Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lucky links for Week 13

Like much of the country, I did not make it through all of the MNF game last night and was in and out tending to our little dude and finally conked out at halftime to get some sleep. When I woke up for a middle of the night baby feeding though I caught up on the news that Frank Gore is out for the remainder of the season. Oh Gore owners, I'm so sorry...may Westy be available to you in all your leagues. Or Dixon. Or both.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Goodbye 12, hello 13

So we returned home from our trip to northern Virginia for Thanksgiving with my family to a find a real treasure from our cat sitter: he had flushed non-flushable cat litter down the toilet for some unknown reason. This being our one and only toilet made the past day or two rather unpleasant but thanks to the wonder of a snake and our building maintenance dudes, we're back in business. The owner of the cat sitting company apologized profusely for the complete incompetence of this dude (I mean seriously, what was he thinking? Clay + water = cement) and now I'm a bit of an expert on home remedies for clearing toilets...so no major complaints really.

Here's hoping your FF team isn't in the toilet, so to speak, and that today's waiver wire links will be of help to you:

Enjoy tonight's MNF matchup!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Consensus start/sit list, Week 12

Greetings and sorry for the late consensus start/sit post. Things got crazy here with Thanksgiving travel and our return home to an unwelcome surprise (more on that tomorrow), but better late than never! As a reminder, I've tallied up the players with the most start/sit votes from the start/sit links I posted earlier this week as well as a few others that I read this morning, and have listed those players below (in no particular order). Note that I've avoided listing any players that already played on Thanksgiving.

QB
Start: Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Cassel, Brett Favre
Sit: Jay Cutler, David Garrard

RB
Start: Brandon Jacobs, Mike Tolbert, Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles
Sit: Brandon Jackson, Beanie Wells, Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson

WR
Start: Mario Manningham, Nate Washington, Sidney Rice, Vincent Jackson, Steve Johnson
Sit: Johnny Knox, Randy Moss, Anquan Boldin, Hines Ward, Jeremy Maclin

TE
Start: Joel Dreessen, Heath Miller, Jacob Tamme, Kevin Boss
Sit: Kellen Winslow, Zach Miller, Marcedes Lewis

DST
Start: Browns, Raiders
Sit: Falcons

K
Start: Neil Rackers, Matt Prater
Sit: no consensus

Good luck and hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Week waivers, start/sit, etc

For the second time since we brought our tiny bundle of joy home, I got over 5 hours of sleep in a row last night. It was pretty sweet. Even better than beating my husband pretty thoroughly this past weekend in one of the leagues we play in together (though for the sake of full disclosure, he did beat me in another league this week). But the awesome sleep came at a price: our little dude was an unhappy camper for many hours yesterday, which makes the long sleep a bit more bittersweet.

But we're on the cusp on a long, holiday weekend and I've got lots of links for you. Since I'll be traveling I probably won't post again until the weekend when I'll try my best to do a consensus start/sit for you all. Enjoy your Thanksgivings and safe travels!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday week advice

Well it looks like the Thanksgiving holiday week is starting off a bit sluggishly as some of my favorite sites are still slowly getting their articles for the day up. Don't be surprised to see a smaller number of links this week but I'll try to make sure the ones I get up are high quality. Just a friendly reminder to those who are either living in a cave or just new to football: there are three games on Thursday so you'll really want to make sure your lineups are set by then.

Let's get to today's links:

Enjoy tonight's game - go Broncos!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Week 11: Consensus start/sit

Greetings fantasy football fans, welcome to the Week 11 consensus start/sit list. As a reminder this list is a tally of players with the most start or sit votes from all the expert sites that I link to throughout the week. The players are listed below in no particular order:

QB
Start: Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Shaun Hill, Matt Cassel, Carson Palmer
Sit: Matt Schaub, Matt Ryan, Brett Favre, Ryan Fitzpatrick

RB
Start: Felix Jones, Cedric Benson, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Fred Jackson, Mike Tolbert
Sit: Mike Goodson, Jahvid Best, LeGarrette Blount

