Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Big Winners

This is my final update for my FFLibrarian contests - thank you all for your submissions over the past few months. The final contest ended on a fun note with the same guy, David Cheng, submitting the most accurate guesses for BOTH of my questions for Week 4. I've sent him to Vegas to keep his lucky streak going but actually only rewarded him with one subscription to FFXtreme. David correctly guessed that Chris Johnson would be the Titan RB with the most rushing yards with 61 yards; he guessed Jay Cutler would have 351 passing yards (Cutler had 361). So the next closest guess to Cutler's yardage was Joey with a guess of 344 passing yards. Joey won access to the FFStarters Power Play Package.

An update on the FFLibrarian's $100K Fantasy Challenge - the top 5 players this week are as follows: Lab, Htownpunks, Teh Big Red Dogs, Law Dawgs and mcjoker. Mcjoker happens to be my old high school boyfriend, so a special congrats to him - clearly I knew how to pick a good FF player even in my younger days. I'll keep updating you all on the $100K challenge over the rest of the season - I'm hoping to crack that top 5 one of these days...

Looking at Moore options on the wavier wire

Rashard Mendenhall is out for the season - seriously?! That was a battlefield out there last night in the MNF game...I can't remember the last time I saw so many injuries, stretchers or carts used as in Week 4. So now my old fantasy flame, Mewelde Moore, reappears on the scene. If I was wise, I'd heed the advice of the FFGeekBlog and perhaps not run out and grab Moore. See what the Geeks have to say about other waiver wire options out there, too.

I'm not sure I want to admit to you all that I had another abysmal week - I went 2-5 again. I spent a great deal of time last night pouring through my league standings, ranting about how many "points against" I had accrued and how everyone clearly brought their A-game when they played me...and then I laughed wickedly when I noticed that I might have lost to a guy in one league this week, but my point total still landed me ahead of him in the league standings. My husband just shook his head sadly at how his once normal wife had become an obsessed fantasy machine.

So bring it, Week 5. I'm not going 2-5 again; I'm done with that.

  • Fantasy Sharks' Week Five Waiver Wire Pickups - note that there is not a single player out there that these guys think is a "must have" for the week. I'm liking their Donnie Avery note here - I've written about this guy's potential before and I think we'll start seeing some sneak peeks before the season's end.
  • Hatty Waiver Wire Guru Week 5 - another quality video from Hatty; note his comment in the beginning that a lot of these suggestions are most appropriate for players in deep leagues.
  • CBSSports has more waiver advice in Playing the Waiver Wire - I've seen Zach Miller on a bunch of pickup lists so it's interesting to read the counter argument here against grabbing Miller. By the way, if you have Fasano, think about plugging him in against the Chargers next week.
  • And wait - MORE waiver advice is still coming. KFFL.com's Waiver Wire - Week 5 is up and I think it's time to admit that I'm liking McClain a lot more now that I actually saw him in action last night. He is not a small man at all - that guy has got some power behind him.
  • Okay, final waiver wire article...the Fantasy Hulks, a new site on the scene, has their Waiver World post up - I really like the way they divided pickups into all leagues, 12-teamer leagues and 14-teamer leagues. I hear from a lot of you guys that are in massive leagues with few options - hopefully the Fantasy Hulks will be able to help you out this season.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday morning recap for Week 4

Before I get into any of today's links (and no, I can't even talk about the sadness of the Broncos' loss), can we all just enjoy a moment for my 5-0 Northwestern Wildcats? Oh yeah. This glory might not last, but for now we are sitting atop the Big Ten (with Penn State) and it's a wonderful place to be. I'm already dreaming of the Rose Bowl...

Some links for the day:

  • Waiver wire material is up for your review - the FFGoat's Fantasy Football Sleeper and Waiver Wire Watch Week 4 even includes Kyle Orton. I think the Goat is aware of how crazy it is to actually have Orton's name there - and last night I swear I kept hearing all sorts of Orton praise that just didn't feel natural at all - but hey, if you need help, sometimes you've just gotta dig deep. Real deep.
  • NFL.com also has wavier advice up in Toomer, Seattle wideouts will be hot names on the waiver wire. I snagged Engram in a few leagues and am hoping I'll be able to plug him in right away...we shall see how that turns out...
  • Starting later today I will be blogging daily on FantasyPlayers.com with some additional thoughts and links to what I have here. I'll be putting up links to that material every day so you'll basically be getting a double librarian dose if you need it.
  • There were some injuries in Week 4 - stay hip and see why everyone seems to be grabbing Steve Breaston by reading Rotoworld's Injury Crunch.
  • Check out FootballDocs' Fantasy Football Waiver Wire for some free agents you might be able to put on your team if you're in need of some help for Week 5 and beyond.
  • And finally, Fantasy Sports Business did an interview with me - my profile is located here on FSB if you're interested.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Palmer #3 QB and other ins/outs

Carson Palmer is the #3 QB this week against Cleveland due to a sore and swollen elbow. If he's your starting QB, get him out of your lineup. And think long and hard about your Bengals receivers with backup Ryan Fitzpatrick starting.

For all the latest game-time news, check out Rotoworld's Headlines or KFFL's Hot Off the Wire, which includes news on inactives and injuries.

Good luck and enjoy the games today!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Consensus Start or Sit for Week 4

Here is the Week 4 compilation of start and sit suggestions from the 14 sites that I linked to this week on my blog. These players are listed in no particular order and are the players with the most "votes" for start or sit.

QB

Start: Jay Cutler, Trent Edwards, J.T. O'Sullivan, Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer, Kurt Warner
Sit: Matt Schaub, Gus Frerotte, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Trent Green

RB
Start: Frank Gore, Chris Perry, Jonathan Stewart, Maurice Jones-Drew, Reggie Bush, Jamal Lewis
Sit: Rashard Mendenhall, Thomas Jones, Willis McGahee, Chris Johnson, LenDale White

WR
Start: Brandon Marshall, Santana Moss, Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lee Evans, Braylon Edwards
Sit: Hines Ward, Bernard Berrian, Brandon Lloyd

TE
Start: Tony Gonzalez, Chris Cooley, Zach Miller, Tony Scheffler
Sit: Vernon Davis, Todd Heap, Donald Lee

Kicker
Start: Joe Nedney, Matt Prater, Rian Lindell, Josh Scobee
Sit: Matt Stover, Ryan Longwell, Kris Brown

D/ST
Start: Jags, Bills
Sit: Redskins, Bears

Start or sit to your heart's content

My weekly post is up on the NY Times' Fifth Down blog - Fantasy Football: Rating the Wide Receivers. I looked at the top 30 WRs from my preseason average ranking positions compared to the current top 30 WRs to see just how accurate the collective wisdom of our experts is. Interesting stuff and I plan on continuing that analysis a bit this weekend, too.

