Week 10 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

Nov 06

Week 10 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

It’s that time of the week again! The time has to come to move on from the waiver wire and prepare for Week 10, a crucial week in fantasy football. It is also basically the last week with multiple teams on bye-weeks (Thank God). Luckily, there weren’t many injuries last week but there were many star performances. Hopefully, those star performances came to the benefit of your fantasy team, and helped you pick up a victory last week. If not, hopefully your luck will turn this week, and I’ll do my best to prepare you for that to happen. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you’re plagued with bye-week amnesia or injuries and are in a tough position; you should pay attention. My advice isn’t perfect, but I do my best. Here we go. Week 10 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Start Of The Week: Jeremy Maclin vs. Carolina Projected Fantasy Points: 18 Maclin has been tearing it up lately, as he had at least 27 fantasy points the last two weeks. And he’s a receiver. Don’t be frightened that Mark Sanchez is now quarterbacking the Eagles, as Sanchez played good last week, and Maclin still accumulated 4 catches for 88 yards and a TD while Sanchez was under center last week. This week presents another great matchup for Maclin; the Panthers have allowed the 26th most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. Under no circumstances, are you sitting Maclin this week. Bust Alert Of The Week: Mark Ingram vs. San Francisco Projected Fantasy Points: 7 Ingram was brilliant last week, for the second straight week going over 20 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. However, his last two matchups were very favorable against the weak run defenses of the Panthers and the Packers. Also, in both of those games the Saints have been leading, and Ingram saw a total of 54 carries between those two games. All that may not happen against the 49ers, which could be leading in this game. That would make the Saints go back to their pass-first offense, and take Ingram out of the game, as Travaris Cadet is used in passing downs. Also, the matchup isn’t favorable, as the ‘9ers have allowed the 4th...

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Week 10 TE Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE – Finding the Hottest Tight Ends

Nov 05

Week 10 TE Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE – Finding the Hottest Tight Ends

The Week 10 TE rankings are going to be without Fantasy Football studs like Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Gates, along with steady Dwayne Allen and oft-injured-but-talented Jordan Reed. So I thought I’d take a quick look back before we take a short look forward. Rather than just churn out the rankings each week, I usually like to give a short narrative that furthers along some discussion about the position. Since we’re finished with nine weeks of the Fantasy season, it should be interesting to see what the total Fantasy point among tight ends looks like compared to the points over the past four weeks. (I figure three weeks is too short because of bye weeks, and five weeks is over half the season so far.) 10 Hottest Tight Ends Looking at the past four weeks compared to the entire season, we can get a better idea of which tight ends are shooting up the rankings, deserving of more Fantasy love in the coming weeks. Rob Gronkowski, NE: 12.70 FPPG for the season-16.40 FPPG past 4 weeks = 3.70 diff Gavin Escobar, DAL: 2.94-6.18 = 3.23 Scott Chandler, BUF: 4.38-7.10 = 2.73 Mychal Rivera, OAK: 4.28-2.20 = 2.20 Charles Clay, MIA: 4.88-2.10 = 2.10 Jason Witten, DAL: 5.76-1.82 = 1.82 Jordan Cameron, CLE: 5.17-1.73 = 1.73 Jermaine Gresham, CIN: 3.09-1.56 = 1.56 Jace Amaro, N.Y. Jets: 3.83-1.19 = 1.19 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB: 3.80-1.10 = 1.10 Some players got obvious boosts from singular big games, like Rivera and Escobar, but it’s great to see the rise in production from Charles Clay, Scott Chandler and Jermaine Gresham. For Chandler, the change from E.J. Manuel to Kyle Orton has certainly made a difference. Gresham, however, no doubt performed better because the team was missing A.J. Green due to a foot injury. It’s also important to note the increased production from the rookies, too. Both Amaro and Seferian-Jenkins are getting more chances and taking advantage of them. Defenses vs. Tight Ends in 2014 We like to use the “Defenses vs. Pos” stats from CBSSports.com. Basically, this tool tells you the average points per position a defense gives up. The five softest defenses against tight ends this year include: Bears: 13.25 Fantasy pts allowed to...

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Week 10 RB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE – Zero-RB Theory Update

Nov 05

Week 10 RB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE – Zero-RB Theory Update

It’s no secret that running backs are the lifeblood of most Fantasy Football teams, and those that went the Zero-Running Back Theory can argue all they want. Our Week 10 RB rankings are the most important rankings, once again, as we enter a six-team bye week. “But the Zero-RB Theory is brilliant,” some may say, “look at the disappointing seasons of Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Eddie Lacy, Montee Ball, Giovani Bernard and Doug Martin!” Obviously, the Peterson problem was completely unforeseen and unpredictable, and the slow seasons by Lacy, Ball and Martin could have been avoided by drafters if they took cautious draft steps, like many had suggested. What about the wide receivers in the first few rounds? Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green were first-rounders that have been hampered by injuries, and Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are all outside of the top-10 wide receivers in Fantasy points. While it’s true, Demaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Antonio Brown are enjoying huge seasons, so are fellow early RB picks, DeMarco Murray, Arian Foster, Matt Forte, Marshawn Lynch, Andre Ellington, Jamaal Charles and Le’Veon Bell. Meanwhile, among the big surprises at each position, you’ll find more middle-round wide receivers than you will middle-round running backs. The current top-24 RBs in non-PPR leagues that were drafted between Rounds 6-10 this summer, include: Trent Richardson and Lamar Miller But, look at the running backs drafted between Rounds 6-10 that are NOT among the top 24: Chris Johnson, Bishop Sankey, Joique Bell, Maurice Jones-Drew, Pierre Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, Steven Jackson, Stevan Ridley, Darren Sproles, Fred Jackson, Carlos Hyde, Danny Woodhead and Bernard Pierce The current top-24 WRs in non-PPR leagues that were drafted between Rounds 6-10 this summer, include: Emmanuel Sanders, Jeremy Maclin, Julian Edelman, Mike Wallace, Sammy Watkins, Golden Tate, Terrance Williams, Mike Evans, Kelvin Williams and DeAndre Hopkins And here are the wide receivers drafted between Rounds 6-10 that are NOT among the top 24: Torrey Smith, Wes Welker, Marques Colston, Eric Decker, Brandin Cooks, Reggie Wayne, Kendall Wright, Riley Cooper, Dwayne Bowe and Anquan Boldin As you can see, there are only two running backs from the middle rounds that were able to make it...

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Week 10 DST Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Nov 05

Week 10 DST Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Man, you picked a bad week for your defense/special teams to go on a bye week! The Week 10 DST rankings show you that any of the likely available Fantasy defenses in your league’s waivers aren’t going to have a great matchup in Week 10. For those that had a DST on a bye week in Week 9, assuming you chose to reserve them rather than just dump them, the Bills, Lions and Titans also have some relatively tough matchups this week. But all of that’s going away soon, as we’re close to having a full 16-game slate on the NFL schedule, with all 32 defenses available. You just have to hope you can get your club into the Fantasy playoffs for it to really pay off. Fantasy Defenses For Hire There are currently just seven DSTs available in 70 percent or more of leagues on CBSSports.com this week. That’s a very low number, but it’s likely because some teams hold onto good defenses on a Week 9 or 10 bye, and they pick up a throwaway defense. I write the Waiver Wire column for Sports Illustrated each week, and I’m usually pretty good at nailing down which Fantasy Defense should be picked up each week. For instance, last week, I pegged the Browns DST, as they played Tampa Bay’s bungling offense, and the Brownies turned in a top-10 Fantasy effort last week. Once again, going against my Buccaneers, I recommended picking up the Falcons defense this week. That defensive unit scored 33 Fantasy points against the Bucs in Week 3, and Atlanta is coming off a bye week. All of the other available Fantasy DSTs in the 30-percent range have relatively tough matchups, including the Giants (at SEA), Jets (vs. PIT), Buccaneers (vs. ATL), Titans (at BAL), Raiders (vs. DEN) and Jaguars (vs. DAL). Vegas Insider Chooses the Top 3 DSTs I like to check out VegasInsider.com once in a while to see what the handicappers think about upcoming NFL matchups, and which defenses are in the best shape for this weekend. Seahawks DST vs. NYG: The Seahawks are at home with the 12th man in Seattle, and Vegas has them as nine-point favorites in a game expected...

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Week 10 QB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Nov 04

Week 10 QB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Six quarterbacks are coming off of bye weeks and six quarterbacks are going on bye weeks, which means there are difficult decisions to make – and these Week 10 QB rankings prove that to be true. I just wrote my Week 10 Waiver Wire column for SI.com, and I suggested picking up Mark Sanchez, Kyle Orton and Michael Vick, in that order, if you are dealing with the bye weeks of Andrew Luck, Tom Brady or Philip Rivers. But there are actually a good number of waiver-wire options available in at least 30 percent of Fantasy leagues on CBSSports.com. So I thought I’d list them order in now for the rest of the season: Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Kyle Orton, Buffalo Michael Vick, N.Y. Jets Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Derek Carr, Oakland 5 Best Matchups Against Quarterbacks Right Now With just a month’s worth of games to play before your Fantasy Football playoffs arrive, I thought now would be a good time to review five defenses that are giving up the most points to opposing Fantasy quarterbacks right now. N.Y. Jets – They’re still a QB’s best friend, and now they get to face the hottest quarterback in NFL history, as Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 12 touchdowns in the past two games. The Jets have allowed a league-high 25.22 Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks so far. The Jets have just one interception all season. Bears – They’re giving up 24.00 Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, including seven touchdowns and no interceptions in their past two games. Eagles – The only teams giving up more passing yards this season are the Bears and Buccaneers. Only once this season has a team not thrown at least two touchdowns against them. Redskins – Three different times this season, the Redskins defense has given up more than 30 Fantasy points to quarterbacks. Buccaneers – I suggested Brian Hoyer as a pick-up-and-start option for Aaron Rodgers’ owners last week, as the Bucs are allowing the second-most touchdown passes per game this season. These Week 10 QB rankings should also help you in Daily Fantasy play, too. Especially for the Fan vs. Machine instant snake...

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Week 10 Waiver Wire

Nov 03

Week 10 Waiver Wire

What a wild Week 9, but sadly it is time to move on. I got screwed, putting up 104 Fantasy points, but still losing as I played against Ben Roethlisberger. He carried my opponents’ team, and hurt mine. So, I’m excited to move on to a new week and get ready for a wild waiver wire. Arian Foster got injured Sunday, but it appears his injury is not too serious, and it helps that Houston is on a bye next week. However, there are 5 other teams on bye weeks as well, including the fantasy star loaded Patriots, Colts, Vikings, Chargers, and Redskins. It’s going to be tough to find replacements, but I’ll do my best to help. Remember not to cut anyone of significance, as that could end up hurting you down the road. Only part ways with players that have been consistently struggling, rather than a productive player that had one bad week. Without further a do, let’s get started. Week 10 Waiver Wire We used ownership percentages from CBSSports.com Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Available in 22% of CBS Leagues There are not many quarterbacks on the free agent mark available, but surprisingly Flacco is still available in many leagues. Flacco has put together a great year, producing over 18 fantasy points in 3 out of his last 4 games. Flacco should be a great bye-week fill in for guys like Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, and Phillip Rivers, who are on a bye-week next week. Flacco gets a great matchup against the Titans this week, and should be fairly productive. If Flacco is available, and you need a quarterback this week, Flacco is worth adding. Anthony Dixon, RB, Buffalo Available in 65% of CBS Leagues There are a lot of good running backs on byes this week, which makes the options thin. Dixon will get a lot of carries for the Bills with Fred Jackson out, and it’s hard to find running backs that will get a lot of touches when your stars are on bye-weeks. Dixon plays the Chiefs at home this week, so the matchup isn’t too favorable; but he has a chance to score given he receives the goal-line carries. If you’re in need...

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Week 9 Discount Diving with FanDuel Cheat Sheet and Rankings

Nov 01

Week 9 Discount Diving with FanDuel Cheat Sheet and Rankings

Playoffs are on the horizon for seasonal owners, but for those of us who play Daily Fantasy Football it is another week to go discount diving and try to make some moolah! As you have to do when you write posts like this you have to look at the calls in your previous week and see how you did. Well, we can say the calls were not very good, especially with Michael Floyd and his zero which will live in infamy. If you utilized my sample lineup you may have still cashed out thanks to the Miami defense, Jeremy Maclin and Carson Palmer.  It was such a high scoring week that if you played in tournaments, or even some 50/50’s you may have missed out on money, thanks to Floyd. Either way, I ended up cashing out in all but two tournaments and hope you found a way to make money too. It also gets to the point of this post where I am primarily trying to give you a value pick for each position every week. The sample lineup shows what sort of players you can build around your discounts. You likely shouldn’t play every single player I name but perhaps a couple for penny-pinching those lineups each week. The most hyped game this week will be New England versus Denver, and with two of the best quarterbacks in the league going head to head it fits the bill. However, there are reports of extreme cold, and icky weather flowing in. History shows that Peyton Manning doesn’t always play well in extreme conditions (Does anyone though?) so keep that in mind if you were hoping to stack players from this game. This week I am going to roll with the cardinal rule by many DFS experts and stack a quarterback and receiver in my lineups. It seems to work, and hoping a few discount players being mixed in will allow me to do so. Keep an eye on injuries and value too. With the news yesterday of Giovani Bernard missing this week Jeremy Hill is now an easy discount target and should produce like a top 12 back. Finally, I will be adding my Rankings from Fantasy Pros each week. I may eventually get...

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