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And the fantasy MVP goes to . . .

While Chris Johnson's performance -- especially down the stretch -- makes him the clear fantasy MVP this season, he needs to score more touchdowns to be considered among the all-time fantasy kings.

By Gene Wang | January 4, 2010; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Player of the decade

There's really no wrong choice when deciding between Peyton Manning and LaDainian Tomlinson as this decade's most valuable fantasy player.

By Gene Wang | December 31, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Wide receivers of the decade

Picking the best fantasy wide receiver of the decade was by far the most difficult among all the positions. The final decision came down to Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, and you could make compellng arguments for either one.

By Gene Wang | December 30, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Running backs of the decade

LaDainian Tomlinson defined the running back position in fantasy during the first decade of the 21st century.

By Gene Wang | December 29, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quarterbacks of the decade

While others may have had a season or two of staggering numbers, Peyton Manning produced at such a high level so often that he is without peer among the decade's fantasy quarterbacks.

By Gene Wang | December 28, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

A decade of fantasy excellence

This week we'll examine the best of the decade at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, then finish off the 2000s with the fantasy all-decade team and most valuable player.

By Gene Wang | December 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Waiver Wire Wednesday: Week 16

A quick look a recommendations from some go-to sites around the Web.

By Gene Wang | December 23, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 15 wide receivers

Vincent Jackson and the Panthers' Steve Smith were the highest scoring wide receivers this week, but neither was projected among the top 10.

By Gene Wang | December 23, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 15 running backs

None of the heralded fantasy running backs had especially noteworthy weeks, with all but two of the projected top 10 underperforming.

By Gene Wang | December 22, 2009; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 15 quarterbacks

Owners who had Ben Roethlisberger or Aaron Rodgers enjoyed one of the most entertaining fantasy matchups of the season, with both players far surpassing their projections.

By Gene Wang | December 21, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Waiver wire Wednesday: Week 15

The fantasy playoffs are in full swing, so roster moves at this time of the season take on extra significance.

By Gene Wang | December 16, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 14 wide receivers

It's not often the majority of the top projected wide receivers score in single digits, but that's exactly what happened this past weekend.

By Gene Wang | December 15, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 14 quarterbacks

Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub were the three top fantasy quarterbacks this week, each exceeding his projection by at least five points.

By Gene Wang | December 15, 2009; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 14 quarterbacks

After three weeks of underachieving, consensus No. 1 pick Adrian Peterson finally had the type of performance owners have been expecting all season.

By Gene Wang | December 14, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ten from 10: Week 14 quarterbacks

Since fantasy seasons are reaching their most important junctures, we're expanding the usual Five from 10 lists to 10 from 10, starting with quarterbacks.

By Gene Wang | December 10, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Waiver Wire Wednesday: Week 14

It's the first round of fantasy playoffs in some leagues and the final week of the regular season in many others, so the waiver wire takes on extra importance.

By Gene Wang | December 9, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 13 quarterbacks

While the top 10 projected quarterbacks generally had mediocre performances, a handful of fantasy castoffs put up huge numbers, including Bruce Gradkowski and Chad Henne.

By Gene Wang | December 8, 2009; 02:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 13 wide receivers

Six of Fantasy Football Nerd's top 10 wide receiver plays exceeded their aggregate projection, but Reggie Wayne, the No. 1 pick, well underperformed.

By Gene Wang | December 7, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Checkup Week 13

Dr. A. Brion Gardner and Mackie Shilstone break down Week 13 breakdowns from the NFL injury report.

By Emil Steiner | December 5, 2009; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five from 10: Week 13 wide receivers

Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver play in Week 13, receiving four votes among 10 go-to fantasy Web sites.

By Gene Wang | December 3, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five from 10: Week 13 running backs

There's a general consensus on the top running back plays this weekend, but where they should be slotted from Nos. 1 through 5 is up for debate.

By Gene Wang | December 3, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Five from 10: Week 13 quarterbacks

The fantasy world is split this week as to which quarterback is the best play.

By Gene Wang | December 3, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Waiver wire Wednesday: Week 13

Vince Young and Chris Brown are two of top recommended pickups from the waiver wire, according to some of the best fantasy sites on the Web.

By Gene Wang | December 2, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 12 quarterbacks

The top rated fantasy quarterbacks generally did not disappoint this week, with the notable exception of Tom Brady, whose production was well below his projection.

By Gene Wang | December 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 12 running backs

In a first th is season, all the projected top 10 running backs underperformed, although Chris Johnson missed his projection by one-tenth of a point.

By Gene Wang | November 30, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Checkup Week 12

Dr. A. Brion Gardner and Mackie Shilstone break down Week 12 breakdowns from the NFL injury report.

By Emil Steiner | November 28, 2009; 05:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Waiver wire Wednesday: Week 12

Here are some waiver wire recommendations from around the Web, and remember some of the players mentioned will be available only in eight- or 10-team leagues.

By Gene Wang | November 25, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 11 wide receivers

DeSean Jackson and Sidney Rice were the only two wide receivers on Fantasy Football Nerd's projected top 10 to exceeded expectations.

By Gene Wang | November 24, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 11 running backs

Ricky Williams was the only member of Fantasy Football Nerd's projected top 10 running backs who significantly exceeded expectations this week.

By Gene Wang | November 24, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 11 quarterbacks

The top 10 projected quarterbacks generally did not disappoint, but the most stunning fantasy development at the position this week was Matthew Stafford and Brady Quinn combining for nine touchdowns.

By Gene Wang | November 23, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 11 Fantasy Checkup

Dr. A. Brion Gardner and Mackie Shilstone break down Week 11 breakdowns from the NFL injury report.

By Emil Steiner | November 20, 2009; 07:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five from 10: Week 11 wide receivers

There's no consensus for the top wide receiver play this week. Some names at top include Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald and Santonio Holmes.

By Gene Wang | November 20, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five from 10: Week 11 running backs

Maurice Jones-Drew tops the list of best running back plays this week, with a few votes also going to Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson.

By Gene Wang | November 20, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Five from 10: Week 11 quarterbacks

Drew Brees has a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay, and he's the top quarterback play this week according to most fantasy experts.

By Gene Wang | November 19, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Waiver wire Wednesday: Week 11

Injuries to Ronnie Brown, Michael Turner and Cedric Benson have sent fantasy owners scrambling to fill significant vacancies on their rosters, making this week probably the busiest of the season on the waiver wire

By Gene Wang | November 18, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 10 running backs

Chris Johnson led the way among the highest rated running backs entering Week 10, surpassing his projection by almost 10 points.

By Gene Wang | November 17, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 10 wide receivers

If you had a projected top 10 wide receiver this week, you most likely were disappointed.

By Gene Wang | November 16, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 10 quarterbacks

The top projected quarterbacks for the most part didn't disappoint, with all but two exceeding expectations.

By Gene Wang | November 16, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five from 10: Week 10 running backs

Chris Johnson beats out Adrian Peterson as the best running back play this weekend according to the average ranking of 10 of the most popular fantasy sites.

By Gene Wang | November 13, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five from 10: Week 10 wide receivers

Larry Fitzgerald is the top wide receiver play this week among 10 popular fantasy football sites.

By Gene Wang | November 12, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Five from 10: Week 10 quarterbacks

Drew Brees is the top quarterback play this week, according to 10 of the top fantasy football Web sites and experts.

By Gene Wang | November 12, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Waiver wire Wednesday

Ladell Betts is a popular waiver wire recommendation this week, as are two wide receivers who continue to remain mostly anonymous: the Chiefs Lance Long and the 49ers Jason Hill.

By Gene Wang | November 11, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strategy or Stupidity?

Just about every fantasy league has at least one owner whose trading temerity makes you wonder if he regards his colleagues as dullards.

By Gene Wang | November 10, 2009; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 9 wide receivers

The top 10 projected wide receivers were generally disappointing in Week 9, save exceptional performances from Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald.

By Gene Wang | November 10, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 9 running backs

Chris Johnson and DeAngelo Williams were the top overachievers among the projected top 10 running backs.

By Gene Wang | November 9, 2009; 05:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 9 quarterbacks

Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers led the way among the the top 10 best quarterback plays this week, while Joe Flacco was the biggest disappointment in that group.

By Gene Wang | November 9, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 9 Fantasy Check Up

Dr. A. Brion Gardner and Mackie Shilstone break down Week 9 breakdowns from the NFL injury report. BREAKING NEWS: Bob Sanders done for season.

By Emil Steiner | November 6, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wide receiver projections: Week 9

The vote is split among 10 of the most popular fantasy Web sites as to which wide receiver is the best play this week.

By Gene Wang | November 6, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Running back projections: Week 9

It's just about unanimous: Maurice Jones-Drew is the No. 1 option at running back this week according to 10 of the top fantasy sites.

By Gene Wang | November 6, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quarterback projections: Week 9

The New England Patriots are coming off their bye, and Tom Brady is the top projected quarterback according to several sites.

By Gene Wang | November 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wired up: Week 9

Ryan Moats leads this week's waiver wire recommendations from around the Web.

By Gene Wang | November 4, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 8 wide receivers

It was a mixed bag for wide receivers this week, with five players in Fantasy Football Nerd's projected top 10 scoring at least 13 points and two scoring zero.

By Gene Wang | November 3, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 8 running backs

The biggest news in all of fantasy this week was the benching of Steve Slaton after his early fumble on Sunday.

By Gene Wang | November 2, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 8 quarterbacks

For the first time this season, Peyton Manning underperformed. He threw for 347 yards but was held without a touchdown in a 18-14 victory over San Francisco.

By Gene Wang | November 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy football hits small screen

On Thursday night, FX Network became the lastest player in the entertainment industry to join the fantasy revolution with the premiere of "The League."

By Gene Wang | October 30, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fantasy football tv show set to debut

Yes, you heard right. "The League" -- a new comedy on FX, not The Post's dedicated to all things pro football -- premieres tonight at 10:30.

By Gene Wang | October 29, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wired up: Week 8

Jamaal Charles, Shonn Greene and Michael Crabtree lead the way among waiver wire additions this week.

By Gene Wang | October 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 7 wide receivers

In a high-scoring Week 7, the top 10 projected fantasy wide receivers underperformed.

By Gene Wang | October 27, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Improbable victory

Here's lesson for fantasy players never to give up the ship until the final whistle on Monday NIght Football.

By Gene Wang | October 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvpP: week 7 running backs

Not a great week at all for the projected top 10 fantasy running backs. Only Cedric Benson far outperformed his Fantasy Football Nerd projection.

By Gene Wang | October 26, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: week 7 quarterbacks

It was a fine week for the top five projected fantasy quarterbacks, including a second straight huge outing for Tom Brady and a sixth straight multiple touchdown performance from Peyton Manning.

By Gene Wang | October 26, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 7 Fantasy Check Up

Dr. A. Brion Gardner and Mackie Shilstone break down Week 7 breakdowns from the NFL injury report.

By Emil Steiner | October 25, 2009; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Week 7 injury updates

Courtesy of our friends at RotoWorld.com, here some injury updates for notable players you may be considering starting this weekend.

By Gene Wang | October 24, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

No chat today

Just because the chat format is no more, it doesn't mean I can't answer your questions.

By Gene Wang | October 23, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rbbc-opoly

For those who agonize weekly over which running back to start in a timeshare backfield, this courtesy of The Pigskin Doctors is a painful reminder about the root cause of most of our fantasy angst.

By Gene Wang | October 22, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy on-air reminder

Just a quick reminder about two on-air appearances in which I'll be talking fantasy.

By Gene Wang | October 21, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wired up: week 7

Laurence Maroney is the pickup of the week, according to just about every fantasy site out there.

By Gene Wang | October 21, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

New commissioner, new rules

In 10-team leagues, the draft strategy should be to take the best player available regardless of position.

