THUNDERING BLURB » Thanksgiving http://thunderingblurb.com ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.1 en hourly 1 Thanksgiving Day Games – AZ @ PHI http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/thanksgiving-day-games-az-phi/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/thanksgiving-day-games-az-phi/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2008 06:19:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=328 Along with dessert (pumpkin pie or ice cream – why not both?) here comes what might end up being the best game all day. Or maybe not. The Cardinals do not travel well and Philly is probably too banged up to know they have visitors. But there is still plenty of Fantasy Value for the nightcap.

Of course, you can catch the up to date, latest info version on the Fantasy Sports Channel at BlogtalkRadio.com at 7:30amPST/10:30amEST tomorrow. Also you can read the Titan/Lion breakdown by scrolling down the page or clicking HERE, and the Seahaks/Cowboy game HERE.

Here is the breakdown for the Cardinals and the Eagles in NFLN’s own version of ‘The Birds’ as of Wednesday night.

CARDINALS

Kurt Warner
It may be that you have no other QB to throw in there and you may need to start him. If Warner was picked as your backup and you have another stud you kept and didn’t trade, I would be tempted to start someone else. Philly blitzes VERY well and Warner struggles with pressure. He did a good job VS the Giants but Philly’s blitz is another thing entirely. They have the most sacks in the league with 39, so the pressure will be there. They don’t have a ton of INTs – tied for 18th with just 9. So,Warner may get a ton of pressure, but not turn the ball over. Warner is likely your biggest stud of your QBs so you roll him out there. But I am a little concerned with the pressure this D will bring, the short week and the east-coast trip.

Tim Hightower
Hightower is unlikely to get those short yard TDs every week. He is a good strong back and can be fast but he does not overpower defenders and doesn’t make them miss. He is a true boom or bust this week and I am concerned that they may throw short and have him block to save Warner from being laid out. Like his rookie bretheren, Forte, Slaton and Johnson, he has captured the starting job but unlike them, he isn’t quite consistent enough to risk in an important week for most fantasy teams.

Anquan Boldin
Not only is Boldin a solid yardage WR, he gets a ton of Redzone targets. I think he could be in for a big week this week, even if Warner falters. The corners are not fantastic in Philly and he and the other Wrs should be able to get separation. We’ll see if Warner can get them the ball.

Larry Fitzgerald
As with Boldin, you just start this guy. Both can be top 5-10 WRs every week. Fitz gets the yards while Boldin tends to get TDs – so he can be streaky points-wise. But Fitz will get a ton of looks and like Boldin, will be able to overcome the Philly secondary.

Steven Breaston
I am most worried about Breaston out of the three Wrs and as such, I am most likely to bench him. He is a decent #3 or 4 so at most you lose a depth slot tomorrow. I would avoid him if I could.

EAGLES

Donovan McNabb
Weirdest thing about the benching? Kolb had had NO snaps in practice as a starter. None. Makes the yank even more bizarre in my mind. While the DMac is back and starting, but is that a good or bad thing? The Cards give up a lot of TDs (22 so far) and are better than average, though not by much, in the turnover category. The Cards do not travel well and got beat up pretty well by the Giants. McNabb will likely finish the game (Reid can’t yank him twice – it wouldn’t just cut McNabb’s throat but his own) and has a chance to put up good points this week as he will have to score and the Cards can be thrown on. Not a great start – but probably a fairly safe one.

Brian Westbrook
I really wish I could just say ‘roll Westbrook’. I mean, sure he looked terrible last week but it was against the Ravens. But he’s been so banged up this year, he’s really got his owners worried. It is unlikely that you have a stud to lean on in his stead. If you are in a PPR league, there is a good chance he will catch enough balls to get you 10+ points. If he isn’t, I might be a little more concerned. He faces a D that is ranked 8th vs the run, with just an average of 89.5 yds allowed per game and only 8 TDs against. You may survive him (and may need to) but I’m not wholly confident and there are much safer guys to roll with tomorrow and this Sunday.

Lorenzo Booker
I would love to see LoBook get some carries. Having seen him work out this summer and talking to him about the dedication he is showing, I think the guy could be a playmaker. He looks like he has the tools. But for whatever reason, teams haven’t leaned on him at all yet. He should see some more carries this week to keep Westy from disintegrating before season’s end. With Buckhalter out, we should get a chance tomorrow. Not startable, but certainly a guy to watch.

LJ Smith & Brent Celek
Neither is a guy I want to start right now – the offense looks out of synch and these guys seem to be some of the victims.

DeSean Jackson
In a league with return yards, Jackson is a guy to grab. In PPR leagues, he has been able to give you good points and he is a cat who is the most versatile and dynamic player on the squad right now. They desperately want him to get the ball a ton, so he is a good bet to put up points tomorrow as they try to get some momentum going on the offensive side of the ball.

