.

        • Scotty 2:38 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the great advice. I apologize for the ambiguity, but I have Walter & was looking to trade for Jones. I have Andre Johnson, Cotchery, B. Marshall, Walter, & just picked up MoMass. My RB’s are K. Smith, J. Harrison, McCoy & McFadden. We play a 2 WR, 2 RB, 1 Flex PPR League. I pulled out of the trade for Jones, but who who should I start this week?

        • Brandon 8:26 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In that case (that you’re getting T-Jones), I would actually make this trade. You have enough WR depth to hold it down already and your running backs aren’t the greatest. Can you re-offer the trade?

          If not, go with Harrison and McCoy, who should still get plenty of carries even with Westbrook back, as they try to keep him fresh.

      • Scotty 5:00 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Brandon, I didn’t pull the trigger on the Walter for Jones trade. But considering my aforementioned League and Team, would you make this trade? I give up Cotchery & K. Smith for Pierre Thomas. I have a plethora of WR’s & my RB’s are hurting…& I’m wondering if P.T. is enough of an upgrade over K. Smith to additionally give up Jerricho. P.T. has better match-ups, especially come playoffs, than does Smith. But will a healthy Mike Bell syphon touches from Pierre? Really need some advice on this one….thanks!

        • Brandon 8:28 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          As long as he can stay healthy, the PT Cruiser is going to be excellent this year. He’s getting put in once Brees and the passing game score a few touchdowns to burn the clock and he’s tearing it up. I’d make that trade as long as you have wide receivers to start without Cotchery.

    • Kulprit 6:41 pm on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My team is a mess this week. I am 4-0 going against my best friend who is 3-1 and both my QBs are on byes (Brees and Cutler).

      I grabbed Derek Anderson as a stop-gap. Now I am thinking about my 3rd WR. I have Fitz and Steve Smith (NYG) as my top two – and right now Kevin Walter as my 3rd.

      Massaquoi is out there on the wire. Would you drop Walter for Massaquoi (I have to drop him as I have Vincent Jackson on the bench ALSO on a bye uggggg) hoping to catch lightning in a bottle and roll the dice with Anderson and Massaquoi?

      Between his injuries and a slow start Walter has been underwhelming and after this week he probably wont see much play with me anyways as Fitz has already has his bye and now V. Jackson is having his. So maybe only one more week where he would play – when Smith is on bye. Barring injury of course.

      • Brandon 8:07 am on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d hang on to Walter, as he’s likely to be a bit more consistent than Massaquoi (and he has a proven track record) and you’re only using him for bye week fill-in’s anyways. Even if Massaquoi starts putting up decent numbers, there is little chance you’d start him regularly with those other receivers on your team.

    • What's_Crackn' 4:24 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, here is my team for Week 5 … who do I start:

      QB Tom Brady
      WR Greg Jennings
      WR Donald Driver
      WR Patrick Crayton
      WR Austin Collie
      WR Johnnie Knox
      WR Lee Evans
      RB Pierre Thomas
      RB Kevin Smith
      RB Jerome Harrison
      RB Ray Rice
      TE Greg Olson
      TE Todd Heap

      league format: 2 WR, 2 RB, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB/WR)

      so who should I start – half my team is on bye – Thomas (RB), Olson (TE), and my wide-outs Jennings, Driver, and Knox; so those are easy ones and are riding the pine this week … but what about the rest. Not feeling too hot about my WR’s but they got good matchups …

      here are my questions:

      a) who to start at RB (do i use one as a flex); is there someone on the wire i should look @ (all the top waiver guys are gone – interestingly enough, i had mendenhall last week, but dropped him and picked up harrison … haha)
      b) who should i start at WR? (this was my biggest question mark) – there are some folks who are still available, like kenny britt, joshua cribbs … but iono …
      c) is todd heap a good TE to start?

      the person i am playing actually picked up mendenhall … he is starting

      QB Matt Shaub
      WR TJ “Whoseyomomma”
      WR Kevin Walter
      RB Steve Slaton
      RB DeAngelo Williams
      Flex Rashard Mendenhall

      the one good thing is he has 3 houston players, and it definitely might be a shootout in AZ this weekend. I do have Brady, but he is goin’ against a nasty Denver D …

      so what do you think?

      • Brandon 9:53 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        a) I’d actually start all three of your receivers at the WR and flex spots, as they all have excellent matchups (even if they’re some of the more frustrating receivers in the league!)
        b) Go with Ray Rice and Jerome Harrison. Kevin Smith has a tough matchup against the Steelers.
        c) Heap is good for about 5-10 points each week, so as long as you’re not looking for a huge breakout game from the TE position, he’s startable (I start him in our Blogger league that I’m in)

    • matt 7:08 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who will have a better week Sidney Rice or Nate Washington??

    • gabe 2:15 am on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have rice and coffee. I want ronnie brown but not sure who to give up…i dont want rice to blow up the weekend I get rid of him…i have had him all year. let me know?

      • Brandon 8:23 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not quite sure what kind of trade you’re thinking, but if it’s Ray Rice for Ronnie Brown, do it immediately. In terms of Glen Coffee, he only has value for a week or two more until Frank Gore is back, so trade him if you can get some value.

    • Jon colbert 7:47 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      play tj housmanzadeh or sydney rice?

    • big B 12:37 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      viks should build quick large lead and run rest of game…. i can see a shoot-out with ravens so whosyourdaddy will benefit…

  • 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 3:29 pm on September 22, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 3: Plaxico who? 

