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  • Brandon 10:34 am on September 27, 2011 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 3: What can Brown (and Washington and Scott) do for you? 

    This season I’ve continued to tweak the format of the waiver wire list, so pay attention! I’ve organized it by position now, since that probably makes more sense when you’re trying to fill a particular position. In terms of the color coding, green is guys to target, yellow is guys to wait on (except in deeper leagues) and red is one-hit-wonders.

    Here is the waiver wire advice for this week in Google Doc spreadsheet format if that’s the way you prefer to digest it.

    Just to highlight a few names, sneak a peak at running back Bernard Scott and wide receivers Antonio Brown and Nate Washington…

     
    • Lab 10:43 am on September 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Do you mean Greg Olsen in Carolina?

      • Brandon 10:46 am on September 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the catch! Copy paste error. Fixed.

    • Brian 7:51 pm on September 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      If you had to drop one of these two who would it be: (.5 ppr) Lance Moore or Santana Moss.

      I am stacked at WR (Wallace, Nicks, S Smith(car), Stevie J, and one of the above, but very thin at RB (Moreno is my only backup to Rice and Mathews.) I have been trying to work trades hard but my league is scared to deal and I don’t get emails back from anyone.

      Want to target Daniel Thomas for depth as he is still available, but hate dropping either of those guys, but I think I have to with Byes approaching.

      • Brandon 9:07 pm on September 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yeah it’d be worth dropping either of them for Daniel Thomas to beef up your running back depth. I guess I’d drop Lance Moore, as he’s less consistent and once Marques Colston is back could lose some looks. Santana Moss has been the definition of consistency so far this year and there’s no reason to think he’ll fall off.

  • 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…

  • Brandon 10:20 am on November 4, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 10, 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; 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.

    Sage Rosenfels, QB, Texans (1.3% owned, Instant Starter) – It looks like starter Matt Schaub will be out for at least a month, so if you were counting on him to lead you to the fantasy football playoffs, you might want to rethink your strategy. Rosenfels will fill in for Schaub in the meantime and while he’s prone to turn the ball over every once in a while, he’ll still put up decent fantasy stats for your team in this pass-happy offense.

    Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs (8.6% owned, Grab ‘n’ Stash) – With Larry Johnson already out, the Chiefs also lost backup Kolby Smith for the season with a knee injury. This means that Mr. Charles and his 106 yard effort on Sunday will be the starter for the rest of the season (or until he also gets hurt.) He still plays for the Chiefs though, so I wouldn’t be too eager to jam him into your lineup right away! (More …)

     
    • kj 12:05 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      How about Culpepper for owners hard up for a QB? He may start this week with Orlovsky getting hurt and his big arm and Calvin Johnson could create some big plays.

      http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081104/SPORTS0101/811040350/1004

    • Brandon 12:08 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I thought about putting Culpepper on this list, but he’s been out of the game for a while and we’re not even sure he’s starting at this point. If you’re in a deep league, you could consider him, but otherwise I’d let him play a game or two first…

    • Michael 4:53 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Do you see any value in Brandon Lloyd?

    • Shirley 6:43 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Flacco and Edwards are still available in my league. I already have Flacco lined up on my waiver list. Should I go with one of the QBs listed above instead? I also have Romo sitting on my team so I pretty much just need a QB for a week or two. I had Orton who was doing splendidly until his injury on Sunday.

    • Brandon 10:09 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Michael: Brandon Lloyd makes an worth-while pick up if you have room to spare on your bench. You’re going to want to see what form he is in when he returns to the field before plugging him into your lineup, especially with Rex Grossman at the helm. At best, he’ll become a decent WR3 play towards the end of the season and into the fantasy playoffs.

    • Brandon 10:16 am on November 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Shirley: Because of the fact that you just need a quarterback for a week or two, I don’t think it makes sense to pick up a “project” like Brady Quinn. However, I’d go for Sage Rosenfels before Joe Flacco or Trent Edwards. Rosenfels picks up a pretty solid passing game and should be the quarterback long enough (Shaub will be out for about a month most likely) to pick up the slack until Romo returns to form.

  • Brandon 10:55 am on October 28, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 9, 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; 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.

    Nate Washington, WR, Steelers (6.6% owned, Desperation Pickup) – While his reception totals for each game this year aren’t all that consistent, Washington still manages to get some solid yardage and has been adding touchdowns to that as of late. I can’t recommend you start him on a weekly basis, but if you’re in a bind and it looks like a good matchup, you might consider him at the WR3 or flex position.

    Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, Dolphins (19.6% owned, Instant Starter) – Obviously you shouldn’t count on an other-worldly 175 yard performance from Ginn each week, but besides a bogus game in week 6, Ted Jr. has been pretty decent this year in his rookie season. He gets to play the lowly Broncos defense this week as well, making him even more appealing. (More …)

     
    • Fantasy Football Calculator 12:58 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What numbers do you think Avery will continue to put up? I agree he’s a great free agent pickup, but I’m still skeptical about his consistency. He’s had a lot of bad weeks so far, and he seems hard to predict.

      Good list of pickups. I didn’t realize that Bulger was owned in less than 50% of leagues.

    • Brandon 1:41 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have to imagine that Avery will continue to put up WR2 style stats. I was watching the game on Sunday (for the Patriots of course) and it looks like Bulger is really keyed on looking to Avery once he sees that Torry Holt is double covered. With Steven Jackson out, the team went to the passing game a bit more than usually probably, but Avery will still see a good amount of looks per game. He’s probably a 60-80 yard a week kind of guy and he’ll break a few for a touchdown here and there. His bad weeks were only really the first few games of the season, which as a rookie, seems pretty understandable. He had to work his way up the depth chart and now that he’s a starter, I don’t see him falling back down anytime soon.

    • Tim 2:33 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Who is the better pass catcher out of the backfield – Pierre Thomas or Stecker? Any RB in the Saints offense should be serviceable as a flex option, but what’s the chances of a time share being established?

    • Brandon 2:43 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You’re probably right about the time share between Stecker and Thomas, but at this point it looks like Thomas would get the most carries though as he’s already seen a lot more action this year than Stecker. When he plays, Stecker is used a lot in the passing game and he could be used as the third down back, but Thomas can also catch passes so we’ll see. If you’re looking for a guy to start this weekend as your RB2 or flex spot though, go with Thomas, as he’s the safer bet to produce.

    • Tim 11:19 am on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the solid free agents list each week- I use this list with more confidence than the other FF “experts” out there at the bigger sites like ESPN and Yahoo.

      One thing to point out though – Ten Ginn Jr. was a rook last year, so this is his 2nd year. I’m not a fan of him this year, but I think he makes the “3rd yr WR jump” next year and establishes himself as a top tiered WR.

    • Brandon 11:33 am on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the props on the list! I agree that Ginn will be a great candidate for a big third year…as long as he has a good quarterback throwing him the ball. If the team keeps Pennington as the starter and doesn’t go back to some young guy to groom for the future, then he’ll be alright, otherwise I think he’ll be in for a long third year in the league.

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