Thursday, September 30, 2010

Resources while I'm on my bye week

Well the time has finally come and our son is here! I'm taking some time off from blogging to get acquainted with this new little dude and will have a few guest posts up over the next several days. Hope you enjoy some new perspectives - but for those of you wondering where I'm still going for my fantasy football news while I'm on a baby bye, I've put together this post to take you to some of my top FF resources.

Hope that helps - I will not be checking e-mail for awhile so if you're looking for lineup advice, take a look at this post from a few weeks ago with suggestions on places/people to turn to for help. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Week 4 advice - rankings, start/sit, etc

It has been a long day of wandering around Manhattan heading to different doctors for the latest on the baby that seems to have lodged permanently inside of me, rather than joining us in this great, wide, football-licious world. So I'm looking for a little mid-week distraction tonight and what helps you through a Wednesday better than a bunch of FF resources? Right, nothing. So read on for some great advice on how to secure a win with this first week of byes.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wandering through waivers

Well now that was an entertaining MNF game last night. I don't have Aaron Rodgers on any of my fantasy teams this year but am so used to rooting for him since he's one of two main reasons I won a trip to the Super Bowl last year (the other reason being CJ), so I was definitely pulling for the Packers last night. But most of all I was pulling for an entertaining game, which worked out quite nicely for me really.

Today's focus is of course waiver wire articles so let's get right to them:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Crazy RB injuries = lots of Monday updates

I'm like the energizer librarian: I just keep on going and going, still rocking the overdue baby, which means more blog posts for you all. Mondays are quiet days on the fantasy front but there's plenty of info out there, especially for those looking to set some waiver wire requests for the week. So let's get right to it...

  • As a treat for still being full of baby, my husband and I finally bit the bullet and subscribed to the Red Zone channel. Gotta say the host must be the ultimate ADD multitasker, but man, that channel is just plain awesomeness, especially when you're not particularly psyched about the matchup you're otherwise forced the watch (I'm talking to you, Giants). So first up today, some game recaps and player updates in case you don't have the Red Zone or missed any details from yesterday's games:
  • Some waiver wire suggestions:
  • Finally, if you're already staring down an 0-3 season and wondering how else you might be able to enjoy this fantasy season, take a look at some of the sites covered in the WSJ's Fantasy Through the Looking Glass (includes a mention of RosterSlots.com, a site that I mentioned recently as being a great addition to your normal FF play). 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Consensus start/sit Week 3

If you're new to the consensus start/sit list I do, just a reminder that it's basically a tally of all the start/sit votes that players get in the various start/sit articles that I link to throughout the week. The players are listed in no particular order and should always be considered in the context of your individual team and options. Good luck this week!

QB
Start: Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer (got almost as many sit votes though...), Brett Favre (also got quite a few sit votes)
Sit: Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning

RB
Start: LeSean McCoy, Darren McFadden, Pierre Thomas, Tim Hightower
Sit: Brandon Jackson, Jerome Harrison, Cadillac Williams, Jamal Charles, Ronnie Brown

WR
Start: Santana Moss, Mark Clayton, Malcolm Floyd
Sit: Steve Smith (CAR - though NYG was also not beloved this week), Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe

TE
Start: Chris Cooley, Visanthe Shiancoe, Dustin Keller, Mercedes Lewis
Sit: Greg Olsen, Kellen Winslow, Todd Heap

Kicker
Start: Lawrence Tynes, Neil Rackers
Sit: John Kasay, Dan Carpenter

D/ST
Start: Bengals, Chiefs, Chargers
Sit: Cowboys, Falcons, Bears

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tools to help with Week 3 decisions

For those of you who have thoughtfully sent e-mails congratulating me on this baby-to-be or have checked in to see how things are going, I just wanted to share my thanks in case I don't get a chance to e-mail you back. Tomorrow is my due date but this baby doesn't seem to be in a rush to join us - stunning, since I was sure he'd want to be around for the Broncos vs Colts showdown in our household on Sunday (my husband is a Colts fan, I'm a Broncos fan). I've been trying to post a lot this week since I have oh, not much else to do other than contemplate my baby status, so hopefully this week has offered you all plenty of resources. I'm pulling together a post with some of my top go-to resources that you'll want to scope out while I take a few days off post-baby...whenever that much anticipated day comes.

So enough on babies, let's get to football. Lots and lots of start/sit material to start us off...

