Ho-Ho-Holy Playoffs! This is a critical time for fantasy owners, and puzzling times for Who Sharks Are Starting. With most leagues down to just a handful of teams left standing, the Collective Shark Brain is a little smaller, and some weirdness is going to emerge. In this must-read for Who Sharks Are Starting fans, I'll take you through some of the keys to analyzing this week's data by example, and offer a few of my personal takes at key positions.Read More »
If you're still reading this in Week 15, chances are you're in the playoffs. Congrats on making it this far. There are plenty of intriguing matchups to look for this week as the Panthers and Titans will keep running over everyone and the Broncos, Saints, Cardinals and Chargers will air it out like nobody's business.Read More »
Welcome to Week 14 of “On the Rise, On the Fall.” Throughout the season, I will discuss players whose stock is rising and others who are not having the same luck.Read More »
What horror movie character is Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden comparing Steve Smith to this week? How confident is head coach Mike McCarthy with his quarterback late in games? How many prongs are in the Baltimore rushing attack, and what kind of impact does each prong make? Plus, find out the latest news surrounding Marion Barber, Chris Henry, Adrian Peterson, and more, get the latest IDP injury report, and hear me speak out against the NFLPA and unions around the nation.Read More »
It's Thursday, and the Sharks left standing have spoken with their lineups in the interactive Who Sharks Are Starting, updating every hour of every day to help you decide who to start. Here's a preview of the Thursday morning rankings, a few words on how to best use these rankings in the playoffs, and some of my takes on the big movers in shark lineups this week.Read More »
Welcome back to The Hive!! It's playoff time baby!! Hard to believe it's week 14 already, isn't it? Where did the season go? Soon all of us will be fighting over what team drafts who and why you should or shouldn't draft so-and-so in 2009. The circle of life kids, the circle of life.Read More »
The Cowboys are going to struggle in the wilds of Pittsburgh. With a
chance of snow showers forecast for three out of the next four days, it
will be cold and there may be light snow. That puts Dallas at a
distinct disadvantage right out of the chute. The injury to Marion
Barber doesn't help as that's what December and January is
all about, running the football. The Cowboys are good, they'll show
flashes but they won't be able to tie drives together and that will
Success in the playoffs can erase the bad breaks of a 7-6 season while struggles can reduce a 11-2 record to a meaningless afterthought. Studs are, in the words of the immortal Dennis Green, "who we thought they were", but there's always a matchup to exploit this time of the season. Choose your starters wisely, because you do not get a second chance this time of year.
Cotchery has had a couple quiet weeks after a solid game in New England back in Week 11. With Favre expected to perform well this week comes the expectations that Cotchery will benefit the most from Favre's successes. Look for Cotchery to surpass the 100-yard receiving mark for the second time this season in San Francisco.
Welcome to Week 13
of “On the Rise, On the Fall.” Throughout the season, I will discuss
players whose stock is rising and others who are not having the same
luck. I will avoid naming the obvious studs – Marshawn Lynch, Roddy White, etc – and will keep to players whose performance was not as foreseeable.
What does Ronnie Brown think of his opponent this week --- the St Louis Rams? Will Matt Schaub return this Monday night? Will the Packers defense be ready for a cat rushing attack this Sunday? And who did former Jets running back Curtis Martin compare Leon Washington to in a recent interview this week? Plus, find out the latest news surrounding Brandon Jacobs, Plaxico Burress, Clinton Portis and Reggie Bush, get a thorough list of IDP injuries, and hear me speak out on three subjects in the post-Thanksgiving edition of fantasy news.Read More »
Now that the interactive Who Sharks Are Starting is live, updating every hour of every day to help you decide who to start, we can take some time to talk about what sharks are doing in their lineups. Here are some of my takes on the big movers in shark lineups this week, Murphy's Law of Offense, and the first WSAS Whiskey Tango.Read More »
The Chargers are struggling to put anything together and it points back to the offensive line and a secondary that is leaking yardage. With Antonio Gates out in a pattern, the line needs to handle all the pass blocking and the guys that surround Phillip Rivers in the backfield just aren't as good as the guys that were there last year. The Chargers have lost some talent over the last year or two that they havnen't been able to make up for. Don't look for a lot of points from your Chargers though they'll do well enough up top to warrant a look at Antonio Gates. Not that you'd have him benched of course.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May the joy you receive from your second helping of pumpkin pie only be surpassed by the mountain of fantasy points your team scores on this glorious holiday weekend. These next two weeks will determine the playoff teams in most leagues. Don't over-think the matchups. Remember, your studs brought you this far. Let them take you the rest of the way.Read More »
I should have known better. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a young, inexperienced, career backup quarterback born in Arizona, who went against a good Pittsburgh defense, playing in the snow. I haven't had to think twice about starting T.J. Houshmandzadeh in my PPR leagues since his early season funk, even with Fitzpatrick under center, and there wasn't much made of the back issue that had Houshetc listed as probable. In this edition of the Stat Lab, we test the impact of the weather on fantasy performance. It turns out my instincts were right -- just a week late.Read More »
to Week 12 of “On the Rise, On the Fall.” Throughout the season, I will
discuss players whose stock is rising and others who are not having the
same luck. I will avoid naming the obvious studs – Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, etc – and will keep to players whose performance was not as foreseeable.
