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October 20, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 8

It's been an unusual NFL bye-week schedule this season. Like ripping off the Band-Aid, the NFL had six teams on bye in Week 4 (only two teams on bye that week last year) to kick things off.

Since then, we've had just two teams on bye every week. Unlike last year when six teams were on bye in Week 8, only two teams, Giants and 49ers, have their bye in Week 8.

Starting in Week 9, however, we will have back-to-back weeks with six teams on bye.

With this week's waiver-wire post (like the ones before it), the goal is to suggest some players that could be useful to fantasy owners from a rest-of-season perspective or as a bye-week fill-in or both.

Aside from the player offering some fantasy value, the only other rule I have is that all players on this list are owned in no more than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues to give realistic suggestions of players that could be on your waiver wire.

With that said, here are some players to consider adding to your fantasy roster(s) (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

QB - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (42 percent)

Palmer finished with nearly identical numbers this week (253 passing yards and two touchdowns) as he had last week (250 yards and two touchdowns). With one game to go in Week 7, Palmer ranks as the 11th-highest scoring fantasy quarterback for the week. Palmer and the Cardinals get a favorable matchup next week against the Eagles. Before their shutout against the Giants, the Eagles had allowed a top-12 finish to all five of the quarterbacks they had faced in Weeks 1 to 5 and three of those were top-six finishes.

QB - Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (41 percent)

Averaging just 211.67 passing yards per game, Smith quietly puts up solid fantasy performances. In his past four games, he has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback twice and he enters Monday Night Football as the QB13 for the week. Since the start of last season, only four quarterbacks have more rushing yards than Smith (569) and only only three are current starters — Russell Wilson (866), Colin Kaepernick (784) and Cam Newton (775). Smith's schedule over the next two weeks is fantastic as he faces the Rams and Jets, who are the two friendliest defenses to fantasy quarterbacks through Sunday's games.

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QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (36 percent)

In his first three games of the season, Tannehill finished as the QB20 or worse in all three contests. In his past three games, however, he has finished as the QB11, QB13 and QB4 (with just the MNF game to play), respectively. Tannehill has yet to throw for more than 278 yards in any game this season, but he has multiple touchdown passes in each of the past three games and has averaged 44 rushing yards per game during that stretch.

QB - Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (30 percent)

Before getting injured in Week 2, things started slowly for Griffin III, but there is obviously plenty of upside for him if things click in Jay Gruden's offense. While Kirk Cousins was benched on Sunday and the turnovers hurt more in real than fantasy football, Cousins had three top-eight outings in his previous five games. It's unclear whether RG3 will be ready for Week 8 and although it seems unlikely that he will play this week, he has yet to be ruled out by Gruden. Either way, he's getting close.

QB - Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (six percent)

Glennon has finished as a top-15 fantasy quarterback — but outside of the top 12 — in his past three games. Glennon has a pair of 300-yard games and has thrown multiple touchdowns in all three of those starts.

QB - Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills (five percent)

In his three starts, Orton has averaged nearly 300 passing yards per game (296.67) with five touchdowns and three interceptions. While he has finished outside of the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in all three of those starts, Orton has a favorable matchup against the Jets this week for those that need a bye-week replacement for Week 8.

RB - Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams (16 percent)

Active in only his second NFL game, Mason, the team's third-round pick, led the Rams in rushing with 18 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks. Although the Seahawks allowed DeMarco Murray to rush for over 100 yards in Week 6 (then again, who hasn't?), it was only the second time that a back rushed for 40-plus yards against Seattle this season. Mason may not get 18 carries per game going forward, but he has been productive with his opportunities as he's averaging 5.34 YPC in two games.

RB - Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, Buffalo Bills (six and four percent)

With the injuries to C.J. Spiller (collarbone, likely out for season) and Fred Jackson (groin, expected to miss four weeks), Brown and Dixon will have an expanded opportunity in Buffalo's backfield. Like to Brown himself, it's been a surprise to me that he has been a weekly inactive. With more talent and upside than Dixon, Brown was dubbed "an every-down back" by Jackson and he would be the preferred add if you could add just one of these two backs.

RB - Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (35 percent)

Second on the depth chart behind an injury-prone running back (Ben Tate) and on a run-heavy team, Crowell should be owned more than he currently is. As long as Tate is healthy and Terrance West is also active, Crowell will likely have some quiet games like Sunday's 18-yard performance on seven carries. That said, he's still averaging 5.0 YPC and has four touchdowns in six games on the season.

RB - Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (nine percent)

With some added flexibility as a rare WR/RB-eligible player in Yahoo! leagues, Robinson had a massive 22/127/1 line in their first win of the season. It was the first time that a Jaguars running back had more than 42 rushing yards since Toby Gerhart had in Week 1. It was also the first time a Jaguars running back had more than 10 carries since Gerhart's 18 attempts in Week 1.

RB - Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (47 percent)

Since Week 2, McFadden has averaged 17.0 touches — 13.8 carries and 3.2 receptions — per game. Even though he is averaging just 3.82 yards per carry on the year, he has finished as a top-27 running back (at least a flex option) in four of his past five games. Through Sunday's games, the Browns, Oakland's next opponent, has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys (seven percent)

With 100-plus yards for Murray in seven straight games, it's also alarming that he's on a record pace of 424 carries and has never played more than 14 games in a season. Randle should be handcuffed by Murray owners, but is a decent speculative stash given Murray's durability track record. If Murray misses a game or two, Randle will likely share the workload with Lance Dunbar, but I'd expect Randle to get the larger share of touches and the Cowboys have one of the league's best offensive lines.

RB - Jonas Gray, New England Patriots (one percent)

It was Gray — not Brandon Bolden or James White — that was given an opportunity (albeit fairly small) after Shane Vereen last week. Gray had three carries for 12 yards, but there will be chances for larger production in the future. Considering the unpredictability of how Belichick allocates running back touches, however, he will almost always be a dicey fantasy option on a weekly basis.

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WR - Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants (50 percent)

Beckham made the most of his four receptions on Sunday as he scored twice and now has three touchdowns in his three NFL games. While I don't expect him to maintain a TD-per-game pace, I would expect his reception and yardage totals to increase from his current averages of 3.3/35.3. A dash of bad news is the Giants have a bye in Week 8 and then a couple of tough matchups against the Colts and Seahawks after the bye.

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (22 percent)

With Percy Harvin now a member of the J-E-T-S, Baldwin had his best game of the season, by far, with seven catches for 123 yards and a score on 11 targets. Through Sunday's games, only three receivers have scored more fantasy points than Baldwin. Baldwin certainly won't get 11 targets per game or even in most games, but he's definitely the best option among Seahawks receivers going forward.

WR - Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (15 percent)

Robinson has appeared on this list many times this year and to show the minuscule extent of my influence, he's still owned in only 15 percent of leagues. That said, Robinson has 50-plus yards in three consecutive games and now in five of his past six games.

WR - Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns (29 percent)

Hawkins had a couple of duds in Weeks 5 and 6 with three catches for 27 yards combined in those two games. Or in Week 5 alone considering he had a goose egg in Week 6. That said, Hawkins had five catches for 112 yards on nine targets this week and now has nine targets or more in five of six games this season. Hawkins has yet to score a touchdown this season and he remains a better option in PPR formats, where he has four top-25 performances this season.

WR - Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (13 percent)

One week after getting a season-high eight targets, Adams made the most of his sole target this week as he scored a 21-yard touchdown. As the team's third receiver, Adams has at least 7.1 fantasy points in three consecutive games. One of the problems for Green Bay's passing attack is that they have jumped out to huge leads and Rodgers has thrown 28 or fewer pass attempts in four of his past five games. Going forward, there will be closer games and more opportunities for Adams.

TE - Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens (49 percent)

Daniels had a season-high six catches and nine targets in Week 7. It will Daniels third week this season finishing as a top-10 fantasy tight end, but he has more than 50 yards in only two games this season. The good news is that the Ravens face the Bengals in Week 8 and no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season than Cincinnati.

