Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Week 13 Fantasy Football Position Rankings

And the rankings are in. I'm debating writing a breakdown of tomorrow's game. It seems pretty straightforward, but there could be a handful of sleepers. So, I might just write that piece up.
For now though, you can check out the list that I think is going to perform well. In Week 12, and really all throughout the year, we have seen the WR position all over the place. I struggled putting players in really from about spot 35 down. There are a few guys that didn't make the list that you can keep an eye on this week. Mainly guys in the two or three spot on their teams.
Also in the Wide Receivers rankings, I counted Miles Austin as out. If he does play, I think it would be safe to consider him in the teens. Dez Bryant would remain where he is. Laurent Robinson would fall, likely in the low 30s.
As per usual, if you've got questions, now is the time to start asking. If you have any special requests for me to write up in the next few weeks, let me know about them too. And if there are any players that you think should have made the list that I grossly left out, yell at me.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Week 13: Desperation Fantasy Football Pickups

This is it. Likely the final week of the fantasy football regular season. One more game to make it if you’re on the bubble. One more game to move up if you are fighting for that number one spot. One more week to ruin someone’s weekend by being the sleeper spoiler that knocks them out of contention.
It doesn’t matter which category you fall into. Week 13 is where everything is decided. I’m saying this mostly in part to my heartbreak in Week 12. Up by 30 points, I went into Monday night’s game with Darren Sproles remaining, facing a team with Drew Brees and Victor Cruz. Needless to say, I lost. Brees and Cruz combined for about 60 points.
Now for me to even make the top four and get a playoff spot, I need two tough competitors to lose their matchups. My fate is no longer in my hands. But I know that without a win in Week 13, I stand no chance. So, I pull together everything I’ve got for one last push.
In a late week like this, I tend to favor starting players I already have. While there is a certain need for a gamble sometimes, I would rather play a lock and know that I’m getting some points than go out on a limb and make a desperate reach. With that in mind, I will give you some sleeper pickups that you can insert into your starting roster if you are that desperate.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Week 12 Fantasy Football Pick'em and Predictions

Last week worked out pretty swimmingly. If only I had gone with my gut before that week. After 11-3, though, I'm rolling high and pretty confident after a 2-1 Thursday after stupidly gambling on the falling Lions over the unstoppable Packers.

Jordan and I are not eye-to-eye on a bunch of games this week. Turns out that a lot of these seem to be toss-ups. So good luck to everyone with their pick'em calls this week.

Record (LW) (Total):(10-4)(96-64)(11-3)(97-63)(9-5)(85-75)
Packers vs. LionsLionsLionsLions
Dolphins vs. CowboysCowboysCowboysCowboys
49ers vs. Ravens49ersRavens49ers
Vikings vs. FalconsFalconsFalcons
Bills vs. JetsBillsJets
Browns vs. BengalsBengalsBengals
Bucs vs. TitansBucsTitans
Panthers vs. ColtsPanthersPanthers
Cardinals vs. RamsRamsRams
Texans vs. JaguarsTexansTexans
Bears vs. RaidersRaidersRaiders
Redskins vs. SeahawksSeahawksSeahawks
Broncos vs. ChargersBroncosChargers
Patriots vs. EaglesPatriotsPatriots
Steelers vs. ChiefsSteelersSteelers
Giants vs. SaintsGiantsSaints

Survival Pick EliminatedEliminatedEliminated

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Advice

Alright kids. I'm off to eat a crap ton of food and watch the games.

I left a lot of Turkey Day game info in the last post. So read up on that if you've got any pressing Thursday questions.

If you've got a question, I can't guarantee that I will answer it on the site. So if you want some advice right away, hit me up on Twitter @godhateslosers.

Good luck to everyone's fantasy teams today. Enjoy your holiday.

Fantasy Football: Analyzing the Thanksgiving Games

Hey everyone. Wanted to get my picks and a little analysis in on todays games.

To start things off, I want to get into the Thanksgiving spirit by thanking all of you. You guys are the people that keep me and this site going.

Every day, I get up to see all of your comments and questions in the comment, and go on Twitter and see all of the follows and feedback that I have gotten from you, and I just want to extend to you a thanks and show you how grateful I really am.

While I may not remember all of your lineups, I do remember all of your names and look for them in the  comments. I don't personally know any of you, but I hope you feel more of a connection with GHL than you would with any other site. Personalized advice is the main reason that I started this advice, and I feel that you have all made that happen and made GHL a success.

This is something that I love to do and really aspire to do on a professional level some day. And you are all helping make that happen.

Some of you challenge me to the extremes. Asking great, thought-provoking questions. Analyzing my picks and rankings and strategies. Giving me criticism and feedback to make GHL the best site that it can be.

All of the positive feedback that you all give is mindblowing. The thank yous that you extend to me. The words that you put in all of your questions. They are great. So thank you. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Now let's get to football!

Andrew Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Ravens
Jordan Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers
MGLS Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers
Thursday is going to be a huge fantasy impact day. Lots of big names taking the field and a lot of Week 12 outcomes will be decided in just the three matchups. Let’s take a look at the breakdown of the Lions vs. Packers, Cowboys vs Dolphins, and Ravens vs. 49ers.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Week 12 Fantasy Football Position Rankings

Lots of big matchups this week, and getting toward the end of the fantasy football regular season, there is a lot of buzz going on to make a final push toward the playoffs.
It is time to pull out all of the stops. If you are on top of your league and have a playoff spot locked, congrats and I wouldn’t try anything too fancy to jeopardize it. If you are on the bubble, then now is the time to maybe think about some creative gambles to get you into the post-season.
A few big injury updates here. We will be seeing how Matt Leinart and Andre Johnson fare this week. Leinart won’t get any big votes from me, but his starting role could be good news for both Houston running backs, and though I don't have them listed, the backup WRs on Houston might be some big time sleepers with their backup QB starting for them. Big time risk though.
Fred Jackson has been ruled out. CJ Spiller and relatively unknown Johnny White will be filling in. Tough to gauge where they will fall. It has been pretty easy running on the Jets this year, so things could get interesting with these two sleepers.
Michael Vick is not practicing. Neither did DeSean Jackson. Jeremy Maclin did see the field though. So there is a whole lot of mess going down in Philadelphia. Pay close attention to that team throughout the week as position rankings are sure to jump and fall based on how their injury list plays out.
With Thanksgiving coming up, I will be doing my best to provide the usual information. Just be patient with me. As always though, I guarantee to answer all of your questions up til the kickoffs. Start asking your questions now and you can expect an answer whenever I get a chance. Also, don’t forget to ask questions on Twitter @godhateslosers, as I will be answering questions on there frequently throughout the week.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week 11 Late Advice

Alright. I'm off to a sports bar to watch my Cowboys beat up on the Redskins.

If you've got questions between now and kickoff. Make sure you do it on my Twitter account. @godhateslosers.

I will not be able to answer any questions asked on this site.

For real...

@godhateslosers on Twitter.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Week 11 Fantasy Football NFL Pick'em and Predictions

New strategy. Hardcore gut picks this week. Bengals over Ravens, Seahawks over Rams, Eagles over Giants.

Lots of nonsense happening every week, so I might as well, right? Definitely not setting any records this year though.

Locks this week are getting tough. We are running out of really strong teams to choose from. This week though for sure-things, I like Patriots, 49ers, Packers, Raiders.

Also, for those of you that keep along with this, don't be surprised to see my picks change a bit once I get Allen B.'s comments below. The guys is out of control when it comes to picking upsets. He knows his stuff, so pay attention!

Jordan and My Girlfriend's Little Sister will be getting their picks in shortly, so stay tuned.

