Wednesday, January 30, 2008

FFL's new domain name, FSTA and other football stuff

Greetings football fans. Just for kicks type this into a browser: http://www.fflibrarian.com/ - yup, the Fantasy Football Librarian is moving up in the world and now has its own domain name. Don't worry, if you're used to coming to the previous URL, not a problem, you'll just be redirected. But it's kind of exciting, no?

On another exciting note, I will be attending the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) annual conference in Denver on Feb 11 and Feb 12. If any of you fantasy gurus out there happen to be attending, please let me know and I'll keep an eye out for you. Otherwise it should be yet another place that I can absorb all sorts of fantasy info to bring back to the blog.

Okay, enough chit chat. Let's get to the daily football links:

  • First, a link from a new site that I'm involved with and am getting really excited about - Sports Data Hub. Trust me, you'll hear me gush about its awesomeness at many points throughout the offseason, but for now let's just take a look at the Tom Brady or Peyton Manning blog post - which QB would you draft first?
  • DR U Fantasy Football Guru's Keys to Victory for Super Bowl 42 includes key strategies for both the Pats and the Giants. Also of interest to me was the poll on this site, "Do you want the Patriots to win the Super Bowl to finish undefeated?" Right now results are 57% no and 43% yes. Am I one of the few non-Pats fans that is in the "yes" category? Honestly, I don't have strong feelings on the Pats one or another but I would LOVE to be around for an undefeated, record-busting, historical NFL season (asterisks and all). I mean this is history in the making, baby!
  • Check out Fantasy Football Starters' Super Predictions and Complete Statistical Breakdown of the Big Game! for more thoughts on how the SB will go...and why Maroney might be the difference maker.
  • Here's a link for those who want some photo evidence of what the Pats have been up to today in AZ. Or details on what they've been up to at practice.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

FFL Challenge still going! And keeper thoughts...

For those who have forgotten (or are just too far behind to have a horse in this race), the NFL.com's Playoff Challenge is still going on - meaning the FF Librarian's Challenge is still in full force with 50's Big Perms in the lead with 295 points. I am in third place in our FFL challenge but sadly in 3366th place overall amongst the rest of the NFL.com competitors. Hopefully I'll make up some ground there with 7 players in my roster for the Super Bowl. I was toying around with my RB options since I have a hole there now without Grant...I'm ultimately going with Jacobs (my other RB is Maroney) but I did think about Bradshaw - until I read this article from Accuscore: Ahmad Bradshaw in Focus and I realized that regardless of Bradshaw's recent quality performances, I would be crazy not to start Jacobs.

Other football thoughts for the day:

  • If you're in a keeper league and trying to make some big decisions about your roster (like do you keep LT or AP, yes seriously, someone actually had that very sweet dilemma), check out NFL.com's Fantasy Mailbag for answers from Michael Fabiano.
  • There's a lot of stuff on Gregg Rosenthal's blog about the Super Bowl and I'm not sure which bit I liked the best since I'm trying to live vicariously through them all, but try Setting the Scene just to get a feel for the media mayhem in Arizona.
  • Wondering how the newbie QBs of 2007 might fare in the future? Try Pro Football Reference's Similarity Scores for New 2007 Quarterbacks, which compares 2007's QBs to all QBs who have played since 1978 to get an idea of which players/seasons they can be considered comparable to based on their performance this year. Interesting stuff.
  • Know who the announcers will be on Sunday for the SB? And which announcers would you be most interested in hearing?
  • Want some keeper rankings? Try Sports Grumblings' 2008 RB Keeper League Chart for some ideas.
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Monday, January 28, 2008

T minus 6 until the Super Bowl

This week the Super Bowl madness begins. I think right now we're probably all jealous of those who are already in Glendale or are en route to Glendale. I know I'd probably sacrifice something ridiculously crucial like my right hand to have the chance to experience Super Bowl week. Okay, maybe my left hand. But let's dive into some football links here...

