As I mentioned last week, it won’t be until after week 4 that The Stats Machine (TSM) begins including opposing defenses into its algorithm. It needs about four weeks of defensive statistics before they are really useful. So in the meantime, just bare with us as we still believe our data science is attention worthy. However, as a commenter pointed out last week, without defensive adjustments the results kinda feel like something we could get from Captain Obvious. I see his point, at least to some extent, and have decided to add a section listing the top ten players, according to TSM, at each position.

Note. Scores cannot be compared across positions as each position has a different formula.



Tom Brady (Score: 80) – Another week, another spotlight for Tom Brady. You know who’s loving some Tom Brady? Me! Last week he threw for 288 yards. This week he crushed that number with 466 more and 3 touchdowns. He’s playing like a quarterback possessed. I’d love to tell you to sell high, but I think he’s going to have a great season. Deflate that haters!

Colin Kaepernick (Score: 70.9) – I probably should have selected Derek Carr for this spot, but I already talked about him on Wednesday. And at about 65% owned, that means Kaepernick is still available in just less than half of all leagues. I’m not saying you should run out a grab him, but I’d grab him before I’d grab Carr. His week 1 performance was nothing special, but he came back with 335 yards passing and 2 touchdowns this week. He also rushed for 51 yards. That’s as many as Joseph Randle and more than both Carlos Hyde (43) and Marshawn Lynch (41). Honorable Mention: Derek Carr (Score: 68.9)


Running Back (PPR)

DeAngelo Williams (Score: 32.23) – Le’Veon Bell who? Williams rushed for 77 yards, finding the end zone three times last week. In the first two weeks he has averaged 102 yards on the ground. Seriously, Le’Veon who? I realize it’s Bell’s job, but it will be interesting to see how big of a role De’Angelo has earned himself. If he is able to contribute again this week, I’d suggest selling high. Or just get Bell high so he get suspended again.

Matt Jones (Score: 27.7) – Jones was perhaps this week’s biggest waiver wire pickup. I’m sure it was a close battle between Jones, Dion Lewis and James Starks. Matt Jones is another guy I discussed on Wednesday. It went something like this. He should be owned in all leagues. And sadly, my $21 FAAB failed to win him. The winning bid was $27. I came in second. I guess I should just be happy that I got Lewis last week. Jones rushed for 123 yards on 19 carries. That’s almost 6.5 yards per carry! He also scored two touchdowns. Honorable Mention: Dion Lewis (Score: 25.91)


Running Back

Results are the same as PPR.


Wide Receiver (PPR)

Larry Fitzgerald (Score: 44.15) – Is Fitz back? He might be. After a 6 catch, 87 yard showing last week, Fitzgerald followed it up with an 8 catch, 112 yard, 3 touchdown performance in week two. I still like John Brown just a little more, but another week like this and I might be changing my tune. If the shoe Fitz! Honorable Mention: Antonio Brown (Score: 43.4)

Donte Moncrief (Score: 31.4) – This is two weeks in a row that The Stats Machine has chosen Moncrief as the top wide out in Indy. He caught 7 of 8 passes thrown to him for 122 yards and a touchdown. With a touchdown for the second straight week, he’s slowly forcing himself into lineups. Honorable Mention: Torrey Smith (Score: 31)


Wide Receiver

Larry Fitzgerald (Score: 30.61) – See above.

Travis Benjamin (Score: 22.86) – I’m still not sold on Benjamin. He doesn’t see a lot of targets, but is certainly making the most of the ones he does. Why does it feel like a lot of my wide receiver talk lately has been all about the Benjamin?


Tight End (PPR)

Rob Gronkowski (Score: 33.45) – Just like his New England teammate, another week, another top spot. Gronk has been Gronk, and that’s good. Seven catches for 113 yards and another touchdown give him 4 touchdowns in two games. I’m not sure he can be stopped. There’s a house around the corner from me with a big sign on their front lawn that reads “Honk for Gronk”. I don’t, but am starting to feel like I should.

Crockett Gillmore (Score: 30.75) – Here’s what I said the other day. Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Tight Ends. Gillmore led all tight ends in points this week, but that’s only because Gronk scored just one touchdown. Crockett caught 5 passes for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s worth adding to your watch list, but unless he shows us more in the coming weeks, that’s as close as he’s going to get to my roster. And since I own Eifert and Rudolph, he’s not even going to get that far. And that’s me plagiarizing me. Honorable Mention: Anthony Fasano (Score: 24.5)


Tight End

Crockett Gillmore (Score: 27.75) – He barley edged out Gronk.


Here are the top tens based solely on the performances as analyzed by The Stats Machine…

Top 10 QBs

Tom Brady
Ben Roethlisberger
Carson Palmer
Aaron Rodgers
Russell Wilson
Colin Kaepernick
Matt Ryan
Ryan Tannehill
Cam Newton
Tyrod Taylor

Top 10 RBs

Matt Forte
DeAngelo Williams
Jamaal Charles
Carlos Hyde
Dion Lewis
Mark Ingram
Danny Woodhead
Latavius Murray
Giovani Bernard
Adrian Peterson

Top 10 WRs

Julio Jones
Antonio Brown
Julian Edelman
Larry Fitzgerald
Emmanuel Sanders
Brandon Marshall
DeAndre Hopkins
Donte Moncrief
Jordan Matthews
Travis Benjamin

Top 10 TEs

Rob Gronkowski
Tyler Eifert
Jason Witten
Travis Kelce
Jordan Reed
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Ladarius Green
Crockett Gillmore
Eric Ebron
Martellus Bennett

Here is the full Excel spreadsheet.



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  1. Wood says:

    non PPR,

    Hey guys. Waiting for Foster to start playing and need a RB as Deangelo was killing it for me as a sub for the 1st 2 weeks. We can only roster 3 RB on our teams and Foster takes up one of those slots. I have Gore starting (I know – HE SUCKS). Do I throw D. Williams in there hoping for a few points or grab D. Freeman or R. Hillman. If i pick up the other guys I will have to drop R. Bush (in IR slot) and D. Williams.

    16-team league:
    I have Big Ben/Gore/D. Moncrief/Mike Evans or Allen Robinson/Gronk/Cards/kicker as starters.


    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Wood: Wow, that’s a tough one. I think I’d drop Bush and grab Freeman and see what DeAngelo Williams does this week…

  2. Nick says:

    Did you see Matt Jones performance last night before posting this article? I’d assume no as his fumble at the goal-line was just brutal! Maybe you lucked out by being out-bid for him!

    Also, your suspension reference for L. Bell had me lol’ing

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Nick: Ha! I wrote this last night before the game. I also write for the baseball side of things here so I had two posts to write last night. Football was written and submitted first. Heck I didn’t even get to watch the game….

  3. Wacha wacha says:

    10 team non ppr

    QB M Ryan
    RB forte
    RB cj Anderson
    WR Landry
    WR A Robinson
    OP Bridgewater
    TE Gronk
    K Crosby
    D Denver
    Bn A Johnson, Tate, Gore, Abdullah, J Randle

    Not loving my wrs at the moment. Would you do any of these trades if you were in my position or am I asking or giving up too much.

    J Randle and Tate for M Evans
    J Randle and Tate for D Adams
    Randle and Tate for A Jeffrey
    Randle and Tate for D Hopkins
    Tate and Randle for B Cooks
    Tate and Randle for Ty Hilton

    Thank you very much!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Wacha wacha: I would do it for Hopkins, Cooks or Hilton. In that order…

  4. friar says:

    In my 12-team league, I’m trying to decide on a defense for this week between the Cardinals (currently rostered) and the Panthers (on the waiver wire). Most (non-fantasy) ratings systems seem to think the Panthers are the better defense and, with Brees being ruled out this week, I’m inclined to think Carolina will be the better fantasy play (although it’s close, since the 49ers offense is also bad). On the other hand, Arizona seems to have the easier schedule coming up and it might be worth keeping them for that sake.

    Which defense do you think I should go with?

    ARI upcoming schedule: SF, StL, @Det, @Pit, Bal, @Cle, Bye
    CAR upcoming schedule: NO, @TB, Bye, @Sea, Phi, Ind, GB

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @friar: Honestly, it’s a toss up. With Brees out it might make sense to go with Carolina. As for ROS, you are asking the wrong guy as I like to stream from week to week, but I looks like Arizona might have the better schedule…

  5. In a Van Down by the RIvers says:

    With Brees out who would you go with at flex, PPR league.

    M. Igram, B. Cooks, or M. Wheaton?

  6. Graeme says:

    I’m in an auction keeper league, and I think I’m about to drop to 0-3, partly due to an impulsive Matt Jones start on Thursday night. I’d like to start making my team a little younger / value-y-er without giving up on the season quite yet. I think I’m close to something in which I receive Marcus Mariota ($5) and either Bishop Sankey ($1) or Todd Gurley ($16) for Drew Brees ($38) and either Matt Jones ($17 – based on FAAB cost this past week) or David Johnson ($5).

    I’m going to push for Sankey on his side of the deal, but I’m not really sure whether I’d rather give up Matt Jones or David Johnson. Both guys have a sort of lottery ticket appeal, so I’d like to trade away the guy with the least upside.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Graeme: Well it’s a tough decision to make right after Jones sh*t the bed on Thursday. Emotion says to get rid of him. But he’s better than Thursday night. He also has Morris in his way. Morris can be an unrestricted free agent next year. If he doesn’t re-sign with the Skins, then Jones might be their guy. Johnson is blocked by Ellington. But, of course, Ellington is hurt. If your league rewards kick returns, that’s a plus for Johnson. He also has Chris Johnson to content with. So many Johnsons!

      I’m not sure I’d rush into anything. But if you must, I like Gurley long term over Sankey. However their costs kinda equal things out…

  7. Help says:

    Keeper league (can keep a guy 3 years) we are in year one..

    Trade Justin Forsett and martavis Bryant for lesean McCoy?

    Forsett/Brandon Marshall/ Bennet/ m. Bryant for aj green/shady/graham


    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Help: I would not trade Forsett and Bryant for McCoy. I would probably do the second trade…

  8. FrankGrimes says:


    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @FrankGrimes: fafa flunky

  9. Adam says:

    Deeper +1 PPR league

    Who would be your 1 FLEX pick for this week?

    Ebron vs DEN
    Hankerson @ DAL
    Dobson vs JAX

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Adam: None of them. But if forced, Hank the tank…

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