Monday, May 31, 2010

Wrapping up the weekend with FF

The world is a better place with air conditioning. And long weekends. I was at an outdoor concert today at a Brooklyn cemetery with a few friends (yes, completely weird in a lot of ways; oh and average age of other concert goers? 70) and felt like in some small way I was doing my part to honor those who gave their lives serving the country. I also continue to be impressed with just how quickly time is flying by: June is nearly upon us. In a few days I'll turn another year older, and a few days after that I head to the FSTA Summer Conference in Chicago. Good times. Lots to squeeze in before the World Cup starts!

To tonight's short list of links:

  • Starting off the week with a weekly shot of MMQB is usually a good call - scope out King's latest: Goodell's leadership could be main key in avoiding job action in 2011.
  • I dig the in-depth look that RapidDraft gives the Rams in their Team Breakdown: St. Louis Rams article. See what has changed over the offseason and who you'll want to focus on fantasy-wise (including IDPs). They'll be continuing this series throughout the upcoming weeks. 
  • You probably heard that LenDale White wasn't ready to be a Seahawk - so what does that mean for my fantasy crush Forsett? See what Razzball projects for Forsett this season in This Just In, Forsett's Fantasy Forecast.
  • FantasyFanPlay.com lists a bunch of players that could come Back From the Dead this year and prove to be a value grab - not sure I'm buying that some of these guys could really be all that promising this year, but hey, that's why they'll come at you pretty cheap.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Holiday weekend linkage

I'm a few hours into a 4-day weekend and already loving it; the weather has cooled in NYC a bit (particularly nice for those of us who are slacking on installing our AC unit for the season...) and I have next nothing on the docket for this weekend - sounds absolutely awesome since I've been traveling or had visitors for the past 5 weekends. I hope you all are set for equally awesome weekends and safe travels to those on the road. Now if you're looking for a little pick-me-up before the weekend officially starts, then you're in the right place. Let's talk fantasy football:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FF season's start is quickly approaching

Four months from today is the due date for my FFL Junior and while I'll spare you all the details of my increasing fascination with this whole something-alive-is-growing-inside-of-me process, I will say that I'm startled by just how quickly we've reached the end of May. This holds true when we talk about the 2010 football season, too. Before you know it, fantasy football draft magazines will be hitting the stands at your favorite bookstore and our talk of starters and superstars will be more than just mere speculation.

I'm in the process of narrowing down the number of leagues that I'll play in this year since I imagine I might have less time this year to devote to FF team management what with a whole new tiny person in my life, but one thing that I plan on maintaining is the monster FFLibrarian League. Many of you participated last year in the inaugural season (it was a 96-team league!) and I'm looking to you for feedback on how to make this next season a little bit better. I know I'm going to cut back on the number of participants (I'm thinking 4 conferences of 14 teams) and also know I'll be looking for a commish (interested? stay tuned over the next few weeks for more info) - let me know or leave a comment if you have any other suggestions.

I've heard from several of you about the accuracy contest I run annually - earlier this winter I noted that I would be pulling together an average of the results from the past several years and this still is in the works. It would have already happened if not for a potential laptop catastrophe a few months ago, which I'm finally dedicated to solving this weekend. Nothing says Happy Memorial Day like pulling precious fantasy football stats off a dying/dead laptop.

Moving on to today's links:

