Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Time to separate the Theo Epsteins from the Elgin Baylors

It’s crunch time in most fantasy leagues because you’ve either cemented your position in the playoffs and need to gear for the week 14-17 matchups as your playoff games or you’re a bubble team that needs to lock down a couple of quality wins or steal a couple to get in. The good news/bad news scenario is then the slate is whipped clean and you’ve got a real short season and a good matchup can make the difference between months of hazing and the spoils of victory including most of the bragging rights and smac talk. It’s time to break out the chess board, think 3 moves ahead, and be more Theo Epstein of the Red Sox than Elgin Baylor of the Clippers. Now if you need to get in or hold the three most important things are matchups, matchups, matchups so keep your eye on that combination of who might be available due to playing on a team with a poor record of perhaps has not had an opportunity to play. Today’s focus will be the quarterback position and three immediately fit this mold.
Matt Cassel (Chiefs) this could be the best matchups quarterback over the next two weeks if he’s available, and may be because of the stats year that he’s had thus far, and although he’s 14th in most leagues that puts him right on the fringe between fantasy unemployment and backup. The Chiefs perhaps have the best schedule over the next two weeks for quarterbacks as they host the Cards (27th in the league vs. the pass) this week, then travel to Seattle to take on the SeaChickens (28th), so if you can get him, he’s the top pick off the wires and if you’ve had him on the bench dust him off and get him in there as he may save your season.
Troy Smith (49’ers) ok, I know it’s a wild card but if you’re searching the waiver wire then this isn’t just a sub/start question and your cupboards empty so you’re going to have to take some risk and he can get pulled if he has a couple of bad quarters but 356 last week with one td is not back for a week 11 pickup, but you may have to put him on ice for a week as a matchup with the Bucs (8th in the league vs. the pass) doesn’t look promising even though they are at home but then you have Arizona next week (27th) which is where you can cash your dividend check. Matt Cassel
You’ll have to drive to the “Leisure Village retirement home” for this pickup but it may be worth your while as there is not much chance anyone picked up John Kitna going up against the Giants unless they were really trying to think outside the box, so he should be available. The crafty vet could do well his third game in the lineup as they take on the Lions (17th) and the Pats (30th) after that it’s back to the recliner but he might get you over the hump.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Early Fantasy Week starts tomorrow – get your changes in

Week 10 has a couple of curve balls as the Thursday Night games start and some key players are on bye week. Get your starting lineup together by checking weather, stats, and injuries on the Fantasy Football Page. Also chat live with other players on who they’re starting and sitting this week, at the Ultimate Sports Forum.
As many leagues do not re-draft going into the playoffs these become the money weeks as many a season is lost when the weeks get short and the weather gets bad. To add to the confusion for many the bye week will take some key players out of the mix as the top fantasy QB this year Phillip Rivers will not be available, nor will Drew Breese, or Aaron Rogers, or the players they throw to so the rule of them that “you’re only as good as your bench” will certainly come into play this week, so let’s get you started with some news and notes:
Look for Arian Foster to have a huge day against the Jags 22nd ranked defense vs. the run. Of course you got him, you’ll start him and no one has the Jags D anyway so this may not be breaking news but if you have to choose between and RB1 and RB2 then move him up to the top spot. Conversely, look out if you’re expecting Chris Johnson to get you 30+ points this weekend as he takes on a Dolphins defense that is 13th against the run and even better at home.
If Joseph Addai is available on waivers try to pick him up as, although he is not scheduled to return to action this week, he is slated to return next week against the Pats who gave up 184 yards and 30+ fantasy points to Peyton Hillis last week.
On Sunday Night when you’re down 20 points with only 1 YTP don’t worry if you’ve got Michael Vick scheduled to start as he should have a huge game going up against the Skins who are the worst in the NFL against the pass and 18th against the run. He should have them coming and going and picking his spots well. He’ll make up that deficit for you or hold your lead this week so give him the start.
Obviously Matthew Stafford will not be available for this week due to injury but now it’s looking like his season is over so it’s time to give him the pink slip if you’re not in a dynasty league that lets you hold over.
Sleeper Pick – Randy Moss practiced and will get some good reps as the Titans take on Miami. Moss historically has played well against the fish and you only need to reference his Patriot debut game a reference on how he tends to perform when he starts with a new team.
Back with the weather reports later in the week………………………………

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