Waivers: Week 9 waiver adds

With week 9 being the second of the two major bye weeks this year in fantasy football with a third of the league on bye in week 8 and 9 combined. Warning signs to fantasy owners that the home stretch run for the playoffs are here and typically is when teams start making moves in personnel decisions based on starters first half player performances. Here are some waiver adds you need on your roster now, as their potential to evolve very quickly should not be left to chance on next week’s waiver claims. 


Josh McCown CLE

  • With Josh McCown now back at the head of the table in Clevelands offense, he has proven time and time again that he absolutely loves to challenge defenses through the air and will have a beautiful one – two punch of Coleman and Pryor. Kesslers possible reurn from injury is a concern but if head coach Hue Jackson sticks with McCown, he will make multiple Browns positon players fantasy relevant going forward and faces some vulnerable defenses against the pass.

Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ

  • Fitzpatricks season started terribly as he held out in a contract dispute with the Jets brass and has clearly had an effect on his performance ss far. Essentially leading him to being dropped in most leagues and, with the emergence of Quincy Enunwa and the two headed monster leading the ground game in Matt Forte and Billal Powell. Fitzy wont be down for long, as the Jets are in a position to fight for a playoff spot look for Fitzpatrick to round into form into the coming weeks and put up numbers that more closely resemble his performance from last season.


Mohamed Sanu ATL

  • Now finally healthy, Sanu displayed his immense upside in the slug fest against Green Bay on Sunday and finally showed us why I was very high on him earlier in the season in this offense. Look for Jones, who continues to get beat up from a massive workload, to get some possessions off going forward as the Falcons look to keep him healthy for the NFL playoffs. Not too mention, the Falcons have one of the worst divisions versus the pass in football and now get to take advantage of those match ups.

Corey Coleman CLE

  • Coleman left Baylor University in style, catching 20+ touchdowns from an injury plagued QB position that saw him catch touchdowns from three different quarterbacks. With McCown now back at Quarterback for the Browns and a favorable schedule, the paired showed in week two as they hooked up for two touchdown passes in the first quarter against the Ravens before both left with injuries. They are primed and ready to closed this season strong on offense, as Coleman and Pryor will be fantasy gold if they can avoid injury going forward. 

Russell Sheperd TAM

  • With Struggling veteran Vincent Jackson now on IR, it has opened the door wide open for someone to help rising stars Jameis Winston and Mike Evans in the passing game. The unlikely guy to step up was, journey man receiver/kick returner Russell Sheperd. A player who, in minimal usage on offense has shined since Jacksons IR designation. The Bucs are trying to save him for special teams as he is their captain but, if he continues to perform like this they will have no other choice but to expand his role going forward as the Bucs have some juicy divisional matchups coming up on the schedule. 


Dion Lewis NWE

The deadline for the Patriots to make a decision on Lewis’ reurn from the pup list looms around the corner. If you are an owner in need of a running back with all the injuries at the position this year then add Lewis and hope for the best. There is a good possibility that the Patriots will place him on IR as Belichick has been known to play it safe with his star positon players but if he’s ready, and with James White’s deteriorating usage the past couple weeks. Lewis could provide a huge boost for owners as we push towards the fantasy playoffs. 

CJ Prosise SEA

  • Prosise is a guy I have been high since Seattle drafted him in April and if not for an injury plagued start to his career, in my opinion, would have taken the starting job in the Seahawks backfield. As he showed against the Saints on Sunday, he has loads of talent and ability to be a super star at the NFL level. Not only did he outplay Michael, who appears to be running out of gas from the massive early season workload as Russell Wilson has struggled to stay healthy. The Hawks are in desperate need for a playmaker on offense as injuries have decimated this team on both sides of the ball. Look for head coach Pete Carroll to get Prosise heavily envolved in the offense, especially in passing situations. Micheal should still retain starter status and get the bulk of rushing attempts out of the backfield but Prosise is a dangerous weapon that compliments him perfectly in this offense. 

Rob Kelley WAS

  • Kelley got his first shot at a starting gig with Matt  Jones sidelined with an injury in week 8 and was clearly better than the aforementioned Jones. The Redskins coaching staff are rumored to be frustrated with Jones’ struggles to hold onto the football and with Kelley” performance on Sunday, he showed that he is more than capable of providing the balance to Washington’s arial assault it desperately has needed all season. If Jones injury lingers through their week 9 bye, we could see a change a long term change at the RB position for the Redskins, who have a tough schedule against the run but have a good enough passing game to keep defenses honest. 


CJ Fedorowics HOU

  • With Osweiler favoring short to mid range passes due to a number of issues with his limitations at the quarterback positon. Fedorowics has been killing it the past three weeks and hes become one of Houston’s top red zone targets along with Lamar Miller and should be added immediately as the Texans schedule gets much easier going forward with the toughest part of their schedule now in the rear view mirror. 

Gary Barnidge CLE

  • A non factor in the Browns offense when McCown went down with an injury in week two. A quarterback who loves feeding the tight end between the twenties to move the ball, Barnidge work load has been very consistent since the gun slinging quarterbacks return and should be added in all formats as the Browns offense looks to be a potent beast under head coach Hue Jackson as their early season injuries derailed the teams progression.

Cameron Brate TE

  • If he is still available on waivers, Brate is a player who is a must own as quarterback Jameis Winston looks for the tight end over the middle often late in games as Mike Evans draws so much attention away from the middle of the field. If you are an owner who is in need of tight end help or an additional flex play option, Brate will have solid matchups to produce in and should be deployed situationally going forward in favorable matchups. 

Lineup: Week 6 starts of the week


LeVeon Bell PIT vs MIA

Bell has been on a tear since returning from his suspension but his best game has yet to be played, amazingly. With the Steelers relying on Big Ben’s arm a lot these past few weeks, look for the Steelers to jump out to an early lead and lean on Bell to finish this one off on the road.

Theo Riddick DET vs LAR

The Rams have showed to be stingy against the pass this season and the Lions offense has shown they are vulnerable to stingy secondary’s through week 5. However, the Rams rank 28th against the run and have allowed 122 yards per game on the ground which bodes well for Riddick, considering he is literally the only guy on the Lions roster who can handle a full work load with all the injuries they have had this year at the position.

Jarvis Landry MIA vs Pitt

You don’t need a magic eight ball to tell you how much the Dolphins will have to pass in this game against the scorching hot Steelers, which is good news for fantasy owners of the talented wide out. Landry should get plenty of targets here with Miami, expected by many, to be trailing big right out of the gate and with  the Steelers allowing the third most yards to receivers in the league he should get plenty of yardage with those catches.

Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs NO

Benjamin has struggled, along with the whole Carolina team these past few weeks, but at the end of the day this team has way too much talent on it to go to 1-5. If Cam Newton plays, look for Kelvin to put up some monster numbers this week against a familiar foe he has dominated in the past.

Jason Witten DAL vs GB

With Dez Bryant still doubtful to return and Terrance Williams now questionable for week 6, look for the Cowboys to take advantage of a loaded box with short to mid range passing attempts to Witten. He has been the veteran leader in this offense, guiding the two rookies Prescott/Elliot, and they will need him more than ever with Green Bay ranking first in yards allowed to running backs allowing a ridiculous 43 yards per game on the ground so far in 2016.

Delanie Walker TEN vs CLE

Walker has proven the test of time to be a very valuable receiver for the Titans, especially on a team that lacks the vertical punch needed to be successful in todays NFL. Now, in comes the Cleveland Browns, a team that has given up an eye popping 5 touchdowns to the tight end position the last two weeks (Jordan Reed-2 in week 4, Martellus Bennett-3 in week 5).


Week 4: Starts of the week!




Joe Flacco BAL vs Oakland Raiders

With the Raiders traveling cross country for the second week in a row, Joe-cco has a beautiful situation brewing here when Oakland brings its league worst pass defense to town. Allowing 98 fantasy points in 3 games to quarterbacks, the Raiders have struggled mightily to stop the pass and will continue to do so here as Flacco makes bigger strides coming back from his knee injury and with all of his receivers nearing their own recovery from injuries this one could get ugly for Oakland if they aren’t prepared.

