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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: CONCUSSION ENDS WR SIDNEY RICE'S SEASON

Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice once again has a season cut short with injuries as his latest concussion will keep him out of games until 2012.  Rice has only played in about half his professional games due to injuries and things just went right along with the script this season. 

Analysis:  Rice is a very talented receiver but he cant stay on the field which undermines his fantasy football value.  That wont change for next season either. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: RAIDERS RB DARREN MCFADDEN (FOOT) SITS OUR PRACTICE AGAIN WEDNESDAY,STATUS UP IN AIR FOR SUNDAY

Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden once again at out practice as his injured foot is still not ready to be tested.  McFadden has taken a painfully long time to get back on the field since he first hurt the foot over a month ago and in the meantime Michael Bush has run wild in his place. 

Analysis:  Its not looking like McFadden will be able to go as he continues to see his value plummet after being the best back in the league the first month of the season.  He just cant ever stay healthy which will be a major reason why he wont be destined for the first round of drafts next season like he was weeks ago.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: COWBOYS WR MILES AUSTIN (HAMSTRING) MISSES PRACTICE AGAIN WEDNESDAY

Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin sat out practice again on Wednesday tted as he continues to deal with the effects from the hamstring injury he suffered three weeks ago.  Laurent Robinson would once again start in his place. 

Analysis:  Austin has been a colossal disappointment this season due to hamstring injuries.  Laurent Robinson owners have certainly benefitted from his absence and no doubt take his absence from practice as a good thing. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: VIKINGS RB ADRIAN PETERSON (ANKLE) NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY SUNDAY

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in Week 13 due to the high ankle sprain he suffered almost two weeks ago.  Toby Gerhart will once again start in his place.

Analysis:  Not a surprise as it was expected Peterson would be out 1-2 at least.  There is nothing for the Vikings to play for so there is no need to put Peterson in harm's way.  The timing is awful however since this is the last week of the regular season and many owners need a win to clinch. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED RUNNING BACK RANKINGS: A FOURTH IN-SEASON LOOK

Its time we checked in on the updated 2011 fantasy football running back rankings.  As always, these are subject to change week-by week.

1.  Ray Rice
2.  Matt Forte
3.  LeSean McCoy
4.  Arian Foster
5. Adrian Peterson
6.  Maurice Jones-Drew
7.  Fred Jackson
8.  Frank Gore
9.  Ryan Matthews
10. Darren Sproles
11. Chris Johnson
12. Michael Turner
13. DeMarco Murray
14. Darren McFadden
15. Reggie Bush
16. Marshawn Lynch
17. Michael Bush
18. Cedric Benson
19. Willis McGahee
20. Rashard Mendenhall
21. Beanie Wells
22. Steven Jackson
23. LeGarrette Blount
24. Mike Tolbert
25. Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis
26. DeAngelo Williams
27. Mark Ingram
28. Ahmad Bradshaw
29. Peyton Hillis
30. Roy Helu
31. Jonathan Stewart
32. Shonn Greene
33. Knowshon Moreno 

-Ray Rice has been the most durable and consistent of all the consensus top running backs going into the season.  He has been a big time force in both the passing and running games and his overall production is not being matched by any other back.
-Peyton Hillis and Ahmad Bradshaw are way down the list due to the fact they have missed half the season with injuries.  Next season they will rise back up a bit but not to first round status which they both were located in during most drafts this past spring.
-Michael Bush is going to cash in big time this offseason as a free agent and he could be a late first round pick next season if he goes to a team where he will be the workhorse back.  He can do it all and he has little wear and tear after sitting behind Darren McFadden since he came into the league.
-Darren Sproles has been a huge bargain this season as he can contributed both as a runner and as a receiver.  His overall production has him in the Ray Rice-lite are code. 
-Michael Turner has been his usual reliable self but his numbers are decreasing just a bit.  His yards per carry average has dropped off some and he seems to be lacking the burst he had a few seasons ago.  He has a lot of wear on his body so I wouldnt chase him next season.
-Another guy who could be on a steep decline is Steven Jackson of the Rams.  He got hot for about a month this season but otherwise has been pretty ordinary.  Another guy you dont want to get invested in due to the decline we could be seeing in a more drastic way next season.
-It was a shame to see Fred Jackson have his season ended early with injury as he was on pace to be a top 3 back.  Still he has more than proved himself to be a first round pick next season as teh rare workhorse back who can contribute in both the receiving and running game.

Thats how I see it.  Post your thoughts below.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: ROYALS SIGN RP JONATHAN BROXTON TO A ONE YEAR/4 MILLION DEAL

The Kansas City Royals signed free agent RP Jonathan Broxton to a one year/4 million dollar contract.  Broxton will pitch the eighth inning for the Royals this season with Joakim Soria continuing to serve as the closer. 

Analysis:  Broxton will use this deal to get his value back up which cant be any lower off two injury-filled and ineffective seasons.  If Broxton excels, its also possible the Royals could entertain talks of dealing Soria which had been rumored for awhile. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES QB MICHAEL VICK AND WR JEREMY MACKLIN SIT OUT PRACTICE TUESDAY

Both Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick and WR Jeremy Macklin sat out practice on Tuesday as they continue to nurse rib and shoulder injuries.  Vick is expected to sit out due to the short week and Mackin has a bit of a chance to get back if he practices tomorrow.  With the team out of the playoff race, look for them to be cautious.

Analysis:  Both guys have been big disappointment this season and will see a sharp decrease in value next season.  At least in the case of Macklin, I wouldnt downgrade them too far as they still have nice talent.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: COLTS TO START DAN ORLOVSKY AT QB SUNDAY

The winless Indianapolis Colts will turn to Dan Orlovsky at QB for Sunday's game and will bench Curtis Painter.  Painter has been awful in place of the injured Peyton Manning this season as the team is still looking for its first win. 

Analysis:  Orlovsky is not much of a better option than is Painter so dont look for dramatic results.  Maybe the veteran can boost Reggie Wayne and company a bit but I doubt it. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES HEAD COACH ANDY REID TO START WR DESEAN JACKSON THURSDAY

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid will start WR DeSean Jackson on Thursday after being benched in last Sunday's game.  Jackson alligator armed a few passes and dropped another Sunday before Reid parked him on the bench but he will throw him back out there without hesitation Thursday.

Analysis:  Jackson is just playing out the string in Philly before he moves on as there is almost no way the team will being him back with all of the antics he has produced this season.  He remains an up and down fantasy football commodity due to his wildly inconsistent play.

FANTASY SPORTS BOSS FANTASY FOOTBALL MONEY LEAGUE TEAM CLINCHES PLAYOFF SPOT

Seeing that I am here daily offering you fantasy football advice, its only fair to check in periodically on how my teams are doing.  I have one and only one fantasy football team each season which is a PPR money league that I am the defending champion in.  I only play one league in order to keep thigns as simple as possible so that I am not rooting for half the league when watching games on Sunday.  2012 was looking like another big season for me as we began year 6 of the money league with all the same ten owners that we started with.  In the previous five seasons, I have won two titles and have never missed the playoffs.  Well I am happy to say I made the playoffs by clinching a spot (6 of our 10 teams go to the playoffs, with the top two seeds getting a first round bye) but I have to say I dont feel like I earned it.

Things started off beautifully as I ran out to a 3-0 start to the season but it all went downhill from there which coincided with Andre Johnson, who was my first round draft pick, going down with the hamstring injury that kept him out for 9 weeks.  From that point on, my team went only 3-6 as I backed my way into the playoffs due to the fact that our league is top heavy this season with a 11-1 and a 10-2 team which means there was lots of mediocrity elsewhere.  I actually am in third place since I have scored a lot of points this season (and gotten unlucky in some matchups where I would have outscored every other team in the league but the one I was playing).  Be that as it may, I am in and thats all you can ask for if you have a struggling team.  I can only hope to get on a little run as three wins is all it takes to win it all but I am not holding my breath due to the behemoth teams at the top.  Anyway here is the roster that got me to the playoffs.  Do you think I have a chance?

QB Tony Romo:  Romo has been tremendous all season as I followed my own advice to grab him as he was a big value play coming into 2011 off an injury-filled season.  No complaints there.

WR Andre Johnson:  Johnson has been the biggest reason I have struggled this season.  Now he finally returns, only to have TJ Yates as his QB.  Last week's two catches for 20 yards is already a bad sign that he wont be able to put up numbers going forward.  I suggested yeterday that benching Johnson wouldnt be a crazy idea due to the Houston QB situation.  I dont have the depth to do this but I am not holding my breath that he will be able to do much of anything the rest of this season.

WR Wes Welker:  Welker has been my team MVP and he is already the best PPR weapon in fantasy football history.  I always reach for him on draft day and he never lets me down. 

WR  Julio Jones:  Jones absolutely killed me last week with his bagel and I am likely going to sit him down for the playoffs.  Lance Moore is sitting on my bench and after Monday's two TD's, I think he is better to roll the dice with than Jones who is the clear number 3 option in their offense.

TE:  Jason Witten:  I have only had Witten for a few weeks after acquiring him in a trade.  So far so good as expected.  I am hoping he will be the difference-maker for me.

K:  Jason Hanson:  Hanson has done nothing the last two weeks as I am going to bring back Matt Bryant for the playoffs since he is getting many more field goal chances.

DEF:  Houston or Detroit:  Houston was good last wek against the Jaguars while the Lions hav been awful after a fast start.  I will play the matchups all the way.

So there you have it.  I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst.  Lets see what happens. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 INFIRMARY REPORT

Week 12 is in the rearview mirror and so as always lets check out all the relevant fantasy football injury news and their effects on your rosters.

1.  Matt Leinart (broken collarbone, out for season):  I am leading with Leinart not because he is worth talking about in fantasy football but for the effects his injury will have on Andre Johnson.  TJ Yates is now next up and the raw passer is going to pose a serious challenge to Johnson's value who had only two catches Sunday.  Yates is not ready for the step up and Johnson is set to suffer from this. 

2.  Darren McFadden (foot):  McFadden took part in a light workout on Monday as he continues to deal with a slow healing foot injury.  Michael Bush has been tearing it up in his place and even if McFadden makes it back this week which is doubtful, he could be looking at a split in work.

