Johnny Football? Remember that guy? Of course you do! Well, you do if you watched the NFL Draft… or if you’ve watched that 4-lettered sports television network during the NFL preseason… or if you’ve been within earshot of one of Jerry Jones’ interviews over the last six months. Johnny Football had it all: a Heisman Trophy, a slew of Texas A&M records, fame, girls, you name it. Then it all sort of came unraveled… There was dropping to the late 1st round of the NFL Draft, that pool party, that picture of him tightly rolling some money, the preseason middle finger, and finally, Brian Hoyer getting the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback spot over him. This wasn’t a surprise, though. It would only take a few weeks for Hoyer to play himself out of the starting job… Wait, Johnny who? I don’t remember that guy…

 

Quarterbacks

Brian Hoyer (12%) @ JAX: Obviously, the intro is a vast over exaggeration of what’s really going on at QB for the Browns, but Brian Hoyer is playing some solid football. He’s led Cleveland to a 3-2 record thus far, and he’s not making mistakes. On the season, he has 7 touchdowns to a meager 1 interception. Many QB’s have thrown more than 1 interception in a game. Now, while that’s great in theory, the 7 TD’s over 5 games doesn’t make fantasy owners warm and fuzzy. The saving grace here is the matchup. Jacksonville’s defense is poop. That’s French for terrible. They have some of the worst cover corners in the league, and surprisingly, Hoyer has been a great deep ball passer. He’s 15-for-24 with 531 yards and 2 touchdowns on passes over 20 yards downfield. His accuracy percentage and total yards on deep passes are tops in the league, well above the numbers attained by Rivers, Luck and Manning. The consistency and deep ball of Hoyer should prove effective against a very weak Jaguars defense.

Carson Palmer (34%) @ OAK: It seems Palmer’s pinched nerve is behind him. He threw for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns last week against Washington. You could clearly see how much more involved Fitz and Floyd were, and how much better the offense was moving. At this point, I’d see how Palmer fares physically during this game, and if he comes out healthy, he’ll probably be a guy you can use for weeks to come.

 

Tight End

Jared Cook (30%) @ SEA: I never enjoy endorsing an offensive player against the Seattle defense, but it’s too hard to ignore Cook’s targets. He’s averaging 8.4 targets per game, and over the last 3 games, he’s seen an increase in looks from 9 to 10 to 11 this week against the Niners. I also like seeing him in the slot over 60% of the time. He’s gotten a little over half of his receiving yards from the slot position. If I’m going to gamble on a man who’s due for a TD, I’m going to say it’s this guy. Stream proudly, loyal followers!

 

Defense

Baltimore (44%) v ATL: The Baltimore defense is one of the most underrated units this season. They’ve lost a lot of players over the last few years, and a lot of people don’t quite believe in them anymore, but they’re averaging 16.2 points per game allowed this season, which is impossible to ignore. Atlanta is an offensive threat, but it seems more at home than away. All three of their losses have been away games, and they’re averaging less than 20 points per game in those contests. Baltimore also has a phenomenal home-field advantage, so expect them to put on a good show this Sunday.

 

Kicker

Billy Cundiff (2%) @ JAX: Like I said above, Cleveland’s offense is working right now, and Jacksonville is giving up the second most points per game. Cundiff will have plenty of chances to kick the ball this week. He’s a must stream.

Randy Bullock (3%) v PIT: Sandra’s bro? Nah, bro… Houston’s offense has a tendency to stall, and it gives Randy Bullock a lot of opportunities. Even with two missed field goals, he’s 15th overall in fantasy points this season. I expect him to have a number of opportunities against a Pittsburgh defense ready to bounce back at home.

 

Week 6 Recap:

RCL/Yahoo Standard 0.5 PPR Scoring

Kirk Cousins: 354 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT = 19.16 pts (15th QB)

Jake Locker: Did not play

Niles Paul: 2 tgt, 1 rec, 7 yds = 1.20 pts (47th TE) – Consider Paul unstreamable

Tim Wright: 1 tgt, 1 rec, 1 yds = 6.60 pts (23rd TE)

MIN: 17 PA, 4 sack = 5.00 pts (T-15th DST)

Shawn Suisham: 1 20-29, 1 PAT = 4.00 pts (T-24th K)

Matt Bryant: 2 50+, 1 PAT = 11.00 pts (T-8th K)

 

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  1. vinodole says:
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    The problem with Cook, as far as I can tell (been streaming him since losing Pitta/Graham in both my leagues) is that his targets aren’t good targets. I’m basing this off of only one game – the Monday night game against the 9ers – so take it with a few grains of salt, whatever that means – but Cook seems to be Austin’s hurried-last-minute-check-down option. This would be great if everyone single one of those weren’t terrible passes, which they mostly are. I should reiterate that I don’t really know what I’m talking about…

    Back to pretending I do… here are his targets and receptions for each game so far:

    8, 4
    4, 4
    9, 7
    10, 4
    11, 4

    That’s 42 targets, 23 receptions. Gross!

    That said, there’s obvious potential here. 42 targets puts him at 6th for all TEs. But I’m impatient so I dropped him for Amaro this week, who has 1 MORE reception in 13 LESS targets!

    Although I can’t say that I’m excited to have a stake in the Jets passing game!

    • Nico says:
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      @vinodole: You’re right, he doesn’t get the best looks, but he did have one huge drop in the endzone a few weeks ago. I’d rather take the gamble on a guy who’s consistently getting 8+ targets/gm, than Amaro, who had an aberration of 12 targets last week. Now, who knows if that’s predictive of what’s to come for Amaro. For your sake, I hope it is, but I’m a Jets fan, and I can’t see the positive spin on anything! One more point, the last 3 seasons, Cook’s rec/tgt ratio at about 60%. This year he’s at about 55%. Perhaps, there is some normalization that could occur? Hopefully, but I can’t say there’s anything to that. GL tonight!

  2. CL says:
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    Just noticed Jonathan Stewart on my wire… 12 team 1pt PPR. Would you dump Ryan Matthews at this point? Sproles (return yard count too), Tre Mason & Josh Gordon make up rest of my bench.

    Murray, Bradshaw, and Lamar Miller are my starters at RB & flex. I’m solidly in 1st at 5-1 while outscoring 2nd place team by 170 points this year. Week 10 bye will be the roster challenge week. I may not be able to field a complete team for second time this season (my one loss).

    • Nico says:
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      @CL: I probably wouldn’t even touch Stewart. He’s really not a good RB. You have solid depth at RB, so I don’t think he’s a must add. When Mathews returns, he’ll be the starter, but I can understand if you don’t want to wait.

      • CL says:
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        @Nico: Makes sense. Not a necessary move at this time.

        Side note: I may or may not start Stewart in a weekly DK league because GB allows guys to run and there’s no one but Cam back there to run the ball. And, he’s cheap.

  3. CL says:
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    Nico: Do you do the DraftKings Razzball Framily plan leagues each week? It needs to be filled up!

    And Cook had a TD called back Monday night due to offensive penalty, unless I am mistaken. Dude is a beast.

    • Nico says:
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      @CL: I don’t typically bc I’m not very good at weekly NFL apparently. Been dabbling in NHL. If I have time tonight, I’ll throw a lineup in.

      • CL says:
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        @Nico: DO IT!

  4. Adam says:
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    +1 PPR, and I’ve got a clusterf*ck in the works for my RB2 this week.

    Who’s your pick of this crappy bunch, with news that McKinnon’s touches will probably be coming down again?

    McKinnon @ BUF
    Ivory @ NE
    Bolden vs NYJ
    S. Johnson vs CLE

    I have zero faith in any of these guys right now…

    • Nico says:
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      @Adam: Ivory, McKinnon, Storm, Bolden in that order.

  5. Rsmith says:
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    Would you rather have Lesean or Bernard in a ppr league for the rest of the season?

    • Nico says:
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      @Rsmith: I’m going with McCoy. He’s starting to break out here, and I believe he’ll find the endzone more often RoS. However, I think they’re neck and neck RoS.

  6. Dom B says:
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    Good trade my rb Andre Ellington, Eddie Lacy, Fred Jax, Doug martin me send Fred jax and crabtree for his Rashad Jennings

    • Nico says:
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      @Dom B: No

  7. Dom B says:
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    My WR Kelvin Benjamin, Roddy White, Michael Crabtree, Malcolm Floyd, TY Hilton RB Eddie Lacy, Andre Ellington, Fred Jax, and Doug Martin should I do this trade me send Eddie Lacy and Malcolm Floyd for his lesean McCoy and Branden lafell

    • Nico says:
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      @Dom B: Yes

  8. Toby says:
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    Hey Nico, I need a bye-week kicker but I don’t really want to drop my current one, Cody Parkey (#3 kicker in fantasy). Should I get over it and let him go or should I consider dropping one of struggling/injured players like Sproles or Cordarelle Patterson?

    p.s. have you given up on Cordarelle yet?

    • Nico says:
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      @Toby: Drop him there are plenty of kickers out there. I’m most over Cordarelle but I think he has a good week actually.

      • Toby says:
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        @Nico: Thanks. I was gonna role with Gano but I like your pick with Cundiff.

  9. Toby says:
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    Can I ask one more? Would you drop Sproles and pick up Hill? I have Sproles mainly as a handcuff for McCoy but I think Hill will be more productive the rest of the season.

    • Nico says:
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      @Toby: Of course! Ask 3! I think it’s a coin flip moving forward. I like Sproles in PPR when healthy, though.

  10. Andre says:
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    What’s up Nico?

    Two trade questions for you. I’m in second place 6-0 in a 12 team, PPR league with a few crazy bonuses. Would you make both of these moves based on the rest of my squad?

    Trade 1) A. Bradshaw & Crabtree for Odell Beckham and A. Morris. I’d get the Bradshaw side

    Trade 2) Oliver & Benjamin for Foster. I’d get Foster.

    The rest of my team is like this:

    Qb: Wilson
    RB: Forte
    RB: Oliver
    WR: Nelson
    WR: Harvin
    TE: Donnell
    Flex: Benjamin

    Bench: Gordon, Reed, ODB, Morris

    Thanks!

    • Nico says:
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      @Andre: Do em both!

  11. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    surprising that that cousins line was only 15th best, even with the picks.

    • Nico says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: Agreed. Big week for QB’s. In previous weeks, that would have been a Top-10 or 12 worthy score, but not this time. Gotta do better!

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