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  • Brandon 10:24 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 16: Championship Week 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week 16. 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. With your league championship in sight, I’ve simplified the list a bit this week, as I figure there is a lot less competition for the top waiver wire players this week. If you have any additional questions though, please feel free to ask away and I’ll try to get them before the end of the day so you can finalize your roster as soon as possible. Good luck!

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    • Mark 11:14 am on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Out of these 5 players I need to start 1 RB and 1 flex:
      Jamaal Charles, Rashard Mendenhall, Joseph Addai, Sidney Rice or Sims-Walker? Also which defense: Arizona or New Orleans?

      • Brandon 3:59 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Even though he plays a tough Bengals run defense, I think you have to go with Jamaal Charles in the running back spot, as he’s been on fire lately. In the flex spot, I’d go with Sidney Rice, who should put up big numbers on national television (Monday night) against the Bears. As for your defense, I like the Saints at home against Tampa Bay, a team that features a quarterback who single-handedly has 9 turnovers in the past three games.

    • PK 2:53 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      my lineup for my playoff game is set all down to my last flex spot: the choices are jamaal charles or jerome harrison.
      any suggestions?

      • Brandon 4:02 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d start Jamaal Charles based on his consistency. I’ll take two straight 140+ yard and a touchdown games over Harrison’s last two (9 yards, then 286 yards/3 TD) even if Charles has a tougher match-up.

    • Sam 5:51 pm on December 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ok I have a huge dilema at my third reciever position. i have pierre garcon, josh cribbs, and michael crabtree. In my head I have made a case for all three players.. garcon has manning throwing, cribbs can take it to the barn, and crabtree is playing detroit… anybody have any suggestiions?

      • Brandon 9:48 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Crabtree is the safest play and should have a solid game against the Lions this week. Cribbs is too risky and probably won’t repeat last week’s performance and I’m a little scared of the Colts game plan this week.

    • TJ 12:57 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, wanted your thoughts before leaving for The Nightmare Before Christmas Travel begins. Here’s what I’ve got and some random thoughts (non-ppr):

      RB (2) : Sjax @Ari, Wells vs StL, Charles @ KC, Forsett @GB, F Jackson @ Atl
      Have SJax (struggling lately….) and Wells (good matchup) for now, Charles helped get me here but matchup not great @ Cin. Harrison available but too risky, I think.

      WR (2): Austin @ Was, Welker vs Jac, Ocho vs KC, SmithNYG vs Car, Sims-Walker @ NE
      Austin, and Welker (won last week despite him, Brady still seems banged up) for now. The others may rock….or not.

      TE: F Davis, J Finley, Shianco or Witten — I think one of the first two, not sure which one.
      D/ST: Have GB in there per your advice, in case you’re having second thoughts: ARI, Cin, Dal, Bal available
      K (it’s the money game, kickers count…..I need some FGs!): Hartley, Cundiff, Stover, Scobee, Feely, K Brown, Rackers, Mare.

      Thanks for your advice, hope to take the title this weekend. Will be checking in from 5000 miles away assuming my bro-in-law’s internet connection stays strong this week.
      Happy Holidays to All!

      • TJj 1:05 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry – Nugent, not Rackers.

      • TJ 4:32 am on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Falcons defense also available…

      • Brandon 10:02 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hey TJ, you got some tough decisions at running back, but I can’t argue with Steven Jackson and Beanie Wells. At wide receiver, stick with Welker and Austin, but Ochocinco could also be primed for a solid game. At tight end, I’m not sure how you ended up with all those guys, but roll the dice on Finley, who has the most potential this week out of the crew. At defense, Arizona makes an enticing play and is probably worth a start, especially if Keith Null starts for the Rams again. Finally, at kicker, it’s always a crapshoot, but I like Garrett Hartley. Good luck!

        • TJ 9:21 am on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, Brandon. Kept Welker in there now, will stew over Ochocinco a little before game time.

          On the te’s only have 2 rostered (Finley & Shiancoe,), but all FAs are pretty safe to grab until tomorrow, hence the choices here. Good Luck to you too!

        • TJ 1:15 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hey Brandon, one more question for you – if I chicken out again at the last minute and pull Sjax (actually turned out to be a good move last week), wondering who you’d rank next: F Jackson @ Atl, Charles @ Cin or Harrison (just picked up) vs OAK?

