We all do it or have done it before; staring deeply at your line-up screen with such concentration that if any player’s projection moved by a decimal point you would know instantly. You have studied the player patterns, the target shares, snap counts, defensive match-up, checked the weather and looked into any sort of grudge match that may be lingering between players or teams. Yet, you are unsettled and anxious. How can you be sure Julio will throw up another 50+ point week and not another 6 point dud? Is this going to be the week that Jordan Howard finally rights the ship that is quickly sinking? Will Alvin Kamara finally fall back to earth? All you can do is sit back, slowly close your eyes and say a prayer, say the name of your star players over and over, imagine them scoring a touchdown, chant their names like a crazy person or … whatever method works for you. It’s the fantasy playoffs, It’s time to pull out all the stops.
Without a doubt if you had 1 or perhaps even more of these “gods” you made it into the playoffs on the shoulders of some big weeks by these players. Although most weeks are won and lost by the consistent numbers, the thing that can tip the scales suddenly and without warning are monster weeks. Weeks when 1-2 of your players put you near triple digit points for the week. The weeks Julio Jones goes for 50+ or the multiple weeks Antonio Brown gets you 40+. For the sheer sake of fun let’s go ahead and label some of these Old Gods and New Gods. Please feel free to respond via reddit or blog posts directly with your inputs and who you would vote for. All in good fun.
Team Old Gods:
QB: Tom Brady
RBs: Le’Veon Bell, Mark Ingram
WRs: Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald
FLEX: LeSean McCoy, AJ Green
TE: Travis Kelce
Substitutes: Keenan Allen, Doug Baldwin
Team New Gods:
QB: Carson Wentz
RBs: Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette
WRs: Tyreek Hill, Adam Theilen, Mike Evans
FLEX: Melvin Gordon, Michael Thomas
TE: Evan Engram
Substitutes: Kareem Hunt, Robby Anderson
-Daily Fantasy Favor
Put Me in Coach: Waiver Wire
Marquise Goodwin, SF WR - We have had him in this section for weeks now and the fact that he is still so low on % owned is surprising. He doesn’t have the best schedule moving forward, but with a QB that finally looks for long ball plays Goodwin could see more production like this last week. It is clear Garoppolo is looking for connections and this could be his first and most solid. The big play factor makes Goodwin a weekly flex play option. 15% owned.
Dede Westbrook, JAX WR - 6 receptions, 78 yards and 9 targets. For the third straight week Dede has seen at least 6 targets and seems to be a focal part of this offense behind Fournette and Lee. His pure athletic talent makes him a top WR on this team and if the Jags stay healthy he could maintain flex value moving forward after this week. 10% owned.
Kenny Golladay, DET WR - With Stafford injured and a difficult match-up it isn’t the most ideal time to play Golladay, but now is a great time to roster him. He is a long ball threat every play and if Stafford gets healthy again merits flex consideration against the Bucs and Packers in the next few weeks. All it takes is an injury to Marvin Jones or Golden Tate for his numbers to jump drastically. 11% owned.
Peyton Barber, TB RB - Barber replaced Martin in the starting line-up and was one of the few bright spots for the Bucs. If Doug Martin continues to miss time Peyton could see significant carries and if he produces he may hold the RB spot with Martin considering the Doug’s production lately. 1 % owned.
Giovani Bernard, CIN RB - Don’t blame yourself for this one. The Bengals coaching staff decided long ago that they wouldn’t have a run game and if they did it would belong to Joe Mixon. However, they have started to run more in the past few weeks and with Mixon taking a hard hit causing shoulder and head injuries, Gio could step into a nice role. The fact that we all know he can produce with receptions as well leaves him as an intriguing option this week against a Chicago defense that ranks middle of the pact against the run. 22% owned.
Mike Davis, SEA RB - Seattle hasn’t had a solid run game all year and they have tried all kinds of combinations. Over the past few games Mike Davis has shown sparks of life that this backfield desperately needed. He seems to be pretty evasive when it comes to tackles. If Pete Carroll continues to play him with 12+ touches then he could be a solid producer moving forward. This last week he got 16 rush attempts and 4 receptions for over 100 total yards. 3% owned.
Julius Thomas, MIA TE - Although the yards haven’t been there for Thomas in the last 5 weeks, the targets have been. More importantly targets in the red zone. In the last 5 weeks Thomas had 27 targets and 3 touchdowns. Even in the weeks he doesn’t score a touchdown he has managed to stay mediocre in PPR. It is hard to just forget about production like that at a position that is so hard to find points this season. Worth a spot on your roster for the coming playoff weeks. 29% owned.
QB: Brady, Wentz, Rivers, Brees, Ryan
RB: Bell, McCoy, Ingram, Kamara, Gordon, Hyde, Gurley
WR: Brown, Hopkins, Allen, Thomas, Thielen, Landry, Green, Tate, Jones
TE: Kelce, Ertz, Engram, Walker, Graham
QB: Smith, Newton, Goff, McCown , Kizer, Carr, Stafford*, Keenum
RB: Fournette, Freeman, Miller, McCaffery, Howard, Drake, Lynch, Lewis, Perine
WR: Fitzgerald, Evans, Jeffery, Jones Jr., Bryant, Baldwin, Hill, Cooks, Crabtree
TE: Olsen*, Rudolph, Henry, Thomas, Anderson, Doyle,
QB: Goff, Roethlisberger, Prescott*, Dalton , Wilson, Cousins, Savage
RB: Hunt, Mixon*, Burkhead, Mckinnon, Morris, Forte, Johnson Jr., Collins, Riddick, J. Williams, Davis, Coleman
WR: Thomas, Adams, Gordon, Kupp, Diggs, Sanu, Sanders, Cooper, Shepard, Anderson, Jackson, Goodwin, Coleman, Ginn Jr., Agholor, Kearse, Stills
TE: Cook, Davis, Brate, Hooper, ASJ, Clay, Witten, Kroft, Ebron, Seals-Jones
QB: Winston, Garoppolo, Gabbert, Siemian, Cutler, Bortles, Mariota , Brissett, Hundley
RB: Gore, Crowell, Darkwa, Murray, Barber, Peterson*, Anderson, White, Powell, Henry, L.Murray, Abdullah*, Woodhead, Cohen, Ajayi, Blount, Stewart, Jones
WR: Funchess, Hogan*, Crowder, Hilton, Lee, Watkins, Maclin, Matthews*, Benjamin*, Doctson, Westbrook, Wallace, Parker, Inman, Nelson, Z.Jones, Golladay
TE: Watson, Njoku, Allen, Higbee, Green, Lewis, Kittle, Howard
Daily Fantasy Favor: Daily match-ups/value
High: Phillip Rivers vs. WAS - $6800
Mid: Derek Carr vs. KC - $6400
Low: DeShone Kizer vs GB - $4900
High: Melvin Gordon vs. WAS - $7800
Mid: Lamar Miller vs. SF - $5800
Low: Peyton Barber* vs. DET – $4500
High: Adam Theilen vs. CAR - $7200
Mid: Michael Crabtree vs. KC - $6700
Mid: Dez Bryant vs NYG - $5900
Low: Josh Gordon vs GB - $5500
High: Travis Kelce vs. OAK – $7400
Mid: Evan Engram vs DAL - $6000
Low: Julius Thomas vs NE - $3500
High: LeSean McCoy vs IND - $7200
Mid: Marvin Jones Jr. vs TB - $6800
Low: Sterling Shepard vs DAL - $5300
High: Green Bay vs. CLE - $3700
Mid: Cincinnati vs CHI - $3300
Low: New England vs MIA - $3300
Cameron Brate, MIA TE vs. DET – $4100
Kenny Golladay, DET WR vs. TB - $3900
Mike Davis, SEA RB vs. JAX - $3700
Andre Ellington, HOU RB vs SF- $3600
Trent Taylor, SF WR vs HOU - $3300
Comments, Questions, Concerns and Feedback!
Our hopes with this shorter post than usual, is to get some feedback about what you all want to hear about. Also, to give you a chance to ask any questions you want and we will answer them as openly as possible. We love the comments and feedback given lately and always will welcome more. With the end of the season getting closer and closer there is less to write about. We kept this post rather short and just wanted to touch base on some key points and things that may cause some change moving forward in leagues. Hopefully the advice given only helps you further your goal of a fantasy championship. Good luck this week to you all. We hope you make just the right roster moves and set the perfect line-up. Thanks for checking out the post this week and hopefully you visit us again soon. Dilly Dilly!
-Mike & Devin
Julio Skywalker Jones
Simply because I am a huge nerd and because this is just all too fitting. There have been whispers and ancient text regarding the long foreseen “ Chosen One”, but the proof has not been there. Some hold true and know that he will show himself one day bringing balance to the force of your team and moving you one step closer to playoff berth or pushing you another round in championship contention bringing peace to the galaxy. Others doubting the existence of this false magic and lost faith; trading him off or disregarding him. Well, in week 12 Julio Skywalker Jones decided he would arise. Defenders trembled where they stood when they lined up across from him Sunday as he continue his on slaughter of catches and moving the marker. 268 yards, 2 touchdowns and 11 depleted souls later the Falcons claimed victory. We hope you are the faithful and prospered off of this rather than suffer.
While Julio brought balance to force for the time being, remember an awakening is always around the corner. A special talent has arisen from the swamplands. He had the potential inside him all season long, and suddenly he seems to have more power than any could have ever dreamed. The young Alvin Kamara has burst onto the scene and the force is definitely strong with this one. The one time free agent padawan has surpassed those that once stood ahead of him and controls the fate of many fantasy universes.
To those entering the postseason, whether you squeaked in with a .500 record or if you’re the #1 seed, anything can happen here on out. Fantasy football is a long and rigorous quest, and the game is played all season long. Good Luck Gents!
Put Me In Coach: Waiver Wire
Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI TE - Still characterized as a boom or bust player RSJ is a risky but sexy pickup. Although the high snap count that is hoped for, he has seen a great usage rate. Plus, near the end zone he seems to have a great connection with Blaine Gabbert. If you are desperate at the TE position you could find worse options for sure. Owned in 1%.
Corey Coleman, CLE WR - Coleman has seen 18 targets in his two games back with the team and looks to be a main point of the offense moving forward. The return of Josh Gordon could actually make life a little easier on Corey giving him more red zone opportunities to get open, although his targets will take a small hit. Still a great add right now going into playoffs. Owned in 33%.
Austin Ekeler, LAC RB - For three straight weeks regardless of Melvin Gordon’s health Austin Ekeler has been involved in both the run and pass game. He is for sure worth rostering in most leagues for a handcuff to Melvin in case something were to happen and even if not still has a chance to produce weekly for you in PPR leagues. Owned in 25%.
Rod Smith, DAL RB - Darren McFadden was officially cut and then retired from the NFL leaving only two backs that matter for the next few weeks in Dallas. Right now Smith and Morris are sharing touches, but he continues to look like the more explosive of the two and may see more looks going forward if Dallas hopes to win some games with creativity. Owned in 21%.
Marquise Goodwin, SF WR - Although Goodwin only has 5 receptions in his last two games his stats still read well; 5 receptions, 160 yards, 1 TD and 8 Targets. Most of the time that would be a player worth rostering in all leagues strictly because of the potential and his lock at the WR1 for the team. With Jimmy G starting for the rest of the season (hopefully) Goodwin should see an increase in targets and his speed should pay off after the catch. Owned in 11%.
Zay Jones, BUF WR - Jones looks like he will be taking over as the WR1 with Kelvin out for the season despite the lack of time he actually spent with the team. Zay has seen 17 targets in the last two games and although the yards don’t show it, he has been a bright spot on the team. Luckily the team has a pretty good schedule moving forward and Jones should be worthy of a flex spots in most leagues with a decent floor for volume. Owned in 10%.
Dede Westbrook, JAX WR - In his first two weeks of playing with the team Dede quickly took over the target share for WRs. His speed, athleticism and pure talent should prove useful on a Jags team looking for any help outside of the injured Fournette. Despite the lack of skill from QB Blake Bortles, Westbrook should continue to see fantasy relevance with the targets in PPR leagues. Owned in 8%.
QB: Brady, Cousins, Newton, Wilson, Wentz, Rivers
RB: Bell, Gurley, McCoy, Ingram, Kamara, Howard, Gordon, McCaffrey, Hyde
WR: Brown, Jones, Green, Baldwin, Thielen, Thomas, Hopkins, Evans, Allen, Cooks
TE: Gronkowski, Kelce, Ertz, Engram, Graham, Walker, Rudolph
QB: Taylor, Roethlisberger, Goff, Keenum, Brees
RB: Lewis, Perine, Burkhead, L. Murray, Miller, Johnson Jr., Fournette, Lynch
WR: Landry, D.Thomas, Hill, Crowder, Funchess, Shepard*, Diggs, Adams, Anderson, Bryant
TE: Olsen*, Cook, Davis, Doyle, Witten, ASJ, Henry, Hooper, Clay
QB: Smith, Carr, McCown, Ryan, Bortles, Mariota*, Stafford, Dalton
RB: Darkwa, D. Murray, Hunt, Mckinnon, Crowell, Forte, Collins, Peterson, Drake, Williams, Woodhead
WR: Fitzgerald, Sanders, Tate, Hogan, Jeffery, Kupp, Lee, Sanu, Smith-Schuster*, Jones Jr., Matthews,. Davis, Doctson, Ginn Jr., Goodwin, Inman, Richardson, Jones
TE: Kroft, Watson, Fiedorowicz, Thomas, Seals-Jones, Gresham, James
Roll the dice:
QB: Winston*, Prescott, Gabbert, Hundley, Siemian, Garoppolo, Savage, Gabbert
RB: Freeman, Coleman, Henry, Mixon, Smith, Morris, Gore, Abdullah, Powell, Booker, Martin*, Ajayi, White, Mack, Ekeler, Mckissic, Blount, Yeldon
WR: Nelson, Agholor, Hilton, Maclin, Roberts, Parker, Kearse, Jackson, Locket, Stills, Patterson, Watkins, Coleman, Gordon, Wallace, Richardson, Hurns*, Golladay, Cobb
TE: Howard, Lewis, Kittle, Sims, Njoku, Ebron, Higbee, Brate
Round Table: Weekly discussion
The Chargers looking Electric
-The Chargers have a great schedule moving forward and with their current momentum should carry some strong performances on both sides of the ball for the next few weeks: CLE, WAS, KC, NYJ and OAK to finish the year.
-With the recent surge from the team a few players have stepped up into bigger roles. Keenan Allen has seen his workload increase, especially near the end zone. Additionally, Austin Ekeler has proven to be a great asset to the team receiving passes out of the backfield.
-If Rivers can continue to chunk the ball with efficiency the defense should be able to hold out and carry this team to some more wins and fantasy production for its players.
Falcons Fly High
-Finally Julio owners got what they drafted for and have been waiting on. This year has been rough for fantasy owners with him only breaking the 20 point barrier one time before this monster 50 point game.
-The Falcons all together are starting to look better and fantasy is showing it. Coleman has produced when needed, Sanu continues to be consistent and reliable, Julio is demanding the ball and Matt Ryan looked a little better as of late.
-Atlanta’s schedule coming up favors its Wide receivers and will hopefully show us more of Julio’s magic and Sanu with more solid production. You should have confidence moving forward with Jones, Coleman, Freeman and Sanu...hopefully Ryan will step up a little more in this last push towards the playoffs.
Tomahawk the Chiefs
-The Chief’s entire offense caused many unexpected teams to jump out to early leads in their league standings. However, the spark has lost some sizzle. Kelce is the only remaining player that is an absolute 100% start.
-We have to start wondering whether Smith , Hill and Hunt will truly get rolling again. Since week 8: HIll hasn’t gone for over 70 yards as well as only having 1 td during the 4 game spread. Smith has only only 1 game with more than 250 yards and more touchdowns than turnovers (4 tds 4 turnovers). Hunt has 60 car for 173 yds (2.8 ypc 43.25 ypg) 11 rec 59 yds (14.75 ypg)
-Critically analyze whether these players are worth the starting spot. Don’t let your nostalgic bias persuade yourself they are must starts. Go with your gut, and understand other are in the same boat. This team showed how talented they are and could bounce back into form, but caution is advised.
The Dallas Duds
-It starts with the coaching staff and trickles down to Dak and the rest of the team. The lack of imagination is just dumbfounding since losing Zeke to suspension. Each drive looks the exact same and when the announcers are calling plays before they happen you know that opposing coaches and defenses are doing the same.
- With that comes Dak looking awful the last few weeks and shaking the faith of those that weren’t completely sold after last years efforts. He now has three straight games with under 200 passing yards. With that of course comes a lack of production across the board for fantasy players.
- Dallas has a schedule that is winnable moving forward if they can start to make some drastic changes. Force Dez the ball more, use more creative middle of the field plays for Beasley and make sure Witten (the one true reliable cowboy left) is involved!
- The Raiders just don’t look right lately. Derek Carr is having a down year in comparison to rankings for the season and both receivers are under producing for different reasons.
- WR trouble: Crabtree can’t stay on the field because of health issues and has seen his production drop lately, add the suspension and it only gets worse. Then they also have the whole Amari Cooper dropping balls disaster, add a concussion and ankle injury to that as well. Now you are left with three wide receivers that never had much spotlight on them.
- Moving forward the schedule is actually favorable to opposing wide receivers and it would be very beneficial for the team to get both of their stud WRs back and healthy by week 14. If not, the team could fall out playoff contention and in reality most other fantasy players would take a hit for the team. There would be a strong focus for Defenses to stop the run-game leaving Carr to throw to his unprepared receivers.
Pack is Back?
-Hundley looked great this last week and despite a poor outing against a good Baltimore defense, he has looked half decent for the past few weeks. With this the run-game should open up a bit more for Williams/Montgomery and also it seems he is getting a pretty good connection going with one of his WRs.
- Davante Adams looks like he is confident start weekly again moving forward after being targeted 19 times in the last two weeks and over 200+ total yards. Also, Cobb has slowly got back in the mix and has been relevant in deeper PPR leagues. Sadly Jordy Nelson has fallen of the young QBs radar. He seems that amazing QB/WR was strictly between Rodgers and Nelson.
- The team is slowly looking more and more like a team that can win games and is only 1 game behind Detroit right now in the division. The Packers are looking to keep any hope alive and will continue to push this young QB to be more explosive with the ball in his hands and better with his decision making. Be ready for more weeks of relevance from the Packers team we all thought might be lost without their fearless leader.
