Week 2 – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Another incredible week of NFL action is (almost) in the books.  It was a Sunday filled with injuries, upsets and general craziness.  Who would have thought that the Buffalo Bills would be sitting atop the AFC East all alone with a 2-0 record?  Was that the Cleveland Browns sending the Saints to an 0-2 start?  Who kidnapped Jake Locker?  So, with the Bears and 49ers playing in the background as I write this, let’s take a look at the fantasy version of the good, the bad and the ugly for Week 2 of the NFL season.

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Good Vibes and Bad Vibes: Week 2

Eddie Lacy 2014 Pro Bowl by Sgt. Kyle J
Eddie Lacy 2014 Pro Bowl by Sgt. Kyle J

Wow! What a crazy week 1 of the regular season. Who knew that Dez Bryant, Jamaal Charles, Jason Witten, Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, and Larry Fitzgerald would only combine for a whopping 16 fantasy points. WTF! If only we could see the future, we could have been in Vegas making millions. Unfortunately, that’s typically the story for week 1, nothing but surprises. Week 2 is finally here and it’s time to talk about this weekend’s matchups. That’s right this is Good Vibes/Bad Vibes: Week 2.

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Trade Values: Week 2

Now is not the time to panic. It’s only the first week of the fantasy season. While we all certainly wanted to win in Week 1, its just wasn’t possible for half of the fantasy football owners out there. Overreactions to week 1 results by you and the other owners in your league can have an impact on your fantasy team for the remainder in the season. Some owners will have injury questions heading into week 2, especially Eddie Lacy, Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart owners, and will be looking for replacements to fill the void, while others will be looking to trade away under performers (cough* Tony Romo cough*). Take a look at the trade values and notes below to find out who you can buy “low” and sell “high” to help your team for week 2 and the rest of your season. Continue reading Trade Values: Week 2

NFL Thursday Night Preview Week 2-Pittsburgh VS Baltimore

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Week 1 is in the books and it was nothing less than spectacular. From the things that we haven’t seen before like Antonio Brown karate kicks, to things that we’ve seen time and time again like Calvin Johnson embarrassing anyone trying to cover him, the NFL quickly reminded us it’s back. Is it possible that the week 2 slate of games can top it? It’d be willing to bet it can as week 2 kicks off Thursday night with one of the most ferocious rivalries in the history of the NFL as the Pittsburgh Steelers head into M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Any time these two teams square off win-loss records get thrown out the window, they both just come looking for their pound of flesh. Continue reading NFL Thursday Night Preview Week 2-Pittsburgh VS Baltimore

Working the Waiver Wire Like a Pro – Week 2

"Remember me? I missed the season last year but I'm sitting on your waiver wire ready to win you some games"
“Remember me? I missed the season last year but I’m sitting on your waiver wire ready to win you some games” “Malcom Floyd” by Jeffrey Beall

So Week 1 didn’t go as you planned huh? All that preparation, build-up, and excitement just to leave you with a big fat 0-1 next to your team name. Let me introduce you to the waiver wire my friend. A simple pick-up could jump-start your team and leave you miles ahead of the competition. Just an FYI, Josh Gordon the league’s No. 1 wide receiver last year is almost certain to be reinstated soon with the impending new drug policy and his ownership is still hovering around 50%. Let me give you some statistics for how things settled out for Week 1 final scoring:

– 7 of the top 36 wide receivers were almost universally on the waiver wire prior to Sunday’s games

– 12 of the top 36 running backs were almost universally on the waiver wire prior to Sunday’s games.

– 3 of the top 12 tight ends were almost universally on the waiver wire prior to Sunday’s games.

If I have not convinced you yet, YOU NEED TO BE WORKING THE WAIVER WIRE!!!! This becomes even more essential once the bye weeks start to hit in Week 4. As I spoke about in the first waiver wire edition, some of the top names for year-end scoring will be a guy off the waiver wire, it’s up to you to make the right calls. Below you’ll find some guys you want to make sure and target.

