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  • Brandon 10:50 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink
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    User Requested Player Ranks – Week 1 

    With only two days until the beginning of the 2010-11 NFL season, we’ve already received our first request for our annual Sit/Start post for week 1. While I agree that it’s the right time for some sit and start advice, this season FFGeekBlog is going in a slightly different direction in terms of how we distribute this information.

    In the past we’ve limited our sit and start recommendations to a couple players from each position. The reason for this was primarily time constraints, as it would take a long time for us to go through every player in every game and give our thoughts, only to have our readers ignore 75% of those rankings. Because of this I thought up a new idea, where our reader’s Ask the Geeks e-mails and comments contribute dynamically to our rankings for the week.

    As you can see below, I’ve kicked off the week’s rankings with the players on my own fantasy teams. You can automatically determine who to start and sit based on where they show on the ranks. As more questions come in (or simply comments with a couple players names listed) we’ll add them to the rankings as soon as possible. The end result should be a player ranking list for each position, listing only the players that our readers care about for the given week. Maybe we end up with nearly all the players at a certain position listed, but at least it will be at a slower rate and will allow us to think a bit more about each player as we add them to the list.

    Please feel free to start posting your player questions, along with any questions/comments about this new format. Hopefully it goes well and is something we can have going the entire year. For a permalink to the rankings for the week, view the Google Docs spreadsheet here.

     
    • Shane 12:07 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a quick question about Defenses for this week.
      Would you start the Jets D vs. Baltimore on Monday night or Bears D vs. Det?

      Also where does MJD fall into your rankings?

    • TJ 3:16 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering how you’d rank these guys: Non PPR, I’ve got them as follows:

      RB (need 2)
      Rice vs Jets
      A Foster vs IND
      R Grant vs PHI
      Best vs CHI
      – can’t sit Rice, but he could have a bad day…

      WR (need 2)
      R White vs PIT
      M Floyd vs KC
      J Knox vs DET
      Garcon vs HOU

      WR FA pickup – I have room to pick up one more, from:
      – Gaffney, Jacoby Jones, L Robinson, Massaquoi, any Mike Williams

      D/ST:
      NE, ATL , ARI, CAR (Have NE now, ATL or ARI look good vs PIT & STL this week)

      Thanks.

      • TJ 3:22 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I also have LT at RB, near the bottom of that group

      • Brandon 8:54 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added them to the rankings. As for your free agent WR pickup, I’d go with Jacoby Jones to start the season. People are loving Jabar Gaffney for some reason this year, but I’m not as high on him. Massaquoi could become a solid WR3 if he can find some consistency with Jake Delhomme, but Jones has the most upside to start the year.

      • Todd 11:04 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Brandon Marshall VS Buffalo?
        Larry Fitz VS St Louis

    • Chris 10:31 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      PPR need 2 – JStew, Moreno, or RBush

      Thanks.

      • Brandon 10:42 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added Moreno and Stewart to the list. Go with Bush (healthiest and best for PPR) and Stewart, who seems to be healthier than Moreno at this point and is a better running back to begin with.

    • Fit 10:47 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey,

      Here is my roster, I had 12th pick in a 12 man draft, so I wasnt looking forward to it, but thought it turned out alright, especially with how I’ll improve a lot after week 4 with Holmes and Big Ben. Will prob use one of my quarterbacks as trade bait at that point to upgrade at some other position. I only really have a few questions though for week one ranks at WR, RB and D/ST.

      QB Brees vs MIN
      WR Ocho @ NE
      WR Ward vs ATL
      WR Garcon @ HOU
      RB Grant @ PHI
      RB Best @ CHI
      TE Olsen vs DET
      K Gould vs DET
      DEF CIN @ NE

      BENCH
      RB Forte vs DET
      QB Roeth N/A
      WR Holmes N/A
      RB L.T. vs BAL
      WR R. WIlliams @ WAS
      TE Shockey vs MIN

      I feel like Forte may be a safer bet for week one than Best. Your thoughts? Just curious to see your week 1 placement for Ocho, Ward, Garcon and Williams, though I’ll probably keep it as is, unless I find that the colts wont play Garcon in week one. (heard of possible light injury, nothing serious) and also I have CIN at D, but I realize they are playing at NE week 1 but feel they will do well over the course of the season. Both TEN and ARI are still available in my league for week one. Is it safe to drop CIN, and be able to pick them back up later?

