Saturday, December 30, 2006

Week 17 Start/Sit Sites

The playoffs have come to an end in my leagues but I am sure there are plenty of you out there still needing some last minute advice. Or maybe just interested in who the big players of the week might be with such an odd week in terms of studs and duds. With so many playoff implications, this week promises to be an unusual stat week. So here are the start/sit sites for Week 17

NFL Start 'em Sit 'em

FantasySharks Start/Bench List

FootballDocs Bench/Start Advice

CBS Sportsline Start 'em Sit 'em

CoachBox's Start/Bench Recs

NFLFreaks Start-Bench List

ProFantasySports Start 'em Bench 'em

RotoWorld's Last Minute Decisions

Happy college bowl season to you all. We have an annual family bowl pool that involves about 30 family members and pets hedging their bets on the bowl games. I'm happy to report that I am currently tied for third right now - back by only two games. Perhaps I'll have more luck with the bowl pool than I did with fantasy football this year.

Another thing I wanted to note is the presence of fantasy football leagues in Christmas cards this year. One friend of the family noted that his son had won his fantasy football league championship. I like seeing this - fantasy football is now noteworthy enough to make it into a Christmas card. If I was inclined to actually send a letter out noting all the remarkable and not so remarkable things in my life from 2006, you can trust that I would absolutely include fantasy football. Good work, fantasy football.

And finally, my apologies for the lack of posts this past week - both the holidays and trying to travel in and out of Denver during two snowstorms have been a big drag on my blog time. I'm sure my family would love to hear it put that way...happy holidays to you all!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Three Feet of Snow and Football

First, football. Here are the Start/Bench sites for Week 16. Best of luck to you all.

FootballDocs Bench/Start Advice

CBS Sportsline Start 'em Sit 'em

Coach Box's Wheelock's Start/Bench Recs

FantasySharks Start/Bench List

NFL Freaks Start-Bench List

ProfantasySports Start 'em Bench 'em

SI's Start 'em, Sit 'em

NFL Start 'em Sit 'em

A massive snowstorm hit Denver yesterday - we were supposed to fly out of Denver back to Washington, D.C., for Christmas. This did not happen. After a trip out to the airport and getting two flights cancelled, we returned back to Boulder by bus. The normal 1 hour bus ride took over 7. It was fairly awful. The roads were parking lots with cars stranded all over the place. Thankfully, we finally made it back home at about 8:30 last night and are stuck here in Colorado until Saturday. On Saturday we are on the highly coveted flight to Baltimore (not even our original destination) through San Francisco. Ouch. But we'll make it back to my family in time for Christmas Eve...and may the rest of our travels be about a million times easier. Supposedly we got 33 inches of snow here in Boulder. I'm not so sure I believe that number but it's definitely near or above 2 feet. Check out these photos:

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Holiday Football

This week might be a little light on posts since we will be traveling back east to be with our families for the holidays [ornament from Designer Ornaments]. I'll do what I can though in getting the bench/start sites up here on Thursday.
For now, a few articles on waiver issues (is anyone even scouring the waivers still?) and other advice for those of you dominating the playoffs. Or those of us just trying to maintain our pride in the consolation rounds...

FootballDocs Pick-up/Drop Advice

Fabiano's Strange Happenings in Fantasy Playoffs

RotoWorld's The Morning After

FoxSports.com's Stars & Flops

Friday, December 15, 2006

Defense Decisions

While even you best defensive plans can go awry and the Julius Peppers players of the world can let you down unexpectedly, it definitely pays to check out the IDP reports each week to see who the "experts" would start or sit. So here's your weekly IDP update:

FootballSharks.com The Hive, Part I

FoxSports IDP Nation

ProFantasySports IDP Report

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Week 15 Start/Sit Sites

Welcome to Week 15, fantasy footballers. The addition of a Saturday night game is sure to bring some of us a little holiday cheer - personally, I'd say having a game to watch on 4 different days of the week is like Christmas come early. But holiday parties call this Saturday night and I'm not sure I can request that the host turn on Cowboys/Falcons. We'll see. In the meantime, here are the week's start/sit advice sites. Enjoy!

FootballDocs Bench/Start Advice

CBS Sportsline Start 'em Sit 'em

Coach Box's Wheelock's Start/Bench Recs

FantasySharks Start/Bench List

NFL Freaks Start-Bench List

ProfantasySports Start 'em Bench 'em

SI's Start 'em, Sit 'em

NFL Start 'em Sit 'em

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Week 15 Waiver Wire and Mug Club

Looking for some advice for your lineup as Week 15 quickly approaches? While I definitely support the ol' dance-with-them-that-brung-you mentality, I also think the waiver wire could pose some very interesting options for those of you desperately needing to secure your place in playoffs. For example? I dropped Jason Elam last week (a spectacular kicker but with that hamstring tweak I wasn't taking any chances) and picked up Josh Scobee. Scobee went nuts and gave me something like 14 or 15 points. Even with a missed field goal. So get out there and see if there might be someone on the waivers worth picking up.

RotoWorld's Waiver Wired

FoxSports Quick Hits: Recap - notes on favorable matchups for Week 15

NFL Daily Dish - Fabiano's waiver list from 12/11

And on another note, tonight at the Walnut Brewery in Boulder, we will be celebrating Scott and Kevin's 240th beer and thus the culmination of their membership in the Mug Club. Soon their 32 oz mugs will be sitting on the Walnut's wall, waiting to be filled for the price of a mere 20 oz mug. I've been along for the ride this whole time and must say I feel a swell of pride. (I remain happy with my choice not to do the Mug Club though - I love a good beer but the thought of trying to drink 32 oz before it gets warm is less than appealing.) So if you happen to be in Boulder tonight for happy hour, come by the Walnut and listen for a big cheer to go up from our table at beer #240.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Too Little Too Late

In this last week of games before playoffs, I had a truly magnificent fantasy week. Forget the fact that the MNF game hasn't even happened yet - I'm still going to go 3-0 in my leagues this week and while it's an awesome feeling it's also rather bittersweet. I am extremely sorry to say that I did not make it to the playoffs in any of my 3 leagues (see below for explanation). So that said, I feel immense pleasure in going 3-0 in a big way this week just to prove that my teams are still fighting (thank you, Jones-Drew! [photo: David E. Klutho/SI]).

I stayed up late last night running some 3-way ANOVAs to try and determine the variance between the means of each player in each of my teams and came up with the conclusion that my teams are still awesome (fine, so I didn't actually run the ANOVA and I haven't even thought about what an ANOVA test is since fall of 2000 in a required stats class that I put off until my senior year of college but actually really enjoyed). My final analysis is clear - I am going to dominate the consolation rounds.

