Tag:Fantasy Football
Posted on: September 18, 2010 10:58 pm

Week 2 extended sleeper list

Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.


Josh Freeman (at CAR):
Freeman played well in Week 1 against Cleveland given that he missed so much time in the preseason with a thumb injury. He had 182 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and the Bucs less-than-stellar receiving corps looked better than expected. This week, Freeman faces the Panthers, who gave up three passing touchdowns to the Giants. Freeman could be a decent replacement if you're without Kevin Kolb (concussion) or Matthew Stafford (shoulder). Last year, Freeman passed for 321 yards in one meeting with Carolina with 30 rushing yards. Unfortunately he had five interceptions, but he'll do better this time around. And once again, Mike Williams is worth starting in deeper formats.

Matt Cassel (at CLE): Cassel was terrible last week against the Chargers when he passed for just 68 yards and a touchdown in a rain storm. But he's better than that, and he should show it in this matchup. Last year against the Browns, Cassel passed for 331 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns struggled with Tampa Bay's passing game, and Kansas City should also take advantage with Dwayne Bowe, Chris Chambers and Dexter McCluster. With some weak quarterback options this week and the injuries to Kolb and Stafford, consider Cassel a Top 15 option in all leagues.


Cadillac Williams (at CAR): The Giants ran over the Panthers in Week 1 with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs for 120 yards, and Williams will get plenty of touches this week. In their final meeting last year, Williams had 106 total yards against the Panthers, and he ran well in Week 1 against Cleveland with 22 carries for 75 yards and two catches for 23 yards. Williams is only being started in 47 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com, which is too low, and he's a great flex option in this matchup.

Thomas Jones (at CLE): Jamaal Charles remains the No. 1 Fantasy option in Kansas City's backfield, but this is a week where Jones could be worth using as a flex option. The Browns defense will again struggle this year, and Jones could end up finding the end zone. He didn't run well in Week 1 against San Diego with 11 carries for 35 yards, but this is a much easier matchup. When the Chiefs have matchups like this, Jones will continue to have upside as a potential starter.

Jerome Harrison (vs. KC): You remember what Harrison did against the Chiefs last year -- 34 carries for 286 yards and three touchdowns -- so put him in your lineup as a No. 2 running back in deeper leagues or as a flex option. The Chiefs did a solid job in Week 1 of containing Ryan Mathews and will have revenge on their mind against Harrison, but he's also motivated after wanting more carries in what turned out to be a 50-50 split with Peyton Hillis in Week 1 against Tampa Bay. Hillis has value in leagues where receptions count and could again work at the goal line, but Harrison should get more work in this matchup. This is a good time to consider Harrison a starter.

Brandon Jacobs (at IND): We like Ahmad Bradshaw this week, and Jacobs should be considered safe also after seeing what Arian Foster did against the Colts. The Giants are going to try to run the ball all game against Indianapolis to keep Peyton Manning off the field and have the same success as Houston did in Week 1. Bradshaw is clearly the better option in New York's backfield, but Jacobs could find the end zone with about 50 yards rushing. You'll take those 11 Fantasy points in most standard leagues.


Greg Camarillo (vs. MIA):
Former player gets to play that team less than a month after being traded is something we like to see. You're not going to start Camarillo in the majority of leagues, but he does have some value in deeper formats. Brett Favre will rebound from his Week 1 performance at New Orleans, and he should get Camarillo more involved. Consider using him in deep point per reception formats since Favre could try to give him some extra targets.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh (at CIN): Sticking with the theme of former player going up against his former team, Houshmandzadeh is making his return to Cincinnati after he left there prior to 2009. Joe Flacco could give Houshmandzadeh some extra passes, and he played more in Week 1 against the Jets than most people expected. The Ravens will likely be throwing in this game, which is why we like Flacco as our co-Start of the Week. And he will get Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Ray Rice, Todd Heap and Houshmandzadeh involved a lot. Consider Houshmandzadeh a good option in leagues where you start three wide receivers.