      FINAL NOTE: V. Jackson is still available in my league. Should I drop Williams and pick him up? or wait a couple weeks to see how Jackson’s situation goes. I know its a risk, but it could still give great rewards after Jackson comes back…

      Sorry for the long post. Would be greatful to hear your thoughts!!!

      • Brandon 2:33 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added the rest of your guys to the list. Sorry for the delay, but your long post scared me 🙂 Anyways, go with Forte over Best in at least week one. I have a good feeling about Forte this year.

        As for your receivers, stick with Ochocinco, Ward and Garcon. For defense, you may as well stick with the Bengals if you don’t like picking up and dropping every week. I don’t like their matchup this week though!

        As for V-Jax, I’d give him a week or so to see what is going on. You might need Roy Williams to fill a hole in your roster in the first few weeks and Jackson won’t be able to do that (same with Holmes.) Good luck!

    • The Don 11:14 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sean Brestion vs Braylon edwards vs Jabar Gafeny
      WHO DO I TAKE OF FANTASY GODS

      • Matt 1:21 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Who the hell is Sean Brestion? I’m going to guess you meant Steve Breaston – between him, Edwards and Gaffney I’d go with Gaffney, who’s the #1 guy in Denver and has a nice matchup with the Jaguars.

      • Brandon 1:35 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added them to the rankings…take a look!

    • Tanner 11:38 am on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to see Ryan Matthews on the RB list…I’ve got to make a call between him and Arian Foster for my #2 slot.

      • Matt 1:26 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I like Foster this week – my main concern with Mathews is whether he’s going to get any share of the goal-line action, so given that you have a comparable option without the same concerns, I’d go with Foster instead.

      • Brandon 1:35 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added Mathews to the list!

      • Tanner 1:36 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you both for your reply!

    • Adam 1:36 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Lots of ? Cedric Benson or Jerome Harrison? Johnny Knox or Jabar Gaffney?

    • Mike 2:12 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      First: wow, you’re putting Bush ahead of Benson? Those are 2 of my players, so I have to think about that one. What is the specific reasoning?

      Also, please add:
      – DeAngelo Williams
      – Ronnie Brown
      – CJ Spiller (and Fred Jackson)

      – Hines Ward
      – Devin Hester

      Thanks in advance! It’s a PPR league, with 2 (RB), 2 (WR), 1 (RB/WR), 1 (WR/TE), K, DEF, QB. I will start Brady (QB), Fitzgerald (WR) and Clark (WR/TE) for sure. Right now I have Benson, De-Angelo, and Ronnie Brown also starting, as well as Hines Ward, and Pats defense.

      • Brandon 2:32 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        My bad on Benson, he’s been adjusted slightly. The reason why he’s lower than you might think though is based on A) the Patriots pretty solid run defense from last season (only allowed 6 rushing touchdowns) and B) the fact that I think the Bengals will be passing all day long on a VERY young and inexperienced New England secondary. Reggie Bush has looked great in the preseason and I expect big things out of him this season. However, running against the Vikings defense will be a little tougher than my original rankings may have led on.

        I’ll add the other players shortly!

    • Angel 3:21 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Pierre Thomas or LeSean McCoy?

    • Hatch 3:34 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Minn D @ NO or Mia D @ Buff?? and where do you put Miles Austin in on your WR ranks for the week
      ??

    • Chris 7:46 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you add Eli Manning to the list? (Its between him and Stafford).

      Also WR’s (non PPR) are Randy Moss, Terrel Owens, Gregg Jennings, Pierre Garcon, and Mike Williams (TB). Need 3. I’m leaning towards Moss, Jennings and GArcon.

      RB’s are Matthews, Moreno, and Foster…I’m leaning towards Mathews and Foster, which is what you above list shows.

      12 Team League.

      • Brandon 10:27 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added them to the list. It’s close between Garcon and T.O., but I’ll give Garcon the benefit of the doubt because of his quarterback and the fact that we really have no idea how Owens will fit into the offense to start the year.