Kirk Cousins WAS vs Cleveland Browns

Cleveland has given up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year and Kirk Cousins, despite his low touchdown number total so far has put up very solid yards through the air so far. Expect this to be his rebound game where he scores multiple touchdowns for the first time in 2016


Melvin Gordon SD vs New Orleans Saints

Gordon is certainly getting the carries, netting 16 last week for a pathetic 35 yards rushing with one touchdown against the Colts. However, with the Saints coming to town, it could be just what the doctor ordered to remedy his woes of last week. New Orleans has been the worst defense against the run and are currently the only unit to allow 100+ points to the position this year in standard scoring leagues.

Isaiah Crowell CLE @ Washington Redskins

Crowell is the only starting running back in the NFL who is averaging 5 yards per carry or more and with the god awful Washington run defense set to be the unit to try and stop Crowell. I would say that the odds are more favorable to the Cleveland run game with the Redskins rush defense performing so poorly and if Cousins struggles early, Crowell could end up having the best fantasy week for running backs as Washington has given up a league worst 10 rushing touchdowns to date.


Emmanuel Sanders DEN

Sanders and Demaryious Thomas look to have huge games as they travel south to Tampa, last week versus another bottom feeder pass defense in Cincinnati they combined to total 15 receptions 217 yards and 3 touchdowns. Look for that to continue as Sanders continues to be the lead receiver and favorite target of Trevor Siemian against this second to last pass defense in Tampa Bay.

Jarvis Landry MIA @ Cincinnati Bengals

With the Dolphins traveling to Cincinnati, a team that got destroyed by Denver wide receivers the week before, Landry is a nickel and dime receiver who can kill your defense all over the field. This game has explosive potential written all over it with both defenses struggling against the pass this year and Landry is one of the top receivers in the league at making bad defenses look worse and should have another monster game this week..


Greg Olsen CAR @ Atlanta Flacons

A steady presence in the Carolina offense and one of the leagues best at the position, he has to be licking his chops to go up against NFC South Division rival the Atlanta Falcons. As they have allowed the most total points per game to the position (16) and are tied for allowing the most touchdowns to tight ends (4).

Zach Miller CHI vs Detroit Lions

Detroit has been absolute mess on defense, similarly to how the Bucs have performed so far, and with the weapons on offense limited by the noodle armed Bryan Hoyer listed as the starter. You can bet that, like he did last week, Hoyer will be going through his check downs often and will more then likely be hitting Miller for another huge day and has a legit possibility of toping the fantasy leaderboard for the position in week 4.


Week 4: Starts at each position

QB Trever Siemian DEN

Apparently the Tampa Bay Bucs have taken the torch from the 2015 New Orleans Saints and New York Giants for worst defense in the league title. They have already given up 100+ points in just THREE games so far this year. Honestly, I could probabaly make a case that all Broncos offensive players are my starts of the week but that wouldnt be any fun now would it? Yes, start D. Thomas, E. Sanders, and Cj Anderson.

RB Isiaha Crowell CLE

Crowell has been impressive thus far under Hue Jackson this year and appears to just be reving up with so much damage from injuries in the passing game for the Browns so far. In comes the Washington Redskins, the rush defense that so far has led to massive numbers for RBs so far and will bring with them their NFL worst, 10 rushing  touchdowns allowed so far in just THREE games, an average of a little more than 3 per game. Wow

WR Steve Smith Sr BAL

Steve Smith has been finding his groove of late, picking up little by little where he left off before his knee injury last season. I know everyone is high on Wallace right now, a guy who’s been snagging all the touchdowns of late, but Smith has proven the test of time as Joe Flacco’s most trusted receiver and has shown that in his target distribution the past couple weeks with Smith netting 26 targets over the first three games while gaining 60 yards in week two and 80+ yards against Jacksonville last week on 11 targets. The Raiders literally just played a game in Tennessee and now have to travel even further east to Baltimore for this one and not to mention Oakland is a bottom 5 defense versus the pass so far. Look for both Flacco and Smith to have huge games against this terrible secondary and rekindle some of that magic they had before both went down with season ending injuries. 

TE  Eric Ebron DET

Ebron has slowly been putting up solid numbers, while his performance is mostly touchdown dependant he remains a solid option in the Lions passing game. After Marvin Jones Jr’s amazing game last week he’s going to be getting a ton of attention from a banged up Bears defense this week. Look for Ebron to effortlessly have a great game this week as the Detroit ariel attack meets little resistance from Chicago.

