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December 5th, 2011

There were two games this weekend that illustrated why good fantasy football performances are not necessarily good NFL performances. The first example was the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. The Colts were down 31-3 in that game halfway through the fourth quarter. Suddenly, the Colts caught fire and score three touchdowns and made the score 31-24 with less than a minute to play. The Colts did not recover the onside kick and New England was never really in any danger of losing that game.

That did not stop RB Donald Brown from salvaging his fantasy day with 14 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown. Colts QB Dan Orlovsky had a big fantasy day with 353 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception. WR Pierre Garcon salvaged his day with nine receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The Colts offense put up some good fantasy numbers, even though most of the scoring production was too little too late.

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December 5th, 2011

Fantasy Football playoffs are here for a lot of us this week. For others, we’re in what seems to be a 5-way tie for second place looking for the edge that gives us a playoff spot. Personally, I’m in both of those positions, so I have a team in need of some waiver assistance.

If you have question marks or need help at some positions, the waiver wire can make or break your season at this point, so add and drop wisely. Based upon statistical trends, remaining schedules and player availability, the guys on this list could help your fantasy team if it has a need…

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November 28th, 2011

Most fantasy teams are going to be entering the playoffs in three weeks, which means only two games  left for teams to either clinch a playoff spot or jockey for playoff position.  Players that were off the fantasy radar at the beginning of the season, such as Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow are helping fantasy owners that have been struck by injuries.

Players like Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson, who had been struggling are rushing for 190 yards and may finally be able to salvage seasons for disappointed fantasy owners. Other players, such as San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers wish that the season would be over so they can start 2012 with a clean slate.

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October 3rd, 2011

With the bye weeks approaching in the NFL and Fantasy Football, now more than ever it is important to have the right depth on your bench. Who are some players that might surprise in Week 5?

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

I have been really impressed with this rookie out of TCU. Dalton threw for just shy of 300 yards and a TD this week in the Bengals victory over the Buffalo Bills.

More importantly, it seems that fellow rookie A.J. Green and Dalton have developed a solid rapport. Dalton is available in 90 percent of leagues, and it is important to remember the matchups from week to week. In Week 5 the Bengals play the league’s worst pass defense when they travel to Jacksonville to face the reeling Jaguars…

Which other players to pick up this week?

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September 28th, 2011

The surprise of the season so far has been the 3-0 Buffalo Bills who have not made the playoffs since the 1999 season. This is a team that people expect to lose a lot of games. Instead, the Bills are one of only three teams in the league with an undefeated record.

There are two ways to look at this. According to Stats LLC, there are only six teams in the history of the league that have won twice in the same season in games they trailed by 18 points or more. The Bills have done that in back-to-back weeks.

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September 28th, 2011

There were quite a few surprises in Week 3 of the NFL season. For one, the Bills upset the New England Patriots and remained unbeaten. The Green Bay Packers are also proving that they are not suffering from the notorious Super Bowl hangover. It appears that the lockout has benefited the offensive side of the ball much more this season as evidenced by big time numbers by several offenses.

The biggest story of the weekend is perhaps the play of the Philadelphia Eagles. With yet another injury to Michael Vick (contusion on non-throwing hand), the city of :Brotherly Love” will be desperately searching for answers in Week 4.

Fantasy owners will search for answers, or a waiver wire gem, as well this week. We have a few options we recommend if your team has been hit with injures too.

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September 22nd, 2011

It is hard to take away trends after two games, but the one impact the lockout appears to have had on the NFL game is that passing yards are through the roof. There are seven teams averaging over 300 yards passing per game and 12 teams averaging over 250 yards passing per game through the first two games. In 2010, the Indianapolis Colts led the NFL with 288.0 yards passing per game and only seven teams averaged over 250.0 yards per game for the season.

It is impossible to tell if that trend will carry over for the next 14 games, but the early returns say that 2011 is going to be a monster year for quarterbacks. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is on pace 7,520 yards passing this year and Carolina Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton is on pace for 6,832 yards. Both marks would shatter Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino’s 1984 record of 5,084 passing yards.

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September 22nd, 2011

The first two weeks of the NFL have produced many exciting games, as well as a lot of injuries and poor performances. No team has been hit worse than the Kansas City Chiefs. In the offseason, they lost offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who took the same job with the University of Florida Gators.

In the final preseason game, they lost TE Tony Moeaki to a season-ending knee injury. In the first regular season game, they lost their best defender, S Eric Berry. Then in Week 2, they lost their best offensive player, RB Jamaal Charles.

QB Matt Cassel has struggled the first two games of the season producing just 252 yards passing, one touchdown, four interceptions and a QB rating of 50.4. Their only receiving threat has been WR Dwayne Bowe. He leads the team with 118 receiving yards. Steve Breaston is second with just 33 yards. As a result, they are 0-2 and been outscored 89-10. This team looks to be a prime candidate to finish with the worst record in the NFL.

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September 13th, 2011

Fantasy Football‘s Week 1 was a thrilling week, especially if you are a fan of high passing totals. For the first time in NFL history, there were five games where both quarterbacks passed for 300 or more yards. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was the league leader with an incredible 517 yards passing. It was the most passing yards in a single game since Arizona Cardinals QB Boomer Esiason threw for 522 yards against the Washington Redskins.

The other extreme happened in San Diego. In a week where 14 starting quarterbacks managed to throw for more than 300 yards and 22 starting quarterbacks topped 200 yards; Minnesota Vikings QB Donovan McNabb had 39 yards passing.

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September 4th, 2011

You know the NFL is ready to kick off soon, because the first installment of our famous Start/ Sit Article is here.

In the article we list a number of players that have favorable matchups that should be in your starting lineup this week and some players that you’d probably want to avoid.

Start of the week:

Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden – This is a guy that most people used a high draft pick on, but 2010 was the first big year that McFadden had since being drafted by the Raiders in 2008.  Even tough he had a big year last season, two of his biggest games came against the Denver Broncos. He tallied 36 carries for 284 yards, six receptions for 70 yards, three rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in two games.

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