NFL Week 12 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

Buck Allen

Barring injury, Buck Allen will be the primary workhorse for the Ravens offense

Another week, another batch of injuries. Week 11 saw a peculiar amount of injuries suffered by tailbacks. Justin Forsett, Charcandrick West, Frank Gore, and Devonta Freeman were the main victims this past week. Do yourself a favor and pick up these backups on waivers to prepare for the fantasy playoffs.

Buck Allen (Ownership 6.2%)

Condolences to the Baltimore Ravens franchise and the team’s fan base. As if an abysmal 2–7 record to start the season wasn’t enough, Justin Forsett and Joe Flacco were both lost in the game due to season-ending injuries. As the absolute only option to generate any offense for the Ravens, Javorious Allen should handle a huge workload going forward. In the absence of Forsett, Allen accumulated 67 rush yards and 48 receiving yards in week 11. Even more enticing, the Ravens face the Browns and the Dolphins in the upcoming weeks, two teams horrendous at stopping the run. Pick up Allen off waivers and ride his coattails into the promise land.

Spencer Ware, KC (Basically Unowned)

Just as Charcandrick West was starting to get on a roll and make a name for himself in the league, he suffers a hamstring injury. West is day-to-day but hamstring injuries can linger, just ask Odell Beckham Jr. Ware stepped in line for West on Sunday and didn’t miss a beat running for 96 yards and 2 TDs on just 11 carries. The Chiefs defense and run game have been absolutely red hot in the past five weeks and a speculative add of Ware couldn’t hurt. Keep in mind, Knile Davis was a healthy scratch for the week 11 bout but he may also return to create depth among the Chiefs backfield.

Ahmad Bradshaw (Ownership 4.0%)

You’ve seen this story before. Ahmad Bradshaw comes back from the fantasy fringes to become relatively unstoppable week after week. Bradshaw was the lead dog for Indy last year averaging 12 points a contest before going out to a season ending injury in week 10. The Colts brought in Frank Gore to take over the reigns in 2015 and he has done a formidable job. However, Gore is on the wrong side of 30 with a lot of mileage on his legs. Furthermore, Gore may have suffered a knee injury with the extent of the injury unknown. If Gore is sidelined, Bradshaw automatically jumps to a RB2 with RB1 upside. Bradshaw is already familiar and comfortable within the offense and will continue to gain more touches even with Gore in the mix.

Tevin Coleman (Ownership 26.1%)

When the number one fantasy running back goes down to injury, you pick up the handcuff off waivers. Freeman is apparently moving along rather quickly in the concussion protocol but don’t be surprised if the league is extra careful with him after the debacle that happened with Case Keenum. Coleman struggled in Freeman’s absence running for only 48 yards on 17 carries. However, the rookie was praised in the preseason for his speed and if given the opportunity, can be a great addition to a roster. Add Coleman to a bench spot now and wait to see what the rookie can do when his number is called upon once again.

NFL Week 11 – Injury Check Down Report

Sam Bradford actually avoided injury longer than expected

Sam Bradford actually avoided injury longer than most people expected

Alshon Jeffery – OUT

Emmanuel Sanders – OUT

Matt Forte – OUT

Sam Bradford – OUT:  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is ruled out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mark Sanchez will start in his place until his return.

Peyton Manning – OUT:  Denver Broncos quarterback is ruled out against the Chicago Bears with a foot injury. Brock Osweiler will get the start.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets quarterback will play this week against the Houston Texans.

Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks running back is expected to play this week against San Francisco even though he was limited in practice this week.

Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys Running Back is expected to play against the Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys may scale back his usage during this Week 11 matchup against the

Ryan Matthews – OUT:  Philadelphia Eagles running back suffered a concussion is ruled out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Expect Demarco Murray and Darren Sproles to be used in the offense a lot in his absence.

Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers running back is listed as probable this week and should see some playing time. James Starks will get the start according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Matt Forte – Chicago Bears running back is a game time decision against the Denver Broncos. He has been practicing day by day but may need more time to recover expect Langford to start and carry a load in the offense.

Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Wide Receiver will be a game time decision against the Philadelphia Eagles. Fantasy owners should have a backup just in case he does not play. Once again, expect Mike Evans be the focal point of the offense.

Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver is a game time decision Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Expect him to play in this game in this big matchup.

DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans wide receiver will play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears wide receiver is listed as questionable. Eddie Royal is out, so expect Marques Wilson to be the number one receiver if he does not play.

Eddie Royal – OUT

Anquan Boldin – San Francisco 49ers wide receiver is listed as questionable against the Seattle Seahawks. Expect him to be ready to go and play in this divisional matchup.

Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos wide receiver will play against the Chicago Bears.

Malcom Floyd – OUT:  San Diego Chargers wide receiver will not play Sunday against the Chiefs.

NFL Week 11 – Running Back Sit/Start Report

Charcandrick West has scored at least 17 fantasy points in three straight contests

Charcandrick West has scored at least 17 fantasy points in three straight contests

Start – Charcandrick West:  2nd year back Charcandrick West has been posting superb fantasy numbers since Jamaal Charles went down with a season ending injury. Last week, West totaled 69 yards on the ground and pulled in 92 yards though the air (including an 80 yard reception and a touchdown). If Kansas city wants to throw all their balls underneath to the running back, all the better for fantasy owners. West should continue to thrive this week against a 2-7 Chargers squad that is unable to slow down opposing running backs of any caliber.  

Start – Danny Woodhead:  This veteran running back has emerged as the number one option for San Diego. The Chargers number one draft pick. Melvin Gordon, is plagued with ball security issues which has given Woodhead plenty of opportunities. Woodhead is averaging 4 yards per carry, but is also pulling in more than 11 yards per reception. Woodhead would serve well as a flex option in a tough matchup against a the Chiefs.

Start – James Starks:  The longtime Packers backup is getting another shot at the starting role this week in place of Eddie Lacy.  Even with Lacy set to play, Green Bay decided to go with Starks. Earlier this season, Starks managed 112 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, but faces a much tougher matchup this week against the Vikings.

Sit – Melvin Gordon:  Danny Woodhead’s emergence as a better option for the Chargers has hurt Gordon’s stock. The rookie back is averaging 3.6 yards per carry and only managed 31 yards in his last game against the Bears. Kansas City’s defense is stingy against the run, and wont allow Gordon to break free. Unlike Woodhead, Gordon, whose averaging just 5.6 yards per reception, doesn’t really help QB Phillip Rivers by getting open for a reception when defenses load the box.

Cutler Gets First Shot at Former Team

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler is facing a hard-nosed Broncos defense, but Denver is vulnerable

Despite playing four seasons for the Broncos from 2006 through 2009, Cutler has never actually played a regular season game against Denver. The two teams met in 2011, but Cutler was injured and Tim Tebow was the Broncos quarterback.

This time, Cutler is facing a shutdown Broncos defense that has shown some cracks lately. With Peyton Manning ruled out and backup quarterback Brock Osweiler expected to start, Cutler and the Bears have a chance to make a statement riding a two game winning streak.

Bear OC Adam Gase is having a positive impact on Cutler and is helping him to better read opposing defenses. Similar to the St. Louis Rams, the Broncos are ranked high in defense in multiple categories such as rush defense, pass yards per game, and yards allowed per play.

The Bears have their hands full and will have to make big plays down the field to open up the defense. To be successful, Gase will have to mix up the play calling and keep Cutler focussed. In the final equation, Alshon Jeffrey and running back Jeremy Langford need to make big plays to help Cutler overcome the top-ranked Denver defense.

NFL Week 11 – Wide Receiver Sit/Start Report

Mike Evans

Mike Evans has cracked at least 126 yards receiving in 3 of his last 4 games

Start – Mike Evans:  Evans now mustered up 125 or more receiving yards in three of the last four contests. The benefactor in a depleted Bucs aerial attack, Evans figures to keep getting the lions share of Jameis Winston’s passes (averaging 14 targets over past four weeks). Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Vincent Jackson are getting healthier as the weeks roll by but particularly in week 11, Tampa Bay draws a prime matchup with Philly. The Eagles are two spots removed from being the worst secondary in the league when it comes to limiting receivers. Even if multiple weapons return for the Buccaneers, Evans will still feast on Sunday.

Start – Michael Crabtree:  Crabtree grabbed four balls for 55 yards and no score in week 10 against Minnesota. Don’t be fooled, that stat line is just an outlier. Crabtree is averaging the most targets on the team and before week 11, had three straight weeks with a touchdown. Expect the Raiders offense to bounce back against a soft Detroit defense.

Start – Stevie Johnson:  Stevie Johnson wields a different skill set but finds himself in the same predicament as Mike Evans: the last receiver standing of a wide receiver corps facing a porous defense. Philip Rivers is having statistically one of the best seasons of his career and he is still managing to put up numbers with a lack of talent. With Allen on IR and Floyd questionable to play, Johnson is left to compete for targets with only Antonio Gates. Facing divisional foe, Kansas City, there will be enough love to spread around for every receiver to be happy.

Sit – DeSean Jackson:  Fantasy investors waited eight long weeks for Jackson to finally get healthy. As the focal point in the pass-first Washington offense, one would expect Jackson to boom right from the gates. However, Jackson faltered against a mediocre Patriots secondary and managed only 44 yards on two catches against the despicable Saints defense. Jackson is always a candidate to boom when least expected. However, expectations should be tempered in week 11 when Washington travels to Carolina to face Josh Norman and the Panthers formidable defense.

Sit – Randall Cobb:  I know what you’re thinking. Cobb is the No.1 receiver on an Aaron Rodgers led offense and there’s no possible better option. However, if you look at the big picture, Cobb just hasn’t been himself this year. Cobb now has six games with six or less receptions and under 50 yards. Blame it on the shoulder injury or the absence of Jordy Nelson, but Cobb just can’t thrive as a top dog. The Packers offense is struggling as a whole and now they hit the road to face a stingy Vikings team that rightfully sits atop the division. Aaron Rodgers may pull off some magic and turn the offense around, or the woeful times may continue for the Packers and you Cobb owners.

Sit Kamar Aiken:  Another scenario of the last man standing, but this time, the outcome is not what you’d expect. Aiken will receive a healthy dose of targets but will also produce a troublesome amount of drops. Baltimore will be facing the St. Louis Rams whose pass defense allows the second fewest fantasy points to receivers per game. It could be a long afternoon for Aiken and the Baltimore offense.

NFL Week 10 – Injury Check Down Report

Emmanuel Sanders is listed as a dreaded game-time-decision for fantasy owners

Fantasy owners stuck with a GTD situation with Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos Wide Receiver is listed as a game time decision against the Chiefs. He suffered an ankle injury and hasn’t practiced for three days in a row. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan ready just in case he can’t suit up.

Matt Forte – OUT (more below)

Eddie Lacy – OUT (more below)

Eddie Royal – OUT:  Chicago Bears Wide Receiver will not play Sunday against the Rams.

Vincent Jackson – OUT:  Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver will not play against the Dallas Cowboys.

Kendall Wright – OUT:  Tennessee Titans Wide Receiver will not play against the Carolina Panthers.

John Brown – Cardinals Wide Receiver inadvertently destroyed fantasy owners during Week 8 when he was activated 45 minutes before game time but never took the field at all. This left fantasy owners with a big fat zero. Once again, Brown is listed as a game time decision with a hamstring injury. Expect him to play in this big division game against Seattle, but TEMPER your expectations.

Davante Parker – Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver is listed as questionable this week against the Eagles. Even if he plays, he is the fourth receiver on the depth chart and doesn’t need to be picked up in fantasy.

Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions Wide Receiver is listed as questionable against the Packers. He is confident that he will play even though he has been limited in practice all week. Expect him to play barring any setbacks.

Josh McCown – The Browns quarterback is listed as questionable against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has a rib injury and Johnny Manziel has been practicing all week and is likely to start. Mike Pettine has yet to name the starter. If active and healthy, McCown will play, but expect Manziel to start.

Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings Quarterback is listed as questionable this week against the Raiders. After a full practice Friday, Head coach Mike Zimmer has full confidence that Bridgewater will be able to make the start.

Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is set to back up Landry Jones against Cleveland this week. He is not expected to play unless Jones goes down with an injury.

Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos Quarterback is listed as probable with a foot injury, but should start against the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Kubiak expressed some concern, but barring an unlikely setback, Manning will play.

Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks Running Back is listed as questionable against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite battling injuries all season, Pete Carroll said that he expects him to play. If he does not play, rookie Thomas Rawls will be the starter and currently leads the team in rushing.

DeAngelo Williams – Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back is listed as probable against the Browns. Expect him to play and is a high end option in this favorable matchup against Cleveland.

Matt Forte – Chicago Bears Running Back suffered an MCL sprain injury and is listed as questionable. Don’t expect him to play this week or for Chicago coach John Fox to EVER provide a realistic time line for his return.

Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers Running Back is listed as questionable with a groin injury, but expect him to play this week and split carries behind the team’s new starter, James Starks.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight End will not play against the Dallas Cowboys. Expect Mike Evans to carry a heavy workload on offense once again.

Larry Donnell – New York Giants Tight End will not play against the New England Patriots. Will Tye will get the start and play.

NFL Week 10 Running Back Sit/Start Report


Mark Ingram should put up impressive numbers against a faltering Redskins run defense

Start – Mark Ingram:  There was plenty of talk a few weeks ago that Mark Ingram’s great season would start to fizzle out during the second half of the season. He did stumble last week against a pillow soft Titans run defense, but should have a big bounce back game against a Redskins team that specializes in allowing backs to soar past the 100-yard mark. New Orleans has a soft schedule up ahead and Ingram should be able to cash in.

Start – Lamar Miller:  There is a great deal of fear and trepidation for Lamar Miller owners as Miami travels to Philadelphia to take on a rugged Eagles run defense. I believe these fears are unwarranted and that Miller will not only find the end zone but rack up some nice RB1 yardage as well. His only clunker since the bye week was against the Patriots who jumped out to a HUGE lead and limited his usage. Start him with confidence against Eagles.

Sit – Chris Johnson:  There’s been no shortage of rushing attempts for Chris Johnson this season, but what’s he’s accomplished with these opportunities has been all over the board. But one thing has remained consistent, when he faces a stout run defense – he goes NOWHERE. The Cardinals will be in Seattle Sunday Night to face a stifling Seahawks run defense that will leave Johnson running in place. Don’t let the 109 yards he gained last week against the Browns fool you, he never found the end zone and fumbled twice. He is NOT a good option for Week 10.

Sit – Jonathan Stewart:  Like Chris Johnson, Jonathan Stewart is seeing a monster workload averaging 22 carries per game over the course of the Panthers last four weeks. But he’s had only mixed results like last week against the Packers when he managed only 66 yards on 20 attempts and no touchdowns. Carolina is on the road this week to face a stout Titans run defense. Stewart will get the carries, but unless he finds a way into the end zone, fantasy owners will be disappointed with him at the end of the day.

NFL Week 10 Wide Receiver Sit/Start Report

Brandon LaFell is moving to the top of the depth chart in New England

Brandon LaFell is moving to the top of the depth chart in New England

Week 10 is a chance for some fantasy owners to start making a last push for playoff spots. A majority of NFL players have already defined their season as either a breakthrough or a dud. But, there are also some players who are questionable from week to week. Here are a few tips on starting or sitting those wide receivers who keep fantasy owners scratching their heads.

Start – Brandon LaFell:  This week will be LaFell’s fourth week playing and he keeps getting better with each game. If defenses keep their eyes on Gronkowski, Amendola and Edelman, as they should, LaFell should be free for Tom Brady to make a play. He’s averaging 15 yards a reception. This should translate against a New York Giants team that finds a way let opponents drive down the field on them.

Start – Cole Beasley:  Beasley, like the Cowboys, haven’t produced on offense like they should. Mainly due to the loss of QB Tony Romo, Dallas hasn’t had much big plays this season. That seems to have changed with the return of star wideout Dez Bryant. Dez as a threat draws most double teams, which leaves Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, and Beasley open. Beasley’s small size makes him virtually undetectable at times. Last week he pulled in 112 yards and 2 touchdowns against a pretty good Philly defense. He should be a good security blanket for Matt Cassel as they take on Tampa Bay.

Sit – Jeremy Maclin:  This is not the same Maclin that put up more than 1800 yards last season with Philly. Last week against a dismal Detroit, Maclin had 35 yards. That won’t cut it for one of the team’s best weapons. Kansas City doesn’t focus on increasing its receivers stats and neither should fantasy owners.

Sit – James Jones:  Jones was a steal early in the season. Now, he’s been more of a letdown, especially with Davante Adams back in the lineup. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been his best at times, so that could be the reason Jones only had 57 yards last game. Jones is also questionable this week. Green Bay is playing its desperate rival Detroit, so I’d only start Jones as a last resort.

Sit – Ted Ginn:  Carolina is rolling. Ted Ginn Jr is not. Last week, the receiver only had one reception for 20 yards. He’s currently averaging 17 yards per reception, which is great. But, he’s also averaging 2-3 receptions per game. Unless he plans on breaking one of those catches off for a 60+ yard touchdown (which is doubtful), those stats won’t cut it for week 10.

Question Mark – Willie Snead:  In his first year with the Saints, Snead has had flashes of brilliance. But, Drew Brees might be looking to Brandin Cooks as an option over Snead. New Orleans is playing Washington this week. If the Redskins put on the same show they displayed against the Patriots, Snead might be worth a start. It all depends on if you trust Washington’s defense to fail and let Brees run wild like he did against New York.

Jets/Bills: TNF Sit-Start Report

Chris Ivory

Chris Ivory scored twice last week, but is fading down the stretch

Any game that features coach Rex Ryan is expected to be entertaining and this tonight is no different. Ryan and his Buffalo Bills are heading to the Meadowlands to take on his former team, the New York Jets. These division rivals meet for the first time this season as both are pushing for playoff spots. The Bills (4-4) are looking to even up the standings with the Jets (5-3)as the two teams could easily grab both wildcard spots in a close AFC. Here is a list of players in this matchup who should start or start for your team.

Start – Ryan Fitzpatrick:  Fitzpatrick has had a pretty good year and with unpredictable quarterback play around the league, that translates into a great year for some fantasy owners. Even against the Patriots this year, Fitzpatrick almost led the Jets to the upset of the year. The former Harvard grad has a 89.3 QBR for the year. He has 7 interceptions on the year, but has posted none in the last three games. Fitzpatrick is nursing a thumb injury, but that doesn’t seem to be bothering his throwing motion one bit.

Start – Brandon Marshall:  Marshall only had 44 yards against the Jaguars last week, but he did average 11 yards per reception and pulled in a touchdown. Not counting that game, Marshall has had an amazing season with Jets. He’s easily the offense’s number one option and his ability to make incredible catches in the clutch is always a problem for defenses. In what could be a close game against two teams trying to kill one another, Marshall should factor heavily in New York’s game plan. Look for Marshall to get back on track against the Bills.

Sit – Chris Ivory:  Ivory was once looked upon as a go-to guy for some fantasy owners. Now, his lackluster performances have many jumping off the bandwagon. Ivory has 6 touchdowns on the year, but only averaged 1.1 yards per carry in the last two games. Ivory had two good games this season, but those came against an uninspired Dolphins team and a confused Redskins squad. Rex Ryan’s Bills will not be so easy on the running game. Ivory’s lack of quality performances is making the Jets, and fantasy owners, wish they put more faith in Chris Johnson.

Sit – LeSean McCoy:  McCoy has had some injuries this season. The veteran back left last week’s game with a shoulder injury, but is insistent that he should be ready come Thursday night. Sometimes players think they’re ready before they are and just want to play. Whether or not he’s is completely healthy, I can’t imagine Shady McCoy lighting up the scoreboard against the Jets defense. McCoy seems to be forcing a lot of his plays in an effort to prove to the Eagles (and Chip Kelly) that they made a mistake with him. This translates on the field with his inconsistent play. Last week, he head a good game with over 100 yards, but this was the first time all season. The only way I’d play McCoy is if I was lacking a running back due to injury a la LeVeon Bell.

NFL Week 10 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

James Starks is still stealing the show in Green Bay

James Starks is still stealing the show from Eddie Lacy in Green Bay

James Starks (Ownership 16.9%)

James Starks is outplaying Eddie Lacy and getting plenty of chances to take over the lead back role. Although he is not able to quite clear that hurdle, he’s still scoring plenty of fantasy points and is the answer to fantasy players who desperately need help at the RB position. Against the Panthers, Starks carried the ball 10 times for only 39 yards, but racked up the fantasy points by catching 6 balls for 83 yards and scoring a touchdown. He may not be the sexiest add to your fantasy team, but when he’s healthy, he puts up the fantasy points.

Antonio Andrews (Ownership 17.6%)

Titans Coach Mike Mularkey promised to use Antonio Andrews as his feature running back during Week 9 and that’s exactly what he did. Andrews racked up 88 yards on 19 carries and hauled in one catch for 23 yards as Tennessee stunned the Saints. It was a game of miscues, but Andrews is clearly Mularkey’s guy. It’s been a while since Andrews found the end zone, but he is the clear cut starting back and is widely available. A true starting running back is a rare commodity and fantasy owners need to jump on him while they still can.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Ownership 7.8%)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t been on the playing field since Week 2 when he suffered a nasty shoulder injury. However, he is due back this week for Bucs home tilt against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. When it comes to tight ends in the NFL, there is NOT a lot to choose from, and Seferian-Jenkins had an explosive start to the year before going down with injury. The 23-year-old is far from a Must-Add, but if your tight ends are not getting the job done for your team, pick him up.

Kamar Aiken (Ownership 4.7%)

With Steve Smith Sr. done for the year, Joe Flacco only has one real option for the number one wide receiver position and that is Kamar Aiken. Aiken has a nose for the end zone and thrived in the number one position with Smith went out the first time. Aiken is looking at a favorable Week 10 matchup at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.