    • Mike Ditka 8:50 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you add Sims-Walker, Harvin to the list. Thanks

    • Tempest 9:55 pm on September 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Newbie here.

      RBs – What about Marion Barber, Steven Jackson, Matt Forte?

      For my WR I’m thinking of playing Braylon Edwards instead of Robert Meachum. Wise decision?

    • Steve 1:07 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      which one of these four RBs should I bench?

      LeSean McCoy
      Joseph Addai
      Shonn Greene
      Jahvid Best

      • Brandon 10:02 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Updated the list. I have Jahvid Best as the odd man out, only because he’s a complete wild card and you really have no clue what to expect out of him in week 1.

    • Jones 5:14 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Does this mean no more start/sit?

      • Jones 5:15 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m going to sit my reading comprehension this week.

      • Brandon 10:16 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, nope, this is the new Sit/Start. If you want a better explanation for a certain ranking or two, just leave a comment and I can elaborate. Otherwise, I was just trying to cut down on extraneous work and focusing on the information that our readers want.

    • B.T. 11:21 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Michael Turner?

    • Nero 12:43 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got:

      RB Steven Jackson
      RB LeSean McCoy
      RB Ronnie Brown
      RB Ricky Williams

      I need to start 3 of these guys (2 RB positions and one Flex) – who would you start? I’m seriously contemplating starting Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, as well as Steven Jackson of course, meaning McCoy is relegated to the bench – would you say that is a good move?

      • Brandon 2:09 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        At least for week one I have to recommend you start Jackson, Brown and McCoy. I assume you drafted McCoy ahead of Williams because you thought he’d have a better season, so why change your mind before the first game? I’m not usually a fan of starting two players at the same position on the same team in the same week unless there’s a REALLY good match-up, but it’s hard to tell at this point that that is the case. Good luck!

    • Alphadog 12:46 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Where does Portis rank this week? Also, for the year, you think Portis of old or just plain old?

      Also for PPR WR3 Nanee, D. Mason, or Bess?

      • Brandon 2:05 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added Portis to the list, so take a look. As for the rest of the season, I doubt you’ll see the Clinton Portis from his prime. Expect 70-90 yards and maybe a touchdown every third game or so, but anything more would be pushing it. Larry Johnson will cut into his carries as they try to keep him healthy for the entire year.

        I’ve also added Mason to the ranks and I have him right above Naanee, so go with him until you know what you’re getting out of Legedu.

    • Nero 12:47 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      in my other league I’m contemplating a couple of players:

      I have to start 2 WR, 2 RB, and one Flex (WR/RB/TE) – this was a 14-team league, hence the players you will see:

      WR Anquan Boldin
      WR Robert Meachem
      WR Mike Williams (SEA)
      RB Jamaal Charles
      RB C.J. Spiller
      RB Jerome Harrison
      TE Vernon Davis

      So, for my WRs, I’m currently starting Boldin (of course) and Meachem – so it’s between Meachem and Williams (SEA), so I think Meachem is gonna have a better day – do you agree?

      For my RBs, I’ve got Jamaal Charles, C.J. Spiller in – and now the question, for the flex, whom should I start? Vernon Davis or Jerome Harrison?

      • Brandon 2:13 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        To start the season I have to recommend starting Boldin and Meachem at WR until you know exactly what to expect from Mike Williams. Remember, this was a guy who was a failure in Detroit, Oakland and Tennessee…not a great start to his career.

        As for RB and Flex, I’d actually go with Jamaal Charles and Jerome Harrison as your running backs, with Spiller as your flex play. Harrison has a great match-up this week and the odds of those three having big games is probably a bit higher than Vernon Davis’. It’s interesting that you don’t have a pure TE spot though. I can’t imagine a lot of teams are starting a tight end on a consistent basis in your league except Clark/Gates/Finley maybe.

        • Nero 3:15 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Brandon, thanks for the that. You answered both questions to what I already had as my lineup … I have Williams on the bench as well as Davis; since this was a 14-team league, we decided not to have a TE spot and make that part of the Flex, and you are right – most folks aren’t starting a TE and some didn’t even draft one – but I got VD since he almost posted 1000 yards and got 13 TD’s as well; people are starting Clark, Gates, Finley … so I think I’ll keep the 3 RB’s in …

          Thanks.

