Sunday, October 17, 2010

Week 6 Free Agent Pickups

There is very little to report on as far as free agents pickups are concerned.

I guess the obvious pickup is Deion Branch, who took over the starting position that was vacated by Randy Moss. Deion got 9 receptions for 98 yards and a TD. If he is available in your league, pick him up.

Another player that you should pick up is tight end Heath Miller from Pittsburgh. He has always been one of Big Ben's favorite targets and he had 50 yards receiving and a TD. Definitively a decent second TE for your team.

I told you last week to watch out for Nate Burleson. He got a TD and 50 yards but also had a costly fumble. This shouldn't hurt his rising value, though, because Detroit is going to need him to produce as their 2nd receiver.

If you are in need of a free agent start for either the Sunday or Monday night games, consider picking up Tennessee WR Kenny Britt. He had a decent game against Dallas last week; although his TD catch looked like it was thrown to another receiver.

If anyone got rid of Brandon Jacobs, make sure you pick him up. The Giants have a formidable running game and Jacobs is likely to get most of the goal line carries.

I didn't really have any really good matchup to report as far as kickers or defenses last week, mostly because I did not see any good matchups for free agent kickers and defenses.

For week 7, I see two defensive matchups that I like and these teams should be available in your league. The Seattle Seahawks are at home against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals offense has shown little on the road and Seattle is very good at home.

My second pick would have to be the Washington Redskins playing on the road against the Chicago Bears. The Bears are proving that they are who we thought they were. Their offense is looking just as terrible as they were at any point last season. Worse yet, their defense did not show up (fantasy points wise) and only got points from a return TD.

As far as place kickers go for week 7, Garrett Hartley seems to have New Orleans starting job back and he has a great matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Other than that, you might want to take a look at Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (although he is on a bye this week). The Lions have not been shy about having him kick 50+ yarders and he has been very accurate this year.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Week 5 Free Agent Pickups

Assuming that your fantasy football leagues are as picked over as all three of mine are, you're probably not going to find much of value available.

Felix Jones is starting to make noise for the Cowboys. Watch for him to take over the starting job from Marion Barber (again). Dallas is going to primarily be a passing team, but Felix might be worth starting in the near future.

One wide receiver to take a chance on is Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson. He gives the Lions a legitimate 2nd wide receiver and Calvin Johnson got banged up (shoulder) late in the game against the Rams.

In that same game, St Louis Rams WR Mark Clayton looks to have suffered a serious knee injury. You may want to pick up the next best option for the Rams, Danny Amendola.

Another WR to pick up is James Jones of the Green Bay Packers. He is their slot receiver, but is getting as much action as Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. This is especially true now that both of the Packers top two tight ends went out of today's game with injuries.

Keep RB Earnest Graham of Tampa Bay on your radar. He had the best day running for the Bucs and has been the starting running back in the past. I wouldn't be surprised to see him take over.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fantasy Football Stats after Week 4

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks
Name Pass Yrds Rush Yrds Pass TDs Rush TDs Int
Peyton Manning 1365 -5 11 0 1
Phillip Rivers 1328 7 9 0 4
Aaron Rodgers 940 69 8 2 5
Michael Vick 799 187 6 1 0
Kyle Orton 1419 29 6 0 3
Tom Brady 911 12 9 0 2
Drew Brees 1131 -7 7 0 2
Mark Sanchez 711 6 8 0 0
Matt Schaub 978 0 7 0 4
Matt Ryan 978 51 6 0 3

Top Fantasy Running Backs
Name Rush Yrd Rec Yrd Rush TD Rec TD Fum
Arian Foster 537 152 4 1 1
Rashard Mendenhall 411 27 4 0 0
Jahvid Best 174 217 4 1 1
Adrian Peterson 392 85 3 0 0
Darren McFadden 392 162 1 1 0
LeSean McCoy 273 172 4 0 1
Frank Gore 270 263 1 1 0
Peyton Hillis 322 94 4 0 1
LaDainian Tomlinson 341 82 3 0 0
Chris Johnson 354 38 4 0 2
Ahmad Bradshaw 382 61 3 0 3
Matt Forte 134 209 0 3 1
Mike Tolbert 281 33 3 0 1
Jason Snelling 226 74 2 1 0
Steven Jackson 284 116 1 0 0
Maurice Jones-Drew 322 49 1 1 1
Cedric Benson 262 20 2 1 1
Joseph Addai 228 79 2 0 0
Michael Turner 281 46 1 0 0
Jamaal Charles 238 92 1 0 0

