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  • Brandon 9:33 am on September 2, 2009 Permalink
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    The Daunte Culpepper vs Matthew Stafford competition in Detroit got me thinking, why is it that teams often try to draft a franchise quarterback following a terrible season? If your team didn’t win a single game last year, what makes you think a rookie quarterback is going to drastically improve your record? Wouldn’t it make more sense to trade for (or pick up off free agency/waivers) a decent, proven veteran quarterback, win some games (for the fans who are suffering with you), while drafting some players that can help your team win NOW? Then, once you’ve regained some form of respect as a football team, draft the quarterback of the future the following season. It seems as though teams are content with basically throwing in the towel for another couple years so they can start from scratch. The Raiders’ JaMarcus Russell and 49ers’ Alex Smith are two other guys that immediately come to mind when I think about this.

    By the way, this has no fantasy football relevance, but I think it needed to be said.

  • Brandon 9:20 am on August 11, 2009 Permalink
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    Looks like the Jay Cutler and Devin Hester are already working well together and Matt Snyder from Fanhouse writes:

    “You’ll still be able to get Hester as a WR3 in the majority of fantasy leagues, and it’s looking like he’ll be an absolute steal.”

    I agree with Snyder and will definitely be targeting Hester in my draft this year, as I have a lot of faith that Cutler will get him the ball a lot. In the same article, Snyder writes about Darrius Heyward-Bey:

    “(he) is already dealing with his second training camp injury. First, it was a tweaked hamstring, and now it’s a bum toe. Even if he exits camp healthy, he’s got fantasy bust written all over him for 2009. Teammates Chaz Schilens and Johnnie Lee Higgins are being drafted later but will both have better seasons.”

    Seems he is pretty confident that Heyward-Bey will NOT be contributing to your fantasy team this year. While I’m not quite as pessimistic, it’s very hard to expect anything from Raiders receivers (besides TE Zach Miller) until we’ve seen that JaMarcus Russell has improved dramatically this preseason.

    • Matt 10:41 am on August 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As I have for about half a decade now, I will be avoiding all Raiders players like the plague.

      As for Hester – looking good in training camp is one thing. But given the dearth of other receiving options on the Bears, if he does prove to be a viable receiving weapon, defenses are going to be able to focus on shutting him down. I don’t have a whole lot of faith in a guy who just started taking this whole receiver thing seriously to be able to beat NFL defenses who spend lots of time thinking about how to shut down the likes of Randy Moss, T.O., Steve Smith, etc. when he’s the only target those defenses really have to worry about.

  • Matt 3:12 pm on November 21, 2008 Permalink
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    Desperation is a Stinky Cologne: Deep Sleepers for Week 12, 2008 

    Attention, all ye 4-7 and 5-6 teams: The playoffs are officially here for you. Of course, this all depends upon your league’s settings, but chances are that if you’re even a smidge below .500 at this point, your only shot is to win out and pray that the tiebreakers work out in your favor. If you’re holding off on picking up a free agent because you’d have to drop that injured player who might be ready in time for the playoffs, it’s time to wake up and do what has to be done. Better to limp into the playoffs with a snowball’s chance in hell of winning than to miss the postseason entirely. (Owners of Carnell Williams and Selvin Young – I’m looking at you.)

    Here’s a look at some players who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues and would make a decent play this week. The % owned statistic next to each player’s name is an average of all Yahoo and ESPN leagues.


    Kerry Collins, TEN, 36% owned – Quick, name another MVP candidate who’s owned in just 36% of fantasy leagues. The Titans have been out to prove that they can win through the air, and this looks like another matchup that will lead them to pursue the same strategy. The Jets are tough on the ground but near the bottom against the pass, so expect lots of old-fashioned Vodka Collins action in this one. (More …)

  • Brandon 10:30 pm on November 17, 2008 Permalink
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    Week 11 Wrap-Up: So much for that awesome Ravens defense 

    Going into this weekend, the Baltimore Ravens were holding opposing team’s running games to a ridiculous 2.9 yards per carry. One week and a brutal beating by the defending Superbowl champs later, that number is up to 3.4 as they were manhandled in the trenches by Brandon Jacobs and crew. Let’s look at more from that contest and the rest of the action from week 11…

