E.J. Manuel (fielrush.com)

The playoffs have arrived in almost all fantasy leagues.  Most teams are not going to be adding players to start this week, but there are three or four games remaining and roster depth is always important.  Here’s a few players to look at for deep leaguers and roster depth in all leagues.

LAST WEEK

Carson Palmer and Josh McCown each delivered multiple touchdowns to fantasy owners who rolled the dice (or had no choice).  Matt Flynn was terrible, but not a whole lot worse than Robert Griffin III.  Brandon Bolden was left off the Bill Belichick running back roulette wheel leaving Shane Vereen as the only viable Pats RB to start this week.  Zac Stacy played and the so did the Jets, and thus, Cunningham and Powell were relegated to fantasy irrelevance.  Montee Ball rushed for over 100 yards for Denver and is a nice dynasty player. Continue reading Winning the Wire and the Playoffs: Week 14 Fantasy Sleepers »

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Josh Gordon (bleacherreport.com)

Adrian Peterson moves back to the top five this week surfacing at No. 3.  Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Eddie Lacy and Josh Gordon all ride waves of recent consistency up the board.  Aaron Rodgers may reappear in Week 14 if he is healthy to go after the Packers mini-bye.  Six teams are in action on Thanksgiving Day including Green Bay.  Knowshon Moreno and Demaryius Thomas are the Bronco skill position players on the rise in recent weeks.  Russell Wilson joins the quarterback contingent on the Big Board after efficiently performing well in Seattle this season.  Stevan Ridley’s playing time is anyone’s guess and he clearly drops out of the Top 50 for now, however, I think the Patriots will try to reestablish confidence in Ridley if they can get ahead in some of these five upcoming games against teams with losing records.  Happy Thanksgiving and good luck in your leagues. Continue reading SoB Fantasy Football Top 50 Big Board: Week 13 »

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Brandon Bolden will look for more moments like this TD he had Sunday night against Denver. (Boston Herald)

The bye weeks are over and playoff berths are on the line in most leagues this Week 13.  There are not many breakout waiver candidates to add this week, but I’ll look at a few players who may be available in your leagues who can help your team.  If your team is loaded and ready for the playoffs or out of contention, you should look to add a star from IR if available like Julio Jones in some keeper formats.  Randall Cobb may also be out there if you’re in this situation because he may not return at all this year and if he does play, it won’t be before Week 15.  Conversely, Michael Crabtree is very likely to be activated this week for his matchup with the St. Louis Rams. Crabtree is likely to be on a similar snap count as Percy Harvin was in Week 11, so start him only out of necessity this week. Continue reading Winning the Wire and Preparing for the Playoffs: Week 13 Fantasy Sleepers »

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Calvin Johnson (cbssports.com/Ryan Wilson/Mike Carter-US Presswire))

Calvin Johnson is the new leader on the Big Board, becoming the first non-running back to hold the top spot.  He simply cannot be stopped and he’s even more valuable in PPR leagues.  He may even go first in some 2014 fantasy drafts.  LeSean McCoy moves back in the top five as he rests up on the final bye week of this season.  Rashad Jennings has been running hard for the Raiders and he cracks the top 50.  Kendall Wright joins him and should be a reliable third receiver with Fitzpatrick at the helm.  Julius Thomas surges up at the peril of Eric Decker and Thomas looks like he’ll be ready to go in Sunday night’s marquee matchup in Foxborough.  Shane Vereen is a valuable piece to the Pats offensive attack and he hits the Board in the wake of his first game off of IR.

  1. WR Calvin Johnson (DET)
  2. RB  Jamaal Charles (KC)
  3. QB  Peyton Manning (DEN)
  4. RB  LeSean McCoy (PHI)
  5. RB  Marshawn Lynch (SEA) Continue reading SoB Fantasy Football Top 50 Big Board: Week 12 »

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Jarrett Boykin ready to be a fantasy option after two great weeks (AP)

Week 12 is just a week or two away from the end of the fantasy regular season and now is the time to start getting hot into those postseason matchups. Here are some guys to start or sit this week:

Start ‘Em

Colin Kaepernick (vs. Washington): Washington’s defense has been porous for throwing and running the ball, so Kaepernick should be able to gain points through the air and on the ground in this Week 12 contest. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 12 »

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Minnesota's John Carlson will reach for paydirt again against the Packers this week.  (John Carlson/GameDay Gold)

The Week 12 byes for Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Seattle leave fantasy owners devoid of several key players and looking for depth options to round out their lineups.  This is the final bye week, so if you’re in the playoffs you can have a separate agenda from those needing to win this week.  Look for defenses with good matchups if you need one and handcuff options for your stud skill position players.  Here are some players to target if you need to look to the wire to win a week 12 matchup. Continue reading Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Week 12 Fantasy Sleepers »

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Ben Tate (FOXSports)

Ben Tate, Andre Brown, and Andre Ellington all join the Top 50 this week.  Marshawn Lynch rides a strong Week 10 performance up to No. 4.  Similarly, receivers Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Brown rise to 11 and 23, respectively.  Frank Gore has been rock solid for the 49ers and he just keeps moving up.  Tom Brady and Cam Newton are within four spots of each other on the Board and square off on Monday Night Football.  Jimmy Graham may be surpassed by Rob Gronkowski as the Board’s top TE if Graham continues to play limited snaps; however, Graham is also probably the second most dangerous red zone target in the league after Calvin Johnson.

  1. RB  Jamaal Charles (KC)
  2. WR Calvin Johnson (DET)
  3. QB  Peyton Manning (DEN)
  4. RB  Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
  5. RB  Adrian Peterson (MIN) Continue reading SoB Fantasy Football Top 50 Big Board: Week 11 »

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