Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fantasy Football Guide Week 13

Super Freak of the Week: Panthers QB Cam Newton & Patriots QB Tom Brady Cam Newton and Tom Brady both played out of their minds last week and earned the first Co-SFW! Newton was 18-28 with 306 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns. Cam was having fun running the ball too, he had 14 carries for 52 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Brady was equally as stellar in his performance on Turkey Day! Tom was 18-28 with 323 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns, he also had a rushing touchdown. Two great performances worthy of our Super Freak of the Week!! Sy Su's Sleeper: Philadelphia Eagles RB Bryce Brown Grab Bryce Brown now while he's still hot! Mr. BB brought his "A" game last week against the Panthers, racking up 178 yards and 2 TDs on only 19 carries - production unseen by LeSean McCoy owners this season! The rookie's window of opportunity opened after McCoy's Week 11 concussion and he's expected to miss at least another week. The disastrous Eagles season is becoming even worse with injuries to McCoy, Michael Vick, and now DeSean Jackson, who's out for the remainder of the season with a rib injury. With the offensive anemia from the injuries, look for Brown to have a heavy workload. I wouldn't expect as explosive of a game from last week but he'll have a very productive game in Week 13 versus a weary Dallas Cowboys rush defense. DeMarcus Ware and company have allowed nine rushing TDs in the four of the last five weeks! Plus, asides from Week 10 versus McCoy & Philly, running backs have earned 100+ yards against the Cowboys. As long as Brown can secure the ball (2 fumbles last week), expect another double-digit fantasy point performance. Bailey's Bench Em:Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch & Bears RB Matt Forte I went with 2 Bailey's Bench Em this week, and both just happen to be RBs that play against each other this week @Chicago. If I had to chose only 1 I would go with Lynch, but both RBs have a tough D to go against & both are coming off horrible fantasy performances. Seattle gives up the 6th fewest fantasy points to RBs, but if their stud pro-bowl DT & local LA product, Brandon Mebane doesn't play that will hurt Seattle. Seattle may be 6th, but Chicago is 2nd in fewest points allowed against RBs, so Lynch & his OL will have their work cut out for them on the road. Also, both teams only allow a little over 2 TDs a game defensively, but I see those points from the Ks. On a side note, if Seattle's starting CBs, Brandon Browner & Richard Sherman play this week look for Brandon Marshall to struggle. I really wanted to go with Marshall, but how do I convince people to bench the #2 WR in fantasy?! In my opinion this game could be decide by STs, FGs, & TOs. Nick's Pick: Browns RB Trent Richardson

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fantasy Football Weekk 12

Super Freak of the Week: Texans QB Matt Schaub Matt Schaub was out of control this weekend at home against the Jaguars. The Texans QB was 45 of 55 and threw for 527 yards and 5 touchdowns in the overtime victory over Jacksonville. Schaub threw 2 interceptions in the game, but when you throw 5 touchdowns and 527 yards you are bound to have a few mistakes. This stellar performance tied him with Warren Moon for the second highest yardage total in the NFL history. I have to throw in a Honorable Mention to 49er's LB Aldon Smith with 5.5 Sacks in Monday nights game against the Bears. He was just to much for the offensive line of Chicago to handle. Way to go Aldon! Nick's Pick: Bengals RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis Don't look now, but the Law Firm has been holding court in fantasy land. He's scored double-digit fantasy points and one touchdown in two of his last three games, and that's despite losing some work to Cedric Peerman. I'd start him against the Raiders who are giving up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing running backs on the road this season. Green-Ellis has quietly had a nice fantasy season. In deep leagues he is a must start at rb or flex. Bailey's Bench Em: Dolphins RB Reggie Bush This weeks Bench Em is Reggie Bush. Reggie has been playing at a very poor level the past few weeks & is not high on coach Philbins list right now. Bush hasn't rushed for over 67 yds in a game since week 2 & has only 2TDs in that span as well! Bush still is the best RB on Miami, but overall Miami is not helping Bush or the rushing game in general. And to top it off Bush & the Dolphins face a tough Seattle D. Seattle's rush D has slacked a little lately, but they have only allowed 5 rush TDs in 10 games. Also, Seattle is well rested after the bye week & Pete Carrol's game plan will def be to put the ball in Tannehill's hands. Do not start Reggie Bush this Sunday. Sy Su's Sleeper: Raiders TE Brandon Myers Gronkowski owners, do not fear! Brandon Myers is here! The Raiders tight end has been averaging 50+ yards and a touchdown for the last three weeks! He's also seen 30 balls thrown his way over that span thanks to the gun-slinging arm of Carson Palmer. Palmer would like to avenge his former squad this week against the Cincinnati Bengals, who've allowed the fifth most fantasy points to tight ends. He's available in more than half of NFL and ESPN fantasy leagues. View the Complete 30 minute Fantasy Football segment here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fantasy Football Week XI