Devin Aromashodu (at DAL): None of the Bears receivers might ever become consistent starting Fantasy options, but Aromashodu showed in Week 1 he might have the most upside. He saw the most targets (10) of any Bears wide receiver, and that speaks volumes to how Jay Cutler still values him ahead of Johnny Knox and Devin Hester. We're not big fans of Cutler this week based on the Dallas secondary and pass rush, but Aromashodu could be worth using as a No. 3 wide receiver in deeper leagues. If he continues to see a hefty amount of targets then his value will continue to rise.

Louis Murphy (vs. STL): Dave Richard and I made a friendly wager on our podcast/video Friday where I said Murphy would outproduce Mark Clayton. Murphy just has the better matchup. The Rams just allowed Steve Breaston to catch seven passes for 132 yards, and Larry Fitzgerald scored a touchdown. While Clayton is struggling with Nnamdi Asomugha, Murphy should run free in that Rams secondary. Consider using him as a No. 3 wide receiver in deep leagues in Week 2.

Legedu Naanee (vs. JAC): The Jaguars might shake things up in the secondary for Week 2 after they struggled at home against Denver in Week 1. We like Malcom Floyd this week, and Naanee isn't far behind. He scored a touchdown in Week 1 at Kansas City, and the Chargers are still feeling out their wide receiver corps with Vincent Jackson out. Naanee could again play well in this matchup since the Jaguars gave up plenty of production to Jabar Gaffney, Eddie Royal and Brandon Lloyd last week.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 17, 2010 12:40 pm

Steve Breaston - Breakout

Steve Breaston just had the game of his life, but he wasn't concerned with his stats. Instead, he was focused on the play that helped his team win.

In Week 1 at St. Louis, Breaston had seven catches for a career-high 132 yards, but he also helped the Cardinals escape with a 17-13 victory with a defensive play. Rams defensive lineman Clifton Ryan recovered a Derek Anderson fumble, but Breaston chased him down and stripped the ball just shy of the goal line. Arizona center Lyle Sendlein recovered in the end zone for a touchback, and Breaston said Thursday he's been hearing about the play all week.

It all worked out for Breaston and the Cardinals in the first game without Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin. Anderson played well with 297 passing yards and a touchdown, and Breaston looked like he's ready for a starring role.

But being in the spotlight is something Breaston will have to get accustomed to since he feels like he constantly has to prove himself. Breaston was a fifth-round pick out of Michigan in 2007, and he was drafted as a punt returner. He has turned himself into a quality wide receiver, but he is still looking for respect.

"Very few people expect me to do much," Breaston said in a phone interview. "I have a chip on my shoulder to get the job done. That's why I play hard every play. I try to work hard so I can always reach my potential."

Breaston had a breakthrough season in 2008 with 77 catches for 1,006 yards and three touchdowns when he was the No. 3 wide receiver for the Cardinals behind Larry Fitzgerald and Boldin, but some viewed that year as a fluke. He then battled injuries in 2009 and finished with respectable stats of 55 catches for 602 yards and two touchdowns, but it didn't help his on-field image that he took a step back in production.

This year, the Cardinals showed plenty of faith in Breaston by trading Boldin to Baltimore, allowing him to step into the starting lineup. After one week, he has made that decision look like a genius move.

"I go off what my coaches tell me, and they expect me to play at a high level," he said. "They put a lot of faith in me, and that's all I can ask for."

Breaston was excited to help the team open the season 1-0, but he knows Week 2 will be tough at Atlanta. He believes the Cardinals are ready for the challenge, and he also expressed confidence in Anderson.

There was a lot of speculation how Anderson would do after he beat out Matt Leinart for the starting job and trying to replace Warner. Breaston said Anderson is off to a great start.

"He is doing a great job," Breaston said. "He has been making progress since he got here, and he's only going to get better. He's still new. The best thing about him is he's still learning."