The Evil Empires of Fantasy Football Pre-Draft Rankings

Fantasy Football Juggernauts

Written by: Shaun Bo
“The Evil Empires of Fantasy Football Pre-Draft Rankings”
The meteoric rise of fantasy football the last few years has levied unprecedented gains in the NFL’s popularity and now with an estimated 55 million people on the roller coaster ride in 2016, fantasy football greenhorns are more a part of the game than ever before. Unfortunately, newcomers often have to rely on hit or miss pre-draft rankings to aid them in their inaugural fantasy drafts and every year the most well-known rankings, “The Evil Empires of Fantasy Football Pre-Draft Rankings”, seem to always have those who follow them playing Russian Roulette with their top draft picks. Leading most veterans like myself to wonder why pre-draft rankings year in and year out almost always generically resemble that of other networks? Are these rankings intentionally set to deceive the general public in an attempt to aid in the emotional ups and downs in order to get more people hooked on a game that typically involves pride and money? Or is there just so much pressure on high dollar sports writers to make the right picks? So much they don’t dare veer too far off course from the computer generated rankings for the immense fear of public back lash that would be a direct result of having a terrible top 100 pre-draft ranking leading followers to seek out more reliable sources elsewhere.

Let’s start with comparing the wide receiver’s position, where they finished in 2015 when compared to pre-draft rankings of 2016 this year;  ESPN.com had a lot of familiar faces in its seemingly, recreation, of their top wide outs for the following year. To be fair, it is still only 2 weeks into the NFL season and the current scoring leaders will balance out a bit with some falling back to the pack and some rising up to the front as it does every year. Although it supports the argument that pre-draft rankings focus way too much on last year’s totals, leaving writers to use their best judgment and try to figure out who will retain their top spots and who will fall which is evident in guys like Larry Fitzgerald and red zone monster Kelvin Benjamin not ranked in the top 15 at the position, which is mind boggling to me. However, when the script is programmed to use data that is largely based on last years’ scoring totals for fantasy players, it really gives you a false sense of security when using these rankings to select your roster on draft day the following year. The NFL is constantly changing colors, and to not account for those very REAL changes with proper analysis can lead to guys like Marvin Jones Jr being massively overlooked after he signed with the Detroit Lions in the offseason who, in the early drafts this year started out with an average draft position of 94 which is a laughable number for reasons I stated here in an earlier article and he appears to be well on his way to a major breakout campaign in 2016.

Being a fantasy football owner of 5 different league settings, which forces me to do individual break down’s of each player and finding which ones are better for each league setting and after realizing how pre-draft rankings are done I decided to start writing articles as a hobby the following year (this year). I have no degree in journalism nor do I even have a college degree, which is probably evident to some who have noticed that my articles contain grammatical errors but there is ONE thing that I know very well, NFL football. A game that is so hard to predict that Vegas makes millions off setting lines each week for the betting market, can you imagine how much it changes from season to season with an entire offseason to acclimate new pieces while changing failed strategies from the season before? Fantasy Football is very similar in this regard, winning a competitive fantasy league requires you to have some form of updated insight to the games changes before drafting commences and when combined with the luck that the fantasy gods bestow on your core producers to go injury free all season long, are typically the deciding factors that separate pretenders from contenders.

Furthermore, A guy like Todd Gurley was a very sexy pick coming into this season and you don’t have to be a rookie fantasy owner to get suckered into a players hype as the bandwagon fills, even though I was never in a position to draft him in any of my leagues, I did recommend him as one of the best running backs to own. Essentially ignoring what my research told me, numbers that noted the Rams’ 24th ranked o-line for rushing offense, and no passing game to compliment him on the ground, a bitter combination that forced Gurley to average a pitiful 2 yards per carry down the stretch of 2015. All clear warning signs telling me to avoid him yet I took a chance anyways and recommended him simply because he is an amazing talent and proved he can perform with this bad situation as he did last year. However, talent doesn’t translate into fantasy points and Gurley has been a huge disappointment this year ironically enough for the same issues that wore him down at the end of last season. Adding further fuel to the fire that the elite backs shouldn’t be taken highly ranked for the simple fact that backs get injured far more often than any other position group due to the amount of punishment those guy’s bodies take, which is a big reason why teams are trending to a running back by committee approach in an effort to keep their skilled runners healthier and is the main reason why three down backs are all generally accurately placed  in the top 15 of any rankings, but in doing so you take a huge risk with the increased odds of injuries that comes with the position.

