Friday, December 28, 2012

Must read for Week 17 Fantasy Football!

Week 17 in Fantasy Football: Favorable and Unfavorable Matchups

Over the past three weeks, Saints running back Mark Ingram has averaged 4.4 yards per carry.Brandon Wade/Associated Press Over the past three weeks, Saints running back Mark Ingram has averaged 4.4 yards per carry.
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Favorable Quarterback Matchups
Chad Henne (JAX) vs. Tennessee – 
Henne managed to post 20 fantasy points in Week 12 against the Titans, who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to the position this season. 

Tony Romo (DAL) vs. Washington – 
Romo burned the Redskins just five weeks ago to the tune of 441 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has thrown three touchdown passes in each of his last two meetings with Washington.
Michael Vick (PHI) vs. Giants – Vick’s legs helped him crack the 20-point fantasy mark in his first matchup with the Giants (11th-best QB matchup, 20 FPPG) as he averaged 8 yards a scramble. He should be well motivated to impress suitors for his services in 2013.
Peyton Manning (DEN) vs. Kansas City
 – Denver Coach John Fox stated that he doesn’t plan on resting any of his players as they do battle for the No. 1 playoff seed, and that should mean big things against a Kansas City secondary that has allowed the 10th-most points to quarterbacks this year.
Favorable Running Back Matchups

Mark Ingram (NO) vs. Carolina – Over the past three weeks, he has averaged 4.4 yards per carry (48 total) and will be running against a team that allowed him 53 yards and a score back in Week 2. 

LeSean McCoy (PHI) vs. Giants – McCoy has three straight 100-yard rushing efforts against the Giants, including 123 in his first matchup with the league’s 26th-ranked rushing defense, a defense that has yielded 4.6 yards a carry. 

Shonn Greene (NYJ) vs. Buffalo
 — Scoring three touchdowns in his last three games, he has been the only player worth fantasy consideration on his collapsing team. Keep him active against a Buffalo defense allowing the most fantasy points to the position this year. 

Knowshon Moreno (DEN) vs. Kansas City
 — The Chiefs (ninth-best RB matchup) had trouble stopping Moreno in his first game replacing the starter Willis McGahee as he totaled 85 yards on 20 carries in Week 12. A similar workload should be had in Week 17 as the Broncos have no plans of resting their starters.
Favorable Wide Receiver Matchups

Danario Alexander (SD) vs. Oakland
 – His impressive 69 yards and a score against a stout Jets secondary should give you plenty of confidence in using him against a feeble Raiders air defense that has given up 22 fantasy points a game to the position this season.
Justin Blackmon (JAX) vs. Tennessee
 – With Cecil Shorts bowing out to injured reserve, Blackmon will be the main attraction in the Jacksonville passing game against the Titans, who have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts in 2012.
Brandon LeFell (CAR) vs. New Orleans – 
A solid sleeper pick this week as LeFell has already found moderate fantasy success against the Saints (6 receptions, 90 yards) this season. The Saints are the best fantasy receiver matchup at 28 FPPG. 

Pierre Garcon (WAS) vs. Dallas — 
The Cowboys have allowed an opposing receiver to reach double-digit fantasy points in four of their last five games, which includes Garcon back in Week 12. He posted 93 yards and a touchdown on five catches.
Favorable Tight End Matchups
Jason Witten (DAL) vs. Washington
 – The Redskins have allowed 10.1 fantasy points to the position this season, which is good enough for second most in the league. Not that you need any extra incentive to start Witten the way he has played of late.
Antonio Gates (SD) vs. Oakland
 – With 75 yards and 2 touchdowns in his last two games, Gates has re-emerged as a TE1 option to close out the year. He’ll get an Oakland team that has allowed eight and a half fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. 

Favorable Defense/Special Teams Matchup
San Diego vs. Oakland, Jets vs. Buffalo, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati, Buffalo vs. Jets
Unfavorable Quarterback Matchups
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is coming off his worst game as a starter this season.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is coming off his worst game as a starter this season.
Colin Kaepernick (SF) vs. Arizona – 
Coming off his worst game as a starter this season (19 for 36, 244 yards, 1 TD/1 INT), things won’t get any easier this week as the Cardinals’ stout secondary has allowed just two 20-point fantasy games all season. Mario Manningham is gone for the rest of the year and Kaepernick could be without Vernon Davis (concussion) as well.
Andy Dalton (CIN) vs. Baltimore
 – The Ravens have held both Manning brothers to under 15 fantasy points over the last two weeks and haven’t allowed a 20-point fantasy game in six weeks. Cincinnati does not have a lot to play for here either as its playoff seed is solidified. 

Matthew Stafford (DET) vs. Chicago
 – Stafford’s disappointing season will likely end on a sour note as the Bears have yielded just 12 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks this year.
Josh Freeman (TB) vs. Atlanta
 – Freeman managed just 10 fantasy points in their first meeting, and he has traditionally struggled against the Falcons, posting an 13-point fantasy average in his last six games.
Unfavorable Running Back Matchups
Michael Turner (ATL) vs. Tampa Bay
 — Having clinched the No. 1 seed, Atlanta has nothing to play for, so we are not expecting more than 10 carries for Turner to close out the regular season. The matchup against the league’s top-ranked run defense is not enticing as it is.
Matt Forte (CHI) vs. Detroit – 
Forte missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury and will likely be playing at less then 100 percent against a sneaky-tough Lions run defense (eighth-worst RB matchup) that has allowed just four runners to eclipse to century mark this year.
Ryan Grant (GB) vs. Minnesota
 – The Vikings have held Matt Forte, Arian Foster and Steven Jackson out of the end zone over the last three weeks and have limited opposing running backs to a 3.9 average this season. Expecting a Week 16 repeat would be highly unreasonable.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (CIN) vs. Baltimore – 
It is not the matchup, it is the playing time, because the Law Firm is not likely to see a full workload since his team can do no better than the sixth seed in the playoffs.
Unfavorable Wide Receiver Matchups
Josh Gordon (CLE) vs. Pittsburgh – 
Both Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy are highly questionable for this week’s game, which would leave the third-string quarterback Thaddeus Lewis throwing the ball against the position’s fifth-worst fantasy matchup. No thanks

Torrey Smith (BAL) vs. Cincinnati – 
The Bengals have allowed just seven wideouts to produce 10 or more fantasy points all season, with three being of the WR1 variety. Smith posted a mediocre 2 for 57 stat line on three targets in their Week 1 matchup, although the Bengals might be resting starters by the third quarter in this one with nothing to really play for. 

Marques Colston (NO) vs. Carolina
 – The Panthers held Colston to just 49 yards on three catches back in Week 2, but one could make the argument that he wasn’t playing at 100 percent until his Week 4 explosion against Green Bay. The Panthers surprisingly rank in as third-worst receiver matchup at 17 FPPG.
Mike Williams (TB) vs. Atlanta
 – Williams’s value is usually tied to touchdowns, as he has posted just three games for 100 or more yards this season. Atlanta (seventh-worst WR matchup) has surrendered the fewest touchdowns to the position (six) this season and held Williams to a meager 28 yards on three grabs just five weeks ago.
Unfavorable Tight End Matchups
Brandon Myers (OAK) vs. San Diego
 — The Chargers rank in as the sixth-worst tight end matchup this season and have surrendered just two double-digit fantasy games to opposing ends all year, not to mention that Myers has just two fantasy points in his last three games and will be fielding passes from the one and only Matt Leinart.
Jermaine Gresham (CIN) vs. Baltimore
 – The Ravens have allowed just two touchdowns to the position all season, and Gresham is yet another Bengal who could be seeing limited action this weekend.

