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  • Brandon 2:23 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink
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    The FFGeekBlog.com Bowl 

    In the keeper league that Matt and I are in (which happens to be our most important league at this point) we’ve finally crossed paths in the semi-finals. It’s gearing up for quite the bloodbath! We would also be playing in our B-League semi-finals if someone (cough*Matt*cough) hadn’t been eliminated in the first round. Anyways, I just wanted to post the match-up and add a poll to see who our readers favored. Hopefully it’s me!

    UPDATE: I’ve now updated the match-up with the most recent rosters, including a new defense so everyone can stop laughing about it! Here’s the old match-up if you want to look at it.

    ffgeekblog.com bowl 2010

    Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
    • Matt 3:00 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My receivers absolutely terrify me. All three are capable of 30-point explosions or goose eggs.

      • Brandon 3:11 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m worried that Bowe has had two quiet weeks in a row, but I’m pretty happy that Floyd and D-Jax got big games out of the way the week before playing me. Let’s hope any of that means anything though!

        • Matt 3:22 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          A couple Vick -> DJax strikes and I’ll feel a whole lot better.

    • Brandon 3:09 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      By the way, there is NO WAY I’m starting the Denver defense this week. Somehow Yahoo has them scoring 7.8 points though, which seems insane…

    • Matt 3:48 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s my attempt to break this one down as objectively as I can…

      QB: Kitna’s fine, especially given the matchup, but Vick is the clear winner here both in terms of average points per game and capability for a monster game.

      RB: Sounds crazy, but it’s no contest – fantasy-wise, Ray Rice and Chris Johnson just haven’t been as strong as Peyton Hillis and Knowshon Moreno, and there’s little reason to think that will change this week. Over the past five weeks, Hillis and Moreno are both top-5 backs, while Johnson and Rice are 14 and 19 respectively. The difference is even greater if you look at an average of the past three weeks. And the matchups are slightly better this week for my duo.

      WR: I’m starting to sound a little partisan here, but I’m not trying to be… There’s just so much big-play potential in my WR corps that it’s hard to pick against it. Brandon’s receivers are solid but the ceiling is a tad low.

      TE: Hernandez is by far the better start here. Drafting Shiancoe in most of my leagues really hurt me this year.

      Flex: If there’s one player on Brandon’s team that scares me, it’s McFadden. Mathews should be decent this week, but I don’t have huge expectations given that he’s part of a timeshare and is still being used carefully. McFadden’s taking on the same team he scored 4 TDs against in week 7. Gulp.

      K/DST: Meh, who cares.

      Prediction: McFadden tees off on the Broncos again, which balances out my modest advantage across the QB/RB/WR positions. This one’s too close to call.

      • Brandon 3:56 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        If you look at last week’s scoring though for RB’s, I got #1, #4 and #20, while you have #9, #18, and #21. What have you done for me lately?!

        (I’m hoping this matters.)

    • Adam 3:50 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon – are you really going to play Denver’s defense? I tried that this past week against Arizona, and got killed. There’s gotta be another DEF available…almost any other DEF.

      • Adam 3:51 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, sorry….I see your comment now. OK.

        • Brandon 3:53 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Hah, apparently Matt didn’t see my comment either as he thinks I’ll allow McFadden to tee off against my own defense!

    • solomon_adams 8:19 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      For user requested list… please add: Miles Austin, Dwayne Bowe, Hines Ward, Greg Jennings, Brandon Lloyd, Antonio Gates, Owen Daniels, Dallas D/ST, Minnesota D/ST, St. Louis D/ST (i’m screwed defense wise as you can see) Thanks! Keep up the good work.

