Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lions' savior comes on...

Detroit Lions have their savior in Daunte Culpepper. Certainly the 0-7 Lions are in a position to throw things against the wall and see what sticks; the signing of the former Vikings and Raiders quarterback would appear to be just that. Dan Orlovsky has shown little since replacing Jon Kitna and the signing of Culpepper could show lack of faith in rookie Drew Stanton. Culpepper would likely get on the field later in the season once he gets up to speed with the playbook, but there is no reason for fantasy owners to rush out and sign him based on what he showed in his most recent stops. The man with midget hands has had constant fumbling problems in his career, and after such a long layoff cannot be expected to do much. Lucky for him he is a potential starter for the Detroit Lions and not any other NFL team, yes even his former team, the Raiders.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fantasy Football no-shows and sleeper picks

A third of the way through the Fantasy season and anyone in a league where you hold over the players from one year to the next is in deep trouble if they don’t have any cap room left to make some moves. Here are some of the biggest year-to-year disappointments a third of the way into the season:
LT – No doubt many team’s number one pick and highest cost has just 4 TDs in 7 games this year. In his 23-14 loss at Buffalo LT had just 41 yards on 14 carries and 26 yards on six catches with no single touch good for more than 9 yards. If you are holding him do you sit him? You may have to cut your losses and make a move. Now, we’re not pickin’ on LT, rest assured he is not the only first-rounder that is disappointing right now, the list is long but distinguished. How about Peyton Manning? 7 ints the last 5 games and averaging only 20 points in most leagues? Are you kidding me? Not for a number one pick! The next tier of disappointments includes Braylon Edwards, who was also a first round pick in most leagues, a opening day starter on 98% of teams, and with only ONE game posting more than 15 points. Next, Frank Gore who showed so much promise at the end of last season and only seems to have good games when going up against weak opponents. Last of the huge disappointments is Plexiglass with his daunting 3 TD catches this year not to mention all of his off the field problems. So where can you go if one of the picks you needed to bring 20-30 points per game isn’t showing up? Well this season’s “Willy Parker” is the afore mentions backup Mewelde Moore averaging 25+ since becoming a starter a nice find for those looking through the discarded pile. Need to replace a Brady or a Manning? How about Kyle Orton? C’mon, that’s why it’s called Fantasy Football, but over the season they are both averaging 21 and imagine who you could have taken with the Manning pick or money? I know it’s not an entire season but the owner that usually wins is the one taking the time to make some quality moves. This weeks diamonds in the rough? How ‘bout taking another look at the “Deuce” now that Bush will be in Ibiza rather than London, or Jamal Charles because of the Johnson suspension. Shhhhhhh Antiono Bryant going against the CaBoys’ with no Romo and NO OFFENSE on the field.



Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fantasy Football: Week 4 Rankings

These are our Week 4 Fantasy Football Top 5 Rankings. Let us know what you think:

QB:

1 Tony Romo DAL WAS 20.5
2 Drew Brees NO SF 18.9
3 Jay Cutler DEN @KC 18.8
4 Donovan McNabb PHI @CHI 18.2
5 Aaron Rodgers GB @TB 16.2

RB:

1 Ladainian Tomlinson SD @OAK 21.7
2 Brian Westbrook PHI @CHI 20.7
3 Adrian Peterson MIN @TEN 18.1
4 Reggie Bush NO SF 17.6
5 Frank Gore SF @NO 16.8

WR:

1 Brandon Marshall DEN @KC 14.8
2 T.J. Houshmandzadeh CIN CLE 12.2
3 Anquan Boldin ARI @NYJ 11.3
4 Steve Smith CAR ATL 11.2
5 Terrell Owens DAL WAS 11.1

Monday, September 15, 2008

Top Fantasy Performances Week 2

Passing
Philip Rivers, SD, 21-33, 377 yards, 3 TDs
Kurt Warner, AZ, 19/24, 361 yards, 3 TDs
Jay Cutler, Den 36/50, 350 yards, 4 TDs
Aaron Rodgers, GB 24/38, 328 yards, 3 TDs
Tony Romo, Dal 21/30, 312 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing
Darren McFadden Oak 21/164 yards, TD
Adrian Peterson, Minn 29/160 yards,
Julius Jones, Sea 26/127 yards, TD
Earnest Graham, TB 15/116 yards, TD