As always, there are many, many more start or sit sites out there than one human can possibly digest. But that won't stop me from linking to a bunch of them - keep in mind though that the FFNerd exists if you're looking for a one-stop site for start/sit advice. Later today I'll also be posting the consensus start/sit suggestions from the links I've provided over the past few days.

Last week I asked for any IDP link suggestions from you all - thanks to those of you who e-mailed me with thoughts and keep 'em coming this week, too.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A bowling injury and fantasy advice

I have bowler's thumb. Not sure if that's a real malady or not but after rolling 30 frames last night at the ol' bowling league, I seem to have injured my thumb to the point of making it hard to write (but I've never held a pencil properly anyway, which is a whole different topic). I need to toughen up since I will apparently be called up as an alternate in this league for the next 1-2 months (!).

I plan on having lots of stories to tell since the bowling league was WAY more fun than I gave it credit for...my apologies, bowlers. I quickly developed favorite bowlers including Dwight (of the clear, lucite-ish bowling ball, wrist guard, and bandanna-ed head) who high-fived me and cheered me on by my name when I got a strike or made a valiant effort for a split. He was phenomenal. As was his bowling buddy in the "Redneck Dad" t-shirt. But favorites were probably the family we played against - one of the 20-something sons in this family (which, by the way brought down the average age of the league quite a bit) was unbelievably good. In one game the dude bowled a strike in every frame except two, which of course he closed out with spares. All I could think was, if I could play fantasy bowling using this crew of bowlers, that dude would totally be my bowling version of LT. I can't go anywhere without thinking about fantasy sports. But needless to say this was hardly an iPhone environment...I only pulled it out for fantasy news updates once, maybe twice, since it didn't exactly fit in with the vibe of the bowling alley. I didn't want to be that fancy frouf with the iPhone; could be too late for that. Bonus points for anyone who can guess what my three-game average was last night...

But back to football:

  • I was a big Patrick Crayton believer during the preseason so last week's lack of numbers from Crayton was less than optimal. FFToolbox doesn't see him rebounding, as noted in their Week 4: Busts of the Week article, but I still believe in Crayton. The Cowboys v Skins game is always a big deal so I'm hoping to see Crayton shine this weekend.
  • There are a few more start and sit articles up today:
  • I know I'm not the only one sweating Ocho Cinco's lack of big plays - according to this ESPN article, Chad has reassured us all that his time is coming, he know it has been a slow start, "But once I break out, I really break out." May that break out week be here now.
  • Fighting Chance Fantasy - first, the guy behind this site guarantees a response within 18 hours if you need fantasy advice. That's far better than I can say for myself - if you've been using my chat feature to the right, you know that's true. If you haven't heard from me it's because I haven't had time to check in on those chat questions yet - but I will soon or you could e-mail me and I promise you'll get a better response. Anyway, back to 18-hour guy and his advice. Check out more thoughts on Ocho Cinco and other slow starters in his Been Disappointed? They Will Be Back! article.
I'm off to go listen to this podcast from Football Outsiders that reviews some of the Big Ten games, hopefully including my Northwestern Wildcats who play Iowa on Saturday. Go Cats!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Team D/ST thoughts for the bye weeks

Just a quick post to say that my latest column with the Bruno Boys is up - Bye-ing into a Team D/ST. I take a look at schedules for Weeks 4-6 to see which defensive/special teams units you might want to grab in case you have a D/ST on bye during that time.

Week 3 Winners on FFLibrarian

Now I can't forget all my contest winners! Here's a summary of the Week 3 winners of my various challenges:

1. In the $100K Fantasy Challenge run by NBC Sports, the top 5 teams after Week 3 are: DoubleO, Htownpunks, Top Down Bottom Up, bridgejumpers and Micksauce. I've moved on up to 9th place after a tremendous 210 point showing this past week so at least I have that to look back on fondly from Week 3. I'm not sure if those who are in the challenge can see the group's standings or not, so if you are playing and wondering where you stand within the FFLibrarian's Challenge, just shoot me an e-mail.

2. Last week I asked two questions and ended up with three winners:

  • During Week 3, which defense will give up the fewest points and how many points will that be? So no one actually got this question correct (the Eagles held the Steelers to a mere 6 points) so I went with the individual who was closest to the lowest score and the winner of this one was Denny Guillot-Beinke who guessed that the Titans would hold the Texans to 10 points - he was off by a mere 2 points as the Texans ended up putting up 12 points in the end. Nicely done, Denny, you now have a subscription to Fantasy Football Xtreme.
  • During Week 3, which kicker will kick the longest field goal and how long will the kick be? Again, no one got this exactly right (Reed with a 53-yarder) but two guys were within 5 yards to the two longest FGs from kickers that I had submissions for (I realize that probably made no sense, but it does, I promise!). Dave submitted a guess that Bironas would have a 49-yarder (44 was his longest) and Anil guessed that Gostkowski would have a 49-yarder (also had a FG of 44 yards). So both Dave and Anil are now subscribers to FF Starters' Power Play Package.
Hooray for winners! You have one last chance to be a winner on FFLibrarian - this will be the last week that I give away subscriptions, so submit your guess via e-mail for the following two questions by Sunday at 1:00 eastern in order to win!
  1. For a FFXtreme subscription: Which running back from the Titans (LenDale White or Chris Johnson) will have more rushing yards against Minnesota this weekend and how many yards will that be? And while we're at it, throw in a TD count for your lead Titans runner to help with tie breakers.
  2. For a FFStarters subscription: How many yards and TDs will Jay Cutler throw for this week against Kansas City?

Hittin' the lanes

I'm going bowling tonight. Haven't bowled in quite some time but I'm being called up to replace a friend in my husband's bowling league who cut her hand and is incapable of bowling for several weeks. (Note: I still chuckle when I say "my husband's bowling league" - that's hilarious. Feel free to chuckle, too.) So typically when I go bowling I find that I have such tiny hands that I can basically only use the small child-sized/weighted bowling balls - which is somewhat embarrassing (particularly around people who are hardcore enough about bowling that they have joined a weekly league) and at that point, why not just go duckpin bowling as I did for my 9th birthday party? In fact now that I think about it, I might have peaked at bowling when I was 9. Huh. So you can see I'm a real aficionado here. I'm hoping to only experience a moderate degree of humiliation tonight but most of all I'm hoping the new iPhone (which is a true technological marvel) will have service in the bowling alley so I can stay hip to FF news.

