Joe Flacco might be coming off a bye, but should he be started in fantasy leagues on the road? (Photo: Suchat Pederson/The News Journal)

With Josh Gordon active and Ben Tate now on the Minnesota Vikings, Week 12 should be the week that most teams know their fate (and possibly seeding) for their fantasy teams. With the final two teams on bye this week, it is the last time you will have to bench a proven fantasy commodity for bench fodder. Here are this week’s starts/sits:

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Matt Ryan (vs. Cleveland): Matt Ryan has been a beast at the Georgia Dome in his career and should be a solid start against a beat-up Browns defense. It might be a lot of throwing to keep pace with Brian Hoyer as Josh Gordon and Andrew Hawkins will keep this game close. A close game equals more throws for the BC alum. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 12 »

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Brian Hoyer

Week 11 was a bad week for fantasy football running backs.  Unless, of course, you were one of the few people who started Jonas Gray. Other than Gray, only three running backs scored more than 20 points in PPR format on Sunday: Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, and Matt Forte. Those three stud running backs have been consistent all year, and have been priced accordingly.

Suggesting that Matt Forte is going to have a good week isn’t really the Redraft King’s goal (yes, I referred to myself in the third person). I’m trying to find the Jonas Gray’s of the world. I’m looking for value. In today’s NFL, value (and consistency) is easier to find at the wide receiver position. But first, let’s see how I did last week.

 

Week 11 Recap:

Phillip Rivers was bad—193 passing yards and a single touchdown pass—kind of bad. In a cruel irony for the Redraft King, Colin Kapernick, also threw for 193 yards a single score. Mark Sanchez, in catch-up mode from the beginning, had a much better day with 20.8 fantasy points. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 12 Fantasy Football Advice »

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Redraft King: Week 11 2014 Advice

November 14, 2014 at 5:23am in Fantasy, Featured
Photo Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Week 10 was a high scoring affair. Most fantasy stars had predictably reliable performances. Several of these players appeared in my week 10 advice. But there were a few bad calls too.

Week 10 Recap:

Russell Wilson had a nice game, mostly due to his legs. Derek Carr had a disappointing 13.7 points, and while he scored mostly in junk-time, the Raiders were actually competitive with the Broncos—for awhile. Mark Sanchez threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, and was able to avoid any butt-fumbles. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 11 2014 Advice »

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Ryan Tannehill will likely be under siege  on Thursday night, but is he still fantasy worthy (Photo Credit: Reuters)

With only a couple weeks until the fantasy postseason begins, it is time to rely on your big options to help you down the stretch. Sure, there are still a couple tough matchups going forward for some players, but it should only get easier to choose who to play with less teams on bye. Even if you are all but certain that you won’t make the playoffs, make sure to set your lineups so nobody gets an easy victory down the stretch. What is better than playing spoiler?

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Jay Cutler (vs. Minnesota): The matchup might not look enticing on paper, but Cutler should be able to have a big day against this Vikings secondary. Alshon Jeffrey picked them apart last year for over 200 yards and two scores which could mean a big day for the signal caller. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 11 »

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Steve Downie ( Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

We’re already wrapping up our fourth fantasy hockey week if you can believe it. Hopefully by this time, you’ve thrown together some wins and haven’t been bitten by the injury bug too much. Personally, I’m already dealing with Taylor Hall being placed on the IR who I had big hopes for this season. I picked up Filip Forsberg as his replacement, who’s already got 15 points and is a stellar +15. What’s best about him is that he has eligibility in C/LW/RW. Multiple-eligibility players like that become key in a long fantasy season when the injury bug hits. They bring some great production and flexibility to your roster.

If you’re looking for some injury replacements or are ready to drop someone who’s just not performing, here are some speculative adds:

Tanner Pearson – LW

I said in my last fantasy post that I’m not a big fan of Pearson, but he continues to prove me wrong. He already has 7 goals and ten points and was the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October. What’s really fantastic is his +13, which indicates that he’s really been productive and not just fluky. He’s here to stay.

Brock Nelson – C

The #2 Center for the emerging Islanders team already has 14 points, 7 of which came on the powerplay. The team as a whole is benefiting from having legit threats on the blue line in Boychuk and Leddy, so Nelson is a good look if you’re hurting at center.

Steve Downie – LW/RW

A guy we love to hate, Downie is one of the more effective pests in the league and it’s carrying over into fantasy. He already has 54 PIM, with 7 points and LW/RW eligbility to boot. Your league most likely scores penalty minutes, and he’s one of the best players in the league in that category.

Continue reading Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Adds; Weekly Mailbag »

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Redraft King: Week 10 2014 Advice

November 6, 2014 at 7:30pm in Fantasy, Featured, Opinion
Photo courtesy of www.stateofthesport.com

Why didn’t I pick Big Ben to repeat his six touchdown performance? How did I not see that coming? Oh right, no one saw that coming. However, I highlighted several other players who went off in week 9. I cashed in by using several of these players, hopefully you did too.

Week 9 Recap:

I cited Carson Palmer’s 20.9 fantasy points per game average—he scored 20.7 points. Andy Dalton’s 16.4 points probably didn’t win you any contests. And, Joe Flacco, desperately trying to keep up with the red-hot Steelers offense, scored 22.3 fantasy points of his own. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 10 2014 Advice »

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Will Cam Newton finally reward fantasy owners in Week 10? (AP)

Even though the season is hitting the stretch run in fantasy leagues, the byepocalypse is hitting teams hard with six teams on bye, including the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts. This could mean an easy win over a tough opponent or your chance to get back into the playoff picture. Whether you are hoping to stay afloat or just clinging to that final playoff pot, Week 10 is the week to make a move in your league.

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Cam Newton (vs. Philadelphia): The Eagles secondary looks dreadful this season and the run defense is subpar at best. This could mean a huge week for Newton and his pass catchers in Week 10. Plus, the last time these two teams met in 2012, Super Cam ran for two scores and threw for another pair. Could this be the return for Newton and a struggling Panthers team? Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 10 »

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