Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday awesomeness

It's a glorious day here - the weather is spectacular, it's a Friday, we've got a weekend full of football coming, and best of all it's my son's 1st birthday. He gave us all a little gift by sleeping in until the heavenly hour of 7:30. Yes, that's heavenly. And now it's already nap time again, though I just went in to check on him since he was quietly resting in his crib for a good 15 minutes (or so I thought) before suddenly getting riled up - it appears as though he spent that quiet time figuring out how to wiggle out of his blanket and take his pants off. Ahh, pants free. The dude is learning so many important life skills.

I'll be back tomorrow with the consensus start/sit for Week 4. Enjoy the day, football friends!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Week 4 Lineup Advice

Rumor has it last night was a wild one in the land of baseball. Not gonna lie, I'm not a huge baseball fan but my husband was flipping through the various games last night until we called it a night at the early we-have-a-baby-and-still-desperately-need-sleep 10:00 hour (hey, I'm pleased I made it that long)...but that was far before the drama finally unfolded at 1 AM. Hope those of you who watched it enjoyed the craziness and those who play fantasy baseball ended the season with a championship!

Onto the bigger, badder, and better sport: football. First up, please head on over to FantasyPros.com's weekly start/sit challenge to represent FFLibrarian and demonstrate just how brilliant you all are when it comes to fantasy start/sit decisions.

I've got plenty of start/sit links for you today and then some:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What's better than bubble wrap?

Our son turns 1 in a few days. One whole year. Unreal how fast it flew. We're now all stocked up on birthday presents and I felt some odd, rabid desire to buy my son any tiny thing he could possibly want while wandering the aisles of Toys R Us. Consumerism at its best worst, eh? Don't worry, I reigned myself in and decided a 1-year-old doesn't need a $200 car. I'm also fully aware that the boxes and wrapping paper will likely bring him the most joy of all - I tell you the giggles that come out of that boy when bubble wrap is involved would melt your heart a thousand times.

So a couple of items before we get to today's linkage. First up, Pickemfirst is offering FFLibrarian readers a 20% discount on their Pro product that I gushed over a few weeks ago. Head on over for a season-long sub for $9.

Also, a little update on the weekly accuracy challenge with FantasyPros.com. Friends, I bombed this week with my start/sit accuracy (probably because I was too busy researching 1st birthday presents) so it's clear I had nothing to do with the fact that we're now 6th overall for the season. There were 683 of who submitted your start/sit picks this week - thank you all! Still plenty of work to do though so be sure to come back and make your start/sit votes when the link is up tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All the waiver advice you'll ever need

You know it's going to be a good day when you're going to the pediatrician not once but twice. I know, I know, I'm sounding like a broken record these days with all my talk about sick babies, but hey it's 10 AM and we've already knocked off one trip to the doc for the day and have one sinus infection diagnosed. Later today we just go back to chat with a nutritionist to talk about ways to help beef up our lean little dude since he's tipping the scales at roughly the 1st percentile for weight. Now since this is all stuff that meant absolutely nothing to me pre-baby, I think it's time to carry on and head straight to today's football linkage.

Monday, September 26, 2011

In need of a Week 3 review

Our road trip to South Carolina can officially be considered a success. Friends were seen, wedding merriment was had, and our son toddled over every inch of the hotel lobby and then some...but not a whole lot of football was watched since we were on the road during basically all of yesterday's games. So I'm in need of some game recaps, and if you are, too, you've come to the right place. I've got several waiver wire articles for you also, so let's have at it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Week 3 consensus start/sit

Below you'll find the consensus start/sit list for Week 3. Just a recap for newcomers: each week I go through all of the start/sit links that I provide on this site and tally up which players have the most start or sit votes and slap the consensus label on 'em. The following guys are listed in no particular order.

QB
Start: Matt Hasselbeck, Cam Newton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rex Grossman
Sit: Eli Manning, Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton

RB
Start: Daniel Thomas, Ben Tate, Ryan Mathews, Fred Jackson
Sit: Thomas Jones, Felix Jones, Joseph Addai, Steven Jackson, Beanie Wells, DeAngelo Williams, Cedric Benson, Tim Hightower

WR
Start: David Nelson, Mike Sims-Walker, Nate Washington, A.J. Green, Deion Branch
Sit: Denarius Moore, Dwayne Bowe, Reggie Wayne

TE
Start: Evan Moore, Fred Davis
Sit: Lance Kendricks


DST
Start: Cardinals, Chargers
Sit: Texans, Bears

K
Start: John Kasay, Nick Novak
Sit: David Akers

Palmetto state ponderings

Greetings to the good state of South Carolina. We've cruised our way through Greenville to Columbia to Charleston, probably leaving a trail of baby-fied crumbs, half-eaten food, and gnawed-on straws and coffee lids in our wake. We're doing a little regrouping before wedding festivities begin and scads of my husband's relatives arrive on the scene. Fortunately that leaves a little time for posting, too, so let's get right to today's links:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rest-of-season rankings, are you out there?

