Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy’s Week 11 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NYG WR Odell Beckham Jr at home vs the Bears ) 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 opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

Week 11 Byes: Atlanta, Denver, NY Jets and San Diego.

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs JACK)– Mouth watering match up at home vs the Jags.

NO QB Drew Brees ( at CAR )– If Brees can produce vs the Broncos ( which he did)…Carolina shouldn’t be a problem.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota ( at IND )- The Colts are the 2nd worst defense in the NFL.

WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( vs GB)- Packers #18 vs the pass, and Cousins should get WR DeSean Jackson back.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( at DET )- Having much better weeks of late, with 7 TDs in past 3 games, and playing the Lions ( #32 defense in the NFL)

DAL QB Dak Prescott (vs BALT)- At least 2 TDs in every game since Week 1.

No Brainers…. PITT QB Big Ben ( at CLEV )-   IND QB A Luck ( vs TENN)-  CAR QB Cam Newton ( vs NO)-

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

KC RB Spencer Ware ( vs TB )- Ware needs a great game like he had in Week 6 at Oakland…this should be that game.

CAR RB Jon Stewart ( vs NO)- Should have an impressive game for fantasy football owners vs the 4th worst defense. He didn’t practice earlier this week with a short week ahead of the Thursday night game.

OAK RB Lat Murray ( vs HOU)- Fresh off a “Bye” week.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs BUFF )- Probably not a ton of yardage, but he should have at least one TD. Buffalo is #22 vs the run.

WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at GB )- RB Matt Jones likely sits again, with Kelley getting 20+ carries and lots of opportunities.

NE RB L Blount ( at SF)- 3 TDs in Week 10. 49ers #31 vs the run.

RB Sleepers Week 11…DET RB Theo Riddick ( vs JACK )-

No Brainers…. TENN RB D Murray ( at IND )-  DAL RB Z Elliott ( vs BALT)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

DET WR Golden Tate ( vs JACK)-  Fresh off a “Bye” week.

DAL WR Dez Bryant ( vs BALT )- Finally having chemistry with QB Prescott.

IND WR TY Hilton ( vs TENN )- Should be a high scoring game.

GB WR Davante Adams ( at WASH)- Over 300 receiving yards and 3 TDs past 4 games.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews ( at IND)- 6 touchdowns over his last 6 games and Colts #31 vs the pass.

WR Sleepers Week 11… CLEV WR T Pryor ( vs PITT)-….OAK WR WR Seth Roberts ( vs HOU )-.

No Brainer GB WR Jordy Nelson ( at WASH )-

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( at SF )- With TE Gronk less than 100%, Bennett should have a huge game.

TB TE Cameron Brate ( vs KC )-  Brate is playing Grate ( Great) but note: KC has allowed only 1 TD to opposing tight ends in 2016.  ( Brate: 8th ranked TE in the NFL…and has 3 straight games with a TD reception.)

Sleeper….WASH TE Vernon Davis ( vs GB)- Had as many targets as TE J Reed in Week 10, and the Packers are not very good defending opposing tight ends.

Sleeper….PITT TE Jesse James ( at CLEV )- The Browns have allowed 9 receiving TDs to opposing tight ends…most in the NFL.

No Brainer: TENN TE Delanie Walker ( at IND )- Colts 4th worst defending opposing tight ends.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

MIA ( vs LAR )- RB Todd Gurley isn’t playing very good and new LAR QB Goff should have plenty of growing pains with his 1st start ever.

PITT ( at CLEV)- Shouldn’t be too difficult for the Steelers Week 11.

OAK ( vs HOU)- HOU QB B Osweiler is playing better, but still not very good.

NYG (vs CHI )– CHI QB Jay Cutler throws as many INTs as TDs……always.

No Brainer DEF starts:  SEA ( vs PHIL )

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

CHI QB Jay Cutler ( at NYG)- The Giants are #5 vs the pass, and Cutler is now without WR Alshon Jeffery. ( 4 game susp.)

MINN QB Sam Bradford ( vs ARI )- Likely a low scoring game. The Cardinals should be able to shut down both phases of this offense Week 11.

CINN QB Andy Dalton ( vs BUFF)- I prefer a better match up.

SEA QB Russell Wilson ( vs PHIL)- Start him if you must, but the Eagles are #1 vs the pass. I prefer a better match up.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

CLEV RB I Crowell ( vs PITT )- Crowell hasn’t topped 63 yards since Week 5 and hasn’t had a TD in weeks either.

MINN RBs Asiata/McKinnon ( vs ARI )-  The Cardinals are the 4th best NFL defense.

 SF RB Carlos Hyde ( vs NE )–  Hyde had an awful game in Week 10 in his return, totaling just 14 yards on 13 carries. I prefer a better match up.

BALT RB Terrance West ( at DAL)- The Cowboys are #6 vs the run.

Sit Em if you can…….TB RB Doug Martin ( at KC )-  The Chiefs are #7 vs the run

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 11 2016

MINN WR St Diggs( vs ARI )- Diggs was an Utter-Fantasy “Sit” last week, but he actually had a break out game. Very unlikely this week…the Cardinals are far better defending the pass than Washington is.

PHIL WR Jordan Matthews ( at SEA)- Tough week to start Matthews vs the Seahawks.

ARI WR Michael Floyd ( at MINN)- I would only trust WR Larry Fitz this week to have a decent game.

LAR WRs ( vs MIA)- Trust no LA Ram’s wide out in QB Goff’s 1st game.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

PHIL TE Z Ertz ( at SEA)- Few teams are better defending opposing tight ends than the Seahawks.

NO TE C Fleener ( at CAR )- 4 dud games in a row.

Sit Em if you can……DAL TE J Witten ( vs BALT)-  The Ravens have allowed only 1 TD to opposing tight ends in 2016.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

CLEV ( vs PITT ) – A blow out likely coming.

CINN ( vs BUFF)- Buffalo playing efficient football. I prefer a better match up.

CAR ( vs NO )- I doubt this 2016 CAR defense will slow down Brees & Co.

No Brainer DEF sits: SF ( vs NE)…TB ( at KC)

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Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy’s Week 10 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NE QB Tom Brady at home vs Seattle ) 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 opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

Week 10 Byes: Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis and Oakland.

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

TB QB J Winston ( vs CHI )- Good match up and hopefully he has WR Mike Evans for Week 10.

ARI QB C Palmer ( vs SF )- Every QB does well vs San Francisco.

NO QB Drew Brees ( vs DEN )–  Tough match up but Brees will still produce.

CAR QB Cam Newton ( vs KC)- Should have a nice game at home.

DAL QB Dak Prescott (at PHIL)- QB Romo isn’t taking over without an injury to Dak.

No Brainers…. GB QB A Rodgers ( at TENN )-   ATL QB Matt Ryan ( at PHIL)-

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

DEN RB Devontae Booker ( at NO )- Should have a rebound week despite getting carries vultured by RB Bibbs.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( at SD )-  Chargers are 20th vs the run.

HOU RB Lamar Miller ( at JACK )- Great match up and rested after week 9 Bye.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( at NYG)- Primetime Minday Night.

SD RB M Gordon ( vs MIAMI )- Currently NFL’s #1 RB.

RB Sleepers Week 10…Terrance West ( vs CLEV )-

TB RB Peyton Barber ( vs CHI )- With RB Antone Smith now on IR, who else is there? RB J Rodgers isn’t back and RB D Martin isn’t ready. Barber generated 31 yards on 11 carries and caught 4/5 targets for 24 yards in Week 9 loss to the Falcons.

RB Sleepers Week 10…WASH RB Rob Kelley ( vs MINN )- Coach Jay Gruden called the Washington’s RB Kelley the ‘ “1st-string” running back. Tough match up but at home with opportunities.

 

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

PHIL WR Jordan Matthews ( vs ATL)-  Should see plenty of targets in Week 10.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( at BALT )- Main weapon in Cleveland. Not a great match up but it’s Thursday Night Prime Time.

DAL WR Dez Bryant ( at PITT )- Finally having chemistry with QB Prescott and the Steeler’s secondary isn’t very good.

ARI WR JJ Nelson ( vs SF)- Go to guy in Arizona for the past 2 weeks.

SD WR Tyrell Williams ( vs MIA)- WR Travis Benjamin (knee) didn’t practice Wednesday. Williams is the #1 WR in San Diego.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews ( vs GB)- 5 touchdowns over his last 5 games and is playing the most snaps in Tennessee’s wide receiver corps.

WR Sleepers Week 9…

BALT WR Mike Wallace ( vs PITT)-

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( at NYJ)-

No Brainer NYG WR Odell Beckham Jr ( vs CINN)-

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

PHIL TE Zach Ertz ( vs ATL )-  Ertz caught 8 passes for 97 yards in Week 9 against the Giants.

MINN TE K Rudolph ( at WASH )- START EM SIT EM WEEK 9 2016 RECOMMENDATION. Start him again Week 10.

CHI TE Zach Miller ( at TB)- Back from their “Bye” Week, Zach Miller caught 7/10 targets for 88 yards in Week 8 vs the Vikings.

No Brainer: DAL TE Jason Witten ( at PHIL )- Very tough match up but playing too well with QB Prescott to sit.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

CHI ( at TB )- The Bucs are without so many weapons due to injuries, and QB J Winston will likely try to do too much and make mistakes.

GB ( at TENN )– QB M Mariota isn’t 100%.

No Brainer DEF starts:  HOU ( at JACK )….BALT ( vs CLEV )

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs HOU )- Bortles is really struggling in 2016.

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( vs LAR )- The Rams are the 12th ranked defense in the NFL.

TENN QN Marcus Mariota ( vs GB)- The Packers are #4 vs the run, and 16th vs the pass.