3.  Miles Austin (hamstring):  Austin failed to take part in a light workout with the team on Monday which is not a good start to his availability for this week.  Still the Cowboys expect to have Austin available this week so its likely they are just taking things a bit slow to start the week.

4.  Peyton Hillis (hamstring):  Hillis returned to the lineup Sunday and played pretty well considering how long he has been out.  If you are an owner, its looking like he will be around for the playoff weeks.

5.  Kevin Smith (ankle):  Smith underwent testing on the ankle he hurt in the Thanksgiving Day game and there was no high sprain revealed.  That is the key as it now looks like Smith could be available to go Sunday.  The extra few days of rest will surely help out in that effort.

6.  Michael Vick (ribs):  Vick was absent from the team's walkthrough on Monday and with the Eagles playing this Thursday, its likely he will be sitting out another game.  Vince Young threw for 400 yards in last Sunday's game so he could be worth a look now that he is comfortable in the offense.

That's all for this week . As always check back for more injury news later on in the week.

2012 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: IKE DAVIS 1B NEW YORK METS

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On May 10th 2011, New York Mets 1B Ike Davis was one of the hottest hitters in fantasy baseball.  Playing in one of the best pitcher's parks in the game, Davis had hit 7 home runs with 25 RBI and a .302 average.  At that pace, the former first round draft pick would have hit 36 home runs which was second round production and when you throw in the fact Davis was still only 24 at the time, it was starting to look like the next big star was about to blossom in front of our eyes.  Than a pop up was hit on the Mets infield as Davis and 3B David Wright gave chase.  Both guys collided and Davis went down in a heap clutching his leg.  Tests would reveal a badly sprained ankle that would sidelines him for a few days.  Than those few days turned into two weeks.  Than a month.  And than the entire season a Davis was just not able to get his ankle right to get back into the batter's box.  The good news that came out of this however was that Davis would not need surgery to correct the ankle and around Halloween, he reported that he was now 100 percent and would have no restrictions to starting and taking part in spring training on time.  So with that nice development circling above Davis, I will return to my belief that I had last season of him being a fantasy baseball draft sleeper.  So with that said, lets dig in and find out what Davis could offer his owners for the upcoming campaign.

Yes we do know that first base is the deepest position in fantasy baseball but that doesn't mean that you should ignore guys like Davis or Eric Hosmer (who I profiled earlier) since the ceilings they have will supply immense value to your roster.  First base is the best position to stock up on for your UTIL or CI spot and so guys like Davis and Hosmer are absolutely perfect for this area.  Again looking at the pace Davis was on last season in that ballpark, those numbers were looking like they were going to be a tremendous bargain and the same holds true for 2012.  Davis has very good natural power to all fields and the fact that the Mets will be lowering the outfield walls in the power alleys should add even more pop to his game.  He also showed nice signs at the plate last season in the form of cutting down on his strikeouts which allowed for the .302 average in 2011.  Further improvement should at least keep Davis at the .285 level which is very good and will likely be better.   Finally, Davis will likely bat cleanup for the Mets this season so there should be plenty of RBI opportunities along the way.

In conclusion, Ike Davis is a guy who should be targeted as a sleeper in all fantasy baseball formats.  His ceiling is very high and the fact he was hurt for most of last season will keep his draft value much lower than it should be.  Scoop him right up to serve as your UTIL or CI option for 2012 and you will be singing his praises for doing so. 

2012 PROJECTION:  .288 26 HR 91 RBI 88 R 2 SB

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 RUNNING BACK WRAPUP

Michael Turner:  60 yards rushing along with 1 catch for 4 yards.  Its games like this where I would hate to be a Turner owner since he is so dependent on touchdowns. 

Toby Gerhart:  44 yards rushing with 1 TD along with 2 catches for 19 yards.  Gerhart did just fine in replacing Adrian Peterson for the day.  He helped more than he hurt which is all you can say for guys who back up and than are forced to start due to injuries.

DeAngelo Williams:  69 yards rushing with 2 TD's.  Williams has been awful for most of the season so its too late to salvage the season as a whole but this outing could have helped some fantasy football rosters clinch a playoff spot.

Chris Johnson:  190 yards rushing with 1 fumble along with 1 catch for 3 yards.  There we go!!!!  I will say this now:  Johnson will be a major value next season as his overall numbers will be magnified way too much for draft day 2012. 

LeGarrette Blount:  103 yards rushing with 2 fumbles along with 3 catches for 56 yards.  Blount just couldnt hold onto the football in this game which undermined the rest of his outing.  Still the contribution in the receiving game was a nice surprise.

Arian Foster:  65 yards rushing with 1 TD along and 1 fumble along with 7 catches for 24 yards.  Foster has long since validated his standing as the number one pick in 2011 fantasy football drafts....and for 2012's.

Maurice Jones-Drew:  99 yards rushing along with 4 catches for 67 yards.  You might be shocked to see that MJD is right at the top of the league in rushing yards.  That was surely the quietest haul of rushing yards I have seen in awhile.

Beanie Wells:  228 yards rushing with 1 TD and 1 fumble.  This game is a microcosm of who Beanie Wells is in fantasy football.  A very talented but fragile back who will bust out for huge games like this once a month and limp around the other three weeks.

Steven Jackson:  64 yards rushing along with 3 catches for 14 yards.  This is the second straight dud for Jackson after a month of huge efforts.  He could be getting tired. 

CJ Spiller:  55 yards rushing along with 3 catches for 15 yards.  Spiller is for those who play in PPR leagues only at the moment.  This outing didnt engender much excitement.

Shonn Greene:  78 yards rushing along with 3 catches foer 12 yards.  It has been nice to see Greene catch some passes this season but he is a Michael Turner-lite when it comes to his need ot hit paydirt to help his fantasy football owners.

Peyton Hillis:  65 yards rushing along with 2 catches for -4 yards.  Solid enough of a return for Hillis who has been out since the Clinton administration.

Cedric Benson:  106 yards rushing with 1 TD along with 4 catches for 24 yards.  Benson has one of these outings like once a month so he was right on schedule with this performance.

Roy Helu:  108 yards rushing with 1 TD along with 7 catches for 54 yards.  I am totally kicking myself that I didnt pick up Helu when I had the chance. 

Marshawn Lynch:  111 yards rushing along with 1 catch for 20 yards and 1 TD.  Lynch continues his tear as we continue down the stretch.  Good things come to those who wait.

Matt Forte:  59 yards rushing along with 6 catches for 25 yards.  Forte was actually outrushed by Marion Barber in two fewer carries.  We all knew he would slow down some due to the crazy workload he has had this season and now he has to deal with 8-man boxes.

Michael Bush:  69 yards rushing with 1 TD along with 4 catches for 24 yards.  Bush is setting himself up for a huge payday as he will be a free agent.  That will launch him to late first round/early second round status in drafts.

LeSean McCoy:  31 yards rushing with 1 TD along with 4 catches for 30 yards.  Not what you expected out of McCoy but he was a victim of his team falling way too far behind early which necessitated the Eagles to pass.  He will be just fine though.

Willis McGahee:  117 yards rushing.  McGahee will continue being a weapon in this offense as he proves his still has some ability to offer after being a part-time for the last few seasons.

Mike Tolbert:  44 yards rushing along with 3 catches for 19 yards.  Tolbert remains a PPR weapon and thats it unless Ryan Matthews gets hurt again which is always a good possibility.

Ryan Matthews:  137 yards rushing along with 1 catch for 5 yards.  Mathews has big time ability as he has shown when he is healthy.  Rinse and repeat.

Rashard Mendenhall:  57 yards rushing along with 2 catches for 10 yards.  Mendenhall will drop into the second round next season after being a first round pick last summer. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 QB WRAPUP

Christian Ponder:  186 yards 1 TD.  Ponder is keeping his head above water but he is strictly for those in two QB leagues.

Matt Ryan:  262 yards 3 TD.  Ryan has really turned it on down the stretch as those fantasy football owners who expected an MVP type season are feeling less disappointment by the week.

Cam Newton:  208 yards along with 53 rushing yards and 1 TD.  Newton is slowing down as we hit the stretch run.  Overall though his rookie season has been incredible.

Ryan Fitzpatrick:  264 yards 3 TD.  Tremendous game for Fitzpatrick who reversed a month-long trend of poor play.  Dont go thinking of picking him up though as this still is a sinking ship and the snow is waiting.

Mark Sanchez:  180 yards 4 TD 1 INT.  Sanchez once again rallies after having his job threatened.  Still the passing yards were nothing special and he threw an awful pick.  This game was not as good as it looks with the scores.

Andy Dalton:  270 yards with 1 TD.  Hard to imagine after the start that Newton had, I would be saying Dalton was the best rookie QB in fantasy football this season.  Yes its true.

Carson Palmer:  301 yards 1 INT.  One of those quirky games where Palmer threw well but had no scores to show for it. 

Tom Brady:  361 yards 3 TD.  With Peyton Manning now out of the picture for now, you have to say that Tom Brady has had the better career.

Phillip Rivers:  188 yards 1 TD.  I can already picture myself writing the Phillip Rivers "underrated 2012 fantasy football" article.  You know like the one I wrote about Eli Manning and Tony Romo last summer.  How did those turn out?

Tim Tebow:  143 yards 1 TD along with 67 rushing yards.  I dont have any words to describe the magic this guy brings.

Ben Roethlisberger:  193 yards 1 TD 1 INT.  Just an all right game but Big Ben has been so good for so long this season that it should be overlooked. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: THE ANDRE JOHNSON DILEMMA

After having to wait for over two months for your first round draft pick, WR Andre Johnson to return from a stubborn hamstring, the sense of anticipation was high for a huge game back to your lineup.  With Matt Leinart at QB for the injured Matt Schaub, those expectations were muted a bit but Johnson is no good that he could overcome this minor issue.  Than Leinart goes out with a broken collarbone which sidelines him for the rest of the season with Schaub and so TJ Yates comes in to play QB for the first time in the NFL.  Johnson winds up with a grand total of 2 catches for 20 yards and likely a bunch of losses for his fantasy football owners. 

