Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Night on the Hardwood

Line of the Night
LeBron James-31 pts, 12 assts, 5 rebs, 2 blocks.  This guy may turn out half way decent.

Dud of the Night
Charlie Villanueva-2 pts, 4 rebs, 1 of 6 FG.  Yuck.

Breakout of the Night
Chris Douglas-Roberts-27 pts, 12 rebs, steal.  Once the Nets get healthy, expect his all around game to pick up as well.

Pickup of the Night
Donte Greene-The Kings 2nd year man scored 24 points in a start for the Kings.  he also hit 2 threes, grabbed 5 rebounds and got a steal.  Keep a close eye on the talented wing player.

Drop of the Night
Quentin Richardson-For those still holding onto him because of his starting role in Miami, it is time to cut bait.  Q had only 2 pts and 1 rebound in 17 minutes.  He is a must drop at this point.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Workin the Wire

This week names like Forsett, Snelling, and McCoy are obvious choices to fill your roster out.  Yet most owners wont have a chance to claim them, so here are a few more less obvious choices who may pay big dividends this weekend and beyond.

Brandon Gibson-Gibson is now the 2nd starting wideout for the Rams who is coming off a solid debut which saw him make 7 catches for 93 yards.  The talented Gibson was a prolific wideout at Wash State and with the Rams constantly falling behind, he will see plenty of balls thrown his way and is an excellent keeper option going forward as well.

Leonard Weaver-While McCoy will surely be the Eagles new feature back, he has struggled in short yardage and when the Eagles need a tough yard down by the goal line, Weaver will be their man.  He has shown the ability to convert and is also a solid receiver out of the backfield.  If you do not land a Forsett, Weaver is a solid alternative.

Lance Long-Long only saw 6 targets for the Chiefs in their loss to the Raiders, however with Bowe's suspension, he becomes the 2nd WR for Matt Cassel.  Chris Chambers, despite his 2 TD debut is not the receiver he once was, so expect plenty of touches for Long, who Cassel once compared to a pour mans Wes Welker.

Julian Edelman-While the Welker clone is still suffering from an injured arm and is battling for his own looks, he is likely back as the Pats 3rd WR.  He scored in their terrible loss to the Colts and can be a solid PPR contributor going forward.

Jason Avant-If the Eagles completely abandon the run with Westbrook, like they did against the Chargers, every Eagles wideout will hold value.  Even Avant, who led the team with 8 catches and 150+ yards last week.  If McNabb is going to air it out 55 times like he did, Avant is a sneaky enough talent to garner his fair share of balls.

Chad Henne-One benificiary of the Ronnie Brown injury may be Henne, who may be asked to stay under center for more plays while the Phins play less wildcat.  Last week he did attempt 31 passes and that was while playing with the lead for the majority of the game.  Expect pedestrian numbers for Henne, however without Brown, if they fall behind, expect him to air it out.
NFL Tuesday Night Notes

-Ronnie Brown ruled out for Dolphins Thursday.  Ricky Williams gets first start since Week 11 last year.
-Dwayne Bowe suspended 4 games for drugs.  Do not drop the talented WR, as he will be back for the fantasy playoffs.
-Bills fire coach Dick Jauron and name Ryan Fitzpatrick starting QB
-Keenan Burton placed on IR, Brandon Gibson likely to start opposite Donnie Avery
-Kyle Orton likely to start for Broncos.  Downgrade all Broncos if Chris Simms starts in his place
-Glen Coffee to return to the field this week but is no threat to Gore
-Clinton Portis to not rush back from concussion.  Expect another start for Ladell Betts
-Cedric Benson unsure if he will play.  Bernard Scott will start and Larry Johnson likely to be active if that is the case
-Brian Westbrook going to see concussion specialists.  Likely out a long while if not the season

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NFL News & Notes

-DeAngelo Williams misses Panthers practice with knee injury.  Questionable for Sunday
-Chris Chambers misses practice for Chiefs but is expected to play

-Ladell Betts misses practice but scheduled to start for Redskins at RB
-Lance Moore missed another practice and is doubtful for Saints
-Breaston limited in practice but will start for Cardinals.  Boldin returns to full practice
-Gore and Davis probable for Thursdays game against the Bears
-Kolby Smith has a chance to become Chiefs lead back
-Morris and Tate miss Pats practice
-Donald Brown not on initial Colts injury report
-Bryant missed Bucs practice
-Edwards and Quinn expected to start for Bills and Browns Sunday
-Westbrook misses Eagles practice, still questionable for game Sunday

