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Fantasy PPR Week 5 Sleeper: Willie Snead

October 08, 2015
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​This is the time of year that fantasy football becomes a challenge. The strong and the smart survive. The weak...well they die off. 

The reason why the fantasy football men will soon be separated from the boys is because bye weeks and injuries are taking their toll and now depth is nearly as important as high-end talent. 

The key to building great depth is by good drafting. But, if you missed on picks in the draft, you need to find sleepers and diamonds in the rough. 

One guy who very could be that in Week 5 for you is Willie Snead of the New Orleans Saints. 

In four games, Snead has averaged 11 fantasy points per game and has scored 14 twice, including last week. 

Snead has been getting as many snaps as Marques Colston at Wide receiver and with Drew Brees as his quarterback, Snead should continue to produce. 

The Eagles matchup this week isn't great, but it's not bad either. Yet, the biggest reason why Snead should be in your lineup if you need a wide receiver is that he is getting targets and has an elite quarterback. 

Those two things make Snead a sneaky play in PPR leagues this week and beyond. 

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Written by: Chris Peterson

Fantasy Football: Time to Buy Low on Andrew Luck

September 30, 2015
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​There is really no debate that during the first three weeks of the fantasy football season, Andrew Luck has been among the NFL's biggest disappointments. 

Through three games, Luck has scored a total of just 41 points. He ranks 21st among quarterbacks and has a total of seven interceptions. 

And while some fantasy owners see a terrible start, which it is -- I see an opportunity to get an elite fantasy QB at a discount. 

Often times fantasy owners target players that are going off and having big games. Unfortunately, that is usually the worst time to try and make a deal. It's much smarter to buy low and aim high. 

The bottom line is that even though it's been a struggle for Luck, he still threw a pair of touchdown passes against the Titans and scored 18 points. He is one of the best passers and players in the NFL and he will get right, likely sooner than later. 

So if you need a QB target Luck. Especially if that owner has a need somewhere else and you can give him or her another option at the QB spot. Fantasy owners often think with their hearts as much as their heads and you should take advantage. 

Trading for Luck could be a risky proposition but if his owner is disgruntled with him and wants to go in another direction, the investment of a couple solid players could be well worth the price. 

Don't offer too much and make a deal you are comfortable with. If you get turned down oh well, at least you tried. And if you end up making a deal, you could be getting one of the top fantasy QBs on the market for the rest of the season. 

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Written by: Chris Peterson

Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: Top-10 Tight Ends for Week 3

September 25, 2015
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So far this week at PPR Fantasy Football we have put out our quarterback, running back and wide receiver rankings -- now it's time for us to tackle the tight end position -- so here are 10 tight ends you should start this weekend in you fantasy football lineup:

1. Rob Gronkowski -- Gronk is as good as ever this season and has amassed 56 fantasy points in two games in point-per-reception formats. He should dominate again this week against the Jaguars.

2. Jimmy Graham -- I know that Graham struggled against Green Bay and caught just one pass for 10 yards. But he did catch a touchdown in Week 1 against the Rams and with the renewed focus in place this week, expect a breakout game at Qwest Field vs Chicago.

3. Greg Olsen -- The Carolina Panthers tight end has gotten off a slow start with just 15 fantasy points in two games. He had six catches for 70 yards last week and I think he will find pay dirt this week against the Saints.

4. Jason Witten -- No Tony Romo could be a problem for Witten but I actually think Brandon Weeden can play well enough to not impact Witten's value. And with Dez Bryant out -- he is the No. 2 option in the passing game.

5. Travis Kelce -- Kelce only had nine points last week after posting a 28-point outing in the season-opener and he faces a Green Bay team that held Graham in check last week but, the Chiefs have to throw it to someone and Kelce is as good an option as any.

6. Tyler Eifert -- Eifert has three touchdowns in two games to go along with 13 receptions for 153 yards. He is the second option in the Bengals passing attack but faces a tough matchup against the Ravens who give up the second fewest fantasy points to tight ends.

