October 25, 2014

Week 8 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Beazley

Here are my Week 8 picks against the spread:

Cincinnati Bengals +2.5 over Baltimore Ravens (4 units)

The Ravens offense has been clicking lately, but let's not jump to conclusions. The Bengals already beat the Ravens in Baltimore 23-16 early this season. In that game, Joe Flacco might have arguably played the worst half of football in his career. The Ravens are 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings at Cincy. Give me the Bengals to win, 24-20.

Chicago Bears +6 over New England Patriots (5 units)

This is way too many points versus a very talented Bears offense. The Patriots are going to have a very hard time slowing down Matt Forte, who leads the league in receptions this year. I also think Brandon Marshall is targeted early and often, even if Darrelle Revis is on him. And Jay Cutler plays better on the road than at home. I like the Bears to win outright, 31-23.

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Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals — Over 48.5 (3 units)

I love me some Chip Kelly football. The Cardinals defense has been pretty terrible against the pass in recent weeks. I believe Nick Foles and the Eagles offense has a big game. The Eagles D isn't any better either. I think this game will rival the Pack/N.O. game as the high scorer of the week: Philly 38, Arizona 36.

Washington Redskins +10 over Dallas Cowboys (3 units)

Rivalry game, plus the 'Skins are 7-1 ATS vs. Dallas over the past eight games. I don't care who Washington has at QB. I think they can keep this close. DeMarco Murray fails to rush over 100 yards (poll), but the Cowboys win a slugfest. Boys, 18-12.

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Week 8 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Yanotchko

Here are my Week 8 picks against the spread:

Detroit Lions -3.5 over Atlanta Falcons (5 units)

This game was supposed to be the best one we were going to import to London, but now it seems like we are ripping the Brits off yet again. The Falcons have been horrific on defense this year, as they have given up 274 yards per game through the air, and on the ground, they have given up 137 yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry. The Falcons have also been really bad against the number this year, as they have posted a 2-5 mark, and this matchup certainly does not favor them at all. I have every advantage checked for Detroit in this game, the No. 1 defense going against a banged-up line, Joique Bell against the league's worst run defense (fantasy) scoring wise, and Matthew Stafford against that secondary. I am taking all five units on this play here, and I think the Lions will win going away.

Indianapolis Colts -4 over Pittsburgh Steelers (5 units)

After dropping their first two games, the Colts have been a machine ripping off five straight games in a row, and they will absolutely get number six in Pittsburgh this week. The Steelers had their Monday night game gift wrapped to them by the Texans, but when it comes down to it, the Steelers are really a horrible defense. I really love Andrew Luck getting to throw against a banged-up Pittsburgh secondary that gives up 231 yards through the air and 10 TDs so far as well. I also love the Colts remodeled defense, that can stop the run by only givng up 96.7 yards per game, and they will be able to hold Le'veon Bell in check. The Colts have been straight up fire against the spread this year as well, as they have posted an amazing 6-1 record against the number. I love the Colts passing game against this Pittsburgh D that can't get after the quarterback at all, and I am going another five units on this one.

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Houston Texans -4 over Tennessee Titans (4 units)

If you have been following us for awhile, you know that I am the type of guy that has certain rules. I believe in never drafting any New York Jets offensive player for fantasy purposes, any Green Bay running back, and also when a rookie QB is starting, I am going the other way. That photo of Zach Mettenberg that is going around scares me, and it almost makes me think that this guy is strung out, and not a professional athlete. I also love the fact that the Texans have a great ground-and-pound game, and they get to play a Titans defense that gives up 123 yards per game, and 4.0 yards per carry. The Texans have also been great against the number this year as well, posting a 4-1-1 mark. I just love J.J. Watt and the return of Jadeveon Clowney wreaking havoc at the line of scrimmage, and I really don't think that the rookie will be up for this kind of pressure. Give me the 4 units on this one for certain.

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Week 8 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Hanson

Here are my Week 8 picks against the spread:

Detroit Lions -3.5 over Atlanta Falcons (4 units)

Not only has the Falcons offensive line been decimated by injuries this season, but the strength of the Lions defense is their defensive line. The Lions are tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks (21.0) and third in the league in rushing defense (73.4 yards per game allowed).

Even though the Lions have had a ton of injuries to their pass-catchers and will likely be without Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, etc., the Falcons have allowed 137.7 rushing yards per game and a league-worst 13 rushing touchdowns.

Technically, this is considered a "home" game for the Falcons, but Matt Ryan has typically played worse away from the Georgia Dome and I expect him to struggle in the face of a ton of pressure. I like the Lions to win big.

[Related: Ryan is a "sit" in my Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em for Week 8.]

Houston Texans -3.5 over Tennessee Titans (3 units)

It's already an uphill battle for a rookie quarterback in his first-ever NFL start, but the level of difficulty increases greatly when you have to face J.J. Watt, the league's most versatile defensive lineman. Assuming that the Texans get back Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in 2014, Zach Mettenberger and the Titans offensive line will have their hands full on Sunday.

The Texans have lost three consecutive games to fall to 3-4, but they have been close in those losses to Dallas, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Of course, turnovers near the end of the second quarter did them in last week against the Steelers, but the Texans have a strong run game behind Arian Foster, who has five 100-yard games this season.

Assuming the Texans win the turnover battle on Sunday, they should cover easily.

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New Orleans Saints -1.5 over Green Bay Packers (2 units)

Even though they did not cover in their last home game, the Saints are now 18-1-1 in the last 20 home games coached by Sean Payton. In addition, they are 10-0 straight-up record at home over the past two seasons. Another similar ATS trend in the Saints favor is that they have won and covered their last 10 primetime home games.

