Let’s continue our look at the Week 9 rankings by checking out the top kickers in the league:
- Jason Hanson – Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville
- Lawrence Tynes – New York Giants – vs. Pittsburgh
- Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Tampa Bay
- Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears – at Tennessee
- Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
- Connor Barth – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Oakland
- Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
- Phil Dawson – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Kai Forbath – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
- Garrett Hartley – New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia Read more
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Which running backs post the best options? Which injuries should be concerning us? Who should we be looking to avoid? Let’s try and answer all of the questions in our running back rankings for Week 9:
- Arian Foster – Houston Texans – vs. Buffalo
- Trent Richardson – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – at New Orleans
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
- Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
- Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Oakland
- Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
- Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at Tennessee
- Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Reggie Bush – Miami Dolphins – at Indianapolis
- Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders – vs. Tampa Bay Read more
So how does Jason Witten follow up that 18 catch performance from Sunday? And how does his breakout shake up these rankings? Also, is Jimmy Graham healthy and if so is he in line for a breakout of his own?
Here are the top 25 tight ends for week 9:
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Atlanta
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Giants
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia
- Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Denver
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Buffalo
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at New Orleans
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Washington
- Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at Houston
- Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville
- Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – vs. Pittsburgh Read more
by Will Overton
The season is just about halfway over now and the fantasy playoffs are only a handful of weeks away. If you’re not in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot it’s time to pull out all the stops and take some chances. I’m not saying make stupid decisions in the name of shaking things up, but don’t sit on your hands and let an underachieving team ruin your season either.
If you have some guys who are struggling it might be time to make some changes. Not to mention the injuries that are mounting and the bye weeks that keep on coming and forcing some lineup shuffling. Right now you may have to play the waiver wire game to make something happen, but do it smartly, not blindly.
Here are several guys who are going to be talked about on the waiver wire this week and my thoughts on whether they’re worth investing in or not:
Jonathan Dwyer – RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: He’s not on every waiver wire, but he’s still available in 65% of leagues right now. Dwyer is coming off back-to-back 100 yard games, but fantasy analysts remain skeptical. The reason for that is Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman are on the mend and could both be back as soon as this coming Sunday. Read more
A lot of the top quarterbacks in the league have more difficult match-ups, but we’ve learned that sometimes you just have to stick with your stars. Let’s take a look at how things currently look for the coming week:
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Arizona
- Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Giants
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Pittsburgh
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Denver
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Washington
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Tennessee
- Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Oakland Read more
Just hours before the start of Week 6 (for most teams anyways) I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:
Jordy Nelson – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers
The Packers play at 1:00 PM EST, so at least we’ll have an answer early as to if Nelson is going to play or not. If he plays he’s a must start option (arguably a Top 5 option), but at this point he’s a game time decision and listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Monitor the news this morning, but be prepared with an alternative.
Both James Jones and Randall Cobb were WR2 considerations if Nelson was full go. If he is out, both become must play options against a Jacksonville defense that is allowing 264.5 passing yards per game (ninth most in the league). Maybe Nelson’s absence could also mean a return to prominence for JerMichael Finley, though I wouldn’t be quite as willing to take that gamble unless you are desperate for a tight end.
Brandon Lloyd – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots
He has had plenty of down moments this season, including one reception for six yards against the Jets in Week 7. However, with Aaron Hernandez officially out for today’s game against the Rams you have to think that Lloyd will get an opportunity to play a bigger role in the offense, right? Read more
by Ray Kuhn
As we embark on Week 8, here are some thoughts that I have:
- How many points will be scored in Denver Sunday night? Denver’s defense has been giving up some points this season, and we know how many holes exist in the Saints’ defense. The Saints’ matchup last week with Tampa Bay was a shootout and Peyton Manning is more dangerous than Josh Freeman. Drew Brees looks like he is starting to find his rhythm and with Jimmy Graham looking to be healthy, he has his full complement of weapons in the passing game. I think last week’s bye came at the perfect time for Manning as he rode the momentum from the 35 unanswered points Denver put up on the Chargers. Manning is due for a complete game as he gets more comfortable with the Broncos offense and his receivers. This has all the makings for a shootout as each quarterback tries to top the other. Get your skill position players in there for both teams and watch the points pile up. Read more
by Will Overton
It’s time again to take a look at the league’s injury report heading into this weekend’s games. Granted a lot can change in the next 24 hours, but it’s important to keep tabs on these guys status leading up to game time. You never know what will happen tomorrow morning that might prevent you from making changes so it’s best to stay on top of things now.
You also want to be able to know what positions you may need to pickup a guy as a just in case situation. This week is the super bye week, with six teams sitting out, and benches are getting more thin so you need to know what guys you are going to need to replace.
Here is the latest injury news on a handful of fantasy playmakers:
Trent Richardson – RB, Cleveland Browns: It’s becoming quite commonplace to see Trent Richardson’s name listed as questionable on the injury report going into Sunday. The last two weeks Richardson has played with the same rib injury that slows him now. Despite the fact that he has played he has only for 45 yards in these last two games, including 8 yards on 8 carries last week. The Charges are a decent team for Richardson to be going up against, but I just hope he’s come along a bit better with his injury this week. Read more
Ryan Broyles – Wide Receiver – Detroit Lions
When Nate Burelson went out last week and was lost for the season new opportunities arose for the other Lions’ wide receivers. While Titus Young, a bust thus far, figures to be the long-term answer he may not be in the best situation for this week.
The Seahawks boast a strong secondary, especially with their starting corner backs Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. They are tied for the league low in passing TD allowed (6) and have also allowed just 212.3 passing yards per game. With those numbers it is obvious that it isn’t just the outside pair doing the job, though it is hard to argue against their strength.
We know Calvin Johnson is going to be lining up on the outside, but who is the second receiver going to be? If it is Young, rookie Ryan Broyles then avoids the dynamic duo and is put in a much better position to produce.
Last week against the Bears Broyles managed 3 receptions for 51 yards and he scored the Lions’ only TD. He was targeted just 4 times, though that is a number that should increase this week. Remember, Burelson did start the game (3 targets) and Broyles likely wasn’t in the game plans too much. This week, with Burelson out, you know the Lions are going to have a plan in place for him. Read more