    • New York Giants 30, Baltimore 10: The G-Men continue to show that they’re the team to beat in the NFC as they hand out a pretty serious beatdown to one of the better teams in the AFC. The Ravens were the team that didn’t let up 100 yard rushers…and I guess they can take pride in the fact that none of the Giants running backs hit the century mark. However, if you combine the stats of the three-headed-monster that they employ in their backfield (Jacobs – 73 yards, 2 TD; Bradshaw – 96 yards; Ward – 41 yards), it’s pretty apparent that as a whole (210 yards!), New York was way too much for the Baltimore defense to handle. (More …)
  • Brandon 2:34 pm on October 29, 2008 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks – Week 9 

    Atg ButtonHere are our responses to the first couple of questions for the week. Remember, you can always ask us questions by clicking the Ask the Geeks logo on the left sidebar (or this link).

    Scott asks: I have been offered Jay Cutler for Steve Smith. I am allowed to play 2 QB’s in my league.  One of them can fill the open offensive position. My current WR’s are Smith, A. Johnson, Holt, A. Bryant, S. Holmes. My QB’s are Rivers and Russel.  RB’s are L. White, Slaton, Fargas, J.Stewart.  Right now I’ve been alternating between Stewart and Russel in the OP position.  Do you think I should make this trade knowing that QB’s predominantly score more or am I losing too much of a stronghold on my WRs?

    Brandon’s take: Scott, I was curious how many wide receivers you start in your league (not counting the OP position)? If you only start two, then I would definitely go for this trade. Jay Cutler is a HUGE improvement over JaMarcus Russel and he’s a guy you could leave in the OP position for the rest of the season. In that case, Andre Johnson and one of your other receivers should suffice to hold down the WR position. Even if you start three wide receivers, due to the fact that you get more points from quarterbacks than other positions, I’m still leaning towards you making the deal. Cutler should return from the bye week with his finger back in working condition and he should resume his regular destruction of opposing defenses. Steve Smith will continue to get tons of looks from Jake Delhomme, but in math terms:

    (Jay Cutler – JaMarcus Russell) > (Steve Smith – Torry Holt)

    Matt’s take: *shakes fist at Brandon for making him do math* I’d make the trade. I count no fewer than five weak secondaries on the Broncos’ upcoming schedule, which means the fearsome Cutler-to-Marshall machine will have lots of opportunities to do some serious damage. Especially in a two-QB league, a guy like Cutler is a game-changer who can singlehandedly win your matchup for you any given week. Can you say the same thing about Steve Smith?
    (More …)

    • Advisor 3:28 pm on October 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Scott, don’t trade Steve Smith for Cutler are you serious? Steve Smith is a game changer and can single-handedly win you a game. You have him and Andre Johnson, you shouldn’t break that up.

      Plus you should make sure Cutler’s finger is ok. Also, the addition of Ryan Torain will eventually turn Denver into more of a running team.

    • Brandon 3:40 pm on October 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      From the most recent news on Cutler it appears that his finger is fine and while there seems to be a lot of hype around Ryan Torain, I can’t see a late round rookie running back completely changing the game plan…not to mention their defense is bad, so they’ll have to keep throwing the ball. From my experience in a league with two quarterbacks, having two of the best can make your team nearly unstoppable, especially if the scoring system is weighted towards quarterbacks.

    • Advisor 12:36 pm on October 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Considering what Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said about Torain, I wouldn’t call it “hype”. He was compared to Terrell Davis (2 time SuperBowl champ) and Shanahan doesn’t just dish out compliments like that. Look at how Eddie Royal has turned out, he’s a beast. Besides Steve Smith is proven and Cutler still has a ways to go to be “proven.”

    • Matt 1:36 pm on October 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’d agree with the Advisor in a 1-QB league, but, like Brandon, I’ve seen what happens when you have two top-notch QBs in a 2-QB league – you win. A lot. Considering that his current #2 QB is JaMarcus Russell, that’s a major hole that needs to be filled.

      That said, it’s still close. Smith is a great WR1. But I think the team he’ll start on a weekly basis will be stronger if he makes the trade than if he doesn’t.

      Final thought: We don’t know anything about his scoring system, and I’m a little confused about the roster positions (what’s this “open offensive position” stuff?). The most important things we’d need to know to make a real call here would be points per passing yard, points per receiving yard, yardage bonuses (if any), and whether QB TDs are worth 4 points or 6.

    • Brandon 9:08 pm on November 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I know it’s early, but Ryan Torain…3 rushes for 1 yard? Terrell Davis? Wha?

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