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NFL Week 8 Start/Sits

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What the hell was that week 7?  Aaron Rodgers looked like himself again despite his mediocre at best receiving corps, Chase Edmonds and Kliff Kingsbury enraged David Johnson owners, Marvin Jones fit a season’s worth of production into one game while sitting on many people’s benches, Latavius Murray finally lived up to draft expectations and made us all question what we thought the Bears D is.

The Patriots D remains the most valuable fantasy asset relative to ADP and it isn’t even close.  Their ranks if they were other positions are: QB6, RB4, WR3, TE1.  Just unreal.  Fantasy players lucky enough to have them were thinking of using another D during this upcoming stretch of games, but suffice it to say, they must be rolled out every week until proven otherwise.  

Byes this week: Ravens, Cowboys

QUARTERBACK

Start of the Week:  Russel Wilson at Atlanta: Pretty simple formula here: QB + Falcons as opponent=fantasy points.  I’m so sorry Falcons fans, things just keep getting worse.  With injuries mounting up on both sides of the ball, Sanu to the Patriots, and Matt Ryan out for this game, I’m not sure how much of a fight the Falcons can put up.  Russell is already putting up MVP numbers, look for him to continue doing so against one of the worst pass defenses in the league.

Starts

Josh Allen vs Jacksonville: A repeat from last week, Allen should continue improving with his upcoming schedule.  Last week, Allen actually had his second turnover-free game of the season.  Granted, this was against the Dolphins, but it’s very encouraging to see from a generally turnover prone quarterback.  Look for Allen to be a low-end QB1 vs a Jags D that is decent, but not quite the same without Ramsey.

Matthew Stafford vs NYG:  Remember the narrative before the season that the Lions would be too run-heavy for the passing game to be fantasy relevant?  Mr. Stafford has something to say about that.  Surprisingly, he’s actually the QB 11 coming into this week.  The slew of quarterback injuries help his ranking a bit, but even then, Stafford has far surpassed most people’s expectations this season.  He was on fire last week with 364 yards and 4 touchdowns (all to Marvin Jones) last week against a tough Vikings D.  He gets a much easier opponent at home this week vs the Giants.  Matt should easily continue his top-tier play and maybe even involve more than just Marvin this time around.

Sits

Carson Wentz at Buffalo:  In what was likely the Eagles’ most important matchup to this point in the season, Wentz had a rough outing vs their division rival Cowboys.  It didn’t help Wentz that the Eagles fell behind 14-0 early and the Oline left him under constant duress.  To make matters worse, Wentz lost two fumbles and threw an interception for a career-high 3 turnovers.  There will be better days for Wentz, but this week isn’t likely to be one of them with a rough matchup in Buffalo against a Bills D that made Brady look pedestrian.

Jameis Winston at Tennessee:  I know proponents if Jameis will want to point to his gaudy yardage numbers and 12 touchdowns on the year.  That’s all great, but along with that, are his 10 interceptions and 5 fumbles on the season.  Winston’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.  While the theme of Jameis is unpredictability, a terrible outing should be predictable in Tennessee against a stingy Titans D.

Sleeper

Jared Goff vs Cincinatti: Welcome back to the startable QB world Mr. Goff.  As expected, Goff had a great bounce back game at home against the lowly Falcons after his horrible outing vs the 49ers.  Goff is at home against the Bengals who don’t really do much of anything well other than losing.  He should be a low-end QB1.

RUNNING BACK

Start of the Week: Aaron Jones/Jamaal Williams at Kansas City:  Last week’s start of the week was also against the Chiefs.  Royce was fine, but the Lindsay recommendation will likely be the worst one I’ve made all season.  As a Chiefs fan, I’m just as shocked as anyone else at how terrible Lindsay’s statline was that game.  At least I can take solace in the fact that he was universally seen as a great start last week, but I still feel bad that it turned out to be so wrong.  Considering the Packers have made more of an effort to run the ball this year and they aren’t trotting out the corpse of Flacco, I feel much more confident in their success than whatever the Broncos were doing.

