Friday, October 24, 2014

Start/Sit advice for Week 8

I am the luckiest librarian today: I have yet another stellar post from a guest writer. Two in one day?! Whaaaaat? This rounds out the group of guest writers that I'm going to use on the blog for now: Jen, Michael, Bob, and now Steve. They all have different opinions and are full of thought-provoking advice. As you can see below, Steve makes me proud with his tremendous quantity of links and the consensus start/sit for the week. So get after it, give me feedback on these great writers, and most of all, good luck in Week 8.

Full disclosure: I’m new to the fantasy advice game. I’ve been playing fantasy since 2005 (not quite as long as Michael), and am currently in 4 leagues, which is a record for me; I usually have 3, but my family wanted to start up one this season for fun… so far be it from me to opt out of that. Why I thought I could handle juggling 4 leagues AND contributing to the fantasy blog that has helped win me 3 championships (and a lot of $$) is beyond me, but I’m more excited about this opportunity than at least 2 of my leagues anyway. Thank you to Sara, hello Jen, Michael, and Bob, and greetings to anyone else reading.

You probably already know this, but the teams on bye weeks this week are the Giants and 49ers. So you will be missing out on all of their underperforming offensive players for at least one more week (Eli, Andre Williams, Larry Donnell, Reuben Randle, Gore, Crabtree, Boldin, Davis, Kaepernick; hat tip to Odell Beckham Jr.). I was high on Cruz this year, and in my main league have Gore and Crabtree, so you can imagine how my season is going. But you don’t care about me… you care about winning week 8.

Despite a slew of injuries to start and only 2 teams on byes, you may have some questions on who to play; especially if you’re outside a playoff spot looking in. You need a W and you need it now. Hopefully these will help:


Roto Arcade’s Flames & Lames



Bruno Boys Start & Sit (they’ve broken it up not only by position, but also start and sit; presumably to boost pageviews)


Fantasy Sharks Start/Bench (I believe Jen posted this link the other day)

FF Toolbox Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em






NFL.com Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em (okay Jen no more poaching links… promise)


Also, I really like the Fantasy Pros Start tool here, in which you compare players to start based on different scoring. I use it a lot.

For those too lazy to click through 14 different links and look up your guys, here are some consensus guys that made multiple lists for starts and sits (Fantasy tip – don’t be lazy!). In no particular order:

QB STARTS:
Ryan Tannehill, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, Kyle Orton, Carson Palmer

QB SITS:
Andy Dalton, Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Jay Cutler

RB STARTS:
Joique Bell, Lamar Miller, Jerrick McKinnon, Shane Vereen, Andre Ellington, Ahmad Bradshaw

RB SITS:
Alfred Morris, Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, LeSean McCoy

WR STARTS:
Jeremy Maclin, Sammy Watkins, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Terrence Williams

WR SITS:
Roddy White, Torrey Smith, Desean Jackson, Mohammad Sanu

Now just some thoughts on the recent waiver wire surge of running backs. Obviously the big 3 this week were Bryce Brown (Bills), Denard Robinson (Jags), and Tre Mason (Rams). I’m sure there was a feeding frenzy in every league to get one or all 3 of these guys, but unless you’re stockpiling touches or hoarding points for the playoffs, I’m not really sure I see the hype. First of all, if you need a win ASAP to stay in contention, I know the temptation is there to make a move and start someone new and fresh (as your team is probably not living up to its potential). But take a closer look and you might not find what you want to see.

Tre Mason – I know Michael posted a bit about seeing ahead and acting on opportunities such as his, but I’m really hesitant. Yes, he put up 14.5 on Seattle’s defense and Stacy didn’t touch the ball once, but that backfield situation is a MESS right now, and with Jeff Fisher saying things like “it’ll be a week-to-week thing” and “Zac could get 25 carries this week”, I’m not really confident starting Mason. And when you look at his schedule down the stretch, it makes it look even more bleak: KC this week, then SF, ARI, DEN, SD, OAK, WAS, ARI, NYG. With the exception of the Raiders, that’s somewhat of a murderer’s row for running backs. I understand starting him if you’re desperate and have no other options, but temper expectations.