  • As if anyone actually thought that Brady wouldn't play in the Super Bowl - he has confirmed that he will be good to go on Sunday.
  • Gregg Rosenthal recognizes how great his job is and will be blogging all week long from Arizona about his various Super Bowl week highlights.
  • I think we're hosting a Super Bowl party this year - usually our friends who just had twins host the party, and so by default we're stepping up and being hosts. So here's my big question - what kind of Super Bowl party food do you serve to a room full of vegetarians?? Remember, we live in Boulder, Colorado, where an outrageous number of people have shunned meat and so I'm expecting about 1/2 to 2/3 of our party will be going veg. Beer will of course be available but in the interest of providing our revelers with a way to fill their stomachs with more than just alcohol, I'm eager for some vegetarian-friendly Super Bowl food suggestions. So bring em. And for those of you unlimited by veg constraints, check out Cold, Hard Football Facts' Gameday Favorites.
Can't stand one more Super Bowl article? Well you're kind of in trouble then for the next few days and I sure hope you're happy reading about primaries and caucuses since there's really nothing else in the news these days outside of the SB and the pres race. But I've found a few choice items, so read on...
Thanks for being patient with me over the past few days in terms of a lack of posts on the site. I know I was pretty quiet this weekend but between a day up in the mountains to ski (awesome day!) and my laptop suddenly crashing on me, it was a chaotic weekend. Fortunately, I think my laptop has been revived from its near certain death as long as I never try to use another flash drive or anything involving the USB ports. Since that's not particularly sustainable and my husband's laptop (on which his entire PhD dissertation lives) also has a tendency to completely overheat and crash, we sadly find ourselves in the laptop market.

In other news, I'm really excited to report that I am actually incorporating fantasy football into my real job as a librarian. Another librarian and I will be presenting at two library conferences this spring on how fantasy football research skills can be translated into general library/academic research skills. One of the conferences is in Las Vegas of all places, which is just highly amusing, no?

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Some Super Bowl thoughts and more

Happy Thursday. The work week is coming to a close here and I am headed up to the mountains tomorrow night for a day of skiing. But don't worry, I still have football on my mind. That will never change, never. Plus, I've been led to a few new football sites (more football, less fantasy football) and I'm excited to share some new links.

Before I get to the links, a reminder that FF Librarian is up on facebook now - join me, become an FFL fan!

  • Wondering how you can bone up on your Giants trivia? Look no further than Cold, Hard Football Facts' Five facts only a Giants diehard would know.
  • Also from Cold, Hard Football Facts (yes, I am drooling over this site and kicking myself for just finding it now) check out Power Rankings: Regular-season wrapup edition, where I learned among other things that "the [2007] league-wide pass completion rate of 61.2 percent was the best ever, topping the 59.8 percent of 2004 and 2006."
  • The Football Professor has put together a Super Bowl forecast that has the Patriots winning in the end.
  • Help The Fifth Down explain all the ins and outs of Bill Belichick.
  • And finally, draft simulators and calculators took over my life for an hour+ yesterday (thanks a lot, Tones) until I realized that I had real life duties to attend to and couldn't spend any additional time on FFXtreme's Mock Draft Simulator or Fantasy Football Calculator. There is of course a tiny voice in my head telling me, "but if you mock draft once a day every day until August, you will rule the ff draft world." That could put a hurting on my actual job duties, but the thought of total draft domination is appealing - so I guess we'll see what wins out.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Revving up for the Super Bowl

Yes, it's true football fans - we're looking at our first weekend without football since last summer. It was 4 degrees this morning when I walked out the door so summer seems like so, so long ago. It's just a tough time and we might all stunningly acquire new hobbies, skills, and interests. Or just keep checking fantasy sites religiously for new information that could possibly make us better drafters in 7 months. And if more information is what you want, then that is what you will get.

So first, let's delve into some of the many SB articles that are cropping up.

Questions about 2008?
  • Marion Barber-philes will enjoy this Pro Football Reference Blog summation of Barber's career and how he compares historically with other RBs...and then what that might say about where his career is headed next. The prediction here is that he will be on the "short list of running backs at the very top of fantasy draft boards" in 2008. Read on for the details.
  • NFL Draft Day is really not that far off, friends. Shouldn't you be paying attention to the Senior Bowl? Catch up with SI's Senior Bowl Risers and Sliders or Rotoworld's Live from Mobile: Day Two.
All for today!

