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Dear Mr Fantasy….Week 4

// October 1st, 2011 // 8 Comments » // Uncategorized

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First things first.

It is no secret to anyone who reads this site that I’m a Patriots fan.  This immutable fact probably forces you to not like me very much.  But despite my unfortunate upbringing, I’m capable of giving credit where credit is due.

CONGRATS TO THE BUFFALO BILLS AND THEIR FANS!!

You guys beat the Patriots at their own game, and exposed what I had feared was a fatal flaw of the team in the off season.  It’s easy to forget that we don’t have a pass rush when Tom Brady is throwing the ball all over the shop.  But the Bills were able to move the ball at will because the Patriots couldn’t get to Fitzpatrick.

That is taking no credit away from the Bills offense, which is for real, or Fitzpatrick, who I had bad mouthed in the offseason and who is far better, and tougher, than 80% of the NFL’s QBs.  There are 32 teams in the league, so that means I have Fitzpatrick above all but 7 NFL signal callers right now. (Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Rivers, Vick, Schaub, and Ryan.  I would have to put Fitzpatrick and Roethlisburger at 8A and 8B)

The Bills are 3-0, in sole possession of first place, and deserve credit for both.

Good luck this week in Cincy.  Should be a cakewalk.

What? What do you mean jinxed?

Bills fans aren’t fatalistic, pessimistic, or superstitious, so they don’t buy into that, right?

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After three weeks I find myself 1-2, due in large part to Gronkowski and Welker blowing up last week.  I lost in fantasy because two players on my favorite team had career days in a losing effort.  Ugh.

This week I plan on starting;

QB - Rivers.  Had really high hopes for Rivers this year.  He has underachieved so badly that I considered shopping him, but patience won out.  I still think he has a monster season left in him, and who better to bring it out than the Dolphins.

RB - McFadden.  Third week in a row (Rivers vs Pats, Me vs Welker/Gronkowski) that my fantasy interests have butted heads with my real life interests.  Patriots fan or not, I’d have to be all hopped up on goofballs not to start McFadden this week.

81707359HH024_SAN_DIEGO_CHAWR - Malcolm Floyd.  I dropped Roy Williams in favor of Floyd, who won’t officially join my team until Saturday.  If the waiver request doesn’t go through, like the one I tried last week with Jahvid Best, then I will be starting AJ Green here.

WR - Mike Williams.  has to be due for a breakout game, doesn’t he?

Flex - Tim Hightower.  Been steady Eddie so far (averaging just over 13 points per game) and I think he goes off against a Rams team that will have a hard time moving the ball.

TE - Scott Chandler.  Chandler agains the Pats is a better option than a banged up Pettigrew against the Cowboys.

K - Drum roll……….Neil Rackers

D - Baltimore.  Sanchez should be good for a fumble, and an interception or two.

The Clap

Matt Ryan.  On the road against Seattle doesn’t seem like the right recipe to get the Falcons offense on track.  I expect a heavy dose of Michael Turner this week which means you should sit Ryan.

Devery Henderson.  Had a couple big weeks with Lance Moore and Marques Colston on the shelf.  Production slipped drastically with Moore back in last week.  Would only start in three WR leagues or if dealing with injuries.

Rashard Mendenhall.  Houston should put up lots of points, even against the Steelers.  That means Pittsburgh could have to abandon the running game early.

Sleepers

Malcolm Floyd.  Big, big week for the Chargers offense means you should try and get Floyd into your lineup.  I did.

Delone Carter.  Colts are 0-3.  The path to 1-3 doesn’t begin with Curtis Painter throwing the ball 35 times.  Could be a big day for the rookie RB.

DeaMarco Murray.  With Austin out, and Dez Bryant questionable, the Cowboys know they will need to run the ball in order to keep Tony Romo protected against Suh and the rest of the Lions D.  That bodes well for any Dallas RB.

Good luck in Week 4 everyone.  Enjoy the weekend.

—–Corey

Weekend Recap: The Dummy Edition

// September 19th, 2011 // 7 Comments » // Uncategorized

box_g_mayweather_ortiz_b5_300Floyd Mayweather is not a likable guy.