By Gene Wang | October 20, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Fantasy Check Live: RIP

I am there to thank all the fantasy players out there for your support of the fantasy chat for the first part of the season.

By Gene Wang | October 20, 2009; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: week 6 wide receivers

Apart from Randy Moss, there was not a single PvP overachiever in Week 6 among the Fantasy Football Nerd's projected top 10.

By Gene Wang | October 20, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: week 6 running backs

A high-scoring Sunday in Week 6 enabled several projected top 10 running backs -- i.e. Maurice Jones-Drew, Adrian Peterson and DeAngelo Williams -- to shake off recent downturns and regain their footing as must-starts regardless of matchup.

By Gene Wang | October 19, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: week 6 quarterbacks

From Tom Brady to Matt Schaub to Ben Roethlisberger to Drew Brees, fantasy owners overall probably got more out of quarterbacks than in any other week this season.

By Gene Wang | October 19, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Check Live OT

Welcome to the overtime edition of Fantasy Check Live, where I answer overflow questions from Friday's regular chat.

By Gene Wang | October 17, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Injury Updates: Week 6

Some injury news you can use as you finalize those starting lineups.

By Gene Wang | October 17, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Chat Reminder

Please join me Friday afternoon at 12:30 for another installment of Fantasy Check Live, where I take your questions about everything fantasy

By Gene Wang | October 15, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Targets and Touches

Bruno Boys has a great new feature called Targets & Touches. If you believe in trends, this feature is for you.

By Gene Wang | October 15, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Early Projections: Week 6 WRs

ESPN may be the Worldwide Leader in sports, but it certainly doesn't follow convention when it comes to fantasy football projections

By Gene Wang | October 14, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Early Projections: Week 6 QBs

Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are are coming off byes, and they are among the top projected quarterbacks in fantasy for Week 6.

By Gene Wang | October 14, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Where's Adrian Peterson?

The consensus No. 1 pick is not the top projected running back for Week 6 on many of the major fantasy sites, largely because he has a difficult matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

By Gene Wang | October 14, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wired Up: Week 6

I blogged about Miles Austin, Jeremy Maclin and Austin Collie the other day as three top waiver wire additions to your fantasy roster. Here are recommendations from elsewhere in the fantasy world.

By Gene Wang | October 13, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

More on Player Targets

The trendiest fantasy stat these days is targets. For the uninitiated, targets are how many times a players gets thrown to, regardless if he makes the catch.

By Gene Wang | October 13, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 5 Wide Receivers

This week's wide receiver PvP highlights three players who essentially were fantasy afterhoughts: Miles Austin, Jeremy Maclin and Austin Collie.

By Gene Wang | October 12, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 5 Running Backs

As good a week as it was for the top quarterbacks, it was just as bad for the elite running backs.

By Gene Wang | October 12, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

PvP: Week 5 Quarterbacks

Clearly it was a great week for the top quarterbacks overall, as all but Joe Flacco and David Garrard exceeded projections.

By Gene Wang | October 12, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Fantasy Check Live OT

Here are some questions I didn't have time to answer during the Friday chat.

By Gene Wang | October 10, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week 5 Injury Updates

Some quick injury roundups from around the Web, courtesy of RotoWorld.com's aggregator.

By Gene Wang | October 10, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Fantasy Chat Reminder

Please join me Friday afternoon at 12:30 for another installment of Fantasy Check Live, where I take your questions about everything fantasy.

By Gene Wang | October 8, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

WR Projections: Week 5

Reggie Wayne has become the most consistent wide receiver in fantasy this season, and he's at the top of most projections heading into this weekend.

By Gene Wang | October 8, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

RB Projections: Week 5

Adrian Peterson is virtually the unanimous pick as the top running back to start this week.

By Gene Wang | October 8, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

QB Projections: Week 5

The fantasy world is positively giddy over Peyton Manning, with virtually every site ranking him as the top quarterback this week.

By Gene Wang | October 7, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injury Updates

Adrian Peterson, Eli Manning, Marion Barber and Darren McFadden headline the fantasy injury report this week.

