Inspired by Ichiro
I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the career of Ichiro Suzuki. After watching him at 6am on Opening Day in Japan, I suddenly felt inspired and wanted to put some thoughts together on him. He started off the 2012 season with a bang in front of his home crowd with a 4 hit performance including an RBI single. After having the worst year of his career in 2011, I’m really looking for Ichiro to...
Rays Update: Jeff Keppinger/Justin Ruggiano
I figured I would take a moment to update my followers on the Tampa Bay Rays moves lately. First off, they signed 7-year MLB journeyman Jeff Keppinger to a 1-year deal worth about 1.5 million dollars. I love this signing; now let me tell you why. The guy has 2,286 career plate appearances and has struck out only 142 times! To put that into perspective for you, Carlos Pena struck out 161 times last...
Tampa Bay Rays - Baseball Intro 2012
I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off my baseball blog for the 2012 season other than talking about my hometown boys, the Tampa Bay Rays. Let’s just say I’m more than excited for pitchers and catchers to officially report in less than one month! The success the Rays enjoyed in 2011 was definitely unpredicted by most, but I truly believe that with the confidence and energy Joe Maddon has...
Fantasy Blues with a good ending to it all
I’m sure many of you can relate to this, and please correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s nothing worse than seeing your team put up the most points they have all season long when you got knocked out the week before. This is especially true if you think you deserved to win. Last week I ran into a guy that scored his most points all season, thanks mostly to Ryan Grant. Ouch. My...
Apologies for my two week hiatus....
First off, I’d like to say that I’m sorry for going missing in action during the most important time of the fantasy football season. However, there’s definitely good reason for my two week hiatus. One word: disappointment. After starting off the first half of the fantasy season strong, many of my teams went into a downward spiral, ultimately leading to no playoffs. Long story short, I only made...
Week 11 Almost in the Books
Week 11 is almost complete and there’s only two weeks left in standard fantasy leagues until the playoffs begin. It’s go big or go home time, you’ve got to win now. Victor Cruz continues to impress as he grabbed 6 balls for 128 yards and a score. The Giants failed to get the win against the stumbling Eagles, but Cruz was able to remain consistent. He’s had four straight weeks now with at least 6...
Harry Douglas and Jacob Tamme
If you watched the Falcons vs the Saints yesterday, you obviously saw the breakout of Harry Douglas. With Julio Jones re-aggravating his hamstring injury early in the game, Harry Douglas came in opposite of Roddy White. He saw a monster 14 targets, finishing the game with 8 catches for 133 yards. He did fail to reach the endzone though. It looks like he has a good connection with Matt Ryan, and if...
If you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and go pick up Laurent Robinson this week. He’s still available in about 97 percent of leagues. With the injury to Miles Austin this week, look for the value of this guy to sky rocket. Austin is probably going to miss another 2-4 weeks. Robinson has scored in the last two weeks now, even with Austin playing. He’s recorded 5...
Halfway point of the 2011 NFL Season
It’s hard to believe that we’re through 8 weeks of the 2011 NFL season already. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were all waiting to hear if there would even be a season this year, and now we’re quickly approaching the fantasy playoffs in most leagues. Most fantasy leagues play through 13 weeks of the regular season before the playoffs begin. That leaves you with only...
Week 7 Injury Report
Week 7 was another week filled with injuries and now questions marks. It seems as if 2011 has been the product of more injuries than a usual season, as key players keep going down on a weekly basis. Let’s get into it. Tim Hightower – Just when many of us thought it was safe to assume that Torain had taken the reins on the lead back role in Washington, he goes down in the midst of productive...
blondeoxygenn asked: Saw your post about who your dropping before week 3.. bet your regretting dropping Garcon.
My personal performances through Week 6
For those that care about how I’m doing with my personal teams, here ya go! With 6 weeks of NFL Football officially in the books, I’m somewhat happy with where I stand so far, but there’s definitely always room for improvement. Some of my teams look poised for a playoff race while others are just getting warmed up and hopefully getting hot at the right time! Through 6 weeks this year I...
Week 7 Bye(s)
49ers, Bengals, Bills, Eagles, Giants, Patriots (another killer week for many of us). 49ers As a Frank Gore owner, I’m happy to see the bye week in week 7 because I can go about my daily life a little better just knowing that Gore has an extra week to recover from any bumps or bruises he may have. After a rocky start to 2011, he’s now rushed for 125 yards and a score in three straight weeks!...
Week 6 is complete!
I’m going to start off this week a little different than the norm, with a couple of somewhat breaking headlines that have happened early this week already, and then I’ll get into some big performances, busts, sleepers and my personal teams. First off, multiple sources are reporting that the Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to trade Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for TWO first round...
The Week of the Killer Bye(s) almost complete
Week 5 is/was a week that was painful for many of you, as well as myself. Setting my lineups for week 5 definitely wasn’t easy, and the results will most likely end up speaking for themselves. 6 Teams were on a bye this week and it probably hurt a lot of fantasy teams world wide. Dallas, Cleveland, St. Louis, Miami, Washington and Baltimore were all on a bye week. I’ll start this week...
