Monday, October 31, 2011

Gearing up for Week 9

Happy Halloween, you football ghouls. I was pleasantly surprised to find our grocery store's candy offerings still in decent shape today despite the last-minute nature of my purchase. We live on the top of a pretty big hill in a neighborhood that doesn't seem to have a ton of kids, so we aren't really sure what to expect in terms of trick-or-treaters, but I must say I'm pretty pleased with our stash. However, not so pleased though with some of my Week 9 performances. I had to rely upon Kendall Hunter in not just one but two leagues. Yes, seriously, Kendall Hunter was a starting RB for me...sigh. Most of my leagues are pretty competitive and after bye weeks and Week 8 injury thrashings, Kendall was the best I could do. Fortunately in one league I at least had Ray Rice to balance him out. But hey, they all did better than my Broncos yesterday. Ugh. But enough on my teams, let's get to the Monday wrap-up.

Enjoy both the game and the Halloween festivities tonight!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Week 8 consensus start/sit

Well I'm on the road from Knoxville to Atlana and while our son is napping and my husband is chauffeuring, I thought I'd crank out this week's consensus start/sit list. Gotta love smart phones! So here's the consensus list for Week 8 - remember this is based on a tally of players that got the most start/sit votes from all the links I put up this week. As always, good luck!

QB
Start: Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning
Sit: Tim Tebow, Kevin Kolb, Matt Cassel, Alex Smith

RB
Start: DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles, Chris Johnson, Pierre Thomas, Ryan Torain
Sit: Maurice Morris, Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty, DeAngelo Williams

WR
Start: Anquan Boldin, Antonio Brown, Marques Colston
Sit: Michael Crabtree, Sydney Rice, Reggie Wayne

TE
Start: Fred Davis
Sit: Heath Miller, Greg Olsen, Jermaine Gresham

DST
Start: Bengals, Giants
Sit: Steelers, Vikings, Redskins

Kicker
Start: Jason Hanson
Sit: Adam Vinatieri

Friday, October 28, 2011

Curl up with some good links

It's a cool, rainy day here in east Tennessee and I'm kind of wishing that instead of the rain we were getting the snow that hit our old hometown of Boulder, Colorado, earlier this week (11 inches!). Not so sure Knoxville is going to be seeing 11 inches of snow all winter long though. Hope your Friday is a little drier and if not, well then just cuddle up with your computer and enjoy these fantasy football links:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Your Week 8 lineup helper

My sister-in-law loves Halloween in the way that you and I presumably love fantasy football: it's a deep, somewhat crazy passion. I'm fairly confident that she's been planning her daughter's first Halloween costume since moments after learning she was pregnant. So this weekend we're heading on down to Atlanta to spend the weekend together and enjoy such a major holiday with them.

As noted yesterday, you all rocked last week's start/sit accuracy competition from FantasyPros.com. Here's your chance to do it again - answer these 10 questions and demonstrate your fantasy brilliance.

Now let's scope out today's links to help you create the perfect Week 8 lineup:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

You = start/sit accuracy stud

Thanks to those 500+ of you that participated in the weekly start/sit competition with FantasyPros.com - you smarties locked us into 3rd place overall with an impressive performance last week. The dudes at FP let me know that out of the 3300+ submissions they had last week, only 14 got all of their 9 questions right last week. Hope those 14 were all FFLibrarian readers!

Now let's head on over to this week's fantasy brain food:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Creating an unstoppable team

This morning was costume day at our son's music class. He rocked his hamburger costume, one of the few pre-made costumes I could find that doesn't require any head wear as part of the costume (that would be removed by our son in about 2.2 seconds; I stared in awe at the other kids who put up with hats, manes, ears, etc). Plus who wouldn't want to be a burger? Maybe I can find my a french fry costume for my niece...now that would be an unstoppable duo.

Speaking of unstoppable, let's hone your FF squad with these links:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Case of the Monday Waiver Wire Links

What a weekend - I saw a lot of old friends, some I haven't seen in a decade, others that I see multiple times a year. Good times, I just wish my Northwestern Wildcats had actually put up a fight against Penn State. Not our year. And not the Broncos' year either but hey, how about that OT win? As usual I was frantically checking up on all my NFL news, scores and stats last night since I was flying home and then hanging with our little dude (who totally rocked at staying at his grandparents, by the way - no separation anxiety for him in the least)...so game recaps are of course needed yet again. Maybe in 10 years I'll have a Sunday dedicated solely to football again...off to our Monday links:

Friday, October 21, 2011

Consensus start or sit for Week 7

Greetings from 30,000 feet in the air and welcome to the Week 7 consensus start/sit list. Every week I read through all of the start/sit links provided here on FFLibrarian and tally up those players with the most start/sit votes. The players for Week 7 are listed below in no particular order. Good luck!

