Who is this Murphy and where can I find him? If you happen to meet up with him before I do, please punch him in the face for me. Then, when he’s down and writhing in agony, kick him a few times too. Preferably in the groin region. Fantasy football owners really took it on the chin from this guy as Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head on a few occasions this week. We as writers can sit here and prognosticate all we want about a number of things we expect to see each week, but sometimes the fantasy gods feel the need to keep us in check, tame our hubris, and show us who really is in charge here. And for that, you have our deepest sympathies. You are not alone in the crossfire though as we all have teams of our own. So when we say to start Player X because of his ridiculously tasty match-up this week, chances are, we’re starting him too. Here’s a few situations from Week 7 worth lamenting about…
This week in the NFL will long be remembered for Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis for the first time as an opponent. But there were many other memorable moments this week including several that will haunt your fantasy football teams for quite awhile. Injuries to QB’s such as Jay Cutler, Nick Foles and Sam Bradford are atop the headlines but losing Arian Foster and Doug Martin could very well have hurt fantasy owners more this week. Breakout performances by players such as Roy Helu, Jordan Reed, Jarrett Boykin and Harry Douglas helped to heal some of the wounds created by injury. Let’s take a look inside everything that happened in Week 7 of the NFL from a Fantasy Football perspective.
When you’re making your start/sit decisions each week, a hard look at the numbers can make the process a much easier task. Sample-size is something you always have to consider, but as we sit here in Week 7, the data we have is extremely telling. Earlier in the season, if a team had a poor run defense, their pass defense numbers looked a lot better than they really were for the simple fact that teams were running all over them and had little need to utilize their passing attack. Now seven weeks in, the defensive numbers have balanced out (regressed to the mean, if you will) and they more accurately portray the defenses strengths and weaknesses. So for our last-minute look at the match-ups this week, we’re going to do things a little differently and go over the top three starts and sits for each of the skill positions based on what the numbers are telling us.
Week 6 started out like a thud with Touchdowns from such fantasy stalwarts as Cory Harkey, Joseph Fauria & Thaddeus Lewis before the usual suspects came through to save the day. But as good as Cam Newton, JaMaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch were others such as Jimmy Graham, Ray Rice and Calvin Johnson fell flat. But no matter how bad you may have lost your matchup this week the Packers may have lost even worse considering both Randall Cobb and James Jones left with significant leg injuries. Let’s take a look at all of the games played on this Sunday of Week 6 from a Fantasy Football perspective.
I’ve been receiving a lot of emails this week filled with names like Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin and Daryl Richardson, so with these two NFC West rivals kicking off the Week 4 action with a match-up Thursday night, it’s time to break it down for fantasy purposes. While there’s plenty of talent on both sides, there may only be a few who stand out in the fantasy world, so don’t go looking for an “all hands on deck” approach with your starts and sits. Here’s the way I see it for this one…
It's Week 4 of the NFL season meaning we've got data to review in order to help us to make more informed decisions in fantasy football. That doesn't mean there is ever unanimity if you ask the experts, and it doesn't mean that the numbers always lead to the correct answer. However history matters a bit, as does current levels of production, usage, matchups etc. This week we'll share our thoughts on some of the better Week 4 matchups out there as you try to continue building upon what was hopefully a solid start to the football season for your fantasy club (who are we kidding, there's no way anyone reading this has only one fantasy football team).
We, as writers, walk a very fine line each week. On one hand, we want to report the latest news and information to you in a timely and relatively unbiased fashion. You want to hear exactly what’s going on with your players and what our thoughts are moving forward with regard to their fantasy value. But while we’re supposed to be 90-percent fact and 10-percent opinion, we too play the game and sometimes the lines get blurred. We have our favorites, usually the guys we’ve drafted or have been hyping up to you these last few months, and all too often when those guys let us down, there’s a certain amount of frustration that takes center stage with us. And that’s what today’s column is all about. The opinions expressed in this article belong to me and me alone. Many of the assessments and evaluations of players will be steeped in facts that should prove to be very helpful to you in your fantasy season, but there’s also going to be plenty of ranting and raving as well. Bordering on lunatic? Perhaps, at times. But sometimes even those to whom you go to for advice need a forum just to vent.
What happened in Week 2 of the NFL season? That's what we'll discuss in this article. We won't touch on Thursday Night Football in this piece. That's so yesterday. We also won't touch on Sunday Night Football because we wanted to get this info out to you as soon as we could and that meant we posted this before the game was complete. What we will touch on is some of the best and brightest of Week 2, those that failed to live up to expectations, and all those running backs that seem to have picked up an injury in the NFL's second week.