Start ’em, Sit ’em – Week 8

By Adil Khan Deshmukh (@dillytoon)

QB – Jared Goff (LA Rams) vs Cincinnati Bengals 

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Whilst the LA Rams offense has been nowhere near as efficient in past seasons, the matchup in London for QB Jared Goff is a juicy one. The hapless opposition this time round is the Bengals and their woeful defense. The Bengals come into the week with the worst record in football at 0-7 and they are the 7th worst team at giving up points to the quarterback position. Goff has had his good weeks (last week in Atlanta) and his bad weeks (home to SF), but he can be relied upon in this game to provide a good baseline of passing performance.

RB – Chase Edmonds (Arizona Cardinals) at New Orleans Saints

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All signs are pointing towards David Johnson being out this weekend after him taking just the first snap last week. What resulted in Chase Edmonds fully taking over the backfield and running amok for 126 yards rushing off 27 attempts for 3 touchdowns. In full PPR he amassed a whopping 35 points. Elite levels can be tempered this week with the extremely good Saints rush defense, however Edmonds will easily provide RB2 numbers. Plug him in and reap the rewards.

WR – Courtland Sutton (Denver Broncos) at Indianapolis Colts

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A major trade this week resulted in Emmanuel Sanders swapping his 2-5 record for a pristine 6-0 record in San Francisco. The knock-on effect of this is that Courtland Sutton is going to be a target monster for this team. Sutton has impressed this season, considering how pitiful the Broncos have been as an actual team to date. Sutton has surpassed double-digits in all but one game this season (full PPR) and that was against the Bears. It’s likely the Broncos find themselves behind against the Colts and they will be forced to throw the ball, lending a hand to nicely pad out Sutton’s stat line. He could even be a WR1 on the week against a middle-of-the-pack Colts defense against the wide receiver position.

TE – Gerald Everett (LA Rams) vs Cincinnati Bengals 

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Yes we’re advocating a Goff/Everett stack this week. For those that are needy for the TE position, Everett is going to be your guy. In three of the last four weeks, Gerald has scored 15 points or more in full PPR. There seems to be a concerted effort to get him the ball, with him garnering at least 8 targets a game in those 15+ scoring games. The last time the Bengals faced such a high volume TE, they were torched by Mark Andrews. Everett is a sure-fire TE1 this week as London will come calling for many fantasy points! 

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QB – Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Tennessee Titans

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Sorry Jameis truthers, this quarterback is just simply too unreliable for you to be putting into your fantasy lineups on any given week. Whilst Jameis threw for 400 yards, this was tempered by his disregard for any modicum of good quarterback play. He threw five interceptions on the day and fumbled twice (losing one). The Titans defense is relatively difficult to pass the ball on, with them ranking 9th versus quarterbacks. Look away from Jameis and place your fantasy hopes elsewhere.

RB – Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals) @ LA Rams

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As most of us have figured out by now, the Bengals are a bad football team this season. They are bad to the level that none of their running back options are scoring in fantasy. For a guy who many spent relatively high draft capital on, Mixon has far from produced the goods. The past two weeks he has failed to surpass 10 fantasy points, with his performance versus the Jags standing out with a 10 attempts for 2 rushing yards stat line. Game script is not going to be Mixon’s friend so expect to see plenty of Gio Bernard on the field as the Bengals try to throw their way back into the game.

WR – Alshon Jeffery (Philadelphia Eagles) at Buffalo Bills

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To say the Bills defense is good this season would be an understatement. Finally there is a team in the AFC East that is attempting to challenge the Patriots for a divisional title. Against all four offensive skill positions, the Bills feature in the top-10 for fantasy points scored against them. Alshon is certainly a highly capable player but this is not a plus matchup for him. In fact for the next two weeks they aren’t plus matchups as he faces the Bears the week after.

TE – TJ Hockenson (Detroit Lions) vs New York Giants

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It will be tempting for many to put Hockenson into your lineups, especially as his opposition is the hopeless Giants. However, don’t let that fool you, as they are only giving up 7.9 points (PPR) to the TE position. The Giants may sport a horrible 2-5 record on the season, but they just don’t give much to this position. Additionally, since his week 1 explosion, he has not surpassed 4 receptions in a single game and will be highly touchdown dependent. Don’t let the TE position burn you this week so stay off the Hock-monster and pick someone else!

Trade Targets

By Paul Maughan (@Morny7)

What a brilliant round of action Week 6 turned out to be, in my humble opinion. Incredibly fun game at New White Hart Lane (thanks to ‘Bad’ Jameis showing up to the party), some excellent early slate games then topped off by the return of Spleeny Sam to lead the Jets to a win. It doesn’t half make everything more enjoyable when your team wins (or at the very least, aren’t down by 21 points at the beginning of the second quarter).