By Gene Wang | October 6, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

WCOFF Update

It was a good week for us in WCOFF. We won all three matchups, each one a nail-biter.

By Gene Wang | October 6, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wired Up: Week 5

Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall reakout game on Sunday night, so it's no surprise he's the top choice on virtually all waiver wire list.

By Gene Wang | October 6, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

PvP: Week 4 Wide Receivers

Before we get to the list, let me be the first to check myself and say I missed on Terrell Owens.

By Gene Wang | October 5, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 4 Running Backs

On a positive note, Forte owners finally had reason to celebrate

By Gene Wang | October 5, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

PvP: Week 4 Quarterbacks

A quarter through the regular season, Peyton Manning is my front-runner for most valuable player.

By Gene Wang | October 5, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Fantasy Check Live Double OT

Don't lose faith in Fitzgerald. He's due to have a big game very soon because, well, he's Larry Fitzgerald. Plus the Cardinals' next two opponents are Houston and Seattle, both great matchups.

By Gene Wang | October 4, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Check Live OT

Thanks for coming to Fantasy Check Live Overtime, where I answer questions I was unable to get to during my weekly Friday chat.

By Gene Wang | October 3, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

What to Expect From T.O.

I'm not saying Owens is going to give you 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns -- he was a lock to reach those benchmarks throughout most of his career -- but don't count him out just yet despite Sunday's goose egg

By Gene Wang | October 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

QB Rankings Watch: Week 4

For the first time this season, Drew Brees is not the consensus No. 1 fantasy quarterback to start.

By Gene Wang | October 1, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

What to Expect From Brees

That got me thinking what Brees owners should expect when the Saints play the unbeaten New York Jets, who are one of the biggest surprises in the league thanks to a formidable defense.

By Gene Wang | September 30, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wildcat's Fantasy Impact

The Post's dedicated site for pro football is asking if the Wildcat is here to stay. For Ronnie Brown owners -- of which I am one -- let's hope so.

By Gene Wang | September 30, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Early Wired Up Roundup: Week 4

For those getting a jump on the waiver wires for Week 4, here are some links to get you started.

By Gene Wang | September 29, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sit of the Week vs. Lock of the Week

Both Chris Johnson and Brandon Jacobs owners undoubtedly expect better from their No. 1 backs. For Jacobs, that should come this week when the Giants play Kansas City.

By Gene Wang | September 29, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

PvP: Week 3 QBs

It was a much better PvP week for the top 10 quarterbacks, who far outshined the running backs.

By Gene Wang | September 28, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Projection vs. Production: Week 3 RBs

All but two of the top 10 exceeded their projected totals, only Jones-Drew far surpassed them, and it took his best game of the season to do that.

By Gene Wang | September 28, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Implications and Observations

Some observations after scouring fantasy sites late Sunday night into early Monday morning:

By Gene Wang | September 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Check Live Double OT

There were so many questions during the Friday chat that we here at Fantasy Check had to go to double-overtime for a second straight week.

By Gene Wang | September 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injury Updates

Hopefully you are taking a break from watching college football and checking up the NFL injury report for Week 3.

By Gene Wang | September 26, 2009; 07:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Check Live Overtime

Welcome to another session of Fantasy Check Live Overtime, where I answer some questions I was unable to get to during my weekly chat earlier today.

By Gene Wang | September 25, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Checkup: Week 3

Dr. A. Brion Gardner and Mackie Shilstone break down Week 3 breakdowns from the NFL injury report.

By Gene Wang | September 25, 2009; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fantasy Pickups: Week 3 RBs

But just because there may be a run on waiver wire wide receivers doesn't mean there aren't nice pickups out there. If you're in the market for a running back, it's worth looking into some of these names.

By Gene Wang | September 24, 2009; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Librarian Hosts 96-Team League

Besides compiling one of the most comprehensive fantasy football blogs, the Fantasy Football Librarian hosts a league with 96 teams.

By Gene Wang | September 23, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Waiver Wire Wednesday

If you're looking to get an early jump on the waiver wire, you've come to the right place.

By Gene Wang | September 23, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Trade Talk

Post colleges editor Matt Bonesteel, formerly of the paper's prolific NFL Gameday crew, is seeking input regarding a trade he has been offered by Des Bieler, also once a key cog in the aforementioned Gameday gang.

By Gene Wang | September 22, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Wide Receiver Targets

For fantasy owners searching for a wide receiver on the waiver wire, one of the most compelling statistics is targets.

By Gene Wang | September 22, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Projection vs. Production: Week 2 WRs

The last installment of this week's PvP covers the wide receivers.

By Gene Wang | September 21, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Projection vs. Production: Week 2 RBs

As you may have guessed, Chris Johnson and Frank Gore far exceeded expectations, while Matt Forte continues to disappoint.

By Gene Wang | September 21, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Projection vs. Production: Week 2 QBs

This week the experts got it mostly right, with the exception of Tom Brady at No. 10, whose actual fantasy points were well below his projected total.

By Gene Wang | September 21, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Check Live Double OT

Because you had so many questions during the Friday chat, we're going double overtime at Fantasy Check.

By Gene Wang | September 19, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Check Live Overtime

Welcome to the weekly Friday Fantasy Check Live overtime, where I answer some of your questions I was unable to get to earlier today.

By Gene Wang | September 18, 2009; 06:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Checkup Week 2

Dr. A. Brion Gardner and Mackie Shilstone break down Week 2 breakdowns from the NFL injury report

By Emil Steiner | September 18, 2009; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fantasy Chat Reminder

Just a reminder I will be chatting today at 12:30, so get your questions ready. Also there's now a dedicated e-mail address for all your fantasy questions: fantasycheck@washpost.com.

By Gene Wang | September 18, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Skins Fantasy Matchup

If you have Clinton Portis, Chris Cooley or Santana Moss, get them into your starting lineup.

By Gene Wang | September 17, 2009; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Early Sleepers

Toolbox's top sleeper is Brett Favre, who had a forgettable debut with the Vikings.

By Gene Wang | September 16, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Final Thoughts From Vegas Auction

Our local fantasy players, Rob Brotzmand and Mark Handwerger, who spent a weekend in Las Vegas as part of the World Championship of Fantasy Football e-mailed some closing thoughts about their experience.

By Gene Wang | September 16, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Projection vs. Production

Welcome to Fantasy Check's regular series on what experts forecasted and what players actually did.

By Gene Wang | September 15, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fantasy Arbitration

I'm often asked to resolve fantasy disputes involving lopsided trades, scoring discrepancies and other league-related matters. I'm happy to say there's a dedicated service that now handles these types of issues.

By Gene Wang | September 15, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bench Point Blues: Week 1

The fantasy football world needs a community where players can lament how many points they left on the bench over the most recent weekend of games. Consider this your new home for just that type of commiseration.

By Gene Wang | September 14, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

FantasyGuru Off to Fast Start

FantasyGuru bills itself as "The Leader in Fantasy Sports News and Analysis." Hard to say that's hyperbole based on some outstanding picks for Week One Reaches.

By Gene Wang | September 14, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

CBSSports Hits Mark With Sit of the Week

Larry Johnson was the last player to rush for 100 yards against Baltimore, doing so in 2006. But on Sunday, he had 20 yards on 11 carries against the Ravens in a 38-24 loss.

By Gene Wang | September 14, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

WCOFF Guys Week 1 Starting Lineup

There are plenty of similarities among the three teams, most noticeably at wide receiver, where Bowe appears on all three rosters.

By Gene Wang | September 13, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Chat Overtime

Here are answers to some questions I was not able to get to during my weekly fantasy chat earlier today.

By Gene Wang | September 11, 2009; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dispatches From Sin City

If you read my post the other day about two local fantasy players and their high-stakes auction draft, you'll remember I said I'd keep everyone updated regarding their $5,000 auction in Las Vegas in the World Championship of Fantasy Football.