Super Freak of the Week: Lions WR Calvin Johnson
MEGATRON!! Sorry, but I have been holding that in all season! Calvin finally had the week owners have been waiting for all year! Johnson had a career high 12 receptions for 207 yards and 1 touchdown in a tough loss to Minnesota in Week 10. Megatron and Stafford hooked up for the first time this season on a 11 yard hard fought touchdown. We are proud to finally have Megatron in his rightful place as our Super Freak of the Week! Nick's Pick: Panthers WR Steve Smith We all know that WR Steve Smith has been somewhat of a disappointment for fantasy owners this year. This week should prove to be different. He is going up against a Tampa Bay pass defense that has allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Other than last week, Smith and Newton have sparked some of that mojo they had almost all of last season. Make sure Steve Smith is in your lineup this week. Bailey's Bench Em: Chargers QB Phillip Rivers Alright fantasy football comrades, this weeks Bench Em is Phillip Rivers. Rivers did put up good fantasy numbers last week, but that was against a horrible Tampa Bay pass D. Denver's D has been complimenting Peyton Manning & the Denver O terrifically this past Month or so & to be honest nobody wants to face the Denver D right now. So why feel confident playing Rivers against Denver this week? Denver has only allowed 16 pts/g at home this year, avgs 3 sacks/g & 1 int/g. Denver only allows 218 pass yds/g as well. This division road game for Rivers against a surging Denver team does not sit well with me & shouldn't sit well with owners either. I would be surprised if Rivers even reaches his fantasy point avg (depending on your league, around 16 pts) this week! Sy Su's Sleeper: St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford With the injuries to many top notch fantasy quarterbacks, like Ben Roethlisberger, Alex Smith, Jay Cutler, and Michael Vick, look at Sam Bradford to carry you through these painful times! The young Rams QB is coming off one of his best games of the season, finishing with 275 yards and 2 TDs (could've been more if Danny Amendola's 80-yard TD in overtime wasn't called back), against the second-best pass defense, the San Francisco 49ers. This week, he faces a New York Jets defense that hasn't intercepted a pass in a month. He also has some of his top weapons back, a healthy Danny Amendola and Chris Givens, back from team violations, in addition to his reliable and rejuvenated RB Steven Jackson. Asides from this week, Bradford has a pass-favorable schedule going into the fantasy playoffs with games in the final 3 weeks against Buffalo, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fantasy Football Week X