  • I think I've said this every preseason for the past few years...but I like Laurent Robinson. A lot. NFL.com's Michael Fabiano has him listed in his deep, deep sleepers of 2010, which is essentially all the ammunition I need to keep the Laurent Robinson Rocks train rolling. 
  • File this Dwayne Bowe revelation under the "well, huh" category. Gotta wonder how Bowe should be drafted this year what with his historical in-the-doghouse status.
  • I've been linking a lot to Rotoworld's evaluation of their mock draft that will be released fully in their draft mag next month, but I thought I'd get some links up to analysis from other industry professionals that were part of that mock including Herbie Teope, analyst for the "Fantasy Huddle" show.
  • For those of you participating in your own mock drafts these days, you might want to cruise by KFFL.com's Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (data from MockDraftCentral.com) - this links up to ADP for all positions, but you can narrow down by position instead if you prefer.
  • The NFL Owners are gathering again this week and later today they'll release the 2014 Super Bowl site decision. The Fifth Down takes a look at the New Jersey Super Bowl potential. 
  • What to do with Percy Harvin? Between the Brett Favre will he/won't he and his punishing migraines, there are definitely some question marks about where to draft Harvin in 2010. See what CBSSports.com has to say in What does 2010 hold for Harvin?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Scoping the fantasy scene

I've been a bit quiet here on the blog (as well as the blog I'm working on for the FSTA Summer Conference) for the past several days - I've had a friend from college in town and had a weekend of hostessing duties, including trips to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, the Top of the Rock, and of course the main branch of the NY Public Library. Good stuff and as always, it was wonderful to be with an old friend. So thanks for bearing with my silence here - the good news is that for the first time in a very long time I have next to nothing on my agenda...until I leave for the FSTA conference in Chicago on June 8th...so that means plenty of time for blogging!

  • Yahoo's mock PPR draft on Roto Arcade rolls on -we've got Rounds 3, 4, and 5-7.
  • FantasyFootballXtreme.com presents their consensus dynasty rankings both here and via their radio show on 5/22 - pick your FFX rankings poison from this link.
  • I feel I owe it to Matt Forte to offer up some positive thoughts on his 2010 performance since I've been so down on him over the past 8 months or so. Scope out the Tribune's Bears' Forte confident article.
  • FFToolbox has a nice look at some gambles for the 2010 season, divided up by position.
  • Matt Schauf from RapidDraft participated in two industry mock drafts recently and he takes a look at the two teams he pulled together - read on to see why he loves guys with the last name Thomas among others.
  • Also on the mock draft analysis front, see what the Rotoworld guys did with QBs in their recent mock to get a feel for where your favorite QBs might fall come draft day.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Time to get mocking

My friends, mock draft season has arrived. Several of my favorite fantasy football sites are rolling out their first real mock drafts of the season and I'm loving it. Guessing you will, too, or why the heck else would you be perusing a fantasy football blog in May??

Very quickly before we jump into today's links I just wanted to let you all know that I have a FSTA Summer Conference Blog. I'll probably update it a few times a week before the conference gets here (June 9-10), but you all might be most interested in my coverage of the expert fantasy football draft at the conference - as well as some of the sessions that pertain to trends in fantasy football. I'll get a reminder up here when it's conference time of course, but just something to keep on your radar.

Okay now back to mock drafts and other fun FF links:

  • When Yahoo's Roto Arcade blog starts talking football again, I know the season is getting close. Exciting times. They're unveiling their mock draft round-by-round so scope out Round 1 and Round 2 in their 12-team PPR league. Note: they welcome your critiques.
  • More mockiness from Rotoworld as they continue to give reasons why you'll want to buy their draft mag this summer - take a look at Instant Reaction: First Mock Draft to get some thoughts on how their mock went. Especially helpful? Noting where the value picks were and at what point some of the rookie runners were snagged.
  • I love Footballguys. Their daily e-mail is pretty much a must-read on the subway for me and today I was delighted to read that their 2010 projections are up. I'm linking you over to projections from David Dodds, one of their expert analysts, but there are projections from several other writers up, too. 
  • FFManiaxs have Top 10 Fantasy Football Busts for 2010 up - nothing too shocking here as a lot of these are going to be familiar names to those of you who have been paying attention to offseason hi-jinks and roster news, but still a decent launching point.
  • FFToolbox has their Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets up with a ranking of the Top 100 players - though you can also click through to the other rankings by offensive skill positions (looks like the IDPs are still to come).
  • SI's Fantasy Clicks also takes a look at some mock draft outcomes but also of interest, they see how some big sites did with their sleeper and bust picks for the 2009 season. Interesting stuff.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday musings on fantasy sports

