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Friday, September 30, 2005

Week 4

Week 4 of the Six Pack 'O Picks
6 picks for the games this week from our resident prognosticator some interesting choices in the 6 Pack O'Picks.

Week 3 Recap
Thanks for all the emails and keep them coming. I especially enjoyed the emails from several drunk readers such as "Mike." Though he indicated he was drinking Sierra Nevada, he actually suggested "Corona" as the week 3 beer. I'm not sure if he remembers, but thanks anyway. Speaking of not remembering, it seems I do better with my picks, the more drunk I am; as I was nailed on my first two beer picks…the Eagles and Chiefs! Still, at 4-2, I was in the money for the second straight week. Expect that trend to continue…and no that's not the beer talking.

  • I am on pace to go 95-3 since my unofficial warm up in week 1.
  • I am still undefeated in college game picks!
  • More Drunk = Better Picks. I need to get drunk quicker. Perhaps I can try drinking my first two beers through a straw this week


YTD record (against the spread): 10-8*
* undefeated in college games

This week brings us Corona and the claim that Corona is miles away from ordinary. If that is the case then this is the beer for me as my picks are, miles away from ordinary.... Continue Reading in the 6 Pack O'Picks.

Also see his review of last weeks picks and email him to tell him what 6 pack to drink while picking next week.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...

Week 4 is upon us and you need to see who is going to perform or not.
Check the player news and information, weather conditionsfor the game you are interested in and be sure to check out the Fantasygods recommendations for each game here.

For more insight and information go to
Fantasygods.com.



Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Week 3 Re-Cap


What we learned - Week 3
We learned that San Diego has the best player in football.

We learned that this is the week Detroit did not look so bad.

We learned that Dante can still throw the rock and the Saints may already be out of gas.

We learned that Dallas has a big leak in their Defense.

We learned that the Jets are in real trouble.

We found out that no matter the year or the place, giving the Patriots time to win at the end of the game is not a good idea.

We learned Cincinnati is for real. Indianapolis is struggling, but winning, Buffalo is not as good as we originally thought.

We saw that a kicker matters whether he plays for Green Bay, Arizona, Oakland, Philadelphia or New England - they matter.

We learned that the Chiefs have running problems without Willie Roaf...

We learned that Brian Westbrook should have a contract.

We learned that Cadillac Williams is pretty darn good.

Observations:

Indianapolis is winning games with minimal offense, when they get it going - and they will it will be tough for everyone. Cincinnati has to be the biggest surprise this season so far. Give LT the rock. Keyshawn and Terry still have it at their age. Vinniy is a Jet again. Oakland is a decent 0-3 team and with a little luck they could be 2-1. St. Louis is going to be 8-8 unless they get more consistant on defense. Tampa is a quite 3-0.


Revelations:

Donovan McNabb : Philadelphia

McNabb is currently the top QB in virtually all fantasy football scoring formats but is currently suffering from a plethora of ailments. In light of his most recent injury, a sports hernia, we suggest you unload McNabb immediately. While the hernia should not slow him down, we are concerned that the ignorance of coach Reid will lead to McNabb suffering a more severe injury (much like the David Akers situation). Though McNabb is banged up, Coach Reid did not hesitate to have Donovan drop back 52 times in Sunday’s victory…52! While 52 attempts is great for fantasy points, exposing an already inured McNabb to that kind of punishment will see the Eagles QB on IR sooner rather than later. Due to Reid’s history of being stubborn we recommend selling McNabb high before it’s too late! (Hence, you may want to unload Westbrook and Owens as well)

Arizona RB’s : Arizona

JJ Arrington received early pre-draft hype but has fizzled in the first three weeks. Will it change? No! Do not expect Arrington to rebound with any monster games in the near future. Marcell Shipp is cutting into his time and now with QB Warner out for a month, Arrington will be even less productive. As far as Shipp, expect a bump in his carries, but TD’s to be few and far between. We do not recommend having either of these RB’s on your team. Cut them today!

Arnaz Battle : San Francisco

We know he strained his hamstrung this week, but if you are in need of a WR, we recommend picking up Battle this week. He has been the most consistent fantasy producer on the 49ers and we hear his hamstring will be fine. Additionally, Battle (the former Notre Dame QB) is being utilized much like the original slash, Kordell Stewart, and should receive at least 3 rush attempts per game and perhaps even a pass attempt. Latch onto him now as a WR bye week fill in.

