Fantasy Matchups

2013 Fantasy Matchups - Broncos vs Ravens

Hey fantasy footballers yes it’s me again ‘THE FANTASY TYPHOON’ here to bring you yet another league dominating article. This time we are ready for some real football. It’s here! It’s that time again! YES! This Thursday September 5th we kick off on the 2013 NFL season. This is a weekly series that will give you an edge on the competition, while giving you a window into the NFL. Let’s go!





What better way to kick off the season than giving us a 2013 version of the 2012 NFL Divisional playoffs. Yes, look for Peyton Manning to prove that he still has what it takes to make this team great this year. We look for the Broncos to come out firing the ball all over the place making this a hard game for the Ravens to stay competitive in. They are not the type of offense that likes to participate in shootouts. The defense of the Ravens have not jelled together enough to be able to contain this matchup.


Fantasy Starters - “Denver” – Look for Manning, Demariyus Thomas, Welker, and Decker to have good games but don’t forget the new threat in Julius Thomas. Denver has swiped the New England playbook from last year and are going to take advantage of the Welker factor this year. Don’t be afraid to start Julius if you are having trouble in your TE position for your deep rosters. Denver DST could create a turnover but not what you are looking for. Certainly if you have no choice then start them. Now this muddy backfield is a guess at best. Ronnie Hillman is expected to start but I don’t expect him to be in there for long. Then they have the option of bringing in Montee Ball but will they trust this season to a rookie. Remember that Denver is in a super bowl or bust mode. They don’t have time to babysit. This leaves us with Knowshon Moreno. While he is not a special player he is the most skilled of the three. I participate in a deep league and I am trotting Knowshown out there for me in my flex position.

Peyton Manning – 300+/4+

Fantasy Football Matchups: Raiders vs. Chargers

Author: Chris Dale



oak_logo-50x50sd_logo-50x50Oakland at San Diego


Carson Palmer obviously took advantage of the bye week to get more familiar with the playbook and the offense as a whole.  He threw three TDs, but also threw three INTs.  Palmer could be worth picking up if you need a week 11 bye-week fill in, but this is not the week to start him.  The Chargers defense is actually pretty decent.  Aaron Rodgers made them look silly last week, but Rodgers can do that to just about any defense.  Darrius Heyward-Bey, after catching five passes for 89 yards last game, had zero catches, so it’s hard to trust anyone in the Raiders passing game.  Two of Palmer’s TD passes went to RBs who usually don’t catch many passes.  Jacoby Ford led the team with five receptions for 105 yards, but last week had just two catches for 13 yards.  Michael Bush ran well in Darren McFadden’s absence and looks like he will get the start again this week.  Not the easiest matchup this week, but he is an every-down back, and should go over 15 carries again this week.


Mike Tolbert, getting the start over an injured Ryan Mathews, played great, breaking tackles and piling up the yards against a very strong GB rush defense.  Mathews is questionable to return this week, so Tolbert is a fantastic play this week if Mathews can’t go.  Oakland has been horrible against the run, and I could easily see Tolbert approach 200 total yards from scrimmage.  Vincent Jackson finally woke up last week, after a few dormant games.  Malcolm Floyd is probably going to be a game-time decision, so Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates would be in for another big week if Floyd can’t go.  Phillip Rivers might be kept under 300 yards this game, simply because of how easy it is to run on Oakland, but should have a solid game.  If Tim Tebow can throw for two TDs against the Raiders, I think Rivers can do the same.

Week 9 Fantasy Football Matchups

Author: Chris Dale


Injures, injuries, injuries.  Lots of game time decisions for you this week.  Aren’t those just your favorite???  Here is your weekly breakdown of the fantasy football matchups for week 9.

Note: (?) indicates injury


sea_logo-50x50dal_logo-50x50Seattle at Dallas


The frustration in Seattle continues to grow.  Tavaris Jackson was visibly ticked off after almost every series last week.  In spite of that, he did throw for over 300 yards, completing 21 of 40 pass attempts, along with one completion to the Bengals.  Both Sidney Rice and Ben Obomanu went over 100 yards, and waiver favorite Doug Baldwin had 73 yards.  Rice is the WR to own, getting by far the most targets and receptions.  Baldwin and Obomanu could be bye-week fillers for your team this week, because the Seahawks will have to throw early and often against the Cowboys.  Marshawn Lynch eked out a decent fantasy day with a goal-line score, but 16 carries for 24 yards is just sad.  And even though Dallas gave up 185 yards to LeSean McCoy last week, Dallas still has an elite rushing defense, and Lynch is nowhere near as talented as McCoy.  It pains me that I just had to put McCoy and Lynch in the same sentence.  Sorry Shady, I promise to not disrespect you like that ever again!