So onto fantasy football links for the day:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Waiver-ing on which guy to grab?

I've been scurrying around on waiver wires this morning trying to get all my bases covered for the first bye week (though I really consider the Bal/Hou Week 2 scenario a bit of a bye week) and the undeniable injury bug that has slammed most of my teams. If you're in the same boat, read on for some waiver advice:

  • If you've got a few IDPers who are on bye this week and need some filler suggestions, take a look at fantasyfootball.com's IDP Waiver Wire Heroes.
  • Hatty Waiver Wire Guru Week 4 - a few reasons I like this link in particular: 1. It's a video and sometimes when you're in an office, listening to fantasy content can be easier than reading it. 2. Hatty, your waiver wire host, is undefeated. That's more than I can say for myself, so perhaps this man's wisdom is worth hearing! 3. There are some less common names here - I appreciate that quite a bit.
  • Check out FFXtreme's Week 4 Fantasy Football Stock Market - I must say I'm glad to see that Smitty has at least some faith in Braylon Edwards and Chad Ocho Cinco going forward...
  • Rotoworld is full of waiver wire advice - there are some suggestions up on Gregg Rosenthal's blog, Pancake Blocks, and also in Rotoworld's weekly Waiver Wired article, The Mighty Quinn.
  • FFToolbox already has their Who to Start Rankings up for Week 4, divided up by position. FFToolbox also has a Week 4: Pickups of the Week article available. Oh to see McClain's name on here is killing me. Speaking of which, a quick update on my leagues: I ended up going 2-5 this week, so I did have some luck on my side last night. Though I'd like to note that I also had a monstrous week in the $100K Fantasy Challenge, which technically might qualify as an 8th league for me. I'll be updating you all on my weekly winners soon!
  • The FFGeekBlog has some free agent advice in The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4, 2008. I enjoy the fact that I apparently can most assuredly be called "desperate" based on who I've picked up off of the Geeks' list of suggestions for the week. Sadly, my WRs in many leagues weren't built for this Colston injury issue to overlap with bye weeks for the Colts and Pats.
  • Bruno Boys have more waiver wire advice for us, which also includes a nice watch list of guys you might want to monitor this week.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Why the Broncos' Offense is Better than the Saints' Offense

This guest post comes courtesy of The Hazean - we made a bet that the losing blogger of the Broncos v. Saints game would have to post on the other blogger's site about the awesomeness of the winning team's offense. And Michael from The Hazean very appropriately talked both offense and defense....read on and enjoy the photos I took at the game (I tried to get catch Bush, The Hazean's favorite player, as well as Scheffler, my favorite player).

I know I said I would write about why Denver's offense is better than New Orleans' offense if I lost the bet with the Librarian, which I did. And I promise to deliver on that point.

But maybe this game was not so much about which offense was better, but rather which defense was less worse.
It seemed to me that both teams were able to move the ball effectively up-and-down the field on Sunday en route to Denver's 34 - 32 victory.

Jay Cutler and Drew Brees lit up the skies with an impressive aerial attack, combining for 685 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Reggie Bush led the way for the Saints, totaling a very balanced 148 yards from scrimmage (73 on the ground and 75 in the air). Brees, who accounted for 421 of those passing yards, made it look easy from time-to-time, completing passes at will to nine different receivers. Cutler, not to be outdone by Brees, completed passes to eight different receivers and finished with 264 yards and two scores. Brandon Marshall caught six of Cutler's passes for 155 yards and a touchdown, making it look easy once again. He nearly had a second long touchdown had he not stepped out of bounds after the catch. And his first touchdown was a thing of beauty, as he tapped down the second foot just in front of the back of the endzone on a play which needed replay review for confirmation.

But Denver's defense, less worse than the Saints' D on this day, made several key plays that altered the landscape of this game.


For one, returning Reggie Bush's fumble in the second quarter for a touchdown was huge. The Saints had several opportunities to tackle Nate Webster but could not do so. It put New Orlean
s in a 21 - 3 hole early, which proved to be too much for the Black & Gold to overcome. Secondly, the Broncos stuffed the Saints' on two crucial short-yardage situations. At the end of the first half, the Saints were able to drive down to Denver's one-yard line, only to watch Pierre Thomas get stuffed on fourth-and-goal. Luckily, the Saints were able to get a safety on the very next play, but a touchdown would have tied the game at 24 heading into halftime. And late in the fourth quarter in Denver territory, the Saints again faced a short yardage situation. Again, on third-and-one this time, Thomas got stuffed by the Broncos' defensive front. Instead, the Saints settled for a Martin Gramatica 43-yard field goal and, well, you know the rest.

So on a day when both offenses shined, it was Denver's less-worse defense that made the difference in the outcome.


Congrats to the Broncos and their fans on another impressive win!

Winning in real life beats losing in fantasy

When I made the decision to be in 7 leagues this year, I never really thought that I could have a week where I lost in EVERY single league, right? Right. But then Week 3 happened. It's not over yet and I still have a glimmer of hope but I think I need to confess to you all that I will go 3-4 if luck is on my side and 0-7 if it's not. It hurts. Seriously just typing that was a struggle. Who goes 0-7?! And who loses to a team that is apparently spearheaded by LeRon McClain (Yes, congratulations Sam, unless Rivers goes for 0 or negative tonight, you beat me with McClain, Hilliard and the rest of your crew of ruffians)?? Though for what it's worth, I did lose to Jamey Eisenberg from CBS who had Ronnie Brown piling up the points on me - I mean the dude even threw for a TD (though the sad truth is that even without Ronnie's massive numbers, I still would have lost).

Most of all though, I'm concerned that I'm paying a little fantasy karma this week because I actually traded away LaDainian Tomlinson. Yes, I traded LT, my #1 pick, the fantasy god that we've all come to know and love. But listen to the deal I got - Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, Edgerrin James and Sammy Morris for LT and Mark Clayton. I was in desperate need of WR help and still have some decent RBs on my team...so we'll see what happens. But I'm pretty sure I just offended the heart and soul of fantasy football by trading away LT and here I am struggling to avoid 0-7.

But the light at the end of the tunnel is that I witnessed a fantastic Broncos win over the Saints (The Hazean's guest blog about the awesomeness of the Broncos offense is coming) to make my Broncos 3-0. And Northwestern, my alma mater and true football love, is 4-0 for the first time since 1962. Pretty sweet, huh? So I'm stuck in this quandary of where I think it's better for my real life teams to be kicking butt while my fantasy teams all put up abysmal performances...but I'm not 100% convinced of that quite yet. And add to that the fact that I'm somehow becoming more concerned about the performances of the players I recommend to you all than my own fantasy players, well it's just a crazy world.

Anyway, enough on my fantasy teams. Let's get to some links and advice.

  • The Goat has some waiver wire advice up already in Bye-Ready Fantasy Football Sleeper and Waiver Wire Watch Week 4.
  • The FootballDocs also have their Fantasy Football Waiver Wire article up - I guess I should say kudos to my McClain-owning buddy for already grabbing a guy that the Docs are calling "no longer a fluke" but the loss from this week still hurts...
  • FantasyPlayers.com has just been added to my radar - you've probably seen a bunch of their member sites before (they're adorned with a Fantasy Players Network banner at the top) and this link will take you to their NFL info. Fantasyplayers.com searches their many member sites for daily info, much like I try to do, and there's a whole bunch of new sites on here that I haven't seen before. This might sound exceedingly nerdly to some of you, but I couldn't be more excited. It's like a fantasy birthday of sorts to suddenly have my eyes opened to all these new resources.
  • NoOffseason.com's Week 4 Stock Market Report Westbrook could be falling, McGahee returns lists some of the more notable player changes from this week. It even includes a few IDPs (individual defensive players), which I love to see.
  • CreativeSports.com has a Week 3 Sizzle and Fizzle article - I'm glad to see they didn't jump wholeheartedly on the Ronnie Brown train and are calling him just "a matchup guy" for now.
  • The first bye week is approaching and LestersLegends has a helpful Bye Week Alternatives article with thoughts on players you might want to plug in for Week 4. They also have a Get 'em or Don't Sweat 'em article for those in need of some additions to your lineup.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Week 3 Consensus Start/Sit and IDP info

Let's start off this afternoon post with the consensus start/sit picks for Week 3 - I'm basing this off of 15 start/sit sites that I've linked to since Wednesday (either on this blog or on my NY Times piece). In no particular order, here's a list of the players with the most "votes" for start/sit.

QB
Start: Jay Cutler, Brett Favre, J.T. O'Sullivan, Matt Cassel, Drew Brees
Sit: Carson Palmer, Matt Schaub, Derek Anderson, Jason Campbell, David Garrard

RB
Start: Frank Gore, Michael Turner, Maurice Jones-Drew, Julius Jones, Chris Johnson
Sit: Jamal Lewis, Ronnie Brown, Earnest Graham, Ryan Grant, Chris Perry, DeAngelo Williams

WR
Start: Brandon Marshall, Steve Smith, Plaxico Burress, Jerricho Cotchery, Bryant Johnson, Wes Welker
Sit: Santana Moss (had almost an equal number of start votes as well), Dwayne Bowe, Lee Evans, Chad Johnson/OC, Roddy White, Braylon Edwards, Bernard Berrian, Chris Chambers

TE
Start: John Carlson, Tony Scheffler, Jason Witten
Sit: Owen Daniels, Kevin Boss

Kicker
Start: Joe Nedney, Matt Prater
Sit: Robbie Gould, Shayne Graham, Kris Brown

D/ST
Start: Titans, Giants, Bills
Sit: Jags, Packers, Steelers

Now onto IDP advice for the week - by the way, I'm in the market for more IDP links so please post a comment or e-mail me if you've found any sites you like for IDP advice:

And then finally, a link that fits in no one category (perhaps why I love it so): Fantasy Tailgate's Offensive Line Rankings updated for Week 3.

Cornucopia of Start/Sit Links

How about the CU Buffs?! Despite working for CU, I'm not even a huge Colorado fan (it goes back to the whole Gary Barnett suddenly leaving my alma mater, Northwestern, to come to CU) but I think it's worth mentioning that they beat #21 West Virginia in a solid overtime game last night. Well done, Buffs, well done.

So there have been a few of you who have asked where in the Westwood One program I do an analysis of QBs for Week 3 - it's about 1/3 of the way through the program (starting maybe 18 or 19 minutes in). I'd love to hear any feedback since this was the first time I've done a radio or podcast segment and have been toying with whether or not to do them more often. I know I'm not a radio natural so any feedback would be appreciated.

FYI, this will likely be my first post for the day - I'll get some IDP advice and consensus start/sit info up later today.

  • First up, my post on the NY Times' Fifth Down blog - Fantasy Football: Upheaval and Advice has a few of my favorite links for the week, most of which I didn't post here on my blog already, and an update on my use of the FFNerd to make start/sit decisions.
  • Don't sweat Brandon Marshall's latest news - he knew charge was coming as did the NFL. There is some discrepancy as to whether or not this will result in another suspension or not, but the trial won't occur for several months (November at the earliest) so if there is another suspension, it likely won't take place until 2009. For now, breathe easy, Marshall owners.
  • Read some quick thoughts on this week's upcoming games from Rotoworld in Can the Jags Still Run?
Now for the cornucopia of start or sit sites for the week:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Listen to the FFLibrarian on Westwood One tonight!

Hello friends, it's a lovely day in Colorado and I've got several reasons to be supremely happy today: 1. Week 3 games are one day closer 2. I will be salivating over my very own iPhone in the next few hours and 3. early release day from work thanks to the Colorado v. West Virginia game. 4. I'll be on the radio tonight (more about that below). What could be better?

Let's take a look at some fantasy links:

  • The FFGoat has some quality Start 'em Sit'em advice for Week 3 up for your review.
  • Fantasy Football, etc is a new blog for me and I'm liking their Bump 'em Up and Bump 'em Down pieces - take a look at those Week 3 columns if you get a chance.
  • Another site that isn't new to me but that I had sort of forgotten about since last season is DR U Fantasy Football. The site has a new look since I was last on there but I see it's the same old excellent content. So check out their FF Rankings - Week 3 Running Backs (they have other positions as well) for a tiered approach to start and sit advice. Unique - haven't really seen tiers for start/sit anywhere else...
  • If you absolutely are at a loss for starters this week, take a look at some suggestions from the FFGeek Blog's Desperation is a Stinky Cologne: Week 3.
  • FFToolbox has their Week 3: Busts of the Week up - why must Braylon Edwards suck right now? Seriously, what's the deal? Does he just need to warm up to the season without any camp time this summer or is this shoulder injury really problematic? Unclear but Edwards has had success against the Ravens in the past (in the past 4 games he has been averaging more than 90 yards per game plus 3 total TDs) so I'm hoping he'll look sharp this week.
  • The RotoExperts' Start and Sit: Week Three is up with their usual great advice.
  • FFToday's Gut Check is one of my favorite weekly reads as I'm sure I've mentioned before - this week's Underrated Stats is of particular interest to me as Matt looks at some interesting stats including sacks taken, first down percentage, fumbles, targets/target efficiency. Good, good stuff.
Finally, as I mentioned above, I'm taking myself to a new media, baby - radio. Westwood One/CBS Radio has a segment called Fantasy Forecast that many of you might have heard before. It airs throughout the weekend (starting tonight) and they asked me to provide a little fantasy insight for QBs this week. I believe that you can find the hour-long show (of which I'm a very small segment) here at this Westwood One site after it has aired for the first time at 10 PM eastern time tonight. Once I've heard it I'll try and clarify just how far into it my segment is, though why not just listen to the full hour broadcast? I'm looking forward to seeing if I sound like a doofus or not. Let's hope for the latter.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Never go in against a librarian...