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday Morning Update

Let's just take a moment here to reflect on how unfortunate it is that we won't be seeing the Packers in the Super Bowl. I'm sorry Giants fans, but I just really can't get my mind around the fact that the Giants are going to the Super Bowl this year. Not what I was expecting or hoping for really. So, much to my Colts-loving husband's dismay but my Pats-loving sister's delight, I will be pulling for the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Some football thoughts for you today:

So let's get to the latest update from the FF Librarian's Challenge. Like many of you, this was kind of a bad points week for me - the highest point total this week went to tunaslayer who had 89 points. Well done, tunaslayer, you ended up with 25 points more than I did - but for reference, that would have placed 47th last weekend when the highest point total (from 50's Big Perms) was 141. Interesting stuff. So the top 10 this week also included Flaming Barracuda's, winners, DA Bears, green bay tribes, 85 bears, FashizzelMyIzzelRizzo, mangeniuses, greatest show on turf, Fightin' Armadillos. And the overall top 10 are:

  1. 50's Big Perms (295 points)
  2. Black Juicers (282 points)
  3. FFLibrarian (279 points)
  4. Power & Speed (274 points)
  5. Chop Block Champs (273 points)
  6. fooseball (273 points)
  7. Flaming Barracuda's (273 points)
  8. DUTCHMEN (270 points)
  9. Krafty's Kannibals (269 points)
  10. Fightin' Armadillos (269 points)

Okay, it's after 12:30 in Colorado so it might be time to finally get out of my pajamas. Man, I love three-day weekends.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Will it be a Packers/Pats SB??

For this weekend's FF Librarian's Challenge, I am having a tough time deciding which WR and TE duo to start. I can either go with Toomer and Watson OR Jennings and Boss. The latter offers me more flexibility for the Super Bowl (because I am banking on a Packers/Pats SB) but I am really fond of Jennings. So we'll see. Coin flip perhaps?

So let's get to the daily dose of football links:

And don't forget to come join me on facebook if you're so inclined!

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Championship games info and FFLibrarian hits Facebook

Are all of you Pats/Packers/Giants/Bolts fans out there getting psyched up for this weekend or what? I have to say that it’s a little sad to think about the football season dwindling down for the year. It’s tough. I won’t know what do with myself on Sundays – that could be a good thing, really, considering it is ski season in Colorado.

FF Librarian now has a presence on Facebook - I'm excited about this and am hoping that those of you with Facebook profiles might check it out and possibly become a "fan" of Fantasy Football Librarian if you're so inclined. The page is a little different than the personal profiles that I'm used to, so I may be giving you erroneous information, but this link should take you to the FF Librarian page where I believe once you log in, you can become a fan. No pressure of course, just something to consider.

Anyway, let’s get to some resources and thoughts for this weekend's games…

  • This link was provided in a comment yesterday, but I thought it was worth reposting here, too. Check out Fantasy Sports Matrix’s Potential Sleepers for NFL Championship Weekend. I must say, FSM is one of the few places where I’ve seen any sort of commentary on who to start or sit in several weeks…so thanks FSM!
  • Looking for ways that the Chargers and Giants might get an upset? Leave the work to Accuscore analyst Stephen Oh who ran some simulations of the matchups to see what exactly it will take - read AFC Conference Championships and NFC Conference Championships for the details.
  • How do the remaining teams' offensive lines look? Arguing that it was the o-lines that helped the Chargers and Giants win last week, SI's Walking the Line ranks the final four o-lines.
Want info on 2008, not this weekend's games? Read on...
That's it for today...there's sure to be more tomorrow!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Conference championships approaching quickly...

I realize my earlier post today wasn't exactly chock full o' football info, so here are a few more thoughts for you on the playoffs and the 2008 season:

  • Want the latest news on this weekend’s championship games? Try Sports Grumblings’ Fantasy Grumblings: Playoff Buzz, which includes the interesting tidbit that “the Giants-Cowboys game drew the biggest national audience of any divisional contest in 11 years.” Wow, I’m impressed.
  • Philip Rivers. I am not a fan - but that's probably partially due to the fact that I'm a chick who doesn't care for those who taunt my Broncos; but from a fantasy standpoint, I feel he was an utter disappointment this year. So I can guarantee his taunting ways and sub-par performance mean I won't be drafting him next season. Glad to see others are irritated by him, too.
  • Call it self-congratulating or whatever, but I’d like to guide you all over to The Hazean’s Nine must-subscribe fantasy football feeds article. I’m honored to be on that list and realized that I don’t visit a few of those sites nearly as often as I should. Expect to see that remedied!
  • As a Maroney fantasy owner and supporter, it’s nice to get some confirmation that Maroney’s season wasn’t quite the disaster it appeared to be back in early October or so – Football Outsiders has Maroney ranked as 6th for total value among RBs who had at least 75 carries. And apparently Belichick is happy with him, which can only mean good things for Maroney in 2008 if you ask me.
  • Yesterday I mentioned the Bruno Boys’ series on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2007 season – their next piece in the series is up: “The Good” – Running Backs.
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FFLibrarian's Challenge Update

