MCM - Week 7

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MCM - Week 7

I really don’t like that every week ends with players going on the IR. This week was no exception. Carson Palmer might be done for his career, and Jay Cutler is gone for a couple weeks at the very least. Here’s to hoping next week ends with lots of scoring, a Vikings and Packers loss, and no one seriously hurt

QB

Yup, another FSU kid

Yup, another FSU kid

Jameis Winston (TB) - 23.2 points

Winston was questionable all week to play. I was asked whether to start him or Josh McCown, I chose McCown, Dolphins defense is a little easier than the Bills. In standard scoring, McCown did outscore Winston but you did well either way. Winston balled out against the Bills though, especially for fantasy purposes. Oh, and where did Winston go to school?

  • FN Advice: Winston is a low end QB1, that should be more of an on roster streamer

RB

His name is TJ, he was a lock

His name is TJ, he was a lock

TJ Yeldon (Jax) - 19.7 points

Yeldon finally got into a game and it paid off big for the Jags. 9 carries for 122 and a score. Most of that was on 1 run, but, it counts all the same. Yeldon took advantage of Founette being out in a big way.

  • FN Advice: Yeldon is nothing more than a potential Fournette handcuff

WR

Amari Cooper (Oak) - 33 points

Keep catching more than you drop

Keep catching more than you drop

Cooper has a problem with drops, he dropped 2 balls on TNF. However, he caught 11 for over 200 yards and a couple house calls. Cooper is a massive talent that needs to work a little more on his focus, when he does, he’s a superstar

  • FN Advice: Cooper is back into the WR2 conversation

TE

Jason Witten (Dal) - 11.4 points

Witten is an oldy but goody. The TD catch was a beautiful one handed thing. Witten just keeps plugging along and there is something to be said about that. Believe it or not, he’s a top 10 TE for the season.

Old man strength x 2

Old man strength x 2

  • FN Advice: Witten is a TE streamer that, like most TEs, hopes for a TD

 

Week 8 will be the week of health! Speak life and declare it!

 

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Shane's Week 7 Rankings

Week 7 teams on bye: Houston Texans, Detroit Lions

I use half-point PPR as my logic as it can be used to help set a lineup in both standard and PPR leagues.

TOP 20 QUARTERBACKS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Tom Brady NE vs ATL
  2. Matt Ryan ATL at NE
  3. Drew Brees NO at GB
  4. Marcus Mariota TEN at CLE
  5. Dak Prescott DAL at SF
  6. Cam Newton CAR at CHI
  7. Carson Wentz PHI vs WAS
  8. Kirk Cousins WAS at PHI
  9. Russell Wilson SEA at NYG
  10. Tyrod Taylor BUF vs TB
  11. Carson Palmer ARI at LAR
  12. Alex Smith KC at OAK
  13. Derek Carr OAK vs KC
  14. Philip Rivers LAC vs DEN
  15. Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs CIN
  16. Jared Goff LAR vs ARI
  17. Kevin Hogan CLE vs TEN
  18. Andy Dalton CIN at PIT
  19. Trevor Siemian DEN at LAC
  20. Deshone Kizer CLE vs TEN

 

Adrian Peterson was reinvigorated with the trade to Arizona to the tune of 27.4 points in his debut.

Adrian Peterson was reinvigorated with the trade to Arizona to the tune of 27.4 points in his debut.

TOP 25 RUNNING BACKS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Le’Veon Bell PIT vs CIN
  2. Leonard Fournette JAX at IND
  3. Ezekiel Elliott DAL at SF
  4. Kareem Hunt KC at OAK
  5. Todd Gurley LAR vs ARI
  6. LeSean McCoy BUF vs TB
  7. Devonta Freeman ATL at NE
  8. Mark Ingram NO at GB
  9. Jay Ajayi MIA vs NYJ
  10. CJ Anderson DEN at LAC
  11. Jordan Howard CHI at CAR
  12. Alvin Kamara NO at GB
  13. Christian McCaffrey CAR at CHI
  14. Adrian Peterson ARI at LAR
  15. Jerick McKinnon MIN vs BAL
  16. Melvin Gordon LAC vs DEN
  17. Tevin Coleman ATL at NE
  18. DeMarco Murray TEN at CLE
  19. Carlos Hyde SF vs DAL
  20. Ty Montgomery GB vs NO
  21. Joe Mixon CIN at PIT
  22. Doug Martin TB at BUF
  23. Chris Thompson WAS at PHI
  24. Duke Johnson CLE vs TEN
  25. Javorius Allen BAL at MIN

 

TOP 25 WIDE RECEIVERS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Antonio Brown PIT vs CIN
  2. Julio Jones ATL at NE
  3. AJ Green CIN at PIT
  4. Mike Evans TB at BUF
  5. Michael Thomas NO at GB
  6. Larry Fitzgerald ARI at LAR
  7. Jordy Nelson GB vs NO
  8. Dez Bryant DAL at SF
  9. Keenan Allen LAC vs DEN
  10. Tyreek Hill KC at OAK
  11. Doug Baldwin SEA at NYG
  12. Michael Crabtree OAK vs KC
  13. Chris Hogan NE vs ATL
  14. Brandin Cooks NE vs ATL
  15. Demaryius Thomas DEN at LAC
  16. Pierre Garcon SF vs DAL
  17. Alshon Jeffery PHI vs WAS
  18. Adam Thielen MIN vs BAL
  19. Rishard Matthews TEN at CLE
  20. Jarvis Landry MIA vs NYJ
  21. Stefon Diggs MIN vs BAL
  22. Terrelle Pryor Sr WAS at PHI
  23. TY Hilton IND vs JAX
  24. Davante Adams GB vs NO
  25. Kelvin Benjamin CAR at CHI

 

Amari Cooper has had a dismal 2017 campaign. The Chiefs, who are 31st against WR's this year, is the perfect time to turn it around.

