Week 5 Waiver Wire Adds

Oct 01

Week 5 Waiver Wire Adds

Another week, another injury to deal with. Darren McFadden owners are cringing and Ray Rice’s are wondering why he even played at all. Andre Johnson proved that sometimes all it takes is a kick in the shin to catch 9 balls for 110 yards, while C.J. Spiller, Alfred Morris and LeSean McCoy are all dealing with injuries. Or in McCoy’s case, perhaps he was just a little too high to breathe. The Redskins, Steelers, Buccaneers and Vikings are all on their Bye Week, so adjust your rosters accordingly, but also, make sure to check and see if anyone dropped any Packers or Panthers who can help your club. I’ve been including Weekly IDP players here, but am going to do an additional piece with a little more detail and a peek at some trends through the first quarter of the Fantasy season. Time to get to the top Week 5 Waiver Wire Adds.   Week 5 Waiver Wire Adds   RB Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders With Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece nicked up, it will be Rashard Jennings who’ll get the carries going forward for the Raiders. He has limited skills and upside, but he’ll get the workload and that has value in itself. The significance of that value is the important part though. The Raiders aren’t an explosive offense and just lost their best play-maker. I’d let someone else chase Jennings, but if you’re desperate he’ll play.   RB Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers The Chargers used Danny Woodhead in the Red Zone Sunday against the Cowboys and he rewarded the team with 2 scores. He is unlikely to be available in PPR formats, but if he continues to get the work around the End Zone, Woodhead is the back to own in San Diego. Considering Ryan Mathews has a single Rushing Touchdown since 2011, this could be Woodhead’s role going forward. There is no reason not to take a flier on him, especially with the Chargers’ offense looking better.   WR Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago Bears Alshon Jeffery has 19 targets in the last two weeks, which he has turned into 158 yards, 12 grabs and a score. He looked good when healthy last year and has firmly established...

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Week 4 Sleepers to Consider

Sep 26

Week 4 Sleepers to Consider

Last week was interesting for my sleeper picks. That’s a nice way of saying that they pretty much sucked. What gives me some hope for future prognostication prowess is that I was close. What does that mean — and what does that mean for the Week 4 sleepers? I had Chris Ivory picked to do well because I knew the Jets would run the ball a ton. They did, only Ivory got hurt and Bilal Powell got all the carries. I figured Alex Smith would hook up with Dexter McCluster against the Eagles Thursday. Turns out Donnie Avery was the beneficiary of the Eagles’ crappy defense. Miles Austin left early in the second half with yet another hammy. Lamar Miller had a decent game, but it took a 49-yard run to get him around 60 yards total rushing. My saving grace was predicting that Antonio Gates would finally make it into the end zone. Fortunately, he did. So let’s say, just for simple math purposes, that I’m around .500 for the year, which isn’t bad when you consider I’m trying to stay away from obvious picks. At least, that’s what I keep telling Mr. Gonos. Week 4 Sleepers   Philip Rivers QB, Chargers Rivers has completed 70 percent of his passes, so far this year. I know last week was not a great Fantasy week for Rivers, but he’s going against a Dallas defense this week that has been known to get torched by QBs. I’m not sold on the Cowboys and I’m really not sold on Rivers (although, if Colin Kaepernick doesn’t get hot soon, I will be a buyer). But Rivers is spreading the ball around and should get in the end zone a few times this week. Da’rel Scott RB, Giants The Giants’ revolving door at running back is going to eventually have to stop somewhere. I’m betting it stops on Scott this week. Kansas City is vulnerable to running backs and eventually the Giants are going to have a lead and try to run the ball. New York can’t be as bad as their record says they are. They get healthy this week against the Chiefs and Scott has a good game. Le’veon Bell RB,...

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Week 4 Waiver Wire Adds

Sep 24

Week 4 Waiver Wire Adds

The Bye Week bonanza begins now, which makes your waiver wire surfing all the more important and potentially rewarding. Keep your eyes peeled for potential improvements that others are dropping, or plan your own lineup complications a week in advance to avoid over spending, or potentially losing out. But ultimately, make your moves count. If an owner drops Cam Newton this week, add him, but the case might not be so easy to make for a Jermichael Finley. There were a a few who emerged this week, so, here are your top Week 4 Waiver Wire Adds.   Week 4 Waiver Wire Adds   RB Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins Daniel Thomas isn’t going away. Miami appears committed to giving him Goal Line opportunities and as long as their offense is moving the ball, they’ll be there for him. Only Adrian Peterson and Joique Bell have more Rushing Touchdowns than Thomas. It isn’t ideal and you shouldn’t expect a lot, but Running Back Touchdowns are harder and harder to come by these days. With Bye Weeks approaching Thomas should see his ownership percentage rise.   RB Bilal Powell, New York Jets There once was a committee in the Jets’ backfield. Powell may be an inferior talent to Chris Ivory, but Ivory cannot stay on the field and Powell is the superior Fantasy Running Back thus far. Ivory’s hamstring pull has opened the door even further for Powell. The Jets’ Running Back should see 25 touches a game going forward. So the opportunity is there and in Fantasy Football, opportunity is sometimes more important than talent.   RB Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons Snelling may be on the short end of a time split and Steven Jackson’s return looms, but in the meantime there is value. Snelling scored Sunday and broke big plays on the ground and through the air. Jacquizz Rodgers isn’t as well suited for Red Zone work either. It may be short lived, but Snelling might be a good Bye Week plug in over the next month. The Falcons will give him chances to score.   WR Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions Nate Burleson will have surgery after a single car accident, which opens the door wide open for Mr....

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Some Random Daily Fantasy Picks For Week 3

Sep 22

Some Random Daily Fantasy Picks For Week 3

I write Daily Fantasy Football strategy columns for DFSEdge.com each week, and that means I usually play on several different Daily Fantasy sites each week. And in my FanDuel column on Saturday, I thought it interesting how many crazy running back situations there are this week, due to injuries and the Trent Richardson trade. So I thought I’d share some of my Daily Fantasy picks on different sites that I like this morning! (I got up a little earlier than I expected, which helps also.) FanDuel.com Daily Fantasy Picks (Half-point PPR) This is not my team, mind you, since if you played this team, you’d end up with $6,400 of surplus of money. These Daily Fantasy picks are just some good bargains to consider. Matt Stafford, QB, DET at WAS, $8,500 He’s on pace for over 630 pass attempts again this season. Joique Bell, RB, DET at WAS, $6,500 Even with Reggie Bush as a game-time decision, Bell is a great price against a bad Redskins defense. He should punch at least one in for a score – but I’m guessing two touchdowns. Ding, Ding! Jason Snelling, RB, ATL at MIA, $4,500 The Dolphins are still an underrated defense, but with Steven Jackson (thigh) injured, Snelling will work on non-passing downs – and likely the goal line. Eddie Royal, WR, SD at TEN, $4,500 Five touchdowns in two weeks, with the cheapest price tag in the game? I’m in! Aaron Dobson, WR, NE vs. TB, $5,000 The rookie has skills, but he just needs to cut down on the drops (co-leader in the NFL with four drops). Steven Hauschka, K, SEA vs. JAC, $5,000 Cheapest kicker today going for a team that’s almost a 20-point favorite. If ‘Hawks go up early, they’ll run it a lot, and kick a lot when inside the 35. Vikings Defense, $5,200 vs. MIN $5,200 Facing a Browns team with a new quarterback, a just-signed-off-the-street running back and a just-off-of-suspension wide receiver. DraftDay.com Daily Fantasy Picks (PPR) Bernard Pierce, $9,200, DEN vs. OAK With Ray Rice (hip) likely out for a couple weeks, the sophomore should get a full load against the tough Texans run defense. Not a great price, but this could be...

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Week 3 Sleepers to Consider

Sep 19

Week 3 Sleepers to Consider

Time to take a look at some players that might be gathering dust on your roster, but this may be the week to clean ’em off and get them in the lineup. We’re going to talk Week 3 sleepers! Last week my readers benefited from reasonable performances by my Week 2 Sleepers. Almost all of them outperformed my first two draft picks from my own roster last week, Adrian Peterson and Reggie Bush, sadly enough. Washington’s Roy Helu was my only pick last week that let my readers down, but it looks like there will be a lot of Redskins players letting down Fantasy owners this year. One in particular, from Baylor University, rhymes with “R-G-Shmee.” Heard of him? Enough about last week’s accomplishments. Let’s take a look at some more surprise players for Week 3 that could help your fledgling roster. Week 3 Sleepers   Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Smith is about to take on a Philadelphia defense that can’t stop a cold, or catch a cold, or whatever other cliche you want to use here. As a matter of fact, Philip Rivers (who a certain famous fantasy writer told me a few weeks ago sucks) just torched the Eagles defense for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. If you’re one of the many that don’t have a top-10 QB to turn to every week, this might be the week to try your luck with Smith. Smith has four touchdowns so far this year and some solid weapons at his disposal in order to have a big game. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Miller is basically splitting time with Daniel Thomas, not exactly the ideal situation for a Fantasy running back. However, look for Miller and the Dolphins to take advantage of a long passing game, with newly acquired Mike Wallace, that could open things up in the middle. Miller is not an RB1 or RB2, but he could be a good play at the flex position if you are scrambling for a decent player. I know, I know, Atlanta has a vaunted running defense, but they do surrender their share of Fantasy points to running backs. Chris Ivory, RB, N.Y. Jets Ivory is yet another running back...

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Week 3 Waiver Wire Adds

Sep 17

Week 3 Waiver Wire Adds

Two deep and it has been everything you’ve waited for since last December when your league’s championship was won right? Remember it isn’t time to give up on some top options. Steven Ridley will turn it around and Roddy White will get going eventually. Cam Newton started slow last season and was the best QB in the 2nd half of the season a year ago. Alternatively, if you’re holding onto Ronnie Hillman you very well may be wasting a roster spot. There were a fury of injuries this week, so, here are your top Week 3 Waiver Wire Adds.   Week 3 Waiver Wire Adds   QB Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs Smith has looked like his responsible and reliable self through 2 games, which doesn’t always win Fantasy titles, but he has 4 scores through the air and the Chiefs are 2-0. Don’t over look Smith as an option, he even looked especially good on the ground this past Sunday. Don’t forget either, Smith had the most favorable schedule in terms of Fantasy and has the Eagles on tap in Week 3. He makes for a great plug and play candidate this weekend against the porous Eagles pass defense.   RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos The Broncos’ backfield is losing some of its unpredictability, as Ronnie Hillman looks to be the third option with Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball leading the way. Moreno looked especially impressive against the Giants rushing for 93 yards on 13 carries with 2 scores. There is a chance that Ball slowly eats into Moreno’s touches and targets, but John Fox and Peyton Manning trust the veteran and it isn’t like he wasn’t reliable down the stretch last season.   RB James Starks, Green Bay Packers Monitor Eddie Lacy’s health first and remember that James Starks’ big game Sunday was against a horrible Washington Defense. After taking both into account you can add Starks, but you shouldn’t expect a lot from him. On deck is a tough Bengals defense and then the Packers have their bye week, so he isn’t a viable option for the next 2 weeks. That can seem like a lifetime in Fantasy Football.   RB Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens It...

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Player Value: A Different Way to Look at Player Performance in Week 1

Sep 14

Player Value: A Different Way to Look at Player Performance in Week 1

In Fantasy Football, points are important, but points relative to the position a player plays is more important. Colin Kaepernick scored 30 points last week and was the second highest second highest scorer in fantasy football, but was that performance impressive when the top twelve quarterbacks—the amount of quarterbacks played in a standard league—averaged 25 points in Week 1? Not really. (All references to points scored in this article refer to ESPN’s standard scoring system.) This article is meant to stimulate you as a Fantasy Football player, and get you to think more analytically about player value. How do you calculate player value? These are the averages for points per position for the top twelve quarterbacks, top thirty wide receivers, top thirty running backs, top twelve tight ends, top twelve kickers, and top twelve D/STs: QB (25 PTS), RB (12PTS), WR (16 PTS), TE (15 PTS), D/ST (13 PTS), and K (11 PTS). So what do these averages tell you? Points scored at running back last week were at a premium, and points at quarterback weren’t worth much at all, unless you have Peyton Manning. If you are an experienced Fantasy Football player, this information is nothing new to you. Even if you are an experienced Fantasy player, however, do you now how to translate a player’s points scored relative to their position, and know exactly how much a player’s performance was worth? It’s ok if you don’t. The answer is down below. To determine player value, it requires simple math. First separate players by position. Then, calculate the average and standard deviation of the points scored by the players at that position. Once you have those numbers, take a players points scored, subtract that number from the average points scored at that position, and then divide that number by the standard deviation of points for that position. Do that for every player at every position, and you have the Z-Scores for each player. Z-Scores are informative because they compute player value based upon how far away from the average performance at a position a players performance was worth. Meaning: you know how much more valuable a running back that scored twenty points was worth, compared to a quarterback...

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