Monday, November 30, 2009

Last chance to vote!

Good morning and welcome back after a nice, long holiday weekend. Hope everyone had safe and easy travels - and good times with family and friends. I'm guessing each and every one of you is psyched about tonight's game. I mean what a great MNF game tonight! My husband and I are meeting up with my sister (who is a big Pats fan) to watch the first half of the game together tonight. I think we've found a bar in the West Village, but if there are any NYCers out there who have suggestions on good Patriots bars, please let me know!

I'll find out later today if we left enough comments on the Buffalo Wild Wings All-Star Blogger League website to qualify for the $50 gift card this week. It's looking like it might be a close week so I'll just remind you all that the blogger who has the most comments on that site wins a $50 gift card to BWW, which I'll disperse at random to one of you wonderful commenters. So get commenting on my post today for your chance to win 50 bones!

Also, today is your last chance to vote in the 1st Annual FFLibrarian Readers' Choice poll. Nearly 700 of you have responded so far and I can't wait to get the results up later this week.

Finally, a happy birthday to my awesome dad - wish I was with you to celebrate today. We'll toast to you as we watch Monday Night Football!

We've got lots of waiver wire suggestions among today's links - the lucky Week 13 prep is on in full force:

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Consensus Start/Sit for Week 12

My husband and I are enjoying a pretty entertaining college game right now - Tennessee Vols vs Kentucky Wildcats - and while my husband, who grew up in Knoxville, would like the Vols to be thoroughly dominating, I'm at least pulling for an exciting game. But we're at halftime now which gives me a chance to post some weekend links and the consensus start/sit for Week 12 of course.

Links first!

  • If you're trying to make some tricky lineup decisions, take a look at Fantasy Football Trader's positional rankings for the week - link goes to RBs.
  • Or maybe cruise on over to Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy's Week 12 Projections - heads up for those in PPR leagues since these projections are catered to those of you in leagues with 1 point per reception. More projections are also available at The Fantasy Football Report - check out their WR projections.
  • I was a pilgrim for Halloween one year. Yes, seriously. In retrospect it seems like such an odd choice for my 7-year-old mind to have made considering I was coming off three solid years as a clown, a bunny, and a princess...pretty standard costumes, right? Only to be followed by a pilgrim. Who knows what was going on in my mind but I always seem to think about it around Thanksgiving time - and of course images like that found on Fantasy Football Fools' Week 12 Hot Hands and Cold Shoulders trigger the memories of my Halloween pilgrimage 23 years ago. Man, that makes me feel old. 
  • I've got a couple of sleeper articles for you - one from NFL.com, Hasselbeck, Williams among the top fantasy sleepers for Week 12, and one from FOX Sports, Top 10 sleepers for Week 12.
  • A roundtable discussion from some of my favorite FF minds - Fantasy Football Whiz hosts the question of who will be this week's sleepers and busts.
Moving on to the consensus start/sit picks. Remember, I create this list by looking at all the start/sit suggestions from experts throughout the week and I tally up which players have the most start or sit votes. Keep in mind that studs aren't typically included, nor are total duds. So there will be obvious players not listed here...

QB
Start: Carson Palmer, Brett Favre, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Ryan
Sit: Jay Cutler, Donovan McNabb, Joe Flacco

RB
Start: Jason Snelling (note the latest Turner news though), Ricky Williams, Justin Forsett
Sit: Rock Cartwright, Matt Forte, Rashard Mendenhall, Kevin Smith

WR 
Start: Nate Burleson, Michael Crabtree, Chad Ochocinco
Sit: Braylon Edwards, Steve Smith (CAR) - though call me crazy, but I think Smith will surprise, Mohamed Massaquoi, DeSean Jackson

TE
Start: Greg Olsen, Kellen Winslow
Sit: Jeremy Shockey, Dustin Keller

D/ST
Start: Bengals
Sit: Saints

Kicker
Start: Rian Lindell
Sit: no consensus

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday = FF links

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and football. Yesterday morning we woke up kind of early to see the Thanksgiving Day parade - despite the crowds it was still a pretty good time and definitely something I think we had to do as NYCers. I was digging the Snoopy balloon the most, I think, though Kermit was a classic. Meanwhile the children near us didn't recognize the smurf balloon. What kind of generation are we raising that doesn't know what a smurf is? Amazing.