The reason I am writing this article is because there is some serious worry attached to the formerly untouchable Johnson the rest of the season, with the QB play being the main reason why.  It was bad enough that Johnson was going to have to deal with Leinart and all his inconsistencies but now that we are down to Yates, the time to worry is here once again with the Texans WR.  This obviously has nothing to do with Johnson's ability as a receiver as he is still as good as any receiver in the game.  It completely has to do with the QB situation as Johnson has theoretically been neutered with having Yates as his passer.  No doubt the Texans are going to be running the ball more than ever before and they are well-equipped to do so with Arian Foster and Ben Tate.  As great as Johnson is, you cant throw the ball to yoruself.  With the fantasy football playoffs beckoning, its not the craziest idea to bench Johnson the rest of the season if you have solid WR depth.  The opportunities for Johnson to get his hands on the ball are never going to be as poor as they are now so I wouldnt blame you in the least if you decided to go this seemingly crazy route.  Believe me as as Johnson owner, its not as crazy as it sounds. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BROWNS RB'S PEYTON HILLIS (HAMSTRING) AND MONTARIO HARDESTY (THIGH) BOTH ACTIVE

Cleveland Browns RB's Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are both active for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.  No word on who will be the starter but they will be going up against the number 3 ranked run defense in the game.

Analysis:  This whole situation is one big mess and it should be avoided since the Bengals shut down all running games.  Not worth the aggravation it will bring. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: COLTS RB JOSEPH ADDAI (HAMSTRING) ACTIVE AND WILL START

Indianapolis Colts RB Joseph Addai is ACTIVE and will start against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis:  Those who were going to use Donald Brown today need to shelve those plans.  Addai is going against a horrible Panthers run defense today so if you are an Adrian Peterson owner, you could look here for a boost.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: VIKINGS WR PERCY HARVIN (RIBS) ACTIVE AND WILL START

Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin is ACTIVE and will start Sunday despite dealing with sore ribs.

Analysis:  Harvin makes for a great start in fantasy football as RB Adrian Peterson will sit this one out and thus the passing game will take center stage.  Look for Harvin to get a lot of work.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: FALCONS WR JULIO JONES (HAMSTRING) ACTIVE AND WILL START

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is ACTIVE and will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Analysis:  There is risk that Jones could hurt the hamstring again but he remains a big play threat who has a nice matchup today.  Put him out there.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: LIONS PUT RB JAHVID BEST (CONCUSSION) ON IR, ENDING HIS SEASON

The Detroit Lions placed RB Jahvid Best on injured reserve which officially ends his 2011 season.  Best never made it back onto the field after suffering another in a series of concussions which go back to his days in college.  Kevin Smith will start the rest of the way.

Analysis:  Terrible news for Best and his fantasy football owners as he wont be a help anymore this season.  Cut him loose and dont look back.  Its looking more and more like Best will never be able to achieve his true potential due to ongoing injuries.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: LIONS RB KEVIN SMITH (ANKLE) DOESNT HAVE HIGH SPRAIN

Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith avoided the dreaded high ankle sprain as tests revealed just a mild sprain.  Thus he has a good chance of playing next week against the New Orleans Saints.

Analysis:  Good news here on Smith who could be in line for a nice game next week since the Saints dont have a good run defense.  He remains a big injury risk though so there is worry about relying on the guy.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: CHARGERS RB RYAN MATTHEWS (KNEE) TO START SUNDAY

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Matthews will start on Sunday after getting back on the practice field Friday despite a sore knee.  Matthews will likely split work with Mike Tolbert in order to minimize too much wear and tear on the knee.

Analysis:  Matthews is a risky play since he is not 100 percent and he continues to drive his owners nuts with his injuries.  Start him only in PPR leagues.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: VIKINGS RB ADRIAN PETERSON (ANKLE) DECLARED OUT FOR WEEK 12

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has officially been ruled OUT for Sunday's game despite him saying he would give it a go.  Toby Gerhart will start in his place.

Analysis:  Peterson is a major loss and it cant come at a worse time with fantasy football teams looking to clinch playoff spots.  Gerhart has ability and is worth a look if you are a Peterson owner.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: GIANTS RB AHMAD BRADSHAW (FOOT) RULED OUT FOR MONDAY

New York Giants WR Ahmad Bradshaw has been ruled OUT for Monday's game against the New Orleans Saints due to ongoing issues with the broken bone in his foot.  Brandon Jacobs will draw the start once again.

Analysis:  We are beyond the point of declaring Bradshaw a major fantasy football bust for 2011.  His value will see a sharp decline next season with the Giants likely looking for a back in the draft.  Jacobs has been awful in his place and shouldnt be bothered with either.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: GIANTS WR MARIO MANNINGHAM (KNEE) QUESTIONABLE FOR MONDAY

New York Giants WR Mario Manningham has been listed as questionable for Monday's game against the New Orleans Saints due to a sore knee.  Manningham has missed the last two practices and he is about 50/50 to play according to team reports.  Victor Cruz would start in his place.

Analysis:  Manningham is a very risky play for Monday, especially since its the last game of the week and there would be few possible replacements.  Cruz would see a sharp increase in value if he were to start.

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 START/SIT

Minnesota Vikings VS. Atlanta Falcons:

START:
Matt Ryan
Michael Turner
Roddy White
Julio Jones
Percy Harvin
Tony Gonzalez

SIT:
Toby Gerhart
Christian Ponder


Arizona Cardinals VS. St. Louis Rams:

*****START ONLY STEVEN JACKSON, LARRY FITZGERALD, AND BRANDON LLOYD AND BENCH EVERYONE ELSE.******

Carolina Panthers VS. Indianapolis Colts:

START:
Cam Newton
Steve Smith
Jonathan Stewart
Greg Olsen

SIT:
All Colts Players
Both Defenses
DeAngelo Williams

Buffalo Bills VS. New York Jets:

START:
Santonio Holmes
Steve Johnson
Jets Defense

SIT:
Mark Sanchez
David Nelson
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Dustin Keller
CJ Spiller
Bills Defense

Cleveland Browns VS. Cincinnati Bengals:

START:
Andy Dalton
AJ Green
Jermaine Gresham
Bengals Defense
Jerome Simpson

SIT:
Colt McCoy
Ben Watson
Browns Defense
Cedric Benson

Houston Texans VS. Jacksonville Jaguars:

START:
Andre Johnson
Arian Foster
Ben Tate
Maurice Jones-Drew
Texans Defense
Owen Daniels

SIT:
Matt Leinart
Blaine Gabbert
Jaguars Defense
Jacoby Jones

Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS. Tennessee Titans:

START:
Mike Williams
Chris Johnson
Nate Washington
LeGarrette Blount

SIT:
Josh Freeman
Matt Hasselbeck
Damian Williams
Kellen Winslow
Both Defenses

Chicago Bears VS. Oakland Raiders:

START:
Carson Palmer
Matt Forte
Michael Bush
Denarius Moore

SIT:
Both Defenses
Earl Bennett
Caleb Hanie

Washington Redskins VS. Seattle Seahawks:

START:
Fred Davis
Marshawn Lynch
Jabar Gaffney
Sidney Rice

SIT:
Both Defenses
Tavaris Jackson
Rex Grossman
Roy Helu

New England Patriots VS. Philadelphia Eagles:

START:
Tom Brady
Wes Welker
Rob Gronkowski
Aaron Hernandez
LeSean McCoy
Jeremy Macklin
Brent Celek

SIT:
DeSean Jackson
Vince Young
Both Defenses
Deion Branch

Denver Broncos VS. San Diego Chargers:

START:
Phillip Rivers
Tim Tebow
Mike Tolbert
Antonio Gates
Vincent Jackson
Willis McGahee

SIT:
Both Defenses
Vincent Brown
Eddie Royal
Eric Decker

Pittsburgh Steelers VS. Kansas City Chiefs:

START:
Ben Rothlisberger
Heath Miller
Mike Wallace
Antonio Brown
Dwayne Bowe
Steelers Defense

SIT:
Tyler Palko
Chiefs Defense
Jackie Battle
Steve Breaston

New York Giants VS. New Orleans Saints:

START:
Drew Brees
Eli Manning
Marques Colston
Jimmy Graham
Darren Sproles
Lance Moore
Hakeem Nicks
Victor Cruz
Mario Manningham
Jake Ballard

SIT:
Both Defenses
Brandon Jacobs
Robert Meachem

Friday, November 25, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 THURSDAY WRAPUP

Thursday's Thanksgiving Day games were a mix bag of blowouts and nail-biters and as always there was plenty to talk about in regards to fantasy football.  Lets check out some of the storylines.

Detroit Lions VS. Green Bay Packers:

Aaron Rodgers:  307 yards 2 TD.  Typical greatness from Rogers.  Nothing more and nothing less.  If 90 percent of Rodgers fantasy football owners dont make the playoffs in their respective leagues, I would be shocked.

Matthew Stafford:  276 yards 1 TD 3 INT.  Stafford continues his late-season swoon as its now 3 of his last four outings that have been duds.  The whole team is playing tight right now so you got to be feeling nervous if you are an owner going to the playoffs with him as your starter.

Ryan Grant and James Starks:  they had 39 yards rushing between them which is a a joke.  Both guys have been pretty much useless this season.

Kevin Smith:  36 yards rushing along with 3 catches for 21 yards.  Smith at least contributed a little bit in PPR formats before leaving with an ankle sprain.  As good as he was last week, he is still anything but a solid bet the rest of the way.

Calvin Johnson:  4 catches for 49 yards and 1 TD.  Johnson finally got back into the end zone which was a weekly occurence earlier in the season.  His production has slowed due to getting double-teamed a ton which is somewhat of a concern.

Nate Burleson:  5 catches for 39 yards.  He shouldnt be started in anything but PPR formats and he is not even a great option in that type of league either.

Brandon Pettigrew:  4 catches for 27 yards.  He is yet another Lion who is tailing off lately.  He is still a nice tight end weapon though who can bust out at any time so hold the fort.

Jordy Nelson:  4 catches for 26 yards.  A quiet game for sure but Nelson has been crazy good the last two months.

Greg Jennings:  5 catches for 74 yards and 1 TD.  Told you the leg injury was nothing to worry about.

Jermichael Finley:  2 catches for 38 yards.  I continue to be amazed at how poor his numbers are in almost every game this season.

