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NFL picks, week 4

Last week was a rough week. After back-to-back 8-8 weeks, I went down to 6-10.

I'm hoping Mark Sanchez destroys the Bills defence.

At least my fantasy football team is doing better. After a rough loss in the first week (Matt Ryan got me only 1.24 fantasy points, and Adrian Peterson never saw the ball in the second half, among other things), I’ve turned things around. I now have the highest scoring football team, and a 2-1 record.

Right now, I have seven of the top 22 players in our pool according to points.

So who am I counting on this week? Read below, along with my picks.

Players on my bench this week because they’re not playing: Adrian Peterson, Thomas Jones

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills, Jets favoured by 5 1/2

I have no Jets or Bills players, mostly by design (especially when it comes to the Bills). Buffalo aren’t consistent enough to trust starting in a fantasy pool week by week, and I don’t like the Jets. Although my opponent has the Bills defence, so I’m hoping the Jets run up the score this week. My pick: Jets

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, Bengals favoured by 3 1/2

I have Terrell Owens on my team, who has been a fantasy bust this season. Every other player on my team, no matter if they’re a backup, or a kicker, or whatever, has more points than Owens except for one player: Ben Roethlisberger. Hey Terrell, if tight end Bo Scaife is outscoring you, then maybe it’s time you stop talking about how great you are. My pick: Bengals.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers favoured by 1 1/2

Anquan Boldin has started to get it going in Baltimore.

Besides the aforementioned Roethlisberger, I also have Anquan Boldin on my team. Boldin was in the same boat as Owens, until he exploded for three touchdowns and 24.98 fantasy points for me last week. Boldin will be one of those guys who will be always in my starting lineup, because you don’t know when he’s going to explode for a game like he had last week. My pick: Ravens

Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans, Titans favoured by 6 1/2

I have Bo Scaife, who’s been a tight end disappointment for me (only 20 and 23 yards the past couple of weeks, and no touchdowns). I also have Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas, who’s been good in his two games (he missed the first game due to injury). He’s been on my bench though, because of my other wide receivers (and I love talking with brackets). My pick: Broncos

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, Packers favoured by 14 1/2

I have the Green Bay defence, which I’m pretty confident will do well here. I’m hoping for a couple of picks, maybe one returned for a touchdown, a couple of sacks, a fumble recover, and maybe a shutout. My pick: Packers

San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons, Falcons favoured by 6 1/2

Matt Ryan has been on my bench ever since week one.

Here’s the funny thing. I have Atlanta QB Matt Ryan, who I expected big things out of.  And he’s been good. Five touchdowns versus one interception. But I’ve had him on my bench every week since week 1 because of the play of my other quarterbacks, Philip Rivers and Michael Vick. And I still have Roethlisberger as well. So I’ll have to trade one of them. I also have the Falcons kicker, Matt Bryant, who I picked up off waivers this week. My pick: Falcons

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, Saints favoured by 13 1/2

I have the Carolina defence, who I am not playing obviously. And except for Drew Brees, I don’t for Saints players, because it’s too hard to predict who is going to have a good game each week. My pick: Saints

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams, Seahawks favoured by 1/2

I have Justin Forsett, the Seahawks runningback. He’s only starting this week because Adrian Peterson isn’t playing this week. In a game this close against two bad teams, I choose to go with the home team. My pick: Rams

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars, Colts favoured by 8 1/2

I have Austin Collie, who is destroying teams so far this year. He’s got 359 yards and four touchdowns in three games. Pretty good for a late mid-round pick. My pick: Colts

Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders, Texans favoured by 3 1/2

I don't have anyone on Houston, so I'm going for the cheerleaders.