    • nic 3:20 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      looking for some week 1 advice…non ppr standard league 1QB 2rb 2wr 1rb/wr 1te

      My team
      Qb- Farve
      Qb-Cutler
      Rb- Turner
      Rb- MJD
      RB- Benson
      Rb- forte
      Wr-Jackson
      Wr- Jennings
      Wr- Harvin
      Wr- S. Smith nyg
      Wr- Welker
      Wr- Aromashadu
      Te- clark
      Te- Gonzalez
      k- Akers
      D- Steelers

      Having trouble choosing between my options at wr and rb

      • nic 3:26 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wr- D. Jackson just to clear up

        • bryan 3:32 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          NO LOVE FOR ANTHONY GONZO?

          The guy was on his way to a breakout year and had a bad injury. He seems to be fully recovered, atleast from reports.

        • Brandon 3:35 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          @bryan: too many question marks for Anthony Gonzalez at this point. While he was out with injury, two pretty good players stepped up and filled his spot (Garcon/Collie.) Now Manning needs to figure out who he wants to throw the ball to between those three when Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark aren’t open. Maybe things will sort themselves out early in the year, but my guess is Wayne and Garcon are top WR’s, with Collie and Gonzo sharing WR3 numbers.

      • Brandon 3:31 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added the rest of your guys to the lists. Hopefully it helps!

    • Christy 4:35 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, MN above Chicago on defense when one is playing NO and the other Detroit? I have both defenses and bleed purple, but I’m playing the Bears this week. Hope it pays off.

      • Brandon 4:39 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That was a tough one. Minnesota defense was solid last year, while the Bears defense was nothing to write home about. Plus, I’m thinking the Lions offense has improved a lot this year.

        However, I hate starting players (or DEF) in a Thursday night game. If they end up doing poorly, you’re regretting it for 3 days!

        • Christy 5:03 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yeah. I think part of it is the scarring from the MN/NO playoff last year. The game will be high-stakes enough as it is without relying on MN for my defense score. Still a few hours to change my mind though…

      • Brandon 9:32 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        My wife likes your website with all the cats by the way, hah

    • Reed 5:01 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How about Cotchery Vs Royal? Yes, i am that weak at reciever!

      • Shane 6:41 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oak TE or Min TE?

        • Brandon 10:19 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry I got to this one too late. Did you start Shiancoe or Zach Miller? Shiancoe had a solid game and should be great this year.

        • Shane 1:15 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I Started Shiancoe and i was pleased he got a TD. That was a great drive for him capped off with a stellar catch for the score.

        • Brandon 1:16 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Nice! I obviously would have picked him over Miller 🙂 No, but seriously, I probably would have. I think he’ll be great this year, especially with the apparent trust/lack-of-skill issues at the wide receiver position for the Vikings.

      • Reed 5:33 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        In a PPR league, and I just have a hunch about playing McCluster over F. Jones. Are you completely against that? Also, could you add McCluster to to spreadsheet?

    • Larry 9:34 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Guys, Do you see Gore getting off against Seattle this week. I also would like to tap your brain on which WR/RB to start behind Welker and DeSean Jackson this week. I can choose between Best against Bears, Evans ( Miami ), Nicks ( Carolina), Gaffney ( Jags) or Floyd against ( KC). Love your blog. Thanks

      • Brandon 10:26 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added the rest of your players to the rankings. To answer your question though, I think Gore will be solid against Seattle. No reason to consider benching him. As for your flex position, I’d take the risk on Jahvid Best and see what he can do.

    • SNIKSDER 10:23 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a flex spot and currently have Steve Smith (Carolina) slated to start, but I wonder if I should sit him in favor of either CJ Spiller or Tim Hightower this week.

      • Brandon 10:30 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I know Matt loves Tim Hightower this season and would probably pick him, but I’m leaning towards Steve Smith. Last year with Matt Moore at QB, Smith had some solid games and hopefully this season picks right back up where they left off.

        • SNIKSDER 11:02 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I know, it’s tempting, but my gut says the same thing…Thanks for the sanity check. New to the site, but I’ll be back a lot this season…

    • The Don 11:50 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hows about chris cooley?

    • Christy 3:36 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Who should I play at flex this week? (non-PPR) Malcom Floyd, Jamaal Charles or Santana Moss?