Amari Cooper has had a dismal 2017 campaign. The Chiefs, who are 31st against WR's this year, is the perfect time to turn it around.

TOP 40 FLEX OPTIONS

RANK/PLAYER/POSITION/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Marshawn Lynch RB OAK vs KC
  2. Sterling Shepard WR NYG vs SEA
  3. Amari Cooper WR OAK vs KC
  4. Isaiah Crowell RB CLE vs TEN
  5. Wendell Smallwood RB PHI vs WAS
  6. DeSean Jackson WR TB at BUF
  7. Devin Funchess WR CAR at CHI
  8. Marqise Lee WR JAX at IND
  9. Mohamed Sanu WR ATL at NE
  10. LaGarrette Blount RB PHI vs WAS
  11. DeVante Parker WR MIA vs NYJ
  12. John Brown WR ARI at LAR
  13. James White RB NE vs ATL
  14. Jonathan Stewart RB CAR at CHI
  15. Bilal Powell RB NYJ at MIA
  16. Mike Gillislee RB NE vs ATL
  17. Aaron Jones RB GB vs NO
  18. Robert Woods WR LAR vs ARI
  19. Sammy Watkins WR LAR vs ARI
  20. Martavis Bryant WR PIT vs CIN
  21. Jeremy Maclin WR BAL at MIN
  22. Randall Cobb WR GB vs NO
  23. Alex Collins RB BAL at MIN
  24. Latavius Murray RB MIN vs BAL
  25. Rob Kelley RB WAS at PHI
  26. Orleans Darkwa RB NYG vs SEA
  27. Cooper Kupp WR LAR vs ARI
  28. Danny Amendola WR NE vs ATL
  29. Frank Gore RB IND vs JAX
  30. Jermaine Kearse WR NYJ at MIA
  31. Eric Decker WR TEN at CLE
  32. Robby Anderson WR NYJ at MIA
  33. Jamison Crowder WR WAS at PHI
  34. Tarik Cohen RB CHI vs CAR
  35. Nelson Agholor WR PHI vs WAS
  36. Mike Wallace WR BAL at MIN
  37. Ricardo Louis WR CLE vs TEN
  38. Chris Ivory RB JAX at IND
  39. Tyrell Williams WR LAC vs DEN
  40. Derrick Henry RB TEN at CLE

TOP 20 TIGHT ENDS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Rob Gronkowski NE vs ATL
  2. Zach Ertz PHI vs WAS
  3. Delanie Walker TEN at CLE
  4. Travis Kelce KC at OAK
  5. Evan Engram NYG vs SEA
  6. Jimmy Graham SEA at NYG
  7. Jordan Reed WAS at PHI
  8. Kyle Rudolph MIN vs BAL
  9. Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ at MIA
  10. Cameron Brate TB at BUF
  11. Austin Hooper ATL at NE
  12. Hunter Henry LAC vs DEN
  13. George Kittle SF vs DAL
  14. Jack Doyle IND vs JAX
  15. Tyler Kroft CIN at PIT
  16. Zach Miller CHI vs CAR
  17. Jared Cook OAK vs KC
  18. Jason Witten DAL at SF
  19. Ed Dickson CAR at CHI
  20. Nick O'Leary BUF vs TB

TOP 16 DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Jacksonville at IND
  2. Seattle at NYG
  3. Tennessee at CLE
  4. Minnesota vs BAL
  5. Carolina at CHI
  6. Pittsburgh vs CIN
  7. Denver at LAC
  8. Kansas Ctiy at OAK
  9. New Orleans at GB
  10. Buffalo vs TB
  11. Miami vs NYJ
  12. Baltimore at MIN
  13. Los Angeles Rams vs ARI
  14. Philadelphia vs WAS
  15. Arizona at LAR
  16. Dallas at SF

 

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Week 7 Waiver Targets and Replacing Aaron Rodgers

Scoring is ESPN 1/2 point PPR scoring. Owned Percentages using ESPN.

QUARTERBACKS AND REPLACING AARON RODGERS

If you had Aaron Rodgers on your Fantasy roster, needless to say this has probably been a rough week for you. As of the writing of this it looks as if QB1 in most every draft is lost for the year. Since if you did own him, you probably did not carry a second QB (nor should you) and I can't in good conscience suggest you hand your playoff push to the likes of Josh McCown NYJ, CJ Beathard SF, or Brett Hundley GB in any format outside of 2QB leagues, let's explore some options.

Waiver options. If you believe in any of the QB's I mentioned before, that is your easiest option as they are all available in almost 100% of leagues. I personally do not and think there are far better options. The two most high profile QB's that are still available in more than 50% of leagues are Andy Dalton CIN (available in 69% of leagues) and Tyrod Taylor BUF  (available in 60% of leagues). Both just had their bye week so will be available for the remainder of the year barring injury. However, in addition too the infuriating inconsistency that has defined Dalton's career he has some very tough matchups in coming weeks and Taylor lost his top two pass catchers in Jordan Matthews and Charles Clay. The route I would prefer is...

Trade options. The strategy I would probably take is take my WR1 and offer them for a team's second QB and a WR2. The trade should be mutually beneficial and make the sting of losing a QB you reached for a little easier. Based on ADP (Average Draft Position) here are a few players you may pursue.

  • The Deshaun Watson owner. Now I'm not saying to pursue Watson. He is currently the #1 scoring fantasy QB and if you do get him, you will have to pay WAY too much for him. However, whoever owns Watson did not get him thinking he would be their starter, so they probably have another QB they initially had slated to lead their team. This is Watson's bye week so this may be a conversation you put off a week and scab with a streamer until you are able to work something out.
  • Matthew Stafford. Drafted as QB 11. This is the perfect time to pursue Stafford as Week 7 is his bye week, he is already sitting on someone's bench. Plus based on his ADP, in most 10 or 12 team leagues, he may not be their consistent starter anyway. 
  • Carson Wentz. Drafted as QB 16. If you can't work out a deal for Wentz, the owner almost certainly has another QB on the roster no matter what the league size. If you can get Wentz though, has some nice matchups upcoming at home against WAS and SF.
  • Carson Palmer Drafted as QB 17. Palmer is actually still available in 41% of leagues so you may not have to trade at all, but if you do his price will probably be the cheapest of any of QB's mentioned. Rightfully so. He has a Week 7 road trip to Los Angeles against the Rams then a Week 8 bye so timing isn't ideal but, the addition of Adrian Peterson should open up his offense and take pressure of his very talented receiving corp.

