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Fantasy Football Talk: Who Are Your Go To Wide Receivers

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Fantasy Football Talk: Who Are Your Go To Wide Receivers

It’s that time again where we argue over deep threats.  Yes, that’s right I’m talking about Fantasy Football.  The WR position is the most argued over position in football.  Mainly because it’s about who is getting the football the most.  Listen Wide Receivers are always set up in three groupings.  You have the deep threat, the Number 1 Receiver.  Then you have the Second Level guys, the Cushion, the Safe Completion type guys.  And then you have the Slot, the Number 3 Receiver, the guy you go to for the Quick Pass or Quick Screen.

For your Fantasy Football Team, you want one of each type.  And there are ways to check to see what type are out there.  Here are some opinionated thoughts on what to look for in a Wide Receiver:

First off does he get the ball?  There are some Wide Receivers who are match up types week to week.  They might only get the ball if a situation presents itself.  Players like Brandon LaFell for the Patriots last year, fit into this category.  Listen he is a good Wide Receiver in Situational Football but as some one to rely on for points every single week i’d say you can do better.

Steady as a Rock, does he remain the top receiver for his Football Team for the year?  Is he Targeted frequently?  Now there are some WRs who are one of a few to be mention on a team.  A player like Kelvin Benjamin fits into this category.  He has been a real standout performer for the Carolina Panthers the last two years.  He gets targeted frequently and that right there should tell you something.  He typically is one of the most mentioned players on the team and if you look at his week to week performances, he is steady like a rock.

Yards after the catch, is he good on his feet?  Listen not all WRs are good on their feet.  Some catch the ball but get tackled easily.  Some run to the Sidelines.  What you want out of your WRs is for them to get first downs and more.  Some notable Slot Receivers like this are Danny Woodhead and Julian Edelman.  They have made it a thing out of getting Yards from Scrimmage.  These types of Receivers will typically get the ball every single game.  Receptions = Points.  So go out there and get a Slot Receiver for your Fantasy Team.

Can he out run Corner Backs?  And does he have good hands?  Listen these two things go together.  If he is going to be a deep threat each game he needs to have the hands.  Players like Odell Beckham Jr. for the New York Giants fits into this category.  He is a finesse type player but the best thing about him are his hands.  He can make those ridiculous standout catches.  Game Changers.  He even boasts about his catching during pregame warm ups.  How WR of him to do!

Is he fast?  Three simple words to describe a prime time WR.  Listen there are some WRs who can catch but they don’t get open enough.  Players like Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Atlanta’s Julio Jones fit into this category.  They are just flat out fast!  I mean seriously if they get a deep ball thrown their way they can score!  Look to balance out your Receiving Core with a few fast players.

Now depending on the Fantasy League, you’re in you may have to check the waiver wires often.  If you do you will be surprised at who you can get for the week.  I typically rotate my Receivers every week and you should probably do that too!  I mean it is so hard to pick Wide Receivers who will be healthy all year.  They are injury prone and hey it happens!  So look for who is hot week to week and go with your gut.  There are always WRs out there, find them out on Fantasy News Updates and prepare accordingly!

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Fantasy Hockey Talk: Update During the All Star Break

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Okay so basically Brad Marchand is a literal Hockey God, Fantasy Hockey wise he is hands down the best player.  And I have him on my Fantasy Team!  He has 21 Goals 29 Assists with 104 Shots on Goal in only 38 Games.  That’s 136 Fantasy Points.  Wow unbelievable!  Unfortunately he is being suspended for 5 Games for an elbow to Marcus Johnasson in Tuesday nights game.  I expect him to come out hot after the suspension.

The other Bruins player who is having a great Fantasy Season is David Pastrnak.  He has 20 Goals 26 Assists with 130 Shots on Goal.  That’s 127 Fantasy Points!  What a great stat line.  The Duo pretty much score every game and having them on my Fantasy Team is just fantastic.  In fact most of the players on my Team are real stand outs.  I’m 14-1 and I could go unbeaten for the second half of the season.  So you know for this blog I’ll be talking primarily about my Team.  If you play Fantasy Hockey, you are going to want to have these players on your team.