I wanted to grab Kevin Walter, the WR for Houston. But I didn’t draft him after a bad year for me last season, and then he was claimed on waiver wire before I got to him. Too bad. And I don’t have anyone else on these two teams. My pick: Texans

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, Eagles favoured by 6 1/2

Michael Vick, the smartest pickup of the season so far, by any owner. Vick has been destroying defences the past few weeks, and will probably do so again this season. He’s the highest scoring player on my team, and is the third highest scoring player in the league overall (behind only Peyton Manning and Tom Brady). I also have Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, who has four touchdowns so far. My pick: Eagles

Arizona Cardinals at San Diego Chargers, Chargers favoured by 8 1/2

I have two Chargers, and no Cardinals. I have QB Philip Rivers (the fourth highest scoring player in the league), as well as RB Mike Tolbert, who is the starter while Ryan Matthews is injured. My pick: ChargersChicago Bears at New York Giants, Giants favoured by 3 1/2I have the Bears defence, who have been dynamite so far this year. They just need to get more sacks to bring their numbers up. My pick: Bears

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, Patriots favoured by 1/2

I don’t have any players from either team. So this is another pick ’em game. In this case, I think the better quarterback negates the home field advantage. In this case, that’s Brady. My pick: Patriots

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My football fantasy team

So once again, I am in a fantasy football league.   

Adrian Peterson will lead my fantasy football team to victory!

 

And unlike last year, I’m not the returning champion. In fact, I didn’t even make the playoffs last season, thanks to some bad luck, injuries and guys not living up to their draft potential.   

So I went into this year’s draft more optimistic. I mean, what are the odds that I could have bad drafts back-to-back?   

Just a few notes about the league for those that follow fantasy sports: We dress two QBs, two RBS, two WRS, one tight end, one WR/RB, one WR/TE, one kicker and two team defences. We also have six bench spots.   

Our league stats are also a bit different than normal. Touchdowns are worth 6 points each, and every 50 yards passed, and 20 yards rushed and received, are worth an additional point. You can lose points for interceptions, sacks, fumbles lost and missed field goals (and missed points after touchdowns).   

Here’s how my lineup shakes down after the draft:   

Round 1, 2nd overall: Adrian Peterson. I’m very excited with this choice. I planned to take him even if I had the #1 pick. No disservice to Chris Johnson, but I don’t think Johnson can replicate his numbers from last year. Peterson has been consistent his three years in the league, and will be expected to carry more of a workload since the receiving corps in Minnesota is injured. And since touchdowns are worth so much in our league, having a back that can score 18 touchdowns is a great thing.   

Round 2, 23rd overall: Philip Rivers. With the way our system is set up, QBs are more valuable than RBs in general (at this point, eight other QBs were taken). So it’s important to get a top-notch quarterback, especially since we start two quarterbacks a week. Rivers fills that need for me. He throws for a lot of yards, and keeps his interceptions down (only nine last season). Solid pick.   

Matt Ryan is going to be awesome this year!

 

Round 3, 26th overall: Matt Ryan. Same situation as with my second rounder. I needed a good quarterback, and Ryan was the best available. After this pick, the quality of quarterbacks left took a huge nosedive, with the best available being guys like Jay Cutler, Donovon McNabb and Carson Palmer. Serviceable guys, but not great guys.   

Round 4, 47th overall: Anquan Boldin. Now I needed to focus on a quality wide receiver. Boldin moved away from Arizona at the right time, and steps into a good situation in Baltimore. There’s some talented wideouts to help keep focus away from him, and there’s a good quarterback to get the ball to him. Even with an off-year last year, he kept getting the yards. I see Boldin getting back to the 10+ touchdowns he used to get.   

Round 5, 50th overall: Thomas Jones. I was surprised he was still available here. He has at least 1,000 yards rushing in each of the last five seasons. Scored 27 touchdowns in the last two seasons combined. He’s the #1 runningback in Kansas City. He doesn’t fumble the ball (a maximum of two in any of his last six seasons). A good solid runningback to have on the team.   

Don't mess with the Green Bay defence!

 

Round 6, 71st overall: Green Bay defence. It may sound early to take a defence team, but it actually isn’t. With 12 people in the pool, and us dressing two defences a week, it meant a manager has to choose three defences. If not, you wind up seeing all the defences snapped up. Then, when one of your teams is on a bye week, there’s nothing to replace them with. Plus, with our scoring system, team defences are important cost you more games then you think. So I wanted to get a quality team defence. Green Bay fits that bill.   

Round 7, 74rd overall: Ben Roethlisberger. Yes, I realize he’s suspended for the first four games of the season. But I already have two top-tier quarterbacks. Roethlisberger will be my replacement when one of those guys have a bye week. Or if they get injured, he’s a capable replacement. He’d be a lot better if he didn’t get sacked eight times a game, but I can live with him being the backup on my team.   

This Bengals cheerleader is very excited for Terrell Owens.

 

Round 8, 95th overall: Terrell Owens. At this point, I only had one wide receiver on my team, so I needed another guy that would dress every week that has the potential to put up big numbers. The only one left was #81. Owens excels best when he’s not the only weapon on the team. And in Cincinnati, he’s not even the top weapon. There’s Chad Ochocinco as the #1 wide receiver, which should open Owens up for more plays, leading to more yards and more touchdowns.   

Round 9, 98th overall: LeSean McCoy. McCoy had an okay season last year, but he was the backup to Brian Westbrook. With Westbrook now in San Fran, that leaves McCoy as the #1 RB option in Philly. So let’s see, I could choose a #1 runningback, or a #2 wide receiver (or even a kicker, which was the next choice). I will take the #1 RB every time, thank you very much.   

Round 10, 119th overall: Chicago Bears defence. Okay, I’ll admit I blew this one. I put them in my queue to keep them in my mind as my third team defence. But my other defences starting going, so I drafted these guys in the panic. No matter. I have a few days to convince myself that they’ll be a top defence again this season. Plus, they play the Lions twice, so at least I know I have at least two good fantasy weeks coming from these guys.   

It's okay. I don't know who Justin Forsett is either.

 

Round 11, 122nd overall: Justin Forsett. He will be the starting runningback in Seattle, at least at the beginning of the season. He may not keep it though. But he’s my fourth runningback option, so I’m not too worried. For now.   

Round 12, 143rd overall: Austin Collie. Without a doubt, my steal of the draft. As a rookie last year, he had 676 yards and seven touchdowns. Plus, he gets to play with Peyton Manning for another year. He should get better as he goes along, so he could be a threat for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.   

Round 13, 146th overall: Carolina defence. I still needed one more defence. Carolina was fifth in the league last year for interceptions, and first for fumbles recovered. So I like this team as my third defence (or #2, depending on how well Chicago does).   

Go Fred Davis! At least, that's what this Redskins cheerleader is saying.

 

Round 14, 167th overall: Fred Davis. My first and only tight end. I believe that the tight end position is overrated in fantasy football. Instead of grabbing an Antonia Gates or a Dallas Clark early (both were fourth round picks in the draft), I choose to wait and grab someone who could help my team in a later round. Davis had six touchdowns last year, and should benefit from the Redskins addition of Donovan McNabb. Solid pick.   

Round 15, 170th overall: Seneca Wallace. Interception machine Jake Delhomme is the starting QB in Cleveland. Wallace is the backup. How long before Wallace is the starter? Three weeks? Four? Does Delhomme even make it to the bye week?   

Watch. Kareem Huggins will be chosen in the top couple of rounds next season. But this season, he's still a solid sleeper.

 

Round 16, 191st overall: Kareem Huggins. This is when you start to go for a couple of sleeper picks. Huggins is a rookie in the Tampa Bay organization, and is second on the depth chart for runningbacks. The only man ahead of him is Cadillac Williams. That’s right, the same Cadillac Williams who spends more time on the IR than off it. The same Cadillac Williams who, despite playing all 16 games last year, had only 832 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. I think Huggins will become the main guy there by about the mid-point of the season.   

