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  • Brandon 11:22 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 13: Win or Go Home 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week thirteen, 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!) With the playoffs right around the corner, you most likely need a win badly this week to clinch that first round BYE (or to even get a playoff spot!) Hopefully our list this week can help you get over the hump and into your league’s tournament, where you will surely bring home the bacon because you frequent such an awesome and knowledgeable fantasy football website! Alright, enough tooting of our own horn, let’s get to the hits and misses for this week and GOOD LUCK!

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    • fightingamish 1:44 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      quick question…this week…i need to pick two WR..my choices are Hester, Massaquoi, Patrick Crayton, Berrian, Devry Henderson, or Lee Evans…I’m leaning towards Hester and Evans..i neeeeed a win this week to make the playoffs

      • Brandon 3:13 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You’re in the same boat as me in terms of needing to win to make the playoffs, but luckily I’m not relying on a wide receiver corps like that (no offense, hah.) Did you end up starting Evans? Hopefully not. If you did, I’d gamble on Devin Hester and hope he pulls out a big game against the Rams. If you didn’t play Evans, then put Henderson in there as well.

        • Squish 1:18 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’ve learned one thing about Henderson. He specifically only has big games (3 or more receptions) against teams that have great coverage. Because the coverage is great, Brees is forced to throw the ball his way. I bet he has a huge game against Carolina but little or nothing in the coming weeks with an average performance at Atlanta.

    • e-roc 1:49 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Now I’m all flustered and confused… Mighty Mouse (w/Matt Moore!!) or Donnie Avery (v. bad Bears DEF: 24th PA)… Starting Wayne & Avant….

      • Brandon 3:11 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Donnie Avery is probably the safer pick at this point, but I would say that Steve Smith has more upside. Depends on how you’re feeling about your match-up this week 🙂

        • Squish 1:20 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah, I gotta go with Avery. Smith will likely see little action since they’ll be able to run at will. Avery has turned into a legitimate WR2 in recent weeks and looks to continue as he gets most of the red zone targets in STL.

        • e-roc 10:41 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’m going to hate myself more for not starting Smith with Matt Moore in at QB…

        • Brandon 10:52 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, unfortunately I have to root for Steve Smith here, as I have him in my line-up in one of my biggest leagues. Let’s just hope both of them have huge games!

    • Heather 4:33 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Like your analysis, but Revis isn’t a rookie. This is his 3rd season.

      • Squish 12:40 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Well he’s the age of most rookies if that means anything.

      • Brandon 10:20 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, thanks for the update. Yeah I realized this after publishing the post and forgot to update it. Not sure why I thought he was a rookie, but either way, he’s been dominant.

    • Kamaps 4:45 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So I have a problem…too many skilled players. Please help me pick out my starters? I have 2 WR spots, 1 RB spot, and a RB/WR spot. The players I have are:

      RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac RB
      RB Rock Cartwright, Was

      WR Miles Austin, Dal
      WR Mike Sims-Walker, Jac
      WR Jason Avant, Phi
      WR Chad Ochocinco, Cin

      I have MJD and Cartwright filling up the RB and RB/WR spots, with Austin and Sims-Walker in my WR spots, but all of them are expected big #s and I don’t know who to play. I’m nervous about Cartwright against New Orleans and I’m nervous about Sims-Walker also, but Ochocinco hasn’t been producing, so I’m confused. Please help.

      • Shane 6:42 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Stick with MJD but in the flex i would take Avant over Cartwright. Did you see him last week? He got stuffed at the line 3 times, 8 rushes for 3 of less yard, and none longer than 7. I like Austin and Ochocinco this week. I like Austin because the NYG D has been bad and its a division game. I like Chad because he has been talking about how his team doesn’t throw enough and they are playing Detroit who boasts an atrocious Pass D. Expect Palmer to throw all day.

      • craig 9:51 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Ochociinco and Miles Austin as your two starting receivers, MJD as your starting back, and Jason Avant at the flex spot especially if Desean Jackson doesn’t play after taking that big hit last week. For a whole list of week 13 must starts as well as everything else fantasy football related go to http://www.thefantasyfootballguru.com

        • Squish 1:07 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Gotta agree about the two WRs recommended by the other guys. MJD is a must start as well. As usual though I still like RBs better at the flex spot. Cartwright should have a monster day against an NO defense giving up the 7th most points in the league to opposing RBs. Considering he’s the only guy left on the squad at RB and that he’s had two solid games against rush defenses as the starter, I would consider him a low end RB2 in most leagues this week.