Start/sit linkage - keep in mind that I'll be pulling together my weekly consensus start/sit list based on these recommendations later today or tomorrow:

If a laundry list of start/sit suggestions isn't for you, try one of these links instead:
  • FantasyPros.com have released their expert site accuracy assessment for Week 2 - they have both the cumulative YTD accuracy by position as well as Week 2 results. 
  • It won't be long now before we're all looking for some bye week plug-ins and DSTs are one place where most of us should use the bye week to take a long, hard look at how successful our drafted DST has been, or if there's a more suitable upgrade available. If you're looking for a defense for this weekend, take a look at ProFootballFocus.com's D/ST Wins Championships - Week 3 advice.
  • There are of course a few more positional rankings and projections out there for this weekend's matchups:
  • CBSSports.com has two tools that I've been playing around with a bit this morning:
    • Week 3 Fantasy Points Prognosticator - select the players you're debating between and you'll get the projected points for this week from CBS' Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg plus AccuScore. It's definitely not the most visually compelling or easy to navigate tool, but it does the job.
    • Or try their Week 3 Interactive Running Back Selector, which I find a bit more interesting - particularly for those in PPR leagues who are hoping to assess how many receptions are projected for an RB this week.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Start/sit and rankings for Week 3

I can never decide if Autumn or Spring is my favorite season but I think Autumn might have a slight edge what with the whole football thing going for it. So I'm exceedingly pleased to welcome the first day of fall today. Granted, Mother Nature didn't quite get the message since it's supposed to be around 90 degrees here in NYC tomorrow, but that's fine, it's like one last hurrah before summer slides on out. This all means that Week 3 is around the corner and fortunately for all of us the start/sit suggestions are cranking and there are plenty of rankings and projections to turn to as well.

Week 3 start/sit links:

Week 3 rankings/projections (note that while all links below are to QBs, most other position links are available on each expert site):
 I'll be back tomorrow with more start/sit advice and hopefully the consensus start/sit list as well!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monster league update & linkage

Several of you are part of the 72-team FFLibrarian monster league, which is run by MyFantasyLeague.com and is made up of 6 different conferences full of hard core fantasy footballers. This is the second season of the league and this year I have a grand prize for the winner: a $100 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings (full disclosure, courtesy of my participation in the BWW league). I'll see if I can pull together some prizes for teams with the most points at midseason, or the team with the largest one-week point total, too. And speaking of which, I've been a bit lax this year in posting results of the league's teams with the most points. During Week 1 our top 3 point scorers were: Priory of the Monkey (138.15 points), Neal (134.55 points), and Pumpkin King (132.95 points). Week 2's top scorers were: Austria Hayekians (175.70 points - contender for biggest one-week point total?!), Priory of the Monkey (151.60 points), and Team Quincy (145.55 points). Congrats, monster leaguers!

Meanwhile I've still got a handful of links for the rest of you readers:

Week 3 rankings links

Happy last day of summer! I've got plenty of Week 3 material for you this morning and later today I'll be back with an update on the FFLibrarian Monster League, which is made up of 72 awesome readers. I've been promising a grand prize for the winner of the monster league, which I'll announce in my post later along with some links to help you through the afternoon.

Today's big item? Rankings. Let's get to it:

  • NFL.com's Week 3 rankings - this link (along with all the others below) will take you to QBs but you can easily navigate to the rest of the positions. This one notes whether or not that player's stock is steady, rising, or falling. 
  • ProFootballWeekly.com's Week 3 QB rankings
  • FFToolbox.com's Week #3 Who to Start Rankings/Projections - includes projected fantasy points and injury notes.
Onto other links for the day:
  • For a recap on how things are looking in fantasyland, take a look at FFToday.com's Moving Up, Moving Down for a sense of which players have seen a change in value now that we're a few weeks into the season.
  • I happily swapped in LaRon Landry in one of my IDP leagues before last weekend's games and was quite happy with the outcome. Read up on Landry and other clutch IDPs in ProFootballFocus.com's IDP Stock Market - Week 3.
  • In case you missed the headlines, Michael Vick has been named the starter in Philly for Week 3. DeSean Jackson owners every can rejoice. 
  • A few years ago I cracked a rib after a collision with a small child on the slopes after a fun day of skiing (totally not my fault; kid was out of control and in way over his head, but don't get me started on that story and yes, I felt horrible about the whole incident)...and it was quite uncomfortable for some time, so I was somewhat intrigued to read Ochocinco's tweet regarding his own cracked rib. If you're curious about how much that might hold him up - or other injuries to Bush, Harvin, Wells, and Turner - then scope out Rotoworld's Burning Bush.
Finally I mentioned a bunch of chat/contact options for getting your start/sit questions answered and I wanted to note that Phil from Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy is doing a chat on USAToday.com at noon eastern today

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Daily double

Yeah that's right, I've got a second post with fantasy football links for you today. I figure it's Tuesday, we have several long football-free days ahead until Week 3 games begin, so why not double up on posts?

