Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fantasy Football surprises week 13

If you are still standing in your fantasy leagues, congratulations! you have either advanced or are seriously challenging for the title. Chances are you have one of the players listed below who came off the bench in "Tebow" fashion and brought a bunch of points you didn't count on. So if you are not in a re-draft league and need to get really crafty we'll clue you in to what we think will be some favorable matchups as some teams will begin testing out players for next season which could mean some big plays may be in the cards for those in need. Firstly, here are last weeks big Fantasy Surprises:

Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings -- 29-for-47, 381 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT

Shonn Greene, RB, Jets -- 114 total yards, 3 TD

Dexter McCluster, RB, Chiefs -- 107 total yards, TD

Pierre Garçon, WR, Colts -- 9 catches, 150 yards, 2 TD

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos -- 4 catches, 144 yards, 2 TD

Travis Beckum, TE, Giants -- 1 catch, 67 yards, TD

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Last of the Bye-Weeks may be disarming to some

The last of the bye-weeks had many owners sweating at the beginning of the season, particularly those who were lucky enough to pick in the first half of the draft, because this was the week they would have to live without the services of either Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, or Big Ben. Well those without Peyton have either learned how to live without him or have longed scrapped the season by now, but the others now must look to their number two to win what could be a critical week down the stretch or pick up something crafty on the free agent wire. So for those of you digging through the rubbish to try and find a diamond in the rough we’ve got a couple of suggestions.

Carson Palmer – Oakland at Minnesota this may look like a trap because Minnesota has the third ranked overall defense in the NFC, but their pass defense is ranked 30th overall, giving the Patriots a run for their money. He is available in most leagues because he was supposed to be playing shuffle board in Florida this year and after a disaster of a first game so go get him.

Buyer Beware – Tarvaris Jackson – Seattle at Rams
, now TJack is an easy pickup on almost all waiver wires and should clear without any problems. He’s listed as probable for Sunday against the Rams and their 20th ranked passing defense but who knows what kind of game shape he is in because he’s only had limited participation in practice. Still get him for nothing and he might snack you coming off the bench.

Hot Potato – Blaine Gabbert – Jacksonville at Cleveland, He baited a lot of people after his 221-yard, TD performance against Cincinnati in week 5 but since then has gone for 93 and 97 yards respectively over the next two and despite their record the Browns have the third best defense in regards to passing yards and passing TDs in the league. Cool Mo D had better have a good ground game to help balance this out or they will be pinning their ears back and coming after the rook. It only gets worse next week in Texas so if he’s your number two or three, it’s time to go shopping.

Next up the Running Backs……….

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Not just your average bye week

Now comes the time when you self-proclaimed “expert” fantasy owners will own your stripes as not only will you have to deal with the cumbersome bye week but if you’re near the top of your table you probably have one or two top players on a mini vacation this week. Firstly, two of the top three quarterbacks will be off the grid(iron) as Michael Vick will get some much needed rest to heal and the Patriots will be taking their 5-1 record to the Cape for two weeks and that means no Tom Brady, Wes Welker, or tight ends will be available. The Niners will be working on their handshakes with their time off and that means no Frank Gore, the GMen get an extra week to celebrate winning the battle of New York so Hakeem Nicks will not be bringing 18 points to the table for someone. The top kicker will not be in play or the fifth and sixth ranked defenses. So for those of us that do not have Aaron Rodgers or the Ravens defense look down the bench, or start going through the garbage here are some ideas.

How about Matt Cassell going against the 29th ranked pass defense? With a depleted running attack due to injury, and the Raiders will give up some big yards through the air. MC Matty-Matt may not be available in most leagues but is a starter in less than 20%. I also like the wildcard Tony Romo coming back home to run up a huge number against the hapless Rams even though they are tenth in the league in pass defense.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fantasy days for some quarterbacks

With the lockout one would have expected the defenses not just to be a step ahead of the offenses but several. Surprisingly that was not the case on opening weekend as from the opening Thursday Night game as Brethrough the Monday Night as Brees (419) and Rodgers (312) lit up the night and then Brady (517) and Henne (416) set a record for yardage to close things out. In between you had rookie Cam Newton (422) setting a record for a first game. Unfortunately, I still don’t know of anyone who had either of the latter starting for them on opening day as I wouldn’t have expected the Cam or Chad to make a dent let alone set records, but that’s why they play the game. Here are the stats by position for week 1 and we’ll be back on Thursday morning with our line-up picks for next week. Visit our Fantasy Football Page to view stats and fantasy points for every player.

Top Five Quarterbacks for week 1 (based on a standard point system)

Tom Brady - 42
Chad Henne - 37
Drew Brees - 34
Cam Newton - 33
Ryan Fitzpatrick - 32

Top Five Running Backs for week 1
Mike Tolbert - 26
Ray Rice - 26
LeSean McCoy - 25
Matt Forte - 21
Cedric Benson - 18

Top Five Wide Receivers for Week 1
Steve Smith - 29
Wes Welker - 28
Kenny Britt - 25
Calvin Johnson - 20
Devery Henderson - 16
Reggy Wayne - 16
DeSean Jackson - 16

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Panic time may be come early for some as the bye week came early

For Fantasy team owners it was apparent from the moment after the Lombardi trophy arrived in Green Bay that the imminent lockout would cause major problems deciding who to draft, once it was clear there would actually be one. Then the shortened pre-season, inability to gauge which rookies would make an impact, and which veterans lost one step too many where all resolved questions and byproducts of the lockout. so now that we’ve survived rounds 4-12 of the draft and got what we think is a winner in week one out come the injury reports and now . For those of you who will be without the services of your first round draft choice it appears the bye-week scuffling has come early. Peyton’s been a question mark for some time and made him drop do the third or fourth QB taken is most drafts, and probably by the guy who picked last so he could take a chance with the second of his back-to-backs. That or a real aggressive owner in the middle of the pack figuring the risk was worth the reward and needing to make a move to climb up the ranks. Well it looks like the river card has just been turned over and your straight is busted. Staying with the theme of risk takers the Chris Johnson roulette players knew he would be an RB2 or 3 in week one because of being in camp for just over a month but limited minutes and carries in a game that may not be close (vs. Jags) may force some to do the unthinkable and sit their number one overall pick in something other than in week 6. If these didn’t throw someone in your league for a loop then surely Arian Foster’s status for game one is a major concern as some leagues require line-ups in place by the start of the NFL week (this year on Thursday night), and his status for the game, or at least effectiveness is still not known. So the mainstay top picks will either not be available or certainly a step our two short of their normal weekly numbers so all of you looking to get out to an early lead and build a cushion may get your opportunity.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

For those about to draft, we salute you

Player Name YDS TD to INT PTS
A. Rodgers 4404.0 31.1-12.7 368.0
Michael Vick 3679.7 26.3-13.1 367.2
D. Brees 4623.3 33.9-18.2 338.4
T. Brady 4222.3 32.6-11.7 335.6
P. Manning 4438.7 32.3-16.5 328.2
P. Rivers 4337.0 31.3-11.1 327.4
T. T. Romo 4333.7 28.8-14.0 310.6

Player name RUSH REC TD PTS
A. Peterson 1454.3 364.7 12.0 237.4
A. Foster 1319.3 446.0 11.1 235.6
C. Johnson 1371.3 320.0 10.8 224.2
R. Rice 1232.7 543.7 7.4 212.4
J. Charles 1294.3 406.0 7.4 210.2
M. Turner 1345.3 58.7 12.9 203.2
L. McCoy 1124.0 478.0 7.1 200.2

Player Name REC YDS TD PTS
R. White 97.9 1429.0 10.4 195.4
A. Johnson 104.9 1461.7 9.3 194.2
C. Johnson 80.7 1333.7 11.4 194.0
G. Jennings 83.8 1351.3 8.9 179.6
H. Nicks 80.6 1220.3 9.7 171.6
L. Fitzgerald 98.2 1324.0 8.0 170.8
M. Wallace 67.3 1174.3 9.1 166.4

Player Name FG XP PTS
M. Bryant 27.4 47.1 129.3
S. Gostkowski 26.1 49.8 128.1
N. Rackers 29.1 39.0 126.3
M. Crosby 26.3 46.9 125.8
G. Hartley 26.3 46.2 125.1
N. Kaeding 26.3 43.8 122.7
A. Vinatieri 26.0 44.5 122.5

Packers 5212.7 312.3 47.2 36.7
Steeler 4535.7 287.0 52.9 34.4
Ravens 4836 309.8 37.5 31.7
Jets 4723.6 320.9 42.1 29
Eagles 4934.4 336.4 45.5 37.8
Giants 5146.4 368.2 50.4 34.8
Bears 5060.3 343.0 39.9 35.1

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