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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: WHIT MERRIFIELD 2B KANSAS CITY ROYALS

It certainly took awhile for Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield to find his MLB footing but judging by his excellent 2017 numbers, the wait was worth it.  Having hinted at what was to come by batting .283 with 2 homers and 8 steals in a half-season debut the year prior, Merrifield quietly put forth a spectacular breakout in 2017 almost across the board.  What quickly jumps out are the 19 home runs and 34 steals Merrifield tallied since that type of power/speed game is what often makes up the early rounds of yearly drafts.  Merrifield also batted .288 with 80 runs and 78 RBI to stamp himself as a five-tool player that no one was really talking about.  Now the question is whether Merrifield can duplicate those digits for 2018 and as is always recommended in cases such as this, dial back projected totals a bit in order to protect yourself.  It is entirely possible opposing pitchers figured out some holes in Merrifield's swing to exploit during the upcoming season but it also is within the realm of possibility he serves as a power/speed asset for an affordable draft rate.  With an almost neutral .308 BABIP and terrific 14.0 K/9 backing up the breakout talk from last season, count us as believers.

2018 PROJECTION:  .284 16 HR 75 RBI 84 R 26 SB


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2018 FANTASY BASEBALL SECOND BASEMAN RANKINGS: A FIRST LOOK

The second baseman take center stage as we look at the first installment of rankings for the 2018 fantasy baseball season.

1.  Jose Altuve
2.  Robinson Cano
3.  Dee Gordon
4.  Brian Dozier
5.  Daniel Murphy
6.  Jonathan Schoop
7.  Rougned Odor
8.  Starlin Castro
9.  Ozzie Albies
10. Whit Merrifield
11. Ian Kinsler
12. D.J. LeMahieu
13. Javier Baez
14. Scooter Gennett
15. Yoan Moncada
16. Jason Kipnis
17. Jose Peraza
18. Jonathan Villar
19. Brandon Phillips
19. T.J. Rivera
20. Cesar Hernandez
21. Yangervis Solarte
22. Dustin Pedrioa
23. Brandon Drury
24. Neil Walker
25. Jed Lowrie
26. Joe Panik
27. Ben Zobrist
28. Yolmer Sanchez
29. Kolten Wong
30. Logan Forsythe
31. Eric Sogard
32. Chad Pinder
33. Devon Travis
34. Brad Miller

-Yes use the number 2 overall pick on Jose Altuve and don't think twice about it.
-It is entirely possible that Scooter Gennett did a Daniel Murphy as far as tapping into impressive power midway through his career but be careful how much you are willing to pay to find out if 3017 was legit.
-Yoan Moncada has all the potential in the world but his so far losing battle to the strikeout is holding him back.
-Love Dee Gordon this season and the fact he gains outfield eligibility is an added bonus.  Early third round seems good to me.
-Overall this is an aging position (Pedroia, Cano, Kinsler, Phillips) with not much in the way of sleepers outside of Moncada and Drury.
-Speaking of Murphy, the injuries are beginning to pile up as he moves toward his mid-30's.  This feels like a declining stock.


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL FIRST BASEMAN RANKINGS: A FIRST LOOK

The always important slugging first baseman are up next as we take our first look at the position rankings for 2018 fantasy baseball.

1.  Paul Goldschmidt
2.  Joey Votto
3.  Anthony Rizzo
4.  Cody Bellinger
5.  Freddie Freeman
6.  Jose Abreu
7.  Eric Hosmer
8.  Wil Myers
9.  Edwin Encarnacion
10. Miguel Cabrera
11. Justin Smoak
12. Greg Bird
13. Ryan Zimmerman
14. Josh Bell
15. Matt Carpenter
16. Yuli Gurriel
17. Kendrys Morales
18. Logan Morrison
19. Justin Bour
20. Carlos Santana
21. Matt Adams
22. Chris Davis
23. Yonder Alonso
24. Hanley Ramirez
25. Lucas Duda
26. Joe Mauer
27. Mark Reynolds
28. Mitch Moreland
29. Brandon Belt
30. Mike Napoli
31. Tommy Joseph
32. C.J. Cron
33. Adam Lind
34. Kennys Vargas
35. Victor Martinez
36. Jesus Aguilar
37. Adrian Gonzalez
38. Danny Valencia

-I always subscribe to the strategy of making sure you get a top tier fantasy baseball first baseman by the end of Round 3 at the lastest and more ideally at the end of Round 2.  That means I want to have one from the following:  Goldy, Rizzo, Votto, Abreu, Hosmer, Freeman, Bellinger.  Once that is accomplished, I suggest coming back here for your UTIL or CI with someone like Greg Bird, Josh Bell, Justin Smoak.
-Beginning with Kendrys Morales at number 17 to Hanley Ramirez at 24, you are looking at a bunch of interchangeable and boring veteran first baseman who are all similar in value/skill.  Your best bet is to go with the cheapest one out of the bunch if you wish to go there.
-Watch where Eric Hosmer signs in the offseason.  Rumors continue to swirl he is going to San Diego which could take a few homers away from his ledger but Kansas City was no picnic for a hitter either so don't go overboard there.  Hosmer's 2017 shows he is certainly the real deal in terms of talent and ability to be a star.

  
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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: NEW PACT FOR DAVANTE ADAMS SIGNALS HE WILL BE NUMBER 1 OPTION IN 2018

The Green Bay Packers didn't want to play around when it came to the contract status of wideout Davante Adams and so they quickly addressed the issue on Friday when they officially re-signed him to a four-year deal worth $58 millions.  The move makes it clear that the Packers are all-in on Adams and that he will be the number 1 target of QB Aaron Rodgers in 2018.  With fellow wideout Jordy Nelson having endured a horrible and injury-plagued 2017 campaign, it is likely the Packers will consider cutting him loose there and going forward with Adams, Randall Cobb, and the emerging Geronimo Allison.  This means that Adams needs to be graded as a low-end WR 1 in terms of 2018 fantasy football and the best part is that he likely can be had for a WR 2 price.  It is this sort of draft inequality that makes for a tremendous pick and so Adams needs to have a star put next to his name on early offseason cheat sheets.


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THE FANTASY SPORTS BOSS HALL OF FAME PICKS

While I don't have a ballot given the fact fantasy sports writers have no exactly broken into that glass ceiling in the eyes of MLB (we really need to change that), I do have my own opinions on the upcoming Hall of Fame class.  Using the model where you can pick up to ten entries, here are my selections for the vote to be unveiled this Sunday.

MY PICKS

1.  Vladimir Guerrero:  He should have gotten in last season and now it is a virtual slam dunk and well-deserved for one of the greatest pure hitters/sluggers of his generation.

2.  Curt Schilling:  There may not have been a better big-game pitcher during his era as Schilling won titles both in Arizona and Boston and his 300-K ability was a sight to see.

3.  Trevor Hoffman:  Mariano Rivera had obviously much more success in the postseason but Hoffman should be in as well given his 601 career saves which is a staggering number.

4.  Barry Bonds:  I have been on the side of not voting for steroid users but I make an exception with Bonds who I believe firmly was a clean all-world talent until he got jealous of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and began juicing.  Calling me a hypocrite is fair.

5.  Fred McGriff:  On the other side of the ledger, I always vote for McGriff who was a great power hitter with 493 home runs and who got drowned out as a clean player in the heart of the steroid era.

6.  Mike Mussina:  Mussina pitched like an ace to the very end of his career and in the cauldron of the AL East with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees which should not be overlooked and quietly was a fantastic achievement.  Imagine what he would have done in let's say the NL West?  Absolutely deserving.

7.  Chipper Jones:  Another great hitter/slugger who many believe was clean, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was a phenomenal player both offensively and defensively.  I also got an up-close look at how great he was as Jones tortured my New York Mets from the start.

8.  Jeff Kent:  377 home runs from a second baseman and an MVP award make the great for me.  Another guy who should be getting more pop than he has.

That's all she wrote as they say as I chose only 8 of my ten slots.  No way I was voting for Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, or Gary Sheffield who were known steroid guys and embarrassed themselves and the game.  Also, I just can't get fully behind Edgar Martinez who was primarily a DH and didn't have to deal with the challenges of fatigue and still being able to put up numbers as a hitter if he had played in the field.

What do you think?  Agree or disagree?  Keep it clean and post below.


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Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CATCHER RANKINGS

As always when it comes to the catcher position, the best course of action is to wait to grab your starter if possible outside of only Yankees backstop Gary Sanchez due to his extreme power.  Be sure to key in on prospects on the verge of promotion like Francisco Mejia,  while also checking in on veterans who are annually underrated such as a Welington Castillo and Wilson Ramos.

1.  Gary Sanchez
2.  Buster Posey
3.  Salvador Perez
4.  Wilson Contreras
5.  J.T. Realmuto
6.  Yadier Molina
7.  Wilson Ramos
8.  Welington Castillo
9.  Jonathan Lucroy
10. Francisco Mejia
11. Travis D'Arnaud
12. Mike Zunino
13. Yasmani Grandal
14. Brian McCann
15. Manny Pina
16. Evan Gattis
17. Austin Hedges
18. Tyler Flowers
19. Matt Wieters
20. Christian Yasquez
21. Russell Martin
22. Austin Barnes
23. Devin Mesoraco
24. Francisco Cervelli
25. Robinson Chirinos
26. Alex Avila
27. Yan Gomes
28. Chris Iannetta
29. James McCann
30. Jason Castro
31. Tom Murphy
32. Cameron Rupp
33. Stephen Vogt
34. Nick Hundley

****As I said earlier, I would make an early round exception on Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez in terms of using a high pick on a catcher.  The guy's power is immense and he brings almost a Mike Piazza element to the position.
-Barring Sanchez, I will be fully in on veterans who are annually underrated like Welington Castillo, Wilson Ramos, and even now Yadier Molina.  All three would do just fine for you as you stock up elsewhere. 
-Francisco Mejia is the real deal and his stick is incredibly smooth with developing power as well. 
-Keep a late round pick handy for Austin Hedges and Austin Barnes.  Hedges already has shown the power and the average should tick up this year with more development.  Meanwhile, Barnes has infield eligibility and also a decent bat.

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2018 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSING TIME: ROCKIES NET WADE DAVIS FOR THE NINTH

After weeks of back-and-forth negotiations, the Colorado Rockies finally sealed the deal with free agent All-Star closer Wade Davis.  Both sides came to an agreement on a contract early Friday and so Davis will now replace Greg Holland as the closer for the Rockies during the 2018 season.  In terms of what this means for fantasy baseball, Davis will once again remain a top-tier closer who comes off another dominant campaign in 2017 when he registered a 2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and massive 12.12 K/9 for the Chicago Cubs.  Perhaps most importantly, Davis remained healthy and showed no signs of elbow trouble after some scares in 2015 and 2016.  While Davis is aging a bit at 32, he showed last season that his stuff is as overpowering as ever and he should be right there as a top-five closer in all fantasy baseball leagues when it comes to the draft.  In the meantime, Holland will now have to look elsewhere for another chance to close and going to the Cubs is on the table.  While Holland struggled at the end of last season likely as a result of fatigue after missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John, he remains a very effective closer if he can find a ninth-inning gig somewhere.  Also while Colorado is scary, hard-throwing relievers like Davis usually do just fine there.


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2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL FINAL TIGHT END RANKINGS

Let's get to the tight ends as we post the final fantasy football 2017 rankings with an eye towards 2018.

1.  Travis Kelce
2.  Rob Gronkowski
3.  Zach Ertz
4.  Greg Olsen
5.  Evan Engram
6.  Jimmy Graham
7.  Jack Doyle
8.  Jordan Reed
9.  Delanie Walker
10. Eric Ebron
11. Kyle Rudolph
12. Hunter Henry
13. Jason Witten
14. Jared Cook
15. Ben Watson
16. O.J. Howard
17. Charles Clay
18. Austin Hooper
19. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
20. Cameron Brate
21. Ricky Seals-Jones
22. Tyler Eifert
23. Coby Fleener
24. C. J. Fiedorwicz
25. Marcedes Lewis



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FANTASY SPORTS BOSS ODDS AND ENDS

With the 2018 fantasy baseball season approaching, now would be the perfect time to do the following if you haven't already:

1.  Purchase our 2018 Fantasy Sports Boss Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide which you can pick up either here on the homepage using the BUY NOW tab or at amazon here:  https://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Sports-Baseball-Draft-Guide/dp/1981820833/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1514551546&sr=8-2&keywords=2018+fantasy+baseball

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL: TOP 12 FOR 2018 DRAFTS

Let's do this.  With the 2017 fantasy football season in the books (if you are in fact playing a final in Week 17, you need a better commissioner) and so our full attention turns to the upcoming fantasy baseball season.  Fantasy baseball is what we were founded on and we continue to offer the most comprehensive coverage in the game.  From our much-lauded daily WRAPUPS; to our gigantic yearly draft guides that go into a depth on each player that is unmatched in the field, we are well-prepared to guide you to the championship in your league once again.  With that said, let's unveil our first look at what the first round of a standard mixed league should look like at this early juncture.

1.  Mike Trout:  While he has had challengers in the recent past (Miguel Cabrera, Mookie Betts), Mike Trout continues to reign supreme as the slam dunk top pick for 2018 fantasy baseball.  With Trout running a bit more the last few seasons and offering his customary massive power, average, and RBI combination, don't overthink this one.

2.  Jose Altuve:  With Altuve now establishing himself as a 20-plus home run guy, there is no category the second base dynamo doesn;t offer massive impact in.

3.  Giancarlo Stanton:  It is scary to think of how many home runs Stanton could hit in Yankee Stadium after he went for 59 while calling the spacious ballpark in Miami home last season.  A run at 70 is very possible.

4.  Paul Goldschmidt:  Getting a first baseman who can hit .300 with 30 homers and 20 steals is virtually unheard of.

5.  Bryce Harper:  While the steals and average may fluctuate a bit year-to-year, Harper is still as good as it gets.

6.  Aaron Judge:  Not far behind his new outfield mate is the AL Rookie of the Year Judge.  What a home run race this is going to be between the two.

7.  Mookie Betts:  Betts went second in most fantasy baseball leagues last season and him dropping this far is no indictment.

8.  Carlos Correa:  Yes he suddenly stopped running but Correa also began to slam the baseball with massive power that is very tough to get at shortstop.

9.  Nolan Arenado:  Flip a coin between this Rockies All-Star third baseman and his outfield teammate.

10. Charlie Blackmon:  See above.

11. Kris Bryant:  It is funny how Bryant is actually a bit overshadowed now with the influx of top-end talent that has emerged the last two seasons but don't think for a second your not getting a huge star here if you snatch the Cubs third baseman.

12. Joey Votto:  The best pure hitter in the game has an MVP-type 2017 campaign but languished on a bad team.  The bat remains as potent as ever.

Right on the border are Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, and Nationals starter Max Scherzer.  You surely can't go wrong with anyone on this list anyways but this is how we see it.


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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL FINAL WR RANKINGS

The wideouts are up next as we continue to post our final 2017 fantasy football position rankings with a look toward 2018.

1.  Antonio Brown
2.  DeAndre Hopkins
3.  Odell Beckham Jr.
4.  Julio Jones
5.  Michael Thomas
6.  Keenan Allen
7.  A.J. Green
8.  Adam Thielen
9.  Jarvis Landry
10. Tyreek Hill
11. Doug Baldwin
12. Robert Woods
13. Demaryuis Thomas
14. Larry Fitzgerald
15. Brandin Cooks
16. Mike Evans
17. Amari Cooper
18. Golden Tate
19. Davante Adams
20. Marquise Goodwin
21. Josh Gordon
22. Devin Funchess
23. Dez Bryant
24. Julian Edelman
25. Alshon Jeffery
26. Marqise Lee
27. T.Y. Hilton
28. Jamison Crowder
29. Robby Anderson
30. Jordy Nelson
31. JuJu Smith-Schuster
32. Sterling Shepard
33. Marvin Jones
34. Stefon Diggs
35. Corey Coleman
36. Emmanuel Sanders
37. Keelan Cole
38. Mike Wallace
39. Rishard Matthews
40. Dede Westbrook
41. Randall Cobb
42. DeSean Jackson
43. Cooper Kupp
44. Danny Amendola
45. Michael Crabtree
46. Nelson Agholor
47. Kenny Stills
48. Kendall Wright
49. Mohamud Sanu
50. Paul Richardson
51. Martavis Bryant
52. Cole Beasley
53. Chris Hogan
54. Jordan Matthews
55. Kenny Golladay
56. Kelvin Benjamin
57. Ted Ginn. Jr.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL FINAL RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

The running backs are up next as we check out the final 2017 fantasy football rankings with an eye toward 2018. 

1.  Todd Gurley
2.  Le'Veon Bell
3.  David Johnson
4.  Kareem Hunt
5.  Ezekiel Elliott
6.  Melvin Gordon
7.  LeSean McCoy
8.  Alvin Kamara
9.  Dalvin Cook
10. Mark Ingram
11. Jordan Howard
12. Leonard Fournette
13. Devonta Freeman
14. Carlos Hyde
15. Alex Collins
16. Dion Lewis
17. Kenyan Drake
18. Bilal Powell
19. Joe Mixon
20. Samaje Perine
21. Christian McCaffrey
22. Derrick Henry
23. C.J. Anderson
24. Duke Johnson
25. Peyton Barber
26. Jamaal Williams
27. Lamar Miller
28. Marlon Mack
29. Rex Burkhead
30. Chris Thompson
31. Jay Ajayi
32. Wayne Gallman
33. Chris Carson
34. Frank Gore
35. Theo Riddick
36. James White
37. Marshawn Lynch
38. Tion Green
39. Tevin Coleman
40. Marshawn Lynch
41. Jalen Richard
42. Isaiah Crowell
43. Gio Bernard
44. Kerwynn Williams
45. DeMarco Murray
46. Jonathan Stewart
47. Danny Woodhead


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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL FINAL QB RANKINGS

With the 2017 fantasy football season in the books, let's make the rounds in posting the final QB rankings and all the other positions.

1.  Aaron Rodgers
2.  Russell Wilson
3.  Carson Wentz
4.  Tom Brady
5.  Jared Goff
6.  Cam Newton
7.  Kirk Cousins
8.  Drew Brees
9.  Andrew Luck
10. Ben Roethlisberger
11. DeShaun Watson
12. Jimmy Garoppolo
13. Matthew Stafford
14. Philip Rivers
15. Derek Carr
16. Matt Ryan
17. Jameis Winston
18. Josh Rosen
19. Dak Prescott
20. Blake Bortles
21. Marcus Mariota
22. Alex Smith
23. Andy Dalton
24. Case Keenum
25. Eli Manning
26. Joe Flacco
27. Sam Darnold
28. Tyrod Taylor
29. Ryan Tannehill
30. Teddy Bridgewater
31. Mitch Trubisky
32. Brock Osweiler
33. Carson Palmer
34. Jacoby Brissett
35. DeShon Kizer


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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: YOURS TRULY GOES DOWN IN EXPERTS FINALS AGAIN

This is getting old.  For the third time in the last four years (thankfully I won the other time), yours truly went down in the Experts League Fantasy Football PPR money league.  I got "Gurley'd" as the new saying goes and really 49.60 points from the Los Angeles Rams running back later, there was nothing I could do.  My opponent had a stacked team all year, benefitting primarily from both Gurley's explosion and the season-ending injury to Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware which allowed Kareem Hunt to have a spectacular rookie debut.  Altogether, he got over 70 points from his two running backs ALONE in the game and I was lucky to lose by just 16.  I can live with the loss in that unlike last year when I handed this same owner the title with stupid roster moves, I made all the correct calls (save for going with Theo Riddick over Duke Johnson but 10 additional points from latter wouldn't have mattered).  Benching the scorching Marquis Goodwin for Dede Westbrook was the right way to go, plus sticking with Big Ben over Nick Foles.  So, in essence, I earned second place.  I have to say though that it is brutal to lose in the finals of fantasy football and especially three of the last four years.  What also became clear after is that running back is fully en vogue again in terms of the first round of the draft.  Next season Gurley, Hunt, Le'Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Melvin Gordon, Alvin Kamara, and David Johnson should all go in Round 1.  That's 8 guys for 12 slots.  They should be joined by Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr, and DeAndre Hopkins and then a wild card among Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, and Michael Thomas.  So while it was a fun, we are moving on fully to fantasy baseball where I always do my best work. 