  • As expected, more waiver advice:
  • Tuesday is flex ranking update day on CBSSports.com so take a look at their Top 150s ranking that combines RBs, WRs, and TEs for those who are in a tight spot over which flex player to start this week.  
  • Rotoworld's Week 2 Target Report Highlights post is up with a spotlight on teams like the Cowboys, Giants, and Raiders. This isn't a full report (full details available for their Season Pass members only) but RapidDraft.com does a solid review of targets and receptions that should be posted soon, so stayed tuned for that as a complement to this article. 
  • For those in the market to make some trades, read up on the trade scene with FFArmory.com's Stock Report - Week 3, which has suggestions on players you can buy low and sell high on these days.
  • FantasyFortunes.com has a season-long Top 50 ranking up, which also includes values for those in auction leagues.
By the way, if you haven't heard yet, Larry Johnson has apparently been released. Anyone surprised? 

The football calm before the baby storm

Well I've got four more days until my due date arrives and this is the first week that I am completely not working at my real job and am on maternity leave...so I'm basically just hanging out, working on the blog, walking around Brooklyn, trying to will this baby out sooner rather than later. Basically what that means is that in theory I might have more time this week to get posts up. This is probably a good time to note that while I would love to answer all of your start/sit or roster questions, I am absolutely swamped by them and can't keep up. I highly recommend heading to some of the following sites to ask questions or join in on chats throughout the week:

  • Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy has a Pay What You Want for Advice feature that you'll find atop all of their articles or right on their homepage.
  • Every week night the Bruno Boys are doing a chat - unreal to offer this every single night so take advantage! Here's a link to last night's chat.
  • There are a few other weekly chats happening like CBSSports.com's chat today at 1:00 eastern (that's right now for those of you who are reading this post as it goes up).
  • Both the Fifth Down and Razzball answer start/sit questions in the comments section of their articles.
Speaking of advice, one other spot you'll want to check out is Razzball.com's recent article that looks at some clutch fantasy football folks to follow on Twitter, and just some advice on Twitter in general. 

Moving on to the rest of today's links:

Monday, September 20, 2010

This Week's 3 TDs go to...Best & McCoy!

Hmm, I could get down with a fantasy football world where every week there's some outstanding young whippersnapper (as my grandpa really and truly used to say) that busts out with 3 TDs. Sadly I seem to have been on the receiving end of the Best and McCoy destruction this week as most of my opponents seemed to somehow have one of the two guys, but since I already know I beat my FF nemesis this week, nothing seems to be fazing me. (Update: thanks to a helpful twitter dude for the heads up that I completely glossed over Snelling and his 3 TDness...no excuses but I blame it on my status as a Turner owner and needing to block out Snelling's awesomeness!)

For those of you facing your nemeses in Week 3 or who just really like to win all the time (that would be most of us, no?), let's get to today's advice:

  • There are a bunch of waiver wire articles popping up already:
    • FantasyPros911.com's Week Three Waiver Wire Pickups
    • LestersLegends.com does a great job with addressing a lot of popular names and letting you know if and where the player is an appropriate pickup in Get 'em or Don't Sweat 'em - Week 2.
    • The Hazean's Early Week 2 Waiver Wire Thoughts
    • Having been a fairly big Jacoby Jones fan come draft day, I'm intrigued with how the Kevin Walter/Jacoby Jones situation might play out this season. ProFootballWeekly.com's Fantasy Ticker: Week Three has a little love for Walter this week. 
    • Razzball.com's Waivering Pickups - it's interesting to see a variety of opinions on GB's James Jones out there. No one seems super psyched about him yet (except me, again, on draft day...apparently J. Jones dudes were up my alley this year!) but Razzball smartly points out that Jones saw 7 targets compared to Jennings and Driver (5 each) and advises keeping an eye on this guy. Couldn't agree more. 
    • Bruno Boys' Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up
    • FFManiaxs' Week Three Waiver Wire - as a Michael Turner owner I'm keeping an eye on the Turner/Snelling situation but be sure to check in on Turner's status (doesn't sound serious) before using a possibly precious waiver wire grab for Snelling. That said, could be great to have Snelling as insurance for the rest of the season.
    • For the IDPers in the room we've got Monk's IDP Week 3 Waiver Wire Pick Ups
  • If you're looking for some recaps of the weekends games, take a look at Yahoo's Roto Arcade's Sunday Scene, Week 2: It's a Bear market; Cutler stars in win.
  • Or MMQB's Three QBs steal spotlight in Week 2 has some interesting tidbits from around the league, a lovefest for Brady's good charity work, and a top 15 ranking of NFL teams (yes, you're seeing both the Chiefs and Bucs there...).
  • Keep an eye on the latest injury news with KFFL's Post-game Injury Report, which is divided up by position. Another spot to scope out on a daily basis is Rotoworld's Headlines section, which I think I mention here non-stop...but for good reason! 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2010 Week 2 consensus start/sit

Greetings and happy weekend. I've got this week's consensus start/sit for you which is a tally of all the start/sit votes that players received in the various start/sit articles that I linked to earlier in the week. So while these aren't my personal recommendations, I do think knowing what the consensus is could be of help when making lineup decisions...so enjoy!

