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.

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NFL Week 4 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

Carr

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.

NFL Week 3 – Injury Check Down Report

Double trouble for fantasy owners - Lacy is questionable and the game is Monday night

Double trouble for fantasy owners: 1) Lacy is questionable 2) Green Bay plays Monday Night

BREAKING NEWS – DeMarco Murray is OUT for Week 3

Eric Decker OUT

Chris Ivory – ACTIVE

RUNNING BACK

Eddie Lacy: The Eddie Lacy situation is shaping up into the dreaded Game-Time-Decision and that’s bad news for fantasy owners because Green Bay plays Monday night. Lacy is actually expected to play against the visiting Chiefs, but the question is how many snaps he will play? He’s been dealing with an ankle injury that forced him out of last week’s game against Seattle. James Starks, a competent and proven runner may get the majority of carries as the Packers could go to great lengths to ensure that Lacy doesn’t make his ankle injury worse.

Chris Ivory: Ivory has a nagging groin injury which limited participation all week, according to Head Coach Todd Bowles, Ivory will be a game-time decision. Even if Ivory plays, Bilal Powell will more than likely usurp many of the carries as the Jets want to be careful with Ivory’s work load.

Marshawn Lynch: Lynch has been limited all week with a calf injury, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t play this weekend. He is also listed as a game time call, but is more than likely to suit up and play against a struggling Bears defense.

DeMarco Murray (hamstring) Murray is expected to play, but gets a terrible matchup against a RUGGED Jets defense. For fantasy purposes, he is nothing more than a desperation play.

Reggie Bush: Most likely will not play, even if Bush does decide to fight through the injury, Carlos Hyde will receive most of the carries, making Bush a shot in the dark option.

Todd Gurley: Gurley should make his NFL debut this weekend, the question is how much volume will he get. I suspect they will ease him into the offense by splitting carries 50/50 with Tre Mason.

QUARTERBACK 

Drew Brees – OUT

Jay Cutler – OUT 

Matthew Stafford: Stafford is far from 100% after getting roughed up by the Minnesota defense last week and things will get no better against the visiting Broncos. Denver has a shut-down pass defense and Stafford has little fantasy upside for this SNF encounter.

WIDE RECEIVER

Davante Adams: Unlike his team mate Eddie Lacy, Davante Adams is almost a sure thing to play Monday night against the visiting Chiefs. He will not be a hundred percent, but it would be hard not play him with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.

Alshon Jeffrey – OUT

TIGHT END

Julius Thomas – OUT

Dwayne Allen – OUT

 

 

 

Big Trouble In Big D

Dallas

The only good news for the Cowboys is that the NFC East is leagues worst division

Early last season, the Dallas Cowboys were picked to finish last in their division and ended up being a catch away from the NFC Championship game. This year, the Cowboys were picked as one of the early favorites to make it all the way to Santa Clara, but lady luck hasn’t been on their side. In the offseason, the team lost the league’s leading rusher Demarco Murray to their division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas signed Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain, but the two were suspended for the first four games of the season. Then, towards the end of training camp, defensive captain Orlando Scandrick tore his ACL in practice and was deemed to be out for the year.

The Cowboys has the mantra of “Finish the Fight” and “Next Man Up,” but pretty soon, there won’t be any men left. Dez Bryant sat out in the offseason in order to get a big contract ($70 million, $45 million guaranteed to be exact), but in the first game against the Giants, he broke his foot and is out anywhere from 4 weeks to the entire season. The Cowboys weathered the storm, pulled out a win against the G-Men, and moved on to Philly the next week. During the Eagles game, Dallas lost its most valuable player, Quarterback Tony Romo, to a broken clavicle. Romo is set to miss 8 weeks and was placed on injured reserve. Relying on backup QB Brandon Weeden wouldn’t seem so bad if the Cowboys weren’t also lacking a consistent running game and in danger of missing other key players, like offensive linemen Ronald Leary, Terrell McClain (who played great in the Eagles game), and Jason Witten (who sprained both ankles and a knee last week).

What will Dallas do? Well, the team has no choice but to move on. Not having Murray this season might not be so bad considering he had 2 yards on 13 carries against the Cowboys in Week 2. All Weeden has to do is not screw up and he’ll be just fine. Weeden was efficient last year when he was called in to fill in for Romo against the Redskins, and he didn’t skip a beat when called in this time. Hopefully, he wont be the Brandon Weeden that was drafted to Cleveland or the Brandon Weeden who couldn’t move the offense against the Arizona Cardinals last season. Randle and McFadden have to get more than 3 yards a carry and Terrance Williams has to embrace his new role as the number 1 target. Dallas will most likely rely on its much-improved defense (yes its DEFENSE is the most reliable source at this point) in order to control games. If Dallas can make it to Thanksgiving at least 4-4, expect the team to somehow make the playoffs in the much-maligned NFC East.