So for those interested in my pity party, here's an explanation of where it all went wrong in my leagues. Don't worry, I've limited it to just a few sentences. In my first league, I was just incapable of creating a comeback to make up for the misery known as Daunte Culpepper that I battled with for several weeks at the start of the season...I got close to the playoffs in that league but was ultimately one game short. In my second league, I have horrible luck as I will come out of that league with the 2nd highest point total but again was one win shy of making the playoffs. Where is the justice? In my third league I was just awful. Can't blame that on anything other than a mixture of poor drafting and a few poor choices throughout the season.

For those completely uninterested in my pity party who would rather have a few fantasy football articles about Week 15 to read because you're rad enough to still be in contention in your league, here are some articles for you:



Thursday, December 07, 2006

Get Your D On

Since your defenders can help you win or lose a game far more than we all sometimes realize, here's a little help in the IDP world:

ProfantasySports IDP Report

RotoWorld IDP Nation

FantasySharks The Hive - two editions this week, here's #1 and #2

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Playoffs Prep

This past weekend one of my fantasy teams lost by less than 1 point, pulling me out of the top 4 spots and thus out of the playoffs. Not cool. I plan to dominate the consolation round when the time comes, though the prospect of being the #5 team at best is still pretty disheartening. I'm hoping the rest of you had better luck and if you're still searching for advice on start and bench calls, I'm guessing it's likely you're a champ. So here you have it, Week 14's Start/Sit sites - the links will be updated as the sites go live...











Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Playing off the Waiver

As we go into Week 14, just another reminder that some of you will need to get your lineups set by the Thursday game. Though if you don't know that by now, I'm guessing you might not be making it to the playoffs.
So here are a few waiver wire articles and some thoughts on next season - already. If your season is basically over, I suggest taking a look at the big playermakers right now and making some mental notes about who to pick up come next August. Or if you're in a keeper league, grab em now.

CBS Sportsline Fantasy & Reality

RotoWorld's Waiver Wired Week 14

FootballDocs Pickup/Drop Advice

Monday, December 04, 2006

Shades of Elway

Last night I found myself in a rare place where I actually cared more about an entire NFL team than about individual player stats. Quite honestly, that doesn't happen all that often (trust me, I feel a significant amount of angst over that as a football fan). We had some friends over last night for a Jay Cutler Era party - I mean how could you not? I had my fingers triple-crossed that Cutler would have a monster debut, making the late season QB switch a little more credible. This past August I had gone down for an afternoon of Broncos training camp and was completely impressed by Cutler in action. So for most of the season I have had him sitting on the bench of my dynasty/keeper league, just waiting for him to explode onto the scene. That hardly happened last night. However, as my friend Jody said, there might just have been shades of Elway in Cutler's performance. The ultimate compliment from a guy like Jody who is a lifelong Broncos fan. But for the most part the game was almost painful to watch. What on earth was the point of the Elam trickeration? Why didn't they have Cutler air it out for more long passes if that's his forte? I'm leaving this game feeling a little confused but I feel confident that Jay Cutler is going to get things right. Give the guy some time. The current NFL golden boy, Romo, wasn't built in a day (I only wish I had come up with that first...) - he had four years of observation. So take it easy on Cutler. Personally I can't wait for the rest of the season.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

To Start or To Bench...Week 13

Seems like a few of the usual suspects from the start/sit world didn't get the memo that football starts tonight .If they had, I'd like to think they would've lent a hand to those of us whose lineups must be set stat. Fortunately there are still a handful of sites that are up and prognosticating:

FootballDocs Bench/Start Advice

CBS Sportsline Start 'em Sit 'em

Coach Box's Wheelock's Start/Bench Recs

FantasySharks Start/Bench List

NFL Freaks Start-Bench List

ProfantasySports Start 'em Bench 'em

SI's Start 'em, Sit 'em

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Week 13 IDP Picks

Looking for some advice on your IDPs this week?

ProFantasySports IDP Report

FantasySharks The Hive - link will be updated when The Hive goes live

FFToday IDP Notes

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Down to the Wire

Maybe, like me, your already less-than-stellar TE went down with a leg injury this past weekend and you're sitting there looking at the waiver wire and quietly cursing every single person in your league for hoarding TEs (I mean is Dan Campbell as good as it gets?). Or you're just pissed at tight ends for not actually being better this season. Where's the performance? Regardless, it's waiver wire time for week 13. Here's some help:

FootballDocs Pick-up/Drop Advice

SI's Late Sleepers

CBS Sportsline's Fantasy & Reality: Who Can You Trust?

FoxSports Waiver Watch

RotoWorld's Waiver Wired

Thursday Night Football

Clearly the idea of having NFL games on as many nights of the week as possible is awesome, so I'm kind of excited about this whole Thursday Night Football thing. However, it really throws a wrench in the lineup situtaion - in my CBS league we must have our whole lineup set one hour prior to the kickoff of the first game. Anyone else in this situation? If so, get ready for several weeks of gambling on those game time decision guys. Like Marques Colston [photo: Wash Post] and his ankle injury - do I play Colston or Henderson in Week 13? It adds an extra challenge right when we are all battling for playoff spots. Should keep things interesting and I highly recommend that you all check your league/host rules for any changes that this TNF tradition might bring.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Double or Nothing

The Pats came into this week's game without having beaten a winning team this season. I believed in the Bears - and perhaps the strength of the NFC - a little too much. I should've listened to SI's Dr. Z and his forecast for the week. (Yes, I am referring to an actual paper resource for fantasy - unless of course you've gone to the trouble of putting your subscriber info into SI's site and you are exclusive enough to read the online version.) Or perhaps I should've just listened to Pete and Katie: one hardcore lifelong Pats fan and one New Englandish transplant sister of mine - I made a wager with them at halftime of the Bears/NE game that the Bears would win. And the Bears and I both lost. Humble pie for me. While I really needed Brady to crash and burn for playoff reasons, all hope is not lost yet. Lucky for Pete and Katie, I won't go nuts like this guy did, but I am definitely liking the sounds of double or nothing. Wait, against Detroit? Hmm, well crazier things have happened. Like a near Oakland upset? That would've thrown the AFC West into a tailspin.

Congrats, Pete & Katie.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

When will Sunday be here?

If you're anything like me, you're probably feeling completely disoriented about which day of the week it is. And when do you get to watch the NFL again? And see your fantasy stats roll by again? Seems like a long time since Thursday's games. So here's a little something to tide you over until tomorrow.
Oh and welcome to the Cutler Era, my fellow Denverites.

FFToday.com's Steppin' Up/Down
NFL.com's Burning Questions for Week 12
RotoWorld.com's Last Minute Decisions

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I D P updates

And let's not forget those defenders - here's a little love for that other side of the ball. Read on for IDP advice:

ProFantasySports IDP Report

FantasySharks The Hive

And since I feel like this is not enough, here's another waiver wire article for you:
Fox Sports/Rotter Waiver Watch

Sit....Bench....Eat Turkey

Last night I was jarred awake as one of my cats walked across me in an attempt to curl up in the crook of my arm. As I lay there getting tickled by whiskers, I realized that I had been dreaming about football. In my dream I was drafting a team for the Broncos. Truly a dream. I can only assume that this is due to reading about the Ravens draft in Next Man Up right before falling asleep. But it's official - I am obsessed. Apparently I can't get enough football while I'm awake so I now bring it with me to REM. Awesome.

