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Thursday, October 31, 2013

THE FANTASY SPORTS BOSS 2014 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT GUIDE DRAFT BUSTS EXCERPT

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2013 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT BUSTS

By Michael Keneski

When it came to identifying the class of 2013 fantasy baseball draft busts, we rolled 7's.  Among the names that made the list both in the draft guide and on the website included among the following:  C.C. Sabbathia, Josh Hamilton, Joe Mauer, Jose Reyes, and Albert Pujols.  Despite catching more than a little flak for some of the picks (especially Hamilton), we pretty much nailed it.  We went right back to the same formula for selecting the 2014 class of draft busts which is to spotlight guys who will likely take a dip in production due to age, injury risk, or some other factor.  It is strongly recommended you proceed with extra caution when it comes to possibly investing in the players listed below.  While you can still draft them if the price is right (landing in bargain territory), your best course of action is to look for less volatile options so as to set your squad up with as little risk as possible. 

Austin Jackson:  By now it is becoming abundantly clear that Jackson will not turn into the multi-category weapon he seemed to be hinting at since becoming a Detroit Tigers regular.  Despite having big time speed, Jackson has seen his stolen bases sink from a high of 27 in 2010 to a low of 8 in 2013.  In addition Jackson has struggled to reach 15 home runs and his high K batting approach has not made friends with his batting average.  Stop waiting for the potential.

Nelson Cruz:  You can also lump in Ryan Braun and Jhonny Peralta here as guys coming off the Biogenesis PED bust.  We chose Braun as a BUST candidate last season due to our belief he was headed for suspension.  That prediction worked out well.  Stating the obvious, we have to assume these players are now off the juice and thus will see their numbers drop below their expected draft values.  I wouldn't touch any of these guys due to the volatility of not knowing how their games will come back.  Not worth the aggravation. 

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FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED QB RANKINGS

With the season now halfway in the books, let's take a look at the updated fantasy football QB rankings.

1.  Peyton Manning:  Duhhh.
2.  Drew Brees:  5 TD's in Week 8 reinforce how incredible Brees remains. 
3.  Aaron Rodgers
4.  Matthew Stafford:  Comeback over the Cowboys as good as it gets.  Stafford as productive as any QB in fantasy football this season.  We told you that would happen.
5.  Tony Romo:  Again trying to figure out why this guy is always under drafted.
6.  Andy Dalton:  This is not a misprint.  11 touchdowns last three weeks and no signs of letting up.
7.  Cam Newton:  Gets nod over Matt Ryan due to the latter's decimated WR corps.
8.  Matt Ryan:  4 picks against Arizona could be ominous sign of things to come with Julio Jones and Roddy White both out.
9.  Andrew Luck:  Win over Denver showed how great the kid can be.  Unleash the hounds.
10. Philip Rivers:  Still slinging 'em all over the field and having success to boot.
11. Russell Wilson Jr.:  Yardage is never there but Wilson continues to show knack for passing scores.
12. Alex Smith
13. Tom Brady:  This is as far as Brady has been since he was a rookie.  Something not right here as Brady has continued to struggle despite getting all his receivers back.
14. Colin Kaepernick:  Scoring three TD's against San Fran nice but Kaepernick needs to do more to full get himself anywhere near his previously overinflated value.
15. Ben Roethlisberger
16. Russell Wilson III:  Starting to run again which might be the only thing that could save his awful passing.
17. Eli Manning:  Has not turned the ball over in last two Giants wins.  Progress.
18. Joe Flacco:  Always seems to be in this realm due to unimpressive passing numbers.  Still you can't take away that Super Bowl.
19. Ryan Tannehill
20. Mike Glennon:  Truth be told Glennon has not been half bad but still tough to trust as a rookie.
21. Terrell Pryor:  Lately Pryor getting exposed for his limited passing skills.
22. Jake Locker:  Could move up if he reverts back to the guy he was before the hip injury.
23. Thad Lewis:  Has given the Bills a spark and moved the football.
24. Nick Foles:  Has to get back into good graces off Dallas horror show.
25. Carson Palmer:  Has been an INT machine all season and looks old. 
26. Jason Campbell:  Veteran looked good in Week 8 but need to see him do it again before we move him up.
27. Case Keenum
28. Josh McCown
29. Geno Smith:  Simply awful at times this season but also showing glimpses of ability.
30. Kellen Clemens
31. Chad Henne
32. Josh Freeman

There you have it.  Let us hear you thoughts on this.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: TEXANS RB'S ARIAN FOSTER AND BEN TATE TO BE GAME-TIME DECISIONS SUNDAY

                                                

Houston Texans RB's Arian Foster and Ben Tate will BOTH be game-time decisions Sunday due to their respective hamstring and rib injuries.  Foster aggravated a hamstring injury early in the team's Week 7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs while Tate suffered from broken ribs. 

Analysis:  Ugh.  Can't stand game-time decisions since we optimally want our prime fantasy football players to be either in or out so we can plan accordingly.  Foster is obviously the one you have to watch here as his absence is huge.  Looking like this will go right down to the wire.

FANTASY FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK HOT ZONE: ANDRE BROWN TO THE RESCUE

As always Wednesday means Running Back Hot Zone day where we delve into all the latest news coming out of the position in looking ahead to fantasy football Week 9 already. 

LEVEL 4

Andre Brown-Peyton Hillis-Brandon Jacobs:  Yes the New York Giants are on a bye this week but when they return to the field in Week 10 versus the Oakland Raiders, an old friend will be back to re-claim the starting running back's job.  No not Brandon Jacobs who seemingly threw away that opportunity with his hamstring injury that has sat him on the bench the last two games but instead old veteran Andre Brown who is ready to come back from his preseason broken leg.  Brown burst onto the scene for the Giants last season in place of an injured Ahmad Bradshaw and proceeded to rush for 385 yards on 73 carries (5.3 yards per rush) and 8 touchdowns.  The Giants used Brown as their prime short-yardage and goal-line back and for good reason as he more often than not converted on both fronts.  With David Wilson likely out for the season with a neck issue and Jacobs still hobbled by the hammy, Brown should easily nudge aside Peyton Hillis and make the starting job his own.  With the Giants playing better on both sides of the ball after winning two straight, Brown is a smart pickup, especially in standard formats due to his TD potential.  While Hillis will likely play on third down due to his ability to catch the football, Brown is the best bet to lead the Giants in rushing the rest of the season.  Add him.

DeMarco Murray-Joseph Randle-Lance Dunbar:  After it looked like DeMarco Murray would return to the Cowboys last week, the team held him out one more game as a precaution in giving his knee injury another week to heal.  However Murray is 100 percent a go for Week 9 and get a great opportunity right off the bat upon his return in facing a horrid Minnesota Vikings defense.  Thus Joseph Randle can be dropped in all formats as he didn't even play well when he was out on the field.  Murray we all know is an injury waiting to happen so enjoy his return while it lasts.

LEVEL 3

Andre Ellington-Rashard Mendenhall:  Wow what a game for Ellington who was hinting at that type of explosive production when he rushed for over 150 yards and two touchdowns in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.  Ellington was getting the increased work due to the injury absence of veteran Mendenhall.  The Cards have the week off Sunday which should get Mendenhall healthy for Week 10 but Ellington clearly is staking his claim to the job.  However Bruce Arians continues to mysteriously knock Ellington, this time saying he needs to pass block better.  That tells me Arians is still not ready to give the kid to full starter's job which is a joke.  Still you are best left to start Ellington as a RB 2 given how he can take the football to the house on any play.

Jonathan Stewart-DeAngelo Williams-Mike Tolbert:  Week 9 was always the aim for Jonathan Stewart to return to the Panthers off the severe ankle injury he had suffered last November.  With Stewart proving in the past to be the most complete back among DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert, look for the veteran to take a sizable chunk of the work going forward.  That means the small comeback season of Williams will likely end with Stewart's return.  Pick up Stewart as he presents solid TD potential in standard setups.

LEVEL 1

Alfred Morris-Roy Helu Jr.:  Just an update from last week, Morris owners can breath a bit easier after seeing their guy have a very solid game against the Denver Broncos and NOT be removed during goal-line plays which wasn't the case the week before when Helu Jr. scored three touchdowns from in close.  It appears that Helu Jr.'s bustout in Week 7 was just a matchup thing and nothing else.  Morris is still the guy on 80 percent of the carries, with Helu Jr. coming in on third down due to his ability to catch the football. 

Zac Stacy-Daryl Richardson:  Stacy escaped without suffering the dreaded high ankle sprain Monday night against Seattle and he currently is listed as day-to-day.  Ultimately Stacy should be just fine for Week 9 as he looks to build off his best game of the season against arguably the best defense in the NFL in Seattle when he rushed for over 130 yards. 

