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  • Brandon 3:30 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 15: Slim Pickings 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week 15. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis. We’re coming down to crunch-time now, with the playoffs starting/continuing in nearly every league out there at this point, so hopefully you don’t have to rely too much on the players listed here. As usual, good luck to everyone as you try to get one step closer to that league championship!

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    • Jason 10:06 am on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Made it to playoffs, need some help though, I’m playing Kevin Faulk instead of McCoy as flex, using R.Bush and Maroney at RB. Thought about Meachem in the flex, buy NE plays Buffalo. Got J.Stewart on the bench this week, might have to put Meachem in for Fitzgereld if he is hurt. I have Alex Smith for next week verse the Lions, cause I know Manning won’t really play that last game, if I make it to the next round. What do you guys think?

      • Brandon 10:31 am on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not sure you can justify starting Kevin Faulk over Robert Meachem in the flex spot. If Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t play, I’d put Meachem in the WR slot, then as long as Brian Westbrook doesn’t play, put LeSean McCoy in the flex spot. Kevin Faulk does have a touchdown in the past two games, but that isn’t his strong suit and when the Bills and Patriots played in week one, Faulk had under 60 combine yards.

        • PM 12:45 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’m thinking of starting Meachem over Ochocinco in the playoffs. I have to play 3 WR and my other two are Vincent Jackson and Miles Austin. I also have Steve Breaston on my bench and without LF he could have a nice game. Any suggestions? Ochocinco has underperformed for me so is Meachem a better choice?

        • Brandon 8:26 am on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah I’m fine with Meachem over Ochocinco. Meachem has a better match-up this week and should have a decent game against Dallas, who just got beat up by the Giants and Chargers receivers in recent weeks.

    • Mark 2:37 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My QB situation is horrrible. I have David Garrard and Brady Quinn. Which one do I start? Slim picking on the wire. Also who is the better flex play: Addai or Sidney Rice?

      • Brandon 8:23 am on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Sidney Rice over Addai, who could be benched at half-time if the Colts have a big lead. As for your unfortunate quarterback situation (I can’t believe I’m saying this,) go with Brady Quinn. He has a much better match-up and while the Browns offense has been putrid this season, Quinn has a few decent games as of late. Plus, you won’t have to sit there and agonize over a bad Garrard outing for three days if he puts up a stinker tonight. Good luck!

    • Brandon Walsh 6:00 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The waiver wire is unavailable for me in the playoffs and I’m forced to choose between starting Marion Barber and Pierre Thomas going head to head in the same game. Pierre has had better games recently, but Mike Bell is supposed to be back, and New Orleans’ run D is worse than Dallas’.

      • Brandon 8:24 am on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Neither has scored touchdowns in the running game lately, but the fact that Pierre Thomas is used in the passing game makes him more valuable here.

    • Dennis 11:32 am on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m playing the number one seed in the playoffs this week. This would be a huge win. I need 3WR 2RB and 2 flex.

      Players I have
      WR: TO, Smith(NYG), Hakeem Nicks, Antonio Bryant, Dwayne Bowe, Roddy White, Crabtree, Sims-Walker, Chambers
      RB: Pierre Thomas, Ganther, Hightower

      Cribbs is also available in my league. I’m most likely playing Ganther after his performance last week. Not to sure about Hightower since he’s been losing carries and having fumble issues of late but he is playing Detroit.

      • Brandon 11:44 am on December 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        At receiver, I like T.O., Steve Smith and Michael Crabtree. Did you start Pierre Thomas last night? If so, go with Quinton Ganther alongside him. In the flex spots, go with Hakeem Nicks and take a gamble on Roddy White, even if he’s against Darrelle Revis.

    • Lindsay 6:35 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      SO thank you for all your help, I have made it through the first round of the playoffs, but this weekend I am playing one of my brother’s and would ofcourse love to win…So I need help with some decisions…
      at QB Romo or Orton Romo VS. NO worries me a bit
      WRs I am thinking of playing Colston, Meacham and Smith(Nyg)
      RBs R. WIlliams and Ganther
      DEF Houston…could pick up Seattle if u think that is better
      Need flex help or plug these in above…have Forte, L. Evans, Avery, Bess, FLoyd

      On the FA list is Aromoshadu, Britt, Camarillo, Knox, A. Bryant

      I also have Collie, but am benching him this week seeing that he may not play too much…hopefully I don’t regret that decision.

