Thursday, October 19, 2017


Here are the fantasy football Week 7 running back rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Le'Veon Bell
2.  Ezekiel Elliott
3.  Kareem Hunt
4.  Leonard Fournette
5.  Melvin Gordon
6.  Devonta Freeman
7.  Todd Gurley
8.  Mark Ingram
9.  LeSean McCoy
10. Jordan Howard
11. Adrian Peterson
12. Carlos Hyde
13. Jay Ajayi
14. Doug Martin
15. Jerrick McKinnnon
16. C.J. Anderson
17. Chris Thompson
18. DeMarco Murray
19. Christian McCaffrey
20. Tevin Colemna
21. Joe Mixon
22. LeGarrette Blount
23. Alvin Kamara
24. Orleans Darkwa
25. Derrick Henry
26. Ty Montgomery
27. Marshawn Lynch
28. Javorious Allen
29. Duke Johnson
30. Frank Gore
31. Mike Gillislee
32. Aaron Jones
33. Dion Lewis
34. Matt Forte
35. Isaiah Crowell
36. Jamaal Charles
37. Bilal Powell
38. Eddie Lacy


The setback suffered by Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck reportedly on Wednesday pretty much puts the final nail in the 2017 coffin for the franchise passer with regards to playing at all this year.  Clearly the invasive shoulder surgery Luck underwent this past offseason was much serious than let on initially and the Colts also cleared erred in not placing him on PUP to at least begin the year in no doubt an attempt to save hope and help ticket sales.  Well the fact of the matter is that the writing has been on the wall for awhile and so with no Luck serving as a beacon of hope, the high frustration level with ace Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton will likely continue.  While Hilton has had some big games at home this season, his overall production has been way down as Jacoby Brissett simply doesn't have the arm strength and accuracy to unleash his wideouts true game-breaking abilities.  A WR 1 in standard leagues coming into the year, Hilton is barely a WR 3 in all fantasy football leagues right now and that will continue the rest of the way.  Things are a bit better for fellow wideout Donte Moncrief and in particular tight end Jack Doyle considering all of the short throes Brissett makes but both guys are backups at best.  So now we can say the Colts' season and the numbers for Hilton are just completely going down the drain. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Here are the fantasy football QB rankings for Week 7 and with Aaron Rodgers nothing but a memory.

1.  Drew Brees
2.  Tom Brady
3.  Kirk Cousins
4.  Matt Ryan
5.  Dak Prescott
6.  Carson Wentz
7.  Russell Wilson
8.  Cam Newton
9.  Carson Palmer
10. Derek Carr
11. Marcus Mariota
12. Alex Smith
13. Jameis Winston
14. Jared Goff
15. Ben Roethlisberger
16. Tyrod Taylor
17. Andy Dalton
18. Trevor Siemian
19. Josh McCown
20. Brett Hundley
21. Jay Cutler
22. C.J. Beathard
23. Case Keenum
24. Blake Bortles
25. Eli Manning
26. Philip Rivers
27. Jacoby Brissett
28. Joe Flacco
29. Kevin Hogan
30. Mitch Trubisky
31. DeShon Kizer


You can search far and wide but you are unlikely to find a player who has had such drastic but at the same time extremely productive numbers over the last five seasons than Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon.  While he has maintained the team’s leadoff spot since becoming a regular back in 2014, what Blackmon has done with his offensive numbers has been nothing short of incredible.  When Blackmon first grabbed hold of a regular major league gig with the Rockies and eventually the leadoff spot, he showcased tremendous speed and decent power.  The 2015 season was the high point of this kind of statistical achievement as Blackmon set a career-best in steals with 43, while also swatting 17 home runs.  It was at the end of that season however where the shift we referred to earlier began to take shape.  With most of Blackmon’s fantasy baseball owners expecting around the same type of numbers the following year, the guy instead upped the power quotient to 27 home runs but then declined sharply in steals with just 17.  It was more of the same in 2017 as well but at an even more sharper divide as Blackmon set his career-high in home runs with a massive 37 but declined yet again in steals with just 14.  In between, Blackmon also recorded personal bests in runs (137), RBI (104), and batting average (.331) to put himself in the running for fantasy baseball MVP.  It was a beyond spectacular year for Blackmon and with two seasons of high-power/moderate-stolen bases to his name, those are the new norms we should expect going forward.  Now the 37 homers were clearly in outlier territory but 30 is entirely within the realm of possibility here given the home ballpark in Coors Field and for the fact Blackmon has grown into more power as he ages (turning 32 in July).  In actuality, Blackmon’s numbers are worthy of late first round consideration since five-category monsters like this are very rare in today’s fantasy baseball.  So while you can price in a slight regression in numbers, Blackmon will still be worth whatever the cost at the draft table this season. 

2018 PROJECTION:  .317 29 HR 100 RBI 119 R 15 SB  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


It is already Week 7 in fantasy football and so here are the prime adds for the upcoming slate of games. 

Jared Goff:  Everyone who just lost Aaron Rodgers for the season should have the Los Angeles Rams QB squarely in their sights going forward.  Goff now has an 8/3 split in TD/INT and clearly is leaps and bounds ahead of where he was performance-wise as a rookie in 2016. 

Darren McFadden/Alfred Morris:  We keep hearing conflicting reports about whether it will be McFadden or Morris who will be the starting or primary ball carrier for the Dallas Cowboys while Ezekiel Elliott serves his six-game suspension (we think).  Both guys have seen better days but both also will likely be quite spry given the lack of work they have had the last season-plus.  Throw in the best offensive line in football opening up holes and they each should be added. 

Orleans Darkwa:  While Wayne Gallman was all the rage in this space a week ago, it is now Darkwa who needs to be owned in the New York Giants' backfield.  Darkwa rushed for 117 yards on 21 carries and has averaged 8.6 and 5.6 each of the last two weeks. 

John Brown:  While he is still too hit-or-miss for my taste, the Arizona Cardinals now have some balance in their offense after Adrian Peterson came on board and run wild in his debut.  Brown is a big-play guy all the way and is especially valuable in PPR formats. 

Austin Hooper:  It looks like Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is shoring up some chemistry with Hooper after the two hooked up for seven catches last week.  While Hooper carries potential, he has not gained much consistency just yet.  The best could be yet to come though. 


Fantasy football Week 6 wrapped up with the Colts taking on the Titans in a matchup where the backup running backs caught more attention that the starters.  Only one came through.  Let's get to all of it. 

-Leading into the game, there was a ton of focus on Titans backup power back Derrick Henry and Colts backup Marlon Mack due to promises by their head coaches to get each more involved over a fading/aging veteran ahead of them on the depth chart.  Well in the case of Henry it more fruit as the second-year former Heisman winner rushed 19 times for 131 yards and a score, while also adding one catch.  While DeMarco Murray also scored, he received just 12 carries for 40 yards and continues to deal with a bad hammy that could blow on any one play.  Clearly the Tennessee coaching staff thinks a changing of the guard is in order at least in terms of running the football and that is the right call since Henry is the better player on that front now and with much fresher legs.  Murray will still have a role as the primary receiving back and get 10-12 carries a game so don't drop him just yet.  But it Henry is available on your waiver wire, go get him.

On the other side, it was still all Frank Gore as the ageless one kept Mack glued to the bench as he rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries.  Mack only got two measly carries for 18 yards in a complete no-show outing.  Not that you should have started Mack anyways but those who ran to the wire to pick him up last week now realize this is not gong to happen anytime soon.

-Marcus Mariota made his return Monday night and looked pretty good in going 23-for-32 for 306 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  The numbers have not been flowing at a high rate this season for Mariota and he remains anchored into a run-heavy offense that could continue to make that a challenge but at least he looked good physically.  Meanwhile Jacoby Brissett continues to show some ability in completing 21-of-37 passes for 212 yards and a score.

-Jack Doyle has predictably become a safety valve for the raw Brissett and delivered a nice outing Monday night by catching 7 balls for 50 yards and a score.  Over the concussion that had hiss status a bit murky, Doyle should be owned everywhere given his very good pass receiving skills.  There was also a Donte Moncrief sighting as he grabbed 5 balls for 67 yards.  Still Moncrief should really not be owned unless/if Andrew Luck gets back.

On the Titans' side, Eric Decker caught 7 balls for 88 yards in showing a good rapport with Mariota.  With the Titans still absent Corey Davis, this is all Decker's show in terms of the team's wideout production.