Record (LW) (Total):(7-9)(86-60)(8-8)(86-60)(8-8)(76-70)
Jets vs. BroncosJetsJetsJets
Raiders vs. VikingsRaidersRaidersRaiders
Bills vs. DolphinsDolphinsBillsDolphins
Bengals vs. RavensRavensBengalsRavens
Jaguars vs. BrownsJaguarsBrownsJaguars
Cowboys vs. RedskinsCowboysCowboysCowboys
Bucs vs. PackersPackersPackersPackers
Panthers vs. LionsLionsLionsPanthers
Cardinals vs. 49ers49ers49ers49ers
Seahawks vs. RamsRamsSeahawksSeahawks
Chargers vs. BearsBearsBearsChargers
Titans vs. FalconsFalconsFalconsFalcons
Eagles vs. GiantsGiantsEaglesGiants
Chiefs vs. PatriotsPatriotsPatriotsPatriots

Survival Pick EliminatedEliminatedEliminated

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fantasy Football Playoffs: Smack My Bench Up

I generally keep my titles pretty lame because search engines hate puns, but this popped in my head and I went with it. Anways… the point of this article is again a playoff primer about trading.

In the majority of leagues, we have less than one week to complete trades before the deadline. In every league that I am a part of there has been an unusual scramble to pick up some new talent and I just wanted to throw out a little strategy for making your team as solid as possible.

It is important to keep in mind my How to Pick a Smart Trade article as you read through these tips. This strategy, like a surprisingly large amount of my strategies, comes down to simple mathematics.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Week 11 Fantasy Football Position Rankings

There have been a few things coming out over the past few days. Injury to Matt Stafford. Injuries across the wide receiver board. So there have been some shifts in the rankings.
Yesterday, I posted my Waiver Wire pick-ups, and felt the need to add some names to that list. I know the Wire scramble is over for many of you, but if these players are still floating in free agency, snatch them up.
Damian Williams (as one of my readers very wisely pointed out last week) had a big day on Sunday and has emerged as the top target in Tennessee. I have him higher than Nate Washington in my rankings. He should be improving every week when it comes to fantasy production. So, shout out to my readers on that one.
Denarius Moore of the Oakland Raiders was far and away the favorite of Carson Palmer last week. He took over Jacoby Ford's spot pretty handily. It is tough to see Ford playing this week, and Heyward-Bey has done little since Palmer landed in the driver's seat in Oakland, so if you need it, Moore looks like the best WR option in a very good Raiders matchup.
Harry Douglas of the Atlanta Falcons is another good WR add. I mentioned him much earlier in the season when the Falcons were going through some injury problems and he managed to come up big then. With Julio Jones likely out, and with a decent matchup, Douglas could be a big play target with the defense focusing most of their efforts on Roddy White.
I made these rankings with injuries in mind. I really don't see Michael Vick playing, so Vince Young gets the cut for the Eagles, which is why you see some of the backup Eagle WRs lower on the list. I am assuming that Frank Gore and Willis McGahee play for list purposes. It is still yet to be determined how active they will be in the games, so as more news comes in on them you will have to adjust Lance Ball and Kendall Hunter accordingly.
And despite my ballsy Jon Baldwin claim, he is still low on the rankings just for risk issues. I do find it very likely that he will lead Chief receivers, but Bowe still has to remain the top dog just because he has been more consistent and the number one throughout the year.
So, without further ado... the fantasy football position rankings...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Week 11 Fantasy Football Pick-Ups

Michael Vick, Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel, Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno, Frank Gore, Jeremy Maclin. You guessed it, more injuries.
And you will find that most of these names will come into play when we list the fantasy football pickups of the week.
Along with the onslaught of injuries, we are facing the final bye week of the NFL season where we are seeing fantasy stars from New Orleans, Houston, Pittsburgh and (not really stars...) Indianapolis.
With some big names possibly wearing just hoodies and a cap on game day and more big names watching Week 11 from their couches, we once again are forced to go fishing in Free Agency. Let's take a look at who should be among the first to go.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Week 10 Injury Updates

Just a heads up to everyone. The following players are questionable or out for Sunday's games.

