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Fantasy Football: Week 5

Friday, 03 October 2008 03:00 AM Written by

Its Week Five in the NFL and hopefully its time to get back to normal.  Many fantasy teams took a HUGE hit last week.  Fortunately for you, though, I can offer you a bailout and it won't cost the taxpayers a single penny.  Here is the Fantasy Factors' Week Five Preview:

Tennessee Titans vs Baltimore Ravens

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2008 Fantasy Hockey Sleepers

Thursday, 02 October 2008 06:35 AM Written by

In the 01-02 fantasy hockey season, I let the autopick select my players for me.  It turned out to be a horrendous draft for me.  I had two thirds of the A-Line (Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott, no Patrick Elias), Mario Lemieux (only played 24 games) and Olaf Kolzig was my top netminder.  Not exactly people I would have drafted, except for Mario.  So I had to turn to the waiver wire and find the sleepers and top rookies to fix my team.  First, I snatched up Eric Lindros.  People stayed away from him due to concussion problems and just general hatred for the former Flyers captain, but for me, desperate times called for desperate measures.  I wasn't fond of him either, but he left Philly under bad circumstances and any enemy of the Flyers is a friend of mine.  Next, I turned to rookies.  I dropped some of the proven talent like Sykora and Arnott and picked up guys that went by the name Gaborik, Kovalchuk, Heatley, Richards, and Comrie.  There were slim pickens on waivers for goalies, but I was able to assemble the Carolina Hurricanes tandem of Arturs Irbe and Tom Barrasso.  Not the best in the world, but serviceable considering I built it from the waiver wire.  This team of sleepers, rookies and gambles, finished 6th in the regular season, but streaked through the post season and lost a tough, back and forth series in the Finals.  Even if you're draft didn't go the way you wanted it to, there's always hope.  There's a gold mine sitting out there on the waiver wire, you just have to know where to look. 

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2008 NHL Forwards Preview

Wednesday, 01 October 2008 03:00 AM Written by

I've saved the best for last and the answer to the question, which forward is better, Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin will be answered.  So without further adu, here are the Fantasy Factors top 30 forwards for the 2008-2009 NHL season:

1.  Sidney Crosby - No, this isn't because I live in Pittsburgh, this is because he is the best player in the NHL, but just barely.  This really depends on how your league is structured.  If goals, power play goals and game winning goals mean a lot, then Ovechkin would have to be at the top.  But in your basic point and head to head leagues, Crosby has a slight advantage.  He consistently racks up over 100 points, usually around 80 assists, is always close to 40 goals and takes a tremendous amount of shots for a playmaker.  Not to mention his plus/minus is better and isn't afraid of the rough stuff which contributes to PIM.  Ovechkin's value is all in his goal scoring ability.  Last year, he scored 65 goals, but the year before that he only scored 46 (yeah, I know, I say "only 46" like its low).  Unless he gets injured, Crosby will always have 30+ goals and 80+ assists.  Teams are really going to focus on Ovie this year after dominating the way he did last year and I seriously doubt he'll reach the 65 goal plateau again.  Crosby, on the other hand, has Geno to help take away some of the defensive focus.  If you have the first pick in your draft, use it on the superstar with the easier road to success.

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Week Four Wrap Up

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 03:00 AM Written by

Be afraid.  Be very very afraid.  Whatever virus that has infected college football, has now apparently infected the National Football League.  The Dolphins slamming the Patriots last week, was only a precursor of things to come.  The NFL and fantasy football worlds were turned upside down this weekend.  Hopefully, someone can find a cure for this and find it fast or the Browns and that person that knows nothing about football in your office will be champions in the end. 

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Fantasy Football: Week 4

Friday, 26 September 2008 03:00 AM Written by

Its going to be a tough week for some of you salary cappers out there that like to pick players matched up against soft defensive teams.  The Lions, Colts, and Dolphins are on bye weeks.  The Seahawks, Giants and Patriots are as well, so be aware of who's on your team.  Now its time to look at who is actually playing this week:

Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals

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