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Start Dolphins opponents regularly

Oct 16, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Start Dolphins opponents regularly

Fins defense still struggling: How fortunate are the Dolphins to have a 3-2 record heading into their bye? Extremely. Their record belies what is really happening on the gridiron. Believe it or not, Miami has been outgained in yardage in all five games this season, and that isn’t the best recipe for long-term success. It has caught up with them the last two weeks — first, Drew Brees shredded their secondary last Monday night, then Baltimore, which had struggled to run the ball often this season, outgained Miami 133-22 in Week 5. Miami’s offensive line was manhandled badly in the second half against the Ravens, as Ryan Tannehill seemed to face pressure on every snap. What’s the point of all this? The Dolphins are quickly approaching auto-start mode for players going against them. They have problems stopping both the run and pass. Look for the Bills to post better numbers than you might expect when we see the Fins again in Week 7.

Romo’s big games aren’t good for Dallas: Poor Tony Romo. From a football perspective, anyone suggesting he cost the Cowboys the game by throwing a late interception against the Broncos needs to rethink that opinion. It’d be akin to blaming a pitcher for losing a game 1-0 on an unearned run. Romo passed for 506 yards and five touchdowns in the home loss to Denver. But here’s an interesting stat: it was the fifth time that Romo has reached the 400-yard mark in his career. Wanna know what Dallas’ record is in those games? Yep, 0-5.  As a matter of fact, Romo has gone winless in games in which he produced the seven highest yardage totals of his career. Another case of fantasy versus reality — Romo’s owners are jumping up and down with glee watching him produce, but Cowboys fans want to swallow broken glass just thinking about it.

Bills go with Lewis: I guess the Jeff Tuel era lasted but a few drives. The Bills have decided to start Thaddeus Lewis for this week’s home game against Cincinnati — and perhaps beyond. Lewis’s style of play is more comparable to E.J. Manuel than that of Tuel’s — Lewis is a mobile QB who can throw on the run and doesn’t display all that bad accuracy when he’s given the chance.  The Bengals are two entirely different teams when playing at home or away, so don’t be surprised if Lewis leads them to a win, even if he only eeks out mediocre fantasy production in the process.

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Week 5 fantasy feedback

Oct 16, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Week 5 fantasy feedback

» For all of the attention focused on Peyton Manning, let’s not overlook Knowshon Moreno who rushed for 93 yards and a TD while adding another 57 receiving yards. He’s taking control of the No. 1 spot in the Broncos backfield.

» He might frustrate Dallas Cowboys fans, but a game like today shows why Tony Romo remains a quality fantasy option.

» Chris Johnson scored a long touchdown, but there was little that he did today to excite fantasy owners. He might be a bench option next week with the Titans travelling to Seattle.

» Nick Foles played well today, but don’t get too excited. That was against the Giants. If he starts next week, it will be against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

» Today’s final Trent Richardson Watch stat line: 18 carries, 56 yards, 3.1 yards per carry. He is what he is.

» The Colts defense is improved this year, but you can still run on them. Case in point: both Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch posted 102 rushing yards in today’s game.

» Lamar Miller. Sigh.

» Order has been restored in the Ravens backfield. Ray Rice finishes the game with 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Let’s hope this continues.

» It’s hard to ever sit a Packers wide receiver. The numbers James Jones posted today are the reason why. It won’t happen all the time for Jones, but it happens enough that you can’t discount him.

» Zac Stacy shows up seemingly out of nowhere and runs for 78 yards. That’s a friendly reminder to start all of your players against the Jaguars.

» MJD got a little better in the second half, finishing with 86 total yards (70 rushing) on 19 touches. But at this point, it’s hard to make him anything more than a flex play. Fantasy owners were hoping for more against the Rams.

» The good news for A.J. Green is that he cracked the 60-yard barrier for the first time since Week 1. The bad news is that he had just 61 yards and no touchdowns. His run of facing top-notch cornerbacks should end next week when he faces the Bills. Fantasy owners are certainly praying for Green’s return to fantasy relevance.

» At this point, if you’re going up against Peyton Manning on any given week, just know that you’ll likely be playing from behind. You’ll  get no help in Week 6 with the Broncos taking on the Jaguars.

» The Bengals defense is on must-start status after shutting down Tom Brady and the Patriots. Also, what happened to LeGarrette Blount after his fumble? Sometimes #Belitricks can backfire on the man himself.

» Alshon Jeffery is threatening to be the Chicago Bears receiver to target. For the past few weeks he’s been much more productive than Brandon Marshall. Next week, the Bears face the Giants. Could be a bounceback week for Marshall.

» No Megatron, no offense for Detroit. The Lions have struggled to move the ball consistently without their big playmaking receiver. This is what I feared when the team announced Johnson wouldn’t play today.

» This week’s Trent Richardson Watch: At halftime, he has six carries for two yards. Yes, he’s playing Seattle, but these poor performances are becoming the norm for him. Right now, Willis McGahee is a superior option. Maybe the Browns were on to something.

» Everyone with Darren Sproles is pulling their hair out with Pierre Thomas having caught a pair of touchdown passes today. This isn’t what you signed up for.

» Hopefully things change in the second half, but Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t exactly taking advantage of a bad Rams run defense with just 28 yards on 10 carries.

» Bad news … David Wilson is questionable for the rest of the game with a neck injury. This guy can’t catch a break.

» Welcome back, Justin Blackmon! Three catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in the first half might have been more than fantasy owners could have asked for.

» It looks like the Ravens learned their lesson from last week. Ray Rice finished last week’s game with just five carries. He has five in the first 10 minutes of this week’s game.

» David Wilson is in the end zone. I repeat: David Wilson is in the end zone. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. All week long, we said if you couldn’t get value out of Wilson against the Eagles, it might never happen. So far, he’s proving everyone correct.

» The Week 5 inactives are in and the name everyone is talking about is Calvin Johnson. Megatron won’t go today for the Lions, which could have an adverse effect on Matthew Stafford and possibly Reggie Bush. But he’s not the only notable WR missing this week – Marlon Brown won’t play for the Ravens, which could put added pressure on Torrey Smith.

» As if you weren’t confused enough about what was going on in the Rams backfield, now comes word that Zac Stacy is slated to get the start today against the Jaguars. Personally, I’m staying away from anyone in that running back rotation.

– Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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Social (Fantasy) Network: Postseason plans

Oct 16, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Social (Fantasy) Network: Postseason plans

You hear it every season…after the first few weeks commentators and analysts rattle off the percentages of teams that make the NFL playoffs after starting with a certain record. While you might not remember them by heart, it’s pretty simple — teams that win more games have a better chance. You don’t need to be a math whiz to figure that out.

The same holds true for fantasy football. You win, you’re in. So we’re not screwing around this week in the Social (Fantasy) Network … is your team on a path to the playoffs?

Of course, we can’t talk about playoffs without someone invoking Jim Mora.

Alright, now that we have that out of the way, turns out some of you are quite braggadocious about your starts to the season.

But you lost a game, so…

#Belitricks have no effect on you!

Fellas, you have two choices … get better or get over it. In the meantime, a lot more of you are looking at this season through some pretty optimistic-colored glasses. Optimistic? I think that’s something like beige.

Antrel Rolle, is that you?

Then, there are some of you who have realized your fate early on.

Sometimes it’s just about the thrill of competition, right? Right?

This week, we give the final word to Yo Soy Fiesta…

I’ve got nothing clever to say. I just love seeing tweets from NFL fans in other countries. To those of you playing fantasy football in South Africa … and everywhere outside the US of A, I salute you!

In the meantime, keep an eye out for next week’s #SocialFantasy question. Happy Week 5 everybody!

– Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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Browns QB Brian Hoyer has torn ACL

Oct 16, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Browns QB Brian Hoyer has torn ACL

Weeden back in for Browns: The Cleveland Browns scored their third straight win Thursday night, but they will be forced to finish the season without quarterback Brian Hoyer. Hoyer left the game with a knee injury in the first half and head coach Rob Chudzinski announced that it is a torn ACL that will require surgery. In his place, Brandon Weeden took over and finished with a pedestrian 197 passing yards and a touchdown. The change at QB could have an impact on the rest of the Browns offense, including Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. It won’t help that next week’s game is against a revitalized Detroit Lions defense.

Manuel sprains knee: Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was also a casualty of a tough Thursday night contest. The rookie left the game with a knee sprain in the third quarter, forcing Jeff Tuel to finish the game. Manuel is expected to have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. But if you’re a fantasy owner with Stevie Johnson (who was also injured) or Robert Woods, their values will likely nosedive if Tuel is running the show for any length of time.

Ridley misses practice again: It’s looking less and less likely that Stevan Ridley will play this week after missing his third straight practice Friday. The struggling running back has yet to score a touchdown this season and is losing touches to LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden in the Patriots offense. If Ridley somehow does play this week, he’ll face a Cincinnati Bengals defense that is in the top half of the league when it comes to slowing fantasy running backs. It’s time for fantasy owners to find other options.

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Freeman now a free man

Oct 16, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Freeman now a free man

Buccaneers release QB Josh Freeman: We’ve officially entered the Mike Glennon show. The Bucs tried to trade Josh Freeman, but no one was interested, so they let him go. He’ll probably catch on with another team eventually, but his fall from grace hasn’t been very enjoyable to watch. Glennon has no fantasy value until he figures out how to run this offense efficiently. Doug Martin is also going to struggle as the Bucs try to develop a passing game. If you somehow owned or started Freeman on your team, you have some QB shopping to do. Stat.

Spiller a game-time decision: Those of you who own C.J. Spiller are in a bit of a bind. He’s a game-time decision against the Browns tonight, but I’m telling you right now to leave him on your bench for a couple of reasons. First, there’s a pretty decent chance the game will be played in rainy conditions. Scattered thunderstorms are expected, which probably means there won’t be a great deal of passing by either team. Good news since Spiller will get a ton of carries if he plays, right? Wrong. The Browns run defense is among the best in the league, ranking fourth-best with an average of 79 yards per game. The longest rush they’ve allowed all season long was 14 yards. Even if Spiller can play, he’s not going to have a big night. Neither will Fred Jackson, Tashard Choice or whoever totes the rock.

Sudfeld released: Once a popular choice as a sleeper tight end, Zach Sudfeld was let go by the Patriots after showing nothing but disappointing production. He originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Nevada. Another team may give him a shot, but his fantasy value is currently locked away in a safety deposit box. The good news is if the Pats are able to throw tight ends to the scrap heap, they must feel Rob Gronkowski is extremely close to making his return.

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