10 Waiver Pickups You Have To Look At In Week 2 of Fantasy Football

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It was an interesting first week of Fantasy Football across the board, with a number of upsets as well as some players (Adrian..ahem..Peterson) not stepping up as many felt he would.

There’s a lot of hidden gems out there if you are in a year-long league like many or are looking for a great one-day fantasy league to try and win some quick cash.

Today we look at some of the best waiver pickups as well as some players you need to consider moving forward to win in your fantasy league.

10. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This big bad TE shined in week one against the Titans, going off for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. With tight ends being so weak entering 2015, this is one player that isn’t going to go unclaimed in year-long leagues for long, if he’s even out there. Look for another solid week as they play the defensively challenged Saints in week two.

9. Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots – This is a no-brainer based on the fact he played so well on a night when just about everyone in the world was watching. The danger about Lewis is the back-and-forth that the Pats coaching staff seems to play when it comes to running backs. Let’s see how week two goes, but if you can get him cheap go ahead, otherwise buyer beware.

8. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans – The rookie looked like a 10-year-vet on Sunday, throwing for four TD’s in just 16 pass attempts. He will get another shot to have a good game this week when they take on the Browns, who were awful in week one against the Jets. He’ll still be a cheaper in one-day leagues, and could still be out there in your league on the waiver wire.

7. James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers – Jones has had a rebirth with the Pack, and in week one led the team with a four receptions and two touchdowns as the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears, 31-23. With Randall Cobb and Devante Adams still listed as the 1-2 for Green Bay at the WR spot, take a flier on Jones, he should pay off moving forward with a shot at more playing time.

6. Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys – Many pegged Williams as the No. 2 option running alongside Dez Bryant, and now with Bryant down, Williams will get a lot more looks till Dez returns. Look for his opportunities to rise as Tony Romo looks downfield and dosen’t see Bryant anymore. He’ll be the top target for the Cowboys for awhile.

5. Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts – With an injury to T.Y. Hilton comes another young WR who should get a shot to play more, that being Donte Moncrief. He had six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, and played on 74 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. If Hilton doesn’t play or isn’t 100 percent, a lot more playing time will come Moncrief’s way.

4. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals – Look for this young kid to have a monster season, and it started against the awful Raiders last week in which he had nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Andy Dalton seems to be getting more and more comfortable with Eifert, and again with a weak crop of tight ends, it looks like the Bengals have a gem in this young former first-round pick.

3. Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans – The Titans wanted to see more out of the running back, and he delivered in week one with a solid day in which he ran for two scores. He’ll go up against a Browns run D that allowed a lot of yards to the Jets, so don’t be afraid to go after Sankey this week in one-day leagues, and if he’s out there, scoop him up on your waiver wire.

2. Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers – The Bolts got behind quick to the Lions, and rallied back for a win in week one. Thanks to Woodhead, the Chargers small back who had a big day, they found their running game as he went for two touchdowns and racking up 62 total yards. He’s great in PPR leagues, and this week the Bolts take on the Bengals in what could be another high-scoring affair.

1. Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs – He was solid in week one in a win over the Texans, and right away was putting up points, something many thought he would struggle to do again in 2015. Smith put up up 243 yards and three touchdowns, and this week take on the Broncos at home. Be careful and play the matchups, as Smith isn’t the next Drew Brees, but he’s worth a flier as a possible backup on your bench.

Quarterback and Running Back Rankings For NFL Week One

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The first Sunday of the NFL Season is less than 24 hours away, and there’s plenty of great action in week one with great one day fantasy leagues to get you started tomorrow.

Thanks to USA Today here’s both quarterback and running back rankings to get you started on the right foot tomorrow.

Quarterbacks

Rk
+/-
Tr
Player
Tm
Opp
1
1
Aaron Rodgers
GB
@CHI
2
1
Ryan Tannehill
MIA
@WAS
3
1
Andrew Luck
IND
@BUF
4
2
Sam Bradford
PHI
@ATL
5
2
Russell Wilson
SEA
@STL
6
2
Matt Ryan
ATL
PHI
7
3
Eli Manning
NYG
@DAL
8
3
Drew Brees
NO
@ARI
9
3
Tony Romo
DAL
NYG
10
3
Teddy Bridgewater
MIN
@SF
11
4
Matthew Stafford
DET
@SD
12
4
Philip Rivers
SD
DET
13
5
Peyton Manning
DEN
BAL
14
5
Andy Dalton
CIN
@OAK
15
6
Joe Flacco
BAL
@DEN
16
▼13
6
Carson Palmer
ARI
NO
17
7
Tyrod Taylor
BUF
IND
18
7
Cam Newton
CAR
@JAX
19
7
Marcus Mariota
TEN
@TB
20
7
Jay Cutler
CHI
GB
21
8
Derek Carr
OAK
CIN
22
8
Blake Bortles
JAX
CAR
23
8
Kirk Cousins
WAS
MIA
24
8
Colin Kaepernick
SF
MIN
25
9
Alex Smith
KC
@HOU
26
9
Ryan Fitzpatrick
NYJ
CLE
27
9
Brian Hoyer
HOU
KC
28
9
Josh McCown
CLE
@NYJ
29
10
Jameis Winston
TB
TEN
30
10
Nick Foles
STL
SEA
OUT
Geno Smith
NYJ
CLE

Running backs

Rk
+/-
Tr
Player
Tm
Opp
1
1
Eddie Lacy
GB
@CHI
2
1
Jeremy Hill
CIN
@OAK
3
1
Lamar Miller
MIA
@WAS
4
2
DeMarco Murray
PHI
@ATL
5
2
Adrian Peterson
MIN
@SF
6
2
Marshawn Lynch
SEA
@STL
7
▲10
2
Matt Forte
CHI
GB
8
3
Jamaal Charles
KC
@HOU
9
3
Andre Ellington
ARI
NO
10
3
Justin Forsett
BAL
@DEN
11
4
Latavius Murray
OAK
CIN
12
4
Doug Martin
TB
TEN
13
4
Jonathan Stewart
CAR
@JAX
14
▲22
5
LeSean McCoy
BUF
IND
15
5
T.J. Yeldon
JAX
CAR
16
5
Chris Ivory
NYJ
CLE
17
5
Mark Ingram
NO
@ARI
18
5
Carlos Hyde
SF
MIN
19
5
Joseph Randle
DAL
NYG
20
5
Frank Gore
IND
@BUF
21
5
Alfred Morris
WAS
MIA
22
5
Danny Woodhead
SD
DET
23
▼16
5
C.J. Anderson
DEN
BAL
24
5
Tevin Coleman
ATL
PHI
25
6
Giovani Bernard
CIN
@OAK
26
6
Darren McFadden
DAL
NYG
27
6
Alfred Blue
HOU
KC
28
6
Darren Sproles
PHI
@ATL
29
▼27
6
Ameer Abdullah
DET
@SD
30
6
Reggie Bush
SF
MIN
31
6
Shane Vereen
NYG
@DAL
32
▲46
7
Joique Bell
DET
@SD
33
▲42
7
Benny Cunningham
STL
SEA
34
7
Khiry Robinson
NO
@ARI
35
7
Andre Williams
NYG
@DAL
36
7
Anthony Dixon
BUF
IND
37
7
Mike Tolbert
CAR
@JAX
38
8
Rashad Jennings
NYG
@DAL
39
8
Bishop Sankey
TEN
@TB
40
8
Isaiah Crowell
CLE
@NYJ
41
▲71
8
Charles Sims
TB
TEN
42
8
Melvin Gordon
SD
DET
43
INJ
Devonta Freeman
ATL
PHI
44
9
Chris Johnson
ARI
NO
45
QUE-GTD
Tre Mason
STL
SEA
46
9
Matt Jones
WAS
MIA
47
9
Bilal Powell
NYJ
CLE
48
9
Jonathan Grimes
HOU
KC
49
9
Jerick McKinnon
MIN
@SF
50
10
Fozzy Whittaker
CAR
@JAX
51
10
Duke Johnson
CLE
@NYJ
52
10
Ronnie Hillman
DEN
BAL
53
11
Denard Robinson
JAX
CAR
54
11
Karlos Williams
BUF
IND
55
11
Ryan Mathews
PHI
@ATL
56
12
Taiwan Jones
OAK
CIN
57
12
Cameron Artis-Payne
CAR
@JAX
58
QUE-GTD
Antonio Andrews
TEN
@TB
59
12
Jacquizz Rodgers
CHI
GB
60
12
Javorius Allen
BAL
@DEN
61
QUE-GTD
Toby Gerhart
JAX
CAR
62
12
James Starks
GB
@CHI
63
12
Chris Polk
HOU
KC
64
12
Knile Davis
KC
@HOU
65
12
Matt Asiata
MIN
@SF
66
12
Branden Oliver
SD
DET
67
12
David Johnson
ARI
NO
68
▲NR
12
Tim Hightower
NO
@ARI
69
12
Roy Helu
OAK
CIN
70
12
Damien Williams
MIA
@WAS
71
13
Bryce Brown
BUF
IND
72
13
Josh Robinson
IND
@BUF
73
13
Theo Riddick
DET
@SD
74
13
Charcandrick West
KC
@HOU
75
13
Marcel Reece
OAK
CIN
76
14
Zac Stacy
NYJ
CLE
77
14
Jeremy Langford
CHI
GB
78
14
Terrance West
TEN
@TB
79
14
Lance Dunbar
DAL
NYG
80
14
LaMichael James
MIA
@WAS
81
14
Dexter McCluster
TEN
@TB
82
14
Darrel Young
WAS
MIA
83
15
Zach Zenner
DET
@SD
84
15
Fred Jackson
SEA
@STL
85
15
Bobby Rainey
TB
TEN
86
15
Rex Burkhead
CIN
@OAK
87
15
Juwan Thompson
DEN
BAL
88
15
Christine Michael
DAL
NYG
89
15
Bernard Pierce
JAX
CAR
90
15
Donald Brown
SD
DET
91
15
Jarryd Hayne
SF
MIN
92
15
Ka’Deem Carey
CHI
GB
OUT
C.J. Spiller
NO
@ARI
OUT
Arian Foster
HOU
KC
OUT
Todd Gurley
STL
SEA
OUT
Lorenzo Taliaferro
BAL
@DEN
OUT
Robert Turbin
CLE
@NYJ
▼95
OUT
Vick Ballard
IND
@BUF
PUP
Stevan Ridley
NYJ
CLE
IR-R
David Cobb
TEN
@TB
IR-R
Jay Ajayi
MIA
@WAS
IR
Dan Herron
IND
@BUF
IR
Kendall Hunter
SF
MIN

Chiefs vs Texans NFL Week One Fantasy Outlook

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Let’s take a look at one of the AFC battles in week one for those playing daily fantasy games, or even if you’re in a league in which you have one of these players and are debating playing them, that being the AFC West Kansas City Chiefs traveling to Houston to play the AFC South’s Houston Texans.

Below are some news and notes on both teams and our thoughts on their output for the contest.

Chiefs

QB Alex Smith – Last year Smith threw for 18 touchdowns, with six of them coming in back-to-back weeks against the Dolphins and Patriots. Against a tough Houston D, yards and scores wont’ be easy to come by.

Outlook: 215 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception, 25 yards rushing

RB Jammal Charles – Many have Charles outgaining his 1033 yards 9 touchdown output last season, and while he may do that, against a Texans D that will be focused in on him, it would be hard to imagine him going for more than 70 yards on the ground. He only went over 90 yards once in his last 6 games in 2014.

Outlook: 55 yards, 1 touchdown, 10 yards receiving

WR Albert Wilson – Last season he started in just two games, and only had one game of note, that being an 87-yard effort against the Steelers. Forget about playing him.

Outlook: 30 yards receiving

WR Jeremy Maclin – He’s the big new WR threat in KC, and Smith and him have to get on the same page early. He had 10 TD’s a year ago, a welcome addition to an offense that needs a playmaker at wide out.

Outlook: 85 yards receiving

TE Travis Kelce – He led the team with 5 TD’s and 862 yards a year ago, and he and Smith seem to trust each other. He bails out plays for the offense, and could provide a boost to the offense and be an end zone threat again in 2015.

Outlook: 65 yards receiving

K Cairo Santos – This week not a good option unless your looking for a cheap option at kicker, but don’t expect more than 4-5 points from him.

Outlook: 1 field goal 1 extra point

Baltimore Ravens v Houston Texans

Texans

QB Brian Hoyer – With something to prove after being basically thrown out of Cleveland, Hoyer worked hard and won the starter job over Ryan Mallett. Don’t expect a monster day, but he’ll put up a decent effort for the Texans with more weapons to work with than Smith at the WR/TE spots.

Outlook: 245 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 10 yards rushing

RB Alfred Blue – The back will get a majority of the carries with Arian Foster out, and should be able to produce, though it won’t be as productive as Foster. He’s an average second or good 3rd option at the RB spot.

Outlook: 80 yards, 1 touchdown, 20 yards receiving

RB Jonathan Grimes – Not an option, but will see some carries as the backup to Blue.

Outlook: 20 yards rushing

WR DeAndre Hopkins – Many think this is the year Hopkins will become a star, and it will be interesting to see how he starts Sunday vs the Chiefs secondary.

Outlook: 95 yards receiving, 1 touchdown

WR Cecil Shorts III – A sleeper this season playing behind Hopkins, he could see a decent amount of balls thrown his way with Hopkins getting double teamed. Look for some decent games from him, this not being one of them.

Outlook: 45 yards receiving

TE Garrett Graham – Not really an option, but could sneak in a score with Hoyer looking for him down by the end zone.

Outlook: 30 yards receiving, 1 touchdown

K Randy Bullock – Could see some action if the Texans offense can take advantage of the Chiefs moving up and down the field.

Outlook: 2 field goals 3 extra point

Lenovo Launches Comedy Fantasy Football Series

NFL sponsor Lenovo announced the launch of its comedy fantasy football video series Fantasy Online College (FOC). The digital show, which can be seen at www.lenovo.com/NFL, stars eight star NFL players and comedian J.B. Smoove – with Smoove as the chancellor of the fictional FOC and Odell Beckham, Jr., Jamaal Charles, Eric Decker, Matt Forte, Pierre Garçon, Eddie Lacy, DeMarco Murray and Demaryius Thomas as the school’s professors.

The FOC faculty’s focus: how to help their students improve their fantasy football skills. But the students soon find that their fantasy education is less about statistics and setting lineups, and more about verbally one-upping the competition and personal branding.

The first two videos are titled “Recruitment” and “Fantasy Hero.” In “Recruitment,” an explanation of the entire series – in the vein of a typical campus-visit sales video – athletes appear as teachers in the classroom setting, all with special titles playing off their on-field personalities, including the former college track star, Charles, as professor of Advanced Velocity and Acceleration Studies and the high-flying Beckham, Jr. as Senior Professor, Aeronautic Miracles. In “Fantasy Hero,” a student falls asleep in class, and as part of an inspirational dream montage joins the players in dressing up as hair band-style ‘80s-era rockers, playing air guitar, doing some choreographed dancing, all in the hopes of pushing the student to do his fantasy best.

Lenovo will also have a major product and experiential giveaway component to their FOC campaign. This includes: a Grand Sweepstakes (Aug. 24-Jan. 3; trip for two to the Pro Bowl, including sideline access and coach meet and greets); Instant Wins slot machine called Lenovo’s Slot Receiver (Aug. 24-Jan. 17; select autograph merchandise from FOC athletes); Bi-Monthly Quizzes called F.A.T.s, or Fantasy Achievement Tests (Sept. 21-Oct. 19; Nov. 16-Nov. 30; Dec. 28-Jan. 17; select autograph merchandise) – as well as Monthly Challenges.

Baseball Fights Up, But Why?

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The Kansas City Royals recently became the poster child for fighting in baseball this year. They have been in 3 different fights so far in 2015, and we are not even one month into the regular season. In fact, brawls in baseball are up in general. The question is, why are more teams looking to pick fights than usual?

Unlike hockey, baseball has never really been able to embrace fighting in the sport. Sure, benches will clear and entire teams will go at it for the better, but it usually results in multiples suspensions later on. Kansas City seems to be playing with a chip on their shoulder this year, and that has led to them being in quite a few different fights.

A lot of focus has been put on the code of ethics in baseball. There are unwritten rules people are forced to follow to make sure that no one gets intentionally thrown at. Speaking of which, that seems to be the main culprit when it comes to a fight between two teams. Throwing a little too close to someone, or worse, hitting the wrong player, can lead to retaliation and an all-out brawl.

Baseball doesn’t seem to think it has a major fighting problem just yet, and it certainly hasn’t become an epidemic. A few players each time are forced to miss some time in daily fantasy baseball, but all in all it isn’t a huge deal. In fact, some fans believe it brings a bit of energy to the game. As rivalries and grudges continue to form, there could be more fighting during the dog days of summer. After all, during those hot months, that is when fighting seems to take over a bit more. Do not be surprised if that ends up being the case in 2015.

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America’s Obsession With Fantasy Football (Infographic)

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Infographic courtesy of TurboTax.com

(Free) Agents of Change

It seems to be the consensus that football is now a year-round sport. The season no longer ends at the last whistle of the Super Bowl. We (ESPN, sports radio, struggling news papers and football blogs and websites…) now have turned free agency, trades, the draft, and mini-camps all into grand events. Where we study and break down every move and everything is a developing story. Ever feeding the beast that is the NFL.

So my thought is, “why can’t fantasy football be included in all this fun?” Taking away or giving a QB weapons, trading a diva WR to a team he is more happy playing for, sureing-up an O or D line can make or break fantasy players and their production for you.  And is it really too early to start your scouting for this season? For NFL teams scouting is a 24/7-365 kind of thing, so then it becomes how serious are you about your team?

If your answer is “very”, then keep reading. If your answer is “I just pick who ever Yahoo says is the best available when it’s my turn to pick!” then just start working on your funny team name, because that’s what really matters, right?

Now let’s talk Quarterbacks, starting with free agency and how it may affect production for our cornerstone position. You’ll learn over time that I think the quarterback, NOT the running back, is the most important position on your fantasy team.

 

 

Who benefited from FA moves:

 

Josh Freeman: For someone who all the “experts” said was going to be a fantasy god, he was anything but in 2011. They have the offense, even before adding Vincent Jackson, for him to put up some serious numbers. So there should be no excuse in 2012, other than he just can’t cut it. Vincent Jackson, being a fantasy god himself, very well could be the saving grace Freeman needs.

Christian Ponder: His biggest issue is his team’s health. I think he has the ability, he just needs the people around him to… be around him. The addition of Jerome Simpson (Your friendly neighborhood professional-football –playing, front-flip flipping, marijuana dealing kingpin) and a solid TE in John Carlson are nothing but upgrades for the young QB. Like a lot of QBs on this list, he has the weapons; he just needs to take advantage.

Tom Brady: (Written before Wes Welker has signed any sort of contract leading up to the 2012 season.) Giving Tom Brady veteran wide receivers is like giving James Bond a loaded PPK, or Guy Fieri some chicken wings and hair bleach. They know how to use it, and use it well. With the addition of Brandon Lloyd and Donte Stallworth, retaining Deon Branch, and an Ochocinco who is so tame he may rise from the ashes like a un-diva’ed phoenix named Chad Johnson, Brady is poised to have another stellar year. Or he’ll be driving the bus straight to the retirement home to drop off half of his offense, and maybe The Hoodie as well…

Alex Smith: The 9ers are in a position to win, and they want to win now. The said sorry to Alex for trying to holler at Payton Manning by paying him more than he was looking for and then brought him Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham, both good players. The loss of Josh Morgan may sting, but Manningham should make up for it and then some. Mario as a number 1 could be deadly.

Matt Flynn: Matt is finally going to get his chance to average 4.5 TDs and 1 INTs a game as a starter for the first time in his career. The Seahawks are defense first, but they certainly have a formidable offense (on paper). I don’t expect 75 touchdowns this season, but he will be a solid starter along the lines of Alex Smith production.

Michael Vick: Only DeSean Jackson can answer this. Wills the $9mil from his franchise-tag make him happy? $9mil would make anyone happy. Will $9mil make him willing to throw his 5’10 175lbs frame around to make his big plays? I think he, and everyone else knows, he’s one meeting with an IMLB across the middle away from having a life changing experience.  Make him happy, and Vick will jump 10-12 (fantasy) points a game just from the big play ability of D-Jack. Not to mention the room he needs to run when he feels like making his owners very happy.

Jay Cutler: Here was a pleasant surprise last year until his untimely injury that threw a wrench in a much improved fantasy year for Jay. With the amount of run-stopped respect you have to pay to Matt Forte, and the addiction of his old friend Brandon Marshall, you have the makings of a solid year from Cutler. BUT, always be aware of his habit of mentally shutting down when the going gets tough. I don’t question his heart or ability, but he seems to lack the comeback leadership and decision making to throw his team back into a game. He certain does have the ability to throw his team out of it though.

Blaine Gabert: Laurent Robinson is a huge win here, and I think can do big things. He and Blackmon will battle for that number 1 spot, and could very well be a 1 and 1A. My only concern here is whether or not Gabert is an NFL starter… I don’t think he is.

Payton Manning: His big FA move was… moving. He’s on a team who wants him, in a city who’s embracing him, and an organization who wants to win NOW. It’s Big Brother Payton, he has the Midas touch with fantasy football (when healthy). My biggest issue is whether or not he sleeps on his neck wrong and ends up on the IR week 4.

 

 

Who was hurt by FA moves:

 

Drew Brees:  If anything his biggest issue going into this year is the loss of his head coach and BFF, Sean Payton. Bounty-gate turned the Saints into sinners, and has hung a dark cloud over the Super Dome. Not to mention his own contract disputes (Pay the man, already.) and we haven’t even touched the addictions or subtractions from FA. No real loss or gain on the offensive side of the ball here. The loss of Robert Meachem would be somewhat significant on many teams, but I feel like Brees could be throwing to 3rd graders and still pass for 4,000 yards. The system is designed to turn anyone with hands into a star, so this year it’s really going to be whether or not he can get over these mental hurdles set in place during the off season.

Ben Roethlisberger: Sign Mike Wallace or be ready for a rough year.

Cam Newton: The loss of Legedu Naanee is a minor one for such a unique Quarterback as Newton, and there were some considerations from the draft that we will get into when we cover the draft and its effect later. The big issue I see here is the addition of Mike “Goal Line” Tolbert. The thick, 5’9 running back does have hands and shows he can catch well out of the back field, but I have a feeling he’s going to be that “inside the 5” back Cam was last year. With 3 quality backs, the Panthers aren’t going to be shy about jamming the ball down people’s throats but chances are they will want their franchise QB to be less in harm’s way in and out of the pile near the end zone. With all of that being said, Cam is going to get his, so this should all be taken with a grain of salt.

Phillip Rivers: V-Jack > E-Roy, R-Meach, M-Spur. D-u-n, done.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: The loss of Choice in the back field, as well as Parrish out-wide, this is a make or break season of this QB and his featured wide-outs David Nelson and Stevie Johnson. It’s hard to say he was HURT by FA losses, but he certainly wasn’t given help. This is really more of a “can he get it done” than anything else. He still has the weapons, he just needs to pull the trigger and keep the ball out of the other team’s hands. Otherwise, watch out for Alex Tanney… I’m calling it now.

Joe Flaco: Ray Rice carries this team (and him), and right now he doesn’t know if he’s going to training camp. He needs to jump on that Ray-Rice-needs-to-get-paid bandwagon so he can keep getting his ‘8 pass attempts a game’ in.

Mark Sanchez: Man crush alert. Here’s the thing… Tim Tebow is going to do one of two things; Spark a fire in Mark (we’re on a first name basis) and we’re going to see him live up to those New York expectations or he will be nailed to a cross. The later has 2:1 odds right now.

 

If a QB isn’t listed, either their team didn’t make a move to improve their offensive weapons, or didn’t lose anyone to FA that would make a change over last year’s performance. Draft picks aren’t mentioned here, for the most part, and will have their own post later in the week.

-SP

 

 

Did I miss someone? Disagree? Let me know and comment below!

 

 

Top 4 Projected Players at QB, RB, and WR (Week 15)

The projected top 4 performers at RB, QB, and WR for Week 15

 

RUNNING BACKS


CHRIS JOHNSON (TEN): Though Johnson was far from exceptional last week he faces a far from exceptional defense this week. The Colts are 30th against the run, yielding an average of 144 yards per game and 18 rushing touchdowns on the season. Regardless of who is at quarterback, Johnson should have no problem incorporating himself into both the pass and run games. The Colts have all but given up and are collecting checks at this point. They start out with fire but it is easy to quench that fire once down. CJ2K is as good a start as you will get this week.


ARIAN FOSTER (HOU): Foster had a dud by his standards last week but like CJ gets a great match up this week against Carolina. The Panthers are 24th vs. the run, allowing 128 YPG with 15 scores on the year. The interior line for Carolina has been less impressive with each week and fits Foster’s strengths perfectly. Their secondary is underrated and should be able to make it a tougher game for Yates which means Foster will see plenty of touches.


FELIX JONES (DAL): The injury to Demarco Murray opens the door once again for Jones to display why he was expected to win the job in the first place. After an injury riddled season, Jones is finally healthy and faces the hapless Bucs. The Bucs are far form the Giants defensive front which allowed Jones a 100+ total yard day. Tampa has allowed 19 rushing scores on the season and are beyond vulnerable in the middle. The Bucs are down to second stringers and Haynesworth, who is not the greatest run stopper. The Bucs will also be without Aquib Talib, which means more EJ Biggers, leaving the linebackers to try and chase down Jones all day…Not happening for a defense ranked 28th against the run and flaming out.


BEANIE WELLS (ARI): The Browns are great at stopping the pass but absolutely miserable against the run, ranking 31st and allowing 150 YPG. Every team has been able to pound the rock against their front with success, despite the Browns knowing exactly has opposing offense are going to attack them. Add to that the fact Colt McCoy may not be available (as anemic as he has been) and the Browns should lose the possession battle by a large margin. Wells will have plenty of touches and no problem finding the end zone a few times.


WIDE RECEIVERS


MARQUES COLSTON (NO): The Minnesota secondary has been adept at getting torched this year, allowing 248 YPG passing and 26 touchdowns through the air. Brees and the Saints are coming off a sub par performance and nothing sparks Brees like not being at his best. Ponder has also been averaging a turnover once every 15 attempts so Brees is likely to have the ball in his hands way too long which means good things for Colston.


JORDY NELSON (GB): With Greg Jennings set to miss 2-6 weeks, Nelson becomes the big play receiver. Though the Chiefs are decent against the pass (10th) the last time they faced an offense like this was New England which ripped them for 34 points. 


CALVIN JOHNSON (DET): Megatron has now gone 2 straight games without a score and faces Oakland’s 17th ranked secondary. The Raiders have allowed 23 scores through the air compared to only 14 on the ground. Though the Raiders have clamped down the last few games, the offense has been turnover prone and Detroit knows how to capitalize off turnovers. Stafford will ensure Megatron gets his targets, especially given the Raiders should have no problem stopping the run.


WES WELKER (NE): Welker has averaged double digit targets the last three games and faces a Denver team which is 16th vs. the pass. Denver has only been torched twice, both by gunslingers Stafford and Rodgers. Brady is next in line and should have no problem connecting with Welker as Gronkowski will be the primary focus. Welker has caught 3 scores in three games with no less than 85 yards in each. 


QUARTERBACKS


TOM BRADY (NE): As stated above, Brady is the best quarterback the Broncos will have seen since Matt Stafford who threw for 3 scores and Aaron Rodger who threw for 4 scores. The Pats have had huge issues running the ball recently and will sling it around the field once again.


TONY ROMO (DAL): Romo draws the unlucky Bucs who allowed 7 turnovers last week, making Blaine Gabbert look like a decent NFL quarterback. Romo has been gaining confidence and has been letting it loose his last few games. The Bucs are a miserable 27th vs. the pass, allowing 22 touchdowns and a whopping 45 passes of 20+ yards this season. Now with Demarco Murray out, the emphasis will be on the pass to set up the run. Romo now has all his weapons back out wide so it will be easy pickings this week.


DREW BREES (NO): As state with the Colston pick, Brees has one of the best match ups this week and looks to bounce back after an average performance last week. Though he did get back on track the second half, Minnesota offers nothing close to the coverage abilities of the Titans. The Vikings have allowed 26 scores through the air and are ranked 26th in pass defense.


MATT STAFFORD (DET): Like Brees and Manning, Stafford also has one of the most favorable match ups which is why Megatron also landed on this list. After hitting a rough patch, Stafford put up 2 touchdowns against the Vikings last week and now faces the Raiders 17th ranked secondary.