          I do agree that Avant is a very solid start if DJ is out but I’d take Cartwright otherwise and personally would take him either way.

    • TJ 5:46 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Quick one: Looks like Julius Jones is (supposedly) healthy and will start Sunday, possibly hurting Forsett’s numbers. I can play J Charles instead – hard to predict which Denver RunD will show up, but Charles might also have decent receiving numbers. Which one, you think, assuming Jones is “healthy”?

      • Squish 1:26 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Charles better for upside. He has been hot recently. You can expect 100 rushing yards at least but he may not get in the endzone since Denver’s red zone run defense is 9th in the league. I like to think they’ll utilize him as scat back this week too so expect some receiving numbers. Plus, there’s always that chance that he’ll take a return to the house!

      • Brandon 10:33 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Agree with Squish here, go with Charles.

    • Shane 6:37 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Forsett “Strained” his quad during practice today.
      Jones is a safe bet now because Forsett isn’t 100%

      • Ken 3:03 pm on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        i wouldn’t call JJ a safe bet. He hasn’t done much as a starter. And Forsett said he sat out as a precaution in practice. Its still possible that Forsett splits carries with Jones on sunday.

        As a Forsett owner this all pisses me off. At this point Id rather not have to rely on either back.

        I’d def play J Charles if I had him as an option. Him and Forsett are very similar backs and both have the possibility to make points as a receiver if the run game isn’t there…or even if it is lol. They’re great for PPR leagues

        • TJ 1:58 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks guys – now do you think Steven Jackson will play tomorrow? Cold Chicago may not help his back, unlike last week. I may need to use Forsett after all if SJax is inactive…..

        • Brandon 10:32 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Steven Jackson is expected to play and should put up solid points against a mediocre-at-best Bears defense. Keep him in your line-up.

    • Joe 8:29 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need QB Help! Trying to trade for Favre. Who should I trade? My players include:
      QB Cutler
      RB D. Will
      J Stew
      P.Thomas
      R.Mendenhall
      WR: R. Moss
      TJ Housh
      B. edwards
      M. Manningham
      J. Avant
      TE: Celek
      K: Bironas
      D: DAL
      CIN

      • Squish 1:29 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Try to package Housh/Edwards and Pierre Thomas for Favre and a low end WR. What does the other player have that you could target in the area of WRs?

    • Ken 2:58 pm on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Any thoughts for a flex spot between these guys?

      Chris Brown
      Jason Snelling
      Devin Hester
      Steve Breaston
      Chris Chambers

      • Squish 1:32 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like Chambers this week out of that group. Snelling is my next choice since I have a hunch he’ll get a majority of the carries this week with Atlanta. Hester, Breaston and Brown just aren’t viable options at this point.

      • Brandon 10:31 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have to disagree with Squish here and actually like Chris Brown today. Looks like Steve Slaton is out and Brown should get the bulk of the carries against the Jaguars.

    • Matt 4:05 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If Steven Jackson can’t go, I need one of the following for my RB2:
      1. C. Brown @ JAC
      2. J. Forsett vs. SF
      3. J. Norwood vs. PHI

      I also need a WR3:
      1. M. Colston @ WAS
      2. J. Avant @ ATL
      3. D. Hester vs. STL

      Also, between these two for a defense:
      1. New Orleans @ WAS
      2. Denver @ KC

      • Brandon 10:24 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I actually like Chris Brown at running back with Steve Slaton out this week. At wide receiver, Avant is a great play with DeSean Jackson out as well and finally, for your defense, I like the Saints this week. I think they’ll force Jason Campbell to make some bad throws and could end up with some solid points off interceptions.

        • Matt 10:55 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the advice!

  • Brandon 10:32 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 12: Happy Thanksgiving! 

    awesome turkey graphicHere are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week twelve, 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!) With Turkey Day right around the corner and a record three games being played tomorrow, we needed to post the hits and misses ASAP this week. As usual, I left off a few obvious picks from the list, including Ricky Williams running over the Bills, Larry Fitzgerald smoking the Titans secondary and Greg Jennings beating up on the Lions, but there is still plenty of picks to go around. Hopefully everyone has a great holiday weekend, filled with lots of fantasy football points!

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    • John 11:01 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need 2 out of the following, Laurence Maroney, Robert Meachem, Cadillac Williams, Bernard Scott, Devin Hester

      • Shirley 11:04 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d say Bernard Scott and Meacham/Cadillac.

