Fantasy Football Week 4: Waiver wire pickups

We see an annual trend forming as we enter Week 4 and that is only a limited number of fantasy relevant RB’s remain available on the waiver wire; unless of course, you’re in a league 0f eight or less.. What there is, an abundance of  are quality quarterbacks. Two such QB’s made our pickup list this week, but before we begin, should Andy Dalton or Joe Flacco be available in your leagues, stop reading this and run to pick them up!

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB-Bills- There are a couple of things we like about Fitzpatrick. The first is that he hasn’t thrown a pick in his last two games. In fact he tossed three touchdown passes last week giving him a league high 8 on the season. The second is his love for this month. So much so that his 17 TD passes in the month of September are the most in the NFL over the last two seasons. Fitz is owned in around 40% of most leagues and is a Must Add in all formats.

Christian Ponder-QB-Vikings- We have been touting this kid since last season and he has performed as we predicted so far this year. Against a staunch 49ers defense he completed 21 of 35 passes for just under 200 yards, no interceptions, and two touchdowns in a stunning 24-13 win. On the season Ponder has already rushed for a touchdown and has 41 rushing yards to his credit. This week he makes a high end QB2 option vs the Detroit Lions. Ponder is owned in just 20% of leagues. Read more…

Fantasy Football: Week 2 studs and duds

Eli ManningThere were many outstanding performances in Week 2, some were even record-breaking. Some with names that you probably don’t even have on your roster. And then there were those that disappointed the owners who drafted them so soon (and in most cases so high) on draft day. Here is a list of both studs and duds that stood out last week:


Eli Manning-QB-Giants- Against a pretty good defense that had given up only 10 points to Cam Newton and the Panthers a week earlier, Eli and the Giants teed off for quadruple that amount on Sunday at Met Life Stadium. Down by as many as 14 at one point, Eli threw the rock 51 times for 520 yards eclipsing the previous record held by Phil Simms who set it in 1985 with 513 passing yards. The only other Giants QB to pass for 500 or more yards in a game was Y.A. Tittle; 505 yards in 1962.

Donte Rosario-TE-Chargers- How many of you had him on your roster? QB Philip Rivers has his number in the red zone several times on Sunday as Rosario had four receptions for 48 yards and three touchdowns. Here’s a guy that hadn’t scored a touchdown since he was with the Panthers in 2009! In fact he had never scored more than two TD’s in one season in his five-year career! Antonio Gates (sore ribs) is expected back this week so don’t go & grab Rosario up off of waivers just yet. Read more…

Fantasy Football Week 2 waiver wire pickups

Alfred Morris

Source: Patrick McDermott

It was great having football back last weekend! Drafts are over and the craziness that was Week 1 is now in the books. Now comes the hard part. Deciding which of the several breakout stars of Week 1 to grab or just leave alone. However, the pickups made before Week 2 are usually the most important for grabbing potential studs. Study carefully and consider some of these choices we’ve made for you:

1. Alfred Morris-RB- Washington Redskins- No surprise with this pickup as he made fantasy headlines with his breakout week 1 performance vs the Saints. He compiled 96 yards and 2 touchdowns, singling himself as the new starting back in Washington. With his 28 carries it is no secret that Morris will be the main go-to-back and, at worst, will end up at least as a RB2 with many of the goal line carries going his way. To say this is a Must Add would be an understatement!  Just remember as long as Mike Shanahan is the coach there will be some mystery attached to any back on his team. Of course with the Rams on tap in week 2, Morris is an absolute start should you be lucky enough to get him.

2. Kevin Ogletree-WR-Dallas Cowboys- Over 180,000 owners snatched up the wideout within 24 hours of his season début on Wednesday night vs the Giants. Over 2 million have grabbed the upstart WR in the 3 days that followed. If he’s still a part of your waiver wire, you can feel free to pick him up but temper your expectations as there are other weapons on the Cowboys (Miles Austin, Jason Witten) who, if they were playing at 100% last Wednesday and against a team with a viable healthy secondary, Ogletree doesn’t have the game of his life. If you have bench room, go ahead and get him. If not there are other WR’s available with a bigger upside. Read more…

Fantasy Football Week 1: Sleeper picks

2012 fantasy football

Russell Wilson could be on the verge of duplicating Cam Newton’s historical rookie season (seriously).

