For the past two weeks the Fantasy Foresight series has covered the keeper prospects of some top-flight running backs and quarterbacks.
This week that trend will extend to wide receivers (with some tight end names thrown in for good measure).
Julio Jones and Roddy White
Jones and White are both elite pass-catchers in many ways, but the issue in determining whether either is worth a valuable keeper slot boils down to if either can be trusted to generate significant point totals on a week-to-week basis.
To help figure this out, let’s start by looking at their weekly point totals and gauge whether or not those marks are at the level of a quality start (defined as 7 points) or in the range of a double-digit start. Continue reading
Week 14 Cheat Sheet
Each week, the cheat sheet combs through the choicest Insider fantasy advice to provide owners with last-minute roster tips for the weekend. Here is this week’s edition:
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: The biggest news on the NFL injury front this week is that Roethlisberger has been announced as the Steelers’ starter for Sunday’s game against San Diego. So how should his fantasy owners proceed? Well, as Eric Karabell writes in the ranks reaction column, he’s not a superb option, as he may still be limited — Karabell, in fact, has him 18th overall among QBs for Week 14. San Diego is middle of the pack against opposing QBs (an average of 15.8 points against per week using ESPN standard scoring), though the Chargers did relent 20 to Peyton Manning in Week 11 and 18 to Joe Flacco in Week 12. Continue reading
Half the teams in the NFC North are likely to be playoff-bound (Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears), while the other two have certainly supplied fantasy owners with valuable assets (Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions). However, as we hit the fantasy playoffs, there remain several potential options from this division who would fit into the sneaky pickups category, which we’re all about in this Friday blog entry. Let’s delve a bit, shall we?
Trade deadlines vary from league to league, but I’m guessing enough readers still have theirs yet to pass that it’s worth taking one final look schedule strengths for key players. Because trades at this point are likely geared toward exploiting favorable matchups during the fantasy playoffs, the table below is for Weeks 14 to 16. And of course, even if your moves are limited to free agency and the waiver wire, the information should still be useful for playoff matchups of the super sneaky variety.
Fantasy Sunday’s weekly player advice, analysis and projections. Who plays, who sits? Preparing for Week 6, trying to figure out which of your players are worth rolling the dice with to start on your fantasy team and which ones would be a better bet to be sitting firmly on your bench. Besides your “Must Starts” the guys you drafted with your first few picks. Lets take a look at a few other options with a lot of upside, and downside this week.
We are officially through the looking glass. Your team has experienced nine weeks of fantasy football. Your win/loss record might not reflect the actual talent on your team, but that’s what sets fantasy football apart. You can’t just be good, you have to be lucky.
There are obvious exceptions, such as total points leagues. But in most head-to-head fantasy football leagues, your team fits neatly into three categories at this point:
- (Basically) Locked into a playoff berth.
- Fight for a chance to make the playoffs.
- (Basically) Eliminated from playoff contention.
I spent a ton of time contemplating my fantasy football draft strategy this season. Last year I did quite well, but I think that was at least partially due to the lockout. This year, owners were doing their homework early.
So here comes my moment of honesty. At least as far as my two “most important” teams are concerned, the best draft pick I made was the Chicago Bears defense. Seriously. They have single-handedly won at least two games for me. Not to mention offering me a huge advantage at the D/ST position over almost every other owner.
But we (me and everybody else) tell you during draft season that D/STs and Kickers don’t matter. Here is the dirty little secret: D/STs and Kickers DO matter. In fact, they decide fantasy football match-ups every week.
Think about it. How many kickers scored more points than Marshawn Lynch or Jamaal Charles did last week? At least five, and that depends on your scoring system. Should you run out and trade a RB for a Kicker who did well last week? Of course not. But that doesn’t mean that you should just plug in a Kicker or D/ST and forget about them until they have a bye week.
Fantasy football is a weekly game. But we draft it as a full-season game. That’s fine in baseball and even basketball. We all love football because there are so few match-ups and anything can happen in any given week. If you are not trying to maximize the points you get from your Kicker and D/ST, you’re doing it wrong. Continue reading
NFL Bye Week 8 – Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston
Heading into week 8 of the NFL season, it’s time for fantasy owners to focus on the depth of their squads, to add useful options while regular starters are out. Week 8, we have the Ravens, Bills, Bengals and the Texans all out, which means many of you are likely looking to fill a few key positions. Last week with 6 teams on a bye you would expect week 8 to be slim. Last week was full of injuries giving fantasy owners plenty to think about.
Rashad Jennings, RB Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew has already been ruled out for Week 8 with a foot injury. Rashad Jennings stepped quite nicely for MJD with 21 rushes for 44 yards and a touchdown, while adding 7 catches for 58 yards. The matchup this week against the Green Bay Packers isn’t great, but the running back should see a heavy workload and fill in nicely as an RB2.
Chris Givens, WR St. Louis Rams
Chris Givens is the better option than receiver Brandon Gibson. Even though Gibson has been targeted once more per game on average since the injury to Danny Amendola, he has yet to find the end zone while Chris Givens has done so twice in the last three weeks.