Round 17, 194th overall: Demaryius Thomas. Another potential sleeper. I know he’s had some foot problems this summer, but the wide receiver is expected to replace Brandon Marshall in Denver. That means a lot of footballs being thrown his way. If he works out, awesome. If not, he’s a bench player anyways, so no harm, no foul.   

Round 18, 215th overall: Jay Feely. The second-last overall pick of the draft. So of course, I pick a kicker. When I choose a kicker, I look for two things. One, they play in a dome, and two, if not a dome, then a nice warm-weather area. I stay away from kickers from Pittsburgh and Chicago because the weather can play havoc with a field goal attempt. And since we have it set up that you lose points for kickers missing a field goal, I tend to stay away from them. I’m happy with this strategy. I ended up with Feely, who was eighth in our league last year for points. The first kicker drafted was Stephen Gostkowski, way back in the seventh round. In that round, guys like Roethlisberger and Matt Cassel were drafted. I’d rather have the QB, RB or WR at that point, and save the kicker for last.   

Overall analysis:   

I’m happy with my team. This is how it breaks down by position:   

QB: Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Seneca Wallace   

RB: Adrian Peterson, Thomas Jones, LeSean McCoy, Justin Forsett, Kareem Huggins   

WR: Anquan Boldin, Terrell Owens, Austin Collie, Demaryius Thomas   

TE: Fred Davis   

K: Jay Feely   

DEF: Green Bay, Chicago, Carolina   

I’ve got the top runningback in the league, solid quarterbacks, good receivers and strong defences. I have everything I need to win the league.   

I just wish Yahoo didn’t predict my opponent would outscore me the first week.

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Week 8 NFL predictions

A much better result last week, as I went 7-6.

Kevin Walter of the Houston Texans has been a disappointment so far in my fantasy pool.

Okay, so not the greatest week, but a huge improvement on the 4-10 week the week earlier. But I guaranteed five wins, and I got them.

No such guarantee this week, but I’m pretty confident with this week’s picks.

I thought this week I would not only give my picks, but also say what the impact will be on my fantasy team this week (I’m a 22-point underdog, so it doesn’t look good) and how they’re doing. If there’s no mention of my fantasy team, then I have no one on those teams.

On to the picks:

Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens, Ravens favoured by 3 1/2

Like I wrote last week, if a team is undefeated this late in the season, you have to stick with them until they lose. The Broncos fall into this category. The Ravens play tough defence, but they’re lost a few games this year, so it’s not like they play perfect. Broncos to win.

Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills, Texans favoured by 3 1/2

I have two players on my fantasy team playing this week. I have Kevin Walter, the Texans wide receiver, who has been a bust. He missed the first few weeks, and has only one touchdown this season, compared to 10 last year. But I’ll be playing him because my #1 WR, Randy Moss, is on a bye week. I also have Marshawn Lynch, the runningback for the Bills. I won’t be dressing him this week because I have some better matchups (and because Lynch plays for the Bills, who don’t have a quarterback), but I’m hoping he gets stronger as the season goes on. As for the game, Texans to win.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, Eagles favoured by 1 1/2

This is a bad news/good news/bad news situation. The bad news is that I have Brian Westbrook, who suffered a concussion and probably won’t be playing on Sunday. The good news is that I was smart enough in the draft to grab his backup, LeSean McCoy. The bad news is that he’s playing a Giants team that will be angry over losing their last two games, and will be out for blood. I also have the Giants defence, but I have them on the bench this week because of other favourable matchups. Giants to win.

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, Jets favoured by 3 1/2

Mark Sanchez is on my bench this week.

I have Mark Sanchez, who I have on the bench, because I feel my top two quarterbacks will have much better weeks. I also have the Jets kicker, Jay Feely. As for the game, I anticipate Miami to control time with the ball, as they normally do, but I still expect the Jets to pull off the win. Jets to win.