Starts

Marlon Mack vs Denver: Mack has shown some flashes this season, mostly being held back by the typical wear and tear of an NFL season.  Coming off of a bye, against a reeling Denver team with seemingly no semblance of an offense, the Colts should have plenty of opportunity to control the clock with their run game.  Denver has been decent against the pass, but awful against even decent running teams.

Latavius Murray vs Arizona: Seven weeks into the season, Murray finally lives up to draft expectations.  I’m totally not bitter about dropping him a few weeks ago or anything.  With Kamara sidelined due to a high ankle sprain, Murray filled in admirably, against a normally stout Bears D in Chicago.  It’s worth noting that the Bears are missing Hicks from their Dline, who is arguably their most important player next to Mack.  The completely inept Bears offense giving the Defense no time off the field certainly doesn’t help either.  Even with these caveats, Murray was impressive and looks to continue this momentum vs a terrible Cardinals defense.

Sits

Devonta Freeman vs Seattle:  As of the writing of this article, the availability of Freeman for Week 8 is unknown.  I assume that he’ll be allowed to play, but considering he hit Aaron McDonald in the head and was ejected for it, it’s entirely possible that Freeman could be suspended for this game.  Even if he does play, he’s not someone you want to start unless you have literally no other options.  He’s already been one of the most inefficient runners this season, but now he’ll be without Matt Ryan due to injury and Mohammed Sanu due to trade.  The Seahawks also get interior lineman Jarran Reed back from suspension for this game.

Derrick Henry vs Tampa Bay:   I’ve actually been surprised at how well Henry has done this year.  Even when I keep doubting him due to his lack of pass catching and amount of short touchdowns he’s gotten this year, he keeps producing.  The Titans offense looked surprisingly improved with Tannehill under center, even though him and Marriot are basically the same.  The problem this week is Henry goes up against a Bucs D that is among the best against the run.

Sleeper

James White vs Browns:  There’s been plenty of good and bad with White this season.  Let’s get the bad over with first.  He’s far behind his touchdown production from last season, with only 1 touchdown this far.  He had 12 all of last season.  The good far outweighs the bad in White’s case.  Much like Kyler Murray early in the season, White is the biggest positive regression candidate for red zone touchdowns.  He’s had 11 targets inside that red zone, with only 1 having resulted in a touchdown.  Anyone who has been watching him has seen how close he’s come to scoring multiple times this season.  He’s also been one of the most consistent RBs this season, having posted 11.9-13.8 points in PPR scoring in every game but one.  He also led the Patriots in receptions with 7 last game.  Obviously White is far more valuable in any type of PPR scoring, so consider him a solid RB2 in those formats, but a TD dependant RB3-low end RB2 in standard.

WIDE RECEIVER

Start of the Week: Tyler Lockett at Atlanta:    Players involved in the passing game against the Falcons is a bit of a recurring theme.  It can’t be understated how bad the Falcons D and really team as a whole is.  Lockett gets a dream matchup here.

Starts

Allen Robinson vs LA Chargers:  Matt McGloin. Christian Hackenberg. Blake Bortles.  Mitch Trubisky.  Chase Daniel.  These are some of the average to absolute awful quarterbacks that Robinson has had the misfortune of catching passes from since college.  Myself and others have doubted him, but he keeps producing, despite the mediocrity surrounding him.  You’d be hard pressed to find a receiver playing better right now.  It’s just unfortunate that the situation around him is always less than ideal.  He belongs in lineups as a high-end WR2.

DJ Chark vs NY Jets:  Almost as popular as the baby shark song that totally original players name their fantasy teams after, Chark has been one of the biggest surprises this year.  While Dede Westbrook got all of the attention in the preseason, it’s been Chark putting up the numbers.  He’s been a WR1 over the first 7 weeks of the season and was added from the waivers wire in almost every league.  Last week was a rough matchup, but DJ should easily bounce back into the high-end WR2 to low-end WR1 discussion against a Jets team reeling after an embarrassment of a game on Monday night.

