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  • Brandon 10:18 am on September 12, 2011 Permalink
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    Week one injury updates 

    • Looks like Rams WR Danny Amendola could be out for at least 8-10 weeks, if not the year, after suffering a dislocated elbow. This hurts for those in PPR leagues who drafted him. This could end up benefiting rookie tight end Lance Kendricks, who should see even more looks, even after dropping a few passes on Sunday.
    • Amendola’s teammates Sam Bradford (finger) and Steven Jackson (quad) also suffered minor injuries and both hope to play in week 2, but keep an eye on them. Don’t worry about starting Bradford’s backup for any reason, but Cadillac Williams will top the waiver wire pick-ups this week for sure!
    • Chargers running back Mike Tolbert continued to prove that he’s the more valuable tailback, at least in terms of fantasy football, on the team as he scored three touchdowns. However, he also hurt his knee and while it seems minor at the moment, it could be the type of injury to sideline him a week, so make sure to follow the situation if he’s on your team.
    • Houston running back Derrick Ward left the game with an ankle injury and backup Ben Tate had a big game. With Arian Foster’s status still unknown for week two and Ward already losing his role as primary backup, Tate could be in line for another big game.
    • 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree will most likely be day-to-day for a while with a reoccurring foot injury.
    • Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman left Sunday’s game temporarily, but it seems it was just cramps and he came back in the game. Nothing to see here.
    • Jags tight end Marcedes Lewis had either cramps or a calf strain and you’ll want to monitor his status throughout the week before plugging him into your line-up (or don’t plug him in…easier solution!)
    • Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton hurt his wrist and his status for week two is up in the air…but that shouldn’t matter, as no one should have him in their fantasy line-ups unless you’re in some crazy three QB league!
    • In case you’re someone who pays very little attention to the kicker position, other than to sub your guy out on a bye week, you might check that you don’t have Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding in your line-up. It seems he might be out for the year with a knee injury.
     
    • Rev. Benjamin 1:37 pm on September 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      My team has Cassel at qb, peyton manning on the bench. Think I should drop both/either for fitzpatrick and cam newton?

      • Brandon 2:01 pm on September 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Feel free to drop Manning at this point. He won’t help you this year. As far as who to pick up, I’d probably go the safer route with Fitzpatrick. He was decent last year as well and seems to be continuing that trend. Newton might be fun in the games he does well, but I predict a few terrible games in his near future. Maybe grab them all though if possible, since you’re pretty weak at the position.

  • Brandon 11:10 am on September 7, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , marcedes lewis, touchdowns   

    Touchdown number normalization 

    I was just reviewing the stats from last year, looking at which players at each position led the league in touchdowns and it got me thinking about the likelihood of those players repeating this year. Will Arian Foster rack up 18 touchdowns again? Unlikely. How about Marcedes Lewis to score another 10? Doubtful. Anyways, here is a list of guys most likely to disappoint this year if you’re counting on them to score as many times as they did last season (as well as some guys who could/should actually improve!) Keep this in mind if you’re in a touchdown-heavy scoring league or if you’re basing your draft strategy solely on fantasy points from last season.

    Quarterbacks

    • Peyton Manning (33) – Injury worries
    • Eli Manning (31) – No more Steve Smith or Kevin Boss
    • Matt Cassel (27) – Just not confident that he can repeat, but he could prove me wrong

    Guy that will improve: Tony Romo (11), Matthew Stafford (7), Kevin Kolb (7)
    Guys that could improve: Philip Rivers (30), Matt Ryan (28)

    Running Backs

    • Arian Foster (18) – Very few running backs ever repeat this kind of touchdown numbers.
    • BenJarvus Green-Ellis (13) – Other backs and tight ends always a threat to cut into this number.
    • Peyton Hillis (13) – Madden curse? Just pessimistic that he puts up numbers again.
    • Mike Tolbert (11) – I see the touchdowns spreading out a bit more across the entire offense (V-Jax, Mathews, Gates, etc)

    Guys that will improve: Ray Rice (6), Shonn Greene (2), Felix Jones (2), DeAngelo Williams (1)
    Guys that should improve: Jamaal Charles (8), Maurice Jones-Drew (7), Steven Jackson (6), Frank Gore (5)

    Wide Receivers

    • Dwayne Bowe (15) – Expecting a drop along with the touchdowns his quarterback throws.
    • Greg Jennings (12) – Jermichael Finley should cut into this total.
    • Brandon Lloyd (11) – Not trusting Kyle Orton OR Lloyd to repeat last year’s performance.
    • Stevie Johnson (10) – Seems like a one time thing to me (plus, he plays for the Bills!)
    • Kenny Britt (9) – Should do well with Matt Hasselbeck at the helm, but take away his out-of-character, week 7 game last year and his stats normalize a bit.
    • T.O. (9) – Maybe because he’s not even on a team?

