|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.
|Fantasy Football: Week 6 waiver wire||10.08.13 at 10:52 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 6 waiver wire. As always, these are strong pickup options in typical 10-team leagues. Obviously, they are even better options if they happen to be available in larger formats. The ownership rates have been obtained from Yahoo! and represents ownership rates in all its leagues. If you are looking for more obscure talent, you should head on over to Rotobahn.com, where we cater to those who play in larger leagues. I’ll be adding talent throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 5 games. I’ll be back on Friday with my starts and sits column and the Fantasy Football Podcast with Jim Hackett. If you need any last-minute lineup help, feel free to join our Sunday morning chat here at WEEI. It’s all sponsored by our friends at Mohegan Sun.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He’s still unowned in 41 percent of leagues, and he should be owned in almost all leagues. The new offense has allowed Cutler to post fantasy-viable numbers even in defeat. With Alshon Jeffery starting to establish himself, the Bears are becoming very hard to defend on the outside.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
He’s playing well and he’s over his recent concussion. You can still add him in 71 percent of leagues, and I’d be adding him if I needed more upside at quarterback. Pryor is getting it done with his arm and with his feet.
Sam Bradford, Rams
He’s not perfect, but he can post very good numbers when the matchup is right. Bradford has the 10th-most points in fantasy football among quarterbacks. He makes a nice QB2 for sure, especially if he has a nice matchup when your QB1 has his bye week.
Joe Flacco, Ravens
You can get him in 40 percent of leagues, and he has a home start against Green Bay this week. That’s a decent fantasy play if your starter is on the bye or if you were starting Michael Vick.
Nick Foles, Eagles
If you own Vick and all else fails, you can turn to Foles and get decent play. Foles looked up to the task last week when he filled in for the injured Vick, and that’s expected to continue in Week 6. In fact, if Foles plays well enough, he could steal the gig.
|Fantasy Football: Week 5 starts, sits||10.04.13 at 9:13 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 5 starts and sits. As usual, I have tried to avoid the obvious choices. These are players that I like for the this week plus a few that I’d rather leave on the pine. If you are looking for more rankings or if you have questions about players not listed here, go to Rotobahn.com for our full weekly lineup rankings, which I update every Saturday. You can also stop by our Sunday morning chat right here at WEEI when I’ll be answering all of your lineup questions. Later today, Jim Hackett and I will doing our weekly podcast sponsored by Mohegan Sun. You’ll be able to find that in our audio on demand section.
Philip Rivers, Chargers at Raiders
He’s been very good so far, with only Tennessee slowing him down at all. It’s hard to imagine the Raiders holding Rivers down. He makes a solid QB1 in any format in Week 5.
Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Saints
He may have been off in Week 4, but the fantasy numbers were still there. He should be better this week against the Saints. The Bears have enough diversity on offense to cope with New Orleans’ attacking defense.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders vs. Chargers
His concussion symptoms have subsided and he’ll be let loose in this game as Oakland tries to keep up with the Chargers. Who wins? Who knows, but there should be plenty of offense, and Pryor obviously scores points with his feet and his arm.
Sam Bradford, Rams vs. Jaguars
Things have been ugly for Bradford the last few weeks, but this looks like a get-well game to me. Expect better results from Bradford. He’s worth a start in most formats if you need him.
Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Patriots
The Patriots have enough talent to make Dalton work for his numbers. While Dalton is playable this week, I see more risk than usual. There are 17 better quarterbacks in the Rotobahn Week 5 rankings, so you may have a better option.
Carson Palmer, Cardinals vs. Panthers
The Panthers are a formidable defense, but the real problem is the inconsistencies with the Arizona offense, and Palmer is at the heart of those inconsistencies. Other issues include a struggling offensive line and ground game. Finally, don’t forget that Larry Fitzgerald is still nursing a tender hamstring and is less than full strength, though he will play. Palmer is a QB3 in my Week 5 rankings.
|Fantasy Football: Week 5 waiver wire||10.01.13 at 11:11 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 5 waiver wire. A lot of last week’s hot names have been snatched up, so the inventory of targets is not what it was as we hit the second week of byes. Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Washington will be resting this week. As always, I will be doing my expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn.com. If you play in a league with 12 or more teams, we’ve got you covered. The players listed here represent the best available talent based on percentages derived from Yahoo’s database and should meet your needs if you play in leagues with 10 teams or less.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He played a poor game in Week 4, but he was still a fantasy asset. That’s the benefit of having improved weapons and protection, not to mention an improved scheme. Cutler should be owned everywhere, yet he is available in 42 percent of leagues.
Matt Schaub, Texans
He’s available in 45 percent of leagues and he’s a fantasy asset. He held up against Seattle better than most quarterbacks have and his schedule gets better from here on out. Schaub can help you if you lack a second option at quarterback.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
He’s available in 78 percent of leagues and he has a lot of weekly upside. I like him a lot as a matchup play due to his high-end athleticism and his penchant for picking up extra fantasy points with his feet. He should be over his concussion for Week 5.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
He’s a available in 78 percent of leagues. The coaching staff is letting him throw it a ton. He can help you if you need a QB. He’s a matchup play, so check his schedule against your QB1’s bye week.
|Fantasy Football: Week 4 starts, sits||09.27.13 at 9:48 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 4 starts and sits. It’s a tough week, with the byes finally upon us. We lose Green Bay and Carolina this week, so I have some options if you are looking to replace Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton. Later Friday, Jim Hackett and I will be doing our weekly podcast sponsored by Mohegan Sun. Check back for that. We’ll be talking about Thursday night’s game, and we’ll take a look at this week’s matchups. If you have more lineup questions, check out our full lineup rankings at Rotobahn.com. I’ll be updating them in full Saturday. Finally, as always, I’ll be here at 11 a.m. on Sunday to take all of your lineup questions. I hope to see as many of you there as we had last week.
Tom Brady, Patriots at Falcons
He should never be on this list, but I hear people talking about benching Brady these days, so it seemed appropriate. I’m not benching Brady. The youngsters are coming around, and they seem to have found an old weapon in Brandon Bolden. Brady may not be posting any huge games until the lineup is closer to full, but he can still be your QB1 this week.
Jay Cutler, Bears at Lions
The Bears are playing very good football and Cutler is getting pass protection that he’s never gotten in the past. That and his new weapons make him a weekly option. The Lions won’t be able to shut the Bears or Cutler down. He’s a solid QB1 option in Week 4.
Andy Dalton, Bengals at Browns
It’s a tough matchup on the road, but Dalton and company have handled the Browns well in the past. Dalton can be used as a QB1 in 12-team leagues. His top receiver, A.J. Green, has a solid history against CB Joe Haden and the Browns defense.
Michael Vick, Eagles at Broncos
There’s some risk in this tough road matchup, but Vick will need to pull out all the stops and use his feet, which means points for you. My big concern with Vick is his week-to-week availability, but he’s ready for this one. He has plenty of upside and is a solid QB1 if you need him.
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