Legal Tampering Period – The Winners

by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

Thank God for Legal Tampering Day. How nice is it to get away from the insufferable drone of that dreaded plague and remember for once that sport still rules supreme. Certainly a few teams in the NFL seemed to be fed up with the same old news story anyway, as we saw some blockbuster trades and some important free agency agreements made.

Let’s take a look at the winners

1. Arizona pulls Houston’s pants downCardinals trade David Johnson, a 2020 2nd and 2021 4th: Receive DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 4th.

Holy smokes, who saw this one coming? Arguably the best receiver in the league moves out to the desert to join the rising star and last years’ first overall pick Kyler Murray, as well as teaming up with future first ballot hall of famer Larry Fitzgerald and his young protege’s in Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler.

This move is monstrous in more ways than one for Arizona. Not only has Kyler got a deep, super talented plethora of receiving talent to throw to, the team can now focus on building that o-line and protecting Murray in this deep offensive lineman draft, and all of a sudden, with the right pieces – Arizona are challengers for the NFC West.

As for Houston… here’s a life lesson kids – if you ever own an NFL team, employ a general manager. First Clowney got shown no respect, now their best player is also out of the door. What are they thinking? For a team close to being considered a deep playoff contender, they certainly won’t get there by trading away all of of their best players… especially for peanuts!

An honourable mention for winners of today’s antics has to go to the defensive secondaries in Indianapolis, Tennessee and Jacksonville though. No more will they have to worry about being torn apart twice a year by a Nuke.

2. Indy finally get a DT – Indy trade away their 1.13 pick to San Francisco for pro bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and then give him a $21m extension

A glaring need for Indianapolis for the last couple of season has been in the middle of the defensive line. They prioritised offensive line 2 off-seasons ago when Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith were drafted in the first two rounds to help protect the Quarterback, and 2019 saw the defensive secondary get a boost along with a pair of linebackers. Offensive skill position players is also a need this off season, but defensive line was arguably the priority.

The Colts have a tonne of cap to use up so bringing in a 25 year old 2 x pro-bowler and former 7th overall pick and giving him an extension immediately seems a masterstroke from Ballard and Reich at this point in time. Costing Indy their 13th overall pick from the upcoming draft would indicate the Colts are close to wrapping up Pip Rivers for the 2020 campaign and either looking for the long term solution at QB in day 2 of the draft, or waiting for 2021.

3. Cleveland reinvigorates it’s O-Line – Sought after Offensive Tackle Jack Conklin, formerly of the Titans, signs for the Browns on a $42m deal with $30m of it guaranteed.

They are trying, bless them. The Mayfield experiment was successful in 2018. Not so much in 2019 even though they brought in the infamous OBJ to pair with Jarvis Landry out wide. The downfall was mainly because Baker had no time in the pocket.

Since Joe Thomas retired and Greg Robinson never lived up to the hype, Conklin becomes an important cog in that line protecting Mayfield which could prove to be the difference between under performers and playoff hunters.

4. Hayden Hurst evolves from a Raven to a Falcon – Atlanta replace newly departed Austin Hooper with former first round pick in 2018.

It can’t have been easy for Hurst who was drafted to be a main target for the future of the Ravens signal caller Lamar Jackson, but instead getting outshone by a player drafted later in the same draft as you, Mark Andrews.

Hurst racked up just 512 yards and 3 TD’s in his time in Baltimore, but now he gets to spread his wings like a Falcon where he should be the only pass catching tight end in town. Matty Ice has a history of getting the best out of his tight ends too, so expect Hurst to level up in 2020.

5. Dolphins defense rebuild starts – Miami add CB Byron Jones and EDGE Shaq Lawson as the roster reconstruction officially gets underway.

The Dolphins started the day as the team with the most cap to spend and they didn’t disappoint. They dropped $10m a year on both O-Lineman Ereck Flowers and former Bills edge rusher Lawson whereas the highest rated corner in the free agency pool, Byron Jones, became the most expensive with a rumoured $18mil a year deal.

It’s a good start for a team that is in desperate need for talented stars.

Trade Targets – Week 12/Dynasty

By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

We’re at crunch time in Fantasyland.

Did Kyle Allen torch your playoff hopes? Did that San Francisco defensive TD steal a win for you to keep your dreams alive for another week?


This week we’re leaning towards those of you in Dynasty Leagues as you look to build for next season, particularly any of you unlucky enough to have gone all-in on a Goff/Barkley QB/RB tandem this year.


Bring on Board


Courtland Sutton – WR – Denver Broncos

After watching Sutton manhandle Xavier Rhodes and Denzel Ward in his previous two games I think it’s safe to say that Sutton is rapidly approaching a WR1 berth. The matchup against the Bills might be off-putting but if the ball is going anywhere wide, it’s going to Sutton.

However, if Allen doesn’t stay functional and Drew Lock disappears off to the Land of 2016-2019 Broncos QBs then John Elway will likely dip into the open QB market this off-season. Cam Newton? Phillip Rivers? Heck, even Kaep under center would probably be an improvement and with a good QB I can see Sutton having a big year in 2020. He’s crept up to 13th overall for WRs in non-PPR leagues, his upside for the home stretch is decent, his upside for the rest of the year is big.

Finally, the Broncos slate next year features the NFC South, which is arguably about as appetising as it gets for wide-outs.


Austin Ekeler – RB – Los Angeles Chargers

With and without Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler is proving himself a worthy RB1 for Fantasy, currently in the top five of Fantasy RBs he is proving a dual-threat in the same way Alvin Kamara was so effective for the previous two seasons as a pass-catching back.

His price will be high but if Gordon moves on in the off-season then this gives Ekeler a clear run as the main back in Los Angeles.

If you’re really desperate for the end of this season, Ekeler is due to face just one top-five rushing D in the form of the Vikings in Week 15.


D/ST – Los Angeles Rams

This is a play for next year and I’ll keep this short and sweet as we all know how good the Rams D can be.

Their schedule next year includes: Trips to Washington, Miami and possibly Tampa. Home games against both New York teams and possibly a Brady-less Patriots (but that’s another rumour for another day) as well as a visit from The Mitchell Trubisky/Chase Daniels Experience.

You can probably get them quite cheap as their remaining 2019 schedule isn’t too pretty with the Ravens, Seahawks, Cowboys and San Francisco on the card as well as two games against those pesky Cardinals.


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David Johnson – RB – Arizona Cardinals

Things just haven’t worked out for DJ this year and I think his time in Arizona is up come the offseason.

He was healthy and dressed for Sunday and how many snaps did he take the field for? Nine. How many touches? A big fat zero. That’s five straight weeks where’s he had no impact whatsoever and after the Cardinals traded for Kenyan Drake the writing appears to be on the wall for Johnson.

The question is, where does he go? I’m not sure I see any team where he walks in as the undisputed starter. Maybe, maybe he ends up in Los Angeles backing up Austin Ekeler and gets some plays when Ekeler is out wide?

Get what draft picks you can for him and get him out of there.


Le’Veon Bell – RB – New York Jets

Listen, as long as the Jets have such a porous O-Line I am going to be against having any players from them on my team. Bell has been beaten up all year with the word coming out that Adam Gase will be staying on next season that just leaves me to believe that it’ll be further issues for Bell and his overall health.

He’s hit double figures in the last three weeks, yes. Those teams, however, were the Dolphins, the Giants and the Redskins so all come with huge asterisks.

Of course, this could all change next year if a team makes a trade for him but I’d be surprised if that happened unless Bell really forced the issue.


 Julian Edelman – WR – New England Patriots

As I alluded to earlier, I have a feeling that Brady may not take the field next year which throws up a ton of questions. Does Belichick stay? Do the Patriots look to strip it all down and rebuild? It’s a total crapshoot what might happen but one thing is sure shooting, whether Brady stays or not he isn’t offering up enough opportunities to his WRs this season.

Edelman has been the mainstay, as always, but has only broken into double figures on a handful of occasions with the Jets/Giants/Redskins asterisks being in play here too.

He’s ranked 15th in non-PPR leagues for WRs and I’m not too sure if he can be seen as a WR1 anymore.

The Patriots face the Rams, Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers and almost certainly the Ravens next year as well as two traditionally Buffalo games which doesn’t seem appealing for anyone looking at a Patriots WR so now is probably the time to sell.

Trade Targets

By Paul Maughan (@morny7)

The end of the Fantasy season is approaching ladies and gents, faster than modern offensive concepts whizz past Jason Garret’s head.  Only a few more weeks of going to bed on a Monday night desperately hoping your tight-end can find a way of scoring 49 points on MNF.

It’ll be no time at all until we’re ignoring our family the week before Christmas whilst we try to guess if we can put OBJ in for the playoffs because “surely to God he has to have a big game eventually!”.

This week’s trade targets have an eye on the next week or two, for those of you still scrapping to secure playoff places. However, for those of you who have already as good as made it (or who are cocky enough to start planning now), there’s a fair consideration for who will be well-matched in weeks 15 and 16.

Obviously, there’s risks associated with picking so far in advance (injury! Suspension! Mono!). But if you’re a gambler –  and let’s face it, if you’re reading this website, you probably are –  then you’ll be excited by the opportunity to play “chess, not checkers”. Be more Bellichek, less Gase.

And for most of you, it’s the last week the trade window is open so you need to make your moves now!


Bring on Board


RB – Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos

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Very decent running-back, very poor team. He’s also stuck in a time-share with Royce Freeman, and with a catastrophic QB in Joe Flacco which doesn’t help his pass-catching potential.

That said – he’s got a reasonable next four weeks, against two tough run defences (Vikings, Texans) but also two poor run defences (Chargers and the capitulating Bills). However, his two playoff weeks he comes up against the Chiefs and the Lions. It’s nigh-on impossible for running backs to fail against these defences. They’re the worst two teams against fantasy RBs all season and basically they’re running-back heaven.

Go and make a sneaky off for Lindsay in your league, and hope his owner has considered all the first paragraph, and none of the second paragraph. 


WR – Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers


Apparently we’re exclusively recommending players with “two first names” this week, but don’t let that put you off. Samuel is an incredibly exciting young player, and one you’ll likely get cheap, but he’s got a very generous next few weeks; two games against the Falcons, a home tie with the Redskins and a playoff week battle with the Seahawks maverick defence.

He’s not a big name but is averaging 14.8 points per game over his last four matches – the one single-digit effort was against the insane 49ers defence. You shouldn’t have to spend big, and he can help you get those last couple of wins to get you into the post-season.


WR – TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts


You’ll have to (once again) invoke your gambling spirit, this time hoping you’re lucky enough for Hilton to get back from fitness this week – he’s considered day to day right now, which is often a reasonable sign. At the very least you should get him back next week.

Assuming he is fit, he’s a great pick-up  – he’s the clear number one in a good team, with a promising QB with whom he has a great rapport, working under a superb offensive mind and with an upcoming schedule (both pre and during-playoffs) that is very generous to WRs. The Colts are also, suddenly, fighting for a Wild Card spot so will be pulling out all the stops.

Now’s the time to use his fitness issues to get yourself a value TY Hilton and bit extra playoff ammo.


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RB – Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints

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He’s great, but he’s not been himself this year. And more importantly, neither have the Saints offence – with both Bridgewater and Brees they’ve looked solid in offence without been mind-blowing. Their defence is the real strength, and with the exception of Michael Thomas I’d be clearing out most Saints players. Their schedule, in terms of running-back matchups, is very tricky and he’ll struggle to be at his best.

Kamara is still high-quality of course, and will get you reasonable points, but in some leagues you’ll be able to get rid of him, on name-value alone, for a very impressive bounty. Take that opportunity.


WR – John Brown – Buffalo Bills


In deep leagues, he’s been a bit of a catch this season and has put up great points as Josh Allen’s main deep threat. But the Bills schedule, in terms of WR-friendliness, is incredibly difficult – they’ve got superb pass-defences (Steelers and Patriots) in the playoff weeks, and even ahead of that, the likes of Denver and the Ravens don’t give up points easy. Even the Dolphins have stopped folding each week.

It’s a tough environment for any receiver, but one who is relying on Josh Allen to beat tight coverage and pass well under pressure……get rid of him whilst you can and whilst his stock is somewhat high. 


TE – Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens


He’s probably the next tight-end star in the middle of a very impressive season, and he’s got a great connection with the most (justifiably) hyped-up QB going right now. Why on earth would you get rid?

But the devil is in the detail. As has been mentioned everywhere, the Ravens are playing three tight-end sets, meaning he is always going to have players taken some of his workload.

On top of that, their schedule is absolutely horrifying in terms of tight-end fantasy production – they’re playing three of the four stingiest TE defences in the run-in, as well as a few other tricky ones. Also, for all his fantasy numbers are solid (an average of 13.8 over 9 games) they’re fleshed out massively by the first games of the year – against Miami and Arizona teams who were giving up the world defensively.

Take them out and his average is 10.6 – solid, but, after his week last week, now may be the time to try and use him to build your roster elsewhere.

Waiver Wire – Week 11

By Andy Goddard (@godsy1985)

Another week passes in the NFL and yet more injuries to worry about! With Tyler Lockett spending time in hospital, George Kittle missing this week with a knee/ankle injury and Austin Hooper suffering a sprained MCL, a lot of you will need to look at bolstering your numbers through the waiver wire.

Here are some players you should look out for and put a claim on.


Quarterback – Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans) – owned by 46%

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Ryan Tannehill is coming off of an impressive performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 10 where he completed 13 of 19 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 37 yards on three carries. Although he is on a bye in week 12, he may be worth stashing in deeper leagues. Upcoming games against the Raiders in week 14 and the Texans in week 15 give Tannehill a chance to put up decent fantasy numbers. He has scored at least 22 fantasy points in four consecutive weeks.

Derrick Henry is doing most of the heavy lifting in the Titans offense however, this should open up opportunities for Tannehill in the passing game. He certainly showed late on against the Chiefs that he can lead this offense! Tannehill’s stock is on the rise so you should get in quickly if he hasn’t already been claimed in your league.


Running Back – Brian Hill (Atlanta Falcons) – owned by 1%

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The Falcons are suffering at running back. After the team placed Ito Smith on IR on Saturday, Devonta Freeman suffered a foot sprain against the Saints on Sunday. This presented an opportunity for Brian Hill, and he could be the perfect pick up for a team in need at the running back position. 

Hill took advantage of his extended role to the tune of 61 yards on 20 carries plus a 10 yard touchdown catch. With the injuries pilling up he has a real shot at being the starting back for the high-powered Falcons who are coming up against a Carolina Panthers defense that ranks in the bottom 10 against running backs in fantasy this season.

How much action Hill gets will depend on the outcome of Freemans’s MRI but put a claim on him now, otherwise someone else will!


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Wide Receiver – Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers) – owned by 20%

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With Emmanuel Sanders picking up an injury on Monday night, Deebo Samuel could legitimately be the number 1 receiver in San Francisco if Sanders misses any time. He stepped up when Sanders went down in the week 10 loss against the Seahawks, finishing the game with 8 catches for 112 yards.

Samuel has struggled to separate himself from the niners crowded receiver corp so far this season but the injury to Sanders could ultimately be the break that Samuel needs to really showcase his undeniable talents.

The 49er’s have a favourable matchup against the Cardinals in week 11.


Tight End – Kyle Rudolph ( Minnesota Vikings) – owned by 26%

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So it would appear that Kyle Rudolph is a thing again?! With four touchdowns in the past four games, it certainly looks that way. He is averaging around 5 targets and 11.2 fantasy points per game over this period. Unless you have one of the top 5 tight ends, to gain a decent number of fantasy points you are very touchdown dependant but Rudolph does have a good matchup in week 11 against the Broncos. Maybe the touchdown streak continues?

With Adam Thielen hurt, Rudolph was always likely to gain a few more targets. Thielen’s status is currently unclear for week 11 but Rudolph should still be a good option if you are needing a tight end.

Fantasy Waivers: Week 3

By Adil Khan Deshmukh – @dillytoon

Where did the first two weeks of the season go?

We hope you picked up Terry McLaurin and John Ross over the last week as they produced stellar fantasy performances in Week 2. Let’s take a look at the guys that you should be looking to acquire ahead of Week 3.

Josh Allen – Quarterback, Buffalo Bills – owned by 30%

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Week 2 was the demise of a couple of veteran quarterbacks, with Drew Brees tearing ligaments in his hand (6 weeks injury) and Ben Roethlisberger ruled out of the rest of the season with an elbow injury. So if you’re licking your wounds from losing your QB, or you’re in the business of streaming your QB, we have found your guy.

Allen is surprisingly undervalued in fantasy terms, particularly as he was the QB2 for the final 5 games of the 2018 fantasy season (we don’t count wk17). So far after two weeks in the 2019 season, he is QB12 and has come off a decent fantasy performance versus the New York Giants (22.1 points). He has thrown for over 250 yards in both games this season, a feat he didn’t achieve in his rookie year. With Allen’s propensity to scoring rushing TDs (scored in both games this season) and with a plus matchup in their home season debut versus the Bengals, look to him to be your QB going forward. 


Raheem Mostert – Running Back, San Francisco 49ers – owned by 11%

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The 49ers have been sneaky good to start the season, with them starting the season 2-0. Jimmy G looks good and the running back duo of Breida and Mostert both are playing well and that’s before we get to the master of vulture Jeff Wilson. 

Mostert in week 2 rushed for 83 yards on 13 carries and had 3 catches for 68 yards and a TD. The Niners face a struggling Pittsburgh side next, who may struggle to keep the offense on the field after their spate of injuries. Mostert will have a lot of flex appeal in week 3, ahead of their week 4 bye so pick him up and reap the rewards.


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DJ Chark – Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars – owned by 22.2%

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Chark over the first two games has performed more than admirably, particularly as they have lost their franchise QB Nick Foles to injury. Week 1 he scored 24.6 points in full-PPR, by way of 4 receptions for 146 yards and a TD, and then followed that up with 7 receptions for 55 yards and a TD in Houston. 

The second week performance was key, as this came with the brilliantly named Gardner Minshew under centre. Now the schedule is not that kind to the Jaguars, with them facing the Titans, Broncos and the Panthers in their next three outings. Pick him up and matchup dependent stick him in your flex.


Demarcus Robinson – Wide Receiver, Kansas City Chiefs – owned by 1.1%

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The human cheat code. Yes, you know who we’re talking about – Patrick Mahomes. He elevates guys on his offense from relative unknowns to fantasy superstars. 

Week 2 was the turn of Demarcus Robinson to ‘ball-out’ with an incredulous 6 catches for 172 yards and 2TDs. Four of the Chiefs receiving corps scored over 10 points in full-PPR and with Tyreek Hill out for an unknown period of time we can expect the targets to remain spread as Mahomes continues to blitz the league. Week 3 brings the matchup against the Ravens, who just let Kyler Murray throw for 349 yards on them. Robinson was on the field for 69% of snaps so look to him to provide your x-factor in the coming weeks.


Greg Olsen – Tight End, Carolina Panthers – owned by 58.7%

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The old man is back to producing fantasy performances! If you are one of those that do not own Kelce, Ertz, Kittle or Andrews; you’re probably scrambling to find the guy who will obtain a reasonable number of points at the TE position. In week 2, Olsen had a stat line of 6 receptions for 110 yards for a massive 17 points in PPR.

This has all happened whilst Cam Newton has been nothing short of disappointing with his inability/refusal to move around the pocket. Next up for the Panthers is a trip to Arizona and their swiss cheese defense in relation to covering the tight end. In the first two weeks, they have given up 131 yards/1TD to Hockensen and 112 yards/1TD to Andrews. Look to Olsen to provide that matchup specific stellar performance when you’re in need.

Podcast 53 – Week 8 Review and Trade Deadline Day!

Lots of trades on deadlines day! Tim and Lee bring you the latest from all the trades and go through the week 8 games.


We have a dedicated Jason Garrett Corner to the man who pushed Jason Garrett all the way to have their name grace this segment.
Stinkers/Stonkers and week 9 waivers to complete the episode.
No Quiz or Scott Mackay this episode, he will join us Thursday as will the draw for the NFL FREE JERSEY which ends on Wednesday.