Top Fantasy Wide Receivers
Name Receiving Yards Rec TDs Fumble
Austin Collie 398 5 1
Reggie Wayne 456 2 1
Anquan Boldin 355 3 0
Hakeem Nicks 279 4 0
Brandon Lloyd 454 1 0
Roddy White 362 2 0
DeSean Jackson 337 2 0
Terrell Owens 374 1 0
Calvin Johnson 237 3 0
Eddie Royal 299 2 0
Kevin Walter 242 3 0
Braylon Edwards 227 3 0
Mark Clayton 300 2 0
Brandon Marshall 340 1 0
Jeremy Maclin 162 4 0
Malcolm Floyd 285 2 0
Donald Driver 218 3 0
Wes Welker 217 3 0
Miles Austin 308 1 0
Lance Moore 209 3 1
Chad Ochocinco 296 1 0
Greg Jennings 161 3 0
Mike Wallace 211 2 0
Larry Fitzgerald 208 2 0
Santana Moss 290 1 1

Top Fantasy Tight Ends
Name Receiving Yards Rec TDs Fumbles
Antonio Gates 386 6 0
Dustin Keller 254 5 0
Dallas Clark 275 3 0
Zach Miller 278 2 0
Chris Cooley 234 2 0
Jermichael Finley 301 1 0
Marcedes Lewis 138 3 0
Vernon Davis 209 1 0
Tony Gonzalez 205 1 0
Greg Olsen 179 2 1

Top Fantasy Team Defenses
Name Pts Allow Sacks Safe Int Fum TD Blk Ret TD
Pittsburgh Steelers 50 11 0 6 6 1 0 1
San Diego Chargers 65 15 1 7 4 1 0 0
New England Patroits 96 7 0 7 1 3 2 2
Seattle Seahawks 75 11 0 5 3 1 0 2
Tennessee Titans 68 16 1 4 3 0 0 1
Green Bay Packers 73 16 0 5 2 1 0 0
Saint Louis Rams 52 9 0 4 6 0 1 0
New York Giants 78 16 0 5 4 0 0 0
Chicago Bears 68 4 0 4 7 0 1 1
New York Jets 61 8 0 4 5 0 1 0

Top Fantasy Place Kickers
Name Less 40 40-49 50+ PAT Missed
Matt Bryant - ATL 7 3 0 9 1
Mike Nugent - CIN 7 1 2 7 1
Neil Rackers - HOU 5 3 0 12 2
Sebastian Janikowski - OAK 7 1 1 7 4
Matt Prater - DEN 7 0 1 9 0
Nick Folk - NYJ 5 2 0 11 2
Jeff Reed - PIT 7 0 1 8 4
Rob Bironas - TEN 2 3 1 10 1
Graham Gano - WAS 6 2 0 7 2
Mason Crosby - GB 2 2 1 13 1

Fantasy Football Trade Update

It looks like Randy Moss is going to be headed back to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have had problems at wide receiver since the start of the season with nagging problems to Percy Harvin and the hip injury to Sidney Rice. The trade with the New England Patroits has still not been anounced yet, but a source said that Randy Moss is being traded for a third round draft pick.

This shouldn't come as a big surprise as this is the last year of his contract with the Patroits. Randy Moss owners have been a little disappointed with his efforts so far. He does have 3 TDs but has not gotten over 60 yards receiving in any game yet this year. On Monday night, he did not have any receptions and was not the focus of the offense at all.

This move should increase the value of both Randy and Brett Farve, who has not had a deep threat receiver so far this year. If you have a chance to trade for Randy Moss or if anyone has dropped Brett Farve, you would do well to pick them up on the cheap before Minnesota puts the peddle to the metal.

You may also want to pick up New England wide receiver Brandon Tate, because he is most likely going to be the starting WR opposite to Wes Welker.