TE - Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (40 percent)

Battling a knee injury since the preseason, Clay has played in every regular-season game, but things got off to a slow start for him. With 35 yards or less and no touchdowns in his first five games, Clay had 4/58/1 last week and is tied with Daniels for the fourth-most fantasy points at the position this week (obvioulsy excluding tonight's game). Clay and the Dolphins have a fantasy-friendly matchup against the Jaguars this week.

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October 19, 2014

Week 7 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Yanotchko

Here are my Week 7 picks against the spread:

Arizona Cardinals -4 over Oakland Raiders (4 units)

The Cardinals have been a great surprise this year, starting 4-1 and also being in first place of the vaunted NFC West. The Cards have done it with a stifling defense, and they have even overcome playing different starting quarterbacks this year. I love the Cardinals defense this week, as their rush defense ranks third in the league at 75.8 yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry. I also like the fact that Carson Palmer is back, and he gets to throw against an Oakland secondary that gives up a 70-percent completion rate. I am making this one a four-unit play, and while the Raiders are playing better, it won't be enough.

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San Francisco 49ers +7 over Denver Broncos (4 units)

This game is slated to be the game of the week, and I have a feeling that it won't disappoint. You have Peyton Manning going for Brett Favre's all-time TD record, and of course, you have the classic great offense against great defense confrontation. Peyton will be tested again this week, going against a pass defense that allows a stingy 55.9-percent completion rate, only 207 yards per game with seven interceptions on the year. Also, the Broncos just lost their leading tackler last year in Danny Trevathan, which will allow Frank Gore to keep the chains moving and Manning off of the field. I am going with four units here, as I don't think the Niners will win outright, but I do like them to be within seven at the final gun.

Pittsburgh Steelers -3 over Houston Texans (4 units)

This Monday night game will have huge implications in the AFC, as these two middle-of-the-pack teams will look to push themselves into the playoff picture. The Texans have been really bad on defense this year, with of course the exception of J.J. Watt, who is even being talked about as an MVP candidate. The Texans D has been bad in both facets, as they allow 125.7 yards per game on the ground, 4.4 yards per carry average, and also 272 yards against through the air. I love the Steelers skill players this week, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell will have a huge nights. I love the Steelers at home in front of a fired-up Monday night crowd for four units.

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October 17, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Week 7 Start'em, Sit'em

Guessing which Patriots running back will be the most productive in any given week is always a 50-50 proposition at best.

Last night, Vereen led the team in both rushing — 11 carries for 43 yards — and receiving — five catches for 71 yards. More importantly, he caught two of Tom Brady's three touchdown passes and finished with a total of 23. 4 fantasy points in standard-scoring formats.

Meanwhile, Brandon Bolden finished with no carries and one reception for four yards. Promoted from the practice squad, Jonas Gray had three carries for 12 yards.

So, what does this mean? Bolden will probably go off for 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns next week while he's on everyone's bench.

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

QB - Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (at DEN)

Kaepernick is coming off his best outing of the season with a season-high 343 passing yards and three touchdowns and added 37 rushing yards as well. Although he had a disappointing performance the previous week, Kaepernick now has three top-12 performances in his past four games and the sixth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks through Week 6. Kaepernick's dual-threat abilities help raise the floor on his production as he has averaged 7.8 runs for 40.7 yards per game this season.

QB - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at OAK)

Returning from a three-game (four-week) absence, Palmer put up solid numbers (250 yards and two touchdowns) in Week 6. The better news is that there were setbacks with his nerve issue and he should continue to get stronger going forward. Averaging 19.38 fantasy points in his two starts, Palmer is a solid low-end QB1 for Week 7.

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RB - Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens (vs. ATL)

While the Falcons allow the most fantasy points to opposing running backs, they have consistently allowed strong running back performances. Through six weeks, the Falcons have allowed four running backs to finish as top-five scorers and seven running backs to finish as top-13 performers. Even though they have allowed only one 100-yard rusher, they have allowed 11 rushing scores to the position this season.

Forsett has yet to have more than 14 carries in a game, but he also has 23 receptions in six games. Leading NFL running backs in yards per carry (6.38), Forsett has rushed for a touchdown in three of six games despite having the frame of a change-of-pace back. Forsett ranks eighth among running backs in fantasy points this season and has another great chance to finish as top-12 running back this week. Based on Vegas odds, only the Packers (28.50) are projected to score more points this week than the Ravens (28.25), who are tied with the Broncos (28.25) for second most.

RB - Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns (at JAX)

Far from durable, Tate returned from his knee injury in Week 5 and the Browns have not shied away from giving him a full workload. In the past two games, Tate has a total of 47 carries for 201 yards and two touchdowns and has finished as the RB17 and RB5 in those games. This week, Tate and the Browns will face the Jaguars, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Branden Oliver, San Diego Chargers (vs. KC)

With Donald Brown (concussion) still not cleared, it appears that Oliver will have another opportunity to be the lead dog in the Chargers backfield. Oliver has 45 carries in his past two games for a total of 215 rushing yards as well as eight receptions for 91 yards and a total of three touchdowns. This week's matchup isn't all that favorable as the Chiefs have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but then again, he finished as the top-scoring running back in Week 5 against the Jets (sixth-fewest).

RB - Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (at CHI)

Miller has been consistently productive this season with three consecutive top-13 finishes and has finished as a top-18 running back in four of five games this season. With Knowshon Moreno (ACL) out for the season, we may (or may not) see more of Miller since he has yet to see more than 15 carries in a game, but he's been productive with his touches. Miller has averaged 5.24 YPC this season and is averaging three catches per game as well.

WR - Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (at OAK)

The return of Palmer allowed both Floyd and teammate Larry Fitzgerald to catch their first touchdowns of the season last week. Provided Palmer can stay healthy, we should expect consistent and high production from the third-year receiver. In his two games with Palmer under center, Floyd has nine catches for 166 yards and a touchdown.

WR - Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals (at IND)

With A.J. Green expected to miss another game (and possibly more), Sanu will be the primary (and secondary) option among the pass-catchers. While we will see a heavy dose of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, Sanu, who had 10/120/1 on 14 targets last week, could approach double-digit targets once again. Even with the Bengals having their bye already, Sanu has scored the 13th-most fantasy points among wide receivers this season.

WR - Andre Holmes, Oakland Raiders (vs. ARI)

A massive 20 targets have been directed to Holmes in the Raiders past two games and he has capitalized on the opportunity. In those games, he has racked up 195 yards and three touchdowns as he finished as the WR12 and WR2, respectively. While it may be unrealistic to expect him to put up top-12 numbers for a third game in a row, the Cardinals have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Rueben Randle, New York Giants (at DAL)

By controlling the clock with DeMarco Murray and the league's top-ranked rushing offense, the Cowboys have keep their defense (and opposing offenses) off the field. That said, the season-ending injury to Victor Cruz elevates Randle to the top of the team's depth chart at receiver, but Randle has seen No. 1 receiver type of volume with at least nine targets in four consecutive games.

TE - Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (at SD)

The matchup isn't great in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends, but they have faced the who's who in tight ends (as in who?). Ok, bad joke (like usual), but the best tight end they have faced is Scott Chandler, Clay Harbor or Jace Amaro (take your pick). The others are a tier or two below that level. After this week, the best tight end the Chargers will have faced will clearly be Kelce, who has scored in three consecutive games.

TE - Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts (vs. CIN)

Allen had three catches for 49 yards, a fairly common statistical line for him, on a season-high seven targets last week. The big difference for Allen is that he failed to secure a touchdown for only the second time in six games. The Bengals have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends so far this season so I'd put the odds of Allen scoring this week at greater than 50-50.

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

QB - Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at DET)

If Jimmy Graham plays on Sunday, then Brees should certainly be in your starting lineup. Graham has put in back-to-back limited practices, but my gut is that he does not play on Sunday. If that is indeed true, Brees will be without his best offensive weapon on the road, where he has historically been much less impressive, and going up against the league's top-ranked defense in terms of scoring, yardage, sacks and pass defense. As you can imagine, they also have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks as well.

