Category:Fantasy Football
Posted on: October 24, 2009 9:14 am

Breaking down my fantasy team - Week 7

Well, well, well.  Here we are, the official midpoint of the 13-week fantasy football season, Week 7.  After starting off 0-2 and feeling like I was headed for a disaster, we've rebounded to win 4 in a row! 

I'm the first one to complain in fantasy baseball about the all-important "points against" column.  Inevitably over the last 2 years in fantasy baseball, in a 10-team league, I will score the 2nd or 3rd most points of anybody in the week, only to play the guy who scores the MOST points.  I'm not a big excuse maker or believer in luck, but I do think that an element of good fortune (just like sports in real life) is paramount to you earning victories and going all the way!

Aaron Rodgers was my keeper and I could have kept him next year with a 6th round pick.  In hindsight, maybe I should have held on to him, but I made another trade which gave me another headline keeper - Rashard Mendenhall.  Back in Week 3, I traded Wes Welker, Marshawn Lynch, and Steve Breaston for Kevin Smith, Brandon Marshall, and Mendenhall.  Not bad, huh?  Welker has looked pretty good, but Smith is a good PPR guy, Marshall looks like his head is out of his ass now, and Mendenhall, well he should be the Steelers stud running back for the next 5-7 years.  Next year, I only have to give up a 13th round pick to keep him, then 11th, 9th, 7th, etc, in subsequent years. 

With Warner backing up Rodgers and Marques Colston and Brandon Marshall as my receivers, I felt like I needed another top of the line receiver.  Feeling a little more comfortable with Mendenhall as 1 of my 2 keepers (and I have plan for another keeper that I can't reveal yet), I chose to trade Aaron Rodgers and Santana Moss (who I picked up off of the waiver wire) for Kurt Warner (Kurtis) and Larry Fitzgerald (Lawrence).

Kurtis and Lawrence are my headline acts and I have turned into the biggest Arizona Cardinals fan in the world.  After all, I think a lot of people forget that they were in the SUPER BOWL last year.  Flanked by Marques Colston and Brandon Marshall (we only start 2 receivers), Jason Witten, the PPR stud Joseph Addai, the afore mentioned Kevin Smith, Rashard Mendenhall, and the slightly underachieving Ryan Grant, we have a great shot to get to our 3rd Super Bowl in 4 years.  Grant has been more of a 2nd half player and I'm hoping that the Packers signing of old ass Ahman Green will motivate him to ball out and step his game up.  

This week, I'm playing the division leader, who is 5-1 and beat me already, so this is a critical game.  He's stacked too; Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, Cedric Benson, Andre Johnson, Donald Driver, Antonio Gates, Eagles defense.  This is going to be a big game.  I'm excited, not really nervous, but just a little anxious.  You know the drill.

Good luck to everybody this week.  Time to make it happen!!! 
Category: Fantasy Football
Posted on: September 18, 2009 10:49 pm

Breaking down my fantasy team - Week 2

Well, I got my arse kicked in Week 1.  I was worried about Wes Welker, since he was limited in practice all week and played on Monday night.  CBS predicted that Anthony Gonzalez would have 5 catches for 70 yards and a TD.  Home opener, check.  Jacksonville sucks, check!  Peyton Manning throwing the ball, check!  Good move, huh?

Anthony Gonzalez got hurt on the first play of the game and Wes Welker caught 12 passes Monday night.  Good job Coach Scott!  Luckily it didn't cost me the game.  That would have been the worst!

The Bears always play the Packers tough, so my Packers duo of Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Grant didn't do too much last week.  Quite honestly, I thought ONE of them would have a big game, but in retrospect, I'm kind of glad that they didn't.  If we're going to lose, let's go down shitting our pants.  No need to have a 4 TD game from your QB or RB and still lose.  Anybody who had Drew Brees last week and didn't win probably slit their wrists. 

So, this week, we get the Packers boys at home against Cincinnati.  All I hear is about how much improved their defense is, blah, blah, blah.  Their defense is so good that they let Brandon Stokley get behind them for a tipped ball, 76 yard touchdown last week.  Now, that was probably a mistake, but these are still the Bungles to me.  THEY SUCK!  Rodgers should have a 2 or 3 TD day and throw for at LEAST 250 yards.  If he can't do that then Michael Jordan didn't get fat.  Ryan Grant, you should have 90-100 yards just from being out there and carrying the ball 20-25 times.  If I'm right, Correll Buckhalter had 77 yards against them in Week 1.  Correll Buckhalter?  I think he's like 40. 

