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Sunday, September 30, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: CHIEFS WR DWAYNE BOWE (GROIN) ACTIVE SUNDAY

Updating an earlier item, Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe is ACTIVE and will START Sunday. 

Analysis:  This is what we were told DIRECTLY from a Chiefs source and obviously that was report was dead on.  Get him out there as Bowe could have a big time day against the Chargers in a game that should be a shootout.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD (HIP) ACTIVE SUNDAY

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is ACTIVE and will START Sunday despite dealing with a hip injury going back to Week 3. 

Analysis:  Stafford was widely expected to be ready to go after some initial fears.  He has a tough matchup against a surprisingly stout Vikings defense but he goes in a full arsenal of weapons as RB Mikel Leshoure is also active and will start.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BOTH BILLS RB'S JACKSON, SPILLER ACTIVE

Both Buffalo Bills RB's Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are ACTIVE Sunday, with Jackson getting the start.  Jackson is coming back from missing two games with a knee injury, while Spiller missed practice during the week due to a shoulder ailment. 

Analysis:  Jackson should get the majority of work, with Spiller getting some carries.  All in all this is a tough one to forecast so if you have good depth and owned either player, your best course is to look elsewhere.  If not go with Jackson. 


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: RAMS RB STEVEN JACKSON (GROIN) ACTIVE SUNDAY

St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson is ACTIVE and will start Sunday for the team against the Seattle Seahawks.  Jackson was limited in practice all week due to a sore groin but he once again got himself ready to play for Sunday.  He is likely to cede some carries to backup Darryl Richardson.

Analysis:  Jackson is aging fast and this show is going to be over real soon.  He is nothing more than a RB 3 in fantasy football circles and should be planted on the bench this week against Seattle's rough defense.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: CHIEFS TO MAKE JAMAAL CHARLES MAIN BACK

In news that has to make his fantasy football owners jump for joy, word out of Kansas City is that head coach Romeo Crennel intends to use Jamaal Charles as his main runnner, with more workloads like had last week when he ran the ball 39 times being he norm. 

Analysis:  Wow.  Just a week-plus from when many in the fantasy football community, including yours truly, questioning whether Charles would get the chance to be a big time back again, this news is fantastic for his owners.  The guy flat out is as explosive a player in the game and he could very well lead the league in rushing in 2012 easy.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: DOLPHINS RB REGGIE BUSH (KNEE) BACK TO BEING A GOOD BET TO START

Updating an earlier item, Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush will forge ahead and start Sunday despite still dealing with some issues from his injured knee.  Word was that Bush was a little sore coming off the fight to Arizona but that he fully intends to be out on the field despite the pain.

Analysis:  Again Bush is not a good start due to the rough matchup against Arizona and the fact he is still a bit hobbled make it even more of a concern. Either way he will be fine by Week 5 and remain one of the best runners in the game.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: TITANS WR KENNY BRITT (ANKLE) OUT SUNDAY

Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt is OUT for Sunday's game due to an ankle sprain. 

Analysis:  Not a surprise as this is what we expected all along.  As talented as Britt is, the guy is made of glass and can't keep his head on straight.  In other words he is tough to own in fantasy football.




FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: LIONS RB MIKEL LESHOURE TO START SUNDAY

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure will be ACTIVE and START Sunday despite being limited with a sore groin this past week.

Analysis:  Leshoure is a very intriguing player who can both run and catch the football and who is the rare workhorse back.  He should be owned in all leagues and be an every week starter.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BILLS FRED JACKSON (KNEE) EXPECTED TO START, C.J. SPILLER MORE UNCERTAIN

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson is expected to be ACTIVE and start Sunday against the New England Patriots but C.J. Spiller's status is still up in the air at present time.  Jackson is returning from an injured left knee, while Spiller is trying to come back from a shoulder ailment.

Analysis:  Jackson is going to get the lion's share of work in this game so if you are a Spiller owner, you want to bench him outright even if he suits up.  Both guys are very solid RB 2's the rest of the season. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: DOLPHINS RB REGGIE BUSH (KNEE) TO NOW BE GAME-TIME DECISION

Updating an earlier item, Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush is now a true game-time decision due to reports that he is sore Sunday morning due to the flight to Arizona.  Bush was widely expected to start after practicing fully on Friday but now his status is back up in the air. 

Analysis:  The game starts at 4:00 which makes Bush extremely risky to wait on when it comes to fantasy football.  With the Cardinals presenting a very tough matchup, your best option again is to stash him on the bench. 


FANTASY BASEBALL COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE DURING THE OFF-SEASON

The 2012 Fantasy Baseball Season is almost in the books but that doesn't mean we won't continue to go to work on 2013.  During the off-season we will be posting Stock Watches of all the key players, along with updated rankings, and more.  Also our 2012 Year-End Wrapup book will be shipped out to those who already pre-ordered at the end of October.  The 2012 Fantasy Baseball Wrapup is where we look at all the players from each position and discuss what we learned from their performance during the past season, along with forecasting how they will do going forward.  Use the BUY NOW tab above to pre-order your copy (Mike Trout will be on the cover).


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BEARS RB MATT FORTE (ANKLE) OFFICIALLY QUESTIONABLE FOR MONDAY

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is officially listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys due to the ankle sprain he suffered two weeks ago.  Forte sat out last week's game and was limited in practice this week as well.  Michael Bush would once again start in his place of he can't play.

Analysis:  Bench Forte who plays on Monday which means you have no margin for error if needing a replacement if he can't go.  This is now the second season in a row Forte has been injured and Bush's ownes are no doubt hoping he stays out awhile longer.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: 'SKINS WR PIERRE GARCON (FOOT) TO ATTEMPT TO PLAY SUNDAY

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon, who has missed the last two-plus games with an injured foot, will head out in warmups to see if he can give it a go.  Team officials held out Garcon again this week from practice but do believe he could possibly play if he comes through the warmups all right.

Analysis:  Bench Garcon as he is still clearly hobbled from the foot.  Even if he does go, the chance of re-injury is high.  Revisit this next week.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: CHIEFS WR DWAYNE BOWE (GROIN) TO START SUNDAY

Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe is expected to START Sunday according to a team source who spoke directly to The Fantasy Sports Boss Saturday night.  Bowe has been dealing with a sore groin which has limited him in practice this week but he will be ready to go against the San Diego Chargers. 

Analysis:  The game with the Chargers is expected to be a shootout and so Bowe is in line for a big time day.  Get him out there. 


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: PATS TE ROB GRONKOWSKI (HIP) TO START SUNDAY

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will START Sunday according to a team source, despite dealing with some hip issues during the past week. 

Analysis:  This was a whole bunch about nothing.  Typical Bill Belichick injury report manipulation.  Start him with no reservations. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: DOLPHINS RB REGGIE BUSH (KNEE) TO START SUNDAY

Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush is expected to START Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals despite injuring a knee in last week's game.  Bush practiced fully on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and he himself pronounced himself ready to go.

Analysis:  Major bullet dodged here for Bush fantasy owners.  The guy has realized all his vast potential since coming to the Dolphins but today is a rough matchup against the stout Cardinals defense.  If you have excellent depth, you could look to bench Bush.


Saturday, September 29, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 TIGHT END RANKINGS

Finally we get to the fantasy football tight end rankings for Week 4 based on matchups.  Let's see where they all shake out.

1.  Jimmy Graham
2.  Tony Gonzalez
3.  Rob Gronkowski
4.  Vernon Davis
5.  Antonio Gates
6.  Jason Witten
7.  Brandon Pettigrew
8.  Kyle Rudolph
9.  Owen Daniels
10. Jermichael Finley
11. Martellus Bennett
12. Jermaine Gresham
13. Brent Celek
14. Fred Davis
15. Greg Olsen
16. Jacob Tamme
17. Jared Cook
18. Scott Chandler
19. Marcedes Lewis
20. Anthony Fasano
21. Dallas Clark

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY PRIMER: WHO IS LIKELY TO PLAY/WHO IS LIKELY TO SIT

With practices over for the week, let's take a look at the key fantasy football players who are injured and their chances of playing Sunday/Monday.

1.  Reggie Bush-PLAYS:  Bush put in a full practice on Friday and looks like a go for Sunday.  He had said all week that he had only a "bruise" and it looks like he was right as Bush looked spry in practice.  He has a rough matchup against the Arizona Cardinals defense however so if you have tremendous depth it wouldn't be the worst thing to sit him down this week.

2.  Hakeem Nicks-OUT:  Nicks is not going to play Sunday night as he now has swelling in his surgically repaired broken foot.  Not good.  Nicks just can't get over the hump with this injury and so Ramses Barden is once again a hot name to own for this weekend.

3.  Fred Jackson-PLAYS:  Truth be told this is a tough one as Jackson didn't feel great after Friday's practice.  However he was fine to that point and Chan Gailey made it known he thinks he should be out there.  This is a shaky one due to Jackson's iffy status but ultimately I think he plays more than the next guy I will talk about.

4.  C.J. Spiller-SITS:  Spiller is still hurting from the shoulder injury he suffered in last week's game but he has made some surprising progress since than.  Gailey also said that Spiller could play as well but I think the team will be more cautious with him this week and have him take a seat.  Either way the whole Jackson-Spiller dynamic has to be watched in order to see how the playing time shakes out.  It could be a Thomas Jones-Jamaal Charles situation circa 2010 all over again.

5.  Kenny Britt-SITS:  Britt has not practiced all week and when that happens, they almost always don't play.  He had a nice debut catching 6 passes last week and is always a major big play guy but injuries and bad behavior continue to hurt his bottom line numbers.  Look for a replacement.

6.  Steven Jackson-SITS:  Even if Jackson does play (he is a game-time decision with a sore groin), his matchup is awful going against the stout Seattle Seahawks defense.  He is aging and injured.  Not a great combination.

7.  Mikel Leshoure-PLAYS:  Leshoure was limited in the last three practices this past week but Detroit insiders hint he will play.  He is dealing with a sore groin and has a long history of injuries so this has to be watched.  Kevin Smith would be the replacement which doesn't excite anyone.

8.  Rob Gronkowski-PLAYS:  No word on what the injury is as this is still a Bill Belichick team but Gronkowski is questionable with something.  I think this is gamesmanship by Belichick and so expect Gronk to be out there Sunday.

9.  Dwayne Bowe-PLAYS:  Bowe has a groin problem that limited his practice work the last few days but team insiders say he will be out there.  Tough as nails, Bowe remains a solid fantasy football receiver capable of going off in any week.