The same could be said for Denard Robinson. Gerhart is returning and will get some snaps, but even as the starter, this week is not the best time to deploy the flavor of the week in Jacksonville’s backfield. Miami’s run D is SOLID. Plain and simple. Since week 3, no RB has had more than 50 rushing yards against them, and only 1 TD. A lot of people (including Bob) are high on streaming them as a DST this week, which makes it counter-intuitive to be pro-Miami Defense and pro-Jaguars running back. Robinson also has a bye in week 11, which is another lost week right before playoff time. And also… he’s on the Jaguars. I’m staying away.

Easily the best back of the three I listed is Bryce Brown, who was a monster 2 seasons ago in LeSean McCoy’s absence in Philly. He has fumbling issues, yes, but is an athletic freak that definitely has huge upside. However, I think it will be more of an RBBC than people think between him and Anthony Dixon, and since Kyle Orton took over, the Bills have been pass happy (never thought I’d say that in my lifetime). He plays the Jets this week who are also pretty decent against the run, and has a bye next week… effectively making two useless weeks in a row. Three if you count playing the Chiefs after the bye. Four if you count going to Miami after that in week 11. Five if you count playing the Jets AGAIN week 12. The Bills are winning games, but it’s not really because of their running backs. Jackson was good in PPR, so maybe Brown has some upside there, but otherwise stick him in your flex spot and hope for the best.

I know you’re desperate, and unfortunately I don’t have any suggestions on who you could plug ‘n play instead of the 3 I just listed, but again, just try to temper expectations and say some prayers to the fantasy gods Saturday night. If you’re deploying any of these guys, I hope I’m wrong for your sake. If all 3 go off, I’ll buy you a drink.

Just kidding… I’ll buy myself several drinks for being so bad at predicting the future. Besides, you admitted you don’t care about me anyway.


*Okay, the last one was a joke.

Streaming Defenses: Week 8

Another guest post for you, this time from Bob, and it's specifically for those of you who are trying to do the streaming defense thing - or perhaps just need a DST for a bye week. I really meant to get this post up yesterday but our youngest is battling a fever so plans got turned upside down. Here's hoping Bob's great streaming defense advice is still timely for you!


Hello Fantasy Fans!! My name is Bob Tierney, and like Mike and Jen, I am a guest writer for our beloved Fantasy Football Librarian. I am a retired Engineer, so I love statistics, and what better arena to duel in statistics than Fantasy Football. For my article this week, I would like to discuss the strategy of Streaming Defenses.

For those of you new to the strategy, here’s how it works. Instead of drafting and locking in a defense, you look to teams that are going to have a bad year offensively and look for the teams that will play those teams and are available in the draft or the waiver wire each week. It sounds a little tedious doesn’t it. And, yes, it takes some time and effort to figure this out. So this strategy is better suited to the intermediate to advanced FF player, not your family fun league. But in leagues where one or two points can make the difference from week to week, it has its advantages. 

Why should you stream defenses?...for several reasons. 

First, you never know at the beginning of a year which defense is going to dominate in the coming year. Sure, you can look at last year’s stats and combine that with defensive player moves, player drafts, and trades. But a defense is a unit that needs to work as a unified unit. So if there are changes, it will take some time for a defense to find its synergy. Some may base projections on the defensive coordinator, either track record or changes. But again, until a unit finds its cohesion, you just never know.

Second, defenses rely, to a great extent, on who they’re playing. No one wants to start a defense against a scoring juggernaut, like Denver, especially if your scoring takes into account points against.  

Third, you can save that 7th thru 12th round pick on a skill position player, rather than spend it on a defense that you have no idea how they will perform. This year, Seattle was consistently taken in the 8th round.  Seattle is now the 30th ranked defense. And here are some players taken in the 8th round that you could have drafted:  Maclin, Jeremy PHI WR, Wilson, Russell SEA QB, Romo, Tony DAL QB, Sproles, Darren PHI RB, Williams, Terrance DAL WR, Wallace, Mike MIA WR, Tate, Golden DET WR. You sure could have used some Maclin, Wilson, Williams, or Tate, instead of the 30th ranked defense.

