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Monday Morning Hangover

Michael Bush - Getty Images

I hate you, Michael Bush. And you look stupid scoring TDs.

I don’t know what it is, but whenever any of my teams face a crushing defeat, I wake up the next morning with a headache. But wait, how can this be when the Ravens convincingly beat the reigning World Champion Saints yesterday? Well, I’m talking about my other team – the one that doesn’t really exist… Yup, I’m crossing over into forbidden territory and talking about my personal fantasy team. I understand that nobody really cares about my team except for me, but I figured it’d be nice to get this off my chest as a form of rehabilitation. Come on, after 4-5 months of hard work to lose by 1.4 points in the semi’s is too much for a man to handle alone. If you’re at all interested, you can find my pain and sorrow after the jump…  Continue reading

Fantasy Football, Real Stress

Aaron Rodgers - AP Photo

Talk about a headache...

Geez, I don’t know why (or maybe I do), but this fantasy playoff season is inducing quite a bit of stress in my life. It’s just a game, right? Then why do I constantly consider all of my options, playing out all the different possibilities? Should I start Malcom Floyd or Vincent Jackson… or both? Do I trust Kenny Britt and/or the Texans secondary? Will Jamaal Charles show up next week? I’m starting to second guess all of my gut instincts, which can be a recipe for disaster… It’s only Tuesday, but already my racing mind and uber-competitive spirit are starting to get very familiar with each other. I might not survive the week.

So why all the stress and second-guessing? In all of my fantasy football leagues, I’m playing in the semi-finals, matched-up against the #1 team. Sure, that’s quite a bit of constant success between leagues, but guess how I got there? Aaron Rodgers. Yup, I had Rodgers in every one of my fantasy leagues, and he’s been the anchor almost every week. With him possibly out this week with a concussion and the prospect of playing a highly underrated New England defense, I might have to start looking at other QB options. Would it be embarrassing to admit I’m thinking about starting Garrard, Kitna, or Collins? See why I’m stressing? Wish me luck…

DEEP SLEEP: Brian Westbrook

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Why, Shanahan? Why?!

Here’s a rather depressing recap of last week’s performances by my DEEP SLEEP picks:

  • Keiland WilliamsMike Shanahan strikes again. Somehow Williams was given less work than James Davis as the Redskins lost to the pitiful Vikings. Sigh, I had a feeling Williams would feel the wrath of Shanahan, but I thought with Portis and Torain out, he would at least see some light.
  • Pierre Thomas – Good news! He might start playing a little this week, and from the sounds of it, he should be ready to go come week 14, which is fantasy playoff season. Let’s see how his numbers look if/when he plays this week. Make sure you check his practice reports if you’re planning on starting him.
  • Shaun Hill – After weeks of good numbers, Shaun Hill once again fell to the injury bug. He isn’t practicing this week as Drew Stanton takes his place with the first team reps. If you’re looking for a good replacement, I’d take Cassel or Fitzpatrick.
  • Sidney Rice – After being targeted a team-high 10 times the week before, Rice underperformed this week with 1 catch for 20 yards. Ouch. I hope this isn’t an omen for things to come, but having a stat-line like that can’t be too reassuring. I’d keep an eye on him, though.
  • Jacob Tamme – My pride and joy. Tamme never lets me down. He scored another TD, even with Manning’s poor play, and racked up 64 yards. Since he became the starter, he’s averaging more fantasy points per week than even Dallas Clark did.

This week’s DEEP SLEEP after the jump…  Continue reading

DEEP SLEEP: Keiland Williams

Pierre Thomas - AP Images

Almost reunited on the field, happy together.

Let’s start with a look back at previous DEEP SLEEP picks:

  • Pierre Thomas – Still not back from injury, but he’s finally off the crutches and practiced some last week and this week. I actually wouldn’t be too surprised if we saw him take  a few carries on Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys. Can’t wait to see some goal-line plunges.
  • Shaun Hill – He’s still available in most leagues, and I suggest you pick him up if you’re lacking consistency at the QB position. Look at how often Detroit throws the ball! With Hill throwing 50 times a game, he’s bound to give you 200-300 yards and 2 TDs every week. Last week he had 289 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. Who would’ve guessed? (Me, duh.)
  • Sidney Rice – Finally Rice took the field and performed decently in a game in which the Vikings were totally blown-out. I fear the inconsistency of Favre, but Rice was targeted a healthy 10 times and should start to produce even better numbers as he gets back into rhythm. He accumulated 56 yards last week, but I expect him to put up even more points next week against the Redskins.
  • Jacob Tamme – Another 60 yards receiving last week. Ho-hum. Note that he was also targeted in the endzone, but was unable to make the catch. He’s everybody’s TE-dream come true, including Peyton’s.

