Let’s face it.  Your season should be over.  If you’re still going in Week 17, maybe I’ll help you uncover a gem.  I suppose if you’re in a salary cap  league you’re still active so I’ll look at the surprising performers and let you know if they are worth a roster move.

QB
Todd Collins -
Dallas doesn’t have much to play for.  Washington is hungry.  Their WRs are coming on.  I’d roll with Collins in a salary cap league.  He’d be worth so little that you could upgrade elsewhere.  On an actual team, maybe.  If you have Eli as your starter, Todd may be a better play.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Tarvaris Jackson - It was nice to see him use his feet for a change.  I don’t see him going to Denver and having a good day though. 
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ’em.

RB
najeh-davenport.jpg
Photo courtesy of JL Dykstra/Icon SMI

Najeh Davenport
-  He mashed last week after Willie Parker broke his leg.  He needs to get more work in for the playoff run.  I’d get him without a doubt.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Ahmad Bradshaw - Was his big game a fluke?  Probably.  Will the Giants rest Brandon Jacobs vs. the Pats?  Maybe.  Will I pick up Bradshaw?  Doubtful.  
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WR
Nate Washington
- His last three catches have been TDs.  He doesn’t catch enough balls though.  He’s had only seven receptions in his last four games.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
Laurent Robinson - Maybe they are trying to see what the rookie has.  He was solid with 114 yards and a TD.  I’m not seeing a repeat though.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Jerramy Stevens -
He had a nice 73 yard, 2 TD game against San Francisco.  If you’re hurting, why not try the hot hand?
Ruling:  Get ‘em.There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

2007 Pro Bowl Snubs

22 December 2007

OK, the Pro Bowl selections were made.  For the most part the picks were right on.  There are a few changes I would make.  There are a lot of players that are worthy, but they all can’t make it.  Even though Chad Johnson and Wes Welker have Pro Bowl worthy numbers, I won’t count them in the snubs because I think the four that are in are the right choices.  I’ll take their word on the O-Line and FB choices.  With that in mind, here’s who I’d replace.

Offense
QB
Tom Brady has to go.  Just kidding.  In the AFC, the only change I would make is to replace Ben Roethlisberger with Derek Anderson.  Big Ben has been great, but come on.  Derek Anderson is one of the best stories of the year.  He has close to 500 more yards than Big Ben.
Revision:  They got it right.  After Week 16′s games, Big Ben is truly deserving.

In the NFC, I would start by making Tony Romo the starter.  Romo has nine more TD passes and 2 more rushing touchdowns than Favre.  Favre is deserving of a roster spot, but Romo has better numbers.  I would also exchange Matt Hasselbeck for Drew Brees.  They have the same amount of TDs, but Brees has 200 more yards.  He’s also ran one in.  Just like the Big Ben-Derek Anderson debate they virtually even.  I just think Brees deserves it a little more.

RB
LT and Addai are no-brainers.  However,  Willie Parker should be out.  I’m not hating on Pittsburgh…hear me out.  Fast Willie has 2 TDs.  Two.  Jamal Lewis is close based on his season stats, but that 4 TD game skews his numbers.  In Parker’s place, I’d put Willis McGahee.  Baltimore stinks.  There’s no debate.  Their passing game is a joke. The fact that McGahee has close to 1200 yards is a testament to how good he is.  When you factor in total yardage Willis is only 53 yards behind Parker.  However, he has six more TDs.  Some say Fred Taylor, but come on.  Get serious.

In the NFC, All Day Adrian Peterson and Brian Westbrook were simple.  My three year old could have figured that out.  Who am I kidding, he’d put Superman and Martian Manhunter in there.  Marion Barber?  Close, but not cigar.  He’s got the TDs again.  That’s his M.O.  However, I feel Clinton Portis should be going to Hawaii.  He has 266 more yards of total offense than MB3 while scoring just 3 fewer TDs.  Plus, he doesn’t have Terrell Owens and Jason Witten to keep defenses honest.

WR
Nothing to report in the AFC.  They got it right.

