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  • 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!

  • Matt 10:56 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink
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    Top Five WR and TE for Week 2, 2009 

    Here’s the second half of my top-five series for this week – the first half was on the QB and RB positions. Normally it would all be one post, but it’s hard to predict when I’ll have free time to write a post with this two-month-old around. Parenthood – you gotta get you some of this!

    Wide Receiver

    1. Andre Johnson (@TEN): Call his week 1 performance (4 catches, 35 yards, no scores) what you will – a blip, early-season rust – just don’t call it a sign of things to come for Andre Johnson and the potent Texans offense. The Titans gave up a whopping 363 yards through the air last week to the Steelers, and Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward both hit the 100-yard mark. With Kevin Walter back in the lineup, the Texans are back in their comfort zone and ready to pounce.
    2. Steve Smith (@ATL): The Eagles utterly shut the Panthers down in week 1, intercepting three of the 13 passes thrown Smith’s way. If he’s targeted 13 times again this week, he’s in for a monster game in Atlanta. An angry Steve Smith is a dangerous Steve Smith. Let’s just hope he doesn’t punch anybody. Again.
    3. Calvin Johnson (vs. MIN): The Vikings offense is a force of nature and its run defense is arguably the stoutest in the league. The only way to stay in the game against them (not that the Lions have a snowball’s chance in hell) is to pass the ball, so pass it they will, and Johnson will probably more or less singlehandedly make the score at least somewhat respectable.
    4. Randy Moss (@ NYJ): Are the Jets really that good? They sure looked it last week, but if I had to bet their track record against that of the Brady-Moss connection, I’ll take the one that set all those records not long ago.
    5. Larry Fitzgerald (@ JAC): With Boldin’s hammy better but still not quite healed, the Cards offense should start slowly rounding into shape this week. Until Boldin and Breaston are back to full health, though, defenses will still be able to key on Fitz like they did last week. I can’t list him any higher than #5, but there’s also no way he doesn’t get a spot on this list.

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    • Wolf 11:33 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I played Greg Olsen last week, but with no luck I decided to grab up a backup TE just in case.. John Carlson. Now here’s the question… Will Greg Olsen come alive vs Pit at home? or should I be tossing in John Carlson to see a repeat of last weeks performance?

    • Ken 12:19 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I would stay with Carlson and try to conjur up a trade with Olsen. Carlson is huge and was all last year. You have to love him with Hasselback healthy.

      • Wolf 12:30 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yah, I may just do that. I have Hasselback on my bench as well (with Peyton Manning playing).. we’ll see how it all pans out.

      • Matt 1:27 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t think about trading Olsen now. His value has nowhere to go but up, and I still think he’s going to have a good season.

        • Wolf 2:07 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Ah yes, I meant that I would play Carlson this week… Definitely not going to trade Olsen (I have a feeling he’s going to be big still and I can’t let that slip away)

        • Matt 2:39 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Me too. Got him on one of my teams and still plan on starting him weekly.

    • Trevor 3:13 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I got a tough decision at my WR2 spot i need to decide between Brandon Marshall, Lance Moore, or Steve Smith(NYG)???

      • Brandon 3:20 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Brandon Marshall. He’s declared that he’s 100% healthy, the team has stated that they want to get him (and Eddie Royal) the ball more this week, plus they’re playing the Browns.

    • Wolf 4:27 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got Wes Welker as one of my WRs (this is a league with a few more points towards WR, so I actually play 4 WRs), but I’m hearing he is not doing well again (knee). How are you liking Roy Williams for this week? Or I could put in a 3rd running back in his place – Steve Slaton – but I don’t believe he is up for a good match this weekend.

    • Will 4:37 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      New to FFootball, luckily drafted LT first, and this is what I’m working with this week. VERY bottom of the barrel for RB’s in our league FA so went heavy with WR’s. Any thoughts as to this line up, or suggestions?




    • Mike 5:34 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I, also, am starting John Carlson over Greg Olsen this week.
      QB Matt Ryan
      RB Darren McFadden
      RB Cadillac Williams
      RB Larry Johnson
      WR Roddy White
      WR Anquan Boldin
      TE John Carlson
      DST Titans
      K Stephen Gostkowski

      Notable bench players:
      QB Eli Manning
      RB Jamal Lewis
      WR Donald Driver
      TE Greg Olsen

    • pyite9 7:10 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering who to start as a flex. Starting QB Hasselback, RB Jones-Drew and R. Brown, WR C. Johnson, R. White, TE J Witten, K N. Folk, D Vikings. This is a ppr league and more points are awarded for length of a TD. Flex spot do I go with RB T. Hightower, WR D. Driver, or TE V. Shiancoe. Don’t know if Hightower will produce again like last week, Shiancoe is bound to go off cause Fauvre loves his TE’s, and Driver always has the ability to have a huge game.

