Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fantasy News on a Wednesday Morning

-Derek Anderson to start for Browns instead of Quinn
-Glen Coffee to be every down back for 49ers
-Chaz Schilens (foot) has barely started running, according to beat writer Jerry McDonald
-Steelers writers expect Mewelde Moore to become more involved in game this week if Parker cannot play

-Mike Pelfrey done for the season
-Indians fire Eric Wedge
-Marlon Byrd "day to day" for Rangers
-Huston Street blows save for Rockies, yet they win in 11 innings

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NFL Roundup Tuesday

-Bills expected to split carries between Jackson and Lynch
-Cowboys teammates think Jones may miss 2 weeks
-Chiefs not optimisitc about Week 4 return for Bowe
-X-rays on Donnie Avery's ribs came back negative and he's expected to be OK for Week 4.
-Colts DE Dwight Freeney out 2-3 weeks
-Rashard Mendenhall finally out of the doghouse?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Night News and Notes

-Frank Gore undergoes MRI late Monday night
-James Jones suffers sprained finger during Packers win Sunday
-Matt Hasselbeck doubtful for Week 4
-A league source tells that the Lions consider Kevin Smith's (shoulder) status "week to week."  Maurice Morris will be a popular waiver wire add this week.
-Mark Bulger doubtful for Week 4.  Kyle Boller, who threw 2 TD for Rams, would start
-Dick Jauron promises to get T.O. the ball more
-Felix Jones starts for Barber on MNF
-Chaz Schillens questionable for Raiders Sunday
-David Clowney benched Sunday because of Twittering he was unhappy with role

-Beckett scratched from Monday start (back) may not pitch again until postseason.  Lester cleared to start Tuesday
-Josh Johnson to start Tuesday against the Braves
-Cody Ross is out of Monday's lineup due to a left wrist contusion he sustained Saturday.
-Branyan unlikely to return for the rest of the season

-Blake Griffin to start season on the bench behind Camby and Kaman
-Frye to start at center over Robin Lopez as of today
-Richard Jefferson (dislocated thumb) has been cleared to fully participate in the Spurs training camp.
-Elton Brand says that his shoulder and leg feel great heading into training camp.
Monday Afternoon NFL Notes

-Chad Pennington likely out for the season with a shoulder injury
-No new news on Lions RB Kevin Smith
-Vince Wilfork tells teammates he will be ok despite ankle injury
-Browns will wait to Wednesday to name starting QB
-Leftwich replaced by Johnson as Bucs starting QB
-Marion Barber doubtful for MNF
-Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy to split carries going forward
-No report on the status of 49ers RB Frank Gore's Peter King expects both LaDainian Tomlinson (ankle) and Shawne Merriman (groin) to play against the Steelers in Week 4.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

NFL Sunday Recap

-Gore out at least 2 weeks after leaving 49ers loss to the Vikings
-Lynell Hamilton scores in the 1st quarter while Pierre Thomas runs over Bills for 100+ yards and 2 TD's
-Julius Jones runs for 98 yards and scores a receiving touchdown in Seahawks loss
-Seneca Wallace passes for over 250 yards and a TD subbing for Matt Hasselbeck
-Earl Bennett gets 80 yards receiving and a 2 pt conversion
-McFadden, Bush and Russell all struggle in loss to Broncos
-Olsen, Hester and Knox catch Jay Cutler TD passes
-Marshall records 1st TD of 2009 in win vs Raiders
-Moreno and Buckhalter dominate the Raiders on the ground
-Byron Leftwich to remain starting Bucs QB despite shutout loss to Giants
-Walter catches 7 passes for 90+ yards and a TD in season debut
-Schaub and Campbell go for 300+ yards and 3/2 TD's respectively
-Chad Pennington left Sunday's game in the third quarter after injuring his right shoulder.
-MJD goes off for 3 TD and in a road win against Texans
-Rice, Greg Lewis and Harvin lead Vikings to last second win against 49ers
-Santana and Randy Moss each catch 10 balls and well over 100 yards
-Vernon Davis explodes for 2 TD in 49ers loss
-Bradley and Wade score off Cassel TD passes
-Fred Taylor goes over 100 yards and adds a score for the Pats
-Rodgers, Grant and Jennings dominate for Packers.  Kuhn adds 2 TD's
-McCoy fills in for Westbrook and gains 80 yards and a score
-Kolb becomes 1st player ever to go over 300 yards in 1st 2 career starts
-McGahee scores twice, Rice once in Ravens blowout win
-Flacco and Mason explosive as Ravens romp
-Celek and DeSean go over 100 yards and each score for Eagles
-Steve Smith and Sinorice Moss score through the air as Giants roll

-Antonio Bryant ACTIVE for Bucs
-Jerious Norwood INACTIVE for Falcons
-Caddy Williams ACTIVE for Bucs
-Maurice Stovall INACTIVE for Bucs
-Earnest Graham INACTIVE for Bucs
-Lito Sheppard INACTIVE for Jets
-Jamal Lewis INACTIVE for Browns
-Wes Welker INACTIVE for Patriots
-Kevin Walter ACTIVE for Texans
-Randy Moss ACTIVE for Patriots
-Dwayne Bowe INACTIVE for Chiefs
-Brandon Jones and Bo Scaife INACTIVE 
-Tuck and Hixon out for Giants
-DeSean Jackson ACTIVE but Jeremy Maclin to START
-Percy Harvin IN for Vikings
-Matt Hasselbeck OUT for Seahawks
-Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, Kevin Curtis OUT for Eagles

Saturday, September 26, 2009

NFL Beat The Book-Week 3

Pittsburgh -4.5 @ Cincy
A lot of people are on Cincy this week after the Steelers struggled in a lose to Chicago and the Bengals upset GB.  Not so fast.  Cincy did not play well against Denver and Pittsburgh will be just fine.  They will shut down Cedric Benson and do enough against a weak secondary to cover.

Ravens -13.5 vs. Browns
This game exactly like the Kc-BAL game from week one which saw Baltimore cover by...14.  Cleveland cannot move the ball offensively and an improved Ravens offense should score 30+.  Easy cover for Baltimore.

Broncos +1.5 @ Oakland
The Broncos have been one of the best defenses early on and after struggling mightily against a weak KC defense, JaMarcus Russell and the Raiders offense cannot be trusted.  Expect the Broncos to run the ball at will and Orton will do just enough to pull out an out right win.

SF +7.5@ Minnesota
A battle of 2-0 teams, I love what the 49ers are doing on the ground and while controlling the clock, they will be keeping the rock out of the hands of Peterson.  The Vikes havent been forced to have Favre win them a game yet, however this may be the week.  The 49ers defense has slowed the Cardinals and Seahawks ground game, so Favre may be forced to make tough throws.  If that is the case, the 49ers will have the game right where they want it.

GB -6.5 @ Rams
You have to expect the Packers to come out pissed after blowing a game at home to Cincy last week.  Greg Jennings had 0 catches last week.  That wont happen again.  Expect a massive performance through the air and for the Rams to be down 14 points midway through the first quarter.  Packers in a rout.
Fantasy Update-Saturday Morning

-Expect the Dolphins to run right at San Diego's replacement nose guard, Ogemdi Nwagbuo Sunday
-Despite missing practice Friday, Mason Crosby is good to go for the Packers
-Kevin Walter listed as probable for Sunday's game
-T.J. Houshmandzadeh practiced in full Friday and will play Sunday
-Jason Campbell (foot, probable) took most of the reps in Friday's practice and will start in Week 3 against Detroit.
-Brandon Stokley now questionable to face Raiders
-Frank Gore is probable for this weeks game

-Jon Lester day to day after taking line drive off of knee
-Carlos Delgado now officially out for the rest of the season
-Brad Lidge out as Phillies closer
-Prince Fielder takes RBI lead with HR and 4 RBI against Phillies
-Kevin Correia and Carlos Zambrano throw complete game shutouts Friday
-Josh Hamilton, Carlos Gonzalez, and Matt LaPorta all return to the lineup Friday

Friday, September 25, 2009

Who is In?  Who is Out?  Get the NFL injury Preview here!

Appears Out
-Justin Tuck: Injured shoulder still bothering him.  Appears out vs. Tampa
-Maurice Stovall: Listed as doubtful for TB
-Jamal Lewis: Missed 3rd straight practice.  Harrison to start vs. Baltimore
-Domenik Hixon: Missed 3rd straight practice, doubtful vs. TB
-McNabb out again, doubtful.  Kolb to start
-LaDainian Tomlinson (foot) "seems destined to miss his second straight game Sunday" after sitting out practice on Thursday.
Look Likely
-Wes Welker: Participated for a 2nd straight day in Pats practice
-DeSean Jackson:  Returned to Eagles practice Friday
-Brian Westbrook:  Despite missing practice is resting and is optimistic he can play
-Cadillac Williams (knee, questionable) returned to Bucs practice on Friday.  Ward to start vs Giants

Thursday, September 24, 2009

NFL Thursday Night Fantasy Notes

-Saints coach Sean Payton remained cryptic on his running back plans for Sunday, but he said the team has confidence in Lynell Hamilton should he be called upon.
-Lance Moore not expected to play for Saints this week
-Stokley limited in practice but expected to play for Broncos
-Portis limited in practice but expects to play Lions
-Walter and Davis remain questionable for the Texans
-Jamal Lewis (hamstring) sat out practice Thursday for the second straight day.
-Giants DB Kenny Phillips out for the season.
The Fantasy Doctor is In

What to do with Marion Barber in Week 3?
-Barber said today that he is determined to play in Week 3 against the Panthers.  Despite the confidence, Barber is not a safe bet for production and given his Monday Night game, unless you have Felix Jones or Tashard Choice to go to in case he is inactive, it may be best to bench him.  If you are a Choice or Jones owner and want to use them in a flex role, this is a similar issue.  Unless Barber is declared out or limited by Sunday at 1pm, play a safer option.

Should Cadillac Williams missing practice Thursday be concerning?
-Absolutely not.  The Bucs back has looked great through two games and was simply getting a day off after playing his first game on turf in week two.  Caddy does have an interesting matchup in Week 3 against the Giants, who were destroyed on the ground by the Cowboys.

Even if healthy should Hasselbeck gets the call and if not, who can we get to fill in?
No.  Hasselbeck looked rusty in the first half against the 49ers and that was before his injury.  He is not a safe bet to play let alone finish a game this week.  Other QB's to consider who may be available are Flacco, Leftwich, Cassel and Kolb.

Wes Welker returned to Pats practice Thursday...big deal?
For Tom Brady owners yes, because as good as Julian Edelman looked, you could tell that he missed the chemsitry he had developed with Welker.  For Welker owners, be patient and do not expect a miracle.  There is still a chance he sits out Sunday, but just in case, be ready to insert him in if he is declared active.

Bench Jamal Lewis this week?
Yes.  Lewis has missed the last two days of practice and is not the type of back to perform well when not at 100%.  This may be the opening rookie James Davis needs to excel, but let him prove that first.  This may be the changing of the guard, or back in this case, in Cleveland.

What crazy name may have a crazy game in Week 3?
Michael Clayton, the WR of the Bucs may just have a huge Sunday against the Giants.  Here is why.  The Giants should get a decent lead on the struggling Bucs, thus forcing the Tampa offense to air it out.  With Antonio Bryant and Maurice Stovall unlikely to play, Clayton becomes Leftwich's #1 option, and considering he has done a solid job getting his wideouts in the end zone so far, Clayton may be a solid, sleeper flex play.
Thursday Morning Fantasy News

-Felix Jones & Choice to see increased role even if MBIII is good to go Monday Night
-Pierre Thomas still not 100% and still feels a bit rusty
-Javon Walker and Tom Cable not getting along in Oakland
-Anthony Fasano's role taking a hit because of his solid blocking

-Pedro scheduled to start Saturday after side session
-Juan Cruz activated from the DL
-Orlando Hudson is day-to-day after leaving Wednesday's game against the Nationals with an injury to his left wrist.
-Lidge blows his 11th save of the season as the Phillies lose to the Marlins

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

As the Bell Tolls for the Saints Backfield?

One of the most interesting storylines for fantasy owners so far during the 2009 season involves the Saints backfield.  Coming into the season everyone was dying to get Pierre Thomas after his amazing end to last season.  He was being drafted high, ahead of even teammate Reggie Bush, and owners were salivating over what could be over a full season.

Thomas then came down with an injury during camp and everyone poo-pooed it as a minor setback and he would good for the opener.  Not so fast.  After missing two games, Thomas seems to be ready to resume the starting gig in New Orleans. Or is he?

Yah see, through the first two weeks, former Bronco Mike Bell has become a solid fantasy option following a solid opener which saw him go over 100 yards against Detroit, then scoring in week two's blowout over Philly.  But now Bell may miss time due to a similar injury that Thomas has had, so naturally Thomas is the man right?  Wrong.

Thats because Wednesday word started spreading that Lynell Hamilton (yeh never heard of him before) saw first-team reps at Saints practice Wednesday along with both Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas, though Hamilton claims to have received the most.  Hamilton even told the press that, "The coaches went ahead and told me to be ready for the game," according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

So what to make of this mess?  Reggie Bush, who came into the season as the guy with a cloudy outlook seems to be the safest bet for fantasy considering his health, receiving skills and big play ability.  Furthermore, given Drew Brees' desire to air it out, RB's in this system, unless they receive the goal line work or can make plays in the receiving game, must be downgraded.

In any event, Hamilton is a must add now, as injury reports will trickle in up to game time and any Saints offensive skill player has a decent chance to find the end zone.  Heck, Heath Evans has 2 more TD's in 2009 then Randy Moss.

