Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Championship prep!

We head back to the DC area tomorrow, this time to spend a few days with the family to celebrate Christmas. Once again my son is super excited about the plane ride and keeps mentioning the "big suitcase" we'll be taking...and it is indeed gigantic. Other gigantic things include the fact that I'm in the championship game in all my leagues and my sister is still alive in her league as well. Very fun. One of the leagues I'm in is playing for charity: the Fantasy Football Nerd is donating $500 to the winner's charity of choice. I'm playing against Jordan Zucker of the Girls Guide to Fantasy Football fame. If interested, you can learn more here.

In the meantime, I've got some links for you this week:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Week 15 consensus start/sit

Welcome back to the Consensus Start/Sit list for Week 15! With this feature I read through all of the start/sit articles that I linked to earlier in the week and tally up which players I saw most often with a start or sit vote. Players are listed below in no particular order. Good luck!

QB
Start: Josh Freeman, Brandon Weeden, Matt Schaub
Sit: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tony Romo

RB
Start: Reggie Bush, C.J. Spiller, David Wilson, Knowshon Moreno, Darren McFadden, Shonn Greene
Sit: Vick Ballard, Beanie Wells, DeAngelo Williams, Michael Turner

WR
Start: Josh Gordon, Danario Alexander, Michael Crabtree
Sit: Brandon Lloyd, Larry Fitzgerald, Torrey Smith, Steve Johnson

TE
Start: Brandon Myers, Dennis Pitta
Sit: Jermichael Finley

D/ST
Start: Lions, Rams
Sit: 49ers, Ravens

Kicker
Start: Shayne Graham
Sit: no consensus

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Start/sit and rankings - Week 15

Well I'm settling in for the Thursday Night Football game and am finally, finally getting to a post this week. I was called out a bit for my lack of posting this week and you guys are right, I really have let you down during a crucial time and I'm sorry. I will endeavor to get back to a more regular posting schedule for the last week or two here - and will still be running a playoffs fantasy challenge come January. As always, there will be plenty of ridiculously early speculation on the 2013 season to come over the next month or two as well.

As a token of appreciation for your patience with me, I'll be posting my old consensus start/sit suggestions this weekend. If that's something that you miss from past years (I run through all the links and list the top 3-4 guys that I see listed most often under start/sit that week), please let me know in the comments since I want to be sure to focus on what you guys want as I plan ahead for 2013.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Get your fantasy team playoff-ready here

It's a big week for fantasy footballers and I may only get to posting once this week, my apologies (I'll do my best to post again on Friday or Saturday!). We're hitting the friendly skies tomorrow to fly home to northern Virginia since my 92-year-old grandma is there for a pre-holidays visit. If grandma travels, we travel...so I hate to leave you in the lurch without a ton of posts during the run-up to the playoffs, but I've got lots of links below for those of you with playoff fever. And to those of you in the FFLibrarian Monster League who have made it to the playoffs, a hearty congrats and good luck. Big times, my friends.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Final Week 13 trimmings

We're revving up the holiday season here in the FFLibrarian house: today, we purchase the Christmas tree. Tomorrow we take a Christmas-themed train ride for our little trainophile to enjoy. In the midst of it all, there's plenty of fantasy football prep to manage with the playoffs right around the corner. So let's get to it...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Week 13 linkage

I hope you all enjoyed a festive Thanksgiving weekend and are looking ahead to Week 13. Our weekend was a bit intense - my husband caught the same stomach bug as my son (by some crazy miracle I remained healthy) so I think I'm still slowly recovering. Apologies for the delayed waiver wire post here but I've got a handful of Week 13 links for you. And hey, the Thursday Night Football game is actually a good one this week, that's a little bonus, eh? I'll be back later this week with more start/sit and ranking links.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving thanks for ranks

This year hasn't turned out like I thought it would. I imagined myself as a round, rather pregnant woman for the holiday season, toasting my family to our good fortune inside my belly. But tomorrow, rather than being 30 weeks pregnant, I will be remembering our daughter who was delivered stillborn 12 weeks ago, and digging down deep to be thankful for all the blessings in my life. And they are many, don't let me fool you. Tonight when I said goodnight to my 2-year-old son, for the first time he got the whole phrase out, "I love you, too, mama." I am one lucky lady.