Note: the players are listed in no particular order.

QB
Start: Michael Vick, Kyle Orton, Matt Ryan, Jason Campbell
Sit: David Garrard, Alex Smith, Jay Cutler, Vince Young, Carson Palmer

RB
Start: LeSean McCoy, Darren McFadden, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jackson
Sit: Tim Hightower, C.J. Spiller, Beanie Wells, Ronnie Brown

WR
Start: Santana Moss, Legedu Naanee, Malcolm Floyd, Mike Williams (TB), Dez Bryant
Sit: Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree

TE
Start: Chris Cooley, Todd Heap, John Carlson, Jermichael Finley
Sit: Jermaine Gresham, Owen Daniels, Tony Scheffler, Jeremy Shockey, Bo Scaife

Kicker
Start: Lawrence Tynes
Sit: no consensus

D/ST
Start: Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Titans, Raiders
Sit: 49ers

Friday, September 17, 2010

Be prepared: tornadic FF outcomes

Yesterday afternoon shortly after I finished my post, a massive storm came rolling through the NYC area. I live up on the 36th floor with a fair number of windows so I was watching these black clouds grow increasingly menacing and as the rain/hail mix started to hit the windows I realized this was no ordinary storm. If you've been around the blog long enough you know that I love weather stuff - crazy weather stories are right up my alley. But when I turned on the local news and heard them suggesting that Brooklyn viewers (hey that's me!) get themselves into a basement ASAP, I realized that dangerous weather is um, less exciting to actually live through. So I hung out in the bathroom with a laptop and one cat (the other cat had wisely lodged himself deep under our bed when the storm started) until the storm passed just a few minutes later. The wackiest part of this storm was that there was no warning from the weather experts that such a ferocious storm could be en route.

This of course makes me think of fantasy football...we put such stock in our FF experts and get worked up when they recommend starting someone who has a bust of a day - or when they don't see the Arian Foster Storm a comin'. But much like we've come to expect with the weather, there are always situations that no one could see coming (Kevin Kolb) or that just seemed too unlikely to comment upon (Peyton Hillis). So while I find FantasyPros.com's Week 1 accuracy report as posted on the Fifth Down a compelling read, I say 1 week of data is way, way too little with which to make decisions. Read but proceed with caution.

Meanwhile the experts are of course at it again, posting their start/sit advice like crazy. So onto today's links:

I'll be back later today or over the weekend with the consensus start/sit for Week 2!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Trying your hand at weekly games

Those of you who read along with this blog all year long might remember how I waxed on about a fantasy game I played during the Olympics with a site called RosterSlots.com. RosterSlots.com has rolled out their weekly game for the fantasy football season and I'm playing again. For those of you with a penchant for slot machines, you'll want to scope it out since it combines the luck of slots with the skill of fantasy football - and an extra bonus is that you can actually win weekly prizes. I had a mediocre week in Week 1 so I'm looking to step it up a bit, but one of my favorite parts is that you can play when your schedule always for it or just come back to it a few weeks later.

There are several other weekly game outlets out there like Fantazzle's weekly Ray Rice game or 365 Fantasy Sports' game, which many of you played here last season. And while I have heard from some of you who are looking for these weekly game outlets, I'm guessing most of you are probably really FFLibrarian-ing it up for weekly lineup advice, so let's get to the heart of the matter here:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rolling out the Week 2 start/sit links

I had a dream last night that Jay Cutler and I were painting on easels side-by-side...go ahead and dissect that one, but I'm guessing it at least means that I'm thinking way too much about fantasy football if Cutler (with whom I've had a love-hate relationship over the years) is in my subconscious. So as if I needed any further football fodder, let's get to today's start/sit and more:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Early Week 2 prep

Gotta admit I didn't quite make it to the end of the Chargers v Chiefs game last night (time zone differences and my intense need to sleep - seriously, my 38-weeks-pregnant self could have fallen asleep at Arrowhead even - got in the way) so I was intrigued to see that the Chiefs pulled out a win. I love football, the uncertainties from year-to-year, heck even just week-to-week.

