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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

THE FANTASY SPORTS BOSS WINS THE FANTASY BASEBALL EXPERTS LEAGUE ONCE AGAIN

It got tight at the end but yours truly took home the 2014 Fantasy Sports Boss Fantasy Baseball Experts League title once again for the third season in a row and fifth in six years.  My pitching carried the day for most of the season until the hitting eventually caught up.  I had to constantly had to reshuffles the deck due to a massive amount of injuries to big name players during the years.  How about this roll call for big-name injuries on my roster:  Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Masahiro Tanaka, and Joey Votto.  The key to saving the season for me was making a bold deal with the 9th place team who was looking to rebuild for 2015.  I sacrificed for next season when I dealt Votto, Tanaka, and Tulowitzki for Ian Desmond, Freddie Freeman, and Fernando Rodney.  In the end I took home the title by placing my team six points ahead of the second place squad.  With all of that said here is what a championship fantasy baseball team looked like when the games ran out.

C-Wilson Ramos/Yadier Molina
1B-Freddie Freeman
2B-Matt Carpenter
SS-Ian Desmond
3B-Adrian Beltre
OF-Adam Jones
OF-Michael Cuddyer
OF-Carlos Gonzalez
UTIL-Albert Pujols

BENCH
OF-Steve Pearce
OF-Curtis Granderson
1B-Mark Teixeira
2B-Dustin Pedroia

SP
Max Scherzer
Madison Bumgarner
Cole Hamels
James Shields
Mike Fiers

RP
Fernando Rodney
Sean Doolittle
Jonathan Papelbon
Jake McGee



 

FANTASY FOOTBALL CRISIS POINT: MATT RYAN QB ATLANTA FALCONS

Fresh off the heels of our first Crisis Point on Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, today we delve into the QB ranks and take a look at the current trouble surrounding Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan.  A Crisis Point on Matt Ryan after throwing 10 touchdowns and 965 yards in the first four games?  The same Ryan that pilots one of the most potent passing offenses in the game under Dirk Kotter?  The same Ryan who is surrounded by an explosive trio of receivers in Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas?  Finally the same Ryan who the one who is typing this article owns in the Experts League and told you all to draft?  Sadly yes.  Allow me to explain.

First off, there is no debating the very good production of Ryan through the first month of the season.  Once again Ryan and the Falcons are throwing all game long and the fantasy football points have been there in abundance.  With Jones healthy and White and Douglas playing well, Ryan should be set up for more success going forward.  However there are two big issues that are very concerning for the rest of the way and the first is the Falcons's penchant for struggling offensively on the road.  Ryan has thrown all five of his interceptions on the road this season and has thrown only 4 touchdowns away from the Dome compared to the six on his home turf.  Being away from the fast and climate-controlled Dome slows down the Falcons' receivers and in turn upsets the timing of Ryan's throws.  Hence the decreased production in the his two games away from home.

In addition to the home/road splits, even more concerning is the awful state of the Falcons' offensive line that lost not one, not two, but THREE starters Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.  This on the heels of the team losing Pro Bowl LT Sam Baker in the opener.  So now we stand here with four starters down from the offensive line and one could clearly see the Vikings rush causing all sorts of problems for Ryan in the second half.  Expect more of that to continue going forward, starting with next week's meeting against the New York Giants who have a big-time rush.  Ryan will be under siege both in that game and for as long as the lineman are out.  There is no way Ryan can throw the football down the field when pass rushers are in his face all game. 

When you put it all together, selling high on Ryan may not be the worst idea in the world.  I expect a very tough time on tap for Ryan against the Giants as the Falcons match up horrible against them.  We may have already seen the best of Ryan this season given the problems on the line and so getting out from under a potential problem could be the way to go going forward this season.

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY REPORT: WEEK 4

Injuries and more injuries as fantasy football Week 4 is almost in the books.  Let's get to all the latest.

-Another week and another injury for San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.  After missing Week 3 with an sprained ankle, Davis returned for Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles but he failed to finish the game.  This time around Davis exited with back spasms which had him doubled over on the sideline.  No testing is planned at the time and this is something that will once again have to be monitored.  So far Davis is producing more health references than actual numbers which of course is never a good thing.

-It was a real shame that Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater couldn't finish off the win over the Atlanta Falcons as the rookie from Louisville was spectacular before leaving with an ankle sprain.  With Matt Cassel already on IR, third-stringer and former starter Christian Ponder finished things off.  Bridgewater was terrific in the preseason with 5 scores and zero picks and he was in total control in this one before he got hurt.  With a nice collection of receivers in Cordarelle Patterson, Jarius Wright, and Greg Jennings, Bridgewater is worth an add in two-QB formats.  More will be known Monday about the severity of the injury but for now consider Bridgewater a questionable bet for next week.

-The Carolina Panthers are truly jinxed when it comes to their running backs.  Having already lost Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, veteran DeAngelo Williams couldn't finish Sunday after coming down with a sprained ankle that will require some more testing.  This after Williams himself had just returned from a bum hamstring.  He is already being listed as doubtful by the team to play in Week 5.  On and on it goes and no Panthers running back should be bothered with given what has taken place. 

-San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree gave his owners a scare when he left the game midway through with a foot injury but he returned soon thereafter.  Looks like crisis avoided there.

-There is increasing chatter that Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall could be sat by the team for a week in order to get his severely sprained ankle healthy.  Marshall has looked like a shell of himself the last two weeks as he has fought through the ankle and he is proving to be a liability to his owners.  This is a situation that needs to be watched closely. 

-The news is a bit grim on Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie WR Mike Evans who will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin injury.  Evans was nothing but a bench guy with upside anyway in most formats.

Be sure you check back for more as the week goes on.  As always we will updated these items and more as they take place.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL CRISIS POINT: LeSEAN McCOY RB PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

The sky is falling for all fantasy football owners of Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy who wound up being the number 1 pick in a good number of leagues this season and justifiably so.  After all McCoy was fresh off a fantasy football MVP-type season in new head coach Chip Kelly's offense and more of the same was expected for 2014.  After a decent but not great start the first two weeks of the season, McCoy proceeded to hit rock bottom the last two games.  How about these rushing totals in each?

Week 3:  19 carries for 22 yards VS. Washington
Week 4:  10 carries for 17 yards VS. San Francisco

Wow.  Clearly McCoy has ruined his fantasy football owners' chances the last two weeks and panic is firmly setting in.  The word bust is also starting to be thrown around as well.  No doubt about it McCoy has been pretty miserable but this is a situation that is very complicated and not so much the player's fault.  The first thing that has to be understood before any rash decisions are made about McCoy is the fact that THREE of the Eagles' starting offensive lineman were out against San Fran.  Going against that type of defense, there was no way McCoy was going to be able to have even a decent game.  And even if the line was stout, both the Redskins and 49ers are near the top of the league in run defense.  So really McCoy was done before he even started in Week 4. 

However there is hope on the way in the form of Lane Johnson's return to the line next week which can do nothing but help.  In addition Kelly will no doubt find a way to get McCoy into space and find his missing yardage.  The worst thing you can do as a McCoy owner is to sell low as you will be doing a major disservice to your team.  It would be crazy to give up on McCoy only a month into the season and especially off his two rough games.  McCoy is still as talented a player as there is in the game and he will turn it around soon enough.  The flip side of course is that I suggest you try and buy low and attempt to steal McCoy away from a panicky owner.  The numbers will be there eventually, even if they don't approach last season.  Stay patient.

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: WEEK 4 PACKERS/ BEARS

-Aaron Rodgers is truly a special talent and that is even more pronounced when he goes against a shoddy defense like the Bears.  It was all set up for a big day and Rodgers came through in tossing for 302 yards and 4 scores.  While the offensive line runs hot and cold, Rodgers remains as good as any passer in the game and maybe even the best on talent alone. 

Meanwhile Jay Cutler was a bit of good and bad as he threw for two scores but also was picked off twice.  Cutler has the best array of weapons in the entire NFL at his disposal and overall has been very solid.  Turnovers continue to chip away at his fantasy football points though which is not something he seems willing to fix.

Matt Forte was busting at the seams for a big game after a very quiet start to the season and he finally delivered Sunday in rushing for 122 yards on 23 carries while also catching 5 balls for 49 more yards.  While it is always a lock for Forte to catch at least five passes a game, his rushing numbers were way down until this one.  Still no need to worry.

We called this one a shootout before it even began and boy was it a fantasy football scoring bonanza in the passing game.  On the Packers' side, Jordy Nelson continued his ridiculous start by catching 10 passes for 108 yards and two scores.  Randall Cobb matched Nelson's two scores in catching 7 passes for 113 yards.  Incredible stuff.  Both Cobb and Nelson can be considered WR 1's in all formats.

As far as the Bears were concerned, Martellus Bennett has always been a good but not great fantasy football tight end but we may have to rethink that given his 2014 start.  Bennett led the receiving way for the Bears Sunday in catching 9 balls for 134 yards.  That made up for quiet games both by Alson Jeffery (4 catches for 39 yards/1 TD) and Brandon Marshall (2 catches for 19 yards).  The big concern here is Marshall who was quiet for the second week in a row after not practicing much due to a severely sprained ankle.  A diminished Marshall is proving to be a liability for his owners and the Bears may want to consider sitting him for a week in order to get the ankle fully healthy.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BRANDON MARSHALL (ANKLE) ACTIVE FOR SUNDAY

                                             

Updating an earlier item, Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall is active and will start Sunday against the Green Bay Packers despite still being hobbled by a badly sprained ankle.

Analysis:  This one is expected to be a shootout so Marshall should get solid to very good numbers this week.  We would love to see him firmly move past the ankle but it is starting to look like an every week issue. 

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: DAVANTE ADAMS MOVES AHEAD OF JARRETT BOYKINS AS GREEN BAY'S NUMBER 3 WIDEOUT

                                               

Jarrett Boykin is a healthy scratch Sunday and rookie Fresno State WR Davante Adams has moved up to the number 3 spot in the Green Bay Packers' passing offense. 

Analysis:  Adams was a recommended sleeper of ours the last two weeks and this news cements that opinion.  Boykin went bust quickly after emerging as a useful player in the middle of last season.  Cut him loose and add Adams where available.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: RAIDERS WR DENARIUS MOORE OUT VIA COACHES' DECISION

                                              

Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore is a healthy scratch Sunday due to a coaches' decision. 

Analysis:  Moore was nothing but a bench option at best so nothing earth-shattering going on with this.  James Jones has seized the number 1 wideout spot with Oakland so far has been a good WR 3.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: ARIAN FOSTER OFFICIALLY ACTIVE SUNDAY

                                              

Updating an earlier item, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster is ACTIVE and will start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills despite still dealing with a hamstring injury.

Analysis:  Nothing to add here that hasn't already been discussed.  Get him into the lineup and hope he stays healthy throughout. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: CHARLIE WHITEHURST OFFICALLY STARTS SUNDAY

                                                

Updating an earlier item, the Tennessee Titans deactivated starting QB Jake Locker and will start veteran backup Charlie Whitehurst instead. 

Analysis:  Ugh.  Both Locker and Whitehurst are garbage so this game against the potent Indianapolis Colts could get ugly quick.  Nothing to see here unless you go with the Indy defense which looks like a nice play.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: ARIAN FOSTER A LOCK TO PLAY SUNDAY

                                                  

Updating an earlier item, the Houston Chronicle has said that Houston Texans RB Arian Foster passed pre-game drills and that he will start Sunday.  While no word has been shared about how much of a workload Foster will get in coming back from his strained hamstring, he will at least be in line for 15 carries according to the paper.

Analysis:  Get him in there.  On a week filled with bye teams, you have no choice put to start Foster.  The risk is there for a quick re-injury but Foster also could have a nice day against a shaky Buffalo Bills defense.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: LIONS WR CALVIN JOHNSON (ANKLE) SET TO GO SUNDAY

                                            

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson will start Sunday against the New York Jets despite missing practice time over the last week with a bum ankle. 

Analysis:  There was no chance Johnson was going to sit out and miss a chance to further torch the horrid secondary of the Jets.  Johnson remains the firm number 1 wideout in all of fantasy football until further notice.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BRANDON MARSHALL (ANKLE) TO START SUNDAY

                                               

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall will start Sunday versus the Green Bay Packers despite ongoing problems with his injured ankle.  Marshall has been hobbled for the last three weeks but has suited up each time as he has historically gutted out injuries. 

Analysis:  On and on it goes with Marshall who remains one of the best wide receivers in fantasy football but is playing at less than 100 percent.  He was pretty much a no-show last week against the New York Jets which is troublesome but for now continue to start him.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: 49ERS TIGHT END VERNON DAVIS (ANKLE) TO START

                                             

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will start Sunday despite still dealing with pain in his ankle.  Davis was listed as questionable but he will give it a go in a must-win game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Analysis:  Davis is a locked in top five starter at tight end in fantasy football but his penchant for injuries get to be a bit annoying.  Still the 49ers will be able to make some plays on an up-dan-down Eagles defense so Davis should be started in all formats.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: CHARLIE WHITEHURST TO GET START FOR TITANS SUNDAY

                                            

Tennessee Titans starting QB Jake Locker will sit out Sunday with a wrist injury and veteran backup Charlie Whitehurst will get the nod over rookie Zach Mettenberger.

Analysis:  Big deal.  Locker has almost zero value and the only thing interesting about this was whether or not the intriguing Mettenberger would start.  Ignore.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: ARIAN FOSTER (HAMSTRING) EXPECTED TO START

                                              

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster is expected to start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills according to multiple reports.  Foster sat out last week's game with a strained hamstring and only did limited work in practice over the past five days.  However Foster showed enough improvement to make himself available to go at least for the start of the game.

Analysis:  Foster still shapes up as a major risk and also has to go through pre-game drills in order to be fully cleared.  However with so many teams on a bye you have to roll the dice with this.  Alfred Blue is the handcuff if Foster winds up sitting.

 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 TIGHT END RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 4 tight end rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Jimmy Graham
2.  Rob Gronkowski
3.  Greg Olsen
4.  Vernon Davis
5.  Martellus Bennett
6.  Zach Ertz
7.  Antonio Gates
8.  Niles Paul
9.  Travis Kelce
10. Delanie Walker
11. Jason Witten
12. Larry Donnell
13. Heath Miller
14. Dwayne Allen
15. Charles Clay
16. Ladarius Green
17. Owen Daniels
18. Coby Fleener
19. Scott Chandler
20. Brandon Myers

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY GIANTS/REDSKINS

Week 4 in fantasy football is underway as Larry Donnell threatens to take over the world.  Let's get to all the news coming out of the game.

Eli Manning:  28/39 for 300 yards with 4 TD and 1 INT to go along with 1 rushing TD.  I guess Manning can operate the West Coast offense after all.  After being a fantasy football pariah the first three weeks of the season and all of 2013, Manning overnight becomes a must add given how dominant he was in this one.  Truth be told Manning played well against Houston as well in Week 3 and he has a new huge toy in Donnell to go with emerging talent Reuben Randle and Victor Cruz.  Go get him.

Kirk Cousins:  19/33 for 257 yards with 1 TD and 4 INT.  RGIII may not be run out of town by the looks of this mess.  Boy Cousins was awful and he totally screwed his owners who are well behind the eight ball in their matchups this week.  If you were watching this game, Cousins looked scared and skittish in the pocket as the Giants rush got to him repeatedly.  After looking like a star in Week 3, Cousins is now back to that murky territory after this disaster. 

Rashad Jennings:  13 carries for 55 yards to go along with 1 catch for -1 yards.  Not a good follow up to Jennings' incredible Week 3 performance against the Houston Texans.  Still Jennings has been real good and don't read too much into the fact Andre Williams got some late goal-line work as the game was out of hand.  Jennings remains a rock solid high-end RB 2 in standard formats and a low-end RB 1 in PPR.

Alfred Morris:  12 carries for 63 yards and 1 TD.  Luckily Morris got the TD as he wasn't allowed to do much since the Redskins fell behind by so much so early.  When that happens Morris is virtually useless as he doesn't catch the football.  Remains a standard play weekly but a borderline guy in PPR setups.

Reuben Randle:  8 catches for 89 yards.  I wrote in the summer that Randle was a prime fantasy football sleeper and so far so good.  Randle is the big-play guy in the suddenly potent Giants offense and he holds firm WR 3 value with upside for some more.

Victor Cruz:  6 catches for 108 yards . Second straight game Cruz goes for over 100 yards but he is actually being overshadowed by both Randle and Donnell.  Cruz could have some difficulty scoring due to his two big-play teammates but that is the only knock.

Larry Donnell:  7 catches for 54 yards and 3 TD.  Wow.  All I have to say is that Donnell is the slam dunk breakout player at any offensive position through four weeks and the comparisons to Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas are spot on.  While he may not have the speed as those two, Donnell is plenty athletic enough to continue being a major red zone weapon.  In addition he has worked beautifully in PPR as Donnell has caught at least 6 passes in every game.  I have benched Jason Witten for Donnell in my Experts League and I won't look back.  Incredible.

Niles Paul:  3 catches for 60 yards.  Forget Paul for the next few weeks as he suffered a very scary concussion.  That is a real shame as Paul was shaping up as a lower-end Donnell with his great work since replacing Jordan Reed.  Cut him loose.

DeSean Jackson:  1 catch for 9 yards.  Ugh.  Nothing happening here as maybe Jackson was still not 100 percent with his shoulder.  This is what happens with Jackson though as he is not consistent enough from week-to-week with his catches.

Pierre Garcon:  2 catches for 28 yards.  Up and down we go with Garcon who has been a bust two of the last three weeks.  I still like his PPR value but the QB issues are worrisome.

Roy Helu Jr.:  5 catches for 78 yards.  Helu is only useful if the Redskins trail early as they did here.  He has interesting PPR value if he ever replaces a hurt Morris but for now just watch.

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 4 wide receiver rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Dez Bryant
2.  Calvin Johnson
3.  Julio Jones
4.  Jordy Nelson
5.  Antonio Brown
6.  Jeremy Maclin
7.  Alshon Jeffery
8.  Brandon Marshall
9.  Pierre Garcon
10. Julian Edelman
11. Randall Cobb
12. Mike Wallace
13. Steve Smith
14. Victor Cruz
15. Keenan Allen
16. Cordarelle Patterson
17. Michael Crabtree
18. Kelvin Benjamin
19. Vicent Jackson
20. Andre Johnson
21. Roddy White
22. Brandin Cooks
23. Reggie Wayne
24. Marques Colston
25. DeSean Jackson
26. T.Y. Hilton
27. Golden Tate
28. Sammy Watkins
29. DeAndre Hopkins
30. Kendall Wright
31. Terrance Williams
32. Greg Jennings
33. Markus Wheaton
34. Eric Decker
35. Cecil Shorts
36. Mike Evans
37. Allen Robinson
38. Reuben Randle
39. Justin Hunter
40. James Jones
41. Jordan Matthews
42. Torrey Smith
43. Allen Hurns
44. Dwayne Bowe
45. Kenny Stills
46. Malcolm Floyd
47. Anquan Boldin
48. Hakeem Nicks
49. Jeremy Kerley
50. Harry Douglas

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 INJURY REPORT: ARIAN FOSTER DILEMMA

Tons of injuries are impacting big names around fantasy football.  With Week 4 kicking off tonight officially, let's get to all the latest.

-It is looking like a firm game-time decision scenario for Houston Texans RB Arian Foster who continues to deal with a troublesome hamstring.  Alfred Blue remains on standby to be the team's primary ballcarrier minus receptions this Sunday but Foster's owners are holding out hope he may be able to go.  Foster's has never been the quickest healer and the Texans want to be sure they nip this in the bud before it gets worse.  Smart money says Foster sits one more week.

-A troubling issue is developing in Detroit as fantasy football overall number 1 receiver Calvin Johnson sat out practice again on Thursday with an ankle injury.  Johnson met with the media on Wednesday and spoke like he was sure to play but one only has to remember that he missed Week 5 last season after saying all week he would go.  Obviously losing Johnson would be as bad a situation as one can get, especially against a Jets secondary that has been torched all season.  Golden Tate owners would be the only ones happy if Johnson does sit out.

-Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton was a full participant in practice Thursday as it looks like he is pretty much over his ankle injury.  Expect him to be ready to go in Week 4.

-Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker looks like a no-go Sunday due to a wrist injury but the big question is whether or not rookie Zach Mettenberger or mediocre backup Charlie Whitehurst gets the call in his place.  Locker has next to zero fantasy football value so his loss at least means nothing.  Meanwhile tight end Delanie Walker got back onto the practice field Thursday after being limited prior with a shoulder problem.  Walker has quietly been one of the better producing tight ends the last season-plus and remains so no matter who is starting.

-Another game-time decision looms for Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall as he continues to be hobbled by an ankle injury.  Marshall continues to gut it out but he clearly was off his game Monday in a near-shutout receptions-wise against the Jets. 

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin pronounced himself fully healthy from his ankle injury and he is expected to get the lion's share of work Sunday over Bobby Rainey.  Rainey comes off a horrible game against the Atlanta Falcons where he fumbled twice and lost some work during the game to Mike James.

-As expected Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will return this week against the New England Patriots from his ankle injury that had him out for Week 3.  Knile Davis goes back to the bench and waiver status.

-New York Jets WR Eric Decker sat out practice Thursday from his hamstring injury as it looks like he won't be able to go in Week 4.  Decker foolishly came back Monday night versus the Chicago Bears where he hurt the hamstring again. 

-Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White is back practicing as it looks like he is a full-go for Sunday.  Get him back into lineups immediately.

-Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is fully expected to play Thursday night against the New York Giants from his shoulder injury.  Jackson is a risk to re-injure it but is a solid play nonetheless at a sometimes shaky New York secondary. 

 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 4 running back rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  DeMarco Murray
2.  LeSean McCoy
3.  Matt Forte
4.  Le'Veon Bell
5.  Jamaal Charles
6.  Donald Brown
7.  Eddie Lacy
8.  Alfred Morris
9.  Rashad Jennings
10. Lamar Miller
11. Arian Foster
12. Frank Gore
13. Doug Martin
14. Ahmad Bradshaw
15. Stevan Ridley
16. C.J. Spiller
17. Darren Sproles
18. Khiry Robinson
19. Steven Jackson
20. Reggie Bush
21. Pierre Thomas
22. Bernard Pierce
23. Fred Jackson
24. Joique Bell
25. Matt Asiata
26. Chris Ivory
27. Knile Davis
28. Darren McFadden
29. Chris Johnson
30. DeAngelo Williams
31. Lorenzo Taliaferro
32. Trent Richardson
33. Toby Gerhart
34. Bishop Sankey
35. Justin Forsett
36. LeGarrette Blount
37. Carlos Hyde
38. James Starks
39. Shonn Greene
40. Alfred Blue

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 QB RANKINGS

The bye weeks are here as we take a look at the Week 4 fantasy football QB rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Aaron Rodgers
2.  Drew Brees
3.  Andrew Luck
4.  Matt Ryan
5.  Philip Rivers
6.  Nick Foles
7.  Matthew Stafford
8.  Jay Cutler
9.  Kirk Cousins
10. Ben Roethlisberger
11. Tony Romo
12. Colin Kaepernick
13. Tom Brady
14. Eli Manning
15. Cam Newton
16. Alex Smith
17. Ryan Fitzpatrick
18. Teddy Bridgewater
19. Geno Smith
20. Blake Bortles
21. Mike Glennon
22. Joe Flacco
23. Jake Locker
24. Ryan Tannehill
25. E.J. Manuel
26. Derek Carr

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: JETS LOCKER ROOM CALLING FOR MICHAEL VICK TO START OVER GENO SMITH

After a horrid Monday night performance in a loss to the Chicago Bears, an anonymous source close to the Jets front office reports that the vibe in the locker room overwhelmingly is pushing for Michael Vick to take over at QB over Geno Smith.  Smith threw two interceptions in the loss to the Bears and with a very difficult part of their schedule coming up, the feeling is that Vick can help save the season from slipping away.

Analysis:  We knew this was coming.  Vick is a ready made solution for the Jets and the team has playoff ability with a top end defensive line and running game.  Unfortunately the team is being let down by Smith and this can't go on much longer.  A speculative add on Vick is not the worst move in the world. 

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS: MATT CASSEL SENT TO I.R., TEDDY BRIDGEWATER ERA BEGINS

                                                 

The Minnesota Vikings placed veteran QB Matt Cassel on season-ending IR and welcomed in the Teddy Bridgewater era.  The rookie out of Louisville played very well in the preseason but the Vikings wanted him to learn for at least half the year before getting put under center.  Cassel suffered fractures in his foot last Sunday however which put Bridgewater into the starting role for the rest of the season.

Analysis:  Here we go.  Bridgewater was our top-ranked 2014 Draft QB over Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles and we stand by that assessment.  Very accurate and with good mobility, Bridgewater reminds me some of a faster Drew Brees if all breaks right.  Pick him up in two-QB formats and monitor in single-passer leagues.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 ADDS

Week 4 is already here as the fantasy football season moves right on along.  Let's see who makes the list as the hot pickups for the week. 

Kirk Cousins:  We included Cousins for the second week in a row for emphasis.  It is likely Cousins is already scooped up (hopefully you listened to us last week) after he threw for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Eagles.  The classic dropback passer, Cousins has a huge array of weapons that now also includes this guy.....

Niles Paul:  The super-athletic Paul has been a frequent target of Cousins as Jordan Reed remains out injured.  While Reed could return as soon as Week 5, Paul looks like a great add for Thursday nighty against a Giants team with weak linebackers.

Jordan Matthews:  It took a few weeks but the rookie Mathews found his groove in Chip Kelly's offense during the Washington shootout as he caught two touchdown passes among his 8 grabs.  Matthews is a slot machine who can go wild the rest of the way next to Jeremy Maclin.  A must add.

Blake Bortles:  The next Ben Roethlisberger threw for two scores in relief of the awful Chad Henne last Sunday and at the very least Bortles will use his cannon arm to rifle throws down the field to Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee.  Only for two-QB formats.

Teddy Bridgewater:  I don't usually tout rookies but in two-QB formats it is always a good idea to check them out when they do finally go under center.  Bridgewater was fantastic in the preseason as he threw for five scores and zero picks and he has scrambling ability as well.  The Vikings have some weapons in Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson and Bridgewater's very good accuracy is something to be intrigued about.

Jerrick McKinnon:  There is no way the awful Matt Asiata story continues as he has been terrible running the football the last two games.  McKinnon is the next man up and his solid speed is a nice fit for the good Minnesota line. 

Mike Glennon:  It never made any sense that Lovie Smith benched Glennon for Josh McCown as the former was quietly very good as a rookie in throwing for 19 scores and only 9 interceptions.  Glennon has a cannon of an arm and has two field-stretching wideouts in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans so right away he gains QB-2 value.

DeAngelo Williams:  Since so many teams are on a bye, old man Williams has some value this week given the fact he literally is the last man standing in an injury-plagued Carolina Panthers backfield. 

Alfred Blue:  Arian Foster could be a weekly riddle with his hamstring so the plowing running of Blue takes on added significance.  While he won't help in PPR formats, the pickings are getting slim at running back.

Allen Robinson:  With the powerful arm of Bortles under center, the rookie Robinson becomes a major receiver of interest.  Having good speed that will allow him to run down the deep Bortles passes, Robinson could do a Jordan Matthews impression this week.

 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FANTASY SPORTS BOSS PPR FANTASY FOOTBALL EXPERTS LEAGUE TEAM 2-1 AND IN FIRST PLACE

What a difference two weeks makes.  After taking an ugly loss right out of the gate and starting at that unappealing 0-1 record, yours truly quickly rebounded the last two weeks in The Fantasy Sports Boss PPR Fantasy Football League by winning my Week 2 and 3 matchups.  While I was heavily favored in Week 2, I was the underdog this past Sunday against a team containing LeSean McCoy, Giovani Bernard, and Nick Foles.  Fortunately I got off to the king of all good starts Thursday night when Matt Ryan netted me 29 points and Julio Jones a ridiculous 37.  It was pretty much etched in stone I would win and this despite the fact that my running back problems continue to be the major red flag of my team as Arian Foster sat with injury and I already cut both Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart who I was hoping one of them would hold down the RB 2 spot.  Having to do some late fine-tuning, I started my two key waivers pickups prior to Week 3 in Knile Davis and Donald Brown.  I had the number 1 waiver claim which I used on Davis and than was also surprised to get Brown.  In addition I decided to start another waiver claim, New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell over Jason Witten.  Witten has looked old and slow the first three weeks while Donnell looks like terrific breakout guy as Eli Manning's top receiving target through the first three games.  Davis netted me 17 points, Brown 13, and Donnell 8.  Meanwhile despite Foles going for 32 points, McCoy had a rare off game with a total of only 2 fantasy points.  My opponent also benched Victor Cruz who had 5 catches for over 100 yards and a score in favor of Kendall Wright who himself scored only 9 points. 

So three weeks into the season I am 2-1 and in first place after winning the matchup 158-99.  I also sit in first place as there are no more any undefeated teams and I have scored the most points in the league.  I am rock solid with Matt Ryan as my QB 1 and my incredible receiving trio of Dez Bryant, Demaryuis Thomas, and Julio Jones.  Thomas is off this week which means I get to try out Brandin Cooks for the first time this season.  I am hoping to get Foster back this week as Davis will be pushed back to the bench as Jamaal Charles returns.  I will ride Brown again due to the guarantee of workhorse carries but if Foster is out I am looking at a choice between Zac Stacy and Terrance West.  Meanwhile Donnell has earned the right to start over Witten and my new San Diego Chargers defense has been very solid.  Overall this season has gotten off to a nice start.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK HOT ZONE: CHRIS IVORY MOVING FIRMLY AHEAD OF CJ2K

Tuesday as always is fantasy football Hot Zone day.  Let's check in on all the latest running back news from around the league.

LEVEL 4

Chris Ivory-Chris Johnson:  Even before New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan confirmed as much Tuesday, it was obvious that Chris Ivory had vastly outplayed more celebrated Chris Johnson the first three weeks of the season.  The difference between the duo was even more stark in the team's Monday night loss as Ivory upped his season per carry average to a stellar 5.7 compared to an ugly 3.5 for the aging Johnson.  Johnson has lacked the burst that made him famous and it now firmly appears as though all the wear and tear over the years is taking its toll.  Ivory has been terrific, using his power running to bowl over defenders and pick up huge chunks of yardage.  In addition, Ivory is the clear goal-line back which makes him especially valuable in standard formats.  The Jets are one of the most run-heavy outfits in the NFL which means there will be plentiful opportunities for Ivory to build on his nice start. There is an expiration clock on Ivory though as his tendency to get hurt due to his heavy running will rear its ugly head again.  That is a concern for another day however.  Those who own Johnson can feel safe to pretty much cut him loose in most formats (maybe keeping him around another week in PPR) as the numbers and performances have not been good to say the least.

Jonathan Stewart-Mike Tolbert-DeAngelo Williams:  You could make an episode of Grey's Anatomy with all of the various injuries afflicting the Carolina Panthers running backs.  While DeAngelo Williams sat out Week 3 with a bum hamstring, oft-injured Stewart suffered a knee sprain that will cost him a month of games.  In addition, third-back Mike Tolbert suffered a break in his leg which forced him to be placed on IR with a designation to return.  Williams is expected back for Week 4 but he looks like the last man standing as even Fozzy Whitaker is out with a quad problem.  With lots of teams on a bye this week, Williams is actually worth a look due to the workload he will get.

Knile Davis-Jamaal Charles:  All Knile Davis owners were hoping that Jamaal Charles would take it easy for another week or two but they won't get their wish as fantasy football's number 1 overall player is due back for Week 4.  Charles of course sat with a bruised ankle and it was not a high sprain like some speculated on.  Davis has rushed for 79 and 132 yards with three scores on the ground the last two weeks and even contributed in the passing game by catching 6 balls during that span.  Charles will play however which puts Davis back to at the very best a bench role and more likely a waiver guy. 

Donald Brown-Danny Woodhead-Ryan Matthews:  With veteran Ryan Matthews still slated to miss the next month with a knee injury, third down pass catching dynamo Danny Woodhead made matters worse in the San Diego backfield by suffering a season-ending broken fibula.  Brown got a crazy 31 carries as the last man standing in Week 3 but averaged only 2.0 yards per carry.  He did chip in a surprising 5 receptions but that is not Brown's game.  For now though Brown is a rock solid RB 2 given his workhorse status and newfound receiving ability.

LEVEL 3

Arian Foster-Alfred Blue-Ronnie Brown:  Foster shocked all of his fantasy football owners and not in a positive way when he was a late scratch last Sunday with a hamstring injury.  Reports on Tuesday indicated that Foster's hamstring injury goes back a month before the season even began which makes one wonder why on earth the Houston Texans gave him so many carries the first two weeks of the year.  Alfred Blue made his starting debut against the New York Giants and did a pretty nice standard league job with 78 yards on 13 carries.  Ronnie Brown is the third-down receiving back and has almost zero value.  Foster is currently being called "day-to-day" which doesn't exactly give you confident he will be able to go Sunday.  His loss once again would be a monstrous one if he sits.

Toby Gerhart-Denard Robinson:  Things have gotten so bad for Toby Gerhart (only 32 yards on 9 carries Sunday) that former Michigan QB Denard Robinson was called on by the Jaguars to pick up the rushing slack.  The speedy Robinson rushed for 33 yards on 9 carries which was just as poor as Gerhart but the latter has been absolutely horrific through three games.  The Jaguars signed Gerhart to a rich free-agent deal but he already looks like a bust.  While Robinson is nothing but a speculative grab right now, he has speed that at least Gerhart doesn't have and he should be watched.

LEVEL 2

Ahmad Bradshaw-Trent Richardson:  Quietly Ahmad Bradshaw has been terrific for the Colts this season with three receiving scores and a very solid rushing average.  Each work Bradshaw is getting more work over Trent Richardson, with the latter continuing with his lackluster rushing averages.  Last Sunday in a lopsided win over the Jaguars, Bradshaw picked up 65 yards on only 9 carries while Richardson went for only 57 on 14.  With Bradshaw once again proving to be a very good receiving back, he has graduated into low-end RB 2 status in PPR formats. 

Terrance West-Ben Tate:  It already looks like Terrance West is here to stay as the Cleveland Browns starting running back as word from team headquarters is that Ben Tate may not get his old job back if he does return from his knee injury.  West has been solid but unspectacular through his two starts which at least counts for something over the injury-plagued veteran Tate.  Hold West in all formats and get ready to drop Tate if this does become official.





 

Monday, September 22, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY REPORT: DANNY WOODHEAD FINSIHED FOR 2014

Lots of great action in NFL Week 3 but of course injuries abounded to disrupt things.  Let's check in on all the latest.

-Stick a fork in San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead who is likely out for the season after he fractured his fibula Sunday which will require surgery.  The pass-catching dynamo joins Ryan Matthews on the sidelines for the Chargers which means that Donald Brown is now the jack-of-all-trades runner for the Bolts.  Brown averaged only 2.0 yards per carry though Sunday but did look good catching 5 passes so this is an incomplete deal until we see more.

-Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is headed for an MRI on his injured groin Monday.  Rudolph is increasingly getting an injury-prone label and this is one the heels of an abdominal injury that limited him during the previous week.  Rudolph has yet to make a big impact in the tight end-friendly Norv Turner offense and there are a few solid options available on waivers like Travis Kelce or Larry Donnell to wait around.

-For the second season in a row, Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated a hip.  While Pitta was able to make a comeback last season from the first one, this time around he is finished for 2014.  A real shame as once again Pitta showed glimpses of stardom but his body failed to go along for the ride.

-A fractured foot for Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel has ushered in the Teddy Bridgewater era ready or not.  Bridgewater has good accuracy and mobility but lacks an arm.  Not for use in fantasy football just yet.

-Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker is uncertain for Week 4 due to a wrist injury he suffered Sunday in a horrid loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.  Rookie Zach Mettenberger would be up next and the former LSU standout had a big preseason which makes him intriguing long-term.

-Jonathan Stewart just can't ever stay healthy and it was more of the same Sunday night as he suffered a knee contusion/sprain that could cost him a month.  On a related front, fellow Panthers back Mike Tolbert suffered a hairline fracture in his right leg which could sideline him even longer than Stewart.  With DeAngelo Williams not having suited up in Week 3 with his own injuries, there is no telling what the Panthers will do in their backfield now.

-Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater suffered a fractured foot Sunday which will sideline him for a month.  Streater carries very little value anyway.

-Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton suffered an ankle injury Sunday but head coach Chuck Pagano was quick to say he didn't believe it was a major deal.  Hilton stands a decent chance of suiting up on Sunday.

There you have it.  Check back for more updates as we go on during the week.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 WRAPUP: 1:00 GAMES

Lots of game action for us to discuss so let's get right to all the action.

-Two more touchdown passes by Philip Rivers Sunday as he continues to renaissance from 2013.  Despite the Chargers being a run-first outfit, Rivers continue to sling it and reprise his past as a top ten fantasy football QB.  He got a lot of help from Donald Brown who carried the football a ridiculous 31 times for 62 yards, while also catching 5 passes for 27 more yards.  The catches were a shocker as Brown was not known for being an asset there but the early injury to Danny Woodhead necessitated such a huge workload.  Averaging only 2 yards per carry though shows you Brown's limitations.  However he will continue to be the workhorse guy with Ryan Matthews and maybe now Woodhead out.

Meanwhile Antonio Gates really hurt his owners with only 1 catch for 8 yards as the Bills doubled him throughout.  This after Gates caught three scores a week ago.  Continue to ride Gates as a TE 1 though while he is healthy. 

-Well it took two weeks for Jake Locker to remove himself completely from fantasy consideration after another awful outing versus the Cincy Bengals.   Meanwhile Andy Dalton threw his first interception of the season and managed no passing scores.  However he made up for it by catching a TD pass of all things on an option.  We'll take it.  It is nice to see Dalton protect the football better this season but the arrival of run-loving Hue Jackson has already taken away passing numbers.

Bishop Sankey might have earned himself a bigger look by picking up 61 yards on only 10 carries while Shonne Greene remained garbage.  I would pick up Sankey where available.  On the other side Giovani Bernard rushed for two touchdowns which made up for picking up only 47 total yards on the ground.  Jeremy Hill also got a rushing score but Bernard remains the clear top guy and is moving squarely into the top five among all running backs. 

What toe injury for A.J. Green?  He caught 6 balls for 102 yards Sunday as his turf toe injury seemed to cause no issues.  Big relief. 

-Brian Hoyer and Joe Flacco each tossed a TD pass but neither is a fantasy football option in anything but two-QB formats.  However the key name coming out of their meeting is Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro who came out nowhere to rush for 91 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.  Taliaferro was a fourth round pick from Coastal Carolina but he is likely to be a one-week wonder as Bernard Pierce should be back for Week 4.

-Steve Smith continued with his huge start to the season as he caught five more balls for 101 yards.  He figures to continue being a huge part of the passing offense after tight end Dennis Pitta was lost for the season with another dislocated hip.  It was the same injury that almost had Pitta missing all of 2013 as well.  Owen Daniels now becomes a very intriguing pickup as memories remain fresh from his two-TD game in Week 2.

Only one catch fro 23 yards by Jordan Cameron as he has gone almost completely bust for far this season both with his production and health.  Andrew Hawkins (7 catches for 87 yards) has won the attention of Hoyer as the top target in the passing game. 

-We thought there was going to be a shootout between the Packers and Lions but it was anything but as both guys went bust for their owners.  Stafford was shutout in the TD department and tossed two picks.  Once again Stafford is testing the patience of his owners and undermining his ability with turnovers.  Meanwhile the awful Green Bay offensive line is really hurting Rodgers as he threw for only 162 yards and 1 score.  Not good.  While I will never doubt Rodgers and you can't ever think of benching him, that now makes it two duds out of three to begin the season.

An even bigger dud so far has been Eddie Lacy who rushed for only 36 yards on 11 carries.  Lacy has already dealt with a concussion this season that may still be a factor but either way he has been horrendous.  The line once again is a key factor there but Lacy's mid-first round grade this summer is looking very ugly. 

Reggie Bush finally did something positive in rushing for 61 yards on 12 carries and one score.  He also did his PPR thing by catching 6 balls for 38 yards.  Bush has become more volatile due to the emergence of Joique Bell but retains RB 2 value in PPR formats.

A week after setting Green Bay receiving records, Jordy Nelson caught only 5 balls for 59 yards.  Andrew Quarless caught the Rodgers touchdown among his four receptions.  Quarless is knocking on the door of relevancy but not just yet.  On the other side Calvin Johnson caught 6 passes for 82 yards as he was quiet by his standards for the second week in a row.

-It wouldn't be Tony Romo if he didn't have at least one moment where you grabbed your hair out if you are an owners.  Romo tossed a pick-6 but he also made up for it with two scoring tosses among his 217 yards.  The Cowboys have not exactly lit it up under Scott Linehan yet and Romo's numbers are down.  We are not pushing him as an every week guy just yet in single-QB formats.

Another 100 yards rushing day right on the nose by DeMarco Murray and he picked up a score as well.  Murray so far has remained healthy as his owners are always holding their breath.  He list his third fumble in three weeks though among his 4 catches for 31 yards.  Murray is leading the NFL in rushing though and is rewarding those who ignored the injury history and paid a very risky late first round price.

Dez Bryant has been unstoppable the last two weeks as he caught a long TD pass from Romo among his 6 grabs for 89 yards.  As long as the healthy cooperates, there are no issues regarding Bryant challenging for the number 2 receiver spot behind Calvin Johnson.

I am really starting to worry about Jason Witten who I personally benched for Larry Donnell this week and I didn't regret the move.  Witten caught 4 meaningless balls for 49 yards and he has yet to score through three games.  Age is looking like a factor for one of the all-time PPR greats.  Right now Witten is performing like a bench guy.

The Rams should stop with this Benny Cunningham business as he was awful for the second week in a row as opposed to Zac Stacy who rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries.  Stacy has looked solid but unspectacular the last two weeks and deserves more carries.  He is slowly inching his way back up the value ladder.

-Another game and another one with only one score for an increasingly mediocre Tom Brady.  Brady threw for only for 234 yards and the one touchdown and once again missed open throws.  We are three weeks into the season now of underwhelming Brady outings and at 37 once has to wonder if is now on the downside.  What is really stark is the fact Brady has a healthy array top-end weapons which makes his results even more ugly.  Don't give up yet but it could also be a good idea to get someone with upside behind him onto your roster.

The running games did nothing for either New England or Oakland.  Stevan Ridley remains an up and down play as he rushed for only 54 yards on 19 carries against a woeful Raiders defense.  As far as the receivers were concerned, James Jones led Oakland with 3 catches for 43 yards and remains the WR 3 he always had been.  On the other side, the Raiders had no answer for Julien Edelman who caught 10 balls for 84 yards.  There are fewer better PPR specialist than Edelman.  Brady's TD toss of course went to Rob Gronkowski who caught 3 passes for 44 yards.  While Gronk continues to score like always, his catches per game are down more than a little.  Could it be he has lost a step already due to his poor recent health?  Not likely as Gronk is too young for that and the Pats continue to work out the kinks in the passing game.

-The Teddy Bridgewater era has begun in Minnesota after Matt Cassel suffered fractures in his foot.  While Bridgewater has no fantasy football value, he has good accuracy and could be a factor later on in two-QB formats if all goes well.  On the flip side Drew Brees was nearly flawless in throwing for 293 yards and two scores.  Standard operating fare for the veteran.

The Vikings are going to have to look closely at Jerrick McKinnon as Matt Asiata was woeful for the second week in a row as he rushed for only 35 yards on 12 carries.  He has done some nice work out of the backfield in catching passes but Asiata is more a liability than a help.  Meanwhile Khiry Robinson was a popular pickup this week but didn't make much of a dent in rushing for 69 yards on 18 carries and was shut out in the passing game.  The speed is intriguing by any New Orleans runner falls into RB 3 territory due to their massive passing game.

Brandin Coooks rebounded from a quiet Week 2 by catching 8 balls for 74 yards and Marques Colston got on the board with a TD but managed only two catches total.  Colston was shut out last week of course and many still believe he is on the downside despite being only 30.  The Saints always rotate receptions outside of Jimmy Graham (6 catches for 54 yards) though so don't drop him just yet.

-Eli Manning has thrown for two TD's the second game in a row as talk has quieted that he is not a good fit in the West Coast offense.  Victor Cruz was the main beneficiary as he scored and caught 5 passes for 107 yards.  It has been more than a full season of games since Cruz last scored but at least this is a nice sign going forward.  Joining Cruz in the firework was new tight end sensation Larry Donnell who caught 6 passes for 45 yards.  Donnell has caught 6 or more balls each of the first three weeks and already is a favorite target of Manning.  I rode with Donnell this week over Jason Witten and will continue to do so given what we have see thus far this season.

Rashad Jennings can truly be called a late bloomer as he broke out last season with Oakland and is off to a roaring start with the Giants.  Jennings was unstoppable Sunday in rushing for 176 yards on an insane 34 carries and one score.  The key is that Jennings got the goal-line work which he cashed in but the workload is a bit of a worry.  If this keeps up, Jennings could move into RB 1 territory.

Andre Johnson remains a victim of his shoddy QB as he caught only 4 balls for 24 yards.  DeAndre Hopkins did some garbage time work to put forth a better than it looks 6-catch day for 199 yards.  With Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, we really can't recommend Hopkins as anything but a fill-in.

Alfred Blue did a nice job rushing for 78 yards on only 13 carries and one can only guess how long Arian Foster will be out with his balky hamstring.  Hold Blue until Foster's deal is cleared up. 

-Told you all to pick up Kirk Cousins prior to the game and hoped you listened as the new Redskins QB threw 3 touchdowns and a crazy total of 427 yards.  The Cousins era could be firmly entrenched by the time Robert Griffin III comes back.  So far he is not missed and Cousins is absolutely worth using on a weekly basis given his great cast of weapons.

Pierre Garcon was the big winner in the anointing of Cousins as he caught 11 balls for 138 yards and one score a week after being invisible on the field.  Love the immediate outlook on Garcon more than any other Redskins offensive player.  DeSean Jackson was no slouch himself in catching 5 balls for 117 yards and one score of his own which he relished against his old team.  Boost Jackson up a bit with Cousins under center as well.

Jeremy Maclin was the sleeper I just had to have this season given his place in Chip Kelly's offense but unfortunately I didn't get him.  Maclin only has to stay healthy in order for him to be potentially a blockbuster fantasy football weapon this season as he was for the second week in a row Sunday in catching 8 balls for 154 yards and a score.  Jordan Matthews was a monster in his own right as the rookie scored twice among his 8 catches for 59 yards.  It might be time to check to see if Matthews is available as his original owner might have gotten impatient with his quiet first two weeks.

Now let's get to Nick Foles.  Foles had a shaky preseason and was up and down the first two weeks but his place as the starting QB in Chip Kelly's offense locked him in as a top QB 1.  Well Foles delivered his best Sunday in passing for 325 yards with 3 touchdowns and no turnovers.  Foles has shown no signs of letting up from his awesome debut a season ago.

It was a bit of a disturbing game for LeSean McCoy who among all the offensive fireworks rushed for only 22 yards on 19 carries and took a shot to the head that sidelined him for a bit.  I said in the summer that the massive workload McCoy had a year ago could come back to bite him as it has to nearly every runner in history who had had that type of work (Jamaal Anderson anyone?), so this bears watching.

-All it took was a matchup against the awful Jacksonville Jaguars for Andrew Luck to find his groove as he passed for 370 yards and 4 touchdowns, while also running for 15 on the ground.  I said in the summer that Luck was on the verge of being the best QB in the NFL and I won't change that assessment.  Seriously. 

T.Y. Hilton is a key injury to watch Monday and in his place Reggie Wayne, Donte Moncrief, and Hakeem Nicks all caught five passes.  Also with Toby Gerhart having his third miserable game in three tries in rushing for only 32 yards on 9 carries, Denard Robinson of all people got a look for the Jags.  Don't run to pick him up though.

The Blake Bortles era is upon us already as Chad Henne was a disgrace all season until Gus Bradley couldn't watch anymore.  Bortles has a bright future but not in fantasy football at this point.

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

RYAN STEELE SMASHES SPREAD SUNDAY IN GOING 4-1

Wow good times all around.  After logging an easy Best Bet winner on the Atlanta Falcons Thursday night, I outdid myself Sunday in going a ridiculous 4-1 ATS with winners on the New York Giants (+2.5), Oakland Raiders (+14), New Orleans Saints (-10), and the Washington Redskins (+6.5).  The only blemish to perfection was going with the Miami Dolphins (-4).  The overall 5-1 mark brings me to 10-6 on the season as the winning train is fully underway.  If you missed out on all the fun than shame on you.  Be sure to join us for Week 4 as I look to keep the good times going.  Wow what a week.

SEASON MARK:  10-6

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: JAY GLAZER SAYS JAMAAL CHARLES IS OUT

                                                

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting that the decision has already been made that Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is OUT Sunday despite earlier report suggesting otherwise.  While it was expected Charles would give it a go in pre-game drills, the team feels like Knile Davis is a more than solid fill-in.

Analysis:  Glazer is usually always right with his reports so go with this.  I would start Davis, especially after hearing this.  While there is risk of a last-second change, look for Charles to sit this one out. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: AARON DOBSON SCRATCHED SUNDAY

                                           

New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson once again is a healthy scratch this week which is surprising considering how Bill Belichick had talked him up all week.  Kenbrell Thompkins, Danny Amendola, and Julian Edleman will all be involved in the three-receiver formations.

Analysis:  Dobson has been a complete bust so far this season when we all thought he was headed for a breakout.  No sense holding onto him given how unpredictable Belichick has been with his lineups. 

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: KEENAN ALLEN (GROIN) ACTIVE SUNDAY

                                           

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen is active Sunday and will start versus the Buffalo Bills despite ongoing soreness in his groin.  Allen was bothered by the groin which he tweaked in practice Tuesday but feels well enough to give it a go.

Analysis:  Allen has gotten off to a slow start as defensive coordinators are keying on him more after a shockingly good rookie season.  He plays in an offense that is heavily ground-based so Allen is a lower end WR 1 play. 

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: ARIAN FOSTER (HAMSTRING) OUT SUNDAY

                                               

Updating an earlier item, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster is OUT of the lineup Sunday with a hamstring injury.  Alfred Blue will start in his place, with Ronnie Brown coming in on third down.

Analysis:  This is a huge loss for Foster's owners and it is a reminder to the Texans that they can't keep giving him 28 carries a game.  Foster's health is always an ongoing problem and his loss Sunday this late in the week is monstrous.  Blue is only worth a speculative add as a very low end RB 2.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BERNARD PIERCE (THIGH) OUT, JUSTIN FORSETT TO START

                                              

Updating an earlier item, Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce is officially OUT Sunday and Justin Forsett will start in his place versus the Cleveland Browns.

Analysis:  As expected.  Forsett looks like a nice play, especially in PPR formats against a weak Browns run defense. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: A.J. GREEN (TOE) ACTIVE SUNDAY

                                             

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green is active and will start for the team Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.  Green was limited during the past week with a turf toe injury but returned to practice on Thursday.

Analysis:  Mohamud Sanu takes a hit here as Green goes back to his ace status in the Bengals passing offense.  While he may be a step slow today, Green remains a clear top play this week.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: CONFLICTING REPORTS ABOUND REGARDING JAMAAL CHARLES

                                                

Reports have been all over the map regarding the availability of Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles for Week 3 as the NFL's Network's Ian Rappaport himself reported both that he would play and than a half hour later retracted by saying he would sit with the ankle injury he suffered a week ago.  Meanwhile a team source reiterated that Charles will get every chance to show he could go before the 4:25 PM ET start. 

Analysis:  Ugh.  This is getting ridiculous and a nightmare for both Charles and Knile Davis owners considering the time of the game.  Right now we are hearing more that Charles will sit which was reported by Mike Frances of WFAN during his NFL NOW radio show.  Grabbing Chris Ivory, Jonathan Stewart, or Jalen Parmalee, who all go at 4:00 or later, is about the best you can do if you take a risk with this.

 

RYAN STEELE GAME OF THE WEEK GOES SUNDAY, 1-0 SO FAR WITH FIVE MORE PICKS ON TAP

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FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: REDSKINS WR DeSEAN JACKSON SLATED TO START SUNDAY

                                             

Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is expected to suit up and give it a go Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles despite being limited all week with the shoulder injury he suffered a week ago.  Jackson said himself during the week that he would play and the Redskins grew more comfortable with his availability as the week went on.

Analysis:  Jackson is a huge risk this week as any hit could finish him early.  He remains a boom-or-bust guy given his slight frame and lack of PPR value.  The game should be a shootout however s oI would suggest rolling the dice.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: JORDAN CAMERON (SHOULDER) TO PLAY SUNDAY

                                           

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is expected to be active and start Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after missing Week 2 with a shoulder injury.  Cameron has been a game-time call each of the last two weeks but he apparently responded better to treatment in the last few days which is allowing to suit up.

Analysis:  Good news for all Cameron fantasy football owners but we are not out of the woods with this yet as shoulder injuries like this tend to flare up.  Cameron has been dealing with this since camp and surgery is likely at some point whether in-season or during the offseason.  Get him in there and hope for the best.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: "ALL SIGNS" POINT TO JAMAAL CHARLES PLAYING SUNDAY

                                             

A Kansas City Chiefs source confirmed early Sunday that star RB Jamaal Charles will likely play Sunday and that his injury is nothing but a bone bruise in his ankle.  Earlier reports indicated that Charles suffered a high ankle sprain but that was proven to be inaccurate.  Meanwhile the source reported that "all signs" point to Charles playing and at least splitting work with Knile Davis.

Analysis:  This is awful news for those who used a waiver claim on Davis this week as it looked like he would get a solid stretch of weeks of starts but now that had been blown up completely.  This whole thing is a mess as the game starts at 4:25 and there is no telling how much each guy will play.  Avoid altogether if you own Davis.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BERNARD PIERCE (THIGH) TO SIT, JUSTIN FORSETT TO START FOR RAVENS

                                             

Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Piece will be deactivated Sunday due to a thigh injury and Justin Forsett will start in his place. 

Analysis:  Pierce was unlikely to play all week due to the thigh which is a tough injury for a runner to have to deal with.  Forsett has done some nice things in a PPR sort of way this season when given the chance and is absolutely worth a start as a medium valued RB 2.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: VERNON DAVIS (ANKLE) TO SIT OUT SUNDAY

                                              

A team source connected to the San Francisco 49ers front office affirmed that tight end Vernon Davis is not going to suit up Sunday due to the ankle sprain he suffered last Sunday night versus the Chicago Bears.  Davis failed to practice all week and is still feeling soreness in the ankle as of late Saturday night.

Analysis:  This was obvious given how much pain Davis was in earlier in the week and it didn't get much better from that point on.  Larry Donnell, Delanie Walker, or Travis Kelce are all solid stopgap options for this week.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: ARIAN FOSTER LIKELY OUT SUNDAY

                                              

The NFL Network is reporting that Houston Texans RB Arian Foster is a "longshot" to play Sunday against the New York Giants due to a midweek hamstring strain he suffered in practice.  Alfred Blue would get the start in Foster's place if in fact he can't go.

Analysis:  Oh my goodness this is bad news.  As a Foster owner this is a terrible development with the game hours away.  We all know Foster is an injury waiting to happen and this time around it took only two weeks into the season despite putting up the second-best rushing total in the league.  Blue will likely get first and second down work while Ronnie Brown comes in on passing downs.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 TIGHT END RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 3 tight end rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Jimmy Graham
2.  Julius Thomas
3.  Rob Gronkowski
4.  Greg Olsen
5.  Antonio Gates
6.  Zack Ertz
7.  Kyle Rudolph
8.  Dennis Pitta
9.  Larry Donnell
10. Martellus Bennett
11. Jason Witten
12. Jordan Cameron
13. Travis Kelce
14. Delanie Walker
15. Vernon Davis
16. Charles Clay
17. Niles Paul
18. Jared Cook
19. Dwayne Allen
20. Garrett Graham
21. Heath Miller
22. Jermaine Gresham
23. Zach Miller
24. Owen Daniels
25. Andrew Quarless

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 3 wide receiver rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Calvin Johnson
2.  Jordy Nelson
3.  Dez Bryant
4.  Randall Cobb
5.  Demaryuis Thomas
6.  Brandon Marshall
7.  Antonio Brown
8.  A.J. Green
9.  Percy Harvin
10. Alshon Jeffery
11. Cordarelle Patterson
12. Julian Edelman
13. Andre Johnson
14. Jeremy Maclin
15. T.Y. Hilton
16. Mike Wallace
17. Emmanuel Sanders
18. Kelvin Benjamin
19. Marques Colston
20. Keenan Allen
21. DeSean Jackson
22. Brandin Cooks
23. Pierre Garcon
24. Larry Fitzgerald
25. Reggie Wayne
26. Michael Floyd
27. Golden Tate
28. Steve Smith
29. Victor Cruz
30. Michael Crabtree
31. Michael Floyd
32. Kendall Wright
33. Sammy Watkins
34. Wes Welker
35. Greg Jennings
36. James Jones
37. Brian Quick
38. Torrey Smith
39. DeAndre Hopkins
40. Mohamud Sanu
41. Eric Decker
42. Terrance Williams
43. Dwayne Bowe
44. Andrew Hawkins
45. Jeremy Kerley
46. Davante Adams
47. Kenny Stills
48. John Brown
49. Justin Hunter
50. Markus Wheaton

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

RYAN STEELE'S NFL WEEK 3 PICKS AND BEST BETS

NFL and college football professional handicapper Ryan Steele is back again for this third season with the Fantasy Sports Boss family to supply NFL and college football prime plays and best bets all season long.  Once again Ryan posted a winning record in both in 2013 and is looking to do even better this season.  What has always separated Ryan from the rest of the handicapping community is not wins (he will put his results up against anyone) but instead the price of his picks.  For only $19.99 you get Ryan's NFL Best Bets and Prime Plays.  Or if you want to subscribe for the whole season (which is a family that continues to grow), you can get all 17 weeks of NFL picks for $299.99 which is about two hundred dollars less than others in the handicapping community for an even better quality of picks. 