    Guys that will improve: Vincent Jackson (3),
    Guys that should improve: Larry Fitzgerald (6), Brandon Marshall (3)

    Tight Ends

    • Marcedes Lewis (10) – He was already on this list BEFORE the team cut David Garrard 🙂

    Guys that will improve: Dallas Clark (3), Owen Daniels (2), Jermichael Finley (1)

     
  • Brandon 9:31 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 2 Pick-ups: Austin Collie the new Pierre Garcon? 

    With week one of the fantasy football season almost in the books, it’s already time to start looking ahead to week two (especially in leagues where there is no waiver system for free agents.) Here are the players to consider on the waiver wire for week two. I’ll try to elaborate on this list after tonight’s games, but this should get you started…

    Wide Receivers

    • Austin Collie (IND): 10 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD. While a lot of the stats came on a single, 73-yard touchdown bomb late in the fourth quarter, the fact that he had 10 receptions means he was being looked at a lot over the course of the game. His primary competition for WR2 on the team, Pierre Garcon, finished with four catches for 75 yards. It’s still early, but it looks like it might be a crapshoot each week to figure out which guy does better.
    • Mark Clayton (STL): Was NOT expecting this one! Ten catches for 119 yards by a guy who was traded to the team just a week before and FROM a rookie quarterback. Looks like he’s the legit #1 in this passing game and while he may not rack up the touchdowns, he’ll definitely get a lot of looks.
    • Mike Thomas (JAX): It could end up being Thomas, not Mike Sims-Walker, who is the top receiver in the Jaguars offense this season. We’ll have to wait and see. He was one of my top sleeper picks this year though (got him on almost all of my teams!)
    • Legedu Naanee (SD): Looks like it could end up being Naanee, not Malcom Floyd, that benefits the most from Vincent Jackson’s absence. He finished Monday night’s game with 110 yards and a score, while Floyd only had 48 yards. Either way, Antonio Gates could end up having the best numbers of any pass catcher on the team, but Naanee could make a solid WR3 play most weeks if he keeps this up.
      (More …)
     
    • Fit 6:53 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      FFGeeks:

      I have Roy Williams (DAL) as one of my back-up WRs. Both Clayton (STL) and Lloyd (DEN) are FA’s in my league. Should I keep Williams or get rid of him for one of these guys?

      • Brandon 11:01 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one. If you don’t pick up Clayton, I’m sure someone else will snag him in your league. However, it’s only been one week and it’s tough to give up on a player (even if it is Roy Williams) so soon. I guess I’d drop him to grab Clayton though. He has much more upside, considering he’s the #1 target on the team, as opposed to Williams being the 4th target in the passing game. I wouldn’t drop him for Brandon Lloyd though. I think he just got lucky.

    • Chris 8:50 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone know a good site to see WR targets? Instead of just receptions?

      • Brandon 9:05 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        This one seems to do the trick. You have Roddy White on your team by chance? 🙂

        Wide Receiver targets

        • Chris 12:32 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          No but I was thinking of trading for him…moreno and terrell owens for white. Moreno was my back up, I’m starting Mathews and Foster. Mcfadden will be my backup.

        • Squish 1:04 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yep, FFtoday is one of the better sites for tracking stats especially targets. Question:

          Do you think TO’s targets were a fluke or do you expect him to get thrown to that much every week?

    • Squish 9:14 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Concussion Party!

      Nice list of guys but isn’t Ryan Grant injured because of a concussion, not an ankle injury? I suspect Grant will play this week as one concussion doesn’t usually keep a guy out for long (though two is another story). Either wya, whoever is playing definitely deserves a start this week.

      • Squish 9:51 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Disregard the part about grants concussion. That was last month lol! I read the wrong report by accident. One things for sure, Grant appears as fragile as ever this year.

        • Brandon 10:51 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, yeah I’m pretty happy I don’t have him on any of my teams.

    • Shane 2:37 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know it early but…..
      Help with next week please.
      Start 5:
      Wayne @ NYG
      Austin @ Chi
      Boldin @ Cin
      Rice @ Cin
      MJD @ SD
      Thomas (NO) @ SF

      • Brandon 10:54 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure how you ended up with all those players, but kudos to you 🙂

        Anyways, go Wayne, Austin, Boldin, Rice and MJD. The only consideration might be PT over Boldin, but considering what Anquan did to the Jets defense, I’d say he’s a pretty safe bet against a Bengals squad that got lit up by Tom Brady.

        • Shane 12:31 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah i got lucky in the draft. i had alot of key players that other people needed so i traded for their good players.
          Mcnabb for MJD preseason
          Slaton, Spiller for Wayne preseason
          and i just got ronnie brown in a trade.

    • e-roc 12:42 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Should I pick up Collie in exchange for V.Jax? I think it’s time….

      Also, please help me pick three starting this week:
      > D. Jackson @ DET
      > S. “Little Giant” Smith @ IND
      > H. “3 TD” Nicks @ IND
      > D. “My Favorite” Driver v. BUF
      > A. “if I pick up” Collie v. NYG

      Thanks!
      p.s. I’m kicking myself SO hard for not drafting Roddy White right now…. *kick kick kick* /wrist.

      • Brandon 1:40 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one with V-Jax. If you don’t grab Collie now you’re not going to have a chance to the rest of the year I assume. However, I doubt he has many more games like the one he just had. Looking at your roster, it doesn’t seem you’ll really need to start either Jackson or Collie anyways though, so maybe it makes sense to just pick up Collie so you have someone dependable who will at least play.

        As for your wide receivers, ask me again once I have the User Requested Week 2 Rankings up 🙂

    • Austin 2:23 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      im thinking steve smith and hines ward as my 1 and 2, but for my 3rd…

      austin collie, mike williams (seattle), or meachem?

    • kyle 5:18 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Should i trade Moreno for Brandon Jackson??? i’m in a TD only league

      • Brandon 10:06 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, in a touchdown only league I don’t think I’d do this. Jackson will have value because he’ll be the first option in the running game for the Packers, but when it comes to the red zone, there are a lot of other targets on the team. Moreno had 7 touchdowns and doesn’t have a whole lot of competition when the team gets inside the five yard line or so.

        I’ve actually never done a touchdown only league, but I assume Moreno isn’t one of your starters? Who do you start at running back?

        • kyle 10:23 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          In the league I’m in we have two running backs and they always start. Mine are Moreno and D. Williams. They get 6 pts for a td and 6 pts if they break 100 yards

    • Jo 10:45 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      F. Taylor or Brandon Jackson?? I have Ryan matthews, Caddy, and Bradshaw and T

    • Jo 10:46 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      F. Taylor or Brandon Jackson?? I have Ryan matthews, Caddy, and Bradshaw. Non ppr

    • TJ 2:11 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, lots of questions:
      -Still looking to improve my WR group (need one to start with Roddy White), wondering if you think any of these guys is worth trading in for the FAs below – I’m not thrilled with this group. We start 2, non-PPR.

      My team: Knox (but you never know who Cutler will throw to), Floyd (Brandon, you were absolutely right about him this week!), Garcon, Jac Jones
      FAs: It’s a 10 team league, so pretty much most of the mid and below guys went undrafted: What do you think about Clayton (a true #1WR?), Collie (I think I like him better than Garcon, but it’s just a tossup between those 2 every week), Mike Thomas, the Mike Williamses, Manningham, DEN wrs……too many to name.

      – D/ST – whose you’re favorite flavor of the week? I’m thinking about NE, Oak, Car, KC…. Our league scores 6pts for a return TD and a point for every 25 return yards.

      – I picked up Brandon Jackson for Ryan Grant today. Seems you guys and most people are not that impressed with him, but Yahoo Sports (Behrens) just loves the guy. McFadden is also available…… neither one likely to unseat Rice & Foster on my team, but I will need someone for byes.

      Thanks

      • TJ 2:25 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Also – I’m carrying 2 QBs at least through the byes, have Schaub with Alex Smith on my bench. What do you think about Mike Vick to replace Smith?

      • Brandon 10:25 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll work from the bottom up: I like Jackson over McFadden as your bye-week filler. I like New England and Carolina defenses this week.

        At wide receiver, I like Clayton more than Jacoby Jones, only because he’ll be the first option in the passing game all season. I like Thomas and Collie too, but Thomas is probably too deep for a 10 team league and you already have Garcon, so adding Collie would just add headaches when it came to deciding your line-up. I’d give Floyd another week to prove himself, but if he doesn’t do much, you may drop him next week as well.

        Hopefully I answered all your questions!

    • nick 5:48 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      looking for weeks 2 starting advice going out of town so wanna get it soon if possible.
      ppr league with 1 pt per catch and 1 per target as well rbs get 1 pt per rush attempt.
      need to start 2 rbs and 2 wrs as well at a flex spot.

      rbs- [email protected] cin, gore vs no, bradshaw @indy, portis vs huston, b. jackson vs buf
      Wrs- white vs ari, wayne vs nyg, austin vs chi, naanee vs Jac, gaffney vs seattle.

      also for QB orton or shaub this week?

      appreciate any thoughts

    • ThatGuy 2:39 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Garcon or Ronnie Brown in the flex this week?

  • Brandon 2:50 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 6: Week of the Wide Receiver 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates going into week six. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis (and if you see an asterisk by the players name, it means they’re on a BYE this week.) We begin with a whole slew of wide receivers, a few of which racked up some serious stats (Miles Austin, Austin Collie, Jeremy Maclin) this past weekend.

    UPDATE: Added Chad Henne to the list (Oct-13) (More …)

     
    • Squish 4:51 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love your waiver reports! It’s like anyone I can possibly think of and 20 more have their own description here!

      I’m an Andre Caldwell owner and quite honestly I don’t think he’s worth a look unless you’re in a league with return yardage. Eventually his TD streak will end and when it does, so will his fantasy viability. That being said, I’ve looked like a genius playing him the last two weeks in a return yardage league. Now that my main bye weeks are passed, I don’t see him getting the start on my team again anytime soon.

