Start Em Sit Em Week 14

Start Em Sit Em Week 14 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Good luck to all fantasy football owners battling in the playoffs in Week 14. This week could be critical to making them, or winning them. Here are Utter-Fantasy’s Start Em and Sit Em Week 14 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 14 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start IND QB Andrew Luck at home vs #14 ranked Houston defense ) 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 14 Byes: None

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 14

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

CAR QB Cam Newton ( vs SD )– Neither team playing for anything but pride. ( Start SD QB Rivers as well.)

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs CHI )- A win Week 14 could mean the division.

TB QB Jameis Winston ( vs NO)- A fantastic match up for you and your playoffs.

ARI QB Carson Palmer ( at MIA)- Important game for the Cardinals.

GB QB Aaron Rodgers ( vs SEA)- Should be throwing plenty in Week 14 but a risky play vs Seattle.

Sleeper…. SF QB Colin Kaepernick ( vs NYJ )-  Great game to start next year’s resume.

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

CHI RB Jordan Howard ( at DET )- Lots of momentum, and the Lions are 25th vs the run.

SD RB Melvin Gordon ( at CAR )- Only under 20+ touches twice in 2016.

BUFF RB LeSean McCoy ( vs PITT )- Running great, solid play Week 14.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( at CLEV)- The Browns now with the worst defense in the NFL.

SF RB Carlos Hyde ( vs NYJ )- Saying the Jets defense stinks…is an understatement.

KC RB Spencer Ware ( vs OAK )- Not a great match up but Ware should fair well.

SEA RB Thomas Rawls ( at GB)- I prefer a better match up but running well.

Deep League Sleeper PPR..GB RB Ty Montgomery ( vs SEA)- Packers are not happy with RB J Starks.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

IND WR TY Hilton / D Moncrief ( vs HOU )-  Start em both this week.

NE WR Julian Edleman ( vs BALT )- QB Brady’s favorite target will get plenty of looks, with BALT ( #1 vs the run) shutting down the Pat’s running game.

CLEV WR T Pryor ( vs CINN )- A week of rest, and Cincy 20th ranked defense.

NOP WRs B Cooks/ M Thomas ( vs TB )- QB Brees will throw a lot in this one.

SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( at GB)- Must start Week 14.

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( vs ATL)- 33 targets in the past 4 games. Atlanta 28th ranked defense.

Sleeper CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr ( vs SD )- Pouring it on late in the season, just like 2015.

Sleeper ATL WR Taylor Gabriel ( at TB )- WR M Sanu likely OUT and WR Julio Jones less than 100% with turf toe.

Sleepers CINN WRs T Boyd/ B LaFell ( at CLEV)– The Browns now with the worst defense in the NFL.

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

SD TE Antonio Gates ( at CAR )-  Only DET & CLEV have given up more points to opposing Tight Ends than the CAR Panthers. SD A Gates strong play Week 14 despite 2 poor weeks.

TB TE Cameron Brate ( vs NO )– Tasty, tasty match up.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( vs NYJ )-  I repeat…Saying the Jets defense stinks…is an understatement.

PHIL TE Z Ertz ( vs WASH)- Playing well at the end of the season, just like 2015.

No Brainer- KC TE T Kelce ( vs OAK)-

Sleeper CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( vs CINN)- QB RG3 wants a good outing, and TE Gary Barnidge is one way to do it.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

SF ( vs NYJ )- The 49ers are salivating at this one.

TB ( vs NO )- Brees 3 picks Week 13. Bucs 9th vs the pass. It’s a DEF to seriously consider.

CINN ( vs CLEV )- Can the Bengals make RG3’s first game back a rough one?

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

CLEV QB RG3 ( vs CINN)- First game back…do not expect much.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota ( vs DEN )- Broncos currently the #1 pass defense.

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs ARI )- Bad match up, and few weapons.

NYG QB Eli Manning ( vs DAL )- I prefer a better match up.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs MINN )- Really a no-brainer.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

JACK RBs ( vs MINN )- Avoid.

MINN RB Jerick McKinnon ( at JACK )-  Jags 10th overall defense… and McKinnon doesn’t get enough touches..

TENN RB DeMarco Murray ( vs DEN )- I prefer a better match up.

Sit Em if you can…….IND RB Frank Gore ( vs HOU )-  WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at PHIL)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 14 2016

ALL TENN WRs ( vs DEN )- I prefer a better match up.

JACK WR Allen Robinson ( vs MINN )- He’s killed you all year….this week vs the Vikings will not be any different.

NYJ WR Brandon Marshall ( at SF )- New QB Petty won’t be any better than QB Ryan FitzPutrid.

BALT WR Steve Smith ( at NE )- Tough match up vs the Pat’s defense.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

DET TE Eric Ebron ( vs MINN )- He’s done nothing…don’t trust him.

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( vs BALT )- Has been involved in the Pat’s offense at all. He could break out one week, but you can’t gamble on it now.

Sit Em if you can…..TENN TE Delanie Walker ( vs DEN )- The Broncos have only given up 2 TDs to opposing tight ends all season.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

NYG ( vs DAL ) –The Giants won’t slow down Dallas.

MIA (vs ARI )- I prefer a better match up.

GB ( vs SEA )- The Packers are not playing very well.

No Brainer DEF sits: JACK ( vs MINN )…NO ( at TB)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 13

Start Em Sit Em Week 13  by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Most fantasy football leagues are heading into the playoffs either, so this week could be critical to making them. Here are Utter-Fantasy’s Week 13 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 13, 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NO QB Drew Brees at home vs #31 ranked Detroit defense ) 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 13 Byes: Tennessee and Cleveland

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 13

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 13

ATL QB Matt Ryan ( vs KC )– Solid weapons on offense.

SD QB Philip Rivers ( vs TB )– Good week despite an improved Buc’s defense.

SEA QB Russell Wilson ( at CAR )- Should not disappoint on Prime time Sunday night.

DET QB Matt Stafford ( at NO )- Ought to be a great game for both offenses.

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( vs IND)- Colts now have the worst defense in the NFL.

Sleeper…. CHI QB Matt Barkley ( vs SF )- 

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 13

CHI RN Jordan Howard ( vs SF )- 49ers 30th vs the run.

NYJ RB Matt Forte ( vs IND )- Forte will be a borderline RB1 in this great match up.

BUFF RB LeSean McCoy ( at OAK )- Been saving his best play for the end of the season?

DET RB Theo Riddick ( at NO )- Limited in practice this week, but primed for a nice game against the Saints.

KC RB Spencer Ware ( at ATL )- If Ware cannot produce in Week 13, he can’t be counted on for fantasy playoffs.

No Brainer…. SD RB Melvin Gordon ( vs TB )-  Locked-in RB1 next week against the Bucs.

Sleeper PHIL RB Darren Sproles ( at CINN)- RB Ryan Mathews (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Bengals.

Deep League Sleeper PPR…JACK RB Denard Robinson ( vs DEN)- Chris Ivory (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Broncos. Allen Hurns (hamstring) has also been ruled out.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 13

NOP WRs B Cooks/ M Thomas ( vs DET )- Lions #32 worst vs the pass.

GB WR Davante Adams ( vs HOU )-  Fixed the drops from 2016, and scoring on a weekly basis.

NE WR Julian Edleman ( at NYJ )- QB Brady’s favorite target with Gronk out, and the Jets can’t cover anyone.

NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa ( vs IND)- TD Week 12, should get another Week 13.

Sleeper CHI WR Marquess Wilson ( vs SF )- Chemistry with new QB M Barkley. 125 yards and 1 TD in Week 12.

Sleeper ATL WR Taylor Gabriel ( vs NYG )- Likely have his 5th nice week in a row.

Sleeper NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( at PITT )- Zero targets in Week 12. Expect a correction this Sunday. Prior to Week 12, Shepard had drawn at least six targets in each of his past nine games.


Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 13

SD TE Antonio Gates ( vs TB )-  His no-catches in Week 12 won’t happen again in Week 13.

WASH TE Vernon Davis ( at ARI )– Tough match up but TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) remained sidelined Thursday. Reed was never likely to practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Should see lots of targets.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )-  Currently the #15 TE in the NFL.

No Brainer- KC TE T Kelce ( at ATL)-

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 13

CHI ( vs SF )- Both of these defenses should fair well in Week 12.

NYJ ( vs IND )- IND QB Andrew Luck (concussion, shoulder) was officially “limited” on Thursday.

NE ( vs LAR )- LAR QB Goff’s day will be a lot harder vs NE, than it was in Week 12 vs the Saints.

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 13

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs DEN )- Really a no-brainer.

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( at BALT )- Ravens currently the #1 defense.

CINN QB A Dalton ( vs PHIL )- Few weapons.

Very risky… OAK QB Derek Carr ( vs BUFF )- I prefer a better match up.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 13

ATL RB Devonta Freeman ( vs KC )- Play him if you must, but sharing time with RB Coleman and I prefer a better match up.

IND RB Frank Gore ( at NYJ )- Jets #3 vs the run.

JACK RBs ( vs DEN )-  Trust no Jag in Week 13.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs PHIL )- I prefer a better match up.

Sit Em if you can…….SEA RB Thomas Rawls ( vs CAR )-  WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at ARI)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 13

ALL CINN WRs ( vs PHIL )- I prefer a better match up.

CAR WR Kelvin Benjamin ( at SEA )- Nicked up (shoulder) but returned to a limited practice on Thursday.

SF WRs ( at CHI )- Trust no SFs wide outs. Only TE Vance McDonald.

MIA WR Jarvis Landry ( at BALT)- Tough match up and hasn’t topped 53 yards a month.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 13

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( vs LAR )- With TE Gronk likely out again, Bennett hopefully rebounds from Week 11 & Week 12, but tough match up.

DET TE Eric Ebron ( at NO )- Even against the Saints, too unreliable. Only TD reception in 2016 came in week 1.

Sit Em if you can……IND TEs ( at NYJ)-

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 13

LAR ( at NE ) –Pats will score regardless of who they are facing.

CINN (vs PHIL )- Still without WR AJ Green and RB Gio.

OAK ( vs BUFF )- Buffalo doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.

No Brainer DEF sits: DET ( at NO)…NO ( vs DET)

 

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Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

Week 12 Byes: None.

There are no teams on a “Bye Week” in Week 12, so injuries are your major concern this week that may have your options to Start and Sit limited. Some players in question this weekend are OAK WR Michael Crabtree, NE TE Rob Gronkowski, NO RB Mark Ingram and SD WR Travis Benjamin). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 12 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PHIL QB C Wentz ( vs GB )- Packers defense is BAD.

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( vs JACK )- QB Taylor doesn’t put up a ton of points, but this is a great match up.

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs SF )- I rarely recommend Tannehill, but another good match up. The 49ers are the #26 defense in the NFL.

Deep League Consideration: CLEV QB Josh McCown ( vs NYG )- McCown will start Sunday’s game against the Giants. ( Cody Kessler has his second concussion in a month ). At least McCown is playing at home this week.

 

RB Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PHIL RB Wendell Smallwood ( vs GB)- With RB Ryan Mathews likely out, Smallwood is expected to “play a lot” against the Packers on Monday night. Still only owned in 67% of Yahoo leagues.

BUFF RB Mike Gillislee ( vs JACK )- RB McCoy is expected to play with a surgically repaired thumb, but Gillislee should see plenty of action in Week 12.

NO RB Tim Hightower ( vs LAR )- Although RB Mark Ingram is suppose to suit up, Tim Hightower rushed 12 times for 69 yards in Week 11, adding eight receptions for 57 additional yards.

DEN RB Kapri Bibbs ( vs KC )- Bibbs has been given some opportunities in recent weeks, rushing 7 times for 22 yards in the Broncos’ Week 10 win over the Saints.

 

WR Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

JACK WR Marqise Lee (at BUFF )- 25 touches over the past 3 games and a TD catch in Week 11.

NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( vs CLEV )- Getting more involved in the Giant’s offense every week and a great match up. TD receptions 3 weeks in a row.

CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( vs TENN )- This is going to be a rough outing for the Bears, who have to start QB Matt Barkley. Meredith is a candidate for a trash TD late in the game when Chicago is trailing badly. Meredith caught 4/4 targets for 49 yards in Week 11, where Meredith was the nominal No. 1 receiver. Only owned in 55% of Yahoo leagues.

NO WR Willie Snead ( vs LAR )- QB Brees will have to get everyone involved to win this home game vs a good Ram’s defense.

 

TE Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( vs NYG)- QB Josh McCown knows to get TE Barnidge involved in the offense. A touchdown reception in Week 11.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )- One of the few decent weapons on the SF offense. Miami is #15 vs opposing tight ends.

HOU TE C.J. Fiedorowicz ( vs SD)- 6 receptions ( most for the team) in Week 11 for 82 yards. Fiedorowicz (shoulder) will play in Week 12 against the Chargers. QB B Osweiler finding it necessary to find his TEs when pressured.

 

 

Week 12 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

NYG ( vs CLEV)- Any team vs the Browns.

MIA ( vs SF )- The Dolphins should be able to control this game.

BUFF ( vs JACK)- Great match up for the Bills.

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 12

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy’s Week 12 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 12 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 Washington ) 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 12 Byes: None

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

DAL QB Dak Prescott ( vs WASH )– I expect a high scoring game for both of these teams.

NO QB Drew Brees ( at LAR )– Another tough match up for the Saints, but Brees will still produce.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota ( at CHI )- The Bears will likely be without QB Jay Cutler.

WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( at DAL)- Capt. Kirk is full of confidence.

SD QB P Rivers ( at HOU)- Fresh off a “Bye” week, Rivers should throw a lot in this one. Houston 11th vs the pass, 18th vs the run.

No Brainers…. PITT QB Big Ben ( at IND )- 

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at DAL )- Don’t worry about his game just Thursday. He had virtually no work the first 7 games of the season. He has fresh legs, and hungry for more success.

NYG Rashad Jennings ( at CLEV )- RB Jennings did this last year. Everyone is tired and beat up except for him. 129 total yards and 1 TD in week 11.

HOU Lamar Miller ( vs SD )- He’s running well, just not into the endzone much. One time in Week 11, and he should again in Week 12.

BUFF RB LeSean McCoy ( vs JACK )- Hand surgery, but he’s actually looking like he’s going to play. If so, a great match up.

RB Sleepers Week 12…PHIL RB Wendell Smallwood ( vs GB )- RBs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles are dinged up, so Smallwood could take over Week 12 vs a BAD Packer’s defense.

RB Sleepers Week 12…MINN RB J McKINNON ( at DET)- Last place NFL defense will try stop McKinnon, but I betcha he pops a long one.

No Brainer…. TENN RB D Murray ( at CHI )- 

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( at TB)- The #12 WR in the NFL has a great match up.

WASH WR Jamison Crowder ( vs DAL)-  Quickly becoming QB Cousins favorite target after TE J Reed, and he gets down the field deep….fast.

BALT WR Steve Smith ( vs CINN )- The old man is coming strong this late in the season. I love it.

SD WR Tyrell Williams ( at HOU )- Chargers #1 wide out and it isn’t close.

NE WR Julian Edleman ( at NYJ )- QB Brady’s favorite target with Gronk out, and the Jets can’t cover anyone.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews/ Tajae Sharpe ( at CHI )- I like both of these guys this week, but Rishard the most.

MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at DET )- Should piggy back off his success last week. DET #32 worst defense.

CLEV WR T Pryor ( vs NYG )- Expect plenty of yards, but hasn’t scored a TD in a long time. Probably won’t in Week 12.

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( at NYJ )- With TE Gronk likely out again, Bennett should rebound from Week 11.

SD TE Antonio Gates ( at HOU )-  In their past 3 games prior to their “Bye” in Week 11 SD TE Antonio Gates 27 targets…171 yards & 1 TD in EACH game.

MINN TE Kyle Rudolph ( at DET)– The Lion’s defense is the worst vs opposing tight ends.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )- I have recommended TE McDonald for weeks now. Currently the #17 TE in the NFL and only 10 tight ends have more TDs than McDonald has (4).

Sleeper….DET TE Eric Ebron ( vs MINN)- It took long enough for this 1st rounder to start paying dividends.

Sleeper….CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( vs NYG)- QB Josh McCown knows to get TE Barnidge involved in the offense. A touchdown reception in Week 11.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

PITT ( at IND )- A massacre is coming.

NYG ( vs CLEV )- Any team vs CLEV.

NE ( at NYJ )- QB R Fitz stinks and so does the Jet’s secondary .

TENN (vs CHI )– CHI QB Jay Cutler is OUT.

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

KC QB Alex Smith ( at DEN )- Really a no-brainer.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( at BUFF )- No one on the Jag’s team is a “start” this week, except for WR Allen Robinson who will will likely score in junk time.

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs SF )- Tannehill barely squeaked out a decent game last week. I doubt he does it again.

KC QB Trevor Siemian ( vs KC )- Broncos won’t need to throw a lot to win this game.

Very risky… ATL QB Matt Ryan ( vs ARI )- I prefer a better match up.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

KC RB Spencer Ware ( at DEN )- In good match ups this guy has done NOTHING for weeks. This is a tough one.

IND RB Frank Gore ( vs PITT )- With QB A Luck likely out, all Pittsburgh has to do is shut down Gore , and they will.

CLEV RB I Crowell ( vs NYG )- Crowell is getting worn out and has very little help.

JACK RB Chris Ivory ( at BUFF)-  Even with a chance of RB Yeldon sitting in Week 12, this match up is brutal for Ivory.

GB RB James Starks ( at PHIL )- Tough seeing Starks in the endzone Week 12.

Sit Em if you can…….TB RB Doug Martin ( vs SEA )-  NO RB Mark Ingram ( vs LAR)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 12 2016

ALL CHI WRs ( vs TENN )- CHI QB Matt “Who?” Barkley will be under center for the Bears.

ALL IND WRs ( vs PITT )- IND QB Scott “Who?” Tolzien will be under center for the Bears.

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( at DEN)- Broncos only have to shut down 3 players. WR Hill, TE Kelce and RB Ware.

SF WRs ( at MIA)- Trust no SFs wide outs. Only TE Vance McDonald.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

IND TEs D Allen/ Jack Doyle ( vs PITT )- QB A Luck OUT.

TB TE Cameron Brate ( vs SEA )- Playing well, but won’t against Seattle.

Sit Em if you can……DAL TE J Witten ( vs WASH)-

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

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

CINN ( at BALT )- Without WR AJ Green and RB Gio, the Bengals will struggle mightily.

NYJ ( vs NE )- The Jets won’t slow down the Pats, at all.

No Brainer DEF sits: JACK ( at BUFF)…DEN ( vs KC)

 

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Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

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

Particularly in the larger 12-14 team fantasy football leagues, these four teams on a “Bye Week” may have your options to Start and Sit limited heading into Week 11. You also may be dealing with some fantasy football injury or suspensions concerns in your line ups (such as NE TE Rob Gronkowski, HOU WR Will Fuller or CHI WR Alshon Jeffery). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 11 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CLEV QB Cody Kessler ( vs PITT )- HC Hue Jackson said Cody Kessler “is the quarterback” and the Steller’s secondary is actually pretty bad this season.

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( at CINN )- QB Taylor doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and the Bengals are 20th vs the pass, 20th vs the run.

BALT QB Joe Flacco ( at DAL)- The Cowboys are 25th worst team vs the pass.

Deep League Desperate Consideration: KC QB Alex Smith ( vs JACK )-

 

RB Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

DET RB Theo Riddick ( vs JACK )- RB Riddick is back from injuries, and due for a big load vs a weak Jacksonville defense.

OAK RB Jalen Richard ( vs HOU)- Rested from a Week 10 Bye, Richard had 8 carries for 62 yards and caught 2/3 passes for 10 yards in Oakland’s Week 9 win over Denver.

JACK RB C Ivory ( at DET )- Tough to trust any Jacksonville running back, but the Lions are the worst defense in the NFL.

BALT RB Kenneth Dixon ( at DAL)- RB Dixon will get more carries this week against the Cowboys following his strong performance Week 10.

 

WR Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

OAK WR WR Seth Roberts ( vs HOU )- Averaging 5+ targets per game and has 4 TDds on the season so far. WR A Cooper is less than 100%.

CHI WR Eddie Royal ( ay NYG)- Although Royal (toe) was limited in Thursday’s practice, he will suit up for Week 11. With WR A Jeffery on suspension, Royal will get targets.

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( vs TB )- WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) has been ruled out for Week 11. Expect Tyreek Hill to see the biggest bump in playing time in three-receiver sets alongside Albert Wilson and Chris Conley.

JACK WR Marqise Lee (at KC )- 14 targets over the past 2 games.

NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( vs CHI )- Getting more involved in the Giant’s offense every week.

MINN WR Adam Thielen ( vs ARI)- ESPN’s Britt McHenry was told by a Vikings coach that WR Adam Thielen will be “targeted a lot” Week 11 against the Cardinals. Tough match up.

 

TE Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

SF TE Vance McDonald ( vs NE )- One of the few decent weapons on the SF offense. TE McDonald caught 4/6 targets for 50 yards in the 49ers’ Week 10 loss to the Cardinals..

BALT TE Dennis Pitta ( at DAL)- The Cowboys are the 8th worst team defending opposing tight ends, and the ravens will likely be trailing for most of this game.

Week 11 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

PITT ( at CLEV )- Any defense vs the Browns.

OAK ( vs HOU)- The Raiders are the 5th worst defense in the NFL, but this is great match up at home.

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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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Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

Week 10: 4 teams on a “bye’ this week, Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis and Oakland.

Heading into Week 10 with players from any of these teams, you may be having a shortage of options to Start and Sit. You also may be dealing with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups (such as WASH WR DeSean Jackson, NYJ QB R Fitzpatrick or KC WR Jeremy Maclin). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 10 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CHI QB Jay Cutler ( vs TB)- Should be forced to throw a lot if the running game doesn’t catch on early.

DEN QB Trevor Siemian ( at NO)- The Saints are 28th vs the pass. Siemian doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.

Deep League consideration: HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( at JACK )- QB Osweiler will be missing WR Will Fuller.

 

RB Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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.

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.

JACK RB C Ivory ( vs HOU )- Easily had the most action last week over RB Yeldon, and is playing at home vs the Houston #28 run defense .

 

WR Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PIT WR Eli Rogers ( vs DAL)- Calling WRs Wheaton and Coates “disappointments in 2016″ is an under-statement. WR Eli Rogers is healthy now and caught 6/10 targets for 103 yards in the Steelers’ Week 9 loss to the Ravens.

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( at CAR )- WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) has been ruled out for Week 10. Expect Tyreek Hill to see the biggest bump in playing time in three-receiver sets alongside Albert Wilson and Chris Conley.

JACK WR Marqise Lee (vs HOU)- Brutal match up in Week 10 but WR Allen Hurns is in the league’s concussion protocol and QB Blake Bortles has preferred WR Lee all season so far.

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( at NYJ)- The Jets will be without QB Fitzpatrick, so the Rams should have the ball a ton. The Jets are #30 vs the pass.

Also consider NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( vs CINN)- 3/6 targets for 50 yards and a 1 touchdown in the Giants’ Week 10 win over the Eagles.

 

TE Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CHI TE Zach Miller ( at TB )- Miller is a favorite of QB Cutlers and should see 7-9 targets Week 10, including shots in the end zone.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at ARI )- Vance McDonald snagged 3/6 targets for 84 yards and a 1 touchdown in Week 9. Tough match up in Week 10.

 

Week 10 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

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%.

I also like KC ( at CAR)

 

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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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Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

A lot of teams on a “bye’ this week, 6 to be exact…Arizona, Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington, New England and Houston. Heading into Week 9 with players from any of these teams, you may be having a shortage of options to Start and Sit. You also may be dealing with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups (such as BUFF RB LeSean McCoy, GB WR Randall Cobb or SF RB Carlos Hyde). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 9 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

KC QB Nick Foles ( vs JACK )- QB Foles can get the ball downfield, whereas QB A Smith either can’t or won’t. Very friendly match up.

MINN QB Sam Bradford( vs DET )- Detroit is the #32 defense in the NFL….dead last!

Also consider DEN QB Trevor Siemian ( at OAK )

 

RB Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

SF RB Dujuan Harris ( vs NO )- RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) is out for Week 9 against the Saints. RB DuJuan Harris is expected to start. Nice match up.

GB RB/WR Ty Montgomery ( vs IND )- In some leagues, Ty is still considered just a WR. In any case, he’s in the line up Week 9, after sitting out Week 8.

NO RB Tim Hightower ( at SF )- The Saints will have both RBs ( RB M Ingram) getting carries. Ingram is expected to get the start and the majority of the work, but Tim Hightower will get his chances as well.

PHIL WR Darren Sproles ( at NYG)- In Week 8, Darren Sproles rushed 15 times for 86 yards and caught 5/7 passes for 17 yards in Week 8 against Dallas.

 

WR Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( vs JACK)- Hill had 98 receiving yards in Week 8 along with 1 TD. Hill also had a TD reception in Week 7, and now 4 on the season. Only owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues

NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa ( at MIA )- Enunwa caught 4/11 targets for 93 yards and 1 TD in Week 8 and is a favorite of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

OAK WR Seth Roberts ( vs DEN)- Averaging almost 6 targets a game, Roberts had 69 yards and 1 TD in Week 8.

 

TE Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

BALT TE D Pitta (vs PITT )-  Before their Week 8 “Bye”, Dennis Pitta caught 4/10 targets for 40 yards in Week 7.

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.

 

Week 9 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

DAL ( vs CLEV )- The Browns are still playing musical chairs with their QBs. McCown Week 8…..QB Cody Kessler will start Week 9 against the Cowboys.

LAR ( vs CAR )– The Panthers do not look anything like the 2015 team that went to the Super Bowl.

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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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Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

A lot of teams on a “bye’ this week, 6 to be exact…Baltimore, Miami, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Heading into Week 8 with players from any of these teams, you may be having a shortage of options to Start and Sit. You also may be dealing with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups (such as BUFF RB LeSean McCoy, ARI WR Michael Floyd or WASH RB Matt Jones). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 8 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CLEV QB Josh McCown ( vs NYJ)- McCown will start Week 8 against the Jets. This may not be such a bad option Week 8. WR T Pryor is healthy ( heathier) and the Jets are 31st vs the pass.

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs DET )- Brock is playing at home in Week 8, vs the #32 Defense in the NFL. Yes, the Lions are dead last in defense.

Also consider KC QB Alex Smith ( at IND )

 

RB Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

MINN RB Matt Asiata (at CHI )- It looks like RB McKinnon will sit out Week 8, so Asiata has the duties all to himself. Not a bad match up either.

HOU RB Alfred Blue ( vs DET )- With RB Lamar Miller ailing, the NFL community is wondering why the Texans would even put Miller on the field. RB Blue should see plenty of action.

very deep leagues DEN RN Kapri Bibbs ( vs SD )- RB CJ Anderson is OUT, so RB D Booker will take over, and he will need to be rested a few times during the game. RB Bibbs is next up on the depth chart.

 

WR Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

ATL WR M Sanu (vs GB )- The Packers have said this week that WR Julio Jones would be the top focus for the GB defense. If Jones is double covered all game, this may open up opportunities for WR Sanu.

DAL WR Cole Beasley- Even with WR Dez Bryant coming back, there’s no denying that QB Dak Prescott likes WR Cole Beasley. Still only owned in 58% of Yahoo legaues.

OAK WR Seth Roberts ( at TB)- In what looks like to be a shoot out in Tampa Bay, and Roberts has 3 TDs so far this season. ( 15 targets the past 2 weeks)

 

TE Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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?

MINN TE K Rudolph ( at CHI)- Rudolph has been quiet of late, but before the Minnesota Week 6, he had TD receptions in 3 straight games. This is the perfect game for Viking tight end to get back on track.

 

Week 8 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

CLEV ( vs NYJ )- Ryan Fitzpatrick ( the INT machine) will be the Jets’ starting quarterback after Geno Smith suffered a torn ACL in Week 7. The Browns Defense at home is an interesting play.

BUFF ( vs NE)– The Bills shut out the Pats in Week 4…can they give the Pats fits in Week 8 even with QB Tom Brady?

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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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Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

Carolina and Dallas are only two teams off Week 7 with a “bye’, but you may be heading into Week 7 with players from these two teams, or with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups. Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 7 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 7 with injuries concerns (such as PITT QB B Roethlisberger, SF RB C Hyde or GB RB Eddie Lacy )

 

Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

KC QB Alex Smith ( vs NO)- Even Alex “Deacon Dunk” Smith should put up nice stats vs this horrible New Orleans defense.

Deep League QB C Kaepernick ( vs TB )- Kaepernick will remain the 49ers’ starting quarterback for Week 7 and plays at home vs Tampa Bay. The Bucs are the #23 ranked defense and they give up a lot of points.

Also consider BALT QB F Flacco ( at NYJ )

 

RB Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

NE RB LeGarrette Blount (at PITT)- Blount was kicked off the Steelers team in 2014, and this is Blount’s first game back to Pittsburgh. HC Belichick will feed Blount in a revenge game. Also, With QB Big Ben OUT, the Pat’s ought to have the ball of offense a lot.

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( at SF)- With Doug Martin (hamstring) out, Rodgers is expected to start Week 7 against the 49ers. The Bucs showed before their bye week that they will give Rodgers the ball 20+ times.

SF RB Mike Davis ( vs TB)- RB Carlos Hyde has his right arm in a sling last week. If he’s not ready Sunday, RB Mike Davis (averaging 1.8 yards a carry) likely to start. RB Sh Draughn will laso ger touches.

Mike Gillislee ( at MIA)- Even if RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) plays this week, he will be limited. Mike Gillislee should see plenty of action.

 

WR Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

NO WR Michael Thomas ( vs KC)- In Week 4, prior to the Saint’s Week 5 Bye,  Thomas caught 4/9 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown Week 4 and 78 yards and 1 TD in week 5. Thomas has a TD reception in 3 straight weeks. KC secondary can get burned.

BUFF WR Justin Hunter (at MIA)- will be the Bills’ starting receiver opposite Marquise Goodwin Sunday at Miami. WR Robert Woods (foot) isn’t going to play. Hunter has caught a touchdown in back-to-back weeks.

MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at PHIL )- WR Stefon Diggs (groin) did not practice Monday, but Diggs is expected back this week. Remember however, that 6’2″ Thielen was the QB Sam Bradford favorite in Week 5, with 7/8 targets for 127 yards and 1 TD.

TB WR Cecil Shorts ( at SF)- With WR Vincent Jackson OUT on IR, Shorts will have an immediate impact on the Buc’s offense.

 

TE Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

IND TE Jack Doyle ( at TENN )- With TE Allen injured, QB A Luck will lean on TE Doyle plenty. WR P Dorsett is also OUT Week 7. Only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues.

MINN TE K Rudolph ( at PHIL)- Prior to the Vikings Week 6 Bye week, Rudolph had a TD reception in 3 of 5 games in 2016. QB Sam Bradford likes him as a weapon.

 

Week 7 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

NE ( at PITT)- HC Belichick will give new QB Landry Jones fits all day.

OAK ( at JACK)– JACK QB Blake Bortles has 7 INTS already this season, ( vs 8 TDs) and the Jags running game has not been impressive

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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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Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

 

There are only two teams off Week 6 with a “bye’, Minnesota and Tampa Bay, but you may be heading into Week 6 with players from these two teams, or with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups. Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 5 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 6 with injuries concerns (such as HOU WR Will Fuller, WASH TE Jordan Reed or DET RB Theo Riddick.)

 

Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs IND)- The Colts secondary is in shambles, so if Osweiler can avoid hurting fantasy football owners with INTs, he is likely to have a good day. He may be without WR Wull Fuller however in Week 6.

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

CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- Hoyer has a very decent match up at home in Week 6 vs the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hoyer completed 33/43 passes for 397 yards and 2 TDs in Sunday’s Week 5 loss to INDY.

I also like BALT QB F Flacco ( at NYG ) if available.

 

RB Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football

DET RB Justin Forsett (vs LAR)- Not the best of match ups, but his workload should be heavy, with injuries to RB Theo Riddick and with RB D Washington likely out. RB Forsett will split carries with RB Z Zenner, but expect Forsett at all goal line carries.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs PITT)- RB A Foster is expect to test out his injured hamstring in pregame warmups. This doesn’t sound like a healthy player to me, therefore, expect RB Ajayi to handle most of the backfield. UPDATE: NFL Network is reporting that Arian Foster (hamstring) will play in Sunday’s Week 6 game against the Steelers.

JACK RB TJ Yeldon ( at CHI)- Yeldon was amazingly effective before Jacksonville’s Week 5 Bye, and RB C Ivory was just the opposite. Only owned in 73% of Yahoo leagues.

NE RB James White (vs CINN)- White had nearly 100 total yards in Week 5, playing with QB Tom Brady back from suspension. It’s clear Brady likes White as a weapon. Only owned in 56% of Yahoo leagues.

OAK RBs DeAndre Washington/ Jalen Richard ( vs KC)- Each had 14 touches in Week 5, and RB DeAndre Washington received the goal line carries. RB Latavius Murray is OUT for Week 6.

 

WR Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PITT WR Eli Rogers ( at MIA)- With WR Wheaton out and Sammie Coates doubtful, Rogers will play play along with Antonio Brown. – Only owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues.

CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( vs JACK) – Despite hauling in 130 receiving yards and 1 TD in Week 5, WR Cameron Meredith is still only owned in 49% of Yahoo leagues. Great match up.

BALT WR Kamar Aiken- ( at NYG )- Last year when QB Flacco was OUT with injuries, Aiken was the star receiver for the team down the stretch. For some reason, Flacco has not jelled with Aiken, but perhaps in Week 6 he will have to. WR Steve Smith Sr. (ankle) is doubtful for Week 6 against the Giants and WR Mike Wallace is less than 100%.

OAK WR Seth Roberts- While defenses are concentrating on shutting down WRs A Cooper and M Crabtree, Roberts is slipping thru coverages and scoring touchdown. He has 3 TDs in 5 Weeks so far this season.

NO WR Michael Thomas ( vs CAR)- In Week 4, prior to the Saint’s Week 5 Bye,  Thomas caught 4/9 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown Week 4 against the Chargers and  actually led the team in targets.

HOU WR Braxton Miller (vs IND)- WR Will Fuller fantasy football owners are not happy, with Fuller likely out in a senasational match up. Perhaps Miller can ease their pain a little.

 

TE Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PITT TE Jesse James ( at MIA)- James has already had good rapport with QB Ben Roethlisberger, and has receiving touchdowns. With injuries to WRs Sammie Coates and Wheaton, his targets should increase in Week 6. Only owned in 47% of Yahoo leagues.

IND TE Dwayne Allen ( at HOU)- The Texans will pressure QB A Luck often which will likely mean quick looks for his Luck’s tight end. Allen has been more involved in the INDY offense of late. Only owned in 68% of Yahoo leagues.

 

Week 6 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

TENN ( vs CLEV)- CLEV QB C Kessler is beat up but will try to start in Week 6. The Titan’s defense are licking their chops.

BUFFALO ( vs SF)– SF QB Colin Kaepernick hasn’t started an NFL game in a year. He will be rusted and he will make mistakes.

 

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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)

START EM SIT EM WEEK 5 2016
START EM SIT EM WEEK 4 2016

Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

 

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

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

 

Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

 

RB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WR Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

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

 

TE Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

 

Week 5 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

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

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

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

 

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

Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

I also like DAL Dak Prescott ( vs CINN)-

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

START EM SIT EM WEEK 4 2016

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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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

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!

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.