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Fantasy Football: Week 16 waiver wire 12.16.14 at 10:15 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 16 waiver wire! I think congratulations are in order for most of you. If you are still playing this time of year, you are either in a bowl game, or at worst a semifinal game. That’€™s obviously outstanding news, but it also represents a logistical change as far as free agency is concerned. For one, you are now competing against a single team for pickups, so you are very likely to get a top option and you also have no need for long-term depth as only this week matters. Lastly, and most importantly, you probably have a team filled with studs — that’€™s why you are still alive. Having a great squad can lead to over confidence, so don’t fall into that trap. You need to be proactive this week whether you need players or not. Remember, any player you do not add is there for your opponent. So, if you are all set with your starting lineup, you should scout your opponent and isolate their biggest need and go after the free agent who best fills that need. Be proactive and leave no stone unturned.

I will be posting my usual expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn this afternoon. It’€™s free, so head on over if you play in a deep format or are looking for some defensive teams to stream in Week 16.

As always, the ownership percentages are listed for each player. These rates of ownership are based on Yahoo! leagues, which tend to be smaller and more representative of the 10-team leagues most of us play in. Obviously, these numbers are mostly for perspective. What really matters is which players are available in your particular league, and you’€™ll need to do the legwork on that.

To keep pace with all WEEI and Rotobahn fantasy football content, including Sunday chats and The Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACK

Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 55 percent

He’€™s a good bet to bounce back against Washington, who are very beatable through the air. Sanchez is not a desirable play, but he’€™s probably the best thing you can pluck off of the average waiver wire for Week 16.

Eli Manning, Giants — 61 percent

He’€™s the best guy out there on a lot of waiver wires, but he has a tough matchup at St. Louis this week. The good news is the Giants seem to have rallied around head coach Tom Coughlin and their exciting rookie receiver Odell Beckham. Manning will get you serviceable stats, but the Rams should take the big game off the table.

Kyle Orton, Bills –€” 13 percent

They have a good road matchup and they are riding high after their stunning win over the Packers in Buffalo last week. This is a road matchup, but it’€™s at Oakland and that should provide Orton with ample point-scoring opportunity. He’€™s a good pickup if you are in a jam.

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Fantasy Football: Week 15 starts, sits 12.12.14 at 10:38 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 15 starts and sits! It’s high-stakes fantasy football in all leagues this week. A loss means a spot in the consolation round next weekend while a win earns you a trip to the bowl game … unless you play in a league that uses Week 17 (bad idea) for its big game. I’ve done my best to find some good talent that is not too obvious or obscure. I mean, if you have an elite quarterback, you don’t need me to tell you to start him. If you are looking for advice on players not listed in this space, you can check out my full lineup rankings over at Rotobahn. They are comprehensive and they are free of cost or obligation.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday morning for another episode of the Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett. If you have last-minute lineup concerns, you should check out my Sunday chat. It takes place right here at WEEI.com and it runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

If you want to keep track of all our fantasy football content, both here and at Rotobahn, follow me on Twitter. I send out links to all fresh articles and chats as well.

QUARTERBACK

Start

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Saints

He’s got QB1 upside in all formats, but he’s always a potential adventure, and I am sure some of the Cutler owners out there are concerned about the loss of Brandon Marshall. It’s certainly not a positive, but the Bears have enough depth at the skill positions to weather the storm. I expect new starter Marquess Wilson to perform well, and Cutler still has Alshon Jefferey, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte to work with. The Bears’ starter can help you. He’s my 11th-ranked QB this week.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles vs. Cowboys

I am sure that last week scared some people off of Sanchez as a fantasy option. Even by my own math, there are about 12 options that I would rather use, but if Sanchez is your highest-ranked option, you need not worry too much. He’s more than capable of posting QB1-caliber numbers this week at home against Dallas. Collectively, the Eagles receivers are more talented than the Cowboys defensive backs.