Time for your latest update on the FFLibrarian's Challenge through NFL.com. The new top 10 overall standings for our group of 92 is as follows:

  1. 50's Big Perms
  2. Black Juicers
  3. DUTCHMEN
  4. FFLibrarian (oh yeah!)
  5. The 1L Wonders
  6. Chop Block Champs
  7. Vick's Doggy Day Care
  8. Krafty's Kannibals
  9. fooseball
  10. Power & Speed
The weekly top 10 has a lot of the same players but a few other notables for their performance this past week include: Fightin' Armadillos, Furman XC, and Wazzie's Warlords. And congrats to my buddy Sam and his Motor City Kitties team for getting out of the basement. Barely.

In other news that is completely unrelated to football but really worthy of noting, our good friends had twin girls last night: welcome to the world, Paige and Sara! I think two little fantasy football fans were just born.

More football-related links to come soon!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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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Monday, January 14, 2008

Playoff surprises and more on 2008

Wow...neither of yesterday's playoff games had the outcome I was anticipating. I mean, the Colts didn't win?! Granted, I live with a massive Colts fan (who is now rather sullen over the state of the football season), but I just didn't really see that one coming. My husband called the Giants win (though that might be because of his love for all things Manning) and I'm sure the NY Post was thrilled to see their Fake Jessica have some success, but again...I didn't see that one coming. The FF Goat did though - nice work on that Giants pick, Goat. So my congrats to this weekend's winners and my condolences to the losers.

Onto some other thoughts out there:

Have a good one and I'll be sure to blog later about which players are in the lead in the FF Librarian's Challenge!

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Divisionals, Round 2 update

Good morning and welcome to Day 2 of the Divisional Round of playoffs. I'm enjoying a strong cup of coffee and some Sunday NFL Countdown (interspersed with Meet the Press to be honest). And frankly, I'm pretty pleased with my final fantasy lineup for the week in the FF Librarian's Challenge:

Tom Brady (28 points)
Ryan Grant (34 points)
Laurence Maroney (22 points)
Reggie Wayne
Wes Welker (12 points)
Benjamin Watson (13 points)
Josh Scobee (8 points)
Dallas Cowboys

So far I have 117 points, which is a vast improvement over last week's performance. That said, I have a lot of ground to gain and have put a lot of eggs in the Patriots basket and am hoping that will work out for me. I chose Benjamin Watson since the Jags have been so weak against TEs and that worked out really well, but I may do some rearranging with my TE to make room for another kicker before next week. To be determined.

I hope the rest of you have also had success. Good luck!

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Fantasy thoughts on the divisional round

Hi football fans - the Divisional Round of the playoffs starts in a little over 24 hours and I think I finally have my team set for the FF Librarian's Challenge. I think. But I keep looking for more information to validate my decisions - and more information to help those of you who are just taking a look at your lineups now. Like my husband who just spent the past three days skiing in fresh powder up at Aspen while I was here at work. Not that I'm jealous or anything.

So jumping right in...if you're looking for some game forecasting, previews or rankings, check out these resources:

I'll be online and chat-able for a good chunk of the afternoon if anyone needs to bounce lineup questions off me. Good luck this weekend!

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Week 19 prep and beyond

I have now officially overhauled my playoffs lineup twice since my post yesterday. I've kept Brady but played around with just about every other position, second-guessing myself a lot. As a normally extremely decisive person, this wavering is driving me crazy. Anyone else in the same boat? Now several of you have pointed out before that sometimes too much information is a bad thing - but that won't stop me from posting (and reading) rankings and such for this weekend's games. So without further ado:

Now for those who with long-term vision here who are looking for 2008 info, read on. NFL.com is rolling out their early fantasy keepers series - I posted the QBs article the other day - and today we have Fantasy Keepers: Running backs. Or if you're searching for some early 2008 sleepers, check out Fox Sports' Fantasy sleepers: Bulger will rebound.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Looking Ahead to 2008