    • lou 7:36 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I played Carlson last week and he had an awesome day. But I don’t know who I should start this week, Gonzalez or Carlson?

  • Brandon 12:16 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 16, 2008 

    As we head to the CHAMPIONSHIP, there’s a pretty good chance that your team is already set and you are not in need of any desperation picks. Just in case though, here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available, but even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    LaMont Jordan, RB, Patriots (4.4% owned, Desperation Pickup) – Maybe it was the return to his old team that got him revved up for the game on Sunday, but he somehow racked up 97 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries. Will he put up these numbers again while splitting carries with Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk? Probably not. Is it possible? I guess anything’s possible.

    DeSean Foster, RB, 49ers (11.4% owned, Desperation Pickup) – If you’re a Frank Gore owner, you should already have Foster on your roster. Otherwise, he’s worth a look as he could get another start this weekend against a bad Rams defense if they decide to rest Gore a little longer. Foster played pretty well last week when given the start, rushing and receiving for a combined 101 yards. (More …)

    • Roger 3:54 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon,

      Thanks for your suggestions with my recievers last week. I made it to the bowl game. I was wondering if you think Torry Holt would be a good start this week. Like before I have Cotchery, Bruce, or Holt. Need 2!!! Let me know.. thanks bro.

    • e-roc 4:40 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon, watch, I’ll start Pierre Thomas this week and he’ll end up with 50 yards and no TDs. Just wait and see… On the bright side, I was able to limp into the Championship game and I’m assured “cash money!” (the way Wilmer Valderrama says it).

      Would you start Antonio Bryant over Boldin, Marshall, or Wayne this week? Maybe if it’s snowing in Foxboro?

      @Roger, I’m not a pro, but my vote would be for Holt & Bruce.

    • Brandon 9:15 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Roger: I have to agree with e-roc above and recommend you start Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. Even with the touchdown last weekend, Jericho Cotchery has just been too inconsistent to play at this important juncture in your fantasy season.

    • Brandon 9:37 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Hah, yeah…don’t worry, you won’t find Pierre Thomas on my “Miss” list this weekend. I’ve finally drunk the PT kool-aid and believe in him. In terms of which receivers you start, you got quite a crew there! It’s hard for me to recommend you bench any of them for Antonio Bryant, but if you had to pick one, I would say Anquan Boldin (gasp!) Even though Boldin was a machine early in the season, the past few weeks defenses have been keying in on him and his stats have been suffering because of it. Although the Patriots defense isn’t anything to write home about, I think they’ll have a game plan to stop both Boldin and Fitz and make the Cardinals try to run the ball. Bryant has been on fire as of late and it’s hard to bench someone who’s playing that well. So for the short answer, yes…I would bench Boldin for Bryant (and I’ll cross my fingers for you if you listen to my advice!)

    • Pat 4:43 am on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,
      I have some tough decisions this week. For receivers, core is set but I need to choose for my W/T and W/R spots. My choices a D. Branch, D. Hixon, and D. Northcutt.
      Also, in running backs, I am at a loss for who to start. I have J. Norwood, J.J. Arrington, T. Choice, M. Moore, and S. Morris. I have constantly been starting Norwood throughout the season and he has consistently produced for me. And I still want to start Arrington because he saved me in my game last week. But I just don’t know what to do after Choice’s strong performance last week and a possibly good matchup for Morris against Arizona D.
      Lastly, I have Minnesota’s D, but I’m conidering picking up New Orleans D since they play Detroit this week. Your feelings?

    • Brandon 9:58 am on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Pat: In terms of your receivers, I’d go with Branch and Hixon. Dennis Northcutt had a huge game last week, but before that, he hadn’t done anything all season. Also, this week Nortcutt plays a tough Colts pass defense.

      For your running backs, I like Sammy Morris and Tashard Choice…especially if Choice gets the start. Norwood, Arrington and Moore all remain as backups used more in the passing game than the rushing game and it’s hard to predict what they’re going to do from week to week.

      Finally, for your defense, go with Minnesota. Detroit has actually started putting up some points recently and for some reason I have a feeling that this could be their first win of the season this weekend against an inconsistent Saints team.