QB
Start: Ben Roethlisberger, Tim Tebow
Sit: Matt Schaub, Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan

RB
Start: DeMarco Murray, Jackie Battle, Mark Ingram, Ryan Mathews, Rashard Mendenhall
Sit: DeAngelo Williams, Delone Carter, Maurice Jones-Drew, Steven Jackson, Peyton Hillis

WR
Start: Greg Little, Nate Washington, Marques Colston
Sit: Santonio Holmes, Vincent Jackson

TE
Start: Kellen Winslow, Dallas Clark, Fred Davis
Sit: Jared Cook, Dustin Keller

DST
Start: Cowboys, Steelers, Saints
Sit: Vikings, Texans, Bucs, Falcons

Kicker
Start: Dan Carpenter
Sit: Nick Folk, Ryan Longwell

Heading into unchartered territory

I'm hopping on a plane this afternoon and heading to Evanston, IL for my college reunion. My husband's college reunion is also coincidentally this weekend, so he's headed off to his reunion tomorrow morning and for the first time neither of us will spend the night with our son - instead he'll be in the capable hands of his grandparents for about 30 hours. My in-laws are fantastic, our son clearly knows and likes them, and they have years and years of caring for their own kids to lead them through this weekend...but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't anxious about it. Ultimately I'm confident our son will do just fine without us...the real question is probably how we will do without him!

Let's talk football now though - there are plenty of unknown quandaries in the fantasy world to tackle (like how on earth did I end up with John Beck on my roster?). Jump on it:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Exclusive links for FFLibrarian readers

Last week I mentioned that I was teaming up with RotoExperts.com for a few new features and one of them is an article that they're now writing exclusively for FFLibrarian readers - I'm pretty excited about this series called Awsonimity (Leo Hand's term for the period between the end of one play and the snap for the next; or as RotoExperts author Tim McCullough sees it, kind of the same realm that fantasy players are in during that lineup decision-making time of the week). Read up for a look at the crazy QB stat world we're in and why QBs will absolutely dominate the rankings next year. Time to trade, dynasty leaguers!

Here's another link just for FFLibrarian readers - FantasyPros.com's weekly start/sit accuracy challenge. Here are last week's results and once again I urge you all to log your votes on these 10 questions and prove what a fantasy brainiac you are. 

Speaking of FantasyPros.com, they've got an awesome new feature that I know you rest-of-season (ROS) rankings aficionados will absolutely love. How about a consensus ranking from all of your favorite experts? As of right now there are 13 experts involved and this is the only consensus ROS rankings out there that I know of. Have at it, friends. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week 7 and beyond

Long day here - and cold and rainy to boot! - so I'm just now getting to my post for the day. So have at it - lots of good stuff here from trade advice to Week 7 projections. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lucky week 7 linkage

I've got a busy week on my hands including a trip to Chicago for my 10-year college reunion. I made it to my 5-year reunion under the haze of a major cold and copious amounts of DayQuil, plus honestly, I was pretty much in constant contact with all my closest friends at that time. But now that we've scattered a bit more and don't get to see each other as often, I'm really looking forward to the weekend. Will do my best to get my normal posts up but Friday and Saturday might be a bit shorter and sparser than usual.

But for now, we've got plenty of links...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Week 7 prep begins!

How could I possibly stay at home and try to watch yesterday's games when my other option was to take this adorable munchkin to a pumpkin patch? The obligatory pumpkin patch trip was a mixture of pure fun and grumpy toddler wrangling as expected. But we listened to some games on the drive to/from the farm and I caught a chunk of the Cowboys v Pats, plus of course last night's game...which was just absolutely uninteresting to me. Sorry Bears and Vikings fans but last night's game was nothing but a big ol' yawn. Much better slate of games on earlier in the day that I would've liked to see in the SNF slot. Anyway, probably needless to say, thanks to our pumpkin excursion I really need the game recaps linked below yet again this week.

I'm assuming you're all sick of the coach news with the post-game rumble between Harbaugh and Schwartz and poor Sean Payton's injury woes, but wanted to get you caught up on that scene in case you need that news still for water cooler chatter. Both links go to videos, though frankly watching the Payton knee video somehow just seems like bad karma.

