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More national media pile on Gary Williams

Posted on 11 February 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

The story about Kendall Marshall is now a few days old but it’s making the email rounds so I thought I’d pass it along for your Terps reading. Penned by Jason King of Yahoo! Sports, this is an interesting read from an interesting perspective. Most of Gary Williams’ critics would say it’s a recruiting issue, the team’s demise from the elite of the ACC and the absence from March Madness annually.

I’m just passing it along.

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Baltimore BracketBusters and an Idea for a Baltimore College Hoops Triple-header

Posted on 04 February 2009 by Chris Bonetti

Morgan State @ Towson, Towson Center, Towson, MD – February 21
UMBC @ Rider, Alumni Gymnasium, Lawrenceville, NJ – February 21
Loyola College @ Drexel, Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, PA – February 21

In case you missed it, earlier this week ESPNU announced the pairings for their seventh annual BracketBuster event.  The two-day slate of games featuring 51 games including teams from 17 different conferences is truly a celebration of mid-major college hoops.  The weekend of February 20th and 21st will be ruled by college basketball’s little guys and Baltimore will be right in the middle of the action.

It’s phenomenal that the folks at ESPN decided to match-up Todd Bozeman’s Bears and Pat Kennedy’s Tigers.  These two North Baltimore foes will lock-up for the 23rd time with the series tied at 11 games apiece.  Bragging rights are directly on the line

The reason why I think it’s so great is because it gives a team like Towson something else besides their conference tournament to look forward to.  It’s an impromptu late-season big-time backyard rivalry game.

While I love spontaneity as much as the next guy, I suggest taking this game and really running with the idea of a late year Baltimore-Baltimore match-up, sans the surprise.

Wouldn’t it be great to break up late season monotony with a battle for Baltimore bragging rights?

Imagine a triple-header of games at the 1st Mariner Arena in early February.  Take the five Division 1 schools around town, Coppin, Loyola, Morgan, Towson, and UMBC and that leaves you with one spot.  While this event would need great organizing to succeed, what would make it great would the participation of the big boys… the University of Maryland Terrapins.

I know, I know, what’s in it for Gary?  Why should he leave Comcast during his ACC conference schedule to play a “nothing good can come from this”-type game?  Well, I’ll simply offer, it might be good for Coach Williams to show his face around the Harbor a little bit more often.  Throughout his whole tumultuous January the center of discussion was recruiting, and more specifically, not recruiting the city well enough.  This would be a great event for kids from all over the greater Baltimore area to enjoy.  I don’t see how playing an in-state opponent in front of 11,000 people in his state’s largest city could possibly be a bad thing for a program attempting to re-grow some of those grassroots.

The benefit for the locals is obvious in exposure alone.  Any local media outlet would be crazy not to ant to put their name on the event and its content in their programming. Not everyone can go to the University of Maryland and play so this would be a great chance for young players to see the unique styles of our area’s coaches and become familiar with their distinct personalities.

You could even involve the high school teams in an All-Baltimore Basketball weekend.  The collegiate triple-header could be played on a Saturday or Sunday with varsity squads from all over Baltimore County going out of conference to play on the preceding Friday night.

I don’t know, just a thought…

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It’s OK if the Steelers win – and other Sunday thoughts…

Posted on 01 February 2009 by Drew Forrester

Having been surrounded by Pittsburgh Steelers football all week on radio row, you’d think I would be the first guy to scream, “PLEASE, ARIZONA…PLEASE BEAT THOSE BLACK AND GOLD RAT FINKS!”

But, I don’t feel that way.

I really don’t care one way or the other who wins today in Tampa, but I can give you a good reason why – in Baltimore – we should be OK with it all if Pittsburgh does come out on top: it reduces their chances of winning the Super Bowl next year.

Think about it.  How hard is it to win back to back Super Bowls?  Since 1990, it’s only been done 3 times.

I’ll take those odds.

So, if Pittsburgh wins today, they won’t win the whole thing again next season.  I’d make that bet in a heartbeat.

And, that means one less team we have to worry about being in the way of the Ravens in 2009.

For the record, by the way, I’m calling it Pittsburgh 27-Arizona 24.

I’d say “I hope I’m wrong…” – but maybe I’d rather not be.  

> The Australian Open Final between Nadal and Federer was tremendous…but it was a little sad to see Federer throw in the towel like that in the 5th set.  Even when Nadal lost the 4th set, 6-3, he made Federer battle for every point.  Once Rafa broke Federer’s serve in the 5th set, Roger packed it in.  One thing for sure right now:  Nadal has Federer’s number.  And don’t look now, but they both have major title wins on three different surfaces.  Federer lacks only a win at Roland Garros (French) to complete the career Grand Slam, while Nadal needs to triumph at Flushing Meadows (U.S. Open) to wrap up his Grand Slam.  I wonder how important it is to Federer to win the French before Rafa wins in New York?  We’ll see in May.