All of my friends have been giving me crap about Joseph Addai.  They all say that he sucks.  You know what?  Maybe he does!  The good news is that Peyton Manning is his quarterback and that alone means that he will NEVER run against 8 men in the box.  Addai doesn't suck, it's their offensive line.  It has gotten worse over the last 2-3 years.  I still think that when it's all said and done, he will have 1,000 yards rushing, 10 rushing TD's, 40 receptions, 350 receiving yards, and 3 receiving TD's.  Playing with Peyton Manning is good enough to get you SOME money, isn't it?

Marques Colston, you are the least of my concerns.  Just stay on the field my friend.  A 10 catch, 125 yard game is in your future.  It's what you do. 

Wes Welker, keep catching 15 passes for 39 yards.  I'll take it!  That's why I drafted you, PPR baby!!!

Jason Witten, I love you.  I didn't know whether to take Tony Gonzalez over you or not, but I like the Cowboys better and I figured that you would be one of the keys to the passing game.  90 for 900 and 8 when the year is over.  Make me proud.

Jason Elam has a hamstring problem, missed 2 kicks AND an extra point in Week 1.  That will get you dropped from my team yo!  Tonight I'm going to pick up Nate Kaeding in free agency.  He faces Baltimore, that should mean at least 2 FG attempts this week.

I think I'm going to make it a Packers sunday and ride out with the defense also.  Cincinnati's offensive line couldn't block my dog, kid, secretary and wife.  Green Bay should get to the QB pretty easily this week.  The Chargers are my other option, but I really think that the Ravens are going to win that game.  Funny how I'm so decisive (and probably correct) when I'm NOT in Las Vegas.  Betting on those damn games is intimidating.

Well, like I told my homey Pookie this morning, if I don't make the playoffs, I don't know what to do.  I KNOW that I have one of the three best teams in my division.  Now, we have to get a few breaks, play good ball, and go out and prove it.  Come on Green Bay!!!
Category: Fantasy Football
Posted on: August 25, 2009 10:28 pm

My wife is yapping her mouth...

She just said that all I talk about is football.  Well, guess what honey?  It's going to get worse over the next 4 to 5 months.  You didn't mop the floor, you didn't do this, and you didn't do that.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

What I really want to talk about is fantasy football!!!  Man, I can't wait.  My fantasy baseball team FLOPPED.  Despite having Josh Beckett, Mark Buehrle, Miguel Cabrera, Jorge Posada, Brandon Phillips, Jason Bartlett, Jermaine Dye, Andre Ethier, Jason Marquis, Javier Vazquez, Francisco Rodriguez, and Ichiro Suzuki, we came in 4th in a division of 5 teams.  Boy, that sucks.  In fact, this is the 2nd year in a row that I didn't make the playoffs in my fantasy baseball league.  I really can't believe it, I really can't.  Am I that bad?

My wife just yelled at me some more.  She said that my job is a "cake walk" compared to hers.  Well, I didn't know being a Campus Director was so easy -- the pressure that comes with my job she couldn't handle.  I'm going to switch places with her one day, she would shit her pretty little panties!

Fantasy football, this is my specialty.  I have 2 main leagues.  One league, I've had with my friends for the last 11 years.  I have been in the Super Bowl 3 times, winning twice.  2 of those 3 Super Bowl appearances have come in the last 3 years.  I've only missed the playoffs 2 times in 11 years.  I've had a pretty good run.  In the other league, this is year $7.  I have been in the Super Bowl 5 out of 6 years, winning only twice.  I've lost in the big game in each of the last 3 years.  It sucks, but at least I've been there.

Who do I like this year...  Well, here are some sleepers that I think will vastly outperform their draft position; Matt Cassel, Matt Hasselbeck, Kyle Orton, Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, Marion Barber, Ryan Grant, Kevin Smith, Joseph Addai, Willie Parker, Jerious Norwood, Felix Jones, Chad Ochocinco, Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson, Braylon Edwards, Anthony Gonzalez, Bernard Berrian, Steve Breaston, Donald Driver, Owen Daniels, John Carlson, Visanthe Shiancoe, Jeremy Shockey, Tony Scheffler, and Kevin Boss.  Those are just a few sleepers for you...

Well, time to go do some more research.  My son is still running around eating candy at 9:30 pm and my wife is mad so all is good with the world.  Good night, sleep tight, don't let the fantasy football bugs bite@!@#@#@!!!!!$#@!
Category: Fantasy Football
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