It is a fact that HBO has used to propel 24-7 to one of the most entertaining sports programs on TV today, and to make sure we are all interested in his next fight. Take underdog A, paint him as a hard working guy who is loyal to those around him, and who is genuinely hungry for a shot, and match him up with Mayweather, who except for working his ass off, shares nothing in common with the likable challenger.

It worked with De La Hoya, Hatton, Marquez, and Mosely.

24-7 is great TV, but it is also a genius marketing tool that helps them sell a fight that has one deep, dark secret that they don’t want you to know. It is a complete mismatch.

In the case of Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz, it was even more of a mismatch because Money Mayweather is the smartest, craftiest fighter on the planet, and Ortiz is a dummy.

Ortiz would have to be a dummy to stand there in front of a trained assassin with his hands down, right?

Now, I understand it was a terrible way to end a fight, but let’s be clear. The blame for that goes directly onto Ortiz’s shoulders, not Mayweather’s. Ok, so maybe a little should fall on Joe Cortez for not even paying attention to the fighters after he called time in, but he didn’t have gloves on. Ortiz did.

If an NFL QB gets hurt on the first play of the game, does the other team say, ‘Shit guys, he’s hurt, maybe we shouldn’t blitz any more’?

In a basketball game, if the guy who’s guarding you turns an ankle, do you stop trying to score?

Boxing is a violent sport where both men are trying to literally punch the other unconscious. Protecting yourself should be the top priority. Victor Ortiz’s top priorities were head butting a guy who was beating his ass, kissing him in order to apologize, then wandering around the fight like a deer in headlights waiting for a car to come along.

Mayweather’s left hook was like a Mack truck driving towards him with the lights on, and the horn blaring. It wasn’t dirty. It wasn’t a cheap shot. It was smart. The straight right that followed was merely a Honda Civic that rolled over the carnage after the fact. Ortiz was already out on his feet.

Victor Ortiz is a talented fighter, but showed on Saturday that he is too dumb to be a great boxer.

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The Baltimore Ravens were dumb enough to think that they could beat the Tennessee Titans with the box score from their Week 1 victory against Pittsburgh.

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Michael Vick probably feels like a dummy, or at least will once he’s a bit less concussed, for taunting the Atlanta fans on Sunday night.  Pointing at the scoreboard when the game isn’t over yet, is pretty dumb, even for a guy who murdered puppies.

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NFL offensive Player FootballI’ve been hearing it for years.

Tom Brady is only good because of the system, and if he played on another team he wouldn’t be a top 5 QB.

For all the dummies out there who will consistently bash Brady, I submit the following;

Right now, with Manning on the shelf, here is my top 5, in terms of who is the best QB. Rodgers. Brees. Brady. Rivers. Tie Vick/Roethlisburger.

Rodgers is the best natural athlete, other than Vick, and the most complete QB in terms of the skills needed to play the position. Brees is the most accurate passer in the league, and second only to Manning in terms of football IQ. But if I had one game to win, and could pick any QB to win it, I’m picking Brady.

Every QB plays in a system. Sure the Colts wouldn’t even be a playoff team without Manning.  But he created his offense, so would he put up the same numbers in a brand new system with the Cleveland Browns WRs to throw to?

Rodgers has the best arsenal of weapons in the league, and Brees has built his team’s offense with head coach Sean Payton. It took Brees leaving San Diego, and joining up with Payton, for him to be considered an elite QB, so why isn’t he considered a ‘system’ QB?

And for all of you out there waiting to make the point that the Patriots won eleven games without Brady, and that any QB could thrive in that system, Matt Cassell lead his team to the playoffs last year. The guy is no slouch.

I also don’t recall Belichick having a ton of success as an ‘offensive genius’ before Brady.

You ask Quentin Tarantino about movies like Pulp Fiction, and the Kill Bill series, and he will openly say that they couldn’t have been as good without Uma Thurman in them. Saying that Thurman is a one dimensional actress who can only be good in Tarantino movies downplays the synergy that they have together. The chemistry brings out the best in both of them. Thurman played those roles better than anyone else could.

