Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fantasy Football: Week 5 players studs and duds

The studs who are likely to give you double-digit points.....

St.Louis back Steven Jackson is healthy again and he's facing the Detroit Lions. A great combo for fantasy football team owners who have him.
Despite Kansas City being the last 3-0 team in the NFL, most fantasy football "experts" are not giving them any respect and telling you to stay away from their players this week against Indianapolis. Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has the Chiefs rolling and I urge everyone to play quarterback Matt Cassel, back JamaalCharles, receiver Dwayne Bowe and tight end Tony Moeaki. While the Chiefs might not beat the Colts, at the very least they will be playing catch up and Cassel will be throwing early and often, including to Charles coming out of the backfield.
Jacksonville back Maurice Jones-Drew should also have a field day at Buffalo. And speaking of Buffalo, with back Marshawn Lynch traded to Seattle, Bills back Fred Jackson gets his first shot to start this season and should also be motivated to have a great day against the mediocre Jaguars defense.
Others to key on are Atlanta QB Matt Ryan, Baltimore receiver Anquan Boldin, Jets receiver Santonio Holmes and Washington tight end Chris Cooley.

The duds to stay away from this week...

Denver back Laurence Maroney will play in place of injured Knowshon Moreno. Unfortunately for Maroney he has to face Ray Lewis and the Ravens bad-boy defense.
If you're thinking about playing Carolina QB Jimmy Clausen be advised he will face one of the hottest defenses in the NFL - Chicago.
Philadelphia back LeSean McCoy, hampered by a rib injury, is expected to start at San Francisco. But the 49ers defense has been tough on backs this season and will be especially be tough since they will be looking for a win at home.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fantasy football: Hot Week 5 waiver pickups

Washington back Ryan Torain


This is an unusual week where a long list of usable players are available on most waiver wires. With a slew of injuries and bye weeks in full force, this is the time to grab who you can off waivers.

A key pickup would be Washington back Ryan Torain with Clinton Portis out 4-6 weeks. Torain is quick and can also catch the ball out of the backfield...

The Patriots are on the bye this week but you might want to add receivers Brandon Tate and Julian Edelman now. They will get the most upgrade with Randy Moss traded to the Vikings.

Shaun Hill, QB, Lions, Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles, Sam Bradford, QB, Rams, and even Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills are viable additions to your team if you need a quarterback.

Michael Bush, RB, Raiders is a guy to grab with starter Darren McFadden expected to miss this week and Eagles back Mike Bell, RB, is another key pickup with starter LeSean McCoy out indefinitely with an injury.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants hasn't done much but should see more action this weekend with Ahmad Bradshaw banged up with an ankle injury. Bradshaw will likely start but will lose carries to Jacobs.

Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts, Saints backs, are both viable pickups with Pierre Thomas still injured. Even if Thomas plays it will be sparingly.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions has done well this season and is a decent pickup if your tight end is on the bye.

I would also give Cowboys WR Roy Williams a shot if you need a receiver. He's still available on a lot of waivers in ESPN and leagues. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are still the No. 1 and 2 guys, but Williams bailed out the Cowboys in their Week 3 win and will be given another chance to contribute this weekend coming off the bye.

Mondays - recap of Sunday games, Wednesday - injury report, Thursday/Friday-waiver wire report, Saturday-who to start, who to sit

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fantasy Football: Injuries to monitor heading into Week 5

Mondays - recap of Sunday games, Wednesday - injury report, Thursday-waiver wire report, Saturday-who to start, who to sit

There are a bevy of injuries to monitor and one to react to the next few days.

The one to react to now.....
Be advised Washington back Clinton Portis is out 4-6 weeks with a groin separation injury. This means that Ryan Torrain likely takes over the starting duties. If he's available on your waiver wire, grab him ASAP.

Hamstring injuries are still nagging several players. Oakland back Darren McFadden missed practice on Wednesday and could miss another game with a hamstring injury. Indianapolis receiver Austin Collie, the top rated receiver in the NFL, missed practice on Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, who suffered a concussion against the Giants, returned to practice on Wednesday. He will likely start on Sunday.

New Orleans back Pierre Thomas continues to be hampered by an ankle injury and is iffy for Week 5. Keep an eye on him the next two days.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Fantasy Football: Week 4 recap



Mondays - recap of Sunday games, Wednesday - injury report, Thursday-waiver wire report, Saturday-who to start, who to sit

Week 4 recap

Two names stick out this season when it comes to the top-rated fantasy football quarterbacks this season and they are names who were more of an afterthought when most of us drafted our teams in the preseason. Denver quarterback Kyle Orton and Detroit quarterback Shaun Hill have been among the top five rated quarterbacks in two of the last three weeks.
Orton had 341 yards passing and two touchdowns on Sunday and Hill had 331 yards and two touchdowns. The thing is, these guys look like solid plays again in Week 5 with solid matchups.
Other top quarterbacks in Week 4 were Carson Palmer (Cincinnati) 371 yards, 2 touchdowns;
Peyton Manning (Indianapolis) 352 yards, 2 touchdowns; Sam Bradford (St. Louis) 289 yards, 2 touchdowns; and Bruce Gradkowski (Oakland) 278 yards, 2 touchdowns

After a slow start Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been getting back on track and in Week 4 he had 105 yards and a touchdown. LeSean McCoy was one of the bright spots for Philadelphia with 64 yards rushing, 12 receptions and 110 yards receiving. Other top backs were LaDainian Tomlinson (Jets) 133 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns; Arian Foster (Houston) 131 yards rushing, 1 touchdown, 3 receptions, 56 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD; Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants) 129 yards rushing, 1 touchdown; Shonn Greene (Jets) 117 yards rushing; Peyton Hillis (Cleveland) 102 yards, 1 touchdown; and Mike Tolbert (San Diego) 100 yards, 1 touchdown.

When it comes to Cincinnati receiver Terrell Owens, you never kinow what you're going to get from week to week. In Week 4 he blew away all receivers with 10 receptions for 222 yards and a touchdown.
Go figure.
Other top receivers were Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis) 15 receptions, 196 yards; Brandon Lloyd (Denver) 11 receptions, 115 yards; Eddie Royal (Denver) 8 receptions, 113 yards, 1 touchdown; Hakeem Nicks (Giants) 8 receptions, 110 yards; and Roddy White (Atlanta) 7 receptions, 104 yards.

There were Joel Dreessen and Tony Scheffler sightings this week but don't expect it to happen every week. Houston tight end Dreessen had five receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown and Detroit's Scheffler had six receptions and 63 yards. Other top tight ends were Antonio Gates (San Diego) 7 receptions, 144 yards, 2 touchdowns; Zach Miller (Oakland) 11 receptions, 122 yards, 1 touchdown; Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit) 8 receptions, 91 yards; and Dallas Clark (Indianapolis) 7 receptions, 68 yards, 1 touchdown.

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