Also, Marshawn Lynch was recently traded to the Seattle Seahawks. This may increase the fantasy value of both him and fellow running back Fred Jackson, who will probably take the starting RB position for the Bills. If either is available in your fantasy football free agent list, pick them up now.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Early Week 5 Pickup

If you are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, your going to need another defense this week. There are two really good matchups this upcoming weekend. The Chicago Bears are playing the Carolina Panthers and the Bears defense may have to take the game over if the offense plays like it did on Sunday night. Also, the Chargers are playing against the Oakland Raiders. Either matchup should be an ideal fantasy matchup.

Week 4 Free Agent Pickups and News

I've kind of been frustrated with a couple of my decisions so far this year. There are two runningbacks that I've seen and had an opportunity to pick up, but didn't pull the trigger because I didn't think would pan out. But when it comes to picking up busts, I'm doing great. Brandon Jackson, Laurence Maroney, Fred Taylor, oh my.

I saw Mike Tolbert putting up numbers after Ryan Matthews injury but ignored him. I actually picked up Ryan Torian of the Washington Redskins last week but dropped him in favor of picking up the injured Reggie Bush.

Ryan Torian is going to be the biggest free agent pickup of this weekend. He is looking primed to take over as starting runningback for the Redskins because Clinton Portis is a little beat up.

I also ignored BenJarvus Green-Ellis because I didn't think any New England Patroit running back was ever worth owning. He is also proving me wrong (at least this week) by getting the majority of the carries and a rushing TD. I doubt either of these players are left to pick up, but make sure you do if either is available.

I wouldn't bother picking up either running back that the Saints ran out there on Sunday. Neither Ladell Betts or Christopher Ivory really did anything productive. If you need a place kicker next week, I would recommend you pick up the Saints John Carney. He was 3 for 3 on field goals and New Orleans plays an Arizona Cardinals team that has given up 41 points twice.

Mike Vick got injured on Sunday, but I wouldn't rush to pick up Kevin Kolb as the Eagles looked completely out of sync with him at the helm. Also, LeSean McCoy has been reported to have fractured a rib in the same game. Look to pick up running back Mike Bell if LeSean McCoy missing next week's game.

It might be time to cut Mike Sims-Walker as he did not have a reception for the second game this season. He also has two catches or less in 7 of his last 9 games, dating back to last year.

Keep an eye out for Santonio Holmes return this week for the New York Jets after a four game suspension. Braylon Edwards is currently the number 1 wide receiver but Santonio may cut into his production. Ben Roethlisberger also comes back from suspension but the Steelers have a bye week this week.

One more thing to keep an eye on is Green Bay's running game. In particular, Marshawn Lynch has been rumored to be drawing intest from both the Packers and Eagles.

Sidney Rice may not be coming back as soon as expected. He is reportedly still on cruches and may not be back any time close to the week 9 projection. You might not want to keep him on your roster if you need help now during the fantasy football bye weeks.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Current Fantasy Football Player Stats

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks

Name Pass Yrds Rush Yrds Pass TDs Rush TDs Int
Peyton Manning 1013 -4 9 0 0
Michael Vick 750 170 6 1 0
Phillip Rivers 1087 7 7 0 4
Tom Brady 758 6 8 0 2
Aaron Rodgers 759 49 5 2 3
Jay Cutler 870 62 6 0 2
Drew Brees 856 -6 6 0 2
Kyle Orton 1078 18 4 0 2
Mark Sanchez 550 6 6 0 0
Tony Romo 940 -2 4 0 2

Top Fantasy Running Backs

Name Rush Yrd Rec Yrd Rush TD Rec TD Fum
Adrian Peterson 392 85 3 0 0
Arian Foster 406 96 3 0 1
Jahvid Best 124 183 4 1 0
Chris Johnson 301 27 4 0 1
Darren McFadden 345 80 1 1 0
Frank Gore 193 203 1 1 0
LeSean McCoy 209 62 4 0 0
Rashard Mendenhall 332 18 2 0 0
Matt Forte 108 202 0 3 1
Peyton Hillis 220 86 3 0 1
Jason Snelling 195 69 2 1 0
Cedric Benson 202 20 2 1 1
Ahmad Bradshaw 253 47 2 0 2
Jamaal Charles 238 92 1 0 0
Tim Hightower 209 49 2 0 2
Pierre Thomas 147 133 1 0 0
Steven Jackson 214 62 1 0 0
LaDainian Tomlinson 208 60 1 0 0
Michael Turner 231 18 1 0 0
Knowshon Moreno 111 71 2 0 0