Anyway, we ran home to get the turkey in the oven and all the other tasty treats going. We had just one friend join us and thankfully she did put up with the copious amounts of football we watched. Which of course leads me to my Broncos winning against the Giants last night - the Broncos defense was looking tremendous again, particularly the secondary, and I'm psyched to see how the rest of the season plays out.

With so much going on yesterday, I took a break from all things FFLibrarian, but I'm back and better than ever today, ready to post tons of links. So let's get to it!

Those in the market for a weekly league to participate in should take a look at my weekly contest with 365FantasySports.com - it's free to play and you can jump in or out any time using the 12book password.

Many of you submitted a note to the Buffalo Wild Wings All-Star Blogger League website and with your help FFLibrarian pulled out the win last week for the $50 gift card! Our big winner was John, who will be receiving his $50 gift card to BWW in the next week or so. This weekly contest runs every week until the end of December so get the details here and head on over to my post at BWW to comment and get a chance to win that $50 gift card (there's some good competition already this week!). 

Also on a housekeeping note, remember to submit your votes for the 1st Annual FFLibrarian Readers' Choice poll by November 30. The poll results will be published next week. Also, any proceeds from purchases at the FFLibrarian store before the end of December will be donated to the American Cancer Society.   

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pre-turkey FF prep

This morning my husband and I are taking a ferry to Jersey to see one of my closest friends who is up in the area for Thanksgiving. So looking forward to seeing her and her 3-month-old whom I'm extremely prone to spoiling. Since we won't be spending the Thanksgiving weekend with family, today is kind of like my mini Tgiving surrounded by good friends. Safe travels to those of you on the road today!

Some quick links:

Lots more start/sit to come - I'll be back tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Explosion of waiver wire links

Well our fridge is loaded up with Thanksgiving goodies. There are only going to be 3 or 4 of us at our Thanksgiving dinner but we went a little overboard - you'd think we were feeding an army. I'm also not convinced that our dinner guests enjoy football as much as we do...sounds like our guests are about to get a crash course in how to love the NFL, eh?

Okay, so onto today's links!


And just a few reminders to wrap things up - first, I'd love your votes in the 1st Annual FFLibrarian Readers' Choice poll. If you haven't voted yet, it will take about 3-4 minutes of your time and I'd really appreciate your feedback. Also, if you're feeling like purchasing a little FFLibrarian gear, have at it - all proceeds from purchases made during the holiday season will go to the American Cancer Society. If you are desperate for an item emblazoned with the FFL name but don't see it on there (say a hat, gear for your favorite canine or baby, or even a skateboard of all things), just let me know and I'll whip up some custom creations for you.

Also, I'm hoping that by the end of the day I'll have more info on whether or not a FFLibrarian reader will be the big winner of the weekly BWW $50 gift card. I do have a new post up on the BWW site from yesterday, so comment away for your chance to win a Buffalo Wild Wings $50 gift card (see this old post for details). 

Monday, November 23, 2009

Giving back, FF style

Good morning fantasy footballers! I'm back from a weekend trip to Virginia to spend time with family and friends and am ready to roll for this short, fun Thanksgiving week.

When working on the blog here I often think about how I can give back to the community in a larger, grander way than can fit into the scope of fantasy football. And I think I've found a way. The holidays are a time to celebrate health and happiness - and December has been a month of good and bad health discoveries for my loved ones; one year a friend successfully finished his chemo treatments in December, and another year a friend discovered he had leukemia. My parents each have dear friends struggling with cancer treatments right now and I know every single one of you likely has a similar story. So this holiday season, from today through the end of December, I will be donating all proceeds from the FFLibrarian store to the American Cancer Society - so buy your loved ones all the FFLibrarian t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, etc they can handle!

