Matt Olsen: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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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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