Lottery Tickets: Week 13 Bold predictions
+Kirk Cousins throws for 300 yards 3 TDs against the Cowboys,
+Josh Mccown Throws for 250 and 2 TDs vs the Chiefs
+Marshawn Lynch goes for 100 totals yards and 1 TD
+Jordan Howard goes for 120+ yards and 2TDs
+Cooper Kupp goes for 100+ yards and a TD
-Nelson Agholor Back on a slow week with less than 50 total yards
-Alvin Kamara held to under 100 total yards and 0 TDs
-Jimmy Garoppolo throws 3 interceptions and 0 TDs in his first start with SF
+Cam Newton throws for 300+ yards and 2 TDs against the Saints
+Jimmy Garoppolo throws for 250 yards and 2 TDs in his first start with SF
+Le’Veon Bell has 150+ total yards with 2 TDs
+Matt Forte has 100+ total yards and a TD
+Michael Thomas gets 120 yards and TD against the Panthers
-Leonard Fournette is not the highest scoring fantasy running back for JAX
-Sammy Watkins falls back to earth with less than 50 yards and no TDs
-Josh McCown throws for under 200 yards and only 1 TD
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it. Next week we will be touching on Dynasty leagues and would love some feedback about what you guys want to hear or players you are concerned with. Make sure to check back next week for another post and hopefully some more helpful hints from the two of us. Good luck this week!
- Mike and Devin
It's that time of the year! We all have mixed feelings about it. The end of the fantasy regular season only weeks away. Resultantly, that always means the sweet taste of playoffs or the morbid toxicity of defeat. It's the end of the quest and riches/glory are on the line. Will you be boasting to your friends for the next 9 months or be mocked and ridiculed. The playoffs are beginning, or are extremely close, and the time of reinforcing your team has pretty much gone bye. However, there are still a few players out there worth a waiver wire who could boost your roster in the playoffs. The pattern of injury has yet to cease, and we can all only assume it will continue, make the safe play and grab some padding for the fall. This is the last push people; the rebels against the empire, the fellowship against Sauron, John McClane against Hans Gruber...you get the picture. It is you against the rest of your league and everything is on the line. Glory is on the horizon....
We will skip the lengthy intro this week and jump into a little bit more of the meat. Good luck to you all and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Round Table: Topics of interest
⦁ In need of a Stampede: The Bills have slowed down..or stopped.
⦁ QB - Let’s just be straight up here and admit that the front office is not the biggest fan of Tyrod Taylor and would prefer him riding the pine or wearing a different jersey. Sadly, for them the first chance they got to make a change was a huge dumpster fire that left them plugging Tyrod back in to actually put some numbers on the scoreboard. Tyrod has an amazing schedule going forward
⦁ WR Targets - Kelvin has ACL damage and will miss time. Moving forward that leaves some targets ( not many with Tyrod ) to go around. Zay Jones has seen a lot of targets the last few games despite Thompson producing a little more. Going forward Zay Jones and Charles Clay should be the main focus of their offense.
⦁ Houston Health: Practice Squad
⦁ Savag-Ington - It is clear. Tom Savage and Bruce Ellington have a connection after all that work in practice together and if Will Fuller’s injury lingers Bruce could start to look like Batman ( like the 3rd best super-hero on the justice league ). Last week he played 97% of snaps. He has racked up a nice 15 targets in two games and only 1 catch less than Hopkins.
⦁ The Curse - Well just as it looked like Foreman was finally getting a chance to rack up some points and show off….the Houston curse took its toll. With Foreman out for the season Lamar Miller will be an independent work horse again with Alfred Blue mixed in from time to time. Hopefully Tom Savage can keep the passing game up to some tempo to take pressure off Miller.
⦁ BUC-les-S: We need some angry pirates in Tampa
⦁ QB - Jameis is clearly having a down year and the injury played a big part, thus the benching/rest. Now we get to watch Ryan Fitz”magic” dazzle us all with slippery pocket presence, risky passes and either 3 TDs a game or 3 INTs. Hopefully the entire team picks up the energy and makes life for both QBs a little easier.
⦁ Hotseat - recent news is that Coach K. is possibly on the outs if he doesn’t get things turned around. Honestly, in today’s NFL while I think it is premature, it may be needed with such a talented roster with such a depressing year. If we don’t see some extra pep in the teams step the next two weeks I would be extremely surprised and I expect Coach Koetter is back next season.
⦁ Run-Game or Lack there of - Doug Martin is getting the chances and touches to try and pull some numbers together, but lately with the QB troubles and horrid offensive line play it has been impossible. I think I have finally given up on Doug Martin despite the fact that I know he has athletic ability. He has fallen into my category of “Yee of little faith”.
⦁ Mile-High Pity: Just have to feel bad
⦁ RB Sticky-Icky - Well the run game is not there in Denver and it doesn’t help that the team keeps changing QBs and seem to have little faith in any. Despite the targets still getting thrown around and WRs staying relevant, the RBs have fallen off. We now see a combo off Anderson/Booker with Jamaal Charles just thrown in for fan nostigle at this point. Truly it is up in the air now with the change in Coaching this week. They could go straight back to CJ getting 15 carries and hope to get back to some glory or they could completely flip it giving the reigns to Booker who has looked pretty reliable lately.
⦁ Dude, Where’s my Defense? - For years fantasy players have relied on one thing weekly when it comes to defenses, Denver. They were great stopping the run, the dump-offs and the long balls. Allowing 20+ points since week 7. Don’t count on Denver D anymore.
⦁ Mythology Monster: Patriot’s confusing but lasting way to win
⦁ Three-Headed Dragon; Dion, Burk, JWhite - We can be honest and say that Gillislee is an afterthought at this point and just an injury pre-caution guy. Dion Lewis has started to get most of the important rushing work and the “THD” seem to split the passing receptions from the backfield. Right now it is truly a weekly dice roll and that is exactly what Billy B wants. Expect it to continue but Dion to be the most consistent.
⦁ Billy B baby - The Patriots defense is back to at least performing at an acceptable level and even a weekly play in larger leagues. Just like most year it takes the Patriots some time to get every part of their team into sync with the scheme Bill wants to run on both sides of the ball. With a few moves and tweaks the defense has begun to shut down opposing offenses striking their strengths. Weekly streamer for sure.
Put Me In Coach: Waiver wire adds
Samaje Perine, WAS RB - Kirk Cousins led offenses move the ball and Samaje is the only guy left in the backfield with any significant work this year. He certainly performed well this weekend and should become more involved in the passing game going forward. All this being said, let's keep expectations within reason as prior to last game the guy had 66 carries for 210 yards (3.18 y/c), 6 rec for 64 yards and 2 total TDS. Perine should rank as a low end RB2 with high end RB2 upside.
Ricky seals-jones , ARI TE - A character who you should certainly start paying attention to. This converted WR and TAMU product has all the physical tools to be successful in the NFL. He’s a 6’5” ex basketball player, runs a sub 4.7 40 yd-dash, with great leaping ability and showed flashes in the SEC. Were not hitching up the RSJ hype trailer just yet, but in a season that is pretty much lost for the Cards we could see more of this young talent.
Corey Coleman , CLE WR - Against an incredible Jacksonville Def Coleman was targeted 11 times and hauled in 6 rec for 80 yards. Some are skeptical of his qb play, as well as Josh Gordon’s return. Bottom line, when Coleman has been healthy this year he has produced and is the Browns #1 WR option (at least for now). He has 24 targets in his 3 games played and has ~20% target share. Should be an WR3/ flex going forward
Austin Ekeler, LAC RB - During the first 6 weeks Ekeler averaged 5.3 % snap count. Over his last 4 games his usage has been 18,17, 23, and then a season high 32%. These are the trends you want to see when looking for a potential breakout waiver wire pickup. He has 3 touchdowns the last 2 weeks on 23 touches and 177 yards (7.7 Y/T). That type of production is nearly impossible to sustain, nevertheless Ekeler is continuing to prove himself and should be on your bench at the least.
Devonte Booker, DEN RB - 19 touches in Week 11 compared to 9,8,9 touches the previous 3. His useage also jumped to 48% this week after 3 weeks of 25,22, and 23%. If you watched the game it is certainly arguable he is the best rb for their backfield. He was also much more involved in the passing game. Keep in mind he’s still a flex play, but he seems to be the RB to start in the Denver backfield. His outlook is also heavily dependent on the new coaching regime.
Zay Jones, BUF WR - Jones is the product of circumstance. During his last two games he’s seen 7 targets in each and had his most productive performances to date. He has a favorable matchup this week and could have some success with his high usage and volume. He is still (for now) a risky flex play that provides about a 3 catch 40 yard floor with limited upside.
Dede Westbrook, JAX WR - There are some things to like about this rookie. To start Lee and Hurns should draw most of the coverage away. In addition Fournette has been struggling with injury which could lead to the jags looking for new playmakers. He received a surprising 6 targets this past weekend, while he only converted with 3 catches were interested to see what could pan out. If you have room for a flier he could be worth a stash.
B. Ellington, HOU WR - In the last 3 games Bruce has gotten 23 targets, and finally started converting on his opportunities the last couple weeks. He and Savage were 6/7 on their attempts this past game. We’re not fans of his upcoming schedule, but he could be worth a reach for flex play, and should warrant very strong consideration for a bench spot.
Week 12 Tiered Rankings
QB: Brady, Wilson, Cousins, brees, Wentz, Rivers, Smith, Roethlisberger
RB: Bell, McCoy, Gurley, Ingram, Hunt, Karama, Gordon, McCaffrey, Miller, Howard
WR: Brown, Jones, thomas, Baldwin, Green, Theilen, Landry, Allen, Evans, Cooks, Hill
TE: Kelce, Gronk, Ertz, Graham, Engram, Walker, Davis, Cook, Clay
QB: Mariota , Newton, Ryan, Manning, Stafford, Prescott,Dalton
RB: Hyde, Mckinnon, Darkwa*, Freeman*, Murray, Lynch, Murray, L.Fournette*, Perine, Lewis, Coleman, Ajayi, J. Williams, Duke Johnson *
WR: Hopkins, Tate, Shepard*, D.Thomas, E. Sanders, Bryant, Crabtree, Cooper, Jeffery, Diggs, Matthews , Crowder, Stills, Funchess, Anderson, Smith-Schuster
TE: Kroft, Doyle, Olsen*, Hooper, Rudolph, Witten, Thomas, Henry, ASJ, Watson, Reed*
QB: Carr, Bortles, Goff, Moore, Fitzpatrick , Brissett, Keenum McCown, Trubisky
RB: Morris, Smith, Mixon, Gore, Woodhead, Collins, Crowell, Burkhead, White, Riddick, Williams, Martin, Peterson , Forte*, Gore
WR: Hogan*, Davis, Sanu, Doctson, Jones Jr., Adams, Fitzgerald, Maclin, Jackson, Watkins, Lee , Parker , Kupp, Coleman, Ginn Jr., LaFell, Goodwin, Richardson , Westbrook
TE: Brate, Ebron, Njoku, Fiedorowicz, Gates, Lewis, Howard, Bennett, Allen, Fleener
Good Vibes: Like what we see
DaVante Adams, GB WR -
Week 10 - 5 rec, 90 yards, 8 targets
Week 11 - 8 rec, 126 yards, 10 targets
Corey Coleman, CLE WR -
Week 10 - IR
Week 11 - 6 rec, 80 yards, 11 targets
Delanie Walker, TEN TE -
Week 10 - 6 rec, 63 yards, 9 targets
Week 11 -6 rec, 92 yards, 9 targets
Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR -
Week 10 - 5 rec, 44 yards, 1 TD, 8 targets
Week 11 - 5 rec, 64 yards, 1 TD, 9 targets
Kenny Stills, MIA WR - (with Matt Moore, QB )
Week 7 - 6 rec, 85 yards, 2 TD, 9 targets
Week 11 - 7 rec, 180 yards, 1 TD, 8 targets
Jamison Crowder, WAS WR -
Week 10 - 4 rec, 76 yards, 11 targets
Week 11 - 7 rec, 72 yards, 8 targets
Orleans Darkwa, NYG RB -
Week 9 - 16 rush, 71 yards, 2 rec. 8 yards
Week 10 - 14 rush, 70 yards, 2 rec, 18 yards
Week 11 - 20 rush, 74 yards, 1 TD, 2 rec, 16 yards, 4 targets
Latavius Murray, MIN RB -
Week 10 - 17 rush, 68 yards, 1 TD
Week 11 - 15 rush, 95 yards, 2 TD
Dion Lewis, NE RB -
Week 10 - 14 rush, 55 yards, 1 TD
Week 11 - 10 rush, 60 yards, 4 rec, 28 yards, 1 TD, 4 targets
Making Me Nervous: Patterns that scare me
Derek Carr, OAK WR -
Week 9 - 21/30, 300 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Week 11 - 28/49, 237 yards, 1 TD 1 INT
James White, NE RB -
Week 10 - 2 rush, 7 yards, 3 rec, 11 yards , 1 TD
Week 11 - 5 rush, 13 yards, 0 rec, 1 target
CJ Anderson, DEN RB -
Week 9 - 9 rush, 13 yards
Week 10 - 10 rush, 54 yards,
Week 11 -13 rush, 37 yards, 1 TD, 2 rec 19 yards, 1 Fumble
Kenyan Drake, MIA RB -
Week 10 - 7 rush, 82 yards,1 TD, 2 rec, 10 yards
Week 11 - 7 rush, 4 yards, 1 rec, 10 yards
Doug Martin, TB RB -
Week 10 - 20 rush, 51 yards
Week 11 - 19 rush, 38 yards, 2 rec, 6 yards
Adrian Peterson, ARI RB -
Week 10 - 21 rush, 29 yards, 1 rec, 13 yards
Week 11 - 14 rush, 26 yards, 1 rec, 13 yards
Cameron Brate, TB TE -
Week 10 - 1 rec, 10 yards, 3 targets
Week 11 - 1 rec, 12 yards, 3 targets
Sammy Watkins, LAR WR -
Week 10 - 2 rec, 41 yards, 1 TD, 3 targets
Week 11 - 3 rec, 36 yards, 4 targets
Michael Crabtree, OAK WR -
Week 8 - 5 rec, 83 yards, 10 targets
Week 9 - 3 rec, 40 yards, 4 targets
Week 11 - 6 rec, 51 yards, 11 targets
Streaming D-emon: Weeks 12-16
JAX - Ari, Ind, Sea, Hou, SF
BAL - Hou, Det, Pit, Cle,Ind
CHI - Phi, SF, Cin, Det, Cle
WAS - NyG, Dal, Lac, Ari, Den
LAR - No, Ario, Phi, Sea, Ten
DET - Min, Bal, TB, Chi, Cin
LAC - Dal, Cle, Was, KC, NyJ
PIT -GB, Cin, Bal, NE, Hou
NE - Mia, Buf, Mia, Pit, Buf
Hopefully you enjoyed this weeks article and you check out next weeks! Make sure to comment, message and get at us with any questions or feedback. We appreciate it all and love chatting football with any and everyone. Good luck this week!
-Mike & Devin
The trade deadline has either passed or is fast approaching in all leagues.
The time to secure your stronghold and obtain the best warrior's possible is coming to an end. It is the last hour to draw alliances with other teams in the league. Teams with too many RBs and need WR depth or the team carrying two TEs and lacking depth elsewhere. Send out ALL the ravens and see what answers and counters return your way. The schedule is tough for many, but also fairly easy for a few. Go grab those few warriors the will thrive in the coming weeks of winter ( the playoffs).
If you go back a few posts we discussed the sometimes unpopular tactics of salesmanship and manipulation. While sometimes seen as crude in the game of Fantasy football it is all about winning. Now is the time to act. Blow up your roster if you are on the brink of making the playoffs, trade a stud on your team for two potential starters or trade two starters for the stud that will make your team championship worthy. If you are a Zeke owner on the brink of the playoffs...trade him to a top seed team and sell them on that playoff comeback. If you are the team with so much WR depth that 1-2 good players watch from your bench every week...go get yourself a stud RB or TE.
Hopefully this article helps a little bit as we discuss end of the season schedules, potential studs to have going into the final weeks and players that could bust your line-ups over the next few weeks. As always, “ Winter is coming “ and it is time to get ready for it in these last moments. Prepare!
Week 10 Stud Recap:
Jared Goff, LAR QB - 25/37, 355 yards, 3 TD
Kirk Cousins, WAS QB - 26/45, 327 yards, 1 TD, 4 rush, 5 yards, 2 TD
CJ Beathard, SF QB - 19/25, 288 yards, 2 TD, 5 rush, 15 yards, 1 TD
Mark Ingram, NO RB - 21 rush, 131 yards, 3 TD
DeMarco Murray, TEN RB - 14 Rush, 42 yards, 2 TD, 4 rec, 30 yards, 1 TD
Austin Ekeler, LAC RB - 10 rush, 42 yards, 5 rec, 77 yards, 2 TD
Robert Woods, LAR WR - 8 rec, 171 yards, 2 TD, 10 targets
Adam Thielen, MIN WR - 8 rec, 166 yards, 1 TD, 12 targets
Sterling Shepard, NYG WR - 11 rec, 142 yards, 13 targets
Jimmy Graham, SEA TE - 6 rec, 27 yards, 2 TD, 9 targets
Jermaine Gresham, ARI TE - 5 rec, 64 yards, 1 TD, 7 targets
Garrett Celek, SF TE - 4 rec, 67 yards, 1 TD, 6 targets
Put Me in Coach: Waiver Wire Adds
Dion Lewis, NE RB - Lewis has slowly taken over the lead back role for rushing attempts in the Patriots offense with Mike Gillislee getting a healthy scratch and looking more like a safety option for the other 3 more versatile backs. With the ability to get constant rush and reception attempts Lewis should be rostered in most formats. 37% owned.
Mike Wallace, BAL WR - Although Wallace has struggled with injury lately and Joe Flacco doesn’t look anything like his old self, the Ravens have one of the easiest schedules moving forward for WR and QBs making Wallace a pretty nice piece to add to your roster for the playoffs. 35% owned
Josh Doctson, WAS WR - Doctson may not be getting as many targets as owners hope for, but he is getting looks in the red zone EVERY week and that counts for something. Coach Gruden keeps saying that he will get Josh more involved and it is only a matter of time before he does. 26% owned.
Kenny Stills, MIA WR - With Cutler coming back as QB for the fins Stills value dropped a bit, but he still as managed stay relevant enough to merit a roster spots in most 10-12 team leagues. His big play potential gives him a high enough ceiling despite his low floor. 26% owned
Rod Smith, DAL RB - The committee in Dallas is still in there despite what coaches are saying. None of the backs looked overly qualified in week 10 and they should share touches again moving forward until one stands out. Still Rod should be owned for his potential to lead the backfield situation in the coming weeks.14% owned.
Corey Coleman, CLE WR - Cleveland needs a go to receiver. Last week the offense actually showed signs of life and hopefully Kizer and Coleman can get the connection going again. When healthy Coleman instantly becomes fantasy relevant in PPR leagues despite his team as he will be the clear WR1. 11% owned.
Rex Burkhead, NE RB - Burkhead is like a multi-tool pocket knife, he can do so much. Everyone knows the Billy B loves to have gadget players that can trick defenses and line up in multiple spots….enter Rex Burkhead. Burkhead will get rush attempts each game and should play a part in the sneaky schemes of the NE offense. Look forward to more 10+ point games. 11% owned.
Kenny Golladay, DET WR - Matthew Stafford looks pretty damn good recently and his long ball is there. Marvin Jones Jr. took that role over the past few weeks, but now that Kenny is healthy again he will eat into those deep targets and should see his fair share. Being a deep threat and talented young prospect should give Golladay a nice floor and possible TD potential each week. 10% owned.