    • ffgeekblogROCKS 12:04 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Matt, Brandon, you guys are awesome! Would you guys trade your Tony Throw-mo and Ronnie Brown for Philip Rivers and Deangelo Williams, or has the ship sailed on Carolina RB? We play in a standard Yahoo league and my other RBs are Chris Johnson, LJ, and Bradshaw. Thanks in advance for the advice!

      • Brandon 11:25 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Although you’d be upgrading at the quarterback position, I can’t recommend trading away Ronnie Brown, even if it’s for a guy who’s preseason rank was a bit higher. Brown looks great running in the wildcat offense and is racking up touchdowns like Williams did last year. I’d keep Romo and Brown and hope that the Romo-to-Miles Austin connection is for real and his stats improve from here on out.

    • TeamWorseThanARectalDysfunction 2:09 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      should i trade my calvin johnson and pierre garcon for randy moss and mark clayton? my wr1 is andre johnson and have devery henderson and eddie royal on the bench. i need your psychic powers!

      • Brandon 11:33 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Stick with Megatron and Garcon, as you’d basically be trading both for Randy Moss (Clayton seems like a throw in to make the numbers work.) Johnson’s injury doesn’t appear to be anything serious and Garcon’s potential makes him more valuable than Clayton. So far this season, opposing teams have been doubling up on Moss in a big way and his numbers are suffering.

    • Shirley 8:24 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I know you said not to give up on Massaquoi but I need a win. Currently my WRs are Pierre Garcon (BYE), Derrick Mason, Roddy White, Mohamed Massaquoi, and Mario Manningham.
      Miles Austin, Austin Collie, Jeremy Maclin, Andrew Caldwell, Torry Holt, and Josh Morgan are some of the guys available on the waiver wire.
      I’m thinking about dropping Massaquoi for Maclin. Thoughts?

      • Brandon 11:41 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It’s tough with a lot of these guys, because they’ve all (Massaquoi, Austin, Collie, Garcon, Maclin) had one or two break out games. I still like Massaquoi and last weeks stats shouldn’t scare you off this soon. Cleveland was playing in very windy conditions and Derek Anderson had the worst game of his career. This week the ship should right itself somewhat and I think he still has value. You might drop Garcon this week if you’re looking to start one of those guys, as he’s on a BYE and would be available next week most likely if you wanted to pick him up again. Maclin is going to be very hit or miss this season, so if you’re up for the mood swings, feel free to grab him and drop Garcon. In the long term, Collie might have a bit more value than Garcon as he seems more consistent, so if you just want to swap players on a BYE, you might consider that. Did any of that make sense?

    • Mal 11:21 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yet another bit of advice I seek from you legends….

      OK, I play NFL.com fantasy and require 3 WR to start each week

      I have 5 (bye week)
      C Johnson (7)
      B Marshall (7)
      R Williams (6)
      M Sims Walker (7)
      K Britt (7)

      My problem is pretty easy to see. I only have 5 bench spots and atm they belong to 2 WR, 2 RB (Bradshaw + Hightower) and a TE (J Finley/T Heap).

      I can try ride out week 7 by playing Williams + dropping K Britt (7) picking up someone off the waivers, ditching my TE reserve and picking up someone off the waivers. OR I will have to consider trading at least one of my big guys away. Jennings is a top WR who hasn’t been scoring too well maybe try for someone like him? What do you guys think and if you think try a trade what WR do you like? Keeping in mind the people offered trades are usually sceptical they are getting screwed over. Thanks once again guys!

      • Brandon 11:45 am on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Orchestrating a successful trade is one of the toughest parts of fantasy football, but if possible, Greg Jennings makes a great buy low candidate. I’d definitely drop Britt and pick up someone off waivers if there are decent offerings there. Keep Megatron and Brandon Marshall and consider trading Mike Sims-Walker (who I’m pretty sure has reached his potential in the Jacksonville offense) or Britt if anyone wants him. Maybe package Sims-Walker and Britt for Jennings? Hopefully this helps.

      • Squish 4:16 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I second what Brandon said.

        Though I also have Roy Williams on a few teams and I’ve been contemplating dropping him for Miles Austin. Seems risky but I don’t see Williams having too big an upside whereas Austin has a ton. Thoughts?

      • Mal 6:45 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have Britt for Maclin and Britt for Caldwell as pending waiver transactions. However, someone did accept my trade of Britt for Garcon, so the question is should I cancel my pending waiver transactions?

        Colts have a great match up wk 7 vs the Rams, although with that in mind they also did this week vs the titans to which garcon saw no action. Anthony Gonzalez is also on the waiver, perhaps I should try pick him up, however if he’s not ready for wk7 I’m in trouble, thoughts? Cheers!

        • Brandon 8:43 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I think long term Maclin should have the most value out of the bunch. However, since the trade was already accepted, can you still back out of it?