Fourth, the data shows that Streaming Defenses is remarkably effective. And here’s the evidence. In the beginning of the year, many streamers recognized that there were two teams that were going to struggle offensively. The Jaguars had a tough year last year, and didn’t do much to improve. Along with problems at QB, they didn’t have a sound RB and they didn’t improve their Offensive line significantly. So the Jaguars were a target from the beginning. Another team with QB woes and RB questions was the Raiders. And it didn’t take too long to figure out that McCown was not the answer in Tampa Bay, so they emerged as another team to pick on.

Below is a statistical breakdown of some teams that have offered defenses the opportunity to excel along with the points allowed to the corresponding defenses, based on Fantasy Sharks leagues scoring.
Average>>
16.43

14.83

12.67
JAC

TB

OAK

@PHI
15
CAR
15
@NYJ
10
@WAS
22
STL
7
HOU
12
IND
20
@ATL
32
@NE
9
@SD
14
@PIT
18
MIA
21
PIT
18
@NO
7
BYE

@TEN
14
BAL
10
SD
16
CLE
12
BYE

ARI
8

Notice the average points for defenses against the Jaguars was over 16 points!!! That’s great! Oakland wasn’t nearly as good but still respectable at over 12. And even if you started streaming against TB after week three, you still averaged over 12 points.

Now, let’s look at the top four defenses to date, along with poor Seattle with the average points at the top.
15.50
13.57
12.00
11.57
7.00
Eagles
Lions
Patriots
Colts
Seahawks
15
14
8
2
12
6
8
28
2
2
8
20
9
20
9
24
10
2
14
BYE
22
14
17
16
5
18
22
15
11
11
BYE
7
5
16
3

Notice, not one of those teams averaged over 16 points. And you wouldn’t have taken the Eagles until after the 4th week. Same thing with the Lions, well maybe after the 3rd week. Only the Patriots and the Seahawks were drafted as defenses at all, and look at what the Seahawks got you…

So the data bears it out.  Streaming is a great strategy based on these four assumptions.

Now, what’s the downside?  Yeah, there is some downside.

First, you have to actively watch the trends in teams that allow high defensive points allowed.  And that can change over the course of the year.  So it takes some work.

Second, you may not get the best matched team as the defense for that week, due to the same team being a favorite every-week starter on some other team.  But if you look above, there are always a couple of teams available each week. 

Third, you may not be able to snatch a good matchup each week due to competition.  This is particularly true in competitive leagues where there may be half the league streaming already.  But you can tell this by watching the waiver wire each week, and figure out who’s changing their defenses each week.

So let me take care of the first downside, the research.  Each week I will give you the top defenses to target on the waiver wire for streaming.  Starting this week…

Top of the list this week is the Miami Dolphins.  Why?  Because, if you were paying attention, they are playing the Jaguars.  Not many teams will have the Dolphins for an every week starter.  And Miami hasn’t been too bad for the year either, averaging about 11 points a week.  They also scored 21 points against the other target, the Raiders, in week 4.  This would even be better if Miami played at home, but they played the Raiders on the road too.  But watch out for others trying to get Miami, because of what they did to Chicago last week.  Projected points, 14.

More distant seconds are the following:
Vikings against the Buccaneers.  Not nearly as good as Miami, but there are real problems in Tampa Bay.  And the Vikings are starting to congeal as a defense.  Projected points, 10.

Browns against the Raiders.  Also not as good as Miami, but after an embarrassing loss to the Jaguars last week, they will be motivated to do better offensively.  By the way, they were the pick last week against the Jags, and still put up 12 fantasy points.  Projected points, 10.

Finally, a flyer, the Bills against the New York Jets.  I don’t think they can stop the run, but they will have opportunities against either QB started.  The Bills may not be available since they have been averaging 11 points a game.  But if available, they are another good start this week. The Jets are emerging as another target for streaming defenses.  Projected points, 12.

So there you have it, set your waiver to the following teams in the priority listed here: Dolphins, Bills, Vikings, Browns

And happy streaming!!!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mid-week fantasy musings for Week 8

I've got another guest post from Jen Ryan for you tonight - she's full of advice including how to handle RB handcuffs with all the injuries to the position this season, a few waiver wire links, and more Twitter suggestions. Plus, I've got two additional guest posters lined up for later this week so stay tuned for more fantasy awesomeness. 

