Early Week 7 Waiver Wire Options

Oct 13

Early Week 7 Waiver Wire Options

Time for the waiver wire! Yes, chances are you’re still licking your wounds from a Week 6 Fantasy loss, or you may be still celebrating a win whether against a stranger, a co-worker, a friend or even your boss. I hate to be the negative one here, but it’s time to move on. It’s time to start pondering whom you’ll be scooping up from the Week 7 waiver wire. This week there weren’t many breakout performances, but there were key injuries. We saw Stevan Ridley, Victor Cruz, and Darren Sproles go down with what may be key injuries. There was a good performance, from the unlikely Theo Reddick; however, his production should not continue once Reggie Bush returns. There are upcoming bye-weeks, which could lead you to subbing in these pickups into your fantasy lineups. The teams on bye-weeks this week are the Eagles and Buccaneers, so keep that in mind. Remember to not drop anyone too significant just because they struggled this week. Lets get to the good stuff. Week 7 Waiver Wire We used ownership percentages for CBSSports.com Leagues Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Available in 40% of CBS Leagues Palmer returned from injury this week, and put together a very good performance. Palmer threw for 250 yards and two TDs in his return, and looked quite sharp, I may add. In the two games that he’s been healthy this season, he has had over 20 fantasy points. Palmer said he was healthy after the game, so it looks like health may not be a concern anymore, at least for now. With upcoming matchups against the Raiders, Eagles, and the Cowboys, Palmer makes for a great replacement if your quarterback is on a bye-week. Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Available in 98% of CBS Leagues Unfortunately, Stevan Ridley went down with an injury on Sunday, and the Patriots fear that he may have torn his ACL. Once Ridley exited, Bolden was his replacement and saw 10 carries the remainder of the game. If Ridley were to miss significant time, as it appears, Bolden would see the bulk of the carries, as Shane Vareen is used primarily as a passing down back. Especially if you’re a Ridley owner, or...

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Week 6 WR Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Oct 09

Week 6 WR Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

The biggest news for the Week 6 WR rankings came midweek, when A.J. Green re-injured his toe in practice and had to be carted off the field for the Bengals. Cincinnati was already missing Tyler Eifert (elbow) and Marvin Jones (ankle), so Mohamed Sanu suddenly appears to be a player that’s going to see a lot of action on Sunday. Jones could still play, but things don’t look good for Andy Dalton and Co. I thought for this week, we’d do a quick look at some of the interesting stats at the wide receivers position through basically the first third of the season. Numbers to Note for Wide Receivers 82 – Fantasy points scored by Antonio Brown to lead the position so far, but Jordy Nelson (76) and Julio Jones (73) are right on his back. Brown has eight “Big Plays,” which means receptions for 25 yards or more. The next best player is Alshon Jeffery, with five big plays. 4 – Touchdown catches made by Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin, which has him tied for fourth-most among WRs. We were all excited to see Nick Foles in his second season in Chip Kelly’s offense, but Maclin was essentially looked at as a low-end WR2 coming into the season, mostly because of his torn ACL last year, and the absence of DeSean Jackson on the other side. He has benefited those that took a chance on him. 463 – Receiving yards for Steve Smith, who became the much more important “Smith” on the Ravens, leaving Torrey Smith in the dust. 5 – Victor Cruz’s dropped passes already this season. Nothing new here, but he’s dropping over 13 percent of his passes. 50 – T.Y. Hilton’s targets after the first five games, which ranks him fifth in the league. Reggie Wayne isn’t too far behind, with 45 targets, and these guys are just riding high on Andrew Luck’s wave this season. 12 – Catches by Michael Floyd for Arizona through four games. What a huge disappointment in the year we thought he climb into the top-15 at the position. 78 – Percent of targets thrown to rookie WR Brandin Cooks that he ends up catching, which ranks among the best at...

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Week 6 Kicker Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Oct 09

Week 6 Kicker Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

This week, we’re going to look at the “Rest of the Season” rankings from FantasyPros.com, along with our Week 6 Kicker rankings to get a good idea of what Fantasy Football owners should do in the coming weeks, as bye weeks roll along. When we look at “Rest of the Season” rankings for kickers, we understand that in normal-sized leagues, without injured reserve spots, kickers should probably just be cut when they are on a bye week. This opens up a roster spot to fill with a non-bye week kicker, and the same thing happens the following week. Even the great Stephen Gostkowski isn’t worth holding onto unconditionally. If you have room, that’s fine. Or if you have a dud at another position that you can sacrifice, that’s cool. But you’re also keeping your team from adding a player at another position that might be a good sleeper candidate or handcuff. Rest of the Season Kicker Rankings Again, these rankings were taken from the consensus ranking from 10 experts on FantasyPros.com – a group that consists of Fantasy writers like Chet Gresham of FakeTeams.com and Scott Engel of RotoExperts.com. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Dan Bailey, Dallas Steven Hauschka, Seattle Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Phil Dawson, San Francisco Justin Tucker, Baltimore Nick Novak, San Diego Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Mason Crosby, Green Bay Matt Bryant, Atlanta Brandon McManus, Denver Blair Walsh, Minnesota Matt Prater, Detroit Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Robbie Gould, Chicago Shayne Graham, New Orleans Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Week 6 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST These Week 6 Kicker rankings are helpful for Daily Fantasy play, as well. Especially for the Fan vs. Machine instant snake drafts on SKYLLZONE.com. Download the free draft app on iTunes, or just draft off your computer. You draft against nine computers – and everyone gets one free draft per day. You can win SKYLL Points that you can use for entry into the Cash games – where you can win $15 for first place, and $5 for second place. Week 6 Kicker Rankings These rankings are based on standard non-PPR Fantasy Football leagues with six points per touchdown, and...

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Week 6 TE Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Oct 08

Week 6 TE Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

The good news for Jimmy Graham’s Fantasy owners is that you weren’t going to be able to use him this week in your lineups anyway, since the Saints are on a bye week. So these Week 6 TE rankings don’t change much because of his shoulder injury. However, there is some movement in these rankings, as we see more jostling for position in the middle of the rankings, as guys like Dwayne Allen and Heath Miller push their way toward the front. Some tight ends, though, are hurting owners more than they are helping, including players like Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed, whose injuries are giving their owners more problems than points. 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 toughest defenses against tight ends so far this year include: Falcons: 3.40 Fantasy pts allowed to TEs per game — They still haven’t given up a touchdown pass to a tight end yet this season. Giants: 4.00 – The 3.20 catches per game they’re giving up to tight ends is the lowest in the NFL. Saints: 4.20 — The 34.00 receiving yards per game they’re giving up to tight ends is the lowest in the NFL. Ravens: 4.80 – They’ve really locked this position down ever since they gave up three touchdowns to Julius Thomas in Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season. Packers: 5.00 – They have not allowed a TD catch to a tight end yet, but they are giving up over 51 receiving yards per game, which ranks among the top half in that category. The five softest defenses against tight ends this year include: Cowboys: 14.80 Fantasy pts allowed to TEs per game – The only team to allow more touchdowns per game (1.20) to tight ends this year is the Seahawks. Jaguars: 13.00 – Also giving up one touchdown per game this season to tight ends. Bengals: 12.00 – They’re allowing over eight catches and close to 100 receiving yards per game to tight ends this season – worst in the NFL. Colts: 11.80 – The 15.70 yards per...

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Week 6 RB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Oct 08

Week 6 RB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Three of the preseason top 25 running backs were injured this past weekend, which makes these Week 6 RB rankings a little thinner than usual. Reggie Bush, Rashad Jennings and Montee Ball all came out of Week 5 a little worse for the wear, which means players like George Winn, Andre Williams and Denver’s Ronnie Hillman have better chances of producing quality Fantasy stats for you this week. DeMarco Murray, the likely No. 1 overall draft pick if your Fantasy draft happened today, faces the Seahawks, which happens to be the toughest defense in the NFL this weekend. You’re still starting Murray, no matter what, but you have to know that the Seahawks defense is allowing just nine Fantasy points per week – which leads the league. Best Defenses for Your RBs to Face If the Seahawks are the toughest against running backs, which defenses are the best for your Fantasy running backs to face in a given week. Falcons – You’d think it would have been Jacksonville in this spot, but the Falcons are allowing 133.60 rushing yards and NFL-worst 1.80 rushing touchdowns per game. Jaguars – Teams pass to their RBs more against the Jaguars than any other defense (9.00 targets per game, 7.60 receptions per game), which is the opposite of … Raiders – The Raiders are actually tied for the best mark in giving up receiving yards to running backs (just 21.75 yards per game), but this defensive unit is worst in the NFL in allowing rushing yards to RBs per game (141.25). Browns – The Browns defense has been a major disappointment all around, ranking 28th against the pass and 30th against the run. Broncos – I found this one to be the most interesting, since it would seem that teams get into shootouts with the Broncos and they need to pass the ball more in the second half to try to play catch-up. The SKYLLZONE Week 6 ADP shows fans are taking six running backs in the first 10 picks for this week’s matchups, with Matt Forte leading the pack. LeSean McCoy, however, has dropped all the way down to the second pick in the second round, which makes him the seventh running...

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Week 6 Waiver Wire

Oct 07

Week 6 Waiver Wire

It’s that time of week again! Coming off of Week 5, we saw many new players emerge to Fantasy relevance, and show great performances this weekend. As you make your Week 6 waiver wire picks, it’s time to think whom you will submit a claim for. I am here to help, as I’ll give you my advice on which players to snag from waivers this week. However, do NOT cut anyone of significance, because it might end up costing you. Only cut players that have not produced all season long, and that do not have high draft status. The teams on a bye week this week are the Kansas City Chiefs, and the New Orleans Saints, so keep that in mind. If you have players from the Chiefs or Saints, you may be in need of a player from the waiver wire, so pay extra attention to this column. Lets get started. Week 5 Waiver Wire We used ownership percentages for CBSSports.com Leagues Austin Davis, QB, St. Louis Available in 90% of CBS Leagues Davis has been a pleasant fantasy surprise, putting up 27 and 32 fantasy points in his last two weeks. He has taken advantage of his good matchups, and the Rams’ have thrown the ball a lot, due to them trailing in games. Although Davis faces off against Seattle in Week 7, his other upcoming matchups are quite favorable and Davis could continue to produce well. With upcoming bye-weeks for quarterbacks like Nick Foles, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and Colin Kaepernick, Davis could be a good replacement, and is a good add off of waivers this week. Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Available in 87% of CBS Leagues Oliver looks like the man now in the Chargers’ backfield, with Donald Brown injured, and struggling. Oliver went off on Sunday, rushing for 114 yards and a TD on 19 carries, as well as 4 receptions for 64 yards and a TD. He looks like a poor mans Darren Sproles, and should be the lead back for the Chargers now, until Ryan Mathews’ returns from injury. Oliver has some upcoming matchups that are very favorable, including Oakland next week. Oliver could also serve as another bye-week replacement for...

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Week 6 QB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Oct 07

Week 6 QB Rankings — Sponsored by SKYLLZONE

Last week, I was asked to provide my top-five Fantasy quarterbacks for the rest of the season, so I thought I’d share it here before we get into the Week 6 QB rankings. While Andrew Luck has the most Fantasy points, I still considered Peyton Manning to be the top Fantasy QB going forward. He came through for me against the Cardinals with a career game (479 passing yards and four touchdowns), and nobody has the weapons he does in the passing game. It’s time to start considering him as the greatest Fantasy quarterback of all-time. I’m trying to think of who would even be in second place, and I’m struggling. Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre both definitely get consideration. Speaking of which, Rodgers’ 12 passing touchdowns has only been surpassed by Manning, and Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will give Julio Jones and Roddy White a battle for the top WR duo this season. Rodgers is my No. 2 for rest-of-season rankings for quarterbacks. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Luck has been the best Fantasy quarterback so far, and I had pimped him out before the season started as the only QB I think that will force his way into the top-three at the position for next year. Drew Brees hasn’t had an awesome season (by his usual standards), with just nine touchdowns now, through five games. His 1,574 passing yards, however, ranks third in the league. Matt Ryan beat out Philip Rivers for the fifth spot, as he has just one bad game this season. This offense is totally set up for his Fantasy success. Among the biggest surprises so far at this position, you have to give Jay Cutler a lot of credit, but then you remember he’s likely going to be hurt for three or four weeks at some point in the coming months. That’s why he was ranked lower than where he’s currently producing. Cutler is currently third among QBs, behind Luck and Rivers, in Fantasy scoring. Cam Newton, Nick Foles, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer and Robert Griffin III have been major disappointments, even though some of them can blame injuries for that. These Week 6 QB rankings should also help you...

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