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Post Week Six NFL Team Rankings

Thursday, 18 October, 2018

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1. LA Rams

The Rams regained the top spot with the Chiefs loss. Their ground attack over the Broncos amassed over 225 yards led by the best back in football in Todd Gurley.

2. Kansas City Chiefs
One loss by the Chiefs didn’t hurt them too bad in our power rankings. Kansas City’s potent offense does not look like it will be slowed down by anybody.

3. New England Patriots

Three straight wins have bypassed the Patriots original sloppy start and put them right back from and center of the league discussions.

4. New Orleans Saints
Sometimes you hate to see a team hit their bye week when they are rolling. That was the case for the Saints. Can they keep their form going into this week’s matchup against the Ravens?

5. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are becoming the accustomed potent offensive team right up there with the Chiefs. When and if LeVeon Bell makes his return the Steelers our going to hit another dimension.

6. Cincinnati Bengals
Even with a tight loss to the Steelers there is still reason to believe in the Bengals. Ensuring Andy Dalton does not hit his yearly wall has to be a goal of the team.

7. Carolina Panthers
A tough road loss didn’t look good in the results column but the Panthers were playing a Redskins team that had not left home in over three weeks.

8. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles destroyed their divisional rivals on the road in the New York Giants. Now they must keep growing on both sides of the football.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars
Some teams just aren’t ready for road games early in the season. Jaguars fans can’t over react to losses against the Chiefs and Cowboys on the road.

10. Green Bay
Results aren’t pretty for the Packers but they’re putting themselves in position to make the playoffs versus a need for a push late. If Aaron Rodgers can get any healthier they’ll be as dangerous as any team in the NFC.

Best of the Rest

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

Post Week Six Waiver Wire Adds

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

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After week six Zack examines some hot names to grab off your waiver wire as we get set to enter week seven.

Quarterbacks

CJ Beathard

Beathard is proving himself to be a stat-filler in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Two of three starts now Beathard has filled the shoes of Jimmy Garrapollo and delivered admirable stats. Keep in mind Beathard is also a threat out of the backfield.

Dak Prescott

The Cowboys tweaked some things against the Jacksonville Jaguars and it worked. They decided to get the passing game going first before turning to their feature back in Ezekiel Elliott. That gave Prescott the confidence he needed as he turned third down scenarios into touchdowns. His 82 yards on the ground with a touchdown is an added bonus for his low yards output through the air.

Running Backs

Raheem Mostert

I’ll admit even I had to do a double-take on who was carrying the ball for the San Francisco 49ers. Mostert may not see the same work load as he did on Monday Night Football but is still one to keep an eye on. The weekly nagging injuries to Matt Breida typically don’t go away. For now he is trying to play through it but another re-occurrence and Mostert could be a prime back.

Malcolm Brown

Sometimes you have to anticipate more carries heading a backs way. Brown only has 100 yards on the year but sooner or later the Rams are going to protect Todd Gurley. High carries for a 6-0 team that is a Super Bowl threat is not needed. Expect Brown to get more carries as we get beyond week eight.

Gus Edwards

Edwards came out of nowhere to be factor back for the Ravens in their pull away road victory over the Titans. Double-digit carries in this day and age of football is certainly an eye catcher. The ten carries were also Edwards first of the season. In deeper leagues one can scoop and stash and see Edwards value the next two weeks.

Wide Receivers

Wilie Snead
All signs of facing a former team automatically are a fantasy value trigger. Snead took it personnel leaving the Saints and is starting to become more involved in the Ravens offense. He is certainly worth an add and flex consideration this week.

Al Wilson
The speed of Wilson is a threat few teams have. Miami’s comeback was predicated on two short routes that Wilson turned his jets on against the Bears secondary. Look for the fish to figure out more ways to get him involved.

Zay Jones
The young Bills receiver should get an upgrade with Derek Anderson in at quarterback. Many expect Anderson’s targets to go to a familiar connection with former Panthers teammate Kelvin Benjamin. Yet look for Jones who is a better red zone threat to be the beneficiary.

Paul Richardson
Richardson’s stats aren’t anything to write home about, yet Alex Smith has shown signs of leaning more towards him. If Richardson can overcome minor injuries look for him to be the leader of a Redskins wide receiver group that has yet to shine.

Terrelle Pryor
Everyone wrote off Pryor after a shaky start and pre-season as a Jet. Now in consecutive weeks he has found the end zone. It seems that he is starting to become the more consistent pass catcher over Quincy Enunwa. As Sam Darnold continues to grow as a rookie Pryor’s value continues to rise.

Ricky Seals-Jones
In the off-season everyone was discussing Seals-Jones as the deep sleeper at the tight end position. Six weeks into the season he is finally starting to show signs. Rosen always favored his tight ends at UCLA and now that’s transferring over to Jones. His ceiling is much higher than what his stats have showcased thus far.

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.