      • Christy 3:40 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        P.S. As of right now the other people I’m playing at RB and WR are Mendenhall, J. Best, R. Moss, and H. Ward.

      • Brandon 3:41 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Go with Jamaal Charles. He’s probably the lowest risk AND highest possible reward. Best of both worlds!

    • Jen 7:52 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      WR – Start 2, standard scoring. DeSean Jackson is a lock. Unsure of who to start as number 2:
      Hines Ward
      Santana Moss
      Lee Evans
      Mohamed Massaquoi

      Typically, I would lean towards Ward, but I’m concerned with Dennis Dixon throwing to him. Same goes for Moss, as I’m concerned McNabb may not be 100%. And the other two are just wild cards. Recommendations?

      • Brandon 9:54 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Stick with Ward. No need to make a judgement on Hines Ward without even seeing how it goes in the first game. Maybe Dixon LOVES Ward and throws at him 20 times or something, hah. Moss, Evans and Massaquoi are too inconsistent to start in the first game without a small sampling of what they’re up to this year.

    • Larry 8:05 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I see you placed Welker on your list pretty high. Do you think he will get enough touches ? He might be a bit slow coming back from the injury. Would you consider hicks, floyd or best viable alternatives ? Rate them on your taste. Thanks.

      • Brandon 9:55 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe he got a small boost because I’m a Pats fan 🙂 But seriously I think he’ll be fine.

    • Larry 8:11 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, you answered this question somewhat earlier. Just was 2nd quessing Welkers effectiveness this week. Would he be a better start then the aforementioned ?

      Again, gracias…

      • Brandon 9:48 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’d actually probably go with Jahvid Best over Welker and Nicks (and Floyd.) I think he will be the safest play and will definitely get the touches. If you’re looking at a pure WR position and if it’s a PPR league, then I’d definitely stick with Welker, but if not you might consider going with Hakeem Nicks. I have them both ranked around the same spot this Sunday.

      • Brandon 9:49 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Interesting how I call a rookie RB play the “safest”, hah. Just realized that that’s usually a contradiction, but he really will have no competition for carries and the Bears defense wasn’t the greatest last year.

    • Phil 1:14 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you add steve smith car to the list.

      • Brandon 9:52 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Consider him added! As you can see, I’m very interested (and optimistic) on the Moore-to-Smith connection 🙂

    • Larry 11:26 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, Thanks for the reply. PATS FAN, Nobody’s perfect lol , I probaby should have clarified earlier I’m in a standard league 2RB’s, 2WR’s and a RB/WR Flex.

      Need to choose between Nicks, Best, Welker, and Floyd. I’m already set with Dsean Jackson at #1 WR. My RB’s are Mathews and Gore. With sleepers Dez Bryant and Lee Evans. Being somewhat a noobie, what;s the deal with RB/WR anyway ?

    • Larry 11:43 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bears D should be better this year at least early with Urlacher, Peppers, and Greene back. That said, I agree that Best really has nobody else pushing him for touches.

    • Larry 11:48 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My bad that’s Briggs back as well not Greene. Pretty solid when healthy with Tommie Harris as well.

      • Brandon 12:30 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah that’s true, we’ll see. Just seems that last year the offense was turning the ball over a lot and not producing as expected, so the defense was probably stretched a little more than they would have liked to be.

    • Larry 11:56 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just picked up Cadilac Williams as a free agent. Add him to the mix, How’s he sound this week as the 3rd RB over Best or Welker at the flex. Roster is srarting to take shape. Love the 1st week in a 10 team league.

      • Brandon 12:35 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, now you’re complicating things even more! That’s a tough one actually, but I think I’d stay with Best in the flex spot. I’m a bit worried about Tampa Bay’s offense to start the season.

        For your WR2, stick with my boy Welker. It’s believed that Nicks will emerge as the top receiver for the G-Men, but last year it was Steve Smith and who knows if that will change right away. As long as Welker plays the whole game, you know he’ll see plenty of targets.

    • JONES 1:48 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Where do you guys rank Brandon Marshall? Does he have a better week than Benson or Best?

