Wednesday, October 29, 2014



According to various reports, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will return to the lineup Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.  Griffin went through a full practice on Wednesday and proclaimed himself all the way back from his previously injured ankle. 

Analysis:  Told you all to pick up Griffin even before this nugget and now the competition to add him off waivers will be that much more fierce.  Griffin has his negatives such as declining passing efficiency and a vast propensity for injury but he is well worth a start in two-QB formats as soon as this Sunday.



Here are the fantasy football Week 9 QB rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Peyton Manning
2.  Tom Brady
3.  Andrew Luck
4.  Drew Brees
5.  Russell Wilson
6.  Nick Foles
7.  Philip Rivers
8.  Cam Newton
9.  Carson Palmer
10. Ben Roethlisberger
12. Tony Romo
13. Eli Manning
14. Ryan Tannehill
15. Andy Dalton
16. Joe Flacco
17. Alex Smith
18. Teddy Bridgewater
19. Michael Vick
20. Brian Hoyer
21. Ryan Fitzpatrick
22. Austin Davis
23. Colt McCoy
24. Mike Glennon
25. Robert Griffin III
26. Derek Carr
27. Blake Bortles



Week 9 is already here as the fantasy football season moves along at a brisk pace.  Let's see who the prime waiver adds are for this week. 

Michael Vick:  The Jets were arguably the worst offensive team in the game with Geno Smith at QB but Vick now gets the start against his former coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs.  Vick retains his top-notch speed and cannon arm (not to mention his knack for turnovers) and has two very good wideouts in Percy Harvin and Eric Decker at his disposal.  Those in two-QB formats should be interested for as long as this lasts.

Robert Griffin III:  RGIII could return as soon as this Sunday after missing virtually the previous 8 weeks with yet more injuries.  Colt McCoy was terrific in the upset win over the Dallas Cowboys Monday night but he is a backup at best which means there is absolutely no QB controversy.  Griffin is like Vick in that he can do it al physically but also suffers physically. 

Kyle Orton:  I think Orton just threw another TD pass against the Jets.  Orton lit up the Jets last Sunday on his way to a monster game and generally he has been excellent since taking over for E.J. Manuel.  Again this is strictly for those who play in two-QB formats or who have their starter on a bye.

Charles Sims/Bobby Rainey:  Doug Martin hurt his ankle last week and is iffy to go this Sunday.  In addition, Martin has been so putrid this season that he is close to being benched anyway.  Rainey has had his moments so far this season spelling Martin but Sims carries some more intrigue since he is the unknown with more upside. 

Donte Moncrief:  Yet another toy for Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck.  Hakeem Nicks has not worked out for the team and thus Moncrief has moved ahead of him on in Luck's pecking order.  There is a nice blend of size and speed here and of course the Colts love to sling it. 

Brandon LaFell:  We recommended LaFell last week but his ownership is still down.  He caught another TD pass last week and is growing more of a rapport with the hot Tom Brady.  Get him now.

Allen Robinson:  He has led the Jacksonville Jaguars in targets since Week 4 and Blake Bortles is getting more comfortable under center.  Bortles has to throw it to someone on the weak Jaguars offense and Robinson has clearly the most ability of any receiver on the roster.

Tyler Eifert:  Eifert is close to returning from injury and thus will have the chance to show that he is yet another Notre Dame tight end standout.  The Cincinnati Bengals are still possibly going to be without A.J. Green for another week so again Andy Dalton could use as many additional weapons as he could get this week. 

Cleveland Browns:  The Browns get the awful Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week and their turnover-prone offense.  The Browns have racked up 15 sacks this season and grabbed 8 interceptions so they are making the big plays thus far and are a nice streaming add this week.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Colt McCoy engineered a nice comeback to his career Monday night in an upset win over the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo owners got a major scare.  Let's get to the latest.

Tony Romo:  17 of 28 for 209 yards and 1 TD.  Not a big statistical game but the most significant issue was the fact Romo left in the third quarter with a scare to his twice surgically-repaired back.  Romo seemed to wrench the back when going down under a sack and stayed down for almost ten minutes. He would go back to the locker room and be replaced by Brandon Weeden (who looked good in throwing a TD pass) but somehow managed to return for the last drive of the game and overtime.  Romo returning obviously is a good sign going forward but clearly there is major risk as well that another flare up could occur.  If you are a Romo owner, you should have already covered yourself with a solid backup.

Colt McCoy:  25 of 30 for 299 yards with 1 INT and 1 rushing TD.  Amazing stuff for a kid who hasn't started in years and who was fighting just to stay in the league.  McCoy has always been a accurate passer who can move around in the pocket but he has little to no fantasy football value sine Robert Griffin III could be back for Week 9.

DeMarco Murray:  19 carries for 141 yards and 1 fumble to go along with four catches for 80 yards.  Murray is now 8-for-8 in 100-yards rushing games on the season as he stays on pace for 2,000.  Remarkable in every way, especially when you consider the fact Murray has stayed healthy thus far.  All that work is eventually going to take its toll so selling high is never the worst idea but we also understand riding this out given how terrific Murray has been.

DeSean Jackson:  6 catches for 136 yards. Jackson and McCoy played "go long" all game.  Jackson is usually heavily depended on scores and yardage so at least he got one working here since he doesn't show up weekly as a PPR guy. 