QB - Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (vs. NYG)

As noted in our DraftKings roundtable post this morning, Sean Beazley expects a huge week from Romo as the Giants focus on stopping Murray. I can see that, to a certain extent. That said, it won't be due to a lack of commitment to the run as Romo is averaging just 31.8 attempts per game this season. Even with multiple touchdown passes in four consecutive games, Romo has finished as a top-15 quarterback only twice this season.

RB - Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints (at DET)

With Mark Ingram (hand) set to return from injury, Robinson may or may not lead the team in carries. It's not clear how they will initially allocate work as Ingram is integrated back into the offense with Robinson playing well in his absence, but Ingram will eventually re-emerge as the team's top fantasy back provided he stays healthy. The presence of all three (or four if you count Travaris Cadet) means that I'd prefer to keep all of them on my bench this week against the Lions, who have the league's second-ranked rushing defense.

RB - Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (vs. SEA)

Consistency: Averaging 3.9 yards per carry last season, Stacy is averaging 3.9 YPC this season. The problem is that Stacy had 250 carries in just 14 games last season, but he has 12 or less carries in four of five games this season. Not only is the volume not there, Stacy (and the Rams backs) have a difficult matchup this week against the Seahawks, who have allowed just one running back (Murray) to reach 40 rushing yards.

RB - Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans (at WAS)

It appears that Shonn Greene will miss another game so Sankey could once again approach 20 touches (had 19 last week). That said, it appears that Sankey will come out at the goal line in favor of Jackie Battle and Washington's run defense is solid. For me, Sankey is just a flex this week.

RB - C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (vs. MIN)

You know who's not happy with Spiller's production? Well, I guess that's somewhat of a trick question, because who's not, right? Earlier today, offensive coordinator Nate Hackett said that Spiller is trying to "do too much." While Spiller had a season-low six touches last week, he has finished as a top-40 running back only once in his past four games and that was a mediocre RB25 performance. As long as Fred Jackson is healthy and Spiller continues to struggle, he belongs on your bench.

WR - Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (vs. KC)

With the exception of a strong 10/135 performance against the Jags in Week 4, Allen has exceeded 40 yards only once in five other games and is averaging just 32.2 yards in those five other games. Although teammates Eddie Royal (WR14) and Malcom Floyd (WR20) are top-20 fantasy wide receivers through Week 6, Allen ranks only 60th in fantasy points this season. We will eventually see better production from Allen, who has yet to score a touchdown, but I have him ranked just outside of my top-30 fantasy receivers for the week.

WR - Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (at BUF)

While the potential seems limitless, the production has been limited. Patterson has just two receptions in each of his past three games despite getting a season-high eight targets last week and one carry for two yards. Patterson has finished outside the top 50 receivers for four consecutive games and WR85 or worse in each of his past two games. Like I wrote last week, I'd rather be one week too late on Patterson than several weeks too early.

WR - Wes Welker, Denver Broncos (vs. SF)

While I expect Welker to finish with more than last week's one reception and one target, he's fourth on the list of options in the team's passing offense after Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. In the two previous games, Welker had 6/60 and 7/58 on nine targets in each game, but even that production kept Welker out of the top-40 receivers in both weeks.

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

Going into the season, I expected Miller to be a low-upside but consistently productive (borderline top-12) fantasy tight end. That hasn't been the case. In six games, Miller had one great game (10/85/1, TE3), but he has finished as the TE15 or worse in all five of his other games this season. In fact, half of his performances ranked him as the TE30 or worse. Considering the Texans allow the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Miller should remain on fantasy owners' benches.

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October 16, 2014

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

Here are my Week 7 NFL power rankings:

1. Denver Broncos - Record: 4-1, Last Update: No. 2

Now only three touchdowns away from breaking Brett Favre's all-time passing touchdowns record (508), Peyton Manning has thrown multiple touchdowns in all five games and three-plus in four of five games this season. Of the 15 touchdowns than Manning has thrown this year, tight end Julius Thomas has caught nine of them with at least one in each game. In the history of the NFL, only Calvin Johnson has as many receiving touchdowns threw the first five games of a season (2011).

2. San Diego Chargers - Record: 5-1, Last Update: No. 3

Following up last year's bounce-back season, Philip Rivers is having an even better year this season — 117.6 passer rating, 8.8 yards per attempt and 69.3 completion percentage, all of which lead the NFL, and a 15:2 TD-to-INT ratio. Yet despite injuries and Rivers' success, the Chargers remain committed to the run. They rank last in the league in yards per carry (2.9) yet third in the league in rush attempts (190).

3. Dallas Cowboys - Record: 5-1, Last Update: No. 8

Anytime there is a list of two running backs and the other is Jim Brown, you know it's a good list to be on. While there is some obvious concern about the volume of work and his past durability, DeMarco Murray now has six consecutive 100-yard rushing games to start the season. The team's commitment to the run really masks some of their other issues by keeping their defense off the field and fresh.

4. Philadelphia Eagles - Record: 5-1, Last Update: No. 7

In his first five games, LeSean McCoy averaged less than four yards per carry in all of them. In Week 6, however, McCoy gained 149 yards on 22 carries for an average of 6.77 YPC. Not only did McCoy come up big, but their defense pitched a 27-0 shutout against division rivals to hit their bye week on a high.

5. San Francisco 49ers - Record: 4-2, Last Update: No. 6

Even though they are missing several key contributors on the defensive side of the ball, the 49ers rank second in the NFL in total defense and rank fifth against the run and second against the pass. They will have their toughest test of the season as they face the high-powered Broncos offense on the road in Week 7.

6. Green Bay Packers - Record: 4-2, Last Update: No. 5

Although he's averaging just 236.5 passing yards per game, which would be a career low as a starter, Aaron Rodgers has now thrown 14 touchdowns with no interceptions in his past five games. On the season, nobody has thrown a higher percentage of touchdown passes than Rodgers, who has connected for a touchdown on 7.9 percent of his pass attempts.

7. Seattle Seahawks - Record: 3-2, Last Update: No. 1

The Cowboys came into Seattle's house and pushed them around, something that nobody expected including me. That said, you could easily argue that the Seahawks should have been pushed down this far in this week's power rankings. Based on current Vegas odds, the Seahawks are still the favorites among all NFC teams to win the Super Bowl and only the Broncos have lower odds to win it all.

8. Indianapolis Colts - Record: 4-2, Last Update: No. 9

With a (regular-season) career-high 223 yards and a touchdown against the Texans last week, Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton continues to create trouble for Houston's secondary. In five career games against the Texans, Hilton has 31 catches for 611 yards and six touchdowns. In fact, his touchdown ended a 13-game regular-season drought without a touchdown. (His previous touchdown was against the Texans when he scored three times.)

9. Arizona Cardinals - Record: 4-1, Last Update: No. 10

Although they sit atop the NFC West in the standings, they are the third NFC West team in these rankings. With the return of Carson Palmer on Sunday, both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald caught their first touchdowns of the season last week.

10. New England Patriots - Record: 4-2, Last Update: No. 11

What a difference with Tom Brady and the offense over the past couple of weeks! After four consecutive games with 249 passing yards (or less) and only one touchdown, Brady has thrown for 653 yards and six touchdowns in his past two games combined. Unfortunately, they lost Stevan Ridley, their leading rusher, and Jerod Mayo, the "Tom Brady of the defense," to season-ending injuries last week.

11. Baltimore Ravens - Record: 4-2, Last Update: No. 12

Throwing five touchdowns in all, Joe Flacco threw four first-quarter touchdowns against the Bucs in Week 6. Once again, Steve Smith went over 100 yards and he now has three touchdowns of 56 yards or more. His longest reception last year was 44 yards.

12. Detroit Lions - Record: 4-2, Last Update: No. 14

One of the biggest surprises this year has been how well the Lions defense has played. Through six games, they rank first in the NFL in scoring defense (13.7 PPG), total defense (270.7 YPG) and sacks (20.0). In addition, they rank first in pass defense (197.2 YPG) and second in run defense (73.5 YPG).

13. Cincinnati Bengals - Record: 3-1-1, Last Update: No. 4

The Bengals had the league's top-ranked scoring defense after their first three wins, but they have now allowed 80 points in their past two games to the Patriots and Panthers. Unfortunately, it will difficult for the Bengals to get back on track defensively as they face Andrew Luck and the Colts, who own the league's top-ranked offense.

14. Cleveland Browns - Record: 3-2, Last Update: No. 20

The Browns have one of the league's top rushing attacks — 146.4 yards per game, third-best in NFL — and rank seventh in the NFL in first downs per game (22.2). Along with Aaron Rodgers, Brian Hoyer is the only quarterback to have started all of his team's games and throw just one interception. That said, the Browns have the seventh-worst time of possession (28:12) in the NFL largely due to their 29th-ranked defense (409.2 YPG allowed).

15. Carolina Panthers - Record: 3-2-1, Last Update: No. 16

Not only did Cam Newton throw for a season-high 284 yards and sling it 46 times, which ties a career high, he ran the ball a career-high 17 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. It was his second 100-yard rushing game of his career.

16. Houston Texans - Record: 3-3, Last Update: No. 15

In five games this season, Arian Foster has four games with 20-plus carries and 100-plus rushing yards. Although he has missed one game, if he plays the remaining 10 games on their schedule and maintains his current pace, Foster will finish with just shy of 2,000 yards from scrimmage (1,932 pace).

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October 15, 2014

Fantasy Football Week 7: Underrated Players in PPR Leagues

As Week 7 is upon us, it’s time to review my Week 6 picks — and I will admit this week was not great. There were a number of issues, but the primary source of my struggles rests with the Carolina Panthers.

An offense that had struggled to come to life suddenly blew up against one of the best defenses in the league. Cam Newton had been mediocre thus far – even after his Week 6 explosion he ranks 12th in QB fantasy points. And with all of the running back injuries, I assumed a stout defense would hone in on Kelvin Benjamin and force this team to go to subpar ancillary weapons. Well, that clearly was not the case as Newton finally showed his running prowess and the Panthers exploded for 37 points.

These things happen in fantasy football – sometimes logic doesn’t prevail, you just have to move on to next week.

Performance Breakdown:

Week 6 Results
QBsRBsWRsTEsTotal
3.52.2-57.725.9-26.1
YTD Results
QBsRBsWRsTEsTotal
9.393.9-53.018.668.8

* Stats are based on players recommended (compared to options listed to start those players over) and based on point-per-reception (PPR) scoring.

Best of the week: Jordan Reed – Reed returned from an injury and put up a very solid 17.2 points, outscoring the opposition by a combined 22.2 points.

Runner-up: Joe Flacco – I didn’t expect five TDs but Flacco’s outing didn’t sway the +/- much due to Tom Brady’s dominate outing against a solid Bills D. Flacco netted a positive 15.3 points combined.

Worst of the week: Roddy White – Two high-flying offenses, two poor pass defenses, and a dome game where the Falcons shine. Well, the Falcons/Bears game didn’t turn into the shootout many of us had expected. The Bears defense rolled the Falcons offense to much surprise and White lost me a total of 22 points.

Runner-up: Keenan Allen – I will admit that I wasn’t sold on this pick given Allen’s struggles this season, but the matchup was right and I figured he would take this opportunity to get on track. We are at the point where Allen gets benched until he proves otherwise. He has had four straight strong matchups, only to perform in one of them. This pick cost me a total of 21.4 points.

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Looking ahead, here are some underrated options for Week 7:

Quarterbacks

Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks
FantasyPros ECR – 9

Coming off a tough (and surprising) loss to the Cowboys, the ‘Hawks are going to be motivated ... and a motivated Seattle team against a bottom eater is going to equal a massacre. I expect Seattle to right the ship this week and in a big way. Wilson should be a large part of that, given the Rams struggles against the pass. St. Louis ranks second to last in pass defense efficiency and Wilson has a good history against them. I believe Wilson will finish as a top-five QB this week.

Consider starting him over:

Carson PalmerArizona Cardinals
FantasyPros ECR – 15

Palmer looked good in his return from injury last week and reports have been positive that he continues to improve. The Raiders rank 29th in pass defense efficiency but have a very respectable rank of 17th-fewest fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. However, a lot of that has to do with opponents using a run-oriented offense in the second half with a big lead. The Raiders offense showed some signs of life against a stout Chargers defense last week, so perhaps the Cardinal offense will need to stay aggressive longer than expected. I like Palmer's chances of putting up low-end QB1 numbers this week.

Consider starting him over:

Running Backs

Reggie BushDetroit Lions
FantasyPros ECR – 21

There are slim pickings this week at the RB position as many of the top RBs have solid matchups and the ECR aligns pretty well with my rankings. However, Reggie Bush seems to be underrated this week. Reports say that Bush could have started last week but the Lions were playing it safe with him, so he is expected to be 100% this week. Going against his former team, Bush will look to have a big impact, and don’t think that will be lost on Joe Lombardi – another former Saint. New Orleans is downright bad against the run, especially against RBs catching the ball out of the backfield. With Calvin Johnson likely to miss another game, and the Lions passing game struggles without him, look for Bush to be a focal point of the passing offense.

Consider starting him over:

Jeremy HillCincinnati Bengals
FantasyPros ECR – 31

Hill continues to be involved in the offense and while he plays a complementary role to Giovani Bernard, he has been productive with his limited touches. Hill faces a Colts team that ranks 31st in run defense efficiency and has allowed the ninth-most points to RBs. The Bengals figure to be without A.J. Green again and this offense doesn’t have the firepower to match the Colts if he is out. I expect the Bengals to lean on the run game, taking advantage of the Colts defensive weakness and keeping the ball out of Andrew Luck's hands. In the event this game does turn into a high-scoring affair, Hill can be a threat as a receiver. Bernard is the primary passing back, but Hill’s seven catches the past two weeks suggest he may be carving out a more diverse role in this offense, especially with Green on the sidelines.

Consider starting him over:

Wide Receivers

Cecil ShortsJacksonville Jaguars
FantasyPros ECR - 33

Shorts returned from injury in a big way last week posting 10 catches for 103 yards on a massive 16 targets. This wasn’t a case of the Jags being in comeback mode early either, as they were in a tight game against the Titans throughout. Shorts has always had the talent, he just can’t stay healthy. This week against the Browns represents a great matchup, as they are dead last against WR1’s this season. The Jags are always a candidate to get down early and be forced to throw a lot, but even in cases where they stay competitive Shorts can produce, as evidenced last week.

Consider starting him over:

Michael FloydArizona Cardinals
FantasyPros ECR – 19

Floyd falls into the same line of thinking as Carson Palmer. Oakland has been solid against the pass from the fantasy points against perspective, but their efficiency stats show they are ripe for regression. Floyd is the top downfield threat in a vertically-oriented offense. His struggles to this point in the season were related to Drew Stanton’s inability to throw deep with any level of consistency. With Palmer back and regaining his arm strength, Floyd is a candidate to be a top-flight fantasy WR2 from this point forward. This Raiders defense is ranked 27th in efficiency against opponents WR1’s and make no mistake, Floyd is the Cardinals top WR at this point in Larry Fitzgerald’s career. I like Floyd’s chances to flirt with WR1 numbers this week.

Consider starting him over:

Brandon LaFellNew England Patriots
FantasyPros ECR – 43

Reports for the past few weeks have stated that LaFell is gaining a lot of trust from Brady. He has compiled 26 targets over the past four games and came out in a big way last week. A matchup against a weak Jets secondary shouldn’t slow him down. The Jets give up the 11th-most fantasy points to WR’s, but the kicker here is the distribution of those points. Outside of two big games from Demaryius Thomas and Jordy Nelson, the majority of production has come from the opponents WR2. The Jets rank 29th against WR2’s and a respectable 18th against WR1's. Brady isn’t the type of QB to force feed anyone, he will take what is given to him. With Edelman the WR1 on this team, LaFell could find himself open early and often.