      • Brandon 10:39 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added Brandon Marshall to the list. As for your flex spot, I’d go with Cedric Benson. He’s the safest bet going into week 1, since you know he’ll be the main guy in the Bengals rushing attack, while the other two have questions (Marshall – new team, Best – rookie.) Good luck!

    • Lindsay 3:36 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Okay, so if anyone has a quick minute to help out, I need some suggestions for my RBs and WRs. This is a PPR league and I feel my team is a little lacking. I need 3 WRs and 2 RBs…I already played Pierre Thomas at my flex.

      WR… Reggie Wayne, Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Wallace, Austin Collie, Chris Chambers

      RB…Arian Foster, Matt Forte, Cedric Benson

      I also wondered about Vincent Jackson…I picked him up at the end of our draft in the hopes that he would either figure out his contract with SD or get traded and I would have him from the 4th game through the rest of the season. SHould I keep him or get rid of him and pick someone else up? There isn’t much on the waiver wire, but I could pick up Jabar Gaffney. Anyway, thanks for the help.

      I did look at the rankings on the list above, so according to that I should probably play Wayne, Sims-Walker, and Wallace and then Foster and Forte…do you still feel that way? Thanks

      • Brandon 10:47 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Lindsay, I’d drop Chris Chambers and pick up Jabar Gaffney.

        As for your RB/WR spots, go with what I have on the rankings. I would have preferred you started all of those running backs over Pierre Thomas at the flex spot, but too late for that! Good luck 🙂

    • Lindsay 3:42 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      P.S. Reggie Wayne is not on the list above, but I am assuming he would be above my other WRs.

      • Brandon 10:49 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Added Wayne…top receiver of the ones listed!

    • TJ 5:46 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,
      I can choose from Floyd, Knox or Garcon for my second WR. You have Floyd ranked way below the other two, I was curious about your reasoning there – is it the SD Oline that’s a concern, or the thought that SD will be running more because they’ll be ahead…..

      Also, could you add Schaub to the list.

      • Brandon 10:42 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just added Schaub.

        In terms of Malcom Floyd, the reason why he’s ranked below the others is because I’m a bit concerned that he has what it takes to step up and fill the shoes of the hold-out, Vincent Jackson. This could end up being a WR1 by committee situation in San Diego, with Antonio Gates being the primary target and the others (Crayton, Naanee, and Floyd) splitting the rest of the targets. Maybe it turns out that I’m wrong after this week, which will be great for you, but I just see him as bit risky to start the season.

    • Luke 11:55 pm on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ahmad bradshaw or cj spiler?

      • Brandon 10:43 am on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Bradshaw. He’s been promoted to starter at the RB position, while Spiller is an untested rookie and who knows what he’ll end up doing.

    • Nero 2:01 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ok, so I’m down about 16 points to my opponent … he has the NYJ defense going still whereas I have 2 offensive players going – one of them being Jamaal Charles. I have a decision to make at WR … I currently have Boldin in as my starter, BUT I also have Legedu Naanee on the bench … what should I do? Revis Island will be on Boldin … Philip might throw the ball a ton … let me know your thoughts. I think Naanee has a strong game … anyone else thinking that – they do have a lot of weapons there tho: Gates, Floyd, Matthews, Crayton … only ones I’m worried about is Gates + Floyd catching balls … Flacco throws to Rice, Boldin, Housh, Mason, Heap … hmmm

      • Brandon 8:27 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one there. I have both on one of my teams as well, but I’m actually starting them both, so that doesn’t help you. On my rankings, I have Boldin quite a bit ahead of Naanee for a couple of reasons. First, we have a proven track record for Boldin, even if it was with another team. Second, I figure Revis can’t cover Boldin, Mason AND Housh, so it won’t make sense for them to have him stick to just one guy the entire game (at least I hope!) Third, I’m still not sold on Malcom Floyd, nevermind Legedu Naanee. I have a feeling Rivers will be throwing the ball a lot to Antonio Gates and Sproles out of the backfield when they aren’t running and then Floyd/Naanee/Crayton will clean up the scraps. It’s hard to say definitively with this being week one and all, but I’d keep Boldin in there and hope for the best. Good luck!