Hey all! I’m back for another round - thanks to those who gave me feedback, I’ve enjoyed hearing from you. I’ve made it through another week with some success, some not. I blew it big time on FanDuel (I thought for SURE Edelman was going to run all over the Jets corners), and lost a tough one in my “friends” league, which has left me at 4-3 in 4th place. But, in my “family” league, I’ve moved on to 7-0! Exciting! And I have a trade pending review: My Cutler and Vereen for my cousin’s wife’s (cousin-in-law?) Aaron Rodgers. I have the RB depth, so here’s hoping the league votes it through! Jay has been serviceable to me, but I plan on going all the way, and Aaron has Atlanta, Buffalo, and Tampa Bay for my playoffs. Juicy matchups!

I hope you’ve managed to survive week 7, where even more running backs fell victim to the injury plague. It was hard to see Spiller go down, but possibly harder to see Fred Jackson get hurt. He rewarded those who drafted him, especially in PPR leagues where he is the #10 overall running back.  Good news is FJax will be back, and hopefully right in time for your playoffs. Bad news for Spiller, his season is over, and quite possibly his career as a Bill. If you drafted him, a small part of you must have known he wasn’t the same CJ we saw in 2012. Injuries, especially at the running back position, have been a killer this season; here’s a quick look at those we’ve lost:

Knowshon Moreno, Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead: done for the season
CJ Spiller: IR, designation to return (for his potential playoffs, but not yours)
Fred Jackson: possible 4 week recovery
Mark Ingram: Returned week 7
Pierre Thomas: possible 2-3 weeks
Rashad Jennings: possible week 9 return
Montee Ball: possible week 9 return, likely lost job
Donald Brown: still not cleared to practice
Toby Gerhart: unknown return, certainly lost his job
Shonn Green: unknown return, not practicing
Ryan Matthews: possible week 10 return
Mike Tolbert: IR, designated to return, minimum week 13
DeAngelo Williams: possible to practice this week
There are more back ups to be added to this list including: Theo Riddick, Marcel Reese & Bilal Powell. And let’s not forget (or try to forget?) the group of idiots who couldn’t keep their hands off other people and lost their season.

Needless to say, the running back position has been depleted. If you’ve avoided injury, GREAT and count your blessings. If not, attack the waiver wire or make a trade. Which brings me to my next point….

….it’s cuffing season! And no, I don’t mean finding a significant other for the winter like your favorite rapper is telling you, but I obviously mean if you have not already done so, you should handcuff your stud RB. Some are worth handcuffing, others are not. I wouldn’t handcuff a back whose back ups would likely be in a committee, but here are a few running backs that, if I owned, I’d spend my waiver claim on their back up:
Matt Forte - Ka’Deem Carey
DeMarco Murray - Joseph Randle
Arian Foster - Alfred Blue
Le’Veon Bell - LeGarrette Blount (probably owned in your league, don’t be afraid to trade for him)
Marshawn Lynch - Robert Turbin/Christine Michael (I’d lean Turbin)
Gio Bernard - Jeremy Hill (another I wouldn’t be afraid to trade for if I owned Gio)
Andre Ellington - Stepfan Taylor
Eddie Lacy - James Starks (these 2 are pretty much in a time share already)
I probably wouldn’t waste roster space cuffing any other RB, whether because it’s destined to be a committee or because the waters are just too muddy to tell.

I’m also a fan of cuffing a receiver where you can, which is less clear, but if you own Jordy Nelson it may be wise to stash Davante Adams, or if you own Antonio Brown you can burn a bench spot on Martavis Bryant. Even if you own TY Hilton or Reggie Wayne, I’d grab Donte Moncrief to play it safe.

Here are a few waiver wire links that you can use. I know the first round of waivers have passed, but waivers later in the week present a whole new opportunity!

numberFire.com's 10 waiver pick ups: the convenience of a slide show format with the ability to use the arrow keys on your keyboard.
ESPN.com's waiver adds: video option, or just scroll through and read.
Bleacher Report's waiver adds and drops: arrow through like numberFire.com, and they do you the favor of letting you know who you can let go of.
USA Today's 16 waiver adds: 16 suggestions? I’ll take it!
CBS' Jamey Eisenberg's Playing the Waiver Wire: Video loads when you open the page, but be sure to read for thorough analysis.