      Thanks for your help!!

      • Brandon 11:41 am on December 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry for the late reply! I’m not sure what help you still need (if any), but please feel free to leave another comment before game time and we’ll try to respond. Good luck!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Jamaal Charles, definitely.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Thanks!

      I’m thinking

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

        Also – Garcon is available too….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      warner or A. smith this week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        I also have Chris Brown.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Starters Available at QB:
          Gradkowski
          Moore
          Boller
          Freeman

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

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

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

      John M says:

      Hi:

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

      What do you think, thanks
      jm

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

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

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

  • Brandon 12:26 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 6: Brady Back in Business 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week six, listing players you want to make sure are in your lineup, as well as those you might consider shelving for the week (or at least lowering your expectations!) Normally I would leave off the most obvious picks, such as Tom Brady against the Titans. However, the Patriots passing game hasn’t lived up to it’s billing so far this year and there are managers who are probably considering benching this week, so I’ve included him as a reminder to get him in your line-ups! Anyways, here we go with the hits and misses for the week… (More …)

     
    • Ken 3:11 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I suck at RB this year. My star RB is Jamal Lewis lol, who happens to make your miss list this week.

      I have Leon Washington, Jamal Lewis, Mike Bell and Sammy Morris. Any suggestions?

      I also have Johnny Knox in as a flex right now, but picked up Jeremy Maclin after his big week last sunday. Knox as a real starter is more reliable, but he’s up against atlanta, while maclin is up against oakland after his big week. You think its worth the risk going for Maclin over Knox here?

      Thanks guys

      • Brandon 3:47 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah I’m not lovin’ that running back crew you have there, but if you need to start two this week, go with Leon Washington and Jamal Lewis (as he’ll at least get the bulk of the team’s carries.)

        • Squish 11:18 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I actually like Morris better than Washington. He’ll get a majority of the touches in NE while Taylor is out

    • Amir 3:16 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My league is 1 rb 2 flex and 2 WR (10 teams)
      I have
      RB: Gore, Ray Rice, K Smith, Hightower, Donald Brown
      and my WRs are kind of weak: MSW, Santana Moss, Antonio Bryant, Nate Washington and Donnie Avery,

      I just traded K Smith for Housh — One of the players in my league really thinks I got screwed over here but I really have an abundance of RBs and I would think i can start Housh most weeks going forward (Kind of a Seattle fan and I’m believing now that Hass is back) — What do you think about this trade?

      • Brandon 3:43 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I see no issue with this trade. With only one mandatory RB spot, having a lot of depth at the position isn’t all that important (and can sometimes be aggravating when you can’t decide who to play!) Now you can start Sims-Walker, Moss, and Housh regularly, along with Gore and Rice.

        • amir 4:05 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          eh im not a huge moss fan — hopefully antonio bryant turns into something decent or maybe even start hightower with good matchups — but i definitely think this gives me more flexibility as opposed to be bound by teh 1 mandatory RB

        • Brandon 4:35 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, Santana Moss is very frustrating to own…he either goes nuts or does nothing. As long as you have other decent options (Housh and Sims-Walker) to hold down the WR position in his off days though, you should be all set.

    • lou 10:43 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have Rivers and Hasselbeck, who should i start?

      • Squish 11:20 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hasselbeck for sure this week.

      • Brandon 8:33 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Squish…go with Hasselbeck, who’s playing one of the worst pass defenses in the league, while Rivers plays one of the best.

        • David 10:11 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I just picked up Hasselbeck. Benching Shaub

    • Brian 10:48 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have 4 WR and I need to pick 2, who should I go with?

      Ochocinco
      Burleson
      Royal
      V. Jackson

      • Brandon 8:32 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although Vincent Jackson has been a best this year, you might want to sit him this week. Ochocinco and Burleson have great match-ups and should deliver for your team.

    • John 11:58 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So I should start Campbell over RIvers this week??

      Also which 3 players out of the following should I start this week?
      Santana Moss, Mike SimsWalker, Tashard Choice, Cadillac Williams, Devin Hester, Mohamed Masaqquoi, and Chester Taylor.

