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Written by Andre Purtell | 05 February 2012


One game to go of the season... i doubt many would have had this matchup. New England Patriots Vs New York Giants for all the marbles. Here is how each of our football analysts have picked the game:

Michael: Giants (7 out of 10 so far in these playoffs) - Momentum is on their side, and their defense will be too strong. G-men!

Andre: Patriots (7 out of 10 so far in these playoffs) - Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have not forgotten what happened last time they met in the Superbowl. Payback will be sweet.

The Patriots head into the game as favorites, but the Giants have been impressive taking care of the Falcons, Packers and 49ers along their path to the Superbowl. Coached my two of the best in the game, this sure will be a fantastic game.

For those of you who want a refresher on the last time these two teams met in the big game, here are a few highlights from the final quarter (oh, and if you haven't seen the "Matthew's Day Off" (aka Ferris Bueller), be sure to check it out): 

 


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Written by Andre Purtell | 22 January 2012

With the Divisional games in the books, with some rather surprising results (how many of you picked the upset of the Giants over the Packers?), The Fantasy Dudes look ahead to the Championship matchups and who we think will win.

Here is how we have performed thus far:
Andre: 6/8
Michael: 5/8

We again differ in one of the matchups, so its a chance for Michael to get one back:


New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers
Andre: 49ers by 6
Michael: Giants by 4


Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
Andre: Patriots by 10
Michael: Patriots by 7

Who do you think will win? 

 

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Written by Andre Purtell | 13 January 2012

Following the wildcard weekend, The Fantasy Dudes are back with their selections in the divisional weekend. Before we get into it, let's take a quick look at how each 'dude' went last week:

Michael picked: Texans, Giants, Saints, Steelers = 3/4
Andre picked: Bengals, Giants, Saints, Broncos = 3/4 (thanks Tim Tebow)

Ok, so this is who we have this week:


New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers

Michael - Saints by 3
Andre - 49ers by 7


 
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots

Michael - Patriots by 10
Andre - Patriots by 14 (tough given i'm a Broncos fan and picked them correctly last week)



New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers
Michael - Packers by 7
Andre - Packers by 10



Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
Michael - Ravens by 3
Andre - Ravens by 7

Who do you think will win? 

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Written by Andre Purtell & Michael Alperstein | 04 January 2012

The NFL wildcard weekend is here. The football analysts from The Fantasy Dudes have made their selections for this week. 


Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans

Michael - Texans by 6
Andre - Bengals by 7



Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints
Michael - Saints by 13
Andre - Saints by 14



Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants

Michael - Giants by 7
Andre - Giants by 10



Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos

Michael - Steelers by 10
Andre - Broncos by 3

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Written by Michael Alperstein | 28 December 2011

Fantasy Football Week 17 Starts:

Jared Cook
, TE, Titans: Cook had a nice game last week (100 yards, 22 points), and figures to be targeted again often against the Texans, who have already secured their playoff berth.

Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings: Gerhart has averaged over 13 points per game over the last 5 games in Peterson's absence, and figures to do well again with no AP again against the Bears.

Toby Gerhart New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings

Santonio Holmes, RB, Jets: Against a pretty stingy Dolphins run defence (allows 3rd least against RB's), in a must win game, expect Sanchez to look for Holmes.

CJ Spiller, RB, Bills: Against the mediocre Pats defence, and in red-hot form (47 points in last 2 starts), I expect a huge game from CJ.

C.J. Spiller Miami Dolphins v Buffalo Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills: The Pats are last against the pass, and gave up a big score to Fitzpatrick the first time they played. I don't see why the same doesn't happen this week.

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons: The Falcons will be out to atone this weekend against a Bucs sde with nothing to play for, and which allows 3rd most against opposing QB's.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: Against their Divisional rivals, the Chiefs can end the Broncos season. Expect Bowe to step up big-time against the Broncos, who aren't as effective against the pass as they are against the run.

Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders: I'll bet on Moore (94 yards, 1 TD last week) rather than DHB to come up big against the Chargers.

Denarius Moore - Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers

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Written by Andre Purtell | 28 December 2011

For those that wrapped up their fantasy football season with a championship in week 16, congratulations, we hope that our advice proved to be useful. For those that still have one week remaining, here are The Fantasy Dudes waiver wire targets for Week 17 of the NFL:


Matt Flynn, QB, Green Bay Packers:
No, Rodgers is not injured, but with the Packers wrapping up home field advantage already, look for Flynn to take charge this week, as he did in the final quarter against the Bears. He’s no Rodgers, but if you are need of a QB this week, Flynn certainly has the weapons to succeed. Matt is owned in less than 1% of standard leagues.


Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders:
Carson has passed for a large number of yards since joining the Raiders, and in 9 games, he has only failed to score double-digit fantasy points just twice. Intercepts have been an issue, but he has thrown at least 1 TD in his past 4 games. Carson is owned in 48% of standard leagues.


Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings:
What were the Vikings thinking… they had no real need to rush back AP, and I bet management regret it. Up steps Toby Gerhart, who filled in quite well a few weeks back. He’s a threat on the ground and through the air, so he makes for a nice addition. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in 5 straight games now. Toby is owned in 36% of standard leagues.


Khalil Bell, RB, Chicago Bears:
This guy has come out of nowhere. We had him as a pickup last week and we hope you listened because he ran for 121 yards on the Packers. The Vikings got beat-up last week on the run, and we expect the same this week. If available, pick him up and start him. Bell is owned in 40% of standard fantasy leagues.


Jabar Gaffney, WR, Washington Redskins:
We had him listed as one of our starts of the week and he responded  with 77 yards receiving, including a nice one-handed TD catch.  He’s been on fire of late and is a must add. Jabar is owned in 56% of standard fantasy leagues.


Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks:
Actual production is bit hit or miss, but the targets are there (he led the team last week). Given the injuries to other WR’s,  there really aren’t many other options but him. Doug has scored a TD in 2 of his past 3 games. Doug is owned in just 22% of standard leagues.

Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans: Have you seen the numbers this guy has been putting up? He has 17 grabs for 272 yards and 1 TD over the past 2 games alone. Texans are pretty good at limiting TE’s, but he is worth a look if you are need of a TE this week. Jared is owned in 7% of standard leagues.


Jeremy Shockey, TE, Carolina Panthers:
Remember him? Well he has scored a TD in each of his past 3 games and faces a generous Saints team against TE’s. However, it should be noted that his receptions have been low, so keep that in mind. Jeremy is owned in 8% of leagues.


Seattle Seahawks D/ST:
The Seahawks have been an excellent fantasy option and rank in the top 5 overall for the season, yet ownership is low. Did well against the Cardinals in week 3. This unit is owned in only 42% of standard leagues.

Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons: Owned in19% of standard fantasy leagues.


Other options: Joe Webb (if Ponder out), Evan Royster (if Helu out), Jacquizz Rodgers, Malcom Floyd, Darrius Heyward-Bay, Nate Burleson,  Dustin Keller,  Miami Dolphins D/ST.


Well, that’s it for me this season for fantasy football articles as Michael will be covering our fantasy starts of the week. See you next year. Feel free to contact us on twitter, facebook, in the comments section below or email should you have any questions.

 

 

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Written by Andre Purtell | 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas everyone!!! We hope Santa brings delivers you a fantasy title this year! To help the cause, here are The Fantasy Dudes starts for week 16 of the NFL:


Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons:
Matty Ice faces an attractive matchup this week against the high scoring Saints. While Brees may be getting the job done on offense, the Saints defense has been terrible against QB's. Matt has thrown 7 touchdowns alone over the past 2 weeks, and has missed throwing at least one touchdown in only one game this season. As Vince Vaughn would say, "he's so money".

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Destroyed the Buccaneers only a few weeks ago, so he gets a second bite at the cherry, and this time at home. The Buccaneers appear to have given up this season (have allowed a passing touchdown in all but one game this season), and Cam has thrown for 5 touchdowns and rushed for another 3 over his past 3 games.


Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers:
Big Ben will likely sit, meaning that Batch will suit up under center. As such, expect a heavy dose of Mendy against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league being the St Louis Rams.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo has quietly been going under the radar, and he faces a very soft Buccaneers team this week. Hopefully Cam doesn't steal all his redzone carries.


Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers:
With Vincent Jackson struggling, Malcom Floyd could well be Rivers main target. He was impressive last week, and has had a decent run lately. He faces a Lions secondary that ranks 24th against wide receivers this season.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Miami Dolphins: He is a must start against the Patriots... did you see what D.Thomas of the Broncos did against them last week? He had 7 catches for 139 yards earlier in the season against them as has also accounted for 3 touchdowns over his past 3 games.


Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers:
Disappointed last week (dropped passes), however he faces a Bears team that has struggled against the TE position all season. Oh, and the Packers will be looking to bounce back in a big way following their shock loss to the Chiefs last weekend. Need extra motivation to start him? He collected 3 touchdown passes against the Bears earlier this season, including 7 catches for 85 yards.

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: 5 catches, 156 yards and touchdown last week against the Jets... wow!!! He won't get those stats again this week, but the fact that the Cowboys rank 25th against TE's this season is a strong sign, as is Vick back at QB. Last time against them, he caught 7 passes for almost 100 yards and a touchdown.

Other options to consider: Rex Grossman, Matt Moore, Tim Tebow, LeGarette Blount, Willis McGahee, CJ Spiller, AJ Green, Santana Moss/Jabar Gaffney, Santonio Holmes, Tony Gonzalez, Greg Olsen.

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Written by Andre Purtell | 21 December 2011

Do I start the player with the great matchup, or do I trust the stud that I spent a high draft pick on? We have received that question many a time this season, and in particular throughout the fantasy playoffs. Our advice? While yes, it is great to trust the stud, anything can happen on any given Sunday... or Thursday, Saturday or Monday for that matter. As such, we suggest going with the player that has the right matchup or that has been on a roll at the right time.... Demaryius Thomas owners from last week would know about this. It should be noted that if the player is injured, then roll with someone else. With that in mind here are The Fantasy Dudes waiver wire targets for Week 16 of the NFL that may prove to be of use to you:


Kyle Orton, QB, Kansas City Chiefs:
Didn't think we'd be mentioning him again this season, but the fact that he led his team to an upset win over the previously undefeated Packers does persuade us to give him some credit. When he actually started for the Broncos earlier this season he put up decent enough stats (8 TD's in 4 games), the Broncos just weren't winning. Need someone to step in at QB? Kyle could be worth a look against the Raiders. Kyle is owned in 15% of standard leagues.

Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins: You know how we were talking about matchups? Well here is one for you... The Vikings have been terrible at stopping the pass, so expect Rex to post some reasonable statistics. Rex is owned in only 13% of standard leagues.


Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts:
Addai who? Brown rushed on 16 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown on the weekend... a career high. He has 3 rushing TD's over his past 4 games. Donald is owned in 20% of standard leagues.

Khalil Bell, RB, Chicago Bears: With Barber in the doghouse following his gaffes against the Broncos a couple of weeks ago, it has been Bell that has benefited. It is hard to get excited about the Bears right now, and we would only suggest using Bell if in great need for a RB. Khalil is owned in only 1% of standard leagues.


Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos:
Peaking at the right time? With all the talk about Tebow, some love needs to go out to Thomas. 350 yards, 3 TD's over his past 3 games enough for you? It sure has been for fantasy owners. Demaryius is owned in 32% of standard leagues.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Washington Redskins: See Grossman, Rex above. He will be one of the key beneficiaries. He has also posted over 150 yards receiving and a touchdown over the past 2 weeks. Jabar is owned in 48% of standard fantasy leagues.

Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: Had a very nice outing against Baltimore in week 15, and has now scored 2 TD's over the past 3 weeks, including over 220 yards receiving. He makes for a decent flex play against the Lions this week. Malcom is owned in 67% of leagues.

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Did you know that Brent leads the team in receptions this season? I know, you're telling me. He's much more comfortable with Vick running the show, and that was reflected last weekend when he exploded for over 150 yards receiving. Pick him up now if you need a tight end. Brent is owned in just 25% of standard leagues.


Tennessee Titans D/ST: You don't think losing to the Colts would hurt? They would have been taken to the cleaners this week in training. This week face the Jaguars and Blaine Gabbert... that on paper is enough for me. Owned in 26% of standard fantasy leagues.

Alex Henery, K, Philadelphia Eagles: Like Celek above, he too has benefitted from Vick's return to QB, particularly on the XP's. Expect a high scoring game this week against the Cowboys, hence ample opportunities for Henery. Alex is owned in 39% of standard fantasy leagues.

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Written by Andre Purtell | 17 December 2011

Here are The Fantasy Dudes starts for Week 15 of the NFL:


Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys:
The Romo-rollercoaster moves on to another turn. Fortunately for Romo, the Bucs give up the 8th most fantasy points to QB's this season. Romo also has his receivers on deck, so look for him to spread the ball around.

Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos: The Pats will throw all sorts of looks at him, and will likely force him to pass (especially with Tom Brady carving up)... the good news for Tebow? The Patriots haven't been able to stop anyone with their secondary, so this is as good a week as any to start throwing.

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys: The Buccaneers allow most fantasy points against opposing RB's in the league.


LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Bucs will try establishing the run game against the Boys, particularly with Freeman hurting.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Has rushed for over 100 yards in 5 of his last 6 games, including 6 rushing touchdowns... talk about 'beast' mode!

Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Rams have been terrible all season, and we expect this to continue. Benson impressive last week against stingy Texans team, so we like him to up the ante against a team that allows 7th most fantasy points to RB's.

Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins: The Giants allow the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing WR's, and no Fred Davis means the WR's will get more targets.

Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: The Vikings allow the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing WR's, and Drew Brees has been on fire!


AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals:
We love this guy. He is a must start this week as Rams give up 5th most fantasy points to WR's.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: I know, its hard to like the Chiefs from a fantasy perspective, but the Packers rank 4th worst against the pass, meaning someone has to benefit against them. Oh, and the Chiefs will likely need to throw as they play catch-up.

Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Solid return last week against the Giants, and led the team in targets. See Romo, Tony above. Like him for a repeat TD performance.

Jake Ballard, TE, New York Giants: His form has been up and down lately, however the Redskins have struggled against TE's, giving up the second most fantasy points to the position this season.


Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers:
No Jennings means someone needs to see more ball. Chiefs have been vulnerable against TE's this season, so step up Jermichael... let ESPN be talking about you rather than Tim Tebow ☺

Arizona Cardinals D/ST: Have been a respectable unit lately and face a Browns team in disarray.

Cincinnati Bengals D/ST: Clemens in at QB. Rams can't score. Start the Bengals with confidence.

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Written by Andre Purtell | 13 December 2011

Handcuff, handcuff, handcuff... we can't stress this enough. Need evidence, just ask Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray fantasy owners. So if you have surplus on your team, i.e. players you won't start in the playoffs, then if the handcuff for one of your starting running backs is on the wire, then make the move (even if it is for one week)... we're talking about Ricky Williams, Kendall Hunter, Toby Gerhart, Ben Tate etc etc (keep this in mind for next season). With that said, here are The Fantasy Dudes waiver wire targets for Week 15 of the NFL:


Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins:
Ok, he has lost his star TE, but he still has the likes of Moss, Gaffney and Helu available to throw to. This week he faces a Giants secondary that has failed to stop the pass all season, so expect Rex to air it out. Re, or the player mentioned below may be a suitable replacement for Big Ben should he miss some time. Rex is owned in just 9% of standard fantasy leagues.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Andy has actually had quite a productive season for a rookie. He has faced some pretty stiff competition over the past two weeks in the Texans and Steelers, but remember, he threw for 373 yard against the Ravens (away) just a few weeks ago. Did we mention he has AJ Green to throw to? Oh yeah, he faces St Louis this week. Andy is owned in 30% of standard leagues.


Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys:
Just when things were starting to look good for the Cowboys running game, DeMarco goes down injured. Up steps Felix to claim the spot he had possession of heading into the start of the season before an injury took him down. He subsequently stepped up to the tune of over 100 yards rushing. Faces a terrible Buccaneers team this week, so the future is bright for Felix. It is likely he will be the number one player taken off waivers this week. Felix is owned in just over 70% of fantasy leagues.

Marion Barber, RB, Chicago Bears: Well, what were you waiting for? For him to prove himself? Well besides a couple of bad plays (not staying in bounds, fumbling the ball in OT), Marion actually had a pretty decent game. Faces a Seahawks team in week 15... not ideal, but Stephen Jackson didn't seem to have too much issue, and they will be coming off a slightly shorter week. Well worth an add to your roster. Marion is owned in just 46% of standard leagues.


Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos:
Fantasy playoffs aren't usually the time to experiment, especially with a rookie, but if you are in a bind, then give Thomas a look. On paper, he faces the worst D's in the league in the Patriots... he's also on a roll, with 11 catches for over 220 yards and 3 touchdowns over the past two weeks. Demaryius is owned in only 9% of standard leagues.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Talk about grabbing the opportunity with both hands... Rice has gone on IR, meaning that someone had to step up. Sure, we don't want to get carried away because it was the Rams, however 7 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown is impressive. Chicago up on deck and even Tebow was able to throw on them. Doug is owned in only 20% of standard leagues.

Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins: Not going to mention much else besides that he has hauled in over 150 yards receiving and a touchdown over his past 3 weeks as he has returned from injury. See Grossman, Rex above. Owned in 65% of standard leagues.


Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals:
See Dalton, Andy above. Jermaine disappointed last weekend, but we like him to bounce back this week against the lowly Rams. He has caught at least 3 passes over his past 5 games. Owned in just over 27% of standard fantasy leagues.

Cincinnati Bengals D/ST: Notice a trend here? Well it is the St Louis Rams after all they face in week 15... say no more. Owned in 64% of standard fantasy leagues.

Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers: Rivers and the Chargers have been moving the chains over the past few weeks, but face a stern test this week in the Ravens, hence Nick will likely be called upon to help out with his boot. Owned in just 22% of standard fantasy leagues.

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