    • e-roc 12:15 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – Thanks. I’ll be scouring Accuweather.com, Weather.com, and whdh.com (Boston) Sunday morning.

      I’m already looking forward to next year’s season/draft.

    • Brandon 12:31 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: As a Patriots fan, I’m hoping that the conditions are less-than-optimal for the passing game, as I’ll take the New England running game over the ferocious Tim Hightower/J.J. Arrington combo in Arizona any day.

    • Muko 7:19 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply


      I’ve never commented here, but have definitely used your advice. I’m in the champ. but have had a rough year in terms of RB’s, considering I drafted Addai and W. Parker. At this point my choices are:

      K. Smith
      S. Morris
      J. Addai
      W. Parker
      T. Choice
      D. Foster

      Right now, I’m planning on playing Sammy Morris and Kevin Smith. After reading the blog I’m considering subbing one of these out for either T. Choice or D. Foster. What do you think?

    • Brandon 10:25 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Muko: Glad my advice could help you make it to the Championship! In terms of your running backs, I agree with the two that you already were planning to play. Tashard Choice will still probably “backup” Marion Barber, so he’ll have to make the most of his carries, while I simply do not have enough faith in DeSean Foster to recommend you start him in such an important game. Go with Kevin Smith and Sammy Morris and hope they can both repeat their stats from last week.

    • Johnny 12:46 am on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply


      I am in the championship game and I am in need of some help. I have Michael Turner and Matt Forte starting at running back, but my flex options are either Sammy Morris or Brandon Jacobs. I have LOVED Jacobs, but he could still be hurt against Carolina . Sammy is playing well, and he is against Arizona too. I can’t decided between the two…..

    • Brandon 9:08 am on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Johnny: At this point it looks like Brandon Jacobs will get the dreaded “game time decision” designation, which is going to be tough for you because the Giants play Sunday night, while the Patriots play Sunday afternoon (1 PM). As it’s the Championship, you really don’t want to gamble on a player to play when you won’t be able to replace him at the last minute (unless you have someone else from the Sunday or Monday night games). I’d go with Sammy Morris, who I think should do well…especially if the weather is detrimental to the passing game. Good luck!

    • Roger 4:40 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have another magical issue to ask of you guys… I am going with the Dallas Def at home Saturday night but also have Philly. Is this a good move to leave Dallas in? Also, does anyone see Kurt Warner having a bad game or sitting out some of the game in New England. I am from Boston and the snow is burying us now and Sunday will be messy. Garcia on bench. Throw some ideas if possible. Thanks

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 5:57 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Roger: As you know (I’m down here in CT), the snow is pretty nasty today and there’s supposed to be another storm coming through on Sunday. I’d wait till tomorrow to make the ultimate decision, because A) you want to know when the snow will hit on Sunday and B) you want to make for sure that Jeff Garcia will be starting (although at this point it looks pretty good for that). If the weather will be any factor in Foxboro, go with Garcia. If not, take the chance on Warner who should be able to handle the Patriots secondary quite handily if he can throw the ball.

      In terms of your defense, I like both Dallas and Philly this week, but I think you can stick to Dallas at home. The Cowboys have been great on defense lately and we saw what Baltimore does against a good defense last week when they put up a big 9 spot against the Steelers. Good luck!

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 8:30 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like Anquan Boldin will not play this Sunday against the Patriots (at least that’s what ESPN just told me), so if you have an alternative, you better plug him into your lineup.

    • Mike 12:00 pm on December 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hope it isn’t to late for some advice, but here goes. I have Rothlesburger, Matt Ryan and and Tyler Thigpen. Any advice on who I should start? I also have Dwanye Bowe on my bench so would it be smart to sit Brandon Jacobs since he is a game time decision and put in Tyler Thigpen and Dwanye Bowe? I am already down 30, opponent had Manning on Thursday. Any advice would be great.

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 12:18 pm on December 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Mike: I’m not too high on any of those quarterbacks this week, but if I had to pick from the three, I’d go with Matt Ryan who should have a decent day against the Vikings. I don’t like the idea of playing Thigpen AND Bowe, so this will that up. In terms of Bowe or Jacobs, I’d wait until tomorrow morning and see if Jacobs is going to play for sure or not. If he is, I think he’s a better play than Bowe, as Jacobs is more likely to find the endzone.