Courtney Anderson : Oakland

If you need a TE, do not hesitate to pick up this 6’ 07” behemoth. With all the attention Moss, Porter and Lamont Jordan are seeing, Anderson is running free down the field. He responded with 5 catches for 100 yards in week 3 to compliment the 2 TD’s he scored in week 1. Look for the Raiders to utilize him even more in the coming weeks as he could have some monster games.

Did you notice that Kerry Collins (Oak) has fumbled in all three games this season? This guy is not a winner!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Week 3 Re-Posted

Week 3 of the Six Pack 'O Picks
6 picks for the games this week from our resident prognosticator some interesting choices in the 6 Pack O'Picks. Also see his review of last weeks picks and email him to tell him what 6 pack to drink while picking next week.


Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...

Week 3 is upon us and you need to see who is going to perform or not.
Check the player news and information, weather conditionsfor the game you are interested in and be sure to check out the Fantasygods recommendations for each game here.



Week 3 Prophecies!

Here at Fantasygods, we do not like to toot our own horn, but we have special powers…we can see the future. Rather than use that power for such things as winning the lottery or saving lives, we feel this power is best used in the realm of Fantasy Football.
If however, you are interested in making money, check out Fantasygods “
Six Pack O’ Picks” and start counting your winnings!
  1. D. Culpepper wil finally throw a TD! In fact, he will throw at least 3 TD’s
  2. Trent Green will finally throw a TD! In fact, he will throw 3 TD’s!
  3. Cadillac Williams will rush for only 88 yards this week.
  4. D. Foster will score a TD in week 3.
  5. Chris Perry will be Cincinnati’s leading receiver this week.
  6. Reggie Wayne will have 100+ yards receiving.
  7. Drew Bennett will score 2 TD’s.
  8. Koren Robinson (Minnesota) will catch at least 1 TD pass.
  9. Marcell Shipp will have over 100 combined yards.
  10. Jermaine Wiggins will have 75 yards receiving.

    For more insight and information go to Fantasygods.com.

Friday, September 23, 2005

PickemU Week 4

Pick’em-U: Week 4

Welcome to the fourth week of the college season, college gridiron fans.

Last week wasn’t such a great week as I went 2-3 with my predictions and 0-1 with my upset pick of the week.

Pick’em-U is looking to improve this week with the following no-brainers and go from there.

Friday, September 23, 2005

NEW MEXICO STATE +30.5 over California
I like the Golden Bears, but giving more than 30 points on the road may be a bit too much at this time.  The Aggies are all about offense and Cal has the Pac-10’s best scoring defense (#2 total defense).  Stay tuned to ESPN to see which wins out and by how much.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Take these to your local bank branch and just deposit them now.

Michigan -3 over WISCONSIN
The Wolverines are back in sync after running up the score on lowly Eastern Michigan.  Now, it’s time to prove it to the Big Ten against the Badgers.

Arizona State -5.5 over OREGON STATE
Catch this one on Pac-10 Saturday Night Football on TBS.  The Sun Devils are for real on their own field.  However, now it’s time to prove it on the road in the Pac-10.  A false rumor going around is that the Sun Devils’ offense wore bibs while watching film of the Oregon State defense to catch the drool.  But, I can sure believe it.  Tune into TBS and give the 5.5 to the Beavers.

Solid Bet of the Week

ILLINOIS +10.5 over Michigan State
Always tough to go against Michigan State, however this one’s in Champaign, IL this weekend and the Illini are getting 10.5.  I’ll take it.


Underdog Pick of the Week

OREGON +21.5 over Southern California
USC has never managed to blow out the Ducks in Oregon since 9/28/1991, and even then, the score was only 30-14.  Even though these teams have not met since 2002, I still like how the Ducks overcame Fresno State last week and look for them to put up at least a wall of resistance against the Trojans and cover getting 21.5pts.  Hang on tight.  This one may be close with the spread, but that’s why it qualifies as the “Underdog” pick for this week.

Pro Pick of the Week

New England -3 over PITTSBURGH
Yep, the Willie Parker show is over for now.  Take the ‘Pats to win somewhere in the neighborhood of 23-17.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Week 2 Re-cap


What we learned - Week 2
We learned this week that the first Monday night game for the Eagles was a fluke and the first game for San Fran may have been too, but we are not discounting that the Rams may stink. We are almost 100% sure Dante Culpepper would be considered a bust after 2 games. Randy was needed afterall. Start the Tice watch. We learned that Oakland can play close to good teams, just not beat them. We learned that the Jaguars are pretty good on defense and so are the Colts. We learned that there may be trouble in San Diego - restart the Marty watch? We learned that the NFL totally hosed the Saints by giving them a home game against the Giants in New York...WTF! Try a neutral site! We realized that the Patriots are mortal and Carolina may be the contender everyone once thought. We learned that Michael Vick still is learning the West Coast Offense. We sadly learned that Green Bay is in for a long season. We learned that Donavin Darius is out forthe season - and the Jags D looked so good. I learned that it is not so good to have the second highest points in Fantasy when you play the guy with the highest points.

