Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Waiver Wizard Week 9


Waiver  Wizard by Travis Kent

Week 9 is here, and the fantasy playoffs are fast approaching (Why can’t football last forever?).  With only four weeks left in the fantasy regular season, it may be time to start cuffin’ season.Image result for fantasy handcuff 
If you’re not familiar with the vernacular, “handcuffing” means that if you have a top-flight RB (in some cases, WR), you may need to stash their backup(s) as a precaution.  Let’s be honest…if you are someone that takes the time to read waiver-wire columns, I doubt you need the vocabulary lesson. With all that being said, join the Waiver Wizard in finding some magic for your fantasy roster in week 9, and beyond.
*All roster % are based on ESPN platform statistics, and I TRY not to mention anyone above ~50-55%* 
*Notable Players on Bye:
QB: Matt Ryan/Matt Schaub, Drew Brees, Jared Goff, Andy Dalton...If you were desperate, or in two-QB leagues.
RB: Devonta Freeman, Joe Mixon, Todd Gurley, Latavious Murray/Alvin Kamara.
WR: Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Auden Tate, Tyler Boyd, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas.
TE: Austin Hooper, Tyler Eifert (gross), Jared Cook, Gerald Everett.
With so many notable fantasy stars on bye this week, this may be one of the most crucial waiver weeks of the year.  Week 6 and 7 were relatively brutal; however, this week is especially tough because we are further along in the fantasy season.  A win or a loss could be the difference between the playoffs and the consolation bracket, so strap in.        
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Cam Newton(43.9%): If you do not need a QB this week and you are just looking for a potential stash for the fantasy playoffs, Newton may be your man.  After the absolute drudging by the 49ers, the Panthers may be looking to get Superman back sooner rather than later. The Panthers have already named Kyle Allen the starter for week 9 against TEN, but after that, the Panthers are @GB, home against ATL, and @NO.Those are three crucial games for the Panthers, especially the two division games.  One would assume Carolina would want their star QB back for late-season road games. If, to pick Newton up purely for the playoff matchups…you’re in luck. CAR has WSH, @ATL, SEA, and @IND to finish off the fantasy season. Out of those final four opponents for the Panthers, only the Colts rank inside the top 20 in terms of passing defense. I like those odds for a healthy Newton.
Image result for minshewGardner Minshew: The Mustache is owned in just 49.5% of ESPN leagues, and I am not sure why.  Minshew Mania has fizzled out to some extent, but his game hasn’t...Minshew has eclipsed 16+ FP in every game he has played except for one outing against NO in which offense was optional for both teams.  I will give any QB playing the Saints D a pass this year...They. Have. Been. EXCELLENT!
Image result for derek carrDerek Carr (18.0%): Carr is not my favorite option as a waiver pickup, but if you’re in desperate need of a QB for the week, he may not be the worst option.  Carr will be at home in the Black Hole this Sunday against the Lions. Detroit ranks 25th in the NFL against the pass, and are giving up an average of two passing TDs/game on the season.  Detroit has also given up a top-12 performance to opposing QBs five consecutive weeks, and Darrius Slay may be dealt before the trade deadline as well; this will only benefit Chucky's prodigal son.  

Stand Alone Value – 
Image result for alexander mattisonAlexander Mattison (17.7%): Mattison is THE most valuable handcuff in fantasy football, and it is not even close.  Mattison is one of the few backup RBs in the NFL that has some stand-alone value. If the injury-prone Dalvin Cook goes down, Mattison will stand to inherit one of the most run-heavy backfields in the league.  He needs to be rostered people, ESPECIALLY, if you are the Cook owner.
Jamaal Williams (56.6%): Jamaal Williams is owned in more leagues than not, but if he is still available in your league, go pick him up...NOW!  #FreeAaronJones has been a revelation in fantasy this year, but the Green Bay offense is starting to fire on all cylinders with both RBs getting a steady workload.  Matt LaFleur likes to utilize both backs at any point in the game, and anywhere on the field. GB has even begun using both Jones and Williams on the field at the same time, which allows both backs high-upside fantasy value.  In case you needed a little more analysis Williams has seen at least 40% of the offensive snaps in every game he has played (injured in PHI game); he has received at least ten touches in all but two games this season, and has caught a TD pass in each of his last three games (including one rushing TD).  Oh, and if something happens to Aaron Jones (knock on wood he stays healthy), he’s an elite handcuff. 

Pure Handcuffs/Potential Stand-Alone Value –
Kareem Hunt (57.7%): Hunt is an interesting stash for the fantasy playoffs.  No one knows how the Browns will utilize Hunt when he returns to action, especially with Chubb running so efficiently.  However, if Chubb goes down with an injury in the next few weeks, Hunt will undoubtedly be the RB1 in Cleveland once he is able to play in week 10.  Hunt should be a top stash candidate this week. He will be eligible to return week 10, and by then, his ownership will skyrocket beyond his already high ownership percentage.
Tony Pollard (13.0%): My analysis for Pollard is simply this...If you have an open bench spot, whether you have Zeke or not, go pick him up off your waiver wire.  Pollard has seen limited work in every game this season outside of Week 4 against New Orleans. In limited action, Pollard has been relatively effective, and you never know what kind of “off-the-field” issues might surface on Elliott.  Zeke has been nothing but durable in his career, so an injury is not likely. I prefer Mattison as a handcuff over Pollard, but Pollard is my concrete #3 handcuff behind Mattison and Jamaal Williams (if you count Williams as a handcuff).    

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Josh Gordon (48.9%): Gordon was placed on IR by the Patriots, unbeknownst to him.  Gordon was unaware he was being placed on IR until he found out via a post on IG from a sports media page.  The Patriots placed Gordon on IR, most likely to cut him. If this is the case, other teams would be able to pick him up once he is removed from IR.  This would be a speculative add, as we do not know how “injured” Gordon is, or where he might end up if another team claims him, but he would be worth a stash if you have the roster flexibility.
Auden Tate (31.7%): Tate is on bye this week, but he is worth a stash on your bench.  Cincinnati is one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the league (because they aren’t particularly good), and Tate has been heavily targeted as a result.  I am not sure why Tate is still available in almost 70% of leagues, but if you are in need at the WR position, go pick this guy up. He catches the football real good like...SEE IMAGE 1.9 FOR REFERENCE!
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Anthony Miller (12.4%): Anthony Miller was a player I drafted this year thinking he could add to an impressive rookie campaign...I was reminded rather quickly that Mitch Trubisky was his QB, and Mitch Trubisky is not very good at football.  I subsequently dropped Miller a few weeks into the season, but it seems he is making a comeback. Miller has produced at least 9 PPR points in his last three contests and is beginning to see more volume. In his last three games Miller has received an average of 6.3 targets and has surpassed 50 yards in all three.  The game in which he only saw three targets, he caught all three for 67 yards. I believe Miller is an excellent depth piece for your roster and may be a weekly flex option going forward.    
Jameis Winston (55.5%): This is a bit of a stretch because Winston is more than likely on someone’s roster as a streaming option or a backup QB.  However, he is still available in almost 45% of leagues, so there is a chance he may be out there. Winston goes up against a Seahawks team that just gave up 460 yards passing to Matt Schaub, a guy that has not played significant snaps since his last year in Houston in 2013.  If you can live with the 4-5 turnovers, Winston produces almost weekly, and I think he may be a solid waiver add. As much as this dude likes turnovers, I am surprised he wasn’t caught stealing them instead of crab legs…but hey, to each their own I guess.
Sam Darnold (15.2%): The kissing disease that plagued him weeks 2-5 has perished, but the woes for Darnold and the Jets have continued.  Outside of the game against Dallas, Darnold has struggled mightily. He has eclipsed 200 passing yards just once in his four games played this season, and has already turned the ball over nine times this year…NINE TIMES!  Darnold has only played in four games thus far but has managed to average over two turnovers a game. Okay…enough ragging on the Jets and Darnold. Do I have some deep-seated hate for the Jets? Maybe? Here is my real analysis.  Darnold has played one of the absolute toughest schedules of any QB in the league through Week 8, oh, and did I mention he missed a full month because of Mono? NE, BUF, & DAL all rank inside the top-10, and JAX inside the top-20 in terms of total pass defense according to Pro Football Reference.  Over the next eight weeks, the Jets face ONE pass defense inside the top-10, and that is week 16 vs. PIT. Darnold might be a weekly, startable QB going forward, not just this week.
Image result for week 9 fantasy waiver wireMark Walton (17.7%): I am not as ecstatic as others about Mark Walton as a waiver wire pickup.  Sure, he is receiving the majority of the snaps as the lead back…but Miami is always going to be down in games and looking to pass to play catch-up.  The positive side to Walton is that Kenyan Drake was just traded to the Cardinals, and Kalen Ballage is not very good at football. If you were someone that drafted Kerryon Johnson or took a chance on Damien Williams/Joe Mixon (on bye this week), you can go pick up a starting running back for an NFL team.  That is about as excited as I can get about this one…sorry. One glimmer of hope for Walton is that he has received six targets in two of his last three games, and at least eleven carries in two of his last three, and now Drake is on another crappy team…so do with that what you will.  
Adrian Peterson(52.3%)/Darrius Guice(29.2%): Peterson has quietly seen increased volume in recent weeks since Jay Gruden was relieved of his coaching duties in Washington.  Since Gruden was fired after the Week 5 blowout at the hands of the Patriots, Peterson has received carry totals of 23, 20, and 14.  AP has also seen targets in the receiving game, albeit minimal volume, it still provides a small increase in his overall value. Guice was spotted back at practice on Monday (10/28), but this was in large part due to the team being poorly managed in all facets…joking.  In all seriousness, Guice is scheduled to return by Week 11 after the Redskin’s Week 10 bye. If you have an open bench spot and want to take a shot at the potential of Guice playing, I am not opposed to it. Just temper expectations as the matchups are not favorable even if he does return, and the Redskins still aren’t very good. 
Image result for jaylen samuelsJaylen Samuels (11.3%): James Conner cannot finish a game healthy, Benny Snell left the game last night with an apparent knee injury, and Trey Edmunds is the only other healthy RB on the Steelers roster at the time I am writing this article.  Maybe the Steelers trade for a RB by the time you read this article, or perhaps Samuels is thrust into the lead role as he has been in the past when Conner missed time. If the supposed AC joint injury Conner suffered keeps him out for any amount of time, Samuels will see a heavy dose of carries and targets in a workhorse role.
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Rashaad Penny (42.3%): Rashaad Penny is a prisoner to Pete Carroll and Chris Carson, but rumors are floating around that he may be traded before the deadline.  By the time you are reading this, you will know where he lands. If Penny stays with Seattle, he is merely a high-end handcuff to Chris Carson.  
Rex Burkhead (25.1%): Burkhead is a guy I would take a flier on as a handcuff to Sony Michel, and potentially a PPR flex-play if anything happens to James White.  When Burkhead has been healthy, he is always a threat to cut into the workload of Michel and the other fifteen RBs that New England seems to carry.  In year’s past, the NE backfield situation has been much more difficult to gauge. However, it is clear now that Sony Michel has been earned Belichick’s trust in handling the “workhorse” role.  Michel has not been relatively productive with the injuries to the OL and the FB positions, but he is still seeing massive volume and goal-line work. If Michel is out for any reason, Burkhead will likely take over that role.     
Reggie Bonnafon (1.6%): Bonnafon is a handcuff to CMC, and nothing more.  If you have CMC or an open bench spot to play with, you can grab him; otherwise, I would not waste my waiver priority on the backup to the guy that gets 90+% of the RB snaps
week in and week out.   
Image result for ryquell armsteadRyquell Armstead (1.9%): Armstead is in the same proverbial boat as Reggie Bonnafon.  I would only pick him up if you are the Fournette owner, or if you have an expendable player on your bench. 
Justin Jackson (5.7%): Justin Jackson will be relevant in terms of waiver adds if he or Melvin Gordon are traded; if neither is dealt before the deadline, you do not need to add Jackson unless Gordon or Eckeler go down with an injury.  If you are the owner of one or both of the Chargers RBs, you can stash Jackson as a solid handcuff.

DeVante Parker (13.9%): A Miami receiver??  You want me to pick up and start a Miami receiver going forward?  Yes...Yes, I do. DeVante Parker has been as consistent as they come, which is saying A LOT considering he does play for the Dolphins.  Parker has averaged 6.5 targets per game, and has managed to haul in at least three catches in every game this year, other than the game against NE.  Parker has also surpassed at least 50 yards in five of seven games this season. It may seem ugly, but if you need a consistent 10+ PPR points every week, Parker is a viable option. 
Danny Amendola (10.0%): It has been an up and down roller coaster for Amendola since leaving the Patriots, but I believe he may have finally found a home in Matt Stafford’s back pocket.  Kerryon Johnson was recently placed on IR, and the other RBs on the roster just aren’t cutting it. With essentially no running game, Amendola has become the de facto Cooper Kupp-esque receiver for the Lions.  In games that Kerryon Johnson saw limited work, Amendola has capitalized with 23 catches on 32 targets, for 304 yards and one TD. The Lions have not added any RBs to their roster with the trade deadline approaching, so Danny should see an uptick in usage for the foreseeable future.

Darren Fells (11.6%): Fells has discovered the fountain of youth at the spry young age of 33.  Fells has not seen the most consistent target share, but the tight end position in fantasy is a wasteland...so deal with it.  Fells HAS seen his snap % hover around the 80% mark, and DeShaun Watson has learned he does not have to throw the ball 40 yards down field on every play...enter Darren Fells.    
Dallas Goedert (32.1%): Goedert has seemingly taken over the Zach Ertz role in the Philly offense.  Ertz is still being targeted often, but Goedert is seeing the majority of the red zone targets, and is seeing his role increase in every game.  There were even trade rumors leading up to today about PHI possibly sending Ertz packing because of the emergence of Goedert. Goedert should be a reliable option in an otherwise desolate wasteland of tight ends.
Chris Herndon (22.7%): Herndon has yet to play a snap for the Jets this season due to a 4-game suspension to start the year and a hamstring injury that prevented him from returning to the lineup after the Week 5 bye.  With Herndon scheduled to return to the field soon, the Jets and Sam Darnold will very much welcome his presence. Herndon is my #1 TE target going into Week 9. 
Jason Witten (45.1%): Witten is an ageless wonder, much like Frank Gore at the running back position.  After taking a short hiatus from the Cowboys to wave his hands and stutter all over MNF, the OG Cowboy has returned to his safety-blanket days for Prescott and the Cowboys.  The Cowboys aren’t the only ones that are glad he’s out of the booth...but anyway, back to fantasy relevance. Witten is almost guaranteed a minimum of four targets per game, as he has had AT LEAST four in every single game this season.  He’s not a sexy waiver option, but much like his cameo on MNF, at least he’s there.
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Panthers (49.6%): The Panthers are currently the 4th ranked defense by position in fantasy this season, and they will be facing the Titans at home this week.  Coming off of a week in which the defense gave up 51 points, I am sure they will look to get back on track at home against Ryan Tannehill and the Titans.
Colts (55.9%): The Colts have not given up more than 25 points since week 1, and while that may not seem impressive, consider this.  The Colts have played KC (with Mahomes), Houston, Atlanta, OAK, and TEN during that stretch, all of which are relatively potent offenses.  I believe the Colts are a safe start each week, especially with their run-first, keep-away type offense.
Browns (16.2%): The Broncos will be starting a rookie QB this week against Cleveland, and Denver just traded their most accomplished and experienced receiver away to SF.  Denver’s only saving grace is that they are at home and may decide to run the ball every play, but even then, the Browns are no slouch against the run.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019



Kirk Cousins
Against his old team, the Redskins. If Kirk were to find Diggs in a game this would be it. I'd imagine most of his points coming in the first half as the Vikings should take the lead. If Redskins can keep up as well, they do have decent weapons, Vikings will be all the happier with Kirk slinging it.
Royce Freeman
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The split in this backfield has almost become 50/50. Royce is the back I want this week. He continues to impress and due to this makes sure they put him on the field. They will lean more on their backfield as they have traded Emmanuel. Start Royce.
Devante Parker
Parker has scored in three consecutive games. He is quietly putting together a string of games that
have put him in WR3 discussion so if due to bye you need someone for flex, he should be available.
TJ Hockenson
TJ has gotten a consistent amount of targets every game. These targets are value going up against this Giants defense. Stafford has had a decent season looking for Golladay and Marvin. The Giants will focus on schemes that stop up the two WRs and leave Hockenson down the middle with some room. I'm calling for a TD this game and around 50 yards receiving for TJ.
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Harrison Butker
This GB defense should force KC into situations to settle for a FG and Butker will be the beneficiary
Jaguars DEF
This defense continues to create pressure and turnovers. The Jets team they are facing in week 8 will allow them to once against force fumbles as well as interceptions. Play these guys if you have a chance.


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Kyler Murray
Saints defense is scary. He will not be able to be so free with the ball. The last few weeks he has dealt
with straight-up bad defenses. This has made him look like an every-week start. Don’t be fooled. Last week he scored a total of 6.96 points in STD scoring. Kyler will continue to struggle this week and I would stay away.
Jamaal Williams
Jamaal’s production has come down to big plays in the passing game. These will be hit and miss. Jamaal is known for being somewhat streaky and he solely depends on how the game plays out. That is not the type of player that I trust. The game this week against the Chiefs will be a different story with Matt Moore. They won’t have the ability to score as efficiently and I can see this game coming down to the run game on both sides. That means Aaron Jones will be utilized and Jamaal will be stuck behind. Don’t count on the iffyness.
Emmanuel Sanders
Bringing him into San Francisco does not help his fantasy value. He will be behind Kittle in targets and Pettis will not just disappear. If you watched the Niner’s game last week they were run-heavy and should continue to be with a defense that doesn’t let any game get out of hand. Sanders is coming from an offense that needed to pass the ball and those targets showed up for Sanders. This move is good for Manny, but not good for his fantasy players.
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Greg Olsen
Aside week 2 and 3 Olsen hasn’t put up enough numbers or consistency to earn a starting spot. There
are several fliers that I would prefer to go with. If Herndon comes back this week, and Gerald Everett offers an upside that I would prefer to play this week as well. Stay away from Olsen and move on if possible.
Robbie Gould
Do not start Gould in week 8. He has yet to give you anything close to starting numbers and there are plenty of options on the waiver. Pick someone else up.
Eagles DEF
They have given you a total of 4 points over the course of the last 2 weeks. They will not have fun against this Bills defense. If you are still holding onto them, move. Pick someone else up and even consider streaming. If you have questions on how to go about that DM us on twitter or send us a question through our website www.FantasyAnalyzers.com


“A Ekeler or J Jacobs. ½ pt PPR”
Josh Jacobs has progressed in the way he is used in this offense. The introduction into the passing game takes Jacobs from a somewhat decent starter to a player with top 5 upside. If the trend of receptions continue, fantasy players will be thrilled. Ekeler has found his place in this offense even with Gordon coming back. He has been the most reliable and consistent back between the two. This split and possessing no upside in redzone carries makes me hold back on my expectations for Ekeler this week. Go with Jacobs.
“Which three WR would you start out of Robinson, J Brown, Boyd, Marvin Jones and Sanu?”
Allen Robinson has earned a place on your roster every week. He is a high-end WR2 as of now. Tyler Boyd, even with Ross taking over in the first couple weeks of the season, has proved himself as the #1 in CIN and Dalton finds him over and over. Boyd averages over 10 targets per game, and that’s where my confidence will rest. Marvin will be boom or bust, who knows when he will get those solid games? Sanu is an interesting receiver to keep an eye on and be thankful to have him stashed with this move to the Patriots. Although the Patriots’ passing game hasn’t needed to be utilized since their defense is a juggernaut. Allen Robinson and Boyd are your starters with J Brown as your flex guy. I would be thrilled to have this set of WR, good work.
“Kyler or wentz?”
As I explained in this article, Kyler will struggle this week. Rookies tend to reach their wall during their first season, and he did last week. However, he will be a consistent option because they need to throw the ball in Arizona. Wentz should also struggle this week against this Buffalo defense and his receivers just don’t catch the ball. I would stay away from both if that’s an option otherwise I lean Murray due to pass attempts and his legitimate targets.
Obj(at NE) Tyreek (vs GB) Sutton (at ind) Kirk (at NO) Damien Williams (vs GB)
 Pick 3…”
Tyreek, even against the Packer defense, has the upside that is unmatched by anyone else in this league. You can’t sit him even if he has Matt Moore going up against a difficult matchup. Courtland has earned a spot on your starting lineup every week. With Sanders leaving it will result in an even greater target share for Sutton. The third option is difficult. Odell is your third option, even against this crazy DEF. Damien has essentially faded into the abyss and Kirk’s ankle injury hinders both his likelihood to play and his fantasy production if he does. I would go Odell with your third.
“.5 ppr Tevin Coleman or jamaal Williams”
Tevin Coleman. Jamaal is a sit for me due to spotty fantasy production. He has been propped up by his long receiving plays which I don’t see happening this week. Coleman has claimed the role SF after getting back from injury and this game will be on the ground.
“Latavius Murray, Tevin Coleman, or Ty Johnson(PPR)”
The fact that you have these three options is amazing. The waiver moves have treated you well. I like Coleman as more of a flex option. Ty will have a workload that’ll give you solid numbers and unlimited upside, however, he is risky. Latavius Murray and his carries seem to be a constant with Kamara out and that is where you’ll find most reliable fantasy numbers.
“Pick 2 for standard: Latavius Murray, Sony Michel, Ty Johnson, David Johnson, James White”
As I explained in the last question even amongst these option Latavius and his usage in the Saints backfield will be a sweet start in week 8. They are hosting the Cardinals and will rely on the run game to secure the win. DJ on the other hand, isn’t likely to play, especially with Edmonds filling in, they don’t have to rush him back. Sony Michel will get the carry load in NE as well as getting the redzone carries and should get into the endzone at least once. Ty Johnson and his usage could be reliant on game script. Ty is a stash and a player with the potential to compete for RB2 numbers for the rest of the seaosn. The questions hold him back from that starting spot just yet, the unknown upside is what makes him intriguing. I would go with Latavius Murray and Sony Michel.

By Matt Kuri

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


QB Cam Newton(CAR)
Many of you are eyeing Newton to have him for his return. He is not worth your attention. Cam Newton will have to be fully recovered and must be guaranteed to step into the starting role right away. This won’t happen with Kyle Allen impressing and putting this team in the position to compete every week. What we saw of Newton in the first couple of weeks should be left in the past as far as who he is as a player. 
Once we see Cam back and running, we will consider him for a spot on our rosters.
QB Matt Moore(KC)
If you need a viable QB2, Matt Moore is your guy. If you lost Mahomes, Matt Moore isn’t the option. There is no way we can replace Mahomes while he is out unless of course, you picked up Lamar as his back up. Moreover, keep in mind that the Chiefs are hosting the Packers defense in week 8 and that defense loves to create pressure and make QBs make mistakes.
I would not add Moore, I would look for QBs such as Stafford, Brissett to fill that QB1 spot.
RB Ty Johnson(DET)
This rookie can move the ball up the field. With Kerryon missing time, Ty should see a similar role in the Detroit backfield. The opportunities, if they go Johnson’s way, will bring him solid starting numbers while Kerryon is hurt. Ty did not impress while he took over on the ground in week 7. He had a measly 2.9 YPC, although found a decent room in the passing game with 4 receptions for 28 yards. Keeping in mind he went up against this stout Vikings defense, I wouldn’t bank on his numbers being this limited on the ground in week 8 versus the Giants. 
He is a solid bye week fill in and rest of the season RB3 with legitimate upside, with Kerryon placed on IR
RB Mark Walton(MIA)
As Ty Johnson is the bye week fill in with a chance to have a big game, Walton is my ROS pick off waivers. He continues to pull the starting role and the majority carries away from Kenyan Drake. The ability that Walton has shown brings him 5.0 YPC over the last couple of weeks. He saw his first start in week 7 and his fantasy numbers don’t suggest a good game but when you really look at what he is doing, he is in line to keep this starting role. 
Any starting RB needs to be rostered and we have only seen the beginning of what Walton can do.
WR Corey Davis(TEN)
Since the beginning of the season, I have loved Corey Davis’ potential. This potential became more obvious to fantasy players once Tannehill took the helm. Davis has been spotty all season with Mariota delivering the ball. I expect this new relationship with Tannehill will grow and bring Corey steady numbers every week. 
He is the most rosterable WR out there right now.
TE Vance McDonald(TE)
Vance was making me dance for in week 2, I thought we would be getting down with him for the rest of the season. Well, that didn’t happen. He went on to get hurt and hasn’t been himself since. Mason Rudolph has yet to help his fantasy production and I don’t expect that to happen for this season. Vance will only be considered a pickup if you must scrape the bottom of the barrel.

Thursday, October 17, 2019



Allen will prove over and over that he is worth a roster spot on our fantasy lineups. Josh is the leader in Buffalo, and he will continue to RUN this team. If there are any doubts left about the Bills they will surely prove to you the upside of their offense while they take on that college team from Miami, the “Dolphins”
If you haven’t heard, he is back. This man has taken control of the San Francisco backfield (I look forward to seeing him and the Niners playing the Packers in Week 12, That’s beside the point). Coleman and the Niners will continue to roll against this measly Redskins defense. They will cruise and this means more opportunity for Tevin out of the backfield. He will see some receptions early on and run it all over Washington.
How dare I start a NE RB?! What am I doing to myself?! I’m banking on the fact that his last two weeks have given you fringe RB1 numbers. This is SONY MICHEL. He gets the work and gets it done. The Patriots are going into New York to face the Jets and this is another matchup that they can lean more on the running game. Whether Rex plays or not (I highly doubt he does) Sony should see the carries to get you starting numbers and beyond.
Amari Cooper is looking to not be able to play this week and Tavon will be the main beneficiary. Ole’ reliable, Tavon, will be a security blanket for Dak as the Eagles will look to lock Gallup up. This will open up the field for more targets to Tavon who got 6 last week and I see this number rising in Week 7.
With John Ross gone for the season, Tate has filled in well, sliding right into that WR2 spot. Andy Dalton will continue to lean on Tate with an average of 8 targets over the last 4 weeks. Tate should be looked at as a strong PPR option with a decent STD floor as well. It will be a chore for the Jacksonville defense to keep track of both Boyd and Tate, this is great for fantasy prospects.
Cook has finally played his way back into starting consideration. Last season he was a beast and put many people in the position to make playoffs. This season has been a letdown for those that banked on the chemistry between him and Brees. We have come to the time where we can start him and be comfortable with it. As of writing this he has yet to practice but I would bet that he will play this week and get you a red zone target or two. Even going up against this Packers defense, I see Bridgewater find Cook on targets up the middle of the field.
McManus had his biggest game this season in Week 6. The Broncos should have plenty opportunities against this Chiefs team that’ll demand them take every chance to score. McManus is at least a fill in for bye week guys, DO IT.
The Titans have become interception savvy. Having averaged an INT per game thus far. Going up against a quarterback that is known for getting sloppy at times, Philip Rivers. This could be a game where we see Tennessee forcing the issue and making Rivers and Co make mistakes.

Going right along with my Defensive start of the week, Rivers should not be started. The Titans are the 9th best against the pass and in Tennessee that will not bode well for his outlook. He has suffered from turnover madness the last two weeks (2 INT EACH game, and a fumble lost last week). Look away from Philip this week.
Kamara is suffering from a high ankle injury that could hold him out of this game and even if he plays won’t be a viable option. The risk is that he won’t be able to produce, he would most likely be limited, and that’s not to mention they are going up against the Bears defense. Hopefully, you have planned for this type of predicament.
Williams was a hot waiver pick up this week after producing well in Week 6. Don’t fall into this trap, we have seen Williams do something like this in Weeks 15-16 last season. That obviously didn’t continue. This is Aaron Jones’ backfield with Williams as a complementary piece. It’s a trap.
Yeah, yeah, I know, “but Matt, he WENT OFF last week.” That doesn’t change his outlook coming into this game against a solid defense in Detriot. Us fantasy players love to play these upside guys and lose because we get so excited. A “breakout” game is not sustainable, and I expect this game to be low scoring leaning more on the run game, again, for the Vikings. Stay away.
Calvin has suffered from a lack of targets. Like seriously, 4 out 6 weeks with 6 targets or less. It is more than likely Ridley will get 4 receptions or less and be a disappointment this week. The endzone is what we rely on with him and those will be hit or miss for the rest of the season.
TJ has been here and there…..most there. Not enough targets to make noise since Week 2. Going up against a Vikings defense that will swarm Golladay and Hockenson all day. This game will be played on the ground. Don’t play Hockenson unless desperate.
If you are in the business of streaming Kickers weekly, here is your chance to fill someone in for Lutz who is facing a defense who doesn’t give a lot of points out to kickers. Chicago, yuck.
If you drafted the Ravens and have yet to move on, now is the time. This Seattle offense should light them up and there is no upside for this defense playing Russell Wilson who has yet to throw an INT. Find a streaming option, they are available. (Titans, Lions, Seahawks over Ravens.)

by Matt Kuri(@MKuriFF)

Saturday, October 12, 2019



Ryan and the Falcons should be able to roll over the Cardinals defense. I do not have any doubts in Ryan this week and his weapons are ready to show up. For those of you who drafted him on the high side you might not be too excited about what he has done this season but this week you should celebrate what you got yourself into.
Another RB, another matchup against the weak GB run defense. For the Lions to keep pace and
maintain any type of rhythm or control in this game they will need to get Kerryon going early on. I expect him to have solid usage and even a good number of targets out of the backfield.
Kyle Allen has been a serviceable NFL QB. This week I expect DJ and Samuel to get their targets and even expect DJ to find his way into the endzone. Moore going up against this TB defense it should be feast week for him.
Graham continues to prove that he is a starting TE in fantasy. With Adams out again this week, Graham will be the main target in the red zone. I expect him to take advantage of the opportunity once again and give those that have missed out on top TEs with a treat Sunday in Lambeau.
K Joey Slye
If you don’t know about him yet, he is the fantasy kicker to own and definitely to start every week.
Tampa Bay is actually the number 3 DEF on the season! This is the week to pick them up and ride them against Kyle Allen and the Panthers. Allen should be forced the ball to his receivers and that open up opportunities for turnovers for a team that is turnover savvy.



Goff has been anything but consistent this season. He will continue his struggles this week against a savvy pass defense of the Niners. I do not look forward to being forced to play Goff in any league. He could get you 20 but I’m not betting on it.
Gordon’s usage is the biggest question around. Ekeler continues to help the Chargers win and that
doesn’t go away since Melvin is back. With this backfield split and the nasty matchup, I am sitting Gordon wherever possible.
Along with Goff, I am sitting Woods. Robert has yet to show that he should start in almost any lineup weekly. This is a matchup that I am staying away, the cost of him in the draft was too much for the hit he took with Kupp coming back this season. It doesn’t feel good, I know, hopefully you have scored on waivers and have someone like Chark or even McLaurin
Witten, in general is only a fridge streaming option weekly. Stay faaaaar away this week. Find someone on waivers if you don’t have options on your bench. Hopefully, you aren’t stuck playing Witten against the Jets.
Not much to say, he misses field goals all over the place and he is not even worth a look in fantasy.
Their struggles will continue this week. There are plenty of options on the wire and you should definitely look there for this one.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Fantasy Football Rankings - Week 6

#Player (team)MatchupPosECRvs. ECRNotes
1Christian McCaffrey (CAR)at TBRB110
2Dalvin Cook (MIN)vs. PHIRB25+3
3Julio Jones (ATL)at ARIWR130Jones has gone two weeks without getting into the endzone, I expect him to find it in this matchup.
Jones has gone two weeks without getting into the endzone, I expect him to find it in this matchup.
4Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)at NYJRB32-2
5Alvin Kamara (NO)at JACRB44-1
6David Johnson (ARI)vs. ATLRB560
7Nick Chubb (CLE)vs. SEARB69+2
8DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)at KCWR27-1Hopkins will once again be a beneficiary of Watson having to move the ball. Look for these two to hook up over and over.
Hopkins will once again be a beneficiary of Watson having to move the ball. Look for these two to hook up over and over.
9Keenan Allen (LAC)vs. PITWR38-1Allen will continue to solidify his place in this top tier. Sunday night should be a show.
Allen will continue to solidify his place in this top tier. Sunday night should be a show.
10Michael Thomas (NO)at JACWR4100Thomas and Teddy Two Gloves will look to keep it going against this Jags defense. I don't doubt he will keep his momentum going forward, and especially in this game.
Thomas and Teddy Two Gloves will look to keep it going against this Jags defense. I don't doubt he will keep his momentum going forward, and especially in this game.
11Cooper Kupp (LAR)vs. SFWR515+4
12Aaron Jones (GB)vs. DETRB711-1
13Leonard Fournette (JAC)vs. NORB812-1
14Travis Kelce (KC)vs. HOUTE1140
15Chris Carson (SEA)at CLERB916+1
16Amari Cooper (DAL)at NYJWR613-3
17Chris Godwin (TB)vs. CARWR7170
18Tyler Lockett (SEA)at CLEWR822+4Lockett will lock up a top ten WR spot this week. This Browns defesne has played uninspired football and Lockett will take advantage.
Lockett will lock up a top ten WR spot this week. This Browns defesne has played uninspired football and Lockett will take advantage.
19Adam Thielen (MIN)vs. PHIWR9190
20Mark Ingram (BAL)vs. CINRB10200
21Derrick Henry (TEN)at DENRB1127+6
22Le'Veon Bell (NYJ)vs. DALRB1221-1
23Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)vs. SEAWR1018-5
24Julian Edelman (NE)vs. NYGWR11240
25Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)vs. ATLWR12250
26Kerryon Johnson (DET)at GBRB1330+4
27Tyler Boyd (CIN)at BALWR1326-1
28Mike Evans (TB)vs. CARWR1423-5
29Robert Woods (LAR)vs. SFWR1534+5
30Brandin Cooks (LAR)vs. SFWR1636+6
31JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)at LACWR1740+9
32Todd Gurley (LAR)vs. SFRB1428-4
33Joe Mixon (CIN)at BALRB1535+2
34Zach Ertz (PHI)at MINTE242+8
35Kenny Golladay (DET)at GBWR1838+3
36Austin Ekeler (LAC)vs. PITRB1632-4
37James Conner (PIT)at LACRB1731-6
38Josh Gordon (NE)vs. NYGWR1929-9
39Austin Hooper (ATL)at ARITE343+4
40D.J. Chark (JAC)vs. NOWR2037-3
41James White (NE)vs. NYGRB18410
42Will Fuller (HOU)at KCWR2146+4
43Marquise Brown (BAL)vs. CINWR2249+6
44Stefon Diggs (MIN)vs. PHIWR23440
45George Kittle (SF)at LARTE433-12
46Melvin Gordon (LAC)vs. PITRB1945-1
47Phillip Lindsay (DEN)vs. TENRB20470
48Devonta Freeman (ATL)at ARIRB2154+6
49Mark Andrews (BAL)vs. CINTE548-1
50Calvin Ridley (ATL)at ARIWR2451+1
51Will Dissly (SEA)at CLETE667+16
52Courtland Sutton (DEN)vs. TENWR2555+3
53LeSean McCoy (KC)vs. HOURB2257+4
54Alshon Jeffery (PHI)at MINWR2653-1
55Davante Adams (GB)vs. DETWR2750-5
56Michael Gallup (DAL)at NYJWR2862+6
57Damien Williams (KC)vs. HOURB2361+4
58Terry McLaurin (WAS)at MIAWR2952-6
59Tyreek Hill (KC)vs. HOUWR3039-20
60D.J. Moore (CAR)at TBWR3163+3
61Jarvis Landry (CLE)vs. SEAWR3259-2
62Curtis Samuel (CAR)at TBWR3360-2
63Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)vs. TENWR3458-5
64Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB)vs. DETWR3565+1
65Sony Michel (NE)vs. NYGRB2456-9
66Mike Williams (LAC)vs. PITWR36660
67Golden Tate (NYG)at NEWR3773+6
68Greg Olsen (CAR)at TBTE764-4
69D.K. Metcalf (SEA)at CLEWR38690
70Dede Westbrook (JAC)vs. NOWR39700
71Demarcus Robinson (KC)vs. HOUWR4068-3
72Marvin Jones (DET)at GBWR4176+4
73Auden Tate (CIN)at BALWR4275+2
74Mohamed Sanu (ATL)at ARIWR4371-3
75Jamison Crowder (NYJ)vs. DALWR4480+5
76Geronimo Allison (GB)vs. DETWR4578+2
77Jordan Howard (PHI)at MINRB2579+2
78Preston Williams (MIA)vs. WASWR4695+17
79Jimmy Graham (GB)vs. DETTE884+5
80Keke Coutee (HOU)at KCWR4794+14
81A.J. Brown (TEN)at DENWR4886+5
82Matt Breida (SF)at LARRB2672-10
83Ronald Jones II (TB)vs. CARRB2785+2
84Carlos Hyde (HOU)at KCRB2881-3
85Chris Thompson (WAS)at MIARB2977-8
86Mecole Hardman (KC)vs. HOUWR4982-4
87Tevin Coleman (SF)at LARRB3092+5
88Robby Anderson (NYJ)vs. DALWR5074-14
89Deebo Samuel (SF)at LARWR5183-6
90Corey Davis (TEN)at DENWR5288-2
91Diontae Johnson (PIT)at LACWR5389-2
92Delanie Walker (TEN)at DENTE991-1
93O.J. Howard (TB)vs. CARTE10120+27
94Royce Freeman (DEN)vs. TENRB3187-7
95Adrian Peterson (WAS)at MIARB3290-5
96Jonathan Hilliman (NYG)at NERB33143+47
97Miles Sanders (PHI)at MINRB3493-4
98Randall Cobb (DAL)at NYJWR54102+4
99Duke Johnson (HOU)at KCRB3596-3
100KeeSean Johnson (ARI)vs. ATLWR5597-3
101Darius Slayton (NYG)at NEWR56111+10
102Nelson Agholor (PHI)at MINWR5799-3
103Willie Snead (BAL)vs. CINWR581030
104Marquise Goodwin (SF)at LARWR59105+1
105Demaryius Thomas (NYJ)vs. DALWR60109+4
106Kenyan Drake (MIA)vs. WASRB36101-5
107Paul Richardson (WAS)at MIAWR61106-1
108Giovani Bernard (CIN)at BALRB371080
109Devante Parker (MIA)vs. WASWR62117+8
110Ted Ginn (NO)at JACWR63114+4
111Phillip Dorsett (NE)vs. NYGWR64107-4
112Dante Pettis (SF)at LARWR65113+1
113Chris Conley (JAC)vs. NOWR66112-1
114Trey Quinn (WAS)at MIAWR67122+8
115Jared Cook (NO)at JACTE11118+3
116Jason Witten (DAL)at NYJTE12115-1
117Sammy Watkins (KC)vs. HOUWR68110-7
118Peyton Barber (TB)vs. CARRB3898-20
119Danny Amendola (DET)at GBWR69135+16
120Albert Wilson (MIA)vs. WASWR70126+6
121Adam Humphries (TEN)at DENWR71131+10
122Antonio Callaway (CLE)vs. SEAWR72121-1
123Christian Kirk (ARI)vs. ATLWR73157+34
124Byron Pringle (KC)vs. HOUWR74148+24
125Tre'Quan Smith (NO)at JACWR75139+14
126Ito Smith (ATL)at ARIRB39104-22
127Chase Edmonds (ARI)vs. ATLRB40124-3
128James Washington (PIT)at LACWR76147+19
129Trent Sherfield (ARI)vs. ATLWR77152+23
130Gerald Everett (LAR)vs. SFTE13100-30
131Rashaad Penny (SEA)at CLERB41116-15
132Noah Fant (DEN)vs. TENTE14123-9
133DaeSean Hamilton (DEN)vs. TENWR78156+23
134Tyler Eifert (CIN)at BALTE15128-6
135Kyle Rudolph (MIN)vs. PHITE16136+1
136Miles Boykin (BAL)vs. CINWR79146+10
137Jakobi Meyers (NE)vs. NYGWR80153+16
138Olabisi Johnson (MIN)vs. PHIWR81166+28
139Chris Herndon IV (NYJ)vs. DALTE17130-9
140Vance McDonald (PIT)at LACTE18129-11
141David Moore (SEA)at CLEWR82160+19
142Dion Lewis (TEN)at DENRB42119-23
143Mack Hollins (PHI)at MINWR83158+15
144Jarius Wright (CAR)at TBWR84171+27
145Devin Smith (DAL)at NYJWR85170+25
146Jordan Akins (HOU)at KCTE19133-13
147Ricky Seals-Jones (CLE)vs. SEATE20137-10
148Dallas Goedert (PHI)at MINTE21138-10
149Tony Pollard (DAL)at NYJRB43140-9
150Evan Engram (NYG)at NETE22125-25