Dallas Cowboys VS. Miami Dolphins:

Tony Romo:  226 yards 2 TD 2 INT.  Early on it looked like it was going to be a Romo stinker but he rallied big time with the two scores.  Overall not bad considering how it started.

Matt Moore:  288 yards 1 TD.  Another nice outing despite being light on the scores.  Again Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler owners need to be looking at this guy.

Laurent Robinson:  7 catches for 79 yards and 2 TD.  Who knew that the most productive Cowboys receiver on a per game basis this season would be Robinson and not Dez Bryant or Miles Austin.  Those owners who picked this guy up off the scrap heap could be singing a title winning tune this season.

Jason Witten:  4 catches for 43 yards.  Witten has really made his fantasy football owners sweat the last two weeks with bagels in each first half.  He rallied nicely in the second halves though so good time all around.

Dez Bryant:  3 catches for 35 yards.  He should be doing much more with his talent.  Thats it in a nutshell.

Brandon Marshall:  5 catches for 103 yards and 1 TD.  Marshall is so physically gifted its scary and now its looking like he has a decent QB throwing to him.  Good stuff ahead.

DeMarco Murray:  87 rushing yards along with 4 catches for 41 yards.  Will be a first round pick next season and he should be.

Reggie Bush:  61 yards rushing along with 3 catches for 35 yards.  Has been playing his best football ever over the last month.

Baltimore Ravens VS. San Francisco 49ers:

Alex Smith:  140 yards with 1 INT.  Wait I think Smith just got sacked again.

Frank Gore:  39 yards rushing along with 1 catch for 9 yards.  Again I ask:  why is he not catching more passes?  A completely lost outing for Gore and it hurt.

Michael Crabtree:  6 catches for 54 yards.  Nice game for Crabtree who has been solid lately.  Took long enough. 

Vernon Davis:  4 catches for 38 yards.  Yeah you wanted more as his fantasy football owner.  I get it.

Joe Flacco:  161 yards 1 TD.  Not much doing here and thats been the case all season.

Ray Rice:  59 yards rushing along with 3 catches for 24 yards.  One of the few non-eventful games for this dynamo in 2011.

Torrey Smith:  2 catches for 23 yards.  The elevator that is Smith continues to go up and down.  Tough to rely on with the playoffs arriving soon.

Anquan Boldin:  4 catches for 63 yards.  Good enough in a rough defensive matchup in this outing. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: CHARGERS RB RYAN MATTHEWS (KNEE) UNLIKELY TO GO SUNDAY

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Matthews is dealing with injuries again as its looking like his knee will keep him out of Sunday's game.  Matthews didnt practice on Thursday and reports indicate he will sit in favor of Mike Tolbert.

Analysis:  Matthews has taken all of the goodwill away from his nice start to the season with all of these injuries keeping him out when owners need him the most.  Once again he is failing to live up to the expectations that owners had had for him since he first arrived.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: FALCONS WR JULIO JONES (HAMSTRING) EXPECTED TO PLAY SUNDAY

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones practiced on Thursday and is looking like a go for Sunday's game.  Jones has been dealing with hamstring issues the last month of the season but he reported no issues after the practice seesion Thursday.

Analysis:  Good news for sure but Jones is still risky due to the chance of re-injuring it.  Hamstring are always volatile so if you have good depth at receiver, you might to see if Jones can make it through a game first before using him.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: LIONS RB KEVIN SMITH SUFFERS ANKLE SPRAIN THURSDAY

Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith was forced out of Thursday's loss to the Green Bay Packers early in the first half with an ankle sprain and he wasnt able to return.  He tried to minimize the pain after the game but his status for next week could be a bit murky.

Analysis:  Smith took a sledgehammer to scores of fantasy football rosters with his virtual no-show outing Thursday.  The extra days off could help be ready for next week though so dont cut him until we see if he can get back.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: VIKINGS RB ADRIAN PETERSON (HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN) A LONGSHOT FOR SUNDAY

Despite saying he will be out there, reports indicate that RB Adrian Peterson will not be able to go for the Minnesota Vikings due to ongoing issues with his high ankle sprain.  Peterson hurt the ankle on last week's game and was given a 1-2 week scenario as far as getting back into the lineup. 

Analysis:  Peterson can say it all he wants but the team wont risk further damaging the ankle by putting him out there in a meaningless game.  Toby Gerhart would start in his place and he is a deecent fill-in this week.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: TWINS SIGN C RYAN DOUMIT TO ONE YEAR DEAL

The Minnesota Twins signed free agent C Ryan Doumit to a one-year/1.3 million dollar contract.

Anlaysis:  Doumit will be moved around with the Twins this season and he wont catch much unless Joe Mauer gets hurt which always is a likely possibility.  He has a decent bat but injuries have derailed what was once looking like a solid career.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: YANKEES RE-SIGN SP FREDDY GARCIA TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

The New York Yankees have re-signed SP Freddy Garcia to a one-year/5 million dollar contract.  Garcia was a revelation with the Yankees last season as he pitched to a 3.62 ERA in the rough AL East. 

Analysis:  Garcia remains nothing but a stopgap fantasy baseball starter as his lack of strikeout stuff makes him a candidate to blow up in any given start.  You can do much better.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: ROYALS RE-SIGN SP BRUCE CHEN TO TWO-YEAR DEAL

The Kansas City Royals re-signed SP Bruce Chen to a two-year/9 million dollar pact.  Chen was a revelation with the Royals last season as he pitched to a 3.77 ERA and he will remain an innings-eater for the team.

Analysis:  Chen has minimal fantasy baseball value as I cant see him duplicating last season's success and for the fact he doesnt have strikeout stuff.  Leave him for someone else.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: RANGERS TO OFFER SP CJ WILSON ARBITRATION

The Texas Rangers will offer free agent SP CJ Wilson arbitration in an effort to collect two draft picks when he signs somewhere.  There is no way Wilson will accept the arbitration as he is looking to hit it big as the number 1 starter on the free agent market.

Analysis:  Wilson is done in Texas unless things fall completely apart as far as the market is concerned which is not anticipated.  Good move on the Rangers' part to get the picks. 

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: INDIANS RE-SIGN OUTFIELDER GRADY SIZEMORE TO ONE-YEAR DEAL

The Cleveland Indians are not yet willing to part ways with outfielder Grady Sizemore as they have come to an agreement with him on a one-year contract for 5 million.  Sizemore has been hurt for most of the last two seasons but the Indians will give the talented hitter one more shot.

Analysis:  Sizemore's fall from being a first round pick to a free agent in some leagues was ridiculous in its swiftness.  He is still young enough to get back on track but his speed is looking like its finished which cuts into a major portion of his value.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES WR JEREMY MACKLIN (SHOULDER) TO PRACTICE WEDNESDAY

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Macklin will return to practice Wednesday as he has made progress from the shoulder injury that kept him out of last Sunday's game.  On a related front, fellow wideout DeSean Jackson will sit out the Wednesday practice due to swelling in the foot he injured in the game against the New York Giants.

Analysis:  Its looking like Macklin is ready to return this week while Jackson could be iffy.  With Vince Young looking decent enough last week, Macklin is worth starting if he is ready to go.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: PAKCERS RB JAMES STARKS (KNEE, ANKLE) WILL BE GAME-TIME DECISION

Green Bay Packers RB James Starks will be a game-time decision Thursday due to ankle and knee injuries.  Starks did some limited work in practice this week but Ryan Grant is looking like he will get the majority of work even if he does suit up.

Analysis:  Bench Starks this week as he wont be doing too much even if he does go.  He has not been much of a help this season anyway due to the time-share with Grant.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BILLS RB FRED JACKSON (THIGH) OUT FOR SUNDAY

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson has already been rueld OUT for Sunday's game against the New York Jets due to the thigh injury he suffered in last week's game.  Jackson, one of the league's leading rushers, is dealing with bruising in the area and it hasnt improved enough for hin to get back to the field this week.  CJ Spiller will start in his place.

Anlaysis:  Terrible loss for Jackson's fantasy football owners as this is the wrong time of the year to be without one of your best players.  He has performed tremendously all season but now he wont be there when you need him the most with the playoffs appraoching quick. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 START/SIT THANKSGIVING DAY GAMES

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that means three big games that will get fantasy football Week12 going.  Lets take a look at who to start and who to sit for tomorrow's games. 

Detroit Lions VS. Green Bay Packers:

START:
Matthew Stafford:  This looks like another shootout which is what Stafford does best. 
Aaron Rodgers:  Ditto for this guy.
Calvin Johnson:  Opposing teams are not allowing him to get into the end zone lately but its only a matter of time before he gets back on track in that regard.
Greg Jennings:  Obviously you want to start all receivers in this game.
Jordy Nelson:  He has been unreal lately.
Nate Burleson:  Starting to get going after a slow start to the season.
Brandon Pettigrew:  Another big TD catch last week.
Kevin Smith:  Dont expet anything close to what he did last week but Smith is especially valuable in PPR formats.

SIT:
Jermichael Finley:  Still not doing enough to warrant every week status.  A big dissapointment.
Both Defenses:  Could be 60 points altogether scored in this one at the very least.
Ryan Grant/James Starks:  Still no one taking the lead in this backfield.
James Jones:  Clearly surpassed by Nelson.

Dallas Cowboys VS. Miami Dolphins:

START:
Tony Romo:  No one has been better at QB over the last month.
Matt Moore:  Last three games have been very useful.
Reggie Bush:  Started to find some momentum.
Jason Witten:  Made up for a bagel in the first half with a huge second half last week.
Dez Bryant:  No one in the Miami secondary can deal with him.
Brandon Marshall:  Same goes for the Dallas secondary.
DeMarco Murray:  Getting it done in both the passing and running game every week as he continues to be a major find this season.
Laurent Robinson:  Another game and another score last week as he makes it look easy.

SIT:
Both Defenses:  I dont like either unit.
Anthony Fasano:  Good for an occasional TD and thats it.
Davone Bess:  Has not built a rapport with Moore yet.

Baltimore Ravens VS. San Francisco 49ers:

START:
Ray Rice:  Easiest choice to make in this game.
Anquan Boldin:  He continues ot make big plays despite Joe Flacco's issues in regression.
Frank Gore:  Ravens defense is tough but the 49ers rely on him so much that he will get his numbers.
Vernon Davis:  The guy is a monster to deal with.
Both Defenses:  Has the look of a major slugfest.