Marquise Goodwin, SF WR - Despite the tragic news that came out the day of the game about unborn child, Goodwin still managed to play and pull in a touchdown. Just a further sign that he is a deep threat and going to be a big part of this offensive system moving forward. Look for him to see more targets after the bye week. 10% owned.
Jamal Williams, GB RB - William’s has been a coach favorite since he was drafted and looked great during the pre-season and the sample we got in week 10. With injuries plagueing the GB backfield it looks like Jamal will finally get his chance. The versatile back will look to see a high snap count and should receive a good amount of carries this week. 3% owned.
Dontrelle Inman, CHI WR - Inman was picked up to boost this offense and saw 8 targets. He looks to continue moving forward as an essential part of the CHI offense and his atheltic ability should allow him to be fantasy relevant weekly in most leagues. Worth an add. 1% owned.
Roster Booster: Pieces to help boost your playoff run
Jeremy Maclin, BAL WR - 14 targets 150 yards 1 td last 2 weeks. Maclin also has one of the easiest schedules coming up and through the playoffs. If you can grab him up for a decent value make your move now!
Sterling Shepard, NYG WR - 22 targets 210 yards last 2 weeks. Sterling Shepard is now the go-to receiver in New York and should continue to see an extremely high target share. NYG schedule is pretty forgiving moving forward and should place Shepard on everyone’s radar.
Stefon Diggs, MIN WR - averages just under 7 targets per game. Only 5 per game last 3 games.. Had one monster game vs tampa “diggs is happening” other than that hasnt been great all year.. But will be betternow hes healthy
Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR - 29 targets last 3 games with 2 TDs. Despite the QB change it seems like D.thomas is remaining relevant both in fantasy and the Broncos offense. He has become a good safety net for Brock and is always a redzone target with his athletic ability. Denver has a great schedule coming up and if you can grab D.Thom, do it.
Keenan Allen, LAC WR - Allen has 25% of the Chargers target share and only has 1 TD on the year with his value trending down lately. However, the team wants to make sure stays involved meaning the targets will continue and with the schedule easing up over the next few weeks the TDs should come in.
Kareem Hunt, KC RB - plays the giants this week …. All you need to know… still getting targets 16 over last 4 games…. Last time he only had 9 carries they next week they gave him 18 had one of best games of year.
Corey Davis, TEN WR - 10 targets, 4 catches for 48 yards last week. Davis should’ve had a touchdown that didn’t end up counting that could have instantly made him more relevant. However, this means he is still flying under the radar for some leagues. Get him while you can. He is the best WR on TEN and Marcus Mariota wants him involved. The Targets should be a promising sign.
Orleans Darkwa, NYG RB - Darkwa has 60 carries in 4 games and looks to be the Giants lead back. Although the TDs have not come yet, the usage and potential are a great sign. If you can scoop him up for an RB3 for the playoffs you could be in a good spot. The running schedule moving forward is one of the easier in the league.
Tiered Rankings: Week 11
QB - Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Dak Prescott
RB - Le’Veon Bell, Kareem Hunt, LeSean McCoy, Mark Ingram, Melvin Gordon, Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley, Jordan Howard
WR - Antonio Brown, Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Dez bryant, AJ Green, Keenan Allen, Doug Baldwin, Adam Thielen, DeAndre Hopkins, Jarvis Landry, Mike Evans, Alshon Jeffery, Brandin Cooks
TE - Zach Ertz, Rob Gronk, Travis Kelce, Evan Engram, Jimmy Graham
QB - Kirk Cousins, Ben Roethlisberger, Derek Carr, Philip Rivers*, Case Keenum, Eli Manning, Derek Carr
RB - Tevin Coleman, Lamar Miller, Jerick McKinnon Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Jay Ajayi, Rex Burkhead, Duke Johnson Jr., Doug Martin
WR - Tyreek Hill, Amari Cooper, Devante Parker, Stefon Diggs, Michael Crabtree, Demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald, Sterling Shepard, Marqise Lee, Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate
TE - Jason Witten, Jared Cook, Delanie Walker, Kyle Rudolph, Charles Clay, Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper, Cameron Brate
QB - Matthew Stafford, Tyrod Taylor, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, Marcus Mariota, Jay Cutler, Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB -Joe Mixon, Kenyan Drake, Javorius Allen, James White, Dion Lewis, Marshawn Lynch, Alex Collins, Ameer Abdullah, Isaiah Crowell, Demarco Murray, Orleans Darkwa
WR - Marvin Jones Jr., Robert Woods, Mohamed Sane, Desean JAckson, Davante Adams, Danny Amendola, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Corey Davis, Jeremy Maclin, Kelvin Benjamin, Cooper Kupp, Jordy Nelson, Jamison Crowder
TE - Vernon Davis, Julius Thomas, Tyler Kroft, CJ Fiedorowicz, Benjamin Watson, Eric Ebron, Martellus Bennett, Jermaine Gresham
WEEK 11 Over/Under: Projection Prediction
Over : Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger
Under : Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick
Over : Jordan Howard, Duke Johnson Jr
Under: Lamar Miller, Adrian Peterson
Over: Alshon Jeffery, Sterling Shepard
Under: AJ Green, Tyreek Hill
Over: Jared Cook, Cameron Brate
Under: Jordan Reed, Delanie Walker
Favorable Playoff Schedules:
2.) Cam Newton
3.) Philip Rivers
4.) Ben Roethlisberger
1.) DeMarco Murray
2.) Kareem Hunt
3.) Jordan Howard
4.) Melvin Gordon
1.) Hunter Henry
2.) Cameron Brate
3.) Travis Kelce
4.) Kyle Rudolph
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Imagine you are in another dimension. Very much like the world you know, but also very different. It’s darker and gloomy with names heading the leaderboards like Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Robert Woods, Terrance Williams, Marqise Lee, Deonte Thompson, Jared Cook, Julius Thomas, Javorius Allen and Cole Beasley filling out a big part of the weekly top 25. Role Players, Bye Week fill-ins and waiver wire floaters in the world you are used to. Most weeks, hell even most years, all of those categorical names would be 100% correct, BUT in 2017 week 9 of this absurd NFL season those are names at the top.
As the year goes on we continue to see craziness in our fantasy lineups and it should come as no surprise considering the pattern we are in. Right now in fantasy the “Go to Guys” list has been severely depleted and each week we see new players emerge. Outside of maybe 4-5 guys the RB position gets very complicated. The NFL coaches and staff are making a clear move in the backfield. The days of lone backs dominating carries is all but over besides a few cases. You still have Gurley, Elliot, Bell, McCoy and Fournette but outside of those names it’s a fool’s hope for a consistent 15 carries a game. Many teams are taking the 2-3 running back technique and as it grows the opportunities get fewer and fewer to be a sure thing RB1.
The most recent move into this 2-3 RB backfield is of course the new Philadelphia squad. You see similar fantasy problems in Baltimore, New England, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington, Minnesota, Denver, Tennessee and Detroit…..to name a few. Does this cause a shift in future fantasy league draft and soon to be trades? The answer should be an obvious, yes. Key running backs are clearly the most coveted spot on rosters and in most fantasy leagues the person with the 2-3 best running backs is most likely winning. When it comes to that position having an elite guy can win your league, BUT there is once again light in the darkness that is the new NFL backfield problem. There is a mass of middle tier running backs out on the waiver wire and at the bottom of rosters being looked over. While this “middle tier mass” may cause an immediate problem for your weekly RB1/2 spots, it also provides the opportunity you will need in the coming weeks filled with more injuries.
Week 9 Leaders Recap:
Tyrod Taylor, BUF QB – 29/40 attempts, 285 passing yards, 2 TD, 6 rush, 35 yards and 1 TD
Jay Cutler, MIA QB – 34/42 attempts, 311 passing yards and 3 TD
Jared Goff, LAR QB – 14/22 attempts, 311 passing yards and 4 TD
Alvin Kamara, NO RB – 10 rush, 68 yards, 1 TD, 6 rec, 84 yards, 1 TD and 7 targets
Corey Clement, PHI RB – 12 rush, 51 yards, 2 TD, 1 rec, 15 yards and 1 TD
Matt Forte, NYJ RB – 14 rush, 77 yards 2 TD, 4 rec, 19 yards and 4 targets
TY Hilton, IND WR – 5 rec, 175 yards, 2 TD and 9 targets
Marvin Jones Jr., DET WR – 7 rec, 107 yards, 2 TD and 11 targets
Robert Woods, LAR WR - 4 rec, 70 yards, 2 TD and 5 targets
Julius Thomas, MIA TE – 6 rec, 84 yards, 1 TD and 8 targets
Travis Kelce, KC TE – 7 rec, 73 yards, 1 TD and 9 targets
Jared Cook, OAK TE – 8 rec, 126 yards and 9 targets
Put Me in Coach: Waiver Wire
Marquise Goodwin, SF WR - Goodwin is the guy now in San Francisco with Garcon going down for the season with a neck injury. Goodwin is FAST and although the 49ers don’t have a gunslinger at QB, he will get his chance to produce. He should see 5 targets a game and be a major part of the offense moving forward. 9% owned.
Robert Woods, LAR WR - Woods continues to thrive in his role with the Rams this year and honestly it pains me that I keep having him on this list. Add him! Sammy Watkins continues to demand coverage for his speed and big play ability leaving Woods open to snag 4-5 catches a game and finally see the end zone last week. In PPR leagues Woods should be rostered and even started most weeks after leading the team in receptions for 4 straight weeks. 26% Owned.
Terrance Williams, DAL WR - As soon as Dez Bryant went down it was clear that the cowboys needed another tall receiver to go to. Dak found Williams multiple times (9) and helped him to produce over 140 yards in the victory. If Dez is hurt for any period of time then Williams becomes a must own for next week against the Falcons. 7% owned.
Thomas Rawls, SEA RB - Oh what a year it has been, Rawls is now a reasonable back to own after the injury to Lacy. He had a decent last game and held a majority/lead of the possible snaps. Throughout his career Rawls has been able to have success, and depending on your situation he is worth a roster spot. 15% owned.
Deonte Thompson, BUF WR - It is hard for me to include Thompson on this list but the fact that he has produced over a 175 yards in 3 weeks is impressive. The emergence of Kelvin Benjamin in the offense should sway this a good amount, but it will be interesting to watch moving forward. Only worth a spot in deeper leagues. 1% owned.
Charles Clay, BUF TE - Clay is still the bills leading receiver on the year despite injury. Although the addition of Kelvin Benjamin could mean lower targets he still should be a key part of the red zone plays and a safety net for Tyrod to toss it to. Clay is worth a stash on any team and possibly a start this week if healthy. 20% owned.
Zay Jones, BUF WR - Zay is having a rough go of it in his rookie campaign. Only 16 rec for 168 yards and 1 td on 44 targets!!! But, let’s take lemons and make lemonade. The last 2 weeks Zay has 12 targets and 9 rec for 85 yards and his only td on the season. Jones is finally trending up and forming some flashes many hoped when they drafted as a late flyer. Hopefully he forms into the #2 WR behind Kelvin in the future. 10% owned.
Danny Woodhead, BAL RB - Over the last 2 seasons Woodhead hasn’t been able to play through 2 entire games. However, his one full games last year he went for over 20 pts in PPR, and in a portion of one drive this year had 4 points. IF HEALTHY Woodhead is absolute fantasy GOLD in PPR formats. It’s just a big question of keeping him on the field. 24% owned
Damien Williams, MIA RB - Williams produced a good game last week and looked great in the open filled avoiding tackles. His quick feet could prove useful with short dump off passes from whatever QB is running the Dolphins offense. The coaching staff says they will continue to split touches between Williams and Drake giving both fantasy relevance for the time. 23% owned.
Benjamin Watson, BAL TE - This week against Tennessee Watson had a monstrous 10 targets but just 7 rec for 41 yards. His season totals are 38 rec 261 yards and 2 TDs. His average yards per reception is very low, but he is serviceable in PPR with such a limited selection at TE. We are interested to see what Woodhead’s return will mean for Watson’s production going forward. 17% owned
Malcom Brown, LAR RB - Brown clearly isn't a fantasy player that you will deploy with much confidence if you ever decide to roster him, but his production when he plays is definitely worth merit and if Gurley ever goes down with injury it is clear who the Rams would fall on. With the run game being crucial to their scheme Brown would immediately be fantasy relevant and certain weeks may even produce flex numbers if they have a high enough lead. 1% owned.
Week 10 Tiered Rankings
QB: Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Tyrod Taylor, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Dak Prescott, Ben Roethlisberger
RB: LeSean McCoy, Jordan Howard, Alvin Kamara, Le’veon Bell, Melvin Gordon, Leonard Fournette, Todd Gurley, Mark Ingram, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliot*
WR: Antonio Brown, AJ Green, Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Doug Baldwin, DeAndre Hopkins, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Dez Bryant*
TE: Rob Gronkowski, Evan Engram, Jimmy Graham, Jack Doyle, Delanie Walker, Jason Witten, Cameron Brate
QB: Josh McCown, Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Drew Brees
RB: Aaron Jones, Duke Johnson Jr., Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Jerick McKinnon, Chris Thompson, Lamar Miller, Devonta Freeman*, Tevin Coleman, Carlos Hyde,
WR: Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Demaryius Thomas, Keenan Allen, Brandin Cooks, Desean Jackson, Jarvis Landry, Marvin Jones Jr., Robby Anderson, Devin Funchess
TE: Hunter Henry, Charles Clay*, Kyle Rudolph, ASJ, Tyler Kroft, AJ Derby, Vernon Davis, Jordan Reed*, Austin Hooper
QB: Marcus Mariota, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Eli Manning, Andy Dalton, Blake Bortles, Jacoby Brissett, Tom Savage, Case Keenum
RB: Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Demarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Isaiah Crowell, Joe Mixon, Thomas Rawls, Frank Gore, Orleans Darkwa, James White, Kenyan Drake
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, TY Hilton, Kelvin Benjamin, Emmanuel Sanders, Cooper Kupp, Devante Parker, Mohamed Sanu, Robert Woods, Jordy Nelson, Danny Amendola, Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee, Davante Adams, Tyler Lockett, JuJu Smith-Schuster,
TE: David Njoku, Ed Dickson, Julius Thomas, Eric Ebron, Martellus Bennett, OJ howard, Coby Fleener, Jesse James
Roster Booster: Players worth trading for with feasible value
LeSean McCoy, BUF RB - Sure he had a rough outing this past weekend, but Shady is one of the few true workhorse backs left in the league. You know he will get his 15+ touches a game. He is a huge part of the offense and is one of the few cases it’s worth selling the farm for the cow when resources at the RB1 position are depleted.
Kareem Hunt, KC RB - Worth jumping on right now while some are down on him. Worse case scenario he’s the best RB2 in the league ROS. We know he’s
“struggled” but he’s about to come off the bye week against the Giants who have been gashed by RB’s all season and then KC has a very forgiving schedule against running backs to end the season. Make an attempt at him while moral is low.
Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB - While the passing attack in Carolina isn’t pretty after the Benjamin exit, there is some promise for McCaffery. Newton will continue to look his way as a second option even when Olsen returns. It may be tough to get McCaffery with his current value, but with the schedule and potential each game to produce on the ground and in the air leave him as a bright spot on this team.
Jeremy Maclin, BAL WR - Baltimore is slowly figuring out an offense that has struggled this season and Maclin looks to be in a prime spot to start producing weekly with an easy schedule moving forward. The Ravens will continue to pass the ball a lot in order to keep up with others team and the heavy targets should make Maclin a clear WR2/3 moving forward.
Sterling Shepard, NYG WR - Once again the schedule should strongly favor good showings from Shepard moving forward and with the loss of Odel and Brandon Marshall he is clearly the #1 option downfield. Even if the touchdowns aren’t there every week Shepard should have WR2 appeal moving forward in PPR leagues.
Cooper Kupp, LAR WR - Kupp is the clear red zone target for the Rams and number two in the league in the category. Every week we see Jared Goff try to connect with him for a touchdown. The past few weeks we have seen good coverage, dropped balls and ugly pass attempts hinder the touchdown, but the fact that it is there every week is extremely promising. Mix that in with an offense that scores a lot and often to make him very appealing weekly.
Doug Baldwin, SEA WR - Baldwin leads the team in targets by 20 attempts to Graham and is 30 ahead of the next WR ( Tyler Lockett ). The offense is clicking more every week and Baldwin’s increased involvement that last few weeks has surely played a part. He will keep getting this high target share and should see constant looks in the red zone. With one of the few elite QBs left in the league throwing to him and a fairly easy schedule Baldwin should be a target on everyone’s trade radar.
Hasta La Vista: Time to trade these guys
TY Hilton, IND WR - Hilton had another one of his “boom” weeks and it may be the best time to sell him for value. There is no way to sustain this production moving forward with the lack of weapons on offense.
AJ Green, CIN WR - Green doesn’t have a kind schedule moving forward and Andy Dalton has proven to be below par for even his standards behind the terrible offensive line in Cincinnati. He still brings stats and name value to the trade table and should get you enough in return from someone that is running low on elite WR.
Marshawn Lynch, OAK RB - Lynch put together a relevant fantasy game thanks to two TDs and even looked like his old self on one of them. However, we know this to be an illusion and a repetition this season probably won’t happen. Bet your cards against Marshawn finishing this season as a lead back and trade him away after a good game that will surely be followed by a few duds.
Adrian Peterson, ARI RB - Arizona has arguably the hardest run schedule moving forward considering the offense line. Adrian has shown flashes of the glory days and inspired most of his owners. The schedule doesn’t look pretty moving forward and this many carries can’t turn out well for an aging body. It’s time to cash in further on AP with a trade.
Joe Mixon, CIN RB - It is ugly in Cincinnati folks and you have surely seen it. The offensive line is terrible, the team is trying to play catch up weekly. On top of that, the coaching staff won’t let Mixon get into a rhythm. Mix that with a season that will continue to be tough and you are faced with an RB3/flex play ROS. Package him up with something pretty let him go.
Jordan Reed, WAS TE - Health. That is the number one thing that frustrates every Jordan Reed owner for the last few seasons. The talent is there and when healthy the usage is too, but it is just so rare to see 100% from Reed anymore. Almost every time he touches the field something else acts up. Injury frustration and lack of weekly start confidence can ruin your season. Trade the virus now even if the reward can be sweet.
Keep an eye on me: padding or potential
Rex Burkhead, NE RB - The potential is obvious with the head coach and QB that are leading this offense. Burkhead has shown that when he plays he is used and if anything were to happy to any player on the roster his usage goes up by a larger margin than the other Patriots.
Dontrelle Inman, CHI WR - If Mitchell Trubisky can ever figure out his passing offensive game then Inman becomes fantasy relevant quick. He should be the most productive receiver on the team now and is for sure the most athletic. They hope is that he works into the offense in the next few weeks.
