PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 28, 2014 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Fantasy Football sucks. Let’s be real, it’s very, very frustrating.

Things don’t go our way. Remember the Giants-Saints game that was supposed to be a 100-point shootout. Big shoutout to those guys that thought THAT would happen (I thought that would happen).

But as corny as it sounds, Fantasy Football is a marathon, not a sprint. Over the course of 16 weeks, there are 16 Tuesday night’s to win your league at the Waiver Wire. Overspending on Fozzy Whittaker sucks, but it should kill you. There are other weeks to make it up. There are 16 opportunities to make the right call on gameday. Benching C.J. Anderson Week 1 against Carolina won’t and shouldn’t kill your league.

It is best not to get too down when we make a bad decision, and to not get our own biases in the way. Certain players are frustrating to watch on Sunday’s (I’m looking at you Amari Cooper), but like I mentioned five seconds ago, it is a process, and it only takes a few weeks for a certain player to get going and make ourselves pat ourselves on the back for choosing him over the other options.

Through the first four weeks of the NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have certainly been frustrating, as many (including myself) would have thought their record would have certainly been a little bit better than 1-3.

However, this is a week for the Bucs that will define their year, a very important road division game that will put an emphasis on a win if they were to achieve it. And in order for Tampa Bay to win, it will have to go through their wide receiver, Michael Lynn Evans III (SIDE NOTE: What a weird middle name!)

Start of the Week: Mike Evans, WR Tampa Bay

For those of you that might be thinking, “Oh, he’s just chasing points from last week when Julio dropped 300 yards receiving”, or “I don’t like this Patriots fan giving me shady advice”, you may be right, but, the matchup is a good one.

Not only has Carolina cut Bene Benwikere, it is looking like they will also be without CB James Bradberry, which is great news for Evans.

Continuing with the injuries theme, although there were some question marks to begin the week, it is looking like Carolina will have Thomas Davis and Charles Johnson. The Carolina defense is a funnel defense, one that should have no issues taking away the Tampa Bay run game, but in turn, are not so good at defending wideouts.

Although it is easy to look at it and say that Carolina ranks 19th in the NFL against the pass per Football Outsiders, it is good to know that in terms of DVOA, the Panthers rank 25th in the NFL in covering opposing number 1’s.

The Buccaneers have been underwhelming thus far, and they should probably continue to be for most of the year. However, this doesn’t mean that Evans will not get his, and boy will he in a great matchup against a banged up and bad Carolina secondary.

*Note* – I will be more than happy to answer specific lineup questions below, but I won’t be selecting the “obvious” plays unless I don’t think they are so obvious. Regardless of a great matchup, you won’t see names like Aaron Rodgers, Todd Gurley, or Antonio Brown. Those are no-brainers. Fire ’em up with confidence. 

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em:

Eli Manning (@GB

The great thing about Manning this week is that he’ll face a funnel defense in the Green Bay Packers in what is likely to be a shootout. With a 48.5 O/U labeled on this game by Vegas, Manning will face a Packers defense that ranks 2nd in the NFL against the rush according to Football Outsiders, but also ranks 22nd against the pass. Well, if the Giants did want to run the ball, good luck, as they’ll have to do so with Orleans Darkwa and Paul Perkins. Meanwhile, the Packers secondary will be without Sam Shields and will also possibly be without Damarious Randall as he has been limited all week in practice. Even though it may not seem like it, considering they are underdogs, the Giants might actually be in a “get-well” matchup as their passing attack can continue to evolve with Sterling Shepard and Odell against this beat-up secondary (both of whom are great plays as well).

Derek Carr (vs. SD) 

With Latavius Murray out for this game, and with the Chargers secondary taking a major blow earlier this week with the news that Jason Verrett will be out for the year, this game script is setting up to have Derek Carr throw the ball a ton. Even with Verrett, this secondary is very average, ranking 13th against the pass according to Football Outsiders, and on average, give up 25 fpts per game to the QB position. Carr has actually not done too bad against the Chargers in his career, as last year, he completed 68% of his passes in this matchup. Carr is a great start over other guys like Matt Ryan or others who will be in tougher matchups than usual.

Carson Wentz (@DET

Wentz has definitely impressed many to start the year, and his Eagles are in prime position to start the year 4-0 against this weak Lions defense. Through 3 weeks, Wentz ranks 5th in DVOA according to Football Outsiders, and 9th in QBR, with a 65.3% completion rate. This week he’ll get a chance to further his rookie season against a Lions defense that ranks dead last against the pass, according to Football Outsiders, and on average, gives up 280 yards and 2 TD’s, with 27 fpts per game in total. A stat that really goes overlooked is AY/A, or adjusted yards per passing attempt, with is pretty self explanatory. Anything above 7.5 is pretty good, and Carson Wentz ranks 4th in the NFL with a AY/A of 8.5. This kid is good, and this matchup is even better.

Sit ‘Em:

Brock Osweiler (@ MIN

Osweiler has not been good to start the year at all. Not only does he rank 30th in the NFL in DVOA and DYAR according to Football Outsiders, he only has a 61% completion rate with 6 interceptions to start his 2016 campaign. He’ll face a very tough Minnesota Vikings defense that ranks 4th in the NFL against the pass according to Football Outsiders, and even 4th in the NFL against the run (so those that think that Lamar Miller could do well and lead to some play-action passes are…. wrong.). Osweiler has been decent at best against weak or middle-of-the-road defenses, and not so hot against good defenses. Stay away.

Matthew Stafford (vs. PHI)  

Stafford disappointed all of us last week against what seemed to be a great matchup on the road against Chicago, and although some may still want to start Stafford at home, I would really try to convince you otherwise. First off, this is not an easy matchup, even though it will be at Ford Field. The Eagles rank 1st in the NFL against the pass according to Football Outsiders (remember, they shut down Pittsburgh a few weeks ago). Stafford definitely has a high upside offense that has really suited him best thanks to my favorite dude OC Jim Bob Cooter, but what some people might not know is that Stafford will have to face off against Eagles DC Jim Schwartz, who used to be Stafford’s Head Coach a few years back. If there is anyone who knows how to stop Stafford, it’s Schwartz. I would look for other options.

Matt Ryan (@ DEN

So Matt Ryan did really well last week you guys. However, that was against a Panthers secondary that doesn’t look too good now, and the game was at the Georgia Dome. Now, Ryan will face a totally different, and tougher, matchup against Denver in Denver. The Broncos rank 3rd in the NFL against the pass according to Football Outsiders, and Julio should have a pretty tough time if they so choose to put Aqib Talib against him. There are better options to choose from, and it is very likely that Ryan comes back down to earth in this tough matchup on the road.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em:

Frank Gore (vs. CHI

With the likely absence of Bears DT Eddie Goldman Sunday, this is shaping up to be a great game for Gore, who has carved out a healthy role in this disappointing Colts offense to start the year with 21 touches last week in London. The Bears as a defensive unit rank 20th in the NFL against the rush, and this is a good spot for Gore, especially when you consider there could be some effects of traveling back from London to Indy without a bye week, hindering the passing game. But, that is just a thought. This is a chance for the Colts offense to look like themselves again in what looks to be a good matchup on paper.

Jerick McKinnon (vs. HOU

Like I have mentioned in the past, the injury of Adrian Peterson has actually brought a more balanced attack from the Minnesota offense. McKinnon has gotten involved over the last few weeks, and so has Rudolph and at times Diggs. The Houston rush defense has not been very good to start the year, as they rank 30th in the NFL against the run, per Football Outsiders. Especially with the continued absence of J.J. Watt, this front seven is vulnerable, and McKinnon should have no issues, especially with a healthy workload courtesy of Norv Turner.