Kevin Curtis
What has happened to Curtis? He’s failed to get into any groove since returning in week 8. He hasn’t bounced back or gathered any momentum and yet he’s only been targeted one less time than DeSean Jackson in that span. McNabb and the Eagles have tried to get him the ball and he’s even catching more of them than Jackson. But he’s not able to do as much with it and isn’t getting the yards per reception Jackson is. Whatever the reason, it’s just not a safe bet he will perform.

Here is where the most fantasy value comes overall. I think Dallas will outscore either team on their own, but there are a ton of Cards worth starting and at least a couple on the Iggles side worth a look as well.

Best of luck to you and I wish you success during one of the biggest weekends in Fantasy Football…..

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Thanksgiving Day Games – SEA@DAL http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/thanksgiving-day-games-seadal/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/thanksgiving-day-games-seadal/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2008 06:10:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=327 Second helpings on the breakdowns go along with second helpings on the games as Seattle travels to Dallas for a helping of whupp-ass. Sorry – can’t help but think this is game two or two in terms of lopsided matchups.

Of course, you can catch the up to date, latest info version on the Fantasy Sports Channel at BlogtalkRadio.com at 7:30amPST/10:30amEST tomorrow. Also you can read the Titan/Lion breakdown by scrollign down the page or clicking HERE.

Here is the breakdown for the Seahawks and Cowboys as of Wednesday night.

SEAHAWKS

Matt Hasselbeck
Hasselbeck is a guy who is looking banged up and assaulted still and it’s been a long season for him. Dallas is not a great secondary but Hasselbeck is still a bit rusty, overthrowing some receivers or just flat out throwing to spots where there were none to begin with. You know it takes a few weeks to get a QB back to form after a long lay-off. Hass is definitely still struggling with that, and you begin to wonder if he will emerge again this season. I highly doubt he will today so avoid him.

Julius Jones
Jones was announced as the starter Wednesday but what does that mean? Not much as he may start the game but not be the chief back. Jones seems to be slipping and doesn’t seem to have any fantasy value at this point. He has fallen out of favor and is not someone to be in your lineup.

Maurice Morris
Morris is a pretty good back and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He may be getting on in years, but he certainly has enough in the tank to be a flex for you the rest of this one. Is he a good play this year? Well, the Cowboys do occasionally allow big plays. However he’s a bit risky for my blood, as the Cowboys have shut down Gore in week 12 and contained Clinton Portis the week before. He might put up some points but I wouldn’t count on it.

Bobby Engram
In a PPR league, Hass-to-Engram used to be money in the bank. Now, like in so many banks, there seems to be some sort of crisis. Engram is not getting the targets he has in the past and while he might turn that around, it’s hard to bet on it at this point and I would try to avoid him this week.

Deion Branch
Hasn’t done enough to warrant being on this list, but thought I would remind you he a) can’t stay healthy and b) has never lived up the hype.Shouldn’t be near your lineup.

John Carlson
Carlson has been up and down of late and isn’t always getting the yards to make him a reliable start. Yes, he got a TD last weekend but I am nervous about tying my TE position to anyone Hass might be throwing to.

COWBOYS
Tony Romo
He’s back! Coming off of a 341/3 TD drubbing of the 49rs, Romo looks like a good bet to repeat the performance on Thanksgiving against a 31st ranked pass defense which has allowed 16 TDs to only 5 INTs. Romo is a lock start this week and probably will end up as one of the top QBs come Monday morning.

Marion Barber
Against the 22nd rush defense, giving up 122 ypg and 10 TDs this season, Barber should have a very good day. Will they spell him with Tashard Choice a little? Probably. But not enough to hurt his value. They will use Marion the Barbarian early and often and he is a great Turkey Day start for your team.

Terrell Owens
While I do not expect a 7 catch 213 yard performance every week, he will probably get back to steady performance. Not only will Seattle get blown up on the ground, but the secondary is vulnerable and while he will drop some passes and have some down games, this shouldn’t be one of them.

Roy Williams
A marginal start, Williams is getting more involved in the pass game as he learns and becomes more comfortable with the playbook, studs (Romo and Witten) around him get healthy and other WRs do not. With Austin gone and Crayton – well, Crayton, Williams will get chances. Just probably not enough for anything more than a #4 Wr performance most weeks. He’s a tad risky for me on Thanksgiving as well, but as a #4 with 3 upside, he might fill the bill.

Jason Witten
Witten is still hampered by that rib injury and it isn’t helping his fantasy prospects that rookie Martellus Bennet has gotten two TDs in two weeks. Often that’s the extent of his targets, but those are TDs once belonging to Witten. I think he gets off the snyde here and resumes his place as one of the better TEs in Fantasy.

So there you have it – grab your Cowboy hats and hop on your horses – the Cowboys should ride to great fantasy points on Thanksgiving! The Seahawks…. well, there’s always next week.

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Thanksgiving Day Games – TENN @ DET http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/thanksgiving-day-games-tenn-det/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/thanksgiving-day-games-tenn-det/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2008 06:02:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=326 Happy Turkey Day to you all – I hope you are well on your way to Turkey and Mash potato goodness and ready for some football.

