Start Em Sit Em Week 14

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

 

Good luck to all fantasy football owners battling in the playoffs in Week 14. This week could be critical to making them, or winning them. Here are Utter-Fantasy’s Start Em and Sit Em Week 14 recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 14 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start IND QB Andrew Luck at home vs #14 ranked Houston defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

 

Week 14 Byes: None

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 14

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

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

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

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

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

JACK RBs ( vs MINN )- Avoid.

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 14 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

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

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

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

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

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 13

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

 

Most fantasy football leagues are heading into the playoffs either, so this week could be critical to making them. Here are Utter-Fantasy’s Week 13 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 13, 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NO QB Drew Brees at home vs #31 ranked Detroit defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

 

Week 13 Byes: Tennessee and Cleveland

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 13

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 13

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

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 13

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

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

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

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 13

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 13

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 13

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 13

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

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

Sit Em if you can……IND TEs ( at NYJ)-

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 13

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

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

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

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

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 12

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

 

Utter-Fantasy’s Week 12 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at home vs Washington ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

 

Week 12 Byes: None

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

PITT ( at IND )- A massacre is coming.

NYG ( vs CLEV )- Any team vs CLEV.

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

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

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 12 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

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

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

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

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

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016

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

 

Utter-Fantasy’s Week 11 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NYG WR Odell Beckham Jr at home vs the Bears ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

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

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Brainer GB WR Jordy Nelson ( at WASH )-

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

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

No Brainer DEF starts:  SEA ( vs PHIL )

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

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

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

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

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

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Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016

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

 

Utter-Fantasy’s Week 10 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NE QB Tom Brady at home vs Seattle ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

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

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

WR Sleepers Week 9…

BALT WR Mike Wallace ( vs PITT)-

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( at NYJ)-

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

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

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

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

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 10 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

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

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

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

No Brainer DEF sits: KC ( vs CAR )

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016

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

 

Week 9 Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at CLEV vs the Browns ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

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

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

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

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

WR Sleepers Week 9…

BALT WR Mike Wallace ( vs PITT)-

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

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

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

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

No Brainer DEF sits: CLEV ( vs DAL)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 8

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

 

Week 8 Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at home vs the Eagles) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

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

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

WR Sleepers Week 8…

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

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

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016

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

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

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

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016

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

 

Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for fantasy football players in your fantasy league, based on Week 7 match ups. Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start the NFL #1 QB Matt Ryan at home vs the Chargers) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

RB Sleepers Week 7...

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 7 2016

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

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

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

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

 
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Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016

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

 

Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for fantasy football players in your fantasy league, based on Week 6 match ups. Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start QB Tom Brady at home vs the Bengals) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 6 2016

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

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

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

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

Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

 

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

Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

I also like DAL Dak Prescott ( vs CINN)-

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

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

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

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

START EM SIT EM WEEK 4 2016

Week 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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Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016

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

 

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

 

NFL Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

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

I also like HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs TENN)

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

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RB Sleeper: CLEV RB I Crowell ( at WASH)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL  Sit Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

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

No Brainers: NYJ Ryan Fitz (at NE)

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Good Luck Week Four!

START EM SIT EM WEEK 3 2016
START EM SIT EM WEEK 2 2016

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

 

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

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

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

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

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

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

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

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

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

Other candidates-

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

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

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

 

QB Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

 

RB Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

 

WR Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

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

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

 

TE Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Week 3 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

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

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

 

K Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football

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

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

 

Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers list

Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016

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

 

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

 

NFL Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

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

I also like DAL Dak Prescott ( vs CHI)-

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

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

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

NO Brainer: DAL Zeke Elliott ( vs CHI)

I also like DET Theo Riddick ( at GB)-

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

I also like OAK Michael Crabtree ( at TENN)

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL  Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

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

No Brainers: Sit SF B Gabbert ( at SEA)

 

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

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

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

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

No Brainer Sits: CLEV ( at MIA)

 

Good Luck Week Three!

 

START EM SIT EM WEEK 2 2016

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

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

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

First Bye Week is in Week 4: GB-PHIL

 

Quarterbacks Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other good candidates-

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

DAL WR Cole Beasley- PPR deep league must own

 

Tight Ends Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleepers 2016

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

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

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football QB Sleeper

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

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football RB Sleepers

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

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

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

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

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football WR Sleepers

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football TE Sleepers

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

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

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

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

I also like PHIL TE Brent Celek with Ertz OUT.