As my Number 1 Starter I have Johnny Gaudreau.  Who has 15 Goals 41 Assists with 142 SOG for 145 Fantasy Points.  He is tops in the League and I know that it just feels unfair that I have him as well.  Johnny Hockey’s hype lives up to what he is doing on the ice this year.  He is just on a streak.  I’ve found that he is very streaky, in a good way.  I think he has a 5 Game Scoring Streak going into the All Star Break.

My other Forwards who are real stand outs are: Jonathan Huberdeau 123 FP, Brayden Schenn 135 FP, Vladislav Namestnikov 110 FP, James Neal 98 FP, Nikolaj Ehlers 105 FP, and Mathew Barzal 132 FP.  All these guys are having Career Bests.  I drafted Forward Heavy in October and here is the result.  I have some of the best Offensive Players in the Game.  Also haven’t really had to look for talent to add to this team.  And there is just enough top teir players that I can play them day to day, in my Weekly H2H Match up.

My Defense looks like this: Colton Parayko 63 FP, Jared Spurgeon63 FP, Alex Goligoski 56 FP, Aaron Ekblad 46 FP, and Tyler Myers 72 FP.  I’m very lucky that these guys have been healthy.  It seems to be a little bit of a weakness to this team.  But for now this team is just off the hook great.  I can just plug them in for the week and not worry about who is getting me points for a particular match up.  It’s been one of the easiest Fantasy Teams to manage this year.  And that really says it all!  I’m quietly winning Week to Week Match Ups and my Hockey League hasn’t been able to put up much of a challenge.

For Goal tending I have Tuukka Rask, who has been great since 18 Starts ago.  He has really retched it up to another level.  Since then he has an elite 16-0-2 record.  Which has been needed for the Bruins. He has 19 Wins with a .922 Save Percentage and 2.16 Goals Against.  He’s got 33 Fantasy Points and I hope that he doesn’t cool down anytime soon.  I’m relying heavily on him to continue his dominate play.  He is my best Goalie.  I also have Jonathan Quick and Brian Elliott, Fantasy wise they have been very up and down.  Rask is basically my Anchor.  It is a weakness to the team but Goal tending is just that kind of position.  Goalie’s will have their ups and downs.  If I manage them properly then it won’t be as big of a deal.  Quick is alright as a net minder, 17 Fantasy Points. but I’ll have to rotate him in because Elliott has had a rough year at -7 Fantasy Points.

So that’s basically my Fantasy Hockey Team.  It’s one of the best that I’ve ever managed.  I’m excited about the post season and the playoffs start in March.  That’s 7 Weeks away!  I can’t wait.

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Fantasy Football Talk: Playoffs Week 4 Finish Strong

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It’s Week 4 of the Fantasy Football Playoffs.  For some of you the Season has already ended.  I know that my Yahoo Fantasy Sports Team ended last Week.  But for those of you playing in ESPN Fantasy Sports Leagues there is still one Week left to go.  Listen it has been quite the roller coaster this year in the NFL.  What with Injuries to top players and a QB Roulette Wheel.  We have pretty much seen everything in a year.  So for this weeks blog I’m just going to talk about the top players that you need to watch for in the post season.

So yeah, I was working out in the Gym and my Fitbit Alta Tracker went off.  It read in bold letter across the tiny screen “Goal Achieved!”  Now that was a great feeling!  It is the same feeling I get after winning big in Fantasy Football Week to Week.  That long pause before the results flash on my Tablet.  It’s exciting!  And then when you see how well your starters did, you feel like you achieved something, something challenging.  Those tiny bold letters scroll through your head.  Yep, I got game! Hopefully those tiny letters scroll through your head this weekend because it’s the end of the regular season in the NFL and you’ve got to make some picks.  Here are some of mine:

Starting at QB I’ve got Tom Brady all day any day of the Week.  He is just a machine and scoring above 15 Fantasy Points each game.  And when he is hot in a game you are looking at maybe 20 Fantasy Points. I like Matthew Stafford against the Packers but seeing as his team didn’t make the NFL Playoffs I’d pick him as a QB2 option if you don’t have someone else.  Russell Wilson is good this week but let me tell you his Offense is shaky.  The pocket collapses around him all the time and he is always on the run.  Can he continue to make plays?  Maybe, but I’m not sure if he will be the guy this week.  I’d say play him but don’t forget that I warned you!  Drew Brees is my next pick.  Listen he has been very reliable all Season.  He is running a great Offense.  I expect him to score 16 Fantasy Points on Sunday.

At RB I have two words for you, Mark Ingram.  He is on a roll behind a very good Saints Offense.  I expect him to have a good week against Tampa Bay.  Ezekiel Elliott is getting off to a slower start than expected after his Suspension.  But that doesn’t mean he won’t guarantee you some Fantasy Points!  He is at least a good RB2 if you have another top Running Back.  Melvin Gordon will be someone to put on your watch list but he isn’t healthly so he might be a bust for Sunday.  Now my top overachiever is Dion Lewis.  He had quite the game, netting a total of 27.3 Fantasy Points against Buffalo.  He is the Patriots’ go to ‘back and I figure he’ll guarantee you Fantasy Points.  Little Risk, big Reward!

For WR, Julio Jones is a solid pick.  I like Michael Thomas once again.  But Mike Evens has been getting me Fantasy Points.  Even with Tampa Bay’s Record I still like him.  Look for him to net you a solid 10 spot on Points.  Now I like New England and you know that means I love Brandin Cooks.  He is a big play maker and I know the Risk/Reward for him is a little high.  I still see him having a good game against the Jets.  I think as a really good Risk/Reward Player that you might have in your line up is Doug Baldwin.  I see him as a good RB2/Flex option.  I know that Flex positions are better for RBs but hey statistically, he has to score for you!

Picking TEs doesn’t come as easy as saying, Rob Gronkowski.  This is a guy who is just unreal.  I use the term “Freak” in a good way.  As in “he is so Freakishly good!”  Yup starting him.  Click, click, with my mouse!  Now I like Greg Olsen as a pick.  I know he has been having an up and down year but let me tell you, he is a great player.  He is a solid pick up at the TE position.  Other than Gronk, I think he is a good option for any team.  Jimmy Graham is another up and down player this year.  If you trust Russell Willson to get him the ball, then I’d say pick him up.  My overachiever of the week has to be Jack Doyle.  If Jacoby Brisette can get him the ball then I’d say you got what you need out of a TE.

With D/ST I love the Vikings against the Bears.  I think that they will put together another great game.  Last week they won big with a 12 spot on Points.  Expect them to play well against Chicago.  I still like the Jaguars at Defense, I figure that they just had a bad game last week.  I love picking up their Defensive Players for my Fantasy Team and you should look into them!  The Ravens are playing Cincinnati?  Yeah plug them into your Fantasy Line Up.  Click, Drag, Add!  They should net you some Points.  The big overachiever this week is a Risk/Reward bombshell.  The Seattle Seahawks.  Yup I said it!  They are looking tough on D even with all the injuries that they have had.  Last week they had 21 Fantasy Points.  Whoa!  They play Arizona on Sunday.  If you want my take away about them, I’d say that they have a chance.  And that’s all you can ask for from a D/ST!

Kickers I got the same old crew, see previous weeks to learn more about them.  Stephen Gostkowski, Matt Prater, Justin Tucker, Chris Boswell.  My big overachiever this week is Kai Forbath  for the Vikings.  I think he is a guaranteed Points.  I’m predicting a lot of high scoring games this week.  It’s the end of the Season but there are still seeding placements and Playoff spots up for grabs.  Expect good Football!

And so that about wraps things up.  It’s another week of Football but you know that you want to finish strong.  You want the win.  You want those tiny bold text letters scrolling through your head.  It maybe won’t be as good as a hot New Year’s Eve kiss but let me just say it feels like, “You’re the Man Now, Dog!”  As Sean Connery said in Finding Forester.  That’s pretty much a good start to the New Year!  Next Week we start talking “the Real Playoffs” I’m looking forward to them, just like any other Football Fan.  Cheers!  Happy New Year everyone!

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Fantasy Football Talk: Playoffs Week 3

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Week 16 of the NFL Regular Season is here.  But everyone playing Fantasy Football are talking about the Playoffs.  The Fantasy Playoffs that is.  It’s Week 3 of them and if you’ve been following your players I bet you noticed that everyone is playing injured.  Also the QB position is volatile.  Yep it’s a real roller coaster!  Nothing is guaranteed.  I was hitting the Gym today and my phone kept going off every few minutes.  Just a couple of reminders that my Starting Line Up needs to be changed.  It’s getting ridiculous this Week and with big Saturday/Sunday games I bet you’re feeling the pressure just like me.

First off, game time decisions matter.  Last week I expected Leonard Fournette to play, he is pretty much the backbone of my Offense.  Sadly he went from questionable to out on a game time decision.  And I didn’t even realize it until it was too late.  He got locked in as my starter and I got zero points for that position.  Ouch!  Yep you’re going to want to follow your team closely.  Don’t let this happen to you!

Secondly, who your players are playing against is huge.  This is one of those year’s that you can’t play the same players and forget it.  With how volatile the NFL is it’s just not doable.  I remember last year I had the same Starting Line Up week to week.  I had Aaron Rodgers and LaGarrette Blunt.  Suffice to say it was easy to leave in the Starters every single week.  This year I’ve been constantly looking for Players who are hot, or have excellent match ups.  It has been challenging for all of us, I know.  But now we are on the home stretch and you’ve got to make your picks!  So I’m going to give you my opinions.

QBs have been challenging to forecast.  This week’s hot QB is Case Keenum.  I have him and he has been reliable.  Last Week he scored me 19.4 Fantasy Points.  Very solid!  I’d say pick him up if you can.  He’ll be playing against a weak Green Bay Defense.  Blake Bortles is also hot right now.  He got 25 Fantasy Points last week.  So if you need someone to fill in the hole of your Offense he is your man.  He will be playing against a weak 49ers’ Defense.  On the high end, I like Russell Wilson even though he didn’t have a great outing last week.  I expect him to bounce back against Dallas.  I like Tom Brady against the Bills I’d start him easy.  His projected Fantasy Points is 19.3.

For RBs, Todd Gurley is having monster games.  He is easily my favorite Running Back right now.  He is coming off a 152 Yard, 3 TD game.  That’s 42 Fantasy Points!  Whoa he is averaging 20 Fantasy Points per game!  Unbelievable!  I also like Melvin Gordon and Kareem HuntKenyan Drake is also a RB that I like.  He is pretty much the Dolphin’s go to.  I think Jerick McKinnon is a good pick up for your team if someone like Fournette is sitting on your bench.  Expect him to net you some solid points in an RB2/Flex Position.  Risk/Reward looks good for him even though he is an RB2 on the Vikings team.

Now for the real Risk/Reward players, WRs.  I like Nelson Agholor as a good slot Receiver.  He is having a real break out Season for the Eagles and is averaging 9 Fantasy Points per game.  If you have a hole in your line up, pick him up.  He should still be available in most Leagues, which is just great and is an even better reason to get him.  Scroll, Click, Add!  Cooper Kupp is still overrated, Agholor’s better.  I also like the high end players of Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins, if he is healthy.  Adam Thielen might bounce back with a good game against the 49ers.  I’m still on the fence about him though.

At TE, there is Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Greg Olsen.  Also one of my hole fillers is Kyle Rudolph.  He is averaging 7.2 Fantasy Points per game.  He has only been outscored in Fantasy by Gronk.  Now that is saying something!  I don’t like Vernon Davis, Charles Clay, or Austin Hooper.  I think that my pick last week was Stephen Anderson.  Boy was I disappointed!  Yeh he got nill!  TE is just such a difficult position to squeeze out points.  This week I’m going with picking Benjamin Watson for the Baltimore Ravens.  He is coming off a 13.4 Fantasy Point game.  He is my pick for hole filler if you need to start someone.

For D/ST I’m still going with the Jaguars and Ravens.  For this week I like the Vikings as an easy pick up.  They are going against a weak Green Bay Team.  I also like the Patriots against Buffalo.  For K, hey it never changes, Stephen Gostkowski, Justin Tucker, and Matt Prater.  Kickers at this point are still, meh.  If a team is scoring a lot of points, and there have been many high scoring games, then you know the Kicker will be getting points for you.  Easy peezy lemon squeezy!

That about wrap things up.  There is no Thursday Night Football this week, so you can actually plan for the weekend.  The only thing is what am I going to watch now?  Yeah, looks like I’m going to be watching the Bruins play.  The Football week starts on Saturday so grab your TV Guide and plan accordingly.  Nachos, Check, Wings, Check, Beer, Check!  Enjoy the games!

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