Fantasy football season is right around the corner, and people are starting to do their analysis to figure out who to go after. Most people already know about the best players at each position, but that usually does not win or lose a league. Instead, going after the right second-tier players can really pay off. Here's a look at three guys who could make a big difference in fantasy football this year.
The New Orleans Saints are not really known for running the football consistently. That is what happens when you have one of the best quarterbacks in recent memory in Drew Brees. However, he is starting to show his age, and that means the game plan might be changing a little bit in the Big Easy. New running back CJ Spiller has a chance to take advantage of this shift in focus. He is going to be fighting for touches with Mark Ingram, but he has been injured pretty frequently during his brief NFL career so far. Spiller is also an injury risk, but things are lining up for him to be pretty good this year.
The St. Louis Rams have a new quarterback, and he will be looking for at least a couple of guys to rely on in the passing game. Bailey might not get a lot of hype, but he has been pretty consistent in his first two seasons. If he can develop a good relationship with Nick Foles, he might just be the biggest surprise at wide receiver in 2015.
Labeling a Heisman Trophy winner and the #2 overall pick as a sleeper might be a stretch, but people are not really expecting him to hit the ground running in the NFL. However, just about everything is lined up for him to be pretty successful in Tennessee at least statistically. There is not a lot of pressure to win right away, so they are going to give him the chance to succeed and fail. They are also building a system around him that will utilizes his strengths, so that could end up paying off. Take him as a backup quarterback and see what he can do.
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Week 11 Waiver Wire Pick Ups by @RFLRedZone
Ryan Mallett-QB-HOU Owned in 13% of CBS leagues
The Houston Texans on the brink of making the playoffs, made a move prior to their bye week to make Ryan Mallett their every week starter. Without much experience and really not knowing if it was the right move, they took the two weeks to get him ready, it looks as though it paid off. Mallett was terrific as he controlled the Browns defense for over 200 yards passing and two touchdowns. He got Andre Johnson more targets and receptions this week, than he has had all season, and involved DeAndre Hopkins in a few deep balls as well. He now faces the downward spiraling Bengals defense and has two games against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars. He would serve you best in two-quarterback leagues or leverage for your starter.
CJ Anderson-RB-DEN Owned in 82% of CBS leagues
It looks like the Broncos are cornered into using CJ Anderson as their starter, and you know what, I think that’s pretty okay with them. Hillman’s injury is still unknown, as it has been reported anywhere between two-to-six weeks. As for Montee Ball, he is most likely done for the season, as his groin just doesn’t want to corporate and stay healthy. Anderson had a rough game against the Rams in the rushing category, as he only had nine carries for 29-yards, but was used extensively in the passing game, as he caught eight passes for 86 yards. The only other running back on the Broncos depth chart is Juwan Thompson and he won’t pose much of a threat.
Coby Fleener-TE-IND Owned in 63% of CBS leagues
Depending on the severity of Dwayne Allen and his high ankle sprain, it could give Coby Fleener some lee-way to produce in this offense. The Colts are primary a two-tight end offense, so that position is critical for their success. Fleener was keyed on by Andrew Luck against the Patriots on Sunday Night Football as he had seven receptions for 144-yards, and since Luck likes to use Allen in the end zone, Fleener would get those as well.
Alfred Blue-RB-HOU Owned in 66% of CBS leagues
The Houston Texans may have their quarterback and running back of the future. Not only did Ryan Mallett perform well, but so did running back Alfred “The Color is” Blue. The Texans decided that they should give the rock 36 times for 156 yards. Yes, Arian Foster is going to return, but how long can he remain healthy? Also, he is a must owned handcuff for all Foster owners. On the season he has 104 attempts for 390 yards but no touchdowns. He doesn’t offer much in the passing game as he only has caught six passes for 56-yards but does have a touchdown.
Kenny Britt-WR-STL Owned in 12% of CBS leagues
The Rams are looking to utilizing Kenny Britt, and after his four catch, 128 yards receiving and one touchdown performance, they should be. Britt dialed long-distance for his touchdown as it went for a 63-yard reception. Britt has put up a score in two of the last three games, and should be targeted for all owners needing a wide receiver. He is the number one receiver for the Rams, so look for targets to continue to go his way. As for his targets he is getting five to seven per game, so expect his ceiling to be around the five reception mark and 60 yards, with a sporadic spread of touchdowns.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Even though they are not listed, there is quite a few running backs that can be had. For instance, I
would look into Tre Mason 59%, Terrance West 33%, or even Chris Johnson at 56% ownership.
What I do bring in this article is a good mixture of veterans and rookies. Players that haven’t
been talked about in a long-time such as Kenny Britt and Mark Sanchez. Rookies Teddy
Bridgewater and Jarvis Landry make a return to waiver wire beast list, and I take a stab at little
known Mychal Rivera.
Kenny Britt – WR – Rams – Owned in 11% of CBS leagues
Kenny Britt will become the number one receiver now that Brian Quick is down with a season
ending injury. He was only targeted four times, and he caught two of those for 32 yards,
including a touchdown. He almost was a target for a second touchdown, but Austin Davis
underthrew the pass. The Rams are rely more on the running game, but you cannot ignore a
number one receiver, even if it is on a poor offense like the Rams.
Mychal Rivera – TE – Raiders – Owned in 4% of CBS leagues
Oakland Raiders don’t usually make a list such as this. But, when a tight end gets eight
receptions for 38 yards on 11 targets, people take notice. Derek Carr likes to look his way, as he
had 11 targets last week as well against the Browns. As Carr continues to grow in this offense, so
will Rivera. Next week he faces the Broncos, and like the Seahawks, they have a hard-time
containing the tight end. On the season he has 28 receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Sanchez – QB – Eagles – Owned in 1% of CBS leagues
When Nick Foles left the game with a shoulder injury, Mark Sanchez was counted on to deliver.
He did, as he threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions, so leagues
that enforce this, should heed, as he will throw plenty of these. Foles most likely will be out
through your fantasy season, so the gig is Sanchez’s. The important aspect to keep in mind is he
will be in Chip Kelly’s offense, and should continue to play well.
Alfred Blue – RB – Texans – Owned in 24% of CBS leagues
I would particularly look into Alfred Blue, if Arian Foster is out for any extended period of time,
he makes an excellent pick-up. Foster suffered from a groin injury in a non-contact play, and as
he was walking off, he slammed his helmet into the ground. The offensive line has played well,
opening holes for Foster. If Blue can do well, he can carve out a nice position for himself, and
have the Texans look at often injured Arian Foster. Blue rushed 13 times for 78 yards and caught
one pass for 10 yards, but, keep in mind the Texans have their bye week this Sunday.
Jarvis Landry – WR – Dolphins – Owned in 5% of CBS leagues
Even though he is not the number one receiver for the Miami Dolphins, and with Mike Wallace
that isn’t going to change. Landry was targeted six times and he caught five passes for 46 yards
and one touchdown, and with his continued progression he makes a nice roster spot for your
fantasy team. He has shown that he can run great routes and get open, which should lead to more
targets and opportunities as the season continues.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 8 by @RFLREDZONE
This week the youngsters showed up on the list. Tre Mason is a rookie and Gavin Escobar is in his second season, while Denard Robinson is now in his third season. Doug Baldwin is a four year vet, and the elder Kyle Orton is now in his 10th season. I have a good mix of all skill positions this week, and two Bills are represented. I have also placed two risky ownership players this time around. As Denard Robinson has an excellent chance to start. Also, Gavin Escobar, had his best game in two years, and all he really did was catch two touchdowns. I came close to putting Bryce Brown on the list, but at this time we don’t know if it will be Brown or Anthony Dixon leading the way. Brown is owned in 4% of CBS leagues, while Dixon is owned in 0% of CBS leagues. The major issue is that once acquired, in four weeks they are going to head to the bench, as that is when Fred Jackson is supposed to return. Grab Brown or Dixon, if you feel adventurous, have the room, and are risky by nature.
Denard Robinson-RB-JAX Owned in 6% of CBS leagues
Denard Robinson got the starting nod at running back, more so due to whim, injuries, and lack of talent. Not one running back has even sniffed an ounce of success at the running game, and the Jaguars were 0-6 because of it. Then Robinson stepped on the field, and turned everything on its head. He had 127 yards rushing on 22 carries and a touchdown. If he can continue to be successful in the running game, he will be a complete overhaul for the Jaguars offense. He will need to change his number to be eligible though.
Tre Mason-RB-STL Owned in 18% of CBS leagues
Tre Mason carried a full-load in the Rams game this weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry, and had 18 attempts for 85 yards and one touchdown. He did not make a reception. His first touchdown came on a great jump-cut to put the Rams ahead 7-3 in the first quarter. Mason was the only one targeted for the whole game, other than the five rushes by Tavon Austin and the two by Benny Cunningham. Areas of difficulty for him have been at blocking, and he did fumble once, but it was recovered by the Rams. Zac Stacy only had one snap, but no touches. At this point Stacy is waiver wire fodder.
Kyle Orton-QB-BUF Owned in 12% of CBS leagues
Making his return on my list is Kyle Orton. Still only owned in 12% of leagues, he continues to look impressive. Against the Minnesota Vikings, he was on target for 72% of his passes as he completed 31-of-43 attempts, and threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns. Since taking over for E.J. Manuel, he has completed 68.5% of his passes for 890 yards and five touchdowns. The last two weeks he has thrown for two touchdowns and close to 300 yards. He may be more active now that Spiller and Jackson will be out.
Gavin Escobar-TE-DAL Owned in 0% of CBS leagues
I will admit that this is a stretch, but when a player catches two touchdowns, and has three receptions for 65 yards, being noticed will take shape. Will he outplay Jason Witten? Probably not, but right now he has value as he has more touchdowns. Escobar has three and Witten just one. I would say Escobar has more of chance to outdistance Witten in standard leagues, but will falter in PPR.
Doug Baldwin-WR-SEA Owned in 36% of CBS leaguesSomebody had to step-up for the departed Percy Harvin and this week it was Doug Baldwin. He was targeted 11 times and caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. This season he has 36 targets for 23 catches and 311 yards and on one touchdown. His production may decrease, just because a benefactor of the Harvin trade has not been proven. Baldwin, just needs to continue to do what he did against St. Louis, and it will be him.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Blake Bortles-QB-Jacksonville owned in 27% of CBS leagues
Bortles looked solid this week against the Titans. He completed 32 passes-of-46 attempts for 336 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed five times for 38 yards. Bortles has thrown for 220 yards or more in three of his four games played, and four touchdowns in the last four. He is having good yardage numbers, but is struggling to find the end zone. Bortles also has great weapons at wide receiver, and if he can start getting the ball across the goal line, things will look so much brighter.
Andre Holmes-WR-OAK owned in 6% of CBS league
David Carr had a great day against the San Diego Chargers and Andre Holmes was the primary benefactor. Holmes caught four passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdowns adds to his total of three in two weeks, and he has 15 receptions for 269 yards in the last four games as well. He has great size, as he stands at 6’4 and weighs 218 pounds, which makes him an awesome red zone target.
Louis Murphy-WR-Tampa Bay owned in 6% of CBS leagues
Even though the Buccaneers got blown out, this just means extra points for players like Louis Murphy. Against the Ravens this week, Murphy caught seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. This is the second straight week that Murphy has gotten in the end zone. In the last three games he has caught 16 receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns. It looks as though Murphy is becoming a favorite of Mike Glennon.
Jarvis Landry-WR-Miami owned in 1% of CBS leagues
Landry had a nice day for the Miami Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill went his direction. Landry has been a steady producer in the last four games, as he has not caught less than three passes, and in the other three, he as receptions of four, five, and six. With his total of 18 receptions and 136 yards with one touchdown. He has took over the Brian Hartline role, and should continue to progress, as the Dolphins continue to get better.
Jace Amaro-TE-New York Jets owned in 10% of CBS leagues
Amaro has peddled around this season, having 14 receptions in four games for 129 yards with zero touchdowns. This week, against the Broncos, was a whole different story. With 10 receptions and 68 yards and one touchdown, Amaro looked more like Tony Gonzalez than the average tight end. The 6’5 265 pound rookie from Texas Tech has the skills to be a solid weapon, it’s the Jets quarterbacks that need to get him involved is the problem.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Fantasy Football Week 6 Quarterback Starts
Eli Manning @ Phi @Lonero_Justin
The Philadelphia Eagles are 31st in the league in Passing defense in 2014. Last week they made Austin Davis look like a young Dan Marino. Eli Manning has been no slouch this season for owners, and he has several, viable, weekly weapons at his disposal. Rookie Odell Beckham is healthy for the first time all season, tight end Larry Donnell has become a red zone monster, and Victor Cruz hasn't even reached his ceiling this season so far. I view Manning as a low QB1 this week against the porous Eagles secondary. I am riding him while he is hot, in a divisional matchup.
Russell Wilson vs. DAL @bakosw
Coming off a huge MNF game on the road vs Wash, Wilson has a dream matchup at home vs Dal this week. Wilson can do it with his legs and arm (as we saw in Washington to the tune of 122 yds rushing and 200 yards passing). The offense runs through Wilson with the mis direction run plays and various creative ways to get the ball to playmaker Percy Harvin. Wilson is legit and he is one guy you do not want to go against.
Fantasy Football Week 6 Quarterback Sits
Teddy Bridgewater vs. Det @Lonero_Justin
If you saw the Vikings game last week you would have thought it was Mick Jagger playing quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Bridgewater missed last week's game against the Packers with an injured ankle. No team has allowed fewer fantasy points to quarterback's then the Detroit Lions this season. Bridgewater's career is promising, but this is no week to get cute and start him. I like Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer as better options this week.
Andy Dalton vs. CAR @bakosw
Surprised? I hate Dalton every week but this week especially. Dalton clearly missed three touchdown passes last week vs NE. 1 was a bad drop and not his fault but his delivery and arm just do not make him a good NFL QB. AJ Green carted off on Wednesday during practice, Marvin Jones doesn’t look ready. Car has been weak vs. the pass this year but Cin doesn’t look like they will have any WR on Sunday. I like Jeremy Hill a lot this week as we could potentially see both Gio and Hill on the field at the same time.
Fantasy Football Week 6 Running Back Starts
Lamar Miller vs. GB @Lonero_Justin
Week 6 Lamar has a juicy matchup against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack is giving up 163 yards per game on the ground, and have allowed 12 rushing touchdown's in their last eight games on the road. Lamar miller is averaging 5.7 YPC through 5 games. The issue with Miller as with many other running backs is the volume. Knowshon Moreno is fully expected to play week 6, so anticipate a committee approach in Miami. I like Lamar Miller over CJ Spiller, Alfred Morris, Ben Tate, and Steven Jackson this week.
Andre Williams @ PHI @bakosw
This week’s hot waiver wire add was that for a reason. If you were lucky enough to get a claim in for him he is a must start. A hard downhill runner fits in perfectly with Coughlin’s offense. I have been a Williams fan for a while and will even say that if he excels while Jennings is out might be a more permanent role for him. Giants love to run and I expect Williams to get over 20 touches and a td.
Fantasy Football Week 6 Running Back Sits
Zac Stacy vs. SF @Lonero_Justin
Zac Stacy was a "start" for me in week 5, this week it is just the opposite. Stacy will face a 49er team that is only allowing a tad over seventy yards per game, and allowed just one rushing touchdown. To make matters worse, Stacy injured his calf week 5 so his touches may be limited. Stacy has been some what of a disappoint averaging under 60 yards per game through four games. Tread lightly here, and consider other options if possible.
Alfred Morris @ ARI @bakosw
Ariz has given up the fewest points to the RB position this year. The Redskins offense is brutal. Morris does not fit in OC Mcvay’s plans. Had a 2 td performance in week 2 but was completely shut out vs. SEA. Also not a factor in passing game as he splits time with Helu so when WAS plays from behind (which they do a lot) Helu is main back they use.
Fantasy Football Week 6 Wide Receiver Starts
Golden Tate vs. MIN @Lonero_Justin
Calvin Johnson is suffering from a high ankle sprain which tends to be an injury that lingers as we saw last season with Roddy White. Week 6 Golden Tate will face a Minnesota Viking secondary that has allowed nine touchdowns in five games. The Vikings are also susceptible to allowing a big play. Tate's role has expanded the last two weeks with a banged up Megatron. I view Tate as a high end WR2, and a top 12 wide receiver for week 6. I can see a third 100 yard performance in a row this week.
Kelvin Benjamin @ CIN @bakosw
Last week Benjamin was a dud. Dropped passes, ran wrong routes, and a fumble. Benjamin is no longer an under the radar type player for opposing defenses. He’s getting doubled and jammed on almost every snap. BUT the targets (11 last week) are still there. Newton has a ton of faith in him. Volume and touchdown potential every week make him a must start for me.
Fantasy Football Week 6 Wide Receiver Sits
Cordarrelle Patteron vs. DET @Lonero_Justin
It may be his inability to run crisp routes, it may be his lack of consistent quarterback play. Any way we slice it Cordarrelle Patterson has been a monumental disappointment to owners this season (myself included). Until he is targeted more, and shows a little bit of consistency he needs to be faded. The Lions have only allowed five receiving touchdowns in five games, and one play of 40+ yards. There are a plethora of wide receiver options I like more this week including Justin Hunter, Allen Robinson, Percy Harvin, and Devin Hester.
Vincent Jackson vs. BAL @bakosw
Per Evan Silva, “Vincent Jackson's stats in Mike Glennon's 15 career starts: 74-1,135-8. V-Jax's pace stats in Josh McCown's 3 starts were 53-544-5.” Lovie Smith said odds are Mike Glennon will be the Bucs’ starter in week 6. Add in VJax missed practice Wednesday due to sore ribs (as well as a few plays last Sunday) he is a SIT. Better options out there.
Fantasy Football Week 6 Tight End Starts
Greg Olsen @ARI @Lonero_Justin
Greg Olsen is a template of consistency, and a top ten tight end option every week. Week 6 Olsen, and the Panthers, travel to Cincinnati to face a Bengals team that just had Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, and Tim Wright have their way with them. The Bengals have allowed the third most fantasy points to tight ends in 2014. Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett, Delanie Walker, and Antonio Gates are also among my favorite tight end week 6 play's.
Jason Witten @ SEA @bakosw
The Legion of Boom will have their hands full with Dez and Terrence Williams. The linebackers will have to keep an eye on Demarco Murray who continues at record pace running the ball. Enter Witten; Romo’s security blanket and check down. Witten has been unproductive to this point because he hasn’t been needed but I expect the Cowboys to look his way a lot this weekend.
Fantasy Football Week 6 Tight End Sits
Heath Miller @ CLE @Lonero_Justin
I have said time and time again how erratic Heath Miller's production is. Week 5 was the third time in 5 games he has had 50 receiving yards or less. He cooled off immediately after his ten catch day against Tampa Bay in week 4. The Browns have kept Miller contained at home over his career, only allowing him to eclipse the sixty yard mark once. I like Jordan Cameron, Tim Wright, and Eric Ebron as better play's in week 6.
Zach Ertz vs. NYG @bakosw
Ertz’s targets (only 6 last week) are decreasing in Chip Kelly’s spread the ball offense. Maclin is gobbling up tds. NYG is very tough against opposing TE. You’re playing TD roulette if you start Ertz this week.
WEEK 6 FANTASY FOOTBALL SLEEPERS
Austin Davis vs. SF
Andre Williams @ PHI
Devin Hester vs. CHI
Tim Wright @ BUF
Jeremy Hill vs. CAR
DeAndre Hopkins vs. IND
Justin Hunter vs. JAX
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6by: Michael Valverde
Going with the old veterans this week, as through injury or benching took well of their chances and showed the league why they are still in the game. In with those veterans are three rookies, which also have gotten their chance through injury, and made most of their opportunity. Missing are wide receivers. The tough one to leave out was Justin Hunter, after being pushed by coaches, and teammates he finally made a day, catching three passes for 99 yards and one touchdown. The only returner for the waivers is Owen Daniels, and he didn’t get much action as he was at 59% owned last week.
Kyle Orton-QB-BUF owned in 8% of CBS leagues
This 10-year veteran has parlayed a career from average skill, to starting quarterback. He has started for five teams, and now as a Buffalo Bill looks to have locked down another starting job. Orton takes over for the benched E.J Manuel, and against a very strong defense in the Lions, he completed 30 of 43 passes and for 308 yards and one touchdown, with one interception. Orton took the Bills on a come from behind victory, as his interception was a pick six. That was the last the Lions would score and the Bills put-up 17 straight points. In the 14 games that Manuel was the starter he didn’t throw once for 300 yards.
Owen Daniels-TE-BAL owned in 59% of CBS leagues
Taking over for Dennis Pitta, Daniels, led the receivers in receptions and yards against the Colts this week. He was targeted seven times, caught five passes for 70 yards. He finished the first half with only two receptions for 29 yards. On the season he has 19 receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Daniels is one of the few tight ends left that holds a full-time job, and viable for strong fantasy stats. Owen Daniels takes on the Buccaneers next week, who currently rank 28th against the pass.
Andre Williams-RB-NYG owned in 56% of CBS leagues
Got a good amount of carries as Rashad Jennings went down with an injury in week five. Jennings left in the third quarter due to a sprained knee. Andre Williams had 20 attempts for 65 yards and one touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. He also added two receptions for 18 yards, not bad for a guy who is not known for his hands. Williams played a big part in the 10 point-rally, as the Giants defeated the Falcons 30-20. Andre Williams will get the start against the Philadelphia next week, if Jennings cannot go. Rashad Jennings will have an MRI on Monday.
Austin Davis-QB-STL owned in 10% of CBS leagues
Davis had another strong game, this time, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Even though the Rams fell short of victory, Austin Davis looks like the young quarterback they didn’t get in Sam Bradford. Davis is in his second season out of Southern Mississippi, and has thrown 91 times, completed 59 of them for 702 yards, and six touchdowns and two interceptions in the last two games. Against the Eagles he completed 29 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Keep in mind that Austin Davis’ schedule is brutal. He still has two games against the Seahawks, Cardinals and the 49ers. Obviously, these teams are much more defensively tough, than the Cowboys and Eagles he faced in the last two weeks. Watch to see how he responds to the 49ers next week, but I say take a chance on him now, and try to sell high.
Branden Oliver-RB-SDC owned in 13% of CBS leagues
Oliver has slowly made his way onto the scene, as Charger running backs have gone down with injury. He did not have a carry in week one or two, in week three and four he a total of 12 carries, but when Donald Brown went out with a concussion, he had 19 attempts, and he made them all count, as he rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown. Oliver also had four receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. He is in a good spot, as Danny Woodhead will be out for the season, Ryan Mathews will be out for another few weeks, and Donald Brown was ineffective. Oliver is smallish at 5’7, and weighing a light 208 pounds. Branden Oliver was undrafted out of Buffalo, and reminds those of a young Darren Sproles even rocking the 43 jersey.
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