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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fine or Pine, Week Eight

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Week eight is upon us and it's time to set those lineups. The fantasy playoffs are drawing closer each week and every move fantasy owners make is becoming more important. These last handful of weeks may determine making the playoffs or not. With that said, make sure your lineup is set for the optimal amount of points. Leading the league in points may end up being the tie breaker fantasy owners need to continue playing beyond the regular season.

Quarterback

Fine- Tom Brady- New England Patriots- When the fantasy season started, any owner that had Tom Brady as their quarterback was more than likely panicking and looking elsewhere for a replacement. Brady's last three games saw him score 23.9, 34.4 and 25.1 fantasy points. Add to that the Chicago Bears are the week eight opponent for the Patriots who happen to allow the eighth most fantasy points to opposing signal callers at 19.5 fantasy points per game and fantasy owners should have no problem trusting Tom Terrific in week eight.

Pine- Matt Ryan- Atlanta Falcons- Fantasy owners are very disappointed with Matt Ryan up until this point seeing how most expected him to be better than he has been with all of his weapons in tact. While he has the weapons to succeed, his offensive line hasn't been much help. Ryan is averaging 23 fantasy points per week but has not posted 20 fantasy points in a game since week four and has only three games with 20 plus fantasy points this season. It also doesn't help that Ryan faces a tough Lions defense that allows only 13 fantasy points per game to the opposing quarterback. While fantasy owners can be optimistic that Matt Ryan may turn his season around at some point, week eight versus the Lions doesn't look to be that week.

Running Back

Fine- Marshawn Lynch- Seattle Seahawks- After a disappointing showing the last two weeks, fantasy owners should expect Lynch to bounce back this week versus a Carolina run defense that is allowing the second most fantasy points to running backs. On the season, the Seahawks tail back is averaging a respectable 15.4 fantasy points per game this season.

Pine- LeSean McCoy- Philadelphia Eagles- While I'm not an advocate of benching star players, Shady just hasn't gotten the job done this season and his week eight matchup versus the Cardinals isn't going to do him any favors either. The Cardinals run defense is tops in fantasy football through the first seven weeks and with McCoy averaging just over eight fantasy points per game, this may not be the week the 2013 rushing champion gets back on track.

Wide Receiver

Fine- Davante Adams- Green Bay Packers- I may be going out on a little bit of a limb here but the matchup versus the Saints may be too good for Adams owners to pass up unless they have a much better option. In deeper leagues, Davante Adams may be the perfect play this week. The New Orleans pass defense is allowing over 44 fantasy points per game to the wide receiver and Davante Adams' fantasy points have been trending up each of the last three weeks. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned about his lone target last week due to the early blowout of Carolina.

Pine- Keenan Allen- San Diego Chargers- Through the first eight games of the season, it's been pretty easy to pick on Keenan Allen as far as benching him or not. He's shown no consistency thus far and is averaging a mere 5.1 fantasy points per game in 2014. His only double digit fantasy point performance came back in week four where he scored 13.5 fantasy points. The second year wide out hasn't posted double digit fantasy points in a game prior to week four or since. Until he shows he can be more consistent, his owners need to keep him on the bench.

Tight End


Fine- Charles Clay- Miami Dolphins- With 32 targets on the season, Charles Clay has had 10 balls tossed his way the last two weeks (5 targets per game) and is coming off of an 11.8 fantasy point game in week seven. Week eight will have Clay face one of the worst teams when it comes to defending against the tight end in the Jaguars who allow over 14 fantasy points per game to the position.

Pine- Jimmy Graham- New Orleans Saints- Once again, I'm not into benching stud players but Jimmy Graham just ain't right. Even though he played last week, he received two targets and gave fantasy owners a goose egg in the points department. Through seven weeks, Graham has only two double digit fantasy point games and is averaging single digit fantasy points on the season. As bad as the Packers defense has been so far, they do tend to play the tight end pretty tough. It will be hard to trust Graham until he shows he's back to his old self.

Defense

Fine- Miami Dolphins- It's no big secret that the Jaguars are a team fantasy owners like to stream defenses against. The Dolphins get the Jaguars in week eight and should be able to produce enough fantasy points to make them a top defensive unit in week eight.

