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Fantasy Football: Week 13 starts, sits 12.04.15 at 9:20 am ET
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It’s money time for fantasy owners. If you are reading this article, you are either very bored or, more likely, you are playing for your life this week — or at least a better playoff seed. Maybe you need a win to get a Week 14 bye. Yes, things are getting serious, and I’ll be around the next few days if you are in need of  some help or a second opinion.

Jim Hackett and I will be doing a podcast later Friday and it will be all about Week 13. That will continue on Sunday morning with the this week’s edition of the Fantasy Football Hour. And, as always, I will be ready for your lineup questions when I host our Sunday morning chat at 11 a.m., so head on over if you want a little clarity. I will tweet a link to the chat when it becomes available on Sunday morning.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. 49ers

Cutler is a good Week 13 option at home in a plus matchup with his key weapons ready to go. He’s come up light the last few games, but this week projects to be different. He’s a fringe QB1 option, and you still can add him in more than half of Yahoo! leagues.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets at Giants

Fitzpatrick has been about what you would expect as a quarterback so far, but his stats have been a little better than expected and there are two key reasons for this. They are Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Both veteran receivers are playing very good football, and it’s making the little bearded quarterback a viable fantasy play when the matchup is right. This most certainly is one of those weeks, as the Giants defend the pass poorly yet handle the run pretty well.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Ravens

It’s the matchup. The Ravens can play the run but have serious weaknesses in pass defense. While I expect the new regime in Miami to run more consistently than the last, I also expect the Dolphins to scheme for the defense in front of them, not generically. The way to move the ball against Baltimore is by throwing. Expect volume and a decent fantasy outing.

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Fantasy Football: Week 12 waiver wire 11.24.15 at 10:01 am ET
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On Sunday, Chris Price asked me if this was the worst season I had ever seen in terms of injuries to top skill players. I said it was and since then we have lost a few more weekly starters, including Marshawn Lynch. This is a brutal season for starting running backs and it just seems to be getting worse. The good news is that there are so many injuries that most fantasy teams have some issues. There’s trouble all over and it’s how you walk through the fire that will determine how far you can take your team in the coming weeks.

I have the most relevant pickups listed below and I will be adding more players at Rotobahn this afternoon, so stop by if you play in a deep league.

Did you catch the Fantasy Football Hour last Sunday? You can listen here.

The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!

QUARTERBACKS

Jay Cutler, Bears, 45 percent

He was mediocre against the Broncos, but that’s to be expected. As I said last week, Cutler’s closing schedule is friendly and he can start for you the rest of the way if you need a quarterback. He plays at Green Bay on Thursday night.

Jameis Winston, Bucs, 25 percent

With the return of Vincent Jackson, Winston now has his two primary weapons back. As I have been saying for weeks, he has a very nice closing schedule and he can be your starter on most weeks in most leagues. The rookie should be owned in all leagues.

Marcus Mariota, Titans, 44 percent

He’s been very good in two out of the last three games with the bad game coming against the Panthers, who have shut down a lot of passing offenses this year. Mariota’s closing schedule has some choice matchups, so he should be owned in most leagues and certainly in all 12-team leagues.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 starts, sits 11.20.15 at 11:59 am ET
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Welcome to the starts and sits for Week 11. As always, I have tried to find some matchups that have some intrigue and that are not terribly obvious. If you need a second opinion on a player not listed in this space, head over to my site, Rotobahn, and check out my full Week 11 lineup rankings.

As always, I will be here Sunday at 11 a.m. for our weekly chat. Bring your lineup questions and I’ll do my best to help. And don’t forget to tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour this Sunday at 8 a.m. when Jimmy Hackett and I will discuss the trending Week 11 topics and crucial game day information.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Derek Carr, Raiders at Lions

Carr has been good in road games lately, and this is a plus matchup against a team that played over its head in Week 10 at Green Bay. A letdown is coming, and Carr will do to the Lions what Aaron Rodgers and company did not. He’s a QB1 option in all leagues.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles vs. Buccaneers

You throw to beat the Bucs, and I suspect that Sanchez will get plenty of chances this week. He’s been productive in the past for Chip Kelly’s team, at least from a statistical perspective. Sanchez can start for you this week if you need him.

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Broncos

It’s not a good matchup at all, but Cutler is playable in big leagues if you are in need because he is spreading the ball around very well. Denver will have Aqib Talib back from suspension. That said, the Broncos still will be without DeMarcus Ware. The Bears are not likely to post the numbers we’ve seen in recent weeks, but Cutler is a viable play, because he is playing about as well as any quarterback out there right now.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 waiver wire 11.17.15 at 9:48 am ET
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Welcome to Week 11! The waiver wire is not as stocked with talent as it was a few weeks back, so I hope you have done most of your shopping already. That being said, there are a few nuggets out there for the taking and a few talented players showed flashes in Week 10.

As always, I will be watching game film throughout the day and I will be adding talent to the expanded waiver wire at Rotobahn. If you play in a really deep format and need more player recommendations, head over there this afternoon. I’€™ll also be adding a few matchup defenses for Week 11.

Did you catch the Fantasy Football Hour last Sunday? You can listen here.

The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!

QUARTERBACKS

Tony Romo, Cowboys, 65 percent

He could return this week and he’€™s a QB1 the moment he is back on the field. Add him in any league where you can, unless you are fully loaded at quarterback.

Jay Cutler, Bears, 40 percent

Cutler has really stepped up his game in recent weeks and I was shocked by how easily he sliced up the Rams defense on their home field. This week’€™s game against the Broncos is the last time this year where I am sitting Cutler. He could be your starter the rest of the way, starting in Week 12 at Green Bay. Add him in all leagues if you need a quarterback.

Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 46 percent

He has QB1 appeal every week as long as he has healthy weapons and right now he does. He’€™ll give you the big play with his arm and with his feet, which helps his floor. He can be your starter on most weeks in all leagues.

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Fantasy Football: Week 8 starts, sits 10.30.15 at 8:53 am ET
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It’s another good week to be a Patriots fan. With a nice blowout divisional win in the books, you can focus on your fantasy fortunes and look forward to next week’s inevitable win against Washington. Good times. As usual, I have done my best to try to find some worthwhile recommendations. And if you need some advice on players not listed in this space, check out my full lineup rankings at Rotobahn.

I will be here Sunday at 11 a.m. for our weekly chat. Bring your lineup questions and I’ll do my best to help. And don’t forget to tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour this Sunday at 8 a.m. when Jim Hackett and I will discuss the trending Week 8 topics and crucial game day information.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Vikings

He’s fully armed again with Alshon Jeffery back in the fold. Cutler can help you as a starter this week if you need him. The Vikings are no pushover, but it’s a home game and Cutler should give you serviceable numbers when all is said and done.

Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings at Bears

Bridgewater, like Cutler, can be plucked off the waiver wire in a great many leagues. He’s been playing better ball the last few weeks with the emergence of his top weapon, Stefon Diggs, and this is a very nice road matchup.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets at Raiders

Nobody is ever happy about starting Ryan Fitzpatrick. He often ends up looking like fool’s gold at the end of the day and he is not aesthetically pleasing in any way. That said, he has weapons and a good matchup this week. If you play in a deep league, and Fitzpatrick is on the waiver wire, you have an out at least. He can keep you competitive.

Sit

Alex Smith, Chiefs vs. Lions

I no longer trust Smith without Jamaal Charles. There’s just not enough play-making ability. The upside is no longer there. Out of 2QB formats and desperate situations, I am avoiding Smith right now.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Rams

He always has upside for fantasy because of his wheels and his ability to hit the long ball, but I am not rolling the dice with Kaepernick on the road against such a nasty front seven. None for me, thanks.

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Fantasy Football: Week 6 starts, sits 10.16.15 at 12:07 pm ET
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It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for some starts and sits. As always, I tried to avoid the obvious choices. Some of these options are more viable in deep formats and/or desperate situations. If you are looking for weekly ratings on players not listed in this space, you can always consult my full lineup rankings over at Rotobahn. They will updated over the weekend, as always, and they are totally free as always.

Jim Hackett and I will be back Sunday morning from 8-9 a.m. on 93.7 with the Week 6 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 6 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 want to keep pace with all of my fantasy football content, follow @Rotobahn on Twitter.

If you are a daily fantasy player, look for my Week 6 DraftKings article, which will be posted Saturday.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Sam Bradford, Eagles vs. Giants

He’s settling in, and this is a matchup where the Eagles will have to throw the ball to win. Bradford should be good for QB1 numbers in all leagues, which is what he’s produced the last two games.

Blake Bortles, Jaguars vs. Texans

Bortles was a disappointment in Week 1, but since then he’s been a very good option for fantasy footballers, and it culminated in a big Week 5 performance. The second-year passer has forged a good relationship with both receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. With the return of tight end Julius Thomas, Bortles has a nice trio of weapons, and they all are great in the red zone. Bortles should be a solid play at home this week against a Texans defense that has underperformed all year.

Jay Cutler, Bears at Lions

There is a caveat to this recommendation. Alshon Jeffery must be active on Sunday. If that happens, Cutler should be a very nice play against a Detroit team that has issues everywhere, and that includes the coaching staff. Cutler has been battling since Week 1 without Jeffery — using players like Martellus Bennett and Marquess Wilson as his go-to guys. He’s been a reasonable fantasy play the last two games, and I think he can continue the trend as long as he gets his big gun back in the fold.

Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings vs. Chiefs

His skill guys are healthier than they have been since Week 2 and he’s got a favorable home matchup. If you play in a big league, you could do worse than Bridgewater. He’s been up and down so far, but I expect him to be more consistent from here on out, and it starts Sunday. He’s a viable play in 12-team leagues.

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Fantasy Football: Week 6 waiver wire 10.13.15 at 9:44 am ET
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Welcome to a somewhat somber Week 6 waiver wire. I hate writing about how to replace a great player. I feel bad for the fantasy general managers who just had the rug pulled out from under them and I feel bad for the player, in this case, Jamaal Charles, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury for the second time in his career. While there are ways to go about replacing him, none of the available options will be as good as Charles, who is truly a special talent.

As usual, I will be posting an expanded waiver wire this afternoon over at Rotobahn. If you play in a league with 12 or more teams, you will find more players who are actually available to add. This article is geared a little bit more to typically sized leagues.

The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!. The super obvious choices are listed at the top of each position group. They are the guys to go after if they are somehow still available.

QUARTERBACKS

Sam Bradford, Eagles, 70 percent
Marcus Mariota, Titans, 69 percent
Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 72 percent

Jay Cutler, Bears, 32 percent

Once he gets Alshon Jeffery back, he’s a potential weekly starter. Cutler getting close to 100 percent after missing some time with a hamstring injury. This is a good time to add Cutler in large formats. He’s a streaming option in smaller leagues.

Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 25 percent

He’s gotten it done for the most part this season and he finally had a big game in Week 5. His only poor effort was back in week 1. Bortles now has a good pair of receivers and a healthy Julius Thomas. He can keep up his current pace and that makes him a good add in all formats.

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