During the 2012 Fantasy Football season we will be bringing you rankings, predictions, weekly updates and of course, sleeper picks. I think we can all agree that everyone who plays fantasy football thinks that their team is the best team in their respective leagues, right now. Well, while I don’t want to take that feeling away from anyone I do want to let you know that it’s likely that even if your team is the best right now, it likely won’t remain that way unless you make some key additions.

The following is our fantasy football sleeper picks for week one of the NFL. While we are recommending these players for the first week of the season, you may want to consider adding these guys to your season roster(s) and use for the remainder of the season; either as potential starters or bye-week fill-ins.

All projected scores are based on ESPN’s standard scoring system and projections.

Quarterback: Russell Wilson, SEA

When Pete Carroll named Wilson the week one starter I think he immediately went on fantasy football players’ radars. However, Wilson is only owned in about 38.5 percent of ESPN leagues and I’ve seen his salary quite low on several weekly fantasy football sites.

If you’re a believer, unlike the ESPN “experts” who have him ranked as the 20th overall quarterback in week one, then don’t be shy and take a chance on the rookie.

ESPN: 9, ME: 15

Running Back: Jonathan Dwyer, PIT – 4

Currently ranked as the 39th back for week one, Dwyer is a true crapshoot. Isaac Redman, a sleeper in his own right, is a bit banged up still and while a solid option for the Steelers, I think Dwyer will get plenty of reps.

I suspect Dwyer will get the goal-line carries and even have the chance to rack up some nice yardage on the ground.

ESPN: 4, ME: 10

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An ode to (Potentially) the best Fantasy Football team

“My team is so baller, there’s no way I don’t win the Championship”

– Me, after every single fantasy football draft.

Despite my emphatic proclamation that I have the best team in fantasy football every year, they still have to play the games and that’s usually where it all goes downhill for yours truly.

Whether I get screwed over by the injury bug (Jamaal Charles AND Run DMC last year, BS), bent over because I picked with my heart (damn you Frank Gore, every freaking year), or get completely boned because your team was good enough to win in the Championship game, but your opponent is the Atlanta Falcons and they are playing the Tampa Bay “I Quit On My Coach Week 4 and I Like to See Lance Suffer” Buccaneers.  (F U Morgan Eugene Lawler).

And despite in the next sentence when I completely jinx myself in the League of Extraordinary Buttholes, NOT THIS YEAR!  This IS the year for “I’ve got VD and Crabs” to take supremacy in the LOEB.  This isn’t just me being a complete homersexual for my team, I’ve got reasons behind my continued (over)confidence.

16 men — nay — 16 soldiers, that will take the field for the next 17 weeks and do battle for my bragging rights and a small sum of straight cash homie. Read more…

Fantasy Football: Individual defensive players to grab late

The majority of Fantasy Football leagues do not have Individual Defensive Players (IDP’s) as part of their roster, however enough do. Here is our listing of late round pickups or sleepers as well as IDP’s to avoid altogether.

  • Defensive backs:

Lardarius Webb-Ravens: Starting for the first time last year, Webb had 5 INT’s and added 3 more in the playoffs. That plus his 54 solo tackles makes him a nice late round pick.

Former Nicholls State star #21 Lardarius Webb signed a 5 year $10 Million deal with $5 million signing bonus in the off season. He’s expected to doi great things this season. Photo: Getty Images

Brandon Browner-Seahawks- The 6′ 4″ DB had an impressive first season collecting 51 solo tackles to go with his 6 picks; 2 of them for touchdowns. Definitely on the rise. Read more…

Fantasy Football: The most impressive TE’s of the preseason

Aaron Hernandez has had a strong preseason

Tight ends have seen their role increase over the past few years and are now just as valuable as wide receivers. Last season, Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski had the two best seasons ever for tight ends and neither was highly drafted. While it would be foolish to expect to strike gold like that again this season, here are a few tight that have impressed this preseason and who’s fantasy football arrow is pointing up.