Receiving
Greg Jennings, GB 6/167 yards,
Brandon Marshall, Den 18/166 yards, TD
Santana Moss, Was 7/164 yards, 1
Isaac Bruce, SF 4/153 yards

Friday, September 12, 2008

Top Fantasy Players from week one

Top 8 Quarterbacks Weekly Scoring NFL Points Stats
Player Ave F-League Points
McNabb, Donovan QB PHI 44.0
Brees, Drew QB NO 39.0
Cutler, Jay QB DEN 29.0
Rivers, Philip QB SD 28.0
Manning, Peyton QB IND 26.0
Pennington, Chad QB MIA 26.0
Romo, Tony QB DAL 26.0
Kitna, Jon QB DET 26.0

Top Running Backs Ave F-League Points

Turner, Michael RB ATL 58.0
Bush, Reggie RB NO 41.0
Parker, Willie RB PIT 37.0
Gore, Frank RB SF 28.0
Forte, Matt RB CHI 27.0
Barber, Marion RB DAL 25.0
Westbrook, Brian RB PHI 25.0
Johnson, Chris RB TEN 23.0
Jones, Thomas RB NYJ 22.0
Peterson, Adrian RB MIN 21.0
Morris, Sammy RB NE 19.0
Norwood, Jerious RB ATL 19.0

Top Wide Receivers Ave F-League Pts

Royal, Eddie WR DEN 39.0
Burress, Plaxico WR NYG 33.0
Johnson, Andre WR HOU 29.0
Wayne, Reggie WR IND 28.0
Moss, Randy WR NE 25.0
Ward, Hines WR PIT 25.0
Baskett, Hank WR PHI 21.0
Johnson, Calvin WR DET 20.0
Jackson, DeSean WR PHI 19.0
Owens, Terrell WR DAL 19.0
Lewis, Greg WR PHI 18.0

Monday, August 25, 2008

Smacchat 50/50 League Rankings

When we saw how many variations there are now for fantasy leagues we realized that “power rankings” are now obsolete. It really depends on the type of league that you’re that dictates your draft order so starting today we’ll break down the draft order by league type starting with the 50% touchdown 50% stat leagues:

Quarterback:
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Tom Brady, NE - Value $25
Peyton Manning, IND - Value $21
Tony Romo, DAL - Value $17
Drew Brees, NO - Value $15
Carson Palmer, CIN - Value $11
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - $10
Jay Cutler, DEN - Value $9
Donovan McNabb, PHI- Value $8

Running Backs
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LaDainian Tomlinson, SD - Value $42
Adrian Peterson, MIN - Value $39
Steven Jackson, STL - Value $37
Joseph Addai - Value $35
Brian Westbrook, PHI - Value $35
Frank Gore,SF - Value 31
Larry Johnson, KC - Value $30
Marion Barber, DAL - Value $30

Wide Receivers
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Randy Moss, NE $28
Reggie Wayne, ND $22
Braylon Edwards, CLE $21
Terrell Owens, DAL $20
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI $18
Marques Colston, NO $17
TJ Who'syourmama, CIN, $16
Andre Johnson, HOU $15

Tight End
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Antonio Gates, SD $12
Jason Witten, DAL $10
Kellen Winslow Jr, $8
Tony Gonzalez, KC $7
Chris Cooley, WAS 5
Dallas Clark, IND $5
Jeremy Shockey, $4
Todd Heap, BAL $3

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Draft day is around the corner, here is your draft day guide

CURRENT UNDROPPABLES By Position

Quarterback
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Tom Brady
Drew Brees
Peyton Manning
Tony Romo

Running Back
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Joseph Addai
Marion Barber
Frank Gore
Ryan Grant
Steven Jackson
Brandon Jacobs
Larry Johnson
Maurice Jones-Drew
Jamal Lewis
Marshawn Lynch
Laurence Maroney
Willis McGahee
Willie Parker
Adrian Peterson
Clinton Portis
LaDainian Tomlinson
Brian Westbrook

Wide Receivers
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Marques Colston
Braylon Edwards
Larry Fitzgerald
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Andre Johnson
Randy Moss
Terrell Owens
Steve Smith
Reggie Wayne

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Draft Day is Almost Here!