Start Em if you must…….SEA QB Russell Wilson ( at NE)

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

SEA RB C Michael ( at NE )- In a decent match up Week 9, Michael did nothing and RB Prosise was the preferred back.

JACK RB C Ivory ( vs HOU )-  The unpredictable Jags and the match up makes Ivory one to avoid.

NYG RB R Jennings ( vs CINN )Never gets enough touches. Rashad Jennings rushed 11 times for 26 yards and caught 3 passes for 13 yards in Week 9.

Sit Em if you can…….NO RB M Ingram ( vs DEN )-   NE RB L Blount ( vs SEA)- Seahawks #2 vs the run.

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 10 2016

All JACK WRs ( vs HOU )- The Texans are 8th vs the pass and the Jags are playing poorly.

MIA WR Jarvis Landry ( vs SD)- The Chargers are #6 vs the pass, Jarvis Landry is day to day with a shoulder injury and has only 1 TD in 2016.

WASH WRs ( vs MINN )- The only fantasy football receiver I want in this game is TE Jordan Reed.

MINN WR St Diggs( at WASH )- Nobody is reliable from this Viking team fantasy wise.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

NO TE C Fleener ( at DEN )- 3 dud games in a row.

CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( at BALT )- The Ravens have allowed 0 TDs to opposing tight ends this season.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

PITT ( vs DAL ) – The Cowboys are playing their best football in years.

PHIL ( vs ATL )- I prefer a better match up.

DAL ( at PITT )- The Steelers will score points on Dallas.

No Brainer DEF sits: KC ( vs CAR )

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Week 9 Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at CLEV vs the Browns ) 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 opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

Week 9 Byes: Arizona, Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington, New England and Houston.

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( at KC )- Should throw a lot in Week 9.

SEA QB Russell Wilson ( vs BUFF )- Wilson has had a slow start due to injuries, but this game is what you have been waiting for.

TB QB J Winston ( vs ATL )- This is a shoot out that I want lots of fantasy football players in.

SD QB P Rivers ( vs TENN )- TENN defense ranked #24 vs the pass.

DAL QB Dak Prescott ( at CLEV )–  Likely not a close game.

No Brainers….ATL QB Matt Ryan ( at TB)-  GB QB A Rodgers ( vs IND )-  PITT QB B Roethlisberger ( at BALT )…if he indeed plays.

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

DEN RB Devontae Booker ( vs SD)- DEN CJ Anderson may be OUT for a few weeks.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs NYJ )-  Even with the Jets sporting the #3 run defense in the league, the Dolphins O-Line is under-estimated and should give Ajayi a few opportunities.

BALT RB Terrance West ( vs PITT )- West is worth starting in Week 9, facing a struggling Pittsburgh run defense.

KC RB Char West ( vs JACK )- Looks like RB Spencer Ware won’t make Week 9.

No Brainers…..ATL RB D Freeman ( at TB )…..SD RB M Gordon ( vs TENN)-

RB Sleepers Week 9...NO RB Tim Hightower ( at SF )- In Week 8, RB Mark Ingram was benched and Hightower showed the Saints what he showed them in 2015 when Ingram was out with injuries….tough running and good gains.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

DAL WR Dez Bryant ( at CLEV )- Good Week 8 and great match up Week 9.

NO WR Michael Thomas ( at SF)– We know WR B Cooks will get his targets, but Thomas has become QB Brees’ 2nd favorite targtet.

SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( vs BUFF )- Due for a big week. Buffalo is #18 vs the pass.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( vs DAL )- Main weapon in Cleveland. Not a great match up but Dallas is #17 vs the pass.

MINN WR St Diggs ( vs DET)- QB S Bradford made an effort to get Diggs the ball in Week 8, and should in Week 9 vs #32 Detroit defense.

WR Sleepers Week 9…

BALT WR Mike Wallace ( vs PITT)-

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( vs JACK)- WR Maclin hasn’t been practicing.

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

KC TE Travis Kelce ( vs JACK)-  Especially good week to start Kelce. WR Maclin hasn’t been practicing, and QB N Foles can get the ball downfield, whereas QB A Smith ( concussion) can’t/ won’t.

MINN TE K Rudolph ( vs DET )- Had 3 weeks in a row with a TD reception before the MINN Bye Week, should get back on track Week 9.

No Brainer: TENN TE Delanie Walker ( at SD )-

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

DAL ( vs CLEV)- Good match up for DAL defense.

GB ( vs IND)– IND QB A Luck makes mistakes in games like this.

KC ( vs JACK)– JACK QB Bortles had 0 INTS in Week 8, but has 9 INTs on the season.

No Brainer DEF starts:  DEN ( at OAK )….MINN ( vs DET)

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

PHIL QB C Wentz ( at NYG)- Tough to start him this week vs #10 NYG defense.

BALT  QB Joe Flacco ( vs PITT )- The PITT defense isn’t very good this year, but hopefully you have other options at QB.

Start Em if you must…..DET QB M Stafford ( at MINN)….BUFF QB T Taylor ( at SEA)

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

CLEV RB I Crowell ( vs DAL )- RB Crowell has had an admirable season so far considering, but I prefer a better match up.

OAK RB L Murray ( vs DEN)-  RB Murray will likely get plenty of touches, but likely not get plenty of yards.

IND RB F Gore ( vs GB )Packers #4 vs the run.

Sit Em if you can…….LAR RB T Gurley ( vs CAR )- Panthers #5 vs the run.

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 9 2016

All TENN WRs ( at SD )- The only Titans you can trust to start is RB D Murray and TE D Walker.

NYG WR O Beckham Jr ( vs PHIL)- Tough to recommend sitting this guy….but…the Eagles are #1 vs the pass and WR Beckham does have his bad games. This is likely one of them.

LAR WRs ( vs CAR )- Should be low scoring game.

OAK WRs A Cooper/ M Crabtree ( vs DEN )- Soaring all year, but this is a brutal match up.

I also do not like any ALL CAR WRS ( at LAR )- 

 

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

JACK TE Ju Thomas ( at KC )- Not playing at 100% and KC is #3 vs the TE position.

PITT TE Jesse James ( vs BALT )- Ravens are #5 defense vs the TE position.

No Brainer Sit- CLEV TE G Barnidge (vs DAL )- 0 TDs in 2016.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

IND (at GB ) – The Colts won’t slow QB A Rodgers down.

OAK ( vs DEN )- DEN QB T Siemian has almost been mistake-free ( only 1 INT since Week 2)

BUFF ( at SEA)- I prefer a better match up.

No Brainer DEF sits: CLEV ( vs DAL)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 8

Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Week 8 Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at home vs the Eagles) 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 opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

Week 8 Byes: Baltimore, Miami, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs HOU )- Stafford is currently the #4 QB in the NFL….a must “Start” at home vs the Texans.

SEA QB Russell Wilson ( at NO)- Wilson has had a slow start due to injuries, but this game is what you have been waiting for.

TB QB J Winston ( vs OAK)- Winston is the #13 QB in the NFL, and he may climb some on this list after Week 8. Start him!

MINN QB Sam Bradford ( at CHI)- Bradford has a rough Week 7, but now he plays Chicago in an easier match up, and you may not have many options with 6 teams on a Week 8 bye.

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at CLEV ) – As I mentioned above, you may not have options with 6 teams on a bye, and Fitz may be a decent start against a bad Brown’s defense.

No Brainers….NE QB Tom Brady ( at BUFF)-  IND QB A Luck ( vs KC)-  OAK QB D Carr ( at TB )

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

DEN RB Devontae Booker ( vs SD)- DEN CJ Anderson may be OUT for a few weeks. Expect RB Booker to start Week 8. Going forward, HC Gary Kubiak expects to continue using a 1-2 punch at running back going forward. Booker needs to be added in all formats and has a great match up in Week 8.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs WASH)-   START EM SIT EM WEEK 7 2016 RECOMMENDATION.  Hill’s match ups of late have been horrendous, but this week it’s as good as the one in Week 7 where Hill had 192 total yards and 1 TD . Washington is 31st vs the run..

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( vs OAK)- Also “Recommended in Week 7″ The Bucs are in no hurry to get RB Doug Martin on the field, because RB Rodgers is doing the job just fine. 20+ carries every time he has started.

NYJ RB Matt Forte ( at CLEV)- 154 total yards and 1 TD for fantasy football owners in Week 7.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it again in Week 8.

KC RB Spencer Ware ( at IND)- In Week 7, Ware had 77 yards on 17 carries and added 2 catches for 54 yards. He also had 1 touchdown in Week 7. RB J Charles fantasy football owners don’t like it, but Ware is a big part of this offense likely for the rest of the season.

No Brainers…..TENN RB De Murray ( vs JACK)…..HOU RB Lamar Miller ( vs DET)- if healthy enough to play, The Lions are #32 vs the pass….DEAD LAST!

RB Sleepers Week 8...MINN RB Matt Asiata ( vs CHI)- RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is just now out of his walking boot Friday. Even if McKinnon plays, he’ll be limited, leaving Matt Asiata as the preferred fantasy play.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

GB WR Ty Montgomery ( vs CHI)- Whether he’s a WR in your fantasy football league, or now considered an RB…QB A Rodgers likes having Montgomery as one of his weapons right now.

DET WRs Golden Tate/ Marvin Jones ( vs HOU ) – The Lion’s running game only had 17 carries in Week 7, vs 29 passes by QB M Stafford. Both of these wide outs should get a ton of targets in Week 8.

OAK WRs A Cooper/ M Crabtree ( at TB )- Likely a high scoring game, with both of these guys getting at least 1 TD.

SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( at NO)- The Saints are still one of the worst defenses, so this is a game for both QB R Wilson and WR D Baldwin to have a 2015 type game.

NO WRs B Cooks/ Michael Thomas ( vs SEA )- The Seahawks will shut down the Saint’s running game and force QB D Brees to throw 30+ times. Just the volume of passes make both of these receivers a decent start in Week 8.

No Brainers….IND WR TY Hilton ( vs KC)-  DEN WR Dem Thomas ( vs SD)

WR Sleepers Week 8…

DAL WR Cole Beasley ( vs PHIL)- Even with WR Dez Bryant coming back, there’s no denying that QB Dak Prescott likes WR Cole Beasley.

HOU WRs D Hopkins/ Will Fuller ( vs DET)- The Lions are #32 vs the pass….DEAD LAST!

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

IND TE Jack Doyle (vs KC)-  WR Donte Moncrief is likely to return, but TE Doyle is still a great weapon for QB A Luck. How is Doyle still only owned in 53% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues?

SEA TE Jimmy Graham ( at NO )- If you haven’t noticed, QB R Wilson is targeting Graham a lot lately, and it will continue in Week 8.

No Brainer: TENN TE Delanie Walker ( vs JACK)-

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

NYJ (at CLEV) – The Jets are 3rd vs the run, so the Brown’s will likely be forced to throw plenty in Week 8, which could lead to a few turnovers for New York.

TENN ( vs JACK)- JACK QB Blake Bortles is playing very poorly, so the Titans will likely force him to make a few mistakes in this one.

ARI (vs CAR) – The Panther’s offense, nor their defense, are playing like the team that went to the Super Bowl in 2015.

No Brainer DEF starts:  DEN (vs SD)….MINN ( at CHI)

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016

ARI QB Carson Palmer ( at CAR)- Palmer only has 2 touchdown passes in his last 4 starts. With so many teams off on this Week 8 Bye, start him if you must, but do not expect a lot. ( Palmer also has only one healthy receiver- WR Larry Fitz)

WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( at CINN)- The Bengal’s defense isn’t playing great, but this game is in Cincinnati and Cousins is only averaging 1 TD pass per game. I would prefer a better match up.

I also do not like…..KC QB A Smith ( at IND)….BUFF QB T Taylor ( vs NE)

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016

Any DET RBs ( at HOU )– If the Lion’s can win this game, it will be thru the air with QB M Stafford.

NO RB  Mark Ingram ( vs SEA)– If the Saint’s can win this game, it will be thru the air with QB Drew Brees.

PHIL RB Ryan Mathews ( at DAL)- What has Mathews done for you in 2016….? Not much.

CHI RB J Howard ( vs MINN) – This game won’t be pretty for the Bears.

Sit Em if you can…….IND RB F Gore ( vs KC)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 8 2016

All SD WRs ( at DEN)- QB P Rivers will spread it around, trying to do anything vs the great Denver defense, but I do not see any Charger getting into the end zone in Week 8.

CHI WR Alshon Jeffery ( vs MINN)-  Jeffery caught just 3/11 targets for 33 yards Thursday in the Bears’ Week 7, and with QB Cutler back, the targets will go up but the Vikings won’t allow much.

WASH WRs DeSean Jackson/ Pierre Garcon ( at CINN )- QB Cousin’s is only averaging 1 TD pass per game. Versus the last place defense in Week 7 ( Detroit Lions) DeSean Jackson/ Pierre Garcon had a combined 57 receiving yards. ( QB Cousins prefers WR Crowder)

I also do not like any ALL CAR WRS ( vs ARI )- 

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 8 2016

DEN TE Hunter Henry( at DEN)- TE A Gates return to the line up plus the Denver defense makes TE Henry a tough start in Week 8.

DAL TE Jason Witten ( vs PHIL )- The Eagles are allowing only 2 catches per week to opposing tight ends, and have allowed only 1 TD catch so far in 2016.

No Brainer Sit- BUFF TE Ch Clay ( vs NE)- Almost non-existent in the Buffalo offense.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016

WASH (at CINN) – The Bengals are the #6 offense while Washington is the #22 defense. Not a good combination.

OAK ( at TB)- I do not see either defense slowing the opposing offense down.

No Brainer DEF sits: SD ( at DEN)….NO ( vs SEA)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for fantasy football players in your fantasy league, based on Week 7 match ups. Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start the NFL #1 QB Matt Ryan at home vs the Chargers) 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 7 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs WASH )- Although Washington is better against the pass than the run, the Lions do not rush the ball much. 31 passes Week 6 vs 19 carries. Stafford should have a very good day.

SD QB Philip Rivers ( at ATL)- The Falcons defense is near the bottom as usual, and this has the makings for a shoot out. Currently the #8 QB in the NFL.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs OAK ) – Bortles was the #12 QB for Week 6, and this week he is at home vs the Raiders, who have the 4th WORST defense in the NFL.

TB QB Jameis Winston ( at SF)- The 49ers haven’t been able to slow anyone down. Winston is playing better since his Week 5 Bye.

NO Brainers….NE QB Tom Brady ( at PITT)-  NO QB Drew Brees ( at KC)-

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

ATL RBs D Freeman/Tevin Coleman ( vs SD)- Both should have a very good day vs the #21 San Diego run defense.

BALT RB Terrance West ( at NYJ)- The Jet’s defense is pretty good vs the run, but QB Geno Smith is starting for New York, and will likely struggle against the #6 BALT defense. West should get lots and lots of opportunities.

LAR RB Todd Gurley ( vs NYG)- the Rams running game needs this one to get back on track. The Giant’s defense is only average, and Gurley has been getting TDs in every other week. This is the week he is suppose to score again.

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( at SF)- With Doug Martin (hamstring) out, Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to start Week 7 against the 49ers. You saw in Week 6 that the Bucs do not mind giving Rodgers 25 touches in a game.

KC RB Spencer Ware ( vs NO)- Although RB Jamaal Charles is playing again, Week 6 proved that Ware is still a big part of this offense.

No Brainer…..TENN RB De Murray ( vs IND)

RB Sleepers Week 7...

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs CLEV) – Hill’s match ups of late have been horrendous, but this week it’s actually a good one. He may be ready to bust out in one.

SF RB Mike Davis ( vs TB)- Coach Chip Kelly said he’ll use a running back rotation due to Carlos Hyde (shoulder) OUT Week 7 against the Bucs.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

GB WR Ty Montgomery ( vs CHI)- Montgomery “will get the majority of the running back reps” Thursday night against the Bears with GB RBs E Lay and Starks OUT. Montgomery caught 10-of-12 targets for 98 yards and rushed three times for six yards Week 6 against the Cowboys.

DET WRs Golden Tate/ Marvin Jones ( vs WASH ) – This is another game that could be a shoot out. At home, both Tate and Jones could have big games.

NO WRs B Cooks/ Michael Thomas ( at KC )- The Chief’s secondary can give up big plays, and we know Brees loves Cooks, but Thomas has also been a favorite of Brees’ over the past couple weeks.

OAK WRs A Cooper/ M Crabtree ( at JACK)- Another wide receiver duo where both could have big games vs a bad Jag’s defense.

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( vs NYG)- The Giant’s are 19th vs the pass, and LAR QB Case Keenum and Britt are on the same page of late.

WR Sleepers Week 6…MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at PHIL)- Not a great match up, but before their Week 6 Bye, MINN QB Sam Bradford clearly had chemistry with WR Thielen. ( 7 catches/ 127 yards and 1 TD Week 5)

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

SD TE Hunter Henry ( at ATL )- I have been banging the drums on this guy for 4 weeks now, and still only owned in 35% of Yahoo leagues. Currently the #3 tight end in the NFL, and has 16 targets, 218 receiving yards and 3 TDs in the past 3 weeks.

IND TE Jack Doyle (at TENN)-  QB A Luck raves about TE Doyle and TE Dwayne Allen has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and is considered week to week.

No Brainer: TENN TE Delanie Walker ( vs IND)-

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

NE (at PITT) – PITT QB B Roethlisberger is OUT, and QB Landry Jones is starting. The Pat’s defense should feast.

BUFFALO (at MIA) – QB Ryan Tannehill has only 1 touchdown pass in the past 3 weeks, while throwing 3 INTS.

No Brainer DEF starts: BALT (at NYJ)….MINN ( at PHIL)

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 7 2016

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs BUFF)- Tannehill is struggling badly over the past 3 weeks. Tannehill has only 1 touchdown pass in the past 3 weeks, while throwing 3 INTS.

PHIL QB C Wentz ( vs MINN)- This will be a tough one for Wentz, facing the #2 defense in the NFL. The Vikings defense is relentless.

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( at DEN)- Although Osweiler redeemed himself in Week 6 with a late 4th qtr victory, he struggled badly in Week 6, and there’s no doubt he will at Denver.

ARI QB C Palmer ( vs SEA)- Palmer only had 213 passing yards and 1 TD in Week 6, and he could see similar numbers facing Seattle’s #1 defense.

NOTE: I’m also little worried about IND QB A Luck ( at TENN) The Titans have the 10th best DEF and Luck’s receiving corps are a MASH unit.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 7 2016

NYJ RB Matt Forte ( vs BALT )– SO many reasons to sit Forte week 7. He is not playing particular well of late and he’s facing the #1 run Raven’s defense. QB Geno Smith is starting.

MINN RB Jerick McKinnon ( at PHIL)– McKinnon’s match up is not a good one, and RB M Asiata get the goal line carries. Hopefully you have an RB with a better match up.

PHIL RB Ryan Mathews ( vs MINN)- Same reason as above with McKinnon. Mathew’s match up is a tough one, and hopefully you have an RB in a better situation. The Vikings are the #2 defense in the NFL.

CHI RB J Howard ( at GB) – Howard will get plenty of opportunities in Week 6 but I really think Chicago struggles badly in this. Start Howard if you must, but I would like a better match up. The Packer’s are #3 vs the run.

Sit Em if you can…….DEN CJ Anderson ( vs HOU)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 7 2016

MIA WRs J Landry/ Stills and Parker ( vs BUFF)- Maybe in a PPR league you start Landry, but QB Tannehill is playing poorly and Buffalo has the #12 defense vs the pass.

HOU WRs De Hopkins/ Fuller/ Strong- It’s not easy recommending fantasy football owners to “Sit” WR Hopkins, but against INDY last week, Hopkins only had 71 receiving yards. It gets EVEN harder in Week 7 at Denver. Start Hopkins happily Week 8 vs the Lions.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( at CINN )- Pryor has a tough match up and he is not playing healthy. Browns HC Hue Jackson said he’s “very hopeful” Terrelle Pryor (hamstring).

KC WR Jeremy Maclin ( vs NO )- Even in this sensational match up, Maclin is undependable. Maclin hasn’t had a TD reception since Week 1, and the Raiders were a sensational match up in Week 6 ( only 3/ 49 yards )

I also do not like any ALL TENN WRS ( vs IND )- 

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 7 2016

PITT TE Jesse James ( vs NE)- New QB Landry Jones MAY be forced to lean on TE James, but the Pat’s are great against the tight end position. Find a better match up and a more reliable QB at the helm.

SEA TE Jimmy Graham ( at ARI )- Start him if you must, as Graham is playing well…BUT…Arizona is the #1 defense against tight ends playing against them.

MINN TE Kyle Rudolph ( at PHIL)- Rudolph was shut down in Week 5, and Philadelphia is #2 defense against tight ends playing against them.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 7 2016

PITT (vs NE) – With PITT QB B Roethlisberger out, the Steelers will have a tough time trying to slow down the Pats, because Pittsburgh’s defense will be on the field a lot, and they will get tired.

CHI ( at GB)- Even with the Packer’s struggling to find anyone to run for them in their backfield, the Bears defense is not a good start in week 7.

JACK (vs OAK) – I would not start either of these teams.

No Brainer DEF sits: SD ( at ATL)….NO ( at KC)

 
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Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for fantasy football players in your fantasy league, based on Week 6 match ups. Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start QB Tom Brady at home vs the Bengals) 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 6 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

JACK QB Blake Bortles (at CHI) – With a Week 5 Bye, Bortles is rested and faces a mediochre pass defense.

OAK QB D Carr ( vs KC)- Currently the #6 passer in the NFL. Fantasy football owners who waited to draft a QB and Carr are delighted.

NO QB Drew Brees ( vs CAR)- The Panthers are not the same defense without DB Josh Norman, and have been torched by other offenses.

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs LAR)- This is not a great match up for Stafford, but he will likely be forced to pass a ton in this game. Detroit’s running game has been stagnant (of course under HC Caldwell) so the Lions will have to win thru the air.

NO Brainers….CAR QB Cam Newton ( at NO)-  Newton (concussion) was upgraded to “full” in Thursday’s practice.   PITT QB B Roeth ( at MIA)….IND QB A Luck ( at HOU)

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

HOU RB Lamar Miller ( vs IND)- If Miller can’t get it done in the spot light Sunday night vs the Colts, it may never happen.

CHI RB J Howard ( vs JACK) – 160+ total yards and 1 TD in Week 5, he should be able to do that Week 6 vs Jacksonville no problem.

CAR RB Jon Stewart ( at NO)– Back from a hammy injury, and the Panthers may FINALLY have realized that QB Cam Newton should not be taking the punishment of an RB by running it himself.

ATL RB Tevin Coleman ( at SEA)- The running game for Atlanta running backs may be difficult against the Seahawks, but the passing to them may not be, and that’s what Coleman excels at.

BALT RB Terrance West ( at NYG)- Giant’s defense is average at best and West has a strangle hold right now on the Raven’s backfield.

No brainer…..TENN RB De Murray ( vs CLEV)

RB Sleepers Week 6...OAK DeAndre Washington/ J  Richard ( vs KC)- the Chiefs are 27th vs the run

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

JACK WRs Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns ( at CHI ) – I like both of these receivers after a “Bye Week” and battling the #18 Chicago defense.

CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( vs JACK)- Injuries have thrusted 6’3″ Meredith into the starting line up and QB Hoyer likes him.

NO WR Chris Hogan ( vs CINN )- The deep threat that the Pats have been missing for a while.

OAK WRs ( vs KC)- QB D Carr is finding both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper ( and even Seth Roberts) every week.

WR Sleepers Week 6…GB WR Davante Adams ( vs DAL)….ARI WR John Brown….LAR WR T Austin ( at DET)…IND WR P Dorsett ( at HOU

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

TENN TE Delanie Walker ( vs CLEV)- Finally healthy again ( 66 yards and 1 TD) in Week 5- his schedule next 4 weeks is SO INVITING.

IND TE D Allen (at HOU )- It’s not like QB A Luck has a lot of weapons to begin with. ( 50 yards and 1 TD in Week 5)

PITT TE Jesse James ( at MIA)- 3 TDs in his past 4 games.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

TENN (vs CLEV) – Beat up QB C Kessler will try it under center again for the Browns.

BUFFALO (vs SF) – QB C Kaepernick has not started a regular season game in a long time!

No Brainer DEF starts: PHIL (at WASH)….ARI ( vs NYJ)

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 6 2016

WASH QB K Cousins ( PHIL)- INTs in 4 of his 5 games so far and this Eagles defense is pretty good. Cousins may be without TE J reed.

NYG QB Eli Manning ( vs BALT)- Few QBs are struggling as bad as Eli. He has ONLY 2 TD passes  in his last 4 games. BALT is the #5 NFL Defense and #1 vs the run.

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs IND)- 6 touchdown passes in 5 games, and 7 INTs in 5 games. ( Brock has at least one INT in every game so far.)

NYJ QB Ryan Fitz ( at ARI)- 5 TDs, 10 INTs and no WR Eric Decker…that’s all you need to know.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota (vs CLEV)- The Browns defense has not been playing well, but until Week 5, neither has Marcus Mariota. Play him if you must, but I’d like to see him with one more decent game before I am starting him over another QB.

I also hate CINN QB A Dalton this week at New England.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 6 2016

SF RB C Hyde ( at BUFF)– The Bills are the #11 defense and they won’t be afraid of QB C Kaepernick. Stack the box! ( Hyde has found a way each week, hard to see it Week 6 however)

CINN RBs J Hill/ Gio Bernard ( at NE )– NE HC B Belichick knows there are only 2 things to stop with the Bengals…WR AJ Green and their running game.

NO RB Mark Ingram ( vs CAR)– The Panthers give up a ton through the air ( #22 pass defense) but not much on the ground ( #6 run defense)

WASH RB Matt Jones ( vs PHIL)- Eagles are the #2 Defense in the NFL. Jones has had only one game this season rushing over 65 yards, and that was against Cleveland.

Other RBs I don’t like in Week 4- NYJ RB M Forte ( at ARI)

Sit Em if you can…….IND Frank Gore ( at HOU)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 6 2016

CHI WR Alshon Jeffery ( vs JACK)- You drafted him high, and have been starting him. Zero TDs in 2016. Even in this great match up, I’d start someone else, until I know that he’ll be valuable to me ( and he’s injured)

DAL WRs Terrance Williams/ Brice Butler ( at GB )- The Cowboys have too many weapons to start one of them and hope to have guessed right. WR Dez Bryant may be back, and may not be.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( at TENN )- Pryor may end being a one-week wonder, because Week 3 is all we have really had to be excited about. The horrible merry-go-round at QB in Cleveland has not helped. TENN is the #7 defense in the NFL and 8th vs the pass.

MIA WRs K Stills/ D Parker ( vs PITT )- WR J Landry is great for PPR leagues, but these other two cannot be counted on to win your Fantasy football HD2HD this week.

ALL SF WRS ( at BUFF )- I would not start any of them, not even WR Kerley who has been hot lately.

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 6 2016

DAL TE J Witten ( vs GB)- Start him if you must…..but….Zero TDs so far in 2016, why would you think Week 6 will be any different?

NYG TE L Donnell and Will Tye ( vs BALT)- Larry Donnell (concussion) was upgraded to “full” on Thursday. Donnell will be returning against the Ravens, along with Will Tye, but neither should be started.

ATL J Tamme ( at SEA)- Even with WR Julio Jones injured ( but still playing), Tamm’es targets have decreased every single week, getting only 1 target in Week 5.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 6 2016

CINN (at NE) – Bengals won’t slow down Brady & Co.

KANSAS CITY (at OAK) – The Raiders are playing at a high level and QB Carr has only 2 picks on the season.

No Brainer DEF sits: JACK ( at CHI)….SF ( at BUFF)….ATL ( at SEA)

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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)

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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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START EM SIT EM WEEK 2 2016

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

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.

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!

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.

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!

Playoff Rankings Division Round

Playoff Rankings Division Round by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Quarterback Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings

1. Tom Brady (NE)
2. Carson Palmer (ARI)
3. Russell Wilson (SEA)
4. Cam Newton (CAR)
5. Peyton Manning (DEN)
6. Aaron Rodgers (GB)
7. Ben Roethlisberger (PITT)
8. Alex Smith (KC)
9. Landry Jones (PITT)
10. Brock Osweiler (DEN)

 

Running Back Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings

1. David Johnson (ARI)
2. Charcandrick West (KC)
3. James White (NE)
4. Jonathan Stewart (CAR)
5. C.J. Anderson (DEN)
6. Eddie Lacy (GB)
7. Christine Michael (SEA)
8. Cameron Artis-Payne (CAR)
9. Fitzgerald Toussaint (PITT)
10. Spencer Ware (KC)
11. Steven Jackson (NE)
12. James Starks (GB)
13. Ronnie Hillman (DEN)
14. Jordan Todman (PITT)
15. Andre Ellington (ARI)
16. Brandon Bolden (NE)
17. Fred Jackson (SEA)
18. Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
19. DeAngelo Williams (PITT)
20. Mike Tolbert (CAR)
21. Bryce Brown (SEA)
22. Fozzy Whittaker (CAR)

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings

1. Doug Baldwin (SEA)
2. Demaryius Thomas (DEN)
3. Randall Cobb (GB)
4. Michael Floyd (ARI)
5. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)
8. Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)
6. Julian Edelman (NE)
7. Martavis Bryant (PITT)
8. Jeremy Maclin (KC)- questionable
9. Brandon LaFell (NE)
10. Ted Ginn (CAR)
11. Danny Amendola (NE)
12. Tyler Lockett (SEA)
13. Markus Wheaton (PITT)
14.  James Jones (GB)
15. John Brown (ARI)
16. Devin Funchess (CAR)
17. Jermaine Kearse (SEA)
18. Philly Brown (CAR)
19. Jared Abbrederis (GB)
20. Albert Wilson (KC)
21. Jericho Cotchery (CAR)
22. Jordan Norwood (DEN)
23. Chris Conley (KC)
24. Jason Avant (KC)
25. J.J. Nelson (ARI)
27. Davante Adams (GB)- ruled OUT for Division Round
28. Antonio Brown (PITT)- Ruled OUT for Division Round

 

Tight End Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings

1. Rob Gronkowski (NE)
2. Greg Olsen (CAR)
3. Travis Kelce (KC)
4. Heath Miller (PITT)
5. Owen Daniels (DEN)
6. Richard Rodgers (GB)
7. Chase Coffman (SEA)
8. Vernon Davis (DEN)
9. Jermaine Gresham (ARI)
10. Cooper Helfet (SEA)
11. Luke Willson (SEA)
12. Scott Chandler (NE)
13. Virgil Green
14. Andrew Quarless (GB)- Place on IR

 

Kicker Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings

1. Stephen Gostowski (NE)
2. Steven Hauschka (SEA)
3. Graham Gano (CAR)
4. Brandon McManus (DEN)
5. Chandler Castanzaro (ARI)
6. Chris Boswell (PITT)
7. Mason Crosby (GB)
8. Cairo Santos (KC)

 

Defense Fantasy Football Playff Rankings

1. Denver Broncos
2. Arizona Cardinals
3. Carolina Panthers
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. New England Patriots
6. Kansas City Chiefs
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Green Bay Packers
Good Luck

Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings Wildcard

Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings Wildcard by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Quarterback Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings Wildcard

1. Ben Roethlisberger ( at CINN)
2. Kirk Cousins (vs GB)
3. Russell Wilson ( at MINN)
4. Aaron Rodgers (at WASH)
5. AJ McCarron (vs PITT)
6. Brian Hoyer (vs KC)
7. Alex Smith (at HOU)
8. Teddy Bridgewater (vs SEA)

Running Back Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings Wildcard

1. A Peterson
2. Charcandrick West
3. Jeremy Hill
4. Fitz Toussaint (PITT)
5. Christian Michael
6. Eddie Lacy
7. Alfred Blue
8. Alfred Morris
9.  Gio Bernard
10. Jonathon Grimes (HOU)
11. Spencer Ware
12. Pierre Thomas (WASH)
13. James Starks
14. Jordan Todman (PITT)
15. Bryce Brown
16. Chris Polk
17. Jerick McKinnon
18. Chris Thompson
19. Fred Jackson
20. Matt Jones-questionable/doubtful
21. Marshawn Lynch-OUT for the Wildcard Weekend
22. DeAngelo Williams-ruled OUT for Wildcard weekend

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings Wildcard

1. Antonio Brown
2. DeAndre Hopkins
3. A J Green
4. Doug Baldwin
5. Jeremy Maclin
6. Randall Cobb
7. DeSean Jackson
8. Tyler Lockett
9. Pierre Garcon
10. Marvin Jones
11. Markus Wheaton
12. Stefon Diggs
13. Martavis Bryant
14. James Jones
15. Nate Washington
16. Davanta Adams
17. Mohamed Sanu
18. Jermaine Kearse
19. James Chowder
20. Albert Wilson
21. Mike Wallace
22. Cecil Shorts
26. Adam Thielen
27. James Wright
28. Jaelen Strong
29. Jason Avant
30. Ryan Grant

Tight End Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings Wildcard

1. Jordan Reed
2. Tyler Eifert
3. Travis Kelce
4. Heath Miller
5. Kyle Rudolph
6. Richard Rodgers
7. Ryan Griffin-questionable
8.  Luke Willson SEA
9. Andrew Quarless
10. Garrett Graham
11. Tyler Kroft CINN
12. MyCole Pruitt MINN
13. Chase Coffman SEA
14. Cooper Helfet SEA
15. Alex Smith WASH

Defense Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings Wildcard

1. Seattle Seahawks ( at MINN)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (at HOU)
3. Pittsburgh Steelers ( at CINN)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (vs PITT)
5. Houston Texans (vs KC)
6. Green Bay Packers (at WASH)
7. Washington (vs GB)
8. Minnesota Vikings (vs SEA)

Kicker Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings Wildcard

1. Steven Hauschka (SEA)
2. Nick Novak (HOU)
3. Dustin Hopkins (WAS)
4. Mike Nugent (CIN)
5. Cairo Santos (KC)
6. Chris Boswell (PIT)
7.Mason Crosby (GB)
8. Blair Walsh (MIN)

Good Luck this week

Fantasy Football Complete Post-Season Rankings

Fantasy Football Complete Post-Season Rankings by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Quarterback Fantasy Football Post-Season Rankings

1. Russell Wilson (SEA)
2. Tom Brady (NE)
3. Carson Palmer (ARI)
4. Cam Newton (CAR)
5. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
6. Aaron Rodgers (GB)
7. Kirk Cousins (WAS)
8. Peyton Manning (DEN)
9. A.J. McCarron (CIN)
10. Brian Hoyer (HOU)
11. Alex Smith (KC)
12. Teddy Bridgewater (MIN)
13. Andy Dalton (CIN)
14. Brock Osweiler (DEN)

 

Running Back Fantasy Football Post-Season Rankings

1. David Johnson (ARI)
2. Adrian Peterson (MIN)
3. Charcandrick West (KC)
4. Jeremy Hill (CIN)
5. James White (NE)
6. Jonathan Stewart (CAR)
7. C.J. Anderson (DEN)
8. Eddie Lacy (GB)
9. Christine Michael (SEA)
10. Steven Jackson (NE)
11. Fitzgerald Toussaint (PITT)
12. Cameron Artis-Payne (CAR)
13. Alfred Morris (WASH)
14. Ronnie Hillman (DEN)
15. Spencer Ware (KC)
16. Alfred Blue (HOU)
17. Giovani Bernard (CIN)
18. Bryce Brown (SEA)
19. Jordan Todman (PITT)
20. James Starks (GB)
21. Matt Jones (WASH)
22. Brandon Bolden (NE)
23. Andre Ellington (ARI)
24. Jerick McKinnon (MIN)
25. Marshawn Lynch (SEA)-
26. DeAngelo Williams (PITT)-OUT for the Wildcard Weekend
27. Jonathan Grimes (HOU)
28. Mike Tolbert (CAR)
29. Chris Polk (HOU)
30. Fred Jackson (SEA)
31. Pierre Thomas (WASH)
32. Chris Thompson (WASH)
33. Fozzy Whittaker (CAR)

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Post-Season Rankings

1. Antonio Brown (PITT)
2. Doug Baldwin (SEA)
3. Demaryius Thomas (DEN)
4. Michael Floyd (ARI)
5. Julian Edelman (NE)
8. A.J. Green (CIN)
6. Randall Cobb (GB)
7. Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)
9. DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)
10. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)
11. John Brown (ARI)
12. DeSean Jackson (WAS)
13. Jeremy Maclin (KC)
14. Tyler Lockett (SEA)
15. Danny Amendola (NE)
16. Markus Wheaton (PITT)
17. Ted Ginn (CAR)
18. Martavis Bryant (PITT)
19. Pierre Garcon (WAS)
20. Brandon LaFell (NE)
21. Marvin Jones (CIN)
22. Devin Funchess (CAR)
23. James Jones (GB)
24. Jermaine Kearse (SEA)
25. Stefon Diggs (MIN)
26. Nate Washington (HOU)
27. Davante Adams (GB)
28. Mohamed Sanu (CIN)
29. Albert Wilson (KC)
30. Philly Brown (CAR)
31. Jamison Crowder (WASH)
32. Cecil Shorts (HOU)
33. Mike Wallace (MIN)
34. Jarius Wright (MIN)
35. J.J. Nelson (ARI)
36. Jordan Norwood (DEN)
37. Jericho Cotchery (CAR)
38. Jason Avant (KC)
39. Jaelen Strong (HOU)
40. Adam Thielen (MINN)

 

Tight End Fantasy Football Post-Season Rankings

1. Rob Gronkowski (NE)
2. Jordan Reed (WASH)
3. Greg Olsen (CAR)
4. Travis Kelce (KC)
5. Tyler Eifert (CIN)
6. Heath Miller (PITT)
7. Owen Daniels (DEN)
8.  Richard Rodgers (GB)
9. Kyle Rudolph (MIN)
10. Cooper Helfet (SEA)
11. Luke Willson (SEA)
12. Scott Chandler (NE)
13. Jermaine Gresham (ARI)
14. Andrew Quarless (GB)
15. Ryan Griffin (HOU)
16. MyCole Pruitt (MINN)
17. Vernon Davis (DEN)
18. Chase Coffman (SEA)
19. Alex Smith (WASH)
20. Garrett Graham (HOU)

 

Kicker Fantasy Football Post-Season Rankings

1. Steven Hauschka (SEA)
2. Stephen Gostowski (NE)
3. Dustin Hopkins (WASH)
4. Mike Nugent (CIN)
5. Cairo Santos (KC)
6. Chris Boswell (PITT)
7. Chandler Castanzaro (ARI)
8. Brandon McManus (DEN)
9. Mason Crosby (GB)
10. Cairo Santos (KC)
11. Blair Walsh (MINN)
12. Nick Novak (HOU)

 

Defense Fantasy Football Post-Season Rankings

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Arizona Cardinals
3. New England Patriots
4. Carolina Panthers
5. Kansas City Chiefs
6. Denver Broncos
7. Cincinnati Bengals
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Houston Texans
10. Washington Redskins
11. Green Bay Packers
12. Minnesota Vikings

Good Luck

Week 17 Sleepers NFL Fantasy Football

Week 17 Sleepers 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Some fantasy football owners are still competing even into Week 17, and I happen to be one of them. If you are as well, you may have been hit with some key injuries to players on your roster. Hopefully the Week 17 Sleepers NFL Fantasy Football options will help owners recover from roster hits if you may have taken from such players as DAL WR Dez Bryant, CHI WR Alshon Jeffrey, or players on teams that may sit starters in meanless Week 17 games –  Good Luck this week

 

Quarterback Sleepers Week 17

DEN Brock Osweiler ( vs SD )-

QB B Osweiler ended his slump of not scoring in the 2nd half  of games Week 16, and has over 300 total yards in his past 3 games. His match up Week 17 is a good one, vs a San Diego team just wanting the season to end

CINN AJ McCarron ( vs BALT )-

Week 16 vs the #1 Denver defense,QB A.J. McCarron completed 22/35 passes for 200 yards and 1 touchdown ( zero INTS). Week 17 he gets a bad Baltimore defense in a game the Bengals need to win to clinch a 1st round bye

BALT Ryan Mallett ( at CINN )-

The match up is brutal, that’s a given, but Mallett will likely throw over 40 times again ( 41 times in Week 16) and if he can avoid throwing any interceptions ( zero INTs in Week 16)…he might surprise some people with a decent day

 

Running Back Sleepers Week 17

IND Frank Gore (vs TENN )-

It could be tough for RB Gore if the quarterback for the Colts is Josh Freeman, but we know he’ll get a ton of carries and in Week 3 at Tennessee, Gore had 94 total yards and 2 TDs. RB Gore made it clear reaching 1,000 rushing yards this season is important to him. Gore knows exactly how many yards he was away (109) and HC Chuck Pagano also seemed interested in getting Gore to the mark

NYG Rashad Jennings (vs PHIL)-

Hey look….the Giants actually have a running game! A “Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 16″-LINK– Jennings is finally getting the bulk of the carries for the Giants- 52 in the past 3 games

JACK Jonas Gray ( at HOU)-

Jaguars OC Greg Olson said the “plan” is to “get a good look” at RB Jonas Gray in the Week 17 finale against the Texans. If this is true, then RB Denard Robinson’s fantasy value takes a hit and Gray could be worth a gamble in very deep leagues

WASH Pierre Thomas (at DAL)-

In week 16, Thomas had a bigger than expected role last week, catching 7 passes for 67 yards. He could be an interesting play Week 17 if Washington rests their starters in the 2nd half, and I think they will

STL Tre Mason (at SF)-

RB Todd Gurley (foot) is wearing a walking boot, and has not practiced the last two days. The Rams added Malcolm Brown off the practice squad, suggesting that RB Gurley possibly won’t play Week 17- Benny Cunningham is also a candidate

CHI Jeremy Langford (at SF)-

RB Matt Forte isn’t 100% and currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s finale vs the Detroit Lions. This could be Forte’s last game in Soldier Field, so we’ll keep a close on eye on active and inactives for this game. Jeremy Langford would become an instant RB1 if Forte were declared inactive

 

Wide Receiver Sleepers Week 17

HOU Nate Washington (vs JACK)-

WR Nate Washington, one of the Texan’s team leaders, caught 3/5 targets for 42 yards and a TD in Week 16. He has been a frequent waiver wire recommendation of Utter-Fantasy this season and has a dream match up Week 17 vs the Jags

NYG Rueban Randle (vs PHIL)-

WR Odell Beckham Jr’s 1 game suspension is over, and OBJ will want to make a statement Week 17. That said, the Eagles will be paying good attention to #13, which may allow WR Rueban Randle to score ( which he has done in 4 of his last 6 games)

CINN Marvin  Jones & M Sanu (vs BALT)-

QB AJ McCarron is now the quarterback for the Bengals following QB Dalton’s hand injury, and McCarron does a better job of incorporating all the Cincinnati weapons than Dalton did. Week 16 Sanu rushed 2 times for 10 yards and 1 TD and caught 3/3 targets for 29 yards

ARI JJ Nelson (vs SEA)-

Although WR Michael Floyd says he’ll play, he was seen with a bad limp on Friday and one has to wonder why risk anything Week 17

Very deep leagues DEN Jordan Norwood (vs SD)-

Back up QBs tend to practice with back up wide receivers, so it makes sense that QB Osweiler would have some kind of rapport with back up WR J Norwood (  6 targets in Week 16)

 

Tight End Sleepers Week 17

DEN Owen Daniels ( vs SD )-

Week 16 turned around for the Broncos late in the game when QB Osweiler decided to look for TE Daniels. Many of the Broncos 1st downs came from the Osweiler/ Daniels’ connection and it also helped open up the play-action and the running game for Denver ( i.e. CJ Anderson 39-yard touchdown run)

NYG Will Tye (vs PHIL)-

A “Recommended Sleeper” Week 14- LINK– and a “Recommended Sleeper Week 15- LINK– TE Tye has 2 TDs in the past 3 games- A disappointment Week 16, but then who wasn’t for the Giants- Philadelphia is also one of the worst teams defending the TE position

DET Eric Ebron (at CHI)-

Not the best option Week 17, but he is almost guaranteed of getting 5 targets Week 17……something that he has gotten in the past 3 games

 

Defense Sleeper Week 17

TENN ( at IND)-

Only 3 days before the finale week of the NFL, and the Colts don’t even know who their starting QB will be. QBs Luck, Hasselbeck and Whitehurst are all OUT. The Titan’s defense is probably licking their chops with the Colts forced to start either Josh “He’s still around?” Freeman and Ryan “Who?” Lindley at quarterback Week 17

WASH (at DAL)-

Even though Washington has nothing to play for with the No. 4 seed locked in, they still have to play Week 17, and I don’t think they will have much trouble taking on DAL QB Kellen Moore and the Dez-less Cowboys

 

Good Luck in your quest for a championship

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 2015

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 17 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start all your Bronco players vs the spiraling San Diego Chargers in Denver ) 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 “opinions” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week

 

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 17

NYJ Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at BUFF )- QB R Fiz is on fire and faces a Buffalo passing defense that is ranked 10th worst in the NFL

ATL Matt Ryan (vs N.O.)–  In Week 16, we saw that QB Matt Ryan still has some fight in him, throwing for over 300 yards and 1 TD vs a very tough Carolina defense. In Week 17, he gets a very easy Saint’s defense

NYG Eli Manning ( vs PHIL ) –Embarrassed in Minnesota Week 16, the Giants play their finale at home vs the 4th worst defense in the NFL, and Eli gets WR Odell Beckham Jr, ( who will likely want to make a big statement before the season ends)

Sleeper Start Em Week 17- DEN Brock Osweiler ( vs SD )- QB B Osweiler ended his slump of not scoring in the 2nd half  of games Week 16, and has over 300 total yards in his past 3 games- Denver clinches AFC West division with: 1. DEN win or tie OR 2. KC loss or tie

Sleeper Start Em Week 17- CINN AJ McCarron ( vs BALT )- Week 16 vs the #1 Denver defense,QB A.J. McCarron completed 22/35 passes for 200 yards and 1 touchdown ( zero INTS). Week 17 he gets a bad Baltimore defense in a game the Bengals need to win to clinch a 1st round bye

Start Em Week 15 No Brainers- QB Blake Bortles (at HOU )…..Tom Brady (at MIA)…..N.O. Drew Brees ( at ATL)

 

Running Backs Start Em Week 17

DAL Darren McFadden (vs WASH )- Having his best season…it seemingly forever…McFadden has now rushed for at least 90 yards in three straight weeks and will want to end 2015 on a very high note

ARI David Johnson ( vs SEA )-Even against the tough run defense of the Seahawks, RB Johnson has been a scoring machine and a must start Week 17

Start Em Week 17 Sleeper- IND Frank Gore (vs TENN )- It could be tough for RB Gore if the quarterback for the Colts is Josh Freeman, but we know he’ll get a ton of carries and in Week 3 at Tennessee, Gore had 94 total yards and 2 TDs. UPDATE: RB Gore made it clear reaching 1,000 rushing yards this season is important to him. Gore knows exactly how many yards he was away (109) and HC Chuck Pagano also seemed interested in getting Gore to the mark

Start Em Week 17 Sleeper NYG Rashad Jennings (vs PHIL)- A “Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 16″-LINK– Jennings is finally getting the bulk of the carries for the Giants- 52 in the past 3 games

Start Em Week 17 NFL No Brainers- N.O. T Hightower ( at ATL )….MINN AP ( at GB)….ATL Devonta Freeman ( vs N.O.)

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 17

Jeremy Maclin ( vs OAK )- Kansas City clinches AFC West division with: 1. KC win + DEN loss…and both games are late games Sunday so both will fight hard to win Week 17

N.O. Brandon Cooks/ Willie Snead- Like the JACK/ HOU game Week 17, this has “shoot out” written all over it. I like all the players in this game, even WR Roddy White for Atlanta as a “Sleeper” (  White nabbed 5/6 targets for 67 yards Week 16)

GB Randall Cobb and James Jones (vs MINN)- Green Bay clinches NFC North division with a win or tie, so expect QB Aaron Rodgers to “air it out” Week 17. The Packers are not going to win this game running RB Eddie Lacy or James “Butter fingers” Starks

Sleepers Start Em Week 17- CINN Marvin  Jones & M Sanu (vs BALT)QB AJ McCarron is now the quarterback for the Bengals following QB Dalton’s hand injury, and McCarron does a better job of incorporating all the Cincinnati weapons than Dalton did. Week 16 Sanu rushed 2 times for 10 yards and 1 TD and caught 3/3 targets for 29 yards

Sleeper Start Em Week 17- HOU Nate Washington (vs JACK)-WR Nate Washington, one of the Texan’s team leaders, caught 3/5 targets for 42 yards and a TD in Week 16. He has been a frequent waiver wire recommendation of Utter-Fantasy this season and has a dream match up Week 17 vs the Jags

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers- Emmanuel Sanders ( vs SD)…..JACK WRs A Robinson & A Hurns ( at HOU)….CINN AJ Green( vs BALT)……SEA Doug Baldwin ( at ARI)

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 17

PHIL Zach Ertz (at NYG)-A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15 and Week 16- LINKand a Recommendation again this week. Ertz has a whopping 30 targets in the past 2 weeks!!!- Amazingly only owned in 58% of Yahoo leagues

HI Zach Miller (vs DET)- A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15- LINK–  Injuries to the Bears entire receiving corps (WR Alshon Jeffrey placed on IR) puts TE Miller’s fantasy football value high, and in Week 16 he had 8 targets from QB Jay Cutler ( 6 targets in Week 15)

Sleeper DEN Owen Daniels ( vs SD )- Week 16 turned around for the Broncos late in the game when QB Osweiler decided to look for TE Daniels. Many of the Broncos 1st downs came from the Osweiler/ Daniels’ connection and it also helped open up the play-action and the running game for Denver ( i.e. CJ Anderson 39-yard touchdown run)

Caution starting WASH Jordan Reed (vs BUFF)-  A “Recommended Start Week 14- LINK and he paid off with 3 TD receptions in the past 2 games. TE Reed is a must start with Kirk Cousins as quarterback, however, HC Gruden has hinted at sitting starters in a meanless Week 17 game

Here’s a great link for rankings of NFL Teams vs the TE positionLINK

 

Defense Start Em Week 17

PITT ( at CLEV)- The Brown’s have yet another party video this past week to go with idiot Manziel’s embarrassing growing collection, but they don’t have to publicly sit him Week 17. He apparently is in concussion protocol, so that is that- CLEV QB Austin Davis will start. Cleveland was already a bad team, so the Steeler defense should have a field day vs the back-up, back-up CLEV QB & company

NE ( at MIA)- Miami is not playing very good, MIA QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) is “day to day,” and the Pats were embarrassed by the Jets Week 16

TENN ( at IND)- The Titan’s defense is probably licking their chops with the Colts forced to start either Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley at quarterback Week 17

Start Em Sleeper WASH (at DAL)– Even though Washington has nothing to play for with the No. 4 seed locked in, they still have to play Week 17, and I don’t think they will have much trouble taking on DAL QB Kellen Moore and the Dez-less Cowboys

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers- PITT Defense vs CLEV….ST L Defense at SF

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 17

DAL Kellen Moore (vs WASH)- Although QB Kellen Moore faired pretty well Week 15, replacing QB Matt Cassel vs the Jets Week 15, Buffalo will come prepared and I do not like any of the Cowboys players Week 16…except perhaps Dez

KC Alex Smith ( vs OAK )– Even in mouth-watering match ups, QB A Smith disappoints any fantasy football owners who make the mistake of starting this QB. The guy who I have named “Deacon Dunk” is averaging only 162 yards in every game in the past 4 weeks

MINN Teddy Bridgewater ( at GB)- Bridgewater could not have asked for a better match up Week 16 vs the #32 worst NYG defense. Although the Vikings won the game, Bridgewater did not help fantasy football owners win any championships with only 168 passing yards. He cannot be trusted to put up good stats vs the Packers in Green Bay

WASH Kirk Cousins ( at DAL)- WASH HC Jay Gruden hinted his starters could be active but play limited snaps Week 17 against the Cowboys

Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers-DAL Kellen Moore ( vs WASH )…….CLEV Austin Davis (vs PITT)

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 17

MIA Lamar Miller ( vs NE )- Playing behind a decimated O-Line, Miller is now splitting carries with RB Jay Ajayi, and the team seems to have thrown in the towel weeks ago. Miller has just 45 rushing yards in the past 2 weeks

NYJ Chris Ivory (at BUFF)-  A “Recommended Sit Week 16″ -LINK- and hopefully fantasy football owners paid attention (only 38 rushing yards week 16) RB Ivory’s numbers have dropped drastically ever since the Jets started involving RB Bilal Powell more in the offense. The Jet’s are #1  defending the run

WASH Alfred Morris ( at DAL)- RB Morris is so undependable, even in great match ups and HC Gruden has hinted at sitting starters

Alfred Blue ( vs JACK)- Despite getting 35 carries in the past 2 weeks, Blue doesn’t have good fantasy football stats in those games and only rushed for 45 yards Week 16. Hopefully you have better options than Blue Week 17 vs the Jags

Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers- SF DuJuan Harris (vs STL)….Donald Brown ( vs DEN)

 

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 17

IND TY Hilton ( vs TENN)- The Colts don’t even know who their starting quarterback is going to be! It could be Josh “He’s still around?” Freeman or Ryan “Who?” Lindley. Oh. and the Titans are 8th best vs the pass

BALT Kamar Aiken (vs CINN )- Even though he’s been one of the hottest wide receivers over the past 3 weeks, I do not like him Week 17 vs one of the best defeneses in the NFL, and against the Bengals who need this win to clinch a 1st round bye

OAK Amari Cooper ( at KC)- If WR A Cooper were healthy, He’d be in the “Start Em’ section, but he clearly isn’t, spending more time on the sideline Week 16, than the field, battling a foot injury

Sit Em No Brainers Week 17- SF WRs Torrey Smith ( s STL )…..ALL STL WRs not named Tavon Austin…..ALL SD WRs ( vs DEN)

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 17

IND Coby Fleener (vs TENN)- Since we don’t even now who the starting quarterback for will be Week 17, the only player the Colts I’d even consider starting is RB Frank Gore

SD Antonio Gates (at DEN)- In the ” What have you done for me lately department” the answer is “not much” for TE Gates. No touchdowns since Week 12 and only 11 receiving yards in Week 16. The Chargers are another team aching to have this season end

NYG Will Tye (vs PHIL)- I think the Giants will make a big effort to get WR Odell Beckham Jr the ball in Week 17 and the Eagles are one of the best teams vs the TE position

Sit Em No Brainer Week 17 MIA Jordan Cameron ( vs NE)- Jordan Cameron is one of the biggest fantasy football busts in 2015

 

Defense Sit Em Week 17

OAK Defense ( at KC )– The Chief’s offense is so ultra conservative that few defenses have done much against them, so find a better match up week 17

MIA Defense (vs NE)- The Dolphins just want the season over, and the Pat’s were embarrassed Week 16 by the Jets. Miami won’t slow New Endgand down Week 17

SD Defense ( at DEN)- QB Osweiler ended his 2 game skid at not being score in the the game’s 2nd half, and Denver won’t have to do a lot to win this game

Sit Em Defense Week 17 No Brainers- NYG ( vs PHIL)…..N.O. (vs ATL)….CLEV ( vs PITT)

Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings

Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings 2015 By Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Quarterback Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings

1. Ben Roethlisberger
2. Drew Brees
3. Tom Brady
4. Blake Bortles
5. Matt Stafford
6. Cam Newton
7. Ryan Fitzpatrick
8. Aaron Rodgers
9.  Matt Ryan
10. Russell Wilson
11. Carson Palmer
12. Sam Bradford
13. Derek Carr
14. Kirk Cousins
15. Eli Manning
16. Philip Rivers
17. Jay Cutler
18. Tyrod Taylor
19. Jameis Winston
20. Teddy Bridgewater
21. AJ McCarron
22. Brock Osweiler
23. Ryan Tannehill
24. Brian Hoyer-questionable
25. Alex Smith

 

Running Back Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings

1. DeAngelo Williams
2. A Peterson
3. Devonta Freeman
4. Tim Hightower
5. Matt Forte
6. Todd Gurley-Doubtful Week 17
7.  Doug Martin
8.  Latavius Murray
9.  Frank Gore
10. Charcandrick West
11. David Johnson
12. Karlos Williams
13. Darren McFadden
14. James White
15. Jeremy Hill
16. Rashad Jennings
17. Ronnie Hillman
18. Eddie Lacy
19. Javorius Allen
20. Alfred Blue
21. Cameron Artis-Payne
22. Lamar Miller
23. Tre Mason-likely starter w/ RB Gurley doubtful
24. CJ Anderson
25. Chris Ivory
26. Ameer Abdullah
27. Bilal Powell NYJ
28. Isaiah Crowell
29. Mike Gillislee
30. Jeremy Langford
31. Charlie Sims
32. Ryan Matthews
33. DeMarco Murray
34. Pierre Thomas WASH
35. Christian Michael
36. Shane Vereen
37. Danny Woodhead
38. Darren Sproles
39. Donald Brown
40. Gio Bernard
41. Denard Robinson
42. Joique Bell
43. Jay Ajayi
44. Jonas Gray
45. Antonio Andrews
46. Chris Polk
47. Brandon Bolden
48. Benny Cunningham
49. James Starks
50. Spencer Ware
51. Jerick McKinnon
52. Chris Thompson
53. Alfred Morris
54. Matt Jones
55. Bryce Brown SEA

 

Wide Receiver Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings

1. Julio Jones
2. Antonio Brown
3. Odell Beckham Jr
4. DeAndre Hopkins
5. Brandon Marshall
6. Allen Robinson
7. Brandin Cooks
8. Demaryius Thomas
9. A J Green
10. Doug Baldwin
11. Jeremy Maclin
12. Allen Hurns
13. Emmanuel Sanders
14. Sammy Watkins
15. Michael Floyd
16. Eric Decker
17. Calvin Johnson
18. Tavon Austin
19. Mike Evans
20. Jarvis Landry
21. Kamar Aiken
22. Jordan Matthews
23. Amari Cooper
24. Golden Tate
25. TY Hilton
26. Corey Brown
27. Randall Cobb
28. Tyler Lockett
29. Michael Crabtree
30. Devante Parker
31. DeSean Jackson
32. Larry Fitzgerald
33. Willie Snead
34. Martavis Bryant
35. Rueban Randle
36. Stefon Diggs
37. John Brown
38. Travis Benjamin
39. Marvin Jones
40. Marques Colston
41. Devin Funchess
42. Nate Washington
43. Julian Edleman- (questionable)
44. Pierre Garcon
45. Jermaine Kearse
46. Dontrelle Inman
47. Danny Amendola- (questionable)
48. Ted Ginn Jr-Doubtful
49. Dorial Green-Beckham
50. Eddie Royal
51. Chris Hogan
52. Malcolm Floyd
53. Dwayne Harris
54. Brandon LaFell
55. Alshon Jeffrey-questionable
56. James Jones
57. Davante Adams
57. Donte Moncrief
58. JJ Nelson
59. Terrance Williams
60. Keshawn Martin

 

Tight End Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings

1. GRONK
2. Jordan Reed
3. Zach Ertz
4. Travis Kelce
5. Greg Olsen
6. Gary Barnidge
7. Zach Miller CHI
8.  Julius Thomas
9. Delanie Walker
10. Ben Watson
11. Will Tye
12. Antonio Gates
13. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
14. Eric Ebron
15. Owen Daniels
16. Richard Rodgers
17. Jacob Tamme
18. Heath Miller
19. Kyle Rudolph
20. Brent Celek
21. Vance McDonald
22. Jason Witten
23. Tyler Kroft
24. Ryan Griffin
25. Luke Willson
26. Crockett Gillmore
27. Jared Cook
28. Coby Fleener
29. Jordan Cameron
30. Ladarius Green

 

Defense Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings

1. Denver Broncos (vs SD)
2. Carolina Panthers (vs TB )
3. Cincinnati Bengals (vs BALT)
4. New England Patriots (at MIA)
5. Houston Texans (vs JACK )
6. Pittsburgh Steelers ( at CLEV)
7. St L Rams (at SF)
8. Kansas City ( vs OAK)
9. Seattle ( at ARI)
10. Buffalo (vs NYJ)
11. Arizona Cardinals (vs SEA)
12. Washington ( at DAL)
13. New York Jets (at BUFF)
14. Detroit Lions ( at CHI )
15. Philadelphia Eagles ( at NYG)
16. Indianapolis Colts ( at NO)
17. New York Giants ( vs PHIL)
18. Chicago Bears ( vs DET)
19. Green Bay Packers (vs MINN)
20. Oakland Raiders (at KC)
21.  Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
22. Atlanta Falcons ( at NO)
23. Dallas Cowboys (at WASH)
24. Baltimore Ravens (at CINN)
25. San Francisco 49ers ( vs STL)

Good Luck this week

NFL Waiver Wire Week 17

NFL Waiver Wire Week 17 2015 By Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

For some, all of their hard work and diligence ended Week 15 & Week 16, either in a glorious victory or a devastating defeat. However, not every fantasy football league has their playoffs end this early, and in a couple leagues that I participate in, even go through Week 17, which is fun. For all of you fantasy football owners still battling, here are some NFL Waiver Wire Week 17 suggestions, although not a lot of great options, that might improve your current team. UPDATE: My original “Week 17 Waiver Wire” had SEA RB Marshawn Lynch as my top pick up following HC Pete Carroll’s positive comments- but Lynch has since been ruled OUT for Week 17, so I will leave it up to you to decide who is the top waiver wire Week 17 :)  Good Luck this week

 

Quarterbacks Waiver Wire Week 17

ATL Matt Ryan ( vs N.O. )- In Week 16, we saw that QB Matt Ryan still has some fight in him, throwing for over 300 yards and 1 TD vs a very tough Carolina defense. In Week 17 he gets a very easy Saint’s defense. Only owned in 83% of Yahoo leagues

BALT Ryan Mallett ( at CINN)- QB Mallett shocked the Steelers Week 16, beating them with 274 passing yards and 1 TD, and hurting the Steelers chances of the playoffs. His match up Week 17 is brutal however vs an angry Bengal team smarting from their week 16 loss to Denver

CINN AJ McCarron ( vs BALT )- Week 16 vs the #1 Denver defense,QB A.J. McCarron completed 22/35 passes for 200 yards and 1 touchdown ( zero INTS). Week 17 he gets a bad Baltimore defense in a game the Bengals need to win to secure to clinch a 1st round bye

HOU Brian Hoyer ( vs JACK )- This is a wait-and-see situation, but QB Hoyer is in the final stages of his concussion protocol and HC O’Brien also made it clear Monday that Hoyer will start against the Jaguars if he gets medical clearance- Tasty match up Week 17 vs the Jags, who gave up over 400 yards and  3 TDs to NO QB D Brees Week 16

 

Running Backs Waiver Wire Week 17

BUFF Mike Gillislee ( vs NYJ )- Gillislee is getting almost an even timeshare with RB Karlos Williams ( following RB L McCoy’s season ending injury) …… 9 carries for 93 yards and a TD Week 16

SF DuJuan Harris ( vs STL )- Following RB Shaun Draughn’s season ending injury, the 49res had a RBBC approach Week 16, with RBs Harris, Hayne and Gaskins all getting carries, but Harris emerged with the hottest hand (11/73 yards) and he’s probably the one to get Week 17, albeit a tough match up vs the Rams

WASH Pierre Thomas ( at DAL)- RB Thomas caught 7/8 targets in the division-clincher for Washington, finishing with 89 scrimmage yards. He is now the clear 3rd down back for Washington going into Week 17. PPR owners would get Thomas with a road game against Dallas in Week 17 and he could be an interesting play Week 17 if Washington rests their starters in the 2nd half, and I think they will

MINN Jerick McKinnon ( at GB )- A Recommendation Week 16- LINKDespite putting up great stats Week 16, RB McKinnon is still simply a back up to AP and fantasy football owners cannot count on another blowout where McKinnon comes in for mop up duty. That said, the waiver wire options for Week 17 are very limited

“Sleeper” JACK Jonas Grey ( at HOU)- Jaguars OC Greg Olson said the “plan” is to “get a good look” at RB Jonas Gray in the Week 17 finale

Keep an eye on- CAR Jonathon Stewart- HC Ron Rivera said Stewart “might be” ready for Week 17, and Utter-Fantasy doubts that he suits up Week 17- UPDATE: Jonathan Stewart (foot) has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Bucs

 

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Week 17

HOU Nate Washington ( vs JACK )- WR Nate Washington, one of the Texan’s team leaders, caught 3/5 targets for 42 yards and a TD in Week 16. He has been a frequent waiver wire recommendation of Utter-Fantasy this season and has a dream match up Week 17 vs the Jags

SEA Jermaine Kearse ( at ARI)- All of the 3 wide receivers for Seattle have seen their production soar in the past 3 weeks, as the Seahawks move from a hard-nose running team, to a team that moves offensively thru QB Russell Wilson. WR Kearse has 222 yards and 1 TD over the past 3 weeks

CINN  Marvin Jones/ Mohamed Sanu ( vs BALT)- QB AJ McCarron is now the quarterback for the Bengals following QB Dalton’s hand injury, and McCarron does a better job of incorporating all the Cincinnati weapons than Dalton did. Week 16 Sanu rushed 2 times for 10 yards and 1 TD and caught 3/3 targets for 29 yards

Deep League Wide Receiver considerations-

ATL Roddy White ( vs NO)- 5/6 targets for 67 yards in Week 16 

CAR Corey Brown/D Funchess ( vs TB )- WR Ted Ginn Jr injured his knee in a collision with teammate Cameron Artis-Payne in the first half but only missed a few plays

Terrance Williams/ Brice Butler ( vs WASH) will start on the outside if WR Dez Bryant remains sidelined

Desperate call- SD Stevie Johnson ( at DEN) – Likely ready to play, but a bad match up vs Denver’s #1 DEF

 

Tight Ends Waiver Wire Week 17

PHIL Zach Ertz (at NYG)-A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15 and Week 16- LINKand a Recommendation again this week. Ertz has a whopping 30 targets in the past 2 weeks!!!- only owned in 58% of Yahoo leagues

CHI Zach Miller (vs DET)- A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15- LINK–  Injuries to the Bears entire receiving corps (WR Alshon Jeffrey placed on IR) puts TE Miller’s fantasy football value high, and in Week 16 he had 8 targets from QB Jay Cutler ( 6 targets in Week 15)

NYG Will Tye- ( vs PHIL)- The Giants had just a miserable game Week 16 in Minnesota, in very cold conditions. This week they are back home vs a porous Philly defense