Unfavorable Defense/Special Teams Matchups
Minnesota vs. Green Bay, Cincinnati vs. Baltimore, St. Louis vs. Seattle, Arizona vs. San Francisco

NFL Week 17 Spread Picks By: Richard Donohue (@floworcrash)

I hope everyone had a nice holiday! Well, here we are. The football season is the quickest in sports and this will be the final edition of my spread picks this year. Last week, I went 1-2, which puts me at 19 – 15 overall. I don’t know about you, but I really need to slay the bookie this week, my New Year’s tab is going to be rather high!

Kansas City Chiefs + 16 at DENVER BRONCOS:

Listen, I know the Chiefs are horrible, but this spread is too high. This isn’t College Football, where spreads are regularly ridiculous. Being spotted 2 touchdowns in the NFL is too much, regardless of the matchup. In this scenario, we have a team in Denver who has everything locked up at this point. Winning here, which they more than likely will, does them no good. They could sit everyone in the second half, unless it’s actually close. Last time KC played Denver, they kept it competitive with a 17 – 9 loss. By the way, Jamaal Charles has led the Chiefs rushing attack to be ranked 5th in the league, averaging 153.7 yards per game.

Arizona Cardinals + 16 ½ at SAN FRANSICO 49er’s

Again, being favored by more that two touchdowns in the NFL is too juicy to avoid. Here’s a simple game of having something to play for versus not. They say every play is a resume, and the best way for scouts to have insight into a player’s character is to see how they perform when they are of it. Do they quit? Or show some heart and professionalism? I find a lot of NFL players go with the latter. Meanwhile, the Niners are playing for the division, but there’s no need to run up the score here. This isn’t the BCS.
Just like the Chiefs, I feel like this team will show up enough to cover.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – 5 vs. Carolina Panthers:

The Saints seem to be returning to form but, it’s a bit too late. Either way, they are hot winning two in a row. Now they welcome Carolina, who have won 4 out of their last 5, and 3 in a row. I know the Saints defense is HORRID, but their offense is way too good. They are home for their last game, and want to avoid a losing a season. If this spread was 7 or more, I’d go the other way, but I think New Orleans will cover here. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

So you want to know who to Add in Fantasy Basketball, huh? Ok! By @hecmanhoops

So sorry my Add/Drop post is out a little later than usual but I had to go to my baby boy’s nursery school holiday party where we sang Christmas songs and drank spiked egg nog, it was good stuff! Anyway, I hope maybe you were kept occupied this morning with the weekly Rotoinfo fantasy basketball podcast that I co-host with the Fantasy Nomad Michael Pichan (@FantasyNomad). If you haven’t caught it yet, just click on the link and you’ll be magically transported to fantasy basketball podcast nirvana. Just don’t mind the one who sounds like a 14 year old girl on helium; I blame my mother. Anyway, it’s add/drop Friday! Let’s get to it, shall we? (Please note all ownership percentages are from Yahoo!)
Nikola Vucevic – 66% – He’s the last man standing in a front court that only had one man and a baby.
Jordan Crawford – 64% – Click the link, go ahead don’t be shy.
Bradley Beal - 56% – See Jordan Crawford 1/4 inch above.
Jason Thompson – 54% – Been quietly solid all year long. Very steady. I like steady, especially on boats, I throw up easily.
Jarrett Jack – 46% – Over his last five he’s averaging 32.4 mpg/17.8 ppg/5 rpg/6.2 apg/.516 FG/.857 FT/2.2 3pm. So 46% is waaaay too low. Yes, I’m talking to you owner of Ray Allen in shallow leagues and his 85% Yahoo! ownership.
Kawhi Leonard – 45% – A little bit of steals in my life, a little bit of threes by my side, a little bit of rebounds is all I need, a little bit of solid percents all night long. Kawhi Number 5!
Marco Belinelli – 30% – Still getting big run at the two, I like big run, just not like marathons and such, that’s too long. My knees would start to hurt.
Ed Davis – 29% – Minutes = rebounds. In theory anyway.
Austin Rivers – 21% – Getting minutes. We’ve gone over him ad nauseam. Latin!
Matt Barnes – 20% – He’s suddenly much better than the other Barnes, you know, Harrison. Ewww, Harrison, ewww, shoo.
Bismack Biyombo – 20% – You could do worse for boards and blocks. Should be rostered in 14 team leagues and probably standard leagues too if you have the room.
Alexey Shved – 19% – I’ve had a bunch of these guys in these Add/Drop Friday posts so I apologize but I want you to win so I remind you about them sometimes. Not every week, I don’t want to shoooove everyone down your throat, just a few guys.
Andre Drummond – 18% – Not a must own but if you can stash him, I see a nice second half in store for him. Hopefully even sooner!
Alan Anderson – 11% – Getting burn, getting burn, hitting threes. He’s also only one of three players in the NBA with the initials AA. Can you name the other two. The answer is at the bottom of the post and don’t cheat!
Amir Johnson – 16% – Getting front court minutes. Ho hum.
Lamar Odom – 6% – More of a monitor situation. You can even monitor him on the E Channel! I think, I haven’t watched the E Channel in maybe 6 or 7 years.
John Salmons – 4% – Getting burn at the 3 so I’m obligated to let you know. Now the decision is in your hands. You control your own destiny, it’s your team!
Andrew Nicholson – 4% – Gone over him here and here. Please click on one of those links, if you do, I’ll make like .000001 cents. Thanks for your support.
Tyler Zeller – 3% – I mention Tyler only because he should be streamed if Anderson Varejao is too miss more time, otherwise feel free to ignore. His feelings won’t be hurt if you ignored.
Tony Douglas – 3% – Deeeep league special.
Ray Allen – 85% – Now down to 85% after he was at 87% last week so I guess shallow leaguers are starting to get the hint.
Ersan Ilyasova – 73% – Potential and $2.25 will get you on the NYC subway.
Kris Humphries – 68% – He really shouldn’t be owned in shallow leagues and is barely ownable in standard leagues right now. If there’s nothing better on the wire then fine, hold him, otherwise feel free to lose him for a hot free agent.
Michael Beasley – 62% – I couldn’t have been more wrong about Michael Beasley in my pre-season Draft Guide. Kicked right square in the nuts! Gee, thanks, Mike.
Elton Brand – 53% – Continue holding and playing if you like to lose.
Harrison Barnes – 48% – I think he’ll resurface again this season with fantasy value but for now can be lost for a hot free agent. Sigh.
Andray Blatche – 31% – Give him a pat on the back, thank him then shove him off the plank.
Antawn Jamison – 29% – Eww, ewwww, ewwww, shoo, go away. Leave!
Answer: Arron Afflalo and Al-Farouq Aminu. I think Farouq is his middle name, if it’s not then just imagine it.

