The Official FieldGulls Fantasy Football Thread. Week 9 Edition.

With a bum ankle, Darren McFadden wont be joining Michael Bush to celebrate a Bush TD this weekend, but Bush's fantasy owners should be excited this week that there will not be a split in carries between the two.

It’s Vicks "Sleeper of the Week" time.  Get it, "sleeper?"  Not gonna lie.  It’s still kinda funny!   This is one of those times when I appreciate advertisers who actually try. And to be honest, in those rare instances when I am sick, I am a fan of NyQuil. As Denis Leary said (and Bill Hicks probably wrote…)  "NyQuil. The sniffling sneezing how-the-hell-did-I-get-on-my-kitchen-floor medicine."

This IS the post for fantasy football talk.  You can, if you must, add fantasy talk in additional game threads, but be warned, someone may be watching, and they may be mocking.  Here, you have free rein to talk your team’s reign or your rain of injuries.  Something to note, and this should be a true football fan’s golden ticket when it comes to heaven and hell and the voiding of the warranty on your soul.

The first rule of Fantasy Football, you do NOT root for players against the Seahawks.

The second rule of Fantasy Football, you do NOT root for players against the Seahawks.

On this site, for sake of your own health, NEVER cheer against the Seahawks due to your fantasy roster.  My personal rule is to avoid as much as possible acquiring division rivals, or to avoid playing them against the Seahawks if reasonably possible.  Statements like, "Well, at least I have Larry Fitzgerald on my fantasy team" (if) he was scorching the Hawks will unleash the hounds of hell upon you.  Please don’t be that one bastard playing the "Don’t Come" line at the craps table.  Not only will you bring bad mojo to everybody, but you’ll likely get verbally harassed, if not banned.  You’re a Seahawk fan, you aren’t "that guy" you are one of OUR guys—act like it!

Having Variety in Informational Sources

We’re at the point in the season where injuries are a way of life in the NFL.  You see it with our Seahawks, at multiple positions and players.  Everyone is a little banged up, to the point where it’s almost hard to track.  And then, how DO you track?  I like to use an outside source in addition to the information provided by my league’s host site.  That way you have the possibility of different perspectives and information.    

Yahoo.com, ESPN.com and CBSSportsline.com are the most common locations to find fantasy leagues.  However, the information provided on your players tends to be limited to one random piece pulled from a local beat reporter or "expert" and it tends to be sent once a day.  I get nervous when this is the case, I’m just neurotic enough that I worry if the "Saturday article" was from the AM and things have changed by the PM.  So I look past the typical sites and go to a deeper level of information.  

I have three leagues at MyFantasyLeague.com, which is the site I highly suggest if you wish to set up a dynasty league.  No, I’m not the commissioner in any of them, and it is actually just a random coincidence they are all there.  Unfortunately it does have a yearly fee around 70 dollars to continue the league.  But you can also go back through the website from prior years and see transactions from several years ago if you so choose.  That kind of information and long term review is incredibly valuable, and a legitimate money league ($100+) that is serious about its fantasy football should look to spend money on the foundation of the league with a strong website.  It is versatile and adaptable to unique league rules, which is a must in a dynamic and in depth keeper league.  Our league has a salary cap, multiyear contracts, a very unique scoring system and even includes punters, and the site works well to track all of it.  There are some things we have to input manually, but the site allows that too, even in regard to scoring adjustments that the league doesn’t track. 

In addition to the mechanics of scoring and league setup, the site is also the first place I go for my information for all players.  You can set your team homepage up however you like, not only skins but your chosen modules and the locations of them on your page.  You can even provide links to your other sites.  But one really nice feature are the ways you can get news easily.  There is a "5 Newest News Articles" and "My 5 Newest News Articles" and you can also run a search through news using either a player’s name or a team or even a position. 

The news articles are also kind enough to tell you when they were published, down the "less than a minute ago" as the most recent.  And they pull from various sources, not listing only one or two.  Also an added bonus. 

Another news source I utilize is a free email update daily, from "FootballGuys.com" and it gives me a daily update email on injuries and smart starts, etc. across the league.  If I’m not interested, I delete it without even opening.  It’s not that much of a hassel.  FantasyFootball Today (FFtoday.com), and KFFL.com are other excellent and viable fantasy news sites you can look at that go above and beyond the normal Yahoo/ESPN/CBSSportsline circuit.

Basically, I’m telling you that if you do care about your league or you want to find an edge, go beyond the information provided by your league’s site.  It’s the same information everyone else is working with, and the only way to have an edge over your competition is to get inside angles, inside tracks that can help you to perhaps know something someone else doesn’t and make the best decision for your team.  

Sleeper of the Week

Michael Bush, RB OaklandDarren McFadden is out again this week (ankle), the Broncos have been inconsistent defensively and Bush has proven to be a reliable start when given full carry duties.  He’s also the goal line back, so he will not get points vulched by someone else in the red zone.  The only question is how effective Carson Palmer will be at QB.  If Carson plays an effective game, Bush will put up RB1 numbers. If Carson doesn’t, Bush will still probably get RB2/bye week starter type numbers.

Good luck in all your leagues this week!

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