WR
Start: Dez Bryant, Nate Washington, Santonio Holmes
Sit: Andre Johnson, Santana Moss, Mike Williams (SEA), Steve Smith (CAR)

TE
Start: Todd Heap, Jermaine Gresham, Kevin Boss, Dustin Keller
Sit: Rob Gronkowski, Brent Celek, Greg Olsen

DST
Start: Saints, Chiefs, Ravens
Sit: Giants, Vikings

Kicker
Start: Ryan Succop, Billy Cundiff, Matt Bryant
Sit: Neil Rackers, Olindo Mare

Good luck!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ed Hochuli's Guns

Ed Hochuli, you have competition. We had a friend over last night for Thursday Night Football and we all noticed that one of the refs was rocking an Ed Hochuli-like look; not quite the same buff bicep action as we've all come to know and love from Hochuli...but I'm just saying, watch out Hochuli: there's competition in Buff Ref Land.

Beyond buff refs we've got plenty of material for Week 11, so take a look:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Week 11 rankings and start/sit linkage

One of the great things about our friends and family knowing we're such big football fans means we've got a wide array of NFL and college team gear for our son. And I mean wide. We can have him rocking Northwestern, University of Tennessee, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, Broncos, Patriots, Colts, and/or Titans gear. So many solid options, it's a good thing he's skilled at going through more than one outfit a day. College Gameday will be at the Northwestern vs Illinois matchup this week since it's taking place at Wrigley Field (first time Gameday has been at - and I use "at" quite loosely in this case - Northwestern since the mid-90s I believe) and the Broncos play on Monday night. Fun weekend of football for me.

Let's get straight to today's links:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Week 11 FF advice

I can't believe how quickly this season is cruising by - Thanksgiving will be here in just over a week and I'm starting to think about our travels down to see my family in Virginia for the holiday. My grandmother is traveling for the first time in 4.5 years so that she can meet our son so it's a big weekend for our family. I'll try to get some links up early next week to help with lineup decisions before you all might hit the road, too. But as for this week, let's get right to today's Week 11 advice...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Not waivering over Vick

I'm a bit of an animal enthusiast - I'm a cat owner and long-time dog lover (as my mom can attest to since I spent the majority of my childhood begging for a dog, despite the fact that the rest of my family is allergic to them) and after watching Food Inc recently I have been dabbling with the idea of just going total vegetarian. So my protest of Michael Vick this season has been to avoid him in any and all fantasy leagues even though he is probably THE acquisition of the season. I know, not much of a protest, but hey, it's a way of saying what this guy did to dogs was not okay in my book...so of course this makes his monumental performance last night a bit of a sticky wicket. Sure, I'd love to have his points and kudos to Vick for coming back to the league and showing what an incredible athlete he is. But I maintain that I'd rather lose a thousand times to his massive fantasy points and maintain my Vick protest. (Update: Wow. You guys are getting personal and in some cases downright rude here in the comments section. While I stand by my opinions, which frankly many of you seem to be reading too little or too much into, I'm now wishing I had never said anything about Vick at all. If you're offended by what I've said, stop coming to the blog. If you're just looking for good fantasy football advice, then by all means, read on. But don't make this more than what it is.)

Now I'll get down off my high horse and bring you today's links:

I'll be back tomorrow with more waiver advice and the early start/sit advice. Don't forget we've got another Thursday Night Football game this week (Bears at Dolphins)!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Consensus start/sit, Week 10

Below is the Week 10 consensus start/sit list. As with every week, I went through the start/sit articles that are linked here on the blog during the week and tallied up the number of start or sit votes that each player received (players are listed in no particular order).

Good luck this week!

