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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 11:33 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 5 pick-ups: Another crop of back-up running backs 

    Here are your potential waiver wire pick-ups for week 5. If you’re a Tom Brady owner, I seriously recommend that you consider Sam Bradford as your quarterback this week, as he has a great match-up with the Lions. Other players of intrigue this week include Ryan Torain, Mike Tolbert, Davone Bess, and Brandon Pettigrew, so take a look and see if any of these guys can help your squad overcome some injuries and bye weeks…

     
    • Nero 12:36 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, I’m absolutely devastated with my second WR (14-team league) – anyways, I currently have Steve Johnson starting, but I’m doubting that. I got Murphy on the bench (not sure if he’ll play against SD) …. so on the waiver wire, we’ve got Naanee (umm I dropped him, so no way), Mike Thomas, or Danny Amendola …

      I think Thomas and Amendola have great matchups, but should I drop Steve Johnson for one of them, and which one?

      • Brandon 4:35 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hmm, not sure those guys are all that much of upgrades over Johnson. They’re all guys who will catch 3-6 passes, but Johnson apparently knows how to find the endzone. Don’t bother with Naanee though…that guys a fluke until he has another big game!

    • Matt 3:01 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Time to add Lynch! 🙂

      • Nero 3:51 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yup … someone dropped him in my league the other night and I immediately picked him up. It’s a league where there is no waiver wire, so that was a good move. I also got Spiller on my bench, so maybe he will see some upside as well …

        By the way, as per my previous question above, Mike Thomas just got picked up by someone, but the person who picked him up dropped MSW … both Jags receivers (funny) … so who should I pick up now?

        • Brandon 4:36 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Not sure I’d bother with Sims-Walker either. Stick with Steve Johnson for now…even if he is a Buffalo Bill.

          • Nero 4:44 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Cool, that is what I was thinking. Oh, but one more thing – I just noticed that Laurent Robinson might be ready to return for the Rams; should I pick him up?

      • Brandon 4:31 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        He’s already there! Time to update his Notes though. However, I’m not sure I’m diggin’ his new digs. The Seahawks offense is pathetic for the most part.

    • Dan 9:52 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you had the opportunity to drop either Dwayne Bowe or Kevin Walter for Brandon Tate, would you do it? Which one would you drop (and why)?

      • Brandon 3:29 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Was just looking at Dwayne Bowe’s stats and was surprised at how terrible he was doing this year. I’d almost say to drop Bowe for Tate, but given that Bowe is the first option in an offense that doesn’t have many other options in the passing game, you might hang on to him for another week or so and see if he gets more involved.

  • Brandon 8:55 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink
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    While making this week's The Wire post, I was looking at the player notes for C… 

    While making this week’s The Wire post, I was looking at the player notes for Chargers running back Mike Tolbert on Yahoo! This note comes compliments of Stats, Inc:

    Mon, Oct 4 – Tolbert carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards and one TD in a 41-10 win over Arizona on Sunday.

    Advice: Tolbert got more carries than rookie Ryan Mathews, who was coming back from injury. Tolbert has been the better back and fantasy owners should dump Mathews in favor of him.
    (STATS, Inc.)

    NOTE: We do NOT advise that you “dump” Ryan Mathews. Picking up Tolbert as the hand-cuff is recommneded, but I repeat, do NOT drop Ryan Mathews!!!

     
  • Brandon 2:50 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 3 Pick-ups: Revenge of the Back-ups 

    With only the Saints and 49ers left to play in week two, I figured it was about time to get out the waiver wire recommendations for the upcoming week. To be honest though, there aren’t a whole lot of players on the list that get me all that excited (there are no Brandon Jackson’s this week!) Unless you’re a Michael Turner or Ryan Mathew owner and really need their backups, the most promising players on the list are probably Kyle Orton, Demaryius Thomas and Aaron Hernandez. Anyways, I hope everyone did a lot better this week than yours truly, because I got beat up pretty bad in most of my leagues 🙁

    Running Backs

    • Jason Snelling (ATL): With Michael Turner suffering a mild groin injury and the game already in their hands, the Falcons turned to backup Snelling, who delivered in a big way. I’m pretty sure he wasted a lot of fantasy points on your league’s waiver wire with his combined 186 yards and three touchdowns and who knows how much he’ll play next week, but he’s a MUST pick-up for Turner owners.
    • Mike Tolbert (SD): Starter Ryan Mathews hurt his ankle and had to be carted off the field on Sunday, but apparently was healthy enough that he could have played later in the game if they needed him. However, they were dominating the Jaguars, so Tolbert (not Darren Sproles) was sent in and put up solid numbers. There’s no word yet on if Mathews will be available for week three and if you have him on your team, you should make Tolbert your #1 waiver priority.
    • Peyton Hillis (CLE): Seems the Browns are perfectly comfortable splitting carries between Jerome Harrison and Hillis, but they seem to lean towards Peyton when it comes to the goal-line. He has two touchdowns in two games, while Harrison has zero. (More …)
     
    • steve 6:03 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      should i drop Jabar Gaffney for Demaryius thomas

      • Bob 12:37 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m going to. Thomas has much more upside and can stretch the field. I think he’s going to be Orton’s go-to guy going forward.

