Thursday, October 20, 2016


We already talked at length about the LeSean McCoy injury but there are a slew of other health-related issues that need some clarity as we move toward fantasy football Week 7. 

-The big news of the day is that Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was placed on IR due to needing surgery on his injured ankle.  After first hurting the ankle in Week 5, Lacy tried to play through it last week which caused a further setback that led to the IR placement.  While we don't know yet if Lacy will be able to return or if the IR designation is for the remainder of the season, the fact of the matter is that he will go BUST in fantasy football for a second season in a row.  After a truly pathetic 2015 when Lacy was overweight and ineffective, he was quiet at the start of 2016 as well before he got hurt.  The Packers will now go with a committee that includes Ty Montgomery, Don Jackson, and recent acquisition Knile Davis which is beyond frustrating for anyone in fantasy football trying to figure this one out. 

-It looks like Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray will return to action Sunday after missing two games with a toe injury.  The Raiders ran with a committee during Murray's absence and it looks like that setup will remain even when he does return this Sunday as expected.  Murray has been quite boring and uninspiring with his game-day results going back to 2015 and now he is barely keeping RB 2 value this season.

-Could be bad news for Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton who couldn't practice on Thursday due to the hip injury that has plagued him for more than a week.  This is a situation which needs to be watched closely as Hilton's absence would be Philip Dorsett and Dwayne Allen would take on a big role in the passing game. 

-Both New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (foot) and tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle) were both "limited" participants in practice on Thursday but this is just routine posturing by Bill Belichick.  There is no way either guy won't play and both should be started with no hesitation. 

-If someone dropped Cleveland Browns rookie wideout Corey Coleman in your league, be sure to make the add as he is getting close to returning.  Coleman will get X-rays in his brooken hand and if all goes well, a return in Week 8 is possible. 

-It looks like Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco will be able to go Sunday despite not practicing so far this week due to a sore shoulder that got an earlier MRI.  Flacco is as tough as they come and so it is tough to imagine he will sit.  He remains a borderline starter in fantasy football though as his numbers are never really that friendly in our fake game. 

-We could finally get to see Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert this week after he missed the first six weeks recovering from knee surgery and then coming back with a sore back.  Eifert practiced on Thursday and as long as there are no setback, should be anle to make his debut. 


It was a day of wildly differing reports in terms of the availability of Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy for Week 7.  ESPN initially reported that McCoy would be out "multiple" weeks with the hamstring he injured in Wednesday's practice but then a later Associated Press report said he would be a game-time call.  After snooping around on this, what we can tell you is that McCoy will definately be OUT for Week 7 and his status beyond will be determined on a week-to-week basis. This is obviously horrible news for McCoy's fantasy football owners who have received great production out of the veteran so far this season and now there will be a sharp drop-off from him to Mike Gillislee Sunday against Miami.  Like we said on Wednesday, you can give Gillislee a whirl if you are a McCoy owner but the latter's loss is a huge one. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Fantasy football owners of Tampa Bay Buc's running back Doug Martin are beyond frustrated with the fact he has missed the majority of the 2016 season with a stubborn hamstring injury; a situation that became even more annoying when the veteran suffered a setback in practice Wednesday that will now keep him out in Week 7.  Coming off a monster 2015 season where Martin served as a major bellcow back who ran wild on a weekly basis, the fallout from that heavy workload is hurting him this season literally as we have seen in countless cases like this in the past.  The fact of the matter is that backs who receive such a big workload one year often find injuries or poor production the following year as the body doesn't bounce back physically.  Think of examples such as Eddie George, Larry Johnson, and Jamaal Anderson as fairly recent examples where a monster bellow season was followed by trouble the next.  Each of those three also weroe never the same player again either.  Not saying this is what will happen with Martin but he was running poorly even before the hamstring got injured and now he is out for who knows how long.  In his place, Jacquizz Rodgers will once again dominate carries as he did in Week 5 with 32 touches.  Rodgers on volume makes the RB 2 grade this week but he is anything but a given. 


The career narrative of San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde was cemented yet again on Wednesday when head coach Chip Kelly pretty much confirmed that his starter would miss the Week 7 contest versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Now in his third year in the league, Hyde has missed almost half of the games he has been elibible to play and this time a bum shoulder that he first injured in last week's blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills is what has sent him to the bench.  We said in our draft guide this summer and on the website to avoid Hyde if you can given the chronic injury issues and we are seeing why we were so concerned.  Adding to the frustration is the fact Kelly will go with a strict and dreaded committee in Hyde's place versus the Buc's; a group that includes Shaun Draughn, and Mike Davis.  Reports are indicating Davis will get the high-end of the carries but that Draughn could get goal-line work.  In other words, avoid this mess if you can. 


The worst fears of those owning Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy last Sunday were almost realized when, after rushing for two scores in his monster start to 2016, he went down in a heap with a knee injury that looked bad right away.  With McCoy needing help off the field, visions or a torn ACL or meniscus were circling in his owners' heads.  Well a major exhale was released by these same owners as McCoy returned for the second half and he even added a third score to show he was in good shape.  Fast forward to today and now we get word that McCoy suffered a hamstring injury in practice which immediately threatens his Week 7 status given the late development.  McCoy has been through this before going back to his Philadelphia Eagles days and Rex Ryan said after practice he will be evaluated on a day-by-day basis.  That is coashspeak for McCoy is 50/50 to be out there so all of his owners should pick up Mike Gillislee as insurance.  With Ryan clearly being a fan of running the ball, Gillislee can work as an immediate replacement but one who carries much less flash then McCoy.  It is never easy. 


Already we are at the near-halfway point of the 2016 fantasy football season as Week 7 beckons.  Let's get right down to the hot wqaiver wire adds for this week.

Joe Flacco:  Carson Palmer just got done toying with the New York Jets secondary and pretty much any passer that has gone against their putrid secondary (yes with Darelle Revis still there) have put up big fantasy football numbers.  Now Flacco gets to step into that cushy spot in Week 7 and keep in mind the change at offensive coordinator already has the Ravens throwing more than before.

Brian Hoyer:  Once again we have Hoyer here to try and finally convince you to pick him up.  Hoyer already won me a game in the Experts League so I put my money where my mouth was when Drew Brees was on a bye.  With 2 TD's in each of three of his last four games, Hoyer has been terrific.  Now with Cameron Meredith joining Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, and Zach Miller as prime offensie weapons, Hoyer should continue to put up big numbers every week.

Cameron Meredith:  Speaking of Meredith, he too is back on this list after catching 11 more passes last Sunday to go with the 9 he hauled in the week before.  This is some PPR story that is developing here and with Eddie Royal injured, Meredith should continue to see a boatload of targets.

Kenny Britt:  Yes we have been by Britt a million times before but Case Keenum looks more comfortable then ever coming off a 3-passing TD day.  Britt was the main target in that breakout and remember that he was once a highly sought after draft pick coming out of college.

Devontae Booker:  If Booker slipped through the waiver wire cracks last week in your league, make sure it doesn't happen again.  Booker is already eating into half of C.J. Anderson's workload and that could grow even more considering that Gary Kubiak has endorsed him every step of the way.  High upside here.

Jay Ajayi:  Yeah when you run for over 200 yards, everyone is going to take notice.  Even if it is someone so previously mediocre as Ajayi has been in his still young career.  The Dolphins seems to prefer Ajayi at this point and that goes for despite the fact Arian Foster returned last week.  While Foster will likely still be the third down back, Ajayi is becoming a RB 2 overnight.

Ty Montgomery:  With Randall Cobb and Davante Adams both beat up, it was Ty Montgomery who came out of nowhere to catch a million balls last week.  Montgomery can also run the football like Cobb and when Aaron Rodgers is your QB, big things happen.

Dion Lewis:  While he won't be ready this week, pass-catching New England Patriots back Dion Lewis is getting set to return within the next month from his ACL injury.  Lewis was a breakout star last season before going down with the tear and he would instantly become a major PPR weapon right out of the gate. Always grab a returning player a week early rather then a week late.

Hunter Henry:  If anyone foolishly dropped Henry in your league when Antonio Gates return last Sunday, by all means snatch him up.  Even with Gates back, Henry was the focal point of the Philip Rivers passing attack and there are always big numbers to put up in that situation.

Baltimore Ravens Defense:  Yes the Ravens were just schredded by the New York Giants' previously struggling passing attack last week but they get the brutal New York Jets and turnover-prone Ryan Fitzpatrick this Sunday.  With Fitzpatrick on the other side, there are always some interceptions up for grabs out there.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Vincent Jackson has been a guy we have hated on a lot in the past here.  While he at one time was a decent standard league guy with a high amount of TD's, Jackson's lack of big-time reception totals every season made him a guy to avoid in the PPR leagues we always champion. Even when he moved on from the San Diego Chargers to the Tampa Bay Buc's, the same situation was in play for Jackson as he took a backseat to Mike Evans in the passing attack.  Now Jackson is done for the 2016 season due to a torn ACL that was diagnosed on Tuesday.  That means Evans is set to be an even bigger passing hog then he already has been this season and that means he too should graduate into top PPR standing.  Adam Humphries will take on more of a role now in Jackson's absence but he has little to no value. 


We started mentioning this two weeks ago but not the story is becoming a major topic in the fantasy football world.  Of course we are referring to the public endorsement Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak gave to rookie running back Deonvate Booker on Tuesday and now there is major concern for anyone who is holding stock on starter C.J. Anderson.  With Anderson struggling the last few weeks to make plays, the more explosive Booker has started eating into his carries more and more each week.  It has now gotten to the point that Booker and Anderson are almost splitting work in half and the situation seems to be leaning toward the former going forward.  Echoing what has taken place in Chicago with rookie Jordan Howard supplanting and injured and ineffective Jeremy Langford, Booker could very well be doing the same to Anderson.  If you are an Anderson owner, do yourself a favor and offer him around to anyone who will listen.  With Booker being the more flashy player, it is likely Kubiak will rely on him more and more to jumpstart the recently stagnant offense.  Meanwhile if Booker is available in your league, make him a priority as a waiver wire add.


The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets put the finishing touches on fantasy football Week 6 so let's get to the storylines:

-Cardinals running back David Johnson is some kind of silly after he rushed for 3!!!! touchdowns Monday night as part of his 22-carry for 111 yard outing.  Johnson also caught 3 passes for 27 yards as he was a PPR gem yet again.  So far Johnson has made back every penny of his top three fantasy football ADP this season and after the disaster that was Round 1 pick a year ago, this is no small thing. 

-Age knows no bounds for WR Larry Fitzgerald who caught 6 balls for 49 yards.  The Cards mainly relied on the ground in this one but in PPR formats, Fitz still made the grade.  Unfortunately both Michael Floyd (2 catches) and John Brown (4 catches) remain MIA.  Both the latter two can be released outright. 

-The Jets might finally have reached the end of the line with struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick who was simply brutal last night.  Fitzpatrick completed 16-of-31 balls for 174 yards with 0 TD and 1 INT which led to Geno Smith getting in late.  With the Jets' season spiraling at 1-5, there is no reason not to make a move here, despite how terrible a player Smith is.  What we can say for sure is that Fitz's 2016 career-year was nothing but a fluke. 

-After a monster first two weeks of the season where he looked like one of the best backs in the league, Jets RB Matt Forte has been a liablity to his owners since.  Last night was another example as he rushed for just 19 yards on 9 carries while catching 1 pass for 3 more yards.  The Jets O-line is terrible and Forte is being dragged down with it.  Also his crazy usage the first two weeks at an advanced age might have robbed him of some bust as well.  He needs to be downgraded in all formats.