Sits

Tyler Boyd at LA Rams:  The talent of Tyler Boyd is undeniable and one would think he shouldn’t have much competition for targets.  Yet, somehow the inept Bengals find ways to feature a different receiver seemingly every week, without it being Boyd.  As I’ve said before, the Bengals are bad at pretty much everything.  Them playing on the road, with the newly acquired Jalen Ramsey likely to cover Boyd, means he is someone to avoid.  

Alshon Jeffery at Buffalo:  With Carson Wentz being someone to avoid this week, it stands to reason that his receivers aren’t projected to do so well either.  Buffalo is a terrible matchup for receivers, just as they are for quarterbacks.  There’s too many mouths to feed on the Eagles to begin with and with this game being played in Buffalo, Jeffery is someone to steer clear of this week.

Sleeper

John Brown vs Eagles:  One of the better late round values at the position, Brown has a stellar matchup this week vs secondary who rivals the Falcons for lack of ability against the pass.  Brown loves going deep and Josh Allen loves throwing a deep.  It’s a match made in heaven, with a matchup that allows them to do pretty much whatever they want in the air.  Brown should be a high-end WR2 with upside.

TIGHT END

Start

Kyle Rudolph at Redskins:  I know Rudolph the Red Zone reindeer has been more likely to make his owners red faces than anything, but this is as good of a time to use him as any.  Rudolph is coming off by far his best performance of the year last week, which coincided with Thielen’s 1st quarter exit in the same game.  Thielen has been rules out for Thursday’s game.  On top of that, the Redskins are one of the weakest opponents around.  If Rudolph is gonna do something, it’s in this game.

Sit

Greg Olsen at 49ers: After a strong start to the season, Olsen has cooled off immensely.  Even logging an unfortunate 0 against the Jags.  He had a decent bounceback game against the Bucs, but don’t expect much of anything on the road against one of the best defenses in the league.

D/St  

Starts

Steelers vs Dolphins

49ers vs Panthers

Rams vs Bengals

Vikings vs Redskins

Colts vs Broncos

Sits

Broncos at Colts

Jets vs Jaguars

Eagles at Bills

Packers at Chiefs

Drew Lannin is a nutritionist with a Bachelor's in Dietetics from Lincoln, Nebraska. He grew up watching Nebraska football and the Chiefs. He is currently finishing pre-reqs for a Masters in Genetic Counseling. He first started playing fantasy football after recommending Randy Moss to his dad during his rookie year. This lead to him being added as the co-commissioner to his dad's league, which started in 1984. He has been an avid fantasy player ever since, consuming as much data and articles as possible.

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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 13

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries. My goal is to find you the best player available for the lowest owned percentage. Therefore, you will see some of the more prominent names under others to consider.

Quarterbacks:

Ryan Fitzpatrick-MIA (ESPN-13.4%) (Yahoo-20%)

It’s not clear how long Fitzpatrick will be the starting quarterback, as Tua Tagovailoa will return. Still, when Fitz is on the field, he is magical. On Sunday, Fitzy passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns and going over 19 Fantasy Points in five of the past six contests. He and the Dolphins will face the Bengals and should be an automatic start.

Others to Consider: Kirk Cousins (MIN), Taysom Hill (NO), Derek Carr (LAS), Philip Rivers (IND), Baker Mayfield(CLE).

 

Running Backs:

Devontae Booker-LAS (ESPN-5.3%) (Yahoo-9%)

Over the last four weeks, Booker has 34 attempts for 171 yards and three touchdowns. That equates to 5.02 yards per carry. Now with Jacobs in limbo with an ankle injury, he could have the entire backfield to himself. Booker is a good receiver and has 14 receptions this season in limited action. He should be snared by all Jacobs’ owners, especially with the injury history that comes with him. The Raiders play the Jets next week.