Wednesday NFL Injury Updates

-Marion Barber returned to Cowboys practice.  Status still questionable for Monday Night.
-Pierre Thomas practiced in full for the Saints
-Manningham suffering from a sore shoulder but is expected to face Buccaneers leaky secondary
-Frank Gore said Wednesday that his ankle feels "just fine" and fully expects to start in Week 3
-Matt Hasselbeck did not practice and remains doubtful for the Seahawks
-According to the New York Daily News, Giants LE Justin Tuck's 1-2 week injury is a partially torn labrum
-Lance Moore missed Saints practiced.  Moore remains an early season bust as he only has 2 catches in 2 weeks
-Mike Bell was held out of Saints practice and looks unlikely to play
-ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports that Donovan McNabb (ribs) will likely be listed as doubtful on the Week 3 injury report.
-Wes Welker expected to play for Pats against Falcons
-Antonio Bryant still absent from Bucs practice and remains doubtful for Giants

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Night Fantasy Notes

-Justin Tuck to miss 1-2 games.  Giants defense should be just fine
-Kevin Walter's status looks positive for week 3, yet remains a bench option
-The Newark Star-Ledger indicates that Domenik Hixon has already lost his starting job.
-According to's Matt Mosley, Marion Barber (quadriceps) still hopes to play against the Panthers after receiving treatment Tuesday morning.

-Carlos Gonzalez was pulled from Tuesday's game with a tight left hamstring.
-Kevin Kouzmanoff, who has been sidelined for over a week with a calf injury, is now dealing with back tightness.
- Adam Kennedy was ejected in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday for arguing balls and strikes.
- Brandon Webb told the Arizona Republic Tuesday that he's not willing to take a paycut to remain with the Diamondbacks.
- Matt LaPorta left in the fourth inning Tuesday with a hip injury
- Brian McCann left Tuesday's game with a bruised left wrist.

-Sean Deveney of The Baseline reports that Raymond Felton is close to signing the Bobcats' one-year, $5.5 million qualifying offer.
-Jonny Flynn is disappointed that Ricky Rubio won't play in the NBA this season.
- Flip Saunders said recently that Gilbert Arenas will not play any SG this season.
NFL Waiver Wire Week 3

Byron Leftwich-At the rate the Bucs defense is giving up points, it seems like Leftwich will be airing i tout to play catch up in every game.  He has a solid stable of talent, especially if Antonio Bryant ever returns, so add him as a solid QB2 or bye week fill in.

Trent Edwards-Edwards has been rock solid so far for the Bills, throwing 2 more TD passes Sunday.  He also has solid weapons, especially when Fred Jackson plays in the backfield.  With all of that talent, Edwards is also a solid bye week fill in and borderline starter against the right defense.

Kevin Kolb-There is still no word on whether Donovan McNabb will be back for this weeks game, but Kolb almost threw for 400 yards and added 2 scores against the Saints.  The Eagles have always been a run heavy offense, so expect Kolb to post solid numbers going forward.  Vick will be back this week, but will not have as much impact as Kolb will as the starter.

Tashard Choice-If Marion Barber cannot go Monday Night Choice may be the Cowboys backup to Felix Jones.  Given that Jones is not an every down back, Choice may see some extra carries and be in line for a solid flex spot.  If Barber's injury is more serious then originally thought, Choice can be a gem.

Rashard Mendenhall-After watching the first two Steelers games it is clear Willie Parker has lost a step and it seems like it has left him forever.  Mendenhall is a 1st round talent with game changing speed and it is about time for the Steelers to hand him the reigns.

LeSean McCoy-Brian Westbrook is shockingly back to game to game status for the Eagles.  At any time this can become a serious problem and McCoy is next in line.  All owners of B-West should own McCoy but if not, he is a solid prospect down the line.

Mike Sims-Walker-With Troy Williamson out for the year, Walker will re-emerge as the Jags starter on the other side of Torry Holt.  He scored and caught 6 balls in week two, so watch out for him to do more of the same if the Jags are constantly playing from behind.

Mario Manningham and Steve Smith-It goes without saying that this Giants duo needs to be owned in every format.  No one catches 10 balls in a week like these two do and doesnt end up on a roster, so if you have time, place a waiver claim in for one of these two targets, as it is clear Eli Manning loves to toss the ball in their direction.

Chansi Stuckey-His performances may not be consistant throughout the entire year, but Stuckey is a playmaker who has made some big plays for the Jets so far this season.  If he can develop more of an ability in route running, his ability to get open and burst through the secondary makes him a solid WR3 during bye weeks.

Todd Heap-Back from the dead?  Two games, two touchdowns.

Brent Celek-Has become the Eagles best receiving target and shows no signs of being impacted by who the quarterback is.
MLB Fantasy News-Tuesday Morning

-Joe Saunders dominates Yankees and almost goes the distance
-Derrek Lee continues his massive run with a HR and 4 RBI Monday
-Nick Blackburn pitches 7 scoreless innings for the Twins
- Mark DeRosa went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI to lead the Cardinals past the Astros 7-3
-Chris Snyder to undergo back surgery
-Marco Scutaro unlikely to return for the rest of 2009 season.
-Chipper Jones homered and drove in four runs as the Braves pounded the Mets 11-3
-Pablo Sandoval intends to drop weight this offseason in an effort to play 162 games in 2010
-Jason Marquis wants to pitch for the Mets in 2010
-Garrett Jones slugs his 20th HR of the year for Pirates on Monday

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Night NFL Fantasy Notes

-Mike Bell is highly unlikely to play for the Saints Sunday
-Brady Quinn to remain starter of struggling Browns
-Matt Hasselbeck says he intends to play this week
-Mike Lombardi of the National Football Post predicts that Rashard Mendenhall will take over as "the main back in Pittsburgh."
-Chaz Schillens is still doubtful to return for the Raiders in Week 3
-Cowboys coach Wade Phillips indicated Monday that Marion Barber is day to day with his strained quadriceps.
Monday Injury Roundup-NFL

-Marion Barber's quad injury not considered serious
-According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Matt Hasselbeck does have a fractured rib and his status for Week 3 is up in the air.
-Lance Moore pulled from Sunday's game with a tight hamstring.
-Redskins RG Randy Thomas is out for the season
-DeSean Jackson is day-day-day with a groin injury
-Jaguars WR Troy Williamson out for the season with a bad shoulder injury.  Mike Sims-Walker's value just went way up.
NFL Second Thoughts-Monday