    • Javier 3:05 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Would you start Ganther, Harrison or Morris over Addai as RB#2? How about any of them in the flex spot? My WRs are Randy Moss, SS (NYG), Sid Rice, Meachem and Britt.

      • Brandon 9:44 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would start Jerome Harrison over Addai, just because there is risk that Addai could be benched after a bit to keep him healthy for the playoffs. As for your flex spot, the only change I might consider is Maurice Morris over Kenny Britt.

    • aker 11:24 am on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You were right that Ganther wasn’t a no-brainer over Bradshaw in MNF. I managed to squeak into the championship game. I have the same dilemma this week, but I’ve added Harrison to the mix. (It should be obvious that I’ve had RB issues all season.) I’m now struggling between Bradshaw who has had back to back strong performances, and the one hit wonder up against Oakland. I think it’s safe to take Ganther off the table as between these three given the matchups?

      • Brandon 9:41 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I know it’s hard to sit Harrison after that insane game last week, but I’d go with Bradshaw this week. He’s got a decent match-up with the Panthers and has been getting the carries in the red zone lately. Good luck!

    • Lindsay 2:07 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      SO I made it through last wk just barely, and only because my opponent played Brady over Big Ben, but I am here. I am up against a team that I will likely lose against, but I at least want to put up a fight. So I need some help…

      Need 3 WRs Colston, Meacham, Smith(nyg), Collie, Evans, Bryant, Avery
      Need 2 RBs R. Williams, Forte, Ganther
      TE Celek or Davis
      Kicker Feely (i hope what he did last wk was a one time thing)
      DEF San Fran

      Also need a flex position out of those listed above. This is a PPR league. Thanks so much for all your help throughout the season!!!! Merry Christmas!

      • aaron Oetting 8:45 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        colston, smith, meacham

        r williams, ganther

        Davis!!

        collie

      • Brandon 9:46 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have to agree with Aaron here on all of the picks!

    • bman 10:00 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Snelling isn’t startable at home against Buffalo?! Even if Turner plays and Norwood gets some touches, Snelling has done well in the past, and Buffalo is 32nd against the run.

      • Brandon 9:39 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Everyone’s startable depending on the options I guess. Who are your other running backs?

      • bman 10:12 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve got Thomas, Addai, Bradshaw and Moreno (went a little nuts on the waiver wire – why not?!) and could get Morris or Bush if I wanted. While Thomas has underproduced, the matchup is too good to let go I think, which is also why I’m looking at Snelling over the others.

    • Cris 12:31 pm on December 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Jerome Harrison or jamaal Charles for week 16… Help.. thanks!

      • Brandon 9:38 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Jamaal Charles just for the consistency. There’s no telling what kind of numbers (or lack there of) that Harrison will put up this week in that offense.

    • ROB 2:21 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ok Big Decisions, Should I start Peyton Manning or Alex Smith and should I sit DeAngelo Williams for A.Bradshaw or Michael Bush. Please help. Thanks…..

    • Ehren 3:48 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Championship week for me and I rode P. Manning to this point but have to sit him. I now have to decide between Garrard and V. Young at QB. Once other thing to take into consideration is that I have Chris Johnson with Tenn. Fearful about Titans getting shut down and losing a lot of valuable points. Either way, over thinking this decision and need clarity.

    • Bob 10:08 pm on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RB Should I start Morris or Ganther. And for WR, should I start Meachem or White

      • Michael 1:06 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        No brainer start Meachem Bress will definitly look for blood after losing to Dallas.
        A close call but I would start Morris the cowboys look to tough against the run as of lately I do not trust that O-line for the redskins.

    • otis 12:15 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      OK Bradshaw vs carolina or Hightower vs rams. I would normally go for Tim, but with wells in the mix and the threat that Tim won’t play much if they get up big I’m turning towards bradshaw.

      • Michael 1:11 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Start Bradshaw! Wells as of the last couple of weeks is getting hotter by the week and Hightower took a turn for the worse during the S.F. game. Bradshaw is now showing his explosive hard charging form again. He has come up big lately when given the opportunity and has made the best of it.