I feel like I went super heavy with the waiver wire links yesterday so I will try to focus on some other, more specialized posts.

UPDATE: Ryan Grant's season is over; he'll be placed on IR.

  • By request here are some links to a few free trade analyzers - if you have any other favorites, feel free to share in the comments:
  • Something else that a few of you have requested are links to awesome podcasts out there and I thought I'd link to the Footballguys' NFL Week 1 Recap podcast so you can give it a listen, see what you think.
  • Matt Schauf at RapidDraft.com has his first weekly look at the number of targets and receptions seen around the league - definitely a must-read for those in PPR leagues and Schauf includes some helpful notes if you're short on time.
  • My exception to the no-waiver wire articles rule today: a focus on waiver wire grabs for IDPers (that's those of you in individual defensive player leagues, rather than a team defense/special teams option). FFManiaxs' Week Two IDP Waiver Wire and Monk's IDP Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups.
  • In case you hadn't noticed, FantasyPros.com's big thing is analyzing the accuracy of experts out there and they already have their look at how experts did with their Week 1 picks. Love this stuff so if you're interested in looking at a so far very small sample size to see who was accurate last week, check out Sunday Studs: Which Experts Got Them Right in Week 1?
  • Pigskin Addiction's Game by Game: Week 2 projections for this weekend's games are already up - pretty much the earliest I've seen anywhere. Way to be on the ball, Pigskin Addiction dudes.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Jump on it! Waiver Wire for Week 2

Happy first Monday Night Football Day! I hope you all enjoyed yesterday's games - would've been a little bit better if the Broncos had pulled out a win over the Jags, but I'm willing to assume that good things come to those who wait...and maybe wait and wait and wait....

But with the conclusion of Week 1 games comes the onslaught of waiver wire suggestions. So I've got plenty of great links up with suggestions of guys to grab this week. In the words of Sir Mix-A-Lot, it's time to jump on it, my friends!

  • Waiver Wire link:
    • Bruno Boys' Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up has 14 guys (and hence 14 pages/clicks, which I must say BB crew is not ideal; would love to only have to click through once or twice) that you might want to target if you're already in need of lineup replacements.
    • ProFootballWeekly.com's Fantasy Ticker: Week Two lists some "hot purchases" for the week. 
    • Lester's Legends has a bunch of dudes listed in Get 'em or Don't Sweat 'em - Week 1; note that each player has a recommendation on whether or not they're worth picking up, so read carefully since not every name mentioned is a name endorsed. 
    • FootballDocs' Fantasy Football Waiver Wire includes some guys who might be long gone in your league (Arian Foster, Matt Forte) but also the darling of waivers this week (Peyton Hillis, former Bronco) among other names that are more likely to be available in your league.
    • The Hazean's Early Week 1 Waiver Wire Thoughts lists Brandon Jackson, one of my favorites to target this week as we figure out the deal with Ryan Grant. 
    • Razzball.com's Waivering Pickups - how much of a lovefest is headed Eddie Royal's way??
  • Now if you missed any of the games or had other obligations that kept you from this week's games (oh I feel for you if so...), then read up on the games with one of these two great reads:
  • Finally, more material from Lester's Legends, who already has rankings cranking for Week 2 lineup decisions - check out the QB Rankings - Week 2. Rest of the positions still to come.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Consensus Start/Sit Week 1 - 2010 season

Greetings, FFers. I've been spending this September 11th basking in the greatness of football, really. Started off the day with a quick interview with the FantasyPros911 guys on their SIRIUSXM show, and have been enjoying college football since then. I've got my Week 1 consensus start/sit list for you below but first I wanted to update you on the winner of the Buffalo Wild Wings lawn chair contest. There were 85 guesses submitted for the number of combined rushing yards that Pierre Thomas and Adrian Peterson would put up on Thursday night, and the total between the two was 158 yards (87 yards for Peterson, 71 yards for Thomas). Two sage readers guessed 157 yards so I drew a name from a hat and UMGrrl won the big lawn chair prize - congrats, UMGrrl! Don't worry I sent a koozie, a small token of BWW tailgating goodness, to the runner up, Scott, as well. While I don't have any more lawn chairs to give away, I do have more koozies so keep your eyes open for more of these contests in the future. Who doesn't want to keep their beer or other beverage of their choice frosty cold on Sundays?!

So onto the consensus start/sit. For those who are new to the blog this season, keep in mind that the consensus start/sit is not my own list on who to start or sit, but instead is a tally of all these great links you've read throughout the week. I go through each of these start/sit sites and record which players got the most votes as a start or sit. It's basically a consensus from the experts on which players you should start or sit, outside of the obvious studs and duds...with the caveat that you should always take into account your own team makeup and scoring system when making these decisions.