By the time you digest this article, many of these waiver adds have probably already been added. Some deeper adds that I like include:
Devante Adams (WR, GB), Jermaine Kearse (WR, SEA), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE, TB), Preston Parker (WR, NYG), Jeremy Kerley (WR, NYJ), Phillip Tanner (RB, BUFF added to the team 10/21/14), Jonas Gray (RB, NE), Travaris Cadet (RB, NO - especially in PPR)


When you’ve finished waiver wiring, be sure to check out some start/sit links:

NFL.com's Michael Fabiano's Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8: Fabs is one of the best, and he usually nails it. If you have the time, you should catch him daily on the NFL Network, 5PM, for Fantasy Football Live. Still at work at 5 like me? No problem! Go to their website, enter your cable provider, and listen while you work!
FFToolbox.com's Week 8 Start Rankings/Projections: This one is for the PPR players out there; rankings default to PPR scoring.
Wally Sumlin's Start/Bench - Week 8: He doesn’t just give you Start/Bench, but also lays out the studs (who, again, you NEVER bench) and lists those players who need to be dropped from your team.
Bleacher Report's Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8: Smart Match Up Plays, Sleepers, and More: Just in case Start/Sit isn’t enough for you, the Bleacher Report provides a little extra.

And finally, 5 more twitter handles you should be following:

JJ Zachariason: Editor-in-Chief over at my go-to site numberFire.com, the stats he tweets are incredible, to put it lightly.
Rich Hribar: Contributor at xnsports.com, another stat guy - seriously go check his feed!
Matthew Freedman: You can check him out over at rotovitz.com (subscription only), or follow his feed for links to tons of fantasy resources.
Adam Pfeifer: Another xnsports.com guy who knows his stuff. Ask him a start/sit question, he just might answer!
Andrea Hangst: Check her bio, she has too many credentials here to list! I personally like to follow her for in game stats she tweets.

And as always, you can always hit me up, and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Junkyard Jake updates every Tuesday - be sure to check the whole site, stats, targets, percentages, everything you need.

Also, here is a link to my absolute favorite daily podcast (Tuesdays - Fridays). Whether you want to watch or just listen during lunch (like me), make sure to check out CBS Sports Fantasy Football Today. Call, email, or tweet them - they answer questions live during the show.

Last piece of advice: Sunday, when you’re tinkering around with you line up, chasing your kids around, prepping appetizers for the games, recovering from your awesome Saturday night, whatever it is you do on Sunday before 1PM, throw on ESPN2 at 11AM and listen to Fantasy Football Now. Here’s where you can catch rankings, inactives, and if you have a question tweet them - they might answer your question on the show.

Good luck this week - you’re at the halfway mark to your fantasy Super Bowl - now go get yourself a trophy!



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Please welcome another guest poster, Michael, to FFLibrarian. Enjoy his thoughts and suggestions on the waiver wire options available this week. And I'm loving all the Twitter favorites the two guest writers are giving - definitely a plus. If there's anything in particular you'd like to see here either from a guest writer or myself, please feel free to let us know in the comments section. I personally would love to see a compilation of great fantasy podcasts, so if anyone wants to pull that bad boy together, please do it!

Greetings Fantasy Football Librarian readers, my name is Michael, another first-time writer here. It probably goes without saying that I am an avid fantasy football player, both in yearly leagues and in daily leagues. This is my initial foray into any published writing on the topic of fantasy football, but I enjoy reading and listening to everything I can about it.  My first year playing fantasy football was a joint team with my dad when I was in high school. We had to call in our starting lineups (on a land line no less), and our league commissioner compiled statistics by hand out of the box scores in the newspaper. I don’t say this to sound like a grizzled old war horse, but just to say I value the abundance of information available at our fingertips these days! And no, Johnny Unitas wasn’t our first draft pick, I’m not that old.

Before I get to the links, since this is my first post, I thought I’d impart a couple bits of wisdom regarding the waiver wire. For starters, if you aren’t already doing so, I highly recommend using a “blind bid,” auction-style waiver system for your league, as opposed to the traditional system in which waiver priority is determined by record. The blind bid system gives everyone an equal shot at each player, adds another layer of strategy to your fantasy seasons, and most importantly makes your league more fun.

