September 2008 Archives

Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 5

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Can you believe it's already Week 5?

Injuries have been a major storyline this season, making plenty of owners scramble to the waiver wire to find the next fresh body.

But at this point it may feel like the wire is looking about as promising as the $700 billion bailout the House just rejected.

I'm sorry, I promise to never talk politics on this column ever again. There's no place for it in fantasy football.

So to make you feel better, here are some waiver wire options that you might want to take a look at before your league counterparts can beat you to the punch.

Each and every year there are a few guys that lay around on the waiver wire for a few weeks before exploding onto the scene and becoming fantasy legends like Ryan Grant from a year ago.

It's important you keep evaluating your talent each week and don't be afraid to drop someone on your roster that has been getting by on name recognition alone.

The Best

Quarterbacks

Brett Favre- 289 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT

With a two touchdown per game average to start off his Jets tenure, Favre had proven he's still a reliable fantasy option. But six touchdowns in one game? Even Ronnie Brown is confused. Just like Brown last week, Favre won't be able to roll over his momentum next week because of a bye.

Matt Schaub- 307 yards, 3 TD

As an Andre Johnson fantasy owner I have to ask: how does Schaub throw three touchdowns and top 300 yards, but his top target is held to just three catches for 38 yards? The bigger question: is Schaub worth picking up? His next four games are against the Colts, Lions, Dolphins, and Bengals. Don't be surprised if Schaub is just getting started.

Running back

Larry Johnson- 198 yards, 2 TD

See, this is why you never sell low. Johnson had gotten off to a rough start his first two games, but has now stringed together two top notch performances. Johnson's effort on the ground was a big reason why the Chiefs were able to pull off the biggest upset of Sunday, defeating the Broncos by two touchdowns.

LaDainian Tomlinson- 106 yards, 2 TD

That's the LDT we all know and love. Tomlinson broke 100 yards for the first time all season on Sunday, and scored twice for the second week in a row. He'll need to keep up that kind of production to please his fantasy owners, who drafted him number one overall.

Receivers

Mushin Muhammad- 8 recs, 147 yards, 1 TD

Um, why could Moose put up those type of stats for the Bears the last three years? I guess you can call this season a resurrection for Muhammad, since Chicago is where receivers go to die.

Laveranues Coles- 8 recs, 105 yards, 3 TD

A popular side effect of a quarterback throwing six touchdowns is that one of your fantasy receivers could get in on the action. That exactly what happened to Coles, who probably doesn't miss Chad Pennington so much anymore.

The Worst

RB Maurice Jones-Drew- 32 yards

For a player owned in 100% of ESPN fantasy leagues, Jones-Drew has a been a huge disappointment so far.

QB Derek Anderson- 138 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Just because the Browns are doing it doesn't mean you should be. If you're still starting Anderson on your fantasy team, you shouldn't be.

There aren't as many big time fantasy players questionable because of injury this week, which is great news. LaDainian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson, two players we featured last week, each played and played well during Week Three. What will Week Four have in store?

Here is a look at a few banged up players that will have a big affect on your fantasy team this weekend.

Start or Sit - Week 4

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Welcome to Week 4 of the fantasy football season.


Today we'll give you the names of some players we think you should start, and those who you should sit.

Like I tell you every week, you probably won't find your stud players on this list. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees and LaDanian Tomlinson should always be started, regardless of who they're playing so it's a waste of time to even mention them.

If you have any questions about your lineup, send me an email at

molsen@chicagosuntimes.com

and between Ricky and myself, we'll do the best we can to help you out.

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

The focus of this post should be Ronnie Brown. After all, Brown combined for just 17 carries for 48 yards and one touchdown in Miami's first two games. Then Brown exploded last week, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing another. But Miami has a bye week now. We'll have to wait to see Brown again until October 5 in San Diego.

Here is a look at next week's matchups for some of Week Three's other stars.