Consider starting him over:

Tight Ends

Jermaine GreshamCincinnati Bengals
FantasyPros ECR - 21

Green looks as though he will sit out again this week. And while I expect the Bengals to rely on the ground game, they still need to throw the ball. With Mohamed Sanu operating as the No. 1 WR, he figures to see a lot of Vontae Davis. With no one else of note to throw the ball, Gresham will be the guy by default. He has never lived up to his NFL draft status, but he does have some pass catching chops. Coming off a game where he secured six of seven targets and facing an Indy D that ranks last against the TE position in efficiency, I think Gresham is a very sneaky start this week.

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October 14, 2014

Fantasy Football Rest-of-Season (ROS) Rankings: Weeks 7 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. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
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Here are our updated ROS running back rankings:

1. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
2. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
5. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Here are our updated ROS wide receiver rankings:

1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
4. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
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Here are our updated ROS tight end rankings:

1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
2. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
3. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
5. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
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2014 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 7

One of the running backs on last week's list of waiver-wire recommendations was San Diego's Branden Oliver.

With a favorable matchup last week against the Raiders, Oliver rushed for 100-plus yards for a second consecutive week and has finished as fantasy's RB6 in Week 6 after being the top scorer at the position in Week 5.

Oliver is now owned in 79 percent of Yahoo! leagues and won't appear on this week's list due to my own self-imposed maximum of 50-percent ownership in Yahoo! leagues.

That said, three of the running backs listed below finished as top-15 fantasy running backs last week and could help your fantasy team(s) going forward.

With that said, here are some players to consider adding to your fantasy roster(s) (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

QB - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (31 percent)

Returning after a three-game absence, Palmer threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6 even though he's not yet 100 percent. As he continues to improve health-wise, Palmer has a few favorable matchups coming up against the Raiders, Eagles, Cowboys and Rams over the next four weeks.

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (49 percent)

With three interceptions on Sunday, Cousins has now thrown seven of them in the past three games, but he also threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6. Cousins has multiple touchdown passes in four of five games and has finished as a QB1 (top 12) in three of his five games played.

QB - Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (17 percent)

On Sunday, Bridgewater had a horrible performance as the Vikings scored only three points and he threw for just 188 yards and three interceptions. The Lions have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but the upcoming schedule is very favorable. In his next three games, Bridgewater and the Vikings face the Bills, Bucs and Redskins before Minnesota's bye. Tampa and Washington both rank in the top-three most generous defenses to fantasy quarterbacks.

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (35 percent)

Tannehill has had solid fantasy performances in back-to-back games with at least 18.66 fantasy points in each contest. In both of those games, he has thrown a couple of touchdown passes and has run for at least 35 yards. The Dolphins are tied for 10th in the league in pass attempts per game so Tannehill should have the opportunity for some more productive games.

QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (four percent)

Carr threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns against the Chargers on Sunday and finished as the QB7 in Week 6. While I wouldn't expect another four touchdowns this week, Carr has a favorable matchup in Week 7 against the Cardinals, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

QB - Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns (11 percent)

Like Bridgewater, Hoyer has a nice upcoming three-game schedule as well against the Jaguars, Raiders and Bucs. Hoyer has posted an efficient seven-to-one TD-to-INT ratio and has averaged 8.2 yards per attempt. From a fantasy perspective, however, the problem is that the Browns would prefer to run the ball as much as possible as his 17 pass attempts last week show. In other words, don't expect gaudy stats despite the favorable matchups, but he could serve as a solid bye-week replacement if you have a bye coming up.

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RB - Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (46 percent)

For as long as Montee Ball (groin) is out, Hillman is in store for major workloads in one of the league's most explosive offenses. Hillman and the team's backs have another tough matchup against the 49ers this week, but Hillman ran 24 times for 100 yards against the Jets last week. At a minimum, Hillman is worthy of flex consideration despite the difficult matchup this week.

RB - Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (38 percent)

An athletic freak, McKinnon led the Vikings running backs in touches and snaps and finished with 82 yards from scrimmage against the Lions on Sunday. McKinnon has another tough matchup against the Bills, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Although McKinnon had 29 touches in his previous two games, he had 17 touches on Sunday compared to Matt Asiata, who had just three after getting 38 touches in the previous two games.

RB - Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (20 percent)

Although Ben Tate is the clear starter, while healthy, Crowell has moved past Terrance West on the depth chart and would be in line for the largest workload should the undurable Tate miss more time. In five games, Crowell has averaged 5.39 yards per carry (44 carries for 237 yards) and scored four touchdowns. Currently the RB27, Crowell has three RB16 (or better) performances this season.

RB - Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (41 percent)

In each of the team's past four games, McFadden has finished as a top-36 running back with three of those performances with three of those as a top-27 back. In those four games, McFadden is averaging a little less than 17 touches per game while Maurice Jones-Drew has only nine total touches in his past two games.

RB - Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (two percent)

With Stevan Ridley out for the season with a torn ACL, Shane Vereen should get more opportunities overall, but I'd expect Bolden to get the most carries between the tackles out of the team's running back group. James White is also worth adding as well, but guessing how Bill Belichick will allocate carries on a week-to-week basis is always risky business.

RB - Antone Smith, Atlanta Falcons (29 percent)

Despite having only 23 touches through six games and no more than six touches in any game, only eight running backs have more fantasy points this season than Smith, who once again scored a long touchdown in Week 6. Finishing as a top-12 fantasy running back in three consecutive weeks, Smith is averaging a ridiculous 3.16 fantasy points per touch.

RB - Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers (46 percent)

Hyde gained only 14 yards on his 11 carries last night, but he now has three consecutive games of double-digit carries. In addition, Hyde is tied for eighth in the NFL with a team-high 14 carries in the red zone. Even though Frank Gore is having a great season and generally underrated, Hyde would be in line for a massive workload if the 31-year-old Gore were to miss any time.

WR - Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (39 percent)

Few wide receivers struggle with durability as much as Shorts does when it comes to minor injuries that may or may not keep him out of the lineup. Returning to the field last week (and finishing the game), Shorts had 10 receptions for 103 yards on 16 targets in Week 6. If he's able to play/finish the remaining 10 games, which is certainly questionable, I would expect Shorts to lead the team in receptions, yards and targets across the board.

WR - Odell Beckham, New York Giants (38 percent)

With such a high usage of three-WR personnel by the Giants, Beckham, Jr. was going to be a significant part of the team's passing attack now that he's healthy, but they will rely even more on the 12th-overall draft pick with Victor Cruz being lost for the season. The Giants offense struggled (perhaps struggled is too kind of a word) last week and OBJ had just 2/28 on four targets after 4/44/1 in his debut in Week 5. Going forward, I would expect eight or so targets per game and better days for OBJ.

WR - James Jones, Oakland Raiders (38 percent)

Once again, Jones had another useful fantasy outing with 5/56/1 on seven targets against the Chargers in Week 6. In five games this season, Jones has finished as a WR3 (or better) in four of five games. Especially considering the Raiders have already had their bye and the heart of bye season will soon be upon us, Jones' ownership should certainly exceed his current 38 percent.

WR - Andre Holmes, Oakland Raiders (nine percent)

With a whopping 20 targets in the past two games, Holmes now has 195 yards and three touchdowns in those two games and has finished as the WR12 and WR2, respectively. Both Holmes and Jones (and the Raiders receivers in general) have a great matchup this week against the Cardinals, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position this season.

WR - Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (12 percent)

Robinson had a season-high eight receptions last week for 68 yards. He now has at least five receptions in four consecutive games with more than 50 yards in four of his past five games, but he has yet to score a touchdown this season. Over his past five games, Robinson is averaging 8.6 targets per game.

WR - Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (seven percent)

Yet to finish any higher than WR36 this season, Adams will continue to see his role and the trust of Aaron Rodgers expand as the season progresses. Last week, Adams had six catches for 77 yards on eight targets, all of which were season highs for the second-round rookie out of Fresno State.