> Start saving your money now for NHL playoff tickets in Washington.  How many highlight-reel game-winning goals has Ovechkin scored this year?  I can think of four off the top of my head.  Most players would give their right leg to have four game-winners in a season…let alone the kind of goals The Great 8 has scored to win games for Washington this year.  Have you seen the goal he scored yesterday in their win over Detroit?  Here it is.  What can you say?  The guys is…well…he’s…GREAT.  

> A nice win for Maryland last night over Miami and they fulfilled my early-week prediction that the Terps would win one and lose one in that brief two-game homestand.  At 3-4 in ACC play, Maryland still needs to somehow get to that 9 win regular season total in conference play to finish with 20 wins and a shot at the NCAA Tournament.  Looking at their remaining schedule, I don’t see how Maryland gets six more wins unless they win two of the five remaining games against the league’s best four teams: North Carolina (2), Duke, Wake Forest and Clemson.  They could go 0-5 in those, unfortunately…but they won’t.  Can they get to 20 wins?  Probably not.  

> Towson continues to struggle at home in CAA play, as the Tigers dropped a 60-53 decision to a surprisingly good Drexel team yesterday before 2,900 at the Towson Center.  The Tigers (3-8/CAA) are just 1-5 at home in conference play and are in danger of finishing 10th or 11th in the CAA if they don’t string together some wins down the stretch.  Towson’s problems are similar to that of Maryland: no big guy, no one under the basket to fight for the ball on either end of the court, and, ultimately, no one the other team has to work hard to take out of the game.  

> I’ll be at the RAC Arena on Monday night for the annual visit from Boston University and their animated Head Coach, Dennis Wolff.  B.U. is one of the America East’s best programs and UMBC will have their hands full on Monday night.  The Retrievers are coming off of a 1-point loss at Stony Brook on Saturday night.  If you’re coming out on Monday night, e-mail me (drew@wnst.net) and we’ll have a soft drink together before the game. 

> I don’t ever get excited about early-season golf on the PGA Tour, but I see that Kenny Perry is leading the tournament in Arizona by one shot going into the final round.  I doubt I’ll watch it today.  But Kenny Perry is a helluva player.  There’s your golf coverage.

> Is the third time the charm?  Twice in the last month, I’ve contacted the Orioles to see if they’ll make room for me in Ft. Lauderdale and allow me to broadcast my morning show from their spring training site in late February.  I still haven’t heard from them (maybe they’re evaluating the hordes of media folks who are applying for spring training credentials?) so I’ll reach out to them ONE more time this week and see if we can make it happen.  

Have a great Sunday…

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Gary fighting with Maryland: Embarrassing for all…

Posted on 28 January 2009 by Drew Forrester

Anyone who has listened to me over the years at WNST knows my #1 sports axiom: “The toughest thing to do in sports…is to stop losing.”

When your car breaks down, you take it to a mechanic and he (or she) knows how to repair the problem. And, if for some reason they don’t know how to fix it, there’s a manual – or web-site these days – that will give them the steps to take to get the job done.

If your faucet starts leaking, you call a plumber and it gets fixed.

Where’s the coaching manual on how to fix a team that’s losing?

There isn’t one.

I might not know exactly how to fix the woes that are smothering the Maryland basketball program right now — but I definitely know what WON’T fix the problem(s).

Gary Williams fighting with the administration:  Won’t fix it.

The administration fighting with Gary: Won’t fix it.

If you haven’t seen this article yet, you may want to check it out, as it’s the latest chapter in Gary-Gate. The whole thing has now blossomed into an ill-timed word-scuffle about how the Terps have stumbled so much over the last six games.

Gary is telling folks he had a couple of players who would have helped this year’s team, but both (Gilchrist and Evans) scampered off for varying reasons…and he’s hinted that the school’s administration didn’t exactly help keep them on campus at College Park.

The administration has relayed a different story, saying Williams knew what was going on the whole time, approved Gilchrist’s departure, and discovered some new information on Evans that he assumed wouldn’t have gone over well with Athletic Director Debbie Yow.

Unfortunately – for both parties – now is not the time to air dirty laundry.  

You would think both of them would be smarter than this…but they’re evidently not…or they’re just looking for a fight.

Gary Williams is in a fight for career-continuation right now.  His team is struggling, his program has taken a significant step backwards over the last five years, and, more importantly, it looks like it might not be getting better anytime soon.

Still, the administration and Kathleen Worthington should be trying to help Gary through this down-time.  

I don’t consider a “he said/she said” newspaper article six games into the ACC campaign to be “trying to help”.

Sources say Worthington appeared in the post-game interview room after last night’s loss to Boston College at the Comcast Center.  Two different people both labeled that appearance “rare”, although Debbie Yow is a regular at Ralph Friedgen’s post-game press conferences.  So, while it’s not an eye-opener to see a member of the team’s athletic department or administration listen in to a coach discussing the game with the media, it’s probably not a coincidence that Worthington showed up out of nowhere last night and decided – on the same day she spoke with The Sun about Williams – to sit in and listen to what Gary had to say after that loss.