Aaron Hernandez

Playing second-fiddle to Rob Gronkowski has lowered Hernandez’s profile, but it hasn’t stopped him from putting up big numbers. Hernandez has continued that play this preseason looking sharp against the Buccaneers in the Patriots dress-rehearsal catching 5 balls for 52 yards. According to Patriots beat writer Greg A. Bedard, “Hernandez has ascended to Brady’s No. 1 option, with Wes Welker next, and then Rob Gronkowski depending on matchups.” While I’m not sure I necessarily agree with that, it’s great news for his fantasy football stock and he’s still going relatively late in drafts. Read more…

Fantasy Football: Running Backs to grab in the middle to late rounds

We’ve given you the WR’s to grab in the later rounds of your draft, and now it’s the running back’s turn. We have chosen our list from three-tier RB’s and higher and hopefully if you haven’t finished drafting (or for some of you if you haven’t started yet), here are some backs worth grabbing in the mid to late rounds.

BenJarvis Green-Ellis-Bengals– We liked this signing as soon as it was announced as the Bengals historically, are a running team first and foremost. With only Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard as back ups, BJGE should run and run often and have his share of goal line carries. For some reason, Steven Jackson is coming off the boards before Green-Ellis and frankly, we think it should be the other way around. In the last 3 seasons, S-Jax has seen his yards fall 1416, 1241, and last season 1145. He averaged 5 TD’s over the same period, while Green-Ellis has averaged 12 TD’s over the past 2 seasons with the Pats-and that was in a time-share! In fact we like BJGE better than Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore as well.

David Wilson-Giants– The N.Y. Giants who seem to make all the right moves lately, picked the Virginia Tech star in the first round for a reason; he’s a super-fast sly running back who will provide the lightning in the G-Men’s running game. If you’ve seen any of the pre-season games, you would have noticed how he can elude tackles and pick up some nice yardage after contact. He will make a formidable RB2 and at the same time will provide insurance for Ahmad Bradshaw owners. He’ll make a nice mid round pickup.

Donald Brown-Colts– Talk about late round value, the former fist round pick out of UCONN has virtually no competition so the starting back job is Browns to lose. Rookie QB Andrew Luck will rely heavily on Brown who also has great pass-catching ability which will help all those in PPR leagues. In a back-up role last season, he had as many touchdowns (5), as Steven Jackson. It must sound like we’re picking on S-Jax, but really, we’re just bringing out a point. Snatch this former Husky late-you won’t be disappointed. Read more…

Fantasy Football receivers to grab in the middle to late rounds

With the start of the regular season under 10 days away and as the biggest Fantasy Football draft weekend of the season draws near, here are some additional tips for you to consider.

This list of wide receivers are made up of mid to late round players that can fill your WR2 and WR3 slots. In fact, two receivers below will begin the season as the WR1. They all currently tier four and above receivers.

Darrius Heyward-Bey-Raiders: With more and more defenses keying in to Denarius Moore, I think that DHB who is more consistent than Moore, will reach that higher level this season. His tremendous speed and versatility will make him QB Carson Palmer’s favorite receiver especially with Jacoby Ford not being a reliable option and TE Brandon Myers not a real receiving threat. Drafted #7 in 2009 he had a top 10 like last four games of 2011, and could be poised for a breakout year.

Devery Henderson-Saints: After the Saints let WR Robert Meachem go in the off-season to San Diego, it allowed Henderson to slip into the WR 3 slot and thus be the lone recipient of deep passes from Drew Brees. We were never fans of Meachem so we think the 30-year-old veteran will have a breakout year. If you remember Henderson had back-to-back 100 yard games at the beginning of last season so there is reason to believe he can return to his ’09 form. Read more…

Top 5 Fantasy Football players in 2012

Rice, Foster, McCoyFantasy Football is upon us, so I thought who wouldn’t want advice from a guy that got second place in his league last year.