Kevin Kolb (Q)
Mark Ingram (Probable, but likely won't see a ton of work)
Chris Ivory (Q)
Joseph Addai (Q, likely out)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Q, likely will play, did last week)
DeSean Jackson (Out, did not report to meetings)
Hakeem Nicks (Q, progressed through week, probably will play)
Mario Manningham (Q, game-time decision, swollen knee, added to injury report on Saturday.)
Nate Washington (Q, full practice on Friday)
Lance Moore (Q, very shaky, did not practice late in the week)
Devin Hester (Q, no practice at all this week with ankle injury, game-time decision)
Jermaine Gresham (Q, limited practice, hamstring injury, missed last two weeks)

Definitely out:
Miles Austin
Peyton Hillis
Jahvid Best
Andre Johnson
Ahmad Bradshaw
Santana Moss
Felix Jones
Dallas Clark
Montario Hardesty
Rian Lindell

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Week 10 Advice Time

Hey everybody.

Gotta watch my Cowboys tomorrow, so I will only be able to hand out advice until about an hour before game time.

From now until noon Eastern time, gimme any questions you've got on the blog.

I will also be answering questions on Twitter and should be able to do so right up until game time.

Twitter is @godhateslosers

Week 10 NFL Pick'em and Predictions

I knew this week would come. Eventually, there is always one week when all your picks seem to be the exact opposite of everyone else. Well, this is that week.

Jordan and I disagree on eight of the 16 games this week, and honestly they could really all be close.

If the Thursday night game was any indication, we are in for yet another screwy week in the NFL. In a week full or rivalries, I think it is only fitting that Jordan and I disagree so many times.

If anyone out there is still in a survival league, first of all, congrats. I'd be right with you if the damn Giants didn't lose to the Seahawks. Awful. My locks for this week are actually hardly locks at all. Some tough games. Eagles win handily against the Cardinals. Ravens over Seahawks. Packers over Minnesota. Thats about it. If you've used all these teams, good luck to you. Gonna be some nailbiters.

So check out who we like. If you've got an upset in store, let me hear about it. And, in the eight games that we can't agree on, I'm counting on you all to be the tie breakers. Let me hear which teams you predict will win in the comments.

Record (LW) (Total):(7-7)(79-51)(9-5)(78-52)(7-7)(68-62)
Raiders @ ChargerChargersChargersChargers
Saints @ FalconsSaintsFalconsFalcons
Bills @ CowboysBillsCowboysCowboys
Steelers @ BengalsSteelersSteelersSteelers
Rams @ BrownsBrownsRamsBrowns
Broncos @ ChiefsBroncosChiefsChiefs
Titans @ PanthersPanthersTitansPanthers
Jaguars @ ColtsJaguarsJaguarsJaguars
Redskins @ DolphinsRedskinsDolphinsDolphins
Cardinals @ EaglesEaglesEaglesCardinals
Texans @ BucsTexansTexansTexans
Ravens @ SeahawksRavensRavensRavens
Lions @ BearsLionsLionsLions
Giants @ 49ersGiants49ers49ers
Patriots @ JetsPatriotsJetsPatriots
Vikings @ PackersPackersPackersVikings

Survival Pick EliminatedEliminatedEliminated

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Week 10 Fantasy Football Position Rankings

If you haven't checked out my Playoff Primer: Strength of Schedule, make sure you give it a look. Definitely worth your time.

Can we just talk for a second about how much I hate Thursday night games. We have gotten into a rhythm for nine weeks. And now all of a sudden we have to scramble our lineups and our picks three days earlier than usual! And for what? For a game to be broadcast only on one channel that nobody subscribes to? Awful.
So, the week of planning for your fantasy team is rushed and sloppy. You don't have a weekend to marinate. If you play in pick'em leagues or are still alive in a survival league then you are screwed and rushing on Thursday morning because you forgot that an extra game was added. I disapprove as a fantasy fan and an NFL fan.
Anyways, I don't expect a lot out of tonights game. San Diego is going to have the stars here. Back to back great weeks for Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates. A bit worried about the Ryan Mathews injury, but he should be able to slice the Oakland defense. With Mathews back, Tolbert falls, but is always a chance for a goal line score.
On Oakland's side of the ball, I think the WRs are too risky to really count on unless you're desperate. Carson Palmer is the same way. Only good starter that I can see here is Michael Bush, and that is at WR2 or Flex.
For the record Jordan, MGLS and I all have San Diego to win. Shocker. Sorry, I'm bitter. NFL Network thinks they're better than me. On to the rankings! Feel free to ask your lineup questions here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Playoff Primer: Fantasy Football Player Strength of Schedule Analysis

