|Fantasy Football: Week 17 waiver wire||12.24.13 at 8:57 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 17 waiver wire. I know it’s championship week for those of you left out there and it’s a really tough way to play your biggest game, because we’ll have a lot of players taking this week off or at least playing under very limited snap counts. So I’ll do my best to find you a few good options. One good idea is to come back later this week for the starts and sits, where I will try to find some of the key sits based on playing time or a predictable lack thereof. As always, I will be expanding the waiver wire for those of you in deeper formats, so head over to Rotobahn if you are a deep leaguer in need of even more ideas. I will also be doing our usual Rotobahn lineup rankings for Week 17, so check back later this week for that.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He was mediocre last week, but he is one of the more talented options out there, so he is very worthy of a plug-n-play this weekend at home against the Packers. Green Bay has been suspect defending the pass and the Bears have incredible talent at all of the receiving spots.
Kirk Cousins, Redskins
He’s a viable play at the Giants in a game that is meaningless for both teams. Washington is not going to play conservative when it is trying to increase Cousins’ market value. The ball is going to be in the air. Cousins is not a QB1, but he can help you if you need an option.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
Pryor will start in place of Matt McGloin this week and he’s an very interesting option. The Broncos are locked in and they will be playing without stud pass rusher Von Miller. Pryor may not be the long-term answer for Oakland, but he has fantasy upside this week because he makes plays with his arm and with his legs. If you are hurting in a deep league, he’s a viable option.
|Fantasy Football: Week 16 waiver wire||12.17.13 at 9:23 am ET|
And then there were two … Congratulations to all the teams in their league’s final game. The Week 16 dynamic is a bit unusual and this article reflects that. What we want this week are players that might be available, who can tip the scales for either you or your opponent. There are some leagues that have different rules. Perhaps your league has a second game between the semifinal losers, for third place. Whatever the case, the team you want to work against in this week’s free agent market is your opponent.
First, look at your roster. Do you have a weak spot in your lineup that can be strengthened in free agency? That should be your first priority — maximizing your Week 16 lineup. Second, look at your opponent’s roster. Do they have a weak spot that can be improved via the waiver wire? If they do, that is a move that you might consider blocking if you have waiver priority or a larger remaining free agent budget. Lastly, you can be aggressive with your cuts now. There’s nothing left to save for. You’re here. The only players you truly need are the ones who will be in your lineup this week, so don’t be afraid to manage your roster with that in mind and cut players who can’t help your opponent this week.
For example, let’s say that you have Rashard Mendenhall as your fifth running back. You are not playing him this week and he’s got a brutal matchup at Seattle. Your opponent has injuries at running back and horrible matchups with what he has left. You think he’ll go after Jordan Todman in free agency. In this case, I would dump Mendenhall and add Todman, who I project to outscore Mendenhall by about 10 points this week. You won’t play Todman as you would not have played Mendenhall, but you’ve hurt your opponent’s potential score and helped yourself.
So, get in that frame of mind and see all the angles. One more win and you’re a champion. Having said all that, I will be back next week just in case you play in one of those bizarre leagues that use Week 17 as its championship week. We’ve got you covered. As always, I will be adding talent throughout the day at Rotobahn as I continue to work through the film from Week 15. Come by later if you play in a really deep format.
Kirk Cousins, Redskins
He had a very nice outing against Atlanta, and he is a very good fantasy play in Week 16 if you’ve been streaming quarterbacks. A home matchup against Dallas is about as good as it gets right now. Cousins is a very good option.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He was dumped in a good many leagues after his injury, so he could be a nice addition for those of you looking for quarterback help. Cutler has a very nice Week 16 matchup at Philadelphia, and his receivers are insanely good.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
Give Tannehill a lot of credit for hanging tough behind a reconstructed offensive line. He continues to make plays on a weekly basis and is on a nice four-week run of production. He’s a solid option this week at Buffalo if you need help at quarterback.
Joe Flacco, Ravens
He’s available in about 50 percent of leagues, so he’s worth mentioning, since he’s playing for something and has a solid Week 16 matchup at home vs. the Patriots. I’d rather start Cousins, Cutler or Tannehill, but Flacco is viable.
|Fantasy Football: Week 15 starts, sits||12.13.13 at 10:35 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 15 starts and sits! If you are reading this, then congratulations are probably in order. It’s semifinal week in most leagues, so you are one win away from a bowl appearance and a shot at glory. Hopefully these recommendations will help you maximize your lineup, but if you need more, then head over to Rotobahn and check out our full lineup rankings. Additionally, you can attend our weekly Sunday chat right here at WEEI. You’ll find a link to the chat Sunday on the home page under “This Just In.” I hope to see you all there.
Matt Stafford, Lions vs. Ravens
Stafford had a rough Week 14 due to the weather, but if you survived the storm, you should stick with him. He’ll be much better at home, even in a tough matchup. The Lions probably will lose, but Stafford will get his stats.
Andrew Luck, Colts vs. Texans
He’ll be solid this week at home vs. a pretty good defense. Luck now has enough weapons to get the job done. Da’Rick Rogers is a big upgrade over Darrius Heyward-Bey. Luck may not give you a big number, but he’ll produce like a top-10 quarterback.
Tom Brady, Patriots at Dolphins
Brady owners must feel cursed at this point. The rug got pulled out from under them this past Sunday when Rob Gronkowski was lost again, with perhaps his worst injury so far, and that is saying something. Giving up on Brady is a logical move, but I think even with significant missing parts, the Patriots offense as a unit is clicking now. Brady should be good for a few scores and 250-plus yards.
Jay Cutler, Bears at Browns
He should be the starter, but just to be clear, this recommendation goes for whomever starts for the Bears this week. If Cutler has another setback, go ahead and start Josh McCown, who has been astoundingly good this year in Marc Trestman’s offense.
Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Redskins
Yes, the Falcons already are toast, but they have most of their offense back on the field and probably will cut through the Washington defense like a hot knife through butter. Ryan is a viable option this week in any format.
Jason Campbell, Browns vs. Bears
The one thing to keep on top of here is the weather. There is some snow in the forecast, and if it gets really ugly, you’ll want to have a backup plan. Still, Campbell can help you if you are in a jam. The Bears have few answers for what the Browns will be throwing at them, namely Josh Gordon. The second-year receiver has been a one-man wrecking crew lately.
|Fantasy Football: Week 15 waiver wire||12.10.13 at 10:28 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 15 waiver wire! If you are still reading, then you must have survived the snow last week — and all the injuries. In most leagues, you now are two wins away from glory, and we’re here to help if you have a few holes to fill or if you just want to keep your roster maximized. If you play in a really deep league, check out Rotobahn later today as I will be adding more talent as I continue to work through last week’s game film. I’ll be back later in the week with WEEI’s fantasy football podcast and the starts and sits.
If you need any last-minute lineup help, stop by our Sunday chat, which has been very lively lately. It’s nice to know that so many of our readers are doing well. For those of you in keeper leagues and dynasty formats, you’ll want to check in with us at Rotobahn throughout the offseason, as we will be increasing our offseason content again this year, with scouting reports for the 2014 rookie class and frequent dynasty updates for key veterans. Stop by and check it all out if you’re a fantasy football diehard.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
Tannehill is rolling right now, and with Lamar Miller injured, you have to think he is going to throw the ball a whole lot next week against New England. The Dolphins starter is a good pickup right now in 12-team leagues, and he’s got a good remaining schedule.
- Week 15 – Patriots
- Week 16 – at Bills
Jay Cutler (or Josh McCown), Bears
Cutler has been dropped in a lot of leagues, and he is a decent option if he starts in Week 15. If McCown ends up getting the start, then he is an equally solid play. Rostering both of them is a very sound move in deep leagues.
- Week 15 – at Browns
- Week 16 – at Eagles
Joe Flacco, Ravens
With Dennis Pitta back, the Ravens finally have their intended offensive paradigm in play. They have a diverse backfield and a dependable possession receiver at tight end plus a potent vertical attack. We saw how well that mix can work last year, and, as I said last week, the closing schedule is very playable.
- Week 15 – at Lions
- Week 16 – Patriots
Jason Campbell, Browns
I don’t think I need to explain how good Josh Gordon is to my friends in New England. Campbell throws to Gordon, and the matchups are solid the rest of the way. He can help you in 12-team leagues if you have a problem at quarterback.
- Week 15 – Bears
- Week 16 – at Jets
|Fantasy Football: Week 10 waiver wire||11.05.13 at 9:34 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 10 waiver wire. A few things happened after I began writing this on Monday afternoon. The big one was Aaron Rodgers getting injured in the Monday night game. Talk about serious fantasy fallout. Rodgers’ injury, if it’s serious, and it might be, will have a detrimental effect on all of the Green Bay receivers. It could affect the backs, too, though there was no sign of that in Monday night’s game as both Eddie Lacy and James Starks were outstanding.
So, with Rodgers potentially out for a period of time and with four other signal callers out on the Week 10 bye, I’ve added a few more quarterbacks to the list this morning and I will continue to add more over at Rotobahn.com as I put together the expanded waiver wire for those of you who play in large leagues. Head on over if you need more options.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He’s reportedly ahead of schedule with his groin injury and he’s a very good fantasy play when healthy because of all the weapons in the Chicago offense and because of the new offensive coaching staff led by Marc Trestman. Cutler has been dropped in a lot of leagues, so go get him if you can.
Nick Foles, Eagles
The rest of his schedule is not particularly scary, so he is certainly worth adding in most leagues if you need help at quarterback. Chip Kelly’s offense certainly has some big-game potential because of the pace the Eagles play at when things get going good. It leads to more possessions and points. Traveling to Green Bay is a good test for Foles this weekend, but things get sweet again in Week 11 when the Eagles face Washington at home. You can still get Foles in about three out of four leagues and he can help you if you are in need. I’m talking to you, Aaron Rodgers owners.
