Fantasy Fallout: Week 7 Review

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Football Expert

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Greetings to the Project Shanks Nation! It was another good week for the Redneck. My six pack of teams went 5-1 and things are looking good. I survived a couple of scares and managed a couple of blowouts. I sit at 6-1 in my Dynasty league despite suffering some bad injuries to Jay Cutler and Reggie Wayne. My keeper team held a 15-point league against Adrian Peterson on Monday night. My two weakest teams have each tallied back to back wins to bring me up to 4-3. All in all, my teams are in good shape.

OK, not absolutely everything is great. The one loss I took this weekend drove a team down to 3-4 on the season and I lost multiple players to injury, including my alleged star RB, Doug Martin. It may be time to call in the dogs and piss on the fire in that league. Or it may be time to overhaul that team and try to make a run. This weekend will be the key for turning that team around, and a lot of you are in the same boat. We sink or swim. 4-4 offers hope of making a late playoff run. 3-5 leads to planning for next year. [Read more…]

Fantasy Basketball: Rookie Review

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Expert

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I know the 2013 draft took a beating from critics. It was unjust. True, there may have been no cornerstone player for a franchise to rebuild around. We don’t get that every year. Some drafts provide players that become great compliments, role players or secondary players. This year had a few of those guys, and they should be considered as viable options to help your fantasy teams. Are there any first-round fantasy players? No, but again, that doesn’t happen every year. However, there are several guys to consider in mid-late rounds. So here is a little information about them for your consideration.

#1 Otto Porter, Jr., SF, WAS

In the long run, other players in this draft may wind up having better careers, but Porter, Jr. is the one player in this draft most ready to compete in the NBA right now. He is a great fit for the Wizards and could end up being rookie of the year. Otto joins John Wall and Bradley Beal in the starting lineup immediately, and all three should have the green light this year. The Wizards are assembling a talented young team that should provide excitement for their fans, while Otto provides production for fantasy owners. 

#2 Michael Carter-Williams, PG, PHI

Carter-Williams will be thrust into the starting lineup for the 76ers after they made multiple draft day trades which included them shipping incumbent PG, Jrue Holliday, to New Orleans. Carter-Williams is a big guard at 6′ 5″ and can fill both backcourt positions. Make no mistake though, his court vision and passing abilities will ensure he has the ball in his hands for the 76ers. As with most rookie PGs, fantasy owners should expect lower than average FG% and a fairly high amount of turnovers. [Read more…]

Fantasy Basketball: Welcome to the Hardwood!

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Sports Expert

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What’s that sound? It’s a squeaking noise. No, not like a mouse squeaking. Not a hinge in desperate need of some WD-40. No. That’s a different squeak. I know that sound. That’s the sound of rubber soles on hardwood floors. The dull thump, thump, thump of a ball bouncing. The clang of ball bouncing off rim. The swish of ball touching nothing but net. I know those sounds. And that smell, hmmm, that smell. Fresh varnish on hardwood. Man sweat and Icy Hot. Basketball! My old friend is back.

I love fantasy sports. Football and baseball keep me going, but basketball is my first sports love. I know that puts me in a rapidly decreasing population, but I still love it. People hate the NBA and what it has become. Not I. Give it me. Bring it on. Lakers versus Celtics. I hate them both, but I watch. The Big Three in Miami, I watch. The old men down in San Antonio, the Big Fundamental, yes please. Bring on Dirk and the new again Mavs. Feel the Thunder. Hear the Jazz. Soar with the Hawks. Knicks or Nets, taste the Big Apple. More than any other team though, bring on my Rockets! Hello Mr. Howard, welcome to H-Town. [Read more…]

Fantasy Fallout: Week 6 Review

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Football Expert

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Hello Project Shanks Nation. It’s that time of the week where I spread my Redneck Rhetoric about Fantasy Football. Life is good, life is good! The Cowboys scraped together another win and sit primed to finish 8-8 for the fourth year in a row, which may just be good enough to win that scrap heap known as the NFC East. Fall is in the air, and I can hear the squeak of sneakers on hardwood. Basketball will tip off soon, and my Rockets look better than they have in a long, so very long time. Yes, life is good.

On the fantasy front, I continue to have a good football year. My six-pack of teams went 4-2 this weekend, including a couple key wins by my struggling teams which brought me back above .500 in all leagues. I’m 5-1 in my Dynasty league, 4-2 in both my Keeper and Money leagues, then the rest are 3-3. I vowed to pay more attention to my two weakest teams last week. I took some of my own advice regarding bye week fill-ins, made some roster changes and pulled off a trade. Both of those teams won as a result.