So I hope tomorrow you all are surrounded by loved ones, dear friends, and have a chance to remember all the reasons that your life is to be cherished. Thank you guys for stopping by the blog this season!



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving week lineup links

When it rains it pours: having mostly recovered from a nasty cold, our son is now battling a stomach bug. Poor little dude. Hopefully he'll be better by turkey time! I may have my hands full with him again tomorrow, but I'll do my best to be back with more start/sit links in time for the Thanksgiving Day games.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Start/sit and rankings for Week 11

Sorry for the disappearing act this week - both my son and I have been sick so there hasn't been much time or energy for blogging. But I wanted to get these links up for you before tomorrow's games. Good luck this week!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Week 11 waiver advice

I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is just over a week away. This year I'm turning to some professionals for their assistance with the big meal. My husband is a vegetarian, which takes some of the pizazz out of the turkey prep, so we'll have the bird, gravy, and a few other items prepared by a local store. Mashed potatoes though? That's all me, not outsourcing that one whatsoever. Or the apple pie.

Anyway, I find it startling that we're staring down Week 11 already, too. Unclear where this season/fall has gone but here's hoping you're all in great position for the final third of the regular season. To keep your squad finely tuned, scope out these links:

Much more on the start/sit front to come later this week.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Lineup advice for Week 10

Per the suggestion of our son's daycare teachers, we are now almost 2 weeks into potty training our son. I'm not gonna lie, this ain't for the faint of heart. I truly don't know if our son is old enough to really get it yet, but we're giving it a try and while it's so far relatively successful, it's also pretty intense; likely the most intense thing we've encountered with our son since getting him to sleep through the night. The first weekend we tackled this whole adios-to-diapers thing, my son, husband and I were all totally exhausted and sick of spending time in bathrooms and doing laundry. But we're deep in this now, we're gonna work with what we've got and give it our all...which is the way I feel about one of my fantasy teams. Yeah seriously, I'm making the potty/fantasy connection here because honestly one of my teams is like my son right now: a bit youthful and accident-prone but determined to get it right. My team has some nice strengths (Doug Martin) but far more weaknesses and underperforming players (Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford...yeah, I'm talking to you) - but I'm not giving up! Gotta work with what I've got, scope out the waivers, maybe make a trade, do what I've gotta do to keep the Ws coming.

Anyway, speaking of things that can help give your team a boost, I wanted to give you all a heads up that Pickemfirst is giving away a free upgrade to the Pro version of their product for the rest of the season. I've waxed on and on about Pickemfirst in the past but it's an awesome tool that I highly recommend for anyone in multiple fantasy leagues. Basically, it's a browser add-on that tells you which players are on your teams and also provides links to news, favorite sites, etc. Good stuff, you'll be really glad you're using it if you're a fantasy news hound...which you must be if you're here on this site.

Let's get to the Week 10 lineup links:

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Casting your waiver ballot

I'm one of the many who is glued to the tv tonight awaiting election results while my husband is grudgingly accepting our evening plans since it's really not his idea of a great time. I realize the minutiae of the exit polls, projections, and chit chat with the various correspondents can be a bit much but I kind of love it all. Interestingly, this is the first time in my life that I am not voting from a swing state in a presidential election, so kind of a different vibe for me.

Anyway, shifting from politics back to what I know you all love: fantasy football. Let's take a look at guys the experts are targeting as some quality options off the waiver wire this week:

Looking ahead to other Week 10 items:

Friday, November 02, 2012

Week 9 lineup links

Greetings from Atlanta where the toddlers play. And go insane. And then crash and burn for what I hope will be an extremely long nap. Or at least that's how it is in our family. We've spent a little bit of time snuggling our niece who was born on Tuesday morning but mostly have been running around with our son and other niece who is just a few months younger than our son. So there has been lots of playground time, pushing a red wagon time, wiping beans and rice off your face time, and a whole lot of "you can play with that while I count to ten, but then it's your cousin's turn" time.