I’m no mind reader, but I’d say Worthington was in the room just to make sure Gary didn’t have free reign to hold court with the gathered press corps in the event more questions came up about the players he has and the players he doesn’t have.  Clearly, Sun writer Jeff Barker contacted Worthington during the day Tuesday to get her quotes for the article I linked above – and she must have known that Gary offered a counter-point to what his perceptions were of the departures involving Gilchrist and Evans.

Why Gus Gilchrist and Tyree Evans aren’t in Maryland red is NOT important right now.

Beating Boston College last night was important.

Winning over Miami on Saturday is important.

Creating friction with the coach over players who can’t help him win on Saturday is bush-league.  That said, Gary helped grease the skids for the back-and-forth serve and volley affair with Worthington by discussing the situation with The Sun.  I’m surprised, frankly, that Gary fell for that trick.  Gary Williams should have said:  “I have a basketball game to win tonight vs. Boston College.  And, after that, I have a game to win against Miami.  I see no reason right now to talk about Gus Gilchrist and Tyree Evans.”

That approach – taking the high road – would have been the best way to go for Williams.  He could have, naturally, knocked on Worthington’s door yesterday afternoon and said to her privately – “Hey, I have games to win and you babbling to the newspaper about those two players and trying to pin it all on me just serves to aggravate me and get me thinking about stuff that takes away from preparing for Boston College.”

I seriously doubt that Gary Williams is pleased with The Sun’s story today.  It paints the picture of a program fractured.  It gives the impression that Gary’s trying to spin some of the blame in the direction of the suits – and they, in turn, have decided they won’t let Gary forget that it was he, not them, that “lost” those two players.

Gary might feel good about the way he defended himself.  But, that article in The Sun is not good for the on-going account of “what’s gone wrong” with the Maryland basketball program.  It’s also not good that Williams spiked the conversation with a snarky, “she’s never won a national championship…” comment when talking about Worthington’s role with the program.  Of course she hasn’t won a national championship, Gary… – if one could give a coach a technical foul for saying something inappropriate, I’d “tee up” Williams for that one.  It was a fan-flamer…and the hotter the fire, the tougher it is to put out.

What’s gone wrong at Maryland is simple:  Gary hasn’t brought in enough good players to compete at the top of the ACC.  Some will blame his coaching ability, some will blame the kids and their performance, and some will say “sports is cyclical and this is the way it goes…the other schools are trying too.”

All of those issues might have some validity.  It’s usually not just one thing that leads to drop-off in winning.

But a coach battling the administration in the newspaper over anything – or the administration battling the coach, whichever way you see it – is just not productive for all who are associated with the program.

I haven’t seen “the manual” on how to fix losing — but I’m almost sure there’s not a chapter in there that reads:  “When all else fails and your program is going through a tough time, pick a public fight with the Athletic Director, Compliance Director, Coach, or other significant member of the school’s administration.

What’s the old saying?  Loose lips sink ships…

I think I hear the captain now:  “Folks, we’ve encountered a problem and there appears to be a hole in our boat…”

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A Gary-departure would be costly – but so is losing…

Posted on 26 January 2009 by Drew Forrester

If the Gary Williams era at Maryland could be juxtaposed with a game of “horse”, Gary would have H-O-R-S at this point.

Make no mistake about it, the panic button is blinking and fans of the Terps basketball program have their fist in place, ready to pound on it.

Gary has been maligned for several years now at College Park, as his program has retreated from one of the best in the ACC to one of the most inconsistent.  Williams, naturally, doesn’t like to hear that kind of talk when folks around the Baltimore-DC corridor discuss his level of success and the condition of his program – but there’s no sense in running from the truth:  Maryland basketball is hurting.  Big time.  

Unless something dramatic happens in the next six weeks or so, Gary’s team is going to need a blazing run through the ACC tournament to make into the NCAA’s 65-team field for March Madness.  That’s not a pessimistic view – that’s the reality of a situation marked by three eye opening losses over the last four weeks.  The Terps blew a 14-point lead at home while losing to Morgan State – they squandered a 17-point lead at Miami in the second half and lost there – and last Saturday at Duke, Gary’s boys were humiliated by 41 at Cameron.  It’s ALMOST fair to wonder if the Lady Terps could have played and lost by less.  

I’m not a “fire the coach” kind of guy.  I never have been.  Good coaches (some would say Gary is a great coach) are hard to find.  And, overall, I’ve always preached patience when it comes to coaches because they tend to outlast the players, particuarly at the college level.

Now, though, on the verge of missing out on the big dance for the 4th time in 5 years, Gary Williams is under fire – again – and it might be time to bring out the hose and douse the Gary-flame. 

Notice the word “might” in that sentence above.  I’m not advocating that Gary be fired at Maryland.  But, I do think it’s time to up the magnification level to 10x on the Williams-microscope and watch what happens between now and the end of March.