Before we get to the meat and potatoes today I'd like to actually put out a request to fantasy football content providers: I'm in search of some freely available rest-of-season rankings. I look for these every year but pretty much the only destination seems to be Yahoo's Shuffle Up & Deal rankings, which are great and should come out in a few weeks. But if you've learned anything about me from reading this site, you know I like having lots of articles/rankings/whatever to read. So if anyone knows of other free rest-of-season rankings, please leave a comment for us all with the details. Otherwise, experts, start ponying up those rest-of-season rankings and you're sure to have more readers.

Many thanks again for participating in the FantasyPros.com weekly accuracy challenge that pits you fine readers against readers of other sites/forums. We came in 7th again as you'll see here though our consensus win percentage and points put us on top. Time to get rolling on your Week 3 picks for their start/sit accuracy challenge - take a stab at these 10 challenging start/sit questions to prove to fantasyland what smarties you all are.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waivers, starts/sits, and pinstripes

Tomorrow we are hopping in the car and driving to Charleston for a family wedding. Actually let's scratch that and say that tomorrow we will be lugging bags (including a tiny pair of baby pinstripe pants that I somehow managed to hem; looks like a blind monkey got hold of the needle and thread though...), a pack n play, a ridiculous quantity of snacks and toys, and we will slowly make our way out of town at a time that meshes best with our son's nap schedule. But coming along with us will be my laptop, so never fear, posts will happen over the next few days - they might just come at odd times.

Off to the races, my friends:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Week 3 prep

My husband and I play in 3 fantasy football leagues together and without fail, no matter how awesome or typically dominating my team is, I inevitably lose to him a disproportionate amount of the time. It's unfortunate for me and (I assume) pretty awesome for him. This past week was no different and largely thanks to Dustin Keller's solid points, I fell short of defeating him. Again. I will triumph one of these days...

Lots of waiver advice out there so let's jump in:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Poor Dallas, poor KC, poor Charles owners

Wow, the injuries came pouring in yesterday, which means I'm sure plenty of you are scrambling for a back-up plan today. Let's jump right into today's game recaps and waiver wire suggestions - there will be plenty more to come tomorrow, too:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Week 2 consensus start/sit

Here is your list of Week 2 consensus start/sit suggestions. For those new to this feature, each week I go through the start/sit articles that are linked here on the blog and tally up the number of start or sit votes that each player gets. Take a look at this list to help aid in some last minute lineup decisions - note that players are listed in no particular order.

QB
Start: Rex Grossman, Matt Schaub, Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler
Sit: Matt Cassel, Cam Newton (absolutely everyone wants you to sit Newton), Matt Ryan, Donovan McNabb

RB
Start: Peyton Hillis, Cedric Benson, James Starks
Sit: DeAngelo Williams, Mark Ingram, Marshawn Lynch, Maurice Jones-Drew, Chris Johnson, Knowshon Moreno

WR
Start: Santonio Holmes, Santana Moss, Mario Manningham, Robert Meachem
Sit: Chad Ochocinco, Mike Thomas, Dwayne Bowe, Steve Smith CAR (though he also had several "start" votes, so really take your pick; this one could really go either way)

TE
Start: Owen Daniels, Brandon Pettigrew, Aaron Hernandez

Sit: Zach Miller, Scott Chandler, Chris Cooley

DST
Start: Lions, Steelers, Bucs
Sit: Chargers, Falcons, Chiefs, Bears, 49ers

K
Start: David Akers, Alex Henery, Billy Cundiff
Sit: Rob Bironas

Friday, September 16, 2011

Feverish Friday

Shortly after I pressed "publish" on my post here yesterday, I got the dreaded call from daycare informing me that my son was running a fever and could I come get him. Again? Seriously, this baby is sick again? Last night I became convinced that I spawned some crazy version of a human that can't live for more than 2 weeks without acquiring some sort of unseemly germ or un-daycare worthy fever...and then this morning (seemingly refreshed despite the wakeups that our son peppered into the night hours), I remembered that this is probably just the status of all babies. They have tiny little hands and goobery little mouths and both are all over the place, so it's a wonder that our son is ever healthy at all. And frankly, the little dude seems just fine other than his head warmth, plus now that we live near in-laws, we've got some help here today letting me get some real library work and not-so-real FFL work done...so I really can't complain. But if we've got a sick baby again in 2 weeks I'll be one grumpy parent.

