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FF Week 6 & 7 Recap and Preview – It Starts Now

My team has arrived! And all because a few of those guys I drafted actually showed up to play last week. #FreeLamarMiller #GronkYouTour2016 #WhateversGreatAboutTerrenceWest

I was the #1 and #2 point finisher in each league respectively this week, and I won both of my matchups to help boost me in the rankings. You get the sense that my team is finally starting to play as expected. Gronk went off for 7 catches, 162 yards and a touchdown and even got flagged for taunting while he was at it. Miller and Houston looked like they might’ve been having some trouble figuring out how to win, but it turns out the Colts are far better at figuring out how to lose, and allowed him to run in for two TDs and 149 yards. After that performance, Miller ranks 5th in rushing yards overall and 9th overall among running backs, despite having only scored two touchdowns in six weeks. His schedule is a lot more favorable moving forward as well, so I’m fortunate I didn’t sell high. Gronk still has some work to do to catch up to the likes of Greg Olsen and even his teammate Martellus Bennett, but the production is coming.

Wildcats Player Team Points
QB Derek Carr Oakland Raiders 11
RB1 Lamar Miller Houston Texans 31
RB2 Jordan Howard Chicago Bears 11
WR1 Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers 16
WR2 Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles 10
WR3 Randall Cobb Green Bay Packers 18
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 29
K Matt Bryant Atlanta Falcons 6
DST Philadelphia Eagles 16
BN Sterling Shepard New York Giants 6
BN Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins 17
BN Seattle Seahawks 10
BN Cameron Meredith Chicago Bears 22
BN Dennis Pitta Baltimore Ravens 9
BN Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs 12

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Fantasy Preview Week 4: Do or Die

Last week I opened my NFL league 0-3, and I’ve done the same this year, but now’s the time to turn things around. I’ve got a tough matchup and didn’t have an electric game from Jeremy Hill on Thursday night, but can I finally pull off a victory?

Meltdowns Player Team Points
QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
RB1 Jerick McKinnon Minnesota Vikings
RB2 Jeremy Hill Cincinatti Bengals 7.10
WR1 Sterling Shepard New York Giants
WR2 Brandon Marshall New York Jets
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
FLEX Terrelle Pryor Sr. Cleveland Browns
K Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts
DST Arizona Cardinals
BN Doug Martin Tampa Bay Bucs 0.00
BN Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills
BN Chris Ivory Jacksonville Jaguars
BN Darren Sproles Philadelphia Eagles BYE
BN Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles BYE
BN Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers BYE

New additions this week include Darren Sproles and Terrelle Pryor Sr. Sproles’s usage is no fluke, so rather than wait until next week and have him snatched out from under me, I decided to drop Duke Johnson Jr.. Johnson would’ve likely sat on my bench again this week, and it’s arguable that he doesn’t even need to be owned in a 10-team league, even with the dearth at RB.

I’d much rather have his Cleveland Browns peer Pryor (upgrading from a Jr. to a Sr.), who now looks poised to be quite literally the only options the Browns have. In Week 3, sans RGIII and Josh McCown, Pryor played as a receiver, a running back AND a quarterback. Pryor caught in eight of 14 passes for 144 yards, he rushed 21 yards and a touchdown on four carries and completed three of five passes for 35 yards as QB. I would’ve added him in my other league as well, but he was already owned, and I’ll be playing against him this week as well as starting him. Just my luck.

Beyond those additions, my options were somewhat limited this week. Both Jordans, Nelson and Matthews, are on Bye this week. With Tyrod Taylor playing New England this week, and with Sammy Watkins officially out for eight weeks, his days as my backup QB may be numbered. You don’t love Jerick McKinnon’s matchup against the Giants, but anything can happen in primetime on Monday night, and the Vikings are looking like a Super Bowl contender even without Adrian Peterson.

With Eric Decker also officially ruled out for Week 4, here’s hoping Brandon Marshall finally has a bounce back week. He could be shadowed all day by Richard Sherman, and the Seattle defense could give Ryan Fitzpatrick some more trouble as well, Fitzy having coughed up five picks last week.

Finally there’s Gronk. Both of his backup QBs are listed as questionable this week, but a report suggests that Jimmy Garoppolo will be starting in place of Jacoby Brisset, which should improve his value (although I can’t exactly explain why that would be. I guess he liked Martellus Bennett in Week 2?). In this league, I currently don’t even own a backup TE, having dropped Eric Ebron. If Gronk, also listed as questionable doesn’t go, then I’ll be making a last minute roster switch. Continue reading

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Week 3 Preview – Gronk lays a Goose Egg

Gronk is back! Gronk is back! Finally! But of course he doesn’t do a thing and lands everyone who started him (probably a shit ton of people) with a big ‘ole zero. That’s just our luck, right?

The thing is, Gronk did what you wanted him to do. He got a red zone target, but the ball soared several feet above his head. Even Gronk can’t go up and get that duck. Then Jacoby Brisset decided that it was still college football and ran a touchdown in all by himself. And then of course Gronk wasn’t the only one to lay an egg, because the Texans were down by so much and never scored, that why even bother putting Gronk, or the Patriots offense in general, on the field?

