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Friday, December 12, 2008

Chris Mulligan's Week 15 Forecast

Chris Mulligan's Week 15 Forecast

Favorable Matchups

- The Chargers travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs and Tyler Thigpen. Thigpen has been a huge surprise this year and he’s getting better every week. In the first meeting against the Chargers Thigpen threw for 266 Yds and 3 TD. This time he gets the Chargers 30th ranked pass defense at home. Thigpen should be one of the best QB starts of the week. Prediction: 285 PaYds 3 TD.

- Steve Smith is absolutely on fire right now. He has three straight games with over 100 RecYds. The Panthers get a great matchup this week as the Broncos travel to Carolina and bring their 27th ranked pass defense with them. Even with the dynamic duo of running backs that the Panthers possess, Smith has gotten his numbers. I expect the Panthers to absolutely shred the Broncos with Smith being a big part of that shredding. Prediction: 125 RecYds 1 TD.

- The Texans will host the Titans the week and I’m looking for Chris Johnson to have a huge game. Johnson has had back to back 100+ RuYds in his last two games and I can’t wait to see his speed on the turf this week. Also in Johnson’s favor is the 127 RuYds/G that the Texas are giving up. It should be another big rushing day for the Titan’s duo. Prediction: 135 RuYds 2 TD.

- Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will travel to Jacksonville this weekend to take on the decimated Jags defense. Injuries have really depleted the Jags D and players are dropping like flies. Rodgers has thrown for 290+ Yds in his last two games and 2 or more TD in his last four games. The Jags have pretty much threw in the towel and can’t wait for this season to end. Prediction: 310 PaYds 3 TD.

- Thomas Jones has been the reason that the Jets are where they are right now. Now the Jets take on a struggling Buffalo Bills team. The Bills are middle of the pack in RuYds/G but they are a team that is falling apart. Now they have to play on the road against a very potent run game in the form of Thomas Jones. Prediction: 110 RuYds 2 TD.

Unfavorable Matchups

- Matt Ryan and the Falcons will take on the Tampa Bay Bucs this weekend in Atlanta. Ryan has been awesome this year but I’ve got a feeling that this weekend will not be one of his better games. The Bucs defense has to be embarrassed by the beating that the Panthers gave them on Monday night and should respond like they have most of the year. Ryan could struggle against the 4th ranked pass defense and could be up against his toughest challenge yet. Prediction: 185 PaYds 1 TD.

- Randy Moss travels to Oakland to take on his former team. It may be a long day for Moss and the Pats passing game. The Raiders don’t stand out as a great defense but just about everyone who has traveled to Oakland has struggled. The Raiders are the 7th ranked pass defense in the league giving up only 206 yds/g. Prediction: 4 Rec 45 RecYds 0 TD.

- Ronnie Brown has had himself a very good season. However he has only one 100 yard rushing game in the last seven weeks. The Dolphins will host the 49ers this weekend and I’m looking at Brown to once again be held under 100 yds. The 49ers have been playing much better since Mike Singletary took over as coach and the defense has been playing very well. Prediction: 65 RuYds 0 TD.

Sleeper Defenses For Week 15

- I really like the Dolphins defense this weekend against the 49ers. Frank Gore is banged up and it’s unsure whether he will start or not. I like the Dolphins D even if Gore plays hurt. I see the Dolphins being able to shut down the 49ers run game and coming after Shaun Hill. Hill has been very good since taking over at starter but the 49ers have struggled mightily on the road. Now they are traveling to the East Coast where every West Coast team has struggled. The Dolphins defense could have a field day on Sunday.

- The Raiders defense has been great against the pass but horrible against the run. Good thing for them this weekend is that they are facing a team that has nobody to run the ball. It could be a long day for the Patriots against the Raiders defense in the Black Hole. Matt Cassel has been amazing but every East Coast team that has traveled to Oakland has had problems. I’m looking for the Raiders D to play a strong game on Sunday.

- The Bengals are competing for the worst franchise in all of sports but their defense has a great matchup this weekend. The Redskins are in turmoil with Clinton Portis and Jim Zorn going at it. Portis is banged up and has been for a few weeks now. Jason Campbell has been awful for the last month or so. All of this adds up to an offense that is heading downhill fast. Now they are on the road in Cincinnati. I just don’t see the Redskins doing much on offense they rest of the way.

Quick Notes

- Matt Hasselbeck is struggling with a back injury but says that he wants to play this weekend against the Rams. Who wouldn’t? I’m sure that he will have to practice some on Friday to get a shot to start on Sunday. Seneca Wallace actually had a pretty good game last week and gets a favorable matchup against the Rams. Keep an eye on Hasselbeck’s progress up to Sunday.

- It’s still unsure whether or not Marion Barber will play this week against the Giants. I like Tashard Choice this week whether Barber plays or not even if it’s against the Giants. Choice had a very good game against the best defense in the league at Pittsburgh. I like Choice at home on the fast turf even better.

- It looks like Kellen Winslow will once again be out. The Browns play the Eagles this week and it would have been a tough matchup even if he did play. It’s now an ankle injury that is keeping Winslow out. He has been one of the biggest disappointments of the season. It’s going to be tough for Winslow to shed the injury prone stigma. The guy is a mess.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Chris Mulligan's Week 14 Forecast

Chris Mulligan's Week 14 Forecast...

Excessive hours of work last week prevented me from bringing you the Week 13 Forecast but I’m not letting it stop me this week. As most leagues are in the final week before the playoffs and some of you are desperately needing a win in Week 14 to make it in. The cupboard is pretty bare as far as free agents go but I’ll try to find a couple of guys that could help and as always bring you the matchups to look for.

Favorable Matchups

- Matt Cassel struggled last week against the dominant Pittsburgh defense but it’s going to feel as if he’s playing against high school guys compared to that when the Patriots look to carve up the worst pass defense in the league in form of the Seahawks. The downside could be that the Pats could put this game out of reach too early for him to rack up a ton of yards. If Cassel is your back up you may want to think about making a switch to him this week. Prediction: 295 PaYds 3 TD.

- One game that is sure to get ugly quickly is Arizona at home against St. Louis. The Rams are completely hapless and inept as a team. Anquan Boldin has been the prime target of Kurt Warner for the last few weeks but I’ve got a feeling that Larry Fitzgerald gets the bulk of the catches this week. He may not need many to turn them into a high output of production. Prediction: 7 Rec 145 RecYds 2 TD.

- Peyton Hillis, that’s right, Peyton Hillis is emerging as a quality starting running back for the Broncos. Last week Hillis notched his first 100 yd. game and he could repeat that again this week as the Broncos face the 31st ranked defense in the league in the Kansas City Chiefs. The former Arkansas back has always shown he could be a weapon out of the backfield is proving it on the big stage and should be taken seriously as a valuable fantasy player. Prediction: 115 RuYds 2 TD.

- Brett Favre will lead the Jets against the San Francisco Singletarys this week. The Jets are looking to bounce back this week after a disappointing loss to the Broncos a week ago. The Jets didn’t looked horrible last time they were in the Bay against the Raiders but Favre is 8-0 lifetime against the 49ers. This is also a big game for the Jets considering the Dolphins are hot on their tails. The 49ers pass defense hasn’t been exactly stellar this year either ranking 28th in the league. I’m looking for a big game from Favre in week 14. Prediction: 309 PaYds 2 TD.

Unfavorable Matchups

- Willis McGahee is likely to play this week which is bad timing for him and his owners. The Ravens will take on the 7th ranked run defense in the league in the Redskins this week and McGahee hasn’t shown the ability to get the job done like he has in the past. The Ravens will need to establish the run to win but it’s going to be tough sledding in Week 14. It could be a long day for the Ravens’ run game. Prediction: 67 RuYds 0 TD.

- DeAngelo Williams has been awesome for the last month and the Panthers have benefited greatly from his production. However he and the Panthers will host the 9th ranked run defense in form of the Buccaneers. The Bucs have shown the can play on the road and I feel that the are simply the better team. With an average passing game with Jake Delhomme, the Bucs should be free to focus on stopping Williams and the Panthers run game. Prediction: 55 RuYd, 1 TD.

- Eli Manning will be tested this week against a hungry Philly defense who will be defending their home turf and looking to stay alive in the Wild Card hunt. The Giants don’t need this game and the Eagles do desperately. Manning could struggle with the aggressive Eagles D as they will no doubt be bringing the pressure, trying to get in Manning’s face and throw him off of his timing. This could be the week that the Giants show signs of missing Plaxico Burress as well. Prediction: 189 Pa Yds 1 TD 2 INT.

- Lee Evans hasn’t been outstanding this year with Trent Edwards as the Bills starting QB and Week 14 looks even more bleak as Edwards will likely sit due to injury giving J.P. Losman the start. Losman has been horrible when given the chance to play. Evans looks to have lost a half a step too. The Dolphins are hungry for a win and will be doing everything that they can to shut him down. Prediction: 5 Rec 68 RecYds 0 TD.

Scouting Free Agents

- With Marion Barber suffering from a dislocated toe and being questionable for this week Tashard Choice is the Cowboys only option. It’s the worst possible matchup for the Cowboys as they have to travel to Pittsburgh but Choice could at least possibly get you a touchdown. Even if Barber plays, Choice could see a good amount of touches. Choice holds a number of records at Georgia Tech and has looked good when given opportunities.

- Harry Douglas has put up some decent points in the last two weeks for the Falcons. He found the end zone last week and had 92 RecYds the week before. The Falcons have a favorable matchup against a suspect pass defense in the Saints. If you’re looking for a 3rd WR for this week Douglas could be your man.

- Many owners dropped Matt Schaub after his injury but he is back this week. Good timing for him too as the Texans face the disappointing Packers defense this week. Schaub was on his way to establishing himself as a top 12 fantasy QB before his injury. He might be a bit rusty after the layoff but he should still put up quality numbers. If he is available you shouldn’t hesitate to pick him up.

Quick Notes

- It looks like Anthony Gonzalez could be out this week for the Colts but it also looks like they will be getting Bob Sanders back. This is huge for the Colts defense and their owners. If you were starting Cedric Benson it could be the time to look for an alternative option.

- Brian Westbrook should be ready to go against the Giants this week and if the Eagles have any shot of beating the G-Men they are going to need him. Westbrook owners knew what they were getting into when they drafted him so we can’t call his injury plagued season a disappointment. It’s not a great matchup for Westbrook but he’ll get his numbers if he plays.

- The same could be said for Clinton Portis this week as it looks as if he’ll play this week. It may not be a great idea playing hurt against the Ravens because they can turn hurt into injured very quickly. Portis is an iffy start this week considering the injuries going in and the matchup. If he does play there is a good chance he doesn’t finish the game.

Monday, December 1, 2008

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Chris Mulligan's Week 12 Forecast

Chris Mulligan's Week 12 Forecast

I can’t believe that it’s already Week 12 of the National Football League and that means it’s getting down to crunch time and everyone’s looking to make that playoff push. Other people are trying to knock their buddies out of the playoff race. It’s the most exciting time of the fantasy football season. Six weeks to go, so let’s get into what you need to know to win this week.

