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Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Don’t underestimate kickers. All that matters is that you score more points than your opponent, and how you get there doesn’t have to be exciting. Just because some leagues may have done away with them, it doesn’t mean kickers can be ignored as every point matters. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  2. Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  3. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  4. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
  5. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  6. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Chicago
  7. Giorgio Tavecchio – Oakland Raiders – at Washington
  8. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Targeting the Jets and Browns each week is just going to be too easy this season. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do it, or look in that direction for your DFS lineups, but it is the obvious choice. The good thing for those of you in streaming situations is that there are also other defenses to target. Let’s take a look at how your options rank this week:

  1. New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  2. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  3. Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  4. Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  5. Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  6. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  7. Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis
  8. Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs: Hyde Joins Top 10 & More

by Ray Kuhn

While there weren’t any major injures this week, it doesn’t mean we were without drama and disappointment. For that we are squarely looking at Ezekial Elliot and Le’Veon Bell, but they aren’t the only culprits. Let’s take a look at how your options rank for this week:

  1. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Chicago
  2. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  3. Jay Ajayi – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  4. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – at LA Chargers
  5. Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Arizona
  7. Todd Gurley – LA Rams – at San Francisco
  8. Melvin Gordon – LA Chargers – vs. Kansas City Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Don’t underestimate the importance of Defense (and no, I’m not saying that just so you read this article). I want you to be victorious each week, and every point is just as critical regardless of the source. I’m not asking you to trade a running back for a defense, or even carry multiple defenses on your roster (I generally don’t), but just spend a minute or two evaluating the match-ups and your options and when you are setting your DFS lineup don’t take the selection lightly. Let’s take a look at how your options rank for this week:

  1. Oakland Raiders – vs. New York Jets
  2. Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  3. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Houston
  4. Arizona Cardinals – at Indianapollis
  5. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  6. Carolina Panthers – vs. Buffalo
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
  8. Houston Texans – at Cincinnati Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

We didn’t even make it out of Week 1 and fantasy owners are already feeling sour if they had the first overall pick in their drafts this summer. Just like that David Johnson is out for next few months and we might not see him at all this season. No matter what you do replacing Johnson just isn’t a possibility. There are still 12 weeks left in the regular season and one week never determined anything. With that being said, let’s take a look at how our options at the running back position rank this week:

  1. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Minnesota
  2. Ezekial Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Denver
  3. Melvin Gordon – LA Chargers – vs. Miami
  4. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Green Bay
  5. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – at Carolina
  6. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chefs – vs. Philadelphia
  7. Jay Ajayi – Miami Dolphins – at LA Chargers
  8. Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears – at Tampa Bay Read more

Breaking Down The Backfield: Indianapolis Colts: Could A Surprise Emerge?

by Ray Kuhn

Frank Gore is one of those running backs we continuously underestimate. At some point he will slow down, but he eclipsed 1,000 yards for the fifth time in the last six seasons in 2016. He has also played in all 16 games in each of those seasons, and the one season he fell short of 1,000 yards (2015) he gained 967.

With just 4 rushing TD last season Gore isn’t exactly an explosive fantasy option, although he did catch 38 passes for 277 yards and 4 TD. So while he makes for a fine bye week option, there other directions I would prefer to go.  Of course he is currently the 35th running back coming off the board in MFL leagues with an ADP of 90.13, so it is hard to ignore him. After all he is a dependable option who has a later ADP than some running backs with far more questions.

That said, do you really want to be stuck with Gore in the season in which his consistency and dependability erodes? Read more

Breaking Down The Backfield: San Francisco 49ers: Is Carlos Hyde or Joe Williams The Better Target?

by Ray Kuhn

As we enter the 2017 season expectations are at a minimum for the San Francisco 49ers. They have a new coach in Kyle Shanahan and every role on the team is up for grabs as they search for their new identity.  While San Francisco will be ignored by the NFL observers, we don’t have the same luxury as fantasy players.

Carlos Hyde is currently going off the board in early drafts, putting him as an RB2 in 12 team leagues.  Is he really someone we can trust and rely on, though?

We are still a few weeks away from training camp and exhibition games and reading into beat writer speculation is foolhardy, but the picture being painted isn’t the most optimistic. He hasn’t distinguished himself in his first three years in the NFL, but he was drafted in the second round so there is a pedigree to consider.  Read more

Old Faces, New Places: Now In Baltimore, Will Jeremy Maclin Be Able To Rebound?

by Ray Kuhn

Entering the 2017 season the buzz in Baltimore is going to be surrounding Breshad Perriman. That hype is warranted as Perriman is a dynamic, young talent, but we also shouldn’t ignore their late addition this off-season in Jeremy Maclin.

The release of Maclin by the Chiefs, which came earlier in June, took a lot of observers by surprise. He struggled through most of last season, but at 29 I would wait before officially writing him off from fantasy relevance.

That conclusion is based on a piece of information we learned from Maclin during his appearance on Adam Schefter’s podcast. We knew that Maclin was injured last season, he was on the field for just two snaps in Week 9 prior to leaving the game, and he then didn’t appear again until Week 14. Read more

Draft Day Decision: Is The Returning Martavis Bryant Worth Selecting?

by Ray Kuhn

Buzz… At this time of year that fuels a lot of the fantasy football talk. We have young players looking to build on success from last season, players in new places as well as a fresh crop of rookies, but we can’t forget about Martavis Bryant despite the fact that the wide receiver was suspended for all of 2016.

As we entered 2016 there was that same word, “buzz”, surrounding Bryant. The wide receiver was coming off a season that saw him catch 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns, including three 100-plus yard games, and expectations were high. Instead he was suspended for the entire season due to drug use, and now it is something that will be hanging over Bryant’s head moving forward.

However, by all indications he appears to headed in the right direction and will come back stronger. With Marcus Wheaton no longer calling Pittsburgh home, Bryant is currently slotted in as a starting receiver opposite Antonio Brown. Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

This is it. Just one more week that we need to hear about kickers until next season. Or at least until the debate begins as to whether or not we should eliminate the position for 2017.

But not so fast.

We still should not overlook the position, as the upper level kickers can average about nine to ten points per game with the potential for a 15 point week. That could mean the difference between a championship and a painful second place finish. Let’s take a look at how the kickers rank for this week:

  1. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  4. Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  5. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  6. Stephen Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  8. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – at Denver Read more