7. Eric Ebron -- Back-to-back games with 15 points and a touchdown in each has vaulted Ebron into a legitimate option of at tight end this season. He was a first-round pick a year ago and is starting to show why.

8. Heath Miller -- Through two games Miller has been consistent and trustworthy. He had 15 in Week 1 and 11 in Week 2 and with Martavius Bryant sidelined right now -- Miller is taking advantage of some extra targets.

9. Martellus Bennett -- Bennett had 16 points against Green Bay and then eight a week ago against the Cardinals. Seattle is actually not great at defending tight ends -- even with Kam Chancellor back this week. But with Jimmy Clausen playing quarterbackexpectations must be tempered. Yet, tight end is weak this year and Bennett is still a better option than most.

10. Kyle Rudolph -- Rudolph has averaged 12 points through two games and faces a Chargers defense that has allowed two touchdowns already this season to opposing tight ends. Rudolph won't put up great numbers if he doesn't score -- but you could do a lot worse

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Fantasy Football: 3 Takeaways from Giants vs Redskins

September 25, 2015
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As  a fan of the New York Giants it was great to see big blue finally play a four quarter football game and as a result -- the Giants pounded the Washington Redskins Thursday night 32-21. Yet in terms of the important thing -- fantasy football there were a number of takeaways we had from the Week 3 edition of Thursday Night Football.Here are the three biggest from last night according to the PPR Experts:

1. Eli doesn't choke  - 

The first takeaway is the fact that Eli Manning put together his best fantasy performance of the season. Manning finished the game with 279 yards passing to go along with two touchdowns -- and MIRACULOUSLY had no turnovers. We tweeted yesterday that Manning would be a stud and he came through with 18 points. At this point, Manning may not be an elite fantasy starter but Odell Beckham Jr, Rueben Randle and soon Victor Cruz to throw the ball to -- his numbers should only get better and better. So if you have Eli as your starter or as part of a weekly QB debate -- you should feel good after last night.

2.  Holy hell Reuben Randle -

I have been waiting for Randle to have a good game this year and it finally happened last night as he hauled in seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Now I would be really excited as a fantasy owner if Victor Cruz wasn't about to return -- but it's still a good sign that Randle finally put together a good performance. At this point he may even be more talented than Cruz. Who knows if Cruz will ever duplicate the production he had early on in the league -- so Randle is a wide receiver to keep and eye on -- especially if Cruz disappoints or can't stay healthy.

3. RB controversy in Redskin park?

The other big news from last night is something we already told you was going to happen -- Matt Jones is inching closer and closer to being the No. 1 running back in Washington. Jones did carry the ball just 10 times for 38 yards last night while Alfred Morris carried it only six times for 19 yards. Jones likely would have seen the rock more if the Skins weren't getting trampled in the second half and right now he just looks superior to Morris. The fumble by Jones hurt as did the lack of receptions but as far as toting the pigskin -- expect Jones to do more of that in the coming weeks -- so if you need a back he's the guy you want to try and claim.


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Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: Top 20 Wide Receivers for Week 3

September 24, 2015

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Week 3 WR PPR Ranks​:

1. Antonio Brown vs Rams - Brown is averaging 32 points per game in PPR formats and St. Louis isn't going to stop him. 

2. Odell Beckham Jr. vs Redskins - He was big last week and last season beat Washington 3 touchdowns. 

3. Julio Jones vs Cowboys - Julio is averaging over 30 fantasy points and is a must play every week. 

4.  Randall Cobb vs Chiefs - Cobb scored 19 last week against Seattle and should keep putting up numbers as Aaron Rodgers' No. 1 target. 

5. Demaryius Thomas vs Lions - Detroit has struggled stopping the pass and Thomas should take advantage of a good matchup. 

6. A.J Green vs Ravens - Baltimore is 30th in points allowed to WRs so Green should have a field day. 

7. Calvin Johnson vs Broncos - Calvin broke out last week scoring 24 points. If Stafford is healthy, Calvin should produce. 

