Frank Gore (Tacoma News Tribune)

Breakout receivers from Week 5 Alshon Jeffery and T.Y. Hilton crack the Top 50, and Justin Blackmon is likely to join them soon in the Top 50.  Peyton Manning could easily be No. 1, but the lack of depth at RB1 keeps Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles atop the board even with the Vikings on the bye in Week 5.  Danny Amendola will make next week’s Big Board if he can take on more snaps this week against New Orleans.  Tom Brady falls and Frank Gore rises to No. 20 with the 49ers seemingly back on track.  Julius Thomas returns to the Top 50 joining Denver’s three starting wideout.  Calvin Johnson drops a bit due to injury and is highly questionable for Sunday while Julio Jones goes out for the season after making a phenomenal one-handed grab on Monday Night and breaking a screw in his foot.

  1.  RB  Adrian Peterson (MIN)
  2. RB  Jamaal Charles (KC)
  3. QB  Peyton Manning (DEN)
  4.  RB  Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
  5.  RB  LeSean McCoy (PHI) Continue reading SoB Fantasy Football Top 50 Big Board: Week 6 »

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Cam Newton will help out fantasy owners against a weak Vikings defense. (Getty Images)

The regular season is almost halfway done for fantasy owners and Week 6 could make or break your season if you are below .500. Below are some players who will make great production against their opponents in the sixth week of the season.

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Cam Newton (vs. Minnesota): Newton struggled with multiple picks and a fumble in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals, but he was also limited with points based on a dropped touchdown pass and a couple other drops that would have led to big gains. The Vikings are second worst against the QB in fantasy, so expect Cam to come up with a huge outing. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 6 »

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Zac Stacy (rantsports/Anthony Blake)

Only the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons are on Week 6 byes.  Atlanta is bafflingly 1-4 and may have just lost Julio Jones for the year.  The potential return of Steven Jackson in Week 7 is a silver lining amidst a train wreck of a season for Atlanta.  Week 5 was the week of the second receiver as Alshon Jeffery, T.Y. Hilton and Terrance Williams all put up huge numbers.  We’re approaching the halfway mark of the fantasy regular season and the wire is a crucial way to build depth and potentially replace underperforming draftees.

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Brian Hoyer’s ugly slide and subsequent ACL tear cut short what would have very likely been a quality outing against Buffalo. Continue reading Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Week 6 Sleepers »

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Matt Forte (thesportsbank.net)

Peyton Manning surges to number three in the Week 5 Big Board after putting up gaudy numbers with ease through four weeks of play.  Tony Gonzalez returns on the heels of a great performance against the Patriots while C.J. Spiller hangs on by a thread at No. 49.  Rob Gronkowski and Eddie Lacy are coming off injuries, but both players should be immediate contributors when they return (Lacy this week and it appears no later than next week for Gronk).  Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant and Julio Jones are all making a strong case to usurp Calvin Johnson as the No. 1 ranked receiver.  Matt Forte and Reggie Bush crack the top 10 and each is money in the bank in PPR formats.

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

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Joe Flacco should have another struggle against the Miami defense. (RICK WILKING/REUTERS)

With some key players on the bye week in Week 5, it may be time to dig deep in to that bench to find some guys of value. Some of the players below should help you out, especially if a must-start has suddenly become a major dud on your squad.

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Michael Vick (vs. New York Giants): With the Giants struggling on the defensive side of the ball, Vick should be able to run and throw the ball well on Sunday. Expect at least 20 points from the Eagles’ QB this week.

Danny Woodhead (vs. Oakland): Yes, the game is at 11:25 EST on Sunday due to the MLB postseason, but even if you can’t watch him play, then you can at least put Woodhead in your lineup. In PPR leagues, he is getting must-start status with 22 catches through four games.

Denarius Moore (vs. Chargers): The Raiders should have Terrelle Pryor back for this week’s contest and that means a big day for his favorite target, Denarius Moore. Big yards and at least one score for the wideout. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 5 »

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Robert Woods (buffalowdown.com/John Starba)

Week 5 has Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Washington, and Tampa Bay on the bye.  That leaves us without two of the first 5 RBs drafted in Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin as well as several other starters.  Robert Griffin III owners will have to look elsewhere for help at quarterback and each bye week team has a legitimate starter at WR that will need to be replaced.  Roster depth matters more starting this week, and waiver acquisitions may be able to fill gaps in your roster.

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I was 3 of 4 on QBs hitting on Alex Smith, Ben Roethlisberger and Jake Locker.  Smith even threw a touchdown to Dwayne Bowe.  Geno Smith…well, at best that was a miss.  Running back was not so kind as Pead was a mystery scratch and Brandon Bodlen had a TD called back on review while being largely ignored by Josh McDaniels.  Andre Ellington looked good, he just needs more touches.  Hopefully, that won’t be far off with Arizona coach Bruce Arians publicly calling out Rashard Mendenhall.  Nate Washington was a big success, but I fear for his October with Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Dobson’s snaps will only continue to decrease as the Patriots get Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup.  Coby Fleener had a nice game against the terrible Jaguars and the Kansas City defense rode Dexter McCluster to 19 points in most scoring formats.  I still like Jordan Reed long term over Fred Davis in Washington despite his recent injury. Continue reading Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Week 5 Sleepers »

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Ben Roethlisberger should be able to pick apart the Vikings' defense on Sunday (AP)

Another week in the books and it may be time to make some trade if your squad is 0-3 or 1-2. These players should be available somewhere in your league and would make great bye week plays for the Green Bay Packers’ and Carolina Panthers’ players on your team.

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Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Minnesota): Roethlisberger may have struggled the first two weeks of the season, but he played pretty well against the Chicago Bears in Week 3. The Vikings have allowed nine touchdowns through the air, so expect a good week from Big Ben.

Bilal Powell (vs. Tennessee): With Chris Ivory likely missing some time, Powell becomes the go-to back for the New York Jets in Week 4. The amount of carries that he will receive will definitely make it possible for a lot of points, even against a decent run defense.

Torrey Smith (vs. Buffalo): The Bills have allowed five double-digit scorers at the wide receiver position through three weeks and Smith will be the best option for the Ravens through the air no matter who is covering him. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 4 »

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