Week1: Sit or Start, AFC

Today, we are going to look at each of the games hosted by an AFC team and identify which players you should be starting, and those you should be sitting. To help you make up your own mind about match ups, check out Brad’s Strength of Schedule rankings. Lets get started. Continue reading

2009 PPR Sleepers: Pre-season Check-in

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If you’re anything like me when it comes to picking sleepers, you go through the same routine every year. First, you establish sleepers based on your personal preference and creative thought.  Now turn back the clock to 2007; You and everybody else knows that Reggie Brown had a tremendous rookie year in 2006 and that he is a very gifted athlete with great hands .  Second, you begin to second-guess yourself.  You don’t know whether he is a good route runner, or if he has a good grasp on Philadelphia’s offense, or if he is a high character guy or not.  Third, you decide to Google,” 2007 fantasy football sleepers” and Rotoworld tells you he is going to be the WR1 on a great team with a good QB and a good O-Line in a pass-happy offense.

So naturally, you decide to draft Reggie Brown; a bit too early but you got the guy you wanted.

As it turns out, Brown and McNabb have terrible chemistry.  He loses his passion for the game because he isn’t getting enough looks and he drops balls left and right.  In week 7, when he has 17 receptions and 0 TD’s, you finally decide to drop him and realize that your 4th round pick was a complete waste.

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2009 Fantasy Football Busts

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One of the key ways to win any fantasy football league is to identify those monumental busts. Avoiding them is as important as securing the next break out stud. Each year there are always several over-hyped, half-year wonders; identify them, avoid them. One of my main strategies is to never take a player with one of my first three picks that I feel isn’t a ‘sure-thing’. This year, I have identified a list of 5 players that are being taken in the first 3 or 4 rounds that I feel are going too high and could turn out to pay zero dividends compared to their ADP. Who will be this year’s Joseph Addai or Ryan Grant? Lets find out…

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PPR Player Rankings: Running Back

Ranks:  QB RB WR TE

Nothing is more the standard of fantasy football than the stud running back. Each year the top RBs will be taken before the best of any position and that will likely never change. No position has more fluctuation at the top all the adrian-petersonway through the bottom. Everyone’s QB/WR/TE rankings will be at least somewhat similar, but RB will usually have some differentiation, even #1. However, the top running back this year should be the same on every board…

1) Adrian Peterson, Min

2) Matt Forte, Chi

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PPR Player Rankings: Quarterback

Ranks:  QB RB WR TE

Quarterback is by far the deepest position this year but value-wise, it’s difficult to distinguish one from another.  In terms of quality, you will not find a draft with this many quality options and it is always a safe option to wait and steal an upper-mid range QB in the later rounds.  But beware, many fantasy owners get trigger happy seeing so many top quarterbacks and they will be gone before you know it, leaving you to choose from my list of top-rated back-up QB’s.  Here is a guide to help you along the way; we will get a bit controversial right off the bat…

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1.  Tom Brady

2.  Drew Brees

3.  Aaron Rodgers

4.  Peyton Manning

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5.  Matt Schaub

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PPR Player Rankings: Wide Receivers

Ranks:  QB RB WR TE

Wide outs become increasingly important in PPR format. Just check out my PPR Draft Strategies for more details about the importance of getting top talent at WR early in your draft. This is what you can expect a PPR draft to look like; as you can see, wide receivers’ draft stock rises in the PPR format. By now, you all know my love for the Patriots and every player on that roster, but I will do my best to avoid over valuing the two main WRs in New England. Lets get started.

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1) Randy Moss, NE   (oops)

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Back-up Rankings: QB’s

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In a game where injuries can happen at any given moment, it is important to  identify players who could benefit from injuries to their superiors.  The Quarterback position is the hardest to predict because there are so many factors to consider in selecting your player.  Identifying the top back-up Quarterbacks is even more difficult.  Who will be next years Tyler Thigpen or Matt Cassel?

Below I have listed 8 back-ups I believe could possess value to fantasy owners alike.  Players are selected based on stability of the starting QB, injury risk of starting QB, ability of the back-up QB and overall offensive situation.

1.  Matt Leinart (Ari) –  With 38 year-old Kurt Warner coming off of hip-surgery, back-up QB Matt Leinart tops our list as the most valuable back-up QB.  He has been outstanding this pre-season, leading all QB’s in passing yards with 517.  He is also boasting 3 TD’s to 1 INT, and a 97.3 QB rating.

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