Articles tagged with: Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football 2011: Week 13 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Tuesday, 29 November 2011.

DAN REFLECTS ON A WACKY WEEK AROUND THE NFL IN THIS EDITION OF START HIM! SIT HIM!


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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 13 START HIM! SIT HIM!

Remember when you drafted your team and you started looking at each player’s schedule to figure out whom you may be playing in the final weeks of the regular season as you were fighting for playoff positioning?

 

You were probably saying things to yourself like, “Jamaal Charles has tough matchups against Pittsburgh, Chicago and the Jets in Weeks 12-14, but I should be fine!”  Or, “Michael Vick may put up 50 fantasy points against New England in Week 12!  You guys are all suckers!”

 

Well, how’s that working out for you?

Fantasy Football 2011: Week 12 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Wednesday, 23 November 2011.

DAN SAYS EVERY NFL TEAM HAS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!


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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 12 START HIM! SIT HIM!

‘Tis the season for giving thanks, and I thought it would be fun to look around the NFL landscape at all 32 teams and reveal what each fan base has to be thankful for this holiday season. It’s done in power rankings order–as I see it–from worst to first; and while there are no surprises in where it starts or where it ends, the fact remains that everyone has something for which to be grateful.

Fantasy Football 2011: Week 11 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Tuesday, 15 November 2011.

DAN TACKLES THE FANTASY FOOTBALL ANOMALY KNOWN AS TIM TEBOW IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!


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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 11 START HIM! SIT HIM!

If anyone ever asks you to explain fantasy football to them, you can do so by simply stating: Anyone who is good in real life, is good in fantasy.

 

It’s a generalization, but it really is true. Any QB who throws for 4,000 yards in real life is good in fantasy. Any RB or WR who has over 1,200 yards is good in fantasy. Any defense that is tough to score on is good in fantasy.

 

So how, then, do you explain that Tim Tebow is valuable in fantasy football?

Fantasy Football 2011: Week 10 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Tuesday, 08 November 2011.

DAN GETS TEBOWED IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!


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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 10 START HIM! SIT HIM!

Have you ever heard someone say, “I would have won this week if I had just played ___________”? Maybe that player was someone they were strongly considering playing, or maybe it was someone they had buried on their bench that they haven’t played all season. Regardless, that player had a big game and they are mad that they didn’t have him in their lineup.

I can understand general frustration with sitting someone who had a big game and playing someone who didn’t, but you really can’t beat yourself up about it, especially if you weren’t even considering starting the guy in the first place.

For example: let’s say for some inexplicable reason you have Dolphins’ QB Matt Moore (who had 21 points this week) on your fantasy team. Maybe you went to high school with him or you love the Dolphins or you just have an affinity for people named Matt Moore. Then let’s say that you also have Tom Brady (15 points this week) or Drew Brees (18 points this week) as your every week starter on your team and you lost this week by two points.

Don’t tell me you are really going to look someone in the eye and say, “Man, if only I had started Matt Moore over Tom Brady/Drew Brees this week, I would have won!”

Matt Moore’s grandmother wouldn’t start him over Tom Brady or Drew Brees in fantasy.

Fantasy Football 2011: Week 9 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Tuesday, 01 November 2011.

DAN FOLDS POCKET ACES IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!


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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 9 START HIM! SIT HIM!

“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ’em.”

 

I doubt Kenny Rogers had fantasy football in mind when he penned those famous words for his 1978 hit “The Gambler,” but let’s pretend, for the sake of this column, that that’s exactly what he was thinking about.  After all, without too much of a reach, you can draw more than a few comparisons between poker and fantasy football.

 

If you’ve played enough Texas Hold ’em in your lifetime, you’ve undoubtedly been dealt two aces as your hole cards.  Those aces represent the most powerful starting position one can have and elicit a feeling of ultimate confidence by their owner.  You don’t want to say anything, but you can’t help but think, “I’ve got this one.”

Fantasy Football 2011: Week 8 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Wednesday, 26 October 2011.

DAN WONDERS IF THE COLTS ARE FEELING LUCKY IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!


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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 8 START HIM! SIT HIM!

Stanford’s Junior QB Andrew Luck is 6’4” and 235 pounds of football perfection. The son of former Houston Oilers QB Oliver Luck, Andrew blends ideal size with terrific arm strength, pinpoint accuracy, a great attitude and an off-the-charts work ethic.

Oh, he also maintains a 3.55 GPA as an architectural engineer at Stanford University, so he isn’t exactly a dummy, either.