Top Fantasy Wide Receivers

Name Receiving Yards Rec TDs Fumble
Austin Collie 359 4 1
Anquan Boldin 287 3 0
DeSean Jackson 318 2 0
Hakeem Nicks 169 4 0
Brandon Lloyd 339 1 0
Jeremy Maclin 147 4 0
Kevin Walter 207 3 0
Roddy White 258 2 0
Reggie Wayne 260 2 0
Miles Austin 308 1 0
Malcolm Floyd 240 2 0
Brandon Marshall 290 1 0
Mark Clayton 228 2 0
Wes Welker 147 3 0
Santana Moss 290 1 1
Randy Moss 139 3 0
Mike Wallace 187 2 0
Andre Johnson 255 1 0
Chad Ochocinco 237 1 0
Louis Murphy 238 1 0
Mario Manningham 238 1 0
Roy Williams 191 2 1
Lance Moore 172 2 0
Steve Smith (Car) 163 2 0
Braylon Edwards 141 2 0

Top Fantasy Tight Ends

Name Receiving Yards Rec TDs Fumbles
Antonio Gates 242 4 0
Dustin Keller 226 3 0
Dallas Clark 207 2 0
Chris Cooley 197 1 0
Jermichael Finley 265 0 0
Tony Moeaki 123 2 0
Marcedes Lewis 116 2 0
Greg Olsen 140 2 1
Tony Gonzalez 164 1 0
Visanthe Shiancoe 169 1 0

Top Fantasy Team Defenses

Name Pts Allow Sacks Safe Int Fum TD Blk Ret TD
Pittsburgh Steelers 33 10 0 5 5 1 0 1
Seattle Seahawks 55 7 0 4 3 1 0 2
Kansas City Chiefs 38 8 0 2 2 1 0 1
Tennessee Titans 42 10 1 3 3 0 0 0
Miami Dolphins 51 6 1 3 1 1 1 0
Indianapolis Colts 61 7 0 3 3 1 0 0
Chicago Bears 51 2 0 4 4 0 1 1
Philadelphia Eagles 62 12 0 5 0 0 0 0
San Diego Chargers 61 6 1 5 3 0 0 0
Green Bay Packers 47 13 0 3 1 0 0 0

Top Fantasy Place Kickers

Name Less than 40 40-49 50+ PAT
Mike Nugent 5 1 2 5
Jeff Reed 7 0 1 6
Neil Rackers 4 3 0 8
Matt Bryant 5 2 0 8
Sebastian Janikowski 6 1 1 4
Graham Gano 5 2 0 5
Mason Crosby 2 2 1 9
Nick Folk 4 2 0 6
Robbie Gould 5 1 0 6
Dan Carpenter 2 2 1 5

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Beware of New Orleans Kicker Situation

New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley may be the place kicker on one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL and was once definitely worth owning in a fantasy football league.

That was before he missed 3 of his first 7 field goals, including a chip shot in overtime last week.

Now, he is on a very short leash apparently because the Saints have recently signed John Carney. Make sure you check before game time this Sunday to make sure that Hartley is dressed. Otherwise, you may be starting a benched kicker.

Week 4 Fantasy Football Preview

This is the first week of teams taking their NFL bye week. That means that you may be looking for some emergency one-week replacements to play on Sunday. This week, there are four teams that aren't playing: the Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This means you will have to bench Adrian Peterson, Tony Romo, Thomas Jones, Jason Witten, Visanthe Shiancoe, Miles Austin, Marion Barber, Percy Harvin, Jamaal Charles, Kellen Winslow, Dwayne Bowe and Carnell Williams if you have any of these players on your team. Any kicker or defense for these four teams will also have to sit this week.

