2014 Fantasy Football: Offseason Movers — Maurice Jones-Drew


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The Raiders brought in Oakland born and former U.C.L.A. running back Maurice Jones-Drew in the offseason, and they’ll be hoping he has a bounce back in him. He’ll join Darren McFadden in the Raiders backfield and look to fill the void created by Rashard Jennings leaving via free agency signing with the Giants. Excluding his injury shortened 2012 season, Jones-Drew had his worst season as a pro last year totaling 803 yards rushing at 3.4 yards-per-carry while hauling in 43 receptions for 314 yards receiving. Will a change of scenery be enough to right the ship for the 29-year old running back? [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Football: Offseason Movers — Toby Gerhart

A couple weeks ago I wrote about Chris Johnson and what I expected from the running back with his new squad, the Jets. Today I turn my attention to another running back that changed teams in the offseason, Toby Gerhart. The hard charging runner was often glued to the bench with the Vikings serving as Adrian Peterson‘s backup for the last four years, but now he becomes the lead back with the Jaguars. I’m a fan of what the former Stanford Cardinal brings to the table.
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2014 Fantasy Football: Offseason Movers — Chris Johnson

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Every NFL offseason players change teams and it’s necessary to assess the change in fantasy value of those players, namely at the offensive skill positions. With that in mind, and preseason games and fantasy drafts just a few short months away, I’m kicking off a series looking at players that will be wearing a new uniform in 2014. The first player I’m highlighting has been a mainstay on fantasy rosters since being drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Chris Johnson spent his first six seasons with the team that drafted him, the Titans. He eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in each of those seasons, and even joined the exclusive club of 2,000 yard rushers in 2009. One quick glance at his player page makes it quite clear that his magical 2009 season is an outlier. His second highest single season rushing yardage total is 1,364, and even his receiving statistics have paled in comparison to that year. To further put things in perspective, Johnson totaled 2,509 yards from scrimmage in 2009 and his second highest total in a season is 1,609 yards in 2010. [Read more...]

2013 Fantasy Football, Week 17 Rankings

Welcome to TheFantasyFix.com’s week 17 fantasy football rankings. Here you’ll find the staff’s composite fantasy football quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, defense and kicker rankings.

Feel free to leave your sit/start questions in the comments below, but know that we will likely defer to our rankings to determine who we’d suggest. If you do leave your questions, be sure to leave all pertinent league information along with your questions.

Best of luck in week 17!

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2013 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 17 Running Back Recommendations

Well, we’ve reached the end folks. It’s been a very fun fantasy season this year, and I hope you’ve enjoyed my Daily Fix and Target Practice articles this season.

If you’re still new to daily fantasy sports, DraftKings is the place to start. They offer a ton of daily games in different sports as well as big tournaments with lots and lots of money to be won. Don’t be afraid; start today.

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2013 Fantasy Football Daily Fix, December 24th: Week 17 WR Daily Fantasy Strategy

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DraftKings Wide Receiver Recommendations

The boss, Alan Harrison, and I went in on a ticket for Millionaire Grand Final last week with a few of my other friends and turned $1,500 into $3,500. Sweet. Thank you Peyton Manning, Eric Decker and Pierre Garcon. We’re letting some of that money ride and playing in this week’s Sunday 200 Grand. The entry fee is $109. Take us on.

Below I discuss who I think the best QB/WR stacks are this week, and I mention a few WRs at varying price points that I would consider regardless of whether you also roster their quarterback.

DraftKings uses a PPR format.

Best QB/WR stacks

Kyle Orton ($5,000) and Dez Bryant ($8,100) – With Tony Romo sitting this one out, we’ve got a minimum priced QB going up against an Eagles team that has allowed the 6th most fantasy points to QBs and the third most passing yards. Orton is the only QB I have projected to cost less than $300 per point. Dez isn’t a particularly great value (projected for $410 per point), but he’s not a bad value either. When you pair them up, they project for a very reasonable $355 per point, and they have quite a bit of upside. [Read more...]