It still hurts, because I can’t have been the only one looking for Gronk to perform. Missing him in my lineup these two weeks has made a huge difference, and this week in particular, I’m facing two players I own in one league in my other league and one player in the opposite direction. With injuries galore and bad matchups, I just don’t like my chances.

Meltdowns Player Team Points
QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
RB1 Jerick McKinnon Minnesota Vikings
RB2 Chris Ivory Jacksonville Jaguars
WR1 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers
WR2 Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 0.00
FLEX Sterling Shepard New York Giants
K Adam Vinatieri Indianapolis Colts
DST Arizona Cardinals
BN Doug Martin Tampa Bay Bucs
BN Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills
BN Jeremy Hill Denver Broncos
BN Eric Ebron Detroit Lions
BN Duke Johnson Jr. Cleveland Browns
BN Brandon Marshall New York Jets

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Fantasy Football Week 2 Preview – Time for Gronk?

Gronk is still questionable moving into Week 2, and I can use him. I have little faith this week in my running backs and my quarterbacks this week, so having Gronk in the lineup would make a world of difference. Let’s just say I’m glad I’m not playing against Matt Forte this week.

Meltdowns Player Team Points
QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
RB1 Doug Martin Tampa Bay Bucs
RB2 Jeremy Hill Cincinatti Bengals
WR1 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers
WR2 Brandon Marshall New York Jets 10.10
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
FLEX Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles
K Roberto Aguayo Tampa Bay Bucs
DST Arizona Cardinals
BN Jimmy Graham Seattle Seahawks
BN Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills 24.38
BN Chris Ivory Jacksonville Jaguars 0.00
BN Eric Ebron Detroit Lions
BN Duke Johnson Jr. Cleveland Browns
BN Sterling Shepard New York Giants

This week I play two 0-1 teams, and looking at their lineups, I’m not exactly terrified. Some weeks you’re more nervous about your opponent’s team than you are your own, and this is not one of those weeks.

Here’s what I’m staring down. I’m looking at Andrew Luck playing the best defense in the league after posting a monster 4 TDs in Week 1. Matthew Berry says he has a high ceiling but very low floor, and TY Hilton may even be hampered with an injury. I’m looking at Doug Martin and Jeremy Hill both playing strong defenses and hoping that both of them fall into the endzone at least once. I’m looking at a strong game from Brandon Marshall after Thursday night’s game but not a monster game. I’m looking at Chris Ivory already sitting out for the second straight week.

Thankfully the WR matchups are all favorable. I bet Jordan Matthews has a monster game on Monday night against the Bears, although that might just be my lack of faith in my hometown team. And I like Jordy against Minnesota. If Gronk can’t go, I’ve got Eric Ebron as a fairly serviceable backup, as I still don’t have faith in Jimmy Graham until I see the production.

Should I have started Tyrod Taylor over Luck? He was a mess in Week 1, and you can look at this two ways: he either looks risky moving forward because some of the touchdowns, like in garbage time at the end of the game, were a bit fluky, or you can say that he put up really great numbers in Week 1 despite Sammy Watkins doing nothing. Taylor gets Arizona and New England the next two weeks, and Luck gets San Diego and Jacksonville. This week of any would’ve been the time to start him.

Wildcats Player Team Points
QB Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins
RB1 Lamar Miller Houston Texans
RB2 Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions
WR1 Randall Cobb Green Bay Packers
WR2 Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers
WR3 Jordan Matthews Philadelphia Eagles
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
K Roberto Aguayo Tampa Bay Bucs
DST Seattle Seahawks
BN Sterling Shepard New York Giants
BN Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens
BN Zach Miller Chicago Bears
BN Tyler Boyd Cincinatti Bengals
BN Bilal Powell New York Jets 1
BN Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs

In my PPR league, I played against LeSean McCoy, who got off to a decent start with 12 points, but that doesn’t scare me too much. Again, I have less faith in my running backs. Lamar Miller should be fine at home against Kansas City, but Abdullah, despite his strong outing last week, I probably should’ve swapped out in place of picking up Theo Riddick.

I’ve also made a shift and picked up Joe Flacco against the Browns this week. Choosing between him and Cousins at Dallas is a bit of a coin flip at this point, and I’m curious if anyone has thoughts on where I should lean. But frankly the options on the waiver wire are not promising.

After seeing how much production Matt Forte got in Thursday’s game, Bilal Powell is starting to look like more of a very deep PPR league option only. There really aren’t too many other promising RBs on the waiver wire either, but if someone emerges this week, then I won’t be afraid to pull the trigger on dropping him after putting up just one reception this week.

I may also be looking for a more promising TE replacement than Zach Miller, who I would’ve had faith in, but perhaps not this week.

Any last minute roster changes you recommend? Starts or sits? Add/drops? You can’t see my opponents, but do I have a chance? Let me know in the comments.