Obviously, there are concerns about Aaron Rodgers, who has a 17:0 TD-to-INT ratio over his past five games, and the high-powered Packers offense. And while the Saints offense may not be firing on all cylinders and Jimmy Graham is dealing with a shoulder injury, the Saints actually rank first in the NFL in yards per play (6.3) and Drew Brees still ranks second in the NFL in passing yards per game (319.3).

While their defense has struggled, the Saints rank fourth in the NFL in yardage differential (+63.3 YPG) and the Packers rank only 23rd (-37.3 YPG). I think this game is relatively close, but I like the Saints to win by a field goal (or more).

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Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS): Week 8 DraftKings Fantasy Football Values

As I pointed out in yesterday's must-start post, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is worth his high cost.

Not only does Forte lead running backs in receptions (52), he actually leads the NFL in that category and is on pace for 119 receptions. While I don't think he'll finish with 119 catches, Forte has a minimum of five catches every week this season and has double-digit receptions in two of his past three games.

As successful as DeMarco Murray has been running the ball, it's actually Forte — not Murray — that leads running backs in fantasy points in point-per-reception (PPR) formats. [Note: DraftKings uses full PPR scoring.]

One of the reasons I love Forte is he's extremely consistent. Over the past four weeks, he has finished as the RB5, RB2, RB1 and RB1, respectively. And he has a top-three performance in Week 1 as well.

With another favorable matchup against the Patriots this week, Forte is one of the safest high-priced studs that you can insert into your DraftKings lineups.

Due to salary-cap confinements, however, it's not possible to load up only on stud players in DraftKings contests. Some value plays need to be mixed in as well.

Here are some value plays for Week 8 DraftKings contests:

QB - Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. SEA), $6,600

Aside from paying up for Aaron Rodgers ($9,000), Newton is my first choice among the mid-priced options this week. Newton ran the ball just seven times compared to the 17 he had the previous week, but the good news is that he is running the ball again and has 148 rushing yards and a touchdown over the past two games. Given up the 12th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, the Seahawks have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in five consecutive games. My fifth-ranked quarterback yet to play (started the week as my QB7), there are nine other quarterbacks with a higher salary this weekend.

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RB - Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. IND), $6,300

The only way in which Bell had disappointed fantasy owners is that he didn't score his second touchdown of the season until Week 7. That said, he is still the third-highest scoring running back in PPR formats after Forte and Murray. Bell ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards (599) and carries (117) and second among running backs in receptions (36) and receiving yards (339). Among running backs with at least 50 touches, none have averaged more yards from scrimmage per touch than Bell (6.13). As my third-ranked running back at the seventh-highest cost at the position, Bell gives owners a stud option at a discounted price.

RB - Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (at ATL), $4,800

In order to play Bell, you need to join a contest that starts at 9:30 a.m., which means your options are limited. That said, he's a must-start in games in which you can play him. With Reggie Bush listed as doubtful (i.e., not going to play), Bell will dominate the team's touches with Theo Riddick mixing in some as well. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than the Falcons, which have allowed nine top-20 fantasy running backs (PPR) in just seven games.

RB - Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (vs. GB), $4,300

Not only is Pierre Thomas out this week, but so is Khiry Robinson. That leaves the bulk of the backfield workload to Ingram, who returned last week from his hand injury, and the next guy on this list. Before sustaining the hand injury, Ingram had three rushing touchdowns in two games. Based on Vegas odds, the Saints are projected to score the third-most points this week in a game with the highest over-under. In other words, there could be a few goal-line opportunities for Ingram as well as a heavy workload.

RB - Travaris Cadet, New Orleans Saints (vs. GB), $3,000

As noted above, injuries in the backfield and expectations of a shootout should lead to solid fantasy production from Cadet, who is priced at the position-minimum salary. Even with Thomas healthy, Cadet had been stealing a significant role in the team's passing attack. Over the past three games, he has six receptions twice and a total of 15 catches. I could easily see Cadet finishing with six catches for 50 yards and adding another 20 or so rushing yards.

WR - Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (at ATL), $6,500

Like with Bell, Tate can only be used in select contests with a 9:30 a.m. start time, but he's worth getting into your lineup if you can. With the expectation that Calvin Johnson sits ahead of Detroit's Week 9 bye, Tate is line for another monster game. Over his past four games, Tate has 32/448/2 on 44 targets and at least 116 yards in three of those games.

WR - Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. PHI), $4,900

In his first three games, Floyd had a pair of 100-yard games and he has scored in back-to-back weeks, but Floyd has yet to have a top-20 finish in PPR scoring. That could change this week. The Eagles have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points (PPR scoring) to opposing wide receivers this season. Priced lower than 23 other wide receivers, Floyd is my 14th-ranked wideout.

WR - Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (vs. CHI), $4,600

Always better in PPR formats (like DraftKings) than standard-scoring formats, Edelman is the 31st-most expensive wideout this week, but he is my 18th-ranked wide receiver. Edelman has four top-20 finishes in seven games, but unfortunately he has finished as the WR45 or worse in three of the past four weeks. That said, Edelman has had at least seven targets every week and has averaged 9.29 targets and 6.29 catches per game this season.

WR - DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (at TEN), $4,200

Bouncing back from his Week 6 dud (2.2 fantasy points), Hopkins had six catches for 108 yards in Week 7. Hopkins now has 100-plus yards or a touchdown in five of seven games this season. At $4,200, there are 41 receivers priced higher than Hopkins, but it's unlikely that 41 of them outscore him.

WR - Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans (vs. HOU), $3,100

At only $100 above the position-minimum salary, Hunter is a high-upside guy that can deliver a bang for the buck. Or 20 cents on the dollar. As his two one-catch games over the past four weeks illustrate, his floor is low especially considering rookie Zach Mettenberger will be making his first NFL start. That said, Hunter and Mettenberger displayed good chemistry in the preseason and Mettenberger has the strong arm to attack the Texans vertically. I'll roll the dice with Hunter in a few lineups this weekend.

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TE - Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (vs. SEA), $5,500

While he doesn't receive the attention of other top tight ends, Olsen is actually the top-scoring tight end in PPR formats this season. (He's second behind only Julius Thomas in standard-scoring formats.) Olsen has finished with at least five catches and 60 yards in six of seven games and has scored a total of five touchdowns. Not only has he finished as a top-10 fantasy tight end in six of seven weeks, but he has finished as a top-four performer five times. This week's matchup is nothing to fear and it can actually be exploited as the Seahawks are giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. My top-ranked PPR tight end this week, Olsen is only the third-most expensive.

TE - Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (at DAL), $4,000

One of the most physically-gifted (and injury-plagued) tight ends in the league, Reed is healthy again and gets a favorable matchup this week. Over the past two games, Reed has 13 catches for 136 yards on 17 targets. Aside from the Bengals, no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends than the Cowboys.

TE - Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (at ARI), $3,200

Playing only 61 of 149 snaps in the team's two most-recent games, Ertz has barely played more than 40 percent of the team's offensive snaps over the past two weeks. Ertz played 64.48 percent of the offensive snaps in Weeks 1 to 4. That said, Ertz is a talented receiver, priced only $200 above the position minimum and the Cardinals present a matchup with the possibility to exploit. After allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends last year, Arizona is currently allowing the sixth-most this season.

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October 24, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start'em, Sit'em

We are roughly halfway through the 2014 NFL season — it always goes by way too fast, doesn't it? — and there are always surprises along the way.

As an example, both Ahmad Bradshaw and Justin Forsett rank inside the top-eight fantasy running backs through Week 7 and they are well ahead of LeSean McCoy (RB26). In fact, Bradshaw (92.8) has scored more fantasy points than McCoy (53.6) and Zac Stacy (37.5) combined.

While Bradshaw is listed below in this week's Start'em, Sit'em column, which players you should insert into your starting lineup depends on your roster and league's scoring settings.

In other words, if you own Eddie Lacy, McCoy and Bradshaw and can only start two running backs, I would start Lacy and McCoy even though Bradshaw is listed below as a "start." While he's ranked as a solid second running back, I have both Lacy and McCoy ranked a few spots higher.

For a better guage of which player I'd start over another, check out my fantasy football rankings.

Looking ahead to the rest of this week's games, here are some players to consider starting:

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (at JAX)

Tannehill got off to a slower start than I had expected, but he's been very productive over his past three games. Averaging 21.05 fantasy points per game during that stretch, Tannehill has finished as the QB11, QB13 and QB4 in his past three games. Not only does he have a minimum of 244 passing yards and two touchdowns in those games, he's added a total of 132 rushing yards as well.

QB - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (vs. PHI)

Palmer has been solid in his three starts this season as he thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in each of his starts. Prior to the Eagles bye and shutout against the Giants, they had allowed five consecutive top-12 finishes to opposing quarterbacks. In those games, they allowed multiple touchdowns each week and a total of 13. On the season, the Eagles have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs.

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RB - Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (vs. ATL)

With Reggie Bush listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in London, Bell will have this incredibly favorable matchup mostly to himself. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than the Falcons. In seven games, the Falcons have allowed seven running backs to finish the week as a top-13 running back and they have surrendered 12 rushing touchdowns to RBs. Over the past two games, Bell has 20 touches and a touchdown in each game and it's likely that streak extends to three games this weekend.

RB - Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts (at PIT)

While the pace is not sustainable, Bradshaw has scored seven touchdowns including six receiving scores in seven games this season. To put that into perspective, only three other running backs — Jamaal Charles, Danny Woodhead and Darren Sproles — have had that many receiving touchdowns in an entire season since 2005. That said, Bradshaw has scored the fifth-most fantasy points among running backs through Week 7 and he has finished as an RB1 (top-12 RB) in four of seven games. Although he may not score his eighth touchdown of the season, Bradshaw has become a weekly start as long as he's healthy.

RB - Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (at CLE)

Over the past five games, McFadden has averaged 17.0 touches per game (13.8 carries and 3.2 catches per contest). During that five-game span, he has finished as a top-27 (or better) running back in four games. In other words, he's producing at an RB2/flex level in the majority of his games. This week, the Raiders will face the Browns, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the position.

RB - Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (at TB)

The bad news is that McKinnon and yours truly are tied with zero NFL touchdowns. More than likely, McKinnon will break that tie some day — and perhaps it's this week. Either way, McKinnon has a pair of 100-yard rushing games over the past four weeks including last week against the Bills' vaunted run defense. An extremely explosive athlete, McKinnon has a great matchup this week as the Bucs have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

[Related: McKinnon made his way on to our must-start list for Week 8 DraftKings contests.]

WR - Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (vs. ATL)

Going into Week 8, Tate has 48 catches for 649 yards and two touchdowns on 65 targets. Antonio Brown (50) and Julio Jones (49) are the only wide receivers with more receptions than Tate, who currently ranks ninth among wideouts in fantasy points in standard-scoring formats. With Calvin Johnson either playing a decoy role or inactive, Tate has racked up a line of 32/448/2 on 44 targets over the past four games. If Megatron sits again this week, Tate is a top-three option for me at wide receiver.

WR - Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (at NYJ)

Excluding a three-target game in Week 6 spent on Revis Island, Watkins has eight-plus targets in his other five games since Week 2. Last week, he had a season-high 14 targets and finished with a 9/122/2 line. The WR15 through Week 7, Watkins has a favorable matchup against the Jets, who have allowed four 100-yard receivers including a 209-yard game to Jordy Nelson.