In the meantime, FF experts all over the place have been getting their start/sit columns up. But before we get to that, I'd like to remind you to head over to FantasyPros.com and enter your best guess at their challenging Week 2 start/sit questions. All hands on deck here please - it will take just a few minutes and I'm eager to show off how awesome you guys are. In fact, I heard from two of you that were absolutely brilliant and only missed 1 of the 10 questions last week. Any FFL readers find out that they were one of the 8 (of 4000+) who got them all right? You can find out how well you fared here. And if pride isn't enough of a motivator, the top 50 folks will get prizes.

Moving on to our massive amount of links today...it's go time:

I'll be back with the consensus start/sit by tomorrow. Oh lots toss in a little college football love here - go Northwestern Wildcats! Just bought my tickets to my 10-year college reunion and am ready for a little Homecoming action next month. Love seeing the Cats in person.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Autumnal musings + start/sit

It's a cool, damp day here in Tennessee and I for one am psyched to break out the ol' fall wardrobe. Perhaps this doesn't ring true with the mostly male audience here, but this chick loves a day when you can break into clothes that have gone unworn for months and bust out the jeans and sweaters. One thing I'm not going to love about the fall though? Being in charge of raking of my own leaves for the first time in my adult life. Have I mentioned that we're trying to mow our lawn entirely with a trimmer to avoid buying a lawn mower? Yeah, that's how into our lawn we are.

Anyway, lawn maintenance aside, the Week 2 start/sit challenge with FantasyPros.com is up and running. I'd love it if you all would go to this link and make 10 of the more challenging start/sit choices of the week to show just how smart FFLibrarian readers are. Once again we'll be up against a bunch of other readers/forums (note that FantasyPros.com has tweaked their scoring system slightly for the remainder of the season), and I'm ready for us to totally dominate this week. Thanks in advance for participating!

Let's get to today's top links:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Week 2 start/sit begins!

So last week I asked you all to represent the FFLibrarian site in FantasyPros.com's weekly start/sit accuracy challenge, and wow, did you ever respond. Over 1100 of you participated (the most of any of the sites involved!) and I'm just floored by your participation. Our accuracy as a group tied for 7th with a 60% accuracy rate. Not too shabby but obviously we can do better. I'll have the link up for the Week 2 challenge as soon as its available and I hope even more of you will join in. Check out the results here - and you can also scope out how the various experts did on these exact same questions using the Pros tab. Note that as a group we would have come in as the 10th most accurate among the expert pros. Nice work, team.

Now onto today's linkage:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wallop of waivers

Ugh. I'm watching the Broncos v Oakland game on DVR right now (couldn't quite make it past the 1st quarter last night) and it's just not pretty. Sad for this Broncos fan. At least fantasy football worked out a bit better for me than real football this week, but like many of you, I could always use some roster tweaks. So let's head on over to the slew of waiver wire links that are cropping up around fantasyland:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Moving on to Week 2

Gotta love a Monday night with two games, baby, two games! And of course my beloved Broncos are playing which makes it that much sweeter.

Now yesterday I was looking forward to a full day of pretty much just football. Yeah those of you with kids are already laughing since you know how delusional that is. Last fall our little dude was so little that he basically slept, ate, or was otherwise immobile during games. Not so this year since he's now walking and climbing stairs, not to mention constantly attacking the trash can, fridge, dishwasher, doors, cabinets, basically anything that can be opened or closed. It's non-stop madness in our house so football (mostly the RedZone channel) came with a heavy, heavy dose of baby monitoring. And painting. Yup, babies and painting - great combo, eh? As many of you know, we've been in our new house for about a month now and after weeks of having paint samples up on the walls, we're slowly starting to paint the house. This of course can only be done after our son has gone to bed for the night (see above comments about his total cloud of chaos) so last night we had one eye on the Cowboys v Jets, the other on our dining room walls. One coat down, many more to go...

Anyway, lots going on in our house so obviously I need some game recaps myself. And waiver wire suggestions don't hurt either, eh?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Week 1 consensus start/sit

Happy weekend and welcome to the first consensus start/sit list of the 2011 season. For those who are new to the blog this season, this consensus start/sit is not my own list on who to start or sit, but instead is a tally from 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. It goes without saying I'm sure, but as always take into account your own team makeup and scoring system when making these decisions.