But now to starting and benching. Here are your columns for the week - I'll give them links as they go live:

NFL Start 'em Sit 'em
FantasySharks Start/Bench List
Football Docs Bench/Start
CoachBox's Wheelock's Start/Bench Recommendations
NFLFreaks Start-Bench List
ProFantasySports Start 'em Sit 'em
CBS Sportsline Start 'em Sit 'em
SI Start 'em Sit 'em

Monday, November 20, 2006

Giving Thanks for Football

Thanksgiving week means a short turnaround in the football world. Those of us in Denver (or who have the NFL Network) will be blessed with three games on Thanksgiving Day [art: Dean Rohrer]. I mean truly, can there be a better way to 1) start a 4-day weekend or 2) give thanks than to have football games on all day long? Didn't think so. But what this means is that you'll have to pay quick attention to your lineups this week. Start-Bench sites are likely to go live early - I know that NFL's Start 'em Sit 'em will go up on Wednesday night. I'll be sure to get a blog going on Start-Bench sites as the time gets closer.

In the meantime, I know fantasy teams that completely fell apart this weekend. Wheels came flying off the playoff machines thanks to injuries from McNabb, Kevin Jones, Marques Colston, Reuben Droughns, LaMont Jordan (though who was really counting on that guy to get them to the playoffs?)...and Bulger, what is going on? As a two-league Bulger owner, I have some serious concerns. So where to go for replacements? Check out these sites for advice:


Friday, November 17, 2006

On the Defensive

I have a lot of pride at stake when I play my friend Ethan this weekend. Not sure what will pull me through to victory but if it comes down to IDPs, I'm set. I mean how did I manage to get Julius Peppers [Globe Staff Photo/Matthew J. Lee], Jared Allen, Bart Scott, and Cato June? Phenomenal. Ethan, you have no hope. But in another league, I have a few holes here and there that need to be patched up with my IDPs. Where to turn? If you need some advice, check these sites out:

FantasyShark's The Hive

ProFantasySports IDP Report

RotoWorld's IDP Nation

Thursday, November 16, 2006

You've Been Waiting For 'Em...

So here they are: Week 11's Start-Bench suggestions from around the www. As usual, when the sites go live, I will update the links. Enjoy!

NFL Start 'em Sit 'em
SI Start 'em Sit 'em
Fantasy Sharks Start/Bench List
FootballDocs Bench/Start Advice
Ask the Commish
CBS Sportsline Start 'em Sit 'em
CoachBox.com's Wheelock's Start/Bench Recommendations
NFL Freaks Start-Bench List
ProFantasySports Start 'em Bench 'em

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Football Beyond the Stats

Stepping outside the realm of fantasy stats ever so slightly, I thought I'd mention a few football things that I have recently discovered. First off is the book Next Man Up - my brother-in-law gave it to me a few weeks ago due to my ever-increasing passion for all things football (thanks Brian!). The book is John Feinstein's inside look at a year spent with the Baltimore Ravens - an attempt to capture all the ups and downs of pro football. As a librarian I can't help but encourage people to read books, and obviously this could be an excellent choice for those of us who truly can't get enough football in our lives. Go. Read.

Next...I don't know quite which one of these shirts I find the most appealing, nor if I would actually be able to wear one in public. But I still find them really entertaining. Winning in the irreverently hilarious category would be Jesus Drafted My Fantasy Football Team. Though I think my favorite one is the Unstoppable Fantasy Football Team shirt - mostly for the back. And what are the chances that I can get one of my cats (wait, here's the other cat) in this? If we had a dog (one of these days...) you can guarantee that I would select one of the dog t-shirt options for him/her. There are over 200 designs to choose from for dog t-shirts (this is my favorite, I think). This site is um, one-of-a-kind.

Enough links to the fantasy football t-shirt site. More articles and stats for you soon!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Waivers for Week 11

I'll be honest, one of my ff teams began the season as an absolute disaster. Something in me thought that Daunte Culpepper was going to be IT this year. That didn't happen and my team has been seriously struggling. Until a few weeks ago - and now I've won 3 in a row and don't plan on losing again. However, the rib injury to Willis McGahee has created a little bump in the road [photo: Rick Stewart/Getty Images] - while I fixed it temporarily with Wali Lundy, I just don't see Lundy pulling through as the powerhouse I need. And Maroney, another RB on my team, has completely abandoned the huge potential he showed earlier this season. So to make it to the playoffs, now I need a new star RB. [note: the mere fact that I still have a chance to even make it to the playoffs should be shocking and amazing to those of you in my league.] Are there any of those even left? Any suggestions from the rest of you would be welcomed. For now, I'm off to troll the waiver wire to see what gem just might be lurking there, waiting for me.

SportingNews.com's Case of the Mondays: Healing your Injury Woes

FootballDoc's Pickup/Drop

FantasySharks.com's Waiver Wire Pickups

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Week 10 Start-Bench Suggestions

Who to start...who to bench. Now that you've less than 3 days until Sunday, it's time to get your lineups set for the week. Here are the weekly start-bench sites:

NFL Start 'em Sit 'em
Fantasy Sharks Start-Bench List
SI Start 'em Sit 'em
Fantasy Football Docs Bench/Start
Ask the Commish
CBS Sportsline Start 'em Sit 'em
Coach Box's Wheelock's Start/Bench Recommendations
NFL Freaks Start-Bench List
ProFantasySports Start 'em Bench 'em

Got any other sites you really like? Let me know and I will add them to the list.

Almost every week, one of our buddies (the commish in two of my leagues) calls us on Sunday morning to talk about the week's matchups. At the end of the conversation he leaves us with a very official, completely genuine "good luck" - even if he's playing one or both of us. He takes it all very seriously (who doesn't?) but I love that I get that "good luck" from him every week. So classy. And on that note, I'll leave you with a "good luck" for the week.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Almost to Week 10

Can you believe we're past the bye weeks already? Time to step it up in fantasy football. Here are a few articles to help in your domination of Week 10 games:

ProFantasySports.com's IDP Report

PigskinAddiction's Waiver Wire Work

FantasySharks Waiver Wire Pickups

FFToolbox's Waiver Wire Bargains

FoxSports Waiver Watch

CBS Sportsline's Playing the Waiver Wire

Monday, November 06, 2006

Nemesis beaten

For the record, I have beaten my nemesis. Waahaahaa!

However, I need a miracle tonight from 2 defenders (Burgess (oak) and Hamlin (sea)) and my kicker (Josh Brown) in order to beat my husband. If they don't give me a combined total of 37 points, then I'll have to wait until 2007 to play Scott again, I fear. And I would like to point out that this is complete luck on Scott's side - sorry, dude - but his IDP London Fletcher had 21 points. That's unreal. What a beast.