San Francisco at Indianapolis Colts, Colts favoured by 12 1/2

I have the Colts defence, and I think they’ll be much better than the Giants defence, mostly because they’re playing a weaker team that’s not a division foe. And that’s it. I never seem to get any of the Colts offensive players. No reason, it just doesn’t work that way. Anyways, despite the big spread, I expect the Colts to win easily.

Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears, Bears favoured by 13 1/2

I have the Bears defence. Now you can see why I’m not dressing the Giants defence. The Bears, who got hammered last week 49-7, are favoured by almost two touchdowns. The Browns can’t get anything going on offence, so I expect the Bears to clean up on defence. They’re projected to get 8.64 points, but I think that’s way underestimating them. Bears to win.

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys, Cowboys favoured by 9 1/2

John Carlson is my starting tight end.

I have John Carlson, the tight end for the Seahawks. I think the tight end position is overrated in fantasy, so I never worry much about it. As long as they don’t get me negative fantasy points, I’m happy. And Carlson does have almost 300 yards and two touchdowns this year. Regardless, the Cowboys are starting to gel after a sloppy start. Cowboys to win.

St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions, Lions favoured by 3 1/2

I’m not stupid enough to have any players of these two teams in my fantasy pool. As for the pick, let me explain it this way. When I made my picks, there was no line for this game. Despite the Lions having one win in their last 20-someodd games, I took the Lions with no hesitation. That’s how bad the Rams are. Lions to win.

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers, Chargers favoured by 16 1/2

This game will be a blowout, but I don’t think the Chargers will win by 17. I think they’ll come on strong, but Oakland will keep it the blowout at two touchdowns, probably getting a late TD to cover. Oakland to cover.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans, Titans favoured by 2 1/2

So what’s crazier? That an 0-6 team that lost their last game 59-0 is a favourite, or that I’m choosing an 0-6 team that lost its last game 59-0? Tennessee to win.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, Packers favoured by 2 1/2

Both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers are my starting quarterbacks.

So this is why I’m not dressing Mark Sanchez this week. I have both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. I think both of them will come out on fire, and throw aplenty. Favre will want to prove to his former fans that he still has it, while Rodgers will want to show that he’s better than the legend he replaced. By the way, they have Favre predicted to score 8.12 fantasy points, and Rodgers with 11.02. When they met a few weeks back, they scored a total of almost 32 fantasy points combined, and Rodgers was sacked eight times that lost him a point each time. Vikings to win, with both of these guys leading me to a fantasy win.

Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals, Cardinals favoured by 8 1/2

I have Jake Delhomme, but he’s on the bench, and he’d be there even if I knew if he was starting or not. I also have Jonathan Stewart, who is expected to get about 3.83 fantasy points this week. I disagree with this. I think this is the week the Panthers use a lot of their running game, and Stewart will benefit from that. From Arizona, I have Anquan Boldin and Tim Hightower, two strong plays this week considering how bad the Panthers are. Cardinals to win.

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, Saints favoured by 9 1/2

I have Devery Henderson from the Saints, which is never a bad play. Each week, it seems like a different player comes through and has a huge fantasy week. I’m going to keep dressing Henderson because I’ll never know which week will be his turn. And, as always, I go with the undefeated team. Saints to win.

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Fantasy football update

So my fantasy football league held its annual draft last night.

Time for some fantasy football!

Time for some fantasy football!

I’m pretty pleased with my team, but I think my wife’s team is outstanding.

Just a few notes about the league for those that follow fantasy sports: We draft two QBs, two RBS, two WRS, one tight end, one WR/RB, one WR/TE, one kicker and two team defences. We also have six bench spots.

Our league stats are also a bit different. Touchdowns are worth 6 points each, and every 50 yards passed, and 20 yards rushed and received, are worth an additional point. You can lose points for interceptions, sacks, fumbles lost and missed field goals (and point after touchdowns).

Another note: I am the returning champion of the league.