There you have it.  As always check in tomorrow for all the updates on who plays and who is out.


Friday, September 28, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

The WR's are up next when it comes to the position rankings in fantasy football Week 4.  Let's get right to it.

1.  Calvin Johnson
2.  A.J. Green
3.  Roddy White
4.  Julio Jones
5.  Victor Cruz
6.  Brandon Marshall
7.  Larry Fitzgerald
8.  Percy Harvin
9.  Demaryius Thomas
10. Andre Johnson
11. Jordy Nelson
11. Steve Smith
12. Greg Jennings
13. Eric Decker
14. Dwayne Bowe
15. Wes Welker
16. Miles Austin
17. Marques Colston
18. Jeremy Maclin
19. Dez Bryant
20. Vincent Jackson
21. Danny Amendola
22. DeSean Jackson
23. Michael Crabtree
24. Lance Moore
25. Kenny Britt
26. Mike Williams
27. Malcolm Floyd
28. Denarius Moore
29. Leonard Hankerson
30. Sidney Rice
31. Robert Meachem
32. Andrew Hawkins
33. Nate Washington
34. Brian Hartline
35. Golden Tate


FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

Running backs are up next when it comes to fantasy football Week 4 rankings.  Let's get to it.

1.  Maurice Jones-Drew
2.  Arian Foster
3.  Marshawn Lynch
4.  LeSean McCoy
5.  Jamaal Charles
6.  Darren McFadden
7.  Ryan Matthews
8.  Adrian Peterson
9.  Frank Gore
10. Doug Martin
11. DeMarco Murray
12. Alfred Morris
13. BenJarvis Green-Ellis
14. Michael Turner
15. Willis McGahee
16. Cedric Benson
17. Stevan Ridley
18. Mikel Leshoure
19. Michael Bush
20. Ryan Williams
21. Darren Sproles
22. Fred Jackson
23. Reggie Bush
24. Pierre Thomas
25. Steven Jackson
26. Ahmad Bradshaw
27. Chris Johnson
28. Andre Brown
29. C.J. Spiller
30. Shonn Greene
31. Jacquizz Rodgers
32. Peyton Hillis

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 QB RANKINGS

Let's get right to the Week 4 fantasy football position rankings, starting with the quarterbacks based on opposing matchups.

1.  Aaron Rodgers
2.  Matt Ryan
3.  Tom Brady
4.  Robert Griffin III
5.  Drew Brees
6.  Peyton Manning
7.  Philip Rivers
8.  Cam Newton
9.  Eli Manning
10. Matthew Stafford
11. Tony Romo
12. Michael Vick
13. Andy Dalton
14. Christian Ponder
15. Alex Smith
16. Carson Palmer
17. Ryan Fitzpatrick
18. Matt Schaub
19. Jay Cutler
20. Josh Freeman
21. Jake Locker
22. Matt Cassel
23. Kevin Kolb
24. Mark Sanchez
25. Russell Wilson

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BILLS RB'S FRED JACKSON AND C.J. SPILLER BOTH LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY

Both Buffalo Bills running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.  Head coach Chan Gailey made it known that Jackson is further along than Spiller but he also wouldn't speculate if either guy will be ready.

Analysis:  If you asked me, I would say Jackson is active while Spiller sits this one out.  Even if both suit up, Jackson should get more work as he is more healthy than Spiller is.  Either way both guys could have their values slashed since they will now have to share the carries when healthy.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: GIANTS WR HAKEEM NICKS NOW DOUBTFUL SUNDAY AFTER FOOT SWELLS

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks continues to deal with problems with his surgically repaired broken foot, with the latest being swelling developing in the area on Friday which has him doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.  With Nicks not looking like a good bet to suit up, that means Ramses Barden will have another chance to build on his fantastic starting debut last week.

Analysis:  Barden needs to be added pronto if he is still sitting on your league's waiver wire.  Nicks once again reminds us that as good a receiver as he is, his overall fantasy football value takes a big time hit each season due to chronic injuries. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: RAVENS/BROWNS

Thursday night football kicked with the Baltimore Ravens facing the Cleveland Browns.  Here is how the relevant fantasy football players performed:

Joe Flacco:  28/46 for 356 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  No one saw Flacco throwing the ball as much as he has before the season began and he absolutely is an every week starter until proven otherwise.  Strange that on a team with Ray Rice the Ravens feel the need to throw so much but Flacco's owners have no complaints.

Brandon Weeden:  25/52 for 320 yards with 1 INT.  Listen we all know Weeden is not worth any looks in fantasy football as a rookie but we have to project him going forward.  Some positives are that he has great arm strength and can fit the ball in tight spots.  However his accuracy is awful and he has little to work with. 

Ray Rice:  18 carries for 49 yards along with 8 catches for 47 yards.  Rice's rushing numbers are taking a bit of a hit due to the Ravens' new-found love of throwing the football but he is still a PPR monster as the flat out best receiving back in the game.  If drafts were held again today I would still pick him first overall.

Trent Richardson:  14 carries for 47 yards and 1 TD along with 4 catches for 57 yards.  Richardson has struggled running the ball somewhat but the Browns line is awful.  He will be a star before you know it and I would not argue if you tried to buy low.

Anquan Boldin:  9 catches for 131 yards.  This is the old Anquan Boldin we fell in love with when he was with Arizona.  He is aging and has lost a step but he is still fully capable of games like this.  With Torrey Smith getting more defensive attention that ever, Boldin should continue to have his chances.

Torrey Smith:  6 catches for 97 yards and 1 TD.  Smith was a monster in the first half but than was quiet in the second as the defense rolled across an extra defender in his area of the field.  Still Smith is looking a lot like another Smith, namely Steve from Carolina as he clearly takes a step up to being a top tier guy.

Dennis Pitta:  zero catches.  Yeah so that post about Pitta being an every week starter we wrote a few days ago.  ONE GAME PEOPLE!

Greg Little:  4 catches for 77 yards.  Little drops as many passes as he brings in but he has some PPR value as the only true receiving weapon in the offense.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES WR JEREMY MACLIN (HIP FLEXOR) READY TO GO SUNDAY

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin will START Sunday as he is nearly fully recovered from his previously injured hip flexor.  Maclin admitted much after taking part during practice Thursday and so there appears to be no hurdles at this point for him to return.

Analysis:  Maclin is talented but can't get his act together when it comes to his body.  Start him Sunday as the game against the Giants could feature a lot of passing but don't consider him a lock to be a big asset the rest of the way due to the next injury being a constant threat.


FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD (HIP) LOOKING LIKE A BETTER BET FOR SUNDAY

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was able to practice on Thursday and is gearing up to play Sunday despite dealing with a sore hip that he hurt in last week's game. 

Analysis:  Stafford is looking much better for Sunday and unless a setback occurs, I would expect to see him under center.  Friday's practice is the last good indicator of where this goes and if he does get out on the field, than Stafford will be starting Sunday.


FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: GIANTS TO SPLIT REPS WITH AHMAD BRADSHAW AND ANDRE BROWN

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said on Thursday that he will split carries between Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown going forward and that he would also "ride the hot hand" at times in the game.  Bradshaw is returning from a sprained neck, while Brown is coming off his second impressive outing in two weeks in his place.

Analysis:  David Wilson we hardly knew you.  The fact both Brown and Bradshaw are going to split carries is rough on their fantasy football value.  I would not start either guy this week in order to see where the playing time shakes out.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: TITANS WR KENNY BRITT (ANKLE) MISSES ANOTHER PRACTICE THURSDAY

Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt missed practice again Thursday and his status for Sunday is growing in doubt.  Britt is hobbled by a sore ankle and head coach Mike Munchack admitted he was nervous about his availability this weekend.

Analysis:  Britt is a ridiculously frustrating player to own as he is constantly hurt or in trouble.  He is looking like a 50/50 deal at best so get ready with a replacement in case he can't be out there.


FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BILLS RB C.J. SPILLER (SHOULDER) UNLIKELY TO PLAY SUNDAY

Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller did some light work during practice on Thursday but is likely to sit out Sunday's game due to the shoulder injury he suffered last week according to team reports.

Anlaysis:  Look for Spiller to be on the bench when Sunday comes around and the return of Fred Jackson means the team doesn't have to rush him.  It will be interesting to see how the playing time shakes out between the two backs as it will go a long way in determining their fantasy football value the rest of the season.


FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: RYAN WILLIAMS RB ARIZONA CARDINALS

The Arizona Cardinals are shocking the NFL world by going into Week 4 with a perfect 3-0 record, which includes upset wins over the New England Patriots on the road and last week at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.  With a hard-hitting defense leading the way, the Cardinals offense has not had to do much heavy lifting to this point.  However with the shaky Kevin Kolb (and eventually John Skelton when he returns from injury) under center, the Cardinals no doubt need to rely on the running game to help keep the chains moving and win the field position battle.  They were dealt a blow in that regard this week as previous starter Beanie Wells was placed on injured reserve for the next six weeks with a toe ailment.  Into his shoes steps second-year man Ryan Williams who has a chance to literally run with the job due to the unreliability and inconsistent play of his predecessor.  With Williams getting his first start of the season this Sunday, let's take a closer look at what he could provide those owners who added him on waivers this week.

Originally a second round pick in the 2011 draft out of Virginia Tech, Williams was a guy who Cardinals brass looked at as someone who could put pressure on the always beat up Wells and who also offered a different dimension in the running game due to his ability to catch the football.  After not playing at all as a rookie due to injury, Williams was given a fresh start for 2012 with the opportunity to unseat Wells if he started out strong.  Williams did little off the bench in Weeks 1 and 2 however, rushing for only 22 yards on 18 carries but he also caught 4 passes as he often came in on third down.  With Wells getting injured in last week's win over the Eagles, Williams finally showed what he could do with more playing time as he rushed for 83 yards on only 13 carries which came out to an average of 6.4 per rush.  He also caught a pass for 12 yards.  Now with Wells being out for awhile, head coach Ken Whisenhunt made it known during his Monday morning press conference that Williams would be his workhorse back and be involved in all aspects of the game.  This surely has to have piqued the interest of fantasy football owners out there as Williams' ability to both run with the football and catch it make him someone who could be useful in both standard and PPR setups.  While not predicting him to be the next Arian Foster, Williams has the chance to do some very good things over the next few weeks and thus place himself into a prominent role in the fantasy football universe.  As long as you keep expectations in check, Williams makes for a solid pickup who could pay off handsomely. 