    • Hawgman 9:01 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Straight across match-ups –
      QB – Kitna vs Vick – Vick dominates.
      WR1 – Mike Wallace vs DeDiva Jackson – Just a couple of speedsters out having fun. Right now, Jackson has a better QB throwing to him, so he wins this one.
      WR2 – TO vs D-Bowe – Both have been hot this season, but Bowe just mailed in a couple of policeman’s friends. If Cassel plays, I would rather have Bowe. Otherwise (as much as I hate to say this, not a big fan) To should have the better day this weekend.
      WR3 – Boldin vs Floyd – It seems like Boldin just can’t get much going and Rivers can throw to ANYBODY. I like Boldin, but I would start Floyd first.
      RB1 – Rice vs Hillis – If not for a case of the dropsies, this would be a no brainer. Toss-up with a slight edge to Rice.
      RB2 – CJ28 vs No-Show Moreno – It is not in me to pick against CJ.
      TE – Hernandez vs Watson – Since Hernandez is in a platoon situation, he is very hit or miss. I am picking Watson.
      Flex – D-Mac vs Mathews – Really no contest here. D-Mac all the way!
      K – Eh…
      D/ST – Donkeys vs Static – I have to believe that someone that writes this blog and advises other on who to start and who to sit will actually play what the Broncos are putting on the field and calling a “Defense”. SD is very stout, so unless Brandon has the Steelers on his bench, gotta go with the Bolts.

      Looks like 6 out of 9 positions go Matt’s way, but CJ and D-Mac are going to be very hard to beat. I like Brandon in this one (as long as he has a different D/ST that is).

      • Brandon 9:19 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Got Cleveland in there now against a turnover-prone Bengals offense. Hopefully it makes just enough of a difference!

        • Hawgman 10:13 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          That’s better. I still think that the SD D/ST will do better, but my high school team could do better than the Broncos did last week.

          • Brandon 10:14 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Yeah I agree on SD being better than Cleveland, but I just had to get the Broncos away from my team before they jinxed it!

        • Hawgman 10:17 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I like the Owen Daniels move too.

          • Brandon 10:24 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Yeah, as a Patriots fan it’s hard for me to bench Hernandez, but the guy only produces in about 1 of 3/4 games these days. I figure Daniels will be a big target for Schaub down the stretch.

        • Hawgman 10:31 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Don’t get me wrong, I think Hernandez is a better player, but he is part of a crew, not the lone shining light (like a Vernon Davis or a Jason Witten). Couple that with the Hoodie and you have skill players that are just too damn unpredictable to trust a playoff game to.
          I have Welker and Woodhead on my team. I go back and forth every week trying to decide which one to start or if I should start both or neither.
          I like both players and they are on a high flying O, but I hate to be tied to both of them just in case the “flying” goes to the other guys (and NE’s got a BUNCH of them).

    • Brandon 9:22 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m happy that Matt has three guys in the Thursday night game. I need them to put up poor numbers so that Matt will be sad/depressed for a few days leading up to Sunday.

      • Hawgman 10:32 am on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah – It’s always nice to see what you’re up against.

      • Matt 2:56 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It’s just my WR3, Flex, and DST, so unless it’s three goose eggs I’ll still be feeling OK even if they’re kinda bleh. If they blow up, however, you’re already in a deep hole…

        • Brandon 10:17 am on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Nervous yet?

          • Matt 10:25 am on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Not particularly. I’ll be nervous at 4:15pm on Sunday, though.

        • Brandon 3:49 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’m praying Malcom Floyd doesn’t play tonight…

          • Matt 3:54 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            My other options: Breaston, Sims-Walker and Earl Bennett. He better get in there or I’m showing up at his door with a bill for fantasy wages lost.

          • Matt 3:57 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Thing is, the Chargers are in the perfect position as far as I’m concerned – fighting for their playoff lives. If Floyd can go, he will – their season might depend on it.

          • Brandon 8:44 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Malcom Floyd is fighting for his hamstring’s life apparently. Happy to see that!

          • Brandon 8:45 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Also, let’s go Mike Tolbert!

  • Brandon 8:39 am on December 7, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: playoffs   

    Fantasy football playoffs are here! 

    Earned a bye in one league with a second place finish and ended up in third place in my two other leagues. Looking for this to be my most successful fantasy football season of all time if I can finally put together some decent performances in the playoffs!