Favorable Matchups

- You might think I’m nuts for giving you this one but I believe that this is the week that Roy Williams actually comes back to life and does something productive. I’m thinking that Tony Romo knocked off the rust last week and is ready to come out firing against the 49ers 24th ranked pass defense. It looks like Mike Singletary has his guys playing a little better but Dallas has to keep the momentum going if they want to make the playoffs. They need Roy Williams to step up and this is the week it happens. Predictions: 6 rec, 97 RecYds, 2 TD.

- Dallas Clark has always been Peyton Manning’s go-to guy and I think Peyton is really going to have to depend on him this week against the Chargers. Now you’re thinking “The Chargers, come on!”. The Chargers are going to be a more aggressive defense under Ron Rivera and Chico knows that the way to beat the Colts is to pressure Manning. If Manning is facing blitzes all day then he’s going to half to dump it off quick to his tight end. Prediction: 8 rec, 91 RecYds 1 TD.

- The Redskins take on the Seattle defense this week which gives the Redskins offense a chance to put up some points this week. Santana Moss was basically shutout last week against the Cowboys. It’s not going to happen this week. I see a scenario where Moss easily goes for over 100 yds against the worst pass defense in the league. Prediction: 7 rec, 145 RecYds 1 TD.

- David Garrard and the Jaguars will host the Vikings this weekend and I’m seeing a good week for Garrard. Minnesota’s defense has been disappointing and hasn’t played well as of late. Now they have to travel all the way down to Jacksonville. The Jags run game will open things up for Garrard and the passing game. The Jags are due for a big game and after facing the Titans defense last week, the Vikings D will seem like the Washington Huskies D. Prediction: 282 PaYds, 2 TD, 45 RuYds.

- Jamal Lewis has been running great lately and he doesn’t stop this week. Cleveland will take on the 24th ranked run defense of the Texans in Cleveland. The Browns are going to need a big game from Lewis with Brady Quinn’s hurt finger possibly hampering the passing game. Lewis continues to run hard and carry the Browns on his back on Sunday. Prediction: 115 RuYds, 2 TD.

Unfavorable Matchups

- Matt Ryan and the Falcons will face one of the best defenses in the league in the form of the Carolina Panthers. Ryan has been awesome this season but didn’t have a great matchup last week and has an even worse one this week. As much as I’d like to believe that Ryan can fare well against the Panthers D, I just don’t see it happening. Roddy White will get his catches but he might be the only Falcons offensive player getting good fantasy points this week. Prediction: 225 PaYd 1 TD.

- Brian Westbrook is a must start every week but don’t expect a whole lot out of him this week. The Eagles face the Ravens this week and it’s going to be a tough matchup for Westbrook. The only way he gets good points is if you have him in a PPR league as Donovan McNabb may have to dump it off to Westbrook often in the face of pressure. I know that Brandon Jacobs and the Giants running backs had a good game against the Ravens but Ray Lewis will have his boys fired up for this one. Prediction: 65 RuYd, 5 rec 38 Rec Yd.

- The Dolphins will take on a banged up Patriots defense this week but a defense with a chip on it’s shoulder. Ronnie Brown and the Dolphins’ Wildcat offense may have caught the Patriots by surprise the first time but I don’t see it happening again. Bill Belichik will have the Patriots D prepared for whatever the Dolphins have to throw at them. Ronnie Brown hasn’t done a whole lot lately anyways. The Patriots are going to be ready for a little payback so if you have other options, it may be a good week to sit Brown. Prediction: 61 RuYds, 3 rec 29 RecYds.

Game Notes Around the League

- It’s still up in there air whether or not Brandon Jacobs plays this week against the Cardinals. I have a feeling that the Giants sit him this week. This leaves a ton of point opportunities for Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw. Ward is owned in most leagues but Bradshaw is still available in a lot of leagues. The Giants have been using Bradshaw more the last few weeks and he looks to be giving the Giants some fresh legs. I think that Bradshaw is the more explosive runner of the two and has more big play capability. He ran for 96 yds on only 9 carries last week. If he’s available then what are you waiting for?

- It looks as if Reggie Bush will make his return this week but don’t expect him to carry the load right away. Pierre Thomas will still have some value and may even be worth starting this week. Especially so this week since the Saints go up against the Packers and their pathetic run defense.

- With Earnest Graham going on IR, Warrick Dunn is now the main running back for the Bucs. John Gruden still doesn’t know what he’s going to do with Cadiallac Williams yet. He may gets some touches this week but it would be a big risk to start him. He may give you some value in the next few weeks but don’t expect much from him.

- Deion Branch is listed as probable for Sunday but was limited in practice this week with a heel injury. I would advise you to stay away from any Seahawk WR for the foreseeable future. Even though Matt Hasselbeck is back Seattle hasn’t been able to muster much at all on either side of the ball.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Chris Mulligan's Week 11 Forecast

Chris Mulligan's Week 11 Forecast

Favorable Matchups

- The Chiefs are taking on the Saints at home this week. The Saints come in with the 26th ranked Pass Defense allowing 248 YPG. This is good news for Dwayne Bowe and the Chiefs’ passing game. Tyler Thigpen has been getting better every week and has turned himself into a respectable QB. Bowe has been somewhat quiet the last couple of weeks and is due for a big game. Another advantage that the Chiefs and Bowe have is that the Saints just lost their best CB, Mike McKenzie. I’m looking for Bowe to bust out. Prediction: 7 Rec 101 RecYds 1 TD.

- Matt Forte is having a ROY type season and has had two big games in a row. The Bears travel to Green Bay this week to take on the 28th ranked Rush Defense of the Packers. Forte has proven himself to be a dual threat out of the backfield and has been a standout in PPR leagues. As if the Pack’s run defense couldn’t suffer anymore, they lose their leading tackler Nick Barnett for the season. Forte continues to roll this week and the Bears get the win in Green Bay. Prediction: 127 RuYds 6 Rec 51 RecYds 2 TD.