WR - Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. PHI)

Although Floyd had a pair of 100-yard games in the three games before the bye and he has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games, he has finished as a top-20 wide receiver only once this season. With Palmer back under center, it wouldn't surprise me if Floyd has his best game of the year against the Eagles, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year.

WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (at PIT)

Hilton has only one touchdown this season, but he has five-plus catches in all seven games this season and has nine-plus targets in all but one game. Over the past four games, he has been particularly productive with at least 90 yards in each game and has racked up a line of 31/525/1 during that stretch. With Reggie Wayne already ruled out for Week 8, Hilton should have another highly productive outing.

TE - Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (at DAL)

One of the most physically-gifted (and injury-plagued) tight ends in the league, Reed is healthy again and gets a favorable matchup this week. Over the past two games, Reed has 13 catches for 136 yards on 17 targets. Aside from the Bengals, no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends than the Cowboys.

TE - Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts (at PIT)

On the season, Andrew Luck has thrown 19 touchdowns and the largest share has gone to tight ends (nine). While Coby Fleener also has three touchdowns, Allen has caught a touchdown in five of seven games this season. In those games, he has finished as a top-seven fantasy tight end or better. The Steelers have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

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Here are some players to consider keeping on your fantasy bench(es):

QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. DET)

With an offensive line that has lost four starters to season-ending injuries, Ryan is going to get pressured early and often facing one of the league's top defensive lines. Technically, this week's game is considered a "home" game, but Ryan has struggled away from the Georgia Dome. In his four games outside of Georgia this year, Ryan has finished as the QB27, QB14, QB19 and QB23, respectively. Considering the Lions have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, this could turn out to be a really long day for Ryan and Falcons.

RB - Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. MIN)

Martin has yet to exceed 45 rushing yards in any of his four games this season and he's averaging just 2.90 yards per carry. While the matchup is favorable, Martin is nothing more than a flex option for me this week.

RB - Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans (vs. HOU)

With Shonn Greene sidelined for two weeks, Sankey has 34 carries for 117 yards (3.44 YPC) and one catch for seven yards. While the volume is good, the modest production isn't and there's a good chance that Sankey comes out when (or if) the Titans get near the goal line. Like Martin, Sankey is a flex option for me this week.

RB - Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons (vs. DET)

While he averaged 14.4 touches per game in the first five games of the season, Jackson has just 15 touches combined over the past two weeks and has finished outside the top-50 fantasy running backs each week. The Lions have allowed just 3.21 YPC to running backs and the eighth-fewest fantasy points to the position this season.

WR - Percy Harvin, New York Jets (vs. BUF)

As I noted in our NFL power rankings, nobody could have expected that the Seahawks would have traded Harvin in between back-to-back losses. While the Seahawks are a run-first team, Harvin is still a head case and it'll be interesting to see his impact on a locker room that has had its share of dysfunction. While Harvin will get return opportunities, his offensive snaps will be limited as he gets familiar with the offense in the middle of the season.

WR - Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (at TB)

Patterson scored his first receiving touchdown (he also had a rushing score in Week 1) of the season last week. That said, he still finished outside the top 36 fantasy receivers on his 2/9/1 stat line. That's not a typo — he had just nine yards. Patterson has exactly two receptions in four consecutive games and his receiving yards in those games are 38, eight, 15 and nine, respectively. Since Week 2, Patterson has three carries, but (to recycle my McKinnon joke) I have more rushing yards than he does during that span: zero to minus two. Patterson has a great matchup this week, but do you trust that he capitalize on it?

WR - Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (vs. HOU)

Wright has seen a high volume of targets with eight-plus in four of his past five games. He's had a couple of productive outings, but I have a hunch that Justin Hunter and the strong-armed rookie Zach Mettenberger show off the positive chemistry they displayed in the preseason. If you're in a 12-team league, I have Wright ranked as a WR3, but I have Hunter ranked a few spots higher this week.

TE - Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. IND)

Miller has just one game with a top-12 finish and he has finished as the TE30 (or worse) in four of seven games this year. Over his past three games, Miller has just eight targets, six catches and 78 yards.

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Daily Fantasy Football Roundtable: Week 8 DraftKings Must-Starts

Each Friday, our contributors tackle the $1 Million question (DraftKings' Millionaire Maker contest) and give their one must-start player that they like in DraftKings contests.

Here are our Week 8 DraftKings must-starts:

Brendan DonahueJeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles ($5,500)

Coming off a bye, Maclin and the Eagles travel to Arizona who have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this year. If you take out the Giants game where the Eagles dominated and didn't need to throw the ball in the 2nd half, Maclin has been targeted at least 10 times in every game. In what should be a shootout, I expect at least 10 targets for Maclin again and a great chance of producing well above his $5,500 price tag.

Sean BeazleyJerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings ($4,900)

One player I love this week is Vikings RB Jerrick McKinnon ($4,900). McKinnon is my sixth-ranked RB this week. McKinnon had a 19/103 line last week and should continue to get the bulk of the carries for Minnesota. He faces the Bucs, who rank 25th vs. the run this year and allow a league-worst 34 points per game. I think McKinnon could break out this week in a big way.

Ryan Watterson — Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings ($4,900)

McKinnon gets a top matchup against the lowly Bucs this week. Tampa has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to RBs this season. McKinnon has solidified himself as the lead back in Minnesota and has become the focal point of this offense. At $4,900, it will be hard to find a better value than McKinnon.

Dan YanotchkoShane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots ($6,200)

I am targeting Shane Vereen of the Patriots this week, as he is made especially for the Draft Kings full-point PPR format. Since losing Stevan Ridley for the year, Vereen is now the workhorse for the Pats and had an impressive stat line against one of the best rush defenses in the Jets. Vereen last week ran for 43 yards, but he had five receptions on eight targets for 71 yards and two touchdowns. I like the matchup of Vereen coming out of the backfield against the Bears, who allow 21.8 fantasy points per game to opposing RBs in PPR formats.

Kevin HansonMatt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears ($8,800)

Without a doubt, finding underpriced values is imperative, but starting high-priced studs that actually produce like studs is important as well. In other words, if you spend the money, you better get production and that's exactly what Forte has delivered. The top-scoring fantasy running back in PPR formats (DeMarco Murray is second), Forte leads running backs in catches (52), but he also leads the entire NFL. (Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown is second with 50 and Forte is on pace for 119 catches.) In PPR formats, Forte has finished the past four weeks as the RB5, RB2, RB1, RB1 — and he had an RB3 performance in Week 1 as well. The Pats have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs in PPR formats and Forte is about as safe as it gets and worth the salary.

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Demaryius Thomas extends 100-yard streak to four games

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had a phenominal three-game stretch entering tonight's game and while he did not score, Thomas had another strong outing with eight catches for 105 yards.

Over his past four games, Thomas has 34 catches for 626 yards and five touchdowns and has exceeded 100 yards in all four games.

Thomas is on pace for 107 receptions, 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns. Meanwhile, teammate Emmanuel Sanders, who had a 9/120/3 line tonight, is on pace for 107 catches as well for 1,449 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Broncos will face the Patriots next week in Foxboro.

Through Week 7, the Patriots have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.



October 23, 2014

Emmanuel Sanders posts 9/120/3 line on TNF

Facing a banged-up San Diego secondary, Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders finished with nine catches for 120 yards and three touchdowns.

Sanders caught all three of Peyton Manning's touchdown passes.

While he had 38 catches for 514 yards entering tonight's game, Sanders had just one touchdown in his first six games of the season. Sanders now has four 100-yard games on the season.

In his first season with the Broncos, Sanders is on pace for 107 receptions for 1,449 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Broncos will face the Patriots next week in Foxboro. Through Week 7, the Patriots have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.



2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Here are my Week 8 NFL power rankings:

1. Denver Broncos - Record: 5-1, Last Update: No. 1

Conditions are positive for Peyton Manning to build upon his NFL-record 510 passing touchdowns on Thursday Night Football against the Chargers. As tweeted by ESPN's Field Yates, the Broncos rank first in the NFL in red-zone efficiency while the Chargers rank last in the NFL in red-zone defense.

2. Dallas Cowboys - Record: 6-1, Last Update: No. 3

Once again, DeMarco Murray rushed for 100-plus yards and he's now the sole owner of the NFL record for most 100-yard games to start a season. In five career games against Washington, Murray has yet to rush for 100 yards, but he had 96 yards against them last December. Will he go over 100 for an eighth straight week?

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3. Indianapolis Colts - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 8

Going into the season, it wouldn't be a shock to many to say that Ahmad Bradshaw would be more productive than Trent Richardson this year. That said, Bradshaw has scored seven touchdowns including six receiving scores in seven games and ranks fifth among all running backs in fantasy points through Week 7.

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Record: 5-1, Last Update: No. 4

Last season, Nick Foles threw only two interceptions all year against 27 touchdowns. In his past three games, he has a 4:5 TD-to-INT ratio. Through six games this season, he has a total of 10 turnovers — seven interceptions and three lost fumbles. That puts him on pace to turn the ball over 27 times this season.

5. Green Bay Packers - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 6

If there is anyone that is not heeding Aaron Rodgers advice to "relax," it's opposing defenses. Since Week 2, Rodgers has thrown three-plus touchdowns in five of six games and has a 17:0 TD-to-INT ratio during that span. The team's top two receivers, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, have caught touchdowns in four consecutive games.

6. Arizona Cardinals - Record: 5-1, Last Update: No. 9

Even with some key injuries to their defensive line, the Cardinals once again rank first in the NFL in rush defense. Meanwhile, the pass defense ranks second to last in the NFL. Based on PFF pass-coverage grades, Patrick Peterson (-4.3) ranks 85th of 106 cornerbacks.

7. San Diego Chargers - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 2

Through seven games, Keenan Allen has 34 receptions, which is tied for 17th at the position, but he has yet to catch his first touchdown of the season. No receiver has more receptions than Allen without a touchdown. Next is diminutive slot receiver Andrew Hawkins (29 catches, no TDs).

8. New England Patriots - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 10

The good times continue to roll for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. Over the past three games, Brady has nine touchdowns and no interceptions. And for the disgruntled fantasy owners that were growing impatient, he now has three consecutive top-seven performances.

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9. Baltimore Ravens - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 11

Through seven games, quarterback Joe Flacco (1,854 yards) ranks eighth in the NFL in passing yards and is on pace for a career-high 4,238 yards and 32 touchdowns. Here's an interesting stat: 105 of Flacco's 156 completions, or 67-plus percent, have gone to players that weren't on the team last season.

10. Detroit Lions - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 12

Not only has Golden Tate played well with Calvin Johnson sidelined (or used as a decoy), but he has been dominant. In his past four games, Tate has a minimum of seven catches per game and a stat line of 32/448/2 on 44 targets. In three of those four games, Tate has at least 116 yards.

11. San Francisco 49ers - Record: 4-3, Last Update: No. 5

No team wants a 25-point loss heading into their bye (or at any point of the season), but the 49ers will face teams with a losing record in five of their first six games after the bye. The one team that doesn't have a losing record is Seattle (3-3) and they face them on a short week in San Francisco.