NFL, REFEREES ANNOUNE 8-YEAR DEAL

Mercifully the NFL and the Referees Association have announced agreement to an 8-year contract that will get the regular officials back on the field starting with Thursday night's Baltimore Ravens-Cleveland Brown game.  After the joke that was the ending of the Packers-Seahawks game on Monday night, the two sides met for marathon sessions throughout the week that finally resulted in a deal being made.  The average alary now for an NFL official will be around $205,000 which is a sizable increase from the previous average of $149,000. 

RYAN STEELE'S WEEK 4 NFL PLAYS READY TO GO!

The Fantasy Sports Boss' professional NFL handicapper Ryan Steele is back with his Week 4 selections off three winning weeks.  Be sure to use the BUY NOW tab to the right to purchase! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED QUARTERBACK RANKINGS

With the season three weeks old, let's take a look at the updated fantasy football QB rankings.

1.  Aaron Rodgers
2.  Matt Ryan-Shoots right to the top what with his at least 3 TD's in every game and leading what could be the best passing offense seen in years.
3.  Drew Brees-Throwing a lot of picks and the Saints are a mess.  At least the yards and TD's will be there.
4.  Tom Brady
5.  Eli Manning-Matt Ryan in Blue as the Giants still can't run the ball and instead are becoming a true passing juggernaut.
6.  Ben Roethlisberger-See Manning, Eli above.
7.  Cam Newton
8.  Matthew Stafford-Has thrown a bunch of picks and now is injured. 
9.  Tony Romo
10. Robert Griffin III-So far so good.  Only worry is if he can hold up health-wise.
11. Peyton Manning-His arm strength is not all the way back but Manning has been good in two of the three games and will continue to throw all game.
12. Andy Dalton-Taking the next step and it looks fantastic.
13. Philip Rivers
14. Matt Schaub
15. Joe Flacco-Great start by Flacco as the Ravens too are now throwing it more than ever.  A passing league it is.
16. Andrew Luck-Right on schedule to be the next great fantasy football QB.
17.  Alex Smith
18. Michael Vick-Has been horrific and could find his job in jeopardy soon.
19. Jay Cutler-Right there with Vick as annually overrated.
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick
21. Christian Ponder
22. Jake Locker
24. Russell Wilson Jr.
25. Christian Ponder
26. Carson Palmer
27. Matt Cassel
28. Josh Freeman
29. Mark Sanchez
30. Blaine Gabbert
31. Ryan Tannehill
32. Kevin Kolb

  

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEDNESDAY INJURY WRAPUP

Lots of injury updates to pass along so let's get right to them in the Wednesday edition of Fantasy Football Injury Wrapup.

-Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson is expected to START Sunday, only two games since injuring his knee back in Week 1.  Jackson has had a faster than expected recovery from a left knee injury and pronounced himself ready to go.  With C.J. Spiller trying to return from a shoulder injury for Week 4, this situation is one big mess.

-Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush was held out of practice on Wednesday as he continues to recover from his own knee injury suffered in last Sunday's loss to the New York Jets.  Bush claims the knee injury is only a "bruise" but either way he was still not deemed ready to return to the field.  Right now consider Bush questionable to play on Sunday as the swelling still has not gone down enough.  Daniel Thomas would serve as his replacement, with rookie Lamar Miller also getting work.  Either way if Bush does miss the game, he is expected back for Week 5.

-Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin practiced on Wednesday as he tries to make it back to the team for Week 4's all important Sunday night game against the New York Giants.  Maclin has dealt with a hip flexor injury all season and it caused him to sit out Week 3.  The fact he is already back on the field means Maclin should be a go and he has a nice matchup against the injury depleted Giants secondary.

-Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford sat out practice on Wednesday as he continues to deal with soreness in the hip he injured in last Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans.  Stafford is not expected to see the field until Friday at the earlier which leaves him little margin for error as far as playing in Week 4.  Shaun Hill would get the start in his place and he would be a shrewed pickup due to the fact he played very well when Stafford was out in 2012.

-Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu is out for the season with a torn achillies tendon.  Either way Helu was not much of a factor as rookie Alfred Morris has done a nice job as the team's starter.  Ryan Grant was signed as insurance but he too has zero value.

-Speaking of C.J. Spiller, late word that he will attempt to practice on Thursday, despite suffering a shoulder injury just last Sunday.  With Fred Jackson returning this week, it is starting to look like both guys could cancel out each other's overall value. 

There you have it.  As always keep checking back for more details.


FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: DENNIS PITTA TIGHT END BALTIMORE RAVENS

We are now flat in the era of the passing game in the current state of fantasy football, where quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Tom Brady or receivers like Calvin Johnson are now top five picks in annual drafts.  However the tight end position has come along for the ride as the depth has absolutely exploded here over the last two or three seasons.  Many thank New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick for creating this trend, what with his extremely successful deployment of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez catching balls all over the playing field.  It seems like every NFL team wants a pass catcher like those two studs which leads me to today's Player Analyzer subject, Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta.  Heading into the 2012 season, Dennis Pitta's name was one that even hardcore fantasy football player had little idea about.  The former BYU 2010 fourth round pick had a quietly decent season in 2011 in catching 40 passes but that was not enough to move the interest needle.  2012 has been a wildly different story however as Pitta has established himself as a true breakout player through the first three games of the season, catching 18 passes for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns, amid reports out of Baltimore that the Ravens are deploying him like the Patriots do with Gronkowski.  That is music to the ears of those fantasy football owners who took a shot on Pitta and who now are reaping the benefits of his very nice pass catching skills.  So let's dig in a tad deeper here and find out where this journey could take you.

Looking back at Pitta's college career, the seeds were there for success at the next level.  Blessed with a great set of hands and decent speed, Pitta established himself as a very reliable pass catcher who the Ravens saw as a potential guy that could step in for the aging Todd Heap in due time.  Pitta proved to be a quick learner as he caught those 40 passes his second year which was nothing to sneeze at, which led to the opportunity he has now.  Again reports out of Baltimore is that Joe Flacco loved throwing to Pitta and on a team that doesn't have many top pass catching targets, the setup is there for ongoing success between the two.  The Ravens are trying their best to beat the Patriots and get to the Super Bowl after some close calls and the best way to do that is to emulate what they do best which is to throw to the tight end.  Pitta has been up to the task in catching everything being thrown his way and he also can get down the field which adds yardage to this bottom line. 

All in all, Dennis Pitta could very well finish as a top ten fantasy football tight end.  He will continue being a feature member in the vastly improved Ravens passing game and thus be set up for a big time career season. 


FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: DOLPHINS RB REGGIE BUSH CALLS KNEE INJURY A "BRUISE"

Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush claims the knee injury he suffered in last Sunday's loss to the New York Jets is "just a bruise" and that he will be ready to go in Week 4. 

Analysis:  Bush has been a fast healer in his career and he stands a very good chance of being able to go.  This would be a nice surprise considering how much pain he looked to be in after originally getting hurt.  He has been a different player since going to the Dolphins and should continue being a top running back the rest of the season if he stays in one piece. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: MIKEL LESHOURE RB DETROIT LIONS

In most fantasy football leagues, Wednesday is the day where the waiver process is decided after everyone starts claiming players based on the previous weekend's games and outstanding performances.  This week no doubt one of the most sought after players will be Detroit Lions second-year running back Mikel Leshoure who made his starting debut last Sunday and wound up rushing for an even 100 yards on 26 carries with one touchdown to go along with four receptions for another 38 yards.  It was no doubt a very nice looking arrival to the league for Leshoure who undoubtedly is now the workhorse back for the explosive Lions offense.  So with that said, now is a great time to take a closer look at the previously unknown Leshoure in order to determine what exactly he can supply to his owners each week. 

Looking back on Leshoure's brief NFL history, many forget that he was the team's second round pick in the 2011 draft with the plan of making him the immediate starter right out of the gates.  However Leshoure never made it out of the preseason as he blew out his knee and immediately began to focus on rehabbing his way back into the team's plans.  Kevin Smith was brought back off the street to be the team's primary runner and the results were not impressive.  Thus heading into the 2012 campaign, Leshoure was once again being looked at closely as a guy who could be a big contributor to the team on the ground and after needing some extra time to get himself into shape, was given the start in Week 3 as Smith once again was ineffective. 

In examining more closely his outing last Sunday, it was obvious to see that the Lions want Leshoure to be their workhorse back just like they envisioned when the picked him in the second round of the 2011 draft.  Rushing for those 100 yards on 26 carries, Leshoure showed that his knee was fine and that he was fully capable of handling so much work.  He also showed that he still has his power and decent speed to continue being a solid runner.  Finally, Leshoure is a very capable receiver out of the backfield and absolutely is a PPR interest.  Add it all together and it is easy to see why Leshoure is worth being aggressive with when it comes to the waiver wire.  Again any running back who is the classic workhorse weapon is very rare in today's game and that alone makes Leshoure very attractive.  Along with his running and receiving, Leshoure presents a nice combination of skills that are go nice with the fantasy football setup.




FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: BEARS RB MATT FORTE (ANKLE) TO BE OUT WEEK 4

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is likely to miss his second straight game Sunday due to the ankle injury he suffered in Week 2.  Michael Bush will once again start in his place and Forte will be aiming to come back in Week 5.

Analysis:  Ankle injuries are almost always at least two games for a running back and Forte fell right in line with this.  Forte will not have a bunch of touchdowns due to the presence of Bush but when healthy he is as good as receiving/running back in the game. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BILLS RB FRED JACKSON (KNEE) COULD RETURN MONDAY NIGHT

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson is in line to possibly return and start Monday night against the New England Patriots, which would mean he would only wind up missing two games with his injured knee.  With C.J. Spiller out for Week 4 with a shoulder injury, Jackson would return to being the workhorse back for the Bills.

Analysis:  Wow Jackson got back fast.  He is already practicing and stands a good chance of playing Monday with the extra day to prepare.  One of the better PPR backs in the game, Jackson should absolutely be started this week in fantasy football if he in fact returns to the lineup.


FANTASY FOOTBALL STOCK WATCH: UPWARD WE GO WITH MIKEL LESHOURE

Week 3 of the fantasy football season in the books and so let's check in on the latest players who are trending upward and downward going into Week 4.

TRENDING UP

Mikel Leshoure:  Kevin Smith we hardly knew you.  Leshoure was a second round pick of the Lions before the 2011 season with the plan of making him the workhorse back in the offense.  He never made it out of the gate however as Leshoure suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.  Leshoure rehabbed and was ready for 2012 however and literally ran away with his first start of the season last Sunday in rushing for 100 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown to go along with 4 catches for 34 yards.  He will continue to serve as the workhorse back for the explosive Lions offense and Leshoure's ability to run and catch the football make him a guy you need to aggressively go after in the waiver process if available this week.