Anyway, I do have a handful of links for you:

May your weekends be filled with fantasy success!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Silver lining

When we lived in Brooklyn we spent a year living on the 36th floor of our apartment building and I've spent much time over the course of Sandy wondering about what our circumstances would have been were we still living there. There are some crazy photos out there from our old neighborhood and the area near our son's old daycare - insanity. I know my family is still stuck without power in the DC area and likely many of you are in a similar situation. Safe, warm, and dry thoughts to all of you affected by the storm.

Amidst the chaos of the storm, my family has something beautiful to celebrate: my brother-in-law and sister-in-law welcomed their second daughter into the world early this morning. We're off to Atlanta on Thursday to meet her, but I hope to get my start/sit and rankings links up to you before we head out of town.

In the meantime, let's take a look at some waiver wire links:

And Roto Arcade already has their Flames: Bon appetit! Fancy feast on tap for Stewart in DC.

Have a wonderful Halloween - we'll be taking our little monkey around the neighborhood for treats. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Week 8 start/sit, rankings

I had this afternoon free of any job or parental duties so I took up to the polls and voted early. I showed up with my book in hand ready to wait it out (The Imperfectionists for anyone looking for a solid fiction read or go here to find at your local library) but happily found myself in-and-out within about 8 minutes. Not too shabby, Tennessee. Also not too shabby? Tonight's matchup. I think Week 7 did wonders for my interest in the Bucs so now I'm kind of interested in how the game pans out tonight.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Week 8 prep: waiver up

For nearly the past 3 months, our house has been under construction as I'm sure I've mentioned on here a few times. Today marks they day that they're about 99% done, but most of all, the big orange dumpster outside of our house was finally removed. Most of the construction was about correcting some major water and termite damage but in that process we also got a new sunroom/playroom and I adore it. So while we're about a month over schedule and way, way over the original budget, now we have this space that so far all the humans and felines in our house seem to gravitate toward. It brings me happiness, which I know is a strange thing to say about a room, but then again Chris Johnson's huge performance on Sunday was also a source of some joy (didn't really think I'd be saying that this season). On the other hand, in that same dynasty league I also have MJD, so the overall status of my RBs there is very iffy. If you're also an MJD owner looking to the wire for some love, head on over to one or all of these links:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday start/sit and rankings

This week I have made tracks on the whole Halloween thing: we've got a big bag of candy ready to hand out, we've got a monkey costume for our son, and we've got one of those classic plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat things for him, too. This will be the first year that we take our son trick-or-treating and I'm kind of curious about how the whole candy thing goes. Does his candy just magically disappear overnight? Does it get doled out very slowly over the coming months? He's the kind of dude that subsists on crackers and air some most days and yet he's figured out that candy is delicious and should be hunted down at all costs. I'd like to inject spinach into a Reeses PB cup and hand that puppy over to him, but alas the candy companies haven't gotten on board with that one yet. We'll see how it all goes but for now I'm leaning towards the most-of-the-candy-leaves-the-house-immediately approach since my son's sugar intake and my ability to be an effective parent appear to be inversely related...

And a heads up that I'm planning a few weeks ahead for Halloween because, well, I'm a planner, but also my sister-in-law is quickly approaching her due date, meaning our family might jump in the car at any minute to head to Atlanta to snuggle our latest edition to the family. If I disappear on you again, you can assume that I'm busy welcoming our niece, but I will do my best to stay on top of things.

Also wanted to note that I added more links to rankings and projections this week after hearing from some of you that they are typically more helpful than start/sit links. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The waivering continues

So I posted last night's links right around halftime of the MNF game. Whoa. Holy second half, Broncos. Frankly, I don't make an effort to stay up for many second halves of Monday night games; just too late with our son raring to go so early in the morning. But since it was the Broncos we knew we were going to stay up until the outcome of the game was fairly clear...and what a glorious outcome it was, at least for Bronco fans.

In case you're interested in a few more suggestions before putting your waiver claims in, I've got several more links for you today. Read on.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Back on the FF grid

Greetings, long lost fantasy football friends. I went off the grid there for a bit - my family took a vacation back to Colorado where my husband and I used to live, and I kept thinking I'd have a moment to get a post up...but things got hectic. We stayed in this awesome cottage in Boulder that had pretty limited internet access so honestly, not sure I would've been super helpful last week anyway. I got desperate messages from my sister on Sunday that her team was in dire straits so hopefully I didn't leave anyone in the lurch here other than my sis.

