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  • Brandon 1:56 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink
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    Quick updates on Roethlisberger, Hardesty and White 

    In case you hadn’t heard yet, there have been some important changes in the status for a few players in the upcoming season. To begin, Browns rookie running back Montario Hardesty will miss the entire season with a torn ACL. I wouldn’t draft him even in a keeper league at this point. Another running back slated to miss the entire year is Denver’s reclamation project, LenDale White. White tore his Achilles tendon and should be no where near your fantasy football team (if for some reason you were considering it in the first place!)

    Finally, Ben Roethlisberger has had his suspension cut from six games to four, which I assume was due to good behavior. While the fact that he’s out four games makes him nothing but a backup QB to start the season for your team, he could carry you down the stretch if paired with some mid-tier quarterback that can limp you through the first quarter of the season. The same goes for his former teammate, Santonio Holmes of the Jets, who can be had for a bargain and has looked great in the preseason.

    By the way, Roethlisberger is the only Pittsburgh quarterback you really should be drafting. The other guys will be a waste of a roster spot and are no better than top 25 signal callers anyways.

    • Matt 8:39 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I was thrilled to get Roethlisberger as my QB2 in our League of Champions draft with Flacco as my QB1. He’s the perfect QB2 to draft if you wait until the mid-rounds to draft your QB1 – there’s little doubt that he’ll be ready to play when his suspension ends.

    • Squish 3:31 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget that Housh and Leinert got released too.

    • Mal 7:45 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      guys, my live draft is in T-1hr15min anyone keen to coach me through it? Cause i’m all ears. Skype/msn etc

      • Brandon 9:59 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You drafting? Who’d you get so far? Probably won’t be on too long to help, but was curious how it’s going.

        • Mal 10:51 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          My first proper live draft (after missing last years)- twas good fun- thoughts.

          12 Man keeper league 2RB/3WR

          QB – Brady
          RB – Deangelo (3rd round!), forte, LT, McFadden (only RB @ oakland now right?), rashad jennings (12th pick in case MJD goes down)
          WR – Andre Johnson (boom!), Occhocinco, Hines Ward, Mason, Naanee
          TE – Cooley (hard choice, as shiancoe & zach miller were there)
          K – Longwell (stoked)
          DEF GB (DAL BAL were avail),ARI(drafted for 1st week match up vs St Louis, thoughts?)

      • Brandon 9:14 am on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Solid team there. Not sure I can really criticize any particular position. If Forte and D-Williams return to their numbers from a couple years ago, you’ll be stacked at RB.

        • Mal 1:20 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Brandon. I’ll be hitting you guys up a LOT this season. Keenly awaiting your first starts/sits thread. Also, saw TJ’s move- kills my Mason value. Start Arizona D this week?

        • Brandon 6:50 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I do like Arizona D against the Rams. Check out our User Requested Rankings for week 1. I’ve thrown the Cardinals defense on there and can throw any others that you are also considering.


    • Brett 9:45 pm on September 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yah, I like pairing Roethlisberger with Favre. I’m a little worried about Favre staying healthy all season, but I’m sure he’ll make it through the first 5 weeks, so I’ll have Big Ben if Favre goes down. They’re a great duo!

      • danny a. 8:47 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        hey whats up matt? its big danny aidala. i have a dilemma at my second qb spot and its not pretty…. should i start henne against your beloved bills or vince young against the raids?. dont worry rodgers is my other qb.

    • mlw 3:35 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      leave Ben alone. hes awesome…were going to playoffs.

  • Brandon 10:06 am on September 25, 2009 Permalink
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    Hits & Misses – Week 3: Bring out your Steve Smiths! 

    Here are our “Hits” and “Misses” for week three, listing players who you want to make sure are in your lineup, as well as those who you might consider shelving for the week (or at least lowering your expectations!) As usual, I tried to keep the most obvious players off the list, such as Drew Brees against a Bills defense that is allowing over 330 yards per game through the air (make sure to have him in your lineup this week though.) Anyways, let’s get to the good stuff, starting with a pair of receivers who share a name… (More …)

    • Wolf 12:26 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s my situation: I run 4 WRs (Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Hines Ward, Vincent Jackson). Welker is still unsure and Vincent is looking at a hard game… I’ve got Mario and Steve Smith (NYG) on my bench. I’m assuming by your prediction you’d say.. Put in Smith in place of Jackson and save Mario for Welker last-minute substitute? What do you think?

