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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 6, 2016

By on October 16, 2016 at 2:01am
Should Alex Smith start on your team this week? Should Alex Smith start on your team this week?

The midway point of the regular season in fantasy leagues is upon us and this could be the make or break week if you are on the 3-3 fence or belowe after the games end on Monday. Take heed of my advice below and lead your team to victory. (Or don’t, sometimes even the smartest people get some wrong).

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Alex Smith (vs. Oakland): This game will likely turn into a shootout in the second half with Smith being the beneficiary of more throws down the field on a weak Raiders’ secondary.

Should Alex Smith start on your team this week?

Should Alex Smith start on your team this week?

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Matt Ryan has been the past fantasy QB this season. Will that continue?

The first week of more than two bye week teams is upon us and it is the make-or-break Week 5 matchups. With Seattle and Kansas City among the teams on bye this week, below are some options to replace those starters if needed. Try not to be that team with one or fewer wins heading into basically the mid-season point before the playoffs begin.

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Carson Wentz (vs. Detroit): Wentz has provided the Eagles with a solid starting quarterback this season and the Lions’ defense is missing plenty of pieces. Expect a solid fantasy day from Wentz with the first of multi-game bye weeks. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 5, 2016 »

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Is Jordan Howard the real deal? (USA Today)

Week 4 is finally upon us and if you are battling to be 1-3 rather than 0-4, then please take a look at my advice below. After a week off, it is time to get you ready for the dreadful bye weeks.

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Brian Hoyer (vs. Detroit): Detroit has allowed at least two passing touchdowns every game this season. Hoyer looked good last week and this week could be an even better game for him. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 4, 2016 »

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Joe Flacco is a fringe option this week, but should you start him?


Week 2 is underway after an actually high-scoring affair on Thursday night. This week is your chance to not fall to 0-2 if you heed my advice below.

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Joe Flacco (vs. Cleveland): If Carson Wentz can play well against the Browns, then Flacco should be able to score multiple touchdowns and be a top-10 QB this week. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 2, 2016 »

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Matthew Stafford has a dream matchup, but can he deliver?

The NFL season is officially upon us!

This article is meant to help you sit those players who have tough matchups as well as start those fringe players who have sweet matchups.

Let’s get to it!

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Matthew Stafford (vs. Indianapolis): Vontae Davis looks like he will not be able to play which opens up the entire field for Stafford and his wide receiving core. Don’t be afraid to start Golden Tate or Marvin Jones as well! Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 1, 2016 »

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Draftkings (Getty Images)

Fantasy football is finally back!  In this article i’ll give you my top picks, sleepers, and stacks for week 1 of the season.  Whether you’re playing daily fantasy sports or a season long league, I hope this article helps you setting your lineups for this upcoming week.

Top Picks

WR- Marvin Jones.

I love Marvin Jones this week.  He didn’t have a very good 2015 season, however he’s in a new offense with Detroit.  Calvin Johnson is retired, and I expect The Colts to focus on stopping Golden Tate.  With cornerback Vontae Davis out for Indianapolis look for Stafford to look for Jones a lot in week 1.  This game also has the highest over/under of the week at 51.  Priced at 4,600 on draftkings Jones is a great play in week 1.

WR- Amari Cooper.

Amari Cooper is going to have a big week 1.  There are 15 wide receivers who are priced higher than him on draftkings this week, which makes him a great play.  His ownership will be high but he will reach value.  With Drew Brees playing at home expect this game to be high scoring, and for Derek Carr to look for his top target a lot on sunday.  The saints were also the worst ranked defense last season.

RB- Lamar Miller.

Lamar Miller has a very good matchup this weekend against the Chicago Bears.  Miller is a very talented running back who didn’t get enough touches in Miami.  With Deandre Hopkins putting all the pressure on the Bears defense expect Miller to have a big day catching passes and running the ball.  Miller is my top running back play this week.

RB- LeSean McCoy.

McCoy should be the focal point of the Bills offense this season.  With Karlos Williams not with The Bills anymore expect McCoy to get a lot of touches for the Bills.  His price tag on draftkings is a little high this week, however the potential is there for McCoy.

QB- Brock Osweiler.

Osweiler should get off to a good start in his Texan career with a good matchup against the Chicago Bears.  Expect a lot of passes to newest addition Lamar Miller, and a couple of jump balls to Pro Bowl wide receiver Deandre Hopkins.  Osweiler has 20 quarterbacks higher priced than him on draftkings this week.  His ownership won’t be what it should making him a great tournament play this week.

TE- Jason Witten.

Jason Witten is not the player he used to be, however with Dak Prescott starting for The Cowboys expect him to look for Witten a lot as a security blanket in week 1.  Jason Witten is only priced at 4,100 on draftkings and at that price tag, and with Witten’s upside he should be a lock in your lineup.


RB- James White.

With Dion Lewis out, James White assumes the role as the third down running back for New England.  With Jimmy Garoppolo starting against a great Cardinals defense look for Josh Mcdaniels to get the ball out of Garoppolo’s hands quick, and look for James White to be the beneficiary to the quick passes.

TE- Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Jameis Winston loves his tight end.  With Tampa Bay playing at Atlanta it should be a high scoring game.  Look for Winston to utilize his big tight end in the red zone which should result in a touchdown reception.

WR- Tyler Boyd.

Boyd should be the number 2 receiver in Cincinnati.  With AJ Green getting all The Jets attention, Boyd could be a good play this week, especially being priced at just 3,600.

Top 2 Stacks.

Matthew Stafford/ Marvin Jones.

As Marvin Jones is one of my top plays of the week, he is also part of my top stack of the week.  The game against The Colts should be a shootout which will pay benefits for both Stafford and Jones this week.

Eli Manning/Odell Beckham JR.

On the road in Dallas, it’s a division game.  Look for there to be a lot of points in this game and look for Manning and Odell to provide most of them.

Risky pick of the week

Ryan Fitzpatrick/Brandon Marshall.

A lot of people will stay away from these 2 given their bad matchup on paper against The Bengals.  However, if you want to win a tournament this weekend this should be a stack you really look at.  In the redzone Fitzpatrick loves throwing to Marshall.  Marshall lobbying with the Jets to get Fitzpatrick signed this offseason is a good sign for your fantasy team.  Marshall likes playing with Fitzpatrick because he gets opportunities in the red zone.  I expect Fitzpatrick to look for Marshall more than his other targets this week.



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The Fantasy Ranx- Quarterbacks (1-3)

July 29, 2016 at 3:34pm in Fantasy

1.) Cam Newton– Killa Cam returned to fantasy glory last season with a comeback tour that would make the New Kids on the Block green with envy. He did it all without his number one wideout in Kelvin Benjamin, who will be ready to go for the 2016 campaign. Many think that Cam will regress back to the mean this year, as he won’t be forced to run as often with an improved offensive line and the return of some key contributors in the passing game. That being said, I’m of the belief that Cam is poised for another monster year in 2016. He made tremendous strides in term of accuracy and pocket presence last season, and at the ripe young age of 27, he still has room to grow in all aspects of his game. If Cam can continue to develop as a passer, use his legs when the opportunity presents itself, and avoid the kind of injuries that have thwarted his fantasy potential over the years, he should be an absolute stud once again in 2016.

2.) Aaron Rodgers– The longtime “King of Fantasy QB’s” was finally dethroned this past season, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t poised for another big year in 2016. Last year, Rodgers finished a disappointing 7th in QB rankings, (ESPN scoring) so conventional wisdom might suggest that he’s not the fantasy superstar we’ve grown accustomed to over the years. Well in the words of my guy Lee Corso “Not so fast my friends!”. Rodgers less-than-stellar numbers can be attributed to a number of factors, the least of which have to do with his play or ability. First off, his receiving corps were held together by glue and popsicle sticks, with Jordy Nelson out for the entire year and Randall Cobb battling a bevy of injuries over the course of the season. Secondly, Rodgers once stud RB1 Eddie Lacy took one too many trips to PF Chang’s last offseason and quickly became one big, fat punchline. Eddie Lacy wasn’t just football fat, he was “Jonah Hill pre-21 Jump Street fat”. Luckily for Rodgers, Nelson appears as though he’ll be ready to start the year and Lacy has popped in the “Kanye West get right for the summer workout tape” and has slimmed down considerably. Given those developments and the fact that Rodgers is still the most gifted thrower in the league, he should once again return to fantasy dominance in 2016.

3.) Tom Brady + Replacement Level QB- Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that Tom is suspended for the first four games of the year for the horrendous acts he committed against humanity. I know that most quarterbacks would be at a tremendous disadvantage having missed the first four games of the season, and I know that it might take Tom and the boys a few weeks to truly get firing on all cylinders.  What I also know is that Tom Brady put together a stellar 2015 campaign that saw him finish 2nd among QB’s in points (ESPN scoring) and throw for the most touchdowns (36) and the least interceptions (7) among starting quarterbacks. He did all of this while missing his number one wide receiver in Julian Edelman for a majority of the season, as well as emerging pass-catching threat Dion Lewis. Consider these factors along with the common knowledge that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time, and you can begin to see why I am so high on him despite his four game suspension. Brady will also benefit from the return of left tackle Nate Solder as well as offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who should help to remedy the Patriots porous offensive line that allowed Brady to be sacked 38 times in 2015. When Brady does finally take the field, he will be more motivated than ever to prove that Deflategate was one giant hoax from the start, and that he and the Patriots are still the big, bad bullies on the block. Drafting a QB in the later rounds with a favorable schedule weeks 1-4 (something I will get into in my draft strategy column)  along with Brady could result in the highest scoring QB for you and your team in 2016. A pissed off Tom Brady offense will be running up the score every chance they get, and that will be sure to render big time fantasy numbers this coming season.

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