Thursday, September 17, 2009

Greetings from Colorado - again

Well I'm back in Boulder for a short vacation and it feels like I've hardly been gone. The flatirons are gorgeous, the downright cold morning temps are refreshing, and the vast amount of nature that I can see at any given time is appealing. But - and I'm surprised to admit this - a part of me misses New York already. Can you believe it?! I've been gone 24 hours and I already feel a twinge, missing the new hometown. That's either a testament to how quickly NYC sucks you in - or that I am a quick adapter that just loves my home wherever it may be.

  • Sports Data Hub is a spectacular site - check it out if you haven't already (keep in mind that there's sound that starts immediately upon opening that link; always good to know before you blast your office, right?). Anyway, they've got their Week 2 projections up today. Don't miss 'em!
  • This going to be a Sports Data Hub lovefest today since you're going to want to scope out the article in Wall Street Journal from Nando Di Fino, Is Your Fantasy Team Dead on Arrival? It Might Be. He uses data analysis from my buds at SDH to do something I love - a look at the correlation between Week 1 and end of season performance for QBs, RBs, WRs, and TEs. Beautiful.
  • For more investigation into what Week 1 performances could mean for the rest of the season, see my column with the Bruno Boys: Importance of Week 1 Reception Totals with some advice specifically for folks in PPR leagues.
  • Or for even more Week 1 analysis, see what Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy says in What Does a Week 1 Win Mean?
  • I love 4th down studies, especially when a little economic theory is thrown in. For the latest on the 4th down "go for it or not?" see Fifth Down's A New Study on Fourth Downs: Go for It.
  • Also on the Fifth Down front, a few weeks ago I noted that they wouldn't be covering fantasy football this season and therefore I wouldn't be doing my weekly column - well, a slight update with good news! They've decided to include fantasy football in the blog again, which of course I'm thrilled about - they will do their weekly FF analysis in-house (see this week's Week 2 in Fantasy Football Matchups) but starting next week I'll be providing a handful of links to the best articles of the week. I'm excited to be working with the NY Times again so stay tuned! 
  • The Hazean's Sleeper Watch: Week 2 Surprises suggests starting Jason Campbell this week against the weak St. Louis D. Can't say that's a bad idea...
  • A little bit of IDP lovin':
  • Just a handful of start and sit suggestions are up - lots more to come tomorrow!
Finally, I've had a reader ask for some of the best podcasts and I'm wondering what you all listen to for your fantasy football podcast pleasure. I'd recommend ESPN's Fantasy Focus with Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz, which I'm sure is popular with many of you. I also like CBSSports' podcast, RotoExpe do an awesome job with their many shows, FootballGuys have good shows with a variety of topics, and the Bruno Boys have a solid Sunday morning radio show. I always like to plug the shows that have had me on as a guest, too, so of course don't overlook RapidDraft's Fantasy Lunch. And later this fall I'll be on both's Game On show and Fantasy Football Tonight. I'd love to hear about other favorites in the comments section!


Ryan Hallam said...

Hey Sara, looking forward to having you on the Fantasy Football Tonight podcast. There are shows on 5 days a week, and you will be on with the Tuesday hosts, me and Jeff Mans. Should be fun!

Herr Brower said...

Hi Sara, have a good time in Boulder. Thanks for the FF advice!

Unknown said...

Drew Brees owners rejoice! .562 correlation!

Anthony said...

So since you are back in Denver, I can't help but wonder if you've got any inside info on Knowshon Moreno—talk radio giving any hints to the coaches implementing him more this week?

Unknown said...

I've listened to a few fantasy football podcasts in the last couple of years, and by far my favorite is The Fantasy Football Guys ( They give great advice and have a fun podcast, plus they have a terrific forum where a lot of smart people hang out.

Anonymous said...

There's a whole bunch of fantasy podcasts available thru's Fantasy Sports Channel, both live (with chatrooms) and on-demand.

They're moving the site (slowly) over to, but for now you can access it at either site.

In particular, does several shows each week, including a fresh-impressions show Sunday night (altho I see it's not on the calendar for this Sunday yet), a Tuesday waivers show called In The Loop, and a Thursday night show.

Fanball, Rotowire, and FFToolbox, among many others, all have shows there as well.


Antonio said...

Hey Librarian! I'm doing a weekly IDP column for this season that's syndicated in Yahoo! Good luck this week in our CBS league! - Antonio D.

Antonio said...

A couple of the IDP pieces have already run, and I'm actually still doing "Through the Wire" for! I've been a busy little bee!