When it comes to kickers and defenses, there isn't too many situations where you absolutely have to keep them through the bye week. As of today, I would not categorize any NFL place kicker as a must keep. If you drop your kicker and someone else picks them up, so be it.

For defenses, the story is a little different. I would keep any of the elite defenses on my roster through a bye week. If you notice anyone dropping one of the following defenses, you may want to pick them up for later use: Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings or New Orleans Saints.

Here's the best choices for your bye week replacements for week 4:

Quarterback - If no one has taken Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton yet, be sure to pick him up. I don't think that his early season play is a fluke and he should put up numbers all year long. Also after some early season problems, Mark Sanchez is starting to heat up and has a favorable matchup against the Buffalo Bills. Take a look towards next week as well because Ben Roethlisberger will be back from suspension.

Running back - If you are in a pinch, you are most likely going to be out of luck as far as RBs are concerned. A couple of emergency fillers may include John Kuhn from Green Bay or Laurence Maroney from Denver. Most of the players from the Week 3 Free Agent Pickup list should already be gone.

Wide Receiver - Same as the RBs, not a whole lot of talent should be left in your league. If you really need someone, here are a couple of Wideouts with good matchups to consider:
Josh Morgan (San Francisco 49ers), Davone Bess (Miami Dolphins), James Jones (Green Bay Packers) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oakland Raiders)

Tight End - I have found three options for TE that should be reasonable this weekend: Zach Miller (Oakland Raiders), John Carlson (Seattle Seahawks) and Aaron Hernandez (New England Patriots)

Kicker - Mike Nugent (Cincinnati Bengals) and Jeff Reed (Pittsburgh Steelers) are currently the top two kickers in the league. This is primarily because these two teams are kicking a lot of field goals. Either of these players may be available in any league and are both good plays this weekend.

Team Defense - Cincinnati's Defense also has a good matchup this weekend against the Cleveland Browns. Also, the Chicago Bears defense has been creating turnovers and they are playing the New York Giants, who have been turning the ball over.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Week 3 Free Agent Pickups

Look for these players to pick up in your fantasy football league

  1. Brandon Lloyd WR Denver Broncos - You can officially pick Brandon up now if he is still available in your fantasy football league. He appears to be this year's DeSean Jackson as he leads the league in 25+ yard receptions. He caught 6 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.
  2. Seattle Defense - the Seahawks' defense have had two great fantasy games out of the 3 weeks so far this year. Your not always going to be able to get 5 turnovers and two kickoff return TDs, but you might want to be open for grabbing them.
  3. Ken Darby RB STL - Another week, another starting running back goes down. Don't know how long Steven Jackson will be out, but get Ken Darby if you still can.
  4. Peyton Hillis RB CLE - Break out Peyton Hillis. He appears to be the only viable option on the Browns as a fantasy option. He got 22 rushes for 144 yards and a TD against the Ravens.
  5. BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB NE - Could it be that the Patroits have finally found a number 1 running back? Don't hold your breath yet, but do pick up the four-named wonder because he got 16 carries for 98 yards and a TD this weekend.

Don't bother picking up the following players:

Lance Moore WR NO - 6 receptions, 149 yards and 2 TDs receiving. He didn't do anything in the first two games of the season and there are too many targets on the Saints to ever think about starting Lance on your fantasy team.

Roy Williams WR DAL - Let's see Roy put up more than one good game before you think about starting him on your fantasy roster (5 receptions for 117 yards and 2 TDs). If you have an empty spot, you might consider picking him up though.

Leon Washington RB SEA - I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's not going to get 2 return TDs again. He isn't the starting RB so leave him.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Knowshon Moreno out for week 3

Knowshon Moreno is officially out this weekend because of an injury suffered today. Either Correll Buckhalter or Laurence Maroney is going to be the starter this week. Stay tuned for more, but you should think about picking up either Denver Broncos running back.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pre Week 3 Fantasy Football Manager News

You can officially drop Vincent Jackson as the San Diego Chargers have decided not to trade the hold out. There still is a chance that San Diego will trade him before the trade deadline in a few weeks; but that chance is slim because San Diego turned down offers for his service this week.