I thought it would be interesting to show my thought process during my draft.

Round 1, 8th pick: Brian Westbrook 

Brian Westbrook was my first-round pick in my fantasy draft.

Brian Westbrook was my first-round pick in my fantasy draft.

There were plenty of surprises right off the bat. Eli Manning was chosen third overall. In total, three first-round picks were given to quarterbacks (with another two chosen in the second round). So there were plenty of runningbacks available early. My strategy has always been to draft a runningback first, and Westbrook was the best available option.

Round 2, 12th pick: Randy Moss

I knew a certain owner was going to pick Moss in the second round. He took Brady in the first round (and in total, six of his 18 roster positions are taken by New England Patriots players). I also figured there would be a run on wide receivers if people are over-valuing quarterbacks (seven WRs went before my next pick, so I guessed right), so I went with the best option at the time in Moss.

Round 3, 28th pick: Aaron Rodgers

Seven quarterbacks were gone at this point, so I wanted to get a good QB early. I wanted Kurt Warner, but he was selected right before my pick. Rodgers was the next-best choice.

Wife update: By the end of the third round, my wife had three RBs selected: Michael Turner, Brandon Jacobs and Steve Slaton. Those three combined for 4,070 yards and 41 touchdowns last year. She’s easily got the best runningback combination in the league (she also got Le’Ron McClain in the 13th round as her bench player, a guy who scored 10 rushing touchdowns last year).

Round 4, 32nd pick: Anquan Boldin

The Cardinals cheerleaders are excited that I drafted Boldin.

The Cardinals cheerleaders are excited that I drafted Boldin.

I was torn between Boldin and Terrell Owens. There’s a lot more options in Arizona, so Boldin may not get as many looks. But with Larry Fitzgerald being a high target of defences this year, it should actually open things up a bit more for Boldin. But the big thing was the Buffalo Bills quarterbacks. I don’t trust them enough to take a chance on Owens.

Round 5, 48th pick: Marshawn Lynch

Because of the run of QBs and WRs, and because of his three-game suspension, Lynch fell down the board a little bit. I decided to grab him while I could to give me a good second RB. Sure he’s not there at the start of the season, but he’ll be there near the end, when fantasy playoffs on the horizon.

Round 6, 52nd pick: Brett Favre

Sure, you may think I overvalued Favre, but I think the opposite has happened. I think so many people are turned off by Favre constantly retiring/unretiring and remember the end of last year when he was with the Jets, that he’s undervalued. Favre has a weapon in Adrian Peterson, meaning defences need to be worried about the run. That should open things up for Favre, and I think because of that, he could easily get 3,500 yards and 30+ touchdowns.

Round 7, 68th pick: Jonathan Stewart

I still wanted to get some quality runningbacks, and Stewart gives me just that. I understand he’s been injured, but if he can get me 10 touchdowns in a league where there’s a lot of value on touchdowns, then it was a good pickup.

Round 8, 72nd pick: New York Giants

The New York Giants defence will be looking to put a hurting on a lot of teams this season.

The New York Giants defence will be looking to put a hurting on a lot of teams this season.

I couldn’t resist picking up a team defence here. I think team defences are underrated when it comes to fantasy football. When a quarterback gets injured, he can get replaced and the backup still put decent fantasy numbers. But defences don’t have the luxury. A sucky defence is going to be a sucky defence. Having the best could mean the difference between a fantasy championship and missing the playoffs.

Round 9, 88th pick: Chicago

Same reasons as above. Plus, as I blogged about a couple of weeks ago:  “I think the Chicago Bears will have a great season. Yahoo has them projected to be the eighth best defence, but I think they’ll actually finish #1. First, because last year they had a ton of injuries, so a healthy squad should be a better squad. And two, they have a better quarterback who can stay on the field. With Rex Grossman throwing so many interceptions, the Bears would get tired getting as much playing time as they did. But Jay Cutler can keep the offence on the field, meaning the defence won’t be out there as much to be scored on. So look for them to have a great season.”

