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Week 8 Games to Watch

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

There are only a few games this week with the potential to be great. Fortunately for you, I’m going to talk about some of them!

Week 8 Matchups to Watch!

Redskins(3-4) vs Steelers(3-3)
This game has it all, quarterbacks, running backs, offense, defense, ugly color combinations. These two teams are incredibly similar right now, if you hadn’t already noticed. Both quarterbacks have the potential to make the big plays both at any given moment and all game long. Both backfields can run the ground-and-pound all game long. Both defenses can play tough at times. Before this season, who thought you’d hear someone say the Redskins and the Steelers are incredibly similar?

The Redskins have Robert Griffin III at the helm and Alfred Morris in the backfield, quite the duo at this point in the season. Given the fact teams are learning to plan for both players to run the ball, and run it well, it’s no surprise Robert Griffin III has had so much success in the passing game. Combine that with a defense that has at times given up as many points as their talented offense can possibly score, and we could have quite the performance from the Redskins on offense.

The Steelers know how to make plays, with Ben Roethlisberger commanding the offense. Their defense is a little suspect this year, given a few injuries. Seeing a similarity yet? Combine the Ben Roethlisberger lead offense with a defense that hasn’t been as tough lately, and we could see the ball fly on a regular basis tonight with the Steelers.

Big plays are just around the corner, all we need is for both quarterbacks to play like they mean it. Two superstar quarterbacks going head-to-head with mediocre defenses make this a game to watch.

Giants(5-2) vs Cowboys(3-3)
This is one of those games where you hope both teams don’t have a bad night offensively. Between the Tony Romo lead Cowboys and the Eli Manning lead Giants, this game has a chance. The Cowboys have been falling apart lately, so it may take closer to a miracle for them to come together for an entire game, or enough in the 4th quarter. The Giants have been crushing teams, we just have to hope their defense doesn’t play so well tonight so the Cowboys have a chance.

The Giants are playing very well this year, with Eli Manning throwing the ball deep on a fairly regular basis. It also helps when your receivers catch the deep ball, as often as its thrown. The Giants defense can go hot or cold, but when they go hot they definitely are going to make somebody hurt. The Giants have a nice backfield as well, able to run the ball for a majority of the time between Eli Manning throwing the deep ball. Let’s hope we see more passes than runs.

The Cowboys need to get it together. Tony Romo smiles too much for the type of performance he’s been putting up, stinking up the place along with Dez Bryant. Miles Austin has had a pretty good last couple of games, so has DeMarco Murray who is unfortunately injured. The Cowboys need a helping hand tonight, and the only place they’re going to get it is on the defensive side of the ball with a turnover.

Here’s to hoping the Cowboys offense figures out what the problem is before we end up watching a one-sided game.
Having two teams in one game that can and have put up huge numbers despite the competition makes this a game to watch.

Saints(2-4) vs Broncos (3-3)
This game is going to be great. Drew Brees and the Saints always score points, their defense always gives up points. Combine that with Peyton Manning running the Broncos offense and we’ve got ourselves a game. This won’t be about defenses, although they might play tough and come up with a few big plays of their own. This game will be about the impressive offense of both teams.

The Saints have Drew Brees throwing the ball for them, a sure sign there will be passing touchdowns for the Saints by the end of this game. The large number of Saints players able to catch the ball and make plays after the catch is what gives them their incredible edge when comparing their offense to pretty much any defense. Their defense used to be revered, now they make the big hits while giving up the big plays, so nobody cares. If the Saints want to win this game they are going to have to score points, because their defense gives up more points than any other team in the NFL.

The Broncos have a well-balanced offense if you think about it. Peyton Manning is great, which he again proved this year, but he is throwing to only two wide-receivers and a question mark at tight end. The Broncos run game is actually doing pretty good, with Willis McGahee coming up big in yardage on a fairly regular basis. The Broncos defense isn’t what it was last season, but they are better than the Raiders defense so they can’t be the worst.

These are two teams that should be in the post season, at least to give us a show during the playoffs or the Super Bowl. Two fantastic teams, despite their records, going at it in a shootout is what makes this a definite game to watch.

Sleeper of the Week
Falcons(6-0) vs Eagles (3-3)
The Falcons are undefeated, their offense is consistently putting up numbers, their defense is consistently creating turnovers. The Eagles could or should have no wins, their offense is consistently turning the ball over, their defense is consistently stuffing offenses. This could be a great game and will likely generate a lot of highlights, on the defensive side of the ball.

Fantasy Week 7 Matchup

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Last week I lost 63-74, putting my record at 2-3-1. There were a lot of busts from starters across the league, definitely one of the lowest scoring fantasy weeks we’ll see this season. This week I go up against XH whose fantasy team name is Baltimore Gentlemen. I grabbed Ryan Fitzpatrick, Scott Chandler and the Packers D/ST off waivers, dropping Matt Schaub, Jacob Tamme and the Bengals D/ST. Between having 6 players on their bye weeks and the large amount of  points the Baltimore Gentlemen score each week, I had to make some moves heading into this week.

Current Week 7 Lineups:

Sacramento Footlong (2-3-1)
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick –  Buf vs Ten
RB Frank Gore – SF vs Sea
RB Fred Jackson – Buf vs Ten
RB/WR Trent Richardson – Cle @ Ind
WR Steve Smith – Car vs Dal
WR Stevie Johnson – Buf vs Ten
TE Vernon Davis – SF vs Sea
D/ST Packers D/ST – GB @ StL
K Lawrence Tynes – NYG vs Wsh
Bench
QB Matt Ryan –
QB Peyton Manning –
RB Darren Sproles –
WR Eric Decker –
WR Brian Hartline –
TE Scott Chandler –
D/ST Falcons D/ST –

Baltimore Gentlemen (4-2)
QB Tom Brady – NE vs NYJ
RB Ray Rice – Bal @ Hou
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Cin vs Pit
RB/WR Nate Washington – Ten @ Buf
WR Brandon Marshall – Chi vs Det
WR Vincent Jackson – TB vs NO
TE Aaron Hernandez – NE vs NYJ
D/ST Cardinals D/ST – Ari @ Min
K Greg Zuerlein – StL vs GB
Bench
QB Joe Flacco – Bal @ Hou
RB Jamaal Charles – Bye
RB Reggie Bush – Bye
RB Willis McGahee – Bye
WR Roddy White – Bye
WR Antonio Brown – Pit @ Cin
TE Kyle Rudolph – Min vs Ari

Frank Gore and Vernon Davis played Thursday night, Gore scored 20 fantasy points while Davis dropped an egg with 0 points. This should be a close matchup this week but I’ve got a shot at beating the league owner! You’re going down!

Now all I have to do is hope my players don’t follow suit with Vernon Davis. Easier said than done.

Fantasy Week 5 results and Week 6 matchup

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

My team tied in week 5, which is great news considering I was tied 101-101 after the Sunday night game and my opponent still had Andre Johson to play. Monday morning, 102-101 points correction in my favor. Monday night, Andre Johnson scores 1 fantasy point. I never thought being 2-2-1 would look so good considering what was surely the only alternative.

A couple of quick waiver wire pickups added WR Brian Hartline and K Lawrence Tynes to the roster, with WR Steve Smith and RB Darren Sproles on a bye this week. Not to mention my kickers have been giving me low scores, and that big zero Nick Folk gave me.

It is fairly obvious I need more consistent receivers, so I am trying to make a play for Percy Harvin from another team. We’ll see how that one goes, people always want your best player for their bench players.

This week my team the Sacramento Footlong (2-2-1) is taking on the Train Wreck (3-2) which has been the team with the best record at the end of the fantasy season, and loses in the Super Bowl every year. Last year I beat them in the Super Bowl, after finishing the season with the worst record of any playoff team, it was a 10 team league so 8 teams made it into the playoffs. How’s that for a good fantasy game this week?