Jamaal Charles:  Charles put any remaining concerns to rest about his recovery from last season's blown out knee as he rushed for a ridiculous 233 yards and a touchdown to go with 6 catches for 55 yards.  Charles is one of only a handful of players who can put up these types of explosive games with video game stats and the fact he got an insane 33 carries tells you the kid gloves are off and he will be used as the bellweather back over Peyton Hillis going forward.  He very well could challenge for the rushing title this season.

Maurice Jones-Drew:  MJD also put any worries to rest about his fitness and preparation level coming off a holdout that wiped out his entire preseason as he rushed for 177 yards this past Sunday.  Unlike with Chris Johnson last season under similar circumstances (although it looks like he is just flat out washed up), MJD seems to be in midseason form already.  I always worry about the workload but so far he has shown no signs of fatigue and should be safe at least for another season before a possible dropoff next season.

Tony Gonzalez:  The guy is truly amazing.  Pushing 40 years old, you can argue that Gonzalez has been the best tight end in football this season.  He caught another 9 passes this past Sunday and has grabbed a total of 21 catches for 231 yards and 3 scores.  With the Falcons looking to set passing records this season, Gonzalez could very well finish 2012 as the most productive tight end in football.  

Andy Dalton:  Dalton has officially graduated into an every week fantasy football starter and truth be told he was useful as a rookie last season as well.  Dalton comes off a 328-yard day with 3 touchdowns against the Washington Redskins and the Bengals are throwing the ball more than ever under Marvin Lewis.  Feel free to start him with confidence.

Jake Locker:  I won't go so far as to say Locker is now starting-worthy in single-QB leagues but he surely has to be watched after his tremendous performance in Week 3 against the Lions when he passed for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Locker also has the ability to run with the football.  Again be careful about going overboard here but Locker and his multiple talents should be monitored closely.
 

TRENDING DOWN

Michael Vick:  This is getting absurd now with Vick who has turned the ball over 12 times already this season and now is hearing calls for his job.  The Eagles offensive line is an injury-marred wreck which is part of the problem but Vick is also not playing well either.  He is aging, injury prone, and working behind an awful line.  Bench him outright until further notice.

Jets Defense:  No Darrell Revis means no usage for the New York Jets defense going forward.  They were playing terrible before Revis' injury and now his loss will magnify their struggles even more.  Look for a replacement.

Shonn Greene:  Continuing with the Jets bashing theme, Greene is now feeling heat from Bilal Powell when it comes to being the workhorse back in the starting offense.  Head coach Rex Ryan hinted as much after Sunday's listless performance by Greene and overall the former Iowa Hawkeye has left a lot to be desired when it comes to his output.  Those in PPR formats won't touch the guy and those in standard leagues can now move on.

Ahmad Bradshaw:  Bradshaw is likely to return for Week 4 against the Eagles but he now will have to share the ball with the surprisingly good Andre Brown rushing for over 100 yards last week in his place.  Brown deserves a long look and so Bradshaw and his chronic injuries are looking like nothing more than a bench guy at this point.

There you have it.  As always let's hear your thoughts.






Monday, September 24, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 TIGHT END WRAPUP

Coby Fleener:  zero catches.  Yuck.  A lot of people drafted Fleener due to his past excellence with Andrew Luck in college but so far he is well down on his QB's attention span.  Move on.

Scott Chandler:  2 catches for 22 yards.  Chandler just doesn't catch enough passes to be useful in fantasy football at this point.  I don't think that will change either.

Ben Watson:  4 catches for 15 yards.  Watson always left you wanting more and it is time to move past this perennial disappointment. 

Jimmy Graham:  4 catches for 16 yards and 1 TD.  The touchdown salvaged a shockingly awful day for the consensus number 1 tight end along with Rob Gronkowski.  Don't expect that to be a trend.

Jermaine Gresham:  5 catches for 64 yards with 1 TD.  I really like Gresham and think he is on the tail end of staring caliber.  With the Bengals throwing the football a ton already this season, Gresham should post his best stats ever.

Fred Davis:  7 catches for 90 yards.  Davis finally woke up and figured out the 2012 season began.  He has a ton of natural talent but could get squeezed a bit when Pierre Garcon gets back.

Brandon Pettigrew:  8 catches for 61 yards with 1 fumble.  The only thing you could ever say that is negative about the criminally underrated Pettigrew is that he doesn't catch touchdowns.  He is gold in PPR formats however and will be right there at the top of the tight end list when it comes to overall catches.

Jared Cook:  4 catches for 77 yards and 1 TD.  Cook was very good until injury hit and his status is murky going forward. 

Vernon Davis:  5 catches for 53 yards and 1 TD.  Davis is a TD machine which makes up for the fact he won't catch Jason Witten-like pass totals.  No complaints from his owners.

Kyle Rudolph:  5 catches for 36 yards and 2 TD.  I needed a tight end since I lost Aaron Hernandez to injury and was deciding between Rudolph and Fleener.  I went with Rudolph.  Yup.  (However I lost a tight game to drop to 2-1 in the Experts League....damn!).

Jason Witten:  2 catches for 8 yards.  Awful game from Witten who truth be told has not been good by any means this season.  Some worry he is still injured which can't be totally counted out.  The guy is as dependable as they come however and makes for a great buy low guy.  I actually did just that and traded Miles Austin for him. 

Tony Gonzalez:  9 catches for 91 yards and 1 TD.  Unreal.  The guy just continues to blow away tight end fields as he approaches 40.  Basically if you are an Atlanta Falcon you rock this season.

Antonio Gates:  3 catches for 22 yards.  I hate Gates.  Not personally but in fantasy football.  I never own him since he is always overrated and now he looks old which goes along nicely with his injuries.

Brent Celek:  2 catches for 36 yards.  Celek runs hot and cold, much like his QB.  Tough to fully depend on the guy when there are so many decent tight ends this season.

Heath Miller:  8 catches for 60 yards and 2 TD.  Rare is the game where Miller has this many catches and his ownership is not high by any means.  However Big Ben loves this guy and those who lost Hernandez should look here.

Owen Daniels:  3 catches for 26 yards with 1 TD.  Daniels is like Celek in that he alternates good and bad games,.  With the Texans running the ball more than almost any team in the league, Daniels doesn't have the upside he used to have.




FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: GIANTS WR HAKEEM NICKS (FOOT) SHOULD PLAY SUNDAY NIGHT

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks is on track to play in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles after sitting out Week 3 with some more foot issues.  Nicks is still feeling the effects of the foot he broke in the offseason but he claimed he feels "good" and that he will be out there Sunday night. 

Analysis:  It looks like Nicks will be a go but the story remains the same here as he is a guy who can't ever stay completely healthy.  Nicks has all the talent in the world and is a top five receiver when his body cooperates but his owners always need to monitor the injury report which is more than annoying. 


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD HURT HAMSTRING SUNDAY, COULD PLAY WEEK 4

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford injured his hamstring on Sunday and could play this Sunday according to a team source.  The Lions have not publicly commented on Stafford's health on Monday but the team source suggested he avoided any worst case scenarios and that the hamstring injury itself was not serious.  He reiterated that Stafford could play in Week 4 but he would need to practice at least on Friday to give it a go.

Analysis:  This should be a big sigh of relief for Stafford fantasy football owners but we need to hear the official word from the team before he is out of the woods.  We all know he can be injury prone but for now consider yourself lucky that he should be all right.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: COLTS WR AUSTIN COLLIE TEAR PATELLA TENDON IN KNEE, DONE FOR 2012

Indianapolis Colts WR Austin Collie is out for the remainder of the 2012 season after tearing the patella tendon in his knee during the team's Week 3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Collie was making his season debut last Sunday after missing the first two games due to a preseason concussion.

Analysis:  If you hadn't already cut Collie loose, than obviously now feel free to do so.  He was not worth the effort in fantasy football anyway due to his ongoing head injuries and lack of defined role in the offense. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: PACKERS WR GREG JENNINGS (GROIN) EXPECTED TO BE ACTIVE MONDAY

Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings is expected to be ACTIVE and start Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks despite missing a game and some practice time this week with a groin strain. 

Analysis:  Great news and this is what was expected anyway.  Jennings has a nice matchup tonight against the Seahawks and should be their top receiver all season for the Packers. 


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BEARS RB MATT FORTE (ANKLE) COULD PRACTICE THIS WEEK

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte could practice this week after missing Week 3 with an ankle sprain.  It was initially feared Forte could miss 4-6 weeks but the fact the Bears play on Monday against Dallas could give him enough time to return.  The more likely scenario however is him coming back in Week 5.

Analysis:  Forte is unlikely to play this week even if he does practice a bit as it is too soon to return from a sprained ankle.  Michael Bush was very good in his place on Sunday and should once again be a nice play on Monday.  

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES' QB MICHAEL VICK COULD BE BENCHED

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick's job could be in trouble according to a team source who spoke directly to the Fantasy Sports Boss.  Even before head coach Andy Reid gave Vick a lukewarm endorsement on Monday, behind the scenes Sunday night there was talk that Vick could be sit down due to the fact he has been a turnover machine despite the team being 2-1.  Nick Foles was tremendous in the preseason and could step onto the field in his place.

Analysis:  Vick is a joke right now and even though benching him for the inexperienced Foles would be foolish, there is no doubt he has been a liability so far.  While Vick should start in Week 4 against the Giants on national tv, his leash is shorter than ever.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: DOLPHINS RB REGGIE BUSH'S MRI ON KNEE COMES BACK CLEAN, COULD POSSIBLY PLAY SUNDAY

Miami Dolphins RB Reggie Bush's MRI on his injured knee Monday came back negative and clean and he has not been ruled out to play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.  Bush left Week 3's game against the New York Jets with the knee injury and didn't return.  However he tried to get back into the game by running on the sidelines but ultimately was not allowed to resume his day.

Analysis:  Great news as Bush has been close to a top five back running back the last season-plus with his run/receiving game.  While the team could be cautious and rest him in Week 4, Bush at least has a chance to get back out there.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: JETS CB DARRELL REVIS DIAGNOSED WITH TORN ACL, DONE FOR 2012

New York Jets All Pro CB Darrell Revis suffered a torn left ACL during Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins and will now miss the remainder of the 2012 season.  Revis will undergo surgery and try and get himself back for the 2013 campaign.