Week 7 means we’re basically halfway to the playoffs, so you need to start thinking long-term strategy. Who has a more forgiving run in? Who is likely to be rested weeks 15-16 during those vital playoff games? Who do you fancy to hit a hot-streak out of nowhere (like the 2018 Colts) or go completely to pot (like the 2018 Panthers)?

If you start thinking now you might just get the jump on your league opponents by a week or two. Chess, not checkers, and all that. So without further ado, here’s your Trade Targets for the week.

Bring on Board

Odell Beckham Jr – WR Cleveland Browns

Yeah, yeah – OBJ is a superstar, and it’s hardly groundbreaking to suggest bringing him in. But don’t roll your eyes just yet…..

His stock is (relatively) low; He’s not on form and is averaging only 13 points in PPR leagues. There’s also the rumours he’s asking for a trade; for all they seem unsubstantiated for now, it would still be a worry.

However….just have a peek at the Browns schedule towards the end of the season. Get the game against the Patriots out the way, and they have two games against the Bengals, two against the stuttering Steelers, and games against the ropey defences of Miami, Denver and Arizona. He has potential to go off, big-time, towards the end of the year.

With the iffy start, and considering he’s on a bye week, this is the perfect chance to get a true, generational talent at a potentially knock-off price.

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Chris Herndon – TE New York Jets

He’s not played a game yet this year (suspension then injury) but chances are he’s stashed on a roster somewhere in your league. Now might be the time to steal him – he seems unlikely to play against the Pats on Monday night, but he should be back the week after in Jacksonville.

The Jets (like the Browns above) have a very generous schedule coming up (Dolphinsx2, Bengals, Redskins, Raiders, Jags) . Now, the Jets aren’t a good team by any stretch, but Darnold has come back on fire and he loved using Herndon last year.  The former Miami Hurricane should prosper big time, and has potential to be one of the top 5-6  Tight Ends in the league over the last 10 weeks of the season. Go grab him.

Michael Gallup – WR Dallas Cowboys

Enough of looking ahead to the future –  you want a quick fix, go and get Michael Gallup and watch him feast on the Eagles appalling secondary this weekend. Amari Cooper is struggling with injury (possibly play but won’t be 100%), the Eagles are brilliant at stopping the run which should stutter Zeke and Gallup should be the big beneficiary.

Aside from a poor game against the Jets last week, he’s having a good season and the Cowboys will likely switch back to the play-action passing which worked so well weeks 1-3; the second half against the Jets they spread the field well and looked a lot closer to that early season. Against such a leaky defence, it should be points galore for both the Cowboys, and Gallup.

Put on the Block

Chris Carson – RB Seattle Seahawks

He’s a brilliant running back, and will likely have a good weekend this week against an awful Ravens defence. But his stock is high at the moment, and after the Ravens game the Seahawks plays the Bucs, 49ers, Eagles, Vikings and Panthers in their next 6 games; 5 elite run defences.

For all that Seattle seem desperate to run the ball, they shouldn’t get much joy in these matchups. Considering you might be able to pick up a new piece of elite talent in return, now might be a good time to offload Carson.

Mark Ingram – RB Baltimore Ravens

Ingram is having a good season, but he’s far from an elite running back and you’re basically playing him in the hope he has a huge game – his average of 17.3 fantasy points is bulked up hugely by massive games against Miami (which barely counts) and the Chiefs (who have a risible run defence).

The Ravens have a relatively tough run-in, and it wouldn’t surprise if they leaned more heavily on Jackson over the coming weeks (in terms of both passing and rushing). A regression to the mean for Ingram is to be expected, but considering how high his stock is right now you could get yourself a nice, relatively risk-free bounty.

Keenan Allen – WR LA Chargers

Will the Chargers coaching staff get their act together and stop force-feeding Melvin Gordon the ball? Will they start feeding Allen the same volume of targets he had weeks 1-4?

The answer to both should obviously be yes….but I wouldn’t wait to find out. He’s a top receiver with a stellar reputation, but he’s been ridiculously underused by his coaching staff. Take a gamble Anthony Lynn continues to defy logic, and try and get yourself something decent for him. Same goes for Austin Ekeler (even more infuriating, because he’s about 3 times as talented as Gordon).

Start ‘Em Sit, ‘Em – Week 7

By Andy Goddard (@Godsy1985)


Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs Oakland Raiders

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Rodgers is coming off of a good performance against the Detroit Lions where he led the team back from a nine point deficit in the fourth quarter. His performance against the Lions could actually have been even better had it not been for his wide receivers dropping the ball far too often. He completed 24 of his 39 passes for 283 yards, resulting in 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

This week he is up against an Oakland Raiders defense that has been performing well against the run but has given up at least 21 points in every game so far this season. They have struggled against the pass, allowing an average of 8 YPA and 11 passing touchdowns, which is tied 24th in the league despite them already having their bye week. Rodgers could also have Davante Adams back.

Jared Goff (LA Rams) at Atlanta Falcons

Goff had a nightmare against the San Francisco 49ers gaining just 2.1 fantasy points! He completed just 13-24 passes for a total of 78 yards and lost a fumble but he worth the start this week against a Falcons secondary that is pretty bad (to be kind).

The Falcons defence gave up 442 total yards and 34 points against the cardinals in their week 6 loss. This comes after another awful showing the week prior and the Rams have the firepower on offense to rack up the yards.

Notable Mentions: Kyler Murray (Cardinals) @ NY Giants, Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers) @ Washington Redskins, Gardiner Minshew (Jaguars) @ Cincinnati Bengals.

Running back

Phillip Lindsay (Denver Broncos) vs Kansas City Chiefs

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The blueprint for beating the Chiefs has been found and executed the past two weeks. During last years AFC Championship game the Patriots showed everyone how to beat Mahomes. Run the ball and control time of possession!

In essence, keep Mahomes off the field. The Colts and Texans followed this blueprint and solidified that the once feared Chiefs, are beatable with a good run game. Keep the time of possession away from Mahomes and teams stand a good chance. The Chiefs defence is also still a major concern.

Lindsay will look to be the key piece in the Broncos arsenal this week. He will surely be run early and often and will be involved in the passing game. Lindsay has scored 4 times in the past 4 games and had two 100 yard games during this spell. He ran for 70 yards against the Titans and will need to have a big day against the Chiefs.

Tevin Coleman (San Francisco 49ers) vs  Washington Redskins

Coleman didn’t have the best outing against the Rams carrying the ball just 18 times for 45 yards and catching 2 passes for 16 yards. His fantasy day was saved by a two yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He does have to share the load with Matt Breida and you could actually pick either of the two this week as starters but it appears that Coleman is the lead back on the teams depth chart so will get more opportunities.

The Redskins defence is giving up an average of 407.8 YPG and 30.2 PPG so there should be plenty of chances for Coleman as the Redskins struggle to stop this type of running back.

Notable Mentions – Devonte Freeman (Falcons) vs LA Rams, Carlos Hyde (Texans) at Indianapolis Colts, James White (Patriots) at NY Jets.

Wide receiver

Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) at NY Giants

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Larry Fitzgerald is the most reliable target for Kyler Murray and the Giants can’t seem to cover anyone. Janoris Jenkins isn’t a worry anymore so look for Fitzgerald to get plenty of targets this week.

Fitzgerald has caught at least 5 passes in every game in 2019 and he caught 6 of 8 targets against the Falcons for 69 yards. He has posted modest fantasy numbers in all but one game this season but this should change against the Giants who gave up 427 yards and 28 points to the Patriots.

They ranked bottom 6 in total defense and scoring but are middle of the road in sacks. Murray has the ability to avoid pressure and his first look should be the way of Fitzgerald.

Julian Edelman (New England Patriots) at New York Jets

Let’s not sugarcoat things. The Patriots may by 6-0 but the offense looks pretty bad. Luckily for them, their defense and special teams are picking up the slack.

One thing we do know about the Pats is that they improve over the season and we don’t really see their complete team until around Thanksgiving. With Josh Gordon struggling with a knee injury and the tight ends being ineffective, Edelman should see plenty of targets during their Monday primetime game.

Against the Giants, Edelman caught 9 of 15 targets for 113 yards, his second straight 100 yard game. That led the team in yards and targets so expect to see a similar situation this week.

The Jets have struggled to slow down passing attacks and the Pats running game is still questionable. Edelman could eclipse last weeks numbers.

Notable Mentions – Golden Tate (Giants) vs Arizona Cardinals, Calvin Ridley (Falcons) vs LA Rams, John Brown (Bills) vs Miami Dolphins.

Tight End

Hunter Henry (LA Chargers) at Tennessee Titans

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Heading into the game against the Steelers, there were concerns that Henry would be on a limited snap count but that didn’t materialise as he caught 8 of 9 targets for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, resulting in Henry leading all tight ends for week 6 with 30 fantasy points.

Having Keenan Allen line up alongside you will shift the focus of the defense elsewhere and that is what allowed Henry to rack up the targets. He undoubtably has talent and, if he stays healthy, should be a producing top 10 tight end numbers on a weekly basis.

The Titans defense is solid but they have allowed the ninth most points to tight ends.

Evan Engram (NY Giants) vs Arizona Cardinals

Before missing last weeks game with a knee injury, Engram was 2nd in fantasy scoring for tight ends.

Early indications are that he will be good to go against the Cardinals this week with Engram himself stating he is ‘pretty optimistic’ and so he is a definite starter. The cardinals have given up seven receiving touchdowns to tight ends.

To put that number in context, 10 teams have given up less touchdowns in total so far this season.

Notable Mentions: Mark Andrews (Ravens) at Seattle Seahawks, Austin Hooper (Falcons) vs LA Rams.

QB – Sam Darnold (New York Jets) vs New England Patriots

Darnold could be a trap this week. He brought the Jets offense to life with a great performance against the Cowboys but this week is a different animal against a Patriots defence that is beating up everyone right now. He will have value is future games, just not this one.

QB – Teddy Bridgewater (New Orleans Saints) at Chicago Bears

Bridgewater has been brilliant since coming back in, but this week he is facing a Chicago Bears defence who have allowed an average of 7.64 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

RB – Adrian Peterson (Washington Redskins) vs San Francisco 49ers

Running backs have had a torrid time against the 49ers averaging just 5.2 fantasy points per game. That won’t change this week.

RB – Austin Ekeler (LA Chargers) at Tennessee Titans

Ekeler has been great for fantasy owners so far this season but his run is coming to an end. With Melvin Gordon back, look for Ekeler’s snap count to start to diminish. Even without Gordon’s return I would be sceptical to start Ekeler against a Titans defence that has surrendered the eighth fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.

WR – Robby Anderson (New York Jets) vs New England Patriots

The Patriots defence and Stephon Gilmore! The Pats have given up the second fewest fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season.

WR – Terry McLaurin (Washington Redskins) vs San Francisco 49ers

McLaurin has been a fantasy stud, no doubting this! But on the flip side, the 49ers have stopped other top wide receivers. OBJ, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have combined for an average of just 6.3 fantasy points against the 49ers. You might be hesitant to sit McLaurin but you may regret it if you don’t!

TE – Trey Burton (Chicago Bears) vs New Orleans Saints

In the past, Burton was a viable fantasy option, now he isn’t even worth a roster spot! The Saints have allowed just one tight end to score more than 6.4 fantasy points all season. Sit, drop but don’t start!

TE – Jared Cook (New Orleans Saints) at Chicago Bears

In fact, just don’t start any of the tight ends in this game! The Bears have only allowed an average of 3.8 fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Fantasy – Waiver Pick Ups – Week 7

by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

How can we already be nearly half way through the fantasy season? Crazy, isn’t it. Nonetheless, as bye weeks hit full throttle with a plethora of elite fantasy talent ineligible for your week 7 rosters, waiver pick-ups over the next week or two are pivotal to maintaining winning weeks for your teams.

Let’s get to it…

Quarterback – Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars55% owned ESPN

With Jameis Winston and Baker Mayfield on bye in week 7 (should you somehow still be trusting these QB’s in your fantasy teams!) Minshew has a great match-up in Cincinnati, and will be a great plug and play this week for any owners that need QB help.

Despite only putting up 4 fantasy points in week 6, Minshew had given fantasy owners no less than 15 points per game since the beginning of the season. Look for a bounce-back here from currently the most popular man in the NFL, especially as the Bengals are leaking the 4th most points to opposing QB’s on a week to week basis.

Running Back – Benny Snell Jr, Pittsburgh Steelers2.1% owned ESPN

I could be telling you to pick up Adrian Peterson here like the majority of analysts will likely be doing this week. Peterson has a very hard schedule coming up, and one good week versus the hapless Dolphins does not sell me i’m afraid.

Yes, I know Benny Snell is on bye this upcoming week, but after the bye the Steelers face the aforementioned hapless Dolphins. With Jaylen Samuel still likely out and James Conner yet to break 55 rushing yards in a game this season, Snell could well be playing himself into a decent workload for Pittsburgh. 17 carries for 75 yards against the Chargers in week 6 says he’s ready to prove his worth.

Wide Receiver – Golden Tate, New York Giants 63.2% owned ESPN

I can’t believe Tate is still available in more than a third of leagues. You realise he is literally the only proven receiver in that organisation right now with Sheperd and Engram out, right?

With those pair still likely questionable at best in week 7, and with a favourable match-up against a Cardinals secondary that gives away 23 standard fantasy points to receivers on average each week, Tate is a solid pick up and play for the Godwin/Evans/Moore/Juju/OBJ owners.

It’s a mini bye-nado this week with all of those elite fantasy stars out on a bye week, so if you’re still on the hunt, also consider Dede Westbrook (70% owned) who faces the Bengals, Dante Pettis (26.2% owned) whose target share increased last week and faces the porous Redskins or John Brown (57% owned) who currently is a fringe WR2 in fantasy that has that juicy inter-division match-up against Miami in week 7.

Tight End – Jordan Akins, Houston Texans7.6% owned ESPN

It’s pretty skinny, as always on the Tight End waiver front. But Akins has been seeing his fair share of targets over the last 4 weeks including a breakout game against the Chargers (3 receptions for 73 yards and 2 TD’s) in week 3.

The schedule is the most intriguing factor behind this pickup. Indianapolis and Oakland both find themselves in the top 5 for most fantasy points given away to opposing tight ends so far this season. With the Colts coming to Houston next week and the Raiders being the Texans opposition in week 8, Akins could have some fantasy relevance.

Quick mention to Hunter Henry, who is some of the more casual leagues will be on your waivers. Make sure you invest a heavy dosage of FAAB on the Chargers’ tight end, especially if you are short in this position.

Eyes peeled.

Start ’em, Sit ’em – Week 6

By Jake Linley-Brown @JakeLB12)

Week 5 was seriously wild. Serious points were put on the board, contenders we thought were serious showed chinks in the armour, and the ball was fumbled a seriously ridiculous amount of times.

In all seriousness (I’ll stop now), what we are left with is two un-beaten teams – the 49ers and the Patriots. For the rest of the league, it’s a case of making the adjustments and right decisions going forward to make sure they stay with them. For people like you and me, we care about who starts and who sits on our fantasy team(s), continuing with this week’s slate of games; Week 6, to be precise.

This week’s bye teams are the Bills, the Bears, the Colts and the Raiders. Vamonos!


Kyler Murray (ARI) vs Falcons

Arizona picked up their first win of the season last week (ignore that it came against the Bengals and roll with me here), so spirits are reasonably high. The biggest takeaway from the game, however, is the encouraging progress Kyler Murray is making. The modest stat line of 253 yards with no TD’s or INT’s doesn’t tell the whole story. With QB’s, the eye test rarely lets you down, and Murray is showing better pocket presence every week, culminating in his highest rushing total in the pros to date (10 carries, 93 yards, 1 TD vs Bengals).

His reward for last Sunday is a potential barn burner at home to the Falcons. Atlanta’s D is showing more holes than a colander, with Deshaun Watson dropping a 53 burger on them in week 5. As I’m not able to think of any more food/kitchen related puns, I’ll just leave you with the fact that the Atlanta defence is allowing the 2nd most points to opposing QB’s (23.3 PPG). I’d say that’s a strong enough case to roll out the rookie.  

Honourable Mentions: Dak Prescott (DAL) @ NYJ, Gardner Minshew (JAX) vs NO


Kerryon Johnson (DET) @ Packers

Do you remember when people lost their mind over C.J. Anderson cutting into Kerryon Johnson’s workload? I remember, because I was one of those people. Thankfully, those days are long gone. The 2nd year running back out of Auburn has been let loose, breaking free of those metaphorical shackles against the Chiefs in week 4 (26 carries for 125 yards, 2 catches for 35 yards), and now cementing his place as the true bell cow of this offense.

A trip up to Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football awaits Kerryon and his Lions. The Packers are sitting pretty at 4-1, but the rushing defence is anything but. The Cheeseheads are allowing an average of 32 points a game to opposing backs. They’ve also allowed a rushing TD in each of the last 4 games. Keeping to the theme of food related humour, in my head I’m dying to compare this Packers rushing defence to Swiss Cheese, but that wouldn’t be very mature (I’m sorry).

I anticipate this game to be close. I also anticipate Kerryon Johnson to show up for prime time this Monday. Start this man.

Honourable Mentions: Matt Breida (SF) @ LAR, Sony Michel (NE) vs NYG


D.J. Moore (CAR) @ Buccaneers

Week 6 is full of candidates at the WR position who could step up and surprise a few people. For my selection, I’m looking at D.J. Moore to turn the tables on the Buccaneers defence. Granted, D.J. and the rest of Carolina offense (minus Christian McCaffrey, obviously) have struggled to really get going in the wake of Cam Newton’s absence. Moore has 1 TD for the season, which was 3 weeks ago, and has yet to build a strong bromance with Kyle Allen.

That being said, breakout game potential is bubbling for Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Sunday. Moore and his Carolina Panthers have taken London’s call to meet up with the ‘home team’ Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an NFC South rematch. Tampa won the 1st game back in week 2, which ironically was D.J.’s highest fantasy points total of the season (17.9 points).

Weird stuff usually happens in these London games, but something pretty weird would have to happen for Tampa’s defence, which allows the 3rd highest fantasy points to WR’s, to suddenly come good. If all the attention is on McCaffrey, Moore can make the most of his trip to the nation’s capital.

Honourable Mentions: DJ Chark (JAX) vs NO, Michael Gallup (DAL) @ NYJ


Austin Hooper (ATL) @ Cardinals

To conclude the starts for this week, it’s back to the game where we started. Only this time, we’re looking at the other team. Austin Hooper is not only becoming the man for the Falcons, leading target share percentage in a team that has Julio Jones, but he actually is the man in the TE rankings this year. Kittle, Kelce, Ertz – all below our man, Austin.

Hooper is averaging 16.9 points in fantasy this season, despite only scoring 2 TD’s which came in the same game, back in week 2. The volume is there and for a position that is so wafer thin across the league, players such as Hooper are a godsend.

My spidey senses are telling me Hooper isn’t going to have to wait much longer for his next TD of the season. The Cardinals, this week’s opponent, allow more fantasy points to Tight End’s than ANYBODY. You’re welcome.

Honourable Mentions: Gerald Everett (LAR) vs SF, Will Dissly (SEA) @ CLE

QB – Matt Stafford (DET) @ Packers – You can beat the Packers on the ground, as discussed earlier, but through the air is proving to be difficult to say the least. Green Bay is allowing only 13 points to QB’s on average so far, so give Matt the cold shoulder in week 6.

RB – Jordan Howard (PHI) @ Vikings – The Vikings D has allowed only one rushing TD all year. Combine that with the fact Howard and Miles Sanders are still splitting carries, I think it’s easy to ignore Howard’s recent scoring spree and bench him.

WR – Mike Evans (TB) vs Panthers – I’m absolutely prepared to die on my sword for this one. In his last 5 games against the Panthers, big Mike has only 20 catches for 292 yards and zero TD’s. He’s also now playing second fiddle to Chris Godwin in the air attack. Me no likey.

TE – Tyler Eifert (CIN) @ Ravens – Up until last week, every team had scored a TD from their TE against the Cardinals. Guess who bucked the trend?

Good luck this with all your matchups this week. Let’s go get the win!

Full10Waivers – Week 6

By Adil Khan Deshmukh @dillytoon

Week 5 is in the books and we hope you’re sporting a 5-0 or 4-1 record.

There’s plenty of time left in this season to turn it around and the best place to that is the waiver wire! So here are the guys that you should be looking out for this week…

Gardner Minshew – Quarterback – Jacksonville Jaguars – owned by 18.7%

The man with the fantastic name is your number one QB waiver wire pickup this week.

Sixth round pick Gardner Minshew has surprised everyone in the league with his consistent fantasy performance. To date has broken 16 points in each week (4-pt passing leagues), with him throwing two TDs on 4 of 5 occasions. Minshew has struck a chord with DJ Chark, who was one of my waiver wire suggestions a few weeks back.

Look to Minshew to provide a solid performance against New Orleans. He won’t blow your socks off but you’ll get by without suffering a single digit score.

Auden Tate – Wide Receiver – Cincinnati Bengals – owned by 13.7% 

With the impressive John Ross injured and AJ Green still in the treatment room, there has been another player that has emerged as a reasonable WR option.

Tate is clearly the Bengals’ WR2 and the team as a whole has spent swathes of the season playing from behind. This has meant the Red Rifle Andy Dalton has needed to pass the ball a significant amount.

In the last three games Tate has averaged 11.1 points. Whilst this again is not a substantial amount, WRs Allen Robinson and TY Hilton are on bye, Davante Adams has turf-toe, Tyreek is questionable still… I could go on, however you may be really in need of a WR. Tate will provide that 10 point performance that may get you by.

After-all it’s better than having a player giving you a goose-egg!

Mohamed Sanu – Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons – owned by 43.3%

The surprising news this year (compared to pre-season predictions) is that the Atlanta Falcons suck as a football team.

The defense is woefully bad, but that has meant that Matty Ice has thrown the ball a lot. Those who picked Julio Jones this year have been woefully disappointed, but a man that you should definitely be looking out for is Mohamed Sanu, particularly in PPR leagues. Sanu has broken 10 points in 4 of the 5 games this season aided by him seeing at least 5 targets in every game this season.

Look to Sanu as an immediate flex guy or bye-week fill-in.

Chris Herndon – Tight End – New York Jets – owned by 12%

Sam Darnold aka Mr Mono has been cleared to return for the Jets and this immediately increases the value of the pieces on the Jets offense.

Whilst HC Adam Gase has stated he wants to see Herndon on the practice field, it’s almost certain he will be on the field significantly come this weekend. With TEs Waller and Ebron on bye, you may well be looking for a guy who’s going to get a reasonable target share.

Dallas have given 14.1 points per game to the TE position this season and Herndon could well benefit from this. 

Fantasy Waivers: Week 5

By Jake L-B (@JakeLB12)

With a quarter of the season already in the books, it’s by now you *generally* have a feel for your team. Whether you’re cruising at 4-0 or making your league counterparts feel better about themselves at 0-4, you pretty much have your guys sussed. Be that as it may, we all need to dip into the waiver wire from time to time, so let’s get to it.

Jacoby Brissett– Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts – owned by 47% (ESPN)

It’s not usually my style to sell you on a player who just marked the worst completion percentage by a Colts QB since 2009 on throws more than 5 yards downfield, but hey, the fantasy numbers don’t lie. Consistency has been key for Jacoby Jajuan Brissett (say that three times quickly for you reading along at home) this season, averaging 19 points a game and so far keeping up his end of the bargain.

This week, he lines up against a very friendly Chiefs defense who provide one of the weakest pass rushes in the league, laying claim to the 7th lowest pressure rate on opposing QB’s. Unfortunately, it looks like the Colts might be without T.Y. Hilton, which is obviously a big blow, but here’s an interesting stat for you which might ease your hesitation: Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes have thrown 10 touchdowns this season, which ties the league lead. They share this record with one other person. Who is the third person? Our man Jacoby.

In a pretty even AFC South, I’d consider him a solid option for the remainder of the year.

Jaylen Samuels – Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers – owned by 30%

Now hear me out. Jaylen Samuels is still the number 2 guy for the Black and Yellow behind James Conner, but this past Monday night *could* be a glimpse into the wacky wildcat future that awaits. James Conner had 10 carries, which is exactly what Samuels got. Conner also received 8 targets, and again so did Samuels. See what’s happening here? Granted, it was against a miserable Bengals D, but the point remains: In Pittsburgh’s first win of the season, the load was split down the middle and the rewards were reaped. And before I forget, Samuels went 3 for 3 on, ahem, passing attempts. That’s bonus points you literally never dreamt of.

Next up it’s a divisional grudge match against the reeling Ravens, who just let Nick Chubb go all Forrest Gump on them (165 yards, 3 TDs). To say this Ravens defense is susceptible is an understatement – back to back -6 point weeks in scoring will do that for you. Throw that in with the Steelers feeling a bit frisky after last week, there’s some potential here for Sunday and going forward.

Geronimo Allison – Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers– owned by 33%

Because of the awesome name Geronimo Allison alone, you shouldn’t really need anything else from me, but I’ll give it a go. The 3rd year undrafted free agent has had a mixed start to the season for the Cheeseheads, only to seemingly deliver the goods every other week. However, his luck may be about to change. Davante Adams, the undoubted stalwart of the receiver corpse, is out (at time of writing) with turf toe, which could mean 1-2 weeks out. Apart from Marquez Valdes-Scantling and the eternal Jimmy Graham, Aaron Rodgers needs somebody to throw the ball to.

Geronimo saw 4 targets last week, catching 3 with one being for a touchdown. This Sunday, despite facing off against a stubborn Cowboys defense (only 887 yards allowed for the season through the air, 10th in league for teams who have played 4 games) the chance for his targets to double, even triple is feasible.

If he seizes the opportunity here, the potential for more volume down the road is in play with MVS proving to be a bit patchy, shall we say.

Auden Tate– Wide Receiver, Cincinatti Bengals – owned by 3.2%

Quietly, very quietly, is a possible breakout campaign from the 7th round pick from last years draft. Auden Tate has 11 receptions in 3 weeks for the Bengals, not to mention leading the team in receiving yards for the 2nd straight week. Now, his production could be about to skyrocket after the news that John Ross has been sidelined for a few weeks. Don’t forget A.J. Green either, who although on the backend of recovery now, will surely be off the pace to being with.

Matchups are important, that goes without saying, but with Andy Dalton hellbent on slinging the ball as much as possible (only Kyler Murray, Matt Ryan and Jared Goff have thrown the ball more), Tate is in a good spot for a little while yet.

Benjamin Watson – Tight End, New England Patriots – owned by 5.3%

Remember him? The 38 year old has just completed a 4 game suspension and looks set to be the number 1 TE for a team who know their stuff when it comes to the position. Tom Brady’s current TE duo, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo, have only 4 catches combined this season, which isn’t exactly ideal. But before you cross off the browser window in disgust, just remember big Benjamin Watson and the Golden Boy have history. Back in his rookie year of 2004, Watson went on to get himself a Super Bowl ring as part of his new/old/current team. He also went to have 5 fruitful years with the franchise.

As long as you aren’t anticipating Gronkowski-esque numbers at a position that’s so thin its scary, Watson is worth a roll of the dice for a Pats team that, you know, puts up a lot of points.

Start ‘Em Sit, ‘Em – Week 4

By Andy Goddard (@Godsy1985)

Start ‘Em

QB – Philip Rivers (Chargers) vs Miami Dolphins

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Is it wrong to just pick which ever quarterback is facing the Miami Dolphins each week? Let’s be brutally honest, the stats back up this idea. The Dolphins D has been sliced apart in their first three games of the season allowing 10 touchdowns and nearly 30 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. And there aren’t any signs that this will get better for Miami.

Rivers hasn’t set the league of fire so far this season with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions but he has averaged around 300 yards a game and performed very well last week, whilst under pressure from the Texans defence. He also has the best fantasy wide receiver (statistically) in Keenan Allen. The only downside is that teams may get so far in front (against the Dolphins) that starting QB’s get pulled. Even if this happens, Rivers should have amassed a fair number of points for your fantasy team.

QB – Dak Prescott (Cowboys) vs New Orleans Saints

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The Miami Dolphins may have a bad defence but the New Orleans Saints are actually ranked even worse than that! Giving up an average of 30.39 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. The Saints have also given up 10 touchdowns (the same as Miami) and 957 yards through the air. Add to this that Dak Prescott is playing some very good football right now with a loaded offence and it’s an easy start. Prescott has thrown 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in three games and is averaging 27.87 FPPG.

Notable Mentions: Russell Wilson @ Arizona Cardinals, Matt Ryan vs Tennesse Titans, Daniel Jones vs Washington Redskins.

RB – Marlon Mack (Colts) vs Oakland Raiders

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Mack is a workhorse for the Indianapolis Colts. Currently ranking second in the league in touches and averaging nearly 5 yards per carry, Mack has scored two touchdowns and is averaging 16.83 FPPG. This stat may look very average but in week 2 Mack was hold to just 2.6 yards per carry and was hampered by a calf injury during the week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Colts are facing the Oakland Raiders (in Indianapolis) who have given up almost 27 FPPG and 5.4 yards per rush to running backs through the first three games of the season. 

RB – James Conner (Steelers) vs Cincinatti Bengals

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James Conner has not been very productive so far this season (that’s being kind) but this is the week that all changes! He is up against a Bengals defence that is ranked dead last against opposing teams running backs, allowing an average of 34.47 FPPG to the position. Added into the equation is that Big Ben is going to be missing so the Steelers should lean on the run game early, and if it is productive, it could be a big week for Conner. Look for Conner to add to his solitary touchdown on the season.

Notable Mentions – Derek Henry @ Atlanta Falcons, James White @ Buffalo Bills, Austin Ekeler @ Miami Dolphins.

WR – Tyler Lockett (Seahawks) vs Arizona Cardinals

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Lockett finally had a big game last week (against the New Orleans Saints) raking up 32.40 fantasy points as he caught 11 of his 14 targets for 154 yards and a touchdown. He has shown steady improvement through the first three games of the season and is primed for another big day against a struggling Cardinals defence who are having problems guarding against slot receivers. In fact, the Cardinals have given up an average of 140 yards and 33.4 FPPG to slot receivers. Lockett works out of the slot 73 percent of the time so could be in for another impressive game.

WR – Terry McLaurin (Redskins) vs New York Giants

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McLaurin is quickly becoming a must have in fantasy! He has scored a touchdown in each of his first three games of the season and he will have ample opportunity to get four in a row against a Giants defence that is having difficulties against wide receivers, especially those that are running routes out wide giving up an average of 209.3 yards and 39.7 fantasy points. McLaurin caught 6 of his 8 targets for 70 yards in the loss to the Bears but should have much more success against the Giants.

Notable Mentions – Tyler Boyd @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Larry Fitzgerald vs Seattle Seahawks, Josh Gordon @ Buffalo Bills.

TE – Mark Andrews (Ravens) vs Cleveland Browns

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Heading into week three, Mark Andrews had been the best performing tight end in fantasy football but he came back down to earth with a bang against the Kansas City Chiefs where he only gained 4.5 fantasy points. That can be seen as a blip on an otherwise very good start to the season which will continue against a Browns defence that has some injury concerns. Along with these concerns, the Browns also gave up two touchdowns to tight end Delanie Walker in week 1. Look for Andrews to bounce back with a 20+ fantasy scoring week!

TE – Will Dissly (Seahawks) vs Arizona Cardinals

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Dissly is beginning to get some fantasy credit after a slow start in week 1. Through the past two weeks he has averaged 20 FPPG and against New Orleans he caught 6 of his 7 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. The matchup against the Arizona Cardinals is a good one as they have given up nearly 30 fantasy points per game to tight ends. Dissly has become Russell Wilson’s second option as only Tyler Lockett has more targets for the Seahawks.

Notable Mentions: T.J. Hockenson vs Kansas City Chiefs, Darren Waller vs Indianapolis Colts, Austin Hopper vs Tennesse Titans.

Sit ‘Em

QB – Josh Allen (Bills) vs New England Patriots

Have you seen that Patriots defence?! I wouldn’t fancy any quarterback going up against that right now.

QB – Jameis Winston (Buccaneers) vs LA Rams

Don’t chase the points. Last week Winston finally put up some decent fantasy numbers but against the Rams he will be back to week 1 and 2 Winston!

RB – Sony Michel (Patriots) vs Buffalo Bills

Michel has been awful through the first three games of the season and the Bills are strong against the run. Easy sit.

RB – Kenyan Drake (Dolphins) vs LA Chargers

I don’t think there is a single Dolphins player that is not on the ‘sit list’ right now but Drake is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and is yet to find the end zone.

WR – Stefon Diggs (Vikings) vs Chicago Bears

Diggs may seem like a strange choice but the Vikings are now a running team and the Bears have a good defence, this equals poor fantasy performance.

WR – Josh Brown (Bills) vs New England Patriots

Brown has emerged as the top receiver for the Bills but this means he will most likely be matched up against the leagues best cornerback in Stephon Gilmore this week.

TE – Jarod Cook (Saints) vs Dallas Cowboys

Has anyone seen Jarod Cook this season? There must be missing posters all over New Orleans and now, to compound matters, Drew Brees is injured. The search for Cook will continue!

TE – Kyle Rudolph (Vikings) vs Chicago Bears

Next on the missing list is Kyle Rudolph. He has only run an average of 16 routes per game and has been targeted just 6 times through 3 games. This won’t improve against the Bears.