    • Mike 10:43 am on December 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Should I be starting Brandon Jacobs today. According to CBS, he is listed as questionable and most likely will be playing. My other options aren’t too great and I need to make up a large deficit and playing Jacobs on the off chance he has a great game is my best bet. Have you read anything about his status?

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 12:14 pm on December 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Mike: According to Yahoo, which was reporting an ESPN news story:

      Jacobs said Friday that he expects to play Sunday night against Carolina, Newsday reports. “Yes, I will be out there on the field come Sunday,” Jacobs told 1050 ESPN’s Michael Kay in his weekly spot.

      Recommendation: Jacobs practiced well all week, so barring a setback he should be good to go. It’s still a slight risk, however, as the Giants play Sunday night, and any tweak even in warmups could be enough to keep him out. ”

      So it looks like Jacobs should play this weekend. If you happen to have Ahmad Bradshaw or Derrick Ward, you could sub them in last minute if things change, but I think you’re safe putting Jacobs in your lineup this week. Good luck!

  • Brandon 10:07 am on December 9, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 15, 2008 

    As we head into the playoffs, there’s a pretty good chance that your team is already set and you are not in need of any desperation picks. Just in case though, here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available, but even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    Tashard Choice, RB, Cowboys (13.0% owned, Desperation Pickup) – With Marion the Barbarian out with an injury, rookie Tashard Choice filled in pretty well, rushing for 88 yards and catching five passes for and additional 78 yards. If Barber misses another game, Choice could make for a decent RB or flex play this weekend against the Giants.

    Deion Branch, WR, Seahawks (13.7% owned, Instant Starter) – Branch had two touchdowns against his old team, the Patriots, this past Sunday. While you shouldn’t expect those kind of touchdown numbers from week to week, it finally looks like he is healthy and can be productive for your fantasy team.

    Tatum Bell, RB, Broncos (15.5% owned, Desperation Pickup) – Obviously we couldn’t have a Broncos running back last longer than a few weeks in the spotlight, so this week we’re moving on to Tatum Bell with Peyton Hillis suffering a season ending hamstring injury last weekend. Bell could split carries with Selvin Young, so you may want to wait and see what kind of numbers he can put up, but he’s worth the risk if you’re in dire straights at the position! (More …)

    • Shirley 10:02 pm on December 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I made the playoffs and am thinking about picking up Davone Bess. I have Jerricho Cotchery, Steve Breaston, Lance Moore, Kevin Walter, and Amani Toomer. Should I drop any of them for Bess?
      I also currently have the Ravens DST starting over the Cardinals DST. Should I drop the Cardinals to pick up one of the waiver defenses you mentioned? (Pats and ‘Hawks are still available) And if I do pick them up, should I start them over the Ravens? Even though the Steelers are a great offense, I’m not as worried about them as I am about their DST which could score a DTD.
      And what do you think about picking up Shaun Hill? I have Romo and Thigpen on my team. Thigpen has decent matchups and even though most sites say that Romo will be fine because the last time he played the Giants, he threw for 200+ yards and 3 TDs. But that was when he had Marion Barber… Kyle Orton is also available.

    • Brandon 10:17 pm on December 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @ Shirley: I don’t see the urgent need to drop any of your receivers to pick up Davone Bess at this point. He’s only found the endzone once this season and until he can do that on a more consistent basis, he’s probably not going to get you many more points than any of your other receivers. As for defenses, you probably should just start the Ravens, since they’re the top defense in the league right now (in terms of fantasy football), so unless your league starts two defenses, there’s really no need to worry about a second one. Finally, in terms of quarterbacks, Romo could have a rough go of it over the next two weeks against two of the best defenses in the league. Orton and Thigpen both make solid plays this week as they take on New Orleans and San Diego respectively…who are two of the worst pass defenses in the league. I’m leaning towards Orton in that case though, since he’s a little more battle tested and the Chargers actually played decently last week. Hope this helped!

    • Roger 8:37 pm on December 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Brandon,

      I was wondering if you can help me my man. I have having bad luck with my starting wrs. I have Colston, Cotchery, Toomer, Bruce and Bess. I feel that Colston is a definite but from there I am lost. Which two do you feel will bring me the most success? Thanks brother.


    • Brandon 10:20 pm on December 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Roger: Hey man, looks like you have similar problems as Shirley up above…too many mediocre receivers! Of those guys you mention, the most consistent recently have been Davone Bess and Isaac Bruce. With Favre and Eli Manning throwing towards the tight end so much, it’s tough to guarantee that Cotchery and Toomer will get theirs each week, so I’m going to recommend you go with Bess and Bruce and ride their hot streaks. Good luck!

