NFL – Week 1 is finally here! Let us set our line-ups………

It has finally arrived! Sunday of Week 1! The Fantasy Mestre is psyched beyond comprehension!

It is a little before 11 am when I am writing this and will be covering how to set our line ups. There are a lot of details to pay attention to when setting your line-up. The most important thing to remember is that players are locked into a spot in your line-up (or on your bench) as soon as their game starts. Players playing at 1 are locked in at 1 but late game players do not get locked in until later. A great example of this goes along with this week’s Injury Alert and it is Arizona RB Andre Ellington. Ellington has a foot injury, was limited in yesterday’s practice, and is listed as questionable to play. The kicker is (no pun intended) Zona does not play until Monday. What are the Ellington owner’s options here? Of course we can leave him in and take our chances on whether he plays or gives us a zero, but since Ellington was drafted mostly as an RB1 then the risk of a zero is scary bad. Option two is to sub him now and go for the sure points from a back-up. If you have someone like Shane Vereen coming in off the bench this may work well for you but if not then you could be throwing away valuable points when Ellington blows up on your bench. Finally there is option 3 which is a variation of option 1. Leave Ellington in but stash his back-up Jon Dwyer on your bench. This allows you to wait until the last second for the high end play of Ellington but to also have the security of a starter in your back pocket in case Ellington is ruled out. Since Dwyer is not widely owned there is a good chance of a Free Agent pick-up.

Remember the basic rule to setting a line-up……..Play your best players! Do not get too crazy by sitting a better player because last year the defense he is playing today was 13th best against the pass rather than the defense playing your back-up being 17th best against the pass. Just play the better guy.

Have fun today and good luck!

Fantasy Mestre
Twitter: @FantasyMestre


NFL – Nomenclature of Fantasy Football

Lately people have been asking me for definitions for all things fantasy football. This game has a whole lexicon unto itself. Here are a few that my sweetie and I put together. If you have any more send them along, we would love to fill out our list.

ADP – Average Draft Position or where in previous drafts each player is taken on average. This gives you an idea about where each player will go in your draft. Be careful, people may reach down and grab someone early especially if that player is a home town favorite. Danny Amendola in the second round wink….wink….. Also a good thing to know about ADP is that most sites that host leagues (like yahoo) use ADP to rank players and anyone auto-drafting will use ADP as the basis for their selection.

Handcuff – To handcuff a player is to stash your fantasy star’s real life back-up on your bench and if your star goes down you have the next best thing ready to go. A very popular player to handcuff this year is Stephen Jackson. His handcuff is Devaonta Freeman. Jackson is seen as injury prone due to being in the latter years of his career and Freeman is the Young Gun chomping at the bit. It is not a strategy I have ever used but I can see why someone may choose to do it.

PPR – Point per Reception. Some leagues award fantasy points for every reception a player gets in a game (for reception definition keep reading). This changes the values players may have due to the numbers of points they can accumulate. A player that catches a lot of passes but does not get a lot of yards is now worth a lot more. Running backs who catch more passes than they get carries (like Danny Woodhead and Darren Sproles) are worth quite a bit more as well. A Full Point PPR gives you one point per reception where in a Half Point PPR you get half a point for every reception.

Waivers or the Waiver Wire or jut the Wire – is where you can find players that are not on any fantasy owner’s roster. These are players that can be added to your roster if you wish to grab them. A player on the wire is either a free agent or needs to clear waivers. A free agent can be added to your roster at any time where a player still on waivers requires a claim to be made and you must wait for waivers to clear before you know if the player is now yours. See my previous post about waivers for more info.

Bell Cow – is a running back that is going to get by far the majority of carries for their respective NFL team. As opposed to a back that has to share duties in the back field with another RB. Toby Gerhart is Jacksonville’s bell cow. He is going to get a lot of touches with Jacksonville and due to the volume of work his numbers should be quite nice for your team. Giving him a decent ADP.

Here are a few terms that are used in both the real game of football as well as the fantasy game.

Snaps are the number of plays that a player participates in during a game. Comes from being on the field for the snap of the ball to begin a play. A player with more snaps has participated in more plays and has a greater opportunity to score fantasy points.

Targets is the number of times a player was targeted by a Quarter Back to receive a pass. A target is determined when a ball is thrown at a player, whether it is caught or not. This lets us know how man opportunities in a game a player had to catch the ball.

Carries is the number of times a player was handed the ball by a quarter back or direct snap and then proceeded to run with it in an attempt to gain yardage. We love backs with a lot of carries, you will notice that wide receivers will have the occasional carry as well.

Receptions – is the number of times a player has received a forward pass, usually from a quarter back but not always.

Red Zone – is the part of the football field between the 20 yard line and the end zone. There is one located at each end of the field. Once a team’s offense gets here they’re expected to score. I have yet to see one that is actually red.

We hope you find these helpful 🙂

EPL – Friday….Time to select my team…….

Oh my goodness it is Friday night and it is time to select my team again. Here in the Americas we need to select our squad the night before or get up by 6 to do it, which is the worst thing on a Saturday morning 😛 So many choices……what formation do I use?…… I spend the points to make extra transfers?…………which keeper?……….why are they telling me NOW that three players are in doubt for Saturday?!?……ugh!!!

The toughest most stressful choice ever……who will I choose to score double points and be my Captain? Inevitably that one will be wrong 😦 But when it isn’t wrong…….and your Captain is the highest scorer on your team (even without the double)……and your bench is all in negative points…..The Glory! The Glory! The Glory!

But it all rides on these choices right now……….Good Luck in Week 2 Everyone!

Will you be buying ‘Super’ Mario Balotelli?

English Premier League fantasy post.

When Super Mario comes to Liverpool will you be buying him for your team? Taking a quick look at his stats on Wikipedia, he has scored over 10 goals a season for the last 3 seasons, and his strike rate increased as he has moved from club to club. Inter 20 gls / 59 matches, Man City 20 gls / 50 matches, Milan 26 gls / 43 matches. Then there is the ‘Balotelli Factor’ a lot of people just do not like him and will not buy him at any price. Whether this hatred is justified or not, I do not know. Personally I find him all kinds of entertaining and love the fact that he is coming to the Prem. But if he is priced at £9mil I am not quite ready to sell off someone like Giroud to pick him up. And if he is more than not, no flippin’ way. Too much. My high end striker hopes are with Diego Costa. Got me some Man Love for that dude 😉

Post me a comment with your thoughts.

The Waiver Wire

Hello everyone! I set up this new blog to help the Newbies in the fantasy football league I commish, the Avention Geeky Fantasy League.

In this first post we will discuss the Waiver Wire. The waiver wire is used to give everyone a fair chance to evaluate available players before being able to add them to your team. You will notice that after the draft or after teams have played a regular season game all of the non-rostered players will be put on Waivers with a date that waiver will end. In that waiver period anyone can place a claim on a player. The team with the lowest waiver rank (as seen on league standings table) will win the player. The winning team will receive the player and then be given the highest waiver rank moving all other teams down a spot. Very simple 🙂

Another time a player will be put on waivers is after that player has been dropped from a roster. Then other teams can swoop in and make a grab.

Waiver periods in this league last two days and if a player has not been claimed in that time then they become a ‘free agent’ and can be added to a roster based in ‘first come, first served’.

If you have any questions about waivers or anything else fantasy football related feel free to send them my way.