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Fantasy Football: Week 14 starts, sits 12.09.16 at 11:22 am ET
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rotobahn-logoWelcome to the Week 14 starts and sits. I have some recommendations for both seasonal leagues and for DraftKings. As always, if you are looking for recommendations on players not listed in this space, consult my free lineup rankings over at Rotobahn. They will be fully updated by Saturday night, after final injury reports come out, and they are comprehensive.

I hope you all join Jim Hackett and me for this week’s edition of the Fantasy Football Hour. We’ll be live at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, and you can listen on WEEI.com if you are a late riser. It’s usually posted on the home page by mid-morning. I’ll also tweet a link to the show once it is up.

Follow @rotobahn on Twitter if you want to keep up with all of our fantasy stuff.

QUARTERBACKS

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Jameis Winston, Buccaneers vs. Saints, $6,700

I like Winston as a starter in just about any situation this week. He’s a nice value on DraftKings and gives you a potent 1-2 punch if you stack him with Mike Evans. To have a big game, Winston will have to use his tight end and running backs, and I think he will. Three hundred passing yards and multiple scores is very doable in this matchup — one of the best Winston has had in 2016. It’s also worth noting that the Saints typically play uptempo and generally have good game scripts for fantasy purposes. They defend the run better than they defend the pass.

Kirk Cousins, Washington at Eagles, $6,300

There’s always the risk of an ugly game when divisional rivals meet, but I like Cousins in this spot. He held his own against a tougher opponent last week and I think he can excel against this more familiar opponent. He’s clicking with a lot of his receivers right now, so the big plays can come from a lot of different places, and we may even see the return of Jordan Reed. The Eagles corners have been struggling in recent weeks, giving up 300-yard performances to Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton. In Week 11 they gave up plenty of production to Russell Wilson and also a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin. They are more vulnerable than the season stats indicate.

Andy Dalton, Bengals at Browns, $6,100

I’m starting him this week in a big playoff tilt, so if I am wrong, you can take some comfort that I suffered for my blunder. Really, though, Dalton is in a good spot here. Cleveland obviously is a good matchup and Dalton is playing rather well right now. I don’t think he has enough upside to have big exposure in my DraftKings lineups this week, but I like his floor enough to use him in seasonal leagues if I don’t have a better option. I’m using him on a team where he’s my No. 2 guy behind Marcus Mariota. With the Titans playing Denver, I am hesitant to use Mariota.

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Fantasy Football: Week 14 waiver wire 12.06.16 at 10:59 am ET
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rotobahn-logoWelcome to the waiver wire, everybody, and props to all those who just qualified for the postseason. It’s Week 14, and in the vast majority of leagues that means half of the teams now are toast. So, while most waiver wires have been picked pretty clean over the last 13 weeks, there will be fewer GMs to compete with when making bids or claims this week. There are some relative values out there in case you have a need or if you want to bolster your bench a bit. The quarterback market is pretty light, but most of you probably are in good shape there. Based on ownership rates, Joe Flacco is the guy to add this week for depth or if you need a Week 14 option. The pickings at the other positions are a little better, as you will see. The plum of this week’s crop probably is Ladarius Green, who busted out against the Giants in Week 13.

As always, I will be working through game film, and I will add a few new names when I post the expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn on Tuesday afternoon, along with another waiver wire podcast. The pod is a good quick listen, and I will tweet a link to it on as soon as it’s posted. Go here to follow @Rotobahn on Twitter.

If you have tough lineup decisions this week, look for my starts and sits article, which will be posted on WEEI this Friday as always. My lineup rankings, posted at Rotobahn, will go up on Thursday and will have a final update on Saturday.

Good luck to all this week!

The ownership rates listed for each player were sourced from Yahoo!

QUARTERBACKS

Joe Flacco, Ravens, 23 percent

He’s a stable weekly option who happens to be hot right now. The Ravens play a solid playoff schedule, and Flacco is a decent-to-good play each week going forward. Stable. Solid. Decent. I know it’s not exciting, but he can keep you competitive.

Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 63 percent

Taylor has nice playoff matchups, and he has Sammy Watkins back, too. Watkins gives him an actual weapon defenses must respect. Taylor can start for you over the next three weeks, though his play has been erratic the last few games. The bottom line is that he is a dynamic running threat and that gives him a decent weekly floor. The schedule and Watkins’ return give him some ceiling to go with it.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, 26 percent

He’s not an option I like this week, but you can consider adding him for his matchup in Week 15 when the Dolphins travel to play the Jets. The Jets are barely playing football right now and look ready to fold up like a cheap tent. They made Dwayne Allen look like Kellen Winslow Sr. on Monday night.

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Fantasy Football: Week 13 starts, sits 12.02.16 at 12:10 pm ET
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rotobahn-logoWelcome to the Week 13 starts and sits. I have plenty of recommendations for both seasonal leagues and for DraftKings. As always, if you are looking for recommendations on players not listed in this space, consult my free lineup rankings over at Rotobahn. They will be fully updated by Saturday night, after final injury reports come out, and they are comprehensive.

