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Hype/Gripe: Week 14

If you’re reading this article in preparation for your matchup this week, congrats on making the fantasy playoffs! Every week is sudden death from here on out, so it’s win or go home! Obviously you’re here to gain some insight for this week, but also ask me questions on Twitter if you have any! I’m here to help you win a championship, unless you’re in my league.

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections. If you would like to see how I think everyone stacks up this week, I highly suggest you take a look at my rankings!

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Hyped Quarterback for Week 14

Russell Wilson, vs GB: Wilson has not been good this season, but he is coming around lately. He is definitely passing better, and his knee is looking healthier since he has been scrambling again (42.6 rushing YPG over the past three games). It is not a secret that the banged-up Packers have struggled to defend the pass, and now linebacker Nick Perry will be out too, which diminishes their pass rush. I’m not worried about the weather, start Russ in this fantastic matchup.

Other “Hyped” QBs:

Cam Newton, vs SD
Carson Palmer, vs MIA

If You’re Desperate: Worried about Colin Kaepernick after last week? I don’t blame you. I do think this was a fluke though, and he will get the privilege of passing against the Jets. Kaepernick has expressed interest in leaving this offseason, so he should be extra motivated to prove he deserves to be paid.

 

Quarterbacks Who Get Gripes for Week 14

Marcus Mariota, vs DEN
Blake Bortles, vs MIN

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Hyped Running Back for Week 14

Jeremy Hill, vs CLE: Hill has had a couple tough matchups in a row, which caused him to really struggle running the ball. He should bounce back this week against a terrible Browns defense that gives up the second-most rushing yards per game at 140.6 and 4.5 YPC. Expect the Bengals to come out and establish the run to take pressure off of Dalton. In his game against them earlier this season, Hill had a modest 168 yards on nine carries! Yeah, I’m hyping this guy up this week.

Other “Hyped” RBs:

Matt Forte, vs SF
Jordan Howard, vs DET

If You’re Desperate: Rex Burkhead has taken over Giovani Bernard’s role after his injury, and he obviously has the same things going for him that Hill does. He was given twelve touches last week, and I expect somewhere in that range again. That might be all he needs against this defense to hold flex value.

 

Running Backs Who Get Gripes for Week 14

Jay Ajayi, vs ARI
Rashad Jennings, vs DAL

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Hyped Wide Receiver for Week 14

Doug Baldwin, vs GB: Baldwin is clearly Wilson’s favorite target, and they  have one of the best matchups this week. Out of the slot, Baldwin will be matched up with Micah Hyde in this one. While Hyde is a very talented player, he tends to struggle in man coverage and while surely struggle to stay on Baldwin through four quarters.

Other “Hyped” WRs:

Kenny Britt, vs ATL
Pierre Garcon, vs PHI

If You’re Desperate: Robby Anderson has consistently been getting snaps for the Jets, but now his value is experiencing a big boost. After Bryce Petty came in at quarterback, Anderson saw 10-of-25 of Petty’s targets. Look for him to see a lot of targets again this week as he faces the 49ers.

 

Wide Receivers Who Get Gripes for Week 14

Rishard Matthews, vs DEN
Allen Robinson, vs MIN

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Hyped Tight End for Week 14

Zach Ertz, vs WAS: Ertz has received 32 targets over the past three weeks from Carson Wentz, and I like his matchup this week! The Redskins have struggled with tight ends lately, just look at the five catches for 52 yards they gave up to Jermaine Gresham last week! That equals the most yards Gresham has had this season, so this points to great things from Ertz. Look for him to receive around ten targets yet again.

Other “Hyped” TEs:

Tyler Eifert, vs CLE
Jason Witten, vs NYG

If You’re Desperate: Vance McDonald is not one of the big names people talk about, but he is quietly performing well. Excluding last game, he is averaging just above 48 yards per game with Kaepernick throwing to him. In a good matchup with the Jets, McDonald is a clear sleeper this week.

 

Tight Ends Who Get Gripes for Week 14

Jordan Reed, vs PHI
Dwayne Allen, vs HOU

 

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Hype/Gripe: Week 13

Do not panic, but we are quickly approaching the end of the NFL season! Sad, I know. We are in week 13, which is a huge week for fantasy football. You may be starting your playoffs, fighting for the playoffs, or trying to knock somebody out of the playoffs! 

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections. If you would like to see how I think everyone stacks up this week, I highly suggest you take a look at my rankings!

Quarterbacks Who Are Hyped for Week 13

Andrew Luck, vs NYJ: Luck returns from his week off all rested up from being hit every other throw to play the Jets. Could there be anything better? Don’t think too hard about this one, play Andrew Luck. I know his offensive line is unable to protect him, but remember, the Jets are also unable to cover anyone. The Jets also only have 19 sacks on the year. This is not saying their pass rush is tied for second-worst in the league, it’s because opposing quarterbacks only need one second for their receiving options to get open.

Other “Hyped” QBs:

Colin Kaepernick, vs CHI
Philip Rivers, vs TB
Matthew Stafford, vs NO

If You’re Desperate: Alex Smith has a great matchup with the Falcons. Atlanta was giving up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks as it is, but it was announced that star cornerback Trufant is done of the season. The Falcons shouldn’t struggle too much putting up points, so Smith may be forced to pass a bit more often. It also appears Maclin will be back this week, so that improves Smith’s receiving corps quite a bit.

Quarterbacks Who Get Gripes for Week 13

Blake Bortles, vs DEN
Andy Dalton, vs PHI

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Running Backs Who Are Hyped for Week 13

Jordan Howard, vs SF: Howard will wear a pair of custom cleats this Sunday to honor his late father. If the matchup against the 49ers didn’t make you drool before, this bit of extra motivation and inspiration should put Howard over the top and lead to a big game from the rookie.

Other “Hyped” RBs:

Theo Riddick, vs NO
Doug Martin, vs SD
Matt Forte, vs IND

If You’re Desperate: Kenneth Dixon received a career-high 17 touches last week, which resulted in 80 yards. I expect the Ravens to keep feeding the rookie, and there’s a chance he is not even owned!