If Michael Vick is still available in your fantasy football league, you might want to pick him up. As long as he puts on performances like the first two weeks, he is going to be the starter. The only way that Kevin Kolb is going to start again in the near future is if Vick performs badly. He is a very good backup QB to have and could be your starter for the next couple of weeks.

Reggie Bush's broken leg will not require surgey and he could be back in the next four to six weeks. Be sure to pick him up off of waivers if anyone has dropped him as he should be back by week 9.

Be very wary of the situation with Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Aromashodu. It seems that he was benched last weekend because the team does not have confidence in his ability to be a slot receiver when he shortarmed some catches against the Detroit Lions. Don't drop him yet, but if he does nothing this weekend you might want to.

Robert Meachem seems to clearly be the 4th wide receiver at New Orleans. He was only out on the field for 14 of the Saints offensive 64 plays. It may be close to time to letting him go if you drafted him.

TJ Houshmandzadeh seams to be struggling so far at Baltimore. So far that seems to hold true for the Ravens' offense overall. If his production doesn't improve very soon, you shouldn't think about keeping him on your roster.

The same holds true for rookie Bills running back CJ Spiller. He only received one carry last week after starting in week 1. It appears that he is the number 3 running back at Buffalo for the time being. You may want to keep him for a couple more weeks.

Be aware that Laurence Maroney is now a Denver Bronco. He may be worth watching in case there is an injury to Knowshon Moreno or Correll Buckhalter.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fantasy Football Player Injuries and Suspensions

Injury Update - Be careful drafting the following players with injuries:

Reggie Bush RB NO - Reggie has a fracture bone in his leg during the Monday Night game and will be out for 4 to 6 weeks at the minimum.

Kevin Faulk RB NE - Kevin also went down with a leg injury (in week 2) and is now on Injured Reserve.

Ryan Grant RB GB - Ryan went down in week 1 and is now out for the year.

Sidney Rice WR MIN - Was placed on the PUP list and will miss at least the first 6 weeks of the regular season.

Antonio Bryant WR CIN - Antonio was cut by the Bengals and still has an existing issue with his knee which effected his play last year.

Donnie Avery WR STL - Avery suffered a torn ACL and has been placed on Injured Reserve.

Ben Tate RB HOU - Ben has also been placed on Injured Reserve.

Michael Bush RB OAK - Had screws inserted into his left thumb to help with a fracture. He may not miss any games due to this injury but may not keep his No. 1 status.

Kevin Smith RB DET - Kevin had a major knee surgery last year and has been struggling in the preseason. He is No. 2 on the depth chart behind rookie Jahvid Best.

Chaz Schilens WR OAK - Had surgery on his knee and is expected to miss 3 to 6 weeks.

Suspended Players

Be aware of the following NFL players that have suspensions coming into the season:

Vincent Jackson WR SD - Not only has he been suspended by the NFL for 3 games, he has also been suspended by his team for 3 games and is currently holding out. If he signs before the start of the NFL season, the 3 game suspensions from the league and the team can be served at the same time.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT - Ben will miss the first 4 games of the regular season stemming back from his off-field incident.

Santonio Holmes WR NYJ - Holmes has been suspended 4 games for violating the substance abuse policy.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Week 2 Fantasy Football Free Agent Pickups

Look for these players to pick up in your fantasy football league

  1. Jason Snelling RB Atlanta Falcons - both starting runningbacks in front of him got hurt in the game today. Jason filled in with a huge game including 129 yards and 2 TDS rushing and 57 yards a 1 TD receiving.
  2. Mike Tolbert RB San Diego Chargers - Tolbert had 87 yards and 2 rushing TDs in backup of the rookie Ryan Matthews, who left the game with an injury and didn't return.
  3. Dustin Keller TE New York Jets - Came up big with 115 yards receiving and a TD. Mark Sanchez is starting to target Dustin more often.
  4. Demaryius Thomas WR Denver Broncos - The rookie wideout had the most receptions (8) and the most yardage (97) and had a TD.
  5. Kevin Walter WR Houston Texans - Kevin had a huge week and might still be available in some leagues. He had 144 yards and 1 TD receiving.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fantasy Football News before Week 1

The QB controversy is over in Arizona. Derek Anderson is the starter and Matt Leinart has been release by the Cardinals. Derek Anderson is probably going to be a decent 2nd string fantasy quarterback and don't be surprised if he puts forward the same performance he did a couple of years ago with Cleveland.

