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Week 12 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

With five (hopefully five) weeks left in your fantasy football season, now is the time to get prepared… Prepared for the playoff semifinals in Week 15 and the championship game in Week 16 that is. While you need to maximize your defensive for this week, you should try to do so with one eye on the future (unless you are in a must win situation, then you do what you have to do to get there). Until then, let’s take at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – at Arizona
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Green Bay
  3. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
  4. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
  5. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
  6. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
  7. Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco Read more

Week 12 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Once again there is player movement at the position that generally gets ignored. Jake Elliot injured himself against Dallas and his status for this week remains unclear, and Cairo Santos is now kicking for the Bears. Considering those changes, and everything else, let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
  2. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Green Bay
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  4. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
  5. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
  6. Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at LA Rams Read more

Week 12 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Finally we have made it! We are still two weeks away from the fantasy playoffs, but we have some relief.  The bye weeks are over, so that means we have 32 less than ideal situations to choose from while setting our lineups (as opposed to 26 or 28). With the full slate of options, let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Green Bay
  2. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints – at LA Rams
  3. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
  4. Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers – at Dallas
  5. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – at Kansas City
  6. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Arizona
  7. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
  8. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at LA Rams Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

We have had a few weeks of reprieve, but for this week we are going to have to play meteorologist. Since we are in the middle of November it makes sense and is something that will likely continue for the rest of the way. We want to be careful not to overstate the impact that weather will have on the results, but one area in which there is a clear relationship is the kicking game. Since we are completing these rankings a few days prior to Sunday, and the weather has a habit of changing, it is a roster decision you will want to revisit closer to game time. In a vacuum, here is how our options rank:

  1. Jake Elliot – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Oakland
  3. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Minnesota
  4. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Green Bay
  5. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

If you are waiting for the quarterback play to improve, this is not your week. We have Phillip Rivers in the concussion protocol, Tom Savage still under center for the Texans, Blaine Gabbert taking snaps for Arizona and Nate Peterman making his debut in Buffalo. However, from the perspective of fantasy defenses all of that is good news. Let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cleveland
  2. Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
  3. Arizona Cardinals – at Houston
  4. Denver Broncos – vs. Cincinnati
  5. Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Buffalo
  6. New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
  7. Baltimore Ravens – at Green Bay
  8. Cincinnati Bengals – at Denver Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

The waiver wire has been quiet for the last few weeks, but this week might be a little different. There are few options potentially available, and while they might not be the most exciting they offer some hope. How do those “fliers” fit into the rankings?  Who should we be trusting overall?  Let’s take a look at what we can expect and how our options rank:

  1. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Giants
  2. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tennessee
  3. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – at Minnesota
  4. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – at LA Chargers
  5. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cleveland
  6. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
  7. Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Buffalo
  8. Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 10: Josh McNown, Alfred Morris, DeSean Jackson & More

by Ray Kuhn

Each week is a struggle. Filling out a starting lineup is not easy, and at times it feels like you might be better off just flipping a coin. However, we know that is not the case (at least most of the time), and there is a real science to making lineup decisions. Let’s take a look at some potential choices we might have for Week 10:

Quarterbacks:

Start – Josh McNown – New York Jets – at Tampa Bay

Yes, this feels weird to me as well. Before the season started, it was questionable whether or not McNown would even still be starting at this point in the season. Instead, here we are advocating for the Jets’ quarterback against Tampa Bay. Personally, I found myself grabbing McNown in a few leagues to replace Carson Wentz, and it is well deserved. The Jets have been moving the ball better than expected so far this season, and so far this season, McNown actually ranks as a borderline QB1 so far this season based solely on point production. So far this season, Tampa Bay has allowed the fourth most points to opposing quarterbacks, so he stands to be in for another good week. You aren’t going to get a spectacular outing from McNown, but he has been averaging two touchdowns a game over the last five weeks, and will continue to be a dependable option. Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

This week things get a little easier, as there are just four teams on bye. Of course, you are going to want to do more than just making sure that your kicker is active and healthy, as every point you can is vital. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for Week 10: Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Each week, even if I don’t set out to stream my defense, it is always something I consider. If not, you might be leaving potential points on the table. However at the same time, you don’t want to make a move just for the sake of making a move. This is also the part of the year when you should begin to look ahead a few weeks. Let’s take a look at how our options rank: Read more

Week 10 Ranks (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

One. Entering play on Monday night, we had just one running back last week who eclipsed 100 yards. And that running back, Adrian Peterson, was likely floating around your waiver wire a few weeks ago as he was struggling to find a role on the Saints. Instead, we saw him gain 159 yards against San Francisco on Sunday; although Peterson did fail to find the end zone. In fact, the third most rushing yards last week came from a quarterback; Cam Newton.

Things do get a little better this week with Jordan Howard, Melvin Gordon, Le’Veon Bell, and others returning from bye this week. This week, we have four teams on bye, and that means we will be without Kareem Hunt and Jay Ajayi, among others. Let’s take a look at how our options rank: Read more