Week 13 Sleepers to Consider

Nov 28

Week 13 Sleepers to Consider

With the NFL bye weeks finished for this season, the need for players that are flying under the radar has diminished  a bit. However, many of our rosters are suffering from injuries and plain old under performance. I’m going to hone in on four Week 13 sleepers that I feel can be game changers this week for owners pushing to make the playoffs. But before we do, let’s see how my picks did last week. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been a pleasant surprise for the Titans and for owners that have been starting him. Last week against the Raiders, he had another good game with 320 passing yards, two TDs and no picks. Running back Andre Ellington is getting his fair share of carries for the Cardinals, but splitting time with Rashard Mendenhall continues to hamstring his ability to have a big game. Last week, Ellington got a little over 9 points for owners in PPR leagues. I’m done picking players from the Texans. They are awful. By the way, Keshawn Martin got me one catch for 12 yards last week. I think it is safe to say the that Johnny Manziel watch has begun in...

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Week 12 Fantasy Recap

Nov 26

Week 12 Fantasy Recap

Andy Germani takes a quick look at each game from the weekend in his Week 12 Fantasy recap. Did your players do what you expected them to do? What are we to make of some of these big games by no-names, and bad outings by some superstars? We’re finally out of the woods, as this was the final weekend for bye weeks, but that doesn’t mean things get easier. Now you’ll just have tougher decisions to make between good players! Who do you sit!?! Week 12 Fantasy Recap New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons Pierre Thomas has been playing really well recently and has solidified a spot as a solid running back 2. Marques Colston struggled going just 4 for 40 but he did fall 1 yard short of a touchdown early on and was targeted for another potential touchdown. Matt Ryan had a pretty nice day going 30-39 for 292 yards he just didn’t score any touchdowns. I think Steven Jackson needs a touchdown to be a viable starter and this week he got it. Harry Douglas continues to be a solid wide receiver 2 and Darius Johnson has 15 targets over the last 2 games and is worth a look in deep leagues. It appears this is just a lost season for Roddy White and he cant be trusted until he puts it together for 1 or 2 straight weeks and there aren’t many weeks left.   Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins 1:00 pm  The Carolina backfield was a mess for fantasy owners again. The best day went to Deangelo Williams who totaled 47 total yards. The Carolina running backs can only be started in extremely desperate situations. Greg Olsen took advantage of the Dolphins struggling against tight ends with 5 catches for 34 yards and a touchdown. Mike Wallace had a big day going 5 for 127 and a touchdown he continues to be a boom or bust option until Ryan Tannehill can hit him on more of the deep balls. Daniel Thomas is out for the year and it will make a lot of people very excited about Lamar Miller. I would calm down a little bit though. The line is struggling and he has 21 carries for 27 yards in his last 3 games. He will get some more carries but the Dolphins just don’t run enough....

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Week 12 Sleepers to Consider

Nov 21

Week 12 Sleepers to Consider

It felt good to be back in the saddle last week looking for players to help make that final push to the playoffs. Let’s see how last week’s sleepers performed before we go into the Week 12 sleepers. Josh McCown threw for 216 yards and no picks. Those aren’t stats that are going to make your week, but he didn’t treat you too bad if your No. 1 QB was on a bye last week. Brian Leonard had a decent game for Tampa Bay last week. But as soon as Bobby Rainey started ripping off touchdowns and long runs, Rainey was in and Leonard was out. Three catches, 48 yards and a touchdown is a pretty good week for a receiver in a PPR league. That’s what Jerricho Cotchery had last week for the Steelers. There’s still a good chance this guy is available,  if you need a WR3/WR4. Cotchery is having a great year and I don’t see the Steelers’ passing game slowing down, now that they finally got it jump started. The Saints’ Kenny Stills only had one catch for 11 yards on two targets. He’s definitely a hit-or-miss kind of player. Last week — he missed. The Vikings may have found something in John Carlson. He’s had two pretty productive weeks in a row. Lord knows I need some points from the TE spot, especially if Reggie Bush and Adrian Peterson are going to get me jack squat. My No. 1 and 2 picks combined for fewer points last week than Carlson scored. Ouch. Enough of living in the past, time to move on to this weeks picks. Week 12 Sleepers   Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Titans Let’s face it, Fitzpatrick looked decent last week against a pretty good Colts defense. This week he will go up against an Oakland secondary that could make him look like Fran Tarkenton. If you have Russell Wilson or Nick Foles sitting this week, Fitzpatrick could be a good option for you. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals Ellington is getting just a few less carries than Rashard Mendenhall. He had a bad day last weekend, but eventually he’s going to bust one. Did you see what the Rams did to the Colts on the...