I hope you all join Jim Hackett and me for this week’s edition of the Fantasy Football Hour. We’ll be live at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, and you can listen on WEEI.com if you are a late riser. It’s usually posted on the home page by mid-morning. I’ll also tweet a link to the show once it is up.

Follow @rotobahn on Twitter if you want to keep up with all of our fantasy stuff.

QUARTERBACKS

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Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford, Lions at Saints, $7,600 and $7,000, respectively

This is about the game itself to some degree, so I am putting these two together. Obviously, these guys both are strong plays in seasonal leagues. You should feel good if you are starting either one of them. The decision regarding their DraftKings viability is just a tick more complex because of cost. Having said that, I will absolutely be constructing several lineups for both of these quarterbacks and I can sum up my reasoning very easily. The Superdome. The Saints score points at home almost without exception. And the Lions are a team that can play shootout football without much trouble. It’s in Stafford’s DNA. So I want plenty of Superdome action this weekend.

Andrew Luck, Colts at Jets, $7,300

Once again, the reasoning here is easy to sum up. The Jets. They just don’t do enough to stop the pass. Will they hit Andrew Luck? Definitely, but unless they knock him out of the game, he will dust himself off and continue to torch New York’s woeful secondary. Playing Luck is good business in Week 13. He’s an obvious strong play in all seasonal formats and he has a big ceiling on DraftKings.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Bears, $6,100

This is getting boring. I put him here every week as a nice low-cost option and he keeps getting it done. Once again, it’s about his style of play (a running quarterback) and the fact that Chip Kelly’s offense runs more plays than other offenses. Kaepernick will get plenty of carries and passing attempts as well. It’s all about the volume.

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Fantasy Football: Week 13 waiver wire 11.29.16 at 10:56 am ET
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rotobahn-logoWelcome to the Week 13 waiver wire. It’s white-knuckle time for a lot of fantasy teams. First-round byes and playoff spots are at stake in most leagues, so my focus this week will be on players who can move the needle and make a difference.

As always, I will be posting an expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn along with a quick podcast. Both will be posted this afternoon. It should be helpful for those of you playing in deeper formats or for those who have acute Week 13 needs. The final update will be at 7 p.m., so you’ll have time to digest it before making tonight’s bids or claims.

I will have full lineup rankings posted at Rotobahn in advance of Thursday’s game with the usual weekend update before Sunday’s games.

The ownership rates listed for each player were sourced from Yahoo!

QUARTERBACKS

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, 24 percent

He’s an erratic passer, but in Chip Kelly’s offense he’s a fantasy star because he is featured as both a runner and a passer. He’s got 373 rushing yards on the year so far, and that’s quite a bit when you consider that he was a backup for the first five weeks. This week Kaepernick visits the Bears, and that’s a green-light matchup.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets, 16 percent

He’s got the Colts this week, so he is a very solid play. If you are a Marcus Mariota owner in need of an option, you could do a lot worse then Fitz in Week 13. He has enough weapons and the Jets should have Nick Mangold back, which means they will run it better. That should set up Quincy Enunwa and Brandon Marshall in the play-action game.

Carson Wentz, Eagles, 37 percent

His matchups over the next three weeks are pretty good for the pass, so Wentz is a pretty good backup option. He’s been throwing more, and he ran for his first touchdown in Week 12. It won’t be his last. The Eagles visit the Bengals this week.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, 28 percent

He’s gained a measure of functionality the last few weeks. Touchdown passes are up, but yardage still leaves something to be desired. He’s a reasonably good QB2 option if you need one. His schedule is mediocre, but this week’s matchup with the Ravens is not bad for the pass, and he gets the Jets in Week 15.

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Fantasy Football: Week 12 starts, sits 11.25.16 at 3:32 pm ET
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rotobahn-logoWelcome to the Week 12 starts and sits. I have plenty of recommendations for both seasonal leagues and for DraftKings. As always, if you are looking for recommendations on players not listed in this space, consult my free lineup rankings over at Rotobahn. They will be fully updated by Saturday night after final injury reports come out, and they are comprehensive.

I hope you all join Jim Hackett and me for this week’s edition of the Fantasy Football Hour. We’ll be live at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning and you can listen on WEEI.com if you are a late riser. It’s usually posted on the home page by mid-morning. I’ll also tweet a link to the show once it is up. Follow me on Twitter if you want to keep up with all of our fantasy stuff.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Panthers, $6,100

He should have a nice day here, at home vs. a team that is more vulnerable versus the pass than the run. Speaking of the run, it’s almost a certainty that Luke Kuechly misses this one. That’s an obvious plus for Carr and company. I’m stacking him with Amari Cooper.