QB
Start: David Garrard, Shaun Hill, Josh Freeman, Ryan Fitzpatrick
Sit: Tom Brady, Jon Kitna, Brett Favre

RB
Start: LeGarrette Blount, Jahvid Best, Mike Goodson, Jamaal Charles
Sit: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Peyton Hillis, Matt Forte, Felix Jones

WR
Start: Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Johnson, Mike Wallace, DeSean Jackson, Mike Thomas, Dez Bryant
Sit: Steve Smith (CAR), Dwayne Bowe, Miles Austin, Chad OchoCinco

TE
Start: Marcedes Lewis, Brandon Pettigrew, Dustin Keller, Chris Cooley
Sit: Brent Celek, Jermaine Gresham

DSTs
Start: Cardinals, Rams, Bucs
Sit: Patriots

Kickers
Start: Dan Carpenter, Lawrence Tynes, Connor Barth
Sit: Ryan Longwell

Friday, November 12, 2010

Week 10's Start/sit-o-rama

Well it's a beautiful fall day here and we had a Thursday Night Football game with a pretty sweet finish to start Week 10 off right. My brother-in-law lives in Atlanta and was at the game; I was definitely feeling a bit jealous.

Lots of start/sit links to get to today - and as always I'll be back by tomorrow with the consensus start/sit list.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rolling with what's hot in Week 10

As you parents out there can surely understand, the past few weeks have been like riding a carousel of ever-changing baby-shushing instruments. One week our little dude is perfectly silenced in a swing, the next week our magical tool is bouncing on a balance ball (which let me tell you is more than just a little physically taxing when the bouncing lasts and lasts and lasts), and this week it's rolling around our apartment and hallways in his stroller. What works one week might not work the next...and that's so true in fantasy football, too, my friends: sometimes you've gotta eschew what has worked in the past and just roll with what's hot right now. So for thoughts on who is hot, read on...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A helping hand for Week 10

Tomorrow my mom is coming up to NYC for a speedy visit to see her grandson and provide a couple extra hands to help out. She's apparently bringing some meals up with her that she has fixed and frozen for us, and I must admit that sounds pretty dreamy right now. One less thing to do! Now there's a good chance that I might be a bit slow in getting posts up over the next few days, but don't worry, I won't forget about getting start/sit and rankings links out to you all! Really having my mom around to help me out probably means more time for me to help you all out...so here's to my mom! Meanwhile, let's get to today's articles:

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

T Minus 2 for Thursday Night Football!

Can you believe we're already at Week 10, the starting point for Thursday Night Football? I'm shocked at how quickly this season has flown by and I'm starting to get those old it's-all-moving-by-too-quickly feelings and wondering (as I seem to do every year) what I'll do with my Sundays come February. Getting ahead of myself a bit? Well then I'll reel it back in and give you a bunch of waiver wire suggestions for this week and other FF tidbits:

  • Waiver wire wisdom:
  • Rotoworld's Steaming Ocho comments on a bunch of news and such from around the league but what sort of stopped me in my tracks was the note that Terrell Owens leads the league with targets at 99 (he's #3 in receptions at 55 in case you're curious). I have him in a dynasty league and definitely give him some credit for my total domination there.
  • For more on targets, carries, receptions, etc take a look at FFToday.com's All Out Blitz which has a nice (and fairly lengthy!) workload analysis OR scope out RapidDraft.com's Week 9 Targets: Fantasy Football Advice for a faster but still thorough read.
  • Finally, FFToolbox.com has some Week 10: Super Sleepers for those of you in need of serious lineup help. And by the way, I can't believe that my fellow Northwestern alum, Tyrell Sutton, couldn't take advantage of his opportunity with Carolina this past week and went out with an injury so quickly...

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Consensus start/sit for Week 9

Welcome to this week's consensus start/sit list. Just a reminder that this list is a tally of those players receiving the most start or sit votes from the experts in the various start/sit articles that I linked to during the week. As always, this advice is best taken in the context of your own lineup but I hope it helps give you that extra edge. Good luck!

