2014 Fantasy Football: Week 5 IDP Waiver Wire

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Orlando Scandrick
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Now that the Week 4 bye week nightmare is over, did you survive or end up taking the lost? It seemed like either you or your opponent had the one lineup that was affected big time by the bye week and injuries or perhaps just faced a team that had Larry Donnell on it. But that’s neither here nor there because this is an IDP post, and I’m here to get you through your Week 4 worries and look to brighter days ahead as we enter Week 5.  The waiver wire is growing thin but there are some bodies left that could help you for the immediate future or if you have a roster space to stash.  As always, if you have a different variation of available players or have any questions, feel free to reach me on twitter and I will gladly respond in a timely manner. I know how important these waiver acquisitions are.

Let’s dig into some possible waiver acquisitions to fill injury spots or bye week spot starts.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN:

Anthony Spencer (DAL):  What a welcome sight for the Cowboys. Through all the injuries they’ve endured from the off-season it was good to see Spencer suit up for the game against the Saints.  Spencer is a dark horse candidate as your DL2 because he’s capable of racking up tackles and getting after the QB.  Dallas will be easing him back in though, but putting up 3 tackles and 1 QB hit is a good sign and the Cowboys need all the playmakers they can get on the defensive side.

Damontre Moore (NYG):  He’s playing less than 50% of the snaps, but he’s doing something with his opportunities.  He put up 4 tackles and 1 sack in rotation against the Redskins in Week 4.  He gets the suspect Atlanta line this week and could be a sneaky spot play if you’re like me and love to take the risk because the reward can be sweet.

Honorable Mentions (If they’re available in your league): Corey Liuget (SDC), Mario Addison (CAR), Fletcher Cox (PHI), Bennie Logan (PHI), Sen’Derrick Marks (JAC).

LINEBACKERS:

Kavell Conner (SDC):  With Te’o out for a while, Conner will step in, and he has the ability to rack up some numbers under the radar.  In Week 4 he put up 6 tackles and will continue to be active on the defense.  If you’re looking for a spot start for week five as your LB3 or LB4, give Conner a look as he’ll face the run heavy Jets.

Cordarro Law (SDC):  Like Conner, Law got the promotion off the practice squad to take over for Ingram who is on IR.  The Chargers didn’t miss a beat as Law put up 3 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass deflection in 30/66 snaps.  He’ll continue to be in rotation with veteran Jarrett Johnson but will be useful.  If you’re in a big play league, I’d go get Law for immediate use as a LB3/LB4.

AJ Klein (CAR):  If Thomas Davis continues to miss games, Klein becomes a viable pick-up.  Besides Kuechly, there is nobody else to compete with for tackles, and Klein put up 7 tackles in Week 4.  He’s not athletic or fast, but he’ll get the job done and against the Bears in Week 5 where he has a good chance at racking up 7-10 tackles.

Prince Shembo (ATL):  Has the tide turned in Atlanta? Shembo played 59/79 snaps in Week 4 while Bartu saw 6 snaps total.  They have been in rotation for a couple weeks now and it looks like Shembo has overtaken Bartu.  If you’re a Bartu owner, I’d definitely make the switch ASAP (if Prince is available).  He’ll be battling Worrilow for tackles, but as bad as the Falcons defense is, there’ll be plenty of opportunity on the field.  Going forward, Shembo can have solid LB3 value.

Kroy Biermann (ATL):  Another Falcons LB makes the cut; he put up back to back 7 tackle games and is one of their lone LB’s to get after the QB (5 hurries so far).  He’s a wild card though, and if you’re desperate for some production in big play scoring leagues, I’d give Kroy a shot as a LB3 as he’ll have a lot of opportunity to get after Eli.

Justin Durant (DAL):  Another body Dallas is glad to suit up for the weekend. Durant is arguably the best LB in Dallas and will continue to produce as long as he stays on the field.  He doesn’t leave the field on any down and against the Saints in he put up 8 tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Int, and 2 Pass Deflections.  Some folks have dropped him when he got injured. If he’s available, I’d go pick him up as a LB3 with LB2 upside (especially if Carter is going to miss time).

