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Fantasy Football Talk: Who Are Your Go To Wide Receivers



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 Football Talk: Who Ya Playin This Week



Rob Gronkowski, NFL Tight End For The Patriots

It’s that time again.  That time you have a pencil in your ear.  That time when you have a folded up piece of paper in your hand.  That time when you have your eyes glued to your Tablet.  No, I’m not talking about coaching a sports team.  No, I’m not talking about studying for a College exam.  I’m talking about Fantasy Football!  I’m talking about this week’s roster picks.  It’s Thursday and that means the Football Week starts now.

Thursday Night Football is on tonight Pittsburgh vs Tennessee.  It should be a good game.  Probably high scoring.  But I know what you are thinking; “just tell me who your picks are man.”  Alright I’ll tell you but first let me tell you who aren’t my picks.  You know, the players that are on a Bye.  Those Teams who aren’t playing this week are: Carolina, New York Jets, San Francisco, and Indianapolis.  Yep no Cam Newton, no Robby Anderson, no Carlos Hyde, and no Jacoby Brissett.  Time to fill those missing spots.

For QBs I like Jared Goff QB for the LA Rams.  He is coming off two great games.  Last week he hadd 355 Yards in the Air and 3 TDs.  He might be facing off against Minnesota but I still feel like he has a lot of value for Week 11.  Listen if you have an opening in your line up you might want to pick him up.  He is much better than most of the QBs available. For other QBs well who else but Tom Brady.  Yes he is Mr. Reliable and I feel like he will have another great game.  You know he’ll be spreading the ball around.  I also like Carson Wentz at QB.  He has had a great Season so far.

At RB I have Dion Lewis and I like him.  I like what he did last week getting 17.5 Fantasy Points.  He should be still available in most Leagues.  The thing to remember about him is that the Patriots have a deep backfield, so he might not be getting more than 14 Rushing Attempts per game.  This week though he is solid with a projected 9.4 Fantasy Points.  I mean you know he will be getting the ball and if you’re hurting for a RB2/Flex then I’d say pick him up.  I also like Alex Collins as a solid Flex option.  He is a big-play player and is projected to have 10.2 Fantasy Points this week.  Of course I like Kareem Hunt, coming off a Bye, Le’Veon Bell, who is playing well, and Mark Ingram.  They are points getters, but hey you don’t need me telling you that?  Their stats speak for themselves!

Now for more of the risk/reward players, WRs.  I like Cooper Kupp for this week if you need someone.  He is a slot receiver who runs a lot of routes.  He is a first down, check down.  He will get the short yardage to move the chains.  I also like DeVante Parker as a secure Wide Out pick.  He gets an easy 6+ Fantasy Points on average when he is healthy.  I love Mohamed Sanu this week, look for him to take advantage of a thinned out Seahawks Secondary.  On the high end there is Michael Tomas, Doug Baldwin, and Alshon Jeffery for WR1.

Last Week Cameron Brate had a bad game, so I won’t be saying that he is a solid.  Instead he has become a real risk/reward player.  So choose to pick him up at your own risk.  For TE I love Austin Hooper for Atlanta.  Last Week he had 10.9 Fantasy Points on 6 Receptions 49 Yards with a TD.  Look for a similar stat line from him this Week as they play against Seattle.  On the high end Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz, and Evan Engram are all TE1 players this Week.

For D/ST Patriots, easy peasy lemon squeezy!  They have been having making plays every week and with a Blocked Punt and Kickoff RET last game; I think they are on a roll.  If you want a better risk/reward Team then pick up the LA Chargers.  They had 8 Fantasy Points last game and are expected to have another 8 Fantasy Points this Week.  For K go with Matt Prater or Jake Elliot.

So that about wraps things up for my picks this week.  If you have noticed I am all about who is a high end pick week to week.  Expect me to continue to roll with this as the Bye Weeks come and go.  Wow it is just in time for football.  Grab a beer and grab the remote, TNF is on NBC!

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Fantasy Football Talk: Who Is Hot To Start



One Hour changes everything.  One Hour can mean the difference.  It can be the beginning of a long night or it can be the bright spot under the lights.  No I’m not talking about Daylight Savings Time.  I’m talking about 60 Minutes of Football.  I’m talking about Fantasy Football and how much can change from 60 Minutes in one Game!  Last week we saw the very noticeable Bye Week of the New England Patriots.  This Week they are back for another 60 Minutes of Football.