SIT:
Both QB's:  Both Alex Smith and Flacco have trouble with hounding defenses like these two units.
Michael Crabtree:  I dont see much in the way of a passing game for the 49ers in this one.
Ed Dickson:  Same goes for the Ravens as both secondaries are tough.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: RANGERS INK CLOSER JOE NATHAN TO A TWO-YEAR, 14 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT

The Texas Rangers wasted little time in filling the closer hole in their bullpen after moving Neftali Feliz to the rotation for this upcoming season as they signed former Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan to a two-year/14 million dollar deal.  Nathan will serve as the team's closer this season as he comes off his worst season as a pro in returning from Tommy John surgery.

Analysis:  This is a surprise to me on a few levels.  For one giving two years to the clearly diminished Nathan is a risk in and of itself.  On the other side of the ledger, there were much better alternatives out there like Ryan Madson, Francisco Rodiguez, Heath Bell, and Huston Street but the Rangers apparently werent willing to spend as much for a closer.  Nathan was solid in the second half last season so maybe he was finally feeling good after his surgery.

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There has been a noticeably slow pace so far during this Hot Stove season but one bit of news that came out of it had nothing to do with a player being traded or signed to a free agent deal.  The announcement by the Texas Rangers that closer Neftali Feliz would enter the 2012 season as a starting pitcher was one that aftershocks in the fantasy baseball community.  The fact of the matter is that there is now a gaping hole at present time that needs to be filled in the ninth inning for the Rangers, along with having to evaluate Feliz on a whole other level now that he is a starting pitcher.  With all that said, lets take a deeper look at Feliz as far as 2012 fantasy baseball is concerned and determine what kind of value he will have along with the type of numbers he could supply for this season.

No doubt Feliz was one of the very best closers in all of fantasy baseball the last two seasons as he was a source of stability at the most volatile position in the game.  Few recall however that Feliz was brought up in the Texas minor league system as a starting pitcher and given the choice, he has said repeatedly that was the position he preferred if given the choice.  Of course we heard the same thing about Jonathan Papelbon when he was in the early stages of closing games for the Red Sox and last we checked, he just signed a big free agent contract to close for the Philadelphia Phillies.  The difference in these two cases is the fact the Rangers are fully on board with making Feliz a starter as they first tried this conversion out last spring.  Feliz pitched as a starter for all of spring training and he was very impressive.  The problem was that the Rangers had no one suitable to step into the ninth inning and with the team coming off a World Series apperance, the timing was just not right in upsetting the chemistry they all had developed.

The Rangers and Feliz are both determined to make this work this time around and so expect Feliz to become a full-fledged member of the rotation from the start of the season.  Now as far as his fantasy baseball outlook is concerned, it is somewhat murky.  For off, Feliz will surely be under an innings limitation which is always an annoying thing for fantasy baseball owners to worry about.  A string of 5 inning starts like what we saw with Joba Chamberlain when he was converting to a starter a few seasons ago with the Yankees is something we could be looking at along with some skipped starts along the way.  There is also a big worry about Feliz being worn down as the season gets into its stretch run due to the uncharted innings territory he will be going through.  That means he wont be of much help when you are going to need him the most.  This doesnt even take into account whether Feliz can hold up physically as a starter or whether or not his stuff will be as good.  A spike in ERA and WHIP is expected as his secondary pitches will have to be dusted off since he cant rely on his fastball which he used almost exclusively as a closer.  There isno guarantee that Feliz will even be a number 3 starter for this season so he is someone who carries a great deal of risk.

All in all, I would try your best to avoid Neftali Feliz for this season unless he gets sent back to the bullpen to close games.  There is just way too much risk involved in bringing him aboard to your roster for this season.  Look for more better established starters for your rotation this season as it will save you aggravation and from getting an ulcer.

FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: KEVIN SMITH RB DETROIT LIONS

Where the heck did that come from?  That was the collective response to those who witnessed Detroit Lions RB Kevin Smith last Sunday as he racked up 140 yards rushing on only 16 carries with two touchdowns.  He also caught 4 passes for 61 yards in a very Arian Foster-like performance.  No doubt it caught the attention of the entire fantasy football community and with the stretch drive of the season in full swing, lets dig in a find out of this was just a one-game anomaly or if in fact Smith can be a sueful contributor the rest of the way.

Kevin Smith was originally a third round draft pick of the Lions back in 2008 out of Central Florida and he was looked at as the running back of the future for the perpatually bumbling team.  And things got off to a great start as Smith ran for 976 yards with a terrific 8 touchdowns to go with 39 catches for 286 yards in a very impressicve rookie season.  However things went downhill real quick for Smith during the next two seasons as he rushed for only 747 and than 133 yards as injuries and a truly awful Lions offensive line undermined his efforts.  It got so bad that the Lions cut him loose before the 2011 season and only brought him back off teh street once Jahvid Best suffered another concussion.  After not playing much his first few games, the Lions let him loose last week as Maurice Morris was just not getting the job done.  The rest as they say is history.  It was a big time effort from Smith and it brought back memories of his very good rookie season.  Sunday's game reminded us of all that Smith brings to the table in that he is an adept runner who also catches passes.  Thats has big time appeal in PPR leagues especially and so Smith is someone who surely has to be targeted for a pickup this week.  Making matters more appealing is the fact that the Lions have one of the best passing offenses in the game which will open up the running attack due to opposing defenses having to honor Mathew Stafford and all of the weapons in his arsenal.  Thus Smith should continue to find some nice running room going forward the rest of the way. 

All in all, Kevin Smith is certainly fanatsy football worthy for the next few weeks as Best is not yet ready to come back.  The fact he will get the bulk of the carries until than ensures that numbers will follow and so Smith should clearly be added in all formats.

Monday, November 21, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 INFIRMARY REPORT

Week 12 saw an uptick in big time fantasy football injuries so there is a lot to get to.  Lets dig right in.

1.  Jay Cutler (broken thumb, out 6-8 weeks):  Cutler shockingly fractured his thumb during Sunday's win over the Chargers but he was able to finish out the game and continue throwing passes.  He will need surgery and be lost for 6-8 weeks which finishes him for the season.  Just cut him loose in fantasy football and look to pick up someone like the resurgent Josh Freeman, Alex Smith, or Matt Moore.

2.  Adrian Peterson (high ankle sprain, out 1-2 weeks):  Peterson was carted off the field with the high ankle sprain and didn't return to the team's loss to the Raiders.  He vowed afterwards to play next week but that was before the high ankle sprain was diagnosed.  He will sit at least for next week and maybe for one more game as the team figures to be cautious since they aren't playing for anything.  Toby Gerhart will start in his place and he makes the perfect handcuff since he has solid ability.  Other names to look at could be Reggie Bush who has been real good the last month and Kevin Smith who got off the couch to go wild in the Lions' victory over the Panthers.

3.  Greg Jennings (shin):  Jennings will be just fine as both the team and the player himself said after the game.  Tests revealed no structural damage or breaks and the most he will miss this week is a practice.

4.  Andre Johnson (hamstring):  Johnson is fully ready to go for Week 12 as he has recovered from his hamstring injury.  After missing two months of games, Johnson comes back to Matt Leinart as his QB and not Matt Schaub.  No doubt the chances of top notch numbers for Johnson with Leinart under center are decreased.

5.  Fred Jackson (calf, iffy for Sunday):  Jackson was forced out of Sunday's game with a badly bruised calf and didn't return.  He was said to be feeling major soreness in the calf after the game's completion and he could be on shaky ground as far as playing next week.  CJ Spiller would start in his place and he makes for a poor replacement since he has been awful when given the chance to play.

6.  Matt Hasselbeck (elbow):  Hasselbeck sprained his throwing elbow in Sunday's game and was forced to exit without returning.  Head coach Mike Munchak already has stated that Hasselbeck will start if he is healthy.  Jake Locker would go if he has to sit. 

7.  Peyton Hillis (hamstring, out for Week 12):  Hillis has already been ruled out for Week 12 due to continued hamstring issues as his season continues to go down to big time bust levels.  The Madden Curse lives on.

8.  Vishante Shiancoe (hamstring):  Shiancoe injured his hamstring during Sunday's game against the Raiders but it was deemed mild and he will be able to go next week.

9.  Ben Roethlisberger (thumb):  Big Ben took part in the team's practice on Monday as he seems to be a full go for this week's game despite the broken thumb. 

10. Shonn Greene (ribs, could play Sunday):  Greene sat out practice on Monday due to the ribs he injured in last Thursday's game but he and the team both expect him to play in this week's game.  The extra few days of rest should get Greene back onto the field.

11. Michael Vick (ribs, shaky for Week 12):  Vick would not be able to go if the game were today according to team reports and the Eagles will also play it safe with their franchise passer which means he could sit again this week. 

That's all for this week.  Stay tuned to all of the latest injury news as they take place.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: PAKCERS WR GREG JENNINGS LEG INJURT NOT A BIG DEAL

Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings claimed that the shin injury he suffered in Week 12 was "no big deal" and that he will be fully ready to go for Week 12.  No structural damage or breaks were discovered so the most he will miss this week is maybe a practice.

Analysis:  Jennings should be good to go so dont fret. He has been phenomenal this season as the prime receiver in the high-powered Packers attack. 

FANTASY FOOTBAL NEWS: BILLS RB FRED JACKSON (CALF) COULD SIT IN WEEK 12

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson is "very, very sore" as far as his bruised calf is concerned.  Jackson suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins and would be replaced by CJ Spiller if he cant go.

Analysis:  There is still plenty of time for Jackson to get back into the lineup for Week 12.  A bruise is a lot better than a strain or a break so there is that to hold your hopes on if you are a Jackson owner.  Spiller has been awful when given the chance to play so he wouldnt be worth an add.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BEARS QB JAY CUTLER WILL NEED SURGERY ON BROKEN THUMB, OUT 6-8 WEEKS

The Chicago Bears confirmed that QB Jay Cutler will need surgery on his broken thumb that he suffered in Sunday's win over the Chargers.  The surgery will need a 6-8 week recovery timetable which has him returning for Week 17 as the best case scenario.