Devonta Freeman (@ DEN

Before you click the back button on the top left corner of your browser, hear me out. First off, this is a scary Denver secondary, and I think Shanahan knows this. If Atlanta wants to even think about marching into Denver and taking the win, it’ll have to be with Devonta on the ground and out of the backfield. They aren’t gonna target Julio and Sanu a bunch against these DB’s. Second, according to Football Outsiders, these Bronco’s rank 23rd against the run of all NFL teams. And who have they played? Carolina, Indy, the Bengals and Tampa Bay. I think it is safe to assume that Devonta is better than all of these backs on these teams. Third, and probably most important, Freeman might be the only back we see out of Atlanta on Sunday, as Coleman will be likely restricted with a sickle-cell trait, which is really effected by Altitude. Freeman might not go bonkers (I hope he does though), but he is a solid play this week, and one that you definitely should not bench in what seems like I bad matchup.

 

Sit ‘Em:

Matt Jones (@ BAL

This Baltimore front seven looks good so far, and I think it will continue against Jones this week. According to Football Outsiders, the Ravens front seven ranks 1st in the NFL against the rush, and they will face a Washington team that has run the ball fairly effectively to start the year, but in general, are more pass-oriented, and should match up better against a Ravens secondary that is not as scary as their front seven (albeit, they’re still pretty freaking solid as a defensive unit together). Game script is not working the Jones’ favor, and I don’t see a way Washington generates any kind of offensive production on the road. I’ll pass.

Ryan Mathews (@ DET

We don’t know much about the status of Mathews’ health going into Week 5, which is primarily why I will stay away. He could be a full go, but even if he does, which is not likely, I don’t think he’ll dominate touches at all, and there has been word that Wendell Smallwood could get some looks in addition to the workload that Darren Sproles already receives. After only playing 12% of snaps last week, he’ll face a Detroit defense that looks weak on paper, yet has not allowed a rushing TD this year (even while facing against DeMarco). There are better options elsewhere.

BEWARE: Lamar Miller (@ MIN

Like I mentioned before with Osweiler, there is no part of this Houston offense that I want. He’ll face a very tough Minnesota Vikings defense that ranks 4th in the NFL against the rush according to Football Outsiders, and even 4th in the NFL against the pass (so those that think that Lamar Miller could do well and lead to some play-action passes and open up the field are…. wrong.). I don’t see Houston moving the ball down the field, and I think this game will get out of hand early and quickly. The only thing going for Miller is that he’ll see a nice workload regardless, but I don’t see that aspect making a difference for me Sunday.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em:

Amari Cooper (vs. SD) 

Trust me, the dude has been frustrating, and I get that. But fantasy football decisions should not be made with the heart, but with the head. And the smart move is to lock Cooper into your lineups. Like I mentioned with Carr above, with Latavius Murray out for this game, and with the Chargers secondary taking a major blow earlier this week with the news that Jason Verrett will be out for the year, this game script is setting up to have Derek Carr throw the ball a ton. Even with Verrett, this secondary is very average, ranking 13th against the pass according to Football Outsiders. Cooper would have gotten a lot of Verrett, and is now in a prime spot to take advantage of. Although Cooper has not had the production we would have liked to have seen, he has still been getting in WR1 snaps, and even WR1 targets in some cases, but has not gotten the catches to go along with it. Cooper is a nice regression candidate, and should show us in this matchup of why he is Oakland’s #1 wideout.

 

Jordan Matthews (@ DET

I can’t get enough of Matthews this week, and I think he has the upside to finish as a Top-5 wideout this week against Detroit. Because Matthews works mostly out of the slot, he should avoid Darrius Slay, and work on the rest of the Detroit secondary that ranks 32nd in the NFL against the pass, and should be Wentz’s #1 option. The interesting thing about Matthews is the fact that they are on the road versus Detroit. Because it is at Detroit, the Eagles should pull away and pound the ball a whole lot, and Matthews should still have an active participation in this game once it goes late.

Jarvis Landry (vs. TEN

Landry is a PPR target monster, and is bcoming Tannehill’s primary read, and possibly his only read. Landry has been racking up catches and targets for the first 4 weeks in this 2016 season, and he should continue against a secondary that ranks 14th against the pass, which is good nor bad. The reason why I am so interested in Landry is due to the fact that Miami does not have a running game, causing Tannehill to throw the ball a ton, which is a benefit to Landry. At home, the Miami passing attack should not falter, and Landry is the direct benefit of it.

Sit ‘Em:

Terrelle Pryor (vs. NE

Pryor might be the only hope for Cleveland against New England, as he has been the past few weeks, but Belichick has a habit of taking away the best offensive threat of the opposing team. The only way I see Pryor generating any sort of fantasy relevance is if New England runs up the score a bit, the Browns might never run the ball, however, that is a tall order, and there are other options I would perfer over Pryor.

DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller (@ MIN

I’m going to keep this short, and sweet. Like I mentioned with Osweiler, they’ll both face a very tough Minnesota Vikings defense that ranks 4th in the NFL against the pass according to Football Outsiders, and even 4th in the NFL against the run (so those that think that Lamar Miller could do well and lead to some play-action passes are…. wrong.). Yes, he is DeAndre Hopkins, and Fuller is a nice rookie, but there is too much risk associated with starting these two, and there are better options.

Travis Benjamin (@ OAK

Benjamin has been very inefficient even without Keenan Allen, and he shouldn’t start to turn it around against this Raiders secondary that boasts PFF’s top overall grade at CB. Yes, he is still averaging around seven targets, and there is a chance that he could burst out for a nice game if this game in general becomes a shootout, but that is not likely, as the Raiders rank 10th in the NFL against wideouts. Simply put, there are other options, and there is a lot of risk with starting Benjamin that there shouldn’t be from your WR3 or FLEX spot.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em:

Zach Ertz (@ DET

He’s back! After a few weeks off repairing his injury, Ertz is back and will have a great first matchup against a Detroit defense that ranks 29th in the NFL against TE’s with a very weak LB corps that again should be without DeAndre Levy. He’s already seen a nice workload when he was healthy, and he should continue to get his in a great matchup this Sunday.

Sit ‘Em:

Kyle Rudolph (vs. HOU

Don’t get me wrong, Rudolph is a stud rest of season, but I want to have other options to work with this week. Rudolph will square off against a Texans defense that is pretty solid against TE’s, especially with LB Brian Cushing back and stronger after another week under his belt, ranking 1st in the NFL according to Football Outsiders. With Stefon Diggs likely out, Crennel and Co. should focus much of their efforts on taking away Rudolph, which might be Bradford’s only option thus far.

Kickers

Start ‘Em:

Mason Crosby (vs. NYG

Funny enough, the Giants actually give up the most points to kickers of any team in the NFL. On average, New York gives up 12 points to the Kicker position. In a game marked by Vegas of having a 48.5 O/U, it has a feeling of a shootout with two sub-par defenses, and Crosby should benefit from it.

Sit ‘Em:

Dan Bailey (vs. CIN

Bailey is pretty banged up this week, and with Dallas looking at other options in a game that won’t even be a shootout or have enough offense to convert drives on, it’s best to look elsewhere.

Defense & Special Teams

Start ‘Em:

Buffalo Bills (@ LA) 

The Bills have looked pretty good over the last few weeks, and they’ll get another great opportunity against the L.A. Rams. The Bills are middle-of-the-road against both the run and pass to start the year, but again, they get a great matchup against the Rams that have not been very efficient to start the year, and rank 30th in the NFL in pass offense according to Football Outsiders, and 29th in rush offense.

Sit ‘Em:

Green Bay Packers (vs. NYG

The Packers haven’t been a sieve to start the year, but they’ll be faced off against a very efficient New York Giants offense that has looked good thus far. Also, it is more than likely that they’ll be without Damarious Randall in addition to Sam Shields being out indefinitely. With a game that is looking to be a shootout, there are better options on the board.

 

Thanks for sticking around to the end for what is shaping up to be a great second week of the NFL season. As always, if you agree or disagree with a player above, or have a general question or comment about your team, please do not hesitate to leave one below.

Best of luck, and I’ll talk to you guys next week as we try to get your team to 6-0 on the season.

You Can Follow Zach on Twitter @ohuhave12.

