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Week 11 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Things could have been worse for Cody Parkey on Sunday, and that’s only because the Bears won in spite of him. Despite missing four kicks, two field goals and two extra points, his job is safe for now. While we know that kickers are often a week to week proposition, I would steer clear of Parkey for now even though the Bears are sticking with him. With that in mind let’s jump into how our options rank this week, as just 26 teams are taking the field:

  1. Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. Kansas City
  2. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at LA Rams
  4. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
  5. Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  6. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. Carolina Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

We know that there are going to be points scored and we also know that there will be turnovers aplenty. The key, which is always easier said than done, is to look for defenses who have the potential to maximize both areas. At least we have plenty of data points to work with when searching for the best match-up each week, though we all know that in the NFL things are always evolving (whether it’s due to injuries, youngsters emerging, etc.). Let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Carolina Panthers – at Detroit
  2. Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  3. Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  4. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Oakland
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
  6. Washington Redskins – vs. Houston
  7. Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago Read more

Week 11 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

At the worst possible time, there are just three weeks remaining until the fantasy playoffs begin, we have our second and final week with six teams on bye. Filling out starting lineups may not be an easy proposition, but that can’t stop us. With that being said, let’s jump right into the rankings:

  1. Todd Gurley – LA Rams – vs. Kansas City
  2. Saquon Barkley – NY Giants – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Atlanta
  4. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia
  5. Melvin Gordon – LA Chargers – vs. Denver
  6. Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – at Detroit
  7. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – at LA Rams Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Here we are for another week searching for the best value at kicker. While there is clearly some thought and strategy to it, unfortunately it is far from an exact science as kickers sometimes just don’t deliver and to some degree are at the mercy of their offenses. One kicker I was high on last week, Jason Myers, was hurt as a Jets’ penalty pushed them further back which ultimately led to a missed field goal. So now that I got that frustration out of the way, let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank:

  1. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  2. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Arizona
  3. Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. Seattle
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Tennessee
  5. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Cincinnati
  6. Cody Parkey – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  7. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Miami Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

As we look forward to this week it is clear that there are a multitude of match-ups that are far from appealing. What that does mean is that from the perspective of fantasy defenses there are some options out there. While they might not truly jump off the page at you, there should at least be limited risk. With that being said, let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  2. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Arizona
  3. LA Rams – vs. Seattle
  4. Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  5. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  6. Washington Redskins – at Tampa Bay
  7. LA Chargers – at Oakland Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Good thing we got through, for better or worse, last week with six teams on bye. This week there are only four teams on the sidelines and while by no means are we out of the woods, we have a few more options to choose from. Of course it’s becomes clear that things/decisions aren’t about to get any easier, for various reasons. How to we make the hard decisions?  Let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Melvin Gordon – LA Chargers – at Oakland
  2. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Arizona
  3. Todd Gurley – LA Rams – vs. Seattle
  4. Saquon Barkley – NY Giants – at San Francisco
  5. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Cincinnati
  6. James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Carolina
  7. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Weather is an issue… So is performance… This is nothing new when it comes to kickers, but as the calendar turns to November weather becomes even more of a factor. With six teams on bye there will be lots of streaming done at the position, further complicating the position’s outlook. Let’s take a look at how our options rank:

  1. Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – at New Orleans
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Green Bay
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
  4. Jason Myers – NY Jets – at Miami
  5. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. LA Rams
  6. Kaiimi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – at Denver
  7. Brett Maher – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tennessee Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

If you are searching for a defense for Week 9 there really isn’t much separation between options. The clear choice at the top of the list is whoever is playing the Buffalo Bills, with Nathan Peterman likely back under center, but the problem is that’s the Bears (95.4% owned in ESPN). With six teams on bye you might have to roll the dice on a mediocre option, but we just have to come to grips with the fact that it is an offensive game. This is also your friendly reminder not to hold two defenses on your roster. With all that in mind let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Chicago Bears – at Buffalo
  2. Kansas City Chiefs – at Cleveland
  3. Houston Texans – at Denver
  4. Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Denver Broncos – vs. Houston
  6. Washington Redskins – vs. Atlanta
  7. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

I don’t know what to think anymore. After Justin Tucker missed an extra point last week, costing his team the game, is there any kicker that we can trust? To be clear I am being a little dramatic here, and one misfire isn’t going to change my opinion on Tucker, but that just goes to show how volatile the position is. With that being said, here is how our options rank as we head into this week’s action:

  1. Ka’imi Fairbairn – Houston Texans – vs. Miami
  2. Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. Green Bay
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  4. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  5. Dan Bailey – Minnesota Vikings – vs. New Orleans
  6. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Carolina
  7. Jason Myers – NY Jets – at Chicago Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Look for turnovers, watch the weather, play the match-ups and hope for the best. At this point that is all we can really say about fantasy defenses. Oh, and stream every week, where applicable, while not keeping a second defense on your bench. With that being said, let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Chicago Bears – vs. NY Jets
  2. Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
  3. Carolina Panthers – vs. Baltimore
  4. Los Angeles Rams – vs. Green Bay
  5. Philadelphia Eagles – at Jacksonville
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  7. Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland Read more