      • Brandon 4:28 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey John, I have to disagree with Shirley slightly on this one. I agree with Bernard Scott (especially if Cedric Benson is ruled out again), but for your other spot I’d go with Laurence Maroney. I don’t trust Meachem against the Patriots defense, who has been pretty good at shutting down receivers this year.

        • Chandler 12:46 am on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          how do you think Colston going to do?

        • Matt 4:20 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Colston’s been facing a great deal of double coverage lately and has seen his red zone targets go to others (especially Meachem) who don’t get as much attention from defenses. Hopefully for Colston owners, defenses are soon going to realize that doubling Colston does little good since Brees isn’t particularly dependent on any one target. At this point, though, I’d consider him just a WR2 since Brees is more than happy to spread the ball around and take what defenses are giving him.

    • Shirley 11:07 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have a good dilemma, I need to start two RBs: Bernard Scott (vs. CLE), Jason Snelling (vs. TB), Ryan Grant (vs. DET).

      I’m tempted to go Scott and Snelling because Scott’s going up against the Brownies and Snelling did great against the Giants last week. BUT Grant IS going up against the Lions…

      • Dennis 11:12 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would only start Scott if Benson is going to miss another game.

        • Shirley 11:28 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry for the confusion, the question was posed with the assumption that Scott and Snelling would both start. I also have Michael Turner and Cedric Benson on my team.

      • e-roc 1:20 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        IMO, you have to start Grant v. the Lions… then sit back and enjoy your turkey, stuffing, and apple pie while the Lions get the stuffing beat out of them again on Turkey Day sans Megatron and Stafford..

        • Jon 1:34 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Have to start Grant. Great game against Sanfrancisco and only will be better against Detroit. Has been coming on as the season progresses

      • Brandon 4:26 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Ryan Grant and Jason Snelling out of the three. At least you know Snelling and Grant will get the bulk of the carries, while it’s uncertain how the split will be in Cincinnati, especially if Benson plays.

        • Johnny 10:23 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I have Snelling and was going to start him but I heard that Turner might play on Sun since he practiced today, should I start Beanie Wells or Reggi Bush?

        • Shirley 8:50 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I think I read that Norwood may be coming back which would cut into Snelling’s carries.

      • Matt 7:33 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Scott’s a must-start if Benson’s out.

    • Dennis 11:11 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need help. Pick 2… Pierre Thomas, Smith(NYG), Bernard Scott, Hightower, or Cartwright
      Better QB Hasselbeck or Alex Smith?

      • e-roc 1:18 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hasselback has a juicy matchup v. the Rams, but the Seahawks don’t play very well on the road… I think Smith has more upside and is a sneaky start this week at home v. the Jags.

        • Dennis 2:54 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          What about the other part?

      • Brandon 4:20 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Dennis, if it turns out that Cedric Benson won’t play, go with Bernard Scott and Pierre Thomas. Otherwise, plug Steve Smith in there. At quarterback, I’d go with Matt Hasselbeck and hope for a repeat of his week one performance against the Rams (minus the interceptions.)

    • e-roc 1:30 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – was this your way of answering some of my AtG questions? Haha. I guess I’ll be starting T.Jones and stashing McCoy, K.Smith and Mighty Mouse this weekend.

      The Crabtree recommendation confuses me because I’m already wondering if Alex Smith > McNabb this week.

      • Brandon 4:18 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, no actually, but hopefully it can start answering peoples questions anyways! Anyhow, if it makes you feel better, I’d still start Steve Smith over Michael Crabtree (maybe it confuses more?) I put Steve Smith as a Miss, when compared to other WR1 and WR2’s, while Crabtree is a Hit, when compared to other WR3’s.

        In terms of McNabb and Smith, it’s hard to bench McNabb when the team is so pass-oriented. I’d stick with Donovan, even with a tougher match-up.

    • Jon 1:30 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need 1 – Greg Jennings, Steve Smith (NYG), Percy Harvin.

      My other two receivers are sydney rice and desean Jackson.

      Help.

      • Brandon 4:13 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Greg Jennings of course…he’s the one on my Hit list! (Update: He’s not on my hit list, but I mention him in the introduction as a great play!)

    • ryan 3:07 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      K I have 2 questions this week.

      First. Would you start maclin or cotchery?

      second. Would you start Mendenhall or F. Jackson (they both have bad matchups)?

      • Brandon 4:10 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Maclin, just because I think the Eagles will throw twice as much as the Jets (and twice as effectively as Sanchez!) At running back, go with Mendenhall, since there is still a chance Marshawn Lynch could play and steal carries from Jackson.

    • Mal 5:45 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm just like one more opinion on these WR (they are waiver dregs)

      S Moss (@PHI)
      Floyd (KC)
      Northcutt (if Megatron doesn’t play) (GB)
      Bennett (@MIN)
      Britt (ARI)

      • Brandon 8:30 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m up for taking the risk on Malcom Floyd against the Chiefs this weekend if you haven’t already made your decision.

    • Helplease 8:53 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have a chance to pick up chris chambers off of the waiver wire. Im looking to drop breaston or moss. Im thinking moss this is definitely a smart move ?

      • Squish 10:10 am on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I actually made the same move in several leagues. Go ahead and drop Moss and he’s definitely useless this year. Breaston could still have a few big games in him and we know Chambers should be solid the rest of the year thanks to the lack of options in KC.

        • Helplease 2:16 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks did it and also dropped Breaston while I was at it and grabbed Maclin. After seeing last week where they threw not one pass his way. So this is my team in a must win situation. PPR league where there’s 1 QB 2 RB 2 WR 1 FLEX 1 K 1 DE I went ahead and didn’t play Kevin Smith today against GB. How would you go with this line up. I feel my WRs are all good and have potential for big games it just comes down to match ups. Thanks.

          QB Donovan McNabb
          Eli Manning NYG
          RB Maurice Jones-Drew
          Jason Snelling
          Kevin Smith DET
          WR Chris Chambers
          Santonio Holmes
          Mike Sims-Walker
          Michael Crabtree
          Jeremy Maclin
          TE Zach Miller
          Fred Davis David Akers
          DE Arizona Cardinals
          Philadelphia Eagles

          Thanks again and Happy Thanks Giving !

    • Sean 11:02 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      1 PPR League for week 12…who would you start at my 2nd RB spot?

      Benson, Scott (I realize Benson if he is healthy but could you give me scenarios for which I should avoid either one – i.e. – they are going to split carries), Forsett, Cartwright, B. Wells, Fargas

      I really can’t screw this decision up. I’m in a four-way tie with 3 other teams at 6-5. We currently occupy spots 3-6 if the playoffs started today (we only get 6 in out of 12 teams). The team I’m playing is also 6-5.

      • Squish 10:09 am on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think you have to wait to here what’s going on in Cinci. If Benson and Scott both play, Forsett may end up being a better play than either of them. If Benson doesn’t play, definitely play Scott. You’ll have to wait to make your decision.

    • Allan 8:28 am on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Help!!!!! Do I start Eli Manning or Warner?

      • Squish 10:08 am on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d have to go with Warner. It looks like he’s fine to play and he has a great matchup.

        Eli’s matchup isn’t too good against a great Denver pass rush that’s third in the league in pass defense.

        Go with Warner

    • Squish 10:12 am on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Man, I’m torn right now between playing the Eagles defense or Packers defense this week. I think I’ll probably just play the Packer’s defense so I have something to watch today (despite their injuries). They should do fine.

      • Brandon 8:22 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully you did indeed play the Packers, as they ended up with a pretty solid performance!

    • Trevor 3:01 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      so i have a little dilema. witten who plays today or fred davis?? and another one Seattle or Giants DEF??

      • Brandon 8:21 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Who’d you end up playing? Witten had a solid game.

        • Trevor 11:05 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          i went with witten bro. im glad they looked his way often. keep up the good work guys

    • Brian 6:27 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I currently have Michael Crabtree. But I was wondering if Percy Harvin might have a better performance this week than him.

      • Brandon 8:19 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If your league awards points for return yards, I’d go with Percy Harvin. Otherwise though, I think Crabtree is in for a solid game against the Jaguars this Sunday.

    • ken 5:34 pm on November 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i was hoping for a big game from finley too this week…and then donald lee showed up stealing points from him. GB loves to play “which guy is it going to be this week” with their TE and WR’s. Eff Driver and Lee for stealing points away from my guys Jennings and Finley lol.

      • Brandon 8:21 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although I don’t have any of the Green Bay players on my team, I agree with your thoughts completely! They did their best to make my predictions look less-than-spectacular

        • Ken 3:39 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          lol yea. There was no logical reason to see the game turn out that way. Def a shock to see Lee get as many plays and looks as he did with how well Finley played before his injury and after.