1. Arian Foster, RB – Houston Texans.  Despite only coming in third in the Lensless Glasses Power Rankings in 2012 behind LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, Arian Foster comes in number one in my top fantasy football players this year, thankfully ESPN agrees with me. Despite starting off slow with a hamstring injury in his first three games in 2011 and sitting out the final game of the year, Foster still rushed for over 1,200 yards and scored 10 touchdowns while scoring double digits in 10 of his games.  Foster also adds legitimate receiving points with over 600 yards receiving last year.  The Houston Texans will rely on the running game more in 2012 since their passing game will take a small hit without a legit number two receiver next to Andre Johnson, who has had trouble staying healthy the past few years.  If Foster can stay healthy, there’s no reason he can’t put up even bigger numbers and help you win your fantasy league.

2. Cam Newton, QB – Carolina Panthers.  After being drafted first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, Cam Newton slides a spot in my 2012 top fantasy football players to number two overall, and jumps ahead of Aaron Rodgers as my top quarterback in 2012.  Last year, Newton came out the gates hot, passing for 854 yards in his first two games, but slowed down considerably with just over 228 passing yards per game.  Newton’s real value is his dual-threat ability.  He ran for 14 touchdowns, second most in the NFL and more than Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, and Ray Rice.  If Newton can maintain his rushing totals, avoids the sophomore slump and puts up huge numbers this year, you may be rockin’ bigger pearly whites than he does. And Alex Smith still thinks he can’t win games, pshhh. Read more…

The most impressive running backs of the NFL Preseason

Chris Johnson Titans is having a good preseason

The 2012 NFL Preseason is now halfway complete. While you can’t trust everything you see in the preseason, there are things you can pick up on. Here are a few running backs that have impressed us so far and who’s fantasy football arrow is pointing up.

Chris Johnson

CJ?K looked like 2011 Chris Johnson the preseason opener, but looked rejuvenated last week. Johnson had a few nice runs and found the end zone twice finishing with 46 yards on 10 carries. Johnson has been receiving rave reviews from coaches and teammates all offseason long as his latest preseason performance should cement his status a rock-solid first round pick, who I would have no problem taking at #4 in fantasy football drafts.

Jamaal Charles

Charles was on my short list for players to watch this preseason after suffering a torn ACL early last season. While he has received limited touches so far, he’s looks like he still has some of the burst he showed  prior to his injury. He has yet to suffer any setbacks and even took a big hit to his surgically repaired knee. You can draft Charles with confidence now. Read more…

2012 Fantasy Football: The All-Sleeper Team

sam bradford rams

We all know who the studs are and what they bring to the table. What we don’t know is who those players are that will be late-round draft picks and will put our fantasy football teams over the top. Sleeper picks aren’t always correct, but when you get 1 or 2 right you give yourself a serious advantage over your competition.

Quarterback – Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams (24 ADP)

The story here is health and protection. It sounds like a health class curriculum, but the Rams need to protect Bradford and keep him healthy if they want to even sniff the playoffs. Bradford now has Steve Smith, formerly of the Eagles and Giants, as a possession weapon and Danny Amendola is looking great in preseason.

Players with higher ADP to avoid: Tim Tebow, Josh Freeman, Robert Griffin III

Running Backs – Jacquizz Rodgers – Atlanta Falcons (55 ADP)

Michael Turner is going to remain the starting running back as long as he is healthy, so don’t expect Rodgers to take over in that regard. However, look for Jacquizz to get nearly all of the third-down looks and be in on a large percent of the passing down situations. Michael Turner isn’t a weapon out of the backfield, by any stretch, and while Jason Snelling may take some PT away from Rodgers, I suspect the former Oregon St. running back will have a much better year than his ADP would lead you to believe.

