Sunday, December 31, 2006

Your NFL Week 17 non-gimme starters

Michael Jenkins
Mark Clayton
DeShaun Foster
David Carr
Tony Romo
Brett Favre
Fred Taylor
Joseph Addai
Reche Caldwell
Chad Pennington
Santonio Holmes
Joey Galloway
Ike Bruce (we've been calling his number a lot lately and he has made us look good)
Michael Turner
Vernon Davis

Thursday, December 28, 2006

2006 fantasy year in review

The December 28 edition of THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER on will cover a wide variety of subjects as usual:

9 PM: We lead off as usual with a trip around the rink for some hockey talk.

9:15 PM: We recap last week's groundbreaking fantasy MMA draft.

9:35 PM: We take a look at one of our core concepts in fantasy analysis, standard deviation from the mean (a very simple concept, we promise), leading to ...

9:45 PM: Our unveiling of our new stat for fantasy NASCAR.

10:10 PM: We take a quick look ahead at fantasy baseball, using the same statistical concept as above.

10:30 PM: NFL fantasy analysis for Week 17.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

NFL Week 16 non-gimme fantasy plays

Santonio Holmes
Michael Jenkins
Rex Grossman
David Carr
Reche Caldwell
Braylon Edwards
Peerless Price
Ike Bruce
Antonio Bryant
Rod Smith
Deion Branch
Terry Glenn
Jericho Cotchery

Good luck to all of our readers!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

MMA and Fantasy -- together at last!

Thursday, December 21 marks a milestone date in two great industries: fantasy sports and mixed martial arts. On this week's edition of THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER (Thursday, 9-11 PM EST), the worlds are joined as FantasyDrafthelp and come together for a fantasy MMA draft.

Here's the agenda for the big show:

9 PM EST: We carry over our fantasy hockey coverage from the NORTHCOAST HOCKEY TONIGHT broadcast that Paul Teeple and I conduct on STC (7-9 PM EST).

9:05 PM EST: The big fantasy MMA draft begins. Many thanks to PKW head honcho Greg Kalikas for his support of our fantasy MMA efforts, as well as my friend and PKW news contributor Kyle Ross for his advice throughout this process. They'll both be in on this event, as will my good buddy Jake Digman. Jake is instrumental in everything that PKW does, from top to bottom, and I believe that he was the first person to float this idea to me awhile ago. I took my time developing it in a comprehensive manner and could not have executed it without his sage counsel. As my friend and STC colleague Bob Glassman would say, he is a mensch. Here's our draft board and suggested league guidelines. Additionally, I've set up a game that MMA fans can play along with that we'll track on Check it out.

10:10 PM EST: We ride to the rescue of fantasy football owners currently chasing league titles as we break down NFL Week 16 game-by-game.

Check out upcoming shows also for coverage of Hot Stove Baseball, a first look ahead at NASCAR 2007 with the changes on the horizon as well as the debut of our standard deviation from the mean mega-stat and our men's/women's tennis draft on January 11.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Best of luck in the playoffs!

Hopefully, all of our readers are in the playoffs and advancing towards championship wins. Here's our list of "non-gimme" starters who we recommend for NFL Week 15:

Mark Clayton
Greg Jennings
Reche Caldwell
Vince Young
Joey Harrington
Laveranues Coles
Jerricho Cotchery
Reggie Brown
Donte Stallworth
Santonio Holmes
Jason Campbell
Tatum Bell
Trent Green
Eddie Kennison
Ike Bruce

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Another Thursday, another draft

This time, it's a college football bowl draft coming at you on THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER on We're on STC from 9-11 PM EST Thursday night.

Here's the agenda:

9 PM: We take an updated look at the NHL fantasy season.

9:10 PM: We're showing you how to draft college football teams for this bowl season. Click here for our draft board and suggested league guidelines.

9:50 PM: We'll preview next week's big MMA draft.

10:05 PM: Our game-by-game breakdown of NFL Week 15.

And coming January 14, THE FDH LOUNGE. Details? Not yet, amigos.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

NFL Week 14 game-by-game notes

Here's some good bets to play in each of the games this weekend, as usual veering away from the blatantly obvious.

EDIT: Removing Joe Horn as he is now very unlikely to play.

Atlanta vs Tampa Bay: Michael Jenkins
Baltimore vs Kansas City: Steve McNair, Derrick Mason
Buffalo vs New York Jets: Leon Washington
Indianapolis vs Jacksonville: David Garrard
Minnesota vs Detroit: Kevin Jones
New England vs Miami: Joey Harrington, Chris Chambers (not the every-week gimme starter he appeared at the beginning of the year)
New Orleans vs Dallas: Terry Glenn
New York Giants vs Carolina: DeAngelo Williams
Oakland vs Cincinnati: Chris Henry
Philadelphia vs Washington: Donte Stallworth
Tennessee vs Houston: Vince Young
Green Bay vs San Francisco: Alex Smith, Antonio Bryant
Seattle vs Arizona: Deion Branch
Denver vs San Diego: Philip Rivers
Chicago vs St Louis: Ike Bruce

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Catching up with all of you

EDIT: Please disregard the below information. I have been informed that we are being prempted tonight on STC for a one-time football special; we will be back next week. Apologies for not passing this along sooner, but I just became aware of this today.

Tonight's edition of THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER on (9-11 PM EST) will feature an all-around look at the world of fantasy sports since we've been off the last two weeks:

9 PM: We carry over our hockey coverage from the previous NORTHCOAST HOCKEY TONIGHT show with a look at some buy-low, sell-high candidates.

9:10 PM: The NASCAR campaign has come to an end since our last program. We've got a new standard deviation from the mean statistic that we will preview for you, in addition to previewing a forthcoming conversation with our new NASCAR correspondant Mike Ptak and looking briefly at what this season's results tell us.

9:25 PM: Hot Stove Baseball! What do the wild spending and freaky moves of the offseason tell us for next year? We'll break it down.

9:45 PM: We'll preview next week's college football bowl draft on the program.

9:55 PM: We'll preview the big fantasy MMA draft on the program in two weeks.

10:05 PM: Game-by-game analysis of NFL Week 14.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Game-by-game notes for NFL Week 13

In most leagues, the regular season ends this week (not in my two leagues, however, and don't get me started on that). So here's some help for all of you out there, who I know will be qualifying for the playoffs. As always, we limit ourselves to recommendations on fringe fantasy starters as opposed to the "you might want to play Carson Palmer this week" gems you get from other sources.

Kansas City vs Cleveland: Forget what we said last week about the Browns having some fantasy potential in a "come from behind" sense. This offense is guilty until proven innocent. Trent Green, however, will put up his first TDs of the year and produce in fine fashion.

Detroit vs New England: It's hard to be excited about any marginal options in this game.

San Diego vs Buffalo: Peerless Price is a decent sleeper, especially with Josh Reed's injury situation and the improving Bill offense of recent weeks.

Atlanta vs Washington: If your other QB is a marginal one, Jason Campbell could provide acceptable production. But that's about it in this game.

Indianapolis vs Tennessee: We've been singing the praises of Joseph Addai all year long, and now you know why. Speaking of rookies in this game, however, beware of Vince Young until he can get his completion percentage over 50.

Arizona vs St Louis: Edgerrin James has had such a horrid year that he's slid from the ranks of the automatic starters. But with a better December, at least offensively, looming for the Cards, get him in there.

San Francisco vs New Orleans: Vernon Davis will start to produce, better late than never!

New York Jets vs Green Bay: In what looks to be a field goal battle, Ahman Green is an example of a marginal player not worth starting here. The Jet defense will not be a good matchup for him.

Minnesota vs Chicago: There aren't too many good fantasy options here, between the Bears' awesome defense and the state of flux with the Chicago passing game and running game.

Houston vs Oakland: David Carr is worth a look if you have a quandry at QB. Not much else to say about this one.

Jacksonville vs Miami: Joey Harrington will have a difficult time maintaining his momentum here.

Tampa Bay vs Pittsburgh: With Hines Ward being out, the battle of the Bucs and the Squeelers could be the worst offensive match of the week. Stay away.

Dallas vs New York Giants: There aren't many marginal plays in this game, aside from both vulture RBs. They don't figure to attain much this week.

Seattle vs Denver: Beware the Broncos during the Cutler transitional phase.

Carolina vs Philadelphia: How ironic is it that the Eagles are no longer ready for prime time without Don McNabb, but they keep playing in prime time? One way or another, this game will be a tipping point for the woefully inconsistent Panthers. Look for it to go well, with Jake Delhomme bouncing back.