The following players are listed in no particular order:

QB
Start: Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, Kevin Kolb
Sit: Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Donovan McNabb

RB
Start: Ronnie Brown, Jerome Harrison, Ryan Mathews, Arian Foster, Matt Forte
Sit: Shonn Greene, Justin Forsett, LeSean McCoy

WR
Start: Malcolm Floyd, Jabar Gaffney, Johnny Knox
Sit: Anquan Boldin, Mike Sims-Walker, Braylon Edwards, Hines Ward

TE
Start: Heath Miller, Zach Miller, Kellen Winslow
Sit: Owen Daniels, Todd Heap, John Carlson

Kickers
Start: Rob Bironas, Nate Kaeding, Robbie Gould, Neil Rackers, Jay Feely
Sit: no consensus

D/ST
Start: Titans, Cardinals, 49ers
Sit: Bengals, Eagles

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thinking of my Boulder friends...

As many of you know, my husband and I moved to New York last summer after spending about 6 years in Boulder, Colorado. Right now I can't stop thinking about my friends back in Boulder who are dealing with the stress of a nearby forest fire that has been raging for a few days and is now threatening the city of Boulder...and even has much of the city gearing up for evacuations. My heart goes out to you guys.

It has been a bit of an odd week between staying informed of the fire in Boulder, wrapping up my last week in the office before starting maternity leave (one last week of work - working from home finally, no more subway commutes for this pregnant lady!), and the start of football season (again, finally!). Really right now I'm welcoming the distraction of fantasy football so let's get to today's links, which are again heavy on the start/sit. I'll be posting the apparently much-loved consensus start/sit list later today or tomorrow at the latest. I'll also be back with the winner of the Buffalo Wild Wings lawn chair (85 of you submitted entries - awesome!).

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Week 1 Start/Sit and more

Tick tock, FFers, the fantasy season starts tomorrow. Are you as psyched as I am? Yes, I can only imagine that you'll be waking up with an extra bounce in your step, too. And perhaps will spend way too much time online browsing the matchups and FF experts' suggestions. I'll probably say this a thousand times this season but when making lineup decisions, remember to listen to your gut and what you know about this fine sport more than just blindly relying on expert advice. Experts are awesome, they usually know a lot about the fantasy scene...but trust yourself, too.

Now that the first pep talk of the season is past us, let's get to Week 1 prep, which is particularly chock-full of start/sit advice tonight:

  • Need to make some tweaks to your squad before the season begins? If you're going the waiver wire route, one of the best sources you can turn to is Rotoworld's weekly Waiver Wired, which addresses players that could be available in both shallow and deep leagues. Good stuff. 
  • PPR leaguers might want to read up on FFToolbox.com's Week 1: PPR Watch to get some advice on how confident (or uncertain) you can be about starting a handful of guys ranging from Arian Foster to Pierre Garcon to Chris Cooley. 
  • We've got a few more Week 1 rankings to take a look at:
    • This one might be of particular interest for those of you in leagues with a flex spot - CBSSports.com has a new rankings feature, Week 1 Top 150s, this year that's meant for those trying to decide how to fill their flex. Take a look, let me know what you think.
    • The Bruno Boys are rolling out their rankings for the week and for now they've got only their Running Back and Quarterback rankings up.
  • One of my favorite reads each week in past seasons has been ProFootballWeekly.com's Ten most intriguing players series - it's a nice wrap-up of the latest word on a lot of big names on the fantasy scene and it's good to see it back.
  • And now let's wrap up with the start/sit links:

More giveaways!

Okay I've got more treats to give away to you all, my fine readers.

First up: 2 subscriptions to FFXtreme's season-long membership to the first 2 people to e-mail me. Again, these have been very, very popular so I'm assuming that you need to respond within the first 5-10 minutes or so, so please check the blog to see if I've updated it to say the giveaway is closed. Update: And I've now given away the FFXtreme memberships - thanks everyone!

Even bigger giveaway: A Buffalo Wild Wings Lawn Chair, which was bestowed upon me for partaking again in their BWW Fantasy Football League (which I'll just remind everyone I won last year and got an amazing, unreal trip to the Super Bowl!). It folds up pretty compactly for tailgating purposes - only catch is that you would have to be comfortable with giving me your mailing address (promise I'm not a crazy librarian who will show up on your doorstep, just need a place to send the lawn chair!). If you'd like to win the lawn chair, you will need to have the closest guess for the total number of rushing yards for Adrian Peterson and Pierre Thomas in tomorrow night's MIN @ NO season opener, and if there's more than one correct guess, I'll draw a name from those correct guesses. So e-mail me your guess before the game starts tomorrow night!

