<![CDATA[Fantasy RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 7 Start / Sit]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/10/19/fantasy-football-2017-week-7-start-/-sit#comments We’ve got another round of byes and injuries to work around in fantasy football Week 7, so there are a lot of important lineup decisions to make. That said, let’s check out this week’s start/sit recommendations to help you make those tough calls. 

Start ‘Em: 

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: We’ll start things out with a matchup play as Mariota takes on the lowly Browns. he posted 14.2 fantasy points last week versus the Colts. 

Mariota should find some success here, as the Brows have…

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We’ve got another round of byes and injuries to work around in fantasy football Week 7, so there are a lot of important lineup decisions to make. That said, let’s check out this week’s start/sit recommendations to help you make those tough calls. 

Start ‘Em: 

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: We’ll start things out with a matchup play as Mariota takes on the lowly Browns. he posted 14.2 fantasy points last week versus the Colts. 

Mariota should find some success here, as the Brows have allowed the most TD passes so far this year. 

Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: No one quite expected Peterson to blast out of the gate like he did last week, bagging 25.4 fantasy points on 134 yards and two scores against the Bucs. 

We’re on the Peterson train now, as he looks pretty good as an RB2 or flex guy versus a very permissive Rams rush defense. 

Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: Let’s got back to that Titans/Browns matchup one more time and check out Matthews, who is worth a look despite scoring double-digit PPR points just once over the last three weeks. 

Matthews has a good chance at getting some solid stats versus Cleveland, as they’ve given up seven touchdowns to wide receivers so far this year. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Philip Rivers, QB, Denver Broncos: Rivers is coming off a pretty modest 14.2 fantasy points in last week’s win over the Raiders. He gets a bad matchup this week versus the Broncos. 

Denver has given up an average of 14.5 fantasy points to QBs this year, and Rivers himself has fewer than 14 fantasy points versus the Broncos in all but three of his 12 home starts against them in his career. 

Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants: Darkwa is worth picking up off the waiver wire this week, but you may want to hold off on starting him following his 117-yard performance last game. 

The matchup here isn’t good. Darkwa will face off against the Seahawks, who have given up just three rushing touchdowns to running backs this year. 

DeSean Jackson, WR, Buffalo Bills: It may be hard to sit Jackson in a bye week if you’re scrambling for coverage, but you may want to at least temper your expectation. 

Jackson goes up against a pretty good Bills pass defense that has given up more than 9.8 fantasy points to a wide receiver just once this year (AJ Green). 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:54:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97835
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 7 Sleepers]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/10/18/fantasy-football-2017-week-7-sleepers#comments Week 7 in the NFL is nearly upon us, so it’s a good time to check out the fantasy football waiver wire for those sleeper possibilities. Let’s visit with some of the trending names out there and see if anyone makes sense as a pickup for your team. 

New Orleans Saints Defense: Let’s start out on D this morning and look at the Saints, who haven’t had a squad worth picking up over the last few years. That seems to have changed recently, as they’v put up at least 14 fantasy points in each of the last three games. 

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Week 7 in the NFL is nearly upon us, so it’s a good time to check out the fantasy football waiver wire for those sleeper possibilities. Let’s visit with some of the trending names out there and see if anyone makes sense as a pickup for your team. 

New Orleans Saints Defense: Let’s start out on D this morning and look at the Saints, who haven’t had a squad worth picking up over the last few years. That seems to have changed recently, as they’v put up at least 14 fantasy points in each of the last three games. 

That run includes a whopping 32 points versus Detroit in their last outing, and it’s no coincidence that those games have been wins. Next up is an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team. 

Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: RB is a tough position to nail down, especially in bye weeks. Lewis could provide some value, though, as he’s coming off 11.2 points versus the Jets. 

Lewis has scored in two of the last three weeks, and with Mike Gillislee in the doghouse thanks to a fumble his last game, we could see a surge of Lewis carries here. 

Robert Woods, WR Los Angeles Rams: The Rams have opened up the season with a surprising four wins in six games, and Woods has been a big part of that. He’s leading LA in receiving yards and posted five catches on seven targets for 70 yards last week. 

Woods has a favorable matchup looming against Arizona this week, as the Cards have allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers so far. Keep in mind, he does go into a bye in Week 8, though. 

CJ Beathard, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Way down the QB rankings, you’ll find Beathard, who is owned in just around five percent of leagues. The good news here is that he scored 14.2 fantasy points against the Redskins after being put into the game in the second quarter. 

Beathard doesn’t have enough weapons to make a huge splash in fantasy, but if you’re pressed for a bye-week ticket, he’s not a bad matchup play. 

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Smallwood is coming off a knee injury that has cost him the last two weeks, so he’s not on a whole lot of people’s radar. He does have 21.9 fantasy points in his last two games combined, though. 

Most signs are pointing toward Smallwood being able to play in Week 7, but it’s still worth monitoring to make sure he’s good to go. He gets the Redskins on Sunday. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:08:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97757
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 7 Waiver Wire]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/10/17/fantasy-football-2017-week-7-waiver-wire#comments We had some crazy things happen in the NFL last weekend, and fantasy owners will be hitting the waiver wire in droves ahead of Week 7. Let’s check out all the hottest adds and see if we can help you make those pickup decisions. 

Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants: The Giants aren’t going to go 0-16 this year after all, thanks to a win over the Broncos last weekend. In that one, Darkwa put up 21 carries for 117 yards. 

It was Darkwa’s second straight week with at least 13 fantasy points, and figures to get a big role moving forward…

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We had some crazy things happen in the NFL last weekend, and fantasy owners will be hitting the waiver wire in droves ahead of Week 7. Let’s check out all the hottest adds and see if we can help you make those pickup decisions. 

Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants: The Giants aren’t going to go 0-16 this year after all, thanks to a win over the Broncos last weekend. In that one, Darkwa put up 21 carries for 117 yards. 

It was Darkwa’s second straight week with at least 13 fantasy points, and figures to get a big role moving forward with the Giants receiving corps in shambles. 

Corey Davis, WR Tennessee Titans: This is more of an investment pickup than anything, as Davis hasn’t practiced since Week 2 and didn’t make it back this past week against the Colts. 

That said, Davis is edging toward a return, and there’s no plan for the Titans to hold him out through the bye, so he may get some action against the Browns. Add him now if you’ve got the room, or else someone else will. 

Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Not a lot of people are paying attention to McFadden right now, as he’s coming out of a bye and is still out there in about half the overall fantasy leagues. 

The plan while Ezekiel Elliott is suspended appears to be that McFadden may become the Cowboys’ lead back. He’ll have to leapfrog Alfred Morris to do it, but that’s not out of the question. 

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills: Okay, let’s address the Aaron Rodgers injury issue and check out a possible replacement QB. Taylor is high on a lot of waiver lists, as he’s got double-digit points in four of five games this year (and 9.94 in the other). 

Taylor isn’t exactly lighting it up from a passing yardage standpoint but he does have some nice wheels. He’s also got a few puff pastry match-ups coming down the pipe. 

Miami Dolphins Defense: Those fantasy owners who string defenses from week to week will want to check out the Dolphins. Although Miami has only scored more than five fantasy points in one week (20 versus the Titans), they’ve got a shot at more in Week 7. 

Miami gets the Jets at home this week, and though New York isn’t as laughably bad as we all thought they’d be this year, they still have a second-tier offense. The Phins are a nice deeper play. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:28:11 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97676
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 6 Start / Sit]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/10/12/fantasy-football-2017-week-6-start-/-sit#comments We’re heading into Week 6 of the NFL, and by extension the fantasy football season is heating up. Let’s take our weekly look at our start/sit recommendations to see if we can help your team with those tough lineup decisions. 

Start ‘Em: 

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: We’ll start things out today with Winston, who hasn’t been blowing doors down but has been solid over his last two games, with at least 18 fantasy points in both. 

Winston will get a pretty good matchup against the…

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We’re heading into Week 6 of the NFL, and by extension the fantasy football season is heating up. Let’s take our weekly look at our start/sit recommendations to see if we can help your team with those tough lineup decisions. 

Start ‘Em: 

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: We’ll start things out today with Winston, who hasn’t been blowing doors down but has been solid over his last two games, with at least 18 fantasy points in both. 

Winston will get a pretty good matchup against the Arizona defense this week. The Cards have allowed at least 22 points to three of five QBs so far this year. 

Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens backfield is kind of a mess this year so far, but we’re getting a little clarity with Allen. He led the team in touches (25) and snaps (47) against Oakland. 

Allen gets a pretty good matchup against the Bears this week. Chicago is giving up fantasy points to opposing running backs at a pretty good clip. 

Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots: With the plug-and-play abilities of the New England offense, a lot of fantasy owners have overlooked Hogan this year. 

Hogan is fifth in PPR formats so far this season, and he’s getting a nice matchup against a permissive Jets secondary this week. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Something’s wrong with Big Ben this year, and you need look no further than his five-INT performance last week to see that. 

Roethlisberger hasn’t been good on the road for the past few years, as he’s averaging right around 13 fantasy points per game. He gets a tough matchup against Kansas City. 

Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Peterson is getting a lot of attention now that he’s gone through a change of address after a failed Saints experiment. Fantasy owners should hold off this week, though. 

Peterson has averaged just 2.13 YPC since last year, and the Buccaneers have been pretty stout against opposing RBs. Try to find another option if you can, and wait this one out. 

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Cobb didn’t have a good day in Dallas, posting just 6.9 fantasy points in PPR formats. He’s gone without scoring in three of his last four games. 

Cobb has just 12 catches for 131 yards and one touchdown in his four career games in Minnesota. There’s not a lot of reason to believe he’ll improve here. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:45:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97136
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 6 Sleepers]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/10/11/fantasy-football-2017-week-6-sleepers#comments Week 6 in the NFL will be upon us tomorrow, so it’s a good time to check the fantasy football waiver wire for those sleeper options that could put your team over the top. Let’s visit with a few trending names and see what the buzz is about. 

Ed Dickson, TE, Carolina Panthers: Through the first four games of the season, Dickson had a high game of 6.2 points and totaled 3.4 points in the three weeks before that. He broke out with 175 yards against Detroit, though. 

Dickson bagged five of his five targets in the Lions game, and he's…

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Week 6 in the NFL will be upon us tomorrow, so it’s a good time to check the fantasy football waiver wire for those sleeper options that could put your team over the top. Let’s visit with a few trending names and see what the buzz is about. 

Ed Dickson, TE, Carolina Panthers: Through the first four games of the season, Dickson had a high game of 6.2 points and totaled 3.4 points in the three weeks before that. He broke out with 175 yards against Detroit, though. 

Dickson bagged five of his five targets in the Lions game, and he's now got nine targets in the past two weeks. He’s still available in about 2/3 of leagues out there and is a nice lower-end gamble. 

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts: If you’re down on depth with RB byes this week, Mack is worth consideration. He put up nine carries for 91 yards and a TD against the 49ers. 

That’s two TDs for Mack this year, and he’s got two weeks of at least 10.5 fantasy points to show for it. He’s going to be getting an expanded role, and has a great matchup against the Titans this week. 

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets: Let’s go TE one more time and check out Sefarian-Jenkins, who put up six catches on eight targets for 29 yards and a TD in the Browns game. 

Somehow the Jets are 3-2 with a three-game win streak, and Seferian Jenkins has received 18 targets during that run. Somebody has to catch passes for New York, and it might as well be him. The matchup against the Patriots looks pretty nice, too. 

Roger Lewis, WR, New York Giants: Nothing has gone right for the Giants this year, and that includes losing Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall to injury last week. That leaves a hole for Lewis, who caught his first touchdown of the year against LA. 

Lewis is literally the Giants’ only healthy receiver this year, and they’re expected to be missing at least three WRs on Sunday in Denver. That spells opportunity for Lewis and adventurous fantasy owners. 

Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets: We’ll finish up today by going back to the Jets and checking out McGuire. He’s got just one double-digit fantasy outing, a 19.1-point game versus the Jags. 

That said, McGuire will likely be in line for a heavy workload this weekend against the Patriots with Bilal Powell not expected to play and Matt Forte beat up. He makes a nice lower-end bye-week filler in a nice matchup against a permissive New England rush defense. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:47:03 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97076
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 6 Waiver Wire]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/10/10/fantasy-football-2017-week-6-waiver-wire#comments Week 6 in the NFL is coming up in just a couple of days, so it’s time to start visiting the fantasy football waiver wire for the freshest adds. Let’s take a look at some of the trending players out there and see who’s right for your team. 

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings: McKinnon blew through expectations in the game against the Bears, putting up 16 carries for 95 yards and a TD. 

On the evening, McKinnon had 20.6 fantasy points between running and pass-catching, which easily surpassed what most fantasy owners thought he’d…

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Week 6 in the NFL is coming up in just a couple of days, so it’s time to start visiting the fantasy football waiver wire for the freshest adds. Let’s take a look at some of the trending players out there and see who’s right for your team. 

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings: McKinnon blew through expectations in the game against the Bears, putting up 16 carries for 95 yards and a TD. 

On the evening, McKinnon had 20.6 fantasy points between running and pass-catching, which easily surpassed what most fantasy owners thought he’d be, which is mostly a third-down back. He’ll be a top waiver wire add heading into the Packers game. 

Ed Dickson, TE, Carolina Panthers: Finding a good fantasy TE is not always an easy proposition, but Dickson is going to show up on a lot of people’s radar this week. He bagged five  receptions for 175 yards in Detroit this past week. 

It was easily Dickson’s best outing as a Panther, and he’s now got two straight weeks with at least 62 yards. The bad news is that he has a relatively meager amount of targets (nine) over the last two weeks. Still, if you’re an optimist in need of a TE he’s your guy. 

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Mack was a questionable play heading into the 49ers game (shoulder), but he played and played well. He put up nine carries for 91 yards and a TD in that one. 

Mack earned the praises of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who said the young RB has earned a bigger role. Whether that will come to fruition is yet to be seen, but he should get double-digit touches in Tennessee this week and works as a low-end RB add. 

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: After a 14.6-point opener, Agholor went quiet for three weeks. He broke out again in the Cardinals game, though, with four catches on five targets for 93 yards and a TD. 

That makes three touchdowns this year for Agholor, who has showcased some nice big-play ability. Though he’ll be a bit of a gamble from week to week, he’s worth a look in deeper leagues. 

Roger Lewis, WR, New York Giants: Coming into the Chargers game, Lewis was owned in just two percent of fantasy leagues. He earned some attention with a 29-yard TD catch in the loss, but the real news here is that Lewis is one of the few remaining healthy WRs for the Giants. 

With Odell Beckham out and Brandon Marshall ailing, Lewis will be required to step up in volume as the Giants try to work out of this horrible start to the season. He’ll be in Denver this weekend. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:50:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=96995
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 5 Start / Sit]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/10/06/fantasy-football-2017-week-5-start-/-sit#comments Week 5 in the NFL is already off and running, so it’s time to tweak those fantasy football lineups for the weekend games to see which guys should make your starting lineup. Let’s take a closer look at our Start/Sit recommendations for this week. 

Start ‘Em: 

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: In years past, Smith has been a borderline matchup play, but he’s really coming into his own so far under this custom Andy Reid offense. 

Smith has at least 15.1 fantasy points in every game so far this…

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Week 5 in the NFL is already off and running, so it’s time to tweak those fantasy football lineups for the weekend games to see which guys should make your starting lineup. Let’s take a closer look at our Start/Sit recommendations for this week. 

Start ‘Em: 

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: In years past, Smith has been a borderline matchup play, but he’s really coming into his own so far under this custom Andy Reid offense. 

Smith has at least 15.1 fantasy points in every game so far this year and has broken 27 points in two games. He gets a marginal draw against the Texans this week but is still worth a look. 

Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks: We’re admittedly still leery of trusting Lacy as a fantasy starter, but with Chris Carson’s injury and Thomas Rawls’ inactive status last week Lacy showed some pep in his step against the Colts. 

With Rawls in the mix, Lacy may not get as many opportunities as he otherwise would, but there should still be some value here with the Rams on the schedule. LA is last in the league against the run in FPA so far. 

Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Garcon has been pretty solid this year, and he gets a nice matchup against his old team the Colts in Week 5. 

Though Garcon hasn’t scored yet, he’s still got some solid performances under his belt with 142 yards in Week 3 and 81 yards in Week 1. The Indy secondary is bound to be kind to him. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans: Let’s look at the other side of that Chiefs/Texans matchup and examine Watson. Although he’s been very good this year so far and should have a bright future ahead of him, Kansas City’s D can stop any NFL QB in their proverbial tracks. 

The Chiefs are fourth in fantasy points against so far this year when it comes to quarterbacks, so this may be a run-first weekend for the Texans. 

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders: It’s time to cut ties with Lynch—or at least show him the bench—if you drafted him. He’s got just 27 carries for a dismal 75 yards over his last three games. 

Let’s face facts: Lynch is a 31-year-old RB who sat out last year, and he’s showing that on the field. Temper your expectations at the very least. 

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Here’s another Raider to stay away from. Crabtree sat out Week 4 with a bruised lung, and though he’s set to return (supposedly) in Week 5 the ghost of that injury will follow him. 

Further dampening Crabtree’s prospects is the absence of Derek Carr, who is out with a broken bone in his back. This is bound to be a messy game and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Crabtree on light duty here. 

For the latest article updates follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:03:55 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=96546
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 5 Sleepers]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/10/04/fantasy-football-2017-week-5-sleepers#comments Week 5 in the NFL is upon us, and that means it’s time to get those fantasy football lineups in order by taking a trip to the waiver wire and searching for sleepers. Let’s take a look at a few of the notable adds this week who could pay off big in your matchup. 

Jaron Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Let’s kick things off with Brown, who is a good player on a not-so-good Arizona team. Last week, he secured eight grabs on 12 targets for 105 yards, his best performance of the young year. 

Brown gets a good matchup against the Eagles…

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Week 5 in the NFL is upon us, and that means it’s time to get those fantasy football lineups in order by taking a trip to the waiver wire and searching for sleepers. Let’s take a look at a few of the notable adds this week who could pay off big in your matchup. 

Jaron Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Let’s kick things off with Brown, who is a good player on a not-so-good Arizona team. Last week, he secured eight grabs on 12 targets for 105 yards, his best performance of the young year. 

Brown gets a good matchup against the Eagles this week, and he’ll look to build on his last three weeks, where he’s posted a total of 29 targets and at least 7.3 fantasy points in each. 

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants: Down a little lower on the RB spectrum is Gallman, who had a solid 11-point fantasy outing this past week. Most of his work came when Paul Perkins went down with an injury in the third quarter, and Gallman made it count. 

Coming off this strong outing, the Giants will have no choice but to give Gallman an opportunity to maximize his talents. He gets a solid matchup versus the Chargers in Week 5. 

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Ellington has had two reasonable low-end fantasy outings in the past pair of weeks, with 8.1 points and 10.4 points. Most of his work came in the passing game, which is where his strength lies. 

Ellington is without a doubt the Cardinals back to own, and he’ll likely get double-digit targets again this week. He’s still out there in almost 60 percent of leagues. 

New York Jets Defense: The Jets D isn’t even a shadow of its former self this year, as aside from a nice outing against the Dolphins, they’ve scored exactly four fantasy points through three games. 

That Miami game paid off well for those adventurous fantasy owners, yielding 14 points in New York’s best outing of the year. The good news is that the Jets get Cleveland this week, and they’re worth rolling with as a lower-end option. 

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers: With Davante Adams banged up, the Packers will need some of their other guys to step up. Enter Allison, who is in line to receive more targets with a depleted corps. 

Allison has just one good game this year, a 12.2-point outing versus the Bengals. Still, he might be worth rolling the dice on against a 20th-ranked Dallas defense this week. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=96423
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 5 Waiver Wire]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/10/03/fantasy-football-2017-week-5-waiver-wire#comments Now that all the weekend NFL games have finished, it’s time to focus on fantasy football Week 5, which begins in just a couple of days. Let’s check out a few of the notable adds trending this week out on the waiver wire and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lacy is trending upward again following his 11 carries for 52 yards in Week 4 against the Colts. It was by far his best outing of the year. 

Lacy is still not a long-term solution to anything, but with Chris Carson out of action he’s worth…

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Now that all the weekend NFL games have finished, it’s time to focus on fantasy football Week 5, which begins in just a couple of days. Let’s check out a few of the notable adds trending this week out on the waiver wire and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lacy is trending upward again following his 11 carries for 52 yards in Week 4 against the Colts. It was by far his best outing of the year. 

Lacy is still not a long-term solution to anything, but with Chris Carson out of action he’s worth kicking the tires on for a week or two. That said, Lacy will still have to contend with Thomas Rawls for carries in LA versus the Rams. 

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings: The Vikes just can’t catch a break. News broke yesterday that lead RB Dalvin Cook will be out for the season following a knee injury, and as a result Murray is a trendy add. 

Now, before you add Murray, you should be warned that he’s coming off ankle surgery and is still not 100 percent. He’s supposedly ready to handle a decent-sized workload, though, so he looks good for Monday in Chicago and beyond. 

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans: it’s time to start giving Watson his fantasy due, as he’s been improving each week. After a dismal 6.68 fantasy points in Week 1, he’s posted 17.7, 22.14 and 34.72 points in the last three games. 

The only drawback to picking up Watson this week is the matchup against Kansas City, but if you believe in the youngster don’t let that stop you. He’s looking good down the stretch with several bad teams on the schedule as well. 

Buffalo Bills Defense: Those fantasy owners who string defenses will want to take a look at Buffalo this week ahead of a matchup against a not-very-good Cincinnati team. The Bills have at least 8.0 fantasy points in every week, and are coming off 14.0 in Atlanta. 

The Bills somehow became a decent team this year, and things are looking up. Buffalo does have a bye in Week 6, however, so keep that in mind if you’re targeting them. 

Jaron Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: There aren’t a whole lot of options this week for fantasy owners seeking out WRs, continuing a trend that’s lingered most of the year. Brown is worth taking a look at, though, as he posted eight catches on 12 targets for 105 yards against the Niners. 

Brown has played 90 percent of the snaps in two straight games and has double-digit targets in two of his last three outings. He’s definitely one of the better wide receivers you’re likely to find on the waiver wire this week. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:21:50 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=96306
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 4 Start / Sit]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/09/29/fantasy-football-2017-week-4-start-/-sit#comments Week 4 in the NFL is off and running, so it’s time to get those fantasy football lineups ironed out. We’ll try to help out with this week’s Start / Sit list and examine a few guys you may be mulling over as Sunday approaches. 

Start ‘Em: 

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton has always been a hit-and-miss type QB, and that has translated to an erratic fantasy career. Still, with new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Dalton has some lower-end value. 

The best part about Dalton this week…

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Week 4 in the NFL is off and running, so it’s time to get those fantasy football lineups ironed out. We’ll try to help out with this week’s Start / Sit list and examine a few guys you may be mulling over as Sunday approaches. 

Start ‘Em: 

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton has always been a hit-and-miss type QB, and that has translated to an erratic fantasy career. Still, with new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Dalton has some lower-end value. 

The best part about Dalton this week is that he faces the lowly Browns defense, and Cleveland has of course been generous to opposing QBs so far. 

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Here’s another good matchup play that seems promising as we get closer to game time. Coleman hasn’t been putting up great numbers just yet, but he’s got a shot against the Bills on Sunday. 

Buffalo hasn’t had to deal with a high-octane offense just yet, and there’s a good chance Atlanta hangs a lot of points here. That means plenty of mop-up rush yards for Coleman. 

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: With New York’s awful start to the season, it’s hard to trust too many of their guys in fantasy. Shepard should be on your good side, however, following his seven catches for 133 yards and a TD on 10 targets last week. 

The Giants stink this year, sure, but they’ve still got a talented offense. Now that they’ve figured out how to score points Shepard should get plenty of opportunities moving forward. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Carr is just the type of guy who can give you big fantasy numbers one week, then disappear the next. Week 4 looks like one of the latter situations, and this one seems like a matchup play to avoid. 

Carr will get the Broncos this weekend, and Denver has a very good secondary. A beat-up Michael Crabtree doesn’t help matters much, either. 

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Though Blount had his best game of the season in Week 3, he still managed a relatively tepid 67-yard total with one TD on 12 carries. 

Blount is a straightforward guy, meaning he won’t get a lot of field time in the case of a shootout. That possibility is likely, as the Eagles get the Chargers this weekend and may have to pass a lot to hang in there. 

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: If you’ve got Hill, you’re probably not going to sit him, but just temper your expectations a bit. For one, he’ll be matching up against Josh Norman quite a bit this weekend. 

For another, around half of Hill’s fantasy points this season have come on just two plays. That’s not exactly a precedent for consistency, so just keep it in mind. 

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