Monday, December 25, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL END GAME: 7 TAKEAWAYS FOR 2018

Well the 2017 fantasy football season is almost completely in the books save for two Monday games (with yours truly clinging to hope down 65 points in Experts finals with Big Ben, Ertz, and Bell still to go) but already looking ahead to 2018 is tough to avoid.  With that said, here are some thoughts from one peanut stant.

1.  I want Jimmy Garoppolo on all of my teams next season.  Wow did the San Francisco 49ers roll 7's in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo.  Garoppolo has been nothing short of tremendous in leading the 49ers to a 4 straight wins and answering in the affirmative whether he can be considered a franchise QB.  The accuracy is staggeringly great here and Garoppolo being able to operate in a Kyle Shanahan passing offense is fantasy football gold.  I already wrote about how I think firmly Garoppolo will do a Carson Wentz 2017 next season and I for one am all-in here.

2.  Todd Gurley is the top pick for 2018 everywhere.  Stating the obvious, Gurley was downright ridiculous this season and scoring over 40 fantasy football points each of the last two weeks will go down in the annals of the greatest stretch of performance ever in the fake game.  Gurley's amazing season really shows how horrible a coach Jeff Fisher was as he couldn't figure out how to win with such a superb talent.  Excellent both in running and catching the football, Gurley is the easy call to go number 1 next season in drafts.

3.  Julio Jones is going in the overrated bin.  Yeah Jones is becoming insanely frustrating to own; from his lack of scores (just 3 this season) to his penchant for getting injured in every part of his body.  The drama is always high here as Jones seems to be questionable every week and he has fallen sharply behind Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, and yes Odell Beckham Jr. for next season.

4.  QB depth makes drafting a QB early extremely foolish for 2018.  The emergence of Garoppolo, Wentz, Blake Bortles, and the arrival with hype Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold will increase the depth at QB even more for 2018.  If you play in a single-passer league, waiting until the middle rounds to snag your starter is the way to go as guys like those listed above and Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, and Kirk Cousins also coming cheaper than they should.

5.  Typical first rounds should include the following players next season:  Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Thomas, Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, Melvin Gordon, Le'Veon Bell, Julio Jones, LeSean McCoy, Alvin Kamara, Aaron Rodgers

6.  Mike Evans can be salvaged but Dez Bryant can't.  Wow both Evans and Bryant went bust in a major way this season but at least Evans finished strongly.  Bryant meanwhile bombed out in Week 16 with just 3 catches, a lost fumble, and endless complaining.  Watching Bryant this season, it was clear he can't get the separation he once did and his speed is not what is was previously either.  Move on.

7.  Finally, Alvin Kamara is every bit worth a first round pick next season.  Memories of Marshall Faulk spring to mind when watching Kamara both running and catching the football and he is well-deserving of being a first round pick next season despite the presence of Mark Ingram to steal some of the work.


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 ACTIVE/INACTIVE

Last active/inactive of the 2017 fantasy football season:

-In a major shock, Washington Redskins running back Samaje Perine is active for the team Sunday versus the Denver Broncos.  So much for the Kapri Bibbs hype that took off Sunday morning.  Bench Bibbs everywhere as Perine will likely steal too much work for him to be worth using.

-In the biggest news of the day, New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas is active and will start despite a late-week addition to the injury report due to a bum hamstring.  Thomas runs the risk literally of going out early with a setback and he also draws the capable Marcus Trufant on D.  Tough call here but you should roll with your best players in the championship game.

-DeVante Parker is active for the Miami Dolphins but he is not worth starting in such a high-stakes game.

-Both Vontaze Burfict and Dre Kirpartrick return for the Cincinnati Bengals this week to face the Detroit Lions and that should put a slight hurt on Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate.  Also the Lions will be without three starters on the offensive line which could spell more trouble for Stafford. 

-Matt Forte is good to go for the New York Jets despite ongoing knee soreness.  He is a borderline RB 2 due to the presence of Bilal Powell.

-Devin Funchess is active and will be a WR 1 for the Carolina Panthers Sunday.  Start him with confidence as his shoulder is good enough to play.

-Atlanta Falcons ace wideout Julio Jones is active despite once again having injuries all over his body.  He still can't score for some reason but he should be obviously started everywhere. 


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 SATURDAY WRAPUP

-Despite a driving rainstorm that made passing almost impossible in the middle of the game, Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco had a good night in completing 29-of-38 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the team's win over the Indianapolis Colts.  Flacco caught some streamer appeal this week given the fact the brutal Colts defense was on the other side and he came through with nice numbers here.  He still remains nothing but a middling fantasy football starter however, going into the 2018 season.

-For the first time in forever, Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton had a 100-yard receiving day as he hauled in 6 balls for 100 yards right on the nose.  Hilton usually does his best work at home but he had a good thing going with QB Jacoby Brissett througout the game.  We all know Hilton has big ability but he has been held back by the Colts' QB issues all season.  If Andrew Luck can get back to being healthy next season, Hilton could go back to being a top WR 2.

-A downright brutal season for Green Bay Packers wideout Jordy Nelson got even worse Sunday as he suffered an early shoulder injury during the first half of the team's game versus the Minnesota Vikings and failed to return.  This puts the topper on a season where Nelson's numbers cratered badly with the absence of QB Aaron Rodgers and he could very well be a cap casualty this winter given his increasing age and propensity for getting hurt.

-I said repeatedly that the Minnesota Vikings defense was set up for domination and that is what they did in pitching a shutout to the Green Bay offense Saturday night.  With one sack and two picks, the Vikes defense was awesome and are right there as the top overall unit in football this season.

-It was Stefon Diggs and nothing else on both sides of the offense quagmire that was the Vikings-Packers game Saturday night.  Diggs wound up catching five passes for 60 yards and a score to boost his owners who started him as a shaky WR 3 and overall he concludes a fantasy football season where the numbers swung wildly from week-to-week.

-Brett Hundley has had some bright moments filling in for Aaron Rodgers this season but Saturday night was not one of them as he completed 17-of-40 passes for 130 yards and two picks.  With single--digit temperatures clearly serving as a factor, Hundley was terrible and he dragged down the entire offense. It was easy to see this coming as we said all week to bench Green Bay skill players and we saw why in spades in last night's game.