 

Running Backs Who Get Gripes for Week 13

Jay Ajayi, vs BAL
Jonathan Stewart, vs SEA

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Wide Receivers Who Are Hyped for Week 13

Marvin Jones vs NO: Remember Marvin Jones? He’s the guy everyone was bragging about that they “knew he’s be amazing this year,” but then he seemingly fell off the face of the earth. Well, look for him to return to relevancy with this juicy matchup against the Saints! It’s pretty obvious that the Lions will pass a ton in this game and Jones should be matched up with Delvin Breaux quite often, and he can take full advantage of this. He has not found the end zone since week six, and I am on record right here and now when I say this pitiful streak ends on Sunday. I will either be looking smart or like an ass after this game, so stay tuned in to celebrate or harass me on Twitter.

Other “Hyped” WRs:

Jordy Nelson, vs HOU
Doug Baldwin, vs CAR
Willie Snead, vs DET

If You’re Desperate: Taylor Gabriel from the Falcons is owned in less than one-third of leagues, which is crazy. The guy is averaging 80.5 total yards and a touchdown over the past four games! He gets a good matchup with the Chiefs here, so take a look and see if Gabriel is still out there on waivers.

 

Wide Receivers Who Get Gripes for Week 13

Davante Adams, vs HOU
Marqise Lee, vs DEN

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Tight Ends Who Are Hyped for Week 13

Travis Kelce vs ATL: This is a combination of Atlanta struggling against tight ends and Kelce performing really well. He has 100+ yards in the last 3-of-5 games, including back-to-back games. This has partially been due to Maclin missing time, but Maclin’s return should just open things up for Kelce even more in this game! As I said above, Smith may have to stay aggressive in this one. Well, as aggressive as an Alex Smith-led offense gets. When the Chiefs have success on offense, you know Kelce is involved.

Other “Hyped” TEs:

Eric Ebron, vs NO
C.J. Fiedorowicz, vs GB
Zach Ertz, vs CIN

If You’re Desperate: Vance McDonald is not just a receiving option in Chip Kelly’s offense, he is a go-to guy for Kaepernick. He has received 6+ targets in the past six games, and is a solid option at tight end even if you’re not desperate! He is quietly performing well, so he may not have been on the radar of your league opponents.

 

Tight Ends Who Get Gripes for Week 13

Reed/Davis, vs ARI
Tyler Eifert, vs PHI

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Hype/Gripe: Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, ladies and geeks! There’s not much better than a day full of food and football! I asked on Twitter earlier in the week if you all wanted a normal “Hype/Gripe” or a Thanksgiving edition, and an overwhelming majority demanded for me to get festive and break out a holiday edition of this article! We have three games to choose from today: MIN vs DET, WAS vs DAL, and PIT vs IND. Since there are significantly less players to choose from, this edition will obviously be a bit shorter than we all are used to. If you have any more questions about the games today or the rest of the week, you can ask me on Twitter or refer to my rankings.

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections.

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Hyped QB on Thanksgiving

Dak Prescott vs WAS: The rookie has impressed throughout his entire first season, and now it is time for him to continue the Cowboys’ tradition of playing on Thanksgiving. I like Prescott’s matchup against the Redskins here. I feel he is in the best position since he is going up against a beatable defense, but the opposing offense is also good enough to keep pressure on his own team to stay aggressive. If one of these games turn into a shoot-out, it’ll be this one.

If You’re Desperate: Scott Tolzien will be the guy under center for the Colts against the Steelers. Tolzien is in his fourth season out of Wisconsin and was previously on the Packers. While in Green Bay, he only had one game where he started and finished it. The game was against the Giants in 2013, and he passed for 339 with three interceptions. He faces a Pittsburgh defense that you can pass on, but it is obviously a risk starting Tolzien. His stats in that Packer game are not great, but there is one thing to be encouraged about: the Packers did not change much, if anything, with him as their starter in that game. They trusted he could run the offense, so it makes me optimistic that he can do the same with the Colts. Do not expect him to be the #1 quarterback, but if you’re desperate enough or need a cheap DFS option, Tolzien is your man!

Griped QB on Thanksgiving

Sam Bradford vs DET: As of writing this article, it seems like Bradford will be without receiver Stefon Diggs. That is obviously a big blow to Bradford’s value and the entire offense. Even if Diggs does play, there is a lot of quarterback talent playing on turkey day, so it is tough to feel good about Bradford.

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Hyped RB on Thanksgiving

Frank Gore vs PIT: The Steelers have been surprisingly bad against running backs this season. Gore has proved he can still do damage on the ground and in the receiving game this season, and they will be calling on him often in this game. We are very aware about the talent of the offensive line, and the Steelers will be bringing heavy pressure against Tolzien, so expect swing passes and drop-offs to Gore here. Again, this is not a start/sit article exactly. Am I saying to start him over Bell or Elliott? Of course not. Those two are top-three running backs every single week, but I think Gore outperforms his value here.

If You’re Desperate: Jerick McKinnon is definitely on my radar in this week and beyond. He is a highly-skilled, versatile back that the Vikings desperately need to use for their offense to improve. They recently cut Ronnie Hillman, so now he is basically only competing with Matt Asiata for carries. McKinnon received over half of the snaps last week for the first time since week five, and I expect his snap count to be around 60-65% here.

Griped RB on Thanksgiving

Rob Kelley vs DAL: The Cowboys have not allowed a 100-yard rusher yet this season. They actually have only given up 80+ rushing yards only once this season, and that was to Darren Sproles. They do, however, give up receiving yards to running backs. This is not Kelley’s thing. You can cross your fingers and hope for a touchdown, but I do not think you’ll get a bunch of yards from him this week.

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Hyped WR on Thanksgiving

Dez Bryant vs WAS: Dez had an incredible game last week as he played for the memory of his dad. I expect him to carry that emotion over into this game. He had a pretty disappointing game last Thanksgiving when he played against Josh Norman. While it has been said that the Redskins do not plan to use shadow coverage on Dez, I am sure we will be seeing that match-up plenty. Dez is an emotional player and I can’t wait for him to get his revenge.

If You’re Desperate: Cordarrelle Patterson is finally being used as a receiver on offense instead of just jet sweeps. He has played in over 60% of the offensive snaps for quite a games now, and that is expected to go up this week whether Diggs is out or just banged up. Patterson is an explosive guy that makes plays and explosive performances happen in games like these.