Brian Hill-ATL (ESPN-31.4%) (Yahoo-46%)

Hill has been a better running back than Todd Gurley; he just doesn’t have the name, dollar signs, or recognition to go with it. Against, the Raiders Hill rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries in the absence of Gurley, who could be out next week. The flip-side is Hill split carries with Ito Smith, and it was Smith with the better fantasy production and the touchdown. The Falcons face the Saints next week.

Cam Akers (ESPN-28.0%) (Yahoo-29%)

It is good to see Akers back in to fold of fantasy relevancy. He has looked solid, and in Week 12, he rushed for 83 yards on nine carries and plunged into the end zone. Looking over all the Rams running backs, it’s hard to trust any as all three could be dominant on any given Sunday. Akers has an impressive look, and coaches will want to know what they have moving forward with the rookie. The Rams face the Cardinals next week.

Others to Consider:  Latavius Murray (NO), DeAndre Washington (MIA), Matt Breida (MIA), Frank Gore (NYJ), Gus Edwards (BAL), Ito Smith (ATL), Benny Snell (PIT), Tony Pollard (DAL), Royce Freeman (DEN).

 

Wide Receivers:

Allen Lazard-GB (ESPN-27.8%) (Yahoo-39%)

Lazard is healthy now, and so are his stats. On Sunday, he caught four-of-six targets for 23 yards and a touchdown. He is the clear number two receiver behind Davante Adams, which should deliver plenty of fantasy points in all contests. On the schedule, the Packers face Philadelphia, Detroit, Carolina, and Tennessee. Treat Lazard as a number three wide receiver as long as he is healthy.

Breshad Perriman-NYJ (ESPN-14.4%) (Yahoo-12%)

Perriman is finally healthy and now has recorded three straight weeks of double-digit fantasy points while getting into the end zone three times during that time. Perriman is a vertical receiver, and it narrows his volume scope for PPR leagues. He is averaging 20 yards per catch, and when he hits the big one, he will make up plenty of points—a nice flex option. The Jets face the Raiders and Seahawks next.

Jakobi Meyers-NE (ESPN-46.4%) (Yahoo-52%)

Cam Newton completed only nine passes on Sunday, but five of them went to Meyers. His five receptions went for 52 yards. Meyers now has at least 10 fantasy points in five of six contests and is Newton’s primary target. He won’t get many chances to score as the Patriots offense is dismal, and Newton robs players at the goal line.

Others to Consider: TY Hilton (IND), Hunter Renfrow (LAS), Olabisi Johnson (MIN), Gabriel Davis (BUF), Demarcus Robinson (KC), Keelan Cole (JAX), Denzel Mims (NYJ), Corey Davis (TEN), Sterling Shepard (NYG).

 

Tight Ends:

Trey Burton-IND (ESPN-6.0%) (Yahoo-19%)

Burton has been the clear number one tight end for the Colts since returning from injury. The stronghold on Burton is volume. Not only do the Colts spread the ball around like soft butter, but they also have two other tight ends that are solid in Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox. On Sunday, Burton caught three balls for 42 yards and a touchdown on six targets. Indianapolis has the Texans, Raiders, and Texans again.

Others to Consider: Logan Thomas (WAS), Jordan Reed (SF), Jimmy Graham (CHI), Dalton Schultz (DAL).

 

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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 12

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries. My goal is to find you the best player available for the lowest owned percentage. Therefore, you will see some of the more prominent names under others to consider.

Quarterbacks:

Tua Tagovailoa-MIA (ESPN-36.8%) (Yahoo-45%)

We are looking at streaming options for quarterbacks at this point in the season, so ignore Tagovailoa being benched. This week he has the New York Jets, and high school athletes could perform well against this defense. Tagovailoa hasn’t had the most impressive start. It isn’t easy when comparing him to rookies Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert as they have been top-notch. However, Tagovailoa has thrown six touchdowns and zero interceptions since taking over the starting role.

Others to Consider: Taysom Hill (NO), Jameis Winston (NO), Alex Smith (WAS), Derek Carr (LAS), Baker Mayfield(CLE).