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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 INJURY WATCH: ALLEN HURNS (ANKLE) OUT AGAIN SUNDAY

Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Allen Hurns is OUT for Sunday once again and this has big ramifications for those who plan to go with either Dede Westbrook or Keelan Cole  as a WR 3 in the championship game in fantasy football this week.  Hurns was not medically cleared to return despite practicing since Wednesday and that means QB Blake Bortles will be forced to look Westbrook's and Cole's way fairly often.  Both guys are good plays, in particular Westbrook who has a good chance to get into the end zone.


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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 INJURY WATCH: SAMAJE PERINE (GROIN) TO BE GAME-TIME DECISION

Washington Redskins running back Samaje Perine will be a game-time decision Sunday as he continues to battle an injured groin suffered in practice in the middle of this past week.  Team sources indicate that Perine will likely sit out and that Kapri Bibbs will be the featured runner.  This is a big deal for those who bought in on Bibbs and his expected high workload in the championship game in fantasy football but even if Perine goes, he likely will be limited.  Bibbs is intriguing if Perine sits but the Denver Broncos defense has been very stout against the run all season and overall he would be a desperation play. 


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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 INJURY ISSUES: MICHAEL THOMAS (HAMSTRING) TO WORK OUT IN WARMUPS, LIKELY TO GO

New Orleans Saints ace wideout Michael Thomas will test out his injured hamstring during warm-ups on Sunday prior to the team's game versus the Atlanta Falcons and a determination will then be made whether he will go or not.  ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Thomas will likely give it a shot but this has a tremendous risk for those involved in fantasy football championship games this week.  Any one false step or move and Thomas could exit early and so those with quality wide receiver depth may want to hedge their best here.  Of course, you want to go into the final game with all your best players and so the risk is also understandable if you decide to go that route.  In a game that is expected to be a shootout, Thomas could be in line for a big afternoon.  However the hamstring and dealing with CB Marcus Trufant could also make the afternoon a bust. 


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Saturday, December 23, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: MICHAEL THOMAS (HAMSTRING) LISTED AS QUESTIONABLE

Uh-oh.  It could be nothing but the New Orleans Saints listed ace wideout Michael Thomas as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Atlanta Falcons with a sore hamstring.  Late-week additions to the injury report are always scary and this is especially true with Thomas who was not mentioned with any sort of problem previously this week.  This is something to watch closely and a pickup of BRandon Coleman is warranted.  

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: YANKS/PIRATES HELD UP ON TORRES

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees continue to discuss ace SP Gerrit Cole but there continues to be holdup over the availability of top infield prospect Gleyber Torres.  The Yanks refuse to include Torres but the Pirates won't give up.  In fact, it was reported early Saturday that the Pirates were willing to include infielder Josh Harrison with Cole in a package for Torres but the Yanks still won't budge.  Yankees outfielder prospect Clint Frazier is still in the package and maybe Chance Adams could round things out if the Pirates do in fact blink.  For now, the talks figure to remain stale until after the holidays. 


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 ISSUES: SNOW/RAIN TO BE FACTOR THIS WEEKEND

Ahh old man winter is back this week and it will have a sizable impact on fantasy football Week 16 which just so happens to be when 99 percent of league titles are decided.  With that in mind, let's see what games could be at risk.

Vikings @ Packers:  Wow it is going to be brutally cold in Green Bay for Saturday's game, with temperatures falling to the single digits for kickoff and the wind chill approaching zero.  While no snow is in the forecast, the passing games for both sides could suffer greatly.  In addition, the already fearsome Minnesota Vikings defense could have a HUGE day against Brett Hundley and company.

Miami @ K.C.:  Snow is in the forecast for Sunday's game but only on the order of 1-2 inches with light wind.  The light wind is important because Chiefs QB Alex Smith is a notoriously poor passer in nasty weather and would need to be benched if the snow became bad.  However it seems like it will be all right.

Browns @ Bears:  Decent snow is in forecast in Chicago for Sunday, with 2-4 inches expected.  The wind will be light however but the storyline here is already brutal Browns QB DeShon Kizer now having to deal with bad weather.  The Bears defense looks like a tremendous play; while pass receivers Corey Coleman, Josh Gordon, and Duke Johnson need to be downgraded.

Lions @ Bengals:  Some light snow is expected in Cincy for the Lions-Bengals game but nothing brutal in terms of wind or accumulations.  Start everyone as usual.


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Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 INJURY WATCH: NO DeSEAN JACKSON (ANKLE) FOR SUNDAY

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed the obvious on Friday when they stated number 2 wideout DeSean Jackson would sit out Sunday's game due to the ankle injury the speedster sustained a week ago.  With Jackson out of action versus the Carolina Panthers in an expected shootout, that means the much-maligned Mike Evans will be the clear top dog in the passing game; with third-wideout Chris Godwin taking on more of a responsibility.  Anyone who has owned Evans this season knows how frustrating an experience it has been but he was quite good in last week's game when he scored for the first time since week 7 (and hauled in five balls overall) and a strong finish when the stakes are the highest means all will be forgiven.  Bump Evans up on his expected output for this weel as a result and in deeper five-wideout formats, Godwin could be worth a look.

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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 INJURY ISSUES: SAMAJE PERINE (GROIN) LIKELY OUT FOR SUNDAY, GET TO KNOW KAPRI BIBBS

Late-week injuries are always a huge red flag in the fantasy football world and oftentimes these results in a missed game from the injured party due to the lack of time to get healthy before kickoff.  This seems to be such a situation with Washington Redskins running back Samaje Perine who is looking like a no-go Sunday versus the Denver Broncos after he injured his groin during Thursday's practice.  With Perine having missed the entirety of Friday's practice, the Redskins have him listed as questionable but with a big hill to climb to be active.  That means Perine would cede the starting running back job to fourth-stringer Kapri Bibbs who is fresh off a four-game game in Week 14.  Bibbs, of course, is the pass receiving replacement for the injured Chris Thompson and if Perine were to be out, he would inherit the lion's share of work running the ball as well.  This could make Bibbs a sneaky play in PPR formats given his receiving chops and make him win out in a debate with guys like Theo Riddick or a Duke Johnson Sr.  We are not saying to run out and grab Bibbs but opportunity is everything in fantasy football and the guy might be getting just that this weekend.


