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.