FBG Daily Email - Volume 11, Issue 139
By Joe Bryant
September 3rd, 2010

Here are the last remaining guaranteed openings in the 2010 Fantasy Football Players Championship. Once these are reserved, we will form a Wait List for the next 12 registrations. DO NOT WAIT!

WAIT LIST -- Online Draft, Friday September 10th, 9pm Eastern
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300 teams will be drafting their dream team on Friday & Saturday, September 10th and 11th. The FFPC is a high stakes event allowing players to draft live in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas as well as Online, from the comfort of their home, with all teams competing in the same main event. Grand prize is now $100,000 with league prizes at $8,500 each. The FFPC's format has challenged fantasy owners with it's unique Dual-flex starting lineup requirement and point per reception scoring which includes 1.5 points per reception for Tight Ends. This format is used in the Footballguys Players Championship as well. Go to www.myFFPC.com and register for the Fantasy Football Players Championship right now!

Hi Folks,

Good Saturday to you. It's the last weekend for a while without NFL Football. Nice. We've got boatloads of new content for you plus a reminder that the Footballguys Players Championship Grand Prize is now up to $77,500. It started at $50,000 but the response from you guys has been awesome. Jump in and join us. Plus we've got all the news and notes you need so let's get to it.

Joe

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B. Footballguys Player Championship - The Grandprize Is RISING - Now $77,500
Don't miss out on the new, online fantasy football contest created by Footballguys.com and our friends at the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC)

Consider:

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This contest is already up to 1,260 teams. The guaranteed prize pool raises again at 1,320 and 1,380 teams

C. Call Your Shot
Our staff climbs out on a few limbs and gives their takes on performances they believe could happen that no one is expecting.

D. Updated Projections
Another set of projections for you ready to go.

E. New Average Draft Position (ADP) Rankings
Know where the other guys in your league want to draft the guys you're targeting with our Average Draft Position list.

F. New Average Draft Position (ADP) Rankings (PPR Format)
Know where the other guys in your league want to draft the guys you're targeting with our Average Draft Position list. This one is for the Point Per Reception (PPR) format.

G. 2nd Opinion - Maurice Jones-Drew
Our Jene Bramel offers a medical second opinion on Maurice Jones-Drew

H. Value Based Drafting (VBD) App
New projections mean the new Value Based Drafting (VBD) Excel App is ready for you.

I. Draft Dominator App
And you know we'll have a new Draft Dominator App for you. Go into your draft with the heavy artillery. It's an unfair advantage. But we're ok with that.

J. Projections Dominator App
New projections mean a new Projections Dominator. Manipulate our numbers in ways that work for you.

K. Cross-Platform Cheatsheet Generator (BETA)
It's still in BETA but we continue to work on the cross platform cheatsheet generator especially for you Mac Guys.

L. Preseason Injury Report - September 3
Our Mark Wimer with the latest wrapup for all the injury news.

M. Buy Low, Sell High - Preseason Edition - WRs/TEs
Our Sigmund Bloom with another edition of the Buy Low - Sell High series. In this one, he looks at WRs.

N. Guide to Defenses 7
Our Jene Bramel continues his ridiculously comprehensive guide to defenses. It's a must read for any Football fan.

O. The Weekly Gut Check No. 204 - Post-Mortem of a Draft
Our Matt Waldman with a nice breakdown of the Footballguys Staff draft.

P. Returnerguys Cheatsheet
Our Mike Herman with his uber detailed look at return guys.

Q. Fantasy Buzz 5-Minute Lexycast -- Cecil's Lammey's Deep Sleepers -- Episode 3 of 4
Lexy's Todd Lafferty and our Cecil Lammey discuss deep sleepers completely off the radar that the rest of your league won't know about.

R. Fantasy Buzz 5-Minute Lexycast -- Cecil Lammey's Deep Sleepers -- Episode 4 of 4
Lexy's Todd Lafferty and our Cecil Lammey conclude their discussion of Cecil's deep sleepers for 2010.

S. Fantasy Buzz 5-Minute Lexycast -- Andrew Garda's Deep Sleepers
Lexy's Todd Lafferty and our Andrew Garda discuss Andrew's deep sleepers for the coming season.

T. Fantasy Buzz 5-Minute Lexycast -- D-Day for VJ / Olsen on the Block / Crabtree Goes Diva
Lexy's Todd Lafferty and our Sigmund Bloom discuss why Saturday is an extremely important day in the Vincent Jackson saga, the potential for a Greg Olsen trade and what Michael Crabtree did to enhance his "diva" label.