...when blogging is on the line. Okay, so that was kind of a crappy repurposing of the Princess Bride quote, but I must confess that The Hazean and I have made a bit of a wager on who will win the Broncos v. Saints game here in Denver this weekend. The Hazean has written all about it so let's just say I plan to have The Hazean guest blogging here on the FFLibrarian about how awesome the Broncos offense is. That will be the first time I've ever had a guest blogger on the site and I can't think of a better reason than this. Let's hope I'm not getting too cocky here...

And in other afternoon news:

  • Thigpen (seriously, I know this guys has probably heard this all his life but all I think of is Pigpen from Peanuts) will be the Chiefs' starting QB this week while Gus Frerotte will be the Vikings' starting QB for the rest of the season. Frerotte was already in 3rd grade when I was born so while I find this perhaps an upgrade from Jackson, it's hardly something to be psyched about.
  • And my column with the Bruno Boys' A Librarian's Touch is up - Forecasting Streaky Players where I touch on guys like Anthony Fasano and Isaac Bruce who have been quite up and down so far this season.

FF Advice for a Wednesday

Hello football fans. No time for chitchat. I've got a bit of a busy day ahead so let's get right to the football links for the day.

  • The Fantasy Sports Forum has their Risers & Decliners: Week 3 up - I've been seeing Michael Bush all over waiver wire articles this week and while I own McFadden in one league, I have to admit, I haven't done a thing about picking up Bush. I guess I have heard so little news about McFadden's toe that I'm sort of waiting for more before making my move...could I regret this? Definitely possible.
  • So for those of you that dig the analysis I did comparing how accurate different fantasy football experts are, you might enjoy a site called The Most Credible. The Most Credible is in beta mode right now and has big plans for the future, but right now I'm linking you to their NFL player predictions page. Anyone can submit a guess for how many yards/receptions/TDs a player might have and over time you develop a credibility score. You can post comments, resources you used and rate other people's predictions - pretty cool stuff if you want to get in there and demonstrate just how skilled you are at player predictions. Check out the Week 1 predictions if you want to see what a past week looks like but make your predictions for this week using the Week 3 tab.
  • For those of you in IDP leagues, here's some waiver wire advice from Fantasyfootball.com's IDP Waiver Wire Heroes. I know I slacked last week on my IDP info but I'm not traveling this weekend and will be sure to get my normal IDP links up on Friday.
  • Looking for some sleepers and busts for Week 3? Look no further than The Fantasy Football Report's Sleepers of the Week and Busts of the Week. They also have a Start'm Sit'm for Week 3. I wouldn't mind seeing a few more options listed here, but this is definitely a good starting point.
  • Fanball has player projections up for Week 3 - Torry Holt is rather high on the WR list considering his streaky playing thus far. And take a look at the top players in the RB section; the top 10 includes guys like Matt Forte, Julius Jones, Chris Johnson and Kevin Smith - all guys that I assure you weren't taken very early in drafts.
  • The FootballDocs' Start Sit NFL Week 3 is ready for your review - as I read the commentary here on why you should start Chris Johnson who is up against a Titans defense that allowed Willie Parker to bring home 3 TDs, I realized that my new fantasy crush this year might be Chris Johnson. I will probably swoon over his abilities for weeks to come. Brace yourselves...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Trolling the Waiver Wire

This Thursday night, the University of Colorado (where I work) is hosting West Virginia for a nationally televised game. The university is essentially shutting down for this - it has been rather amusing to see it evolve - they've asked us all to leave work at 2:00 that day to allow for more parking spots for game-goers...and in theory to let all of us get the heck out of dodge before the swarm of traffic and fans arrive. I kind of want to just lurk around the stadium and take in all of the awesomeness of a big college game (no, I'm not actually going) but instead I will be heading to my local Apple store to purchase an iPhone. Could I be more excited? This will completely change my access to fantasy stats and my blog while I travel this fall and the best part? It's a gift from my overly-generous sister as a thanks for being her maid of honor - she's the best, isn't she?

But moving on from my glorious cell phone life, Week 3 is quickly approaching and there's lots of football advice out there, so let's get to it:

  • FantasySportsCentral.com has Fantasy Football Rankings from weeks 1-2 up - this link goes to the overall rankings but you can tweak it to view players by positions as well.
  • Fantasy Football Sharks has their waiver wire advice up in Week Three Waiver Wire Pickups. Love seeing some of my Broncos under Smokin' Hot. They've got Chansi Stuckey under Deep and/or Dynasty Only but I think he should be under the On the Radar section instead - I'm not saying run out and grab Stuckey right now but he's putting up points here...
  • FFToolbox's Week 3: Pickups of the Week starts off with Brian Griese on their list. Not sure I'm feeling the Griese love but there are a lot of people in need of QBs this season, and you could certainly do worse than Griese.
  • One of you asked about Pierre Thomas' value - the Bruno Boys list him on their Waiver Wire article for the week but they note that he may be more of an RB4...I think that might be a little low, but they're certainly right that with all the offensive talent that the Saints have right now, Thomas might be more of an afterthought for the time being.
  • ProFootballWeekly has more waiver wire thoughts in Fantasy Ticker: Make a go at J.T.O. - O'Sullivan is totally the hot waiver wire commodity this week. And when you look at his upcoming schedule, it is a bit tempting...
  • AccuScore's NFL Waiver Wire Wonders is largely more of the same guys mentioned in many of the above links, but these guys list more defenses including surprise D/STs like Atlanta and Cleveland.
  • Now on a non-waiver wire note, check out what the FFGeekBlog has to say about possible trades you might want to make this week. The Geeks note some interesting prospects in Sell high, buy low.

