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A Head Start on Week 4: The First Bye Week

Published on September 22, 2012, by in NFL.

We may be jumping the gun but there’s no reason to wait until the waiver wire to shore up some line-up holes coming in week 4, the first bye week of the season.

Two teams are off for the week; the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers. There are several players listed here that you’ll likely need to find substitutes for on your roster. In case your bench isn’t particularly appealing, we offer some suggestions on players to consider for replacements.

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Hold That Waiver Wire – Week 2 Busts, Week 3 Picks

Published on September 18, 2012, by in NFL.

Hands up if you put a claim in for the Cowboys’ Kevin Ogletree or the Jets’ Stephen Hill?

The two gained fantasy attention overnight with 8rec/114yd/2TD and 5rec/89yds/2TD performances in Week 1.

Here’s how they did in Week 2:
Kevin Ogletree (WR): One catch for 26 yards, one target.
Stephen Hill (WR): No catches, two targets.

It was too much to ask for a repeat performance, but to put up a complete egg in Hill’s case is a situation even the most pessimistic pundit couldn’t have fathomed. Yes, Mark Sanchez is merely serviceable at best, but I was at the Cowboys game in Seattle and Ogletree was completely invisible. This was partially due to the Seahawks stout D, but also to Jason Witten getting more involved (and dropping balls). Stash Hill on your bench for now as the Jets visit Miami, but Ogletree is worth a flex or WR2 play against Tampa Bay.

So what can we learn from this? Be cautious on your waiver pickups, as it isn’t worth burning a #1 or #2 priority on a player who is 4th in the progressions as in Ogletree’s case, or has an unreliable QB (Hill). It would be a wiser choice to save your priority for possible injuries to starting RB’s or to use them on players like Alfred Morris if he was still available in your league. Of course, all of this is easy to say in hindsight.

Who to pickup this week?

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Results-Oriented Team Management

Published on September 14, 2012, by in NFL.

It's Not Your Fault
“It’s not your fault.”

Thursday’s match-up was brutal. Like many others following the game, I found myself full of bitter regret. For me, it was James Jones. For others, it could have been Randall Cobb, Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Jermichael Finley – abysmal performances from the lot of them. The entire night was a bit of a train wreck for both sides, but luckily it ended with an eventual winner.

Unfortunately, that winner wasn`t you if you had any one of the above-mentioned players in your starting line-up. A perfect storm of multiple interceptions, mistimed routes, dropped passes, impressive defense, and the Chicago O-Line laying down a welcome mat for the Green Bay secondary resulted in some staggering fantasy lines.

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Robots Write Fantasy Football Recaps on Yahoo

Published on September 11, 2012, by in NFL.

Like millions of fantasy football fans on Tuesday morning, I loaded up Yahoo to check my league’s results. I noticed new “Recap” links beside every game result in the “Scoreboard” box. Clicking through out of curiousity, I was blown away by this new feature and jokingly posted this on Twitter:

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8 Things We Learned from the Cowboys vs Giants Opener

Published on September 6, 2012, by in NFL.

The long awaited NFL season kicked off last night with a divisional matchup with several fantasy implications. Here are eight things I think I think (big Peter King fan here) about the Cowboys 24-17 victory over the Giants in New York:

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Fantasy Performance of Heisman Trophy Winners

Published on August 27, 2012, by in NFL.

The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in college football. With a history reaching back almost 80 years, to be recognized by the Heisman Trophy Trust is to join the ranks of the very best in college football history.

But how do these players transition to the NFL? And more importantly for us fantasy nerds, do they rack up the fantasy points?

Here are the career and annual fantasy stats of the last five Heisman winners (2007 to 2011):

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2012 Fantasy Spreadsheet Updated with New Rankings

Published on August 26, 2012, by in NFL.

Drafts are in full swing, so we’ve updated the rankings and projections on both tabs of the fantasy football spreadsheet.

Get the updated NFL stats spreadsheet here.


IDP Rankings Spreadsheet with 2011 Stats for LB, DB, DL

Published on August 22, 2012, by in NFL.

If you’ve played fantasy football for several years, you may have seen a similar scenario to this play out chronologically:

  1. Year 1: free or a nominal $20 fee to keep people from dumping.
  2. Year 2: entry fees go up. A couple teams turnover to new managers.
  3. Year 3: Keeper players are introduced.
  4. Year 4: More keepers, higher fees, turnover reduced.
  5. Years 5+: Individual Defensive Players (IDP)

As your league gets more advanced and each manager is more invested through their time, entry fees and closer friendships, eventually you will have to learn a whole different animal – IDP players. Read more…