Wife update: Since her three RBs domination, she has picked up Donovan McNabb, Chad Ochocinco, Carson Palmer, Hines Ward and the Pittsburgh and Baltimore defences. Tell me she’s not going to dominate.

Round 10, 92nd pick: Tim Hightower

Should be getting more touches now that he’s the number one runningback. As the backup RB, he still scored 10 touchdowns last year, so I’m hoping for that to continue. 

(Note, because we’re getting more into the bench players, I’ll be shortening the explanations.)

Round 11, 108th pick: Mark Sanchez

A quality backup in case Rodgers or Favre disappoints or has a bye week.

Round 12, 112th pick: Indianapolis

Back up defence for when my top two are on a bye week (or facing a team like the Patriots). Indy’s defence is usually underrated. Because they play so well and take early leads, their opponents have to throw the ball more. That leads to more interceptions, which means more fantasy points.

Round 13, 128th pick: Kevin Walter

Almost 900 yards last year and 8 touchdowns. A solid extra wide receiver option at this point of the draft.

Round 14, 132nd pick: LeSean McCoy

Apparently, this is the Eagles cheerleadering uniforms. Theyre the ones who will cheer for McCoy this season (see, there is a link: This isnt some gratitious photo).

Apparently, this is the Eagles cheerleadering uniforms. They're the ones who will cheer for McCoy this season (see, there is a link: This isn't some gratitious photo).

Will get some touches as a backup with the Eagles, but I need him for when Westbrook starts getting his yearly annual injuries.

Round 15, 148th pick: John Carlson

I like the fact I can get a tight end that is a starter that will get me 600+ yards and five touchdowns. He’s my only tight end on the team (for the record, the tight end position is the most overvalued position in fantasy football).

Round 16, 152nd pick: Isaac Bruce

Another quality backup wide receiver. He bounced back last year with seven touchdowns after a couple of bad seasons. If he can keep up last year’s pace, I think he’ll be a quality bench player.

Round 17, 168th pick: Laurence Maroney

I have no idea where Maroney is on the depth chart, mostly because I don’t trust any depth chart that begins with “New England Patriots.” They move their players around so much and so well that anyone can have a breakout game any given week. Maroney was injured last season, but the two years before that, averaged almost 800 yards a season and six touchdowns.

Round 18, 172nd pick: Neil Rackers

Of course, you save the kicker for last. It’s pretty much hit and miss. I try to get an accurate kicker since missed field goals and points after will lose you points. Because of those reasons, I tend to stay away from kickers who play a lot of games in the cold and windy outdoors (such as Chicago and Miami). Those guys will cost you points late in a season as the temperature dips and the winds pick up.

So that’s my roster. For the record, I’m favoured to win my first week by 17 points (I’m playing against the guy who chose Eli Manning third overall). My wife is favoured to win by five.

Here are both of our final rosters:

My team:

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Mark Sanchez

WR: Randy Moss, Anquan Boldin, Kevin Walter, Isaac Bruce

RB: Brian Westbrook, Tim Hightower, Laurence Maroney, Marshawn Lynch, Jonathan Stewart, LeSean McCoy

TE: John Carlson

K: Neil Rackers

Defences: New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts

My wife’s team:

QB: Donovan McNabb, Carson Palmer, Brady Quinn, Matthew Stafford

WR: Chad Ochocinco, Hines Ward, Lance Moore, Donald Driver, Antwaan Randle El

RB: Michael Turner, Brandon Jacobs, Steve Slaton, Le’Ron McClain

TE: Visanthe Shiancoe

K: Jason Elam

Defences: Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills

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Fantasy football season is upon us

My second favourite sports season is almost here.

You cant choose the referees in fantasy football.

You can't choose the referees in fantasy football.

Fantasy football.

That’s right, although I do enjoy watching the NFL, I find fantasy football to be more enjoyable.