FFLibrarian Winners

Okay, let's talk about winners. I've got a lot of contests and challenges going on it seems so let's review the top dogs:

1. There are 62 of us in the FFLibrarian's Challenge on NBCSports.com's $100K Fantasy Challenge. After Week 2 the top five leaders in the challenge are: Top Down Bottom Up, Micksauce, DoubleO, The Maestro and Htownpunks. Nice work, teams. Keep it up though remember the Librarian is on your tail. Kind of - I'm back in 28th place sadly. If you're wishing you were part of this challenge, I think you can still join in since your team’s 2 lowest week totals are thrown out. Check out this post for details on how to join us.

2. Last week I offered up two questions - how many rushing yards would Matt Forte have? And how many receiving yards would Randy Moss have? We have two winners! Tucker Dahlberg is the big winner of the Forte contest with 92 yards; Tucker is now a proud subscriber of FFXtreme. And Sean Davis is the winner of the Moss contest - Sean submitted a guess of 37 yards, which was the closest submission to Moss' measly 22 yards. With this guess Sean won access to FFStarters' Power Play Package.

I will be giving away subscriptions to FFXtreme and FFStarters for two more weeks, so you still have a chance to win! This week I'll be asking two new questions:

  1. During Week 3, which defense will give up the fewest points and how many points will that be?
  2. During Week 3, which kicker will kick the longest field goal and how long will the kick be?
Send me an e-mail by Sunday at 1:00 eastern time with your submission to participate.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Flying during the craziness

Yesterday afternoon during what will go down as one of the crazier Broncos games in recent history, I was sadly flying across the country and missed every single play. Fortunately my husband met me at the airport with a play-by-play of some of the better plays and more bizarre calls. My 7 teams are all still holding strong, despite having to plug in some randoms for my missing Texans and Ravens (um, Devin Thomas, the rookie in Washington, was a starting WR in one of my leagues...) - in fact, in one league I might have had a record week. With Jay Cutler, Clinton Portis, Anthony Gonzalez, Santonio Holmes, Reggie Wayne, Tony Scheffler and defenders Jon Beason, A.J. Hawk and Bernard Pollard all putting up crazy, silly numbers on my team, I am currently 150 points ahead of my opponent for the week. Insanity.

Anyway, I'll try not to gloat about that one too much since for the second week in a row my opponent in another league had a player with 3 TDs (last week it was Turner, this week it's Boldin), so I'm feeling like I have the "3 TD curse" in that league...but I'm also flying high with all this fantasy love for my Broncos.

Now before I get any further, I want to thank the 50+ of you that entered the Week 2 contest for a free FFXtreme and FFStarters subscription. I will be contacting the winner that guessed Forte's 92 yards and while no one guessed Moss would only have 22 yards, I do have someone who submitted a guess of 37 yards, so I'll be in touch with you winners soon!

Now onto links for the day. We've already got a handful of waiver wire sites that are up and churning out advice already, as well as some reviews of Week 2 games:

  • If you missed any of the weekend's highlights, catch up on what happened with CBS Sports' Four Downs: Marshall a Cut-ler Above.
  • FFGoat's FF Sleeper and Waiver Wire Watch Week 3 - I'm particularly digging the John Carlson suggestion here. Could a receiving corps be any more decimated than Seattle's? Rookie Carlson has stepped up so far...
  • Ultimate FF Strategy's Week 2 in Review discusses top performers and disappointments from the week.
  • FFXtreme's Fantasy Football Stock Market: Week 3 - there were several reminders yesterday that one-week wonders do exist; or just that Michael Turner can't be a fantasy god week in and week out (though I know it kills Smitty to hear that...).
  • Rotoworld's Turf Tomlinson reviews the weekend's games and reminds us not to panic about LT's toe quite yet. While I will encourage LT owners to grab Sproles, I certainly don't think getting Sproles is worth dropping an a-teamer; but maybe I'll live to regret that comment.
  • Football Outsiders' Audibles at the Line: Week 2 is a really interesting way of recapping the games - if you haven't checked out their Audibles at the Line before, take a look. Sure you get the inevitable hometown or biased perspective but doesn't that just make it more entertaining?

Friday, September 12, 2008

Week 2 start/sit advice

I think I've fulfilled my girly quotient for the day - thus far my day has included cooing over a wedding dress, shoe shopping, clothes shopping and a pedicure. Now I'm chillaxin' (as my 16-year-old cousin-in-law Claire, who might just have invented the ever-helpful word, would say) with all the football news of the day, looking for start and sit sites for us all.

  • RotoExperts' Start and Sit: Week Two - I'm intrigued by some of the start picks here like Chester Taylor and Anthony Gonzalez (I have been going back and forth in my mind about Gonzalez this week for several days now...)
  • FFManiaxs has both a regular offensive start and sit article but also an IDP start/sit article, too. Pretty sweet, eh? I'm feeling like an IDP genius in one league since I did indeed grab Stewart Bradley, but that was actually mostly based on advice posted by Rotoworld's Evan Silva during the pre-season.
  • Fantasy Football Fools' Hot Hands and Cold Shoulders gives a little bit of Bubble Boy love to some of my Broncos this week. And I am seriously practically salivating at the thought of what Chris Johnson can do on my roster this week against Cinci...
  • The Hazean's Start & Sit: Week 2 - Carson Palmer owners beware a tough week ahead...um, a tough season ahead perhaps?
  • I'm seeing Matt Cassel's name in a lot of these start columns, including FFToolbox's Week 2: Start 'Em. I'm just not feeling it yet but hopefully for you Pats fans out there (including the 5th grader I chatted up about football in my mom's library today; yes, my mom is a librarian at an elementary school - librarianship is in the blood, baby!), Cassel will prove me wrong.
  • And not a start/sit column, but Mark St. Amant remains one of my favorite fantasy writers out there since I always finish an article amused and informed. What could be better? So read on with his latest MCI Index: Risers and fallers.
A bunch of you have asked great questions in the chat box over to the side; I'm offline a lot since I get completely flooded with questions when I am online and often can't keep up with the queue. So if I'm offline and you ask a question, remember to leave your e-mail address so I can respond to you. Otherwise, I have no way of knowing who you are - thanks guys and chat away!

Enjoy. I'm off to shmooze with future family members and see old friends...

