Monday, November 20, 2017


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-The insane production by the New Orleans Saints running backs continued unabated Sunday as Mark Ingram rushed for 134 yards and a score on 11 carries, while also adding 3 catches for another 21 yards.  For Ingram, this marked the fourth monster week for him in the last five games and he has fully moved into top tier status among running backs in fantasy football.  Meanwhile rookie teammate Alvin Kamara kept up his end of things as well by rushing for 42 yards on 11 of his own carries, while adding 6 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.  Kamara is putting up WR 1 numbers this season despite being a running back and he has done enough to help on the ground as well to also put himself in the RB 1 class in PPR formats.  Just ridiculous production out of the two this season and anyone who owns stock here going into the playoffs will be a force to be reckoned with.

-Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette got himself back on track after a couple of rough weeksby rushing for 111 yards on 28 carries in the team's win over the Cleveland Browns.  Fournette's average was not great but the fact the Jags gave him so much work despite being questionable with an ankle injury tells us the ailment is not going to be an issue moving forward.  Yes Fournette is still chasing his September excellence but at least he is looking sound health-wise for now.

-Doug Martin is absolutely killing his fantasy football owners right now as he put up yet another dud Sunday in rushing for 38 yards on 19 carries, while adding just two catches for another 6 yards.  Martin has been horrific for the second year in a row now for the team and it might be time for the Tampa Bay Bucs to take a look at someone else.  Simply put, Martin should not be started in fantasy football moving forward considering how had he has been.

-DeShon Kizer has been absolutely abysmal as a rookie for the Brown in 2017 and he reached a new low Sunday by turning the football over four times in the team's loss to the Jaguars.  Kizer completed just 16-of-32 throws for 179 yards with 1 TD and two INTs, while he also added two lost fumbles.  Late on his throws and unable to read defenses, these are very bad signs for Kizer long-term.

-Nothing doing for Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson who rushed for just 26 yards on 14 carries, while adding one catch for another 13 yards.  After an initial burst from Peterson when he arrived in Arizona, he once again looks like a washed-up back.

-Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was terrific again on Sunday despite a continued suspect collection of receivers; completing 22-of-32 throws for 322 yards.  The loss of Chris Thompson to a broken leg is a big problem for Cousins though but the guy seems to get his numbers no matter who his receivers are.  Cousins remains one of the most underappreciated players in all of football.

-Every week Minnesota Vikings wideout Adam Thielen makes an appearance in this space and it speaks to how big a season he is having.  Thielen went nuts again Sunday in catching 6 balls for 1223 yards and one score and he has been every bit the WR 1 this season despite being drafted as a WR 3.  We venture to guess Thielen will end up on a good number of league champions this season.

-Boy does Miami Dolphins wideout Kenny Stills love playing with QB Matt Moore.  Once Jay Cutler exited with a concussion, it was the Still-Moore show like a few weeks ago as the two hooked up 7 times for 180 yards and a score.  If Moore gets the start next week, Still is well worth a WR 3 add.

-Jarvis Landry kept up his recent TD binge as he scored once as part of his 6-catch day for 95 yards.  Jay Cutler has certainly unleashed some nice TD potential from Landry this season and that has put him more in the WR 2 mold in all leagues as opposed to his previous WR 3 standing.

-Robert Woods was in the midst of another huge afternoon for the Los Angeles Rams but then was forced out with a shoulder injury.  Prior to getting injured, Woods caught 8 balls for 81 yards as he continued a big three-week stretch where he has put himself on the fantasy football map.  Check back on the injury status of Woods during the week and get a replacement in place just in case.

-Samaje Perine has a big workload ahead of him now that Chris Thompson has been lost for the remainder of 2017 with a broken leg and he looked good Sunday in rushing for 117 yards and a score on 23 carries, while adding one catch for nine yards.  There is little in the way of competition now for carries on the Washington Redskins and if still on the wire, Perine should be added everywhere.

-Carson Wentz fantasy football owners had to be a bit annoyed to see a few rushing scores by the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of the team's blowout win over the Dallas Cowboys but in the end the second-year passer got his numbers in completing 14-of-27 passes for 168 yards.  Wentz also added 13 rushing yards and 3 converted two-point conversions for good measure as he remained the top producing QB in 2017 fantasy football by a solid margin.  What a year. 

-Devontae Booker may finally be the one emerging from the mess that has been the crowded Denver Broncos backfield by the looks of things on Sunday.  Booker rushed for 44 yards on 14 carries, while adding five catches for another 54 yards in the team's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.  With Jamaal Charles falling by the wayside, Booker now seems to have nudged ahead of C.J. Anderson in a 60/40 split.  While not ideal. Booker should be added in PPR formats if still available. 

-Andy Dalton has always run hot-and-cold for the Bengals and his fantasy football owners by the meter pointed upward Sunday as he tore apart the Broncos defense to the tune of completing 15-of-25 passes for 154 yards and 3 scores.  Right now Dalton is protecting the football and he is trending upward with a delicious matchup on tap for Week 12 against the winless Cleveland Browns.

-New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was more of a decoy than anything Sunday as he managed just 3 catches for 36 yards.  The totality of Gronk's season so far as has been quite underwhelming but there is simply no way you can ever bench him in any given week.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Just a few days after losing starting running back Rob Kelley for the remainder of the season, the Washington Redskins now look like they will be without pass catching dynamo back Chris Thompson after he was carted off during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with a leg injury.  The scene was ugly as Thompson got rolled up from behind and that never seems to end well for the victim.  A possible torn ACL is certainly in play and this late in the year, Thompson could very well be out for the rest of 2017.  That means rookie Samaje Perine will see even more work moving forward and so he is a must add this week if he escaped being claimed for Week 11.

-Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler had a nice matchup versus the brutal Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense Sunday but his day ended early with a concussion.  Cutler is no stranger to injury and so those who own him in two-QB formats should prepare for him to be out for Week 12. 

-Having opened eyes with two touchdown runs Sunday, Houston Texans rookie power back D'Onte Foreman looked like a major waiver ad for Week 12.  Unfortunately he didn't finish the game as Foreman was carted off with a left ankle injury.  There is a chance Foreman will escape with nothing major but it certainly didn't look good.  


Wow.  An illness of all things will likely keep New York Giants emerging wideout Sterling Shepard from suiting up on Sunday versus the Kansas City Chiefs according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  The absence will thus rob Shepard's fantasy football owners of an excellent matchup against a very leaky Chiefs secondary and thus present a late lineup hole to fill.  Yours truly is dealing with such a problem and my initial solution was to grab Cincinnati's Brandon LaFell as a stopgap in figuring A.J. Green will be bottled up a bit by Broncos QB Aqib Talib.  Either way, this is not the way owners of Shepard want to begin the Sunday action. 


Here are the fantasy football Week 11 running back rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  LeSean McCoy
2.  Kareem Hunt
3.  Leonard Fournette
4.  Todd Gurley
5.  Mark Ingram
6.  Jordan Howard
7.  Marshawn Lynch
8.  Melvin Gordon
9.  Alvin Kamara
10. Adrian Peterson
11. Alex Collins
12. Jerrick McKinnon
13. Isaiah Crowell
14. Jay Ajayi
15. Chris Thompson
16. Lamar Miller
17. Latavius Murray
18. Tevin Coleman
19. Joe Mixon
20. Jamaal Williams
21. Alfred Morris
22. Samaje Perine
23. Doug Martin
24. Kenyan Drake
25. Orleans Darkwa
26. Ameer Abdullah
27. Rex Burkhead
28. Duke Johnson Jr.
29. C.J. Anderson
30. Dion Lewis
31. LeGarrette Blount
32. James White
33. Austin Eckler
34. Damien Williams
35. Danny Woodhead


Here are the fantasy football Week 11 QB rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Tom Brady
2.  Russell Wilson
3.  Carson Wentz
4.  Alex Smith
5.  Dak Prescott
6.  Kirk Cousins
7.  Derek Carr
8.  Drew Brees
9.  Jared Goff
10. Jay Cutler
11. Matthew Stafford
12. Matt Ryan
13. Philip Rivers
14. Eli Manning
15. Case Keenum
16. Ryan Fitzpatrick
17. Andy Dalton
18. Blake Bortles
19. Brock Osweiler
20. Joe Flacco
21. Brett Hundley
22. Mitch Trubisky
23. Tom Savage
24. DeShon Kizer
25. Blaine Gabbert
26. Nathan Peterman

Friday, November 17, 2017


Being a Friday practice downgrade is never a god thing when it comes to fantasy football availability and that now is becoming the case with Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette as we move closer to Sunday's Week 11 games.  After being a limited practice participant both Wednesday and Thursday, Fournette missed Friday's session which sent off alarms around his fantasy football owners.  Having already noted his aversion to playing in cold weather, Fournette can now be only be considered a 50/50 deal to suit up versus the Cleveland Browns.  After a tremendous first 8 weeks of his rookie campaign, Fournette has really hit the skids of late as he was suspended for one game and then missed another with the bum ankle.  For a guy who has had endless foot problems going back to his LSU days, we are seeing the risks that went with drafting Fournette last summer.  Get T.J. Yeldon ready just in case or try and make a small trade (if you league deadline has not passed) for an Alex Collins or someone of that ilk. 


Yes we all run for the hills when we hear the name "Tom Savage" when it comes to the twisted world of fantasy football but we are also in the business of presenting to you untapped potential sleepers that can help the DFS crowd and those looking for help as the bye weeks wind down.  That brings us to the Houston Texans and specifically wideout Bruce Ellington who all of a sudden looks like an interesting value play for Week 11 based on a number of key reasons.  While the shortcomings regarding Savage are ugly and obvious, the fact of the matter is that ace Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins is going to have his hands full with top Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson this week and that means more targets for everyone else.  Right at the top of this list should be Hopkins' counterpart Ellington who will replace the injured Will Fuller for this week's game and thus be a highly-targeted outlet for Savage in the short-to-intermediate range.  The word has not really gotten out here as well which makes Ellington even more of a potential find this week.  So while the numbers may not jump off the statistical map, Ellington is well worth checking out due to the solid short-term upside. 


When the Pittsburgh Steelers offense is running on all cylinders, it is a thing of beauty and this is what we all witnessed Thursday night when Ben Roethlisberger and company went to town on the Tennessee Titans.  Meanwhile it was another horrid game for DeMarco Murray who looks like he needs to take a seat.  Let's get to all the relevant fantasy football results that ultimately came out of the game.

-While he had played well of late, the totality of Roethsliberger's season leading up to Thursday night's game was overly disappointing and even more so when you take into the fact that he has arguably the most awesome collection of offensive weapons at his disposal.  It all came together Thursday night as Big Ben completed 30-of-45 passes for 299 yards with 4 TD's and even 10 yards rushing.  This is what Roethlisberger is fully capable of on a weekly basis and the Steelers using the no-huddle seems to unleash his best.  With another decent matchup in the Green Bay Packers on tap for Week 12, Roethlisberger should be fully back in the circle of trust.

On the other side, the Titans' Marcus Mariota was simply dreadful as he tossed four interceptions as part of his 22-of-33 day for 306 yards.  While he did toss for one TD and rush for another, Mariota simply can't be depended on outside of two-passer leagues and overall it is a giant step back for him after an emerging 2016 campaign.

-The Titans really need to strongly consider benching DeMarco Murray so that he can heal up from his myriad injuries.  We said back in the summer to avoid Murray given his age (29) and the fact he came off a very heavy workload in 2016 and we are seeing why.  Simply put, Murray has been terrible and last night he rushed for just 10 yards on 8 carries.  He did help a bit in PPR by catching 5 balls for another 37 yards but Derrick Henry (32 yards on 7 carries) needs to be given more leash.  At the very least, Murray needs to be benched in all standard setups.

As far as the Steeler's Le'Veon Bell is concerned, the game plan centered on the pass which is why he got just 12 carries for 46 yards (and narrowly missed a running score).  However Bell was terrific on the receiving end as he hauled in 9 balls for 57 yards to secure a very good night in PPR.  While the overall numbers on Bell have fallen below expectations, he still is without peer at the running back position.

-Speaking of without peer, we have known for awhile that was the stats of Steelers wideout Antonio Brown at the position.  What he did last night was silly as Brown caught 10 passes for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The third score got former New York Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree up off his couch cheering for sure as Brown snagged the ball against the side of his helmet as he stayed in bounds to collect the score.  Tremendous stuff and it is a reminder that there is Brown and then there is everyone else among the wide receiver hierarchy. 

With regards to the supporting cast, JuJu Smith-Schuster added 4 catches for 47 yards which keeps him in the WR 3 mode for PPR formats but Martavis Bryant (2 catches for 30) remains an enigma. 

On the Tennessee side, Delanie Walker led the way as usual with 6 catches for 92 yards but he somehow dropped a gift of a touchdown pass that had to have his owners banging their heads against the wall.  Also Corey Davis just can't seem to get going as he caught just three passes for 27 yards.  Keep the faith here however.