Although I’ve done a couple of drafts, my big one is coming up in a couple of weeks.

I won the pool last year, so I have to be extra prepared, as I’m sure there are people gunning for the champ this season. Our pool is a little different that what Yahoo usually offers up. We start with two quarterbacks, because it’s too easy to get a stud with one quarterback (and when there’s a season like Manning or Brady had a few years back where they get 45-plus touchdowns a season, those fantasy teams win too easily).

I have a couple of sleeper picks for this season. The big one is with the team defences, as I think the Chicago Bears will have a great season. Yahoo has them projected to be the eighth best defence, but I think they’ll actually finish #1.

First, because last year they had a ton of injuries, so a healthy squad should be a better squad. And two, they have a better quarterback who can stay on the field. With Rex Grossman throwing so many interceptions, the Bears would get tired getting as much playing time as they did. But Jay Cutler can keep the offence on the field, meaning the defence won’t be out there as much to be scored on. So look for them to have a great season.

What do you think? Any good sleeper picks out there?

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Best job in the world?

A couple of months ago, there was a world-wide contest to see who would win a job blogging about Australia.

I dont know what team these girls play for, but safe to say its my favourite team.

I don't know what team these girls play for, but safe to say it's my favourite team.

They called it the best job in the world, but I fully disagree with that.

Last week, it was announced what truly was the best job in the world.

An intern with the Lingerie Football League.

I don’t even know if it pays, but I bet you it’s better than blogging about Australia.

For those not aware, the Lingerie Football League is starting up this year, hopefully in the fall (hopefully sooner). There are ten teams made up of beautiful women, all ready to play tackle football in lingerie.

I guess this is truly fantasy football (okay, bad joke, but there actually is fantasy football for this league).

Each team is looking for an intern. So if you don’t get a job with the San Diego Seduction, maybe you could get hired on with the Denver Dream, or Dallas Desire.

I also wonder about the cheerleaders. Will they be wearing more clothes than the players?

Anyways, if you want more information about the league, visit their web site at www.lflus.com.

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Fantasy football update

Sure, the NFL season is 92 days away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about fantasy football.

This is the image I get when I type fantasy football into Google. I guess itll do.

This is the image I get when I type "fantasy football" into Google. I guess it'll do.

I’m anxious because I’m looking to defend my fantasy football crown from last season.

Both NFL.com and Yahoo.com have opened up their fantasy football websites for people to use. I took part in my first mock draft yesterday (a new feature on Yahoo).

The fantasy football experts have started writing columns. While it may sound great, the excitement wanes when you still remember there’s another 92 left until the season.

But one feature I did like was when the Yahoo experts took 10 players they hate in fantasy football. I liked the feature, and thought I would add to it.

So here are the top 5 fantasy football people I hate:

Which Chicago Bears defence will show up for each game? Who knows?

Which Chicago Bears defence will show up for each game? Who knows?

The Chicago Bears defence: You never know what you’re going to get with them. They have a solid game where they get you 25 points, and follow it up with a game where they get you a negative five points. It’s maddening.

Cedric Benson: Most of the expert also took this guy. But for someone who’s a number one running back on a team, you think he would actually be able to score touchdowns or run the ball.

Pittsburgh Steelers runningbacks: They seem to get often-injured, but no matter who they dress, they explode for two touchdowns and 150 yards in their first game. You pick them up off the waiver, but the next week, they’re the third-string runningback. Speaking of runningbacks…

Runningbacks part of a committee: I try to stay away from Denver Broncos runningbacks for sure. Sometimes Dallas, New Orlenas and Carolina too. Any team where they employ two runningbacks to carry the offence is trouble, if you ask me.

Kickers who play outdoors: Especially in Chicago. The wind conditions make it difficult to have a successful kicking game at times. And as the weather gets worse as the season goes on, those who kick outside have a tendency to miss more because of conditions beyond their control.

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