If you’re like me you probably had some Patriots Players on your bench.  Rest assured it was only for one week.  Now they are back for the second half of the Season, 8 more games, and we couldn’t be happier.  This week, (Week 10) I am changing things up a bit from my usual blog.  This week I’ll be talking about who is Hot to Start, not just who is available to replace your starters.  I’ll be talking about who will be the players to watch.

As usual I’ve got to mention the Teams on a Bye.  This Week the Teams on a Bye are: Philadelphia , Baltimore, Kansas City, and Oakland.  Yep no Carson Wentz, no Javorius Allen, no Tyreek Hill, and no Michael Crabtree.  Philadelphia is coming off an incredible first half of the Season.  With only 1 loss they look like the Team to beat, just not this week.  Tyreek Hill has had a phenomenal first half of the Season but the “points machine” won’t be available this week.  Time to look elsewhere.

Now on to my picks for the week.  I’m thrilled with Tom Brady at QB this week.  He has had a solid 19 Fantasy Points average each week.  In an NFL Season where we have seen some QBs under perform.  In a Season where we have seen a lot of ups and downs at the QB position.  Tom Brady looks to be the only reliable QB among the field.  I’d also take a gander at Russell Wilson who is coming off a 23.6 Fantasy Points Week.  Also Dak Prescott is coming off a hot 26.7 Fantasy Point Week.  He is another QB who has been solid for Fantasy Points.

For RBs I love Leonard Fournette.  He has been a solid pick all year.  Mind you he was benched last week; he is still averaging 14.4 Fantasy Points each week.  I have him on my Fantasy Team and let me tell you I’ll be starting him every week.  He has just been that good!  I also like Todd Gurley II who is coming off a high scoring Fantasy Week.  Le’Veon Bell is also tops in Fantasy right now.  These are the guys who have been grinding out Points all Season.  Also they are very good in the risk/reward category, not much risk but huge reward!

For Wide Outs I love Antonio Brown at WR this week.  He has been among the top 15 Players at WR all year.  He is averaging 12.7 Fantasy Points each week and I expect to see him have a big game against Indianapolis after the Week 9 Bye.  I also like Brandin Cooks as a WR3/Flex this week.  Listen he has been getting targeted every game and Brady has been spreading the ball around.  I expect them to be dialed into each other after the Bye and heading into Denver, which gave up some huge yardage against Philadelphia last week.  Cooks is averaging 9.7 Fantasy Points and should definitely be a Wide Out to watch on Sunday.  DeAndre Hopkins is Fantasy Favorite this year but this week he is going into more of the risk than reward because of Houston’s QB situation.

At TE I have to go with Rob Gronkowski this week.  He is just so good and has been such a solid reliable Player for Fantasy.  As I said before TB12 loves to spread the ball around to everyone and you know that he is going to target Gronk in the Red Zone.  Suffice to say he is red hot!  I also like Evan Engram at TE against the 49ers.  He is hot right now and should have guaranteed Fantasy Points on Sunday.

For D/ST I’m going Jacksonville Jaguars all week every week.  They are so good and are averaging 14.5 Fantasy Points. That’s more points than most Players in Fantasy!  I mean seriously, the Jags are for real in Fantasy this year.  ‘Enuff said!’  For K I like Stephen Gostkowski over Matt Prater.  Both are good and are having a good year.  Both are averaging 10 Fantasy Points, and have been red hot!

So that wraps up my picks for Week 10.  Thursday Night Football is about to start on NBC and the NFL Network at 8:15 pm.  It’s Seattle at Arizona in an exciting match up.  I expect Russell Wilson to have a big game but he has had his ups and downs this year.  And don’t I know it, I have him on my Fantasy Football Team!  Go Hawks!

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Fantasy Football Talk: Who Are You Starting In Place Of Patriots Players



It’s that lovely time again.  That time when you are thrilled that the Calendar has changed.  That time when you can only think of how well everything has been going.  That time when you get frustrated that your favorite people take a day off.  No I’m not talking about the Holidays.  I’m not talking about being with friends and family.  I’m talking about Fantasy Football.  I’m talking about how for one week a year your favorite players take a day off.  I’m talking about how it effects your Fantasy Football Team.  Yep you guessed it all your favorite players on your favorite team won’t be scoring any points for you!

