Fantasy Fatcast: 6 Players to Target for the 2nd Half

Oct 23

Fantasy Fatcast: 6 Players to Target for the 2nd Half

Bleacher Report’s Eric Mack and I get together for another podcast, previewing the Week 8 matchups (sorta) and looking at six different Fantasy players to target for this second half. There are a couple names that should surprise you, for sure. We also help several callers with their Fantasy Football lineup issues, including two guys that were trying to pull off a trade involving one of the top players in the game – Adrian Peterson. With six teams on bye weeks in Week 8, and several players banged up – possibly ready to miss the rest of the season – this week is quite important. Not to mention, this week is the beginning of the second half of your Fantasy regular season. Speaking of injuries, I discuss Doug Martin’s torn labrum and how I envision Bucs head coach Greg Schiano getting fired as soon as this weekend. They likely would have fired him after losing to a battered Falcons team, but with the short week ahead, an interim coach would have been in deep, deep trouble. Plus, I doubt the NFL Network wants to promote an interim coach in his first game in promos for their Thursday Night Football matchup with the Panthers. Week 8 Fantasy Fatcast Find Additional Sports Podcasts with Fantasy FatCast on BlogTalkRadio Our normal host, Brett Tresky, had tickets to a hockey game (Chicago at Florida) with his girlfriend and Fatcast friend of the program, Dwyne. There is no truth to the rumor that the three of them shared some dipping dots. Emack and I also discuss some of our strategies when we play in weekly Fantasy games on sites like DraftDay.com and SportsTradex.com. 6 Players to Target For the 2nd Half Emack and I went back and forth, each choosing a player we like as someone to either pick up off waivers or to target in trades. So I thought I’d give you a quick peek at one of the players I discussed. Eli Manning, QB, N.Y. Giants Obviously, the younger Manning has had a ton of problems this season, and he finally had a decent game Monday night against Minnesota with no interceptions. But he has a very favorable schedule coming up –...

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Week 8 Waiver Wire Adds

Oct 22

Week 8 Waiver Wire Adds

Seven days ago, before this Week 8 Waiver Wire Adds column, I began last week’s article with a list of injuries to a number of Fantasy Football’s top flight talents. This week is no different. The 2013 Fantasy Football landscape has been ravaged with injuries, it is unlikely that anyone has avoided the carnage and the challenge is upon us all to rebuild our squads. Doug Martin, see your in 2014. Reggie Wayne, will you return for one more season? Sam Bradford, Jermichael Finley, Jay Cutler, Nick Foles and Arian Foster, all are dealing with injuries of various seriousness too. No one is safe and there are others on the mend too. What makes matters worse for Fantasy Owners is in Week 8, there are 6 teams on a Bye. The Chargers, Colts, Bears, Ravens, Texans and Titans are all taking a week to get healthy, which likely couldn’t come at a better time for any of them. With both the Saints and Raiders returning from their Bye Week, take a peek to make sure no one dropped any players who could help your club going forward. Lastly, before we get to the top Week 8 Waiver Wire Adds. I asked Jon Collins from Fantasy Sports Locker Room to toss me his top options at each offensive position. We’ll start there.   Mr. Collins’ Week 8 Waiver Wire Adds   QB Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Discussions of Glennon’s under-preparedness will soon fade as he continues to deliver competent QB play in Tampa Bay. He’s not a guy I’m adding and projecting to start over a legit QB1 candidate, but, if you’re scrambling Glennon’s willingness to feed the ball to his top receiver helps his fantasy value significantly. This week he targeted Vincent Jackson 22 times and was handsomely rewarded. In his last two games Glennon has thrown for over 500 yards with 4 TDs and two turnovers.   RB Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers It’s only so often that a starting RB comes open on the free agent market so James is going to be on top of most priority lists. Tampa’s suspect blocking leaves him with a fairly low ceiling – if Doug Martin wasn’t producing let’s not...

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Week 7 Sleepers to Consider

Oct 18

Week 7 Sleepers to Consider

Last week’s pick were not quite as good as some of my prior picks, but I took a few chances on some very iffy players. Hopefully, my Week 7 sleepers will do even better. Tampa Bay’s Brian Leonard didn’t get a carry or a reception or a sniff at running back. I guess they will just run the tires off of Doug Martin. Both Mike Tolbert and Greg Little managed to reach paydirt for their teams. Just a few more carries or receptions and these two could have had big games. However, I wouldn’t stick with either one of them unless you are really screwed at RB or WR. The entire Fantasy world was expecting a big game from TE Garrett Graham in Houston. Two catches and 25 yards was a little disappointing, but he did better than my starter, Greg Olsen. I find it interesting that Fantasy experts were crowing about how deep the TE crop was this year. Not so much. I’m getting killed at that position, but I digress. Time for this week’s sleepers! Week 7 Sleepers   Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Foles looked good last week against a decent Tampa Bay defense. Imagine what he can do to a Dallas defense without pass rusher DeMarcus Ware. I wouldn’t be surprised if he finishes the year at QB for the Eagles. Go get this guy if he is available. But be prepared to drop him quickly if Chip Kelly decides to go with both Michael Vick and Foles, which could be coming. Joseph Randle RB, Cowboys DeMarco Murray is out, and it looks like Randle will be in. The Cowboys can’t throw it every down against the Eagles, can they? Even if they do, Randle should get a few catches out of the backfield, if you’re looking for a running back in a PPR league. Chris Ogbonnaya RB, Browns Ogbonnaya is becoming the Danny Woodhead of the Browns. He’s starting to get a lot of catches and can rack up points in PPR leagues. His biggest downfall is the guy pulling the trigger for the Browns. If Brandon Weeden doesn’t try any over-the-back flip passes, Ogbonnaya could have a good week. WR Cole Beasley, Cowboys If the Eagles...

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Fantasy Fatcast: Fantasy Rookies Redraft, Week 7 Preview

Oct 17

Fantasy Fatcast: Fantasy Rookies Redraft, Week 7 Preview

The Fantasy Fatcast boys got together for their regular weekly podcast this week, and we did a quick one-round 2013 Fantasy rookies redraft, just to see what we think of this class now that we’re six weeks into the season. We also previewed the Week 7 matchups, which have some interesting games on the docket, specifically, the Broncos and Colts going at it in Indianapolis for the Sunday night game. Unfortunately, we’re also going to have to watch the Vikings and Giants play on Monday Night Football, with just one win between the two franchises this season. Speaking of previewing the Week 7 matchups –- I got through every game and pick out the guys you should trust for the upcoming week, as well as the guys you should avoid, in my “Week 7 Start ’em, Sit ’em” article on SI.com. I also posted my Week 7 fantasy rankings, along with SI counterparts Brian Flood and Michael Beller, in the SI.com Composite Rankings. Remember – you can call into the Fantasy Fatcast with your questions every Tuesday night, between 9-9:45 pm ET. Call us at – (646) 478-3569. Current Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Fantasy FatCast on BlogTalkRadio 2013 Fantasy Rookies Redraft Basically, Eric Mack of Bleacher Reports and our Fantasy Fatcast host Brett Tresky joined me for this draft. The three of us rotated picks, 1. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay I made this first pick (the draft order was based on the standings in our Softball Team’s League, that we’re all a part of. I’m dominating, so I got the first pick! 2. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati   3. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh   4. Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Back to my pick again, and I went with the last rookie running back that owns the starting job. Stacy’s Rams aren’t the best, but if they can feature him regularly, as they are, 5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston   6. Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego   7. Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England Thompkins ranks among the wide receivers with the most dropped passes in the NFL – but that’s also an indicator that he gets targeted a lot. Daddy like! 8. E.J. Manuel, QB,...

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Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds

Oct 15

Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds

The injuries keep piling on, Julio Jones, Randall Cobb and DeMarco Murray will all miss time, to name a few and a number of players are emerging Fantasy Options. Personally, Andre Ellington could emerge a true Fantasy force come Playoff time and is someone to target in all formats. Additionally, if Nick Foles continues to start and Brandon Jacobs builds on his huge Week 6 performance there are a number of potentially strong Fantasy options kicking on a lot of Waiver Wires. The Saints and Raiders are both on their Bye Week, so adjust your rosters accordingly, but also, make sure to check and see if anyone dropped any Falcons or Dolphins who can help your club. Time to get to the top Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds.   Week 7 Waiver Wire Adds   QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles proved last season he can be a respectable Fantasy player and Michael Vick isn’t capable of staying healthy. Foles could easily be a top 10 Fantasy Quarterback in Chip Kelly’s offense if given the opportunity. Vick might return though, so use fake footballers are going to have to monitor the situation this week and potentially longer. It is a sticky situation, but whoever starts behind center for the Eagles will stick around starter territory in Fantasy rankings.   QB Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Unlike Mr. Foles, Mike Glennon will be starting from here out and could flirt with Fantasy starter territory himself. Assuming Mike Williams can get healthy, Glennon will have two capable Wide Receivers to toss to. Glennon has a big, accurate arm and if Tampa can ever get Doug Martin going, we might see some production from Glennon like we did in the middle of last season from Josh Freeman. Keep this kid on your radar, although, there are some tough matchups upcoming.   RB Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants Unlike the last time Brandon Jacobs was with the Giants, there is no timeshare here as the Giants’ backfield has been plagued with injuries. Furthermore, Jacobs looked excellent Thursday night, consistently getting to the Bears’ 2nd level of tacklers. With so many injuries at the RB position, Jacobs will be a hot commodity this week....

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Consider These Week 6 Sleepers

Oct 10

Consider These Week 6 Sleepers

Before I get into the Week 6 sleepers, let’s see how I did last week. In honor of the MLB playoffs, I will categorize my picks with some baseball terminology. Home Run Vincent Brown killed it for the Chargers last week — 8 catches for well over 100 yards. That’s knocking it out of the park for a guy who hadn’t had 8 catches all season. Double Terrelle Pryor had a pretty good game vs. the Chargers.  A couple of hundred yards passing and two touchdowns isn’t bad. Those of you holding on to Robert Griffin III and playing Pryor during his bye week can’t be too upset. You might even have a decision to make this weekend … Intentional BB Jason Avant had a reasonably crappy game for the Eagles with only 3 catches. However, he was targeted seven times in the contest. So the intention was there… 6-4-3 Double Play Holy cow. I don’t see how Dexter McCluster or Mychal Rivera could have been any worse. I guess McCluster could have one rush for no yards and a fumble. Then he would have been worse. Rivera’s one catch for 5 yards was better than McCluster, but not by much. Once again, I seem to be hanging around the .500 mark. We’ll see how this week goes. Week 6 Sleepers   Mike Tolbert, RB, Panthers The Panthers have to establish a run game this weekend against the Cardinals in order to open it up for Cam Newton. Mike Tolbert will be a part of that game plan. He will get one shot at a goal line TD. If he doesn’t get in, Newton will get the much sought after “last beer” touchdown. You know, the TD that 6 different owners hope they will get because it is inside the one? Brian Leonard, RB, Bucaneers Leonard is an absolute hunch. Doug Martin has carried the ball 100 times already this year. The Bucs are going to try to spread it around or Martin’s going to get hurt. Either way, Leonard will benefit. Earl Bennett, WR, Bears I keep picking on the Giants every week, but how can you not? Their defense is horrible. If the Giants try to lock down Alshon Jeffery...

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Consider These Week 5 Sleepers

Oct 03

Consider These Week 5 Sleepers

Before we get into these Week 5 sleepers, I’m not above taking a look at how I did last week. I finally called a QB that had a good game. After lighting up Dallas, Philip Rivers is having pretty good year. As a matter of fact, I’m starting him this weekend over Colin Kaepernick. Especially since Kaep faces Houston and Rivers has the Raiders. I went .500 on my running backs. Da’Rel Scott didn’t do squat against the Chiefs, but neither did any of the other Giants. Maybe they are that bad … However, Le’Veon Bell had a solid game for the Steelers with a couple of TDs. My wide receivers did fair to middling. (Does anyone say that anymore?) Ryan Broyles was a no-show for the Lions and Leonard Hankerson had four catches for the Skins. #Yikes I basically punted on my TE for the week and claimed either Fred Davis or Jordan Reed would have a good game for the Redskins. Neither did anything. Danny Woodhead lit it up for the Chargers. Expect him to do well again this weekend against Oakland. He will start at RB for me, while Adrian Peterson is on his bye week. Week 5 Sleepers   Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland It sounds like Pryor will be back in the shotgun for the Raiders this weekend. The Chargers have given up some points to QBs this year. Expect Pryor to have a good weekend. Isaiah Pead, RB, St. Louis A couple of weeks ago, Pead played 42 snaps for the Rams. Last week, Jeff Fisher doesn’t even activate him. I have no idea what that was about. Pead will be my wildcard for the week. Keep an eye on him to see if he is on the 53-man roster for Sunday. I’m still hanging on to him. Dexter McCluster, RB, Kansas City Wait … McCluster is a slot receiver for the Chiefs. But he still has his RB designation from last year. He’s getting more and more touches and could be a good replacement for a bye week at RB or a flex guy. Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Time to pile on the Giants. This is basically a money grab at this point...

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