In the NFC, however, they only got two right.  Terrible Owens and Larry Fitzgerald were deserving.  However, Donald Driver and Torry Holt should be replaced.  Heck, Driver isn’t even having the best season of Green Bay wideouts.  I’d put Jennings in over Driver.  However,
both of those Green Bay wideouts should take a backseat for Marques Colston.  He’s got more yards than both Jennings, Driver, and Holt.  He as many TDs as Driver and Holt combined.  Jennings has three more scores, but is 214 yards back in receiving yards.  The other WR I’d like to add is Plaxico Burress.  He doesn’t practice all week because his ankle is in such bad shape, yet he delivers on Sunday.  Driver gets to catch passes in a spread offense from one of the all-time great QBs.  Plax gets little help from his wideouts, and Eli is his QB.  That’s enough for me to make the switch.

TE
In the AFC, Tony Gonzalez and Kellen Winslow have the exact same yardage and TDs.  Winslow adds a two point conversion, but he also has a fumble.  I’ll give it to the old man once again because he has far less weapons helping him in Kansas City.  This could be Gonzo’s last Pro Bowl though.
They got it right in the NFC also.

K
Who cares about kickers, but they got it right with Bironas and Folk.

Defense
DE
In the AFC, Mario Williams got the shaft.  He’s leading the league in sacks, and he’s not Hawaii bound.  Perhaps, the fact that 9 of his sacks have come in the past five weeks led to the snub, but man he sure missed out.  My rule is you have to replace someone to make the list, not just be Pro Bowl worthy, so Kyle Vanden Bosch is out.

In the NFC, I have to go with Trent Cole over Osi Umenyiora.  Cole has a half sack more than Umenyiora, and if you take away Osi’s six sack game it’s not even close.  Plus, Coles has 22 more tackles.

DT
Looks pretty good for both conferences.

LB
The only change at linebacker I would make is in the NFC.  I would replace Lofa Tatupu with Nick Barnett.  Barnett has 18 more tackles and 2.5 more sacks.  Lofa does have two more INTs, but I’d still take Barnett.  The fact that the Packers are 12-2 should factor in here as it seems to every year with the best teams.

CB
I can’t argue with the AFC corners.  Antonio Cromartie leads the league with 10 picks.  Asante Samuel is tied for 2nd with 6.  Champ Bailey is Champ Bailey.  His picks are down, but he’s still has 3 to go along with his 70 tackles.

In the NFC I would replace Terence Newman with Charles Woodson.  Woodson has the same amount of interceptions (4), but has 11 more tackles.

S
In the AFC, I would kick Troy Polamalu to the curb.  He’s good, but he missed too much time.  I’d go with Sammy Knight.  Knight has 31 more tackles and 4 more INTs.

In the NFC, I would replace Darren Sharper with Mr. Horse Collar Roy Williams.  Williams has 32 more tackles.  Sure, Sharper has two more INTs, but I think Roy has played the position better.

In the NFC I would replace Terence Newman with Charles Woodson.  Woodson has the same amount of interceptions (4), but has 11 more tackles.

Safety
In the AFC, I would kick Troy Polamalu to the curb.  He’s good, but he missed too much time.  I’d go with Sammy Knight.  Knight has 31 more tackles and 4 more INTs.

In the NFC, I would replace Darren Sharper with Mr. Horse Collar Roy Williams.  Williams has 32 more tackles.  Sure, Sharper has two more INTs, but I think Roy has played the position better.

 | Posted by | Categories: NFL | Tagged: NFL, Pro Bowl |

NFL Week 16 Fill-ins

21 December 2007

It’s most likely your Super Bowl.  If you aren’t that lucky, maybe you’re playing for 3rd and your money back.  Maybe you’re just playing for pride.  No matter what, you want to win this week.  If your lineup is hurting, I’m here to offer some other options.

QB
Donovan McNabb
- Chances are you haven’t counted on him for some time.  Well, this week is as good as any as he play New Orleans.  Sure, the Eagles are dead, but they are still playing for pride.  

vince-young.jpg
Photo courtesy of Margaret Bowles/Icon SMI
 
Vince Young - It’s time for VY to shrug off that Madden Curse and put up a solid game agaisnt the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS.  I get the feeling he runs one in this week.

