Ryan Mallett always seemed like a jerk.  No, not Greg Hardy-level jerk.  He’s just plain scum.  But Mallett didn’t seem to care or get it at all, even dating back to college.  Watching Hard Knocks showed his personality even more, making it easy to root against him.  When he showed up late during the show, you gave him the benefit of the doubt.  But when he missed the team flight last weekend, he deserved to get canned, and canned he got.

The quarterback rotation that overrated Bill O’Brien implemented early on is no more, as it’s Brian Hoyer’s job going forward.  He’s not a real life good quarterback, but we only care about the results here in fantasy world.  Consider him a bye-week replacement or one of your streamers going forward.



Brian Hoyer (15 percent) vs. Tennessee — 17.28, 20.88, 24.22 and 21.92.  Those are the fantasy points that Hoyer has racked up over the past four weeks.   Without Arian Foster in the mix for touches, expect Hoyer’s production to continue as Houston is going to have to throw the ball.  DeAndre Hopkins and Nate Washington will continue to make life easy for Hoyer.

I’d start him over: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees.

I’d sit him for: Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Andrew Luck.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (34 percent) at Oakland — If interceptions count against you in your league, Fitzpatrick probably hurts you more than he helps you.  Even if they do count, I’m rolling him out in a pinch this week against Oakland, who allows the eight-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year.  Count on multiple touchdowns and a third straight 20-point performance.

I’d start him over: Russell Wilson, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco.

I’d sit him for: Brian Hoyer, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan.

How did I do last week?

Teddy Bridgwater — 18.74 fantasy points.

Blake Bortles — 13.98 fantasy points


Tight Ends

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (36 percent) vs. Atlanta — As of print (upload?) it looks like ASJ is going to give it a go against the Falcons, who give up the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends.  He hasn’t played a full game since Week 1, when he racked up 25.50 points against Tennessee.  Mike Evans was out in that game, and Vincent Jackson will be out this week.  Look for ASJ to be the second option in the passing game this week for Tampa Bay.

I’d start him over: Delanie Walker, Benjamin Watson, Gary Barnidge.

I’d sit him for: Ladarius Green, Tyler Eifert, Martellus Bennett.

Jeff Cumberland (0 percent) at Oakland — It’s a desperation dart throw, sure, but who knew who Gary Barnidge was before he faced the Raiders?  I’m not advocating Cumberland, but if you’re extremely desperate, I’d play him against the worst defense against tight ends.

I’d start him over: Heath Miller, Clive Walford, Larry Donnell.

I’d sit him for: Eric Ebron, Gary Barnidge, Richard Rodgers.

How did I do last week?

Jordan Reed — 24.70 fantasy points.

Ladarius Green — 16.50 fantasy points.


Kicker and Defense & Special Teams

Blair Walsh (23 percent) at Chicago — You can get in trouble when you chase points in fantasy, don’t think that this is what I’m doing after his 20-point performance last week.  It’s more of his upcoming schedule over the next three weeks, which features three top-7 matchups (Chicago, St. Louis and Oakland) for field goal kickers.  It’s tough to predict for kickers, but use it as a tiebreaker if you’re stuck.

I’d start him over: Chris Boswell, Chandler Catanzaro, Josh Brown.

I’d sit him for: Brandon McManus, Connor Barth, Nick Folk.

Atlanta (58 percent) vs. Tampa Bay — They were a viable play last week, and they remain that this week against Jameis Winston and the Vincent Jackson-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I’d start them over: Carolina, Denver, Minnesota.

I’d sit them for: St. Louis, Green Bay, New York Jets.

How did I do last week?

Josh Lambo — 9 fantasy points.

Miami defense — 12 fantasy points.



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  1. Strike says:

    I’m in a half point ppr league and had some questions about roster spots .

