Fantasy Football Week 8: Mason with You?

HG - Week eight saw more running backs go down at an already very thin fantasy position.  Both Fred Jackson and C. J. Spiller of the Bills were hurt on successive plays leaving any one’s guess as to who will be carrying the pig skin.  Running back Trent Richardson left the Colts game early while Pierre Thomas is out for week 8 and James Starks is questionable.  WR Calvin Johnson missed week 7 and Jimmy Graham ‘played’ but had 0 catches.  And then there are the Rams and last year’s rookie surprise Zac Stacy who did not play last week.  This was after being in a time share in week 6 and just two weeks ago looking like he was ready to bust out like last season.

With both San Francisco and the New York Giants off owners will need to replace several notable fantasy players.  Add in there is yet another NFL game in London, Lions and Falcons, which has led to less than impressive fantasy games.  The one thing you can count on in fantasy is the unpredictable and unexpected pretty much every week.

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Starts and Sits 2014

HG - Fantasy owners have had a tough enough year dealing with all the injuries, and then there’s the running back by committees approach with New England likely joining them after losing Stevan Ridley.  To make things more interesting, top quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are not playing well.   And two of the top 12 fantasy players will miss this week; WR Calvin Johnson and tight end Jimmy Graham.

Start of the Week Justin Forsett RB RavensForsett had a huge week in Tampa with 111 yards on only 14 carries in the Ravens romp.  Ten percent of his plays this year have been for 20 or more yards.  Factor in the Falcons have given up the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and it all adds up to a big week.

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Fantasy Footbal Week 7: Sanu for You

HG Another week and more injuries of note, but this time players being knocked out for the season.  Running backs Stevan Ridley and Knowshon Moreno have been lost for the season because of torn ACL ligaments.  Giants WR Victor Cruz is also gone for the year after seeing his production start to match his 2012 levels.  Add in WR Calvin Johnson might be out until after week 9, TE Jimmy Graham will also likely miss this week’s game ,while running back Reggie Bush remains out and Darren Sproles narrowly avoided a serious knee injury.

Finally Carolina, St. Louis, New Orleans, Baltimore, Cleveland, New England, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and possibly even Green Bay have been running back by gaggle, and this could make any owner reached for some aspirin.

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Fantasy Football Week 6 Starts and Sits 2014

HG - Week six once again has only two teams on bye with Kansas City and and New Orleans free to watch the baseball playoffs.  Injuries continue to be the biggest impediment for owners to have to deal with on a weekly basis as Calvin Johnson, A. J. Green and Jimmy Graham all left their respective games last week.  Not to mention more running backs going down at a thin position.

Rivers is on a tear over the last 4 weeks, which includes 3 TD passes in three of his last four games.  He gets another chance to put up big numbers with the Chargers going to Oakland.  Rivers has shredded the Raiders of late with 8 TD throws and a total of 1,345 yards covering the last 4 trips to Oakland, which should continue with the Raiders a train wreck and San Diego on a roll.

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Brushback Pitches Podcast; Celebrating Bad Football, Some Blackhawks

BG This week is a ‘celebration’ of bad football as Purdue and the Chicago Bears did not look good this past week.  The Boilermaker O was anemic, only scoring 3 points and 156 yards of total offense.  Legitimate questions are now being the forefront of the athletics department as a whole.  Then there’s the Bears, who apparently unable to overcome the Green Bay Packers.  Cutler cannot beat them and bad Jay showed up in the second half.  And while we’re talking bad football, the NFL’s Thursday night games have been awful with an average victory of almost 30 points.  Pops gives us a small preview of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Fantasy Football Week 6: Andre (of) the Giants!

HG - After a relatively injury free week 4, week 5 seemingly tried to make up for this and struck at some of the bigger names in fantasy football:  WR Calvin Johnson, TE Jimmy Graham, RBs Montee Ball, Rashad Jennings, Reggie Bush, Zac Stacy, Fred Jackson, DeAngelo Williams and Donald Brown are all hurting.  Throw in injuries that happened to QBs Drew Stanton and Jake Locker, and last week was a lost cause for some owners.  Waiver claims are always important, but the injuries have made them even more so.

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Chicago Blackhawk’s 2014-2015 Season Preview

HG - The last time the Chicago Blackhawks skated was the West Finals at home in game 7 versus the LA Kings.  After LA had run out to a 3-1 series lead the Hawks got to work and evened it at 3 games a piece to force game seven on home ice.  Chicago’s dream of winning back to back Stanley Cups came to an abrupt end when the King’s Alec Martinez scored the game winner almost 6 minutes into overtime.

The Blackhawks came just a bad bounce from returning to try to win Lord Stanley’s Cup for the third time in five years.  A veteran team like Chicago, by virtue of watching LA celebrate in the United Center, had all the motivation they needed entering training camp.  But GM Stan Bowman was left with the decision to return this team in tact or begin to restructure this team with the impending free agency of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane looming either way.

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Fantasy Football Week 5 Starts and Sits 2014

HG - For the first time all season injuries were not the headline this past week.  With only two teams on bye, Miami and Oakland, this week seems more like a standard week where all 32 teams play.  There is still a big pile of players hurt which likely has affected every owner in your fantasy league.  That or the slow starts by many name players has thrown a curve ball into your team’s best laid plans.

Start of the Week Rashad Jennings RB GiantsJennings gets a chance to bounce back from his quiet week 4 performance when the Atlanta Falcons coming calling on Sunday.  The Falconians were run over repeatedly last week at Minnesota and have given up the most fantasy points to running backs this season, including 9 TDs on the ground.

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Brushback Pitches Podcast; B1G Blah, Bears Bounce Back, NFL Landscape, MLB Playoffs

BG Purdue finishes the non-conference 2-2 with a very down Big Ten Conference ahead of them.  Perhaps they can make something happen this year.  However, college football is all about the SEC, the best teams in the nation.  After two very gritty wins the Windy City has got to be feeling a whole lot more confident with the gritty Bears.  What about the rest of the NFL landscape?  And of course we’re entering October, playoffs for baseball.

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Fantasy Football Week 5: Eli Manning Up

HG - Week 4 is done and you have survived the first bye week that saw six teams off and also did not see any name players get injured.  Now bye weeks are an every week obstacle.  Teams are starting to settle into to grooves and some stuff is falling away.  Most importantly, each week provides a chance to add a little more to your team.

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