Football
QB:  Peyton Manning
RB1:  LaDainian Tomlinson
RB2:  Shaun Alexander
WR1:  Randy Moss
WR2:  Marvin Harrison
WR3:  Terrell Owens
TE:  Tony Gonzalez
K:  David Akers
DEF:  Baltimore Ravens

Basketball
PG:  Steve Nash
SG:  Kobe Bryant
SF:  LeBron James
PF:  Tim Duncan
C:  Shaquille O’Neal

Baseball
C:  Joe Mauer
1B:  Alex Pujols
2B:  Jeff Kent
3B:  Alex Rodriguez
SS:  Derek Jeter
OF:  Barry Bonds
OF:  Ichiro Suzuki
OF:  Manny Ramirez
DH:  David Ortiz
SPs:  Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Roy Halladay, Johan Santana, Roy Oswalt
RPs:  Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Francisco Rodriguez, Joe Nathan

Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.

Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers
33 MIN, 14 PTS, 6-8 FG, 1-3 FT, 1 3PM, 9 REB, 3 BLK
Varejao showed some of the scoring touch he had earlier in the year. Time will tell if he’ll continue it, but he has been tough on the boards averaging 8.2 over his past five games.

Luther Head, Indiana Pacers
40 MIN, 30 PTS, 10-19 FG, 6-6 FT, 4 3PM, 7 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 4 TO
Head had a major outburst tonight, but his last four point totals have been 19, 9, 10, and 30. He is worth keeping an eye on.

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
30 MIN, 25 PTS, 8-14 FG, 9-10 FT, 13 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 4 TO
Hibbert is heating up. He’s liable to go cold quickly so use him while he’s hot.

Luke Ridnour, Milwaukee Bucks
21 MIN, 16 PTS, 7-10 FG, 2 3PM, 4 REB, 1 AST, 2 TO
Ridnour has scored in double-digits in his past three games.

Jason Williams, Orlando Magic
25 MIN, 16 PTS, 5-7 FG, 1-2 FT, 5 3PM, 1 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 1 TO
Williams only has value if Jameer Nelson goes down. That said, he still has the talent to have games like this from time to time. He’s best used in daily leagues if you’re looking for three-pointers and assists.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, New Jersey Nets
37 MIN, 17 PTS, 8-15 FG, 1-2 FT, 5 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 2 TO
CDR returned from his ankle injury and played well. Get him back in your lineups. Yi owners, take note that he still played well with the full aresenal.

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Basketball Roundtable


Time for another fantasy basketball roundtable.

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This Week’s Topic:
Last week we highlighted players who had not lived up to draft day expectations, but were expected to turn it around over the second half of
the season.  This week, let’s flip it:  Pick out a few players that performed like studs over the first two months of the season, but will turn into duds in 2010?

My Response:
It’s not that I think Baron Davis will fall flat on his face in 2010, but I am anticipating that he misses a few weeks with an injury at some point. He has played in more than 65 games just once in the past seven seasons. Additionally, he historically sees virtually an across the board dip in his production following the All-Star Game.

Stephen Curry has played well this year, but I expect him to hit the rookie wall in the second-half. I’m not sure he can take the physical grind of an 82 game schedule with that frame. Plus, the Warriors will eventually get healthy, which will reduce his scoring chances.

Finally, Brendan Haywood is due for a fall. He enters Monday’s (12/28) game averaging 10.5 rebounds, which is well above career high of 7.2 boards. That’s a big jump for someone in his ninth season. He also historically fades down the stretch, averaging just 5.4 rebounds from February to March.

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Brian of
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Ryan Lester of
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Alex/Mike of
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Erik of
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Nels of
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Tommy of
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Before we get started, check out my Week 17 NFL picks.



Time for another edition of Fantasy Football Out on a Limb. I scour the rosters to select a player who I feel will outperform a higher profile player in that given week. I base my decisions on matchups, how the players are trending, and the ever-important hunch. To mix things up I’ll occasionally do some two on one matchups or even pit RB or WR duos against each other. Sometimes I’ll spot a player some points.

Scoring
6 points for rushing or receiving TD
4 points for a passing TD
0.1 points per yard for rushing or receiving
0.05 points per passing yard.

