Posted by & filed under Monday Afternoon Quarterback.

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press / October 6, 2013

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press / October 6, 2013

Week 5′s almost in the books and the landscape of the NFL is changing at the quarterback position. As I mentioned in Week 1, this is a passing league, and if you don’t have a good quarterback in this league, you can assure yourself of a losing endeavour. In this episode of the Monday Afternoon Quarterback, we will examine the good, bad and ugly side of quarterback play in the NFL through Week 5.

The Good

Dallas Cowboys/Denver Broncos Shootout

Wow. If every game could be as scintillating as what we saw in Dallas yesterday afternoon, there would be no need for Basketball, Baseball or Hockey. We saw 99 points scored and several lead changes as the last team who got the ball (Broncos, 5-0) held on for the win. This type of high powered offense is what’s good for the NFL. No one sticks around to see the 6-3 snoozefests. The fans want offense and they want it NOW. I think the only bad thing to come out of this game is the hate flying towards Tony Romo, who only threw for 500 yards and 5 TDs yesterday. I think the Cowboys fans should consider themselves lucky to have even been in that game yesterday, seeing as how the Broncos have been running roughshod over everyone. Sure, Tony threw the game deciding pick, but if not for him, the Cowboys wouldn’t have even been in the game. For further clarification, take a look at the QB rosters of the Jaguars or the Jets
Read more »

Posted by & filed under Bulls & Bears.

Continuing new feature on the blog, Bulls & Bears. I think the NFL is very much like the stock market in that team performance fluctuates wildy and the investment that each fans put in every week either lives up to their expectations or flops.

 

The Outlook system did pretty well last week, going 6-4 on the top 10 sells and 7-3 on the top 10 buys. Here is the board for this week:
Read more »

Posted by & filed under Wednesday Waiver Wire.

The bye week blues have begun in the NFL and if you didn’t strategize in your draft, taking advantage of matchups during the bye weeks, you could be in for a long stretch of the season. Luckily, we’re here to make sure you don’t lose your fantasy dignity or pride (We can’t guarantee that you won’t lose in fantasy football… or life)

Rashad Jennings, RB, Raiders
Okay, Rashad Jennings is not anything special. Let’s get that straight off the bat. He is a 3rd string RB on a team that is a perpetual loser. However, with Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece both nursing injuries, you have to start him, especially if your RB2 or preferred flex player has a bye this week. He doesn’t have the explosiveness of a DMC but he will be the running workhorse for the Raiders against the Chargers, and with Terelle Pryor at the helm, you could expect him to catch an outlet pass or 2.
Read more »

Posted by & filed under Studz and Dudz.

Matt Schaub runs

A quarter of the way through the season and again we are seeing more teams separating from the rest of the pack. We are starting to get a feel for who’s good and who’s not.

Interesting Observation from the first quarter of 2013:

Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger – 4 Super Bowl rings, 270 career starts, 0 wins in 2013. Brian Hoyer – 3 career starts, 2 wins. Go figure.
Read more »

Posted by & filed under Bulls & Bears.

I would like to introduce a new feature on the blog, Bulls & Bears. I think the NFL is very much like the stock market in that team performance fluctuates wildy and the investment that each fans put in every week either lives up to their expectations or flops.

 

I use a weighted formula that gives a stock market like share price to each team based on wins, margin of victory, red zone efficiency, turnovers and penalties and an x factor, which is my ranking for these teams. Using this formula, I aim to find trends in the data and share them with you to help you decide whether to buy or sell.
Read more »

Posted by & filed under Monday Afternoon Quarterback.

Ben Roethlisberger 2005

Week 3 will be history tonight, and the pain continues as we see some good old fashioned blowouts, upsets and some ugly football out there.

It seems as if the good teams will be pulling away now, and the parity that existed the first two weeks, with plenty of games going to the wire, will settle down and the better teams will be miles ahead by the gun. We saw a preview of that kind of scenario yesterday afternoon in Seattle, where the Seahawks, up 31-7 halfway through the 3rd against the worst team in Football, pulled QB Russell Wilson, who had 4 TD passes at that point, along with most of their starters. While blowing out the opposition is never a bad thing, it’s a lose for the fans and more importantly fantasy owners, because even though the team is up 31-7, guys like RB Marshawn Lynch get taken out of the game with only 69 yards rushing; halfway of where he should be in fantasy points.The QB play this week was somewhat lackluster, with only 39 TDs thrown and an average QBR of 80.8 and dismal performances by Josh Freeman (again), Colin Kaepernick (again) and Chad Henne (forever).
Read more »

Posted by & filed under Wednesday Waiver Wire.

Now its time to think about Week 3 and what you’re gonna do to counteract all those injuries that have popped up. Many a league has been won based on what a fantasy team’s owner does when his top players are ailing. Here’s a few potential game savers for your fantasy league

Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers

Forget must-add, this is a must start. With injuries plaguing the Chargers WR corps, Eddie Royal has emerged as a legit number 1 WR. He quietly leads the league in TDs and produced a whopping 170 yards and 3 of them last week. With no help from the run game, the Chargers will look to use Royal’s speed to beat DBs down the field and score. Look for some very big games coming up against the Titans, Raiders and Cowboys, who have given up a combined 13 passing TDs already this young season.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Studz and Dudz.

Eli Manning huddle

Week 2′s an afterthought and again another bizarre, but entertaining weekend of football. There are a couple of surprise 2-0 teams and also a slew of teams we didn’t think would be 0-2, but that’s why they play the games.

Studz

San Diego Chargers

As reported yesterday in MAQB, Philip Rivers has looked marvelous thus far. He has taken command of the team with the lack of any other star power on either side of the ball. They went toe to toe with the newly annointed offensive geniuses, Chip Kelly and the Eagles, and came out on top.The Chargers defense has been atrocious, allowing the Texans to overcome a 21 point deficit in the third quarter and steal the game and almost blowing another 10 point 4th quarter lead in Philly. The strength of the team is clearly Rivers and the offense, but they cannot sustain this type of offense, especially with no run game and hurt starting wide receivers. They play the Titans next week, who have unveiled a new look defense and should create problems for Rivers and the Chargers.

Outlook: Negative

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Monday Afternoon Quarterback.

Philip Rivers 2006-10-01

Week 2′s almost in the books, and after praising the quarterback play last week, I have to retract and say “what happened?”

We saw Thursday even the Great Tom Brady struggled, (some of you will say it’s the receivers’ fault but if any of you saw Michael Irvin’s rant on the NFL Network after the game, you will understand), Geno Smith was just plain ugly, and on Sunday, both Russell Wilson and Josh Freeman complete less than 10 passes respectively, and Joe Flacco and Cam Newton put up some quite mediocre numbers.
Read more »

Posted by & filed under Wednesday Waiver Wire.

Julian Edelman

We all know in standard leagues, waivers clear on Wednesday, so here are a couple of moves to help you to fantasy football greatness.

As I mentioned on Monday Afternoon Quarterback, the NFL culture is now a pass first, run after to chew up clock league. That being said, most of our best waiver wire pickups will benefit from the new culture.
Read more »