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  • Brandon 3:00 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink
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    Just a note, I’ll be away this weekend running the Maine Marathon (my first marathon!) so after tonight, I won’t be in a position to offer any of my amazing fantasy football advice! I know it’s heartbreaking, but hopefully Matt (along with the other readers) can hold down the fort and lead everyone to a week 4 victory. Good luck in advance!

    By the way, if any of our readers also run, check out my personal blog TheRunningBran.com and we can talk running…like how many fantasy points I score for finishing the marathon 🙂

    • Nick 7:32 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      good luck man. marathons are no joke. a good friend has1 coming up in october. hopefully the maine marathon will be relatively flat & fast

  • Brandon 4:10 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink
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    Cedric Benson vs Matt Forte: What have you done for me lately? 

    Remember when Cedric Benson was the Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears? He was a running back that everyone had given up on and we all chuckled when he was signed by the Bengals. He then proceeded to put up very average numbers over the 2008-09 season for the Bengals, finishing with 747 yards (3.5 ypc) and two scores. That same year, the new kid on the block in Chicago, replacing Benson, rushed for 1,238 yards (3.9 ypc) and eight touchdowns to become the next up-and-coming fantasy football star. That kid was Matt Forte out of Tulane University.

    Fast forward to the 2009-10 season, where the roles were reversed. Forte hit a sophomore slump, finishing with under 1,000 yards and only four touchdowns, while Benson barreled his way to 1,251 yards (with a solid 4.2 ypc) and six scores.

    Now, as we all prepare for the 2010-11 fantasy football season, it seems that no one cares about either of these players beyond one season ago. Just a few notes on the two players…

    • Cedric Benson has never played a full 16 game season.
    • Matt Forte has never NOT played a full 16 game season.

    • Cedric Benson has 37 receptions, 296 receiving yards and 0 receiving touchdowns over the past two years.
    • Matt Forte has 120 receptions, 948 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns over the past two years.

    • Cedric Benson has had four “average” seasons as an NFL running back.
    • Matt Forte has had one “average” season as an NFL running back (sophomore slump?)

    I just find it odd at how these two players are looked at going into this season. Someone feel free to change my mind if you want/can. Until then, I’m hoping to snag Forte as a sneaky, mid-round pick in my league drafts.

    Update: Just found a blog that shares my pseudo-optimism in Matt Forte this year. In his post Don’t Nap on these 10 SLEEPERS!, John Charles of Fantasy-Football-First.com writes about Matt Forte:

    Analysis: This time last year some were making the debate that Forte was worthy of the # 1 pick. He had a disappointing season in which he finished #18 for fantasy running backs. He averaged 10.2 points a game. Would you take 10 points a week out of your RB2 position? I would. I think he improves on that a bit this year and could average 12 points a game which should put him in the top 15.

    Strategy: Fantasy football owners have a short term memory so the thought of Forte being a first round bust last year will be fresh in their minds. Mock Drafts have him going in the 4th-6th round and being the 21st running back selected. I am targeting a 4th round steal and it might be hard to pass him up in the 3rd round.

    • Tommy 12:52 pm on August 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What do you guys think of this mock draft?

      Your Team
      1. Rashard Mendenhall (Pit – RB)
      2. Ryan Mathews (SD – RB)
      3. Tony Romo (Dal – QB)
      4. Chad Ochocinco (Cin – WR)
      5. Hakeem Nicks (NYG – WR)
      6. Vernon Davis (SF – TE)
      7. Jeremy Maclin (Phi – WR)
      8. Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG – RB)
      9. Baltimore (Bal – DEF)
      10. Nate Kaeding (SD – K)
      11. Devin Aromashodu (Chi – WR)
      12. Donovan McNabb (Was – QB)
      13. Braylon Edwards (NYJ – WR)
      14. Clinton Portis (Was – RB)
      15. Donald Brown (Ind – RB)

      • Tommy 12:52 pm on August 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I had the 9th pick out of 10 btw.

      • Brandon 9:53 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hmmm, you’re pretty stacked at running back and Romo and V.Davis should hold down the QB and TE positions, but at wide receiver it’s a little scary. Ochocinco is risky as your WR1 and Nicks/Maclin are both a little risky to round out the crew. Braylon Edwards as a backup might make up for it though. I wouldn’t be too disappointed though if this was my team in an actual league. There will always be free agents after the first week or two to pick up to solidify the WR position.

    • Archie 10:59 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello guys, u helped me to great success last year. I am in a keeper league and am approaching the deadline to let some players go. Which two should I keep from Fitzgerald, Greg Jennings, Ochocinco, Jamaal Charles and Deangelo Williams. Thanks

    • Archie 11:03 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Also there is an 8 person draft with reverse order in the second round. Where is the best place to pick in the first round?

      • Brandon 11:49 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        In an 8 person draft, I’d say the best spot is at the front of the draft, probably 1-4. This would ensure you get one of the big names as your RB1, along with a solid 2nd and 3rd pick, which isn’t all that far away. In a 12 team league, the first pick is dangerous because of all the talent gets drafted between your 1st and 2nd pick.

  • Brandon 10:13 pm on September 7, 2009 Permalink
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    • Hopefully managers who drafted Pierre Thomas to be one of their starting running backs had a Plan B for at least week one, as he now has a laceration that required stitches in addition to the knee injury that he’s been suffering from for the past few weeks. Even if he plays, it might not be at the level you are expecting from one of your top draft picks. If he doesn’t play, expect a lot more work for backup Mike Bell and Reggie Bush.
    • While the running back committee in Tampa Bay is sure to cause headaches for fantasy team managers all season, the latest update is that Cadillac Williams, not Derrick Ward, has been named the team’s starter. Pretty amazing stuff considering the injury he is returning from, but apparently they will still rotate all three running backs (Earnest Graham being the other) all season, so good guess on who to start if you have one of these guys on your team.
    • Ken 8:02 am on September 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got Pierre Thomas, Ronnie Brown, Jamal Lewis, and Mike Bell (insurance). Should I wait and see and start Bell if Thomas does not play? I can’t see playing Jamal against Minnesota this week.

      • Brandon 10:03 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ken, it’s looking more and more like Pierre Thomas is going to be a game time decision unfortunately, but due to his lingering injury troubles, I’m sure Mike Bell will get at least some of the carries, so he might be worth the risk. If Thomas is ruled out, then by all means start Bell. Early in the year though Jamal Lewis is going to get plenty of carries while the team decides how much to mix in backup James Davis, so it might not be the end of the world if you have to start him and hope that he can break at least one long run or score a touchdown.

      • Brandon 1:11 pm on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        By the way Ken, we might not always catch these questions when asked as comments on posts, but if you submit them as Ask the Geek questions, we’ll make sure to answer them officially. You can submit the questions here: http://www.ffgeekblog.com/contact/

  • Brandon 5:26 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , kevin jones, running backs   

    Forget about handcuffing Bears backup tailback Kevin Jones to their starter, Matt Forte. Jones is out for the season after suffering a torn ligament in his ankle. At this point it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to draft any running back on the Bears other than Forte, so use your extra draft pick on someone like James Davis or Glenn Coffee.

  • Brandon 12:24 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink
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    Yahoo's Charles Robinson writes a pretty interesting article about the top rush… 

    Yahoo’s Charles Robinson writes a pretty interesting article about the top rushing tandems in the NFL, although I’m not sure I agree with them all (such as Chris Brown and LenDale White being the third best…I’d put them at 1b or 2 at worst.) Not sure how much fantasy football help it provides, other than to identify key handcuffs to your running backs, but it’s pretty good nonetheless.

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