Eli Manning, Giants vs. Washington

He’s not a lock for a great performance, but he’s a viable play this week, and Odell Beckham gives him a weapon potent enough to score from any spot on the gridiron. Manning can help you this week if you need a quarterback in any league. You throw to beat Washington, and I suspect that is what the Giants will do … throw a lot and win.

Johnny Manziel, Browns vs. Bengals

If you are looking for a lock starter, then Manziel can’t help you. Guys making their first NFL start will always be a bit unpredictable, but there is a place for Manziel in a lot of lineups. I know I will have him active in a few leagues this weekend on teams where I have been streaming my quarterback all season long. To me, Manziel and his foot-point potential offer a higher floor and ceiling than most of the other streaming options such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Joe Flacco or Kyle Orton. He should be good for decent numbers and has plenty of upside because he can score for you as a runner or a passer. It’s Johnny Football time, and he’s playable if you need him.

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Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins at Patriots

New England is a tough matchup for Tannehill on paper. It goes something like this: The Patriots are outstanding at funneling the underneath routes to the middle of the field, which should limit the Dolphins in terms of moving the chains. The deep game is limited by Tannehill himself, as his deep-ball accuracy has been exceedingly poor. I’m not touching the Dolphins passing game this weekend if I can avoid it.

Andy Dalton, Bengals at Browns

He’s a one-trick pony right now going up against a deep defense that can handle Dalton’s single trick (A.J. Green) while slowing down the running game. Dalton will need to play well above average to post good numbers here, and I am not betting on that in such a crucial situation.

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Fantasy Football: Week 15 waiver wire 12.09.14 at 9:44 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 15 waiver wire! As I said last week, if you are reading this then congratulations are in order. Almost all fantasy leagues are now in the playoff stage and most are having their semifinal round this week. With the stakes so high and with waiver wire competition reduced considerably, our focus has officially changed. Depth is no longer a high priority. It’s time to focus on players who can move the needle. This week is all about your starting lineup, and perhaps your competition’€™s lineup. What we want to do is to add the players we need and also clear out any options that could give our Week 15 opponents an advantage. So, if you have no need at running back and your opponent does, you might want to add a player like Jonathan Stewart anyway, just to keep him away from your competition. It’€™s time to get in that frame of mind. Every point counts!

I will be posting my usual expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn this afternoon. It’€™s free, so head on over if you play in a deep format or are looking for some defensive teams to stream in Week 15.

As always, the ownership percentages are listed for each player. These rates of ownership are based on Yahoo! leagues, which tend to be smaller and more representative of the 10-team leagues most of us play in. Obviously, these numbers are mostly for perspective. What really matters is which players are available in your particular league, and you’€™ll need to do the legwork on that.

To keep pace with all WEEI and Rotobahn fantasy football content, including Sunday chats and The Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACK

Eli Manning, Giants — 58 percent

Manning can’€™t take you all the way home, but he can help you this week with a home matchup against a Washington team in total disarray. Expect good overall results and a whole lot of Manning to Odell Beckham. Just be ready to start another option if you advance to Week 16 because I am not liking the Giants matchup at St. Louis next week.

Johnny Manziel, Browns — 22 percent

The timing for those streaming their quarterbacks could not be better. Manziel is a potential big game performer in Week 15, but he is also a wildcard with no track record. Personally, as a guy with a few “streaming”€ teams in the semifinals, I am looking at starting Manziel this week over the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sean Hill and Josh McCown. Obviously, this recommendation hinges upon Manziel officially being named the starter, and I expect that to happen later on today — well in advance of tonight’€™s waiver bidding.

Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles, Eagles — 53 and 28 percent respectively

If you are in need of a good Week 16 matchup, this could be a place to look and you can consider adding both players. Personally, I doubt that Philadelphia will push Foles back under center unless Sanchez implodes, but that is pure speculation. Just keep in mind that the Eagles quarterback will have value in Week 16 with a home game against Washington. You can add one or both preemptively, or just get ready to pounce next week depending on your roster limits and logistics.

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Fantasy Football: Week 14 starts, sits 12.05.14 at 8:53 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 14 starts and sits! It’s win-or-go-home time in most fantasy football leagues, so lineup decisions potentially are crucial. If you are looking for a second opinion on players not listed in this article, head over to my site, Rotobahn, and check out our full lineup rankings for Week 14.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday morning for another episode of the Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett. If you have last-minute lineup concerns, you should check out my Sunday chat. It takes place right here at WEEI.com and it runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

If you want to keep track of all our fantasy football content, both here and at Rotobahn, follow me on Twitter. I send out links to all fresh articles and chats as well.

QUARTERBACK

Start

Matt Ryan, Falcons at Packers

The Falcons are going to trail in this game, and it should happen fast. They will go into this game knowing that they’ll have to score a lot of points to win. They will try to get Steven Jackson going to set up some play-action for Ryan to work off of, but in the end, the Falcons have to throw to have any chance at all. Ryan should post solid fantasy statistics based on volume of attempts, and he’s got big-game potential if he gets some pass protection.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Bengals

It’s hard to see Roethlisberger not making some plays in this game. He’s got a lot of places to throw the football, and his team will need the points based on the way the Steelers have played defense recently. He’s playable if you need him.

Eli Manning, Giants at Titans

He’s a viable option in deeper leagues if you are in need. The Titans are an easy mark, and Manning has enough weapons to get the job done, most notably Odell Beckham. It might not always be pretty, but Manning should have decent numbers by the end of the day. Remember, the Giants need to develop their offense as much as they need to win. New York’s season ended weeks ago. The remaining games are about establishing things that can carry over to 2015. Expect plenty of pass attempts.

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Joe Flacco, Ravens at Dolphins

His receivers are an issue, with Steve Smith slowing down and Torrey Smith nursing a sore knee. The Dolphins defense represents a tough road matchup, so this is a situation to avoid. I’ve got at least 16 quarterbacks ranked higher than Flacco this week.

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Fantasy Football: Week 14 waiver wire 12.02.14 at 10:23 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 14 waiver wire! If you are here reading this then congratulations are probably in order. The playoffs start in most leagues this week, which means it’€™s win-or-go-home time. Rather than list every player worthy of consideration as I do on most weeks, I’€™m more focused on players who can actually move the needle for you. This is because after the thinning of the herd, we are dealing mostly with strong rosters. These are the options that even good teams should consider.

For those of you in really deep leagues or who just happen to have a hurting roster that snuck into the playoffs, I will be posting my usual expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn this afternoon. It’€™s free, so head on over if you want more options.

As always, the ownership percentages are listed for each player. These rates of ownership are based on Yahoo! leagues, which tend to be smaller and more representative of the 10-team leagues most of us play in. Obviously, these numbers are mostly for perspective. What really matters is which players are available in your particular league, and you’€™ll need to do the legwork on that.

To keep pace with all WEEI and Rotobahn fantasy football content, including Sunday chats and The Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACK

Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 53 percent

He’€™s got a tough home matchup this week against Seattle, but he closes things out with Dallas and Washington, so he has value if you are streaming your quarterback position, or if you are mixing and matching. The ex-Jet is posting solid numbers as an Eagle and is a good pickup in any league.

Johnny Manziel, Browns — 12 percent

This one is still a bit speculative, but I expect head coach Mike Pettine to make the switch to Manziel this week. Without starting center Alex Mack, the offense is in need of a spark. The Browns host the Colts this week and have no more bad matchups on their schedule. As with Sanchez, Manziel can be an asset if you are streaming or playing matchups at quarterback.

Colt McCoy, Washington — 6 percent

He may be able to help you in bigger formats. McCoy is performing well in head coach Jay Gruden’€™s offense. He’€™s playable this week against the visiting Rams, but is more appealing in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Giants and Eagles.