      • Brandon 8:38 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Keep Rivers in there, as he’s proven that he can be effective against good defenses already this year a couple times. As for your RB/WR’s, go with Santana Moss, Mike Sims-Walker and Devin Hester (I have a good feeling about him this week as he appears to be 100% healthy.)

      • Jeramie 12:27 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Im playing the undefeated team this week in our league, so im trying to figure out my best options…I have 2 spots open. I have the choice of Dwanye Bowe who is a F/A , Mike wallace (WR ) PIT who is on my bench and also Mike Bell (RB). Which 2 should I play this week….Thanks

        • Brandon 7:49 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I like the two wide receivers, as Bell is A) returning from injury, B) playing a great defense in the Giants, and C) playing second fiddle to Pierre Thomas.

    • e-roc 9:33 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      IMO, MJD is a bust vs. all the preseason fantasy hype, especially for a guy who’s flying solo on his team.

      Q1: Would you start Donnie Avery over Steve Smith (NYG) this week? I will be starting Steve Smith (CAR) and TJ Whosyomama.

      Q2: Do I start Thomas Jones (NYJ) or Kevin Smith (DET)?

      • Brandon 10:26 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey E-Roc, I’d agree with you that MJD is somewhat of a bust, but a lot of running backs are disappointing so far this year and the Yahoo! guys seem to pick him as the top RB of the week on a consistent basis, so they must believe in him still.

        For your receivers, stick with both Steve Smith’s. Avery needs a few more solid games to prove that he can be consistent enough to start over someone like Smith.

        At running back, I like Thomas Jones against the Bills, who are giving up the third most fantasy points to the running back position this year.

    • Gavin 11:05 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      QB-McNabb or Hasselbeck?

      RB-Slaton or Sammy Morris?

      • Brandon 10:20 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        For running back go with Slaton, as the Titans should stop Morris pretty good. As for your quarterback question though, you’re in a pretty nice position there as both guys have excellent match-ups. It’s almost a coin flip decision, but I’m leaning towards McNabb against a Raiders defense that was lit up by Eli Manning and the G-Men last weekend.

    • T-Rex 11:36 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      In a 12 team PPR with flex…..would you trade Rice and Royal for RMoss and LJohnson?

      I have depth at running back: Gore, Thomas/Bell, Rice, Moreno, Bradshaw and I’m looking to upgrade at WR (i have Andre Johnson, Burleson, Royal, Bennett)

      The thought of Moss and Johnson as my two WRs is almost interesting enough to take on Larry’s baggage. What do you think…go for it, or hold out for something better?

      • Brandon 10:15 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like that trade given the depth at running back. Would they be willing to take Moreno instead of Rice? Probably not, but just curious. I think Moss has a big second half of the season ahead of him and would be a great addition to your team.

        • T-Rex 12:06 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Brandon – glad to see we were thinking along the same lines. In the end I got Randy Moss and Beanie Wells for Knowshon and Eddie Royal.

          I decided on Beanie’s 2nd half upside over LJ’s week in/week out reality….think I still got the better end here?

        • Brandon 7:51 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, I like that trade. They’ve said they will try to get Wells more involved in passing downs (which is almost every down for the Cardinals), so he should improve as the season moves on.

    • Yoboy 11:56 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Kyle Orton or Philip Rivers?
      this week they face each other

      • Brandon 10:12 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Rivers, he’s beat up on some solid defenses already this year.

    • Jone 11:05 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon,

      I need your advice. Should I drop Pierre Garcon or Mario Manningham for Jeremy Maclin on waiver wire?

      • Brandon 10:12 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go for Jeremy Maclin. It looks like he’s being heavily considered to take over Kevin Curtis as the #2 receiver in Philly, while Garcon is rotating with Austin Collie and whose role is not ensured once Anthony Gonzalez returns.

    • jo 7:46 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Mike Bell or Tim Hightower??

      • Brandon 7:47 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Hightower and hope he catches a few passes out of the backfield to pad his stats.

    • Holly 9:14 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      OK I’m at a loss for who to play this week… please help!