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: ANDY DALTON QB CINCINNATI BENGALS

                                                 Andy Dalton

Heading into the 2013 fantasy football season, Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton was almost universally considered a low end QB 1 in 12-team leagues and in some cases was ranked lower.  Despite taking the Bengals to the playoff his first two seasons, Dalton still had not entered into the realm where he was beloved and respected by the majority of the fantasy football community.  For one, the Bengals had been a run-dominant team since Dalton came into the league and in paining BenJarvus Green-Ellis and rookie Giovani Bernard, it seemed the same scenario would be in play once again when Week 1 rolled around.  However in looking a bit under the hood, Dalton was actually profiling himself as a QB on the rise, having increased his passing touchdowns from 20 to 27 his first two seasons and with top wideout A.J. Green joining a terrific pair of pass catching tight ends in Jermaine Gresham and rookie Tyler Eifert, Dalton was certainly being surrounded with potent talent. 

Fast forward to present day and what we have no is an Andy Dalton who one could argue is the hottest quarterback in the NFL in coming off a five touchdown monster performance in a win last Sunday over the New York Jets.  That tremendous outing followed back-to-back weeks where Dalton threw 3 touchdown passes in each, while also topping 300 passing yards in both.  So halfway through Dalton's season, he sits here with 16 touchdowns and 2,249 yards as he has helped the Bengals transition into one of the best passing offenses in all of football.  With Marvin Jones having emerged into a very good complement to Green, in addition to the two tight ends mentioned above, Dalton is set to continue his terrific breakout. 

In returning to what I said earlier, Dalton has now firmly entrenched himself into an every week top ten fantasy football QB who you could argue has passed Tom Brady, Cam Newton, and maybe even Matt Ryan in the rankings.  Those who brought him aboard as a backup or begrudgingly as their starter at first are being handsomely rewarded at this point.  The good times should continue as Dalton surely will continue to fire away and accumulate the passing numbers he had hinted at previously.

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: SUCCESSFUL HERNIA SURGERY FOR TIGERS 3B MIGUEL CABRERA

                                                 

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera underwent successful sports hernia surgery Tuesday and he will need 6-8 weeks of recovery time which should put him in line to be ready for spring training.  Cabrera was bothered by the hernia since the beginning of September which hobbled him throughout the playoffs. 

Analysis:  Right now Cabrera should still be considered with Mike Trout as the top fantasy baseball player in the game.  Cabrera should be more than ready to go for Opening Day and thus another huge season of numbers is on tap. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY WRAPUP: SEAHAWKS/RAMS

This is a little late but Week 8 in fantasy football is in the books.  Let's take a look at the storylines coming out of the game.

-The Seahawks forgot that the game was on the schedule as they barely beat a horrendous Rams team starting the pathetic Kellen Clemens at QB.  Russell Wilson was able to throw two touchdown passes which once again saved his very light passing yardage day.  Overall Wilson threw for only 138 yards which is shocking against a very generous Rams defense.  Wilson has shown a knack for throwing the touchdown ball however and that has helped carry his fantasy football value this season and since he came into the league. 

Meanwhile Marshawn Lynch rushed for only 23 yards on 8 carries which again was very disappointing coming against the Rams.  Golden Tate however was a big time end game finish for his owners as he caught 5 balls for 93 yards and a touchdown.  Tate is a guy who has oozed potential since coming into the league out of Notre Dame but has never put things together consistently.  That has carried through to this season as well despite how good he played against St. Louis.  The Seahawks run the football as much as anyone so Tate will likely continue to be up and down.  In addition Percy Harvin could be back in the next few weeks and will instantly become the team's go-to-receiver. 

-On the other side, rookie RB Zac Stacy has done a terrific job since becoming the Rams' starting running back.  Stacy has gotten better each and every week which culminated last night with 124 yards rushing on 26 carries.  Stacy doesn't catch the football so this is mainly a standard league play but the kid has ability.  He escaped the late ankle injury as nothing major since tests revealed no high sprains.  Continue to play Stacy as a low end RB 2.

As far as the Rams passing game, we all knew Clemens is a joke and he remains so.  Chris Givens led the way with 4 catches for 59 yards and if you haven't dropped Jared Cook yet than do so.  He caught only 3 balls for 31 yards.  Way too many good pass catching tight ends out there to continue to go with this guy every week.  Also only 2 catches for 33 yards with regards to Austin Pettis.  He also should be on the chopping block.  Basically anyone but Stacy from the Rams should be on the wirw by now with Sam Bradford out for the season.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: NO HIGH-ANKLE SPRAIN FOR RAMS RB ZAC STACY

                                                   

St. Louis Rams rookie RB Zac Stacy did not suffer a high ankle sprain Monday night as the team initially feared and instead will be listed as day-to-day.  Stacy hurt the ankle late in the fourth quarter and had to leave the field on the team's final drive. 

Analysis:  Stacy has been very good since being inserted as the team's starting running back and this is good news going forward since he should be able to go in Week 9.  Crisis avoided. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 9 ADDS/DROPS

Week 9 is calling in fantasy football and with five teams on a bye, prime pickups are needed.  With that said here is who made the cut in this week's edition of ADDS/DROPS.

WEEK 9 ADDS

Marvin Jones:  It is stating the obvious that Jones was a monster in Week 8 as he caught 4 touchdown passes among his 8 receptions.  As incredible as those numbers are, let's not get ahead of ourselves here and think Jones is then next big thing.  The Bengals clearly took advantage of the fact ill-prepared Jets rookie CB Dee Millinier was in one-on-one coverage and immediately went to work.  While Jones can help, think WR 3.

Daryl Richardson:  With Zac Stacy headed for tests on his injured ankle, Richardson steps back into the fray.  Truth be told Richardson looked good during the fourth quarter Monday night but he is really only a PPR guy.

Jason Campbell:  The veteran Campbell played very well in his first start Sunday, throwing two touchdown passes and contributing yards on the ground.  With some big name QB's out of commission Sunday, Campbell seems all right to use for one week.

Andre Brown:  Brown is slated to return in Week 10 but the smart move would be to make the add now.  He ran very well when healthy last season and Brown figures to get the goal-line work for a Giants team looking to make a second half run.

Kris Durham:  The Lions are on a bye as well but Durham looks like a nice investment due to the fact he has graduated to the role of number 2 wideout in the explosive team's aerial attack.  The Lions throw it all day and Durham has quickly taken to Matthew Stafford.

Jonathan Stewart:  Stewart has been aiming for a Week 9 return since the start of the season and even though he is not likely to get a bunch of carries right away, he clearly is the best back on the team and should be featured before too long.

Drew Davis:  Davis stepped up and grabbed 5 balls Sunday which included  a trip to the end zone.  With Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White still iffy when it comes to his return, Davis should remain useful for the time being.

WEEK 9 DROPS

Tavon Austin:  Check this out next season as the season-ending injury to QB Sam Bradford has ruined the fledgling value Austin had any way.

Miles Austin:  No love for the Austin's this week as Miles missed yet another game with a hamstring injury.  The Cowboys clearly are in love with rookie WR Terrance Williams so there is no need to wait on this.

Jared Cook:  Same deal with Cook who has actually been outplayed by fellow TE Lance Kendricks lately.  With no Bradford, there is little left for Cook to yield.

Joseph Randle:  With DeMarco Murray coming back, there is no need to hold onto Randle who wasn't doing much anyway. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEL 8 INJURY REPORT: TIME TO WORRY ABOUT JULIUS THOMAS

Week 8 is almost in the books so let's get to all of the injury news coming out of this week's games.

-Perhaps the biggest potential injury for Week 8 is the injured ankle suffered by Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas.  Thomas left the game early in the third quarter after being tackled awkwardly after a sideline reception and limped off the field immediately.  Thomas has a long history of ankle injuries which stunted his NFL growth before he finally hit the ground running in 2013.  He is headed for an MRI Monday which will reveal if there are any ligament issues to concern ourselves with.  Thomas has been a top five fantasy football tight end all season and his loss would be huge.  Joel Dreessen would take Thomas' place in the lineup and he did catch a touchdown in his place Sunday.

-Another week and another hamstring injury for Eagles QB Michael Vick.  After missing two games with his initial hamstring injury, Vick returned and barely made it into the second quarter Sunday before hurting it again.  Rookie Matt Barkley finished up and turned over the ball two more times to go with the three picks he tossed last week.  If Nick Foles can't return from the concussion he suffered in Week 7, Barkley will start again.  Feel free to drop Vick now who has already been ruled out for Week 9. 

-Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson is done for the season with a torn ligament in his knee.  Gibson was not a widely owned commodity but for those who did own him, cut him loose.

-Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson aggravated a previous groin injury but gutted through it Sunday as he caught 7 balls and had a touchdown.  Should be just fine for next week.

-Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray was held out Week 8 for precautionary reasons and owner Jerry Jones said he could have played.  Expect Murray to return next week which means it is time to drop the overmatched Joseph Randle.

-Jamaal Charles came out for a few plays Sunday after tweaking a knee but soon returned.  He is just fine.

-Nothing major came of Giants WR Victor Cruz after being slammed hard to the turf in the second half Sunday.  Cruz took off for the locker room where he had X-rays on his neck and should which were negative.

-Robert Griffin III came out towards the end of the team's loss to the Denver Broncos after hurting his left knee.  Nothing major was revealed and Griffin was said to be perfectly fine afterwards. 

There you have it.  As always share with us your thoughts.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BUC'S LOSE WR MIKE WILLIAMS FOR SEASON WITH TORN HAMSTRING

                                              

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Williams was placed on injured reserve Monday as it was revealed he suffered a torn hamstring in last Thursday's game. 

Analysis:  Tough blow for Williams but in fantasy football terms this is not big news since he was not a universally owned receiver.  Williams is a fine player who puts up some big games on occasions but he was strictly a WR 4 or 5 option.

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 WRAPUP: 4:00 GAMES AND LATER

                                               

4:00 games and later are up next as we continue to wrap up fantasy football Week 8.

-Almost had it.  My 4-3 Experts League team played the Peyton Manning-owned 7-0 first half team this past Sunday and I had a 15 point lead going into the 4:00 games with Eric Decker and Julius Thomas left to his Manning and Knowshon Moreno.  Yeah that didn't end too well.  Manning threw for his customary four touchdowns and 354 yards but he three interceptions were a bit out of character.  Honestly I will go out on a limb and say Manning owners are in first place in about 70 percent of leagues. 

As far as the receivers were concerned, Wes Welker got into the end zone once among his 6 catches for 81 yards and so did Demaryuis Thomas who grabbed 7 for 75.  Remember last week it was Eric Decker who went off while Thomas was cold.  Decker didn't help me much as he grabbed 4 balls for 42 yards and Julius Thomas could have some bad news with his injured ankle as he hurt me bad with only 3 catches for 29 yards.  Joel Dreessen is the grab if Thomas is out. 

-Knowshon Moreno continues with his fantastic season despite the fact he doesn't run for a ton of yards in any game.  Moreno put the final nail in my coffin when he caught one of his six passes for 89 yards.  Believe it or not Moreno is knocking on the door as a top five running back for a guy who was picked off the wire in some formats. 

On the other side Alfred Morris rebounded with 93 rushing yards and a score and was not taken out near the goal-line like he was last week in favor of Roy Helu Jr.  Morris owners can breath a tad easier. 

-Jordan Reed is looking like the new Jordan Cameron and he could be better.  Reed posted his second straight monster game Sunday catching 8 balls for 90 yards.  Just made a trade offer to the Reed owner in my league since Thomas is now hurt. 

-Robert Griffin III came out late as a precautionary reason as Dr. James Andrews took a look at his surgically repaired knee.  Griffin played miserably in passing for only 132 yards and 2 INT's with one harmless touchdown.  Yuck.

-Wow is Andy Dalton playing incredible football right now.  After back-to-back games of three passing TD's each and more 300 yards as well in both,  Dalton went ballistic Sunday in throwing for FIVE touchdowns and 325 yards.  The Bengals overnight have become one of the more potent passing offenses in the league and Dalton is now firmly an every week guy based on the results.  Wish I would have taken my own advice as both my QB's (Stafford, Kaepernick) are on byes this week.

-All right let's not get carries away with Marvin Jones' 4 touchdowns.  The Bengals took advantage of the fact Jets rookie CB Dee Millinier was in coverage and proceeded to torch him all game.  Jones is a good guy for your bench and to use for bye weeks but don't think he is going to come near this level of production every week.  Still 8 catches for 122 yards is terrific production no matter you slice it.

-Again don't play any New York Jets on your roster. 

-Harry Douglas is enjoying life as the number 1 receiver in the Falcons' passing attack after posting his second straight huge game Sunday by catching 12 passes for 121 yards.  With no Roddy White and Julio Jones, Matt Ryan has no choice but to look at Douglas almost every time he drops back.  And speaking of Ryan, he was simply awful Sunday in throwing for 301 yards with 1 TD and FOUR INT's.  Again the lack of weapons in the Falcon attack is now looking like New England for most of the season.  Ryan has to be downgraded a bit as a result.  Also Drew Davis is the next man up for the Falcons and he was pretty good as well Sunday catching 5 balls for 77 yards and a touchdown.  Pick him up as the Falcons will continue to throw all day everyday. 

-The reason the Falcons have to throw so much is their awful running game is not helping.  Steven Jackson did nothing in his return, rushing for a grand total of 6 yards on 11 carries.  We all know Jackson is older than dirt but that is ridiculous.  Can't trust Jackson until he shows any sign that he is back in the groove.  It actually may not happen given his age and injuries.

-Andre Ellington is a name I have been touting all season as the big play scatback should have taken over as the starter week ago in place of the done Rashard Mendenhall.  Well with Mendenhall out there was no excuse for Ellington not to be featured and the kid responded with a crazy good game in rushing for 154 yards on only 15 carries and a touchdown.  Ellington is a threat to take it to the house any time he touches the football and he can now be safely graded as a RB 2. 

-Terrell Pryor was more impressive as a runner than a passer, rushing for 106 yards and a touchdown while throwing for only 88 and 2 picks.  Use only in two-QB formats if at all.

-Another game and another big game for WR Antonio Brown.  Brown caught 9 passes for 82 yards and was actually joined by Emmanuel Sanders who grabbed 7 for 88 and a touchdown.  No reason Ben Roethlisberger is not throwing for more TD's than he currently is.

-Darren McFadden has been quiet for most of the season but he did rush for two scores Sunday.  His rushing average was poor with 73 on 24 carries but needless to say he did his job for the week.

-Jordy Nelson should get more credit as a number 1 fantasy football wide receiver and he reminded us why by catching 7 passes for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings.  Nelson is as good as it gets in getting into the end zone.

-Eddie Lacy rushed for 94 yards on 24 carries and scored another touchdown.  Lacy is now knocking on the door as a top ten back. 

-Forgot to mention Jarred Boykin who grabbed 5 balls for 89 yards.  Just like with Harry Douglas, Boykin moved into the starting lineup with a top QB and immediately produced.

-There you have it.  Let us hear some thoughts.



FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BRONCOS TIGHT END JULIUS THOMAS HEADED FOR MRI ON ANKLE

                                              

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is headed for an MRI on the ankle he injured during Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins.  Thomas injured the ankle early in the third quarter after being tackled near the left sideline after a catch and immediately limped off the field.  In addition Thomas has had serious ankle injuries in his past which prompted the MRI.

Analysis:  Hold your breath time for Thomas owners like myself.  Outside of Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham, there hasn't been a better fantasy football tight end this season.  Joel Dreessen would be the add for immediate relief.

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 WRAPUP: 1:00 GAMES

                                                        Calvin Johnson

Wow what a day.  At least there weren't a ton of injuries.  Let's get to all the latest fantasy football action worth discussing coming out of the 1:00 games.

-Of course we have to start with the Lions-Cowboys game.  At least when it came to the Lions, it was like watching a Madden Experts play on the EASY level.  My goodness the numbers were mind-boggling.  Obviously we have to start with the ridiculous 14-catch/329 yard/1 TD smackdown Calvin Johnson laid down on Dez Bryant and the Cowboys.  I mean this guy truly defies explanation due to his absurd level of dominance.  This is why I suggested drafting Johnson first overall if you got the number 1 pick this past summer.  There is no one even in the guy's area code as a player.....that means you to Bryant who popped off last week saying he was the better player. 

Going in tandem with Johnson was yet another monster game from QB Matthew Stafford who took it upon himself to fake a spike and dive into the end zone with 15 seconds left on the clock to cap an amazing comeback win.  It was all part of a 488-yard performance with 1 passing TD and 2 fluky picks that were deflected.  What was a bit frustrating as a Stafford owner is that twice he either ran or threw a pass that ended up at the one which were than subsequently run in by Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.  Cost us two potential scores.  Be that as it may Stafford has been as hot as Drew Brees and Andy Dalton the last month.  And of course he was the guy along with Tony Romo who I told you to focus on as value plays instead of using a first round pick on a QB.   Good times all around.

-By the way Kris Durham looks like he could be of help now that both Nate Burleson and now Ryan Broyles are injured.  Take advantage of the passing offense.