    • Corey 9:10 am on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got a dilemma with my RBs for playoffs week 1. I can start two out of Ray Rice, Mendenhall, and Blount….which two do you like this week?

      • Brandon 2:53 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll make sure to add these guys to the rankings once I get them up tomorrow

    • Corey 3:12 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you also add to your WRs: Santonio Holmes, Pierre Garcon, Mike Wallace, Malcom Floyd, and Sidney Rice?

    • Larry 10:31 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I missed the playoffs in my league. Actually I came in last in my ESPN fantasy league. I used most of your weekly advice but I don’t blame you for my team coming in last.

      • Brandon 12:09 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry to hear that. Was that your only team? Hopefully next year you’ll have better luck, which, in the end, is probably the most important part of fantasy football besides the basics, as much as a lot of the “experts” out there want to disagree.

    • ceejay 5:02 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      2nd place bye here

      • Brandon 11:26 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        The only negative to a bye is watching your players (potentially) blow up during a meaningless week. Of course, it also feels good if they all have bad games and you figure they’re saving up the good stuff for your first playoff game!

    • Hawgman 8:28 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My Venomous Ducks finished 2nd in my division with a 7-6 record. Just a few weeks ago I was hoping for the 1st round bye, but I just could not make it happen.
      I split with my 1st round opponent, so bragging rights are on the line also.
      But now it is playoff time!! Win or go home!!

      Good luck to all!

  • Brandon 11:08 am on November 23, 2010 Permalink
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    Clinched the playoffs in my first (and most important league) this past weekend. Only 2 more to go! How’s everyone else looking?

    • Tanner 11:10 am on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Clinched playoffs this week, and I have a one-game lead over 2nd and 3rd place. I also have about twenty points lead over second place. (It also helps that I have the fewest points against in the league…something I wish I could take credit for).

      Thanks for all the advice!

      • Brandon 11:53 am on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You can take credit for being such an intimidating team and scaring your opponents players? Or just take credit for being luckier than everyone else, hah

    • Squish 6:46 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I started the year off horribly but have recovered nicely. I was only .500 in my 5 fleaflicker leagues but a combined 19 game win streak has seen my teams vault into much better positions.

      Yahoo is really hit or miss. My keeper league is dead last in the league despite scoring the 3rd most points. Then again drafting Floyd, Matthews, Pierre Thomas, and Forsett will do that to a team. In my money league however, I’m in a 5 way tie for second place at 7-4 and there are only 4 playoff spots! Luckily, I have a large edge in points scored and my schedule is easy from here on out. To make things better I snatched Sidney Rice off of waivers this week after the guy owning him dropped him when it was reported he wouldn’t play this year!

      Rapiddraft is hit or miss too. All of my teams are top 5in their leagues but only 1 is winning the league. My best team is top 800 with a few more in the top 3000. My best team placed 12th in scoring last week and I like my chances with it. I’m hoping to pull down some cash.

      Yahoo salary cap which moved to facebook is going very well as my team stands at #457 (Top 0.8%). Hopefully I can keep it up!

      Add to that a 200% profit on centsports betting on the season and the fact that I’m destroying in every league I play in with my friends and I’m having a good year! It’s not last year but .650 and 5-10 titles doesn’t look out of the question!

      • Brandon 10:01 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, you put my 3 real leagues to shame! Maybe if I want to win more, I need to enter more leagues!

        • Squish 3:50 am on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          For sure! It really doesn’t take too much time assuming your leagues have similar scoring systems. I only spent an hour or two setting lineups each week plus another one or two for waiver acquisitions. I found this was only a little more time than I put in each week for 2-3 leagues a year. Ofcourse I don’t have a blog so I actually have some extra time to spare lol.

          I’d love to play in a league with you guys next year if you’re up for it!

