Week 14 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

Week 14 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

The Bye teams are over. Week 14 of the NFL season had the last two teams off on a “Bye”. We had a couple injuries in Week 13, so there are  a few players needed around the league to step for NFL teams ( and for fantasy football owners on the waiver wire.) The following are your Utter-Fantasy Week 14 Waiver Wire recommendations.

Week 14 Byes: No More Byes.

 

Week 14 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

BALT QB Joe Flacco ( at NE )- Impressive Week 13, and the Pats 28th vs the pass.

SF QB Colin Kaepernick ( vs NYJ )- “Kaep” could look like Tom Brady vs the atrocious Jet’s defense in Week 14.

CHI QB Matt Barkley ( at DET )- Playing for a resume vs the 31st worst defense..

CLEV QB Robert Griffin III ( vs CINN )- Likely available but not recommended.

 

Week 14 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs

TB RBs Jacquizz Rodgers/ Charlie Sims ( vs NO)- I’d pick up Rodgers if I needed a back from Tampa because he’s proved his healthy, Sims has not.

DEN Rb Justin Forsett ( at TENN )- With RB Bibbs injured in Week 13, Forsett could see action as Booker’s back up.

BALT RB Kenneth Dixon ( at NE )- 10 touches in Week 13. Bad match up week 14. Only owned in 46% of Yahoo leagues.

Deep Leagues OAK RB Jaelen Ricard ( at KC)- 16 rushes, past 2 weeks.

 

 

Week 14 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr ( vs SD )- A TD in 3 straight weeks. Ginn poured it on at the end of last season as well. Only owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues.

CINN WR Tyler Boyd ( at CLEV )- Only owned in 53% of Yahoo leagues.

SD WR Dontrelle Inman ( at CAR)- WR T Benjamin’s drops means more for Inman. Nice game Week 13. Panthers secondary is weak. Only owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues.

KC WR Jeremy Maclin ( vs OAK)- Due back Thursday for this big division game.

ATL WR Taylor Gabriel ( at LAR )- WR Julio Jones has turf toe.

NE WR Malcolm Mitchell ( vs BALT )- Ravens #1 vs the run. Brady will have to throw.

CINN WR Brandon LaFell ( at CLEV )- Big Week 13 for LaFell with a TD reception.

 

Week 14 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends

TB TE Cameron Brate ( vs NO)- Oh what a sweet match up!

PITT TE Ladarius Green ( at BUFF)- Huge Week 13, and no other wide outs have worked out for the Steelers, so Green may be the answer.

WASH TE Vernon Davis ( at PHIL )- QB K Cousins will need TE Davis in Week 14 with WR Crowder suffering a hip pointer in Week 13 against the Cardinals.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( vs NYJ )- I have recommended TE McDonald for weeks and vs the Jets, his best game might come in Week 14. ( you saw what IND TE Allen did against the Jets)

IND TE D Allen ( vs HOU)- Don’t expect such a great week vs the Texan’s 4th best team guarding opposing tight ends.

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 14 coming as the week progresses.

 

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Week 13 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

Week 13 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Week 13 of the NFL season the last two teams off on a “Bye”. The last two are Tennessee and Cleveland. We had a couple injuries in Week 12, so there are  a few players needed around the league to step for NFL teams ( and for fantasy football owners on the waiver wire.) The following are your Utter-Fantasy Week 13 Waiver Wire recommendations.

Week 13 Byes: Cleveland and Tennessee.

 

Week 13 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

 

CLEV QB Robert Griffin III ( Bye Week)- Browns coach Hue Jackson said (shoulder, injured reserve) could be cleared for contact this week. RG3 could start Week 13

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( vs IND )- Good match. Only owned in 16% of Yahoo leagues.

PHIL QB C Wentz ( at CINN )- Only owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues.

CHI QB Matt Barkley ( vs SF )- Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues.

 

Week 13 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs

ATL RB Tevin Coleman ( vs KC)- TD run Week 12. Only owned in 70% of Yahoo leagues.

CINN RB Rex Burkhead ( vs PHIL )- RB Jeremy Hill injured Week 12.

BALT RB Kenneth Dixon ( vs MIA )- Split carries evenly in Week 12 w/ RB T West. Only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues.

 

 

Week 13 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

BUFF WR Sammy Watkins ( at OAK )- 3/3 targets in Week 12. Only owned in 72% of Yahoo leagues.

CINN WR Tyler Boyd ( vs PHIL )- Only owned in 50% of Yahoo leagues.

ATL WR Taylor Gabriel ( vs KC)- The Falcons may have found a secret weapon.

JACK WR Marqise Lee ( vs DEN )- WR Allen Hurns hurt his hammy. Horrible match up. Only owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues.

NE WR Malcolm Mitchell ( vs LAR )- 2 good weeks in a row. TEs Gronk and Bennett injured.

