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

on Tuesday, 01 November 2011.


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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.


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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?

Beast of the Week/ Not a Good Look Awards: Week 7

on Tuesday, 25 October 2011.


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Beast of the Week/ Not a Good Look Awards: Week 7

Beast of the Week Award

Dallas Cowboys Running Back DeMarco Murray

Cowboys rookie DeMarco Murray exploded onto the scene this past week with a historic performance.  In the absence of Felix Jones, Murray rushed for a Cowboys single-game record 253 yards on 25 carries with a touchdown.  Against the lowly St. Louis Rams, the ‘Boys looked like world-beaters, carried by the running game which featured Murray and an almost invisible Tashard Choice.

2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 6

Written by Jay Sanzari on Thursday, 20 October 2011.

Who's the new No. 2? The Packers still have the top spot on lock.

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2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 6

Who's the new No. 1 this week?

Wait a second, I mean, No. 2—the Packers continue to dominate the game.

Which head coach was hurt more? Payton's leg or Schwartz's feelings?

Which NFL defensive beast has the prettiest middle finger?

Is that Jerome Simpson doing his best Liu Kang impression in the picture?

Is it Tebow time yet? In due time, my friends...for now, continue reading to see the only power rankings that matter in the world.

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

on Tuesday, 18 October 2011.


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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.


Green Zone Week Six

on Saturday, 15 October 2011. Posted in The Green Zone

Quick Picks

Quick Picks

49ers @ Lions: 49ers by 10

Rams @ Packers: Packers by 24

Panthers @ Falcons: Panthers by 3

Colts @ Bengals: Colts by 9

Bills @ Giants: Giants by 13

Jaguars @ Steelers: Steelers by 14

Eagles @ Redskins: Eagles by 7

Texans @ Ravens: Ravens by 13

Browns @ Raiders: Raiders by 1

Cowboys @ Patriots: Patriots by 20

Saints @ Buccaneers: Saints by 3

Vikings @ Bears: Bears by 10

Dolphins @ Jets: Jets by 12

2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

Written by Jay Sanzari on Thursday, 13 October 2011.

That's not a train charging through that man-pile...IT'S TEBOW TIME!

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2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

Do not adjust your rankings—the fact that the top six teams have not changed position is not to account for laziness on my part, but rather perfection.

My rankings are so accurate that some weeks there is minimal movement in the ranks. Regardless of how many spots a team rises or falls, the ranking is always flawless.

I really don't know what else to say because Tim Tebow is finally starting! Now I can stop hearing and reading about Tebow every waking moment of my life. (I will not stop dreaming about him, however.)

So, where does your team rank this week? Read on, playa!

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

on Tuesday, 11 October 2011.


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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?

Just Do It

Written by Kira Weinstein on Thursday, 06 October 2011. Posted in Interviews, Foundation Spotlight, Beyond the Athlete


There are those who lend their name to charities for the positive publicity.  There are those who write checks to foundations for the tax deductions.  There are those who give time at the local soup kitchen during the holidays because they feel they have to.  And then there are those who give their time, money and name because they want to make a difference.  Mark McMillian is one of these people.

2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Written by Jay Sanzari on Wednesday, 05 October 2011.

Aaron Rodgers and His Cheese-Smothered Touchdown Onslaught Keeps the Cheeseheads on Top

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2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

How far do the Eagles fall this week after a one-point loss to the 49ers?

Do the Lions stake claim to No. 1 after the thrilling comeback-win against the Cowboys?

The Chiefs can't be the worst team anymore, right?

How many WWE championship belts did Aaron Rodgers win going up against the Broncos?

All these questions and more will be answered in this week's Most Accurate Power Rankings in the World!

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

on Tuesday, 04 October 2011.


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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.

Week 4 NFL Picks from the Green Zone

on Friday, 30 September 2011. Posted in The Green Zone

Week 4 NFL Picks from the Green Zone

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Week 4 NFL Picks from the Green Zone

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) vs. Houston Texans (2-1) at Reliant Stadium at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 2nd

Two divisional front-runners square off in this one as both teams would enjoy another win against an AFC opponent.

The Steelers keep hearing talk about how old their defense is but last week against the Colts I saw two players who looked like defensive players of the year in James Harrison and Troy Polamalu. Ike Taylor is a big, physical corner and LaMarr Woodley is a premier pass rusher. Casey Hampton is a mammoth of a man and a quintessential space eating run stopper.


2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

Written by Jay Sanzari on Friday, 30 September 2011.

GASP! Do the Lions or Bills actually have No. 1 as a 3-0 team?

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2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

What team is taking the top spot in this week's power rankings? Do the Lions have what it takes? Are the Bills for real? How far did the Eagles fall? What team is the worst in the league? Is Tebow starting in Denver yet?

All these questions answered in this week's edition of the Most Accurate Power Rankings in the World.

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

on Tuesday, 27 September 2011.


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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.

Week 3 NFL Picks from the Green Zone

on Saturday, 24 September 2011. Posted in The Green Zone

Game Analysis and Predictions

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Week 3 NFL Picks from the Green Zone

New York Giants (1-1) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, September 25

This matchup is really interesting to me. I am eager to see how both teams will come out. I expect the Giants to get after Vick right away as they did last year when they used safety Antrel Rolle as a spy on Vick the majority of the game.

This strategy was actually efficient and it provided a great athlete to run Vick down instead of a defensive lineman, not to slight the defensive lineman of New York, though.

As for the Eagles offense, look for McCoy to get a lot of screen passes and delay runs and draws. If this does somehow make the Giant’s front a little less aggressive, I fully expect the Eagles to stretch and test the depleted secondary of the Giants.

For the Giants offense, I expect them to pound the running game right into the Eagles defense. The Eagles’ linebacking core is very suspect and the Giants running game is very strong.

The Giants rotate their backs as good as if not better than any other team in the league. If Eli can stay turnover free and continue to build confidence with his injury-plagued wide receivers, then the Giants may be able to exploit the defense of Philadelphia.

Prediction: Giants 27, Eagles 21

Green Bay Packers (2-0) vs. Chicago Bears (1-1) at 4:15 p.m. at Soldier Field on Sunday, September 25

The Packers had a scare last week and the Bears had a reality check. This will be the most defensive resistance the Packers have seen thus far. The Bears are looking to bounce back this week and although the Packers won the big dance last year, this is the Bears team that won the division.

This will be a good chess match at all levels, the players and coaches have both played and coached in a Super Bowl in recent history. Although it’s only Week 3, this is a huge game for numerous reasons.

We all know about these teams. Matt Forte is defiantly playing for a new contract and through two weeks I would say he’s earning it. Both defenses will be looking to force turnovers in an aggressive manner and both offenses will be trying to avoid them. This will be the game of the week.

Prediction: Packers 28, Bears 27

Washington Redskins (2-0) vs. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) at 8:30 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium on Monday, September 26

Are the Redskins for real? Are the Cowboys moving in the right direction? Hopefully this primetime game can answer these questions and many more.

I look for Washington to try and get Tim Hightower going early and then attacking outside with their speedy receivers and great tight end duo. The Cowboys are hurting, but even being depleted they were able to pull out a win in overtime on the road last week.

Also, they were very much in the game with the Jets Week 1. No matter who is in the lineup for Dallas, I don’t expect their offensive philosophy to change much—utilize all weapons from backs to receivers to tight ends.

For the Cowboys defense, they need the linebackers to play well and make the impact plays to help the secondary out. The Redskins feature defensive playmakers that can turn defense into offense in a blink of an eye. This is why I give the edge to Washington in this one.

Prediction: Redskins 24, Cowboys 17