|Fantasy Football: Week 10 starts, sits||11.13.15 at 9:35 am ET|
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for the Week 10 starts and sits. As always, I have done my best to avoid the painfully obvious stuff. If you are looking for additional clarity or rankings on players not included in this space, go to Rotobahn and consult my full Week 10 lineup rankings. I will be updating all of them on Saturday. It’s a good idea to use the rankings to cross reference the recommendations in this article — just to make sure you are using the highest-ranked player at all times.
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 Jim Hackett and I will discuss the trending Week 10 topics and crucial game day information.
Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Vikings
You don’t need me to tell you this if you own Carr, but the second-year quarterback is on fire lately. The thing is, by the numbers, one in five of you still can get Carr for free on the waiver wire. He’s unowned in 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues. The Vikings play pretty good defense, but Carr has gotten it done in tougher situations and should be trusted as a QB1 for Week 10.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars at Ravens
Bortles hasn’t been quite as hot as Carr, but he’s been pretty good and has a sweet matchup with the Ravens on Sunday. He also has a great closing schedule if you are looking for a relatively cheap solution at quarterback.
Sam Bradford, Eagles vs. Dolphins
The Dolphins are a sweet home matchup right now with a depleted defense and pass rush. Bradford looked a little better last week and should post solid numbers in this game. He’s got healthy talent all around him now and could get Nelson Agholor back as well. I like Miami’s chances of scoring points, and that should allow Bradford to throw for four quarters. This projects to be a high-scoring game.
|Fantasy Football: Week 9 starts, sits||11.06.15 at 11:35 am ET|
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for some starts and sits. As always, I have done my best to avoid the obvious stuff. If you are looking for information or rankings on players not included in this space, go to Rotobahn and consult my full Week 9 lineup rankings. I will be updating all of the rankings on Saturday and may make some Sunday morning adjustments as well.
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 provide some clarity. And don’t forget to tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour this Sunday at 8 a.m. when Greg Dickerson and I will discuss the trending Week 9 topics and crucial game day information.
Derek Carr, Raiders at Steelers
Carr has been impressive in his second season. The Raiders went out and got him some new weapons in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, and the results have been very good so far. Carr has produced against some good defenses and had a big game against the Jets last week. He is spreading the ball around and taking plenty of shots downfield. He’s a top-10 start this week.
He can slow down significantly off of last week and still post QB1 numbers. Then again, he might not regress all that much against a Bucs defense that has not been getting the job done. Oh, and Manning has that Odell Beckham guy. That helps.
He has more receivers and tight ends than the Colts can cover effectively. And Manning may have a running game if last week’s success is any indication of future performance. I expect Manning to make get some big plays by throwing to the receiver who isn’t being covered by Vontae Davis. He’s been getting solid yardage totals on most weeks, and I think he adds a few touchdowns against his old team.
Sam Bradford, Eagles at Cowboys
He’s been bad. There’s no way around it. That being said, Bradford has had a few strong games and finally has a healthy group of receivers to work with. The Eagles are coming off of a well-timed bye week and I think it serves them well against the Cowboys. Bradford may not be a stud option right now, but I think he’s playable if you need him. I also think he has a good chance to finish the season strong.
|Fantasy Football: Week 9 waiver wire||11.03.15 at 9:49 am ET|
The injuries just keep coming, folks. This week, we add Le’Veon Bell to the list of stud backs who are done for the year. We also lost Steve Smith for the season to an Achilles injury. Khiry Robinson broke his leg. He’s done. Keenan Allen injured his kidney and he’s out indefinitely. Matt Forte injured his knee and will miss time. Reggie Bush is done for the year with a knee injury and that leaves the 49ers without any established backs to speak of because Carlos Hyde and Mike Davis are also hurt. I could go on, but you get the point. There are a lot of people looking for answers this week.
Oh, and did I mention that this rash of injuries hits on a week when we have six teams on their bye? Get those bids in early this week, folks. The cupboard will be bare by Wednesday morning.
As always, I will be posting an expanded wire over at Rotobahn later Tuesday after I finish with this week’s game film. This expanded wire will have more options for everyone who plays in deep leagues and some streaming defensive choices as well.
The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!
His receivers and backs are all getting healthy and he’s in a very good position coming off his bye week. The Eagles play a very nice schedule the rest of the way. I’d be adding Bradford if I need quarterback help.
Derek Carr, Raiders, 39 percent
He has lit up two good defenses the last two weeks, so it’s time to start taking Carr seriously as a QB1 on a weekly basis. He can help you in all leagues because of his weapons and his improving all around game.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, 18 percent
He had another strong outing last week and he did it on the road with a lot of his weapons injured and on the sidelines. Winston’s remaining schedule is excellent. He is worth an add in all leagues for the rest of the season.
|Fantasy Football: Week 6 starts, sits||10.16.15 at 12:07 pm ET|
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.
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.
|Fantasy Football: Week 6 waiver wire||10.13.15 at 9:44 am ET|
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.
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.
|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.