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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 13 QB RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 13 QB rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Aaron Rodgers
2.  Peyton Manning
3.  Andrew Luck
4.  Tom Brady
5.  Drew Brees
6.  Tony Romo
7.  Matthew Stafford
8.  Ben Roethlisberger
9.  Ryan Tannehill
10. Mark Sanchez
11. Matt Ryan
12. Jay Cutler
13. Eli Manning
14. Andy Dalton
15. Philip Rivers
16. Cam Newton
17. Joe Flacco
18. Colin Kaepernick
19. Russell Wilson
20. Alex Smith
21. Brian Hoyer
22. Josh McCown
23. Kyle Orton
24. Zach Mettenberger
25. Teddy Bridgewater
26. Drew Stanton
27. Shaun Hill
28. Blake Bortles
29. Ryan Fitzpatrick
30. Colt McCoy
31. Derek Carr
32. Geno Smith

 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 13 PICKUPS

Fantasy football Week 13 is already almost upon us so let's get right to the hot pickups for the upcoming batch of games.

Dan Heron:  Heron got the surprise starts for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12 which was the first game since Ahmad Bradshaw was lost for the season.  It had widely been assumed Trent Richardson would be the guy but Heron got the majority of touches and ran the ball well when given the chance.  In addition, Heron can catch the football which makes him a good PPR play as well.  Go get him.

Latavius Murray:  It was a short look but Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray opened up more than a few eyes last Thursday night when he rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on only 4 carries in the win over the Kansas City Chiefs.  Murray has blazing speed and can take it to the house whenever he touches the football.  The concussion he suffered last week ended things early but Murray has had plenty of time to past the protocols. 

LeGarrette Blount:  From Sports Illustrated cover boy to being benched completely a week later, it looks like the Jonas Grey story is already over.  Enter veteran LeGarrette Blount who was signed off the street by the New England Patriots after he was cut a few days earlier by the Pittsburgh Steelers after he walked off the field before the end of a game.  Blount ran very well last Sunday in getting the start over Grey, picking up two touchdowns and 78 yards on only 12 carries.  Grey could be back in line to get some work this week but Blount figures to be the goal-line guy again.

Doug Martin:  Back from injury, Martin got the start over Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey in Week 12.  Once again he was pretty miserable running the football but Lovie Smith seems intent on sinking or swimming with Martin. 

John Brown:  Even before Larry Fitzgerald missed Week 12 with a knee injury, the speedy rookie Brown was already gathering attention due to his big-play ways.  With Fitzgerald no lock to return this Sunday, Brown could continue being the key receiver in the Drew Stanton-led offense.

Charles Johnson:  On a team with Greg Jennings, Cordarelle Patterson, and Jarius Wright, it is Charles Johnson who is now the most interesting wideout on the Minnesota Vikings.  Johnson has caught 9 balls for 139 yards and a score over the last two games and so far it seems like he is developing a nice rapport with Teddy Bridgewater.

Jordan Cameron:  If anyone cut Jordan Cameron in your league due to running out of patience waiting for his return from a serious concussion, pick him up as it looks like the Cleveland Browns tight end is ready to return to the field this week.  We all know Cameron is a top five receiver at his position if healthy and the Browns are in need of help underneath with Josh Gordon going deep. 

Tim Wright:  Wright got his most snaps of the season last week in the Patriots' monster win over the Detroit Lions and he quickly is earning the trust of QB Tom Brady, especially around the red zone.  That is music to the ears of Wright's owners who are growing by the day.

St. Louis Rams:  The Rams defense is intense under Jeff Fisher and they get the awful Oakland Raiders offense this week.  This could get ugly for Derek Carr as the Rams defense looks like the best play of the week on that side of the football.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts on all of this.


 

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: RED SOX TO TRADE FOR COLE HAMELS IF THEY DON'T RE-SIGN JON LESTER

By Michael Wong

According to a source, the Boston Red Sox believe they will be able to trade for Philadelphia Phillies ace SP Cole Hamels if they in fact fail to re-sign Jon Lester.  Lester and the Red Sox are already exchanging numbers but the pitcher has a meeting set up with the St. Louis Cardinals who are deemed the biggest threat to landing him.  The Red Sox meanwhile are covering themselves with the Hamels talks, as both teams have talked about the players moving from one side to the other. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Two games Monday finished up the 12th week in fantasy football.  Let's take a closer look at the relevant action.

Michael Vick:  7/19 for 76 yards and 1 interceptions.  Vick was a complete abomination in this one and was pulled late in the third for old punching bag Geno Smith.  Some picked up Vick when he got the starting QB job due to his reputation as a guy who could help both in the running and passing game but right now the guy looks washed up while Smith is not the answer either. 

Kyle Orton:  24/32 for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Orton went back to the waiver in large quantities after playing poorly the previous two weeks.  He still carries some decent enough value in two-QB formats but ideally you don't want to rely on Orton in a crucial situation.

Chris Johnson:  7 carries for 40 yards.  Johnson showed good burst but he will be cut loose at the end of the season as he is a poor and underutilized fit with the New York Jets.  While Johnson clearly is a shell of his former RB 1 self, he could have helped more if given the chance.

Fred Jackson:  10 carries for 32 yards and a score.  Boobie Dixon ran better as he carried 12 times for 54 yards and a score and the latter is the better play going forward due to his younger legs.  Still if you have a Bills runner in your RB 2 slot, that's not the most ideal scenario.

Eric Decker:  4 catches for 63 yards.  Should have been more as Decker dropped a sure touchdown catch from Vick.  Decker was a bust waiting to happen the minute he signed with the Jets from Denver.  Anyone who invested here did so at their own risk.

Robert Woods:  9 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown . It had to annoy Sammy Watkins owners (3 catches for 35 yards) seeing Woods have such a monster game.  Clearly the Bills had some solid intel here and took advantage of Woods' destroying the Jets secondary all game long.  Woods is still just a fringe player though who only has a game like this once or twice a season.

Joe Flacco:  18/24 for 243 yards and 1 TD.  Things started off great as Flacco hit Steve Smith for a first quarter score but that was it for the veteran QB.  Flacco was red hot in September but since than has gone back to his old backup fantasy football status.

Drew Brees:  35/45 for 420 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  That's more like it.  Brees entered the game with numbers way off his stellar pace from the last five seasons and these games were very hard to come by leading up to this game.  Still this is a reminder of how incredible a player Brees is and he can still pilot a fantasy football team to league titles.

Justin Forsett:  22 carries for 182 yards and 2 scores while also catching 2 balls for 8 yards.  A few years ago we talked up Forsett when he was a backup running back for the Seattle Seahawks but he never really got a chance to show his PPR skills.  Forsett got the golden opportunity he was looking for with the Ravens due to the Ray Rice suspension and the results have been top ten overall-worthy among all backs.  The Ravens love to run the football and Forsett will likely continue to be a difference-maker.  In addition, Forsett has been a tremendous value play.

Mark Ingram:  11 carries for 27 yards.  Ugly.  Horrible game for Ingram who has struggled since coming back from injury.  Memories of his big start are quickly fading.

Torrey Smith:  5 catches for 98 yards.  Smith's development as a prime fantasy football wideout has been stunted due to the presence of Steve Smith.  Torrey Smith has once again been a frustrating player to own due to inconsistent numbers that tend to really fluctuate every week.  Right now the numbers say he is a WR 3.

Steve Smith:  4 catches for 89 yards and one score.  The guy keeps on going.  Steve Smith is one of the more underrated great receivers in modern football history as he continues to produce like a WR 1/2 at a very old age for a guy at his position.  Amazing stuff.

Kenny Stills:  8 catches for 98 yards.  Predictable as Stills was set to be the main beneficiary in the absence of Brandin Cooks.  Right on cue.  Still could be a big-time guy the rest of the way and a difference-making value.

Marques Colston:  4 catches for 82 yards and 1 TD.  Just when we always try to write off Colston, he comes back with a game like this.  Terrific player who continues to fight through injuries to stay relevant.

Jimmy Graham:  6 catches for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Wow.  Graham was a monster in this one and is throwing back the challenge from Rob Gronkowski over the last month with regards to who is the number 1 tight end in fantasy football.  The guy is simply dominant.

 

Monday, November 24, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: YANKEES TO LET DAVID ROBERTSON WALK

By Michael Wong
 
According to a team source very close to the team's front office, the New York Yankees have already decided to let All-Star closer David Robertson walk due to the expected high price tag he will fetch on the open market.  With the Boston Red Sox having signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval on Monday, the Yankees decided to use the money they will save on Robertson in order to make a strong run at free agent ace pitcher Max Scherzer.  The team also feel fully comfortable going into the new season with fireballing Dellin Betances as the new closer.
 
 

2015 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: PABLO SANDOVAL 3B BOSTON RED SOX

                                             Pablo Sandoval

Our very own Michael Wong had this one nailed from the beginning.  As soon as the confetti fell on the San Francisco Giants after their latest World Series win over the Kansas City Royals, Wong reported from his source that it was pretty much guaranteed Pablo Sandoval would be signed by the Boston Red Sox.  Wong reported that Sandoval was the key component in the team's offseason makeover and thus they wasted little time in securing Kung Fu Panda with a five-year deal worth $100 million.  This news came just hours after the team announced they had also signed free agent SS Hanley Ramirez who they will stick in leftfield.  On this very busy day for the Red Sox and those looking already toward 2015 fantasy baseball, let's take a closer look at Sandoval and what he could provide his prospective owners this season. 

The first issue to get out of the way is the fact that Sandoval's 2015 draft stock is headed up sharply due to his new locale.  Outside of maybe Colorado or with the New York Yankees, there is not an MLB city that gets a hitter's stock and value to shoot up more than Boston due to the hitting/power-friendly confines of Fenway Park.  Sandoval will thus cost a bit more than he did prior to last season when he was widely considered "just another guy" after a series of mediocre years with the Giants when he failed to make any big gains in any one hitting category.  Ever since Sandoval's 2009 breakout (25 HR/90 RBI/.330 AVG.), he has been pretty ordinary over the following five seasons.  As evidence take a look at these numbers over the last three years which is more indicative of where Sandoval currently is as a hitter:

Sandoval's Home Run Total (Last Three Seasons):  12, 14, 16

Sandoval's RBI Total (Last Three Seasons):  63, 79, 63

Sandoval's Average (Last Three Seasons):  .283, .278, .279

When those numbers are combined, you have a guy who is not even worthy of being a top ten fantasy baseball third baseman.  The home runs, RBI, and average are solid no doubt but Sandoval comes up short in all three categories as far as being a difference-maker there.  Part of the blame could surely be pinned on the pitching-dominant ballpark he has always previously called home in San Francisco and Sandoval also has dealt with a slew of injuries (mostly to his hands) which further stunted his statistics.  The fact of the matter however is that moving to Boston will undoubtedly add numbers to all three of those categories, in addition to runs where Sandoval has centered mostly around the 50-65 realm.  Sandoval has hit over 20 home runs twice in his career (also swatting 23 in 2011) and no doubt his new home ballpark should have him challenging that mark again.  There is also a decent chance of Sandoval collecting 80-plus RBI and pushing his average back toward the .290 mark.  When you put the numbers together under those projections, we could surely than be looking at a top ten fantasy baseball third baseman.  One of the worst conditioned athletes in the game, Sandoval is always a risk for injury but his stock is only going up from here, with a great help from his new digs.  Just be sure not to overpay due to the new uniform this season.

2015 PROJECTION:  .288 19 HR 81 RBI 77 R 1 SB

 

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: RED SOX TO INK HANLEY RAMIREZ TO FIVE-YEAR DEAL WORTH AROUND $90 MILLION

As first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Boston Red Sox will sign free agent SS Hanley Ramirez to a five-year deal worth about $90 million.  Ramirez of course used to be Red Sox property but was the main piece sent to the Miami Marlins for pitcher Josh Beckett.

Analysis.  The Red Sox are not fooling around as Ramirez will join Pablo Sandoval to form a huge left side of the infield.  Ramirez will surely see a decent spike in home runs and RBI moving from Los Angeles to Boston but he has to stay healthy which had been a big challenge lately.  With Troy Tulowitzki alwlso always hurt Ramirez very well could be the first shortstop off the board this season in your draft.  

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 WRAPUP

T.Y. Hilton:  Just one week after being almost invisible in a rough loss to the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton rebounded Sunday by catching four passes for 122 yards and 1 TD.  Hilton was back to his big-play self against the Jacksonville Jaguars, getting behind the defense to rack up the yardage.  He is back to his low-end WR 1 ways.

Brian Hoyer:  It was a massive struggle at times but Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer led the team to a last-second win over the Atlanta Falcons by throwing for 322 yards and 3 interceptions while completing 23-of-40 passes.  If the Browns had not won the game, it is likely the team would have turned to Johnny Manziel next week.  Now the rookie will likely have to wait some more time to get on the field. 

Josh Gordon:  It was like he never left.  Arguably the most dominant wide receiver in 2013 fantasy football when you consider the quality of his QB's, the Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon returned from suspension to have a smashing debut Sunday in catching 8 passes for 120 yards.  Gordon once again showed big-play ability down the field and the toughness to fight through tackles that made him a star last season.  Earlier reports Gordon would be on a play count were inaccurate and he is back already to being a top WR 1 guy.

A.J. Green:  For the second week in a row, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green was unstoppable Sunday as he caught 12 balls for 121 yards in the team's win over the Houston Texans.  Green was playing pitch-and-catch with QB Andy Dalton all game and his past toe injury is now clearly a non-issue given how tremendous he has played the last two games. 

LeGarrette Blount:  It was a welcome return for New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount Sunday as he rushed for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries in the team's win over the Detroit Lions.  This was Blount's first game back with the Patriots, who he played for last season, since getting cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  On a related note, last week's sensation and Sports Illustrated cover guy Jonas Grey didn't get a single carry as Bill Belichick made his point after his runner was late to a meeting during the past week.  Those who ran to the wire to get Grey got hosed with that change of lineup order.

Mark Sanchez:  The Chip Kelly system surely looks like it is saving Mark Sanchez' career as the former failed New York Jets starter put up his third straight 300-plus yard day in a row as he completed 30-of-43 passes for 307 yards to go with 1 TD and 1 INT's.  Sanchez continues to turn the football over a bunch as he tosses more than one pick also for the third game in a row but that is part of the deal with the guy.  On a day the Eagles scored 43 points, it also was a letdown he threw only for the one touchdown.  Still Sanchez deserves continued looks as an every week starter.

Noah Herron:  Meet the new starting running back for the Indianapolis Colts.  Herron got the late start in place of the injured Ahmad Bradshaw and had a nice day in rushing for 65 yards on only 12 carries while also catching five passes for 31 more yards.  Meanwhile Trent Richardson all of a sudden doesn't look like the hot pickup he was when Bradshaw went down as he rushed for only 42 yards.  Herron is the guy to own and he has PPR ability due to a nice receiving ability.  Will be on the short list as the top add this week on waivers.

LeSean McCoy:  It took awhile but LeSean McCoy finally posted a big game Sunday as he rushed for 130 yards and 1 touchdown on 21 carries in the team's win over the Tennessee Titans.  McCoy has had long stretches of mediocre play this season off his huge workload the season prior.  He still needs to do a bunch more to win the argument that he and not Jamaal Charles was worthy of the top pick overall this past summer.

