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Podcast | Sep 2010

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Let’s face it, writing articles is all well and good but most people (including us) just don’t want to sit down and read article after article to gain an edge. Sure, if you’re going to school to become a doctor you won’t have a choice but to hit the books and educate yourself.

Fortunately having success in fantasy football doesn’t take lots of thinking and studying to win regularly. All it takes is a little basic knowledge and staying informed on current events that can change your opinion of players fantasy value.

This is why the guys from fantasy football information have started a new audio chapter to the website, and it’s called fantasy philosophers. Here you can find our recent thoughts and quick ramblings on current events for fantasy football in an audio format.

“The Fantasy Philosophers spout fantasy football info like an NFL Confucius”

We will also have our philosophical views available on our player and team pages while you’re scrolling through the site.

Fantasy Notes For September 2010:

The 2010 fantasy football season kicked off this month and our start – bench, weekly rankings and waiver wire podcast started up. Ryan Grant was lost for the season while Matthew Stafford suffered a shoulder injury and is likely to miss the first half of the season.

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Fantasy Philosophers Podcast’s For September, 2010
September 29th, 2010: Week 4 Injury Status Reports – Wednesday
Pierre Thomas was a surprise on the Wednesday injury report as he missed practice with an ankle issue. The team is talking about the possibility of signing another running back and this can’t be good news for Thomas’s chances to play. For more injury status news on about other fantasy players listen to the podcast.

September 28th, 2010: Week 4 Start – Bench Options
This week marks the beginning of the bye weeks in the NFL, and four teams will be out of action. Those squads are the Cowboys, Chiefs, Vikings and Buccaneers. During the bye weeks, it is a challenge for fantasy owners to bench disappointing players because they may not have the depth on their squad.

September 26th, 2010: Waiver Wire Pickups Week 4
Injuries continue to flood the running game as Ray Rice and Steven Jackson both suffered aliments in week three. Of the two, Jackson’s injury could be far more serious as he may have a tear in his groin area, and that would sideline him for a long time. The Rams are already rumored to be in the works to sign Larry Johnson and that is a telling sign about what may be coming with Jackson.

September 25th, 2010: Week 3: Friday FF Injury Report
In surprising news, Knowshon Moreno suffered a pulled hamstring in practice on Friday and is out for this week. Look for Laurence Maroney as a fill in if you need it. For more listen to podcast.

September 24th, 2010: Week 3: Thursday FF Injury Report
Michael Turner participated in full practice on Thursday and should be in your lineup on Sunday. For more listen to podcast.

September 20th, 2010: Week 3: Wednesday FF Injury Report
Safety LaRon Landry has lived up to his breakout player label from this summer but has an injured wrist to deal with going forward. Don’t expect the injury to cost him time a this point as he should be a go against the Rams. For more listen to podcast.

September 20th, 2010: Week 3 Start – Bench
After two weeks of the NFL season it is becoming clearer which teams and fantasy players are starting slow and have cause for concern. Unless your Ryan Grant or maybe Matthew Stafford the first two weeks of the season doesn’t necessarily mean your year is in the gutter.

Many fantasy players and NFL teams can come out of the gates slow and then start turning it on at any moment. Teams like the Vikings and Cowboys need to get it going this week and some players on those teams should be solid fantasy starts.

Others like Marion Barber or even Percy Harvin (questionable with a hip) may be better left on the bench as they will have problems producing.

September 21th, 2010: Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups
Injuries in the running game are starting to take a toll on some of the top twenty backs around the NFL. Last week Ryan Grant was done for the season with an ankle injury and in week two Ryan Mathews and Michael Turner got hurt. While both backs are not expected to miss a long time (on Monday mourning anyway), their backups are worth picking up.

For week three I don’t have a quarterback for you to pickup but it is worth noting that Jimmy Clausen has taken over for Matt Moore in the starters’ role. This won’t change, unless Clausen suffers an injury, so we will now see if Clausen is fit to be an NFL quarterback or not.

September 18th, 2010: Friday Injury Report Week 2
Beanie Wells is unlikely to play once again and his knee injury is becoming more of a concern. At least he was able to part take in limited practice all week but fantasy owners shouldn’t use him this week. Listen to the podcast for other updates.

September 17th, 2010: Brandon Jackson In, Ryan Grant Out
Every year top star fantasy players from the previous season fall to injury and week one Ryan Grant was the victim. Unfortunately, for many Grant owners they won’t have the first waiver option and won’t have the fortune of getting Jackson as a pickup.

September 16th, 2010: Should You Start Calvin Johnson?
Calvin Johnson was hyped as the next great playmaking receiver when he camp out of college, and at times he’s shown that ability for the Lions. For all the talent Johnson has, it is health for both, himself and his quarterbacks that have hurt his fantasy numbers thus far.

Last season Johnson was plagued by various injuries and in week one of the 2010 season his quarterback Matthew Stafford injured his throwing shoulder. While it is still unknown how long Stafford will be out, we do know he won’t be back for at least a few weeks.