  1. Harrison says:
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    PPR: Would you start Tamme (Atl), James (Pit) or Henry (Gates potentially starting)?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Harrison: I would go with Henry if Gates is out. If he’s a go, then I would roll with Tamme.

  2. Citizen5 says:
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    Wentz over Luck this week? Thx.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Citizen5: Have to give the nod to Luck. It may not be a juicy of a matchup, but it’s still the Bears, and it’ll be in Indy…

  3. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Zach! I know you’re recommending to sit Fuller, but are Gio, Dorsett, or Pitta better options at flex this week? Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jerry: ‘Sup Jerry!

      Even with a tough matchup, I think Fuller is still better than those other options you have.

      You too man!

  4. Principal Blackman says:
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    Great stuff, Zach. Thanks for your posts. In my 16-team, half-ppr league, I have to decide between starting Hunter Henry or Antonio Gates if he returns in a limited capacity. There aren’t really too many other options available on the wire in this league. The only other names out there are Uzomah, Virgil Green, and Willie Tye. Not great. Anyway, if Gates plays, would you be inclined to start him over Henry or should I grab one of these other mopes off of the wire? Thanks.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Thank YOU, holmes!

      Henry is better than the other options on your wire. I’m hopeful that Gates doesn’t play, but even if he does, you’re still going to have a bigger floor with Henry over the uncertainties of Uzomah, Green or Tye (even though Donnell is out).

  5. Jerry says:
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    I also wanted to ask you would you rather have Rainey or Derrick Henry. I have DeMarco and someone just drop Henry. Or does Rainey have more value, since he’ll be replacing Vereen as a ppr back? I am in a full point ppr league. Thanks again for the help!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jerry: Rest of season, I would go with Henry. I am a DeMarco owner as well, and if he goes down, Henry will have a large role in Tennessee’s offense much like what we are seeing with DeMarco know. I understand Rainey is a nice PPR option, but that backfield is a mess right now, and I would rather have the safety of what Henry brings to the table.

  6. Citizen5 says:
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    Hard to trust Matthews but I have him, Sproles or CAP. Who will get into the end zone? Who would you start?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Citizen5: Jordan Matthews without a doubt.

      • Citizen5 says:
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        not Jordan but Ryan Matthews. I should have clarified. Thx.

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Citizen5: Ah. In that case, Matthews. Kinda a crapshoot between him and the others, but he might still be more productive than Sproles or CAP

  7. Nick says:
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    Hey Zach, it looks like Gates will attempt to play Sunday. I grabbed Henry to fill-in for Graham…do I snag R. Rogers now and play him or wait it out until Sunday to see if Gates sits? Its a 12-team with not much TE waiver depth (beyond Rogers, there is Tye, Green, Doyle, Clay) but I have seen some TE roster moves recently so I think the waivers have settled until Sunday

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Nick: ‘Sup Nick!

      I would wait and see for Gates, and even if he does play, Henry’s floor is still bigger than the uncertainties these other options bring to the table.

  8. Token Female says:
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    With Breed on a bye. Who should I have fill in Hoyer or Winston?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Token Female: It’s close but I would go with Hoyer

  9. Bobby says:
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    Hey sir!

    .5 ppr league

    I’ve been goin back / forth all week on Hopkins but Xavier Rhodes scares me & vs Tennessee Hopkins didn’t light it up

    If I sit Hopkins my 3 WRs could look like

    WR1 Hilton
    WR2: Shepard
    WR3: either Chris hogan, Dorsett, or sharpe

    With Hopkins it could look like

    WR1 Hopkins
    WR2 Hilton
    WR3 Shepard

    But risky especially with Hopkins being in Minnesota on the road vs that D.

    At TE start Witten vs bengals, Rudolph vs Texans, or add a wildcard in will tye who will be on the road in GB. If donnel is out do you like tye this week?

    Next for depth drop either Dorsett or sharpe to add Corey Coleman?

    My WRs; Hopkins, Hilton,Shepard,fuller, hogan, sharpe,Dorsett.

    On my IR spots: moncrief, & Watkins too

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Bobby: ‘Sup Bobby!

      Even though he is in a tough matchup, I would go with Hopkins, Hilton and Shepard. I think Rudolph is the better option here, too many unknowns with Witten and Tye, if though Donnell will be out.

      I would not add Coleman, and keep on to Dorsett or Sharpe

      • Bobby says:
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        @Zach:

        Thanks man!

        What about for depth dropping Dwayne Washington for either zenner, joique bell, josh ferguson, Bobby Rainey, darkwa, Paul Perkins, gillislee?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Bobby: Thank YOU!

          I would hold off on that and see how this week shapes it up

  10. Jimmy says:
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    Zach,

    Who do you like between Ryan Mathews and Bobby Rainey this week in a 12 team PPR? Jennings has just been ruled out, and Mathews scares the hell outta me despite what Doug Pederson is saying. Thanks a lot.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jimmy: Mathews. Gotta roll with your studs, and Rainey is in a messy situation with negative game script and the RB situation in New York is atrocious

  11. Brian says:
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    I need help at flex position my choices are Jaquiz Rodgers , Rainey , Billal Powell I feel like it should be Rodgers since he should get most of the work with Sims possibly out. I also feel like Powell will see a lot of work bit not sire what to do.

    Thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Brian: Bilal

  12. Randy says:
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    In a 10-team standard league, I have to drop someone for a kicker AND make room for a TE who can play this week. I have Luck/Wentz; Miller/Howard/Deangelo/Ware/Deandre Washington, A-Rob/Cobb/Shepard/Pryor/Steve Smith; Fleener/Eifert/ and Vikings. We start 2 RB, 2WR, 1 TE + flex. Thanks!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Randy: I would drop Wentz (because you have freaking Andrew Luck), and then I would drop Fleener, because you’re already going to get another TE, and you’ll have Eifert when he returns

  13. friar says:
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    I think I need some fantasy football therapy…

    In my 12-team 0.5 ppr league, I need to drop someone for a kicker this week and there’s an obvious option since I’m currently carrying two defenses (CAR and PHI). The problem is that I don’t want to drop either defense.

    I feel like the Panthers are a great D/ST start this week. TB has been one of the top fantasy matchups for opposing defenses this year and, with the Bucs likely playing from behind, it’s a good situation for sacks (TB giving up 2.5 per game) and picks (Winston has thrown more than anyone not named Fitzpatrick). Even if Evans goes off (I like your call there!), it seems like it’ll be a good week for Jay’s #3 ranked defense.

    At the same time, the Eagles are #1 in defense DVOA and they’ve been a top fantasy defense without scoring a TD yet (something they led the league in last year). Their matchup against the Lions this week isn’t as juicy as Carolina’s, but the Panthers’ next two weeks are @NO and bye, so it feels like a poor time for me to drop an elite defense.

    Of course, carrying two defenses is ridiculous, and seems inexcusable when I find myself needing to drop someone. Help! I need someone to talk some sense into me!

    Who should I drop?

    QB: Cousins
    RB: Bell, Anderson, Ingram (bye), Crowell, Powell, Lewis (IR spot)
    WR: Hilton, Matthews, M. Thomas (bye), Woods, Beasley
    TE: Kelce (bye), Henry
    D/ST: Panthers, Eagles
    K: [none]

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @friar: I am totally on your side homie!

      If you don’t want to drop a defense (I think you should drop one of those), then I think you should drop Woods. Pretty bad situation he is in and he’s droppable.

      • friar says:
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        @Zach: Which defense would you recommend I drop?

  14. The imp says:
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    Would you rather roster Foster or Jstew as an RB4 stash in 2rb, no flex PPR. I can’t make room for both.
    Foster is more of a PPR guy, but Jstew’s schedule is shaping up better, especially in the playoffs. Both are injury headaches, obviously.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @The imp: And both are frustrating. However, Jstew is the lesser of two evils. Foster is in a very, very bad situation

  15. T Buns says:
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    Pick 2 to start this week. Demaryius, Hopkins, Jeffrey, Shepherd? PPR league.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @T Buns:

      Demaryius and Jeffrey

  16. TTRA1N says:
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    Pick 2 Coates, Hogan, Parker ppr?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @TTRA1N: Coates and Hogan

  17. David says:
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    12 team PPR, need to drop someone for someone in my WR3 spot since Diggs is out..who to drop and who to pick up?

    QB-Tom Brady
    WR-Jordy Nelson
    WR-Deandre Hopkins
    WR-(???)
    RB-Demarco Murray
    RB-Isaiah Crowell
    TE-Greg Olsen
    Flex-J McKinnon

    Bench:
    Doug Martin
    John Brown
    Tevin Coleman
    Allen Hurns
    Smallwood

    Not many options for WR but someone just dropped Robert Woods and Butler is available. Im thinking drop Hurns or Smallwood for one of the two. Thoughts?

    Thanks!
    #byeweek/injuryproblems

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @David: I would drop Smallwood, and from the two options you just gave me, I would pick up Woods, even though he is not sexy by any means

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Zach: woods would appear to have a floor of at least 7 targets per week, pretty rare for FA guys in 12 teamers (not sexy notwithstanding)

  18. Harrison says:
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    PPR Flex pick one. E. Royal ( If he plays) or J. White (RB)

    Thanks for the advice

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Harrison: James White. He’ll be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Brady coming back…

      Thank YOU!

  19. Velocity_X says:
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    Best of the worst scenario. Pick 2 in a PPR: Rainey, Smallwood, or Rodgers.

    I’m worried about Smallwood’s workload with Mathews (mostly) healthy and playing, plus Sproles mixed in. Rainey and Rodgers certainly have more PPR value in the passing game.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Velocity_X: That is true, however Smallwood has looked really good thus far, and has a higher floor

  20. Bluety says:
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    Would you trade next years 5th pick for Brees and his 8th round pick next year. I currently have C.Plamer who hasn’t been playing well. thanks

    • Bluety says:
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      5th round. sorry

      • Zach

        Zach says:
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        @Bluety: I don’t think a major decision should be made after Week 4. Lots can change. I would wait a bit.

  21. Old Dirty says:
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    I have a conundrum going into tomorrow’s games. I need to pick up a RB for tomorrow. It’s a 12 man 4 keeper 1/2 point league. *Last year to keep AB, but thinking about keepers..I’ll probably find an easier time in the offseason acquiring a WR1 for AB, rather than a RB1, so I’m not too worried about getting rid of Kelvin Benjamin.

    My options:
    – Drop Jennings and pick up someone like Whitaker, Richard, Rainey or Perkins
    – Trade Kelvin Benjamin for Crowell and Eifert (I would still have to drop Jennings, but it gives me an upgrade at TE)

    My team:
    QB – Ryan
    RB – Freeman
    RB –
    WR – AB
    WR – Evans
    TE – Witten
    Bench – Russell Wilson, Sims, Ware, Jennings, Kelvin Benjamin, Travis Benjamin, Sheppard

    Thanks.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Old Dirty: 2nd option is a fine one

      • Old dirty says:
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        @Zach:

        Would you prefer Crowell or forte ?
        He’s willing to trade both

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Old dirty: Crowell

  22. Brian says:
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    Going to try and trade Melvin Gordon for a wr can you give me a few I should target ? He’s less than 50 yds rushing last couple games against weak defense is a little concerning I want to move him while his value is high due to td,s . Ty ty

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Brian: I think you could get guys like Jordan Matthews, Michael Crabtree, maybe Brandon Marshall, Emmanuel Sanders, or even Willie Snead

  23. William Hung says:
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    Do I play Hoyer, Paxton, or Stafford?

  24. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS?

    J Matthews & Brate or J Reed & Tyrell W

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Reed and Tyrell, but it could go either way

  25. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Also, do you think Michael remains the main man in Seattle?

    Afraid when Rawls comes back he loses a lot of touches. Plus Spiller and Prosise.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: I do, unless Rawls comes back firing on all cylinders once he gets to full health. Prosise and/or Spiller won’t take away from him

  26. Johnc says:
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    12 team H2H league. I have #1 waiver position in a standard scoring league. Frustrated owner dropped Bernard. Is he worth the #1 claim despite his bad start. Like most in this position, I fear I might miss a major opportunity down the road if I lose this advantage.

    My RBs are Bell, Gordon and I use Hill as my flex ( so a nice handcuff too if I grabbed Bernard). My receivers are shaky after AJ Green as I have Edelman (please throw it to him Tom) and Snead. The rest of my bench are: Sims and Rodgers both due to Martin’s injury. I also have DeAngelo who I grabbed late in the draft due to Bell’s suspension. Best wire guys outside of Bernard are Floyd, Kerley and Lockett. Be patient or gab Bernard and hope he produces opening up points or trade possibilities?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Johnc: I would grab Gio. Immediately adds some depth to your lineup, even if he isn’t a top-tier stud.

  27. Wentzylania bound says:
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    Problem can’t Pick 2 out of lacy, Howard, and McKinnon. I know good problem to have. ????

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Wentzylania bound: GREAT problem to have. I would go with Jordan Howard and Eddie Lacy.

      • Wentzylania bound says:
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        @Zach:
        Would you put one of them in the flex spot and pull Travis Benjamin. Leaving Julio jones and alshon Jeffrey as my Wr’s?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Wentzylania bound: Good the way it is, I wouldn’t put in Benjamin with your other options

  28. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    thank you for opening quoting football outsiders in yr stats.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: and it’s not surprising the guy who understands where to go for good stats understands how “regression” can be used.

  29. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    i do love sentences like this one though
    “Yes, he is DeAndre Hopkins, and Fuller is a nice rookie, but there is too much risk associated with starting these two, and there are better options.”

    ok, so if hopkins ends up as say the 37th best WR were you smart for telling people to bench him or no? that’s the thing when you say things like this. exactly HOW much are you moving him back of a top whatever level WR his talent indicates he is? 37th is just an example, doesn’t have to be accurate or not, it’s not the point. this “better options” comment only helps (or means anything at all) if you mention who those are. i mean, without that you could claim to have “been right” if hopkins ends this week as WR #21 (his ECR value is 19th right now). what happens if he gets exactly 18th, could you claim you were right about him being a “less than best option”? how would we know exactly

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: You make a valid point. First off, all three guys, plus Mike Evans at the top of the article, are all better options over DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

      Each team is different. Maybe one fantasy owner has a stacked WR corps, and therefore, the possibility of a 37th best receiver is a terrible one, and that owner should bench Hopkins. However, maybe a team is hurting after drafting Keenan Allen in the 2nd and not really doing so well at WR (bench depth). Then, in that case, the risk does not matter to that owner, because there are better options.

      I’m just simply stating that if all things are equal, then there is too much risk associated with Hopkins and Fuller for them to be in consideration of starting lineup spot. But each owner should know their own team and their own given circumstances, and should act accordingly.

      Also, because I only list 3 WR’s, maybe even 4 depending on the start of the week, any reader that wants more info on who to start and who to sit can view Tehol’s or Jay’s rankings to get a better idea.

  30. Cole Mossel says:
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    Start phillip rivers today?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Cole Mossel: Yup. Borderline Top-5 option.

  31. Gio says:
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    .5 ppr… Riddick vs PHI or Washington vs SD?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Gio: Very close; they have similar floors, but Riddick’s ceiling is higher

  32. whattodo says:
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    hey, last second calls…

    which d/st: ravens at home vs redskins, packers at home vs giants, bengals on the road vs dallas

    which kicker: josh brown vs GB, nugent vs dallas, lambo vs oakland

    who’s the odd man out: crowell, forte, parker, devanta freeman

    thanks!

    • Wentzylania bound says:
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      @whattodo:
      Green Bay. Ted Nugent. And I would say Crowell (it’s against bellicheat)

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @whattodo: Ravens, Josh Brown, Parker

  33. Wentzylania bound says:
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    Julio jones vs Denver D anyone else benching him? Denver has held Hilton Benjamin Evans and green all under 100yds. ????????

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Wentzylania bound: I think he’s a smart play. He’s Julio after all

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