NFL Week 5 Sit/Start Report

Time for fantasy owners to get Antonio Gates back into their lineups

Time for fantasy owners to get Antonio Gates back into their lineups

Start – Antonio Gates:  Fresh off a four game suspension, Gates couldn’t have come back at a more opportunistic time. Malcolm Floyd and Stevie Johnson are both questionable with injuries, paving the way for more balls going to Philip Rivers favorite target. To make things even more appealing for the embattled Gates, the Chargers play at home against a Pittsburgh defense allowing the third most points in fantasy to tight ends. Gates will pick off right where he left off last season.

Start – Mike Evans:  After missing the first two games of the season, Evans put up a Jekyll and Hyde performance the following two weeks. Expect Evans to return back to the norm facing a middling Jaguars defense in week 5. Evans is still Jameis Winston favorite target and although the rookie is having some freshman struggles, Evans should produce off sheer volume.

Start – Boobie Dixon:  With LeSean McCoy slated to miss one more game and Karlos Williams undergoing the NFL concussion protocol, next in line is Anthony ‘Boobie’ Dixon. At 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Dixon will be a tough tackle against the soft Titans defense. Dixon is in line to receive the lions-share of a run-first offense and will be able to produce off the ample amount of touches. If you’re looking for a bye-week flier, Dixon can be a sneaky plug-and-play this Sunday.

Sit – Golden Tate:  Failing to record more than 80 yards or a touchdown through a quarter of the NFL season, Golden Tate is just not a viable fantasy starter any longer. Muddled in a struggling Detroit Lions offense and in the shadows of Calvin Megatron Johnson, Tate can’t find a space to produce. Furthermore, with a banged up quarterback and a vengeful Arizona Cardinals team coming to town, Tate is not the person to start in any format week 5.

Sit – Isaiah Crowell:  After putting up his second best fantasy output of the season, fantasy owners may want to sit Crowell for week 5. Crowell put up over 120 total yards but rookie running mate, Duke Johnson Jr. also had over 110 total yards and a touchdown. Running back coach, Wilbert Montgomery hinted at the rookie being utilized heavily this season, putting a ceiling on Crowell. The Ravens have allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points to tailbacks this season. If you have better options than Crowell this week, start them.

Sit – C.J. Anderson:  C.J. Anderson owners are certainly kicking themselves, especially if Ronnie Hillman was not picked up as a handcuff. Anderson had his best showing of the season last week with 11 carries for 43 yards. However, it was Hillman who made the most out of 11 carries going for 103 yards and a score. Hillman has yet to leapfrog Anderson on the depth chart but a full on committee is upon us. Even with an encouraging matchup against the Raiders, Anderson is not worth the headache.



Texans/Colts: TNF Sit Start Report

Arian Foster is primed to make a big splash on Thursday night at home in Houston

Arian Foster is primed to make a big splash on Thursday night at home in Houston

How the mighty have fallen this Thursday as the once mighty Indianapolis Colts take on the even worse off Houston Texans. Houston has lacked the passion its coach, Bill O’Brien, preached during training camp. The Colts seem to be a team without an identity these past few weeks. What that means for fantasy owners is that they should be mindful of who they place their bets on this week.

Start – Arian Foster:  Arian Foster-Foster came back last week from groin surgery which sidelined him earlier this season. After being limited on Sunday, the coaching staff is expected to let Foster shoulder most on the load tonight against the Colts. The Texans running back should be a strong start this week with the QB situation in Houston on the fritz. Look for Foster to knock the rust off this week, getting the majority of the touches for the injured Texans offense.

Start – Donte Moncrief:  The young receiver already has 275 yards and 3 touchdowns though four games this season. He will be the main beneficiary if Andrew Luck returns this week. Moncrief has already developed a strong rapport with Luck and his numbers are consistent unlike a lot of other players in this matchup. Look for Moncrief to continue his progress and take advantage of Houston’s secondary as Luck tries to right the ship.

Sit – Andrew Luck:  Luck will most likely play this week after missing the last game with an injury. But, the Andrew Luck the gunslinger might not return as well. Luck has looked lost these past few weeks and seems to lack confidence. If Luck is going to right the ship any time soon, his best chance will be against a shaky Texans pass defense. However, his numbers this week make him a risky start.

Sit – Frank Gore:  No. Do Not Pass Go. Do Not Collect $200. Gore has had an okay season averaging 4.2 yards per carry. The problem is the best way to beat the Texans is in the air against their corners rather than on the ground against the leagues best defensive player, JJ Watt. There are plenty of backs around the league with much better match ups this week.

Wildcard – Andre Johnson:  This is more of a maybe rather than a yes. By all accounts, Andre Johnson has lost a step since joining the Colts offense. But is ever there were a game for a bounce back, playing against a former team is always a great motivator. There’s no questioning the veteran receiver’s heart, but he’s slowed down quite a bit and his quarterback is really struggling.

1st Quarter – Fantasy RB Bust Report

Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris has been losing ground to rookie Matt Jones since the season started

These running backs have avoided living up to their fantasy potential through 4 games this season. Though all 4 of these players are letting fantasy owners down, some have more potential to breakout of their slump than others.

C.J. Anderson: Anderson is the single most disappointing Running Back during the 1st Quarter of the 2015 season.

Marshawn Lynch:  Lynch has not produced any noteworthy performances this season, even missing the Seahawks’ Week 4 win against the Detroit Lions, his second missed game in 6 years with the team. Before sustaining a hamstring injury, Lynch’s best game was in Week 1 against the Rams, taking 18 rushes for 71 yards (4.1 yards per carry), and hauling in 5 receptions for 31 yards. Owners should not be too worried about Lynch’s status moving forward, as he is already expected to play Week 5. The Seahawks entire team has been in a bit of a slump, but with that likely to turn around due to Kam Chancellor’s return, and Wilson’s usage of veteran Jimmy Graham and youngster Tyler Lockett, Lynch should be put in a position to score multiple times per game moving forward.

DeMarco Murray:  DeMarco Murray’s abysmal play is certainly a cause for concern, as he has not been able to help move the chains in what was supposed to be a powerhouse Philadelphia offense. Murray has rushed 29 times for just 47 yards, amounting to 1.1 yards per carry. Murray’s hamstring injury kept him out of a Week 3 matchup with the New York Jets, and back-up RB Ryan Mathews propelled the Eagles to a 24-17 win behind his 108 rushing yards on 24 carries, and 2 receptions for 20 yards and a TD. If Mathews can be successful against a stout Jets defense, and Murray could not be serviceable against the Redskins, Falcons or Cowboys, then maybe he just isn’t fit to be the feature back on a team with a less than stellar offensive line. Consider DeMarco Murray’s status as an RB1 highly questionable moving forward, with a major potential drop-off.

Alfred Morris:  Alfred Morris’ value has fluctuated heavily due to rookie Matt Jones’ push for more carries. After Morris led the team with 17 carries for 62 yards, it looks like he’s atop the depth chart, but his spot isn’t safe by any means. Morris’ numbers don’t look too bad, as he has rushed for 4.0 yards per carry thus far, but Matt Jones, and his 4.7 yards per carry, has much more appeal moving forward. All it takes is one more solid game from Jones to push Morris further back, securing the starting tailback position. Jones runs with more explosiveness than Morris does, and has displayed his ability to break tackles, more so than Alfred Morris. Though this situation is clearly a timeshare for now, expect Jones to emerge as the lead back in weeks to come, making Alfred Morris close to irrelevant in standard fantasy leagues.

LeSean McCoy:  LeSean McCoy is dealing with a significant hamstring injury, and could miss 3-4 weeks. Despite his inability to play in the near future, his fantasy value has plummeted, as he has made close to zero impact in Rex Ryan’s run-heavy Bills offense. There’s no reason he has not found the end zone on any of his 43 carries (but caught 1 TD against the Dolphins), rushing for 146 yards (3.4 yards per carry). Even his YPC statistic is deceiving, as his Week 2 performance was the only one in which he rushed for more than 2.4 yards per carry. McCoy can’t blame anyone other than himself for his early-season struggles, as Bills rookie tailback Karlos Williams has been very effective thus far, rushing for 226 yards and 3 TDs on 42 carries, one less than McCoy. With McCoy sidelined, Williams will continue to lead the charge, and at this rate, establish himself as the more efficient rusher, making breakout performances from McCoy hard to come by in the future.

NFL Week 5 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report


Despite his lack of consistency, Rueben Randle is still the Giants #2 passing option

Reuben Randle (Ownership: 36.8%)

The New York Giants wide out has now posted back-to-back weeks with a score. Although the yardage total is wildly inconsistent, Randle is the undisputed No. 2 option in an Eli Manning offense. There is no timetable for Victor Cruz’s return, which boosts Randle’s fantasy appeal slightly. However, fantasy owners should be salivating at the enticing matchups on the upcoming G-Men schedule. Before the week 11 bye, the Giants square-off against the 49ers, Eagles, Buccaneers, and Patriots; all teams that rank in the bottom half of the league in pass defense. Grab Randle now and hope he can find a consistent groove in the upcoming month.

Gary Barnidge (Ownership: 11.1%)

The Cleveland tight end has now put together back-to-back spectacular performances for the Browns. Barnidge recorded six catches and a score in both Weeks 3 and 4 establishing early chemistry with quarterback, Josh McCown. Albeit the growing rapport between tight end and quarterback, temper expectations for the success rate. The Browns have a daunting upcoming schedule facing Denver, St. Louis, Arizona, and Cincy all in a row. The benefit of grabbing Barnidge; he won’t be able to hurt you from your own roster.

Christine Michael (Ownership: 7.2%)

Another one bites the dust. After tearing his ACL, Lance Dunbar will be the third key offensive weapon to go down for the Cowboys in just four weeks. Dunbar is also the third back to be placed on IR for this Dallas team which paves the way for Christine Michael. Michael hasn’t received many looks to date, but if the RBBC approach will still be used, which it will, and if Randle and McFadden continue to be ineffective against stout defenses, which they will, then Michael is worth a stash. Speaking of McFadden and his fantasy owners, congratulations, he’s lasted five weeks without getting injured. However, as history shows, he could get banged up by tomorrow making Michael that much more valuable. Grab the third-year man while you still can.

Charles Sims (Ownership: 33.6%)

Sims found his way into the endzone for the second week in a row with a receiving touchdown. Undoubtedly capped by the presence of Doug Martin, the two seemed to have found a viable tandem. Sims will continue to make his mark in the passing game as the Bucs struggle to play from behind in most games. Sims is worthy of a bench spot and should be used as a flex play during bye weeks.

NFL Week 4 – Injury Check Down Report


An MRI shows that Lynch has a “damaged” hamstring and is questionable for Monday Night


Marshawn Lynch: Through out the week, it has seemed less and less likely that Marshawn Lynch will play during Week 4. An MRI revealed unspecified damage to his hamstring and this leaves fantasy owners with a real problem. To make matters worse, this is a Monday Night affair that would leave fantasy owners stranded if Lynch can’t suit up. Even if he does play, don’t expect Beast-Mode to kick in until he has had more time to recover from his injury.

Lesean McCoy – OUT

Arian Foster: Arian Foster owners are in a serious holding pattern this morning – Check back with us at 11:45 this morning to see if Foster will play.

Andre Ellington: Ellington is expected to play today, but Bruce Arians has named Chris Johnson as his starting back.

Doug Martin: Had a minor knee tweak, but will play a Sunday, and Martin claims to be in perfect health.

Todd Gurley: Gurley made his debut last week and should play again against the Cardinals, I expect him to have a tough day against a stout Arizona defense.


Drew Brees: Drew Brees has been dealing with a shoulder issue but is expected to play on Sunday against the Cowboys.


Eric Decker – Is expected to play, but is officially a game time decision for an EARLY GAME in the U.K.

Sammy Watkins – OUT

Alshon Jeffries – OUT

Victor Cruz – OUT

Charles Johnson – OUT

Desean Jackson – OUT




NFL Week 4 Wide Receiever Sit/Start Report

A.J. Green

A.J. Green is the AFC Player of the Week after racking up 227 receiving yards and 2 scores

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With Week 4 underway, teams are starting to develop their identity, and fantasy owners are starting to develop their go-to picks. The onslaught of early season injuries seem to have subsided, and the ability to predict who will be fantasy studs for the week seems a little easier than during Week 1. But, not everything that glitters is gold. What once was a sure thing, could easily be taken away (I’m talking to those Rob Gronkowski owners, like me, who are left without their top guy during the Patriots’ bye week). For those of us who don’t have the fortune of having Julio Jones on our squads, here are a few wideouts that you should start/sit for the week.

Start – AJ. Green:  AJ Green and The Bengals have gotten off to a great start this season. Despite the inability of his quarterback, Andy Dalton, to muster up motivational speeches, Green has managed 335 yards and 3 TDs through the past few weeks. This Sunday, Cincinnati is scheduled to face the Kansas City Chiefs, whose defense has managed to give up touchdowns late in games. Look for Green to maintain his consistency as Dalton will continue to see out his top play maker.

Start – Randall Cobb:  The Green Bay Packers always have weapons at the wide receiver position with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. James Jones was a standout in week 1. But, look for Randall Cobb to play an even bigger role as the offense takes on the 49ers this week. San Francisco is not expected to put on the dismal performance that they did last week against the Cardinals, but if Carson Palmer can tear their defense to shreds, expect Rodgers to do damage with Cobb as his main target.

Start – Brandon Marshall:  Brandon Marshall has found a new lease at life with the Jets. The always-entertaining veteran receiver has become a fantasy stud through the last few weeks, scoring a touchdown in each of his games with New York. With Eric Decker questionable for this week’s game in London against Miami, Marshall will take on an even bigger role in spreading the field.

Sit – Anquan Boldin:  The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of problems. Week 1, the team looked great with running back Carlos Hyde tearing it up, but then the team looked disturbingly bad last week. No matter how the 49ers are playing, they seem to be ignoring Boldin in the game. Boldin has 112 yards on 12 receptions throughout 3 games. Anquan isn’t targeted by quarterback Colin Kaepernick nearly enough for him to earn a starting position on a fantasy lineup.

Sit – Roddy White:  Last week, the Falcons faced a maligned Dallas defense with virtually no pass rushers on the field. This week, the Falcons will face J.J. Watt, which means Matty Ice wont have that much time in the pocket to throw to his guys. Even when he does, everyone knows he’s going to Julio Jones. While Jones has had a phenomenal start to his season, Roddy White hasn’t made a catch since week 1. Even if White manages to have a breakout game against Houston, the performance would be more aligned as an exception to the rule rather than an ongoing occurrence for the future.

Sit – Jarvis Landry:  Jarvis Landry isn’t nearly consistent enough to garner a starting spot this week. Playing against the much-improved Jets defense, Landry will have a hard time garnering yards and points in the game set to take place in London. The second-year receiver had a great game against the Jaguars in week 2, but then again, it’s the Jaguars. The Dolphins will most likely rely on its running game this week, which will leave Landry high and dry.

NFL Week 4 Running Back Sit/Start Report


Ameer Abdullah has fallen off the charts since his stunning Week 1 debut

SIT – Ameer Abdullah:  Since his breakout debut during Week 1, which featured a touchdown on his first career carry, Ameer Abdullah has fallen silent. Managing just 32 yards over the past two weeks, Abdullah has fallen from the weekly starter discussion. This is especially true for Week 4, where the Lions will travel to Seattle for Monday Night Football, Abdullah may not live up to the bright lights. Seattle has yet to yield a rushing touchdown this season. If you can, sit Abdullah in this daunting matchup.

SIT – Rashad Jennings:  Circulating throughout a running back committee is no fun for anyone. Currently entrenched within a three-pronged backfield, Jennings does not warrant enough touches to be effective. On the year, Jennings has 96 yards and a TD on 33 carries. Outside of the top 30 fantasy tailbacks, Jennings is not a factor on the road against a stingy Buffalo defense.

SIT – Justin Forsett:  Ten yards on 13 carries: that’s all Forsett could amount to in the Ravens week 3 loss to the Bengals. After a breakout year in 2014 where Forsett averaged over five yards a carry, things haven’t been the same in 2015 where the scat back is averaging only 3.2 YPC. To add salt to injury, Forsett and the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh on a short week to face the best run stopping defense so far in the NFL. The Steelers weakness lies in the secondary. Therefore, look for Joe Flacco to air the ball out more than handoff to the struggling Forsett.

START – Karlos Williams:  I told you to run to the waivers to go pick up this guy and I really hoped you listen. As the week rolls on, it’s looking more and more like McCoy won’t play and Williams will get all the touches against a soft Giants defense. Williams recorded at least one rushing touchdown in three straight weeks. Come Sunday, it will be four.

START – Latavius Murray:  It seems as if every player on the Raiders’ roster has elevated their level of play in 2015. Allotted more carries in each progressing week, Murray has made the most of his touches averaging 4.8 yards per tote. Murray just got done slashing up Cleveland’s patchwork defense. Now Murray and the Raiders hit the road to take on a Chicago defense that has let up over 110 yards rushing in the past two weeks. Start Murray and enjoy the show.

START – Eddie Lacy:  After waiting all week to find out if Lacy would play in Monday Night’s contest, the third-year back shrugged off an ankle injury to accumulate 87 all purpose yards against the Chiefs. It appears Lacy is back to full health, just in time for a tantalizing matchup with the 49ers. San Francisco currently has the third worst run defense in the NFL. Withholding week one, the 49ers have given up 229 yards and five touchdowns, including three to the perennial DeAngelo Williams. The younger, more talented Lacy should have a field day as the Packers milk the clock on the way to their fourth win of the season.

TNF Fantasy Preview – Steelers vs. Ravens

Joe Flacco has put up back-to-back games with more than 360 passing yards

Joe Flacco has put up back-to-back games with two TDs and more than 360 passing yards

The Baltimore Ravens are now 0-3 for the first time in franchise history. The rocky start to the season has come as a shock to the notable playoff contenders. Unlike other teams, despite losing Terrell Suggs to an Achilles injury, the Ravens haven’t been hit with multiple injuries or suspensions that other teams have been forced to contend with. Baltimore’s main problem may be its inability to close out games. All of its losses have been heartbreakers. Maybe, the team can turn things around against the Pittsburg Steelers on Thursday Night Football. Here are a few players to watch during this AFC North grudge match.

Joe Flacco had a terrible showing against the Broncos during week 1, but the last two games haven’t been a bad performance from the Super Bowl XLVII winner. With a QBR of 102.5 and 92.4 during weeks 2 and 3, Flacco greatly improved from his dismal play in the season opener. Without Roethlisberger in for Thursday’s showing, and with the help of his defense, Flacco should be able to pull the Ravens out of despair for the team’s first win. Just hope that the game doesn’t come down to the final seconds.

Steve Smith Sr. is set to retire after this season. Don’t count on the former pro-bowler going quietly in the night. Smith may be older, but the wide receiver is always a deep threat on the field. If the game comes down to the wire, look for Flacco to rely on the veteran wideout to pull in a win.

Antonio Brown is probably tired of being the shadows when it comes to talks of the league’s best wide receivers. Although his production is equal or greater than that of Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, and Odell Beckham Jr., Brown doesn’t have the flash of those other players. But, Brown could write his name in the history books this year. Big Ben’s best target has opened the season with three 100 yard games. With Michael Vick set to take over for the injured Roethlisberger, look for the Baltimore defense to double cover Brown, forcing Vick to look elsewhere for help.

Le’Veon Bell is fresh off suspension and tore it up last week in terms of production. As one of the league’s leading rushers last year. Losing time on the field hasn’t caused Bell to lose a step. The running back had 132 yards in Sunday’s game against the Rams. Look for the Ravens to try to stop Bell by stacking the box, but that might prove ineffective with Vick (a running threat) at the helm this week. Pittsburgh should be able to control the clock using Bell, who is expected to continue his great start to the season.

C.J. Anderson’s Fantasy Value Takes a Dive

Fantasy Owners who hold onto C.J. Anderson are going down

Fantasy Owners who are holding onto C.J. Anderson are hitting rock bottom

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson has been an unmitigated disaster for fantasy owners this season. After three games, Anderson is shooting blanks and leaving many fantasy owners flat on their backs with meaningless single digit duds. His struggles should not be seen as a fluke and owners should do everything in their power to unload him before the situations gets worse.

He’s failed to rush for more than 2.4 yards per carry and hasn’t caught a whiff of the end zone as fellow RB Ronnie Hillman has the only rushing TD for Denver this season. Hillman has been the more effective back thus far, and could see his usage continue to rise amidst CJ Anderson’s ineffective play. Do not be surprised if Hillman eventually jumps Anderson on the depth chart and starts to receive the bulk of the snaps in the backfield.

There’s a small chance that Anderson could take a turn for the better soon, as the Broncos host a weak rush-defensive team in the Minnesota Vikings this week. This presents the slimmest chance that he can break out of his slump, but fantasy owners should NOT get their hopes up. The Vikings currently rank 24th in allowing 119.3 rushing yards per game.

Someone from the Denver Broncos backfield has to at least be given a chance to function as a chain-mover this week, but it’s difficult to believe that it would be Anderson over Hillman. Moving forward, consider CJ Anderson nothing more than a middle-of-the-pack RB3 and do everything you can to move him onto another team.

NFL Week 4 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report


Derek Carr has a JUICY Week 4 matchup against an invisible Bears pass defense

Derek Carr (Ownership: 19.8%)

For the second consecutive week, Derek Carr threw for more than 300 yards and multiple touchdowns while leading the Oakland Raiders to another win. The young and talented Raiders have a handful of weapons at their disposal including the highly targeted, Amari Cooper. In the initial week for byes, Carr sure does have a juicy matchup for those looking to stream a QB. The Raiders travel to Soldier field to take on the lowly Chicago Bears whom have let up at least 185 yards and a score to opposing QBs every week to date. Carr may prove to be a viable fantasy starter even later down the road and is definitely worthy of a roster spot.

Karlos Williams ((Ownership: 23.6%)

Run; don’t walk, to pick up Karlos Williams! The rookie out of Florida State gashed the Miami Dolphins for 110 yards rushing on just 12 carries. Furthermore, starting running back, LeSean McCoy injured his hamstring in the contest and admittedly suggested sitting out a game. If McCoy is sideline for any amount of games, Williams finds himself in an optimal situation as the lead back in a run heavy scheme. That’s not it though. In the ensuing four weeks before the Bills bye, Buffalo will face the Giants, Titans, Bengals, and Jaguars; all teams that have suffered against the run so far in 2015. So like I was saying, RUN!

Michael Vick (AVAILABLE)

Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out of the week three game against the Rams and diagnosed with a sprained MCL. Subsequently, Big Ben will miss the next 4 – 6 weeks. Enter Mike Vick, who hasn’t started a NFL game since week 12 last season with the New York Jets. The Steelers have a short week playing on Thursday night against the Ravens. However, after Week 4, Martavis Bryant will return to what already is a loaded offense. Even at Vick’s age, it’d be hard to believe the dual-threat quarterback can’t find some form of success with the weapons surrounding him.

Marvin Jones (Ownership: 19.4%)

After missing the entire 2014 season due to foot and ankle injuries, the Cal-product is back to take on the starting role opposite A.J. Green. So far in 2015, the results have been prosperous as Jones has 161 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. Look for the good times to keep rolling as the Bengals host the Chiefs in week four. The Chiefs have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.