Anytime you talk about firing a coach, especially in college, funds and finances always come into play.  It’s one thing for a football owner to fire his coach and be contractually bound to pay him $15 million over the next 3 years.  It’s a totally different  set of circumstances when you work for a state institution that is in the process of a hiring freeze, demanding non-paid furloughs to employees and reducing expenses in whatever manner necessary…and you decide to fire the coach despite the fact you still owe him roughly $6 million. 

That’s the case at College Park.  Gary’s contract is guaranteed through the ’11-12 season and 20-year employees don’t generally have “buyout” clauses in their deals.  Gary’s gettin’ paid if Gary gets fired.  

It’s easy for us to say, “Pay the man and get another coach in here and fix the program…” – But it’s not our $6 million.  That said, at some point, the school and the Athletic Department have to put winning ahead of everything else – and that includes: fund raising, who gets their feelings hurt, marketing dollars and having to pay off the $6 million you owe the guy you’re firing.

At some point, winning has to be priority #1.

The uncomfortably-evident (frosty) relationship between Athletic Director Debbie Yow and Gary Williams surely can’t be good for either of them with this kind of results-oriented “issue” at hand.  The fact that Debbie and Gary don’t get along isn’t a big deal because they don’t chat much – or often – even when the team wins.  It’s hard, though, for the two of them to steer this sinking ship together when they’re – well…not together.  If they had a productive relationship, they could bunker down together and figure out a way to make this work since they’re both responsible for the program’s drop-off.  Gary is the coach of the team that is struggling.  Debbie extended the contract of that coach.  They’re linked in ways they don’t want to be, although Debbie ultimately won’t fire herself if the Terps can’t turn things around on the hardwood.

As I always say anytime someone calls or writes “fire the coach!”: “who are you going to hire?”

That’s probably not a subject that needs to be detailed right now, mainly because Gary is still the coach, with a contract, and the position isn’t open to be filled.

Make no mistake about it, though:  If Gary Williams is relieved of his duties, there are some outstanding young, proven coaches in and around the mid-Atlantic who would be worthy of consideration, including Anthony Grant of VCU, Todd Bozeman at Morgan State and, perhaps, even ex-Terp assistant Mike Lonergan who has done such a good job reviving the University of Vermont program in a short period of time.

Finding a high-quality coach to come in and take on the challenge of returning Maryland basketball to its glory years wouldn’t be hard.  Returning Maryland to its glory years might be, though.

Gary’s program has lost its energy.  They’ve been on the wrong end of too many late game collapses in recent years and the “bad losses” have far outnumbered the “good ones”.  

In this year, particularly, Gary doesn’t have many good players.  It’s hard to win that way, at the level that is the ACC.  And, since Gary recruited those players, he gets the brunt of the backlash.  

Time might be running out on Gary at College Park.  Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that I wrote this same thing?  Well, four games later, it’s not any better…and a 41-point loss at Duke probably makes it worse.

Winning has to be the #1 priority at College Park.

If they can’t win, they have to make a change.

That’s a shame, but Gary Williams’ legacy at Maryland is stamped in concrete.  He’ll always be the guy that returned Maryland to its glory years and took them on a trip virtually no one could have ever dreamed in 2002.  

He’s the best coach they’ve ever had.

But when you can’t win anymore…someone has to pay the price.

Debbie might have to pay it.  Gary might have to take it.

It won’t be pretty, that’s for sure.

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Maryland hoops: Faithful getting restless?

Posted on 15 January 2009 by Drew Forrester

At some point, losses like the one suffered by the Terps last night have to stop.

Losing is one thing.  It happens all the time.

Squandering a 17-point lead in the game’s final 12 minutes…now that’s another story.

It’s still far too early to panic if you’re a fan of Gary Williams and the Maryland basketball program.

Let’s be clear on one thing:  I am NOT advocating that Maryland make a coaching change.

Not in the least.

But the ’08-09 campaign is an important one for Maryland and, particularly, for Gary, because the faithful are starting to get a tad restless.  The “unfaithful” jumped ship a year ago, or maybe three years ago, when the Terps couldn’t win late season games against the likes of Virginia, Boston College, Clemson and Virginia Tech.  In 3 of the last 4 years, the Terps have failed to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.  In each of those three years, Maryland coughed up late leads and lost important games down the stretch in ACC play. Those defeats generated a mass exodus from the “unfaithful”.

Now, even the faithful are getting worried.

I’m one of them.

Gary’s locked in at Maryland, mainly because he’s been ultra-successful and has a fat, guaranteed contract to show for it.  It would be extremely difficult for Athletic Director Debbie Yow to terminate Gary and pay him a ton of money for sitting around.  Remember, when you fire a coach and have to pay him, you also have to hire a coach and pay him, as well.  Firing the coach isn’t as easy as, well, firing the coach.