I'm attempting to enjoy this MNF game but the Broncos' miserable play thus far is making it difficult. Oh wait, hey, there's another SD touchdown. Ouch. I think it's time to pepper in a few links.

Finally, totally off topic but if you happen to be traveling with a toddler soon and are sweating it, shoot me an e-mail. We have taken 3 flights with our son over the past 2 months and have found a few successful toys/tips, and while we seem to always have our moments of misery, all in all things have gone well flying with our little dude. Would be happy to pass on any suggestions.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Bonus links for Week 5

It was a gorgeous day here in East Tennessee - just wish I had been able to spend a bit more of it outside. I'm wrapping the day up with some extra links to help you get your lineup squared away for Week 5. Good luck...and go Broncos!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Flying into Week 5

My husband is off to a conference for the weekend in the mountains of Colorado (those economists, they always have the coolest locales for conferences...) and all morning long my son was saying "my airplane" and finally I figured out that he desperately wants to be on that plane with his daddy. Good news, little man, because next week we're actually all hopping on a plane and going right back to Colorado, this time for pure pleasure and fun. We've rented a baby backpack and jogging stroller and we're going to hit some of our old haunts and favorite trails in Boulder, and see some of our awesome friends. Can't wait.

In the meantime, I'm off to the library to find some good airplane books for our son, but here you have your Thursday guide to Week 5 with a bunch of start/sit, rankings, and more. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Waiver wire link explosion

You would think we're running a toy store here based on the quantity of presents that have exploded in our house after our son's birthday this weekend. As I've mentioned, part of our house is under construction, including a playroom type space so most of these toys are now very much front and center, in our living, eating, breathing space. All 2-year-olds are welcome...not much else could possibly happen in this space. Oh wait, maybe fantasy football blogging.

In the meantime, there's plenty of waiver wiring going on right now as we now have 4 teams on bye this week. And some other good stuff, too. Let's have at it:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Turning 2

This weekend is a big one in the FFLibrarian house: our son turns 2 on Sunday. I've been teaching him "it's my birthday" and "I'm two" this week but I doubt he's going to spontaneously spout these off during the celebrations. Sunday also marks the one month mark since I delivered our stillborn daughter, adding an element of the bittersweet to the day. I think of her every day, heck, some days I see or feel reminders of her all day long. But I have this playful, loving, silly little boy here in my arms. I take one look at his face, which is very clearly from his daddy, and his suddenly floppy hair (how is it that a 2 yo can be sporting Justin Bieber-esque hair?) and his smile, which are both very clearly from me, and I am grateful down to the very deepest part of my being that I am where I am today. I promise not to blabber on too much this fall about our family and its ups and downs...just want you to know that we're hanging in there, we're doing okay.

Onto the linkage of the day!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Week 4 waiver prep

I'll be honest, I was snuggled in bed last night when the MNF game ended so I woke up this morning to the photos, tweets, and articles about the controversial TD. I know many of us are outraged over this season's many ref guffaws, but it is what it is and I'd rather not focus on it too much, there are just too many other things in life to ponder as far as I'm concerned. That said, we all know that when Gruden isn't gushing with compliments and praise that something must be really wrong...so if you want a way to voice your outrage, try this petition on change.org to end the referee lockout, though I'm sure there are plenty of others out there.

Friday, September 21, 2012

More Week 3 start/sit and rankings

I'm back. That's right, you were getting used to my sparse posting weren't you? Well happy Friday treat then so I have a whole lot more links and such for you. Jump on it.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Back to the ATL

This weekend we're getting back on the road and heading to Atlanta again. I know, we were just there a few days ago for MNF, but this time we're bringing our son with us to visit with my brother-in-law and his family and doing a whole lot of kiddo-centered things. They have a daughter who is a few months younger than our son and are expecting their second daughter in about 4-5 weeks, so we thought we'd squeeze in one last trip to see them before their new baby arrives. Should be a good time though probably not exactly full of time for NFL research, so I'm trying to crank out a bunch of my pre-game studies before we hit the road. So let's get right to it:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Week 3 waiver suggestions

Oooof. That's the sound of my fantasy teams taking a stomach punch this weekend. And coincidentally the sound I made when Peyton threw his third interception last night. It was momentarily brutal in the Georgia Dome, my friends. Eh, more than momentarily - between the officiating chaos and the Broncos' turnover madness, it was just kind of a bizarro game there for awhile for Broncos fans. But well worth the trip to spend time with our family and see the Broncos in person.