Moving on to today's links!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Week 11 Consensus Start/Sit

Greetings from Northern Virginia - I only have time to get up the consensus picks and a quick link or two before I hang out with my mom; my apologies but moms come first.
Link love first:

  • If you'd like to see me hopefully turn around my sinking ship with Fighting Chance Fantasy's Five Game Parlay, well, good luck to you. Here's hoping it's not another stinker of a week for me...
  • With so many injuries and doubtful starts out there, it doesn't hurt to remind you all to check out some of the top news feeds before plugging your players in each week. Two of my favorites are Rotoworld and KFFL.com.
  • Looking for a real sleeper? See what Rotoworld has to say about Brandon Gibson.
  • Finally, IDPers if you're in the market for some start/sit advice on your IDP players, see what FFManiaxs have to say.
Those playing my weekly contest with 365FantasySports.com should know that you can always email David at 365 and ask for more points if you'd like to keep playing but are running low on points. If you need David's contact info, just let me know.

Now to the consensus start/sit for the week - remember, I troll through all of the expert start/sit links that I put up during the week and give you the players with the most votes either way. So listed in no particular order, here are your consensus picks!

QB

Start: Eli Manning, Matt Hasselbeck, Brett Favre
Sit: David Garrard, Matt Ryan, Jay Cutler (though several sites also suggested starting Cutler)
RB
Start: Bernard Scott, Kevin Smith, Beanie Wells
Sit: Jamaal Charles, Joseph Addai, Ryan Grant

WR
Start: Sidney Rice, Steve Breaston, Santonio Holmes
Sit: Santana Moss, Roy Williams, Mike Sims-Walker
TE
Start: Greg Olsen, John Carlson
Sit: Benjamin Watson, Jason Witten, Zach Miller
Kicker
Start: no consensus
Sit: Jason Elam
D/ST
Start: Bengals
Sit: Ravens

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lots of Week 11 prep

Did you all know that the Panthers are the only team that has never defeated the Dolphins? Wow. Perhaps those of you who live in a land where your cable company and the NFL Network can agree upon viewing terms did know that, perhaps heard your announcers talk of this stat. But since I can't stand to "watch" the game on NFL.com (there's no watching, it's like an extended painful halftime where every once in a while you're taken to a brief clip of the game), I ended up bailing on most of the game. In the future I'm thinking of switching to Westwood One's broadcast of Thursday Night games.

So I'm headed home to Arlington, Virginia, this afternoon via the fancy wifi bus. It's cheap, it's relatively fast, and it's got wifi and plug ins. What could be better? So I'll probably try and catch up on emails and such this afternoon but might not have a ton of time to answer any other start/sit or trade questions this weekend since I'll be living it up with the fam and friends. Can't wait, will be good to be home.


Let's get to today's links:

  • First up I've got a new article for you guys this week, penned by a friend of my sister's at the Boston Globe. Though frankly I'm learning that everyone is a friend of my sister's - seriously, she's the most social butterfly the world has ever known and I guarantee at least half of you readers are somehow connected to my sister. Forget Kevin Bacon, try six degrees of Katie. Back to the actual link - Titan runs up the points has a handy look at three players moving up and three players moving down in the fantasy world. While I'm sad to see my dear Broncos make the "three down" list, I'm hoping Ed is right on the Marion Barber front...
  • If you'd like to feel educated and entertained about this week's matchups then look no further than the Fifth Down's Week 11 NFL Matchups, written by Football Outsiders' Mike Tanier.  
  • We've got rankings from Mr. Fantasy by position - this link goes to QB.
  • Time for this week's roundtable discussions among my favorite bloggers and FF writers:
  • It's almost hard to believe there could be more start/sit links since I feel like I've just been posting them for days, but here you go!
  • With so many injuries out there right now, your best place to go these days for updates is Stephania Bell's injury blog on ESPN. 
  • A few days ago I mentioned that there's a contest on the BWW All-Star Blogger League for a $50 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings. I need the most comments from you all on my posts in order to win that gift card (see more details in my post earlier this week), so swing on by my post today to leave a comment and become eligible for that gift card. And this will happen every week until December 31st! How awesome is that? 
I'll be back by tomorrow afternoon with the consensus start/sit info! 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Weekly contest!