So why should Brady be punished for the fact that he is better at his job, which is executing a system, than anyone else?

The fact of the matter is that he doesn’t play on another team, and we can’t hypothetical put him and Manning on different teams to see what would happen.

I’ve seen Manning and Brees lose games for their teams. Manning against the Patriots last season threw a horrible interception with the game on the line, and has blown it so many times that there is a ‘Peyton Manning face’, that is assigned to losers who choke on the biggest stage.

Brees, with his team unable to run the ball, threw over twenty interceptions last year. One could make the argument that when everything was focused on him, he played his worst.

Regardless of systems, I have seen Brady lead his team to more wins than any other QB in the league today. Anyone who quibbles about his ability, and his deserved place at the top of the QB mountain, is a dummy.

I don’t want my team to have the most exciting offense, the most efficient offense, or the most precise offense. I want my team to win. That’s why there is no one I would rather have leading my team, for one game, than Tom Brady, because above all else, he is a winner.

——Corey

Dear Mr. Fantasy….Week 1 Recap

// September 13th, 2011 // 5 Comments » // Uncategorized

Oakland Raiders Darren McfaddenGoing into the Monday Night games I was fifteen points behind my brother in our Week 1 matchup. We spent the better part of the night texting back and forth, talking shit as he gave me updates. When I left work, I knew that Ochocinco had failed to earn more than 1.4 points and that McFadden had 13 in the third quarter.

The clock was winding down. I was going to lose.

On the way home I walked by a bar that had the Raiders/Broncos game on TV. It wasn’t over, and there was more points on the board than there had been in my brothers last update.

I still had a chance! Unfortunately I had no internet connection so I was left to speculate until this morning.

The final score was 100.50 to 97.02. McFadden had finished with 16.60 points and I had won.

As my brother said, ‘It was a barn burner.’

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Looking back on Week 1, I made a few mistakes.

ochocinco-patriots-fineI benched Miles Austin in favor of Ochocinco. The rationale had been sound. He was banged up, and likely to face Darell Revis. Plus as we all saw, the Patriots are capable of putting up huge numbers on offense, and it seemed plausible that Ocho would get in on the action. More on that in a minute. But if you were to look at Austin’s numbers, he was aided by a touchdown catch that could have gone either way and to me, looked like it was an interception. So benching him wasn’t as big a mistake as starting Ocho. I should have known that the Patriots would humble their newest WR in their first game.

You don’t come in and run shit on Belichick’s ship. It was a typical Hoodie move. By targeting Ocho three times, he will get to see how the fiery WR responds, whether he is really embracing the whole, ‘team first’ mentality or not. Belichick’s quote after the game proves it,

“It wasn’t a one man band out there. We had lots of contributiuons.”

I’m still glad to have him on my bench, but it may take a few weeks for Ocho to start paying dividends.

The other questionable move, starting RB Tim Hightower over Felix Jones, worked out in my favor. Hightower showed that he has the potential to be a top fantasy RB this year, and Shanahan showed he trusts him enough to give him the chance. Hightower even remained on the field in most goal line situations. Something Skins fans warned might not happen.

So I’m 1-0, and get to brag to my younger brother about something other than being more handsome for a change.

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reggie_wayne-2I had said not to start Reggie Wayne, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Thomas, and Eli Manning.

Wayne had a great game as his team’s only offensive weapon, but Mendenhall had exactly the kind of game I predicted (45 yards, 0 TDs), Mike Thomas managed only 5.5 points, and Eli Manning would have had a sub 10 point day were it not for a 1 yard scramble for a TD in the first quarter.

Whether you listened to Jimmy Dugan, and avoided the clap, or me, and avoided these players…….That’s good advice!

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My sleepers for Week 1 were Ben Tate (who I picked before Foster was officially ruled out), Reggie Bush, Braylon Edwards, and Lance Kendricks.