Avery Williamson (TEN):  Here is a rookie getting his shot early on, or maybe it was just the way the game was going, but he did his thing by racking up 7 tackles.  He’s someone to keep an eye on as the LB shuffle in Tennessee is still going, unless you own Woodyard.

Gerald Hodges (MIN):  Hodges didn’t really burst onto the IDP scene this past Sunday as he filled in for Greenway, but he’s capable of doing damage and he’ll get another shot on Thursday against the Packers.  I’d give him a look as a LB3 but no more than that; there’s too much of a risk to have him starting as your LB2 unless you’re completely decimated with injuries or in a 20+ team league.

Anthony Hitchens (DAL):  If Carter is going to miss some time (Quad injury, day to day) then Hitchens becomes an instant add.  The last game he started he racked up 13 tackles, 1 pass deflection.  Keep an eye on Carter’s situation as the week goes on, we should find out on Wednesday what his status is shaping up to be, but I’m counting on him to miss Week 5so Hitchens becomes a sneaky spot start with upside as the Cowboys play the Texans.

LB’s I’d drop for any of these guys:  James Michael-Johnson (KCC), Sean Spence (PIT), Joplo Bartu (ATL), Jacquian Williams (NYG)

DEFENSIVE BACKS (solid streamers and/or pick-ups):

Cortez Allen (PIT):  With Ike Taylor on the shelf, Allen stepped up and he’s decent against the run/pass.  He had a solid Week 4 game as he racked up 7 tackles, 1 int and 3 pass deflections.  He faces the Jaguars in Week 5 and is a solid DB to stream as he’ll turn in another solid game.

Mike Adams (IND):  With LaRon Landry set to miss the next 4 games due to a suspension, Adams will have to step up.  He’s capable of doing that, despite failing to record a tackle in Week 4, but he had 2 interceptions.  The Colts get the Ravens in Week 5 and will be asked to do a lot more, which would give him a bit more opportunity to rack up some tackles.  I’d definitely give Adams a look as a spot start DB2 this week.

Reshad Jones (MIA):  Yes, Miami has a bye week this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a viable DB.  In fact, if you have the roster space to stash Jones for one week; do it! He’s a top 10 DB making his way back after the bye, he served a 4 game suspension.  It may take him a game to get back onto the IDP map, but don’t be the one who misses out on this opportunity.

Orlando Scandrick (DAL):  With Claiborne out for the season, Scandrick becomes a must add if you need a DB.  He’s capable of putting up solid numbers across the board and will get every opportunity to make plays.  Against the Saints he racked up 7 tackles and 2 pass deflections, that’s pretty solid DB2 numbers right there.  I’d even roster Scandrick for the rest of the season; he has the capability to be a consistent DB2.

Darius Slay (DET):  I’ve mentioned him before, and if he’s still available this might be the last week you can grab him.  He’s playing extremely well for the Lions and it shall continue. He racked up 5 tackles, 1 interception and 1 pass deflection against the Jets in Week 4.  He’ll be able to put up DB2 numbers against Buffalo in Week 5.

Quintin Demps (NYG):  Demps has taken over for Stevie Brown and had a solid showing against the Redskins in week four, racked up 7 tackles 2 PD’s and 1 Int.  The Giants defense is shaping into form and Demps will continue to make plays as long as he gets the chance.  The pass happy Falcons will meet the Giants in week five and Demps will be hovering the field to make plays.

Josh Evans (JAC):  I mentioned Evans before as well, but now’s the time to pick him up as the Jaguars have released Winston Guy.  The time has come sooner than later for Evans, thought he always had the talent, but now he can put it together with Cyprien in the back end of the defense.  I’d definitely target Evans as a bye week fill-in and then play match-ups as he has the capability to rack up 7-11 tackles week in week out, anything else is a bonus.

DB’s I’d drop:  Eric Reid (SF), Matt Elam (BAL), Darian Stewart (BAL), Troy Polamalu (PIT), Roman Harper (CAR), Stevie Brown (NYG)

Bonus Round:

Robert Quinn (STL) owners:  Be patient, his time is coming as he faces PHI, SF and SEA in the next three games.  I wouldn’t at all be surprised if his coming out game for 2014 is against the Eagles in Week 5. If you bought low on Quinn then good for you.  You need to be patient with Quinn and all other studs, I can’t preach that enough as they’ll have more good games than bad ones, and I doubt you’ll find anyone better on waivers.  When your studs are off to slow starts, this is where you build and make your depth stronger with dead weight on your bench so when it all comes together, you dominate.