RB
Najeh Davenport - I see him getting 167 total yards and 2 TDs after Willie Parker breaks his leg.  OK, time to get serious.  Here are my real picks. 
Rudi Johnson -  If I had Rudi, I’d hitch my cart to him this weekend against Cleveland.  He’s been mostly junk this year, but I see him coming through huge for those lucky (or unlucky given his earlier play) enough to have him.
Kolby Smith - Since his first start , Kolby hasn’t been all that impressive.  This week he faces Detroit.  I see Kolby getting a TD as a stocking stuffer.
Lamont Jordan - I’m not loving his matchup against Jacksonville, but if you need a warm body, Jordan is your guy.  If you’re really, really hurting Dominic Rhodes may get you a couple points.

WR
Roydell Williams 
-  He’s played well recently averaging 66 yards and a TD the past three weeks.  I think he has a solid game against Detroit.
Kevin Curtis -  The highlight of my fantasy football season this year was starting Curtis in his 11 catch, 221 yard, 3 TD game against Detroilet.  Curtis has only scored twice since that outburst.  I think this is the weekend he returns to the endzone.  Hopefully, he called up Chad Johnson for celebration ideas since with only 6 TDs, Ocho is sure to have some that he won’t get to this year.

TE
Chris Baker - With wet noodle arm Chad Pennington back in the starting lineup, look for Baker to be busy on Sunday. 

K
Shaun Suisham
-  Shaun has 9 FGs over the past 4 weeks, including three in the horrible conditions at Giants Stadium last week.  He’ll find it a little cozier in the Metrodump.

DEF
Arizona
- One word.  Atlanta.
Tennessee - Three words.  New York Jets.
Kansas City - One word.  Detroit.

Friday Tidbits 12/21/07

21 December 2007

Brett Favre passed Dan Marino to become the league’s passing leader. No word on whether Marino slugged Favre for breaking all of his records this year. New England won Spygate 2 to move to 14-0. Miami finally won a game. Tampa Bay finally returned a kick for a TD. Jeremy Shockey broke his leg. Brian Westbrook angered fantasy football owners, and saved a few, when he took a knee at the one yardline negating a sure touchdown. Dallas S Roy Williams got suspened for his horse collar tackle on McNabb. Alge Crumpler, DeAngleo Hall, Chris Houston, Roddy White, and Joe Horn were fined for were fined for uniform violations when they expressed their support for Michael Vick. The NFL is so lame. Who cares? Dallas signed NT Jay Ratliff to a five-year extension. Viking Dwight Smith got busted with pot. Last year he got arrested for getting busy in a stairwell. Bright guy. Sean Taylor was voted to the Pro Bowl. Isn’t it nice those kids decided to rob and ultimately murder him? Bill Parcels signed a four-year deal as the head of football operations with the Dolphins. I know I’m already sick of the Tuna/Fish/Dolphins references. Willie Parker broke his leg in the Steelers win over St. Louis. 

LeBron James became the fastest player to score 9000 points in his career. Kirk Hinrich has a pulse. He notched a triple-double for the Bulls. Atlanta F Shelden Williams was carjacked. Dwight Howard scored 31 and grabbed 20 boards. Carlos Boozer scored 39 to go with 12 boards, but lost to Atlanta. Al Jefferson had 22 points and 20 rebounds in a losing effort against Miami. Tim Duncan showed his back with 36 points and 17 rebounds, but he lost to the Suns. Chris Bosh became Toronto’s all-time rebound leader. Detroit snapped Boston’s nine game winning streak. Alonzo Mourning tore his knee, which will more than likely end his playing career. I’ve always like ‘Zo. Troy Hudson’s career might be over because of a hip injury. That would leave him more time to focus on his hip hop. I just hope I never have to hear another of his songs. Michael Jordan must have inspired the Bobcats by practicing with them. They knocked off the Jazz. Caron Butler messed around and got a triple-double vs. Chicago. Dwayne Wade scored 41 in a losing effort against New Jersey. 