Analysis:  As big a loss as a team could sustain as Revis completely shut down one side of the field for their defense.  Even before the injury the Jets defense was playing terribly and the unit should be cut loose especially now due to his absence.


FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 RUNNING BACK WRAPUP

Maurice Jones-Drew:  28 carries for 177 yards with 1 TD along with 2 catches for 16 yards.  MJD was pretty much all the offense for the Jaguars on Sunday and only he can hold up under such a workload in today's game.

Donald Brown:  18 carries for 62 yards along with 1 catch for 39 yards.  Brown is as mediocre as they come and he really is not getting the job done.  Keep him on the bench or cut him outright if you need to do so.  It won't be a major loss either way.

C.J. Spiller:  4 carries for 16 yards along with 2 catches for 42 yards and 1 TD.  Spiller was electric yet again in the small dose of action he got before leaving with a shoulder injury.  Tashard Choice is up next and should be added in all formats.

Trent Richardson:  12 carries for 27 yards and 1 TD along with 6 catches for 24 yards.  Luckily Richardson got into the end zone because otherwise he was a no-show.  I still love his potential but the fact the Browns can't throw the ball down the field will continue to result in stacked boxes for T-Rich to have to deal with.

Reggie Bush:  10 carries for 61 yards along with 1 catch for 1 yard.  Bush was on his way to having another big game before he left with an injured knee.  Check back for an update on his status tomorrow but the initial thought is that he will be all right.

Jamaal Charles:  33 carries for 233 yards and 1 TD along with 6 catches for 55 yards.  Only Charles and a handful of other skill players can wreck a game like he can.  Charles was amazing in this one and what is even more amazing is that the Chiefs gave him so many carries.  Clearly our post calling him a bust early last week was ill-timed.  Still no one saw this coming but at least it reassures his owners that his knee is in good working order.

Darren Sproles:  7 carries for 62 yards.  Sproles shockingly did not have on catch and when that happens, he is a fantasy football zero.  That is the risk you run when owning the guy.

BenJarvis Green-Ellis:  17 carries for 38 yards with 1 TD and 1 fumble.  Awful game for the Law Firm despite the terrible Redskins defense in front of him.  Also he lost a fumble for the first time since the Clinton administration.

Alfred Morris:  17 carries for 78 yards and 1 TD.  Morris won't catch anything but a sun tan on the field but his running continues to be very solid.

Mikel Leshoure:  26 carries for 100 yards and 1 TD along with 4 catches for 34.  Stop what you are doing and race to your waiver wire and pick this guy up.  Leshoure was a second round pick for a reason and his ability to run and catch the football make him a very nice sleeper commodity.

Chris Johnson:  14 carries for 24 yards along with 1 catch for 5 yards.  Honestly this is getting beyond awful to watch.  Johnson just has to be benched right now and his career as a fantasy football asset is dangerously close to being finished.

Adrian Peterson:  25 carries for 86 yards along with 2 catches for 21 yards.  Nothing major here for Peterson but as long as he is healthy than he will remain a top five back.

Frank Gore:  12 carries for 63 yards and 1 fumble along with 1 catch for 9 yards. Gone are the days of Gore catching over 40 passes which he used to do in his sleep and so he has to have a big running game to make his day useful.  Didn't happen in this one.

Steven Jackson:  11 carries for 29 yards along with 2 catches for 5 yards.  Told you not to start him and this is why. He looked washed up here, groin injury or no.

Michael Bush:  18 carries for 55 yards and 1 TD along with 2 catches for 18 yards.  Bush owners are sending e-mails to Matt Forte telling him to give his ankle more rest.

Doug Martin:  19 carries for 53 yards along with 2 catches for 21 yards.  Martin truth be told has not been terrific this season but stay patient.  The Buc's will run all day and night which puts Martin in big time position to rack up yards.

DeMarco Murray:  18 carries for 31 yards and 1 TD along with 3 catches for 17 yards.  The Cowboys offensive line has struggled in the run game and that has hurt Murray's overall line.  We saw last season how great he can be so stay the course.

Michael Turner:  14 carries for 80 yards and 1 TD along with 2 catches for 1 yard.  Nice game for Turner who was awful the first two weeks.  Still this is a clear passing offense and Turner has little value in PPR setups.

Ryan Matthews:  10 carries for 44 yard and 1 fumble along with 5 catches for 32 yards.  Matthews was eased back into things off his broken collarbone and next week he should get a lot more carries.  The over/under for his next injury though is 4 games.

LeSean McCoy:  13 carries for 70 yards along with 3 catches for 8 yards.  McCoy did his best with a tough opponent.  That is about the best thing I can say about his outing.

Ryan Williams:  13 carries for 83 yards along with 1 catch for 12 yards.  Williams should be the starting running back for the Cardinals as Beanie Wells can't stay on the field and is not that great a player anyway.  Pick him up.

Darren McFadden:  18 carries for 133 yards and 1 TD along with 2 catches for 2 yards.  McFadden traded all those catches for rushing yards this week.  The biggest news is that he has made it through three games without injury.

Arian Foster:  25 carries for 105 yards along with 1 catch for 3 yards.  Foster was average here and overall his start to the season has not been up to his awesome standards.

Ben Tate:  8 carries for 36 yards with 1 fumble.  Tate still gets a decent amount of work but this is still Foster's team unless he gets dinged.


FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 QB WRAPUP

Andrew Luck:  22/46 for 313 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT.  Luck overall is right on schedule in his arrival as one of the best QB prospects ever.  He once again looked very polished in this game but did have the typical rookie mistakes.  He is on the fringes of fantasy football one-QB leagues but he is not there quite yet.

Ryan Fitzpatrick:  22/35 for 208 yards with 3 TD.  Fitzpatrick deserves credit for coming back and having two big games after his pathetic opener.  He is once again back in the circle of trust somewhat but the absence of C.J. Spiller is a concern.

Mark Sanchez:  21/45 for 306 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT.  Sanchez was awful and the yardage was only due to the fact this game went deep into OT.  He seems overly skittish the last two games and nothing like the stud he was in Week 1.  Leave him alone.

Drew Brees:  20/36 for 240 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  There were some whispers lately that Brees has lost it a bit but that is nonsense.  Brees is being forced to throw all game due to the terrible running game and the defense putting them in constant shootouts.  Yes the team stinks at 0-3 but Brees will not stop throwing and thus not stop putting up scores each week.

Andy Dalton:  19/27 for 328 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  I love this kid.  Dalton has continued to built off his Pro Bowl rookie season and the Bengals are starting to fall in love with throwing the pass which now puts him in starting status.

Robert Griffin III:  21/34 for 221 yards with 1 TD along with 85 yards rushing with 1 TD and 1 fumble.  RG3 is like a video game character the way he piles up stats.  The younger version of Michael Vick just needs to not emulate his Eagles counterpart when it comes to getting hurt.

Matthew Stafford:  33/42 for 278 yards with 1 TD before leaving with leg injury.  Stafford was pretty good before he got hurt and those who are owners need to add Shaun Hill (2 TD's) immediately.

Jake Locker:  29/42 for 378 yards with 2 TD along with 35 yards rushing and 1 fumble.  Locker looked incredible on Sunday and he no doubt is drawing attention off his monster game.  I love his potential but in single QB leagues I think his overall inexperience don't make him an every week guy yet.

Alex Smith:  24/35 for 204 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Rare INT for Smith but he is still being allowed to throw more than ever.  Still I can't ever feel comfortable in single-QB leagues going into a game with the guy as my starter.  I would bet you all feel the same way.

Jay Cutler:  17/31 for 183 yards with 1 INT.  Cutler is so overrated it is ridiculous.

Sam Bradford:  18/35 for 152 yards with 2 INT.  Major step back for Bradford off his nice Week 2.  He is not there yet.

Tony Romo:  25/39 for 283 yards with 1 INT.  Very disappointing outing for Romo since he was going up against the same Buc's defense that gave up over 500 passing yards last week.  No excuse there as Romo was as big a dud as you could get based on the matchups this week.

Matt Ryan:  30/40 for 275 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  Yet another game with at least 3 TD's by Ryan who has been far and away the best fantasy football QB in the game the first 3 weeks.  Yup I did say this would happen.  And yes I own the guy.

Philip Rivers:  21/38 for 173 yard with 2 INT.  Rivers doesn't have a lot of help in the San Diego passing offense and this is the case of the team and not the player being a drag.

Michael Vick:  17/37 for 217 yards along with 28 yards rushing and 2 fumbles.  Vick has been a turnover machine and as big a bust as you could get in fantasy football.  Than again none of you who are reading this should be an owner since for the last three years I have told you he actually stinks as a whole and has never been worth the hassle.

Ben Roethlisberger:  36/49 for 384 yards with 4 TD.  Wow.  First the Giants become a passing offense and now Pittsburgh in this upside down season.  Big Ben is the Big Man when it comes to the QB fraternity and with Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, is ready to have a fantastic season.

Carson Palmer:  24/34 for 209 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  Listen Palmer is still quite talented but the fact the Raiders have arguably the worst receiving crop in the league make him an always shaky option.

Peyton Manning:  26/52 for 323 yards with 2 TD.  Manning once again looked shaky but late he was real good.  The fact of the matter is that the guy clearly is not his old self from a velocity standpoint but feel free to keep using him every week as the Broncos will throw all day and with Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, and Brandon Stokley, have the weapons to keep putting Manning in good scoring positions.

Matt Schaub:  17/30 for 290 yards with 4 TD and 1 INT.  Schaub was a non-factor the first two games as the Texans rode the running game but this one was all on the QB.  Great game by Schaub who proved that he still can have a monster game when he fees like it.  Yes the Texans' habit of running the ball is a concern but Schaub will surely get his numbers when things are all sorted out.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY REPORT

Week 3 of fantasy football saw a bunch of big time injuries that no doubt throw some teams into chaos.  Let's take a look at each case and the ramifications that go with it. 

1.  C.J. Spiller (shoulder):  Spiller has been the early MVP of the fantasy football season in place of injured Fred Jackson but his fairytale season will hit a detour as he is expected to miss between 1-2 weeks with an injured shoulder which he suffered in Sunday's game against the Browns.  His collarbone was not found to be broken which was the biggest worry and instead it is more likely a sprain.  Overall Spiller avoided something serious here and should be back soon enough.  However even missing one game is a huge loss for his giddy fantasy football owners who no doubt step into something great here when Jackson went down with his own issues.