I'll be back later today with the usual daily dose of links.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

More Week 1 Prep

Must say I'm feeling a great deal of sorrow that FootballGuys had to close down their awesome repository of links for fantasy footballers, TodayinFantasy.com. When I think about the time and energy I put into this relatively minimalistic blog in my spare time and compare it to the monstrous task they took on with TIF, I have to say I'm not shocked that they're taking a break to get kinks worked out...it's a loss for the fantasy info lover but know that they'll be back better than ever next spring.

In the meantime I'm drowning my TIF sorrows with the reminder that the NFL season starts in less than 48 hours...and there's plenty of Week 1 material out there to link to tonight:

  • Week 1 rankings and projections:
  • Week 1 Start/Sit suggestions:
  • The Hazean has injury news for a whole slew of players up in Injury Prep for Week 1 - and he includes a friendly reminder to make sure your lineups are set for Thursday night's game. Can't say that enough!
  • Speaking of Thursday night's game, Rotoworld breaks it down with notes on players that you'll want to start, and those who can remain benched in Thursday Night Matchup: MIN @ NO.
  • Another treat from Rotoworld is Your 2010 Revis Cheat Sheet with a list of top WRs that you might want to sit when facing the Jets this season. The Revis impact is no joke - some incredible talent has been stymied by Revis so do keep the Revisness in mind this year as you set your lineups each week.
In the past I've spent some time each week tallying up the players with the most mentions in start and sit columns that I link to here, and have posted a consensus start/sit list (here's an example from last year). Is this a feature that you all found helpful? Please leave a comment or e-mail me so that I know whether or not this is something I should spend time on again this season - thanks!

Monday, September 06, 2010

Labor Day FF links

Happy long weekend! Here's hoping most of you are free to enjoy the 3-day weekend and the relaxation and fun that comes with it. I spent my Sunday participating in 3 fantasy football drafts scattered throughout the day and night, but I think I've finally wrapped up my drafts for the year. So like many of you I'm now turning my attention to the Week 1 games!

But before we get to some player rankings and prep for Week 1, I want to make sure that all you experts out there are aware of the upcoming deadline for the annual accuracy contest that I run with the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. I compare preseason positional rankings from experts to the final outcome of the fantasy season to see which site had the most accurate preseason rankings, and this year's deadline is fast approaching: September 9th by kickoff. Check out the info on the FSTA site for more details and be sure to e-mail me your submissions.

Now, onto Week 1!

  • First up, let's get to some of this weekend's big news:
    • Rotoworld's Say What? Housh is a Raven has tracked T.J. Houshmandzadeh's path from Seattle to Baltimore and what it means on the fantasy front.
    • MMQB today includes the details on the Revis deal, which I'd say worked out to his advantage.
  • With all of the big cuts I know many of you are wondering exactly who is left on each team. So take a look at FootballGuys.com's Depth charts, which are updated with great frequency. I'm not seeing Housh yet as a Raven but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before that's updated. 
  • For those of you who still have some drafting to do, take a look at Junkyard Jake's deep positional rankings for the season - click here for the Top 100 WRs (you can link to the rest of the positions from there).
  • Week 1 games are just days away but if you're not thrilled with your squad or already have some injury/cuts issues to deal with, take a look at FantasyPros911.com's advice in Week One Waiver Wire Pickups.
  • How about some start/sit advice?
    • For Week 1 rankings take a look at these guys:
    • Finally, if you've ever wondered who the best fantasy football player in the world might be, well the Chicago Tribune has the answer for you in Chicago accountant is world's top-ranked fantasy football player, per the World Championship of Fantasy Sports. 

      Friday, September 03, 2010

      Unexpected developments

      Well I can officially report that Hurricane Earl hasn't quite panned out as expected here in Brooklyn. As in a total lack of rain (so far) and anything more than a casual breeze (so far). Along with most of the eastern seaboard, I was all set for a rather different day of weather. I'll call that a very good thing, just unexpected. Pretty sure Montario Hardesty, LenDale White, Byron Leftwich, and Kris Brown are all well aware of that I-was-expecting-something-else feeling...there's lots of news being churned out these days between injury reports and roster cuts. Stay on top of it all with sites like Rotoworld, my personal favorite for news.

      As you all get ready for the long weekend, hopefully these links will help out with any last minute draft prep you might need to do. In just a few days we'll be looking at start/sit recommendations for Week 1 - wow, time is flying!