We are pretty much at the half-way point for Fantasy Football. Most leagues play a 13-week schedule. I hear some only play 12, but I have never played in one of those. If you happen to be one of the sad sacks sitting at 0-6 or 1-5, well please just continue to field the best team you can as you prepare for Fantasy Basketball. 2-4 teams face their last chance to make a leap back into contention. 3-3 teams control their own destiny. If you are 4-2, 5-1 or 6-0, just don’t screw it up. The season is yours and life is good.

Now, shall we proceed on to looking back at last week and forward to the next? I think we shall.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

I have to tip my hat this week to Cam Newton. I have no idea what kind of coaching went on during the Panthers’ bye week, but the results were clear. Cam shredded the Vikings’ defense, both on the ground and through the air scoring four total TDs and amassing 32.05 fantasy points to lead all scorers.

On the other side of the ball, I have two shout-outs. First, to Jason McCourty who finally had a game of significance with 21.57 points. Second, to Jason Hatcher who, although he is the lowest scored on this entire list, scored 11.50 points with matched the total of the top five most highly owned DLs in the game COMBINED. [Read more…]

Fantasy Fallout: Week 5 Review

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Football Expert

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I was let down by a couple of teams this weekend. I still went 3-3 but took a loss that hurt. There is nothing worse than losing with points on the bench. Calvin Johnson was a game day scratch, and I swear I never saw his name pop up on any injury report all week. So I ended up with a zero at WR while a guy on my bench posted 13 points. I also chose wrong on a late RB swap and the guy I left on my bench outscored my starter by about five points. Yeah, I lost by 17. That one stings a bit.

Overall, I have two teams sitting at 2-3 and am a bit concerned about them. Both are in re-draft leagues. So I probably didn’t put as much thought into them as I should have. I sit at 4-1 in two leagues and 3-2 in the others. Those four leagues are keepers, a dynasty league and my lone money league. So it is hard to be too unhappy at this point. Next year, I will not play in this many leagues. For now, my goal remains the same. I will overcome the miscues and slow starts to make the playoffs in all six leagues.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

I know people are going to bag on Tony Romo for his late interception. Those people are idiots. Tony had the greatest day of any Cowboys’ QB ever. He completed 69% of his passes for 506 yards, five TDs and a league leading 43.12 fantasy points. Yes, he threw a late interception that left many fans, self-included, broken hearted. However, that is the real world. This is fantasy. In the fantasy realm, Romo Ruled! [Read more…]

Fantasy Fallout: Week 4 Review

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

Welcome back, friends and doubters. Whether you are reading this to see if I am succeeding by following my own advice or simply talking out of my ass, well, at least you are reading for some reason or another. I stumbled through the weekend to a 3-3 take in my fantasy leagues. One of the losses was actually pretty sweet because my opponent had to root for his fantasy TE to score on Monday Night Football against his beloved Saints. I warned him such an act could jinx New Orleans, but he just had to beat me. Ha!

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Anyway, I now stand at .500 or better in all of my leagues, including 3-1 marks in half of them. I saw some guys complaining about being 0-4 on Facebook this morning. I kindly suggested they come to this column to seek my sage wisdom in an effort to turn their seasons around. Perhaps they will find a nugget or two here that will help them fill some gaps. I will continue to share my thoughts. The rest is up to you.

I am going to shift gears and change the format a bit this week. I will continue to recap the best and worst performers of the week, only much more briefly. I plan to spend more time focusing on helping everyone find quality bye week fill-ins. This is one area where fantasy and real football share some things in common. It is perfectly acceptable to make a change to your starting lineup due to a bye week and then ride the young guys the rest of the way.

First, here is a quick look back at last week’s MVP and MIA teams.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

With the exceptions of Alshon Jeffery and Nate Washington crashing the party, this weekend’s MVPs are a cast of highly owned and productive players. It was great to see Darren Sproles snap out of his funk and go off for the Saints. He is probably the overall MVP of the weekend as his RB leading 23.88 more than doubled his collective production of the first three games. On defense, Sean Lee finally blew up the IDP board as many expected him to do going into this season. Richard Sherman also backed up some of the shameless self-promoting he did in the offseason. Here are the Week 4 Fantasy MVPs: [Read more…]

Fantasy Fallout: Week 3 Review

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Football Expert

Another fine week of fantasy football action is in the books. My teams performed well yet again. I ended the week with a 4-2 record, sadly losing one game by a mere point and a half. One of those wins was my first in a super deep, competitive 16-team league and kept me from dropping to 0-3. So I am in the win column in all leagues and am 2-1 or 3-0 in all but the one. It has been a good season so far.

For those of you who are not as fortunate, well let’s just say it is time to rebuild. Do not sit idly by and continue waiting for the squad that hasn’t given you a single win to turn things around. Make some moves. Trade that favorite player you have stubbornly clutched in your grasp and get some guys that are actually scoring some fantasy points. There is no more time to wait. Bye weeks are starting and the unprepared are going to be scraping and clawing for any point they can get.