    Here’s our waiver wire recommendations for week two, starting with a pair of receivers who seemed to have solved the questions the Giants had at the position. As I mentioned last week, 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. This week I’ve added the Yahoo! ownership rank (in parenthesis) for each player so you know which guys have a better chance of being available in your league. Anyways, here we go…

    Get ’em in there

    • Mario Manningham, WR, Giants (58%) – He’s rocketed up from being a “Pretender” to having me believe he and Smith will be the Giants top receivers this season.
    • Steve Smith, WR, Giants (70%) – Looks like he’s become Plaxico Burress’ replacement and should be Eli’s top target all year.
    • Correll Buckhalter, RB, Broncos (48%) – As long as he stays healthy, it looks like Buckhalter is the man in Denver. He’s worth starting as a borderline RB2 or flex play based on the match-up.
    • Brent Celek, TE, Eagles (49%) – Celek showed some skills last season and it has apparently carried over, as he’s now put up solid numbers in two straight weeks. If you’re not getting production out of your current tight end, give Celek a try.
    • (More …)

    • Squish 4:38 pm on September 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Another good waiver list! Mine always seem quite a bit shorter but you hit on every guys I’d consider grabbing.

      I’m currently big on Manningham and Knox at WR but I’m only watching everyone else. Henderson is looking good now but I have to believe that Brees will let up eventually and when he does, the WR situation in NO will be a crapshoot. Colston’s presence increased ad Moore is still out. I have to believe that once things even out in NO, Henderson won’t be much better than an WR3. Manningham and Knox however could easily grab WR2 status.

      At RB I agree for the most part. Bell is now a must own. I think its a little early to pick up Forsett even if he starts next week. I have Buckhalter in several leagues but its hard to believe Moreno won’t start getting the better half of the carries eventually. I wish I was lucky enough to be in a league with Brown unowned lol. Another suggestion to think about, Darren Sproles. I realize he should be owned in every league but I found him on waivers in better than half of my FleaFlicker leagues.

      I think we can all agree that the glass is full when it comes to TEs. I’d only consider picking up Celek at the moment but in deeper leagues Heap is worthwhile too.

      I was surprised not to see any QBs on your list. Surely Leftwich is at least worth picking up and holding. He’s ranked 10th right now in most formats just ahead of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The best part is that there is no way his offense can get any worse. If anything it will get better and he’s made the most of having Winslow as a target. Once Bryant gets up to speed, watchout! I’m grabbing him in all leagues that I’m weak at QB2. He was always the better of the two QBs in Jacksonville before. Watch him easily surpass Garrard this year. He’s easily worth dropping Sanchez among others (Delhomme, Pennington, Campbell).

      On another note, I have a question. Would you guys consider dropping either Walter, S. Moss, or Eddie Royal in standard leagues to pick up one of the WRs mentioned on your list? Also, is it dump time for J. Jones or Olsen yet?

      • Brandon 7:31 pm on September 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Good point on the lack of quarterbacks, maybe the site malfunctions have distracted me a bit or something! Anyways, I’m still not sold on David Garrard. Who is he even throwing the ball to besides Kellen Winslow and Michael Clayton? Running backs? He might fit my “Stopgap” category, but I’m not sure I can put him any higher than that until he proves he has some consistency.

        P.S. Cross your fingers that your recent comments aren’t deleted if Lunarpages decides to screw up the site again!!!

      • Brandon 7:34 pm on September 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        In terms of your receivers, at this point I’d drop pretty much any of those receivers for Steve Smith and would consider dropping Kevin Walter for Mario Manningham. As for Greg Olsen and Julius Jones (is that who you mean?), I’d hang on to Jones at this point, but I’ve almost lost faith in Olsen as a top-tier tight end this season. While he might do alright, there are many other TE’s out there already putting up solid numbers.

    • Brandon 7:38 pm on September 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      One quarterback I would think about putting in the Stopgap category this week is Seneca Wallace, who will be starting for the Seahawks this weekend with Matt Hasslebeck not expected to play.

    • Shirley 9:55 am on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have Earl Bennett (CHI) on my bench right now. I’m thinking about dropping him to pick up Johnny Knox since Knox has a higher fantasy point average and his lowest fantasy points for either week were higher than Bennett’s highest in a week.

      LIST OF SOME THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON THE WAIVER WIRE: Brandon Stokley, Nate Burleson, Chansi Stuckey, Kelley Washington, Jason Avant, Miles Austin, Antwaan Randle El, Kenny Britt, Julian Edelman, Davone Bess, Bobby Wade.

      • Brandon 10:42 am on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It’s still a toss up as to who Jay Cutler will select as his favorite wide receiver in Chicago, but Johnny Knox is probably the favorite at this point. I’d rather have Knox on my team than Bennett at this point though, so I’d make the move. None of the other names on that waiver wire list really interest me a whole lot besides Nate Burleson (if Hasselbeck was healthy) and Davone Bess (only useful in PPR leagues.)

    • Josh 4:45 pm on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I traded T.J for Percy Harvin what you think?

      • Brandon 10:11 pm on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Interesting. I’m not sure I would have traded someone you drafted so early for Percy Harvin, who is still a big question mark for the season, but it could turn out to work for you. So far Housh hasn’t done that much through the first two games and now Hasselbeck is hurt, so it could get worse before it gets better.

    • Josh 5:02 pm on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      also should i drop LJ for Justin Forsett… also drop Earl Bennett for Glen Coffe?

      • Brandon 10:12 pm on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        How about you drop Earl Bennett for Justin Forsett? I think Forsett has more value than Coffee and LJ has more value than Bennett.

    • Luis 1:29 pm on September 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      lookin for a RB/WR play: McFadden or Johnny Knox?

      • Brandon 1:37 pm on September 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with McFadden. I’m not liking the Bears passing game this week against the Seahawks in Seattle.

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