12. Seattle Seahawks - Record: 3-3, Last Update: No. 7

Back in August, if someone told you that the Seahawks would lose to the Cowboys at home and then to the Rams and their third-string quarterback the following week, you would have thought (s)he was crazy. What if (s)he also told you that they would trade Percy Harvin for a conditional draft pick in between those games?

13. Miami Dolphins - Record: 3-3, Last Update: No. 21

Although Mike Wallace is averaging a career-low 11.97 yards per reception and only has one game with more than five receptions, he's been consistently finding the end zone. 60 Minutes has scored in five of six games this season and has already tied his touchdown total from 2013.

14. Kansas City Chiefs - Record: 3-3, Last Update: No. 19

After getting his bell rung on a touchdown, Jamaal Charles grabbed some headlines with his comments made about that play. When he is healthy, few, if any, players are as important to their respective offenses as Charles is to Kansas City's offense. And on Sunday, he broke the franchise's rushing record.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Record: 4-3, Last Update: No. 23

Helped by Houston's turnovers, the Steelers became the first team to score 21 points in the final two minutes of a half since the Texans did the same in 2012.

16. Houston Texans - Record: 3-4, Last Update: No. 16

While DeMarco Murray generates tons of buzz about his strong start, another running back that plays in Texas is off to a great start as well. Texans running back Arian Foster now has gone over 100 rushing yards in five of his six games played. (The one exception was just six yards on eight carries in Week 4.)

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Fantasy Football Week 8: Underrated Players in PPR Leagues

Welcome to Week 8's version of underrated PPR players. As always, let's take a look at last week's picks and the year to date total +/-.

Performance Breakdown

Week 7 Results
QBsRBsWRsTEsTotal
+34.6-23.0-28.9+20.2+2.9
YTD Results
QBsRBsWRsTEsTotal
+43.9+70.9-81.9+38.8+71.7

* Stats are based on players recommended (compared to options listed to start those players over). YTD stats are from Week 5 with my first post.

Best of the week: Russell Wilson – Wilson was the No. 1 QB in fantasy last week, scoring a monster 40.3 points, depending on your scoring system. He outscored Drew Brees and Cam Newton by a total of 35.8 points.

Runner-up: Jermaine Gresham – Gresham had one of the more interesting stat lines you will see – 10 catches on 12 targets for 48 yards. That’s an astonishingly poor 4.8 YPC. However, I picked him because I thought he would get the opportunities, which he did. His 14.8 points ranked 8th in a PPR last week, scoring a total of 20.2 points more than the competition.

Worst of the week: Cecil Shorts – Typically, a four-point performance from Shorts means he left the game with an injury. It is rare to see Shorts lead the team in targets and produce next to nothing, but such is life. The real reason for the large negative value was Roddy White, who ironically was the “worst of the week” just seven days ago. Coming off a terrible game at home against a weak secondary, he of course goes off on the road against a tough secondary. Fantasy football is a fickle mistress. Shorts netted me a total of -37.2 points.

Runner-up: Reggie Bush – Bush claimed to be near 100% going into the game, but he tweaked his injury early in the game and looked far from healthy even before that point. He was extremely disappointing against his former team and lost a total of 18.4 points.

Now, on to this week's picks ...

Quarterbacks

Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs
FantasyPros ECR – 17

The Chiefs travel to St. Louis to take on a Rams team that ranks last in the league in defensive efficiency against the pass, and just gave up 40 points to the aforementioned Russell Wilson. Smith is no Wilson, but he can be a productive fantasy QB in the right matchup and is always a threat to gain some yards on the ground to buoy his numbers. Smith would be a good streaming option this week for QB-needy teams.

Consider starting him over:
- Matt Ryan – ECR 15
- Joe Flacco – ECR 16

Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
FantasyPros ECR – 13

Newton is finally starting to get his mobility back, posting back-to-back weeks of solid rushing numbers. While he did struggle through the air last week, Green Bay is unexpectedly in the upper echelon of passing defenses. The script flips a little this week. Seattle isn’t the same defense they were last season, they are vulnerable in the passing game due to a number of injuries to their No. 2 and No. 3 CBs. Ranking 22nd in defensive passing efficiency, Seattle doesn’t represent the terrifying matchup they used to. With Newton starting to get things going and Seattle in a slump, I think Newton posts solid QB1 numbers this week.

Consider starting him over:
- Jay Cutler – ECR 11
- Nick Foles – ECR 9

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Running Backs

Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
FantasyPros ECR – 21

Ingram was wholly unimpressive in his return from injury last week, posting a 1.6 YPC over 10 totes. However, I believe that had a lot to do with getting re-acclimated to live game action and facing the best run defense in the league. I expected the Saints to ease him back in, but believed he would eventually earn the lead back role after he looked to have finally realized his potential early in the season. Well, Pierre Thomas’ injury may accelerate that timeline. While Thomas was the primary passing down back, he still managed more than a handful of carries each week. He leaves a lot of touches on the table. Ingram is by the far the most well-rounded back left in the Saints backfield and is perfectly capable of handling more passing-down work in addition to his ground game. Travaris Cadet and Khiry Robinson will be involved, but I think Ingram gets the majority of the touches this week.

The Saints play a must-win game against the Packers this week. While New Orleans will never be a run-first team under Payton, his game plans do typically focus on exposing a defense's weakness. This is usually the reason Saints players can be so inconsistent in fantasy each week. Well, if Payton stays true to that mold, the Saints will have a greater focus on the run game as the Packers D ranks in the bottom third on the ground. In addition, the Saints offensive line is one of the best in terms of run blocking, while the Packers D-line is below average. Given how poorly the Saints D has been, and in a must-win situation, their best option is to exploit the Packers defensive weakness while simultaneously limiting Aaron Rodgers' possessions.