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TE - Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams (29 percent)

Cook has yet to score a touchdown this season and has more than four catches in only one game this year, but the positive news is that he is getting the opportunities. Cook had a season-high 11 targets last night and now has double-digit targets in back-to-back games.

TE - Jace Amaro, New York Jets (two percent)

Even with their offseason signing of Eric Decker, few teams have a weaker group of pass-catchers than the Jets. The team's second-round pick, Amaro had a season-high 12 targets, 10 receptions and 68 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown last week. Over the past four games, Amaro has three games with at least 50 yards.

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2014 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 7 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 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 7-16):

1. Dallas Cowboys (Tony Romo): 18.03 average fantasy points allowed among remaining opponents
2. San Francisco 49ers (Colin Kaepernick): 17.98
3. Tennessee Titans (Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst): 17.94
4. Carolina Panthers (Cam Newton): 17.82
5. Cleveland Browns (Brian Hoyer): 17.72

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Five least favorable SOS for QBs (Weeks 7-16):

32. Chicago Bears (Jay Cutler): 14.83
31. New York Jets (Geno Smith, Michael Vick): 15.62
30. New Orleans Saints (Drew Brees): 15.68
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blake Bortles): 16.13
28. Denver Broncos (Peyton Manning): 16.19

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2014 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 7 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 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 7-16):

1. Carolina Panthers (DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart): 22.02 average fantasy points allowed among remaining opponents
2. Green Bay Packers (Eddie Lacy): 21.10
3. Cleveland Browns (Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell): 20.98
4. Baltimore Ravens (Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce): 20.71
5. Detroit Lions (Joique Bell, Reggie Bush): 20.41

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Five least favorable SOS for RBs (Weeks 7-16):

32. Oakland Raiders (Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew): 15.05
31. St. Louis Rams (Zac Stacy): 16.11
30. Kansas City Chiefs (Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis): 16.30
29. Denver Broncos (Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman): 16.47
28. New York Giants (Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams): 16.96

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2014 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 7 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 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 7-16):

1. Carolina Panthers (Kelvin Benjamin): 24.95 average fantasy points allowed among remaining opponents
2. Green Bay Packers (Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb): 24.79
3. Seattle Seahawks (Percy Harvin): 24.59
4. Detroit Lions (Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate): 24.39
5. Atlanta Falcons (Julio Jones, Roddy White): 24.36

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Five least favorable SOS for WRs (Weeks 7-16):

32. New England Patriots (Julian Edelman): 20.13
31. Chicago Bears (Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery): 20.47
30. San Diego Chargers (Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal): 20.93
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (Cecil Shorts, Allen Robinson): 20.98
28. Indianapolis Colts (T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks): 21.00

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2014 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 7 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 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 7-16):

1. New York Giants (Larry Donnell): 10.38 average fantasy points allowed among remaining opponents
2. Indianapolis Colts (Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener): 9.68
3. Philadelphia Eagles (Zach Ertz): 9.67
4. Houston Texans (Garrett Graham): 9.61
5. Kansas City Chiefs (Travis Kelce): 9.23

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Five least favorable SOS for TEs (Weeks 7-16):

32. Green Bay Packers (Andrew Quarless): 6.41
31. Carolina Panthers (Greg Olsen): 6.61
30. New Orleans Saints (Jimmy Graham): 7.39
28 (tie). Detroit Lions (Eric Ebron): 7.43
28 (tie). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Austin Seferian-Jenkins): 7.43

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October 12, 2014

Week 6 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Hanson

Here are my Week 6 picks against the spread:

Baltimore Ravens -3.5 over Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3 units)

The Bucs have played much better in their past two games — come-from-behind win in Pittsburgh and an overtime loss in New Orleans — and now they head home to host the Ravens, who are also coming off a loss. In their past 27 games following a loss, the Ravens have won 22 of those contests. The Ravens have held their opponents to an average of 16.0 points per game, third-best in the NFL, while the Bucs rank second-to-last in that category with 31.2 PPG allowed.

Although I usually prefer to stay away from small road favorites, the Ravens "buc"(k) that trend bounce back big this week. To help alleviate my concerns of rolling with a road favorite, the Bucs are 5-20 against the spread in their past 25 games as a home 'dog.

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Arizona Cardinals -6 over Washington Redskins (2 units)

Washington has to go on the road on a short week and their defense has really struggled against the pass. As I tweeted earlier this morning, Washington has allowed three consecutive quarterbacks to finish as a top-three option in fantasy football: Nick Foles (QB3), Eli Manning (QB1) and Russell Wilson (QB1). I'm not suggesting folks should start Carson Palmer in fantasy, but I like his ability to elevate the passing offense in general against a defense that has really struggled recently.

Buffalo Bills +2 over New England Patriots (2 units)

Last week, I went with my gut to pick the Patriots over the Bengals although logic suggested the Bengals should blow them out. Instead, my gut came through as it was a rout (but in reverse).

One week after being a rare home 'dog in the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era, the Patriots travel to Buffalo as road favorites in a game to determine first place, at least for now, in the AFC East. It's hard to put my trust in Kyle Orton (over Brady), but I think the Bills defense, especially their front four, put a lot of pressure on Brady and slow the run. Brady has struggled against pressure and the Bills are tied for the league lead in sacks (17.0) and rank second in the NFL in rush defense (71.0 YPG allowed).

And in their past eight games as a road favorite, the Patriots have covered just one of those games.

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October 11, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Week 6 Start'em, Sit'em

In what actually turned out to be the closest Thursday Night Football matchup of the season, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and the Colts got out to an incredibly fast start.

With more nearly 150 yards for Hilton and a 24-0 lead in the first quarter, Hilton finished with a career-high 223 yards and a score as he continues to pose a huge problem for the Texans defense. In his five career games against the Texans, Hilton now has 31 catches for 611 yards and six touchdowns.

Hopefully you had Hilton in your starting lineup(s) or did not have to go against him to start the week.

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

QB - Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. DAL)

Underrated in preseason drafts with an ADP outside the top-12 quarterbacks, Wilson has scored the seventh-most fantasy points among quarterbacks, but he ranks third on a per-game basis (23.17/G) as the Seahawks have had their bye already. Finishing as fantasy's QB1 in Week 5, Wilson has finished as a top-eight scorer in all four games this season despite throwing for no more than 258 yards in any game and 202 or less in three of four contests. Not only does Wilson make up for his modest passing yardage with rushing stats (122 yards and a TD on MNF), he has thrown multiple touchdowns in all four games this season.

Although the Cowboys have allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, you don't have be a Cowboys fan (like me) to realize that their defense isn't that good.

QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (at PHI)

Speaking of bad NFC East pass defenses, Eli and the Giants get to face one this week. The Eagles have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and have allowed all quarterbacks they have faced (including Chad Henne) to finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback. While Manning has only one top-12 outing (albeit a QB1 finish), he has finished no lower than QB16 over the past four weeks. During that span, Manning has thrown 10 touchdowns (and rushed for another).

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at ARI)

Excluding his five-turnover implosion in Week 4, Cousins has three top-eight performances in his four games played this season including last week's QB8 finish against the Seahawks. While Arizona's generousity to fantasy quarterbacks is a bit skewed by the 479 yards and four touchdowns they allowed to Peyton Manning last week, only four teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

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RB - Branden Oliver, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)

Just as we all expected, Oliver finished as fantasy's top-scoring running back in Week 5. Seriously though, Oliver handled a large workload after Donald Brown sustained a concussion and performed extremely well against one of the league's toughest run defenses with 182 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. This week, the Chargers are favored by more than a touchdown over the Raiders, who have allowed four top-10 finishes to opposing running backs in four games.

RB - Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT)

In his first game back from his knee injury, Tate was clearly the lead dog as he gained 123 yards on 22 carries. Before leaving the opener against the Steelers, this week's opponent, with that knee injury, Tate was running the ball well (six carries for 41 yards). Even though they have faced some struggling ground attacks in back-to-back weeks (Bucs and Jags), the Steelers are still allowing 4.5 YPC — only eight teams allow more — this season.

