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2009 Rankings — Coming Soon!

May 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Hey fantasy faux-ballers:

I will be creating rankings (or some sort of draft guide) later this summer for your viewing pleasure. And then I will be updating the site again all season with news and advice. So check back often and let me know what you think.

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Week 16: RB Rankings

December 19, 2008 Leave a comment

Here are your Week 16 RB Rankings. And check out the QB Rankings and WR Rankings.

  1. Pierre Thomas @ DET
  2. Matt Forte vs. GB
  3. Michael Turner @ MIN
  4. Adrian Peterson vs. ATL
  5. Thomas Jones @ SEA
  6. Steve Slaton @ OAK
  7. Brian Westbrook @ WAS
  8. DeAngelo Williams @ NYG
  9. Steven Jackson vs. SF
  10. Marshawn Lynch @ DEN
  11. Kevin Smith vs. NO
  12. Ronnie Brown @ KC
  13. Sammy Morris vs. ARI
  14. Chris Johnson vs. PIT
  15. Clinton Portis vs. PHI
  16. Ryan Grant @ CHI
  17. LaDainian Tomlinson @ TB
  18. Derrick Ward vs. CAR
  19. Justin Fargas vs. HOU
  20. Brandon Jacobs vs. CAR
  21. Cedric Benson @ CLE
  22. Willie Parker @ TEN
  23. Larry Johnson vs. MIA
  24. Kevin Faulk vs. ARI
  25. Le’Ron McClain @ DAL

Week 15: Injury Updates

December 13, 2008 2 comments

QB Jeff Garcia: Garcia is questionable and may not start. If he cannot go, QB Luke McCown would get the start. I do not recommend either of them against the Falcons. UPDATE 12/15/08: Garcia has been ruled out. QB Brian Griese will get the start.

QB Gus Frerotte: Frerotte (back) is doubtful. If he cannot go, QB Tavaris Jackson will get the start. Avoid him. Even against the Cardinals.

QB Matt Hasselbeck: Hasselbeck is out this week. QB Seneca Wallace will get another start. If you are desperate, he might do well against the Rams.

RB Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs (knee) is out this week. Look for RB Ahmad Bradshaw and RB Derrick Ward to get more work. Both have a pretty good matchup against the Cowboys.

UPDATE 12/15/08: RB Reggie Bush: Bush (knee) will undergo an MRI on his knee and may miss the rest of the season. With Bush out, expect RB Pierre Thomas to get more carries and perform pretty well.

RB Fred Taylor: Taylor (hand) is on IR. RB Maurice Jones-Drew will get all the carries.

RB Frank Gore: Gore (ankle) will not play this weekend. RB Deshaun Foster will get the start.

RB Marion Barber: Barber (toe) is listed as probable this week. But even if he does play, he will likely split carries with RB Tashard Choice, who looked good last week against Pittsburgh.

RB Ray Rice: Rice (shin) is doubtful. So look for RB Willis McGahee and RB Le’Ron McClain to get more work.

RB LenDale White: White missed two straight practices this week. His status for the game against the Texans is unclear. If he cannot go, expect RB Chris Johnson to have a big game.

RB Joseph Addai: Addai (shoulder) is questionable this week. I expect RB Dominic Rhodes, who has been playing well, to get more work. He has a very good matchup. UPDATE 12/15/08: Addai plans to dress for the game, but I expect Rhodes to get nearly all the carries, still.

Week 13: Random Thoughts

December 1, 2008 Leave a comment

1. With RB Clinton Portis ailing and RB Marion Barber facing a brutal schedule down the stretch, it appears like RB Michael Turner (much to my chagrin), RB Thomas Jones, and RB Matt Forte are going to fight it out to see who will be the top-scoring fantasy RB this year.

2. RB Peyton Hillis has once again shown us that you cannot predict the Denver RB situation coming into the season.

3. QB Donovan McNabb made a pretty strong statement this week after being benched last week.

4. Is it just me, or does RB Brandon Jackson look like a better option in Green Bay than RB Ryan Grant?

5. It is amazing what a pass rush will do to a QB (see e.g. QB Drew Brees vs. Tampa Bay).

6. I could barely watch the Thanksgiving Day game between the Titans and the Lions.

7. Is there any team in the NFL better at running the ball than the New York Giants?

8. How does QB Brett Favre carve up the Titans and then struggle against the Broncos? Maybe the Packers were right: He is no longer a bad weather QB.

9. Is WR Lance Moore the new WR Marques Colston?

10. As if WR Braylon Edwards owners were not disappointed enough, now they will likely have to deal with QB Ken Dorsey as the starting QB.

Week 9: Friday Injury Report

October 31, 2008 Leave a comment

Here are some notable injuries to keep in mind as you set your lineups for Week 9:

RB Steven Jackson (STL): Jackson (thigh) has been limited in practice all week and will likely be a game-time decision. Advice: If you have another option, I would go with it. Even if he does play, he will not be at 100%. And RB Antonio Pittman will probably get some touches, as well.

RB Larry Johnson (KC): Johnson is not injured, but he has been deactivated by the Chiefs this week and will not play. Advice: Backup RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is injured and will be limited, which means RB Kolby Smith will get most of the carries. Also, the NFL has suspended Johnson for Week 10, so he will not be available next week either.

