Category Archives: Backup Watch

The Ship! 8 Ways to Right it.

If you’re still reading, you’re in the championship this week…  Or you just really like to know about fantasy football advice that doesn’t pertain to you.  I’m hoping you haven’t made it this far just to falter on the goal line.  Demarco Murray broke his hand and you don’t know what to do about your #1 Running Back position.  You rode Run DMC’s coattails to victory these 15 weeks, now who will captain your wheelhouse?

Maybe you were somehow able to survive last week with Julio sitting one out after grabbing the NFL receiving yards lead just a week ago.  Good on you for your team having the depth to survive such losses.  More on how to taste that sweet victory after the jump:

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5 Rules for Your Playoff Push: Thanksgiving Special

Only 1 week remains until things get really interesting in the playoffs.  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to hunt the waiver wire.  This Thanksgiving isn’t all about Turkeys.  Big dog’s gotta eat.

With 1 game left, it’s pretty clear who’s in and who’s out.  Below are some tips that can help those who are on the fence.  The season hasn’t gone your way, but all you need is 1 more W to sneak into the back end of the fantasy post-season.  What can you do to increase your odds of punching your ticket to the big dance this year?
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Week 12: Last Minute Adds

Are you desperate for an add in one of the following categories?  I’ll help you out with the best option left at each position.  Let’s field a team with whatever is left available and ready to play right now.  I’ll try to keep the ownership rate below 20%, but no promises as there is less than 2 hours until kickoff.

Scoop up these injury fill ins before someone else grabs them, and next time don’t wait until the last minute!

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5 RBs to help you make the playoffs

Week 10 has come and gone, and now we’re revving up for a big playoff push.  Who else could there possibly be left on the waiver wire to improve your team, push it over the top, or save it from the oblivion of the stuperbowl?

Check your league’s trade deadline, ensure your players have a favorable strength of schedule for the playoffs, and make sure your squad makes it to the big dance.  A few small names after the jump that can propel you to ultimate greatness…  or ignoring them can cost you that coveted spot of honor:

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Lightning Watch: Week 8

Let’s get right into it.  Tons of player with quick summaries after the jump:

Reminder: Recommendations must be available (<20%) and ready to blow


Let’s see how a few players are doing that I suggested last week (or in previous weeks)


Jerick McKinnon Ronnie Hillman Justin Forsett Denard Robinson

  • Jerick McKinnon (84%) = The work is there.  Don’t worry about Asiata and be patient.
  • Ronnie Hillman (73%) = Bona fide starter in Denver.  Hope fumbles (’13) and injuries (Q) don’t slow him down.
  • Justin Forsett (91%) = Goal line work surrendered to a TD vulture.  Great workload otherwise.
  • Denard Robinson (75%) = Makes the Jags look like a NFL team again.

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Backup Watch 6: Lightning

Let’s see if we can kick things up a notch here in the speed department.  Let’s play this thing fast and loose.  If you want more info about a player, team, or specific injury / dynamic situation, please ask in the comments below.  Otherwise, I’ll be supplying only a one or two-liner on this page.  I’ll dive into more detail upon request.

Let’s get right into it.  Tons of player with quick summaries after the jump:

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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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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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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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