This week’s focus will be all about gearing up for the fantasy playoffs. Generally, this will run from Week 14-17. While the first 13 weeks are important to get you a top spot in the playoffs, once that time rolls around, everyone starts back at 0-0. So getting ready for this event is a must.
The following post is going to tell you everything that you need to know about starting quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers in the fantasy playoffs. We have an in-depth breakdown of the strength of schedule for each one of these positions from Week 14 to Week 17. When making a trade offer or thinking of accepting one, always come back to this post.
Some of you are likely great with your teams, and I believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Any team that is on the bubble or really struggling to make a top spot will need to make some splashes in the coming weeks to get into the playoffs. For the next week or two, study these charts, take a look at the other teams in your league and ask any question you have on GHL. By the end of Week 11, it will be high time to start making the moves that you need to solidify your playoff performance.
While injuries will lead to some decent Waiver Wire pickups from here on out, your best bet to improve your team is through trades. There are a lot of factors to look at here, but the one that we will be focusing on today is fantasy football playoff strength of schedule.
There is a fine line that you shouldn’t cross when considering this statistic. While the defense teams are facing has a good amount to do with the success that they will see, you need to keep the players talent level in perspective. For example, the Chicago Bears’ receivers will have the easiest schedule from Week 14-17, but starting Knox, Bennett or Hester over a top performing receiver is absurd. So use the following statistics wisely.
These tables are meant to be used in evaluating your trades. The first thing you should look at is the past. The history of the particular player says a lot more about them than the future. But if you are in line to give up a running back who has very similar statistics compared to the running back you will receive, these rankings will certainly help make your decision easier.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 10 Pick-Ups

It's nearing crunch time. Time to start thinking about your rosters as we head into the final stretch before the playoffs. This week, you can expect the usual pick'em and rankings from GHL, but we are going to talk a lot about getting into the meat of the fantasy football year as we hone in on the playoffs.

Your overall record won't mean a thing in just a handful of weeks, the top performers are all starting from scratch in the head-to-head fantasy playoffs picture.
Before jumping into some larger moves to consider this week, let's take a look at the best Waiver Wire pickups for Week 10 and beyond. A couple injuries, as usual, are the main reasons you will be looking for additional talent. No bye weeks in Week 10, so it would seem that all teams are at full strength. Which means it's time to get down and dirty.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Week 9 Fantasy Football Advice Time

Wanted to throw the advice time post up. Ask anything you've got. All I ask in return is that you help spread the word about GHL. Like or Tweet one of our posts, tell someone outside of your league, whatever you can do to help us out!

Make sure that you check out the Weekly Rankings and all of the Midseason Reviews that I put up. Lots of information in all of those. Would love to hear what you all think.

So here we go. Trade questions, lineup questions, fantasy questions, whatever you've got, I want to hear it. Let's go

Fantasy Football Midseason Review - Tight End

To view the Midseason Quarterback Review, click here.
To view the Midseason Running Back Review, click here.
To view the Midseason Wide Receiver Review, click here.
Our final midseason review is up - the tight end. You will see:
1) My Midseason Fantasy Football Awards - I will be naming the top performers, the best draft day steals and the duds at each position.
2) You will find a chart of the top ranked fantasy football players, divided by position. This chart compares their current totals with their draft positions to give you an idea of how everything is shaking out.
Tight ends have been a bit of a surprise this year. Some have been great. Others have been not so great. Like so many other positions, injuries have played a large factor. Certain players being hurt have increased a tight ends fantasy value (Owen Daniels, Fred Davis), while it has drastically hurt others (Antonio Gates, Dallas Clark).
Here is how the tight ends break down so far this season.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fantasy Football Midseason Review - Wide Receiver

To view the Midseason Quarterback Review, click here.
To view the Midseason Running Back Review, click here.
Moving right along to the wide receivers. You will see:
1) My Midseason Fantasy Football Awards - I will be naming the top performers, the best draft day steals and the duds at each position.
2) You will find a chart of the top ranked fantasy football players, divided by position. This chart compares their current totals with their draft positions to give you an idea of how everything is shaking out.
Just to preface this entire article, I ran into some surprising numbers when looking through all the WR stats from this year. Injuries have played a major part in this.
We have seen a large number of undrafted players make the top 40 in fantasy football points due largely to injuries from starters. Another factor that has had a lot to do with these rankings is injuries/poor play at the quarterback position.
Check out the table at the bottom of the post just to see how drastic this year has been.