Fantasy owners who were concerned about the Cardinals' passing attack should breathe a sigh of relief, at least for one week, based on the performance against the Rams. Sure, St. Louis doesn't have the greatest secondary in the NFL, but Anderson had a solid debut, Breaston had a career performance and Fitzgerald scored a touchdown.

Will they all play at a high level week in, week out, including Sunday at Atlanta? Probably not. But all three remain viable Fantasy options, with Fitzgerald a guaranteed starter in all formats as long as he's healthy.

Before the season started we called Breaston a breakout candidate, and he looked like it with his Week 1 performance. It's too bad he also won't get credit for his defensive prowess because Breaston is an all-around player.

If he continues to play like this then maybe then he will get the respect he deserves. Breaston is on the verge of becoming a star, and he's going to continue to work hard to make that happen.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 16, 2010 6:05 pm

Twitter mailbag

I'll do my best to answer questions here once a week. We'll call it Jamey's mailbox. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @jameyeisenberg to submit your questions.

Don't drop anyone for Jackson yet. If you must, go Driver. @clance_man Limited to 4 WRs, start 2. Have AJohnson, Marshall, Harvin, Driver. Who do I drop for VJax?  

Go with Addai and Aromashodu. Thank you. @jyountchi Quick questions for Week 2: Addai or Best? Berrian or Aromashodu? Thx, you're the man.

Hillis has the most upside based on his matchup. I also like Carlson. @WackAttack85 hey Jamey. Who has more upside as a flex this week: LT, meachem, Jacoby Jones, Hillis, John Carlson? I thnk I knw the answer

I'd go with Williams here. You might see him in a future blog. @JuanH88 who should I start as my 3rd wr? Naanee, Royal, M. Williams (TB), or Aromashodu?

You should start Santana and Welker. Those are your best two this week. @rushiv who should I start as my 3rd wr? Naanee, Royal, M. Williams (TB), or Aromashodu?

Stick with Nicks and go with Addai and Cadillac. @ralphortiz Pick 2. M. Bush, J. Addai, J. Best, C. Williams, P. Hillis. Also would you start either over H. Nicks as flex?

Charles and Bowe are the way to go. Those Chiefs should do well. @Swagger_81 Ahmad Bradshaw over Jamaal Charles? Dwayne Bowe over Mike Williams (TB)? Thanks Jamey.

No, stick with Barber and Jacobs. For now. @CockyMF Would you give up either Marion Barber or Brandon Jacobs for Peyton Hillis?

I'd stick with Ward. @jbizzle518 who should I start in the slot this week? Robert meacham or Hines Ward?

Not sure which Taylor you mean. Don't like Chester or Fred this week. I'd go with Clayton. @MikeBenningJr I had Ryan Grant and didn't get jackson... I'm left with McCoy and Foster... Who should I start for flex? clayton or taylor?

If you can afford to trade Jackson then yes. Jackson this week. @rumsfield78 would you trade S-Jax for Schaub? Should I bench Foster this week for S-Jax?

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:48 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 4:53 pm

Week 1 extended sleepers

Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.


Kyle Orton (at JAC):
There's a reason why we like Jabar Gaffney so much, and that's because the Jaguars secondary should struggle. Orton has the chance to post decent stats here, but I'm curious if the Broncos give Tim Tebow some playing time, especially with some potential goal-line work in his return to his hometown.

Josh Freeman (vs. CLE): With Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow, Freeman has quality targets against a weak opponent in the Browns. If his wrist weren't a concern he'd be higher in my rankings, but he has the chance to make plays in this matchup. And keep in mind this is Winslow against his former team, so he wants to play well, which will help Freeman. Consider Williams a sleeper also in this matchup.


Ricky Williams (at BUF):
The Dolphins should be able to run all over the Bills, and Ronnie Brown, who is a great start this week, won't do it all by himself. Williams played well against the Bills last year and was likely drafted as a No. 3 or 4 Fantasy running back. If you're looking for a flex player in Week 1, Williams is a solid option.