Well I'm back from a fantastic weekend visiting friends in Colorado and have a few different things going on that I wanted to let you all know about. In a few weeks I'll be attending the Fantasy Sports Trade Association's spring conference in Chicago and I'm going to be a tweeter and blogger for the event. I'm in the process of setting up the blog now and will link to it from here, so if you can't make it but you're wondering what happens during the various sessions and such, well then tune in to the conference blog. I've also already started tweeting from the official FSTA twitter account and plan to tweet throughout the conference with the relevant and interesting things that happen there. If you're in the biz and planning to attend the FSTA meeting, keep your eyes out for me (likely the only pregnant lady there) as I'd love to meet or catch up with you.

The other thing I've been doing these days is taking a stab at fantasy baseball. Many of you know that I've always said that football is really the only fantasy sport for me but since I branched out to basketball this winter, I thought I'd take a tiny step further into fantasy insanity. A friend of mine (that I met at one of the FSTA meetings) started a site called RosterSlots, which some of you might remember from February when RosterSlots ran a fantasy Olympics game that I adored. The main focus for RosterSlots is fantasy baseball though and since it runs daily fantasy games where I can jump in and out at my leisure, I've been trying it out (to read up on how to play, click here). I must warn you, I'm not sure I'm all that good but this Who to Keep feature has been somewhat clutch for my baseball cluelessness. So if you're looking for a little fantasy baseball fun while things are mostly quiet on the football front, I say check it out and see what you think.

But getting back to football, there are a few newsy items of note and of course some fantasy analysis to keep you entertained:

  • Romo rumors can quiet down for the meantime; he skipped his qualifying tee time for the HP Byron Nelson Championship to attend OTAs instead. I love a well-rounded athlete but well played, Romo, well played.
  • Hopefully much to reader Potlicker's delight, we have even more analysis on 3rd year breakout receivers (ask and you shall receive, my FF friends!) - this time it comes from Fantasyfanplay.com. Their 3rd Year Receivers article looks at 9 guys who might be on your radar.
  • This week's MMQB looks at how each of the 32 teams stack up now - interesting stuff; always feel like I walk away from this one having learned something new, even if just a random bit of knowledge.
  • Now this next item made me very happy - in fact I got excited just looking at the article title, which is always a good sign that a site has hit on something helpful for FFers. Scope out Rotoworld's Top 3 Fantasy Wideouts by Team. This is solely WRs so no TEs listed here and is based on Rotoworld writers' rankings.
  • And speaking of rankings, if that's perhaps what your heart desires then take a look at what the Fantasy Football Nerd has pulled together - either overall or positional rankings for 2010 are available. For those that are new to the Nerd's site, I suggest poking around a bit and seeing how he pulls together his aggregate rankings and such. Awesome site.
  • Meanwhile, more rankings for you from Fantasy Fortunes - they've got a Top 50 rankings with auction values plus positional rankings, also with auction values. Note the scoring system is spelled out a bit so you can adjust the auction values accordingly if you have a bigger league, etc.
  • Fantasyomatic.com's My Conversation with Ryan Mathews' Former Coach gives plenty of reasons to be psyched about the new RB in town. As a Broncos fan I must say this gives me some displeasure to see such talent in the AFC West, but hey, it's good for fantasy.
  • Finally, as if you needed reason to avoid Matt Forte. And yes, I'm fully aware I was singing his praises a year ago...oh, to be a burned FF owner...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Keeping an eye out for Tebow

We're headed out of town for a long weekend to visit friends back in Boulder, Colorado - I'll be back in the land of my Broncos! - so I've been running around like crazy this week and have been slacking on the blog front. My apologies for the small number of posts this week. Let's get right to today's links:

  • Yahoo!'s Stock Watch: NFL Draft fallout has a great look at players whose value is on the upswing, downturn, and holding steady. Good read to get your mind focused on the 2010 season, especially if you're just now getting back into fantasy football mode.
  • This time of year, half the fantasy battle is knowing who the starters are going to be. CBSSports.com takes a look at QB stories: Five most intriguing signal-caller situations. Now call me crazy but I actually think Delhomme might be the man in Cleveland for most, if not all, of the year - and I don't think he'll suck. At least not like he did in '09.
  • I love what Brian Burke over at Advanced NFL Stats pulls together and the Fifth Down highlights his latest metric - an attempt to create a stat that measure defensive playmakers - in A Revolution in Defensive Football Statistics?
  • FFToolbox has their dynasty rankings up listed by position - RBs, QBs, WRs, and TEs.
  • All this talk about the various teams that Brian Westbrook is visiting (Redskins now Broncos) may have you wondering about LeSean McCoy. Good thing Dr U Fantasy Football Guru has a brand new player profile up for McCoy.
  • If I was forced to swing by just one fantasy website a day, I think this time of year in particular my go-to site would be Rotoworld. Those guys just never stop. Today's post to Pancake Blocks is a preview from their draft mag's Injury Watch.
  • Want a dose of sleeper picks? Try either FFToolbox's 2010 Fantasy Football Sleepers.
  • FFXtreme wins the award for earliest Week 1 advice...unreal! They already have some start/bench advice up for a few Week 1 games if you're super eager to get the ball rolling on the season.
  • For a look back in time at the 3rd Year Wide Receiver Breakout Rule and some general thoughts on how this might not really be much of a "rule" after all, see what the guys at Pyromaniac.com have to say.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday morning fantasy links

This is the time of year when dormant fantasy football sites start to come alive again - love it. So let's get right to today's links as I feel like there's a lot to cover this morning...

  • FantasyFanPlay.com takes a look at nearly 20 second-year players in their Sophomore Breakouts article - take a look to see which players they think are set for a solid 2010.
  • If it's really rookies that you're interested in, no problem - most sites have some ideas on which rooks to pay attention to this season, including Fantasy Phenoms with 2 different articles - a dissection of AFC teams and NFC teams.
  • Staying with the theme of rookie analysis, Razzball is brings us some thoughts on the Top 10 IDP Rookie Linebackers.
  • FFToolbox is taking a look at something very near and dear to my heart: Offensive Line Research and Analysis. You can play around with their spreadsheet for whatever your o-line needs might be or click on a team name for more details. I'll be writing up some thoughts on o-lines in Rotoworld's draft magazine again this season so I of course love this kind of research. 
  • Speaking of Rotoworld and their magazine, take a look at Pancake Blocks to see some how the Rotoworld experts agree or disagree with some of their positional rankings this year. The full rankings will be available once the mag is out next month, but Evan Silva does a great job of highlighting some of the more interesting players that they agree/disagree about this year.
  • Football Jabber links over to ESPN's preseason power rankings for the 2010 season and tosses in a few thoughts of his own on the rankings.
  • Last year I was convinced that Michael Turner could beat the 370 Curse and prove to be a top back...I wasn't exactly oh, right let's say on that one. But I am hearing great news about Turner the Burner again and have to admit I'm getting kind of psyched about his 2010 potential. Note that he is appearing leaner and in great shape post-ankle injury. Am I getting overly excited about him again this year or are you guys with me on Turner?
Finally, just wanted to say a quick thanks for all of the many comments and e-mails I received from you all congratulating us on our baby-to-be. I really appreciate it - you guys are awesome!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Boy oh boy

This upcoming mother's day weekend is kind of a special one for me. Turns out, my fine FF friends, that my husband and I have a baby boy due at the end of September, so as a mom-to-be, this is kind of a fun time. Our son should be making his appearance in the world right around Week 3 of the NFL season, which interestingly enough is when my Broncos play my husband's Colts. Now never fear, the blog will carry on as usual this fall...or close to normal. I'll likely be blogging at odd times of the day/night (probably with some sleep deprived ramblings) and may make a few tweaks or get some additional help on the blog, but you can count on FFLibrarian as a go-to spot this fall!