 

Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead should both be in the mix Sunday night in the Super Bowl rematch, but it's anyone's guess where or how.

Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead should both be in the mix Sunday night in the Super Bowl rematch, but it's anyone's guess where or how.

RUNNING BACKS

Dion Lewis NE 11.2 Week 6 points. Available in 93% of leagues. AND Rex Burkhead NE 0 Week 6 points. Available in 89% of leagues. The yearly saga of Patriots RB's continues Gillislee scored 22.5 points in his New England debut yes has failed to surpass 6 fantasy points in his last 4 contests. Meanwhile, Dion Lewis has scored and average of 9.2 fantasy points over the past 3 weeks with his carries going up every week. Rex Burkhead scored 11.9 points in his last contest Week 2 against the Saints and was heavily involved before exiting with a rib injury. It's anyone's guess what the game plan will be with James White also being involved and Burkhead slated to return this week, but they are both worth an add.

Orleans Darkwa NYG 15.5 Week 6 points. Available in 95% of leagues. Who would have guessed that the first 100 yard rusher against Denver's stingy defense wouldn't be Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, or LeSean McCoy but...Orleans Darkwa? Darkwa has scored over 13 fantasy points two straight weeks and seems to have taken over the starting job for the struggling Giants.

Charles Sims TB 6.5 Week 6 points. Available in 91% of leagues. With the return of Doug Martin to the Bucs, it seems Sims has slipped right back into his 3rd down pass catching role. He has yet to carry more than twice in a game yet, but has had 9 catches last 2 games and is worth a flier in any deep PPR formats.

Handcuffs/Fliers you should watch: Chris Ivory JAX, Bobby Rainey BAL, Matt Breida SF, Devontae Booker DEN, Samaje Perine WAS

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Robert Woods LAR 7.5 Week 6 points. Available in 88% of leagues. Believe it or not, Woods is actually the Rams' leader in both targets and receiving yards. Even though he hasn't found the endzone yet in 2017, he has managed to rack up more than 5 catches and 60 yards in 3 of the last 4 games, averaging almost 9 fantasy points a game in that span.

Taylor Gabriel ATL 5.9 Week 6 points. Available in 89% of leagues. As long as Mohammed Sanu is injured, Gabriel should have fantasy relevance. With his 4.27 speed the Abilene Christian product offers boom or bust FLEX potential.

Adam Humphries TB 8.1 Week 6 points. Available in 97% of leagues. This is a repeat in this column but it is worth a mention. Since Week 3 Humphries has scored 9.8, 10, 6.6, and 8.1 fantasy points catching 6 passes in 3 of those 4 games. There are a lot of mouths to feed on that offense, but somehow Humphries always finds a way to get his.

Other Deep-league considerations: Aldrick Robinson SF, De'Anthony Thomas KC, Jeremy Kerley NYJ, Taywan Taylor TEN, Laquon Treadwell MIN

 

Standing 6'7" and 281 pounds it seems Darren Fells has become a favorite endzone target of Matt Stafford

Standing 6'7" and 281 pounds it seems Darren Fells has become a favorite endzone target of Matt Stafford

TIGHT ENDS

Darren Fells DET 9.6 Week 6 points. Available in 99% of leagues. It is beginning to look like Eric Ebron's butterfingers are finally costing him in Detroit as Fells saw the field more for the third straight week. So far, Fells fantasy production has been completely touchdown dependent, which is fine since he has caught 3 TD's in the last 2 weeks.

Zach Miller CHI 9.5 Week 6 points. Available in 75% of leagues. Miller only saw 3 targets on Sunday against Baltimore. BUT, Trubisky only attempted 15 passes and one of those targets turned into a TD catch. I have stated before how much I like having a TE on a team with a rookie QB and this game was proof. In addition to Miller, Dion Sims also racked up 11.2 points, though Miller is the far safer play.

George Kittle SF 6.6 Week 6 points. Available in 91% of leagues. As I stated in last paragraph, I love the TE for a team with a rookie QB. I especially love when that QB was the TE's in college. Kittle has had two straight productive weeks and it only looks to continue has he is reunited with fellow Iowa Hawkeye rookie CJ Beathard who is named week 7 starter.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

New Orleans 32 Week 6 points. Available in 97% of leagues. The Saints defense was the number 1 scoring fantasy position in all of Week 6. I bet you never thought you would read that. Much less, in paragraph suggesting you add them right before a game against the Packers. 2017 ladies and gentleman. New Orleans defense has scored at least 14 fantasy points in the last 3 games and a game against a Brett Hundley lead Green Bay team then a game against the Bears in Week 8, means this a defense you might be able to hold onto for a while.

 

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MCM - Week 6

Another week, another wild weekend. What the heck is going on in the NFL? The Jets play NE tough and get completely screwed on a call that could have changed the game. The Lions and Saints trade DL pick 6s. Jay Cutler beat the Falcons...at home.  Aaron Rodgers went down and is now likely out for the season. What up is down and what down is the Browns.

 

QB

With the #2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns pass on Carson Wentz

With the #2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns pass on Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz (Phil) - 21.3 points

I absolutely love Carson Wentz. He’s from a small school, he’s poised for a young fella, he’s athletic, and he’s not in the Lions division. Wentz was on a short week and on the road, yet, he still went bananas with 3 TDs. I’m sure the Browns are very happy for trading away the pick that snagged Wentz...

  • Fantasy News Advice: Wentz is a plug and play QB1.

RB

Adrian Peterson (Arz) - 25.7 points

Old man strength

Old man strength

Remember when AP was too old to get any run in NO, that was last week. This week, he’s the toast of the desert. Peterson beasted on TB, and did it with over 20 carries. Game flow has to be right for Peterson to still be relevant, but the offense is starting to find itself.

  • Fantasy News Advice: AP should be owned everywhere and started as a low end RB2

WR

Marvin Jones (Det) - 15.6 points

He's good when he catches it

He's good when he catches it

I really shouldn’t add Jones as a man crush, mainly because, I don’t think he can catch a football. Tate left the game with a shoulder thing, so, Jones might get the target share he did to begin the 2016 season. Think of the kind of day he could have if he could catch.

  • Fantasy News Advice: Jones should be added everywhere through the byes

TE

Cameron Brate (TB) - 13.6 points

Brate was a risky TE coming into this season. TB drafted a stud tight end in the first round of the NFL draft. OJ Howard has shown flashes but has yet to make his presence felt totally. Brate had another TD in the game against the Cardinals, which usually are very tough against TEs

Howard the Bucc

Howard the Bucc

  • Fantasy News Advice: Brate is a plug and play TE1

In a week that anything but predictable, I predict another fun week of football

 

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Shane's Week 6 Rankings

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Shane's Week 6 Rankings

Week 6 teams on bye: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

I use half-point PPR as my logic as it can be used to help set a lineup in both standard and PPR leagues.

Matthew Stafford has only cracked 20 fantasy points once this year, but looks to change that against the Saints defense who is 22nd against QB's.

Matthew Stafford has only cracked 20 fantasy points once this year, but looks to change that against the Saints defense who is 22nd against QB's.

TOP 20 QUARTERBACKS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Tom Brady NE at NYJ
  2. Aaron Rodgers GB at MIN
  3. Drew Brees NO vs DET
  4. Matthew Stafford DET at NO
  5. Matt Ryan ATL vs MIA
  6. Deshaun Watson HOU vs CLE
  7. Kirk Cousins WAS vs SF
  8. Philip Rivers LAC at OAK
  9. Alex Smith KC vs PIT
  10. Cam Newton CAR vs PHI
  11. Jameis Winston TB at ARI
  12. Carson Wentz PHI at CAR
  13. Derek Carr OAK vs LAC
  14. Josh McCown NYJ vs NE
  15. Jacoby Brissett IND at TEN
  16. Carson Palmer ARI vs TB
  17. Trevor Siemian DEN vs NYG
  18. Brian Hoyer SF at WAS
  19. Joe Flacco BAL vs CHI
  20. Ben Roethlisberger PIT at KC

TOP 25 WIDE RECEIVERS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Antonio Brown PIT at KC
  2. DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs CLE
  3. Julio Jones ATL vs MIA
  4. Michael Thomas NO vs DET
  5. Keenan Allen LAC at OAK
  6. Mike Evans TB at ARI
  7. Jordy Nelson GB at MIN
  8. TY Hilton IND at TEN
  9. Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs TB
  10. Golden Tate DET at NO
  11. Tyreek Hill KC vs PIT
  12. Chris Hogan NE at NYJ
  13. Brandin Cooks NE at NYJ
  14. Stefon Diggs MIN vs GB
  15. Demaryius Thomas DEN vs NYG
  16. Michael Crabtree OAK vs LAC
  17. Alshon Jeffery PHI at CAR
  18. Rishard Matthews TEN vs IND
  19. DeVante Adams GB at MIN
  20. Pierre Garcon SF at WAS
  21. DeSean Jackson TB at ARI
  22. Jarvis Landry MIA at ATL
  23. DeVante Parker MIA at ATL
  24. Adam Thielen MIN vs GB
  25. Devin Funchess CAR vs PHI

 

Leonard Fournette will be in a matchup of old school power Running Backs Sunday as his Jaguars take on Todd Gurley and the Rams.

Leonard Fournette will be in a matchup of old school power Running Backs Sunday as his Jaguars take on Todd Gurley and the Rams.

TOP 25 RUNNING BACKS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Leonard Fournette JAX vs LAR
  2. Kareem Hunt KC vs PIT
  3. Le’Veon Bell PIT at KC
  4. Devonta Freeman ATL vs MIA
  5. Melvin Gordon LAC at OAK
  6. Todd Gurley LAR at JAX
  7. Lamar Miller HOU vs CLE
  8. CJ Anderson DEN vs NYG
  9. DeMarco Murray TEN vs IND
  10. Jordan Howard CHI at BAL
  11. Jay Ajayi MIA at ATL
  12. Mike Gillislee NE at NYJ
  13. Javorius Allen BAL vs CHI
  14. Mark Ingram NO vs DET
  15. Doug Martin TB at ARI
  16. Carlos Hyde SF at WAS
  17. Ty Montgomery GB at MIN
  18. Ameer Abdullah DET at NO
  19. Rob Kelley WAS vs SF
  20. Andre Ellington ARI vs TB
  21. Christian McCaffrey CAR vs PHI
  22. Alvin Kamara NO vs DET
  23. Duke Johnson CLE at HOU
  24. Marshawn Lynch OAK vs LAC
  25. James White NE at NYJ

 

TOP 40 FLEX OPTIONS

RANK/PLAYER/POSITION/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Jerick McKinnon RB MIN vs GB
  2. Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR vs PHI
  3. Willie Snead WR NO vs DET
  4. Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN vs NYG
  5. Amari Cooper WR OAK vs LAC
  6. Tevin Coleman RB ATL vs MIA
  7. Terrelle Pryor Sr WR WAS vs SF
  8. Tarik Cohen RB CHI at BAL
  9. LeGarrette Blount RB PHI at CAR
  10. Randall Cobb WR GB at MIN
  11. Sterling Shepard WR NYG at DEN
  12. John Brown WR ARI vs TB
  13. Latavius Murray RB MIN vs GB
  14. Martavis Bryant WR PIT at KC
  15. Will Fuller V WR HOU vs CLE
  16. Eric Decker WR TEN vs IND
  17. Chris Thompson RB WAS vs SF
  18. Isaiah Crowell RB CLE at HOU
  19. Jeremy Maclin WR BAL vs CHI
  20. Jamison Crowder WR WAS vs SF
  21. Marqise Lee WR JAX vs LAR
  22. Jermaine Kearse WR NYJ vs NE
  23. Taylor Gabriel WR ATL vs MIA
  24. Tyrell Williams WR LAC at OAK
  25. Alex Collins RB BAL vs CHI
  26. Theo Riddick RB DET at NO
  27. Marvin Jones Jr WR DET at NO
  28. Mike Wallace WR BAL vs CHI
  29. Sammy Watkins WR LAR at JAX
  30. Robby Anderson WR NYJ vs NE
  31. Danny Amendola WR NE at NYJ
  32. Elijah McGuire RB NYJ vs NE
  33. Frank Gore RB IND at TEN
  34. Jonathan Stewart RB CAR vs PHI
  35. Donte Moncrief WR IND at TEN
  36. Cooper Kupp WR LAR at JAX
  37. Robert Woods WR LAR at JAX
  38. Kendall Wright WR CHI at BAL
  39. Roger Lewis WR NYG at DEN
  40. Ricardo Louis WR CLE at HOU

 

Delanie Walker  has had a top 10 2017 campaign so far, but has yet to find the endzone.

Delanie Walker  has had a top 10 2017 campaign so far, but has yet to find the endzone.

TOP 20 TIGHT ENDS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Rob Gronkowski NE at NYJ
  2. Zach Ertz PHI at CAR
  3. Travis Kelce KC vs PIT
  4. Delanie Walker TEN vs IND
  5. Jordan Reed WAS vs SF
  6. Evan Engram NYG at DEN
  7. Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs NE
  8. Kyle Rudolph MIN vs GB
  9. Jared Cook OAK at DEN
  10. Cameron Brate TB at ARI
  11. Martellus Bennett GB at MIN
  12. Ryan Griffin HOU vs CLE
  13. Ed Dickson CAR vs PHI
  14. Coby Fleener NO vs DET
  15. Hunter Henry LAC at OAK
  16. Jack Doyle IND at TEN
  17. Benjamin Watson BAL vs CHI
  18. George Kittle SF at WAS
  19. Zach Miller CHI at BAL
  20. Austin Hooper ATL vs MIA

TOP 16 DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Denver vs NYG
  2. Houston vs CLE
  3. Jacksonville vs LAR
  4. Atlanta vs MIA
  5. Baltimore vs CHI
  6. Washington vs SF
  7. Kansas City vs PIT
  8. Los Angeles Rams at JAX
  9. Tennessee vs IND
  10. Carolina vs PHI
  11. New England at NYJ
  12. Arizona vs TB
  13. Green Bay at MIN
  14. Tampa Bay at ARI
  15. Philadelphia at CAR
  16. Oakland vs LAC

 

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Week 6 Waiver Targets

Week 5 had some extremely high profile injuries, some of which ended some very big contributors seasons. This is where the Waiver Wire becomes crucial.

Scoring is ESPN 1/2 point PPR scoring. Owned Percentages using ESPN.

 

Jacoby Brissett was a late add to the 2017 Colts roster but has been a serviceable scab for the wound left by the slow-to-return Andrew Luck.

Jacoby Brissett was a late add to the 2017 Colts roster but has been a serviceable scab for the wound left by the slow-to-return Andrew Luck.

QUARTERBACK

Jacoby Brissett IND 20 Week 5 points. Available in 84% of leagues. The 23 year old 2nd year man from NC State is quietly growing into quite the streaming option. Brissett has scored over 20 fantasy points in two of the last three weeks, only fault coming on a road trip to Seattle. He has properly utilized TY Hilton which no other QB besides Luck seems to be able to do. A road game to Tennessee (30th against QB's this season) on Monday Night has the makings for a decent stream or even tryout for your starting QB job in very deep leagues. 

 

RUNNING BACKS

Elijah McGuire NYJ 4 Week 5 points. Available in 85% of leagues. The first of 3 rookie RB's we are going to focus on in an already extremely rich 2017 RB Class. As of the writing of this it looks as if Bilal Powell and possibly even Matt Forte may miss the Week 6 matchup with New England, leaving McGuire the sole member of the committee to get any carries against and extremely vulnerable Patriots defense. Also, don't judge McGuire by his Week 5 4-pointer, Cleveland has a surprisingly good run defense, an area New England has struggled.

Marlon Mack IND 15.8 Week 5 points. Available in 96% of leagues. After not getting any work over the past 2 weeks, Mack made the most of his second chance turning 9 carries into 91 yards and a TD. Mack looked far more explosive than his backfield mate Frank Gore, who in his defense, is the oldest active RB in the NFL. It is doubtful Mack will completely take over the veteran Gore but he should certainly cut into his work and if the Colts go into full tank mode, they may want to see just what they have for the future.

Matt Breida SF 8.6 Week 5 points. Available in 93% of leagues. If you were for some reason watching the Indy-San Fran game on Sunday you would have thought Breida was the starter and Carlos Hyde was the spell. Ladies and gentleman...Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers Head Coach showed he isn't loyal to names, only production, and Matt Breida was very productive. His 10 carries for 49 yards and 3 catches for 22 were enough to piece together a decent fantasy day and make him a Week 6 add.

Handcuffs/Fliers you should watch: Orleans Darkwa/Wayne Gallman NYG, Corey Clement PHI, Jalen Richard OAK

 

 

 

Nelson Agholor has become a very important piece of the Eagles explosive offense.

Nelson Agholor has become a very important piece of the Eagles explosive offense.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Nelson Agholor PHI 17.3 Week 5 points. Available in 80% of leagues AND Torrey Smith PHI 14.2 Week 5 points. Available in 75% of leagues. Although I think Agholor is where the priority should be, the Eagles offense is one that can produce multiple productive pass catchers. With defenses focusing on Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery in the pass game and the Eagles seemingly losing a Running Back every week one of these two should be productive week in and week out. Unfortunately, it may be a coin flip which one.

Marquise Goodwin SF  16.1 Week 5 points. Available in 97% of leagues. The former Olympian had a league high 11 targets on Sunday which produced a 5 catch 116 yard performance. This will absolutely not be the norm, but Goodwin's speed alone gives him the "one big play" potential that sometimes can pay off in a bye week flex. Plus a Week 6 game against a Josh Norman-less Redskin team may not be a bad matchup.

Roger Lewis NYG 9.4 Week 5 points. Available in 99% of leagues. A bad season got MUCH worse on Sunday for the Giants when four...yes four...wide receivers went down, the two top ones (Odell Beckham Jr and Brandon Marshall) for the season. This is merely a usage add as New York's awful offensive line doesn't allow a run game to be established, they will need to throw to someone and Lewis is the next man up.

Other deep league considerations: Any Cleveland Browns WR, JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT, Kamar Aiken IND, Markus Wheaton CHI

 

TIGHT ENDS

Tyler Kroft CIN 5.8 Week 5 points. Available in 90% of leagues. Although Kroft did not put up the points he did in Week 4, he still saw 5 targets and 4 catches. He has a bye week coming up but if you are in a deep league and have room, he may be worth the add. Cincinnati needs consistency right now, something Kroft has given them and Eifert certainly has not.

Nick O'Leary 7.9 Week 5 points. Available in 100% of leagues. Charles Clay got hurt. Tyrod Taylor throws to the Tight End. Even if that Tight End is a blocker like O'Leary. 

Probably flukes but keep an eye out: George Kittle SF, Ed Dickson CAR, Darren Fells DET

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Atlanta  Bye on Week 5. Available in 87% of leagues. Rested coming of the bye week, playing at home against a struggling Miami team that is 30th against team defenses. That's about as "streamer" as it gets.

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MCM - Week 5

Week 5 is in the books sans Bradford v Trubisky. We had teams look elite, teams we thought were elite looking anything but, and a team that I bought into,break my heart. Through 5 weeks, we have a pretty good idea of what teams are, but the Jets are 3-2, so, there’s that.

QB

Dak Prescott (Dal) - 29.7 points

Dak is ... bak

Dak is ... bak

I didn’t think that Dak would have the success in his second season. He’s proven me wrong with no game of under 15.8 FP. Dak is the real deal, especially in fantasy. He’s a QB 1.

  • Fantasy News Advice: Dak is a low end QB1. Only take him out in really bad matchups.

 

 

Who is the best Aaron in the GB backfield? It's Rodgers, but Jones did look good

Who is the best Aaron in the GB backfield? It's Rodgers, but Jones did look good

RB

Aaron Jones (GB) - 19.4 points

Jones just put Ty Montgomery on notice. He did have a great game against a really bad rushing defense, but he looked different than all the other backs in GB this season. RBBC?

  • Fantasy News Advice: Add Jones everywhere, he’ll be sharing snaps with Montgomery

 

WR

Will Fuller V (Hou) - 18.2 points

Fuller house is actually good?

Fuller house is actually good?

Fuller has been magic since he’s been back from his injury. 2 games and both were over 15 FPs. Fuller is technically the second WR on his team, but he is putting up production that is better than more teams #1

  • Fantasy News Advice: Add Fuller everywhere, he’s a high upside flex every week

 

 

 

TE

Hunter Henry (LAC) - 10.2 points

It’s a pretty easy formula for Henry, he either has a TE1 type of game or a gooser. Henry is the best TE in SD, we just need to make Rivers believe that.

  • Fantasy News Advice: Henry is still in the TE1 discussion, at this point he’s an upside play

Sometimes you batter guys that have old man strength, Gates still has that..I guess

Sometimes you batter guys that have old man strength, Gates still has that..I guess

Maybe this week we’ll be talking about the play of the field and not players and coaches doing dumb things. I realize that’s a tough ask

 

Later Newsers

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McAuliffe's Trashy Tuesday on Thursday

Well, it's a couple of days late and still free for you to read, but here's the latest edition of Trashy Tuesday.

THE ENTIRE LIST OF PEOPLE THAT GOT INJURED DURING WEEK 4.

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Shane's Week 5 Rankings

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Shane's Week 5 Rankings

Week 5 teams on Bye Week: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins

I use half-point PPR as my logic as it can be used to help set a lineup in both standard and PPR leagues.

TOP 20 QUARTERBACKS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Aaron Rodgers GB at DAL
  2. Tom Brady NE at TB
  3. Jameis Winston TB vs NE
  4. Russell Wilson SEA at LAR
  5. Dak Prescott DAL vs GB
  6. Matthew Stafford DET vs CAR
  7. Philip Rivers LAC at NYG
  8. Cam Newton CAR at DET
  9. Carson Wentz PHI vs ARI
  10. Deshaun Watson HOU vs KC
  11. Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs JAX
  12. Tyrod Taylor BUF at CIN
  13. Carson Palmer ARI at PHI
  14. Eli Manning NYG vs LAC
  15. DeShone Kizer CLE vs NYJ
  16. Alex Smith KC at HOU
  17. Jared Goff LAR vs SEA
  18. Jacoby Brissett IND vs SF
  19. Brian Hoyer SF at IND
  20. Josh McCown NYJ at CLE

 

 

Le'Veon Bell lived up to his possible #1 overall Fantasy draft pick last week with a 34.6 point performance last week. 

Le'Veon Bell lived up to his possible #1 overall Fantasy draft pick last week with a 34.6 point performance last week. 

TOP 25 RUNNING BACKS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Le’Veon Bell PIT vs JAX
  2. Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs GB
  3. Carlos Hyde SF at IND
  4. Kareem Hunt KC at HOU
  5. Todd Gurley LAR vs SEA
  6. LeSean McCoy BUF at CIN
  7. DeMarco Murray TEN at MIA
  8. Jay Ajayi MIA vs TEN
  9. Leonard Fournette JAX at PIT
  10. Jordan Howard CHI vs MIN
  11. Melvin Gordon LAC at NYG
  12. Lamar Miller HOU vs KC
  13. Frank Gore IND vs SF
  14. Joe Mixon CIN vs BUF
  15. Bilal Powell NYJ at CLE
  16. Duke Johnson Jr. CLE vs NYJ
  17. Christian McCaffrey CAR at DET
  18. Isaiah Crowell CLE vs NYJ
  19. Mike Gillislee NE at TB
  20. Ameer Abdullah DET vs CAR
  21. Tarik Cohen CHI vs MIN
  22. Latavius Murray MIN at CHI
  23. Doug Martin TB vs NE
  24. Aaron Jones GB at DAL
  25. Jonathan Stewart CAR at DET

TOP 25 WIDE RECEIVERS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Jordy Nelson GB at DAL
  2. Antonio Brown PIT vs JAX
  3. Mike Evans TB vs NE
  4. Brandin Cooks NE at TB
  5. Odell Beckham Jr NYG vs LAC
  6. Dez Bryant DAL vs GB
  7. DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs KC
  8. AJ Green CIN vs BUF
  9. Larry Fitzgerald ARI at PHI
  10. Stefon Diggs MIN at CHI
  11. Keenan Allen LAC at NYG
  12. Doug Baldwin SEA at LAR
  13. Pierre Garcon SF at IND
  14. Jarvis Landry MIA vs TEN
  15. Tyreek Hill KC at HOU
  16. Randall Cobb GB at DAL
  17. TY Hilton IND vs SF
  18. Golden Tate DET vs CAR
  19. Chris Hogan NE at TB
  20. Alshon Jeffery PHI vs ARI
  21. DeSean Jackson TB vs NE
  22. Adam Thielen MIN at CHI
  23. DeVante Parker MIA vs TEN
  24. Rishard Matthews TEN at MIA
  25. Sammy Watkins LAR vs SEA

 

 

Sterling Shepard has been a rare bright spot on the disappointing Giants offense and is a solid Flex play Week 5 at home against the Chargers.

Sterling Shepard has been a rare bright spot on the disappointing Giants offense and is a solid Flex play Week 5 at home against the Chargers.

TOP 40 FLEX OPTIONS

RANK/PLAYER/POSITION/TEAM/OPPONENT

*Writer's note* If Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery are active I have them as high upside FLEX plays, but I wouldn't rely on my WR/RB points from them.

  1. Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR at DET
  2. Amari Cooper WR OAK vs BAL
  3. James White RB NE at TB
  4. Wendell Smallwood RB PHI vs ARI
  5. Martavis Bryant WR PIT vs JAX
  6. Marqise Lee WR JAX at PIT
  7. Tyrell Williams WR LAC at NYG
  8. Michael Crabtree WR OAK vs BAL
  9. Sterling Shepard WR NYG vs LAC
  10. Jeremy Maclin WR BAL at OAK
  11. Torrey Smith WR PHI vs ARI
  12. Marshawn Lynch RB OAK vs BAL
  13. Marvin Jones Jr WR DET vs CAR
  14. Allen Hurns WR JAX at PIT
  15. LaGarrette Blount PHI vs ARI
  16. Mike Wallace WR BAL at OAK
  17. Jermaine Kearse WR NYJ at CLE
  18. Javorius Allen RB BAL at OAK
  19. Eric Decker WR TEN at MIA
  20. Danny Amendola WR NE at TB
  21. Andre Ellington RB ARI at PHI
  22. Theo Riddick RB DET vs CAR
  23. John Brown WR ARI at PHI
  24. Will Fuller V WR HOU vs KC
  25. Jerick McKinnon RB MIN at CHI
  26. Eddie Lacy RB SEA at LAR
  27. Devin Funchess WR CAR at DET
  28. Kenny Golladay WR DET vs CAR
  29. Robby Anderson WR NYJ at CLE
  30. Robert Woods WR LAR vs SEA
  31. Cooper Kupp WR LAR vs SEA
  32. Chris Johnson RB ARI at PHI
  33. Kenny Britt WR CLE vs NYJ
  34. Brandon Marshall WR NYG vs LAC
  35. Donte Moncrief WR IND vs SF
  36. Jaron Brown WR ARI at PHI
  37. Zay Jones WR BUF at CIN
  38. Derrick Henry RB TEN at MIA
  39. Giovani Bernard RB CIN vs BUF
  40. Alex Collins RB BAL at OAK

TOP 20 TIGHT ENDS

RANK/PLAYER/TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Rob Gronkowski NE at TB
  2. Travis Kelce KC at HOU
  3. Zach Ertz PHI vs ARI
  4. Charles Clay BUF at CIN
  5. Delanie Walker TEN at MIA
  6. Jimmy Graham SEA at LAR
  7. Evan Engram NYG vs LAC
  8. Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ at CLE
  9. Kyle Rudolph MIN at CHI
  10. Martellus Bennett GB at DAL
  11. Cameron Brate TB vs NE
  12. Jared Cook OAK vs BAL
  13. Jason Witten DAL vs GB
  14. Jack Doyle IND vs SF
  15. Benjamin Watson BAL at OAK
  16. Zach Miller CHI vs MIN
  17. Eric Ebron DET vs CAR
  18. Jesse James PIT vs JAX
  19. Tyler Kroft CIN vs BUF
  20. Antonio Gates LAC at NYG

 

Lorenzo Alexander has lead the Bills to a top 5 Fantasy defense thus far. 

Lorenzo Alexander has lead the Bills to a top 5 Fantasy defense thus far. 

TOP 16 DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

TEAM/OPPONENT

  1. Minnesota at CHI
  2. Pittsburgh vs JAX
  3. Baltimore at OAK
  4. Kansas City at HOU
  5. Buffalo at CIN
  6. Cincinnati vs BUF
  7. Seattle at LAR
  8. Detroit vs CAR
  9. Philadelphia vs ARI
  10. New York Jets at CLE
  11. San Francisco at IND
  12. Houston vs KC
  13. Carolina at DET
  14. Cleveland vs NYJ
  15. Tennessee at MIA
  16. Oakland vs BAL

 

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Week 5 Waiver Targets

Week 5 marks the beginning of Bye Weeks giving the Waiver Wire all that much more priority as we start to realize that we may not be able to piece together starting lineup with the pieces we have. 

Scoring is ESPN 1/2 point PPR Standard scoring. Owned Percentages using ESPN.

QUARTERBACKS

Philip Rivers LAC 23.9 Week 4 points. Available in 33% of leagues. Usually 33% availability doesn't warrant appearance in a Waiver column but it should absolutely be 100% with his upcoming matchups...plus, I can't focus on the next guy every week. Rivers next 4 weeks include the Giants, Raiders, Broncos, and Patriots, 3 of 4 of which are in the bottom third of the league against QB's and the only scary game in there (Denver) Rivers threw for 3 TD's and racked up 20 fantasy points against Week 1 in Denver. Take a peak to see if the veteran gunslinger is hanging out on your wire because he's probably a better alternative than who you will be starting.

Jared Goff LAR 20.1 Week 4 points. Available in 87% of leagues. He fell to #11 but he is still WIDELY available. Although Week 5 game versus Seattle may not be best time to stream him, he still deserves a spot on a roster in every league.

 

Aaron Jones had a 13 carry 49 yard 1 TD performance against Chicago on Thursday when Ty Montgomery went down with a rib injury.

Aaron Jones had a 13 carry 49 yard 1 TD performance against Chicago on Thursday when Ty Montgomery went down with a rib injury.

RUNNING BACKS

Aaron Jones GB 10.9 Week 4 points. Available in 99% of leagues. The 6th round rookie from UTEP stepped in and immediately contributed when Ty Montgomery suffered a rib injury. Although Montgomery's injury may not be as severe as initially thought, a post-game ringing endorsement from Aaron Rodgers might be enough to keep him on fantasy radar, especially going against the Cowboys in Week 5.

Latavius Murray MIN 3.9 Week 4 points. Available in 83% of leagues. Another injury plug-in, unfortunately this one will be much more long term. The Viking's sensational rookie RB Dalvin Cook suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and will miss remainder of season. This give's the former Raider Murray a chance to earn back some of his 3 year $15 million contract he signed when he was anticipated to be the starter. The only risk to Murray taking the main role is Jerrick McKinnon (who is worth a flier in deep PPR formats), but McKinnon has never performed well as feature back.

D'Onta Foreman HOU 4.5 Week 4 points. Available in 76% of leagues. Although Foreman hasn't had his "breakout" week, he does have something that is incredibly prized in Waiver RB's: consistent usage. He has averaged 11 carries a game over the last 3 weeks and has shown himself to be a very serviceable pass catcher. With the Texans losing Tyler Ervin for the remainder of the year, Foreman's use should increase even more.

Handcuffs/Fliers you should watch: Wayne Gallman NYG, Elijah McGuire NYJ, JJ McKissic SEA

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Adam Humphries TB 10 Week 4 points. Available in 99% of leagues. It seems DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston aren't developing chemistry as quickly as many hoped, as Humphries has matched his target total of 20 and out-caught him 14-9 through 3 weeks. The Buccaneers offense has not been near as vertical as a preseason glance at their roster might have indicated but Humphries has been a steady bright spot. He has 2 straight games of 6 catches and two straight 9+ point performances without scoring a touchdown, which will come with Winston's reliance on him.

Deonte Thompson CHI 6.9 Week 4 points. Available in 99% of leagues. Thompson has had a so-so 2017 campaign on a TERRIBLE Bears offense, but he is worth a flier for one reason. Mitchell Trubisky is starting for at least Week 5, and probably farther. We don't know if Trubisky will be an upgrade from Glennon, but Thompson was his most targeted receiver in the preseason. In a WR corp that is completely wide open on a team that will be playing from behind most likely every game, Thompson should have value.

Other deep league considerations: Aldrick Robinson SF, Trent Taylor SF, Cordarelle Patterson OAK, Josh Bellamy CHI, Justin Hardy ATL, Michael Campanaro BAL

 

Even at 37 years old, Antonio Gates is still a favorite target in the Chargers pass game.

Even at 37 years old, Antonio Gates is still a favorite target in the Chargers pass game.

TIGHT ENDS

Antonio Gates LAC 3.3 Week 4 points. Available in 85% of leagues. See Philip Rivers above. Gates has not had exactly a marquis year, but he has at least produced every game, which is more than can be said for his TE counterpart Hunter Henry, many Fantasy drafter's preseason TE darling. Gates has a Week 5 matchup with the New York Giants, which are dead last in Fantasy against TE's.

Give'em one more week: Tyler Kroft CIN, AJ Derby DEN, Darren Fells DET

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

San Francisco 7 Week 4 points. Available in 98% of leagues. They are playing the Colts. Oh...I have to keep going? Well aside from the Week 3 surprising shootout with the Rams, the 49ers defense has been surprisingly productive. With 6 sacks in Week 4, this matchup against Indianapolis is a sneaky top 10 play.

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