First up, this past week has been a busy one for me so I fell off the wagon with my weekly contest with 365FantasySports.com. But we're back up and rolling - feel free to join us, it's free to participate and you can jump in or out any time. For details, start here and use password book11 when prompted.

Here are a few afternoon links for you...

Rockstar links for Week 11

I am a rockstar. Okay, not really, the closest I've ever come to rocking an instrument was the recorder back in 3rd grade. But I was living like a rockstar last night, somehow hanging out with my husband's old college buddies until 3 AM. As someone who is frequently in bed by 11 most Wednesday nights, this was a rare occurrence. When we left the bar though there were still plenty of others going strong on a Wednesday night; I mean, who are these people?! How do so many folks have schedules that allow them to be out and about like that in the wee hours of a Wednesday night turned to Thursday morning? Well it's New York City, friends, it's New York City.

So big surprise, I'm running late today with my post. Good thing I have a lot of awesome material to make up for the slowness of my morning post.

Enjoy the Thursday Night Football game and I'll be back tomorrow with even more start/sit links!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Win a $50 gift card to BWW!

I'm alive and well, having survived yesterday's interview. As with all things in academia, particularly around the holidays, it will be awhile before I learn more about the job. But I just want to say a quick thanks to all who e-mailed or left a comment, wishing me luck yesterday. I'm truly one lucky blogger to have such a great readers.

Since I'm just lounging around this morning, avoiding anything that could possibly be considered mentally tasking, I caught this fun little library news tidbit: remember kids, it's never too late to make good on those overdue library books. Probably better not to wait 51 years, but hey, better late than never.

Finally, who wants to win a $50 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings? Here's the deal - the BWW All-Star Blogger League is running a weekly contest from now until the end of the FF season where the league blogger who has the most comments on their posts for the week on the BWW All-Start Blogger League site, will win a $50 gift card. I will then pick at random from the names that posted a comment on my posts that week (Mon-Sun) and get that $50 BWW gift card sent to the winner. So in order to win just follow my links to my posts on the BWW site, post a comment with a unique name/moniker, and check back here on FFLibrarian each Monday to see if your name is listed as the winner. If it is, after sending me your contact info, a $50 gift card will be on its way (note: just to clarify, there's only a winner if my posts on BWW have the most comments for the week, so get commenting!)! Pretty easy, right? Now I need your advice on which D/ST to start this week, so head on over to my post for today and start commenting!

Moving to today's links:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quick morning recap

Gotta be quick this morning - that interview at Library B that I mentioned a few weeks ago? It's today and will last a solid 8ish hours when it's all said and done. Cross your fingers for me!

Waiver wire articles:

Other good stuff:
  • Always enjoy Rotoworld's Beyond the Box Score - a look at 5 interesting games from Sunday.
  • Another link that I always scope out is SI's Fantasy Clicks - great review of the weekend's games and chock full of interesting details. 
  • FantasySharks.com's On the Rise, On the Fall - Week 11 has a nice preview of players whose value is heading up or down for this weekend's matchups. Love that some tiny voice in my head suggested I hang onto Forsett after drafting him as a flier...
  • Best part about MJD's apology to the fantasy community? That he was playing himself in his own fantasy league. Love it. 
  • ESPN's Week 11 projections are already up and available. Remember, there's another Thursday game this week.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Rolling out Week 11 waiver wire links

The only thing more amazing than the finish to the Colts vs Pats game? Randy Moss's beard. A quick shot of him sans helmet last night showed an impressive beard that caused my husband to muse, "is there any evidence that Randy Moss and Jesus are not one in the same?" which of course caused me to crack up (not intended to offend anyone, fyi...). Anyway, what an amazing game - let's get it all out there: yes, I was pulling for the Colts (my husband is a Knoxville, TN native and thus a huge Peyton fan) but I personally felt that the 4th and 2 call was incredibly ballsy and incredibly good. Would I have done it? Hell no, not a chance, but that's just one of the many reasons that Belichick is the evil mastermind of New England and I am not. And keep in mind that if it had worked there would be a parade in Boston this morning honoring Belichick's genius. Now what we can all hope for is an equally entertaining rematch for the AFC Championship game. If you'd like to see why Advanced NFL Stats' Brian Burke thinks the call was a great one, see what he has to say on the Fifth Down.

