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Week 2 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

So far so good… While kickers still fail to garner much in the way of respect, it wasn’t a terrible start to the season for the position though there weren’t many performances, in either direction, that truly swung things in Week 1. Let’s take a look at how are our options rank for this week:

  1. Greg Zuerlein – LA Rams – vs. Arizona
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Jacksonville
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  4. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Cleveland
  5. Robbie Gould – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Detroit
  6. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  7. Caleb Sturgis – LA Chargers – at Buffalo Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

While it is just one week we did learn a few things from Week 1 of the NFL season. Now it’s time to balance the risk of overreacting with the knowledge we acquired last week. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Los Angeles Rams – vs. Arizona
  2. Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
  3. Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  4. Los Angeles Chargers – at Buffalo
  5. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  6. Philadelphia Eagles – at Tampa Bay
  7. Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Talk about a wild way to begin the NFL, and therefore fantasy, season. We had offensive outbursts, stars who lived up to their billing,and some of our questions were answered. The important thing to remember is that we are still dealing with just one week of action. There is a lot of football left, and while we can now make more informed decisions overreacting shouldn’t be an option. Let’s jump right into how our options rank for this week:

  1. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – vs. Cleveland
  2. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Arizona
  3. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – vs. NY Giants
  4. Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers – at Buffalo
  5. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – at LA Rams
  6. James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  7. Saquon Barkley – New York Giants – at Dallas
  8. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New England Read more

Week 1 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

While even more leagues and some DFS games have erased the kicker position from fantasy football, there are still plenty of leagues that feature the position. After all that is traditional fantasy football, and if you have found yourself here that means you will be starting a kicker. Let’s jump right in with this week’s rankings:

  1. Greg Zuerlein – Los Angeles Rams – at Oakland
  2. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Buffalo
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  5. Daniel Carlson – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Francisco
  6. Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs – at LA Chargers
  7. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. NY Jets Read more

Week 1 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

At this point the information we have to go on is limited, at best. We obviously know what happened last season and in the off-season that followed. Regardless of our preseason expectations and speculation, it still doesn’t really matter until there is “actual” action on the field. So with that being said, here is how we can expect the initial rankings to shake out to start off the season with respect to team defenses:

  1. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Buffalo
  2. New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Denver Broncos – vs. Seattle
  4. Detroit Lions – vs. New York Jets
  5. Los Angeles Rams – at Oakland
  6. Carolina Panthers – vs. Dallas
  7. Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Francisco Read more

Week 1 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Here we are once again. It feels like we just left you at the end of the 2017 season, but 2018 is set to hit the ground running. We are just coming out of draft season, and in a lot of cases there are still more than questions than answers.  We might think we know who this season’s Alvin Kamara will be, along with many other running backs who emerged out of nowhere in the past to have weekly fantasy value, it’s impossible to say with certainty who that might be in 2018. Throughout the draft season we have given it our best guess, and now is not the time to abandon all of that research. Or at least not unless new information presents itself.

So for this week, aside from late breaking news and match-ups, our rankings will be similar to what they were for draft season. That will likely hold true through about the first quarter of the early games on Sunday, if we are lucky that is.  With that being said, here are the Week 1 rankings:

  1. Todd Gurley – LA Rams – at Oakland
  2. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Washington
  4. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – at New York Giants
  5. Melvin Gordon – LA Chargers – vs. Kansas City Read more

Sleeper Spotlight: Is Jordan Wilkins The Running Back To Target In Indianapolis?

by Ray Kuhn

Just because Marlon Mack entered training camp as the starter and Jim Irsay, for whatever his opinion is worth, declared that he would gain 1,500 yards this season, it doesn’t mean that is the way the season will actually transpire. Especially with running backs, everything is always subject to change, whether it’s a “hot hand” or an injury or something else entirely…

While Mack’s hamstring injury doesn’t appear to be all that major, he also doesn’t have much of a track record to go on. Last season we kept on waiting for Mack to emerge as the running back to own in the Colts’ backfield and to supplant Frank Gore, but it just never happened. Over the course of the season Mack gained just 358 yards on 93 carries while scoring three TD. That is not production that will guarantee Mack anything.

Granted the Colts waited until the fourth and fifth rounds to take Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins this spring, but it wasn’t exactly the biggest of endorsements for their second year back. Read more

Overdraft Alert: Have The Days Of Fantasy Viability Passed Drew Brees By?

by Ray Kuhn

Just wait… Pass on the name recognition and forget about the league(s) he helped you win not that long ago… Move past the DFS tournaments in which you were profitable thanks to the Drew Brees and the Saints…

You can’t erase history and the fact that Brees is still an elite quarterback, but he is no longer the fantasy player he once was. At age 39 he is on the back side of his career and by no means am I suggesting that time has passed him by, but it’s better to be a year earlier rather than a year late in moving on from Brees.

We consistently advocate, year after year, to wait on quarterbacks in your draft. Stock up on running backs and wide receivers, draft plenty of upside and let the quarterback market fall to you. That is the generally the preferred strategy, especially when you only need to start 12 at the position each week, and this season is no different. Read more

Deep League Sleeper: Could 2018 Be The Year Tyler Lockett Finally Emerges?

by Ray Kuhn

Sixteen touchdowns… With Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson signing elsewhere this off-season that is how many TD Seattle must replace from two of their three biggest receiving threats. There’s also 101 receptions and 1,223 receiving yards that the duo took with them to Green Bay and Washington.  While Seattle won’t replace all of that production with just one receiver and their offense will likely take a step backwards in 2018, Tyler Lockett enters the season with the most to gain.

The majority of the Seahawks’ offense will still focus on Russell Wilson and the ground game, both from him and their backfield rotation, but they do need to throw the ball to someone other than Doug Baldwin.

With Wilson proving that he is one of the top quarterbacks in the game there is some clear value in that. Baldwin happens to be nursing a knee injury so far this summer, so while at this point his status to start the season doesn’t appear to be in question it’s possible he gets off to a slow start. In other words things are aligning quite well for Lockett. Read more

Draft Day Decision: Does Sammy Watkins Deserve To Be Selected In The Sixth Round?

by Ray Kuhn

It’s all about the upside.. While he is entering his fifth season in the NFL, and first in Kansas City, there is a lot of positive speculation surrounding Sammy Watkins entering the 2018 season. As you’d expect that is impacting his draft position.

Considering we are dealing with an established player it seems odd to say at least a portion of Watkins’ ADP of 65 in the NFFC is based on speculation, but how else can you explain it given his career path?  Watkins didn’t waste any time acclimating to the NFL in his first two years as a professional:

  • Year 1 – 65 receptions for 982 yards
  • Year 2 – 60 receptions and 1,047 yards Read more