- As if Kurt Warner and the Cardinals’ passing game wasn’t strong enough, it gets even stronger this week when they go up against the woeful Seahawks. Seattle’s pass defense is ranked 30th in the league, allowing 266 PaYds/G. Warner is going to unleash his phenomenal receivers on the porous Seattle defense. The only thing that could hamper his stats is if they blow the Seahawks out early and Matt Leinart gets some mop up duty. Prediction: 323 PaYds 3 TD.

- Joseph Addai owners have been extremely disappointed by his injuries and lack of production this year. It’s not too late to save himself from being a huge bust. The Colts will take on the Texas at home this week and which gives Addai a chance for redemption. The Texans usually play the Colts tough but they have been horrid on the road this year. The Texans come in with the 23rd ranked run defense allowing 130 Yds/G. I think Addai breaks out on Sunday and has his best game of the year. Prediction: 127 RuYds 4 Rec 33 RecYds 2 TD.

- The Bears’ defense just isn’t what is has been in the last few years. They’ve been great against the run but horrendous against the pass, ranked 31st and giving up 267 Yds/G. It could mean a big day for Packers’ receiver Greg Jennings. The Pack have had trouble scoring lately but this could be the matchup they’ve been looking for to get them going. Jennings is going to cause problems for the less than stellar Bears’ pass D. Prediction: 9 Rec 129 RecYds 1 TD.

Unfavorable Matchups

- Eli Manning has been winning games but hasn’t had a very good statistical season. Expect more of the same if not worse this Sunday as they take on the league’s best defense. The Ravens have been as good as it gets this year and they will be pumped up for this game. If the Giants have any shot of winning this one they’re going to have to focus heavily on their run game. This doesn’t bode well for Eli owners. Prediction: 171 PaYds 1 TD.

- The Cowboys have to travel to Washington this week where the Redskins’ defense has been stellar. The Skins have the 6th best run defense and Marion Barber hasn’t been great to begin with. Having Tony Romo back could open up the running game for Dallas but I don’t see it happening. Prediction: 45 RuYds 0 TD.

- Calvin Johnson has been absolutely awesome this year. But now he has a QB who hasn’t played in a full game in almost a year. Too add to this weekend’s dilemma, the Lions have to go to Carolina and take on the Panther’s 2nd ranked Pass Defense which is allowing under 200 Yds/G. Johnson has played well no matter who the QB is but he is up against a wall this weekend. Prediction: 5 Rec 55 RecYds.

League Notes and Observations

- Willie Parker could be back for the Steelers this week when they go up against the Chargers. It looks like he will play but it’s still uncertain. In either case I still like Mewelde Moore to get a lot of touches this week. He has been too productive not to get him involved and the Steelers may want to deflect some of the damage that Parker will take.

- It’s looking more and more likely that Kyle Orton will start this week at Green Bay. The Packers defense has been nothing to write home about this year and if he does play I expect him to play pretty well. The key will be how he can plant and throw and how well the Bears O-Line protects him. The Packers haven’t had much of a pass rush this year so I don’t see the latter being a problem.

- I’m looking for the Eagles’ Defense to have a big day on Sunday. I feel that their DB matchup well against the Bengals’ receivers and Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t scaring anybody. Cedric Benson has been running pretty well but doesn’t pose a threat to the Eagles’ D. Getting Victor Abiamiri back adds another quality pass rusher to the D-Line as well.

- Patrick Hillis looks to be the man in the Broncos’ backfield this week and has shown that he can do some good things. He’s also a pretty good receiving threat as well. The Saints’ defense hasn’t progressed at all this year and Hillis could have himself a pretty good game.

- Darren McFadden is said to be ready to play this week but the turf toe is still bothersome to him. How much he will play is the big question. Michael Bush has been getting carries but hasn’t shown much and Justin Fargas has been a disappointment. If D-Mac is good to go then I expect him to get plenty of touches this week. The Raiders have to show some signs of life on offense and they need to play their number one draft pick. McFadden could have a productive day on Sunday.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fantasy Football Week 10 Forecast

Chris Mulligan's Week 10 Forecast

Favorable Matchups

- The Chiefs and Tony Gonzalez take on the Chargers this week in San Diego. The Chargers defense is now headed up by former Bears D Coordinator Ron Rivera but they are still the worst pass defense in the league. Not even Rivera can turn this mess around in one week. Gonzalez has had at least 6 catches in the last three weeks and is red hot. I’m looking for a big game from him. Prediction: 8 Rec, 87 RecYds, 1 TD.

- Matt Ryan will lead the Falcons at home this week against the Saints. The Saints have the 23rd ranked passing defense and were just shredded by the Chargers two weeks ago in London. Ryan has thrown for 2 TD three times in the last four games. Ryan is turning into a star before our eyes and the Saints will be the next stepping stone this week. Prediction: 278 PaYds, 3 TD.

- Speaking of stars in the making, Calvin Johnson is turning into a super-beast. The Lions have question marks at the QB position but they have a good matchup against the Jaguars this week. The Jags have the 21st ranked pass defense and just lost their leading tackler Mike Henderson. Johnson has touchdowns in the last four games and the streak continues on Sunday. Prediction: 7 Rec, 89 RecYds, 2 TD.

- Ronnie Brown has the pleasure of taking on the one of the worst defenses in the league this week in the form of the Seahawks. He hasn’t gone for 100 yds in a month but this is the week that he breaks out. It seems like a player is dropping everyday for the Seahawks and they can’t patch them up quick enough. A horrible Seattle offense gives more time for the Dolphins offense to rack up yards. Prediction: 115 RuYds, 2 TD.

