Posted on: August 13, 2009 4:01 pm
I don't think all too many people follow the blog, so why bother writing right? Honestly, I figured I'd have to get used to coming this site everyday and communicating with long lost people I've never met to talk Fantasy Football and everything else sports...
Speaking of Fantasy Football, I still haven't figured out my league changing 'darkhorse' pick I've been able to get the past two years - two years ago I got Wes Welker in the 7th round and then last year in my first auction draft I walked away with Felix Jones and Steve Slaton for $1 each. I traded Jones two weeks before he went down with injuries for TE Tony Gonzalez and never looked back (I know, no league should have Gonzo had for $1 in the last round). Anyways, let me know what you're thinking - being the homer I am, I see the Pats' signing of TE Alex Smith as a great thing for red zone packages. I don't think he'll be anywhere near the Witten-Clark-Gates level of tight ends but I won't be surprised to see him make a positive impact for a team with points per reception.
I'm still not sold on MJD being a premiere back or the idea that DeAngleo Williams will be anywhere near last year's amazing production, but you never know. Matt Forte is still a favorite, but the Bears getting Cutler means a bit more offense through the air, even if he has barely anyone to throw to.
As you may have noticed, I have omitted talking about QBs. For one simple reason: its the backs and receivers that make the difference in our league. I did luck out getting Kurt Warner for cheap and then picking up Cassel for even less off the wire but they never pushed me over the top to win or cost me a victory, so this year's focus will be spending money on players like Andre Johnson, Megatron and the rest.
if you take a few minutes to read this, let me know how you're planning to conquer Fantasy Football this season
Posted on: December 21, 2008 7:45 pm
Well, I am officially pissed at myself and my fantasy team.... I was going against a formidable opponent, but I should have beaten him or at least had less of a hill to climb in Monday night with Matt Forte going against the Pack. I am down by 33 points in my PPR league Championship and don't feel cozy about my chances.... I lucked out with Fitzy's late long score against the Pats, but was crushed by a so-so day from Megatron, and absolute putrid performance from the Steelers vaunted D (One freakin' point!!!). Not to mention I had Carlson figured for a big day and kept Tony Gonzalez and Jabar Gaffney on the bench. I also started Feely over Bironas which cost me another precious five points, so much for going with matchups.... In the end I got caught with my pants down as even rookie sensation Steve Slaton couldn't have a top notch day against the woeful Raiders. #1 all year long with the highest scoring team in laegue history (averaged almost 130 a week) and it comes down to this - a plea to Satan (or God, whoever responds first) that I trade all or part of my soul for Matt Forte to score 34 fantasy points tomorrow....
So, kudos to the Has Been's, the apparent 2008 NTPS Fantasy Football Champion.
Posted on: December 9, 2008 1:50 am
The first round of our playoffs are now complete, with a few upsets and me luckily being not one of those victims. My options were good and I was able to win by about 40. We have a PPR league if you were wondering. Now that this week is done, I will next face my divisional nemesis for the right to go to the championship. I have defeated them twice before this season, so hopefully the streak stays alive.
I'd like to show my lineup and ask for your feedback as to who I should start....
Feel like trading lineup advice and strategy? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just reply to the blog....
Posted on: November 21, 2008 5:27 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2008 5:30 pm
I have to start my first blog about the Knicks with the question, "What were they thinking?"
If the Knicks aren't careful, this step backwards will turn into a bakwards shuffle and they'll find themselves on their keister for another season. That would be unfortunate, because few teams in the East play the team defense necessary to keep up with D'Antoni's schemes and the team could find itself in the playoff picture come Spring.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: How will teammates react to the trade? How quickly will Harrington's 'sore back' take to heal, and will he be a quick study to the new offense? My money (what's left of it) is on this being a distraction and yet another problem for a team that doesn't need them.... kinda like Motown and the Iverson deal, don't you think?
Posted on: November 18, 2008 1:49 pm
If you were wondering, I'm talking Fantasy Football - not basketball this time (though I did just join one of those leagues for the first time).
Needless to say, after the flurry of activity, I found myself going into Monday Night Football up 129-98 and poised to take the weekly scoring title for a 6th time in 11 weeks (yes, there is a weekly prize for top score and it's a pride thing and ammo for talking smack, so I think you know where I'm coming from). My opponent was on the fence for making the playoffs and desperately needed a big game from Lynch and a win to keep hope alive. Being 8-2 before last night with my playoff ticket punched, I wished him luck and predicted that Lynch would indeed get the necessary 32 points for him. And I'll be damned - it freakin' happened!
Of course hindsight is always 20-20, and it was with that vision that I'm still kicking myself over lineup decisions that cost me the game - starting Tony Gonzalez instead of Dustin Keller, starting the Panthers DST instead of Pittsburgh, etc. but I figure I made some fairly logical decisions that just came back to bite me this week and hopefully I avoid that disease during the playoffs.