    • Michael 1:01 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I need 3 WR Murphy, Evans, A. Bryant, Manningham, Cribbs, Morgan please

    • Mo 1:12 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m having some trouble

      I have so many good matchups this week that i dont know who to start

      [semifinals this week]

      I have 1 QB Slot, 3 WR Slots, 2 RB Slots, 1 TE slot, 1 Flex [QB/WR/RB/TE] spot, and 1 DEF spot

      I have:
      Kurt Warner vs STL
      Alex Smith vs DET

      Marques Colston vs TB
      Robert Meachem vs TB
      Michael Crabree vs DET
      Percy Harvin vs CHI

      Chris Johnson [already started, took up 1 RB spot]
      Beanie Wells vs STL
      DeAngelo Williams vs NYG [injured]
      Rashard Mendenhall vs BAL
      Jerome Harrison vs OAK

      Fred Davis vs DAL [only TE i have so have to start]

      Garrett Hartley vs TB

      SF DEF vs DET
      GB DEF vs SEA

    • Roland 4:03 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know what to do. I have a Flex play. Not sure to use Meachem or Maurice Morris. All the research have them really close on the rankings. First time ever I’m in the Finals.

      • Roland 4:06 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Actually. here is what i have in general. people are saying Palmer sucks, and that Wayne is going to be rested…now i’m even more super confused. lol.

        QB : Carson Palmer / Garrard
        2 RB : Chris Johnson / Barber / Maurice Morris
        TE : Vernon Davis
        2 WR : Reggie Wayne / Desean Jackson / Meachem
        1 FLEX : Morris or Meachem? would you substitute Meachem for Wayne if he is resting?

    • Timmy 8:49 pm on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got an RB problem not a lack of RB but a who to bank on for the chamionship? In my league we have 2 RB spots and @ flex spots
      i’ve got Rice, Barber, Beanie Wells, Jerome Harrison, Jerious Norwood(who i’d rather not play), and DeAngelo Williams is doubtful but i’ve got Jonathan Stweart too. the rest of my squad is set it’s just those spots i’m qustioning myself on.

      • Tw 5:29 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Here’s the order as I see it:
        1-Wells
        2-Harrison
        3-Rice (vs pit or he’d be higher)
        4-Stewart (vs NYG)
        5-Barber (F Jones)

    • Tw 5:01 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Try managing these WK 16 STUDS: 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 Flx. (stndrd without 100 yard bonus’)
      Beanie Wells -ST
      M Bell -ST
      Jones Drew -FLX
      Ahmad Bradshaw -BNCH
      M Bush – BNCH

      Driver – ST
      Colston – ST
      Wayne – BNCH ;(
      S Smith NYG – BNCH
      J Morgan – BNCH

      • Tw 6:43 am on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m leaning towards Bradshaw over Bell,
        What do you think guys?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Thanks for your help!!

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

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

  • Brandon 1:18 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 9: Desperate Times 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week nine. 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.)

    Before we start, don’t forget to enter in our contest to win a $50 NFL.com gift card!

    This week the talent is really starting to fall off the cliff, with the only real interesting additions to the list being Texans’ running back Ryan Moats and Chargers’ receiver Malcom Floyd…but even they don’t raise all that much excitement. Anyways, here’s the guys that are still available out there in case you’re in desperate need of help at a position. Hopefully you don’t have to rely on these guys too much!
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    • e-roc 4:07 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – In a non-keeper, would you rather own Cotchery, Maclin, or Wallace?

      • Brandon 4:23 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think Maclin has the most upside of that group. He’s liable to put up a crappy game every once in a while, but he’s getting plenty of looks each game and has big play potential.

    • Amir 4:07 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I was reading some blogs on ESPN and it said Kevin Walter might be the biggest benefactor with Owen Daniels going down — any thoughts on that? and do you think hes worth going out there and trying to trade for?

      • Matt 4:22 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t say that it definitely means Walter’s production will increase. Sure, Schaub will be paying more attention to him, but so will opposing defenses. Walter’s been extremely inconsistent throughout his career, so I don’t think the loss of Daniels is going to make him a fantasy star or even a reliable every-week starter. If you’re thinking of him as a backup and bye-week plugin then yeah, he might be a slightly better one of those with Daniels gone.

        • Squish 8:49 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          A lot of people seem to think that someone always benefits when a great receiver goes down. I find this to be a poor thought process. If anything a team obviously gets worse when a guy goes down. Some other player may get more targets than normal but the chains won’t be moved like normal.