2013 Fantasy Football: The Fix’s Week 17 Injury Report

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Photo Credit: Football Schedule

Welcome to the seventeenth and final entry of The Fix’s Fantasy Football Injury Report of 2013.  Each week I (@Rich_Migs) will cover several key fantasy football related injuries.  The idea is not to cover every football injury, but instead cover the notable ones that have direct fantasy implications.  As the season continues, the report will address the most recent injuries and their fantasy football related consequences.

I will try to avoid repeating names too often from week to week unless there is news to report.  We are entering Week 17 and if you would like to see the injury list for Week 16, please click here.   You can see all my injury reports (and my other work) by following my archive here

For many, fantasy football season has come to a close.  But there are still a few leagues out there who bite the bullet and play Week 17, dealing with the large inactive list.

After I completed an auction draft in a key league of mine, Yahoo labeled my 2013 team in this light:

“They’re projected to end up seventh in [league name] League with a mark of 6-8-0 (1,850 points).”

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2013 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Monday Night Football – Falcons at 49ers

Frank Gore - RB - 49ers photo by: Mike Morbeck

Frank Gore – RB – 49ers
photo by: Mike Morbeck

Fantasy Football finals have arrived.  Doesn’t it seem like the season just started? Monday Night Football this week will be the deciding factor in who takes home the trophy and who falls short.  There are a lot of fantasy players involved in this matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.  On paper we have two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum.  The Falcons season didn’t pan out the way most of us anticipated, mostly due to injuries.  Their four wins leave them playing meaningless football, unless you buy into the “pride” thing this late in a season.  The 49ers on the other hand are still playing for a first round bye if the Seahawks somehow lose their remaining games and the Niners win out.  Of course Seattle’s outcome will already be determined before this game is played, but even with that said, if the Cardinals win, the Niners need to win to remain a game ahead of them.  Long story short, the Niners are going to show up to play, so don’t worry about your San Fran players fantasy potential, they’ll be there, and against a defeated Falcons team, they should deliver for you.  Let’s take a look at the break down by positions.

QUARTERBACK: Colin Kaepernick can be started as a comfortable QB-1 this week against Atlanta at home.  Although San Fran has had a shaky and inconsistent passing attack this season, the Falcons shouldn’t pose as much of a threat.  The reemergence of Michael Crabtree will help as well.  Add to the fact that Kaepernick can snag you rushing yards and touchdowns of all varieties, I like him this week in your fantasy finals.  Matt Ryan on the other hand has found himself on a lot of benches this year mainly because of a week Falcons offensive line and injuries to his main receivers early.  Ryan rode the pine this year in lieu of guys like Nick Foles.  This doesn’t mean Ryan is a fantasy memory next season, because I still think when he has all of the right tools around him he is a top 5 quarterback, but not this year, and not this week.

RUNNING BACKS: Frank Gore is a must start Monday Night.  Ignore the talk about him being limited in practice.  He will play Sunday, and he will put up the points.  Not only is he facing a dismal Falcons rushing defense, but he is at home and may very well find himself in a situation where he is taking the rock more often than usual for the purpose of keeping the game clock ticking.  I think Gore will have a big game Monday Night and may be the key to take your fantasy team to trophy town.  Atlanta’s Steven Jackson has a tough task ahead of him. He had a good fantasy week last week, but that was against a pretty pathetic Redskins defense.  His offensive line will be bludgeoned by the physical Niners defense and he’ll have a difficult time finding holes to run through.  He can be placed in your FLEX if you don’t have a clear cut better option, but that’s about it.

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT END: Long story short, I love both tight ends, and I am skeptical of all receivers.  As far as the receivers go, you can take your chances on Boldin (WR-3), and Crabtree (WR-2) but the San Francisco passing game has been shaky this year, and clearly their biggest weakness.  Atlanta receivers don’t give me any confidence at all considering they weren’t able to do much against Washington’s Pop Warner defense last week.  Does anyone really expect that to improve against the 49ers? I don’t think so. 

