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Fantasy Football Week 13 Studs and Duds

December 09, 2009 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Tony RomoIn this week of Studs and Duds there will be a complete new crop of players that stepped it up to become a part of the studs category and a group of players you wouldn’t usually expect to see in the duds category.

STUDS:
Tony Romo: Romo had career highs across the board in passing completions, attempts, and yards but still didn’t win the game against the Giants. Good for him that he was still a fantasy stud and put up over 25 points. So much for the Tony Romo December curse because he played lights out. It’s also on the Giants defense that Romo did so well, but Romo still had a stud-like performance on Sunday. I don’t think Romo will put up numbers like this in upcoming weeks, but it’s a good sign for his career and fantasy owners.

Robert Meachem: Yep the other wide receiver on the Saints. He had 8 receptions for 142 yards and one of the most important plays of the Saints season with the strip of the ball for a 44 yard touchdown at the end of the first half. Drew Brees put up over 400 yards again, but when I was watching the game, the only thing I noticed was how productive Meachem was all game. Marques Colston owners might want to worry a little bit because his targets have gone and maybe his production will too.

Anquan Boldin/Larry Fitzgerald: They carved up the dominant Vikings defense and totaled 241 yards and 3 TDs on way to a dismantling of what some would think was the best team in the NFL. This is why the Cardinals may be the most dangerous team in the NFL because Boldin and Fitzgerald can do this in every game against any defense. I don’t see the Cardinals slowing down against the 49ers or even letting up on the gas a little bit. Fitzy and Boldin should repeat numbers like this for weeks to come.

Bruce Gradkowski: As much as I didn’t want to put him on the list, I checked out his stats one more time, and they are good against the
Steelers defense. I know that Troy Polamalu was out and that means that the Steelers defense is average, but Gradkowski put up over 300 yards and 3 TDs in the hostile territory of Pittsburgh. Did I mention that Gradkowski plays for the Raiders? The fact that JaMarcus Russell would never put up over 200 yards on the Steelers says something about how Gradkowski played. Even though some of his passes looked just awful, he won the game and put up over 25 points in doing so.

Other Notables: Jason Campbell, Kurt Warner, Ochocinco, and Devin Thomas

DUDS:
Vikings Offense: How the mighty have fallen. Adrian Peterson, 13 rushes for 19 yards. Brett Favre, 2 INTs and plenty of garbage time yardage and a garbage time TD. Not only that, but the Cardinals defense made Favre look like he was a new quarterback in the league and not a 40 year old gray-haired hall of famer. The Vikings seemed to have strayed away from their dominant player in AP and think that Favre will carry them into the Super Bowl. Remember Vikings, Favre is 40 years old and you have a stud RB and a stud offensive line. The fact that they only rushed for 19 yards with AP is a joke and Childress and the Vikings better fix that quick or they will be exposed by the Bengals next week.

Carson Palmer: When I saw that he had a matchup against the Lions defense at home I thought that he could put up over 20 points. And I believed that so much that I started him in my fantasy league and lost out on the #1 seed in the playoffs because of his 5 point effort. Only 220 yards and 2 INTs against the Lions? The Bengals have turned into a running team and Palmer may not be the fantasy producer that many thought he was. I’m sure he and the Bengals could care less because they are on their way to the playoffs and the defense and running game are going to get them there.

Frank Gore: I don’t know what the 49ers are doing with only giving Frank Gore 9 carries against the Seahawks defense. Frank Gore had been slumping as of late as the 49ers are passing the ball more with Alex Smith to Vernon Davis. Frank Gore owners have got to be worried with his lack of production against a defense that gives up over 105 yards a game on the ground. My Uncle in my fantasy league was trying to push that Gore was a top five fantasy back and worthy of a trade for Randy Moss or Andre Johnson. Well looks like Gore isn’t even worth a trade for Sam Aiken or Kevin Walter. Fantasy owners and especially my Uncle Frank should start worrying

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Fantasy Football Week 12 Studs and Duds

December 03, 2009 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Drew BreesThis week of Studs and Duds features names that have been on this list multiple times this year and those that are not only carrying their football teams, but the fantasy teams that they are on.