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Fantasy Football: Week 13 starts, sits 11.28.14 at 10:14 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 13 starts and sits! I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving, and I really hope that none of you started Tony Romo. It’s money time for a lot of us, and I have some suggestions below as I always do. Full Week 13 lineup rankings have been posted at Rotobahn. So, if you want my take on players not listed here, check them out.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday morning for another episode of the Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett. If you have last-minute lineup concerns, you should check out my Sunday chat. It takes place right here at WEEI.com and it runs from 11 a.m. to noon every Sunday.

If you want to keep track of all my fantasy football content, both here and at Rotobahn, follow me on Twitter. I send out links to all fresh content.

QUARTERBACK

Start

Eli Manning, Giants at Jaguars

This is not a hard call. The Giants may be out of it, but they still are trying to get their new offense perfected, and the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. has breathed some life into things. I expect starting-caliber numbers from Manning in Week 13.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins at Jets

I still have some trust issues with Tannehill, but he has a lot going for him in this game. The Jets defense may not be awful, but you clearly throw to beat them. That will help Tannehill, as will his improved cast of receivers, led by rookie Jarvis Landry, who has given him the go-to option he’s lacked since taking over the job back in 2012. The Jets also will be susceptible to deep threat Mike Wallace, as they have issues on the back end. I see fantasy success for Tannehill on Monday night.

Zach Mettenberger, Titans at Texans

He’s not an option to consider for most of you. Having said that, if you need help in a deep format, Mettenberger has proven worthy of consideration. He’s an interesting case in that his college skill talent was better than his NFL skill talent. The rookie played at LSU and his outside weapons were Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. He also had Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue in his backfield. Not bad, right? The plus in this is that Mettenberger has a natural inclination to trust his receivers, and that’s probably rooted in playing with Beckham and Landry — who both make ridiculous catches with stunning regularity. The point of my long-winded explanation is that Mettenberger has a weapon in Justin Hunter, and the key to unlocking him is trust, because he’s a receiver who is never really covered due to his size advantage and leaping ability. This is a quarterback-receiver relationship that could go either way over the long haul, but if things click, they could click in a major way. This is a connection to watch over the rest of 2014, and Mettenberger is a player to consider in 14-team leagues.

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Fantasy Football: Week 13 waiver wire 11.25.14 at 10:29 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 13 waiver wire! I have to say, I am surprised at the amount of high-quality options that are still available in most leagues. If you need to do some fine-tuning this week, you are in pretty good shape based on current ownership rates. The fact that you are here reading this means you still have something to play for and that’s good news in and of itself. Let’s make Week 13 count!

As always, the ownership percentages are listed for each player. These rates of ownership are based on Yahoo! leagues, which tend to be smaller and more representative of the 10-team leagues most of us play in. Obviously, these numbers are mostly for perspective. What really matters is which players are available in your particular league, and you’ll need to do the legwork on that.

If you play in a large format with 12 or more teams, check out my expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn. It will be posted early this afternoon. Check it out –€” it’€™s free.

To keep pace with all WEEI and Rotobahn fantasy football content, including Sunday chats and The Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACK

Eli Manning, Giants — 54 percent

As I have said in recent weeks, Manning has a good closing schedule and one of the best young receivers in the game. You can ride Manning and Odell Beckham down the stretch in most leagues and you’€™ll be very competitive. Not bad for a couple of waiver wire players.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 53 percent

Again, it wasn’€™t pretty, but at the end of the day the numbers are there and I expect that to continue for the most part for Sanchez. The Eagles do play Seattle at home in Week 14, but that’€™s the only game where you may want to pull him.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins — 65 percent

His schedule is mediocre down the stretch, but he’€™s been productive in some tough matchups, so consider him a viable option in all formats. Tannehill travels to play the Jets this week on Monday night.

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