And I lost two players to injured ribs - Willis McGahee and Bernard Berrian. I must be bad rib luck. Heal quickly.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Juneimus the Great

Yet another reason to love Cato June [AP photo]...check out this article from CBS Sportsline. This man plays fantasy football (here's a stat I'd like to know: how many NFL players play fantasy football?). And Cato sits those on his fantasy team that he plays against in real Colts life. What a guy. I always knew I liked having him on my team but I thought it was for his hard-hitting skills and awesome last name. You see, I'm one of those people that really loves their birthday and since I was born in the month of June, I feel some sort of kinship with Cato June. The list of reasons to love Cato June is growing...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Sit/Start Week 9

Here we are with just one more full day before football begins again. My beloved Wildcats take on Iowa followed by Ohio State next weekend. It won't be pretty. I've come to terms with the fact that Northwestern is going through yet another rebuilding year and that there won't be any surprise wins (even though beating the Buckeyes would make my season). In fact, one of my friends even referred to my reaction to NU's loss to Michigan as mature. I call it giving up. So instead I'm putting all of my football energy for the weekend in my fantasy teams. This is particularly true since I am playing my nemesis in one of my leagues (no, not my husband). Perhaps I'm alone in this but every season I seem to develop one particular nemesis that I just really want to beat. And beat badly. Usually it's because they say asinine things on the message board or smack talk in a really irritating way. I've been known to mutter their team name under my breath during draft time or just be pissed off that they won even if it has no real bearing on my own record. In most cases (this one included), my nemesis is a decent guy in life outside of FF. But that's not the world I live in on Sundays.

So in honor of beating a nemesis, see below for some sit/start sites. As always, I will update the links as they go live. And never fear, my analysis of which sit/start sites were the most accurate will return. I've taken a couple of bye weeks.

NFL Start 'em Sit 'em
Fantasy Sharks Start-Bench List
SI Start 'em Sit 'em
Fantasy Football Docs Bench/Start
Ask the Commish
CBS Sportsline Start 'em Sit 'em
Coach Box's Wheelock's Start/Bench Recommendations
NFL Freaks Start-Bench List
ProFantasySports Start 'em Bench 'em

Also, many thanks to Dave from SportsBlogging for writing up a review of this blog. Check out his site to find some great blogs on all sorts of sports...not just football. Who knew there was more to the sports world??

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Early IDP Advice

Oh ProFantasySports.com, thank you for an early Week 9 IDP Report. Usually this doesn't come out until Friday so I will consider this a little All Saints Day present. Once again I will be playing my husband in one of our leagues this weekend. Perhaps my final chance until 2007 to beat him in fantasy football. I would say wish me luck but with the help of the IDP report, I am convinced that luck is not necessary. Unless I lose again - and then it's all luck, baby.

I've been updating the Waiver Wire Wisdom entry so keep checking it if you need waiver help this week.


Happy birthday to the Hee Man. Can't believe you've made it this far.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Waiver Wire Wisdom

Week 9 will be here before you know it. Get on the waivers now before it's too late. More articles will be added as the week progresses.

Most Valuable Network's Work the Wire, the Waiver Wire

Fantasy Football Docs Pick Up Drop

ProFantasySports.com's Waiver Wire

FFToday's Through the Wire

Trapped in a Stadium Sans Fantasy Stats

Yesterday I spent several hours basking in the sun (that's code for turning pale red and gaining even more freckles) at INVESCO Field watching a great Broncos/Colts game and squinting from my exceedingly high seat over to the jumbotron to try and read the fantasy stats as they scrolled across. I do love my Broncos - we made a trip out to Broncos training camp this August which only cemented my high opinion of Jason Elam, Al Wilson, Nick Ferguson, Tony Scheffler, Jay Cutler...the list goes on. So it was great to watch them again live and in action [photo from denverbroncos.com/Ryan McKee]. And Peyton Manning is basically a sacred man in our household. So all told I thoroughly enjoyed being at the game (particularly with thanks to the half-priced tickets legislation at Mile High that made this trip possible). Yet I couldn't help but wish that I was at home with several games to choose from on tv and constant fantasy stats access. That seems so wrong. Of course part of it is probably because I really don't enjoy crowds and this was the third largest crowd in INVESCO history...but beyond that, I fear that I am getting swept up into the stats/winning aspect of it all and forgetting how much I love to watch football. Wait, scratch that. I fear that I am WAY swept up into it. Far past the initial stages. I mean I wake up on Sunday mornings really excited about the day and how my fantasy matchups will all play out. So what do I really love more - the football or the fantasy?

Friday, October 27, 2006

Buff Up Your Defense

Still expecting big things out of an IDP who really has yet to get going this season? Or perhaps looking for a bye replacement for the week? Check out The Hive and IDP Report for help in sorting through all the IDPs that might still be available in your league.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Week 8 Start/Sit Sites

Hoy hoy!
The snow is coming down like crazy here in Colorado...makes me want to curl up with a laptop and report back on Week 8 advice for fellow fantasy footballers. So here is this week's list of Start/Bench sites - I'll update the links as the sites go live. Enjoy!

NFL Start 'em Sit 'em

Fantasy Sharks Start-Bench List

SI Start 'em Sit 'em

Fantasy Football Docs Bench/Start

Ask the Commish

CBS Sportsline Start 'em Sit 'em

Coach Box's Wheelock's Start/Bench Recommendations

NFL Freaks Start-Bench List

ProFantasySports Start 'em Bench 'em

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Week 8 Advice

Here you go - some articles to give you a hand for Week 8. Check em out.

Fantasy Football Docs Pick Up/Drop

Fantasy Football Jungle Wire Work

FFToolbox Waiver Wire Bargains

Monday, October 23, 2006

Football disasters

This was a tough weekend in my world of football. I returned to my alma mater over a long weekend for my 5 year reunion and went to the Northwestern vs. Michigan State game. The one which made history thanks to NU's complete inability to hold onto their 35 point lead? Yes. In some small way, being there and being surrounded by thousands of other sad Wildcats fans was easier than watching this defeat at my house. I also have had a rough weekend in the fantasy world thanks to some bye week replacements and some generally hideous performances. [However, I was delighted to see Gonzo return to his old ways!] So on that note, for those of you who, like me, need some serious help in getting out of a football funk this week, I will be scouring the www for help. Stay tuned.

And on a completely different note, cheers to Scott for a great Chicago Marathon, injured knee and all. You're the best.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Too Hard to Type

So I'm finally going to bring myself to admit that I lost yet again to Scott. Not once, but twice. LT nailed the coffin shut with his outrageous 4 TDs. It hurts. Hopefully I'll have a chance to redeem myself before the season ends. Good work, Scott.

In the meantime, some articles for the upcoming Week 7:

ProFantasySports.com's Waiver Wire

FoxSports.com's Starts and Flops

FantasyFootballSharks.com's Waiver Wire

Friday, October 13, 2006

IDP Help for Week 6

Here are a few articles to help with IDPs on bye; or just replacing bad IDPs.