You can catch the up to date, latest info version on the Fantasy Sports Channel at BlogtalkRadio.com at 7:30amPST/10:30amEST tomorrow.

I’ll take your calls live and get you ready for Turkey Dinner. Here is the breakdown for the Titans and Lions as of Wednesday night.

TITANS
Kerry Collins
Collins has played well in his last three games with just 1 INT to 6 TDs and 762 yards. Collins even played relatively well and put up 243 yds against a tough Jets D. And did it when the Jets were owning the time of possession. He was only able to complete 50% of his throws, but the Jets did a great job of covering him. The Lions have given up 18TDs so far with only two interceptions. He faces a much better matchup this week and I expect this whole Titans team to bounce back and take some aggression out on the Lions. Problem is, the Titans will probably use this matchup to spark the run game again and see if they can get it rolling before the playoffs. He might put up good numbers but more than likely, he will not do all that much this Thanksgiving day and could be too much of a risk to play.

He’s a matchups guy and this might be one of those matchups to watch but again, the Lions rush D is even worse than the pass D, so your expectations are better served if they are low.

Chris Johnson
Johnson struggled again this past weekend, but you can’t totally blame him against the third best run D in the league. The once fearsome rookie has tailed off overall over the past three games two of which were against top 5 run defenses (Bears and Jets). But he hasn’t even been involved in the pass game of late either. The Titans have every chance to get the ground game back in gear against a terrible run defense. The Kitty Cats are averaging more than 170 yards on the ground with 18 Tds served on the side. This is the Titans chance to get their rookie rolling again. If they are to win in the playoffs, they need the run game going and the Lions are a great matchup. Johnson is a pretty safe start this Thursday.

Here’s the problem though – the line has stopped playing as well as it did earlier this season. This is a chance for the offensive line to get back on track as well. The inside line has had issues (and props to Footballguys.com’s Marc Faletti for pointing it out) and they need to get themselves together. It isn’t (shouldn’t be) something to worry about this week – but at some point they will need to get themselves going and re-establish the line dominance they had.

LenDale White
Complain the loudest and you get the most carries? Nope, but White may get some more anyway as the Lions are THAT good a matchup.He is a safe play as a flex – you cannot expect yards as well, not safely. He is a hail mary but if you are going to run him out, this is one you could do it in and the risk level is lower.

Justin Gage
He will go as Collins goes, but if its run heavy, he is shaky. He is a bigger guy than anyone on the Detroit secondary so he will get targets, but I would shy away with a lot of better matchups this weekend.

Bo Scaife
Your safest Titan through the air. He was targeted seven times against the Jets (though he only caught three balls) and will continue to get a lot of looks. As far as TE’s go, becoming more consistent and these days that’s all you can ask for at the TE spot.

LIONS
Duante Culpepper
Culpepper alternately looks great and then looks horrific. Last week vs the Bucs he started off great, hitting Calvin Johnson for a 15 yard TD, but ended ugly with just 121 yards and the one TD, with 2 INTs for good measure. And now, because fate is a harsh mistress, he faces a Titans D that has twice as many interceptions as they have given up TDs (16 INTs to 7 TDs). You’d have to be pretty ballsy, desperate or crazy to start him here. Sometimes I am all three of the above and I still won’t touch him this Thursday.

Kevin Smith
Smith is banged up and that’s a concern. He had a good day against a pretty tough Bucs D. With Rudi Johnson done you might be tempted as he will get the carries, but he will be hard pressed against a defense that is still very good against the run. Don’t expect a Thomas Jones or Leon Washington performance here. The Lions will not wear down the defense and control the clock like Gang Green did. Jones is too shaky for a start this week.

Calvin Johnson
Cortland Finnegan a worry? Yup. But Johnson is bigger, stronger and faster than Finnegan. Yes, Finnegan will get a pick – at least one – but how often have we seen his do well with few to no targets or catches. He is a top 5 WR even with the miniscule targets. He has scored a TD in 6 of his last 7 games and 7 of the eleven games he has played, including the one he was in for about a quarter before leaving with an injury. This guy is a beast and you should have him in – even in an atrocious matchup like this.

Shaun McDonald
Run away.

So that’s it – tons of potential value on the Titans sideline, but not much over on the Lions.

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More Thanksgiving Fantasy Sports than ANYWHERE on the planet http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/more-thanksgiving-fantasy-sports-than-anywhere-on-the-planet/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/more-thanksgiving-fantasy-sports-than-anywhere-on-the-planet/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2008 23:41:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=325 A gentle reminder that on top of the usual Fantasy Football show tonight (6pm PST/9pm EST) I am hosting the Thundering Blurb Thanksgiving Spectacular tomorrow from 7:30am PST/10:30am EST to kickoff (that would be 9:30am PST/12:30 EST).

You want to have everything covered and go enjoy your turkey? Hit us up on the Fantasy Sports Channel tomorrow morning and we’ll hook you up.

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