Philadelphia signed F Mike Richards to a twelve-year, $69 million contract. His teammate Joffrey Lupul netted his 2nd hat trick in three games. Anaheim traded Andy McDonald to St. Louis for Doug Weight, Michal Birner and a draft pick. This week’s shutouts: Toronto’s Vesa Toskala vs. Atlanta, Boston’s Alex Auld vs. Columbus, NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. Pittsburgh, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. New Jersey, Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere vs. San Jose. Scott Niedermayer is back with Anaheim. Vancouver will be without C Brendan Morrisson for a few months following wrist surgery. Toronto will be without D Bryan McCabe for a couple months because of a broken hand. Chris Simon received a 30 game suspension. He’s the Ron Artest of the NHL. Kyle Okposo is leaving the University of Minnesota to fill-in for Simon for the Islanders. Carolina F Craig Adams was suspended for hitting Alex Steen with his stick. Pittsburgh F Ryan Malone missed time with a infection on his leg. Gross. Marian Gaborik scored five goals in the Wild’s over the Rangers. 

Andy Pettitte admitted to taking HGH in 2002. Fernando Vina admitted to using HGH to recover from an injury. Brian Roberts also admitted to using steroids. He only did it once though. Right. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that he hit 2, 1, 5, and 4 HRs in 2001-2004 seasons and then 18 in 2005 when he was teammates with Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro. Arizona traded with Oakland for Dan Haren. They turned around and dealt Jose Valarde, who lead MLB in saves last year to Houston. The Twins continued their mockery of the free agent season by signing Mike Lamb. They keep picking up junk players and try to pass them off as impact players. Texas signed reliever Kazuo Fukumori. St. Louis traded Jim Edmonds to San Diego for a minor leaguer. The Dodgers signed P Hiroki Kuroda to a three-year deal worth $35 million. Never one to miss an opportunity to be in the limelight, Pete Ro$e spoke out against the steroid users saying the users are “making a mockery” of baseball. To quote Triumph the Insult Dog, “that’s like vomit telling poop it stinks”. Reliever Ron Mahay signed a two-year deal with Kansas City worth $8 million. C Michael Barrett signed a one-year deal with San Diego worth $3.5 million. Colorado signed Kip Wells and Mark Redmond to one-year deals. Curst Schilling says Roger Clemens should forfeit his Cy Youngs if it’s proven that he took PEDs. Carlos Silva signed with Seattle for $48 million over four years. Are you kidding me? Dontrelle Willis signed a three year extension with Detroit for $29 million. Geoff Jenkins signed with Philadelphia. Jonathan Papelbon’s dog ate the World Series ball. Doug Mientkiewicz can stop watching Mission Impossible to plan his attempt to steal it. 

Michigan finally got their man as Rich Rodriguez left West Virginia for the Wolverines gig. Duke hired David Cutcliffe, former Tennessee OC, as their new head coach. The snake Bobby Petrino hired his brother Paul to be his OC. Houston named Kevin Sumlin, an assistant at Oklahoma, as it’s new coach. He’s the school’s first black head coach. Cincinnati extened Brian Kelly’s contract five years. Miami fired defensive coordinator Tim Walton. Clemson’s Nick Watkins, Christian Capote, and Tramaine Billie were declared academically ineligible for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Auburn. Boise State’s Jeremy Childs, Keith McGowen, and Ben Chandler will miss the Hawaii Bowl because of unspecified violations. Tim Tebow was named AP Player of the Year. Florida State suspened 20 players from the Music City Bowl for a cheating scandal. They’ll also miss the first three games next year. No word on whether Clem Haskins was involved. Kansas Coach Mark Mangino was named AP Coach of the Year. CB Eugene Clifford was suspended by Ohio State. Tennessee’s T Demonte Bolden and LB Rico McCoy were declared academically ineligible. Utah kicked off the Bowl Season with a 35-32 win over Navy. 

Rick Pitino won his 500th game. Tennessee F Duke Crews will be out indefinitely because of a heart condition. Eric Gordon returned to Indiana and scored 26. Nebraska knocked off #16 Oregon. Arizona State pounded #17 Xavier. Purdue upset #20 Louisville. Syracuse will be without Eric Devendorf for the rest of the year after he tore his ACL. Gonzaga’s Steven Gray returned from a fractured wrist to score 12 points vs. Northern Colorado. Brook Lopez has regained his eligibility for Stanford. Wisconsin-Milwaukee kicked Torre Johnson, their leading scorer and rebounder, to the curb following his arrest on the suspicion of battery. Laval Lucas-Perry is transferring from Arizona to Michigan. Somebody finally got their wish as Dick Vitale had surgery on his left vocal cord. His wife’s ears finally get a rest. Just kidding. We hope for a speedy recovery. He should be back in February, baby. Although Dukie V is probably in mourning this morning after his #7 Duke Blue Devils were knocked off by #9 Pitt 65-64 on Levance Fields’ clutch three in OT. Oklahoma knocked off #20 Gonzaga.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

 | Posted by | Categories: MLB, NBA, NFL | Tagged: College Basketball, College Football, NCAA, NHL |