FFToday.com's IDP Notes

FantasySharks.com's The Hive

So it turns out that the janitor here does not actually live in a closet here at the library. She has a home but she spends the vast majority of her day in her closet here...much to the dismay of her hard-working coworkers it seems. But in other news, apparently several lab rats have escaped from their lab homes/cages and made their way across campus to the library. They are living here somewhere in the walls or in the stacks and are supposedly quite large. I've also heard a rumor that there is a "brunette Fabio-type of guy" that works in the basement. That is pretty entertaining. I'm feeling like there's no limit to things that could happen here. So here's to the weekend and many hours of football ahead.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Week 6 Start/Sit/Bench Sites

Hoy hoy fantasy footballers and welcome to Week 6. This weekend is a big one for me - in all my many years of FF (3) I have never beaten my husband. This week I play him in not just one but two leagues. Scott, you're going down.
So let's get down to business here. The Week 6 Start/Bench sites I will be looking at this week are below. I'm starting the cycle over again this week and will be analyzing the TE predictions. And speaking of TEs, Tony Gonzalez, where have you been this year? You're worrying me, Gonzo. Can it really be that the disappearance of Trent Green is the only reason that you can't put up decent numbers?

FantasySharks Start-Bench List
NFL Start 'em Sit 'em
SI Start 'em Sit 'em
Fantasy Football Docs
Ask the Commish
CBS Sportsline
Coach Box's Wheelock's Start/Bench
NFLFreaks Start-Bench List

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Start/Sit Sites for Week 5 = Useless

After analyzing this week's Start/Sit sites for WRs I have reached the conclusion that one should never use these sites for WR help. WR performances are just too varied from week to week and apparently no one can very accurately predict which players will do well and which won't. So my best advice? Don't use these sites for WR help unless you are so desperate that you're willing to listen to advice that is perilous at best. Of the 8 sites that I looked at, only 2 ended up with suggested starters that performed better than their suggested benchers. Sad. So here are the top two performers of the week:

1. CoachBox Start/Bench
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 28.5
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 6.5
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 42.5
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 6.21

2. SI Start 'em Sit 'em
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 32.75
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 5.4
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 36
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 8.44

And yet I still don't think either of these sites were any good - SI had the #3 and #6 performer of the week on the bench; CoachBox also had #3 on the bench (#3 being Galloway). So while I suppose these two sites should be applauded to some extent, I say this week don't take these recs very seriously.

All-around pretty awful sites:
3. NFL Freaks Start-Bench List
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 39.7
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 6.01
Suggested maybes average ranking for the week: 34.3
Suggested maybes average fantasy points for the week: 6.84
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 55
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 5.88

4. Ask The Commish
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 40.4
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 5.99
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 38.25
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 5.89

5. NFL Start 'em Sit 'em
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 39.12
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 5.78
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 29.14
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 7.5

6. FantasySharks
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 38.4
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 6.4
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 26.5
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 8.8

Truly terrible:
7. CBS Sportsline
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 40.3
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 5.23
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 22.29
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 9.19

8. Fantasy Football Cafe
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 65
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 2.12
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 18
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 8.9

Perhaps at this point I should recommend that you look at the bench lineup on CBS Sportsline and FFCafe before choosing those as starters.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Big Bye Week

As there are 6 teams on bye for the first time ever, this coming Week 6 will be a challenge for many to fill in their bye slots. Here are a few articles to help:

NFL Fantasy Extra Daily Dish

Football Docs Pick-up/Drop Advice

ProFantasySports.com's The Box Score Bandit

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Weekend Assistance

Here are a couple of articles to help with any last minute decisions you might need to make. Both are Week 5 rankings from FoxSports.com - just different authors and styles:
Mark Harmon's Week 5 rankings - blurbs on the big and small players of the week
Roger Rotter's Week 5 rankings - projected stats by position and matchup

Happy 90th birthday to my grandmother!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

IDPs for Week 5 and Not Living in a Closet

Time to get your IDPs in order. For info, check out The Hive - and ProFantasySports should have their IDP Report up pretty soon, too. In the meantime, check out FoxSports.com's game predictions, which are organized by matchup. I'll have the link take you to the Colts/Titans game since Peyton Manning is kind of a big deal in our house (photo from athlon sports). Check back with me in a few years to see if my firstborn is actually named Peyton.


In other news, I just found out that one of our janitors is actually living in the closet just down the hallway from my office. She removes the trash bin that normally resides in there and makes the closet her home. While this brings up all sorts of Seinfeld references I think the big questions floating around right now are 1) does the closet have a light (I certainly hope so) and 2) how long will this gig last for her? This just makes me completely grateful that the home I return to every night is bigger than 6X6 and doesn't smell like other people's trash. Hopefully I can update this story with a happy ending before long.

Start/Sit Sites - Week 5

Good morning fellow fantasy footballers. This week's analysis of the start/bench sites will include the websites listed below. Peruse at your leisure but keep in mind the growing track record they've all developed over the past several weeks. In fact, I think I might start up a small chart as a reminder of how each site has ranked - that will be forthcoming.

FantasySharks Start-Bench List
NFL Start 'em Sit 'em
SI Start 'em Sit 'em
Fantasy Football Docs
Ask the Commish
CBS Sportsline
Coach Box
ProFantasySports (comes out over the weekend)
NFLFreaks
Fantasy Football Cafe

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Need a New QB?

Did you by chance pick up Daunte thinking that he was going to be back to his old 2004 antics? (Yes, I did.) And suddenly you're in a panic now that he couldn't even dominate the Texans? (Yes, I am.) If you're thinking that it's time to move on, before you make any rash trades or crazy decisions, my buddy Ethan Conway has created an excellent spreadsheet on potentially available starting QBs. Conway lists the QBs with their remaining schedules and the pass defenses they will be up against (based on performance from Weeks 1 to 4). It's even color-coded (scroll to the right for the key).
Conway is in that sweet spot between grad school and a job and clearly has way, way too much time on his hands. But if the outcome is a helpful chart like this, then Conway, may you have this much free time every football season.

The Wednesday Buzz

Need a little midweek help on your lineup? Or maybe like me you're just happy to still see Marques Colston topping all these get-em-while-you-can lists. Whatever the reason, here are some articles to help you through your Wednesday.

ProFantasySports.com Waiver Wire - as the title indicates, this article gives a rundown on possible pickups off the waiver wire and why these guys are worthy of being your bye fill-in. Or your Daunte fill-in.

FantasySharks Week 5 Waiver Wire - again, more waiver wire advice. Word to the wise, this guy uses a lot of exclamation points so if you're just settling into your day and your cup of coffee (as I am)...then beware the uber-enthusiasm here.