Observations:

Pittsburgh is looking pretty good, the Titans were able to snub Jamal Lewis this week - how? Denver is still having issues on both sides of the ball. Seattle plays better at home. Joey Harrington is not the answer in Detroit. He is also killing Kevin Jones. Dallas looked so good versus San Diego and then lost to the Redskins in the last 4 minutes of the game - Parcells will have a conditioning coach out today. Houston seeems to have taken a step back. The Bills have no passing game.

Revelations:

Ron Dayne : Denver

We know, Mike Shanhan has reiterated that Mike Andersen is the starter. Forget that! All you need to know about Ron Dayne is that with 3 minutes left in a tie game the Broncos gave the ball to Dayne for 7 of their last 9 plays. Dayne responded and put the Broncos in position to win the game. Oh, and by the way did we mention that Mike Andersen fumbled. Do I need to say any more? PICK DAYNE UP IMMEADIATELY!

Tony Gonzalez : Kansas City

Chiefs OT Willie Roaf missed Sunday’s matchup with the Oakland Raiders and the fantasy implicatons were widespread. Not only did the running game struggle (against a weak Oakland run defense) but T. Gonzalez was used almost exclusively as a blocker. Until Roaf recovers from his hamstring strain, expect low production from Gonzalez and a sluggish running game from the Chiefs. As the Roaf injury is not expected to be long term, if you can trade Gonzalez in a blockbuster; do so…you never know when Roaf will go down again.

Trent Green : Kansas City

Stop worrying about Trent Green. Yes, we know he has yet top throw a TD pass, but he did the same thing last year when he struggled early and then rebounded to be the second best QB the final half of the 2004 season. If you do not have T. Green see if you can steal him from your fellow owner as his value will never be lower.

Kevin Jones : Detroit

Considered a rising star, Jones has been a bust the first two weeks and there is no relief in sight. With upcoming games against Tampa Bay, Baltimore and Carolina, three stingy defenses, Jones fantasy drought will likely continue. If you have him, look for a replacement over the next month and then expect him to rebound with a nice second half of the season. For other owners, keep your eye on Jones and try trading for him after the Ravens game as his value should be at an all time low.

Carson Palmer : Cincinnati

Palmer has exceeded expectations so far this season and while he is a decent fantasy QB, we recommend trading him now. His value will never be greater. With two great games against Cleveland and Minnessota, Palmer faces a rigorous upcoming schedule and should see a decline in his numbers. You’ll thank us later.

Extra point: For those of you that still have Joey Harrington (Det)on your team, you should never play Fantasy Football again!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Week 2

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...

Week 2 is upon us and you need to see who is going to perform or not.
Check the player news and information, weather conditionsfor the game you are interested in and be sure to check out the Fantasygods recommendations for each game here.


Week 2 of the Six Pack 'O Picks
6 picks for the games this week from our resident prognosticator some interesting choices in the 6 Pack O'Picks. Also see his review of last weeks picks and email him to tell him what 6 pack to drink while picking next week.

Week 2 Prophecies!

Here at Fantasygods, we do not like to toot our own horn, but we have special powers…we can see the future. Rather than use that power for such things as winning the lottery or saving lives, we feel this power is best used in the realm of Fantasy Football.
If however, you are interested in making money, check out Fantasygods “
Six Pack O’ Picks” and start counting your winnings!
  1. Jamal Lewis will look better and score a TD this week, but he will still not rush for over 100 yards!
  2. Michael Bennett will have more rushing yards than Rudi Johnson in this matchup.
  3. Cadillac Williams will have more yards receiving than rushing this week.
  4. Matt Hasslebeck will throw three TD’s.
  5. TE Alex Smith will not score a TD for the next four weeks.
  6. Frisman Jackson (who? Cle – WR) will have another 8 receptions this week.
  7. Antonio Gates will score two TD’s in his return.
  8. Rueben Droughns will rush for 87 yards and a TD.
  9. Curtis Martin will combine for 100+ yards and a score against Miami.
  10. Anquan Boldin will have more receptions than Larry Fitzgerald this week.