Players with higher ADP to avoid: Felix Jones, Shane Vereen, Brandon Jacobs

Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts (37 ADP)

I was looking for running backs with an ADP for their position of at least 40, but the fact that Brown is currently being drafted at 37 among running backs is a joke. In 2011 Brown recorded nine or more fantasy points five times in 12 games; I believe that number will double this year, granted he stays healthy.

Players with higher ADP to avoid: Mark Ingram, Jonathan Stewart, Ben Tate

Read more here…


Better fantasy fooball pick for 2012: Ray Rice or LeSean McCoy?

LeSean McCoy

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

While the consensus is that Arian Foster should be the first overall pick in fantasy football for 2012 (though some disagree), there is great debate about who should after him. The two main contenders are Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy. Two very similar backs, but when your on the clock during your fantasy football draft who do you take? That’s what were here to find out.

In 2011 Rice and McCoy were the cream of the crop at the running back position finishing 1-2 in total fantasy points. Though it won’t surprise you that Rice finished ahead of McCoy in PPR leagues, he was also better in standard leagues as well. Rice was yardage beast finishing with over 2,000 total yards while McCoy was a touchdown machine finding pay-dirt 20 times.  Read More…

2012 Fantasy Football mock draft: 12 teams, standard scoring

Tom Brady went 7th overall in my first fantasy football draft of the 2012 seasonI recently had my first fantasy football draft of the 2012 season. While doing mock drafts online are great they can’t fully prepare you for the surprises of a real “live” draft. For one, without any computer rankings in front of them you will see a lot more reaches and surprising picks. Also depending on where you live, you can usually expert at least one “homer” pick. The results are posted below with my commentary on the best pick, worst pick, and my pick.

Before I get to the results I’ll give you an overview of the league:

  • 12 teams
  • No PPR
  • Pass TDs worth 6
  • Starting lineup: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR/RB, TE, K, D/ST (6 Bench)

Round 1

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Drew Brees
3. Arian Foster
4. LeSean McCoy
5. Calvin Johnson
6. Ray Rice
7. Tom Brady
8. Ryan Matthews
9. Cam Newton
10. Larry Fitzgerald
11. Matthew Stafford
12. Matt Forte

Best Pick: Ray Rice- Rice is going in the Top 3 – and I’ve seen him go #1 – so to get him at #6 is an absolute steal. I was hoping he would fall to me, but I was more than fine with Brady.

Worst Pick: Larry Fitzgerald- It’s hard to find a truly bad pick in the first round so I’m nitpicking here. If this was a PPR league I would be fine with Fitz, but I would have gone RB here especially with guys like Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden and MJD on the board.

My Pick: With passing touchdowns worth 6 points, getting an elite quarterback is paramount so even though QB is deep I was thrilled to land Brady at #7. Seeing Newton and Stafford go later in the first round only confirmed my feelings on the selection.

See the rest of the rounds here…

Fantasy Football defense, special teams: What you should know

Just like with all position players, there are an élite amount of DST (defense and special teams) and the question that remains is who are the best of the rest? Our top six DST include the 49ers, Packers, Giants, Patriots, Ravens, and the Jets.   Once they’re off the board, we have put together a list of other DST and list why they should be considered for your team…

Philadelphia Eagles– Even though they play in one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL, we’re picking the DST of the Eagles as sleepers this season. They had a usually poor start last year but in the final weeks they came on strong and became more of the Eagles D of old. They made some great moves in the off-season to help fortify their defense-moves like the additions of rookie linemen Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry as well as linebacker DeMeco Ryans should put the Eagles back into defensive relevancy which has always been a major part of their game.

Houston Texans– With DeMeco Ryans going to Philadelphia and former 1st rounder Mario Williams shuffling off to Buffalo, any other team would be in for a long season, but this is a defense that’s got Wade Phillips at the helm and they’re coming off their best defensive season in their franchise’s history! This season, instead of being great they’ll be just ‘very good’ which is all you want for your team because you don’t need the best DST to win your league. Read more here…