- LaDanian Tomlinson showed signs of turning things around last week by finally going over 100 yds. What better way to keep things rolling than going up against the worst run defense in the league in the Chiefs. LT hasn’t scored a TD in a month but he could absolutely go off this week. Prediction: 124 RuYds, 5 Rec 55 RecYds, 3 TD.

Unfavorable Matchups

- The Titans travel to Chicago to face the Bears and the 6th ranked run defense. It’s also supposed to be very cold on Sunday. This does not bode well for LenDale White and Chris Johnson. The Titans duo has been better than anyone could have expected but this could be the week that they get shut down and suffer their first loss. Prediction: White- 38 RuYds 1 TD Johnson- 55 RuYds, 4 Rec, 28 RecYds.

- The Texans lose Matt Schaub at the worst possible time as they have to take on the best defense in the league this week in the Ravens. With the pass game taking a hit, it’s going to be up to Steve Slaton to carry the team. Good luck with that. The Ravens are giving up a mere 64 RuYds a game. Slaton has been outstanding but he is running into a buzz saw this week. Prediction: 59 RuYds, 3 Rec 31 RecYds.

- The Colts are slowly starting to turn the offense around for the better. The worst thing that could happen right now is a game against the Steelers. They play the Steelers. Whatever momentum they had going into week 10 gets erased this week. Bad numbers all around for Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, and Joseph Addai. The one player who could have a good game is Dallas Clark.

- Eli Manning and the Giants have to travel to Philly this week to take on Jim Johnson’s defense which is never something that a team looks forward to. Eli did some good things last week and some bad things as well. The Eagles cause people to do bad things. It may be a good week to bench Eli if you have a quality backup. Prediction: 179 PaYds, 1 TD.

Scouting Free Agents

- Michael Jenkins has a hot QB and a favorable matchup this week. He also saw the end zone twice last week. Matt Ryan could try to target him more often. He could be a good start this week as a third WR or Flex player.

- Mark Bradley has suddenly become a big part of the Chiefs offense. He has 10 catches for 115 yds and a TD since joining the team. He also has a favorable matchup this week against the Chargers. He may be a guy to pick up and hold on to.

- For those people in IDP leagues, a DL to look at this week could be Chris Long. The Jets have had trouble keeping Brett Favre on his feet and Long could record every D-Lineman’s favorite sack. A sack against the Iron Man.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Fantasy Football Week 9 Forecast by Chris Mulligan

Fantasy Football Express writer Chris Mulligan gives us a Week 9 Fantasy Football forecast.....

Favorable Matchups
- The Falcons take on the Raiders in Oakland this week which could be great news for RB Michael Turner. The Raiders’ defense is giving up 144 rushing yard per game. The Falcons are 3rd in the league in rushing offense and I believe that Turner will have a big game and absolutely shred the Radiers’ D. Prediction: 122 RuYds 2 TD.

- The Bears have had a tough go running the ball over the last month plus. What’s the perfect cure? A game against the Lions of course. Matt Forte has been on most owners’ benches for the last couple of weeks. This is the week to dust him off and give him a start. I’m predicting a 100+ yard rushing day for Forte and 50 receiving yards on top of that. Prediction: 105 RuYds 50 RecYds 1 TD.

- The Seahawk fans are known for being very disruptive but they will have very little to get loud about this weekend unless they’re booing. It’s going to be Donovan McNabb silencing the crowd this week as he goes up against the 30th ranked pass defense of the Seahawks. I see McNabb having no problem getting a 300 yard passing game with at least two touchdowns unless this one gets out of hand early. Prediction: 315 PaYds 3 TD.

- The Jets defense was abused by Tyler Thigpen of all people last week and has the 27th ranked pass defense in the league. This is a very good matchup for Trent Edwards owners. Edwards has a sore foot but it should not slow him down against the porous Jet’s secondary. It should be a very good week for the Bills offense. Prediction: 277 PaYds 2 TD.

- The Broncos defense is hot garbage, especially their Pass D. I love Anthony Fasano this week against the Broncos linebackers and safties. Fasano has been great all year and has played well enough to be a starter. He’s also the guy that Chad Pennington is looking to in the red zone. Prediction: 77 RecYds 1 TD.

Unfavorable Matchups
- Joe Flacco and the dismal Ravens receivers have given people very little reason to start any of them. That shouldn’t change this week as the Ravens take on a very good Browns secondary. Eric Wright is turning into one of the better corners in the league and Shaun Rodgers has been a monster this season. If you’re starting Flacco it’s probably because you have no other alternative. You may want to try to find one this week. Prediction: 174 PaYd 1 TD.

- Michael Pittman has been pretty solid this year but I think he’s running into a buzz saw this weekend against the Dolphins. Miami has played surprisingly good defense this year and the Broncos run blocking is not the greatest ever. Joey Porter and the Dolphin linebackers shut Pittman down Sunday and come out with the win. Prediction: 64 RuYd 0 TD.

- Marion Barber has been misused since he has been in Dallas. The Cowboys misuse their running backs worse than any other team in the league. The Boys are facing one of the best defenses in the league in the Giants this week. It doesn’t help that Brad Johnson can’t throw the ball 20 yards. The Giants should stack the box and shut down the Cowboys run game. Barber would be on the bench this week for me. Prediction: 45 RuYds 0 TD.