RB - Andre Williams, New York Giants (at PHI)

While Williams spelled Rashad Jennings for different reasons in Weeks 4 and 5, he's been productive in back-to-back games. In those two games, the rookie out of Boston College has a total of 35 carries for 65-plus rushing yards and a touchdown in each game. With Jennings (MCL) out for a couple of weeks, Williams will get another heavy workload this week against the Eagles.

RB - Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (at MIN)

It appears that Reggie Bush will sit out this week, which should lead to a heavy workload for Bell, who has been cleared from the concussion that kept him out of last week's game. Mentioned in our DraftKings must-start roundtable for Week 6, Bell should get 15-plus carries, the goal-line work and a handful of receptions as the Lions have averaged 9.4 targets per game to their running backs. The Vikings have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

WR - Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (at MIN)

All signs point to Calvin Johnson sitting out Week 6's game with his high-ankle sprain, but Megatron has essentially acted as a decoy over the past two games when he has been on the field and Tate has upped his production in those games. Tate has at least five catches and 50 yards in all five games this season, but he has back-to-back games with 116-plus yards and scored his first touchdown of the season last week. Tate ranks 12th among receivers in fantasy points and he's even better in PPR formats (WR8) this season.

WR - Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams (vs. SF)

Despite having his bye already, only 14 receivers have more fantasy points than Quick this season. Quick had seven receptions in each of his first two games for 74-plus yards but no touchdowns. Although he has only seven total receptions in his past two games, he has scored three times in those games. Quick has now finished as a top-25 fantasy receiver in four of four games this year.

WR - Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (at NYJ)

Not only has Wes Welker returned in the past two games, but Demaryius Thomas set the franchise record in receiving yards and scored three touchdowns last week. That said, Sanders has three consecutive games of 100-plus yards. Sanders has yet to have less than six catches or nine targets in any game this season and there will be plenty to go around against the Jets, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

WR - Victor Cruz, New York Giants (at PHI)

With back-to-back 100-yard games in Weeks 3 and 4, Cruz had a disappointing outing in Week 5 against the Falcons with three catches for 22 yards on six targets. I expect a bounce-back performance for Cruz as the Eagles have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

TE - Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (vs. JAX)

Walker has had a pair of mediocre games over the past three weeks (TE17, TE4 and TE14), but Walker has scored the fifth-most fantasy points among tight ends and he's on pace for a massive stat line of 83/1,165/10 this season. Only the Cowboys have allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season than the Jags.

TE - Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (at ARI)

There is one obvious concern with Reed — durability. Missing multiple games with a pair of concussions and dealing with other injuries last season, Reed has played only a fraction of a game in Year 2 as he has dealt with a hamstring injury. That said, there is no denying his physical gifts for the position and the favorable matchup to make his return. The Cardinals have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season after allowing the most last year.

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QB - Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (at SEA)

The Seahawks enter Week 6 having allowed three consecutive quarterbacks to finish as a top-eight fantasy quarterback and have given up the ninth-most fantasy points to the position this season. In their two home games, however, they have allowed an average of 14.79 fantasy points per game to Aaron Rodgers (9.56, QB28) and Peyton Manning (20.02, QB7).

Although Romo has back-to-back top-10 performances, the Cowboys continue to lean heavily on their ground game and Romo is averaging just 31.8 pass attempts per game. That compares to 35.7 per game in 2013 and 40.5 in 2012.

QB - Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at CIN)

Newton has three consecutive games finishing as the QB18 or worse. In his four games, Newton has only 14 rush attempts for 42 yards and no touchdowns. Although he carried the ball a season-high six times last week, two of those were kneel downs and he gained only nine yards. Even after giving up 292 yards and two touchdowns to Tom Brady last week, the Bengals have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

QB - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. CAR)

Speaking of the Bengals, Dalton is averaging only 15.91 fantasy points per game and has just four passing touchdowns on the season. The good news is he's keeping the turnovers low (only one interception), but he's averaging only 27 attempts per game and is on pace for just 432 throws in Hue Jackson's run-heavy scheme. With A.J. Green (foot) out for Sunday's game (and perhaps longer), Dalton shouldn't be anywhere near your starting lineup.

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

Missing a pair of games, The Muscle Hamster has just 94 rushing yards on 37 carries — 2.54 yards per carry — in three games. In addition, Martin's matchup this week against the Ravens is not favorable. Through Week 5, the Ravens rank eighth in rushing defense (91.4 YPG allowed) and have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.

RB - Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (vs. SF)

Stacy left last week's game early with a calf injury, but all signs point to him being ready to go on Monday night against the 49ers. That's the good news. The bad news for Stacy is that the 49ers have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (at BUF)

Perhaps we see a heavy dose of Ridley this week. Perhaps we don't. In the Patriots' five games this year, Ridley has eight, 25, 19, five and 27 carries, respectively. Ridley had 113 rushing yards and a score last week, but it's hard to predict how Belichick will allocate the workload. In addition, the Bills currently rank second in the NFL in rushing defense (71.0 YPG, 3.0 YPC, zero rushing TDs).

RB - Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars (at TEN)

Gerhart's snaps have declined every week this season — 50 to 36 to 30 to 21 to 10. As his role continues to diminish and his production disappoints (2.56 YPC), Gerhart isn't even worth a flex play despite the Titans allowing the seventh-most rushing yards (136.8 per game) this season.

WR - Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. DET)

In his past two games, Patterson has only two receptions and four targets in each game. Last week, he had just eight yards and finished as the WR97. Although the team says that they want to get Patterson more involved, it has yet to materialize. Until they get him going, I'd prefer to keep him on my bench. I'd rather be one week too late than (perhaps) several too early.

WR - Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)

I have Allen ranked as my WR25 this week so that may or may not mean that you should sit him. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if the Chargers have plenty of success running the ball against the Raiders and Allen has another modest game. Without a touchdown yet this season, Allen has finished as the WR40 (or worse) in four of five games this season.

WR - DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (at ARI)

Is D-Jax due for another dud? Jackson is always capable of a big game, but he has yet to have two productive games in back-to-back weeks this season. Here are Jackson's game logs: 8/62 (on nine targets), 1/19 (two), 5/117/1 (11), 1/9 (four), 5/157/1 (11).

WR - Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (at TB)

Smith had eight targets last week and for the second time in three weeks, but he still has yet to catch more than three passes in any game this season. Smith is averaging 2.2 catches and 35.2 yards per game this year and has only once finished better than WR54 this season. Even though the matchup is favorable as the Bucs have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, it's difficult to trust that Smith can capitalize on it.

TE - Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (at STL)

Although Davis sat out in Week 5 (and Week 3), he is expected to return in Week 6. Davis had two touchdowns on his four Week 1 receptions, but he has yet to have more than four receptions in any game. In his past two games played, Davis has just three targets each week and that lack of volume makes him a touchdown-dependent play each week. That said, the Rams are one of the best teams in the league at defending tight ends. They have yet to allow a tight end to reach five catches or 50 yards.

TE - Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams (vs. SF)

A dropped touchdown pass in Week 3 against the Cowboys means that Cook has yet to finish higher than TE13 in any week on the season. Even so, Cook has yet to have any less than 44 receiving yards through four games. Coincidentally, the 49ers have yet to allow any tight end to finish with more than 43 receiving yards (Zach Ertz, Week 4).

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October 08, 2014

Fantasy Football Week 6: Underrated Players in PPR Leagues

Welcome back to Week 6’s edition of my article on underrated players.

To begin each week, I will recap the previous week’s performance as a way to measure my picks. I will break down the measurement into two pieces – win-loss and total +/-. Win-loss is pretty basic – the overall record of my picks opposed to the players I suggested to start them over, measured by each player’s points scored. This is more for the fun of it – the real measurement is the total +/-. This is calculated by summing the point differential for each player.

