Matt Wood: September 2010 Archives

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Welcome to the first bye week of the NFL, just another pothole in the bumpy road to fantasy glory.

For your records, here are the Week 4 byes: Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, Tampa Bay. Please do me a favor and don't be the guy who starts three players on a bye this week.

You need bye week help? Wood feels your pain, and is here to help.

Week 3 Fantasy Recap

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MVP
Anquan Boldin, Ravens
There are a lot of choices this week. Lance Moore, Brandon Lloyd and Austin Collie had more yards, and Michael Vick scored more points - but none did it as efficiently, as Boldin scored three times on eight catches (and only 11 targets).

All-Stars
Austin Collie, WR, Colts
He led the league with 12 catches and 171 yards, adding a pair of TDs.

Lance Moore, WR, Saints
Six catches on seven targets is stellar; he also scored twice.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
We'll take 160 yards and two rushing TDs, but it was against the Lions ...

Michael Vick, QB, Eagles
There is no stopping this guy. Kevin who?

We've got two weeks of the NFL season under our collective belts, and we're finally learning a little more about who is going to have a solid year and who is worth dumping. For example, my great sleeper picks of Justin Forsett and Bernard Berrian - not so good. So let's see if we can't make some additions to bolster our squads. These aren't top dogs, but they should still be available in many leagues.

I hereby sanction these pickups for Week 3 - and beyond.

Let's break down each of Sunday's game from a fantasy standpoint and see what we can glean from them:

Bears vs. Cowboys
You don't need to put on your Bear Goggles to see that Jay Cutler's 277 yards and 3 TDs was a big day. But who is going to be his main target? I thought Devin Aromashadu stepped up last week and would have a big day, but he had nary a catch. Meanwhile, Johnny Knox and Devin Hester each had four catches and both looked good. Hell, Matt Forte and Earl Bennett had five catches each. I give up.
For the 'Boys, somebody's gotta figure out how to run the ball. Marion Barber and Felix Jones combined for 38 yards on 18 carries. Miles Austin is proving himself a superstar, with 142 receiving yards. And Roy Williams fumbled. Big surprise.

The perils of owning multiple fantasy teams: I need Frank Gore to score less than 13 points to win a game in one of my leagues tonight. But I also need Gore and the 49ers defense to outscore Drew Brees in order to win another.

Oh, the conundrum. Get the ball to Gore! ... But not too much.

Any fantasy quandaries for you this week? I'm here to console.

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A look back at the studs and duds from Week 1, and a quick peek into Week 2's potential stars:

MVP
Arian Foster, RB, Texans, 231 rush yards, 3 TDs
Man, I wanted this guy bad in the preseason, but the time was never right. That second-round pick sure is looking nice on him if he keeps doing this. If you want to trade him, his value will never be higher. But I would hold firm and enjoy what looks like a big season coming up.

ALL-STARS
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans, 142 rush yards, 2 TDs
The obvious No. 1 pick shows why. Enjoy the ride.

Matt Forte, RB, Bears, 50 rush yards, 151 rec yards, 2 rec TDs
He made some big plays, including an 89-yard TD reception for the game-winner.

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Things we learned from the first Sunday of fantasy football:

Hopefully you weren't starting Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who went out with a shoulder injury with just 85 yards passing against the Bears. It sounds like he could be out at least a few weeks, but I'm thinking if he was your Week 1 starter, you've got problems anyway.

Owners of Calvin Johnson would have been much happier if he hadn't gotten screwed out of that last touchdown. Instead, he had a paltry 45 yards and no scores. Ugh.

There were no real fantasy winners for the Lions. Jahvid Best scored two touchdowns, but ran for just 20 yards on 14 carries. A plus was his five catches out of the backfield, albeit for just 16 yards.

For the Bears, sleeper WRs Devin Aromashadu (71 yards) and Johnny Knox (52 yards) had encouraging days, even if they were overshadowed by Matt Forte's 89-yard touchdown catch and run.

Countdown to Kickoff

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We're just about two hours away from opening night kickoff between the Vikings and Saints. Lots of fantasy goodness to go around.

One tip: Make sure you know your league rules on Thursday games. Some leagues make you lock rosters before kickoff of the first game. Others will let you change your roster, but not pick up guys after the first game starts. Still others will let you pick up/drop guys up until kickoff of their game that week.

Double check so you know what you're getting into for the first week. You've been warned!

We are just a few hours away from kickoff, and it's hard not to get pumped for the upcoming NFL (and fantasy!) season. Drafts are done, teams are set and now it's time to let the players do what they do: accumulate stats.

But if you're the type of owner who drafts a team and then sits back and hopes for the best, I assume you enjoy last place. If you're not getting better, you're getting worse. Sure, we all had bad picks in our draft. But there's plenty you can do to rectify the situation. Here's a list of some guys that may still be available to plug any holes:

The big buzz word in fantasy sports is "sleepers." Everybody's looking for the next unknown player to emerge as a great value and win their league.
But sleepers come in all shapes and sizes ... and rounds of your draft. Here's a look at some of my great value picks, and where I think you should get them in the draft:

Quarterbacks
Tony Romo, Cowboys
He's almost too well known for his own good. When you think of Romo, you think of a guy who dates hot chicks, fumbles a lot and chokes in the clutch. But he's also quietly (kind of) put up some amazing numbers, especially last year. He won't throw more than a handful of interceptions, cut down the fumbles, and now has some great weapons in rookie Dez Bryant and emerging superstar Miles Austin.
Where to pick him: After the top four QBs (Brees, Manning, Brady, Rodgers) there's a glut of second-tier gunslingers. I would be perfectly happy with Romo as the next one off the board, even as high as the third round.