Scouting Free Agents
- Bears WR Rashied Davis is owned in only 6% of CBS leagues and has a very good matchup this week against the Lions. Davis has been a very solid receiver and Kyle Orton has stated that he is his favorite receiver. If you need a 3rd WR or a flex guy, Davis could be your man. He has only 22 receptions this year but I think he has a good game this week against the worst defense in the league.

- Shaun Hill is taking over for the hapless J.T. O’Sullivan which isn’t a big surprise. Interim Coach Mike Singletary is trying to shake things up and trying to get the 49ers to show some signs of life. Hill will post better numbers than O’Sullivan but he isn’t anything to write home about. If you’re desperate, you could do worse. He looked good against a bad team last week but I still believe he is an improvement over O’Sullivan.

- Lamont Jordan is trying to come back from a calf injury this week for the Patriots against the Colts. He is still listed as questionable but has practiced this week and it’s possible that he could start. When fully healthy, I believe that Jordan become the Patriots number one RB. He is a very talented back who has just had bad luck and has been hampered by injuries. If he’s available, he’s worth a pickup but I would keep him on the bench this week.

Quick Notes
- Willie Parker is returning to action this week which mean Mewelde Moore’s value takes a hit. However, I still believe that Moore still has value. The Steelers will likely not want Parker to come in and immediately carry the load. Moore will likely get some touches and has proven he can make things happen without a whole lot of looks. Hang onto Moore as Parker is still an injury risk.

- The Bears defense continues to suffer from injuries as LB Hunter Hillenmeyer had surgery on his thumb last week. He says he can still play but we will have to wait and see about that. Backups Nick Roach and Jamar Williams are very capable backups and should fill in the void respectably. Also corners Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman could both return to action this week which will help the secondary. Tillman is the biggest question mark but Corey Graham has filled in nicely for him. The Bears defense should be close to full strength within the next two weeks.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Week 8 NFL Forecast by Chris Mulligan

Are you ready for Week 8?? Special Guest writer for Fantasy Football Express Chris Mulligan will give you the keys to the Corvette this week. Take a look as Chris attempts to help you win your match up this week....

Favorable Matchups

- Matt Schaub has played very well the last couple of weeks. He’s emerging as one of the best young QB’s in the league. He sliced up Detroit last week completing 26-31 passes. Schaub will continue his hot streak against the horrid Bengals this week. He’s a must start for Week 8.

- The Jets are at home this week against the pitiful Cheifs and it looks like Laverneous Coles is going to be a scratch. Jericho Cotchery should be Brett Favre’s go-to guy this week which should result in a big game. Cotchery is a little banged up but he should play and play big. This also might be the week that Dustin Keller gets his first TD catch of the year.

- The Washington Redskins entire offense will most definitely benefit from playing the Lions this week who are already on the clock for the ‘09 Draft. This could be the week that Jason Campbell explodes along with Antwaan Randle-El.

- The Titans rushing attack has been unstoppable thus far and I believe there is no reason that it won’t continue to roll this week against the Colts. They’re just not the same defense without Bob Sanders. Expect LenDale White and Chris Johnson to steamroll the Colts run defense.

Unfavorable Matchups

- Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald are going up against the #2 pass defense in the Carolina Panthers who have allowed only five passing TD all season. It’s hard not to start these two players but if your backups have better matchups, it’s a risk worth taking.

- The Giants travel to Pittsburgh this week which could be bad news for the Eli Manning and the Giant’s passing game. The Steelers have the best pass defense in the league allowing only 158 YPG and only 5 TD. The Giants have been great on the road but this is going to be a tough one for them. Steve Smith has been Eli’s go-to guy so if any WR gets good numbers it will be him.

- Darren McFadden is questionable but should play this weekend against Baltimore. That’s not necessarily a good thing as the Ravens’ defense has shut down every team’s run game with authority. I’d advise keeping D Mac on the bench this week.

- The Falcons’ offense lead by Matt Ryan is in trouble this week against the stout Eagles’ defense. Philly is in the top 10 in both run and pass defense this year and has given up a total of only 10 TD so far. It should be rough going for Michael Turner and Roddy White as well.

Scouting Free Agents

- Santonio Holmes got busted while driving with three blunts in his car and is suspended for this week (you think he’s a Phillies or Swishers guy?). Nate Washington is a talented receiver and will fill the missing void. He should get plenty of looks from Big Ben this week.

- Donnie Avery has shown he can do some good things and is available in over half of CBS leagues. He could be a valuable backup the rest of the way. This could be the week that he gets his first career 100 yard game.

- Kevin Faulk will get most of the carries for the Patriots this week who are decimated at the RB position. Faulk is a quality player and can do good things in the run game and the pass game. If he’s still available in you league, pick him up and start him.

- Arnaz Battle and the 49ers are going up against a banged up Seahawks defense. We all know how much Mike Martz loves to throw the ball around. It’s a good matchup for Battle if you need a third WR this week.

Quick Notes

- Julius Jones erupted at head coach Mike Holmgren in frustration last week and it looked like he was sure to be in the doghouse. Not so. Holmgren stated on ESPN AM 1000 in Chicago that they’ve talked things out and won’t lose any reps this week. They need him to have a big game if they have any chance of winning in San Francisco this week.

- Fred Taylor looks to be nearly 100% healthy and has a favorable matchup against the Browns this week. Expect the Jags to pound the rock and give Taylor plenty of chances. He’s due for a big game.

- It might be a good time to see what you can get for Calvin Johnson. He had 154 Rec Yds last week but only 2 catches. The Lions QB’s are hot garbage and it’s going to be hard for Johnson to repeat that kind of performance. Sell him while you can.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Look at some Wide Receivers you may find on the Waiver Wire in Week 8!

