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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...

Quarterback
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.