Friday, October 29, 2010

FDH Fantasy Newsletter: Volume III, Issue XLII

Welcome to our 107th edition of the FDH Fantasy Newsletter, as we continue to bring you weekly fantasy sports updates in addition to our usual content on Our archive of past editions is available right here on The Blog and specific links to past editions are available at

This week, we bring you our NFL Week 8 preview.

NFL Week 8 preview

Here’s a few standard preface notes:

^ Notwithstanding the claims of any website to be your “home for Sunday morning injury report news,” nothing beats Google News – nothing. Entering a player name into this search engine trumps any other means of gathering information because it culls the data from an unbelievably wide variety of sources.

^ Especially earlier in the season, it’s always good to refer to a strong baseline of where players should have been drafted – and nothing beats FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFTOLOGY 2010.

^ Unless there are any injury questions, we never discuss “gimme” players. Such core players should be started week in and week out unless there is any question surrounding their playing status. Winning teams only need to worry about “playing the matchups” with one, two or (at the most, during bye weeks) three spots in the lineup. With a full slate of games, and players drafted in a certain order for a multiplicity of reasons, we especially don’t advocate much juggling for the first two weeks of the season. Some websites promise you a crystal ball for how to manage high-risk, high-reward juggling during the season. We don’t. We play the percentages. That approach may be boring, but it’s highly effective and much more intellectually honest in what we promise you.

^ By the way, here are your core players who should not be benched if healthy or available (players listed in their order on our draft board):

QB: Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Tony Romo

RB: Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Maurice Jones-Drew, Frank Gore, Steven Jackson, Michael Turner, DeAngelo Williams, Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Mathews, Jamaal Charles, Knowshon Moreno, Shonn Greene, Matt Forte, Beanie Wells, Cedric Benson, Jonathan Stewart, LeSean McCoy, Ronnie Brown

WR: Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Reggie Wayne, Roddy White, Miles Austin, Greg Jennings, DeSean Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin, Marques Colston, Steve Smith (Carolina), Chad Ochocinco, Calvin Johnson, Steve Smith (NY Giants), Dwayne Bowe, Michael Crabtree, Donald Driver, Vincent Jackson

TE: Dallas Clark, Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis, Brent Celek, Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez, Jermichael Finley

^ Here are the players who have been added to the list this season:

QB: none

RB: none, Arian Foster

WR: Wes Welker, Terrell Owens

TE: none

^ Here are the players who have been removed from that list this season:

QB: none

RB: Ryan Grant

WR: Pierre Garcon, Mike Wallace

TE: none

^ Links for each game take you to the home page for each game, with stats and analysis.

^ All times listed are EDT.

^ Teams listed as “All-In” have a combination of all of the above players and any marginal players reaching a status where QB/RB1/RB2/WR1/WR2/TE all should be played. Teams listed as “All-Out” should have only the above “locks” for their team in a fantasy lineup, with all marginal players being benched.

^ All advice is relative, because there are exceptions to every rule. There are no marginal players who absolutely should be played or benched, but the ones we refer to here should be in the vast majority of circumstances.

^ Of the non-gimme players we like this week, the stronger plays are the ones in all caps.

Week 8

Sun. Oct. 31

Packers at Jets, 1:00 PM All-out on marginal Packers, TE Keller

Broncos at 49ers, 1:00 PM QB Orton, WR Lloyd, all-out on marginal 49ers

Jaguars at Cowboys, 1:00 PM TE Lewis, RB F Jones, WR R Williams

Dolphins at Bengals, 1:00 PM All-out on marginal Dolphins and Bengals

Panthers at Rams, 1:00 PM All-out on marginal Panthers and Rams

Redskins at Lions, 1:00 PM QB McNabb, WR S Moss, TE Cooley, RB J Best

Bills at Chiefs, 1:00 PM WR Evans, WR S Johnson, RB T Jones

Titans at Chargers, 4:05 PM WR Britt, all-out on marginal Chargers

Vikings at Patriots, 4:15 PM TE SHIANCOE, all-out on marginal Patriots

Seahawks at Raiders, 4:15 PM RB Lynch, RB McFadden

Buccaneers at Cardinals, 4:15 PM QB Freeman, WR Breaston

Steelers at Saints, 8:20 PM QB Roethlisberger, WR Wallace, WR Ward, WR L Moore, TE Shockey

Mon. Nov. 01

Texans at Colts, 8:30 PM WR Walter, WR Garcon



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