Case Keenum, Texans
As I said last week, we liked what we saw in Keenum’s first outing, and he really carried it over to his second start in Week 9 against the Colts. Keenum can throw the ball, and he is certainly a viable option in plus matchups — and he has a few of them remaining on his schedule. Not a bad guy to pick up in deep formats or if you are hurting at QB for some reason. The good news with Keenum is that you can still get him in 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
E.J. Manuel, Bills
He has a good chance to return this week, and when you look at the success that Jeff Tuel was able to have in Sunday’s game, you have to be encouraged about Manuel’s chances. The Bills are getting healthier all around on offense with both Marquise Goodwin and C.J. Spiller making big plays in Week 9. Manuel can help you in deep formats.
|Fantasy Football: Week 7 starts, sits||10.18.13 at 10:37 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 7 starts and sits. I’ll be back later today with Jim Hackett for the Fantasy Football Podcast. Check it out in our audio on demand section. For those of you looking for further lineup clarity, feel free to head over to Rotobahn, where we do full weekly positional rankings and update them every Saturday. And, don’t forget to join me here at WEEI on Sunday mornings for our weekly chat for all of your lineup questions.
Jay Cutler, Bears at Redskins
Cutler is becoming a weekly play, and his offense is supporting him well. The pass protection is the key, but so is the play of his receivers. With Alshon Jeffery stepping up and with the excellent play of new tight end Martellus Bennett, the Bears offense has more than just Brandon Marshall. Cutler should do well this weekend in Washington.
Nick Foles, Eagles vs. Cowboys
He may or may not have the starting gig for the remainder of the season, but he is a very strong play at home vs. Dallas. The Cowboys are giving up consistent fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Eli Manning, Giants vs. Vikings
Yes, I know. The idea of playing Eli Manning right now is unsettling. I get it. The thing is, he should do very well at home vs. a Vikings team that has been a get-well matchup for passers all year, including Cam Newton in Week 6. Manning may not be a QB1 in 12-team leagues this week, but he’s a solid option if you are looking for answers. He’s going to have a lot of open receivers.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Bills
He’s a playable option in 12-team leagues if you are looking for an option. The Bills should be a bit better vs. the pass this week as they are finally getting healthy on the back end, but Miami throws the ball getting off the team bus, so you’ll have volume on your side. Make Miami’s refusal to run the ball work for you.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Ravens
If you are in need this week, Big Ben makes a serviceable option, even in a tough matchup. Roethlisberger’s teammates have taken their games up a notch and the Steelers have welcomed back both tight end Heath Miller and starting tailback Le’Veon Bell. That has helped out a lot.
Geno Smith, Jets vs. Patriots
Smith has shown to have some moxie and some fantasy upside when the matchup is right. That being said, I don’t think the matchup is good enough to bet on this weekend. The Patriots have injury issues on defense, but it’s going to set up more opportunities on the ground than through the air.
Alex Smith, Chiefs vs. Texans
Smith is a system guy and he’s doing a nice job, but he is unlikely to post the kind of fantasy numbers that will help your team, especially against a stingy pass defense like the Texans.
|Fantasy Football: Week 7 waiver wire||10.15.13 at 9:57 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 7 waiver wire. Things start to get more challenging this week as the byes hit in full force. We also had injuries to some major players over the weekend, which will have some fantasy GMs searching for answers. For those of you who play in deeper formats, head on over to Rotobahn.com for even more free agent options. I will be adding names throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 6 game film. I’ll be back here at WEEI on Friday with my starts and sits. I’ll also sit down with Jim Hackett for the Fantasy Football Podcast brought to you by our friends at Mohegan Sun. You can find the podcast in our audio on demand section.
Jay Cutler, Bears
You can still get him in 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he’s looking more and more like a weekly starting option, even in smaller leagues. The new coaching staff has really improved things in Chicago, and the personnel has been upgraded as well.
Andy Dalton, Bengals
He’s available in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he can be a strong play when the matchup is right. Dalton’s weapons are all young and improving, and that includes rookies Gio Bernard and Tyler Eifert.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
You can still get him 63 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He can be your starter on most weeks if need be because he gives you extra points with his feet and he has underrated weapons around him.
Sam Bradford, Rams
He’s got a lot of good receivers to work with, and the running game has been stabilized in recent weeks by our guy Zac Stacy. Bradford can help you when the matchup is right, and you can still get him in 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Nick Foles, Eagles
We’ve always liked Foles, and now he may have stolen the starting gig from Michael Vick. He’s a much more accurate passer than Vick and he runs the offense the way Chip Kelly wants it run. Foles is definitely worth a speculative add right now if you have a roster spot for him and a need at quarterback. Foles can be had in 71 percent of CBS leagues.
Josh Freeman, Vikings
He could end up starting as soon as this week, and he is the most talented quarterback in Minnesota at this point. In larger formats, he might be worth adding now. You can get him in 84 percent of CBS leagues.
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