Risky Fantasy Football Starters: Week 8, 2010



Here are the riskiest major starters for fantasy football week 8, 2010:
  • Drew Brees, QB, NO - Brees plays the Steelers at home.  He has had a 4-INT game and the Saints were stymied by the Browns.  Brees is still a stud and you probably don't have anyone else to start over him anyway, but just remember his stats might be pedestrian and that other parts of your lineup may have to make up for this.
  • DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR - DeAngelo has been missing practice because of a foot sprain.  He could end up a game-time decision or even disappear from the game if he does start if he aggravates the foot.
  • Randy Moss, WR, MIN - Moss will be visiting his old haunts at New England, but may be doing so without Brett Favre.  If Favre doesn't go, Tavaris Jackson will get the nod, which should hurt Moss' game; if Favre starts, he may be a limited passer.
Here are some links to some starting lineup rankings:

The Importance of WR Targets to Fantasy Football Success



Targets.  When reading about fantasy football, you may have come across that term but you might not have known what it means.  Targets are the number of times a quarterback threw to a wide receiver, tight end, or running back.  Whether the pass was completed is irrelevant; targets measure only the number of times the quarterback intended to get the ball to another player via the pass.

So now that targets is defined, why should you care about them?  Because they are a measure of opportunity!  The more times a quarterback throws to a player, the more chances that player will have to produce stats.  If a player tends to only get 3-4 targets a game, they'll have a hard time consistently putting up the kind of stats that a player getting 10+ targets does.

Now that you understand targets, make sure that you look at them for each RB, WR, and TE on your team.  Make sure that their target levels are high or increasing, rather than are low or decreasing.  A great site for getting target information is FFToday.com, which has sortable season, weekly, and multiple-week target stats.  You can get even more granular by looking at sites such as FFArmory.com, which will show you how many times a player was targeted in the red zone -- the part of the field extending in from the 20 yard line of the opposition through their end zone, which is important because that will give you an indication of how many opportunities a player is getting to make a reception for a touchdown.

Fantasy Football Notable Numbers: Week 7, 2010



It's always a good idea to examine stats because they unearth trends and expose hype. Here are some useful stats pages:

Fantasy Football Week 7, 2010 Post-Game Injury Report



Here is the Week 7, 2010 post game injury report:

Risky Fantasy Football Starters: Week 7, 2010



I don't know your opponent, league's rules, or team's roster, so I can't tell you precisely who to start and who to sit.  However, I can tell you who some of the riskiest major players are for week 5, which is a bye week.  Remember that if you suspect you'll have a hard time matching your opponent's firepower, you may have to swing for the fences and use a risky player.  Also, I know you may have no choice but to use one of the risky players listed below given the thinned pool of available players because of the bye.  Here are who I consider to be the riskiest major player start for Week 7, 2010:

  • Beanie Weels, RB, AZ - Facing the Seahawks in Seattle, who've yet to allow a 100-yard rusher or give up a rushing TD at home.  Plus, though he played well in his debut, Max Hall is a rookie QB facing a good defense on the road, which won't help the AZ offense.
  • Titans QBs - Whether it's Vince Young playing on a bad knee or rusty Kerry Collins under center for the Titans, they'll be facing an Eagles D that has snagged 9 INTs and registered 18 sacks this season.
  • Donovan McNabb, QB, WA - On the road vs. Da Bears, without his top target, TE Chris Cooley, and he's yet to throw for more than a single TD in any game.  The Bears D hasn't allowed multiple TD passes all year.

Here are some more useful start/sit articles for Week 7, 2010:

Protect Your Fantasy Football Investment with Fantasy Sports Insurance.com



Fantasy Sports Insurance.com offers a unique product: insurance for your fantasy football player.  Yes, that's right.  Not only can you insure your house, car, pet, and items you've purchased, now you can insure your fantasy football players, too -- well, at least the major ones on your roster.  Rather than recap the entire concept, here, I'll direct you to FSI's FAQ page.  I can't speak as to the product as I have not tried it, so my only goal here is just to make you owners out there aware that such a product exists.  If any of you have tried it already, please leave a comment below detailing your experience.

Fantasy Football Notable Numbers: Week 6, 2010 Workloads and More



Courtesy of Rotoworld's Evan Silva, here's a great breakdown of the top 10 workloads of Week 6, 2010, and a listing of notable runners-up.  Remember, the more opportunities your RB, WR, TE, K, or QB have, the more likely you'll get good fantasy production out of them.

Another valuable set of stats comes to you from FFToday.  Make sure you check out their compilation of Week 6 stats and full-season stats.  Also, check out their FF Points Allowed tables for valuable insights into who to start this week.

FF Armory provides us owners with yet another important stat: red zone targets.

Finally, interested in who are the most effective fantasy football starters?  Then check out Football Outsiders' DVOA pages.