Last Week
Alex Smith over Peyton Manning:  Winner Smith 15.2, Peyton 9.6
Beanie Wells over LaDainian Tomlinson:  Loser Beanie15.3, LT 18.3
Ryan Grant over Steven Jackson:  Incomplete Grant 21.7, S-Jax DNP
Chad Ochocino over Brandon Marshall +2:  Ocho 8.9, Marshall (actual +2) 6.2 (4.2 actual +2)
Jermichael Finley over Brent Celek:  Loser Finley 8.0, Celek18.1
SS: Jason Snelling over Jamaal Charles:  Loser Snelling 7.4, Charles 12.4

Regular Picks:  2-2
Super Stretch Picks:  0-1
Overall:  2-3

Season Record
Regular Picks: 37-39-1
Super Stretch Picks:  6-12
Overall: 43-51-1

Week 17 Picks

Chicago Bears 2009 Football Headshots Tony Romo
Jay Cutler over Tony Romo

Cutler is coming off a big game against the Vikings. He should dominate the Lions and actually make a run at evening his TD to INT ratio. Philadelphia will wake up the echoes of Romo’s December struggles.

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Knowshon Moreno vs. Thomas Jones

I’m going with the Rookie over the veteran in this Week 17 match-up. Moreno faces Kansas City’s 31st ranked run defense (161.3 yards per game). Thomas Jones faces Cincinnati’s 2nd ranked run defense (87.7 ypg). The Bengals have allowed half as many rushing TDs as well.

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Matt Forte over Ricky Williams

It’s been a forgettable year for Matt Forte as he saw a significant drop in his production. Ricky Williams was the exact opposite. This week though, it will look more like everybody anticipated from these two. Forte should destroy the Lions’ 24th ranked run defense (125.7 ypg) while Ricky should struggle against the Steelers’ 3rd ranked run defense (89.3 ypg). Pittsburgh has allowed 12 fewer rushing TDs.

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Nate Washington over Chad Ochocinco

Washington takes on Seattle, who has allowed 27 passing TDs on the year. Washington is a good bet to burn them deep. Meanwhile Ochocinco has to lock horns with Darrelle Revis, who has been shutting WRs down all year.

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Steve Breaston over Miles Austin

Breaston faces Green Bay, who despite ranking 12th with 220.7 passing yards per game, have allowed 28 passing TDs. That ranks them 29th in the league in that category. The Eagles held Austin to just one catch the last time they played. I’m expecting Romo to struggle so why not hitch my cart to that prediction.

SUPER STRETCH
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Jason Snelling over Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower (individually)

I suspect that Michael Turner will be out again this week, which means Snelling would get the bulk of the work. He takes on Tampa Bay, who ranks 30th against the run (156.5 ypg) with 16 rushing TDs allowed. Beanie and Hightower are both capable of putting up solid games, though they will likely struggle against Green Bay’s #1 run defense (85.7 ypg, 5 TDs).

2009 Pro Bowl Snubs

30 December 2009

Pro Bowl Logo

The Pro Bowl rosters are pretty much what they should be. There are always some guys who get snubbed. Let’s take a look at them.

Quarterback
While some are calling for Big Ben to make the roster over Tom Brady, I actually think Brady deserves it over Big Ben. However, I do feel that Matt Schaub should be ahead of both of them. All he’s done is lead the league in passing yards. He doesn’t have a #2 WR, plus he lost his Tight End and #2 target halfway through the year. He trumps Brady and Big Ben in completion percentage, completions, and passer rating. He has one fewer TD than Brady, but four more than Ben. Plus, he has half the Sacks against him as Ben.

In the NFC Tony Romo, Eli Manning, and Donovan McNabb deserve to be mentioned, but none have had the year Brett Favre had.

Running Back
Cedric Benson gets mentioned as a snub, but I think they got the AFC right. Chris Johnson and Maurice-Jones Drew had amazing seasons. Ray Rice didn’t have the TDs, but his total yards and the way he carried the Ravens make him a wise selection. I’d actually put Thomas Jones in over Benson.

In the NFC I like the picks of Adrian Peterson and Steven Jackson. DeAngelo Williams, on the other hand, should not have been picked. Frank Gore and Ryan Grant are both more deserving. I’ll give the nod to Gore since he doesn’t have quite the surrounding cast Grant does.

Wide Receiver
I can’t argue with Andre Johnson, Wes Welker, or Reggie Wayne. Brandon Marshall is questionable. Randy Moss, Vincent Jackson, and Chad Ochocinco are in the conversation. Given the QB situation Marshall has, I’ll stick with him despite Moss having more yards and TDs.