    • e-roc 8:55 pm on October 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      First off, to the Geeks, sorry I’ve been MIA. Corporate America has blocked me from the Fantasy Football world, but specifically your website. “Games” are not allowed.

      Secondarily. I’m playing WR5 roulette between Nate Washington and potentially Avery or Maclin. Avery is explosive enough to score some points and STL has some decent match-ups later this season.

      On the RB front, I was screwed by a Cleveland Brownie (surprised??) as I dropped Bradshaw (went for 40+ in our league) for Harrison (went for 1.6). You do the math.

      Keep up the good work!

      • Brandon 8:46 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Good to have you back E-roc! How doe they know FFGeekBlog.com is associated with “games”?

        Anyways, I like Jeremy Maclin out of the group of receivers you mention there. Avery plays for an offense that is terrible and it’s hard for me to get excited about him.

        For your running back, that’s rough about Bradshaw. Who knew he’d get his first touchdowns of the year AND Jamal Lewis would make his glorious return to the gridiron in the same week! Can you scoop Bradshaw back up off waivers/free agency?

    • Hatch 12:13 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need a Plug n Play TE this week to take Witten’s spot in my lineup… Available TE’s are Watson, Pettigrew, Scheffler, Rosario, Z. Miller, Donald Lee and Scaife. It is a TD heavy league. My first thought is Watson due to NE seeming to like him near the redzone, but I think Pettigrew may have a huge week against the Packers if Calvin Johnson is out. Any Suggestions??

      • Brandon 8:48 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Pettigrew hasn’t done enough this year so far to convince me that he’s a viable fantasy starter. Go with Ben Watson and hope Brady finds him in the endzone this week against a week Titans secondary.

    • Jennifer Lopez 11:21 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If you were in a standard fantasy league with 11-man rosters, and you had a terrible WR situation (Nate Burleson, Santonio Holmes, and Terrell Owens) and someone in your league just dropped Ravens S/T, would you drop T.O. in favor of the Ravens S/T?

      • Brandon 11:27 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t know J-Lo was into fantasy football…I guess her purchase of a stake in the Dolphins has really got her into the sport! Anyways, I’m not ready to give up on T.O. just yet, as there are rumors that he could be traded before the deadline at the end of the week. The Ravens defense/special teams unit hasn’t been good this year, but not good enough to warrant this type of move.

    • Mike 11:56 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Which side gets the better deal:
      A. Steven Jackson
      B. Percy Harvin + T.O

      Thanks

      • Brandon 3:34 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Seems like a fairly even trade, but it all depends on the situation (i.e. what WR/RB each team has)

    • bryan 1:39 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      im having a hard time deciding what WRs to start this week. I need to play 3. I have Greg Jennings, Santana Moss, Braylon Edwards, Nate Burleson and Mike Sims-Walker. Which 3 should I start?

      • Brandon 3:33 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Greg Jennings (vs DET), Santana Moss (vs KC) and Mike Sims-Walker (vs STL) have the best match-ups. However, the Jets will most likely be without Jericho Cotchery this weekend, meaning lots of looks for Braylon Edwards. I’d still start Jennings, Moss and Sims-Walker though and hope all of them do well so you don’t regret benching anyone!

    • Scotty 3:10 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I realize the uncertainty surrounding the RB picture in Cleveland, Dallas & (to a lesser extent) Carolina. However, I desperately need to pick-up a RB….& I was wondering which of the following RB’s you believe will put up the best stats through the remainder of the season:

      Jerome Harrison
      Felix Jones
      Jonathan Stewart

      Thanks for all your great advice!

      • Brandon 3:26 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        With Jamal Lewis back in the picture, Harrison has very little value as it was hard enough when Lewis was out to put up stats in such a bad offense. As for the other two, they’ve both struggled through injuries this season and neither is the starter in their offense even when healthy. However, I think Felix Jones has the most value when he actually plays, as he gets plenty of carries in relief of Marion Barber and I have more hope that the Cowboys offense will improve than the Panthers. Tashard Choice’s role in the offense scares me slightly if Dallas goes the way of a three-headed monster, but I still like Felix Jones more than Harrison or Stewart.

    • Glory Hog 7:03 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I start 2 rbs and a flex, should I waive Mewelde Moore for Shonn Greene? I have $1 left for free agents so this would be my final move. My other rbs are: Gore, Coffee, Michael Bush, Harrison, Mike Bell.

      Thanks

      • Brandon 8:41 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t waste your final $1 for Shonn Greene, who I see having very little fantasy impact this season (unless Thomas Jones got hurt.) Keep your money for another week when a more interesting free agent appears.

    • Jim 8:21 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ok im in kind of a bind here i need to start 3 WRs but dont know which to choose. the candidates are:
      Santana Moss
      Brandon Marshal
      Hakeem Nicks
      Steve Breaston
      and Megatron(but hes “hurt”)

      and also would you drop any of those for Sidney Rice?

