Week One 2011 94.1 WIP Picks!

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to blog about the new season. Real life has a funny way of catching up to you. So what’s happened since the labor lockout?

Well, the powers that be at WIP tried to pair me with my friend and nemesis Glen Macnow in the WIP Fantasy League. Had lot’s of great team names in mind (Banner & Roseman, The Jewish Defense League) but Glen didn’t bite on the partnership. So when given the chance to take the player he had his heart set on, well… you know there is no team in I! Maybe he’ll bite on my new idea to start a Fantasy Frisbee League where our new catchphrase will be, “FLING IT ON”!

Shame on anyone that passed on Aaron Rodgers in the early part of the first round of your draft. While there are many ways to build a championship fantasy team, his accuracy, decision making and poise makes him the clear number one QB (even though Brees ended up having a better night). Can you imagine Greg Jennings on a team with one or two less weapons? Most underrated star in the league. Jordy Nelson has to be in your line-up every week (a mistake I won’t make again).

On the Saints side of the ball, Devery Henderson had a strong game and was targeted often. He’ll be the hot waiver wire pick of the week. Jimmy Graham owners (including myself) were very thankful for the late TD. Mark Ingram is a stud to be but the RBBC might not let him get there.

My pick of the week is RB Beanie Wells. When Ryan Williams went down for the season, Beanie’s stock shot up. An opening day dream matchup against a Carolina defense that will be on the field most of the game. If he doesn’t go for 125 yds and 2 TD’s, I’d be shocked.

At WR, if you are looking for a third WR, you might consider Mike Thomas of Jacksonville. Yes I know Luke McCown is the QB but they have to throw to someone. Thomas is a mini version of Steve Smith (Carolina) and will post good numbers by the end of the season.

At QB, Mark Sanchez has a nice opening week matchup at home against Dallas. Cowboys secondary is banged up. Holmes, Burress, Mason and Keller provide nice targets and should give Sanchez respectable stats.

At TE, I love Aaron Hernandez. Yes he’s part of a two headed monster at TE with Gronkowski but he’s used more like a receiver than at TE. With two strong CB’s on the Miami defense, the linebackers and safeties will have their hands full with him.

On D/ST I think Cleveland has a great opening day matchup at home against rookie QB Andy Dalton. Phil Taylor is a load!

At Kicker, I like Matt Prater to have a big opening week at home against Oakland.

Best of luck to all in week !

FH

610 WIP PICKS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 9

RB – LeSean McCoy . Has performed consistently for his owners this year, especially in PPR leagues. Only way to beat the Colts is on the ground.

QB – Eli Manning . He’s taken his game to a higher level this season. His receivers are healthy and have also taken their games to new levels, especially Hakeem Nicks who is living up to his “real” first round draft status.

WR – Greg Jennings . Has been a disappointment this season so far but has a favorable matchup at home against a Dallas secondary that has been awful. That and Donald Driver is out.

TE – Ben Watson – Has developed a nice rapport with Colt McCoy. At home against an inconsistent NE defense.

Defense/ST – Vikings are at home against the Cardinals. They have underwhelmed on defense this season but they have a great matchup here.

Kicker – Matt Bryant – Home against Tampa Bay, he’ll have plenty of opportunities.

Best of luck in week 9!

FH

Week 3 in Review

As always, many lessons to be learned each week. Around the league we go!

Eagles-Jaguars. Andy Reid took a lot of heat for his 180 on the QB’s but you can’t argue the results. Vick is a must start, DeSean Jackson can’t be stopped on crossing patterns and Jeremy Maclin is a must start as well. Brent Celek has disappointed and will continue to as he is needed in protection. The Jaguars stink!! I wouldn’t even use Garrard in a two QB league. MJD is not going to put up first round stats this year.

Browns-Ravens. Not sure why the Broncos gave up on Peyton Hillis but it was a huge mistake. No one saw last weeks performance in Baltimore coming but Hillis is a must start for the rest of the season. Forget any Browns receiver. Ben Watson is a servicable backup TE. After a disastrous week 2, Joe Flacco came back strong with a 3 TD performance and connecting with Anquan Boldin for all of them. Ray Rice was dinged up and has had a tough start to his season (which is not making his owners too happy right now!)

Cowboys-Texans. Remember when Roy Williams was a stud? I wouldn’t count on this each week as the Texans’ secondary is dreadful. Tony Romo had a nice game spreading the ball around for 2 TD’s and no INT”S. DeMarcus Ware was a terror for those in IDP leagues. Matt Schaub disappointed with two INT”s. Andre Johnson is gutting it out but is not 100%. Arian Foster continues to help his owners and is a must start. Owen Daniels is still a few weeks away from significant contributions.

49ers-Chiefs. Frank Gore padded his stats in garbage time but is still a stud. Vernon Davis killed his owners this week. Alex Smith was well…Alex Smith. Good one week, not so the next. Matt Cassel had his best day since he was with the Pats with 3 TD’s. Jamal Charles owners cringe each week as he is in a true RBBC with Thomas Jones. Both players rewarded their owners and this set up the passing game. Look for Tony Moeaki to emerge as a threat as the season goes on.

Lions-Vikings. Jahvid Best has turf toe so watch his status for this weekend. Will Calvin Johnson’s stats ever reach his ability? Not sure that will happen until he’s a free agent. There are better fantasy QB’s than Favre and he should be on your bench. Peterson is Peterson (always nice to match up against the Lions). Harvin is a nice flex player when healthy.

Bills-Patriots. Grr!! I made the Pats my defense of the week (and who wouldn’t have!). Ryan Fitzpatrick showed some accuracy and poise on short to mid range completions frustrating the NE defense. Marshawn Lynch is getting the majority of the carries (perhaps an effort to showcase him for a trade). What happened to Fred Jackson? CJ Spiller is electrifying and after a disastrous first week had a kickoff return and short pass for a TD. Forget any of their receivers including Lee Evans. Tom Brady continues to play great with 3TD’s. BenJarvus Green-Ellis may have siezed the RB position this past week with a 16 carry, 98 yard (TD) performance. Aaron Hernandez has become one of Brady’s favorite targets and is worth picking up on waivers (if he’s still available).

Falcons-Saints. Matt Ryan will probably never be a top tier fantasy QB but not for lack of talent. 220 yards and 2 TD’s are nice but pedestrian as fantasy numbers go. Michael Turner finally rewarded his owners with over 100 yds and a TD. Jason Snelling is a strong handcuff for him. Tony Gonzalez is ageless and Roddy White is almost impossible to defend. Despite the loss, Drew Brees had over 350 yds and 3 TD’s (2 Int’s though). Pierre Thomas (my RB of the week) played through pain and had a pedestrian day. Lance Moore was the go to guy of the day and had a monster game (149 yds, 2 TD’s) and Jeremy Shockey has managed to stay healthy and had a big game (78 yds, 1 TD). Marques Colston killed his owners this week!

Titans-Giants. After a tough week 2 matchup, Chris Johnson came back strong (125 yds, 2 TD’s). There are no other offensive weapons on the Titans including Vince Young. Eli Manning put up 386 yds but no TD’s and two INT’s including an ugly left handed throw near the goal line. Ahmad Bradshaw is a must play every week as he’s the go to guy in the backfield. Brandon Jacobs is not a viable fantasy option any more. Steve Smith is best used in PPR leagues.

Steelers-Bucs. How ’bout that Charlie Batch. 3T’s, are you kidding me? Mike Wallace (99 yds, 2TD’s) is going to light it up when Big Ben gets back. Rashard Mendenhall has been a stud in two games this season. Steeler’s D rules! Mike Williams is a stud waiting to happen but it’s not going to happen every week. Look for LeGarrett Blount to work his way up in carries.

Redskins-Rams. McNabb had a below average fantasy game and is at best a backup fantasy QB in the Redskins system. Ryan Torrain will eventually win the starting RB job (or at least get half the carries). Clinton Portis is done. Santana Moss is rejuvenated and Chris Cooley still has value. Same Bradford is the real deal but is a fantasy backup at best this year. You can’t rely on Steven Jackson to stay healthy and is worth trading. Mark Clayton has emerged as a nice flex player.

Raiders-Cardinals. While no one should be starting Bruce Gradkowski, he does bring some fantasy value to those around him including Louis Murphy and Zach Miller. Darren McFadden is finally emerging as a fantasy star both rushing and receiving. Beanie Wells was healthy enough to be activated and played well but no great fantasy numbers. Larry Fitzgerald dropped to the third round in most drafts and Derek Anderson is killing his fantasy value.

Colts-Broncos. How does Austin Collie go from the number 3 WR to leading the league in fantasy points (that’s rhetorical!). Doesn’t matter. He’s a must start. Joseph Addai is killing me! Kyle Orton is now a must start and has four reliable options to throw to. The Broncos running game will underwhelm all season.

Chargers-Seahawks. I am very happy to have drafted Philip Rivers in the 3rd round. Malcolm Floyd is starting to emerge as a must start. Really don’t need to say anything about Antonio Gates. Thankfully Justin Forsett emerged as the only RB to get carries (I’ll need him this week!). John Carlson is an adequate TE option. Seahawks don’t win that game without Leon Washington!

Jets-Dolphins. Mark Sanchez is quietly emerging as an adequate fantasy option. Where was Dustin Keller last year? No matter, get him in your line-up. Had Shonn Greene as my break-out player of the year (ugh!). LT looks spry and is a decent flex player. Still don’t trust Braylon Edwards. Chad Henne can be played when the matchup is right. Ronnie Brown will start getting more carries than Ricky Williams. Davone Bess is an underrated flex option.

Packers-Bears. All those who jumped on the Brandon Jackson waiver wires after the coach said he’s a three down back are scratching their heads. Packers offensive line is a work in progress (I’m being kind). I’d throw the ball every play if I had Aaron Rodgers (who I do have in one leauge). Could have used that TD from Finley (no thanks to a holding call). Donald Driver is still going strong if you’re in a PPR league. Still not a fan of Jay Cutler. Forte should only be played if the matchup dictates. Greg Olsen is starting to re-emerge as a starting fantasy option.

Best of luck in Week 4!

Week 3 WIP picks

Boy I hate it when real work and family priorities get in the way of my fantasy world. Got to get back to the fun stuff. My week 3 picks:

RB – Pierre Thomas. Fantasy players love when a RB goes down with an injury (unless it’s their player of course). When Reggie Bush went down (to my chagrin as I have him starting in one of my leagues), Thomas owners rejoiced and he should reward them with big numbers over the next six weeks starting at home with Atlanta.

QB – Kyle Orton. Was expecting to make Knowshon Moreno my RB of the week but he was suddenly ruled out today. What should have been a pound the ball against the Colts porous run defense could turn into an aerial track meet with Peyton Manning. Orton has averaged 300 yards per game and has a new weapon in Demaryius Thomas.

WR – Santana Moss. He’s the only receiver (other than Chris Cooley) that McNabb has any confidence in. He’s been terrific in PPR leagues and should get into the end zone this week.

TE – Visanthe Shiancoe. Brett Favre has no reliable receivers right now and has been forced to lock in on Shiancoe who has quietly become one of the better TE’s in the league.

Defense/ST – New England. Home against a woeful Bills offense with new (old) QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. This should be ugly.

Kicker – Billy Cundiff. Should have plenty of opportunities home against the Browns.

Best of luck in week 3!

Week 2 WIP picks of the week!

QB- Michael Vick. We’ve always referred to him as a fantasy QB and now he gets an opportunity to play a full game. Never been a big fan but he showed poise in the pocket last week and his elusiveness is back. A Detroit defense is always fun to play against!

RB- Brandon Jackson. One week you are a back-up that hasn’t even been drafted in most leagues and the next week your my RB of the week. Jackson is stepping into one of the few non RBBC situations and this is an opportunity to make the most of it. Home against a bad Buffalo team, he will see a lot of touches in the running and passing game.

WR- Dez Bryant. I had him on my WIP league bench last week. Not anymore! He led the team in targets which tells you how much they want him to succeed. Great hands, great size, good speed. Home against the Bears, expect good numbers from him.

TE- Jermaine Gresham. Tough matchup against the Ravens but Dustin Keller was able to get open in the Monday night game and Carson Palmer wants him involved in the offense, especially in the red zone.

Defense/ST- The Falcons are a good one week play here. Home against a Cardinals team which usually doesn’t play well when it travels east for an early game.

Best of luck in week 2.

FH

Week 1 in Review

Week One saw some fascinating developments. The most exciting (at least for me!) was the explosion of Arian Foster who was my RB pick of the week on Sports Radio 610 WIP. While this had to thrill Foster owners, those who invested a first round pick on Andre Johnson and a third round pick on Matt Schaub were cursing up a storm. Only three RB’s rushed for over 100 yards as this is now a passing league. So around the league we go!

Let’s start with the Texans-Colts game. While we can’t and shouldn’t expect Foster to put up those numbers, the Colts pourous run defense looked like matadors (Ole!). Playing catchup, Manning put up phenomenol passing numbers with all his receivers being rewarded.  Austin Collie is quickly turning into Wes Welker and even though he’s the number 3 WR, get him if he’s available.

In the Eagles-Packers game, a disastrous game plan by coach Andy Reid led to an ineffective Kevin Kolb in his debut. Why wasn’t Deshaun Jackson involved with some short passes early? Same for Brent Celek. Michael Vick turned back the clock and looked like the Michael Vick Experience in the second half. The problem is he’s not worth picking up with Reid committed to Kolb. First round pick Aaron Rogers started off a bit shaky but finished with 188 yards and 2 TD’s. Greg Jennings looked sharp and Donald Driver still has it. Jermichael Finley disappointed this week but he’ll rebound this week. But the big news was the loss of Ryan Grant to a season ending injury. This is bad news for Grant owners but great if you own Brandon Jackson who now becomes an instant number one RB.

Dolphins- Bills. Do I really need to review this? For the Dolphins, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams both had fair games with Brown getting a TD. Chad Henne connected with Brandon Marshall eight times but no TD’s for any of the receivers. For the Bills, CJ Spiller couldn’t have had a worse debut and needs to go to your bench until the offensive line comes together. Trent Edwards is a back-up QB (and I’m not talking fantasy QB) and Lee Evans (who I thought would have a strong game) also goes back to my bench.

Lions-Bears. Rookie RB Jahvid Best could only muster 20 yards but showed burst getting into the end zone twice. Matthew Stafford played OK until he was injured and taken out. Calvin Johnson had a game winning TD called off by this horrible rule. Without Stafford, his fantasy stats will take somewhat of a hit. The Bears can’t run the ball (especially in the red zone) but Matt Forte showed he is healthy with two TD receptions. Jay Cutler put up huge numbers against a weak Lions defense.

Broncos-Jaguars. Knowshon Moreno had a decent day with 60 yards and a TD. I expect more from him this week. Kyle Orton threw for 295 yards with a TD and one Int. Wouldn’t rush to pick up Brandon Lloyd even though he went over 100 yards. David Garrard very quietly had a nice game with 3 TD’s, two of them to TE Marcedes Lewis who is a big target in the red zone. MJD had a decent game but didn’t see the end zone.

Bengals-Patriots. Brady is back! Looked very sharp and Wes Welker (2 TD’s) showed no signs of last year’s injury. Fred Taylor had 14 carries for 71 yards and with Laurence Maroney just traded, he becomes the number one back. Forced to throw, Carson Palmer didn’t disappoint and Chad Ochocinco still has it.

Panthers-Giants. The Panthers will struggle with Matt Moore and it’s only time before Jimmy Clausen gets the starting job. Deangelo Williams put up only average numbers and Jonathan Stewart killed his owners. Eli Manning has his new Plaxico Burress in Hakeem Nicks (3 TD’s). Ahmad Bradshaw is a good #2 RB.

Falcons-Steelers. Michael Turner had a bad opening day matchup and hurt his owners. Matt Ryan couldn’t get them into the end zone although Roddy White owners were happy with his stats. Rashard Mendenhall went over 100 yards with his 50 yard game winning TD run. Hines Ward is timeless and went over 100 as well.

Browns-Bucs. Peyton Hillis shared carries with Jerome Harrison. Hillis is a nice player but his fumbles didn’t help his cause. Mohomed Massaquoi can be added to your roster in deep leagues. Josh Freeman threw for two TD’s (one to rookie Mike Williams) but still only warrants consideration as a backup. Cadillac Williams had a respectable day on the ground.

Raiders-Titans. Darren McFadden took advantage of Michael Bush being out with 150 total yards and a TD. That’s all there is to say about the Raiders. Chris Johnson patiently waited and finally exploded for a 76 yard TD run and added one later. Vince Young had nice day with two TD throws and 30 yards rushing. Nate Washington is a decent play in deeper leagues.

49ers-Seahawks. Frank Gore killed his owners and Alex Smith couldn’t get on the same page as any of his receivers other than TE Vernon Davis. Matt Hasselbeck threw for two TD’s but the running game is a disaster!

Cards-Rams. Derek Anderson only threw one TD to Larry Fitzgerald but showed poor accuracy. Steve Breaston had a big game and is a solid number two receiver. Sam Bradford will be the real deal. Mark Clayton came out of nowhere to become his number one go to guy and should be picked up on waivers immediately. Steven Jackson is no longer a number one RB but will still give you serviceable numbers.

Cowboys-Redskins. Stay away from the Cowboys RB’s until one of them goes down with a season ending injury (harsh yes, but that’s the truth!). Miles Austin is an absolute stud and Dez Bryant will be soon. Better things are coming for Tony Romo. Jason Witten is not what he was. Washington’s receivers hurt Donovan McNabb by dropping six passes. The only plays for the Redskins are Santana Moss and Chris Cooley.

Ravens-Jets. While Joe Flacco didn’t throw any TD’s, he is going to put up very good fantasy numbers this year. Anquan Boldin is the number one receiver that they were looking for and Todd Heap is once again a threat. Ray Rice had a quiet night and his owners want Willis McGahee out of town. Shonn Greene owners are besides themselves today with a disastrous first week and Ladanian Tomlinson an equal partner in the backfield. Mark Sanchez looked like a deer in headlights and is barely worth a backup roster spot.

Chargers-Chiefs. Horrible game plan by Norv Turner. They moved the ball easily early behind Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates. Rookie Ryan Matthews showed signs of being a player but his fumble hurt big time. Why did it take Jamal Charles so long to get his first touch? He simply needs more touches. Stay away from any of the receivers including Dwayne Bowe as Matt Cassel is overrated.

That’s it for now. Will have my picks of the week on Friday!

FH

Opening Night!

It’s time to get away from the real world and get back into fantasy world. It’s bloggin’ time!

From a real game standpoint last night’s game was a snoozer. Mrs. Fantasy Harv came down toward the end of the game and asked me if I was OK. I said, “I’m fine. Why?” She didn’t understand why I was so quiet the whole game. No “yesses!” or “no, no, no’s”. No #%&*%&^’s! I couldn’t help but think about Allen Iverson’s rant about practice. Do you think Brett Favre might have hit his receivers had he actually spent some quality time practicing with them? Sidney Rice not being there really hurt. You would think that Bernard Berrian with all his speed could get open (strap him to your bench until further notice).

Visanthe Shiancoe – get him in your line-up either as a starter or flex if your league allows. He’s the only one that Favre trusts.

Adrian Peterson – wouldn’t you throw him a few more passes. He has decent enough hands.

Childress – game plan was as vanilla as Haagen Dazs!

Pierre Thomas – a must play every week. Got stronger as the game went on. He’d be a stud if the offense didn’t throw as much as it does.

Brees- his numbers will only get better and better. Tough defense to start against.

Favre – he’s not going to put up the numbers of last season unless he takes some shots downfield. Still pretty accurate with the ball but those Int’s are going to still come at the worst times.

New Orleans defense – Underated. Get them in your line-up.

Garrett Hartley – I think Leif Garrett could have done a better job. Bring back John Carney!

My WIP picks of the week:

RB – Arian Foster. He had a great pre-season and I expect the Texans to try to balance their offense a bit. Don’t worry about Steve Slaton.

QB – Jay Cutler. I’m not a big Cutler fan but an opening day matchup against the Lions with Mike Martz leading the offense? Too good to pass up

WR – Lee Evans. Trent Edwards has developed “somewhat” of a connection with him on the deep ball (not exactly a ringing endorsement but…)

TE – Jermichael Finley. Got him early in all three of my leagues. Eagles have never covered the TE well. This is his year to bust out.

Def – Titans. Home against the Raiders. Need I say more!

K – Jeff Reed. Offense will move but stall without Big Ben. Just what you want in your kicker.

Best of luck to all in week one!

Fantasy Harv

There is No Team in I!

There is No Team in I! My tagline. How did I come up with it? The truth is, I didn’t.

A few years ago, I was asked to be the Fantasy Football expert for Sports Radio 610 WIP’s Midday Show by host Anthony Gargano. Having played in numerous fantasy leagues for the past ten years, I thought that this would be a lot of fun and that I was as qualified to do it as anyone. I knew that it was important to have a catchy tagline at the end of my five minute segment. Live radio is pretty nerve racking and my first show as Fantasy Harv was a dud. My tagline of “Go All You Individual Playas” drew some laughs, but I was determined to do better.

So I turned to my teammate, Mrs. Fantasy Harv and told her that I needed a better tagline. Now MFH is not exactly the biggest sports fan, but without batting an eye, she said, “How about, There is No Team In I”? I just stood there as my jaw dropped. I had been racking my brains for days to come up with a tagline and she nails it in a matter of seconds! She won’t admit it, but she kind of likes the fact that she came up with the tagline and that people actually know me for it! Sure enough, next week’s show went a lot better and the tagline killed.

Feel free to use the comments section for anything you’d like me to discuss and I’ll be sure to address it on the website (and maybe on the radio!)

FH

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