Analysis:  Cut Cutler loose.  He has no fantasy football value the rest of the season due to the injury.  A big time shame but at least for the Bears' sake, he might be able to get back for the playoffs.  In his place will be the untested Caleb Hanie who has no value whatsoever.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES QB MICHAEL VICK (RIBS) IFFY FOR WEEK 12

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is "iffy" for Week 12 according to team insiders and another report indiacted he wouldnt have been able to go if the game were today.  He would be replaced by backup Vicne Young who comes off a nice win over the Giants Sunday night.

Analysis:  Vick has been a big bust overall this season as he cant ever stay on the field due to the style of QB he plays with all of the running.  He should be around for the playoff weeks though so there is that at least.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: TEXANS WR ANDRE JOHNNSON (HAMSTRING) ALL SET FOR WEEK 12

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson is all set to go for this Sunday's game which will be his first outing in almost two months.  Johnson will have a new QB with Matt Leinart under center but he apparently is back to full health.

Analysis:  Johnson has really tested the patience of his fantasy football owners this season but at least he is now ready to get back on the field for the finale of the season.  He will have a tougher time putting up huge numbers with Leinart at QB instead of Matt Schaub but he still is one of the best in game. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: VIKINGS RB ADRIAN PETERSON HAS HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN, COULD MISS 1-2 WEEKS

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a high ankle sprain which could force him to sit out the next 1-2 weeks.  Peterson injured the ankle in Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders and had to be carted off.  He didn't return to the game but he vowed afterwards that he would be ready to play next week.  This news obviously complicates things.

Analysis:  Peterson is a major loss, especially with the stretch run of the fantasy football playoffs upon us.  Look for him to at least sit out nextr week and possibly return after one game on the bench.  That would be the best case scenario.

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 11 QB WRAPUP

Carson Palmer:  164 yards with 1 TD along with 1 rushing TD.  Palmer has been every bit the value play we thought he would eventually be after coming out of semi-retirement.  The passing wasnt top notch but the rushing score helped him put up another useful outing.

Christian Ponder:  211 yards 2 TD with 3 INT's.  I have seen Podner being owned in more fantasy football leagues than I thought and he was pretty good today, the three interceptions notwithstanding.  Still he is very raw and I would try to do much better if you are still in contention.

Ryan Fitzpatrick:  209 yards yards with 2 INT's.  I hate to say I told you so but I told you so.  Go back and check to see what I wrote about Fitzpatrick last week.  Go ahead I will wait........all right yeah so I wrote to sell high as I didnt see this story continuing the way it was. 

Matt Moore:  160 yards with 3 TD's.  Wow.  Moore has been terrific the last three weeks and if you are a Matt Schaub or Jay Cutler owner, this is a guy you need to be looking at.

Andy Dalton:  373 yards with 1 TD and 3 INT's.  Thats five picks in the last two games for Dalton which is taking some of the shine off his tremendous rookie season.  Still the yards were fantastic and he is looking liek a big gunslinger goign forward in his career.

Joe Flacco:  270 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT.  Its likely most Flacco sympathizers jumped ship by now but again those who own Cutler or Schaub could do a lot worse.

Eli Manning:  264 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT and 1 fumble.  Overall not a good game but Manning ahs been so good lately that you cant fault him too much for this.

Phillip Rivers:  280 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT.  The shootout happend as expected but Rivers once again annoyed with the picks.  Things are completely falling apart in San Diego so its likely he is trying to shoulder too much of the load.

Jay Cutler:  out 6-8 weeks with a busted thumb which means he is finished for 2011 fantasy football.  Your looking at Matt Moore, Jose Freeman, or possibly if you are lucky Andy Dalton to keep you afloat.

Tony Romo:  292 yards with 3 TD's.  So loving my value pick of Tony Romo in my money league draft.  The two guys I told you to draft this season in taking my advice to wait on QB's were Romo and Eli Manning.  Really why do you even look at any other fantasy football website?

Rex Grossman:  289 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT along with 1 rushing TD.  Dont do it.  Please dont do it. 

Aaron Rodgers:  289 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  Rodgers threw a pick in this game.  Unbelievable.  He must be slumping.

Josh Freeman:  342 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT.  I have to be fair.  I was wrong about this guy as a fantasy football option for this season.  Still he is doing his best work lately and he just maybe can save your season and my prediction for those in desperate need for QB help.

Matthew Stafford:  335 yards with 5 TD and 2 INT.  Wow what a game.  Stafford started off putrid with the two picks but he finished on fire.  What a game and what a season as he is now a top five QB in fantasy football.  Stafford over Rivers next season?  You better believe it.

Cam Newton:  280 yards with 1 TD and 4 INT's along with 2 rushing TD's.  A mixed bag for Newton for sure with those 4 picks standing out.  Still the guy is the total package and is right there with Stafford and Dalton as the top guys moving forward.

Alex Smith:  267 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT.  Add Smith to the list of those who own Jay Cutler as a possible fill-in guy.

Matt Ryan:  316 yards with 1 TD.  The standard mediocre Matt Ryan game.  Wha ta disappointment overall from what we expected from him this season.

Matt Hasselbeck:  124 yards with 1 INT.  Hasselbeck left the game with injury and didnt return as rookie Jake Locker played well in his place.  Reports indicate that Hasslbeck will start next week if able. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: VIKINGS RB ADRIAN PETERSON (ANKLE) VOWS TO PLAY IN WEEK 12

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson vowed to play in next week's game despite being carted off the field with a sprained ankle Sunday.  Peterson hurt the ankle in the first half of the team's loss to the Oakland Raiders and didnt return.

Analysis:  Peterson is needed for his fantasy football owners to get into and triumph in the playoffs so lets hope he is true to his word.  Toby Gerhart is a must add just in case he cant go. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BEARS QB JAY CUTLER HAS BROKEN THUMB, COULD MISS SIX WEEKS

In what could be devastating news for the Chicago Bears, the team announced after the game that QB Jay Cutler has suffered a broken thumb in Sunday's win over the San Diego Chargers and he could wind up missing six weeks.  Cutler finished the game with the busted thumb but normal recovery is said to be 6-8 weeks which would put Cutler out of action until the playoffs.

Analysis:  Just awful news for Cutler and the Bears and even his fantasy football owners.  After a rough start, Cutler had been really good the last few weeks.  Cut him loose since he wont be useful anymore this season.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: VIKINGS RB ADRIAN PETERSON (ANKLE) CARTED OFF FIELD

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was carted off the field early in the first half of their game against the Oakland Raiders with an ankle injury.  He is questionable to return.

Analysis:  Tough break as Peterson was off to a big start to the game but its looking like a long shot in getting back into the game. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: VINCENT BROWN WR SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

The San Diego Chargers offense has gotten into high gear over the last few weeks and the offensive players on the unit have seen their numbers see an uptick in fantasy football value.  QB Phillip Rivers, TE Antonio Gates, RB's Ryan Matthews and Mike Tolbert, along with WR Vincent Jackson thus have been solid options for your rosters over the last month.  One guy who wasnt mentioned is WR Malcolm Floyd who has been on the shelf for the last few weeks due to injury.  He has already been ruled out for this Sunday's game and so rookie WR Vincent Brown will get the start again.  Brown is coming off a very impressive outing last Thursday where he caught 5 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.  That came on the heels of a Week 9 outing where he snagged 4 balls for 79 yards.  Needless to say the rookie has been very good in Floyd's place and he once again should be figured prominently in the gamplan as the Chargers are expected to be involved in a shootout with Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears.  So lets dig into Brown a bit more and find out what he is all about and what kind of numbers he could supply going forward.

For starters, Vincent Brown was originally a third round pick of the team in last April's draft.  At 5-11 and 184 pounds, Brown has decent size and speed to allow him to gain separation from defenders while also being able to go up and fight for the ball.  Rivers looked to Brown near the goal-line in their last week and the TD was proof of how he could become a weapon there.  Whereas Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson should get the most raw catches, its likely Brown will be able to get his hands on between 4-6 balls again this week which is a nice line in all formats.

All in all, I think Vincent Brown makes for a very nice add for this week.  With the passing games being in the spotlight for this game, Brown should have plenty of chances as far as turning in a good outing in this game.  Add him to your roster before someone else beats you to it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 11 START/SIT

Dallas Cowboys VS. Washington Redskins:

START:
Tony Romo
Jason Witten
DeMarco Murray
Dez Bryant
Laurent Robinson
Fred Davis

SIT:
Roy Helu
Both Defenses
Rex Grossman
Jabar Gaffney

Carolina Panthers VS. Detroit Lions:

START:
Cam Newton
Matthew Stafford
Calvin Johnson
Lions Defense
Steve Smith
Greg Olsen
Brandon Pettigrew

SIT:
Panthers Defense
Nate Burleson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS. Green Bay Packers:

START:
Aaron Rodgers
Jordy Nelson
Greg Jennings
Jermichael Finley
LeGarrette Blount

SIT:
Mike Williams
Josh Freeman
Both Defenses
Kellen Winslow
James Jones

Oakland Raiders VS. Minnesota Vikings

START:
Carson Palmer
Adrian Peterson
Denarius Moore
Michale Bush

SIT:
Both Defenses
Kevin Boss
Percy Harvin
Jacoby Ford
Vishante Shiancoe

Buffalo Bills VS. Miami Dolphins:

START:
Matt Moore-deep leagues
Fred Jackson
Brandon Marshall
Steve Johnson
David Nelson
Reggie Bush

SIT:
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Both Defenses
Daniel Thomas

Cleveland Browns VS. Jacksonville Jaguars:

START:
Maurice Jones-Drew
Both Defenses

SIT:
EVERYBODY ELSE

Cincinnati Bengals VS. Baltimore Ravens:

START:
Ray Rice
Ed Dickson
Both Defenses
Anquan Boldin
Jermaine Gresham

SIT:
Joe Flacco
Jerome Simpson
Andre Caldwell
AJ Green
Andy Dalton
Cedric Benson

Arizona Cardinals VS. San Francisco 49ers:

START:
Larry Fitzgerald
Vernon Davis
49ers Defense
Frank Gore

SIT:
Alex Smith
John Skelton
Early Doucet
Beanie Wells
Michael Crabtree
Cardinals Defense

