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The Holy Grail – Week 8 QBs

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Smith won't pull a Whitehurst this weekend!

Teams on bye week: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Raiders, Jets, Buccaneers

MUST START

1 Brees  vs STL- Much like Graham , there is no other choice for the top spot this week. The stats plus the matchup make this easy.

2 Vick vs Dal – The bye week gave him time to get his legs fresh and recover from the beatings he has been taking. Dallas swarms to the ball , but Vick scores 20 in a bad game.

3 Cam vs Min – What a stud this guy turned out to be as he continues to augment his passing stats with great rushing stats.

4 Brady vs Pit – Would be higher if not for the electric nature of the position this year. Cam, Vick , Brees all have their own claims to the top spot each week and Brady has the misfortune of playing against Pitt.

5 Rivers vs KC – I am loading up on him in Salary Cap games. He is still an elite QB and KC is the perfect matchup for him to show it.

6 Eli vs Mia – Nicks will explode this week and the ‘Fins will have no answer for Bradshaw or Jacobs. Giants will put up a big number.

7 Ben Roethlisberger vs NE – Will have plenty of chances to put up big TD numbers against this horrible defense.

8 Stafford vs Den – Slips a bit in my rankings because of the injury questions – still a must start if healthy b/c of the offense and the upside.

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October 29, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Weekly Ranks, Twitter Thursdays | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Holy Grail- Week 7 RBs

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Teams on bye week: Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles, 49ers

MUST START

1 Rice @Jax  He is the premier NFL fantasy PPR back. In weeks he doesn’t score he still gets 20 because of his work in the pass game. Jacksonville is a bad defense that was propped up by an easy schedule and Mendenhall dominated them last week. Rice is the safest play to give you a huge game with a high ceiling and a safe floor.

2 Mcfadden vs KC – He got it going early last week and was a broken tackle or two away from some other big gainers. Campbell getting hurt early sapped some life out of the offense even though Boller did a respectable job filling in. Carson Palmer should be above average there and keep defenses from loading up on DMC, not that it would matter as his talent usually wins out.

3 Foster @Tenn – Tennessee has only given up 1 td on the ground this year , but gives up over a 100 rushing yards a week. Foster has only scored 1 TD this year and will finish the season with 10 plus rushing TD’s. Something has a chance to give this week for both teams giving Foster some really big upside.

4 Forte @TB – Describing him in one word – Consistent. He does it all for that offense and has exceeded most everyone’s expectations coming into this season. TB defense is very vulnerable and Forte is a PPR pass catching beast which gives him the nod over more explosive runners like AP.

5 AP vs GB – Ponder starting can’t be worse than Mcnabb. He always offers huge game potential and is the most talented runner in the NFL. Why write too much about a guy who is going to start every week in any format on every fantasy team, so let’s move on.

Chris Johnson vs Hou – Houston giving up 4.6 YPC and 6 rushing TDs so far. If CJ doesn’t go big here you may be looking at the beginning of the decline of a back that lit up the NFL just two short seasons ago. I think he performs good this week.

Turner @ Detroit – A 3 TD candidate going into every week. Doesn’t catch passes , but his TD potential is enough to make him a must start during a big Bye week.

Mendenhall vs AZ – After last week it is safe to say Mendenhall is ready to be what I thought he would be this year. A lock for 100 and at least 1TD a week. Arizona has given up 8 ground TDs this year  , yea that’s bad and that makes him a must start.

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October 20, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, The Holy Grail, Weekly Ranks | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Holy Grail- Week 3 WRs

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Leading you to the promised land each week.

Very important week for the WRs . The position is shaping up so get your research swag going and win yourself a game this week!

MUST STARTS

1 AJ @NO – You don’t bench him , should be the number 1 PPR WR each week regardless of matchup

2 Calvin @Min- see Andre Johnson , then add 1A PPR WR each week

3 Vincent Jacksonvs KC – Gates out , Floyd hurt , Jackson , Mathews and Tolbert will all be busy in the passing game -KC stinks

4 Roddy White @Tb – Big week a coming… ohhhhhhhh a big week is a coming – one of these weeks anyway , maybe this one.

5 Mike Wallace @Ind – This guy is a flat out monster right now – must start each week , fast , slick , wirey..lots of adjectives and a whole lot of superlatives.

6 Larry Fitz @Sea – You’re welcome for last weeks call when some writers jumped ship , lower expectation in SEA though only because of the whole ebbs and flows thing , unguardable.

7 Britt  vs Den – This guy is legit , Hasselbeck has been a boom for his fantasy value , he is ONLY 22 years old. WOW

8 Steve Smith vs Jax – Makes me puke in my mouth , but I do feel good for the guy because  he really deserved an actual QB after almost a decade of that slop they were throwing out there. – Yes he became a must start already

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September 24, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, The Holy Grail, Weekly Ranks | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Holy Grail- Week 2 RBs

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LEADING YOU TO THE PROMISED LAND THIS WEEK!

