December 26, 2014 |
IT WAS that seven-game stretch starting in late September that probably clinched this year's fantasy football MVP award for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The man was a mountain of consistency the first 3 months of the season. Three touchdowns and 300 yards were as predictable as Packers players leaping into the stands after scoring touchdowns. In those seven games, Rodgers threw for 23 touchdowns and two interceptions. Rodgers garnered nearly 70 percent of readers' votes to win fantasy MVP for the second time in 4 years.
December 20, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 16 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons at Saints. Julio Jones (hip) should be back, but even if he's not, Ryan will take full advantage of New Orleans' generous secondary with the other weapons at his disposal. He tore up the Saints in Week 1, as has virtually every other offense that faces this defense. Even Jay Cutler managed to toss two TDs against this bunch. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers vs. Browns.
December 6, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 14 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks at Eagles. Wilson leaves a lot to be desired in the aerial department, but his running prowess often makes up for the lack of touchdown passes. The Eagles just shut down Tony Romo and company, but they are typically very generous to opposing passers. Look for a better-than-normal day at the office for Wilson, and better than normal is pretty darn good. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets at Vikings.
December 3, 2014 |
It's playoff time, my friends: The culmination of an embarrassing amount of draft prep and research, weekly angst over start/bench decisions and waiver-wire bids, and countless zombie-like viewing sessions of the Red Zone Channel. The grand prize awaits, whether your payoff is counted in dollars, your name etched on the side of a traveling trophy, or a year of bragging rights over your fellow owners. So this is no time to get cute. The old fantasy axiom remains: "Dance with the ones that brung ya. " Ask any Calvin Johnson or Drew Brees owner.
November 19, 2014 |
With just two weeks to go in most fantasy leagues' regular seasons, it's crunch time for teams on the postseason bubble. And things are about to get very interesting. The Browns' Josh Gordon is set to return in Week 12 against a very vulnerable Falcons secondary. With Andrew Hawkins stepping up and tight end Jordan Cameron nearing his return from a concussion, Cleveland's offense is about to get turbocharged. Don't be surprised if Brian Hoyer turns in some stellar performances in the weeks ahead.
November 8, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 10 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Cam Newton, QB, Panthers at Eagles. In a week when three star QBs are idle, Newton offers hope. Though he hasn't had a TD strike since Week 7, he ran one in last week and he'll be facing a very hospitable Philly defense. Newton is hard to trust, but he always manages to rebound. Why not under the Monday night lights? Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens vs. Titans. Forsett leads Baltimore's two- or three-headed (depending on the whims of his coaches)
November 4, 2014 |
Who's that under center in Pittsburgh and what have they done with Ben Roethlisberger? That can't be the Big Ben who has cracked the top 10 fantasy QBs in just three of his first 10 seasons. That's not the same guy who has followed nearly every masterful fantasy performance throughout his career with a dud the next week. I know it can't be him, because who else could pass for 522 yards and six TDs and still be benched by half his owners the next game? Roethlisberger isn't even owned in about 15 percent of all fantasy leagues.
October 28, 2014 |
I don't spend a lot of time regretting decisions I've made in life, mostly because there's nothing I can do about them now. Still, I regret targeting Nick Foles ahead of Andrew Luck in my drafts this year. And though Foles hasn't been a bust by any stretch, I don't think this mistake is going to end so well for me. When it comes to fantasy drafting, most of us have regrets, don't we? Seriously, who thought DeMarco Murray would be a record-breaking beast? And weren't most so-called experts convinced that Antonio Gates was all washed up?