|Fantasy Football: Week 5 waiver wire||10.06.15 at 9:48 am ET|
Is it really Week 5 already? The NFL moves fast and as a fantasy GM, you need to keep up. I’ll endeavor to put some wind in your fantasy sails with today’s waiver wire. And remember, this morning’s addition is not the end of it. As a dedicated film geek, I watch every NFL snap every week. As soon as I post this, I will get back to the games. So head over to my free site, Rotobahn, this afternoon for my expanded wire. It will feature more players for deeper leagues and some matchup defenses for Week 5.
I’ll be back on Friday with the starts and sits, plus another DraftKings bonus article on Saturday that will delve into the best values for DraftKings lineups in Week 5. Also, check out the Fantasy Football Hour if you haven’t already. Jim Hackett and I are live every Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m and to keep pace with all my fantasy football content, follow me on Twitter.
The rates of ownership listed below are sourced from Yahoo!.
Marcus Mariota, Titans, 68 percent
Sam Bradford, Eagles, 63 percent
Neither should be available, but they are in some leagues. Both can be weekly options in 12-team leagues or matchup plays in 10-team leagues.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, 23 percent
His numbers for fantasy are not that bad and they are going to get better the rest of the way as he settles in. Winston’s remaining schedule is very favorable and he has the weapons to put up big numbers.
Alex Smith, Chiefs, 25 percent
He has a nice home matchup with the Bears this week so he’s a solid short-term pickup. Smith is doing his thing. He gets the ball out of his hand and lets his playmakers make plays. He’s a functional bye week replacement in any league.
|Fantasy Football: DraftKings Week 4||10.03.15 at 8:55 am ET|
I hope everybody had some success in Week 3. I know I did, and I am looking to get some momentum going with my Week 4 recommendations. Once again, I’ve broken the players into three cost categories, so you have options throughout DraftKings’ pricing from top to bottom. If you are looking for some help choosing your Week 4 defense, check out my Rotobahn Blog on Choosing a DraftKings Defense.
If you haven’t yet, please join Jim Hackett and me Sunday morning for The Fantasy Football Hour at 8 a.m. on 93.7. We’ll be covering Week 4 injuries, some lineup advice and plenty of DraftKings, too! In fact, we will talking about how to build a DraftKings lineup from scratch. That should be fun, and hopefully useful for some of you as well.
BIG-MONEY OPTIONS ($7,000 and up)
For my Week 4 lineups, I’m not looking to play a lot of elite quarterbacks. I just don’t see the value in paying large for a beat up Drew Brees or Andrew Luck. Having said that, if I am going to spend, I am going all out and paying for Rodgers, who is on fire and healthy. The obvious concern would be a total blowout that features a few early rushing touchdowns. As long as you are willing to take that risk, Rodgers is a nice play with stacking options at all cost levels. Randall Cobb is the elite option. James Jones is the middle stack option and for value, you have Ty Montgomery, who you will read about in a few minutes.
Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos vs. Vikings, $7,700
My guess is that the Vikings allow their star cornerback, Xavier Rhodes, to match up with Demaryius Thomas. That should leave Sanders with some room to operate against either Terrance Newman or rookie Trae Waynes. He should thrive in either matchup. If I am going to spend on a Broncos receiver this week, I will save a few bucks and play Sanders over Thomas, who is priced at 8,100 units.
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs at Bengals, $7,600
If I do spend big on a back this week, it’s going to be Charles, who fits the PPR scoring format and is a huge part of his offense no matter what the game situation is. He will be a big factor both as a receiver and as a runner.
A.J. Green, Bengals vs. Chiefs, $7,600
The Chiefs are giving up production in the passing game and Green has been producing big numbers. On paper, this is a good situation if you are looking for a big game. Yes, you pay a significant price, but Green’s a very strong play.
|Fantasy Football: Week 4 starts, sits||10.02.15 at 10:17 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 4 starts and sits! I’ve tried to find some interesting options that aren’t totally obvious, though there are a few that you probably didn’t need me for, like Karlos Williams. If you are looking for my take on players not addressed in this article, you can check out my full positional rankings over at Rotobahn.