STUDS:

Drew Brees: Was there any doubt that this man would lead the list of studs? His performance last night against the Patriots was nearly perfect. The fact the same number of incompletions as he did touchdowns with 5 is mind blowing. He made the Patriots defense look like the Lions defense that he played in week one. Drew Brees and Saints might just go undefeated and as long as the Vikings are close in the standings, Brees and the Saints will be fantasy studs.

Brett Favre: Speaking of the Vikings, this man is on another level. Like I have stated before, I hate his man with such a passion, but I have to respect his ability to play football. He destroyed my Bears and almost broke his record for passing yards as a 40 year old. It looked like he was his old super bowl form with the way he was slinging the ball and smiling the entire game. As previously stated, as long as the Vikings stay close with the Saints in the standings, Favre will be a fantasy stud.

Chris Johnson: Anyone who is playing against Chris Johnson, better prepare for a 20+ point effort from him. This man is insane and everyone, whether fantasy or real football, should fear this man. He is unreal and has been compared to the great Deion Sanders in breakaway speed and game-breaking ability. That’s a pretty good comparison in only your second year in the NFL. With the Titans not slowing down anytime soon, I don’t see Chris Johnson doing so either. Whoever owns Johnson in a fantasy league, congrats, you have the most dangerous player I have seen in a long while.

Other Notables: Aaron Rodgers/Donald Driver, Tony Romo/Miles Austin, Phillip Rivers/Antonio Gates, and Justin Forsett

DUDS:

Tom Brady: Way to not be clutch Tom Brady. He was the complete opposite of what Drew Brees was during the Monday Night Football game. He had some awful throws and eventually got pulled at the end of the game to stop any further bleeding that he already had. Another reason why he is a dud this week: One of my friends was down 5 points in his fantasy league and had only Pierre Thomas to go against a team that had Tom Brady to go. The team with Pierre Thomas ended up winning. Fantasy owners don’t need to worry though; he’s Tom Brady, the golden boy. Also, the Saints pass defense is probably the best in the NFL. No worries.

Jake Delhomme: I’m just going to come out and say it: John Fox needs to bench the awful Jake Delhomme. Not only did he throw another 4 INT game of the season against the Jets, but his passes looked more like punts with the way they were floating up in the air. Clearly Delhomme has lost his ability to lead an NFL team and if Fox doesn’t want to have a losing season, he will bench Delhomme and start running the ball again. Delhomme’s highest TD game was 2. Delhomme’s highest fumble game was 2. The man is a turnover machine and the Panthers look to be sinking with him.

Eli Manning: In a game that Manning and the Giants needed so badly, Eli played just as bad. It is true that I am not a big Eli fan and haven’t been, but in his sixth year in the league, he needs to play like the franchise quarterback he is. But what about last week when he tore up the Falcons pass defense? For those of you that don’t know, the Falcons secondary is in shambles and has tons of injuries. Josh Freeman looked like a solid QB against them and almost led his team to victory. Eli needs to step up and produce as a real Manning in the next three games against Dallas, Philly, and Washington, or the Giants have no shot this year.

Other Notables: Jay Cutler, Brandon Jacobs, Panthers rushing attack, and anyone who went out for a pass against the Saints D

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BestFantasyFootballBlogs – Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap

October 13, 2009 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Steve Slaton Check out the newest fantasy football blog over at BestFootballBlogs.com. I take a look at the fantasy football studs and duds from NFL Week 5. I take a look at guys ranked highly by the experts that failed to live up to expectations. I also take a look at guys that flew under a lot of radars and ruled the weekend. The blog is a BestFantasyFootballBlogs.com exclusive and be read by clicking here.

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