And we are back for another week of the fantasy season.  How badly did you overreact this week?  If you have Dez Bryant, here’s a shot of your favorite whiskey on me this week.  I hate seeing injuries to anyone, let alone a stud.  I’m feeling the Brant pain, too, as I lost him in our Razzball Writer’s League.  Like you, I’m looking for a fill-in (replacement makes it sound like someone CAN actually replace him) ,for the short term. But what about the Peyton Manning owner?  Should you be terrified?  I wouldn’t say Exorcism terrified, but maybe The Shining.  Look, if the Broncos can’t get anything done in Week 3, I’m out.  See ya.  I would have already grabbed a back-up quarterback as waivers processed this week (this went to print before the Broncos-Chiefs game) because I don’t want to trust Manning as my only guy, despite the high ceiling.

If you have another quarterback with a tough match-up this week such as Tom Brady or Matthew Stafford, here are a couple of guys I’m looking at as potential streamers…



Tyrod Taylor (13%) vs. New England — First thing first, Buffalo is going to win this game.  I’m scared to death to start Tom Brady despite the long preparation time that he and the Patriots will have.  On the other side of the field, I’m looking at Tyrod Taylor as a possible fill-in for Brady.  He scored 15.90 fantasy points last week, and I’m projecting at least two scores for him (one rushing, one throwing) against the Patriots defense.

I’d start Taylor over: Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Matthew Stafford.

I’d sit Taylor for: Andy Dalton, Marcus Mariota, Joe Flacco.

Colin Kaepernick (67%) at Pittsburgh — I’d be lying if I said I’m super comfortable with Kaepernick, but I like the hurry-up offense they showed against Minnesota, and the Pittsburgh defense is one of the worst in the league.  The travel to the east coast after a short week tempers my expectations a bit, but it’s a great matchup for Kaepernick.

I’d start Kaepernick over: Cam Newton, Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor.

I’d sit Kaepernick for: Andy Dalton, Marcus Mariota, Matthew Stafford.

How did I do last week?

Marcus Mariota — 24.96 fantasy points (13-of-16, 4 TDs).

Sam Bradford — 15.44 fantasy points (36-of-52, 1 TD, 2 INT).


Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph (75%) vs. Lions — He’s higher owned, but he’s still available in 25 percent of leagues.  I was annoyed with Teddy Bridgewater on Monday night for not looking at Charles Johnson, but if I took one thing away from the game, it’s that he loves targeting Kyle Rudolph.  It’s hard to say that the Lions allowed Ladarius Green to score last weekend, because what team DIDN’T allow a tight end to score?  Still, I’m all about the targets when it comes to fantasy.  Pick him up if you’re in one of the leagues he’s available and start him.

I’d start Rudolph over: Eric Ebron, Ladarius Green, Jordan Reed

I’d sit Rudolph for: Heath Miller, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Delanie Walker (if active)

Vernon Davis (63%) at Steelers — Yuck.  I just washed my computer after typing this.  Now I have to finish this from my iPhone.  Dammit!  It’s hard to compare anyone to Rob Gronkowski, but the Steelers literally forgot to cover him.  If you forget to cover Gronk, why would you pay attention to a mediocre tight end like Davis?  I don’t feel great about it, but if you picked up Jordan Reed after his hot week, I’d start Davis over him for this week.

I’d start Davis over: Jordan Reed, Eric Ebron, Zach Ertz.

I’d sit Davis for: Dwayne Allen, Kyle Rudolph, Heath Miller.

How did I do last week?

Ben Watson — 3.40 fantasy points (3 receptions for 19 yards) Whoops.

Crockett Gillmore — 3.30 fantasy points (2 receptions for 23 yards) Totally missed on both tight ends.  Trust me, I’m more frustrated than you are.



Zach Hocker (4%) vs. Buccaneers — I admit it, I admit it (Drake voice).  I had zero idea who Zach Hocker was, and the fact that he’s still just a kicker doesn’t make me care too much.  But, he did score 14 points last week against the Cardinals.  The Saints are indoors, which is always what I look for in a kicker.

I’d start Hocker over: Mason Crosby, Steven Hauschka, Cody Parkey.

I’d sit Hocker for: Stephen Gostkowski.

How did I do last week?

Chandler Catanzaro — 8 fantasy points.


Defense & Special Teams

Tennessee (11%) at Browns — It’s the old pick-up-anyone-that-is-playing-the-Browns strategy.  It doesn’t matter to me which quarterback starts, I’m more than confident in the Titans in their second straight cupcake matchup.

I’d start Tennessee over — Seattle, Packers, Saints.

I’d sit Tennessee for — Carolina, Baltimore, Cincinnati.

How did I do last week?

Green Bay — 4.00 fantasy points.  Matt Forte, y’all.



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  1. Money Mike says:

    Hey waterloo,
    I’m in a 12-team 1 pt. PPR league and was offered Arian Foster and Amari Cooper for my Randall Cobb. My RBs are Bell (1 more week!), Bernard, Vereen, and D. Johnson and my WRs are Hilton, Twatkins, Cobb, S. Johnson. We plan in a 2 WR, 2 RB, 1TE, and FLEX format, should I do the trade in hopes of Cooper being a WR2 at least? I’m hurtin at RB and kind of hurtin at WR, it’s a shitty team overall! Any thoughts?
    *Also have Lockett and Dunbar on the bench, Wheaton is available, any ideas? Thanks my dude

    • @Money Mike: Hey Mike. Man, that’s tough, but I think I would do it with the idea of having Bell Foster Cooper Hilton and Gio in my lineup each week in that format. Cooper is going to have a bad week this week, but I think I roll the dice and do it.

      • Money Mike says:

        @Michael Waterloo: I’m a little hesitant due to Foster’s injury history. Do you have any concerns?

        • @Money Mike: I absolutely have concerns with him, but it’s not exactly like Cobb is 100 percent, either. I think the upside is too good to pass up. I think Cooper ends up being a WR2 in your league.

  2. James says:

    Would you sit Eli manning for any of the qbs you mentioned?

    • @James: I wouldn’t, no. I think Eli comes out firing this week.

  3. Reggie says:

    Hey Waterloo!

    I was flip flopping between Eifert and Kelce all week and eventually went with Kelce due to Denver’s points against TE’s last season (d’oh!). Anyways, my question is Tannehill or Bradford this Sunday?

    • @Reggie: Hey Reggie. Tough break there, but I would have went Kelce there, too. For QB, play Bradford. He’s going to be solid.

  4. Wide Right says:

    So I am having a Princess Bride moment. I have Stafford and Kaep. . and was considering picking up Taylor.. However.
    You say start Tyrod over Stafford.. but then you say you’d start Kaep over Taylor, but you’d sit Kaep for Stafford.. So clearly I cannot choose the quarterback in front of me.

    Who do I start Kaep or Stafford??

    • @Wide Right: I’m rolling the dice with Kaep after having a couple more days to think it over. Stafford’s elbow and history against Vikings concerns me. The Steelers suck, so I’ll take my chances there.

  5. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:

    johnny walker is scotch, if i’m right about that bottle.

  6. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:

    and the ceiling on manning i think is the part that left, the floor should still be ok since he’s so smart at QB’ing.

  7. Dan says:

    Help me out I got Matthew stafford and Tyrol Taylor. You say you’d play Taylor over stafford but then you say you’d play kaepernick over Taylor but you’d sit kaeprnick for Stafford. Confused. Who do I play. I stay Taylor all the way.

    • @Dan: It’s a tough call. I’m going to chance it here and go Taylor. That Stafford matchup really has me worried.

  8. cubjet says:

    How about Tennessee D over the Bills?

    Thanks in advance.

    • @cubjet: Hey Reggie. Tough break there, but I would have went Kelce there, too. For QB, play Bradford. He’s going to be solid.

  9. pete says:

    i’m in a 12 man ppr league. currently i own wilson and Eli. i’m strongly considering dropping Eli for Tyrod Taylor, but i’m having reservations. throw me a bone here?

    • @pete: Don’t do it. Keep Wilson and Eli. Upside and floor much higher with Eli.

  10. Dom B says:

    Okay so I have tony romo and Eli Manning and Tony is out for several weeks. Should I drop Tony Romo or stash him and should I ride out on Eli Manning or should I add a quarterback from waiver, Available QBs Colin Kapernick, Derek Carr, Tyrod Taylor, Blake Bortles, Andy Dalton, Jameis Winston, Ryan Mallet, Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel, Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles, and Jay Cutler Who do I drop if I pick one up…. ALSO is Jason Witten still a TE 1 with Weeden. Here is my roster

    QB Tony Romo
    RB Leveon Bell
    RB Jonathan Stewart
    WR Julio Jones
    WR AJ Green
    TE Jason Witten
    Flex Latavius Murray
    RB lagarette blount

    • waterloo

      waterloo says:

      @Dom B: Just saw this, sorry. I would drop Romon for Dalton, Teddy, Taylor, Mariota in that order. Witten loses value but is still a TE1.

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