Matchup Analysis - Week 4

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The first bye week of the season is surely going to force the majority of fantasy players out there to adjust their rosters to compensate.

Guys like Plaxico Burress, Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning, Joesph Addai and Eli Manning leave gaping holes in either your lineup or your opponents.

So make sure you're paying attention, this is a very important week.

Today we'll take a look at each game on this week's schedule to give you our initial impressions of whom we think might shine and who might struggle based upon the matchups.

Tomorrow we'll still have our Start or Sit column, but this helps out just as much because not everyone we like makes it onto that list.

And don't forget, each week we'll field your questions regarding lineups, trades, start or sit, waiver wire and everything else you could possibly come up with that has to do with fantasy football.

If you'd like to submit a question, shoot us an email at:

molsen@chicagosuntimes.com

and we'll do our best to get back to you even if it doesn't make it onto the site as apart of the column.

Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 4

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Through only three weeks of NFL action this is already shaping up to be one of the craziest fantasy football years yet.

It seems each week there's someone new out there you need to jump on and pick up or run the risk of getting passed by. Consistency is what pays dividends in this little game we love to play and it's progressively getting harder to maintain each and every week.
Here are some waiver wire options that you might want to take a look at before your league counterparts can beat you to the punch.
Each and every year there are a few guys that lay around on the waiver wire for a few weeks before exploding onto the scene and becoming fantasy legends like Ryan Grant from a year ago.
It's important you keep evaluating your talent each week and don't be afraid to drop someone on your roster that has been getting by on name recognition alone.

The best

Quarterbacks

Drew Brees- 421 yards, 1 TD

While we like our top quarterback of the week to throw multiple touchdowns, it's impossible to ignore the sheer number of yards Brees put up against an undefeated Broncos team. Just imagine what the Saints offense will do once their best receiver, Marques Colston, returns.

Fantasy Mailbag: Time to sit Tomlinson?

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Welcome to the Fantasy Factor's weekly mailbag.

Each week we'll field your questions regarding lineups, trades, start or sit, waiver wire and everything else you could possibly come up with that has to do with fantasy football.

If you'd like to submit a question, shoot us an email at molsen@chicagosuntimes.com and we'll do our best to get back to you even if it doesn't make it onto the site as apart of the column.

And now, onto the questions.

Welcome to another star-studded edition of "Injuries...". This young NFL season has seen some big names go down already. This week, we'll look at the two biggest. LaDainian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson have gotten off to slow starts thus far. When will they be fully healthy, and can your fantasy team survive without them? Let's take a look.

Week 3: Start or Sit

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Welcome to week 3 of the fantasy football season.

Today we'll give you the names of some players we think you should start, and those who you should sit.

Like I tell you every week, you probably won't find your stud players on this list. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees and LaDanian Tomlinson should always be started, regardless of who they're playing so it's a waste of time to even mention them.

If you have any questions about your lineup, send me an email at molsen@chicagosuntimes.com and between Ricky and myself we'll do the best we can to help you out.

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

As far as fantasy purposes go, few football games are more satisfying than two we saw this weekend. The Broncos and Chargers game may have been marred by controversey, but that doesn't concern us. We just love to see those 77 combined points. Jay Cutler threw three touchdowns, Phillip Rivers thew four. Just for fun, Brandon Marshall even caught the second most passes in NFL history. It was glorious, assuming it was you, and not your opponent, who owned some of those guys. Monday night's Eagles-Cowboys tilt was even better. DeSean Jackson was even nice enough to let Brian Westbrook score a touchdown.

Can Week Three keep it going? Will Aaron Rodgers throw three touchdowns every game? Will Santana Moss remember he's supposed to be allergic to the end zone? Let's take a look at some of the Week Two matchups for this week's fantasy heroes.

Matchup Analysis - Week 3

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Last week was a fantasy owners dream if you had any players in the Seahawks-49ers, Broncos-Chargers, Eagles-Cowboy games.