I’m going back out on that fantasy football limb. I will pick five players I believe will score more points this week than a higher profile player. The scoring will be 6 points for rushing or receiving TD, 4 points for a passing TD, .1 points per yard for rushing or receiving and .05 points per passing yard. I will also do a Super Stretch Pick where I take a real longshot. First, I’ll recap last week.

Last Week
Ben Roethlisberger 20.8 beat Matt Hasselbeck 18.8 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
     Big Ben didn’t need the two points I spotted him.
Edgerrin James 9.5 beat Marion Barber 3.2 as I predicted.
Earnest Graham 17.9 beat Maurice Jones-Drew 11.9 (9.9 a ctual +2 spotted) as I predicted.
Torry Holt 8.1 beat Lee Evans 3.6 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Chris Chambers 7.8 beat Roddy White 0.4 as I predicted.

Super Stretch
Adrian Peterson 21.5 crushed Ryan Grant 12.0 WHICH I GOT WRONG.

Regular Picks: 3-2
Super Stretch Picks: 0-1
Overall: 3-3
Breakdown: QB: 0-1, RB: 2-1, WR: 1-1

Season Record
Regular Picks: 35-40-1
Super Stretch Picks: 12-3
Overall: 47-43-1
Breakdown: QB: 7-10, RB: 24-14-1, WR: 15-19

This Week’s Picks 
Vince Young over Jay Cutler
They came in the league at the same time. Vince Yound has a better record as a starter, but Cutler has been the better fantasy play this year. This week, though, I think it’s Vince Young who makes the better fantasy play. I think the Madden Curse gets a rest this week as he faces the Jets. Cutler has a much tougher matchup against San Diego. 

lt.jpg
Photo courtesy of Scott Wachter/Icon SMI

LaDainian Tomlinson over Frank Gore and Ryan Grant Combined
It almost seems as if LT is stepping up his game just for the fantasy football playoffs. He’s been a beast the past three weeks. Facing Denver’s weak sauce run defense should carry many an LT owner to their Super Bowl victory. Frank Gore was great last week, but it won’t be as easy against Tampa Bay. Ryan Grant faces Chicago, who looked decent against the run against Minnesota. 

Brian Westbrook over Adrian Peterson +2
I’ll take All Day on once again. I’ll even spot him two points. I’m taking Brian “Please don’t take another knee” Westbrook on the road over All Day at home. 

Hines Ward over Torry Holt
It’s fun doing head-to-head games. This one is no exception. These are two WRs who play hard and let their actions speak louder than their celebrations. Pittsburgh’s D will be the difference in this one. 

Greg Jennings over Donald Driver +3
They got the wrong guy. Greg Jennings should have made the Pro Bowl over his teammate Donald Driver. He’s scored in ten of the twelve games he’s played this year. I’ll spot Driver 3 and still like my chances.

SUPER STRETCH 
Kenny Watson over Clinton Portis
Rudi was a dud last weekend. He should be a winner this weekend though facing Cleveland. Clinton Portis will have to get involved in the passing game if he wants to have a solid game against Minnesota.
Rudi isn’t playing so I’m subbing in Kenny Watson so I have a chance.

What did you think of my predictions? Do you have any fantasy upsets in mind? Please leave your comments.

Previous Out on a Limb Picks
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15

NFL Picks – Week 16

19 December 2007

nfl-logo.jpg
Photo courtesy of Ed Wolfstein/Icon SMI  

I was so-so last week going 10-6. Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Dallas and the Giants lost for me. My Lock pick of Seattle also lost.