After his record-setting day in St. Louis, you knew that DeMarco Murray was going to be somewhat disappointing next week.  Truth be told, it was really the coaches fault.  Murray ran for 74 yards on just eight carries.  Had he been given the ball more, 100 yards and score seems easily achievable.  This week he faces a strong Seahawks rush defense, his toughest matchup by far in his short time as a starter.  Another sub-100 yard game should be in store.  Tony Romo, Miles Austin, and Dez Bryant on the other hand, should be incredibly excited for their matchups.  The difference between the Eagles and Seahawks corners is night and day.  I would not be surprised in the least if both went for over 75 yards and a TD.  Jason Witten and Laurent Robinson should also get in on the action.  However, I don’t advise picking up Robinson.  He is a good talent, but his numbers last week (103 yards, TD) were a result of Austin and Bryant being completely shut down, which will not happen again until the Cowboys play Philly again week 16.


Winner: Dallas

Week 8 Fantasy Football Matchups

Author: Chris Dale


Well, I’m back after a brief, one-week hiatus, but I can’t say I have good news for you.  Week 7 was brutal, with several key players going down with injuries, some for the remainder of the year.  Here is some help in sorting through the carnage, and hopefully helping you overcome both injuries and bye weeks to take your team to the top!

Note: (?) denotes injury, and uncertain to play this week.


mia_logo-50x50nyg_logo-50x50Miami at NY Giants


The NY Giants claim that their defense is back to full strength.  This spells trouble for the struggling Dolphins.  Brandon Marshall has been frustrating owners all year.  He puts up serviceable numbers each week, but always leaves lots of points on the table.  Last week he lost himself a TD by unnecessarily going out of bounds.  My advice: start him, but don’t watch the game unless you feel like screaming at your TV.  Daniel Thomas, if his hamstring holds up, looks to be a decent play against a Giants defense that has given up the 10th most points to RBs this year.  However, it should be noted that the Giants focused on rush defense during the bye.  It’s hard to get excited about any other Miami skill player (Matt Moore, Davone Bess, Reggie Bush, Anthony Fasano).  Fasano did score last week, but the Giants have been rock solid against TEs.


Coming off a bye week, Eli Manning’s receiving core should be back to full strength.  This week should tell us if Mario Manningham can start producing like last year, or if the concussion he suffered earlier in the year will have lingering effects on his concentration.  Hakeem Nicks is always a must-start, and Victor Cruz is still targeted often by Manning.  Brandon Jacobs is back from a sprained knee, but will probably be given limited carries as he tests his strength again.  Ahmad Bradshaw owners should be able to enjoy one more week of not having to worry about Jacobs vulturing goal line touches.  Jake Ballard has scored in two of the past three games, and Miami has not had much luck defending the TE position, so Ballard makes a great fill for Jermichael Finley/Tony Gonzalez owners.


Winner: NY Giants




***** n/a

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*** Brandon Marshall, Daniel Thomas

** Davone Bess, Reggie Bush

* Matt Moore, Anthony Fasano



Fantasy Football Matchups: Week 6

Author: Chris Dale


Expect the unexpected.  The NFL is just so unpredictable; it’s what makes it so great for the fans, and so frustrating for fantasy football players.  The top scoring WR and RB (in standard, non-PPR leagues) are both un-drafted players (Wes Welker and Fred Jackson).  Every week players come out of nowhere to deliver huge games (Jackie Battle, Jonathan Dwyer) and big names come up short (Brandon Lloyd, Darren McFadden, Larry Fitzgerald, Stevie Johnson, just to name a few).  Here is this week’s matchup based predictions, including who will win each game (9-4 last week).  As always, comments are encouraged.


jac_logo-50x50pit_logo-50x50Jacksonville at Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh came back in a big way against Tennessee, once again looking like a playoff team.  They did so without Rashard Mendenhall and James Harrison.  Mendenhall could be back this week, but Coach Mike Tomlin has said it will depend on how practice goes this week.  If he can’t go, Isaac Redman should get the start, but may end up splitting carries with a college favorite of mine, Jonathan Dwyer, who ran for 107 yards last week.  Big Ben scored the 2nd most fantasy points playing with an injured foot.  Don’t expect nearly as many points this week, but he is still a good start.  Mike Wallace is a must-play each week, averaging over 100 yards a game, and has 3 TD catches over 5 games.  Hines Ward and Heath Miller both had great games last week, but their production this season has been pretty poor, as this was the first week that either of them scored a TD.  Jacksonville has allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to TEs, so you could justify playing him this week.


I’ll make this quick.  Start Maurice Jones-Drew.  Remove all other Jaguars from your fantasy roster.  Immediately.


Winner: Pittsburgh




***** Maurice Jones-Drew

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***** Mike Wallace

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*** Rashard Mendenhall (?), Ben Roethlisberger

** Heath Miller, Isaac Redman

* Hines Ward, Jonathan Dwyer, Antonio Brown