    • Nero 3:45 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, I went with my gut and played naanee … the jets D got my opponent 12 points, so goin into the nightcap game I was down a total of 30 … charles and naanee got me a total of 33 … w00t! sometimes you just gotta roll the dice … both boldin and naanee had strong games … might have to think of relegating meachem to the bench …. cheers!

      • Brandon 10:43 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Nice! Yeah based on what we saw in week one, Boldin and Naanee could end up being much safer plays than Robert Meachem on a weekly basis. You got lucky with Jamaal Charles, who scored almost all of his points on a long touchdown run 🙂

    • brad 2:23 pm on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Really???? Thomas Jones and Fred Jackson on the list, but no Jamaal Charles?

  • Matt 11:05 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink
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    Help a blogger out! 

    I don’t do this very often, but I need your help. I’m leaving tomorrow morning for a trip to Denver and am flying back Sunday morning. I’ll probably be too busy while I’m there to look at my teams, so I need to make all my start/sit decisions today. One dilemma in particular has me stumped. I’d love to be able to wait until the last minute to see how things shake out this week for some of these players, but that’s probably not going to happen.

    With Stephen Jackson out on a bye, I’ve got a RB conundrum in our oldest league, the League of Champions (where Brandon and I are both currently 5-3). I’ve got four startable-but-meh running backs, and can’t come to a decision about which two to start. Since we’ve got some of the savviest readers in the fantasy football blogosphere, I feel perfectly confident leaving this call to you.

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    I’ve also got LenDale White on the roster, but that’s just because of his potential value should Chris Johnson get hurt.

     
    • Adam 1:40 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      For you, I voted for Hightower and Smith. I have the exact same RBs, but I also have Turner, Jamaal Charles and Donald Brown, so I have a few more options. I’m playing Turner and Hightower for sure, but am thinking Charles instead of Smith for a flex. Things might change significantly with several of these guys this week, so you really may need to try to get to a computer saturday night/sunday morning. We could have more info on Moats’ role and Smith’s health as well as Morris’ health affecting Maroney. Good luck!

    • e-roc 2:23 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Matt, that’s quite the stable of “meh” RBs… I voted Hightower and Smith as well but it was definitely picking the lesser of the four evils. Moats is a one-week wonder to me (Indy > Buffalo) and Bill Belichick’s use of RBs is a fantasy football nightmare.

      Smith is a no-brainer if Megatron can get back into the line-up…

      • Matt 2:26 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, it’s not a happy situation no matter which two I wind up starting. Really expected bigger things out of Smith this season… good thing SJax has been pretty good so far or there’s no way I’d be 5-3 in this league.

    • jon j 6:29 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Kevin smith hasnt exactly been fabulous in the fantasy scoring department but he does have 15-20 touches each game.
      Moats is going up against indy and they arent exactly great at stopping the run. Count on Houston to run a lot against them
      Hightower I dont know much about. Not many carries but seems to be scoring some fantasy points.
      Maroney in the last 2 games has had a lot of carries, but its hard to predict what NE will do with their running game.

      If I had to choose id start higtower and maroney or hightower and smith.

    • Squish 8:13 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Moats is out automatically because of his matchup. Hightower is no longer the starting back in Arizona but is a reasonably safe play if it’s a PPR format. Smith has upside against Seattle since Tatupu is still out and there defense has not looked great on the ground lately. Maroney has a bad matchup and isn’t looking good.

      I’d have to go with Kevin Smith for upside with Maroney as a secondary bet. With Smith, you drafted him as an RB2, I think you have to play him as one when you can. Moats has a good matchup but nobody knows WTF is going on in Houston. It may be possible that if Slaton starts then gets out of the gates fast (and doesn’t fumble), Moats may only get like 5 touches. He’s just too risky to start right now. Hightower should be worthwhile this week at least especially out of the backfield in PPR.

      In the end I have Smith out front with Maroney and Hightower in a more or less tie. Since I generally break ties in non-PPR by looking at the PPR rankings, I have to go with Hightower out of those two but really it’s up to you.

      • Matt 8:59 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        To the best of my knowledge, Hightower’s still the starter, though it’s pretty clear to everyone that he’ll someday lose the job to Wells.

    • Mal 11:19 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah I went with Smith and Hightower, they are the safest.

      I have to choose between Roeth, Eli this week and I went with Roeth- but now I think I’ll pick up Garrard off the waivers- so who to start at QB?