FFToday Through the Wire - I like this one for its deeper analysis. When you're in a league where a lot of the waiver wire guys noted in these articles are already picked up, you need something like this to look deeper and find those overlooked players.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Week 4 Analysis

Week 4's analysis of how well the start/bench sites predictions for QB are below:

SI Start 'em Sit 'em
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 11.75
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 19.62
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 24.67
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 6.09
Finally SI steps up. Not only did their starters actually perform well but their benchers did not. At last the quality predictions I was expecting from them! All of their starters performed in the top 20 with an average of almost 20 points - not bad at all.

Ask the Commish Sit or Start
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 12.83
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 18.96
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 19
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 12.51
So one of the reasons I really think they did a great job this week is because ATC chose 6 QBs that performed in the top 10 of the week - half of their starters were in the top 10 and all but 1 were in the top 25. Their benchers performed much more poorly with only 1 guy in the top 10 and the majority doing far worse than the top 25.

FootballDocs Bench-Start
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 10.75
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 21.57
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 17.75
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 14.18
FootballDocs have redeemed themselves after a poor week in Week 3. They earn one of the top spots this week with an average right near 11th. However, their choices were varied placing 2nd, 5th, 16th, and 20th. I wouldn't exactly be thrilled with the recommendation of the 20th QB for the week so I've bumped them down a little bit for their inconsistency.

CoachBox Start/Bench
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 7.5
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 24.175
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 8.33
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 22.71
I added Coach Box this week and they had the highest average ranking and point totals for their suggested starters. Though with their benchers averaging only one spot behind their starters and still averaging over 22 fantasy points, I'm not sure that this is the best site to hit up for advice. Or at least for information on who not to play.

NFLFreaks Start-Bench List
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 12.73
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 18.72
Suggested maybes average ranking for the week: 16.63
Suggested maybes average fantasy points for the week: 14.68
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 16.89
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 14.83
A pretty solid job this week - almost half of their starters ended up in the top 10 performers of Week 4. However, they also suggesting maybe sitting 2 top 10 performers and definitely sitting 3 top 10 performers - not goes to show that the rest of the benchers and maybes they suggested were pretty awful. Again, the bonus to this site is that nearly everyone is mentioned.

NFL.com Start 'em Sit 'em
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 13.63
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 19.05
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 18.25
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 12.98
Very middle-of-the-road performance from the top predictor for Weeks 2 and 3. Disappointing. Like many, many FFers it appears as though the NFL had no faith in Brunell or the Skins. Shame on you all. I say that as a DC native and as an owner (and starter) of Santana Moss. Now if Fabiano had just switched out Brunell for Favre in his predictions it would've worked out a lot better for him...
I will say kudos to Fabiano though for choosing McNabb as the start of the week - he was the top QB and thus top performer overall for Week 4.

CBS Sportsline Start 'em & Sit 'em
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 13.42
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 18.26
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 18
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 13.03
This is nearly identical to NFL's predictions performance for the week - very average. I did like the bold selection of Frye as a starter for the week though. He certainly did produce as the number 5 QB of the week.

FantasySharks
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 13
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 19.01
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 17.5
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 15.91
Another average performance. There wasn't quite as much diversity between ranking and point totals of the starters and those of the benchers, so I bumped these guys down a little bit.

Fantasy Football Cafe
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 15.2
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 16.56
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 24
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 6.31
Pretty awful - even though Fantasy Football Cafe recommended 5 of the top 10 performers as starters for the week, they still have a much lower average than the other sites, indicating that they also made some bad recommendations. At least their benchers performed accordingly.

Yahoo/KFFL Who to Start, Who to Bench
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 26
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 3.94
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 11
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 19.48
Hardly even worth mentioning since they only suggested 1 player as a starter and 1 as a bencher. But it's interesting to point out how very wrong they were nonetheless.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Monday Morning Updates

Need some updates on your players after yesterday's games? Or in preparation for tonight's game? Check out ProFantasySports.com's player and team updates or get a review with Fanball's Sunday Observations. Still not enough? Try Fabiano's article on emerging sleepers for even more Monday morning info.

Total Domination

I realize it is impossible to keep my personal weekly FF battles out of this blog and so this morning I will just take a moment to relish the fact that I am about to go 3-0 in a big way. My point totals in all three games have blown away everyone else in the leagues and it's almost too great of a feeling. I've asked my sister to remind me of this awesomeness the next time I go 0-3 or have to live through a 2nd half as sad as the Northwestern/Penn State game this past weekend (In fact, I think I might have scared off my old friend Kevin with my extreme reaction to NU's demise...). So is it all of the extra research I've been doing and providing on this blog that has been the difference or just dumb luck?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Week 4's Start/Bench Analysis

Greetings and welcome to Week 4. This week the start/bench projections analysis will be done on the websites listed below, based on their calls on QB. Many of them don't have live links yet but as soon as they are posted I will update them.

NFLFreaks Start-Bench List
Fantasy Football Cafe
Ask the Commish Sit or Start
FootballDocs Bench-Start
SI Start 'em Sit 'em
NFL.com Start 'em Sit 'em
CBS Sportsline Start 'em & Sit 'em

FantasySharks Start/Bench List
Fantasy Football Advice Start 'em Sit 'em Recommendations
CoachBox Start/Bench
Yahoo/KFFL Who to Start, Who to Bench


Also, on an IDP note - don't forget to check out ProFantasySports.com's IDP Report.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Hopefully It's Not Too Late...

...like it is in two of my leagues. I'm talking waiver wire. In a classic waiver wire/news monger style way, one guy in my league picked up Maurice Morris in 2 of the leagues we're in together and another guy picked up Michael Robinson in those same 2 leagues. So like vultures at the feasting table, those guys went in for the kill on some of week 3's latest injuries (though Conway, you might've been a little pessimistic about my boy Gore [photo by ESPN]). Hopefully you can take advantage of some of the hot deals of the week. Read on for advice.

Fantasy Sharks Week 4 Waiver Wire Advice

Fanball's Hot Pickups

FF Toolbox Week 4 Waiver Wire Bargains

Running Back Predictions for Week 3

As noted in my previous blog Tight End Predictions, I am comparing the weekly sit/start calls made by several websites to help determine which one has the best predictions week after week. This week the results from 6 different websites with free projections are as follows:

1. NFL Start 'em Sit 'em by Fabiano
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 16.14
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 11.06
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 31
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 6.69

For the 2nd week in a row, the nfl.com/Fabiano did a great job at selecting which players you should start and which you should bench. This one was a close battle though with Ask the Commish, listed below, making similar projections. Fabiano suggested starting 3 of the top 10 RBs and all but one of his starters were in the top 25. With the exception of Ahman Green, he chose benchers who had pretty subpar or mediocre performances at best.

2. Ask the Commish
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 16.10
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 11.51
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 30
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 6.19

Right on the heels of NFL.com is Ask the Commish - the only reason they are getting 2nd place here is that a slightly lower percentage of their picks for starters ended up performing as a top 10 RB for the week. Good work, ATC - way to rebound from last week's poor performance.

3. NFL Freaks Start-Bench List
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 17.73
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 10.46
Suggested maybes average ranking for the week: 32.63
Suggested maybes average fantasy points for the week: 7.17
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 52.8
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 3.26

One of the reasons I really like NFL Freaks is that they categorize just about all players into one of these three categories: start, maybe, bench. It can be frustrating to look for advice/info on a player and find absolutely nothing. They did pretty well this week with 2/3 of their suggested starters actually performing in the top 20. They did miss the mark on 2 of their maybes - Green and Portis (number 7 and 2 RBs for the week, respectively) - and one of their benchers - Cadillac (number 11 RB). But overall they did a nice job with their predictions this week.

4. SI Start 'em Sit 'em
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 25
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 6.85
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 36
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 5.68

Another tough week for the SI predictors. Not as bad as their TE projections but still not good. There was only 1 RB in their starters that performed in the top 20 - and yet 2 in the top 20 on their benchers list.

5. Football Docs Bench/Start
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 31.4
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 5.75
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 47.33
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 3.36

They just can't really choose any good players either in their start or bench list. I would give these guys last place but at least their starters did actually perform better than their benchers...unlike the next site.

6. Fantasy Football Cafe
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 21.67
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 10.07
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 15
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 10.58

This earns the lowest placing for the week. Not such a great set of predictions when your benchers outperform your starters. They also recommended many, many more players than any other site (21) but only benched a mere 2 players. So who knows how accurate they could've been if they thought things through a little more.

Monday, September 25, 2006

All Eggs in the Marques Colston Basket

When I started this blog I intended to try and leave my own weekly performance woes (or delights) out of the blog as much as possible. Yet I knew it was inevitable that I would post on here some Monday morning (or will it be every Monday morning?) with my hangup of the week. So here's my concern of the week...

I'm pretty sure one of the unofficial rules of fantasy football is to avoid having the same guy in all of your leagues - a little diversification is good for lineups. I however did not follow that advice, nor another unofficial rule that says you should never count on a rookie to perform in week 3 as he has in weeks 1 and 2. In an overwhelming Marques lovefest, I picked him up in all 3 of my leagues and am now on the edge of either winning or losing in all 3 of those games. So here I am, sweating bullets over Marques Colston's big Monday Night performance tonight. Marques, my record depends on you.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Last Minute Help for Week 3

For those of you who have procrastinated in getting your lineup set for the week - or those of you who want as much advice as you can get - here are a few articles for last minute counsel:

1. SI's Ten Fantasy Tips - advice ranging from Portis to Plummer to the Pep

2. FantasySharks The Prognosticator - includes a chart forecasting the rushing and passing status for each matchup as well as a couple paragraphs on key players in each game

3. Sportingnews.com's Sportingblogs with tips on your lineup from some "experts"

Friday, September 22, 2006

Week 3's Start/Bench Analysis

For week 3 I will be analyzing the start/bench calls made on running backs from the sites listed below. Check out each of the links for advice on your lineup but remember to check back on Tuesday to see which site actually gave the best advice.

NFLFreaks Start-Bench List

Fantasy Football Cafe

Ask the Commish Sit or Start

FootballDocs Bench-Start

SI Start 'em Sit 'em

NFL.com Start 'em Sit 'em

Thursday, September 21, 2006

IDP advice for Week 3

Fantasysharks.com has a great article each week on IDPs called The Hive - the studs, strong plays, gut checks, and stay aways are noted for each matchup with a sentence or two of analysis. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Tight End Predictions

As noted a few days ago, one of my goals with this site is to be able to provide ongoing stats on which websites out there really give the best advice on who to start and who to sit. So this week I focused on tight ends. I randomly chose 5 sites and compared results by looking at each noted player's ranking for the week among all the tight ends in the league as well as their total points for the week awarded by my yahoo league. Then by comparing the averages between those that a site picked to start and bench, you can get a good idea of how well their predictions turned out. If you happen to like numbers and would like to see the excel spreadsheet/formulas, let me know. I can work on posting that up here.
Results below:

1. NFL.com Start 'em, Sit 'em by Michael Fabiano
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 18.29
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 4.81
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 27.29
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 3.76

Of the 7 TEs that Fabiano recommended as starters, 5 of them finished in the top 20 performers of the week (2 of them even in the top 10); of the 7 he recommended as benchers, only 1 even finished in the top 20 - Desmond Clark, the top TE for the week. This week nfl.com and Mike Fabiano appeared to have a pretty accurate set of predictions and the best of the 5 sites I looked at - well done.

2. NFLFreaks Start-Bench List
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 18.8
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 5.217
Suggested maybes average ranking for the week: 38.17
Suggested maybes average fantasy points for the week: 1.65
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 35
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 1.98

While there is a pretty substantial difference between the starters they picked and everyone else, the maybes and the benchers performed essentially in the same way. They did a fairly nice job in picking starters that would perform well and benchers that would not. And kudos to NFLFreaks for being the only ones here that fully endorsed starting Desmond Clark.

3. Ask the Commish Start-Sit
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 18.5
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 3.8
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 9.5
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 6.04

As you can see, the players Ask The Commish recommended benching actually performed significantly better than those that they recommended starting. Fantasy points were essentially doubled by the benchers. Not a great job with the predictions this week.

4. Fantasy Sharks Start/Bench List
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 23.5
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 4.38
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 47.5
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 0.89

A decent job at predicting decent starters though they varied widely from 5th and 6th ranked L.J. Smith and Todd Heap, respectively, and 45th ranked Gonzo. Though apparently their bencher predictions are right on target. Come here to find out which players should be benched.

5. SI.com Start/Sit
Suggested starters average ranking for the week: 51.5
Suggested starters average fantasy points for the week: 0.64
Suggested benchers average ranking for the week: 35.5
Suggested benchers average fantasy points for the week: 1.52

This was abysmal. I'll be honest, I expected more from SI but perhaps this goes to show that the big guy doesn't always know what he's doing. The 2 starters they suggested performed so poorly that neither one could even muster up one measley point. Meanwhile, the benchers more than doubled the starters in points - though also not exactly a stellar set of performances. Here's to a better job with the week 3 predictions from SI...

Looking a Bye in the Face


Welcome to the first bye week. Personally, I have a handful of holes to fill and feel that it's time to check out the waiver wires and see who is out there. One of my personal favorites has got to be Marques Colston (photo by Elsa/Getty Images) - this rookie NO Saint can be your WR or TE and has TD notches on his belt for both week 1 and week 2. Colston came from Hofstra so give a little love to the 1-AA - I've learned the hard way that not all 1-AA teams should be so underrated. At least I'm in good company this fall though...go Buffs.
Need some advice? Check these out:

1. FantasySharks.com - an overview of some good pickups off the waiver wire

2. Fanball.com - already about a week old and you've always gotta be quick with that waiver wire, but there's definitely a solid chance that some of these guys are still around and available.