This week’s pick, Keiland Williams, after the jump…  Continue reading

DEEP SLEEP: Shaun Hill

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Sidney, did you get my text?

Let’s clarify a bit. My DEEP SLEEP pick of the week has very specific criteria:

  1. They must be available in most leagues – I’ll try find you a guy who’ll probably show up on every other fantasy site’s waiver-wire adds the next week. Hear my reasoning, exercise a little faith, and add them when I say, in order to avoid the hype-hysteria that is sure to come.
  2. They must be more than a mere bye-week filler – I’m not going to find you a guy who’ll be good for only 1 week. That takes rather average analysis, so I’ll leave it to the average man. I’m here to give you substance and thoughtful projected values for the remainder of the fantasy season.
  3. They must be unpopular among major media outlets – This is a mixture of the last 2 points, but if everybody else is already talking about it, you probably don’t want to hear about it again. And besides, if everybody’s talking about it, your opponents probably already heard it.

Now that we got that out of the way, I’d like to revisit my picks prior as glowing examples of DEEP SLEEP. Two weeks ago, it was Jacob Tamme, and in his first 2 starts, he amassed 172 yards and 2 TDs – that makes him the #1 TE for the last 2 weeks. With Manning’s Midas Touch, Tamme’s doing a great job filling in for an injured Dallas Clark. Without any doubt, he has become an easy Top-3 TE. Woe onto those who foolishly passed him by – he won’t be cheap from here on out. Now, last week’s pick was Sidney Rice, and although he didn’t play, there is still good news to look at for those of you who picked him up: Brett Favre threw for 446 yards and 2 TDs. That’s more than just a good omen for when Rice gets back onto the field, especially considering how much Favre likes him. He might play week 10, but for sure, starting week 11, Sidney Rice should produce high-end WR2 numbers on a consistent basis. If you didn’t pick him up to bolster your fantasy play-off roster last week, you can almost certainly know he won’t be an easy add this week.

Convinced? Itching for more? Get your fix after the jump… Continue reading

And The TE/Chargers Sorrows Continue

Antonio Gates - Photo by AP

"But, it's not fair!"

According to multiple reports, Antonio Gates‘ status for this upcoming weekend is in limbo. He will probably be given the “Doubtful” tag, which in Norv Turner’s world, means “Warming The Bench.” He injured his right foot with plantar faciitis, and from the sounds of it (whatever plantar faciitis is), he’s in a lot of pain. He couldn’t walk at all on Monday and attended practices this week in a motorized scooter – not even on crutches! I can only feel bad for this guy, especially since he is one of my favorite players, as his historic 2010 season takes a slight hit. He figuratively carried the entire Chargers team as injuries (and a useless first-round RB) piled up around him, and without Gates, I’d be surprised if the Chargers would even be 3-5. This is a major test for the Chargers against Houston, where Gates would have had a field-day with the worst passing defense in the league. Now Philip Rivers turns to his beloved Patrick Crayton and Seyi Ajirotutu to find comfort and meaning. I think it goes without saying that it’s highly unlikely Norv Turner‘s notorious turn-arounds are going to find the Chargers this year. Who knows? Maybe that’s a blessing in surprise for San Diego fans if Turner ends up getting fired!

Fantasy impact after the jump…  Continue reading

What a Waiver Wednesday!

Randy Moss - SI Photos

Look at him slouch. Tisk tisk!

You don’t even see these kinds of names in your fantasy league’s waiver wire. Seriously, you don’t! And even if you did, what would you expect to happen if Randy Moss hit the market? Would you have guessed that only 1 team placed a claim, especially if there were 32 teams in your league? This is a crazy turn of events, but honestly, not at all surprising.

After the jump, I’ll go into what Shawne Merriman and Randy Moss bring to their new teams and also what it means in fantasy land…

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