        • Dan 3:32 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’m doing the same thing this week… I feel like I might be wasting my Waiver Priority but I think he could possibly have a lot of upside.

      • Brandon 8:39 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I already recommended someone do something similar. I debated it temporarily, but the upside of DT is much higher than Gaffney and the other Bronco receivers. In a keeper league it’s a no-brainer 🙂

    • Robin palm 6:19 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys. Wondering who I should pick up on the waiver this week. Got beat up real bad and get #1 pick. 12 team standard league
      I have kolb/farve
      traded vick for a.foster straight up.
      R.Mathews, mendenhall
      boldin, d Bryant, p garçon, m Williams (tb), m Clayton, s breaston
      j witten

      wittens been a chump and my qbs aren’t looking good now that vicks gone, but I doubt Orton or TEs will be waiver priorities.

      Thoughts?

      • Kyle 9:50 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        i’m in almost the exact same position. my recievers are currently Crabtree, Welker, Garcon, and Gates, with Meachem and Naanee on the bench. Crabtree and Garcon has done nothing for me, and while i’m tempted to keep move them to the bench for a bit, i’m also in desparate need of a reciever who i can count on for a few more points. i’ve actually been eyeing Mark Clayton or Kevin Walter.

      • Brandon 8:41 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not sure what you mean about Orton not being a waiver priority? I actually like him more than Favre and Kolb at this point, especially if Demaryius Thomas proves to be the real deal. I’m losing my patience with Pierre Garcon. As for Witten, I would hate to drop him outright unless there was some crazy good option on the waiver wire. Maybe you can trade him to a Cowboy fan or something.

      • Brandon 8:53 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        ALERT: Mike Vick is the new starter for the Eagles…so Kolb isn’t an option for week 3. Grab Orton if you can.

    • Shirley 6:45 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I already have Mark Clayton on my bench. How would you rank the other three (or even adding in Clayton) as far as who to target on the wire?
      Mike Williams seems like he’ll give you consistent points but nothing too flashy.
      I’m worried about Demaryius Thomas being in a group of so many WRs, not exactly the clear cut #1 yet.
      Schaub threw A LOT yesterday and with a limited Owen Daniels and defenses having to worry about Andre Johnson, I think I like Kevin Walter a bit better than Mike Williams.
      And Mark Clayton… doing well with Bradford but it IS St. Louis…
      What say you? Please give me your two best.

      • Brandon 8:43 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully I’m not too late, but my two favorite (at least this week :-)) are Mark Clayton and Mike Williams. I worry about the other two because it’s not confirmed that they will be the go-to guy. At least with Williams and Clayton you know the QB will be looking their way often. They’re all about equal though, so hopefully you make the right picks…no pressure!

        • Shirley 9:03 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          You are not too late. Thank you for your input, good reasoning.

    • Squish 7:58 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Reports indicate that both Turner and Matthews could have returned to their games this week. Turner was held out because it was a blowout. Matthews was held out for precautionary reasons. Both will start next week. Snelling might be worth an add in deep leagues to handcuff but I see no reason to add Tolbert considering he’s not even guaranteed to be the starter if Matthews were to get injured.

      • Brandon 8:51 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m hearing that Mathews injury was a high ankle sprain and the word on the street (e.g. Twitter) isn’t that optimistic as to him being 100% this week. Maybe Tolbert is worth a pick-up, if only for one week, but we’ll see when it gets closer to game-time!

        • Squish 4:57 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Christ! When did they decide that it was a high ankle sprain 🙁

          If the report is true, he’ll be out for ta least 3 weeks. It’s Turner from last year all over again.

    • Mal 9:14 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Going to rest GB DEF this week vs a pretty destructive Bears Offensive. Waiver Options…

      @MIA (NYJ)
      SD (@SEA)
      WAS (@STL)
      TEN (@NYG)

      I’m was gonna dump ARI DEF but I’m questioning having Fred Taylor on my bench too considering he’s along side McFadden and LT already there with DeAngelo and Forte starting. Was a bit hard to evaluate Taylor against a tough Jets D this week.