Meanwhile throughout the rest of the league there were countless injuries this week. Including one to Kyle Orton, which caused my Broncos to fall...to the Skins. I know, I know, I can barely even form coherent sentences after that one. But truth be told, the Skins are one of my favorite teams (hey, I grew up outside of DC!), and I've been feeling badly for them this whole season. I did not see the game, just followed the stats and highlights, so I don't know for sure how it all went down. But I know this - the Broncos are in a world of trouble.

Onto today's links:

Don't forget to get your voice heard in the 1st Annual FFLibrarian Readers' Choice poll - it's still up for about 2 more weeks and while I've already heard from over 500 of you, I'm hoping for even more!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Week 10's Consensus Start/Sit

Just finished up a little Skype session with a really good friend and her 3-month-old baby - seriously, God bless the creators of Skype, it's awesome. So I've got a few more start/sit links for you before I get to the consensus start/sit list for Week 10.

Time for the consensus picks - I've gone through all of this week's start/sit links from experts and tallied up those players with the most start/sit votes.
 
QB
Start: Ben Roethlisberger, Mark Sanchez, Matt Hasselbeck, Brett Favre
Sit: Kyle Orton, Carson Palmer, David Garrard, Donovan McNabb

RB
Start: Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, Jamaal Charles, Pierre Thomas
Sit: Julius Jones, Kevin Smith, LaDainian Tomlinson
 
WR
Start: Steve Smith (CAR), Sidney Rice, Derrick Mason, Jerricho Cotchery
Sit: Santana Moss, Eddie Royal, Mike Sims-Walker, Dwayne Bowe

TE
Start: Kellen Winslow, Brent Celek, Brandon Pettigrew, Visanthe Shiancoe
Sit: Fred Davis, Dustin Keller, Benjamin Watson, Tony Scheffler

Kicker
Start: John Carney, Matt Prater, Steven Hauschka, Rob Bironas
Sit: Jeff Reed

D/ST
Start: Jets, Titans, Saints, Cowboys, Cardinals
Sit: Eagles, Packers

Friday morning start/sit links

I'm meeting some of my buddies from Sports Data Hub this morning - they're from Colorado, which is where we originally met, and they're out here in the big apple enjoying a Sports Media & Technology conference. Should be good to talk shop with them a bit. This morning's post might be a bit light on commentary but I'll be back later with more links and the consensus start/sit picks for the week.

So jumping right in, let's get to the morning linkage...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Say goodbye to your friends & family, Thursday Night Football kicks off

Can't. Stay. Away. Oh yeah, double post. So much to link to today, but truth be told I must keep my fingers moving before they go numb in this frigidaire of an apartment I live in...just saw a penguin waddle by. Kidding, not that bad. But I'm seriously considering fingerless gloves in my own apartment.

Onto the pre-game links...

  • I've got a quality Thursday night matchup link to bring you first. Rotoworld's Evan Silva does a great job with a look at the Bears vs 49ers matchup tonight - gotta say, knowing what the Cardinals were able to do against the Bears secondary gives me pause over benching Crabtree. I'm stuck starting Alex Smith in my deepest league so here's hoping something works out with that passing game...
  • Fantasy Football Fools has a nice Thursday Night Football is for Lovers title for his start/sit advice this week. The native Virginian in me digs that play on my state's tourism logo.   
  • A little more start/sit help from Fighting Chance Fantasy's Who to Start, Who to Sit. I'd like to point out that Ryan from FCF owes me a brussels sprout taste. Still. This is what losing tastes like, buddy! 
  • A couple of IDP links:
  • And now for the roundtable love:
    • The good fellas at Razzball bring us Week 10 Raves and Busters from some of the smartest of the smarty pants on the FF scene.
    • The rest of the smartest of the smarty pants can be found on Rotoprofessor discussing the adjustments you should make to your fantasy strategy now that Thursday games have begun.

Cloudy with a chance of football

My grandfather has always been one to immediately ask about the weather when we talk on the phone. I used to chalk this up as an endearing old man question but turns out, I think he really wants to know - and strangely enough, so do I. Yes, I actually want to hear about his weather in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I think he might have passed along an odd weather gene, which regular readers here might have picked up on long ago. I talk about my weather with some regularity, which might just make me an old lady weather librarian type but hey, I eventually get to the fantasy football, right? And today is no exception...time for my weather rant.

When I started telling people that I was moving from Boulder to NYC one of the first things I inevitably heard was, oh you are going to miss the sunshine. I laughed and thought, sure but I've lived through fun weather before like the cold, frosty winds of Chicago and the oppressive humidity of Washington, DC. Lack of sunshine? That will be a piece of cake, I can handle it. But I miss the sun like you wouldn't believe. In Boulder, it could be the middle of winter but the sun would be out, making everything a little bit better. I should do an ad for the awesomeness of Colorado or something as I feel my freckles fading away, never to reemerge in this new land of clouds. As one who has always had to lather on the SPF, I've rarely found myself lounging in the sun for the heck of it but trust me, at this rate soon you'll find me sunning on street corners.

The bonus to this gray, cloudy day here in NYC is that Thursday Night Football is ON! Let's get to today's links:

Finally, don't forget to participate in the 1st Annual FFLibrarian Readers' Choice poll. The poll will be up for the rest of November and while I've heard from about 450 of you so far, I'm hoping to get responses from as much of the FF community as possible!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Heading into Week 10 with the first TNF game!

Well I've got a good thing going in the Buffalo Wild Wings All-Star Blogger League - I'm sitting at 8-1, 2 games ahead of the next best team. Sweet! I'm getting to the point where I'm doing so well in the league that I'll be sorely disappointed if I don't win the big grand prize Super Bowl trip to Miami. I know, I know, it's bad to set myself up for this but I can't help it! I want to win!

Anyway, I recommend you scope out the BWW league site - lots of experts (like RotoExperts, Fantasy Guru, The Sports Outlaw and others) are posting throughout the week with great advice or even just links back to the start/sit and waiver wire advice on their own sites. Good stuff. Speaking of good stuff, let's get to today's articles:

Don't forget that there is a Thursday Night Football game this week - be sure to have your lineups set for that Bears vs 49ers game (or your whole roster depending on your league's set up). I'm fairly grumpy that I can't get the NFL Network at home so I'm planning on watching it online via NFL.com unless any of you brilliant readers have a better suggestion. And I realize I can watch at a sports bar but really I'd like a home-based solution since this whole lack of a job thing has put a dent in the ol' sports bar budget.

Finally, happy Veterans Day and a big thanks to those in the military for their service!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Name Twin and Week 10 prep

One of the really weird things that I discovered after moving to NYC? Sara Gore. Now those that know me are well aware that Gore is my maiden name, making me Sara Gore. Turns out I'm far from the only one. This is hardly a complete surprise since I grew up outside of DC playing soccer against Al Gore's daughter who happens to be my age and named Sarah. The sidelines would cheer for Sara(h) Gore thoroughly confusing all Sara(h) Gores on the field since how does the other team know my name and why are they cheering for me?? (note: when your name is Sara(h) and you're a child of the 80s, you get called by your full name since there are so many freaking Sara(h)s running around out there). So I was used to this existence of another Sara(h) Gore and even when we mistakenly received a wedding present for her, we clarified the situation, and I chuckled over still having this name twin. But things got creepy with the whole name twin thing upon moving to NYC since there's yet another Sara Gore who is a co-host of the tv show LX New York (and I believe she's been the host of NYC cab tv news?). It's just a little weird to be sitting in your living room, cranking out a fantasy football post, when bam you hear "I'm Sara Gore" or you look up and see your very own name on tv associated with someone else's face. It's just strange.

And I'm guessing this is how the Panthers and NYG Steve Smiths feel. I mean really, they've probably encountered countless other Steve Smiths (I know I have), but to have a famous person out there with your name (I'm using famous liberally here) - bizarre.