The Rams are high on Kendricks and I think he will be a solid TE option by Week 10. But right now the guy looks scared of the NFL game, and it’s translating to the drops.

Edwards was also a bust.

However, Bush had nearly a 100 yards and 1 TD, and Tate piled up 116 yards and a TD, so I went 2/4. Chances are however, if you started Edwards or Kendricks it wasn’t the reason you lost, but sticking Tate or Bush in the lineup could have produced a win.

And yes I’m completely aware that I’m rationalizing to make myself look good.

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See you at the end of the week with a look at Week 2.

Dear Mr. Fantasy…..Play a QB?

// August 22nd, 2011 // 5 Comments » // Uncategorized

All week I will be weighing in on who to draft, and who to avoid like the clap, for the 2011 Fantasy Football season.  Once the season starts I will make my team, and weekly decisions public.  That way you can all give me shit for trading Tom Brady for Mike Vick, and then losing to Vick in the playoffs.  Oh wait that was last year….

The Top 10

aaron-rodgers1 – Aaron Rodgers. Adding some weapons, especially speedy WR Randall Cobb, will help, but not as much as having his whole arsenal healthy. Jermichael Finley should rebound from injury, and gives Rodgers a big target in the middle so teams can’t cheat on Jennings.

Where to draft: I’d have a hard time not taking him if he’s still available at 5 or 6. His run in the playoffs last year suggest that his best football may still be ahead of him and QBs are even more valuable with how teams spread out the carries for RBs.

2 – Mike Vick. Lots of talent. Lots of weapons. Might not be quite as effective now that teams have seen him in action, but his legs give him the edge on every other QB in the league, except Rodgers.

Where to draft: If you want him, take him in the first. In most leagues he won’t be around past 10-11.

3 – Matt Schaub. Could end up as the best fantasy QB this year, or he could have another good, not great, season. The guy has the talent, and the weapons, but they have rarely been in the same room for too long. I think this year Schaub figures it out and puts up huge numbers for what will be one of the league’s top offenses.

Where to draft: If you end up with a top player at WR/RB with your first pick, it would be worth taking Schaub in the mid to late second round.

philiprivers34 - Phillip Rivers. Showed last year that he can put up numbers no matter who is catching the ball, and should see a bump in production with Vincent Jackson back in the mix. Think this may finally be the year where he grows up and becomes a leader, and not just his team’s best player.

Where to draft: Anything sooner than the late second round would be a serious reach, but Rivers will produce, and with a shortage of sure things at QB, will definitely be gone before the third round.

5 – Drew Brees. The biggest help Drew Brees got in the abbreviated offseason? Big improvements to the Saints D. Brees is one of the most accurate passers in the league and doesn’t throw a lot of picks. It makes him an attractive option despite not putting up monster numbers.

Where to draft: Depending on how deep your league is, Brees is a great pick for the early third round.

6 – Tom Brady. Coming off one of the best seasons of his career, you would think I would rank Brady a little higher, right? Especially as a Pats fan. Well, it’s possible that I’m undervaluing him in order to throw people off the scent.

Where to draft: Don’t. On second thought, after watching how amazing he looked against the vaunted Bengals D, I put Mark Sanchez in the 6th slot

7 – Ben Roethlisburger. The acquisition of WR Jericho Cotchery will end up being one of the most underrated moves in 2011. Plaxico and Ochocinco may have gotten the headlines, but pairing Cotchery with Mike Wallace and Heinz Ward gives Roethlisburger the best WR corps of his career.

Where to draft: A solid pick at the end of the fourth round. He should be gone by the end of the fifth.

matt-ryan-thumbs-up8 – Matt Ryan. This is a shit or get off the pot year for Matty Ice. Everyone is pushing him down out throats as an elite QB, and now he has to prove it. There is far too much talent lining up next to him. Either he follows in Rodgers footsteps and makes the leap, or he settles into Carson Palmer’s vacant spot as the talented QB who always gets too much credit for being good, and is actually not that good. I think that it will be the former. Julio Jones and Roddy White could make the drummer from Def Leppard a top fantasy QB, and Ryan will have a great year.