Without further ado, your Week 1 consensus start/sit players listed in no particular order. 

QB
Start: Kyle Orton, Matthew Stafford, Josh Freeman
Sit: Sam Bradford, Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler

RB
Start: DeAngelo Williams, Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower
Sit: Michael Turner, Felix Jones, Marshawn Lynch

WR
Start: Santonio Holmes, Mario Manningham, Kenny Britt
Sit: Jeremy Maclin, Miles Austin, Austin Collie, Chad OchoCinco, Dwayne Bowe

TE
Start: Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks
Sit: Tony Gonzalez, Zach Miller

DST
Start: Browns, 49ers, Cardinals
Sit: Giants, Cowboys

K
Start: Neil Rackers, Alex Henery, Nick Folk
Sit: David Buehler, Adam Vinatieri

Friday, September 09, 2011

Friday start/sit advice

What a bang to start the 2011 season. There's going to be lots of love for Randall Cobb on the fantasy scene after last night's game (should you grab him off waivers?) and there was already plenty of love for Cobb here in Knoxville, which is right around the corner from Cobb's hometown. I love this time of year; stars appear and the waiver clamoring begins!

Just a reminder to head on over to FantasyPros.com's 10 start/sit questions to represent the FFLibrarian - show what you've learned here with all these awesome links and demonstrate your great fantasy knowledge. The link will be up until Sunday's games start and I'll be reporting back with how we all do compared to other sites out there!

Plenty of start/sit links for you all today and remember that I should have my consensus start/sit advice up by tomorrow at the latest.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Show me your fantasy smarts

I have so much awesome fantasy football material for you guys today, it's off the hook. Okay, I've never actually used the phrase "off the hook" - sound natural or what? If a librarian can't pull it off, who can? Let's start with something I'm really excited about...I mentioned this a few weeks ago but the guys at FantasyPros.com are creating a season-long accuracy competition between various FF site readers (and experts!) based on how well you can nail some tough start/sit questions. So I'm asking you guys to head to this link and answer 10 questions sometime between now and Sunday morning, showing off your fantasy acumen. I'll be linking to different start/sit questions from FantasyPros.com every week and it should only take a few minutes of your time. Put your fantasy thinking cap on and make me proud!

Next up, lots of giveaways today. I'm giving away 5 more Pickemfirst Pro subscriptions (see my post from yesterday if you don't know how awesome the Pickemfirst tool is) and 2 season-long subscriptions to Fantasy Football Xtreme. In order to win, e-mail me and let me know which one you'd like or if you would take either one. This is all first come, first served so the first folks I hear from will win! Update: I've given all the subs away!

To today's links...

As a reader recently mentioned in the comments, I'd love for you all to bounce start/sit questions off each other in the comments section. If I could, I would answer everyone who e-mails me but unfortunately between a job, a baby-turned-toddler, and this site (yup, it's a solo operation here) I'm short on free time, but I still want you all to get advice. So by all means, use the comments area and get the FFLibrarian community rolling. 

Enjoy the game tonight!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Pickemfirst giveaway and Week 1 advice

Tomorrow. Tomorrow is the big day! I got a little giddy last night looking at all of the start/sit links that are pouring in...I absolutely adore this time of year and I hope you all do as well. Tomorrow is a full day for me - I'm actually doing nothing but posting on here and gathering submissions/rankings from sites participating in our preseason accuracy challenge. And baking banana bread due to an overflux of bananas in our house. But that's neither here nor there: mostly I'll be fantasy footballing. Can't wait.

First up, if you're not using Pickemfirst, you're missing out. I've gushed over this free product before and I'll do it again - after you've installed their handy tool and easily set it up to access your team/league rosters, if you're reading one of these waiver wire articles or injury news, a little icon will appear letting you know whether or not that player is available in your league. It's nothing short of awesome. Seriously. See it in action here. With the free version you get access to 2 of your teams but with the upgraded Pickemfirst Pro it's an unlimited number of teams - and all sorts of other cool stuff including fantasy analysis from RotoWire (which is great). So in honor of the first day of the season rapidly approaching, today I'm giving away 5 upgraded Pickemfirst Pro subscriptions to the first 5 readers I hear from (update: all subs were given away today already!) Tomorrow I'll be giving away 5 more so stay tuned. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Waiver wire, start/sit for Week 1

Just a handful of quick links for you guys today since as usual for a day when I'm on baby duty, I'm squeezing in these links during my son's nap time...more for you tomorrow.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Early Week 1 links

It has been raining alllllll day long here in Tennessee. Raining like I've never seen it rain in my life. Our new old house has shown us it has a few small weaknesses to water/flooding, but fortunately nothing too bad. I've also spent a great long weekend with lots of family around and a good chunk of college football. Add in the anticipation of Week 1 games being just 3 days off and life is very good, my friends.