On to the Week 6 linkage...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Week 6 consensus start/sit list

Greetings and welcome to the consensus start/sit list for Week 6. As a reminder, I go through all of the start/sit links that I posted throughout the week and I tally up the players with the most start/sit votes. The players are listed in no particular order below.

QB
Start: Eli Manning, Tony Romo
Sit: Alex Smith, Rex Grossman, Matt Schaub

RB
Start: Ryan Torain, James Starks, Cedric Benson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Earnest Graham (note the experts are fairly split on Graham though - he had several sit votes)
Sit: DeAngelo Williams, Jahvid Best, BenJarvus Green-Ellis

WR
Start: A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Victor Cruz
Sit: Brandon Marshall, Reggie Wayne, Santana Moss

TE
Start: Dustin Keller, Aaron Hernandez
Sit: Dallas Clark, Owen Daniels, Heath Miller

DST
Start: Bengals, Steelers, Vikings
Sit: 49ers, Cowboys

Kicker
Start: Mason Crosby
Sit: Josh Brown, Adam Vinatieri

Good luck!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fall fun for Week 6

This weekend the weather in east Tennessee is supposed to be phenomenal and we are headed to a pumpkin patch for a little fall family fun. It's quite possible that I'm more excited about the hayride, pumpkin selection, corn maze, etc than our son will be. Then again, he went absolutely bananas when we rode around on a kid-sized train a few weeks ago, so I imagine he'll be pretty enthralled with the hayride alone. Good times ahead - man, I love fall. And with fall comes football so let's get right to it...

I'll have the consensus start/sit list up by tomorrow. Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Get your start/sit voice heard

It's start/sit decision time, my good readers. Head on over to FantasyPros.com and represent FFLibrarian.com with your best guesses on 10 quick start/sit questions. We're stuck right around 6th place in the competition with a little over 500 of you participating last week...let's take it up a level here this week. Read the below superb advice and then vote, vote, vote like the fantasy gurus that you are.

I'm working on some quality stuff with RotoExperts, combining forces with them in some new ways for FFLibrarian, so stay tuned for more on that front. I'll be back tomorrow with plenty more start/sit links and other Week 6 advice!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mid-week fantasy knowledge

Well we've hit the mid-week point which is always a mix between finishing up any waiver wire transactions (check yesterday's post for suggestions and links) and getting up and running with start/sit decisions. The second half of today's links are focused on tweaking your team for those of you who are in need of some big (or small) changes to get you back on the winning track.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Acquisition advice for Week 6

I just bought a 100 foot hose. Never imagined I would possibly need that much hose in my life, but our backyard wranglers finished clearing the kudzu in our yard yesterday and put down some grass seed and straw. Just about the only thing I know about grass seed is that we need to water it, and the hose we already own is far too short to stretch down our steep hill. Seriously, we're a two-hose family now.

Speaking of surprise acquisitions, you might have a few changes needed for your fantasy squad(s) and if that's the case, then look no further:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Turn it up a notch for Week 6

So last night I put my son down to bed and came downstairs to find less than 30 seconds on the clock for the Broncos game, with the Broncos arguably with a shot at beating the Chargers. I immediately put the game on pause while I finished a few baby-related things up and got a text from my brother-in-law that just said, "wow...Tebow!" So of course I had some pretty darn high expectations for the final play of the game. No dice, but it was nice to actually see the Broncos with some momentum and fire in their bellies. Here's hoping your teams pulled out a W this week. Let's cruise on over to today's waiver wire suggestions and game recaps.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Week 5 consensus start/sit

Greetings and happy weekend. Here's your Week 5 consensus start/sit list - for those new to this feature, each week I go through all of the start/sit links that I provide throughout the week and tally up the players with the most start or sit votes. The consensus names are listed below in no particular order.