September though is several months off, plenty of fantasy football to discuss now:

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Finally, a use for YouTube!

Well my morning is already off to a great start after this amusing article from Yahoo's Shutdown Corner noting that the Browns just signed a guy they found off a YouTube video. Oh yeeeeah. And? He has a handlebar mustache. That seems like an amazing feat in and of itself. My husband had a handlebar mustache for roughly 6 hours once a few years ago (he was shaving down a beard and delightfully stopped at the handlebar stage) before I believe I begged him to finish the job and just remove the damn thing. If you'd like a glimpse at this o-lineman's video montage (including a shot of the 'stache), then I recommend scoping out the link above.

And yes, the fact that I'm including that link should be a sign that it's a rather slow day in fantasy football world. I have a few more articles for you but savor them each slowly...

Monday, May 03, 2010

Lots of injury news from minicamps and more

This weekend it felt like summer had arrived in NYC as temperatures soared to near record degrees - my husband and I haven't yet installed our A/C unit for the summer so last night as I got in bed, and the temp in our apartment was over 80 degrees, all I could think of was, please please let football season's cool autumnal weather get here faster. Of course I might always feel that way about the start of the NFL season; often at say Week 7 of the season I suddenly long for it to start all over again, rather than just being of the moment and enjoying the season. So let's be of the moment here and enjoy a bunch up injury news (though seems like bad karma to enjoy injury news...) and updates from across the league. Not a ton of fantasy analysis going on right now, but don't worry, I have it on good authority that a lot of my favorite experts are working on some really good material for their summer draft mags and websites.

  • Let's just start with what feels like copious injury news...
    • Brett Favre has noted that he will need ankle surgery but that it shouldn't impede him from playing this year...as we wait yet again for his to-play-or-not-to-play decision.
    • Dez Bryant has been all over the news what with his dry heaving and/or hurling on the sidelines and now apparently a twisted ankle during minicamps this weekend.
    • Limas Sweed, a 2008 draft pick for the Steelers, might have a serious Achilles injury that could keep him out this season. Some of you probably aren't too high on Sweed (Mike Wallace was certainly the better fantasy option anyway) but gotta say I feel for the Steelers a bit here; not really going their way on the whole passing game front these days.
    • Finally to wrap up the injury news, Seattle also can't be happy about their receiver situation...again. Housh and Branch are both recovering from surgery. Greetings, Golden Tate.
  • Onto a bit of fantasy news - FFToolbox notes that Felix Jones is listed ahead of Marion Barber on the RB depth chart, which is likely not a huge surprise for most. 
  • When fantasyland is quiet you can still count on Rotoworld to crank out a few particularly helpful features. First up, if it's video you're in the mood for then see what Gregg Rosenthal and Tiffany Simons advise with this year's Top five rookie backs. Or scope out Dynasty Rookie Ranks with a top 12 overall ranking as well as a focus on each position, and a look at mock draft trends for the rooks.
  • Another great place to swing by in the offseason? Advanced NFL Stats - Brian is always cooking up something great as he pulls together an unreal amount of stats and analysis. This time around we have a data dump with play-by-play data from 2002 through 2008. No analysis, really just numbers, but there's plenty to look at and play around with - wouldn't be surprised to see some interesting things develop out of this. It's noted in the comments field of this article that ProFootballFocus.com also offers up game data including player participation and I've conveniently linked you to the Broncos game stats for 2009.
  • Finally, for a review of all things football and the latest on the weird Vicodin news out of New Orleans, read up on Peter Kings' MMQB: Vicodin case could have dire consequences for Saints.