By Gene Wang | September 11, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fantasy Auction Gets Serious

In many respects, auction is the most equitable method for fantasy player acquisition.

By Gene Wang | September 9, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Week 1 Quarterback Projections

You may be a bit surprised to learn the same site ranks Aaron Rodgers as the No. 2 fantasy quarterback despite Green Bay opening the season against division rival Chicago, which traditionally has featured one of the best defenses in the league.

By Gene Wang | September 9, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Industry Is Healthy as Ever

In case you were wondering, fantasy football continues to gain players and mobility at a rapid pace.

By Gene Wang | September 9, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Playoff Chances Looking Good

I have an 86.25 percent chance of making the playoffs based on the average from four of the site's experts

By Gene Wang | September 8, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

ADP Reveals Shift in Strategy

Mark the 2009 fantasy draft season as a watershed period in the industry.

By Gene Wang | September 8, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

What to Do With the Fifth Pick

Basically it comes down to if I trust DeAngelo Williams or Steven Jackson or LaDainian Tomlinson to be great.

By Gene Wang | September 7, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Chat Bonus Coverage

As I've started to do every Friday immediately following the chats, I'll address some questions I received in more detail.

By Gene Wang | September 4, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Suprising Developments

Thursday proved a mixed bag of news regarding second-year running backs Jonathan Stewart and Steve Slaton.

By Gene Wang | September 4, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Marshall Plan

The player nicknamed Baby T.O. makes an updated appearance on FFToolbox, and it's not where Marshall owners want to see him.

By Gene Wang | September 3, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions' Smith Undervalued

The Detroit Lions may have finished 0-16 last season, but that's irrelevant in the twisted world of fantasy football when you consider they have two highly ranked players.

By Gene Wang | September 3, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson States His Case

The fantasy world isn't buying it after he burned so many owners -- this one included -- last season.

By Gene Wang | September 2, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (5)

Top 100 Update

FFToolbox.com has updated its overall top 100 rankings just in time for this holiday weekend's huge round of fantasy drafts.

By Gene Wang | September 2, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Contract Year Motivation

While the reward of a big payday often can be the single motivating factor for players in contract years, it's also a significant element to keep in mind for fantasy owners. At least that's the conventional wisdom in the industry.

By Gene Wang | September 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting an Expert Opinion

What does an expert think of your team? Now you can find out.

By Gene Wang | September 1, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Relief for Fantasy Procrastinators

Now there's a resource for fantasy procrastinators, or any player who doesn't have the time nor the inclination to dedicate every waking hour to fantasy research.

By Gene Wang | August 31, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Rethinking P. Manning's Value

I was at a fantasy draft party two weeks ago, and the No. 1 overall pick was Manning. It seemed absurd at the time, but lately I've started to convince myself otherwise.

By Gene Wang | August 31, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Skins-Pats: The Fantasy Angle

Saturday night's game between Washington and New England answered several fantasy questions but also left others unresolved.

By Gene Wang | August 29, 2009; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is Marshall Worth the Risk?

Since the news came down that the Broncos suspended Marshall indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, his value has been dropping on most fantasy draft boards.

By Gene Wang | August 28, 2009; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Thoughts from Online Chat

Most players wanted to know what their strategy should be for the early rounds and if they should target wide receivers first.

By Gene Wang | August 28, 2009; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (6)

Uh-Oh in Buffalo

Owens's latest crisis has nothing to do with his reality show, his relationship with Dallas owner Jerry Jones or his feud with former teammate Donovan McNabb.

By Gene Wang | August 27, 2009; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Value in Leftwich

The conclusion here is simple: Leftwich has no fantasy value, except as a No. 3 quarterback in league's that start two.

By Gene Wang | August 27, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Stay Away From Sanchez

Just because New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan named Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback, don't rush out and add him to your roster or vault him up your draft board.

By Gene Wang | August 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Searching for PPR Ratings

For the uninitiated, that's an acronym for points per reception, and in such leagues, players like Matt Forte, Maurice Jones-Drew, Wes Welker and Brandon Marshall become even more valuable.

