|Fantasy Football: Week 2 starts, sits||09.18.15 at 11:20 am ET|
It’s time to take a look at some starts and a few sits for Week 2. As usual, I have made an effort to avoid the calls that anybody in their right mind already would have made. If you want some help with your Week 2 DraftKings lineup, you can download my free worksheet at Rotobahn. I also will be posting my top DraftKings plays right here at WEEI on Saturday. I will tweet the link to that article as soon as it’s posted. Follow @Rotobahn on Twitter to keep pace with all of my fantasy content both here and at my site. It’s all free, so dig in and enjoy.
The WEEI Fantasy Football Hour will be back this Sunday on 93.7, so tune in if you are an early riser. For those who roll out of bed a little later, I will post the link to the show on Twitter so you can listen at a time of your choosing. All right, let’s get into the starts and sits.
Sam Bradford, Eagles vs. Cowboys
I was very concerned about Bradford going into the season. I still am. The thing is, I am very willing to bet on him for 60-minute increments. In short, if you own him, you probably ought to be starting him. He will be one of my recommended DraftKings plays in Saturday’s DraftKings article. The only way Bradford fails this week, for fantasy purposes, is if his team does it all via the ground, which is not entirely out of the question. Apart from that, he should drop very strong numbers on Dallas.
Marcus Mariota, Titans at Browns
As I told you before the draft, I really like this kid. He plays the game with smarts and precision. Will he be a weekly starter this year? I think so. And, if you don’t have a lock starter at quarterback this week, I think you start Mariota and feel good about your chances. Just don’t look for last week’s numbers, because Cleveland is not the pushover that the Buccaneers are. Expect fringe QB1 stats and hope for more. And, if they let him run this week, you could get that.
|Fantasy Football: Week 1 starts, sits||09.11.15 at 11:11 am ET|
In the afterglow of a Patriots victory, it’s time to look at some starts and sits for Week 1. As always, I’ve tried to avoid the obvious choices and I’ve found some players who could be on the edge of lineups depending on your league’s size and requirements. If you have questions about players not listed in this space, check out my lineup rankings at Rotobahn. I update them every Saturday with a quick take or “skinny” on most of the significant players.
I’ll be back Saturday with a look at this week’s best plays on DraftKings. On Sunday, Jim Hackett and I will host the year’s first regular-season version of the Fantasy Football Hour. We kick off things at 8 a.m. Sunday morning on 93.7. Join us!
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Sam Bradford, Eagles at Falcons
Yes, I have my doubts about Bradford completing a season. Heck, I have my doubts about Bradford getting through September. Still, I’m willing to bet on him for 60 minutes in a sweet matchup. Bradford should post QB1 numbers in all formats this week. He’s in a great offense, and the Falcons have a lot to prove defensively.
Cam Newton, Panthers at Jaguars
Newton has issues with his receivers after the loss of Kelvin Benjamin for the season, but I like him in this matchup. The Jaguars are nothing special defensively, and Newton will take yards with his feet as he always does. By the end of the day, the numbers should be there. He can start for you this week if you need him.
Carson Palmer, Cardinals vs. Saints
He’s at home and it’s a solid matchup. Like Bradford, Palmer is a shaky bet to remain healthy for 16 games, but I like his chances on Sunday in a game that should feature a fair amount of points. The Cardinals should have their big three receivers healthy and ready to go, but they have the depth to play without Michael Floyd (hand) if need be. Palmer can start for you in 12-team leagues and give you QB1-type production.
|NFL free agency roundup: Sam Bradford reportedly traded to Eagles for Nick Foles||03.10.15 at 4:18 pm ET|
The NFL’s new league year begun at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and with that came a number of trades and signings across the league.
Here is a roundup of the biggest ones:
— According to multiple reports, the Rams are close to trading quarterback Sam Bradford to Philadelphia for quarterback Nick Foles and draft-pick compensation. There is always the possibility the Eagles could then deal Bradford to move up in the draft.
— Baltimore tight end Owen Daniels has signed with Denver for a three-year deal.
— According to multiple reports, Haloti Ngata has been traded to the Lions from the Ravens.
Check back for more as they happen…
For more Patriots/NFL news, check out weei.com/patriots.
|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘Our expectation is to go out there and be a great offense’||08.25.14 at 9:25 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about his confidence in the team’s offense, NFL injuries, doing brain exercises and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Patriots offense struggled at times last season as Brady got used to a new group of receivers. There remains concern that this offense has some issues that will limit its effectiveness, but Brady said the Patriots continue to tune out criticism from outside Gillette Stadium.
“Truthfully, we’ve never really paid attention to the external voices that are out there,” he said. “We just try to focus on what we need to do, what our job is. Because the only people that can really affect what we do are the people that are inside that offensive meeting room.
“We have high expectations. We’ve had some great offenses over the years, and our expectation is to go out there and be a great offense, and that’s one that doesn’t turn the ball over, one that plays physical and smart, makes great decisions and plays great situational football. I think we did a great job of that — we’ve always done a great job of that over the years.
“Coaches talk a lot about situational football, making the plays when it really counts. There’s a lot of games that are decided by three points or less, and the teams that are the ones that win those games — the ones that are three points or less — those are the ones that are the ones that you’ve got to look out for. Teams that really find a way to win, teams that find a way to lose — hopefully we’re one of those offenses that finds ways to win when we have the opportunity.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that have made contributions thus far over the course of the OTAs and the preseason games. We’re going to need that over the course of the year, because it’s a long year. All the guys that are active in that skill group are going to need to be performers for us at whatever level, whatever role they make for themselves. Hopefully we can be one of the top offenses in the league. But we’ve got to go out there and earn it. No one’s going to make it easy for us.”
One of the keys to the Patriots offense clicking early is the players staying healthy, something Brady noted has been a positive in the preseason.
“We’ve done a really good job over the course of the preseason. I think one of the most important things we’ve done is that we’ve all been out there practicing. I think there’s guys that have really made a great commitment over the offseason to get ready and prepare themselves to be out there every day to make the improvements,” Brady said.
“All the skill guys, the receivers have all been out there almost every day practicing, had a lot of opportunities over the summer to work, and the spring, and it’s the same thing. Hopefully we can get some other guys who haven’t been out there back in the mix so that they can incorporate themselves into the offense and we can really see where we’re at — guys like [Aaron Dobson] and [Rob Gronkowski].
“It is fun for all of us to go out and execute well. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
|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.
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