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?