    • E-roc 9:35 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Unlike Shirley & Roger, my WR situation is pretty cut and dry (outside of the fact that I didn’t start Antonio Bryant last week, but who would have with Wayne, Marshall & Boldin?).

      My quandary this week is at the RB position. I was one of the many who not only lost Hillis for the season, but also lost Torain as well. Now I’m stuck with Slaton, Pierre Thomas, Jonathan Stewart, and Leon Washington. I’m going to go with Slaton but who would you play: Stewart v. DEN or Thomas (tonight) @ CHI?


    • Brandon 10:02 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @E-roc: Prior to Monday night’s barn-burner between the Panthers and Buc’s, I probably would have told you to start Pierre Thomas, but I’m leaning towards Jonathan Stewart now. The reasons against Thomas: A) the Bears rush defense is the 6th best in the NFL in terms of yards per game to RB, B) Reggie Bush is back to health and will take a cut of the carries, and C) I hate having guys play on Thursday because if they bomb, you’re pissed off for 2 extra days wondering what could have been. Jonathan Stewart on the other hand just abused a very good Tampa Bay defense (do you realize that before he and D.Williams scored their 4 touchdowns, TB had only allowed ONE rushing touchdown all season?!) and the Panthers running game appears to be going on all cylinders at this point. Go with Stewart.

    • E-roc 10:32 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – Thanks. I thoroughly enjoyed the “if they bomb, you’re pissed off for 2 extra days wondering what could have been” comment. Those two days will be magnified now that we’re in the playoffs.

      I’ll go with Stewart. p.s. I missed the boat on the Rhodes waiver-wire pick-up with Addai being out this weekend.

    • Brandon 11:10 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @E-roc: Yeah I like having my guys all play either Sunday and maybe having a guy play on Monday (just to give you hope if you’re down a few points.) Actually, last week I had Steve Smith and Antonio Bryant playing in separate leagues and I won both of them thanks to the services of those receivers, so the second half of that MNF game was awesome.

      As for Rhodes, I think I still might start Jonathan Stewart over him anyways. Rhodes seems like a great start against the Lions, but it’s always the most obvious ones that end up disappointing in my experience at least.

    • E-roc 12:24 pm on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – Wow. Much credit to you for starting both of those guys.

      Very well. My push forward with Stewart will hopefully help land me a “W”. Winning this week gets me in the money which I could desperately use.

      Hopefully Peyton Manning & the Philly DEF will carry the load on Sunday.

    • Dave 2:26 pm on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Big playoff game obviously! Need some advice — I need to start 2 of the 5 RBs below (already starting Westbrook). Tonight’s game causes the dilemma.

      Pierre Thomas
      Jonathan Stewart
      Frank Gore
      Domonic Rhodes
      Kevin Smith

      Do I start Thomas tonight? If Gore plays and Rhodes starts — Do I have better options than Thomas?


    • Brandon 4:36 pm on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Dave: Looks like you’re have similar problems as E-roc, but you have additional options in Frank Gore and Kevin Smith. I think it’s pretty safe to cross Kevin Smith off the list of alternatives, as their offense is just too bad to rely on a big game from him in your playoffs. I mentioned the reasons for passing on Pierre Thomas and Rhodes earlier as well. As for the two to start, I’d go with Frank Gore and Jonathan Stewart. Stewart has big game potential and Gore will get plenty of chances to get it done as I’m sure they’ll be grinding it out all day long against Miami. In short, go with Stewart and Gore.

    • Dave 4:49 pm on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Brandon! I have been a big fan of Gore and hope he plays on Sunday. I also have a problem in another league with Gore.

      First – Welker or Eddie Royal at WR2?

      Second – Gore or Welker/Royal at Flex?

      I am assuming you believe Gore is a must start for me if he plays . . . Thanks!

    • Brandon 5:01 pm on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Dave: Oh…actually just checked on Gore and it doesn’t look good for his playing status. I’d throw Dominic Rhodes in there instead of Gore, since you sure as hell don’t want a game-time-decision to screw you and get you zero points out of the RB spot! So go with Rhodes and Stewart.

      For receivers in that other league, go with Welker and Royal, since it does not appear Gore will be playing (or at least at full steam.) If for some reason it turns out that Gore will play, I would play him over Eddie Royal possibly.

      Sorry for the misinformation previously…I need to keep up on the Gore-injury–front I guess!

