<![CDATA[Fantasy RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 3 Start / Sit]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/09/22/fantasy-football-2017-week-3-start-/-sit#comments Week 3 is nearly upon us in the NFL, and that means it’s time for us fantasy football owners to start making those crucial lineup decisions. Let’s take a look at a few borderline plays you might be mulling over ahead of Sunday’s batch of games. 

Start ‘Em: 

Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins: Need a cheap quarterback to fill out your roster this weekend? Cutler is your guy. He gets the lowly Jets on Sunday. 

New York has already given up at least 21 fantasy points to QBs in both weeks so far, and…

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Week 3 is nearly upon us in the NFL, and that means it’s time for us fantasy football owners to start making those crucial lineup decisions. Let’s take a look at a few borderline plays you might be mulling over ahead of Sunday’s batch of games. 

Start ‘Em: 

Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins: Need a cheap quarterback to fill out your roster this weekend? Cutler is your guy. He gets the lowly Jets on Sunday. 

New York has already given up at least 21 fantasy points to QBs in both weeks so far, and they’ve allowed five TD passes already. Cutler will come out firing (that’s what he does) and could pick apart the NY secondary. 

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Abdullah has a lot of sleeper appeal this week. He’s facing a Falcons defense that struggles with RBs who catch passes. 

In two games, the Falcons D has allowed 19 catches, 143 yards and two scores to running backs in the receiving game. Abdullah could continue that trend. 

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins: So far this year, Pryor has been a bust. He’s got just six catches for 97 yards and no scores in two games. 

That could change this weekend against the Raiders, who allowed the Jets’ Jermaine Kearse to get 64 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2. This should be a high-scoring, pass-heavy game. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: The buzz has faded on Newton after his stinker of a year in 2016, but a lot of fantasy owners are still optimistic on him. He’s facing a crummy New Orleans defense this week. 

Newton hasn’t looked right for a while, and his top target Kelvin Benjamin has been banged up (not to mention the absence of Greg Olsen). This could be a heavier run game than you may think, so go with another option here if you have one. It’s just too risky. 

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: You likely spent a high-level pick on Howard in your draft, so sitting him won’t be easy. Take a look at the facts, though. Howard came out of Week 2 with his arm in a sling, and he’s facing a tough Steelers defense. 

Howard is further dogged by the presence of Tarik Cohen, who has looked quite explosive already. Better to avoid this situation if you can. 

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: If you’ve got Bryant, you’re probably not sitting him no matter what, but you should be aware of what he’s up against this weekend and temper your expectations. 

The Cowboys get the Cardinals this weekend, which means Bryant will get CB Patrick Peterson, who is pretty darn talented. Bryant should continue to get the targets, but he may not haul too many of them in due to the coverage. 

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

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:23:18 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95226
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 3 Sleepers]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/09/20/fantasy-football-2017-week-3-sleepers#comments Week 3 in the NFL is nearly upon us, and that means it’s time to check out the fantasy football waiver wire for those sleepers and matchup plays that could give your team the edge. Let’s take a look at a few trending names and see if anyone makes sense for your team. 

Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets: Normally, the Jets are a fantasy football wasteland, but Kearse could provide some value if you’re in need of a WR. After 5.9 points in Week 1, he bounced back with 18.4 points on 64 yards and two touchdowns against Oakland. 

Kearse…

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Week 3 in the NFL is nearly upon us, and that means it’s time to check out the fantasy football waiver wire for those sleepers and matchup plays that could give your team the edge. Let’s take a look at a few trending names and see if anyone makes sense for your team. 

Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets: Normally, the Jets are a fantasy football wasteland, but Kearse could provide some value if you’re in need of a WR. After 5.9 points in Week 1, he bounced back with 18.4 points on 64 yards and two touchdowns against Oakland. 

Kearse gets a promising matchup on Sunday against the Dolphins; Miami gave up 323 passing yards in Week 2. Another strong week and Kearse will cement his status as the No. 1 receiving option in New York. 

Miami Dolphins Defense: Those fantasy owners who like to string defenses from week to week based on the matchup will want to check out Miami. The Dolphins recorded just one sack and allowed 17 points in their opener, but with the lowly Jets on the horizon they’ll likely pick things up. 

Miami also gets the Jets in Week 7—this one a home game—so if things work out here and you have the roster space, stashing them might not be a bad idea. 

Benjamin Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens: TE is a tough position to nail down in fantasy, especially at the lower end. That said, Watson is a trendy pickup right now after eight targets and eight receptions for 91 yards against the Browns. 