September 16th, 2010: Week 2: Thursday Injury Report
It’s only the second week of the fantasy football season and already we have to be concerned about Steven Jackson. This week he should be a go after a full practice on Thursday but he is battling a knee injury. Other key players on our podcast include Hakeem Nick, Percy Harvin and IDP corner back Darrelle Revis. For more listen to podcast.

September 15th, 2010: Week Two: Wednesday Injury Status Report
The Wednesday injury status report for week two is up and we will give you the run down for key fantasy players that are banged up. Today we will update you on Michel Bush, Matthew Stafford, Beanie Wells, Early Doucet, Kevin Kolb and Eddie Royal. For more listen to podcast.

September 13th, 2010: Week Two Start Bench: Standard – PPR Leagues
Now in the second week of the fantasy football season, we have more key injuries and poor performances to pick through in our start’em sit’em. Injuries like Ryan Grant’s are a killer as his ankle sprain could cost him much more time than the Packers are letting on. Just last season Michael Turner had an ankle like Grant’s, and he basically missed the entire second half of the season.

September 13th, 2010: Week Two: Waiver Wire Pickups
Week one of the fantasy football season always has a way of turning half of your logical expectations upside down. While it’s unfortunate to see big time players have bad days it seems that week one is the most common week for top players to fail. All I usually hope for after the first week is that my top fantasy options can remain healthy.

September 12th, 2010: Redskins vs Cowboys
Tony Romo almost led his team back to a win but his offensive lineman was called on a hold penalty during the final play of the game. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Eagles vs Packers
Michael Vick ran for over 100 yards after filling in for injured quarterback Kevin Kolb. If Kolb should struggle when he returns, the Eagles might make a move to the veteran Vick. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Seahawks vs 49ers
Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks shocked the 49ers as they beat them week one. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Cardinals vs Rams
Sam Bradford held his own against the Cardinals but it wasn’t enough to win the game. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Bears vs Lions
Matt Forte had a huge game catching the football but only ran for 50 yards against the Lions defense. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Panthers vs Giants
Hakeem Nicks was the man for the Giants week one as he posted three touchdowns in the new stadium opener. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Titans vs Raiders
Chris Johnson had another huge game as he torched the Raiders defense for a long touchdown run. Raiders running back Darren McFadden had a good game as well with 150 total yards and a touchdown. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Falcons vs Steelers
Rashard Mendenhall posted a big touchdown run in overtime to win the game for the Steelers. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Broncos vs Jaguars
The Jaguars one but it was good to see Knowshon Moreno start and have a respectable game in his first action. Kyle Orton was also strong as receiver Brandon Loyd had a nice game. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Texans vs Colts
Arian Foster had a huge game against the Colts as he set a team record for rushing yards. The Texans finally beat the Colts and now looked primed for a playoff run. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Bengals vs Patriots
Wes Welker had a big game as he posted 8 catches and two touchdowns in the Patriots victory over the Bengals. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Dolphins vs Bills
Much was made about C.J. Spiller this offseason but in the end he didn’t even gain 10 yards on the ground. In IDP leagues, sleeper candidate Cameron Wake posted a sack in this game. For more listen to the podcast.

September 12th, 2010: Browns vs Buccaneers
Many fantasy analyst had Jerome Harrison set for a big day but I was concerned if only because I don’t trust Coach Eric Mangini. In the game it was Peyton Hillis that took away key touches and scored the rushing touchdown in this one. For more listen to the podcast.

September 6th, 2010: Week One Waiver Wire Pickups
Unless you drafted your fantasy football team early in August many fantasy owners won’t look for a waiver wire pickup before the first week of games. Still, there are always options to keep in mind as we move into the start of the season and beyond.

September 6th, 2010: Week One Start’em Sit’em
The fantasy football season is about to begin, and it’s time to go over our start – bench advice for standard leagues. Below we will have a writeup for a player at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end for both who to start and sit.

September 6th, 2010: T.J. Houshmandzadeh To Ravens, Mark Clayton To Rams
In a surprising twist in the continuing saga that is receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, he has now signed with the Baltimore Ravens. With this move, the Ravens then moved wide out Mark Clayton to the Rams. While this move gives the Ravens another proven pass catcher, it may not be as good a fit as one would think.

September 4th, 2010: Matt Leinart Cut By Arizona Cardinals
The nightmare is officially complete for Matt Leinart as the Cardinals have cut him from the team. Just a couple of weeks ago, Leinart was pulled early against the Titans for Derek Anderson and was then demoted from his starting spot for the third preseason game.

September 4th, 2010: T.J. Houshmandzadeh Out, Mike Williams In
Just last offseason veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh signed with the Seattle Seahawks for a big contract. In 2009, Houshmandzadeh struggled and had his second down season for fantasy football owners.

September 3rd, 2010: Jerome Harrison Is Moving Up Draft Boards
Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison was supposed to be in a RBBC with rookie Montario Hardesty as training camp began. Hardesty was great in OTA’s and looked to be a nice compliment to Harrison.

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