Fitting for a Friday

I'm in good ol' northern Virginia now and am off to my sister's wedding dress fitting momentarily. A lot of you just went "huh?" with no clue or interest as to what a fitting is but basically I'll just be surrounded by lots of bridal attire for the next few hours. So I better get a quick post up before I enter the girly world of brides and such.

My post for the NY Times' Fifth Down is up: A Fantasy Football Consensus (the Nerd). If you're a regular here then you may have already seen a few of the links I mention but hopefully you'll find it helpful nonetheless.

There are countless start/sit sites available and I'm hoping to get more of those posted this afternoon. For now, check out the Mac Bros. Fantasy Football Forecast's Week 2 RB Rankings - a full 40 players with commentary and they've got this up for all positions.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hindsight From Week 1

I am headed out of town today - I'm off to D.C. for the weekend and it occurred to me this morning that flying on September 11th might require a little extra time at security (or maybe no one wants to fly today?) so this is going to be a pretty brief post as I get ready to roll out to the airport.

My column for the Bruno Boys' A Librarian's Touch is up - Hindsight from Week 1. I take a look back at some of the players I started and sat from Week 1 and the outcome of those decisions. And for those who are curious, I ended Week 1 going 5-2 in my 7 leagues - fairly successful.

I've received a lot of contest entries from you all for Matt Forte and Randy Moss' yardage for Week 2 - thank you. If you're still interested in submitting a guess (and winning a subscription to FFXtreme or Fantasy Football Starters), please keep in mind that a lot of common guesses might be gone, so be creative. Guesses must be e-mailed in by Sunday at 1:00 eastern.

I'll be back tomorrow both here on my blog and up on NY Times' Fifth Down blog.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Colston out and other fantasy updates

Sigh. Marques Colston is undergoing surgery on his thumb that will keep him out of the game for 4-6 weeks. My receiving corps in multiple leagues just took a hit. With few options in one league, I just snagged David Patten; I had a hard time deciding between Patten and Devery Henderson but I think Patten is more of Brees' go-to guy and will hopefully fill in nicely for Colston. This should also increase the value of Bush and Shockey a bit so if you aren't already starting those guys, give it some serious thought.

Other links for the day:

  • Have a Cowboy on your team? Then you must be feeling pretty good right now - CBS Sports' Fantasy & Reality: Hitch yourself to some 'Boys has some love for Dallas and lots of other good tidbits. Do yourself a favor and see what Dave Richard has to say this week.
  • The FFGoat continues to impress - he is always cranking out new information. His Fantasy Football Start em Sit em and Sleeper Picks Week 2 is up.
  • Check out the Fantasy Football Views blog's Fantasy impact: Patriots receivers - obviously we need to reduce our expectations for Cassel but how exactly will that impact the receivers in NE? Take a look for FFViews' viewpoint.
  • Got the San Diego D/ST and wondering how your D might change now that Merriman has elected to undergo surgery? SportingNews.com's Inside the Game: Life without Merriman has the answers.
  • Sports Grumblings' Mr. X's The Fire Sale: Feeling Good has thoughts for us on players with going up/going down value - and some amusing banter.
  • The Bruno Boys are putting their Week 2 rankings up one position at a time - check out RB, WR, and QB with TE, K, and defenses still to come...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Who doesn't love to win?

We've got a winner. Glenn Okamoto submitted the closest guess for last night's MNF double header contest (he guessed Adrian Peterson with 98 yards; AP/AD had 103 rushing yards last night) and is now a proud subscriber to FFXtreme. Thanks to all of you who participated and if you didn't win, well why not try again? I'm going to spice things up a little (getting crazy!) and ask two questions for the Week 2 games contest:
1. How many rushing yards will Matt Forte have in Week 2? (The winner will receive a subscription to FFXtreme)
2. How many receiving yards will Randy Moss have in Week 2? (The winner will receive access to Fantasy Football Starters' Power Player Package - includes a line-up and trade analyzer)

E-mail me your answers for the above questions by Sunday, September 14 by 11:00 am eastern time. This is an excellent time to let you all know that I am going to be traveling this weekend from Thursday through Sunday and might be a little slower than usual in getting back to your e-mails. I'm throwing my sister a wedding shower back in D.C. so I'll be doing girly things for much of the weekend. But don't worry, I'll still be around and blogging! In fact, I'll be traveling for 5 of the next 9 weekends so I think I'll get the hang of blogging from the road...but have patience.

Now to football. Finally.

  • More waiver wire advice from the FFGoat - he's added Eddie Royal (Go Broncos!) to his list of pickups, so you can rest assured that the Goat is on the ball with waiver wire picks.
  • A quick list of waiver wire possibilities from Rosenthal's Pancake Blocks blog.
  • Pigskin Addiction already posted their projections for Week 2 games with scores, commentary and yardage for big (and small) fantasy players.
  • I've been flooded with questions about which QB to grab now that Brady is out and Carson Palmer looks mediocre at best. First, let me advise two things: 1. if you're in a keeper league it goes without saying that you keep Brady on your team and 2. give Palmer a little time before you dump him, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't look at other options. Fantasy Sharks' Hey Brady owners: What is your plan B? has some interesting thoughts for those of you in need of a new QB.
  • More waiver wire goodness on SportingNews.com's Wire Tap: Yes's, No's, Maybe So's

Monday, September 08, 2008

Contest for a Monday night and waiver advice

Happy MNF double header. To celebrate such a season rarity, we'll be doing another contest here at FFLibrarian. A few weeks ago I gave away a few year-long subscriptions to Fantasy Football Xtreme and we're doing another one tonight. Since Adrian Peterson is playing tonight and the Denver vs. Oakland showdown is sure to be a battle on the ground, I thought I'd put out a call for the running back with the highest number of yards on the ground. So e-mail me the RB (and anticipated his rushing yards) that you think will be numero uno tonight by 7:00 pm eastern today (Monday) and the winner will be a lucky recipient of a FFXtreme subscription. You only have a few hours so submit your guess now!

I think I'm going to make this contest a regular feature for the next several weeks to thank you all for stopping by. Every week I'll ask for a position and yardage and you could win either a subscription to FFXtreme or to Fantasy Football Starters' Power Player Package.

In other news, as I mentioned yesterday the local Fox station ran a story on me last night and for those who don't live in the Denver area, here's the video. I think my 15 minutes of fame might be coming to an end but it was fun while it lasted! And now maybe I can finally get over my cold...

But onto the important stuff!

