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Corner Post: 2014 Draft Preview

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks and all of their fans on the big win over the Broncos. Now that the big game is in the books, I want to take this time to give everyone my Top-10 wide receivers in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Each player will get a brief overview, and then my prediction as to where they will be drafted come May. I do realize there are many trades of picks in each draft, but since that is completely unpredictable I decided to base where each player will go as if no trades were to happen. Also I am going to give a shoutout to the little guys (meaning the FCS, DII, and DIII players), and went over five receivers that could be late round fliers or undrafted free agents to look out for in the future. Thanks for reading this year everyone, and I hope to see you on the diamond this spring!

 

THE TOP 10

 

Sammy Watkins, Jr – Clemson – Watkins took the reigns in 2013 after having to share the spotlight with former teammate and current Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins 2012. He capped a terrific season with a 16 reception 227 yard and two TD exclamation point against Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, which should propel him past other receivers in the upcoming Draft. Watkins being compared by some to Percy Harvin which could have him creeping up fantasy draft boards as well, but it would only exponentially increased if he goes at the #10 spot (like I hope he does) to lineup across from Calvin Johnson in Detroit.

 

Sammy Watkins, WR

Sammy Watkins, WR

 

Mike Evans, rSo – Texas A&M – Evans is must figure it’s all down hill after Johnny Manziel leaves, so the redshirt sophomore is calling it a career at Texas A&M. Evans had a big 2013 catching 65 passes for 1322 yards and 12 TDs, but he still may slip some come the Draft due to his on-field behavioral issues. It could be he is still a bit immature, or maybe he’s just very passionate about winning, it depends on who takes him and their definition of it. Regardless of his issues, Evans is definitely a big (6’5” 225 lbs) receiver with a long stride, who could fit nicely with the Rams (#13 pick) as a deep threat to go along with Tavon Austin.

 

Marqise Lee, Jr – USC – Lee the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner has opted to forgo his senior season at USC, not that anyone could blame him after enduring the Lane Kiffin era. Lee had an injury riddled 2013 campaign, but after his showcase against Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (really?) of 7 receptions 118 yards and 2 TDs he cemented his status as the third best receiver in this class. Though Lee could be a great addition for the Ravens at #16 or #17 depending on a tie breaking coin flip, it’s likely Ozzie Newsome addresses other needs on the offensive line. Leaving the Jets at #18 as the next viable team in need of a great route running receiver of Lee’s talent.

 

Kelvin Benjamin, rSo – Florida State – Benjamin made a highlight reel catch with mere seconds remaining to give the Seminoles the game winning touchdown in the National Championship game last month, and now the 23-year-old will take his raw talents to the NFL. Benjamin is a big and strong receiver at 6’5” 235 lbs with a large wingspan, which allows him to go up and pick footballs out of the air making him an automatic red zone threat. His route tree needs to be developed further, but a coach like Andy Reid and his staff can take care of that once the Chiefs take him at #23.

 

Kelvin Benjamin, WR

Kelvin Benjamin, WR

 

Allen Robinson, Jr – Penn State – Robinson declared himself eligible for the Draft on the same day current Texans head coach Bill O’Brien announced he was leaving Penn State for greener pastures, and it’s likely not coincidental. Robinson has deceptive speed, but is not going to burn by defenders at will. Though he couples that deception with excellent hands and should be a good possession guy with enough gas to be big play capable receiver at the next level. Which is precisely what the Panthers need at the #28 spot to give Cam Newton another target downfield.

 

Brandin Cooks, Jr – Oregon State – Cooks won the 2013 Biletnikoff Award in large part to his FBS leading 1670 receiving yards over the course of regular season. At 5’10” 186 lbs Cooks isn’t the biggest guy at the position, but he uses his ability to burst into and out of routes along with his quick hands to make up for that. Cooks is also what some would call a grinder type, meaning he shows toughness to get open in the middle and try’s to get the extra yards if possible. The only downfall to that is he has shown to fumble on occasion, but that could be fixed with coaching. With two established bookends in Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, as well as an athletic TE in Vernon Davis, Cooks would be a perfect fit as a slot receiver for the 49ers at pick #30.

 

Jordan Matthews, Sr -Vanderbilt – Matthews is very close to being the most polished receiver in this years Draft, using his 6’3” 209 lbs frame to box out defenders and go get the football. He has great hand-eye coordination that enables him to make some spectacular catches (as seen here), and it’s even possible he picked up some of the work ethic from his Hall of Fame cousin Jerry Rice. Assuming here that the top tight ends (Eric Ebron & Austin Seferian-Jenkins) have already been taken off the board, the Seahawks would be primed to get Matthews to go along with Jon Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and the dynamic Percy Harvin at #32.

 

Davante Adams, rSo – Fresno State – Adams had a very productive 2013 hauling in 131 receptions for 1718 yards and 24 TDs, but unfortunately he has to break the “product of the system” label coming out of the spread offense that’s run at Fresno State. Hopefully the label doesn’t drop him too far down peoples draft boards, otherwise teams will be caught sleeping on a very talented 6’2” 216 lbs wide receiver with good speed and strength, and has the ability to make blocks downfield. I see Adams slipping into the round two and being scooped up with the #35 pick by the Browns, giving them a solid receiver to match with Josh Gordon. That is of course if they actually did address their quarterback situation in the first round.

 

Jarvis Landry, Jr – LSU – Landry has decent speed and very fluid body control when going after the ball, which along with his good hands gives him the ability to succeed going through the middle and making catches in traffic. Landry runs routes very well creating separation with sharp cuts, and also helps that he shows toughness after the catch always scrapping for extra inches. This isn’t the prototypical Raiders receiver we’ve seen in the past, but I think with pick #36 Landry will go great alongside Rod Streater and Danarius Moore in silver and black.

 

Odell Beckham Jr., Jr – LSU – Beckham is a shifty guy, very quick and has speed making him an excellent return man, but he has some room for growth as a receiver if given the proper time and coaching. Beckham runs routes very well, and has the ability to make guys miss in open space making him a danger to make big plays at a moments notice. At 5’11” 193 lbs Beckham is often compared to Cecil Shorts, and like Shorts I think he will end up in Florida, just on the west coast of the state with the Buccaneers with pick #38. He could become a dynamic slot receiver to compliment Vincent Jackson and a healthy Mike Williams, giving QB Mike Glennon another option.

 

THE OVERLOOKED OR UNDERVALUED

 

John Brown, Sr – Pittsburgh State – Brown is a very quick and agile 5’10” 175 lbs slot receiver, and return man out of Pittsburgh State. Brown has shown he has impressed scouts at the 2014 East West Shrine Game, with his route running abilities and quick hands. Brown is an explosive returner averaging 32.4 yards per kick return, to go along with his 61 receptions for 1198 yards and 14 TDs receiving in his senior season for the Gorillas. Even if a team takes him solely for his return game, he has the skills to break into the lineup and reminds me a bit of T.Y. Hilton.

 

John Brown, WR/KR

John Brown, WR/KR

 

Jeff Janis, Sr – Saginaw Valley State – Janis has good size at 6’3” 218 lbs, and speed (has run a sub 4.4 40) to make it on to the next level. He is fast and has decent hands, uses sharp cuts to get in and out of routes. Scouts got to get a closer look at him over the week of practices for the 2014 Senior Bowl, and the results have been very favorable. Many have compared him to the Packers Jordy Nelson including Janis himself, and it’s not a bad comparison. Janis could end up a a mid to late round guy with a team in need, possibly Detroit or Jacksonville to add depth at the receiver position. There’s plenty of upside with Janis, and if he stays healthy he can certainly stick with a team out of preseason.

 

Erik Lora, rSr – Eastern Illinois – Lora is another guy built for the slot position, but a bit more physical for a guy at 5’11” 200 lbs. He shows good range in going after the ball in the air, and is not afraid to layout to make a grab. Lora could work on some of his routes, but he uses crisp cuts and his hands well to create separation in tight spots. Lora has good speed but isn’t a burner by any means, which reminds me a of Wes Welker or a Julian Edelman type. Lora preformed well at the 2014 East West Shrine Game, and it would be a shame if he didn’t hear his name called on draft day.

 

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rob now resides in Philadelphia, PA. Has been playing fantasy football since 2003, and is a former high school football coach. Always a student of the game, he uses knowledge of coaching for fantasy wins. He’s always available for advice on twitter at @RoJoPal.

Fantasy Football: Way Too Early Rankings for 2014

2014's Number One Overall Pick (h/t to DynastyLeagueFootball for the graphic)

2014′s Number One Overall Pick (h/t to DynastyLeagueFootball for the graphic)

I realize the season just ended and we haven’t even gotten to Super Bowl XLIX yet, but I wanted to take a moment to look forward to next year while this season was still fresh in our minds. In some ways, these are an exercise in futility (check out last year’s way too early rankings to see why…ahem…Aaron Hernandez), but I figured it’d be fun to keep the tradition alive and do my Second Annual WAAAAY Too Early Rankings for 2014. There’s a LOT that can happen before next August/September (and coaches are literally getting fired as I type this), but it’s never too early for all of us addicts to start thinking about next year, right?!

 

I’ll preface this by saying I haven’t given more than a few hours thought to any of these rankings, but here are some quick lists (overall top 10 and then position-by-position) of where I’d rank guys for next year as of December 30, 2013. As always…I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

 

Overall Top 10 for 2014

  1. Jamaal Charles – I’d be happy to entertain arguments for LeSean McCoy here
  2. LeSean McCoy – The 1B to Charles’ 1A
  3. Calvin Johson - I hate taking WRs so early, but he’s as consistent as they come (assuming health)
  4. Matt Forte - Team Trestman does a body good
  5. Adrian Peterson - I’m a little worried he’ll be 2014′s Arian Foster, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt
  6. Eddie Lacy - A young workhorse in a league that’s becoming devoid of workshorses
  7. Marshawn Lynch – The wheels will fall off at some point, but he just keeps proving us all wrong
  8. DeMarco Murray - Murray finished the season strong and leapfrogged his way onto my list
  9. Josh Gordon – This is probably too high, but 2013 was an amazing season for Gordon
  10. Doug Martin - Risky, but he could be an absolute STEAL at this spot

 

Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Le’Veon Bell, Gio Bernard, Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush

 

Top 10 Quarterbacks for 2014
If you like playing it REALLY safe with your first or second round pick (I don’t)…this list is for you.

 

  1. Drew Brees – Peyton deserves this spot, but Brees is as consistent as they come
  2. Peyton Manning - I hope he proves me wrong, but I don’t think he can keep this up
  3. Cam Newton - A very quiet Top 4 fantasy QB in each of his three seasons in the league
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Could go as high as first, but it’s hard to knock those Top 3 guys down
  5. Tony Romo – Call him whatever you want…he’s a great fantasy QB
  6. Andrew Luck – Coming off a very underrated 2013 (QB4 on the year)
  7. Russell Wilson – Can we please give him some healthy playmakers?
  8. Matthew Stafford – Proof that a mediocre real-life QB can be a great fantasy QB
  9. Nick Foles - I don’t know what to do with Foles, so 9 sounds about right
  10. Colin Kaepernick - For as much flack as he got in 2013, he still finished as QB9.

 

Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, Philip Rivers, Ryan Tannehill, Robert Griffin III, Jay Cutler

 

Top 10 Running Backs for 2014
This is basically a re-hash of my top 10 list so scroll up if you want explanations on any of these guys.

 

  1. Jamaal Charles
  2. LeSean McCoy
  3. Matt Forte
  4. Adrian Peterson
  5. Eddie Lacy
  6. Marshawn Lynch
  7. DeMarco Murray
  8. Doug Martin
  9. Le’Veon Bell
  10. Gio Bernard

 

Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Reggie Bush, Chris Johnson, Arian Foster, Knowshon Moreno, Frank Gore, Zac Stacy, Alfred Morris

 

Top 10 Wide Receivers for 2014
This list is probably going to the most fluid over the offseason, but there are plenty of great options at fantasy football’s deepest position for next year.

 

  1. Calvin Johnson – If he’s not healthy, all bets are off
  2. Josh Gordon - Please stay away from the sticky icky, Josh
  3. Demaryius Thomas - Things get bunched in the next few spots, but I’ll give DT the nod
  4. A.J. Green - Really consistent with really high upside is a nice combo
  5. Brandon Marshall – I’d probably drop him a spot or two if his BFF Cutler doesn’t return
  6. Dez Bryant - The upside is just too hard to pass up
  7. Julio Jones – His injury burned us all this year, but I’ll bang my head against the wall again
  8. Antonio Brown – Hard to argue against him (especially in a PPR)
  9. Alshon Jeffery - I could argue him higher than Marshall depending on the QB situation
  10. Keenan Allen - Gotta throw a wildcard in here somewhere, right?

 

Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Andre Johnson, DeSean Jackson, Michael Crabtree, Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb

 

Top 10 Tight Ends for 2014
Outside of Graham, there is no reason to reach for a tight end

 

  1. Jimmy Graham – There’s really no other argument for the top spot
  2. Rob Gronkowski – He’ll theoretically be ready for the season. I’d drop him a lot lower if he’s not
  3. Vernon Davis – He’s a little inconsistent from week to week, but he produces
  4. Julius Thomas – Everyone loved themselves some Orange Julius this year
  5. Jordan Cameron - Can we please give the man a good QB?
  6. Jason Witten - Old faithful
  7. Charles Clay – I might like him even more if the coaching staff in Miami gets the ax
  8. Jordan Reed – I’m hoping people forget about him going into drafts (yea, right)
  9. Martellus Bennett - Some love for Team Trestman
  10. Dennis Pitta – Probably should be Greg Olsen, but I’ll switch it up just because

 

Close, but no cigar (in no particular order): Greg Olsen, Delanie Walker, Jermichael Finley, Antonio Gates, Owen Daniels, Tyler Eifert (just go away, Jermaine Gresham!)

 

So what do you think? Anyone I missed? Anyone you think I have rated too high? Too low? Let me know what you think in the comments section below…I’m “looking forward” to debating this for the next 9 months! hahah

 

Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings

Call me crazy, but I really like Rueben Randle this week

Call me crazy, but I really like Rueben Randle this week

Here we are…the finals! Hopefully you’re reading this article as you prepare for your championship matchup, but if not, there are plenty of great daily games that you can still use these rankings for!

You know the drill by now…my Week 16 Rankings are listed below in both standard and PPR format. I’ll be updating these throughout the week in order to capture the latest injury news, so keep checking back all that way up til kickoff on Sunday.
 
If you’d like to follow along in the FantasyPros Accuracy Challenge to see how I’m doing, here’s a link (I’ll spoil the surprise…I’m currently 22nd out of 125 on the year).
 

And with that, it’s time for my Week 16 rankings. Good luck in your fantasy championships this weekend!

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“Perusing the Perimeter” Fantasy Football 2013 – Championship Week 16

Before we get into the nitty-gritty on this blog ya boy @Whudey wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year….Remember, that this time of year is all about the love we receive from others that make it so special ….I hope that I have been able to provide you with some great insight for 2013 and look forward to being in your corner come summer of 2014 all over again ….So that we can share this intimate moment of it being Championship Week in many fantasy football leagues…(I apologize to those who are in leagues that go to Week 17 and wish you the same good fortune…although I won’t be around next week ..I have faith yule get the job done…)
Last week, you saw waiver wire heroes and kickers (Shout out to Justin Tucker ) lead fantasy football teams to glory….That really shouldn’t come as a shock to those who read this blog as it something you should always keep in the back of your mind as this is the reality in the game of fantasy football…and while many will argue that the luck factor involved is down right criminal and hurts the game…I agree with you..but on the other hand…Wouldn’t have it any other way…You see it the rush of the uncertainty that has us addicted..win or lose …you will be back next year for more ..and win or lose …you are one half of the Championship Finals…give yourself a pat on the back..You deserve it..But we have a job to do…We have a Championship to win…So enough of sweet talk…because “We want winners” …leave it all out there of the fake football field this week…Make a complete mess of the wire, talk some extreme smack talk to your opponent…any advantage you have at your disposal ….Use it this week…This is a no holds barred ol’ school WWF Ladders Deathmatch and only the person who is able to climb the ladder after beating the living shit out of their opponent to grab the belt will win the title….You have to be in that kind of mindset…You saw what playing it safe got you last week rolling out your “studs” …It’s time to do some serious thinking and analysis (not to the degree of over-thinking things..) but win or lose…this week is a product of your decision making…yours and yours alone..As a matter of fact The “Perusing the Perimeter” podcast this week with FT411 family members in @FantasyTrade411 and @TheTonyM is just the thing to help walk you through some tough decisions you are mulling over this week…other than that..you may use my Start/Sit and rankings below as a guide as well…Let me finish by saying….I’m proud of you…Be Bold…Be Brave…Be You….Good Luck…

 

 

I will be grouping the offensive skill positions listing my “Loves” first and then “Hates”….After that I will color code them from most comfortable to least comfortable on placing into my starting lineup this week…Hope its not to confusing and hope it ultimately helps…My personal rankings from FantasyPros.com for the given week posted below which I will update daily up until a couple hours before kickoff every Sunday:

 


 

Quarterbacks

Andy Dalton – For the love of god don’t let me and the city of Cincinnati down this week GinjaNinja

Kirk Cousins - I’m drinking the kool-aid here…

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Going to go ham to earn a nice two-year deal

Big BenFuck the Steelers…

Ryan Tannehill - has been the catalyst for the success of this team all year…no reason it should end on the road…barring extreme inclimate weather…

Thad Lewis – maybe just maybe…ok nevermind…. but still….

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Carson Palmer – He may not even play in this one…but the matchup made him a huge a downgrade regardless..

Matt Cassel – Mike Zimmer and the Bengals at home..Pass

Eli Manning – After last week how can you possibly trust this guy….!?

Jay Cutler – He just makes me nervous …should post solid production regardless..

Aaron Rodgers - As it stands sounds like he may not be the savior everyone who stashed him had hoped for…

Tom Brady – Maybe the Ravens shut him down?!

 

Running Backs

Gio Bernard – Please can we feed him and have more games in terms of usage like a week ago Jay Gruden?

Bobby Rainey – Start him if you got him…

Jordan Todman - one of the Week 15 heroes returns for an encore…

Joique Bell – Just a hunch he gets enough action to be a sexy sleeper this week

Dennis Johnson - Week 16 wavier wire hero…

Daniel Thomas – This is a high risk option but he seems to have the GL role …could do worse this week…

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Alfred Morris – If I can start anyone over him this week I am …hell I would seriously consider Daniel Thomas at this point…the touchdowns aren’t there and the sporadic usage not to mention removed from the passing game has killed all his 1st round value…

Steven Jackson - I want nothing to do with this…but he is a better option than Morris if you want to split hairs…

Steven Ridley – Am I missing something from the projections I have seen on various sites this week!?

Danny Woodhead – Ryan Mathews is being leaned on more and more …killing Woodhead’s touch volume…

Trent Richardson - Last week was nice…just leave him on your bench and hope that 2014 is a better year for last year’s 4th overall selection..

Eddie Lacy - Not the best matchup but what can you do …

 

Wide Receivers

Micheal Crabtree – Hope you listened a week ago because he is back and ready to help get the 49ers in the postseason

Ace Sanders – Looks like he can help if you are in a pinch…

Brandon LaFell – The CAR WR you want to own this weekend…

Kenny Stills – Love Colston’s recent usage but I want vintage Brees …think owners get it this week and Kenny gets a long bomb or two..

Robert Woods - Hunch call…

Jacoby Jones- Dancing with the Ravens

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Larry Fitzgerald – SIT SIT SIT……. if you can of course…

Danny Amendola – I don’t trust him ..

Marvin Jones – Of course I hope that I am wrong here but owners may look to take a shot on other Bengals pass catchers not named AJ Green this week…and may end up with a lump of coal using Jones here…

Torrey Smith – Belichick Games…

Jordy Nelson - Finally scored last week without Rodgers..you think he doubles down on that this week…because I don’t

Josh Gordon - No! you do not sit him but with Jason Campbell at QB you have to consider it at least…

 

Tight Ends

Tony Gonzalez - Ball out for one last time HOF’er

Heath Miller - ……….

Tyler Eifert- Love him if Gresham is inactive…

Martellus Bennett – Cutler will look for him in the RZ

Tim Wright – Maybe Glennon can repeat last week’s magic…??

Zach Miller – The Streaming of TEs versus ARZ has been gold for the most par the last two months..

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Jordan Cameron- Let’s just take a moment of silence for Jordan Cameron owners who have never thought they missed Brian Hoyer so much..

Coby Fleener- Matchup problem

Greg Olsen- Has disappeared…

Logan Paulsen- Lukewarm love for him..

Dennis Pitta – Last week was a bit nerve racking…still the 2nd option in the passing game..hopefully he bounces back…

Jimmy Graham – Reverse Jinx…

 

Good luck to you all during Championship Week  and remember….Trust your gut!!…everyone in the fantasy community including myself claim to know it all but at the end of the day its your team and your job to soak in all information and make the best calls for your team…Thank you for reading do not forget to check out my Fantasy Sports and Real Sports podcast “Perusing the Perimeter”  Championship Week 16  show with @FantasyTrade411 and @TheTonyM on @FantasyTrade411Radio Network also available on I-Tunes.
 

“Perusing the Perimeter” Fantasy Football 2013 – Week 15

Fantasy Football is a lot like Sex…..And while I am no Sue Johanson it’s not rocket science to know that we all crave sex as humans….those of us who are obsessed with the NFL crave fantasy football in similar fashion….sure some of us are in it for the one night stands of daily fantasy football or just taking part in one standard league…and others like myself are down right nymphomaniacs when dealing with our fantasy football addiction…..some rosters are just ugly and will leave you wondering how did I end up with this drafted squad at season’s end staring at a 1-12 record..(Stop hanging out with Rob Ford might be a good start)…some rosters are just hot and sexy and sure those teams are far better off…The fantasy football season each week you put on the condom of insecurity and hope and pray that your fake football team will dominate….the love making may be so great that you are the top scorer for the week…along the way you may or may not contract a STD in the form of a serious injury to a early round investment…but as long as you make to the doctor early and fix your roster …you very well could still be here in Week 15 …giving your roster all the PDA it deserves so that come Sunday when you get into the sack with your fantasy football team …It gives you what you want…Great Sex…that’s really all we want from Sex or in this case fantasy football…sure there is the whole love factor but there is for another blog on another day…it’s the about the sex…the good lays and the terrible ones…the blowouts and .5 point losses…The boobs (@Whudey) and ass….The studs and the waiver wire gems…The Butterfaces and the Prudes…the injury prone and the duds…Sex like fantasy football at its core is necessary “evil”…it’s healthy and recommended (at the appropriate age) to indulge in a great deal…but its also not the be all and end all….If you aren’t having sex this week because you were eliminated last week in the first week of the playoffs…It’s ok…there is always masturbation in the form of just sitting back and enjoying football for the next two months..Those of you who are stripping down ready to get it on like Marvin Gaye this week …try not to get lost In the sauce and fall in love too soon…make that roster earn the right to put a ring on it like Beyonce by getting you to the finals…so take a step back and give your roster a hard look..is this a roster your really want to marry???…Hard Decisions are to be made this week (That’s what she said..Sorry couldn’t resist)… So when you are getting ready to start players this Thursday/Sunday/Monday make sure you leave Week 15 with no regrets…Be Bold…Be Brave…Be You…Check out my podcast as a form of some baby making music …. “Perusing the Perimeter” with @KyleWachtel.…Good luck this week…

 

 

I will be grouping the offensive skill positions listing my “Loves” first and then “Hates”….After that I will color code them from most comfortable to least comfortable on placing into my starting lineup this week…Hope its not to confusing and hope it ultimately helps…New addition to the “PTP” blog this year will be my personal rankings from FantasyPros.com for the given week posted below which I will update daily up until a couple hours before kickoff every Sunday:

 


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Quarterbacks

EJ Manuel- He had a bad week last week…ok that might be a huge understatement …Anyway… Go Seminoles!!!

Matt Ryan-Seriously folks I have been putting him here every week for the past 3 to 4 weeks and while the numbers aren’t super… they aren’t bad

Kirk Cousins-Time for him to get showcased for trade bait….

Ryan Tannehill-If he doesn’t show up the Dolphins lose a very critical must have game…

Alex Smith-Has quietly thrown for a couple of scores in each contest the last few weeks…. why should that stop now?

Joe Flacco-Last week wasn’t what we expected of him but still managed a nice day…much like last week it will be on his shoulders to win it for the Ravens

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Case Keenum-Dead to me…

Eli Manning-At least New York is extremely beautiful this time of year…

Matt Cassel-Pass

Jason Campbell-Josh Gordon helps a great deal but is that enough…?

Carson Palmer- Smells like a bad week for the old man….

Mike Glennon-Not thrilled at all about last week’s production..

 

Running Backs

Ryan Mathews/Montee Ball-These two will probably be the only guys whom fantasy owners may have serious concerns when heading into the TNF matchup..I like the former over the latter but both are decent plays…

Reggie Bush-If he plays or even smells like he is going to play by Sunday Afternoon …I’m ok with starting him…but have a Plan B ready….

Rashad Mendenhall- He isn’t going anywhere …

Pierre Thomas-Has been a non-factor the last few weeks..that changes this week…

Marcel Reece-Hopefully the Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden’s of the world stay away so we can get another week out of the waiver wire hero from Week 14

Jordan Todman- If MJD can’t go …I like him but still it’s the Jaguars …nothing to get super excited about..

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Any CLE Back-The matchup screams for streaming here but figuring out who gets the production is quite the headache…

Chris Ivory-Not with this matchup…

Le’veon Bell/Gio Bernard-Hard to sit these two in any format as one is the no doubt bell cow and the other’s upside is ridiculous…but if you have safer options in earlier contests being that this is a SNF affair you make that move…

Bobby Rainey-Much like the guys I listed in yellow…This is such a tough sit but your gut will tell you the right thing to do here….

Zac Stacy-See Bobby Rainey

Matt Forte-No way you sit him but temper expectations a great deal…

 

 

Wide Receivers

Emmanuel Sanders-The bigger receivers give the Bengals fits…

Micheal Crabtree – Slowly but surely regaining form…

Doug Baldwin-RW3 bounces back this week in a big way with his help…

Dwayne Bowe-Every since his run in with the law smoking the wacky tabacky..he has “lifted” his play….

Stevie Johnson- Love the matchup and he finally seems to have not found himself on the injury report this week…I’ll take a leap of faith…

GB WRs-Only if Aaron Rodgers suits up am I comfortable with this call….Matt Flynn is garbage…

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Any NYG WRs-No way to think you can trust Eli now…

Any IND WRs-Who do you think scores this week??? Coby Fleener? Da’Rick Rodgers?? TY Hilton??

Steve Smith-Last week was a pleasant surprise…

Any NYJ WRs-Same here with Geno….. You believe he can be that efficient two weeks in a row???

Alshon Jeffery-Everyone is worried about Haden guarding Marshall or Alshon maybe the real concern should be if Cutler starts does this hurt Alshon’s recent production?

Kendall Wright-This has more to do with my lack of trust in Fitzpatrick than anything else…

Tight Ends

Dennis Pitta- Although he was mention in this blog last week …maybe you weren’t hearing me so I will repeat myself…the team needs this guy and figures to be the 2nd option in the passing game moving forward..

Jacob Tamme-Saw a lot of action when Welker went out last week and Welker has already been ruled out for this week …you do the math…

Martellius Bennett- The return of Cutler??

Heath Miller- Always seems to play a factor in the CIN/PIT contests

Jordan Reed- Young QBs use TEs as safety blankets…

Delanie Walker- See Kendall Wright…

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Jared Cook-How that start last week work for you who took a chance in a great matchup??

Rob Housler- Injury Risk

Luke Willson- Don’t risk it…

Jermaine Gresham-Last week really kinda came out of nowhere…

Any Pats TE- No sense in chasing production from the Gronk Fill-ins …..

Antonio Gates- Has been listed here for the last few weeks…with it being a TNF contest …use at your own risk…

 

 

Good luck to you all in Week Fifteen and remember….Trust your gut!!…everyone in the fantasy community including myself claim to know it all but at the end of the day its your team and your job to soak in all information and make the best calls for your team…Thank you for reading do not forget to check out my Fantasy Sports and Real Sports podcast “Perusing the Perimeter” Week Fifteen show with @KyleWachtel  on @FantasyTrade411Radio Network also available on I-Tunes.

 

Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings

I very well may be chasing the dragon here, but it's hard not to put Josh Gordon at the top of my WR rankings this week

I very well may be chasing the dragon here, but it’s hard not to put Josh Gordon at the top of my WR rankings this week

We’re almost there!! Hopefully you’re reading this article as you prepare for your semifinal matchup…and if not, there are plenty of great daily games that you can still use these rankings for!

You know the drill by now…my Week 15 Rankings are listed below in both standard and PPR format. I’ll be updating these throughout the week in order to capture the latest injury news (like Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Rashad Jennings, and Delanie Walker), so keep checking back all that way up til kickoff on Sunday.
 
If you’d like to follow along in the FantasyPros Accuracy Challenge to see how I’m doing, here’s a link (I’ll spoil the surprise…I’m currently 16th of 125 on the year after a 17th place finish last week).
 

And with that, it’s time for my Week 15 rankings. Good luck in your fantasy playoffs weekend!

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Corner Post: Week 13 Target Report

This guy again!?

This guy again!?

Josh Gordon / CLE – 10 REC / 15 TAR / 261 YDS / 2 TD – When you see that Gordon had 261 yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches, one would think the Browns may have won the game. Of course that wasn’t the case, but that matters not in fantasy. This Sunday Gordon and the Browns will be in Foxboro to face the Patriots, so it may be more of the same from Week 13.

 

Alshon Jeffery / CHI – 12 REC / 15 TAR / 249 YDS / 2 TD – Different game similar story here. Brandon Marshall is usually thought of first when it comes to Bears receivers, but Jeffery in his second season has come into his own. Jeffery had himself a very good game in a losing effort in against the Vikings, but with the Cowboys coming to town on Monday night the Bears have a real chance of winning while Jeffery piles on some stats.

 

Harry Douglas / ATL – 6 REC / 15 TAR / 73 YDS / 0 TD – I can say with some certainty, that at the beginning of the season nobody would have guessed in Week 13, that Douglas would be the Falcons leading receiver with 833 yards, but that is the case. Of course no one saw Julio Jones going down to injury, or Roddy White being almost non-existent for the first few months of the year either. But that shouldn’t detract from Douglas’ ability to step up his efforts to help his team, and yours as well.

 

Brian Hartline / MIA – 9 REC / 15 TAR / 127 YDS / 1 TD – Hartline has continued to be one of the top targeted receivers this season, which is part of the battle when it comes to PPR. Hartline is a decent PPR flex option, but he’s too inconsistent to be trusted on a weekly basis.

 

Roddy White / ATL – 10 REC / 14 TAR / 143 YDS / 0 TD – White as stated above has been dealing with injuries this season, but he has been able to begin to play closer to his expected level, even with the bum wheel. White and Douglas will both be helpful again this week against the Packers.

 

Anquan Boldin / SF – 9 REC / 13 TAR / 98 YDS / 0 TD – With the return of Michael Crabtree, Boldin is going to be able to go back to his true role as the number two receiver. Boldin is a better complimentary receiver, and when he doesn’t have to deal with double coverages he can be deadly to opposing teams. That said this week is still going to be tough, as the 49ers face off against the Seahawks.

 

Eric Decker / DEN – 8 REC / 12 TAR / 174 YDS / 4 TD – So, Decker did pretty good last week. After having just one catch for five yards in the Broncos Week 12 loss to the Patriots, Decker breaks a Broncos record with four touchdowns in one game against the divisional rival Chiefs. One never can tell with the Broncos receiving corps, but it’s unlikely that there will be a repeat performance in Week 14.

 

Eric Decker, WR

Eric Decker, WR

 

Julian Edelman / NE – 9 REC / 12 TAR / 101 YDS / 0 TD – Edelman continues to be QB Tom Brady’s favorite target this season. The punt return specialist and part-time slot man has had to step up due to early season injuries, but he has been able to remain effective for the Patriots going down the stretch. Edelman is another of the good PPR flex option receivers, and he has strung together two 100 plus yard games, but it’s still a bit iffy from week to week.

 

Pierre Garcon / WAS – 9 REC / 12 TAR / 61 YDS / 0 TD – Garcon has eclipsed A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson as the number one receiver in targets on the season after Week 13, but that will likely change again after this week’s games. The Redskins are playing for pride at this point int the season, and hopefully pride is enough for RGIII to get Garcon the ball and help his fantasy owners in the playoffs.

 

Andre Holmes / OAK – 7 REC / 11 TAR / 136 YDS / 0 TD – Unexpected Top 10 receiver of the week award goes to Andre Holmes! The Raiders could not beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving day, but they may have found another receiving weapon for QB Matt McGloin. Or maybe not. Holmes isn’t someone to trust, at least not yet, but if he can do it again against the Jets on Sunday maybe he becomes a low-end flex. Maybe.

Andre Holmes, WR

Andre Holmes, WR

 

Rank Name/Pos Team REC TAR YDS TAR/REC% Tds
1 Pierre Garcon / WR WAS 84 133 980 63 3
2 Calvin Johnson / WR DET 72 132 1299 55 12
3 A.J. Green / WR CIN 72 131 1103 55 7
4 Andre Johnson / WR HOU 82 128 1123 64 5
5 Brandon Marshall / WR CHI 78 124 990 63 9
6 Antonio Brown / WR PIT 85 123 1103 69 6
7 Vincent Jackson / WR TB 61 121 963 50 5
8 Cecil Shorts / WR JAC 64 118 764 54 2
  Alshon Jeffery / WR CHI 70 118 1109 59 5
10 Dez Bryant / WR DAL 68 115 896 59 9
11 Josh Gordon / WR CLE 64 113 1249 57 7
12 Victor Cruz / WR NYG 66 109 931 61 4
13 Demaryius Thomas / WR DEN 67 108 1061 62 10
  Jimmy Graham / TE NO 68 108 988 63 12
15 Torrey Smith / WR BAL 54 106 952 51 4
16 Mike Wallace / WR MIA 56 105 743 53 3
17 Brian Hartline / WR MIA 62 104 804 60 3
18 Kendall Wright / WR TEN 71 102 840 70 2
19 Harry Douglas / WR ATL 66 101 906 65 2
  Julian Edleman / WR NE 70 101 711 69 4
21 Wes Welker / WR DEN 68 100 717 68 9
22 Antonio Gates / TE SD 64 99 726 65 3
  Larry Fitzgerald / WR ARI 55 99 678 56 9
  T.Y. Hilton / WR IND 56 99 791 57 5
25 Eric Decker / WR DEN 63 98 971 64 7

 

 

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Robert now resides in Philadelphia, PA. Has been playing fantasy football since 2003, and is a former high school football coach. Always a student of the game, he uses knowledge of coaching for fantasy wins. He’s always available for advice on twitter at @RoJoPal.

 

“Perusing the Perimeter” Fantasy Football Week 14

Don’t get Taylor Swift!!!!…Don’t get Taylor Swift!!!!!.….Don’t get Taylor Swift!!!!!!….Don’t get Taylor Swift????…..Don’t get Taylor Swift !!!!Don’t get cute….It’s something you are going to be hearing a lot of from myself and the rest of the fananalysts in the community now that the playoffs are in fantasy football…and while it’s important to keep this as rule #1 moving forward by starting your best lineup possible and not taking too many ill advised risks…You do whatever it takes to win and if the matchups screams for it (think Drew Brees last week versus the Seahawks)… You have to find the guts to make the move…however you decide to make these tough choices this week …….draw names from a hat, have your wife/significant other pick the players, throw darts, use someone’s rankings (Which by the way I was #16/127  last week…humble brag much…Yeah yeah….*Evil Laugh*) Anyway, when kickoff starts at 1PMEST on Sunday ……this is it …what you have been waiting for all year…this is all you ..You got this…don’t even trip…Lose this week and you had a great year and there is no shame in a loss in the playoffs…You will get them next year…..But who am I kidding??? We want winners!..So like I say every week… Be Bold…Be Brave …Be You …Good luck …Don’t forget to check out my podcast “Perusing the Perimeter” this week as my guest @JuanElway stops by to breakdown the Week 14 action …and follow ya boy on Twitter @Whudey ……Have Fun!!!

 

Some think she is hot…I think she is cute…Hope she doesn’t write a song about that??

 

I will be grouping the offensive skill positions listing my “Loves” first and then “Hates”….After that I will color code them from most comfortable to least comfortable on placing into my starting lineup this week…Hope its not to confusing and hope it ultimately helps…New addition to the “PTP” blog this year will be my personal rankings from FantasyPros.com for the given week posted below which I will update daily up until a couple hours before kickoff every Sunday:

 


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Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer-Keep on plugging old man

Scott Tolizen-Has to be better than Matt Flynn…lol

Joe Flacco-Favorable matchup

Ryan Fitzpatrick- The opposing QB to the Denver Broncos has to put up points to help his team win the ball game…

Mike Glennon-Feed V-Jax!!!

Andy Dalton-I want to trust him…. I do…

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Case Keenum/Chad Henne- not even worth the gamble at this point…

Andrew Luck- Mike Zimmer

Eli Manning- I wanna have faith in Eli every week to do big things and every week………. sadness…

RGIII-I mean he played a little bit better on Sunday Night…

Colin Kaepernick-We saw what the Seahawks did to Brees….Just saying…

Big Ben - His back has to be hurting carrying this team….

 

Running Backs

Lamar Miller- Encouraging outing last week..

Gio Bernard-Get the man some work Gruden ….*old man fist shake*

Knowshon - I’m surprised in his production this year I’m not going to lie..it’s nice to see a guy like him bounce back after all the injuries

CJ2K-If they are going to make a serious push he has to have a great game here..right?

Rashard Mendenhall – I’m a huge hater of Rashard but you can’t knock his hustle with Ellington dealing with knee issues

Maurice Jones-Drew- really one of two options I wouldn’t mind running out there on TNF

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Any Cleveland Back-Who is the lead dog here??

Any Indianapolis Back-Not against the Bengals on the road..

Any Pittsburgh Back not named Le’veon Bell- and even Bell for that matter as he could easily be limited after passing concussion tests

Frank Gore- Matchup problems

Marshawn Lynch-Beast Mode usually eats versus SF but SF has to game plan to stop him??

Ben Tate-What in the world was that bullshit last week and where was this the two weeks prior??

 

Wide Receivers

Roddy White-Is he back??? I think so..too little too late but still…

Keenan Allen- I was very impressed with Keenan Allen last week …like his prospects for next season

Kendall Wright- Feed him Fitzy

Brandon LaFell – Cam likes him it seems

Stevie Johnson- Does he own Revis Island?

Mike Wallace-Versus PIT …..he is going to want to eat…

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NO WRs-Trust Issues

NYG WRs- Eli Issues

IND WRs- Pep Issues

Any one in the TNF contest- Thursday Issues

WASH WRs not named Garcon-Shanahan Issues

KC WRs-Alex Smith Issues

 

Tight Ends

Zach Ertz-Starting to gel with Foles

Dennis Pitta-If he is active …they are going to need him

Ladarius Green-The Weapon must be used.

Greg Olsen-The guy we saw at The U is on full display for the Panthers in 2013

Delanie Walker- monitor progress…. if good to go they will need him to be involved

Jared Cook- Numbers hopefully don’t lie here…

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Julius Thomas-You will to have a back up plan in place

Jordan Cameron-*Sighs*

Charles Clay-*Reverse Jinx*

Garrett Graham-See Case Keenum

Tyler Eifert- * Double Sighs*

Coby Fleener-Probably the only Colt I would trust…

 

 

Good luck to you all in Week Fourteen and remember….Trust your gut!!…everyone in the fantasy community including myself claim to know it all but at the end of the day its your team and your job to soak in all information and make the best calls for your team…Thank you for reading do not forget to check out my Fantasy Sports and Real Sports podcast “Perusing the Perimeter” Week Fourteen show with @JuanElway on @FantasyTrade411Radio Network also available on I-Tunes.
 

Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings

We now live in a world where I can rank Nick Foles over Peyton Manning with a straight face. What the hell is going on here?!?!

We now live in a world where I can rank Nick Foles over Peyton Manning with a straight face. What the hell is going on here?!?!

You know the drill by now…my Week 14 Rankings are listed below in both standard and PPR format. I’ll be updating these throughout the week in order to capture the latest injury news (like Aaron Rodgers, Julius Thomas, and Rashad Jennings), so keep checking back all that way up til kickoff on Sunday.
 
If you’d like to follow along in the FantasyPros Accuracy Challenge to see how I’m doing, here’s a link (I’ll spoil the surprise…I’m currently 17th of 125 on the year after a 30th place finish last week).
 

And with that, it’s time for my Week 14 rankings. Good luck this week!

Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros

 

Corner Post: Week 12 Target Report

Happy Thanksgiving Folks!

Don't get caught in this trap today guys.

Don’t get caught in this trap today guys.

 

Josh Gordon / CLE – 14 REC / 17 TAR / 237 YDS / 1 TD – Gordon had a huge game in the Browns loss to the Steelers last week, and he could be in line for another one facing the visiting Jaguars in Week 13. There is no debating that Gordon is a legitimate WR1, hopefully for himself as well as fantasy owners he to won’t serve a suspension to start off next season.

Josh Gordon, WR

Josh Gordon, WR

 

Dez Bryant / DAL – 9 REC / 16 TAR / 86 YDS / 0 TD – Bryant was clearly the focus of the Giants defense last week, but he still managed to put up a decent points total in the Cowboys victory. Bryant and the Cowboys will play host to the visiting Raiders today, and I’m expecting a big game from him against that secondary.

 

Calvin Johnson / DET – 7 REC / 14 TAR / 115 YDS / 0 TD – Johnson and the Lions will also be hosting as per tradition today, as they face-off with their NFC North division rival Green Bay Packers. Johnson missed the Week 5 matchup between these two teams with an injury, but he’s ready this time and I’m betting on him to continue widening the gap in the standings.

 

Keenan Allen / SD – 9 REC / 12 TAR / 124 YDS / 0 TD – Allen has been one of the players to help the Chargers stay competitive all season, and last week he was there again helping the Chargers pull off the upset of the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. This week it doesn’t get easier though, as the Allen will have to play against the tough Bengals defensive backfield. Allen is still a solid WR2 this week.

 

Brandon Marshall / CHI – 10 REC / 12 TAR / 117 YDS / 1 TD – Marshall continues to rent space among the Top 10 in targets, and it’s within reason for him to remain here for the rest of the season. Well at least he is likely to be here again next week, with the Bears traveling to Minnesota to play the Vikings.

 

James Jones / GB – 7 REC / 12 TAR / 80 YDS / 0 TD – Speaking of the Vikings, how about that tie against the Packers last week? Jones had a pretty good day in that tie, but I’m sure he doesn’t want it to end that way again today. Jones is a good WR3 today, or a great flex option.

 

Julian Edelman / NE – 9 REC / 11 TAR / 110 YDS / 2 TD – Speaking of great flex options, Edelman put on a show in last Sunday night’s win over the Broncos. Edelman had been one of Tom Brady’s go to guys earlier in the season with the injuries to Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski, but he has still been quietly useful in PPR formats as a flex play. This week the Patriots travel to Houston, and Edelman and the receiving crew should another have a good game.

Julian Edelman, WR

Julian Edelman, WR

 

Larry Fitzgerald / ARI – 5 REC / 11 TAR / 52 YDS / 2 TD – Fitzgerald is a great receiver, but it’s sometimes masked with on the Cardinals team due to various reasons. That said last week Fitzgerald had a good game that ended with 52 yards and two touchdowns on five catches. This week the Cardinals travel to Philadelphia, and I’m expecting another good game for the former Pitt Panther.

 

Harry Douglas / ATL – 9 REC / 11 TAR / 79 YDS / 0 TD – Douglas had 79 yards on nine receptions, but it wasn’t enough to help the Falcons over come the Saints last Thursday. The Falcons will be in Buffalo this Sunday, and though it will be cold there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of snow. I like Douglas as a low-end WR2 this week.

 

Cordarrelle Patterson / MIN – 8 REC / 11 TAR / 54 YDS / 0 TD – Patterson was very close to making what would have been a game winning touchdown in overtime of last weeks tie game, but just couldn’t get a handle on the Christian Ponder pass. Patterson has been starting to figure out his role in the Vikings offense over the past few weeks, and he may be able to take it to the next step against the visiting Bears this week. Patterson is a low-end flex this week, but that could jump next week with a good performance on Sunday.

 

 

Rank Name/Pos Team REC TAR YDS TAR/REC% Tds
1 A.J. Green / WR CIN 67 124 1020 54 6
2 Calvin Johnson / WR DET 66 122 1198 54 11
  Pierre Garcon / WR WAS 75 122 919 61 3
4 Andre Johnson / WR HOU 74 119 1002 62 5
5 Vincent Jackson / WR TB 58 116 888 50 5
6 Brandon Marshall / WR CHI 74 115 945 64 9
  Antonio Brown / WR PIT 80 115 1044 70 6
8 Dez Bryant / WR DAL 61 106 835 58 8
  Cecil Shorts / WR JAC 58 106 700 55 1
10 Alshon Jeffery / WR CHI 58 104 860 56 3
11 Demaryius Thomas / WR DEN 64 102 955 63 10
  Victor Cruz / WR NYG 60 102 851 59 4
13 Jimmy Graham / TE NO 65 99 946 66 11
14 Josh Gordon / WR CLE 54 98 988 55 5
15 Mike Wallace / WR MIA 49 96 661 51 2
  Torrey Smith / WR BAL 48 96 859 50 3
17 Wes Welker / WR NE 65 95 679 68 9
18 T. Y. Hilton / WR IND 51 92 745 55 5
19 Larry Fitzgerald / WR ARI 50 91 606 55 8
  Kendall Wright / WR TEN 65 91 763 71 2
21 Steve Smith / WR CAR 51 90 581 57 3
  DeSean Jackson / WR PHI 58 90 985 64 7
23 Brian Hartline / WR MIA 53 89 677 60 2
  Julian Edleman / WR NE 61 89 610 69 4
25 Antonio Gates / TE SD 59 88 685 67 3

 

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Robert now resides in Philadelphia, PA. Has been playing fantasy football since 2003, and is a former high school football coach. Always a student of the game, he uses knowledge of coaching for fantasy wins. He’s always available for advice on twitter at @RoJoPal.