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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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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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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 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 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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December 29th, 2010

It is not often that I write a Start / Sit article while there are still games from the week before to be played. However, for the first time since the 1940s, there will be a Tuesday night NFL game, thanks to the blizzard that rocked the Northeast this weekend.

If for some reason a Minnesota Vikings or Philadelphia Eagles player is injured tonight, that would affect my Start / Sit selections, I will make the necessary changes tomorrow.

Most fantasy leagues have their Championship Games in Week 16 because leagues want to avoid situations where star players rest the last week of the season heading into the NFL playoffs.

To accommodate owners that do have Week 17 games, we are still publishing our weekly Start / Sit article, but it is going to be a condensed version with just two quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. It will also include only one tight end.

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December 14th, 2010

Some fantasy leagues started the playoffs last week, but many are kicking off this weekend, which means the importance of every point will be magnified over the next couple of weeks. My advice to any fantasy owner is that it is important to go with your star players.

If you are fortunate enough to be in the playoffs, you have players that you have been relying on all season. Now is not the time to become too crazy with the stats and start reinventing the wheel by sitting players that have helped you win all year.

That said, there are also those positions that you have been weak at all season that you have been shuffling players to maximize points. If you are weak at some of these positions, here are some recommendations I give this week for players to start and avoid.

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December 8th, 2010

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco – Last week’s pick bombed out on me. I liked San Diego Chargers RB Mike Tolbert to dominate a weak Oakland Raiders defense; instead, the Chargers had 21 yards rushing as a team. That was another result that was surprising to me; the Raiders are usually a solid bet to allow big rushing totals to opposing offenses. The Chargers were running the ball as well as any team in the league.

If you make a bad pick and you want to end that streak at one, you pick the quarterback that is playing the Houston Texans. No team has allowed more passing yards than the Houston Texans (3,579). No team has allowed more touchdown passes either (27). The Texans do not force many interceptions; their 10 picks are tied for 19th in the league and are only four more than the last place Denver Broncos. This seems to be as safe of a pick as I have made all season; I look for Flacco and the Baltimore passing game to make themselves at home in Houston and for Flacco to have a big game on the road…

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November 30th, 2010

The worst fantasy news that any player, fan, or Fantasy Owner could hope for happened on Monday Night when San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore was lost for the season with a hip injury. The 49ers are only one game back in the NFC West at 4-7, but that loss is going to seriously hamper their ability to compete for the NFC West title this year, no matter how weak the NFC West maybe.

There are a number of premier games this week with four huge divisional games that will shape the NFL playoff picture in the early part of December. In the NFC, The New York Giants host the Washington Redskins with second place in the NFC East on the line. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 0-4 against teams with winning records and host the 9-2 Atlanta Falcons in a game they need to win to stay alive in the NFC South.

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