Last Week: 10-6 (.625)
Overall: 136-84 (.618 )
Lock Picks: 10-5 (.666)

Lock Pick: Arizona
Previous Lock Picks: PITT (W), CIN (L), SD (L), BAL (L), DAL (W barely), CHI (L), NE (W), INDY (W), TB (W), GB (W), PHI (W), JAX (W), MINN (W), NO (W), SEA (L)

Week 16 Picks
Pittsburgh over St. Louis
Dallas over Carolina (Virtual Lock)
Jacksonville over Oakland (Virtual Lock)
Kansas City over Detroit
Indianapolis over Houston
New Orleans over Philadelphia
New York Giants over Buffalo
Green Bay over Chicago (Virtual Lock)
Cleveland over Cincinnati
Arizona over Atlanta (Lock Pick)
Tampa Bay over San Francisco (Virtual Lock)
Tennessee over New York Jets
New England over Miami (Virtual Lock)
Seattle over Baltimore
Minnesota over Washington (Toss-up Game)
San Diego over Denver

There you have it. Those are my picks. Any differences?

 | Posted by | Categories: NFL | Tagged: NFL, NFL Picks |

Fantasy Football Forum
How are your playoffs going? In my main league, I won in the losers’ bracket. Brett Favre was solid. Andre Johnson was money. Tampa Defense was lights out. I finished 1st in three of my other five leagues so the playoffs kicked off for me. I got dumped in two of them. My best season is an NFL.com league with guys from SportingNews.com. I finished 13-1 and moved on to the title game. So, that’s my story. What’s yours?

Tracking My NFL Preseason Predictions
I made a bunch of predictions in the preseason. I profiled guys I thought would do well. I also profiled guys I thought wouldn’t meet expectations. Here are my preseason predictions are going.

Surprises
J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Did not play.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Did not play.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 634 total yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 3
His 29 total yards didn’t help my projection.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 885 yards, 1 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 4
Solid 71 yards of total offense.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting
Right-O-Meter: 1
Did not play.

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 645 yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 2
Thirty yards. His team scored 51 points and that’s all you got. Awful.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for : 616 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10++++
Are you kidding me? My picks have sucked this year, but Miller has been just about spot on. 24 yards and a score weren’t bad.

Disappointments
Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 2541 passing, 429 rushing, 10 passing TDs, 3 rushing, 18 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
VY had a solid game this week. 191 through the air. 32 on the ground. 2 TDs without an INT.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1183 total yards, 9 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 9
99 total yards. He didn’t score this week though so it helped my projection.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1206 yards, 8 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 7
Only 21 yards, but he did get in the endzone.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1110 yards, 6 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 3
Only 17 yards.

This week helped a little.

Don’t forget to swing by my website lesterslegends.com for additional fantasy footbal info, such as my weekly Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em picks from Week 15.

 | Posted by | Categories: Fantasy Football, NFL | Tagged: Fantasy Football, NFL |

Did your Stud go Dud?

17 December 2007

Wow!  What a horrible time for the winter chill to hit the NFL.  The wind and the snow turned fantasy dreams into fantasy nightmares.  Chances are if you thought you were going to ride Tom Brady to the promised land, you got dropped off one stop too short on Third Place Game Boulevard.  Terrific Tom wasn’t the only one to disappoint.  He had plenty of company.

Obviously Tom Brady was the biggest named QB to flounder this weekend, but Tony Romo and Derek Anderson also had monumental flops.  Romo’s girlfriend sure looked good though.

At running back Romo’s teammate Marion Barber III was the biggest fantasy final four flop.  Rudi Johnson was right there with him, but you probably knew you were taking a chance with Rudi.

It didn’t stop there.  At Wide Receiver Terrell Owens owned Top Flop honors.  Also nominated were Joey Galloway, Plaxico Burress, Lee Evans, Roddy White, and Wes Welker.  Randy Moss and Braylon Edwards produced much less than usual.

Antonio Gates has all but disappeared down the stretch.  His team scored 51 and all he could muster up was 8 yards.  Kellen Winslow, Dallas Clark, and Jeremy Shockey also stunk.

How about a big, fat zero for Rian Lindell.  Did you see that coming against Cleveland?  How about two points for Jeff Reed?  If you lost because of a kicker, I especially feel your pain.