-Lost in Stafford's big game was the nice outing by Romo who tossed three touchdown passes and 206 yards.  Than again it always seems like Romo gets lost in the shuffle due to the untimely turnovers.  Can't blame this one on him.  He only hooked up with Bryant three times though, with two going for spectacular touchdowns on each.  Bryant however lost his mind on two occasions in the game, berating Romo and than getting into a verbal blowout with Jason Witten.  Clearly he got too amped up and caught up in the battle against Johnson which he lost badly and in embarrassing fashion.  Hence the frustration.  They will ass kiss and make up.

-Speaking of Witten, there is no doubt the guy has been below his numbers the last month or so.  In  shootout like this, Witten should have had more than 2 catches for 15 yards.  I have gotten some e-mails asking what is up here with Witten but my answer is nothing other than Romo perhaps focusing in a bit too much on Bryant (who can blame him) and finding a new toy in rookie Terrance Williams.  Williams made up for a slow start to save his day with a 60-yard TD.  Saved the day because he had only two receptions which was strange.  Still Williams has been a real find and hopefully we don't see any more of Miles Austin.

-With DeMarco Murray coming back next week, drop Joseph Randle who didn't do much anyway with 26 yards on 14 carries.  Reggie Bush meanwhile scored a rushing touchdown and ran for 92 yards on 21 carries.  Was a monster in the receiving game with 8 grabs for 30 yards.  I absolutely love Bush in this offense and said it right after he came over in free agency. 

-Jason Campbell was actually pretty good against the top defense in the NFL with 293 yards and 2 TD's.  Boy the Browns have got to be kicking themselves for giving Brandon Weeden all those starts.  Don't pick up Campbell though.  At least not yet.  Need to see more. 

-Alex Smith is always seemingly on the verge of single league use but he helped himself with 225 yards and 2 touchdowns against a tough Browns defense.  The big beneficiary was Dexter McCluster who caught 7 passes for 67 yards and both touchdowns from Smith.  McCluster has a ton of ability and reminds me of a poor man's Percy Havin but consistency is not part of his game.  You can make a speculative add but McCluster is not the every week answer for you if you have a WR need.

-Jamaal Charles ran for only 74 yards on 18 carries as the Browns defensive front is a firm test.  Did make up for it by catching 5 balls for 46 yards but he failed to score. 

-Dwayne Bowe is such a mess.  Only one catch for 7 yards as he was hobbled with injury.  Nice he gutted it out but Bowe has not helped at all this season and should be on your bench.  Shocking since he now has the capable Smith throwing to him.

-Josh Gordon has to be the happiest guy in the world that Campbell is under center.  Well Gordon's fantasy football owners have to be the happiest.  Their big-play guy went for 5 catches and 132 yards and 1 score.  Gordon seems to be taking some of the pop out of Jordan Cameron who caught 4 balls for 81 yards.

-Boy things are getting very sketchy with Tom Brady.  Threw for only 116 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT in an almost no-show performance.  Brady has now thrown for only 2 TD's the last four games amid concerns he is playing hurt.  What is really disturbing is the fact that Brady had his full complement of receivers as Danny Amendola came back (only 3 catches for 15 yards) to join Rob Gronkowski (only 2 catches for 27 yards).  Basically if you owned any Patriots receiver  not named Aaron Dobson (4 catches for 60 yards and a score), you were screwed.  Speaking of Dobson, he was the one I profiled first as the main fantasy football sleeper receiver on the Patriots and not Kenbrell Thompkins.  Well it took some time but Dobson now looks like he has surpassed Thompkins as the latter was shut out.  Pick up Dobson if someone dropped him. 

As far as Brady is concerned, this is a tough one.  Again he has his full array of pass-catchers back but things just aren't going well.  Remember I said this could happen back in the summer when I dropped Brady down below Cam Newton and Matt Ryan in the QB rankings.  Both guys have vastly outplayed Brady this season  Just saying.

-Finally a Lamar Miller sighting.  The forgotten one rushed for 89 yards on 18 carries and caught 3 passes for 23.  Still Daniel Thomas was in on short-yardage and goal-line work so don't go crazy. 

-Charles Clay is yet another pass-catching tight end out of nowhere who is helping.  Grabbed 5 more passes for 37 yards Sunday.  Decent PPR play this week if you need someone.

-The Giants-Eagles game set back offense for years.  It is now safe to drop Michael Vick who re-injured his hamstring.  Same story, different season.  The biggest storyline continues to be the underwhelming numbers being put up by LeSean McCoy.  Even before the team was down to Matt Barkley Sunday, McCoy has been pretty shaky all October.  Rushed for only 48 yards on 15 carries.  Not good.  Again it comes back to the very heavy usage McCoy undertook in September when he was the best back in football.  His slight build is not meant for the amount of carries he took on and we could be seeing the fallout now.  I wouldn't totally panic yet but as a McCoy owner I am very worried, especially if Barkley has to play again since opposing teams will stack the box with 8 men as they should do. 

-Told those in PPR who were desperate to take a look at Peyton Hillis who actually played all right with 70 rushing yards and 3 catches for 15 yards. 

-If only Hakeem Nicks could play the Eagles every week.  Nicks continued his pattern of big games against the Eagles with 7 receptions for 51 yards.  Victor Cruz matched him with 7 catches of his own but went for 86 yards.  Cruz survived a scare in the third quarter when he was slammed to the turf and went for X-rays on his neck which came back negative. 

-Those who own Colin Kaepernick no doubt have been let down every since Week 1 finished.  My mantra has always remained one where I need to see a second season of the same kind of level of performance during the breakout year before I get fully committed.  Didn't happen this season with Kaepernick but he did put up three scores (1 passing/2 rushing) Sunday which was great.  Of course it came against the Jaguars and Kaepernick only threw for 164 yards.  Truth be told it really wasn't as good an outing as the touchdowns suggested.  I remain in the corner of saying Kaepernick is a matchup play and strictly that for now. 

-Two more touchdowns from the ageless one Frank Gore among his 71 yards.  Only 1 catch though.  Damn. 

-Cecil Shorts is really becoming a huge PPR guy after he broke through as a standard league asset last season.  Now with Justin Blackmon stretching the field (4 catches for 41 yards), Shorts is now operating underneath with great efficiency.  Caught 7 balls for 74 yards.  So basically what we have no is Shorts trading touchdowns for catches.  If you play in PPR you take that.  As for Blackmon that is now two off games in a row after his smashing two game debut. 

-For the first time this season Maurice Jones-Drew turned back the clock and possibly just in time for the trade deadline.  Jones-Drew rushed for 75 yards and caught 6 balls for 47 yards.  It is all ended terribly for MJD in Jacksonville and hopefully someone will bring him on for the rest of the season. 

-Yeah life is swell if you own Drew Brees.   Has been for years.  How's about FIVE touchdown passes Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.  332 passing yards.  At 35-years-old.  Jealous.

-Told you a few weeks ago to pick up Kenny Stills who looked like he was making a claim for the starting receiver spot opposite Marques Colston.  Still has big-play ability which he put to good use Sunday in catching 3 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns.  Stills looks like a prime standard league play.

One thing to take note of.  Marques Colston all of a sudden looks old.  Caught only 3 passes for 18 yards and looks like he is having trouble getting separation.  This is a guy who has been beat up over the years and could finally be slowing down.  Which makes picking up Stills all the more enticing.

-What foot injury?  After learning that Jimmy Graham had a torn plantar fascia in his foot, the quick assumption would be that he would see a drop in numbers playing with such a rough injury.  Well this apparently is Superman we are talking about as Graham caught 3 passes for 37 yards and two scores.  While he may be limited at times, start Graham like normal.

-Another rushing touchdown for Fred Jackson but he gained only 45 yards as the Bills were playing catch up. 

-Stevie Johnson caught 7 balls for 72 yards and a score.  Some volatility to this numbers every week but Thaddeus Lewis has given the team a spark.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your questions and thoughts.  Also if you haven't already reserved your copy, use the BUY NOW tab on the homepage to do so. Will ship sometime in the beginning of November. 



Sunday, October 27, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEDAY: TOLD YOU ALL TO PICK UP ANDY DALTON=5 TD'S AND COUNTING

After Week 7 and than again in this past week's ADDS/DROPS column I told you all to get on the Andy Dalton train after back-to-back games where he threw for well over 300 yards in each to also go with three passing scores in both.  Well as of this writing close to the end of the third quarter Dalton has thrown FIVE touchdowns.  Yup FIVE!!!!  Needless to say those who used Dalton in place of a QB on a bye this week couldn't have picked it any better. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BRONCOS TIGHT END JULIUS THOMAS QUESTIONABLE TO RETURN WITH ANKLE SPRAIN

                                            

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is questionable to return Sunday due to a sprained ankle suffered at the start of the third quarter.  Thomas injured the ankle while being tackled after a reception. 

Analysis:  This is a setback for Thomas owners who are trying to lock up a win Sunday.  He was seen walking on the sidelines and not in the locker room which is a good sign.  With the Broncos falling behind and needing to pass, Thomas could hopefully get back in there.