Week 4 Almost in the Books
A pretty solid fantasy week for me this week, in fact probably my best on the young season this far. Hard to believe that the NFL season is a quarter of the way done already! I went 5-1 on espn.com this week, but lost in both of my other leagues, making me 5-3 for the week, I’ll take it. I’ve definitely learned my lesson with PPR leagues. It’s been a rocky road in my first attempt as it is my only...
Week 3 in the Books
Alright so I officially stand at 12-12 through Week 3 with my 8 teams. Not too shabby considering I was 7-9 through two weeks. I thought I had a pretty decent week going 5-3. It’s improvement and I’ll take it. I’ll look to build on that in week 4. Remained 3-0 on my yahoo.com league with a 5 point victory over my opponent. He had Fred Davis so I was thankful for him having a bad...
Torrey Smith and Denarius Moore
Torrey Smith. A name most of is didn’t know until Sunday when he exploded with three touchdowns from Joe Flacco, with 5 catches for 152 yards. He could be a good guy to add to your bench, providing value when you need a spot start. Next week the Ravens play the Jets so there’s a good chance he won’t put up near as good of numbers and the following week the Ravens have a bye. I...
More Injuries in Week 3
Through 3 weeks in the NFL so far, the amount of injuries seems overwhelming and definitely devastating to fantasy lineups everywhere. These are the times when the decisions you make regarding your lineup and waiver wire pick ups mean the most. It was also reported this morning that Peyton Manning will most likely not return to the Colts lineup this year. This is coming from Colts owner Jim Irsay....
The New York Football Giants
Have officially put Domenik Hixon on the IR with a torn ACL and have signed blockhands Michael Clayton to a contract. Clayton was with the team during training camp but was one of the final cuts made by the Giants. Anyone remember this guy from Tampa Bay? He had a ridiculous rookie year out of LSU with 1193 yards on 80 catches for 7 touchdowns! Too bad it was all down hill after that. He...
Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay Rays
Wow. What a Major League Baseball debut! I’m a die hard Rays fan since 1998, and this was one of the most dynamic performances I’ve seen from a rookie in a long time! I think I had a flashback of David Price in the 2008 playoffs. Matt Moore has been one of the Rays most highly touted prospects for some time and has been considered the top pitching prospect in all of baseball this...
Fantasy Baseball Championship Week
Hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday so far! I’m about to make my first blog post on fantasy baseball. I know it’s a little late, but I’m just getting used to the whole blogging idea, so better late than never, right?! I played in three fantasy baseball leagues this year. Usually I only do 1 or 2, but since I’m really starting to get deeper into fantasy sports, I...
The Woes of Cedric Benson
Bad News for some. It appears as if Cedric Benson is going to be suspended for three games. It was just last week I was telling my buddy how excited I was that it seemed as though Goodell wasn’t going to punish players for their dumb mistakes during the lockout. Now I can only hope that he doesn’t punish Kenny Britt for similar reasons. On a good note for you Benson owners, he will...
Players I'm Dropping Before Week 3
Braylon Edwards: They just announced today that he’s going to be out for several weeks. I’m, pretty sure he might even be having surgery. Maybe this will be the time for Crabtree to step up if he can stay healthy? Regardless, I don’t really like San Fran’s offense for fantasy players even though I have Gore on one team. I’m also picking up Denarius Moore, Eric...
Funny Fantasy Football Team Names of 2011
Here’s a list I have compiled of some pretty funny fantasy teams names I’ve come across in the last few months. Let me know if there’s any more that I have to add, always open to suggestions at Fantasy Focused! Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood - Pretty clever one for all of your Aaron Rodgers owners out there. Terrelle’s Priors - Just saw this one today, made me...
Monday Night Football
Just a little update on the action from Monday Night. Pretty sloppy game if you ask me. The Giants don’t look very good and the Rams look worse. The Giants won the game 28-16. On a positive note, I needed 26 points from Eli Manning, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined. I was feeling confident and ended up with 31 points from the three for a 5 point victory. Needless to say though, I...
Week 2 Almost Complete!
Bad week for injuries to say the least. Let’s start with the Chiefs. Charles going down in the first quarter after just two carries with what appears to be an ACL tear crushed a lot of fantasy football teams on Wednesday. I know I lost one of my matchups this week because of it. Thankfully, I’ve only got him on one team so I haven’t dug myself too big of a whole this early in the...
Week 1 in the Books!
So since the last time I posted, I’ve obviously finished drafting all of my teams and finished up with week 1. I’ve officially got 6 ESPN leagues being played for money, 1 on yahoo and 1 on the pay site which I described earlier in my blog. On ESPN, I didn’t fare all that well in week 1, going 3-3. I guess I’ll take it, but if I remember correctly I was 5-2 to start the...
So I’ve got 4 drafts under my belt so far this season, with three more to go this weekend. I guess it’s safe to say I have a pretty good idea of how things are going so far this year in the draft rooms. One of my drafts that I already had this year was my $75 buy in, PPR league. Not going to lie here, this is the first time I’ve ever done a PPR league, so I’m kind of...
Fantasy Football Intro
Alright so this is officially my first attempt at blogging in general, so cut me some slack until I get used to this whole idea. I’m going to be focusing on fantasy football as it is something I’m very passionate about and participate in on a yearly basis. I’m pretty sure about 15 million people partake in this hobby on a yearly basis, and I’m positive this number is...