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NFL Week Six Start and Sit Ems

Friday, 12 October, 2018

NFL Week Six Start and Sit Ems

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It’s Friday right before a big weekend of football. Injury reports are updated and news as usual will affect fantasy football lineups drastically. Lets dive into some key under the radar start and sit ems for NFL week six.

Start Em

Ryan Tannehill
One can’t conclude a game as worse as the Fish and Tannehill did against the Bengals. Seemingly ready to cruise to 4-1 turned into an ugly turnover feast in the final fifteen minutes. Still Tannehill and the Dolphins offense has another gear that was protected in road environments against the Patriots and Bengals. Expect the fish to turn things over as Tannehill comes out of hibernation of having 2017 off due to injury.

Tevin Coleman
It’s safe to say that Coleman fantasy owners aren’t happy with his on field results. Opportunity has been there for Coleman to be one of the top ten fantasy backs this season yet the Falcons poor play calls have killed him. With Freeman out this is another key opportunity for Coleman owners. This time he’ll pay dividends with double-digit fantasy points against a poor Buccaneers defense.

Tyler Boyd
Boyd has continued to be an exceptional week-to-week fantasy flex and bottom tier wide receiver starter. We all know the opportunities the Steelers defense presents to a tandem team wide receiver pool. Expect Boyd to continue his surprise season.

Doug Martin
Out in London expect both the Seahawks and Raiders to play things safe. With both teams records below .500 vanilla offenses and safe defensive coverage will be exhibited. Martin’s been the quiet platoon back that has not received a fair amount of carries. Look for his legs to help move the chains for the Raiders and for Oakland to get him his season high of carries.

Quincy Enunwa
Many Enunwa owners were disappointed with his zero performance against the Denver Broncos last week. It was an unusual offensive game plan from the Jets where the safe intermediate route just was not there. That’ll change this week against a Colts team that is prone to giving up chunks of yardage in Enunwa’s hot spots.

Others: Phil Lindsey, Al Collins, Michael Crabtree, Allen Hurns, CJ Beathard, Sonny Michel, Tom Brady, and Julian Edelman

Sit Ems

Jameis Winston
More than likely fantasy owners aren’t keying in on starting Jameis Winston. Yet in deeper leagues there are owners that are likely going to take a long shot on Winston based on the matchup. Don’t do it. Atlanta has been one of those teams that has lulled themselves to sleep defensively and offensively. With time running out on their season look for a big effort at home defensively.

JuJu Smith Schuster
There comes a time when on field talent hits a wall statistically. Schuster reaped the big rewards in 2017 and carried it over to an amazing start to 2018. Yet I’d expect a quiet simmered October as defenses have started to realize it’s a bit safer to play Antonio Brown with non blanket coverage. In an inner division game Schuster will not produce the same gaudy stats owners are accustomed too.

Jordan Howard
Coming out of the bye week for the Bears it’ll be interesting to see who gets the more prominent role out of the backfield. Tarik Cohen has started to regain some of his lost touches exhibited to start the season. His presence out of the backfield with safe catches from Mitch Trubisky will hurt Howard on the road.

Ezekiel Elliott
Elliott’s production has been round one quality but something has to give with the offense. Dallas’s production hasn’t translated to the end zone with Zeke Elliott and likely won’t against an aggressive Jacksonville defense. Expect one of Zeke’s lowest output games in his career even at home Sunday.

Others: Christian McCaffrey, DeShaun Watson, Blake Bortles, Aaron Rodgers, Alfred Morris

Updated NFL Team Rankings

Thursday, 11 October, 2018

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As we get ready for week six Zack gives out his updated team rankings in the NFL.

1. Kansas City
The Chiefs are 5-0 and just covered with ease against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

2. LA Rams
The Rams showed the can win even when the defense is not playing to top level. Still the yardage and touchdown issues discovered recently against the Vikings-Seahawks need to tone down.

3. New Orleans Saints
Payton and the Saints are at it again. After an opening week loss to the Buccaneers they have showcased they are the best offense in football.

4. New England Patriots
Tommy and the Pats have done what they do with big wins over the Colts and Dolphins. A true test awaits this Sunday night against the Chiefs.

5. Cincinnati Bengals
When it comes to tough scheduling the Bengals are right at the top of the league and have passed with flying colors. Can they keep winning and avoid a late October/November fall?

6. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have showcased that they have the offensive and defensive balance few teams in football have. Getting to another level offensively will be the difference in their playoff success.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Injuries at the running back position and at wide receiver have unmasked what we all have known about Blake Bortles.

8. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are another team facing injuries that have affected their early season performance. Yet they’re in a division where they’re not in a hole. Getting healthy by December could mean a return to last year’s success.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh has quickly showcased that they’re not going anywhere. Offensively Big Ben has been a monster at creating and hitting all the weapons the Steelers feature. With Le’Veon Bell returning week seven the Steelers can quickly ascend to the top five.

10. Chicago Bears
Early bye weeks can affect a team the wrong way. One has to wonder if the second stage of the Bears season will mean a change in the wrong direction. Thus far they’ve done a great job at adjusting to quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s strengths.

Best of The Rest

11. Green Bay
12. Minnesota Vikings
13. Baltimore Ravens
14. LA Chargers
15. Miami Dolphins
16. Tennessee Titans
17. Houston Texans.
18. Cleveland Browns
19. Washington Redskins
20. Seattle Seahawks
21. Detroit Lions
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23. Dallas Cowboys
24. Buffalo Bills
25. Denver Broncos
26. Oakland Raiders
27. Indianapolis Colts
28. New York Jets
29. Atlanta Falcons
30. Arizona Cardinals
31. New York Giants
32. San Francisco 49ers

Post Week Five Waiver Wire Additions

Tuesday, 9 October, 2018

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Week five did not disappoint with on field NFL action. More names are available for in fantasy football as owners scramble to make a playoff push to win their league titles.

To get there it requires weekly work on the wire. Zack Cimini examines some names that are currently available and deserve a shot on your roster.

Mitchell Trubisky
Off a bye week Mitchell Trubisky is owned in just 43% of CBS leagues. Thus far through four games Trubisky is averaging 19 points per game. That’s a solid average that is not on most waiver wires. What potential owners are worried about with Trubisky is his ability to continue to create. Designed plays have worked and with Tarik Cohen gaining in the offense expect Trubisky and the Bears to continue flourishing with the offense.

Baker Mayfield
The addition of Baker Mayfield is a must as he has shown he can make all the throws. Owned in just 62% of CBS leagues Mayfield is a fantasy backup quarterback option. Where I’d be leery of using Mayfield is later in the season when teams have been able to adjust based on film.

Alfred Morris

Morris is now the hot name with the 49ers Matt Breida out indefinitely with an injury. The veteran has shown in the past to have some value but clearly is not the same back. Still the 49ers offense has shown to boost values of the majority of on field personnel. Snare Morris and see what’s in store for the next week or longer.

Wendell Smallwood and Cory Clement
The Eagles offense has been a shell of itself for the first month of the NFL season. Now they’ll be without Jay Ajayi for the rest of the season, which means new boosted chances in the Eagles back field. No one knows for sure how the share will work out. What we do now is that Smallwood and Clement have been fill in fantasy stat fillers before. Smallwood likely is the better of the two but not by much.

Ty Montgomery
It’s been a long time since Montgomery has been a week-to-week fantasy contributor. With Aaron Jones back from suspension Montgomery is now currently owned in just 53% of CBS fantasy leagues. Yet I like what I saw from Montgomery this past week against Detroit. Jones is a hard runner that may not be able to stay healthy and clearly Jamaal Williams is not the threat people were hoping for. Montgomery is one of those you can add before he gets on the radar.

