The Fantasy Files: 10 Things I Know, I Think, I Doubt: Week 9

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The Fantasy Files: 10 Things I Know, I Think, I Doubt
Week 9

Blah blah blah…let’s get to the stuff you really want to read:

I Know…

1. There are no Rams worth starting for the rest of the season. Seriously and sadly.

2. If healthy, Alex Smith is a nice play against a Jets defense that is giving up the most QB fantasy points this season.

3. Matt Ryan, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, and Aaron Rodgers are all on Bye. If you’re not carrying a backup QB, grab one quick before the other people in your league do.

4. Some people are actually giving up on Frank Gore. Terrible decision. He’ll have a good game this week against the Rams. The Rams have done a good job this year of shutting down RBs, but they’re going to get killed in time of possession this week. That works in Gore’s favor.

5. If you take 5 minutes to read every description for a Redbox movie before picking one out, you probably have no friends.

6. DeMarco Murray is in for a tough week against a stout Cardinals run defense. Of course you’re starting him, but don’t expect huge numbers, especially if Romo is out and Arizona can stack the box.

7. Kelvin Benjamin is going to go off against New Orleans. No one on that Saints defense can out jump Benjamin. If Carolina gets to the red zone, this should be a no-brainer. Continue reading

The Fantasy Files: I Know, I Think, I Doubt: Week 8

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The Fantasy Files: 10 Things I Know, I Think, I Doubt
Week 8

I recently pulled off a six-player trade in one of my leagues. It looked like this:

I traded…

Tom Brady
Rashad Jennings
Keenan Allen

I received…

Andy Dalton
Eddie Lacy
Alshon Jeffery

(I know what you’re thinking, and don’t worry…Andy Dalton is not my new starting QB; I have Jay Cutler)

My trade-partner and I named this the “Underachiever Trade.” Why? Well, it’s pretty obvious. Other than Andy Dalton, who really carries no fantasy expectations, every player in the trade has underachieved this year, leaving owners hoping for the best but realizing the worst.

For my friend, Tom Brady is the key piece to the deal, as he hopes Brady can become the Brady of old and lead his fantasy team to the playoffs. For me, the cornerstone of the deal was found in Eddie Lacy and Alshon Jeffery, as the underperformances of LeSean McCoy and Vincent Jackson have left my team aching.

This season has seen its fair share of underachievers. Players who were drafted in the first 2 rounds now teeter between flex-plays and bench players. As you get late into the season, don’t be afraid to take a chance and try to improve your team. Are you loaded with RBs? See if you can trade a guy like Doug Martin for Torrey Smith. Loaded in WRs? Perhaps you can unload Reggie Wayne for Joique Bell.

Don’t be afraid to make a bold move to help your team. You may like the fact that you have both Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers, but it’s not doing you any good if your team consistently struggles because of lack of RB performance.

Talk with other owners in the league. Find an owner whose weaknesses match your strengths and vice versa. Make a deal and survive another day.
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Keep the Faith:Seahawks at Rams Week 7 preview

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It’s done, it’s over, I quit.  As a Rams fan, even one committed enough to be a weekly contributor to a Rams fanblog and podcast, it’s natural first response.  And there probably a lot of truth to it.  Imagining a scenario where the Rams overcome their 1-4 record and find themselves in playoff contention is a reach.  Only five teams in the history of the NFL have done it.  But that doesn’t mean the season is over.  Through the three games, the very young St. Louis Rams have showed flashes of the team that they’ve been working to be, and they appear to be right on the verge of finding their identity.  A 1-4 record is almost on-recoverable, but not quite.  And the only way to recover is one game at a time. Continue reading