No Fantasy Love for Arizona Running Backs

David Johnson is bursting with talent, but still playing behind Chris Johnson

David Johnson is bursting with talent, but still playing behind Chris Johnson

As Andre Ellington struggles with his injury issues, the Arizona Cardinals have some decisions to make at the running back position. Even though Chris Johnson and David Johnson are waiting in the wings, expect Arizona to rely more heavily on its passing game with its starter missing in action. This past Sunday, Arizona’s offense shined against Chicago, so the team should hold over until Ellington returns.

However, the Cardinals will have to answer the question of who gets the permanent starting position once Ellington recovers. Ellington is known for his lingering injuries and could miss more games than expected. Arizona has good depth at the running back spot this year, which means more than one player is vying for the role.

Chris Johnson seems to have a new lease on life after narrowly escaping death in the offseason when he was involved in a shooting that left him injured and a friend of his dead. The eight-year veteran is well regarded for his record-setting performances early on in his career, but his production has fizzled in the past few years. Arizona is hoping that he can show flashes of his former self in the coming season. On Sunday, he rushed for 72 yards against the Chicago Bears.

Another Johnson on the Cardinals squad, David Johnson is set to make an impact in the immediate future. Arizona Coach Bruce Arians believes that David will have an increase in the number of carries he is given. It seems to be that every time he gets the ball, he scores, as evident by the 55-yard touchdown catch he pulled off against the New Orleans Saints on opening weekend. The third round pick from Northern Iowa has made a name for himself, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. He rushed for 42 yards on five attempts against the Bears, and recorded a 108-yard kickoff return. David has many talents that should propel his stock even higher as the weeks go on.

Look for Chris to keep the starting position. He’s a trusted veteran who understands situations. But, David takes advantage of his opportunities and should have a breakout season.

NFL Week 3 Sit/Start Report

DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray is getting stuffed behind the Eagles pitiful offensive line

SIT – DeMarco Murray:  For those of you who spent a first round draft pick on the former NFL rushing leader, you may not have any other options. Murray has 21 carries for 11 rushing yards. Yikes. To put in perspective his fall from grace, Murray rushed 51 times for 285 yards through two weeks in 2014. The situation is even bleaker due to a hamstring injury suffered in practice on Wednesday. As an owner, you’re hoping Murray plays and dominates the number one defense in the NFL because with each passing week, Murray’s trade value plummets.

SIT – Drew Brees:  Ranked outside the top five quarterbacks to draft before the season, Brees has struggled early barely scratching the top 20. The veteran QB had a tough go against divisional foe, Tampa Bay, whom got lit up by a rookie signal-caller just the week before. Furthermore, Brees was diagnosed with a bruised rotator cuff following week two. Even though Brees believes there is a “reasonable possibility” he plays in Week 3, it’s best to look elsewhere as the Saints travel on the road to face the Carolina Panthers.

SIT – Andre Johnson:  Father time is undefeated. At age 34, Johnson isn’t quite thriving in the preseason favorite, potent Colts’ offense. He’s failed to create separation, doesn’t have the speed to burn defenders, and seemingly lacks chemistry with quarterback Andrew Luck. Johnson recorded two catches in week one and two for a whopping combined total of 51 yards and no scores. In that same time frame, third man on the depth chart, Donte Moncrief, hauled in 13 balls for 168 yards and two scores. The younger, more explosive Moncrief may be stealing targets away from Johnson putting the wideout in the WR 4 range.

START – Brandon Marshall:  Public Service Announcement: Brandon Marshall is a really good receiver. Two weeks into the 2015 season and Marshall already notched 13 receptions for 163 yards and a score in both weeks. The pot will sweeten in week 3, as the battered Eagles will travel to face the Jets in Metlife Stadium. The Eagles have allowed the most points to opposing wide receivers since the start of last season. With a growing chemistry between Fitzpatrick and a chance Eric Decker doesn’t play due to a knee injury, Marshall will be in line for a huge week.

START – Tom Brady:  Well this is a no-brainer. If you have Tom Brady, you should start him every week: especially in the week when he faces the Jacksonville Jaguars. On average, the Jaguars have allowed 15.5 points to opposing QBs in the past 18 games. It’s scary to think, Brady may just have his best game of the season.

 

3 Quarterbacks for Fantasy Football Survivalists

Derek Carr looking to build momentum after stunning the Ravens in Week 2

Derek Carr looking to build momentum after stunning the Ravens last week

  1. Derek Carr, OAK:

Derek Carr’s rookie season was impressive, but not to the point where one could expect him to breakout as a sophomore in the NFL. That mindset changed once the Raiders selected WR Amari Cooper in this year’s draft and signed veteran wideout Michael Crabtree. With significant upgrades in his wide receiver corps, Carr’s job has become much easier. Instead of being forced to work with mediocre talents in Andre Holmes and Rod Streater, Derek Carr can now look to his new targets to make big plays for him. Carr can be considered a high-end QB2 currently, with the potential to be a QB1 towards the end of the season.

  1. Blake Bortles, JAC:

Blake Bortles did not have a stellar rookie season in 2014, but he has proven recently that he has grown and matured as an NFL quarterback. After struggling against a stout Panthers defense during Week 1, Bortles came back and put up 273 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions on 18 completions in a surprising win against the Miami Dolphins. Bortles showed great chemistry with second-year wideout Allen Robinson, as the two connected for 155 yards and 2 TDs against Carolina on six receptions. Blake Bortles will also get another strong target in Julius Thomas in a few weeks back from his hand injury, giving him someone to look toward when in red-zone situations. Expect Bortles to be a middle-of-the-pack QB2 with major upside, especially once Julius Thomas returns to the starting lineup.

  1. Jameis Winston, TB:

Jameis Winston has not been spectacular in his first two NFL games, but his level of play will rise in weeks to come. His production should increase heavily with the implementing of WR Mike Evans into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. Winston has only had veteran WR Vincent Jackson to turn to thus far, and a less-than-100% Mike Evans in Week 2. Now that his hamstring has fully healed, his pitch count will be reduced, and he can be counted on to make big plays for the rookie QB in games moving forward. While gaining NFL experience, and working with stud WRs in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, Jameis Winston should be considered a QB2 with upside as the season progresses.

NFL Week 3 – Waiver Wire Essentials Report

Redskins running back will be the most sought after player coming into Week 3

Redskins running back Matt Jones will be the most sought after player coming into Week 3

Drafting a good team is crucial to having a successful fantasy season, but working the waiver wire is just as important. C.J. Anderson and Odell Beckham Jr. are just a couple of names that slipped through the draft but ended up having a major impact in the latter half of the 2014 season. From here on out, every Tuesday I will bring you four players to target on waivers. Every player won’t pan out to be a stud. However, some players may surprise you with their production on a week-to-week basis.

Matt Jones (Ownership: 15.9%)

After a monster preseason campaign, Matt Jones ripped up the opposition during Week 2 to the tune of 146 total yards and two touchdowns. There are two things to take away from Jones’ career performance. One, Jones notched one more carry than four-year starter Alfred Morris. Two, Jones didn’t just run wild against any opponent, he ran wild all over the St. Louis Rams. The same St. Louis Rams that boast one of the best run stopping defenses in the league and the team that limited Marshawn Lynch to 73 yards on the ground just the week before. Coach Gruden alluded to a time-share between Jones and Morris earlier in the week, which limits the potential of both tailbacks. However, Jones is worthy of a bench spot and can be used as a flex for when the bye weeks arrive.

Travis Benjamin (Ownership: 6.2%)

Big Play Ben. I’ve already copyrighted that nickname for the Cleveland wideout so don’t even think about stealing it. Through two games Travis Benjamin has six receptions for 204 yards and three touchdowns. The epitome of boom or bust, Benjamin figures to keep booming in the near future. Within the next three weeks, the Browns will face Oakland, San Diego, and Baltimore, all teams that have showed early signs of a weak secondary. There are not many receivers on the Browns competing for targets with Benjamin so the opportunity for more work is present. Snag the veteran receiver and plug him into your lineups because at the moment, Money Manziel is all about the Benjamin.

Crockett Gillmore (Ownership: 1.5%)

After a quiet week one, Gillmore erupted for 88 yards and two touchdowns. So far in 2015, Gillmore already has more touchdowns and two-thirds as many receptions as he did in 2014 as a rookie. Gillmore’s success could be credited to, once again, a soft Raiders’ defense. However, there are not many aerial weapons the Ravens currently have and Joe Flacco loves to target the tight end. Gillmore will continue to operate behind Steve Smith Sr. as the No. 2 option and that’s worthy of a starting TE spot in deeper leagues.

Tyrod Taylor (Ownership: 17.8%)

Tyrod Taylor had to beat out three other quarterbacks for the starting gig and in a valiant loss to the New England Patriots; Taylor showed why he deserved the job. Trailing 37 – 13 heading into the fourth quarter, Taylor marched the Bills down the field for three unanswered scores making it a one-possession game. Taylor was effective through the air throwing for 242 yards and three TDs. However, the most enticing factor is the dual threat Taylor showcases as he ran for 40 more yards and a score. Dual threat quarterbacks are always a treat in fantasy due to their added bonus in points. As long as Taylor is running, he should produce serviceable numbers. Bye weeks are quickly approaching and if you have a QB that will take a week off early, (i.e. Tom Brady or Cam Newton), you can do a lot worse than Tyrod Taylor.

NFL Week 2 – Injury Check Down Report

Chris Ivory might leave fantasy owners with a game-time decision on Monday night

Chris Ivory might leave fantasy owners with a game-time decision tag on Monday night

BREAKING NEWS – Dez Bryant – OUT 10-12 WEEKS

Alshon Jeffrey – OUT

C.J. Spiller: Will play today, but likely be on a limited snap count.

Tre Mason: Will make his debut on Sunday against the Redskins.

Mike Evans: Will make his debut on Sunday against the Saints.

Chris Ivory:  Ivory has been hampered all week with a groin injury, but it sounds like he will play this week. Just because he may play does not mean he will be 100%, most likely will have reduced volume so is a risky start this week.

Todd Gurley:  It sounds like Gurley may technically make his NFL debut this weekend, but even if he does I doubt he’ll see many touches. Gurley may slowly be introduced into the Rams offense; in the next couple of weeks he will become a more viable option.

T.Y Hilton:  Like Ivory, as the week has gone on Hilton sounds more likely to play, but even if he does play I’d avoid him, not only because he won’t be a 100%, but because Darrelle Revis most likely will be following him all over the field. Darrelle Revis is arguably the best cornerback in football, even if T.Y. was 100% I’d be hesitant on starting him.

Lesean McCoy:  Will definitely be playing this weekend, the question is whether or not he’ll be 100% with a hamstring injury. Going against the Patriots defense makes it hard to predict how well he will play. The uncertainty is bountiful here, but it’s hard to not start Lesean McCoy, as the Bills like to run the ball.

Delanie Walker:  Delanie Walker is listed as questionable due to a wrist injury. One can find more certainty and production this weekend with a healthier TE, even if Walker is healthful, we don’t know if Marcus Mariota’s performance was an anomaly. I’d avoid till 100%.

NFL Week 2 – Last Minute Fantasy Pickups

Even against the Bengals, fantasy owners should not lie down on Stevie Johnson

Even against the Bengals, fantasy owners should not lie down on Stevie Johnson

Going into Week 2 of the NFL schedule, there are key issues facing fantasy owners who own high profile wide receivers. Dez Bryant, TY Hilton, and Julio Jones have fantasy owners scrambling for options. Julio is dealing with a hamstring injury following an outstanding Week 1 performance, TY Hilton has knee problems, and Bryant has a broken foot that will cost him at least 3 games and probably more. Here are three fantasy options to help take the sting out of these early season injury issues.

Stevie Johnson

Johnson is known to most for his tenure on the Buffalo Bills, but after being traded last year to the 49ers, Johnson has found a new home in San Diego. Production has lessened lately for the veteran receiver, but Stevie could turn out to be Phillip Rivers’ best option (after Keenan Allen) for the season. Johnson may have to watch out for Pacman Jones of the Bengals this week after the cornerback was fined for slamming rookie Amari Cooper’s head into his helmet.

Cole Beasley

Most people are thinking that with Dez Bryant out, Terrance Williams is the obvious choice to fill in as a number one target for Tony Romo. But Beasley will probably have even more production in the coming weeks. With Bryant gone, most defenses the Cowboys face will focus their attention on the running game, Jason Witten, and Terrance Williams. This should leave the 5’8” slot receiver open for opportunities. Although Beasley fumbled last week against the Giants, he was the undisputed MVP of Dallas’ training camp as he was virtually uncoverable. Look for Beasley to get some shine these next few weeks.

Donte Moncrief

The young receiver is set to try and fill the big shoes of TY Hilton in Indy. Moncrief has a good chance to see plenty of targets and gain deep yards with opponents focusing on newly acquired Andre Johnson. With Andrew Luck looking to redeem his dismal performance against the Bills last week, owners of Moncrief could see a lot of fantasy points from the second-year player.