Griped WR on Thanksgiving

T.Y. Hilton vs PIT: We have already discussed Tolzien, and he is not going to be taking the same shots downfield that Andrew Luck would. Part of the reason is because of the type of player he is, but also because of the pressure the Steelers will apply. If you have Hilton, you’re probably starting him. I am just saying to limit your expectations a little bit.

NFL: DEC 27 49ers at Lions

Hyped TE on Thanksgiving

Eric Ebron vs MIN: While the Lions’ offense has been a bit inconsistent, Ebron has been one of the guys you can rely on. He has been getting consistent catches and yards, but he has struggled to find the end zone. He had seven catches for 92 yards against the Vikings just a couple weeks ago, and I expect something similar again here. The Vikings have actually given up double-digit fantasy points to tight ends for the past four weeks, and Ebron should make it five in a row with this game.

If You’re Desperate: Jack Doyle is one of the players to potentially receive a boost with Tolzien under center. Usually inexperienced quarterbacks like to make easy throws to big-bodied targets (makes sense right?), and that’s what I am expecting here.

Griped TE on Thanksgiving

Steelers TEs against the Colts: Just stay away. There are so many other options at tight end, why would you play one of these guys? Yes, the Steelers have desperately been trying to get Ladarius Green a touchdown the past two weeks, but what has happened? Three catches for 30 yards. You have five other teams to choose from on Thanksgiving, so just take a look elsewhere.

 

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Hype/Gripe: Week 10

After back-to-back weeks with six teams on bye, it’s relieving to know that there’s only four teams this week: Bills, Lions, Colts and Raiders. Still, there’s quite a bit of fantasy-relevant players on those teams! Hopefully you’re not scrambling too much to get a lineup together for this week, but if you are, let me help you! This article should be a big help to you, but also check out my week 10 rankings to see where everyone really stacks up this week. If you have anymore questions after that, definitely ask me over on Twitter @FantasyFlurry!

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections.

NFL: Preseason-Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles

Quarterbacks Who Are Hyped for Week 10

Carson Wentz, vs ATL: The rookie has cooled off after his hot start, but he should get back on track against a Falcons team that gives up 22.1 fantasy points to quarterbacks, the most in the league. They have given up 300+ passing yards or 3+ touchdowns in seven games this season. Atlanta’s offense has also been terrific, so it can be expected that the there will be pressure on the Philadelphia offense to keep putting points on the board.

Other “Hyped” QBs:

Eli Manning, vs CIN
Philip Rivers, vs MIA
Ben Roethlisberger, vs DAL

If You’re Desperate: Jay Cutler returned to action a couple weeks ago to lead his team over the Vikings while passing for 252 yards and a touchdown. He could have had at least one other touchdown, but apparently Jeffery was not used to getting thrown perfect passes in the end zone. Cutler had his bye last week and now will have a Tampa defense that gives up the fourth-most points to quarterbacks. They have given up four touchdowns through the air in each of the past two games, and I expect Cutler to add two or three onto their total this week.

 

Quarterbacks Who Get Gripes for Week 10

Drew Brees, vs DEN
Kirk Cousins, vs MIN

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Running Backs Who Are Hyped for Week 10

Lamar Miller, vs JAX: Many Miller owners are frustrated because they thought he could be the number-one running back this season. I totally understand, but look at his stats. Touchdowns have been the main reason for him not being considered one of the best. I’m not worried about his shoulder injury at all. Miller should be the workhorse again on Sunday, so start him with confidence.

Other “Hyped” RBs:

Jay Ajayi, vs SD
Devontae Booker, vs NO:
Jordan Howard, vs TB

If You’re Desperate: Jerick McKinnon is finally practicing in full this week, and you would be crazy to think he isn’t the most talented guy in the backfield. Yes, he finds himself in a committee, but again, he’s the most talented guy. I’m assuming the Vikings will try to feed the guy that gets hot, and with a terrific matchup against the Redskins, McKinnon is hungry. He has something to prove, and now that he’s healthy, he has a great chance to do that. Many people are desperate for running back help this week, so McKinnon could be a good pickup to lead you to victory.

 

Running Backs Who Get Gripes for Week 10

Christine Michael, vs NE
DeMarco Murray, vs GB

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Wide Receivers Who Are Hyped for Week 10

Alshon Jeffery, vs TB: If you are an Alshon owner, you should be thanking the fantasy Gods that Jay Cutler is back! Hoyer was much too safe with the ball and did not want to risk forcing the ball downfield. Cutler is not afraid to air it out and give Jeffery a chance to come down with a jump ball. I’m expecting a big game from Jeffery in this matchup, and he’s even valued fairly cheaply in DFS!

Other “Hyped” WRs:

Jordan Matthews, vs ATL
Rishard Matthews, vs GB
Tyrell Williams, vs MIA

If You’re Desperate: Brian Quick is unowned in a large percentage of leagues, but his big-play ability makes him a great streaming option this week. Quick will be going up against a bad Jets secondary, who have given up nine plays of 40+ yards this season. His snap count percentage has also increased in each of the past six games. While the Rams offense is not good, he is one of the best weapons, for whatever that’s worth.

 

Wide Receivers Who Get Gripes for Week 10

A.J. Green, vs NYG
Michael Thomas, vs DEN

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Tight Ends Who Are Hyped for Week 10

Zach Miller, vs TB: Much like Alshon Jeffery, Miller benefits greatly by the return of Cutler. He is not just a talented tight end, he is a go-to guy for Cutler. He also has a great matchup with the Bucs, who have struggled with tight ends so far this season. They have given up three touchdowns to tight ends over the past two weeks, and 21 receptions in the past four games.

Other “Hyped” TEs:

Tyler Eifert, vs NYG
Zach Ertz, vs ATL
Travis Kelce, vs CAR

If You’re Desperate: Lance Kendricks has received 29 targets over the past three weeks, and he has turned them into 179 yards and a touchdown. Frankly, he has been one of the very few bright spots for this offense. Much like Quick, he has a great matchup, and he doesn’t have much competition for targets.