          And Jennings is frustrating as all hell. I can understand when Rodgers sees pressure…but against the lions…argg

          damn you donald driver for robbing greg of his deep passes

    • ken 3:36 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      any thoughts on chris chambers vs devin hester this week?

      • Brandon 7:48 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although the Bears offense is a constant source of frustration, I think you want to start Hester today, as his match-up is a lot better and the last time the Chargers/Chiefs played, Matt Cassel had a rough day.

    • DFonz 11:45 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      What do yall think? shoud I start Snelling or Turner?

      • Brandon 12:45 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hard to not go with Turner when he’s playing. Go with The Burner and hope for the best.

  • Matt 11:05 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink
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    Help a blogger out! 

    I don’t do this very often, but I need your help. I’m leaving tomorrow morning for a trip to Denver and am flying back Sunday morning. I’ll probably be too busy while I’m there to look at my teams, so I need to make all my start/sit decisions today. One dilemma in particular has me stumped. I’d love to be able to wait until the last minute to see how things shake out this week for some of these players, but that’s probably not going to happen.

    With Stephen Jackson out on a bye, I’ve got a RB conundrum in our oldest league, the League of Champions (where Brandon and I are both currently 5-3). I’ve got four startable-but-meh running backs, and can’t come to a decision about which two to start. Since we’ve got some of the savviest readers in the fantasy football blogosphere, I feel perfectly confident leaving this call to you.

    [polldaddy poll=2209339]

    I’ve also got LenDale White on the roster, but that’s just because of his potential value should Chris Johnson get hurt.

     
    • Adam 1:40 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      For you, I voted for Hightower and Smith. I have the exact same RBs, but I also have Turner, Jamaal Charles and Donald Brown, so I have a few more options. I’m playing Turner and Hightower for sure, but am thinking Charles instead of Smith for a flex. Things might change significantly with several of these guys this week, so you really may need to try to get to a computer saturday night/sunday morning. We could have more info on Moats’ role and Smith’s health as well as Morris’ health affecting Maroney. Good luck!

    • e-roc 2:23 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Matt, that’s quite the stable of “meh” RBs… I voted Hightower and Smith as well but it was definitely picking the lesser of the four evils. Moats is a one-week wonder to me (Indy > Buffalo) and Bill Belichick’s use of RBs is a fantasy football nightmare.

      Smith is a no-brainer if Megatron can get back into the line-up…

      • Matt 2:26 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, it’s not a happy situation no matter which two I wind up starting. Really expected bigger things out of Smith this season… good thing SJax has been pretty good so far or there’s no way I’d be 5-3 in this league.

    • jon j 6:29 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Kevin smith hasnt exactly been fabulous in the fantasy scoring department but he does have 15-20 touches each game.
      Moats is going up against indy and they arent exactly great at stopping the run. Count on Houston to run a lot against them
      Hightower I dont know much about. Not many carries but seems to be scoring some fantasy points.
      Maroney in the last 2 games has had a lot of carries, but its hard to predict what NE will do with their running game.

      If I had to choose id start higtower and maroney or hightower and smith.

    • Squish 8:13 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Moats is out automatically because of his matchup. Hightower is no longer the starting back in Arizona but is a reasonably safe play if it’s a PPR format. Smith has upside against Seattle since Tatupu is still out and there defense has not looked great on the ground lately. Maroney has a bad matchup and isn’t looking good.

      I’d have to go with Kevin Smith for upside with Maroney as a secondary bet. With Smith, you drafted him as an RB2, I think you have to play him as one when you can. Moats has a good matchup but nobody knows WTF is going on in Houston. It may be possible that if Slaton starts then gets out of the gates fast (and doesn’t fumble), Moats may only get like 5 touches. He’s just too risky to start right now. Hightower should be worthwhile this week at least especially out of the backfield in PPR.

      In the end I have Smith out front with Maroney and Hightower in a more or less tie. Since I generally break ties in non-PPR by looking at the PPR rankings, I have to go with Hightower out of those two but really it’s up to you.

      • Matt 8:59 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        To the best of my knowledge, Hightower’s still the starter, though it’s pretty clear to everyone that he’ll someday lose the job to Wells.

    • Mal 11:19 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah I went with Smith and Hightower, they are the safest.

      I have to choose between Roeth, Eli this week and I went with Roeth- but now I think I’ll pick up Garrard off the waivers- so who to start at QB?

    • Squish 4:38 am on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      100th post. That is all.

      • Brandon 10:06 am on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, nice! You’re the first commenter to reach 100…maybe we should have had a prize ready for this day or something.