Greetings! So I've set my preliminary lineup for Week 19 as part of the FF Librarian's Challenge with NFL.com and yes, I am putting over 1/3 of my units into acquiring Tom Brady (my Brady-loving sister is probably thrilled to hear this). Of the 300 units I have to spend, Brady is costing me 103. So now the rest depends on how well I can build a team with 197 units left, and let me tell you, I'm pretty pleased with what I have so far. It uses every single unit and I plan on dominating with this group of superstars. I'll post my lineup this weekend so I don't divulge my secrets to fellow competitors before game time. And there now 87 of us in the FF Librarian's Challenge, so thanks to everyone for the continued interest!

In the meantime, there are FF 2008 articles cropping up all over the place. If you're still too tuned into the 2007 season to even think about FF in 2008, don't worry - I am going to repost/organize all of these 2008 articles once the regular season has ended. But for those of you who aren't playing playoff FF, here's a little food for thought:

On a different note, ever wondered who all the beat writers are for your favorite teams? Try NFL Beat Writer Blogs to get direct links to the latest headlines and articles from each beat writer. Cool stuff.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

FF Librarian's Challenge Update

For those 80 of you involved in the FF Librarian's Challenge on NFL.com with me, I thought you might want an update on how the standings look after Week One. If you are in the challenge and want to look at the full standings to see where you rank, just click on the Standings tab/link once you have logged in and you should be able to find yourself among all 81 of us.

Sadly, I should report that I am deep in the middle of the pack at 42nd. It hurts. But I'm coming back this week, baby, so watch out. The rest of us should all be in awe of the FF Goat - I've known this for awhile, but if you haven't had a chance to experience the Goat yet, I strongly recommend you check out his blog Fantasy Football Goat. I mean the guy is in the lead here for a reason - he knows his stuff.

The top 10 goes like this:

  1. FantasyFootballGoat.com
  2. JaredKS
  3. Vickless
  4. Bruno Boys Fantasy Football
  5. vator-x squad
  6. day old bannana pudin
  7. Fantasy Sports Matrix - Freddie
  8. Dancing Nancies
  9. Flaming Barracuda's
  10. SD Bolts

Now I just have to tell Motor City Kitties (Sam, a good friend of mine) that I am so sorry he started such a crew of crappy players and fell into 81st place. And not just by a small margin either, Sam, so I hope you've got some great tricks up your sleeve for the rest of the playoffs. I'm glad I actually know the person in last place so I don't have to make fun of a stranger here.

Now back to focusing on the LSU v OSU game.

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Monday Update for Playoff FF

So thanks to a persuasive and knowledgeable visitor to this site, I was convinced into starting the San Diego D/ST this past week. I would have to say that turned out to be a very good thing. Now if only both Galloway and Gates hadn't injured themselves, my playoffs team might have had a decent showing. But instead, here was my lineup this past week, in the FF Librarian's Challenge, which gave me a rather mediocre 76 points:

QB: David Garrard (12 points)
RBs: Clinton Portis (7 points), Earnest Graham (14 points)
WRs: Joey Galloway (goose egg), Santana Moss (12 points)
TE: Antonio Gates (1 point)
K: Josh Brown (11 points)
D/ST: Chargers (19 points)

When your kicker scores more than 3 of your other players, you know it has been a rough week. Here's to a better week in Week 19/Playoffs week 2.

  • Observations from this past week's playoffs games from The Hazean's First-round playoff afterthoughts. Or try The Fifth Down's Trend-spotting in NFL, Playoffs Day 2.
  • Looking for updated rankings for this coming week? Try NFL.com's 2007 fantasy postseason rankings, which it looks like Fabiano just reposted.
  • Find the answers to all your divisional round AFC and NFC questions from ESPN.
  • For those total into the 2008 FF season preparations already, check out FanNation's Looking Ahead to 2008
  • Onto other football matters - I'm sorry Buckeye fans (yes, Joe, I'm talking to you) but I am pulling for LSU tonight, mostly due to my near decade of Ohio State loathing. Nothing personal at all OSU fans, perhaps with time (a lot of time) I'll even grow to like Ohio State. Enjoy tonight's game everyone!
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Friday, January 04, 2008

Playing the Playoffs Game

I've been impressed by the number of fantasy footballers that are getting into postseason FF this year - who knew so many people were eager to keep going? Already there are over 60 of us in the FF Librarian's Challenge via NFL.com. I thought that by the time the regular season ended and Week 18 rolled around you all might have eased off the fantasy train a bit. Not so. I say cheers to that and remind you all that if you DO want to get involved in playoff FF, that you need to do so before the games start Saturday afternoon.