Speaking of names, there aren't a ton of new names on the waiver wire this week. But there's still lots of advice on which guys you might want on your radar or bench just in case they prove to be fantasy worthy. For the latest waiver thoughts, check out these links:

And yes, I've decided to completely avoid the depressing topic of my Broncos losing to the Steelers...

Monday, November 09, 2009

Cruising the streets in Broncos gear

Oh my friends, it will be close to 70 degrees here in NYC today - I've got a long walk around the neighborhood in my future today...in my Broncos gear!! You can all imagine just how excited I am about tonight's Monday Night Football game. Should be a good one and I've got my fingers crossed for a big win in Denver...

Lots to get to today:

  • Let's start off with the fact that yesterday's Battle of the Bays went to Tampa Bay. Unreal. Did anyone see that coming? Ryan from Fighting Chance Fantasy sure didn't, which means it's time for him to fulfill his end of the brussels sprouts bargain (he'll be enjoying his sprout with bacon thanks to a reader's suggestion here on FFLibrarian). You can also scan my parlay picks for this week and see how, um, not good I am at this.
  • Take a look at this week's MMQB: Let the hype begin - ahh, the Colts-Pats game is coming and there's some excitement in my family (my Colts-loving husband vs my Pats-loving sister...).
  • If you missed any of this weekend's games, like my sister who was stuck hanging out in an airport while awaiting new travel plans after a canceled flight, then you're going to want to scope out some of these recaps. To be honest, even if you were cruising through all the games getting updates, you will still find value in these game reviews, so scope out either CBSSports.com's First Response: Some studs just didn't deliver OR Rotoworld's Beyond the Box Score: Comeback Kids.
  • Or take a look at Fantasy Hulks' Mr. Monday Morning - I have Warner and Cutler on one of my teams and had to pick between the two this week. Ultimately the point difference wasn't huge since they both had nice games, but I was pleased to have picked Warner and his massive stat line.
  • And if you're looking for a review of players that surprised, see Pancake Blocks: Sunday's eyebrow raisers
  • We've got a slew of waiver wire articles up:

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Go Cats!

I don't normally post on the weekends very often but my friends we have a momentous occasion on our hands: my Northwestern Wildcats beat the #4 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Now if you're not a college football fan, just humor me on this one. It was unbelievable; a beautiful, beautiful thing. There's lots of yammering on about Iowa's QB Stanzi getting injured and going out for the game and hey, read between the lines, that's why Northwestern won...but no word at all on the fact that Northwestern's starting QB played through an injured hamstring (injured last week against Penn State, whom we were beating for awhile), was replaced by our backup QB who then got injured himself, forcing the starting QB to come back in - not exactly an ideal situation. But the 'Cats can clearly bring it when needed with or without our starting QB. Fan freaking tastic. Now that I'm done thoroughly gloating and ensuring that Iowa alum Andy Behrens from Yahoo/Roto Arcade will never link to me again, let's get to today's fantasy links...

  • We've got Week 9 Rankings and Projections from Fantasy Phenoms - this link will take you to QBs but you can find info for all offensive skill positions.
  • If you're looking for more Week 9 rankings, hit up one of my favorite sites: Rotoworld. Seriously if I was on a desert island and could only bring one FF site with me, after bawling my eyes out since a future with just one FF site seems like no future at all, I'd probably pick Rotoworld. 
  • GoGameFace has pulled together something that's right up my alley - a ranking of defenses based on fantasy points allowed to each position. Add in a little chart with Week 13-17 playoffs schedules and you're all set to do some trades or lineup tweaks.
  • Heads up, Moats is getting the start over Slaton this week. I certainly think that gives you reason to start Moats in a flex spot but be prepared for the inevitable uncertainty there about Slaton's role.
  • Finally, IDPers who want some last minute advice, head on over to FantasySharks.com's The Hive

Friday, November 06, 2009

Consensus Start/Sit - Week 9

Before we get to the consensus start/sit picks for Week 9, a quick glimpse at a few gems out there:

