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Fantasy Football: Week 12 starts, sits 11.21.14 at 9:14 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 12 starts and sits! In most fantasy leagues, there are only two regular-season weeks remaining, and that means you probably have a whole lot to play for this week. Hopefully this column gives you a few nuggets that can help you, but if you are looking for more takes on more players, I suggest you consult my full lineup rankings at Rotobahn.

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.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. Cardinals

Wilson has a tendency to run more in big games and tough situations. This game certainly qualifies. With Marshawn Lynch nursing a sore back, Wilson might keep the rock a bit more than normal when given the option. He should be good for 20-plus points.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles vs. Titans

He’s been solid for fantasy purposes and that should continue this week at home vs. a Titans defense that doesn’t scare anyone right now. The only fear I have is that the Eagles run so well that they don’t need to pass much. Sanchez should be serviceable this week. Use him if you need him.

Josh McCown, Buccaneers at Bears

He’s looked very much in control the last few weeks, and with the way Mike Evans is exploding, you have to like McCown’s chances of producing against his old team in his old stomping grounds. The veteran passer should produce QB1 stats this week.

Sit

Robert Griffin III, Washington at 49ers

While I think the football world is coming down on Griffin a bit harshly, I also want no part of him on the road in San Francisco. The Niners are too disciplined and they stay home well on defense. They are not prone to giving up big rushing yards to quarterbacks or plays over the top. This is a week to sit Griffin if you have other options.

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Fantasy Football: Week 12 waiver wire 11.18.14 at 10:06 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 12 waiver wire! Now that we’ve cleared the bye weeks for 30 of the league’s 32 teams, it’s time to think about depth and redundancy, especially in larger leagues. So, if you play in a large format, this is a day to check out my expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn. It will be posted early this afternoon and I will highlight more key handcuff options. Check it out — it’s free.

As always, I do not list players with high rates of ownership. That said, Mike Evans is not owned in 12 percent of Yahoo! leagues. While that doesn’t merit an official listing here, it’s worthy of a mention. Make darn sure that he’s been taken in your league. The guy is a clear-cut WR1 right now. Amazingly, he was on our waiver wire just a few short weeks ago. If you listened to us on Evans and Odell Beckham Jr., you are sitting pretty right now.

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.

QUARTERBACKS

Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 53 percent

He’s paid the bills so far. It may not look pretty, but Sanchez is making plays and has a nice group of weapons to work with. His schedule is friendly with the exception of Seattle on Week 14. He can help you as a backup or spot starter. The former Jet has big-game potential on most weeks.

Eli Manning, Giants — 59 percent

Yes, I am recommending five-pick Eli. He’ll be dumped in a lot of leagues this week, and he can be a QB2 for you and even a matchup starter. The Giants have a very nice closing schedule for the passing game, and he throws to that Odell Beckham guy.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins — 60 percent

He makes a very solid QB2 in smaller formats and he’s available in enough leagues to list him here. The Dolphins are improving in the passing game with a deeper group of receivers than they have had in the past, led by Mike Wallace and rookie Jarvis Landry.

Joe Flacco, Ravens — 57 percent

The ageless Steve Smith has begun to show his mileage a bit and the Ravens have not been a picture of consistency as a passing attack, but they have some tasty matchups remaining on the schedule and that makes him a nice matchup play down the stretch if you need some options.

Brian Hoyer, Browns — 14 percent

The numbers might say, “Move along,” but I think Hoyer is worth a look with Josh Gordon returning this week. The Browns’ remaining schedule is far from scary, and they may be throwing more now that they have an elite receiver on the field.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 starts, sits 11.14.14 at 10:04 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 11 starts and sits! If you are reading this you are either bored or still in the hunt for fantasy glory. While I appreciate your readership either way, I’m hoping that you fit into the latter category. With three regular-season games left in most fantasy leagues, all games are crucial unless you are way out ahead of the pack. I’ve done my best to isolate some good options for this week. If the player you want information on is not listed in this space, head over to my free site, Rotobahn, and dig into my full lineup rankings.

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.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Raiders

I’m sure there’s some temptation to bench Rivers after his awful Week 9 performance, but I’d stick with him unless you have another very strong option. He’s had an extra week to prepare for the Raiders, and his surrounding skill talent is relatively healthy. He should be good for QB1 numbers in typical leagues.

Robert Griffin, Washington vs. Buccaneers

He’s still in a prove-it phase to most people, myself included, but he’s a nice play this week in a home matchup against a defense that has been gashed all season long. I’m just fine with Griffin as my quarterback this week in any league size.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles at Packers

It may not be pretty all the way through, but I expect Sanchez to have a respectable fantasy point total by the end of the day. Aaron Rodgers is going to throw all day against the Eagles, and barring an unforeseen defensive play, he’€™s going to get his team a lead. Sanchez will either keep his team close or keep trying to do so. While the Eagles most likely will start out with a balanced offense, they will be forced to the air eventually.

Eli Manning, Giants vs. 49ers

I thought the Giants played a lot better at Seattle than the Week 10 numbers suggest. They battled a lot better than we’ve seen them at times this season, and it bodes well for them at home against San Francisco. It also helps that Manning has a true No. 1 target in rookie Odell Beckham Jr.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 waiver wire 11.11.14 at 10:57 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 11 waiver wire. It’€™s officially crunch time. Only three weeks of regular season games remain in most fantasy formats, and that means plenty of white-knuckle action. The good news is you can increase your odds of success by playing the waiver wire intelligently, so let’€™s get down to business. If you play in a deep format, you may want to head over to Rotobahn later today, as my expanded wire for 12 and 14-team leagues is usually up around midday. Check it out if you need 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 good buddy Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACKS

Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 44 percent

You can get him in more than half of smaller leagues and he has QB1 upside on most weeks. If you’€™ve been getting beat at the quarterback position, this is a potential solution. The remaining schedule is friendly and he’€™s going to improve with more reps in the offense. As I said last week, think of it as picking Chip Kelly’€™s quarterback rather than Sanchez.

Robert Griffin III, Washington — ”47 percent

He’€™s available in a great many leagues for some unknown reason. It’€™s amazing how quickly people forget. Griffin may not be all that likable, and he may not be great yet in terms of winning games in real life, but he has legit upside for fantasy purposes. Pick him up as a high-upside QB2 in any league with sufficient bench space.

Eli Manning, Giants — 57 percent

This is a good time to add Manning because his offense is picking up while the schedule is lightening up. This week’€™s home matchup with the 49ers is only decent, but that’€™s the toughest one the rest of the way until the Giants visit the Rams in Week 16.

Josh McCown, Buccaneers — 14 percent

He’€™s playable in the short-term because he has some good matchups and Tampa’€™s weapons in the passing game. This is a team that can really throw the ball in the red zone with three huge targets in Vincent Jackson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Mike Evans. If you are Ben Roethlisberger‘€™s owner looking for a solid Week 12 play, McCown’€™s a solid preemptive pickup.

Michael Vick, Jets — 12 percent

This is another tip for those who need to deal with Roethlisberger‘€™s Week 12 bye. Vick and the Jets are off Week 11, but he can help you after that as a QB2 option if you are hurting for one. The Jets’€™ matchup is not as good as Tampa’€™s, but if you can’t get McCown, Vick’€™s a decent fallback move.

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Fantasy Football: Week 10 starts, sits 11.07.14 at 9:15 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 10 starts and sits. It’s money time in most leagues, as weaker teams begin to fall by the wayside and playoff scenarios get more defined. And isn’t it annoying that Week 10 features as many byes as any week this season? Six teams are off. Just when you need Rob Gronkowski, T.Y. Hilton and Arian Foster the most, they are kicking back and chilling out. Hopefully you’ve been reading the waiver wire and accumulating depth because this is the week most of us need it. If you are looking for information on players not listed in this space, head on over to Rotobahn and check out my full lineup rankings.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday morning for another episode of the Fantasy Football Hour with my buddy 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.

QUARTERBACKS

Starts

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Saints

He can run on this team, and it’s a game that should force the 49ers to open up the offense somewhat. And that could lead to good output because the matchup is pretty good for San Francisco’s offense.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles vs. Panthers

Sanchez is a capable player, as Patriots fans have seen at times, but he has some obvious flaws. Those flaws will hurt him a lot less in Chip Kelly’s offense than they did in Brian Schottenheimer‘s offense. He’ll get better protection and he’ll have a better ground game to draft behind. He also has a deep group of receivers to target. You can play Sanchez this week and get solid numbers.

Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Titans

It’s a nice home matchup and I expect Flacco to post good numbers against a mediocre Titans defense. He’s got enough healthy weapons and a productive ground game to set up some big plays downfield. He’s a good Week 10 play in all leagues.

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Drew Bledsoe: Playing QB for Jets like being sacrificial virgin 11.04.14 at 11:16 pm ET
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Former Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe took a shot at the Jets on Monday. (Getty Images)

Former Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe took a shot at the Jets on Monday. (Getty Images)

While expressing his support for Mark Sanchez Monday, former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe managed to get in a shot at the Jets.

“You know, I’m just so damn happy for Mark Sanchez,” Bledsoe told ESPN Radio. “I mean, going to play quarterback for the Jets [is] kind of like … you know when they used to like take the pretty young virgin up to the edge of the volcano and just throw ‘em in? That’s kind of what it is when you play quarterback for the Jets. It just feels bad.

“And Mark had to live with that for a long time. And people threw him under the bus like he was the whole reason for the demise of the Jets. To see him be able to come on the field in a good system with good talent and perform well, I’m just really happy for him.”

Sanchez, who was with the Jets from 2009 through 2013, took over as the starter with the Eagles over the weekend after Philly’s No. 1 quarterback Nick Foles went down with a broken collarbone. He led the Eagles to a 31-21 win over the Texans.

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Fantasy Football: Week 10 waiver wire at 9:58 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 10 waiver wire. We’re knee deep in the bye week crunch and I am sure many of you are in win-now mode. Let’s see what we can do to help. Based on the ownership rates on Yahoo!, there’s significant hope because I see big names available in most small to midsized leagues. As always, if you play in a deep format, head on over to Rotobahn later today for my expanded waiver wire. I’ll have more options at all the positions plus some recommendations for defensive pickups and even a kicker or two.

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 good buddy Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACKS

Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 5 percent

This is the obvious move and I suggest you make the ex-Jet a priority this week if you have any QB needs. If it helps, think of it as drafting Chip Kelly’s quarterback rather than Mark Sanchez. As mediocre as the former Trojan has been at times, he’s a functional NFL QB and the Eagles offense is a fabulous fantasy platform.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals — 61 percent

He’s been consistent and his surrounding talent is now fully healthy. Palmer can help you as a weekly starter in most leagues, so go get him if he is available. Arizona hosts St. Louis this week.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins — 57 percent

He’s past his bye and posting good numbers most weeks. Tannehill also has a solid cast of developing weapons like our guy Jarvis Landry. Tannehill does have a relatively weak matchup in Week 10 at Detroit — the good news is he’ll have to throw the ball.

Kyle Orton, Bills — 9 percent

He’s been good so far and he can help you during the bye weeks as a solid stop-gap option. He has weapons to work with — primarily rookie sensation Sammy Watkins, who has been unleashed by the veteran quarterback in recent weeks.

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