QB
Start: Josh Freeman, Eli Manning, Jay Cutler, Matt Ryan
Sit: Carson Palmer, Chad Henne

RB
Start: Matt Forte, Darren Sproles, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jamaal Charles
Sit: Ronnie Brown, Jahvid Best, Cedric Benson, Marshawn Lynch

WR
Start: Patrick Crayton, Mike Williams (TB), Steve Breaston, Johnny Knox
Sit: Chad Ochocinco, Roy Williams, Santonio Holmes, Steve Smith (CAR)

TE
Start: Jacob Tamme (the most universally beloved guy on start lists this week), Greg Olsen, Benjamin Watson, Visanthe Shiancoe
Sit: Brent Celek, Kellen Winslow

DST
Start: Vikings, Saints, Giants
Sit: Eagles, Cowboys

Kicker
Start: Dan Carpenter, Ryan Longwell, Mason Crosby, Robbie Gould
Sit: Stephen Gostkowski

Friday, November 05, 2010

Pinning hopes on expert lineup advice

It will come as a surprise to no one that I've researched the heck out of life with a newborn during these first few weeks of his life - and again, probably to no one's surprise, all the research in the world can't quite prepare you for the real deal. But one thing that I'm hoping will come true and evolve just as the research details is the idea that once an infant passes the 6 week mark, that life starts to get easier. I've hung my hopes on these words of wisdom since they come from multiple experts who have dealt with thousands of babies, and who am I to argue with baby experts? Plus I'm more or less desperate to believe that easier days are right around the corner.

You might be feeling the same way about your fantasy teams - maybe your teams are barely still in the race and you're pinning all your playoff hopes on advice from the experts. So if expert advice is what you're looking for, well I've got plenty of it, my friends. Read on for a start/sit-heavy bunch of links:

Thursday, November 04, 2010

A visual approach to NFL stats

It's a nasty day here in NYC - cold and rainy. Perfect day to curl up at home, oh say, with a warm and cuddly baby? Lucky me.

Kudos to my boss for sending me a link to Juice Analytics' visual take on football stats - I love that this shows both offensive skill player stats as well as tackles (solo and assisted) for those in IDP leagues. I'm linking over to the Team Defense portion since I think this is a really quick and easy spot to assess how each defense stacks up in terms of pass and rush D.

Along the same lines, you can also check out Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy's Best and Worst Defenses to Face After Week 8. Note that this is all about fantasy points allowed versus the previous link which was straight up NFL stats.

Moving on to the rest of today's links:

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Mid-week fantasy musings

Big times in real life waiver world - in case you haven't heard the news yet, Randy Moss has landed with the Titans while Shawne Merriman was claimed by the Bills. Stay tuned for articles on the fantasy implications of these moves.

In the meantime, read on for this week's early start/sit links and more...

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Tough times in waiver land

I rode the subway today for the first time in nearly five weeks to get to and from an appointment. And I was all alone. Sans baby. It was like I forgot my wallet or only wore one shoe or something...a bizarro world for sure. I mean I even read a book. I know it sounds pretty minor but it was a flash back to my old life, friends. And in my old life I might have had more time to grab dudes off the waiver wire early enough to not get stuck with starting Kenneth Darby...which is how things went in Week 8 (and by a miracle I somehow still won in that league) so here's hoping you're not reaching super deep like I was last week. But if you are, well then you're in the right place since the following links basically mine the waiver options about as deep as one can go...it's nasty out there in waiver land this week. Best of luck to us all!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Week 8 rewind

I've found a new stat to love: my son's weight and height percentiles. He turned 1 month old over the weekend so this morning we trooped over to the doctor for a check up, and I must say I'm just totally into knowing where he hits the averages (for those that don't mind indulging me, he's long and lean, hitting the length/height charts at the 80th percentile and weight charts at the 15th percentile; am going to refer to him as my Lean, Mean, Fighting Machine until he catches up in the weight category).

Sometimes though averages and stats don't help at all...as those of you who used this week's Consensus Start/Sit list might have figured out. Let's take a look at today's links: