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Old Face, New Place: Will The Newly Acquired Dion Lewis Be The Titans’ Top Fantasy RB?

by Ray Kuhn

Running backs for the New England Patriots get a bad name, at least from a fantasy perspective, but despite the roller coaster ride Dion Lewis was actually a pretty steady performer in 2017. We kept on waiting for Bill Belichick to phase him out and leave fantasy owners hanging, but instead Lewis gained 124 yards on the ground and had his best game of the season in Week 16.

This year he takes his talents to Tennessee where he replaces DeMarco Murray at least on the depth chart though not exactly when it comes to role. For the few fleeting days between Murray’s release and Lewis’ signing it appeared that Derrick Henry’s (pictured) value was going to go through the roof. Instead, while the incumbent should be at his most valuable in his third NFL season, Lewis, to me at least, is the back to own in the Titans’ backfield for 2018. Read more

Old Face, New Place: Now In Oakland, Can Jordy Nelson Rediscover His Fantasy Appeal?

by Ray Kuhn

Is Jordy Nelson done? That is the question fantasy owners are asking themselves about the 33-year old wide receiver, and right now we don’t have a clear answer.

Nelson missed the 2015 season with a knee injury, but he didn’t miss a beat upon his return in 2016 catching 97 passes for 1,257 yards while teaming up with Aaron Rodgers and re-establishing himself as an early round draft pick. That brings us to 2017, which was just a complete and utter disappointment.

In Nelson’s defense he did appear in 15 games, so I wouldn’t chalk it up to a health issue. Based on the fact that Nelson was likely a WR1, owners were left with a big hole to fill and early round pick that was a bust.  Before we unfairly bash Nelson, let’s take a closer look. He caught 53 passes, so it’s not like he completely vanished from Green Bay’s offense, but it was his worst performance since appearing in 12 games in 2012 when he caught 49 balls. That year Nelson gained 745 yards through air, but in 2017 it dropped down to 482 yards. Read more

Change of Address: Now “The Man” In San Francisco, Is Jerick McKinnon Worth A 2nd Round Pick?

by Ray Kuhn

There might not be a player with more helium this draft season than Jerick McKinnon. All of the qualifications and signs for a player rising up draft boards are there, and if anything his draft stock might continue to climb as we get closer to September.  But should it?

Since they have opened up MFL 10s, there have been 1,427 drafts (at the time of this writing), and McKinnon has an ADP of 32.2. Before you begin to question drafting San Francisco’s new running back in the third round, I know I certainly did, consider the fact that he is currently the 17th running back coming off the board. Would you be hard pressed to find more than 16 running backs, likely a few less than that, to rank higher than McKinnon?

While we are alright with that ADP, remember that helium, there have been 822 drafts since May 1st, and in those drafts McKinnon has had an ADP of 25.5.  He has found himself being selected anywhere between the third pick and the 43rd pick in the draft.

Now, it’s decision time… Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

There is no reason not to stream since there’s no more “next week’. At this point in the season all we care about is the here and now; Week 16. With that in mind let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Jets
  3. Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Francisco
  5. Chicago Bears – vs. Cleveland
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  7. Los Angeles Rams – at Tennessee Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

I know it feels like we are beating a redundant drum, but owners of Robbie Gould certainly aren’t ignoring the kicker position. On this championship week, let’s take a look at who can help you secure those crucial points. Fantasy football never goes smoothly or as expected, and in the playoffs it feels like that is only more magnified. Here are how our options rank:

  1. Chris Boswell  – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  2. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens- vs. Indianapolis
  3. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  5. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  6. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
  7. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Dance with who you brought here. In other words, before I go crazy spouting cliches don’t get too cute. You know who your top options at the position are, who has had recent success and who is going to get the most touches. Be aware of match-ups and look to exploit those, but with a championship on the line try and resist the urge to over think things.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the running backs rank for the coming week:

  1. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – at Tennessee
  2. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Houston
  3. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
  4. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  5. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  6. Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Jets
  7. Kenyan Drake – Miami Dolphins – at Kansas City Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

As the season progresses we spend an increasing amount of time debating the virtues of our kicker choices. No fantasy point can be left behind in the semi-finals, so let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Jets
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
  3. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Tennessee
  4. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  5. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Seattle
  6. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  7. Jake Elliott – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  8. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New England Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Unless you have a truly elite option at defense there is no reason not to be streaming (and looking towards Week 16) at this point in the season. Let’s jump right into how our options rank:

  1. New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Jets
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  3. Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  4. Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  5. Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
  6. Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
  7. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Cincinnati Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

At this point in the season, all we can do is our best. I know that sounds silly, but the semifinals of the fantasy playoffs are not the time to get fancy and experiment. We simply need to make our rankings, stick with them and hope for the best. We have gotten this far after all, right? Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week with that in mind:

  1. Le”Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New England
  2. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  3. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – at Seattle
  4. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Jets
  5. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  6. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  7. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. LA Chargers
  8. Kenyan Drake – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo Read more

Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Once again, and as it will be for the rest of the season, weather will come into play. When making your roster decision for Week 14 you should also be looking into the future at the next two weeks and evaluating both weather and match-ups. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  2. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  5. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  6. Chandler Catanzaro – New York Jets – at Denver
  7. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  8. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – at Houston Read more