      Options are:
      RB: Correl Buckhalter, Adrian Peterson, Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush
      WR: Terrell Owens, Earl Bennet, and Lance Moore
      TE: Owen Daniels or Kellen Winslow

      Basically I can have 1 TE, 2 WR, 2 RB and then a flex position.

      I’m well into my BYEs and do not have a clue what to do! Please help!

    • Holly 9:27 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I also have the opportunity to pick up Steve Breaston or Kevin Walter too…

      Any help would be greatly appreciated….

      • Brandon 11:03 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d actually recommend picking up both Breaston and Walter in exchange for Bennett and Moore.

        If you DO make those two moves, then start T.O. and both receivers, plus Peterson and Bush. If you don’t make the moves before the games today though, start Peterson, Bush, Buckhalter, T.O. and Bennett.

        For your tight end, start Kellen Winslow. Good luck!

        • Holly 12:17 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Brandon!

          I’m going to make your recommendations! Good luck in your own league! 🙂

    • Tracy 11:59 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have Drew Brees and Eli Manning, both are going to have tough games today and not sure who to start – what do you all think?

      • Brandon 12:10 pm on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Drew Brees at home, while Eli still has that hurt foot to deal with against a tough Saints defense.

  • 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!

      Mal

      • 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
      TE
      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 10:13 am on October 1, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 4: Cutler to the Rescue! 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week four, listing players you want to make sure are in your lineup, as well as those you might consider shelving for the week (or at least lowering your expectations!) This week I didn’t even have to worry about skipping the most obvious choices, as most of the top ranked players have some pretty tough match-ups (Brees/Colston vs Jets, MJD vs Titans, Brady vs Ravens, Purple Jesus vs Packers, etc), so here is your unfiltered hits and misses for the week, starting with the Savior of Chicago… (More …)

     
    • Brandon 12:22 pm on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      • Jose 9:05 pm on October 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thomas Jones or Ahmad Bradshaw week 4?

        • Brandon 10:25 am on October 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Go with Bradshaw, who should put up some decent numbers against the Chiefs. T-Jones is too risky at this point, as you’re basically just hoping he can get a goalline carry to get you some points.

    • Brian 3:38 pm on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      How do you feel about Indy receivers Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Giants receivers Steve Smith and Mario Manningham. Both are facing what looks like weak defenses and should fare well. Would you pick these over Hester, Santana Moss and Sims-Walker as you recommended?

      • Brandon 3:49 pm on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        First of all, I’m having trouble thinking of any situation where I would recommend benching a healthy Reggie Wayne. As for Garcon and the two Giants receivers, I like them (plus my “hits”) in this order:

        1) Steve Smith
        2) Santana Moss
        3) Devin Hester
        4) Mike Sims-Walker
        5) Mario Manningham
        6) Pierre Garcon

        • Brian 3:52 pm on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          The league i’m in has only two receivers to chose. So I guess Wayne & Smith would get the start.

        • Brandon 4:19 pm on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah I’d go with those two. While Moss, Hester and Sims-Walker have good match-ups, they aren’t as consistent as Smith has been this year, as he’s obviously established himself as Eli’s go-to guy.

        • Brian 5:09 pm on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          My starting RBs this week are Benson and Coffee. They both going up against a week defenses of the Browns and Rams respectively. I would have gone with Portis had he not been hurt – he could have gone for close to 150 with that Bucs defense.

        • Brandon 11:35 am on October 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Portis might end up playing, but I’d stick with Benson and Coffee, who also have great match-ups.

    • Mike 9:37 pm on October 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ray Rice vs NE McFadden vs Houston who’s been horrible agianst the run, or Portis who has been hurting vs the Bucs?

      • Brandon 11:35 am on October 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Make sure to check Portis’ status on Sunday, but if he plays, he’s got a much better matchup then Ray Rice. If Portis is held out though, then it makes your decision pretty easy!

    • Taylor ochoa 12:49 am on October 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i picked up coffee off of wavers have to drop one of the three a.bradshaw,p.thomas, or f.jackson please help

      • Brandon 10:28 am on October 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Whoa, do NOT drop Pierre Thomas! As for the others, Jackson probably has a little less value than Bradshaw in the long run, but both of them have more value then Glen Coffee once Frank Gore returns to action. If possible, you could drop Fred Jackson now, then when Gore comes back you pick him back up. Good luck!

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