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What Did We Learn – Sunday Games

There’s a funny thing that happens after Week One.  Half of the fantasy owners out there think they have championship caliber teams, and the other half thinks their teams are a complete disaster.  The truth lies somewhere in the middle.  It was another wild and crazy week of action and (as of this writing) there are still three games to be played.  So, what can we take away from the first Sunday of NFL action?

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Good Vibes and Bad Vibes: Week 1

Joe Haden 2014 Browns training camp by Erik Daniel Drost
Joe Haden 2014 Browns training camp by Erik Daniel Drost

Just 2 days away until we get a full day dedicated to nothing but football. I can’t wait! I am sure everyone is just as excited as I am to see how the rest of week 1 plays out. Hopefully, we get more fantasy points from players than the game last night. Week 1 is always unpredictable because we don’t know exactly how every team is going to shake out with their offseason moves. Today we are talking about matchups and players that I have Good Vibes and Bad Vibes about. Let’s get things started with…

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NFL Thursday night preview-Packers vs Seahawks

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The preseason is over (Halleluiah) and come tonight the games start to count in the 2014 NFL regular season opener. Unlike the Hall of Fame Game to open the preseason which saw the New York Giants face off against the Buffalo Bills, the regular season opener should be worth the price of admission. Tonight, the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks welcome the Green Bay Packers to CenturyLink Field in a classic ‘Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object’ match up.

The last time these two teams played was in 2012 in week 3 in Seattle, in a game that will more be remembered by the call of the replacement referees when the game clock hit oo:oo more so than anything else. The Packers lost that game on the very last play in a low scoring 14-12 affair. Aaron Rodgers, who was going against Seattle HC Pete Carroll for the first time, was just 26 for 39 for 223 passing yards and no TD’s in a lackluster performance. Bright eyed rookie Russell Wilson only had 130 yards on just 21 attempts himself but found Golden Tate for two touchdowns including the game winner as time expired. Continue reading NFL Thursday night preview-Packers vs Seahawks

Working the Waiver Wire like a Pro – Week 1

"Josh Gordon who? I'm ready to shine" (Andrew Hawkins 2014 Browns training camp) by Erik Daniel Drost - Flickr.
“Josh Gordon who? I’m ready to shine” (Andrew Hawkins 2014 Browns training camp) by Erik Daniel Drost – Flickr.

What do names like Julius Thomas, Keenan Allen, Zac Stacy, and Nick Foles have in common? At some point last year, all of them were probably sitting on your waiver wire ready to lead your fantasy team to dominance. At their respective positions, Julius Thomas finished 3rd, Allen 16th, Stacy 12th, and Foles 6th on a per-game basis. Last year was no anomaly, successfully working the waiver wire is just as important as a solid draft but the question becomes will you be proactive or reactive? The NFL changes so much from week to week, some players just need an opportunity or an injury to show off their skill set. Tom Brady started as a 4th string quarterback his first year and was nowhere in the plans to be a starter until Drew Bledsoe whom recently signed a 10 year contract, suffered a brutal hit the second game of the next season. The rest is history. Aaron Rodgers rode the bench his first three years during the Brett Favre debacle before they ultimately said goodbye to their beloved Hall of Famer. DeMarco Murray was a 3rd string running back behind Felix Jones and Tashard Choice before he got an opportunity and went on to break the Cowboys single game rushing total with 253 yards and 1 touchdown. It’s a next man up league and using a bit of clairvoyance, you can preemptively strike gold on players that are just an opportunity away from being a star. Highlighted below, you’ll find some names to pluck off your waiver wire that may very well end up being an every week starter or game-changer for your team.

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What we learned from preseason week 3!

Colin Kaepernick by Mike Morbeck
Colin Kaepernick by Mike Morbeck

What a crazy week 3! So many good things that we saw and a plethora of bad things that we can use to our advantage to tweak our lineups and get ready for our last minute drafts. We are going to talk about those players and teams who have hurt/improved their stock for the upcoming 2014 season. Continue reading What we learned from preseason week 3!

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