Bye Week:

Green Bay and Carolina get the early bye this week. It makes no sense to me that two teams have byes so early in the season. However, the Packers really need it as they have a ton of injuries to deal with. It sucks for Carolina as they seemed to be finding their grove after getting murderlized by Seattle in the opener. The biggest names you will miss this weekend are Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, all of the Packers’ WRs, Steve Smith and Greg Olsen. This will be a good weekend to test out some young WRs.

MVP TEAM

OK, my friends, this is the group of all players that put up some all-pro performances this weekend and what to make of it.

Top QB Performances:

Drew Brees: Breesy finally topped this list with 31.95 fantasy points. I know all of his owners are thrilled to finally see this. Brees led all scorers last year and was off to a somewhat slow and sloppy start. This should not be his last time atop this list, but this weekend he faces a surprisingly tough Miami defense that has managed to hold their own with everyone so far. Still, this is Drew Brees and he rocks. [Read more…]

Mr. Rogers’ Fantasy Football Corner

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Football Expert

Man, oh man, it is hot, hot, hot in Cleveland this morning. As if you didn’t know already, in a time where significant trades of quality players rarely take place during the NFL season, the Cleveland Browns went against the grain and traded the only thing they had close to an offensive star. They sent RB Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick. The Browns said this is move is a key part of their plan to overhaul the franchise.

This is part of a plan? First of all, let’s be honest. The only “plans” that are successful in anything having to do with any Cleveland sports are the evacuation plans quality players execute. I bet Trent Richardson is the happiest man on the planet this morning. Well, maybe he is tied with the person in South Carolina who won that $400 million Power Ball last night. In sports, though, T Rich just hit the jackpot.

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OK, I won’t kick anymore Cleveland fans this morning. Although, I think we should put out an APB on the one Cleveland fan who plays in my Fantasy Football Keeper because he hasn’t been heard from in the last day or so. As with any trade that happens in the real world, this deal has a significant impact on fantasy football leagues across the multiverse. Here is how it all shakes out.

THE WINNERS

On the surface this deal seems to have the biggest impact on Richardson, but looks can be deceiving. Consider the impact on these other players.

Willis McGahee: Guess who is getting a paycheck? Going from a weak team like the Browns to a young and talented team like the Colts is a big improvement. However, it pales in comparison to going from the unemployment line to the workforce. McGahee looked good in Denver the past year or two until his knee exploded. Coming back from a knee injury at his age is a daunting task. Doing so with the Browns may prove to be a short-lived endeavor. Still, McGahee will be the most added player in fantasy football today by a wide margin and promises at least some hope for teams dealing with struggling or injured RBs. McGahee was added in all six of my leagues within four minutes of the news of this trade breaking. [Read more…]

Fantasy Fallout: Week 2 Review

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Football Expert

It’s me again. Back to let all you know who was responsible for your dominance during Week 2 of the fantasy football season. I am aware that I was a bit long winded last week. That was in part due to being completely jacked up about the opening weekend of NFL action. Of course, I also wasn’t sleeping well due to watching the Wrecking Ball video. Maybe a dozen times was too many. At least, that gave me some extra time to look at stats, think about opening weekend and plot some adjustments for Week 2.

This week, I promise to avoid all Miley Cyrus coverage and pledge to do my best to be as informative as last week in a more concise manner. Take a look back at my Week 1 review to know the basis for my review. I won’t go through that again. What I will do is hit you with the weekend’s MVP team, tell you who was missing in action and then take a look at a random assortment of other players before I close out by reviewing some of the warning and recommendations I offered up following Week 1.

I am playing in six leagues this year. That is my limit. For opening weekend, I was unfortunate to face two teams with Peyton Manning as their QB. Thanks to those losses, I got off to a slow start with a 3-3 finish. I made a few adjustments and avoided being brutalized by the scheduling gods again, running my Week 2 record to 5-1. So far I am 8-4 this year and have avoided the dreaded 0-2 start in all but one league.

MVP TEAM 

TOP QB PERFORMANCES:

Aaron Rodgers: This one was almost as easy as last week. I started writing up at half time of the Packers-Redskins game because it was clear Rodgers would not be stopped. He posted a weekend leading 35.80 fantasy points with ease. This should remind all fantasy owners why Rodgers is the best of the best amongst QBs. He can easily hang 30 plus on any team at any time. [Read more…]

Project Shanks NFL Quarterback Roulette

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer

In the NFL, there is no more visible or valuable commodity than the QB. Everything revolves around them. They are the big money makers. They top every list when evaluating every team. When it comes to quarterbacks, it’s not only the great ones that linger in our minds for years after their playing days have ended. Fans can never seem to forget the epic failures at QB either.