Generally speaking though the dominant position group is always going to be quarterbacks and it’s certainly not classified information to know that QB’s will have more points throughout the course of an NFL season which leads you to believe that they would be higher up in the overall rankings simply because the average fantasy QB could have around 350 points in standard league settings. With that being said, why are there are only 2 quarterbacks in the top 50 of these said rankings? Naturally speaking, if that position nets you the most points in a fantasy season then that position should be the most important position to your fantasy roster, right? The misconception here is, rankings are a list of who you should go for first in your draft when in fact they are merely blends of general projections from an overall value standpoint to their respective position groups and are not designed for you to take them in that order they are offered to you in, which is why most draft apps allows you many different ways to sort through statistics in an attempt to make finding the player you need more efficient. According to the current system, a work horse running back (A.K.A. 3 down back) or stud wide receiver is going to be far and away more valuable to your team, being that they are proven stat fillers who will complement the higher scoring QB position and hopefully put up numbers near to what an average QB does every week. While this is definitely true in PPR league settings, it is most definitely not true when it comes to more touchdown dependent leagues. 

However, the fantasy football culture has clearly overblown some of its players when sorting the position groups into an overall format and has questionably undervalued the quarterback position especially when you consider the abundance of promising young QB options to choose from, whereas, last year there were not many elite QB options that carried over from 2014 so you had the elites ranked very high and then everyone else way down the list, most of these young guys were scooped up off waivers and thrusted into championship starting lineups in 2015, a strategy I wisely used while playing Kirk Cousins down the stretch and in fantasy playoffs over Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer. Quarterback play, in my opinion, is a little bit easier to predict in drafts since football is still and always will be the ultimate team sport and even great QB’s tend to rise and fall with the talent around them. At the end of the day, receivers have to catch, running backs have to run, and offensive lines have to block. Take Colts star QB Andrew Luck for example, he has a talented receiving core, and a very reliable running back in Frank Gore. Yet, since he doesn’t have that third important piece to the puzzle which is an offensive line, he goes off for 33 points in week one versus Detroit and then gets crushed for 10 points against Denver in week 2. Throwing behind a line that couldn’t protect Willie Wonka from a bunch of out of control 3rd graders from storming his Chocolate factory. 

After reviewing all the quarterbacks with an average draft position behind Luck’s in an attempt to organize my draft approach this year, taking into account for each strength of schedule, 2015 O-line rankings, diversity of wide receiver talent, and offseason team personnel decisions. I inevitably came to the conclusion that of the QB’s behind him, I would have taken; Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Jameis Winston, Phillip Rivers, and Matthew Stafford ahead of Luck this year, and when you add in Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers ahead of Luck’s ADP, in essence making him the 10th QB option on my board. Which pretty much convinced me I wasn’t taking him at where he was being drafted and it opened up my eyes to the supreme value of Melvin Gordon at 62, when I looked to see what value I would be missing out on and being able to have anyone of those other guys much later in the draft was a no brainer. Which is a line of thinking that goes entirely against how you subconsciously program yourself when studying the general cultures of the current rankings format. I took QB Derek Carr in the 12th round, which shouldn’t be a successful draft strategy when you take a QB that late in drafts, which is unfair for casual and rookie players because only those who can see past the flawed rankings can really use them as an opportunity to beef up their depth before not only selecting a quarterback for their team but also waiting to select a kicker which can be a solid 140 points for you when investing in the right leg. 

Not to just completely pick on ESPN here because practically everyone’s top 50 pre-draft rankings were littered with players who arguably didn’t deserve to be there with receivers like; TY Hilton (no o-line to throw deep often & tough SOS), Sammy Watkins (Injury & in rushing offense), Allen Robinson (won’t air it out as much & QB turnovers), Dez Bryant (Injured with Rookie QB & RB), Demaryious Thomas (Coming off worst year of career & rookie QB), Keenan Allen (kidney/Injuries), and Golden Tate (Arrival of Marvin Jones) are all players who confusingly, are ranked with-in the top 25 at the position. Now, there are the select few situations like Keenan Allen’s, a guy who definitely deserves to be in the top 25 based on what he does game after game when he’s on the field, but is a guy whose problem IS staying on the field due to injuries, which is a huge problem in fantasy. Especially when you notice that these guys were all selected higher than red zone monster Kelvin Benjamin (WR 27), the Arizona Cardinals three headed monster in Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, and John Brown who all “coincidently” sit in at 28th, 29th, and 30th, a clear sign of not knowing the true number one, Fitzgerald. All while, Jordan Matthews, Marvin Jones, Michael Crabtree, Devante Parker, Stefon Diggs, Willie Snead, Travis Benjamin, and superstar rookies Corey Coleman, and Will Fuller, all who were ranked WR-31 or later. Adding perspective, to start the season only 8 of the original top 25 pre-draft WR’s are there currently which results in a 32% hit rating early on. To their credit, last year’s percentage was a lot better as they hit on 12 of the top 25 pre-draft rankings which netted a 48% hit rating and pretty much tells you, to not even waste a draft pick on a top 25 receiver while using those rankings. 

The more I think about it, the more I am annoyed by the simple fact that if I am trying to win a championship in fantasy football THIS YEAR then why do people continue to promote a rankings list that is almost entirely based on last year’s final standings? Especially when you consider the fact that almost every year the league introduces multiple new receivers to the top 25 for fantasy points. Most of the big name outlets like ESPN, CBS, and NFL.com hold the Lion’s share of the market for traffic flow but are also widely viewed as some of the worst to follow for fantasy advice in the industry, with all but Mike Clay at ESPN.com (ranked 5th) finishing outside the top 40 in FantasyPros.com “ranking the experts” for top draft advice, even breaking down into position groups to show the experts strengths and weaknesses of how they rank. In conclusion, the flawed culture that is pre-draft fantasy football rankings needs to change if the industry is going to grow more than it already has and the big money sports writers need to do a better job and spend more time researching players and spend less time on television. At the end of the day they are the most well-known to even the most casual of sports viewers, leading these new players straight into a guillotine and a system that is computer generated based on last year’s numbers is bad for the game.

Waiver wire: Week 2 injury replacements

Week 2 has put all of fantasy football on high alert this waiver Tuesday with all the injuries that occurred over the weekend you can absolutely be guaranteed to have the first competitive waiver lotto of the 2016 season. With the jury still out on Doug Martin and Arian Foster’s groin injury, his counterparts Adrian Peterson and Jonathon Stewart avoided season enders and are set to miss some time themselves. Unfortunately, Danny Woodhead wasn’t so lucky who now  joins teammate Keenan Allen on IR and the Chargers once promising season of redemption now resembles a game of Madden with injuries set to max for offensive players. A lot of fantasy owners lost some serious players at the running back position who, with the exception of Woodhead, were drafted with-in the top five rounds of most fantasy drafts so lets go over which replacement back ups to select and other backs with sleeper potential…..

Discussing the back up running backs of injured starters

Adrian Peterson replacement: out up to 7 weeks (estimated)

Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata RB-MIN

Jerick McKinnon is expected to get 65% of the carries in what could be a completely different offense with no AP and the addition of Sam Bradford who actually looked like a NFL quarterback. However, last time these two competed for carries McKinnon got all the work he could handle outside the red zone with Asiata (projected for 35% snaps) handling goal line and short yardage situations who scored 9 touchdowns the last time these two formed a committee for an extended period of time. I believe they have something to offer owners based on the league you need them in, for example if you are in a more touchdown dependent league then you go with Asiata, whereas with PPR league settings you should definitely go with McKinnon. However, it is still uncertain how the coaching staff will use the two with Sam Bradford at QB for the foreseeable future and they also have a stiff matchup on the road as the team travels to Carolina this week.

Jonathon Stewart replacement: out 2-4 weeks

Cameron Artis-Payne or Fozzy Whittaker RB-CAR

Last season when Stewart went down to end the season, it was C.A.P. who benefitted from his absence running the ball for 33 carries. Although Fozzy went off for 16 carries for 100 yards on Sunday against the 49ers defense after Stewarts departure and since Artis-Payne is a similar back to JStew, he was a healthy scratch for the game rendering him unable to play this week. With Carolina already having a hit or miss running back situation as it is with everyone knowing how much Cam is able to tuck and run the ball at any point in the game, neither one are a very good addition to add/start in week 3 versus a stout Minnesota defense (ironically enough). If I had to add one to fill the void, it’s Cameron Artis-Payne because Fozzy is essentially the third string change of pace back and will most likely retain that roll in this offense that has a great thing going for it and is probably unwilling to change the style of play if it can continue to work with Stewart sidelined.

Arian Foster replacement:

Kenyan Drake or Jay Ajayi RB-MIA

With Jay Ajayi struggling to pick up the NFL game, its opened the door wide open for Drake to enter this discussion as the heavy favorite, in my opinion, to be the lead back going forward (or till Foster’s return) for the Dolphins who continues to have issues with Ajayi for a number of different reasons and also only netting 2.8 yards per carry against the Patriots compared to Drake’s 6 ypc and a score, sure they only had two carries each but the results are much different in those two carries. Drake is not your typical Alabama running back and he seems more like a better fit for what Adam Gase likes to do with his offensive schemes and everyone who watched the National Championship game knows how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands. The simple fact here is, like teenagers with their parents car, Ajayi cannot be trusted with the keys to the car. My vote here, I will take the potentially explosive runner over a trouble maker any day, go with Drake against Cleveland who just flat out sucks on defense.

Danny Woodhead replacement:

Kenneth Farrow or Andre Williams

The Chargers are knee deep in the stuff and you just simply cannot replace a Danny Woodhead who was on pace to have a ridiculous stat line versus the Jaguars on Sunday who essentially had ZERO answer for him which was clearly evident in him going 29 yards on just three carries before getting injured early. The two main options for the back up role behind Melvin Gordon are undrafted free agent Kenneth Farrow out of University of Houston and newly signed (and former New York Giant backup) Andre Williams. While Williams is the player with the familiar name, I am really high on Farrow to be completely honest, especially after reading that Woodhead who, was also an undrafted free agent out of college,  pulled Farrow in under his wing when he got to San Diego showing him the tools of the trade of what it’s like to be Danny “boy” Woodhead. After watching his game film from college, Farrow looks to be a sleeping giant ready to explode onto the fantasy football scene, a guy who is an incredibly elusive runner that displays great vision and patience in letting the play develop then speed bursts through the hole and can absolutely punish defenders in his way. If Farrows college game translates to the NFL Gordon better enjoy his starts in San Diego while he can because it may be just a matter of time before Woodhead’s Frankenstein creation runs away with the starting job, literally.

Doug Martin replacement:

No debate here, the guy to have is Charles Sims.

RB Sleepers to Stash

Ray Rice -FA  (Bold Prediction)

Now I am really going out on a limb here and the odds are that NFL teams won’t touch Rice with a ten foot pole, but there are just not a lot of good running backs in the league. It is a very hard position that takes a ton of punishment from taking on tackles going forward and having to let pass rushers smash into you at full speed in pass protection. With that being said, all of these injuries to key backs to start the season could have long lasting effects on the rest of the season. If your roster is solid and you’re looking for a super sleeper to add and stash on your bench add Ray Rice and see what happens because a team who is desperate and in a playoff race, just MIGHT, call his phone in the upcoming weeks.

Alfred Morris RB-DAL

As I stated in an earlier article back in July, Morris has already taken one job from a rookie with fumbling issues and history seems to coming around full circle with Ezekiel Elliot getting sent to the bench after his second fumble against the Redskins on Sunday. Allowing Morris to take a goal line touchdown in front of the crowed that he used to call home, which is a clear indication that Elliot’s early struggles are starting to become a problem for the Cowboys coaching staff so add Morris to your bench and you may end up with the best fantasy running back for the second half of the season.


 *UPDATE: Adrian Peterson set to have surgery and will miss the next 3-4 months*

Written by: Shaun Bo




Line up: Flex and Emergency QB adds for Week 2.

   The NFL is a game that constantly changes with such a high percentage of injuries that can effect your roster any given Sunday and in an instant, changing a once promising fantasy season into a nightmare of complete disarray. Never fear, with the rich talent in fantasy football’s free agency pool every year in the first couple weeks it gives owners an opportunity to restock after an injury or add depth in pre-emptive moves that could better prepare your roster in the event one of your main guys goes down with an injury. Regardless if your team has injuries, slumping starters warranting concern moving forward, or you are merely searching for solid bye week fill-ins. Whatever the scenario is, I got some options for you to add to your weekly lineup to ensure that your team is deep and talented. Lets begin….


Joe Flacco- Bal (Add Start of the week)

Before the season I pegged Flacco to be one of the leagues better sleeper targets at quarterback this year and week 2 is shaping up to be his 2016 break out performance. Through his past seven starts versus the Browns has completed 149 passes at a 60% clip for 1,709 yards with 9 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing. If you’re reeling from some of the questionable QB situations this week insert Flacco into your lineup.

Josh McCown- CLE (Deep Sleeper add)

Likewise with Flacco, McCown who absolutely destroyed the Ravens last season passing for 669 yards and 4 total touchdowns with a mediocre receiving core. A core that has been massively upgraded with Barnidge, Gordon, Coleman, Pryor, and Duke Johnson catching passes out of the backfield he’s got a legit shot at putting up QB1 numbers this week if you’re desperate in deeper fantasy formats.


Shane Vereen- NYG

Six different Oakland players registered rushing statistics last week and accounted for 196 total yards of offense and 3 touchdowns versus the Giants week 2 opponent, the New Orleans Saints. If those same stats hold true this week they will mostly be divided up between the TWO main focal points in the Giants running game and should be more then enough fantasy points for both Jennings and Vereen to produce great fantasy numbers.

Chris Thompson- Was (Deep Sleeper add)

With all the uncertainty surrounding Matt Jones and his shoulder, Thompson should be the beneficiary to Jones’ questionable start to the season and scoring the Redskins lone touchdown last week against a stout Pittsburgh rush defense. Kirk Cousins looked uncharacteristically reserved versus a mediocre Steelers pass defense as he appeared to be taking less chances over the top, which leads me to believe that if cousins continues to be hesitant with his passes that would open the door for Thompson who is a crafty little receiving back and has solid potential to grow into a The Reddick type back with how often Washington throws the ball.


Brandon LaFell- Cin

Playing opposite AJ Green as an alternate option for Andy “Red Rocket” Dalton, LaFell has a golden opportunity to take over the position that was shared by Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones Jr who departed in free agency during the offseason. He’s a player who has been around for a while is an average talent but runs good routs and knows how to get open in one on one coverage. The Bengals defense as talented as it is, are known to make stupid mistakes that gets them into trouble

Quincy Enunwa- NYJ (deep sleeper add)

Enunwa had a very efficient debut for the Jets catching 7 of 8 targets for 54 yards and a score, he’s a player who can benefit greatly lining up next to Marshall and Decker on a weekly basis and if either one of those guys were to miss any time he would be a super hot waiver wire add and would immediately step into a huge role with pass happy QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm so avoid the rush and add him now.


Gary Barnidge- Cle

After laying a big fat GOOSE EGG (zero fantasy points) in week one with Robert Griffin III at QB there was a ton of fall out afterwards with numerous owners of the pro bowl tight end rage dropping him as a result in frustrating week one losses with Barnidge netting only TWO targets from the now injured reserve former Browns starting quarterback. In comes Josh McCown, the tight ends favorite QB ever with that connection sending Barnidge to the pro bowl for the first time in his aged 30 season and if you are one of the fortunate owners with a high waiver status this week file one immediately on Barnidge and watch his performance sky rocket.

Clive Walford- Oak (Deep sleeper add)

Some had Walford high on their sleeper list at the end of pre-season in large part due to him being Derek Carr’s main red zone option down the stretch and with the Raiders pulling out a victory in the last few seconds of the game to stun the Saints we all were a little surprised to see Walford log an underwhelming 5 targets 3 receptions for 25 yards and zero touchdowns in a game that Oakland’s offense put up 35 points. Leading to the tight end being dropped from some of the fantasy owners rosters who believed in him to start the season. Although when it comes to fantasy football I strongly believe that one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, so if he is still available in free agency or on waivers do what you have to do get him on your bench as the Raiders will definitely call his number this year with Oakland having some tough divisional match ups for their wide receivers this year.