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2017 Week 7 Rankings

Our site rankings for Week 7 of the 2017 fantasy football season are live. We rank in both standard and PPR formats from a variety of our writers. Check out rankings from Matt Jones, Mike Garza and Steve Halupka.

 

Standard PPR
Quarterback Quarterback
Running Back Running Back
Wide Receiver Wide Receiver
Tight End Tight End
D/ST D/ST

For any rankings questions, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @FantasyReport_

Fantasy Phenom or Fantasy Phony?

Fantasy football man… this industry has a way of making you crazy. We knew rookie running backs were going to be a thing this year… but did you expect Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette to be outscoring Le’veon Bell after 5 weeks? Did you expect Mr. Average Alex Smith and a rookie QB in Deshaun Watson to both be outscoring Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees? Or how about Stefon Diggs and Chris Hogan being top 5 receivers? I didn’t either. There is still plenty of season to go… and it is more likely than not that a lot of these players will regress back to the mean, but some players might have actually just began their run as household fantasy names. You may be lucky enough to have some of these late round values on your teams, but should they stay there? Fantasy studs all have to start from somewhere – lets take a look at a few of this season’s early surprises and I’ll be the judge of whether they are fantasy phenoms or fantasy phonies.


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QB Streams of the Week: Week 5

It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into Week 5 of the football season. By now, a lot of us may have our teams figured out, while others still are changing their lineup around every week trying to find some consistency. Week 5 doesn’t make this task any easier, as we are starting off with the bye weeks. This week, only 4 teams get the week off: New Orleans, Washington, Atlanta, and Denver. As far as QB’s are concerned, that means no Drew Brees, no Kirk Cousins, no Matt Ryan, and no Trevor Siemian.  For some teams, the bye weeks can leave rather large gaps in lineups, but with some of us that aren’t in a position to pin a 3-1 or 4-0 record next to our teams, finding the right bye week streamer is vital to getting that win we desperately need. Rest easy fantasy fans, help is on the way.  Continue reading QB Streams of the Week: Week 5

Week 3 Reflection: Players I Am DONE With!

Is everybody as fed up with this season as I am? It is usually at least 6-8 weeks before my fantasy football spirit is completely crushed, so a Week 3 slump is a personal record in my book. What is going on here? I’ll tell you what is going on here. In PPR leagues:

 

  • Alex Smith, Trevor Siemian, and Jared Goff are QB 1’s. Phillip Rivers, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton are QB 3’s. 3’s!!!!
  • Through 3 weeks, the combination of Chris Thompson, Tarik Cohen, Duke Johnson Jr & Alex Collins have outscored the combination of Ezekiel Elliott, LeSean McCoy, Le’Veon Bell, DeMarco Murray, and David Johnson.
  • The Minnesota Vikings have 2 Top 10 Fantasy WR and the Chicago Bears have 2 Top 11 Fantasy RB.  
  • The Jared Goff led St. Louis Rams are leading the league in scoring

 

Seriously…There are so many players, teams and situations that I am ready to bail on. You always want to give it just one more week, but in a 13 week fantasy season, starting off 0-3 or even 0-4 is a very difficult road to come back from, and one that leaves very little room for error. The fantasy season is definitely more like a marathon and less like sprint, but if you don’t do something when you are staring at 0-3 in the face, you might as well be running a marathon with a weighted vest and snowshoes.  

When you are in as many leagues as I am, you have an opportunity to have a lot of shares of different players. You might find yourself with one, or many of these players on your team, but these are some of them that I am officially DONE with: Continue reading Week 3 Reflection: Players I Am DONE With!

Buying Low & Selling High: Week 3 Trade Chips

Week 2 is an interesting point in the season. Some have the luxury of being 2-0, avoiding the injury bug, and have a solid team outlook going forward. For some, starting off 0-2 in a 13 game fantasy season is causing an early season panic with our teams are starting to reach dangerous territory. It’s amazing how just 2 weeks can completely shift the way you look at your team.  By now, we are able to take note of which players are are who we thought they were and which players have set us up for failure.

*cough* Brandon Marshall *cough* Eddie Lacy *cough*

This is a great time to sell high on players who have had a soft opening schedule and lit up the scoreboard, or buy low on promising players who have gotten off to a slow start to the season., We tell you time and time again that you can’t win your league at the draft, but like I said, a lot has changed in just 2 short weeks. The time has come for you to put your fantasy GM hat on and start thinking about what in season moves are going to either make or break the rest of your fantasy season.

Heading into week 3, here are some players that should without a doubt be included as part of your next trade:


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Good Vibes/Bad Vibes: Week 2 Matchups

Week 1 is in the books, and I guess it is safe to say that it didn’t disappoint… or did it? This past week, the average game was decided by 13.6 points, with only 3 games being decided by a touchdown or less, both of which are considered to be anomalies by today’s standards. Despite that lack of competitive play, that does translate to a handful of players who reap the benefits of padding stats during an efficient offensive day.

How ironic is it that we spend weeks on end analyzing stats and projections to death, expecting a certain result only to get into a Week 1 where Alex Smith, Sam Bradford and Jared Goff lead the league in passer rating (called that one in good vibes week 1 btw), and among the 3 top scoring PPR RB’s, we’d see names like Tarik Cohen and Mike Gillislee (definitely didn’t call that one). I mean seriously, I would love to meet the guy who predicted the Smith/Bradford/Siemian/Goff group would throw 8 more touchdowns than the Rodgers/Brady/Ryan/Wilson group. While good vibes and bad vibes are based off of reasonable expectation, there are certain weeks where logic just goes out the window. Last week I hit a home run with my good vibes of Jared Goff, and my bad vibes surrounding Adrian Peterson, yet I had a huge swing and a miss when it came to my bad vibes about Ty Montgomery. Take my advice for what you will, I may not always be right, but heading into Week 2, i’m yet again, full of vibes, both good and bad.

Whether you are trying to keep a win streak alive, or just trying to get back on track, take a look at which players are giving me good vibes and which are giving me bad vibes in week 2: Continue reading Good Vibes/Bad Vibes: Week 2 Matchups

Good Vibes/Bad Vibes: Week 1 Matchups

Finally! Meaningful football is here! As week 1 gets underway, we start transitioning into mid season form and attempt to figure out who we should play, and who we should bench. There are always a few players that you are playing regardless of their matchup. I’m talking about your first few picks, guys like David Johnson, Antonio Brown or Aaron Rodgers – I don’t care if they are playing the ‘85 Bears, you paid a top round price for them, so you are throwing them out there because you likely don’t have a better option. Some of these players even get the tag of ‘Matchup-proof’ due to their consistent high levels of output.

The point of this piece isn’t to tell you what you already know, but to dive a little deeper into a few players that are giving me confidence in week 1, and others that are giving me a second thought. Guys have given me good vibes before and then proceeded to give me a fat goose egg in my matchup, just the same as guys who have given me bad vibes have ended up in the top 5 at their position for the week, just staring at me from my bench… punishing me for doubting them. That’s just it, a big part of fantasy football is following your gut, and praying it pays off.

Before you lock in your week 1 lineups, take a look at which players are giving me good vibes and which are giving me bad vibes in week 1: Continue reading Good Vibes/Bad Vibes: Week 1 Matchups

2017 Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings

Are you ready for some football???? To help you with your week 1 lineups, the writers at The Fantasy Report are providing their week 1 rankings in both standard and PPR formats. Any Questions? Find us on Twitter @Fantasyreport_

Standard Scoring PPR
Quarterback Quarterback
Running Back Running Back
Wide Receiver Wide Receiver
Tight End Tight End
DST DST

 

How much is too much for Kareem Hunt?

What a week in the NFL. Every preseason, you can count on a few players suffering major injuries that in turn, shake up fantasy boards and drastically change ADPs . In week 3 of the preseason, we lost several players who were supposed to play significant roles on their respective teams, perhaps, none more consequential than the loss of Kansas City running back Spencer Ware. After learning that he had damaged his PCL in an awkward twist of a tackle, we started to hear grumbles that he would need season ending surgery to repair the ligament. Before you knew it, fantasy experts were being bombarded by owners wondering

WHERE DO I DRAFT KAREEM HUNT?!?!?!

Rest easy fantasy football world, I am here to shed some light on the backfield value in Kansas City. Continue reading How much is too much for Kareem Hunt?

Superstar Spotlight: Can David Johnson join the 1k-1k club?

After being selected 86th overall in the 2015 NFL draft, just 2 years later David Johnson has cemented himself at the top of most fantasy draft boards, and is widely considered to be an MVP front runner in 2017. The Cardinals had a down year in 2016, finishing sub .500 in the putrid NFC West, after a 2015 which saw them fall one game short of a shot at a Super Bowl. Many believe they will bounce back in 2017 on the back of David Johnson, who has openly said that his goal this season is to reach 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. As a fantasy owner, you couldn’t ask for a better RB to start every week, and last season you got more PPR fantasy points from Johnson than you did from any Running Back since LaDainian Tomlinson’s ridiculous 2006 season when he went off for an NFL record 28 rushing touchdowns. Despite a fantastic 2016 and finishing as the best back in fantasy football, fantasy owners everywhere still want more… but that really brings up an interesting question:

What can we really expect from David Johnson this season? Continue reading Superstar Spotlight: Can David Johnson join the 1k-1k club?