8. Emmanuel Sanders vs Lions - See what was said about Demaryius Thomas. 

9. Julian Edelman vs Jags - Edelman has been dominant in PPR leagues with an average of 26.5 fantasy points and has a favorable matchup this week. 

10. Jarvis Landry vs Bills - Landry had 39 points in Weeks 1 and 2 and looks like a big-time receiver. 

11. Brandon Marshall vs Eagles - Marshall has been a big steal for fantasy owners and after 13 cathces and 41 points in two games he is proving to be a low-end No. 1. 

12. Larry Fitzgerald vs 49ers - Fitz had a 3-touchdown game last week and against a weak Niners secondary could have another big week. 

13. Keenan Allen vs Vikings - Great Week 1. Sucked week 2. Week 3 should be somewhere in the middle. 

14. DeAndre Hopkins vs Tampa Bay - Love Hopkins. Hate his QB. But Tampa is a good matchup.  He's a good WR2. 

15. Donte Moncrief vs Titans - Montcrief has 13 receptions, two scores and 41 points in two games. He is a solid option against the Titans. 

16. Amari Cooper vs Browns - Joe Haden may cause Cooper problems, but I still like him this week. 

17. Eric Decker vs Eagles - Decker is benefiting a lot from both Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrick. What does that say about Geno Smith. 

18. Travis Benjamin vs Raiders - A new QB but a good matchup means I would take the risk. You can't leave him on the bench now can you? 

19. Golden Gate vs Broncos - He has 18 targets in two games but just 20 points. He doesn't have an easy matchup but with volume alone he's worth it. 

20. Vincent Jackson vs Texans - Houston gave up two TDs to receivers against Carolina and Jackson is way better tah any wideout the Panthers have. 

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Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: Top 20 Running Backs for Week 3

September 24, 2015
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Week 3 PPR RB Rankings

1. Le'Veon Bell Steelers vs Rams - Bell is an absolute stud and you shouldn't wait to get him in your lineup.

2. Adrian Peterson vs Chargers - AP hasn't found the end zone yet -- but he will this week.

3. Marshawn Lynch vs Bears - Seattle is going to destroy the Bears and so will Marshawn.

4. Jamal Charles vs Packers - Green Bay has been up and down vs run and Charles is a great receiver too.

5. Matt Forte vs Seattle -- He is questionable but as long as he's out there he will score plenty of fantasy points.

6. Latavius Murray vs Browns -- Murray is averaging 16 points per game and has more than 80 yards in two games

7. Jonathan Stewart vs Saints -- Stewart has disappointed so far but this is a dream matchup especially if Brees it out.

8. LeSean McCoy vs Dolphins -- Shady needs to get rolling but this week will be tough against a stout Dolphins defense but whether it's running or receiving he will get his.

9. Joseph Randle vs Falcons -- Someone needs to pick up the slack in Dallas and my bet is on Randle.

10. Carlos Hyde vs Cardinals -- If Hyde was 100 percent healthy he'd be in my Top-5.

11. Demarco Murray vs Jets -- the Jets def is tough but Murray will at least catch enough passes to be worth it.

12. Justin Forsett vs Bengals -- Forsett is averaging just 10 PPG so far -- but has four catches a game and should continue that trend against Cincy.

13. Dion Lewis vs Jags -- Believe it or not I think Lewis is for real. The Pats love pass-catching backs and Lewis has 10 catches for 130 yards in two games. He is averaging 19 points a game.

14. Mark Ingram vs Panthers -- The Carolina defense is tough and if Brees can't play -- Ingram could struggle.

15. Lamar Miller vs Bills -- Miller hasn't been bad but with just eight fantasy points per game he hasn't been good either. But he is due for a solid game against Buffalo which gave up big numbers to Dion Lewis a week ago.