Where to draft: If he is still around in the fourth, you should probably take him. He will likely be the best option available if you haven’t addressed QB yet.

9 – Tony Romo. I don’t like it any more than you do but Romo is too talented not to bounce back this year. He has the head coach he always wanted, and an abundance of talent at WR and TE. If he doesn’t come through this year, I say fuck you Tony Romo, I do it with Sam Bradford.

Where to draft: Once Matt Ryan goes, you should look to grab Romo if you haven’t picked a QB yet.

10 – Peyton Manning. The guy always finds a way to get it done but I think this is the year where he finally looks human. Coming into the season a little nicked up, and some talent questions on both side of the ball will make for an average season (Manning’s average is still far better than younger brother Eli’s best) by his lofty standards.

Where to draft: I wouldn’t. Allow other players to waste an early pick on him, while you stockpile WR/RBs. There are comparable options that will be available in later rounds. However, if he’s still available in the fourth/fifth, he is worth the pick.

The Best of the Rest

Kyle Orton. Mediocre in real life. Good in fantasy.

Kevin Kolb. Throws the ball to Larry Fitzgerald.

Josh Freeman. Good QB in real life. Only mediocre in fantasy.

Eli Manning. Great weapons at WR, but will be affected by the loss of TE Kevin Boss and WR Steve Smith. He also loves to throw interceptions. Buyer beware.

detroitlionsvbuffalobillsncmone7xudrlJoe Flacco. Too many weapons around him to not put up points, unless he’s not nearly as good as he would lead us to believe.

Donovan McNabb. Yawn.

Matthew Stafford. Stafford will stay healthy this year, and with the improved Lions D, he should get more opportunities. He has a big arm, and the weapons, to put up solid numbers in 2011. Plus he has Calvin Johnson…Would be a good choice if you have the last pick in the fifth/sixth and the first pick in the following round. Picking two QBs in a row at that point would probably give you your best chance to win. Stafford is the Mendoza Line. After him there aren’t too many options for QBs who you can feel confident about starting week in and week out.

It Takes Two

Sam Bradford. Still a year or two away from being a top ten QB, but like Stafford, would be a great platoon option.

Mark Sanchez. Wears white pants.

Ryan Fitzpatrick. The guy puts up numbers, but he plays for the Bills.

Matt Cassel. A great number two option, but he doesn’t get enough pass attempts to carry your team.

Colt McCoy. Great pick to keep on your bench and use as trade bait once injuries hit. He will be under the radar for most of the year, but down the stretch could prove invaluable.

Matt Hassleback. Best possible scenario? They put Jake Locker’s back into Hassleback.

Avoid the Clap…That’s Good Advice

Anyone on the Dolphins, Anyone on the Raiders, John Beck, Rex Grossman, Tim Tebow, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, Alex Smith, Garrard/Gabbart, Jay Cutler (seriously could you spend a whole year rooting for him?)

Not Now, Not Never.

Tavaris Jackson.

88445_vikings_seahawks_football1——-Corey

***RB rankings coming Tuesday****

BREAKING: Tom Brady Involved In Car ACCIDENT This Morning In Boston UPDATE

// September 9th, 2010 // 4 Comments » // Uncategorized

Early reports out of Boston are that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been injured in a car accident this morning on Commonwealth Ave in Boston.  The crash involved a black Audi with New Jersey plates and a red minivan, and according to early reports Brady’s Bentley.  All  cars were damaged, and the Jaws-of-life were used on the minivan.  Brady reportedly refused to go to this hospital.  It is not yet clear which car Brady was driving…..but I think we can guess.

Update: Apparently the early report from WEEI was incorrect, just two cars involved and Brady was operating the Audi.

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Why I Don’t Worry About The Draft

// March 11th, 2010 // 7 Comments » // Uncategorized

Short and sweet, I don’t put too much stock in the combine or draft.  And not just cause the Bills have dropped the ball for like the last 10 years.  You want proof of how the Draft and Combine can be misleading? Here:

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Case closed.