Saturday, November 14, 2009

FDH Fantasy Newsletter: Volume II, Issue XLV

Welcome to our 60th 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 on the front page of

In this week's edition:

^ NFL Week 10 Preview
^ NFL Week 10 Best Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 10 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 2009.

^ 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. 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
QB: Brady, Brees, P Manning, McNabb, Rivers, Rodgers, Romo, Warner
RB: M Barber, R Brown, Forte, Gore, Grant, S Jackson, Jacobs, C Johnson, Jones-Drew, Peterson, Portis, Slaton, Tomlinson, Turner, Westbrook, D Williams
WR: Boldin, Bowe, Colston, Fitzgerald, Jennings, A Johnson, C Johnson, Houshmandzadeh, V Jackson, Marshall, Moss, Ochocinco, S Smith (Carolina), Wayne, R White
TE: Clark, Gates, Gonzalez, Witten

^ Here are the players added to that list since the start of the year:
RB: Benson
WR: Burleson, Driver, S Smith (NY Giants)
TE: H Miller, V Davis

^ And here are the players who were on our list, but have been removed from it:
RB: Lynch
WR: Owens, R Williams

^ Links for each game take you to the CBS Sports home page for each game, with stats, analysis and even video previews.

^ All times listed are EDT.

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

Week 10
(Byes: Houston, N.Y Giants)
Sunday, Nov. 15
Atlanta at Carolina, 1 p.m. QB Ryan, QB Delhomme
Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m. TE Winslow, RB R Williams
Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. RB K Smith, Vikings marginal players all-in
Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Jags marginal players all-out, WR Cotchery, TE Keller
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. QB Palmer, QB Roethlisberger, WR Holmes, WR Ward
New Orleans at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Saints marginal players all-in, Rams marginal players all-out
Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m. WR Evans, QB Young
Denver at Washington, 1 p.m. RB Moreno, RB Betts, WR S Moss
Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. RB Charles, RB McFadden, TE Z Miller
Seattle at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. QB Hasselbeck, TE Carlson, RB Wells, WR Breaston
Dallas at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. WR Austin, Packers marginal players all-in (with Lee at TE
Philadelphia at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. RB McCoy, WR D Jackson, TE Celek
New England at Indianapolis, 8:20 p.m. RB Maroney, WR Welker, RB Addai
Monday, Nov. 16
Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. Ravens marginal players all-in, Browns marginal players all-out

NFL Week 10 Best Waiver Wire Pickups

NOTE: We only recommend plausible pickups; our threshold is 40% or less ownership in leagues. As such, players may show up on our list multiple weeks if they fall below that percentage and if we still believe in their upside potential.

1 Robert Meachem
2 Earl Bennett
3 James Jones
4 Vince Young
5 Brandon Pettigrew


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