Matt Olsen: December 2008 Archives

With the fantasy football season winding down, we decided to take a look back at our preseason rankings and see how we did.

Naturally you'll see quite a few where we messed up terribly, but others where we seemed to be clairvoyant.

With the fantasy football season winding down, we decided to take a look back at our preseason rankings and see how we did.

Naturally you'll see quite a few where we messed up terribly, but others where we seemed to be clairvoyant.

2008 in Review: Preseason QB and RB Rankings

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With the fantasy football season winding down, we decided to take a look back at our preseason rankings and see how we did.

Naturally you'll see quite a few where we messed up terribly, but others where we seemed to be clairvoyant.

We'll start with quarterbacks and running backs today, and finish up with wide receivers and tight ends on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Start or Sit - Super Bowl Edition

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Super Bears, Super Bowl!

Whoops, okay, not so much.

The most important weekend of the year. To those of you playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, we wish you luck and to help, here's this week start or sit list.

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

Send your questions to: molsen@chicagosuntimes.com

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

Or, leave a comment. We'll answer EVERY one of your questions.

Also, check out our Top Ten Most Despised Green Bay Packers list over at Top Ten Chicago Sports if you're looking for something else to occupy your time at work.

We won't tell your boss.

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

Fantasy Football Playoffs - Tell us your story

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My name is Matthew Olsen and I am addicted to fantasy football.

Sorry, just had to get that off of my chest.

Of the eight or so leagues that I am apart of each season, just like most of you there is one in particular that I pay the most attention to. Taking the crown in any of the others is still cause for celebration, but, the premier league is cause for something much greater.

Heading into the Sunday night game, I led my semifinal opponent by a mere nine points thanks primarily to Adrian Peterson. But he had Eli Manning ready to go against the Cowboys in what everyone expected to be a shootout, while I was left helpless because my lineup was done.

I spent the next four quarters talking to myself, the t.v., the wall, my dog or anyone or anything else that I could unleash my neurotic ramblings upon.

But I emerged victorious as Manning was beaten to a pulp by Demarcus Ware and the 'Boys down in 'Big D', scoring a measly 3.8 points.

Life is good and I'm ON MY WAY TO THE SUPER BOWL!

Nothing entertains me more than hearing about bad beats or improbable wins so if you've got any stories to share from this past weekend, LET'S HEAR THEM IN THE COMMENT SECTION!

Why am I using so many exclamation points?!?

Start or Sit - Playoffs Edition

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Congratulations to those of you who survived the first round of the playoffs and also to those of you who just qualified.

Here we're going to try and help you decide who to start this weekend and who you should avoid at all costs.

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

Send your questions to: molsen@chicagosuntimes.com

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

Or, leave a comment. We'll answer EVERY one of your questions.

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

Waiver Wire Pickups & Playoff Advice

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The vast majority of leagues set a predetermined roster freeze date just before the playoffs begin. It's a time when you must strategize, prioritize and scrutinize every aspect of your lineup. Have only one tight end? Probably want to grab another just in case you're not caught without one if your starter goes down with an injury.

The Best and worst of Week 14

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The Best

Quarterbacks

Matt Schaub - Texans
414 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Who knew? Schaub comes back after missing four games due to injury and absolutely torches the Packers secondary. What's even scarier is that his day could have been even better if not for Owen Daniels costly fumble in the end zone. Next week he gets the Titans and the Texans should immediately return to being the team that can't get out of its own way.

Start or Sit - Week 14

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My friends, the playoffs are here.

One wrong decision can bring your season to a crashing halt.

One right decision and your championship ring will be awaiting you.

That's where we come in with our weekly start or sit column.

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

Send your questions to: molsen@chicagosuntimes.com

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

And while we're at it, over at Top Ten Chicago Sports we've unveiled our Top Ten Fantasy Football Busts of 2008 list. Nothing wrong with a shameless plug every once in awhile right?

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.

For most of you, the playoffs are about to kick into gear and for others the season has officially come to a disappointing end.

But for those of you who remain in the chase, do not rest on your laurels and leave your team as is. There are always ways to improve and that one last addition may make all the difference in the world.

By this point, all the good guys are gone and the only quarterbacks floating around out there are either injured or buried on the depth chart.

But my friends, please, do not worry.

Because 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.

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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