16. Matt Jones vs Giants -- Honestly I think he is going to overtake Alfred Morris in Washington. He had 23 touches a week ago and three catches for 23 yards. Morris has stones for hands

17. Chris Ivory vs Eagles -- Ivory hardly catches any passes but he will get carries and is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game. He has a decent matchup but don't expect huge numbers

18. Melvin Gordon vs MIN -- I love this kid. He showed explosiveness last week and had 98 total yards. It's only a matter of time before he breaks a long run for a touchdown

19. Eddie Lacy or James Starks vs KC -- Whichever player starts is good enough to be in your lineup but with the dreaded Monday night start -- it takes lineup decisions much more difficult.

20. T.J. Yeldon vs Pats -- Yeldon has 10 points in two games and three catches in each. He's the bell cow in Jacksonville and a solid RB2 going forward in all formats

Note: Check out our sleepers and insights pieces this week for more information on who to play at running back

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Fantasy Football Week 3: Beware of James Starks

September 24, 2015
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One popular waiver wire pickup for fantasy football owners this week was Green Bay Packers running back James Starks. But unfortunately, he is a guy who's value for Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs is really hard to predict.

That is because at this point, we just don't know enough about what is going on with Eddie Lacy's ankle injury. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said the club should know more about the injury and the running back's status for Monday today -- but that still shouldn't ease the worry for fantasy owners.

It would be one thing if the Packers-Chiefs game was on Sunday instead of Monday. That way if Lacy is active you could simply go to another alternative in your lineup. But if you put all your eggs in Starks' basket and Lacy finds a way to play Monday night you could regret it.

I do believe that even if Lacy plays -- the Packers will keep his workload somewhat light. But with McCarthy availability is a big deal and if he dresses out MM is going to use him so I wouldn't expect Starks to get more than 10 possibly 15 touches in the game if Lacy is indeed active.

So while it was smart to pick up Starks (I did in one league) -- if Lacy ends up playing and unless you are really hurting for a running back -- it would probably be wise to stay away from Starks this week, especially if there is positive injury news about Lacy later today.

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Fantasy Football 2015 Week 3 Sleepers: Andy Dalton

September 23, 2015
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Don't sleep on Andy Dalton.

There is no question that the easiest position to find a useable fantasy football option on a week-to-week basis is at quarterback. But, with a slew of injuries and struggles that is starting to change. 

That means that some fantasy owners, especially the ones who own Drew Brees, Tony Romo, Matt Staffford, Andrew Luck, may need to look for new alternatives. 

With players like Romo, the first decision you need to make is what to do with him on your roster.  He will be out around eight games. And by then will he be ready to get back top form? Hard to say. If you have an IR spot -- use it. If not, I'd try to stash Romo and try to get by with your backup or someone like Dalton. 

Through two games, Dalton has five touchdown passes and is averaging more than 240 passing yards per game. He also gets a Ravens defense this week that just got destroyed by Derek Carr and the Raiders. And with the development of Tyler Eifert, he has two big-time players in passing game along with stud receiver A.J. Green. 

The other nice thing about Dalton is that he is available in a LOT of leagues. On ESPN.com, he is on waivers in a whopping 69 percent of leagues. So if you need help at QB or just a spot starter for the week -- look to Dalton, who should be both solid and reliable for the rest of the season. 

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Fantasy Football: Ranking the Top-10 Quarterbacks for Week 3

September 23, 2015
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With Thursday night football just a day away, fantasy owners already need to start looking ahead to who will be in their lineup on Thursday, Sunday and Monday.

I will do as many rankings as I can by Wednesday -- but more often than not I will save my final positional rankings for Friday to collect as much information as possible. But I decided to put quarterback rankings today--because well I actually had time and also due to the fact I have already spent a good deal of time figuring out who to start on my own team.

There are a few no-brainers and every quarterback on this list should start unless you have two of them on your team. Later in this week I will reveal some lower ranked QB's with upside so don't panic--it's coming but for now here's my Top-10.

1. Aaron Rodgers vs Chiefs - The Chiefs defense is good but Rodgers is better. KC is also giving up the 21st most points to opposing quarterbacks so far and it's at Lambeau so expect a big day.

2. Tom Brady vs Jags - Roger Goodell and the NFL pissed off Brady and now the rest of the league is going to pay for it. But if you own him you can revel is his destruction of the Jaguars this week.

3. Ben Roethlisberger vs Rams -- Big Ben has been on a tear to open the 2015 season and I don't expect it to stop this week. The Rams are just eighth among fantasy points allowed to QB's but they haven't seen a signal-caller like Ben yet.

4. Russell Wilson vs Bears -- The Chicago defense is not good and Wilson and the Seahawks are going to have a break out game. I feel like Wilson with have three total touchdowns with one coming on the ground.

5. Peyton Manning vs Lions  -- The Lions are struggling against the pass and as long as Gary Kubiak doesn't try to ride the running game to a win (sarcastic joke) Manning should have a good day.

6. Eli Manning Thursday vs Redskins -- Call me crazy but I love Eli this week. He scored 19 points against Atlanta last week and should have a good day against the Redskins at home -- as long as he throws all day to OBJ.

Can Andrew Luck finally turned it around this week? The PPR Experts believe he can.
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7. Andrew Luck vs Titans -- Yes Luck has struggled but he is still a great quarterback. And he will put up some big numbers this week against Tennessee so don't make the mistake of benching him only to see him finally play well.

8. Philip Rivers vs Vikings -- I am not sold on the Vikings secondary and I think Rivers has the weapons around him to take advantage of it. Rivers has been hurt by his inability to protect the football. So far he is averaging more than 300 yards passing per game and has four touchdown passes but he also has three interceptions

9Cam Newton vs Saints -- The Saints are not a very good football team right now and with Drew Brees set to be out this week it's only going to get worse. Newton may not have the best wide receivers but he should rack up rushing yards against a bad New Orleans defense.

10. Marcus Mariota -- Mariota finished with just 15 points last week after getting 24 in Week 1 at Tampa Bay. But he's a rookie and he is going to struggle. But at this point I still see him as a Top-10 fantasy option. He has six touchdown passes in two games -- I don't care who you are that's impressive.

Note: There will be more rankings and advice to come as the week moves on -- if you have questions reach out to us on twitter and we'd love to help!

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Fantasy Football PPR: 5 Impressions from NFL Week 3

September 22, 2015
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Is is too early to label C.J. Anderson a bust?

There really is no substitute for watching football and if you want to win your fantasy football league, you simply have to do it. 

But if you were too busy last week, here were a number of observations that both Ty and myself made during this last football Sunday/Monday and here are five of the most relevant for PPR fantasy football owners: 

1. Antonio Brown is a GOD! 

In terms of fantasy football, he plays like a Greek god. Brown is proving to be simpy unstoppable -- not that it's news, but our prediction is that he leads all PPR point scorers by season's end. 

2. Marcus Mariota is human. 

Yes the rookie sensation for Oregon came back to earth this week, but still, despite all his struggles, he posted a respectable 15 points. Through two games, he is sixth among fantasy quarterbacks and he should prove to be a capable starter all year so don't panic. 

3. Big Ben is unbelievable. 

This kind of goes along with No. 1, but the truth is that Roethlisberger has turned into a legit Top-5 fantasy option. After 19 points against New England, he scored 34 versus the 49ers. He's going to have another huge season and when Martavius Bryant returns, he will benefit in a BIG way. 

4. James Jones is for real. 

Yes Davante Adams is going to put up numbers, but James Jones is proving he is at least a solid flex option. Three touchdowns in two games, one against Seattle, shows he has the targets and productivy to be worthy of lineup consideration each week. 

5. C.J. Anderson looks like a bust. 

Through two games, Anderson has just 10 points. I never liked him as a high pick and consequently don't own him, but for those of you that do, it might be time to bench him. I know its hard to bench a premium draft pick, but if you wait to long to pull the plug, it might be too late. I'm not saying drop him or even bench him this week, it's just time to accept the reality that may be simply be a bust. 

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