          I mean, did you see any viable benefactors arise in Detroit while CJ was out? Any big benefactors in NE because Welker was out (well Edelman had 1 good game I guess).

          I don’t see Walter doing much this week either way and you’ll know more about his role next week and you’ll still be able to pick him up. If you already have him then feel free to hang on. Problem is AJ and Slaton are still the most targeted active players on the team. I don’t see that changing.

    • Glory Hog 7:21 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon: Should I trade: Frank Gore/Glen Coffee/Jerome Harrison for Mendenhall/Lesean McCoy/Derrick Mason?
      It’s a non-ppr league and I have:
      RB: Deangelo Williams, Mike Bell
      WR: Randy Moss, Greg Jennings, Brent Celek, Percy Harvin

      • Brandon 4:48 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like this trade. Basically you’re trading Gore for Mendenhall, McCoy and Mason…sounds like a good deal to me! Gore is solid, but won’t get you a whole lot more points from week to week than Mendenhall and the rest of the guys are just a bonus.

        • Squish 8:52 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Watch out here. You are getting the obvious better deal but… backups tend to be a hot commodity down the stretch since they frequently start during playoff weeks. I’d say go for it but only because Harrison will be useless regardless of whether he start or not and because McCoy should start during the playoff weeks. Mendenthal is near equal value for Gore so you won’t lose much there. I’d say go for it.

    • GloryHog 7:29 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      In a Non-PPR league that starts 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLEX, should I trade:
      Frank Gore/Glen Coffee/Jerome Harrison for Mendenhall/Lesean Mccoy/Derrick Mason.
      I have at RB: Deangelo Williams, Mike Bell
      I have WR: Randy Moss, Gregg Jennings, Brent Celek, Percy Harvin

    • apk42 9:27 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Ya’ll

      Just can’t wait for the start or sit thread!

      Brown, McCoy, Wells, Moreno.

      Need 2

      what would you do?

      • GloryHog 12:23 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Moreno, Brown

      • Brandon 5:24 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Glory Hog…go with Ronnie Brown and Knowshon Moreno.

        • apk42 6:19 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Even though Ronnie is @NewEngland?

        • Squish 8:56 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Brown is a wild card this week since nobody really knows how NE will stack up against the wildcat. that being said, if you have him you pretty much must start him. I’d say stay away from Moreno as he’s not even the primary back in Denver in terms of touches and he’s facing the second best run defense in the league.

          I’d play Brown and McCoy if McCoy starts and Brown and Moreno if he doesn’t.

    • apk42 9:27 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      re: Hey Ya’ll

      (ronnie brown)

      • Squish 8:57 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        See my post above. Don’t sweat Brown’s matchup. NE’s giving up an average of 110 yards on the ground (17th) from week to week.

    • Mal 8:28 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys I’ve got Jacobs Turner Portis as my RB (have to start 2 each week) and being offered Forte for Jacobs- thoughts???

      Jacobs splits carries which is painful and Forte doesn’t? I think? However Bears struggle? hmmm?

      • B Cole 9:20 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That’s funny, I was just about to offer that trade to someone. Jacobs has a much easier schedule down the stretch — only top 10 run defenses he faces are the Broncos and Vikings (in wk 17). Forte on the other hand goes up against the Vikings twice, the 49ers, the Cardinals, the Packers, and the Ravens and, given the way Forte’s been playing, I’d prefer Jacobs.

      • Mal 10:56 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your input B, I did notice that- it’s just so painful with Jacobs splitting carries 50/50 with bradshaw and I was livid when bradshaw took the goal line carry when it was jacob’s drive =[

      • Mal 10:58 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        yeah very valid point- Jacobs splitting 50/50 with bradshaw is killer + losing that goal line carry on the weekend when it was jacobs drive was cut throat- i was livid!

      • Matt 11:22 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Tough call Mal. I’d lean toward Forte just because of my preference for feature backs. If it’s a PPR league, then I think Forte’s the clear pick. The matchups do stink for Forte going forward, but I still think he’ll be more consistent down the stretch.

        • B Cole 12:55 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Matt,

          What if it’s not a PPR league?

          I am trying to get rid of Forte while his rare double-digit performance is fresh in everyone’s minds. How would you compare him to, say, Marion Barber? Who else would be a reasonable one-for-one?

