I know, I know… “You’re Late!“.
I deserve that. Not only should a blog be useful but it should be timely and that’s fine if you want to criticize me if you’ve been waiting a whole day.
I’m just glad to have week 6 out of the way. I mean what a kick in the ass. With all of my awesomeness last week, I think karma just decided to give me a nice smack on the face to make things balance out.
Either way, it’s about time to get to what went on this week before we get to the waiver picks.
â€¢ Terrible news for Houston Texans all-pro LB DeMeco Ryans this week, as he’s been placed on injured reserve for the year with a torn Achilles tendon. While DeMeco Ryans owners might be hurt by this news, it is a huge opportunity for Zach Diles who will replace Ryans as the team’s starting middle linebacker.
â€¢ Sorry Sean Weatherspoon owners but it looks like the outstanding rookie from Missouri will be shelved once again with an ongoing knee issue. Stephen Nicholas should enjoy yet another fine week in tackle heavy IDP leagues, especially since he’ll likely be rookie Jermaine Gresham’s shadow this week. He’s a great short term starter as long as Weatherspoon remains injured.
What a rough week. If I wasn’t the top scorer in any of my leagues this week, then I got beat.
You guys know exactly what I’m talking about so I’m not even going to get into it with exception of mentioning that in my three ALL-IDP leagues, I WAS the top scorer in all of them this week so at least I can say I know a thing or two or three.
There’s more than a few teams on the bye this week and not a lot of help off the wire but there’s a few gems to scoop up if the fit is right for your roster.
First we’re going to get to the finer points of week 5 and how this news impacts your fantasy team w/ our “Pick-6″.
â€¢ Well we fared pretty well in last week’s THREE & OUT with recommendations for Gerald McRath, Stephen Nicholas, Taylor Mays, and William Moore but the last two safeties didn’t play up to what I expected. Still, 3 of the 4 should be great IDP plays from here on out if you grabbed them.
â€¢ It looks like Jack Del Rio is waffling more on his corner backs than Andy Reid is with his quarterbacks, as 2nd year pro Derek Cox apparently won his job back from David Jones for a day. Wether Cinderella’s glass slipper stays on or not, remains to be seen but I’ve still got my money on Derek Cox getting his job back. Read more…
It’s been way too long since I’ve done Power Rankings and it’s a good enough excuse to get started on my second mock draft over at www.RookieDraft.com where you can find year-round NFL Draft coverage.
We’re finally behind the quarter-turn of the NFL season and there’s a lot of teams starting slow while some haven’t even gotten started. I’m looking at you San Francisco!
Point being, these power rankings are in order of quality of the team and their chances from here on out.
1. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-1) – This team just gets better every week, even on their week off! All jokes aside, this team is getting back their leader on offense but they’ve been getting the job done even without him. The defense has clearly made the difference for Pittsburgh and they should continue to dictate the pace of games so, as strange as this sounds, expect improved play from the Steelers as a whole coming off the bye. What peppers this whole situation is the fact that Roethlisberger has a lot to prove and a ton of motivation to immerse himself into the game he loves because after all, winning is the best deodorant.
2. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-2) – I can hear you now. “This guy must be some Colts homer”. Sorry to upset you but I don’t even like the Colts and not even that is enough bias for me to count Indy out. They have the best QB in the business and while they have been exposed on special teams, in the secondary, + against the run, this team always finds a way to win when it counts the most. They’re actually healthier than they were last season in some aspects and much deeper in a lot of positions. Either way, Peyton will make it to the playoffs and he’ll take this team the distance again in 2010.
3. ATLANTA FALCONS (4-1) – I am not trying to pat myself on the back too hard but I did predict that the Falcons would win the NFC South so all I can really say right now is; So far, so good. The defense has been steadily improving against the pass with the additions of Dunta Robinson and rookie Sean Weatherspoon but the life blood of this team is their running game. Michael Turner and Jason Snelling appear to be back on track this season with Atlanta leading the league in rushing attempts (180) and they’re also second in the league in rushing yards (740) which spells bad news for the rest of the league. Read more…
In Fantasy Football so many of the questions we field from day to day are of the trade variety and, much like the stock market, there are players to buy-low on or even sell-high on.
The downside & upside of trading is that each owner equates value differently, especially when it comes to their fantasy teams.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is the exact reason that some trades can be appear to be so lop-sided at times. It’s also the reason that some incoming trade offers seem to be way off and it’s why some deals can be impossible to finalize.
Here’s a few players that you can target in your leagues and which side of the deal you want to be on.
GREG JENNINGS – WR – GREEN BAY PACKERS: I know this is going to infuriate some of the Jennings owners who have lived through this pedestrian start that Jennings has experienced but there’s hope on the horizon. As a result of surgery on a torn meniscus, Jermichael Finley is on the shelf for the next 3-6 weeks and his 6.5 targets per game have to go somewhere. Another added bonus is that the Packers’ schedule has a nice playoff grouping w/ the 49ers, Lions, Patriots, and Giants in weeks 13-16. While the Packers have a lot of receivers to throw to, I could see Rodgers leaning on Jennings for this next stretch of games. This is an opportune time to pry Jennings away from a very frustrated owner after a 2 reception 22 yard performance. Read more…
It was definitely a good week 4 with a lot great IDP performances, a few wins for the fantasy teams, and I’m still alive in my survivor pool so I can’t complain.
The week was highlighted by two huge reasons why we play IDP Fantasy Football and that’s both Charles Woodson & Shaun Phillips. If you had either of those two guys on your roster, you more than likely won your week and all I can say to you is cheers!
The only downside of the week is that injuries are piling up and the bye weeks have already started, so it’s time to break down four of the guys I’m looking at for help this week and beyond.
First we’re going to get to the finer points of what went down in week 4 and how it impacts your fantasy team w/ our “Pick-6″.
â€¢ In last week’s THREE & OUT, I recommended Chris Clemons, Alterraun Verner, and Gerald Alexander to start making a big IDP impact so I hope you’ve been paying attention. Sorry for the blatantly shameless plug there but I’ve got post some reason for reading and it’s always nice to have a little bit of validation here and there.
â€¢ After watching the Giants abuse the Bears offensive line for an NFL Record 9 first half sacks, I’m starting anybody I can from the Carolina defensive line against them next week. While Everette Brown and Charles Johnson have been streaky, I would start them with confidence this week against the Bears who are very likely to have Caleb Haine in under center.
â€¢ Unfortunately one of my favorite rookie safeties, Morgan Burnett, is out for the year with a torn ACL and the Packers have a ton of injuries at the position. While Burnett’s backup, Charlie Peprah, looks to get the first crack at replacing him in the base defense, Dom Capers has more than a few creative formations to make up the difference. Read more…