It’s a harsh reality to face in Fantasy Football.  Listen, you knew this was coming when you got the schedule, the Bye Week is a big deal for your favorite NFL team.  And if you’re like me, you probably picked a lot of Patriots Players in your draft.  But they aren’t playing this week and what you have to do now is go out of your comfort zone to pick risk/reward players.  Its just for one week but if your Fantasy Football League is anything like mine, things are really tight.  One win could mean all the difference.

Now is the time to show off your football intellect.  You need picks and I will offer my opinion on who are the best risk/reward players this week.  Now the Patriots aren’t the only one with Byes, the other teams are: Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Chicago, LA Chargers, and Cleveland.  Yep no Jerick McKinnon, no Ben Rothlisberger, no Jordan Howard, no Philip Rivers, and no Isaiah Crowell.  Oh yeah and no Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski.  Ouch, you know that kinda hurts especially for your FFB team!

But I know what everyone is thinking.  How can you possibly replace Gronk?  Well I’ll tell you how; pick up Travis Kelce TE for the Cheifs or better yet pick up Cameron Brate TE for Tampa Bay, he could be available.  My personal favorite pick this week is Jack Doyle TE for Indianapolis.  Last week he had 12 Catches for 121 Yards with 1 TD.  That’s 18.1 Fantasy Points!  Yeah, click, Add!

I know what you’re going to say next.  How can I replace Tom Brady?  Well that is a tough one but fantasy wise TB12 hasn’t had those unbelievable Fantasy Points like last year.  He has been solid but I hate to say it, they have been kicking the Fields a lot more.  So Fantasy Football wise you can replace him.  My picks are Jacoby Brissett QB for Indianapolis, who is averaging 13.4 Fantasy Points per Game, and Josh McCown QB for the New York Jets, who is averaging 15.2 Fantasy Points per Game.  McCowin threw for 257 Yards with 2 TDs last week.  That’s 18.3 Fantasy Points!  Listen, these two guys are good pick ups for the week because they are available in most Leagues.  I really Like McCown tonight against the Buffalo Bills in a Thursday Night Football showdown!

Now no James White, who is in your back field now?  Pick up Aaron Jones RB for Green Bay.  He is projected to score 11.1 Fantasy Points this week.  Listen the Packers will be running the ball more now that Aaron Rodgers is out.  Look for Jones to get the ball a lot more.  Alfred Morris RB for Dallas should be getting the ball more now that Ezekiel Elliott is suspended.  Any one can tell you this is a Rushing type of Offense.  Any RB behind this O Line should have a good game.  I also like Chris Thompson as a reliable RB3/Flex option.

Once again no Brandin Cooks or Chris Hogan.  Who do you pick now?  These are the real risk/reward players.  WRs are always like that.  This week I’m going with Mohamed Sanu WR for Atlanta.  Yep, once again I am picking him.  Hey last week he had 6 Catches for 74 Yards with 1 TD.  That’s 13.4 Fantasy Points of “alright!”  I also like Robby Anderson WR for the New York Jets.  He had 6 Catches for 104 Yards and a TD.  That’s 16.5 Fantasy Points of “Awww Yeah!”  He should be available in most leagues.

No Patriots D/ST, then go with Arizona for D/ST.  They are playing the 49ers.  Well would you look at that!  I know I’m a bit on the 49ers for having the worst team in Football, but come on you got to go with what your gut is telling you!  And mine is telling me to pick against the 49ers all year long!

No Stephen Gostkowski eh?  Well for Kickers you might want to go with Matt Prater K for Detroit.  He is a solid choice and by the way, did you see that Lions Game last week?  Yeah, 5 FGs all of them made!  He has Ice Water in his veins, this guy!

So yeah that about wraps things up for my picks to replace the Patriots’ Bye Players.  It’s Thursday Night and that means Week 9 Begins at 8:30 pm on NFL Network with the Bills vs the Jets..  It should be a good game.  We haven’t seen a Buffalo Team this good in years!  Not to forget that fact that this is an AFC East Divisional Game.  This has playoff implications all over it.  Do the Bills have what it takes to beat NY Jets.  We will have to watch and see.  Oh and I’d hate to break the news to NE but yes this is a “Day Off” for them!

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