Monthly Archives: September 2014

Backup Watch 4: Hit or Miss

Are wide receivers even worth mentioning in this league any more?  Everybody who’s anybody needs running backs this year.  It seems the only useful strategy is to load up on as many backup runners as you can and hope they break out in the change of pace role for big gains.  All of the high volume, every down backs have been taken since the draft and you’re #1 pick is on the IR, or suspended, or maybe you really lucked bad and got both.

Practically every team is working in more running options in the following ways:

  • Thunder and lighting
  • Screen & Dump
  • Sweep & Deep
  • Zone Read

So, your RBs might not be looking so hot.  Let’s see what you can do this week.

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Stop, Drop, and Roll

If your lineup is on fire, the only way to fix it is to

  • Stop hoping for a turnaround
  • Drop the worst players on your roster, no matter if they have a big name
  • Roll to the playoffs with the extra roster space for big pickups

So, without further adu, get your extinguisher and let’s put out the fire.


Tom Brady Jimmy Garoppolo

Tom Brady

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Drop it like it’s hot

I can’t help but laugh when I look at that photo.  I do feel bad for RGIII and his injury issues.  I legitimately thought “the 3rd” was going to show up Andrew Luck as the best QB of that draft class.  Fast forward a few years and now we (or maybe just me) can see the major disadvatage of a mobile quarterback.  Some can pull it off a la Russel Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, and Johnny Football (in college anyway).

Then there are some others that prove why coaches prefer the traditional pocket passer approach.  Mike Vick’s ribs come to mind and I’m sure every OC in the league would prefer their franchise QB to take the field with all the ligaments in their knees in tact.

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Backup Watch 3: Dig Deep

Remember last week when I offered the following hypothesis?

There are clear cut starters and there are the backups who wait on the sidelines to obtain their chance at greatness.

This clearly isn’t the case so far this year.  It seems by and large coaches are transitioning to a diversified approach rather than putting all their eggs in one basket with a star Running Back or Receiver.  Teams are opting for RBBC(1) or the dreaded three headed monster(2).

Well, welcome to 1 week later where that luxury is gone for many teams.  Injuries have caused teams to rely one a single outlet for their point production in many instances…  but before we can get to that mess, let’s take a look at Rodger Goodell’s black list.

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Watch 'em go! ..and get called back

Johnny Trickster


  1. JT = Johnny Trickster
  2. JC = Johnny Clipboard

A post about the Brownies without a few choice words just wouldn’t feel like home.  I have taken care of that amicibly below in the section affectionatly refered to as “rant.”  Let’s move on to that GIF that has been flashing in your peripheral vision above, shall we?

  • Why was Johnny on the Field?
  • Why were the coaches using Johnny as a wide receiver?
    • What if he got knocked out?
    • Will he be used in other “creative” ways in the future?
    • It’s a copycat league, why / how did several teams decide to use QBs as WRs this week??
  • Was this play legal?
  • Was this play appropriate?

Instead of answer all of those questions in a logical fashion, I could instead predict the best and worst case scenario that could arise from this use of JC(1).

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Backup Watch 2: On Autopilot

Last week I explored the performance of more than a dozen players across the league.  I thought this necessary to highlight the unexpected results that presented themselves when a backup out – performs a starter.  Then I attempted to determine any standouts among this crowd.

It has become apparant to me since that time that this may not be the most accurate approach to take in order to determine who among a myraid of FF players to cast as a starter in your lineup this week.

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FF Backup Watch 2014: Week 1


This post was meant for NumberFire, but spoiled on the vine.  Yes, this info is obsolete now that week 2 has completed.  It is posted here for historical purposes.  I will post in this format at some times and not at others.

Send in the replacements!

Week 2 should be up soon.



  • **REMOVED**


You can stop yelling at your TV now.

Yes, I know your first-round stud running back underperformed while the backup stole all the touches and yards from under your player. There were injuries, there were concussions, and there were amazing backup performances. There were guys who stepped in for an injured starter, and those who simply outperformed their expectations. Who are they and what does this mean? Let’s take a look.

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