  • When you see Brady, LT, Marion Barber and Joseph Addai all listed under Injury Notes for Week 1, you know it's going to be a crazy season. For thoughts on Brady's season-ending injury, check out Gregg Rosenthal's A Season Changed. And KFFL.com has your other post-game injury news.
  • The FootballDocs are one of the most dependable sites I know - you can count on them churn out their waiver wire advice early every Monday morning no matter what. So read on for their Week 2 Pick-up/Drop Advice, which includes Anthony Fasano (did I call that one or what? I guess it's a little early in the season to be making claims...) and Dante Rosario (what an amazing catch to end yesterday's game!).
  • FFXtreme has advice on which players are on the rise and decline in Fantasy Football Stock Market - Week 2.
  • ProFootballWeekly's Fantasy Ticker has some hot pickups and sell high suggestions - okay, just one sell high suggestion: Randy Moss.
  • Bruno Boys' Fantasy Football Week 1 Waiver Wire is up for your review - I like the watch list at the end but also wouldn't have minded seeing some D/STs up there. As a Seattle D/ST owner in several leagues, yesterday was um, not fun. I'm not sure I need to pull the trigger quite yet but they sure are making me nervous.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tom is Toppled and other Sunday highlights

My condolences to Patriots fans and Brady owners - I simply cannot believe that Tom Brady is out for the season. I keep checking and rechecking my multiple news sources to see if some new information has been revealed and that Brady is actually just a little hobbled for a week or two. I can't imagine a season without Brady; I wonder, will my sister wear her Brady jersey to work tomorrow out of homage?

In other news, Wee Willie Parker doesn't seem to be taking a backseat to Mendenhall, the Seattle defense was rather awful, Joe Flacco somehow had a better line than Carson Palmer (who expected that??), and Vince Young, Nate Burleson and Dallas Clark all suffered some sort of knee injury this week. Craziness and it's only Week 1, my friends. This is a great time to recommend Stephania Bell's blog on ESPN - she's a physical therapist who uses her expertise to make fantasy injury insights and is a great site to check out before making lineup decisions with your injured players.

Tomorrow night we're having friends over to celebrate the Monday Night Football doubleheader. Hopefully I won't be a total stress case over my fantasy teams (half of which aren't doing so well) since I think a hostess can't really be glued to her laptop...

And finally, for those of you who live in the Denver area, I think I might be on tv tonight. I was at home watching the Carolina vs. San Diego game when two guys from Fox came by to interview me. So at some point between 9 and 9:30 tonight I might be on tv talking about my blog.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

The nerd in all of us

Thanks to a savvy reader, Andrew, I have recently learned about a pretty tremendous site that I think many of you are going to like. It's called Fantasy Football Nerd and according to the site it "aggregates the rankings of all those sites we pour over prior to our draft and during the season to analyze the rankings given to each player to produce a Nerd Rank" - sweet, right? This blows my weekly consensus start/sit listing out of the water and it's all freely available but you need to register to use the service. The FFNerd doesn't list all of the sites it uses nor does it explicitly address how it aggregates the rankings, which are two things that I'd like to see on the site, but otherwise it looks like an excellent resource. So if you have a tough start/sit decision to make this week and are wondering what the consensus is from the experts, take a look!

Another fun piece of news is that my local newspaper, the Boulder Daily Camera, did a story on me and FFLibrarian that went up today - CU librarian turns fantasy fanatic. Several of you posted comments to my FFL posts that were included in the story. Really I'm a little embarrassed that I'm somehow newspaper-worthy but thank you all for your interest in this blog - I really appreciate it!

Hope you're all enjoying college football today and here's to an awesome start to the fantasy season...

Friday, September 05, 2008

IDP start & sit sites and other gems

It's Friday of Week 1 and FFLibrarian old timers might remember that Fridays are IDP (individual defensive player) day. From the poll on the right side it's clear that many more of you are more interested in start/sit and waivers but there are a dedicated group of IDPers out there, so I'll be sure to still get your IDP links up on Fridays. But don't worry, I've got some material for the rest of you, too.

IDP info - a lot of the regular IDP sites aren't rolling quite yet this season but will be soon:

Non-IDP info:
  • I'll go ahead and do some (more) self-promotion here - my first blog post for the season is up on the Times' Fifth Down, Fantasy Football Librarian is Here to Help.
  • Rotoworld features a new column from Mark St. Amant - MCI Index: Who's rising? MCI stands for Man Crush Index. Being female, I'm not exactly sure how to alter this index appropriately but I'll go with Fantasy Crush Index or I suppose just Crush Index (though no offense to my excellent husband who is well aware that Tony Scheffler and Frank Gore are basically my fantasy heartthrobs). And speaking of Scheff, check out it out dude, you're on the "Risers" list here! Take that, naysayers!
  • If somehow, somewhere you are in a league that includes fantasy offensive linemen, please let me know. I'd love to hear about it. And if you are, you might be interested in Fantasy Football Traders' Offensive Line Positional Rankings.
  • I'll be honest, I had sort of forgotten about Accuscore, a really interesting and unique site, until one of you kind readers reminded me about it. Accuscore does game and player forecasting and I love it - check out The Truth About Week One, which also has full player forecasts linked on the right side. Good stuff.
Enjoy the weekend - I know I will! I'll probably jump out of bed on Sunday morning like it's Christmas and my birthday combined (yeah, I like apparently like present-giving holidays a lot...). Good luck!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Hidden Potential Among Rookies

My column for the Bruno Boys is up - Hidden Potential Among Rookies. I took a look at a few rookies that aren't being drafted in very many leagues but could prove to be worthy of waiver wire claims by mid-season.

I'll also be starting a weekly post on the New York Times' pro football blog, The Fifth Down. I'll get a link up to those articles when they're live as I do with the Bruno Boys column, but if you have a chance, take some time to check out The Fifth Down a bit. A little NY-centric of course, but a great football blog as expected.

Enjoy the game tonight!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Week 1 games are almost here!

It's a wide world of fantasy football advice out there, my friends. Each year there seem to be more and more sites offering up their nuggets of wisdom and I'm here to help whittle it all down for you. Since the season starts tomorrow (YES!), let's take a look at some start/sit sites and projections for Week One of the 2008 season.

Start/Sit

Projections
If you have any start/sit or projections sites you particularly like, let me know. I'm always looking for more quality material.

And if you are still looking for an extra league, don't forget about the FFLibrarian's Challenge within NBCSports.com's $100K Fantasy Challenge. There are 44 of us in the FFLibrarian's league right now (thank you for the interest!) and there's always room for me (group number is 1907 and password is librarian). In fact, I think that your two lowest scoring weeks are tossed out so you can still join us a few weeks in.