CINN WR Brandon LaFell ( vs PHIL)- WR Boyd is the man to get in Cincinnati with WR AJ Green OUT, ( and Gio ) but WR LaFell will get plenty of targets going forward.

 

Week 13 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends

WASH TE Vernon Davis( vs SF )- Averaging over 4 targets per game.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at CHI)- I have recommended TE McDonald for weeks.

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 13 coming as the week progresses.

 

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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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Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

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

 

Week 12 of the NFL season has 0 teams off on a “Bye”. The last two are in Week 13….Tennessee and Cleveland. We unfortunately, did have a rash of disappointing injuries in Week 11, so there are new players needed around the league to step for NFL teams ( and for fantasy football owners on the waiver wire.) The following are your Utter-Fantasy Week 12 Waiver Wire recommendations.

Week 12 Byes: None.

 

Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

CLEV QB Josh McCown (vs NYG )- CLEV QB C Kessler is now in”concussion protocal” and being his 2nd in recent games, he may be out for a while.

MINN QB Sam Bradford ( at DET )- Great match up on Thanksgiving Day vs the NFL’s worst defense.

BALT QB Joe Flacco ( vs CINN )- I like Joe in Week 12.

PHIL QB C Wentz ( vs GB)- The Packer’s defense is riddled with injuries and can’t stop anyone right now…( and giving up the most “big” plays in the NFL)

IND QB Tolzien ( vs PITT)- QB A Luck hasn’t practiced and likely OUT Week 12 im “concussion protocal. QB Tolzien has a daunting task ahead of him, throwing only 1 NFL pass in the past 3 years.

DEEP DEEP DEEP Leagues CHI QB Matt Barkley ( vs TENN)- The Chicago Tribune reports Jay Cutler suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s Week 11 loss to the Giants, and the Bears are “exploring” whether it will end Cutler’s season.

 

Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs

BUFF RB Mike Gillislee ( vs JACK )- RB L McCoy had surgery on his thumb but actually is expected back in Week 12. Don’t be surprised if it’s really the Gillislee show in Week 12 vs a bad Jacksonville defense. They can win this one without McCoy.

ATL RB Tevin Coleman ( vs ARI)- RB Coleman has been off for awhile with injuries and the Falcons had a “Bye” in Week 11, so he may be available. Due back Week 12. Only owned in 68% of Yahoo leagues.

PHIL RB Wendell Smallwood ( vs GB)- RB Darren Sproles suffered a fractured rib Sunday against the Seahawks. That say he’ll play in Week 12, but he should really just get some time off.

NO RB Tim Hightower ( vs LAR)– You should have gotten him in Week 10. UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 10 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATION

Deeper Leagues SEA RB Alex Collins ( at TB )- The Seahawks lost RB Prosise for 8 weeks with bad injury. SEA RB Alex Collins should back up RB T Rawls for the rest of the season.

Deeper Leagues CINN RB Rex Burkhead ( at BALT )- Giovani Bernard suffered a torn ACL in Week 11 against the Bills. Look for RB Burkhead to take over some pass-down work behind Jeremy Hill.

 

Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

CINN WR Tyler Boyd ( at BALT )- Sadly, we lost one of the most exciting players to watch in the NFL….in WR AJ Green. WR Boyd will be asked to step up in a big way for the rest of the season.

TENN WR Tajae Sharpe ( at CHI )- 19 targets in the past 3 weeks, 2 TDs in the past 2. Only owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues.

MIA WR DeVante Parker ( vs SF )- If you remember, WR Parker did not come on until late in the season last year. 8 targets for 79 yards and 1 TD in week 11. Only owned in 69% of Yahoo leagues. Great match Week 12.

MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at DET )- The Vikings said they wanted to get WR Thielen more involved and they did in Week 11. ( 5/65/ 1 TD). He’s the guy that they need to continue to get more involved on this team. Only owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues.

JACK WR Marqise Lee ( at BUFF )- QB Blake Bortles clearly prefers WR Lee over WR Allen Hurns this year.

NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( at CLEV )- You should have picked him up last week. UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 11 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATION

CINN WR Brandon LaFell ( at BALT)- WR Boyd is the man to get in Cincinnati with WR AJ Green OUT, ( and Gio ) but WR LaFell will get plenty of targets going forward.

BUFF WR Sammy Watkins- BUFF HC Rex Ryan said Monday that he is hopeful Sammy Watkins (foot, I.R.) will be able to “play some” in Week 12 versus Jacksonville.

Deeper Leagues….NE WR Malcolm Mitchell ( at NYJ)- I think Week 11 ( 4/98/ 1 TD) was more of fluke week, rather than a sign of things to come.

 

Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( at NYJ )- He did not have a good Week 11 ( only 1 catch ), but that could have been by Belichick design. He is an important part of the NE offense with or without TE Gronk.

 

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )- I have recommended TE McDonald for weeks now and still only owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues. Currently the #17 TE in the NFL and only 10 tight ends have more TDs than McDonald has (4).

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12 coming as the week progresses.

 

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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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Week 11 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

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

 

Week 11 of the NFL season has 4 teams off on a “Bye”, Atlanta, Denver, NY Jets and San Diego. We did not have a rash of disappointing injuries in Week 10, thankfully, but that also means that there are not a lot new players on the waiver wire, filling in around the NFL. If players on the “Bye’ week is hurting your fantasy football roster in Week 11, I am afraid the pickin’s are slim.

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

 

Week 11 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

WASH QB Kirk Cousins (vs GB)- Cousins has thrown at least 1 TD pass in every game since Week 1. Cousins is still only only owned in 73% of Yahoo leagues. At less than 100%, TENN QB M Mariots easily threw all over the Packers in Week 10.

TB QB Jameis Winston ( at Kansas City )- Winston is only owned in 83% of Yahoo leagues. Averaging 2 1/2 TDs last 4 games. Rough match up in Week 11, as KC DEF is playing well.

BALT QB Joe Flacco ( at DAL )- Tougher match up than he had in Week 10, but Flacco is a quality fill in for a quarterback on a “Bye” in Week 11.

 

 

Week 11 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs

TB RB Doug Martin ( at KC )- Doug Martin was eased into the game in Week 10, but did score a TD. He should be picked up in every format.

WASH RB Rob Kelley (vs GB)- In Week 10, Kelley went 22 for 97 yards, but 0 TDs unfortunately. With 43 carries the last two games, Kelley will be a back-end RB2 against the Packers. Only owned in 48% of Yahoo leagues.

GB RB James Starks ( at TENN)- In Week 10, James Starks played 55/78 snaps against the Titans. WR/RB Ty Montgomery was barely in the game, so it’s Starks show for the rest of the season if he can stay healthy. Only owned in 27% of Yahoo leagues.

DET RB Theo Riddick (vs JACK )– He’s the running back to own in Detroit when he’s healthy. May have been dropped due to the Week 10 “Bye” week, which I am sure did him well in his recover. Theo Riddick rushed 14 times for 70 yards and caught 1/3 targets for 6 yards in Week 9. Good match up Week 11. Only owned in 82% of Yahoo leagues.

BALT RB Terrance West ( at DAL )- Still available in 86% of Yahoo leagues.

Other possible RB candidates- deeper leagues OAK RBs Jaelen Richard ( vs HOU)- Back from the Week 10 “Bye” week.

 

Week 11 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( at NYG)- Back on the waiver wire radar with 50 yards and 1 TD in Week 10 and WR Alshon Jeffery’s 4 game suspension. Now likely the #1 receiver for the Bears.

PITT WR Eli Rogers ( at CLEV )- An UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 10 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATION…Eli Rogers hauled in 4/5 targets for 42 yards and a TD Sunday in Week 10 vs the Cowboys. Only owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews ( at IND)- 6 touchdowns in the past 6 games. Another UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 10 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATION

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( vs TB )- WR Hill has the most receptions of any Chief’s player in 2016.

CAR WR Devin Funchess ( vs NO)- Too big to ignore forever ( 6’4″- 225 lbs) Funchess caught 3/4 targets for 56 yards and 1 TD in Week 10 vs the Chiefs. Great match up week 11.

NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( vs CHI)- TD receptions 2 straight weeks and caught 5/7 targets for 42 yards and 1 TD in the Giants’ Week 10 win over the Bengals.

BALT WR Beshad Perriman ( at DAL)- Tough match up but slowing getting involved in the Raven’s offense. Perriman had 3/4 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown Thursday in the Ravens’ Week 10 win over the Browns.

Also consider MIA WR DeVante Parker( at LA Rams)- Parker had a good week of practice before catching five passes for 103 yards against the Chargers.

 

Week 11 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( at SF)- Even if it turns out that TE Gronkowski doesn’t have a punctured lung, Martellus Bennett caught seven passes for 102 yards in Week 10.
TB TE Cameron Brate (vs DET)- Brate now has 3 touchdowns in 3 games straight. He caught 7 receptions for 84 yards and 1 TD Sunday in Week 10. Only owned in 52% of Yahoo leagues.

Also consider SF TE Vance McDonald ( vs NE )- Vance McDonald has 12 targets past 2 games for 134 yards total and 1 TD.

See if SD Te A Gates is available ( owned in 88% of Yahoo leagues.) 37 targets past 4 games.

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 11 coming as the week progresses.

 

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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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Week 10 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

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

 

Week 10 of the NFL season has 4 teams off on a “Bye”. We did not have a rash of disappointing injuries in Week 9, thankfully, so it will be the teams on the “Bye’ that could hurt fantasy football owners the most in Week 10.

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

 

Week 10 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

CHI QB Jay Cutler ( at Tampa Bay )- The injury to QB B Hoyer gave the starting gig to Cutler for the rest of 2016. Cutler has weapons and a very nice match up in Week 10.

BALT QB Joe Flacco ( vs CLEV )- Nice match up vs Cleveland in Week 10.

PHIL QB C Wentz ( vs ATL )- QB Wentz hasn’t been playing particularly well of late, but even Wentz can have a good game vs the Falcons horrific defense.

 

Week 10 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs

GB RB James Starks ( at TENN)- The Packers haven’t had much of a running game in weeks, and sorely need RB Starks in their offense. Get him while you can. Only owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues.

TB RB Doug Martin ( vs CHI )- Doug Martin (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

JACK RB Chris Ivory (vs HOU )– Just when you think the Jags have decided on a running back ( one week it is RB Yeldon, the next is RB Ivory), they switch it up on us. There aren’t a lot of new options for waiver wire RBs and Ivory did have 18 carries Week 9 for 107 yards, 5th best in the NFL in Week 10. Only owned in 33% of Yahoo leagues.

NO RB Tim Hightower ( vs DEN )- Tough match up but still available in 54% of Yahoo leagues.

WASH RB Rob Kelley ( vs MINN)- HC Gruden considers Rob Kelley the Washington starting running back coming off the team’s bye week. Kelley should get the “bulk” of the carries, and that Matt Jones will “have to earn his way back.”

Other possible RB candidates- SF RB DuJuan Harris ( at ARI)-  

DEN RB Kapri Bibbs ( at NO)-  

NYG RB Paul Perkins ( vs CINN)-

TB RB Peyton Barber ( vs CHI )-  Generated 31 yards on 11 carries and caught 4/5 targets for 24 yards in Week 9. Note: The Bucs lost RB Antone Smith for the season Week 9.

deeper leagues OAK RBs Jaelen Richard ( Bye Week )-

 

Week 10 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

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 left Week 9 with an injury and Chiefs HC coach Andy Reid called Jeremy Maclin (groin) day to day, but admitted he could miss more time. That means lots of targets for WR Hill and TE Kelce.

ARI WR JJ Nelson ( vs SF)- 19 targets and 2 TDs in the past 2 weeks!

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.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews ( vs GB)- With TE D Walker injured, WR Matthews stepped up Week 9 and caught 6/10 targets for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Titans’ Week 9 loss to the Chargers.

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.

 

Week 10 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends

PHIL TE Zach Ertz (vs ATL)- It’s about time. Likely the best weapon on the Eagles roster…QB Wentz in Week 9 finally got Ertz the ball….8 passes for 97 yards in Week 9 against the Giants.  Expect even more Week 10 vs the Falcons. Only owned in 56% of Yahoo leagues.

Also consider 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.

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 10 coming as the week progresses.

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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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Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

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

 

Week 9 of the NFL season has 6 teams off on a “Bye”, the most of any regular season week so far except for Week 8. We did not have a rash of disappointing injuries in Week 8, thankfully, so it will be the teams on the “Bye’ that could hurt fantasy football owners the most in Week 9.

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

 

Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

BALT QB Joe Flacco ( vs PITT )- Flacco was on a “Bye” in Week 8, so he may be available in your league. Pittsburgh is the #23 ranked defense. Only owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at MIA)- Against the Browns in Week 8, Fitz only put up 228 yards and 1 TD, but amazingly, he has only thrown 1 INT now in the past 4 games.  Fitzpatrick is only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up.

MINN QB Sam Bradford ( vs DET)- The Lions are dead last vs the pass…..#32 ranked.

You also may have to consider LAR QB Case Keenum (vs CAR) Week 9

 

Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs

KC RB Charcandrick West (vs KC)– With RB J Charles still OUT, and RB S Ware dealing with a concussion, West had 14 carries for 52 yards in Week 8. He also had 2 catches for 8 yards. West played the entire second half after Spencer Ware left with a concussion. West could start next week if Ware doesn’t get cleared.

PHIL RB Darren Sproles ( at NYG)- HC Doug Pederson said he will “evaluate in these next couple of days” whether to replace Ryan Mathews with Darren Sproles as the No. 1 running back. Sproles has averaged 5.0 YPC and 10.3 yards per catch on the year.

DET RB Theo Riddick ( at MINN)- After missing the previous two games with an ankle injury, Theo Riddick rushed 11 times for 56 yards and caught 8/11 targets for 77 yards and 1 TD in Week 8.

NO RB Tim Hightower ( at SF)- RB Hightower filled in for benched RB Mark Ingram in Week 8, and rushed 26 times for 102 yards for New Orleans. HC Sean Payton confirmed Tim Hightower has “definitely” earned more work going forward.

MINN RB Matt Asiata ( vs DET)- Asiata did not have the game that fantasy football owners had hoped for, but if RB McKinnon still isn’t a 100% in Week 9, the Lions ( defense ranked last….#32) are a much better match up.

TB RBs Peyton Barber/ Mike Smith/ Antone Smith ( vs ATL)- RB Jacquizz Rodgers was seen in a walking boot, so Week 9 match up on Thursday Night might be too soon to start. Likely a RBBC approach in Tampa, but my guess is that RB Barber gets the most carries.

deep desperate leagues GB RB Don Jackson/ Aaron Ripkowski ( IND)- The Packers released RB Knile Davis. RBs Jackson and FB Ripkowski had 6 carries apiece in Week 8. With RB James Starks due back soon, this is a backfield to avoid,

 

Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

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. Only owned in 45% of Yahoo leagues

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

ATL WR M Sanu ( at TB )- Despite reeling in 9/10 targets for 84 yards and 1 TD in Week 8, Sanu is still only owned in 53% of Yahoo leagues

SD WR Tyrell Williams/ Travis Benjamin (vs TENN)- Brutal match up in Week 8 but Benjamin managed to haul in a spectacular TD pass. Very good schedule for Charger WRs ROS.

Other candidates- OAK WR Seth Roberts ( vs DEN)- Averaging almost 6 targets a game, Roberts had 69 yards and 1 TD in Week 8. Tough match up in Week 9.

Check to see if PITT WR Sammie Coates and LAR WR K Britt were dropped due to their Week 8 “Bye”

 

Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends

TB TE Cameron Brate (vs ATL)- With so many injuries to the Bucs offense, it only makes sense that TE Brate becomes a bigger part going forward. 3/5 targets for 22 yards and 1 TD in Week 8.  Only owned in 41% of Yahoo leagues.

IND TE Jack Doyle ( at TENN )- UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 7 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATIONS   A down week for TE Doyle in Week 8, but do not think that because WR D Moncrief is back, that TE Doyle isn’t still a big part of this offense. Only owned in 66% of Yahoo leagues.

Also consider BALT TE Dennis Pitta ( vs PITT)- On a “Bye” in Week 8 so likely available. Pitta caught 4/10 targets for 40 yards in the Ravens’ Week 7 loss to the Jets.

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 9 coming as the week progresses.

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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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Week 8 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

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

 

Week 8 of the NFL season has 6 teams off on a “Bye”, the most of any regular season week so far. We did not have a rash of disappointing injuries in Week 7, thankfully, so it will be the teams on the “Bye’ that could hurt fantasy football owners the most.

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

 

Week 8 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

DEN QB Trevor Siemian ( vs SD )-  If you have a QB on the Week 8 Bye week, you may desperately need a fill for the upcoming weekend. Siemian has a great match up and playing once again at home. The schedule makers were very kind to give Denver 5 home games in the first 8 weeks so Siemian could get familiar as the new starter. Only owned in 11% of Yahoo leagues

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at CLEV)- Whether Jets fans like it or not, Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Jets’ starting quarterback after Geno Smith suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Ravens. Great match up Week 8 at Cleveland.  Fitzpatrick is only owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up.

Also consider KC QB Alex Smith (at IND) Week 8

 

Week 8 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( vs OAK )- UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 7 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATIONS . He should have been picked up last week, but still only owned in 73% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up. No one knows when/if RB Doug Martin will be back.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( BYE)- Recommendation Week 6 Waiver Wire-  Pick him up even on a Bye week. Only owned in 72% of Yahoo leagues.

DEN RB Devontae Booker ( vs SD)- Like I wrote in Week 6 & 7, his talent is too gard for HC Kubiak to ignore. Week 7- Booker rushed 17 times for 83 yards and one touchdown.

GB RB Knile Davis ( at ATL)- Davis didn’t have a role in Week 7, having just arrived in Green Bay, but he should know the offense by Week 8, and the Packers need him.

MINN RB Matt Asiata ( at CHI)- Asiata had 18 touches in Week 7, vs RB McKinnon’s 12 touches. With so many teams on a Bye Week 8, Asiata is likely available- only owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues.

BUFF RB Mike Gillislee ( vs NE)- Why was RB McCoy even playing in Week 7???? RB Mike Gillislee to start if LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is not able to play once again in Week 8.  Tough match up however.

deep leagues HOU RB Alfred Blue ( vs DET)- RB Lamar Miller was banged up in Week 7, so RB Blue had more action than usual. He may have more than usuak again, if Miller isn’t 100% in Week 8. Great match up.

 

Week 8 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

GB WR Davante Adams ( at ATL)- His good games are spotting, but this could be a shoot out in Week 8. 13/16 targets for 132 yards and 2 TDs in Week 7. Only owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues

IND WR Donte Moncrief ( vs KC)- Moncrief (shoulder) is expected to practice Wednesday. If he plays in Week 8, Moncrief will be an upside WR3 against Kansas City. Only owned in 63% of Yahoo leagues.

ARI WR John Brown ( at CAR)- With WR Jaron Brown OUT (IR) and WR Michael Floyd suffering a hamstring injury in Sunday’s tie with the Seahawks, the Cardinals desperately need John Brown to return.

NO WR Michael Thomas ( vs SEA)- How is WR Thomas still only owned in 73% of Yahoo leagues? Tough match up but at least they are playing at home.

SD WR Tyrell Williams ( at DEN)- Brutal match up but QB P Rivers targets Williams more than anyone else. ( 10 times in Week 7)

DAL WR Cole Beasley- Even with WR Dez Bryant coming back, there’s no denying that QB Dak Prescott likes Cole “Danny Woodhead” Beasley.

Other candidates- NYJ Quincy Enunwa ( at CLEV)- Healthy once again. 73 yards and 1 TD Week 7.

 

Week 8 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends

CINN TE Tyler Eifert ( vs WASH)- Eifert is back and only owned in 69% of Yahoo leagues.

IND TE Jack Doyle ( at TENN )- UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 7 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATIONS  Fantasy football owners still have an opportunity to get Doyle, who is becoming one of QB A Luck’s favorite targets after WR TY Hilton. Only owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues. 9 catches/ 78 yards and 1 TD in Week 7.

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 8 coming as the week progresses.

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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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Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

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

 

Rather than Week 7 be a week of disappointing injuries, thankfully, it was a week of unlikely stars rising from the depths of NFL depth charts. Another nice week to look back at the NFL games and talk about who stood out with some spectacular plays, rather than who got injured.

Since we did not have a ton of new significant injuries, it’s the Bye weeks that can also create many roster problems for fantasy football owners, especially if they did not pay attention to them during the drafts. You may have players from their team off on the same bye week.

Bye Week 7: Carolina and Dallas

 

Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

TENN QB Marcus Mariota ( at IND)-  It’s not a secret that Indianapolis has one of the worst defenses in the NFL, and perhaps THE worst secondary. Even QB Brock Osweiler eventually had a good game vs the Colts in Week 6, and Mariota will in Week 7. If you are without QB Cam Newton in Week 7, Mariota should be serviceable. Only owned in 60% of Yahoo leagues

WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( at DET )- Another defense that made a quarterback looked great in Week 6 was the Detroit Lions. LAR QB Case Keenum had 321 passing yards and 3 TDs. Cousins is only owned in 72% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up.

TB QB Jameis Winston ( at SF )- Having had their “Bye” in Week 6, Winston may have come available in your league. Only owned in 70% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up.

deeper leagues BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( at MIA )

Also consider KC QB Alex Smith (vs New Orleans) Week 7 in deeper leagues

 

Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs

NE RB James White ( at PITT)- Recommendation Week 6 Waiver Wire- QB Tom Brady likes having RB James White on the field with him, and what Brady wants, Brady gets. White had 66 total yards and 2 receiving TDs in Week 6.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs BUFF)- Recommendation Week 6 Waiver Wire-  RB Ajayi racked up over 200+ rushing yards and 2 TDs. He was the top running back for Week 6. Tougher match up in week 7, but at least he’s at home again.

GB RB Knile Davis ( vs CHI)- Packers acquired RB Knile Davis from the Chiefs. Packers have the Thursday night game. Can RB Knile Davis be ready in 2 days?

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( at SF)- With Doug Martin (hamstring) out, Rodgers is expected to start Week 7 against the 49ers.

DEN RB Devontae Booker ( vs HOU)- Only a stash right now, but eventually Booker’s talent will be too much for HC Kubiak to ignore. Booker had 46 yards in Week 6 on only 5 carries ( 9.2 average) while RB CJ Anderson had 37 yards on 10 carries ( 3.7 average)

Keep an eye on RB Carlos Hyde- He has his right arm in a sling on Tuesday. If he’s not ready Sunday, RB Mike Davis (averaging 1.8 yards a carry) likely to start.

UPDATE: SF RB Carlos Hyde OUT for Week 7.
SF official 49er website, Rotoworld and Ourlads.com
showing RB Sh Draughn #2….RB Mike Davis #3 RB on depth charts

BILLS UPDATE: ESPN reports Mike Gillislee to start if LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is not able to play this week.

 

Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( at GB)-  Recommendation Week 6 Waiver Wire- An Utter-Fantasy recommendation last week, but since he is still only owned in 52% of Yahoo leagues, fantasy football owners needed Week 6 to become believers….11 catches for 113 yards. He was also targeted in the end zone.

NO WR Michael Thomas ( at KC)- Fantasy football owners were justifiably nervous about starting WR Michael Thomas with WR Willie Snead returning from injury, but Thomas easily was preferred over Snead by QB D Brees. Thomas should be acquired in all formats. Only owned in 67% of Yahoo leagues.

CINN WR Tyler Boyd ( vs CLEV)- I wouldn’t blame fantasy football owners for watching another week or two to see if Week 6 was a fluke ( 4 catches for 79 yards) but QB A Dalton has got to get this speedy receiver involved in their offense, as well as LaFell.

after their Week 7 Bye-DAL WR Cole Beasley- There’s no denying that QB Dak Prescott likes Cole “Danny Woodhead” Beasley.

GB WR Ty Montgomery ( vs CHI)- new acquistion RB Knile Davis is unlikely to be ready to contribute Thursday night, meaning Ty Montgomery should once again see plenty of snaps in the backfield. 104 total yards in Week 6 ( 98 receiving/ 6 rushing yards on 3 attempts.)

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.

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( vs NYG in UK)- Kenny Britt caught 7/8 targets for 136 yards and 2 TDs in Week 6 against the Lions. Temper expectations going forward with Britt. This was his first game with a TD, he had 3 ALL of last year, and in 2015 only went over 100 yards once ( vs PITT Week 3- 102 yards). The Lions can make a lot of players look sensational. ( DET #32 DEF in the NFL- LAST!) In Week 4, CHI WR Eddie Royal had 111 yard and 1 TD.

Other candidates- WASH WR Jamison Crowder ( at DET)- 3/4 targets for 52 yards in Week 6 and 1 TD.

 

Week 7 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends

SD  TE Hunter Henry ( at ATL)- Recommendation Week 6 Waiver Wire-  but 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 )- I picked up WR P Dorsett in a couple leagues in Week 6, and QB A Luck wouldn’t even look at him. Dorsett had only two lousy catches for 12 yards, and now he’s injured along with TE D Allen. This can only mean even more targets for Doyle. Only owned in 11% of Yahoo leagues.

 

More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 7 coming as the week progresses.

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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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Week 6 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

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

 

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

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

Bye Week 6: Minnesota and Tampa Bay

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

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

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

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

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other candidates-

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6

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

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

 

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

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Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

 

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

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

 

Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

 

RB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WR Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

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

 

TE Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

 

Week 5 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

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

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

 

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Panic or Do Not Panic Week 4

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

 

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

 

PANIC QBs

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

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

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

 

PANIC RBs

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

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

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

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

Others too good to panic about…but:

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

 

PANIC WRs

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

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

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

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

Others too good to panic about…but:

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

 

PANIC TEs

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

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

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

 

DON’T PANIC QBs

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

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

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

 

DON’T PANIC RBs

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

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

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

 

DON’T PANIC WRs

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

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

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

DON’T PANIC TEs

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

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

Borderline:

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

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Week 5 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football

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

 

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

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

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

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

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

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

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

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

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

Other candidates-

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

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

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

 

QB Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

 

RB Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

 

WR Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

 

TE Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

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

 

Week 4 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

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

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

 

K Week 4 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

 

Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football List

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Panic or Do Not Panic Week 3

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

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

 

PANIC QBs

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

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

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

 

PANIC RBs

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

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

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

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

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

Others too good to panic about…but:

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

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

 

PANIC WRs

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

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

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

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

Others too good to panic about…but:

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

 

PANIC TEs

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

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

DEN TE Virgil Green- Not enough targets.

 

DON’T PANIC QBs

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

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

 

DON’T PANIC RBs

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

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

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

 

DON’T PANIC WRs

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

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

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

 

DON’T PANIC TEs

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

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

Borderline:

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

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

 

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

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

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

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

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

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

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

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

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

Other candidates-

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

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

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

 

QB Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

 

RB Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

 

WR Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

 

TE Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Week 3 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

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

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

 

K Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

 

Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers list

NFL Fallen and Cant Get Up

NFL Fallen and Cant Get Up by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Samantha Holt

 

Murphy’s Law: If something can go wrong, then it will, and it has…especially in Cleveland!

The Medical Alert Badges were sounded off all over the NFL. This should be the subtitle to the NFL Week 2. After what already felt like a large amount of injuries last week, we saw a slew of them this week. I share this pain with all of you. This season I made the brilliant decision to join 8 fantasy leagues. I can say with certainty I have at least one of the following injuries on each of my teams. 3 in one league. If the early week 1 panic did not reach you, this new wave has likely hit you. I will not cover every “questionable” player, as the majority of those will play this week. AJ Green is marked questionable but he’s fine, he missed practice because his wife is having a baby so congrats to the Green family! Back to serious injuries, I sincerely hope week 3 is a healthier one. Starting from “down for the season” to “more minor injuries”, let’s dive on in.

Medical Alert

Ameer Abdullah RB DET:
Has been placed on IR with a foot injury that will require surgery. Dwayne Washington is potentially moving into the RB1 slot in Detroit. Theo Riddick is unlikely to be the every down back, but more likely to be a redzone vulture and 3rd down back. Between the two, pick up Washington, likely still available in your league.

Danny Woodhead RB :
So unfortunate to see Woodhead out for the year. Melvin Gordon moves up to RB1 and RB Kenneth Farrow worth a flyer in deep leagues only.

Adrian Peterson RB MINN:
AP has elected to have surgery on his torn meniscus.
The Vikings have signed Ronnie Hillman as of this week to fill in the backfield during AP’s absence. It will take a few weeks for him to gain momentum, but he will be the guy who eventually takes on the majority of the workload. We know this based on the Vikings lack of confidence that the combo of Asiata and McKinnon would be enough to get them through the season. First pick: Ronnie Hillman Second Pick: Matt Asiata (deep leagues only)

Doug Martin RB TB:
Out 3 weeks with a hamstring injury. Tampa Bay has a bye in week 6, this gives Martin 4 weeks to get back and he’ll need it as we all know hamstring injuries are particularly difficult to comeback from. They’re tough simply because players never get to fully test the muscle until they’re making an explosive move. This is why these injuries tend to linger, players comeback too soon and re-aggravate the injury simply because they felt fine walking. Hopefully Martin has a speedy recovery. Until he returns Charles Sims will be taking the majority of the work with Jacquizz Rodgers filling in behind him. I don’t expect much from Rodgers, he’s more of a deep league flag to watch. If you’re a Martin owner and your options are slim at replacements, pick up Sims.

Donte Mocrief WR IND:
Moncrief has a fractured scapula and will be out 4 to 6 weeks. He will not be having surgery, just rest and rehab. In the mean time Hilton owners who are normally frustrated by the imbalance of the two sharing targets, will see a bump in targets was Luck will be heavily relying on him. Also receiving a bump in targets will be WR Phillip Dorsett. He would be an interesting play in deep league PPR formats. Bump up the IND TEs.

Josh McCown QB CLEV:
CLEV QB Josh McCown apparently suffered a broken left collarbone in Week 2. ( an injury that is likely to have him out  two months. Tony Romo missed nine weeks with a similar injury last season)

Corey Coleman WR CLEV:
Breaking news today, Corey Coleman broke his hand in practice.. I’m positive he didn’t do this on purpose just to make this article longer.. but who knows. Out 4-6 weeks. Seriously though?! These injuries need to stop! I just replaced Brandon Marshall in my line up with you! Uhggg… Terrelle Pryor will see more targets with Coleman inevitably sitting out this weekend. Lets face it he can’t catch with one hand wrapped up.

Jay Cutler QB CHI:
Torn ligament in his thumb, as of right now he will not be having surgery. If they’re not rushing him into the operating room I think it’s safe to say they do not think the injury is bad enough that he’ll be out longer than a couple weeks. I think this knocks down Alshon Jeffery just slightly in rankings, but he’s the #1 receiver so his numbers should not take a major hit.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR:
Hamstring. Damn it guys can you just stretch before you play? I think all football players should be required to do yoga atlas twice a week just to stretch out those hamstrings. Come on. Anyways, Stewart will be out anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. Carolina’s bye is in week 7, so I would not be surprised to see Carolina wait to bring Stewart back until after the bye. In the mean time Fozzy Whitaker bumps up in rankings as next in line to receive the majority of carries. Cameron Artis-Payne is worth a stash as well, but the job is Whitaker’s for now.

Rashad Jennings RB NYG:
Jennings left Sunday’s game in a hard cast around his left wrist and thumb. Not a good look. He was however a limited participant in practice. Hopefully that’s a positive sign. Shane Vereen likely to see more carries if Jennings stays questionable up until Sunday.

Brandon Marshall WR NYJ:
When Marshall went down and grabbed at that knee it looked bad. My first thought was damn the ACL being so sensitive. But for now it appears Marshall did not tear anything but he didn’t practice Wednesday. He will be a game time decision Sunday. Decker also sat out in practice with a shoulder injury though he has said he will play this weekend. I think the rest is out of an abundance of caution due to Marshall’s injury. The guy to pick up here is WR Quincy Enunwa.

Devante Parker WR MIA:
Hamstring.. I’m serious about these guys taking yoga. Parker was a limited participant in practice today, so he shouldn’t miss time this weekend. However, I’m nervous because a small hammy injury can get worse quick without proper rehab. Kenny Stills would be the streaming option behind Parker should he miss anytime.

Alshon Jeffery WR CHI:
Was a limited participant in practice due to knee injury. Oh how I hope this does not get worse. Jeffery has been plagued with injuries throughout his career and fantasy owners are all to familiar with it. Let’s hope this really isn’t serious. For goodness sake we can’t lose any more!!

(Likely more injuries since posting this article…BUT don’t tell me. I can’t take any more bad news….as my fantasy football teams have fallen and can barely get up….as it is.)

Sam Holt

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Panic or Do Not Panic Week 2

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

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

 

PANIC!

 

QBs

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

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

 

RBs

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

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

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

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

CINN RB Jeremy Hill – His schedule is BRUTAL.

BUFF RB Le McCoy- His schedule is BRUTAL.

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

 

WRs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

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

 

TEs

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

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

 

 

DON’T PANIC!

 

QBs

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

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

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

 

RBs

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

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

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

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

 

WRs

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

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

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

 

TEs

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

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

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

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