Peyton Hillis (at TB): Jerome Harrison is the Browns running back to use this week, but Hillis has the chance to work at the goal line and catch passes out of the backfield. Tampa Bay's run defense will improve this year with the additions they've made at defensive tackle, but Hillis has plenty of upside this week now that he's clearly the No. 2 running back for the Browns with Montario Hardesty (knee) out for the year. Hillis is worth using as a flex option in deeper leagues, especially PPR formats.

Tim Hightower (at STL): Hightower has the chance for a big week if Beanie Wells (knee) doesn't play in this game. And even if he does, Hightower will likely get the majority of touches so Wells isn't asked to do much. The Rams aren't going to stop the Cardinals on offense, and Hightower is a great choice as a flex player in leagues where receptions count.


Nate Burleson (at CHI):
As you read in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em (you did read it, didn't you?) I'm very fond of the Lions offense this week and this season. Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best, Tony Scheffler and that other guy who plays wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, are all worth starting this week. And Burleson might join in the fun since he'll get plenty of single coverage with the Bears focusing on Johnson. In deeper formats, consider Burleson a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver.

Anthony Gonzalez (at HOU): Last year's season opener didn't go too well for Gonzalez, who injured his knee against Jacksonville and was lost for the year. Something tells me Peyton Manning will be looking for Gonzalez as a feel good play. This is just a hunch, but the Texans also have a rebuilding secondary and are without Brian Cushing (suspension). It will tough to find someone good enough to line up with Gonzalez in the slot.

Mike Williams (vs. SF): Seattle cut T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a reason, and Matt Hasselbeck still has to throw to someone. That could be Williams since John Carlson will get plenty of attention. We're not talking about Williams as someone to consider in standard leagues, but he does have the chance to make some plays if the Seahawks are chasing points as expected.

Jeremy Maclin (vs. GB): DeSean Jackson is going to see plenty of Charles Woodson, which means Maclin will likely line up against Tramon Williams. I'll take my chances with Maclin in this matchup, and the Eagles will likely be throwing most of the game. Maclin is worth using as a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver in most formats.

Steve Breaston (at STL): We're finally going to see what the Cardinals offense looks like with Derek Anderson now the starter and Larry Fitzgerald back after injuring his knee in the first preseason game. With Fitzgerald on the field, Breaston will see plenty of single coverage against a weak secondary. Like Maclin, Breaston can be considered a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver in most formats.
Category: NFL
Posted on: September 10, 2010 9:31 am

Revis can't stop Boldin's cause

Anquan Boldin wants to make sure every catch he makes this year counts for something big. And we're not just talking about points for Fantasy owners -- although those would be nice -- but Boldin has loftier goals in mind.

Boldin is sponsoring a program called "Catches For a Cause," where people can donate money so every catch he makes -- $500 or $100 for each touchdown and $50 for each reception -- go toward helping underprivileged kids. The program is geared toward children in Florida, Arizona and Baltimore, where Boldin has ties.

"It's a unique way for fans to get involved," Boldin said in a phone interview Wednesday as he prepares for his Ravens debut against the Jets on Monday night. "There is a lot of interest. A lot of people are willing to help."

Boldin's main goal is to build a youth facility in Pahokee, Fla., his home town. He wants it to be a multi-purpose center where kids can focus on school work, receive tutoring and do extra-curricular activities as well as sports. He's already donated the land, and now he's working on continued fund-raising.

Boldin also plans to get heavily involved in the community in Baltimore -- "anywhere there's a need," he said -- since that's his new home. And he wants to make an impact on the field as well.

He's thrilled with what the Ravens have done to build their offense, especially in the passing game. Not only did Baltimore bring in Boldin from Arizona, but the Ravens were able to keep Derrick Mason and recently added T.J. Houshmandzadeh after he was released by Seattle.

"Everybody knows what he brings to the table," Boldin said about Houshmandzadeh. "He's a guy who puts up numbers. He's another weapon."

Boldin isn't concerned about Houshmandzadeh taking away targets. He said Houshmandzadeh will help Boldin succeed.