        • Squish 6:04 am on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I swear it was an accident! Just happy to help out. I’d probably be doing the same thing you guys do if I had a little more time on my hands. You generally become a decent fantasy guru when you have 12+ fantasy leagues any given year. Turns out it’s not as hard as I thought since I reached on a lot of the same players in every league (Ray Rice woot!). As long as you guys keep up the good work, I’ll be here to help as much as I can 😉

  • Brandon 4:50 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 5: Pierre Garcon makes the list 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week five, 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!) As always, I’ve tried to leave the most obvious picks off the list, such as Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne’s scheduled abuse of the Titans secondary on Sunday night, so that I can save space for players that might have you scratching your head a little more. Anyways, here is your hits and misses for the week… (More …)

     
    • Troub. 9:23 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I actually disagree with you concerning the Matt Ryan advice, for one major reason: Atlanta had a bye week. Matt Ryan has already proven himself to be a master student in the film room, and he’s had plenty of time to study up on the SF defense. Add this to the fact that 60% of teams coming off a bye week win, regardless of home-field advantage, and I’m comfortable putting Ryan in at QB.

      • Brandon 9:40 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        We’ll see, but he’s still averaging only 216 yards per game and unless he gets a couple of touchdowns, his numbers might not be quite what you’re expecting. I’m not saying to bench him (see the introduction), but there’s no reason to automatically put him in your lineup if you have a better alternative.

      • Brandon 10:05 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like you were right in a big way! Not sure anyone would have predicted the complete dominance of the 49ers defense though.

    • Wolf 10:16 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Seeing as how Randy Moss is up against a wall in this next game, I have an interesting choice to make. Do I keep him in assuming he’ll get a big play or two and come out with decent points or do I put in Mike Sims-Walker who is looking quite consistent so far?

      • Brandon 8:36 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one there. Who are your other receivers?

        • Wolf 1:51 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Steve Smith (NYG), Wes Welker, Hines Ward (all starting along side Moss) – Sims-Walker is on the bench.

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

          Wow Wolf, thats crazy. I have the exact same WR core, and the exact same debate – Welker (only 3 WR). I am as of now starting Moss/Smith/Walker, w/ H. Ward on the Bench. Personally my big question is whether to start Ward or Moss.

        • Wolf 8:28 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I benched Ward last week and played Vincent Jackson.. and of course Ward had a great game over 100 yards.. and Jackson was a bit of a flop. I’ve played Ward every other game and love his consistency. I’ll probably go with Moss knowing that he can definitely find the endzone on big plays and even though most of the balls will go to the others.. there will definitely be a few getting through to him. (I just can’t let there be a chance that Moss has a great game on my bench!)

        • DMANSTER 8:58 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Is Steve Smith (NYG) still a solid start assuming he be covered by one of the best DB’s in the league ( Namdi Asumgha) and with Manning nursing his foot?

      • Brandon 9:00 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Moss, Ward, Steve Smith and Mike Sims-Walker. No need to play both New England receivers when they’re taking on one of the top defenses in the NFL…plus Sims-Walker has been great so far.

    • Mal 1:59 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, I have posed this question to you Brandon earlier to which you gave a great answer, but now with Marshall on your Miss list and his potentnial replacement changing from Gage to Britt, still start Marshall ahead of Kenny Britt.

      Starting Jacobs+Burner this week (as usual). Although falcons facing tough 49ers running D, no need to replace him with Hightower? Too risky i believe? Cheers! Mal.

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

        Although Marshall has a tough matchup, I still like him more than Kenny Britt this week, as he’s more likely to find the endzone.

        As for your running backs, stick with Jacobs and Turner, who has WAY more upside than Hightower does on any given week, even if the matchup isn’t quite as good.

        • jay 7:30 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          miamis on bye why would you start marshall?

          • Brandon 9:14 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            You might if it was 2009…which is when this post was written 🙂

    • Matt 7:15 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      do people not realize that garcon is mannings number 3 guy……i agree about holmes and jackson but what about T.O vs. cleveland he has had a rough start but cleveland isn’t necessarily the strongest team out there

      • Brandon 8:29 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think people realize Garcon is Manning’s number three guy…in fact he shares that role with Austin Collie. As I mention in the introduction of the post, I try to list some names of players who might be causing people to debate whether to play them or not, not list guys who they’re going to start no matter if I list them or not (Reggie Wayne, etc.)