This is a Maryland team that will more than likely battle right down to the final game or two of conference play before either making it into the NCAA tournament – or not.  At the start of the season, I thought Maryland had the goods to go 9-7 in the conference earn a spot in the big dance.  I still feel that way now. After all, they’re only 1-1 in ACC play.  

Losses like the one they suffered last night at Miami – and last week at home to Morgan State – are particularly unsettling because quality teams don’t gag away games with double digit second half leads.

It’s one thing if you go down to Miami and the Hurricanes shoot 47% from the field and win a nip and tuck affair, 62-60.  Hey, both teams are trying, right?

But when you hold a 17-point lead on the road and you can’t put that game away, something’s wrong.

When you own a 14-point advantage at home and you’re playing a mid-major program from a conference that routinely features a single “one and done” entry in the NCAA tournament – and you lose the lead and the game…something’s wrong.  With all due respect to the outstanding job Todd Bozeman has done at Morgan State, the Terps can’t lose that game to the Bears.  They did, of course.  

And that’s why it’s starting to be worry-time at College Park.

There’s no sense in breaking down what Maryland’s problems are on the court.  They have plenty of them. But so do a lot of schools in the ACC, SEC, Big East, etc.  Maryland doesn’t have a true big man.  They haven’t had one for a while, in fact.  Some call that a recruiting issue – and those that do point to Gary and say, “he’s not getting the right kids”.  There’s truth in that.  

Rather than break down Maryland’s issues, let’s just stick with the theme:

Maryland needs to turn it around.

And it’s Gary’s job to do it.

It’s his basketball program.

He’s the one that made it into something special – and he got the praise, the contract, the extension and the money for that hard work and success.

Now, with the team bobbing along trying to keep its head above water, Gary needs to fix the program.

I’m sure Gary is working as hard right now at trying to win games as he ever has…there’s no doubt in my mind losing games like the one he lost on Wednesday in Miami are tearing him up.

But those kind of losses can’t continue at Maryland.

In the ACC, you’re either flyin’ – or, dyin’.

Right now, Maryland’s not flyin’.

And, if they wind up missing out on this year’s NCAA tourney, I think it’s time to take a long look at where the program is headed under Gary Williams.

Let’s see where the next 2 months takes Maryland and their coach.

The faithful are getting restless.

That’s usually step number one, unfortunately.

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Given a choice why would someone want to play for Gary Williams?

Posted on 08 January 2009 by Jason Jubb

I ask myself this question all the time. If I was a HS basketball player being recruited by multiple top universities why would I want to play for Gary Williams and Maryland?

 

For starters, Gary tends to limit playing time of most freshmen which may have been a good idea at one time, but in today’s game I have to wonder if that deters top talent.

 

Then I look at Gary and his coach style/demeanor. Once again, his in your face style of coaching was something more suited for yesterday’s generation. I often feel his constant verbal tirades and sideline antics are more counterproductive than anything else. I would think that it may even make players play in a mode where they are scared to make a mistake which is never good.

 

I frequently make this comparison to Mike Krzyzewski. With the game on the line and down a point would you rather see coach K on the sideline remaining calm as if he knows you will pull out a win or would you rather see Gary sweating through his jacket and freaking out uncontrollably? It amazes me that a coach can sweat more than a person playing the game.

 

Maybe it’s just me but I am starting to think it’s time for Gary to move on and I am starting to understand why so many of the areas top recruits are going elsewhere. Sorry Gary, you did a lot for this UMD and brought it back from troubled times, but after failing to put a decent team on the floor for a number of years I think it may be time to move on.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16

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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16

Posted on 17 December 2008 by KZ

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  • AFC PLAYOFF TEAMS WILL BE: Titans, Jets, Steelers, Broncos, Colts and Ravens
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  • Fantasy Football is heartbreaking…one bad week by those that have been great all year and you are done!
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    • TE’s: Tony Gonzales and Jason Witten
    • K’s: S. Gostkowski and J. Carney
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STAR(S) OF WEEK (officially renamed the LT of the Week): Andre Johnson and Philip Rivers

DUD(S) of the Week: Jay Cutler and the Broncos, Kurt Warner and the Cardinals, Eli Manning and the Giants and Brian Westbrook!

Hot Pick up(s) of the week: LAST WEEK: M. Morris, T. Bell and D. Branch

THIS WEEK: Pope (Denver RB), D. Foster, S. Wallace

TEAM(s) of the WEEK: Minnesota Vikings went the the Desert and blew out the Cards!

Ut Oh of the week: NY Giants now are in a fight for home field advantage, they seem to miss Burress!

Fantasy Football Start Them This Week…

Check back weekly. We will never say start LT or AP that is too obvious and We will never tell you to sit someone, but here are some people we really like ….you can make the sit calls or email us for our view…track how accurate we are…..we have been as good as everyone else so check us out.