    For more insight and information go to Fantasygods.com.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What did We Learn Week 1?


Week 1 is in the books. Here is a run down of the things we've learned.

  1. We've learned that somehow the Chiefs and Colts were able to magically create defense. Both teams basically pitched a shutout until a garbage time score in the 4th quarter.
  2. We've learned that another year that had hope for the Seahawks started off horrible - is it time to start the Mike Holmgren watch?
  3. We've learned that there are many concerns about Chad Pennington - and the shoulder is only the beginning.
  4. We've learned that Jake Plummer is once again a far cry from John Elway.
  5. We've been reinforced about Priest Holmes and the KC offense, Peyton Manning and the Colt offense.
  6. We felt good about New Orleans winning on the road.
  7. We found out once again that the pre-season is totally meaningless...ask the Jets and Bronco's.
  8. We've learned that Eli Manning may shine eventually.
  9. We saw that Carson Palmer can get it done.
  10. We found out that it really doesn't matter who runs the ball in Pittsburgh - they will succeed - Willie Parker.
  11. We found out Steve Smith is back.
  12. We saw that nothing is a given in the NFL this year - except maybe the Pats and Colts.
  13. We learned that pre-game fighting and ejections can cost a team a game by losing players and draining emotion so there is no juice in the second half.

In a topsy turvey week 1, where many people probably lost money gambling, we saw poor teams from last year essentially get half of their winning total from the previous season.

Observations:

Mike Martz - the clock management king probably cost his team a real shot at winning the game. Brett Favre can not play in domes, the Minnesota Vikings said they didn't miss Randy, but looked otherwise. Larry Johnson should see the field more - if you handcuffed him to Holmes - now the question is who to start. Patriots looks solid yet again. Buffalo can and will win games by field goal. The new coaches were prepared. Dallas impressed and Cincinnati did as well. New Orleans may have some magic in that old hat. Denver is confusing many people and so is Tennessee. Willie Parker - you are the most aquired man in fantasy this week. Each week brings a new drama.


Free Agents:

Running Backs:

Willie Parker - What needs to be said here - he did an amazing job. He will be a factor as Bettis is old and injury prone and Staley is collecting checks from the infirmary.

Stephen Davis - He sure looked like the main man for Carolina.

Brandon Jacobs - Kind of like Larry Johnson, but not as many touches yet - if Tiki goes down his numbers go way up.

Wide Receivers:

Robert Ferguson - With Walker out Ferguson is the #2 guy in GB.

Patrick Crayton - Looke impressive.

Arnez Battle - some one else to catch in SF.

Joe Jurevicius - Red Zone target

Shaun McDonald - Was looked at and thrown to many times.

Watch - Frisman Jackson - Big day from unknown.

Quarterbacks:

Gus Ferotte - He led the Dolphins to what appeared to be an easy win.

Drew Bledsoe - He is a statue, but was effective for Dallas yesterday.

Mark Brunell - Sure the offense did not move, but he seemed more comfortable in there than Ramsey - in a deeper league he could serve as backup.


Tight Ends :

Alex Smith - 2 TD's in first game can't be bad.

Courtney Anderson

Chris Baker - sure it was garbage time, but alot of looks.

Watch - Daniel Wilcox - who needs Todd Heap - OK it was in garbage time, but still some one to watch?

Thursday, September 08, 2005

PROPHECIES: Week 1



Here at Fantasygods, we do not like to toot our own horn, but we have special powers…we can see the future. Rather than use that power for such things as winning the lottery or saving lives, we feel this power is best used in the realm of Fantasy Football.
If however, you are interested in making money, check out Fantasygods “
Six Pack O’ Picks” and start counting your winnings!

1.New England will win this week, but will not win the Superbowl. In fact, they will not even win their division!

2. The Tennessee Titans will put up over 20 points against the “feared” Steel Curtain!

3. Cadillac Williams will have 110 combined yards against the Vikings.

4. Kurt Warner will look like a MVP as he throws for 3 TD’s against the Giants.

5. Broncos RB Mike Anderson will run for 150 yards and 2 scores. (FYI: Check week 7 Prophecies to see how he will get injured for the year).

6. Ladanian Tomlinson will not score a TD in Week 1.

7. Tim Rattay will throw for 301 yards against the Rams.

8. Rueben Droughns will look better than Rudi Johnson in the Cincinnati / Cleveland matchup.

9.
Pittsburgh RB Willie Parker will be the hottest FA pickup on the waiver wire next week.

10. Brett Favre will throw more INT’s than TD’s this week.

Week 1 is Here!


