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Fantasy Football Start Sit - Week 7

Author: Kevin Nelson

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Does anybody else get tired of player/coach interviews? Tom Brady tried to say he didn’t remember whether or not he said anything during the game to Richard Sherman. Jim Harbaugh said in his media interview for his upcoming game, pretty much nothing. The most nondescript interview I’ve ever heard. Until players and coach’s all take more of a Mike Leech approach, and if you don’t know what I mean go Google the new Washington State football head coach and listen to some of his interviews this year, I think the requirements should go down. Is anybody dying to hear Gregg Popovich’s one word answers at the end of the 3rd quarter during NBA games? Postgame coaches’ interviews, want to bet the coach uses the phrase, “we got beat in all three phases”? It happens every week. I hate when the media and the fans blast the people who actually speak the truth.  So until everybody decides to interview like the player formally known as Chad Johnson or a Keyshawn Johnson, I would ask all sports to try and cut back on all of these required interviews. My brain can only take so much mundaneness. What is not mundane however are the match ups for the coming week. Don’t worry folks; I have binders full of players to fill your lineups. Binders. Let’s go.

 

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Josh Freeman vs NO: Freeman finally showed a little something to all of his fantasy owners last week as he carved up the Kansas City Chiefs for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns. Believe it or not, things actually get EASIER this coming week as he gets the New Orleans Saints defense. A group of men who thought dressing up way early as defensive players for Halloween and showing up on Sundays would be funny and alleviate some of the Bounty focus. It didn’t work. Oh well, great news for Freeman owners. Just don’t eat too much candy.

Andy Dalton vs PIT: Everybody get your houses in order as a sign of the end must be near. A start recommendation has been made against the Steelers defense. Yeah, I said it. I feel like the term “Steelers defense” should be retermed like “teelers defense” or “Steelers fense” or something I don’t know yet, because it is just incomplete without Troy Polomalu. Matt Hasslebeck threw for 290 yards last week against them for goodness sakes. Matt Hasslebeck. Do you know how many completions it must take to get 290 yards out of Matt Hasslebecks arm???? (25 in this base but still!) Dalton has topped 300 yards 3 times already this season and is throwing to an AJ Green playing like the best receiver in the league right now.

Other QBs worthy of a start: Mark Sanchez at NE, Tony Romo vs CAR, Andrew Luck vs CLE

 

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Felix Jones at CAR: Demarco Murray is out this week and Felix gets the ball to himself this week. Before this season I had no interest in Felix Jones because I felt like he had been given multiple chances to get it done and failed in every one. That was true. But after watching him run last week when Murray went out of the game, and after seeing what the thought of losing a job has done to both Ahmad Bradshaw and Shonn Greene in recent weeks, I am intrigued by Jones’ chance against a defense giving up the 3rd most points to running backs. Show me whatcha got Felix.

Fantasy Football Start Sit - Week 6

Author: Kevin Nelson

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I swear these teams and players have some nerve. We spend the beginnings of our weeks preparing our rankings, articles, doing our research on trends and stats, all in an effort to bring you the most accurate advice possible. And then news like; Donald Brown has surgery on his knee – out 2-3 weeks. Well, thanks for the heads up! It is a violent game and it should be expected injuries can and will happen at any time so I’m kidding of course, but I more so wanted to get the news out to you as it kind of snuck out of nowhere. Not to mention, no real offense to Donald Brown, but not many people seem to care. Ouch. Regardless, the more important aspect of this news is bye week replacements and those looking for whom to start or sit this week. MJD is on bye, Matt Forte, Cam Newton, and Drew Brees among others. Will William Powell get a shout out? What about newly appointed Vick Ballard? I guess you will just have to find out.

 

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Christian Ponder at WAS: Ponder has been very solid this season in his sophomore campaign and he’s got potential MVP candidate, Percy Harvin, playing on his outside. Ponder has thrown 2 touchdowns in 3 of the 5 games he’s played this season and this week he gets the putrid Washington Redskins pass defense. Every year us fantasy folks look for that one sieve of a defense that we can exploit as a great matchup and it’s looking like we have found it. If your starter has a tough match up, or you are a Brees/Newton owner in a pinch, Ponder should make for a quality option this week.

Andrew Luck at NYJ: Hey, the kid’s hot, sometimes it’s that simple. The Jets have been particularly bad against the run this season, not the pass, but the Colts are calling upon Vick Ballard to carry the load. If the Colts weren’t comfortable giving Brown much work, I don’t foresee them doing it with a guy who couldn’t beat Brown out for the job. I expect the Colts to put the ball in Luck’s hands all game long and watch him go to work against the Jets.

Other QBs worthy of a start: Brandon Wheedon vs CIN, Philip Rivers vs DEN, Ben Roethlisberger at TEN

 

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Fantasy Football Start Sit - Week 5

Author: Kevin Nelson

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Goodness is it really week 5 already? We have passed the quarter mark in the fantasy season and while it’s certainly not desperation time for anybody yet, those of you on the verge of starting  0-5 or 1-4 have got to be feeling a little nervous. The important thing to remember is every situation is different. A 1-3 team could easily be one of the better teams in the league but just had a series of unfortunate match ups. In these cases, trust your team, stay the course and the odds should even you back out. If you find yourself in the position of losing and underperforming on the field, it’s time to use those waiver claims and FAAB dollars to try and make some moves. You have start taking some chances and some risks on a Brian Hartline becoming the next Victor Cruz, because the problem when a team underperforms is they don’t have many trade assets. It is never impossible to make a trade, unless you are in one of those leagues where people act like trading is the equivalent of going to a club that has its lights on all night, but I can be difficult getting value with a team full of slow starters. So you have to work a little harder. Take some buy low risks, pick up those free agents, but most importantly remember we are only four games in and any team is one injury away from disaster or a gold mine. Let’s get you ready for week 5:

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Phillip Rivers at NO: Well its Rivers’ turn to take on the hapless New Orleans Saints defense. Last week the Saints made all of the Aaron Rodgers owners happy by getting him back on track and with the mess at running back in San Diego we should expect Rivers to slang the rock a good amount as well. The Saints defense has given up 40, 35, 27, and 28 points so far this year. Get all of your Chargers’ passing game members in your lineup.

Joe Flacco at KC: Ok so you know who may give a Saints a run for their money in the worst defense category so far. These guys, the Chiefs. If you thought the scoring amount on the Saints was astounding, here are the first four scores against the Chiefs this year: 40, 35, 24, and 37. Three of four games they have given up at least 35 points. Flacco is hot, the Ravens are airing it out, and the Chiefs can’t stop anybody. Well that was easy.

Other QBs worthy of a start: Christian Ponder vs TENN, Andrew Luck vs GB, Kevin Kolb at STL

 

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