        • Matt 2:38 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          @B Cole – It isn’t a bad idea to shop Forte around this week after a big game. I wouldn’t give him away for Barber, though. In our non-PPR League of Champions, Forte has 78 fantasy points to Barber’s 72, and Forte’s ceiling is higher given that he gets his hands on the ball more than Barber (16.9 carries per game vs. 14.3 for Barber) and more importantly has crossed the 25-carry threshold twice this season, while Barber has had 15 or fewer carries in all but one game.

          If you’re going to trade him, do it now – he’s not likely to look good against the tough Cards rush D. But get something better for him than Barber.

        • Matt 2:46 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Also, remember that the Bears offense is still figuring itself out with Cutler at the helm. They’ve got some talented pieces but haven’t put it all together yet. A blowout win over a JV team like the Browns might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Forte’s performance is 100% tied to the offensive line figuring out the whole pass-protection thing, thus allowing Cutler to be Cutler, thus forcing defenses to respect the pass, thus opening up some room for Forte to operate. I’m relatively confident that just by virtue of time and experience, the offense will look better in the second half of the season, and Forte’s numbers will improve.

        • Mal 7:03 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Apologies for the double post the first one said there was an error so I thought it didn’t post :S

          As for Forte-Jacobs this is a real doozy and some of those comments Matt I hadn’t considered but are very relevant. Being in Australia I haven’t caught a Bears game on tv all year so I haven’t seen Forte truck it up in the flesh either.

          It’s a non PPR league- what are your thoughts Brandon?

        • Squish 9:03 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’m still not touching Forte with a 10 foot stick. He has a horrible playoff stretch and should be benched the whole way. For most leagues his final 3 match-ups are GB, @Balt, Minn. Trust me when I say you don’t want any of that. My grandma is a better start during that stretch.

    • meany1413 1:04 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys
      I’m once again stuck on who i should start at wide receiver this week. I have steve smith (nyg), Brandon Marshall, Derrick Mason, Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Breaston and Jeremy Maclin. I need to start 3. What do you think? Thanks

      • Squish 9:12 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d have to say Marshall, Mason and MSW (as hard as it might be to start him again). Maclin is a flier but he doesn’t get the amount of targets the others do. Breaston is only really viable on your team if Boldin or Fitz are out and they look to be healthy again for the most part.

      • Brandon 2:42 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Squish here, go with Marshall, Mason and Sims-Walker. Steve Smith is a close fourth, but he has a tough match-up against the Chargers and I think the Giants will rely heavily on the running game this week.

    • LT 8:07 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon/Matt! I survived week 8 (thanks btw), a very, very close one. I need help on my flex spot (non-PPR)… my options are:
      Ryan Moats (one week wonder???)
      Ricky Williams
      Steve Smith (NYG)
      Austin Collie
      A. Bradshaw

      Thanks!

      • Squish 9:07 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I gotta go with Ricky Williams there. Steve Smith is a roughly equal play but in equal situations you always go with the RB since they are guaranteed more touches.

      • Brandon 2:44 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Squish. Steve Smith is a close second, but I don’t like his match-up this week (although honestly I hope Ricky Williams has a bad day, as he’s playing the Patriots!)

    • Stone 10:21 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m offering to trade Barber + (L Coles, K Walter, or M Wallace) for any Tier 1 receiver. This will leave me with no backup RBs to R Rice and M Turner. Good idea/bad idea? Welker and S Smith (car) are my other WR starts.

      • Squish 4:35 am on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        What kind of format league are you in? Is there a flex position and how many WRs do you start?

        Normally I’d say go for it. If you could get Fitz or Wayne for Barber and Coles, it would be a steal especially if it’s a PPR league. What does your waiver wire look like? What are some of the top RB prospects on it? As long as someone decent is on it to grab in an emergency, you should be fine. I say you go for it. Maybe afterward try to shop around Steve Smith or the WR you acquired for another first rate RB.

        • Stone 1:42 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks. It’s a 3WR non-PPR league, no flex. RBs left include J Stewart, J Charles, L Maroney, D Sproles. If there are no takers, do you recommend Wallace over Coles or Walter this week?

      • Brandon 2:48 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Depending on the receiver you get, this can be a good trade. I’d scoop up Jonathan Stewart in the meantime to give you some depth at running back. As for which receiver to go with this week, I like Kevin Walter the best out of that group as I think he’ll see a few more targets with Owen Daniels out of the line-up.