      • Brandon 1:29 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, actually that sounds like a pretty good plan to me! However, I think I’d rather start Vincent Jackson over Manningham, as I’m not a fan of starting two receivers on the same team and there’s always a chance Jackson will get a touchdown or something to boost his stats. So play Smith instead of Jackson and if Welker is a no-go, then put back in Jackson.

        • Wolf 3:06 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Haha, well not too mention I start Moss and Welker as my 1 and 2.. although week one the 2 of them were quite nice.

        • Brandon 4:23 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Good point, you got me there. I won’t argue against the following teammate duo’s though: Moss/Welker, Fitzgerald/Boldin, and maybe Ward/Holmes. Steve Smith and Mario Manningham might jump into this category soon though!

          By the way, Welker is a game-time-decision, so I’m not sure how you feel about that. You might keep him on your bench just to be safe and go with Moss, Smith, Ward and Jackson.)

        • Squish 3:19 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Here’s a great article about starting two players from the same team:


    • Breezy 2:06 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s my question…I have P. Thomas, Manningham, Benson, McCoy. Need to play 2/4 of them. Who I do go for?

      • Brandon 7:52 am on September 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Pierre Thomas is a risky play as you don’t really know how healthy he is yet. It looks like Brian Westbrook might actually play this weekend, so that will limit McCoy’s effectiveness. Go with Mario Manningham and Cedric Benson and hope he can score a touchdown or something, because the yards won’t come easy against the Steelers.

    • cdawg 10:37 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i’m going crazy, should i start willis mcgahee over ronnie brown or deangelo williams?

      • Squish 3:22 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d say yes. I have McGahee ranked in the top 5 projected this week. I’d definitely start him over Brown. Whether you start him over DeAngelo or not is up to you. Playing Williams is more conservative but I think McGahee has a much better chance at multiple TDs.

    • major b 12:56 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s my dilemma.. I’ve got R. White, TO, and S. Smith (NYG) and have to sit one. I think Smith is a great play, and can’t decide between the other two.. I agree with you on White having a tough week, but will TO be that busy against NO?

      • Brandon 7:53 am on September 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Steve Smith and T.O. The Bills will be down early against the Saints and will be forced to air it out, meaning plenty of passes Owens’ way.

    • micah 1:12 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i have Reggie Wayne who will start, Ochocinco, manningham ,crayton, and Lee Evans. who do i use as second WR??i also have a wr/RB option that has cedric benson . please let me know what you would do?

      • major b 1:47 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your thoughts… I’d go with Manningham as your #2. The Bucs have been giving up big plays to WR’s, and with Manningham’s ability to run after the catch I think he’ll have a good week.

      • Brandon 7:55 am on September 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d go with Ochocinco in the WR2 slot, with Manningham replacing Cedric Benson as your WR/RB spot. Benson is playing the Steelers, who are not easy to run against. They’re not easy to pass against either I guess, but I think Ochocinco will still get plenty of chances. Good luck!

    • micah 1:13 pm on September 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      major i would go with
      TO i think

    • justin 10:53 am on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Boy this guy doesnt know shit about football. He sure can call’em can’t he! bench manningham n play Ochocinco…..terrible call! Bn Vincent jackson????? Arguably the best wr right now! he didnt do anything amazing in week 3 but 16 fantasy pts is pretty solid.

      • Brandon 11:11 am on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Manningham (4 catches, 55 yards) and Ochocinco (5 catches, 54 yards) had nearly identical stats this weekend. Plus I recommended starting both.

  • Brandon 10:50 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink
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    Ask the Geeks: Countdown to Opening Day 

    With opening day rapidly approaching, it’s high time for some more Ask the Geeks. Send us your burning questions here.

    Brian asks: Hey Geeks, I have two flex positions to fill with six choices and am stuck. 12 man league and we get individual return yards keep in mind. Players are Ryan Grant, Santonio Holmes, Felix Jones, Willie Parker, Joseph Addai and X-factor Stefan Logan who is doing punt and kickoff returns for Pitt. Which two do you recommend?

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    • e-roc 2:37 pm on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As always, thanks for the feedback!

