2014 FantasySavvy Football: Week 12 Player Rankings

  1. Andrew Luck vs JAC                        QB’s
  2. Aaron Rodgers @ MIN
  3. Peyton Manning vs MIA
  4. Drew Bress vs BAL
  5. Tony Romo @ NYG
  6. Jay Cutler vs TB
  7. Colin Kaepernick vs WAS
  8. Tom Brady vs DET
  9. Russell Wilson vs AZ
  10. Matt Ryan vs CLE
  11. Joe Flacco @ NO
  12. Ryan Tannehill @ DEN
  13. Matt Stafford @ NE
  14. Mark Sanchez vs TEN
  15. Eli Manning vs DAL
  16. Andy Dalton @ HOU
  17. Blake Bortles @ IND
  18. Josh McCown @ CHI
  19. Kyle Orton vs NYJ
  20. Brian Hoyer vs ATL
  21. Phillip Rivers vs STL * The Rams defense is a QB’s worst nightmare right now
  22. Ryan Mallett vs CIN
  23. Robert Griffin III
  24. Michael Vick @ BUF
  25. Zach Mettenberger @ PHI
  26. Shaun Hill @ SD
  27. Drew Stanton @ SEA
  28. Teddy Bridgewater @ GB

RB’s

  1. DeMarco Murray @ NYG
  2. Matt Forte vs TB
  3. Eddie Lacy @ MIN
  4. LeSean McCoy vs TEN
  5. Marshawn Lynch vs AZ
  6. C.J. Anderson vs MIA
  7. Justin Forsett @ NO
  8. Mark Ingram vs BAL
  9. Alfred Blue vs CIN
  10. Rashad Jennings vs DAL
  11. Jeremy Hill @ HOU
  12. Isaiah Crowell @ ATL
  13. Denard Robinson @ IND
  14. Andre Ellington @ SEA
  15. Frank Gore vs WAS
  16. Tre Mason @ SD
  17. Trent Richardson vs JAC
  18. Steven Jackson vs CLE
  19. Shane Vereen vs DET
  20. Jerrick McKinnon vs GB
  21. Ryan Matthews vs STL
  22. Alfred Morris @ STL
  23. Giovani Bernard @ HOU
  24. Joique Bell @ NE
  25. Lamar Miller @ DEN
  26. Jonas Gray vs DET
  27. Terrance West @ ATL
  28. Bishop Sankey @ PHI
  29. Fred Jackson vs NYJ *questionable
  30. Chris Ivory @ BUF
  31. Charles Sims @ CHI
  32. Roy Helu @ SF
  33. Darren Sproles vs TEN
  34. Dan Herron vs JAC
  35. Pierre Thomas vs BAL
  36. Bobby Rainey @ CHI
  37. Theo Riddick @ NE *Expecting Bush to be OUT
  38. Juwan Thompson vs MIA
  39. Carlos Hyde vs WAS
  40. James Starks @ MIN
  41. Benny Cunningham @ SD
  42. Bryce Brown vs NYJ *Bump up 10 spots if Jackson is OUT
  43. Devonta Freeman vs CLE
  44. LeGarrette Blount vs DET
  45. Doug Martin @ CHI

WR’s

  1. T.Y Hilton vs JAC *150 yards at Halftime
  2. Dez Bryant @ NYG *Who will stop him?
  3. A.J. Green @ HOU
  4. Demaryious Thomas vs MIA
  5. Brandon Marshall vs TB
  6. Jordy Nelson @ MIN
  7. Calvin Johnson @ NE
  8. Randall Cobb @ MIN
  9. Alshon Jeffrey vs TB
  10. Mike Evans @ CHI
  11. Emmanuel Sanders vs MIA
  12. Jeremy Maclin vs TEN
  13. Sammy Watkins vs NYJ
  14. Roddy White vs CLE
  15. O’Dell Beckham vs DAL
  16. DeAndre Hopkins vs CIN
  17. Julian Edelman vs DET
  18. Anquan Boldin vs WAS
  19. Mike Wallace @ DEN
  20. Percy Harvin vs BUF
  21. Vincent Jackson @ CHI
  22. Josh Gordon @ ATL
  23. Jordan Matthews vs TEN
  24. Andre Johnson vs CIN
  25. Cecil Shorts @ IND  *Garbage time is coming
  26. DeSean Jackson @ SF
  27. Reggie Wayne vs JAC
  28. Torrey Smith @ NO
  29. Marques Colston vs BAL
  30. Brandon LaFell vs DET
  31. Andrew Hawkins @ ATL
  32. Larry Fitzgerald @ SEA *Highly Questionable
  33. Golden Tate @ NE
  34. Kenny Stills vs BAL
  35. Ruben Randle vs DAL
  36. Michael Crabtree vs WAS
  37. Keenan Allen vs STL
  38. Steve Smith @ NO
  39. Eric Decker vs BUF
  40. Doug Baldwin vs AZ
  41. Michael Floyd @ SEA
  42. Kenny Britt @ SD
  43. Kendall Wright @ PHI
  44. Pierre Garcon @ SF
  45. Jarvis Landry @ DEN
  46. Terrance Williams @ NYG
  47. John Brown @ SEA
  48. Allen Hurns @ IND
  49. Chris Hogan vs NYJ
  50. Greg Jennings vs GB
  51. Wes Welker vs MIA
  52. Justin Hunter @ PHI
  53. Davante Adams @ MIN
  54. Harry Douglas vs CLE
  55. Cordarrelle Patterson vs GB
  56. Marquise LEE @ IND