If you read my playoff article a few days ago, you’ll know how I feel about Chad down the stretch. He had his biggest day of the year Sunday and while he won’t put up those numbers the rest of the way; he should put up respectable ones. He faces the Rams, Bills, 49ers and Chiefs through Week 16. Don’t worry about that game against the Bills either since it’s not in Buffalo – it’s in Toronto...
Is it time for fantasy owners to give up on Terrell Owens? What will the Packers game plan be down the stretch? Is Devin Hester even a threat to opposing defenses anymore? And what will the Giants rushing attack look like if it has to churn without Brandon Jacobs? Plus, find out the latest news surrounding Reggie Bush, Roddy White, and Brian Westbrook, get your IDP injury rundown and hear me Speak Out on the NFL fix I believe in!
Terrell Owens is a typical confident wide receiver, and his past has brought many moments that he and NFL fans would love to forget. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram the Cowboys wide receiver is frustrated with his offensive numbers once again and blames it on the style of offense his team is playing...
Practice notes on wide receivers and tight ends from around the league and a look at fantasy points allowed to the receivers to assist in last-minute lineup decisions.Read More »
The Chiefs are making a nice cinderella story in the NFL this year. Tyler Thigpen
comes out of obscurity to already be tagged as the Chiefs starting QB
next year. Sure there'll be an open competition for the job with Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard
but the job is Thigpen's to lose and he's far ahead of the pack right
now. While the fantasy world is gushing about him, he did complete just
50% of his passes last week so it's not all perfect yet and there is
room for Thigpen to fall flat on his face still. However, a promising
start for the young Chief and we look forward to seeing more from him. Larry Johnson
will struggle getting yards on the ground but he will get the tough
yards. If you have a 'tough yards' scoring category then get LJ in!
Just in time for the fantasy playoffs, today marks the launch of the new interactive Who Sharks Are Starting. From the R&D division of the Stat Lab, Who Sharks Are Starting' looks at the thousands of individual lineup decisions made in the over 400 teams in the official and community leagues here at FantasySharks.com. Throughout each day, live lineups are downloaded and compiled to provide up-to-date player rankings. Unlike anything else you can find online, this is current lineup advice straight from the people in the FantasySharks community you already trust to help decide who to start.Read More »
The playoffs are coming and it’s time to check out what players will be shining and who will disappoint. Should you be worried that your star player will be rested in the final weeks? Find the answer to that question and seven more in this week’s special edition playoff column …Read More »
How was Larry Johnson greeted upon returning to the Chiefs, and what kind of role will he play in the offense? What is the Falcons game plan on offense to beat up a battered Broncos defense? When will Bills quarterback Trent Edwards break out of his slump? And how does the Buccaneers defense feel about facing Adrian Peterson this week? Plus, find out the latest on running backs Willie Parker, Darren McFadden, and Clinton Portis, and all the injured impact players across the NFL. Get a IDP rundown of injuries, see the latest team defensive leaders, and hear me speak out about poor coaching!
Practice notes on the wide receivers from around the league and a look at fantasy points allowed to receivers to assist in last-minute lineup decisions.Read More »
In the Week 6 edition of Digging Deeper titled "In Non-PPR, is it a WR’s Game Yet?", we took a look at how RBs compared to WRs in regards to individual fantasy points, and how many RBs there were compared to WRs in the Top 100 RBs and WRs through Week 5 in non-PPR leagues. Now that we’re another five weeks into the season from that point, as promised, we’re going to return to the analysis to see where we are at this point.Read More »
Michael Turner, Anquan Boldin and Drew Brees top the lists, with Tony Romo back in the rankings at No. 10 in your biweekly report from the Stat Lab in Week 9 of Who Sharks are Starting. You don't need a report to tell you 98% of owners are starting Adrian Peterson. This is decision-by-decision analysis ripped from the offical and community leagues here at FantasySharks.com, brought to you every Thursday and Saturday, to help you decide who to start.Read More »
The bye weeks are finally done which leaves you with a full roster of choices for your starting lineup. Be warned that there is a Thursday night game each week for the next six weeks. Start looking at your matchups early in the week so that it's not a coin flip at 7:59 p.m. on Thursday night deciding your fantasy team's playoff fate.Read More »
Welcome to Week 10 of “On the Rise, On the Fall.” Throughout the season, I will discuss players whose stock is rising and others who are not having the same luck. I will avoid naming the obvious studs - Anquan Boldin, Drew Brees, etc - and will keep to players whose performance was not as foreseeable.Read More »
Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, and Kurt Warner top the list in your late report from the Stat Lab in Week 10 of Who Sharks are Starting. You don't need a report to tell you 98% of his owners are starting Larry Fitzgerald. This is decision-by-decision analysis ripped from the offical and community leagues here at FantasySharks.com, brought to you every Thursday and Saturday, to help you decide who to start.Read More »
Will Aaron Rodgers be able to conquer the Metrodome? Is the change of scenery the difference in Mark Bradley's better production? Is Cedric Benson a permanent solution for the Bengals at running back? And what kind of chemistry has Brett Favre brought to the Jets locker room in 2008? Plus, find out the latest surrounding the Lions quarterback situation, get the latest injury news, and hear me speak out about the Broncos rushing attack, or lack thereof!