They lit up the scoreboard like it was the Fourth of the July and I'm sure there were some very high point totals in leagues of every format.

But week 3 may not be the same.

Today we'll take a look at each game on this week's schedule to give you our initial impressions of whom we think might shine and who might struggle based upon the matchups.

Tomorrow we'll still have our Start or Sit column, but this helps out just as much because not everyone we like makes it onto that list.

And don't forget, each week we'll field your questions regarding lineups, trades, start or sit, waiver wire and everything else you could possibly come up with that has to do with fantasy football.

If you'd like to submit a question, shoot us an email at molsen@chicagosuntimes.com and we'll do our best to get back to you even if it doesn't make it onto the site as apart of the column.

Waiver Wire Pickups

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Here are some waiver wire options that you might want to take a look at before your league counterparts can beat you to the punch.

Each and every year there are a few guys that lay around on the waiver wire for a few weeks before exploding onto the scene and becoming fantasy legends like Ryan Grant from a year ago.

It's important you keep evaluating your talent each week and don't be afraid to drop someone on your roster that has been getting by on name recognition alone.

To those of you who are counting on big games from your players tonight to either seal the deal or play catch-up, good luck. It should be a good one.

The Best

Quarterbacks

Phillip Rivers- San Diego Chargers
377 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Yesterday's Chargers-Broncos game was a fantasy owners dream. The teams combined for 77 total points, and some highly regarded fantasy players threw up huge stats. Though his team lost for the second week in a row, Rivers once again passed for three touchdowns. If LaDanian Tomlinson isn't getting into the end zone, I guess somebody has to.

Fantasy Mailbag: Matt Forte or Chris Johnson?

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Welcome to the Fantasy Factor's weekly mailbag.

Each week we'll field your questions regarding lineups, trades, start or sit, waiver wire and everything else you could possibly come up with that has to do with fantasy football.

If you'd like to submit a question, shoot us an email at molsen@chicagosuntimes.com and we'll do our best to get back to you even if it doesn't make it onto the site as apart of the column.

And now, onto the questions.

No matter how brilliant a fantasy owner thinks they were in their draft, fantasy leagues, like real football, are often decided by health. Just look at owners who invested a high pick in Andre Johnson last season. Sure, he was great when he was on the field, but his numbers could have been so much better had he played more than nine games.

Marvin Harrison may be a more apt example from last year. The Colts kept saying their star receiver was close to returning, but Harrison never came back. If you want to win your league, staying on top of injuries is vital.

Here are a few guys to watch through the weekend that enter Week Two dinged up.

Week 2: Start or Sit

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Welcome to week 2 of the fantasy football season. I've already said my peace about a particular quarterback that dates a supermodel and we'll move past that.

Today we'll give you the names of some players we think you should start, and those who you should sit.

Like I said last week, you probably won't find your stud players on this list. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees and LaDanian Tomlinson should always be started, regardless of who they're playing so it's a waste of time to even mention them.
If you have any questions about your lineup, send me an email at molsen@chicagosuntimes.com and between Ricky and myself we'll do the best we can to help you out.
Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

Surviving Colston

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Sure, Marques Colston never threw 50 touchdown passes or registered 16 sacks in 12 games like some of this week's other banged up superstars, but that doesn't mean your fantasy team is going to have an easy time replacing him. Colston was a unanimous top ten receiver heading into drafts, and if he's on your team, you likely bet on him to replicate the numbers- 98 catches, 1,202 yards, 11 TD- he put up last year. Now that he'll miss the next four to six weeks, how do you replace him?

The simple answer, of course, is you can't. Practically any team Colston is on was banking on him to be their top receiver. The guys you'll find on the waiver wire aren't going to provide you with that type of production.

Matchup Analysis - Week 2

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I have a confession to make.

I spent the entire summer bragging to anyone who would listen about the cornerstones of my most important fantasy football league: Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson.