Week 9 Fantasy Football Pick'em Predictions

Alright, so Jordan is up on me by three. Last week we had all the same picks and managed to go 9-4. This week, I'm shaking things up a little bit.

There have been a lot of upsets every week, so, being down by three, I'm taking the gamble and picking a few teams that I think could sneak up. Hell, last week in my Pick'em post I correctly predicted the Vikings and Chiefs to win the game (though I didn't put them in the table, because I'm an idiot sometimes.

Upsets I've got in store this week:
Jets over Bills- Hard to believe that this one is even really an upset, but the Bills are favored here. Jets are improving ever so slightly and I think they can figure out the Bills in this one.
Rams over Cardinals- Cards are hurting a bit. Rams should have Bradford back and I'm excited to see what he can do with Brandon Lloyd and a re-invigorated Steven Jackson.

Games I struggled with:
Broncos and Raiders- Just a gut issue here that the Raiders offense will not be anywhere near good enough, leaving this a low scoring game that the Broncos can edge out.
Steelers and Ravens- Steelers are without a doubt the better of the teams right now... but the Ravens punished them in Week 1.

If you've got an upset in store, let me hear about it.

Record (LW) (Total):(9-4)(72-44)(9-4)(69-47)(8-5)(61-55)
Falcons @ ColtsFalconsFalcons
Jets @ BillsBillsJets
Browns @ TexansTexansTexans
Seahawks @ CowboysCowboysCowboys
Dolphins @ ChiefsChiefsChiefs
Bucs @ SaintsSaintsSaints
49ers @ Redskins49ers49ers
Bengals @ TitansTitansBengals
Broncos @ RaidersRaidersRaiders
Packers @ ChargersPackersPackers
Rams @ CardinalsCardinalsRams
Giants @ PatriotsPatriotsPatriots
Ravens @ SteelersSteelersSteelers
Bears @ EaglesEaglesEagles

Survival Pick EliminatedEliminatedEliminated

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fantasy Football Midseason Review - Running Back

To view the Midseason Quarterback Review, click here.
On to the second phase of my Midseason Review, the running backs. You will see:
1) My Midseason Fantasy Football Awards - I will be naming the top performers, the best draft day steals and the duds at each position.
2) You will find a chart of the top ranked fantasy football players, divided by position. This chart compares their current totals with their draft positions to give you an idea of how everything is shaking out.
Running back time, let's do this...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fantasy Football Midseason Review - Quarterback

OK. Consider this your warning. The next few days are going to be pretty epic.
Each post is going to be broken down into a few categories.
1) My Midseason Fantasy Football Awards - I will be naming the top performers, the best draft day steals and the duds at each position.
2) You will find a chart of the top ranked fantasy football players, divided by position. This chart compares their current totals with their draft positions to give you an idea of how everything is shaking out.
So, let's get to it and start with the quarterbacks.

Week 9 Fantasy Football Position Rankings

Happy Wednesday. Time for the rankings.
There are a handful of questionable is the running back section. Some guys that might be playing or might be sitting out. Make sure you pay close attention from now until Sunday to see who will be ruled out. Questionable running backs include Darren McFadden, Peyton Hillis, Mark Ingram, Joseph Addai, Willis McGahee, Mike Tolbert and Daniel Thomas. If any of these starters are unable to play, bump their backups accordingly. (Backups are, respectively, Michael Bush, Chris Ogbonnaya, Sproles and Thomas, Carter and Brown, Moreno and Ball,  Jacob Hester, Reggie Bush.)
I left Andre Johnson off of my Wide Receiver rankings. I really doubt that he will play. If he does suit up though, he proved to us last year that he can still be a terror when injured, so I'd throw him somewhere among the top guys and drop Kevin Walter down to the low 30s and Jacoby Jones off the board.
As I added to my last post, I have a few SDS choices. Lots of my top predictions are vastly unowned, so jump on them when you can.
And as always, if you've got questions, now it the time to start asking. Trade advice, ranking questions, start'em sit'em, predictions, anything you've got.
Let's go!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Pick Ups