Here is what we are thinking the morning after Week Two's action

-Matt Forte owners begin to worry.  The Bears lack of a WR threat is allowing teams to crowd the box.  He may be in for a long year.
-Despite his long 4th quarter TD, TO is gonna blow any minute.  Not many targets, yet should be 2-0...when does TO hit the boiling point?
-Ocho Cinco doing the Lambeau Leap...priceless...him scoring, even better.
-Good day to be a Johnson in Tennessee.  Andre scores twice while Chris Johnson rumbled for close to 200 yards, 3 total scores and 8 catches.  Both are fantasy studs.
-If you played Kevin Kolb you were not disappointed.  390+ yards and 2 scores is enough fantasy points for any team desperate enough to play him.
-Lance Moore fans should get worried.  No impact through 2 games, now an injury.
-Scary that the Pats, Chargers, Redskins, and Packers could be 0-2.
-Where is Brandon Marshall?  Orton completes 19 passes and just 3 to Marshall.
-Steve Smith and Mario Manningham are must have receivers right now if they are still available.
-Nice to see the real Steve Smith rebound from a tough opener with well over 100 yards for Carolina.
-Percy Harvin has proven to be a solid red zone target with both scores coming from within the 5 yard line.
-That's the Matt Schaub that was drafted so high.
-Ditto Frank Gore.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

NFL Late Game Notes

-Cutler throws 2 TD's to lead Bears over the Steelers
-Forte quiet again despite Bears winning
-Edwards catches 6 for 92 yards in Browns blowout loss
-Fred Jackson gains 163 yards and catches 6 balls in Bills win
-Gore explodes for over 200 yards and 2 scores to move 49ers to 2-0
-McGahee scores twice as Ravens upset Chargers
-Rivers throws for career high 436 yards and 2 TD in Chargers loss
-Sproles gets 7 catches, over 120 receiving yards and a TD for Chargers
-Heap scores for a 2nd straight week in Ravens win
-Buckhalter leads Broncos ground attack and scores in week 2
-TO and Lee Evans catch TD's as Bills beat Bucs
-Leftwich throws 3 TD (Winslow, Cadillac, Stevens) in loss to Bills
NFL Early Game Notes

-Randy Moss and Tom Brady completely shut down by the Jets defense and did not get in the end zone.
-Chris Johnson exploded for 197 yards, 2 scores, caught 9 passes for 87 yards and a 3rd score
-Raiders lineman Robert Gallery fractures fibula in win vs. Chiefs
-Roddy White catches six balls and scores in Falcons win
-Owen Daniels gets 72 yards and a score in the Texans win
-Julian Edelman...yes the old QB from Kent State catches 8 passes for 98 yards in Pats loss to Jets
-Mike Turner goes over 100 yards and a score
-Tony Gonzalez scores for 2nd straight week
-Andre Johnson catches 10 balls, 149 yards and 2 scores in Texans shocking win
-Colston scores twice against Eagles
-Bowe catches TD for 2nd straight week
-Brees adds 3 TD passes against Eagles
-Kolb throws for 391 yards and 2 scores in loss to Saints.  He did add 3 picks.
-AP goes for 92 yards, 4 catches and a TD in Vikings win
-Schaub throws for 357 yards and 4 scores against Titans
-Rookie Harvin scores for 2nd consecutive week
-JaMarcus Russell completes 7 of 24 passes for 109 yards....Jeff Garcia was cut...why?
-Laurent Robinson scores in Rams close loss to Redskins
-Mike Bell sprains ankle in Saints rout of the Eagles
Sunday Morning NFL Who is in?  Who is Out?

-Boldin and Breaston ACTIVE vs.Jags
-Welker OUT VS.Jets
-Cassel STARTING vs. Raiders
-Kevin Walter INACTIVE for Texans
-Bo Scaife INACTIVE for Titans
-Justin Fargas INACTIVE for Raiders
-Pierre Thomas ACTIVE but supposed to be limited against the Eagles.  The Saints RB situation is dicey at best

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Saturday Night Fantasy News & Notes

-Antonio Bryant does not travel with Bucs and is out for Sunday.  Expect Winslow and Clayton to get a few more targets.
-Pierre Garcon expected to start Monday vs. Dolphins
-Chiefs will attempt to get Larry Johnson more involved in offense this week
-Chargers DT Jamal Williams out for season.  Expect teams to run up the middle a little bit better against SD
-Felix Jones no longer listed on injury report, however do not expect him to be a key factor vs. Giants

-Jake Peavy allows 3 earned runs in his White Sox debut
-Yankees recall Ian Kennedy from the minors
-Scott Feldman defeats Angels, earns 17th win of the season
-Pedro Martinez leaves start after injuring his right side
-Zach Greinke plays catch Saturday and is expected to make next start
-Jon Garland pitches 8 solid innings against Brad Penny as Dodgers crush Giants
-Michael Cuddyer hits a key 3-run HR to pull Twins within 2 games of the Tigers

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Night Fantasy Notes

Clay Buchholz tossed 6 innings of 1 run ball in the Red Sox win
Ryan Zimmerman reaches 30 homer plateau for first time in win against the Mets
Zach Greinke in danger of missing next start, while Clayton Kershaw throws successful bullpen session
Lance Berkman and Chipper Jones return to the lineup
J.A. Happy removed after 3 innings during start Friday night
Yovani Gallardo to make 1 more start for the Brewers

LT2 ruled out for game vs Ravens.  Sproles not a strong option against Baltimore Defense
Jamal Lewis returns to full practice for the Browns
Matt Cassel remains a game time decision for the Chiefs
Kevin Walter's hamstring is still bothering him and remains a game time decision for the Texans
Steve Breaston and Anquan Boldin both questionable after limited practice Friday.  With an early game, you can check into their game status and play it out Sunday morning.

The Boston Bruins have traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a first and second round pick in 2010 and a first round pick in 2011.
NFL Bench-Start Week 2

Matt Ryan-Falcons: Ryan looked great in the season opening win against the Dolphins as he led the team down the field spreading the ball to all of his targets.  With Michael Turner always a threat to run the ball, Ryan has open room in the secondary.  After McNabb picked apart the Panthers, Ryan should be able to do the same.
Brett Favre-Vikings:  This may be a rare time I feel comfortable recommending Favre, yet after allowing 6 TD's to the Saints last week through the air, the Vikes QB should be able to hit pay dirt at least twice no?

Jason Campbell-Redskins:  The Rams looked terrible in Week 1 and allowed Matt Hasselbeck to score 3 times through the air.  With the weapons he has, there is no reason to think Campbell cannot take advantage of the same weak secondary.

Ray Rice-Ravens:  Rice proved a reliable back out of the backfield and against a Chargers D that allowed McFadden and Bush to run wild in the MNF game, Rice may be in line for a heavy dose of action.  PPR leaguers should already have him set to go.

Brandon Jacobs-Giants: Considering the Bucs moved the ball up and down the field on the ground should be enough evidence that the G-Men should run the ball 35-40 times against the Cowboys Sunday.  Jacobs is the lead horse and despite having no hands, is a solid option to score twice this week.

Roddy White-Falcons:  Do not be worried that he only caught a few balls in Week 1.  Expect Matt Ryan to continue to find the open man and White should go for over 100 and a score against a suspect Panthers defense.