Secondly, whichever waiver method your league uses, try to think a week forward whenever possible. Picking up a player that you’ve determined may soon have a clear path to success before they post a big stat line and become the target of every team in your league will be far easier than obtaining them after said stat line is posted. Sometimes a player comes out of nowhere due to injury or other circumstances, but often times through a bit of analysis and reading the tea leaves, you can act on developing situations before they happen, and before your fellow owners.

One example of this forward thinking approach from the past week is Tre Mason of the Rams. The explosive rookie RB didn’t register a single carry through the first five weeks, but in Week 6 put up a respectable 40 yards on just five carries. While his stat line doesn’t necessarily jump off the page, he did average 8 yards-per-carry, and did so for a struggling team with a mostly ineffective running game desperate for playmakers.  Rams coach Jeff Fisher has a history of a run-heavy offense and a propensity to change his squad’s primary ball carrier in the middle of the season (Zac Stacy took over in Week 6 last year).  

Mason will undoubtedly be a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week, but he would have been far easier to obtain for fantasy owners thinking a week ahead.  Certainly every speculative addition isn’t going to work out, but when they don’t, it’s painless to cut ties and move on to the next one.

There were a few key injuries in week 7, mostly in Buffalo, and several players that saw their stock shoot through the roof with breakout performances. Here are some suggestions for week 8 additions:


I may be preaching to the choir here, but as Jen mentioned in her post the other day, Twitter is an invaluable tool for gathering relevant and timely information, and getting assistance from experts that can help you through your season. If you don’t use Twitter currently, it’s worth it just for fantasy football alone. A couple of my personal favorite follows are:
Sigmund Bloom of Football Guys
Evan Silva from Rotoworld
And of course myself. I generally don’t do any unsolicited tweeting about fantasy football, but I’m always interested in engaging in the topic.


Here’s hoping your week 8 transactions are fruitful.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Last minute Week 7 prep

Greetings and happy Saturday night. I've got a guest post below from a fellow FFLibrarian reader, Jen Ryan. She's a self-described fantasy football stats junkie and brings us her thoughts for some last minute prep before tomorrow's games. Enjoy!

Hey all! I’m very excited for my first contribution here on the fflibrarian.com, and I’d like to thank  Sara again for the opportunity. Kickoff is at 1PM tomorrow, so let’s dive right in!

Before you continue reading, if you have Percy Harvin you need to stop what you’re doing and  bench him NOW! I’m sure you may have heard the news that he was sent packing over  to the east coast. It was smooth to announce the trade during the Friday afternoon news  dump, the slowest of news hours, but thanks to Jay Glazer’s big break, the internet pretty much  exploded over the news. So what does this mean for fantasy? Well a few things. First, the Jets  already played this week, so he is of no use to you in week 7. If you haven’t already dropped him  (he’s pretty much been invisible since his week one 7 for 59 yard receiving/4 for 41 yard rushing  stat line. ­I know he fooled you with that week 2 touchdown against San Diego to validate your  likely 6th­8th round pick spent on him), you need to subscribe to the “wait and see” approach  until we know what the crumbling Jets will do with him. From a fantasy perspective keep in mind  that the regular season is typically 13 games. Percy has now become unavailable to you for 3 of  those games. He had a bye week 4 with the Seahawks, is literally unplayable this week, and still  has the Jets bye week 11. Is he worth it? The jury is out on that one.   

It’s week 7, which means we are half way through the fantasy regular season. If you are 6­-0 or  5­1 then that’s great! You’re almost guaranteed a playoff spot, and you’re doing something right,  so keep it going! If you’re 4-­2 or 3­-3 then now is the time to make those moves you need to make  to improve your team so you can go on a run. Now, if you are 2-­4, 1­-5, or the dreaded 0­-6, do not  give up hope yet! There is still time. It may seem desperate, but you could be a savvy waiver  wire pick up or blockbuster trade away from getting back up there in fantasy relevance. Don’t quit: it says something about your character, and it will probably anger the rest of your league. Take risks, gamble a little, and start chipping away at your losing record.   