U. Fantasy Buzz 5-Minute Lexycast -- Bradshaw Gets First Snaps / Edwards "Wins" Bills Job / Antonio Bryant Done?
Lexy's Todd Lafferty and our Sigmund Bloom discuss what we learned Thursday night about Ahmad Bradshaw, what to expect from Trent Edwards and whether Antonio Bryant's career is over.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. SEA - Mike Williams to start?
2. SEA - Seahawks will move WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
3. CLE - RB Montario Hardesty suffered torn ACL in preseason finale
4. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger to serve four-game suspension
5. OAK - QB Jason Campbell says he will be ready for Week 1
6. HOU - PK Neil Rackers wins kicking battle
7. NYG - RB Brandon Jacobs upset over role
8. NE - RB Laurence Maroney dealing with assortment of ailments
9. NE - WR Wes Welker admits heís still not 100 percent
10. NE - RB Laurence Maroney works with backups
11. NE - RB Fred Taylor works with starters
12. JAX - RB Maurice Jones-Drew says he feels great
13. OAK - RB Michael Bush could be out for a while
14. DEN - RB LenDale White to miss season
15. NO - RB Ladell Betts released
16. STL - QB A.J. Feeley would like to practice Monday
17. MIN - Vikings not likely interested in WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
18. HOU - Texans to sign RB Derrick Ward
19. SEA - WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh not worried about trade talk

SEA - Mike Williams to start?

Source: Adam Schefter - ESPN

Seattle Seahawks WR Mike X. Williams could start in Week 1 likely opposite WR Deion Branch, reports Adam Schefter, of ESPN.

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Another reminder that we should never completely give up on any player. Mike Williams is an excellent upside flier after the 10th round.

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SEA - Seahawks will move WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Source: Adam Schefter - ESPN

The Seattle Seahawks will release WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh if they are not able to trade him, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Seahawks are liable to pay whatever his team does not this season. He is guaranteed to make $7 million this season.

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The best case scenario is for Houshmandzadeh to get picked up by Washington, Minnesota, or San Diego after he gets cut, because no one is going to pick up the seven million dollar price tag for his this year.

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CLE - RB Montario Hardesty suffered torn ACL in preseason finale

Source: Adam Schefter - ESPN

Cleveland Browns RB Montario Hardesty (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the teamís preseason finale and he will be out for the season, according to ESPNís Adam Schefter.

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Jerome Harrison moves higher into RB3 territory in fantasy drafts, but Peyton Hillis could be the big winner here as he has ran with the first team at times and looked good doing it during camp. Harrison had a fumble problem in the preseason and the coaches seemed reluctant to make him the starter. James Davis could also play a bigger role in this backfield with Hardesty out for the season.

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PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger to serve four-game suspension

Source: Jason LaCanfora - NFL Network

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended for four games, according to Jason La Canfora, of NFL Network.

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Roethlisberger is an even bigger value now after the 10th round. This is also good news for Hines Ward, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace, and Heath Miller.

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OAK - QB Jason Campbell says he will be ready for Week 1

Source: CBSSports.com

Oakland Raiders QB Jason Campbell (wrist, stinger) says he will be ready for Week 1, according to CBSSports.com. Campbell, however, would not comment on how he is currently feeling. 'Right now I can't talk about the injuries or anything, but come the Tennessee game, I'll be ready,' Campbell said.

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Good news for Raiders fans and Campbell owners.

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HOU - PK Neil Rackers wins kicking battle

Source: John McClain - The Houston Chronicle

Houston Texans PK Neil Rackers has won the teamís kicking job over PK Kris Brown, according to John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle.

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Kris Brown was the last member on the Texans squad from the original team, and now he'll have to look elsewhere for work in the NFL.

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NYG - RB Brandon Jacobs upset over role

Source: Jane McManus - ESPNNewYork.com

New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs was in a sour mood following the teamís preseason finale after he did not receive a single carry, according to Jane McManus, of ESPNNewYork.com. RB Ahmad Bradshaw was the official starting running back in the game. Jacobs said football was a brutal business. 'No question,' Jacobs said. 'To be in this business, you have to know that. No one's your friend in this business. This is a cutthroat, backstabbing business. That's just the way it goes. It's been like that before me. If you expect anything else out of a business like this, you're crazy.' Jacobs said it's too early to ask for a trade. There isn't anything that can be done with the season about to start, and the situation could work itself out. In the meantime, Jacobs said he would work hard and stay ready for the moments when his number is called. 'It's almost hard to stay positive in a situation like this, but that's what I've got to do,' Jacobs said.

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Perhaps getting a chip on his shoulder will help Jacobs play better in a limited role. Ahmad Bradshaw is the lead back for the Giants, and is a threat to score every time he touches the football. The Giants will use a RBBC in 2010, but Bradshaw should get a majority of the touches because he's the better running back right now.

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NE - RB Laurence Maroney dealing with assortment of ailments

Source: Monique Walker - The Boston Globe

New England Patriots RB Laurence Maroney (abdomen, groin, ankle) has been dealing with a number of issues, including an abdominal strain and groin and ankle injuries, reports Monique Walker, of The Boston Globe, according to a league source.