Here are the Smacchat Rankings for our top 20 selections this year stay with us for all of the up to date news, roster changes, and signings.

# Player Position Team Bye Stock
1. LT RB 9 no change
2. Adrian Peterson RB Minnesota 8 no change
3. Brian Westbrook RB Philadelphia 7 no change
4. Steven Jackson RB St. Louis 5 no change
5. Tom Brady QB New England 4 no change
6. Joseph Addai RB Indianapolis 4 no change
7. Clinton Portis RB Washington 10 no change
8. Frank Gore RB San Francisco 9 no change
9. Peyton Manning QB Indianapolis 4 no change
10. Tony Romo QB Dallas 10 no change
11. Marion Barber RB Dallas 10 up
12. Larry Johnson RB Kansas City 6 no change
13. Marshawn Lynch RB Buffalo 6 no change
14. Randy Moss WR New England 4 no change
15. Ryan Grant RB Green Bay 8 no change
16. Willis McGahee RB Baltimore 10 no change
17. Terrell Owens WR Dallas 10 no change
18. Reggie Wayne WR Indianapolis 4 no change
19. Braylon Edwards WR Cleveland 5 no change
20. Andre Johnson WR Houston 8 no change

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Under the Radar All-Stars at Mid-Season

Catcher: Dioner Navarro, Rays: Navarro was much overlooked in 2008 drafts, because he hit only .227-9-44 in 2007. A lot of people missed the fact that he was age 21 to 23 in his first three major league seasons. Astute owners noted the age factor, liked the .271 average with eight homers in the second half of '07, and remembered that Navarro hit .341 in the Double-A Eastern League at age 19. He was just too good for the minors. Navarro has always had a strong throwing arm and has improved his game-calling and pitcher-handling in 2008; ask any pitcher on the Rays staff. Navarro was available for about $2 in a lot of leagues this year and has been worth more like $15.
First base: Adrian Gonzalez, Padres: At age 26, Gonzalez has joined the top tier of all hitters. He's third in RBI in the majors, while playing with one of the weakest offenses, and in a home park that favors pitchers. Anybody who can get to 30 homers and 100 RBI at age 25, as A-Gon did last year, can reach 40 homers and 130 RBI eventually. Gonzalez is just doing it sooner rather than later.
Second base: Ian Kinsler, Rangers: Anyone who paid the $20-plus that Kinsler was worth in 2007, when he reached the elusive 20/20 mark in homers and steals even while missing a month with a foot fracture, has been richly rewarded in 2008. Now Kinsler is on track for 40 steals and isn't far from a pace of 30 homers. Oh - and he's leading the AL in batting. At this rate he'll be worth $47 in 2008, uninflated, making him the league's most valuable player. Scouts have loved Kinsler since he was in high school, and stat-gazers have loved him since he hit .402-11-52 with 16 steals in half a season for Class A Clinton in 2004. Kinsler is 26.
Third base: Evan Longoria, Rays: Everybody knew that Longoria would be a future star. The only question was when. He was discounted on draft day, because he wasn't in the majors. The smartest (or luckiest) prognosticators in 2008 guessed that Longoria would make his debut soon after a brief minor league stint (that moved his free agent year back to 2014) and that he would become a star right away. He's getting better as the season progresses. Longoria hit .300 with eight homers in June, and he began July with a 9-for-19 (.474) streak.
Shortstop: J.J. Hardy, Brewers: A classic age-26-and-under-with-experience player, Hardy looked like he had a track record before the '08 season began, as a guy who could hit .270 with 20-something homers and 80 RBI. Look again. Although he was disappointing in April-May, Hardy put together a 16-game hitting streak June 11 to July 4, and he was last week's NL Player of the Week, going 18-for-30 (.600) with six homers. Even with the slow start in '08, Hardy should finish the year with career highs across the board.

