Wednesday, December 23, 2009


The past few weeks I’ve received a few phone calls from fantasy basketball enthusiasts, wondering why this fantasy blog centers its attention on football and baseball.
Okay, okay, the fantasy sports world doesn’t totally revolve around football, or even baseball for that matter, so here’s some fantasy basketball advice you can sink your teeth into.
Guys at the guard, forward and center positions you should consider starting these days who are not superstars called LeBron James, Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett are guard Stephen Curry, forward Ersan Ilyasova and center Erick Dampier.
Curry has been playing 30-plus minutes and has averaged almost 14 points and four rebounds a game the last four games. This includes 27 points against the Wizards. The added bonus here with Curry is steals – he has 15 in the last four games combined. Curry also has some great matchups coming up against teams that struggle on defense.
Ilyasova has been a bit inconsistent but he seems to be back on a good track averaging nearly 17 points and eight rebounds in his last five games. This is a forward who I have seen available on the waiver wires of various fantasy sports sites and I would grab him if you can.
I know some people who refuse to put Dampier on their team because he can disappear for a stretch of games. But he’s been on a roll the last five games averaging around 12 points, 12 rebounds and over two blocks a game.
I will do my best to post a basketball update at least every Wednesday. I’ll even post some fantasy hockey advice.
Fantasy fishing anyone?

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Don't buy into it.
Because of the Minnesota Vikings' recent struggles and the controversy between QB Brett Favre and coach Brad Childress in last Sunday's game, fantasy football sites are telling you to stay away from Favre this weekend.
Again, don't do it.
If anything, this is likely your championship week if you're still alive in your playoffs and if Favre is on your roster, start him. Favre was taking a beating in the game on Sunday against Carolina and Childress wanted to take Favre out in the third quarter. Favre vehemently made his case to Childress about wanting to stay in the game, and did, as the Vikes lost 26-7.
Favre will surely be bombarded by questions from the media throughout the week about this outburst with Childress. Sports sites are already comparing the Vikes recent tailspin to the Favre-led Jets tailspin of a season ago.
I believe Favre is going to respond with a huge game against Chicago in Week 16.
Four weeks ago, Favre had one of his best games of the season against the Bears' weak defense, throwing for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009


The fantasy football experts this morning at ESPN, CBS and Fox are telling you to stay away from Tom Brady and Randy Moss. Don't buy it. New England needs this win and with Moss getting fried by the media last week for his lackluster play in Week 14, he will have a big day against the Bills where the weather will be fine.
I see Moss getting 8-10 receptions for 120 yards and one or two TDs.
And if Matthew Berry keeps complaining on ESPN2 about how hard he had it coming to work today because of the snow, I'm going to throw up. Fantasy football owners don't care, they just want info.


You have likely seen those repetitious Joseph A. Bank TV commercials, where you can buy one suit and get 10 free or buy one shirt and get 12 free (okay, a little exaggerated but you get the idea).
There is one player who resembles those commercials a bit.
With Kansas City back Jamaal Charles, you get a solid back. But get Charles as a back and you earn rushing yardage and you get three additional stats - rushing TDs, receptions for point-per-reception leagues, receiving yards and receiving TDs.
KC plays host to Cleveland and Charles should have a huge day here - 80-100 yards, a rushing TD, 5-8 receptions, 40-50 receivng yards and a receiving TD.
Note that receiver Dwayne Bowe returns from a team suspension and will take touches away from Charles and receiver Chris Chambers.


I just finished shoveling 12-inch high snow in my driveway, and with the out-of-shape heavy breathing becoming more normal, I am now plugged into the world of fantasy football.....
Be advised that Atlanta back Mike Turner and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan are expected to start today. While the big boys at ESPN and this morning are telling everyone to start Turner at your own risk, I say start the guy. Turner has been champing at the bit to get on the field and the snow that fell has been cleared for better traction.
Speaking of the Falcons, play all the Jets who play host to the Falcons today. QB Mark Sanchez is playing and will be motivated to have a big game, especially with the Jets still in the playoff picture. Thomas Jones, Braylon Edwards and Jericho Cotchery will all have big games. Add tight end Dustin Keller to that mix. He has been strugglingthe past month but I see him being used a lot today - 6-8 receptions for 70-80 yards and a touchdown.
ALSO, play all Baltimore Ravens offensive producers. With Jacksonville losing on Thursday the Ravens are in great shape for the playoffs - if they win out. Quarterback Joe Flacco, whose NFL player agent is Joe Linta of Branford, will have a huge day - 250-300 yards and 2-3 touchdowns.

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