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Fantasy Football Idp Week 9

Heading into Week 9 of your fantasy football IDP season . . . making the proper pickups at this point can really boost your team for a playoff run. Make sure to take the time to scour the waiver wire if you are in need of a bye week and/or injury fill-in or just need to add depth to your squad. As always, feel free to contact us via twitter @fantasycouch if you have any additional questions.

IDP Waiver Pickups

Brian Cushing, Houston Texans, LB – It’s hard to imagine that after being named the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year that Cushing would only be owned in 26 percent of ESPN leagues this season. But that’s what can happen when you get suspended by the NFL for the team’s first four games after testing positive for a banned substance. Cushing went right back to work in Week 5 and 6 with nine and eight total tackles respectively and started at middle linebacker last week with only five total tackles, replacing DeMeco Ryans who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Playing in the middle now will boost Cushing’s value a bit because of tackle opportunities he will have, but it may take a week or two for him to get his bearings, get used to calling plays and playing from a different perspective. Even with that being said, he is an IDP stud no matter where he plays and needs to be picked up in every format because of his high tackle clips and big-play potential although he will blitz less often than he did playing on the outside.

Clint Session, Indianapolis Colts, LB – The Colts’ weak-side linebacker has played well in his last three games with 28 total tackles (23 solo) and a sack which came this past Monday on the Texans’ Matt Schuab who got blasted after Session was untouched blitzing through the A-gap. He is a young and fast linebacker with a promising future and will make a consistent play each week for your fantasy team because of his above-average tackling ability. If you are in need of a No. 2 linebacker, a bye week fill-in or just want to add some depth to your roster, pick up Session who is owned in a little more than 25 percent of ESPN leagues. He would likely be a top-20 player at his position if it wasn’t for the hamstring injury that kept him out of action in Weeks 2 and 3.

Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs, S – The rookie out of Tennessee is starting to make the impact that was expected eventually after being the first defensive back taken at No. 5 overall this past April. Berry, who is owned in just over a quarter of ESPN leagues, has managed an interception the past two games and had his best tackling game against the Buffalo last week with 10 total takedowns of the ball carrier (seven solo) and one pass defended. The physical tools are there, it was just a matter of time until he was able to adapt to the quickness and style of the pro game. Look for Berry to continue to get better over the second half of the season in defending both the run and pass, while having an outside chance of becoming a top-10 defensive back at the season’s end.

IDP Sleeper

Matt Shaughnessy, Oakland Raiders, DE – Oakland’s third-round pick from a year ago has been a surprising source of sacks this year with five in eight games. Shaughnessy suffered a minor concussion in Week 7 and passed all the required tests which allowed him to play last week’s shutout win against Seattle when he recorded four total tackles and a sack. With 25 total tackles (20 solo) so far this year, don’t expect him to blow you away with his tackle stats, but anybody who has gotten to the quarterback as frequently as he has is worth a look in deeper leagues. He is available in just about 90 percent of ESPN leagues.

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Nfl Week 12 Picks: Big Games For Week 12

NFL Week 12 Picks: It doesnt matter if NFL players actually watch any of the action unfold during Thursdays Thanksgiving triple-header; they know the results by Friday morning.

How it affects the players on Atlanta to see Drew Brees pass for more than 350 yards on the road against Dallas? Another mystery, but Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 285-plus in five of his past six outings so the Falcons defensive backs better be ready!

GREEN BAY AT ATLANTA
Line: Falcons -2
Over/Under: 47.5
The Packers sandwiched their bye week with impressive wins against Dallas and Minnesota, leaving a trail of coaching casualties in their wake. The Falcons have had a few extra days after beating Baltimore on Thursday (Week 11) and theyll face a Packers team thats allowed only one TD on 31 drives in their last three games.

Atlanta is 3-2 ATS at home this year and was 5-1 ATS when laying points in 2009. QB Ryans (18-1 SU) strong run of straight-up home wins gets a ton of publicity but its well deserved; the guy knows how to get the job done.

Online sportsbook opened the line for this game at Falcons -2 and public betting percentages show a 70-30 split of ATS betting action, Green Bay getting the majority.

The Falcons won their final four games of the season ATS last year and are 11-2 SU in their past 13 overall. In what could be a preview for the NFC Conference Final we like the betting value on the home favorite.
Pick: Take the Falcons

In another one of the more popular games for online betting this week, probably more because of the storylines leading up to it than then actually matchup itself, Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre square-off for the final time at FedEx Field.

MINNESOTA AT WASHINGTON
Line: Redskins -1.5
Over/Under: 43
After compiling a 40-37 straight-up record in five seasons with Minnesota, Brad Childress was fired this week after the Vikings were blown out by division rival Green Bay.

Leslie Frazier has become the second interim coach named in the past two weeks and Minnesota can only hope to enjoy the same success the Dallas Cowboys have enjoyed under interim coach Jason Garrett.

It was fairly obvious how big the rift between Childress-Favre had become and we know who will be calling the shots vs. Washington. Look for an up-tempo offense utilizing RB Peterson and all of the WRs to spread out the field.

On defense, the Vikings front seven will keep QB McNabb guessing. If the secondary can take something positive out of last weeks disaster they have a chance for redemption against the leagues 27th rated passing game (76.1).
Pick: Take the Vikings

How much should you conference call each week?

Conference calling has helped a number of companies drastically reduce costs on travel and other related expenses that otherwise cut deep into their budgets. A significant reduction in costs and the miniscule expenses involved in teleconferencing services enables companies to hold teleconferences as frequently as required. Conference Call providers like 03TALK offer a host of customised and affordable plans, where some calls can be made free. Besides, participants that dial into a 03 number from their mobile can avail of free minutes offered by their mobile network operator. Therefore, many calls can be made at no cost while calls that are charged are priced the same as calls to landlines, typically 01 and 02 numbers.

Many providers offer flexible conference calling plans where you are not required to schedule a call. Calls can be made impromptu, which is useful in the case of emergencies. The cost is only for the duration of the call. There are several pricing options including flat rate billing, toll free per minute billing, and other monthly subscription plans as per the policies of the service provider.

It is important for companies to be able to get key business partners and employees together for a scheduled teleconference on time. If you organise a specific time such as a weekly conference call, it is possible to keep abreast of the latest developments while everyone remains well informed. Many providers offer unlimited access around the clock to their conference bridge, therefore, calls can be made at any particular time, apart from scheduled calls. The number of calls you make would depend on your business requirements and the nature of the call. Product training, meetings with stakeholders, sales presentations, and product promotions, would all require separate conference calls since the nature of the meetings are different.

It is important to have the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of each participant. Meetings can be scheduled so as to not disrupt the regular programme of the participants. An agenda for the conference call must be sent to each participant at least a day in advance if not more in the case of regular meetings. This will keep everyone prepared while you are able to conduct the conference call efficiently.

It is prudent to opt for a pricing method that suits your business needs. Once you use teleconferencing services regularly you will be able to determine the amount of minutes you typically utilise every week. Providers of teleconference services offer plans based on the number of participants as well.

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Nfl Week 12 Picks: Big Games For Week 12

NFL Week 12 Picks: It doesnt matter if NFL players actually watch any of the action unfold during Thursdays Thanksgiving triple-header; they know the results by Friday morning.

How it affects the players on Atlanta to see Drew Brees pass for more than 350 yards on the road against Dallas? Another mystery, but Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 285-plus in five of his past six outings so the Falcons defensive backs better be ready!

GREEN BAY AT ATLANTA
Line: Falcons -2
Over/Under: 47.5
The Packers sandwiched their bye week with impressive wins against Dallas and Minnesota, leaving a trail of coaching casualties in their wake. The Falcons have had a few extra days after beating Baltimore on Thursday (Week 11) and theyll face a Packers team thats allowed only one TD on 31 drives in their last three games.

Atlanta is 3-2 ATS at home this year and was 5-1 ATS when laying points in 2009. QB Ryans (18-1 SU) strong run of straight-up home wins gets a ton of publicity but its well deserved; the guy knows how to get the job done.

Online sportsbook opened the line for this game at Falcons -2 and public betting percentages show a 70-30 split of ATS betting action, Green Bay getting the majority.

The Falcons won their final four games of the season ATS last year and are 11-2 SU in their past 13 overall. In what could be a preview for the NFC Conference Final we like the betting value on the home favorite.
Pick: Take the Falcons

In another one of the more popular games for online betting this week, probably more because of the storylines leading up to it than then actually matchup itself, Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre square-off for the final time at FedEx Field.

MINNESOTA AT WASHINGTON
Line: Redskins -1.5
Over/Under: 43
After compiling a 40-37 straight-up record in five seasons with Minnesota, Brad Childress was fired this week after the Vikings were blown out by division rival Green Bay.

Leslie Frazier has become the second interim coach named in the past two weeks and Minnesota can only hope to enjoy the same success the Dallas Cowboys have enjoyed under interim coach Jason Garrett.

It was fairly obvious how big the rift between Childress-Favre had become and we know who will be calling the shots vs. Washington. Look for an up-tempo offense utilizing RB Peterson and all of the WRs to spread out the field.

On defense, the Vikings front seven will keep QB McNabb guessing. If the secondary can take something positive out of last weeks disaster they have a chance for redemption against the leagues 27th rated passing game (76.1).
Pick: Take the Vikings

Nfl Picks Of The Week – Nfl Picks For Week 2 Fantasy League Pickups

Nfl Picks Of The Week

Just when you thought it was safe to spend a day getting ready for the college football picks this weekend, the need for free NFL picks rears its head yet again. This time, it’s the fantasy footballers among us in need of a little guidance after at tumultuous week in the league.

Of all the news that came down on this week, none was bigger for fantasy-tics than Ryan Grant’s season ending ankle injury. For the past three years, Grant has been a fantasy mainstay. As one of the few NFL running backs not having to share significant and playing in a high-powered offense, he had become a late-first round or early-second round pick in just about every league. If he’s still available on the waiver wire – a slim chance at this late hour – Brandon Jackson is your man. While he won’t give you the same value that you likely would have gotten from Grant, Jackson can be a quality 2nd or 3rd fantasy back.

In the event that you missed out on Grant, two different backs may have just gained fantasy value with just one move. The New England Patriots shipped Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos for a pair of draft picks. The move means Maroney can probably expect a few more carries in the Mile High, although he will still be solidly behind Knowshon Moreno. It also gives veteran Fred Taylor a slightly tighter grasp on the top job at Foxboro. That status comes with a big asterisk – the Patriots’ depth and running back by committee approach that made Maroney expendable also make Taylor not as solid a pick as he could be. Nfl Picks Of The Week

Running backs weren’t the only ones impacting your free NFL picks. Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford reportedly suffered a joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. The initial diagnosis says he will miss the next four to eight weeks. However there is concern that after a visit to Dr. James Andrews, Stafford could end up being out a lot longer. Let’s be honest, you’re not picking up Shaun Hill. However, depending on how deep your league is more attractive pickups like Kyle Orton or Jason Campbell could still be available. Temper your enthusiasm on Campbell, but if you’re going to play him, this is the week with Oakland lining up against the Rams.

Finally it appears that Kevin Kolb’s concussion (say that five times fast!) will likely keep him out of the lineup, although the Eagles have yet to make an official determination. Nonetheless, it significantly boosts Michael Vick’s value for the week. Long-term, it would still appear to be Kolb’s job to lose – although the Philly fans were ready to fire him in the second quarter of last week’s loss to Green Bay. Vick sparkled for the Eagles last week and it would appear that as long as Kolb can’t play, Vick’s a good option. Nfl Picks Of The Week

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Nfl Tickets – Must-see Week 6 Nfl Matchups

Week 6 of the NFL’s regular season promises more drama than ever. With Brett Favre standing injured and accused, Big Ben back at the helm and Colt McCoy ready to make his starting debut, there are more than a few quarterback shakeups to get football fans excited for Week 6 action. There are plenty more reasons why NFL tickets are hot commodities this week, and here are just a few of the most anticipated games of the week that are sure to get football fans excited for the weekend.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles. Michael Vick hasn’t yet declared whether or not he’ll return from injury for this week’s game, but the chance to play his old team will give him motivation to get back on the field at all costs. Vick certainly has something to prove this weekend as he faces the Falcons for the first time as a starting quarterback, but even in the case that he doesn’t come back from his injury Kevin Kolb will be waiting for another shot at redemption.

The Eagles face the AFC South-leading Falcons with a number of injured players, and they’ll be without Broderick Bunkley, Jason Peters, Asante Samuel and Riley Cooper. The remaining Philly team will have their work cut out for them in this Week 6 matchup against the Falcons, and especially on offense. The Atlanta D is leading the league with interceptions (with 10) so far this season and the team is going for its fifth win in a row. The Eagles have been streaky at best this season but have the ability to win this big game if they play up to the competition. You better believe the Falcons will be waiting to exploit any weaknesses, however.

Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots. How will the Patriots fare without Randy Moss in the lineup? That’s one of the big storylines coming out of the Patriots-Ravens matchup in Week 6. Tom Brady has a cast of young pass-catchers waiting to step up to the plate, but is this inexperienced offense any match for Baltimore’s third-ranked defense?

On the other side of the ball, the Ravens have been inconsistent on offense lately, though their Week 5 play against the Denver Broncos showed what the Baltimore rush attack can do at its best. The Ravens roll into town on a hot streak and will put New England to the test, but the Patriots have one thing in mind: revenge. The last time these two teams met was last year during the playoffs, when the Ravens dashed the Patriots’ Super Bowl dreams.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns. If for no other reason, football fans will surely tune into the Week 6 Steelers-Browns showdown only to see how Ben Roethlisberger fares coming off a four-game suspension. Big Ben resumes his post at the helm for this AFC North matchup, and the rivalry will heat up as the Steelers and Browns prepare for the big game.

While the Steelers have no doubts about who they’ll start at quarterback in Week 6, the Browns have a tougher decision before them. Veteran QB Jake Delhomme has been battling injury over the last few weeks and backup Seneca Wallace suffered a similar high ankle sprain in Week 5, leaving rookie Colt McCoy as the last man standing behind the ball. McCoy is expected to get his first start in the Steelers game, which could be brutal considering Pittsburgh’s nasty defense. Do the Browns have the fight it takes to beat the Steelers on the road? It’s all to come as Week 6 of the regular season gets underway.

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