Marquise Goodwin, SF WR - Goodwin could instantly start filling in on your roster with Pierre Garcon going down for the season. The 49ers need someone to be the focus of the passing offense and Goodwin should step in nicely in PPR leagues.
Charcandrick West, KC RB - We have seen small sparks off potential plays out of West with the passing game and if Hunt were to go down for any reason he instantly becomes a weekly flex play.
Mike Williams, LAC WR - Although the passes for the Chargers go to many mouths they are desperately looking for that go to number #2 receiver behind Keenan Allen and hope they found it in the rookie. He will see more targets as the year goes on and could move into a decent role in the next few weeks.
Dede Westbrook*, JAX WR - Just like with Williams, the Jags are looking for another go to receiver with Allen Robinson down for the season. Lee and Hurns have filled in for now but there rumblings about Dede can’t be ignored.
Mike Tolbert, BUF RB - An easy fill in if LeSean were to go down in Buffalo (happens often). Tolbert has proven to be a capable back that can work with Tyrod if McCoy were to be lost for any period of time and could be deployed in all formats.
Devontae Booker, DEN RB - In week 9 CJ Anderson only out touched Booker by 1 and it looks like the Broncos could be trying to see what they have in Booker as a change of pace back. He continues to look good catching passes out of the backfield and could move into a more significant role with or without an Anderson injury.
Weekly Take-Two: 1 Stud & 1 Sleeper to beat the over/under
Mike: Ben Roethlisberger / Case Keenum
Devin: Jared Goff / Jacoby Brissett
Running Back -
Mike: Carlos Hyde / Orleans Darkwa
Devin: Jordan Howard / Tevin Coleman
Mike: Antonio Brown / DeSean Jackson
Devin: Golden Tate / JuJu Smith-Schuster
Mike: Evan Engram / Kyle Rudolph
Devin: Cameron Brate / Charles clay
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Good luck this week!
The final stretch is upon us. For many of you, the next week or two will either make or break your team. Bye weeks are the crucial part of the season and if you don’t have your regiments set up correctly you are almost guaranteed a big 'L'. If you are the one in your league sitting under .500 then this is your chance to go on the attack.
Usually around weeks 8 and 9 in the fantasy season is when we see the truly strong and talented teams doing well and getting wins. Just like most years, the teams with 3 solid RBs seem to be prevailing BUT don’t give up hope just yet. There is light from the darkness that is a losing record….. You can get better. Blow that roster up! Shake things up a bit and change the faces on your team. If it’s not working so far and the rest of the season looks tough match-up wise, then why stay in the position you are in?
Now is the time for change, to roll the dice and take chances. Let’s get you that 'W' this week....
BUY or SELL: Rest of season
LeGarrette Blount, PHI RB -
Mike: Sell - Before the Jay Ajayi trade I probably would’ve swung the other way just because if the Eagles are within the 10 yard line you know Blount is going to get a chance to pound it in the end zone. However, that entire situation gets extremely foggy with Jay in the mix now. I am not sure what you can get for him, but I don’t have much weekly confidence in him moving forward.
Devin: Buy: I think he could go back to his old TD hawking, playoff/late season/bad weather battering ram role. In a season where RBs are scarce who else (in deeper leagues) are you going to pick up that's better? Obviously his role could diminish, but it's possible Smallwood is banged up a little more than has been revealed. All this said, I'm not saying you should trade for Blount; just don't drop him.
Carlos Hyde, SF RB -
Mike: Sell - I think right now you can still cash in on Hyde because of the RB situation around the NFL. If you have a good batch of RBs and get something nice in return, do it. Matt Brieda fits the offense perfectly and he should continue to see a good majority of work. It may be a timeshare moving forward from game-to-game.
Devin: Buy- I'll consider this a long term investment and keep him around despite some current downturn. I want to see what Jimmy G brings to the table before I let this potential RB2 go.
Joe Mixon, CIN RB -
Mike: Sell - I hate the Bengals. There is talent spotted all over this roster and yet they can’t manage to handle it efficiently. Mixon is a stud, Ross has potential and Tyler Kroft is emerging as a pretty good TE. However, the coaching staff seem to be stuck in the same rut as the last few seasons. Unless some drastic news comes out, it looks like Mixon won’t produce like we all had hoped.
Devin: Sell- While I still think he deserves a roster spot, the upward trend we were seeing around week 3 has definitely plateaued. He’s one of those low floor/low ceiling guys as the coaching staff has seemingly decided to limit his touches to <15 side. I think Mixon is a freak athlete and I would love to own him in dynasty, I just don’t see him “breaking out” this season like we were hoping for a few weeks ago.
Doug Martin, TB RB -
Mike: Buy - The Tampa Bay schedule gets a lot easier moving forward and Doug Martin should only get better. He hasn’t been crazy good yet and still could be a pretty cheap buy considering what he could produce. At worst you are still getting a solid RB2 with RB1 potential for the ROS.
Devin: Buy- The Bucs couldn’t get anything going on offense and just looked plain horrible. But, Martin still secured 19 touches and proved 75 yards from scrimmage. I really think the touchdowns will start to come as he and the coaches get more comfortable with his role. I’d like to get a little more film on him before I go all in on him, but I really like what I’ve been able to see so far.
Doug Baldwin, SEA WR -
Mike: Sell - This decision is tough for me and it could honestly go either way. STATS: Doug hasn’t looked spectacular this year and Richardson is hawking TDs (2:5) left and right. The targets have been there which is really promising, but they aren’t producing big plays. Currently Doug only has two games with over 65 yards and 2 TDs on the season. The scariest fact is that against poor defenses ( 49ers, Packers and the Colts) Baldwin didn’t produce. If you can get a WR1 price, I would make the trade; if no,t then obviously hold him because the potential is there with the target share.
Devin: Buy - Let’s face it, Seattle can’t run the ball. Baldwin had 10 targets, and converted on 6 of those opportunities. While this didn’t translate into a ton of fantasy points for week 7 owners, he still has the blueprint for success each week. Unfortunately, we just saw his floor this past outing. He has two tough match-ups the next few weekends, but he always has the potential for great performances from sheer volume.
Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR -
Mike: Buy - Read! Despite the awful QB problem in Denver, D.Thomas continues to produce in PPR at least to the standard of a WR2/3 in 10-12 team leagues. I know he has yet to score a TD, but truthfully, it is only a matter of time and when he does he instantly becomes a top fantasy WR for the week. Don’t pay a big price for him, but if you can get him for a decent price, he is worth the spot. Denver has a pretty good end of season schedule too.
Devin: Sell- Coming off the bye week things were, on paper, looking up for the Denver offense. Siemian threw for 376 yards, and DT had a whopping 14 targets for 133 yards. The problem was TS threw it 50 times to achieve said yardage and has since started turning the ball over at an alarming rate. Unless the coaches and Siemian can pull something together to get this young QB more comfortable and in a flow, there will be more frustration and terrible performances for DT owners. I’m not saying he can’t bounce back, but I don’t like depending on unproven QB’s during the playoff push.
Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR -
Mike: Sell - He just isn’t living up to his draft position. Agholor is only 1 catch and 24 yards behind him for the season and with Jay Ajayi coming in there will be more mouths to feed as well as more running plays. Alshon will have his games, but if you looked at just his stats you could easily label him “boom or bust”. 3 of the next 5 defenses he will face have been pretty good against the pass and he could continue on the same path.
Devin: Sell- If I just listed 224 yards, 3 tds and 15 receptions over the last four games, you may think,”Hmm... not bad for my Wr3/flex." Well, too bad, those are Nelson Agholor stats. Admittedly, Jeffery is just a few (TD) receptions and yards behind. The problem is most people picked up NA off waivers a few weeks ago, where Jeffery was drafted as a confident start. I want to emphasize I’m selling on Jeffery as a WR2. I think he would be a great flex/match-up fill in but will not rise to the level many hoped for. Wentz is just too good at spreading it around and there are a lot of weapons on that team.
Jordan Reed, WAS TE -
Mike: Sell - I avoid Reed at all costs and the reason is pretty damn clear - injuries! He just can NOT stay on the field for a full game. When/if he does, he looks great BUT in fantasy, it is too hard to start a guy weekly that only plays a portion of the game. Vernon Davis is a weapon in that offense and can take Reed’s spot pretty easily when he is hurt. Try to sell Reed for his ceiling and grab Davis off the Waiver wire. Even when Reed has played, Davis has been relevant.
Devin: Sell- He was reached for and drafted early because of his huge upside and a perceived lack of depth at TE at the beginning of the season. However, this year it just hasn’t panned out as Reed can’t stay healthy. It has gotten to the point where the only Skins I’d feel comfortable starting are Cousins and Thompson.
Stefon Diggs, MIN WR -
Mike: Buy - I like the gamble! I am a fan of Diggs and believe when he is healthy he instantly becomes a WR1/2. Again, GAMBLE but I like to take a few chances with talent like this. He makes big plays when he is healthy and if the reports ring true and Teddy Bridgewater returns soon, then all the Minnesota players should see a bump.
Devin: Buy- This makes me nervous as hell, but I’m willing to throw a few chips in the Diggs basket.. He is incredibly talented and can really take a game over when healthy. He should have Bradford, or Bridgewater back in the next few weeks and it all seems like it's coming together at just the right time for a huge fantasy playoff surge.
Will Fuller V, HOU WR -
Mike: Buy - As I write this, it’s hard for me not to say 'sell' because I know people would pay for him on the current Watson/Houston hype train. However, the TD potential is undeniable now. Every week, the best defense player will line up on Hopkins and Fuller will have the opportunity for big plays and red zone targets. Obviously he can’t maintain this TD production, but it is impossible not to buy into the potential. 13 receptions and 7 touchdowns... Dilly Dilly!