    • Brandon 10:08 pm on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Well I didn’t quite expect the Bears to give the Saints the ball on their own 2 yard line!!! Free TD for Pierre Thomas right there.

    • Brandon 11:32 pm on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      DOH! Don’t hate me!

    • jose 1:26 am on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have David Garrard, Jake Delhomme, Shaun Hill and Seneca Wallace
      Who do I start, Big playoff game Thanks for the help

    • Brandon 9:54 am on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @jose: As a team manager that just dropped Jake Delhomme to pick up Shaun Hill as my backup quarterback, I can’t recommend you start Delhomme this week (he only has one good receiver and hasn’t thrown for multiple touchdowns five weeks straight.) As for David Garrard, he’s been too inconsistent and plays a decent Green Bay defense. Seneca Wallace has a pretty solid matchup against a bad Rams defense this week, as does Shaun Hill against the Dolphins, so the decision is really between the two of them. I’d go with Shaun Hill, as he’s more battle tested and consistent and is usually good for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

    • E-roc 10:19 am on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Should have started P.Thomas. His performance equated to 34 pts in our league.

      J.Stewart better put up at least 20….

    • Brandon 10:26 am on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, the flip side of not playing a guy in a Thursday game is if he does really well, you have to stare at that score on your bench for an extra two days. I honestly thought that Reggie Bush would have been a bigger factor though and I (along with many other probably) expected the Saints to air it out more than they did considering how great their passing offense normally is. Let’s just hope for a HUGE game from Jonathan Stewart!

    • Chris 12:35 am on December 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      First, thanks for all your help offered to us weekend warriors. It’s been an uphill battle all season, but i am fortunate to have made it to the semi-finals in a pretty competitive 12 man PPR league. I was hoping you could weigh in on my current WR situation. I’ve been playing with Steve Smith (the good one), Vincent Jackson and Bernard Berrian. All three have served me well but now i’m concerned with QB situation in Min. I’m thinking about picking-up Bess to fill in for Berrian. Any thoughts?

      Thanks in advance for the help?

    • Brandon 11:36 am on December 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Chris: It’s not looking good on the Gus Frerotte front, as he’s now listed as Doubtful for this weekend, meaning Tarvaris Jackson will be back in the lineup…and also that Bernard Berrian is likely to have a less-than-stellar performance. Berrian is always a high risk, high reward player who can take a 80 bomb to the house, but his risk goes up dramatically with Jackson at the helm. I would definitely recommend you put Davone Bess in there instead…at least this week. Good luck!

  • Brandon 10:07 pm on October 20, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire pickups for week 8, 2008 

    Here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available; even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers (0.8% owned, Desperation Pickup) – Floyd is making the most of starter Chris Chambers being out and has a touchdown in the past two games (along with a 70 yard average.) San Diego plays in London this coming weekend, so expect Chambers to try his hardest to get out on the international stage, but Floyd will continue to get some looks.

    Josh Morgan, WR, 49er’s (2.5% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – The rookie showed promise in the preseason, but hasn’t lived up to the hype until this past weekend, where he had five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. As he gains more experience, expect him to become a bigger part of this offense. He’s a great keeper league prospect at this point. (More …)

    • Nick 12:05 pm on October 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I am in quite a predicament. No thanks to that MORON Kellen Winslow. I have to keep added another TE each week with his injuries/illness and stupid suspension. I have managed to reap the benefits of the waiver wire each week and am tied in first in my league. These are the RB that I have. I need to drop 2 of them to make room for a kicker and a TE. Now one of them I have no problem getting rid of, it is the 2nd one that is giving me trouble.

      Maurice Jones-Drew – mighty mouse is staying
      Steve Slaton – money maker
      Jonathan Stewart – hit or miss, but still love the schedule for rest of the year
      Sammy Morris – after last week I love him to take over in NE
      Correll Buckhalter – has amazing value is Westbrook goes down again
      Dominic Rhodes – I have no problem dropping him since the next 3 opponents are TEN, NE, and PIT.
      Deuce McAllister – would suck to lose because Bush is out 2-4 weeks and they have SD, then a bye week and come back to face ATL and KC.

      My real problem is after Rhodes who would I drop….

      Buckhalter and hope I can pick him up again the next day. Or McAllister and just run with what I have left and possibly get him the next day. I hate this decision.

    • pastor 12:37 am on October 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Sammy Morris is out 3- 3 weeks, McAllister may be out 4 weeks with his looming suspension

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