 

Tight Ends Who Get Gripes for Week 10

Julius Thomas, vs HOU
Jimmy Graham, vs NE

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10 Things I Learned From NFL Week 9

1. Vikings Collapse

OC Norv Turner resigned this week, which left many people shocked. To me, it seems like he got into that lifeboat before the entire ship sank! I’m not saying the Vikings are going to continue on this downward spiral, and I’m totally not going to compare them to the Falcons last season. I’m not! Well…I’ll let you read between the lines.

 

2. Ravens Win

The Ravens not only beat the Steelers, but they made all of the Steelers’ fans wish Big Ben sat out one more week. The Ravens are currently leading the AFC North. Yes, really.

 

3. Well…Barely Win

 

The win for the Ravens marked the tenth-straight game for them decided by a touchdown or less. They truly are a few plays away from being undefeated or winless.

 

4. Offensive Showdown or Defensive Embarrassment?

The Saints traveled to San Francisco to defeat the 49ers 41-23 this week. In this game, the offenses combined for 1,057 total yards! I’m not sure if I’m impressed or sad.

 

5. NFC East Craziness

If the season ended today, three NFC East teams would be in the playoffs. The one team that’s left out? Eagles. The team that started the season 3-0!

 

6. Disappointing Day for Ajayi

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After positing back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances, Jay Ajayi only ran for a measly 111 yards. Talk about a letdown…

 

7. Losing Records

20 of the 32 teams in the league are currently at .500 or below. Could this be one of the many reasons the NFL ratings are in the toilet?

 

8. Mariota Making Touchdowns Happen

This kid has a gift! He was making touchdowns happen in virtually every way on Sunday! He threw for a touchdown, ran for one, then threw a pick six, and also fumbled the ball, which led to a scoop-and-score for the defense. Bravo.

 

9. Raiders Are Becoming a Complete Team

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It’s amazing how much better a team can look when they don’t commit 200 yards worth of penalties. They have one of the best offensive lines in football, and even someone like Latavius Murray can gain yards on the ground. This makes a perfect compliment to Carr’s big arm throwing to the talented WR duo. Also, the defense is FINALLY starting to live up to expectations! They have a ways to go, but the money spent this off-season is beginning to be justified.

 

10. Jimmy Graham’s Knee is Alright

Jimmy Graham is coming off of a patellar tendon tear, which is the toughest injury for an NFL player to come back from and play at the same level that they did previously. Even if they do, it could take awhile. Well, I think Graham is doing alright. On Monday Night Football, he hauled in eight catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns. This marks Graham’s third 100-yard game this season. You’d have to travel back to 2013 for the last time Graham had at least three 100-yard games in a season.

Hype/Gripe: Week 9

We are officially at midseason! This is both exciting and sad. Well…mostly sad. Hopefully you at least are dominating your fantasy leagues and getting ready for a playoff run! Getting a win this week could prove to be difficult since there are six teams on bye yet again: Bears, Bengals, Patriots, Cardinals, Redskins and Texans. Last week I tested out a slightly different format for my “Hype/Gripe,” and I will be rolling that same format out again this week! If you want to see how I think everyone stacks up this week, check out my week nine rankings!

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections.

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Quarterbacks Who Are Hyped for Week 9

Drew Brees, vs SF: We all know Brees is a must-start every week, but I’m just hyping him up even more! The 49ers are baaaad. Like really, really bad. They look almost respectable against quarterbacks by the numbers because of the opponents they have faced, and because teams ran the ball a lot since they were up. Well, guess who else is bad on defense? The Saints! You’d have to go back to 2014 to find a game where the Saints blew a team out, and that’s because their defense keeps opponents in the game. I think the 49ers have success on offense in this game, and this will keep that little bit of pressure on Brees to keep passing, especially considering their running back situation.

Other “Hyped” QBs:

Dak Prescott, vs CLE
Ryan Tannehill, vs NYJ
Nick Foles, vs JAX

If You’re Desperate: Colin Kaepernick is someone who is widely available that could help win you the matchup this week. This hype around Kaepernick is explained above a little bit. The Saints defense will always keep teams in games. Now, let’s look at Kaepernick’s situation opposite of Brees. Drew Brees is a likely candidate for 350+ passing yards this week, so the 49ers will have to do what they can to keep up. Kaepernick has a big arm, and he will be throwing the ball downfield often this week. He will also do damage with his legs, which makes his floor for the week relatively high. The Saints will likely struggle to get effective pressure on Kaepernick, so this means two things: 1) When there is a lane, Kaepernick will take it; 2) If the pocket doesn’t collapse, he can keep his eyes looking downfield for Torry Smith or Vance McDonald.

 

Quarterbacks Who Get Gripes for Week 9

Derek Carr, vs DEN
Matthew Stafford, vs MIN

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Running Backs Who Are Hyped for Week 9

Charcandrick West, vs JAX: West will be alone in the backfield for the Chiefs since Spencer Ware is out with a concussion. The Jaguars have given up five rushing touchdowns in the past three weeks, and West will likely add onto that total. Also, Nick Foles will be at quarterback for the Chiefs. He will force the ball downfield more often than Alex Smith did, so this will space out the defense even further for West to run against.

Other “Hyped” RBs:

Devontae Booker, vs OAK
Mark Ingram, vs SF
Carlos Hyde, vs NO

If You’re Desperate: Derrick Henry came into the game last week when Murray was hurt and performed very well. The Titans have said that Murray will play this week, but Henry should still be a decent replacement if you have a player on bye. The Titans will either continue to run Murray into the ground and cause him to get hurt worse, or they will give more touches to Henry. Either way, he wins.

 

Running Backs Who Get Gripes for Week 9

Frank Gore, vs GB
Christine Michael, vs BUF

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Wide Receivers Who Are Hyped for Week 9

Jarvis Landry, vs NYJ: The Jets secondary is trash. It doesn’t take much research to come to that conclusion! Landry is Tannehill’s favorite target, and they likely spent their bye week looking for ways to get Landry and Parker more involved. Well, Parker was listed on the injury report with his hamstring hurt again, so his snaps might be limited slightly. Landry will stay on the field, likely get double-digit targets, and he is more than capable of busting a couple plays open on the Jets. He is a must-start this week.

