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Playoffs update and then some

Happy Tuesday! I've had a handful of you ask me when the standings for the FF Librarian's Challenge would be updated - and unfortunately I am not sure. I can't say I'm particularly pleased with the speed with which NFL.com is operating their playoffs challenge in terms of the stats updates, so we're all at the mercy of their slow system. Now you can at least see which players we all selected for the week, but we aren't accurately ranked by point totals. Patience, I guess. In the meantime, for those involved in the challenge, you are now able to set your lineups for this coming week - remember that only 4 players can be switched out. And next week only 2 players can be switched out. Personally, I have my eye on Toomer as a relatively good bargain for at least one more week. Check out NY Post's Amani Splendored Thing for the clever headline, Toomer info and quality journalism (full disclosure: the author of the article is my college roommate's fiance and I will be in their wedding this summer - can't help but link to his stuff for Giants news!).

More football and fantasy links for you...
  • Thinking about how the impending universally cold weather might affect this weekend's matchups? Look no further than the Fifth Down's Should We Talk About the Weather? It's about 50 here in Denver today with a predicted high of 16 tomorrow. Talk about a cold front! And clearly that's headed east...
  • The Bruno Boys are taking a retrospective look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2007 fantasy season. Check out their "The Good" - Quarterbacks for some wisdom on how a solid QB can carry you to a fantasy championship.
  • Here's another synopsis piece on the 2007 season - ProFantasySports' The Replacements - Running Backs in Review - includes commentary on where they might be drafted in 2008.
  • If you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands with the regular football season over, try perusing some of the posts on Pro-Football-Reference.com's blog. I must admit I'm kind of into the "statgeekery" on the site and I think you might have to be into that stuff to really enjoy this blog - but there's some cool stuff in here including an interesting discussion about a paper written by an economist a few years ago about the 4th down decisions that NFL coaches make, which essentially concludes that coaches don't go for it enough on 4th - I'm glossing over a lot of the details here (like what yard line you're on, what quarter it is, etc.), but teams maximize their chances of winning if they go for it on 4th rather than punt. My husband, an economist, has told me about this article before and I thought about it again this past weekend when the Pats went for it on 4th and 5 on the JAC 40 during the Pats' first possession - and got the 1st down handily.
Okay, time to get some library work done. As soon as we have a better leaderboard going for the FF Librarian's Challenge, I'll blog again about the standings.

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