Pine- Carolina Panthers- The Panthers opponent in week eight is not going to help them any. The Seahawks offense can put points up in a hurry as Russell Wilson proved last week and the Panthers defense is only scoring 3.6 fantasy points per game through seven weeks. Hopefully there are other options for fantasy owners if they have the Carolina Panthers defense in week eight.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week Eight

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's Tuesday so it's once again time to make those waiver wire claims for the stretch run of the fantasy football season. With only a handful of weeks remaining in the fantasy football season, owners need to make sure they find what little help they can to ensure making the playoffs. It isn't easy to distinguish which players are for real and which players are just a flash in the pan. That's why you're reading this though. Read on for the week eight edition of Keepers, Sleepers and Jeepers.

Keepers

Tre Mason- Running Back- St.Louis Rams- The rookie tail back out of Auburn will more than likely be the most added player heading into week eight and with good reason. Mason has clearly been the spark plug that the Rams so desperately needed the last two weeks and week seven saw him break out for 85 yards and a touchdown. The only downside to Tre Mason is the lack of production he will provide in the passing game as he saw no targets in week eight. The good news is Mason saw the most snaps out of all of the Rams backs and fantasy owners should expect that to continue for the rest of the season as Tre Mason has clearly been the superior runner over Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham. The next five games for Mason are the Chiefs, 49ers, Cardinals, Broncos and Chargers. Arizona is the best team versus the run from that schedule giving up under 16 fantasy points per game to the running back position.

Bryce Brown- Running Back- Buffalo Bills- With Fred Jackson expected to miss multiple games and Spiller done for the season, it's next man up time in Buffalo. Question is, who's the next man up in Buffalo? Is it Bryce Brown or Anthony Dixon? The Bills gave up a draft pick to get Brown from the Eagles and he's been inactive since. Fantasy owners would be wise to think this is why the Bills traded for Brown during the off season. If the Bills don't plan on using Bryce Brown now, when will they use him? When Brown stepped in for an injured LeSean McCoy back in 2012, he rushed for 347 yards and four scores in just his first two games as a pro. To make Brown's situation a little more interesting, the Buffalo Bills running backs have the second most receptions this season which could be another reason Brown gets the nod over Dixon.

Anthony Dixon- Running Back- Buffalo Bills- When both Fred Jackson and Spiller went down with injuries in week seven, the Bills called on Anthony Dixon to carry the rock. He's ahead of Bryce Brown on the depth chart as of now but is known for more of a short yardage back than an every down back. Until the Bills running back situation is cleared up, fantasy owners may want to roster Dixon if  Brown isn't available or they feel Dixon is the man ahead of Brown. The week eight matchup versus the Jets isn't ideal for the running back but both backs in Buffalo need to be owned one way or another until one emerges. It isn't easy finding a starting tail back eight weeks into the fantasy football season on the waiver wire.

Denard Robinson- Wide Receiver/Running Back- Jacksonville Jaguars- "Shoelace" as he's being called, may be worth an add in most formats seeing for one as he's listed as a running back and receiver and also Toby Gerhart and Storm Johnson have been disappointments to this point. I wrote about Denard Robinson being a waiver wire add a few weeks ago and now it finally looks like he's going to get a chance to show what he can do. Week seven saw "Shoelace" break out to the tune of 18.7 fantasy points while he amassed 22 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown. He even managed to secure his only target of the game and should be the starting running back for week eight when Jacksonville faces a pretty strong defensive line in the Miami Dolphins. There are just so many ways Denard Robinson can score fantasy points that he's worth an add heading into week eight.

Sleepers

Doug Baldwin- Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- Now that number one receiver Percy Harvin is in New York with the Jets, Doug Baldwin could be the new number one in Seattle. The only issue with Baldwin or any other Seahawks wide out is Seattle is a run first team who most weeks will not attempt very many passes. That could hinder the production of Baldwin and the other receivers but nonetheless, it will be difficult for fantasy owners to turn a blind eye to what Doug Baldwin did in week seven. He finished with seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Baldwin was averaging just over six fantasy points per game but week seven saw him post over 18. It will be difficult to count on that production every week with Baldwin or anything even close to that. As long as the Seahawks passing game is inconsistent, the consistency of Doug Baldwin will be difficult to count on as well.