 

Running Backs:

Salvon Ahmed-MIA  (ESPN-42.0%) (Yahoo-45%)

Myles Gaskin isn’t too far off from returning. However, Ahmed was still reliable on Sunday with his 12 carries for 43-yards while adding five receptions against a quality defense in the Denver Broncos. He is an athlete that has a strong floor due to his catching ability and makes an excellent flex option in all leagues.

Gus Edwards-BAL (ESPN-7.3%) (Yahoo-45%)

Both JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out against the Steelers this Thursday. Looks for Edwards to lead the team in carries and be an active participant in the passing game. Justice Hill will have a share, but not enough to keep the volume away from Edwards. Grab him in all leagues.

James White-NE (ESPN-36.8%) (Yahoo-45%)

White caught six passes for 64 yards and added 19 yards on the ground, making him an RB15 in PPR leagues. White is only valuable in those formats, but he hasn’t been as consistent as he was in the last few seasons. With Rex Burkhead being injured, the volume should open up for him as the Patriots passing down back. New England will play the Cardinals, Chargers, and Rams next.

Others to Consider: Justice Hill (BAL), Frank Gore (NYJ), Benny Snell (PIT), Samaje Perine (CIN), JK Dobbins (BAL), Carlos Hyde (SEA). Wayne Gallman (NYG).

Wide Receivers:

Michael Pittman-IND (ESPN-24.4%) (Yahoo-45%)

Since coming off his injury, Pittman is getting more attention each week. In Week 9, he saw seven targets, which resulted in a 4-56 stat line. In Week 10, he also added seven receptions for 101 yards. On Sunday against the Packers, Pittman caught three balls for 66 yards and scored a touchdown. Now, he will face soft defenses in Houston (twice), Las Vegas, and Tennessee.

Tim Patrick-Den (ESPN-14.0%) (Yahoo-45%)

Patrick continues to be useful as the downfield threat for Drew Lock. Patrick caught five of his eight targets for 119 yards against the Dolphins. The biggest play came when he caught a 61-yard pass at the end of the game. He has surpassed 100-yards three times this season and continues to be involved in the offense. The Broncos will face the Saints next week.

Nelson Agholor-LAS (ESPN-24.4%) (Yahoo-45%)

Agholor had a big game against the Chiefs. He caught six of nine targets for 88-yards and a touchdown. This was a nice bounce-back week as he only brought in one ball against Denver in Week 10. Agholor led the team in targets and has more snaps than any receiver on the team this season. He hasn’t been the most consistent but has six touchdowns to go along with 24 receptions and 443 yards this year. The Raiders face Atlanta next week.

Others to Consider: Cole Beasley (BUF), Allen Lazard (GB), Damiere Byrd (NE), Willie Snead (NO), Curtis Samuel(CAR), Sterling Shepard (NYG).

Tight Ends:

Jordan Reed-SF (ESPN-24.4%) (Yahoo-45%)

The 49ers were off last week, but Reed caught five of his six targets for 62 yards against the Saints in Week 10 and the top target for Nick Mullens. George Kittle may be out for the rest of the season, and San Francisco enjoys throwing to their tight end. Upcoming for Reed and the 49ers are Rams, Bills, and Washington.

Others to Consider: Logan Thomas (WAS), Jordan Aikens(HOU), Dalton Schultz (DAL).

 

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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 11

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries. My goal is to find you the best player available for the lowest owned percentage. Therefore, you will see some of the more prominent names under others to consider.

Quarterbacks:

Tua TagovailoaMIA (ESPN-32.6%) (Yahoo-45%)

Three games in, and Tagovailoa is performing well. He has five touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Tagovailoa has not thrown for over 300-yards and hasn’t done much with his legs (34 yards), as many had suspected. He is developing but not as quickly as Justin Herbert or Joe Burrow. With that said, he makes a reliable streaming option each week. He has Broncos, Jets, Bengals on deck.