Cam Newton, Panthers at Raiders, $6,800

Fantasy psychology is a tricky thing. Cam’s been playing poorly. The obvious move is to look at the trend and play a more secure matchup, and that is what most folks will do. I think the more savvy player will run to Cam this week to take advantage of his low price and potentially low ownership. Meanwhile, he is one of the few quarterbacks on the Sunday slate with 40-point potential. He’s a solid play in seasonal leagues too because of the good matchup. And, if you like a good narrative, it’s possible that Cam is extra jacked for this one, because they will need him at his best to win without Luke Keuchly. I’m stacking him with Greg Olsen.

Eli Manning, Giants at Browns, $6,500

This game reeks of a blowout, and that could end up shutting the New York passing game down early, but this is a game where Manning could easily post 30 plus fantasy points in three quarters. The Browns simply cannot handle all of the Giants weapons. Manning could easily be the quarterback to own this Sunday and I will have some shares of him when I put my tournament lineups together. I have him ranked as a QB1 in seasonal leagues. I’ll stack him with Odell Beckham, and also Sterling Shepard in a few places.

Jared Goff, Rams at Saints, $5,200

Admittedly, this is a bit of an attention-grabber. I don’t expect or even want most of you to play Goff, but I think he could really surprise this week in this matchup. The Rams will need points in this game. They will not be able to play anywhere near as conservative as they did in Week 11. The Rams should be able to run effectively and that should set up Goff to make some plays, because his receivers should be able to win some battles with the Saints’ defensive backs. I will have a few Goff lineups in DraftKings tournaments. He’ll be low-owned and he’ll open up some cool lineup possibilities. I think he’s a compelling play if you don’t mind the obvious risks. If you have the guts to play him, I’d stack him with Kenny Britt.

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Fantasy Football: Week 12 waiver wire 11.22.16 at 12:48 pm ET
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rotobahn-logoWelcome to the Week 12 waiver wire. In an odd Goodellian twist of scheduling, there are no byes this week, yet the 2016 byes are not over. Both Cleveland and Tennessee will take their weeks of rest in Week 13. Of course, while we do have a full 16-game slate this week, it is of the typical Thanksgiving variety — with multiple mid-week games and a relatively short Sunday slate.

As always, I will be posting an expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn along with a quick podcast. Both should be posted around mid-afternoon. It’s useful for those of you playing in deeper formats or if you have acute Week 12 needs. The final update will be around 7 p.m.

This week’s lineup rankings will be posted earlier than normal due to the holiday. Look for those on Wednesday evening.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

The ownership rates listed for each player were sourced from Yahoo!

QUARTERBACKS

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, 18 percent

His remaining schedule is not too bad and he’s been mixing in plenty of runs to boost his weekly floor. So while some folks are focused on his mediocre accuracy, you can just focus on fantasy points and add Kaepernick as a solid QB2 in deeper formats. He’s a viable weekly starter in 12-team 2QB formats.

Carson Wentz, Eagles, 32 percent

He’s made it through the rough patch in his schedule and he’s got a pretty good schedule the rest of the way, including a great matchup with Green Bay’s sieve-like secondary. He’s a good add right now as a QB2 in 12-team leagues because he has playable matchups in all of his remaining games.

Sam Bradford, Vikings, 12 percent

He gets the Lions this week. That makes him a viable option if you need him. In fact, the rest of the Vikings schedule is pass favorable, so he’s not a bad add on the off chance they get their offense figured out.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 starts, sits 11.18.16 at 10:08 am ET
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rotobahn-logoWelcome to the Week 11 starts and sits. I have plenty of recommendations for both seasonal leagues and for DraftKings. As always, if you are looking for recommendations on players not listed in this space, consult my free lineup rankings over at Rotobahn. They will be fully updated by Saturday night after final injury reports come out, and they are comprehensive.

I hope you all join Jim Hackett and me for this week’s edition of the Fantasy Football Hour. We’ll be live at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning and you can listen on WEEI.com if you are a late riser. It’s usually posted on the home page by mid-morning.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Marcus Mariota, Titans at Colts, $6,700

He’s one of the game’s hottest passers, but this is as much about the matchup as it is the player. The Colts are a good matchup for both the run and the pass. And then there’s the cost. Mariota, while among the elite in terms of performance, is still priced as a middling option on DraftKings. He gives you the best of both worlds in tournaments — elite upside and reasonable cost. He makes a good start in all seasonal leagues as well.

Kirk Cousins, Washington vs. Packers, $5,800

The Packers are a very good matchup for passers, and Cousins gets them away from Lambeau Field. Washington has surrounded Cousins with a lot of good targets, so I’m not too worried if DeSean Jackson is forced to sit out with his shoulder injury. I’d consider stacking Cousins with either Jordan Reed ($5,900) or Jamison Crowder ($5,400), and it’s not crazy to play both.

Dak Prescott, Cowboys vs. Ravens, $6,000

The Ravens have a mediocre secondary, and their best cornerback, Jimmy Smith, is not a lock to play this week with a back injury. That makes Dez Bryant ($7,200) a player to consider when choosing a stack option this week. The combined cost ($13,200) is very reasonable — leaving you with plenty of ways to construct the rest of your roster.

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