Monday, November 9, 2009

NFL Roundup

-Chris Henry out for the season after breaking arm
-Westbrook questionable next week after suffering headaches late this week
-Coffee leaves 49ers loss with concussion
-Redskins coach Jim Zorn revealed that Clinton Portis was "knocked out" on the first-quarter play that ended his day Sunday.
-Anquan Boldin (ankle) expressed discontent with the Cardinals' coaching staff after he was deactivated for Week 9.

Fantasy Headliners
-Kurt Warner throws 5 TD to beat Bears
-Cutler throws for 369 and 3 TD against Cardinals
-Vernon Davis gets 10 catches for over 100 yards
-Turner rushes for 166 and 2 TD's
-Freeman throws for 3 TD in pro debut upset win against Packers

Fantasy Duds
-Packers D allows Bucs to score at will
-Portis rushes for 4 yards before leaving with concussion
-Colston held to 1 catch for Saints
-2 catches for Calvin Johnson in return to lineup
-DeSean Jackson held to 2 catches for Eagles

Pickups After Sunday
-Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions
-Lance Long, WR, Chiefs
-Josh Freeman, QB, Bucs
-Justin Gage, WR, Titans
-Robert Meachem, WR, Saints

Sunday, November 8, 2009

NFL Ins and Outs

-Devin Hester to start for Bears
-Brian Westbrook OUT for Eagles
-Boldin OUT for Cardinals
-DeSean Jackson active
-Lance Moore OUT for Saints
-Donald Brown OUT for Colts
-Larry Johnson SUSPENDED for Chiefs
-Morris, Taylor, Edelman all OUT for Patriots
-Manningham expected to play for Giants
-Calvin Johnson WILL START for Lions
-Roddy White WILL PLAY for Falcons
-Bryant OUT for Buccaneers
-Rosario and Muhammed OUT for Panthers
-Moats TO START for Texans

Friday, November 6, 2009

Check out my Article at Fantasy College Blitz on NCAA Teams Replacing Star Players from the 2009 Draft

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Roundball Recap-Night in the NBA

Line of the Night
Monta Ellis-24 pts, 12 assts, 7 rebs, 5 steals.  Not bad from the electric guard.

Dud of the Night
Jason Richardson-0 pts, 3 rebs, 4 assts.  Um what the heck is going on here?

Rookie of the Night
Ty Lawson-23 pts, 4 rebs, 3 3's, 9 of 10 from the field.  Going to be an excellent fantasy play if he ever enters the starting lineup.

Pickup of the Night
Josh Boone-With Yi out for 4 weeks, Boone, although he did not start Wednesday for the Nets, may eventually make his way into the starting lineup.  If he does, expect similar lines from yesterday.  11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, good FG%.

Drop of the Night
DeMar DeRozan-The rookie is struggling early on, scoring only 3 pts and 3 rebounds in only 18 minutes for the Raptors.  He may be good eventually, but is too raw to have on your roster in a non keeper league.
NFL Fantasy Update-Thursday Morning

Yes there are other sports going on other then the Yanks 27th title.

NFL News
-McFadden expected to return for Raiders in Week 10
-Donald Brown to be game time decision Sunday for Colts
-Roddy White questionable with a knee injury
-Calvin Johnson's (knee) participation in Lions practice Wednesday was "limited."
-Mario Manningham (shoulder) was limited in Giants practice Wednesday.
-Chiefs hopeful Charles can take off in lead back role
-Cardinals likely to be without Boldin this week
-Chambers likely to play for Chiefs this weekend
-Lance Moore missed Saints practice Wednesday with an ankle injury, and is currently in a walking boot.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NFL Fantasy News

-Kevin Smith to remain Lions workhorse back
-Danny Amendola to likely miss this weeks game with a concussion
-Willie Parker expected to play despite illness
-Brett Ratliff not an option to play for Browns
-Lions coach Jim Schwartz still isn't saying if Calvin Johnson (knee) will play in Week 9, but says his star wideout is "getting closer."
-Expect the Texans to continue using a running back by committee
-Forsett and Rankin to see increased playing time with the Seahawks release of Edge James
-Chiefs claimed Chris Chambers off waivers from San Diego
No Look Pass-NBA Recap from Tuesday

Line of the Night
Dirk Nowitzki-40 pts, 11 rebs, 5 assts, 5 blks, 2 steals, 15 of 16 from line and 29 pts in the 4th quarter.  Wow.