Well, you know the ending to this little ditty and I spent the majority of Sunday cowered up in a corner sobbing as my cell phone flooded with text messages from my most hated rivals. I'm sure you have a pretty good idea about what they had to say.

It wasn't pretty.

But you didn't come here to listen to my troubles even though I'm sure many of you experienced the same thing this past weekend.

Today we'll take a look at each game on this week's schedule to give you our initial impressions of whom we think might shine and who might struggle based upon the matchups.

Tomorrow we'll still have our Start or Sit column, but this helps out just as much because not everyone we like makes it onto that list.

And don't forget, each week we'll field your questions regarding lineups, trades, start or sit, waiver wire and everything else you could possibly come up with that has to do with fantasy football.

If you'd like to submit a question, shoot us an email at molsen@chicagosuntimes.com and we'll do our best to get back to you even if it doesn't make it onto the site as apart of the column.

Yesterday Olsen explained just how bizarre it was to see so many unproven commodities excel in Week One. But are those guys legit, or was it just a one game aberration? Let's take a look at some of the Week Two matchups for this week's fantasy heroes.

The Best and Worst of Week 1

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That may have been the most bizarre opening weekend of fantasy football action I have ever been witness to. New names in new places produced like nobody could have expected while the same faces in the same places were complete busts.

Here's a look at the best and worst of this weekend's action:

No matter how brilliant a fantasy owner thinks they were in their draft, fantasy leagues, like real football, are often decided by health. Just look at owners who invested a high pick in Andre Johnson last season. Sure, he was great when he was on the field, but his numbers could have been so much better had he played more than nine games.

Marvin Harrison may be a more apt example from last year. The Colts kept saying their star receiver was close to returning, but Harrison never came back. If you want to win your league, staying on top of injuries is vital. Here are a few guys to watch through the weekend that enter Week One dinged up.

Fantasy Mailbag: Favre over Brees?

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Welcome to the Fantasy Factor's weekly mailbag.

Each week we'll field your questions regarding lineups, trades, start or sit, waiver wire and everything else you could possibly come up with that has to do with fantasy football.

If you'd like to submit a question, shoot us an email at molsen@chicagosuntimes.com and we'll do our best to get back to you even if it doesn't make it onto the site as apart of the column.

And now, onto the questions.

Week 1: Start or Sit

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Today marks the first release of our start or sit column, where we take an in-depth look at the games slated for this weekend and give you an idea of who we think is going to shine and who is going to bomb.

I'm not going to tell you that you need to start Tom Brady or Adrian Peterson because I really shouldn't have to. Even if I told you to bench Tom Brady this weekend you'd be absolutely mental to do so and probably wouldn't anyway.

Every Thursday we'll have the start and sit column available so you'll always be prepared heading into the weekend.

If you have any questions about your lineup, send me an email at molsen@chicagosuntimes.com and between Ricky and myself we'll do the best we can to help you out.

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

Giants vs. Redskins: Who do you start?

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Because of the short week we'll start our analysis of this week's games a little early.

We'll preview the rest of the games for you on Friday and you can expect a Start or Sit column tomorrow to help you make those tough roster decisions.

But whether you're ready or not, FOOTBALL STARTS TOMORROW and you better be ready because the fantasy season is about to kick into high gear.

Opening Night Matchup Analysis

Redskins at Giants, 7 p.m.

Rudi Johnson's departure from the Bengals was no surprise. He was owed a hefty amount of money, and Cincinnati's ground game was fine without him last year. But that doesn't mean he still can't be a productive NFL back, given the right system.

Johnson got the opportunity he was looking for yesterday when he was signed by the Detroit Lions. He'll team up with second round rookie Kevin Smith in the backfield.

About the bloggers

Matt Wood is a web editor for suntimes.com and editor of CenterstageChicago.com. He is also a contributor for satirical sports publication The Heckler. Have a fantasy question? E-mail him.

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