By Gene Wang | August 26, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fantasy Shakeup in Tampa?

That's potentially bad news for Derrick Ward owners, many of whom had visions of the former New York Giants backup emerging as perhaps a No. 1 fantasy back.

By Gene Wang | August 26, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Julius Jones vs. Edgerrin James

When the Seattle Seahawks released T.J. Duckett, it made drafting Julius Jones a bit more palatable. When they signed Edgerrin James, it seems Jones became all-but expendable.

By Gene Wang | August 25, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy Indemnity

Fantasy ideas come and go like sleeper picks and place kickers, but once in a long while, a new concept emerges that has a lasting impact on the industry.

By Gene Wang | August 24, 2009; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy and Relationships

You know fantasy football is no longer a niche hobby when it's a major topic of discussion in Carolyn Hax's online discussion.

By Gene Wang | August 24, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Draft Kickoff Ramblings

I just completed my first draft of the year, and beyond the first four selections, I've compiled a roster based largely on potential.

By Gene Wang | August 24, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Reader Question

Peyton Manning is the No. 3 fantasy quarterback according to just about every expert, so who am I to argue?

By Gene Wang | August 21, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mayoral Draft

Dubbed the Yahoo! Sports Mayoral Face-Off, this fantasy league includes mayors from across the country, but conspicuously absent is our own Adrian Fenty.

By Gene Wang | August 20, 2009; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Triggers Add/Drop Frenzy

It should suprise no one that among those eager fantasy players Brett Favre has been the most prized free agent in the very early stages of this fantasy season.

By Gene Wang | August 20, 2009; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

Favre's Initial Fantasy Impact

As the news spread about Brett Favre's expected signing with the Minnesota Vikings, Fantasy Check headed to the World Wide Web to see which expert would be the first to weigh in on his fantasy value.

By Gene Wang | August 18, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

Evaluating the Bog's Picks

Dan Steinberg, better known as the D.C. Sports Bog, was not happy with the first three picks of his fantasy draft. I know this because he told me so the other day.

By Gene Wang | August 18, 2009; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (4)

Reader Question on Top QBs, RBs

While there is some conformity among the top three quarterbacks, slots four through six yield a much wider variety of ratings.

By Gene Wang | August 17, 2009; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Fantasy Gear

Art of the Fan is a Charlotte-based apparel designer that, according to its Web site, "takes inspiration from things that have the power to turn people into fanatics."

By Gene Wang | August 17, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Draft Party Stunner

Imagine my sheer disbelief upon learning Peyton Manning was the No. 1 overall pick in this league.

By Gene Wang | August 17, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Trade Offer

An owner in my 14-team league who is picking second overall just circulated an e-mail asking if there was interest in swapping his set of draft picks with another owner who picks between fifth and 11th in the first round.

By Gene Wang | August 12, 2009; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Brave New World

With most teams using at least two running backs regularly, the fantasy draft philosophy of hoarding running backs and handcuffing a starter and his backup really no longer applies.

By Gene Wang | August 12, 2009; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Fantasy Impact of WR Injuries

While not addressing the specifics of the injuries to Steve Smith or Antonio Bryant, orthopedic surgeion A. Brion Gardner said it is in fact reasonable to expect athletes with similar ailments to be back in relatively short order.

By Gene Wang | August 11, 2009; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pro vs. College: You Choose

Professional football vs. college football is a debate as heated as Russell vs. Chamberlain or Mantle vs. Mays.

By Gene Wang | August 11, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fantasy, Obama, China and the Economy

According to an article entitled "Best Startup Markets for 2009" in Entrepreneur magazine, fantasy sports may be a good place to invest.

By Gene Wang | July 30, 2009; 04:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

About Fantasy Check

Fantasy Check will examine mock drafts, lineup sheets and free agent suggestions from some of the most visited Web sites and let you know which ones you really can trust.

By Gene Wang | July 27, 2009; 07:46 PM ET | Comments (7)

 
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