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QB’s: MUST STARTS: ROMO, BREES, WARNER, ROETHLISBERGER, RODGERS, P. MANNING

Other to consider this week: Cassel, McNabb, Hill, Wallace, Schaub, Ryan
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Other to consider this week: Bowe, Breaston, Edwards, TJ, R. White, E. Royal and Colston

Top 10 to 15 or so starts for IDP’s:

DL: Jared Allen, Mario Williams, Aaron Kampman, Will Smith, Julius Peppers, Patrick Kearney, Aaron Schobel, Trent Cole, Terrell Suggs, Gaines Adams, Aaron Carter, Justin Tuck and Justin Smith.

LB: D. Ryans, P. Willis, R. Lewis, N. Barnett, D. Harris, M. Peterson, K. Morrison, J. Beason, W. Witherspoon, K. Rivers, L. Fletcher, B. Urlacher, D. Edwards, AJ Hawk, James Harrison, J. Beason, J. Vilma and F. Keiaho

DB: G. Wilson, A. Wilson. C. Tillman, A. Bigby, C. Finnegan, A. Winfield, T. Polamalu, B. Sanders, L. Landry, M. Trufant, B. Pollard, Q. Jammer,A. Cromartie, E. Coleman and Mike Adams.

Some Other Guys We Like This Week…

SLEEPER(s) OF THE WEEK….what DUD will become a STUD…at least for one week….we will try to give a QB, RB and WR/TE each week…

QB: If Orlovsky starts for Detroit he is a sneaky play
RB: Ricky Williams has a nice match up
WR/TE: Issac Bruce comes home for a nice game
Kicker and Defense: Cincinnati Defense could be a sneaky play this week….Ryan Logwell in the dome for kicks!

Locks Of The Week…

In a suicide pool? We can help. Once again track our success. We will give you three a week.

After two years we are 118 – 51 (69.8%)…not bad!! TRULY pretty damn good…we have checked others out and we are just as good as they are! 2007 record: 48 – 21.

2008 RECCORD: 40 – 12

WEEK OF 12/18/08:

  1. New Orleans over Detroit
  2. Tampa over San Diego
  3. Chicago over Green Bay

Bonus Pick: Houston over Oakland

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FANTASY FOOTBAL WEEK 15

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FANTASY FOOTBAL WEEK 15

Posted on 11 December 2008 by KZ

Fantasy Football What’s New For 12.10.08

Hey Check out the New Columns…CLICK HERE AND NEW THIS YEAR to FANS FANTASY FOOTBALL…your official FANTASY DRAFT GUIDE…not who but HOW to draft a winning Fantasy Football Team…CLICK HERE FOR THE WAY TO DRAFT THIS YEAR.

RANKINGS WILL BE OUT EVERY THURSDAY, CLICK HERE FOR THEM

and

REVIEW of the WEEK THAT WAS IN FANTASY FOOTBALL every TUESDAY RIGHT HERE ON THE WHAT’s NEW PAGE!

Some Notes from week 14:

  • AFC PLAYOFF TEAMS WILL BE: Titans, Jets, Steelers, Broncos, Colts and Ravens
  • NFC PLAYOFF TEAMS WILL BE: Giants, Panthers, Cardinals, VIKINGS, Bucs and Cowboys
  • Many Fantasy leagues start their playoffs this week…some advice…don’t get too cute. If a player is hot go with them…matchups matter but not over your studs.
  • Maybe its just me…but LT owners…if you made the playoffs, you may get rewarded!
  • Playing Detroit is like going to Fantasy Heaven!
  • Meet Mr. Hillis…the man only Shanahan can stop!…and apparently an injury…I’d hate to be T. Bell right now!
  • MY FANTASY FOOTBALL PRO BOWL TEAM!
    • QB’s: Brees and Warner
    • RB’s: Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, Thomas Jones and D. Williams
    • WR’s: Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Roddy White, Brandon Marshall and in PPR Leagues (Welker and Andre Johnson)
    • TE’s: Tony Gonzales and Jason Witten
    • K’s: S. Gostkowski and J. Carney
    • Defenses: Steelers, Ravens and Titans
    • FANTASY ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: MATT FORTE…beat out Chris Johnson by a hair!
    • FANTASY DUD OF THE YEAR: JOSEPH ADDAI (was top 6 pick in many drafts)
    • ALL BILLY VOLEK TEAM: (as in where did that come from): Tyler Thigpen, D. Williams, Eddie Royal, Steve Breaston and Lance Moore
  • TOP 5 PICKS 2009 FANTASY DRAFT: Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, Brian Westbrook, Chris Johnson and Matt Forte
  • Continue to watch the waiver wire very closely!! I kid you not I just picked up Willie Parker last week!

TRADE BAIT(s): NO MORE TRADES...if you can…your league needs to change their rules

STAR(S) OF WEEK (officially renamed the LT of the Week): Marshall, Branch, Westbrook, P. Thomas, D. Williams, J. Stewart, P. Manning and Schaub.