Seattle Seahawks VS. St. Louis Rams:

START:
Steven Jackson
Marshawn Lynch
Seahawks Defense
Sidney Rice

SIT:
Tavaris Jackson
Sma Bradford
Mark Clayton
Doug Baldwin
Rams Defense

Atlanta Falcons VS. Tennessee Titans:

START:
Matt Ryan
Tony Gonzalez
Roddy White
Harry Douglas
Chris Johnson
Matt Hasselbeck
Nate Washington
Michael Turner

SIT:
Both Defenses
Julio Jones

San Diego Chargers VS. Chicago Bears:

START:
Vincent Jackson
Antonio Gates
Jay Cutler
Matt Forte
Vincent Brown
Phillip Rivers
Ryan Matthews
Earl Bennett

SIT:
Both Defenses
Mike Tolbert

Philadelphia Eagles VS. New York Giants:

START:
Eli Manning
Hakeem Nicks
Mario Manningham
Jake Ballard
Brent Celek
LeSean McCoy
Giants Defense

SIT:
Eagles Defense
Vince Young
Michael Vick
Brandon Jacobs
Victor Cruz
DeSean Jackson
Jeremy Macklin

Kansas City Chiefs VS. New England Patriots:

START:
Tom Brady
Patriots Defense
Wes Welker
Rob Gronkowski
Aaron Hernandez

SIT:
Dwayne Bowe
Chiefs Defense
Jackie Battle
Jonathan Baldwin
Deion Branch
Steve Breaston
BJGE
Chad Ochocinco

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: CHARGERS WR MALCOM FLOYD (HIP) RULES OUT FOR SUNDAY

San Diego Chargers WR Malcolm Floyd has been ruled out for Sunday's game due to ongoing problems with his hip.  Floyd will once again be replaced by rookie Vincent Brown.

Analysis:  Brown was actually very good last weekl in Floyd's place and he makes for a nice pickup this week as well.  Look for a shootout in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: FALCONS WR JULIO JONES (HAMSTRING) MISSES PRACTICE FRIDAY, QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones missed practice again on Friday due to the hamstring he hurt again last week and head coach Mike Smith says he will be questionable for Sunday.  Harry Douglas would start in his place again this week.

Analysis:  I dont think Jones will be out there as the Falcons needs to get him healthy for the stretch run.  Douglas is a very good replacment as he caught 8 passes last week in his place.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BENGALS WR AJ GREEN (KNEE) SITS OUT FRIDAY PRACTICE, UNLIKELY TO PLAY

Cicinnati Bengals WR AJ Green missed practice again on Friday and he is unlikely suit up this Sunday due to the hyperextended knee he suffered last week.  Andre Caldwell will replace him in the starting lineup.

Analysis:  Green was looking like a no-go earlier on in the week and this just confirms out suspicions.  Caldwell is not a terrible option as Andy Dalton is playing well but try to do better.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES WR JEREMY MACKLIN LIKELY OUT SUNDAY

Joining his QB, Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Macklin will likely take a seat on the bench for this Sunday's game against the New York Giants.  Macklin has not practiced this week due to issues with his injured hamstring and shoulder.  He will be replaced by Jason Avant in the lineup.

Analysis:  Macklin was facing an uphill battle to play and so this is what was expected since he wasnt practicing at all.  Avant is not worth the add due to the fact Vince Young will be at QB.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES QB MICHAEL VICK RULED OUT FOR SUNDAY

Philadelphia Ealges QB Michael Vick has been ruled OUT for Sunday's game against the New York Giants due to the two broken ribs he suffered in last week's game.  Vick will be replaced by Vince Young under center.

Analysis:  This was just a formality in saying Vick was out.  Young has zero fantasy football value unless you are really desperate.  My summer prediction of Vick being wildly overrated has more than been borne out.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BENGALS WR AJ GREEN (KNEE) LIKELY TO SIT SUNDAY

Cincinnati Bengals WR AJ Green is likely to sit out this Sunday as he failed to practice Thursday and is still feeling discomfort in the knee he hurt in last Sunday's game.  Andre Caldwell will start in his place if  he cant go.

Analysis:  Green is looking like he wont be able to go so start  preparing for his replacment pronto.  No doutt this is a sizeable loss as Green has been close to a top 10 wideout this season.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BRONCOS RB WILLIS MCGAHEE (HAMSTRING) TO START THURSDAY

Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee will start Thursday night against the New York Jets unless he suffers a setback in warmups. 

Analysis:  McGahee is looking like a go but he remains a risk due to the chance of making the hamstring worse and than coming out of the game for good.  Do your best to find a more stable option for this week.

2012 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: ERIC HOSMER 1B KANSAS CITY ROYALS

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Its never too early to start preparing for the 2012 fantasy baseball season and with that in mind, lets take a look at another favorite sleeper of mine who I will surely make every effort to have on my money league teams.  I am referring to Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer who was beyond impressive when he hit 19 home runs with 11 stolen bases while hitting .293.  Very impressive indeed and all at the ripe old age of 22.  Hosmer was one of the more hyped prospects in the minors going into spring training last season who profiled as a big time hitter once he finally got the bigs.  He started off great by tearing it up during the exhibition season and the Royals almost decided to bring him along from day 1.  However they thought better of it and sent him down to the minors in  order to not put pressure on him to live up to the hype right out of the gate.  Soon however, the Royals could wait no more and once called up, Hosmer showed  everyone what all the fuss was about with his tremendous performance.  So with the 2012 season coming up fast, lets dig in and  find out what we can expect from Hosmer as far as fantasy baseball is concerned this season along with the numbers we could be seeing from his bat.

For starters, the  pedigree has always been there with Hosmer who was originally a first round pick at number 3 overall due to his natural overall ability and athleticism.  He has always projected a batting approach that is mature beyond his years along with having nice pop and a decent set of wheels.  Hosmer showed off all of those tools last season with the 19 homers and the 11 steals with the .293 average.  As far as 2012 is concerned, those numbers are the floor of what we can expect for this season.  When I look at Hosmer, I see a Joey Votto clone as a guy who can hit for a very good average that will hover above .300 along with above average power and the rare ability to swipe bags at first base.  Hosmer will only continue to grow into his body and get stronger, along with fine tuning his plate approach at the major league level.  The results will be beyond impressive and we could see it as soon as this season.

Overall, I think Eric Hosmer is a guy you just have to have in fantasy baseball as the ceiling is as high as it gets.  Yes first base is very deep and you likely will feel a bit uncomfortable having him as your starter but Hosmer is  the real deal and he wont let you down.  Ideally I would recommend you draft him for your CI or UTIL spot as he is  a perfect fit for those spots.  You want to have guys with untapped potential like Hosmer on as many teams as you can due to the fact that the draft value will be tremendous.  He will be  a good one.  Be sure you are the one reaping the big time rewards this season.

2012 PROJECTION:  .305 24 HR 92 RBI 83 R 14 SB

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: METS/ROCKIES DISCUSSED MIKE PELFREY/HUSTON STREET SWAP

The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies engaged in some preliminary trade talks during the last day of  the winter meetings according to the New York Post.  The Mets wanted the Rockies to consider SP Mike Pelfrey in a straight up swap for closer Huston Street.  Both players need a change of scenery which is why this deal could have some legs to it.

Analysis:  I like the look of this deal and I think there could be something to work with.  The Rockies want to be rid  of Street in the worst way as they will go with Rafael Betancourt as their closer this season while Pelfrey comes off two horrible seasons.  Stay tuned.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: GIANTS RB AHMAD BRADSHAW (FOOT) TO SIT SUNDAY

New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw will sit out this Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles due to ongoing issues with the broken bone in his foot.  The team is fully confident however that he will be able to give it a go next week versus the New Orleans  Saints.  Brandon Jacobs once again gets the start in his place.

Analysis:  Bradshaw has been beyond disappointing this season as he joins the likes of Chris Johnson and Peyton Hillis as hugh busts in fantasy football as far as high running back draft picks are concerned.  Even when  he does come back, I havemy doubts that he  can be an effective runner with a busted foot.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES QB MICHAEL VICK (RIBS) LIKELY TO SIT SUNDAY

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is likely to sit out Sunday's game due to the two broken ribs  he suffered in last week's game.  According to reports, Vick can hardly walk as he sat out practice again Thursday so its a long shot to say the  least that he could  get out there.

Analysis:  Not a surprise as Vick was never seriously in contention as far as playing in this game.  Vince Young will take his place and he has zero fantasy football value.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BRONCOS RB WILLIS MCGAHEE (HAMSTRING QUESTIONABLE FOR THURSDAY

The Denver Broncos have listed RB Willis McGahee as questionable for this Thursday's game versus the New York Jets  McGahee did some limited work in practice Wednesday which was the second straight game of doing so but hamstrings are a tough injury to forecast.  Lance Ball would start in his place if he cant go.

Analysis:  McGahee is a big risk for this week's game.  Even if he does suit up, he could come out quickly if the hamstring acts up.  Pick up Ball and be prepared to make a move if McGahee cant go.

FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: LANCE BALL RB DENVER BRONCOS

The fantasy football playoffs are right around the corner as owners do whatever they can to get their teams to the playoffs.  Injuries are a huge theme this week as scores of big name guys are likely to be on the sidelines this week.  One such asset is Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee who is "iffy" to start this Thursday's game against the New York Jets.  That means the spotlight would fall to third-stringer Lance Ball who will get the call early and often in the run-dominated Broncos offense.  So in our latest fantasy football player analyzer, lets dig in a bit and see if Ball is worth picking up for this week.

As far as Ball and his history in the league is concerned, he is now in his third season in the league out of Maryland.  The undrafted free agent got into 10 games with the team last season as he ran for 158 yards while averaging 3.9/carry.  Ball has upped his production this season and he has run for 227 yards while averaging 4.1/carry.  He has yet to hit the end zone but Ball has done a nice job whenever he has been called upon this season.  Last week was one of those times as both McGahee and Knowshon Moreno left the game hurt and Ball wound up getting 30 carries for 96 yards.  The average wasnt great (3.2) but Ball is now the clear workhorse back if McGahee does in fact park it on the bench. 