2.  Willis McGahee (rib):  McGahee left the Broncos' loss to the Texans Sunday with a rib injury and was replaced by Knowshon Moreno.  No word yet on how severe the injury is but McGahee was spotted on the sidelines late in the game.  If McGahee were to miss some time, Moreno would be a decent pickup since he can run and also catch the ball.

3.  Reggie Bush (knee):  Bush threw a major scare into his fantasy football owners on Sunday when he left Sunday's loss to the Jets with a knee injury.  Bush was soon seen on the sidelines testing out the knee in order to attempt to get back into the game but he wound up never making it back onto the field.  A Miami team source claims that Bush's knee injury is "not that serious" and that he won't miss significant time if any.  Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller would step up in value if Bush were to miss time.  Overall though it looks like a major disaster was avoided.

4.  Matthew Stafford (leg):  One player who does need to be worried about is Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford who is headed for a Monday MRI after injuring his leg late in Sunday's loss to the Titans.  One team source said it was a "calf issue" while the associated press claim it is more than that.  Either way the oft-injured Stafford would be a huge loss if he were to miss some games.  Backing him up is Shaun Hill who threw two TD's in his place Sunday and who carries immediate fantasy football value if Stafford sits out in Week 4.  Hill was a fantasy football-worthy starter when he played in the injured Stafford's place in 2010.

5.  Jacob Tamme (ankle):  Tamme left Sunday's loss to the Texans with an ankle injury that a team source hinted could be the dreaded high variety.  If Tamme does have the high ankle injury than he is certainly out for at least two games and likely more.  As a comparison New England's Aaron Hernandez is going to miss 4-6 weeks with the same aliment.  Joel Dreessen will now get the majority of looks in the passing game in Tamme's place when it comes to the tight end in the Broncos' offense.

6.  Darrius Heyward-Bey (head/neck):  Heyward-Bey suffered a scary head/neck injury late in Sunday's win over the Steelers and had to be carted off the field.  It appeared as though Heyward-Bey was knocked cold before he hit the ground and was placed in a firm neck brace.  He will be evaluated again on Monday but count on him missing Week 4 at the very least and likely more games.

7.  Beanie Wells (toe):  Beanie Wells is hurt again.  Surprised????  No way as this time around Wells injured a toe and was replaced by Ryan Williams who did a nice job in his place in upsetting the Eagles.  No word on the severity of the injury but the fact Wells can't stay on the field and also the fact that Williams played well means his overall value is headed south.  Quite frankly Wells is not even starter-worthy anymore.

8.  Laurent Robinson (concussion):  Robinson sustained a concussion in the Jaguars' win over the Colts Sunday and never returned.  With the Jaguars playing on Thursday this week, it is not likely he will have enough time to make it back for Week 4.  Mike Thomas and Cecil Shorts will see an increase of targets if he can't go.

9.  Jared Cook (shoulder):  Cook had his best game of the season Sunday with 4 catches for 77 yards and a score but he suffered an apparent shoulder separation and never returned to the game.  Cook will have an MRI on the shoulder Monday but his status for Week 4 already looks iffy.

There you have it.  As always check back for more tomorrow.

  

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: REDSKINS WR PIERRE GARCON (FOOT) OFFICIALLY OUT SUNDAY

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (foot) is officially OUT Sunday due to ongoing trouble with his injured foot.  Leonard Hankerson will replace him in the starting lineup.

Analysis:  Garcon is annoying as heck with his injuries over the years but the guy has talent and needs to be held onto.  Try again next week.


FANTASY FOOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: LIONS TO START MIKEL LESHOURE AT RB SUNDAY

The Detroit Lions are trying out Mikel Leshoure as their starting running back on Sunday, as Kevin Smith gets pushed to the bench.  Head coach Jim Schwartz did say though that Smith will still get a decent amount of work but that Leshoure deserves as a look.

Analysis:  Leshoure was supposed to be the starting back last season as a rookie but a blown out knee destroyed that notion.  You can safely cut the ineffective Smith and keep an eye on Leshoure.  If he has a good game than pounce. 


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: SAINTS WR MARQUES COLSTON (FOOT) OFFICIALLY ACTIVE SUNDAY

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston is officially ACTIVE Sunday and will start against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Anlaysis:  Get Colston out there as he makes a very good start against a poor Chiefs defense.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: COLTS WR AUSTIN COLLIE (CONCUSSION) ACTIVE BUT WON'T START

Indianapolis Colts WR Austin Collie is ACTIVE Sunday after getting clearance from the Jacksonville team doctor for contract but will not start as Donnie Avery will line up opposite Reggie Wayne.  Collie had missed the first two games with a concussion, the latest in a series of head injuries he has suffered from the last few seasons.

Analysis:  Collie is nothing but a bench guy at best when it comes to fantasy football as he is fourth in the receiver hierarchy behind Wayne, Avery, and tight end Coby Fleener.  

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BEARS RB MATT FORTE (ANKLE) OUT, MICHAEL BUSH TO START

As expected Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is OUT Sunday due to the ankle sprain he suffered in last week's game.  Forte will be replaced by Michael Bush in the starting lineup and is expected back next week.

Analysis:  Bush is a very good start today in fantasy football versus the shoddy Rams defense and should be picked up off waivers if he is still available.  Forte's overall value was questionable somewhat coming into the season due to Bush's presence, who at the very least will take away goal-line work.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: RAMS RB STEVEN JACKSON (GROIN) ACTIVE SUNDAY

St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson is ACTIVE Sunday against the Chicago Bears and will start.  Jackson was a game-time decision due to the groin injury he suffered last week but apparently feels good enough to give it a shot.  Backup Darryl Richardson is expected to get up to half the carries however.

Analysis:  Even though he is playing Jackson is not a good start.  He is likely to give a lot of the workload to Richardson and his age and shaky production before he got hurt made him shaky as well. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: RAVENS WR TORREY SMITH LEAVES TEAM AFTER DEATH OF BROTHER, LIKELY WON'T PLAY

Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith has left the team due to the death of his brother in a motorcycle accident.  While Smith says that he still wants to play, the team will likely decide to sit him tonight against the New England Patriots and advise him to be with his family according to a team source.

Analysis:  Terrible news.  Another dose of reality here when it comes to sports.  Smith should be sit down if you planned on starting him in fantasy football. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: CHARGERS RB RYAN MATTHEWS (BROKEN COLLARBONE) TO START SUNDAY

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Matthews will be ACTIVE and start Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons according to a team source.  Matthews has missed the first two games of the season with a broken collarbone but was cleared for contact during the past week.

Analysis:  Matthews is a great talent who has an ice first matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.  Get him back in there and enjoy him until the next injury comes down the pike.


FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: SAINTS WR MARQUES COLSTON (FOOT) SAYS HE WILL BE ACTIVE SUNDAY

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston told the NFL Network early on Sunday that he will be ACTIVE and start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs despite an injured foot.  Colston is officially listed as questionable and missed some practice time during the week due to the ailment.

Analysis:  Colston could have a nice day today against the awful Chiefs defense if he does indeed play.  This is the same old story with the guy who always seems to be dinged up but overall tends to play through it.


FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 TIGHT END RANKINGS

Last but not least we bring you the tight end rankings for Week 3 based on matchups.

1.  Jimmy Graham
2.  Rob Gronkowski
3.  Vernon Davis
4.   Tony Gonzalez
5.   Brandon Pettigrew
6.  Antonio Gates
7.  Brent Celek
8.  Dennis Pitta
9.  Jermichael Finley
10. Jason Witten
11. Owen Daniels
12. Kyle Rudolph
13. Jared Cook
14. Jermaine Gresham
15. Coby Fleener
16. Fred Davis
17. Marcedes Lewis
18. Jacob Tamme
19. Scott Chandler
20. Lance Kendricks
21. Todd Heap

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

Let's check out how we see all the wide receivers rankings based on matchups in fantasy football Week 3.

1.  Calvin Johnson
2.  Brandon Marshall
3.  A.J. Green
4. Andre Johnson
5.  Miles Austin
6.  Julio Jones
7. Reggie Wayne
8.  Roddy White
9.  Mike Wallace
10. Percy Harvin
11. Dwayne Bowe
12. Jordy Nelson
13. Demaryius Thomas
14. Antonio Brown
15. Stevie Johnson
16. Malcolm Floyd
17. Dez Bryant
18. Larry Fitzgerald
19. Wes Welker
20. Brandon Lloyd
21. DeSean Jackson
22. Danny Amendola
23. Eric Decker
24. Greg Jennings
25. Marques Colston
26. Lance Moore
27. Robert Meachem
28. Vincent Jackson
29. Torrey Smith
30. Donnie Avery
31. Santonio Holmes
32. Greg Little
33. Darrius Heyward-Bey
34. Sidney Rice
35. Randall Cobb


FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

Up next is the updated running back rankings for this week in fantasy football.  Here is how we see things based on the matchups.

1.  Arian Foster
2.  Ray Rice
3.  C.J. Spiller
4.  Maurice Jones-Drew
5.  DeMarco Murray
6.  LeSean McCoy
7.  Trent Richardson
8.  Marshawn Lynch
9.  Michael Bush
10. Doug Martin
11. Frank Gore
12. Reggie Bush
13. Ryan Mathews
14. Darren McFadden
15. BenJarvis Green-Ellis
16. Adrian Peterson
17. Jamaal Charles
18. Darren McFadden
19. Darren Sproles
20. Willis McGahee
21. Stevan Ridley
22. Alfred Morris
23. Chris Johnson
24. Donald Brown
25. Pierre Thomas
26. Peyton Hillis
27. Steven Jackson
28. Ben Tate
29. Cedric Benson
30. Kevin Smith
31. Shonn Greene
32. Michael Turner
33. Jackie Battle
34. Beanie Wells
35. Toby Gerhart

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 QB RANKINGS

We got to hurry and get up our Week 3 position rankings.  Let's start with the quarterbacks based on matchups. 

1.  Tony Romo
2.  Drew Brees
3.  Matthew Stafford
4.  Aaron Rodgers
5.  Ben Roethlisberger
6.  Matt Ryan
7.  Philip Rivers
8.  Michael Vick
9.  Jay Cutler
10. Tom Brady
11. Peyton Manning
12. Andy Dalton
13. Andrew Luck
14. Joe Flacco
15. Matt Cassel
16. Alex Smith
17. Matt Schaub
18. Mark Sanchez
19. Ryan Fitzpatrick
20. Josh Freeman
21. Russell Wilson Jr.
22. Sam Bradford
23. Brandon Weeden
24. Carson Palmer
25. Jake Locker
26. Christian Ponder

ISSUES FIXED!!!!!!!!!!!