Left field: Carlos Quentin, White Sox: If you know who Chris Carter is, then you know what the ChiSox gave up to get Quentin in December. Although Carter is still just 21 and has fine power potential, right now the trade looks pretty lopsided. Quentin has soared in 2008. Playing injury-free, he is showing tools converted into skills as an all-around star. He always had top prospect status. He is still just 25.
Center field: Josh Hamilton, Rangers: Leading the majors in RBI (on pace for 150-plus) Hamilton continues his amazing comeback from baseball oblivion. He was out of the game for three years. The Reds got a good rookie season from him in 2007, and the Rangers got him in a trade for pitcher Edinson Volquez. The biggest winners are the many Rotisserie owners who guessed correctly that Hamilton's '07 season pointed upward. Hamilton is showing why he was the first overall pick in the 1999 draft. He is among the best natural talents of the decade, and he has arrived.
Right field: Milton Bradley, Rangers: Yes, I know he's usually a DH now, but he qualifies for right field in Rotisserie. Why would anyone have a career year at age 30? One reason is the ballpark. Bradley began the week hitting .369-13-32 at home, and .283-4-22 on the road. And he had all four stolen bases at home. Before 2008 Bradley played mostly in pitchers' parks such as the Dodgers' and the Athletics' homes. Another plus for Bradley is being in a strong lineup. Texas leads the majors in runs scored in '08.

Starting pitcher: Edinson Volquez, Reds: The biggest clues that Volquez would be good in 2008 were his 94-97 MPH fastball, and the fact that the Reds gave up Josh Hamilton to get him. Volquez was excellent in the minors in 2007, working at three levels. He did his best work at the Triple-A level, going 6-1 with a 1.41 ERA in 51 innings. When you see a line like that, and you know the pitcher throws serious heat, taking a flier is often a good idea. Certainly it was in this case.
Relief pitcher: Salomon Torres, Brewers: Among the several relievers who came out of nowhere to get saves in 2008, Torres gets my nod as the smartest pick. Why? First, he was in a bullpen with a shaky ace, Eric Gagne. Second, he has the stuff to close. And third, he's done the job before. When an ace slumps or gets injured, most managers give weighty consideration to the question: who else has been a closer? Even the guys who haven't done it for years can be clever picks, and Torres had 12 saves in 2006 and 12 more in 2007.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Smacchat Pitchers to watch this week

Starting Pitchers
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Jake Peavy
Johan Santana
Brandon Webb
Carlos Zambrano

Relief
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Joe Nathan
Jonathan Papelbon
Mariano Rivera
Billy Wagner

Outfield
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Vladimir Guerrero(only 12 jacks, he's due)
Ichiro Suzuki(coming off 5-for-5 game, the dude is unreal)
Joe Nathan
Jonathan Papelbon

Infield
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Ryan Braun
Miguel Cabrera
Lance Berkman
Prince Fielder(no more interleague)
Ryan Howard
Chase Utley

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

5 Worst Draft Picks This Decade...

With the Draft Day rapidly approaching, this is the time of year when fans of downtrodden organizations once again have reason to hope. The draft brings with it the promises of endless possibilities. One player can turn around even the most moribund franchise; optimism fills the air. However, making the wrong selection at the wrong time can set an organization back. Passing on a future superstar in favor of a bum hurts worse than a backdoor screen you never saw coming. With that said, let's take a look at the 5 worst pics this decade:


#1) Darko Milicic - Players that were passed on: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. Yes, the Pistons went on to win a Championship in 2004, and that kept the criticism at bay for a while. However, Detroit hasn't returned to the Promised Land since. The Pistons have now been eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals three years in a row, and are on their third coach in four years.

#2) Fran Vazquez – Magic passed on Danny Granger, David Lee, Monta Ellis. After stating he was would play in the States, the Magic were crushed when Vazquez made an abrupt u-turn shortly after the draft and decided to stay in Spain. Needless to say, it's never a good sign when you spend a lottery pick on a guy who asks his girlfriend if it is okay if he heads off to America.