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 WRAPUP: COWBOYS WR DEZ BRYANT CATCHES TWO TOUCHDOWN PASSES ON 3 SUNDAY RECEPTIONS

                                              

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant caught two touchdown passes Sunday but caught only three balls overall as he lost a landslide duel against fellow wideout Calvin Johnson.  Earlier in the week Bryant proclaimed he was the best receiver in football and than saw Johnson catch 14 passes for 329 yards and a score on the other side of the field Sunday.  In addition Bryant was seen verbally engaging in a fierce argument with QB Tony Romo in the third quarter and than with TE Jason Witten in the fourth.

Analysis:  It was an ugly day outside of the scores as Bryant continued to show his immaturity with his petulance on the sidelines.  It will be interesting to see if the team disciplines Bryant at all since he clearly was getting under the skin of his teammates. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 WRAPUP: LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD THROWS FOR 488 YARDS AND RUSHED FOR LAST SECOND SCORE TO WIN

                                          

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford led a remarkable last second comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday which was part of his 488 yard passing day capped by the game-winning rushing score.  In addition Stafford threw for a passing touchdown as well.

Analysis:  We take extra delight in how great Stafford is playing since it was yours truly who told you to invest heavily here as a comeback guy.  He has more than upheld this prediction and overall has been one of he best passers in the NFL this season.

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 WRAPUP: LIONS WR CALVIN JOHNSON SHOWS DEZ BRYANT WHO IS TOP WR, CATCHES 14 FOR 329 AND 1 TD

                                                   

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson proved in spaded to Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant Sunday who the best wideout in football is as he caught 14 passes for 329 yards and 1 TD in the team's comeback win.  Johnson posted the second-highest receiving yardage total in NFL history and is once again redefining his spot as already one of the greatest players ever to play the game.

Analysis:  It truly is remarkable what Johnson has done on the football field since coming into the league.  What he did Sunday against Dallas was beyond insane and really there are not enough adjectives to describe how great he is. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 WRAPUP: SAINTS QB DREW BREES POSTS MONSTER 5 TD DAY

                                             

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees had one of his patented ridiculous passing days Sunday against the Buffalo Bills as he threw for five touchdowns and 332 yards. 

Analysis:  Wow.  Brees is incredible and he showed it here.  At 35-years-old Brees is still at the top of his game leading the explosive Saints offense.  He remains behind Peyton Manning as number 2 in the fantasy football QB rankings. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 WRAPUP: 49ERS QB COLIN KAEPERNICK THROWS FOR 1 TD, RUNS FOR 2 MORE

                                           

San Francisco 49ers RB Colin Kaepernick threw for one touchdown and rushed for two more Sunday in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.  Overall Kaepernick threw for 164 yards and rushed for 54. 

Analysis:  This was the first time since Week 1 Kaepernick has looked like the read option monster he was in 2012.  You have to take it with a bit of a grain of salt however as it came against the Jaguars and Kaepernick is still not putting up big yardage numbers.  We won't say he is back to an every week guy yet but he is heading in that direction. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 WRAPUP: LeSEAN McCOY HELD TO ONLY 66 RUSHING YARDS

                                               

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy rushed for only 66 yards in a loss to the New York Giants Sunday in a game where starting QB Michael Vick went out early with another hamstring injury.  McCoy has finished up a rough October after looking like the best running back in football in September.

Analysis:  I have noted on more than a few occasions how concerned I was for the fact that McCoy was getting overworked in September and we could be seeing the fallout now.  In addition with Vick and Nick Foles both hurt, opposing defenses will now fill up the box with 8 men and dare rookie QB Matt Barkley to throw.  Tough times could continue. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: GIANTS WR VICTOR CRUZ BACK IN GAME

Updating an earlier item, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz returned to the field during the third quarter after an earlier neck injury.

Analysis:  Whew.  Great news for Cruz fans as he appears all right.  Time to breath. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: GIANTS WR VICTOR CRUZ HEADING TO LOCKER ROOM WITH SHOULDER INJURY

Updating an earlier item, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz is heading to the locker room with a shoulder injury.

Analysis:  Uh-oh.  This is not good.  Cruz was slammed hard to the turf and images of Doug Martin flashed in my mind.  Check back for updates. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: GIANTS WR VICTOR CRUZ EXITS WITH APPARENT SHOULDER INJURY

New York Giants Pro Bowl WR Victor Cruz exited the team's game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday with an apparent shoulder injury.  Cruz stayed down on the field after being slammed to the turf following a reception.  He was helped off to the sidelines. 

Analysis:  Any injury to Cruz could be huge so stay tuned.  Hopefully it is nothing serious but shoulder's are tricky. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEDAY: PATS QB TOM BRADY SPOTTED WITH SWELLING ON THROWING HAND

Things appear to be going from bad to worse for New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.  After coming in having not thrown a TD in two of the last three games, Brady has been shut up the first half Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.  In addition, Brady was spotted with a wrap on his throwing hand that also revealed swelling around his knuckle on one of his fingers. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEDAY: ALL COLIN KAEPERNICK NEEDED TO REBOUND WERE THE JACKSONVILE JAGUARS

Wow is Colin Kaepernick tearing it up Sunday.  Heading into the half the 49ers' QB has thrown for 147 yards and a score and rushed for 55 and two more scores.  Big time points for Kaepernick who since Week 1 has been more than a letdown fantasy football passer.  The wind and rain has not stopped him Sunday and his owners who sat him down are likely spitting out more than a few curse words.  Wow. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES PULL QB MICHAEL VICK WITH ANOTHER HAMSTRING PULL

                                          

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick only made it halfway through the second quarter before being pulled with another hamstring injury.  Vick apparently re-injured the hamstring and was playing poorly before exiting in favor of rookie Matt Barkley.

Analysis:  The Giants are licking their chops as Barkley already lost a fumble in the second quarter.  As far as Vick is concerned, I told you all not to play him for this reason.  It could be a long time before we see him again. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: DOLPHINS WR BRANDON GIBSON LIKELY DONE FOR 2013 WITH TORN KNEE LIGAMENT

                                            

Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson is done for the 2013 season after tearing a ligament in his knee in the first half of Sunday's game versus the New England Patriots.  Gibson tore the ligament going up for a pass early on in the contest and immediately went to the locker room where tests were conducted. 

Analysis:  Gibson had little fantasy football value so this doesn't impact many. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEDAY: LESEAN MCCOY MAKING US MORE AND MORE WORRIED

With 12:00 left in the second quarter Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy has 4 rushing yards.  Surely it is a product of the Eagles struggling on offense but keep in mind since September concluded, McCoy has not put up even close the stats he did the first four games.  I said during that time I was worried about the heavy workloads his slight body was taking on and the shaky numbers since make me doubly concerned.  Keep this in mind.  The signs are not looking good.

FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEDAY: ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Stafford to Johnson four yard TD on fourth down.  Gutsy call.  Stafford and Johnson owners rejoice. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEDAY: STAFFORD/CALVIN JOHNSON GO GO GO.......OHHHH

Fantasy football owners of Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson were all collectively just jumping up and down screaming "go go go" as Johnson caught a quick slant and went 86 yards before he was pushed out of bounds at the 4.  Close but not cigar.  As a Stafford owner I feel your pain. 

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FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BILLS RB C.J. SPILLER (ANKLE) OUT SUNDAY

                                              

Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is OUT Sunday with ongoing ankle problems.  Fred Jackson will start in Spiller's place Sunday.

Analysis:  Spiller has been a complete fantasy football disaster this season as he has not run well and now he is injured on top of it.  Jackson meanwhile is back to his old RB 2 self and putting up underrated numbers.  At this point Spiller is now looking like a backup to Jackson even when he does return.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: MICHAEL VICK STARTING AT QB FOR EAGLES

                                               

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is ACTIVE and starting for the team Sunday versus the New York Giants as expected.  Vick returns after missing two games with a hamstring injury suffered against the Giants. 

Analysis:  It will be interesting to see how Vick plays since the hamstring could go at a moment's notice.  If you are a Vick owner you might want to play it safe and go with a more healthy option. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: SAINTS TIGHT END JIMMY GRAHAM (FOOT) ACTIVE SUNDAY

                                              

Updating an earlier item, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is ACTIVE and will star Sunday despite dealing with a torn plantar fascia in his foot.  Graham apparently felt well enough in warmups to give it a go but no word on if he will play a full game. 

Analysis:  Very risky here for Graham as one false move could finish him quickly today.  If you do own Graham you obviously have to start him unless you have a top backup given his awesome potential.  Still this one is iffy on the fact that a plantar fascia is a very painful injury to deal with even before playing football.  Cross your fingers and hope for the best.  Should be interesting to watch.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: PATS WR DANNY AMENDOLA (CONCUSSION) ACTIVE SUNDAY



New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is ACTIVE Sunday and will start for the team against the Miami Dolphins. 

