Mike Tolbert (nflrush.com)

Six more teams are on the bye this Week 9, so you’ll have to wait a week for Calvin Johnson to return from the stratosphere.  Joining the Lions this bye week are the Broncos, Cardinals, Jaguars, Giants and 49ers.  This week is unique, as many of the best options on your wire may be players that were drafted, but are now returning from injury such as Andre Brown, Shane Vereen, and  Michael Crabtree.  It’s impossible to write a Week 9 column like this and not include Marvin Jones.  Those who took the plunge on Jones last week were rewarded with four touchdowns.

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Carson Palmer was serviceable in the desert and Geno Smith was not good at all in Cincinnati. Continue reading Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Week 9 Fantasy Sleepers »

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

Another Big Board member is done for the year (Reggie Wayne) and Doug Martin may be finished as well with a shoulder/labrum injury.  Fantasy roster staples Jimmy Graham, Arian Foster and DeMarco Murray are all suffering from less severe injuries..  However, the board must continue.   Adrian Peterson drops out of the top three for the first time this season after a horrific attempt at offense by the Vikings on Monday Night against the Giants.  Calvin Johnson dominated again and vaults back into the Top 10.

  1. RB  Jamaal Charles (KC)
  2. RB  Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
  3. QB  Peyton Manning (DEN)
  4. RB  Adrian Peterson (MIN)
  5. RB  LeSean McCoy (PHI) Continue reading SoB Fantasy Football Top 50 Big Board: Week 8 »

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Will Palmer be able to take advantage of the Falcons secondary?  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Week 8 is the midway point, including playoffs, for the NFL and fantasy football. This is the week that the studs and pretenders in your league will show their true colors. Here is some help with those lineups.

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Carson Palmer (vs. Atlanta): The Falcons do not have a good pass defense, so Palmer might be finally to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald on a consistent basis. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 8 »

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With Doug Martin out for a while, former Hurricane Mike James looks to impress as Tampa Bay's lead back.  (buccaneers.com)

Week 7 resulted in a rash of injuries to stars Reggie Wayne, Doug Martin, Jermichael Finley, and Arian Foster.  Wayne is done for the year as is Doug Martin if his labrum is torn as reported. Greg Schiano is still adamant Martin’s not done, so cross your fingers and add Mike James. Foster’s hamstring aggravation appears to be the least serious of the four listed above, but Ben Tate also has a rib injury. Mercifully for Texan fans and Foster owners, Houston is on the bye along with five other teams (Colts, Ravens, Chargers, Bears, Titans). Quarterback depth was depleted with Sam Bradford’s torn ACL and Nick Foles’s head injury, which could give Matt Barkley his first NFL start (although Michael Vick is reportedly going to play Sunday). Continue reading Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Week 8 Sleepers »

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Justin Blackmon (basketfootball.com)

Injuries continue to take their toll on stars like Randall Cobb, DeMarco Murray, and Jimmy Graham.  Calvin Johnson has also been visibly limited by a knee injury.  Cobb is out until Week 15 and Murray’s return date is unknown, but he will return long before Cobb, which keeps him in the top 50.  Jamaal Charles’s amazing consistency lands him at No. 1, supplanting Adrian Peterson.  Justin Blackmon appears to be a No. 1 fantasy wide receiver for the next decade and Knowshon Moreno’s place as the star RB in Denver is cemented, landing both of them in the top 40.  Vernon Davis also rejoins the Big Board while Tony Gonzalez rises as Matt Ryan’s unquestioned No. 1 target.  Marques Colston and Chris Johnson fall out of the Top 50.

  1.  RB  Jamaal Charles (KC)
  2.  RB  Adrian Peterson (MIN)
  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 7 »

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Stevan Ridley will yet again have trouble against the Jets run defense. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Week 6 provided many players the right to fight for a playoff spot still, but Week 7 is likely the week that will determine your fate heading to the postseason. Here are some options to start/sit this week:

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Eli Manning (vs. Minnesota): Sure, the New York Giants are 0-6, but the Vikings have one of the worst passing defense in the league. This Manning brother will finally face a team where he can just throw it down field to his wideouts early and often without worrying about getting picked off.

Ryan Mathews (vs. Jacksonville): Mathews carried the ball for 102 yards in last week’s matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. This week, the worst team team against the run is the Jaguars. Mathews is definitely going to get a lot of yardage in this one. Danny Woodhead is a good start too. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 7 »

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Jordan Reed (realredskins.com/Rich Tandler)

We’ve passed the mythical midpoint of the 13-week fantasy regular season and if you’ve avoided major injuries consider yourself fortunate.  Injury to one means opportunity for another.  Nick Foles, Joseph Randle, and Keenan Allen are examples of those stepping in for the wounded with a chance to shine in Week 7.  This week puts New Orleans and Oakland on the bye and gives us the most anticipated matchup to this point of the season when Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis to face Andrew Luck on Sunday Night Football.

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Brandon Weeden was decent posting 296 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs.  Weeden threw 43 passes last week and Cleveland’s offense looks more and more pass-happy with Gordon and Cameron the primary targets.  This could be Josh Freeman’s week even though the starters in Minnesota seem happy with Matt Cassel. Continue reading Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Week 7 Sleepers »

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