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FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: YANKS ON VERGE OF ACQUIRING GERRIT COLE

According to multiple outlets, the New York Yankees are on the verge of acquiring Pittsburgh Pirates ace pitcher Gerrit Cole for a package of prospects. Top outfield prospect Clint Frazier will headline the package and be joined possibly by pitcher Chance Adams or 3B Miguel Andujar. As far as fantasy baseball is concerned, Cole would be downgraded moving into the AL and Yankee Stadium like Sonny Gray was last summer.  Also Cole remains a major injury risk that makes him more of a medium SP 2 if the deal goes through. The Yankees meanwhile are building a super team after pulling off the Giancarlo Stanton deal last week.  

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 ISSUES: JAMES WHITE COULD BE SNEAKY GOOD PLAY

While 95 percent of fantasy football championship game rosters are mostly ironclad (due to the fact those players who got those rosters to the final contest of the year will likely be lead on again), there still could be some late-week decisions which need to be addressed like a RB 2 or a WR 3.  On that front, we bring you New England Patriots forgotten running back James White who should be dusted off for Week 16 due to the injury absence of fellow back Rex Burkhead.  It was Burkhead after all who became the apple of Bill Belichick's eye during the second half of the season and combined with starter Dion Lewis; there left little in the way of touches for Super Bowl-hero White.  This after White was a PPR dynamo the first two months of the season where he usually put forth 4-5 catches and 40 yards rushing with the occasional score.  Once Burkhead pushed his way into prominent snaps, White became pushed aside.  Well, White will be needed this week and those who take part in PPR formats should be all over this.

With Lewis remaining the clear-cut starter for the Patriots this week, there is little chance Mike Gillislee will be dusted off by Belichick this late in the year off such a long time on the pine.  Also, Gillislee has been in the doghouse since October due to fumbling problems which likely is still on the mind of Belichick.  So that means White should be highly targeted in this one and 5 catches for 60 yards is very possible.  Throw in a batch of rushing yards and a possible score and White looks like a better play than someone with similar skills such as Theo Riddick or Duke Johnson Sr.


The Hot Stove Season kept on moving Wednesday when USA Today reported that first baseman Yonder Alonso had agreed in principle to a two-year deal worth $16 million with the Cleveland Indians.  With the Indians having just lost incumbent first baseman Carlos Santana to the Philadelphia Phillies, Alonso will simply replace his counterpart; with Edwin Encarnacion continuing to man the DH slot.  So in terms of 2018 fantasy baseball, let's take a closer look at what was a strange year for Alonso in 2017.

Of course the big thing with Alonso last season was his sudden and out-of-the-blue power spike during the first half of the year while with the Oakland A's.  While there is no debating Alonso's previous standing as a top hitting prospect (7th overall pick in 2008) with the Cincinnati Reds, it also is not up for discussion how disappointing he was there and then with the San Diego Padres.  While Alonso had a decent line drive swing, his power never developed as he went into the 2017 season with a career-high of just 9 home runs set in 2012.  That made Alonso a pariah to the fantasy baseball community since it is mandatory that big power comes with the position.  Thus no one paid attention early on when Alonso starting hitting home runs at the jump of 2017 but soon that would change as he went into the All-Star Break with 20 long balls, 43 RBI, and a .275 average.  Impressive stuff and it seemed like Alonso was the new Daniel Murphy in terms of tapping into power midway through a career by changing his approach.  Well Alonso failed to sustain that run and in fact he was a major liability the rest of the way as he hit all of 8 home runs, collected 24 RBI, and batted .254 during the second half of the season (which included a run with the Seattle Mariners after getting deal during the late summer).  Thus it was tough to totally trust what Alonso produced as a whole last season (28 homers, 67 RBI, .266) and so his standing in 2018 fantasy baseball should remain that of a backup first baseman in mixed formats.

What does need to be noted is that it seemed like Alonso did swing for the fences like never before since his 22.6 K/9 was a career-worst and his .302 BABIP was right in the neutral area code.  However buying into the power fully is foolish given the small sample size and so again grade out Alonso as a backup fantasy baseball first baseman and hope for another uptick this season.  Another run like last season would be an added bonus.




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Thursday, December 21, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: YONDER ALONSO 1B CLEVELAND INDIANS

The Hot Stove Season kept on moving Wednesday when USA Today reported that first baseman Yonder Alonso had agreed in principle to a two-year deal worth $16 million with the Cleveland Indians.  With the Indians having just lost incumbent first baseman Carlos Santana to the Philadelphia Phillies, Alonso will simply replace his counterpart; with Edwin Encarnacion continuing to man the DH slot.  So in terms of 2018 fantasy baseball, let's take a closer look at what was a strange year for Alonso in 2017.

Of course the big thing with Alonso last season was his sudden and out-of-the-blue power spike during the first half of the year while with the Oakland A's.  While there is no debating Alonso's previous standing as a top hitting prospect (7th overall pick in 2008) with the Cincinnati Reds, it also is not up for discussion how disappointing he was there and then with the San Diego Padres.  While Alonso had a decent line drive swing, his power never developed as he went into the 2017 season with a career-high of just 9 home runs set in 2012.  That made Alonso a pariah to the fantasy baseball community since it is mandatory that big power comes with the position.  Thus no one paid attention early on when Alonso starting hitting home runs at the jump of 2017 but soon that would change as he went into the All-Star Break with 20 long balls, 43 RBI, and a .275 average.  Impressive stuff and it seemed like Alonso was the new Daniel Murphy in terms of tapping into power midway through a career by changing his approach.  Well Alonso failed to sustain that run and in fact he was a major liability the rest of the way as he hit all of 8 home runs, collected 24 RBI, and batted .254 during the second half of the season (which included a run with the Seattle Mariners after getting deal during the late summer).  Thus it was tough to totally trust what Alonso produced as a whole last season (28 homers, 67 RBI, .266) and so his standing in 2018 fantasy baseball should remain that of a backup first baseman in mixed formats.

What does need to be noted is that it seemed like Alonso did swing for the fences like never before since his 22.6 K/9 was a career-worst and his .302 BABIP was right in the neutral area code.  However buying into the power fully is foolish given the small sample size and so again grade out Alonso as a backup fantasy baseball first baseman and hope for another uptick this season.  Another run like last season would be an added bonus.




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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 ISSUES: ALLEN HURNS, LEONARD FOURNETTE PRACTICING THROWING WRENCH INTO PLANS OF SOME

It was a good day on the injury front for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday as they welcomed back both running back Leonard Fournette and wideout Allen Hurns to practice.  While Fournette's return was expected, Hurns' was a surprise since this was his first on-field work since suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 10.  Thus it was a bad day for those holding stock in wideouts Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole; both highly targeted players from the waiver wire this week.  The return of Hurns would likely make him the top target of scorching QB Blake Bortles right from the jump and this would knock both Westbrook and Cole down a peg or two.  Given that this is fantasy football championship week, any alteration to the negative when it comes to a given player is a means to stash him on the bench.  This is likely the correct path now to take with Cole who will be dropped to the third wideout this week and with Fournette getting his usual high allotment of carries; there may not be a lot of balls left over to get.  This is a situation to watch closely over the next few days and adjusting accordingly is always needed.