Here are two start/sit links, in addition to the links Sara has already provided, that you should  check out before finalizing your week 7 line up:   

  • EPSN's Matthew Berry's Love/Hate Week 7 - if fantasy football was it’s own nation, then Matthew Berry is the president, who happens to be exempt from the two term rule because he is one of  the four fathers of this game we love to play and he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Not only  is he brilliant, but if you enjoy a good read, this is the site for you. He knows how to write, google  him!     
  • numberFire.com's Start/Sit Week 7 - there isn’t enough room here for me to tell you all the  reasons why you should be checking out numberFire.com. There is a wealth of fantasy  knowledge there, and the site’s owner JJ Zachariason developed an insane algorithm that takes  pretty much every stat available to determine “Net Expected Points”. There is a link on the site  that breaks it down, and it’s not easy to understand, but who cares! It works!     
There are also a few sites I consider to be every week sites. These are sites I consult for season  long information, stats, advice, waiver wire, start/sit, pretty much anything fantasy related that I  use on a weekly….ok I’ll admit it….daily basis:
  • numberFire.com's Questions Forum - sensing a trend here? I can’t get enough of numberFire!  This section of the site is where I turn when I have done all my research and just can’t seem to  make a decision. When in doubt, I poll the people! This forum allows you to post questions,  answer questions for fellow fantasy junkies, and earn “reputation points” based on the analysis  you provide for your new internet friends that you will make on here. No expert advice ­ just other players sharing their knowledge. Not sure who you should flex? Can’t decide on a trade offer?  Curious who is the best player for the rest of the season? Not sure who to pluck off waivers?  Somewhere in the questions forum there is someone just waiting to answer your burning  questions!    
  • Junkyard Jake's Target Stats - if you’re like me, then a small statistics nut lives deep inside of  you. And if you’re even more like me, the #1 stat that drives your fantasy decisions is red zone  targets. Targets = touch downs = points = wins = happy Sunday! If you didn’t consult this chart,  how else would you know that Rueben Randle is tied for 2nd most red zone targets (13) with  Brandon Marshall, just behind Jordy Nelson’s 15 targets? Junkyard Jake also does you the favor  of giving you total targets, weekly targets, and catch percentages.    
  • Fantasysharks.com - in addition to their articles and projections, Fantasy Sharks also has a  great Fantasy Sharks Line Up Coach. It’s very simple: ­input your players, and the Line Up  Coach provides information you will need for each player's match up each week. And best of all,  it’s totally free! All you need to do is sign up.    
  • And finally, if you’re willing to spend $29.95 up front, and $24.95 annually after that, then The  Huddle: Fantasy Football is where you should pony up that money. I am a subscriber and I can  vouch that it is worth every penny. In-depth analysis, customized scoring rankings, daily articles,  and the daily email report make it more than worth it. Now’s the time to join, too. They are  offering $15 off the membership ­if you sign up now and use the coupon code CHAMP2014.     
And now, a few thoughts on twitter….full disclosure, I’m not much of a social networker. I like the fact that if you google “Jen Ryan”  (me), then you’d have to spend a decent amount of time tracking me down. With that said, I do feel one of the keys to my fantasy success (I’m 6-­0 in one of my leagues!) boils down to who I  follow on twitter. A simple google search can provide you with all the experts, gurus, guys/gals  you see on tv, etc who you can follow for fantasy tips, but here are 5 other handles you should be  following for your fantasy needs:   
  • Chris Raybon -­ an absolute statistics machine, and if you are into daily fantasy sports, he’s a  genius in that department.    
  • Manuel Retweet - the co-founder of 2mugsff.com, he is very funny, and he is also one of the only people who answers me when I have questions!
  • Ryan Boser ­- a draft expert who also provides insightful, humorous fantasy commentary.
  • Allie Fontana ­- you may have read her work, or heard her on many a podcast or radio show. She  is one of the queens in this male dominated field, she knows her stuff, and she is perfectly  quirky!    
  • Me! - yes, me! While I don’t “tweet” any “expert advice”, I love to chat with anyone and everyone  on all things fantasy. We can help each other out! If nothing else, my feed is nothing but fantasy  follows so you can get information through me!    
  • Another twitter tidbit...It is important to follow the local beat writers for the teams of your players.  They know it all, they have a relationship with players in the locker room, and they almost always  know things before the rest of us. More importantly, they usually are the ones to break injury  news. Got a guy on your team who is listed as questionable or as a game time decision? Look  up his local beat writer, I’d be willing to bet the writer knows whether or not your guy will suit up  and give it a go.    
Good luck this week!