DUD(S) of the Week: Coles and Cotchery, Parker, Jamal Lewis, LJ, Lynch, Portis and ROMO

Hot Pick up(s) of the week: LAST WEEK: Brandon Jackson, Matt Schaub, Hixon and COLTS D

THIS WEEK: M. Morris, T. Bell and D. Branch

TEAM(s) of the WEEK: The EAGLES…may have saved their season?

Ut Oh of the week: Washington Redskins are done for 2008!

Fantasy Football Start Them This Week…

Check back weekly. We will never say start LT or AP that is too obvious and We will never tell you to sit someone, but here are some people we really like ….you can make the sit calls or email us for our view…track how accurate we are…..we have been as good as everyone else so check us out.

PLEASE READ THIS WEEKS COLUMS ON STARTS: CLICK HERE

QB’s: MUST STARTS: ROMO, BREES, WARNER, ROETHLISBERGER, RODGERS, P. MANNING

Other to consider this week:Ryan, Hill, Thigpen, Cassel and McNabb
RB’s: MUST STARTS: LT, Adrian Peterson, Westbrook , Parker, Lynch, Portis, Barber, Gore, Steven Jackson,D. WILLIAMS, TURNER, Jacobs, Forte and Ronnie Brown

Others to consider this week: MJD, Thomas Jones, C. Johnson and L. White, S. Morris and D. Ward
WR’s/TE’s: MUST STARTS: TO, Greg Jennings, Randy Moss, Wes Welker (ppr especially), Fitzgerald, Boldin, Andre Johnson, Burress, Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson, Marshall, Wayne, Gates, Witten, Gonzales, Winslow

Other to consider this week: L. Moore, Harrison, Roddy White, Branch, Bess, Bowe, D. Jackson, Carlson and Bryant

Top 10 to 15 or so starts for IDP’s:

DL: Jared Allen, Mario Williams, Aaron Kampman, Will Smith, Julius Peppers, Patrick Kearney, Aaron Schobel, Trent Cole, Terrell Suggs, Gaines Adams, Aaron Carter, Justin Tuck and Justin Smith.

LB: D. Ryans, P. Willis, R. Lewis, N. Barnett, D. Harris, M. Peterson, K. Morrison, J. Beason, W. Witherspoon, K. Rivers, L. Fletcher, B. Urlacher, D. Edwards, AJ Hawk, James Harrison, J. Beason, J. Vilma and F. Keiaho

DB: G. Wilson, A. Wilson. C. Tillman, A. Bigby, C. Finnegan, A. Winfield, T. Polamalu, B. Sanders, L. Landry, M. Trufant, B. Pollard, Q. Jammer,A. Cromartie, E. Coleman and Mike Adams.

Some Other Guys We Like This Week…

SLEEPER(s) OF THE WEEK….what DUD will become a STUD…at least for one week….we will try to give a QB, RB and WR/TE each week…

QB: Marc Bulger…in a pinch he is going against Seattle
RB: Dominic Rhodes...I am done with Addai!
WR/TE: Mike Walker will get a chance to start for the Jags
Kicker and Defense: Oakland could have a nice week Defensively and Rackers gets 3 FG’s

Locks Of The Week…

In a suicide pool? We can help. Once again track our success. We will give you three a week.

After two years we are 118 – 51 (69.8%)…not bad!! TRULY pretty damn good…we have checked others out and we are just as good as they are! 2007 record: 48 – 21.

2008 RECCORD: 38 – 11

WEEK OF 12/11/08:

  1. Philadelphia over Cleveland
  2. Washington over Cincinnati
  3. Atlanta over Tampa Bay

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 14 WRs

Posted on 03 December 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Despite a rough patch for the Cardinals, their vaunted receivers remain ranked #1 and #2 in the power rankings, as well as this week’s start rankings. The veterans have started to reclaim the receiver rankings over the last few weeks, as many of the rookies appear to be hitting that proverbial wall. We’ll be back tomorrow with your tight end, kicker and defense rankings, so check back then too.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 14. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 14 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 14 lineup decisions.

 

Week 14 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

WR Power Rankings Archive34567 – 8 – 9 – 1011 – 12 – 13

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 942 yds 11 TD

 

2. Larry Fitzgerald (3) – AZ – 1075 yds 8 TD

 

3. Greg Jennings (5) – GB – 1057 yds 7 TD

 

4. Calvin Johnson (2) – DET – 971 yds 8 TD

 

5. Steve Smith (4) – CAR – 958 yds 4 TD

 

6. Roddy White (6) – ATL – 1085 yds 6 TD

 

7. Bernard Berrian (13) – MIN – 795 yds 5 TD

 

8. Santana Moss (7) – WAS – 828 yds 5 TD

 

9. Andre Johnson (8) – HOU – 1146 yds 4 TD

 

10. Terrell Owens (12) – DAL – 816 yds 8 TD

 

11. Brandon Marshall (9) – DEN – 942 yds 4 TD

 

12. Randy Moss (11) – NE – 785 yds 8 TD

 

13. Lance Moore (14) – NO – 739 yds 8 TD

 