MUST START

1 Ray Rice vs Tenn – Not spending much time on the must starts this week. We know what Ray Rice is , I had him as someone I believed would give his best year as a pro. Well he is off to a smashing start.

2 Peterson vs TB – He will exploit the Bucs who gave up 126 yards on the ground last week. Mcnabb is bad , but he will be better , you don’t sit AP anyway. Let’s move on.

3 Charles vs Det – It is AWAY on a fast track. The lions will score a ton , Charles is it for KC and he is about as explosive a runner you will find in the NFL. Det front 7 looked good but was barely on the field against TB, thats why they gave up so few rushing yards. Charles is a stud in any format.

4 Mcfadden vs Buf – Buf Gave up 6 yards per carry last week and DMC torched Denver for a huge yardage game. If he is healthy expect another monster game and an actual score this time. He falls behind Charles ONLY because of some minor injury news, could lead the week in scoring and if 100% healthy moved to #2.

5 Mccoy vs Atl – Torched STL last week, an obvious call but not a lot of people had him as high as I did. He comes down just a bit , but should factor in heavily , as Forte burned ATL last week through the air. Hopefully Vick doesn’t try to do too much against his former team and just sticks to the gameplan, that no doubt will feature Shady a ton.

6 Forte vs NO – After last week he has to become a must start. He is a PPR monster and should be considered a stud. He looked fast last Sunday.

7 Mendy vs Sea – He was quiet last week NOT because of the Ravens defense , but because the Steelers defense looked horrendous and couldn’t stop the Ravens offense. Roethlisberger had to throw it around to give them a chance , then the turnovers happened. Mendy will dominate this Seahawks game as the Steelers offense as a whole rebound and ground and pound while jumping on the TD merry go round! Yup.

MENDY FEARLESS FORECAST: 24carries 113yrds  2catches  8yrds    2Tds

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September 15, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, The Holy Grail, Weekly Ranks | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Out and Up: Week 2 Waivers

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Cut the guy!

Tuesday is waiver days for most everyone in all fantasy football leagues. So every Tuesday I will release a new article detailing who I would throw out (cut) and who I would pick up (claim). None of this is set in stone , and every league and team should be treated differently. I am not saying to give up on all of these players , but what I am saying is if you needed to make room for another more promising and younger prospect , well it is safe to say goodbye to a player you may have loved previously. Do NOT make the mistake of holding on to an aging under performing player , there are ALWAYS early warning signs , read them and adjust. It could mean the difference between 6th place and a championship.

Out and Up : Week 2 waivers

QB

PICK UP

Henne– Looked real good , but the Pats looked bad again on defense. Keep your hopes realistic , but Henne just became a nice matchup play.

Newton – This is a testament to how bad the AZ defense is. Newton just had his best game of the season , but he does have a top WR that he has shown early connection with and that counts for something. There are a lot of QBs out there, but if you want to take a chance on Cam , I can not say it’s a bad move.

THROW OUT

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September 13, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Out and Up | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bump and Run: iCon Joe vs Ryan Horne – week 1

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Every week I will be going 1on1 with Ryan Horne, writer of Horne’s Corner and icon fantasy sports correspondent. This week we discussed his support for Michael Turner , my man-crush on Knowshon Moreno and his defense of fantasy disappointments Zach Miller and Braylon Edwards.

For discussion purposes, I will be known as iCon while Ryan will be known as HC:

And now for  the Bump and Run:

HC: You’re high on Knowshon Moreno this weekend, ranking him ahead of some pretty good options at RB, why do you see him breaking out to such a big-time start?

iCon: Moreno came into camp with a chip on his shoulder.  The addition of John Fox and his running scheme can only help Moreno as a runner to couple with his elite receiving skills out of the backfield. Willis may vulture the TDs, but Moreno will still score, the Raiders have a porous run defense that was gashed for 4.5 yards per carry, while their pass defense was very good last year, they lost Asomugha which hurts the entire defense as a whole. With Fox playing the hot hand I am expecting Moreno’s shifty moves to be on display for the country to see. It is Moreno’s time to put up or shut up. And week 1 vs a bad run defense is the perfect seasonal springboard matchup for a young guy looking to realize his potential. I am all in on Moreno in PPR.

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September 11, 2011 Posted by | Bump N Run, Fantasy, Horne's Corner | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Holy Grail – Week 1 RBs

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Lets get right into the meat of some week 1 rankings now , I tantalized you yesterday with the Quarterbacks. I teased you and just the tipped you guys, while painting the gorgeous picture of Mike Holmgren sans clothing. I gave you some great QB info and insight from the mind of a ranked icon of fantasy sports and noted money league PPR specialist. So lets move on to bigger and better things…like:

WEEK 1  PPR RB rankings

MUST START

1 Jamaal Charles vs BUF- The guy is going to light it up this year. I am not worried about the sloppy preseason AT ALL. Cassel is banged up , Bowe will come back to earth , Thomas Jones is  , well , Thomas Jones , Moeaki fell victim to the Haley coaching nonsense , there really is not a lot of competition for touches there , oh and an improved Buffalo defense was worst against the run by a LARGE margin in the NFL last year so he should have no problem getting free. I say improved because there is nowheret to go but up.