Others to Consider: Alex Smith (WAS), Jameis Winston (NO), Daniel Jones (NYG), Derek Carr (OAK).

Running Backs:

Nyheim Hines-IND (ESPN-41.8%) (Yahoo-41%)

Hines looked spectacular against Tennessee and better all-around than rookie Jonathan Taylor. Hines has shown to be more explosive and can add to the passing game much more than Taylor. In fact, Hines leads the entire team in receptions and touchdowns through the air. He also has gotten red zone looks. The down arrow is on Taylor while the up arrow belongs to Hines. Next up, Packers, Titans, Texans.

Salvon Ahmed-MIA (ESPN-0.4%) (Yahoo-7%)

The Dolphins can’t seem to land on a running back. Jordan Howard was the starter to enter the season, but he was recently released. Then Myles Gaskin was successful but got hurt. Matt Breida has been there, but he isn’t much more than a passing-down back and scenario situation runner, and he is also could be out next week. Ahmed rushed for 85-yards on 21 carries and hit pay dirt. Not too shabby for someone who has spent their rookie season on two different teams and the practice squad. He has Broncos, Jets, Bengals on deck.

Devontae Booker-LAS (ESPN-1.4%) (Yahoo-3%)

Booker took apart the Broncos on Sunday as he rushed for 81-yards and two touchdowns while Jacobs chipped in for his 112 and two scores. Booker’s touchdowns came late in the game, but he has been impressive over the last few weeks. In Week 5, he put up 62 yards, then rushed for 68-yards and a score in Week 9. Jacobs is still the “man,” but Booker makes a case to be a top tier hand-cuff. Next up, the Raiders face the Chiefs, Falcons, and Jets.

Others to Consider: Kalen Ballage (LAC), Wayne Gallman(NYG), Damien Harris (NE).

Wide Receivers:

Jakobi Meyers-NE (ESPN-22.3%) (Yahoo-48%)

Meyers has been the receiver that N’Keal Harry has not. On Sunday, Meyers threw a touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead and went strong for the last three contests. He put up five receptions for 59 yards in horrid weather and seems to be the go-to receiver for Cam Newton. Julian Edelman will return shortly, but he looks like he needs to retire. Meyers should be added in all leagues. The Patriots have Texans, Cardinals, and Chargers next up.

Keelan Cole-JAC (ESPN-13.8%) (Yahoo-23%)

A typical boom or bust candidate, Cole caught a touchdown and was second in targets behind Chris Conley against the Packers on Sunday. Before that, he combined for 18 yards in two games. However, three weeks ago, against the Lions, Cole went HAM and caught six balls for 143 yards. He isn’t a superstar but should get a continuous volume of targets as the Jaguars are always behind in games.

Cole Beasley-BUF (ESPN-46.7%) (Yahoo-50%)

Beasley makes the list of those that should not be on this list. Beasley has been solid all-season for the Bills outside of Josh Allen’s down games. On Sunday, he caught 11 of 13 targets for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. It’s shocking to see him available in 50% of leagues and is a must-own in PPR. The Bills face the Chargers, 49ers, Steelers next.

Others to Consider: Jalen Reagor (PHI), Allen Lazard (GB), Josh Reynolds (LAR), Michael Pittman (IND), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB), Breshad Perriman (NYJ), Michael Gallup (DAL), Jakeem Grant (MIA), Cam Sims (WAS).

Tight Ends:

Logan Thomas-WAS (ESPN-19.6%) (Yahoo-35%)

Outside of Travis Kelce, the tight end position has been a mess for fantasy owners. The only other player that could be trusted is George Kittle, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. Also interesting is someone like Thomas is still highly available. Maybe, it’s because he plays for the WFT (WTF). Thomas now has double-digit scoring in five games with four receptions.

Others to Consider: Tyler Higbee (LAR), Jordan Reed (SF), Trey Burton (IND), Jordan Akins (HOU), Adam Trautman(NO).

 

 

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