Michael J. Igyarto

One Man's Opinion - Start Sit Week 1


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Every week, our FFBLife columnist, Michael J. Igyarto "Iggy" stops by for a Start Em Sit Em column to give his MASSIVE following (believe me, it's real people). Find Iggy on Twitter @windycityiggy

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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

What baffles me is the fact that Ben Roethlisberger is owned in 100% of leagues, but only being started by 25% of teams. It’s understandable if you didn’t draft Big Ben as you’re starting quarterback, but the matchup against the Broncos bodes well for Ben and his passing attack. The Broncos had the 23rd ranked pass defense last season, and I smell a shootout against Peyton and Co. on Sunday night. The Steelers O-Line is definitely a concern, and so is Big Ben’s health. That’s why you have to look at starting Big Ben now, in the early weeks of the season when he’s still fresh. The running back situation is also questionable at the moment. Rashard Mendenhall was taken off the PUP list, which was a surprise to some, and is questionable for week 1. Isaac Redman looks to be the starting back to start the season, with Jonathan Dwyer or Chris Rainey filling in on passing downs. Put all these factors in the equation, and I see Big Ben airing it out in week 1 against the Broncos. Like I said, most probably drafted Big Ben as their back-up this season, but if you have a QB dilemma for week 1, Big Ben is a solid option in my opinion.

Tennessee Titans TE Jared Cook

Jared Cook could be primed for a breakout season this year. He finished extremely strong in 2011, catching 21 balls for 335 yards, and a touchdown. He is in his final year of his contract, and has publicly said he expects an extension from the Titans. The wide receivers in Tennessee are thin as of right now. Kenny Britt is suspended, Marc Mariani is on the IR, and they will be starting rookie WR Kendall Wright. The Titans play the New England Patriots on Sunday, and if they fall into an early hole, look for them to throw often. Word out of the Titans camp says that Jared Cook will be the team’s #1 option in the red zone, and that’s good news for Cook, who finished as the 12th ranked tight end last season despite only scoring three touchdowns. Look for Cook to rollover the late 2011 performance right into the 2012 season against a team like the Patriots.

One Man's Opinion: Avoid Fantasy Football Across the Pond


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In some severe brainstorm before the 2007 NFL season, executives decided that it would be spectacularly profitable and well-received if one game each year was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England. After the roaring success of Major League Soccer jumping the pond into the U.S., really, how could they not make this assumption.

Turns out, it was quite profitable. And actually rather amusing to watch. Nothing quite as enjoyable as seeing chaps in Eli Manning jerseys while rocking a Cheesehead, and the classic English past time of streaking finally making its way into an NFL end zone.

The games on the other hand, have been borderline torture. Often covered by relentless rain, stats and big plays are few and far between. And if you were a fantasy owner, you were screaming "Bloody Wanker," and knocking over your bowl of crisps more often than cheering.

In the first game in London, in Week 8 of the 2007 NFL season, The New York Giants took on the Miami Dolphins. The rousing performance included an aerial display as Eli Manning threw eight completions for 59 yards, while Miami QB Cleo Lemon (Blimey! Cleo Lemon!) put up a staggering 149 with a score.

Brandon Jacobs was the lone bright spot of the day with 131 yards rushing in perhaps the sloppiest game of the season. Top receiving performance, 42 yards on six receptions from tight end Justin Peelle. After a game highlighting 65 total rushes, the New York Giants walked away the victors, 13-10.

One Man's Opinion: Top 10 WRs


greg-jennings-202x300Leagues are all pretty much set with the season kicking off on Thursday night, but some of you may still have those late drafts to attend. I give you my final thoughts and top 10 rankings of Wide Receivers this year. I'm new to the staff, but I hope to bring you knowledge and valuable insight week in and week out. Without further ado, here are my top 10. Good luck this year folks. 

1.) Andre Johnson - Houston Texans (2010 Stats): 86 receptions, 1,216 Receiving yards, 8 Touchdowns. (164 Points) 
         Andre is about as safe a bet at Wide Receiver as it gets folks. In 2010 he was bothered by a right ankle for the majority of the season, but still fought through it. He ended up catching 8 touchdowns in only 13 games, but burned most owners come playoff time. Now imagine if he is healthy and plays all 16 games? He did after all lead the league in receiving yards a game at a very impressive 93.5 yards. That's 9 fantasy points a game right there in yards alone. With Arian Foster becoming part of the elite at running back, the Texans will have no problem keeping defenders honest, and things will open up for Andre. Hell even if they don't, he will still somehow find a way to get the ball. Don't be afraid to take him as the first WR off the board in the first round. He deserves it, and so does your fantasy team. 
 
2.) Greg Jennings - Green Bay Packers (2010 Stats): 76 receptions, 1,265 Receiving yards, 12 Touchdowns. (193 points) 
         How can you not like Greg Jennings on your fantasy team? He has without a doubt the most accurate passer slinging him the ball week in and week out in Aaron Rodgers. Also, Greg is without a doubt Aaron's favorite target, having being targeted 17 times in the red zone last year. He successfully scored on seven of them. He also had 4 more touchdowns of 30 yards or longer in the 2010 Super Bowl campaign. And even though I admit that Rodgers is a fantastic quarterback, his WR core is really nothing spectacular. After Jennings, he has Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and 62 year old Donald Driver. Nothing against any of those fellas, but let's all be honest here....Jennings is at the top of the food chain in cheese town and will continue to be until further notice. 1st Round Worthy, 2nd WR taken off the board.