Cameron Brate
With Jameis Winston back there will be a huge shift to the Buccaneers offense. The rushing attack will likely increase and that means more from Cameron Brate. Brate has shown to be one of Winston’s favorite targets and with all the weapons expect the Buccaneers to continue to be.

Keke Coutee
If not for getting hurt briefly Coutee may have had a second consecutive spotlight game for the Texans. He did manage to get a goal line TD and seems to be more of a fantasy force than Will Fuller at this point. Coutee is worth an add and stash with upside going forward.

Paul Richardson
Lets face it no one on Washington looked prepared after their bye week. Something has to change and it has to be with the way the Redskins are attacking with the football down the field. On a couple of Smith’s attempts Monday Richardson was able to get open. Expect the Redskins to open up things more and for Richardson’s fantasy value to have an increase.

Donte Moncrief

For the second straight week Donte Moncrief has cemented himself in the wide receiver category. In week four Moncrief got the touchdown along with over one hundred yards. This past week against the Chiefs Moncrief was targeted fourteen times. Will this be a familiar spot that Moncrief showed as a Colt and disappears or does he have a role with upside?

Fantasy Football Week Five Wonders

Tuesday, 9 October, 2018

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Before diving into the waiver wire Zack examines some week five wonders that likely will have peaked for the season.

Eric Ebron

Eric Ebron has been a top five-fantasy tight end statistically through five weeks. Andrew Luck has always featured his tight end and that likely won’t change. But expect teams to adjust on Ebron or for the Colts not to find themselves playing from behind as they have against the Texans and Patriots.

Robby Anderson

A season ago Robby Anderson went from a one-week wonder to a sensational weekly fantasy contributor. With his week five performance folks may now expect a return to last year’s consistency. Don’t count on it. Thus far Sam Darnold has not shown to be the same deep ball thrower as McCown was a season ago. Furthermore, the Jets are a ground heavy team.

Mohammed Sanu

In consecutive weeks Mohammed Sanu has filled the second half stat sheet well. Against the Bengals he had a big second half touchdown and this past weekend against the Steelers he reaped the benefits of the Falcons being down to the Steelers. Teams have taken away Calvin Ridley a bit and focused more on Julio Jones. While Sanu has fantasy team value, he needs to be a primary bench option.

Sammy Watkins

Still only 25 years old Watkins has always been on the radar of fantasy owners. Yet there comes a time where fantasy football owners move on. We’ve done so in considering Watkins a fantasy starter while keeping on eye on his situation in Kansas City. With the Chiefs airing it out weekly with Patrick Mahomes it comes as no surprise to see Watkins reaping some of the stats. Yet be cautious as Mahomes comes down to Earth and Watkins begins his yearly inconsistency stretch. I would count on his week five targets of fifteen to be a season high.

Mike Davis

For two straight weeks Davis has been a fantasy stud in the ever-hard position of running back. Seattle’s ball control style has meant plenty of carries for Davis. Being a big back how long can he hold up? Pete Carroll has also never been one to commit to any running back long term. Expect Davis’s two week run to simmer especially when rookie Penny gets back into the fold.

CJ Beathard
For a second consecutive week quarterback CJ Beathard has been a top fantasy quarterback. With the 49ers issues at running back it’s safe to see that continue. Yet turnovers are a mark that fantasy owners can’t overlook at the quarterback position. Beathard. not only threw two interceptions but also had two fumbles against the Arizona Cardinals. Refrain from thinking Beathard can be your fantasy backup quarterback.

Week Five Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

Saturday, 6 October, 2018

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Listed below are Zack’s top fantasy football quarterbacks for week five of the NFL season.

1. Cam Newton
Newton comes in fresh off a bye week and ready to attack a Giants defense that has given up chunks of yards to opposing teams.

2. Aaron Rodgers
Statistically Rodgers has not lived up to his top rated billing all season. Look for an upgrade in performance even with his issues at wide receiver.

