Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings: Bye weeks begin

Fantasy football is about more than assembling your favorite players on one team. This week, with six teams on a bye week, strategy element of the game begins to set in. While a week to rest might be good for the players, it’s certainly a headache for fantasy owners.

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2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Four)









America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week Four.

I’m officially donning 2011 one of the weirdest fantasy years ever as some very surprising players made the awards this week (just look at Honorable Mention for MVP if you don’t believe me).

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Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast 4, Sports Radio 1400


WQOW ABC 18’s  Stephen Kelley co-host a weekly fantasy football radio show here in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. After the jump listen to “Fantasy Football Weekly on Sports Radio 1400”

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Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Put up or shut up

We’re three weeks into the fantasy football season and the surprises just keep on coming. Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford are top-10 fantasy quarterbacks. Coe College alum Fred Jackson is the third best fantasy back. And how about Scott Chandler, who had one catch before this year, picking up four scores in the first three weeks. But much like business, it’s not what you did last week; it’s what are you going to do for me now. So let’s look into the crystal ball and find this weeks surprise, shall we?

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Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast, Sports Radio 1400

WQOW ABC 18’s  Stephen Kelley co-host a weekly fantasy football radio show here in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. After the jump listen to “Fantasy Football Weekly on Sports Radio 1400”
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Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings: The Injury Bug Bites

It shouldn’t surprise any of us. In a game as violent as football, injuries are bound to happen. Top-5 pick Jamaal Charles is out for season. Miles Austin is out until October 16th. Let’s not even get started on Peyton Manning.  Much like their professional counterparts, fantasy owners need to find ways to fill the void left by their injured players. Included in this week’s rankings, I’ll list some guys that could step in for your injured star this week.

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Building on a strong week

If we learned one thing about the NFL in week one: the lockout certainly did not slow down the offensive numbers.  A ridiculous 14 quarterbacks had more than 300 yards, four of which went over 400. 13 receivers topped 100 yards, including seven double-digit touchdown performances. Needless to say, fantasy teams weren’t suffering. Now it’s time to build on that success and dominate week two of the fantasy season.

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Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings: Football is Back!

We endured an offseason consisting of men in suits walking in and out of buildings. We endured a three-month stretch when the work “lockout” might as well have been preceded by a four-letter word. But courtrooms, politics, and league lawyers are now a thing of the past. Because ladies and gentleman, we’re finally here! The start of the NFL season is here!

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Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: NFC West


With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the coming weeks, I will rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers for each division. Today, the NFC West gets some time under the spotlight.

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NFL Signings and Trade Rumors: Kevin Kolb Traded to AZ, Reggie Bush and More!

Donovan McNabb ends up on the Minnesota Vikings, who say goodbye to Sydney Rice.  Kevin Kolb has a new home in Arizona!  The Redskins also rid themselves of Albert Haynesworth.  Who else is going where?  Now that blue chip wide receiver Santonio Holmes has decided to remain a Jet, where will other receivers go? The Sportsbank posts the basics here so you can be the king of your water cooler.

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Why Must You Steal Our Thunder?


By: Lovie ‘Faux’ Smith

Damn you Vikings. For once, we was generating some serious quarterback buzz in the Midwest. Jay Cutler donned more headlines than Fred Smoot on a boat in Lake Minnetonka.  Now Green Bay fans are following Mike Florio on Twitter with bated breath while Brad Childress pulls Favre’s chicken-scratch Herbie Hancock out of his back pocket every 20 minutes to remind himself he’s not dreaming. Doesn’t anyone care we’re going to take the division by storm in just two months?

I woke up this morning to a briefing from Larry Mayer, our PR guy. He tells me this contract between Favre and the Vikings is so inked, that all they’re waiting for is timing with reduced media reaction.  Reduced? That’s like taking Dolly Parton in for an aesthetic reduction. Are you kidding yourselves?


Mayer told me come July 3rd, fireworks won’t be loud enough to drown out the hum of ESPN satellite trucks camped out in both Minnesota and Mississippi. Did you do that for us when I tried to leak Cutler’s signing the day prior? You national reporters told me Cutler would go the Bears the day Ted Thompson traded up the NFL Draft. Ours came first and Ted still got more interviews about Clay Matthews.


Not only do the Vikings steal the most QB sensationalism we’ve had since Jim McMahon, they’ve decided they’re gonna do it on Independence Day? Apparently more reporters will be on vacation or taking unpaid furloughs?  Not anymore.

Our founding fathers are going to roll over in their graves when Sherman Williams issues its red, white and blue sale for purple paint and Fathead starts selling Viking Favre cutouts to boot. I hate purple. Grape juice and raisin bran boxes are lame.


What’s going to happen when you ask Minnesota, Green Bay and New York reporters to play nice at a press conference on July 6th? Is Peter King going to take out Ed Werder?  Is Rick Schwartz going to throw elbows at Rachel Nichols? Will Rachel Nichols make the Guinness World Book of Records for using the word ‘exclusive’ and the phrase ‘I spoke with Brett’ when all she really did was squeeze one question in during a stick-the-mic-in-#4’s-face session in a parking lot?  I’m pissed, but this convergence of numb-nose reporters may become as entertaining as 50 malnutritioned pitbulls fighting over a porterhouse. By the way, I, Lovie Smith, do not condone any cruelty to animals, period.


I feel so third-rate and we’re nowhere near exhibition. It’s not just at the office. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, but she won’t even drink from the same glass as me. I tried to cuddle with her last night and she said she was tired. Then she stayed up to read “For the Record” by Chris Havel. So I went to a message parlor but they told me it was self-service. If I can’t win or even generate media sympathy for trying, how will I get the Bears to the Super Bowl?


I’ve been trying so hard to fabricate an image of leadership and maturity for Jay. Now Favre’s gonna to make Cutler look as though San Diego’s Ryan Leaf befriended Joe Namath. Curse titanium shoulder prosthetics.  Curse things that come in fours; namely ninja turtles and barbershop quartets.

I hope Ray Edwards calls Brett a prima donna, then executes the pink slip prank to make fun of Favre for dressing in a separate area in the Vikings locker room. I hope Favre meets Urlacher and a near-senior-age body part fails, allowing Tavaris Jackson to recreate an ironic Don Majkowski moment. Wouldn’t that be the career/storybook ending to this wild ride? Until then, I’m going to devise ways to make more Cutler headlines and get Orlando Pace on the cover of Sporting News again. Won’t you help me?
-Overheard by and transcribed by Melissa S. Wollering