#3) Nikoloz Tskitishvili - Nuggets passed on: Amare Stoudemire, Caron Butler. Along with Darko, Tskitishvili would eventually become the poster boy for over-hyped European prospects. The Nuggets nabbed 'Skita early on back in 2002, hoping that his combination of size and shooting touch would deliver Dirk Nowitzki-type statistics. Instead, Tskitishvili's combination of defensive ineptness and a lack of toughness resulted in him flopping around the Association for a while and trying to latch onto summer-league teams. A major reason why Kiki Vandeweghe got canned a few years later…and a major reason why teams are hesitant to gamble on Europeans such as Danilo Gallinari this year.

#4) Kwame Brown – Wizards in 2001 passed on Pau Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Joe Johnson.
Michael Jordan was a God as a basketball player. As an executive? Eh, not so much… The Wizards won the 2001 lottery and had Michael Jordan calling the shots – it seemed like the sky was the limit. However, MJ picked Kwame and Kwame never picked up the game.

#5) Marvin Williams – The Hawks in 2005 passed on Chris Paul and Deron Williams.
Let's see… you need a point guard and there are two top-tier PG's sitting there for you on the draft board. Two point guards that had proven themselves as stars on the collegiate level. No-brainer, right? Wrong. Atlanta instead opted to take forward Marvin Williams out of UNC. Williams has had a solid career thus far, and will likely be a good player for years to come. But Paul and Williams are two of the best young players in the NBA, both representing Team USA this summer. (Oh, and the Hawks still owe Speedy Claxton, signed in lieu of drafting a PG, $11 million dollars over the next two seasons).


Have any others that should be on this list? Let us know...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Top Fantasy Players Y-T-D by positon

Pitchers

1. Brandon Webb.......DBacks
2. Johan Santana......Mets
3. Josh Becket........Red Sox
4. Cole Hamels........Phillies
5. Dan Haren..........DBacks
6. Carlos Zambrano....Cubs
7. Jake Peavy.........Padres
8. Roy Holladay.......Blue Jays
9. Roy Oswalt.........Astros
10. C.C. Sabathia.....Indians

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Week May 12-15
Most Added

Ryan Franklin - P - Cardinals
Blake DeWitt - 3b- Dodgers
Daniel Cabrera - P - Orioles

Most Dropped
Sanchez, Jonathan P, Giants
Gaudin, Chad P A's
Wolf, Randy P Padres

Injuries

Pedro Martinez - Mets - (hamstring) will pitch in an extended spring training game on Wednesday at Port St. Lucie, the New York Daily News reports.

Alex Rodriguez - Yankees - (quadriceps) will play in extended spring training games this weekend and is currently in line to return next Tuesday against the Orioles, the Associated Press reports.

Jason Schmidt - Dodgers - (shoulder) reported no problems after a one-inning rehab game on Sunday and will make another appearance Friday or Saturday, the Dodgers' official site reports.

Eric Chavez - A's - (back) will begin a rehab assingnment at Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

JD Drew - Orioles - X-rays on Drew's left wrist were negative, the Red Sox' official site reports.

Melvin Mora - Orioles - Mora was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against Boston after he was struck in the shoulder by a baseball during warmups, the Associated Press reports.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Smacchat Fantasy Stat Predictions, Top Choices

Player AB, R, RBI , Hits,

1.Alex Rodriguez – 602 , 137 , 55 , 158 ,
2.Hanley Ramirez – 656 , 127 , 26 , 76 ,
3.David Wright - 596 , 107 , 32 , 109 ,
4.Chase Utley - 639 , 123 , 29 , 118 ,
5.Jose Reyes - 673 , 117 , 13 , 63 ,
6.Miguel Cabrera - 628 , 120 , 40, 140 ,
7.Johan Santana(p) 33g, 230ip, 22w, 269k
8.Matt Holliday - 620, 130, 38 , 140
9.Jimmy Rollins - 702, 132, 26 , 85
10.Carl Crawford - 597, 93 , 13 , 79
11.Alert Pujols - 508, 98, 37, 103
12.Alfanso Soriano-640, 113, 42, 91
13.Ryan Howard - 547, 96, 49, 136
14.Ryan Barun - 619, 115,43, 122
15.Jake Peavy(p) -35g, 227ip, 19w, 258k

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