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  • Matt 9:32 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink
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    By the way, if you’re currently a Tim Hightower owner in distress over the re-emergence of Ryan Torain, I don’t want to say I told you so, but…

     
    • Chris 10:08 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      So what are your guys’ thoughts on Torain? I’m a Hightower owner and we bid on Free Agents. I’m thinking I have to go with a large bid on him just to protect myself.

      • Matt 10:38 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        If Torain can stay healthy he’s easily the most talented guy in the Redskins backfield, and given that Shanahan is capable of working wonders with even middling RB talent (true fact: Reuben Droughns currently coaches a football team in Serbia), he could be in line for a big season.

    • Brandon 10:12 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Interestingly enough, I posted just last week on Twitter how I wish I had drafted Hightower in any of my leagues. Now I’m glad I didn’t! How the turntables have…turned.

    • AtlantaJJ 10:16 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I had to fish Helu off the WW now I have to get Torain because I’m stuck with Hightower. Never again will I draft a Redskins RB. Rookie mistake!! gah!

      • Brandon 10:50 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Shanahan and his running back carousel!

        • Matt 11:39 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Remember back when we started this blog, we had something in the header about how Shanahan was the devil incarnate?

    • Anthony 10:57 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      David Nelson or Preston Parker ???

  • 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 8:19 pm on November 10, 2008 Permalink
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    Week 10 Wrap-up: Keepin' up with the Jones' 

    What a week 10, huh? The Jets and Ravens break the 40 point mark, Brady Quinn makes his big debut…and the Bills drop from first to last in the AFC East! The biggest achievements of the week though by far came from some of the league’s running backs, primarily Thomas Jones of the Jets, and Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jaguars, who both had three touchdown games. In addition to the Jones’, I think an honorable mention is also deserving of Adrian “All Day” Peterson, who broke the 200 yards from scrimmage mark in the Vikings exciting, last minute victory over the Packers. (By the way, all three running backs were on the Hit list this week!) Anyways, let’s jump into the action that took place in week 10…

    • New York Jets 47, St. Louis 3: While I predicted a solid game from Thomas Jones, I was not prepared for what transpired Sunday afternoon when he dominated the Rams defense to the tune of 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns. What’s nearly as amazing as T-Jones’ performance was the fact that Brett Favre, Laveranues Coles nor Jericho Cotchery really contributed much of anything to this slaughter. Rookie tight end Dustin Keller had the biggest game of his short career with 107 yards receiving and a score, but the player who paid off the most for fantasy managers (besides Jones) was kicker Jay Feely, who had five extra points and four field goals, which equated to 21+ fantasy points in most leagues.
    • Jacksonville 38, Detroit 14: My question is how many people started Maurice Jones-Drew this week? MJD has been extremely frustrating to own in fantasy football this season and has really only been worth playing three out of nine weeks the Jaguars have had a game so far (week 3, 6, 10…every third game actually…do I sense a big game in week 13 against the Texans?) So when he goes for 91 combined yards and three touchdowns, how many of you were screaming in joy? And how many in regret? In other news, Lions rookie running back Kevin Smith had a solid game with over 90 rushing yards and a score and is becoming a guy you can feel semi-confident starting as a RB2 or flex play against mediocre or worse defenses. Also, what is going on with Detroit’s quarterback situation? Nevermind…I just remembered that I don’t care.   (More …)
     
  • 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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