    • Squish 4:38 am on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      100th post. That is all.

      • Brandon 10:06 am on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, nice! You’re the first commenter to reach 100…maybe we should have had a prize ready for this day or something.

        • Squish 6:04 am on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I swear it was an accident! Just happy to help out. I’d probably be doing the same thing you guys do if I had a little more time on my hands. You generally become a decent fantasy guru when you have 12+ fantasy leagues any given year. Turns out it’s not as hard as I thought since I reached on a lot of the same players in every league (Ray Rice woot!). As long as you guys keep up the good work, I’ll be here to help as much as I can 😉

  • Matt 10:56 am on November 13, 2008 Permalink
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    Should you start Romo right away? 

    To be honest, what I’m really wondering is whether I should start Romo this week. But I’m sure I’m not alone on this one. There are thousands of owners out there who have had to make do with starting their backup for the past few weeks, and while they’re chomping at the bit to put Romo back in, they’re suspiciously eyeing Romo’s ailing pinkie – and Washington’s 8th-ranked pass defense.

    While the Cowboys don’t want to give the Redskins any help and thus aren’t likely to be completely forthcoming about Romo’s injury, we can read a bit into what Romo, his teammates, and the coaches are saying: (More …)

     
    • Chris 11:37 am on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I wouldn’t start him this week if you have a good second option. I just don’t feel great about that whole Cowboys offense right now, especially with the way they played before Romo got hurt.

    • Tim 2:59 pm on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with Chris. Letting Romo sit on your bench for say a Tyler Thigpen this weekend may be a wise choice. I still see Romo tossing 225 yds and atleast 1 TD, but he’s back to his old self yet. Let’s see how his finger holds up this weekend, then invest/revoke your confidence in him.

    • advisor 3:54 pm on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Personally, I would start Matt Ryan.. I would only start Romo if my back-up was sub par.

    • Matt 4:17 pm on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      But… but… it’s Tony Romo! His girlfriend is really hot!

    • Brandon 8:08 pm on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I think there’s enough quarterbacks in the NFL producing solid fantasy numbers for you not to have to force an untested (injury-wise) Romo into your line-up.

      Plus, the Cowboys are a bunch of of Prima Donna’s…Go Pats!

    • CaptainFreddy 12:22 pm on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi everyone,

      My name is Freddy and I’ve wasted nearly a month of my life on this place 😉 I found it after being recommended by a few friends who have been hanging out here for quite some time.

      I am a writer, graphics artist, photographer and just about anything else that comes up around the office. Aside from the above interests i’m really into scifi as I know that is so much more out there to be discovered, and a feeling that the universe is just teaming with life.

      Well, I hope that I get to know more people here, share some experience and start learning. Have a greay day!

  • Matt 1:43 pm on December 16, 2007 Permalink
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    These are the decisions… 

    …that make you tear your hair out. I’m in a second-round playoff matchup, and I’ve been dwelling over my WR3 spot for the last half an hour. OK… probably more like an hour. Reading everything I can find about the two guys I’m thinking about filling it with. Pounding coffee to fend off the hangover from the three large glasses of Jack I had to drink last night in order to restore my sanity after seven unbearable hours of Christmas shopping. Knowing that no matter what I do, the guy I bench will score at least two touchdowns. It’s just been one of those seasons for me.

    I’ve already had to stomach Rudi Johnson lighting up my flex spot with a whopping two points. I hate him with all my soul.

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    • Jacob 8:56 pm on December 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I had the same decision to make myself–choosing two between Wes Welker, Lee Evans, Bernard Berrian and Deion Branch. Unfortunately, I think I chose wrong in going with Lee Evans. I had Deion Branch lighting up my bench. Berrian may get a pass for a TD from Orton if he is worth anything in the game tonight.

      I think Evans is the most frustrating receiver this year. Just like Vince Young today, you just can’t predict when he is going to go off and when he is going to put up a 0.

    • Matt 9:57 am on December 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      15 minutes after I submitted this post, I’m watching the game and the announcers are going off about how the snowy conditions might turn the game into a shootout, their theory being that the cornerbacks wouldn’t be able to keep up with the receivers when they changed direction. Thankfully, they were full of crap.

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