Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Keeper League Confidential: Break Out Your Brooms!

The Zombies have only two wins on the season, but they've both come against the same team. As a result, the Zombies have completed a two-game sweep of my former team in this keeper league (the same team that is currently first in our division and the returning Super Bowl champ from last year). So while I'd rather be 4-2 than 2-4 after the first six weeks, it's at least comforting to know that I've completed a sweep of my former team.

It's sweeping time!

Plus, the Zombies are only one game out of second place and the playoffs. It hasn't been pretty so far this season, but there are few who would expect Zombies to play pretty in the first place.


Week 7 Tip: Keep Fighting

Unless your team is 0-6 on the season, there's a good chance your team is still mathematically in the hunt for the playoffs. And in fantasy football, it's not over 'til it's over. For instance, a few years back, my brother and I shared a fantasy football team in a league with a 13-game regular season. At one point, we were 2-6-1 and on the verge of being eliminated, but we kept pushing and just snuck into the playoffs with a 6-6-1 record. Then, we went on to win the league championship! So keep fighting!


Waiver Wire Watch: Week 7

QB: Tim Tebow, Den. It's hard to argue statistics, and Tebow has a pretty amazing stat: In every regular season game in which he's attempted at least one pass (yes, just one), he's scored at least 2 TDs (yes, two): last Sunday, the final three games of the 2010 season, and in week 10 of the 2010 season when he attempted one pass (for a TD) and ran in a TD. Say what you want about his mechanics and skill set, but Tebow scores TDs.

Who cares about mechanics? My team needs TDs.

RB: Maurice Morris/Keiland Williams, Det. Jahvid Best suffered a concussion last week, which means he's likely going to miss this week's contest (though you never know). Up until last week, Williams seemed to have the back up RB slot filled. However, Morris is the one who received the carries when Best went down. If you can guess the correct RB, he could end up giving you a ton of points in a shoot out with Atlanta this week.

WR: Doug Baldwin, Sea. Baldwin was highlighted last week, but I'm reminding you of him again this week since he was on a bye last week. Of course, many owners might flock to Devin Hester after his 2-TD performance last week, but he's only scored one TD as a receiver this year. Plus, he has a long history of burning his owners.

TE: Delanie Walker, SF. He plays second fiddle to Vernon Davis, but more and more teams are using 2-TE packages. Bad news though: He's on a bye (as is Jake Ballard, NYG, who's also performing well).

DL: Michael Bennett, TB. Bennett had one big 2-sack game this season, but his real value is in a steady stream of tackles, which is hard to count on from DLs.

LB: Aldon Smith, SF. This rookie LB has snuck up on everyone, including me, and has recorded 11 tackles and 5.5 sacks over the past 3 games. And that's as a situational player at the moment. Look for his workload and numbers to increase over the course of this season.

DB: Thomas DeCoud, Atl. I prefer safeties over corners when grabbing DBs, because they often provide a more consistent stream of tackles. DeCoud has been making tackles but also making plays with 3 interceptions on the season.

As far as kickers, I dropped Matt Bryant last week and replaced him with Dan Bailey, since his bye week has already passed. Good move, since Bryant kicked for 7 points and Bailey connected for 10 points.


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