Half way through the season and I'm actually rather excited to say that we made it though a whole week with hardly any injuries! Woo!
Some moves have been made however and we all know that every week brings new talent. Lets take a look at some of the best waiver wire pickups going into Week 9.

Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns
Peyton Hillis is still dealing with a hamstring injury and his backup Hardesty left the game Sunday after just two carries. I would not be shocked to see Ogbonnaya get the start and majority of carries this week as the Browns go up against the team that cut Ogbonnaya earlier this year, the Houston Texans.
The Texans are giving up less than 100 on the ground per week, but that number has gone up with Houston defensive injuries. The Browns have been having little success in any form of offense this year, but you have to believe that Ogbonnaya will be wanted to get back at his former team.
I don't expect huge stats out of him, but if you have bye week problems or have been playing a subpar player in past weeks, Ogbonnaya might be worth the pickup. He is my favorite waiver wire pickup this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders
Alright, we know that Carson Palmer had a bad first impression against the Chiefs in his first week in a Raiders jersey, but hear me out. Palmer had been in the offense for less than a week, he was up against a tough defense, and he was cold after not playing for nearly a year.
I'm not saying that Palmer is going to break out any time soon, but we can expect for him to get the ball in the air a little better coming off his bye week as he has had time to study the offense and throw to his receivers. Oakland will be playing at home against Denver, a team that has been giving up some big plays this season.
Heyward-Bey is leading the team with 27 receptions, 13 more than their second best receiver. He is their big play threat and gets the targets each week. He is already owned in over half the leagues, but if he has been riding your bench or is still on the wire, you might want to snatch him up. This game has some big play potential if you are hurting for it.

Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
Bradford is also owned in over half of all fantasy football leagues, but at a pretty surprisingly low percentage of 53. Now is the time to snatch him up.
After Steven Jackson's Week 8 performance, opposing defenses know that they need to watch this run game. This will open up the pass more for Bradford. The Rams have also been bitten by the injury bug, which hurt Bradford early in the season. Expect that to change.
Bradford is coming off injury and able to play with one of the top WRs of 2010 in Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd is by far the best receiver that Bradford has even thrown to in the NFL and should open up a lot of options for last year's Offensive Rookie of the Year.
I expect Bradford to be a climber from here to the end of the season. Bradford will be against Arizona in Week 9, the third worst passing defense in the league.

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
I'll bite on his performance in Week 8. It has a lot to do with the defensive coverage from the Cowboys, but Celek made the most of it, pulling in 7 receptions for 94 yards and a score.
This is Celek's first trip to the top of the TE heap, but it could hangover in to Week 9 when the Eagles stay at home to face the Bears on Monday night. Chicago is giving up the most points in the league to tight ends.
If the Bears provide the same pressure to the outside of the field like the Cowboys did, expect another big night for Celek. He doesn't have year-long potential, but he is a good bet in Week 9.

Oakland Raiders Defense
A handful of delicately owned Defenses are facing good matchups this week. My favorite would have to be the Oakland Raiders (13% owned). The Raiders will be playing at home against the Denver Broncos who gave up 28 (depending on the league you're in) points to the Detroit Lions defense last week.
While Tim Tebow might be putting up decent numbers in fantasy football, he is embarrassing when it comes to actually playing NFL games. His yardage comes when the team is already down in the fourth quarter. He has been sacked a staggering 14 times in just two weeks. He is failing at getting the ball down the field. The entire Denver offense is in trouble and owning the Raiders this week will allow you to capitalize.
Other Defenses that I like in Week 9: Cardinals, Bills, Chiefs and Rams.