    • e-roc 5:23 am on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ugh, my record is a Jacksonville Jaguar-like 6-5 and I’m on life-support for a playoff spot…. This has been my worst fantasy season and I’m stuck with a patchwork team…. My fate has already been determined considering that all of the following players are injured: Vernon Davis, Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith and Austin Collie.

    • Hawgman 5:55 am on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Still working the #2 spot in my division. I haven’t clinched, but I should still make it barring a complete nosedive these last two games.
      I’m in a 10 team, 2 division league. The top three in each division go to the play-offs with the top spot receiving a bye for the first round. So far, I hold the tie breakers, but I need some help to force a tie. The bye would be nice, but making the play-offs is the goal.
      Good luck to all and have a happy & safe Thanksgiving weekend!!

  • Matt 1:32 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink
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    Playoff Fantasy Football Options 

    I’ve never been a huge fan of playoff fantasy football. If real fantasy football is chess, playoff fantasy football is checkers. Or Candyland.

    Nevertheless, sometimes you just aren’t ready to let the fantasy football season die. If that’s you, there are a few sites where you can get your fix. If I’m going to spend any time at all on one of these, there’d better be a decent payoff that I can pretend I might win, so I’ve listed the prizes for each here. (More …)

    • e-roc 2:56 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      @matt – I could use some Geek-insight at WR this week… Please help me pick three from the following:

      a) D. Aromashodu (@DET)
      b) D. Bowe (@DEN)
      c) H. Nicks (@MIN)
      d) J. Gaffney (v. KC)

      I just don’t want to end up picking a dud….

      • Matt 1:17 am on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Will do tomorrow man – sorry but I’m managing two PokerStars tourneys at the same time… 😉 remind me tmrw if I forget.

        • e-roc 8:28 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Welp. The CORRECT answers were (a), (d) and (e) – Other. Fortunately I did start (a) and (d). Patrick Crayton would have been the Other money pick. Not Nicks…

          Also, I was THIS CLOSE from starting McGahee over MJD…..

          At any rate, thank you Geeks for another good season. I retained #2 in the points race (should have finished #2 in the playoffs as well), which pockets me $200…

        • Matt 9:26 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry man, my memory’s about as useful as a hairbrush to Ving Rhames…

    • rob[from kc] 3:31 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I would go with everyone but Bowe. He seems to suffer from the drops just as bad as the other kc grief receivers.

      • e-roc 8:00 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. He actually had a decent game last week against a solid Cincy DEF….

        • rob[from kc] 10:56 am on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          yes This is true but it is amazing what no practice can do for the chief’s receivers. We fans here in kc learned many years ago to never allow a chief to be in the position of making you or breaking you. You have been warned. lol good luck

      • e-roc 8:31 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Didn’t go with Bowe, but it looks like I should have picked up the KC defense!

  • Matt 7:01 pm on December 30, 2008 Permalink
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    Playoff leagues: Keeping the fantasy football season alive to the bitter end 

    I’ve never paid much attention to playoff fantasy leagues. They’re missing just about everything I love about fantasy football – trades, waivers, a three-hour draft that largely determines the team you have to live with for an entire season, and so on. I tried out NFL.com’s playoff challenge a couple of years back, forgot about my team after the first week, and that was pretty much that.

    This year, I’m giving it another shot. The prizes up for grabs on a few websites are pretty enticing, which hopefully will keep me interested enough to remember to set my lineups each week. I’m only going to invest my time in the leagues with the best prizes, which means that SportingNews Playoff Fantasy Football, with a decidedly unexciting top prize of $500, is out. After scoping out the schwag being offered up around the Web, I wound up signing up for teams in three leagues: (More …)

    • ffexchange 2:43 am on January 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve done my own for a while where we set a lineup each week and you can play anyone, but can only play them once. One third fantasy, one third survivor style pool, and one third guessing the games. Its not the same as the real thing, but going cold turkey isn’t easy.

    • frank m 1:41 pm on January 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m playing at ESPN. I’m also doing weekly tournaments at http://www.papersports.com.

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