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  • 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 2:17 pm on September 25, 2008 Permalink
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    Quick notes: Parker and Burress out 

    In case you weren’t already aware, here are a few notes on players that could potentially be in your starting lineup right now…and shouldn’t be:

    • Plaxico Burress, WR, NYG: Burress has been suspended for one game by the Giants after missing a practice and failing to call and let team officials know why.
    • Willie Parker, RB, PIT: Parker has been ruled out of this weekend’s game with a sprained knee, meaning that rookie Rashard Mendenhall will get the first start of his young career. For all of you Mendenhall fans out there though, don’t be so eager to plug him into your lineup unless you don’t have a better option. The Baltimore Ravens are possibly the top defense in the league this season and I don’t see Mendenhall being the guy to change that. (More …)
     
  • Brandon 9:05 am on August 27, 2008 Permalink
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    Power rankings updated: Look at all the pretty colors 

    The FFGeekBlog power rankings have again been adjusted to reflect the current state of the NFL; however, I have to apologize that I didn’t have the new tier color-coding set up earlier in the preseason. Hopefully they can still be helpful for a few of your drafts (I know at least one person to whom it will be helpful to!) If you head over to our power rankings page and check them out, you can see that all of the lists have been broken down into logical tiers that players can be grouped into, showing where drop offs in value are at each position.

    Some of the players on the move in the latest round of updates include Jon Kitna, Michael Turner, Jonathan Stewart, Rashard Mendenhall, Chad Johnson, Robert Meachem, Dustin Keller and the New York Giants defense.

     
  • Brandon 10:55 am on August 25, 2008 Permalink
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    Best of the Rest: Leinart back in the doghouse 

    Continuing my previous article “Rising and Falling: The Barbarian Unleashed!”, here is a list of some of the players who saw the field over the weekend and how their play may or may not have affected their draft status…

    Falling Down

    Matt Leinart (QB-ARI): 4 of 12 for 24 yards, 3 INT –  ESPN is reporting that Kurt Warner will be named the starter for Arizona on opening day after Leinart had another poor outing in preseason. Completing 25% of your passes and nearly having as many interceptions as completions is not the way to earn the coach’s trust. On the plus side, maybe Leinart can spend more time partying with all his celebrity friends now, while Warner studies game tape. At this point, Leinart should be no where near one of your cheat sheets going into draft day. (More …)

     
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