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Injury Report

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Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer – ARZ
Injury- Shoulder
Palmer is officially listed as questionable but fully intends on playing in Week 5. Palmer was interviewed last week and said, “The plan is to be firing on all cylinders at least by Wednesday of next week.”

Teddy Bridgewater – MIN
Injury – Ankle
Bridgewater is listed as questionable heading in to Thursday night’s game. The quick turnaround may cause an issue. The good news is MRI results show no structural damage to his ankle. Monitor his status up to game time. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 5 Running Backs

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For today’s Daily Fix I’ll list several different options in different price ranges at DraftKings, a great daily fantasy sports site. DraftKings is currently running a special contest with a $100,000 prize pool, which is free to enter with your first deposit. DraftKings will match that deposit up to $600. Otherwise, the entry fee is just $2, with first place winning $10,000. Be sure to check that out. Here are the full NFL scoring and settings rules at DraftKings.

Expensive

Le’Veon Bell – $7,300 at Jacksonville – Jacksonville is the 30th-ranked defense against opposing running backs, and it has allowed five running backs to obtain double-digits in fantasy points. Bell has at least 107 total yards in every game, and he’s averaging almost five catches a game.

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2014 Fantasy Football, Week Five Waiver Wire: Consider Jerick McKinnon

Week four of the National Football League is officially in the books. And with that, fantasy football fans are looking towards the waiver wire to see if their team can be improved in any way. Some fantasy footballers will react — or, overreact — to their players performances unjustly during this period. Plenty of buzz and player recommendations will surface in preparation of your league’s waiver period causing owners to make rash decisions and drop players they spent months researching. But if I had one recommendation at all, it would be to sit back, relax and let your leaguemates be the ones to overreact.

Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I WOULD NOT spend my first waiver priority on any player from the list below. Also, players listed below are in no particular order.
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2014 Fantasy Football: Week 4 Sunday Morning Chat

We’ll get going around 11:30 Eastern time on Sunday morning and go until 12:30. Go ahead and submit your lineup questions, questions about daily fantasy contests, or anything else fantasy football related. Please submit questions in the chat box below and not in the comments section of this post at the bottom of this page. Looking forward to answering all your questions.

Live Blog TheFantasyFix.com Week 4 Sunday Morning Chat
 

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 4 Monday Night Football Preview

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Jamaal Charles
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Monday September 29, 2014
New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs

Tom Brady and the Patriots try win their third straight when they travel to Kansas City to take on the 1-2 Chiefs. The Chiefs will have to try to get something going against the Pats’ third ranked defense. With the inconsistency of both teams’ fantasy players, this game could turn in to a potential nightmare for fantasy owners. If you are relying on a player in this game to win your matchup, you will probably be sweating it out all day.

New England Patriots: Key Players

QB Tom Brady

Brady is still trying to figure out how to get this Patriots’ offense rolling with some sort of consistency. He has a decent chance to do just that on Monday night. The Chiefs have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opposing QBs and are not the same defense they were last season.

Verdict: Start Brady. With six teams on bye it’s going to be hard to find a better starter than Brady. He will get his season back on track (from a fantasy perspective) at some point. This is as good a game as any to roll the dice on a breakout game from Brady.

RB Stevan Ridley

It’s so hard to predict what Belichick is going to do with his RBs. Ridley will likely get the bulk of the carries. That is as long he doesn’t fumble. He is the teams’ best runner but often finds himself in the doghouse.

Verdict: Start Ridley. He may not be the greatest start, however, he has a nice matchup against a defense that was gashed by Lamar Miller in Week 3. He is hard to trust, but options are limited this week.

RB Shane Vereen

Vereen is off to an extremely disappointing start to the season. He has only 148 yards from scrimmage and has caught just nine passes so far. Without catching a high volume of passes, Vereen’s value is extremely limited.