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5 Tips to Success in the Fantasy Football Playoffs

Nov 20

5 Tips to Success in the Fantasy Football Playoffs

The Fantasy Football playoffs are a short sprint after a 13-week endurance run, and you have to think of them a little differently. This article was submitted as a guest piece from Andy Germani. We do like to post guest articles from writers, so if you’re interested, read the bottom of this article to see what you should do. I asked Andy to shoot me an article with some good tips for winning games in the Fantasy Football playoffs – and he did a great job! — DG 5 Tips for the Fantasy Football Playoffs   1. Don’t Be Afraid to Rely on the Flavor of the Week A common phrase when the playoffs roll around is, “Dance with the one that brought you,” or something similar. But instead, do not be afraid to start Andre Brown over Stevan Ridley, or start Riley Cooper over Danny Amendola. Just because players were drafted higher in August does not mean you should be starting them in December. 2. Don’t Get Cute Slightly contradictory to No. 1, but play your best players. For example, if this past week had been a playoff game you are not going to sit Peyton Manning just because he was playing the Chiefs, so you can start Case Keenum just because he has a better matchup.   3. Don’t Just Take It One Game at a Time In sports, “Take it one game at a time,” is probably the most common phrase used by athletes and coaches. However, Fantasy Sports are different. Looking forward to Week 16, when we still have to win to get there, is not going to change how our players play. If there is someone who can possibly help your team in week 16 or 17, if your playoffs last that long, such as Randall Cobb, pick him up. Just because he can’t help you this week doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add him. 4. Start Your Best Lineup It seems self-explanatory, but I do not know how many times I have seen people want to start a defense based only on the premise of that defense is playing the other team’s quarterback. Or they want to sit their top defense because they are facing...

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Week 11 Sleepers to Consider

Nov 14

Week 11 Sleepers to Consider

With a week off to refresh my creative juices (Thank you, Mr. Gonos), I look forward to providing you with some great Week 11 sleepers. Hopefully, last week, some of you had the foresight to start a player like  Tavon Austin. I have to admit, I didn’t see that coming. Not against the Colts. Brian Hartline would have also been a solid play last week, if you were hurting for wide receivers. I guess what I am saying is that I hope your team survived without me. I’m sure it did. Injuries are really starting to mount in the NFL, and replacement players that no one has ever heard of are often great pickups. Let’s see who I like this week. Week 11 Sleepers   Josh McCown, QB, Chicago I am going back to the well on this one. Have you seen Josh McCown play this year? He’s looked better than a healthy Jay Cutler. McCown is facing a Ravens defense that isn’t what it used to be, but still plays the run well. Look for Matt Forte to get held in check and for the Bears to have to air it out. Oh by the way, don’t be surprised if the Bears stay with McCown, if they get a win this weekend. Brian Leonard, RB, Tampa Bay Tampa Bay has ridden the wheels off of Doug Martin this year and have had to put him on the shelf. Michael James is shut down, too. So who do the Bucs turn to? Brian Leonard had 20 carries on Monday night. Who the heck is Leonard? He’s the new starting running back for Tampa Bay. I’m sure Tampa will sign a player somewhere along the line to add depth, but Leonard is going to be the man, at least for this week. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Pittsburgh I’ve tried to stay away from Cotchery the last few weeks, but now I can’t. The Lions give up a lot of points to wide receivers and Ben Roethlisberger is starting to look a little better. For crying out loud, Cotchery leads the team in TDs. I know half of those came against the Patriots, but this week’s game against Lions could be another track meet and...

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Fantasy Fatcast: 2014 Fantasy Mock Draft Round 2, Preview of Week 11

Nov 13

Fantasy Fatcast: 2014 Fantasy Mock Draft Round 2, Preview of Week 11

The Fantasy Fatcast continues their midseason 2014 Mock Draft, looking ahead to what Round 2 might look like. Eric Mack of Bleacher Report and Brett Tresky, who now has over 2,000 Twitter followers, join me, SI.com’s David Gonos, to talk some Fantasy Football before Week 11! We also discuss the Perfect Lineup game at DraftDay.com, with each of us picking who we think will end up with the best weeks at each position. The way that game works is – you play for free, pick a lineup with no salary restrictions, and then you win $1 million if you pick the perfect lineup! It’s wicked easy. I also discuss the state of my Buccaneers, and what I think will happen in the coming weeks, as well as next season. (Spoiler alert: Doug Martin could be an AWESOME second-round pick next year.) We also answer Fantasy lineup and trade questions from a good half-dozen callers, including “Dave” again, who has become a welcome repeat caller. That guy’s name is cool. Finally, we discuss each and every matchup for this coming weekend, as Emack shares some advice on who to start each week, and I cite some great stats you’ll find useful in the coming games. Rather than just go through a stat read or go through every name of every player you should start or sit, we think this is the most interesting way to do it, as you get a mix of stats and opinions. Both Emack and I write Start/Sit columns on our respective sites, where you can get a more detailed version of what we think each week. My column posts midday on Thursdays, and I believe Emack’s article goes up on Wednesday. 2014 Fantasy Mock Draft: Round 2 First, let’s discuss the first round of this 2014 Fantasy mock draft, which we held during our Week 10 Fantasy Fatcast, which you can listen to here. New Sports Internet Radio with Fantasy FatCast on BlogTalkRadio The picks in the first round, went like this: 1. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City 2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota 3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia 4. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago 5. Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit 6. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit 7. Marshawn...

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ROS Strength of Schedule: QBs,RBs, WRs, TEs, D/STs, &Ks

Nov 08

ROS Strength of Schedule: QBs,RBs, WRs, TEs, D/STs, &Ks

This post will look at the rest-of-season strength of schedule for all Fantasy Football positions. Last week we looked at the strength of schedule for the running back position, and it is time to finish off the work, pull out the spreadsheets, and come up with the calculations for the other five Fantasy Football positions. If you did not read the last post, a teams rest-of-season strength of schedule is calculated when you take the average amount of points the remainder of their opponents have allowed per game, and average those numbers together. These numbers should come in handy with the trade deadline, for most Fantasy leagues, only two weeks away, and in leagues where you are restricted to a certain amount of roster acquisitions for the week/year. Strength of Schedule: Quarterbacks: TEAM1011121314151617Total KCBYEDENSDDENWSHOAKINDSD18.06 NYGOAKGBDALWSHSDSEADETWSH17.33 TENJAXINDOAKINDDENARIJAXHOU17.18 PHIGBWSHBYEARIDETMINCHIDAL17.14 CHIDETBALSTLMINDALCLEPHIGB17.14 GBPHINYGMINDETATLDALPITCHI17.06 WSHMINPHISFNYGKCATLDALNYG16.98 DETCHIPITTBGBPHIBALNYGMIN16.94 HOUARIOAKJAXNEJAXINDDENTEN16.70 CINBALCLEBYESDINDPITMINBAL16.69 DALNOBYENYGOAKCHIGBWSHPHI16.66 BUFPITNYJBYEATLTBJAXMIANE16.41 OAKNYGHOUTENDALNYJKCSDDEN16.26 MIATBSDCARNYJPITNEBUFNYJ15.84 PITBUFDETCLEBALMIACINGBCLE15.63 MINWSHSEAGBCHIBALPHICINDET15.54 SEAATLMINBYENOSFNYGARISTL15.51 SDDENMIAKCCINNYGDENOAKKC15.43 CLEBYECINPITJAXNECHINYJPIT15.41 BALCINCHINYJPITMINDETNECIN15.31 DENSDKCNEKCTENSDHOUOAK15.25 NYJBYEBUFBALMIAOAKCARCLEMIA14.79 NEBYECARDENHOUCLEMIABALBUF14.77 ARIHOUJAXINDPHISTLTENSEASF14.71 JAXTENARIHOUCLEHOUBUFTENIND14.68 CARSFNEMIATBNONYJNOATL14.60 SFCARNOWSHSTLSEATBATLARI14.48 ATLSEATBNOBUFGBWSHSFCAR14.46 INDSTLTENARITENCINHOUKCJAX14.31 NODALSFATLSEACARSTLCARTB14.16 STLINDBYECHISFARINOTBSEA14.00 TBMIAATLDETCARBUFSFSTLNO13.89 Running Backs: TEAM1011121314151617Total PHIGBWSHBYEARIDETMINCHIDAL17.29 CLEBYECINPITJAXNECHINYJPIT17.26 GBPHINYGMINDETATLDALPITCHI17.18 BUFPITNYJBYEATLTBJAXMIANE17.04 NYGOAKGBDALWSHSDSEADETWSH16.86 ARIHOUJAXINDPHISTLTENSEASF16.78 HOUARIOAKJAXNEJAXINDDENTEN16.75 DALNOBYENYGOAKCHIGBWSHPHI16.69 INDSTLTENARITENCINHOUKCJAX16.34 CHIDETBALSTLMINDALCLEPHIGB16.23 TBMIAATLDETCARBUFSFSTLNO16.19 SEAATLMINBYENOSFNYGARISTL16.10 KCBYEDENSDDENWSHOAKINDSD15.91 DETCHIPITTBGBPHIBALNYGMIN15.91 