      • Rotoprofessor's final rankings are up - each of the rankings comes with some player observations/ranking notes as seen here with the top 60 WRs.
      • Or scope out Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy's 2010 Player Rankings and Projections - both PPR and non-PPR rankings are available here.
      • Roto Arcade's ADP Progress Report reflects a lot of ADP changes that I've seen live and in person during recent drafts. I can see the rest of you are demonstrating your Gaffney love, too. Awesome. 
      • Reasons to still keep Julian Edelman on your radar this season from USA Today's Fantasy Joe in The slot: Julian Edelman provides value even if Wes Welker stays healthy.
      • Or for other specific player insight, see CBSSports.com's Catch these two on the way up that focuses on Mike Sims-Walker and Michael Crabtree in particular.
      • There have been quite a few position battles playing out over training camp and the preseason games. Rotoworld's Adam Levitan takes a look at 25 big battles noting who the winner is and who you might want to focus on in drafts.
      • I'll be honest, I haven't really been concentrating on RB handcuffs during drafts this year. Perhaps that will be my demise. So be more prepared than I have been and read Football Jabber's Top Five Backup Running Backs to Draft.
      If I can find time this weekend to get another post up, I will. Otherwise enjoy your Labor Day weekends and the start of college football...I for one can't wait to watch my Northwestern Wildcats beat up on Vandy tomorrow (Go Cats!).

      Thursday, September 02, 2010

      Four more draft kit giveaways

      Move fast and you can be one of four to get a FFXtreme draft kits for free. I gave out a few last week and am able to do so again (thanks FFX!), so send me an e-mail and the first 4 responders will get a draft kit (assuming you're not already an FFXtreme subscriber. I encourage you to move quickly and will post an update here on the blog as soon as I have given away all 4 draft kits. Update: Within 3-4 minutes, all 4 draft kits were taken. You guys are amazingly fast...

      Enjoy!

      Wednesday, September 01, 2010

      Fantasy football month is here!

      Can we all get together and lobby to make September into Fantasy Football Awareness Month or what? Happy September and happy drafting - my week has been full of drafts already and the fun is really just beginning. I took MJD with the 3rd overall pick in a draft last night and am hoping that was the right move (Ray Rice was just sitting there, calling for me...). One of our links will address the MJD knee issue but I also have the results of the Buffalo Wild Wings League draft that I participated in on Monday night for you all. Adam Levitan of Rotoworld did a live chat during the draft, so check out his chat for the picks plus a bit of sage commentary. I feel only okay about my team; some picks felt money, others were a stretch or a panic pick when my guy went right before my turn. You all know how that feels I'm sure, what drafter doesn't?

      So moving on to today's links:

      • Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy takes a look at the 2010 Top 10 Overvalued Players - remember this isn't about players you should not take, just guys who you might only want to grab when offered at a good value point. That said, if you have a fantasy crush on Ryan Mathews, I certainly won't stop you.
      • On the flip side, FantasySharks.com has some undervalued players for you, and though this is article is specific to auction drafting, it's still relevant and interesting stuff for those in standard leagues, too.
      • We've got a spotlight on specific players in a bunch of today's links...
        • As mentioned above, Rotoworld's What to do about Jones-Drew talks to an orthopedic clinical specialist to help inform us a bit about MJD's knee issues.
        • CBSSports.com meanwhile addresses Ben Roethlisberger in Score big with Big Ben and when you could target him in drafts. 
        • I'm on board with the Arian Foster lovefest in Roto Arcade's Now do you believe in Arian Foster's greatness? My Knoxville-based in-laws will be pleased to hear my excitement for this Tennessee alum. Lots of other player notes in there as always with Roto Arcade, so definitely a recommended read.
      • A little IDP love from ProFootballFocus.com's Six defensive sleepers worth picking. I'm only playing in one IDP league this year and am a little sad about that - be sure to stay on me if I'm not posting enough advice for IDP leagues! 
      • The Sablich Brothers do a league wrap-up from the preseason games thus far to see what we can learn going into fantasy drafts in the Fifth Down's Fantasy Football: Preseason Analysis.
      • I've got two Razzball.com articles for you guys today - first up, a continuation of the draft strategy series they're doing with today's link looking at Drafting From Positions 9-12. The other article of interest is their PPR League Draft Strategy piece.
      • Sports Grumblings has given their Mighty Max supercomputer a chance to churn out names with a high probability of being a Bounce Back Candidate for the 2010 season, including a handful of IDPers.
      • FantasyPros.com turned to experts from Pro Football Weekly, Lester's Legends, and Razzball for thoughts on Preseason Studs: Which Hyped-up Guys are Worth the Premium? Which are Not? Some interesting consensus here on a few guys...