Donnie Avery, STL - The rookie has already notched 12 catches the last 3 games and the Rams are desperate for an offensive spark. They still have Torry Holt as their #1 receiver but Avery makes a great second option. He's fast and has great hands and he's been making a big splash these last few weeks. If he's still on your wire, now is the time to grab him.

Malcolm Floyd, SD - 140 yards and 2 TD in the last two games as Floyd has been filling in for Buster Davis and Chris Chambers. Floyd is a monster red zone threat at 6'5" and in my opinion, is better than Buster Davis! He's still young enough to break out and if he gets the start this week in London, he could be a decent fantasy producer again opposite Vincent Jackson!

Bobby Wade, Min - Wade has had 4 straight games of 60 yards or more. Minnesota is on a bye this week but Wade is the kind of player that fantasy managers will drop from their roster for extra bye week help. If you have room to stash, grab Wade if you are in need of WR's for week 9.

Mike Furrey, Det - Furrey had a monster year in 2006 but hasn't done much since. Last week, Furrey had 6 catches for 89 yards. He hasn't had more than two catches in a game this season but with Roy Williams gone and the offense in shambles, Furrey makes a nice second option as teams will focus on Calvin Johnson. I like Furrey to step it up a bit in the second half Wes Welker style!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Fantasy Man's Week 6 Quick Updates

So it's Week 6 and your fantasy week starts in about 2 hours or so. Need to make a last minute decision? Maybe some of the fantasy football advice below will help.....

Arizona's Anquan Boldin is out, Detroit's Jon Kitna most likely out and not a great option anyway, Chris Chambers is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, with a sprained right shoulder, will start this week. Obviously, he's not a great option to start.

It's looking like Kellen Winslow may be out on Monday as he remains hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. It's still not final yet so keep an eye on this situation. Even if he does play, you might want to find a healthier option for this week.

Matt Hasselbeck hasn't practiced all week and is most likely out. Charlie Frye will start in his place. Also, that means that you may not see a great game out of Bobby Engram or even John Carlson. This entire situation is dismal, but I'd stay away from most Seattle fantasy players if possible outside of Julius Jones. Then again, without a big passing game, Green Bay defense could concentrate on Jones all game making him a poor option this week as well. Potential star of the game, T.J. Duckett who could possibly get a few goal line carries!

Carson Palmer will not start today but is not totally ruled out. Regardless, he should be benched in your fantasy league. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in his place and although every other fantasy outlet will say that T.J. Houzmanzadeh and Chad Johnson are not good plays, keep in mind that the Jets rank in the bottom 5 in pass defense this season. so I am not totally going to discount Houzamadaddy and Ocho!

I had to make a big decision today at TE. I have Seattle's John Carlson who I picked up in week 3 and he's been disappointing ever since. Then, I picked up San Francisco's Vernon Davis who someone desperately dropped and I actually drafted and stashed New England's Ben Watson. So who do I start? Davis has been a bust and Carlson has been poop since his big game in week 2. So, I went with Watson who has been injured all year but started last week and was targeted in the end zone. He's a big target and the Pats could use another receiving weapon to help out Matt Cassel. Plus, San Diego pass defense is terrible!

Marques Colston practiced this week but was limited. Word on the street is that he will play this week while recovering from a thumb injury. Even if he does play, if you have better options, it might be wise to keep Colston benched until he shows today that he can put up fantasy numbers. I'd only use Colston if you have no other options, like if you are forced to use Bryant Johnson or Patrick Crayton or someone like that.

Brian Westbrook has already been ruled out with fractured ribs! Pick up or activate Correll Buckhalter in his place but don't expect a superstar performance, San Francisco has a solid overall defense. Reggie Brown is also inactive leaving leaving Donovan McNabb with DeSean Jackson and Hank Baskett at the main WR options. This means you coule either upgrade Hank Baskett or even Kevin Curtis who could bust out as a one game wonder today. Again, San Fran pass defense is exceptional.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Week 5 Solid Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Adds

Week 5 Solid Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Adds...

Marc Bulger, STL
- The Rams have been disappointing, Bulgar gets benched, the bye week, but now Head Coach Jim Haslett has said that Marc Bulgar will the starting QB for the rest of the season, "unless something happens". I am seeing Bulger on the wire in a few of my personal leagues and with the bye week, someone must have dropped him to clear roster space. If this is the case in your league, why not pick up Bulger and stash on your bench in case he ends up finishing the year strong. You'll also have a solid bye week QB where you could catch lightning in a bottle with a good performance. He simply can't be this bad all season long.

Running Back
Mewelde Moore, PIT - The Steelers are all banged up. Willie Parker is out. Rahard Mendenhall is out. Fullback Carey Davis is out. You'd expect the Steelers to rely on the pass, and so does everyone else, but don't be surprised if Moore busts out with a decent game, and by "decent", I mean 75+ yds and a TD. There is no way that the Steelers will be an all pass team. It just won't happen. Plus, Moore has started 11 games in his career and rushed for 100+ yards in 4 of them.

Wide Receiver
Braylon Edwards, CLE - Are you finding Edwards on your waiver wire? Getting trade offers with Edwards from desperate managers? Now is the time to strike. Fact is, no one knows whether or not Derek Anderson is for real, in a slump, or just isn't that good. We don't know if Brady Quinn is ready to step up and if he does, will he create a successful connection with Edwards? We don't know. What we do know is that Edwards is a top-notch recieving talent whose value is extremely low right now. Add in the fact that Cleveland is on a bye week and you just might get the opportunity to buy low on Edwards. I am not saying he'll be a star the rest of the way, but it might be nice to know that you have a surefire weapon stashed on your bench for later in the season!