Analysis:  What was expected all along.  Amendola is made of glass so the next injury is right around the corner.  Enjoy him while you can. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: GIANTS RB BRANDON JACOBS (HAMSTRING) INACTIVE SUNDAY

                                             

New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs is INACTIVE Sunday, which marks the second straight outing he has missed with an injured hamstring.  Peyton Hillis will start in his place, with rookie Michael Cox contributing. 

Analysis:  Jacobs has really missed a big opportunity the last two games to build on his great Week 6 performance.  Andre Brown is getting close to coming back from his broken leg and he figures to get a bunch of the work going forward.  As far as Hillis is concerned, if you are desperate enough in PPR than go for it. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: COWBOYS RB DEMARCO MURRAY AND WR MILES AUSTIN INACTIVE SUNDAY

                                            

Updating an earlier item, both Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray and WR Miles Austin are INACTIVE Sunday with their respective injuries.  Murray has a sprained knee and Austin ongoing hamstring trouble. 

Analysis:  Terrance Williams once again gets a long look in place of Austin and truth be told the rookie has been very good.  The game against the Detroit Lions is expected to be a shootout so Williams could be in line for a big time game. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BRONCOS QB PEYTON MANNING HAS HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN

                                              

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has officially been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain which kept him out of a practice this past week.  Manning was never in any jeopardy of missing this Sunday's game with the sprain but it is something that the team acknowledged could bother him the rest of the season.

Analysis:  Manning actually has sprained both of the ankles, with the right one the high-ankle variety.  Once again he is in no danger of missing games but optimally you don't want any of your players dealing with any sort of injury.  Manning is without peer this season as far as fantasy football productivity.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: SAINTS TIGHT END JIMMY GRAHAM HAS TORN PLANTAS FASCIA IN FOOT

                                              

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has a torn plantar fascia in his injured foot.  Glazer notes that Graham will still try to give it a go Sunday despite reports he will sit out and that it will be a "pain tolerance" issue.

Analysis:  Terrible news.  A torn plantar fascia is a very painful injury, especially for a football player.  This is just awful news for Graham owners as he will have to deal with it the rest of the way and his numbers surely will take a hit in having to play with it.  Stay tuned for the official word if he plays Sunday.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: COWBOYS RB DEMARCO MURRAY LIKELY TO SIT SUNDAY

                                              

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is "not looking like a good bet to play Sunday" according to a team source.  This report has been seconded on multiple platforms as Murray is still not ready to return from his sprained knee.  Joseph Randle will start again and Lance Dunbar should be active after missing a month with a hamstring injury.

Analysis:  What a joke Murray is.  Murray hinted that he was playing this week and even got back on the practice field.  Now this.  You can totally understand why the Cowboys are already looking to move on from the oft-injured back based on reports.  Randle remains a very low end RB 2 due to the bye weeks.

FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEDAY: BENCH 49ERS/JAGUARS PLAYERS SUNDAY

The San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars will go head-to-head in London Sunday but the weather is going to be brutal.  Winds that reportedly could reach 70 mph with a driving heavy rain are in the forecast which means the passing games for both will likely be grounded.  That means it is a very smart idea to bench Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin, Justin Blackmon, and Cecil Shorts as the passing games may not be able to do much.  Thus if you have other options than use those instead.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: SAINTS TIGHT END JIMMY GRAHAM UNLIKELY TO PLAY SUNDAY AS PER TEAM SOURCE

                                                

According to a team source close to the team, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will not play Sunday due to ongoing pain in his injured foot.  Graham missed practice all this past week with the exception of some very limited work on Friday and according to the source, has not seen much improvement.  Ben Watson would start in his place.

Analysis:  Not looking good Graham owners.  Get Watson ready or someone else off the wire as all signs point to Graham sitting out.  Watson is a very capable receiver who can put up some nice numbers in his place.  Either way Graham's absence is as big as it gets.

FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: TIM WRIGHT TE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

                                               Tim Wright

The era of the passing offense has been firmly in place around the NFL for the better part of five seasons now and even before the explosion of aerial yardage and TD's, the emergence of the pass-catching tight end many have pointed to as giving a big assist to the movement.  Of course it all began with former basketball player turned undrafted tight end receiving monster Antonio Gates which than moved all the way to Julius Thomas this season.  Stating the obvious, the influx of pass catching tight ends have made formulating a fantasy football roster much more easier due to the fact that you no longer have to fight each other over the 4 or 5 good options in a draft or have to play the wire game each week for someone who could catch maybe 4 passes.  The pass catching tight end goes deeper than ever and 2013 has brought even more prime stocks such as Thomas, Jordan Cameron, and now maybe the latest, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tim Wright. 

No doubt the name Tim Wright elicited more than a few "who" as the season got underway.  But just like Gates and Thomas, Wright was a former basketball player who went undrafted out of Rutgers and than was developed by the Buc's into what he is today.  A very intriguing fantasy football tight end.  The rookie has taken advantage of the insertion of fellow first-year player Mike Glennon under center to put up some very nice games over the last month.  We all know that rookie QB's rely on their tight ends sometimes more than their wideouts as the tend to check down due to nerves and inexperience.  Thus in the last four games that the two have played together, Wright has caught 5, 7, 2, and 5 passes.  The yardage has not been great as Wright has gone for over 50 in only one of those games but they did put a touchdown on the board in Thursday night's game against Carolina.  The score was Wright's first but more of that could be on the way as Glennon is getting more comfortable throwing downfield and he has the arm to do it.  So those who own the Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley who is not likely to come back this season as a result of a neck injury, a solid replacement is Wright who thinks catch passes first and block second.  While NFL coordinators may not like that. fantasy football owners crave that trend in responsibility.  It is now time to take Wright out for a spin.

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 TIGHT END RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 8 tight end rankings based on opposing matchups. 

1.  Rob Gronkowski
2.  Jimmy Graham
3.  Tony Gonzalez
4.  Julius Thomas
5.  Vernon Davis
6.  Jordan Reed
7.  Jason Witten
8.  Jordan Cameron
9.  Heath Miller
10. Greg Olsen
11. Charles Clay
12. Brandon Pettigrew
13. Jeff Cumberland
14. Kyle Rudolph
15. Tyler Eifert
16. Jared Cook
17. Jermaine Gresham
18. Andrew Quarless
19. Rob Housler
20. Scott Chandler
21. Brandon Myers
22. Zach Miller

Saturday, October 26, 2013

2013 FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

With the season approaching the midpoint, here is a look at the updated fantasy football running back rankings.

1.  Jamaal Charles:  Continues to be a monster in each and every game.  Just stay healthy pal.
2.  Matt Forte:  Has now firmly passed McCoy and is aiming for Charles.  What a season. 
3.  LeSean McCoy:  Could he be tiring a bit?  Numbers noticeably down since the end of September.
4.  Marshawn Lynch
5.  Adrian Peterson
6.  Frank Gore:  Continues to churn out the numbers at advanced age.
7.  Knowshon Moreno:  Loading up on the touchdowns in this incredible offense.  Yeah we said from Day 1 this would be the guy for your to own.
8.  Arian Foster:  Another hamstring injury scary but production was terrific until that stumble.
9.  Eddie Lacy:  Rally getting into gear now.  Looks like a keeper. 
10. Ray Rice:  Not getting any consistency going.  Can't be two good games back-to-back.
11. Reggie Bush
12. Darren Sproles:  Same story, different season.  Catches a ton of passes and doesn't run for a ton.
13. Fred Jackson
14. Alfred Morris:  Big danger now that Roy Helu playing more than a little and getting goal-line touches. 
15. Stevan Ridley:  Has to deal with return of Shane Vereen which could hurt his value. 
16. Steven Jackson
17. DeMarco Murray
18. Pierre Thomas
19. Doug Martin:  Will continue to sink depending how long he is out. 
20. Giovani Bernard:  Has not eaten into the playing time of the Law Firm enough. 
21. Ryan Matthews:  Played well the last two games which means he is due to get hurt. 
22. Darren McFadden
23. DeAngelo Williams:  A bit of a comeback season. 
24. Chris Johnson
25. Maurice Jones-Drew
26. Le'Veon Bell
27. Bilal Powell
28. C.J. Spiller
29. Zac Stacy
30. Andre Ellington:  Get this kid more touches please. 
31. Brandon Jacobs
32. Willis McGahee:  Is clearly finished as a quality running back.







FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: 'HAWKS WR PERCY HARVIN (HIP) OUT FOR WEEK 8

                                             

Despite anticipation to the contrary, Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin has been ruled out for Week 8 as he continued to make his way back from hip surgery.  Having has been practicing with the team for almost two weeks now and could now be pointed to a possible Week 9 return.