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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: EVAN LONGORIA VALUE GOES UNCHANGED IN MOVE TO SAN FRAN

The Tampa Bay Rays cashed in their Evan Longoria chips on Wednesday as they agreed to trade their former three-time All-Star to the San Francisco Giants in a package that contains veteran/aging outfielder Denard Span and top shortstop prospect Christian Arroyo. While they continue to struggle drawing fans to their ballpark, the Rays reminded everyone why they are arguably the smartest organization in baseball by selling high Longoria who hit just .261 with 20 home runs in 2017.  Consider that Longoria is getting a bit up there at 32, has seen his speed vanish, and put forth a loss of 16 home runs from the year prior in almost the same amount of at-bats and one can see how good of a deal this was for the Rays as they nab the universally acclaimed Arroyo. 

In terms of Longoria, there is no doubt the former first-round pick was once a big stud in the fantasy baseball game.  That was when Longoria hit 30 home runs, batted around .280, and stole 10 or so bases.  The steals have dried up completely though and Longoria has seen his average come in at .270 or below in four of the last five seasons.  While he retains decent power, Longoria also will be more prone to injury at the age of 32 and with the wear-and-tear of playing third base.  With regards to 2018 fantasy baseball, Longoria is still an everyday option in 12-team mixed leagues but at the very bottom of that list and ideally is a backup.  There are just so many younger and power-packed third baseman that have flooded the position the last two seasons that Longoria would only be for those who choose to wait until the late rounds to address the spot.

Meanwhile, Arroyo is a major prize for the Rays as the slick-fielding shortstop is already turning heads.  Still just turning 23 in May, Arroyo could challenge to make the Opening Day roster this spring.  Just keep in mind that Arroyo's offensive game is not there yet as he grows into his power and he doesn't walk much (just 5.9 BB/9 both at Triple-A and in a cup of coffee debut with the Giants a year ago).  Hold off on going with Arroyo in mixed league drafts this spring but he should be on your watch list. 


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2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: ORIOLES CLOSER ZACH BRITTON TEARS ACHILLES, OUT SIX MONTHS

The 2018 fantasy baseball season is still months away but the injuries are beginning already as we learned Wednesday that Baltimore Orioles All-Star closer Zach Britton tore his Achilles tendon during a Tuesday workout which will keep him out for the next six months.  This follows a rough 2017 campaign where Britton battled injuries throughout the year and was the subject of trade talks as well.  The six-month timeline means Britton won't return to active duty until June at the earliest barring any setbacks and so that means the very capable Brad Brach will close games in his stead.  Brach is the guy to target in 2018 fantasy baseball drafts and he needs to be moved up quite a bit in early cheat sheets.  As far as Britton is concerned, his career is already starting to spiral from all these serious injuries and he will likely be a forgotten man this spring given his lengthy absence. 


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 16 running back rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Le'Veon Bell
2.  Todd Gurley
3.  Melvin Gordon
4.  Kareem Hunt
5.  Ezekiel Elliott
6.  Mark Ingram
7.  Alvin Kamara
8.  Devonta Freeman
9.  Kenyan Drake
10. LeSean McCoy
11. Christian McCaffrey
12. Alex Collins
13. Dion Lewis
14. Marshawn Lynch
15. Jordan Howard
16. Leonard Fournette
17. Carlos Hyde
18. Samaje Perine
19. Duke Johnson
20. Lamar Miller
21. Jerrick McKinnon
22. Latavius Murray
23. Theo Riddick
24. Gio Bernard
25. Joe Mixon
26. C.J Anderson
27. DeMarco Murray
28. Derrick Henry
29. Jay Ajayi
29. Isaiah Crowell
30. Wayne Gallman
31. Kerwynn Williams
32. Matt Forte
33. James White
34. Peyton Barber
35. Jamaal Williams
36. Jonathan Stewart
37. J.D. McKissic
38. Frank Gore
39. Tarik Cohen
40. Bilal Powell


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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 QB RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football QB Week 16 rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Ben Roethlisberger
2.  Cam Newton
3.  Philip Rivers
4.  Drew Brees
5.  Russell Wilson
6.  Tom Brady
7.  Case Keenum
8.  Blake Bortles
9.  Jared Goff
10. Nick Foles
11. Alex Smith
12. Joe Flacco
13. Kirk Cousins
14. Jameis Winston
15. Matthew Stafford
16. Matt Ryan
17. Jay Cutler
18. Dak Prescott
19. Jimmy Garoppolo
20. Eli Manning
21. Tyrod Taylor
22. Marcus Mariota
23. Andy Dalton
24. Mitch Trubisky
25. Brock Osweiler
26. Brett Hundley
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 WAIVER WIRE ADDS

The last week is almost here in 2017 fantasy football and with comes the championship games that will be held throughout.  Of course that doesn't mean some last-minute tinkering is not needed for those involved.  Here are the last batch of prime waiver wire adds for the final contest of the season.

Sterling Shepard:  It is likely that the New York Giants slot receiver was banished to the waiver wire after his no-show performance in Week 14 and the series of injuries that preceded it.   Well Shepard once again revealed some big-time ability this past Sunday as he caught 11 passes for 139 yards and a score.  This is the second time in four games Shepard has caught 11 passes and he will be able to torch an Arizona secondary that has been mauled by slot wideouts all season this Sunday.  Get back on board. 

Dede Westbrook:  This guy has been a staple here over the last month and it is especially prudent you take a hard look at him this week after Jacksonville Jaguars top wideout Marqise Lee went down last Sunday.  Lee will be out this week and so Westbrook will become the number 1 (or 1A in deference to the next guy on this list) as the Jags have another plush passing matchup against the San Francisco 49ers sieve-like D.

Cole Keelan:  Yes two Jaguars wideouts in this space which just goes to show you how awesome this team has been this season.  Keelan has caught fire the last few weeks, which include a touchdown in each of the last three games.  If the 49ers defense concentrates too much on Westbrook, Keelan could light things up again.

Blake Bortles:  Let's just call this column "Jacksonville Jaguars Week 16 Waiver Wire Adds."  Yeah even Bortles is getting in on the fun as he has thrown for 7 touchdown passes the last three games and gone over 300 passing yards in two of them.  Playing with more confidence than ever before, Bortles could win some league titles this week. 

Nick Foles:  There is something about donning a Philadelphia Eagles uniform that turns Nick Foles into a superstar passer.  After all he came off the bench to throw FOUR touchdown passes versus the New York Giants last Sunday and get gets another tasty matchup this week versus the Oakland Raiders.