How about Indy’s defense.  No sacks or turnovers against Oakland.  Really?  Same with Seattle.

Chances are if you had any of these players you were sent packing.  If not, consider yourself lucky.  I don’t see them failing two weeks in a row.

I couldn’t get a picture of Jessica Simpson in her pink Tony Romo jersey from Icon Sports Media just yet, but feast your eyes on her singing at a Texans game.  It won’t keep you from being eliminated this week, but it is a sight for sore eyes.

jessica-simpson.jpg
Photo courtesy of Thomas B. Shea/Icon SMI

 | Posted by | Categories: Fantasy Football, NFL | Tagged: Fantasy Football, NFL |

Each week there are some surprising fantasy performers.  I’m going to take a look at them and see if you should go get ‘em or not.

QB
Sage Rosenfels -
He had two striaght solid outings.  I don’t love his matchup with Indy, but he’s the best of the wavier wire garbage if you need to replace a Tony Romo.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Shaun Hill – Had a decent game against Cincinnati.  It is Cincinnati though.  Next week won’t be fun against Tampa Bay.
Ruling – Don’t Sweat ’em.

RB
stecker.jpg
Photo courtesy of John Pyle/Icon SMI

Aaron Stecker
-  100 yards against Atlanta.  Not bad.  141 total yards and 2 scores agaisnt Arizona.  Nice.  If he slipped, you can get him.  It looks like you can start him if you need to.  Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Darren Sproles- He had 135 total yards and two scores.  He mopped up after LT got done with Detroit.  Don’t expect a repeat.  Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WR
Roydell Williams  - He seems to be ranked high each week despite only 3 good games to show for.  However, two of those games have come the last two weeks.  He should make it three in a row against the Jets.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Dennis Northcutt - He’s being targeted, which is nice, but hasn’t had much success this year.  It was his first game over 70 yards since Week 5.  His only game over 80 yards.  Before yesterday’s games his pattern was three games without a score and then a TD, three games without a score and then a TD.  That’s not what you want for the title game. 
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Chris Baker – Pennington dumped it off to Baker 8 times.  If Chad starts next week, Baker could be worth using.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

NFL Week 15 Fill-ins

14 December 2007

Has the injury bug hit you?  Are you faced with bad matchups?  Well, maybe I can help.  Here are some guys you can plug and play this weekend.

QB
Trent Edwards 
- He threw four TDs last week.  He gets to play Cleveland this week.  Throw in the fact that he’s throwing to Lee Evans in December, one would think he’d be a decent play this week.
Jeff Garcia - If you league penalizes for INTs, then Jeff is your guy.  He just doesn’t throw that many picks.  He should have a solid game against an Atlanta team that is imploding in front of our eyes.

RB
frank-gore.jpg
Photo Courtesy of John Pyle/Icon SMI

Frank Gore - Can you believe it’s come to this with Frank.  However, with guys like Ryan Grant, Earnest Graham, Jamal Lewis, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Edge, etc. having better years than Frank, he isn’t a weekly start anymore.  He should be counted on against Cincinnati though.
Aaron Stecker -  If you’re hurting, at least he’s a warm body.  One coming off a 100 yard performance against Atlanta.  OK, it’s Atlanta, but New Orleans has it’s passing attack working so well that the run should be open.

WR
Deion Branch 
-  Seattle has all but abandoned the run.  Their passing attack is really clicking.  Branch has scored two of the past three weeks and should do well against Carolina.
Anthony Gonzalez -  Yeah, I’m a week late on this one, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plug him in against Oakland.  Oakland defends the pass fairly well, but it doesn’t matter when Peyton is your QB.

TE
Robert Royal - 
He scored twice last week so if you’re hurting, why not ride the hot hand?  Plus he faces Cleveland.

K
Josh Scobee
-  He’s kicked 9 FGs over the past three games.  Facing Pittsburgh, he could be looking at multiple field goal attempts should the Jags sputter in the red zone.

DEF
Cincinnati - 
I’m not real confident in this pick.  The top D’s this weekend should be NE, SD, GB, SEA, TENN, INDY, TB, MN, and BAL.  Chances are you have one of those D’s.  If I was really hurting and gambling, I would take Cincy and hope they force some turnovers.


Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties