NFL Waiver Wire Week 2

 

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

In two weeks begins the NFL team Bye Weeks. With many players off in the coming weeks, it will be important to your fantasy football teams to find players on the NFL Waiver Wire Week 2 and in other weeks, particularly quarterbacks, to stay competitive in your fantasy football leagues.

Quarterbacks Waiver Wire Week 2

 

ST L Nick Foles- If he stays healthy, he will out-perform at least 33% of the current starting NFL QBs- only owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues

KC Alex Smith was the #19 overall QB in 2014 despite not throwing a single TD pass to a WR ( and something he still hasn’t done) but he has more weapons this year- only owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues

other deep league candidates- BUFF Tyrod Taylor- NYJ Ryan Fitzpatrick

Running Backs Waiver Wire Week 2

 

DEN R Hillman- RB C.J. Anderson may have suffered a sprained toe in the Broncos’ Week 1 win over the Ravens and is being evaluated. Hillman should be owned regardless

SD Danny Woodhead- Still showcased in a big way in SD’s offense

ARI Chris Johnson- HC Arians said Chris Johnson would be Arizona’s “lead dog” if Andre Ellington (PCL) is forced to miss any time

BUFF Karlos Williams- It’s looking less and less likely that RB L McCoy can handle a large load Week 2, if he plays at all (hamstring) -K Williams was the leading rusher in BUFF’s Week 1 win over the Colts, carrying 6 times for 55 yards and a TD

PITT DeAngelo Williams- Week 2 starter due to LeV Bell’s suspension

ST L Benny Cunningham- Not a long term solution to any roster- but while L Bell is out, or if you had Ellington- 122 total yards Week 1-  RB Tre Mason’s status for week 2 still in doubt

NE Dion Lewis- RB L Blount is back from suspension, but Lewis should see plenty of action on 3rd downs

other deep league candidates- BUFF Karlos Williams

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Week 2

 

GB James Jones- We could have guessed that QB A Rodgers would feel comfortable with WR Jones immediately. Jones is our NFL Waiver Wire Week 2 top wide receiver to pick up

DAL- WRs C Beasley and D Street get thrusted into the starting line-up with the unfortunate injury to Dez B. I like Beasley over Street

CAR J Cotchery- Not the most glamorous name on waivers, but he is going to get targets-receptions and TDs in Carolina

IND D Moncrief- WR TY Hilton has a knee bruise and WR Andre Johnson struggled Week 1- WR  Donte Moncrief caught 6-of-11 targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in Indy’s Week 1 loss to the Bills

SD- Stevie Johnson- I always say…”I’ll believe it when I see it”- Well I saw QB Rivers favor Stevie Johnson over Malcolm Floyd, at least in Week 1

N.O. Brandon Coleman- 6’6″ Coleman secured 4-of-7 targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s Week 1 loss to Arizona-Coleman played in all three-receiver sets alongside Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston

WASH Andre Roberts- WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring ) is out 3-4 weeks

other deep league candidates- DEN WR Norwood- BUFF P Harvin

Tight Ends Waiver Wire Week 2

SD Ladarius Green- Owners have been waiting for QB Rivers to involve Green in the offense- Ladarius Green caught 5-of-6 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown Week 1 against the Lions

CINN Tyler Eifert- Granted, he won’t be facing OAK every week, but 9 grabs for 104 yards and 2 TDs is a lot-  owned in 86% of Yahoo leagues

DAL G Escobar- A TD catch in Week 1 and Dez is out 4-6 Weeks

ARI D Fells- I am not so confident about Fells, because WR Michael Floyd (hand) played just nine snaps Week 1

TB Austin Seferain-Jenkins- Before you start thinking that ASJ is the next Jimmy Graham- know that 84 of his 110 yards (and 1 TD) came in the 4th qtr when TENN had the game won

Fantasy Football Panic or Dont Panic

 

Fantasy Football Panic or Dont Panic by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

It’s only Week 1 so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players by Week 3- until then….

PANIC!

QBs

DEN QB Peyton Manning- I had a fantasy draft back in July ( A league we call the Summer League) and if I had seen Manning in preseason thru a crystal ball, I would not have drafted him- It pains me but he looks bad- Manning’s longest pass completion Week 1 was 18 yards

CAR Cam Newton- 18/31 for 175 yards and 1 TD- 1 INT- I don’t think he’ll recover from losing WR Kelvin Benjamin

BALT Joe Flacco- 18/32 for 117 yards and no TDs- He’ll only get better ( maybe) when WR B Perriman can get into the line up- He simply has no weapons except WR Steve Smith ( who will be run down by Week 7)

TB Jameis Winston- I’ve been warning fantasy owners about Winston since April

RBs

DET Joique Bell- The second Ameer Abdullah was selected in the draft, I knew Bell’s fantasy value was hurt, but I didn’t think it would be this bad

TB Doug Martin-One good preseason game and he’s resurrected- I didn’t buy it, and I won’t…not with a rookie QB ( esp Winston)

JACK T J Yeldon- 4.2 average Week 1 isn’t horrible, but I don’t see him getting into the end zone often- It’s also difficult for any JACK RB because the Jags are usually trailing-I’d be panicking if I drafted him

CAR Jonathon Stewart- He played in the final 10 games of 2015, and suddenly this guy is the Iron Man of the NFL?!? He only had 809 yards and 3 TDs in 2014. RB DeAngelo William’s departure doesn’t automatically make this RB great or durable.

OAK Latavius Murray- One game ( 11 for 44 yards ) I wouldn’t be panicking except, with QB D Carr’s current hand injury…yes…I am kinda panicking

WRs

CAR Devin Funchess- Caught 1-of-2 targets for 9 yards Week 1 against the Jaguars. Funchess’ missed target was a drop. playing #4 WR behind the likes of Corey Brown, Ted Ginn and Jericho Cotchery….I am ready to panic

SF Torrey Smith- During the preseason, I watched QB Colin Kaep ignore T Smith for most of the half they played together, and when he did look his way…it was usually a deep pass that missed badly. I thought T Smith would be nice value in Round 8-9ish….but it’s looking like a wasted one-

SD- Malcolm Floyd- I always say…”I’ll believe it when I see it”- Well I saw QB Rivers favor Stevie Johnson over Malcolm Floyd, at least in Week 1

TB Mike Evans- The fact that he’s not healthy is a double bad whammy- but #1 whammy is how bad his QB is ( Winston) and the how little they have played together

DEN Demaryius Thomas- As goes Peyton, so goes Demaryius- I’d would consider shopping this guy for a #1 RB, before other owners figure out how bad a season this could be for Denver- not quite panic but very close

NYG Odell Beckham- For whatever reason, it usually takes QB Eli Manning 6 weeks to get going- unfortunately fantasy owners have to be panicky for the next 5 weeks- another not quite panic but very close

TEs

BALT Maxx Williams- The #1 TE drafted in April, I really thought QB Flacco would like him and make Williams a huge part of the BALT offense- Not the case at all

 

DON’T PANIC!

QBs

IND Andrew Luck- You didn’t draft QB Luck to be the #11 overall QB ( Week 1 )- It will be better- the BUFF defense is going to make a lot of QBs look bad
SEA Russell Wilson- You didn’t draft QB Wilson to be the #9 overall QB ( Week 1 )- It will be better- the ST L defense is going to make a lot of QBs look bad

MIA Ryan Tannehill- I am not a fan of Tannehill, but he is consistent and even I expected more from him than 22/34 for 226 and 1 TD, especially against a porous WASH defense- He has JACK next week, but another away game ( then BUFF at home)- A LOT better schedule after Week 3

RBs

BUFF L McCoy- He needs to get healthy- LeSean McCoy (hamstring) said he is not “100 percent,” but he is “good enough to go out there and compete- His schedule gets easier so I am not panicking yet

MIA Lamar Miller- ( 13 carries for 53 yards) He had better games in the preseason in only a couple quarters played- This was just a bad game all around for the Dolphins

IND Frank Gore- 8 carries for 31 yards. The Colts know they didn’t use Gore enough. They are looking at tape from that game and saying “Never again!”

MINN  AP- For the record, AP has been a player that I had serious doubts would come out blazing – ARTICLE PEEK AT MOCK DRAFT–  that being said, he’s too talented not to get it going. He should be in top form by Week 3

WRs

GB Davante Adams- Only 4 catches for 59 yards. I saw WR Adams open many times in Week 1 vs Chicago, and QB A Rodgers will see how many times he should have looked his way- I’m not worried at all

N.O.Brandon Cooks- Facing a good defense like the Arizona Cardinals, 4 for 49 yards was not surprising. The Cards took Cooks out of the game. I am not worried going forward

KC Jeremy Maclin- TE T Kelce just had a his day, so don’t panic. Maclin is going to have bad weeks because of QB Alex Smith, but he’ll have good ones mixed in IF you can be patient

DET Calvin Johnson- Zero preseason snaps…the man is going to be slow getting into the swing of a full game. I’m not worried at all ( I am also not worries about Golden Tate- The Lions did plenty wrong in this game, but Tate will have huge games ahead)

TEs

IND D Allen- 3 catches for only 17 yards ( but he did have a TD, but not until the 4th qtr) The Colts didn’t use RB Gore enough, and the Colts didn’t use TE Allen enough and they lost- They will fix this

Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings 2015 By Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Quarterback Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

 

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Andrew Luck
3. Tony Romo
4. Peyton Manning
5. Matt Ryan
6. Tom Brady
7. Ben Roethlisberger
8. Drew Brees
9. Ryan Tannehill
10. Philip Rivers
11. Sam Bradford
12. Cam Newton
13. Matthew Stafford
14. Carson Palmer
15. Cam Newton

Running Back Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

 

1. Eddie Lacy
2. Jamaal Charles
3. Jeremy Hill
4. Lamar Miller
5. Adrian Peterson
6. Matt Forte
7. C J Anderson
8. Marshawn Lynch
9. DeMarco Murray
10. Mark Ingram
11. Chris Ivory
12. Justin Forsett
13. Jonathon Stewart
14. Frank Gore
15. Andre Ellington

Wide Receiver Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

 

1. Julio Jones
2. Dez Bryant
3. Antonio Brown
4. Calvin Johnson
5. A J Green
6. Randall Cobb- P
7. DeMaryius Thomas
8. Odell Beckham Jr
9. Jordan Matthews
10. Jarvis Landry
11. Brandon Cooks
12. T Y Hilton
13. DeAndre Hopkins
14. Amari Cooper
15. Devante Adams

Tight End Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

 

1. Gronk
2. Greg Olsen
3. Martellus Bennett
4. Jason Witten
5. Jimmy Graham
6. Jordan Cameron
7. Travis Kelce
8. Heath Miller
9. Delanie Walker
10. Benjamin Watson
11. Tyler Eifert
12. Dwayne Allen
13. Kyle Rudolph
14. Charles Clay
15. Richard Rodgers

Defense Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

 

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Miami Dolphins
3. Cincinnati Bengals
4. New York Jets
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Indianapolis Colts
7. Tennessee Titans
8. Kansas City Chiefs
9. Tampa Bay Bucs
10. Minnesota Vikings
11. Carolina Panthers
12. Houston Texans
13. Baltimore Ravens
14. Dallas Cowboys
15. Arizona Cardinals

Start Em Sit Em Week 1

Start Em Sit Em 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 owners should start WR Julio Jones this week at home vs Philadelphia  ) 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!

Quarter Backs
Start ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger (at NE ) – With RB LeVeon Bell on suspension, I doubt Pittsburgh will rely on a running game with DeAngelo Williams-  Big Ben will throw plenty in this one

Carson Palmer (vs N.O.) – The Saints defense looks like a team all beat up after playing for 15 weeks-  They haven’t played one yet and are in bad shape- Carson should pick them apart

Teddy Bridgewater (at SF ) – SF defense is in rebuilding mode, and DT Darnell Dockett was suppose to be part of that rebuilding but he was released- SF will #1 try to stop the run, so QB Bridgewater will get the passing game going and he has weapons

Running Backs
Start ‘Em

Chris Ivory (vs Cleveland) – All preseason new HC Todd Bowles was committed to the running game and committed to RB Ivory

Mark Ingram (at Arizona) – Despite losing defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to the Jets, Arizona is still formidable. Ingram however has been huge part of the passing game all preseason, so he will get 20 plus touches and satisfy fantasy owners against a stingy defense

Danny Woodhead (vs Detroit) –Although I like rookie RB Melvin Gordon this year, I do not think in Week One vs DET that he is going to be able to run it down their throats. An elusive Woodhead however might be able to get a bunch of yards slipping thru holes and catching screen passes- he’s been featured a lot throughout the preseason- good esp. in PPR

Dion Lewis (vs Pitt) – PPR leagues….with RB LeGarrett Blount out on a one week suspension, the Pats should use RB D Lewis a lot in the old “Shane Vereen” role ( Remember however- this is HC Bill Belichick and when it comes to RBs, he loves to stick to fantasy owners- This recommendation is for deep leagues)

Wide Receivers
Start ‘Em

John Brown (vs N.O.) – Saints defense stinks- esp after losing CJ Williams- K Lewis Out-A Spencer Out-Byrd-Browner hurt

Terrance Williams (vs NY Giants ) – When the Cowboys held Dez Bryant out of Dallas’ final two preseason games, cautious with his hamstring recovery, Williams shined- we don’t know how wealthy Dez is yet, so expect a big role from Williams Week 1

Markus Wheaton (vs New England) – WR Martavis Bryant is on suspension for 4 weeks, leaving the #2 WR all up to Wheaton- Roeth has been talking Wheaton up all preseason

Andre Johnson (at Buffalo) – Andre is SO happy to be a Colt and fantasy owners will be SO happy they drafted Andre

Amari Copper (vs Cincinnati) – I like Cooper in this game for simply the amount of targets I think he’ll get

Leaonard Hankerson (vs Philly) – WR Roddy White sat out the whole preseason with an elbow injury that he even had surgery on it- Hankerson will likely be the #2 WR in this game

Tight Ends
Start ‘Em

Jordan Cameron (at Washington ) – I didn’t like JACK spending all that money for TE Julius Thomas, but did like the Dolphins signing of Cameron- An exceptional athlete that could have a big day against a team that was vulnerable to TEs last year

Delanie Walker ( at Tampa Bay)- Rookie QB Marcus Mariota will need TE Walker as a safety valve all day- he’ll get receptions, but perhaps none in the end zone

Defense
Start ‘Em

Tennessee (at Tampa Bay ) – Even though they’ll have one on their side, the TENN defense will be chopping to bear down on a rookie QB

Kansas City (at Houston) – Hoyer is going to play better than most think, but in his first week, he’s going to make a few mistakes which the Chiefs will capitalize on

Indianapolis (at Buffalo) – The Colts offensive machine will rack up points, Buffalo will fall behind early and QB Tyrod Taylor will be forced to throw more than they want him to- with RB McCoy banged up, this could get ugly

 

Quarter Backs
Sit ‘Em

Kirk Cousins (vs Miami) – He’s the best QB on their roster, but such little time with the starters and the Miami defense fresh, and ready…. I don’t see a big day for Cousins Week 1

Eli Manning (at Dallas) – Eli has simply looked awful this preseason. Maybe he has a good game, but until I see one, I am starting my other QB

Colin Kaerpernick (vs Minnesota) – Exactly what I just wrote about Eli Manning- Kaep has simply looked awful this preseason. Maybe he has a good game, but until I see one, I am starting my other QB

Running Backs
Sit ‘Em

Alfred Morris (vs Miami ) – Although I like the hiring of Bill Callahan (the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator in 2014 who helped make DeMarco Murray the #1 RB that year)- Miami and N Suh will force new starting QB K Cousins to beat them thru the air

I Crowell (at NYJ) – I don’t like that Crowell is playing at the Jets and don’t like the Brown’s HC Pettine, because I seriously doubt he ever let’s any RB on the roster get 20 touches- He’ll rotate in backs all day, diluting all their value

Bishop Sankey (at Tampa Bay) – The Titans traded for RB Terrance West ( Cleveland ) but West likely won’t be active Week One- In the meantime, we have to watch Sankey do what he always does…..11 carries for 38 yards

Alfred Blue (vs Kansas City) – HC Bill O’Brien has been upset with this running game since training camp. RB Blue is the starter so he’ll get touches, but I would want other options this week

Wide Receivers
Sit ‘Em

Mike Evans (vs Tennessee ) – Crazy I know, sitting a talent like Mike Evans, but Evans (hamstring) was held out of Bucs practice on Monday and he’s had no time to work with a rookie QB

Torrey Smith (vs Minnesota) – WR Smith is only going to put big numbers for fantasy owners…if he can get deep and QB Kaep can get the ball to him- So far this preseason Kaep has missed badly every time. I’ll believe it when I see it

Emmanuel Sanders (vs Baltimore ) – Sanders hasn’t been in any preseason game, so if you think he can come in Week One and pick up exactly where he was last year, then start him. I’m going wait a week…at least

Tight Ends
Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook (vs Seattle) – I have no idea who Foles likes to throw to yet, and Rams TEs always disappoint until one fluke week where one goes crazy- 80 yards and 2 TDs- then become waiver wire favorites, then don’t touch the ball for 4-5 games

Ladarius Green ( vs Detroit)- I have never seen the same chemistry between Ladarius Green and QB Rivers….as QB Rivers has with TE Antonio Gates- It’s always going to happen, but never does- I’m looking else where

Defense
Sit ‘Em

Saints Defense (vs Arizona) – Too beat up to be considered

Washington ( vs Miami)- Last season Washington ranked 29th in defense, and was one of only 3 NFL teams “not” to score a defensive TD in any 2014 game- I don’t think they have gotten a lot better and I don’t think they will slow down Miami

Utter-Fantasy PPR Rankings

Utter-Fantasy PPR Rankings by Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

1. Le’Veon Bell, RB     PIT
2. Antonio Brown, WR    PIT
3. Matt Forte, RB     CHI
4.Odell Beckham Jr.,  WR  NYG
5. Demaryius Thomas, WR  DEN
6. Dez Bryant, WR    DAL
7. Julio Jones, WR    ATL
8. Jamaal Charles, RB    KC
9. Calvin Johnson, WR    DET
10. Eddie Lacy, RB     GB
11. Marshawn Lynch, RB      SEA
12. Rob Gronkowski, TE    NE
13. Adrian Peterson, RB    MIN
14. Randall Cobb, WR    GB
15. Mark Ingram, RB    NO
16. A.J. Green, WR     CIN
17. LeSean McCoy, RB    BUF
18. Jeremy Hill, RB     CIN
19. C.J. Anderson, RB    DEN
20. Alshon Jeffery, WR    CHI
21. Brandin Cooks, WR    NO
22. Emmanuel Sanders, WR  DEN
23. Carlos Hyde, RB  SF
24. Justin Forsett, RB  BAL
25. T.Y. Hilton, WR    IND
26. Mike Evans, WR  TB
27. DeAndre Hopkins, WR  HOU
28. Amari Cooper, WR    OAK
29. Lamar Miller, RB  MIA
30. DeMarco Murray, RB    PHI
31. Andre Ellington, RB    ARI
32. Golden Tate, WR    DET
33. Julian Edelman, WR    NE
34. Alfred Morris, RB   WAS
35. Keenan Allen, WR    SD
36. Melvin Gordon, RB    SD
37. Andrew Luck, QB    IND
38. Aaron Rodgers, QB    GB
39. Frank Gore, RB      IND
40. Devin Funchess WR    CAR
41. C.J. Spiller  RB     NO
42. Jeremy Maclin, WR    KC
43. Jordan Matthews, WR  PHI
44. Latavius Murray, RB    OAK
45. Jimmy Graham, TE    SEA
46. Travis Kelce, TE  KC
47. Andre Johnson, WR    IND
48. Giovani Bernard, RB    CIN
49. Joseph Randle, RB    DAL
50. Vincent Jackson, WR   TB
51. Jonathan Stewart, RB  CAR
52. Brandon Marshall  WR  NYJ
53. Allen Robinson, WR    JAC
54. Drew Brees, QB    NO
55. Jarvis Landry, WR    MIA
56. Greg Olsen, TE      CAR
57. Todd Gurley, RB    ST
58. LeGarrette Blount, RB  NE
59. Joique Bell, RB     DET
60. Shane Vereen, RB    NYG
61. Eric Decker, WR    NYJ
62. Sammy Watkins, WR      BUF
63. DeSean Jackson, WR  WAS
64. Peyton Manning, QB    DEN
65. Martellus Bennett, TE
66. Victor Cruz, WR   NYG
67. Russell Wilson, QB    SEA
68. Martavis Bryant, WR    PIT
69. Marques Colston, WR  NO
70. Brandon LaFell, WR    NE
71. Steve Smith Sr., WR    BAL
72. Anquan Boldin, WR    SF
73. Devonta Freeman, RB  ATL
74. Zach Ertz, TE    PHI
75. Tony Romo, QB      DAL
76. Ben Roethlisberger, QB
77.  Roddy White, WR    ATL
78. Ameer Abdullah, RB    DET
79. Torrey Smith, WR    SF
80. Terrance Williams WR   DAL
81. Charles Johnson  WR  MINN
82. John Brown, WR    ARI
83. Breshad Perriman, WR  BAL
84. Jason Witten, TE    DAL
85. Cam Newton, QB    CAR
86. Michael Floyd, WR    ARI
87. Chris Ivory, RB    NYJ
88. Rashad Jennings, RB   NYG
89. Larry Fitzgerald, WR  ARI
90. Kendall Wright, WR    TEN
91. Tevin Coleman, RB    ATL
92. T.J. Yeldon, RB    JAC
93. Danny Woodhead, RB  SD
94. Jonathan Stewart  RB   CAR
95. Matt Ryan, QB    ATL
96. Ryan Tannehill, QB    MIA
97. Julius Thomas, TE    JAC
98. Jordan Cameron, TE   MIA
99. Delanie Walker, TE    TEN
100. Alfred Blue RB HOU

Fantasy Sleeper Running Backs


 

Fantasy Sleeper Running Backs by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator & Doug Bowles

The NFL Draft has come and gone, and in it’s wake, along with a wild free agency, are dramatically changes to depth charts. Many new faces to the NFL will be obvious 2015 fantasy draft picks in September, such as Oakland’s WR Amari Cooper, San Diego’s RB Melvin Gordon and Chicago WR Kevin White. I have often said however, that almost anyone can intelligently draft the first 4-5 rounds of a fantasy. The real work is keenly navigating through the later rounds and picking up fantasy sleepers that other owners haven’t paid attention to, or don’t even know about.

Last year about this time, I wrote an article entitled “Shuffle Up and Draft” and strongly urged owners to seriously consider the 2014 wide receiver class as legitimate fantasy weapons. If you took my advice, you probably did very well last year.

Because of the success of the rookies in 2014, this year’s rookie wide receiver class won’t fly under anyone’s radar, so one has to dig deeper into rosters to find potential “Sleepers for 2015″.

In 2014, the general consensus was that the league had “devalued’ the running back position, so fantasy owners were forced to as well. Owners of DeMarco Murray or LeVeon Bell however, were glad that they didn’t, and a push is back to get quality backs early.

Here are some running back names that you should consider after the top 10 are gone.

Indianapolis RB Frank Gore- I love this landing spot for Gore! He is one of the toughest players in the NFL, so he’s always going to suit up. He now plays on one of the best offenses and he will get tons of opportunities in the red zone. Utter- Fantasy currently has him as the #15 RB for 2015, and that may be too low.

Dallas RB Joseph Randle- I would not have been surprised if the Cowboys had drafted a running back in the first round of this years draft, but at the same time, wasn’t surprised that they didn’t draft one at all. I have been a firm believer that they consider RB Randle perfectly capable of handling the starting position in Dallas, especially with the league’s best O-Line. FYI- Don’t even consider RB McFadden as the starter. This guy is insurance only.

New England RB LeGarrett Blount- In current mock drafts, names like Ellington, Yeldon, Spiller (seriously?) and Gurley are going before Blount. HC Belichick has always gotten huge production out of Blount, and with RBs Vereen and Ridley gone, it’s Blount’s job to lose, and I don’t think he will, barring an unfortunate injury. Blount is Utter-Fantasy’s 16th ranked RB going into 2015., ( not #24, as in current mock drafts)

Detroit RB Ameer Abdullah-
The rookie RB rushed for 67 yards on 7 carries in the Lions’ Week 1 preseason opener. With Joique Bell still in recovery mode from offseason knee and Achilles’ issues, Abdullah ran with the starters and broke off an impressive 45-yard run between the tackles, showing off his agility and cutting ability. It’s a crowded backfield with Bell to return, and with Theo Riddick getting some reps, but Abdullah’s talent is unquestionable

San Diego RB Danny Woodhead- 2nd on the Chargers depth chart, Woodhead is expected to remain “a vital weapon” for the Chargers “on third down and in the passing game.” In his 1sy preseason game and 1st game back since last September when he injured his right ankle, Woodhead scored on an 8-yard run. Woodhead caught 76 balls in 2013, finishing as a top-13 PPR back

Houston RB Alfred Blue- With the newest injury to RB Arian Foster, the Texans find themselves without a starting RB, so RB Blue is once again on fantasy owner’s radar. It’s a familar role for Blue, who has stepped in more than a couple times due to Foster’s injury history. In the 1st preseason game vs SF, Blue was very impressive with Alfred Blue rushed 9 times for 59 yards with his longest run going for 32 yards. Houston may add another RB, but until we know differently, it’s Blue’s job to lose

Carolina Rookie Cameron Artis-Payne– 4th Round selection- Many owners became new believers in RB Jonathon Stewart last year, when he surprised most by ending the season as the 22nd ranked RB. I am NOT one of those new believers. Stewart is always going to be an ankle injury away from sitting the bench, which he has had and done, many times before. Artis-Payne is a very physical runner with great vision, and will get split carries even if Stewart stays healthy.

Arizona Rookie RB Chris Johnson- This paragraph was dedicated to the rookie RB David Johnson, but HC Bruce Arians has been so frustrated with his injured RBs ( Ellington and David Johnson) that he signed RB Chris Johnson. Chris hasn’t done much the last couple yars, but in 2014 he did have a 4.27 a yard rushing average. RB David Johnson is a better candidate for goal line work than starter RB Ellington. Ellington is also coming off the foot injury that sidelined him in 2014 for the final 5 games. Coach Bruce Arians “left open the possibility” that Chris Johnson could emerge as the Cardinals’ “featured tailback.”

Jacksonville RB Denard Robinson-
The Jaguars selected Rookie RB TJ Yeldon in the 2nd round of this year’s draft and most project him as the starter. However, having a wife who is an Alabama Alum, I have watched every game of the Crimson Tide, and I can’t say that Yeldon has ever impressed me much. I believe that he will be more a “Trent Richrdson” and less of an “Eddie Lacy”. Robinson on the other hand, starts every year down on the depth chart, and fights his way into the starting line-up. Don’t write Denard off this season!

Other less potential candidates: NYJ Stevan Ridley- KC Knile Davis- NYG Shane Vereen

7 Tips for Drafting Your Fantasy Team

 

7 Tips for Drafting Your Fantasy Team by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles


Hut One- Study, study, and study some more!- If you want to come in last place, just study for one hour before the draft! When someone at your draft hasn’t studied, everyone usually knows it by round 3 or 4. Truth is, any Joe or Jane off the street can do a Fantasy Draft for the 1st 4-5 rounds. It’s after those rounds that championship teams are built. A good tip is to study a little at a time, up until your draft, rather than a one long crash course. Make yourself familiar with the fantasy stars from the previous season, where free agents landed, who the rookies are from this year’s NFL draft and where players are being drafted in mock drafts ( thousands of fantasy owner’s heads are better than one) Fantasy Football magazines are a great place to start, and the internet has an endless amount of information for you to research from, via search engines, sports websites, and blogs. Before drafting your fantasy team, you need to research all the available players so you can pre-rank them according to your personal preference.


Hut Two- Be prepared to have another player(s) selection ready, in the event that the player you wanted has just 
been taken- It’s important that drafts move a nice pace. It helps keep team owners stay focused, and it helps you to make a good selection because you are prepared. When one team owner of the league takes an eternity to make each of his/her player selections during the draft, his/her team suffers and the rest of the league can as well. Make sure you have player options ready when it’s your turn, or you will be 1) lost as to who you do want next and 2) rushed into selecting someone that you really don’t want. When my turn is 3 teams away from picking during the draft, I have spent the time since my last selection, focusing on 3+ players that I desperately want on my fantasy team. If two of them were chosen before it’s my turn to pick, I’m ready, because I have that 3rd player ready to draft.


Hut Three- Draft Quality Players at Every Position- 
During the draft, keep a record of how many players you have selected in each position. Team owners that have drafted 4-5 top RBs in a row, agreeably will have the best stable of RBs in your league, but by ignoring the other positions, that team will ultimately be beat week after week, by teams that have strength at every position. Remember, you can only score two RBs each week, so those other 3-4 superstar RBs that you are smitten with, aren’t helping your team sitting the bench. You need quality WRs to score each week, as well as a strong TE ,QB, DE and K. Pay attention to your team, and draft intelligently at every position.

Hut Four- Drafting in Tiers- 
 I previously wrote…. “Before choosing your fantasy team, you need to research all the available players so you can pre-rank them according to your personal preference.” I want you to do one more thing. After you pre-rank players according to your personal preference. then divide your QBs, RBs, TEs, WRs, Ks and DEFs into “Tiers”. “Tiers” are same-position players categorized by groups of talent. For example, your RBs list might have your top 60 RBs ranked 1-60, but “Tier One” may only included J Charles, M Lynch, M Forte, A.P. ,Eddie Lacy and LeVeon Bell in it. “Tier Two” might start with L McCoy, C J Anderson etc, and include as many RBs that you think rival their fantasy value. When drafting, if I know I am after either a WR or a RB, I will refer to my Teir rankings and select a “Tier 2” WR” over a “Tier 3” RB. An example of Tier rankings can be seen at this CBS Sportsline link- TIER RANKINGS

Hut Five-
Do Not Draft a Kicker or Defense Until the Last Few Rounds- 
This one is self- explanatory, but even as simple as this strategy is, many fantasy owners don’t end up follow this advice.This usually happens because 1) a team is unprepared when it’s their turn in the draft to pick a player, and therefore end up swinging for a kicker or defense out of desperation or 2) Someone is enamored with the successful performance of a kicker/defense from the previous season. Particularly concerning kickers, very seldomly do they follow up a great stat year, with another great one. Pick your kickers last. Pick your defense(s) next to last if you can, (even the Seattle Defense only ranked as the 23rd DEF in 2014. Note that last season, the Philadelphia DEF wasn’t selected in most drafts, and they ended up being the #1 DEF for 2014. In 2013, the Kansas City DEF wasn’t selected in most drafts, and they ended that season as the #1 DEF. DEF Rankings for years 2014 thru 2000 can be seen at this FFToday link- DEF RANKINGS