Jim Hackett and I will be back Sunday morning from 8-9 a.m. on 93.7 with the Week 3 edition of the Fantasy Football Hour. Tune in if you haven’t already. And if you still need lineup advice on Sunday morning, feel free to attend our Week 4 chat at 11 a.m. right here on WEEI.com. There will be a link to the chat on the home page, usually an hour or two ahead of time, so get those questions in early!
If you are a daily fantasy player, look for my Week 4 DraftKings article, which will be posted Saturday morning.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills vs. Giants
No way do you go away from here. The matchup is nothing to worry about and the home crowd will be jacked to support a 2-1 team. The only issues would be the losses of LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins. Rookie Karlos Williams gives Buffalo a dynamic presence in the backfield, and the Bills still have some nice weapons in the passing game. Taylor loses some upside without Watkins, but he still is a good bet to produce QB1 numbers.
Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Chiefs
The Chiefs can be thrown on. In fact, that is how you want to go after them right now. The Bengals protect well enough where Dalton should have time to use all of his weapons, though the Chiefs can bring some heat. I expect serviceable numbers with upside for a big day if things break right. He can help you in all formats.
Derek Carr, Raiders at Bears
Carr is rolling right now, and the Bears are dismantling their team in-season, which is a rare thing in the NFL. Last week they shipped defensive end Jared Allen to the Panthers. As Patriots fans know, they also dealt linebacker John Bostic to New England for draft pick compensation. I guess coach John Fox needs some more rookies to not play, but I digress. Carr would be a solid play against a fully loaded Bears defense, so I like him plenty against this diminished version. Play him with confidence.
|Fantasy Football: Week 4 waiver wire||09.29.15 at 9:49 am ET|
As we head into Week 4, the waiver wire pickings will start to thin out. That’s because things are starting to come into focus, but it’s also because the bye weeks are starting. This week, only the Patriots and Titans are off, but that number swells to four teams in Week 5. The time to bolster your roster is now. Don’t wait until the bye week is actually upon you, as the prime talent may have been snatched up by then.
Every league has a team or two with, let’s call them, out-of-date rosters. They’re still hanging on to players who should have been given up on long ago. There’s a guy in one of my leagues who still has Reggie Wayne on his team. Don’t be that guy. Get to work on your depth now if you haven’t already.
As always, I will be adding additions to my free agent target list throughout the day as I continue to work through all of the Week 3 games. You can get a look at these deep options later on this afternoon in Rotobahn’s expanded waiver wire. It’s totally free, so check it out if you compete in a big league.
The ownership rates for each player were sourced from Yahoo!.
Marcus Mariota, Titans, 70 percent
He’s a great pickup if he is still around in your league. He’s been great so far with three straight quality starts to open his career and the scary part is that he hasn’t used his legs to create points yet. That is certainly coming at some point. This guy moves like a running back, but he one thing you need to keep in mind is that he’s got a bye this week.
|Fantasy Football: DraftKings Week 3||09.26.15 at 8:18 am ET|
I hope you all had some success in Week 2. I had it rough with a lot of Tony Romo lineups, but I am raring to go for Week 3. I’ve broken my recommendations into three cost categories, so you have options throughout DraftKings‘ pricing from top to bottom.
If you haven’t yet, please join Jim Hackett and me tomorrow morning for The Fantasy Football Hour at 8 a.m. on 93.7. We’ll be covering Week 3 injuries, some lineup advice and plenty of DraftKings, too!
BIG-MONEY OPTIONS ($7,000 and up)
Antonio Brown, Steelers at Rams, $8,900
He’s going to see a ton of targets as usual, and he can handle anybody the Rams throw at him. The return of Le’Veon Bell helps him because they like to use them in tandem. Play-action to Bell sets up a lot of nice screen opportunities for Brown, who is one of the safest plays week in and week out.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Chiefs, $8,000
Yeah, it’s a boatload of coin, but with it you get the league’s best quarterback going against a defense that has been giving up passing yards and touchdowns through the first two games. The fact that Eddie Lacy is banged up could lead to a little extra passing volume, and we like extra passing volume.
Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Jaguars, $7,700
He’s on fire, and I like this week’s home matchup. The biggest fear would be an early blowout, but the Patriots usually pile on the points, so I am not too worried.
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots vs. Jaguars, $7,400
Stack him with Brady or play him on his own. Gronkowski is a man amongst boys right now, and he offers amazingly consistent performance at a position littered with duds. Granted, it will cost you, but no other tight end offers you the kind of upside you get from Gronk. He’s in half of my Week 3 DraftKings lineups.
|Fantasy Football: Week 3 starts, sits||09.25.15 at 10:56 am ET|
It’s time to take a look at some starts and sits for Week 3. As I always say, I do my best to avoid the really obvious choices, and if you need ranking advice on a player not listed here, you can hit Rotobahn for my full Week 3 positional rankings. I will be updating all of the rankings Saturday as more injury information becomes available, so check back if you have a player with a questionable tag.
Jim Hackett and I will be back Sunday morning from 8-9 a.m. on 93.7 with the Week 3 edition of the Fantasy Football Hour. Tune in if you haven’t already. And, if you still need lineup advice on Sunday morning, feel free to attend our Week 3 chat at 11 a.m. right here on WEEI.com. There will be a link to the chat on the home page, usually an hour or two ahead of time, so get those questions in early!
If you are a daily fantasy player, look for my Week 3 DraftKings article, which will be posted tomorrow.
The 49ers are not a soft defense, but it’s a home game for Arizona and the offense is really on a roll. Michael Floyd will add an element now that he’s nearing full health, and they have a ground game with or without Andre Ellington. Palmer’s looking like a very solid weekly option and he’s very playable this week against the 49ers.
Marcus Mariota, Titans vs. Colts
The Colts look vulnerable through the air, and that’s not the only way Mariota can score fantasy points. I expect him to start running more as he gets more comfortable. The rookie has six touchdown passes and no picks through two games. He’s got plenty of upside this Sunday.
Nick Foles, Rams vs. Steelers
Foles is not an exciting option for sure, but I like his chances of posting a solid stat line against the Steelers, who have been thrown on in both games this year. He might be able to help you if you’re in a jam in a deep league or 2QB format. I also like the game script here. The Steelers get Le’Veon Bell back, and they are going to put up a lot of points. That should force the Rams to throw the ball rather than play conservatively.
|Fantasy Football: Week 3 waiver wire||09.22.15 at 10:13 am ET|
The waiver wire is pretty well loaded right now, especially at running back. The time to stock up on backs who can help you throughout the 16 game schedule is today. They will be picked off soon enough, so get some while you can. The key is to pick the back who suits your needs and scoring format. If you can play it long-term, then Matt Jones and David Johnson are the names to go after. If you need immediate help, then Devonta Freeman or Dion Lewis may be the guy. If you are worried about Eddie Lacy’s availability for the next few weeks, then James Starks is a good option. If you own C.J. Anderson, you can protect your flank by adding Ronnie Hillman.
I will be back later this week with a podcast and Friday we’ll have our usual starts and sits. Did you miss the Fantasy Football Hour on Sunday? Check it out and join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. on 93.7 WEEI if you are an early riser. I will have my Week 3 DraftKings worksheet posted on Wednesday at Rotobahn and I will be posting an expanded waiver wire this afternoon for those of you who play in large formats. To keep pace with all of my fantasy football content, follow @Rotobahn on Twitter.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills — 15 percent
He looked shaky at times and brilliant at others, but there are two major things working in Taylor’s favor in terms of fantasy value. First, he is a multi-threat quarterback with loads of talent around him. Second, he’s pretty well entrenched as the starter. He would have to implode to lose his job to E.J. Manuel or Matt Cassel. Taylor is Rex Ryan‘s guy. He’s a viable start on most weeks for as long as he has the job and is healthy. A must-add guy in big leagues and a solution for those who just lost Tony Romo.
Andy Dalton, Bengals — 30 percent
He’s playing solid football and you can’t hope for much more than that with Dalton. The thing is, with the weapons around him, decent football leads to very solid fantasy stats. Dalton can be a starter for you when you need him. He’s a streaming consideration in smaller leagues and a worthy QB2 in deeper leagues.
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