The Broncos get the Jets this week who have had major issues stopping the run this season.  This hasn't been a typical Rex Ryan defense as the Jets have been gashed by runners in almost every game.  They have improved over the last few games but Ball has the chance for a decent game at the very least.  The Broncos will run it all game as QB Tim Tebow only completed two passes in last week's game.  Head coach John Fox knows that in order to the team to win, he has to continue with what has worked in their 3-1 run and that's to run it up and down the field.  Ball thus will likely get close to 30 carries again this week and so the production at the very least should be there based on the fact he will be getting so many chances to get his hands on the ball.

All in all, I think Lance Ball is well worth the add this week.  Beggars cant be choosers at this point in the season when dealing with injuries and so you have to look under every rock to find some help.  Ball should be able to lend a hand so feel free to add him today.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES QB MICHAEL VICK (RIBS) UNLIKELY TO PLAY SUNDAY

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is likely to sit out this Sunday's game agianst the New York Giants due to continued soreness from the two broken ribs he suffered last week.

Analysis:  Dont count on seeing Vick on the field Sunday and even if he did play, he would have to deal with the great Giants pass rush which could end his day early.  Vince Young will start in his place and he should be left on the waiver wire as the matchup is not great.  I spoke all summer about how Vick was grossly overrated in fantasy football going into the season and now you can see why I said this.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES WR JEREMY MACKLIN (SHOUDLER) SITS OUT PRACTICE WEDNESDAY

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Macklin sat out practice on Wednesday due to the shoulder injury he suffered in last Sunday's game.  There was no significant damage found in the shoulder joint and its still possible he could play in this week's game against the New York Giants.

Analysis:  Macklin is around 50/50 to go but its looking like QB Michael Vick wont be able to suit up.  Thats a big negative for his value this week so you might want to look for a more stable option this week.

FANTASY FOOTBAL NEWS: BILLS WR STEVE JOHNSON (SHOULDER) COULD SIT OUT SUNDAY

Buffalo Bills WR Steve Johnson is dealing with a shoulder injury suffered in last Sunday's game and word around the team is that he could sit out this week.  Johnson has slowed in his production lately and now the injury further clouds things.

Analysis:  David Nelson would see a sharp increase in fantasy football value if Johnson sits so get ready to put him in there. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BENGALS WR AJ GREEN (KNEE) TO BE A GAME-TIME DECISION

Cincinnati Bengals WR AJ Green has admitted that he will be a game-time decision this Sunday due to the hyperextended knee that he suffered in last week's game.  Green had an MRI on the knee with showed no ligament damage but there was bruising.  He also said that if the game were today, he would likely sit.

Analysis:  This one could go either way so get ready to grab a replacement if you are a Green owner.  His loss would be siginifcant as fantasy football owners look to get their team into the playoffs.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: BREWERS LOOKING TO OFFER NEW DEAL TO PRINCE FIELDER

The Milwaukee Brewers are not ready to let free agemt 1B Prince Fielder walk away without a fight as they have now decided to offer him a new contract.  Talks broke down during the season and it looked like both sides were going to part ways but team brass apparently is thinking otherwise with the new effort to bring him back.

Analysis:  I dont expect Fielder to do anything until Albert Pujols signs.  Also Scott Boras is his agent which means he will likely wait awhile which most Boras clients do. 

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: MATT CAPPS DRAWING PLENTY OF INTEREST

Former closer Matt Capps has drawn interest from a number of teams during the hot stove season, with the latest being the Boston Red Sox checking in on him in the last few days.  The Red Sox would want him to serve as a setup man and not the closer as they look to do better there.  Capps lost his closer's job with the Twins last season after a string of blown saves.  The Mets and the Twins have also dicsussed a possible deal with him, with Minnesota open to the idea of letting him try to win the closer gig again.

Analysis:  Capps would best be served to sign with the Mets since he could close there and rebuild his value.  The Red Sox would sap all of his value since he would be pitching in setup. 

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: RED SOX CONTACT SP FREDDY GARCIA

The Boston Red Sox have contacted the agent for SP Freddy Garcia who pitched last season for the New York Yankees.  The Red Sox have a need for a starter and think Garcia could be a good fit off his nice showing last season.

Analysis:  Garcia gets by with smoke and mirrors but its working for him as a whole.  Either way, he has little fantasy baseball value.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: BLUE JAYS LOOKING IN ON CLOSER HUSTON STREET FOR POSSIBLE TRADE

The Toronto Blue Jays apparently are going to check in on the availability of Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street as the oft-injured hurler has been made available by the team.  Toronto has made finding a top closer a major priority this offseason and they have also kicked the tired on Ryan Madson who is a free agent. 

Analysis:  The Rockies look like they want to go into the new season with Rafael Betancourt as their closer and find a taker for Street who has frustrated his club due to all of the injurie she has gone through.  No word yet on what it will take to land him in a trade.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: MARLINS OFFERED ALBERT PUJOLS 25 MILLION A YEAR FOR NINE YEARS

Wow. The Florida Marlins showed how serious they are in going after free agent 1B Albert Pujols as they reportedly offered him a nine-year deal for 25 million annually.  No word yet on what Pujols thinks of the offer but no doubt this is a big time proposal.

Analysis:  The Marlins are going to make things tough for Pujols in his desire to go back to the Cardinals.  They clearly showd him the money and now its Pujols' move.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: RANGERS WILL PUT CLOSER NEFTALI FELIZ IN ROTATION NEXT SEASON

The Texas Rangers have announced that they will use closer Neftali Feliz in the starting rotation in 2012.  After trying it out during spring training 2011, the Rangers decided to leave Feliz in the ninth inning as the team went back to the World Series.  GM Jon Daniels however decided that he wanted Feliz to know early on in the offseason what the plan was and that is to be a starter right out of the gate.

Analysis:  Big news here for sure.  Feliz looked good as a starter last spring training nd his power repertoire will have all fantasy baseball players' attention at the very least.  There is also a wide open gap in the Rangers' ninth inning which could allow Mike Adams to finally be given a chance to close.  The free agent market is also plush with closers like Heath Bell, Ryan Madson, Joe Nathan, Matt Capps, and Jonatha Broxton so they could go that route as well.  Feliz' fantasy baseball value gets a hit since we wont have a read on what kind of starter he will be and a sure innings limit will complicate things as well next season.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: JOSE REYES HAS TWO OFFERS

Free agent SS Jose Reyes reportedly has two standing offers of the table, one from the Florida Marlins and the other from a mystery team.  The Mets have said they have not made an offer so that leaves the Brewers and Giants as the other possibly suitor.

Analysis:  Reyes doesnt seem in any hurry to come to an agreement as he looks to get every penny he could.  Its looking like a battle betwee nthe Brewers and Marlins for his services though.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: MARLINS OFFERED ALBERT PUJOLS A NINE-YEAR DEAL

According to various industry reports, the Florida Marlins offered free agent 1B Albert Pujols a nine-year contract with the terms undisclosed.  This on the heels of reportedly offering free agent SS Jose Reyes a six-year/90-million dollar deal.  They also have made offers to closer Ryan Madson and SP Mark Buehrle as they try to bring in attractions for the opening of their new ballpark this season.

Analysis:  The Marlins have dominated the news this offseason as they are in on just about everyone.  It would be nice to know the terms of the deal in order to gauge whether it had a chance of happening but the offer was in fact presented to Pujols last week.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2011 FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

Its now time to look at the updated wide receiver rankings for 2011 fantasy football.  As always I would love to hear your thoughts.

1. Calvin Johnson

2. Roddy White

3. Wes Welker

4. Hakeem Nicks

5. Mike Wallace

6. Andre Johnson

7. Larry Fitzgerald

8. Steve Johnson

9. Greg Jennings

10. Anquan Boldin

11. AJ Green

12. Dez Bryant

13. Miles Austin

14. Brandon Marshall

15. Jeremy Macklin

16. Julio Jones

17. Nate Washington

18. Marques Colston

19. DeSean Jackson

20. Dwayne Bowe

21. Vincent Jackson

22. Sidney Rice

23. Reggie Wayne

24. Antonio Brown

25. Deion Branch

-Andre Johnson continues to slide as he cant seem to get back on the field.  He is looking to return for Week 12 but overall the first round pick has been a huge disappointment this season.
-Wes Welker has been a machine and no doubt he deserves the ranking I gave him.  He is quite possibly the best PPR weapon in fantasy football history.
-The future is bright at the position with both AJ Green and Julio Jones both playing great as rookies.  Really there is no difference between the two as far as talent but Green is the clear number 1 guy in the Bengals offense.
-Larry Fitzgerald has seen better days the last two season as horrible QB play has undermined his overall line.  The Cardinals really owr it to him to get him a competent passer next season.

Thats how I see things.  Post your thoughts below.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BRONCOS BR WILLIS MCGAHEE NOW "IFFY" FOR THUSDAY

Refuting an earlier report, the latest word now is that Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee is now "iffy" for Thursday's game against the New York Jets.  McGahee is dealing with the effects from a hamstring injury he suffered in last Sunday's game and Lane Ball would replace him in the lineup.

Analysis:  Ball is a must add for all McGahee fantasy football owners and its yet another big name that will be out of action in the injury-riddled Week 11.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BRONCOS RB WILLIS MCAGAHEE (HAMSTRING) TO START THURSDAY

Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee has been medically cleared to start this Thursday against the New York Jets after suffering a hamstring injury last Sunday.  McGahee will likely carry a heavy load with Knowshon Moreno out for the season with a ripped up ACL.

Analysis:  The Jets are a tough matchup as their run defense has improved but McGahee has been real good when on the field.  Put him back out there.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: 49ERS RB FRANK GORE TO HAVE LIMITED WORKLOAD SUNDAY

San Francsico 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh claimed Tuesday that running back Frank Gore will have a limited workload this Sunday due to the knee injury he suffered last week.  Harbaugh again said Gore will play but he will see a decrease in carries due to the fact the team wants to keep him fresh for the playoffs.  Kendall Hunter will pick up the slack in his place.

Analysis:  Not good news at all if you are a Gore owner.  A limited workload to me means you got to go out and use a different starter which is what I will do as a Gore owner.  Lets hope this is just a one-week thing but the 49ers dont have much reason to play him since they pretty much have already locked up the number 2 seed.