Week 1: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em


  • Eli Manning (@ Dal) – Loves to torch the Cowboys, and averaged roughly 375 yards, and 2.5 TD’s per game against them last year. Not much expected to change here, and the addition of David Wilson in the backfield should give him another solid, and speedy outlet against Rob Ryan’s blitzing schemes.


  • Ronnie Brown (@ Oak) – So Ryan Matthews is going to miss the start of the season, and Norv Turner refuses to reveal who his backup will be. Turner has said that he would like the temporary replacement to get at least 20 touches a game. The problem is, good ol’ Norv refuses to let us in on who that second RB will be. Every time he is asked whether it will be Ronnie Brown, he does, however, smile like a giddy school girl, and then proceeds to highly compliment Brown’s work for San Diego in his brief tenure there thus far. This seems like a safe play here, and Brown could easily put up 10+ fantasy points if things go as planned. (more…)

Mid-Late Round Sleepers

Ryan Williams has all the tools to take the starting job

Fantasy leagues are won and lost in the later rounds. Every year, owners are searching for that breakout sleeper who will propel their team to the championship… The 1999 Kurt Warner, or the 2011 Victor Cruz. Often times, you can’t predict these sleepers because they require a freak injury to a mainstay starter in order for them to even get the opportunity in the first place (see Tom Brady). However, there are certainly some players worth picking up in the later rounds that have an exponentially better chance of making you look like an absolute genius in front of the other managers in your league.

Titus Young (WR – Detroit) – This guy is capable of being a huge sophomore stud. I am hesitant to even include Young in this list, because with each draft I do, more and more managers are catching on to him, effectively bumping up his average draft position quite a bit. In his rookie season, managed 47 catches for 607 yards and 6 TD’s, which should only improve. (more…)

Judging AP, Mendenhall, and Others Coming off Knee Injuries

It’s a known fact that knee injuries are a tough one for any NFL player to return from, let alone runningbacks. These guys literally pay the bills with their knees, and the ability they give the players to get low, make explosive cuts, and accelerate out quickly. Yet year upon year you see guys in fantasy leagues who are seemingly unshaken by the fact that these guys, more often than not, haven’t played football in close to a year, and are most likely out of shape. Similarly, the question has to be raised whether or not they will be their, so called, “old selves”, again.

Here is a table detailing how many of the top RB’s from the past 15 years have performed upon returning after a knee injury.

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Granted, there are many external variables that could have contributed to the stark decline of these players, but the knee injury is always a consistent factor. One thing is for sure; I will be certainly be shying away from picking backs returning from knee surgery.


Elite Runningbacks: Fewer and Far Between than Ever Before

RB’s who get 20+ touches and still see goal line work are a dying breed

With the ongoing safety concern in the NFL it is not surprising that fewer and fewer running backs these days are seeing 20+ touches a game. As it stands now, only two backs in 2011 touched the ball over 300 times. Rewind a few years, and you will see a stark comparison from days when studs like Eddie George and Terrell Davis would flirt with, and occasionally eclipse the 400 touch mark. This is not terribly shocking, however, as with the recent emergence of the west-coast style offense, teams are looking to the air more than ever. Combine this with the ongoing player safety mantra being adopted by the NFL in the wake of their looming 2,000+ player lawsuit, as well as the fact the running backs have the shortest life expectancy out of any position on the field (average of 2.6 year career), and one thing is for sure – if you want a running back who is going to consistently put up numbers for your fantasy team, you’re going to have to pay a premium for him; a strategy that could very well pay off. (more…)

Breaking Down the Madden Curse

Is there any sense behind the Madden Curse?

If you are a longtime fantasy football manager, odds are you have heard of the infamous “Madden Curse”. If you are unfamiliar with the NFL video game, in years past, the cover of the product was graced with John Madden in a variety of poses. Since 2001, however, the creators of the game opted to feature a starring and/or popular player from the previous year.

Because the game is released just prior to the start of the season it is covering (e.g. Madden 2013 will be released at the end of this month, featuring the ’12-’13 season), this superstition dictates that the player appearing on the cover will be afflicted with the “Madden curse”, and go on to have a sub-par, or occasionally nonexistent season. Let’s break down the history of the game’s cover, and see how the supposed “honor” has treated those who have held it.


Fantasy Bye Week Tracker and Strategy

You are bound to encounter various types of bye week strategies throughout your draft, as well as those who pay no attention to it whatsoever. Keep in mind that in no way should you pass up a fantasy stud in the early rounds simply because you are worried about bye weeks, but it is nevertheless important to remember and keep track of during your draft. This comes into effect even more so in the later rounds when you are looking for backups. The two most effective, and practiced strategies seem to be: (more…)

Draft Day Sleepers & Busts

Tamme reunited with Peyton Manning in Denver

Draft Day Sleepers

Jacob Tamme: The so called year of the tight-end has owners scrambling to find the next Gronk or Jimmy Graham. When all the name brands are long gone, look for Tamme. He fell off the radar of many after being limited to deputizing Dallas Clark last year. However, in 2010 when Clark was injured, Tamme posted 67 catches, 631 yards, and 4 TD’s. Now he is the #1 in Denver and reunited with Peyton Manning. He could very well post elite numbers this year, but if not, should still represent a good pick for value where you can get him. If you aren’t buying into the tight-end madness, fill out your other positions early on and look for Tamme in the middle rounds. (more…)