Current Week 6 lineups:

Sacramento Footlong
QB Matt Ryan – Atl vs Oak
RB  Frank Gore – SF vs NYG
RB Trent Richardson – Cle vs Cin
RB/WR Brian Hartline – Mia vs StL
WR Stevie Johnson – Buf @ Ari
WR Eric Decker – Den @ SD
TE Vernon Davis – SF vs NYG
D/ST Bengals D/ST – Cin @ Cle
K Lawrence Tynes – NYG @ SF
Bench
QB Peyton Manning – Den @ SD
QB Matt Schaub – Hou vs GB
RB Darren Sproles – Bye
RB Fred Jackson – Buf @ Ari
WR Steve Smith – Bye
TE Jacob Tamme – Den @ SD
D/ST Falcons D/ST – Atl vs Oak

Train Wreck
QB Aaron Rodgers – GB @ Hou
RB Arian Foster – Hou vs GB
RB Rashard Mendenhall – Pit @ Ten
RB/WR DeMarco Murray – Dal @ Bal
WR Dwayne Bowe – KC @ TB
WR Demaryius Thomas – Den @ SD
TE Rob Gronkowski – NE @ Sea
D/ST Seahawks D/ST – Sea vs NE
K Justin Tucker – Bal vs Dal
Bench
QB Ben Roethlisberger – Pit @ Ten
RB Chris Johnson – Ten vs Pit
RB Cedric Benson – GB @ Hou
WR Marques Colston – Bye
WR Torrey Smith – Bal vs Dal
WR Jordy Nelson – GB @ Hou
TE Dennis Pitta – Bal vs Dal

Train Wreck acquired Aaron Rodgers recently in a trade for Eli Manning. I don’t have anything nice to say about any of that.

Hopefully a victory is over the horizon this week.

Fantasy Matchup: Week 5

October 7, 2012 Leave a comment

This week my team the Sacramento Footlong are playing the Straight Jacket Crazies. I thought I was going to get lucky, my opponent had too many starters on bye this week and was going to be missing Calvin Johnson, instead he dropped Pierre Thomas and picked up James Jones from waivers. Oh well.

Currently my team is projected for 128 fantasy points, while my opponent thankfully is only projected for 109 fantasy points. The lineups are below.

Sacramento Footlong
QB – Matt Ryan – ATL @ WSH
RB – Frank Gore – SF vs BUF
RB – Trent Richardson – CLE @ NYG
RB/WR – Eric Decker – DEN @ NE
WR – Steve Smith – CAR vs SEA
WR – Stevie Johnson – BUF @ SF
TE – Vernon Davis – SF vs BUF
D/ST – Bengals D/ST – CIN vs MIA
K – Matt Praeter – DEN @ NE

Straight Jacket Crazies
QB – Andy Dalton – CIN vs MIA
RB – Michael Turner – ATL @ WSH
RB – Alfred Morris – WSH vs ATL
RB/WR – Andre Brown – NYG vs CLE
WR – Andre Johnson – HOU @ NYJ
WR – James Jones – GB @ IND
TE – Tony Gonzalez – ATL @ WSH
D/ST – 49ers D/ST – SF vs BUF
K – David Akers – SF vs BUF

I am hoping for some shanahanigans on Sunday since my opponent has Alfred Morris in. As for my own players, I am just hoping Steve Smith and Stevie Johnson wake up. Otherwise I’ll be looking for new receivers. I dropped Mikel Leshoure and grabbed Matt Schaub again, I just couldn’t let him sit on the waivers knowing some team wants him.

My bench for this week includes Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub, Fred Jackson, Darren Sproles, Donnie Avery, Jacob Tamme and the Falcons D/ST. Think I’m making the rights moves this week? I think so. We’ll see by the end of today!