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 ATLANTA FALCONS (-6.5) VS. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:********BEST BET WINNER ON ATLANTA MINUS THE 6.5.*******

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DETROIT LIONS (-2.5) VS. Green Bay Packers:  Mike McCarthy has made the Detroit Lions his personal patsy since becoming the coach of the Green Bay Packers.  In fact McCarthy has led the Pack to a 6-2 mark in Detroit in their last eight plus Green Bay is 5-1 ATS the last six in the overall series.
THE PICK:  Green Bay Packers (+2.5)

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Dallas Cowboys (-1) VS. ST.LOUIS RAMS:  If the Rams had lost last week I would have been all over St. Louis but this is a rough game to handicap.  For one the home underdog angle is at play which is always a profitable scenario and the Cowboys are perennially overrated when it comes to the pointspread.  However I don't like backing Austin Davis for a second week in a row.  With no strong indicator either way, I will pass.
THE PICK:  PASS
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Indianapolis Colts (-7) VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS:  The common thinking is that Andrew Luck will tear up the Jaguars this week after he helped gag away last week's Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.  The linesmakers only made this -7 which is a red flag for me plus you have the home underdog.  I won't touch this game and suggest you avoid as well but for those in pools I would ride with the points in a competitive divisional game.  THE PICK:  Jacksonville Jaguars (+7)

CINCINNATI BENGALS (-6.5) VS. Tennessee Titans:  This is a good bounce back spot for the Titans who got destroyed last week at home against the Dallas Cowboys and will be doubly focused against a divisional foe.  This is usually a good betting spot, especially when the Bengals come off a huge win over the Atlanta Falcons last week.  THE PICK:  Tennessee Titans (+6.5)

Baltimore Ravens (-2) VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS:  I can't figure out the Ravens and have failed on both of their games so far.  They are in a dead spot going on the road after a big home win over the Steelers.  The Browns are also in a letdown mode after upsetting the Saints in miraculous fashion a week earlier but they also are in the home underdog scenario.  Flip a coin.  THE PICK:  PASS

BUFFALO BILLS (-2.5) VS. San Diego Chargers:  I really like the Chargers as a darkhorse team in the AFC this season and they showed their mettle with a monstrous win over the Seattle Seahawks at home in the home underdog situation a week ago.  They now head to the eastern time zone to tackle a Bills squad that has shocked the NFL with a 2-0 start.  I got no strong indicators on this game so I will go with the better squad which is San Diego by a solid margin.  THE PICK:  San Diego Chargers (+2.5)

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San Francisco 49ers (-3) VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS:  No word yet on the availability of Carson Palmer but I can't see the 49ers being 1-2 through two weeks.  They absolutely blew last week's game against the Chicago Bears with undisciplined play but the defense is still potent and will absolutely throw around Drew Stanton if he gets the call.
THE PICK:  San Francisco 49ers (-3)

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (-5) VS. Denver Broncos:  Denver clearly has the edge in motivation after their humiliating defeat against the Seahawks in last year's Super Bowl.  The Champs however are smarting off a terrible loss to the San Diego Chargers a week earlier and always play their best at home.  The Seahawks have been near locks ATS at home the last two years and can see more of the same in this one despite the high-powered Denver attack.
THE PICK:  Seattle Seahawks (-5)

CAROLINA PANTHERS (-3) VS. Pittsburgh Steelers:  I really have to respect the Panthers more as they are another team I have gone against the first two weeks and lost each.  Figure on the Carolina pass rush being in Ben Roethlisberger's grill all game and the points are small.
THE PICK:  Carolina Panthers (-3)

NEW YORK JETS (-2.5) VS. Chicago Bears:  The Jets have the kind of ferocious defensive line and pass rush that will cause Jay Cutler to make mistakes and turn the football over.  Kudos to Cutler and the way the Bears came back late in their win over the 49ers but the Jets will be out for blood after their gut-wrenching loss to the Green Bay Packers. 
THE PICK:  New York Jets (-2.5)

 
 

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: JACOBY ELLSBURY DONE FOR 2014 WITH HAMSTRING INJURY

                                                   Jacoby Ellsbury

New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season due to the hamstring injury he suffered in Friday night's game.  Ellsbury was headed for an MRI Saturday and with the Yankees clearly out of the playoff race, team brass ultimately decided to not take chances with their high-priced outfielder.

Analysis:  All in all it was a good but not great season for Ellsbury who saw a drop in two of the three categories he makes his biggest impact in.  Ellsbury hit only .271 and scored only 71 runs, the latter an indictment of the comically inept Yankees bats.  However Ellsbury upped the home runs are expected to 16 in moving into the lefty-favoring Yankee Stadium and kept up top-end speed with a total of 39 steals.  The biggest positive perhaps was that Ellsbury was able to stay healthy up until the last two weeks of the season.  He remains a rock solid outfielder 1 for 2015 fantasy baseball. 

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 3 running back rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  LeSean McCoy
2.  DeMarco Murray
3.  Arian Foster
4.  Giovani Bernard
5.  Marshawn Lynch
6.  Le'Veon Bell
7.  Matt Forte
8.  Alfred Morris
9.  Eddie Lacy
10. Rashad Jennings
11. Knile Davis
12. Stevan Ridley
13. Montee Ball
14. C.J. Spiller
15. Zac Stacy
16. Donald Brown
17. Lamar Miller
18. Joique Bell
19. Ahmad Bradshaw
20. Frank Gore
21. Andre Ellington
22. Darren Sproles
23. Chris Ivory
24. Terrance West
25. Shane Vereen
26. Khiry Robinson
27. Chris Johnson
28. Pierre Thomas
29. Toby Gerhart
30. Matt Asiata
31. Bernard Pierce
32. Jonathan Stewart
33. Fred Jackson
34. Danny Woodhead
35. Jeremy Hill


 

Friday, September 19, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 QB RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 3 QB rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Drew Brees
2.  Aaron Rodgers
3.  Nick Foles
4.  Matthew Stafford
5.  Cam Newton
6.  Andrew Luck
7.  Peyton Manning
8.  Jay Cutler
9.  Russell Wilson
10. Tom Brady
11. Kirk Cousins
12. Philip Rivers
13. Colin Kaepernick
14. Andy Dalton
15. Tony Romo
16. Ben Roethlisberger
17. Ryan Tannehill
18. Joe Flacco
19. Geno Smith
20. Alex Smith
21. Jake Locker
22. Ryan Fitzpatrick
23. Eli Manning
24. Carson Palmer
25. Chad Henne
26. Derek Carr
27. Brian Hoyer
28. E.J. Manuel
29. Matt Cassel
30. Austin Davis

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY WRAPUP: FALCONS/BUCCANEERS

56!  In quite possibly the most lopsided first half in recent NFL history, the Atlanta Falcons absolutely destroyed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday as they built up a ridiculous 35-0 lead at the half.  The main beneficiaries of course in terms of fantasy football were Matt Ryan and Julio Jones who of course yours truly both owns and told you all to draft this summer.  Let's take a look at all that went on in this circus.

Matt Ryan:  21/24 for 286 yards and 3 TD's.  Pretty much a perfect game by Ryan.  Who needs Drew Brees or Peyton Manning when you can have Ryan?  Seriously the Falcons passing offense can be beyond explosive as we saw last night and with Dirk Kotter calling the plays, look for the aerial show to continue.  Ryan once again is looking like the best fantasy football QB value in the land.

Josh McCown:  5/12 for 58 yards with 1 INT.  Stick a fork in McCown who injured his thumb and has been reminding everyone why he was a career backup.  McCown has shown none of the poise he had in Chicago a year ago despite still possessing a vast array of talent around him.  Mike Glennon did some nice things as a rookie a season ago and he absolutely got screwed going into 2014 as he did not deserve to lose his job.  Be that as it may, this whole team is a mess so Glennon is not worth an add yet.

Bobby Rainey:  11 carries for 41 yards and 2 fumbles while catching 7 passes for 64 yards.  What a difference a week makes.  Depending on your format Rainey was either a complete bomb (standard) or somewhat decent (PPR due to all the catches).  The two fumbles got Mike James onto the field though and Rainey needed another big game with Doug Martin set to return.

Steven Jackson:  14 carries for 54 yards and 1 TD.  Jackson has shown some early juice but like with Frank Gore in San Francisco, he is not involved in the passing game anymore.  The opportunities won't be plentiful as the Falcons remain a passing team first, second, and third.

Julio Jones:  9 catches for 161 yards and 2 TD's.  Many including myself enjoyed a nice discount on Jones this summer during the draft and when you consider that he was the best wideout in the game before getting hurt a year ago, there is valid proof the Atlanta ace receiver is the number 2 guy behind Megatron in the game.  Jones is virtually unstoppable and does whatever he wants on the field like Johnson in Detroit.  Amazing stuff.

Harry Douglas:  2 catches for 14 yards and 1 TD.  Thank goodness he got the TD because Douglas got injured and failed to finish.  Atlanta receivers are dropping like flies and next up is Eric Weems to join Devin Hester. 

Vincent Jackson:  2 catches for 15 yards and 1 TD.  Garbage-time TD still counts and in actuality Jackson's owners should be happy Glennon is in there because those two did some nice things a season ago.  Remains volatile scoring wideout every week it seems.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.