Recent Fantasy Clicks 8-7-08: Are you ready for some football? 8-6-08: Out of our league 8-5-08: Rise & Fall of Steve Smith 8-4-08: Breaking down the Favre saga 8-1-08: Manny's Hollywood close-up 7-30-08: Trading Places 7-29-08: Is 29 the New 40? 7-28-08: The Real Playoff Horses 7-25-08: All-Undervalued Team 7-24-08: Running to nowhere 7-23-08: A threat on the NBA's horizon 7-22-08: Escape from New York 7-21-08: Breaking Down Vlad, Lee and Crawford 7-18-08: Beware of the Curse of the HR Derby 7-17-08: Best advice for season's second half 7-16-08: Biggest fantasy busts of 2008
Are You Ready For Some Football?
Braylon Edwards :: David Bergman/SI
That tinge of coolness you?ll feel this evening is the unofficial start to the NFL season. Yes, the Hall of Fame Game was played on Sunday, but Thursday night brings a slate of five games. And what better way to prep than with some of the most exhaustive team fantasy previews you?re likely to find, well, anywhere. RotoExperts has it all, from depth charts to position breakdowns. You?ll even find some nifty pictures to browse at while contemplating all those TD catches from Braylon Edwards.
Stretch Run Strategy
So much fantasy advice focuses on the long-term goals of traditional roto leagues. But for those of us in the frenzied world of head-to-head leagues, there are less than four weeks left before the playoffs begin. Paul Singman at MLB Front Office has some advice for how to approach the stretch run, even going so far as to suggest those on the bubble might consider trading away most of your pitching to load up on hitters and stream lesser hurlers.
AOL's NBA Fanhouse is working on answering some of the most intriguing questions surrounding the NBA. First up this summer is a doozy: the biggest busts of the current decade. While the "winner," Nikoloz Tskitishvili, didn't cross too many fantasy owners, the Honorable Mentions have sunk more than a few fantasy teams' benches.
J.T. O'Sullivan :: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images
Niners coach Mike Nolan claims the decision to start J.T. O'Sullivan in the first preseason game is borne of trying to see more of the least-experienced quarterback on the depth chart. But it also indicates the competition for the starting job in the regular-season opener is still wide open. Also due to get more time than many of us figured is Jerious Norwood, who, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (courtesy of Pro Football Talk) will be used in tandem with free-agent signee Michael Turner to ease the pressure on rookie QB Matt Ryan.
Look, we're less than a month old, so go easy on us for not recognizing Adam Ronis's fantasy baseball blog on Newsday.com. Check it out; you might find out, like we did, that the Tigers will try Joel Zumaya as their closer or why it might be wise to pick up San Diego third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff for the last two months of the season.
A Better Way To Assess Passers
Beyond Tom Brady and a healthy Peyton Manning, there are few sure things among quarterbacks in fantasy football. Looking at yards per pass attempts, though, may offer a hint of who over- or underperformed, writes Mike McDermott in the Providence Journal Fantasy Sports Blog. What does that mean for the season ahead? A bounceback year for Jay Cutler and disappointment for Philip Rivers.
I Should Have Stayed Asleep
Couldn't Ryan Torain at least have gotten an exhibition game under his belt before ruining my sleeper pick in that Experts League? It doesn?t seem so, as the rookie from Arizona State broke his elbow in a drill in Broncos camp on Wednesday. With luck he'll be back in six weeks; without it, Torain won?t return until Halloween. Boooooo!
Now this is how you run a draft.
Come One, Come All
At long last, SI.com has a fantasy football game, complete with all of the drafts, waiver wires, stats and analysis you need. Take the grand tour here and sign up a league. Heck, sign up two leagues if you want. We'll be waiting.
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