14. Eddie Royal (20) – DEN – 757 yds 5 TD

 

15. Reggie Wayne (10) – IND – 870 yds 5 TD

 

16. Vincent Jackson (16) – SD – 703 yds 5 TD

 

17. Kevin Walter (15) – HOU – 705 yds 7 TD

 

18. Lee Evans (NR) – BUF – 890 yds 3 TD

 

19. Hines Ward (18) – PIT – 755 yds 6 TD

 

20. DeSean Jackson (NR) – PHI – 775 yds 2 TD & 1 TYD rush

 

Dropped From Rankings: DeWayne Bowe – KC; Justin Gage – TEN

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 14: Lee Evans vs. MIA; Randy Moss & Wes Welker @ SEA; Laverneus Coles & Jehrrico Cotchery @ SF; Tory Holt & Donnie Avery @ AZ; Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison & Anthony Gonzalez vs. CIN; Roddy White @ NO; DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis & Hank Baskett @ NYG

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 14 Match Ups: Roscoe Parrish & Josh Reed vs. MIA; Jabar Gaffney @ SEA; Chansi Stuckey @ SF; Derrick Stanley & Dane Looker @ AZ; Koren Robinson, Deion Branch & Bobby Engram vs. NE; Harry Douglass & Michael Jenkins @ NO; Matt Jones, Reggie Williams & Jerry Porter @ CHI; Justin Gage, Justin McCairens & Brandon Jones vs. CLE

 

WRs With Tough Week 14 Match Ups: Chad Johnson & TJ Houshmandzadeh @ IND; Braylon Edwards @ TEN; Terrell Owens & Roy Williams @ PIT; Santana Moss & Antoine Randle-El @ BAL; Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter @ GB; Chris Chambers & Vincent Jackson vs. OAK; Derrick Mason & Mark Clayton vs. WAS; Antonio Bryant & Ike Hilliard @ CAR; Steve Smith & Mushin Muhammad vs. TB; DeWayne Bowe & Mark Bradley @ DEN

 

 

And here are the week 14 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s my top 75 WRs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for Thursday’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Anquan Boldin (15)

2. Larry Fitzgerald (17)

3. Roddy White (19)

4. Greg Jennings (25)

5. Bernard Berrian (25)

6. Randy Moss (26)

7. Calvin Johnson (28)

8. Steve Smith (34)

9. Reggie Wayne (35)

10. Lee Evans (37)

11. Brandon Marshall (44)

12. Lance Moore (44)

13. Santana Moss (45)

14. Andre Johnson (46)

15. Terrell Owens (50)

16. Eddie Royal (50)

17. DeSean Jackson (50)

18. Hines Ward (52)

19. Justin Gage (55)

20. Vincent Jackson (59)

21. Laverneus Coles (59)

22. Kevin Walter (62)

23. Wes Welker (62)

24. DeWayne Bowe (65)

25. Issac Bruce (67)

26. Antonio Bryant (69)

27. Marques Colston (72)

28. Matt Jones (74)

29. Steve Breaston (75)

30. Jehrrico Cotchery (75)

31. Derrick Mason (78)

32. TJ Houshmandzadeh (80)

33. Mark Clayton (81)

34. Donald Driver (83)

35. Braylon Edwards (89)

36. Santonio Holmes (90)

37. Donnie Avery (90)

38. Chris Chambers (95)

39. Anthony Gonzalez (95)

40. Mark Bradley (97)

41. DeVery Henderson (98)

42. Michael Jenkins (99)

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (100)

44. Malcolm Floyd (105)

45. Mushin Muhammad (106)

46. Nate Washington (108)

47. Kevin Curtis (108)

48. Amani Toomer (109)

49. Marvin Harrison (109)

50. Tory Holt (110)

51. Devin Hester (115)

52. Koren Robinson (118)

53. Hank Baskett (120)

54. Chad Johnson (128)

55. Jabar Gaffney (128)

56. Brandon Stokley (130)

57. Reggie Brown (130)

58. Antoine Randle-El (131)

59. Josh Reed (131)

60. Rasheid Davis (133)

61. Ashley Lelie (136)

62. Bryant Johnson (139)

63. Dane Looker (144)

64. Roy Williams (146)

65. Reggie Williams (146)

66. Brandon Lloyd (147)

67. Chansi Stuckey (147)

68. Mary Booker (149)

69. Ike Hilliard (153)

70. Bobby Wade (157)

71. Brandon Jones (159)

72. Harry Douglass (159)

73. Josh Morgan (159)

74. James Hardy (159)

75. Miles Austin (166)

 

All of the rankings will be up in time for you to get your Thursday lineups in, so check back tomorrow for the rest. And use the links below to check all of the other positions; they’ll be activated as they become available.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

Week 14 QB Rankings & Previews

 

Week 14 RB Rankings & Previews

 

Week 14 TE Rankings & Previews

 

Week 14 K Rankings & Previews

 

Week 14 D/ST Rankings & Previews

 

 

 

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