      • Brandon 8:39 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d think about dropping Steve Breaston for Sidney Rice, just because Rice seems to find the endzone more often, but don’t do it this week (Breaston has a better match-up.) When Calvin Johnson is healthy, you’ll be starting him, Moss and Marshall anyways, so it’s just a matter of bench players. This week go with Moss, Marshall and if you’re feeling risky, take a gamble on Hakeem Nicks and hope he finds the endzone for a third straight week. If you’re more conservative, go with Breaston.

    • Andrew 8:32 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Start Philip RIvers or Kyle Orton?

      • Brandon 8:32 am on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t have expected to say this at the start of the season, but I’d start Kyle Orton. The Broncos passing game has been improving and their defense was good enough to limit Tom Brady last week, so I’m thinking it might do the same against Rivers.

    • Farve$FootLong 1:39 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in a league that really devalues RB’s(one point for every 25 yards compared to receivers one point for every 10 yards). So I have had to really stock up and load up my team with wide outs.

      My question is- Is my wideout postion strong enough?(i have Schaub, MJD, A. Gates at the other postions so i feel good there)

      Wide Receivers:
      Roddy White
      Anquan Boldin
      Nate Burelson
      Sidney Rice
      Pierre Garcon
      Donny Avery

      And who would you start this week??

      • Brandon 8:25 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That group doesn’t look too bad if it’s a 12 team league or something. As far as who to start this week, I’d go with your top three guys there (White, Boldin and Burleson.) Nate Burleson has a great match-up this week against the Cardinals, who have been pretty bad against the pass, while Boldin and White are just much better options over the rest of your crew…even with mediocre match-ups.

  • Brandon 9:12 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 5: Maybe the Steelers do have a running game! 

    As a firm believer in the Continuous Quality Improvement model, I’ve once again updated the look and feel of The Wire for your enjoyment. The list is now organized by position, which seems to make more sense since you are undoubtedly looking to fill a certain spot on your roster with these waiver wire pick-ups. However, it’s still organized in order of the ownership percentage (in parenthesis) so you know the odds of the player being available in your league. Also, the classifications have changed slightly (I just didn’t like the old ones for some reason.) So for this week, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so make your roster moves accordingly. Anyways, let’s get to the good stuff…the actual player list, starting with a player who might be able to return the Steelers back to the bruising style of running they once had (but which Fast Willie Parker lacked)… (More …)

     
    • Wolf 11:17 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RBs for Week 5… Slaton, Grant, or pick up Addai off the wire.. My league is PPR and thus heavier on WRs, so there are still some good RB choices on the Wire if you’ve got any other suggestions.

      • Wolf 11:17 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        (that is for my 2nd RB .. i play MJD as primary RB)

        • Brandon 6:58 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Go with Slaton. Ryan Grant is on a BYE this week and Addai has a tough match-up against Tennessee, who even though they can’t stop the pass to save their life, have been good against the run. What other running backs are on waivers?

        • Wolf 7:55 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          This is a small league heavy with WRs, so (although I am far down on the waiver) sitting in the wire is Marion Barber, Addai, Coffee, Ray Rice, Ronnie Brown and a handful of others that are all still great RBs… so it is really up to who is going to have the best game (although some guys have the same bye week as MJD and I’m not sure I can afford to have 2 benched RBs for that week). An RB that gets a couple receptions is a Plus in my league as well.

        • Brandon 10:36 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In a league that awards for receptions, I think Ronnie Brown and Ray Rice would make excellent additions to your team. Brown against the Jets isn’t the best play, but Rice makes an intriguing play against the Bengals.

        • Wolf 11:53 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yah, I had some extra spots which were ready to go after the bye weeks last week, so I picked up both Rice and Addai (Rice and MJD have a bye at the same time, so Addai will take one spot with Slaton in the other).

    • E-roc 11:52 am on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Once again MJD under-performed…. and Kevin Smith over-performed. Thomas Jones is another 30-y/o+ bust. Would you rather have Bradshaw (NYG) or Ricky Williams on your roster?

      Also, please provide an update on McNabb’s status for Sunday when you hear something… Thanks! His match-up v. TB is like putting Charlie Cheeseburger Weis in an all-you-can-eat buffet!!

      • Javier 1:03 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Well the Titans defense is pretty good, but they were missing both Harepr and Finnegan on their secondary. It made perfect sense that the Jaguars chose to throw the ball instead of giving it to MJD. It will be tough for him to shine against the Steelers next game, but I think he will win the attrition wars and perform ok (14-16 points)

        • Javier 1:08 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Well I was looking at last year’s schedule! The Jags are actually up against Seattle this week, there is no reason to think MJD will pull a 20-pointer at least.

      • Brandon 7:19 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        While Williams has found the endzone a lot more than Bradshaw so far, I think in the long run they both have about the same value. They’re both getting about 1/3 the carries for their respective teams and are both in good running offenses. Not sure what your other options are, but you might consider keeping both if possible. If you have to make a decision though, I guess I’d go with Williams, who could be used as the teams goalline back more often than Bradshaw.

