Sink or Swim: Week 9

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QUARTERBACK

SWIM

Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams):

The Giants have all of a sudden become the worse passing defense in football, allowing each opposing QB to finish as a QB1 over the past 4 weeks. The Rams have been one of the higher scoring offenses, with Goff having QB1 fantasy value when able to capitalize against bad defenses. He should finish in the top 10 this week as well.

What I Saw: Thoughts On Week 8 (Part 1)

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My name is Sam, and I love fantasy football. The worst parts of my week are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, mostly in that order. Every week, I’ll be helping my colleague and friend Derek Frei tell the story of what happened as we together cover the broad strokes of every game. Feel free to use this as just another tool in making decisions about your own fantasy teams, or to disregard it as swill drummed up by yet another tool that disagrees with your own obviously superior intellect! And now, on with the show:

49ers vs. Eagles

QB: This is the point in the season where the weather is going to start having an impact on games, and it was certainly not helpful for the Niners. Bad weather tends to aid defenses by making turnovers a bit more likely and making passing a little more difficult. At least that’s what CJ Beathard was telling his coaches and teammates to try to excuse a performance that is being described in polite circles as “poopy”. Beathard posted a dismal 47% (even lower than his season average of sub-53%) completion rate, averaging just 4.64 yards per pass. It was so bad that the Niners promptly traded for Jimmy Garopollo. Sorry Beathard, maybe next season? In the meantime, the Niners struggles at QB mean that all their receivers are going to struggle unless Handsome Jimmy can save them.

Weekly Rankings: Ranking Each IDP Position For Week 9

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Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming match-ups and ranking each IDP position. Here are the ranks for Week 9 of the fantasy football season.

Week 9 Notes:

  • Any fantasy player knows those bye weeks are the toughest part of the season. But when bye weeks meet awful stat crew match-ups, like this week, it’s almost unbearable. This week just three teams play at home with favorable home stat crews. In this slow week, get your IDP players in from these home games: New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers

Weekly Rankings: Ranking Each Position For Week 9

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Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming matchups and ranking each position, as well as flex positions.

Note: rankings will be updated throughout the week, so continue checking back here as the week goes on.

Week 9 Notes:

  • A lot of people have Todd Gurley or Kareem Hunt as their top running back this week, but I’m leaning towards LeSean McCoy. The Bills are running McCoy a lot, he’s been very good lately, and he’s going up against the Jets who give up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs in the league. I think he makes for a great play this week.

Kickin’ It: The Top 14 Kickers For Week 9

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Don’t worry guys. Much like Kyle’s cousin Kyle, I’m back. Everyone gets a bye week, right? Anyways what a great couple of performances by fantasy’s most unpredictable position. Harrison Butker had a field( goal) day last night, hitting FIVE of the aforementioned kicks and tacking on two extra points, garnishing 21 points for his owners. Matt Prater came away with five field goals of his own netting his owners 18, and Mike Nugent made Jerry Jones and his fantasy owners look like geniuses earning 15 points coming off the street.

Anyways, enough of the recap. If you’re looking at fantasy kickers, chances are you know all of this already. Let’s get back to the rankings. Just a reminder we’ve got three levels of kickers, FG’s, Touchbackers and Squibs. Anyone not listed is someone you should avoid.

FGs

1. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions (@ Green Bay Packers). Green Bay has been lost since Aaron Rodgers injury and it has shown. That including it’s D, which has put up fantasy scores of 3 and 2 since the said injury. Look for Detroit to run roughshod over Green Bay this weekend (ok Monday) and for Prater to feast on this D.

Streaming Defenses: Top 16 Defensive Plays for Week 9

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Throughout the year, we will be providing our take on the top 16 defenses each and every week, based on matchup, injuries, and recent performance. They will fall into the following tiers:

DOMINANT – I don’t believe that there are any true “set-and-forget” options at the defensive position, as there are scarcely ANY such players at any position in the NFL. However, these groups are as close as you’re going to get. They can be started with supreme confidence most weeks and will just require the odd benching to avoid Foxboro or Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood as I’ve conveniently renamed the whole of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Update: Mr. Hundley’s Hometown?

DISTINGUISHED – This is the high-end streamer tier. They will probably be added and dropped multiple times throughout the course of the season, getting the green light for plus matchups and benched at the first sight of danger. Some lunkhead in your league following the three defense strategy may even draft one or two of these units, but most will likely be available on the wire to start the year. Careful, intelligent management and usage of options in this tier will yield positive results more often than not. There will likely be a few breakouts in the upper half of this group, and this is the tier I’d be looking to draft my defense from.