The Ravens offense seems to be playing well so far; they’ve scored 44 points total in two games. Watson gets a solid matchup against the Jaguars in Week 3. 

Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins: With Rob Kelley ailing from a rib issue, Perine is picking up some fantasy adds this week. He bagged 21 carries for 67 yards in the win over the Rams in Week 2. 

This is probably just a Band-Aid until Kelley gets back, but Perine should handle the early-down work until then and provide some reasonable numbers. 

Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Let’s finish up this week with Johnson, who was Arizona’s best runner last week in Indianapolis, with 44 yards on a team-high 11 carries. 

Even with Kerwynn Williams hanging around, Johnson still has some promise as a fantasy add. He’ll get the first opportunity to establish himself against the Cowboys this weekend. 

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

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:11:10 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95052
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 3 Waiver Wire Adds]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/09/19/fantasy-football-2017-week-3-waiver-wire-adds#comments Week 2 is in the rearview mirror when it comes to the NFL and fantasy football, so it’s time to start looking forward to Week 3 by checking out the hot trends on the waiver wire. Let’s take a look at some of the most-added guys this week. 

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns: Higgins came from out of nowhere (well, from off the practice squad) to lead the team with seven receptions and 95 yards last week. He played 54 of 71 snaps versus the Ravens. 

Higgins is down as a starter on the Browns’ unofficial depth chart, and with…

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Week 2 is in the rearview mirror when it comes to the NFL and fantasy football, so it’s time to start looking forward to Week 3 by checking out the hot trends on the waiver wire. Let’s take a look at some of the most-added guys this week. 

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns: Higgins came from out of nowhere (well, from off the practice squad) to lead the team with seven receptions and 95 yards last week. He played 54 of 71 snaps versus the Ravens. 

Higgins is down as a starter on the Browns’ unofficial depth chart, and with Corey Coleman injured we could see another big game. Higgins is a deeper play, but a viable one. 

JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Nelson is off to a hot start, and fantasy owners are taking notice. After posting 10.3 fantasy points in Week 1, he came back with 18 more on 120 yards and a score versus Indianapolis in Week 2. 

Nelson gets an unfavorable draw against Dallas in Week 3, but with the Cardinals as banged up as they are there’s a fair chance he gets a lot of work. 

Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos: If you’re in need of a QB this week, Siemian is your guy. He put up 23.7 fantasy points in Week 1, then followed it up on 23.6 points in Week 2 against Dallas. 

So far this season, Siemian has put up six touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s looking much better this year and has remained consistent with his pass placement. He gets the Bills this week. 

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks: The RB slot is a little thin on the wire this week, but there are a few gems out there. Carson is one of those, as he is now the No. 1 back in Seahawks following his 10 fantasy points on 20 carries last week. 

Thomas Rawls started in Week 2 but played just 16 snaps compared to Carson’s 51. He’s definitely a must-have guy heading into this week against the Titans. 

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins: Let’s go RB again and finish up with Thompson, who rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns on three attempts in Week 2, his second straight double-digit fantasy performance. 

Now, there are some drawbacks to Thompson, as he’s gotten on 13 touches so far this year. That said, the Redskins would be silly not to utilize him after he’s shown what he can do. Thompson is a wait-and-see guy in most leagues, or a grab-and-stash in deeper formats. 

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

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:07:57 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94992
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 2 Sleepers]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/09/14/fantasy-football-2017-week-2-sleepers#comments Week 2 is upon us in fantasy football and the NFL, so it’s time to start getting those lineups together by checking the waiver wire for some sleeper options that could pay off big time. Let’s examine a few of the trending names and see if anyone is worth picking up this week. 

Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Allen is one of the trendy RB pickups this week in the wake of David Johnson’s injury, and he’s got some promise moving forward. Allen played 33 of the 66 snaps in Week 1, collecting 71 yards on 21 carries. 

For Week…

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Week 2 is upon us in fantasy football and the NFL, so it’s time to start getting those lineups together by checking the waiver wire for some sleeper options that could pay off big time. Let’s examine a few of the trending names and see if anyone is worth picking up this week. 

Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Allen is one of the trendy RB pickups this week in the wake of David Johnson’s injury, and he’s got some promise moving forward. Allen played 33 of the 66 snaps in Week 1, collecting 71 yards on 21 carries. 

For Week 2, Allen will be hosting the Browns, who were something of a surprise in Week 1 as they held Pittsburgh to just 35 yards rushing this past Sunday. Still, Allen is a solid pickup. 

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: A little further down the RB list this week is Kamara, who rushed seven times for 18 yards in Week 1, and also caught four of his six targets for 20 yards. 

Adrian Peterson started the game, but played only nine snaps to Kamara’s 31. That’s indicative of Kamara getting some extra work on the ground, and not just as a third-down pass-catcher. 

Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: James was something of a surprise in Week 1, catching six of his eight targets for 41 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Even so, he’s available in almost 70 percent of leagues out there. 

James has emerged as a red zone target for the Steelers, and the somewhat daunting matchup against the Vikings this week could work in his favor. Ben Roethlisberger may need to rely heavily on James as an outlet if he can’t find his big receivers. 

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Let’s go with RB one more time and visit Carson, who put up six rushes for 39 yards in the opener. He’s part of a crowded backfield in Seattle, but does get a tasty matchup against the 49ers rush defense this week. 

Carson played 26 of 49 snaps in the opener, easily dusting a tired-looking Eddie Lacy, who had just seven. That makes Carson worth a pickup if you’ve got the room. 

Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: We’ll finish up with Lee this week, even though he got just four targets and zero fantasy points last week. The upside here for Lee is that Allen Robinson is out for the year, leaving him and Allen Hurns to pick up the slack. 

Lee is a nice low-end WR pickup, but with the Jags relying on the run so heavily he might not get as much work as owners would hope. Still, he’s a good bet to eventually become the No. 1 guy in Jacksonville. 

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

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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:54:44 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94458
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 2 Waiver Wire Adds]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/09/12/fantasy-football-2017-week-2-waiver-wire-adds#comments Now that the dust has settled on the NFL’s weekend games, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 2 on the fantasy football waiver wire. Whether you’re looking for an injury replacement, or your top guy just didn’t play as advertised, there are plenty of viable adds on the wire right now. Let’s take a look at some of the top names out there. 

Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Allen has a lot of good stuff going for him right now. He played 33 of 66 total snaps in the Week 1 win, with starter Terrance West getting only 27. 

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Now that the dust has settled on the NFL’s weekend games, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 2 on the fantasy football waiver wire. Whether you’re looking for an injury replacement, or your top guy just didn’t play as advertised, there are plenty of viable adds on the wire right now. Let’s take a look at some of the top names out there. 

Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Allen has a lot of good stuff going for him right now. He played 33 of 66 total snaps in the Week 1 win, with starter Terrance West getting only 27. 

Allen picked up 71 yards on 21 attempts in the first game—which was something of a blowout—and will definitely have a sizable role in the offense with Danny Woodhead out. Allen gets the lowly Browns rush defense in Week 2. 

Oakland Raiders Defense: If you’re one of those fantasy owners who likes to string defenses, the Raiders are your team this week. They held a solid Tennessee team to just 16 points in Week 1, but recorded just one sack and no turnovers. 

That said, Oakland will get the playing-for-draft-position Jets this week, and New York gave up two picks, a sack and just 12 points to the Bills in the opener. 

Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions: What a great day Golladay had in the opener. He finished with four receptions for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a win over the Cardinals, doing most of his damage in the fourth quarter. 

Golladay gets a favorable matchup against the Giants in Week 2, and has earned himself significant playing time with that opening line. He’s one of the top WR pickups this week. 

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Speaking of top WR pickups, Kupp is also in that conversation. He was targeted six times in the opening blowout over the Colts, catching four passes for 76 yards and a TD. 

Kupp’s 76 yards were the most by a receiver for either team, and he’s heading into a favorable matchup versus the Redskins this week. He’s got a bright future ahead of him this year. 

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Fantasy owners who grabbed David Johnson at the top of the draft board this year were hit with awful news this week following his wrist injury in the opener. You don’t have to look too far to find Johnson’s replacement, though, as Williams should earn plenty of playing time in the absence. 

We’re likely looking at an RB-by-committee approach in Arizona, but Williams likely has the most upside as he’s a first- and second-down between-the-tackles runner. He gets a bad Colts defense this week and will probably get plenty of touches in mop-up time. 

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

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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:59:19 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94314
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 1 Start / Sit Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/09/08/fantasy-football-2017-week-1-start-/-sit-picks#comments The NFL’s Week 1 is off and running, and that means it’s time to start tweaking your fantasy football lineup. Let’s take a look at a few matchup calls that you may be pondering and see if we can help with those tough start/sit decisions. 

Start ‘Em: 

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton has been a hit-or-miss fantasy property over the last few seasons, and this one is no different. Still, he’s definitely worth checking out in this opener. Despite a good Ravens pass defense, Dalton should be able to find…

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The NFL’s Week 1 is off and running, and that means it’s time to start tweaking your fantasy football lineup. Let’s take a look at a few matchup calls that you may be pondering and see if we can help with those tough start/sit decisions. 

Start ‘Em: 

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton has been a hit-or-miss fantasy property over the last few seasons, and this one is no different. Still, he’s definitely worth checking out in this opener. Despite a good Ravens pass defense, Dalton should be able to find some holes with his plethora of offensive weapons—including a healthy AJ Green and Tyler Eifert. 

Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers: Even though the Seahawks still have a good defense, it’s not nearly as intimidating as it has been in years past. This should benefit Montgomery, who should have plenty of opportunities to put up big numbers in Week 1 and over the season due to a recommitment to the running game in Green Bay. 

Eric Decker, WR, Tennessee Titans: We’re pretty high on Decker—and the entire Titans offense—this year, as Tennessee has finally added some playmakers that could help Marcus Mariota have a great season. Decker is one of those guys, and if he can stay healthy he’ll put up nice numbers for his fantasy stock. That should start here against Oakland. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Though most people expect Prescott to be a solid fantasy play this year, his matches against the Giants are both going to be question marks heading in. During that December game against New York last year, Prescott posted just 165 yards with one TD and two picks. 

Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints: The name recognition alone here should tempt some fantasy owners to start Peterson. That said, it’s probably not a great idea to do so, as he’s coming off another knee injury, and posted just 72 yards on 37 carries before getting hurt last year. At 32, Peterson is likely going to be just a change-of-pace guy. 

TY Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: This pick has nothing to do with Hilton, and everything to do with Andrew Luck, who will be out of action on Sunday against the Rams. That leaves Scott Tolzien throwing the passes, which doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in Hilton’s numbers. If you can, try and find another option. 

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

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Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:16:38 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=93846
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2017: Week 1 Waiver Wire Adds]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/09/06/fantasy-football-2017-week-1-waiver-wire-adds#comments Week 1 in the 2017 fantasy football season is nearly upon us, so it’s time to get that roster in order by visiting the waiver wire for some fringe adds that could pay off handsomely. Let’s check out a few of the trending names on the wire and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks: The stage is now set for Richardson to come out of the gate quickly. He’s listed as a starter in the Seahawks’ Week 1 depth chart for the Green Bay game, which also demotes Tyler Lockett to the second team. 

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Week 1 in the 2017 fantasy football season is nearly upon us, so it’s time to get that roster in order by visiting the waiver wire for some fringe adds that could pay off handsomely. Let’s check out a few of the trending names on the wire and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks: The stage is now set for Richardson to come out of the gate quickly. He’s listed as a starter in the Seahawks’ Week 1 depth chart for the Green Bay game, which also demotes Tyler Lockett to the second team. 

Richardson has been hampered by injuries in his career, and that includes this preseason. The CB match-ups Richardson will get on the other side seem favorable to him as well. He’s worth adding in deeper leagues. 

Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: A few seasons back, Sproles was a PPR dynamo who delivered fantasy points in bunches. We didn’t get to see him in the preseason this year, though, so it’s hard to gauge what he’ll look like in his age-34 season. 

There are a couple of talented RBs alongside Sproles in the Philly backfield, but for now at least he’s the starter. He should bag you some decent all-around points if you pick him up. 

Jamaal Charles, RB, Denver Broncos: Remember when Charles was a top fantasy pick who could carry your team the entire year? Those days are gone, but there’s still plenty of value here. 

Charles has been hampered by knee injuries the past couple of years, but he seems to be healthy right now. Even with CJ Anderson alongside him, there could be enough touches here for Charles to make him a viable fantasy play. 

Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears: The Bears just can’t catch a break when it comes to wide receivers, and with Meredith’s injury there’s a big hole in that number one slot in Chicago. Wright seems to be the best bet here, as he seems to have a higher ceiling than Markus Wheaton or Deonte Thompson. 

The QB situation in Chicago isn’t very inspiring either, but if Wright can develop some chemistry with Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky we could see some sneaky fantasy value here. 

Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills: No one is really looking to Buffalo for fantasy talent, though there are a few gems in there, including Jones. 

Jones seems to be the most promising name in the Bills receiving corps, and he’s got a favorable matchup against the hapless Jets in Week 1. Jones is at least worth keeping an eye on here. 

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

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:04:31 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=93699
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football Draft 2017: Wide Receiver (WR) Sleepers]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/08/31/fantasy-football-draft-2017-wide-receiver-wr-sleepers#comments The 2017 fantasy football season is upon us, and drafts are in full swing everywhere. Today we’re helping the cause by checking out a few sleeper options at the wide receiver position. Whether they’re on your bench or in a starting spot, these WRs could potentially boost your fantasy team over the top this year. 

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins: Unlike in most years recently (and despite the injury issues), there’s plenty of healthy fantasy buzz coming from Miami right now. Parker is in among that group alongside Jay Ajayi in the backfield. 

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The 2017 fantasy football season is upon us, and drafts are in full swing everywhere. Today we’re helping the cause by checking out a few sleeper options at the wide receiver position. Whether they’re on your bench or in a starting spot, these WRs could potentially boost your fantasy team over the top this year. 

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins: Unlike in most years recently (and despite the injury issues), there’s plenty of healthy fantasy buzz coming from Miami right now. Parker is in among that group alongside Jay Ajayi in the backfield. 

Though the Dolphins face some questions with Jay Cutler under center now, Parker could benefit as a deep-ball target, and we all know how Cutler likes to chuck the ball downfield. There’s some solid value here. 

Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans: The Titans are another team that’s generating some healthy fantasy buzz heading into the 2017 season. With Eric Decker and Corey Davis alongside Matthews, Tennessee now has a legitimate receiving corps. 

Of those three, Matthews seems to have the most upside, as Davis is coming in cold as a rookie and Decker simply can’t stay healthy. We could get double-digit TDs from Matthews this year. 

Brandon Marshall, New York Giants: Marshall is flying under the radar in drafts a bit this year, even though he’s got a good situation going with the Giants. With a talented QB in Eli Manning and a talented offense, he could slot right in and post some nice stats. 

Marshall jumped right into the fray in his first years with the Bears and the Jets, so the learning curve shouldn’t be too bad here, either. He’s got the potential to be a top-20 wide receiver in 2017. 

Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryant shows up on a lot of sleeper lists, simply because his ceiling is so high. Seated opposite Antonio Brown and getting passes from Ben Roethlisberger, we could see some big numbers from Bryant in 2017. 

The Steelers really need a reliable receiver who doesn’t get infected with the “dropsies” like some of the other guys in Pittsburgh’s top five. Bryant can fill that void if he can shake off the rust and stay out of trouble. 

Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans Saints: Ginn is currently way down the list of WR names in the draft (somewhere in the 50s) but the consensus is that he could easily outperform that mark this season. 

It’s pretty easy to imagine Ginn getting a huge boost from the always reliable Drew Brees, as Ginn is still pretty fast and can rattle off a deep route without too much trouble. He should collect a series of long touchdowns this year. 

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

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Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:03:25 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=93033
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football Draft 2017: Running Back (RB) Sleeper Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/08/30/fantasy-football-draft-2017-running-back-rb-sleeper-picks#comments With the return of the fantasy football season in 2017, we’ve been checking out the draft from a few different angles. Today it’s time to start visiting with a few sleeper opportunities, and first up is the RB slot. We’ve already seen a couple of notable running back names go down, so it’s always a good idea to target a few low-end lottery plays in your draft. Here are a few guys to think about in the later rounds. 

Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens: Danny Woodhead is getting a lot of press in fantasy circles about being a potential breakout RB, but…

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With the return of the fantasy football season in 2017, we’ve been checking out the draft from a few different angles. Today it’s time to start visiting with a few sleeper opportunities, and first up is the RB slot. We’ve already seen a couple of notable running back names go down, so it’s always a good idea to target a few low-end lottery plays in your draft. Here are a few guys to think about in the later rounds. 

Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens: Danny Woodhead is getting a lot of press in fantasy circles about being a potential breakout RB, but West should be on your radar as well. He should be getting more carries this season and may settle in to the first- and second-down option for Baltimore. 

West is also a decent lower-end guy in PPR leagues, as he caught 34 balls for 236 yards and a TD last season. Target him as an RB3 with the potential to be a solid fill-in or even a starter. 

Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks: Even with Eddie Lacy in town now, Rawls seems to have a fix on the No. 1 RB job in Seattle. He’s been solid when healthy over the past couple of years, but that’s always going to be a concern here. 

Still, Rawls is worth picking up if you’re hopeful he can remain at 100 percent. His ADP is pretty low and you can get him at a reasonable price. 

Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers: The Packers have been forced to retool their running game to take some of the burden off Aaron Rodgers, and Williams should benefit from that. Not too many people are very confident in Ty Montgomery, so this makes sense. 

Williams put up 234 carries for 1375 yards and 12 scores at BYU in 2016, and also caught a handful of passes. 

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers: Stewart has looked very good at times over this preseason, and if that translates into real-game viability, he could have a bigger year than expected. 

Stewart may even morph into a red-zone option since the Panthers are trying to keep Cam Newton out of harm’s way. A couple hundred touches for Stewart this year seems reasonable. 

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots: Picking Patriots running backs is akin to a blindfolded dartboard throw most weeks, but Burkhead may have some legitimate value in the later rounds. 

The Patriots seem to use a hot-hand approach at RB in recent years, and if Burkhead can stick to his versatility potential, he’ll become a favorite of Brady this season. 

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

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Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:50:37 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92973
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football Draft 2017: Top 10 Wide Receiver (WR) Picks]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2017/08/25/fantasy-football-draft-2017-top-10-wide-receiver-wr-picks#comments The 2017 fantasy football season is upon us, and to celebrate we’ve been taking a position-by-position look at the top 10 rankings in the draft. Today it’s time for wide receivers, and as usual there’s a wealth of talent at the top end. Let’s visit with the top 10 guys who should be off your draft board at WR first. 

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: Aside from a few optimistic holdouts for Julio Jones, Brown is going to be the top WR off your board this season. Over the past four seasons, Brown has been the model of consistency, delivering 10…

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The 2017 fantasy football season is upon us, and to celebrate we’ve been taking a position-by-position look at the top 10 rankings in the draft. Today it’s time for wide receivers, and as usual there’s a wealth of talent at the top end. Let’s visit with the top 10 guys who should be off your draft board at WR first. 

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: Aside from a few optimistic holdouts for Julio Jones, Brown is going to be the top WR off your board this season. Over the past four seasons, Brown has been the model of consistency, delivering 10 or more fantasy points in 70.2 percent of his games. Draft him with complete confidence. 

2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons: Relatively speaking, Jones had an off-year in 2016, as his targets, catches and yards all took a dip from the previous season. He’ll suffer a bit numbers-wise due to the talent around him, but Jones is still a solid pickup. 

3. Odell Beckham, New York Giants: First things first: Beckham is dealing with an ankle injury right now and is in real danger of missing a game or two. Still, that shouldn’t scare you off, as Beckham has three straight years with at least 91 catches, 1300 yards and 10 scores. Just keep an eye on him. 

4. AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals: Green was on his way to a huge season in 2016, but unfortunately he suffered a hamstring injury that put him on the shelf for a half-dozen games. This year, Green comes in as Andy Dalton’s top target and should put up some solid numbers as a No. 1 WR pick. 

5. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Evans is a trendy breakout pick this season, as he’s got three straight 1,000-yard seasons under his belt and a pair of 12-TD campaigns as well. The expanded WR talent pool in Tampa Bay should help free up Evans from double-teams, so he looks like a nice pickup. 

6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: There’s a bit of a discussion in fantasy going on right now as far as Bryant’s value. He missed three games in 2016, finishing with 50 catches for 796 yards and eight TDs. Now that Bryant is healthy—and coming off a huge game against the Packers in the playoffs—he’s primed for another big year. 

7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers: Nelson tore it up in fantasy last year, finishing as the top WR on 200 points over 16 games. Though Nelson likely won’t get near the 152 targets he got last year (thanks to an improved running game), he’s still a top-shelf WR in fantasy. 

8. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints: There are some huge expectations out there for Thomas following his breakout 2016 campaign where he led the Saints in targets, catches and touchdowns. Thomas is now the top guy in New Orleans, and if he can live up to the hype he’ll be a big fantasy asset. 

9. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders: Cooper has been pretty good in his first pair of seasons so far, and many are expecting he’ll do even better in 2017. Cooper put up 83 catches, 1153 yards and five scores last season, and there’s a good chance he’ll break those numbers this season. 

10. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks: Baldwin has been going under the proverbial radar over the past couple of seasons, and owners in fantasy are starting to take notice. In 2016, Baldwin managed 94 catches, 1,128 yards and 125 targets, all career highs. 

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