He doesn't know how teams are going to stop the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco, who has a plethora of talent around him.

"We're going to give defense fits," he said. "No team has three No. 1 defensive backs. But we have three No. 1 wide receivers."

Boldin's first game with the Jets, however, could be a tough one since the Jets were able to reach a contract extension with cornerback Darrelle Revis in time for Week 1. Boldin expects to see a lot of Revis in this game.

"I'm happy to see him get the deal done," Boldin said. "We look forward to the challenge. It will be a challenge for us as a unit. I think we'll be OK."

In 2009, Revis helped shut down some talented wide receivers, including Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Marques Colston, Terrell Owens, Steve Smith of the Panthers, Reggie Wayne and Chad Ochocinco. Boldin said Revis will "probably" be the best cornerback he has faced in his career.

Boldin said his goal for Monday night is "just to win," and he's not worried about his stats.

"I don't worry about my catches or things like that," Boldin said. "As long as I'm doing my job those things will come."

We're not expecting a big game from Boldin in Week 1, but one week doesn't make a season. He's in line for an outstanding year in Baltimore, and he should continue to play at a high level.

And with every catch Boldin makes, he will be doing something good for the community -- as well as Fantasy owners. It appears like when Boldin plays well, everyone benefits.

For more on the Catches For a Cause program and to make a donation you can visit Boldin's website at anquanq81foundation.com

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:48 am

Year 4 of the All-Female Fantasy Football League

It's the fourth year of the All-Female Fantasy Football League, and this year's draft was interesting. We had one owner, Vicki Smith, drafting from Egypt. She is on vacation and woke up at 3 a.m. to do the draft. Now that's dedication.

This league features 12 women from all walks of life who just love Fantasy Football. As all of them will tell you, it's not just a man's game. We have four members of the sports media world -- our own Lauren Shehadi, radio talk show host Anita Marks, Broncos beat writer Lindsay Jones and Patriots beat writer Monique Walker -- as well as accountants, school teachers and several moms.

All are experienced in Fantasy Football, and they all want to win. Last year, Kristin Griffin from Delaware was our winner when she beat Brandie Taylor from Florida in the finals.

Who will win this year? You can follow along all season right here.

Here is an introduction of the 12 owners:

Lauren Shehadi
Occupation: CBSSports.com video host
Home: Fort Lauderdale
Fantasy Football history: Three years
Her team ...
QB: Brady and Smith
RB: Rice, Stewart, R. Bush, Maroney and McGahee
WR: Boldin, Owens, Evans, Breaston and Aromashodu
TE: Witten
K: Rackers
DST: 49ers

Suzie Silvestri
Occupation: Treasury Analyst
Home: Salt Lake City
Fantasy Football history: Four years
Her team ...
QB: Kolb and Orton
RB: Mendenhall, R. Brown, Spiller, D. Brown and L. Johnson
WR: A. Johnson, White, S. Moss and Holmes
TE: Celek and H. Miller
K: Prater
DST: Dolphins

Lindsay Jones
Occupation: Broncos/NFL Beat Writer, The Denver Post
Home: Denver
Fantasy Football history: Four years
Her team ...
QB: Brees and McNabb
RB: Foster, Harrison, F. Jones and Gerhart
WR: Marshall, Wallace, Bryant, Gaffney and Britt
TE: Finley and Gresham
K: Carpenter
DST: Cowboys

Brandie Taylor
Occupation: Middle school teacher/coach
Home: Pembroke Pines, FL
Fantasy Football history: Six years
Her team ...
QB: Schaub and Roethlisberger
RB: D. Williams, Bradshaw, Jennings, Moore and Forsett
WR: D. Jackson, Bowe, Garcon and L. Robinson
TE: Z. Miller and Olsen
K: Akers
DST: Eagles

Ashley Phagan
Occupation: Business Development Manager
Home: Charlotte
Fantasy Football history: Six years
Her team ...
QB: Rivers and Palmer
RB: Benson, Addai, Tomlinson, Hillis, Buckhalter and S. Morris
WR: Nicks, Ward, Driver and Mason
TE: Winslow
K: Vinatieri
DST: Steelers