Consider starting him over:
- Darren McFadden – ECR 20
- Shane Vereen – ECR 15

Ahmad Bradshaw – Indianapolis Colts
FantasyPros ECR – 14

If Trent Richardson ends up playing his typical role, consider this null and void. I like Bradshaw this week regardless of if T-Rich plays, but his current ranking is in line with his usual role. What excites me about Bradshaw this week is the opportunity to handle a full workload for the first time this season. Extrapolate his stats across more touches and you have the production of a high end RB1. Did I mention that the Steelers are nothing more than a middling run defense that can be exposed, especially behind the Colts top 10 run blocking o-line?

Consider starting him over:
- LeSean McCoy – ECR 9
- Giovani Bernard – ECR 12

Wide Receivers

Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys
FantasyPros ECR - 32

There isn’t a whole to say here other than the Cowboys are playing the Redskins this week. The same Redskins who rank 20th in pass efficiency, 22nd in fantasy points allowed, and have given up at least 27 points in all but three games this season.

Consider starting him over:
- Marques Colston – ECR 28
- Pierre Garcon – ECR 22
- Keenan Allen – ECR 29

James Jones – Oakland Raiders
FantasyPros ECR – 39

Jones has had at least five targets in every game since Week 2, and has had at least 7.3 points in every game this season. Those numbers don’t blow anyone away, but there is something to be said for consistency. What’s interesting is that production has come against four of the best pass defenses in the league. With a great matchup on deck against the Browns, who rank 29th against WR1's, Jones is a good candidate to have a very solid game, likely something in the 13-16 point range. Not bad for a WR3.

Consider starting him over:
- Brandin Cooks – ECR 34
- Torrey Smith – ECR 38

Tight Ends

Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts
FantasyPros ECR - 8

Allen is one of my favorite picks this week. The Steelers are one of the worst defenses against TEs – 24th in FPA and 29th in efficiency. Luck spreads the ball around and takes advantage of the defense’s weakness. Allen has been very involved in the offense in all but Week 2 and I don’t see any reason that doesn’t continue. I think Allen is a top-6 TE this week.

Consider starting him over:
- Jordan Cameron – ECR 8
- Antonio Gates – ECR 6

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October 21, 2014

POLL: Will DeMarco Murray rush for 100+ Yards in Week 8?

Not only did Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray close the 2014 season strong, but he's more than picked up from where he left off.

Through seven weeks of the 2014 NFL season, Murray has done something that no other player in the history of the league has done by rushing for 100-plus yards in his first seven games of the season.

(Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is second with six consecutive 100-yard games to begin a season.)

Murray leads the NFL in rushing (913 yards) by a wide margin — Houston's Arian Foster is second with 615 yards — and is on a record-breaking pace of 427 carries. Murray has yet to have less than 22 carries in any game in this season.

In his last game against Washington, Murray carried the ball 22 times for 96 yards and a score. Washington has allowed just one 100-yard rusher (Foster, Week 1) this season.

Will Murray rush for 100 yards on Monday Night Football? Or will his streak end at seven games?



Fantasy Football Rest-of-Season (ROS) Rankings: Weeks 8 to 16

Earlier today, I updated my rest-of-season (ROS) fantasy football rankings.

The point of these rankings is to tell you who I would rather have for the remainder of the season (through Week 16) and can be used to help with waiver-wire and trade decisions.

Here are our updated ROS quarterback rankings:

1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
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Here are our updated ROS running back rankings:

1. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
2. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
3. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
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Here are our updated ROS wide receiver rankings:

1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
2. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
-> View our full ROS Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings

Here are our updated ROS tight end rankings:

1. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
3. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
5. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
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Week 8 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Trifone

Here are my Week 8 picks against the spread:

Houston Texans -1.5 over Tennessee Titans (5 units)

The Steelers/Texans game on Monday night was one of the strangest games of the year. The Texans dominated the first half, only to give up 24 points in the last few minutes of the half - mostly on fluke turnovers deep in their own territory. Houston is the much better team here, and I expect their defense to keep the Titans scoring to a minimum.

St. Louis Rams +7 over Kansas City Chiefs (3 units)

At first glance, most people would think that the Chiefs are the better team here. They're coming off an impressive win over San Diego. However, the Rams are coming off a pretty impressive win of their own over the defending Super Bowl Champions. On a neutral field, I think this is actually close to a pick'em game. I'll give the Chiefs the 3-point home field advantage, but I'll take the Rams getting 6.5 here.

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Chicago Bears +6.5 over New England Patriots (4 units)

The Bears could be on their way to totally falling out of the playoff hunt just midway through the season. After the Patriots, the Bears have a bye and then go to Green Bay, so 3-6 through 9 games is very realistic. They need to win this week to get back to .500 going into the bye week.

New England has been all over the map as far as what analysts think of them. After three weeks, I heard commentators say that they had worse offensive talent than any team in the league, including the Jets. Three weeks later, they were Super Bowl contenders. Then a relatively dud game against the Jets on Thursday and they're marginal again. Week to week, it's hard to tell which Patriots team is going to show up. I think they'll probably win this one, but the Bears certainly have a chance, and will likely keep it to a one-score game.

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Reggie Wayne (elbow) may "miss a game or two"

Although Colts receiver Reggie Wayne downplayed the elbow injury that he suffered in Sunday's shutout win, it appears that the injury will keep him out of this week's game, and possibly more.

Per Mike Chappell of ABC 6 in Indianapolis, Wayne's injury, while not serious, "could force him to miss a game or two."

Wayne has 38 receptions for 434 yards and a touchdown in seven games.

On the season, Wayne ranks 36th among wide receivers in fantasy points in standard-scoring formats (27th in PPR). He has finished as a top-25 receiver only once this year.