      • Brandon 8:52 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not so sure I wouldn’t stick with Green Bay, who has done a great job two weeks in a row now. I like Arizona against the Raiders as well, but of the ones listed, I guess Miami would be my favorite. Hopefully the Jets play more like the week one version and less like they did against the Patriots!

    • TJ 11:12 am on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,
      What do you think of the following trade offer to a desperately WR-needy owner:

      Garcon (from me) for Crabtree (who I think will pick it up later in the year) and possibly one of her D/sts if I can get her to throw it in (TEN or PHi).

      My current WRs, start 2: Roddy, then Collie (he’s more consistent than Garcon, and I don’t want 2 Colts), M Clayton, M Floyd. I thinking of dropping Garcon for J Knox anyway, I thought Crabtree might be a better bet for later, especially if I can get a Def thrown in.

      Thoughts?

      • Brandon 8:53 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m in favor of you trading for Crabtree AND picking up Knox. Is there a way you can do that?

        • TJ 9:55 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Only if I can drop someone else for Knox….. Knox might be unavailable after this week if he scores this weekend, prob can’t trade Garcon until he has a great game, so might need to just drop Garcon for Knox. Very tempted by FA Dem Thomas too, but who to swap? Clayton is looking like my best WR2 this week, but I’m not convinced he’ll keep it going all year with a rookie qb on a weak team.

    • Kate K 2:23 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know you guys aren’t psychic but what are your thoughts on Jason Witten being able to play this week? I know the NFL is taking concussions really seriously so I’m tempted to pick up Aaron Hernandez (NE) but I’m pretty happy with my team and would prefer not to mess with it.

      • Brandon 8:54 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        If you can drop someone crappy, go with Aaron Hernandez and feel pretty confident starting him this week against the Bills. Hopefully he has a repeat of last week.

    • TJ 4:48 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you guys could pick up one between DThomas, Walter, Clayton, or Knox, who would it be?

      • Brandon 8:56 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        With the sample size that we have, i like Mark Clayton right now. He is obviously the receiver Sam Bradford is the most comfortable with. The other receivers aren’t really the go-to guys in the passing game at this point and will be less consistent. Demaryius Thomas could prove me wrong though. If you just want pure upside, go with him. If you need a WR3 for this week, Clayton is probably your man.

    • Brian 9:24 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thinking of dropping Maclin or Crabtree for one of the following:

      D. Thomas, M. Clayton, M. Williams (TB), K. Walter

      What would you do?

      • Brian 9:35 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Nevermind the pickup, as I didn’t see the above question. I’m picking purely for upside, and like Demaryius the most. It’s down to which one I drop (neither of them start).

        • Brandon 8:58 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          If you’re going to drop one of the two, I’d go with Crabtree. It’s hard to drop him though considering his expectations coming into this season. Can you wait another week and see how they all do?

    • Dan 10:47 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got a tricky situation – I have Cutler and Matt Ryan as my QBs, my WRs are R. Moss, C. Johnson, S. Moss, P. Harvin, and D. Bowe, and I have an open slot on my roster. Cutler and Ryan have the same bye week, and after last week’s performance, I’m a believer in Cutler (though I know he’s got some tough sledding this week vs. GB). R. Moss and C. Johnson are obviously my studs at WR, but I’m not comfortable cycling between S. Moss, P. Harvin, and D. Bowe for my WR3. I’m happy with all my other positions.

      My questions: Roethlisberger is becoming available on the waiver wire this week in my league. Would you give up Ryan (who has the same bye week as my starter) to get him, or should I use my waiver priority to grab a WR and see who I can pick up at QB as a free agent (Orton, maybe)?

      Speaking of WR, I am sure I want to use my empty roster slot to pick up one, and I am 90% sure I want to drop Percy Harvin to get one as well. Kevin Walter is available and seems like a good choice for the empty roster spot for the long haul, but I’m trying to figure out who, if anyone, I should try to get to take Harvin’s spot on my roster – Clayton isn’t getting a lot of targets, Nate Washington is a good receiver with a bad QB, Demaryius Thomas seems like a bit of a risk due to the week 1 injury. Given that I’m not optimistic about Favre’s ability to deliver a good season, would you swap any of these guys for Harvin? If so, which one do you think could compete for a WR3 job with S. Moss, D. Bowe, and potentially Kevin Walter in a standard (not PPR) league?

      • Brandon 9:29 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m actually pretty high on Kyle Orton this year, especially if Demaryius Thomas turns out to be the real deal.