BALCINCHINYJPITMINDETNECIN15.83 CARSFNEMIATBNONYJNOATL15.76 TENJAXINDOAKINDDENARIJAXHOU15.69 SFCARNOWSHSTLSEATBATLARI15.63 WSHMINPHISFNYGKCATLDALNYG15.54 MINWSHSEAGBCHIBALPHICINDET15.43 NODALSFATLSEACARSTLCARTB15.33 NYJBYEBUFBALMIAOAKCARCLEMIA15.23 ATLSEATBNOBUFGBWSHSFCAR15.16 SDDENMIAKCCINNYGDENOAKKC15.13 OAKNYGHOUTENDALNYJKCSDDEN14.99 STLINDBYECHISFARINOTBSEA14.73 JAXTENARIHOUCLEHOUBUFTENIND14.70 DENSDKCNEKCTENSDHOUOAK14.65 NEBYECARDENHOUCLEMIABALBUF14.63 PITBUFDETCLEBALMIACINGBCLE14.51 CINBALCLEBYESDINDPITMINBAL14.33 MIATBSDCARNYJPITNEBUFNYJ13.83 Wide Receivers: TEAM1011121314151617Total KCBYEDENSDDENWSHOAKINDSD25.44 NYGOAKGBDALWSHSDSEADETWSH23.74 DALNOBYENYGOAKCHIGBWSHPHI23.56 CHIDETBALSTLMINDALCLEPHIGB23.44 GBPHINYGMINDETATLDALPITCHI23.26 MINWSHSEAGBCHIBALPHICINDET22.84 PHIGBWSHBYEARIDETMINCHIDAL22.61 DETCHIPITTBGBPHIBALNYGMIN22.43 WSHMINPHISFNYGKCATLDALNYG22.36 CINBALCLEBYESDINDPITMINBAL22.21 MIATBSDCARNYJPITNEBUFNYJ21.73 TENJAXINDOAKINDDENARIJAXHOU21.56 PITBUFDETCLEBALMIACINGBCLE21.28 BALCINCHINYJPITMINDETNECIN21.15 SDDENMIAKCCINNYGDENOAKKC21.06 HOUARIOAKJAXNEJAXINDDENTEN20.70 TBMIAATLDETCARBUFSFSTLNO20.66 OAKNYGHOUTENDALNYJKCSDDEN20.63 ATLSEATBNOBUFGBWSHSFCAR20.30 SEAATLMINBYENOSFNYGARISTL20.29 DENSDKCNEKCTENSDHOUOAK20.24 BUFPITNYJBYEATLTBJAXMIANE20.09 NEBYECARDENHOUCLEMIABALBUF20.04 NYJBYEBUFBALMIAOAKCARCLEMIA20.03 CLEBYECINPITJAXNECHINYJPIT19.70 ARIHOUJAXINDPHISTLTENSEASF19.61 CARSFNEMIATBNONYJNOATL19.50 SFCARNOWSHSTLSEATBATLARI19.36 STLINDBYECHISFARINOTBSEA18.66 NODALSFATLSEACARSTLCARTB18.29 JAXTENARIHOUCLEHOUBUFTENIND18.24 INDSTLTENARITENCINHOUKCJAX17.20 Tight Ends: TEAM1011121314151617Total PHIGBWSHBYEARIDETMINCHIDAL9.42 HOUARIOAKJAXNEJAXINDDENTEN8.9 TENJAXINDOAKINDDENARIJAXHOU8.61 BUFPITNYJBYEATLTBJAXMIANE8.21 JAXTENARIHOUCLEHOUBUFTENIND8.13 SEAATLMINBYENOSFNYGARISTL8 DETCHIPITTBGBPHIBALNYGMIN7.88 NYJBYEBUFBALMIAOAKCARCLEMIA7.87 GBPHINYGMINDETATLDALPITCHI7.81 INDSTLTENARITENCINHOUKCJAX7.77 OAKNYGHOUTENDALNYJKCSDDEN7.73 NEBYECARDENHOUCLEMIABALBUF7.72 SFCARNOWSHSTLSEATBATLARI7.68 STLINDBYECHISFARINOTBSEA7.64 NYGOAKGBDALWSHSDSEADETWSH7.58 CLEBYECINPITJAXNECHINYJPIT7.47 CHIDETBALSTLMINDALCLEPHIGB7.46 PITBUFDETCLEBALMIACINGBCLE7.41 DALNOBYENYGOAKCHIGBWSHPHI7.37 CINBALCLEBYESDINDPITMINBAL7.37 MIATBSDCARNYJPITNEBUFNYJ7.3 WSHMINPHISFNYGKCATLDALNYG7.28 BALCINCHINYJPITMINDETNECIN7.26 CARSFNEMIATBNONYJNOATL7.22 