Example: Owen Daniels was one of my TE picks this week. I suggested he be started over Heath Miller and Travis Kelce:

  • Daniels' points: 12
  • Miller’s points: 7.6
  • Kelce’s points: 9.5

I take the point differential from each individual “match-up” and sum the total. In this case, Daniels was +4.4 against Miller and +2.5 against Kelce, coming to a total differential of +6.9 points. Pretty simple, right? As a side note, I do not include players who did not play in the game, as it would skew the totals. This is written on Wednesday, so anything that causes a player to sit out the game is hard to predict this early in the week. I trust that you all check the inactives before the game and adjust accordingly.

So, on to the breakdown of last week’s performance per position:

Week 5 Results
QBsRBsWRsTEsTotal
5.891.74.7-7.394.9
YTD Results
QBsRBsWRsTEsTotal
5.891.74.7-7.394.9

Best of the week: Arian Foster – Foster outscored the five (including Andre Ellington and Eddie Lacy, who had big games in their own right) by a combined 77 points.

Runner-up: Golden Tate – Tate outscored the 4 WRs by a combined 46.7 points.

Worst of the week: Markus Wheaton – Wheaton was outscored by a combined 36 points. Coming into the week, he had caught at least four balls in each game and averaged almost 11 points per game only to come up with one catch against the lowly Jags.

Runner-up: Bishop Sankey – Just when it looked like Sankey was starting to come into his own, he throws up a stinker, netting only 2.7 points and getting outscored by a combined 25.5.

Quarterbacks

Kirk CousinsWashington Redskins
FantasyPros ECR – 19

Cousins has had an up-and-down season since taking over for RGIII a few weeks ago. But even in the awful performance against the Giants, he still scored 14 points. He played very well against Seattle, the 4th-best pass defense by efficiency, and has once again inspired my confidence in him. With the weapons he has around him and a pass-happy offense, Cousins is in a position to put up solid numbers weekly. Arizona is in the bottom half of pass efficiency and has given up the 5th-most points to QBs, granted Peyton Manning has a lot to with that. However, I think Washington will be able to move the ball, and given Arizona’s stiff run defense, that is likely to be via air.

Consider starting him over:

Joe FlaccoBaltimore Ravens
FantasyPros ECR – 15

Flacco struggled last week against the Colts, but despite the general consensus about the Colts D, their passing defense is quite good and they have a lock-down corner in Vontae Davis. Things change a little bit this week with a matchup against the Bucs, who are near the bottom of the barrel in essentially every pass defense category you can find. I expect Flacco and Steve Smith to get their connection going again, but I also think they will use this opportunity to get Torrey Smith on track. Harbaugh indicated as much this week. That could mean continued passing even if the game is in hand, as they won’t want to hamper their offense while the game is still in doubt.

Consider starting him over:

  • Tom Brady – ECR 14
  • Nick Foles – ECR 10

Running Backs

Ahmad Bradhsaw – Indianapolis Colts
FantasyPros ECR – 15

Bradshaw continues to be the better half of a timeshare, but his workload is unlikely to increase barring an injury to Richardson. However, he has been plenty productive in his role, especially as a receiver out of the backfield. Houston ranks 25th in run defense efficiency and is middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed. The key here is that this is a Thursday night game. These games have been atrocious to watch, but there has been a consistent trend – teams with a new head coach and new QB have been slaughtered by teams with established QBs and head coaches. This is likely due to the short week of preparation, which easily favors the more experienced tandem. Well, based on that paradigm, the Colts should keep that trend going. They certainly have the firepower on offense to do it. I expect an explosion from the Colts offensively, but perhaps more importantly for Bradshaw, a lot of running plays in the 2nd half to milk the clock.

Consider starting him over:

Storm JohnsonJacksonville Jaguars
FantasyPros ECR – 45

An unproven rookie on a bad team with nothing but a good matchup and the promise for more opportunities. Seems like I tried this last week with Sankey and that didn’t work out so well. Why would I try again? I guess you could say I’m stubborn, or stupid….your call.

Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson have done next to nothing and Johnson got his only carries of his career last week….a grand total of four, which he turned into 27 yards for a nice average of 6.8 yards per carry. Granted, that’s as small of a sample size as you can get, but it was a lot more than any other back on the Jags has been able to do. Tennessee is ranked 26th in run defense efficiency and is rock bottom in stopping “power” runs. Johnson is a power back and it is being reported that he is destined for more carries. The Jags OC has also stated he wants to get down to a 2 RB rotation as opposed to the 3-4 backs they have been using the past few weeks. Given the Jags have nothing to play for other than developing the future, Storm should begin getting some looks to evaluate exactly what they have in him.

This would definitely be in the “desperation play” category, but with the array of injuries and some good RBs on bye, there will be owners in desperation mode that should give Storm a shot.

Consider starting him over:

Wide Receivers

Roddy WhiteAtlanta Falcons
FantasyPros ECR - 23

The Falcons head back to the dome where they are considerably better than on the road. In White's only home game this season (sat out Week 3 on a short week), he went for 6/72/1, which would be a solid 19 points in a PPR league. Chicago is ranked 27th in pass efficiency against WR2’s and 21st in points allowed to the WR position. This game has the makings of a shootout with two high-flying pass offenses against two terrible pass defenses. This game could easily reach 70 total points scored, and I like White’s chances of playing a large part in that.

Consider starting him over:

Keenan AllenSan Diego Chargers
FantasyPros ECR – 28

Allen has been largely disappointing to this point in the season, having only one big game which came against the Jags. Well, the good news for Allen is the Raiders are on the docket this week, and they are even worse against the pass than Jags. Not only do they rank 29th in overall pass defense efficiency, they rank 28th against WR1s. While they are surprisingly decent in terms of fantasy points allowed, that is in large part due to the weak passing teams they have faced thus far. San Diego has the best passing offense in the league from an efficiency standpoint. If Allen doesn’t do it this week, it hard to see him breaking out of this slump anytime soon.

Consider starting him over:

Justin HunterTennessee Titans
FantasyPros ECR – 35

Hunter finally had the breakout game we were expecting – kind of. Three catches for 99 yards and a TD, but most of that came on one play. Still, Hunter was plugged into the starting lineup for the first time last season and he responded with a solid performance. As mentioned previously, the Jags are awful against the pass. If Charlie Whitehurst ends up starting, this becomes questionable. But if Jake Locker is able to go, I expect another good outing from Hunter.

Consider starting him over:

Tight Ends

Dwayne AllenIndianapolis Colts
FantasyPros ECR - 14

Allen has been getting more looks in the passing game and finally seems to be surpassing Coby Fleener for the primary TE role. In an explosive offense that spreads the ball around, that can be a lucrative position to be in. As I have already mentioned, I expect a big performance from the Colts this week, and Allen could very easily catch a TD, but should at the very least put up some yards on a handful of catches. Houston represents a tougher matchup for TEs, but the short week strongly favors the Colts.

Consider starting him over:

Jordan ReedWashington Redskins
FantasyPros ECR – 18

Reed appears to be on track to play in Week 6, but I will caveat this by stating if he doesn’t appear to be close to 100 percent, ignore this recommendation. We all know Reed is an explosive athlete and can produce big numbers when healthy. So, why not play him when he is actually healthy? Cousins has shown a tendency to throw to the TE position and Arizona is 28th in points allowed to that position. Take advantage of Reed while he is able to play – lord only knows how long he will stay healthy.

Consider starting him over:

Note: The ECR listed above are based on PPR scoring, via FantasyPros and current when this article was written.

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October 07, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 6 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 (our Week 6 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 6-16):

1. Dallas Cowboys (Tony Romo): 19.08 average fantasy points allowed among remaining opponents
2. Tennessee Titans (Jake Locker): 18.51
3. New York Giants (Eli Manning): 17.72
4. Cincinnati Bengals (Andy Dalton): 17.65
5. Carolina Panthers (Cam Newton): 17.50

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Five least favorable SOS for QBs (Weeks 6-16):

32. Chicago Bears (Jay Cutler): 14.77
31. New York Jets (Geno Smith, Michael Vick): 15.05
30. Denver Broncos (Peyton Manning): 15.08
29. New Orleans Saints (Drew Brees): 15.39
28. San Diego Chargers (Philip Rivers): 15.53

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

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