In the NFC, it’s between Sidney Rice, Roddy White, and New York’s Steve Smith for the final WR spot. In the end, I think they made the right call. Rice has made some unbelievable catches this year.

Tight End
I’m in total agreement in the AFC. Dallas Clark and Antonio Gates are easily the most deserving.

In the NFC, I think they missed the boat by picking Jason Witten. He had a ton of yards, but just one TD. Meanwhile, Brent Celek had a similar yardage total, but had 7 more TDs. I would have even taken Tony Gonzalez over him.

Other Snubs
London Fletcher got jobbed. Jonathan Vilma had a nice year, but can’t London catch a break. He had 24 more tackles than Vilma. I kind of hope the Saints make the Super Bowl so Fletcher can make it as a replacement.

Leon Hall is a shutdown cornerback that picked off six passes. With all respect to Nnamdi Asomugha, I think Hall should have gotten the call.

DeSean Jackson made the team as a WR. Why not award Percy Harvin for his impressive Rookie season? He was also an electric return man.

I would absolutely go David Diehl at Left Tackle over Bryant McKinnie.

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Kim Johnsson, D, Minnesota Wild
Johnsson had three goals last week to go along with a +3 plus/minus rating, two power play points, and eight shots on goal. He has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 32 games this year, but five in his last seven games. Kim is owned in 1 percent of Yahoo! and 1.8 percent of ESPN leagues.

Brandon Sutter, C, Carolina Hurricanes
Sutter had three goals last week with a +1 rating, two power play points, 16 shots on goal, and 2 face-offs won. He has 16 points (10 goals, 6 assists) in 30 games this year, and is riding a four-game point streak. Brandon is owned in 1 percent of Yahoo! and 0.8 percent of ESPN leagues.

Jussi Jokinen, LW, Carolina Hurricanes
Jokinen also played well for the Hurricanes last week scoring five points (3 goals, 2 assists) with a +5 rating, 11 shots on goal, and 15 face-offs won. He has 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 38 games this year. Jussi is owned in 7 percent of Yahoo! and 4 percent of ESPN leagues.

Mason Raymond, LW, Vancouver Canucks
Mason had four points (3 goals, 1 assist), a +2 rating, two power play points, six shots on goal, and a face-off won last week. On the year he has 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) in 40 games. Mason is owned in 44 percent of Yahoo! and 31.6 percent of ESPN leagues.

Matt Cullen, C, Carolina Hurricanes
Cullen had four assists, a +5 rating, 13 shots on goal, and 40 face-offs won last week. On the year he has 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists). Matt is owned in 4 percent of Yahoo! and 1.7 percent of ESPN leagues.

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Here’s a look at some fantasy basketball players that blew up the box score last night.

Delonte West, Cleveland Cavaliers
29 MIN, 17 PTS, 6-11 FG, 4-6 FT, 1 3PM, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 2 TO
West is doing a bit of everything averaging 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals, and 0.6 blocks in his last five games.

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
26 MIN, 17 PTS, 6-15 FG, 6 REB, 2 AST, 3 TO
Hibbert has to be one of the most frustrating players in the league so far. He’ll have solid games like this and then go through a stretch where he can’t stay out of foul trouble. He’s likely been added and dropped a few times in your league already, and stability is not in sight.

Brad Miller, Chicago Bulls
22 MIN, 16 PTS, 6-9 FG, 4-4 FT, 3 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK
Miller will have games like this from time to time, but isn’t worthy of a roster spot.

Shane Battier, Houston Rockets
43 MIN, 20 PTS, 7-12 FG, 1-1 FT, 5 3PM, 2REB, 3 AST, 1 BLK, 2 TO
Battier came out of nowhere to score above 15 points for just the second time of the year. He contributes across the board so is worth owning in most formats. Games like this are just a nice bonus.

Roger Mason, San Antonio Spurs
31 MIN, 7-14 FG, 4 3PM, 5 REB, 3 AST, 1 BLK, 1 TO
Mason continues to play well. He’s averaging 12.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 three-pointers in his last five games.

Jordan Farmar, Los Angeles Lakers
25 MIN, 12 PTS, 5-10 FG, 2 3PM, 5 AST, 3 STL, 1 TO
Everyone seems to get a boost when they play Golden State. Don’t sweat this performance.

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