KCBYEDENSDDENWSHOAKINDSD7.21 MINWSHSEAGBCHIBALPHICINDET7.2 NODALSFATLSEACARSTLCARTB7.03 ATLSEATBNOBUFGBWSHSFCAR6.88 SDDENMIAKCCINNYGDENOAKKC6.85 TBMIAATLDETCARBUFSFSTLNO6.6 ARIHOUJAXINDPHISTLTENSEASF6.57 DENSDKCNEKCTENSDHOUOAK5.83 D/STs: TEAM1011121314151617Total BUFPITNYJBYEATLTBJAXMIANE9.33 CLEBYECINPITJAXNECHINYJPIT8.77 NYJBYEBUFBALMIAOAKCARCLEMIA8.73 INDSTLTENARITENCINHOUKCJAX8.54 JAXTENARIHOUCLEHOUBUFTENIND8.38 MIATBSDCARNYJPITNEBUFNYJ8.23 DETCHIPITTBGBPHIBALNYGMIN8.14 WSHMINPHISFNYGKCATLDALNYG8.10 TENJAXINDOAKINDDENARIJAXHOU8.01 SEAATLMINBYENOSFNYGARISTL8.00 HOUARIOAKJAXNEJAXINDDENTEN7.73 ARIHOUJAXINDPHISTLTENSEASF7.60 CINBALCLEBYESDINDPITMINBAL7.54 NEBYECARDENHOUCLEMIABALBUF7.36 GBPHINYGMINDETATLDALPITCHI7.25 BALCINCHINYJPITMINDETNECIN7.14 OAKNYGHOUTENDALNYJKCSDDEN7.09 SFCARNOWSHSTLSEATBATLARI6.96 DALNOBYENYGOAKCHIGBWSHPHI6.94 PITBUFDETCLEBALMIACINGBCLE6.93 DENSDKCNEKCTENSDHOUOAK6.80 CARSFNEMIATBNONYJNOATL6.46 SDDENMIAKCCINNYGDENOAKKC6.33 TBMIAATLDETCARBUFSFSTLNO6.24 NODALSFATLSEACARSTLCARTB6.09 CHIDETBALSTLMINDALCLEPHIGB6.04 ATLSEATBNOBUFGBWSHSFCAR6.01 STLINDBYECHISFARINOTBSEA5.91 PHIGBWSHBYEARIDETMINCHIDAL5.89 MINWSHSEAGBCHIBALPHICINDET5.76 NYGOAKGBDALWSHSDSEADETWSH5.73 KCBYEDENSDDENWSHOAKINDSD4.21 Kickers: TEAM1011121314151617Total GBPHINYGMINDETATLDALPITCHI9.91 DETCHIPITTBGBPHIBALNYGMIN9.29 BUFPITNYJBYEATLTBJAXMIANE9.17 BALCINCHINYJPITMINDETNECIN9.09 CINBALCLEBYESDINDPITMINBAL9.03 PITBUFDETCLEBALMIACINGBCLE8.89 MINWSHSEAGBCHIBALPHICINDET8.84 NEBYECARDENHOUCLEMIABALBUF8.76 CLEBYECINPITJAXNECHINYJPIT8.73 PHIGBWSHBYEARIDETMINCHIDAL8.71 CHIDETBALSTLMINDALCLEPHIGB8.65 NYJBYEBUFBALMIAOAKCARCLEMIA8.57 WSHMINPHISFNYGKCATLDALNYG8.48 MIATBSDCARNYJPITNEBUFNYJ8.40 TBMIAATLDETCARBUFSFSTLNO8.35 SEAATLMINBYENOSFNYGARISTL8.11 TENJAXINDOAKINDDENARIJAXHOU8.08 CARSFNEMIATBNONYJNOATL8.01 DALNOBYENYGOAKCHIGBWSHPHI7.96 KCBYEDENSDDENWSHOAKINDSD7.90 SFCARNOWSHSTLSEATBATLARI7.89 OAKNYGHOUTENDALNYJKCSDDEN7.78 JAXTENARIHOUCLEHOUBUFTENIND7.76 STLINDBYECHISFARINOTBSEA7.76 SDDENMIAKCCINNYGDENOAKKC7.73 NYGOAKGBDALWSHSDSEADETWSH7.68 HOUARIOAKJAXNEJAXINDDENTEN7.66 NODALSFATLSEACARSTLCARTB7.50 ARIHOUJAXINDPHISTLTENSEASF7.35 ATLSEATBNOBUFGBWSHSFCAR7.14 INDSTLTENARITENCINHOUKCJAX7.08 DENSDKCNEKCTENSDHOUOAK6.71 Devin Jordan is obsessed with statistical analysis, non-fiction literature, and electronic music. 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