TE’s

  1. Jimmy Graham vs BAL
  2. Rob Gronkowski vs DET
  3. Coby Fleener vs JAC *No Dwayne Allen
  4. Antonio Gates vs STL
  5. Larry Donnell vs DAL
  6. Jason Wittten @ NYG
  7. Jacob Tamme vs MIA
  8. Martellus Bennett vs TB
  9. Owen Daniels @ NO
  10. Delanie Walker @ PHI
  11. Niles Paul @ SF
  12. Vernon Davis vs WAS
  13. Jermaine Gresham @ HOU
  14. Scott Chandler vs NYJ
  15. Kyle Rudolph vs GB
  16. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins @ CHI
  17. Jared Cook @ SD
  18. Marcedes Lewis @ IND
  19. Tim Wright vs DET
  20. Tony Moeaki vs AZ

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FantasySavvy Football: Week 12 Start’ Em, Sit ‘Em

By Kevin Lewis

*For both Daily and Seasonal Leagues

START EM

WR Josh Gordon, @Atlanta($7800)- This is really simple. Josh Gordon was the number 1 wide receiver in all of fantasy football last year. The Cleveland Browns are in the heat of a playoff run so don’t believe any of that pitch count nonsense coming from Mike Pettine. Happy Josh Gordon is free week!

RB Jerick McKinnon, vs Green Bay($5600)- This is dicey because Green Bay could blow these guys out and make McKinnon an afterthought. That said, the Packers run defense is suspect, and if the game remains even remotely close McKinnon could be a nice RB2 especially in PPR formats.

RB Tre Mason, @San Diego($5600)- Mason just had his first 100 yard game as a pro against a stout Denver defense. Now, he might not receive another 30+ carries this week, but the Chargers defense isn’t as good. I like him to return RB2 value this week.

TE Larry Donnell, vs Dallas($5300)- Donnell has been highly frustrating all year and as QB Eli Manning continues to struggle I understand apprehension about plugging him into the lineup. That said, Donnell had 7 catches for 90 yards the first time these two teams met and the Cowboys allow the third most fantasy points to tight ends in the NFL.

QB Colin Kaepernick, vs Washington($7300)- The Redskins just finished letting Josh McCown sauté them last week, their pass defense is a mess and this game has the makings of a blowout. Kaepernick hasn’t been particularly good from a fantasy or real life sense this season but he’s probably due for a good game. Who better to do it against than a team who made Josh McCown look like the second coming?

RB Denard Robinson, at Indianapolis($7500)- The Jaguars don’t have the talent to put forth a gameplan like New England did in an effort to beat the Colts. That said, Gray’s success last week makes me think Robinson will be a focal point in this game. A 120+ total yards and a touchdown performance is roughly what I expect from Shoelace this week.

WR Cecil Shorts, at Indianapolis($6300)- I know. I know. Two Jacksonville Jaguars in one lineup? Colts are going to score a lot of points, and there should be some garbage time and we all know that’s where Shorts shines the most.

RB Rashad Jennings, vs Dallas($6600)- He’s healthy again and he received 22 touches last week in his return to action. Dallas yields a healthy 4.4 YPC and the Giants get back standout G Geoff Schwartz this week. All signs point to a productive evening from Rashad Jennings.

SIT

QB Matthew Stafford, @New England($8200)- To integrate a little real life into this quickly, does anyone really trust Stafford on the road against an elite NFL team? I mean, the Lions have literally NEVER won under his guidance in similar situations. On the season, Stafford is the 16th best fantasy QB as he has been a massive disappointment. I just don’t trust him in this particular environment enough to start him.

RB Jonas Gray, vs Detroit($6700)- He’s a Patriot runningback, firstly. Secondly, Detroit has one of the very best run defenses in the NFL. Thirdly, don’t do it to yourself.

TE Vernon Davis, vs Washington($5000)- I’ll keep listing him here until he actually does something that gets him off this list.

WR Golden Tate, @New England,($8200)- I fully expect Tate to see a lot of Revis on Sunday as the Patriots roll coverage to Calvin Johnson’s side.  Given that I don’t think highly of his QB in this tilt either, I would probably stay away from Tate as well if you have better options to throw out there.

RB Fred Jackson, vs New York Jets (in Detroit, $6500)- Simply put, the Jets are the third best running unit in football and it’s been proven that they are vulnerable to the pass. Fred is a plug and pray RB3/flex at best this week. Bonus: He has one rushing touchdown in 11 contests against the Jets.

WR Percy Harvin, @Buffalo Bills(Detroit), ($6400)- As much as the Jets are forcefeeding the ball to him and they’re playing in a dome, Vick should be running for his life all game. The Bills pass rush is potent and Vick is known for holding on to the ball too long. I’d probably avoid Harvin this week.

QB Andy Dalton, @Houston, ($8200)- He’s had two good games all year. JJ Watt is employed by the Texans. There are better plays in both daily and seasonal leagues

RB Trent Richardson, vs Jacksonville($5700)- I know, I know. The whole backfield is his at the moment and he’s playing against a bad Jaguars team. I understand if you start him but the guy is so bad at football. Do you really wanna put your faith in him?

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FantasySavvy Football: Week 11 Start’ Em, Sit ‘Em

By: Kevin Lewis

*Good for both daily and seasonal leagues.

START

QB Mark Sanchez @ Green Bay Packers ($6900) I think Sanchez makes a couple of mistakes in this game but given how cheap he is and how much the Eagles would have to score to compete in this game I think there is a good chance he repays his value.

QB Teddy Bridgewater @ Chicago Bears ($6600) He’s playing against Chicago’s piss poor defense and he has been a little better in the past couple weeks. I’d take a shot at him. If he goes for 250 and two touchdowns, he’s repaid your investment.

RB Jeremy Hill @ New Orleans Saints($6500) After watching his QB go 10/33 for 86 yards in the last game, Hue Jackson has to make the run a priority in this one right? Hill is averaging 5.3 YPC on the season, and his productivity can make everyone else’s jobs easier. That said, he’s liable to abandon the run if the Bengals go down big early so the game flow aspect of playing Hill is impossible to forecast. Basically if you’re going to play him you have to pray.

RB CJ Anderson @ St Louis Rams ($6500) Anderson had one of the greatest 70 yard TD catches you’ll ever see last week. Denver should be in front for a good deal of this game which means Anderson shouldn’t lack for touches in this game.

RB Shane Vereen @ Indianapolis Colts ($6500) Highest over/under on the season. There should be a lot of passing and Shane Vereen is the pass down back. It’s impossible to forecast what the Patriots are going to do but assuming Vereen actually plays a decent amount of snaps he has a high ceiling.

RB Jerrick McKinnon @ Chicago Bears ($5500) Common theme here is picking players going against the Bears. McKinnon will be hard pressed to score a touchdown here but the Bears give up a ton of big plays and I can see McKinnon doing serious damage in the passing game.

WR Greg Jennings @ Chicago Bears ($5300) The Bears clearly have issues stopping the pass, and while Jennings ceiling isn’t particularly high most of the time I like him a great deal this week. He’s also ridiculously cheap on Fanduel. If you have someone like Dez Bryant on bye week you can do a lot worse.

TE Travis Kelce vs Seattle Seahawks ($6200) It looks like Anthony Fasano isn’t going to play. If so, that should boost Kelce into the 80-90% snaps played plateau. The Seahawks give up the fourth most points to tight ends so hopefully it’s #FreeKelce week.

SIT

WR Michael Floyd vs Detroit Lions ($6300) He’s fallen off in recent weeks, takes a QB downgrade and is going against arguably the best defense in football. Pass.

QB Russell Wilson @ Kansas City Chiefs ($8300) Five total touchdowns in the four games since Percy Harvin was traded. The Chiefs haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown all season and have the #1 pass defense in the NFL. It could be a struggle for Wilson at Arrowhead.

WR Martavis Bryant @ Tennessee Titans ($7000) Titans are only allowing 232 passing yards per game on the season. A garbage time TD saved Bryant’s week last week. I think reality finally hits him this week.

WR Kendall Wright vs Pittsburgh Steelers ($6400) There isn’t a single Titans WR worth trusting at this point to be quite honest. I wouldn’t start him or Hunter until they show me some kind of consistent synergy with QB Zach Mettenberger.

TE Vernon Davis @ New York Giants ($5300) At this point, why should you trust him?

QB Andy Dalton @ New Orleans Saints ($7900)  While he won’t be as bad as he was last week, how can one start him with any certainty this week? I’d take my chances with a Bridgewater or Josh McCown before Dalton.

RB Frank Gore @ New York Giants ($7000) He had 81 yards on 23 carries and a TD last week. Even in a good week he averaged 3.5 YPC. He hasn’t gotten more than 17 carries twice all season. I honestly believe Carlos Hyde is a better start this week as I think he has a huge game.

WR Andre Johnson @ Cleveland Browns ($6300) He’s going to see a lot of Joe Haden and is playing with a guy in his first career start. There’s a shot he does well but his floor is ridiculously low for the week.

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2014 FantasySavvy Football: Week 10 Player Rankings

4 Weeks left. If you have a gut feeling about a player stick with it, just be smart about it. Don’t make a last minute change you will regret. We will take some shots with these rankings, rather than play it safe everywhere like you will see with other sites rankings. Game on.

QB’s

  1. Peyton Manning vs OAK
  2. Aaron Rodgers vs CHI
  3. Ben Roethlisberger @ NYJ
  4. Russell Wilson vs NYG *Gets two offensive lineman back this week. Giants secondary is severly depleted. I expect great game from Russell.
  5. Drew Brees vs SF *expecting a fairly high scoring game in New Orleans today.
  6. Tony Romo @ JAC (London)
  7. Matt Ryan @ TB *Could regret this, but the matchup is right.
  8. Colin Kaepernick @ NO *Expect him to bounceback in high scoring game
  9. Matthew Stafford vs MIA
  10. Jay Cutler @ GB * Will have to throw it a ton
  11. Cam Newton @ PHI
  12. Carson Palmer vs STL
  13. Joe Flacco vs TEN * Could be 3 TD game
  14. Mark Sanchez vs CAR
  15. Michael Vick vs PIT
  16. Ryan Tannehill @ DET
  17. Eli Manning @ SEA
  18. Alex Smith @ BUF
  19. Derek Carr vs DEN
  20. Kyle Orton vs KC
  21. Josh McCown vs ATL
  22. Blake Bortles vs DAL
  23. Zach Mettenberger @ BAL
  24. Austin Davis @ AZ

RB’s

  1. DeMarco Murray @ JAC
  2. Matt Forte @ GB
  3. Marshawn Lynch vs NYG
  4. Jamaal Charles @ BUF
  5. Le’Veon Bell @ NYJ
  6. Eddie Lacy vs CHI
  7. Andre Ellington vs STL
  8. LeSean McCoy vs CAR
  9. Ronnie Hillman @ OAK  *Would be higher if it wasn’t for possible return of Montee Ball
  10. Mark Ingram vs SF
  11. Justin Forsett vs TEN
  12. Dernard Robinson vs DAL
  13. Bobby Rainey vs ATL
  14. Steven Jackson @ TB * Might get two scores.
  15. Frank Gore @ NO
  16. Lamar Miller @ DET
  17. Joique Bell vs MIA
  18. Chris Ivory vs PIT  *Chris Johnson outplayed him last week.
  19. Fred Jackson vs KC *questionable, sounds like he may play.
  20. Darren McFadden vs DEN
  21. Jonathan Stewart @ PHI
  22. Andre Williams vs SEA
  23. Reggie Bush vs MIA
  24. Anthony Dixon vs KC * If Jackson Plays he drops to 35.
  25. Tre Mason @ AZ
  26. DeAngelo Williams @ PHI
  27. Darren Sproles vs CAR
  28. Bishop Sankey @ BAL
  29. Chris Johnson vs PIT
  30. Charles Sims vs ATL
  31. Lorenzo Taliaferro vs TEN * Who knows if Pierce will get more carries this week
  32. Bryce Brown vs KC * No idea of his usage, but could be a sneaky play. Fred Jackson plays he drops further.
  33. James Starks vs CHI
  34. Montee Ball @ OAK * No idea how they use him this week in his first game back.
  35. Toby Gerhart vs DAL
  36. Tavaris Cadet @ SF
  37. Carlos Hyde @ NO
  38. Peyon Hillis @ SEA
  39. Knile Davis @ BUF
  40. Daniel Thomas @ DET
  41. Benny Cunningham @ AZ

WR’s

  1. Antonio Brown vs NYJ
  2. Jordy Nelson vs CHI
  3. Demaryius Thomas @ OAK
  4. Randall Cobb vs CHI
  5. Emmanuel Sanders @ OAK
  6. Julio Jones @ TB
  7. Dez Bryant @ JAC
  8. Calvin Johnson vs MIA
  9. Brandon Marshall @ GB
  10. Jeremy Maclin vs CAR
  11. Kelvin Benjamin @ PHI
  12. Sammy Watkins vs KC *Sounds like he’s going to play
  13. Alshon Jeffrey @ GB
  14. Roddy White @ TB
  15. Percy Harvin vs PIT
  16. Larry Fitzgerald vs STL
  17. Eric Decker vs PIT
  18. Mike Wallace @ DET
  19. Anquan Boldin @ NO
  20. Golden Tate vs MIA
  21. Mike Evans vs ATL
  22. Steve Smith Sr. vs TEN
  23. Martavis Bryant @ NYJ
  24. Brandon Cooks vs SF
  25. O’Dell Beckham @ SEA
  26. Doug Baldwin vs NYG
  27. Michael Crabtree @ NO
  28. Vincent Jackson vs ATL * I don’t trust Josh McCown at all
  29. Terrance Williams @ JAC
  30. Marques Colston vs SF
  31. Michael Floyd vs STL
  32. Torrey Smith vs TEN
  33. Dwayne Bowe @ BUF
  34. Allen Robinson vs DAL
  35. Kendall Wright @ BAL
  36. Davante Adams vs CHI
  37. Ruben Randle @ SEA
  38. Andre Holmes vs DEN
  39. Justin Hunter @ BAL
  40. James Jones vs DEN
  41. Cecil Shorts vs DAL
  42. Jordan Matthews vs CAR
  43. Allen Hurns vs DAL
  44. Wes Welker @ OAK
  45. Kenny Stills vs SF
  46. Robert Woods vs KC
  47. Markus Wheaton @ NYJ
  48. John Brown vs STL
  49. Jarvis Landry @ DET
  50. Paul Richardson vs NYG

TE’s

  1. Julius Thomas @ OAK *Saying they will start to get him the ball again
  2. Jimmy Graham vs SF
  3. Greg Olsen @ PHI
  4. Travis Kelce @ BUF
  5. Vernon Davis @ NO  *Most upside then the rest of the bunch
  6. Martellus Bennett @ GB * very questionable
  7. Charles Clay vs DET
  8. Heath Miller @ NYJ * Jets just awful against Tight Ends, year after year.
  9. Larry Donnell @ SEA
  10. Delanie Walker @ BAL
  11. Mychal Rivera vs DEN
  12. Owen Daniels vs TEN
  13. Jason Witten @ JAC
  14. Zach Ertz vs CAR
  15. Richard Rodgers @ CHI *Sleeper this week, could be relevant down the stretch.
  16. Luke Wilson *He isn’t good, but he will get looks
  17. Scott Chandler vs KC
  18. Jared Cook @ AZ
  19. Jace Amaro vs PIT
  20. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins vs ATL

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2014 FantasySavvy Football: Week 10 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

By Kevin Lewis

*Article geared more to Daily Leagues this week. But can be used for both.

Start ‘Em

WR Julio Jones, @Tampa Bay, $8,000- Jones has had a quiet recent stretch over the last four games which apparently has left an impression given his extremely reasonable price tag. Tampa is dead last in the NFL at defending WRs and Jones had a monster line the last time these two teams played. Depending on your RBs, Jones could actually be reasonably slotted as a WR2. Take advantage of that as it may legitimately never happen again.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, @Philadelphia, $6,700- Benjamin is a big, fast target who is heavily targeted in the redzone, priced very reasonably and going against a team who struggles defending the pass. Every game the Eagles participate in has shootout potential and if it happens that way on Monday it’s likely Benjamin will play a part in that. He’s a good bet to pay back his value in production.

TE Larry Donnell, @Seattle, $5,300- Actually advising starting a pass catcher in Seattle? Yes, I am. While Donnell can be frustrating and I’m not fully confident in this play, the Seahawks have given up the fourth most points to tight ends this season. They don’t give up much to wide receivers either and are great against the run. If the Giants are going to move the ball and score at all on Sunday I would think Donnell would have to play a part in it. And his dirt cheap price tag makes it worth taking the chance.

WR Davante Adams, vs Chicago, $5,200- This works best if you’re going to pair him with Aaron Rodgers. Adams is getting the majority of snaps as the third wide receiver in Green Bay’s prodigious passing attack and the already poor Bears defense are depleted in the secondary. I really wouldn’t be surprised to see a 5 catch/70 yard/1 touchdown effort out of Adams this week and the sheer possibility of that makes the $5,200 worth the shot.

QB Matt Ryan, @Tampa Bay, $7,800- I know how stressful Matt Ryan has been to own, whether in daily leagues or seasonal leagues. That said, the Buccaneers give up the second most passing yards in all of football and Ryan has had a week off that will hopefully help him. A Ryan/Jones stack for $15,800 combined actually isn’t bad at all. Hopefully the Falcons offensive line remembers to report to work as well.

RB Denard Robinson, vs DAL (London), $6,800- I’m not really keen on suggesting Jacksonville players with $$$ on the line but I’ll make an exception here. Dallas’ defense has still struggled this season despite the narratives that they are so much better. They still allow 4.6 YPC and one would think Jacksonville would try and keep the ball on the ground to make life a little easier for Blake Bortles. I think he’s a quality tournament play as he gives you a little wiggle room to go after big name WRs and is likely to make the modest investment worth it.

RB Justin Forsett, vs TEN, $6,500- Forsett averages 5.4 yards per carry on the season and the Titans give up 120 yards per game on the ground. A potential Ravens breakout makes Forsett that much more intriguing. He has a lot of yardage potential but the TD potential is somewhat capped by the presence of Lorenzo Taliaferro. That said, the $6,500 price tag is a reasonable one.

RB Bobby Rainey, vs ATL, $6,700- Rainey put up 87 rushing yards and 34 receiving yards last week. The Falcons let up the most fantasy points to RBs this year so Rainey is a good matchup assuming he gets the majority of the touches. This comes with a disclaimer though as I would closely monitor the injury situations of Charles Sims and Doug Martin.

Sit ‘Em

RB Frank Gore, @New Orleans, $6,800- 39 carries 107 yards, 2.74 YPC average. That’s Frank Gore’s numbers the last three games. I can’t think of a matchup enticing enough to make me want to start Frank Gore anywhere at this current juncture.

QB Josh McCown, vs Atlanta, $5,700- I know, I know. He’s really cheap, and he would be quite the contrarian play in tournament formats. Don’t take the bait though. He’s a journeyman QB who got embarrassed by this same Falcons defense and hasn’t played in a game since. This is part of the reason I am endorsing Rainey in the same piece.

WR Dez Bryant, @ Jacksonville, $8,400- I know how good Dez Bryant is and that he’s liable to explode every week. That said, I’m skeptical to drop coin on him this week because I believe Dallas will do whatever it takes to lessen Tony Romo’s load. Three step drops, and lots (and I mean LOTS) of DeMarco Murray could be in order. While Jacksonville’s secondary isn’t very good, I’m not sure Bryant is going to get enough opportunities to make the $8,400 worth it. Jordy Nelson is $8,500, Julio Jones is $8,000 and Randall Cobb is $8,600 and I’d rather pay for any of them.

WR Martavis Bryant, @New York Jets, $6,100- While I think Roethlisberger has another nice game in MetLife, I think he comes back down to Earth a little bit. Bryant is a pretty touchdown dependent player, so if Roethlisberger has a more mortal performance on Sunday, where does that leave Bryant? I recognize the ceiling with this kid against a hapless Jets secondary but he also has potential to leave your scoreboard with nothing next to his name. He’s really risky.

RB Lamar Miller, @Detroit Lions, $7,200- Miller has had a solid year but this is more about the Lions defense than it is about him as they are arguably the best defense in the league at this current juncture.

QB Ryan Tannehill, @Detroit Lions, $8,000- See: Miller, Lamar. And Cutler is also $8,000 in a game with the highest over/under of the weekend. Ryan is $7,600, Sanchez is $6,600. Why even consider Tannehill? Avoid.

QB Matthew Stafford, vs Miami Dolphins, $8,500- Stafford has been inconsistent the entire year and this is the same Dolphins defense that just shut down a very good Chargers offense. He does get Calvin Johnson back this week and that may help but that’s a really high price tag for someone who hasn’t been a top 10 fantasy QB the majority of the season.

QB Tony Romo, @Jacksonville Jaguars, $8,100- Fresh off an injury, I think there are wiser uses of money here. On that note, if you like to spend at RB, DeMarco Murray for $9,300 is a sure bet.

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2014 FantasySavvy Football: Week 9 Player Rankings

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QB’s

  1. Peyton Manning @ NE
  2. Andrew Luck @ NYG
  3. Tom Brady vs DEN
  4. Russell Wilson vs Oakland
  5. Colin Kaepernick vs STL
  6. Ben Roethlisberger vs BAL
  7. Phillip Rivers @ MIA
  8. Carson Palmer @ DAL
  9. Eli Manning vs IND
  10. Nick Foles @ HOU
  11. Ryan Tannehill vs SD * Guy is averaging about 35 rushing yards in his last 4 games.
  12. Joe Flacco @ PIT
  13. Andy Dalton vs JAC
  14. RG3 @ MIN
  15. Michael Vick @ KC
  16. Alex Smith vs NYJ
  17. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs PHI
  18. Teddy Bridgewater vs WAS
  19. Mike Glennon @ CLE
  20. Brandon Weeden vs AZ * If Romo somehow plays, he’s ranked @12 spot.
  21. Blake Bortles @ CIN
  22. Brian Hoyer vs TB
  23. Austin Davis @ SF
  24. Derek Carr @ SEA

RB’s

  1. Arian Foster vs PHI
  2. Jamaal Charles vs NYJ
  3. DeMarco Murray vs AZ
  4. Marshawn Lynch vs Oakland *He has to get it going this week
  5. Ronnie Hillman vs NE
  6. Le’Veon Bell vs BAL
  7. Andre Ellington @ DAL
  8. Ahmad Bradshaw @ NYG
  9. LeSean McCoy @ HOU
  10. Alfred Morris @ MIN
  11. Jeremy Hill vs JAC
  12. Jerrick McKinnon vs WAS
  13. Lamar Miller vs SD
  14. Justin Forsett @ PIT
  15. Shane Vereen @ DEN
  16. Frank Gore vs STL
  17. Brandon Oliver @ MIA
  18. Ben Tate vs TB
  19. Chris Ivory @ KC
  20. Denard Robinson @ CIN
  21. Bobby Rainey @ CLE
  22. Andre Williams vs IND
  23. Jonas Gray vs DEN
  24. Charles Sims @ CLE
  25. Darren McFadden @ SEA
  26. Trent Richardson @ NYG
  27. Knile Davis vs NYJ
  28. Lorenzo Taliaferro @ PIT
  29. Carlos Hyde vs STL
  30. Robert Turbin vs OAK
  31. Tre Mason @ SF
  32. Roy Helu @ MIN
  33. Juwan Thompson @ NE
  34. Darren Sproles @ HOU
  35. Matt Asiata vs WAS
  36. Isaiah Crowell vs TB
  37. Benny Cunningham @ SF
  38. Chris Johnson @ KC
  39. Peyton Hillis vs IND
  40. Terrance West vs TB

WR’s

  1. T.Y. Hilton @ NYG
  2. Antonio Brown vs BAL
  3. Demaryius Thomas @ NE
  4. Jeremy Maclin @ HOU
  5. Emmanuel Sanders @ NE
  6. A.J. Green vs JAC *Should Play, but questionable
  7. DeSean Jackson @ MIN
  8. Dez Bryant vs AZ
  9. Mike Wallace vs SD
  10. Andre Johnson vs PHI
  11. Steve Smith Sr. @ PIT
  12. Larry Fitzgerald @ DAL
  13. DeAndre Hopkins vs PHI
  14. Keenan Allen @ MIA
  15. Brandon LaFell vs DEN
  16. Michael Floyd @ DAL
  17. Vincent Jackson @ CLE
  18. Pierre Garcon @ MIN
  19. Odell Beckham vs IND
  20. Ruben Randle vs IND
  21. Julian Edelman vs DEN
  22. Doug Baldwin vs OAK
  23. Reggie Wayne @ NYG
  24. Michael Crabtree vs STL
  25. Anquan Boldin vs STL
  26. Martavis Bryant vs BAL
  27. Allen Robinson @ CIN
  28. Andrew Hawkins vs TB
  29. MIke Evans @ CLE
  30. Torrey Smith @ PIT
  31. Mohammad Sanu vs JAC
  32. Dwayne Bowe vs NYJ
  33. Percy Harvin @ KC
  34. Eric Decker @ KC
  35. Terrance Williams vs AZ
  36. Cordarrelle Patterson vs WAS
  37. Cecil Shorts @ CIN
  38. Andre Holmes @ SEA
  39. Wes Welker @ NE
  40. Greg Jennings vs WAS
  41. Donte Moncrief @ NYG
  42. James Jones @ SEA
  43. John Brown @ DAL
  44. Malcom Floyd @ MIA
  45. Jermaine Kearse vs OAK
  46. Eddie Royal @ MIA
  47. Kenny Britt vs SF
  48. Jordan Matthews @ HOU
  49. Markus Wheaton vs BAL
  50. Jarvis Landry vs SD

TE’s

  1. Rob Gronkowski vs DEN
  2. Julius Thomas @ NE
  3. Antonio Gates @ MIA
  4. Jordan Reed @ MIN
  5. Travis Kelce vs NYJ
  6. Dwayne Allen @ NYG
  7. Vernon Davis vs STL
  8. Larry Donnell vs IND
  9. Tim Wright vs DEN
  10. Heath Miller vs BAL
  11. Jason Witten vs AZ
  12. Zach Ertz @ HOU
  13. Charles Clay vs SD
  14. Coby Fleener @ NYG
  15. Clay Harbor @ CIN
  16. Luke Wilson vs OAK
  17. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins @ CLE
  18. Jared Cook @ SF
  19. Jermaine Gresham vs JAC
  20. Jace Amaro @ KC

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2014 FantasySavvy Football: Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

RB Alfred Morris, @MIN: Morris did good work against the Cowboys on Monday night as he ran 18 times for 73 yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t been particularly good this year as he isn’t even averaging 4.0 YPC but with Griffin back in the lineup and a game that profiles as a close one, Morris is a solid RB2 this week. I can see him having his best game of the season.

