Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

Nov 20

Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

Good grief. The running backs corps is becoming very weak in Fantasy, and once again we continue to be blindsided by sleepers having outstanding performances. Luckily, this is the last week for bye weeks, so we’ll be able to play our starters down the Fantasy stretch. But I just hope you survived this long stretch of bye weeks, which I hate. It’s also almost Thanksgiving, so that is good news. Who could hate watching football and eating food all day? I can’t wait, but let’s get through Week 12 first. The teams on byes this week are the Steelers and the Panthers. If you’re owners of players on those teams, or if you’re not, I’ll try to make your lineup decisions easier this weekend. Remember: If you win, thank me. But if you lose: It’s your team. Let’s go. Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Start Of The Week: Denard Robinson at Indianapolis Projected Fantasy Points: 16 Robinson comes off his bye red-hot, as he has been outstanding since taking over the starting role in the Jaguars’ backfield. Robinson has had double-digits in every game since becoming the starter, including a two TD performance last game. He gets a juicy matchup in this week against the Colts, a team that allowed Jonas Gray to rush for 199 yards and 4 TDs last week. The Colts have given up an average of 21 fantasy PPG to opposing running backs this season, which ranks 26th in the NFL. Robinson should have a monster game this week, maybe not 43 points like Gray, but he still should be started in all leagues. Bust Alert Of The Week: Peyton Manning vs. Miami Projected Fantasy Points: 23 This is an alert, not saying to sit Manning, but I’m just alerting you he could struggle. Last week, Peyton had a rare dud against the Rams, putting up just 16 fantasy points in standard leagues. To add, he lost two of his top weapons, Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to injuries. They both could be out this week, which certainly isn’t good news. He faces the Dolphins, which are red-hot, and have allowed the 2nd least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. I am in...

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Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Looking Back on Past 4 Weeks

Nov 20

Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Looking Back on Past 4 Weeks

We had to switch up our Week 12 Fantasy Football rankings a little bit this week, mostly because time was not on my side! But I’m not going to leave you hanging, and with just two weeks left until the Fantasy playoffs arrive, your Fantasy Football lineup is more important than ever. Normally, I go through each position in a separate article post, and I discuss an interesting notion about either the upcoming week, or some trending stats for that position. Since I’m posting all of the rankings into one post, I’m not going to be able to do that this week. But I still want to offer up something interesting to think about going forward. Rookie Wide Receivers First, I thought I’d share a couple articles I wrote for other websites this week, dealing with the current crop of Fantasy rookie wide receivers. Over at FantasySports.About.com, I looked back over the past 20 years or so to see if this crop has a chance to become the greatest class of rookie wide receivers ever. Led by Evans, Sammy Watkins and Kelvin Benjamin, are they going to be better than the 2004 crop that brought us four WRs with seven or more touchdown catches? Can they beat the ’96 class that had both Marvin Harrison and Keyshawn Johnson – even though they weren’t the best that season? Then, over on SportsGrid.com, I look at the top 10 rookie wide receivers over the past 30 years, and I try to guess which rookies will crack that list in Fantasy points. The interesting part is – I listed all of them for PPR formats, which is not what you usually see when you look up the best rookie wide receivers ever. Recent Fantasy History Tells Us More I also thought now would be a good time to look back at the past month of action (four weeks), to see which players now rank among the best at their position, compared to where they were from before. Quarterbacks It’s no surprise to see Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning, but seeing Ryan Tannehill seventh overall, and Brian Hoyer 11th, might be a little more surprising. Only Big Ben, Manning and Drew...

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Week 12 Waiver Wire

Nov 17

Week 12 Waiver Wire

We’re officially heading down the stretch, and in most leagues there are just 3 games left in the fantasy regular season. These games are crucial, and so are your roster moves at this point. Most likely, your trade deadline has passed, which means if you’re having problems at a certain position, it’s all up to the waiver-wire. Last week, we saw few injuries, but there were some like Broncos’ stars Julius Thomas, Montee Ball, and Emmanuel Sanders. However, we also saw the Colts lose Ahmad Bradshaw and Dwayne Allen to injuries. So, whether if you’re owners of these players, or hurting at a position, pay attention. Remember not to cut anyone of too significance, because that could end up coming back to bite you. Only cut players who continue to struggle consistently, rather than guys who just struggled for one week. Without further ado, let’s get started. Week 12 Waiver Wire We used ownership percentages from CBSSports.com Josh McCown, QB, Tampa Bay Available in 65% of CBS Leagues A lot of people are really hurting at QB down the stretch, and McCown could be one of those weekly plug-in solutions. Since returning from injury, McCown has 23 fantasy points in his two games back, and has found a very reliable target in Mike Evans. He gets the Bears next week, which allow the 30th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and later he faces a good matchup with Carolina. Tampa Bay throws the ball a lot, and if you need a QB, I would consider adding McCown off waivers. Jonas Gray, RB, New England Available in 67% of CBS Leagues Gray totally went off on Sunday Night; carrying the ball 38 times for 199 yards and 4 TDs. Yes, you read that right. I had Gray on this column a couple weeks back, and that was because of his carries. Gray has seen at least 17 carries now in 2 out of his last 3 starts at RB, now that Stevan Ridley is out for the year. After his success this week, The Pats should continue to feed Gray the ball down the stretch. If you recall, some of LeGarrette Blount’s best games as a Patriot came at the...

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Week 11 Discount Diving on FanDuel and Rankings

Nov 13

Week 11 Discount Diving on FanDuel and Rankings

Last week by in large was a successful week for Discount Diving. Although the lineup I posted only won in one contest, I did do well in all of my other contests, using many of the same discount players. The big hitters were Justin Forsett, Roddy White, and Jason Witten performing as I projected. Jeremy Hill had a forgettable performance on Thursday night netting only 4.6 points. Also, if you happened to discount your Quarterback position with Matt Ryan as I did in several leagues you were underwhelmed again with a 15.6 point performance. Serves as a reminder that I am not suggesting playing every single Discount player each week, nor am I encouraging duplicating my rosters. You certainly can, but know that I typically enter multiple lineups each week, and show the lineup with the most discounts/stars I use each week. Week 9 it was great, Week 10 not terrible, but not necessarily a winner. However my winning lineup contained three of my value plays. That is the point, to help target a few cheaper players and build around them. If you want to copy my lineups, go for it. Just know that isn’t the entire point. Week 11 we have a few more big hitters missing with DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, and Tony Romo. Jacksonville and the New York Jets are also on bye…….but, it is the Jaguars and Jets. A game myself, and most others will be following close is the Patriots vs Colts. This game smells like a shootout to me in every way possible, so I will be targeting some guys from this game for sure. Also, be sure to check out my overall Week 11 Rankings below too which can help (possibly) with some of your tough start or sit questions this week. As always I am also available on twitter @fantsychillpony and will respond to all questions promptly. Also, once again if you haven’t tried SKYLLZONE yet for a different Daily Fantasy experience you still can. Draft quickly, snake draft style, and against 9 computers. Oh yeah, I can’t forget, it is completely free. You have a chance to win money each and every week, or SKYLL points too. If you like getting pointers for that...

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Week 11 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

Nov 13

Week 11 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

So many. Yes, I am referring to the teams on bye-weeks the last two weeks. Hopefully, you survived. However, if not, like me, there’s still hope, but it puts you in a must-win situation this week, and it makes for a very stressful upcoming week. Unfortunately, the NFL season has flown by, and we’re very close to Thanksgiving Day games, and the fantasy playoffs. Playoffs? Yes, we’re close to the playoffs. That is sad for owners whose team is out, but exciting for owners whose team is contending, or in. This week, there are only some teams on bye-weeks. The Ravens, Cowboys, Jaguars, and Jets have the week off. Thus, I must help you with your lineup issues once again. Remember, thank me if you win, but it’s not my fault if you lose. Let’s get started. Week 11 Start ‘Em Start ‘Em Start Of The Week: Terrance West vs. Houston Projected Fantasy Points: 14 West continued his momentum last Thursday, rushing for 94 yards on 26 carries, and he added a TD. West was the premier back for the Browns, and played very well in his role. He should continue his success on Sunday, when faces the Texans, which have allowed the 23rd most fantasy points to opposing rushers this season. He should once again see the premier role for the Browns, and in a home matchup, he should a lot of touches. There are barely any situations that I would sit West come Sunday. Bust Alert Of The Week: Lamar Miller vs. Buffalo Projected Fantasy Points: 5 Miller is still dealing with the shoulder injury, and he has been limited in practice this week. Speaking of limited, he saw a limited role last week against Detroit and put up a dud. He only saw 4 carries, which means that the injury could be more serious than we all originally thought. That could be a worry this week, especially in a short week playing on Thursday Night. The matchup is not favorable at all, as Buffalo has allowed just 12.4 fantasy PPG to opposing running backs, which ranks 3rd in the NFL. I have no doubt that Miller could be a major bust this week. Quarterbacks Start ‘Em:...

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Week 11 WR Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE – Looking Ahead to the Fantasy Playoffs

Nov 13

Week 11 WR Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE – Looking Ahead to the Fantasy Playoffs

There might be no other Fantasy position that offers as much talent on the waiver wire from one week to the next as wide receivers. Our Week 11 WR rankings show how truly deep the position is, and we’re going to help you plan the future a bit. With just three weeks left in the Fantasy regular season, you’d be smart to start thinking about the Fantasy playoffs. Which wide receivers will have great matchups during Weeks 14, 15 and 16? Which ones are in deep trouble facing some secondaries that rank among the best in the NFL during that span? We try to help you out with our look ahead, which we’ve been doing for each position this week! I’ll be using FFToolbox.com’s Strength of Schedule for Weeks 14-16. 4 Sleeper Wide Receivers for Fantasy Playoffs Davante Adams, Green Bay – vs. ATL, at BUF, at TB: Without question, the rookie out of Fresno State has been a hot-or-not player over the past few weeks. Over his past four games, he has two games with at least eight targets, six catches and 75 receiving yards. Also within those four games, he has two games with just one catch and two or fewer targets. But for your flex or WR3 spot, wouldn’t you enjoy using an Aaron Rodgers’ WR that’s going up against the Falcons (25th against WRs), Bills (17th) and Buccaneers (32nd)? Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville – vs. HOU, at BAL, vs. TEN: With Allen Robinson (foot) out for the season, Shorts should return to being the top target on Jacksonville’s offense. Only 12 players have more targets than Shorts as it is since Week 7, anyway. The Ravens and Texans both rank among the seven-worst defenses against wide receivers. Jerricho Cotchery, Carolina – at NO, vs. TB, vs. CLE: Not only do the Panthers have the easiest schedule for wide receivers, but you’ll also notice that they face the toughest set of defenses for tight ends. Beware Greg Olsen owners. Cotchery has 25 targets over the past four weeks. Obviously, Kelvin Benjamin is the better WR to own here, but Cotchery could have a solid final stretch. Doug Baldwin, Seattle – at PHI, vs. SF, at ARI: Since...

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Week 11 TE Rankings – Looking Ahead to the Fantasy Playoffs

Nov 12

Week 11 TE Rankings – Looking Ahead to the Fantasy Playoffs

The Week 11 TE rankings are as important as ever, but if you are an astute Fantasy owners smart enough to still be reading articles in Week 11, then you’re probably headed toward the Fantasy playoffs. That means we need to help you start preparing for that, so this week, we’ve been sharing some players at each position that will have the best matchups for the playoffs. We look at each position and find which players have the best matchups in Weeks 14-16, and we find some sleepers that one might consider picking up now. Finally, we also share a could guys we think will be in trouble come Fantasy playoffs time, mostly due to bad matchups. I’ll be using FFToolbox.com’s Strength of Schedule for Weeks 14-16. 2 Best Tight Ends for Fantasy Playoffs Zach Ertz, Philadelphia – vs. SEA, vs. DAL, at WAS: He’s not doing so well lately, and he seems to be falling out of favor with Chip Kelly. But we know he’s one of the most talented receivers on this team, and he’ll get two home games against two of the worst defenses against tight ends. All three games will be against defenses that are allowing an average of 10.5 Fantasy points per game. Delanie Walker, Tennessee – vs. NYG, vs. NYJ, at JAC: Surprisingly, the Jaguars defense is the best of these three against tight ends. 2 Sleeper Tight Ends for Fantasy Playoffs Brent Celek, Philadelphia – vs. SEA, vs. DAL, at WAS: If you don’t own shares of Ertz, you might want Celek, considering he’s getting more looks currently and these matchups are going to be awesome. Jared Cook, St. Louis – at WAS, vs. ARI, vs. NYG: He caught his first touchdown pass of the season in Week 10 – against the Cardinals, and the Giants and Redskins are giving up an average of 9.83 Fantasy points per game to tight ends. 2 Tight Ends with Bad Fantasy Playoffs Matchups Greg Olsen, Carolina – at NO, vs. TB, vs. CLE: The Panthers face the toughest schedule of all 32 teams for tight ends, as the Saints, Browns and Buccaneers have given up a total of just five touchdown catches to tight ends....

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