    • Ravi 1:22 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So I picked up Coffee as a stopgap but now Mendenhall is heating up. Coffee will be getting a LOT of looks where as mendenhall might not be. What do you think, drop Coffee for Mendenhall? They are taking on Detroit who is like 6th in avg rush yards allowed.

      • Brandon 6:59 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Is there any way you can keep both of them? I think in the long run Mendenhall has more value as the team will eventually realize that he is a better back than Willie Parker. Coffee is only useful until Gore returns and at that point, he is only a handcuff.

        • Ravi 9:39 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Unfortunately I can’t keep both, league has 1 RB start position and 1 RB Bench position. I have Forte sitting out the BYE. I think I will add/drop for Mendenhall.

          Thanks Brandon.

    • Brandon 1:34 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s some more waiver wire suggestions, compliments of the Fantasy Football Librarian in case you’re interested in other people’s advice (gasp!)

    • Shirley 3:40 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Would you drop Patrick Crayton for Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Massaquoi or Sidney Rice?
      I’m 4-0 in this league and my other WRs are Steve Smith (NYG), Boldin, Garcon & Manningham. I have been beating teams by quite a bit lately so I don’t REALLY need another WR but it couldn’t hurt. I think I’ve only started Crayton once, maybe twice. Non-PPR league.

      • Brandon 7:13 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Feel free to drop Crayton for any of those guys. If you’re feeling risky, go with Massaquoi who could be the next big thing (or a one-hit-wonder!) If you just want a solid bench player than Sidney Rice or Nate Washington are pretty good bets.

        • Shirley 10:11 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks. I had Sidney Rice in as a pending waiver claim before I read your answer. Would be sweet if I got him but not a big deal since I’m very happy with my record thus far.

        • Brandon 10:37 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Looks like Massaquoi’s value just shot up with the Browns trading Braylon Edwards out of town. Grab him for sure if you still have the opportunity!

        • Shirley 11:00 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I picked up Massaquoi in a PPR league so I’m good in that league.

          In a league where I’m 0-4, I picked up Sidney Rice. Current team: Kurt Warner, Hasselbeck, LeSean McCoy, Mendenhall, Ryan Grant, Michael Turner, Garcon, Manningham, Derrick Mason, Roddy White, Sidney Rice, and only have 1 each of TE/K/DST. Maybe drop Mason or Rice for Massaquoi?

        • Brandon 11:09 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Shirley, I’d keep Derrick Mason, as he’s Flacco’s favorite target. I think it’d be worth it to drop Rice for Massaquoi though.

    • Mal 5:25 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This week’s first lot of waiver transactions has seen me continue my trend of picking a favourable D from the waiver, which saw me ditch Redskins and pick up Cowboys, thoughts? Other options were/are Jaguars, Dolphins, Panthers, Falcons, Cardinals, Bills, Texans.

      I ended up dropping Justin Gage and picking up Kenny Britt, I didn’t think I’d get him but I did, i think i’m happy? This gives me Megatron, Sim-Walker, R Williams, Brandon Marshall & K Britt. Have to start 3 in a pt/10yd 6pt/TD league. I’d think Megatron and Sims-Walker are safe. Williams is looking like he’ll miss this week, but if he was cleared to play, starting recommendations for my last one? Cheers guys!

      Mal

      • Brandon 10:40 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Just put up my post “Week 5 Defenses to Consider” and topping the list is Dallas, so good move.

        As for your receivers, Sims-Walker and Megatron are safe options as WR1 and WR2, but as for the third receiver, I’d take the chance on Brandon Marshall. I don’t like big name receivers against the Patriots, but after watching him these past two weeks it’s hard to imagine that Orton doesn’t try to get him the ball a lot this weekend.

    • Scotty 2:32 pm on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Would you trade Kevin Walter for Thomas Jones in a PPR league? Rex Ryan has stated he wants to get Leon Washington more involved, and Shonn Greene received a few carries last week, as well! Worried Jones will become obsolete…

      • Brandon 8:02 am on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Are you getting Jones or Walter? I wouldn’t do this trade quite yet (if you’re giving away Jones), especially now with the Braylon Edwards trade. The hope for the Jets is that Edwards can run the deep routes and draw double coverage, opening up a little space for the running game, which has been hurting lately. If T-Jones is your third running back or something and you’re hurting at WR, then it is more of a possibility though.

        • Scotty 2:38 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the great advice. I apologize for the ambiguity, but I have Walter & was looking to trade for Jones. I have Andre Johnson, Cotchery, B. Marshall, Walter, & just picked up MoMass. My RB’s are K. Smith, J. Harrison, McCoy & McFadden. We play a 2 WR, 2 RB, 1 Flex PPR League. I pulled out of the trade for Jones, but who who should I start this week?