Other “Hyped” WRs:

Ty Montgomery, vs IND
Mike Wallace, vs PIT
Allen Robinson, vs KC

If You’re Desperate: Kenny Stills will also be playing the Jets this week, and he could give that secondary problems. With DeVante Parker’s hamstring continuing to hinder him, Stills will find himself on the field, and the Dolphins will try to get him behind the defense. The Jets have struggled with big-play guys all season, and that is what Stills is.

 

Wide Receivers Who Get Gripes for Week 9

Michael Crabtree, vs DEN
Marvin Jones, vs MIN

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Tight Ends Who Are Hyped for Week 9

Kyle Rudolph, vs DET: After a hot start, Rudolph has cooled off as of late. He was a bit banged up, but this was mostly a product of the entire offense struggling. Luckily, the Vikings play a struggling Lions defense this week that the passing game should be able to take advantage of. The Lions give up the most fantasy points to tight ends with 11.8 points given up per week. Rudolph will continue to be a go-to guy on third downs and in the red zone, but he will see extra targets in the middle of the field this week too.

Other “Hyped” TEs:

Gary Barnidge, vs DAL
Dennis Pitta, vs PIT
Antonio Gates, vs TEN

If You’re Desperate: Vance McDonald faces a Saints defense that is likely to give up a bunch of yards and points to the 49ers. This offense does not have many weapons, but McDonald is one of that is capable of doing damage. He played in 77% of the offensive snaps in their last game, which what his highest percentage of the season. I expect him to raise that number even higher this week, which will lead to plenty of opportunities for him to score.

 

Tight Ends Who Get Gripes for Week 9

Julius Thomas, vs KC
Jack Doyle, vs GB

 

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Hype/Gripe Week 8

Week eight will likely be a crazy one in the NFL with all of the injuries and the six teams on bye: Rams, Dolphins, Giants, Steelers, 49ers, and Ravens. If you were able to read my Waiver Wire article earlier in the week, you know that this week is even crazier for me due to things unrelated to football. For this reason, this Hype/Gripe will be slightly abbreviated. I will explain my reasoning for one of the “Hypes” in each section this week, but I will then list a couple extra guys to make up for this. I will also explain my reasoning behind the guys you can use if you’re desperate, because I feel these are usually the players that need to be explained. The motive behind the general “Hypes” or “Gripes” can often be obvious, but if you have any questions about why I feel a certain way, leave your questions below or ask on Twitter! If you’re curious regarding how I feel about other players, you can also check out my rankings!

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections.

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Quarterbacks Who Are Hyped for Week 8

Jameis Winston, vs OAK: Although they have been better lately, the Raider secondary is still not that great against the pass when they’re not allowed to hold. Yes, I’m looking at you Sean Smith! I like Allen Robinson too, but it seems a little overboard to hug him every chance you get! Jameis Winston has been inconsistent this season, to say the least, but I think he can be effective here. If the Bucs are able to establish a running game early with Rodgers, this should take a bit of pressure off of Winston and allow him to take shots downfield to Evans. The Raiders have given up 32 passing plays of 20+ yards on the season (most in the league), and this means good news for Winston and the Bucs.

Other “Hyped” QBs:

Aaron Rodgers, vs ATL
Kirk Cousins, vs CIN
Alex Smith, vs IND

If You’re Desperate: Brock Osweiler is actually a viable option this week.   Trust me, this is just as weird for me to type as it is for you to read. Possibly weirder, especially since I went on a huge Twitter rant dissing Osweiler just days ago! The thing is, the Lions’ secondary is so bad. They give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks, and the only week they haven’t given up multiple passing touchdowns was against the Redskins last week. Cousins only had one touchdown, but he still had 301 yards and a 79% completion rate. This passing attack needs to get on the same page, and I think that is exactly what they do here. I expect a big game from DeAndre Hopkins, finally, and Osweiler will obviously benefit as well.

 

Quarterbacks Who Get Gripes for Week 8

Philip Rivers, vs DEN
Dak Prescott, vs PHI

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Running Backs Who Are Hyped for Week 8

Christine Michael, vs NO: I feel like Michael has yet to blow us away, but he has been consistent. He has run for 50+ yards in every single game this season, and I expect that to continue against the Saints, who give up the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Running backs have scored nine touchdowns against the Saints in the past four games, and I expect Michael to add at least one more to that on Sunday.

Other “Hyped” RBs:

Devontae Booker, vs SD
Jeremy Hill, vs WAS
Matt Forte, vs CLE

If You’re Desperate: Matt Asiata should have value this week against the Bears. Jerick McKinnon tweaked his ankle a bit last week, and it definitely showed. This means that Asiata should be in for a slightly larger workload than usual, but he definitely will be that short yardage player this week. If you are seemingly cursed and desperate for running backs like I am this week, you could do worse than Asiata.

 

Running Backs Who Get Gripes for Week 8

Mark Ingram, vs SEA
LeSean McCoy/Mike Gillislee, vs NE

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Wide Receivers Who Are Hyped for Week 8

DeAndre Hopkins, vs DET: Refer to Osweiler above. This season has not been about Hopkins playing poorly, it’s about him and Osweiler not being on the same page at all. For example, a defender was playing on the inside shoulder of Hopkins, so he broke the route to the outside. This is something that Osweiler needs to recognize, be he didn’t, and he threw the inside route directly to the defender. Luckily, don’t think too much thinking will need to be involved this week. Let Hopkins run a slant or a go route, and all Osweiler has to do is get the ball close to him and let Hopkins do his thing.

Other “Hyped” WRs:

Ty Montgomery, vs ATL
Emmanuel Sanders, vs SD
Jordan Matthews, vs DAL

If You’re Desperate: Jamison Crowder has proved to be a reliable option for Kirk Cousins in Jordan Reed’s absence. Even if Reed returns, I don’t expect Crowder to disappear, especially in a decent matchup with Matt Jones possibly out. Also, this game will be in London. Crowder rhymes with chowder, and British people love that stuff! #Analysis

 

Wide Receivers Who Get Gripes for Week 8

Tyrell Williams, vs DEN
Alshon Jeffery, vs MIN

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Tight Ends Who Are Hyped for Week 8

Travis Kelce, vs IND: Kelce has a great matchup with the Colts, who have given up 32 fantasy points to tight ends the past two weeks. He hasn’t really received the amount of targets the past two weeks that he’s used to, but that should change this week. The Chiefs should also get the opportunity to be in scoring position a lot, so Kelce should be in for an uptick in red zone targets as well.

Other “Hyped” TEs:

Jimmy Graham, vs NO
Zach Ertz, vs DAL
Cameron Brate, OAK

If You’re Desperate: C.J. Fiedorowicz gets the privilege of going up against a Lions defense that has been torched by tight ends this year. Sick of all these Texans yet? Fiedorowicz has seemingly come out of nowhere to establish himself as a go-to target for Osweiler. He has received 27 targets the pass four weeks, and he should get plenty in this game.

 

Tight Ends Who Get Gripes for Week 8

Jason Witten, vs PHI
Kyle Rudolph, vs CHI

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Hype/Gripe: Week 7

This has been one crazy fantasy football season, and I’m sure the chaos is just beginning. We have seen emerging stars like Cameron Meredith who was basically unheard of a month ago, big performances from unlikely players like Case Keenum, and running back injuries aplenty. Unfortunately, that last one has been a killer for fantasy teams, and now we have Eddie Lacy to add onto that list. These injuries to some of the biggest fantasy football stars are really screwing up teams, so finding value in unlikely places is what many will have to do to compete for a fantasy championship. This week will prove to be an important one in the fantasy community. There are two teams on bye this week: Cowboys and Panthers. There are a few great fantasy players on those teams, so combining that with injuries will make it difficult to construct that perfect lineup. You can use this “Hype/Gripe” or my rankings as tools to assist you this week. Questions, comments, or discussions? You can do that in the comment section, or continue this conversation on Twitter @FantasyFlurry.

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections.

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Quarterbacks Who Are Hyped for Week 7

Blake Bortles, vs OAK: Bortles has been underwhelming to say the least, but he gets the Raiders this week. He very well could be playing from behind in this game, so I wouldn’t be surprised if his pass attempts get into the upper 40’s. Get ready for him to look like the Blake Bortles from 2015: not a great quarterback in reality, but fantasy numbers look nice.

Kirk Cousins, vs DET: The Lions give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks in the league, and that’s after playing guys like Hoyer and Keenum! Even though Cousins will likely be missing Reed again, he has plenty of other options to pass to against a poor secondary, and he’ll have to keep up with Stafford and his offense.

If You’re Desperate: Joe Flacco is owned in only 32% of ESPN leagues, so there is a pretty good chance he’s available. Flacco gets the privilege of throwing against the Jets this week. The Jets have given up 300+ passing yards in all but two games this season. The only bad part about Flacco facing the Jets is that we will have to hear about how Flacco is “elite” from delusional Ravens for the next two weeks (they have a bye next week).

 

Quarterbacks Who Get Gripes for Week 7

Carson Palmer, vs SEA: Palmer couldn’t pass for 300 yards or multiple touchdowns against the Jets, so he’s not going to do it here. Luckily, he is at home this week, but I don’t trust him in a tough matchup.

Russell Wilson, vs ARI: Russell Wilson has not been terrific like he was at the end of last season. This week he gets the Cardinals, who are one-of-three teams who have played six games and not given up a 300-yard passer

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals

Running Backs Who Are Hyped for Week 7

Jacquizz Rodgers, vs SF: Martin apparently had a setback with his hamstring, so we see Rodgers getting the start again. He saw 30 carries in his last game, so I expect another heavy workload against the 49ers, who are third-worst against opposing running backs.

Spencer Ware, vs NO: Coach Reid said Charles was not yet ready for a full workload, so I’m hoping that remains true this week. The Saints are the worst against running backs, and this is mostly due to the ten rushing touchdowns they have given up to them this season. Even if Charles’ workload increases a little bit, Ware should still have plenty of opportunities in the red zone to score.

If You’re Desperate: Chris Ivory out-touched Yeldon 13-7 last week, but more importantly, Ivory got two rushes inside the 10-yard line while Yeldon didn’t get any. This of course resulted in Ivory’s touchdown. The Jaguars should be able to move the ball in this game, so I expect Ivory to get red zone opportunities. He even caught two passes last week. They didn’t go anywhere, but it shows Bortles is willing to dump it off to him. This could be a very useful point if Julius Thomas is inactive.

 

Running Backs Who Get Gripes for Week 7

Le’Veon Bell, vs NE: Refer to the text in bold above that says “this is not a start/sit article.” Obviously you’re playing Bell, but lower your expectations. Big Ben is out and Landry Jones is in. The Patriots are great at taking away the opposing team’s strength, so I’m assuming they try to limit Bell and make the Steelers beat them with Landry Jones. Avoid Bell in DFS, but you’re playing him in season-long leagues.

Matt Forte, vs BAL: Forte has not been good and he has lost snaps to Powell. I do think his loss of snaps is because they view Powell as the receiving back, and they have been playing from behind. The days are gone where Matt Forte is a must-start, and that is especially true against the Ravens since they are second-best against opposing running backs.

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Wide Receivers Who Are Hyped for Week 7

Mike Evans, vs SF: With the news of Vincent Jackson being shut down for the season, I am predicting that Mike Evans gets the most targets in the league from this point forward. Coming off the bye, I’m expecting a big game with 12+ targets and 100+ yards. The Bucs need Winston to establish some type of rhythm, and I think he does that with Evans.

Sterling Shepard, vs LA: Shepard has only 69 receiving yards over the past three weeks after starting the season out hot. I think he turns the heat back up over in London! The Rams give up a lot of points to wide receivers, and their focus will mainly be directed to Sir OBJ.

If You’re Desperate: Breshad Perriman will again see an increased workload with Steve Smith Sr. sidelined. He played 67.5% of the snaps last week in his absence, which was up 17% from the previous game. He also received eight targets last week, but this didn’t translate to the box score. What the box score doesn’t say is that he drew a 42-yard pass interference. If he came away with that catch, it would have been his second of 40+ in the game. He is a great deep threat for Joe Flacco, and he will be utilized as such against the Jets this week. I also think Terrance West finds it a bit tougher to run in this game, so that should mean more of an attack through the air.

 

Wide Receivers Who Get Gripes for Week 7

DeAndre Hopkins, vs DEN: Hopkins has not been a great fantasy play, and he faces the Broncos. No further analysis needed.

Jordan Matthews, vs MIN: Wentz has been spreading the ball around for the Eagles, which is great in reality, but bad in fantasy. Mix that together with a matchup against the Vikings, and you get a gripe from me.

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Tight Ends Who Are Hyped for Week 7

Dennis Pitta, vs NYJ: He has received 18 targets the past two weeks, and I expect the Jets to bring pressure early in an attempt to get some positive energy in their team. If Flacco gets pressure, he’ll likely look to his security blanket to drop it off to.

Tyler Eifert, vs CLE: There is a lot of risk with my hype, but I’m a risk-taker. Let’s start with the obvious here. We do not even know if Eifert is playing yet. Well, practice reports suggest he will. We do not really know what type of shape he is in. Well, that is a good point, but I don’t care. The matchup is too sweet not to hype up Eifert! The Browns give up the most fantasy points to tight ends, and if Eifert is on the field, Dalton will force him the ball. They want to get that connection reestablished quickly.

If You’re Desperate: Vernon Davis should again see an increase in targets with Jordan Reed presumably out. The only difference is that instead of facing a touch Eagle defense, he gets the Lions. Detroit has given up at least one touchdown to a tight end in every week but one.

 

Tight Ends Who Get Gripes for Week 7

Kyle Rudolph, vs PHI: This Eagles defense is tough, especially against tight ends. They give up only three fantasy points to tight ends each week, which mean Rudolph’s value again will be touchdown-dependent. If I had to bet on whether or not Rudolph finds the end zone, the stats say to bet against it.

Zach Ertz, vs MIN: Same thing as with Jordan Matthews. Ertz is a great player, but Wentz has been spreading the love, and he has a tough matchup with the Vikings.

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10 Things I Learned From NFL Week 6

1. Zeke and the Cowboys OL Are Unstoppable

Ezekiel Elliott and his offensive line has been an unstoppable force through the first six weeks. He leads the league in rushing with 703 yards, which is 116 more than anyone else. He also has the most 20+ yard runs (7) and most first downs (37). If he keeps up this pace, he will finish with about 1,875 rushing yards, which beats Eric Dickerson’s rookie performance of 1,808.

 

2. Andy Reid is Nearly Automatic

I would not want to be the team who faces the Chiefs after their bye week next season. With the win on Sunday, Reid’s teams are now 16-2 coming off their bye.

 

3. Prescott Breaks Record

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott broke Tom Brady’s record for most pass attempts without an interception to begin career. One play later, Prescott fumbled the ball, but it initially appeared as an interception since the ball never hit the ground. He would later throw his first interception to Morgan Burnett.

 

4. Jamaal Charles Touchdown

Charles technically returned in week four, but he was only given two touches in that game. This week he was able to handle eleven total touches which resulted in 47 yards and a touchdown! It’s just nice seeing Charles find the end zone again.

 

5. Cry Baby Cam

We’ve seen this story before: the Panthers lose, Cam pouts at his press conference, then storms off in the middle of it. This is the reigning MVP of our league, and we wonder why the ratings are in the gutter. For all you kids out there, “You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.” -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yes, I just quoted an NBA legend in an NFL article.

 

6. Steelers’ Collapse

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After putting up 436 total yards in each of the past two games, the Steelers were only able to get 297 yards in their loss to the Dolphins this week. Yes, the DOLPHINS! This means the Steelers are now 5-11 in their last 16 away games against teams with a losing record. The L on their schedule was not the only loss the Steelers suffered. News broke that Roethlisberger will be having surgery on a torn meniscus. The tear was reportedly not as severe as it could have been, and he is expected to only miss a few weeks. Unfortunately, they face the Patriots next week.

 

7. We May Not See Goff

We have seen a ton of rookie quarterbacks start this season, but we still haven’t seen Goff, the number-one overall pick. Well, we may have to wait even longer to see Mr. Goff, because Case Keenum is starting to hit his stride! He passed for 321 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while running for another touchdown this week against the Lions.

 

8. The Rams Get “Fisher-ed” 

This term was coined last week when I mentioned how the Rams were destined to lose. What did they do this week? Lost again! The Rams now sit at .500 (of course) but anything can happen next week!

 

9. Kaepernick Takes a Knee

San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks

Colin Kaepernick ended the first half the same way he began the game, by taking a knee. Classic.

 

10. Colts’ Drought is Over!

The Colts went 55 games without a 100-yard rusher, but that drought finally came to an end on Sunday night! Not only did Frank Gore reach 100 rushing yards, he did it twice! Colts fans celebrated him eclipsing 100 yards, but then he was tackled for a loss. Luckily, the game went into overtime, where Gore was able to find positive yardage. Vick Ballard was the last Colt to rush for 100 yards. In those years without a 100-yard rusher, Frank Gore was able to reach that mark eight different times. That’s just a fun little stat to share with your friends, so now you can’t say you didn’t learn anything from Zach’s article!

Hype/Gripe: Week 6

Week six will prove to be a big week for fantasy football. There are a ton of fantasy-relevant players who have amazing match-ups, and the two teams on bye (Vikings and Buccaneers) won’t affect lineups too much. This means that it could take a lot to get the W this week since there will be a lot of points scored, so do your research to create your perfect lineup! You can use this “Hype/Gripe” or my rankings as tools to assist you this week. Questions, comments, or discussions? You can do that in the comment section, or continue this conversation on Twitter @FantasyFlurry.

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections.

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Quarterbacks Who Are Hyped for Week 6

Carson Palmer, vs NYJ: Palmer has struggled AND is coming off of a concussion, yet I’m “hyping” him up! The Jets give up 9.2 yards per attempt this season. Attempt! Palmer averages about 38 passing attempts per game, and this number includes the game he left early due to a concussion. If we use both of those averages, it comes to about 350 passing yards! I think Palmer is pretty safe for a 300-yard game on Monday night, and this should include multiple touchdowns.

Blake Bortles, vs CHI: Bortles and the rest of his offense have not been on the same page yet this season, but I think their bye week came at a good time. It allowed them to regroup, fix some things, and now head to Chicago to get some confidence back. The Bears are right in the middle in terms of passing numbers allowed, but I think the Jags will make it a point to put on a show through the air this week, since that is what will win them games down the road. I also think the Bears’ pass defense is a bit overrated if we only look at the stats. Bortles is back to being a top-10 option this week.

If You’re Desperate: Alex Smith is coming off his bye to face the worst defense in the NFL, which is the Raiders. They give up 8.8 yards per passing attempt, which is only second to the Jets. I expect the Chiefs to have a lot of success coming off their bye, like Andy Reid’s teams always have, and I expect a lot of yards to be gained. If your QB was struggling, or if your starter has been Jameis Winston, Smith will be a good replacement for week six.

 

Quarterbacks Who Get Gripes for Week 6

Matt Ryan, vs SEA: Many thought Ryan would still be great last week in Denver, but I had him as a “Gripe.” He finished as the #18 QB. This week he travels to Seattle to face a tough Seahawk defense that is coming off of their bye week. He is a “Gripe” again for me. Ryan struggled last week to make accurate throws, and he historically has struggled when he sees pressure. Matt Ryan will struggle again this week, so look elsewhere if you can.

Kirk Cousins, vs PHI: Cousins has not had that same spark that made him successful last season. This week he will go up against an Eagles defense that is second-best against defending quarterbacks. To add onto the misery, Cousins might be without Jordan Reed, who has suffered yet another concussion.

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Running Backs Who Are Hyped for Week 6

Lamar Miller, vs IND: Miller has not put up great numbers this season, but that is mostly because he hasn’t scored yet. The Colts give up 22.4 fantasy points per week to RBs, and since Miller is the workhorse for the Texans, I’m expecting a big week. If he fails to live up to expectations against the Colts, then we can hit the panic button.

Christine Michael, vs ATL: Rawls will be out again this week, which means Michael will get a ton of touches in a pretty good match-up. Michael knows that he needs to show that he is capable of succeeding as the featured back, so I expect him to do just that coming off their bye week where he has practiced as the main option.

If You’re Desperate: Jamaal Charles made his debut a couple weeks ago and was extremely limited. If he is currently on your team, you have obviously made it to this point without him, but if you need someone thrown into your lineup this week, I think Charles will have a good game. This decision won’t come without risk, because it’s tough to tell exactly what his workload will look.like. It will definitely be larger than his last game, and I think it will be large enough to do some damage against the Raiders.

 

Running Backs Who Get Gripes for Week 6

Terrance West, vs NYG: West has looked good this season when he has been given the workload, but I think he will struggle a bit this week. There obviously has been a change at OC for the Ravens, which brings a lot of question marks that I won’t get into, but it will likely confuse this offense a bit for the first couple weeks. West will also be running against a Giants defense that is top-5 in yards allowed per rush.

Ezekiel Elliott, vs GB: This Green Bay run defense is no joke. They have given up only two yards per rush on the season. Two! That is a full yard better than the next defense. It is true that the Packers have not faced an offensive line like this, I also think Zeke will have more than two yards per rush, but I don’t think he will play like the leading rusher in the NFL.

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Wide Receivers Who Are Hyped for Week 6

Allen Robinson, vs CHI: Jeremy Kerley, Tevin Coleman, Martellus Bennett, Cole Beasley, Jimmy Graham, Kenny Britt, Tyrell Williams, and 34 other players average more receiving yards per game than Allen Robinson. After his bye week, I think this begins to change. Not only will Jacksonville make it a point to get Robinson the ball more, they will also be doing this against the Bears. I see Robinson as a top-5 play this week, and I currently have him second to only Antonio Brown in my weekly rankings. I’m expecting great things.

Jeremy Maclin, vs OAK: This Oakland defense is so bad. Like, SOOOOO BAD. They give up 30 more yards per game than the Saints, which is impressive. Well, impressively bad. You can attack the Raiders any way you want, but they do give up 330 passing yards per game, and if Smith get anywhere near 300, Maclin will have had a good day.

If You’re Desperate: John Brown has had a difficult season, but he did look good the last time Carson Palmer played. Brown is the deep threat for this team, and we all know how good the Jets are at guarding the deep ball. If you need to refresh your memory, just ask Sammie Coates. On the season, the Jets have given up 19 catches over 20 yards, and eight over 40 yards! I expect a couple more to be added to those stats on Monday night.

 

Wide Receivers Who Get Gripes for Week 6

A.J. Green, vs NE: The Patriots do a really good job of taking away the opposing team’s strength. Now that Jeremy Hill is banged up, I think it will be an easy decision for Belichick and the Patriots to take away Green and make the Bengals try to beat them with their other options.

Alshon Jeffery, vs JAX: The Jaguars have been pretty good against the pass this season, and they had two weeks to prepare for this game. On top of that, Hoyer and Jeffery haven’t really had a great connection in Hoyer’s three starts. He hasn’t been terrible, but those three games were also against defense that are below average.

Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans

Tight Ends Who Are Hyped for Week 6

Delanie Walker, vs CLE: The Browns give up 15 fantasy points per week to tight ends, which is more than any other team in the league. Walker has not been great lately, but if you need convincing to put him in your lineup, look at Martellus Bennett’s performance last week.

Jimmy Graham, vs ATL: Graham was great in his two games before his bye, getting six catches for 100+ yards in both games. I think we can actually begin to trust him again! We can definitely trust him this week as he faces the Falcons, who are the second-worst in the league against tight ends.

If You’re Desperate: Charles Clay should be an alright play this week against the 49ers if you’re desperate for a tight end. Clay led his team in receiving yards last week with 73, and I think he may finally find the end zone this week.

 

Tight Ends Who Get Gripes for Week 6

Jordan Reed, vs PHI: Reed was a “Gripe” this week before the concussion news, so even if he plays, I still don’t like him in this game. The Eagles give up one fantasy point per week to tight ends. ONE. To put that into perspective, that is only one fantasy point per week more than what I have on the season.

Dwayne Allen, vs HOU: Allen has been a top-10 fantasy TE so far this year, surprised? You should be, but this says more about the tight end position than about Dwayne Allen. Either way, I’m avoiding him this week as he goes up against a Texans defense that shut down Rudolph last week and gives up only 1.8 fantasy points to tight ends per game.

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