TJ Houshmandzadeh was cut by the Seattle Seahawks. You will want to pick up Mike Williams (former USC Trojan, Detroit Lions 1st round pick and bust) to replace him.

Cleveland Running back and rookie Montario Hardesty , Denver Running back LenDale White and Houston Kicker Kris Brown have all been placed on Injured Reserve.

Wide Receiver Patrick Crayton has been traded from the Cowboys to the Chargers. This may indicate something about Vincent Jacksons likelihood of signing and playing this year. Pick up Patrick Crayton if you have a chance.

Monday, August 30, 2010

2010 Place Kicker Draft Rankings

A good kicker can mean the difference between a win and a lose. Obviously, you will want to find the kicker that kicks the most field goals. But the difference between a great kicker last year and a average kicker isn't that great.

Last year, Nate Kaeding had the most Fantasy Football points with 146 while the average for a decent kicker was 120 points (this is relative because different league score FGs differently).

Your going to find that you can get a place kicker with a good matchup on most weeks. Good matchups for a kicker are matchups against either very week defenses or against strong team defenses that hold teams from scoring TDs.

In any event, you should never select a kicker before the 15th or 16th round of a typical 18 round fantasy football draft.

Dynamic offenses like NO are likely to move the ball down the field often. Even when they don't score a touchdown, they are often in the position for an easy field goal.

Of course, accuracy counts for a great deal. That's why I have Mason Crosby so far down the list. Great offense, but he missed 9 FGs last year or about a 75% accuracy.

Every year, there is a team that will have the capability of moving the football but also seem to fizzle out near the goal line. I have Robbie Gould ranked that high for this very reason. I think Chicago will be able to move the ball, but Matt Forte and Jay Cutler will struggle to convert the TDs in games this year.

Rank Kicker Team Bye
1 Garrett Hartley NO 10
2 David Akers PHI 8
3 Stephen Gostkowski NE 5
4 Nate Kaeding SD 10
5 Jay Feely ARI 6
6 Robbie Gould CHI 8
7 Mason Crosby GB 10
8 Rob Bironas TEN 9
9 Ryan Longwell MIN 4
10 Dan Carpenter MIA 5
11 Matt Prater DEN 9
12 Lawrence Tynes NYG 8
13 David Buehler DAL 4
14 Jeff Reed PIT 5
15 Matt Bryant ATL 8

2010 Team Defense Draft Rankings

When it comes right down to it, I see many people drafting a Team defense way to early on in a lot of fantasy football drafts. Any time you see the Jets Defense go off the board before the 12th round, what you should be saying is "Yeah, more decent WR and RB picks for me.

The truth of the matter is, I've found that any time that I pick a defense in the middle rounds thinking that I got one of the best, it almost always backfires on me.

You go into the season only thinking about how good the defense is. Unfortunately, the defense can fall apart with injuries or your opponent beats you heads up with a defense he just picked up that has a good matchup.

If you ride one defense for the entire year during your fantasy season, the best that you will do is on average about 2 to 3 points per week better than the 10th - 12th best defense. This means that you are not gaining a lot of advantage, except maybe the one or two games that you can steal against your opponent with a huge game from the defense.

Case in point - in two of my three drafts I picked a defense at the end of the draft. I then found out that Chicago's Defense is playing at home against the Detroit Lions. Chicago has done well at home against the Lions and usually gets up by a couple of TDs early. This leads to more chances at sacks, fumbles and interceptions. Also, Chicago is a threat to score on the special teams as well. I then dropped my drafted defense and picked up the Bears.