Dud of the Night
Elton Brand-6 pts, 4 rebs, 2 of 6 shooting.  This guy may be done

Rookie of the Night
Brandon Jennings-25 pts, 4 assts, 2 steals, 2 3's.  Almost upset the Bulls on the road.

Pickup of the Day
Erick Dampier-Until Drew Gooden returns, Damp looks like a solid add.  Last night he had 4 pts, 12 rebs, 6 blocks in 38 minutes.  Not bad when you need blocks.

Drop of the Day
Earl Watson-For those that rushed out to add him after his huge Pacers debut, forget it.  He had 2 pts and 2 rebs in the Pacers loss last night and got only 20 minutes.  Will not help you enough for a roster spot.

Keep and eye on Tonight
-Whether Troy Murphy can return from a back injury he suffered last night
-Big nights from the young talented Grizzlies against Golden State
-Whether Spencer Hawes joins the starting 5 for the Kings
-Can Phoenix, Denver, and Boston remain unbeaten?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Waiver Wired

At this point in the season you are simply looking for players to replace injured stars, fill in for bye weeks, or players on the cusp of busting out.  We have all of those recommendations all in one place.

Ryan Moats
Obviously everyone is going to try and grab him this week after a 3 TD week against Buffalo.  But remember 2 things.  He has not been named the clear starter over Steve Slaton and Buffalo is the worst defense against the run.  Moats may be a solid waiver wire add, but for those expecting 100 yds and a score every week, you will be disappointed.

Kevin Walter
For where he was drafted in many leagues, Walter has been a huge bust.  Now that Owen Daniels is out for the year, expect Walter to get more targets and start to earn his draft position.

Dustin Keller
The Jets TE was dropped in many leagues, however his 8 catch and a TD game this week, he can be a solid option for teams looking to replace a Chris Cooley or Owen Daniels.  He was stopped just short of hte goal line on another catch, so watch him explode in the 2nd half as Sanchez becomes more comfortable throwing his way.

Malcolm Floyd
Floyd has always been a solid option for the Chargers down in the red zone and now with their release of Chris Chambers, Floyd can be a threat between the 20's as well.  A solid WR3 or flex play going forward in that explosive offense.

Alex Smith
Smith played very well against the Colts and now seems locked in as the 49ers QB for the rest of the year.  With Crabtree and Davis he has 2 solid targets, not to mention a ground game that causes defenses to respect the run.  He can be a solid QB fill in for an injury or bye week, especially a solid add in keeper leagues.
Tuesday Morning Fantasy Roundtable

NFL News
-Brady comments that he feels better then he ever has physically
-When asked if Anthony Gonzalez (knee) will practice this week, Colts coach Jim Caldwell said it will be up to the doctors and how the receiver feels.
-Expect more production from TE Fred Davis after he stayed in Washington during teams bye week
-Harvin expected to return punts soon for Vikings
-Lance Moore bruised his shin during MNF win vs Falcons
-Nate Clements out 6-8 weeks for the 49ers
-Calvin Johnson still unsure if he will return for next weeks game
-No more on who will start at RB for the Texans Sunday

-Caron Butler expected to play for Wizards tonight
-Rip Hamilton expected out till at least the weekend
-Gasol to miss next two games or more for the Lakers
-Yi Jianlian bruises knee Monday-going for MRI today
-Rookies Flynn and Evans struggle for teams and get pulled down the stretch
-Josh Howard (ankle) has been participating in some recent scrimmages, though he missed Monday's workout with a sinus infection. There is no timetable for his return.
-Rasual Butler replaces Al Thornton in starting lineup for the Clippers
-AI debuts for Grizzlies.  Also complains about coming off bench
-Michael Redd will miss at least two weeks after he strained the patella tendon in his left knee.
-X-rays on Nate Robinson's ankle came back negative, but he is still expected to miss up to two weeks.