Martavis Bryant- Wide Receiver- Pittsburgh Steelers- The Clemson rookie finally made his debut and he immediately scored a touchdown. When drafted, Bryant was thought to be a red zone option but last night, he hauled in a 35 yard touchdown from Big Ben and posted double digit fantasy points in his first NFL game. While it may be difficult to trust Martavis Bryant week to week, it should not go unnoticed that he is 6'5 and 200 lbs. He could end up being both a deep threat and a red zone option in a pass heavy offense. What can also make the Clemson rookie worthy of an add sooner rather than later is the torrid play of Markus Wheaton. Through seven weeks, Wheaton has seen 41 targets and has caught only 24 of them for 277 yards and 0 touchdowns. He's averaging just over four fantasy points per game and is nowhere near what fantasy owners were expecting this season. It is worth noting that Bryant saw five targets in week seven while Wheaton saw only two.

Charles Clay- Tight End- Miami Dolphins- For tight end needy fantasy owners, Charles Clay may be worth looking at. He caught four out of his five targets in week seven for 58 yards and a touchdown and has gotten no less than four targets in a game this season. He posted double digit fantasy points in week seven and should continue to see a healthy dose of targets for the remainder of the season.

Travaris Cadet- Running Back- New Orleans Saints- With Pierre Thomas out for the next few weeks, the Saints may look to Travaris Cadet for more touches. Cadet had zero carries in week seven but did catch six passes on nine targets which is great for fantasy owners playing in PPR formats. Cadet also played on 20 of the 74 offensive snaps for the Saints in week seven while Ingram saw 25 of the snaps and Khiry Robinson seeing only five. The Saints get the worst run defense in the NFL in week eight versus the Packers and Cadet could be a PPR stud in the absence of Pierre Thomas.

Jeepers

Dwayne Bowe- Wide Receiver- Kansas City Chiefs- Apparently, there was a Dwayne Bowe sighting in week seven. Bowe teased fantasy owners with five catches for 84 yards and posted the most fantasy points he has all season. Fantasy owners should not fall for Dwayne Bowe again. He's as inconsistent as fantasy players come and can not be relied upon moving forward. His last double digit fantasy game came way back in week 14 of last season. He provides little to no fantasy relevance whatsoever.

Darren McFadden- Running Back- Oakland Raiders- By now, hopefully no fantasy owner will fall for the cruel joke that is Darren McFadden. While he has the potential to be a top PPR back, it just hasn't worked out that way up until this point. Week seven saw Run DMC post double digit fantasy points for the second time this season but fantasy owners should not come to expect that very much. McFadden saw a season high eight targets in week seven which was the most he's seen since week one in 2012 where he got 18 targets. Fantasy owners should count last week as more of the exception than the rule when it comes to Darren McFadden.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fine or Pine, Week 7

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Another week of fantasy football is upon us and the margin  for error is becoming slimmer with each passing week. Every week becomes more important for fantasy owners to choose the right players to trot out on Sundays and maximize their fantasy points. After all, the playoffs could come down to most points scored and fantasy owners will surely want the most points in their lineups and not sitting on their bench. Which players to choose is the million dollar question. It isn't always easy choosing the best players for any given week. That's where The Fantasy Sports Brain comes in. Read on for who to start and who to sit.

Quarterback

Fine- Brian Hoyer- Cleveland Browns- Suddenly, the quarterback situation in Cleveland doesn't look so dire as Brian Hoyer has managed to keep his starting job through the first seven weeks of the season. He's averaging over 18 fantasy points per game and facing the Jaguars defense this week will help Hoyer's cause that much more. The Jacksonville defense bleeds fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks at a rate of 21 fantasy points per game. That's fifth worst in fantasy football which should translate to a productive week for fantasy owners that started Brian Hoyer.

Pine- Teddy Bridgewater- Minnesota Vikings- The Buffalo Bills defense has been pretty tough on opposing signal callers by allowing just over 18 fantasy points per week. It will also help the Bills defense that the Louisville rookie is averaging just over 15 fantasy points per game and has not found the end zone yet but has managed three interceptions in the three games he's played.

Wide Receiver

Fine- Andre Holmes- Oakland Raiders- Holmes has been the key to Derek Carr's success as of late as he's seen 29 targets and caught 15 of them for 269 yards and three scores. Holmes has posted double digit fantasy points his last two games and is averaging over 11 fantasy points per week. Holmes' week seven matchup becomes even better when fantasy owners realize that the Cardinals defense is allowing the second most fantasy points per week to the wide receiver position at a whopping 46.3 fantasy points per game. That is worst among defenses in fantasy football in 2014.

Pine- Keenan Allen- San Diego Chargers- Until the second year receiver can show he can produce consistently on a weekly basis, fantasy owners may have to consider other options. Allen is averaging just under five fantasy points per game and has under 30 fantasy points on the season. His matchup isn't going to do him any favors this week when he faces the Chiefs defense who happens to be one of the better defenses when it comes to shutting down opposing wide outs.

Running Backs

Fine- Justin Forsett- Baltimore Ravens- The week seven matchup is just too good to pass up for Forsett owners seeing how the Atlanta defense is giving up the most fantasy points on a weekly basis to the opposing running back. In PPR formats, Justin Forsett is averaging almost 12 fantasy points per week making him a must start at the running back position in week seven.

Pine- Zac Stacy- St. Louis Rams- Even though the Seahawks defense is allowing 20 fantasy points per week to opposing tail backs, it's been a little difficult to trust Zac Stacy so far through the first six weeks of the season. Stacy is averaging just over eight fantasy points per game and is now losing snaps to Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason as of last week. He hasn't posted double digit fantasy points since his week three matchup versus Dallas. He's fallen a long way from what he gave fantasy owners last season.

Tight End

Fine- Dwayne Allen- Indianapolis Colts- The Bengals allow the most tight end points on a weekly basis with 21. Add to that the fact that Allen has four touchdowns through six games and is averaging over eight fantasy points per game and  fantasy owners have themselves a starting tight end in week seven. Allen has posted three double digit fantasy points game so far this season out of the six the Colts have played.

Pine- Owen Daniels- Baltimore Ravens- For as bad as the Atlanta defense has been so far in 2014, they do play the opposing tight end pretty well. The Falcons are allowing the second least amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends and Owen Daniels is averaging under six fantasy points per game and you have yourself a tight end that needs to be riding the pine in week seven.

D/ST

Fine- Seattle Seahawks- Regardless of the fact that the Seattle defense is not as dominant as they were last season, they are still averaging 11.5 fantasy points per week and face a Rams team that has yet to identify itself on offense.

Pine- Carolina Panthers- The Panthers defense is another defense that has taken a step back since last season as they are only averaging 4.7 fantasy points per game and face the highest scoring fantasy quarterback in Aaron Rodgers at over 26 fantasy points per game.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week 7

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Now that week six is in the books and week seven is right around the corner, it's time for fantasy owners to once again get in their coveted waiver wire claims. Now that more than half of the fantasy football season is behind us, it will get increasingly difficult to find waiver wire help that will truly make a difference. With that said, let's take a look at which players could provide some value moving forward.

Keepers

Brian Hoyer- Quarterback - Cleveland Browns- Heading into the season, most fantasy owners were of the mindset that Johnny Manziel would become the starting quarterback at some point in the season. Well, Brian Hoyer has done nothing to lose his job. He passed for over 200 yards and a touchdown in a week six thrashing of division opponent Pittsburgh Steelers and overall this season has thrown for over 1,200 yards and has seven touchdowns to only one interception and has averaged 18 fantasy points per game. He's worth an add if your team is in need of a quarterback.

Andre Holmes- Wide Receiver- Oakland Raiders- Not much fantasy relevance has come out of Oakland in the last few seasons but Andre Holmes may be set to change that. Coming off of a game where he saw eight targets and caught four for 121 yards and two touchdowns, Holmes looks to be the favorite target of Derek Carr. Holmes has 29 targets through six weeks and has hauled in 15 for 269 yards and three touchdowns. He's also averaging over 11 fantasy points per week and should continue to see a steady dose of targets moving forward.

Jace Amaro- Tight End- New York Jets- With the tight end position a little deeper than it has been in recent years, Jace Amaro looks to be the next tight end looking to make a name for himself with fantasy owners. His week six performance saw him haul in 10 balls for 68 yards and a score. He's got 29 targets on the season and has caught all but five of them for over 200 yards and a touchdown. He's averaging 4.5 fantasy points per game but his arrow is pointing up should he continue to see balls tossed his way.

Brandon LaFell- Wide Receiver- New England Patriots- The Patriots may have found the deep threat their offense so desperately needed through the first six weeks of the season. Brandon LaFell looks to be more comfortable in the offense and in turn, Tom Brady seems to look to LaFell more when looking downfield. LaFell now has two double digit fantasy points games in the last three weeks and is averaging almost 10 fantasy points per game this season. Coming off of a two touchdown performance in week six may be just what LaFell needed to put himself on the fantasy radar.

Sleepers

Preston Parker- Wide Receiver- New York Giants- With the season ending patellar injury sustained by Victor Cruz in week six, Preston Parker may have his shot in the coming weeks. On the season, Parker has seen 15 targets and caught 11 for 158 yards. The Giants will have other options to replace Cruz but Preston Parker could be a sleeper waiver wire add that some fantasy owners may not have seen coming.

Robert Woods- Wide Receiver- Buffalo Bills- Since Kyle Orton has taken over as the Bills quarterback, Robert Woods has seen 10 or more targets in two of the last three games. His week six line reads seven receptions for 78 yards and a score and should be a fantasy relevant wideout going forward with Orton at the helm. Woods is a great bye week fill in or a nice pickup for receiver needy fantasy owners. Through six weeks, Woods has 21 receptions for 234 yards and a touchdown.

Derek Carr- Quarterback- Oakland Raiders- After his four touchdown performance in week six, Derek Carr made fantasy owners take notice of him. Through six games, Carr has passed for over 1,000 yards and has thrown eight touchdowns to five interceptions. He's averaging almost 18 fantasy points per week and could serve as a nice bye week replacement at the quarterback position.

Jeepers

Brandon Bolden- Running Back- New England Patriots-
It's just too difficult to predict what Bill Belicheck will do when it comes to the running back position. With Steven Ridley done for the season, fantasy owners would assume Shane Vereen would see more touches in both the passing game and the ground game but that would be too simple for Belicheck to do. Brandon Bolden could see more playing time in the absence of Ridley but even if he does, it is just too risky to count on any Patriots back on a weekly basis. Bolden is worth an add if you're looking for a running back but just don't spend too much FAAB or use a high waiver priority on him. As always, the running back situation in New England is a little murky.

Peyton Hillis- Running Back- New York Giants- While most fantasy owners were convinced that Andre Williams would handle a bulk of the carries in the absence of Rashad Jennings, week six was a bit of a disappointment to the Boston College rookie's owners. Not only was Williams a letdown, but Peyton Hillis played more snaps than Williams and had the second most targets on the team. While Hillis is nothing more than a plodder, he will see his share of touches seeing how Tom Coughlin doesn't like rookie running backs all that much.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fine or Pine, Week 6

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

With the fantasy football season approaching halftime, every week holds a little more weight than the previous week. Every week that passes could mean the difference between making the playoffs or watching your friends play for a championship. Fantasy owners need to make the right moves now while there's still time. Read on for help making those decisions.

Quarterback

Fine- Ben Roethlisberger- Pittsburgh Steelers- Big Ben has proven he's still an elite fantasy quarterback as he's currently ranked 16th among fantasy quarterbacks through the first five weeks of the season. He's averaging almost 20 fantasy points per game and faces a Cleveland defense that's allowing the fourth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. After a disappointing week five performance where Big Ben was expected to rip through a pathetic Jaguars pass defense, fantasy owners should expect a better showing this time around.

Pine- Tony Romo- Dallas Cowboys- While Romo and the Cowboys are a surprising 4-1, the week six matchup isn't going to help Romo improve on his numbers. He faces a Seattle defense that is allowing under 19 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks while Romo himself is averaging 20.5 fantasy points per game. Romo sports a nine to five touchdown to interception ratio and the Seahawks defense is known to cause turnovers

Running Back


Fine- Branden Oliver- San Diego Chargers- After the performance the rookie put forth in week five versus a top ranked Jets run defense, fantasy owners have to love the matchup on tap for week six versus the hapless Raiders. Oliver totaled 182 yards and two scores in week five while the Raiders are allowing the sixth most fantasy points to the running back position.

Pine- Zac Stacy- St. Louis Rams- Up until this point, it's safe for fantasy owners to call Zac  Stacy a disappointment and week six won't do him any favors as he faces the third toughest run defense in fantasy football in the 49ers. Through five weeks, Zac Stacy is averaging 9.5 fantasy points per game which could lead to another disappointing week for Stacy owners.

Wide Receiver


Fine- Steve Smith Sr- Baltimore Ravens- With Steve Smith Sr averaging almost 13 fantasy points per game and the Buccaneers defense allowing over 30 fantasy points per week, Steve Smith Sr should once again return to fantasy dominance after a one week absence. Smith Sr seems to be the only receiver Flacco looks to these days and facing the second worst passing defense this week should produce big numbers for Smith Sr owners.

Pine- Cordarrelle Patterson- Minnesota Vikings- The second year wide out hasn't produced double digit fantasy points since week one and hasn't scored more than 5.6 fantasy points since. The true definition of a boom or bust receiver, it's difficult to trust Patterson each week and his week six matchup versus a tough Lions pass defense isn't going to do Patterson any favors. The Detroit pass defense is best in fantasy football through the first five weeks of the season.

Tight End

Fine- Greg Olsen- Carolina Panthers- With his week six opponent allowing the second most fantasy points to the tight end position on a weekly basis, Greg Olsen should be in line for a productive fantasy week versus the Bengals. Olsen himself is averaging over 11 fantasy points per week so his owners can start him with confidence.

Pine- Larry Donnell- New York Giants- This may seem like a reactionary move based on the goose egg Donnell provided his owners with last week but it isn't. With Odell Beckham Jr in the mix and a plethora of receivers at Eli's disposal, Donnell may not continue to see the same amount of targets his owners have gotten used to. To add to the woes of Donnell owners, the Eagles play the tight end tough allowing the second least amount of fantasy points per week. This could end up being a game for wide outs for both teams.

Defense

Fine- Denver Broncos- The Broncos face the lowly Jets offense this week and that alone is all the reason fantasy owners need to start the Denver D in week six. While the Broncos are allowing almost 20 fantasy points per game to opposing signal callers, Geno Smith comes into the contest with more interceptions than touchdowns while averaging under 16 fantasy points per game.

Pine- Houston Texans- Thursday night football has not been kind to defenses thus far this season and there's good reason to believe that trend continues into week six when the Texans get Andrew Luck  who happens to be the top ranked quarterback through five weeks. Luck is averaging over 31 fantasy points per game and no defense has been able to stop him yet.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week 6

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

It's time once again to hit the waiver wire in anticipation of week six. With the fantasy football season almost half over, the waiver wire gems are going to be more difficult to come across leaving each passing week more important than the last. With that said, let's take a look at which players could have an impact immediately and which players may be better off staying on the waiver wire.

Keepers

Branden Oliver- Running Back- San Diego Chargers- With injuries piling up in San Diego, Branden Oliver is the latest Chargers player to step up and make an impact. Ryan Matthews is set to return to the team in the next couple of weeks but for now, fantasy owners should ride the wave of rookie Branden Oliver. Especially with the Oakland Raiders as the week six opponent for the Chargers. What makes Branden Oliver's week five performance that much more impressive was it came versus the Jets who happen to be the fifth toughest team to run on. Oliver totaled 182 yards and two scores making him a top waiver wire add heading to week six.

Andre Williams- Running Back- New York Giants- With an MCL injury to Rashad Jennings, it looks to be Andre Williams time to shine. He is off to a great start where in week five, he had a total of 83 yards and a touchdown. All indications are Williams will get every opportunity to show what he can do and should even get goal line touches as well. There is a possibility of Peyton Hillis stealing some touches from the Boston College rookie but this looks like Williams' job to lose until Jennings returns.

Odell Beckham Jr- Wide Receiver- New York Giants- Finally over his hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first four weeks of the season, Odell Beckham Jr wasted no time in showing what he can do with four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown on five targets. Beckham Jr played half the snaps for the Giants offense in his debut and figures to receive more going forward barring any setbacks with his hamstring.

Sleepers

Storm Johnson- Running Back- Jacksonville Jaguars- After five weeks of pedestrian numbers out of Toby Gerhart, the Jaguars may look to rookie Storm Johnson for week six. Johnson played just eight snaps in week five which ranked fourth among Jaguars running backs but looks to be in line for a heavier workload in week six. Of the eight snaps Johnson saw, he carried the ball four times for 27 yards. After an 0-4 start to the season, it may be time for the Jaguars to see what Storm Johnson can do moving forward.

Antone Smith- Running Back- Atlanta Falcons- When your line after five weeks shows you have four touchdowns and are averaging over 16 yards per carry on 17 touches, fantasy owners have to wonder why Antone Smith isn't getting more touches. Smith has clearly been the better back in Atlanta thus far and could be a potential sleeper candidate if he gets more touches going forward. He is capable of breaking off big plays as he's showed this season and is worth a stash in case the Falcons wise up and showcase him more.

Travis Benjamin- Wide Receiver- Cleveland Browns- While Travis Benjamin may have been on some fantasy owners radars, he definitely made a name for himself in week five when he caught two touchdowns. This may be another second year receiver ready to break out or it could have been just a game but either way Travis Benjamin should be a player fantasy owners keep an eye on.

Ronnie Hillman- Running Back- Denver Broncos- With the groin injury expected to keep Montee Ball out multiple weeks, Ronnie Hillman could be the next man up in Denver. There are a couple of other possibilities for the Broncos to use as Ball's replacement but Hillman is definitely in the mix. He did rush for 64 yards on 15 carries versus the Cardinals in week five leaving him in the mix for touches.

Juwan Thompson- Running Back- Denver Broncos- The rookie out of Duke was the most impressive running back in week five for Denver when Montee Ball went down with an injury when he rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown on three carries. As is the case with Ronnie Hillman, Thompson should be in the mix for touches in the absence of Montee Ball. He will probably end up splitting time with both Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson.

Jeepers

Kenny Britt- Wide Receiver- St. Louis Rams- Before this article goes any further, let's all pump the brakes on Kenny Britt. His week five stat line would suggest there is still life left in Kenny Britt but fantasy owners should not buy into the hype of one week. His three catches for 68 yards and a score may have some fantasy owners thinking about picking him up but there isn't a good enough reason to use a roster spot on a player that has his better days behind him. Granted Britt does have two double digit fantasy points games this season but unless fantasy owners are desperate for receiver help, Britt will look better on the waiver wire than fantasy rosters.

Tim Wright- Tight End- New England Patriots- As of this moment, Wright isn't worth owning simply because his playing time isn't there. That could all change in a week but for now, Wright's season high in snaps remains at 21 and that came back in week one. With Gronk looking healthier each week, it may be difficult for Wright to get the playing time he needs to be fantasy relevant. The days of two tight end sets in New England may be a thing of the past.

Jermaine Kearse- Wide Receiver- Seattle Seahawks- Even though Kearse had a touchdown on Monday night and sees eighty percent of snaps on a weekly basis, he's not getting enough targets to warrant taking up a roster spot on fantasy teams. He saw two targets in week five and caught his lone target for a 15 yard touchdown.

C.J. Anderson- Running Back- Denver Broncos- The Broncos backfield is about to become a lot more crowded now that Montee Ball is expected to miss significant time with his groin injury. Fantasy owners should expect less touches from Anderson who was a healthy scratch in week five and has done nothing the last two weeks. It seems like a majority of the running back duties will fall on Ronnie Hillman and rookie Juwan Thompson until Ball is healthy enough to return.
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fine or Pine, Week 5

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

With one game in the books for week five, most fantasy owners are now faced with big decisions on which players to start and which players to bench. This week will give fantasy owners more options since only two teams are on byes as opposed to the six last week. You have questions regarding your week five lineup and we've got the answers. It's week five. Let's do this.

Quarterback

Fine- Philip Rivers- San Diego Chargers- The Chargers signal caller has been playing like an MVP candidate through the first four weeks of the season and fantasy owners can expect more of the same heading into his week five matchup versus the fourth worst passing defense in fantasy football. The Jets are allowing almost 22 fantasy points per game to the opposing quarterback and Philip Rivers is averaging over 24 fantasy points per game himself. He's thrown for nine touchdowns and only one interception.

Pine- Jake Locker- Tennessee Titans- So Jake Locker returns from an injury that sidelined him in week four. Much like Locker sat on the bench for the Titans last week, he should sit on the bench for fantasy owners this week. Not only is his matchup not great, he's not great either. The Cleveland defense has been stingy versus opposing quarterbacks allowing under 16 fantasy points per game to them and Locker's three touchdowns to four interceptions will allow the Browns defense to be a top fantasy defense in week five. Locker himself is averaging a pedestrian 17.9 fantasy points per game. This could be a week for Bishop Sankey to make some headway in fantasy football.

Running Back

Fine- Rashad Jennings- New York Giants- Rashad Jennings has looked like the lead back the GMen envisioned when they signed him in the offseason. He's rushed for 341 yards and two scores as well as added nine catches for 92 yards. Jennings is averaging almost 14 fantasy points per game and is gold in PPR formats. He gets the Atlanta defense this week which is allowing over 32 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Jennings needs to be started with such a great matchup in his favor.

Pine- Montee Ball- Denver Broncos- It's safe to say that Montee Ball has been a disappointment up until this point for fantasy owners that drafted him. He's averaging under 10 fantasy points per game and the week five matchup is not in his favor taking on an Arizona Cardinals defense that is allowing just over 11 fantasy points per game to opposing backs.

Wide Receiver


Fine- Keenan Allen - San Diego Chargers- With a New York Jets defense that is allowing almost 28 fantasy points per game to the other teams receivers, Allen has caught 22 of his 28 targets this season and is coming off of a week four performance that saw him finish as the 11th best receiver as he scored 13.5 fantasy points. Did I mention he faces the fourth worst passing defense in fantasy football this week?

Pine- DeSean Jackson- Washington Redskins- With a Monday night matchup versus the Seattle Seahawks on tap, D-Jax doesn't appear to have the best of matchups this week. The Seahawks defense has allowed 505 yards to wide receivers in three weeks (168.3 per week) and just under 19 fantasy points per game to the receiver position.

Tight End

Fine- Heath Miller- Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers tight end had himself quite a game in week four and fantasy owners can expect another big game from him again in week five when he faces a defense that all but forgets to cover the opposing tight end. The Jaguars are allowing the third most fantasy points to the tight end position at 13.5 fantasy points per game. Miller has hauled in 21 of his 27 targets this season for almost 200 yards and a score. Miler himself is averaging 6.4 fantasy points per game.

Pine- Jason Witten- Dallas Cowboys- Witten himself has been pedestrian at best so far with Romo seemingly only having eyes for Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and DeMarco Murray. With that said, the Cowboys opponent this week is the Houston Texans who happen to be allowing the third least amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends. The matchup doesn't play in Witten's favor. On the season, Witten has 15 catches for 156 yards while averaging under four fantasy points per game.

Defense

Fine- Seattle Seahawks- The Seahawks defense is scoring over 11 fantasy points per game while Kirk Cousins was ranked 22nd among fantasy quarterbacks for week four. While week five is a new week and the Seahawks are a different team on the road, the matchup says to start the Seahawks defense this week and sleep soundly Monday night.

Pine- Jacksonville Jaguars- There's a good chance no fantasy owner will be starting the Jaguars defense this week or any week for that matter but on the off chance there is a fantasy owner somewhere that is thinking about it, don't. The Jaguars defense is scoring under four fantasy points per game as a unit and Big Ben is the ninth highest scoring quarterback in fantasy football through the first four weeks of the season with 19.3 fantasy points per game.