In the meantime, I have a lot of injuries in my leagues and other is-this-an-injury-or-what question marks like Julio Jones and Jamaal Charles. So I'm all about the waiver wire options this week:

And on that note, per your request I have a few rest-of-season rankings though many sites wait a few more weeks before pulling these all together, so consider these guys the early birds:
We've got two start/sit options so far, one from FFToolbox.com - Week 3: Start 'Em and one from Draft Calc - Week 3 Start and Bench Advice.

Finally, two other worthwhile reads/charts as you sort out who to grab off waivers, trade for, or just get in your starting lineup:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Finding the awesomeness

I mentioned on here awhile back that our house is under construction and has been now for about 5-6 weeks or so. It has been quite the summer here between the chaos of our house (which has included learning of extensive water and termite damage...sweet, right? I have the termite guy's phone number memorized and our son now starts every morning by asking for the construction crew individually by name) and losing our Caroline. So I'm pretty sure my husband and I have been actively seeking out things that just feel fun and joyful. Earlier this week my brother-in-law called and convinced us to drive down to Atlanta (where he lives) next Monday for the Broncos at Falcons MNF game. We'll go down and back all in the span of 15 hours and my in-laws are happily taking over the care of our son for that time period. I can't tell you how excited I am for this. A road trip with my husband plus a Monday Night Football game watching my Broncos, all while my little boy is being lovingly cared for by family? Awesomeness. This is exactly the kind of thing that makes me happy and therefore exactly the kind of thing I should be doing more of these days. I'll be the one in the Broncos Elam jersey in case you're there. Maybe I should make/wear a FFLibrarian shirt to do a little marketing...

Time for today's links:

Finally, I think I ask this same question more or less every year, but I'd love your feedback on what you find helpful here on this site. Toward the end of the week once waivers have cleared, I typically try and post start/sit links and weekly rankings and/or projections. Is there anything I'm missing or would you like me to focus on one of those more than others?

Oh and don't forget to get your lineups set for the game tonight...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Football, fair, and fun

Our family is headed to the Tennessee Valley Fair this afternoon with some friends and I honestly have no clue what to expect having never hit up a state fair before, particularly with a toddler who wants to be a part of just about everything, everywhere, at all moments - all I know is that I already missed the MC Hammer concert at the fair last week. So with that knowledge in hand, this thing is going to be awesome, right?!

I hope you all enjoyed Week 1 - this is the first year that our house is 100% on the Broncos now that my husband's beloved Peyton Manning has joined my beloved Broncos. It's intense in the FFLibrarian household. We were working on a way to make it down to Atlanta for the MNF game (Broncos at Falcons) next week, but my husband teaches at the university here and just can't justify cancelling class for MNF. At least not this year...

But let's head on over to today's links:

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Week 1 has arrived!

Hello my friends. I think I've written this intro paragraph about 5 times now, trying to figure out what to say after my hiatus and the loss of our daughter, Caroline. But I have no idea what to tell you other than I am here, I am surviving, and I am attempting to channel my sorrow into something productive by getting back to blogging. I will be forever grateful for the support you all have shown me. If anyone is ever in a similar situation and wants someone to talk to, send them my way. I don't have the right words for this (who does?) but I have all the time in the world to listen and do what I can to help.

Do me a favor and when you get a chance, please hug your kiddos, spouse, parents, siblings (special thanks to my extraordinary sister for her love this week and always; she's a FF newbie this year, too, by the way), your best friend, your cat, your coworker, your bus driver, your favorite bartender, your UPS guy (we see him a LOT at our house), heck even your cup of coffee. Embrace it all. In the meantime, I will be saying Caroline's name over and over and over with abiding gratitude for the chance to meet her and love her. 

Now, it's time for football: