Fantasy Guru Daily: 1/31/11

Greetings everyone. The Fantasy Guru Daily is back for the week. And although we are now entering Super Bowl week, the other 30 teams in the NFL have been active as well. Here is a roundup from some of the top news of the past weekend.

Eagles plan to franchise Vick… This should come as no surprise, but it is nice to have some confirmation on it anyway. With Michael Vick approaching free agency, Philadelphia plans to put the franchise tag on its star QB so it can then listen to trade

The Eagles plan to extend their window on a contract for QB Michael Vick by placing the franchise tag on him.

offers for Kevin Kolb (who can’t be moved until a new CBA is in place), in whom many teams could have interest. But even if the Eagles don’t plan to trade Kolb, it makes sense to place the franchise tag on Vick; he had a fantastic season, but he’s injury prone and started to revert back to some of his troubling old tendencies from his Atlanta days. The Eagles likely want to see more development from him before committing a long-term extension.

Flacco angry about Zorn firing… We’ve heard a [...]

The Fantasy Guru Daily

It is a light day in terms of news, especially coming from the Super Bowl teams, but we still have a few stories of note to look at from around the league.

Fisher, Titans Part Ways… In somewhat of a surprising development, Jeff Fisher will not return as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans in 2011. Fisher’s future with the team appeared to be safe when just last month owner Bud Adams decided to kept Fisher over much-maligned QB Vince Young, although at the time he did say evaluations of the staff would continue.

Jeff Fisher had been with the team since 1994, when they were still known as the Houston Oilers.

According to multiple reports, the team and Fisher butted heads on more than a few issues recently, which apparently led to the team and Fisher deciding to part ways. Both the team and Fisher put out statements expressing disappointment with the decision, but were both appreciative of the other’s efforts. Fisher started with the then Houston Oilers in 1994 as the team’s defensive coordinator, but ended up taking over the head coaching job on an interim basis with six games left in the regular season when Jack Pardee was [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: An Introduction

We are rolling out a new feature here at FantasyGuru.com, bringing you all the news you need to know on a daily basis in the Fantasy Guru Daily. We will do so on our blog, so readers can chime in. 4-5 days a week, we’ll round up the most important nuggets of the day and provide some commentary, starting with some Super Bowl-heavy editions to take you up to the big game next week.

Kemoeatu declares Pouncey out … The shorthanded Steeler offensive line will be even more shorthanded in the Super Bowl, as rookie Pro Bowl C Maurkice Pouncey is unlikely to play against the Packers, at least according to G Chris Kemoeatu after practice Wednesday. Pouncey suffered a high ankle sprain in the 1st quarter of last Sunday’s AFC title game, and he was replaced by Doug Legursky, who has started four games at LG this season. The loss of Pouncey, the Steelers’

With C Maurkice Pouncey out, QB Ben Roethlisberger may be running all day from Packer NT B.J. Raji.

1st-round pick in 2010, is a big blow to an offensive line that’s been missing starting tackles Max Starks and Willie Colon. In the regular season, Pouncey and [...]

The Weekly MATTchups

We are back for the Divisional Round matchups after going 2-2 in my picks last week. Interestingly enough, I correctly predicted the two toss-up games (Ravens, Packers), while missing on the games I felt comfortable about (Saints, Colts). We have four rematches this week, and I am intrigued to see what kind of adjustments will be made.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

Not a whole lot needs to be said about this matchup since we’ve seen these teams play each other so often in recent years. Both teams can run the ball well when they choose to, but the Steelers tend to rely on throwing it more because they believe Ben Roethlisberger is their best player. That should continue in this game because of Baltimore’s exploitable secondary. The Chiefs didn’t do much against them last week, but as we know, Dwayne Bowe is their only legit receiver. Pittsburgh goes three deep at WR with Hines Ward, Emmanuel Sanders, and Mike Wallace, who is the only player I feel somewhat confident about from a fantasy perspective in this matchup. We know about the Steeler OL issues, but Baltimore’s OL also has had trouble in pass protection meaning both QBs could be under [...]

The Weekly MATTchups: Wild Card Edition

We have made it to the playoffs, and outside of the Patriots, there does not appear to be a clear-cut favorite, which should make for some great games. Things get started with the Wild Card Round on Saturday and I wanted to share my thoughts on those matchups.

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

Even with Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory on the shelf, you have to like the Saints this one pretty easily. New Orleans will take and complete the shots downfield that the Rams couldn’t last week. Drew Brees should be able to pick apart the Seattle secondary with ease, especially since he receiving corps hold significant advantages in the size and athleticism department. Now, the Qwest Field advantage could come into play if the Seahawks are able to put some points on the board early, but if they fall behind, forget about it. The Saints shouldn’t have a problem this week, but you have to wonder if they can go much further without a consistent running game unless you believe in Julius Jones. I sure don’t.

Prediction: Saints 30 Seahawks 14

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

The rematch of the last season’s AFC Championship is a bit more even considering the [...]

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