Analysis:  Listen we knew this would be a long wait for Harvin to get back and when he first had the surgery some talk was that he would not play again until 2014 so anything we get out of him is a bonus.  Harvin stands a decent chance of playing again in Week 9 so we will revisit this during next week.

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

Here are the wide receiver rankings for fantasy football Week 8 based on opposing matchups.

1.  Calvin Johnson
2.  Dez Bryant
3.  A.J. Green
4.  Jordy Nelson
5.  Demaryuis Thomas
6.  Wes Welker
7.  DeSean Jackson
8.  Victor Cruz
9.  Antonio Brown
10. Pierre Garcon
11. Eric Decker
12. Justin Blackmon
13. Larry Fitzgerald
14. Marques Colston
15. Harry Douglas
16. Anquan Boldin
17. Jarrett Boykin
18. Cecil Shorts
19. Josh Gordon
20. Terrance Williams
21. Reuben Randle
22. Stevie Johnson
23. Hakeem Nicks
24. Denarius Moore
25. Mike Wallace
26. Michael Floyd
27. Danny Amendola
28. Brian Hartline
29. Dwayne Bowe
30. Golden Tate
31. Greg Jennings
32. Kris Durham
33. Jeremy Kerley
34. Julian Edelman
35. Stephen Hill
36. Kenbrell Thompkins
37. Sidney Rice

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

Here are the running back rankings for fantasy football Week 8 based on opposing matchups.

1.  Jamaal Charles
2.  Marshawn Lynchs
3.  LeSean McCoy
4.  Knowshon Moreno
5.  Adrian Peterson
6.  Frank Gore
7.  Eddie Lacy
8.  Fred Jackson
9.  Reggie Bush
10. Stevan Ridley
11. Le'Veon Bell
12. Darren McFadden
13. Darren Sproles
14. Alfred Morris
15. DeMarco Murray
16. Pierre Thomas
17. Steven Jackson
18. Giovani Bernard
19. Zac Stacy
20. Roy Helu Jr.
21. Lamar Miller
22. Chris Ivory
23. Peyton Hillis
24. Maurice Jones-Drew
25. Willis McGahee
26. Jacquizz Rodgers
27. Joquie Bell
28. Bilal Powell
29. C.J. Spiller
30. Andre Ellington

Friday, October 25, 2013

THE FANTASY SPORTS BOSS 2014 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT GUIDE TOP SLEEPERS EXCERPT

*******AS WE REPORTED EARLIER, WE ARE ALREADY HARD AT WORK ON THE 2014 FANTASY SPORTS BOSS FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT GUIDE:  PRE-FREE AGENCY EDITION.  THIS IS OUR EARLY LOOK AT THE UPCOMING SEASON FOR THOSE LIKE US WHO DON'T THINK FANTASY BASEBALL IS OVER AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.  BELOW IS A SMALL EXCEPRT OF THE "TEN BURNING QUESTIONS" SECTION FOR THE NEW SEASON BY ERIC C. WRIGHT.  BE SURE TO RESERVE YOUR COPY BY USING THE BUY NOW TAB AT THE TOP OF THE HOMEPAGE BELOW THE PICTURE OF THE GUIDE.  WE WILL SHIP THE GUIDE RIGHT OUT WHEN IT IS READY TO GO SOMETIME IN NOVEMBER.  ALREADY OVER 70 COPIES RESERVED SO BE SURE TO GET YOURS TODAY.*********
2014 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPERS

By Michael Keneski

Sleepers.  Just the term itself conjures up the image of fantasy baseball owners climbing over one another at a draft table in order to procure the services of the next great hitter or pitcher.  Oftentimes we fall prey to overinflating the values of some of these players and the bust potential can be very high.  However in order to cut down on the chances of things going terribly wrong, the following players who made the cut for the 2014 Fantasy Sports Boss Sleeper List are guys who stand the best chance of outperforming their draft position and supply some sizable bang for the draft day bucks.

Matt Adams:  We already went over this some in the Ten Burning Questions section so no need to be repetitive.  Adams has a thunderous bat that could easily jump to the 30 home run range this season with a bunch of RBI thrown in.  Makes for a perfect UTIL or CI bat with vast upside.

Jonathan Lucroy:  It is always a great idea to look for value at catcher instead of reaching early in the draft for one.  Along those lines we strongly recommended the underrated Lucroy before last season and all he did was post a career year by hitting .280 with 18 home runs and 82 RBI.  He even tossed in 9 stolen bases for good measure.  What is interesting though is that the fantasy baseball community has not come around on Lucroy yet based on early ADP's as they go into their "let's see you do it again" mode.  That just means Lucroy makes the sleeper list for a second year in a row.  A terrific investment. 

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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 FRIDAY INJURY REPORT: JIMMY GRAHAM HEADED FOR A GAME-TIME DECISION

                                             

Friday is here and as always there are a ton of key injuries to talk about when it comes to fantasy football Week 8.  Let's get to it.

-New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is headed for a game-time decision due to ongoing issues with his foot injury.  Graham is officially listed as "questionable" due to the foot he hurt back in Week 6.  Despite having a bye week the next week, Graham has not practiced all week due to the foot.  Obviously Graham's potential absence would be as big as it gets when it comes to fantasy football purposes and right now if we'd have to guess, the thinking is that he will be out.  Stay tuned.

-Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe sat out practice Friday due to sore groin.  Bowe was very limited in Thursday's practice which apparently is when he hurt the groin.  With Bowe suffering the injury so late in the week, Bowe could be in serious jeopardy of missing the game.  That means Donnie Avery would draw the coverage of ace CB Joe Haden.

-The Denver Broncos will not dress RB Ronnie Hillman Sunday due to ongoing fumbling issues.  That means Knowshon Moreno will continue to dominate carries and rookie Montee Ball will spell him on occasion.

-Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush sat out practice Friday with a sore knee but he has been listed a probable to play.  Bush himself said he sat only for precautionary reasons.  While Bush has run hot and cold, he remains a low end RB 1.

-Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall is unlikely to play Sunday due to a nagging toe injury.  Mendenhall sat out practice Friday and that means Andre Ellington will get the majority of work Sunday.  This is a potentially big moment for Ellington who has clearly outplayed Mendenhall all season but has lagged behind in the amount of carries. 

-New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola has passed all of the NFL concussion protocols and is in line to play Sunday.  Amendola has missed five games already this season with a groin injury and the concussion.  Push down the value of Aaron Dobson a bit with Amendola's return.

-As we already reported, it is not looking like Green Bay Packers WR James Jones will play Sunday due to the leg injury he suffered in Week 6.  Jarred Boykin will continue to start in his place and is a sneaky good play going forward.

-New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs is likely to miss his second straight game with the hamstring injury he suffered Week 6.  That means new signee Peyton Hillis will get the majority of snaps.  Hillis can catch the football so he carries some value in PPR formats given the heavy bye week.

-Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson is in line to return Sunday from the hamstring injury that has kept him out since the beginning of the season.  Despite being somewhat limited in practice this past week, Jackson is ready to push Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers to the wire.

-Fellow Falcon Roddy White will sit out his second straight game with a hamstring injury.  That means Harry Douglas is ready to put up a second straight big game.  White meanwhile has been a colossal fantasy football bust. 

-Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is doubtful to play Sunday due to ongoing problems with his ankle injury.  Spiller has been hobbled by the ankle for over a month and his season has been pathetic.  Fred Jackson will continue to get the majority of work in the backfield this week.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 QB RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 8 QB rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Drew Brees
2.  Peyton Manning
3.  Aaron Rodgers
4.  Matthew Stafford
5.  Tony Romo
6.  Robert Griffin III
7.  Russell Wilson
8.  Michael Vick
9.  Matt Ryan
10. Tom Brady
11. Colin Kaepernick
12. Eli Manning
13. Ben Roethlisberger
14. Andy Dalton
15. Carson Palmer
16. Alex Smith
17. Ryan Tannehill
18. Terrelle Pryor
19. Thaddeus Lewis
20. Chad Henne
21. Christian Ponder
22. Geno Smith
23. Kellen Clemens
24. Jason Campbell

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY PANTHERS/BUC'S

The game was awful as expected as the Panthers romped.  Let's check out the fantasy football news that came out of the game.

-Once again it took Cam Newton a month to get into the swing of things but the results now are sweet.  Newton was locked in Thursday night in throwing for two touchdowns and 221 yards.  Perhaps even more nice to see was Newton scoring a rushing touchdown on 50 yards on the ground.  Surely the Buc's are among the more accommodating teams defensively in fantasy football but the results have been good awhile now.  Newton's owners are now benefitting from their patience but they might be digging out of an early win-loss hole.