Jordan Reed:  7 catches for 40 yards.  The Niles Paul show was fun while it lasted (3 catches for 27 yards) but Jordan Reed is back as a top ten and very intriguing tight end option.  Reed has terrific speed and athleticism for the position and was a popular sleeper going into 2014 before yet more injuries.

Pierre Garcon:  4 catches for 47 yards. Garcon has been far from the PPR dynamo he was last season and is really hurting with RGIII out.  Those two had a special rapport going and with Griffin coming back next week, a buy low trade is a smart idea. 

Alfred Morris:  18 carries for 73 yards and 1 TD.  With all the QB issues the Redskins have had, opposing defenses have stacked the box against Morris which have really hurt his numbers.  Again with Griffin back, Morris will see more field to run on and thus reclaim low end RB 1 status in standard formats and RB 2 in PPR.

Dez Bryant:  3 catches for 30 yards and 1 TD.  Bryant also dropped a potential second TD pass.  Not a great game at all and he saved his day overall with the score.  No bother as Bryant is right there with Jordy Nelson and Antonio Brown as the number 2 fantasy football wideout this season after Demaryuis Thomas.

Jason Witten:  5 catches for 70 yards and 1 TD.  Second TD catch of the season for Witten who finally looked like his PPR monster self in this one after doing virtually nothing the previous seven weeks.  I would think about buying low here as Witten is more than a proven commodity despite the slow start.


Monday, October 27, 2014


                                             Ben Roethlisberger

It was an outing that you had to see to believe.  The clear star of fantasy football Week 8 was undoubtedly Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger who put up a truly amazing performance in the team's win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday when he threw for a ridiculous 520 yards and SIX!!!!! touchdowns.  Besides the fact that anyone could have such an outing in general, seeing a Steelers passer accumulate such passing numbers when the organization's bedrock has always been to run the football was startling.  No matter how you slice it, Roethlisberger served notice that he is an every week fantasy football starting QB in single-passer formats despite going up and down with that status since coming into the league. 

The whole point of this post however is not to look back at Roethlisberger's past with injuries and sometimes shaky play that made him more of a backup fantasy football passer than a starter.  The current version of Roethlisberger is clearly a force to be reckoned with and clearly has earned the right to be your number 1 guy.  As far as the numbers altogether are concerned, Big Ben goes into Week 9 with a crazy 16 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions while throwing for a total of 2,380 yards.  The addition of pass-happy Todd Haley as the Steeler's offensive coordinator prior to 2013 no doubt has been a big part of Roethlisberger's elevation with regards to his passing numbers and the rise to stardom of Antonio Brown has done wonders as well.  When you look at it as a whole, Roethlisberger has arguably one of the best collection of offensive talent in the league.  In addition to Brown, young promising wideout Markus Wheaton joins veteran tight end Heath Miller and young star RB Le'Veon Bell to give nightmares to defensive coordinators.  Roethlisberger and Brown have an amazing connection right now and the development of Bell as both a runner and a receiver have been a major boost as well. 

When you put things all together, Ben Roethlisberger makes the grade as a top ten fantasy football QB for the remainder of the season.  Again we have to ignore his inconsistent past and instead focus in on the current model which has been virtually unstoppable.  You always want to ride hot players for as long as the fun lasts and right now no one is more scorching than the veteran Steelers passer.



The injury bug never takes a break as another week of fantasy football got into focus Sunday.  Let's get to all the latest maladies.

-Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron was looked at universally as a top 3-5 tight end talent for 2014 fantasy football off his tremendous breakout season a year prior.  With star WR Josh Gordon suspended by the Browns until Week 12, Cameron was expected to do the heavy lifting in the receiving game.  Well Cameron's body has not gotten the memo as he has constantly been dealing with one health woe after another.  First it was a shoulder problem that plagued him the first six weeks of the season and now we have a concussion added to the mix which was suffered Sunday in the win over the Oakland Raiders.  Cameron will now enter into the protocol procedures by the league in order to determine his availability going forward.  There is a decent history of concussions here so knee-jerk reaction says Cameron won't be able to go.  We have not reached the point of cutting Cameron yet but it feels like it is getting close as a guy who is constantly hurt can't help you.

-St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick figures to be down a couple of weeks after he was forced out Sunday with a shoulder injury.  Quick was seen in a sling after the game and head coach Jeff Fisher hinted he could be out a few weeks.  Kenny Britt now moves into the number 1 receiving role on the hot and cold Rams passing attack under Austin Davis.

-A major scare was felt by all owners of Giovani Bernard when the Cincinnati Bengals RB didn't play in the fourth quarter due to a hip injury.  Still it was called a precautionary move by head coach Marvin Lewis afterwards and all discussions centered on Bernard being ready to go for Week 9.  Big sigh of relief.

-Doug Martin suffered a third-quarter ankle injury for the Tampa Bay Buc's in their OT loss to the Minnesota Vikings and his status for Week 9 is uncertain.  Charles Sims is expected back next week as well which further muddles the already disgraceful running back situation for the club.

-Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarelle Patterson was seen after the game walking around in a boot which is always disconcerting.  Patterson downplayed the issue however and he had one of his best games of the season.  Something to check on in the next two days.

-Nate Washington suffered a sprain AC joint in his shoulder Sunday which can be a multi-week injury.  Still Washington was not more than a WR 3 on his own team so this is not a big news item.