Week 11: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Quarterback

Despite the Raiders struggles, Palmer has been a solid fantasy QB

  • Josh Freeman (vs Car) – Freeman has been on an absolute tear since the Bucs bye week. In those five games, he has put up 1467 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only one interception. Despite the fact that Carolina has been playing tough defense recently, continue to roll with Freeman as the Bucs make a playoff push.
  • Carson Palmer (vs NO) – On the opposite end of the spectrum, Palmer has been a great fantasy QB regardless of the Raiders’ woes as a team. He is averaging over 300 yards per game, and that should only increase without McFadden in the picture. Tack on the fact that over half the QB’s the Saints have faced have thrown for 300+ yards and 3+ TD’s, and Palmer should be a very nice week 11 play. (more…)

Week 11: Waiver Wire Pickups for the Playoffs

Uh oh. Week 10 was QB kryptonite for a few unlucky owners. With four heavily owned signal callers biting the dust, chances are there are more than a couple members of your league scavenging the waiver wire for temporary fixes (or more permanent ones for the cursed Vick owners). It’s important to keep remaining strength of schedule in mind while picking the trash heap. For example: Beanie Wells is projected to return to action in week 12, which many see as a light at the end of the tunnel for this injury plagued Cardinals backfield, leading them to pick him up and stash him. While he may dominate touches over the inconsistent LaRod Stephens-Howling, their schedule reads out: StL, NYJ, Sea, Det, Chi, SF. With only the Jets presenting a favorable matchup, there may be better options out there. Having said that, here are the top waiver wire pickups heading into week 11.

Russell Wilson (QB – Sea): As he is on bye this week, this is more of a recommendation for those looking for longer term replacements for guys like Mike Vick, or those who play in two-QB leagues. If you discount the defensive battle against San Francisco (fantasy stinker), Wilson has 890 yards, 10 touchdowns, and one interception in his last four games. Solid. The Seahawks offense seems to be getting better each week, and despite having to play Chicago and San Francisco in the remaining weeks of the season, he also will see Buffalo, Miami, and St. Louis, which could make for very promising spot starts if you have a non-elite starter with a tough matchup, or one who is potentially injured. (more…)

Week 10: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Freeman and Bucs looking Elite

Quarterback

  • Josh Freeman (vs SD) – Freeman has thrown for 1257 yards and 11 touchdowns while only throwing one pick in the last four weeks. Ride him while he, Doug Martin (who isn’t included in this list because he’s a guaranteed start) and the rest of the Tampa offense is hot, as the Chargers show no signs of being the team to slow them down this week.
  • Joe Flacco (vs Oak) – Flacco has consistently been a stud at home, and a bust on the road this season. Oakland likes to turn games into shootouts, and Flacco should bounce back from a disappointing-for-his-fantasy-owners road trip against a mediocre Oakland defense.
  • Andrew Luck (@ Jax) – Similar to Flacco, Luck’s numbers at home have been noticably better. Despite this, Jacksonville is horrible, and the Colts are surging. I’d expect this to be the best road game of the rookie’s career to date. (more…)

Week 10: Waiver Wire Additions

Has Russell Wilson finally figured things out up in Seattle? Despite being discounted and treated as an afterthought of a fantasy quarterback by virtually everyone, he has continued to not only turnout solid fantasy numbers over the past several weeks, but win football games as well. With the ever-changing scenario in the Steelers’ and Colts’ backfields having shifted once again, we have a fresh pair of runningbacks looking to produce for week 10, as well.

Here are the top week 10 waiver wire additions:

Russell Wilson (QB – Sea): Since week 6, Wilson has eight TD’s and two int’s. It’s seemingly only a matter of time before he gets a rushing TD or two. The Seahawks have always had a strong ground game with Marshawn Lynch, but now that Wilson is finding his feet, this offense could really click. Additionally, with their elite defense, their field position should be frequently ideal. This week, they take on the Jets, who have allowed 20 points to every team that has faced them this year, with the exception of a pre-”Chuckstrong” motivated Colts team. Looking forward into the later weeks of the NFL season – the fantasy playoffs, for most – Seattle has favorable matchups against Arizona, Buffalo, and St. Louis as an added bonus. (more…)

Week 9: Waiver Wire Pickups

Here come the hurricane Sandy-shortened reccomendations for waiver wire pickups as we cross the midseason point of the 2012-2013 season.

Matt Hasselbeck (QB – Ten): Unless you play in an extremely shallow league where guys like Josh Freeman might still be available, Hasselbeck seems to be the cream of the crop as far as waiver wire quarterbacks go. Jake Locker is sidelined, and Hasselbeck is the starter. Tennesee has been playing better, balanced football. Chris Johnson is now producing up to the standards of both fans and his contract, and Kenny Britt is back in action as well. Throw in the talents of Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, and Jared Cook, and you have an offense that has serious potential. Similarly, when the only alternatives in most leagues seem to be guys like Russell Wilson, Mark Sanchez, or Blaine Gabbert, it’s almost a no-brainer to roll with Hasselbeck if you are in need of a spot-start QB.

Jonathan Dwyer (RB – Pit): Pittsburgh fans absolutely love this guy, and after two weeks, the rest of the NFL world is starting to figure out why. He has a hard-nose, between the tackles-style of running that is very similar to what Jerome Bettis used to bring to the table. His back to back 100+ yard games make him the first Steeler runningback to accomplish that feat since Willie Parker in 2008, and he would have had even more fantasy points in those games if Pittsburgh decided to give him the ball on the goal line. Common sense would dictate that Tomlin continue to roll with Dwyer, which would make him a solid #2 RB. However, with Mendenhall coming back, you never know what is going to happen. Despite this, you can be pretty positivte that if you wait to find out what direction Pittsburgh is going to go with, Dwyer will be unavailable. If you have the space, and need a RB, this is the guy.

LaRod Stephens-Howling (RB – Ari): Still only owned in 30% of leagues, despite being a starting RB. Maybe his stinker against San Francisco scared off some owners? If you were unable to grab Dwyer, take a look at LSH against a very vulnerable Packers defense. Similar to Rashad Jennings last week, LSH should figure heavily in this game due to his ability to catch and run with the football. Even if the Cardinals get blown out, you can be pretty sure that LSH will still be catching screen passes and putting up points in the 4th quarter.

Titus Young (WR – Det): Finally produced in line with his expectations. His ownership has dropped close to 40% since the beginning of the season, and it is not hard to see why. Even with his monster, 9 catch-200 yard-2 TD performace last week, he still is averaging less than 8 points a week, and his only prior TD came on a lucky, batted-down hail mary pass. Hopefully last week was him turning the corner. If you have room on your bench, nab him up now, as you won’t get another shot to pick him up. Having said that, I still have reservations about starting him due to his, and the Lions’ inconsistency. Additionally, the Lions just went out and signed Mike Thomas from Jacksonville, though that is not nearly as concerning as the aforementioned points. The upside here is obvious, and hopefully if you have stuck with him thus far, or were lucky enough to grab him it will pay off for you as we approach the fantasy playoffs.

Danny Amendola (WR – StL): The Rams are on bye this week, but now would be the time to grab Amendola if he was dropped in your league. He is only owned in 40% of leagues, and should be back in week 10. Sam Bradford loves throwing him the ball, but the reason why I rank Titus Young as a better option is due to the Rams schedule for the remainder, which sees them play Arizona, Seattle, and San Francisco twice. Despite this, with the incredible amount of targets Amendola was getting before his injury, it would be hard to look him over, especially in PPR formats where he had seemingly turned himself into a poor-man’s Wes Welker before going down.

Dennis Pitta (TE – Bal): Has largely been forgotten about after being heralded as the “next stud TE” by many owners after his encouraging start to the season. After the Ravens’ blowout loss to Houston, it wouldn’t surprise to see them start looking back towards Pitta. While someone like Scott Chandler or Dustin Keller would almost certainly be a better answer in the long run, the Bills face Houston this week, and the Jets are on bye.

Week 8: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Banged up backfield and a favorable matchup means solid points for Big Ben in week 8.

Quarterback

  • Ben Roethlisberger (vs Was) – The Redskins have tremendous difficulty against the pass, allowing over 300 yards to every quarterback that has faced them, with the exception of Josh Freeman – who totaled 299. With a banged up backfield, the Steelers should be relying on Ben and the passing game here.
  • Brandon Weeden (vs SD) – Got a starter on bye or an unfavorable matchup in a two-QB league? Weeden has been consistently producing, and consistently improving as well. With Trent Richardson’s ribs still banged up, the Browns are going to need to throw the ball in this game, and the Chargers present a favorable matchup. (more…)

Week 8: Waiver Wire Finds

The game of musical chairs continues to carry on among NFL runningbacks. We saw Felix Jones, highly touted backup to DeMarco Murray, suffer a bruised knee, leaving the Cowboys even more uncertain of who will carry the ball heading into week 8. In Arizona, Larod Stephens-Howling dominated the touches, frustrating William Powell owners who were optimistic after his encouraging performance in week 6. Pittsburgh is on the verge of bottoming out of their RB depth chart, resorting to Jonathan Dwyer. Similarly, Detroit is struggling to make plays regardless of whether Mikel LeShoure or Joique Bell is on the field… though LeShoure still looks in line for more touches. The icing on the cake — one of the few true “workhorses” left in the league, Maurice Jones-Drew, was carted off and will sit week 8 when the Jags visit the Packers. Let’s pick up the pieces… (more…)

Week 7: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Andre Brown Deja Vu?

Quarterback

  • Josh Freeman (vs NO) – Coming off a hot performance against a tough Kansas City pass defense. He is going to have a much easier time throwing the ball this week, and will most likely have to in order for the Bucs to stay in this game. Should put up 20+
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs Ten) – I’m not shying away from Fitzy just yet, despite some discouraging recent turnouts from him. Keep in mind his two dud games – around 6 and 9 points depending on your league’s scoring format – came against the 49′ers and Cardinals defenses. This week he sees a weak Tennessee defense, and should return to putting up solid points.
  • Brandon Weeden (@ Ind) – WEEDEN IS GOOD. Stop writing him off based on the fact that he plays for Cleveland, and check the guy out. Now, I’m not saying you should start him over Brady or Rodgers, but he has put up serious points the past three weeks, and looks to build upon those performances against a vulnerable Colts defense. (more…)

Week 7: Hot Waiver Wire Additions

More bumps, more bruises, and the game of musical chairs continues among runningbacks in the NFL heading into week 7. DeMarco Murray is now expected to miss some time with ligament damage in his foot. No surgery is required and a speedy comeback is expected, but we have seen what foot injuries can do to players in his position (see McFadden, Bradshaw), which brings us to the first guy recommended to strengthen your squads heading into week 7… (more…)

Week 6: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Ben Roethlisberger (@ Ten) – Despite his disappointing, under-10 point performance last week against Philly, Roethlisberger is in good position rebound against a piss poor Titans pass defense that has allowed the third most points to opposing QB’s this season. Mendenhall being back for the second week should help.
  • Christian Ponder (@ Was) – Riding the same train as Roethlisberger, Christian Ponder has a highly favorable matchup against the ‘Skins in week 6. Just like Tennessee, Washington has allowed 12 scores through the air, and Ponder continues to show tremendous ball security, having thrown only two interceptions. The Redskins are a little tougher against the run, so expect Ponder to hit paydirt at least once here.  (more…)