Monique Walker
Occupation: Patriots/NFL Beat Writer, The Boston Globe
Home: Boston
Fantasy Football history: 10 years
Her team ...
QB: Ryan and Stafford
RB: Jones-Drew, Grant, Jacobs, M. Bush and McFadden
WR: Fitzgerald, S. Smith (NYG), McCluster, Hester and Ja. Jones
TE: Clark
K: Buehler
DST: Chargers

Kristine Griffin
Occupation: Doctor
Home: Georgetown, DE
Fantasy Football history: Four years
Her team ...
QB: Favre and Young
RB: C. Johnson, Charles, McCoy, F. Jackson, Forte and T. Jones
WR: C. Johnson, Austin, Collie and Berrian
TE: Keller
K: Tynes
DST: Titans

Jennifer Fernandez
Occupation: Sales Manager for a wine company
Home: Chicago
Fantasy Football history: Five years
Her team ...
QB: Flacco and Henne
RB: Gore, R. Williams, Wells, Moreno and Westbrook
WR: R. Moss, Colston, Floyd and M. WIlliams (TB)
TE: Cooley and Carlson
K: Crosby
DST: Packers

Anita Marks
Occupation: Radio host
Home: Baltimore
Fantasy Football history: 22 years
Her team ...
QB: E. Manning and Garrard
RB: Turner, Mathews, Slaton, Huggins and Washington
WR: Jennings, Sims-Walker, Maclin, Knox and V. Jackson
TE: Gates
K: Kaeding
DST: Jets

Vicki Smith
Occupation: Accountant
Home: New York
Fantasy Football history: Four years
Her team ...
QB: Rodgers
RB: Thomas, Greene, C. Williams and C. Taylor
WR: S. Smith (CAR), Crabtree, Chambers, M. Williams (SEA), N. Washington, R. Williams and Meachem
TE: Shiancoe
K: Gostkowski
DST: Vikings

Alison London
Occupation: Middle school teacher
Home: Miramar, FL
Fantasy Football history: Five years
Her team ...
QB: P. Manning, Cutler and Tebow
RB: Best, S. Jackson, Sproles, Hightower and F. Taylor
WR: Ochocinco, Harvin and Burleson
TE: Gonzalez and Shockey
K: Longwell
DST: Saints

Kim Broder
Occupation: Advertising and marketing
Home: Miami
Fantasy Football history: Four years
Her team ...
QB: Romo, Cassel and Sanchez
RB: Peterson, Barber and Portis
WR: Wayne, Welker and Edwards
TE: Davis and Daniels
K: Hartley and Bironas
DST: Ravens and Bengals

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 6, 2010 9:28 pm

Rex Ryan ... not a Fantasy Football fan

Rex Ryan apparently doesn't care too much about Fantasy Football. I guess that's a defensive coach for you. Here's what he said today.

"Well, what we’re trying to do is trying to win here," Ryan said. "Whatever we think gives us the best opportunity to win, that’s what we’re going to do.  I think, at the end of the day, we get paid to win. Fantasy football, that’s someone else’s deal."
Category: NFL
Posted on: September 6, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 4:23 pm

Maurice Jones-Drew

If you're not aware, Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is a big fanatic of Fantasy Football. And he takes his standing as an elite rusher seriously. So when news broke recently that he had knee surgery and would be lost for the year, which caused Fantasy owners to shy away from Jones-Drew at No. 3 overall (he didn't fall out of the Top 5), he was upset at the erroneous report.

This was provided to me by Mark Long, who covers the Jaguars for the Associated Press.

"I'm upset that I dropped in the Fantasy drafts," Jones-Drew said. "It's OK. The people that stuck with me stuck with me. Once again it was a false statement, and somebody ran with it."

Sounds like someone is in line for a big year. And now he has the motivation he was looking for. Here comes MJD. Look out.
Category: NFL
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