Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Week 12 Starters & Benchwarmers

Wondering whether or not to start Aaron Rodgers and Antonio Brown, or to bench Matt Schaub and Greg Jennings? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.

Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 12 of the 2015 season.

Watch ‘em roll

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins vs. Giants. Cousins and his teammates predictably struggled against the mighty Panthers defense, but they’ll enjoy some home cooking this weekend with the generous Giants secondary visiting. With a healthy DeSean Jackson back in the fold, Cousins should take advantage of this delicious matchup.

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars vs. Chargers. The rookie has been a decent, though far from spectacular, fantasy contributor thus far; but he suffers from a lack of touchdowns. Fortunately, only Detroit has coughed up more scores to opposing rushers than this week’s visitors, so look for Yeldon to rack up the yards as well as his third TD of the season.

Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers at Jaguars. Woodhead was a non-factor in the Chargers’ humiliating loss last week, which should teach his coaches a lesson. Look for the multi-talented back to be heavily involved as both a runner and receiver, and to find his way back to the end zone in this very favorable matchup.

Golden Tate, WR, Lions vs. Eagles. Though he failed to score his second TD of the season, Tate hauled in eight of his 11 targets last week. Expect a similar workload against the Eagles’ overly generous secondary, with even better results.

Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals at 49ers. Floyd is back at practice, suggesting he is on track to return from his hamstring injury in time to blitz the generous 49ers secondary. With both Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown helping to deflect attention, Floyd will get his fair share of looks and opportunities to soar.

More thumbs up (excluding the no-brainers): QBs Cam Newton, Josh McCown, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger; RBs Chris Johnson, Matt Forte, Mark Ingram, DeMarco Murray, Eddie Lacy, LeSean McCoy, Chris Ivory, DeAngelo Williams, Doug Martin, Javorius Allen; WRs DeSean Jackson, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jarvis Landry, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Alshon Jeffery, Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, Michael Crabtree, T.Y. Hilton, Willie Snead, Jeremy Maclin, Davante Adams, Vincent Jackson, Allen Robinson, Travis Benjamin, Brandon LaFell.

Roll ‘em back

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys vs. Panthers. If Carolina’s defense isn’t enough to scare you away, consider that Romo was beat up pretty badly by the Dolphins on Sunday and his worst game of 2014 came on Thanksgiving after just three days of rest. Sure, he’s a Jedi, but you may be thankful if you keep him on your bench in this one.

Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks vs. Steelers. I know you want to start Rawls after his dominant performance last week. But consider the fact that his huge day came at the expense of the league’s softest rushing matchup and he’ll be facing the league’s stingiest on Sunday. Hopefully you have safer options.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos vs. Patriots. As much as the Broncos would love to slow down this game with Hillman running the ball, they will find tough sledding against the Patriots’ stout rush defense.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles at Lions. Matthews is on a two-game swoon, and his prospects for turning that around Thursday are decidedly slim. The Lions are playing some salty pass defense, and should have little trouble gobbling up Philly’s struggling aerial attack.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars vs. Chargers. Hurns had his seven-game scoring streak snapped last week, no doubt in part due to his nagging foot and thigh injuries. He’ll be facing one of the league’s toughest secondaries on Sunday and could have another rough outing as a result.

More thumbs down: QBs Andy Dalton, Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, Ryan Tannehill, Matt Hasselbeck, Brock Osweiler, Jay Cutler; RBs Andre Ellington, Joique Bell, Jeremy Langford, Alfred Morris, Alfred Blue, Shaun Draughn, C.J. Anderson, Rashad Jennings, C.J. Spiller, Antonio Andrews, Isaiah Crowell, James Starks, Matt Jones; WRs Mike Wallace, Terrance Williams, Marvin Jones, Leonard Hankerson, Andre Johnson, Tavon Austin, Kamar Aiken.


Brian Hoyer, QB, Texans vs. Saints. When you’re a QB, there’s nobody you’d rather see lining up against you than the New Orleans defense. Hoyer has passed the concussion protocol and will have a chance to excel with the help of DeAndre Hopkins and his other weapons. Hoyer has passed for multiple scores in every game he’s completed since Week 4, and two TDs seems like his floor in this primo matchup.

DON’T BE THE BONEHEAD WHO…benches Tom Brady or his leading receivers just because they’re playing the vaunted Broncos defense. Brady and coach Bill Belichick relish the opportunity to embarrass proud defenses, and they’re still playing for history with a massive chip on their shoulders.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Week 11 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to start…

Cam Newton, Panthers – Passed for 246 yards and a career-best 5 TDs, plus 15 rushing yards, without a blemish.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers – Had a career day with 246 yards and 5 TDs against the Eagles.
Carson Palmer, Cardinals – Passed for 317 yards and 4 TDs, offset by 2 INTs.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks – Passed for 260 yards and 3 TDs, and ran for 30 more yards, without a turnover.

Ahmad Bradshaw, Colts – Ran for 32 yards and caught 4 passes for 20 yards and 2 TDs.
Doug Martin, Buccaneers – Rumbled through the Eagles for 235 yards, but somehow failed to reach the end zone.
Thomas Rawls, Seahawks – Had a monster game with 209 rushing yards and 46 receiving yards, plus a TD both ways.
Spencer Ware, Chiefs – Ran for 96 yards and 2 TDs in relief of the injured West, though that helped nobody.
Jeremy Hill, Bengals – Had one of his “on” days, with 45 yards and 2 TDs on the ground.
Giovani Bernard, Bengals – In PPR leagues, his 8-catch, 128 yard receiving performance, plus 18 rushing yards, was gold.

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans – Torched the Jets on 5 catches for 118 yards and 2 TDs.
Julio Jones, Falcons – PPR leaguers loved his 9-catch, 160-yard performance.
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks – Proved his value as more than a special teams ace, catching 4 passes for 48 yards and 2 TDs.

Tyler Eifert, Bengals – Hauled in 3 passes for 22 yards and a pair of TDs.

Mason Crosby, Packers – Connected on field goals of 40, 42, 42, 47 and 52 yards, plus an XP.

Buccaneers – Accumulated 3 sacks, 3 INTs, a fumble recovery and a TD on an INT return.
Chiefs – Collected 3 sacks, a fumble recovery, and a TD on an INT while holding San Diego to 3 points.

This was a great week to play against…

Philip Rivers, Chargers – Had his worst day of the year, passing for 178 yards, no TDs and an INT.
Jay Cutler, Bears – As expected, held down by the Broncos for just 265 yards passing, no TDs, an INT and a fumble.
Derek Carr, Raiders – Ended his stellar streak with a thud, passing for 169 yards and no scores.
Alex Smith, Chiefs – Passed for 253 yards and ran for 33, but had no scores.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills – Limited to 233 yards passing, without a TD or a turnover.

Devonta Freeman, Falcons – Only 43 rushing yards before being concussed.
Danny Woodhead, Chargers – Held to 7 rushing and 9 receiving yards.
Justin Forsett, Ravens – Just 26 yards before breaking his arm and being lost for the season.
Charcandrick West, Chiefs – Managed just 16 rushing yards and 48 receiving on 2 catches before leaving with a concussion.
Matt Jones, Redskins – Last week’s hero caught 2 passes for 12 yards, but got nowhere on 5 rushing carries.
Ameer Abdullah, Lions – Gained 46 combined yards.
Chris Ivory, Jets – Rushed for 36 yards and caught a 9-yard pass.
James Starks, Packers – Took a backseat to Eddie Lacy, rushing for 14 yards and catching a 30-yard pass.
Melvin Gordon, Chargers – Totaled 49 yards as a rusher and receiver.
Lamar Miller, Dolphins – Combined for 55 yards on the day.
LeGarrette Blount, Patriots – Only 61 combined yards on Monday night.

Mike Wallace, Vikings – Blanked by the Packers.
Amari Cooper, Raiders – Just a 4-yarder to his credit.
Allen Hurns, Jaguars – Battled through injuries but posted just 3 catches for 19 yards.
Nate Washington, Texans – Just 13 yards on 2 receptions.
Jordan Matthews, Eagles – Only 13 yards on 4 catches.
Torrey Smith, 49ers – Continues to steal the 49ers’ money, catching a 16-yard pass.
Rishard Matthews, Dolphins – Caught a 15-yard pass against the Cowboys.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts – Just 21 yards on 2 catches.
Tavon Austin, Rams – Ran for 16 yards and caught a 5-yarder.
Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs – Held to 29 yards on 3 receptions.
Davante Adams, Packers – Just 36 yards on 3 catches.
Sammy Watkins, Bills – Mostly a non-factor on Monday night with his 3-reception, 39-yard outing.

Antonio Gates, Chargers – Barely registered with just a 6-yard reception.
Charles Clay, Bills – Stunk it up with a 14-yard reception.
Richard Rodgers, Packers – Only 7 yards on 3 receptions.
Martellus Bennett, Bears – Just 26 yards on 2 catches.
Jason Witten, Cowboys – His BFF was back, but he still only had 27 yards on 2 balls.
Jimmy Graham, Seahawks – Only 39 yards on 3 catches.
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots – Held in check by the Bills for just 2 receptions for 37 yards.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bye bye, byes

You made it. You soldiered through the gantlet of bye-week absences, undoubtedly with the additional burden of replacing injured stars along the way.

Hopefully your postseason aspirations are still intact, and you can now get back to the business of managing your roster without the random nuisance of starting backups in lieu of perfectly healthy players that just happen to have the week off.

And none too soon, with yet another week of mass casualties striking across the NFL. Starting running backs are dropping like flies, again, making it even more essential to build a stockpile at the position.

Now that the bye-week schedule is over, there’s no reason to carry more than one kicker or defense (if you ever did allow yourself the luxury). Jettison the redundancy to make room for the handcuffs to your lead backs. This may also be the time to dump a receiver or two that you’ll never start, in favor of a runner like Robert Turbin, who is now the heir apparent to Darren McFadden, one of the most injury-prone rushers in the league.

McFadden has seized the Cowboys’ starting role and is in the midst of a stellar run. But most who have followed his career believe he’s on borrowed time, making Turbin just a pulled hammy away from rushing behind one of the league’s most decorated offensive lines.

Another veteran who recently resurrected his career, Ahmad Bradshaw, scored twice on Sunday while playing second fiddle to Frank Gore. Bradshaw has proven his worth as the No. 2 RB in Indianapolis before, so there’s no reason to think he can’t do so again.

It’s crunch time, folks, which means there’s no point in carrying dead weight on your roster. Given the rash of injuries that is sweeping the league, it’s foolish to believe that your starting roster this week will be intact through your (hopefully extended) postseason run.

Look no further than the recommended waiver-wire candidates below to see just how quickly the fantasy landscape can shift. Waiting until you’re forced to make a change can be very costly.


To win a fantasy championship, it helps to start with a great draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents is also important. Here's a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup.

Catch ‘em while you can

Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks. There’s speculation that Marshawn Lynch’s abdomen injury will cost him more than this weekend’s matchup. And with Rawls posting a near-franchise record 209 yards and 2 TDs against the lowly 49ers, there’s little doubt that the rookie has game. Even if you don’t own Lynch, rush to the waiver wire to grab his backup.

Javorius Allen, RB, Ravens. There’s no two ways about it. The Ravens are a hot mess, with Matt Schaub taking over for the injured Joe Flacco and lead rusher Justin Forsett (forearm) joining Steve Smith on injured reserve. Allen is the next man up in the backfield, and he has potential, especially in PPR leagues. But is there anybody left around him?

Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs. Skepticism swirled around Charcandrick West when he was called upon to take over for Jamaal Charles earlier this year. Ware did a great job of quelling any concerns we may have about his prospects with his 96-yard, two-touchdown pummeling of the Chargers. He may have been the fourth Chiefs back when the season began, but the former Seahawk could be the man now if West’s hamstring injury lingers.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons. Remember him? The Wally Pipp of the Falcons backfield may have a chance to win back his job if Devonta Freeman’s concussion keeps him sidelined for an extended period. Coleman won the starting job in training camp, so he obviously has potential.

Don’t be fooled

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks. The attraction to Lockett is understandable, because he clearly has playmaking skills, underscored by his two-TD outing against the 49ers. But the rookie plays with a quarterback who has had multiple TD passes just twice all season. Lockett’s breakout game is more likely to be followed by a return to anonymity than another trip to pay dirt.

J.J. Nelson, WR, Cardinals. Players who breakout during primetime often get swept up in the fantasy hype, and Nelson’s 142-yard, one-TD performance is the latest example. But Nelson was aided by Michael Floyd’s absence, and the Cardinals’ WR corps is already loaded with lethal weapons. Nelson’s 15 minutes is likely already up for 2015.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday morning updates -- Week 11

Greetings Fools, from overcast South Florida. I'm on a guys trip (they're Cowboys fans, I'm a Dolfan) and we're heading off to the game shortly, so I won't be tweeting as usual today.

Here's what we need to know from around the league...

Mark Sanchez gets the start for the Eagles, and strangely, I like his chances. I'm even starting him in one league since Drew Brees is on bye and I don't trust Ryan Tannehill in the rain against the Cowboys D.

We'll also see Brock Osweiler, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum in their first start of the 2015 season today. I wouldn't be shocked to see Osweiler have a nice outing against the Bears. And, of course, Tony Romo returns today, which is great news for Dez Bryant's owners.

It's another day off for Matt Forte, so Jeremy Langford will get another start and a full complement of carries and targets against the Broncos. Tough matchup, but he's tough to sit after his last two outings.

Darren McFadden is a go today, despite the midweek groin problem. Start him with confidence against my Dolphins.

Carlos Hyde is out, so Shaun Draughn will get the start for the Niners.

Eddie Lacy will play today, but James Starks will get the start. The hot hand will get the bulk of the carries, which makes them both risky.

John Brown is expected to play, but I sure wouldn't risk another goose egg. That said, if Michael Floyd doesn't go (and he's not expected to), there's a little more reason for optimism. Jarod Brown may be the real play.

Vincent Jackson is expected to return from his knee injury to play for the Bucs, but again, he comes with plenty of risk.

Emmanuel Sanders is OUT, which is opposite what the news was earlier.

I was already worried about Alshon Jeffery against the Broncos, especially with his injuries. Now it appears that he will be sitting out. Looks like the Jeremy Langford show today.

That's it for now. Have a great day.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Week 11 Starters & Benchwarmers

Wondering whether or not to start Adrian Peterson and Julio Jones, or to bench Case Keenum and Quinton Patton? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.

Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 11 of the 2015 season.

Watch ‘em roll

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons vs. Colts. Coming off their bye, Ryan and his receivers are rested and ready to exploit the generous Indy secondary. At home in the friendly confines of the Georgia Dome, Ryan should have little trouble rebounding from a disappointing Week 9 performance against the 49ers.

Darren McFadden, RB, Cowboys at Dolphins. Tony Romo will be back, which will force the opponents to respect the pass again. Meanwhile, the Dolphins sport a Swiss cheese run defense, so McFadden should have plenty of lanes to run through. Add in the possibility of rainy, windy conditions putting a damper on the aerial game, and Run DMC is a great start, assuming his sudden groin issue proves to be inconsequential.

Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins vs. Cowboys. Yes, this looks like a game for the runners. While Dallas usually doesn’t surrender huge yardage, they have been generous at the goal-line (with 10 rushing TDs yielded to date). Miller has scored at least once in each of his last five games, so look for that positive trend to continue.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders at Lions. Crabtree has resurrected his career in Oakland, thanks to a QB who is exceeding expectations and the relief of playing second fiddle to a budding superstar, Amari Cooper. The veteran made little impact last week against the Vikings, but he should return to prominence against the suspect Detroit secondary.

Golden Tate, WR, Lions vs. Raiders. Detroit returns home with renewed confidence after upsetting the Packers last weekend. Now, Matt Stafford & Co. face one of the league’s true passing doormats. Tate should prosper while the Raiders desperately attempt to keep Megatron contained. Look for Tate to double his disappointing season TD total of one on Sunday, while seeing double-digit targets.

More thumbs up (excluding the no-brainers): QBs Cam Newton, Matt Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, Derek Carr; RBs Jonathan Stewart, Charcandick West, LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, Chris Ivory, Latavius Murray, LeGarrette Blount, Doug Martin; WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Jeremy Maclin, Dez Bryant, Amari Cooper, T.Y. Hilton, Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola, Sammy Watkins, Demaryius Thomas, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Jarvis Landry, Eric Decker, Mike Evans, Stevie Johnson, Jordan Matthews, Kamar Aiken.

Roll ‘em back

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers vs. Chiefs. It’s hard to bench a Top 5 fantasy QB, especially at home. But Rivers’ cupboard is getting bare, with both Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd sidelined. Factor in a solid Chiefs secondary that loves to bring the pressure, and it could be a long day for Rivers & Co.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals at Cardinals. His committee arrangement with Jeremy Hill is limiting both backs’ values, especially when facing a stingy defense like Arizona’s that has allowed only five rushing scores this season. Though the Seahawks fared well against them last week, the matchup remains poor for Cincinnati’s duo.

Matt Jones, RB, Redskins at Panthers. The rookie soared against the sorry Saints defense last weekend, but he’ll be smacked with a dose of reality in Carolina on Sunday. It doesn’t help that Alfred Morris is healthy again, meaning both backs will likely fall flat in this tough matchup.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Dolphins vs. Cowboys. Dallas is playing solid pass defense, and they could get a big assist from the weather on Sunday. Matthews has some value in PPR leagues this week due to the sheer volume of targets he typically sees, but don’t expect him to rack up meaningful yardage or break free on any long scores.

Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals at Cardinals. Andy Dalton is coming off his worst game of the season on Monday night, and he’ll face an even stiffer challenge in the desert. You can’t sit A.J. Green, but his sidekick comes with too much risk.

More thumbs down: QBs Kirk Cousins, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater; RBs Ryan Mathews, Alfred Morris, Eddie Lacy, Alfred Blue, Ameer Abdullah, Melvin Gordon, Jeremy Hill, C.J. Anderson; WRs Vincent Jackson, James Jones, Mike Wallace, Tavon Austin, Torrey Smith, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Dontrelle Inman, Kenny Stills.


Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles vs. Buccaneers. I’ve never been a fan, but there’s no denying that Sanchez has performed well, more often than not, when given the reins to Chip Kelly’s offense. Sure, he’ll throw a pick or two, but he’ll also move his team and register a couple of scoring passes along the way. If you have injury or bye-week issues like me this weekend, Sanchez could come through in a pinch.

DON’T BE THE BONEHEAD WHO…continues to insert a gimpy John Brown in your starting lineup. Despite being active and even playing, Brown has been no better than a decoy in his last two games, registering big fat goose eggs thanks to a pair of bum hamstrings and the wealth of lethal options at Carson Palmer’s disposal. Brown should remain on your bench until he proves he’s fully healthy and able to contribute.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Week 10 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to start…

Kirk Cousins, Redskins – Took advantage of the sorry Saints, passing for 324 yards and 4 TDs, without a blemish.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers – Wasn’t even supposed to play, but entered in relief to pass for 379 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.

Adrian Peterson, Vikings – Rumbled for 203 yards and a TD, plus 13 yards on 2 receptions.
Charcandrick West, Chiefs – Rushed for 69 yards and a TD and caught 3 passes for 92 yards, including an 80-yard TD against the vaunted Broncos defense.
Jeremy Langford, Bears – Ran for 73 yards and a TD and caught 7 passes for 109 yards and another score.
Matt Jones, Redskins – Ran for 56 yards and took 3 receptions 131 yards, including a TD.

Antonio Brown, Steelers – Reeled in 10 passes for 139 yards and 2 TDs.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals – Scored twice while catching 7 passes for 113 yards, then pulled a hammy.
Martavis Bryant, Steelers – Took 6 passes 178 yards and scored a TD, though he fumbled.
Brandin Cooks, Saints – Caught 5 passes for 98 yards and a pair of TDs.
Doug Baldwin, Seahawks – Had 134 yards and 1 TD on 7 receptions.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals – In PPR leagues, his 10 receptions for 130 yards were sweet.

Zach Miller, Bears – Caught 5 passes for 107 yards and 2 TDs.
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots – Turned 5 passes into 113 yards and a TD.
Brent Celek, Eagles – Just 4 receptions, but produced 134 yards.
Jordan Reed, Redskins – Scored twice on 3 receptions for 29 yards.

Bills – Registered 1 sack, 2 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries and a fumble return TD.
Vikings – Collected 2 sacks, 2 INTs, returned a kickoff for a TD and held the Raiders to 14 points.

Cairo Santos, Chiefs – Connected on field goals of 33, 34, 48, 49 and 50 yards, plus 2 XPs.

This was a great week to play against…

Peyton Manning, Broncos – Had a historically inept day, passing for just 35 yards, no TDs and 4 INTs before being benched.
Landry Jones, Steelers – Passed for just 23 yards before getting knocked out of the game.
Matt Cassel, Cowboys – Not that anyone owns him, but he managed just 186 yards and an INT without a TD.
Marcus Mariota, Titans – Just 185 yards, zero TDs and an INT, plus 24 rushing yards.
Nick Foles, Rams – Only 200 yards with an INT but no scores or rushing yards, then was benched.
Andy Dalton, Bengals – Limited to 197 yards without a TD plus an INT, and he scrambled for 30 yards.
Brian Hoyer, Texans – Passed for 123 yards, no TDs and an INT before being concussed.
Isaiah Crowell, Browns – Ran for minus-5 yards and caught a 4-yard pass.
C.J. Anderson, Broncos – Fizzled along with his team, rushing for just 9 yards.
Antonio Andrews, Titans – Just 8 yards on the ground.
Jeremy Hill, Bengals – Ran for 15 and caught 3 passes for just 5 yards.
Shane Vereen, Patriots – Only 26 combined yards.
Alfred Blue, Texans – Totaled 31 yards rushing and receiving.
Lions RBs – Joique Bell combined for 35 yards while Ameer Abdullah totaled 22.
Darren McFadden, Cowboys – Ran for 32 yards and caught 3 passes for 26 yards.
Rashad Jennings, Giants – Only 39 rushing and 12 receiving yards.
DeAngelo Williams, Steelers – Ran for 54 yards and caught a 15-yarder.
Chris Johnson, Cardinals – Rushed for 58 yards on Sunday night.

James Jones, Packers – Skunked by the Lions.
Kenny Stills, Dolphins – Blanked by the Eagles.
Willie Snead, Saints – Posted a goose egg.
Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos – So did he.
John Brown, Cardinals – Did it again, being active yet doing nothing.
Pierre Garcon, Redskins – Only 10 yards on 2 passes.
Sammy Watkins, Bills – Limited to 14 yards on 3 passes.
Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs – Held to 17 yards on 3 receptions.
Tavon Austin, Rams – Ran for 18 yards and caught 2 balls for 5 yards.
Jordan Matthews, Eagles – Only 21 yards on 3 receptions.
Marques Colston, Saints – He had 22 yards on 3 balls.
Mike Wallace, Vikings – Caught a 22-yarder.
Alshon Jeffery, Bears – Just 23 yards on 3 catches.
Nate Washington, Texans – Got 32 yards on 2 receptions.
Dez Bryant, Cowboys – Settled for 45 yards on 5 receptions.

Jordan Cameron, Dolphins – Caught a 5-yarder.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings – Limited to a 7-yard reception.
Owen Daniels, Broncos – Had a 14-yard catch on the day.
Martellus Bennett, Bears – Overshadowed by Miller with just 18 yards on 3 balls.
Ben Watson, Saints – Just 19 yards on 3 catches.
Tyler Eifert, Bengals – Caught 3 passes for 26 yards and dropped another three passes in his hands.

Travis Kelce, Chiefs – Only 36 yards on 5 passes.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Big plays rule the day

No lead seemed safe in Week 10 as one fantasy stud after another engaged in a mind-boggling exhibition of highlight-reel plays.

Antonio Brown put an exclamation point on the Steelers’ victory over the Browns by taking a Ben Roethlisberger pass 56 yards to the end zone. Yet, somewhat amazingly, that barely landed among the Top 10 scoring plays of the weekend.

It wasn’t even the longest pass play of the day for Big Ben, who also got a 64-yarder from Martavis Bryant that didn’t score. Pretty salty stuff from an “emergency” quarterback.

Charcandrick West raced past the vaunted Broncos defense on an 80-yard scoring reception just minutes before Adrian Peterson cut through the Raiders on an 80-yard TD run. The Vikings’ special teams got a 93-yard kickoff return from Cordarrelle Patterson, too.

Intrepid, or perhaps desperate, Jay Cutler owners celebrated two 80-plus yard scoring passes: An 83-yarder to his backup running back, Jeremy Langford, and an 87-yarder to his backup tight end, Zach Miller.

Odell Beckham, Jr. shocked the Patriots with an 87-yard race to the end zone – the longest of his short, but prolific, career – and Rob Gronkowski later returned the favor with his longest scoring reception: 76 yards.

Drew Brees hit Brandin Cooks on a 60-yard scoring play, but that was quickly erased by Matt Jones’ 78-yard catch and run.

Ironically, the longest play of the weekend, a 104-yard kickoff return by Ameer Abdullah, wound up a yard short of pay dirt and added zippo to the Lions’ special teams scoring in most leagues.

If you didn’t cheer at least one of those plays on Sunday, well, there’s always next week…


To win a fantasy championship, it helps to start with a great draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents is also important. Here's a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup.

Catch ‘em while you can

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys. Just for grins I looked, and wouldn’t you know Romo is available in more than half of all leagues? That’s shocking to me, since it has been widely reported that Romo would be returning in Week 11 against the Dolphins. Grab him if he’s available, as he has a lot of ground to make up with Dez Bryant & Co.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins. We’ve now learned in two of the last three games that Cousins has potential, but only when he’s facing sieve-like defenses. You won’t want to start him next week against the Panthers; but after that, perhaps. And with both DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed back on the field, Cousins has plenty of playmakers to choose from.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins. You’re familiar with Devonta Freeman, DeAngelo Williams, Jeremy Langford and Charcandrick West, right? They started the season as backups, and now they’re among the most valuable players at their position. Ajayi is just a pulled hamstring away from a similar opportunity. If you own Lamar Miller, you’d be wise to hedge your bets with his rookie protégé.

Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots. With Julian Edelman (broken foot) lost for at least the rest of the fantasy season, Amendola will see a significant uptick in targets. In PPR leagues especially, the injury-prone veteran can be a solid proxy for Edelman.

Stevie Johnson, WR, Chargers. Still available in many leagues coming out of his bye, Johnson is essentially the last wideout standing in San Diego. Keenan Allen is out for the duration and Malcom Floyd suffered a shoulder injury in Week 9 that will either keep him sidelined or limited. Philip Rivers has to target someone other than his tight ends, so Johnson should be very busy down the stretch.

Don’t be fooled

Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos. Face it. The only reason he’s still owned in any league is because of his pedigree. Manning has done virtually nothing this season to merit roster consideration, and he’s clearly feeling his age. There are literally 25 QBs ranked above the future Hall of Famer and more deserving of a spot on your roster.

Zach Miller, TE, Bears. There’s a reason Miller is available in, let’s see, every fantasy league: He’s a bit player in a less-than-robust offense. He’s put two impressive games together, but Martellus Bennett is still the only Chicago tight end you need to know.