        • Brandon 8:26 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          In that case (that you’re getting T-Jones), I would actually make this trade. You have enough WR depth to hold it down already and your running backs aren’t the greatest. Can you re-offer the trade?

          If not, go with Harrison and McCoy, who should still get plenty of carries even with Westbrook back, as they try to keep him fresh.

      • Scotty 5:00 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Brandon, I didn’t pull the trigger on the Walter for Jones trade. But considering my aforementioned League and Team, would you make this trade? I give up Cotchery & K. Smith for Pierre Thomas. I have a plethora of WR’s & my RB’s are hurting…& I’m wondering if P.T. is enough of an upgrade over K. Smith to additionally give up Jerricho. P.T. has better match-ups, especially come playoffs, than does Smith. But will a healthy Mike Bell syphon touches from Pierre? Really need some advice on this one….thanks!

        • Brandon 8:28 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          As long as he can stay healthy, the PT Cruiser is going to be excellent this year. He’s getting put in once Brees and the passing game score a few touchdowns to burn the clock and he’s tearing it up. I’d make that trade as long as you have wide receivers to start without Cotchery.

    • Kulprit 6:41 pm on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My team is a mess this week. I am 4-0 going against my best friend who is 3-1 and both my QBs are on byes (Brees and Cutler).

      I grabbed Derek Anderson as a stop-gap. Now I am thinking about my 3rd WR. I have Fitz and Steve Smith (NYG) as my top two – and right now Kevin Walter as my 3rd.

      Massaquoi is out there on the wire. Would you drop Walter for Massaquoi (I have to drop him as I have Vincent Jackson on the bench ALSO on a bye uggggg) hoping to catch lightning in a bottle and roll the dice with Anderson and Massaquoi?

      Between his injuries and a slow start Walter has been underwhelming and after this week he probably wont see much play with me anyways as Fitz has already has his bye and now V. Jackson is having his. So maybe only one more week where he would play – when Smith is on bye. Barring injury of course.

      • Brandon 8:07 am on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d hang on to Walter, as he’s likely to be a bit more consistent than Massaquoi (and he has a proven track record) and you’re only using him for bye week fill-in’s anyways. Even if Massaquoi starts putting up decent numbers, there is little chance you’d start him regularly with those other receivers on your team.

    • What's_Crackn' 4:24 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, here is my team for Week 5 … who do I start:

      QB Tom Brady
      WR Greg Jennings
      WR Donald Driver
      WR Patrick Crayton
      WR Austin Collie
      WR Johnnie Knox
      WR Lee Evans
      RB Pierre Thomas
      RB Kevin Smith
      RB Jerome Harrison
      RB Ray Rice
      TE Greg Olson
      TE Todd Heap

      league format: 2 WR, 2 RB, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB/WR)

      so who should I start – half my team is on bye – Thomas (RB), Olson (TE), and my wide-outs Jennings, Driver, and Knox; so those are easy ones and are riding the pine this week … but what about the rest. Not feeling too hot about my WR’s but they got good matchups …

      here are my questions:

      a) who to start at RB (do i use one as a flex); is there someone on the wire i should look @ (all the top waiver guys are gone – interestingly enough, i had mendenhall last week, but dropped him and picked up harrison … haha)
      b) who should i start at WR? (this was my biggest question mark) – there are some folks who are still available, like kenny britt, joshua cribbs … but iono …
      c) is todd heap a good TE to start?

      the person i am playing actually picked up mendenhall … he is starting

      QB Matt Shaub
      WR TJ “Whoseyomomma”
      WR Kevin Walter
      RB Steve Slaton
      RB DeAngelo Williams
      TE
      Flex Rashard Mendenhall

      the one good thing is he has 3 houston players, and it definitely might be a shootout in AZ this weekend. I do have Brady, but he is goin’ against a nasty Denver D …

      so what do you think?

      • Brandon 9:53 am on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        a) I’d actually start all three of your receivers at the WR and flex spots, as they all have excellent matchups (even if they’re some of the more frustrating receivers in the league!)
        b) Go with Ray Rice and Jerome Harrison. Kevin Smith has a tough matchup against the Steelers.
        c) Heap is good for about 5-10 points each week, so as long as you’re not looking for a huge breakout game from the TE position, he’s startable (I start him in our Blogger league that I’m in)

    • matt 7:08 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Who will have a better week Sidney Rice or Nate Washington??

    • gabe 2:15 am on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have rice and coffee. I want ronnie brown but not sure who to give up…i dont want rice to blow up the weekend I get rid of him…i have had him all year. let me know?

      • Brandon 8:23 pm on October 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not quite sure what kind of trade you’re thinking, but if it’s Ray Rice for Ronnie Brown, do it immediately. In terms of Glen Coffee, he only has value for a week or two more until Frank Gore is back, so trade him if you can get some value.

    • Jon colbert 7:47 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      play tj housmanzadeh or sydney rice?

    • big B 12:37 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      viks should build quick large lead and run rest of game…. i can see a shoot-out with ravens so whosyourdaddy will benefit…

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