Devin: Buy- This dude gets open deep and scores touchdowns. Watson is not afraid to air it out to him. He looks healthy and ready to score points for lucky owners. D-Hop helps draw the coverage away from him. He may not get a ton of volume, but he capitalizes on his opportunities.
Julio Jones, ATL WR -
Mike: Buy - Obviously Julio is not living up to his draft position, but unless you are stacked at WR, it is going to be hard to dish one of the top big play makers in the NFL. Plus, he only has 1 game this year with under 65 yards which is pretty ridiculous. If people in your leagues are shopping Jones you should put in an offer or two.
Devin: Buy- While he hasn’t been exemplary, he hasn't been a total team killer. In non-PPR formats it may be rough, but it could be worse. Julio can be streaky, but his talent and ability to score 40 any given weekend should give you hope. Matt Ryan's drop off in production combined with some nagging injuries have really held him back, but I really don't see him ending the season with just 1 touchdown.
Jarvis Landry, MIA WR -
Mike: Buy: Does the QB matter? NO. Does the defense matter? NO. Jarvis Landry is going to get HIS and by that I mean he is going to see the ball come his way a lot. Currently in 2nd in total receptions only behind Antonio Brown. In PPR formats, this is a no brainer. On his worst week he still had 5 receptions... high floor.
Devin: Buy (for now): This guy has 80 targets in 7 games and no more bye weeks. Some weeks will be cringey, but overall he will be a successful start. The next couple weeks should be profitable as he faces Oakland and the Bucs, but it'll be tough sledding later in the season. The Patriots have greatly improved this quarter of the season on D. He's also got 2 match-ups with the Bills and another with the Broncos. Hold now, sell later.
Put Me In Coach: Waiver wire adds
JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT WR - It is possible for receivers not named Brown to have had success in this offense. After a 10 target, 7 reception and 193 yard performance, we believe Juju being on the waivers any longer is a crime. We would feel pretty comfortable spending a portion of remaining FAAB on him. 29% owned.
Robby Anderson, NYJ WR - McCown is having a career resurrecting season and Anderson is becoming a beloved target. He is emerging as the NYJ WR to own. His great speed, big play potential and target share increase make him potentially a great waiver add. 27% owned.
Paul Richardson, SEA WR - Richardson has proven to be worthy of rostering in most 10-12 team leagues. He has 4 touchdowns in 8 weeks and should be a good bye week fill in at WR/Flex. 10% owned.
Alex Collins, BAL RB - Collins is THE guy right now in Baltimore even with some split carries the last few weeks. However, in week 8 we finally saw him get a full load of rush attempts and he produced. His future looks a little more foggy with Woodhead returning soon, but he has clearly carved out a role with the team. Roster him. 32% owned.
Marlon Mack, IND RB - Although Mack didn’t look especially powerful in the run attack this past week vs. CIN, the fact that he got double digit rush attempts and was involved in the passing game is a great sign that he should be a weapon in the offense moving forward. In a year with RBs going down left and right, Mack is surely worth a bench spot. 29% owned.
Matt Breida, SF RB - He is becoming the change-of-pace running back and looks comfortable in the SF offense. They look for him in the passing attack and he is still managing a few carries a game. Again, RBs with any value need to be added this year. 14 % owned.
Benjamin Watson, BAL TE - If you take out his week 5 performance against the Raiders you find yourself looking at one of the more consistent TEs in the league right now when it comes to fantasy. If the receptions aren’t there, he seems to make it up with bigger yard production or TDs. Watson is a great bye week fill in and even weekly start in 12 team leagues. 7% owned.
Vernon Davis, WAS TE - With Reed out week 9, Davis is poised for a great game. Cousins likes to feed him the ball and Davis is a respected veteran who knows how to capitalize on his touches. Even when Reed has been healthy, Vernon Davis has proven that he can still produce both on the field and in your fantasy lineups. 13% owned.
Strength of Schedule: Rest of Season/ Schedule Matchups
QB: 1.) Tyrod Taylor 2.)Jameis Winston 3.)Cam Newton 4.)Joe Flacco 5.)Ben Roethlisberger 6.) Philip Rivers 7.) Alex Smith 8.) Drew Brees 9.) Matt Ryan 10.) Marcus Mariota
RB: 1.) New Orleans 2.)Jacksonville 3.)Houston 4.)Tennessee 5.)Buffalo 6.)LA Chargers 7.)Chicago 8.)Tampa Bay 9.)Denver 10.) Patriots
WR: 1.) Pittsburgh 2.)Carolina 3.)Tampa Bay 4.)Denver 5.)Houston 6.)Seattle 7.)LA Rams 8.)Baltimore 9.)NY Giants 10.)Jacksonville
D/ST: 1.)Jacksonville 2.)Baltimore 3.) Detroit 4.)Pittsburgh 5.) New England 6.)Houston 7.) Denver 8.)Philadelphia 9.) Kansas City 10.) LA Rams
Unowned Young Guns: Potential and Predictions
Josh Doctson, WAS WR- Docston has found a place in the offense as a red zone target and potential WR2 on the team. Currently the Redskins offensive plan looks like a mess and I am not sure if even Coach Gruden knows what to do weekly. The offensive line is pretty poor and doesn’t give Cousins much time. Doctson is definitely worth a roster spot, but starting him at this point is still a gamble.
Mike Williams, LAC WR - With his size, it is hard not to see him used more over the last two weeks. However, there are 3-4 capable WRs on the Chargers team and Rivers rarely plays favorites. Williams got a season high 22 snaps and that should increase going forward. Worth a spot in deeper leagues, but right now he has little upside and a very low floor.
Corey Davis, TEN WR - The most talented WR in the class and also has a chance to immediately step into the WR1 role with the Titans. Clearly Matthews and Decker are not the answers they have been trying to be as of late and are more complementary pieces behind Davis. He had 6 receptions in his first pro game and honestly should produce like some of the better rookies we have seen in the last few years. Should be owned in all formats in our opinion and has the chance to be a weekly starter on your roster moving forward.
John Ross, CIN WR - Right now Ross strictly looks like a back-up to AJ Green if anything were to happen. We should see a better example of how the team plans to use him in the next few weeks, but right now he is the riskier option of these young guys.
Kenny Golladay, DET WR - Golladay is finally looking like he will return to action this week and should immediately be a part of the offense. The Lions have zero running game and rely heavily on Stafford throwing the ball a lot. Golladay is athletic and showed his potential in his rookie debut. He is worth rostering in most leagues with the bye weeks upon us.
Love Triangle: Complicated backfields to avoid
Philadelphia: Well, this whole situation just got completely messy. Before the trade deadline, Blount was a safe RB2/3 with the current state of NFL running backs. Now, who knows what will happen? Ajayi, Blount and Smallwood are all capable of handling touches.
New England: Rex is back in the mix, Dion Lewis is getting carries, James White lines up as a receiver and Mike Gillislee looks awful. Honestly, I am just steering clear of this trainwreck of a fantasy backfield. In PPR leagues most of the guys are worth rostering, but it is scary to start any of them outside of maybe J.White in a flex spot.
New York Giants: Each week seems to bring out a new Giants running back that could start. The carries are clearly going to be split moving forward and game flow should play a big part. With Perkins about to be back, the problem could get more chaotic. We wouldn’t feel safe starting any just yet.
Denver: There are a few factors at play here. The Denver o-line is terrible and every week it is evident. The runners have a hard time getting over the line of scrimmage and Siemian is constantly under pressure. Mix that in with the fact that each of the last three weeks Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker have seen increased rush attempts. Messy Messy.
Baltimore: Alex Collins looks good, maybe even great at times BUT everyone knows that the Ravens plan to use Woodhead as soon as he returns in week 11. Add that with Joe Flacco’s terrible season and you get 10 dump offs a game…. to Danny Woodhead. Javorius Allen will likely still see the ball a few times each game and the time share will truly begin.
Week 9 Rankings: Tiered Rankings
QB: Deshaun Watson, Drew Brees, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Alex Smith, Tyrod Taylor, Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford,
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, AJ Green, Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Doug Baldwin, Jarvis Landry, Tyreek Hill, Michael Crabtree
RB: LeSean McCoy, Mark Ingram, Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette*, Lamar Miller, Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey
TE: Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, Evan Engram, Jack Doyle, Cameron Brate, Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten
QB: Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Kelvin Benjamin, Golden Tate, Alshon Jeffery, Pierre Garcon, Amari Cooper, Will Fuller V, Sterling Shepard*
RB: Devonta Freeman*, Carlos Hyde, Doug Martin, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Jones, Chris Thompson, DeMarco Murray*, Alex Collins, Tevin Coleman
TE: Vernon Davis, Austin Seferian-jenkins, Delanie Walker*, Jared Cook, Ryan Griffin, Tyler Kroft, Benjamin Watson
QB: Eli Manning, Josh McCown, Jared Goff, Joe Flacco*, Andy Dalton, Blake Bortles, Jacoby Brissett, Jay Cutler
WR: DeSean Jackson, DeVante Parker, Jeremy Maclin, Mohamed Sanu, Nelson Agholor, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Robby Anderson, Larry Fitzgerald, Marvin Jones Jr, TY Hilton, Ted Ginn Jr, Corey Davis* , Kenny Stills
RB:Jay Ajayi, Joe Mixon, CJ Anderson, Frank Gore, Matt Forte, Marshawn Lynch, Ameer Abdullah, LeGarrette Blount, Orleans Darkwa, Frank Gore, Bilal Powell
TE: Austin Hooper, Coby Fleener, Tyler Higbee, AJ Derby, Martellus Bennett, Ed Dickson
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