Archive | November, 2011


26 Nov

Old School: LeBron With Cornrows

23 Nov

RJP Staff

There’s no way LBJ could pull this off now as far back as his hairline is lol. Check out this high school football pic from his senior year, when LeBron was an All-State wideout. I wonder if he had any hangtime? LOL.

Iverson’s Still Got It: Watch Him Cross Jeff Teague

23 Nov

Waiver Watchers: Week 11

19 Nov

Looking for a sleeper this week? Tavaris Jackson or Earl Bennett may be your man.

By Curtis M. Gaines

This week is the last week of byes and probably the most crucial especially if you have Big Ben, Drew Brees, Darren Sproles and Adrian Foster hopefully you have a disposable player on your bench that you can, or should drop for these second half of the season fantasy sleepers. This week I will give you my drops and adds to put into perspective what most owners should be doing now, positioning themselves for quality match-ups and emerging players and then suggest my sleepers for Week 11.

My first drop was Torrey Smith for Laurent Robinson. I’m willing to bet that as long as Miles Austin is on the bench Robinson will be a homerun threat, in addition I think most owners will steer clear of Smith because of his propensity to disappear, therefore dropping him now is advantageous in the respect that, if you decide to pick him back up for Robinson or a bye week fill-in he will more than likely be available…but I would advise you keep him cut until Week 14 when Baltimore faces Indianapolis. Other than that matchup, the outlook looks bleak for Smith especially with Flacco playing so sporadically. This week Robinson should see quality targets against a good defense but again, Romo is playing at a high level and I expect he will continue into December and should yet again, put up decent fantasy numbers. Robinson makes a good WR2 or Flex start this week.

Projection: 5 rec. 80 yards 1 TD

My next drop was Jon Baldwin, despite the favorable matchup against New England Baldwin and the Chiefs have burned fantasy owners twice since his breakout game three weeks ago, this is even more of an unattractive matchup considering that Cassel is hurt and his back up Tyler Palko can easily make any Kansas City WR a skeptical start this week. I also made this drop because I picked up Carson Palmer to start against Minnesota in lieu of Cam Newton against Detroit. I’ll go into more detail about that decision next. However, if you are hurting for a flex or WR3 fill-in this week and you find the waiver wires thin, you may find Baldwin a high risk /reward option. The factors you have to keep in mind though is the Chiefs offensive line have given up the 15th most sacks (22) and 18th most QB hits (44). Keep in mind also that the Chiefs have only mustered ten touchdowns through the air all season with their 27th ranked passing offense. In essence, despite the matchup against the worst pass defense in the league all signs point to a mediocre performance from KC WRs and Palko.

That concludes my drop list this week, now lets focus on analysis and matchups starting with:

Cam Newton vs Carson Palmer

It’s a known fact that the NFL is a copycat league, with that being said, last week Tennessee exposed the Panther offensive line and demonstrated how to defend Cam Newton. Pressure. Tennessee held Newton to his second lowest fantasy performance and held him to his only game thus far without a running or passing touchdown. Detroit has held QB’s they’ve faced to the 27th lowest fantasy points this season. Only Tony Romo amassed over 300 yards passing and multiple touchdowns against them. Bear in mind I am not suggesting yoo bench Cam Newton, but if Palmer is still available in your league and you can afford to drop an under-performing fantasy player, this is the week to do it. If I was to rank QB’s this week I would have to rank Cam below these QB’s: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Tavaris Jackson (yes I said that and will explain later in my sleeper section), and Matthew Stafford. Detroit’s front four will be a true test of Newton’s ability this week, a test I am unwilling to gamble on with Palmer on my bench considering Oakland’s matchup.

Palmer's projected to throw for 330 yards and 3 TDs this week

Carson Palmer proved last week that he still has the arm and accuracy to spread pass defenses thin. Add to this, Denarius Moore and the lethal combination of throwing power, accuracy and speed against one of the league’s slowest secondaries, and you will have a beautiful scenario for bountiful fantasy points via Palmer and Friends. Minnesota has allowed multi-touchdown games for all opposing QB’s besides, Kevin Kolb, Josh Freeman and the aforementioned Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel. Palmer has already thrown for 5 touchdowns in his last two games thus adding to the speculation that he will once again pass for over two touchdowns this week.

Cam Newton: 200 yards, 50 rush, 1 TD, 2 INT
Carson Palmer: 330 yards, 3 TD

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Procrastinator Alert: Who To Start In Week 10

9 Nov

By Curtis M. Gaines

Wow, that’s all I can say about last week’s performances from Cassel and the Chiefs that was mind-blowing as was the “well-oiled” offense of the Philadelphia Eagles that heavily relied on the legs of LeSean McCoy and all but deserted their passing game. So, where do we stand this week with them and other fantasy delights that have tickled us pink or wretched all hope of adding a “W” to our win column? Let’s begin this week’s analysis with:

Eagles vs Cardinals

Eagles have the best match-up a doctor could order after falling to the Bears last week. The Cardinals are the fourth worst pass defense and 16th against the run. In comparison the Eagles are equally vulnerable to the ground attack as evidenced by their 23rd ranked run defense. However the Eagles have a top 10 offense and should utilize most of their weapons


Beanie Wells
Projection: 80 RUSH, 4 rec. 35 yards TD


Early Doucet – (55 Targets) Has been consistent as the Cards second option and should be considered a WR3 or Flex start
Projection: 8 rec. 75 yards TD

DeSean Jackson, fantasy trade bait???

I know last week I suggested that Jason Avant would have an incredible game against the Bears but that never came to fruition, however this week as I am with other picks, I’m sticking with Avant and suggest him as a flex play. Desean Jackson is disappearing more and more each week, and the risk is outweighing the reward at this point. As a Jackson owner I am more and more leaning towards sitting him for the rest of the season and praying he has a breakout game that I can use as leverage to trade him before deadlines. The match-up is favorable for Jackson, Maclin and Avant but I strongly feel as if most of the targets will go to Maclin, Avant and Celek. Jackson made two key drops last week that I feel may make Vick more cautious when making his reads from here on out. I feel until Jackson can be more consistent he is no better a start than Torrey Smith at this point in the season. To elaborate more consider these statistics, Desean Jackson has 29 receptions on 58 targets but Jason Avant has 33 receptions on 46 targets! How can that be possible? 12 more targets but less receptions? Until that stat line goes up I’m afraid the time has come to sit Jackson.

Jason Avant – Flex or Start
Projection: 6 rec. 80 yards TD

Jeremy Maclin – MUST START
Projection: 8 rec. 95 yards TD (conservative projection)

Keep in mind that Boldin scorched Arizona for 145 yards and 2 scores two weeks ago.

Chargers vs Raiders

Okay, I agree Philip Rivers is stinking it up, but from a fantasy perspective he is doing fine. A soft Raider secondary should equal a healthy showing from Rivers this week as long as Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates are healthy. Ryan Mathews is expected to play and the Raiders give up plenty on the ground (139.6 yards per game). Oakland has also given up nine scores on the ground which makes goal line specialist Micheal Tolbert a good flex play this week.

As for the Raiders… it’s too early to know which receiver will emerge as Palmer’s favorite receiver so if you’re one of those fantasy owners that jumped at Jacoby Ford, I strongly advise to be cautious this week. Beware of starting Carson Palmer against the Chargers they only give up 192 yards per game through the air. Micheal Bush will see the bulk of the carries with Darren McFadden still hampered by injury and he makes an excellent RB2 or Flex start.

Bush's best game of the season? Week 7: 17 car for 99 yds; 2 rec for 12 yds.


Philip Rivers
Projection: 320 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT

Ryan Mathews
Projection: 95 Rush, 4 rec. 25 yards 1 TD

Vincent Jackson
Projection: 5 rec. 95 yards 1 TD

Micheal Tolbert
Projection: 50 Rush, 5 rec. 15 yards 2 TD

Micheal Bush
Projection: 90 Rush 2 TD


Patrick Crayton: Malcolm Floyd will sit this week meaning more targets toward Crayton, by no means do I suggest inserting him into your lineup, but if you have a need he should prove to be more than adequate to fill in for any bye’s or injuries and is more than likely still available in most leagues.
Projection: 6 rec. 80 yards

Denarius Moore:
Projection 4 rec. 80 yards TD

Dolphins vs Redskins

Okay let me have it, I know, I know…I said sit ALL Dolphins and lo and behold Bush, Marshall and Fasano rolled out stellar numbers. What can I say? I was wrong. Am I a believer? No, but this week I sure as hell recommend starting Dolphins. Redskins defense is weak against the run (122.6 yards per game) but strong against the pass (third in league with 25 sacks, 11th in pass defense; 219 yards per game).

Redskins RB Roy Helu had a career best and team record 14 receptions for 105 yards last week against San Francisco. Look for him to continue production out the backfield this week.

Helu's best game of the season? Week 9: 10 car for 41 yds, 14 rec for 105 yds.


Reggie Bush
Projection: 50 Rush
5 rec. 60 yards TD

Davone Bess
Projection: 5 rec. 72 yards TD

Roy Helu
Projection: 60 Rush
8 rec. 85 yards TD

Chiefs vs Broncos

Let me have it again… I said start Cassel and Baldwin and well, you saw the game. Atrocious! However, I’m still sticking to my guns and suggesting both again. Denver is giving up the second most points to wide receivers in the league and the third most to quarterbacks. Here’s a list of the quarterbacks that have torched them so far this season:

Andy Dalton: 332 yards 2 TD
Matt Hasselbeck: 311 yards 2 TD
Aaron Rodgers: 408 yards 4 TD, 2 TD Rush
Matthew Stafford: 267 yards 3 TD
Carson Palmer: 332 yards 3 TD

Again the Chiefs will be playing at home but as all AFC West divisional games both team will be playing hard and lighting up the scoreboard.


Matt Cassel
Projection: 330 yards 2 TD 1 INTs


7 Nov

Do The Mark Sanchez

6 Nov