3. Carson Wentz

The Eagles have ways of making their quarterbacks feel comfortable all the while amassing solid stats. Wentz will face a Vikings team with three days extra rest but look for the Eagles to continue to find ways of adapting their offense.

4. Kirk Cousins
Don’t look now but Kirk Cousins is finding a way to be amongst the top leaders in yards at quarterback. Philadelphia’s defense is not the same as a year ago, which means Cousins, should continue to pile up yards.

5. Jared Goff
As potent as the Rams offense has showcased it’s not a shock to see Goff listed weekly inside the top seven. The Rams are going to find ways to score points no matter the weather and opponent. The old philosophy of a strong Seahawks defense is out the window.

6. Drew Brees
Brees and the Saints should have extra motivation thanks to two subpar performances to start the season at home. One that included a narrow victory over the Browns and the other an upset loss to the Buccaneers. On the road their last two games the Saints have established their offense and also get Mark Ingram back.

7. Derek Carr
Last week the Raiders established a ground game as Marshawn Lynch rushed for over 100 yards. The Raiders are at a point that they know in order to win they need to not let off the gas. Losses against the Rams, Broncos, and Dolphins all happened because of the offense not sustaining. Carr should carry over week four’s momentum against the Chargers.

8. Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes has established himself as a benefit of Andy Reid’s offense. While the focus of the Jaguars defense is on shutting down Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt, look for Mahomes to continue to showcase his ability to extend plays and pile up yards.

9. DeShaun Watson
Watson finally looked himself in last week’s first victory for the Houston Texans over the Indianapolis Colts. Now Watson will be in prime time which he has always excelled in dating back to his collegiate days. Expect big numbers against a Dallas defense that’s middle of the pack.

10. Russ Wilson
Wilson’s largely been MIA to the fantasy world thanks to a slow pace offense. The Seahawks seem content at trying to play the clock and win games in the fourth quarter. Yet this is a different scenario than the past two weeks against the Bears and Cardinals. Expect the Seahawks to be forced to match the pace of the Rams and for Wilson to benefit.

11. Andy Dalton
12. Ben Roethlisberger
13. Matt Ryan
14. CJ Beathard
15. Alex Smith
16. Philip Rivers
17. Baker Mayfield
18. Ryan Tannehill
19. Marcus Mariota
20. Dak Prescott

Week Five Automatics-Don’t Do Its

Friday, 5 October, 2018

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After a month of fantasy football we now enter the second stage of your season. Maybe you’re close to .500 or even higher. A lot of work is to be done to secure a playoff berth. If you’re not trying to better your team trust me someone two games below you is.

Keep out in front with some automatics-don’t do its for week five.

Automatics

CJ Beathard

Beathard showed some fantasy relevance in week four against the Chargers. With Coach Shanahan at the helm there is no reason to stop against the Cardinals. While the Bears and Seahawks kept things simple against Arizona look for the 49ers to keep their philosophy in order.

Russ Wilson

The Seahawks mismanagement of Russ Wilson to start the season was more of a protection issue. Protection of their young defense and an offense struggling to make its identity. Sometimes an ugly win can create that. Consecutive weeks of grind out wins have placed the Seahwks at 2-2. Against the Rams the Seahawks have no choice but to open up the playbook. Insert Russ Wilson here.

Others: Mark Ingram, DeShaun Watson, Kenyan Drake, Aaron Rodgers

Don’t Do ItsDavid Johnson
Johnson’s subpar season thus far is likely to continue even in a short trek road game against the 49ers. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen was unable to make enough plays with his arm against the Seahawks to bestow confidence in Johnson owners. Expect another down week here.

Al Collins
Collins fantasy value is likely on the downward spiral. Look for the Browns to find a way to limit the Ravens rush attack starting with Collins. Losing a fumble such as Collins did on the goal line is usually a confidence derailer.

Others: Tyler Lockett, Larry Fitzgerald, Carlos Hyde, and Cam Newton