Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fantasy football: Week 6 studs and duds

Stud players who should give you double-digit points in Week 6:

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's return from suspension should boost the fantast football production for everyone on the Steelers. One guy who has really missed Roethlisberger is tight end Heath Miller. He has been average at best and still can be found on many leagues' waiver wires. Grab him if you need tight end help. I see him getting 50-60 yards this week and at least one touchdown.
If you need receiver help St. Louis wideout Danny Amendola gets a huge fantasy boost with St. Louis receiver Mark Clayton out for the season. Amendola is a slot receiver who should get a huge bump in receptions, yards and TD productions.
Reports indicate the Jets are planning to open up their passing game andthat means a lot of production for receiver Santonio Holmes. His production will rise while Braylon Edwards and Jericho Cotchery numbers should take a hit

Duds to avoid in Week 6:

I usually like to take a shot with quarterbacks getting their first NFL start because they are pumped up to perform well to keep that starting gig. However....when it comes to Colt McCoy starting for Cleveland in Week 6, avoid him. He has the unenviable task of making his debut against the Steelers. It won't be pretty.
Stay away from Seattle players this week, including QB Matt Hasselbeck and newly acquired back Marshawn Lynch. Seattle is facing Chicago and that No. 1 ranked Bears defense is nasty.
I would also stay away from Dallas backs Marion Barber and Felix Jones. They face Minnesota and the Vikings defense is tough against the run. I see the Vikings scoring early and often in that game and that means Dallas will be throwing more in an effort to play catchup.


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fantasy football: Hot waiver wire pickups


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


Receiver Deion Branch has been one of the top pickups off fantasy football waiver wires all across the Internet this week since he went to New England. With Randy Moss shipped out to Minnesota, Branch should be a great addition to any fantasy team.
But the guy flying under the radar is Seattle receiver Mike Williams. This guy is still available on many waiver wires and you're missing the boat if you need a receiver and don't pick him up. I added him in three leagues where he was available. Although the Seahawks added Brandon Stokely it will be Williams given the No. 1 WR status. Coach Pete Carroll has gone on the record to say so.

Be advised that Seattle will be an interesting team fantasy-wise from here on out. Pieces are falling into place to make Seattle fantasy relevant again. The addition of back Marshawn Lynch takes some pressure off QB Matt Hasselbeck and the receivers, including tight end John Carlson.
If you're in a points-per-reception league, grab Williams if he's out there.

Other tight ends to add if you need a productive one are Pittsburgh's Heath Miller and Kansas City's Tony Moeaki. Miller has been quiet this season. But the return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger makes Miller extremely valuable. I see at least 50-60 yards and a touchdown for him in Week 6. As far as Moeaki, he is leading the Chiefs in receptions and has produced well.

Call me crazy, but keep an eye on Colt McCoy starting for Cleveland in Week 6. All this guy did in college was win games and he will be pumped for this despite going up against the tough Pittsburgh D. The Steelers will likely win but the Browns will be competitive with McCoy under center.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fantasy football: Injury update

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

Injuries continue to be a problem in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers hit the hardest lately. QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion in Week 5 and is likely out for Week 6. Tight end Jermichael Finley is in worse shape after suffering a knee injury. He needed surgery and is out at least eight weeks, possibly the rest of the season.
San Diego back Ryan Mathews has an ankle injury and missed practice on Wednesday. Monitor his situation.
New Orleans back Pierre Thomas continues to be in pain with an ankle injury and hasn't practiced. Don't hold your breath if you need him this weekend.
Oakland back Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Houston receiver Andre Johnson (ankle) have been improving and practicing on a limited basis. Both are expected to return in Week 6 but their effectiveness will be in question.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Fantasy Football: Week 5 Sunday recap



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

It was kind of a wild Week 5 on Sunday in the NFL with some surprising top-five performances.
If you have San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith on your roster you're probably asking yourself where the heck did that performance come from - 309 yards passing and three touchdowns. Wow.
Other top quarterback performances were Philip Rivers (San Diego)431 yards, 2 touchdowns; Tony Romo (Dallas) 406 yards, 3 touchdowns; Donovan McNabb (Washington) 357 yards, 1 touchdown; and Kyle Orton (Denver) 314 yards, 2 touchdowns.

When it comes to running backs, Cincinnati's Cedric Benson woke up with performance that reminded you of his 2009 success - 144 yards. Chicago's Matt Forte also finally went over 100 yards rushing with 166 and two touchdowns
Other top backs were Michael Turner (Atlanta) 140 yards; Ray Rice (Baltimore) 133 yards, 2 touchdowns; and Chris Johnson (Tennessee) 131 yards, 2 touchdowns

McNabb's success at QB resulted in a succesful day for Washington receiver Santana Moss who ended up with 118 yards. The Giants' Hakeem Nicks, who killed me in two leagues, had 13 yards and two touchdowns.Other top receivers were Malcolm Floyd (San Diego) 213 yards, 1 touchdown; Miles Austin (Dallas) 166 yards, 1 touchdown; and Brandon Lloyd (Denver) 135 yards, 2 touchdowns.

Vernon Davis had a huge day at tight end with 104 yards and one touchdown. Other top tight ends were Antonio Gates (San Diego) 92 yards, 1 touchdown; Jason Witten (Dallas) 84 yards 1 touchdown; Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay) 75 yards; and Chris Cooley (Washington) 69 yards

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