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Fantasy Football: Week 7 waiver wire 10.15.13 at 9:57 am ET
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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.

QUARTERBACKS

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.

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Fantasy Football: Week 6 waiver wire 10.08.13 at 10:52 am ET
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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.

QUARTERBACKS

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.

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Fantasy Football: Week 5 starts, sits 10.04.13 at 9:13 am ET
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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.

QUARTERBACKS

STARTS

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.

SITS

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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Fantasy Football: Week 3 starts, sits 09.20.13 at 10:48 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 3 starts and sits. I have added a few extra running backs with all of the injuries at the position. If you require further assistance, check out my complete lineup rankings at Rotobahn.com, which are posted on Thursdays and updated on Saturdays. As always, I’ll be back at WEEI on Sunday morning for a chat to answer all of your lineup questions. Check back later Friday for the WEEI Fantasy Football Podcast sponsored by our friends at Mohegan Sun.

QUARTERBACKS

STARTS

Sam Bradford, Rams at Cowboys

Ride him while he’s rolling. As I have said many times, the weaponry in St. Louis is outstanding, and Bradford is playing well enough to exploit his matchup advantages. He makes a solid start in any format this week.

Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Packers

This is the best matchup he’s had so far this year, and he hasn’t really posted a stinker yet by fantasy standards. Dalton, like Bradford, has matchup advantages all over the field. He may not be pretty, but the numbers should be there at the end of the day. He can play for you in any format this week.

Eli Manning, Giants at Panthers

There’s some risk here, but Manning is going to throw the ball a lot. You can bank on that being the case when you look at the state of the New York backfield. Fringe QB1 numbers are expected for those in 12-team leagues.

Philip Rivers, Chargers at Titans

Rivers is rolling right now, and his offensive line has played far better than we projected it to. Though the Chargers have lost some significant weapons, Rivers still has a healthy Antonio Gates and a smoldering Eddie Royal. I also expect more production from Vincent Brown, who is playing better than his statistics show. Rivers is a viable play this week in larger formats.

SITS

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders at Broncos

We like his fantasy potential, but this is a brutal road matchup. You should have a better option available to you. If not, you can roll with Pryor, but temper expectations this week.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Bears

Big Ben is just fine. It’s what surrounds him that is giving me pause and giving Steelers fans indigestion. His offensive line is falling apart at the seams and his receivers are not winning enough battles outside, but most of all, there is no ground game until Pittsburgh gets Le’Veon Bell up to speed. He’s close, having practiced in full Thursday, but his return is unlikely to be this week. Oh, and the Bears are a nasty matchup.

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Fantasy Football: Week 3 waiver wire 09.17.13 at 10:18 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 3 waiver wire. I have a lot of free agent targets for you today. These are all players who should help you in typical 10-team leagues, and there are plenty of options to choose from. If you play in deeper leagues, please feel free to check out my expanded wire over at Rotobahn.com. I’ll be adding players throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 2 games.

As usual, I’ll be back again this Friday with the Week 3 starts and sits. Jim Hackett and I will be doing another podcast later this week and I’ll be hosting our Sunday morning chat here at WEEI.com, so bring your lineup questions.

QUARTERBACKS

Sam Bradford, Rams

Wake up, people. Bradford is playing solid football and he’s got an absurd group of receivers to work with, giving him some of the easier pre-snap reads you’ll ever see. It’s easy to play quarterback for the Rams right now. He should be owned in all formats but is still available in 52 percent percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Jay Cutler, Bears

Things are going to keep getting better in Chicago. Cutler has a better offensive system and coach, but he’s also got the best set of receivers he’s ever worked with and much improved pass protection. He’s a player to own in all formats and you can still add him in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

The Dolphins sure look like a team intent on throwing the football. It’s almost as if they are allergic to running the football at times. While I do expect more balance than we’ve seen so far, Tannehill makes for a strong backup going forward and can start for you on most weeks. He’s available in most 10-team leagues.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders

He’s got a lot of upside, and teams will have to start honoring Darren McFadden more than the Jaguars did last week. Pryor should be owned in all formats right now, but he’s only taken in 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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Fantasy Football: Week 2 starts, sits 09.13.13 at 2:08 pm ET
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Welcome to the Week 2 starts and sits. I’ve got a solid list of suggestions this week, and for those of you who have further questions, please feel free to join me for a Sunday morning chat right here at WEEI.com where we’ll discuss all of the Week 2 injury situations as well as your key lineup choices. For those of you looking for updates on our content at Rotobahn.com and here are WEEI, I strongly suggest that you follow us on Twitter. I tweet links to our fresh content every day as well as key injury information on game days. Good luck to all this week.

QUARTERBACKS

STARTS

Eli Manning, Giants vs. Broncos

The younger Manning will have no choice but to throw and throw often in this game. With his trio of quality receivers, that should point to a good fantasy day.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders vs. Jaguars

The matchup is solid, and Pryor’s style of play is fantasy gold, as we’ve been saying for years. Unlike a lot of the other read-option-style quarterbacks, Pryor is not being saved for later. The Raiders are letting it all hang out with the young QB and will let him get first downs by any means necessary. That’s good for you if you start him.

Sam Bradford, Rams at Falcons

It’s a road matchup against a quality opponent, but it’s indoors, which is good for all the Rams’ speed weapons, of which there are many. Look for Bradford to have another solid day. The Rams have more quality options than the Falcons can cover.

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Vikings

The offense looked good last week, and Cutler will have some good one-on-one matchups in this game. The new Bears system is a very good change for Cutler, who seemed comfortable last week against a quality Bengals defense. He should provide QB1 level production in this plus home matchup.

SITS

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers vs. Saints

There’s just too much bad karma in Tampa right now. Freeman always has upside in this matchup because the Saints will post some points, but you should have at least one stronger option on your roster. Freeman could go either way this week. You can do better.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Bengals

It’s very rare that I’d even consider Big Ben on a sits list, but he’s lost his best offensive lineman and has a broken backfield and still no healthy Heath Miller. If you factor in the road matchup against a very formidable defense, you have a player to avoid in Week 2.

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Fantasy Football: Week 2 waiver wire 09.10.13 at 1:38 pm ET
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Did anybody else have a crazy Week 1? It’s amazing how all the best-laid plans of fantasy GMs can get shot to heck with just 60 minutes of real football. Well, fear not. We’ve got you covered with some quality pickups. Jim Hackett and I will be back later this week with the Mohegan Sun Fantasy Football Podcast where we’ll break down some of the madness and try to give you some peace of mind.

The players listed below are free agent targets who make sense in typical 10-team fantasy leagues. If you play in a deeper format, don’t fret. Just head over to Rotobahn.com later Tuesday and check out my expanded waiver wire with targets for leagues of any size. You’ll see me referencing player availability in this space. I obtained my player data from Yahoo.com.

QUARTERBACKS 

Sam Bradford, Rams

For the same reasons I wanted you to draft him, I think he makes a good free agent pickup at quarterback. He’s a solid player, but it’s the weapons at his disposal that make him so viable in fantasy. He’s only owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders

As I said at Rotobahn toward the end of the summer, Pryor has solid athleticism and playmaking ability. There is little doubt that you can start him in larger formats. Where I get concerned is with his durability. Pryor leaves himself open for big hits. He doesn’t protect himself as well as a guy like Cam Newton. Still, for now, Pryor should be owned in all leagues. His upside merits that much for sure. Pryor is unowned in 89 percent of leagues, and that is amazing.

Jay Cutler, Bears

The Bears looked very good against a tough Bengals defense, and things will be even better most weeks. Cutler is finally getting some protection from his offensive line and he has a QB guru for a head coach in Marc Trestman. Things are definitely looking up in Chicago. Cutler can be a very solid QB2 in 10-team formats and is only owned in 50 percent of leagues.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals

He’s available in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so he may be there if you want him. He’s got three outstanding receivers and one of them will get a first-ballot trip to Canton. Palmer can help you for as long as he stays healthy.

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