Percy Harvin-Vikings:  I lost two league games last week for benching Harvin.  Now he gets the Lions.  he also gets a ton of return yardage and can break one at any time.  A true playmaker, he must be active this week on your team.


Mark Sanchez-Jets:  He looked great in the opener and so did Trent Edwards against the Pats.  But you know the coaching staff is going to throw some wrinkles at the rookie that he has never seen before.  Wait a week to let him get his feet wet in his first pressure game.

Matt Cassel-Chiefs:  Even if he plays against the Raiders, he will not be 100% and considering the lack of weapons at his disposal, a healthier quarterback should be in your lineup.  The Raiders did a pretty good job against a good Chargers passing game, so find a safer option in this week.

LaDainian Tomlinson-Chargers: Same as Cassel, even if he plays, it will not be at 100% and going against the tough Ravens defense, you need to be 100%

Willie Parker-Steelers:  Word out of Steelers territory Friday says Parker will be entering a timeshare with Mendenhall.  The Bears are angry coming off their loss last Sunday and Ryan Grant did not do much against their defense.  Parker may have lost a step, so watch out for a steady decline.

Kevin Walter-Texans:  I love the Houston receiver, but coming off an injury, against a top defense, with a struggling offense gives me enough to worry about how much he can impact the game.  If you do not have a better option feel free, just no guarantee when someone is coming off a groin injury.

Lance Moore-Saints:  Another receiver I love, Moore did not make any impact in the Saints blowout win against Detroit.  You would think of the 6 TD passes thrown by Brees 1 would go to Moore.  Nope.  Until he gets consistant catches find a safer option to get catches and scores.
Fantasy Hockey Tips for the 2009 Season-By Scott Drake

As the 2009-2010 NHL season approaches we are getting prepared for our upcoming fantasy drafts.   We are watching training camps to see which draft picks are ready  jump to the NHL immediately.    Maybe you are even scouting to see if you can find that sleeper pick that really nobody knows about.    If your league mates are as knowledgeable as you are, and odds are, they are.   Then there won't be that many surprises or sleepers out there during your draft.   Just a few explicit words for you when you steal their picks late in the draft.   Don't get me wrong picking those sleepers definitely help in those late rounds.  But that is not where a draft is won or lost.  Here are some draft tips I'd like to share with you to help you have a success during your draft.

Top 5 Draft Tips:
1. If you are selecting 1 or 2.  No brainer take Ovechkin, Crosby or Malkin.   Any one of those 3 are no brainers and sure fire picks.

2. If you are not 1 or 2.  Take a top ranked goalie.  Typically what happens are that goalies go in runs.   And they are also tiered by skill level.  If you are selecting in the middle it really makes sense to lock up a top tier goalie.  You might say well why wouldn't I take a forward or defensemen first?   Because drafting a top tiered goaltender will guarantee you 70 games played by your goaltender.   That's 20 more games then the next tier of goaltenders.  Not to mention a solid chance at 20 more wins then the next set of net minders.  Just look at last years top 5 goalies versus every other goalie.  There are only so many good ones out there.  So make sure you grab one of the top 5 as I can assure you once the run starts you will be smiling knowing that on your way back around to draft you will already have secured that top netminder and can now focus on your next top player.

3. Wings vs Centers.  I would concentrate on the wings before I looked for a center first.  Reason being, there are a lot of top centers.  The top wingers are few and far between.  So make sure you grab yourself one.

4. Defensemen.  Every year when I do well in my league I always draft a top defensemen every other round for the first couple of rounds.  Similar to goalies there are a top tier group and then it significantly drops off after that.  So lock one up.

5.  Pick with your head not your heart.  While I might love my favorite NHL team.  Picking a guy because he plays for my favorite team, versus picking a player who is the best player available at that time just doesn't make sense.  It is always nice to root for your player while watching your favorite team.   But bottom line, its about winning that trophy or payout at seasons end.   So pick wisely!

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Beatin the Books-CFB Week 3

Thanks to Notre Dame's choke job and USC not being able to win by a larger margin, last week was a down week in CFB (thankfully we made upf or it in the NFL).  Now onto this weeks action..

Kansas -23 vs. Duke
Duke has played pretty well so far in 2009, but they will have no answers for Todd Reesing through the air and Jake Sharp on the ground.  Kansas will score 45+ and wont allow more then 20.

Toledo +20 vs. Ohio State
The Buckeyes have been very unimpressive so far in 2009, squeeking by Navy and losing at home to USC.  Toledo on the other hand has an experienced QB, talented WR group and should keep it within 17 or so.  20 seems a bit to high.  Maybe buy a point and get it to 21.

Notre Dame -10 vs Michigan State
Notre Dame will come out pissed on Saturday and look to show that it is better then they showed lastw eek in their loss to Michigan.  MSU wont be able to stop the Irish offense and after a loss at home to Central Michigan, it is evident MSU will struggle on the road.

Florida -30 vs. Tennessee
30 is a ton of points.  I know.  But everyone knows Florida wants to run it up Saturday against Lane Kiffin, so a 48-14 win still covers it. 

BYU -8 vs. Florida State
BYU first beat Oklahoma then went in and crushed Tulane.  FSU came off a heart breaking loss to Miami by struggling against Jacksonville State.  The Cougars are still playing for a potential BCS spoiler spot and have too many weapons for the Seminoles to stop.  Take into affect the altitude and BYU wins this by 10+

Good look with your picks and let us know of any other games we should be looking out for...
The Doctor Is In-Fantasy Thursday News & Notes

-Rich Harden of the Cubs will be shut down for the rest of the season and will be replaced by Tom Gorzelanny.  Will Harden ever live up to his potential?  Probably not.
-Royals close to signing top pick Aaron Crow, who did not sign in 2008 with the Nationals.
-Derek Lowe should be able to make his next start (blister).

-Charles Rogers busted for DUI Wednesday.  Funny that he was so good on Madden the year he came out of Michigan State.
-Jamal Lewis and James Davis participated in individual drills Thursday for the Browns.
-McNabb does not return to practice and remains doubtful.  Kevin Kolb to start in his place if he cannot go.
-Jerod Mayo reportedly seen in Patriots locker room with knee brace on.  No timetable yet for his return.
-Antonio Bryant (knee) was held out of Thursday's practice by the Bucs.
-Kurt Warner admits his hip is still not that why he looked 65 years old Sunday?
Fantasy Nuggets-Thursday Morning

-Lance Berkman is hoping to return to the Astros lineup on Friday
-J.A. Happ to start Friday against the Braves
-Dan Uggla expected to be traded during the offseason

-Jake Delhomme vows to correct issues from Week 1
-Clinton Portis more sore then usual after only 16 carries against Giants
-Panthers yet to determine backup QB for Sunday
-Pierre Thomas tweets that he is ready to go Sunday, remains questionable

-Phil Kessel expected to be traded by the end of the week.  Maple Leafs remain the favorites.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fantasy Notes-Wednesday Night

Roy Oswalt out for the season with continued pain in his back
Huston Street seems on track to return to Rockies Sunday after throwing successful bullpen session
Victor Martinez to return to the Red Sox Thursday

Mark Reynolds strikes out for times Wednesday, reaching 200 for 2nd straight year
Tim Wakefield expected to start Monday against the Royals
Asdrubal Cabrera day to day with pain in his knee
Josh Hamilton is taking a couple days off from baseball activities due to a sore right glute.