Eric Ebron:  Maybe the light bulb has finally gone on THIS TIME for Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron.  All of a sudden Ebron has become Matthew Stafford's best friend with 15 catches the last two games and he always is a major target around the red zone.

Chicago Bears D:  Any unit that draws DeShon Kizer and the Cleveland Brown offensive attack needs to be added.

Carolina Panthers D:  This could get ugly as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no healthy offensive players left to put out into the game this week. 


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: PACK SENDS AARON RODGERS BACK TO IR

Having been fully eliminated from playoff contention Monday night when the Atlanta Falcons beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Green Bay Packers made the proactive move to send QB Aaron Rodgers back to IR late Tuesday.  The writing was on the wall even before Atlanta's win as head coach Mike McCarthy spoke Monday about how concerned he was for the hits Rodgers took in the Carolina game last Sunday and how Ian Rappaport reported his previously broken collarbone was not exactly 100 percent.  Obviously this is another big blow to Rodgers' fantasy football owners who waiting this long to get him back and that includes yours truly.  However in my Experts League championship game this week, I was going to go with Ben Roethlisberger anyway given Rodgers' tough matchup versus the Minnesota Vikings.  While his injury-marred year was frustrating, Rodgers should be in play as the top QB off the board in summers drafts a season from now.


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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 ISSUES: BENCHING MARQUIS GOODWIN THE WAY TO GO IN CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK

Wait, WHAT?  Bench San Francisco 49ers ace wideout Marquis Goodwin in the penultimate game of the fantasy football season?  The same Goodwin who has gone nuclear to the tune of 106 and 114 receiving yards on a 6 and 10 catches respectively the last two weeks?  The same Goodwin who has had an instant rapport with hot-as-a-pistol QB Jimmy Garaoppolo?  Yes that Goodwin.  The reason being?  Try one Mr. Jalen Ramsey.  The Jalen Ramsey that has been by far the top cover cornerback in the league this season who has taken out a slew of top-notch wideouts all season.  While Goodwin has been excellent no doubt, Ramsey has been a thorn in WR 1's all season such as:

VS. Larry Fitzgerald (3 catches for 12)
VS. Keenan Allen (4 for 48)
VS. A.J. Green (1 for 6 and elicited fight ejection)
VS. T.Y. Hilton (2 for 27)

Good stuff from Ramsey almost all season and now he will draw Goodwin Week 16 which will make putting up solid points by the latter quite difficult.  Looking for possible waiver help like a Sterling Shepard or even Goodwin's teammate Trent Taylor is not a bad idea here as Ramsey is just an impossible chore for a wideout this season.  You always want to play the odds in the championship week in fantasy football and on this front, that suggests planting Goodwin on the bench despite how difficult this likely will be to do.  



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2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: BUC'S/FALCONS

The Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wrapped up fantasy football Week 16 with a decent game Monday night.  Here are the fantasy football story lines emanating from the game.

-Once again Falcons QB Matt Ryan failed to come through in a decent matchup as he completed 17-of-31 passes for 212 yards with 1 TD.  Ryan has now tossed a grand total of 2 TD's in his last three games as the Steve Sarkisian offense has been an ill fit from the start.  Then again, I said back in August Ryan would be a bust as his draft price soared way too high off his MVP campaign.  Those i 2 QB formats should look elsewhere if you advanced to the title game.

Meanwhile on the other side, the Bucs' Jameis Winston was quite good as he completed 27-of-35 throws for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns.  This is the Winston most expected when he went as a moderately high draft pick this past summer as he carved up the Falcons defense.  Unfortunately it likely came too late for 90 percent of his owners.

-Devonta Freeman was a running fool Monday night as he rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries; while adding 5 catches for another 68 yards.  Freeman has pretty much shed any timeshare with Tevin Coleman and re-affirmed his standing as a top RB 1 in all fantasy football formats for the third season in a row.

On the other side, Peyton Barber got the start for the Buc's and did what he could in rushing for 53 yards on 13 carries; while adding 3 catches for another 15 yards.  Barber has a future in Tampa Bay; while Doug Martin does not; and this should carry over into 2018.

-Boy does Julio Jones aggravate the hell out of the fantasy football community.  Presented with a plush opportunity against a leaky Tampa secondary, Jones managed just 3 catches for 54 yards in a dud of a performance.  By now we have to accept that Jones is somewhat of an enigma who is allergic to scoring touchdowns.  He should move back toward the end of Round 1 in 2018 drafts.

Meanwhile, Mike Evans took himself out of the witness protection program as he hauled in five balls for 79 yards and a touchdown.  It was the first touchdown for Evans since Week 7 and he technically caught another one but he was called for a pushing-off penalty.  With both DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate in walking boots after the game, Evans should be heavily targeted as a last man standing deal next week versus the shoddy Carolina secondary.


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Monday, December 18, 2017

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE BREAKING NEWS: RED SOX RE-SIGN 1B MITCH MORELAND TO TWO-YEAR DEAL

Possibly receiving word that free agent Eric Hosmer would not be coming to the team, the Boston Red Sox pivoted to re-sign first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year deal on Monday.  Moreland gets the $13 million in the deal and he comes off another solid-but-boring 2017 campaign where he hit .246 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI.  Moreland has always been good for between 20 and 25 homers but the rest of the statistical package leaves a lot to be desired and his overall impact in fantasy baseball is that of a backup in mixed leagues.  Clearly the move to sign Moreland won't get Red Sox Nation pumped up. 


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2018 FANTASY BASEBALL NEWS BREAK: ADRIAN GONZALEZ RELEASED BY BRAVES

As expected, the Atlanta Braves have released veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez just days after he was acquired by the team in the Matt Kemp/salary dump deal.  Gonzalez struggled through a brutal 2017 season with the Dodgers that included a ton of injuries and his offensive numbers have cratered as a result.  While someone will likely take a stab at Gonzalez (Tampa Bay Rays or Oakland A's), his days as a veyr affordable and effective fantasy baseball first baseman are finished. 


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2018 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: CHRISTIAN YELICH COULD BE NEXT MARLIN TO REQUEST TRADE

Just hours after Miami Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto expressed his desire to be traded, it appears that outfielder Christian Yelich might follow suit according to multiple reports.  Yelich discussed how "unhappy" he was with the trades of outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna and how the Marlins are now fully involved in a massie rebuild.  While he is still under team control for the next five seasons, Yelich has hinted at a desire to be moved as well and an official proclamation could be on its way.  While not a star player as of yet, Yelich has developed into a quiet five-tool fantasy baseball outfielders who has some ceiling left to tap into for 2018.  Right now Yelich is a solid OF 2 as 2018 fantasy baseball drafts move closer but a move into a more potent offensive park could unlock the power that has prevented him from being an OF 1. 


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