Taiwan Jones Did Not Suffer Concussion rotoballer.com 4 months ago

Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones (head) did not suffer a concussion in Week 2 against the Chargers when he lost his helmet and then took a hit to the head. Head coach Sean McDermott said Jones was bruised and needed stitches to close a wound on his head. Jones is more of a special teams player and won't be fantasy relevant, even if LeSean McCoy (ribs) misses this weekend against the Vikings.

Chris Ivory (RB, BUF) - 2018 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper rotoballer.com 6 months ago

BALLER MOVE: Target ~165


ANALYSIS: It's always tough to deal with legal situations in fantasy football, especially since the NFL has proven to be inconsistent with its punitive measures regarding domestic violence situations in the past. Regardless, the fantasy fallout of a potential LeSean McCoy suspension would shift the entire outlook of the Bills offense and the landscape of the first three rounds. The Bills were a team that relied heavily on the run last season, h[...]

Lotto Time - Late Draft Picks that Could Pay Off rotoballer.com 6 months ago

During the draft season, we love to get hyped up on young, up-and-coming players. Spinning yarns about future stardom and inflating their draft price to the point where many of these sleepers are no longer values.

The purpose of this article is to try and identify sleepers that no one is excited about - the broken, the damaged, and the ghosts of fantasy seasons past.

These are unexciting lottery tickets that could pay off towards the end of drafts this season.




T.J. Jones Saw Action With First-Team rotoballer.com 2 years ago

This article references T.J. Jones and more! Detroit Lions wide receiver T.J. Jones, who is battling with Jace Billingsley and Jarred Abbrederis for No. 4 receiver duties, saw a lot of run with the first-team offense out of the slot in spring practices. Billingsley and Jones also saw a lot of work on special teams during organized team activities and minicamp. Jones is entering his fourth season but had just five catches for 93 yards in three games in 2016. He could be an extremely deep sleeper if he wins the fourth job in training camp.Keep on reading: T.J. Jones Saw Action With First-Team

Week 8 Running Back Rankings & Matchups Analysis rotoballer.com 3 years ago

This article references Adrian Peterson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Alfred Blue, Ameer Abdullah, Andre Ellington, Andre Williams, Antonio Andrews, Benny Cunningham, Bilal Powell, Bishop Sankey, Blount, Branden Oliver, C.J. Anderson, C.j. Spiller, Carlos Hyde, Charcandrick West, Charles Sims, Chris Johnson, Chris Polk, Christine Michael, Danny Woodhead, Darren Mcfadden, David Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, Devonta Freeman, Dexter Mccluster, Dion Lewis, Doug Martin, Duke Johnson, Eddie Lacy, Frank Gore, Fred Jackson, Giovani Bernard, Ike Davis, Isaiah Crowell, James Starks, James White, Javorius Allen, Jeremy Hill, Jeremy Langford, Jerick McKinnon, Joique Bell, Jonas Gray, Jonathan Grimes, Jonathan Stewart, Josh Robinson, Justin Forsett, Khiry Robinson, Knile Davis, Kyle Juszczyk, Lamar Miller, Latavius Murray, LeGarrette Blount, Marcel Reece, Mark Ingram, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, melvin gordon, Mike Davis, Mike Tolbert, Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Reggie Bush, Robert Turbin, Ronnie Hillman, Roy Helu, Shane Vereen, Taiwan Jones, Tevin Coleman, Theo Riddick, Thomas Rawls, Todd Gurley, Tre Mason, Vereen, Zac Stacy and more! Below you will find our Week 8 running back rankings, to help determine your WR starts/sits for this week, brought to you by Edward Gorelik (@EdwardGorelik) and Zach Wilkens (@LopsidedTrades).

Featured fantasy football writer Zach Wilkens also highlights some WR rankings and matchups analysis for Week 8, and draws some matchup conclusions. He tells you who he likes, who he doesn't, and most importantly who he thinks you should be starting in Week 8.

You can also check out our 2015 fantasy[...]Keep on reading: Week 8 Running Back Rankings & Matchups Analysis

Preseason: Coming to an End fantasysharks.com 5 years ago

The start of the regular season is just around the corner. All of my drafts are complete so now I can focus on Week 1. There are a few preseason games yet to be played and I am surprised that some teams will allow some of their key starters to suit up. With some of the injuries and close calls we've had during the preseason, I can't believe that any coach would risk playing key guys. I will hold my breath that none of the guys I've drafted get hurt. Like I wrote about in my previous article, there is nothing worse than starting the year with one of your early draft picks hurt or gone for the season.

The preseason for fantasy generates a ton of hype and rumors about players. One guy gets practice reps or starts in a game over another and the forums and social media are buzzing with that player's name. Hear about a guy missing practice or he leaves a game with an injury and the storm of panic sweeps the fantasy nation. When it is all said and done, what matters is who will be suiting up for Week 1 of the regular season.

Don't let preseason statistics fool you. Many of the players that are listed in the top 10 during the preseason sometimes don't even get to sniff the field during the regular season. There are some gems to be found like last season when Alfred Morris and Stevan Ridley were playing well in the preseason but the majority of the guys never amount to much. Last preseason, guys like William Powell, Nate Eachus and Keith Toston were unknown players that played will in preseason but were irrelevant during the regular season. Other players such as Anthony Dixon, Justin Forsett and Robert Turbin received the preseason hype of players that could be sleepers and see some playing time. Some of these guys went drafted in leagues only to find their way back to the waiver wire. How many of you wasted a draft pick on players like Isaiah Pead, Lance Ball, Mike Goodson, Alex Green, Taiwan Jones or Evan Royster?

There were receivers too that were deemed sleepers but didn't pan out. Players such as Jon Baldwin, Jerome Simpson, Taiwan Jones, Dexter McCluster, Titus Young, Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris all made it to rosters but didn't pan out.

It makes me wonder about this season's crop of players that are on the hype train such as running backs Isaiah Pead once again, Stepfan Taylor, Knile Davis, Zac Stacy, Joseph Randle, Christine Michael and Johnathan Franklin. Wide receivers such as DeAndre Hopkins, Kenbrell Thompkins, Michael Floyd, Rueben...

Rock And A Hard Place - Week 11 fantasysharks.com 6 years ago

Four teams are on a bye in week 11: Minnesota, New York Giants, Seattle, and Tennessee. That means three top ten running backs and several solid receivers are out of lineups. Below, I'll list the player, their week 11 matchup, and the percentage of leagues in which he is owned according to our friends at fleaflicker.com.

DISCLAIMER: The hope is that you don't find yourself in a situation like this. The hope is that you dodge the bullet. But hope won't help you come Sunday.

Let's move on to this week's targets, keeping in mind that these aren't every week starters. Instead, these are guys that should only be used if you're in some kind of roster emergency, whether it be related to bye weeks or injuries.


Nick Foles @WAS -- 15%. I know he's a rookie, and I know it's his first start, but he completed 22-of-32 passes last week against an underrated Dallas defense. He threw for 219 yards, a score, and a pick in under three quarters. He now has a full week to prepare, a talented supporting cast, and a pass-happy offense. His offensive line still isn't healthy, or good for that matter, but the Redskins are one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Fantasysharks.com projects 230 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. I think he blows past those numbers.

Sam Bradford vs NYJ -- 43%. Bradford has shown some flashes of the talent that made him the top overall selection in the draft a few years ago. While the Rams would like to be a run-oriented team they usually need to turn to the pass before the first half ends. Bradford looked much better last week against a proven San Francisco defense, and I believe that the biggest reason is Danny Amendola. Using Steven Jackson effectively helps, Amendola is his possession guy and security blanket. With Darrelle Revis out, I'm not afraid of the Jets defense at all, and I'd have no problem starting Bradford if needed. He'll easily top the 200 yards and score that we've projected.


Marcel Reece vs NO -- 34%. With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out last week, Reece totaled 104 yards on 20 touches. He will start again and should receive a starter's workload. The Raiders coaching staff doesn't trust Taiwan Jones to hold onto the ball, so the speedier Jones will most likely see just a carry or two. Reece also faces the Saints historically poor defense and I think he outperforms the 95 total yards projected by the Fantasy Sharks staff.

Chris Ivory @OAK -- 27%. While he is part of a very crowded backfield, it seems...

JL's Observation Deck - Week 10 fantasysharks.com 6 years ago

In most standard fantasy leagues, you are going to get 12 managers participating in a 13-week regular season. It is very likely that only a couple of managers in your league feel completely comfortable with their playoff position, and only a couple managers looking to 2013, already. In leagues that are more advanced, you might see a larger chunk of weeks designated for the playoffs, and might only have one to two more weeks in your fantasy regular season. Here are a few tips that will keep you from agonizing in the coming weeks.

1. Do what it takes right now to get you into the playoffs. Sounds very simple, I know. But far too many managers hold on to injured players or non-contributors in hopes of hitting the home run in the fantasy playoffs. Every move you make, you should weigh the goal of making the playoffs heavier than any other factor. There will be no possibility of long-term success if you don't take care of business right now.

You obviously have to play the risk vs. reward game in your mind when pulling the trigger on any given move in fantasy football. If that risk involves you not even gaining the opportunity to compete in your playoff format, then your decision should be made for you. If your trade deadline has not passed, and you are sitting right in the thick of the playoff race, don't be afraid to make the trade that helps you in the short-term first and foremost. Even if that means making a trade giving up a Victor Cruz, who is on bye this week, take the necessary steps to give yourself a chance to make a run. The manager who just sits on his roster, plays it stubborn and then misses out on the playoffs will always wonder ‘what if?' I highly recommend not being that guy.

2. Don't overthink it. Dance with who brought you. Start the players who have been the most consistent and are the healthiest. Don't try and pull the start you think will make noise in your league, just do what you know works. It is another simple concept that I see people have trouble with on a consistent basis. A good example this past Sunday would have been if you had a decision between keeping Steven Jackson in as an RB2/flex or starting new Oakland ‘starting' running back Taiwan Jones.

You probably felt pretty good when you picked up Jones, and you might have even thought it was an instant upgrade because of Jones' speed and the new opportunity he was getting. You knew Jackson would get his 15 touches against San Francisco going into the game, with the ...

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 ...

The Feeding Frenzy fantasysharks.com 7 years ago1 Comment

Now that we've gotten through three preseason games, it's time to set our sights on the real thing. The final preseason game doesn't mean a whole lot, so we have a pretty good read on players at this point.

I thought I would take a look at some players that will likely be on the waiver wire in a majority of leagues as the season kicks off. These are guys that have made an impact this preseason but aren't sure-fire fantasy contributors right now, so they're still out there for the picking.

We all know there will be another LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Lloyd, so it's never too early to try and identify them. I'll be back with the Feeding Frenzy after Week 1 when we really get into the meat of the waiver wire process but for now here a few names to keep an eye on:

John Beck, QB, Washington -- Sometimes we need to change our preconceived notions of a player or a situation. I'm not quite ready to call Beck an elite fantasy quarterback but he should be on your radar after a strong preseason.

Coach Mike Shanahan says he won't name a starter until right before gametime against the New York Giants but it would be an upset if the strong-armed Beck didn't get the nod.

Speaking in fantasy terms, the Redskins have some nice skill players. Guys like Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Chris Cooley, Fred Davis and Tim Hightower could all have strong fantasy seasons if Beck brings stability to the quarterback position. Moss, in particular, could be a draft day steal if he finally has a quarterback that can deliver him the ball on a consistent basis.

Obviously you already have or will draft a quarterback that is rated higher than Beck, but that doesn't mean he won't have value. Remember, people weren't expecting much from Kyle Orton last year either. Watch Beck early in the season and see how he performs. He could end up being a valuable fantasy backup.

Most Likely Scenario: Beck is named the starter and has a decent fantasy season. Look for him to put up numbers similar to Ryan Fitzpatrick last year, making him a nice second quarterback in most leagues.

Jamie Harper, RB, Tennessee -- With the Chris Johnson situation getting uglier by the day and Javon Ringer still nursing an injury, Harper could see significant playing time early in the year.

The rookie out of Clemson has been impressive in both training camp and preseason games so far. The problem with Harper is if Ringer is healthy enough to play in Week 1, he'll likely get a majority of the carries between the 20s, ...