Saturday, November 14, 2009


Sometimes, it's never easy when it comes to your fantasy football lineup.
This week, if you have Philadelphia back Brian Westbrook or Carolina back DeAngelo Williams, you're probably frustrated and looking for any sign that these guys won't burn you if you start them.

Westbrook is finally getting back on the field this week after missing a couple weeks with a concussion and other ailments. Most experts are saying be wary of the fact he will likely share the action with backup LeSean McCoy.
Sure, that will likely happen. But the Eagles are a different team with Westbrook in the lineup, even if it's a Westbrook who is only 80-90 percent healthy.
At the very least he will get 15-20 touches and he can do a lot with that kind of action. I plan to play him in all four leagues that I have him.

I have Williams in three leagues and he's been killing me. Right now, as of Saturday afternoon, I have him benched in those leagues because it seemed his sore knee became more of a problem as this past week went by.
The killer is this guy can single-handedly win you a game. The key is to make sure he's going to get on the field. Reading between the lines of several Internet reports, it looks like Williams will play. After talking to a couple of friends who cover NFL teams, they are convinced he will play. We should know around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday when inactive lists are released. If he is active, he will certainly be active in my lineups.

Also, if you are desperate for a receiver this week, be advised that Oakland receiver Chaz Schilens is finally expected to make his 2009 debut after recovering from a foot injury.
I know, I know, he plays for awful Oakland but this guy is a playmaker. He's huge, bigger than big (actually 6-foot-4) and with speed.
Similar to how Miles Austin has turned around the fortunes of Tony Romo, Schilens could have a similar affect (don't laugh) with Raiders QB Jamarcus Russell. I'm serious.
I always put up or shut up when it comes to my fantasy predictions and I am actually starting Schilens in two leagues. He's available in just about every waiver wire that's out there.
My colleagues at the New Haven Register laugh at me when I say this, but the day Schilens gets back on the field is the day Oakland starts playing better.

Lastly, if Patriots back Sammy Morris is on your waiver wire and you need a back, grab him now. It might be another week before he's back in action, but he will likely go back to starting for the Pats when he returns.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Former UConn standout running back Donald Brown (shoulder injury) has been declared inactive by the Indianapolis Colts. This bodes well for starter Joseph Addai who should see more touches today.


As we wind down to Week 9 kickoff once again Eagles back Brian Westbrook is a late scratch. If you're scrambling for a replacement you might want to see if Chiefs back Jamaal Charles (starter for Larry Johnson today) is available on your waiver wire. Bottom line, get Westbrook out of your active lineup...
Other big names not playing today are Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin and Buccaneers receiver Antonio Bryant, both have been declared inactive.
Potential replacements could be Texans wideout Kevin Walter and if you're willing to take a gamble, new Chiefs receiver Chris Chambers. Walter is expected to see more throws with tight end Owen Daniels out and Chambers was grabbed off waivers by the Chiefs. He will play today.
Also, the Texans' Web site has declared Ryan Moats as the starter today at running back. But be advised Steve Slaton and Chris Brown will also be in the mix. The best bets for big stats from Houston today will be from receivers Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter.