Drew Brees could struggle against a tough Lions defense in Week 7. (Getty Images)

It is nearly the halfway point for the fantasy football in most leagues which means your playoff fate might already be set if your team got off to a tough start. Whether your team is 1-5 or 2-4, you still have a chance to get back to .500 over the next few weeks.

Start ‘Em

Tom Brady (vs. New York Jets): With Stevan Ridley out for the season, the New England Patriots will need to rely on Brady and the passing game more the rest of the way. With a Thursday night matchup at home, Brady will have a field day with this secondary to tear it up for the third straight week. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 7 »

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Redraft King: Week 7 2014 Advice

October 16, 2014 at 5:38pm in Fantasy, Featured, Opinion
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I was pretty happy with the results of my week 6 predictions. Hopefully you followed along and reached the weekly redraft promised land. Without further ado:

Week 6 Recap:

Jay Cutler scored 25 points and continued his high levels of production and consistency. With a juicy 113 passer rating Brian Hoyer led his team to victory, but did not have a great fantasy day due to the dominance of the Browns running game. Blake Bortles did not help the Jags win as I pontificated, but he had a great fantasy day especially for his low cost. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 7 2014 Advice »

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Brian Hoyer could be a top-10 QB in Week 6. (Clevelandleader.com)

With Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints along with the Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs also on bye, Week 6 will show just exactly how your team performs without a couple super stars. Here are some players you can add or start to get through the next week.

Start ‘Em

Brian Hoyer (vs. Pittsburgh): Hoyer showed just how valuable he can be with a strong performance in a 25-point comeback against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers have not really faced any top quarterbacks, but Hoyer could be a solid option with Brees out as a bye-week replacement. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 6 »

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Redraft King: Week 6 2014 Advice

October 9, 2014 at 2:15pm in Fantasy, Opinion
Jay Cutler can tell his team to calm down: the Bears won't plunge in the rankings because of his broken thumb. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports)

Unfortunately for this column I have set the precedent of reviewing my advice from the prior week. I wish I hadn’t. But I did. Here it goes.

Week 5 Recap:

Why didn’t I promote Austin Davis, Branden Oliver, Kendall Wright or Tim Wright! My week 5 advice didn’t happen to highlight those relatively obscure players who lit up fantasy scoreboards last week. I’ll take my lumps and continue to forge ahead seeking out players who have high upside and comparatively low cost. If you want to see the full carnage just check out last week’s column for yourself.  Continue reading Redraft King: Week 6 2014 Advice »

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Patrice Bergeron (nydailynews.com)

Opening night is finally upon us! After an offseason that was a little too long for Bruins fans, we finally get to see our boys in Black and Gold skate against the hated Philadelphia Flyers. There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the team this year and there is plenty to be excited about.

David Krejci is on the IR and expected to be out a few days, so we’re going to likely see some combination of Ryan Spooner, Craig Cunningham, and Brian Ferlin tonight. Malcom Subban is also currently with the big club, but that may change between now and game time.

As always with this time of year, it’s fun to make predictions so we can look back and see how well we did. I’ll make some Bruins-specific predictions first and then make my very early predictions for the NHL Awards.

Bruins Predictions:
Most Goals: Patrice Bergeron (34)Most Assists: David Krejci (48)
Most Points: Patrice Bergeron (74)
Most Points for Defenseman: Dougie Hamilton (47)
Biggest Surprise: Matt Fraser
Bruins Record: 49-27-6, 104 points, 2nd in East

NHL Predictions: Continue reading NHL Awards Predictions; Fantasy Hockey Mailbag »

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Ryan McDonagh (nypost.com)

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins
Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug both have more points than Zdeno Chara. Patrice Bergeron leads the team in points with 78. Loui Eriksson scores 36 goals.

Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres win only 29 games this year, finishing first in the Conor McDavid sweepstakes. Mikhail Grigorenko has a breakout season 31 goals and 64 points. Matt Moulson is traded at the deadline yet again.

Carolina Hurricanes
Anton Khudobin wins 37 games in the process of overtaking Cam Ward’s starting spot. Alex Semin scores just 14 goals. Eric Staal makes a major comeback with81 points.

Columbus Bluejackets
Ryan Johansen finishes 7th over all in scoring with 83 points. Bobrovsky continues to thrive as an elite goaltender and wins the Vezina. The Bluejackets make it to the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals but they’ll be back for more.

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Fantasy Hockey Preview: Goalies

October 3, 2014 at 5:00pm in Fantasy, NHL
Kari Lehtonen (fansided.com)

The backbone of your team, goalies are really the riskiest players on the board come draft day. There are so many different strategies and approaches when it comes to net-minders that it really depends on how the draft itself goes. You’ve all seen in Fantasy Football drafts where one guy takes a quarterback, and the next thing you know 7 of the next 15 picks are quarterbacks because nobody wants to miss out on getting a good one when they’re gone. That’s exactly how it works with goalies too.

If you want an elite one, like Rask or Lundqvist, then you’re going to have to cough up your first or second round draft pick to get them. That’s personally not my recommendation but others do it and sometimes it works. A few years back I took Lundqvist and Luongo with my first 2 picks, which is a bit extreme but it gave me the security I need in goal while everyone else began scrambling.

Realistically, it’s a good idea to have your #1 goalie within the first 5-6 rounds. But again, it depends on how the draft goes. If you find that goalies are going early and you don’t want to miss out, it’s okay to reach. The reverse is true as well. But, like a closer in baseball, the starting goaltender job can be a bit temperamental and you might not be getting the production you thought you were. This is why I tend to wait.

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