        • Squish 6:01 am on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          It’s your choice of who to pick up off waivers as your RB but definitely go ahead with the trade. A good one week fill-in at RB is Charles but long term it’s likely Stewart or Sproles. I’d also recommend Walter this week. He’ll be guaranteed more looks than Wallace or Coles this week which is all that really counts in my book.

    • Frank 1:12 am on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I could really use some trade advice, I’m in a league that starts 3 WR, 2RB and a flex, my receivers are Roddy White, Maclin, Knox, Roy Williams, Coles and Andre Caldwell and my running backs are Michael Turner, Ryan Grant, Felix Jones, Mewelde Moore, and Derrick Ward. I have been offered Ricky Williams and Nate Burleson for Roddy White. I’m looking at plugging in Burleson with Maclin and the better matchup the rest of the way among roy williams, coles, and knox and playing Ricky Williams, Grant and Turner as my 2 RB and flex. Should I pull the trigger on the trade? I worry being left without an elite WR.

      • Brandon 2:51 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t do this trade. You’re trading away a must-start receiver each week for a WR and RB that you may not even start from week to week. I think with Felix Jones healthy, he should provide enough fantasy points to hold down the flex position, then you can start White, Maclin and whoever else you think has a good match-up.

    • DJ 2:46 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      For QB this weekend-Warner or A. Smith?
      2RBs-F Gore, R Brown, A Bradshaw, Or L Maroney?
      3 WRs- A Johnson, S Holmes, N Burleson, S Breaston?
      Have had some really crummy weeks. Hoping to change this.

    • Bobby Triplett 10:04 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, First time reading the blog… i like it bro, well done. Question for you: For my 3rd recieving option who do you like? Antonio Bryant, Lance Moore, Issac Bruce or S Straughter?

      • Brandon 10:30 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That’s quite a group of guys you have there Bobby, but I think you’re going to want to go with Isaac Bruce (although Straughter is an option if your league awards points for kick returns.) With Bryant and Straughter competing for catches, it’s hard to go with either of them. Lance Moore might not even play this weekend due to an ankle injury. Go with Bruce and hope he can get some open looks with Michael Crabtree distracting defenses.

    • ryan 4:32 pm on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,

      Who would you start mike wallace or torry holt????

      • Brandon 4:43 pm on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would usually say Mike Wallace, but Holt is playing at home and has a much easier match-up. Go with Torry Holt this week.

        • ryan 8:30 pm on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yah I think Holt is the better play but he burned me last week haha with a great matchup. Thanks for your help.

  • Brandon 10:10 am on November 26, 2008 Permalink
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    Hits and Misses: Turkey Day Edition 

    turkeyHappy Thanksgiving! For the Thanksgiving holiday, I figured I’d do an early Hits and Misses article around the games that will be taking place as you stuff your face (and wonder why Detroit is on TV every friggin’ Turkey Day!) Anyways, over the past few weeks, it appears to me that the perfect storm has been brewing…and that storm is what the Titans running backs are going to do to the Lions defense tomorrow. Last weekend Tennessee finally got a dose of reality against the Jets when they realized that they can’t rely solely on the arm of Kerry Collins to carry them to victory and that they’re going to need their running game performing at a high level if they want to go anywhere in the playoffs. Lucky for them, they play the worst run defense in the NFL, the Detroit Lions, so this could be a perfect time to get back to the basics. So let’s get into more from that game and the rest of the action that will be taking place while you try your hardest to ignore your family members… (More …)

     
    • Brandon 4:22 pm on November 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I was right on the mark with the Titans running game…too bad I was 100% wrong about Brian Westbrook!

  • Brandon 10:20 am on November 25, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 13, 2008 

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

    J.J. Arrington, RB, Cardinals (11.6% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – Tim Hightower still has a hold on the “starter” designation, as well as the goal-line carries, but with the team passing the ball so much and Hightower running so ineffectively, it’s Arrington who could have the most value heading into the playoffs. If you’re a Hightower owner, you want Arrington on your roster for sure insurance if anything.

    Maurice Morris, RB, Seahawks (15.7% owned, Desperation Pickup) – He had a big game on Sunday, but with a short week ahead it could be Julius Jones that gets the bulk of the carries. You should not be relying on a player like Morris to get you into the playoffs, but maybe you are… (More …)

     
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