 Written by
Twitter @hecmanhoops

Top 50 Fantasy Football Keeper Rankings

We're approaching the end of the 2012 fantasy football season. I have already released my Early 2013 Fantasy Rankings so now I have decided to give you my Top 50 Keepers entering next season.

My rankings are based on a three-year span beginning in 2013 and ending after the 2015 season.

I took age into consideration as I created my keeper rankings. For instance, I did not rank Tony Gonzalez, Frank Gore or Reggie Wayne in the Top 50.

Can't really go wrong with the first 8. I'm going to assume the first real controversial ranking is with RG3 at number 8.

Griffin III is currently the number one fantasy scorer in the game right now. He reminds me of a young Steve Young and with Mike Shannahan coaching him I have no concerns with the play calling.
Many people will question why rank him so high? My answer is simple; if you drafted RG3 you probably picked him up in the 8th or 9th round. If you selected Megatron in the first or even Trent Richardson in the third, you would lose a high draft pick in order to keep them. RG3 will undoubtedly be a first rounder next season. For the players above him, I feel safe that they will put up huge numbers in 2013.
Fitzgerald remains a Top 10 WR right now. There's a good chance the Cardinals will make a change at QB this off season. My prediction is that the team brings in Mike Vick. If no changes are made, Fitz will be a top trade candidate heading into next season as the team looks to rebuild.

Top 50 Keepers
1. Arian Foster HOU - RB 1
2. Adrian Peterson MIN - RB2
3. Doug Martin TB - RB3
4. Ray Rice BAL - RB4
5. Aaron Rodgers GB - QB1
6. A.J. Green CIN - WR1
7. LeSean McCoy PHI - RB5
8. Jamaal Charles KC - RB6
9. Marshawn Lynch SEA - RB7
10. Robert Griffin III WSH - QB2
11. Calvin Johnson DET - WR2
12. Trent Richardson CLE - RB8
13. Brandon Marshall CHI - WR3
14. Matt Forte CHI - RB9
15. Demaryius Thomas DEN - WR4
16. Maurice Jones-Drew JAX/TBD - RB10
17. Drew Brees NO - QB3
18. Tom Brady NE - QB4
19. Jimmy Graham NO - TE1
20. Darren McFadden OAK - RB11
21. Andrew Luck IND - QB5
22. Julio Jones ATL - WR6
23. Cam Newton CAR - QB6
24. Rob Gronkowski NE - TE2
25. Roddy White ATL - WR5
26. Peyton Manning DEN - QB7
27. Mike Wallace PIT - WR7
28. Matthew Stafford DET - QB8
29. Andy Dalton CIN - QB9
30. Andre Johnson HOU - WR8
31. DeMarco Murray DAL - RB12
32. Alfred Morris WSH - RB13
33. Larry Fitzgerald ARI/TBD - WR9
34. Victor Cruz NYG - WR10
35. Stevan Ridley NE - RB14
36. Chris Johnson TEN - RB15
37. Matt Ryan ATL - QB10
38. Vincent Jackson TB - WR11
39. C.J. Spiller BUF - RB16
40. Reggie Bush MIA - RB17
41. Jordy Nelson GB - WR12
42. BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN - RB18
43. Ryan Mathews SD - RB19
44. Dez Bryant DAL - WR13
45. Marques Colsten NO - WR14
46. Percey Harvin MIN - WR15
47. Torrey Smith BAL - WR16
48. Eric Decker DEN - WR17
49. Eli Manning NYG - QB11
50. Colin Kaepernick TB - QB12

I know it's early to look at next season but I wanted to get my Top 50 out prior to the apocalypse, Just kidding but seriously, I finally gave in and got a smart phone. I figured the end of the world would come before I got an intelligent phone.

Now if I get a girlfriend before the 21st I would be REALLY scared.

If you want to talk Keeper Ranks comment in the section below (I will periodically check back to answer any questions like I did with my Top 250 Baseball Keeper Rankings) or find me on Twitter @Awies28

Written by Alex Wiesner

Saturday, December 22, 2012

NFL WEEK 16 Spread Picks By: Richard Donohue

NFL WEEK 16 Spread Picks
By: Richard Donohue

If it weren’t for Arizona’s shocking performance, not only winning but also blowing out Detroit 38 – 10, I would’ve gone 3-0. Instead I went 2-1, putting me at 18 – 13 for the year. Before you get crazy, I took Houston at – 8.5. That was last Thursday, and by kickoff, the spread went up to 10.5. I’m a bit surprised that Houston didn’t cover that, but regardless, I hope you bought in at the lower number. Let’s try to ruin the bookie’s Christmas with this week’s picks, shall we? He’s a Scrooge anyway.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers –3 vs. St. Louis Rams:

I’m back on one my favorite teams this year for the same reason I liked the Texans last week. The Buccos were destroyed by New Orleans last week, getting shutout 41 – 0. We all know Tampa Bay’s Defense isn’t great, but it’s not like The Saints are the Purple People Eaters. That’s Tampa’s 4th straight loss and their worst of the year.  It’s gut check time for Schiano and I believe he will have Tampa prepared at home. Regardless of their record, they have played their opponents tough (outside of last week) and they need to get back to that. Their ATS record is still one of the strongest in the league at 8-5-1. The Rams to their credit have come up big at times during the year, and have won 3 of their last 4 games. The game will be tight, but 3 points will be enough for Tampa in their last home game this year.

Seattle Seahawks +1 vs. San Francisco 49er’s:

The Seahawks have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL. Only Seattle and Atlanta are undefeated at home this year, but Seattle’s home ATS is also perfect unlike the Falcons. Their 10 –4 ATS record is the best in the league by the way. They are underdogs at home to their division rivals, and still have a chance to win the NFC West. The Niners frankly can lay an egg from time to time, and coming off of their huge win against the Pats last week, they are due for a let down. Hey, they almost didn’t finish last week and coughed up that huge early lead. Seattle isn’t a bad team, so I really can’t call this a trap game, but it has that feel to me. The Niners can clinch the division with the win, but they won’t. This should be a fun game, and it may come down to the wire, so it’s nice to be on the plus side.

Tennessee Titans +13 at Green Bay Packers:

There are a lot of big lines this week, but I like this one the best. The Packers will win this game, but their run defense isn’t that great. They have allowed an average 4.5 yards per carry, and 114 yards a game. This is a nice matchup for Chris Johnson, and he’ll help the Titans keep it close enough to cover.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings

 Week 16 QB rankings:
  1. Tom Brady, Patriots at Jaguars
  2. Drew Brees, Saints at Cowboys
  3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Titans
  4. Cam Newton, Panthers vs. Raiders
  5. Peyton Manning, Broncos vs. Browns
  6. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Lions
  7. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Saints
  8. Robert Griffin III, Redskins at Eagles  — INJ
  9. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Bengals
  10. Andrew Luck, Colts at Chiefs
  11. Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Falcons
  12. Andy Dalton, Bengals at Steelers
  13. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Vikings
  14. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers vs. Rams
  15. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Seahawks
  16. Sam Bradford, Rams at Buccaneers
  17. Carson Palmer, Raiders at Panthers
  18. Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  19. Eli Manning, Giants at Ravens
  20. Nick Foles, Eagles vs. Redskins
  21. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Jets
  22. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Bills
  23. Brandon Weeden, Browns at Broncos
  24. Jake Locker, Titans at Packers
  25. Chad Henne, Jaguars vs. Patriots
 Week 16 RB rankings:
  1.   Arian Foster, Texans vs. Vikings
  2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings at Texans
  3. Alfred Morris, Redskins at Eagles
  4. Ray Rice, Ravens vs. Giants
  5. C.J. Spiller, Bills at Dolphins
  6. Doug Martin, Buccaneers vs. Rams
  7. Reggie Bush, Dolphins vs. Bills
  8. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  9. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys vs. Saints
  10. Chris Johnson, Titans at Packers
  11. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs vs. Colts
  12. Trent Richardson, Browns at Broncos
  13. Darren McFadden, Raiders at Panthers
  14. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos vs. Browns
  15. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals at Steelers
  16. Matt Forte, Bears at Cardinals
  17. Frank Gore, 49ers at Seahawks
  18. Steven Jackson, Rams at Buccaneers
  19. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Raiders
  20. Stevan Ridley, Patriots at Jaguars
  21. Bryce Brown, Eagles vs. Redskins
  22. Michael Turner, Falcons at Lions
  23. Mikel Leshoure, Lions vs. Falcons
  24. Darren Sproles, Saints at Cowboys
  25. Vick Ballard, Colts at Chiefs
  26. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants at Ravens  — INJ
  27. Shonn Greene, Jets vs. Chargers
  28. Beanie Wells, Cardinals vs. Bears
  29. Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers vs. Bengals
  30. Mark Ingram, Saints at Cowboys
  31. Montell Owens, Jaguars vs. Patriots
  32. Joique Bell, Lions vs. Falcons
  33. David Wilson, Giants at Ravens
  34. Alex Green, Packers vs. Titans
  35. Danny Woodhead, Patriots at Jaguars
  36. Curtis Brinkley, Chargers at Jets
  37. Mike Tolbert, Panthers vs. Raiders
  38. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons at Lions
  39. Pierre Thomas, Saints at Cowboys
  40. Felix Jones, Cowboys vs. Saints
  41. Ben Tate, Texans vs. Vikings
  42. Shane Vereen, Patriots at Jaguars
  43. Michael Bush, Bears at Cardinals
  44. Bilal Powell, Jets vs. Chargers
  45. Lamar Miller, Dolphins vs. Bills
  46. Ronnie Brown, Chargers at Jets — INJ
  47. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos vs. Browns
  48. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins vs. Bills
  49. Mike Goodson, Raiders at Panthers
  50. Isaac Redman, Steelers vs. Bengals

 Week 16 WR rankings: 
  1. Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Falcons
  2. A.J. Green, Bengals at Steelers
  3. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos vs. Browns
  4. Julio Jones, Falcons at Lions
  5. Brandon Marshall, Bears at Cardinals
  6. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers vs. Rams
  7. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Vikings
  8. Wes Welker, Patriots at Jaguars
  9. Victor Cruz, Giants at Ravens
  10. Miles Austin, Cowboys vs. Saints
  11. Dez Bryant, Cowboys vs. Saints
  12. Randall Cobb, Packers vs. Titans
  13. Reggie Wayne, Colts at Chiefs
  14. Roddy White, Falcons at Lions
  15. Mike Wallace, Steelers vs. Bengals
  16. Steve Smith, Panthers vs. Raiders
  17. Pierre Garcon, Redskins at Eagles
  18. Marques Colston, Saints at Cowboys
  19. Stevie Johnson, Bills at Dolphins
  20. Hakeem Nicks, Giants at Ravens
  21. Eric Decker, Broncos vs. Browns
  22. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots at Jaguars
  23. Cecil Shorts, Jaguars vs. Patriots
  24. Danario Alexander, Chargers at Jets
  25. Danny Amendola, Rams at Buccaneers
  26. Mike Williams, Buccaneers vs. Rams
  27. Antonio Brown, Steelers vs. Bengals
  28. James Jones, Packers vs. Titans
  29. Greg Jennings, Packers vs. Titans
  30. Lance Moore, Saints at Cowboys
  31. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles vs. Redskins
  32. Brian Hartline, Dolphins vs. Bills
  33. T.Y. Hilton, Colts at Chiefs
  34. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars vs. Patriots
  35. Michael Crabtree, 49ers at Seahawks
  36. Josh Gordon, Browns at Broncos
  37. Nate Washington, Titans at Packers
  38. Denarius Moore, Raiders at Panthers
  39. Sidney Rice, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  40. Donnie Avery, Colts at Chiefs
  41. Malcom Floyd, Chargers at Jets
  42. Kenny Britt, Titans at Packers
  43. Anquan Boldin, Ravens vs. Giants
  44. Brandon Gibson, Rams at Buccaneers
  45. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Bears
  46. Chris Givens, Rams at Buccaneers
  47. Alshon Jeffery, Bears at Cardinals
  48. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders at Panthers
  49. Kendall Wright, Titans at Packers
  50. Riley Cooper, Eagles vs. Redskins

 Week 16 TE rankings:
  1. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots at Jaguars
  2. Jimmy Graham, Saints at Cowboys
  3. Jason Witten, Cowboys vs. Saints
  4. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons at Lions
  5. Heath Miller, Steelers vs. Bengals
  6. Greg Olsen, Panthers vs. Raiders
  7. Dennis Pitta, Ravens vs. Giants
  8. Owen Daniels, Texans vs. Vikings
  9. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals at Steelers
  10. Martellus Bennett, Giants at Ravens
  11. Brandon Myers, Raiders at Panthers
  12. Antonio Gates, Chargers at Jets
  13. Jermichael Finley, Packers vs. Titans
  14. Vernon Davis, 49ers at Seahawks
  15. Tony Scheffler, Lions vs. Falcons
  16. Scott Chandler, Bills at Dolphins
  17. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings at Texans
  18. Dallas Clark, Buccaneers vs. Rams
  19. Brent Celek, Eagles vs. Redskins — INJ
  20. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins vs. Bills

Week 16 defensive rankings: 
  1. Chicago Bears at Cardinals
  2. New England Patriots at Jaguars
  3. Green Bay Packers vs. Titans
  4. Denver Broncos vs. Browns
  5. Arizona Cardinals vs. Bears
  6. New York Jets vs. Chargers
  7. San Francisco 49ers at Seahawks
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Rams
  9. Seattle Seahawks vs. 49ers
  10. Houston Texans vs. Vikings
  11. New York Giants at Ravens
  12. Miami Dolphins vs. Bills
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Bengals
  14. San Diego Chargers at Jets
  15. Baltimore Ravens vs. Giants
  16. Indianapolis Colts at Chiefs
  17. Cincinnati Bengals at Steelers
  18. Carolina Panthers vs. Raiders
  19. Washington Redskins at Eagles
  20. Atlanta Falcons at Lions

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Week 16 Waiver Wire pick ups

Like last week, if you’re reading the Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups, then you have reached your fantasy football championship. I won’t dilly dally and give you some long-winded intro talking about players who came up big (Aaron Rodgers) or those who took a dump on the heads of many owners (Jimmy Graham), lets get to those who could give you some nice backup options to ponder as we enter Week 16.


Week 16 Waiver Wire PickupsRussell Wilson (ESPN Owned 27.3%)
Wilson’s passing numbers of 205 yards and a score against the Bills wasn’t anything special, he still showed he had some of the fastest legs of any quarterback, rushing 9 times for 92 yards and another 3 scores. Over the past few weeks, Wilson has been slowly getting better and better in all facets of the game. However, he faces a 49ers Defense that was embarrassed by the Patriots Sunday night. Wilson is still a QB2, but a rising one.
Sam Bradford (ESPN Owned 38.2%)
The only thing that blew about Bradford’s 377 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception was that most of it was in garbage time in a blow-out loss against the Vikings. One of the positive signs was he was able to get Danny Amendola in the mix after a 2-game absence. Bradford looks like he’s getting better, but he is still too inconsistent to count on as someone to throw in as your starter for Week 16. Good backup, not starter material.
Colin Kaepernick (ESPN Owned 54.4%)
Kaepernick pulled the upset of all upsets by going into New England as a gunslinger (216 yards, 4 scores and a pick) and beating the Patriots on their own turf. There were some bad points, including throwing a pick into double coverage. But aside from that and a few other small problems, Kaepernick continues to show he should keep the job going into the playoffs. Playing against Seattle could be a big test, but he could be a borderline QB1 as the week goes on. Of course, this all depends on who your other option is. No matter what, there will always be upside on Kaepernick’s side.
Kirk Cousins
I’m not going to add the ESPN-Owned part of Cousins because this isn’t me telling you to pick him up for the rest of 2012. Dynasty owners, however, should snatch this guy up if possible. Starting in place of a last-minute inactive RG3, Cousins showed his own and pushed his future value through the roof. Showing calm in the pocket and better-than-average mobility against the Browns, Cousins 329 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception is an impressive feat for someone who wasn’t expected to start at all this year. Maybe there is a chance that Cousins will start against the Eagles next week. But with the division crown on the line after a Giants loss, RG3 will do everything he can to get ready for Week 16.


Danny Woodhead (ESPN OWNED 28.2%)
Those who were counting on Ridley last night got a rude awakening. He fumbled the ball on the very firstWeek 16 Waiver Wire Pickups carry, but that was overturned. Unfortunately. he put the ball on the ground again in the 3rd quarter, which resulted in excellent field position for the 49ers. After that, Bill Belichick had enough and threw Woodhead in for the rest of the game, allowing him to rush 12 times for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also adding another 5 receptions. We doubt Ridley will lose his starting job outright. But putting the ball on the ground twice, even if one was overturned, won’t sit well with the coaching staff. Woodhead will either see his role expand, or he will go back to being a small part of the backfield.
Beanie Wells (ESPN OWNED 62.8%)
If you had told me Wells would rush for 1 score, let alone 3, I would have laughed in your face. But the Cardinals Defense came to life and allowed the offense to keep the ball on the ground and away from Matthew Stafford. Wells did just okay with his rushing yards, rushing 17 times for 67, so it was those scores that salvaged his day. As many points Wells put up Sunday, I find it hard to believe he can come anywhere close to Sunday’s outing against the Bears. I had Wells sitting on my bench, so this game against the Lions was extra hard to swallow.
David Wilson (ESPN OWNED 75.5%)
With the Falcons up by so much going into the half Sunday, Wilson never had a chance to capitalize on his 12 rushes for 55 with the Giants having to abandon the run. Had the game been somewhat close, Wilson would have easily surpassed the projected 20-25 carries. Ahmad Bradshaw has stated he will be ready for Week 16′s matchup against the Ravens, and he does have a history of playing through pain. But owners should still have Wilson ready just in case Bradshaw can’t get over his troublesome knee problem this week in practice. Wilson didn’t drop the ball on the ground at all Sunday.
Mike Tolbert (ESPN OWNED 12%)
In the offseason, I had touted Tolbert as a possible sleeper option on a team that was running back needy. So you can imagine my surprise when he signed with the Panthers. In a blowout win against the Chargers, the Panthers kept the ball on the ground, which allowed Tolbert to rack up 2 touchdowns, something I doubt we see again.


Week 16 Waiver Wire PickupsBrandon Lloyd (ESPN OWNED 92.1%)
I thought I’d add Lloyd because I know he had been dropped in a couple of my leagues. After falling out of favor with the coaching staff, Lloyd has now racked up 17 catches, 279 yards and a score. Owners who had left Lloyd on the scrap heap could do well in picking him back up and using him as a WR3 going forward. It’s clear he is back in the good graces with the offense. Lets just hope he keeps this train rolling when you absolutely need him the most.
James Jones (ESPN OWNED 86.2%)
While we were arguing between Greg Jennings and Randall Cobb during yesterday Google+ Hangout, we all left out James Jones, who single-handedly destroyed the Bears all by himself with 3 touchdowns. Buyer beware, however. With Jennings and Cobb still part of the playcalling, Jones can either put up a decent game or be taken out entirely against the Titans. Although, the matchup on paper is certainly pointing up.
Danny Amendola (ESPN OWNED 50.3%)
Amendola seemed like he was never even gone. With 6 passes for 58 yards and a score against an iffy Vikings secondary, it’s clear Amendola is now back to being a key part of the offense going forward. He also added a two-point conversion as icing on the cake. Amendola and the Rams have a very tasty matchup against the Buccaneers secondary that got picked apart by Drew Brees and the Saints Sunday. Amendola is a strong PPR option in Week 16.


Dennis Pitta (ESPN OWNED 29.8%)
Damn Dennis, where the hell were you when I needed you weeks ago? Coming off a one-catch game against theWeek 16 Waiver Wire Pickups Steelers in Week 13, Pitta has now racked up 12 catches, 171 yards and 3 scores in the last 2 games. While I hate ranking him a TE1 against the Giants next week, it looks like I am going to have to in the hopes he continues this new-found fantasy value.
Zach Miller (ESPN Owned 1.1%)
Miller has quietly stringed together 2-straight games with a touchdown, but I’d be hard pressed to add him to my fantasy roster unless I was that desperate. He simply isn’t a huge part of the Seattle offense.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

NFL Week 15 Spread picks by @flowocrash

NFL WEEK 15 Spread Picks
By: Richard Donohue (@floworcrash)

I have been slumping for the past couple of weeks and it cannot continue. RGIII’s late heroism and the Colts late start had me going 1 -2 again. For the year I am now 16 -12, still over .500 but time’s running out on the season. I got three more weeks to take the Sportsbooks down, let’s go.
Green Bay Packers – 3 at CHICAGO BEARS:
The NFL’s oldest rivalry continues this weekend in the Windy City. The Bears are reeling, losing 3 of their last 4 games. Their strength has been their defense, but they are hurting. Tillman is playing hobbled and it shows. Their Defensive leader Brian Urlacher is on the shelf. The Chicago Offensive line can’t seem to block anyone either, allowing 37 sacks so far this year. The Pack however, are the polar opposite. They have won 3 of their last four since their BYE week, 2 in a row since their loss at Metlife Stadium.  With a win, Green Bay can put some much needed cushion between them and the Bears in the Division. This is a game of trends and I’m going to ride The Pack here.
HOUSTON TEXANS – 8 ½ vs. Indianapolis Colts:
Sorry Colts fans. The ride this year has been unexpected and at times, inspiring. Unfortunately, they are about to run into a horror show in Houston. If you turned on last week’s Monday Night game 10 minutes late it was all over. It what was billed as a possible AFC Championship preview, The Patriots EMBARRESSED The Texans. The 42 – 14 destruction didn’t look anything like the 11 -1 powerhouse we were used to seeing. Remember last time they got embarrassed on National TV? They went out and pounded the Ravens 43 – 13. They want to forget about Monday Night as quick as they can, and they will against the Colts. 8 ½ is a lot, but I see Texans winning this going away, and early.
Detroit Lions – 6 at ARIZONA CARDINALS:
I know I’m repeating myself, but THE CARDINALS ARE AWFUL. The Lions are better than their 4 – 9 record. They won’t be seeing the postseason but they will go into the desert and rock The Cards. The Cardinals simply do not have an offense to speak of at the moment. They do not have a QB, and are ranked at the bottom of the league. The Arizona defense has been surprisingly stout this year, despite their offensive troubles. They are ranked 5th against the pass and 12th overall. BUT, I see plenty of turnovers and 3 and outs by the Red Birds, which will give the NFL’s best passing attack plenty of short fields to work with. Winning by a touchdown should be an easy task.

Fantasy Football Love/Hate by @jdLAW6



   Josh Freeman vs Saints
New Orleans has the worst pass defense to opposing QBs in the NFL allowing 22 pts per game on average. Last week he played a bad game and still pulled out 16 points. This one is going to be a shootout.

   Russell Wilson vs Bills
Seattle's offense is clicking and in weeks 12 and 13, at Miami and at Chicago, Wilson scored 19 and 26 pts. The Bills defense, although playing better, doesn't have the same talent as those two defenses.

   Carson Palmer vs Chiefs
Kansas City allows 20.5 pts per game to opposing QBs. Both of these defenses are really bad. Just like Tampa Bay and New Orleans, this one is a shootout.


   Matt Ryan vs Giants
Ryan has only averaged 8 pts in his last three home games with 1 touchdown to 5 picks. He seems to get happy feet when he faces a good pass rush and thats what the Giants do best.

   Colin Kaepernick vs Patriots
Once again the garbage time rushing touchdown saved him last week. 11 of his 18 pts came on one run. Belichick's defense has been playing better since acquiring Aqib Talib, forcing 5 interceptions in as many weeks.

   RG3 vs Browns
If he is cleared to play you have to start him unless you have a respectable backup. Cleveland's defense is pretty tough at home. I feel like he will start the game but will not finish it.


   Brandon Weeden vs Redskins
The Redskins defense has given up 27 and 20 pts to opposing QBs in their last two road games. Cleveland's offense has also been playing better in the last few weeks.



   Reggie Bush vs Jaguars
You can only look so good against the 49ers with a rookie quarterback and Bush looked the part. The Jags are allowing 21 pts per game to opposing RBs. Bush will get his touches in this game.

   Chris Johnson vs Jets
Johnson has wet the bed in the last few weeks but the Jets are 23rd against opposing RBs. Not to mention he plays on Monday night and he will want to put on a show. If they give him the ball, he will have a big week.

   Darren Sproles vs Buccaneers
Last week was the first time he has been healthy since his hand injury in week 8. You can't run on Tampa's Defense, but you can definitely throw. He will be on the field for plenty of snaps in this game.


   Frank Gore vs Patriots
Belichick usually tries to shut down one aspect of the opposing teams offense. This week it will be the running game. The Patriots score a ton of points at home and I expect San Francisco to fall behind early.

   Stevan Ridley vs 49ers
Ridley has burned me the last two weeks but since he is going up against the 49ers, I'll put him here again. The touchdowns have been saving him and the 49ers have only given up two rushing touchdowns all season. I don't think he scores this week.

   Knoshon Moreno vs Ravens
Moreno is getting a boat load of carries from Manning. I expect he will have a decent game but I wouldn't look for same production he had last week. Baltimore has only allowed two rushing TDs in the last 6 weeks.


   David Wilson vs. Falcons
If Ahmad Bradshaw is out and Wilson gets all of the carries, he is a poor mans C.J. Spiller.



   Marques Colston vs Buccaneers
Tampa Bay's pass defense is pathetic. See Darren Sproles.

   Denario Alexander vs Panthers
Alexander is averaging 16 points per game over the last 5 weeks along with five touchdowns. He has become Phillip Rivers #1 target and has now become matchup proof.

   Wes Welker vs 49ers
Tom Brady might throw the ball 60 times in this game because they won't be able to run the ball effectively . San Francisco has trouble overing slot receivers, surrendering big games to Amendola and Victor Cruz. Welker will see plenty of targets in this game.


   Julio Jones vs Giants
This may come as a surprise, but Julio Jones has not scored a single touchdown at home this year. With the Giants pass rush, Matt Ryan will have to get rid of the ball fast. Look for Roddy White & Tony Gonzalez to get most of the attention this game. Ryan won't have time to find Julio downfield.

   Dez Bryant vs Steelers
Dez has been known to drop a few passes even without a broken index finger. If he plays, I expect for him to be a decoy. Despite last week, Pittsburgh is still fourth in the NFL against WRs.

   Torrey Smith vs Broncos
Torrey Smith will be matched up against Champ Bailey this week. Bailey only allowed 55 yards to Vincent Jackson and 43 to Denarious Moore. There are plenty of WRs with better match ups than Smith.


   Josh Gordon vs Redskins
The Redskins are 31st in the NFL against opposing WRs and Gordon is the #1 receiver in Cleveland.



   Dallas Clark vs Saints
If you own any Saints or Bucs, you are starting them this week. See Josh Freeman.

   Martellus Bennet vs Falcons
The Falcons are surprisingly 2nd in the NFL to opposing WRs, only giving up 6 TDs this season to WRs. They have given up 5 TDs to TEs. Bennet has had  touchdowns in back to back weeks.


   Heath Miller vs Cowboys
The cowboys have only given up two touchdowns to opposing TEs since week 4, both of which came in the same week against Cleveland. I expect this to be a low scoring game.

   Jason Witten vs Steelers
The Steelers only allow 5pts per game to opposing TEs on the season and only one TD since week 6. The most points allowed was 12 in week three to Oakland.



   Lions vs Cardinals
The Lions are playing the Cardinals this week. Enough said.

   Browns vs Redskins
I wouldn't like them a much if RG3 plays, but like I said earlier, I doubt he plays a full game. Either way, the Browns don't have to plan for his running ability.


   49ers vs Patriots
Remember the Texans last week? The 49ers defense is better than Houstons but its Brady in Foxboro in December. Start them if you dare.

   Bears vs Packers
Since week 11, the Bears defense is only averaging 5pts per game facing QBs like Christian Ponder twice, Colin Kaepernick, and Russell Wilson. They haven't faced a top tier offense such as the Packers with an elite QB such as Rogers.

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and God Bless America.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings

Week 15 QB rankings:
  1. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Buccaneers
  2. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. 49ers
  3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Bears
  4. Peyton Manning, Broncos at Ravens
  5. Eli Manning, Giants at Falcons
  6. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Giants
  7. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers at Saints
  8. Cam Newton, Panthers at Chargers
  9. Matthew Stafford, Lions at Cardinals
  10. Andy Dalton, Bengals at Eagles
  11. Robert Griffin III, Redskins at Browns — INJ
  12. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Panthers
  13. Brandon Weeden, Browns vs. Redskins
  14. Carson Palmer, Raiders vs. Chiefs
  15. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Cowboys
  16. Andrew Luck, Colts at Texans
  17. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Colts
  18. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Steelers
  19. Russell Wilson, Seahawks at Bills
  20. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Broncos
  21. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Patriots
  22. Chad Henne, Jaguars at Dolphins
  23. Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Packers — INJ
  24. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Jaguars
  25. Nick Foles, Eagles vs. Bengals

 Week 15 RB rankings: 
  1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings at Rams
  2. Arian Foster, Texans vs. Colts
  3. Doug Martin, Buccaneers at Saints
  4. Trent Richardson, Browns vs. Redskins
  5. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks at Bills
  6. Ray Rice, Ravens vs. Broncos                             
  7. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs at Raiders
  8. Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Jets
  9. Alfred Morris, Redskins at Browns
  10. Bryce Brown, Eagles vs. Bengals
  11. Matt Forte, Bears vs. Packers
  12. C.J. Spiller, Bills vs. Seahawks
  13. Darren McFadden, Raiders vs. Chiefs             
  14. Frank Gore, 49ers at Patriots
  15. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals at Eagles
  16. Reggie Bush, Dolphins vs. Jaguars
  17. Steven Jackson, Rams vs. Vikings
  18. Ryan Mathews, Chargers vs. Panthers
  19. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos at Ravens
  20. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys vs. Steelers
  21. Darren Sproles, Saints vs. Buccaneers
  22. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants at Falcons  — INJ
  23. Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers at Cowboys
  24. Stevan Ridley, Patriots vs. 49ers
  25. Shonn Greene, Jets at Titans
  26. Mikel Leshoure, Lions at Cardinals
  27. David Wilson, Giants at Falcons
  28. Michael Turner, Falcons vs. Giants
  29. Montell Owens, Jaguars at Dolphins
  30. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Chargers
  31. Vick Ballard, Colts at Texans
  32. Bilal Powell, Jets at Titans
  33. Joique Bell, Lions at Cardinals
  34. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons vs. Giants
  35. Beanie Wells, Cardinals vs. Lions
  36. Alex Green, Packers at Bears
  37. Michael Bush, Bears vs. Packers
  38. LaMichael James, 49ers at Patriots
  39. Pierre Thomas, Saints vs. Buccaneers
  40. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins vs. Jaguars
  41. Robert Turbin, Seahawks at Bills
  42. Marcel Reece, Raiders vs. Chiefs
  43. Mark Ingram, Saints vs. Buccaneers
  44. Isaac Redman, Steelers at Cowboys
  45. Bernard Pierce, Ravens vs. Broncos
  46. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos at Ravens
  47. Ben Tate, Texans vs. Colts
  48. Shane Vereen, Patriots vs. 49ers
  49. Ronnie Brown, Chargers vs. Panthers
  50. Montario Hardesty, Browns vs. Redskins

 Week 15 WR rankings: 
  1. Calvin Johnson, Lions at Cardinals
  2. A.J. Green, Bengals at Eagles
  3. Victor Cruz, Giants at Falcons
  4. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers at Saints
  5. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos at Ravens
  6. Brandon Marshall, Bears vs. Packers
  7. Roddy White, Falcons vs. Giants
  8. Julio Jones, Falcons vs. Giants
  9. Marques Colston, Saints vs. Buccaneers
  10. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Colts
  11. Danario Alexander Chargers vs. Panthers
  12. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. 49ers
  13. Hakeem Nicks, Giants at Falcons
  14. Reggie Wayne, Colts at Texans
  15. Randall Cobb, Packers at Bears
  16. Mike Williams, Buccaneers at Saints
  17. Josh Gordon, Browns vs. Redskins
  18. Steve Smith, Panthers at Chargers
  19. Lance Moore, Saints vs. Buccaneers
  20. Mike Wallace, Steelers at Cowboys
  21. Eric Decker, Broncos at Ravens
  22. Malcom Floyd, Chargers vs. Panthers
  23. Miles Austin, Cowboys vs. Steelers
  24. Stevie Johnson, Bills vs. Seahawks
  25. Torrey Smith, Ravens vs. Broncos
  26. Pierre Garcon, Redskins at Browns
  27. Cecil Shorts, Jaguars at Dolphins — INJ
  28. Michael Crabtree, 49ers at Patriots
  29. Brian Hartline, Dolphins vs. Jaguars
  30. Kenny Britt, Titans vs. Jets
  31. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles vs. Bengals
  32. Anquan Boldin, Ravens vs. Broncos
  33. Denarius Moore, Raiders vs. Chiefs
  34. Greg Jennings, Packers at Bears
  35. Chris Givens, Rams vs. Vikings
  36. Antonio Brown, Steelers at Cowboys
  37. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Lions
  38. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars at Dolphins
  39. Sidney Rice, Seahawks at Bills — INJ
  40. Donnie Avery, Colts at Texans
  41. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots vs. 49ers
  42. T.Y. Hilton, Colts at Texans
  43. James Jones, Packers at Bears
  44. Brandon Gibson, Rams vs. Vikings
  45. Andrew Hawkins, Bengals at Eagles
  46. Davone Bess, Dolphins vs. Jaguars
  47. Kendall Wright, Titans vs. Jets
  48. Alshon Jeffery, Bears vs. Packers
  49. Greg Little, Browns vs. Redskins
  50. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders vs. Chiefs

Week 15 TE rankings:
  1. Jimmy Graham, Saints vs. Buccaneers
  2. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots vs. 49ers
  3. Owen Daniels, Texans vs. Colts
  4. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons vs. Giants
  5. Jason Witten, Cowboys vs. Steelers
  6. Dennis Pitta, Ravens vs. Broncos
  7. Heath Miller, Steelers at Cowboys
  8. Brandon Myers, Raiders vs. Chiefs
  9. Martellus Bennett, Giants at Falcons
  10. Greg Olsen, Panthers at Chargers
  11. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals at Eagles
  12. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings at Rams
  13. Antonio Gates, Chargers vs. Panthers
  14. Dallas Clark, Buccaneers at Saints
  15. Tony Scheffler, Lions at Cardinals
  16. Vernon Davis, 49ers at Patriots
  17. Scott Chandler, Bills vs. Seahawks
  18. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars at Dolphins
  19. Jermichael Finley, Packers at Bears
  20. Jacob Tamme, Broncos at Ravens

Week 15 defensive rankings:
  1. Denver Broncos at Ravens
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys
  3. Seattle Seahawks at Bills
  4. Detroit Lions at Cardinals
  5. Miami Dolphins vs. Jaguars
  6. Houston Texans vs. Colts
  7. Green Bay Packers at Bears
  8. San Francisco 49ers at Patriots
  9. St. Louis Rams vs. Vikings
  10. Minnesota Vikings at Rams
  11. Cincinnati Bengals at Eagles
  12. New England Patriots vs. 49ers
  13. New York Jets at Titans
  14. Cleveland Browns vs. Redskins
  15. Tennessee Titans vs. Jets
  16. San Diego Chargers vs. Panthers
  17. Chicago Bears vs. Packers
  18. New York Giants at Falcons
  19. Dallas Cowboys vs. Steelers
  20. Atlanta Falcons vs. Giants
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Week 15 Waiver Wire pickups

Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

With the Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups coming your way, you either have 1 week, 2 weeks or even 3 weeks to claim that big fantasy football trophy. Or maybe you’re salivating over the big pot of moolah that’s been burning a hole in your commissioner’s pocket all year. Either way, it’s another week to dump some of the trash and pick up some hidden treasures that popped up this past week.
As always, this list will not be completed until Tuesday mid-morning. See anyone you feel is deserving as a waiver wire pickup? Let me know in the comments below. Please keep in mind that all these options are for standard 12 team leagues. It’d be easy to add about 20 more guys for 16-20 teamers.


Week 15 Waiver Wire PickupsNick Foles: Eagles (ESPN Owned 3.9%)
The good news is that Foles broke the Eagles’ rookie record for most passing yards in a game, with 381 yards along with 2 touchdowns. The bad news is that you didn’t start him. Or if you did, you must be in a severely large league. Against the Buccaneers, Foles showed tremendous pocket awareness, was conscious of the blitz and was able to make plays while in motion. Not to mention the kid has a cannon for an arm. One huge plus for Foles was that the last play of the game came from Foles himself and not the coaching staff. So to have that kind of trust in a rookie is pretty rare. With Bryce Brown shut down by the continuing dominance of Tampa’s rushing defense, Foles rushed for 27 yards and another score on the ground. Don’t get excited and toss him in as your starter against the Bengals in Week 15, however. He’s still a rookie. But dynasty owners just saw Foles seal up his status as the 2013 starter.
Colin Kaepernick: 49ers (ESPN Owned 47.8%)
Kaepernick didn’t do much through the air against the Dolphins, but his 53 rushing yards and a score salvaged most of his fantasy value. It’s clearly looking like CK is no longer considered a QB1. But if you can start a quarterback in your flex, he isn’t that bad of an option. With the win over Miami, I hightly doubt Jim Harbaugh will bench Kaepernick for Alex Smith against the Patriots.
Jake Locker: Titans (ESPN Owned 7.6%)
Locker might be throwing up a lot of passing yards, but damn this kid loves turning the ball over. Over the past 3 weeks, Locker has turned the ball over 9 times, which totally shadows his 3-straight one-touchdown streak. Locker is still on your waiver wire for a reason. If you don’t get negative points for turnovers, which I highly doubt, Locker might be worth a look. Otherwise, don’t even touch him.


David Wilson: Giants (ESPN Owned 40.3%)
With Ahmad Bradshaw in-and-out against the Saints, Wilson finally had his coming out game as he rushedWeek 15 Waiver Wire Pickups  for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. But for owners who don’t get special teams value for players, most missed out on his 227 kickoff return yards and another score. There is no word yet on whether Bradshaw will be good to go for Week 15 against the Falcons, so Wilson is more of a pickup as a handcuff at this point. He still isn’t trusted on passing downs and he’s not an option if Bradshaw is good to go for Week 15. So eye Wilson up, but do it with caution. This could be more of a fluke than a find considering his big day was against the Saints.
Montell Owens: Jaguars (ESPN Owned 8.8%)
If you didn’t play Owens yesterday, don’t feel bad. Even though he had a great matchup against the Jets, he was simply too much of a wildcard as an unknown. And given the track record of MJD’s other replacements, I didn’t have high hopes. But Owens came through with a 91-yard one-touchdown performance. As great is this firs appearance was, Owens could come crashing down against a much strong Dolphins run defense in Week 15.
Joique Bell: Lions (ESPN Owned 10.2%)
It wasn’t coach speak that Jim Schwartz was throwing at us when he said he wanted Bell more involved in the running game. Bell’s 17 touches against the Packers were a season high, which could mean good things going forward. Bell is still the passing-down back. Plus, his 12 carries were only 2 less than Mikel Leshoure’s, who rushed for 49 yards. It appears Leshoure is losing a lot of value, which will push him down the rankings for Week 15. Bell looks like he could be a legit flex option for the rest of the season.
Bilal Powell: Jets (ESPN Owned 3.1%)
The Jets/Jaguars game might have been ugly, but the Jets’ running game was a shining light. Powell’s 19 rushes for 78 yards were both season highs and he’s now scored 4 times in the last 4 games. While he’s still in a timeshare with Shonn Green, the committee is still alive and well in New York. Just keep in mind this is still a very bad Jets offense.
Week 15 Waiver Wire PickupsJason Avant: Eagles (ESPN Owned .5%)
Coming into his own as a rookie starter, Nick Foles used Avant quite a bit against the last ranked Buccaneers passing defense. Avant’s 7 catches for 133 yards was the most action he has seen since Week 9 against the Saints. But temper your enthusiasm. It was the Buccaneers. Plus the Eagles abandon the run, allowing Foles to sling it a lot Sunday. Going up against the Bengals on Thursday night, Avant is nothing more than a low-end WR3. He’s still the No. 3 receiver behind Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.
Andrew Hawkins: Bengals (ESPN Owned 10.7%)
After an encouraging first half of the season, Hawkins fell to fantasy obscurity. But in the last 2 weeks, he’s found himself somewhat relevant again, racking up 11 catches for 91 yards and a score. I still believe that at full health, Hawkins is the best receiver the team has behind A.J. Green. But like Avant, temper your expectations for the rest of the season.


Rob Housler: Cardinals (ESPN Owned .1%)
The tight end position doesn’t have many true fantasy prospects this week. At least not to me anyway. AWeek 15 Waiver Wire Pickups bunch of one-week wonders, with very little looking like a true fantasy asset. Housler is the best that I could find. Housler is huge at 6’5/250 and very athletic, but his value is hindered by the garbage the team keeps putting out there at quarterback. Still, he has 19 catches over the last 3 weeks, so it’s hard not to add Housler to the list. However, he is the lowest of the low as a TE2 option.

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