I know I've got one last draft tomorrow night but I'm guessing many of you have wrapped up your draft already and are looking for some Week 1 advice. Let's see what we've got out there:

For those that are new to the site, be prepared for an onslaught of start/sit links each week (as well as my consensus start/sit which I base on the names in all those expert links) plus advice on waiver wire pickups and other important news. Lots of good stuff to come and I'm happy you're along for the ride. Welcome to Week 1 of the fantasy football season, baby!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Big draft weekend ahead!

Oh readers, I'm rolling into the long weekend with a gigantic ol' cold. Hit me like a ton of bricks this morning when I woke up and I've just been sniffling and sneezing my way through the day, trying to get these links up but losing focus in between glasses of Emergen-C, tea, and OJ. So much liquid to consume, so little time. But this is a huge drafting weekend and I know you're all looking for that extra edge for draft day, so let's get right to it:

  • With nearly all the preseason games in the books, it's a great time to take a look at some of the players who have been the talk of the fantasy town...but perhaps aren't worth it in Beware the Preseason Hype.
  • Some more guys that come with major red flags are listed in FantasyAlarm.com's 2011 Fantasy Football Busts. Overlook the fact that they initially have Hillis down as a Bronco. Just 1 Bronco per bust list, please. 
  • It's also time for Matthew Berry's annual ten lists of 10. If you haven't read this piece before, just jump on in since it's basically a smattering of random but helpful fantasy thoughts.
  • You guys know how I love look at rankings, so you can imagine how much I enjoyed Rotoworld's Abusing the pre-draft rankings, which looks at the default rankings that you'll find in Yahoo, CBS, and ESPN's draft rooms, and zeroes in on which players you can snag for a bargain and which are overvalued. 
  • Hatty Waiver Wire Guru makes an interesting point about Julio Jones - his rookie status plus a tough first 5 weeks might have Jones owners ready to trade a few weeks in...perhaps just before he'll start putting up some nice numbers.  
  • USA Today just released their updated cheat sheets, courtesy of Roger Rotter.
  • Yahoo's Brad Evans reveals his All-Man Crush team including his Most Valuable Crush of the season.
  • CBSSports.com chronicles how your draft might go whether you pick a QB in round 1 or not until round 7 in Target your QB late and win.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

First FA/waiver suggestions of 2011

I realized recently that I haven't done nearly enough promotion of my annual accuracy contest that I run in conjunction with the FSTA and a site called The Most Credible. As you all probably know by now, for several years I've been comparing experts' preseason positional rankings with end-of-the-season rankings, and I crown one site the most accurate for the season. The reigning champ are the Bruno Boys for preseason rankings and Draft Sharks for preseason projections. This contest is open to all in the fantasy football industry who publish positional rankings - all sites have to do is just submit their rankings to me as outlined in the contest link above, so encourage your favorite sites to participate!

To the linkage:

  • Speaking of rankings, take a look at the FF Geek Blog's 2011 Preseason fantasy football rankings, which are divided up by position.
  • There's been much hoopla over the Arian Foster situation - catch up here with Roto Arcade's review of it all - and while it seems to have basically quieted down, I do think that every Foster owner out there can cover their back with a little Ben Tate, who seems most likely to fill in if Foster misses any major amount of time.
  • In other big news, rest easy Chris Johnson owners: the deal is done
  • I just snagged Matthew Stafford in a dynasty league draft last night. How he was unrostered, I have no clue. But I'm feeling pretty good about that move...Stafford has been shining in the preseason. For more on Stafford and others from the Preseason 3 games, see the Fifth Down's Preseason Week 3 Recap.
  • Other QBs that are making waves are discussed in Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football Quarterbacks: Rising Stars
  • Already done drafting for the season? FantasySharks.com's The Feeding Frenzy looks at guys who might have gone undrafted in your league but that are worthy of consideration if you're feeling some draft remorse.
  • FantasyPros.com continues with more great analysis from the FF experts out there - this time 5 experts take a look at which top RB, WR, and QB Will Underperform in 2011.
Enjoy tonight's games...and happy September! The season is almost here, my friends - one more week to go!