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Maroney seems to be perpetually banged up so this report is nothing new. We'll see if the Patriots decide to keep him around on the final roster.

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NE - WR Wes Welker admits heís still not 100 percent

Source: Albert Breer - The Boston Globe

New England Patriots WR Wes Welker (knee) is ready for Week 1; however, he still feels heís not yet at the same form he was last season when he caught 123 passes, according to Albert Breer, of The Boston Globe. 'I still feel like Iím a long ways off from that personally,' Welker said. 'People say it looks the same. I donít feel the same. So Iím not gonna put a number on myself.'

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Leave it to Welker to bring folks back to earth a bit. He's as tough as they come, but he's human.

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NE - RB Laurence Maroney works with backups

Source: AP

New England Patriots RB Laurence Maroney finally saw extended playing time Thursday, Sept. 2, during the team's preseason finale. Working with the backup offense, Maroney rushed nine times for a team-high 32 yards.

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If Maroney is going to play a big role in the Pats backfield, we haven't seen evidence of it yet. Don't draft him, but be ready to pounce on the waiver wire when Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris begin to look their age.

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NE - RB Fred Taylor works with starters

Source: AP

New England Patriots RB Fred Taylor worked with the first-string offense during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 2. He rushed for five yards on four carries during the game.

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Taylor seems to be the Patriots back to own early on, even if he is likely to yield his #1 RB spot because of injury eventually.

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JAX - RB Maurice Jones-Drew says he feels great

Source: AP

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) said he feels great and cannot wait to get back out on the field against the Denver Broncos during Week 1, reports The Associated Press. He has missed five consecutive practices. He said he will be back doing everything he needs to do Monday, Sept. 6, to prepare for Week 1. He also called the false report about him having surgery 'a big mess over nothing.'

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We understand if you take Ray Rice or Frank Gore over MJD because the knee talk worries you, but he probably shouldn't fall out of the top five picks.

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OAK - RB Michael Bush could be out for a while

Source: Jerry McDonald - ANG Newspapers

Updating a previous item, Oakland Raiders RB Michael Bush (thumb) is highly unlikely to be ready to play Week 1 and could miss up to four games or more, speculates Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers. According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Schwartz, a time span of four to six weeks following surgery would be a ďbest case scenario,Ē but he added he was speaking in general terms and did not know the specifics of Bushís injury.

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Darren McFadden will get a chance to grab the running back job in Oakland during September, but he could also get hurt and leave Michael Bennett or Rock Cartwright as the most surprising starting RB in the league. McDonald's take on Bush's injury is much more realistic than Tom Cable's.

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DEN - RB LenDale White to miss season

Source: Adam Schefter - ESPN

Denver Broncos RB LenDale White (Achilles') will miss the entire 2010 season because of a torn Achilles' tendon, reports Adam Schefter, of ESPN.

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The Broncos brought in LenDale White because of his nose for the end zone as they were hoping to use him in short yardage and goalline situations. Instead, he'll miss the season with an Achilles' injury. We wouldn't be surprised if the Broncos picked up another back via trade or the waiver wire as they set their final 53-man roster.

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NO - RB Ladell Betts released

Source: Adam Schefter - ESPN

The New Orleans Saints have released RB Ladell Betts, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Chris Ivory is looking like a great deep dynasty stash right now.

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STL - QB A.J. Feeley would like to practice Monday

Source: Jim Thomas -The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis Rams QB A.J. Feeley (thumb) said he would like to participate in practice Monday, Sept. 6, but is not sure if can take a snap under center, reports Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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The Feeley era was over before it began in St. Louis. Sam Bradford looks more than ready to start for the Rams.

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MIN - Vikings not likely interested in WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Source: Judd Zulgad - The Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Minnesota Vikings appear unlikely to pursue Seattle Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh should he be released, reports Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing league sources.

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Somewhat interesting given the shifting WR corps in Minnesota.

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HOU - Texans to sign RB Derrick Ward

Source: John McClain - The Houston Chronicle

The Houston Texans plan on signing free-agent RB Derrick Ward (Buccaneers), according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain.

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Ward should be the backup to Arian Foster right away, and with Steve Slaton's fumble problems, he might remain the backup all year. He has potential value in a Houston backfield that has been a revolving door since the days of Domanick Davis.

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SEA - WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh not worried about trade talk

Source: Danny O'Neil - The Seattle Times

Seattle Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, when asked about the rumors that he is on the trading block, said he does not care and it is out of his control, reports Danny O'Neil, of The Seattle Times. 'I could care less. It doesn't bother me. I knew (about the trade rumors) before y'all knew. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't,' Houshmandzadeh said.

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And when Housh says "it doesn't bother me", what he means is "it really bothers me and I don't know why I don't get the respect a great receiver deserves". He's on the steep decline and we don't recommend drafting him before the 11th or 12th round.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great Saturday. See you tomorrow with the update.

Joe

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