I do however think both tight ends are must starts.  Vernon Davis had a great fantasy week last week, that would have been even better if not for Kaepernick missing him for an easy second quarter touchdown.  He should have no problem being a target this week, and is a secure fantasy TE-1 Monday.  Tony Gonzalez needs to be started for two reasons.  First off, he is Matt Ryan’s best target.  The Falcon’s offensive line gives him little to no time to consistently hit deep receivers, so the tight end is a great target for that reason.  Secondly, Gonzalez is bringing a hall of fame career to an end in two weeks and there is no doubt he wants to go out with proud performances.  I think Gonzalez will deliver one more time for your squad before he rides off into the sunset.  

DEFENSE: The 49ers require no explanation.  They are a top 5 defense and should not have any problems at home against a banged up Atlanta offense that couldn’t do much against a terrible Redskins defense.  Atlanta’s is on the other end of the spectrum, as their defense is not a fantasy option against San Francisco on the road.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The bottom line is you are starting your Niners including their defense, starting Tony Gonzalez as a TE-1, and throwing  Steven Jackson in your FLEX if you don’t have clear cut better options, while shying away from the rest of your Falcons if possible.  The Niners are playing this game to win due to several possible playoff scenarios, and the Falcons are playing for nothing.  Add to the fact that the Niners are home, this one should not be a pretty game for Atlanta.  I see the Niners taking control of this game early, which means Frank Gore could be cleaning up if Harbaugh elects to kill the clock with a big lead in the second half.  Atlanta should come back strong in 2014 when healthy again, and I still think Matt Ryan is a top 5 quarterback when he has a strong offensive line and healthy targets, but it wasn’t to be this year.  The Niners still have the bitter taste of a Super Bowl defeat fresh in their minds, and they’re not going to forget it now as the temperatures drop and playoffs are around the corner.  Good luck in your matchups!

This was my final Monday Night Football piece of the year as fantasy playoffs are coming to an end.  Please follow me @JohnnyCrashMLB for your baseball articles and offseason tweets.  I look forward to bantering back and forth with you all baseball season.  Thanks!

2013 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 16 Running Back Recommendations

News and Notes

  • Ben Tate placed on IR – Tate will miss the rest of the season after being place on the Injured Reserve list Wednesday due to a rib injury. He should be held on to in keeper leagues as he’s a free agent after this season. The name to pick up here is Dennis Johnson, who’s done OK in limited action this season. This week Houston faces Denver, which has given up the seventh most fantasy points to running backs. It’d be hard to recommend starting Johnson in such a crucial week, but he should see a good amount of carries as well as a few targets in the passing game.

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2013 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Start/Sit

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Below are the guys I like or dislike in week 16 compared to the other experts on FantasyPros.com. I’m focusing on guys that are actually on that start/sit bubble. There’s no need to tell you I’m higher on Chris Johnson when I have him ranked #8 and the expert consensus rank (ECR) has him ranked #15. Both rankings tell you to start him.

The names discussed below are Cam NewtonShane VereenKendall WrightZach Miller and several others.

Sit ‘Em

Cam Newton / vs. New Orleans / ECR: 5 / My rank: 14

Cam is the third highest scoring fantasy quarterback this year thanks to several big games, but he’s really tough to rely on week-to-week. He has five weeks with at least 26 fantasy points, but he’s only finished as a top 12 quarterbacks in six of his 14 games. He fairly boom-or-bust.

I don’t know if I’m comfortable with that risk in a championship matchup. It’s one thing if you have to take a risk at your flex spot or something because there might not be a safe option available on your bench or on the wire. But there are a couple of QBs that you might be able to play instead of Cam. Jay Cutler is a borderline top-five option this week against the lowly Philadelphia pass defense, and he’s available in almost half of ESPN.com leagues. And Kirk Cousins, who is available in about 95% of ESPN.com leagues, has one of the best possible matchups against Dallas.

So is Cam is more likely to boom or bust this week? His opponent, the Saints, have allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks, have an above average pass coverage and pass rush ratings from ProFootballFocus and have the 7th best pass defense in the league according to Football Outsiders. So bust seems more likely. I understand that it’s tough to sit someone with Cam’s upside no matter the matchup. But if Cutler or Cousins are available, I’d bench Super Cam.

Andre Brown / at Detroit / ECR: 29 / My rank: 19 [Read more...]