 QB Carson Palmer, @DAL: Carson Palmer has scored at least 16 fantasy points in all of his starts. He is one of three QBs to accomplish said feat with the others being Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. He averages 38.5 pass attempts a game and is going to face a suspect Cowboys defense. With all the QBs on bye this week, Palmer is a great alternative and could very well be a QB1 the rest of the way.

 WR Doug Baldwin, vs OAK: Baldwin has been targeted 20 times in the two games since the Percy Harvin trade. He has caught 16 of those for 184 yards and a touchdown. He has emerged as the primary option in the wake of the trade and against a hapless Raiders team, he should produce well.

WR Andrew Hawkins, vs TB: In the last two games, Hawkins has been targeted 12 times and has caught 12 for 200 yards and a touchdown. He’s going against a suspect Tampa pass defense and is the primary option with TE Jordan Cameron out. Hawkins could pay nice dividends in PPR leagues this week as he should be targeted quite heavily.

RB Jeremy Hill, vs JAX: Hill should be a favorite in seasonal and daily leagues this week as Giovani Bernard will miss the game. He is only $5200 on Fanduel. Hill is quietly more productive and efficient in the passing game than his running mate and can make some things happen after contact. While Jacksonville’s defense has played better over the last month, the game flow alone could make this a good play. Cincinnati is a heavy favorite and could be leading the majority of the day.

WR Rueben Randle, vs IND: In the first game after Victor Cruz’ season ending injury, Randle was targeted nine times and caught six for 74 yards. He’s gotten at least nine targets in every game since week 3 and is sixth in the NFL in redzone targets so the TD production will eventually come. If you’re hit by bye weeks, Randle makes for a nice sub, and in fanduel he’s only $6400 this week. That’s a very reasonable price for a guy with Randle’s ability and role.

TE Travis Kelce, vs NYJ: Alex Smith hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass to a WR all season. The Jets are 29th in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. The Jets run defense is still one of the league’s best. 1+2=3 If Kelce can’t get on the field for more than 50% of the snaps in this game, I don’t know if he ever will.

WR Mike Evans, @ CLE: He’s caught four passes in each of his last five games for decent yardage totals and has scored in two of his last three games. You could do a lot worse for a bye week replacement/cheap fanduel play.

Sit ‘Em

QB Tony Romo, vs Cardinals: Romo is injured and didn’t look right when he came back into the game Monday night. It’s too risky a proposition to put him in the lineup even if he does play.

RB Frank Gore, vs Rams: In the last two Niners games, Gore has toted the rock 25 times for a total of 58 yards. Carlos Hyde looming in the background and general ineffectiveness make Gore an easy guy to pass on for this week.

TE Vernon Davis, vs Rams: Since week one, Davis hasn’t scored and has averaged 2.5 receptions/24.5 yards per game. He hasn’t been particularly good and the Rams allow the seventh fewest Any Rams running back, @SF: San Francisco is stingy against the run, and well.. St. Louis’ running game leaves a lot to be desired. You have to be a new level of desperate to start any of them against that defense, I think.  Avoid, avoid, avoid.

RB Le’Veon Bell, vs BAL: This is purely about DFS as you’re not sitting him in seasonal leagues. He is $8,400 on Fanduel. He’s scored one rushing TD this season, and had 59 rushing yards against the Ravens in the first contest. I’d let others take their chances while I look elsewhere.

TE Charles Clay, vs SD: Clay hasn’t had a particularly good season, and this is a terrible matchup for him. Nobody has allowed less TDs to TEs than the Chargers, and TEs have 91 yards in the last month against them. Avoid.

WR Percy Harvin, @KC: The Chiefs allow the third least points to WRs in the NFL. The Jets are a mess. Avoid.

WR Brandon Lafell, vs DEN: While Lafell has been pretty good of late, his competition stiffens this week as he goes up against Chris Harris and Aqib Talib. Both of those guys are having strong campaigns. I think Edelman returns to prominence this week after a slow October and Rob Gronkowski continues being himself. I’d avoid playing Lafell if I could.

WR Andre Holmes, @SEA: Seahawks are allowing the fourth least points to wide receivers this season, and this is a game that has ugly potential written all over it. Sit him.

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