Vikings horns will be roaring, the crowd will be loud, and the field will be enclosed. It’s the Vikings 12th man, and according to JSOnline.com it’s something that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants to conquer this Sunday; something that old number four struggle with early in his green and gold career.
The Packers are a better team than they've been showing and they're starting to get healthier and that will translate to wins. Aaron Rodgers is going to go off on Sunday with Greg Jennings and Donald Driver leading the way. Expect a huge number from Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings and a just less than huge number from Donald Driver. If you're starting Greg Jennings,
make sure you take your opponent out to watch the Packers game just so
you can watch his/her face in person, turn white at half-time.
Adrian Peterson, Anquan Boldin, and once again Kurt Warner top the list your Thursday report from the Stat Lab in Week 9 of Who Sharks are Starting. You don't need a report to tell you 98% of his owners are starting Calvin Johnson. This is decision-by-decision analysis ripped from the offical and community leagues here at FantasySharks.com, brought to you every Thursday and Saturday, to help you decide who to start.Read More »
As the injuries continue at the QB position, keep in mind the Gus Frerotte's, Tyler Thigpen's and Chad Pennington's of the league will fill in nicely from week to week. You don't need Drew Brees at QB to contend if your other skill positions can carry their own weight. Dig deep in the trenches of the waiver wire for QBs, you never know when that supposed rock will turn into a diamond.
For those of you suffering the QB injury blues, look no further than Matt Ryan to lift your spirits. Ryan has thrown two TDs in three of the past four weeks and has averaged 248 yards passing during that same span. Look for continued success from Ryan this week against the Saints who allowed 341 passing yards to Philip Rivers and the Chargers two weeks ago.
It's crunch time for playoff contenders and owners on the bubble. Every point counts, and you're looking for trades to add strength and free agent prospects to add depth before the waiver deadline. You just have to pick the right ones.
Stats are as much about making good decisions as they are the numbers, and I'm a bit of a science buff and news junkie, so in this edition of the Stat Lab, we'll take some lessons from those lab researchers whose game day jersey is a white coat. Here are five how-tos and how-not-tos in putting your brain to work towards fantasy football success.
Braylon is going to continue his success in the second half of the season. Since Week 4, in basic leagues that do not award a point per reception, Braylon has averaged 11.6 points per game, including three touchdowns. He faces
The one place in this game that there's a slight advantage is when the
Steelers run the ball. The Redskins have been good at stopping opposing
RB's, WR's and TE's like the Steelers but the Steelers bread and butter
has been that running game even though they came into this season
wanting to pass the ball.
Is Brett Favre pressing too hard? What will the Dolphins do against the 30th ranked Broncos run defense, who find themselves Champ-less this week? How is the Chargers defense responding to their new defensive coordinator? Can the Cardinals continue to light up the NFL sky led by their trio of receivers? And is Torry Holt being phased out in St Louis? Plus, get the latest injury news, find out what the Giants have been saying about Brad Johnson, and hear me speak out on Mike Singletary's coaching style!
Kurt the Cryptkeeper Warner, Dyin Brian Westbrook, and Andre Fergalicious Johnson top the costumed lists in your special post-Halloween update from the Stat Lab in Week 9 of Who Sharks are Starting. You don't need a report to tell you 98% of owners are starting Washington's very own Sheriff Gonna Getcha. This is decision-by-decision analysis ripped from the offical and community leagues here at FantasySharks.com, brought to you every Thursday and Saturday, to help you decide who to start.Read More »
News and notes from practice during the week. A look at fantasy points allowed to the receivers. Some favorable and unfavorable matchups.Read More »
Michael Turner, Larry Fitzgerald, and Kurt Warner top the lists in your biweekly report from the Stat Lab in Week 9 of Who Sharks are Starting. You don't need a report to tell you 98% of owners are starting Clinton Portis. This is decision-by-decision analysis ripped from the offical and community leagues here at FantasySharks.com, brought to you every Thursday and Saturday, to help you decide who to start.
Orlovsky, Orton, Avery and Olsen. No, this isn't just a law firm that is willing to help you receive the compensation you deserve from a serious injury suffered at work, it's also a list of fantasy starters recommended in week nine. It's not exactly Manning, Tomlinson and Owens, but who said fantasy football was predictable?
If you’re anything like me and drafted a “value” TE late in the draft this year, you’re probably scrambling to find consistency at the position heading into the playoffs (or just trying to make the playoffs). I probably don’t have to tell you the position is way down when you look at the viable options top to bottom. In this edition of Digging Deeper, we’re going to analyze and project the Top 8 TE options for the rest of the season who might still be available on the waiver wire in your leagues.Read More »