    • J.J. 9:48 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in hot water when it comes to RB’s this week. While I do have Adrian Peterson (must start against the Rams), I have Bradshaw, Kevin Smith, Ricky Williams, and Donald Brown and don’t know which 2 out of that crew to start. Am I just going to have a rough week?

      • Brandon 11:36 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        While he was nursing a foot/ankle injury all week, I think Ahmad Bradshaw should be a safe play with a solid matchup (just check up on him on game day to ensure he plays.) As for the other spot, they all have tough match-ups (Smith – PIT, Brown – TEN, and Williams – NYJ.) I’d go with Ricky Williams and hope he can find the endzone.

        • J.J. 7:22 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, Brandon! Keep up the good work!

    • Rick Gershman 10:31 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Brandon. Thanks for the great work. I have Brady and Big Ben, and I’ve keep starting Brady while Ben edges him every week, so I’m definitely going with Ben this time. If you don’t mind, tell me what you think of this: I have to start three WRs this week, and I have Boldin, Santonio, Sims-Walker and Garcon (and that’s not even considering Sidney Rice on my bench). Am I totally crazy for considering starting Garcon over one of the other three? S-W has been money every week, and Boldin and Santonio have great matchups, but… I just get the feeling Garcon will have a day that will far exceed one of those guys. :-0

      • Brandon 11:40 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would stick to your starters there, with Boldin, Holmes and Sims-Walker. While Garcon and the rest of the Indy has a great match-up with Tennessee, the only guy I would consider sitting for him would be Santonio Holmes, but he also has a great match-up this week and is also on the “hit” list. If Garcon blows up this week, you will have a tougher decision to make in the future, but I think for now you’re save with your big 3.

        As for the QB position, this would be a great week to start Big Ben over Brady, but I think going forward you’re going to still want Brady in there in most cases and his numbers should continue to improve all season.

    • David 2:40 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have forte + rodgers on byes, Im starting big ben for rodgers and mendenhall for forte pick 1 rb westbrook,benson, or lynch. Also is playing s. holmes risky already starting 2 steelers. I also have sims-walker b. marshall thanks for your input

      • Matt 4:07 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Westbrook is healthy and will likely have his way with the terrible TB run defense, so I’d start him over almost anyone this week. I wouldn’t worry about starting three Steelers, since you picked the right three. 🙂

    • Rob 8:19 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can only start 2 receivers and one receiver or running back. I am currently starting Moss and Sims-Walker and Coffee in the receiver/running back position. I’ve got Crotchery and Garcon on the bench. Thoughts on Crotchery? He’s been solid every week but the rookie QB and the new receiver makes me nervous.

      • DMANSTER 9:03 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Cotchery has been solid for me and it seems he and Sanchez have that “chemistry”. Success with edwards remains to be seen but I think it could open up the doors further for Cotchery since many pass defenses may key on Edwards.

      • Brandon 8:57 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re feeling a bit risky, you might actually start Pierre Garcon, who has a great match-up against the Titans. Cotchery should do alright, but with Braylon Edwards coming to town, it’ll be interesting to see the impact on Cotchery. Either way though, Cotchery or Garcon should put up solid stats for your team. Do you need to bench Moss (Randy or Santana?) or Sims-Walker to play Cotchery or Garcon though?

    • DMANSTER 8:59 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Is Steve Smith (NYG) still a solid start assuming he be covered by one of the best DB’s in the league ( Namdi Asumgha) and with Manning nursing his foot?

      • DFonz 10:31 am on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yes Smith is a definate start no questions about it.

      • Brandon 8:53 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Unless you have Reggie Wayne, Chad Ochocinco and Andre Johnson as your other receivers, you most likely want to keep Steve Smith in there.

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

      I have Randy Moss and Brandon Marshall I am having trouble figuring out who to start. Can yall give me and advice to help me out?

      • Brandon 8:52 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, great receivers…just with bad matchups this week. I’d go with Randy Moss as he’s more likely to be used in redzone situations. Marshall has to score on long passing plays as the team goes to the running backs near the goal-line, however, the Patriots are great at preventing long scoring plays by receivers this year.

        • DFonz 8:53 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the advice and yeah this is a pretty bad match up.

    • Andrew 11:27 am on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m kind of in a bind at running backs this week but i have AP in first spot but im in a fit on who to put second Fred Jackson or Bradshaw. Also should i start Santana Moss or put Cotchery in for him?

      • DFonz 1:40 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m going with Fred Jackson myself hes been reliable and I do not care if Lynch is back it’s going to be Jackson all the way

      • Brandon 8:49 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Bradshaw is a bit risky given that he’s recovering from a foot/ankle injury, so go with Fred Jackson.