Rank Defense Team Bye
New York Jets NYJ 7
2 Philadelphia Eagles PHI 8
3 Green Bay Packers GB 10
4 Minnesota Vikings MIN 4
5 New Orleans Saints NO 10
6 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT 5
7 San Francisco 49ers SF 9
8 New York Giants NYG 8
9 Cincinnati Bengals CIN 6
10 Baltimore Ravens BAL 8
11 Dallas Cowboys DAL 4
12 Oakland Raiders OAK 10
13 Chicago Bears CHI 8
14 Miami Dolphins MIA 5
15 Washington Redskins WAS 9

2010 Tight End Draft Rankings

Tight End is usually the one pick that is easiest to determine when you need to draft. Don't ever waste a pick in the first 4 rounds on one, even Antonio Gates or Dallas Clark.

I would expect that one or both of these Tight ends will be snatched up in the early to mid 5th round. This is the ideal time to get one of the elite Tight ends, if you are inclined to do so.

What you must avoid is missing out on the elite TEs and trying to compensate by drafting the best available TE left. If you are starring down the barrel of having to pick up Chris Cooley or worse, you might as well wait until the 9th or 10th round to get your first tight end.

If you don't get an elite Tight End in your draft, make sure that you have an adequate backup. Kellen Winslow and Tony Gonzalez should still be available later on in case you are in a pinch.

Rank Tight End Team Bye
1 Antonio Gates SD 10
2 Dallas Clark IND 7
3 Jermichael Findley GB 10
4 Vernon Davis SF 9
5 Jason Witten DAL 4
6 Brent Celek PHI 8
7 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN 4
8 Chris Cooley WAS 9
9 Owen Daniels HOU 7
10 Kellen Winslow TB 4
11 Tony Gonzalez ATL 8
12 Dustin Keller NYJ 7
13 John Carlson SEA 5
14 Heath Miller PIT 5
15 Zach Miller OAK 10

2010 Wide Receiver Draft Rankings

Every year its a crapshoot with the Wide Receivers. Outside of the top 12 Wideouts on this list, I can't guarantee that any one player is going to do well.

Within the first 5 rounds, you really should get at least one of these 12 WRs. After that, I suspect that these 12 players will be gone.

After that, the key is to hedge your bets by getting a lot of wide receivers during the middle of your draft. Players like Hines Ward and Terrell Owens have routinely slipped past the first 8 rounds and become a great bargin.

Basically, if you don't see a Running back that is higher on your board and you don't need or can't get a highly rated QB or TE, you should select the best Wide Receiver you can find. Odds are that a couple of them will pan out for 7+ points a game.

Rank Wide Receiver Team Bye
1 Andre Johnson HOU 7
2 Randy Moss NE 5
3 Reggie Wayne IND 7
4 Miles Austin DAL 4
5 Roddy White ATL 8
6 DeSean Jackson PHI 8
7 Calvin Johnson DET 7
8 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 6
9 Brandon Marshall MIA 5
10 Marques Colston NO 10
11 Greg Jennings GB 10
12 Anquan Boldin BAL 8
13 Wes Welker NE 5
14 Steve Smith NYG 8
15 Chad OchoCinco CIN 6
16 Mike Sims-Walker JAC 9
17 Michael Crabtree SF 9
18 Steve Smith CAR 6
19 Donald Driver GB 10
20 Dwayne Bowe KC 4
21 Robert Meachem NO 10
22 Pierre Garcon IND 7
23 Johnny Knox CHI 8
24 Eddie Royal DEN 9
25 Hines Ward DEN 9
26 Braylon Edwards NYJ 7
27 Santonio Holmes NYJ 7
28 Hakeem Nicks NYG 8
29 Kenny Britt TEN 9
30 Lee Evans BUF 6
31 Percy Harvin MIN 4
32 Mike Williams TB 4
33 Santana Moss WAS 9
34 Mohamed Massaquoi CLE 8
35 Malcolm Floyd SD 10
36 Jeremy Maclin PHI 8
37 Laurent Robinson STL 9
38 Kevin Walter HOU 7
39 Louis Murphy OAK 10
40 Mike Wallace PIT 5
41 Austin Collie IND 7
42 Dez Bryant DAL 4
43 Derrick Mason BAL 8
44 Terrell Owens CIN 6
45 Devery Henderson NO 10
46 Jabar Gaffney DEN 9
47 Bernard Berrian MIN 4
48 Vincent Jackson SD 10
49 Roy Williams DAL 4
50 Early Doucet ARI 6