Yes, we love to debate the greats like Joe Montana, Dan Marino and John Elway. However, nothing is more fun than discussing the great busts like Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell and Todd Marinovich.

What is wrong with us? Why do we love to watch these train wrecks? I’m sure there is some valid psychological explanation having to do with us not being hugged enough as children. Honestly, I’m too busy rubber necking all of these situations to care why. I’m just as sick as the rest of you when it comes to watching these tragic QB story lines. I can’t help myself.

With that in mind, I’m going to share a few thoughts about three of the ugliest stories I already can’t look away from in this early 2013 season.

#3 – Tampa Bay Bucs

A couple years ago, I was a fan of Josh Freeman. I’m sure many others were as well. Nowadays, I see him as a marked man. Freeman’s performance last year was a significant let down, burning the Bucs and many fantasy teams. His efforts to regroup in the off season, and his attitude toward preparing for what should be a reclamation year, have both been awful. I took the Bucs drafting Mike Glennon last spring as a sign they were concerned with Freeman’s fall off or may it was just an effort to light a fire under. His response was not what I expect from a competitor. [Read more…]

Fantasy Fallout: Week 1 Review

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Writer 

Week 1 is in the books and many fantasy owners around the world sit, hungover, scratching their heads and wondering what went wrong. Meanwhile, many others walk around basking in the sunshine of their brilliance.

Being a fantasy sports addict, I have enough teams to have spent the past couple of days in multiple states of wonder. Wondering what went wrong. Wondering how I pulled it off. Wondering how nobody else knew what I did.

Thus is the nature of fantasy football. So, I’m here to either help people pat themselves on the back or to rub salt in the wounds of their defeat. This is my look back at what happened in Week 1, while also gazing into my crystal ball to hand out some free advice about the weeks to come. Just remember, with free advice, as with anything, you get what you pay for.

I need to pause briefly to disclose where I get my numbers. I play in multiple leagues each year, all in Yahoo. The scoring systems we use vary a little, but not much, from one league to the next. I only play in leagues that use IDP. So don’t look for any analysis regarding Team D. I generally hate kickers and will not mention them again. All of my numbers will come from the primary scoring systems used in my oldest keeper league and the percentages of ownership I list come from Yahoo. Here is the scoring system I’ll be referencing:

Offense: Passing Yards = 1 Point per 40 yards; Rushing & Receiving yards = 1 Point per 15 yards; All TDs = 6 points; Receptions = .25 each; 2 Point Conversions = 2 Points; Interceptions and Fumbles Lost = -2 points. 

Defense: Solo Tackle = 1 points; Asst. Tackle = .5 points; Sacks & Forced Fumbles = 2 points; Interceptions and Fumble Recoveries = 3 points; Passes Defended = 1 point; Blocked Kicks = 3 points. 

All Kick and Turn Over Return Yards = 1 Point per 30 Yards.

MVPs

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, where oh where do we begin? How about we begin with the overall weekend MVP? It shouldn’t take much to figure out where this award goes. After all, this guy ended most of his opponents’ hopes for Week 1 before the weekend even arrived.

Top QB Performances:

Peyton Manning destroyed the Ravens on Thursday night and rewarded his fantasy owners with 53.42 points. Peyton is owned in 100% of Yahoo leagues and was sure to be starting on some team in any league with more than 10 owners. I was personally unfortunate enough to face him in two of my leagues and knew I had no chance of winning those week one match ups by the time I went to sleep. Peyton’s fantasy points almost doubled the points produced by every other player in the league. Any time your fantasy QB nearly doubles all other players, you’re in good shape to win. [Read more…]

7 Things: Project Shanks’ Fantasy Football Tips

 

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Reid’s 7 Things: Fantasy Football Tips

It’s the time of year when we catch ourselves actually noticing preseason football, and we spend more time selecting our “keeper” players than we do making sure we’re dropping our  kids off at the right schools this year. Fantasy Football is back, so let ProjectShanks.com help you win your league without having to resort to murder, a hoodie, or worst of all, a Frank Caliendo impression of a sports broadcasting figure.

– Good quarterbacks can be overrated in fantasy terms, so make sure you pick one that sucks, and another one that sucks to back him up.

-Be careful around players who lose time to injuries like Danny Amendola. They’ll let you down, they’ll never love you like your mother did.

– Do your research on sleepers from teams like Kansas City. Make sure the teams are still in the league before your draft.

– If you have to have a tight end in your league, try to pick one who’s not going to fucking kill someone.

-Pay close attention to the preseason games, because sometimes those players wind up working at your local Lowes.

– Kickers aren’t really that important, so wait until the third round to start drafting them.

– Spend a last-round pick on Randy Moss, because he’s so horrible in the broadcast booth he’ll hopefully go back to playing just to spare us.

Reid Kerr reminds you if you’re not drinking while you’re drafting, you’re wasting a good opportunity.