He’s been tabbed as the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning (and possibly John Elway), and will undoubtedly hear his name called first in next April’s draft by whichever team is Luck-y (excuse the pun, but I promise that you will hear worse throughout his career) enough to draft him.

But which team will it be?

Fantasy Football 2011: Week 7 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Tuesday, 18 October 2011.

DAN FEELS REX GROSSMAN'S PAIN IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!


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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 7 START HIM! SIT HIM!

Usually I begin the weekly START HIM! SIT HIM! column with some little tid-bit about a few players whose value is on the rise, or on the decline. I’ll point to matchups going forward or an increased role that should affect the way that player is viewed from this week on.

 

This week’s column is going to be a little different, however, because I really only need to bring up one person’s value, and it is on a steep decline.

 

Back Sports Page fantasy football columnist: Dan LaLonde.

 

Fantasy Football 2011: Week 6 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Tuesday, 11 October 2011.

DAN COMPARES THE VALUE OF A #1 RB TO A #1 WR IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!


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This past week, two different owners asked me what I thought about the possibility of trading DeSean Jackson for Matt Forte.  Both owners said they needed a RB more than they needed a WR, so I told them they should do it.  Obviously, Forte has had the better season so far, and he remains the focal point of Mike Martz’s offense with the Bears.  Jackson came up small in Weeks 2 & 3, but has been outstanding in the Eagles’ other three games.  They are comparable talents, as both are undisputed RB1 and WR1’s respectively, so how do you decide who has more value?

 Most would tell you that based solely on how often the ball is in his hands, the running back is more valuable than the receiver.  After all, a starting running back touches the ball twenty-plus times per game, whereas a wide receiver only has five to ten chances to impact the box score. Also, a good running back also receives more chances to score, on average, than a wide receiver based solely on goal line opportunities.

The sheer number of chances a good running back has to impact a game puts the odds in his favor, so how do wide receivers – specifically DeSean Jackson – statistically bridge the gap?

Fantasy Football 2011: Week 5 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Tuesday, 04 October 2011.

DAN SEARCHES FOR A CAM NEWTON COMPARABLE IN THIS WEEK'S START HIM! SIT HIM!


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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 5 START HIM! SIT HIM!

We’ve officially reached the quarter-pole of the NFL season and chances are that by now you either love your team, or hate your team. Hopefully, you had a great draft and have made enough moves to remain competitive in your early-season matchups. However, if you aren’t where you want to be (either due to subpar performances from some of your top picks or the ravages of injuries), it’s time to make adjustments.

 

In last week’s column, I outlined some players whose value is plummeting, while offering some suggestions on who to possibly trade for if you have those players on your team. This week I’m going to list some players whose value has skyrocketed since the beginning of the season that I think would be great trade targets, as well as offering some insight into what it would probably take to trade for them.

2011 Fantasy Football: Week 4 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Tuesday, 27 September 2011.

IS IT TIME TO CUT BAIT WITH MICHAEL VICK ALREADY? DAN TAKES A HARD LOOK AROUND THE NFL IN WEEK 4 START HIM! SIT HIM!


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Three weeks of the NFL season are in the books and it’s time to start giving more credence to what we have seen in the 2011 NFL season than what we saw in the 2010 NFL season.  Just because the names on the back of the jerseys are the same as they were last year doesn’t mean the players are the same. 

 

Some players start to speed up, while others begin to slow down.   It happens every year, but you have to know when to start trusting what you see and when to forget what you thought you knew.

 

In the world of fantasy football, the person who can most quickly identify players who are better than people expected, or worse than people expected, is destined for success.  In an ideal world, you would be able to do this before your draft, but that’s not always easy. 

 

For instance, if you predicted that after Week 3 Fred Jackson and Ben Tate would each have more rushing yards than Chris Johnson, Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte combined; chances are your fantasy season is off to a good start.

 

But if your crystal ball was broken on draft day you have to adapt.  You have to accept that some guys aren’t going to be as good as you projected, and some guys are going to be better than you expected. 

 

If you swallow your pride and admit that you made a mistake on draft day with a guy who looks older and slower than he did last year, you may still be able to capitalize on his name-value and trade him to someone who hasn’t caught on yet.

2011 Fantasy Football: Week 3 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Tuesday, 20 September 2011.

Bills' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been a fantasy stud in the season's first two weeks - But will Dan finally give him his due?