        Just a note, Mark Clayton is currently the 8th most targeted WR in the league right now. He might not catch every ball, but at least the quarterback is looking his way…especially in the red zone.

        Your quarterbacks don’t have a bye for a while, so I don’t see the rush to drop them right now. What if one gets hurt between now and week 8?

        I’d use the empty roster spot on a wide receiver like Kevin Walter and hang on to Percy Harvin for at least another week. This will allow you to see how Demaryius Thomas does in his second game as a pro as well and see if he’s consistent at all.

        Not sure this answered all your questions, but hopefully it helped!

        • Dan 11:09 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, this helps a lot – I’ll hold off on making a QB move and I did use my free roster spot to pick up Kevin Walter.

          I really don’t WANT to give Harvin another week, but I guess the upside potential for Harvin is much bigger than it is for Clayton if Favre manages to get his act together… so that’s good advice too. I take it from your comments that you’d rather have Thomas than Clayton, provided that Thomas shows any consistency over the next week or two.

          Thanks again!

    • sam 11:01 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Alright I’m in a 16 team league ppr.
      My tight end is tony gonzalez who has failed me. I’m 0-2 with some bad starts to some good players.
      Qb:Joe flacco
      Rb:Brandon jackson (number 1 waiver last week and this week)
      Rb:Steven jackson
      Wr:Anquan boldin
      Wr:Mike sims walker
      Te:Tony gonzalez
      Flex:Jabar gaffney

      Bench: peyton hillis, willis mcgahee,legedu naanee,anthony armstrong, 2 free roster
      I don’t know if I should pick up aaron hernandez or jason snelling with my waiver pick. I think I should go with the te pick since I’m struggling with tony gonzalez.

      • Brandon 9:00 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d grab Aaron Hernandez over Snelling. If Michael Turner returns this week, Snelling will return to being the back-up.

    • oak 11:33 am on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      my receivers are moss, dez bryant, clayton and sims-walker which two should i start week 3 and should I use one of them at flex instead of Buckhalter ?

      • Brandon 12:49 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d start Moss and Clayton and leave Buckhalter in there. Good luck!

    • DFonz001 12:44 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Having trouble on weather to start D-Thomas, Michael Turner, or Snelling for my flex spot.

      • Brandon 12:49 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Turner. Practiced in full and should be ready to go!

        • DFonz001 12:52 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Ok ill stick with him thanx B

    • DFonz001 12:52 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      By the way its nice to see your back this year.

  • Matt 9:31 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink
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    Monday night recap: Morals of the (fantasy) story 

    Jets: Not that you drafted Sanchez anyway, but it’s clear that he doesn’t belong on anyone’s fantasy team. (Ever?) Rex Ryan had plenty of reasons to look depressed at the post-game conference, but weighing most on his mind had to be the reality that his quarterback just isn’t very good, and this is a league that rewards good quarterback play above all else – just look at last year’s Super Bowl teams.

    The Ravens defense, despite a secondary with major injury woes, is still a top-notch unit, but there’s nothing good to say fantasy-wise about a Jets offense that mustered only 176 total yards of offense. Owners of Greene, Tomlinson, Cotchery and Keller would be ill-served by trading them now (their value has nowhere to go but up) – but I’m not all that optimistic that things will improve all that much. Until opposing defenses have a reason to respect the quarterback, they’ll be able to focus on stopping the run, and the offense will become incredibly frustrating to watch – trust me, as a Bills fan, I’ve been there. (Still am there.)

    (More …)

     
    • Brandon 11:05 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, that is one fast dude. Last night before the games they were showing the top speeds of running backs from Sunday’s games and Chris Johnson led the way, reaching 22 mph on his long touchdown run. I wonder how fast McCluster was going on this return?

    • The Don 11:20 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Aite oh fantasy gods be honest
      Who should get the flex spot (Randy moss) on revis island or mike williams in denver?

      • Brandon 1:33 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Randy Moss on Revis Island for sure.

      • Matt 1:56 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Anquan Boldin did just fine on The Island this week. Doesn’t mean that Moss will do the same, but it also means that you can’t bench your top WR. I always harp on this point – you just don’t bench top talent like Moss. You spent a considerable amount of draft capital on him, don’t let him blow up on your bench.

        • Nero 5:08 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Randy Moss, but I got to disagree with Matt. I benched Boldin last week in favor of Naanee (wow, a whole 2% started him) and I won my first game by 2 points because of that decision – they had the same yardage, but Naanee got the TD that put me ahead for good. Every situation is different, but I benched my #1 WR (3rd round pick) for my 15th round selection … sometimes you gotta roll the dice.

          With that stated, I’d start Randy Moss … 😉

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