Tight End
John Carlson, SEA - There was a craze a few weeks back to pick up Carlson for week 3 after two solid weeks receiving. Then in week 3 he disappointed and went to a bye week last week. Now, there he is again sitting on the wire. Scroll down to the week 3 article I did which explains more about Carlson. Fact is, Matt Hasselbeck has struggled, there have been no wide receivers to throw too, especially in week 3. Now with some players coming back, Carlosn may see more open looks. Need a TE this week, why not take a risk on John Carlson.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Solid Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pick ups for Week 4

Trent Edwards, BUF
- The Bills play St. Louis this week and St. Louis stinks! Everyone has been talking about the 3-0 Bills and how Edwards could be a Pro-Bowler this year, so maybe it's time we start paying attention. The one stat that sticks out is the fact that Edwards has 3 TD's and only 1 INT in these first 3 games.

Running Back
T.J. Duckett, SEA - Seattle is hurting for a solid running game and Duckett stepped up last week and delivered 79 yards on 19 carries and 2 TD's. he also notched a TD the week before against a solid San Francisco defense. Duckett is on a bye week this week so he's someone you can sneak on your roster now. He was a highly touted rookie when he came out of college but he's never really had the chance to play full-time, so maybe the time is now!

Wide Receiver
James Hardy, BUF - It appears that Roscoe Parrish will be out this week when Buffalo meets St. Louis. We all know the St. Louis defense is week and rookie James Hardy looks like he'll step up as the #3 receiver for Trent Edwards. Hardy stands in at 6'5" so he's certainly a huge red zone threat! If anything, maybe you'll catch lightning in a bottle and he'll catch a touch down pass.

Tight End
Jerramy Stevens, TB - The 6'7" Stevens can realistically be Matt Hasselbeck's new favorite target as his current receivers blow! Last week he had 61 yards and a TD on 5 catches, but most importantly, he was targeted 10 times. Just be careful, Stevens can play a decent game and then disappear like a fart in the wind!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Fantasy Man's Quick Week 3 Updates

Here are some quick updates for today's games....

As of 12:23PM, Fox's Jay Glazer reported that Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson will play today and said that when asked if he could return the first kick off of the game, AP said he is "100% ready to go". Make sure he's activated!

According to ESPN as of 11:49AM, Chicago WR Devin Hester is OUT today with a rib injury! Chicago WR Brandon Lloyd makes for an interesting pick up today. RB Laurence Maroney is OUT today. Make sure both of these guys are benched!

Ryan Grant is probable but he practiced and they say he's ready to go. "He looked good," McCarthy said. "I thought he had more bounce in his step. I thought he looked better this week than last week."...... according to . Good thing the game is against Dallas Sunday Night! Even so, Grant is a great buy low candidate if you can pick him up in a trade. Even if he falters tonight (I hope not, I have him activated on two teams), his value will sink even lower and you'll be able to get him dirt cheap next week.

The is a good chance that Justin Gage may not play today after suffering a groin injury in his sleeper performance last week. They haven't ruled him out yet but if you have other options, I wouldn't depend Gage. Maybe WR's like the Bills James Hardy or the Titans #2 man Brandon Jones could be decent sleeper plays this week.

A slight sleeper this week could be TE Ben Troupe who was just signed to the Oakland Raiders to help out Jamarcus Russell and giving him a more reliable target. This might not mean great things for Zach Miller so if you have Miller activated, you might want to think twice. I'm not saying to run out there and pick up Troupe, who probably won't help your fantasy team, but at least keep an eye on the situation.

If you are asking me, no, I would not start New England QB Matt Cassel just yet! I know they Pats are the bomb and they play the Dolphins this week, but I still don't trust Cassel yet as I haven't seen enough. He's certainly in a system where he can succeed, but I need to see a few more decent games from him before I go crazy. This also goes for all of you in survivor pools who pick the Pats to beat the Dolphins! I smell upset!

Carolina WR Steve Smith will play today! If you stashed Smith on your roster, make sure he's active!

I just have a feeling, but I think Dallas WR Patrick Crayton will catch a TD pass or two tonight vs. the Packers! Just a hunch, no real data to back that up. I just have a feeling!

The Fantasy Man .... OUT!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Solid Waiver Wire Add/Drops for Week 3

Here are some solid Waiver Wire Add/Drops for Week 3!

Jason Campbell, WAS - After everyone dropped him after his week 1 performance which was only "okay", Campbell busted out 321 yards and a TD this past week thanks to a big gain by Santana Moss! Still, Campbell is big in size with a great arm, decent wide receivers, and a ton of potential. He's a solid pick up that you can stash for a bye week later on which will give you a few more weeks to evaluate his talents.

Running Back
Michael Pittman, DEN - In a platoon with Selvin Young but Pittman has 3 TD after the first two weeks. Young could easily get the nods the next two weeks but since no one else is a believer, might as well take a shot at Pittman if you need to fill a spot.

Wide Receiver

Brandon Lloyd, CHI - Lloyd reeled in 66 yards on 5 receptions on Sunday and has been targeted a total of 13 times in the first two games. With Devin Hester's nagging injury, Lloyd could be the guy that steps up over the next few weeks. When he was first drafted, he was a guy everyone thought could be a superstar, had great hands. He's only 27, but look at the depth chart....who's better? Marty Booker? Or 5'9" Rashied Davis? Lloyd has some potential and deserves a bench spot if you have the opening.

Tight End
John Carlson, SEA - First of all, the Seahawks have NOBODY at wide receiver right now and Carlson has been the beneficiary of that catching 10 pass for 130 total yards. He's 6'5", 250lbs., and he's only 24. Just the fact that he's been Matt Hasselbeck's favorite target the first two weeks tells me there is more to come. I actually dropped Alge Crumpler this week to pick up Carlson!