QB
Start: Matt Ryan, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Cam Newton
Sit: Ben Roethlisberger, Kyle Orton, Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub

RB
Start: Darren Sproles, Fred Jackson, Joseph Addai
Sit: DeAngelo Williams, LeGarrette Blount, Rashard Mendenhall

WR
Start: Jordy Nelson, Mike Williams (TB), Santonio Holmes, Julio Jones
Sit: Eric Decker, Deion Branch, Mario Manningham, Nate Washington

TE
Start: Jermaine Gresham, Greg Olsen, Brandon Pettigrew
Sit: Dustin Keller, Kevin Boss

DST
Start: Titans, Giants, Lions, Chargers
Sit: Jets, Falcons, Bears, Packers

Kicker
Start: Nick Novak
Sit: no consensus

Good luck!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Building a fantasy fortress

This is Day #2 of having a team of dudes in our backyard jungle, clearing out about half the yard from years of overgrowth, zero care, and massive kudzu. I wish I could fully describe how junglerific it is back there - might need to get my hands on photo. We've unearthed all sorts of random junk - such as an old dog carrier, basketball, and an untold number of beer cans - that were eaten and totally hidden by the kudzu. Now the kudzu is being piled up at the curb creating quite a nice fortress effect.

It's Friday and you guys know what that means - lots more start/sit links and a bevy of rankings and projections.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Start/sit, bye week replacements, etc

I dropped my husband off at the airport this morning - he's headed to a conference in Vail for a long weekend. Those of you who have been around the blog long enough to know we lived in Boulder, Colorado, for many years can guess just how jealous I am to not be joining my husband. But I've got gorgeous weather, Week 5 football, and a happy toddler to keep me company this weekend.

It's that time of the week - FantasyPros.com's start/sit accuracy challenge for Week 5 is ready. Head on over and answer 10 quick start/sit questions to demonstrate just how smart FFLibrarian readers are - we're in 6th place in the challenge and I'd love to pull ahead!

Start/sit links are starting to pour in, so have it:

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Getting the week 5 lived in look

I feel like a real homeowner this week - we're getting our fireplace cleaned and repaired today, and tomorrow we're getting a massive chunk of our jungle/kudzu yard cleared. Our home is slowly appearing lived in and cleaned up - oh wait, perhaps the massive quantity of toys scattered throughout the house give it just the lived in look it needs.

Last week over 500 of you submitted votes for FantasyPros.com's weekly start/sit accuracy challenge - thank you guys! Here are the results, looks like we're in 6th place though it's all fairly tight. I'll be sure to get Week 5's link up when it's ready.

The Week 5 action is rolling, so let's scope it out:

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Week 5 waiver links

Well it's far later in the day than I had planned to get this post up - nap scheduling just didn't jive with my posting plans. But better late than never!

So somehow despite having 53+ points from Aaron Rodgers on one of my teams, I still lost by a slim margin in Week 4. Add in the excessive family puke fest over the weekend and it was not a good week for me clearly. I'm ready to move on. I've got lots of waiver wire items for you today so let's head right on over to tonight's links.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Early Week 5 Prep

Oh I'm hurting, my friends. And not just from the total destruction of my Broncos yesterday but from a nasty stomach virus. Our little birthday boy spent his birthday night puking up his birthday cupcake, and 24 short hours later my husband and I simultaneously came down with the same bug. Only we're not quite as resilient as our little dude. I'm now sitting 3-4 pounds lighter and just getting my first real food into my system in 40 hours or so. Gaaaa. My mom happened to be in town and she swooped into action, as did my in-laws, and we had much help taking care of our son and making sure our home didn't turn into a pit of despair. But get this - I felt so awful that I never once checked my fantasy stats. That's bad. Real bad. I have vague memories of watching the Lions triumph and of watching the disturbing way in which Aaron Rodgers put the beat down on the Broncos...but it's all a bit hazy. So I most definitely need some recaps on yesterday. Plus it's bye time, baby - those waiver suggestions become meaningful for most everyone. So read up!

And I swear that soon this blog won't sound like a chronicle of illness with a little fantasy football tossed in...

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Consensus start/sit list for Week 4

Greetings, happy October. Here's your consensus start/sit list, culled from all of the start/sit links that I provided throughout the week. These are the players that had the most start or sit votes and they're listed in no particular order. Good luck this week!

QB
Start: Eli Manning, Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton
Sit: Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, Matt Hasselbeck

RB
Start: Tim Hightower, James Starks, Cedric Benson
Sit: Jahvid Best, Shonn Greene, Willis McGahee, Frank Gore

WR
Start: Santonio Holmes, Percy Harvin, Lance Moore, Denarius Moore, Sidney Rice
Sit: Nate Washington, Anquan Boldin

TE
Start: Greg Olsen, Randy McMichael, Brandon Pettigrew
Sit: Dallas Clark, Dustin Keller, Fred Davis

DST
Start: Bucs, Saints, Titans
Sit: Cowboys, Steelers, Patriots, 49ers

Kicker
Start: Jason Hanson
Sit: no consensus