Hut Six- I’ve never been hurt drafting QBs later in the draft.
 I usually get a couple of good fantasy QBs later in the draft , and play the match ups. If you do get one early, know that you paid a big price for a big QB, so concentrate on filling other positions for the bulk of your next 9-10 rounds. A fantasy owner who drafts QB Andrew Luck with their 1st or 2nd selection shouldn’t be looking to draft another QB until very late in the draft. Tip #3 above reminds you to draft quality players in every position. You only score one QB each week, but in most leagues, you have to score 2 RBs, 3 WRs and TE, and you want them to be good ones.

Hike-Do not ignore the Bye Weeks. During the draft, when you are keeping a record of how many players you have selected in each position, note their bye weeks as well. You never want a lot players that you drafted to be off during the same bye week.

NFL Week 1 Waiver Wire

NFL Week 1 Waiver Wire One by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

In a few weeks begins the NFL team Bye Weeks. With many players off in the coming weeks, it will be important to your fantasy football teams to find players on the NFL Waiver Wire Week 1 and in other weeks, particularly quarterbacks, to stay competitive in your fantasy football leagues.

 

Quarterbacks Waiver Wire Week 11

ARI Carson Palmer- Palmer was not selected high in many drafts, but he has many weapons around him this season and he could be a nice quarterback to give depth to your fantasy football roster

Running Backs Waiver Wire Week 1

 

PITT DeAngelo Williams- 2 weeks as probable starter due to LeV Bell’s suspension

NE Dion Lewis- will get plenty of touches w/ Le Blount on suspension Week 1

JACK Denard Robinson- If RB Yeldon can’t make strides toward starting in the next 2 weeks

BUFF Fred Jackson- Who has finally returned to practice, and with L McCoys recent injury

SD D Woodhead- Still showcased in SD’s offense

DEN R Hillman– He has moved right behind CJ Anderson- ( Anderson new ankle injury)

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Week 1

 

ATL Leonard Hankerson- #3 WR and good chemistry with QB M Ryan

BALT- WRs K Aiken- ( rookie Perriman still not practicing)

CAR- Jericho Cotchery- Someone has to be the #2 there with K Benjamin OUT

HOU- WR Nate Washington- still a WR with good hands- #3 for Texans

NYG Preston Parker- Has been 1st string with V Cruz and R Randle still

Tight Ends Waiver Wire Week 1

 

NO TE Ben Watson- the chemistry w/ QB Brees is with Ben Watson who is listed as the #1 TE on NO depth chart

NE TE Scott Chandler- QB brady has already hit him with a TD pass- Chandler will be the guy in 2 TE formations

 

NFL 2015 Player Rankings Defenses

 

NFL 2015 Player Rankings Defenses by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Here are the Top preseason NFL 2015 Player Rankings Defenses ranked for the upcoming NFL season based on their success in 2014. It also takes in account every NFL team’s strength of schedule for the upcoming season. In 2014, the seattle seahawks were ranked #1 for NFL defense, while the Atlanta Falcons were ranked #322, dead last in the NFL

NFL 2015 Player Rankings Defenses

1. Seattle Seahawks – #1 NFL ranked defense 2014
2. Houston Texans
3. Arizona Cardinals
4. Buffalo Bills – #4 NFL ranked defense 2014
5. St Louis Rams
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Carolina Panthers
8. Denver Broncos- #3 NFL ranked defense 2014
9. Baltimore Ravens
10. New England Patriots
11. New York Jets
12. Miami Dolphins
13. Kansas City Chiefs
14. Detroit Lions- #2 NFL ranked defense 2014
15. Dallas Cowboys
16. Philadelphia Eagles
17. Minnesota Vikings
18. Pittsburgh Steelers
19. Cleveland Browns
20. Indianapolis Colts
21. New York Giants
22. Cincinnati Bengals
23. San Francisco 49ers
24. Tampa Bay Bucs
25. Chicago Bears
26. San Diego Chargers
27. Atlanta Falcons- #32 NFL ranked defense 2014
28. Tennessee Titans
29. Washington
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. New Orleans Saints
32. Oakland Raiders

•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Quarterback Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Running Back Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Wide Receiver Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Tight End Rankings