  • My buddies at FFGeekBlog are offering up a $50 gift card to NFL.com if you can guess the top fantasy QB this week. Check out their site for more details.
  • The Hazean takes an interesting look at the top 12 fantasy players at each position now that we're at the midpoint of the NFL season.
  • Scope out Roger Rotter's Top 10 sleepers for Week 9 - I'm seeing Hasselbeck and Crabtree all over the start lists this week.
  • Always a good read, take a look at FFToday's Inside the Matchup for some hints on what to expect from the running and passing games from a fantasy standpoint. 
Okay, consensus time. Keep in mind that I've gone through all of the sites that I link to with start/sit advice during the week and have tallied up those players with the most start/sit votes, or the most consensus from the experts. So here they are, listed at random:

QB
Start: Matt Hasselbeck, David Garrard, Joe Flacco, Alex Smith
Sit: Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Kyle Orton, Chad Henne

RB
Start: Ryan Grant, Jamaal Charles, Brandon Jacobs, Julius Jones, Joseph Addai
Sit: Knowshon Moreno, Ryan Moats, Cadillac Williams
 
WR
Start: Dwayne Bowe, Mike Sims-Walker, Michael Crabtree, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Santana Moss
Sit: Steve Smith (NYG), Roy Williams, Santonio Holmes, Antonio Bryant

TE
Start: Fred Davis, Vernon Davis, Jason Witten
Sit: Greg Olsen, Heath Miller

Kicker
Start: Lawrence Tynes, Mason Crosby, Olindo Mare
Sit: no consensus

D/ST
Start: Saints, Patriots
Sit: Bears

A parade of start & sit advice

Greetings fantasy footballers and happy Friday! I feel like I should be part of the Yankees Ticker Tape Parade in Manhattan right now if for no other reason than how often can you participate in a parade?? This is exactly the logic I'll be using when I tromp around the Macy's Day Parade on Thanksgiving. Who knew my parade options would increase exponentially upon moving to NYC?

Considering I'm still in my pajamas (hey, what's the rush?) and thoroughly enjoying my morning coffee, the whole parade thing might get tabled for now. There are football links to get to!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Double post day

Well my husband is off at a conference and my sister is froufing around in Cali for a wedding - that means the quantity of friends I have in the city has just been reduced by about 50% - which frankly benefits you all since I'm hanging out writing another post tonight. I know, I need to get more friends. Funny how hard making friends can be when you work from home on fantasy football and basically hang out with cats all day (they're adorable cats, but still, they don't talk back)...all kidding aside though, it's kind of nice to have a quiet weekend after we had so many folks in town for the marathon last weekend.
Anyway, a quick housekeeping note first before I get into the rest of tonight's post. So I've updated the 1st Annual FFLibrarian Readers' Choice survey - despite my efforts to be as thorough as possible, I missed a few sites that I feel belong in the survey. Plus some of the additions are sites that have seen a massive number of write-in votes, too. So if you feel this invalidates the survey, my apologies, but we're talking fantasy football here not neuroscience. You've got all month to vote and many thanks to those who have already done so!

Now onto my big winners in the 96-team FFLibrarian league...these are the top 5 scorers across all 6 conferences:

  1. BIG DUKE - 128.20 points
  2. Bookie - 127.80
  3. Vick's Cellmates - 123.70
  4. Skins North - 121.85
  5. Poopship Destroyers - 121.75
And the winners of my two weekly contests with 365FantasySports.com are WIguyinMN (see winning roster in image below) in the freeroll "pick 2" contest and mscogle in the points cap contest. Nicely done! I should point out that WIguyinMN came in 2nd in the points cap game, too, so he's clearly a dude to be reckoned with...and apparently I need to start taking these contests a bit more seriously. Play against me this week using password book9 and see if you can beat me! While you're at it, join the Commish Chick's weekly league for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

Okay finally time for some links:

Week 9 Start/Sits and Rankings

Congrats Yankees fans! I'll be honest, I was pulling for the Phillies since I was hoping for another championship for my sister's friend Eric Bruntlett, but I can put that aside and be happy for my new hometown team. You guys all know my heart is really with football anyway...


So speaking of which, let's jaunt on over to today's football articles: