Another week of football is upon us, and another top tier player has gone down with an injury. Arian Foster has a torn ACL and is out for the season. With the season almost half over, many of the best players are unavailable in most leagues. However, there are always some values available on the waiver wire. Here are some of the guys on my radar.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. In many leagues, Ryan Fitzpatrick is keeping pace with Andrew Luck on a weekly basis. Think about that for a second. Luck was potentially drafted in the first round in your league, and depending on the size of your league, you can get similar numbers from a guy that might be available as a free agent. If Fitzpatrick is available, he's definitely a nice start this week against the Raiders.
Bryan Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans. I mentioned Hoyer last week, and I'll mention him again. He's not the flashiest option, and struggled for a portion of the game against Miami, but he also has been putting up solid numbers in the games he's starting. I'd take Fitzpatrick over Hoyer this week, but Hoyer's still a decent spot start as well.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears. Cutler hasn't had a great year, but he's returning from a bye week and may be available in your league. He's not going to win you a matchup on his own, but he'll put up enough stats to at least keep you in contention. If you're starting to get desparate, give Cutler a look.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys. I don't think McFadden is a long-term answer for your fantasy team. However, I do think he could be a nice answer this week. While the Giants do have a tendency to give up lots of yards to running backs, it's hard to deny that McFadden looked in week 7 against them. Christine Michael could take over in the Cowboys backfield, but with a week like McFadden had last week, it's possible that McFadden just claimed the starting spot.
Alfred Blue/Texans RBs, RB, Houston Texans. Arian Foster's replacement in Houston should put up serviceable numbers moving forward, although this backfield looks like it will likely be a time-share. Blue seems to be the favorite to take carries in Houston, but the entier backfield is at least worth a look.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants. Darkwa got some carries last week thanks to injury. He performed well, and should see continued looks in the future. He's worth a gamble.
Brandon Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers. Melvin Gordon is coming off of an injury, and has struggled at times this season. Will Oliver see an increase in carries? He's running on borrowed time right now since Gordon is a talented back, but Oliver could see some carries this week.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs. West was added heavily after Charles went down with an injury. Then he was dropped just as heavily due to a slow start. However, West arrived in week 7, and appears to be a legitimate option at RB. Grab him if you eed some depth and a potential starter.
Chris Conley, WR, Kansas City Chiefs. Conley had a great game in week 7, and may finally be coming into his own in the NFL. Granted, Maclin might return in week 8, but Conley is still worth an add, especially if you need help at WR. Most rookies take a little bit of time to develop in the NFL. If Conley is finally hitting his stride, he could help your team out down the stretch.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings. If he's not owned in your league yet, why not? Go get him. Period.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks. Like Conley, Lockett showed signs of life in week 7. The Seahawks are not a passing team, but Lockett looks like the best WR on Seattle's roster, and could be a nice flex or WR3 option at worst. The potential is there for him to outproduce Doug Baldwin.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals. Floyd has seen an increase in production over the past few weeks. That makes sense, as he has had more time to recover from a devastating finger injury in the preseason. He's played essentially all season, but he's finally putting up the numbers we've come to expect from him. He shouldn't be your #1 WR, but he's a nice complemetary piece.
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets. Want to take a moment and say "who?!" Here's that moment. Cumberland is forgotten in most fantasy leagues, and hasn't gotten much press this year. However, remember that the Jets face the Raiders this week, a unit that is prone to giving up big games to tight ends. If you're looking for a gamble that could pay off nicely, Cumberland fits that bill.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins. Reed has looked great with with the Redskins when not injured; in five games, he has seen 49 targets. That's more than Jimmy Graham has seen all season. the Redskins are on bye this week, so Reed could definitely be available on waivers. If you have room, grab him now. This is a move that could help win you the season, not just a matchup.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. Ebron is still unowned in lots of leagues, but he has actually put up some pretty decent production at times. He's worth a look in all leagues.
Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints. Before the season began, the Saints stated that Watson would be the #1 TE in New Orleans. Watson started out slowly this season, but is finally starting to produce. He had a great week in week 6, and a decent (but not great) week in week 7. He's not a guy that's going to wow you often, but as a spot start, you could do worse.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. The Vikings defense is coming off of a 7 sack performance in week 7. The Bears are giving up lots of points to D/ST units. This defense is a great spot start in week 8 and a potential season-long start if you're desparate at D/ST and don't like to stream unit. Highly recommended in week 8!
Detroit Lions D/ST. The Lions face the Chiefs this week. Kansas City is struggling hard with injuries and is a useful opponent for streaming defenses. While Detroit doesn't have the best defensive unit in the league, they should still put up decent numbers against Kansas City. They're worth a look this week depending on who else is available.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. This is a gamble play, but the Titans are looking surprsingly strong against the pass, and are facing a Houston Texans offense that just lost Arian Foster for the year. That will put more pressure on Brian Hoyer, who has issues with interceptions at times. This unit could be a great gamble this week.
Hope this helps, and good luck this week!!
Injuries and bye weeks continue heading into week 7 of the regular season. Many top fantasy performers will miss this week thanks to being on bye (or being dinged up). That leaves fantasy owners seeking options. Let me suggest a few.
Matt Cassell, QB, Dallas Cowboys. Cassell isn't an every week starter, but he has an enticing matchup facing the Giants. In their first matchup this year, Romo threw a ton of passes (45 to be exact). The Cowboys are coming off of a bye, and the Giants are on a short week. This could be a big week for Cassell.
Landry Jones, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers. I was one of the rare believers in Jones when he came out of college. He's languished as a third string backup for most of his career, but if Ben Roethlisberger doesn't play this week, Jones is dart throw but an option nonetheless. The upside is there, but so is the risk of starting an unproven starter. If you do grab him, be prepared for a huge game, a terrible game, or something in the middle. It's tough to tell how he'll play.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans. I'm not a huge Hoyer fan, but if nothing else, he's at least putting up consistently average numbers. If you want a guy that's not going to have a huge game but also won't have a terrible one either most likely, Hoyer is your guy. He's not going to win you a matchup, but he won't lose you one either. There are worse options than Hoyer.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins. Thompson is starting to break out in Washington. He's not an elite player, but at the same time, he has the potential to deliver Giovani Bernard-type upside in the Washington offense. If you're grasping for straws at running back, he's definitely worth a long hard look.
Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions. The Lions have a plethora of injuries at running back, and that forces Riddick to be relevant. He's going to be most helpful in PPR leagues (where he will provide solid numbers), but he's worth a gamble in traditional scoring leagues as well. If you're hurting for RB help, why not?
Christine Michael, RB, Dallas Cowboys. Christine Michael finally gets a chance to be a starter, and he'll be running behind a dominant Cowboys offensive line. He could be the steal of the year if the stars align, or he could be another clunker like Randle and McFadden. One thing's for sure. As the starting running back in Dallas, he's worth a long hard look if you need help at the position.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings. If Diggs is available on your waiver wire, go get him. NOW. I'll wait. Got him? Good. Now here's the trick. Diggs is having a breakout year and is outperforming high profile players such as Mike Wallace and Cordarrelle Patterson right now. His upside is huge as a rookie, and he's a great fill-in option if he's available, with the upside to win matchups on a weekly basis.
Brandon Lafell, WR, New England Patriots. Lafell is expected to return this week from injury against the Jets. While he may be on a pitch count early on, he has the upside to develop into a quality flex play. I wouldn't expect a huge week from him this week, but if you need WR help in a more long-term sense, he's worth a long look.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints. If you didn't listen to me and Snead is still a free agent in your league, go get him. He's quickly developing into the top receiving option in the Saints offense, and will put up solid points down the stretch. If you need help, he's a great plug and play option.
Chris Hogan, WR, Buffalo Bills. The Bills wide receivers are reeling with injuries, which leaves Hogan as a potential #1 or #2 WR in this option. With Tyrod Taylor looking likely to miss this week as well, EJ Manuel will start in his place. Manuel throws more often than Taylor, and Hogan could be a huge beneficiary. Hogan is a huge gamble, but one that could pay off.
Bryan Walters, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars. Walters is a bit of a stretch, but he's been great in PPR formats the past couple of weeks, and Allen Robinson might be hurt, which would lead to more looks for Walters. He's a gamble, much like Hogan, but he could also pay off hugely.
Benjamin Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints. Watson is a big gamble at tight end, but there just aren't great waivers options at the position. He's coming off of one of the biggest games of his career, and Brees has said all along that Watson was their #1. Maybe he's finally establishing a connection with Brees.
LaDarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers. If Gates is available in your league, grab him (and then proceed to slap your leaguemates for their stupidity). If not, Green might be, and he's a good option this week. Why? Keenan Allen is dinged up and the Oakland Raiders love giving up huge games to tight ends. He's a pretty reasonable gamble this week if needed.
Dion Sims, TE, Miami Dolphins. Want to take a huge gamble this week at tight end? Sims is your man. He's not the top TE in Miami, but he could outperform the struggling Jordan Cameron. He's a risk, but the upside is there if you're feeling lucky. Be advised that he could also be a non-factor.
Washington Redskins D/ST. The Redskins are facing the anemic Buccaneers offense. Tampa Bay has been streaky at best, and Washington's defense has been better than expected. This is a unit that could be a sneaky good start this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. This week the Steelers face the broken Chiefs offense. That should be enough to warrant interest in them as your starting D/ST unit. They're not a flashy unit, but they have a matchup that should be enticing.
Hope this helps, and good luck this week!
QB- Blake Bortles....Gets better with every week and Houston is struggling on "D" right now
RB- Melvin Gordon....Should have a good week against the Packers Run Defense
RB- Rashad Jennings....Eagles are struggling at every position, including Run "D"
WR- Allen Robinson....Another big game from a good young wide out
WR- Kamar Aiken....49ers Defense is bad in every way
TE- Rob Gronkowski....Colts defense is not playing up to expectations, but it is "The Gronk"
D/ST- Titans should have a great defensive week against the struggling Dolphins
K- Blair Walsh (Vikings)
Another week, another high profile injury. This week, Jamaal Charles is over after an ACL tear. While this injury was not the result of a collision with a mascot, it is still devastating both for him and the Chiefs this season, and also for fantasy owners who drafted him. Add bye weeks to the equation, and week 6 is a big week to hit the waiver wire. Who am I targeting? Here are some names that look intriguing.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NY Jets. While Fitzpatrick isn't a season-long answer for your fantasy team, he might be a capable bye-week fill in this week. He's been consistently average; while he has yet to turn in a dominant game (and probably will not), he also won't hurt your team too much if you absolutely need to use him. If you just need a guy to get you through one week, Fitzpatrick is worth a look.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins. Who led the Redskins in carries last week? Not Alfred Morris! Not Matt Jones! Chris Thompson led the Redskins in carries last week. His fantasy value is uncertain at this point, but he's a guy you probably want to grab and stash just in case this trend continues; I just snagged him in one of my leagues and am stashing him on my bench for now. Given the wide array of running back injuries this season, at worst he might make for a nice piece of trade bait.
Charcandrick West / Knile Davis, RBs, KC Chiefs. With Jamaal Charles done for the season, expect these guys to step up and see some carries. Knile Davis is the bigger name and will have some value, but West is a sleeper of sorts in this time-share. He's a relative unknown compared to Davis but he has seemingly overtaken Davis as the backup to Charles. Shoot for West, but don't overlook Davis either.
Josh Huff, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. Huff is a guy that's mostly a speculative grab, but who could pay some nice dividends as well. He's had a few decent games, and if you're looking for a guy you can grab and trade after a big week or two, Huff might be a nice option. Algohor might miss some time, so that will give Huff some extra looks for Philly.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints. Snead is the clear #2 option in the Saints offense, and the Falcons have given up 100 yard games to multiple receivers this year. Snead is worth starting this week if you need a flier, and might be worth holding onto as well. If you need a spot start, Snead might be a good option.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears. Brandon Marshall is gone. Kevin White is injured. Alshonn Jeffery is also injured. Who's left standing? Wilson! Marquess Wilson is one of those players who is fantasy-relevant by default. He's not going to win you this season, but he could definitely win you your matchup this week.
Larry Donnell, TE, NY Giants. With Daniel Fells out with MRSA-related issues, Donnell is the clear #1 TE in this offense. He's not an every week starter, but after a rough start to the season, this is as good a time as any to make a move for him. He's even potentially a free agent in your league now thanks to his slow start, so why not give him a shot?
Denver Broncos D/ST. The Broncos defense probably isn't available in your league, but if it is, grab it. They face the Browns this week and should be in for a big week against Cleveland offense that is improving but still lacks an identity. If you're up against a rock this week, you can't ask for a better gamble.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST. The Bengals defense has been on point all season, and may be facing a Bills offense without Tyrod Taylor. EJ Manuel still has talent, and Cincinnati has a history of struggling against backup quarterbacks, but this could be a good game for the Bengals defense. Plan accordingly.
Minnesota Vikings D/ST. Without Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs have no offense. They face the Vikings this week, who actually have a pretty good defense. I expect Alex Smith to struggle now that he's missing his main offensive weapon, and I expect Minnesota to take full advantage of those struggles. If you're streaming defenses, you want the Vikings this week.
Hope this helps!
Got a case of the bye week blues? That's ok. There are still plenty of options available to plug into your lineups this week. A few guys I'm going to list here are more speculative gambles than anything, but they are worth grabbing. Running backs are a bit thin this week (look back at guys who are injury replacements like Rawls and monitor starter injury status this week if all else fails), but there are some good options at other positions.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville. If your quarterback is injured or out due to a bye week this week, Bortles is a nice streaming option that you can snag and toss into your lineup. I'm assuming that your league is intelligent (and therefore that guys like Andy Dalton and Tyrod Taylor are off the market), but Bortles may be the best potentially available QB to grab this week against the Bucs.
Alex Smith, QB, KC. Alex Smith isn't the quarterback to win you a fantasy championship. However, he can help you win some weeks depending on his matchup. This week, he faces an exceedingly weak Chicago Bears defense. Toss him in and enjoy the ride.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago. This is the only time you will probably ever hear me suggest Cutler as your starting fantasy quarterback. What team is allowing the most fantasy points per opponent QB this season? The Kansas City Chiefs. If you need to throw a dart this week, Cutler might be a winning target.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver. Hillman is now listed as a co-starter with CJ Anderson in Denver. While Anderson started the year as favorite to lead the team in carries, Hillman now emerges as a viable option out of the Denver backfield. He's probably owned in most leagues, but if he's not owned in yours, give him a look.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota. Diggs had a nice week last week for the Vikings. He's young and fairly raw, but if he continues to progress, he could see a few big plays this week and moving forward. He's a better option if you can grab and bench him as potential trade bait if he continues to improve, but if you absolutely need to gamble and are grasping at straws, Diggs is an option for your lineup.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington. Over the past two weeks, Jamison Crowder has caught 13 passes. This week, the Redskins face the Falcons, who give up lots of passing yardage. Crowder is a nice option especially if you are in a deeper PPR league and need to roll the dice a bit to cover byes.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina. Ginn is essentially the de-facto #1 WR in the Carolina offense thanks to injuries, and has quietly put together a relatively solid fantasy season. He's not a guy that's going to give you WR1 numbers on a weekly basis, but he will give you decent production most weeks. I started him last week and he helped me win a matchup. He's worth a shot for next week; bye week this week.
Jaelen Strong, WR, Houston. I know Strong hasn't done much at this point in his NFL career, but the Colts have allowed strong games to WRs not facing Vontae Davis so far this season. With Nate Washington injured, Strong could have a sizeable impact for the Texans this week. It's a complete gamble, but it could potentially pay off.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco. The Raiders are allowing a ton of points to tight ends this year. Know who else is? The New York Giants. Davis should be in line for a pretty big game against New York this week, and is likely a guy that you can snag this week and then cut, especially in smaller leagues, to cover injuries.
Owen Daniels, TE, Denver. This is my weekly "start a TE against Oakland and win a prize" suggestion. Daniels should have a solid game, and given the fact that he's scored touchdowns the past couple of weeks as well, someone in your league might take him in trade following a big game against Oakland if it materializes. Daniels is a guy that may be owned in your league, but grab him if he's not.
New York Giants DST. I'm always happy starting a defensive unit against the 49ers, and the Giants have actually developed into a pretty decent defensive unit over the past couple of weeks. If you need a bye week starter or are streaming defenses, look no further than New York for a solid option.
Hope this helps, and good luck this week!!
Best Of all Time List:
So Mike and I have always talked about who are the best at each position all time. So we finally decided to collaborate and get a list together. This is who we believe are best of all time at each position. Some people were tough not to put on due to limited selections though. As far as returners go we went with guys who weren’t already selected as our rule, that’s why you won’t see Sanders on that list. Here you go enjoy, post comments and your picks you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post your picks if they seem good as fans picks.
Matt Koontz: Mike Bertasso:
QB: 1. Bart Starr QB: 1. Joe Montana
2. Tom Brady 2. Tom Brady
3. Johnny Unitas 3. Sonny Jurgenson
RB: 1. Ladainian Tomlinson RB: 1. Barry Sanders
2. Barry Sanders 2. Walter Payton
3. Walter Payton 3. Ladainian Tomlinson
FB: 1. Jim Brown FB: 1. Jim Brown
2. Mike Alstott 2. Bronko Nagurski
3. Lorenzo Neal 3. Lorenzo Neal
OT: 1. Anthony Munoz OT: 1. Anthony Munoz
2. Joe Thomas 2. Forrest Gregg
3. Johnathan Ogden 3. Johnathan Ogden
4. Orlando Pace 4. Roosevelt Brown
5. Bruce Matthews 5. Bruce Matthews
6. Forrest Gregg 6. Ron Mix
OG: 1. Jerry Kramer OG: 1. John Hannah
2. John Hannah 2. Jerry Kramer
3. Gene Upshaw 3. Gene Upshaw
4. Larry Allen 4. Mike Munchak
5. Tom Mack 5. Randall McDaniel
6. Mike Munchak 6. Russ Grimm
C: 1. Jim Ringo C: 1. Mike Webster
2. Mike Webster 2. Jim Otto
3. Jim Otto 3. Jim Ringo
TE: 1. Tony Gonzalez TE: 1. Tony Gonzalez
2. John Mackey 2. Mike Ditka
3. Shannon Sharpe 3. John Mackey
WR: 1. Jerry Rice WR: 1. Jerry Rice
2. Terrell Owens 2. Randy Moss
3. Randy Moss 3. Chris Carter
4. Marvin Harrison 4. Tim Brown
5. Issac Bruce 5. Lance Alworth
6. Michael Irvin 6. Steve Largent
DE: 1. Reggie White DE: 1. Reggie White
2. Deacon Jones 2. Deacon Jones
3. Bruce Smith 3. Bruce Smith
4. Howie Long 4. Howie Long
5. Jared Allen 5. Gino Marchetti
6. Julius Peppers 6. Jack Youngblood
DT: 1. Joe Greene DT: 1. Richard Dent
2. Alan Page 2. Joe Greene
3. Warren Sapp 3. Warren Sapp
LB’s: 1. Ray Lewis LB’s: 1. Lawrence Taylor
2. Ray Nitschke 2. Mike Singletary
3. Mike Singletary 3. Dick Butkus
4. Dick Butkus 4. Ray Lewis
5. Lawrence Taylor 5. Chuck Bednarik
6. Jack Lambert 6. Ray Nitschke
7. Junior Seau 7. Jack Lambert
8. Brian Urlacher 8. Brian Urlacher
CB’s: 1. Deion Sanders CB’s 1. Deion Sanders
2. Charles Woodson 2. Willie Brown
3. Willie Brown 3. Dick Lane
4. Rod Woodson 4. Rod Woodson
5. Dick Lane 5. Charles Woodson
6. Ty Law 6. Lem Barney
Safties: 1. Ronnie Lott Safties: 1. Ronnie Lott
2. Ken Houston 2. Willie Wood
3. Ed Reed 3. Ken Houston
4. Troy Polamalu 4. Steve Atwater
5. Sean Taylor 5. Troy Polamalu
6. Nick Collins 6. Paul Krause
K’s: 1. Jan Stenerud K’s: 1. Jan Stenerud
2. Sebastian Janikowski 2. Adam Vinatieri
3. Matt Stover 3. Morten Anderson
P’s: 1. Shane Lechler P’s: 1. Ray Guy
2. Ray Guy 2. Shane Lechler
3. Sammy Baugh 3. Lenny Dawson
KR/PR: 1. Devin Hester KR/PR: 1.Ollie Matson
2. Leon Washington 2. Gayle Sayers
3. Josh Cribbs 3. Devin Hester
4. Gayle Sayers 4. Leon Washington
Coach: 1. Vince Lomardi Coach: 1. Bill Belichick
2. Curly Lambeau 2. Chuck Noll
3. Bill Belichick 3. Bill Walsh
Matt Koontz and Mike Bertasso.
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