8 Waiver Claims for Fantasy Football – Week Ten

After reaching for the bottom of the barrel a couple of weeks ago, I must admit that at this point of the season, we’re still scraping the scrum. Here are the best options available for this week in fantasy football.

Quarterbacks

Cody Kessler (CLE) – Coach Hue Jackson has thrown in the towel on the 2016 season, so now we get to have a look at Kessler for the rest of the year. And actually, he hasn’t been terrible. In five full games, he has 5 TDs and only 1 INT. He could be a nice fill-in for the remaining byes.

Running Backs

Dion Lewis (NE) – Rumor has it that Lewis is ready to go following the week 9 bye. He is an upgrade over the current pass catchers in the Patriots backfield, so that means he’ll get plenty of fantasy production when he’s on the field.

Rob Kelley (WAS) – On Monday, coach Jay Gruden said that Kelley is his new starting RB. A tough bruising player in a talented offense who will get plenty of goal line opportunities? Sounds good to me.

Wide Receivers

Corderelle Patterson (MIN) – The talented Vikings’ receiver seems to be making headway in his long career of underperformance. Perhaps, it was due to OC Norv Turner‘s retirement. Now it looks like the new regime is making a conscious effort to get Patterson more involved. The Vikings have lost three straight, so they desperately need a spark right now.

Eli Rogers (PIT) – The epitome of a slot receiver, Rogers excels ten/twenty yards downfield. Some of the catches he was making between the hashes against the Ravens this weekend were fun to watch. This offense is one of the best in the league, so grabbing a guy who is going to be an integral part is not such a bad idea.

Rishard Mathews (TEN) – We were optimistic about Mathews being the best receiver on this offense when he signed during the offseason but it’s just been slow going for both him and the team. Well, on Sunday he was definitely the best guy out there, scoring two TDs. Marcus Mariota likes to spread the ball around but a guy who has yet to drop a pass this season will always have the his QB’s confidence.

Tight Ends

CJ Fiedorowicz (HOU) – The Texans TE has made some big strides since getting involved in the fourth game of the season. Another guy that is getting praised by the coach and demanding more attention, Fiedorowicz is a nice replacement for some of those TEs that are starting to frustrate us. Grab him now over guys like Julius Thomas, Kyle Rudolph and Gary Barnidge.

Team Defense

Baltimore Ravens – The streaming option for week ten is the Ravens, as they go up against the Cleveland Browns. I know that it’s probably unethical to promote the QB for one team at the top of the page, while saying that the opposing defense is a nice play for the week at the bottom of the page. What can I say? Fantasy football is a cunundrum.

Injury Report for Fantasy Football – Week Nine

Let’s run through the injuries for week nine. A lot of good players have made their way back onto the football field, so we need to get them in our lineups.

Quarterbacks

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – Big Ben is on track to play this week in fantasy football, listed as questionable. It’s a big game against the Ravens, who he usually struggles with. He also won’t be 100%, so temper expectations.

Cody Kessler (CLE) – Kessler is back in the saddle against the  Cowboys. The Browns are going to see what they have in the rookie, as they’re season isn’t progressing enough to stick with a veteran like Josh McCown.

Alex Smith (KC) – He’s didn’t have a concussion last week but Smith is in the league protocol and will not play this week against the Jaguars. The Chiefs are being all weird about this one but at least we already know that the offense will be run by Nick Foles, so we can make our arrangements with the skill players in Kansas City.

Running Backs

LeSean McCoy (BUF) – McCoy practiced in full and is on pace to return to Monday night’s game against the Seahawks. Whether he’s effective in that game is another story.  Regardless, we’re absolutely thrilled to have one of the few consistently productive RBs this year back for fantasy.

Carlos Hyde (SF) – Hyde was limited all week and looks like  GTD against the Saints. He wore a non-contact jersey all week, so he’s definitely not 100%. But the match-up is really good, so if he’s out there, we almost have to start him.

DeMarco Murray (TEN) – There was some concern with Murray after he hurt his toe, which can be a nightmare for RBs. He made it through the week without a hitch and isn’t even on the final report for the Titans. He’s good to go, people!

Spencer Ware (KC) – Also in the concussion protocol for the Chiefs, Ware did not make significant ground to play this weekend. He’s out, which leaves the backfield to Charcandrick West, who should get plenty of work with Foles under center.

Jerrick McKinnon (MIN) – The Vikings RB was limited all week and is questionable going into the game against the Lions, which is a nice match-up. He’s expecting to play but these are the types of injuries that make us get up early to check the inactives.

Jamaal Charles (KC) – Charles was placed on IR this week in fantasy football and may be eligible for the Chiefs come playoff time. That does nothing for us here in fantasy football. So, he can be dropped everywhere.

Wide Receivers

Ty Montgomery (GB) – The third player to come down with sickle cell related issues, Montgomery was a late scratch last week. It looks like he’s put it behind him for this week in fantasy football, as he’s no longer even listed on the injury report. He should see plenty of work in both the backfield and as receiver.

Randall Cobb (GB) – Cobb is a GTD for the afternoon match-up with the Colts. If he’s playing, we need him in our lineups. Hopefully there are options, if he’s inactive.

Robert Woods (BUF) – Even though Woods did not have a setback in last week’s game, he was limited at practice all this week, giving him another questionable tag going into Monday night. He should be fine but the Bills did convince Percy Harvin to come back, so Woods may not see as much action.

Sammy Watkins (BUF) – Just to add onto the Bills receiver sitch.  Watkins should return to practice next week, as he’s shed the walking boot, and he’ll be available in a couple of weeks, if all goes well.

TY Hilton (IND) – There was some serious concern with Hilton after he was in and out of last week’s game, providing little fantasy value. He’s made great strides this week, though, and isn’t even on the injury report. Plug and play, gamers!

Tyrell Williams (SD) – Williams is looking like a safe play after he put in a full practice on Friday, which is better than last week when he played without issue. He’s listed as questionable.

Travis Benjamin (SD) – On the other hand, Benjamin is looking like a true questionable tag and may be a GTD. He’s a risky play against the Titans.

Amari Cooper (OAK) – Cooper came down with a back issue this week but it doesn’t appear to be anything that is going to stop him from playing.

Jeremy Maclin (KC) – Maclin is listed as questionable with a groin issue, which is a problem but it’s even worse because he’ll also be catching passes from Foles.

Corey Coleman (CLE) – The rook is back from his broken hand! Yay! It will be interesting to see how he plays over the second half of the season. He could be a nice boost for the  stretch run.

Steve Smith (BAL) – It looks like Smith will return this week against the Steelers. They have really missed him while he was out. He should step right in and be the go to guy for Joe Flacco. If he’s still available on waivers, go scoop him up right now!

Tight Ends

Jordan Cameron (MIA) – Not that anyone was still relying on this guy but Cameron is headed to IR with the concussion situation. His career is likely over.

Dwayne Allen (IND) – Allen is listed as questionable but it looks like he’s going to play, which puts a damper on the upside play of Jack Doyle, who’s been a nice fill-in for the past few weeks.

Hunter Henry (SD) – Henry isn’t going to play this week. Just when we were getting so excited by the playmaking ability of the rookie TE, he comes down with an array of problems (concussion, ankle). Hopefully he can make it back next week.

Jared Cook (GB) – Cook won’t play again this week but he was able to practice, so he could be ready by week ten. If you’re looking for an athletic TE for the final few games, he could be a nice grab off the wire.

Delanie Walker (TEN) – Walker will be a GTD for the match-up against the Chargers.

Ladarius Green (PIT) – It doesn’t look like Green will play this week but he finally made it back to the practice field. Keep an eye on him for the next couple of weeks to see how he progresses and what kind of role he’s going to have in this offense.

Charles Clay (BUF) – Clay is listed as questionable, per usual, but it feels like it may be more than the typical injury tag that we’ve seen on him all season. Let’s just say that there’s a higher possibility that he misses the Monday night game against the Seahawks. We may want to play someone else this week.

Podcast Ep 53 – Bottom of the Barrel

NEWS & NOTES

  • Jay Ajayi – 200 yards * 2
  • Arian Foster – retired
  • Matthew Stafford – comeback
  • Chargers offense is very good – came back from 10 down in the 4th quarter
    – turns out it might be their defense
    #terrellwilliams off to an impressive start
    #joeybossa is making a big impact after only 2 starts
  • Seahawks – Cards – crazy TIE. Did #DavidJohnson actually score the winning TD in OT?
  • Osweiller is a POS
  • Hoyer broke his arm; Cutler the sack of shit due back this week.
  • Browns – Cody Kessler – out. Now starting Kevin Hogan. (who?) 6 QBs under center so far this season.
  • Snakebit is not a strong enough term. Truly cursed.
  • Cincy went off against CLE.
  • Raiders offense continues to WOW. RAIDER NATION.
    #DerekCarr #AmariCooper #MichaelCrabtree #LataviusMurray #SethRoberts

YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE WHO’S BACK ON TRACK

  • DEZ BRYANT
  • JAY CUTLER
  • DEVONTAE BOOKER
  • CHRIS THOMPSON
  • LATAVIUS MURRAY

BOTTOM OF THE BARREL

  • WR – NOTHING
  • RB – Marqise Lee; Jamison Crowder; Brandon LaFell BOORRRRR RINNNNG
  • TE – JAKE DOYLE – IND
  • DEF – CHARGERS

CAN’T LET GO

  • ALLEN ROBINSON
  • CLEVELAND “INDIANS”

8 Waiver Claims for fantasy Football – Week Eight

With half the season gone, we need to make sure that our teams are set up for the next run. There’s no dropping out at this point. This is not the time to go into retirement. There’s still plenty of football to play and plenty of players to grab that will help us get to the top.

Let’s check out the bets options for this week in fantasy football.

Quarterbacks

Jay Cutler (CHI) –  What can I say? Desperate times call for desperate measures and let’s face it! Wouldn’t you rather take a chance on trying something new? The possibility of making a big splash? Or do you want to continue to ride the likes of Blake Bortles or Joe Flacco or whoever they throw out there in San Francisco? Come on! Take chance.

Running Backs

Devontae Booker (DEN) – Well, after tonight’s game, it’s pretty obvious that the Denver offense will begin and end with a two-headed beast in the backfield.  CJ Anderson and Booker are going to share the load and the responsibility for winning football games in Denver will rest right upon those two sets of shoulders. They will both be fantasy relevant, so go grab this playmaker for the second half.

Chris Thompson (WAS) – It’s easy to make fun of the situation in Washington. Matt Jones was benched early due to two fumbles (doesn’t this happen every other week with this guy?). Then Rob Kelley catches a TD pass (What?). But through it all, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the most trustworthy guy on this team is Thompson.

Wide Receivers

Marqise Lee (JAC) – For five weeks straight he’s been getting 7 targets per game and this past week, he crossed the 100 yard mark for the first time in his career. Yes, he’s tied to one of the worst QBs in the league but anyone who gets that type of volume on a consistent basis is good for fantasy.

Jamison Crowder (WAS) – How in the hell is Crowder still less than 50% owned in fantasy? Come on, people! It really isn’t that hard!

Brandon LaFell (CIN) – Over the last four games, LaFell has averaged almost 14 points per game, while also getting over seven targets per game. The Bengals offense finally looked competent again (of course, they were playing the Browns, to be fair), so hopefully that projects more promise for the future.

Tight Ends

Jack Doyle (IND) – Doyle is a TD machine! Sitting at 6’6″, he’s an incredible target near the goal line and that proved out once again this week in fantasy football. Dwayne Allen is out indefinitely with an ankle injury, so we could see more of the same from Doyle going forward.

Team Defense

San Diego Chargers – Ever since Joey Bosa made it onto the football field, the Chargers D is relevant again. It doesn’t just come down to one player, of course, but this team is coming into their own with all these young guys stepping up. They get the Broncos this week, who aren’t the doing much these days on offense, and the last time they played each other, the Chargers gave us some nice fantasy numbers for the week.

Injury Report for Fantasy Football – Week Seven

Here’s a rundown of the injuries going into the games tomorrow.

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer (ARI) – Palmer is dealing with a slight twing of the hamstring but his coach says that he’s going to be fine. He’s listed as questionable.

Joe Flacco (BAL) – There was some concern over Flacco missing this week’s game against the Jets. But he’s had a couple of productive practices and now appears to be trending toward playing.

Geno Smith (NYJ) – Not so much an injury update as a change of the guard. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t helping his owners feel well (in real life and in fantasy) so now we get Smith. It probably won’t be much different as far as reliability is concerned, so this is a situation to avoid.

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde (SF) – Hyde has been ruled out with the shoulder injury. That leaves us with a conglomeration of Mike Davis (who we don’t know much about) and Shaun Draughn (who we’ve seen and can only get marginally excited about in PPR leagues). Hopefully this is only a one week absence for Hyde, who was playing like a top ten RB for fantasy.

Latavius Murray (OAK) – Murray put in limited practices all week and it looks like he’s going to play against the Jags. It’s a crowded backfield in Oakland but if you’ve been waiting for this guy to get back, then your prayers have been answered.

Theo Riddick (DET) – Riddick is going to miss another game with the ankle injury. That leaves us with Justin Forsett, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington (who is also on the report). The guy who should benefit the most from Riddick’s absence is Golden Tate, who will get all the slot work left behind.

Dwayne Washington (DET) – Washington is trending toward a GTD but it seems like he’s going to play. If he’s in there, he will be the best of the three listed above.

LeSean McCoy (BUF) – Buffalo is playing games with the media regarding the hamstring tweak that sprung up in practice this week for McCoy. Everyone on the planet wants McCoy to continue his dominance on the football field but I can’t see why they would force him to potentially get even more hurt. The reports have been all over the map in this one but if I were a betting man, I’d be putting all my eggs on Mike Gillislee.

Jamaal Charles (KC) – I have no idea what’s going on here. Supposedly Charles’ knee swelled up on him, so he was put on the injury report. But then the Chiefs said that it was no big deal. This is a weird one that we really need to keep an eye on before the game kicks off.

DeAngelo Williams (PIT) – Williams is out with a knee injury, which puts even more on LeVeon Bell‘s plate this week. He should get a healthy serving this week in fantasy football.

Wide Receivers

Odell Beckham (NYG) – OBJ’s activity was limited all week and we were all frightened by the thought of missing the monster this week, especially following last week’s breakout. Apparently, it was just managing some nicks and bruises and he should be good to go.

John Brown (ARI) – Brown is dealing with a leg injury due to a sickle cell trait. That sounds like something that might linger. He’s not going to play this week but should be held on benches until we learn more.

Torrey Smith (SF) – Smith popped up on the report Thursday and is now listed as questionable. It seems like he’s going to play but this the type of situation that reminds us of the importance of checking the inactives before game time.

Markus Wheaton (PIT) – Wheaton is not going to play, not that it really matters. It’s a lost year for him and now that Landry Jones is under center, he wasn’t going to do anything relevant for fantasy anyway.

Travis Benjamin (SD) – It sounds like Benjamin is going to be active for the game against the Falcons, even though he’s listed as questionable.

DeSean Jackson (WAS) – Jackson appears to be in the same boat as Benjamin. He only put in a limited practice on Friday, while missing out the rest of the week, but rumor has it that he’ll be on the field tomorrow.

Stephon Diggs (MIN) – Another questionable player who is trending toward playing. It’s a tough match-up, so it may be good to leave Diggs on the bench until we see how healthy he really is but he’s probably going to be out there against the Eagles.

Steve Smith (BAL) – Smith is listed as doubtful and will not play against the Jets, which is unfortunate because the secondary in Big Green is terrible. Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman will attempt to fill the void.

Terrell Pryor (CLE) – Pryor didn’t practice at all this week, though he did some light running. He’s the epitome of a GTD. Check the inactives in the morning, people! I can’t stress this enough.

Philip Dorsett (IND) – Dorsett has been ruled out for the game against the Titans. Snore. When is Donte Moncrief coming back? We need a real WR opposite T.Y. Hilton.

Allen Hurns (JAC) – Hurns is set to play after putting in a full practice on Friday. His questionable tag looks like just a formality.

Robert Woods (BUF) – Woods is extremely doubtful this week in fantasy football, which means that he isn’t going to play. The Bills have no one to throw the ball to aside from Charles Clay, who should get a ton of targets.

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham (SEA) – The Seattle tight end, who has looked like a dominate player again, is no longer on the injury report. Plug and play, gamers!

Tyler Eifert (CIN) – Eifert practiced all week and it seems like he finally could make his debut here against the Browns. Coach Marvin Lewis won’t commit to that and even if he does get on the field, he could be limited. But if you’ve been waiting all season for him, the wait is over.

Jordan Reed (WAS) – Reed was trending toward a recovery in the concussion protocol but Washington has decided to give him at least one more week. He’s listed as out.

Eric Ebron (DET) – Ebron finally got some work in at practice, though it was extremely limited, but we still don’t know when he will be back. Not this week, as he’s also listed as out.

Dwayne Allen (IND) – Also listed as out is the Colts TE. Allen won’t play, which means that Jack Doyle brings his TD ability to a full time role again this week in fantasy football.

Julius Thomas (JAC) – Even though he’s on the injury report as questionable, there doesn’t seem to be anything to suggest that Thomas will miss the game this week against the Raiders.

Kickers

John Brown (NYG) – This scumbag isn’t ever going to play again, so he can comfortably be dropped in all leagues.

8 Waiver Claims for Fantasy Football – Week Seven

Here are the waiver wire pickups for this week in fantasy football.

Quarterbacks

Marcus Mariota (TEN) – The Titans QB may have been dropped due to a lack of production through the first four games of the season (only 4 TDs total!). But Mariota has now produced 7 TDs in the last two games and his schedule sets up nicely for a continued run.

Running Backs

Jay Ajayi (MIA) – Maybe Ajayi is just one of those players that needs to get some wear on those tires in order to really catch a grip. Even though teammate Arian Foster came back this week, it became apparent that the second year back was ballin. Even if Foster becomes the passing down back (something he’s always been good at), Ajayi may have finally put his stamp on the lead runner in Miami, to the tune of 5.7 YPC.

Duke Johnson (CLE) – During the summer Johnson was being drafted as a low-end RB2 in PPR leagues and an RB3 in standard leagues but the entire offense in Cleveland stumbled out of the gate. That’s obviously due to the amazing amount of injuries the team has had, including both starting QBs ahead of rookie Cody Kessler. Yet, through it all, the Browns remain competitive and Kessler has been surprisingly competent. In week six, we saw what Johnson is capable of doing on the football field. So, it’s finally time to cash in on all that promise.

Wide Receivers

Cameron Meredith (CHI) – We were reluctant to hit the add button last week when Meredith had a coming out party against the Colts. There’s no denying it following another game of double digit targets, the second year wideout is a big part of Brian Hoyer’s plans. He’s a must start this week in fantasy football.

Golden Tate (DET) – Welcome back to football, Mr. Tate! It’s nice to see you again. One of the most frustrating players in 2016 finally went off (165 yards and a TD!). Matthew Stafford definitely spreads the ball around but here’s to Tate becoming part of the production in Motown again.

Kenny Britt (LA) – Relying on the Rams skill players in fantasy football is like trying to appreciate the dentist. Yes, we all need them at times but it is no fun sitting in that chair waiting for the inevitable. If you can believe it, Britt is on pace for 1300 yards this season. So, he’s pretty much the only guy who’s fantasy relevant.

Tight Ends

Cameron Brate (TB) – Coming off the bye, Brate is still be available in many leagues (only 35% owned in Fleaflicker). Ever since the Bucs parted ways with Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brate has been getting almost six targets a game and that’s bound to offer some consistent production.

Team Defense

Tamp Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs are all over the place these days, playing excellent ball one week, then looking sloppy the next. The streaming defense options this season have been pretty disappointing but hopefully we get a beneficial output this week in fantasy football against the 49ers.

Podcast Ep 52 – Chumps and Bumps

Podcast Notes

#TomBrady looking like he’s going to dominate the fantasy landscape once again
#LaGaretteBlount – how long will his fantasy stock last with Brady back?
Maybe #JoeHogan will step into the void, along with #JamesWhite
#MinnesotaVikings’ defense and #SamBradford looking solid. Plus #KyleRudolf has come to life.
#CodyKessler in CLE – made the most of his opportunity … until he was injured
#DakPrescott DAL – playing at a very high level — but will his run be cut short by the return of the oft-injured #TonyRomo?
What the heck is #JerryJones doing making public announcements about who’ll be at QB?
#Atlanta exposes #Denver#TevinColeman and #DevontaeFreeman killing it. #MattRyan – cool as ice.
#PaxtonLynch goes down the tubes.

CHUMPZ

Injuries have been brutal this season — what now?!
Let’s talk about CHUMPS aka major disappointments so far this year:
#Giants and especially #EliManning — appear to be headed nowhere. Great job, Ben McAdoo
#CarolinaPanthers’ rough start – Don’t worry, #CamNewton is still a rock solid start, as is #KelvinBenjamin. And for the moment, #CameronArtisPayne
Houston #Texans – headed south. Bummer for all #DeandreHopkins owners. Looks like #Osweiller has been a step backwards from #Hoyer in Texas.
#CJAnderson DEN – spiraling down

WAIVER WIRE GEMS

#JordanHoward CHI – Making big waves stepping in for #JeremyLangford.
#ByranHoyer also in CHI
#ColeBeasley in DAL – grab him is you can
#JeremyKerley SF – WR target for you thirsty GMs
Could #ColinKaepernick’s skill set be the perfect match for Chip Kelly’s offense?
Consider #CameronArtis-Payne for a stop-gap short term help.
#CharlesClay BUF – Sneaky TE pick has potential upside in a spotty TE landscape.

CAN’T LET IT GO

The Agony of Amazing Opponents (Wade)
#Pussygate (Rick)

8 Waiver Claims for Fantasy Football – Week Six

The 2016 season has been a wild ride of injuries, inconsistency and some juicy match-ups. It’s becoming so that we can’t even expect our stars to help us out. We are in uncharted territory. Every week we’re scrambling to grab guys that we would never have touched in years past. It’s hard out there for fantasy player.

Let’s check out best options for this week in fantasy football.

Quarterbacks

Alex Smith (KC) – Smith is coming off his own little vacation just as the bye weeks crank up and , oh my, check out that schedule! Oakland, the Saints and Indy. It doesn’t really get difficult until week 12 when the Chiefs take on Denver. If you need a fill-in for a week or two, this guy is perfect!

Running Backs

James White (NE) – In case you haven’t heard, Tom Brady is back and that means that the passing game in New England is back! It was pretty obvious in the first game that White is going to be an important part of the offense going forward.

Kenneth Dixon (BAL) – Dixon finally made his way back to the field, following the knee injury, and played a bit in the first half of the game against Washington. He didn’t do any damage but he’s going to continue to develop. Terrence West has played well over the past two games but if that’s the only guy in Dixon’s path, I’d say that it shouldn’t be long before we’re happy to have him on our teams.

Wide Receivers

Jeremy Kerley (SF) – It was interesting when Kerley was signed by the Niners only a few days before the opener. And then it was intriguing to see him get lead guy attention in said first game. And now, through five games, it’s pretty damn amazing to see him pulling down WR2 numbers for fantasy! No one coulda guessed it but Kerley is a must have at this point and still available in 90% of leagues! What!

Eddie Royal (CHI) – Isn’t this the time of year for Royal to go into his fade pattern for fantasy? He always starts out strong and then disappears. The reason that may not happen this year is because we just saw the last of Kevin White for the season and Alshon Jeffery is, well, Alshon Jeffery. Who knows if that guy will be on the field week in, week out?  Royal could easily become a solid possession receiver for Brian Hoyer, who has a very mediocre possession type arm.

Jamison Crowder (WAS) – It looks like Crowder is back. He returned a punt for a TD after being a ghost for a week. The Washington offense still doesn’t look strong but Crowder has become Kirk Cousins‘ blankie. He’s still available in about 60% of leagues in most formats, so go scoop him up.

Tight Ends

Charles Clay (BUF) – I know that Clay is the TE that most fantasy players love to hate and it’s true that he’s only sitting there on the waiver wire as low end TE2. But we saw on Sunday what the future has in store for Buffalo. They have no one on the outside, which means that Clay is going to be a bigger part of the offense, for sure. He caught 5 balls for 73 yards on Sunday and almost had a TD. Those are the type of numbers he’s going to put up on a weekly basis from here on out.

Team Defense

Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jags have been ballin on the defensive side the past two games. Now they come off a bye week feeling refreshed to face the Chicago Bears, who aren’t much of an powerhouse on offense these days. This is a nice streaming option that should be good for at least 10 – 15 points.

Injury Report for Fantasy Football – Week Five

Here’s a rundown of the injuries for the games this weekend.

Quarterbacks

Jay Cutler (CHI) – Cutler is out again for the game against the Colts. Nobody really cares because Brian Hoyer is better than Cutler anyway.

Trevor Siemian (DEN) – The shoulder is still bothering Siemian significantly and he’s listed as questionable for the game on Sunday afternoon. That’s the problem here, a late game with a GTD for a QB that isn’t that good for fantasy. Stay away from this guy. Update: Siemian is now ruled out for tomorrow’s game. Paxton Lynch is an emergency replacement for those who need him.

Cam Newton (CAR) – Newton is listed as out for the game on Monday, as he hasn’t yet moved forward in the concussion protocol. The Panthers are going with Derek Anderson in his absence, who looked decent when he came into the game last week.

Running Backs

Arian Foster (MIA) – It looks like Foster is going to miss one more game, as he’s listed as doubtful. Jay Ajayi took over the reins in last week’s committee and will most likely get most of the work for this week in fantasy football.

Charles Sims (TB) – Sims is going to be a GTD for the Monday night match-up against the Panthers. Hopefully we’ll hear more after the practice today but it may be time to find another option. Update: Looks like Sims is not going to play on Monday night. He is now listed as doubtful. Time to find someone else.

Rashad Jennings (NYG) – All week it was back and forth with Jennings. He’s going to play…now, he’s not going to play. Apparently, he’s close but it is now looking doubtful that the vet gets back in there…and what is his job going to be when he gets back, anyway? Ugh.

Latavius Murray (OAK) – Murray has come down with a turf toe and will not play this week. This may be a blessing in disguise because he was probably the most boring starting RB so far. If either DeAndre Washington or Jalen Richard shows us top notch stuff, we may not see much of Murray the rest of the year.

Matt Forte (NYJ) – The vet is good to go for the game against the Steelers. He’s just banged up, which tends to happen after getting pummeled on the football field for so many years.

Dwayne Washington (DET) – It appears that Washington will not play this week, which puts Theo Riddick back in the spotlight. Zach Zenner gets some play, as well, but the Lions are going against the Eagles, who have excelled on D in 2016.

Ryan Mathews (PHI) – Mathews is no longer even on the Eagles injury report, so he’ll be out there tomorrow. The question is, ‘How much action is he going to get?’ Wendell Smallwood looked good when he took over last game. Will the trend toward the rookie continue?

LeSean McCoy (BUF) – McCoy is questionable for the game against the Rams. Ooof, tough match-up! According to McCoy, there’s no way that he’s going to miss the game.

Kenneth Dixon (BAL) – The rookie is finally back, after suffering the knee injury during the summer. It appears that the Ravens are going to ease him into the fray, which they can do after Terrence West had a solid game last week. If Dixon pops off, though, he could take this job and run with it.

Benny Cunningham (LA) – Not that Cunningham, who is listed as questionable, is in any of our plans this week in fantasy football but if he doesn’t play, then Todd Gurley will get it all.

Jonathan Stewart (CAR) – Stewart has been ruled out for Monday night’s game. Fozzy Whitaker and Cameron Artis-Payne get another week at the wheel.

Wide Receivers

Dez Bryant (DAL) – The Cowboys are keeping Bryant as a questionable tag, even though he didn’t practice at all this week. It looks like he’ll miss another week.

Alshon Jeffery (CHI) – The Bears wideout who is always limited at practice is listed as questionable. He’ll most likely play, and therefore should be in our lineups, but this is exactly why some of us stayed away from the big talent.

Julian Edelman (NE) – Edelman popped up on the injury report after Thursday’s practice for the foot that has bothered him since last year. He’s not going to miss the game but this is something to keep an eye on.

Quincy Enunwa (NYJ) – For awhile there, it seemed like Enunwa was going to join his teammate and miss the game against the Steelers. Now, all reports are saying that he should be fine.

Eric Decker (NYJ) – This is the teammate who will not play. Decker is out indefinitely.

Stefon Diggs (MIN) – All of us who thought we were getting a savior in the late rounds of our drafts with Diggs are beginning to get frustrated. His play has slowed down and now he’s listed as doubtful for the game against the Texans.

Eddie Royal (CHI) – Royal didn’t practice at all this week and doesn’t look good for the game against the Colts. If he misses it, then we’ll see more of Cameron Meredith. What? Who?

Kevin White (CHI) – Another Chicago wideout who is going to miss time. White fractured his fibula and was put on IR this week. Ouch!

Devin Funchess (CAR) – Are we still talking about this guy? Funchess came into 2016 as a nice sleeper pick for fantasy and has done absolutely zilch. He was on the injury report with a foot problem but put in a full practice on Friday. He’ll be out there on Monday to disappoint us some more.

Tight Ends

Clive Walford (OAK) – The Raiders TE is listed as questionable and truly looks like a GTD. Hopefully we can find an alternative because this is one of the afternoon games.

Rob Gronkowski (NE) – The Gronkster is still limited but he’ll be out there on Sunday. Hopefully he gets more than one catch this week.

Antonio Gates (SD) – Gates put in some limited practices this week and could actually play. Most likely another GTD for that match-up against the Raiders. The Chargers are okay if he can’t go because Hunter Henry has looked great in Gates’ absence.

Jordan Cameron (MIA) – Cameron is still out with the concussion. His playing days could very well be over.

Eric Ebron (DET) – Ebron has been dealing with injuries all season, which has put a damper on his breakout. He’s listed as out.

Zach Miller (CHI) –  Do the Bears have any receiving options not on the injury report? Miller is listed as questionable but it looks like he’s going to play.

Zach Ertz (PHI) – Ertz is not on the injury report for this week. Coming off the rib injury that kept him out for a couple of games, he looks to climb right back on Carson Wentz train against a subpar Lions D.

Larry Donnell (NYG) – Donnell has been ruled out for the week, which elevates Will Tye in the pecking order. Tye looked solid in the game last week and may be a good fill-in for guys like Walford or Gates if they can’t go tomorrow.

Tyler Eifert (CIN) – Just as he was practicing again, Eifert came down with a back injury. He’s been ruled out for this week but apparently it’s not a big issue, so maybe we’ll get him back next week.

Virgil Green (DEN) – Green was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. He’s another GTD in an afternoon game, so this seems to be a trend for TEs this week in fantasy football.

 

8 Waiver Claims for Fantasy Football – Week Five

The bye weeks are upon us and the injuries keep mounting. 2016 is turning into one of the hardest working season for fantasy football ever! We’re really going to have to earn these championships. If we’re not making trades, it’s time to fill our rosters any way we can. That means we need to work the waiver wire.

Here’s eight players that are primed to help us out.

Quarterbacks

Brian Hoyer (CHI) – Coach John Fox has finally done what the NFL community (as well as the fantasy one) has wanted to do for years – relegate Jay Cutler to backup duties.  That’s because Hoyer has impressed in his two starts filling in for the most frustrating fantasy QB ever. He has over 600 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs during that span, dialing up 20+ points for fantasy. Next up, Indy, then the Jags, GB. It doesn’t get tough until week 8 with a tilt against the #1 D this year, the Vikings. Only owned in about 10% in most formats, Hoyer is a prize this week in fantasy football.

Running Backs

Wendell Smallwood (PHI) – Supposedly, Ryan Mathews hasn’t lost his job in Philadelphia but after watching the rookie scamper for 79 yards on 17 carries and a TD two weeks ago, we may see a shift toward Smallwood becoming a heavy hitter in an RBBC. We love his upside for the rest of the season, especially playing behind a guy who never stays healthy.

Bilal Powell (NYJ) – We still don’t know exactly what is going on with Matt Forte and his visit to the doctor but if the old man misses any time, then Powell will move up the ranks very quick. Even if Forte’s prognosis is rosy, Powell is getting more and more time in passing downs and eating away at the fantasy value of this backfield.

Wide Receivers

Steve Smith (BAL) – The cagey vet, who nobody was sure about heading into the season, has become the trusted confidant of QB Joe Flacco, once again. We shouldn’t be surprised, of course, because this guy will probably play until he’s 50 and he’ll still be throwing DBs down on the turf with one arm. Go get him before he makes more amazing plays.

Robert Woods (BUF) – Well, now that the Sammy Watkins debacle is over, someone is going to have to catch the 15 passes thrown by Tyrod Taylor every week. And the Bills passing tree is pretty damn limited. Bob Woods is the man when Sammy’s out of commission, so we have ourselves a perfect guy to fill out our thinning rosters.

Chris Conley (KC) – Conley flashed at times last year as a rookie and he was in consideration as a late round flyer earlier this summer.  The problem, of course, is that his QB is one of the most underwhelming playmakers in the league. Conley was very efficient with his targets this week in fantasy football and hopefully the Chiefs realize what he can do for them.

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry (SD) – Henry has looked more than competent filling in for one of the greats of all time at the position, Antonio Gates, who may be out for awhile. The future has arrived in San Diego and Henry may be one of the rare treats – a rookie TE that actually produces for fantasy.

Team Defense

Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles D has been very impressive over the first quarter of the season. If they were dropped because of the bye week (still 50% available), swoop in and grab this swarming surprise.

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