Meanwhile, teammate T.Y. Hilton has finished as a top-25 option in four consecutive weeks. During that four-week span, Hilton has 90-plus yards in each game and has a total of 31 catches for 525 yards with a touchdown.

If Wayne misses this week's game against the Steelers, Hakeem Nicks would see his role expand, but he has finished outside the top-60 fantasy wide receivers in four consecutive weeks and has just seven catches for 59 yards during that stretch.

The Steelers have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers through Week 7.



Report: Pierre Thomas (shoulder) to miss the next 2-3 weeks

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas is going to miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

In six games, Thomas has 30 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns plus 26 receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown.

Even though Travaris Cadet has cut into passing-game opportunities of Thomas, he has scored the 17th-most fantasy points among running backs in PPR-scoring formats through Week 7.

Cadet has now had six receptions in two of the team's past three games and he has a total of 15 during that stretch even with PT on the field.

This week, the Saints host the Packers and are projected to score the fourth-most points based on Vegas odds.

In his first game back from his hand injury, Mark Ingram (12) led the Saints running backs in touches followed by Thomas (10). Cadet had six touches, all receptions while Khiry Robinson had just three touches and Austin Johnson had two touches.

With Thomas out, Ingram, Robinson and Cadet should all see their touches increase.



2014 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 8 to 16

Before the season began, we created fantasy football strength of schedule (SOS) pages for each position based on last year's production. Through the season, however, we make weekly updates of our strength of schedule for the remaining games based on what their upcoming opponents have done so far this season.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players to pick up off the waiver wire (Week 8 waiver-wire post) and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could potentially break the tie.

Five most favorable SOS for QBs (Weeks 8-16):

1. San Francisco 49ers (Colin Kaepernick): 18.07 average fantasy points allowed among remaining opponents
2. Dallas Cowboys (Tony Romo): 17.80
3. Kansas City Chiefs (Alex Smith): 17.76
4. Buffalo Bills (Kyle Orton): 17.60
5. Minnesota Vikings (Teddy Bridgewater): 17.49

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Five least favorable SOS for QBs (Weeks 8-16):

32. Chicago Bears (Jay Cutler): 14.92
31. New York Jets (Geno Smith): 15.28
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blake Bortles): 15.74
29. Miami Dolphins (Ryan Tannehill): 16.13
28. New England Patriots (Tom Brady): 16.17

* Note: Totals above are the average fantasy football points allowed based on their remaining opponents.

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2014 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 8 to 16

Before the season began, we created fantasy football strength of schedule (SOS) pages for each position based on last year's production. Through the season, however, we make weekly updates of our strength of schedule for the remaining games based on what their upcoming opponents have done so far this season.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players to pick up off the waiver wire (Week 8 waiver-wire post) and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could potentially break the tie.

Five most favorable SOS for RBs (Weeks 8-16):

1. Carolina Panthers (DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart): 21.46 average fantasy points allowed among remaining opponents
2. Cleveland Browns (Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell): 20.84
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Doug Martin): 20.22
4. Green Bay Packers (Eddie Lacy): 20.16
5. Baltimore Ravens (Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce): 19.85

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Five least favorable SOS for RBs (Weeks 8-16):

32. Oakland Raiders (Darren McFadden): 15.68
31. New York Giants (Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams): 16.35
30. St. Louis Rams (Tre Mason, Zac Stacy): 16.44
29. Arizona Cardinals (Andre Ellington): 16.71
28. Kansas City Chiefs (Jamaal Charles): 16.96

* Note: Totals above are the average fantasy football points allowed based on their remaining opponents.

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2014 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 8 to 16

Before the season began, we created fantasy football strength of schedule (SOS) pages for each position based on last year's production. Through the season, however, we make weekly updates of our strength of schedule for the remaining games based on what their upcoming opponents have done so far this season.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players to pick up off the waiver wire (Week 8 waiver-wire post) and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could potentially break the tie.

Five most favorable SOS for WRs (Weeks 8-16):

1. Carolina Panthers (Kelvin Benjamin): 25.04 average fantasy points allowed among remaining opponents
2. Seattle Seahawks (Doug Baldwin): 24.57
3. Cincinnati Bengals (A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu): 24.16
4. Green Bay Packers (Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb): 24.08
5. Tennessee Titans (Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter): 24.00

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Five least favorable SOS for WRs (Weeks 8-16):

32. New England Patriots (Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell): 19.52
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Cecil Shorts, Allen Robinson): 20.25
30. Denver Broncos (Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker): 20.46
29. Chicago Bears (Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery): 20.75
28. New York Jets (Percy Harvin, Eric Decker): 21.16

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2014 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 8 to 16

Before the season began, we created fantasy football strength of schedule (SOS) pages for each position based on last year's production. Through the season, however, we make weekly updates of our strength of schedule for the remaining games based on what their upcoming opponents have done so far this season.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players to pick up off the waiver wire (Week 8 waiver-wire post) and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could potentially break the tie.

Five most favorable SOS for TEs (Weeks 8-16):

1. New York Giants (Larry Donnell): 9.70 average fantasy points allowed among remaining opponents
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (Clay Harbor): 9.51
3. Philadelphia Eagles (Zach Ertz): 9.35
4. Houston Texans (Garrett Graham): 9.14
5. Indianapolis Colts (Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener): 8.97

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Five least favorable SOS for TEs (Weeks 8-16):

32. Green Bay Packers (Andrew Quarless): 6.58
31. Carolina Panthers (Greg Olsen): 6.60
30. Atlanta Falcons (Levine Toilolo): 7.09
29. Cincinnati Bengals (Jermaine Gresham): 7.23
27 (tie). Chicago Bears (Martellus Bennett): 7.32
27 (tie). San Diego Chargers (Antonio Gates): 7.32

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