TE C Brate for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

 

Week 2 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

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

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

Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers list

Start Em Sit Em Week 2 2016

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

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

 

NFL Start Em Sit Em Week 2 2016

 

Quarter Backs
Start ‘Em

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs
Start ‘Em

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers
Start ‘Em

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends
Start ‘Em

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

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

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

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

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

 

Defense
Start ‘Em

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

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

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

No Brainer DEF starts: DEN vs IND

 

Quarter Backs
Sit ‘Em

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Running Backs
Sit ‘Em

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receivers
Sit ‘Em

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tight Ends
Sit ‘Em

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

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

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

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

 

Defense
Sit ‘Em

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

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

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

No Brainers: SF ( at CAR)

Good Luck Week Two!

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 2

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

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

First Bye Week is in Week 4: GB-PHIL

 

Quarterbacks Waiver Wire Week 2

 

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

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

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

 

Running Backs Waiver Wire Week 2

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Week 2

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other decent candidates- deep leagues

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

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

 

Tight Ends Waiver Wire Week 2

 

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

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

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

DEN TE Virgil Green- 5 targets in Week 1

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

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

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

NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers

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

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

 

Fantasy Football RB Sleepers

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fantasy Football WR Sleepers

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fantasy Football TE Sleepers

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

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

 

Start Em Sit Em 2016 Week 1

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

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

 

NFL Week 1

 

Quarter Backs
Start ‘Em

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

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

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

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

other notable QB starts: DET Matthew Stafford @ IND

 

Running Backs
Start ‘Em

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

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

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

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

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

NO Brainer: HOU Lamar Miller vs CHI

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

 

Wide Receivers
Start ‘Em

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

GB Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb (at JACK ) – The Jags tried to drastically improve their defense, but if preseason was any indication, it did not improve much. We’ll see

DET Golden Tate ( at IND ) – QB Stafford and WR Tate should burn the IND Def at least once

IND TY Hilton (vs DET) – QB Luck and WR Hilton should burn the DET Def at least once. Many fantasy prognosticators think WR Moncrief could take over as Luck’s favorite target, but I think it will remain Hilton

HOU WR Will Fuller ( vs CHI)- QB Brock Osweiler loves all three of his WRs, and we know WR D Hopkins will do well, but Osweiler raves about Fuller- ( UPDATE: Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday’s practice)

No Brainers: OAK Amari Cooper at N.O., TB Mike Evans at ATL, JACK Allen Robinson

other notable WR starts: WASH DeSean Jackson vs PITT

sleepers: CAR Ted Ginn Jr, BALT Kamar Aiken, TENN Tajae Sharpe, HOU WR Braxton Miller IF Fuller is limited or doesn’t play

 

Tight Ends
Start ‘Em

PHIL Zach Ertz (vs CLEV) – The best security blanket for a rookie QB is a tight end as talented as Zach Ertz

SF Vance McDonald ( vs LAR)- McDonald made some nice plays in the preseason, and with journeyman WR J Kerley listed now as the #1 receiver, Vance may be QB Gabbert’s best option

TENN Delanie Walker ( vs MINN )- Targeted 133 times in 2015. Walker is the #1 target in TENN

other notable TE starts: PITT Jesse James at WASH

 

Defense
Start ‘Em

LA Rams (at SF ) – QB Blaine Gabbert

Houston (vs CHI) – QB Jay Cutler can’t help but throw 2 picks a game. ( betcha one goes for a DEF TD)

Dallas (vs NYG) – The Giants O-Line looked atrocious in the preseason, and I think it is the worst in the NFL. Dallas will give QB Eli Manning fits and will likely shut down RB R Jennings

other notable DEF starts: PHIL vs CLEV

 

Quarter Backs
Sit ‘Em

DEN Trevor Siemian ( vs CAR)- True test for the Bronco QB, but it will be rough on him….Game Plan- hand off!

MIA Ryan Tannehill (at SEA) – You might have to start him and Tannehill might put up some decent stats, just from the volume of passes that he is likely to make, but I’d prefer another option at QB this week

CHI Jay Cutler (at HOU) – Cutler’s INTs and fumbles vs a good defense, will likely wash out a lot of his positive stats in this game. JJ Watt due back

CLEV RG3 (at PHIL) – Let’s see how he does in the regular season before we start RG3, and it’s an away game

No Brainers: MINN Shaun Hill at TENN, NE Jimmy Garoppolo at ARI, SF Blaine Gabbert vs LAR

 

Running Backs
Sit ‘Em

BALT RBs  ( at BUFF) – Justin Forsett was released, then resigned, but this is a murky backfield and I wouldn’t start any of them until it shakes out- RBBC

MIA A Foster/ Jay Ajayi (at SEA) – The match up is terrible, but Foster might get something, but I wouldn’t sit many running backs for either of these guys Week 1

CAR Jonathon Stewart (at DEN) – Barely touched the ball in the preseason, and he’ll be rusty. Two of the best defenses face each other

WASH Matt Jones (vs PITT) – Better receiver out of the backfield, than he is a power runner…maybe he scores that way?? ( Note: Matt Jones (shoulder) practiced without his yellow non-contact jersey Wednesday )

JACK RB Chris Ivory- Ivory (calf, questionable) is expected to play Week 1 against the Packers but will be on a snap count. With this injury and limited action, Ivory is a Sit Em candidate-

 

Wide Receivers
Sit ‘Em

CHI Kevin White (at HOU ) – Talented young wide receiver out all of 2015, and we do not know if there is chemistry with QB Cutler yet

NE Ju Edleman & Chris Hogan (at ARI) – We don’t know how HC Belichick plans to try and win this game, but I doubt either of these 2 WRs end up with great stats

DEN Dem Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders (vs CAR ) – I’d wait a week for DEN Trevor Siemian to get real reps, and face IND Colts Week 2

N.O. WRS (vs OAK) – This is a pretty good OAK secondary, and someone will emerge for the Saints with good stats for Week 1….but who?

 

Tight Ends
Sit ‘Em

MIA Jordan Cameron (vs Seattle) – He’s done nothing since becoming a Dolphin in 2015

TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins (vs ATL)- Some websites are listing him as #1 on the TE depth chart, but the Bucs like TE Cameron Brate alot better, and so do I

BUFF Charles Clay (at BALT) – The Ravens were 3rd best at defending the tight end position in 2015

SEA TE Jimmy Graham- NFL Network reports Jimmy Graham (knee) will play Sunday versus Miami, but will not play a full complement of snaps.

 

Defense
Sit ‘Em

WASH (vs PITT) – Steelers will score plenty in this game IMO

SD ( vs KC )- The Chiefs will run a lot, and do high percentage passes all day

No Brainers: ATL vs TB, TB at ATL

Good Luck Week One!

UncleOdds Top 5 Standard Rankings

UncleOdds Top 5 Standard Rankings by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy welcomes fantasy football extraordinaire RotoUncleOdds as a guest writer this week, sharing with us his 2016 Top 5 Standard QB, RB, WR and WR Rankings with Projections.

GB Aaron Rodgers tops his “Top 5 Standard QBs Passing & Projections” Board, while LAR Todd Gurley, PITT Antonio Brown and NE TE Rob Gronkowski top his “Top 5 Standard League Rankings & Projections” for Running Back, Wide Receiver and Tight End” boards respectively.

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UncleOdds Top 5 Standard QBs Passing Stats 2015/  2016 Projections

 

1. GB Aaron Rodgers 2015 Passing Stats

SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2015 GB 16 347 572 3,821 31

 

• GB Aaron Rodgers Passing Projections 2016

SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2016 GB 16 374 560 4,472 34

 

  1. 2. CAR Cam Newton 2015 Passing Stats
SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2015 CAR 16 296 495 3,837 35

 

• CAR Cam Newton Passing Projections 2016

SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2016 CAR 16 305 515 3,990 31

 

  1. 3. SEA Russell Wilson 2015 Passing Stats
SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2015 SEA 16 329 483 4,024 34

 

• SEA Russell Wilson Passing 2016 Projections

SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2016 SEA 16 334 497 3,994 30

 

  1. 4. IND Andrew Luck 2015 Passing Stats
SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2015 IND 7 162 293 1,881 15

 

• IND Andrew Luck Passing 2016 Projections

SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2016 IND 16 375 568 4,453 32

 

  1. 5. PITT Ben Roethlisberger 2015 Passing Stats
SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2015 PIT 12 319 469 3,938 21

 

• PITT Ben Roethlisberger Passing 2016 Projections

SEAS TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2016 PIT 16 369 547 4,435 31

 

UncleOdds Top 5 Standard RBs Rushing Stats 2015 / 2016 Projections

 

  1. 1. LAR Todd Gurley 2015 Rushing Stats
SEAS GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2015 13 229 1,106 4.8 10

 

• LAR Todd Gurley Rushing 2016 Projections

SEAS GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2016 16 293 1,438 4.9 12

 

  1. 2. Adrian Peterson 2015 Rushing Stats
SEAS GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2015 16 327 1,485 4.5 11

 

•Adrian Peterson 2016 Rushing Projections

SEAS GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2016 16 268 1,196 4.4 11

 

  1. 3. PITT Le’Veon Bell 2015 Rushing Stats
SEAS GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2015 6 113 556 4.9 3

 

• PITT Le’Veon Bell 2016 Rushing Projections

SEAS GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2016 6 243 1190 4.8 10

 

  1. 4. ARI David Johnson 2015 Rushing Stats
SEAS GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2015 16 125 581 4.6 8

 

• ARI David Johnson 2016 Rushing Projections

SEAS TEAM GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2016 ARI 16 256 1190 4.6 9

 

  1. 5. DAL Ezekiel Elliott 2015 (College) Rushing Stats
SEAS GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2015 13 289 1821 6.3 23

 

• DAL Ezekiel Elliott 2016 Rushing Projections

SEAS GP ATT YDS AVG TD
2016 16 261 1195 4.5 9

 

UncleOdds Top 5 Standard WRs Receiving Stats 2015/  2016 Projections

 

  1. 1. PITT Antonio Brown 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 16 136 195 1,834 13.5 10

 

• PITT Antonio Brown 2016 Receiving Projections

SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 16 121 184 1,658 13.7 9

 

  1. 2. NYG Odell Beckham Jr. 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 15 96 159 1,450 15.1 13

 

• NYG Odell Beckham 2016 Receiving Projections

SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 15 97 155 1,425 14.7 11

 

  1. 3. HOU DeAndre Hopkins 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 16 111 192 1,521 13.7 11

 

• HOU DeAndre Hopkins 2016 Receiving Projections

SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 16 102 179 1,472 14.4 9

 

  1. 4. ATL Julio Jones 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 16 136 204 1,871 13.8 8

 

• ATL Julio Jones 2016 Receiving Projections

SEA GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 16 110 175 1,575 14.3 8

 

  1. 5. JACK Allen Robinson 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 16 80 153 1,400 17.5 14

 

• JACK Allen Robinson 2016 Receiving Projections

SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 16 85 162 1,386 16.3 14

 

UncleOdds Top 5 Standard TEs Receiving Stats 2015 / 2016 Projections

 

  1. 1. NE Rob Gronkowski 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 15 72 120 1,176 16.3 11

 

• NE Rob Gronkowski Gronkowski 2016 Receiving Projections

SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 16 76 129 1,093 14.4 9

 

  1. 2. WASH Jordan Reed 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 14 87 114 952 10.9 11

 

• WASH Jordan Reed 2016 Receiving Projections

SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 16 84 118 965 11.5 9

 

  1. 3. CAR Greg Olsen 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 16 77 123 1,104 14.3 7

 

• CAR Greg Olsen 2016 Receiving Projections

SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 16 71 113 1,017 14.3 6

 

  1. 4. TENN Delanie Walker 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 15 94 133 1,088 11.6 6

 

• TENN Delanie Walker 2016 Receiving Projections

SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 15 78 114 918 11.7 6

 

  1. 5. CINN Tyler Eifert 2015 Receiving Stats
SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2015 13 52 72 615 11.8 13

 

• CINN Tyler Eifert 2016 Receiving Projections

SEAS GP REC TGTS YDS AVG TD
2016 13 54 88 632 11.7 7

 

Please Also Check Out UncleOdds 2016 Dynasty Rankings

 

BONUS: UNCLEODDS 32 NFL TEAM STANDARD LEAGUE DEFENSE RANKINGS

Rank Team DST
1 Seattle Seahawks
2 Denver Broncos
3 Cleveland Browns
4 Indianapolis Colts
5 San Diego Chargers
6 Tennessee Titans
7 Kansas City Chiefs
8 Buffalo Bills
9 Los Angeles Rams
10 Minnesota Vikings
11 Green Bay Packers
12 Pittsburgh Steelers
13 New York Jets
14 Oakland Raiders
15 Jacksonville Jaguars
16 Cincinnati Bengals
17 Miami Dolphins
18 Baltimore Ravens
19 Washington Redskins
20 Philadelphia Eagles
21 Detroit Lions
22 Atlanta Falcons
23 Chicago Bears
24 Dallas Cowboys
25 San Francisco 49ers
26 New York Giants
27 New Orleans Saints
28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
29 Cleveland Browns
30 Indianapolis Colts
31 San Diego Chargers
32 Tennessee Titans

Guest UncleOdds 4 Player Profiles

Guest UncleOdds 4 Player Profiles by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Utter-Fantasy welcomes fantasy football extraordinaire RotoUncleOdds as a guest writer this week, sharing with us four player profiles.
TB QB Jameis Winston tops his “Dynasty Profile” list, followed by ARI RB David Johnson, OAK WR Amari Cooper and WASH TE Jordan Reed. Enjoy “the Uncle’s” insight into these players and why he likes them for the upcoming season.

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Quarterback Jameis Winston-

Jameis Winston 2015 Passing Stats

SEASON TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2015 TB 16 312 535 4,042 22

 

UncleOdds Projections 2016 Jameis Winston Passing

SEASON TEAM GP CMP ATT YDS TD
2015 TB 16 340 560 4,165 26

 

Jameis Winston, like most rookies, had good and bad performances last season. Following a very poor Week 1 performance, his game level began to evolve. Winston finished the season with an overall grade that ranked 13th among quarterbacks and earned him PFF’s Rookie of the Year award. As the the season went on, Winston improved dramatically, ranking 8th over the final seven weeks of 2016. When the young rookie was not pressured, he had the 8th-highest passing grade in the league. This is a margin spot where he can still improve. With time to build chemistry, I see a very strong, dynamic duo forming with WR Mike Evans for 2016. I have Winston as my 6th ranked dynasty QB. He has young hungry Bucs around him, which includes Evans, RB Doug Martin (who finished 2nd rushing yards with 1402 yards), RB Charles Sims, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and rookie WR Kenny Bell. It’s a team-base of young, incredibly talented players, who can be successful together in the NFL for years to come. Winston was in “learning mode” last season, and I see him developing into one of the better quarterbacks in the future.

 

Running Back David Johnson-

David Johnson 2015 Rushing Stats

SEASON TEAM GP ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
2015 ARI 16 125 581 4.6 47 8

 

UncleOdds Projections 2016 David Johnson Rushing

SEASON TEAM GP ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
2015 ARI 16 256 1190 4.6 —- 9

 

Johnson ranked #1? Why Johnson over Gurley or Bell?  My decision is not based on stats or data like most of my calls in fantasy football, but rather on my gut intuition. There’s no doubt Gurley and Bell have proven themselves as two of the best RBs in the league, with both having better averages (Bell 4.9 and Gurley 4.8) than Johnson and both can be used as receivers. Gurley and Bell are amazing, but guess what…so is David Johnson! Drafted in 2015, Johnson didn’t have an important role in the first 11 weeks of the season, and it wasn’t until Week 12 that Johnson got his first start. He then held the starting job for the rest of the season, gaining a league-best 131.7 yards per game from scrimmage during that time.

My point on Johnson is that his situation may allow him to stay healthy/ healthier for the next few seasons! If you can stop Todd Gurley, you stop the Rams. How much punishment will Gurley receive and how much will he be able to take? With a rookie quarterback, the Rams offense will depend on Gurley alot, and for 2016, this could be a “one man wolf-pack’’. Le’Veon on the other hand, is coming off from a MCL torn season-ending injury, and most players don’t come back at the same level that they left prior to the injury. David Johnson has a strong Cardinal’s offense around him, so he doesn’t have to carry the team’s offense on his shoulders and he won’t be taking as much punishment as Gurley and Bell. I see a healthier player in Johnson for the upcoming season and beyond, which makes him my #1 dynasty running back.

I look forward to sitting in my mancave when the 2016 season starts watching which one of these 3 great backs, does in fact, becomes #1 for 2016 and also how these 3 continue to develop into their best potential.

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Wide Receiver Amari Cooper-

Amari Cooper 2015 Receiving Stats

SEASON TEAM GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD
2015 OAK 16 72 130 1,070 14.9 68 6

 

UncleOdds Projections 2016 Amari Cooper Receiving

SEASON TEAM GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD
2015 OAK 16 80 147 1,192 14.9 —– 8

 

Amari Cooper is a player with amazing speed/acceleration who stays at the top of his routes, and who has owned the post route. Cooper, in his first season in Oakland, developed great chemistry with Derek Carr early on, hauling in 72 passes for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns. In 2015, he was targeted 130 times! The former Alabama star added another feat to his outstanding rookie season by amassing the most receptions by a wide receiver, 21 years old or younger, in NFL history. Cooper also became the first Oakland rookie wide receiver to reach 1,000 receiving yards.

Targeting his favorite weapon often, OAK QB Carr’s passer rating improved from 76.6 to 91.1 last season, ending 2015 with 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns. In only his 2nd year in the league, Carr had had to learn two different systems.  “I think it helps that he doesn’t have to learn a new language again,” OC Bill Musgrave said of Derek. Carr is a quaterback on the rise and the Raiders have the right tools to be a great offensive team, with WR Michael Crabtree, RB Latavius Murray, and new addition RB DeAndre Washington. Washington was selected by Oakland in the 5th round of the 2016 NFL Draft and will be a nice compliment to RB Murray. I have high expectations for him, particularly in dynasty leagues. All these weapons that the Raiders have offensively will only make young Amari a better player.

 

Tight End Jordan Reed-

Jordan Reed 2015 Receiving Stats

SEASON TEAM GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD
2015 WSH 14 87 114 952 10.9 32 11

 

UncleOdds Projections 2015 Jordan Reed Receiving

SEASON TEAM GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD
2015 WSH 16 80 108 948 11.8 —– 9

 

In previous years, the tight end position was Gronk and then the rest. Thankfully for the NFL and fantasy football, we now we have a lot more  names to talk about, i.e Greg Olsen, Tyler Eifert, Jordan Reed, Gary Barnidge, Travis Kelce, Delanie Walker, and Zach Ertz. ( I apologize if I left out your favorite!) I personally love Reed and at only 25 years old (Gronk 27), he made 87 catches in 2015 for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, making him Washington’s leading receiver last season. Reed is a tight end but his production is similar to that of a wide receiver. He is very dangerous on a lot of routes, and he is worth gold in the red zone. It might interest you to know that Reed not only played his collegiate career as a tight end, but also as a wide receiver and even as quarterback.  Jordan Reed- “Honestly, I feel like playing quarterback helped me out a lot – knowing which guys were going to cover me, being able to read the defense, things like that”. Jordan Reed is sitting out minicamp after suffering an ankle injury, but the Uncle says to draft Reed with confidence. Currently ranked as my #2 dynasty TE.

 

Guest UncleOdds 2016 Dynasty Rankings

Guest UncleOdds 2016 Dynasty Rankings by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy welcomes fantasy football extraordinaire RotoUncleOdds as a guest writer this week, sharing with us his 2016 Dynasty Rankings.
CAR QB Cam Newton tops his “Dynasty Quarterback” Board, while ARI RB David Johnson, NYG WR Odell Beckham Jr and NE TE Rob Gronkowski top his “Dynasty Running Back, Wide Receiver and Tight End” boards respectively.

Utter-Fantasy thanks RotoUncleOdds for his generosity.
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UncleOdds Dynasty Rankings 2016
Rank QB Rank RB Rank WR Rank TE
1 Cam Newton CAR 1 David Johnson ARI 1 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 1 Rob Gronkowski NE
2 Andrew Luck IND 2 Le’Veon Bell PIT 2 DeAndre Hopkins HOU 2 Jordan Reed WAS
3 Russell Wilson SEA 3 Todd Gurley LA 3 Julio Jones ATL 3 Tyler Eifert CIN
4 Aaron Rodgers GB 4 Devonta Freeman ATL 4 Antonio Brown PIT 4 Greg Olsen CAR
5 Marcus Mariota TEN 5 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 5 Allen Robinson JAC 5 Travis Kelce KC
6 Jameis Winston TB 6 Lamar Miller HOU 6 Amari Cooper OAK 6 Zach Ertz PHI
7 Derek Carr OAK 7 Doug Martin TB 7 Sammy Watkins BUF 7 Eric Ebron DET
8 Blake Bortles JAC 8 Dion Lewis NE 8 Dez Bryant DAL 8 Julius Thomas JAC
9 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 9 Mark Ingram NO 9 Alshon Jeffery CHI 9 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB
10 Tom Brady NE 10 Carlos Hyde SF 10 Mike Evans TB 10 Ladarius Green PIT
11 Philip Rivers SD 11 T.J. Yeldon JAC 11 A.J. Green CIN 11 Delanie Walker TEN
12 Drew Brees NO 12 C.J. Anderson DEN 12 Keenan Allen SD 12 Jimmy Graham SEA
13 Matt Ryan ATL 13 Eddie Lacy GB 13 Brandin Cooks NO 13 Coby Fleener NO
14 Andy Dalton CIN 14 Thomas Rawls SEA 14 T.Y. Hilton IND 14 Gary Barnidge CLE
15 Teddy Bridgewater MIN 15 Adrian Peterson MIN 15 Devante Parker MIA 15 Maxx Williams BAL
16 Ryan Tannehill MIA 16 Jamaal Charles KC 16 Laquon Treadwell MIN 16 Hunter Henry SD
17 Jared Goff LA 17 Derrick Henry TEN 17 Randall Cobb GB 17 Dwayne Allen IND
18 Tyrod Taylor BUF 18 Kenneth Dixon BAL 18 Demaryius Thomas DEN 18 Charles Clay BUF
19 Matthew Stafford DET 19 Melvin Gordon SD 19 Jarvis Landry MIA 19 Clive Walford OAK
20 Carson Wentz PHI 20 Duke Johnson CLE 20 Corey Coleman CLE 20 Kyle Rudolph MIN
21 Kirk Cousins WAS 21 Ameer Abdullah DET 21 Kevin White CHI 21 Antonio Gates SD
22 Eli Manning NYG 22 Jay Ajayi MIA 22 Dorial Green-Beckham TEN 22 Jordan Cameron MIA
23 Paxton Lynch DEN 23 Giovani Bernard CIN 23 Josh Doctson WAS 23 Martellus Bennett NE
24 Carson Palmer ARI 24 LeSean McCoy BUF 24 Donte Moncrief IND 24 Jace Amaro NYJ
25 Tony Romo DAL 25 Jeremy Hill CIN 25 Brandon Marshall NYJ 25 Jared Cook GB
26 Brock Osweiler HOU 26 Latavius Murray OAK 26 Michael Floyd ARI 26 Austin Hooper ATL
27 Joe Flacco BAL 27 DeMarco Murray TEN 27 Jordy Nelson GB 27 Jason Witten DAL
28 Colin Kaepernick SF 28 Karlos Williams BUF 28 Kelvin Benjamin CAR 28 MyCole Pruitt MIN
29 Jay Cutler CHI 29 Jeremy Langford CHI 29 Allen Hurns JAC 29 Richard Rodgers GB
30 Alex Smith KC 30 Matt Jones WAS 30 Eric Decker NYJ 30 Tyler Higbee LA
31 Robert Griffin CLE 31 C.J. Prosise SEA 31 Breshad Perriman BAL 31 Thomas Duarte MIA
32 Ryan Fitzpatrick FA 32 Matt Forte NYJ 32 John Brown ARI 32 Vance McDonald SF
33 Charles Sims TB 33 Sterling Shepard NYG
34 Tevin Coleman ATL 34 Jeremy Maclin KC
35 Devontae Booker DEN 35 Tyler Lockett SEA
36 Jerick McKinnon MIN 36 Julian Edelman NE
37 DeAndre Washington OAK 37 Jordan Matthews PHI
38 Ryan Mathews PHI 38 Michael Thomas NO
39 Jordan Howard CHI 39 Golden Tate DET
40 Charkandrick West KC 40 Emmanuel Sanders DEN
41 Jonathan Stewart CAR 41 Michael Crabtree OAK
42 Isaiah Crowell CLE 42 Stefon Diggs MIN
43 Kenyan Drake MIA 43 Josh Gordon CLE
44 Javorius Allen BAL 44 Doug Baldwin SEA
45 Theo Riddick DET 45 Will Fuller HOU
46 Jonathan Williams BUF 46 Tyler Boyd CIN
47 Keith Marshall WAS 47 DeSean Jackson WAS
48 Danny Woodhead SD 48 Devin Funchess CAR
49 Paul Perkins NYG 49 Leonte Carroo MIA
50 Keith Marshall WAS 50 Nelson Agholor PHI
51 Jonathan Williams BUF 51 Marvin Jones DET
52 Chris Ivory JAC 52 Martavis Bryant PIT
53 Wendell Smallwood PHI 53 Sammie Coates PIT
54 Alfred Morris DAL 54 Phillip Dorsett IND
55 Tyler Ervin HOU 55 Tavon Austin LA
56 Chris Thompson WAS 56 Willie Snead NO
57 Bilal Powell NYJ 57 Torrey Smith SF
58 James Starks GB 58 Travis Benjamin SD
59 Justin Forsett BAL 59 Davante Adams GB
60 Andre Ellington ARI 60 Kenny Bell TB
61 Rashad Jennings NYG 61 Pharoh Cooper LA
62 Shane Vereen NYG 62 Rishard Matthews TEN
63 Frank Gore IND 63 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
64 C.J. Spiller NO 64 Kendall Wright TEN
65 Ronnie Hillman DEN 65 Braxton Miller HOU
66 Darren McFadden DAL 66 Chris Conley KC
67 David Cobb TEN 67 Jamison Crowder WAS
68 Spencer Ware KC 68 Malcolm Mitchell NE
69 Tre Mason LA 69 Jaelen Strong HOU
70 Cameron Artis-Payne CAR 70 Ty Montgomery GB

What if Calvin Johnson Does Retire

What if Calvin Johnson Does Retire by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

The Lions are batting a pathetic .090 when drafting WRs since 2003.

Detroit is so bad at drafting wide receivers, that most don’t stay in the NFL, let alone stay on the Lion’s roster for long.

Can Detroit replace Megatron? If we look at the Lions record of drafting wide receivers, the answer is “not through the draft, that is for certain!

Here’s their unimpressive batting record over the last 12 years…..

2014- WR- T J Jones

2013- WR- Corey Fuller


2012- WR- Ryan Broyles


2011- WR- Titus Young

2010- WR- Tim Toone


2009- WR- Derrick Williams

2008- WR- Kenny Moore

2007- WR- Calvin Johnson****


2005- WR- Mike Williams

2004- WR- Roy Williams


2003- WR- Charles Rogers

Only one out of the last 11 WRs drafted by the Detroit Lions has worked out for them (Granted, the one ****HOF WR almost makes up for the other ten busts.)

In 2014, the Detroit Lions passed on WR Odell Beckham Jr (12th overall selection) , WR Brandon Cooks (20th overall selection) and WR Kelvin Benjamin (28th overall selection) to select TE Eric Ebron with their 10th overall selection in that recent NFL Draft.

It is frightening to think how much another bust could hurt the Lions. It’s also frightening to think how good the Lions would have been if they had gotten Odell Beckham Jr in 2014, or WR Sammy Watkins in 2015. Both are true Home Run hitters, and Detroit could have used a Home Run wide receiver to up their batting average and a star already on their roster in 2016, if Megatron does indeed retire!