Matt Cassel took far less then the normal amount of snaps and is still questionable for Sunday
Jamal Lewis and James Davis missed portions of practice for the Browns Wednesday
Bo Scaife and Jered Cook both were unable to practice.  Alge Crumpler would start in Scaife's place
Kevin Walter practiced in full Wednesday and will be active to play his usual amount of snaps Sunday
Steve Breaston missed Wednesday's practice while Anquan Boldin partially participated.
Waiver Wired-Week Two

Here are some players to take a look at after the first week of the NFL season is in the books.

Joe Flacco, Ravens-Do not expect 3 TD every time out, however under Harbaugh the Ravens are much less of a smash mouth, ball control, running team.  He has good weapons in Mason, Heap and Clayton, so if the matchup is right, feel comfortable playing him.

Byron Leftwich, Bucs-Leftwich almost threw for 300 yards Sunday but you have to understand he did so as the Bucs were trying to comeback against the Cowboys.  The good news is that as the Bucs defense adjusts to a new system, they may be behind often.  Leftwich is not mobile at all, but as a backup, you could do worse.

Jeff Garcia, Eagles-Kevin Kolb is not the longterm backup answer in Philly, so for those McNabb owners, despite Kolb playing this week, Garcia is probably the best bet in case Donovan misses more time.  He led the Eagles to the playoffs during his one season there and with all the weapons would be instantly starter worthy.

Michael Bush, Raiders-Darren McFadden is the clear starter in Oakland, but it seems Bush will have enough of an opportunity to make an impact.  He was involved on the goal line in their opener and scored a TD.  Especially for McFadden owners, Bush is a solid add.

Cadillac Williams, Bucs-If for some reason caddy is still available, rush to your wire and get him. He started and looked great for the Bucs and with Earnest Graham being unselfish and not asking to go into the game, deferring to the hot hand, Williams' stock is rising.  With 90 yards and a score vs. Dallas, he looked like the back of old.

Fred Jackson, Bills-There is no way this guy is available in your league, but do what you can to grab him.  Even when Lynch returns, Jackson is a solid back to stash in case of injury.  He showed quickness, toyghness and good pass catching skills in the near upset of the Pats, so expect more of the same for the few more games he is the starter.

Kevin Faulk, Patriots-While Fred Taylor scored a TD and Laurence Maroney rushed for some good yardage, Faulk is the most valuable Pats back because he plays the most snaps, is great in PPR formats and even on the 2-pt conversion attempts that failed, he was on the field.  With the Pats looking as pass happy as ever, Faulk is surely a 4 catch guy weekly with the chance to score every time out.

Devery Henderson, Saints
Every Saints skill position player on offense should be owned cause each has a chance to score.  Even Heath Evans scored in Week 1.  Grab Henderson if you can.

Louis Murphy, Raiders
It will be interesting to see whether Murphy or Heyward-Bay goes to the sidelines when starter Chaz Schillens is back for the Raiders, but for now, with that date unknown, Murphy is a solid bet to lead the team in catches.  Heyward-Bay looked awful, while Murphy not only scored once, he had one overturned on a bad call.  He is not a weekly starter, but a solid bench contributor.

Steve Smith, Giants
Smith provided a spark for the Giants in their opener against the Skins, however the injury to Hakeem Nicks opens the door for more of Smith making plays.  He may not score often, but the targets and receptions will be there as Eli Manning looks for reliable targets.

Ben Watson, Patriots-The chances of Watson having another 2 TD game this year are slim, but this at least shows that there are signs of life.  Watson made two clutch catches and this should keep him out of the coaches doghouse...for a week at least.

Todd Heap, Ravens-Another TE that seems to have refound the wonder years, Heap grabbed 5 balls in the opener and scored as well.  If he is a FA snag him and watch.  If he can return to his old level of play, its a waiver wire steal.

Defenses to consider this week
Atlanta vs. Carolina-The Panthers looked terrible in Week 1 while Atlanta shut down Miami.
Washington vs. St. Louis-The Skins only allowed 1 offensive TD in the opener and the Rams were shut out.
Wednesday Morning Fantasy News & Notes

-Edgar Renteria is hoping to return to the Giants lineup today
-Joel Pineiro is eyeing an extension with the Cards, however looking to sign Mark DeRosa and Matt Holliday long term may hinder their chances
-An MRI on Jarrod Washburn's left knee Tuesday showed no structural damage
-J.A. Happ is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today to determine if he is ready to come back
-Randy Johnson to be used out of the bullpen ater being activated from the 15-day DL

-Raiders coach Tom Cable insists Darren McFadden is the teams starting tailback
-Expect Michael Bennett to get some touches Sunday if Tomlinson does not play
-49ers view Vernon Davis as their most dangerous offensive weapon and expect to get him the ball 7 times per game
-49ers owner may soon sit down with Draftee and Holdout Michael Crabtree

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

MLB Fantasy Injury News Update
UPDATE:  Young left after 1st at bat tonight with injured hamstring.
-Rangers 3B Michael Young returned to the lineup for Wednesday's game.  Activate in all leagues asap.
-Brett Tomko to miss at least one start with elbow discomfort
-Kevin Millwood will have his next start skipped after struggling in four of his last 5 appearances
-Chipper Jones to remain out of the lineup as his groin is still an issue
-Jarrod Washburn left Wednesday's start with an apparent knee injury
-Troy Glaus not sure whether he will return in 2009
Jerod Mayo Injury Update

The Boston Globe has said that Jerod Mayo is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a Grade 3 or the worst possible sprain.  The other source believes it is not that bad.
Fantasy Analysis:  Mayo was the defensive rookie of the year and a playmaker on the Pats defense.  This is a huge blow to the defense as Gary Guyton will step in.  This hurts the Pats defense, so see how they respond against arch rival New York this week before dropping them as a unit.
Fantasy College Blitz Start or Sit Week 3
Great article on who to start and sit in College Football this week from my friends at FCB.
The Day After-Tuesday NFL News & Notes

-ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed that Tony Romo (ankle) will practice Wednesday and start against the Giants on Sunday night.

-Browns used rotation at #2 WR position in week 1.  Outside of Braylon Edwards, no Cleveland WR should be owned.

-Eagles place Shawn Andrews on IR.  Huge blow for the Eagles running attack and with Donovan McNabb possibly out, teams can stack the box and shut down the run and force the QB to make plays.

-Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions received no looks during his first NFL game as the Lions attempted to come back after be doing early against the Saints.