Check out my posts from yesterday and Wednesday for the bulk of the playoff fantasy football links that are out there, but read on for other thoughts as well.

  • FF Geek Blog's Are you in a playoffs fantasy league? - these guys are partaking in CBS Sports' playoff challenge (CBS is also running the NFL.com challenge, I believe, hence why they sound so similar) and both Matt and Brandon offer up their lineups of choice for this first week of playoffs. Matt, your massive amount of Giants love makes me nervous, I'll be honest.
  • KFFL has rankings for Week 18 based on PPR scoring, organized by tiers: QB, RB, WR, TE, and Kicker
  • FFXtreme's Fantasy Playoff Rankings from Smitty
  • If you like your advice via video, try NBC's Fantasy Fix Playoff Props with Gregg and Tiffany (finally, some recognition that Omar Epps and Mike Tomlin are probably long lost brothers; and wow, Del Rio is possibly Principal Rooney's twin - unreal!).
Enjoy your Friday - I will be online for much of the afternoon if you have any playoffs questions. Good luck and thanks again to those of you in on the FF Librarian's Challenge!

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

More Resources for Playoff FF

Yo. Greetings from a really quiet library - hard to imagine a rowdy library, I know, but this is even more quiet than usual. Students don't return for a few more weeks so it's quite empty in here, leaving me some time to think about the playoffs of course.

Perhaps you're trying to determine which players to start in this week's playoff games? In addition to yesterday's links, here are a few more resources that might be of help:

  • Fox Sports' Average Points Allowed - this accumulation of stats let's you look at each team's D to see how many fantasy points they give up by position. For example, the Tampa Bay D gives up a mere 11.63 fantasy points to QBs, which is nearly 4.5 less points than the NFL average. The Giants on the other hand, give up 16.78 fantasy points to QBs, or 0.68 more points than the average. Good stuff for those of you who enjoy perusing the stats.
  • If you want to get basically this same info via ESPN, which also includes the actual average yards, attempts and TDs try their Fantasy Football Points Against.
Hope this is helpful info!
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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Playoffs Cheat Sheets and Rankings

I'm finally back at work after a long vacation and am slogging my way through my e-mail trying to catch up with everything that happened in the library world. But I of course have football on my mind - yesterday I posted a few tips/rankings for those playing playoff fantasy football and have a few more below.

A few links to check out:

More tomorrow! And remember you can always get involved in the FF Librarian's Challenge through NFL.com's playoff FF. I'm currently trying to get my sister in on this challenge...she has never played FF but is intrigued by my passion for it and is nuts about the Pats - so we'll see what happens. There could be some sibling rivalry going on...can't. wait.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Playoff FF just starting!

The season isn't really over, friends. While one dude or chick in each of your leagues has bragging rights over their regular season victory for the next year, there are still a lot of things to think about in fantasy football land. First, playoff fantasy football is starting up and if you're interested in playing the NFL.com challenge, check out my post from Monday. Second, there's planning for the 2008 fantasy season that can be done. Yes, I'm serious. Take a look at some of the season review articles and start thinking about who you might want to draft in 2008. And third, the 2008 NFL draft is only a few months off...

But in the meantime, if you're attempting to recapture what life is like sans fantasy football, perhaps you can relate to Mark St. Amant's post Fantasy Cold Turkey. Also, as a librarian, I can't help but love that Rotoworld's Gregg Rosenthal has a list of recent favorite football books that you may want to take a look at this year. I've read Next Man Up and Friday Night Lights and am currently reading The GM - so clearly I have quite a few more football books to devour. Any suggestions are welcome.

1. Playoff FF

2. 2007 fantasy season review
3. NFL Draft
  • If you're itching for some 2008 NFL Draft info, try Junkyard Jake's NFL Mock Draft including two rounds of projections and the top prospects at each position.
  • ProFantasySports.com's Fantasy Viewer's Guide to Bowl Games - see who you should be (or should have been) taking a look at during the college bowl games for this year's NFL draft.
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