We want to apologize for all the technical issues we have this week with the site.  We fixed everything that was ill and are back to full operations.  Check our Ryan Steele's picks and our position rankings will go up right away.  Also we will have full position wrapups after the Week 3 games.  Thanks for all your patience as we worked through our issues. 

Michael Keneski
The Fantasy Sports Boss

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: REDSKINS WR PIERRE GARCON (FOOT) ALREADY RULED OUT SUNDAY

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon has already been ruled OUT for Sunday's game against the Cincinatti Bengals due to ongoing foot issues. This will be the second game in a row Garcon has missed with the foot ailment that he orignally hurt in the opener. Analysis: Garcon's fantasy football owners at this point are way beyond being annoyed since the guy himself said he would be ready for Week 2. Stash him on the bench if you can however as he has nice upside with RG3.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: COLTS WR AUSTIN COLLIE (CONCUSSION) WAITING FOR CLEARANCE SUNDAY

Indianapolis Colts WR Austin Collie has practiced all week with the team and is waiting for clearance to play in Sunday's game against Jacksonville. Collie will be evaluated by the Jaguars team doctor before the game and find out if he can suit up for the game. Analysis: Again Collie is a guy you shouldn't bother with as one more hit will finish him off for good. He has some talent but would be fourth in the receiver hierarchy behind Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery, and tight end Coby Fleener.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: EAGLES WR JEREMY MACLIN (HIP FLEXOR) OUT SUNDAY

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin has been ruled OUT of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals as he didn't even make the trip. Maclin has been dealing with a hip flexor injury for most of the season. Analysis: Not a surprise. Maclin has to get this right as he re-injured it in Week 2. He remains an overall tease as a guy who has talent but who can't ever stay healthy.

FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: WILIN ROSARIO C COLORADO ROCKIES

The Rockies have had a horrific 2012 season, but a few bright spots have emerged. One of those bright spots is Wilin Rosario, who has hit very well this season, and will most likely be their backstop for the long-term. We all knew that Rosario had power, but he was always blocked on the depth chart by players like Chris Iannetta and Ramon Hernandez. Iannetta got dealt to the Angels last winter and Hernandez has spent most of the 2012 season on the DL, thus giving Rosario the everyday gig at the catching position. I'm sure that Colorado's front office is happy about that decision. Rosario inked a deal with the Rockies as an amateur free agent back in 2006. He really didn't produce during his first year or two in the minors, but eventually found his swing in 2008. This opened some eyes in Colorado's organization, and they slowly moved him through the farm system. In 2010, he spent the entire season in Double-A, where he hit .285 with 19 homers with 52 RBI in only 73 games. Despite those great numbers, he started the 2011 season in Double-A, but the Rockies were definitely aware of this kid's potential. His batting average took a slight dip, but he managed to smack 21 homers in 102 games. Like I said earlier, the Rockies went on to trade Chris Iannetta to the Angels, and signed Ramon Hernandez, presumably to be the starting catcher. This season Rosario managed to break camp with the team, but was on the roster as the backup catcher behind Hernandez. Well Hernandez would go on to have a string of injuries, and next thing you know Rosario is the starting catcher. He has definitely taken advantage of the opportunity. He currently has 25 homers with 66 RBI while hitting .259 in 106 games. The batting average isn't very pretty, but that home run rate is appealing. He is definitely going to be an interesting player to watch in 2013, and I expect him to reach the 30+ home run mark sometime in his career. Rosario truly is a breakout player in 2012 and at a position where depth has always been awful. Even though his average is not great, Rosario is still very young, hits in Colorado, and has 30-HR power to tap into. The best part is that Rosario's shaky average will keep his draft price down somewhat for next season and a nice profit can be made again. The future is bright for the kid and I wholeheartedly endorse taking a strong stance on him going toward next season. Written by Dan Zito http://baseballfan4life.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 21, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: REDSKINS WR PIERRE GARCON (FOOT) UNLIKELY TO GO SUNDAY

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon is unlikely to go on Sunday, which will be his second straight game missed due to the foot he injured in the opener. Garcon has not practiced all week and seems to realize he won't be able to be out there come Sunday. Analysis: Garcon is a notoriously slow healer and he is already annoying his fantasy football owners. He caught four quick passes in the opener which left owners wanting more but for now keep him on ice until he returns.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: PACKERS WR GREG JENNINGS (GROIN) 50/50 FOR SUNDAY

Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings did some limited work at practice Friday but remains about 50/50 to play according to a team source. Jennings suffered a setback with his injured groin that kept him out of last Sunday's game. Randall Cobb would start in his place one again if he can't go. Analysis: Jennings is a big loss and his fantasy football owners no doubt are on the edge of their seats wondering if he will go. This looks like it will go right down to game-time which is always stressful for owners.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: PATS WR BRANDON LLOYD (THIGH) QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY

New England Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd is listed as questionable for this Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens due to a thigh injury. Lloyd has been limited in practice for three straight days but beat reporters following the team predict he will be ready to go. Anlaysis: Lloyd has been as good as I expected him to be in going to the high-octane Patriots offense. Look for him to be out there Sunday night as he didn't seem to be limping around too much during the work he did on Friday.

FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: JAMAAL CHARLES RB KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Heading into the 2012 fantasy football season, it certainly looked like on paper than Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was a potential bargain. After all the super-electric Charles was a full year removed from a torn ACL that took away almost his entire 2011 campaign and he looked to have his old burst back in a very nice preseason performance. Sure Peyton Hillis was going to complicate things some but Charles still excelled when he shared the workload with Thomas Jones. The fact that Charles could now be had as late as the fifth or sixth round made him that much more appealing. Well if you were a religious follower of The Fantasy Sports Boss you would have heard us yell loud and clear to stay far away from Charles this season as we profiled him as one of the first BUST candidates for 2012. Our thinking was that it still was going to be an uphill climb for Charles to be the player he used to be and that Hillis would do more than to cut into his potential value by getting the goal-line work and splitting reps with him in half. That left little margin of error for Charles and through two games of the new season, it appears our worries were right on target. After doing some solid work in the opener when he rushed for 87 yards on 16 carries (but failed to catch a pass), Charles got only 3 yards on 6 rushes in Week 2 as he was spotted riding a stationary bike for mosy of the game. It turns out that Charles sustained a bone bruise to his surgically repaired knee and was held out as a precaution. He has practiced this week and should play on Sunday but the fact that both Hillis and some dude named Shaun Draughn have played better than him doesn't speak well for his overall prospects this season. Charles is still in the process of finding himself after such a rough injury and with so much competition in the backfield, he is likely to be have more up and down numbers each week. Add it all up and Charles is likely not going to be worth the fifth round pick you paid for him this season. Against our advice off course.

FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: C.C. SABBATHIA SP NEW YORK YANKEES

New York Yankees ace SP C.C. Sabbathia was a rare breed coming into the 2012 fantasy baseball season. With Sabbathia being a part of the always volatile pitching fraternity, where injuries that can wreak a fantasy baseball owner's season know no discrimination, the Yankee number 1 starter has been the rare commodity who showed up for 32 starts a year and the 220 innings-plus that went along with it. Combined with the fact Sabbathia averaged around a 3.30 ERA and 215 strikeouts in those innings, and it was easy to see why owners felt safe in picking him early in a draft. The only problem wity durable innings eaters like Sabbathia is that eventually they will have to pay the price for all the heavy usage on their arms. After all throwing a baseball 95-mph 100 times a game on 32 occasions a season will take its toll on any pitcher no matter the size or genetic makeup. It is only a matter of time before things eventually give way and for Sabbathia, that seems to be the case for the 2012 season. Sabbathia's troubles began with his first DL stint in over 6 years when he came down with an injured groin right before the All Star break. Soon after coming back, Sabbathia began complaining of a sore elbow which necessiated another DL stint and caused even more alarm. He would eventually make his return from that setback as well but the results since than have been anything but good. In fact Sabbathia has given up 12 earned runs in 19 innings during his last three outings which comes out to an ERA of 4.67. Not good by any means and certainly not what Sabbathia has done throughout his career, especially after the All Star Break where he has traditionally done his best work. Looking deeper into the situation, Sabbathia's fastball is down a full 2 miles per hour and he seems to have more trouble than ever putting away batters after he gets two strikes. His K rate as a result has been down as well and thus there are now some serious questions about whether Sabbathia is finally breaking down after all those years of heavy usage and if he can ever be a stud ace again. A similar situation has unfolded this season in Los Angeles where Dan Haren is in the midst of by far his worst season ever, with a diminished K rate and increasing hit rate as well. Like Sabbathia, Haren was a guy who was as dependable as they came as far as making every start and having a rubber arm. However also like Sabbathia, Haren has had an injury-marred 2012 along with his worst statistics since first arriving in the major leagues. The fact that Sabbathia is struggling like this (and he struggled in August and September of last season) along with the injuries make Sabbathia one to be wary of next season. He is now 33 years old and showing signs of cracking. You never want to live in the past when it comes to owning star fantasy baseball players and in the case of Sabbathia, it is starting to look like his past may never come back. Keep throwing him out there if you are a current owner since the season is winding down and you need to use whoever you can to rack up more stats. However again take an extra minute or two when prepping for your draft next season before automatically thinking Sabbathia will go back to being an ace again. For the first time in forever, that is now clearly in some doubt based on this season.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: ANDRE BROWN RB NEW YORK GIANTS

Week 3 of the fantasy football season kicks off tonight with the New York Giants and the Carolina Panthers facing off against each other. One of the storylines going into the game was the fact that Giants come in filled with injuries, most notable wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw not making the trip due to a foot and neck issue. In the latter's place behind Eli Manning before the snap will be the well-traveled Andre Brown who in Bradshaw's place last week against Tampa Bay rushed for 71 yards on only 13 carries along with 2 catches for 19 yards. Brown also contributed a crucial two-point conversion in the Giants' comeback win. With Bradshaw's immediate future very murky, Brown has a chance to literally run with the lion's share of carries in the offense the next few weeks. So in terms of fantasy football, that promotion alone makes Brown worthy of attention and despite him taking a very long road (six organizations) to get to this point, he certainly wouldn't be the first running back to travel a tough journey to finally be given his chance. Now as far as what Brown can offer to those who need a replacement for Bradshaw or who are in search of a FLEX play tonight, what you saw last week against Tampa pretty much summed up his skill set. While not mistaken for the next Barry Sanders, Brown is a hard runner who is decisive in his cuts and who can break tackles. Brown is also adept at catching the football so those in PPR formats surely should pay attention. The matchup is top notch as the Panthers run defense is horrendous and the fact that Brown will be getting the majority of carries make him a very sneaky play this week. Take a shot in the dark and see where this goes.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: GIANTS WR HAKEEM NICKS (FOOT) DID NOT SUFFER SETBACK