Super Freak of the Week: Buccaneers RB Doug Martin Well we never thought it would happen, but it did. Our first ever back to back Super Freak of the Week goes to the Rookie sensation Buccaneers RB Doug Martin. All of you Martin owners out there have been doing "The Dougie" the past two weeks with these stellar performances. This week Doug went for 251 yards on 25 carries for 4 touchdowns and he added 4 receptions for 21 yards. The rookie had huge touchdown runs of 45,67 and 70 yards and ended the day with a 1 yard touchdown run. This was definitely a performance worthy of repeat honors! Sy Su's Sleeper: Raiders RB Marcel Reece With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson exiting Week 9 early with ankle sprains, Marcel Reece's fill-in performance was as sweet as Reese's Pieces! The third-string RB had absolutely zero carries but managed to post up 15 fantasy points in standard ESPN leagues with his 8 catches, 95 yards and TD. With numbers like that, he's a MUST in PPR leagues. Run DMC and Goodson are both questionable so far, but expect Reece to be the primary back along the side of QB Carson Palmer. Reece will be a major benefactor of the Raiders' pass-happy offense (Palmer ranks 5th in the NFL in pass attempts) against a Ravens' defense that ranks in the lower tier of passing AND rushing defense. Reece has averaged 26 catches and 317 yards in the last two season and is on track to exceed it with 26 catches and 272 yards midway the 2012 season. Nick's Pick: Buffalo RB CJ Spiller Do we all remember those incredible two weeks C.J. Spiller had in the beginning of the season? Well folks I believe that Spiller is just about ready to break out again, and put up some superior fantasy numbers for the stretch run. Experts will tell you he is one of the best pure runners on film. His only problem is a guy named Fred Jackson who has taken away a substantial amount of carries from him...until now? Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was quoted in saying they need to get the ball in Spiller's hands more. Head coach Chan Gailey has backed up Fitzpatrick's words and agrees that Spiller should and will begin to see more carries in his future, putting Jackson in more of a third down back role. He does has a tough matchup this week against New England, but these games in the past have proven to be high scoring. I think Spiller has a big week, and in weeks to come. Bailey's Bench Em: Panthers WR Steve Smith Week 10 is already here (sigh) & this week I am benching Steve Smith. Steve consistently produces, but at a mediocre level. Besides Cam Newton, he is the best offensive player on the Panthers, however that is also a problem for the Carolina O. And this week Carolina plays a tough Denver D, who is a top 10 pass D. Denver is playing at a high level in all aspects & Cam Newton has been struggling all year, so unless you have Smith in leagues with 3-4 WR spots or in PPR leagues don't start Steve Smith this Sunday.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Super Freak of the Week: Buccaneers RB Doug Martin Buccaneers rookie RB Doug Martin had a huge game on Thursday night against the Vikings. Martin had a career high 135 yards rushing on 29 carries, and also had a career day catching the ball with 3 receptions for 79 yards. The rookie had over 200 all purpose yards and 2 touchdowns in the 36-17 victory over the Vikings. Sy Su's Sleeper: Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts With the NFL Trade deadline here, the Jags trade Mike Thomas to the Lions opening a door of opportunity for Jacksonville's leading receiver Cecil Shorts. He's racked up 400 yards and 3 TDs so far this season -highlighted by last week's career-high 116 yards on 8 catches. He's definitely QB Blaine Gabbert's favorite receiver, targeting him 22 times in the last two weeks! By the way, his 12 receptions in the last two weeks is more than Megatron, Larry Fitzgerald, and Hakeem Nicks, just to name a few, in the same period. Bailey's Bench Em: Cowboys RB Felix Jones I understand that DeMarco Murray is hurt & fantasy owners need Felix Jones right now, but this week's matchup is not a good one, so unless you own Felix in a deep league or a PPR league, don't start him. Atlanta's O is on a run & should put all the pressure on Dallas's O, leaving the game in Tony Romo's hands. Felix has produced only 1 standout game & hasn't produced much in the last 2 games, when he has been getting the majority of carries. Atlanta does allow over 100 yds/g rushing, but only allows 18 pts/g & I imagine Romo & his WRs are gonna see the end zone over Felix. Nick's Pick: Lions QB Matthew Stafford Matthew Stafford was an unlikely top fantasy quarterback last week against a Seattle defense that has given up the 26th most points to opposing fantasy quarterback's this season, throwing for more than 350 yards and 3 touchdowns. Is this a sign of better days on the horizon for Stafford owners? Or just an aberration. I'm a believer in Stafford. The next few weeks seem to be more favorable for him on paper with matchup's against Jacksonville and Minnesota who this year has given up the 8th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. I look for Stafford to get back on track and begin to find the rhythm he had all of last season.

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