-I tell you what I really like what I have seen out of Mike Glennon so far.  Clearly he is a work in progress but his arm is big-time and his touch was not terrible.  Sure he missed some open guys but Glennon threw for 275 yards with 1 TD and no INT's despite having to throw on almost every down in the second half.  Next season he could be useful.

-Fellow rookie, running back Mike James looked good himself in rushing for 39 yards on 10 carries but his workload was limited due to the fact the Buc's fell behind so early.  He did catch 4 passes for 25 yards so he passes the PPR smell test.  Still I wouldn't start him unless your desperate.

On the other side DeAngelo Williams rushed for a touchdown and 43 yards on only 8 carries.  He showed nice burst on the touchdown and on another sidelines dash.  Meanwhile Mike Tolbert caught four passes out of the backfield for 29 yards and a touchdown.  I have always like Tolbert but signing as a free agent with Carolina and their multi-headed backfield stunted his growth.  Jonathan Stewart is expected back soon as well so no one here is worth starting.

-In the receiving game, Vincent Jackson was lucky to collect a few garbage time receptions as he grabbed 5 balls for 79 yards.  It wasn't looking good early on as Jackson was quiet and had a few drops but he rallied.  Meanwhile Tim Wright is asking to be picked up as he grabbed 5 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.  There is sneaky value to be had here and Wright is the rare fantasy football option who qualifies at both tight end and receiver.  Wright has his best value obviously at the much more shallow tight end spot which is where you should play him.  Those who own Jermichael Finley should check this out if they missed out on Jordan Reed.

How about Ted Ginn Jr. catching 5 passes for 80 yards?  Guy still has his speed but this was likely a one-game deal.  Steve Smith was locked up with Darrell Revis which gave other guys chances.  Smith was lucky to catch 4 passes for 42 yards. 

There you have it.  As always let us know your thoughts.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

RYAN STEELE THURSDAY NIGHT NFL LEAN: PANTHERS/BUC'S

Carolina Panthers (-7) VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS:  Boy things are really hitting the gutter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Greg Schiano.  Doug Marting is out anywhere from a month to the season which means there will be a rookie QB in Mike Glennon and a rookie RB in Mike James starting.  Meanwhile the Panthers are playing their best football of the season right now and Cam Newton is hot.  This is a big spread for the Thursday night game since the home team has covered at a very high clip but you have to really be grasping at straws to find anything to recommend with Tampa Bay.  Yield the points and watch something else.  THE PICK:  Carolina Panthers (-7)

FANTASY SPORTS BOSS 2014 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT GUIDE SAMPLE: TEN BURNING QUESTIONS FOR 2014

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2014 FANTASY BASEBALL TEN BURNING QUESTIONS

By Eric C. Wright

Each new fantasy baseball season brings with it a whole new series of questions that need answered as we aim to draw up our annual framework for future success.  While we don't have nearly the book space to answer the thousands of inquiries we get each and every season, we do have an idea of what some of the more common themes are.  With that said here are Tem Burning Questions that demand your answers before the 2014 season gets underway.

1.  Q:  Same first question as last season:  Mike Trout or Miguel Cabera for the top pick?
A:  Last season we held the same argument in this very space and we ultimately decided that Trout was the way to go.  While this same debate is so incredibly close and one where you can't go wrong either way, we will flip to the other side for 2014 and go with Detroit's Cabrera.  If you were to compare the numbers, Cabrera comes out on top in three of the five standard ROTO hitting categories (HR, RBI, average) and is close to a wash in a fourth (runs).  Where Trout gets a big advantage is obviously in stolen bases which many will use as the reason for picking the Angels outfielder first.  However Cabrera blows away Trout in home runs AND RBI and be aware that stolen bases are in extreme abundance in today's game due to the emphasis on smallball in this pitching era which puts things into a different perspective when looking at that category.  Home runs however are becoming a precious commodity and getting 40-plus from ANYONE is very scare nowadays.  Finally keep in mind Cabera hit only one home run in September due to injury which affected his swing.  If Cabrera had maintained his health, the numbers would have been even more insane.  So ultimately when you combine Cabrera's home runs with the crazy number of RBI that go along with it and a batting-title average, it becomes very clear the slugger is the pick.

2.  Q:  Who makes up the first 12 picks of a standard mixed league ROTO draft?
A:  With Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout already established as the top two picks, in a standard mixed ROTO league, in our opinion the other ten names to make up round 1 should include Andrew McCutchen, Adam Jones, Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Davis, Robinson Cano, Carlos Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Edwin Encarnacion, and Clayton Kershaw.  Some will debate the inclusion of Puig off just his rookie year, as spectacular as it was.  However that didn't stop us from making Mike Trout a first rounder and that turned out fine.  Sure Puig wasn't as good as Trout but he was still amazing for a rookie and who possesses  the very valuable power/speed game we all want.  Encarnacion meanwhile will draw some debate as well but he shouldn't be argued much when you break down the numbers.  This is a guy who would have sailed past the 40-home run mark for the second year in a row if he didn't get injured late and who carries eligibility at both first base and now third.  We wouldn't ever take a pitcher in Round 1 but we included Kershaw given how incredible an ace he is and for those who just can't resist that draft mistake.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BILLS RB C.J. SPILLER (ANKLE) LIKELY OUT SUNDAY

                                            
  
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is likely to sit out Sunday due to ongoing problems with his sprained ankle.  Spiller admitted this past week he is still feeling pain in the ankle which is why he got only six carries for 11 yards this past Sunday.  Fred Jackson would start in his place despite the fact he too has been limited with a sore knee. 

Analysis:  It only gets worse for Spiller and his fantasy football owners.  At this point I would actually consider cutting him.  Seriously.  It has gotten that bad for horrific fantasy football bust.  Remember we told you all not to go there but some just don't listen. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: SAINTS TIGHT END JIMMY GRAHAM (FOOT) MISSES PRACTICE AGAIN THURSDAY, LOOKING MORE AND MORE IFFY FOR SUNDAY

                                              

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham missed practice again Thursday with continued foot issues stemming from the team's Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots.  Graham has yet to practice this week and head coach Sean Payton admitted things are not looking so good right now as far as his availability for Sunday. 

Analysis:  It is looking like the all-important Friday practice will determine if Graham can go Sunday.  His loss would be as big as it gets since he is putting up WR 1 numbers and is a touchdown machine.  Check back tomorrow to see if Graham gets on the field.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: PATS ADD QB TOM BRADY TO INJURY REPORT WITH SHOULDER SORENESS

                                                 

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was added to the injury report Thursday with what the team is calling a shoulder "injury."  Brady apparently was a bit limited in practice Thursday but is fully expected to start Sunday.

Analysis:  Nothing to discuss here.  Brady is fine and he will start.  The bigger issue is the fact Brady only has 8 passing touchdowns on the season, with two of the last three games being a big ZERO in that department.  Clearly Brady has been hampered by a horrid receiving situation but with Rob Gronkowski back and Danny Amendola possibly returning this week, things are looking up. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BUC'S TARGETING WEEK 11 FOR DOUG MARTIN (SHOULDER) RETURN

                                            

Despite initial reports he would be out for the season, the Tampa Bay Buc's team brass believe RB Doug Martin could be back for Week 11 despite a torn labrum in his shoulder.  Martin himself told the media on Thursday that he himself was aiming for a Week 10 return.  At this point the plan if for Martin to begin a strengthening program in order to get the shoulder ready for the pounding of playing.  Any setback would be an instant shut down for the season.

Analysis:  It looks like the Buc's are serious about trying to get Martin back which is pointless since the team is still winless and we are already in Week 8.  This is at least a sliver of good news for Martin's fantasy football owners.  At least the ones who haven't cut him yet.  He still a very long way to go in order to even think about returning so stash him until we hear more. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: PACK WR JAMES JONES (LEG) OUT SUNDAY

                                             

Green Bay Packers WR James Jones admitted Wednesday he is not likely to play on Sunday due to lingering issues with the leg injury he suffered back in Week 6.  Jarred Boykin would once again start in Jones' place if he can't go.  A team official close to the team than confirmed later on that Jones was OUT.

Analysis:  This what I thought would happen all along.  Those who smartly grabbed Boykin get at least another week of potentially big time production.  In fact Boykin and Nelson are pretty much all the Packers have left with Jermichael Finley out also.

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BRETT FAVRE TURNS DOWN OFFER FROM RAMS

                                                

The St. Louis Rams reportedly offered a contract to retired QB Brett Favre for the remainder of the season as a possible fill-in for injured starter Sam Bradford. 

Analysis:  Wow.  Even at 44-years-old I think Favre could do a better job than either Kellen Clemens or Brady Quinn.  Shocking that Favre turned it down since he loves having his name out there but this should once and for all end speculation about whether he will ever come back.  The fact the Rams even made this call shows you the utter lack of QB depth around the league.