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2011 Fantasy Football: Week 3 START HIM! SIT HIM!

This week, BackSportsPage reader Kate from Boston e-mailed me asking if I thought she should start Kyle Orton over Matt Ryan. She noted that, on paper, Orton was facing the easier defense, the Cincinnati Bengals, whereas Ryan had to play the Philadelphia Eagles.

I told her I thought Ryan was the better play for a few reasons: first, Ryan is simply a better player; second, the Falcons always play great at home and, above all else, there was a high probability of a shootout.

In sports, a shootout is generally defined as a back-and-forth, high-scoring game between two teams. Sometimes it seemingly comes out of nowhere—like in the Bills vs. Raiders game this past Sunday—but other times, you just have the perfect blend of offensive firepower and defensive liabilities to see it coming before the game even kicks off.

2011 Fantasy Football: Week 2 START HIM! SIT HIM!

on Wednesday, 14 September 2011.

IS CAM NEWTON'S INCREDIBLE DEBUT A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME? OR IS HE A ONE-HIT-WONDER?


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2011 Fantasy Football: Week 2 START HIM! SIT HIM!

You don’t want to overreact, you don’t want to underreact, you want to react appropriately. Good advice for life—great advice for Week 1 of the NFL season.

With Week 1 officially in the books, it’s tough not to overreact to what we saw on the field Thursday night, Sunday and Monday night. Such a small sample size makes it nearly impossible to draw strong conclusions from anything we saw over the weekend and rely heavily on it moving forward.

We’ve seen only one full week of a 17-week season.   Use your eyes, but don’t let them deceive you.

For instance, the Steelers aren’t going to go 0-16. The Bills aren’t going to go 16-0. Anyone clearing his or her schedule for Cam Newton’s 2031 Hall of Fame induction ceremony needs to take a step back. And whoever thinks they have the fantasy season all figured out after one week is in for a rude awakening.

2011 Fantasy Football Primer: Defense

on Friday, 19 August 2011.

Is Philly's "Dream Team" Now No. 1 or Perhaps a Team From New York?


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2011 Fantasy Football Primer: Defense

When do you draft a defense and a kicker? Well, I come from the school of thought that says you should use your least valuable picks on your least valuable players. I wait until the very end to take a DEF and kicker and I suggest you do the same.

There is value with a good defense, but it’s such a hit-or-miss thing that I wouldn’t recommend wasting a middle round pick on something that generally rewards points on such an inconsistent basis.

Now, if you are an Eagles fan and are drinking the “19-0” Kool-Aid then you might be in a different boat. If having your favorite team’s defense genuinely makes you happy when you watch them, then sure, take them a round or two early.

However, when they get lit up one week you are only adding insult to injury, and might wish you had picked your team’s biggest rival and laughed every time they got scored on.

 

 

2011 Fantasy Football Primer: Tight Ends

on Friday, 19 August 2011.

Is Gates Past His Prime and Ranked Below No. 1?


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2011 Fantasy Football Primer: Tight Ends

What to do about TEs? Do you spend an early-round pick on a top-tier guy, or do you wait and say, “There’s really no difference between Kellen Winslow and Zach Miller, so I’ll just take whoever is left”?

Well, this is why it’s your team. If you are a Chargers’ fan and take Gates in the second round, that’s your prerogative. If you decide you want three TEs and will just play the matchups, you are free to do that as well. My advice would be to assess your team as you go, but don’t “get stuck.”

By “get stuck” I mean don’t get left with the scraps at the end that no one else wanted. Remember, you always want to capitalize on value, and by ending up with a guy that is only on your team instead of the waiver wire because you “got stuck,” you aren’t really getting much value.

 

 

2011 Fantasy Football Primer: Wide Receivers

on Friday, 19 August 2011.

Is it a Johnson, a Jackson or Someone Else Ranked No. 1?


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2011 Fantasy Football Primer: Wide Receivers

The projections I’ve seen for the top guys here are all over the place. Some think Calvin Johnson is a third-round pick, others think Roddy White is a first-round pick. Whoever you believe is in the top tier or two, do your best to get at least one of them.

I don’t know much, but I know this: If you get to the end of the draft and your two best WRs are Chad Ochocinco and Steve Smith, you probably won’t be having much fun this season.

Try to draft the guys you want, but also make sure that you at least want the guys you draft. For instance, don’t draft Mike Wallace because you need a WR and he’s the next guy up on some Web site’s rankings. If the best value is another RB, then take the RB.