Last note before I leave this blog entry - what are your thoughts on me trading Portis and Calvin Johnson for Andre Johnson and Jamal Lewis? Let me know ASAP as my trade deadline is fast approaching; thanks
Hope springs eternal in the owner who still has postseason aspirations and chances, right?
Posted on: November 16, 2008 11:24 am
You may have read the title to this blog and thought that I'm losing my mind - how could you say the C's aren't quite themselves when they have posted 9 wins against 2 losses and even won four out five games last week in a fairly tough schedule?
Well, if you've been watching some of the games recently you may agree with me to a certain extent. After completely demoralizing Detroit for A.I.'s home debut on Sunday, the champs looked like they were firing all cylinders. In the back of my mind (and on blogs and posts) I feared a letdown at home the next night against a decent Raptors team. However, after falling behind, Pierce was able to lead Boston to victory with a big 4th quarter. I figured that falling behind Toronto by double digits at home would be enough of a wake-up call with the undefeated Hawks coming to town. Given that Atlanta took the Celtics to seven games in last year's first round playoff matchup and that they were coming in 6-0 I thought there would be no issue for getting the players amped. But just as quick as I could feel comfortable about my home team, they fell behind early by 16 points. Needless to say, I was frustrated and rumor has it that some small objects were thrown at the TV. Of course, after my mini-meltdown, the Celtics went on a great run to close out the half tied at 51. The second half alone would have been worth the ticket price as the two teams traded blows and baskets for the final 24 minutes. The young Atlanta team shot the long ball amazingly well at just under 60% and off-season acquisitions Flip Murray and Maurice Evans showed a lot of value and proved that this Hawks team is for real. Also having Mike Bibby for a full pre-season to get to know his teammates has been able to help, along with the fact that Bibby is in a contract year. However all of these positives for Mike Woodson and Atlanta couldn't add up to a win as the Truth was able to put his team on his broad shoulders once again and nail a tough jumper over Al Horford at the end to give the ATL their first loss of the season. Had Josh Smith been healthy, this could have easily gone the other way, but who's to say, right?
Boston closed out the week with a trip to Milwaukee to face the Michael Redd-less Bucks. Seeing what Richard Jefferson did to the C's in Boston last time around, I figured the game to be competitive but that Doc and the crew would be able to easily take this game. Out of nowhere though, Milwaukee put up 34 points in the final frame to push the battle to overtime. Luckily, Milwaukee no longer has Ray Allen and we do, so combined with Pierce, two-thirds of the Boston Three Party were able to make sure the losing streak stayed at one game. But to give up more than 30 points to the Bucks and let them back in the game has to be disheartening to not only Doc Rivers and Tom Thibodeau, but for fans as well. I don't know if it was playing five games in seven days, but the Celtics just didn't seem like the Celtics of last year at this point - and that was at a time when they were "figuring out" how KG, Pierce and Allen would mesh and play well together.
Luckily the week ahead doesn't have as many as obstacles with only three games on the calendar, but Boston could be in for dog fight against the Pistons on Thursday night at home. As Detroit showed against the Lakers in giving LA their first loss, they can ball with the best of them, especially with Rasheed hitting from behind the arc and Iverson lokoing more comfortable each game. Looking ahead to Detroit and not paying enough attention to the Knicks for Tuesday's game could catch up with them, howwever, as D'Antoni has his team looking good and they have a winning record and some confidence on their side. No matter what happens with the first two games of the week, the Celtics should be able to end the week on a winning note when they visit old friend Kevin McHale in Minny to play the young Timberwolves and former Celtics great Al Jefferson. The TWolves are a hungry team who are able to stay in most games but the C's should have no problem putting them away.
Well that's it for this rant - let me know what you think
Posted on: November 10, 2008 3:50 pm
I hope you had a chance to catch the Boston-Detroit game yesterday amongst the football action, it was worth the time if you're a Boston anyways.... I was surprised to see Iverson go from looking like an offensive force against New Jersey and then not really making an impact against the Champs (though he was one of the few Pistons to crack double figure points). I know Iverson is slightly past his prime and no one has better team defense than the Celtics, but I expected him to look for his shot more. While we are talking about A.I., where was he (and Rip Hamilton) to finish the game out?
Posted on: November 9, 2008 3:09 pm
WEEK IN REVIEW
After unexpectedly losing to Larry Legend's Pacers in Indy the week before, the C's bounced back nicely with road wins in Houston and OKC before capping off an undefeated week at home versus the Redd-less Bucks.
Sorry for the detour, let's get back on track while looking at the week ahead....
THE WEEK AHEAD
So, yes I do expect the home team to be 10-1 at the end of this week.... what do you think?