-With the injury to Anthony Gonzalez, expect Dallas Clark to become even more involved in the Colts passing game.

-Saints HC Sean Payton hints at running back by commitee when Pierre Thomas is ready to go as he was impressed with the ability of Mike Bell who ran for well over 100 yards in the opener.

-Chris Chambers caught 0 balls Monday Night.  Is he done?  Malcolm Floyd may be starting very shortly.

-Kevin Faulk led all Patriots running backs in plays on the field Monday with 42.  PPR players should be placing a waiver claim for the Pats all-everything back.
How to Lose 2 Fantasy Games By a Total of 4.5 Points
Waking up this morning and checking the computer is to many like Christmas morning, opening gifts.  Since most of the country did not stay awake till 1:30am to see the end of the Chargers-Raiders game, fantasy owners everywhere logged on to check how their team fared and whether they pulled out a victory.  I was one of them.

Before my head hit the pillow at halftime of the 2nd MNF game, I knew 1 team was in deep trouble thanks largely to Zach Miller, who looked more like Tony Gonzalez then himself.  The other team just got a miraculous 2 TD 4th quarter from Brady and a 47 yard FG by Kaeding and was in decent shape.  But that was not to be.

Sure enough Miller ended his night with 6 catches for 90+ yards, resulting in a 15 pt performance giving me a 4 pt loss.  Then there is the other game, which ended with me losing by .5 points.  Yes, .5 points.  Meaning if Darren McFadden didnt fumble, drop a pass or even get a goal line touch in the 1st half, I win.  Or on 3rd and 17, Gates doesnt catch a 23 yard strike from Rivers, Kaeding gets a FG opp and I win. 

But thats not what I blame it on and this is the true lesson of this post.  Always go with your gut.  On Sunday morning at 11am I had an epiphany.  Chris Henry has been so good this preseason, he has to play.  And then another.  Felix Jones is gonna get a short yardage TD this week, no doubt.  No chance.

So after glowing over Percy Harvin for a month, I sat the rookie and watched him score a TD for Minnesota.  Henry had 1 catch, Jones had 2 points, and that is how you lose games.

Always go with your heart.  Play certain matchups, but when the coin is tossed, always go with your 1st choice.

Monday, September 14, 2009

MNF Early Game Notes

-Tom Brady kept dinking and dunking for 55 minutes.  Then threw 2 Bradyesque strikes to Ben Watson to lead the Pats to victory.  It took the Pats abandoning the run to get into rhythm, so it will be interesting to see how successful they will be next week against the Rex Ryan led Jets pass defense.  Should be a great game in the Meadowlands.

-Countdown to T.O. complaing begins in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...TO was invisible Monday Night, with 2 catches for 45 yards.  No end zone touches, no down field strikes, he was nowhere to be seen.  And after this debacle, watch out for a brewing situation in Buffalo already.

-I was impressed by Trent Edwards, who ran the screen game to perfection, got the ball out quickly and made the necessary plays to win.  Not his fault the defense gave up 14 points in the last 3 minutes.

-Fred Jackson needs to be owned in all leagues and the Bills must get him the ball as much as they can.  57 yards rushing, 83 yards receiving and a score.  Not bad for a backup filling in for Lynch.  He was the most valuable player all night.

-Love the Pats throwbacks jerseys, the Bills...not so much.
Monday NFL News & Notes

-McNabb does not rule himself out of next weeks showdown vs. Saints
-Pierre Thomas says he will be back for Week 2 vs. Eagles
-Panthers backup QB Josh McCown placed on IR ending his season
-Cowboys coach Wade Phillips revealed that Felix Jones suffered a thigh bruise in the first half of Sunday's win over Tampa.
-49ers coach Mike Singletary says the team may be revamping their contract offer to Michael Crabtree in the near future
-Anquan Boldin did not suffer any setbacks during season opening loss to 49ers.
Urlacher out for the Season?

Brian Urlacher (dislocated wrist) is out for the season as he must have had to have a dislocated bone put back in.
Fantasy Impact:  This is a huge hole to fill now for the Bears defense which seemed to be playing fairly well through 58 minutes last night.  With Free Agents such as Derrick Brooks on the market, it would be a surprise to see them stick with Hunter Hillenmeyer.  Until then, expect teams to be much more successful running the ball against the Bears D.
 Diary of a Fantasy Sports Wife-Entry 4
And so it begins….  Question:  What’s the spread? 
                                     Answer:  Cheese and crackers and crudités. 
As he began to roar with laughter, I realized he was talking about the spread in the USC vs. Ohio State game with someone on the phone and not about the food I was putting out when our guests arrived.   And so it begins… all football, all the time.  The NFL season kicks off in earnest on Sunday, September 13, 2009 and football fans everywhere will be spending their days glued in front of the televisions.  What makes these games more intriguing for my husband is the fact that he bets on almost every college and professional game (just an exaggeration).  (All money by the way that I could think of much better things to do with.  Things that people would be able to see.) He screams at the TV so loudly that our poor puppy runs under the table because she thinks she did something wrong.  As if him screaming for the player to run faster is actually going to motivate him to run.  All bets are off (or shall I say on) during football season.  All I can say is that while he’s screaming at the television, he doesn’t know what I’m   “betting” on.
MLB Waiver Wired For Your Playoff Stretch

Kaz Matsui, MI, HOU: .360 BA, 4 SB in last 7 days
Mark Ellis, 2B, OAK: 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB in last 7 days
Nick Johnson, 1B, FLA: 7 RBI, .400 BA in last 7 days
Michael Brantly, OF, CLE: 5 RBI, .391 BA in last 7 days

Vicente Padilla, SP, LA: 2 wins, 1.56 ERA in last 14 days
Tim Stauffer, SP, SD: 2 wins, 1.40 ERA in last 14 days
Pedro Martinez, SP, PHIL 2 wins, 13 K, 2.63 ERA in last 14 days
Juan Gutierrez, RP, ARI: 2 saves in last 14 days
Ryan Madson, RP, PHI: New closer in Philadelphia including save Sunday night vs. Mets

Sunday, September 13, 2009

NFL Late Game Fantasy Stars

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, SEA: 279 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
John Carlson, TE, SEA: 6 receptions, 95 yards, 2 TD
Chris Cooley, TE, WAS: 7 receptions, 68 yards, TD
Tim Hightower, RB, ARI: 12 receptions, 121 yards
NFL Fantasy Stars-Sunday Early Games & Injury Notes

-Drew Brees, QB, Saints: 358 yards and 6 TD
-Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
-Donovan McNabb, QB, Eagles-ESPN and Comcast are reporting he broke a rib.  No timetable is set for his return to the team.
-Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins: 7 receptions, 57 yards
-Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets: 18-for-31 for 272 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
-Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts: 10 receptions, 162 yards, TD reports that Anthony Gonzalez is expected to miss 2-6 weeks with a knee injury suffered in the first half Sunday.
-Tony Gonzalez caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 1 victory
-Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons-2 TD passes
-Antonio Bryant left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.
-Maurice Jones Drew, RB, Jaguars-97 yards rushing, 5 receptions, TD
Takin it to the House Sunday Selections