Week 6, 2010 Fantsy Football Wrap Ups & Week 7 Waivers



Here are some useful Week 6, 2010 summaries and Week 7 waiver advice columns:

Fantasy Football Week 6, 2010 Post-Game Injury Report



Here are two Week 6, 2010 post game injury reports:

Risky Fantasy Football Starters: Week 6, 2010



I don't know your opponent, league's rules, or team's roster, so I can't tell you precisely who to start and who to sit.  However, I can tell you who some of the riskiest major players are for week 5, which is a bye week.  Remember that if you suspect you'll have a hard time matching your opponent's firepower, you may have to swing for the fences and use a risky player.  Also, I know you may have no choice but to use one of the risky players listed below given the thinned pool of available players because of the bye.  Here are who I consider to be the riskiest major player starts for Week 6, 2010:

5 Tips for Choosing Your Fantasy Football Kicker



Some say that fantasy football kickers don't deserve any thought at all.  While they are capricious, you mustn't squander any opportunity to improve your team or do anything that hurts your team.  Whether you're drafting your fantasy football team's kicker or replacing one that's on bye or under-performing, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to your fantasy kicker:

Fantasy Football Notable Numbers: Week 5, 2010 Workloads



Here's a great breakdown of the top 10 workloads of Week 5, 2010, and a listing of notable runners-up.  Remember, the more opportunities your RB, WR, TE, K, or QB have, the more likely you'll get good fantasy production out of them.

Week 5, 2010 Fantsy Football Wrap Ups & Week 6 Waivers



Here are some good Week 5, 2010 fantasy football wrap ups and Week 6, 2010 waiver advice:

Week 6, 2010, Preliminary NFL Injury Report



Courtesy of CBS Sports, here's a complete injury report for Week 5 of the 2010 NFL season, with MNF yet to be played. 

And from KFFL, here's a more detailed but less comprehensive  Week 5 Post-game Injury Report, broken down by position.

Risky Fantasy Football Starters: Week 5, 2010



I don't know your opponent, league's rules, or team's roster, so I can't tell you precisely who to start and who to sit.  However, I can tell you who some of the riskiest major players are for week 5, which is a bye week.  Remember that if you suspect you'll have a hard time matching your opponent's firepower, you may have to swing for the fences and use a risky player.  Also, I know you may have no choice but to use one of the risky players listed below given the thinned pool of available players because of the bye.  Here are who I consider to be the riskiest major player starts for Week 5, 2010:


All-Out Blitz's 1st Quarter Fantasy Football Stock Report



Here is a good article by Doug Orth of FF Today that analyzes which players' stock is falling and whose is rising, based on the first quarter of the 2010 fantasy season.  Orth preaches aggressive ownership moves, and I often have found his advice and insights beneficial.

How to Predict Running Back Yards Per Carry



Here is a very interesting and useful article called Learn How to Predict Running Backs' Yards Per Carry by Jonathan Bales of the Dallas Cowboy Times.  In it, he shows how to use statistical analysis to predict fantasy performance.  Check it out.

Week 4, 2010 Fantsy Football Wrap Ups & Waivers



Here are some good Week 4, 2010 fantasy football wrap ups and Week 4, 2010 waiver advice:

Risky Fantasy Football Starters: Week 4, 2010



I don't know your opponent, league's rules, or team's roster, so I can't tell you precisely who to start and who to sit.  However, I can tell you who some of the riskiest major players are for week 4, the first of the bye weeks.  Remember that if you suspect you'll have a hard time matching your opponent's firepower, you may have to swing for the fences and use a risky player.  Also, I know you may have no choice but to use one of the risky players listed below given the thinned pool of available players because of the bye.  Here are who I consider to be the riskiest major player starts for Week 4, 2010:
  • Andre Johnson, WR, HOU - Battling a high ankle sprain and lined up opposite Raiders' shut down corner Nnamdi Asomugha if he does play.  Start him at your own risk; he might not play, or if he plays, could leave early, and even if he does play the entire game, between Asomugha and his ankle, is likely to post low numbers.
  • Denver WRs: Gaffney, Lloyd, Royal, Thomas -  Any of those guys could be the go-to guy for Kyle Orton. Let's see if Gaffney can string together 2 straight dominant weeks before using him; I'd sit him unless in a 3-WR league or if really impacted by the bye week.
  • DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, RBs, CAR - With rookie QB Jimmy Clausen under center, opposing defenses don't have to respect the Carolina passing game, which consists of mainly short dumps, so they jam the line, daring Carolina to run.  Also, DeAngelo doesn't have a goal-line carry yet this year.
  • Jahvid Best, RB, DET - He's battling turf toe.  There's a chance he plays, but even if he does how effective can he really be? Also, there's a chance he won't finish the game even if he does start. Remember Darren McFadden and LaDanian Tomlinson's bouts with turf toe?
  • Ray Rice, RB, BAL - Bruised knee and facing the Steelers, who boast the NFL's stingiest D.
For a composite look at various sites' Week 4 rankings, check out Fantasy Sports Central's weekly cheatsheet.

And here are a few start/sit articles: