Week 6 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

Week 6 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Another week, another quarterback down for the Cleveland Browns. For once in four weeks however, we can look back at the weekend of NFL games and talk about for the most part what happened, rather than who got injured. Other than GB RB Eddie Lacy‘s ankle injury ( Lacy said his ankle is “alright” following the Packers’ Week 5 win) the other significant injury to report from an offense is BALT WR Steve Smith, who  left Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with an ankle injury. He was later ruled out for the remainder of the game.

NFL injuries are inevitable, and fantasy football owners must roll with the punches and use the waiver wire to survive losses to their rosters and to improve them. Bye weeks can also create many roster problems for fantasy football owners, especially if they did not pay attention to them during the drafts and have many players from their team off on the same bye week.

Bye Week 6: Minnesota and Tampa Bay

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- A Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire recommendation for Week 5– Hoyer completed 33/43 passes for 397 yards and 2 TDs in Sunday’s Week 5 loss to INDY. Nice match up Week 5 vs JACK. ( Note: Bears coach John Fox said Brian Hoyer could keep the team’s starting job regardless of Jay Cutler’s (thumb) health.)

KC QB Alex Smith ( at OAK )- Although Capt. Deacon Dunk would not be a recommendation in almost any week, you may be in a deep league and have MINN QB Sam Bradford or TB QB J Winston on a “bye” in Week 5. Smith is only owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up.

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( vs SF )- The good news about Taylor, if you have to start him this week, is that he only has thrown 2 INTs this season, one of the fewest for any starting QB.  Owned in 62% of Yahoo leagues. ( San Francisco is 19th vs the pass)

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

 

CAR RB Jonathon Stewart ( at NO)- According to sources close to the Panther organization, RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) “appears set to return” this week against the Saints. ( Note: he has a ‘Bye” in Week 7)

NYG RB Bobby Rainey ( vs BALT)- In Week 5, Rainey racked up 74 total yards on 11 touches for New York, the most for any Giant’s running back. He is proving more versatile for the needs of QB Eli Manning, who is struggling. Tough match up. UPDATE: RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited in Wednesday’s practice and the MYG are facing TOUGH Ravens’ run defense.

BALT RB Terrance West ( vs NYG)- Unless HC J Harbaugh pulls a Bill Belichick, the Ravens might finally have settled on a running back. Terrance West rushed 21 times for 113 yards and a TD in Week 4 vs the Raiders. Owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues before Week 4, now owned in 78% of Yahoo leagues.

NE RB James White ( vs CINN)- I never like recommending any Pat’s RB pick up, because every week will be different. If you are in deep league however, RB Blount has a hip injury and White totaled 89 yards at Cleveland in Week 5.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi / Arain Foster ( vs PITT)- Ajayi had 13 carries for 42 yards and 1 TD for the Dolphins, by far the most for this crowded back field. So far, HC Gase is keeping his word about ending his former RBBC approach. UPDATE: Arian Foster (groin, hamstring) is expected to play Week 6 against the Steelers.

Foster is practicing again Wednesday after being limited in practice all last week.

deep deep leagues ARI RB Andre Ellington- With RB Chris Johnson (groin, injured reserve) is undergoing sports-hernia surgery, the 2nd RB duties should fall on Ellington.

GB RB James Starks ( vs DAL)- Dicier situation…..GB HC Mike McCarthy confirmed Monday that RB Eddie Lacy’s ankle injury is “not serious,” but didn’t commit to Lacy playing in Week 6 against the Cowboys. If Lacy cannot go, Starks will be in for a heavy load. UPDATE: Lacy was limited Wednesday while Starks was listed as DNP.

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

PITT WR Sammie Coates ( at MIA)-  Someone has to start getting receptions other than WR Antonio Brown, and the Steelers made a conscience effort to get Sammy ” I drop as many as I catch” Coates. He caught 6/11 targets for 139 yards and 2 TDs. Expect the effort to get him the ball to continue because WR Wheaton has been even a bigger disappointment.

CINN WR Brandon LaFell ( at NE)- Granted, most of his scoring ( 8-of-11 targets for 68 yards and two touchdowns ) came in trash time in Week 5 when the Bengals were already out of it, but Cincinnati has to get another wide out involved in their offense.

LAR WR Tavon Austin ( at DET)- A great match up coming in Week 6. Austion had 10 touches in Week 5 totaling 85 yards. Only 1 TD so far this year.

CHI WR Cameron Meredith- ( vs JACK )- Like Cleveland QBs, Chicago loses a wide reciever, and another steps in. WRs Kevin White is OUT and Eddie Royal injured again, so 6’3″Meredith ( 9-of-12 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown) will line up opposite WR Alshon Jeffery for the immediate future.

GB WR Davante Adams ( vs DAL)- No question the #3 option for QB A Rodgers. 5/8 targets for 85 yards and 1 TD in Week 5. Adams has 3 TDs in 2016, WR Cobb has none.

MINN WR Adam Thielen (Bye Week)- Consider him as a bye week replacement when he comes back in Week 7.

Other candidates-

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

SD  TE Hunter Henry ( at OAK)- –Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- Despite having TE Antonio Gates return to the starting line up, Henry now has 3 nice games in a row for the SD tight end, and likely a very good tight end for fantasy football owners moving forward. Only owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues.

CHI TE Zach Miller ( at IND )- Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- new QB Brian Hoyer is on the same page with his TE Miller, who caught 7/8 passes for 73 yards in Week 5 against the Colts. Only owned in 71% of Yahoo leagues.

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6 coming as the week progresses.

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Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

You may be heading into Week 5 with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups, especially in deep leagues and regardless of the league the waiver wire has been picked over. You may also have roster difficulties resulting from the 4 teams on the week 5 Bye. ( JACK, KC, SEATTLE and NEW ORLEANS). Fantasy Sleepers are late-round picks or waiver-wire selections who may exceed their statistical expectations.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 5 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 5 with injuries concerns (such as OAK RB Latavius Murray, DAL WR Dez Bryant or DET TE Eric Ebron.)

 

Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PHIL QB Carson Wentz ( at DET)- Wentz had a bye week in Week, but proved more than capable in Week 3…completing 23/31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Only owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues. ( Detroit is currently #32 vs the pass….dead last!)

CAR QB Derek Anderson ( vs Tampa Bay)- QB Cam Newton (concussion) is not practicing Friday, leaving Derek Anderson to get the start. The Panthers will release an official injury report Saturday. This is a nice matchup.

CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- The Colts defense is bad as usual, currently ranked #30 in the NFL. Hoyer is making the most of his opportunity and could get you through this Bye Week for either JACK, KC, SEATTLE and NEW ORLEANS.

I also like BALT QB F Flacco ( vs WASH) if available.

 

RB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

OAK RB DeAndre Washington (vs SD)- My #1 Sleeper for Week 5. RB Latavius Murray (turf toe) is out for Week 5 against the Chargers. Washington is the starter and should be considered a borderline RB2 in a plus matchup.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs TENN)- Coach Adam Gase said using a four-running back committee the past two weeks was “some bad coaching by me,” and he plans to scrap it. IF he commits to Ajayi, he could have a very good game vs the Titans who are ranked #17 vs the run.

NYJ RB Bilal Powell ( at PITT)- Powell rushed 4/26 yards and caught 6/9 targets for 54 yards in Week 4 in loss to the Seahawks. Powell has now touched the ball 10 times each in Weeks 3 and 4. Powell should be owned in all formats, especially with Forte reportedly carted to the X-rays room after the loss. Only owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues.

CAR RB Fozzy Whitaker  (vs TB)- Fozzy Whittaker caught 9/9 targets for 86 yards and rushed 3 times for 6 yards in Week 4. If QB Cam Newton ( concussion) cannot play in Week 5, the Panthers will likely lean on the rushing game. Whitaker is also the preferred receiving back for Carolina, an option QB Derek Anderson may also lean on.

NYG RB Bobby Rainey- With Rashad Jennings (thumb) expected to sit, Rainey should play a big role Week 5 against the Packers.

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers- could get the start Monday night if Charles Sims (knee) is not able to play.

 

WR Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

DAL WR Brice Butler ( vs CINN)- Despite currently boasting the #7 defense in the NFL, the Bengals secondary is vulnerable, and WR Dez Bryant is still not healthy and will sit out Week 5. Butler caught a TD in Week 4, and he will likely get another in Week 5. Also consider WR Terrance Williams- Only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues.

SD WR Dontrelle Inman- ( at OAK)- Inman caught 7/11 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ Week 4 loss to the Saints. ( WR T Benjamin had a costly fumble in the 4th qtr which may have cost the Chargers the game and QB P Rivers trust)

deep league sleeper NYJ WR Robby Anderson- One of the preseason stars, is expected to have a signifcant role in Week 5 with WR Eric Decker’s (shoulder) absence and now it looks like WR Quincy Enunwa (knee) was added to the injury report Friday and is questionable for Week 5 against the Steelers.

deep league sleeper OAK WR Seth Roberts ( vs BALT )- While defenses are concentrating on shutting down WRs A Cooper and M Crabtree, Roberts is slipping thru coverages and scoring touchdown ( 3 TDs in 4 Weeks so far). WR A Cooper has none.

Also consider MINN WRs Charles Johnson and/or C Patterson ( vs HOU) – Both are getting more targets than ever did in the past 2 years, and new QB Sam Bradford and WrR Stefon Diggs do not seem to be on the same page as of yet.  UPDATE:  Stefon Diggs (groin) is doubtful for Week 5 against the Texans.

 

TE Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

SD TE Antonio Gates ( at OAK)- Gates (questionable, hamstring) will attempt to play Sunday. The last time Gates was out for an extended period of time, QB P Rivers hit his ‘ol buddy for 2 TDs as defenses put their attentions elsewhere that game.

CHI TE Z Miller ( at IND)- Although listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Colts, Miller did practice Friday’s and should be in no danger of missing Sunday’s game in Indy. Miller has snagged 3 touchdowns over his last 2 games.

PHIL TE Zack Ertz ( at DET)-  Ertz (ribs) is practicing in full for Week 5. Ertz will return this week after missing the last two games with a displaced rib.

I also like TB TE C Brate ( at CAR)-

 

Week 5 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

PITT ( vs NYJ)- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is throwing more INTs than any one else in the league.

GREEN BAY ( vs NYG)– On top of WR Odell Beckham’s tantrums, NYG QB Eli Manning is having having his own bad start to the year, failing to throw a TD pass in 2 of his 4 games so far. ( 4 INTs)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start QB Aaron Rodgers at home vs the Giants) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

SD QB Philip Rivers (at OAK) – The Raiders are the #28 defense in the league, 28th vs the pass. Should be a big day for Rivers and his receiving corps.

PHIL QB C Wentz ( at DET)- Detroit is the WORST passing defense in the NFL.

TB QB J Winston ( at CAR)- In Week 4, ATL QB M Ryan threw for over 500 yards ( 4 TDs) vs Carolina. The Panther’s defense isn’t the same without DB Josh Norman.

CINN QB A Dalton ( at DAL)- This is not a great match up for Dalton, but he will likely be forced to pass a ton in this game. Dallas is 16th vs the run, but 24th vs the pass.

I also like DAL Dak Prescott ( vs CINN)-

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

ARI RB David Johnson – HC Bruce Arians must be successful in the running game. He should be feeding RB David Johnson all night.

SF RB Carlos Hyde – Hyde has a tough match up …BUT….he also did in Week 1 ( LA Rams….88 yards rushing with 2 TDs) and Week 3 ( Seattle Seahawks….103 yards rushing with 2 TDs). He finds a way.

CHI RB Jordan Howard ( at IND)- Howard had his first 100+ yard game in Week 4, he’ll likely get his 2nd vs a bad INDY defense.

BALT RB Terrance West ( vs WASH)- If HC Harbaugh commits to West like he did in Week 4, which I think he will, West has an opportunity for a big game.

IND RB Frank Gore ( vs CHI)- Running well and has a good match up.

others I like very much…- NE L Blount (at CLEV.)…PHIL R Mathews ( at DET)….SD RB GM Gordon ( at OAK)

No brainer…..DEN RB CJ Anderson ( vs ATL)

RB Sleepers Week 5..OAK DeAndre Washington ( vs SD)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

NE WRs Ju Edleman/ Chris Hogan ( at CLEV ) – QB Tom Brady’s first game back should be a good one.

IND WRs TY Hilton/ P Dorsett ( vs CHI)- Both should have a very decent game vs a bad Chicago team.

SD WRs D Inman ( vs OAK)- WR Travis Benjamin should also have a good game in Week 5 at Oakland, but he did lose a costly fumble last week, and has been only lining up in 3 receiver sets. I put WR Tyrell Williams as a WR3.

MIA WRs J Landry/ Kenny Stills ( vs TENN)- Weather permitting, both of these wide outs should be on the receiving end of many passes from QB Tannehill.

No Brainers: WRs Demaryius Thomas/ Emmanuel Sanders ( vs ATL)…CINN A J Green ( vat DAL)

WR Sleepers: BALT Steve Smith ( vs WASH)….PHIL Jordan Matthews (at DET)….NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( at GB)…DAL WR Brice Butler ( vs CINN)

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

CHI TE Zach Miller (at IND )- Miller has been QB Brian Hoyer’s go-to-guy for TDs.

MINN TE Kyle Rudolph ( vs HOU)- Rudolph has a TD pass in 3 straight games. likely be 4 straight games.

PITT TE Jesse James ( NYJ)- Neither New York NFL team ( Giants nor the Jets) are very good defending the TE position.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

NEW ENGLAND (at CLEV) – This Pat’s will be furious about the shut out in Week 4, and they’ll be taking it out on the Browns.

GREEN BAY (vs the NYG) – QB Eli Manning has 4 INTs in 4 games so far, and has been held without a passing touchdown in two of those games.

No Brainer DEF starts: PHIL ( at DET)….ARI ( at SF)

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

ARI QB Drew Stanton- QB C Palmer is OUT on concussion protocal. Stanto may surprise because the Bengals secondary has been vulnerable, but more than likely, he’ll be a game-manager. Stanton only scompleted 5 passes in the NFL in 2015.

SF QB Blaine Gabbert- The Cardinals are 1-3 and that is NOT sitting well in Arizona. Expect tons of pressure on Gabbert, with the other priority…shutting down RB Carlos Hyde.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota (at MIA)- His sophomore slump is real, and he has only 4 TD in the first 4 games. Hopefully you have better options until he gets his groove back.

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( at MINN)- This Viking’s defense is shutting teams DOWN! Rough week for Osweiler and the Texans coming up.

NYJ QB Ryan Fitz ( at PITT)- Until Fitz gets back into NFL form, I can’t start him…can you? ( Doesn’t help having WR Eric Decker injured either)

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( at LAR)- I prefer a better match up.

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

CLEV RB I Crowell ( vs NE)– The Pats will shut down any Brown’s running game and force rookie QB C Kessler to beat them thru the air, which he won’t be able to do.

WASH RB Matt Jones ( at BALT)– Jones surprised most fantasy football owners with a good game in Week 4, but he faces the Raven’s #1 run defense in the NFL. Very unlikely he surprises in Week 5.

DET RB Theo Riddick ( vs PHIL)– The #2 Eagle defense will give up some yardage to Riddick in Week 5, but I do not see a lot, nor a TD from him.

Other RBs I don’t like in Week 4- NYG Orleans Darkwa ( at GB)

Sit Em if you can…….MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs TENN)….Decent match up but I want to see HC Gase stop using RBBC like he said he would do, before I sit anyone for Ajayi.

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 5 2016

ALL ARI WRs- I do not like QB Drew Stanton as the starter this week, and although you are sitting talented wide outs, I have to think you have better options this week.

ALL SF WRS ( at NE )- I would not start any of them.

MINN WR Stefon Diggs ( vs HOU)- The Texans are 5th vs the pass and so far in QB Sam Bradford’s Viking career, Diggs hasn’t been one of the guys that he’s leaned on. I’ll wait until he does. UPDATE: Stefon Diggs didn’t practice today due to groin injury.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( vs NE)- NE Hc Bill Belichick likes to eliminate a team’s big threats, and currently those 2 guys are RB I Crowell and WR Terrelle Pryor.

HOU WR Will Fuller ( at MINN)- I realize that Fuller is hard talent to Sit, but the Vikings defense did not allow a passing touchdown from CAR QB Cam Newton in Week 3 or a passing touchdown from NYG QB Eli Manning in Week 4. ( only 1 passing touchdown from GB QB A Rodgers in Week 2). I don’t even like WR DeAndre Hopkins in Week 5.

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 5 2016

CLEV TE Gary Barndge ( vs NE)- He’s done nothing and this is too tough a match up to start him.

IND TE Dwayne Allen ( vs CHI)- Start him if you must, but so far he’s averaging 2 catches a game. QB A Luck just isn’t looking for him.

ATL TE J Tamme ( at DEN)- He’s been invisible for a couple weeks now, and the match up says “Sit Em”

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

CHICAGO (at IND) – This will likely be the game that fantasy football owners have been waiting for from QB A Luck.

CINCINNATI (at DAL) – RB Zeke Elliott will have a good day, as will QB Dak Prescott with all his weapons and that O-Line.

No Brainer DEF sits: PHIL ( at DET)….ARI ( at SF)

START EM SIT EM WEEK 4 2016

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 4

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 4 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

The Utter-Fantasy original..the weekly “Panic/ Don’t Panic” updates: Most fantasy football owners prepare for weeks, even months for their fantasy football drafts, and when it’s all over, they hope that their team is the best. After week one of the NFL season, some of us are rejoicing in our selections, while some of us are agonizing over them. Now it’s decision making time regarding the waiver wire, and who we have on our current rosters. I like to see a lot of opinions, and I hope mine help you make some of your tough decisions. That being said, it’s only Week 4, so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players after Week 5. Until then….here’s my list of players to “Panic’ or “Do Not Panic” about…..

 

PANIC QBs

TENN Marcus Mariota- One of my “Panics” following Week 3-LINK- and Mariota has gone 2 weeks now without throwing a touchdown pass. The sophomore jinx is working at full capacity. Panic and Pass on ROS.….if he can’t right the ship with this schedule coming up … (MIA-CLEV-IND-JACK-SD )

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- We have seen this before. A quarterback demanding more money holds out in training camp and into the preseason, then fails miserably. Fitzpatrick’s performance Week 3 and Week 4 were embarrassments and his schedule is going to cause more embarrassments…SEA-PITT- then ARI  up next.

CINN QB Andy Dalton- The AJ Green connection is there, but nothing else is. He’s not getting Gio involved, he’s not getting WRs LaFell involved, nor the speedy rookie WR Tyler Boyd. Dalton has only 3 TDs on the season. If C Wentz or Dak Prescott were available, it may be time consider moving on from Dalton.

 

PANIC RBs

CINN  RB Jeremy Hill1) Hill’s schedule is BRUTAL. He has faced very tough teams vs the run and will so in upcoming games. 2) QB A Dalton is one of my “Panic” QBs, so how can the running game NOT be effected? At Dallas then at NE….ugh.

HOU RB Lamar Miller- Zero touchdowns in 2016 and topping 100 yards only once….how could you NOT be panicking? Let’s face it, we drafted him too high, but if you are in a deep league, you can’t drop or trade him. You just have to hope for some good games when he plays the weaker defenses.

JACK RB Chris Ivory- is back and playing terrible. JACK RB TJ Yeldon’s performance in Week 4 ( 14/71 averaging 5.1 yards per carry) really gave us reasons to “Panic” over Ivory. Who knows what will happen after their Bye week? I’d like to avoid both.

Utter-Fantasy’s “Panic” RBs from Week 3……T Rawls, J Forsett, TJ Yeldon, M Jones and Theo Riddick.

Others too good to panic about…but:

OAK RB Latavius Murray- Dealing with a (toe injury which we know can linger) is “doubtful” to play in Week 5 against the Chargers. RB DeAndre Washington is the Raiders’ likely starter for Week 5 against the Chargers.

 

PANIC WRs

MINN WR Stefon Diggs- Very talented but here’s why I’m about to “Panic”….you never know what the chemistry is going to be between a new QB ( Sam Bradford) and his new WRs. So far Diggs isn’t one of them. Only 40 yards in Week 3, only 47 yards in Week 5, and WRs Charles Johnson and C Patterson are getting more targets every week. TE K Rudolph is the redzone target.

CHI WR Alshon Jeffery- This guy is killing fantasy football owners who drafted him high, like yours truly. Now he’s injured.

GB WR Randall Cobb- Are you really surprised? It didn’t happen in 2015 when Jordy was out! Find a cheese-head who still loves Cobb and sell high.

CINN WR Tyler Boyd- Not the weapon yet, that we thought he’s be, and now TE Eifert is due back. He’ll have some good games, but unless you are in deep league, there must be better options for you.

Others too good to panic about…but:

JACK Allen Hurns- This guy is also killing fantasy football owners who drafted him high, like yours truly. QB Blake Bortles was the #16 QB in the NFL after Week 3, but the #9 after Week 4, so it’s getting better.

 

PANIC TEs

CLEV TE Gary Barnidge- Zero TDs and hasn’t topped more than 66 yards receiving. QB RG3 going sown really hurt his stats. Right now, I think I’d rather own SD TE Hunter Henry. ( Barndge’s targets have risen however)

IND TE Dwayne Allen- Although QB Luck was out much of 2015, did you know Allen only had 109 receiving yards and only 1 TD in 11 games last year? After his Week 1 performance, Allen now has a total of 75 yards in 3 games. That’s a 25 yards average.

ATL TE Austin Hooper- DEN TE Virgil Green- NYG TE Will Tye- Not enough targets.

 

DON’T PANIC QBs

SEA QB Russell Wilson- A Bye in Week 5 which will help Wilson tremendously to get healthy.  Stay patient.

JACK QB Blake Bortles- After a slow start, Bortles is starting to find his groove. QB Blake Bortles was the #16 QB in the NFL after Week 3, but the #9 after Week 4, so it’s getting better.

TB QB J Winston- His schedule was pretty rough, facing Arizona, L Rams, Denver and now Carolina in Week 5. After his Week 6 Bye, Winston has SF, OAK, ATL and Chicago. Buy low!

 

DON’T PANIC RBs

PHIL RB Ryan Mathews- PHIL QB C Wentz looks like the real deal, so defenses can’t just stack the box. HC Doug Pederson said Ryan Mathews (ankle) is healthy and will remain the Eagles’ starting running back

NE RB Le Blount- I know everyone is jumping off the Blount wagon, but I’m not so sure that’s a good idea. QB Tom Brady will be motivated and moving the ball up and down the field. I think Blount gets plenty of goal line opportunities. I may be wrong, but I see if I am before moving on from Blount.

DEN RB CJ Anderson- Big start in week 1, then an average Week 2, followed by a terrible Week 3. Like Lacy, then an average Week 4. Anderson’s schedule is so inviting, I want to find a fantasy football owner who has gotten discouraged and wants to trade him away.

 

DON’T PANIC WRs

NO WR Willie Snead- Snead started out the season very strong, but a tow injury had him miss week 3, followed by a below average week 4. Now on a bye week, he will be available in more leagues than he should be. He is reportedly back to 100%.

PHIL WR Jordan Matthews- Matthews had a great Week 1 ( 114 yards and 1 TD) then fell off some in Weeks 3 & 4. Every wide out has a few down weeks ( ATL Julio Jones had 1 catch for 16 yards in Week 3. Matthews is the #1 WR in Philly and may be available because of the Bye in Week 4.

OAK WR Amari Cooper- Defenses have been focusing on Cooper ( zero TDs in 2016) meanwhile WR Michael Crabtree hauled in 3 TDs in Week 4 and has out -targeted Cooper in back-to-back games. Week 4’s performance should cause defenses to pay attention to Crabtree and allow Cooper some huge games again.

DON’T PANIC TEs

TENN Delanie Walker- Walker led the team with 8 targets in Week 4 but his return from a one-week hamstring injury did not lead to a big game. QB Marcus Mariota’s sophomore slump is getting serious, but TENN has MIA-CLEV-IND-JACK in the next 4 weeks, and the last 3 are all home games. Delanie and Mariota will be 2016 busts if this 4 week schedule doesn’t help them.

DAL TE J Witten- Zero TDs in 2016, but he was targeted in the endzone a few times this year. 9 targets in Week 4 should be a sign of good things to come ( Dez is still injured)

Borderline:

KC Te Travis Kelce- One good game out of the first four. With the ultra conservative KC offense, this is about the pace you can expect.

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 3

Week 5 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

Week 5 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

It was a tough for injuries to NFL quarterbacks in Week 4 and for fantasy football owners. ARI QB Carson Palmer was escorted to the locker room after his head bounced off the turf late in the game vs the Rams. DEN QB Trevor Siemian suffered a left shoulder (non-throwing) injury in the 2nd qtr. CAR QB Cam Newton could miss Week 5 after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit on a 2pt conversion in the 4th qtr.

NFL injuries are inevitable, and fantasy football owners must roll with the punches and use the waiver wire to survive losses to their rosters and to improve them. Bye weeks can also create many roster problems for fantasy football owners, especially if they did not pay attention to them during the drafts and have many players from their team off on the same bye week.

First Bye Week is in Week 5: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans and Seattle

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

DAL QB Dak Prescott ( vs CINN )- Prescott completed 23/32 passes for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns against the 49ers in Week 4. He is currently the #17 QB in the NFL and only owned in 59% of Yahoo leagues.

PHIL QB Carson Wentz ( at DET)- Wentz had a bye week in Week, but proved more than capable in Week 3…completing 23/31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Only owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues. ( Detroit is currently #32 vs the pass….dead last!)

CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- Brian Hoyer completed 28/36 passes for 302 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTS in the Bears’ 17-14, Week 4 win over the Lions. Nice match up Week 5 vs the Colts. ( Note: Bears coach John Fox said Brian Hoyer could keep the team’s starting job regardless of Jay Cutler’s (thumb) health.)

deep leagues- ARI QB Drew Stanton (at SF)- The Cardinals travel to San Francisco for Thursday Night Football, and with QB Carson Palmer in the league’s mandatory concussion protocol, it’s fairly unlikely that he could play on Thursday.

deeper leagues CAR QB Derek Anderson ( vs TB)-  IF QB Cam Newton cannot participate in Week 5 due to the league’s mandatory concussion protocol, Anderson has a favorable match up in Week 5 and was impressive in his short duty in Week 4 ( 17/23…172 yards and 2 TDs). ( Cam has an extra long week to recover, with the Panthers playing on Monday Night Week 5.)

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

CHI RB Jordan Howard ( at IND)- Some fantasy football owners jumped on the Howard train in Week 4 waivers, while others wanted to see proof first. Still owned in 82% of Yahoo leagues. HC John Fox said Jordan Howard was “outstanding” and “we’ll ride him pretty good moving forward.”

BALT RB Terrance West ( vs WASH )- Unless HC J Harbaugh pulls a Bill Belichick, the Ravens might finally have settled on a running back. Terrance West rushed 21 times for 113 yards and a TD in Week 4 vs the Raiders. Only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs TENN)- Coach Adam Gase said using a four-running back committee the past two weeks was “some bad coaching by me,” and he plans to scrap it. Fantasy football owners agree!

NYJ RB Bilal Powell ( at PITT)- Powell rushed 4/26 yards and caught 6/9 targets for 54 yards in Week 4 in loss to the Seahawks. Powell has now touched the ball 10 times each in Weeks 3 and 4. Powell should be owned in all formats, especially with Forte reportedly carted to the X-rays room after the loss. Only owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues.

CAR RB Fozzy Whitaker  (vs TB)- Fozzy Whittaker caught 9/9 targets for 86 yards and rushed 3 times for 6 yards in Week 4. If QB Cam Newton ( concussion) cannot play in Week 5, the Panthers will likely lean on the rushing game. Whitaker is also the preferred receiving back for Carolina, an option QB Derek Anderson may also lean on.

deeper leagues PHIL RB Darren Sproles/ Wendall Smallwood ( at DET)- Prior to their Week 4 bye, Sproles led the Eagles in Week 4 in targets, catches and receiving yards. He caught all 6 of his targets for 126 yards. In Week 3, Smallwood had 79 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. He is a great speculative add in deeper leagues. ( RB Ryan Mathews was dealing with stiffness and swelling in the ankle he injured prior to training camp and came out of the game in Week 4 and never returned.)

deeper leagues ARI RB Andre Ellington- With RB Chris Johnson (groin, injured reserve) is undergoing sports-hernia surgery, the 2nd RB duties should fall on Ellington.

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

BALT WR Steve Smith (vs WASH)-  After a slow start, Steve Smith Sr. has 9+ targets in 3 of 4 games. In Week 4 Smith caught 8/11 targets for 111 yards and a TD. Only owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues.

SD WR Dontrelle Inman- ( at OAK)- Inman caught 7/11 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ Week 4 loss to the Saints. ( WR T Benjamin had a costly fumble in the 4th qtr which may have cost the Chargers the game and QB P Rivers trust)

DAL Terrance Williams/ and Brice Butler- Even before WR Dez Bryant’s injury, new QB Dak Prescott was passing the ball around to everyone, including WR Williams. Terrance Williams caught 4/6 targets for 44 yards and a TD in Week 4. Only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues.   Bruce Butler- Caught 5/9 targets for 41 yards and a TD in Week 4.

IND WR Philip Dorsett ( vs CHI)- Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- WR Donte Moncrief is expected to miss about another month with a broken shoulder blade. Although Dorsett only had one reception in Week 4, it was a 64-yard touchdown catch. Only owned in 53% of Yahoo leagues.

CLEV Terrelle Pryor (vs NE)- An integral part of the Cleveland offense, Pryor has a tough match up in week 5 however. Owned in 82% of Yahoo leagues.

Other candidates-

CHI WR  Eddie Royal ( at IND)- Royal has out-produced disappointing WR Kevin White all season so far, and now White needing an MRI on his injured ankle.

CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr ( vs TB)- WR Devin Funchess left the Week 4 game with a toe injury late in the 4th quarter & did not return. Toe injuries can linger, so Funchess should be considered highly questionable for Week 5.

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

PHIL TE Zach Ertz ( at DET)-  Ertz (ribs) had his MRI came back clear and he plans to play Week 5 against the Lions. Only owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues.

SD  TE Hunter Henry ( at OAK)- –Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- Two nice games in a row for the SD tight end, and likely a very good tight end for fantasy football owners moving forward. Henry caught 4/7 targets for 61 yards and 1 TD in Week 4 against the Saints. Only owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues, but this will drastically change this week. Get him while you can.

CHI TE Zach Miller ( at IND )- Week 4 Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Recommendation- new QB Brian Hoyer is on the same page with his TE Miller, who caught 3/3 targets for 31 yards and 1 TD in the Bears’ Week 4 win over the Lions. Only owned in 60% of Yahoo leagues.

TB TE Cameron Brate ( at CAR)- TE ASJ is gone (thankfully) and Brate finally gets the starting gig by himself. 18 targtes in thepast 2 weeks, and 2 TD receptions in Week 3. Tough match up however in Week 5.

GB TE Richard Rodgers ( vs NYG) – Before their Week 4 Bye, the Packers TE Jared Cook suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 3 against the Lions. In Week 3 Rodgers had 2 receptions for 9 yards and 1 TD. UPDATE: Jared Cook (ankle) will not play in Week 5 against the Giants.

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5 coming as the week progresses.

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Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

You may be heading into Week 4 with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups, especially in deep leagues and regardless of the league the waiver wire has been picked over. You may also have roster difficulties resulting from the 2 teams on the week 4 Bye. ( PHIL and GREEN BAY). Fantasy Sleepers are late-round picks or waiver-wire selections who may exceed their statistical expectations.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 4 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 4 with injuries concerns (such as TB RB Doug Martin, BUFF WR Sammy Watkins or NYJ WR Eric Decker.)

 

QB Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

DEN QB Trevor Siemian ( at Tampa Bay)- The new Denver quarterback is getting more comfortable every week, and has plenty of weapons. He completed 23/35 passes for 312 yards and 4 TDs in Week 3’s win over the Bengals. If you have PHIL QB Wentz or GB QB A Rodgers ( bye Week 4), this is a nice matchup.

MINN QB Sam Bradford ( vs NYG)- In only his 1st game with the Vikings, Bradford and Co got one in the “win”column” at Carolina, which ain’t easy.  Bradford went 18/28 for 171 yards and 1 TD ( 0 INTs). If he can that against the Panthers in Carolina, he should do well at home vs the #22 pass defense of the Giants.

 

RB Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

NYG RB Orleans Darkwa (vs MINN)- RB Shane Vereen will miss the rest of the season with a triceps injury, so RB Orleans Darkwa is a waiver wire pick up once again. He rushed 10 times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ Week 3. NOT an ideal match up Week 4 at Minnesota however.

TB Charles Sims ( vs DEN)- The match up was terrible vs the LA Rams in Week 3, but Sims racked up 124 total yards and 1 TD. Another terrible match up but once again, the workload will be huge. Now owned in 82% of Yahoo leagues.

NYJ Bilal Powell ( vs SEA)- The match up is terrible but the Jets are now without WR Eric Decker and Powell had 6 targets in Week 3…those should go up. Powell had 10 touches total in week 3 for 71 total yards.

 

WR Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

DAL Terrance Williams/ Brice Butler- ( at SF )- It’s looking like WR Dez B will either be out for a few weeks or constantly playing injured. Little WR Cole Beasley is a PPR machine, but he doesn’t get into the endzone. Williams at 6’2″ should take over that role with TE Witten.

NYJ Q Enunwa ( vs SEA )- WR Eric Decker has been rules OUT for Week 4, and likely longer. WR Enunwa will play opposite WR Brandon Marshall.

also NYJ WR Robby Anderson- One of the preseason stars, is expected to serve as the No. 3 receiver in WR Eric Decker’s (shoulder) absence

OAK WR Seth Roberts ( vs BALT )- While defenses are concentrating on shutting down WRs A Cooper and M Cragtree, Roberts is slipping thru coverages and scoring touchdown ( 2 in 3 Weeks so far). WR A Cooper has none.

 

TE Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

( TEs are the hardest position to try and predict.)

IND TE Doyle ( at JACK in London)- Doyle had a great Week 1, and had the 2nd most receptions and yardage from QB A luck in Week 3. WR D Moncrief ios oiut and Wr P Dorsett is injured.

CHI TE Z Miller ( vs DET) After totaling three catches for 35 yards on 12 combined targets Weeks 1 and 2, Miller caught 8/9 targets for 78 yards and 2 TDs in Week 3 against Dallas. Miller has been more involved since QB Brian Hoyer took over in QB Cutler’s absence and faces the Lions who cannot cover tight ends.

SD  TE Hunter Henry ( vs NO)- Henry caught 5/5 targets for 76 yards in the Chargers’ Week 3 loss to the Colts. TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) “wasn’t close” to suiting up against the Colts, and will likely miss another game.

I also like TE C Brate for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

 

Week 4 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

WASH ( vs CLEV)- Now NFl teams have a week of tape on CLEV rookie QB Cody Kessler. This one shouldn’t be as close as Cleveland made it in Week 3.

LA Rams Defense– Rams should try to capitalize on gun-shy QB C Palmer’s horrific 4 INTs in Week 2, and he has a beat up receiving corps.

 

K Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

WASH D Hopkins ( vs CLEV )- 11 Field goals in the first 3 Weeks on the NFL season, 0 misses.

SD K Josh Lambo ( vs NO )- The Chargers should be able to move the ball plenty vs the Saints, but it won’t be a surprised if they were stalled a few times near the endzone.

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start WR Antonio Brown at home vs Kansas City) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

NFL Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

SD QB Philip Rivers (vs NO) – DC Rob Ryan wasn’t the only problem in 2015 for the Saint’s defense. New Orleans D is so bad, every offense is a must start against them.

WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( vs CLEV )- Capt. Kirk is the #2 QB in the NFL for yardage, only behind NO QB D Brees. If the TDs were there, he’d be one of the biggest steals so far in fantasy football drafts.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs IND in London)- The Colts will get DB Patrick Robinson back this week, but they are still bad. Outstanding week for QB Bortles to look like 2015 QB Bortles.

BALT QB Joe Flacco (at BALT ) – Flacco had a great match up Week 3 and did very little with it. At home vs OAK ( #28 vs the pass and run)..if he doesn’t produced, he can’t be recommended again.

I also like HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs TENN)

No Brainers….IND A Luck  (at JACK in London)

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

NE RB Le Blount ( vs BUFF) – Start the #1 running back in the NFL so far at home.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill (vs MIA) – Hill had 97 rushing yards and 2 TDs vs a very tough Denver defense Week 3. He can do that against Miami Week 4.

SD Melvin Gordon (vs NO) – Few players I wouldn’t recommend Week 4 vs the Saints.

CHI RB Jordan Howard (vs DET) – The rookie fills in for injured RB J Langford and has a good match up vs the #27 Detroit run defense.

NO Brainer: HOU RB Lamar Miller ( vs TENN) and he had better deliver!…DAL Zeke Elliott ( at SF)….PITT RB LeVeon Bell ( vs KC)

I also like NO RB Mark Ingram ( at SD)- IND RB F Gore ( vs JACK in London)

Start Em if you must…….WASH Matt Jones ( vs CLEV)

RB Sleeper: CLEV RB I Crowell ( at WASH)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

 WASH WR DeSean Jackson ( vs CLEV ) – Still has the speed to break a deep one at anytime. Currently the #15 WR in the NFL.

JACK Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns (vs IND ) – One has to be concerned about the slump QB Blake Bortles is in, although at this time last year, he had only thrown 5 TD passes as well. He has to capitalize on this bad INDY secondary.

HOU WR Will Fuller (vs TENN) – 3/7 targets for 31 yards in Week 3, but it would have been more if not for the “drops”. WR Braxton Miller is likely out, so the targets will be there. Great week for Fuller to get back on track.

IND WRs TY Hilton/ P Dorsett ( at JACK in London)- Both should have a very decent game vs a bad Jacksonville defense.

SD WRs T Benjamin/ Tyrell Williams ( vs NO)- Great match up vs a terrible defense.

No Brainers: NO B Cooks ( at SD)…CINN A J Green ( vs MIA)

WR Sleepers: ARI John Brown( vs LAR)….CLEV Terrelle Pryor (at WASH)….NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( at MINN)…DAL WR Brice Butler

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

CHI TE Zach Miller (vs DET )- Huge game in week 3 ( 78 yards and 2 TDs). QB Cutler didn’t look for TE Miller, but QB B Hoyer does. DET is one of the worst NFL teams defending the TE position.

NO TE Coby Fleener ( at SD)- QB D Brees said that he would get Fleener involved in the offense, and he did just that in Week 3.

SEA TE Jimmy Graham ( at NYJ)- Seeing is believing, and we are seeing the old Jimmy Graham producing finally for fantasy football owners.

DAL Jason Witten ( at SF)- With WR Dez Bryant likely out for 3+ weeks, Witten’s ( and everyone else’s) targets can only go up.

other notable TE starts: IND TEs Allen ( at JACK in London)….SD TE Hunter Henry (5/5 targets for 76 yards Week 3)

No Brainers: )…WASH J Reed ( vs CLEV)…CAR G Olson ( at ATL)

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

NEW ENGLAND (vs BUFF) – This Pat’s defense is for real, and QB Tyrod Taylor isn’t very good.

LAR (at ARI) – ARI QB C Palmer is “off his game” of late, throwing 4 INTs in Week 3. I would not be surprised if he threw 3 INTs Week 4.

No Brainer DEF starts: SEA at NYJ….HOU vs TENN

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL  Sit Em Week 4 2016

MIA Ryan Tannehill ( at CINN)- The Bengals are still stinging from the whooping they took in Week 3 from the visiting Broncos. I expect the CINN DEF to step up and make it one rough night for MIA Ryan Tannehill.

BUFF Tyrod Taylor ( at NE )- I know he had two long TD throws in Week 2, but I would not start a QB based on two busted-coverage passes. Tough, tough match up.

TN QB J Winston (vs DEN ) – Winston is struggling and he’ll struggle some more vs the pat’s staunch defense.

ARI QB C Palmer (vs LAR) – Palmer is not playing very well…I prefer a better match up.

No Brainers: NYJ Ryan Fitz (at NE)

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

MIA RBs  J Ayayi/ K Drake/ D Williams (at CINN) – Too many getting touches. Can’t start any of them at Cincinnati.

TB Ch Sims/ Jacq Rodgers ( vs DEN) – They are talented but…I prefer a better match up.

WASH RB Matt Jones (vs CLEV) – He may surprise because of the match up, but he has disappointed so far, and I do not expect anything different.

Others I don’t like in Week 4- BALT RBs ( vs OAK)-….J Forsett- T West- K Dixon- Buck Allen ( maybe)…too many to be success for any fantasy football owner but hey, the Ravens are 3-0 so good for them.

Sit Em if you can…….SF RB C Hyde ( vs DAL)….NYJ RB M Forte ( vs SEA)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

NYJ WR Brandon Marshall  (at SEA) – Marshal is not 100% and WR Eric Decker is likely OUT….and…QB Ryan Fitz is playing terrible. Add all that to a decent Seattle defense and you get a Sit Em.

NE WRs ( vs BUFF) – The Pat’s defense will likely be able to win this one. Whoever is under center for New England will hit WRs Edleman, Amendola, Hogan, TEs Gronk and/or Bennett, and RBs out of the backfield. I am not going to try to figure out which one.

PITT WR Sammie Coates/ Eli Rogers/ M Wheaton (vs KC ) – Of course WR Antonio Brown will have a good game, and TE Jesse James may get a TD reception, but so far in 2015, Coates/Rogers/Wheaton cannot be counted on by fantasy football owners.

KC WR  Jeremy Maclin ( at PITT)- Currently the #40 wide out in the NFL, and you didn’t draft him to be that. ( Only averaging 50 yards- has only 1 TD). The conservative offense in KC just doesn’t give Maclin very many opportunities to put up big games. Start him if you must.

Sit Em if you can…….WR Mike Evans ( vs DEN)

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

NE Martellus Bennett (vs BUFF) – Defense and the running game will win this game for the Pats. Buffalo is #2 in the NFL defending the TE position.

PITT TE Jesse James (vs KC)- I put TE James here because KC is so good vs the other tight ends, but James could get a TD reception without many yards to go with it. ( only 2 catches for 10 yards in Week 30

HOU TE  Ryan Griffin ( vs TENN)- Still not a weapon in this offense.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

ATL (vs CAR) – They couldn’t slow down New Orleans and won’t stop Carolina.

BUFF ( at NE )- This is going to be a very safe game for the Pats, who have already won 3 games in a row without QB Tom Brady.

MIAMI ( at CINN )- I prefer a better match up.

No Brainers: Don’t start INDY, JACK, or OAK

 

Good Luck Week Four!

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Panic or Do Not Panic Week 3

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 3 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

The Utter-Fantasy original..the weekly “Panic/ Don’t Panic” updates: Most fantasy football owners prepare for weeks, even months for their fantasy football drafts, and when it’s all over, they hope that their team is the best. After week one of the NFL season, some of us are rejoicing in our selections, while some of us are agonizing over them. Now it’s decision making time regarding the waiver wire, and who we have on our current rosters. I like to see a lot of opinions, and I hope mine help you make some of your tough decisions. That being said, it’s only Week 3, so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players after Week 4. Until then….here’s my list of players to “Panic’ or “Do Not Panic” about…..

 

PANIC QBs

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- We have seen this before. A quarterback demanding more money holds out in training camp and into the preseason, then fails miserably. Fitzpatrick’s performance Week 3 was an embarrassment and his schedule is going going to cause more embarrassments…SEA and at PITT up next.

BUFF Tyrod Taylor- If you discount 2 flukey long TD passes in Week 2, Tyrod is averaging 125 passing yards a game- Still without WR Sammy Watkins, you can do better at QB in almost any format.

TENN Marcus Mariota- Mariota completed just 17/33 passes for 214 yards, no TDs, and two INTS in the Titans’ Week 3 loss to the Raiders. Panic Week 4.….but a VERY nice part of his schedule is coming up starting in Week 6… (CLEV-IND-JACK-SD )

 

PANIC RBs

SEA RB Thomas Rawls- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thomas Rawls (fibula) will miss multiple weeks. Move on.

BALT RB J Forsett- In a tasty match up at Jacksonville, Forsett carried the ball only 7 times. There are just TOO many running backs getting touches in Baltimore, and I don’t care if one of them has a fluke monster week. I don’t want any of them.

JACK RB TJ Yeldon- RB Chris Ivory is back and ( although he didn’t do much with them) Ivory had 12 carries to Yeldon’s 6 carries in Week 3.

WASH Matt Jones- I warned fantasy football owners of Matt Jones all summer. I believe he is an outstanding RB out of the backfield, but not a good runner between the tackles. If he can’t “bring it” Week 4 at home vs Cleveland, you may need to make a tough roster decision going forward with him.

DET RB Theo Riddick – In 2015, Detroit had the worst average per run attempt of any NFL team. This is a “throw first” offense, and Riddick’s first week ( Week 1- 108 total yards and 2 TDs) may happen again….but I doubt it.

Others too good to panic about…but:

NO RB Mark Ingram- Runs very hard but the Saints are always playing from behind, and probably always will be in 2016. I’d trade him away if I could get a deal.

OAK Latavius Murray- The touchdowns are there, but the yardage IS NOT! ( 38 total yards in Week 3.) Oakland’s tough schedule and poor defense may never allow the Raiders to get a big lead and lean on Murray to carry the ball 20+ times in a game. (averaging only 10 carries a game)

 

PANIC WRs

GB WR Randall Cobb- Are you really surprised? It didn’t happen in 2015 when Jordy was out! Find a cheese-head who still loves Cobb and sell high.

CINN WR Tyler Boyd- Not the weapon yet, that we thought he’s be, and now TE Eifert is due back. He’ll have some good games, but unless you are in deep league, there must be better options for you.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews- Oakland has one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL, and Matthews managed only 3 lousy receptions. Move on if you can.

DET WR Golden Tate- The trouble is, QB Stafford is throwing to a lot of different weapons, and defenses are concentrating on taking Tate out of games. With only only 41 yards as his best game so far, you’ll have just get lucky when you start him.

Others too good to panic about…but:

DAL WR Dez Bryant- That QB Dak Prescott struggles to even want to look for Bryant. Fortunately Dallas’ schedule is worth waiting for Bryant to score a big game for us, if the ankle isn’t worst than expected.

 

PANIC TEs

DET TE Eric Ebron- Averaging 50 yards per game with only 1 TD. With so many weapons in Detroit, Ebron will be a boom-or-bust candidate every week. Note: that no tight end in the NFL is going crazy great so far, as only 5 TEs have 2 TD receptions each, and they aren’t the tight ends that you’d expect to have them.

DAL TE J Witten- Averaging 47 yards per game with 0 TDs. Like above, with so many weapons in Dallas, Witten will be a boom-or-bust candidate every week.

DEN TE Virgil Green- Not enough targets.

 

DON’T PANIC QBs

SEA QB Russell Wilson- HC Pete Carroll said Russell Wilson (knee) is doing “remarkably well,” and he expects him to practice Wednesday and play Week 4 against the Jets. Wilson’s slow start is due to injuries, but he has a Bye in Week 5 which will help tremendously. Stay patient.

CAR QB Cam Newton- Averaging less than 270 passing yards in 3 games, Cam has to be mentioned here. He has however, Atlanta, Tampa, and New Orleans up next….he WILL pad his stats in a big way the next 3 weeks.

 

DON’T PANIC RBs

HOU RB Lamar Miller- Miller just wasn’t going to have a big game in Week 3 traveling to New England. Week 4 is the big test to see if many of us drafted him too high, playing at home vs Tennessee.

GB RB Eddie Lacy- Slow start with zero TDs. On a bye, fantasy football owners will be sick of starting/ holding him. Buy low! Great schedule coming up!

DEN RB CJ Anderson- Big start in week 1, then an average Week 2, followed by a terrible Week 3. Like Lacy, Anderson’s schedule is so inviting, I want to find a fantasy football owner who has gotten discouraged and wants to trade him away.

 

DON’T PANIC WRs

KC WR Jeremy Maclin– Pittsburgh Week 4, followed by a Week 5 Bye. Scoop him up because after that starting in Week 6….OAK-NO-IND-JACK….!!!!

JACK WR Allen Hurns- Currently the #57 wide receiver in the NFL, and we did not draft him to be that. Takes on Indianapolis in Week 4, and he had better deliver.

SEA WR Tyler Lockett- QB Russell Wilson is getting healthy, so after the Seahawks Week 5 Bye, you can expect Lockett to get back on track.

 

DON’T PANIC TEs

TENN Delanie Walker- Walker was close to playing in Week 3, before being declared inactive. Titans coach Mike Mularkey expects Delanie Walker (hamstring) to resume practicing and start in Week 4. Too good to lose patience on.

WASH TE Jordan Reed- Fantasy football owners expected at least 2 TDs by Week 3, instead, they have ZERO. Fortunately the yards and targets are there. Stay patient.

Borderline:

CLEV TE Gary Barnidge- New life came for Barndige in Week 3 as the rookie QB targeted the talented tight end 6 times ( 5 catches for 66 yards) More will come, because the Browns will likely be playing from behind in most games.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Another week of tough injuries for NFL teams and for fantasy football owners. CHI RB Jeremy Langford was carted off the field with a ankle injury and GB TE Jared Cook suffered an injury to his ankle as well in the Week 3 loss to the Cardinals. NYG RB RB Shane Vereen will miss the rest of the season. SEA QB Russell Wilson came into Week 3 with a banged up right ankle, and he suffered an additional sprained left knee. We’ll know more soon, but he’ll likely play again Week 4. NFL injuries are inevitable, and fantasy football owners must roll with the punches and use the waiver wire to survive losses to their rosters and to improve them.

First Bye Week is in Week 4: Green Bay & Philadelphia

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

DEN QB Trevor Siemian ( at Tampa Bay)- The new Denver quarterback is getting more comfortable every week, and has plenty of weapons. He completed 23/35 passes for 312 yards and 4 TDs in Week 3’s win over the Bengals. If you have PHIL QB Wentz or GB QB A Rodgers ( bye Week 4), this is a nice matchup.

DAL QB Dak Prescott ( at SF)- Prescott completed 19/24 passes for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns ( 1 pass/ 1 run) and the 49ers defense was exposed Week 3 by the Seahawks who had several injured players participating in this game. Only owned in 44% of Yahoo leagues.

NE Jimmy Garoppolo (vs BUFF)- Garroplo is “definitely making progress” and there is hope he can be ready for Week 4. More updates as the week progresses. ( QB Jacoby Brissett only suffered a sprained thumb but will not require surgery.)

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

SEA RB Christine Michael (at NYJ)- SEA HC Pete Carroll said RB Thomas Rawls (fibula) will miss multiple weeks. RB Christine Michael is officially the starter and a must own in all formats.

CHI RB Jordan Howard ( at DET)- RB Jeremy Langford was carted off the field Sunday night and spotted in a walking boot after the game. Howard is a must-add in all formats.

NYG RB Orleans Darkwa (vs MINN)- RB Shane Vereen will miss the rest of the season with a triceps injury, so RB Orleans Darkwa is a waiver wire pick up once again. He rushed 10 times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ Week 3. NOT an ideal match up Week 4 at Minnesota however.

TB RB Charles Sims ( vs DEN)- A very impressive day for Sims, who ran 13 times for 55 yards and a TD, plus catching 6/8 targets for 69 yards in Tampa’s Week 3 loss to the Rams. RB Doug Martin Martin is week to week with a bad hammy.

DET RBs Theo Riddick/ Dwayne Washington- RB Ameer Abdullah (injured reserve) is done for the year with a torn ligament in his foot.

CAR Fozzy Whitaker/ Cameron Artis-Payne ( at ATL) – CAR RB Jonathon Stewart is expected to miss at least a couple games. C. Artis-Payne had 13 touches to Fozzy Whitaker’s 10 touches Week 3, although Whitaker did have a 50+ TD called back on a holding penalty. Nicer match up Week 4.

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

SD WR Tyrell Williams- An Utter-Fantasy Week 2 Waiver Wire recommendation- LINK– before RB Danny Woodhead’s injury. Williams is a big receiver…6’4″ and 205 lbs. William 6/9 targets for 69 yards in Week 3. Still Only owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues.

IND WR Philip Dorsett ( vs JACK in London)- WR Donte Moncrief is OUT, so WR Phillip Dorsett caught 3/4 targets for 27 yards in the Colts’ Week 3 win over the Chargers. His days will get better as he acclimates to being the clear #2 WR in INDY.

CLEV Terrelle Pryor (at WASH)- This guy did it all in Week 3…Terrelle Pryor caught 8/14 targets for 144 yards in Cleveland’s Week 3 loss to Miami and had a featured role with QB Josh McCown and WR Corey Coleman sidelined. He rotated snaps with QB Cody Kessler at quarterback, rushing for 21 yards on four carries and completing 3/5 passes for 35 yards.

NYG WR Sterling Shepard (at MINN)- More fantasy football points than OBJ- 3 weeks in a row. Owned in 90% of Yahoo leagues.

Other candidates-

deep league option-TB WR Adam Humphries ( vs DEN)- Targets…..Week 1/ 5…..Week 2/ 8…..Week 3/ 12. It looks like QB J Winston has a weapon he prefers over WR V Jackson.

DAL WR Cole Beasley/ Terrance Williams ( at SF)- PPR deep league must own

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

NO TE Coby Fleener ( at SD)- Fleener caught 7/11 targets for 109 yards and 1 TD in Monday night game Week 3. QB D Brees was without WR W Snead and the Falcons shut down WR B Cooks, so Brees looked for Fleener. The connection should continue to grow. Nice match up Week 4 at San Diego.

CHI TE Zach Miller ( vs DET)- After totaling three catches for 35 yards on 12 combined targets Weeks 1 and 2, Miller caught 8/9 targets for 78 yards and 2 TDs in Week 3 against Dallas. Miller has been more involved since QB Brian Hoyer took over in QB Cutler’s absence and faces the Lions who cannot cover tight ends.

SD  TE Hunter Henry ( vs NO)- Henry caught 5/5 targets for 76 yards in the Chargers’ Week 3 loss to the Colts. TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) “wasn’t close” to suiting up against the Colts, and will likely miss another game.

SEA TE Jimmy Graham ( at NYJ) – It took awhile, but Graham might actually be fantasy football relevant again! Graham caught 6/9 targets for 100 yards and a TD in Week 3. Owned in 73% of Yahoo leagues.

 

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4 coming as the week progresses.

Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

You may be heading into Week 3 with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups, and regardless of the league, the waiver wire has been picked over. Fantasy Sleepers are late-round picks or waiver-wire selections who may exceed their statistical expectations. Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 3 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 3 with injuries concerns (such as SEA Thomas Rawls, NO WR Willie Snead or recently released TE ASJ)

 

QB Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

BALT QB Joe Flacco ( at JACK)- Only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues. Flacco has a match up in Week 3 too tasty to ignore. The Jags are 30th vs the pass. I would start Flacco over Tannehill, Siemian, A Smith and Bradford, to name a few.

 

RB Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

NYG S Vereen ( vs WASH)- RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Redskins. Although Vereen is not a 3 down back, he should be in there plenty with QB Eli  Manning. UPDATE: NYG RB Shane Vereen is expected to draw the start with Rashad Jennings (thumb) sidelined for Week 3 against the Redskins.

MIA Jay Ajayi/ K Drake ( vs CLEV)- I have not been big on Ajayi anytime in 2016, but we know RB Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Week 3 versus Cleveland, so Ajayi should get lots of opportunities Week 3 at home vs Cleveland. This is his time to shine. A starting running back only owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues. UPDATE: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins are “treating Kenyan Drake as the starter today” in the absence of Arian Foster (groin).

TB Charles Sims ( vs LAR)- The match up is terrible vs the LA Rams, but the workload will be huge. Only owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues.

IND R Turbin ( vs SD)- An option is very deep leagues, Robert Turbin rushed 3 times for 10 yards and a touchdown in Week 2.

 

WR Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

NO Michael Thomas ( vs ATL)- Updating a previous item, Willie Snead (toe) was held out of Saints practice on Friday. The “toe” injury could conceivable indicate that Snead is dealing with a turf-toe sort of injury which is always a big problem. Thomas could finally see plenty of targets in Week 3 if Snead sits or plays sparingly.

NYJ Q Enunwa ( at KC)- Enunwa has been one of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite targets all pteseason and into the regular season. WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot) got in a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Chiefs.

TENN Tajae Sharpe ( vs OAK)- The Raiders defense is bad, but their offense is good. This is the situation in Week 3 that Sharper should be looking for to really excel and get his first NFL touchdown.

MIA Kenny Stills ( vs CLEV)- The Browns won’t be able to put up much of a fight in Week 3, so the Dolphins can pour it on until they get tired! WR J Landry is a PPR machine, but Stills has been who QB Tannehill has looked for in the endzone. Only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues.

 

TE Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

( TEs are the hardest position to try and predict.)

 

ATL J Tamme ( at NO)- 16 targets over the past 2 weeks. In what “should” be a shoot out, high scoring game… Tamme could serve fantasy football owners very nicely.

GB Jared Cook ( vs DET)- The Lions are currently “the worst NFL vs the Tight End position”. What an opportunity for QB A Rodgers to showcase the Packer’s new TE acquisition.

NO Coby Fleener ( vs ATL) – The Falcons are currently “the 2nd worst NFL vs the Tight End position”. If QB D Brees can’t find Fleener is Week 3, forget it! QB Drew Brees recently said Coby Fleener is “going to be an even bigger part of the offense” once the two find their chemistry.  (Find it already!)

SD Hunter Henry ( at IND) –Chargers TE Hunter Henry will start in Week 3.With Antonio Gates (doubtful, hamstring) sidelined and WR K Allen out, this is Henry’s opportunity.

I also like TE C Brate for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

 

Week 3 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

Miami Defense ( vs CLEV)- Cleveland, hit so hard with injuries, is sending out there 3rd round QB who isn’t close to being ready.

LA Rams Defense– Rams should try to capitalize on gun-shy QB J Winston’s horrific 4 INTs in Week 2, and he is without RB Doug Martin.

 

K Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CAR G Gano ( vs MINN)- The Panthers can move the ball, but the Vikings #2 defense might force them to kick a few field goals instead of getting touchdowns.

MIA A Franks ( vs CLEV)- The Miami offense should get plenty of opportunities.

 

Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers list

Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start QB Aaron Rodgers at home vs Detroit) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

NFL Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

SD Philip Rivers (at IND) – The Colts secondary is in tatters. Rivers will air it out all day Week 3.

ATL Matt Ryan ( at NO)- Your sister could throw 200+ yards against this Saints defense.

BALT Joe Flacco (at Jack ) – What was suppose to be an improved JACK DEF……isn’t. Pass Defense currently ranks 25th. -LINK-

TENN Marcus Mariota ( vs OAK)- Oakland’s pass defense is ranked last according to the Football Insiders. It’s bad!

I also like DAL Dak Prescott ( vs CHI)-

No Brainers….IND A Luck  (vs SD) even without Moncrief  , NO Drew Brees (vs ATL)

Start Em if you must…….MIA Ryan Tannehill ( vs CLEV)

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

TENN DeMarco Murray (vs OAK) – Really like Murray at home this week.

LAR Todd Gurley (at TB) – Fantasy football owners have been waiting for weeks for Gurley to payoff for their 1st round selection….this is the match up to do it.

IND Frank Gore ( vs SD) – Gore showed why he still belongs in NFL starting line ups last week at Denver. Tasty match up Week 3.

NO Mark Ingram (vs ATL) – Another match up to good to pass up.

NYG Shane Vereen ( vs WASH)- NYG RB Shane Vereen is expected to draw the start with Rashad Jennings (thumb) sidelined for Week 3 against the Redskins.

other notable RB starts: ATL D Freeman/ Tevin Coleman (at NO) – Can both of these guys have good day, or will they steal too much from each other?

NO Brainer: DAL Zeke Elliott ( vs CHI)

I also like DET Theo Riddick ( at GB)-

Start Em if you must…….NE L Blount ( vs HOU)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

SD Travis Benjamin. Tyrell Williams (at IND) – Playing a very bad INDY defense.

ARI Larry Fitz ( at BUFF ) – QB Carson Palmer’s go-to-guy in the redzone….and his on a roll…keep riding it.

IND TY Hilton/ P Dorsett ( vs SD)- Without WR D Moncrief ( out 4-6 weeks) these two should see a ton of targets.

JACK Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns (vs BALT ) – Running is going to be almost impossible for the Jags, so expect QB B Bortles to throw Sunday 40-50 times.

BALT Mike Wallace ( at JACK)- QB Joe Flacco was OUT last year when WR Kamar Aiken was putting up big numbers near the end of the season. So far they don’t seem to have chemistry. Wallace and Flacco do.

No Brainers: NO B Cooks ( vs ATL)…PITT A Brown ( at PHIL)

I also like OAK Michael Crabtree ( at TENN)

WR Sleepers: ATL M Sanu ( at NO)….NE J Edleman (vs HOU)

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

TENN Delanie Walker (at DET )- Walker’s 3/5 targets for 42 yards Week 1 against the Vikings won’t happen in Week 2. Detroit is the worst team right now vs the TE position.

PITT Jesse James ( at PHIL)- Not the best of match ups, but 7 targets in Week 1 and a TD reception in Week 2.

BALT D Pitta ( at JACK)- We will see if Week 2 was an abberation with a decent match up at Jacksonville.

DAL Jason Witten ( vs CHI)- A must win for Dallas on Primetime TV. QB Dak should lean on TE Witten and WR Bryant plenty, unless a solid running game proves all they need.

other notable TE starts: IND TEs Allen/ Jack Doyle- Should see even more targets without WR Moncrief.

No Brainers: TENN Delanie Walker ( vs OAK)…WASH J Reed ( at NYG)…CAR G Olson ( vs MINN)

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

MIAMI (vs CLEV ) – The Browns will start third-round QB Cody “who” Kessler Week 3 against the Dolphins. I hope the Browns get some good news soon.

DALLAS (vs CHI) – How many times will the Dallas DEF pick off QB B Hoyer?

LAR (at TB) – TB QB J Winston has throw 5 INTS in just the two games this season.

No Brainer DEF starts: SEA vs SF….CAR vs MINN

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL  Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

BUFF Tyrod Taylor ( vs ARI )- I know he had two long TD throws in Week 2, but I would not start a QB based on two busted-coverage passes. Tough, tough match up.

KC Alex Smith (vs NYJ ) – Capt. Deacon Dunk will likely post in Week 3 what he posted in Week 2. Around 200 yards and 0 TDs. ( Even one TD won’t help much)

TB J Winston (vs LAR) – Winston looked REALLY bad in Week 2 throwing 4 INTS vs a tough Arizona defense. Tough defense this week as well.

Sit Em if you can…….A Dalton ( vs DEN)…HOU B Osweiler ( at NE)

No Brainers: Sit SF B Gabbert ( at SEA)

 

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

MINN  J McKinnon/ M Asiata (at CAR) – A nice waiver wire pick up but this isn’t the week to start him. ( or Asiata)

TB CH Sims/ Jacq Rodgers ( vs LAR) – More interesting waiver wire pick ups but as above….not the week to start either of them.

JACK TY Yeldon (vs BALT) – The Ravens are 4th best against the run and RB Chris Ivory is due back for a few carries.

Others I don’t like in Week 3- BUFF L McCoy ( vs ARI)…SEA T Rawls ( vs WASH)

Sit Em if you can…….RB J Hill ( vs DEN)…HOU L Miller ( at NE)….SEA T Rawls/ C Michael ( vs SF)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

SF ALL WRS (at SEA) – Low scoring game for the 49ers. A lot of RB C Hyde.

TENN Rishard Matthews ( vs OAK) – Currently the #86 wide out in the NFL with only 7 receptions on 10 measly targets.

CHI Alshon Jeffrey (at DAL ) – If I’m Dallas, the only player I am really worried about is Alshon Jeffrey, so I am going to shut him down.

BUFF Sammy Watkins ( vs ARI)- He says his foot is OK. It’s still not.

Sit Em if you can…….AJ Green ( vs DEN)

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

CHI Zach Miller (at DAL) – There is no one in Chicago I recommend in Week 3.

CLEV G Barnidge (at MIA)- Talented Barnidge couldn’t put any points w/ QB RG3 or QB McCown. Very doubtful he does with whoever Cleveland throws out there Week 3.

BUFF Charles Clay (vs ARI) – What have you done for me lately- Nothing!

KC T Kelce (vs NYJ)-  Always a tight end drafted too soon, only 34 receiving yards in Week 2- zero TDs in 2016.

SD A Gates ( at IND)- Gates is dealing with a hamstring injury, He may not even suit up.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

ATL (at NO) – Should be high scoring game.

PHIL ( vs PITT)- The Steelers are playing so well, they can probably put up nice points on anyone,

TENN ( vs OAK )- I prefer a better match up.

No Brainer Sits: CLEV ( at MIA)

 

Good Luck Week Three!

 

START EM SIT EM WEEK 2 2016

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 2

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 2 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

The original Utter-Fantasy weekly Panic/ Don’t Panic updates: Most fantasy football owners prepare for weeks, even months for their fantasy football drafts, and when it’s all over, they hope that their team is the best. After week one of the NFL season, some of us are rejoicing in our selections, while some of us are agonizing over them. Now it’s decision making time regarding the waiver wire, and who we have on our current rosters. I like to see a lot of opinions, and I hope mine help you make some of your tough decisions. That being said, it’s only Week 2, so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players after Week 3. Until then….here’s my list of players to “Panic’ or “Do Not Panic” about…..

 

PANIC!

 

QBs

TB QB J Winston- Fantasy Football owners need to be concerned, very concerned about Winston’s schedule. Just like RB Jeremy Hill in Cincinnati, we thought we were getting a great player, and we did! Their brutal schedule however are killing us. The Bucs face the Rams in Week 3, then Denver, Carolina and then a bye! UGH!

NO QB Drew Bress- Don’t panic for 2 more weeks actually. ( Atlanta then San Diego) After that however, Brees has a bye in Week 5….followed by CAR…KC…SEA…SF…DEN…CAR….LAR….etc. After Week 4, I’d consider selling high.

 

RBs

BALT RB J Forsett- There are just TOO many running backs getting touches in Baltimore, and I don’t care if one of them has a fluke monster week. I don’t want any of them.

JACK RB TJ Yeldon- This ‘Bama RB I think will always be more Richardson than Lacy to me, and Ivory is coming back.

CHI RB Jeremy Langford- I hate QB Cutler being out but you could pick and choose the right games for Langford ( Week 5 IND, Week 6 JACK) and sit the others.

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

CINN RB Jeremy Hill – His schedule is BRUTAL.

BUFF RB Le McCoy- His schedule is BRUTAL.

ALT RB Devonta Freeman-  Tevin Coleman is simply stealing too much. I can not see Freeman coming even close to his 2015 stats as the #1 RB. Even after only two weeks, if another fantasy football owner still has a man-crush for Freeman, and package him with say….RB Gore and wide out I could use…I’d probably jump on it.

 

WRs

CHI WR Alshon Jeffrey/ Kevin White- How can you not be panicking…QB J Cutler out 2-3 weeks with a hand injury, which mean QB B Hoyer, and a sieve for an O line.

WASH WRS- Believe it or not, I still think QB Kirk Cousins is a decent quarterback, but with De Jackson, P Garcon, Doctson, Grant, Reed, V Davis, and receiving RBs.….how can you start a WASH wide out and sit someone else?

DEN  WR Emmanuel Sanders- A dream match up in Week 2 and Sanders managed only 3 catches for 39 yards. If you can stand to Panic one more week ( tough one at Cincinnati Week 3) …he does have more dream match ups coming, but will there ever be chemistry between Sanders and new QB Siemian???

TENN WR Rishard Matthews- 7 players had receptions in Week 1 for the Titans, 8 players had receptions in Week 2 for the Titans, and Rishard was not a top target for the team in either week. Too boom or bust for me to start over someone else. Currently #86 WR in the NFL.

NO WR Michael Thomas- The heralded rookie will take a back seat to WRs Cooks and Snead all year.

TB WR Vincent Jackson- He was barely an option a year ago ( #65 Wr for 2015…only 3 TDs). He hasn’t gotten younger, he’s gotten even older.

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

GB Randall Cobb- Currently the #60 wide out in the NFL….with zero touchdowns AND James Jones out-scored Cobb in 2015. I’d sell high.

 

TEs

CLEV TE Gary Barnidge- As much as I hated to do it, I waivered away Barnidge from every team Week 2, for PITT Jesse James, or BALT Pitta. Barnidge is a great athlete, but after two weeks of nothing, I do not see light at the end of this Brown tunnel. ( I apologize for the visual.)

NO Coby Fleener-  I am asked a ton about this guy, and maybe the Colts knew something when they let one of Luck’s good  friends leave…who knows…but I prefer PITT Jesse James and others. Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Link

 

 

DON’T PANIC!

 

QBs

GB QB Aaron Rodgers- This is a no-brainer even after his – 213 yards and only 1 TD performance in Week 2, but it does help support my yearly theory of not drafting a QB too early, unless in VERY large leagues.

IND Andrew Luck- Week 2 was bad, but it was expected vs Denver. San Diego is up next, then Jacksonville, then Chicago…….yummy!

DET Matthew Stafford- 260 yards and 1 TD isn’t great ( esp. compared to a lot of other QBs Week 20 AND playing Green Bay Week 3, but Chicago next followed by 3 straight home games. Don’t Panic, I understand if you also don’t feel great about him right now.

 

RBs

ARI RB David Johnson- It is very possible…we all expected too much from an RB who only had 125 carries in 2015. Rough schedule!!!

HOU RB Lamar Miller- Miller has yet to hit the endzone, and he probably won’t again in Week 3. Houston has a tough schedule in the 1st half, but be patient because Miller’s 2nd half will pay off big time, if he stays healthy.

DAL RB Zeke Elliott- Slow start and I too am hearing the “conditioning issues”… BUT…still the best O-Line in the NFL and remember that this team made a star out of Darren McFadden, who’s 1st big game didn’t come until Week 7

LAR RB Todd Gurley- Here’s the stats you have been waiting for I think….Rams at the Bucs Week 3. ( in the Panic section next week if he doesn’t)

 

WRs

TY Hilton– Plenty to panic about for the first 2 weeks, but his schedule is mouth-watering for a good stretch AND TD stealer WR D Moncrief is OUT for 4-6 weeks.

JACK Allen Hurns- Be Patient….. JACK WR Allen Hurns 2015 Week 1- 5/60/0 TD…Week 2 4/68/0 TD………………….2016 Week 1- 4/75/0 TD…Week 2 5/64/0 TD

ARI WR Michael Floyd- Gotta love WR Larry Fitz always, but it’s a LONG season and Fitz will wear down before Floyd does. Stay patient.

 

TEs

DAL TE Jason Witten- I am confident that QB Dak Prescott will learn to lean on Witten ( and WR Dez Bryant) as Romo did, rather than WR Cole Beasley.

WASH TE J Reed- Always hard for any player to follow up a monster season with another monster, but some do. Big games coming for Reed I believe in Weeks 3, 4 and 5.

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

KC TE T Kelce- This guy is taken early every season, and he still plays for the conservative, predictable, run first Chiefs……who has QB Alex ” Deacon Dunk’ as their QB.

 

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Another week of tough injuries for NFL teams and for fantasy football owners. SD RB Danny Woodhead was carted off the field with a knee injury and TB RB Doug Martin left and never returned. Bad news out of New England, where QB Jimmy Garropolo was injured after a hot start to the games, and he might be available for Week 4. NFL injuries are inevitable, and fantasy football owners must roll with the punches and use the waiver wire to survive losses to their rosters and to improve them.

First Bye Week is in Week 4: GB-PHIL

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

Deep leagues…HOU QB Brock Osweiler- The new Houston quarterback is getting more comfortable every week, and has plenty of weapons. He completed 22-of-35 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. In Week 2, Osweiler 19-of-33 passes for 268 yards & one touchdown ( 2 INTS). Tough game Week 3 at New England however.

Deep leagues…LAR QB Case Keenum- I’m not sure what situation you’d be in to have to start QB Keenum…BUT…..it was a laugher Week 2 for Arizona taking on Tampa Bay ( 7-40 ) and the Bucs are hosting the Rams Week 3.

Deep leaguesCHI QB Brian Hoyer– CHI QB Jay Cutler left week 2 with a hand injury. More info on Tues/ Wed.

Deep leaguesNE QB Jacoby Brissett– completed 6-of-9 passes for 92 yards in the Patriots’ Week 2 win over the Dolphins. At home Week 3 vs Houston.

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

MINN RB Jerick McKinnon/ Matt Asiata- McKinnon got all of his snaps after Adrian Peterson left with a knee injury. McKinnon is the favorite to start if Peterson is out. Owned in 23 percent of Yahoo leagues. RB Matt Asiata will rotate in some, and likely get goal line carries. UPDATE: Peterson has a torn meniscus and is out indefinitely.  

CAR Fozzy Whitaker/ Cameron Artis-Payne- CAR HC Panthers coach Ron Rivera said RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) will miss “at least a week or two.” Fozzy Whittaker put up 100 yards Sunday with Stewart sidelined and should get upcoming goal line carries

NYG RB Shane Vereen ( vs WASH)- NYG RB Shane Vereen is expected to draw the start with Rashad Jennings (thumb) sidelined for Week 3 against the Redskins.

TB RB Charles Sims- RB Doug Martin said he suffered a tweaked hamstring in the Week 2 loss to the Cardinals. Hammy’s do not heal quickly. RB Sims will be an RB2 for Week 3 against the Rams if Martin is inactive. Tough match ups however Weeks 3 & 4 ( LA Rams and Denver)

DET RBs Theo Riddick/ Dwayne Washington- X-Rays on DET RB Ameer Abdullah’s injured foot came back negative, but he’ll likely miss some times, perhaps two games.

CLEV RB Isaiah Crowell- Many fantasy football owners drafted RB Duke Johnson before Crowell, which may have been a mistake. Duke is better in the passing game, where Crowell is a better pounder and likely to get more goal line carries. Only owned in 62% of Yahoo leagues. Crowell rushed for 133 yards and 1 TD on 18 carries Wee k2. ( one carry went for 85 yards- TD!)

ATL RB Tevin Coleman- Coleman rushed 12 times for 46 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 25 yards in the Falcons’ Week 2- still only owned in 56% of Yahoo leagues.

SEA RB Christine Michael- In Week 2, Michael rushed 10 times for 60 yards in the Seahawks’ loss to the Rams. He caught 3/4 targets for 26 yards. RB Thomas Rawls suffered a leg bruise in the Week 2. Only owned in 59% of Yahoo leagues.

SD RB Farrow- The Chargers lost a playmaker for the second straight week. Running back Danny Woodhead was helped off the field in the first quarter and taken to the locker room on a cart. Farrow had 4 carries for 13 yards in Week 2.

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

SD WR Tyrell Williams- An Utter-Fantasy Week 2 Waiver Wire recommendation- LINK– before RB Danny Woodhead’s injury. Someone has to step up for the Chargers with WR Allen out, and Williams is a big receiver…6’4″ and 205 lbs. William caught 3/6 targets for 61 yards and 1 TD in Week 2.

IND WR Philip Dorsett- WR Donte Moncrief will have an MRI on his shoulder Monday and coud be forced to miss any time. Dorsett would become a must own. After a rough start, the Colts now face San Diego at home, at Jacksonville, then home vs Chicago….nice! UPDATE: Coach Chuck Pagano announced Donte Moncrief will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured scapula.

NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa- This guy has been impressive in the preseason and in both regular season games. QB Ryan Fitz loves throwing to him. Enunwa caught 6/6 targets for 92 yards in the Jets’ Week 2 win over the Bills. ( Note: Brandon Marshall (knee) was banged up in Week 2 and not seen at the start of practice on Monday.)

MINN WR Stefon Diggs- Finally, Diggs is helping fantasy football owners as expected a year ago. Clearly, new QB Bradford’s favorite weapon so far. Owned 85 % in Yahoo leagues.

NYG WR Sterling Shepard- I’ve been beating the drum on this guy since the preseason. Shepard caught all 8 of his targets for 117 yards Sunday in the Giants’ Week 2. PPR must own.

SEA WR Jermaine Kearse- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tyler Lockett suffered a sprained knee Week 2. If Lockett misses time, Kearse’s targets double. Kearse caught 2-of-6 targets for 11 yards in the Seahawks’ Week 2 loss to the Rams. SF up for the Seahawks Week 3.

LAR Kenny Britt– It sometimes a few games to see which wide receiver a quarterback is going to lean on. Granted, coverage from Seattle Week 2 may have dictated this, but Kenny Britt saw a team-high 10 targets to post a 6-94 line. Only owned in 3% of yahoo leagues.

Deep leagues…..CHI Eddie Royal- Utter-Fantasy Sleeper Week 2- LINK- especially good pick up if return yards count in your league. ( 65 yd TD return Week 2)

Other good candidates-

CLEV WR Corey Coleman- Only owned in 69% of Yahoo leagues. ( Who will throw to him however?)

DAL WR Cole Beasley- PPR deep league must own

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

SF TE Vance McDonald- An Utter-Fantasy “Start Em” who found the endzone in Week 1 and in Week 2. ( a great 75 reception that he took to the house for a TD) QB B Gabbert relies on McDonald a lot, so perhaps fantasy football owners can as well.

BALT TE Dennis Pitta- QB Joe Flacco has always relied on his tight ends as offensive weapons. Pitta finally saw extensive action Week 2, catching 9/12 targets for 102 yards in the Ravens’ Week 2 win over the Browns.

PITT TE Jesse James- Jesse James caught 3/5 targets for 29 yards and a touchdown Week 2. Only owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues, fantasy football owners are not paying attention to this guy.

ATL TE Austin Hooper- Maybe it’s finally starting to happen between QB Matt Ryan and TE Austin Hooper. 3 catches for 84 yards.

Deep Deep league JACK TE Marcedes Lewis- An Utter-Fantasy Week 2 Waiver Wire recommendation- LINK– and another TD Week 2.

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3 coming as the week progresses.

1st and 10 Week 27

1st and 10 Week 27 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

UPDATE: With the publication of this article…Utter-Fantasy is taking a short sabbatical from “1ST and 10″ in order to provide fantasy football owners the best weekly information during the regular season.

 

“1st and 10″ is a weekly segment by Utter-Fantasy.com, getting fantasy football insights from knowledgeable people in our fantastic fantasy football community. With 10 questions each week, we will canvass some of the hot button topics to keep us all informed on the ever-changing NFL landscape and which ones might carry major fantasy football implications.

Every Monday, at approximately 12:00 Noon, I will post the latest segment of “1st & 10.”  If you enjoy it, let us know. If you have any fantasy football questions, really let us know.

 

1st and 10 Week 27-  Sept 19th, 2016

1st and 10 Week 27 -Special Guest: Senior Fantasy Football Writer at EndZonescore.com and writer at Gridiron Experts…Mitchell Renz

Special thanks to Mitchell Renz – Be sure to follow him on Twitter @MitchellRenz365

 

NOTE: All 1st and 10 Week 27 questions were asked of Mitchell Renz prior to the start of Week 1 off the NFL regular season.

 

Utter-Fantasy #1) The Chargers fell apart in 2015, after losing WR Keenan Allen for the season, injured in Week 8. Coincidentally, the Chargers fell apart in the 2nd half of Week 1 after losing WR Keenan Allen for the season at the end of the 2nd quarter. In a division that could be won by any of the 4 teams, how bad is this season now looking for San Diego, without this one receiver?

@mitchellrenz365) There is no doubt it is a huge loss, not sure anyone was higher on Keenan Allen than I was this offseason. The Chargers do have more depth this season at wide receiver with Travis Benjamin, and Tyrell Williams to pick up the slack now. Even with Allen, I didn’t think the Chargers would win the division because of their defense but now without him, I would say it’s almost impossible.

 

Utter-Fantasy #2) Based only on what you have seen from the preseason and from Week 1 of the regular season, give me a bold prediction of who will win the 2016 Super Bowl and why you think now that they will.

@mitchellrenz365)  Before the season started I would have said Arizona Cardinals, so I am going to say the team that just beat them, The New England Patriots. The Patriots marched into Arizona without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski and controlled the game from the opening kick.

 

Utter-Fantasy #3) A better offense vs a better defense! Both the Saints and the Browns went winless in the 2016 preseason, and after Week 1 of the this regular NFL season, both are still winless. Who ends up with the better record at the end of 2016 and why?

@mitchellrenz365) The Saints will easily.  They have QB Drew Brees and one of the league’s best offenses, yes their defense is horrible but so is the Browns defense.  The Browns are currently the worst team in the NFL and I don’t really think its close.

 

Utter-Fantasy #4) I already have some early round regrets from a couple of my fantasy football drafts. For example, I think I am going to end regretting selecting ATL RB Devonta Freeman over DEN RB CJ Anderson, when it’s all said and done. Do you already have a few fantasy football draft regrets?

@mitchellrenz365) Well I am sorry you drafted Freeman, he was my number one bust this season and you couldn’t have paid me to draft him especially over Anderson who I have on all of my teams this season.  I have a lot of Philip River stock and with the loss of Keenan Allen, that has hurt me but it’s still early to have regrets.

 

Utter-Fantasy #5) Do you think the following players were “undervalued” by the team that they departed from? QB Brock Osweiler, RB Lamar Miller, CB Josh Norman, WR Chris Hogan, and WR Travis Benjamin?

@mitchellrenz365) Personally I don’t think Brock Osweiler is any good and stats have shown that. He went 5-2 on the Broncos because their defense was really good. He has so many weapons surrounding him currently and still struggled against the Bears in week one. Love me some Lamar Miller, hard man crush on that guy.  My number one running back this season. Norman is the most overrated corner in the game, dude had one good season in his entire career because he played on an elite defense.  All reports out of camp are he is getting torched and ask the Giants players how they feel about him not going against Antonio Brown. Hogan is one of my sleepers I wrote about for Gridiron Experts (subscribers only).  I will say he is in the 99 percentile according to SPARQ scores when looking at athletes. Travis Benjamin finished as a top 30 receiver last season with just a circus of quarterbacks, now he is in a position to be the leading receiver in a pass happy offense.

 

Utter-Fantasy #6) How do you see the Indianapolis Colts receiving corps ( WRs and TEs) pecking order…..currently and out several games?

@mitchellrenz365) I see it as Hilton, Moncrief, Dorsett, Allen.  In the Red-Zone Any tight end, Moncrief, Dorsett, Gore, The Kicker and then Hilton. (maybe exaggerating a little there) But Hilton has only three touchdowns his last 20 regular season games.

 

Utter-Fantasy #7) Name a couple free agents that were signed by their current NFL teams that you think will turn out to be some of the best and some of the worst signings?

@mitchellrenz365) I guess I will start with the fact that Jeff Fisher received a three-year contract extension was surprising, to say the least. I will start on the offensive side of the ball.  I think the Texans will regret paying a quarterback with no track record the amount of money they did. I liked how the Broncos resigned CJ Anderson after the Dolphins tried to sign him.  The Josh Norman deal was just a way for Washington to make headlines.

 

Utter-Fantasy #8) NO WR Willie Snead was a hot waiver wire pick up after his Week 1 success. Who else were targeting for your fantasy football teams off the waiver wire, or who were your top recommendations?

@mitchellrenz365) I will say check my Waiver Wire Article here.

 

Utter-Fantasy #9) One of the most frequently asked questions that I have gotten over the past 10 days is what to make of the Chiefs backfield. We know it’s currently the RB Spencer Ware show, but how do you see shaking out for the “entire season”?

@mitchellrenz365) Once Charles comes back I expect him to handle 60 percent of the workload but he will lose touchdown opportunities to Spencer Ware. Charles doesn’t need to have a ton of touches to be successful, in fact, he has the highest yards per carry among running backs in the history of the NFL with 5.5 YPC.

 

Utter-Fantasy #10) Of the NFL teams that lost in Week 1, one has to think that the Colts thought they would be 1-0…facing the under-achieving Lions at home in Indy. Which of these statements are true, if any? 1) QB Andrew Luck isn’t as good as everyone thought. 2) The Colts coaching staff will prevent this team from winning their division. 3) The Colts defense stinks. 4) One week lost doesn’t mean much.

@mitchellrenz365: For me 3, and 4 are true.  I think Andrew Luck is an incredible talent.  But the guy can’t do it all himself.   Let’s pump the breaks one game into the season and we shouldn’t forget the Lions were 6-2 after the bye with Jim Bob Cooter as their OC. The biggest issue for the Colts minus their defense is their offensive line.  Worst in the league, Luck has no time to throw and just takes a beating.

 

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleepers 2016

Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleepers 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

Fantasy Sleepers are late-round picks or waiver-wire selections who may exceed their statistical expectations. Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, which we include in our weekly “Waiver Wire” reports, but for the time leading up to the NFL Week 2 regular season game, here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in deep leagues, or heading into Week 2 with injuries concerns (such as PHIL TE Zach Ertz, JACK RB Chris Ivory or IND DEF without three starting DBs Week 2-CB Patrick Robinson OUT)

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football QB Sleeper

DEN QB Trevor Siemian- completed 18/26 passes for 178 yards, one touchdown in Week 1, but faces a really beat up Colts defense..without 3 starting DBs in Week 2. If you had MINN QB Teddy Bridgewater or RG3 ( or have Cutler)…Siemian might not be a bad replacement Week 2.

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football RB Sleepers

KC RB Spencer Ware- RB Jamaal Charles is said to be close to 100% healthy- HE’S NOT.

DET Theo Riddick- A Utter-Fantasy sleeper Week 1 ( 108 total yards and 2 TDs). keep riding the Riddick Train.

ATL RB Tevin Coleman- HC Quinn is RBBC, whether it’s working or not for Falcon wins – ( It’s not). Tevin Coleman rushed 8 times for 22 yards and caught 5/6 targets for 95 yards in the Week 1.

JACK TJ Yeldon- This Alabama Crimson Tide RB is more Richardson than Lacy in my opinion, but he’ll get plenty of opportunities in Week 2 with RB Chris Ivory still shelved.

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football WR Sleepers

NYG Stering Shepard ( vs NO)- This match up is too good to ignore.

NE WR Chris Hogan- 4/5 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, and he’s only getting more comfortable with this offense. Amendola has dropped in the receiving corps pecking order. When Brady comes back, watch out. ( UPDATE: Chris Hogan (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 2- practice participation was downgraded to “limited” on Friday….but this Belichick remember where everyone is “questionable” )

SD WR Travis Benjamin/ Tyrell Williams- The Chargers are without WR Keenan Allen for the rest of the season so Benjamin and Williams really need to step up. PPR must owns.

PITT WR Eli Rogers- Utter-Fantasy sleeper in Week 1, Rogers finished with 6/7 targets for 59 yards and a TD. Wheaton has never lived up to any of QB Roethlisberger’s expectations.

CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr- The preseason proved that this guy is still a big part of this offense ( #24 WR in 2015). I’d start Ginn over Funchess.

CHI WR Eddie Royal- QB Cutler ‘s man from back in the Denver days. 4/6 targets for 57 yards and a TD in Week 1.

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football TE Sleepers

( TEs are the hardest position to try and predict!)

DEN TE Virgil Green- WR Demaryius Thomas is less than 100% and the Colts are without three of their starting corners. Green helped Siemian in the preseason, and was targeted 5 times in Week 1.

IND TE Jack Doyle- After 2 Week 1 TDs, you knew you’d see Doyle’s name here. QB A Luck is used to having 2 TEs as weapons. Doubtful that he ever has many yards to go with his TDs, but definitely a red zone target.

PITT TE Jesse James- Pretty surprising to see that he is only owned in 23% of Yahoo Leagues. Cincinnati may force Big Ben to throw quick, which means targets for James.

I also like PHIL TE Brent Celek with Ertz OUT.

TE C Brate for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

Philadelphia Defense– The Eagles go against mistake-prone CHI QB Jay Cutler

Jacksonville Defense– This is a great opportunity to show everyone that their defense had improved….as QB P Rivers HATES being without WR Kennan Allen, and forced the ball/ fell apart after Allen’s injury in 2015- with the lead in 2nd half of Week 1.

Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers list

Start Em Sit Em Week 2 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 2 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start ‘ Em & Sit ‘ Em players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start QB Cam Newton this week at home vs San Francisco ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

NFL Start Em Sit Em Week 2 2016

 

Quarter Backs
Start ‘Em

NYG Eli Manning (vs N.O.) – QB start of the week. Manning has lots of weapons, and plays at home vs one of the worst defenses ( still) in the NFL.

DET Matt Stafford (vs TENN) – Now that QB Stafford doesn’t feel compelled to feed Megatron, he is passing it around plenty.

BALT Joe Flacco (at CLEV ) – It’s all about the match up, and this one is a tasty one for the Ravens. Flacco needs to get WR K Aiken involved, and go to his healthy tight ends.

SD Philip Rivers (vs JACK ) – QB Rivers is going to miss WR Keenan Allen over the course of the season, but not in this game.

other notable QB starts: NE J Garropolo ( vs MIA), HOU B Osweiler (vs KC)

No Brainers….OAK D Carr (vs ATL), ARI C Palmer (vs TB)

 

Running Backs
Start ‘Em

DEN CJ Anderson (vs IND) – Anderson proved he’s the man for HC Kubiak and the Colts defense is bad.

SD Danny Woodhead (vs JACK) – Fantasy football owners of Woodhead should be licking their chops at this match up.

PITT DeAngelo Williams ( vs CINN) – Not as tasty a match up as in Week 1, but he should find the endzone at least once, and yardage to go with it.

KC Spence Ware (at HOU) – Ware won’t match what he did in Week 1, but he’ll will get lots of touches, rushing and receiving and the goal line attempts.

DET Theo Riddick (vs TENN) – A PPR machine who found the endzone twice in Week 1. QB Stafford trusts Riddick plenty.

other notable RB starts: NE L Blount ( vs MIA), TENN D Murray ( at DET), MINN AP (vs GB), NYJ M Forte (at BUFF)

NO Brainer: ARI David Johnson (vs TB), AP ( vs GB)…you have to start him!)

 

Wide Receivers
Start ‘Em

OAK A Cooper/ M Crabtree (vs ATL) – The Saints lit up the hideous Falcon defense, and so will the Raiders.

JACK Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns (at SD ) –Neither of these two receivers had a TD in Week 1, but I would be shocked if both don’t have at least one each in Week 2.

ARI Larry Fitz ( vs TB ) – QB Carson Palmer’s go-to-guy in the redzone….and this match up has them both drooling.

HOU De Hopkins/ Will Fuller (vs KC ) – This is going to be a great game to watch, with QB Osweiler airing it out often.

ATL M Sanu ( at OAK)- The Raiders will put up lots of points in this one, so QB M Ryan will have to throw it 30-40 times. Sanu had an impressive TD reception in Week 1.

No Brainers: CINN AJ Green ( at PITT)- The Steeler defense may give you second thoughts about starting Green, but Pittsburgh’s secondary can be burned.  NYG OBJ ( vs NO)

I like….A rebound week for WR Emmanuel Sanders ( vs IND)- WR Demaryius Thomas is less than 100% and the Colts are without three of their starting corners. 

WR Sleepers: NYG Stering Shepard ( vs NO), TENN Tajae Sharpe ( at DET), PITT Eli Rogers

 

Tight Ends
Start ‘Em

TENN Delanie Walker (at DET )- Walker’s 3/5 targets for 42 yards Week 1 against the Vikings won’t happen in Week 2. Detroit is the worst team right now vs the TE position.

DEN Virgil Green ( vs IND)- At home, WR Demaryius Thomas is hurting, and the best safety blanket for a new QB is a talented tight end like Green. Indy is 5th worst defending TEs.

JACK Julius Thomas ( vs SD )- The Chargers are 6th worst defending TEs, and Thomas found the endzone in Week 1.

IND TEs Allen/ Jack Doyle- The INDY WRs are “Sits” for me this week, so if QB Luck has any chance, I think it is with his TEs.

other notable TE starts: PITT Jesse James ( vs CINN). NYG L Donnell ( vs NO)

 

Defense
Start ‘Em

BALT (at CLEV ) – QB J McCown’s first start since QB RGIII is out. The Ravens are #3 vs the run, #3 vs the pass in 2016.

NE (vs MIA) – The Pats gave the Cardinals all they could handle in Week 1, now they are home.

PHIL (at CHI) – The Eagles are currently the #4 defense, and the Bears are not very good.

No Brainer DEF starts: DEN vs IND

 

Quarter Backs
Sit ‘Em

BUFF Tyrod Taylor ( vs NYJ )- I probably wouldn’t recommend starting Taylor even if  WR Sammy Watkins were healthy ( which he isn’t)

SF Blaine Gabbert (at CAR) – The Panthers are fighting mad after what happened last post-season, and in Week 1. They will take it out on Gabbert Week 2.

MIA Ryan Tannehill (at NE) – Another “Sit’ week for Tannehill, and most of the weapons in Miami.

CHI Jay Cutler (vs PHIL) – Jay Cutler was the #22 quarterback in Week 1, with only 216 yards passing. Another tough week for him.

WASH Kirk Cousins ( vs DAL)- I am not starting him until he proves he’s better than that hideous performance in Week 1.

No Brainers: CLEV Josh McCown (vs BALT)- McCown may surprise this week, but you have better options to start.

 

Running Backs
Sit ‘Em

IND F Gore (at DEN) – RB “Sit” of the Week. The Colts simply don’t give this guy enough opportunities, and it’s DENVER!

WASH Matt Jones ( vs DAL) – A better receiving RB than a rushing RB, but unfortunately, QB Kirk Cousins won’t look for him out if the backfield. Very frustrating.

MIA A Foster (at NE) – RB Arian Foster is likely the one guy the HC Belichick is worried about breaking one, so he will game plan against him.

Others I don’t like in Week 2- BUFF L McCoy ( vs NYJ),

ATL D Freeman ( at OAK)- Atlanta HC Quinn likely won’t have a job very long. Lost at home vs TB for crying out loud…..lost with a RBBC…and announced..”still doing it.”

 

Wide Receivers
Sit ‘Em

SF ALL WRS (at CAR) – Low scoring game for the 49ers. A lot of RB C Hyde.

MIA Kenny Stills ( at NE) – WR Jarvis Landry will likely help PPR owners, but Stills needs a TD to help fantasy football owners, and that’s probably not coming in Week 2.

MINN St Diggs (vs GB ) – 103 yards in Week 1, but this Packer defense is pretty good, and we don’t know who the Vikings quarterback is yet, but not sure it matters. ( IF QB Shaun Hill starts again, then maybe)

WR Tavon Austin (vs SEA) – ONLY 13 yards receiving in Week 1, and with SEA QB Russell Wilson less than 100%, the Seahawks defense will be asked to do a lot.

BUFF Sammy Watkins ( vs NYJ)- He says his foot is OK. ( I doubt it)

Others I don’t like in Week 2- IND WRs, CLEV WRs

 

Tight Ends
Sit ‘Em

ATL Jacob Tamme (at OAK) – QB Matt Ryan hasn’t looked at TEs way since Tony Gonzalez. The Raiders are currently 2nd best vs the TE.

TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins (vs ARI)- He found the endzone in Week 1, but tough seeing him do it at Arizona. ( 6th best team vs the TE.)

BUFF Charles Clay (at NYJ) – What have you done for me lately- Nothing! ( and he’s hurt.)

SEA TE Jimmy Graham-  One catch for 11 yards in Week 1

 

Defense
Sit ‘Em

MIA (at NE) – The Dolphins won’t slow down the Pats in Week 2, even with QB J Garropolo in only his 2nd game.

NYG ( vs NO)- The Giants will likely win this game, but they will give up plenty of yardage to the Saints.

MINN ( vs GB )- I prefer a better match up.

No Brainers: SF ( at CAR)

Good Luck Week Two!

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 1

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 1 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Most fantasy football owners prepare for weeks, even months for their fantasy football drafts, and when it’s all over, they hope that their team is the best. After week one of the NFL season, some of us are rejoicing in our selections, while some of us are agonizing over them. Now it’s decision making time regarding the waiver wire, and who we have on our current rosters. I like to see a lot of opinions, and I hope mine help you make some of your tough decisions. That being said, it’s only Week 1, so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players by Week 3. Until then….here’s my list of players to “Panic’ or “Do Not Panic” about…..

 

PANIC!

 

QBs

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor- Never been a fan, and with WR Sammy Watkins ailing, I can’t see him worth starting over many other QBs.

CHI QB Jay Cutler- Even “if” this guy has a big game passing, his “weekly” INTs and fumbles will end up hurting his stats.

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill- One of the most over-rated QBs in the NFL. Game after game, there are guys wide open, whether it be a wide receiver streaking long, a the TE over the middle, or a running back swinging out from the backfield…..Tannehill doesn’t see them.

BALT Joe Flacco- Gritty quarterback, but WR Steve Smith is a shell of himself, TE Ben Watson was lost for the season, and TE Maxx Williams has been a bust.

 

RBs

TENN RB Derrick Henry- RB D Murray made the case Week 1 for no RBBC. Henry will get some carries, and some receptions, but probably only has real good value going forward if Murray gets hurt.

ND RB Frank Gore- Three things bother me about owning Gore. 1) Luck likes to throw too much…i.e. there is no ground game established. 2) QB Luck rarely throws to Gore, who is actually a good receiving back. 3) Either Luck likes be the hero and always throw the TD pass in the redzone, or he likes to run it in. ( Faces Denver Week 2…ugh )

CLEV RB Duke Johnson- Too many fantasy football owners drafted RB Johnson “before’ RB Isaiah Crowell. Duke is more suited as a 3rd down receiving back, and that’s not what most fantasy football owners drafted him for.

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

ALT RB Devonta Freeman- Damn HC Quinn and his RBBC with T Coleman. ( how did that formula work in the first home game Quinn???)

CINN RB Jeremy Hill – His schedule is BRUTAL.

 

WRs

MIA WR Jarvis Landry- Likely drafted too high by fantasy football owners because he rarely gets an touchdowns ( only 4 in 2015). Nice PPR machine however.

CLEV WR Corey Coleman- Bad situation to begin with, and now with QB Robert Griffin out, not looking good. 2 receptions in Week 1.

NO WR Michael Thomas- The heralded rookie will take a back seat to WRs Cooks and Snead ( and eventually TE Fleener) all year.

BUFF WR Sammy Watkins- He says his foot is “fine after all”…….don’t believe it.

TB WR Vincent Jackson- He was barely an option a year ago ( #65 Wr for 2015…only 3 TDs). He hasn’t gotten younger, he’s gotten even older.

NE  WR Danny Amendola- He’s now way down the on the receiving pecking order for the Pats.

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

 

DAL WR Dez Bryant- Here’s what’s really troubling…last year when QB Romo went down, QBs B Weeden and QB K Moore would not target Bryant, and they preferred WRs Williams/Beasley and TE Witten. This year when QB Romo went down, QB Dak Prescott is targeting WRs Williams/Beasley and TE Witten.

DEN WRs Dem Thomas/ Emmanuel Sanders- This is a run first, run 2nd, run 3rd offense and QB Siemian does not have a cannon for an arm ( When asked if he thinks he’ll play Week 2, WQR D Thomas (hip) said, “I don’t know. Taking it day by day.”)

 

TEs

SEA TE Jimmy Graham- Never 100% and has zero chemisrty with QB R Wilson since getting to Seattle. What’s changed?

CHI TE Zach Miller- Can you really wait around for this guy to finally catch on in Chicago, while there are viable TEs options for you on the Waiver Wire? ( 3 catches- 14 yards in Week 1 ) Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Link

PHIL Z Ertz- It’s never good news when the team announces that Zach Ertz (ribs) could miss an “extended period.”

 

DON’T PANIC!

 

QBs

JACK Blake Bortles- The #3 QB for 2015 only threw 1 TD pass vs Green Bay, and ended Week 1 as the #16 quarterback. Don’t Panic…SD, BALT and IND are next up.

OAK Derek Carr- Carr only threw one TD in week 1, but he averaged 2 a game in 2016.

 

RBs

MINN  RB Adrian Peterson- Not sure what to make of his 31 yard performance in Week 1, but rest assured…it bothered no one more so, than AP. Don’t Panic, even with QB Bridgewater out.

DAL RB Zeke Elliott- ( only 51 yards and 1 TD Week 1) Best O-Line in the NFL. The rookie put up huge numbers…soon.

TB RB Doug Martin- 2015, he was in contract year so one has to wonder how motivated Martin is in 2016. Last year’s #3 RB  was 11/ 53 yards in Week 1 of 2015….so he’s done this before, and it turned out just fine.

GB RB Eddie Lacy- Did not find the endzone in Week 1, but he will.

LAR Todd Gurley- Don’t let Week 1 worry you

 

WRs

JACK Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns– Zero TDs between the 2….doubt it happens very often…if again this year.

NYJ Brandon Marshall- Only 3/8 targets for 32 yards and 0 TDs in the Jets’ Week 1 loss to Cincinnati. If this scared any fantasy football owner into wanting to trade him “away”….jump on it!

DET WR Golden Tate- Tate got 7 targets, while Marvin Jones got 10, but Stafford does that… he will have a different favorite target every game. Don’t panic on Tate because RB Theo won’t have 2 TDs often, and Ebron won’t get a TD reception often.

ARI WR Michael Floyd- 7 targets in Week 1 ( to WR L Fitz’s 10) but Floyd is a big. fast target and I think he produces the most when 2016 is over.

SEA WR Tyler Lockett- With QB Russell Wilson getting injured, Week 1 cannot be a gauge for the rest of the season. Don’t panic!

IND WR TY Hilton- Faced Detroit Week 1, and faces Denver in Week 2, but then…..San Diego, Jacksonville, Chicago, Houston and Tennessee. ( WR Moncrief is the threat to steal TD receptions)

 

TEs

TENN Delanie Walker- (3 catches for only 42 yards) The titans played Minnesota Week 1, who are one of the best NFL team’s defending the TE position. Tennessee battles Detroit Week 2, one of the worst NFL team’s defending the TE position.

SD TE Antonio Gates- With WR Keenan Allen going down for the season, Gates will be asked to do a lot more.

PITT TE Jesse James- Only 31 yards in Week 1, but he was targeted in the endzone. QB Roethlis berger likes him ( a lot more than he does WR Sammie Coates) and the chemistry is building.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 2

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 2 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Keenan Allen suffered a torn right ACL Sunday in Week 1 against the Chiefs. It is a tough blow for the Chargers and for fantasy football owners of Allen. Bad news out of Buffalo, where WR Sammy Watkins (foot) “could be shut down for several weeks” because of “severe discomfort” in his surgically-repaired foot. NFL injuries are inevitable, and fantasy football owners must roll with the punches and use the waiver wire to survive losses to their rosters and to improve them.

First Bye Week is in Week 4: GB-PHIL

 

Quarterbacks Waiver Wire Week 2

 

NE Jimmy Garropolo- If you got BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor in any of your drafts, his 15-of-22 passes for 111 yards and 0 touchdowns in Week 1 likely gave you reason to regret that pick. It’s also looking like Taylor has lost his main weapon in WR Sammy Watkins. Garroplo on the other hand produced 264 passing yards and one touchdown on 24-of-33 passing while contributing four rushes for 12 yards in the Patriots’ Week 1 win over the Cardinals. He has 3 more starts.

HOU Brock Osweiler- The new Houston quarterback is getting more comfortable every week, and has plenty of weapons. He completed 22-of-35 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.

Deep leagues….CLEV QB Josh McCown- Horrible news for the Browns…placing QB Robert Griffin III on injured reserve with a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder.

 

Running Backs Waiver Wire Week 2

 

KC RB Spencer Ware- Utter-Fantasy’s #1 sleeper for Week 1, and Ware produced in a big way. RB J Charles still is not close to starting.

DET RB Theo Riddick- Another succesful sleeper pick  Utter-Fantasy in Week 1. Theo Riddick rushed seven times for 45 yards and a touchdown and caught 5-of-5 targets for 63 yards and another touchdown in the Lions’ Week 1 win over the Colts.

TB RB Charle Sims- The very quiet #21 RB for 2015, with over 1000 total yards and 4 TDs. Charles Sims rushed four times for nine yards, but caught 3-of-3 targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs’ Week 1 win over Atlanta.

SD RB Danny Woodhead- With WR Keeenan Allen out, Woodhead should see even more action- Only owned in 78% of Yahoo leagues.

CLEV RB Isaiah Crowell- Many fantasy football owners drafted RB Duke Johnson before Crowell, which may have been a mistake. Duke is better in the passing game, where Crowell is a better pounder and likely to get more goal line carries. Only owned in 59% of Yahoo leagues.

ATL Tevin Coleman- Unfortunately for RB Devonta Freeman owners, it looks like an equal split of touches in Atlanta. ( they lost to Tampa in Week 1, so it’s not a formula that worked) Until they commit to Freeman, Coleman is a real option,  rushing eight times for 22 yards and caught 5-of-6 targets for 95 yards.

deep leagues- JACK RB Denard Robinson- RB Chris Ivory’s injury looks serious. We don’t know much, but if Ivory is out for an extended period of time, someone has to help RB T J Yeldon’s workload.

 

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Week 2

 

NO WR Willie Snead– Utter-Fantasy’s #1 waiver wire wide out going into Week 2. Snead caught 9-of-9 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans’ Week 1 loss to the Raiders. With the Saints likely down in every game due to their bad defense, Snead could be a good option on a weekly basis. Only owned in 80% of Yahoo leagues.

ATL Mohamed Sanu- Utter-Fantasy predicted prior to the regular season that Sanu could see 80-90+ targets in 2016. In Week 1, Sanu had 8 targets/ 5 catches for 80 yards and 1 TD, including a two-point conversion reception. ( Note: Mohamed Sanu was seen by reporters “limping heavily” following Sunday’s loss)

CAR Ted Ginn Jr– You did not see it much in Week 1, but Ted Ginn Jr (the #25 WR for 2015) is still a big part of this offense.

HOU Tajae Sharpe- Although he did not score in Week 1, Sharpe made some fantasy football owners in PPR leagues. Sharpe hauled in 7-of-11 targets for 76 yards in Week 1.

NE Chris Hogan- The Pat’s new wide out caught 3/4 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 1 win over the Cardinals. He is the clear #2 behind WR Edleman. Only owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues.

SD WR Tyrell Williams- Someone has to step up for the Chargers with WR Allen out, and Williams is a big receiver…6’4″ and 205 lbs. He caught 2/5 targets for 71 yards in the Chargers’ Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

PITT WR Eli Rogers- An Utter-Fantasy “Sleeper” for Week 1 who found the endzone in Week 1nad who was targeted a lot.

Other decent candidates- deep leagues

NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa- Keep an eye on this guy. Huge part of the Jet’s offense in the preseason, and had 7 catches in Week 1 for 54 yards and 1 TD.

CINN  Brandon LaFell- Fantasy football owners were not sure about Lafell, because he played so little of the preseason. LaFell played 55/57 snaps Week 1 against the Jets…11 more than rookie Tyler Boyd. He is clearly the No. 2 option in the passing game with Tyler Eifert (ankle) sidelined.

 

Tight Ends Waiver Wire Week 2

 

SF TE Vance McDonald- An Utter-Fantasy “Start Em” who found the endzone in Week 1. QB B Gabbert  relies on McDonald a lot, so perhaps fantasy football owners can as well.

DET TE Eric Ebron- As a Lion’s fan, I am still sizzling from Detroit’s selection of TE Eric Ebron in the 2014 NFL Draft, passing on WRs Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin, to name a few. Ebron however, is staying healthy and becoming a part of the offense. 5/5 targets for 46 yards and a TD in Week 1 ( which may be his ceiling)

PITT TE Jesse James- After one week, the Steelers receiving corps pecking order looks like WR Antonio Brown ( duh), WR Eli Rogers, TE Jesse James and WR Sammie Coates

DEN TE Virgil Green- 5 targets in Week 1

PHIL TE Brent Celek- The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Zach Berman reports Zach Ertz (ribs) could miss an “extended period.”

Deep league IND TE Jack Doyle– We know QB Andrew Luck is used to having 2 TEs as weapons. In Week 1, Doyle caught 3/4 targets for 35 yards, 2 of them going for TDs. ( I won’t expect 2 TDs again however)

Deep Deep league JACK TE Marcedes Lewis- Perhaps more trusted by QB B Bortles than in #3 WR Marqise Lee. Lewis had 2 receptions for 48 yards but also caught on of QB Bortles TD passes.

1st and 10 Week 26

1st and 10 Week 26 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

“1st and 10″ is a weekly segment by Utter-Fantasy.com, getting fantasy football insights from knowledgeable people in our fantastic fantasy football community. With 10 questions each week, we will canvass some of the hot button topics to keep us all informed on the ever-changing NFL landscape and which ones might carry major fantasy football implications.

Every Monday, at approximately 12:00 Noon, I will post the latest segment of “1st & 10.”  If you enjoy it, let us know. If you have any fantasy football questions, really let us know.

 

1st and 10 Week 26-  Sept 12th, 2016

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NOTE: All 1st and 10 Week 26 questions were asked of the NFLExporter prior to the start of Week 1 off the NFL regular season.

 

Utter-Fantasy #1) The Tennessee Titan’s receiver corps is now an interesting one, since the release of WR Justin Hunter. This situation is difficult to judge, but the competition is for the No. 1 job, if we don’t already consider TE Delanie Walker as the No. 1. Fifth-rounder WR Tajae Sharpe has made all the headlines with spectacular play, but WR Rishard Matthews may still a better receiver and will still open as a starter in two-wide sets. After TE Walker, who would you prefer to own, rookie Sharpe of Matthews?

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: With the way that Tennessee is looking to be a physical run first team, I don’t see either having much value to be a weekly play. It will depend on the match up and if it’s a game in which Tennessee is playing a high powered offense like Green Bay that may force them to pass more than what they want. At that point it seems like Sharpe has a little more value because of his ability to go deep. Matthews is more of a possession type wide receiver. Owners can expect an even split right now between Sharpe and Matthews because both are new on the team and developing chemistry with QB Marcus Mariota. I don’t see either getting more than 6-7 targets per game and that doesn’t merit real value.

 

Utter-Fantasy #2) DAL rookie QB Dak Prescott has really impressed in the preseason. The Cowboys may not be in as bad a shape as expected after the DAL QB Tony Romo injury. That being said, did you lower WR Dez Bryant in your wide receiver ranking and did fantasy football owners make a mistake drafting him at #9 ADP for wide outs in their drafts?

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: With Rookie QB Dak Prescott starting in place of Tony Romo, I didn’t lower Dez Bryant,s ranking at all. Prescott connected with Bryant on 2 TD passes in Preseason. One was a back shoulder throw in tight coverage to show he has confidence in Bryant’s abilities. I noticed that Prescott did a great job of spreading the ball around to his receiving corps in the Preseason however, but he knows that Bryant must be fed. Until Prescott gets the chemistry that Romo and Bryant had, the thing that may change is the quality and volume of Bryant’s targets. 

 

Utter-Fantasy #3) Give me your thoughts on the QB Sam Bradford trade to Minnesota. (i.e his impact on the Vikings offense and if you think Carson Wentz is ready be a starting quarterback in the NFL?)

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: Sam Bradford going to Minnesota was a move of desperation and panic. Teddy Bridgewater only threw 14 TDs last yr and Minnesota had success, so a winning formula was already in place. Bradford is an upgrade but still relatively an unknown. He hasn’t done anything meaningful in his career and has been hurt half the time. As for Wentz being a starter to be honest, I haven’t seen a big enough body of work. He was hurt all Preseason. The defenses in the NFC East are suspect so he should be able to hold his own. His success will depend on what defenses are thrown at him and how well he can work within Doug Pederson’s system. A good running game will also help his progression. If Philly is ready to give him the keys this early, they have some type of confidence in him. Also, like any rookie, decision making and turnovers will impact his play as well.

 

Utter-Fantasy #4) Were you surprised that MIA RB Arian Foster beat out the younger RB Jay Ajayi for the starting job? ( Foster is officially listed as the No. 1 running back on the Dolphins’ depth chart )

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: No I’m not surprised that Arian Foster beat out Jay Ajayi to become the starter in Miami. Ajayi is still a young player who may not be ready to be an every down back. In the NFL, pass protection is so important at the RB position and catching passes out of the backfield. Foster is more seasoned at both. Plus it allows Ajayi another year to grow and he will still get time behind Foster. But it was a lot to ask of Ajayi to completely take over Dolphins backfield in only his 2nd year. Miami is hoping to get the last of what Foster has left. ( Update: Foster started in Week 1, and Ajayi didn’t make the trip to Seattle after losing his starting job to Arian Foster. )

 

Utter-Fantasy #5) The NFLExporter loves running back questions, so here is one I was asked on Twitter, and Utter-Fantasy would like to know what your response is…”Should I drop Gio or Matt Jones for Gore in a Standard league format?”

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: Gio Bernard would be the guy to drop for Gore. I like Bernard and he has value but he’s in a committee. As for Jones, he is “supposed” to be the work horse on the ground, which translates to assured weekly touches and he also is the goal line back, unlike Bernard. Jones has struggled early with injuries and holding onto the ball but Washington has a solid offensive line and good passing attack, so Jones should be able to get 75+ yards and some opportunities inside the 10 on a weekly basis…and that’s the plan for Gore. A solid 17 carries for 80 yards and TD opportunities weekly because the Colts offense can move the ball. So Bernard is the one that yields less value. Keep in mind that Gio’s an excellent handcuff if Jeremy Hill were to miss anytime.

 

Utter-Fantasy #6) Are you a fan of the NFL games played on Thursday Nights? (as a commissioner of many leagues, just weekly waiver moves can make Thursday games a difficult situation)

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: No I don’t like Thursday night games. Its just another way for the NFL to make money. It allows them more advertising and sponsorship opportunities. The games usually are slow and lack the usual energy of a Sunday. Additionally, the games are all division games, so the teams are very familiar with each other so it can lack the entertainment value.

 

Utter-Fantasy #7) I am sure that like most of us, you were involved in plenty of fun fantasy football drafts, prior to and over the Labor Day weekend. There were many players that I was targeting for my fantasy teams in 2016, and many of my teams have players in common, such as SD Travis Benjamin, CINN  Jeremy Hill and NYJ WR Eric Decker. Who are some players that are common threads throughout your fantasy football rosters?

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: Some players that were drafted on multiple fantasy teams of mine are Chicago RB Jeremy Langford, Jags WR Allen Hurns, Jets WR Eric Decker, Raiders QB Derek Carr. All of those players end up my roster because they hold excellent value based on the round I draft them in and the need I have to fill at the time

 

Utter-Fantasy #8) What is your preferred fantasy football league format?

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: Preferred format is standard with position bonuses for 300 yard passers, 100 yard rushers and receiving yards etc. I like this format because its a great mix of old school traditional fantasy and the player bonuses provide extra fun and excitement.

 

Utter-Fantasy #9) Sustainability may be one of the toughest things to achieve for any NFL player, yet PITT WR Antonio Brown has done it for 3 years in a row. Barring an injury, how shocked would you be if Brown ended 2016 as the #12 wide receiver, out of the top 10?

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: I’d be completely shocked if Antonio Brown is not in the top 10 fantasy WRs. He gets too many targets, has great trust and chemistry with QB Ben Roethlisberger and has great work ethic. His team also depends on him. With his skill level and talent, he’s in a great position to succeed yearly until he slows down.

 

Utter-Fantasy #10)  Of these 8 NFL players that fantasy football owners have some real and legitimate concerns with, which ones concern you the most over the course of the 2016 NFL season and why?

1) SEA Thomas Rawls

2) BUFF WR Sammy Watkins

3) DAL WR Dez Bryant

$) IND Andrew Luck

5) KC RB Jamaal Charles

6) CHI WR Alshon Jeffrey

7) GB Jordy Nelson

8) DET RB Ameer Abdullah

the NFLExporter Lance Goodman: Its Ameer Abdullah. Fellow Lions RB Theo Riddick looks like a better player and gets equal playing time. Abdullah struggled with ball security last year and if it becomes a problem early, the Lions will have a short leash on him. He also has been a bit inconsistent running between the tackles. Abdullah is a young player. People get so caught up on his blinding speed and great elusiveness that he gets expectations that he can’t meet because he has to learn the fundamentals and mature as a player. So in terms of fantasy, he’s not consistent thus far and that makes it hard for owners to trust and play him. The moment that Abdullah has a big game, there’s so much hype and hope but when he tanks for the next 2-3 games, owners write him off. In order to be successful in the NFL and life in general, you have to be consistent and he’s not able to do that right now. 

( Update: BUFF WR Sammy Watkins (foot) “could be shut down for several weeks” because of “severe discomfort” in his surgically-repaired foot.)

 

Next Week’s Special Guest….the Senior Fantasy Football Writer at EndZonescore.com and writer at Gridiron Experts…Mitchell Renz

 

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NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers

NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

Fantasy Sleepers are late-round picks or waiver-wire selections who may exceed their statistical expectations. Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, which we include in our weekly “Waiver Wire” reports, but for the time leading up to the NFL Week 1 regular season game, here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 1 with injuries concerns (such as WR Will Fuller in  Houston, RB Jamaal Charles in Kansas City or WR Kevin White in Chicago)

 

Fantasy Football RB Sleepers

KC RB Spencer Ware- RB Jamaal Charles isn’t playing and Ware is only owned  in 73% of Yahoo Leagues.

SEA RB Christine Michael- HC Pete Carroll said that he was going to “take RB Thomas Rawls slowly through th first few games. that means plenty of carries for Christine Michael, so why is only owned in 60% of Yahoo Leagues?

DET Theo Riddick- A 3rd down back who could have some value in PPR leagues. Only owned in 33% of Yahoo Leagues.

PHIL RB Darren Sproles- A 3rd down back that the fantasy football community has forgotten, could have some value in PPR leagues.

WASH RB Rob Kelley- was the star of the preseason, while Matt Jones barely touched the ball. Don’t be surprised if Kelley is the lead back sooner rather than later. Deep League Pick up

 

Fantasy Football WR Sleepers

BALT WR Kamar Aiken- This wide receiver came on strong at the end of last year, and very likely is the #1 wide out for the Ravens. WR Smith Smith hasn’t had one minute of action, and Mike Wallace disappoints year after year. Only owned in 60% of Yahoo Leagues.

HOU WR Braxton Miller- WR Will Fuller is dealing with a hamstring injury, and they don’t go away over night. HOU WR Braxton Miller is next up in the depth chart, after Houston released WR Cecil Shorts. Only owned in 5% of Yahoo Leagues.

SD WR Travis Benjamin- QB Philip Rivers told reporters that Benjamin was the fastest wide out that he had ever played with. Benjamin will be a nice deep ball threat all season.

PITT WR Eli Rogers- Ben Roethlisberger believes slot WR Eli Rogers can help take pressure off Antonio Brown. Rogers will open the year in three-receiver sets, kicking Markus Wheaton outside and Sammie Coates to the bench.

CHI WR Eddie Royal- Hardly a surprise….Kevin White (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 1 vs HOU. Will we be writing this about White every year? QB Jay Cutler’s days with WR Royal go back to Denver. PPR sleeper.

 

Fantasy Football TE Sleepers

 

BALT TE Dennis Pitta- TE Dennis Pitta (dislocated finger) will not only play but start. We know QB Joe Flacco likes to throw to his tight ends, especially in the redzone.

NE TE Martellus Bennett- Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) has been officially ruled out for Week 1. Gronk was originally listed as questionable despite not traveling with the team to Arizona.

SF TE Vance McDonald- The best security blanket for QB Blaine Gabbert is the tight end. McDonald made some nice plays in the preseason, and with journeyman WR J Kerley listed now as the #1 receiver, Vance may be QB Gabbert’s best option.

PITT TE Jesse James- Pretty surprising to see that he is only owned in 19% of Yahoo Leagues. TE L Green isn’t playing, he was targeted in the preseason and even had a TD reception.

DEN TE Virgil Green- Like McDonald in SF, the best security blanket for an inexperienced like QB Trevor Siemian is a tight end. Green helped Siemian in preseason, and he be targeted in the regular season. Carolina around the middle of the pack defending the TE position.

CINN TE Tyler Kroft- Practicing in full for Week 1. Kroft missed almost all of camp with a sprained knee but appears to be 100 percent for Sunday’s opener against the Jets. He’s locked in as the starter with Tyler Eifert still recovering from ankle surgery.

 

Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

Cleveland Defense– 67% of fantasy football owners do not believe that PHIL QB Carson Wentz is ready to face an NFL defense, and I am one of them.

 

Start Em Sit Em 2016 Week 1

Start Em Sit Em 2016 Week 1 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start ‘ Em & Sit ‘ Em players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start RB Todd Gurley this week at home vs San Francisco ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

NFL Week 1

 

Quarter Backs
Start ‘Em

OAK Derek Carr (at N.O.) – Even with DC Rob Ryan ousted, Saints have to prove that they have improved. Carr has weapons and will post nice numbers Week 1

PITT Ben Roethlisberger (at WASH ) – Big Ben is dependable regardless of the match up. Be interesting to see who he prefers in his receiving corps after Antonio Week 1 ( WR Eli Rogers climbed into starting line up)

TB Jameis Winston (at ATL ) – These two teams currently rank at the bottom of defenses, so both quarterbacks should make fantasy football owners happy

ATL Matt Ryan (at TB ) – These two teams currently rank at the bottom of defenses, so both quarterbacks should make fantasy football owners happy

other notable QB starts: DET Matthew Stafford @ IND

 

Running Backs
Start ‘Em

KC Spence Ware (vs SD) – Ware scored a TD in each of the 3 preseason games he played, and Week 1 will be 4 in a row. ( RB J Charles likely won’t even dress)

PHIL Ryan Mathews (vs CLEV) – Facing perhaps the worst defense in the NFL, Mathews should get plenty of opportunities even with QB Carson Wentz at the helm

TB Doug Martin (at ATL) – Likely a high scoring game with two of the worst defenses facing each other

ATL Devonta Freeman (vs TB ) – Likely a high scoring game with two of the worst defenses facing each other

PITT DeAngelo Williams (at WASH) – This guy produced every time he asked to at the end of 2015

NO Brainer: HOU Lamar Miller vs CHI

other notable RB starts: OAK L Murray, GB Eddie Lacy, MINN AP, IND F Gore

 

Wide Receivers
Start ‘Em

KC Jeremy Maclin (vs SD) – Maclin and QB A Smith have always been on the same page

GB Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb (at JACK ) – The Jags tried to drastically improve their defense, but if preseason was any indication, it did not improve much. We’ll see

DET Golden Tate ( at IND ) – QB Stafford and WR Tate should burn the IND Def at least once

IND TY Hilton (vs DET) – QB Luck and WR Hilton should burn the DET Def at least once. Many fantasy prognosticators think WR Moncrief could take over as Luck’s favorite target, but I think it will remain Hilton

HOU WR Will Fuller ( vs CHI)- QB Brock Osweiler loves all three of his WRs, and we know WR D Hopkins will do well, but Osweiler raves about Fuller- ( UPDATE: Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday’s practice)

No Brainers: OAK Amari Cooper at N.O., TB Mike Evans at ATL, JACK Allen Robinson

other notable WR starts: WASH DeSean Jackson vs PITT

sleepers: CAR Ted Ginn Jr, BALT Kamar Aiken, TENN Tajae Sharpe, HOU WR Braxton Miller IF Fuller is limited or doesn’t play

 

Tight Ends
Start ‘Em

PHIL Zach Ertz (vs CLEV) – The best security blanket for a rookie QB is a tight end as talented as Zach Ertz

SF Vance McDonald ( vs LAR)- McDonald made some nice plays in the preseason, and with journeyman WR J Kerley listed now as the #1 receiver, Vance may be QB Gabbert’s best option

TENN Delanie Walker ( vs MINN )- Targeted 133 times in 2015. Walker is the #1 target in TENN

other notable TE starts: PITT Jesse James at WASH

 

Defense
Start ‘Em

LA Rams (at SF ) – QB Blaine Gabbert

Houston (vs CHI) – QB Jay Cutler can’t help but throw 2 picks a game. ( betcha one goes for a DEF TD)

Dallas (vs NYG) – The Giants O-Line looked atrocious in the preseason, and I think it is the worst in the NFL. Dallas will give QB Eli Manning fits and will likely shut down RB R Jennings

other notable DEF starts: PHIL vs CLEV

 

Quarter Backs
Sit ‘Em

DEN Trevor Siemian ( vs CAR)- True test for the Bronco QB, but it will be rough on him….Game Plan- hand off!

MIA Ryan Tannehill (at SEA) – You might have to start him and Tannehill might put up some decent stats, just from the volume of passes that he is likely to make, but I’d prefer another option at QB this week

CHI Jay Cutler (at HOU) – Cutler’s INTs and fumbles vs a good defense, will likely wash out a lot of his positive stats in this game. JJ Watt due back

CLEV RG3 (at PHIL) – Let’s see how he does in the regular season before we start RG3, and it’s an away game

No Brainers: MINN Shaun Hill at TENN, NE Jimmy Garoppolo at ARI, SF Blaine Gabbert vs LAR

 

Running Backs
Sit ‘Em

BALT RBs  ( at BUFF) – Justin Forsett was released, then resigned, but this is a murky backfield and I wouldn’t start any of them until it shakes out- RBBC

MIA A Foster/ Jay Ajayi (at SEA) – The match up is terrible, but Foster might get something, but I wouldn’t sit many running backs for either of these guys Week 1

CAR Jonathon Stewart (at DEN) – Barely touched the ball in the preseason, and he’ll be rusty. Two of the best defenses face each other

WASH Matt Jones (vs PITT) – Better receiver out of the backfield, than he is a power runner…maybe he scores that way?? ( Note: Matt Jones (shoulder) practiced without his yellow non-contact jersey Wednesday )

JACK RB Chris Ivory- Ivory (calf, questionable) is expected to play Week 1 against the Packers but will be on a snap count. With this injury and limited action, Ivory is a Sit Em candidate-

 

Wide Receivers
Sit ‘Em

CHI Kevin White (at HOU ) – Talented young wide receiver out all of 2015, and we do not know if there is chemistry with QB Cutler yet

NE Ju Edleman & Chris Hogan (at ARI) – We don’t know how HC Belichick plans to try and win this game, but I doubt either of these 2 WRs end up with great stats

DEN Dem Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders (vs CAR ) – I’d wait a week for DEN Trevor Siemian to get real reps, and face IND Colts Week 2

N.O. WRS (vs OAK) – This is a pretty good OAK secondary, and someone will emerge for the Saints with good stats for Week 1….but who?

 

Tight Ends
Sit ‘Em

MIA Jordan Cameron (vs Seattle) – He’s done nothing since becoming a Dolphin in 2015

TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins (vs ATL)- Some websites are listing him as #1 on the TE depth chart, but the Bucs like TE Cameron Brate alot better, and so do I

BUFF Charles Clay (at BALT) – The Ravens were 3rd best at defending the tight end position in 2015

SEA TE Jimmy Graham- NFL Network reports Jimmy Graham (knee) will play Sunday versus Miami, but will not play a full complement of snaps.

 

Defense
Sit ‘Em

WASH (vs PITT) – Steelers will score plenty in this game IMO

SD ( vs KC )- The Chiefs will run a lot, and do high percentage passes all day

No Brainers: ATL vs TB, TB at ATL

Good Luck Week One!

Ranking NFL Defenses 2016

 

Ranking NFL Defenses 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

1. Denver Broncos
2. Carolina Panthers
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Los Angeles Rams
5. Houston Texans
6. Oakland Raiders
7. Kansas City Chiefs
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. New York Jets
10. Chicago Bears
11. New England Patriots
12. New York Giants
13. Arizona Cardinals
14. Cincinnati Bengals
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Tennessee Titans
18. Green Bay Packers
19. Buffalo Bills
20. Dallas Cowboys
21. Philadelphia Eagles
22. Miami Dolphins
23. Detroit Lions
24. Jacksonville Jaguars
25. San Francisco 49ers
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Washington
28. Atlanta Falcons
29. San Diego Chargers
30. New Orleans Saints
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
32. Cleveland Browns

 

DEFENSE DEPTH CHARTS

1. Denver Broncos
DE Derek Wolfe, DE Vance Walker, NT Sylvester Williams, OLB DeMarcus Ware, OLB Von Miller, ILB Brandon Marshall, ILB Todd Davi DE Jared Crick, Barrett, OLB Shane Ray, DE Adam Gotsis; OLB Shaquil

2. Carolina Panthers
DT Kawann Short, DE Kony Ealy, DE Charles Johnson,  DT Star Lotulelei, LB Thomas Davis, LB Luke Kuechly, LB Shaq Thompson DT Paul Soliai, DT Vernon Butler, DE Mario Addison, DE Ryan Delaire, LB A.J. Klein, DE Wes Horton

3. Seattle Seahawks
DT Jordan Hill, DT Ahtyba Rubin, DE Cliff Avril, DE Michael Bennett, LB K J Wright, LB Michael Morgan, LB Bobby Wagner, DT Jarran Reed, DT Sealver Siliga, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DE Frank Clark, DE Chris Clemons

4. Los Angeles Rams
DT Aaron Donald, DT Michael Brockers, DE William Hayes, DE Robert Quinn, LB Alec Ogletree, LB Akeem Ayers, LB Mark Barron, DT Dominique Easley, DT Cam Thomas, DE Eugene Sims, DE Quinton Coples

5. Houston Texans
DE J.J. Watt, DE Jeoffrey Pagan, NT Vince Wilfork, OLB Jadeveon Clowney, OLB Whitney Mercilus, ILB Brian Cushing, ILB Benardrick McKinney DE Christian Covington, OLB John Simon, ILB Akeem Dent, ILB Max Bullough

6. Oakland Raiders
DE Mario Edwards Jr, NT Dan Williams, DE Denico Autry, LB Khalil Mack, LB Bruce Irvin; ILB Malcolm Smith, ILB Ben Heeney NT Justin Ellis, LB Damontre Moore, LB Shilique Calhoun, DE Jihad Ward, LB Aldon Smith

7. Kansas City Chiefs
DE Allen Bailey, NT Dontari Poe, DE Jaye Howard; OLB Tamba Hali, OLB Justin Houston,  ILB Derrick Johnson, ILB Josh Mauga DE Chris Jones, DE Nicholas William, OLB Dee Ford, OLB Dadi Nicolas; ILB Ramik Wilson

8. Minnesota Vikings
DT Linval Joseph, DT Sharrif Floyd, DE Everson Griffen, DE Brian Robison; LB Anthony Barr, MLB Eric Kendricks, LB Chad Greenway DT Tom Johnson, DT Kenrick Ellis, DE Danielle Hunter, LB Audie Cole, LB Emmanuel Lamur

9. New York Jets
DE Leonard Williams, NT Steve McLendon, DE Muhammad Wilkerson; OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, DE Sheldon Richardso,  ILB David Harris, ILB Darron Lee, DE Jarvis Jenkins,  ILB Bruce Carter, OLB Jordan Jenkins, ILB Erin Henderson

10. Chicago Bears
DE Jonathan Bullard, NT Eddie Goldman, DE Akiem Hicks, OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Leonard Floyd, ILB Jerrell Freeman, ILB Danny Trevathan DE Mitch Unrein, DE Will Sutton; OLB Willie Young, OLB Sam Acho, ILB Christian Jones, OLB Lamarr Houston

11. New England Patriots
DT Malcom Brown, DT Terrance Knighton; DE Jabaal Sheard, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont’a Hightower, MLB Jonathan Freeny, LB Jamie Collins DT Alan Branch, DE Trey Flowers, LB Shea McClellin, DE Chris Long, DE Geneo Grissom, LB Ramon Humber

12. New York Giants
DT Damon Harrison, DT Johnathan Hankins, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Olivier Vernon; LB J.T. Thomas, MLB Jasper Brinkley, LB Devon Kennard DT Jay Bromley, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE Kerry Wynn, LB Keenan Robinson, LB Jonathan Casillas, LB B J Goodson, LB Mark Herzlich, LB Kelvin Sheppard

13. Arizona Cardinals
DE Calais Campbell, NT Rodney Gunter, DE Frostee Rucker, ILB Deone Bucannon, OLB Markus Golden, OLB Chandler Jones, ILB Kevin Minter DE Robert Nkemdiche, DE Ed Stinson, OLB Alex Okafor, ILB Alani Fua, OLB Josh Mauro

14. Cincinnati Bengals
DT Geno Atkins, DT Domata Peko, DE Carlos Dunlap, DE Michael Johnson; LB Vontaze Burfict, MLB Rey Maualuga, LB Vincent Rey DT Pat Sims, DT Andrew Billings, DT Brandon Thompson, DE Will Clarke, LB Karlos Dansby, DE Margus Hunt

15. Pittsburgh Steelers
DE Cameron Heyward, NT Daniel McCullers, DE Stephon Tuitt, OLB Bud Dupree, OLB James Harrison, ILB Ryan Shazier, ILB Lawrence Timmons DE Ricardo Mathews, DE Javon Hargrave, ILB Vince Williams,  OLB Arthur Moats, OLB Jarvis Jones

16. Baltimore Ravens
NT Brandon Williams, DE Timmy Jernigan, DE Lawrence Guy, OLB Elvis Dumervil, OLB Terrell Suggs, ILB C.J. Mosley, ILB Zachary Orr DE Brent Urban, DE Bronson Kaufusi,  OLB Za’Darius Smith, OLB Kamalei Correa, DE Carl Davis

17. Tennessee Titans
DE Jurrell Casey, NT Al Woods, DE DaQuan Jones, OLB Derrick Morgan, OLB Brian Orakpo, ILB Wesley Woodyard, ILB Avery Williamson DE Karl Klug, DE Austin Johnson, OLB David Bass, ILB Sean Spence, OLB Kevin Dodd

18. Green Bay Packers
DE Mike Daniels, NT Kenny Clark, DE Letroy Guion; OLB Clay Matthews, OLB Julius Peppers,  ILB Sam Barrington, ILB Jake Ryan, OLB Datone Jones, OLB Nick Perry, DE Mike Pennel

19. Buffalo Bills
NT Marcell Dareus, DE Kyle Williams, DE Adolphus Washington, OLB Jerry Hughes, OLB Manny Lawson, ILB Reggie Ragland, ILB Zach Brown DE Corbin Bryant,  ILB Preston Brown, DE Leger Douzable; OLB Shaq Lawson

20. Dallas Cowboys
DT Cedric Thornton, DT Tyrone Crawford, DE Randy Gregory, DE DeMarcus Lawrence, LB Sean Lee, MLB Anthony Hitchens, LB Andrew Gachkar DT Jack Crawford, DT Maliek Collins, DT David Irving, DE Charles Tapper, DE Benson Mayowa,  LB Kyle Wilber

21. Philadelphia Eagles
DT Fletcher Cox, DT Bennie Logan, DE Brandon Graham, DE Connor Barwin, MLB Jordan Hicks, LB Mychal Kendricks, DE Marcus Smith, LB Nigel Bradham DT Vinny Curry, DE Alex McCallister

22. Miami Dolphins
DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Earl Mitchell; DE Mario Williams, DE Cameron Wake,  LB Koa Misi, MLB Kiko Alonso, LB Jelani Jenkins DT Jordan Phillips; DE Jason Jones, DE Andre Branch, LB Neville Hewitt, LB Zach Vigil, DE Dion Jordan

23. Detroit Lions
DT Haloti Ngata, DT Tyrunn Walker, DE Ezekiel Ansah, DE Devin Taylor, LB DeAndre Levy, MLB Josh Bynes, LB Tahir Whitehead DT A’Shawn Robinson, DT Stefan Charles, DE Wallace Gilberry, DT Caraun Reid

24. Jacksonville Jaguars
DT Roy Miller, DT Malik Jackson,  DE Dante Fowler, DE Jared Odrick; LB Telvin Smith, MLB Paul Posluszny, LB Dan Skuta DT Tyson Alualu, DT Abry Jones, DT Michael Bennett, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, DT Sheldon Day, DE Ryan Davis, DE Yannick Ngakoue, LB Myles Jack, LB Hayes Pullard

25. San Francisco 49ers
DE DeForest Buckner, NT Ian Williams, DE Quinton Dial,  OLB Aaron Lynch, OLB Ahmad Brooks; ILB NaVorro Bowman, ILB Gerald Hodges, DE Glenn Dorsey, DE Arik Armstead, OLB Eli Harold, OLB Corey Lemonier, ILB Michael Wilhoite

26. Indianapolis Colts
DE Henry Anderson, NT David Parry, DE Kendall Langford, OLB Erik Walden, OLB Robert Mathis; ILB D’Qwell Jackson, ILB Nate Irving DE Zach Kerr, DE T.Y. McGill, OLB Trent Cole, ILB Sio Moore, LB Antonio Morrison

27. Washington
DE Chris Baker, NT Kedric Golston, DE Trent Murphy, OLB Ryan Kerrigan, OLB Preston Smith, ILB Mason Foster, ILB Will Compton DE Stephen Paea, DE Ricky Jean-Francois, DE Kendall Reyes, OLB Junior Galette, ILB Su’a Cravens, ILB Perry Riley

28. Atlanta Falcons
DT Grady Jarrett, DT Tyson Jackson, DE Derrick Shelby, DE Ra’Shede Hageman, LB Vic Beasley, LB Sean Weatherspoon, MLB Deion Jones, DT Jonathan Babineaux, DT Malliciah Goodman, DT Joey Mbu, DE Adrian Clayborn, DE Courtney Upshaw, LB Brooks Reed, LB Philip Wheeler, LB Paul Worrilow, LB De’Vondre Campbell

29. San Diego Chargers
DE Corey Liuget, NT Brandon Mebane, DE Joey Bosa, OLB Melvin Ingram, OLB Jerry Attaochu, ILB Manti Te’o, ILB Denzel Perryman, LB Joshua Perry, DE Darius Philon, DE Sean Lissemore, OLB Kyle Emanuel

30. New Orleans Saints
DT John Jenkins, DT Sheldon Rankins; DE Cameron Jordan, DE Bobby Richardson, LB Stephone Anthony, MLB James Laurinaitis, LB Dannell Ellerbe DT Nick Fairley, DT Tyeler Davison,  DE Kasim Edebali, LB Craig Robertson, DE Darryl Tapp

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Gerald McCoy, DT Clinton McDonald, DE William Gholston, DE Robert Ayers, LB Lavonte David, MLB Kwon Alexander, LB Jeremiah George DT Akeem Spence, DE George Johnson, DE Jacquies Smith, DE Noah Spence, LB Daryl Smith

32. Cleveland Browns
DE Desmond Bryant, NT Danny Shelton, DE Jamie Meder, OLB Paul Kruger, OLB Nate Orchard,  ILB Chris Kirksey, ILB Demario Davis DE John Hughes, OLB Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Xavier Cooper, OLB Barkevious Mingo, DE Carl Nassib

1st and 10 Week 25

1st and 10 Week 25 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

“1st and 10″ is a weekly segment by Utter-Fantasy.com, getting fantasy football insights from a knowledgeable person in the fantastic fantasy football community. With 10 questions each week, we will canvass some of the hot button topics to keep us all informed on the ever-changing NFL landscape and which ones might carry major fantasy football implications.

Every Monday, at approximately 12:00 Noon Central, I will post the latest segment of “1st & 10.”  If you enjoy it, let us know. If you have any fantasy football questions, really let us know.

 

1st and 10 Week 25-  Sept 5th, 2016

“1st and 10″ Week 25 -Special Guest Writer: the 5th Down FF’s Johnny Slokes

Special thanks to Johnny Slokes – Be sure to follow him on Twitter @JohnnySlokes

and please visit the 5th Down fantasy Football website often!

 

Utter-Fantasy #1) DAL Tony Romo’s injury highlights the need for every NFL team to have a competent back up quarterback on their roster. Which NFL teams do you think are in the best shape should their #1 QB go down for the season?

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: Obviously I think Dallas is right up there in terms of back up QBs as Dak has looked pretty good thus far. We’ll get to see how New England fares early as well. Philadelphia might be in decent shape with Chase Daniels/Wentz, and NYG Eli Manning has been talking up his understudy Nassib. Drew Stanton was promised he would get first dibs at a starting job whenever Palmer shall go down/retire.

 

Utter-Fantasy #2) DAL Tony Romo’s injury also puts the Cowboys in a tough situation, even if rookie QB Dak Prescott is exceeding all expectations. That being said, it didn’t take a great record to win the division in 2015 and I believe this is now Washington’s division to lose. Washington won the NFC East last year with a 9-7 record. Do you agree?

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: In all honesty this is really a division up for grabs. Washington surprised many people last year and I don’t think they’ll be sneaking up on anybody. I thought the Cowboys we’re the favorites until Romo unfortunately went down again. I personally like the Giants to win this division. They made a lot moves on the defensive side of ball with the additions of Sterling Shepard and Paul Perkins, their already dangerous offense has become that more diverse and will be a hard unit to stop. If only their O-line and defense can step up.

 

Utter-Fantasy #3) Last Week I requested this of FantasyIPA’s Jonathan Bray, and he had a lot of fun with it, so I thought I’d request it of you……Please give me one or two bold predictions for the upcoming NFL season, that the fantasy football owners reading this will say “You have got to be kidding!”

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: This is a fun question and I’ve answered this one before. I’ll give a positive bold prediction and a negative bold prediction. My positive bold prediction is that Amari Cooper will be a top 3 WR this year! 90 catches 1400 yards with double digit TDs. My negative bold prediction is that by week 8-9 Larry Fitzgerald will end up on the waiver wires in over 50% of leagues.

 

Utter-Fantasy #4) For three preseason games in a row I have watched what the New York Giants are calling an “offensive line”, and what I see is absolutely atrocious. If you agree that it’s pretty bad, how do you see this horrific O-Line impacting the fantasy football players that fantasy football owners are counting on?

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: Well I will agree that their line has been pretty bad. I think this team will once again be pass happy with little running success. With that being said, the way that their offensive system is set up to mask it a bit with a lot of quick short routes that rely on yards after the catch. Look for a lot of volume for the two WRs on the outside and even guys like Vereen to chip in a lot on 3rd down.

 

Utter-Fantasy #5) If you are like me, you’ve already been involved in a few fantasy football drafts. Please tell me some surprises that you had during the draft, such as players that you thought were drafted “too early’ or players you drafted that you were shocked were still available for you.  (FYI- If you haven’t had any drafts, please comment on mock drafts you have seen or participated in- thanks)

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: Honestly surprised some of the values at RB as it seems a lot of people are going WR heavy. Some RBs that you normally would have to get in the 1st are slipping a bit (Charles, McCoy, Forte). while a lot of that has to do with all the injuries last year and the mentioned backs are starting to get up there in age. Another couple of WRs that are surprising me is how much Donte Moncrief and Marvin Jones’s ADP has climbed over the past 2 months. back in May both of these players could be had in the 8th and 9th round respectively. Now Moncrief is starting to creep into the end of the 4th (even seen him taken right after Hilton in a couple of drafts) and Marvin Jones is closing in on his counterpart Golden Tate.

 

Utter-Fantasy #6) Honestly, if BUFF HC Rex Ryan had not hired his brother Rob to be the assistant head coach for Buffalo, do you think he would have been the defensive coordinator for any other NFL team?

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: No, Rob Ryan should not have a job. anywhere.

 

Utter-Fantasy #7) Since CB Josh Norman is now in Washington, that means he will now be covering WR OBJ twice a year, every year. Despite the NFL’s new rule… “Disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls”….I have to believe that we are going to still see fireworks when these 2 play against each other. Do you think they both have learned their lessons, or someone will be ejected in 2016?

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: I think that the first game it will get pretty chippy, don’t think they’ll be ejected though because it will be too entertaining haha

 

Utter-Fantasy #8) Which new NFL head coaches were given the best immediate team situation for success? CLEV HC Hue Jackson, MIA HC Adam Gase, NYG HC Ben McAdoo, PHIL HC Doug Pederson, SF HC Chip Kelly, TB HC Dirk Koetter or TENN HC Mike Mularkey? Also, who was given the worst?

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: Out of all the coaches you have mentioned, I think McAdoo is the only coach on that list that will make the playoffs. Chip is in a pretty shitty situation. The reason that I think out of the mentioned coaches that McAdoo is in the best situation is the offense that he takes over is by far the best out of Cleveland, Miami, Tennessee, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, and Philadelphia. Also New York has one of the better front offices that typically make good decisions. They play in a weaker division in which they have a chance to win this year, so McAdoo is in a pretty good situation.

 

Utter-Fantasy #9) Sticking with NFL head coaches, these 6 coaches are believed to be on the proverbial 2016 hot seat….CINN HC Marvin Lewis, DAL HC J Garrett, SD HC Mike McCoy, LAR HC Jeff Fisher, BUFF HC Rex Ryan and NO HC Sean Payton. Which of these 6 do you anticipate being fired at the end of the 2016, and are there any who you are surprised are still head coaches? (As a Lions fan, I wish Mrs. Ford had canned HC Jim Caldwell with the rest of the Detroit staff in 2015)

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: Honestly have no idea how Fisher wasn’t fired and if things start poorly I could see him fired before the end of the season. As a Detroit native, I always hated the Caldwell signing and am also surprised he wasn’t fired. I think the 6-2 finished saved him.

 

Utter-Fantasy #10) Can you name a few WR3s, such as DEN Benny Fowler, DET Anquan Boldin, HOU Braxton Miller, that you think will exceed fantasy football owners expectations in 2016?

the 5th Down FF Johnny Slokes: I do like Boldin, I think he has a chance to lead the team in TDs. If Cruz can came back look out for him ( he’s free in most drafting formats) and I like Caroo in Miami and possibly Doctson/Crowder in Washington. And obviously Arizona has 3 nice WRs.

 

Next Week’s Guest….the NFLExporter….Lance Goodman

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 1ST AND 10 WEEK 22 WITH THE FFCOUCHCOACH
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1st AND 10 WEEK 20 WITH DFF’s MICHAEL HUGHES
1ST AND 10 WEEK 19 WITH FANTAYIPA’s ARTHUR RICHARDSON
1ST AND 10 WEEK 18 WITH QUESTFFL’s MATT DOUGHERTY
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NFL Preseason Week 3 Review 2016

NFL Preseason Week 3 Review 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Well my fellow fantasy football fanatics…If you missed any of the NFL Preseason Week 1 games, you are in luck. I did not. Here is a review of all the games, with the information you need to know about the action from Preseason Week 3, that Utter-Fantasy hopes you find useful and helpful.

 

THURS AUG 25

 

ATL @ MIA  (6-17)

• ATL QB Matt Ryan hasn’t moved this offense very well in the preseason- 12/22 and 1 INT
• ATL QB Matt Schaub is a decent #2-   10/11 for 109 yds
• ATL RB D Freeman and T Coleman have split carries all preseason
• ATL WR A Robinson seems like a better fit and more explosive for this Falcon offense
• ATL WR M Sanu could get 80-90+ targets this season
• ATL TEs likely not a big part of the offense in 2016

• MIA QB QB Ryan Tannehill was 20/29 for 155 yards- 0 TDs and he loves throwing to WR Kenny Stills- QB Dysert started the 2nd half
• MIA RB Arian Foster had a 2-yard touchdown run in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Atlanta Falcons
• MIA RB J Ajayi went 7 carries for 11 yards- I will not be drafting him
• MIA WRs DeVante Parker has been a disappointment so far and is frustrating HC Gase
• MIA WR Kenny Still was reported injured but consider him day to day. Stills should be fine for Week 1
• MIA DEF looks very good

 

DAL @ SEA (17-27)

• DAL QB Tony Romo is the news in this game- Injured back and out for at least half the season
• DAL rookie QB Dak Prescott looks more impressive every week. Prescott playing against most of Seattle’s starting defense, 17/ 23 for 116 yards, including a 17-yard TD pass that Jason Witten
• DAL RB Zeke Elliott saw his 1st preseason action. 7/48 yds
• DAL RB Alfred Morris seemingly has the 2nd RB – RB D McFadden has yet to play in the preseason
• DAL WRs Dez Bryant sat out with concussion symptoms but he should be fully healthy well before Week
• DAL WRs T Williams and Cole Beasley started
• DAL WR Rodney Smith had a TD reception in the 4th qtr from QB J Showers

• SEA QB Russell Wilson finished 16 of 21 for 192 yards- 2 TDs
• SEA No. 1 offense played into the second half, scoring on four of its final five possessions
• SEA RB Christine Michael averaged 8.3 yards per carry as Seattle got its running game going in the 2nd half
• SEA RB Thomas Rawls did not play in the 3rd preseason game, but should play in the season opener
• SEA WRs Baldwin, Lockett and Kearse all started- Lockett- 3/41 and 1 TD
• SEA TE L Willson started- TE J Graham DNP

 

FRI AUG 26

 

NE @ CAR (19-17)

• NE QB T Brady saw his 1st preseason action- throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Hogan
• NE QB J Garoppolo started 2nd half with RB L Blount
• NE RB T Gaffney 9 carries for 35 yards
• NE O-Line looks good, which is great for QB Garoppolo and the running game
• NE WRs starting were C Hogan, A Dobson and TE M Bennett
• NE DEF shut down the league’s highest-scoring offense from a year ago
• NE TE Gronk DNP- zero chemistry with Garoppolo  so far

• CAR QB Cam Newton started and struggled badly- Newton was intercepted twice- very sloppy game for CAR offense
• CAR RB Jon Stewart 3/ 23 yards
• CAR RB C Artis-Payne saw the most action at tailback- 9 carries for 28 yards
• CAR RB F Whitaker was banged up in this game
• CAR TE G Olsen did not play
• CAR WRs K Benjamin, D Funchess and T Ginn all started
• CAR scored no points 1st half-  9-0 NE at half

 

BUFF @ WASH (16-21)

• BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor Tyrod Taylor played only two series, going 2 of 5 for 11 yards before being replaced by E.J. Manuel
• BUFF QB EJ Manuel played rest of 1st half- with RB J Williams- 11/ 42 yds and 1 TD
• BUFF TE Ch Clay started with WR Sammy Watkins and R Woods
• BUFF WR Sammy Watkins finished the Bills’ third preseason game without a catch
• BUFF QB Cardale Jones DNP
• BUFF offense only had 3 Dan Carpenter FGs in 1st half

• WASH QB K Cousin started and looked great- 12/23 and 3 TD passes
• WASH QB C McCoy started 2nd half
• WASH RB Matt Jones and Chris Thompson DNP- RB R Kelley started
• WASH WRs P, Garcon and receiver Ryan Grant each caught a touchdown pass from Cousins, along with TE J Reed ( 2/ 28 yds and 1 TD)
• WASH TE V Davis was with the 1st team, and finally had a few receptions
• WASH offense went scoreless in the 2nd half

 

PITT @ N.O. (27-14)

• PITT QB  Ben Roethlisberger- two TD passes on his first two series of this preseason, then got the rest of the game off – QB Landry Jones took over…19/22 and 1 TD pass to WR Sammie Coates
• PITT RB Le’Veon Bell also made his preseason debut, 3 carries for 21 yds and 5 receptions
• PITT RB D Richardson once again had a productive preseason game
• PITT WRs starting were Antonio Brown, D Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates and Wheaton
• PITT TE Jesse James caught the 1st Roethlisberger TD ( 5 yards)

• NO QB D Brees started struggles- completing 9 of 12 passes, but for only 78 yards  – followed by QB L McCown and Grayson
• NO RB Mark Ingram started but T Hightower had the most carries in this game- 8/ 27 yards. RBs Ingram, Hightower, Cadet, Spiller and Kuhn all had touches- Spiller used on kick off
• NO WRs starting were W Snead, B Cooks and M Thomas
• NO QB Brees connected with newly acquired tight end Coby Fleener for 26 yards
• N.O. starting left tackle Terron Armstead left the field unexpectedly in the first half
• NO O-Line is already bad- Saints have dropped all three preseason games

 

CLEV @ TB (13-30)

• CLEV QB RG11 started played very well…Griffin completed 8 of 14 passes for 119 yards, one TD and no interceptions
• CLEV RB I Crowell started with 1st team and went 8/ 39 yards
• CLEV starting wide outs were A Hawkins and J Gordon with TE G Barnidge
• CLEV WR Josh Gordon already putting up highlights- 43 TD reception from RG3
• CLEV WR WR Terrelle Pryor took a back seat in Preseason Week 3
• CLEV rookie WR C Coleman used on punt return
• CLEV TE G Barnidge only 2 catches ( TD in Pre Week 2)

• TB QB Jameis Winston started and threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in one half of work
• TB RB Doug Martin started – RB Ch Sims had had a 3 yard TD reception from QB J Winston
• TB WRs starting were Mike Evans, V Jackson and TE A. Seferian-Jenkins
• TB WR Mike Evans had a 34 yd TD reception in 2nd qtr ( 5/ 115 yds and 1 TD)
• TB WR A Humphries was used on punt return and had 2 receptions in passing game

 

GB @ SF (21-10)

• GB QB A Rodgers started and threw a touchdown pass to WR Randall Cobb in the Green Bay Packers’ 21-10 victory
• GB QB J Callahan played most of this game and was surprisingly effective
• GB RB E Lacy looked sharp- 7 carries for 45 yards- RB J Starks had 7 carries as well
• GB WR Jordy Nelson DNP but (knee) participated in his first full practice of Packers camp on Aug 29th
• GB WR J Abbrederis had a 3rd qtr TD reception from QB Callahan-  GB TE Jared Cook played into the 2nd qtr
• GB WR D Adams dropped what would have been a TD pass in endzone

• SF QB Blaine Gabbert started but only threw 3 passes – 2 completions
• SF QB K Colin Kaepernick was rusty and inaccurate-he completed 2 of 6 passes and generated one first down on three drives.
• SF RB Carlos Hyde started and had 4 carries for 30 nice yards
• SF RB Mike Davis was 2nd RB in game for 49ers, and fumbled to start 2nd half
• SF WRs starting were  Q Patton, Bruce Ellington and Torrey Smith. WR T Smith has played 3 preseason games and has yet to catch a pass
• SF WR Bruce Ellington was placed on injured reserve with a torn hamstring, ending his season

 

SAT AUG 27

 

KC @ CHI (23-7)

• KC QB Alex Smith stared and led three scoring drives in the first half -20 of 30 passes for 181 yards
• KC QB Nick Foles was 2nd quarterback into game- ( how many NFL teams are now wishing he was still available??!!)
• KC RB J Charles did not play – RB Spencer Ware started (9/ 24 yds and 1 TD)- Ware has a TD run in 3 straight preseason games
• KC WRS J Maclin, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson started in 1st series 3 WR sets
• KC WR Maclin 5/ 44 yds….(1st presseason game without a TD reception)
• KC TE T Kelce play this game, as did TE Harris

• CHI QB J Cutler played into the third quarter and completed 6 of 15 passes for 45 yards.
• CHI QB B Hoyer came in 2nd half
• CHI RB Jeremy Langford stared but offense stagnant. ( 6 carries/ 18 yds)
• CHI WR Alshon Jeffery had two catches for 18 yards and dropped a wide-open pass in the second quarter that could have led to a big gain. Kevin White had another quiet performance…just one 3 yd catch
• CHI offense shut out 1st half
• CHI offense only produced one late 4th qtr TD ( WR C Meredith 16 yd. pass from QB C Shaw )
• CHICAGO has lost all 3 preseason games

 

DET @ BALT (9-30)

• DET QB Matthew Stafford played the 1st half for Detroit -completing 14/ 23 passes for 95 yards. He threw an INT and did not produce a touchdown
• DET RB Ameer Abdullah started- 4 carries / 16 yards
• DET running back situation is one to avoid
• DET WRs starting were Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, A Bolden
• DET offense only produced 3 M Prater FGs ( one from 60 yards out)
• DET TE Cole Wick again started- TE Eric Ebron did not play

• BALT QB Joe Flacco went 11 for 16 for 94 yards in his first action since November 2015
• BALT RB J Forsett started and had 5 carries for 11 yards. RB Buck Allen also saew action in 1st qtr
• BALT RB Terrance West had 7 carries for 43 yards in Baltimore’s third preseason game. West played behind Justin Forsett and Kenneth Dixon ( Dixon now dealing with a knee injury, West could be #2 RB)
• BALT WRs starting were Kamar Aiken and M Wallace. WR Mike Wallace was used on kick off return. WR Kamar Aiken should be owned in more fantasy football leagues!
• BALT TEs were Gillmore and B Watson- TE Benjamin Watson unfortunately had a season-ending injury during this game
• BALT Linebacker Terrell Suggs also returned for the Ravens

 

PHIL @ IND  (33-23)

• PHIL QB S Bradford-17/ 20 for 167 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT. He played into the 3rd qtr and led the Eagles to scores on 4/6 possessions
• PHIL QB Carson Wentz missing a second straight game because of fractured ribs
• PHIL RB Ryan Mathews 3 carries for 31 yards
• PHIL RB Kenjon Barner and B Marshall 16 carries total
• PHIL WR D Green-Beckham was targeted twice in endzone with one for TD
• HIL WRs starting were C Givens, J Huff, N Agholor- C Givens has since been released
• PHIL TEs Z Ertz and B Celek both played in Preseason Week 3

• IND QB Andrew Luck saw his 2nd preseason action- 13 of 18 for 134 yards
• IND offense only produced 1 FG in 1st half
• IND RB F Gore finally saw some action- very limited- 4 carries for 6 yards
• IND RB R Turbin played in 2nd qtr
• IND TE D Allen was held without a catch
• IND WRs starting were TY Hilton, D Moncrief and P Dorsett
• IND DEF had an INT- TD from PHIL WR Agholor drop pass

 

NYG @ NYJ (21-20)

• NYG QB Eli Manning started and was 10 of 15 for 65 yards and 1 INT..while playing one series into the third quarter. The Giants’ starters managed just 61 total yards
• NYG offense never had one play in NYJ territory in 1st half
• NYG RB R Jennings 2 carries for 14 yards
• NYG had 5 running backs with carries Preseason Week 3
• NYG WR rookie S Shepard started opposite WR OBJ. WR D Harris was used on punt return
• NYJ WR Victor Cruz played for the first time since 2014, catching a pass for 4 yards
•  NYG offense scored zero points 1st half. Most notable- NYG O-Line is atrocious

• NYJ QB R Fitz started and threw a touchdown pass to WR Eric Decker- 9 of 16 for 76 yards
• NYJ RB M Forte made his preseason debut… 28 yards on 10 carries and added two catches for 9 yards
• NYJ RB B Powell had 7 total touches ( 4 carries/ 3 receptions)
• NYJ WR B Marshall did not play
• NYJ WRs E Decker started WR Robby Anderson and with TEs K Davis and Amaro
• NYJ WR Eric Decker had a 22 yd TD reception from QB Fitz in 1st qtr

 

TENN @ OAK (27-14)

• TENN QB M Mariota started and Mariota led Tennessee to scores on all four drives-9 for 16 for 170 yards
• TENN QB Matt Cassel followed Mariota into game
• TENN RB De Murray and D Henry started together again and rotated in 1st series-  Murray had a 1yd TD run in 1st qtr…RB D Henry had a 3 yd TD run in 2nd qtr
• TENN WR rookie Tajae Sharpe did not have as good a week as preseason Week 2, but his one catch was for 60 yards
• TENN WR Rishard Matthews started w/ WR rookie Tajae Sharpe. WR Andre Johnson had 3 catches for 65 yards
• TENN RB David Cobb had 2 carries for 1 yard…he was released on Aug 30th

• OAK QB D Carr played and completed 10 of 15 passes for 146 yards
• OAK QB Matt McGloin started 2nd half with RB A Washington
• OAK RB L Murray started but only had 2 carries. RB D Washington is looking like an explosive player who could steal carries from RB Murray all season
• OAK WR M Crabtree started opposite WR A Cooper, also with WR S Roberts- TE L Smith saw action
• OAK WR A Cooper had a great 29 yd TD reception in the 2nd qtr
• OAK offense did not score in the 2nd half

 

LAR @ DEN (31-24)

• LAR QB Case Keenum started and neither or QB J Goff could generate much offense- LAR offense looks a lot like the KC offense ( a lot of short high percentage passes….dump off passes to RBs )
• LAR RB Todd Gurley did not play
• LAR RB Benny Cunningham started and went 6/ 22 yards
• LAR starting wide outs were K Britt and T Austin with TE Kendricks
• LAR RB Malcolm Brown started the 2nd half and had a TD pass from QB Goff
• LAR only points came on three field goals by Greg Zuerlein

• DEN QB Trevor Siemian has been named the season starter- Siemian threw his 1st touchdown pass of the preseason- A 1 yd TD pass to TE V Green
• DEN QB Siemian completed 10 of 17 passes for 122 yards with one TD and one interception
• DEN QB P Lynch played 2nd half. QB M Sanchez did not play
• DEN RB C J Anderson started and had 11 carries for 50 yards., but was seen hobbling off to the sidelines. RB rookie D Booker is now the clear #2 running back
• DEN WR Dem Thomas started, along with E Sanders, but WRs J Norwood, Cody Latimer and TE Virgil Green all saw action with starters
• DEN WR Cody Latimer’s suffered a knee injury in this game, but it is considered a “minor sprain.”

 

SUN AUG 28

 

SD @ MINN (10-23)

• SD QB P Rivers started. He went 5/ 9 for 54 yards and 1 INT- QB K Clemens came in at end of 2nd qtr
• SD RB Melvin Gordon started and actually looked very good. In the 2nd qtr he bolted thru the line for a fast 39 yd TD run
• SD RB Branden Oliver was carted off the field in Sunday’s preseason game with a torn right Achilles’. OUT FOR THE SEASON
• SD TE A Gates did not play. TE H Henry had 1 reception for 7 yards ( exactly what he had in Preseason Week 2)
• SD WRs starting were K Allen and T Benjamin- Benjamin was again targeted deep by QB Rivers

• MINN QB T Bridgewater started and went 12/16 for 161 yds and 1 TD- On Aug 30th during practice, MINN QB T Bridgewater suffered a knee injury- OUT FOR THE SEASON
• MINN RB A Peterson DNP. RB McKinnon started and had 8 carries for 56 yards
• MINN RB Matt Asiata came in late in 2nd qtr
• MINN WRs who started were S Diggs, Charles Johnson with TE K Rudolph
• MINN TE K Rudolph had QB T Bridgewater’s lone TD pass ( 27 yds)

 

ARI @ HOU (24-34)

• ARI QB C Palmer started and was intercepted in the 1st series
• ARI QB C Palmer in 2nd series had a rare 40 yard pass to TE Fells ( Arizona ranked near the bottom in 2015 for tight end receptions and TDs)
• ARI RB David Johnson had 6 carries for 28 yards- 1 TD run
• ARI RB Chris Johnson came in on the 3rd series-RB Ellington after CJ2K
• ARI WRS Michael Floyd and Jaron Brown did not play- starters were M Floyd, and Jaron Brown- WR Larry Fitz did not play

• HOU QB Brock Osweiler started and looked very good. Osweiler threw for 146 yards and a touchdown. Osweiler led the Texans to scores on 3/4 drives
• HOU QB T Savage was 2nd string QB and hit WR J Strong with a 17 yd TD pass
•  HOU RB Lamar Miller started again and had a 1 yd TD run in the 1st qtr
• HOU WRs starting were D Hopkins, W Fuller and Braxton Miller. All were targeted by QB Osweiler and Fuller got the TD pass. ( 26 yds from QB Osweiler )
• HOU WRS J Strong and C Shorts played in 2nd half

 

CINN @ JACK (21-26)

• CINN QB Andy Dalton led the Bengals to 2 touchdowns in three possessions
• CINN QB AJ McCarron came into game soon in 2nd qtr- started 2nd half
• CINN RB J Hill had a 1 yd TD run while RB Gio Bernard also scored in the 1st qtr with a 19 yd TD reception
• CINN RB Cedric Peerman exited the Bengals’ third preseason game with a broken left forearm.
• CINN WRs were AJ Green, B LaFell and WR rookie T Boyd
• CINN WR LaFell’s 1st preseason action ended with 1 catch for 8 yds- although LaFell was targeted in the endzone. CINN released WR B Tate
• CINN offense only had one score in the 2nd half….WR A Erickson 21 yd TD pass from QB A McCarron

• JACK QB Blake Bortles  10/ 16 for only 52 yards- 0 TDs
• JACK QB Henne followed Bortles, and threw a TD pass in the 4th qtr
•  JACK RBs C Ivory and TJ Yeldon and had minimal success
• JACK WRs starting were A Robinson and Allen Hurns and each had 2 receptions
• JACK TE Julius Thomas had 1 target/1 reception
• JACK offense and defense both failed to show up for this game

 

If you missed any game from Preseason Week 2, here’s what you need to know…NFL Preseason Week 2 Review

If you missed any game from Preseason Week 1, here’s what you need to know…NFL Preseason Week 1 Review

Fantasy Football Builds Feisty Camaraderie

Fantasy Football Builds Feisty Camaraderie by Utter-Fantasy Football Guest Writer Chris Gundrum

There are over 200 days between the Super Bowl and the start of the next NFL season. But fans don’t have to endure that span without getting their football fix. Key events throughout the offseason including free agency, the draft and training camp serve as milestones on the path to opening day. While each event builds more anticipation for the regular season than the last, nothing fosters more excitement for the NFL season than a fantasy football draft. “I can’t imagine going a season without fantasy football,” said my brother and fantasy nemesis Ben Gundrum, who plays in the Elite 8 fantasy football league. “It just enhances the excitement of each game week to week.”

Elite Eight is a collection of eight guys who have been playing fantasy football together for the past four years. The draft is held live after the second preseason game of the year and past ones are sources of fond memories for the guys. One of the eight, Mike Freland, said his favorite draft was the first year Elite Eight got together. “We were all sitting in my aunt and uncle’s house with football magazines scattered on the floor and pizza boxes and cases of beer we used as tables to write on. It was our war room and it was majestic.”

Ben remembers that in that first year the league allowed trades to occur during the draft. “Matt Forte was on five different teams before the night was over,” said Gundrum. “It was crazy.” Although the league no longer allows trades during the draft, the guys now have game plans to take players just to use in trades afterward. Freland calls this particular strategy…“Stopping the homer”, and it comes into play after the draft. “If you know a guy has a favorite team and wants to draft a player from that team, you draft him first,” said Freland. “Are you doing it because you like the player? Hell no. You do it to get under the other guy’s skin and eventually use it as leverage. Inevitably every league has at least one homer. With Elite Eight there are plenty of opportunities to use this diabolical tactic because although everyone is from Cincinnati, they don’t all root for the Bengals. “We have two Jets fans, one Giants fan, one Cowboys fan, one lonely Raiders fan and 3 Bengals fans.” reports Freland. “Knowing the other guys favorite players is an essential part of drafting.”

While some leagues use a snake or linear draft order, Elite Eight uses a more unique format. The order for the first round is based on what place each person finished the previous year, and knowing what order each manager will draft is also an essential part of the draft. For example, the last place manager picks first, second to last picks second, and so on. However, rounds 2-15 are randomized. Therefore a manager may pick third in the first round and then sixth in the second round. “I like the way the first round goes,” said Gundrum. “But then the rest of the draft is so interesting because you never know how things will fall.”

No matter what order they’re picking or what players are available each round, what the members of this fantasy football league enjoy most is having everyone together in the same room for the draft. According to Elite Eight, the live draft is the best part. It’s all in good fun and the camaraderie between the guys is what’s most important.…in other words, we’ll never become “the Hateful Eight.” “It’s so much more boisterous and amusing having everyone together trash-talking about picks instead of sitting in front of a computer clicking a button,” proclaims Ben. “To me playing fantasy football is more than picking players and combing through piles of stats, or looking at past injury reports trying to predict how well someone is going to hold up for sixteen weeks,” said Freland. “Fantasy football is about getting a group of people together who have a common bond… their unwavering love of the game of football.”

This year’s draft has come and gone for Elite Eight and rosters are already being adjusted. Justin, who is the big Giants fan, has both Dez and Zeke and it’s killing him so we’ll see what happens there. Ben is the Cowboys fan and he took David Johnson with his first pick and Allen Robinson with his second but he could’ve picked Dez or Elliott and didn’t. That left us scratching our heads. Players are being dropped and added from free agency, which is all part of the “Elite Entertainment.” Soon, the members of Elite Eight Fantasy Football League will go head to head for sixteen weeks and eventually crown the 2016 fantasy football champion.

And after it’s all said and done, all they’ll have to do is wait another 200 days to do it all over again.

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