RB Darren McFadden (OAK): McFadden (toe) missed practice all week and will likely be out this week. Advice: McFadden has not been playing all that well this year anyway, so avoid him.

RB Willis McGahee (BAL): McGahee (ankle) missed some practice time this week, but is expected to play. Advice: I think McGahee is a safe play, but expect RB Ray Rice to get some touches, as well.

RB Willie Parker (PIT): Parker (knee) has looked good in practice this week, and should be ready to play against the Redskins. Advice: Parker plays on MNF, so you will have to make a decision on him early so you can set your lineup for Sunday. If you have Moore, that makes it easier. But if you do not, you might consider other options. I think Parker will play, but Moore will likely continue to get some touches as they ease him back into the lineup.

WR Santana Moss (WAS): Moss (hamstring) missed practice time this week and is expected to be a game-time decision. Advice: I suggested sitting Moss due to the matchup, and this makes me even less confident in his chances to perform well. Since the game is on MNF, you should probably go with a different option, or risk being stuck with no one if Moss sits out.

TE Jason Witten (DAL): Witten (ribs) has not practiced this week but keeps saying he will play. Advice: If you have other options at TE, you might want to go with one of them. Witten might play, but he is clearly not 100%, and his numbers have been down without Romo. Plus, the Giants are a tough matchup.

TE Tony Scheffler (DEN): Scheffler (groin) has been practicing and should play this week. Advice: I think he will be ready to go, but as with most players coming off injuriers, he will likely not be 100%. Beyond that, he has a pretty tough matchup, so unless you are desperate, I would bench him.

Week 9: Hot & Cold

October 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Here are some players who are Hot & Cold going into Week 9:

HOT:

QB Matt Schaub (HOU): Since missing a game with a viral infection, Schaub has averaged over 300 yards and 2 TDs per game, making him one of the top scoring fantasy players over the past 3 weeks. Although he struggled a little early, he has been playing very well lately. Other than Baltimore in week 10 and Tennessee in week 15, he faces some friendly pass defenses down the stretch, as well. So look for him to continue to perform at a high level. He might even be available on waivers in your league.

RB Ryan Torain (DEN): Torain is not “hot” because of his play, but he is “hot” due to the buzz surrounding this much-hyped rookie. And he may get a chance to show us what he is worth sooner rather than later, because RB Selvin Young (groin), RB Michael Pittman (ribs), and RB Andre Hall (wrist) are all dealing with injuries. So even though Torain has not played yet this year, he might be the healthiest RB in Denver.

WR Donnie Avery (STL): After not catching a ball in the first two weeks of the season, Avery has averaged 11.3 points per game. Much of this is due to his 169-yard, 1 TD performance in week 8, but he has been consistently improving over the course of the season. Last week will likely end up being his best game of the year, but I think it is fair to expect him to average around 8-10 points per game from here on out.

WR Randy Moss (NE): Although he did have one stinker game against San Diego (2.6 points), Moss has averaged 12.3 points in the 4 games since the Patriots bye week. Although he is nowhere near his record-setting pace of last year, this is pretty good production. QB Matt Cassel will certainly have his ups and downs, but the Patriots seem to be playing better and Moss is defnitely benefiting from Cassel becoming more comfortable in the offense.

WR Andre Johnson (HOU): As I mentioned in a previous post, Andre Johnson is on pace for an amazing year — 128 catches and 1765 yards. Over hist last four games, he is averaging 10 catches and nearly 150 yards. Which is unreal. The only negative is that he has only caught 2 TDs. But he has still been one of the top-scoring fantasy WRs. And I have a feeling he will catch some TDs before the year is over.

COLD:

QB Brad Johnson (DAL): No one expected Brad Johnson to match the stats of inujured QB Tony Romo, but people also did not expect the 40-year old journeyman to be this bad. Dallas has a very talented team, bu they are struggling on both sides of the ball right now, and Brad Johnson is simply not getting it done.

WR Reggie Wayne (IND): After posting at least 14 points in four of his first five games — with 7.4 points in the other game — Wayne has come back down to earth with only 2.4 and 2.9 points in his last two outings. Some believe that QB Peyton Manning is injured and/or simply not playing well, but I also think that WR Marvin Harrison is past his prime and teams are focusing on Wayne. I think he will rebound, but he may not be the WR1 many were expecting when they drafted him.

WR Terrell Owens (DAL): Theoretically, TO should benefit from having a guy like WR Roy Williams on the other side. However, without QB Tony Romo throwing the ball, TO has struggled, averaging only 3.5 points per game over his last 3 contests. And it will not get any easier this week against the Giants.

TE Jason Witten (DAL): Do you sense a theme in Dallas? Witten has struggled with QB Brad Johnson in the game, and now he also has to deal with a fractured rib. Witten says he will play this weekend, but I have my doubts. Even if he does play, he has not been nearly as productive with Johnson at QB. Hopefully he can get healthy and will be ready to go after the bye week when Romo returns.

Welcome to Fantasy Funk

September 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Hello.

Welcome to Fantasy Funk. Yeah, I know it is already week 2. But I decided to start up a fantasy football blog anyway. Better late than never, as they say.

So, welcome. And enjoy.

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