Sep 16

Working the Waiver Wire Like a Pro – Week 3

Jared Cook

“A match-up with the Dallas Cowboys? This must be a gift from heaven” “Cookprofilepic2013″ by Johnmaxmena2

All I can really say is I love this game, things change so much from week to week that it forces you to stay on your toes. In one league, my team looked unstoppable racking up points left and right and the next week each player averaged about 5 points. Some of you probably have similar stories or vice versa but allow me to address these injuries!!! Week 2 was a nightmare for anyone that owned any of these players - Ryan Mathews, Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, DeSean Jackson, RGIII, and Knowshon Moreno. All of these players besides Mathews left in the first half of their games due to an injury. Oh, Doug Martin and Adrian Peterson were also both inactive to start the week. Brutal. Working the waiver wire is becoming increasingly more important each week just to stay afloat with healthy bodies. Your goal for next week should be to grab the important handcuffs, or a player that is just an opportunity away from making a difference. Will you fail at times? Of course, but let me guide you so you can become the genius who brags to all their friends about how smart of a GM you are. Let’s explore my recommendations from last week that paid off for owners that gambled.

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Sep 15

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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Sep 12

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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Sep 12

Fantasy Football Pick ‘em or Kick ‘em: Week 2

Fantasy football is a weekly game.

This should be your mantra; your rule to live by. Now that drafts are over we can put down the ADP charts and draft boards and instead focus on which players may have a weekly advantage.

To help you make the tough decisions throughout your lineup, I’m releasing my list of guys you should either pick for your starting lineup or kick to your bench.

Sep 11

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

Sep 11

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

Sep 09

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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Sep 08

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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Sep 05

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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Sep 05

Fantasy Football Pick ‘em or Kick ‘em: Week 1

Fantasy football is a weekly game.

This should be your mantra; your rule to live by. Now that drafts are over we can put down the ADP charts and draft boards and instead focus on which players may have a weekly advantage.

To help you make the tough decisions throughout your lineup, I’m releasing my list of guys you should either pick for your starting lineup or kick to your bench.

To get you started off on the right foot in Week 1 I’ve written an all-inclusive column breaking down the individual match-ups in each game, outlining who to pick and who to kick.

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