NFL Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 10 Fantasy Football rotoballer.com 4 years ago

This article references A.j. Green, A.J. Jenkins, Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffery, Andre Holmes, Andrew Hawkins, Anquan Boldin, Antonio Brown, Brandin Cooks, Brandon Lloyd, Brandon Marshall, Brandon Tate, Brandon Weeden, Brian Hartline, Brice Butler, Calvin Johnson, Cecil Shorts, Chris Hogan, Corey Fuller, Corey Washington, Davante Adams, Demaryius Thomas, Denard Robinson, Devin Hester, Dexter Mccluster, Dez Bryant, Doug Baldwin, Dwayne Bowe, Emmanuel Sanders, Eric Decker, Golden Tate, Harry Douglas, James Jones, Jarvis Landry, Jeremy Kerley, Jeremy Maclin, Jermaine Kearse, Jerricho Cotchery, John Brown, Jordan Matthews, Jordy Nelson, Julio Jones, Justin Hunter, Kelvin Benjamin, Kenbrell Thompkins, Kendall Wright, Kenny Britt, Kenny Stills, Larry Fitzgerald, Louis Murphy, Mark Sanchez, Markus Wheaton, Marlon Brown, Marqise Lee, Marques Colston, Martavis Bryant, Michael Crabtree, Michael Floyd, Mike Evans and more! RotoBaller brings you our Week 10 fantasy football wide receiver rankings by authors Zach Wilkens (@LopsidedTrades) and Ryan Rufe (@RyanRufe), along with wide receiver rankings analysis by Zach Wilkens.For even more Week 10 rankings and analysis, be sure to check out our positional rankings for all other positions. Week 10 Wide Receiver Rankings AnalysisA.J. Green is still elite. Remember that! I've seen some trades involving him that have stunned me. One of the five[...]

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NFL Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7 Fantasy Football rotoballer.com 4 years ago

This article references Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffery, Andre Holmes, Andre Johnson, Andre Roberts, Andrew Hawkins, Anquan Boldin, Antonio Brown, Brandin Cooks, Brandon Lafell, Brandon Lloyd, Brandon Marshall, Brandon Tate, Brian Hartline, Brian Quick, Brian Tyms, Brice Butler, Cecil Shorts, Cordarrelle Patterson, Corey Fuller, Damaris Johnson, Dane Sanzenbacher, Davante Adams, Deandre Hopkins, DEF, DeMarco Murray, Demaryius Thomas, DeSean Jackson, Devin Hester, Dez Bryant, Doug Baldwin, Dwayne Bowe, Eddie Royal, Emmanuel Sanders, Eric Decker, Golden Tate, Greg Jennings, Greg Salas, Hakeem Nicks, Harry Douglas, James Jones, Jarius Wright, Jarvis Landry, Jeremy Kerley, Jeremy Ross, Jermaine Kearse, Jerricho Cotchery, Jimmy Graham, John Brown, Jordy Nelson, Julian Edelman, Julio Jones, Justin Hunter, Keenan Allen, Kelvin Benjamin, Kendall Wright, Kenny Britt, Kenny Stills, Kirk Cousins and more! RotoBaller brings you our Week 7 fantasy football wide receiver rankings by authors Zach Wilkens (@LopsidedTrades) and Ryan Rufe (@RyanRufe), along with wide receiver rankings analysis by Zach Wilkens. For even more Week 7 rankings and analysis, be sure to check out our positional rankings for all other positions.Editor's Note: In case you missed it, Zach Wilkens and Ryan Rufe nailed their rankings last week. They were both ranked in the top 10 overall accuracy scores on FantasyP[...]

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Fantasy 411 - Week 4 fantasysharks.com 5 years ago

After Further Review

Despite sitting out virtually all of training camp with several different ailments Arian Foster was still a top five pick in most fantasy football leagues, but after three weeks of play he has not performed up to his draft slot. The Texans have a playoff run on their minds with absolutely no interest in appeasing fantasy owners in mind, and consequently, they are easing Foster back in to action as he shares carries with Ben Tate. On most other teams such arrangements would be impossible, given the typical talent gap between backs, but the Texans are blessed to have two capable running backs.

Through three weeks Foster has forty-nine carries to only twenty-seven for Tate. Tate has been making his mark with a gaudy 6.8 yards per carry. Don't panic if you own Foster! Foster has been among the best goal line backs over the last several years, but he has only found the end zone once so far this season. He is still getting the red zone carries over Tate and figures to start cashing those in as the Texans utilize him more. Tough match-ups are in store for him over the next several weeks and he could make a nice trade target if his owner grows tired of waiting on him to live up to expectations.

It seems like decades since Maurice Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing yards. It was actually only two seasons ago, but the Lisfranc injury last season and the Jags' anemic offense appear to be taking their toll. MJD did manage to find the end zone in week three, salvaging an otherwise pedestrian performance. Through three games Jones-Drew is averaging only 2.6 yards per carry. The Jags offense seems to be at least a little more efficient with Chad Henne at quarterback, but after seeing Tampa Bay and the New York Giants race out to 0-3 starts (among others), they have announced Blaine Gabbert will reclaim his position as starting quarterback in an effort to tank for the top draft pick next year. I still believe in MJD's talent, but I have major concerns about his surrounding circumstances. Keep a close eye on the Jags' offensive scheme over the next couple of weeks. They looked like they occasionally got away from the newly installed zone blocking approach they had been using and MJD looked more comfortable at times in week three. If they have any hopes of reeling off a few wins, the Jags need Jones-Drew to operate with optimum efficiency.

Several media outlets are reporting that Tom Brady has been texting and calling Deion Branch and ...

Monday Night Takeaways -- Week 14 fantasysharks.com 6 years ago

Houston 14, New England 42

Texans

It's never a good day when the backups are in the game with six minutes still remaining. In those closing minutes, second string quarterback T.J. Yates nearly outscored starter Matt Scahub. In short, it was a bad day for all Texans players.

Patriots

We had our first real Brandon Lloyd sighting since week eight. The much maligned wide receiver suddenly showed up with his fourth and fifth touchdowns of the season - although touchdown number two was a fluky fumble recovery in the end zone. I'm still not banking my championship hopes on Lloyd's sporadic production.

Aaron Hernandez has fully returned from his ankle injury delivering two touchdowns. Just in time.

Tuesday Morning Quick Hits

•Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was fired yesterday. Expect a heavier dose of Ray Rice moving forward.

•Dwayne Bowe has been diagnosed with two broken ribs. He's likely done for the season.

•Neither Michael Vick nor LeSean McCoy has been medically cleared to return. Early indications have both Bryce Brown and Nick Foles once again starting for the Eagles in Week 15.

•Dez Bryant is seeing a hand specialist to examine a torn tendon in his finger. If the injury requires surgery, he could be lost for the season.

•Ahmad Bradshaw is undergoing a battery of tests on his injured knee. David Wilson has sudden waiver wire appeal.

•The Bills have lost Fred Jackson for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. To the bain of head coach Chan Gailey, C.J. Spiller will finally carry the load and be given a chance to equal his RB1 hype.

•The extent of Brandon Pettigrew's ankle injury has yet to be determined. Tony Scheffler would assume the starting role with low end TE1 potential.

•Eagles tight end Brent Celek has already been ruled out for Week 15. Jason Avant has sudden WR3 appeal for those owners hurting at the position.

•Last but not least, RG III has been diagnosed with a "mild sprain." I'd be willing to bet my left arm he won't play next week.

Good Luck to all next weekend. Hope to see yeah on the flip side.

Audibles - Week 14 fantasysharks.com 6 years ago

So you've managed to get into your league's playoffs? There will always be a need for fill-in players because of injury. This, as they say, is for all the marbles. You may need a running back this week as LeSean McCoy is still out and you didn't have the foresight to grab Bryce Brown. Well it's time to look at the opportunities that you can take advantage of.

Billal Powell is available in a pretty large percentage of leagues. Powell is involved in a timeshare with Shonn Greene who has under-impressed as of late. Both backs will run well this week and although Powell played 43 percent of snaps as opposed to Greene's 48 percent, there is still value there. Powell can be started as a low-end flex with some upside because he is the primary goal line back. Pair that with the change at quarterback, and there could be more carries for both backs.

Rashad Jennings will enter the concussion program this week according to Mike Mularkey. Maurice Jones-Drew is not ready and with Jalen Parmele out. There is a real question mark as to who gets the ball. Montell Owens looks like the front runner as the starter with Jordan Todman, and Richard Murphy as the reserves. The Jets will give up plenty on the ground as well. So this may be just the play that one team needs to fill in for an injured back.

James Starks sure looked the part last week as he got to the edge and outraced Vikings defenders for a touchdown. The problem is that every time he shows some promise, it ends with a trip to the injury report. This was the first time that I saw Starks really turn it on. Any back not named Cedric Benson is seriously not the answer. The answer here is if you have Green that you can rest assured that he will get the majority of carries only to be vultured by John Kuhn at the stripe.

The signing of Donte Stallworth means that Julian Edelman is indeed done for the season. Stallworth will be a pretty deep option on the depth chart. I suspect that Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez, and Shane Vereen should see an uptick in targets. Grab Stallworth only if you are desperate.

Dallas Clark is starting to get enough targets to be fantasy worthy. I had that inclination last week and grabbed him off of the wire. He had a nice catch in the end zone on a play clearly designed to get him the ball. He has big red zone potential as teams stack the box against Doug Martin. If you can still grab him, do so. He will be a decent play this week against the Eagles, and a pretty ...

Four Guys that Hurt Owners' Playoff Chances fantasysharks.com 6 years ago

Fantasy playoffs begin for some owners in Week 14 and that means disappointment for others. What began as such promise following the draft back in August has some fantasy owners sitting home watching others in the playoffs.

One player never decides which owners make the playoffs but using a high draft pick on a guy who ends up being a bust certainly does not help matters. If your fantasy season came to an end last week, there is a good chance one of the four players below contributed to your demise.

Greg Jennings, WR Green Bay Packers -- Sometimes it is just not a player's year and that was the case for Jennings in 2012. Jennings missed most of the season with a groin injury before deciding to have surgery. He returned against Minnesota in Week 13 but for owners who selected him with a Top 40 pick, Jennings' comeback may be too little, too late. While Jennings has only played four games in 2012, it was Randall Cobb who emerged and led many owners to the fantasy playoffs.

Brandon Lloyd, WR New England Patriots -- This summer some beat writers in New England were comparing Lloyd to the Patriots signing of Randy Moss. Apparently they meant the 2006 version of Moss and not the 2007 version. After Lloyd's one-catch dud on Sunday he has now failed to score double-digit fantasy points in five of his last six games. Lloyd has also not reached 20 fantasy points once all year. Lloyd's disappointing season has not hurt the Patriots' offense but it has killed fantasy owners that used a high draft pick on him.

Ryan Mathews, RB San Diego Chargers -- Thanks to a lot of preseason hype, Mathews rose to the No. 5 overall pick in some fantasy drafts. He then rewarded owners with the epitome of an average season. Mathews is often taken out of the game and is only scoring 12.6 fantasy points per week. That is three points more than Detroit Lions' second-string running back Joique Bell. In three seasons Mathews has almost as many fumbles (12) as he does touchdowns (14). Remember that next summer when he is getting hyped-up again as an elite running back.

Darren McFadden, RB Oakland Raiders -- By now owners should not expect McFadden to play 16 games, so his ankle injury cannot come as a surprise. However, McFadden's lack of production when he did play was unexpected. McFadden failed to reach 10 fantasy points in three of eight games and only topped 20 fantasy points once all year; way back in Week 1. Some pointed to Oakland's poor offensive line for McFadden's struggles ...

Audibles - Post Election Edition fantasysharks.com 6 years ago

So, no one wants to hear the "I told you so" that goes along with Darren McFadden getting injured. You had to know that it was looming. That question was if he would make it through the year. The injury is a dreaded high ankle sprain, and while the X-rays were negative, you get a sense that he will stay on the shelf this week. The Oakland Raiders would prefer to have him healthier next week against New Orleans. The Saints have been gashed on the ground, and to have him sit this week makes sense from a precautionary standpoint. Mike Goodson is also hobbled, which points to Taiwan Jones. Is Jones ready to play? I personally think fullback Marcel Reece has more value. Regardless of who starts, take a look at Reece, especially in points-per-reception leagues.

Don't get too excited about Chris Johnson's numbers the last three weeks. You should have the good sense to know that it's time to trade him. I just can't do it in my dynasty league as I'll never quite get what I want for him. Miami is on tap this week, and I'll continue to start him because I'm committed. Temper your expectation because Miami has been fairly tough to run against. He still possesses game-changing speed; there's no arguing that. The offense simply plays too many games from behind for them to put up enough for you to be excited about running backs on this roster.

Danario Alexander was a good add for the San Diego Chargers since Robert Meachem hasn't lived up to billing, Eddie Royal has been injured mostly and Vincent Brown isn't quite ready to resume just yet. I don't believe that he has as much value as Malcom Floyd or Antonio Gates. The signs point to him being involved catching three balls in the first week without much practice. He may be worth a look in deeper leagues, but take a wait-and-see approach.

Chris "Beanie" Wells may be available in your league. Do yourself a favor and check. The knee-jerk reaction was to drop him when he was injured. He will be back and insists that the knee and turf toe have healed sufficiently. Wells runs with authority and needs to get carries to get momentum. He should be ready Week 11 to return against St. Louis. The Week 13 game against the New York Jets has me salivating. If you have the room, make the move now. It's great to have options like this. I realize that in deep leagues that he sits on a bench some place. You can start looking for a possible trade if your league allows.

Brandon Lloyd had a big week across the pond against ...

Risers and Fallers - Week 4 fantasysharks.com 6 years ago

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons - Steve Smith

Cam Newton‘s top target has been very busy in the yardage department. Smith went for more than 100 yards in back-to-back games and contributed a respectable 86 yards against the New York Giants in their Week 3 loss. But after three games, Smith still has a big old goose egg in the touchdown box. Newton has been looking for Smith often to get the offense downfield and then turns to the running game inside the 20-yard line. Smith needs to either create massive separation for a long touchdown here in Week 4 or be on the receiving end of a short in cut route for a score.

No matter how he does it, the point is that Smith needs to re-familiarize himself with the end zone. If we don't see a patented Smith celebration in Week 4, that'll mean that a quarter of the season will have gone by without a single touchdown catch. Smith could go from an unquestioned No. 1 receiver to a high end No. 2. The Falcons are going to put up points in bunches in this one so the Panthers will be playing from behind for most of the game. Newton needs to regain his passing dominance and hook up with Smith for six.

New England at Buffalo Bills - Brandon Lloyd

The Patriots need to get back into a full offensive rhythm sooner rather than later. The Patriots are 1-2 for the first time in about a decade and a lot of that blame rests on the offense. Tom Brady's yardage has been good, but four touchdowns is not what most had expected after three games. The Patriots are seemingly still reeling from the loss of tight end Aaron Hernandez. Two positive things that fantasy owners can take away from Week 3 are the re-emergence of Wes Welker and the first 100-yard game from Brandon Lloyd.

The offense made strides between Weeks 2 and 3 in regards to establishing more consistent weapons. They need to build upon that chemistry, and the Bills offer up a punching bag of an opportunity to do so. The Bills are going to be flying in at Brady hard, though. Their defensive line is superb and they'll be bringing additional pressure in an attempt to mirror the successes of Arizona and Baltimore.

While he hasn't looked it as of late, Brady is still one of, if not, the best quarterbacks at blitz pick up and firing quickly to the free receiver. Lloyd could find himself one-on-one during blitz packages on several occasions. He's going to get a few chances to break the game wide open for New England. Welker and Lloyd should complement each other ...

Week 1 Insights fantasysharks.com 6 years ago24 Comments

Some fantasy owners play things far too conservatively when it comes to reacting and adding players to their roster. Adding and dropping players can be an art. You don't want to drop a player too soon and give up on a guy who can contribute to your team later in the season, but you don't want sit idly by waiting on a player to repeat his performance for half the season, before you add him. Just as important as adding and dropping the right guys is correctly utilizing the players who are on your team. Here is my take on some key Week 1 performances.

Much has been made of Wes Welker's abysmal three-catch, 14-yard outing against the Tennessee Titans. Don't be overly concerned with the poor outing. Some will tell you that the emergence of the running game, the arrival of Brandon Lloyd and a tight end-centric passing game are working together to spell the end of Welker's position as an elite receiving option. I'm not buying it. Welker is a key part of the New England offense and he will be utilized plenty over the course of the season. The Patriots are notorious for tailoring a game plan specific to their opponent. Given the 34-13 drubbing the Patriots gave the Titans, you would have to say the game plan was effective. Rest assured that more often than not the game plan will include getting the ball to Welker often.

What can I say about Mike Shanahan that hasn't already been said? Shanahan is generally hated in fantasy circles for his use and fickleness when it comes to fantasy gold (aka running backs). Alfred Morris emerged out of nowhere...well, Florida Atlantic...yeah nowhere, to rush for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Morris could be this year's free agent gem or he could be a backup special teamer in three weeks. You really just never know with Shanahan. I was not overly impressed with what I saw from Morris. He was effective, but unspectacular taking what the defense allowed, but not much else. Roy Helu and Evan Royster are capable backs who have carried the load in the past. Add Morris and see what kind of role he plays over the next several weeks, but if the opportunity to trade him high presents itself, jump on it.

Rookie quarterbacks. Robert Griffin III may be unavailable in Week 2. No, this isn't breaking news. It's not even true, but some sports pundits would have you believe that Griffin III is due to be reclaimed by whatever foreign planet he is visiting earth from at any minute. Andrew Luck and Griffin III will be linked and compared for ...

2012 Regular Season Prop Bets fantasysharks.com 6 years ago

The NFL season is finally upon us! More importantly, its time to delve into this years season long prop bets and see what tasty options are available. There are prop bets for everyone! Whether you think the New York Jets are going to finish last in the AFC East (like me) or go on to win Super Bowl XLVII (not me), there is a bet for you!

Season Prop Bets:

New York Jets to win under 8.5 games (-180)

Fine. The New York Jets may not finish last in the AFC East (the Miami Dolphins may claim that prize), but nine wins? Lets break down their schedule with a BEST case scenario:

Lose vs. Buffalo Bills

Lose at Pittsburgh Steelers

Win at Miami Dolphins

Lose vs. San Francisco 49ers

Lose vs. Houston Texans

Win vs. Indianapolis Colts

Lose at New England Patriots

Win vs. Miami Dolphins

Lose at Seattle Seahawks

Win at St. Louis Rams

Lose vs. New England Patriots

Win vs. Arizona Cardinals

Win at Jacksonville Jaguars

Win at Tennessee Titans

Lose vs. San Diego Chargers

Lose at Buffalo Bills

Seven wins with four of them coming on the road against arguably equal or lesser teams. The Jets under 8.5 wins ranks atop the guarantees list with death and taxes.

Jimmy Graham to record +35 receiving yards over Rob Gronkowski (-135)

The 35 yards is nothing more than a little buffer. The New Orleans Saints lost an offensive weapon in Robert Meachem while the New England Patriots gained an offensive weapon in Brandon Lloyd. New Orleans has the easiest passing strength of schedule while New England has the third most difficult! All signs point to Graham having a far greater opportunity than Gronkowski barring a major injury to Drew Brees (or Graham himself for that matter).

Greg Olsen over 550.5 receiving yards (-115)

Olsen had 540 receiving yards in 2011. Ron Rivera has already stated that Olsen will be more involved this year. This stat-line should be easily attainable now that Jeremy Shockey is not around to vulture targets and receiving yards from Olsen. I have yet to hear a good reason why Olsen will not better his numbers from last season.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis over 850.5 rushing yards (-115)

Lead running backs have averaged more than 1,100 rushing yards per season during Marvin Lewis' tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Bernard Scott can't stay healthy enough to play and was never the answer in Cincinnati. Green-Ellis is the most reliable running back in the game when it comes to ball control (he has zero fumbles in his entire NFL career)...