DEFENSIBLE – Defensible, get it? You could certainly pick a starter from this tier, preferably against a weaker offense at home but these squads are by no means a safe bet. Cover your eyes, hold your nose, and maybe even get out of the house. Do your blood pressure a favor and just check the score after the game. Go take in that indie film you’ve been wanting to see!

DESPERATE – These are the teams you could probably throw on some pads and score against. The dregs of the league reside in this tier. These teams should be started in only the most extreme circumstances (you lost a bet, you hate yourself, you are playing in a bizarre league that rewards awful defensive play) but for the most part will be available on the wire all year long, and for good reason. Below are our ranks for week 9 of the 2017 NFL season – Get excited!

DOMINANT

1.) Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)- Sacksonville’s back, all right! Jacksonville comes off bye to stake their claim as the week’s top defensive play. I don’t think Cinci has enough on their O-Line to protect Andy Dalton from the relentless Jaguar pass rush, who bolstered their already strong front 7 by adding Bill’s DT Marcell Dareus via trade on their off week. Only Jacoby Brissett, Josh McCown, and Matt Stafford have been sacked more than the Red Rifle. Look for another deluge of QB takedowns.

Injuries to Watch: The Jaguars are at full strength coming off their bye week.

Waiver Wire: Week 8

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Not a whole lot of injuries with major fantasy implications from this past weekend. Chris Hogan is likely to miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury, but I don’t see Phillip Dorsett becoming relevant in fantasy leagues because of it. There are a couple of names to keep in mind as far as players returning from injury however. Dede Westbrook is on track to make his NFL debut and is talented enough to over take Allen Hurns or possibly Marqise Lee as the Jaguars top receiver. He is a deep league add at best right now, but is definitely a name to keep track of the next few weeks. Danny Woodhead should begin practicing this week, which is good news for owners who have him stashed on IR and bad news for Buck Allen owners. Right now, he should be able to return in week 12, and could be a fantasy difference maker (especially in PPR) down the stretch.

NOTE: Players mentioned will be owned in 40% or less of ESPN leagues. MUST ADD will be a recommended add in all leagues. MAYBE ADD is for those in 12 team leagues or deeper. DEEP ADD is for those in 14+ team leagues. 

QUARTERBACKS

Jared Goff (Indianapolis Colts) – 26.7% OWNED – MAYBE ADD

Goff’s put together a fine season thus far, and while he hasn’t done anything spectacular, he is still the 13th ranked QB on the year in ESPN leagues. His schedule gets a little bit easier coming of the bye in week 8, and he should be a solid streaming option just about every other week going forward.

Overall 250 ROS Rankings: Week 7

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Welcome to our weekly set of rankings of our top-250 overall players for the rest of the season. I should note that I’m not personally a big fan of massive, position-combining lists and I think positional lists are more useful, however, take this and use it in whatever way you wish. Thanks to this widget from FantasyPros, you can break it down by position as well.

Notes:

  • I feel like every week I have to talk about Ezekiel Elliott. As of right now, I don’t know what’s going to happen with his suspension, so until I hear the final word on what’s going on, I’m assuming he’s playing, which is why he’s so high in the rankings. Once we hear something more final on what’s happening with him, then his ranking will change accordingly (if necessary).

Block Stock: Week 8

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O-Lines That Should Dominate

Carolina Panthers (vs Tampa Bay) – Carolina’s offense is currently averaging fewer yards per game than the Colts. Let that sink in… Fortunately for them here comes the Bucs! Tampa’s terrible D gives up massive yardage through the air and on the ground. The brothers Kalil and the rest of the Panthers’ line to this point have been rancid in run blocking and putrid in pass blocking. This is a moment for them to regain their form and I believe they will. Cam Newton’s obvious accuracy issues notwithstanding there is no way Kelvin BenjaminChristian McCaffrey and perhaps Devin Funchess don’t post better numbers. 

Weekly Rankings: Ranking Each IDP Position For Week 8

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Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming match-ups and ranking each IDP position. Here are the ranks for Week 8 of the fantasy football season.

Week 8 Notes:

  • While last week was a huge boon for fantasy stat crews, this week is awfully slim. This week only three teams in the top ten of tackles issues by stat crew play at home. Those teams are the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.