        In terms of your receiver question, go with Santana Moss until you know how the Braylon Edwards experiment goes down in New York (and how it affects Cotchery.)

    • Chainmover 11:37 am on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey! Need 2 – Harrison, Rice, Portis
      – SSmith(NYG), Megatron, Sims-Walker

      • DFonz 1:44 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        To easy Smith and walker

      • Brandon 8:47 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        You can only play two of those guys? I agree with DFonz, go with Steve Smith and Mike Sims-Walker.

    • TIm Foley 1:26 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      im thinking of starting steve breaston over slaton. i think he will be large aspect of the cardinals offense this week, but what do you think? will slaton put up more points against a stingy cardinals run-d. or will breaston rack up the catch yard points in a leauge with a point per ten yards

      • DFonz 1:42 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Slayton no brainer. A lot of people think Arizona is going to do great but Warner is hurt and so is breaston. Warner is going to get about 250 yds, 2 TD’s if he stays in the game. I dont see him going past the half

      • Brandon 8:44 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with DFonz, go with Slaton. I think he’ll have a good game this week as he tries to make up for his performance last week (before he was benched, not the touchdowns afterwards.)

    • Amir 2:00 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Start Tim Hightower or Jerome Harrison? Standard scoring no ppr

    • Jim 7:15 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Santana Moss or Cotchery?

      • Brandon 8:42 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Santana Moss this week and see how Cotchery does with Braylon Edwards in town now to determine future weeks.

    • SFonz 11:31 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Need help. Can start 2RB’s, 2WR’s and 1 Flex from:

      RB’s: DWill, Mendenhall, Rice, Choice, Moreno
      WR’s: R Wayne, S Smith, M Sims-Walker, Nate Burleson, A Bryant

      Thinking DWill and Mendenhall, Wayne and Walker…who for flex?

      • Brandon 8:22 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with the guys you mentioned, plus Steve Smith (no matter which version it is…NYG or CAR)

    • John 1:32 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Which two out of the following should I play (atleast one WR)?
      Santana Moss, Mike Sims Walker, Tashard Choice, and Cadillac Williams

      • Brandon 8:21 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Mike Sims-Walker and Santana Moss.

      • Brandon 10:19 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully you heard the news on Sims-Walker early enough to get him out of your lineup!

    • Dee M 10:53 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Help….Steven or Fred Jackson this week. Steven (tough Run D), Fred (how many touches?)

    • SFonz 11:04 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      John – Sims-Walker over S Moss, Choice or Williams…easy choice.

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

      starting schaub over big ben this week….3rd wr/te spot up in the air….Roddy White vs SF or plug in Owen Daniels vs Ariz?

      • Brandon 10:18 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully you went with Roddy White…what a game!

    • Jack 11:48 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Jerome Harrison or Glen Coffee? Nate Burleson or Pierre Garcon?

    • Paul 3:14 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yo… your hit Desean Jackson has a goose egg late in the third quarter… not so much trusting the blog now!

      • Brandon 4:14 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, somehow Jeremy Maclin is stealing all of the thunder! Great game for McNabb though, returning from his injury.

    • Brandon 10:18 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Come on Pierre, you’re making me look bad! However, don’t score too many points, as you’re the only player left on a team that I’m playing this week (where I’m currently up by 15 points or so.)

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    Hits and Misses – Week 14: A-Pete ready to hand out early Christmas gifts 

    After taking a break for the holidays (although I still put up a brief hit/miss post for Turkey Day), let’s get back into the action for what is most likely week one of the playoffs in many fantasy football leagues out there. This week we kick it off with a regular on the “Hit” list, Mr. Adrian Peterson, who has a great match-up against the Lions.  Last time Purple Jesus played Detroit he rushed for 111 yards and fumbled twice…but this time I think it’ll be a little better…

    Hits

    • Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings (@ DET): If the Vikings can beat the Lions this weekend they are a near lock to make the playoffs. Because of this, and the fact that it’s the Lions, I have a feeling that Peterson is in for a big game. The Lions are allowing 177 rushing yards per contest, which is the worst in the NFL. They’re also allowing over five yards per carry on the ground and have given up about two touchdowns a game to opposing tailbacks. As I have Peterson in my most important league, I’m hoping that he can rush for those averages without the help of partner-in-crime, Chester Taylor, stealing his thunder. (More …)
     
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