Minnesota -3.5 @ Cleveland
The Browns lack a solid running game and with no answer for Adrian Peterson on the ground they will be forced to bring more guys into the box giving Brett Favre all the time he needs to pick them apart.  Brady Quinn will struggle as the ground game will not get on track and the Vikes win it easily.  Vikings 27 Browns 13

Philly +.5 @ Carolina
Carolina was dominated in their playoff game in 2008 and although it is months later, one must wonder what the hangover will be.  Jake Delhomme is just not that good and Jonathan Stewart is not 100%.  Brian Westbrook will do just enough for the Eagles and McNabb will toss 3 scores.  Eagles 24 Panthers 17

New England -10.5 vs. Buffalo
This game will not be close.  The Bills offense did absolutely nothing in the preseason and will be going against a team that is out to prove something in 2009.  Prove that their QB is healthy, that they are over the 2007 ending to their season and that they are back.  The spread may be covered within 5 minutes.  Patriots 42 Bills 17

New Orleans -11.5 @ Detroit
The Saints blew out the Lions in 2008 and despite the injury to Pierre Thomas should do more then enough offensively to blow out the Lions who are starting a rookie QB in his NFL debut.  Saints 35 Lions 20

Baltimore -8.5 vs. Kansas City
The Chiefs may be without their starting QB Matt Cassel and the Ravens will come after the QB whoever it is.  The Chiefs will not be able to move the ball on the ground and Joe Flacco should be able to pick apart the secondary when he is not relying on the solid Ravens ground game.  The Ravens D is the key.  Ravens 27 Chiefs 9

Who do you like?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

NFL Fantasy Notes-Saturday Night

-Browns RB James Davis was involved in a one-car accident while driving to the Browns' practice facility Saturday morning and is questionable for Sunday's game.  Although the injury does not sound serious, any thought that he would have a big season opener are dashed now, as the Browns will ride Jamal Lewis in Week 1

-Eagles WR Reggie Brown traveled with the team to Carolina, squashing rumors he would be cut before the season opener

-Bengals Kicker Shayne Graham is ready for the season opener and has a great opener against the Broncos.  If you like playing kicker matchups, this is one to use

-Raiders WR Javon Walker will be inactive for Monday's game because of his knee

-Despite not being 100%, Cardinals WR Steve Breaston is probable for Sunday's opener and with Anquan Boldin questionable at best to play, Breaston may be a sneaky start

Blockbuster NHL Deal Complete
The San Jose Sharks have acquired Dany Heatley for Jonathan Cheechoo, Milan Michalek, and a second round pick.
Fantasy Analysis: Heatley will now go to camp motivated to show that he is not a spoiled athlete and should have an immense season playing along Joe Thornton. Cheechoo on the other hand has struggled since early in the 2007 season and maybe a change of scenery will help.  Michalek is also a solid option, however is not in the same league as the other two stars.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Beat the Book Saturday Picks

What can I say.  Georgia Tech up 24-0, 24-7, 24-14, yet they cannot cover 4 points on Thursday night?  Pathetic.  That was a terrible beat, but here are some Saturday selections to take to the house.

UNC -4 @ UConn
UConn struggled to a 7 point win on the road at Ohio last week while UNC crushed The Citadel.  UNC also blew out UConn in 2008 thanks to 3 blocked kicks in the 2nd quarter.  UNC has a powerful offense that should overcome a feisty Huskies defense. The Huskies will not be able to keep up: UNC 27-UConn 13

Nebraska -21 vs. Arkansas State
These are not your fathers Cornhuskers.  This team slings the ball over the field, then hands it to Roy Helu Jr. who goes nuts.  They crushed Florida Atlantic, which actually has some solid weapons, by 46 points.  Arkansas State on the other hand won by 61!  But, that was against Mississipii Valley State.  The Huskers will post 40+ and not allow more then 17.  That sure covers 21!  Nebraska 45 ASU 18

TCU -11 @ Virginia
Another road dog here as the Horned Frogs make their 2009 debut.  They still have a solid defense that can stifle anyone, with an offense that can make big plays and control the ball.  The Cavs are coming off a home loss to....WILLIAM & MARY...Nuff said.  TCU 25 UVA 10

USC -7 @ OSU
Yes, a 3rd road dog.  These two teams met last year and the talent disparity was immense.  take my word, I was there.  Yes USC lost Mark Sanchez to the NFL but they have a ton of future pro RB's and a solid freshman who will avoid mistakes.  A lot can be told in a win, thus OSU's shaky performance in their win Navy showed a lot of weaknesses.  A team like USC will capitalize.  Make it 2 straight for USC, which always shows up and crushes Big 10 schools.  USC 30 Ohio State 20

Notre Dame -3 @ Michigan
Yes it is getting ridiculous with the road dogs, but I was more impressed with Notre Dame's win against an offensive juggernaut like Nevada then Michigan's win vs WMU.  They have the better QB, better group of receivers, and the better defense.  I dont even think this is close.  Notre Dame 30 Michigan 13

Other Leans
UAB -12
Iowa State +6
Oklahoma State -16

Friday Night NFL News & Notes

-ESPN's John Clayton said that Anquan Boldin (hamstring) "probably" won't play in Week 1.  That is a big blow for the Cardinals and fantasy owners.  With Steve Breaston also hobbling and not 100%, Jerheme Urban may have a solid opener.
-Maurice Jones-Drew participated fully in Jaguars practice Friday and was removed from the Week 1 injury report.
-Pierre Thomas (knee) has formally been ruled out for Week 1.
-Kevin Walter did not practice again Friday and remains a game time decision on Sunday.
-Vikings coach Brad Childress all but confirmed that Bernard Berrian (questionable, hamstring) will be a game-time decision in Week 1.
-Knowshon Moreno (knee, questionable) was limited in Broncos practice Friday.
-The injury suffered by Bo Scaife in the Thursday night opener is not considered serious.
-Matt Cassel (knee, questionable) was a limited participant in Chiefs practice Friday.  He seems unlikely to be fully healthy and a safe play this weekend against Baltimore.
-Deion Branch misses his 3rd straight day of practice and seems doubtful for the Seahawks opener.
-Shawne Merriman will not be charged for any crime.  Move the Chargers defense up your ranks for the year.
Great News for Owners of the Vikings Defense

Vikings DTs Kevin Williams and Pat Williams will be available for the entire season after the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that their case will stay in Minnesota state court.
Fantasy Spin:  The Vikes already possess a solid defense, but adding these 2 run stuffers for the entire season, when they were surely going to be suspended for a portion of the campaign, is huge news.  The Vikes D should dominate the Browns in Week 1 and remain in the top 5 defenses all of 2009.