Da'Rick Rogers (bleacherreport.com)

Widespread inclement weather and serious injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker were big fantasy storylines in Week 14.  Gronkowski will be fortunate to play in Week 1 of 2014, while Welker suffered his second concussion of the year and looks unlikely to play against San Diego on Thursday night.  If you’re still alive, congratulations and you probably have not been beset by injuries like the vast majority of fantasy players.  However, if you suffered an injury or just don’t like the matchup in a deep league maybe someone here can help you out.  Let’s get right to it, playoffs are no time to look backwards.

QUARTERBACKS

Whoever starts for the Bears between Jay Cutler and Josh McCown is a great waiver option this week against a beatable Cleveland defense.  Alshon Jeffery owners have to be pulling for McCown in a serious way.  The reach here is Jason Campbell for me in the same game, facing the Bears.  Chicago’s defense is not what it has been in recent years, and Campbell has one top flight weapon in Josh Gordon plus a really good tight end in Jordan Cameron for targets.  Plus, Willis McGahee is highly questionable for this one, and Ogbonnaya and Whittaker are more pass-friendly to the Browns offense. Continue reading Winning the Wire and the Playoffs: Week 15 Fantasy Sleepers »

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Jordan Cameron will have a tough time against the Patriots Defense in Week 14

It’s that time of the season fellas: the playoffs. Whether it’s for money or for bragging rights, the first week of the postseason in fantasy football is win or go home for most leagues. Follow some of the advise below and you could end up winning it all or at least get a chance to move on up the ladder.

Start ‘Em

Nick Foles (vs. Detroit): The Detroit Lions do not do well at all against the pass, which means another huge contest for Foles as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Steven Jackson (vs. Green Bay): Jackson had a huge week in Week 13 with two scores against the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay has been susceptible to the run in recent weeks.

Riley Cooper (vs. Detroit): The No. 2 wideout against the Lions has really flourished in the past couple weeks. Cooper may have struggled his last two weeks, but it is time for him to step up.

Heath Miller (vs. Miami): The Dolphins defense has allowed eight touchdowns this season, including two of the last three contests. Miller has been hot of late and should keep it going. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 14 (Playoffs) »

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Russell Wilson (Tacoma News Tribune)

Eric Decker, Alshon Jeffery, and Josh Gordon all had monster games in Week 13.  Decker joins the Board while Jeffery and Gordon both soar.  Peyton Manning jumps back to No. 4.  Kendall Wright and Danny Woodhead fall off the board.  Running backs Le’Veon Bell and Andre Brown both get a jump this week and Bell looks like he’ll be ready to roll against Miami at home after suffering a concussion last week.  Giovani Bernard takes a tumble due to splitting touches with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Continue reading SoB Fantasy Football Top 50 Big Board: Week 14 »

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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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