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September 7, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, The Holy Grail, Weekly Ranks | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TE, D/ST, and K Rankings (via Horne’s Corner)

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Ryan Horne over at Horne’s Corner hooking you guys up with his thoughts on TE/D/K

Its time for my pre-season fantasy rankings for the “forgotten positions,” Tight End, Team Defense/Special Teams, and Kicker. In what will be my final set of rankings before weekly rankings beginning before week 1 of the regular season, I will rank the top-25 Tight Ends in PPR formats and write a short blurb for each one. I’ll also rank the Top-20 Fantasy Kickers and Top-20 Team Defense/Special Teams units, but only in list form. Tight Ends 1. An … Read More

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August 22, 2011 Posted by | Horne's Corner | , , , , | Leave a comment

TE Rankings 8/18/11

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Here is a quick rundown and analysis of the top TEs I like for this year. I just wanna give you guys a straight to the point reference list to be used during drafts. I will tell you when to target these players in all PPR leagues.

TE Rankings (PPR)

1 Gates – Finally healthy , but he gets banged up. On a per game basis there is no TE better – but truth be told I like some other TE a round later for my taste.

Target mid 4

2 Vernon Davis – This is my guy this year , Harbaugh will use him a TON. He is a complete freak at that position and is well into his prime now. Alex Smith is a concern , but bad Qbs can still manage to build great chemistry with their TE’s.

mid 5

3  JerMichael Finley – Only 24 so there had to be some speed bumps for the guy and those speed bumps come in the form of injuries. He has gone from being nicked up to being put out for the season. He is GREAT for that offense and Rodgers LOVES LOVES LOVES him , but there are A LOT of people there to catch it too. AMAZING upside , but coupled with injury issues in his track record he falls behind VD on my list.

mid 5

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August 19, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Live Expert Draft Review 8/15/11

iCon was invited to do an experts draft with the top, elite , upper echelon players that reside over at fantasy games money site Rtsports.com. All of the top 15 were invited on a first come first serve basis and all of these players are friends of mine and have been for quite some time. This draft was put together by the Lead Sports writer for their website , Jeff Paur and we are playing for free entry into their one of their ALL PRO leagues next football season.

This is the BEST collection of skilled and competitive money league players that I have yet to see assembled  in all my years playing this game. Each player here wins thousands per year in this hobby, so I thought this would be the perfect time to run the next analysis of my live drafting and draft reviews followed by rating teams at the end.

Understand something right now , every single guy in this league has hundreds of fantasy titles under their belts so finding the bad values in each round may be a daunting task in and of itself because almost every pick will be the right one as each and every guy in here is a champion.

As usual I will analyze just the first 5 rounds for best and worst values , followed by a quick analysis of each team and a rating on a scale of 1-10. The first 5 rounds will NOT win you your league completely but they will provide the backbone and foundation for your team and will dictate how your middle rounds should go.

There will be no better tool if you want to see the true value of each and every player going forward in all competitive PPR drafts for the rest of this summer.

NOW LETS GO LIVE TO THE DRAFT ROOM

Round 1

#1  John’s Team   –   Jamaal Charles  RB, KAN

#2  Pearl Jam Randy   –   Arian Foster  RB, HOU

#3  icon   –   Ray Rice  RB, BAL

#4  Nuts for Henery   –   Adrian Peterson  RB, MIN

#5  Jeff P’s Team   –   Chris Johnson  RB, TEN

#6  The Calipari Way Will   –   Michael Vick  QB, PHI

#7  Romeo’s Team   –   LeSean McCoy  RB, PHI

#8  Brian’s Team   –   Darren McFadden  RB, OAK

#9  JW – Bull Rush   –   Andre Johnson  WR, HOU

#10  Midget Monkeys   –   Rashard Mendenhall  RB, PIT

#11  The Calipari Way-Logan   –   Calvin Johnson  WR, DET

#12  Azzurri   –   Roddy White  WR, ATL

Best value: Adrian Peterson – iCon has him as #1 on the ranking list as the best combo of safety and upside he fell to 5th here and thats as good a spot as you will see him – iCon passed on him to take Rice , simply because I do not own rice enough this year.

Worst value: None , everyone went in a comparable spot and belongs here. Could be CJ2k if he never shows

Analysis: Nothing to see here , this is exactly what I would expect , Vick at 6 was a surprise but I can’t arguewith the pick at all , like the Mendy and Calvin picks at the end and White is rock solid.

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August 17, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Live Draft Blogs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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