Verdict: Sit Vereen. He can have a breakout game at any time. However, right now it is very hard to justify starting the struggling RB, even in PPR leagues.

WR Julian Edelman

Edelman is the only WR in New England even worth a look. He already has a very solid 22 receptions, 260 yards and a TD. He’s not a big play or red zone threat, but he still has a lot of fantasy value.

Verdict: Start Edelman. This only applies to PPR leagues. The guy catches a lot of passes and hasn’t failed to reach 80 yards yet this season. He’s a good little player who is worth at least a flex look.

Rob Gronkowski

When healthy, Gronk is the most dominant force at the TE position, especially in the red zone. Brady will look his way early and often, as he almost always does.

Verdict: Start Gronk. If he’s on your roster, he’s in your lineup.

Kansas City Chiefs: Key Players

QB Alex Smith

Smith hasn’t been particularly good this season. Then again, he’s never great. He usually won’t kill you either. The matchup doesn’t help. The Pats’ have the top ranked pass defense and have given up the least amount of fantasy points to opposing QBs.

Verdict: Sit Smith. He’s just not that great. He definitely not good enough to justify starting him against such a terrible matchup.

RB Jamaal Charles

Charles is expected to return from injury this Monday night. He will likely be a game-time decision. There is nothing worse than a situation like this on Monday night.

Verdict: Start Charles. If he plays you have to play him. It may be risky leaving him in your roster if you don’t have a backup plan in case he sits out. Start him but temper expectations.

RB Knile Davis

As it looks more and more like Charles will play, this situation is getting more risky. We are guessing even if Charles can play Davis will get a decent amount of touches. Very risky play though.

Verdict: Start Davis. This can go either way and is extremely risky. My gut says that Charles will be nowhere near 100-percent on Monday night.

WR Dwayne Bowe

Welp, we had to pick one of the Chiefs’ WRs to put in this section. Bowe is the best option the Chiefs have at WR. Hopefully he’s not the best option you have at WR.

Verdict: Sit Bowe. Bowe hasn’t been good in a long time and wasn’t even that great back then. You don’t want him in your starting lineup.

TE Travis Kelce

Kelce is a talented young player and is only going to get better. He’s an explosive TE and is by far the best option on the Chiefs not named Jamaal Charles.

Verdict: Start Kelce. His snaps have dramatically increased each week and it has shown in his production. Kelce is looking to be this year’s breakout TE.

Predictions

Final Score

New England: 24
Kansas City: 20

Best Play

Patriots: Stevan Ridley
Chiefs: Travis Kelce

Sleeper

Knile Davis

2014 Fantasy Football: Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater in 2QB Leagues

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In my opinion, two quarterback leagues are the future of fantasy. This season all four of my leagues are two quarterback leagues. Last year I was in just a single one quarterback league, and the amount of strategy that it invokes just does not compare to a league in which you have to carry two quarterbacks. Two of the leagues I am in are two quarterback leagues with 12 managers, which means there are four teams without a true backup quarterback. This causes quarterbacks to be high priced in FAAB bids and in the draft.

Quarterback is the most important position on the field, so in my eyes 2QB leagues are not a misrepresentation of value. But I digress, this column is about Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles, and I why I would be very excited to have either of them in a two-quarterback league, especially in keeper formats.

To start, as a Rutgers football fan, I saw a lot of both Bortles and Bridgewater in the now AAC and formerly in the Big East. The talent of both was noticeable from the first time they stepped on a football field. Bortles is almost a clone of Andrew Luck with his size, athleticism, and ability to push the ball down field. Bridgewater ran very little in college, but is an impressive athlete himself and learned how to make excellent decisions with the football as he progressed during his time at Lousville. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 4 QB and D/ST Streaming Options

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Teddy Bridgewater
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Defense/Special Teams streaming has been a popular option for a while now for fantasy owners. But quarterback streaming has begun being put into use just recently, it seems. As the demand grows we must meet it with a supply of fantasy articles. Each week I’ll highlight several quarterbacks and defenses fantasy owners can pick up for that week to stream in their starting lineups. As the season progresses, more options will appear as teams and players are dropped and we discover who’s real and who’s not. If you have any questions about these picks or fantasy football in general, hit me up on Twitter @44AMiller.

Quarterback

Teddy Bridgewater (7 percent owned ESPN, 11 percent Yahoo!) – It’s a weak week for quarterback options on the waiver wire for short-term plays. So I’ll give you one who can be played this week and kept on your roster for a while. Bridgewater will start for Minnesota for the foreseeable future, and he has a little bit of promise for those looking for some help at the position. He did fine in his debut Sunday, and while nothing stands out in his passing line he did rush six times for 27 yards, including one designed run. Minnesota should trail against Atlanta this week, and Bridgewater should have plenty of opportunities to put up points against a fairly susceptible defense.

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2014 Fantasy Football Podcast: Week 4 DraftKings Strategy

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Antonio Gates and Philip Rivers
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Below is a podcast with me discussing daily fantasy strategy for DraftKings in Week 4. It’s only about 15 minutes long. I discuss the best plays at each position as well as my general method for researching daily fantasy and making selections. My Excel sheet with projections and the cost per projected point for each played is embedded below. You can also find the podcast on iTunes by searching for ‘thefantasyfix’ in the search bar.

Sign up for DraftKings through us, and DraftKings will match your initial deposit up to $600. By using this link, you’ll also receive a free one-year subscription to our Front Office premium content package.

2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 4 Quarterbacks

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I can’t believe it’s Week 4 already.  Week 4 is the first week of bye weeks.  We have fewer players to choose from but still have plenty of options.  I’ve noticed that DraftKings has been getting sharper with their pricing as of late, which makes lineup creations a bit more challenging.  This week we have a few “fringe elite” quarterbacks at a discounted price, which should be helpful.  Without further adieu let’s get this show on the road.

Tier 1 – Elite

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, $9,300 – Brees will be heavily owned this week against the Dallas Cowboys for obvious reasons. This game has the highest total (53 O/U), which will automatically have players jumping on Brees.  With that being said, the Cowboys secondary finally got exposed by Austin Davis .  I am pretty sure Brees is slightly a better/smarter QB than him. Sure, Brees looks great on paper, but remember this rostering him in tournaments won’t give you an edge since I predict about 20-30 percent of the field using him.  I think he is better suited for cash games personally, if you want to splurge on a QB.

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, $9,300 – I know, I know.  I’ve been writing this column for three weeks, and Luck is always on this list – but have I been wrong?  I expect Luck to run up the score at home this week against the Titans.  There is no chance in hell he will let this team go 1-3.  I consider him a tournament play since I expect most players who are going to spend big on QB’s will be on Brees.

Tier 2 – Value

Before I get in to the players in this tier, I would like to stress that these guys could be elite but based on price they are considered value plays.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, $8000 – Stafford will continue my trend of picking on the Jets secondary.  Even though Cutler didn’t light up the scoreboard, he still produced a decent amount of DFS points.  I expect Stafford to be throwing at will, and I would recommend pairing him with one of his wide receivers.

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles, $8000 – Foles has probably been the most consistent QB thus far.  He is second in points for QB’s on DK, and he gets a pretty good matchup against a 49ers secondary that seems lost.  Not to mention this game has shoot out potential written all over it.  With Foles being priced this low I have no problem using him in cash games or tournaments.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers, $7,600 – I am going to take a leap of faith on the Houdini of the second half.  The Eagles come in to San Francisco this weekend, and I really think the second half woes stop.  The Eagles secondary is trash, and they are known to give up big plays.  Kaepernick is someone I am high on this week, and you should seriously look in to using him.

Tier 3 – Contrarian

Blake Bortles ($5,800)/Teddy Bridgewater ($5,700) – I grouped these two guys together for one reason.  They both come with the highest amount of risk.  They are clearly not cash game plays, and should be used wisely.  Personally I prefer using Bortles since I think he is the better QB of the two, and pairing him with one of his receivers could create some serious cap relief.  On the other hand, Bridgewater will be playing at home which should be much more comforting.  Either way these players are the epitome of boom or bust. 

If you have any questions just leave a comment, and I will do my best to respond to you as soon as possible.  Good luck to everyone this weekend, and I’ll be back with more breakdowns next week.