Week one is here, your drafts are complete and the games are starting, but you have so much talent on your roster, you have no idea who to start or bench.

Example:
Tampa Bay at Minnesota
This will be the bay of pigs. Minnesota will prove they do not need Moss and the name value of the Tampa D is proven to be a fraud, especially in the passing game. Minnesota rolls.
Start: D. Culpepper, N. Burleson, T. Taylor, J. Kliensasser, Viking D.
Tentative: M. Robinson, M. Moore, M. Bennett, B. Griese, M. Clayton, I. Hilliard
Bench: J. Galloway, C. Williams, M. Pittman, Tampa D

***To read more of this click here.

Or maybe you just want ot drop some coin on the games - here are some great choices in the 6 Pack O'Picks.

Stay tuned for more insight and information like - Who will you pick up starting next week?, injuries, promotions and demotions. All this and more at Fantasygods.com.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Diary of a Madman: Draft #3

Finally, on Saturday, I completed my third and final draft for the 2005 season. League 3 is about the same in rules as league 1 with the exception of a mandatory TE. This league, also, requires 2 RBs in the starting lineup, 1 pt per reception, 6 points per passing TD, 1 pt per 10yds rushing, 1 pt per 20yrds receiving, and 1 pt per 75yds passing. Interestingly, because of the 1 pt per 20yrds receiving, WRs are not quite up to the level of the top 10 RBs. Therefore it is critical I get 2 RBs in the first 2 rounds. Like league 1, I am drafting at #7 – you all know by now how I despise being in this position.

Round 1, Pick 7: If you remember at the end of diary #2, I make the pronouncement of Davis and Barber due to the pass catching dimension. However, something unexpected happened. Edgerrin James fell into my lap.

Round 2, Pick 18: Westbrook is falling but gets picked a few spots ahead, rightfully so, again I expect to pick Tiki Barber as my #2. Again, unexpectedly, Kevin Jones has fallen to my pick. Although, I have Kevin in my previous 2 drafts, I got to pick him here, even though his stock is falling faster than Global Crossing.

Round 3, Pick 31: WR are on a major run, so it looks like a tier 2 WR is on its way. Nate Burleson is my pick. A few weeks ago, I would have been disappointed, but his stock has been on the rise due to a good pre-season for the offense.

Round 4, Pick 42: Sticking to my overall plan for all my drafts, I choose a WR, Darrel Jackson. I’m not necessarily high on Jackson, but he should be productive as my #2 WR. Still in shock, I’m starring at my top 2 picks on the board, at this point

Round 5, Pick 55: Ok, so I’ve picked a RB in both of my drafts so far to protect the position from injury. However, I am so pleased with James and Jones, I am veering from the plan. To get the most impact in my starting lineup as possible, I select another WR, thereby, completing my starting lineup for both RB and WR. No backups, I’m going for it. Anquan Boldin is my pick. Most of the other WRs were off the board, but in round 5, Boldin is a value.

Round 6, Pick 66: As in every draft, the QBs are on a run, at this point. I am not going to be left behind this time and take no chance by selecting Carson Palmer. Not the best pick, but 9 QBs were already off the board.

Round 7, Pick 79: To protect Palmer’s potential to suck, I select a backup QB immediately. Jake Delhomme is available, but I select Matt Hasselbeck. This may end up being a mistake, however.

Round 8, Pick 90: Here is where I decide to really go for it. I pick the Baltimore defense. I’m leaving my self a little vulnerable by not selecting a backup RB yet, but I’m going for the championship in this draft.

Starting Lineup

QB Carson Palmer/Matt Hasselbeck

RB Edgerrin James

RB Kevin Jones

WR Nate Burleson

WR Darrel Jackson

WR Anquan Boldin

DT Baltimore

PK Matt Stover

This is a championship roster. I felt that as soon as I got James and Jones. And I didn’t mess it up by waiting too long to select a QB and I got 3 nice WRs to complement J&J. Perhaps the only thing that can stop me is the potential for James to go down to injury. I’m not all that well protected with Marshall Faulk, Marcel Shipp and Chester Taylor as backups. I also missed out of Dominic Rhoads, but someone picked him too soon.

As you can see from these drafts, I got progressively better with each. I didn’t totally blow any of the three drafts, but I do wish I did better with #1. I found that working off a customized cheat sheet works best so that I can just cross them off. I used a laptop in the first draft and got distracted due to problems. Keep it simple, stupid, as they say.

So, what do you think?

I hope that, at least, you got some entertainment from my fantasy travels.

See you around.