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks DID NOT suffer a setback with his previously broken foot but instead the short week was not enough time for him to recover from the soreness of last Sunday's game. Nicks said he fully expects to be ready for Week 4 but he also acknowledged that he could be dealing with issues all season with his foot. Analysis: Nicks is annoying in that he is pound for pound one of the very best receivers in the game but constant injuries continue to undermine him. Throw in the fact that Victor Cruz is now challenging for number 1 receiver status with the Giants and Nicks's immediate outlook is not that rosy despite the monster Week 2 game.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: PACKERS WR GREG JENNINGS (GROIN) MISSES PRACTICE THURSDAY

Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings was held out of practice Thursday, with no word on whether he suffered a setback with his previously injured groin or if it was just a day of rest. Analysis: Jennings was seen on the sideliens during practice not being tended to so at this point we can go on the premise that he was simple sitting out as a precaution. He is expected to be in uniform and start Sunday.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: GIANTS WR HAKEEM NICKS RULES OUT THURSDAY, POSSIBLE SETBACK WITH FOOT

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, fresh off a 10-catch monster game last Sunday, has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers due to ongoing issues with his previously broken foot. The Giants wouldn't say whether he had suffered a setback but he has been ruled out nonetheless. Analysis: Ugghh! On and on it goes with Nicks who continues to deal with injuries each season. He will be replaced by rookie Reuben Randle or third-year Ramses Barden. Victor Cruz will be the number one guy until Nicks gets back. If he did suffer and injury setback than he could be out for weeks.

FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: LARRY FITZGERALD

The boxscore from last Sunday's Arizona Cardinals-New England Patriots game was one that needed to be looked at more closely than most due to the level of disbelief attached to it. For starter's, the fact that the Cardinals were able to go into New England with Kevin Kolb at QB and upset the Patriots alone was a major double-take momement. In conjunction with the upset, one had to think that Pro Bowl Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald had to have a huge game in order to pull this off. However the numbers from the boxscore didn't lie as Fitzgerald wound up catching all of ONE pass for a grand total of 4 yards. It was almost too hard to believe that quite possibly the most skilled receiver in all of football outside of Calvin Johnson could sink to this type of low. No doubt Fitzgerald's owners were crying in their milk off this no-show performance and are already pulling out their hair in trying to figure out what they have gotten into with the Cardinals receiver. This is the classic example however of how a great receiver is at the mercy of those throwing him the football and in Fitzgerald's case, it is obvious to see that the awful Arizona duo of John Skelton and Kevin Kolb are holding him back in a major way. After all Fitzgerald can't throw himself the football and so the present situation is one that I spoke about warily in the summer in suggesting to stay far away from the guy when drafts were being held. I explained that it had nothing to do with Fitzgerald the player as he is still flat out in his prime and has the ability to dominate any game if he had even a decent passer throwing him the football. Instead Fitzgerald continues to get let down by Skelton/Kolb and his outlook for the 2012 fantasy football season continues to be murky. I would like to say that things will get better but there is no Kurt Warner coming out of retirement in order to rescue Fitzgerald's fantasy numbers. If you are an owner of Fitzgerald, the only choice you have is to stay the course and keep playing him. He has very little trade value right now as your leaguemates no doubt have processed what is going on in Arizona and you really can't bench a guy you used a second-round pick on. Things can't get any worse than what you saw on Sunday and so att he very least Fitzgerald should be decent enough the rest of the way. Just nothing like the stud we all know he is capaple of being every week with a competent passer.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: RAMS RB STEVEN JACKSON'S MRI ON GROIN COMES BACK CLEAN

St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson's MRI on his injured groin came back negative but he is still questionable to play this week according to team reports. Jackson insisted all along that he could have returned to last week's win over the Redskins but backup Daryl Richardson was playing so well that head coach Jeff Fisher left him in the game. Analysis: Reading between the lines, I don't think Fisher is a big fan of Jackson. Jackson himself has a ton of mileage on him and is prone to a breakout and/or diminished production. He is not looking like anything more than a weak RB when it comes to fantasy football this season. As far as Richardson is concerned, pick him up if you are a Jackson owner, otherwise monitor his progress.

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: PACKERS WR GREG JENNINGS (GROIN) PRACTICES WED., EXPECTED TO PLAY SUNDAY

Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings practiced again on Wednesday and is fully expected to start this Sunday after missing one game with a strained groin. Analysis: Great news for Jennings fantasy owners but the fallout will mean less work for Jordy Nelson and even more so for tight end Jermichael Finley.

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: ORIOLES PROMOTE TOP PITCHING PROSPECT DYLAN BUNDY

The Baltimore Orioles promoted top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy from Double-A on Wednesday, with the plan of using him in relief during the pennant race. With the Orioles having burned through their pen Tuesday night in an 18-inning game, Bundy's top notch arsenal that earned him the top pitching prospect moniker will be taken advantage of down the stretch. Analysis: Bundy is being compared to another Roy Oswalt back when he first came up with Houston and struck out 200 batters a season. In other words the ceiling is extremely high here but not so much for 2011 as a bullpen role doesn't move the needle much when it comes to the game of fantasy baseball.

FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: MAX SCHERZER SP DETROIT TIGERS

Sometimes it just takes some guys a little extra time before the proverbial light bulb goes off and they are finally able to unleash the potential they had always carried just beneath the surface. One player who falls into that sphere this season is Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer, who up until 2012 was known for his wildly erratic results on the mound and for the fact he had different color eyes. Blessed with electric stuff that was highlighted by a fastball that approached triple-digits, Scherzer had been compared to fellow Tiger Justin Verlander due to his propensity to strike guys out and for having unhittable stuff. However like with Verlander early on in his career, Scherzer was undermining himself with terrible control that results in a very high walk total, poor pitch efficiency, and a tendency to be forced out of games earlier than usual which cost him wins. It seemed to be more of the same the first half of 2012 for Scherzer as he hit the All Star Break with an ugly 4.72 ERA and awful 1.39 WHIP as more erratic control and pitching placed him on more than a few waiver wires. However it was at that point where Scherzer seemed to unlock all of the potential he had carried since becoming a pro pitcher as he went on an absolute tear that put him in the discussion as one of the best starters in the game in the second half. Going into his Tuesday night start, Scherzer pitched to a great 2.61 ERA and 1.11 WHIP to go along with a ridiculous 99 strikeouts in only 79.1 IP. Add it all up and Scherzer went into that Tuesday start with a composite 3.77 ERA and 1.26 WHIP along with the strikeout lead in all of baseball with 220. Obviously Scherzer figured something out along the way and those fantasy baseball owners who picked up him off waivers are singing his praises up and down on their way to a few league titles. The fallout from this of course is that Scherzer has now elevated himself into a new tier of fantasy baseball starter and when next season arrives, he will be a much more sought after commodity. Anyone who can lead the league in strikeouts has every fantasy baseball player's attention and with his improved control and always tough to hit stuff, Scherzer has now become a SP 2 in all setups. For a guy who I have historically been very tough on due to all the times he let us down, I can now say that I am onboard with his turnaround and find it legit due to the fact he has always had great talent. He just finally discovered how best to use it. I will now look to draft Scherzer next season and try to tap into all of the goodwill he has generated in the second half of this season.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: YANKS-BLUE JAYS POSTPONDED TUESDAY DUE TO WEATHER, DH WEDNESDAY

The New York Yankees-Toronto Blue Jays game Tuesday has been cancelled due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday. Andy Pettite will make his first start off the DL tomorrow in Game 1. Analysis: Adjust your lineups accordingly which is big this time of the year with title being decided the next two weeks. Stock up on available Yankees or Blue Jays tomorrow in order to get as many extra stats as you can possibly grab.

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: METS-PHILLIES POSTPONED TUESDAY

The New York Mets have called off their Tuesday night game against the Philadelphia Phillies due to weather concerns and will play on their mutual off day on Thursday. Analysis: Not unexpected since the northeast is being hit hard with rain. Matt Harvey will pitch tomorrow which will be his last start of the season.

FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: AARON HERNANDEZ TIGHT END NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

The news is in on New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and his injured ankle and for his fantasy football owners, it can't be looked at as anything but a shot to the guy. Hernandez officially will be out the next 4-6 weeks with a low ankle that he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals and the void he leaves in lineups no doubt is an early challenge to those owners, myself among them. Heading into the season off his breakout 2011 campaign, Hernandez was shaping up to be one of the very best tight ends in the game who the media in New England called the new number 1 target for QB Tom Brady, what with Wes Welker firmly in the team's doghouse after complaining too loudly about not getting a new deal. He quickly went out to validate that prediction as Hernandez caught 6 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. However Hernandez will now be on ice for the next month-plus and so the chore begins to find a replacement. With that in mind, here are some options who could be sitting there on the waiver wire that could help keep you afloat until Hernandez gets back. 1. Dennis Pitta: How about the start this guy has had in 2012? Pitta caught 5 balls for 73 yards and a score in Week 1 and than followed that up with 8 grabs for 65 yards in Week 2. The former 4th round pick from BUY is now firmly in the thick of the Ravens' passing game and looks to have quickly become a safety net for QB Joe Flacco. Especially those in PPR formats need to take a look at this developing story. 2. Jacob Tamme: Tamme has quickly re-discovered his timing with Peyton Manning after playing together in Indianapolis, catching 7 passes with 1 touchdown in the first two games. While no Dallas Clark, Tamme no doubt has the trust of Manning and could be a very solid tight end option in the new Denver passing attack. 3. Kyle Rudolph: We all know the tight end is a young QB's best friend and Rudolph fits the bill here with second-year passer Christian Ponder. Rudolph has caught 8 passes with 1 touchdown in the first two games and is one of the few solid receivers Ponder has in the Vikings passing game. 4. Kellen Winslow Jr: The Pats signed Winslow as a replacement for Hernandez and don't forget the guy still caught 75 passes last season in showing he is far from washed up. Yes he has lost some ability due to chronic leg issues but in the New England offense, Winslow right away becomes a name to watch. There you have it. As always let us know your thoughts.