      @brandon, at the end of the day, I strayed from Turner because of the 350-carry “curse”… but also because I like MJD’s big-play potential (we get point bonuses for big plays). I almost flipped a coin.

      @matt – Thanks! Let’s hope we both have productive and successful seasons!

      • DBrink 10:44 am on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        the curse is overrated. AP had over 350 carries last season as well (363)…yet no one has a problem with that. i think turner is going to carry the ball less this year, but be as productive. especially with the maturation of Ryan and the addition of T.Gonz, defenses won’t be able to stack the box.

        • Squish 6:49 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In fact the the curse of 370 refers to the total carries on the year with the postseason included. On doing the math, it becomes clear that AP is just as far into curse territory as Turner and has had near as heavy a load for 3 years straight. If the curse will affect anyone this year, it will almost definitely be AP.

  • Matt 10:09 pm on July 29, 2009 Permalink
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    Skinny LenDale White: Bad for the Titans, good for Chris Johnson's fantasy line? 

    One of the most interesting things to watch during the preseason will be the newly svelte LenDale White. You have to wonder whether the weight loss will cost the Titans their potent smash-n-dash duo. Is a 30-pounds-lighter LenDale White going to be as good a complement to Chris Johnson as the battering ram that scored 15 touchdowns last year? Or will he prove to be no better at the goal line than Johnson, and thus irrelevant and relegated to backup status? If Johnson starts taking goal line opportunities from LenDale, he could easily be the top-scoring fantasy RB this year.

    Of course, White still weighs in at 230, so while he’s no longer in Brandon Jacobs’ boxing division, he ain’t exactly a featherweight either. He might have focused enough on maintaining his lower-body strength in order to remain more effective at the goal line than Johnson. Hell, he might even steal some of Johnson’s regular between-the-20’s workload.

    The most important takeaway here is that there are a whole lot of unknowns when it comes to taking Chris Johnson in the first round, and almost none of them have to do with Chris Johnson.

  • Brandon 12:26 am on December 20, 2008 Permalink
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    Hits and Misses – Week 16: Take a ride in the PT Cruiser! 

    Of all the cars out there to get a nickname from (see: Cadillac Williams), I’m not sure I would want people calling me the name of one of the worst new vehicles to come out this century, but whatever works I guess! It apparently IS working for Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who has put up some great fantasy numbers over the past few weeks in an offense that is traditionally pass-first (and made a lot of fantasy team managers very happy in the process.) This weekend you should have the PT Cruiser parked right in the RB1 or RB2 slot on your roster when the Saints head to Detroit, helping your team cruise to a fantasy football championship!


    • Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: Although I recommend a few of our readers sit the PT Cruiser last week, this week my tune has changed a bit. The Saints head to Detroit on Sunday to play a Lions team that has been absolutely dreadful against the run this year, allowing 169 yards per game (4.9 ypc) to opposing tailbacks, while allowing them to rack up 26 touchdowns. With Reggie Bush out of the picture, expect a big day for Thomas.
    • Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers: For all of you who snagged Antonio Bryant off the waiver wire in the middle of the season, you have to be loving your decision at this point. In most leagues, Bryant has now racked you up around 300 yards and a couple touchdowns through the first two rounds of the playoffs, and I’m predicting that he’ll continue that trend against a bad San Diego Chargers defense. You know those commercials that ESPN had for the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame? If Bryant comes through this weekend, I think you need to add him for next year’s ads. (More …)
    • e-roc 10:37 pm on December 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – I’m glad I stumbled onto the FFGeekblog when I did (week 13?), because I’ve since become the champion of my 10-team league (even though I unintentionally benched Wayne). Week 17 still counts for us in the points-race where I’m currently 3rd (top 2 get paid). Thanks for the guidance!

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 10:57 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Glad we could help you out. This is only our second year in existence, but thanks to readers like you we’ve been pretty successful so far. We’re hoping to get even better next season, so if you have any recommendations on things that would be helpful to you that we don’t currently offer, please let us know!

    • @Brandon 11:06 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Keep up the good work. I’ll let you know if I think of anything. but for now, I’m looking forward to next August and your draft insight.

    • Keke 8:31 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wow if u guys like Forte i could probly get u tickets
      he goes to me church

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