Isaiah Crowell:  Let there be no doubt who the top fantasy football running back currently is on the Cleveland Browns as Isaiah Crowell rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the team's late win over the Atlanta Falcons.  He did not catch a pass though which means Crowell can only be used in standard leagues.

Doug Martin:  It was Doug Martin and not Charles Sims who got the start Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but he continued his horrible play in rushing for only 27 yards on 11 carries.  Sims failed to impress as well as the Buc's continue to show the worst run production in the league.  Basically you don't want to own any of these guys right now, let alone use them.

Marshawn Lynch:  The calf and now a back issue are really becoming an issue now for Marshawn Lynch as he struggled badly in Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals.  After a month of monster games, Lynch rushed for only 39 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for 43 more yards.  Lynch obviously is a guy you continue to start every week but the calf/back is becoming something to be concerned about.

Russell Wilson:  Solid game by Russell Wilson Sunday as he completed 17-of-22 passes for 211 yards and 1 touchdown while also rushing 10 times for another 73 yards on the ground.  We are well past the point now where Wilson is not an every week top ten fantasy football starter despite passing numbers that come up a bit short of the other guys ranked around him.  What Wilson does on the ground is unmatched by that same group which evens things out.

Shaun Hill:  While he played well in spurts, Shaun Hill torpedoed the St. Louis Rams' chances Sunday in tossing two interceptions and losing a fumble as part of his 18-of-35 day.  Hill did throw a touchdown but ultimately he failed to carry over the decisive play he showed in last week's upset over the Denver Broncos. 

Keenan Allen:  It has been an inconsistent season and somewhat disappointing one as well for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen who has been going through the dreaded sophomore jinx.  Allen was good Sunday however as he caught 6 balls for 104 yards and 1 score.  Opposing defenses have been keying on Allen more, unlike last year when as a rookie he caught the league by surprise.  Allen has dropped to WR 2 status for now given how his numbers are down this season. 

Peyton Manning:  After a rough game last week when he threw only one TD pass, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was right back to dominating defenses as he tossed for four scores in Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins as part of his 28-of-35 day for 257 yards.  That brings Manning's season total to a terrific 34 and there is more where that came from for sure.

Anquan Boldin:  We don't hear from Anquan Boldin as much anymore in the wrapup but he deserves mention after catching 9 balls for 137 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins.  With Michael Crabtree continuing to struggle, Boldin has gotten more looks from QB Colin Kaepernick lately.

C.J. Anderson:  If only Montee Ball's owners knew.  If given a crystal ball, it would have been C.J. Anderson and not Ball who would be a high round draft pick last summer given how terrific he has been since moving into the starting lineup.  It was more of the same Sunday as Anderson rushed 27 times for 167 yards and 1 TD to go along with 4 catches for another 28 yards.  The Denver Broncos always go with the hot hand and right now that is clearly Anderson. 

Demaryuis Thomas:  Few ever talk about him as much as say Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, or Calvin Johnson, but Denver Broncos WR Demaryuis Thomas has a firm claim to being the best wide receiver in all of fantasy football.  He went crazy on the Miami Dolphins Sunday in catching 8 balls for 87 yards and 3 touchdowns.  For the season Thomas now has 9 touchdowns to go along with 82 receptions and an insane 1,192 yards.  Unreal.

Odell Beckham Jr.:  Speaking of unreal, it is beyond must-watch for anyone to queue up the catch of the century that New York Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. made Sunday night.  Beckham snared a one-handed, full-lunging TD grab while bring drapped by two Dallas Cowboys defenders that drew a penalty.  Overall for the game Beckham caught 10 bals for 146 yards and 2 scores.  Ever since coming back from his hamstring injury, no one has had any luck containing Beckham who is already looking like a top 5-7 guy the rest of the way. 

Tony Romo:  The back looks just fine.  Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo was sensational Sunday night as he threw four touchdowns in the team's comeback win over the Giants.  Romo once again is putting up big fantasy football numbers despite injury and sometimes the tendency to make poor throws in the clutch.  Continue using as your QB 1.