    I have
    Qb – dalton
    Rb – ap, Ingram
    Wr – Cobb, green
    Flex (2) – s. Smith, Chris Johnson
    Te – reed, gates, Ebron
    D – Carolina , Denver
    Bench – hurns
    Im concerned about my rb and wr depth

    I had to pick up Ebron due to gates injury and reeds bye and didn’t know whether to drop Carolina

    The best available options on the free agent pool are Ellington, Matt jones , desean Jackson, duke Johnson, Morris , Crabtree

    Thoughts o.n this week ? Drop Carolina before I have to spend a waiver bid on another one of these guys ? I should have an open roster spot next week to drop Ebron


    • @Strike: I grab duke for this week and grab djax after you drop Ebron. Drop panthers for Duke. Been excellent in PPR, even half.

  2. Scooter G says:

    Good Morning

    Could I run a few trades by you for my 10 team standard 2 qb league?
    Which side do you prefer in these trades?

    Tate, Moncrief, and Fitzpatrick for D Murray and M Mariota
    Tate , Cutler, Blue for Gio Bernard and Ryan Matthews
    Moncrief Cutler, Blue for Brees and Ryan Mathews

    My Team
    QB Ryan
    QB Fitz
    RB Forte
    RB Mcfadden
    WR Landry
    WR Cooper
    TE Gronk
    D Den
    K Cosby

    BN A Robinson, Tate, Moncrief, Diggs, Duke, Abdullah, Blue, Hyde, CJ A, Cutler

    • waterloo

      waterloo says:

      @Scooter G: Hey man.
      1. First side
      2. Second side
      3. First side.

  3. Todd says:

    Hey man! Trade Q,

    In a .5 ppr league would you look to aquire Calvin Johnson?

    My WRs are Demaryius, alshon, john brown, cooks, diggs, lafell.

    My RBs are Doug Martin, hill, gore, Lamar miller, David Cobb, Christine michael, charcanderick west.


    Here’s his team:

    QB: Rodgers & tanny too

    RBs : bell, sankey, Andre Williams, alf Morris

    WRs: megatron, amari Cooper, Allen Robinson, moncrief, maclin,

    • waterloo

      waterloo says:

      @Todd: I would. I love his schedule. He could use some RB help so shoot him Lamar Miller for Calvin. Miller’s schedule gets brutal.

      • Todd says:


        I sent him two offers; one miller for Johnson

        & Doug Martin + cooks for Johnson

        He accepted Martin + cooks

          • Todd says:

            @Michael WaTerloo:


            We start 3 WRs I like how my 3 WRs will be Demaryius, alshon & now Calvin Johnson & diggs as a flex most week / diggs will prob be a wr3 next week with the lions bye

  4. Josh says:

    Pick 2 to start in half ppr

    J Stewart Woodhead Stefon Diggs

  5. Wacha Wacha says:

    I keep hearing C Hyde will likely need surgery. Is R Bush the back to own or Hayne and how much fantasy relevance does he hold? More or less than A Blue?

  6. The Big Yabu says:

    Just got offered Alshon Jeffery for Lamar Miller — AJ would replace D-Jax in my starting lineup, and Miller would be replaced by Giovani Bernard. I have an irrational hatred for Cutler and the Bears, but I think this might be a good value. Thoughts?

  7. IOTBD says:

    Would you trade away Jason Witten for Diggs? My starting TE is Eifert and my WRs are Cobb, Antonio Brown, James Jones, and Vincent Jackson

  8. david says:

    Hey Waterloo!

    My 12 tm Ppr lg team is as follows

    Rb. L.Bell
    WR D. Thomas
    WR Alshon Jefferey
    TE Barnidge
    Flex Larry Fitz
    Flex Diggs

    Allen Robinson, Landry, Clay, Tyrod , Charles Sims, Yeldon, Cutler.

    I just traded Larry Fitz/Tyrod for Tom Brady. What do you think? I wanted to cash in on a receiver since I have too many….

    Also, would you start Brees or Cutler this week? My opponent this week has Bennett and Forte while I got Jefferey…. thanks a bunch!!!

    • @david: absolutely love that trade for you. Fitz is a sell-high for me. For the QB, I’m going with Brees.

  9. Ron says:

    In a .5PPR – Woodhead or Stewart?

    • @Ron: Woodhead. Gameflow SHOULD benefit him. Floor of at least 14 in any type of ppr.

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