3. cbssportsline - a little repetitive of the fantasysharks overview mentioned above...what that really says to me is that the number of good steals on the waiver wire are few and far between. Act now or be sorry come Sunday.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Digging deeper with your D

I don't really want to jinx myself but I'm pretty sure I'm going to go 2-1 this week...maybe even 3-0 if Heath Miller has another great game tonight. Based on my performance last weekend, this is pretty spectacular news and it's mostly thanks to some of my outstanding IDPs. In fact, I think Julius Peppers might have singlehandedly helped me dominate my buddy Ethan this week - so Ethan, this blog's for you.
I took another look at my individual defensive players (IDPs) last week since I was frustrated with how poorly many of my drafted set of IDPs had played and I made some changes. Originally I had based my draft picks off of a pre-draft ranking based largely on predicted sacks for the year. Foolishly I overlooked the need for guys who can really tackle consistently - so I found new sources and compared options. My best addition for the week was Adalius Thomas who gave me 19.90 points and in my league (7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, a safety, and 1 pass defensed against Oakland). That is simply outstanding. And while part of me wants to suggest that you just pick a good defender who is playing Oakland every week, I think there's also a little more to it (plus, Oakland has a bye in week 3).
Here's a list of some of the sites I found that were helpful and generally reliable:

1. ProFantasySports has an "IDP Report" column under featured stories on the right that I found quite helpful. IDPs are divided up by each game - and then each team - and then those who are "defenders" versus those who are "defenseless". Granted for week 2 they made some questionable predictions such as calling Terdell Sands "defenseless" since his first name "starts with the sound 'turd'" and he then ended up going for 8 tackles. But all in all, I like this site and it's one sentence blurbs on their chosen IDPs. And a little humor goes a long way in the fantasy football world as far as I'm concerned.

2. IDP Picks and Pans from rotoworld is located here for week 2 (I'll update for future weeks) but appears to also be picked up by USA Today, perhaps? This one is divided up by position, which is good for those of us with required IDP position slots, and lists a handful of starts and sits for each position. I also like the accountability bit at the end where he notes whether or not his predictions from the previous week were a hit or miss - nice. I'm all about keeping a tally on predictions.

3. MyFantasyBall.com has projections for the week that can be filtered based on position (again, very helpful) and can be ordered by a vast number of options. The default is to list the projections based on the number of potential fantasy points however you can also reorder by the number of tackles (solo, assist, or total), sacks, or interceptions. Since I was looking for consistent tacklers this past week, I liked the easy navigation of this page. Plus, just click on a player's name and you can get their stats for past games and past seasons. Helpful in determining a player's consistency.

Friday, September 15, 2006

A new face for the league

I don't particularly care for change. So this year when one of my leagues switched from yahoo to cbssportsline.com as the league host, I got pretty grumpy about some of the new - or missing - features of sportsline. During the draft I'm pretty sure that most players in our league experienced a moment of panic when they realized that they hadn't actually read the rules on sportsline and that there are only 5 total slots alloted to RBs and WRs during the draft. In fact you are forced to take two team defenses, which I found to be especially egregious. This was a particularly hard lesson to learn with only 20 or so seconds remaining in my alloted minute-and-a-half during a late round in the draft...and not enough research conducted on my backup D.
However, with a little time I have grown to enjoy certain aspects of sportsline far more than I anticipated. Following is a list of my pros and cons:


  • CONS:

--stingy draft rules in regards to position drafting as noted above


--there is no fast way to get immediately to your team's roster; instead you must go through the main league site and wind your way through the "team" column (please, if someone knows of an easier method, let me know). On that main league page under "At a Glance", each team should be a live link.


--I'm irritated by the whole points that a player is given rather than the fractional point system in yahoo. For example, I have Broncos TE of the future Tony Scheffler (photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) in my dynasty league - in week 1 he caught one pass for 9 yards and made a tackle - yahoo gave me 2.35 points for this (though sorry Schef, you've been on the bench) and yet sportsline would give me 0. If I'm in a close matchup I certainly think those 2.35 points are valuable. I'm sure it was just the default for our league's setup but come on cbs, make fractional points the default. Far more satisfying as it rewards all plays.



  • PROS:

--I really like the "preview" option when you're looking at an upcoming matchup. Provides a nice analysis including interesting options such as Schedule Difficulty, Passing/Rushing/Defense Rank, and even Coach Rating. I'd like to note that I am comfortably in the middle of the pack at 6th with the Coach Rating. Not really sure how that's determined but I'd like to make my move and slide on up to 1st.


--on the scoreboard there is a notation for PMR - player minutes remaining; this is a far more accurate way to analyze the remaining players that you and your opponent have (thanks to Scott for noting this nice benefit)


--and perhaps the biggest benefit of all to sportsline versus yahoo - the live stats are free. On yahoo, stat tracker costs $9.99. Considering Scott and I are in on a combined 7 leagues we opted for the stat tracker option to keep every Sunday even more interesting than usual.

Just the facts

What if all you're looking for are sites that will provide player news? Read on...

  1. NFL.com - One of the things I like about this news portion of nfl.com is that you can click on weekly headlines and get a review of all the headlines separated out by day. Along this same vein, they keep their news archives up going back to 2001. Want to look back and see who the top rookies were a year ago or just how many years in a row a certain player has gotten injured - check out the archives. Also linked off this site is the Injury Report - always helpful in making those sit or start decisions. What is it missing? A web feed. (What is a web feed?)
  2. Rotoworld.com - The Player News is frequently updated and offers a line or two of commentary to go with each piece of news. Call it the girl in me, but I like having the player's name listed in a heading that depicts their team's colors and logo. Nice. Also of benefit is the ability to sort by team, position, or go directly to a specific date.
  3. kffl.com - Hot Off the Wire brings news from many sources - if you want further information than their one sentence blurbs, don't worry, HOTW offers links to the players, teams, and news sources. You can divvy up your news information by Breaking News, Fantasy, Injury News, Transaction, Draft Information, or Free Agency News. The downfall to this site are the irritating ads for kffl products/subscriptions that are sprinkled throughout the rest of the player news. No thanks.

Whose advice do I take?

One of my goals with this site is to do a statistical analysis of a lot of the "start 'em, bench 'em" sites that give you advice on which players to start each week. Everyone is hoping to find that gold nugget of information to give them an extra edge - but which sites give the most accurate advice? I will be compiling this information and will post the percentages weekly so you will know where - and where not - to go. If you have any sites that you would like included in this analysis, let me know.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Starting off

Well, we're into Week 2 of the 2006 season and I keep trying to remind myself that this is a marathon not a sprint. After an 0-3 start from the three leagues that I am in, I feel less confident about starting up this blog. But then again it seems like just the right time to create what I hope to be the ultimate resource for fantasy football. I don't intend to give advice on who to bench, who to start - but advice on how to find the most promising information out there. As a librarian, information is my business; but football is my passion.
More coming soon!