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Thursday, October 23, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 8 running back rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  DeMarco Murray
2.  Matt Forte
3.  Marshawn Lynch
4.  Arian Foster
5.  Jamaal Charles
6.  Andre Ellington
7.  Le'Veon Bell
8.  LeSean McCoy
9.  Lamar Miller
10. Giovani Bernard
11. Joique Bell
12. Ben Tate
13. Eddie Lacy
14. Ronnie Hillman
15. Jerick McKinnon
16. Branden Oliver
17. Ahmad Bradshaw
18. Tre Mason
19. Justin Forsett
20. Shane Vereen
21. Chris Ivory
22. Alfred Morris
23. Reggie Bush
24. Darren McFadden
25. Trent Richardson
26. Isaiah Crowell
27. Bishop Sankey
28. Anthony Dixon
29. Bryce Brown
30. Mark Ingram
31. Denard Robinson
32. Doug Martin
33. Jeremy Hill
34. Jonathan Stewart
35. James Starks
36. Steven Jackson
37. Roy Helu
38. Chris Johnson
39. Benny Cunningham
40. Knile Davis

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: HANDICAPPING THE BUFFALO BILLS BACKFIELD FOR WEEK 8

Week 7 was a horror show injury-wise for the Buffalo Bills backfield as both Fred Jackson (groin/out a month) and C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone/out for season) went down injured.  Thus as Week 8 approaches, the two names that have moved to the front of the running back rotation are power back Anthony Dixon and the speedy but fumble-prone Bryce Brown.  There have been conflicting reports about how the carries will be divided for this week, with Dixon being the starter the general consensus at the very least regarding who will get more touches.  Be that as it may, let's dig in a bit more on each and see what they can bring to the fantasy football table.

Bryce Brown:  We all remember Brown from his big three-game stretch for the Philadelphia Eagles the second half of 2012 when he scored four touchdowns and averaged 4.9 yards per carry filling in for an injured LeSean McCoy.  He was not a big factor last season as McCoy went nuts and soon Brown was flipped to the Bills in a 2014 draft-day deal.  Brown has yet to record any action for the Bills this season but he is expected to be the speed complement to Dixon in Week 8.  If a time-share is put in place, Brown will be the PPR weapon in that he will play on third-down due to his pass-receiving ability and speed running.  Dixon however should get the goal-line work which severely knocks his value down in standard setups.

Anthony Dixon:  Dixon is a veteran power back who was a fourth round pick of the San Francisco 49ers back in 2010.  He has scored two touchdowns in each of his 4 seasons as a spare runner who was used in some goal-line situations.  Brown has next-to-no receiving skills so that part of the game will be covered by Brown.  That also means Dixon has little value in PPR formats.  Dixon has appeared in all seven games for the Bills this season and the fact Brown has not indicates he will likely get the lion's share of carries for at least Week 8.  Those in standard formats should take Dixon out for a spin if they are desperate for a body to help out.  Still Dixon has not been a starter since entering the league for a reason as his lack of speed prevents him from being a major weapon.

There you have it.  Let us know who you prefer over the other.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 QB RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 8 QB rankings based on opposing matchups.

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

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 8 ADDS

Week 8 is almost here which means more fine-tuning for your roster is in order.  Let's see who are the prime pickups for your squad as Thursday night football beckons.

Robert Griffin III:  By now it is obvious that RGIII is the Washington Redskins starting QB for better or worse as Kirk Cousins is fresh off a benching for Colt McCoy last Sunday.  Griffin has not been cleared to play yet but he could return as soon as Week 9.

Johnny Manziel:  Brian Hoyer could be turning back into a pumpkin as we speak as he comes off a truly horrific performance in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars of all teams.  Reports circulated that Mike Pettine thought of replacing Hoyer with Johnny Manziel and a change could come quickly this week if the former struggles again. 

Tre Mason:  Mason should be the top waiver claim of the week as he got 18 carries last week in his second game back from injury while Zac Stacy received zero.  There is an explosive aspect to Mason's game that Stacy and Benny Cunningham doesn't have and the Rams know it.  Could be a sweet add.

Bryce Brown/Anthony Dixon:  There are conflicting reports on whether Brown or Dixon will be the primary ballcarrier in place of the injured Fred Jackson/C.J. Spiller.  My bet is on Dixon as Brown fumbles too much and the Bills are surprisingly competitive. 

Denard Robinson:  Comes off a 100-plus rushing game which no other Jaguars runner can claim this season.  Robinson has big-time speed and has been anointed the starter for now which automatically means RB 2 value. 

Doug Baldwin:  With Percy Harvin out of town, Baldwin steps into the number 1 wide receiver slot.  While Baldwin may not be up to such a lofty task, Russell Wilson has to throw it to someone. 

Brandon LaFell:  LaFell is playing great over the last month which happens to coincide with the re-emergence of Tom Brady as a prime fantasy football weapon.  The top hasn't popped off yet so you still might be able to steal LaFell away on waivers.

Owen Daniels:  Daniels is fitting in seamlessly with the Baltimore Ravens as he takes over the top tight end spot over he injured Dennis Pitta.  We have seen solid production from the guy in the past which means this is no shock.  Get him in there as the Ravens and Joe Flacco have been potent on offense.

Jermaine Gresham:  Gresham is a forgotten guy but he comes off a 10-catch day that shows you his ability.  Andy Dalton is looking for weapons with A.J. Green injured which is why Gresham has seen such a lofty increase in targets the last two weeks.

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: COLT McCOY TO START SUNDAY FOR REDSKINS

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced Monday that Colt McCoy will start at QB for the team in Week 9 and not the benched Kirk Cousins.  Cousins will fall to number 3 on the depth chart when Robert Griffin III returns as well.

Analysis:  Wow.  How quick Cousins' stock fell.  McCoy looked good last week in leading the team to a comeback win over the Tennessee Titans but he has zero value in all fantasy football leagues.  Meanwhile Cousins can be dropped in all formats if you haven't done so already.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 7 INJURY REPORT: BUFFALO BACKFIELD A HUGE MESS

Once again injuries are a major topic of conversation as fantasy football Week 7 unfolded.  Let's get to all the latest.

-It was a bad day to be a Buffalo Bills running back to say the least.  First co-starter Fred Jackson went down with a groin injury that necessitated him being carted off the field.  Jackson immediately admitted afterward he was out for Week 8 and the team later confirmed it could be a month before he gets back onto the field.  Making matters worse, not even one half later C.J. Spiller was lost for the season with a broken collarbone.  No sooner had we typed out the piece about how Spiller would finally get his chance to shine as the clear-cut starter with Jackson out and yet another setback falls into his path.  For Spiller, his career has been defined by unmet expectations and disappointing numbers that are not totally his fault.  Injuries have been a huge problem going back to his Clemson days and have followed him to the NFL.  The maddening committee that the Bills have always operated since Spiller was drafted have also ruined his potential. 

The fallout here is that third-stringer Tashard Choice gets dusted off and will be the bell cow back until Jackson returns.  We could be looking at 4-6 games where Choice is the clear starter and that alone makes him worth picking up.  He has shown some solid running in the past to go along with some receiving skills so Choice will be a solid pickup in all formats this week.

-Reggie Bush continues to be hobbled by an ankle injury that flared up again Sunday.  Overall Bush got only 9 touches and Joique Bell pretty much did all the work out of the backfield.  Bush is not likely to practice much this week and his availability is in question for Week 8 given the fact he team has to fly to England to play early Sunday. 

-A shoulder injury knocked out New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas but this is only newsworthy in PPR formats.  With Mark Ingram back in the fold, Thomas was not getting much at all on the ground and is almost always dependent on receptions. 

-Trent Richardson suffered a hamstring injury that didn't allow him to finish Sunday's win over the Cincy Bengals.  His status is in question for Week 8 and Ahmad Bradshaw will get most of the work in his place.  Bradshaw has been very solid this season both in the running and receiving game and he will be a good RB 2 option this week no matter if Richardson plays or is on the bench.

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