So Week 1 didn’t go as you planned huh? All that preparation, build-up, and excitement just to leave you with a big fat 0-1 next to your team name. Let me introduce you to the waiver wire my friend. A simple pick-up could jump-start your team and leave you miles ahead of the competition. Just an FYI, Josh Gordon the league’s No. 1 wide receiver last year is almost certain to be reinstated soon with the impending new drug policy and his ownership is still hovering around 50%. Let me give you some statistics for how things settled out for Week 1 final scoring:
– 7 of the top 36 wide receivers were almost universally on the waiver wire prior to Sunday’s games
– 12 of the top 36 running backs were almost universally on the waiver wire prior to Sunday’s games.
– 3 of the top 12 tight ends were almost universally on the waiver wire prior to Sunday’s games.
If I have not convinced you yet, YOU NEED TO BE WORKING THE WAIVER WIRE!!!! This becomes even more essential once the bye weeks start to hit in Week 4. As I spoke about in the first waiver wire edition, some of the top names for year-end scoring will be a guy off the waiver wire, it’s up to you to make the right calls. Below you’ll find some guys you want to make sure and target.
There’s a funny thing that happens after Week One. Half of the fantasy owners out there think they have championship caliber teams, and the other half thinks their teams are a complete disaster. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. It was another wild and crazy week of action and (as of this writing) there are still three games to be played. So, what can we take away from the first Sunday of NFL action?
Just 2 days away until we get a full day dedicated to nothing but football. I can’t wait! I am sure everyone is just as excited as I am to see how the rest of week 1 plays out. Hopefully, we get more fantasy points from players than the game last night. Week 1 is always unpredictable because we don’t know exactly how every team is going to shake out with their offseason moves. Today we are talking about matchups and players that I have Good Vibes and Bad Vibes about. Let’s get things started with…
The preseason is over (Halleluiah) and come tonight the games start to count in the 2014 NFL regular season opener. Unlike the Hall of Fame Game to open the preseason which saw the New York Giants face off against the Buffalo Bills, the regular season opener should be worth the price of admission. Tonight, the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks welcome the Green Bay Packers to CenturyLink Field in a classic ‘Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object’ match up.
The last time these two teams played was in 2012 in week 3 in Seattle, in a game that will more be remembered by the call of the replacement referees when the game clock hit oo:oo more so than anything else. The Packers lost that game on the very last play in a low scoring 14-12 affair. Aaron Rodgers, who was going against Seattle HC Pete Carroll for the first time, was just 26 for 39 for 223 passing yards and no TD’s in a lackluster performance. Bright eyed rookie Russell Wilson only had 130 yards on just 21 attempts himself but found Golden Tate for two touchdowns including the game winner as time expired. Continue reading NFL Thursday night preview-Packers vs Seahawks→
What do names like Julius Thomas, Keenan Allen, Zac Stacy, and Nick Foles have in common? At some point last year, all of them were probably sitting on your waiver wire ready to lead your fantasy team to dominance. At their respective positions, Julius Thomas finished 3rd, Allen 16th, Stacy 12th, and Foles 6th on a per-game basis. Last year was no anomaly, successfully working the waiver wire is just as important as a solid draft but the question becomes will you be proactive or reactive? The NFL changes so much from week to week, some players just need an opportunity or an injury to show off their skill set. Tom Brady started as a 4th string quarterback his first year and was nowhere in the plans to be a starter until Drew Bledsoe whom recently signed a 10 year contract, suffered a brutal hit the second game of the next season. The rest is history. Aaron Rodgers rode the bench his first three years during the Brett Favre debacle before they ultimately said goodbye to their beloved Hall of Famer. DeMarco Murray was a 3rd string running back behind Felix Jones and Tashard Choice before he got an opportunity and went on to break the Cowboys single game rushing total with 253 yards and 1 touchdown. It’s a next man up league and using a bit of clairvoyance, you can preemptively strike gold on players that are just an opportunity away from being a star. Highlighted below, you’ll find some names to pluck off your waiver wire that may very well end up being an every week starter or game-changer for your team.
What a crazy week 3! So many good things that we saw and a plethora of bad things that we can use to our advantage to tweak our lineups and get ready for our last minute drafts. We are going to talk about those players and teams who have hurt/improved their stock for the upcoming 2014 season. Continue reading What we learned from preseason week 3!→
Most fantasy football leagues have wrapped up their drafts and the start of the 2014 NFL season is just around the corner. Immediately following a league’s draft, most fantasy owners will look at their team and be somewhat pleased with their roster. Injuries haven’t occurred yet, early round busts haven’t become apparent and sleepers haven’t shown their full potential. As the season takes shape over the next several months though, players will start to emerge as fantasy football all stars. Last year Peyton Manning set many NFL records on his way to the best season any quarterback has had. Similarly, Jamaal Charleshad a phenomenal week 15 game against the Raiders that led many owners to fantasy championships. A lot can happen in the course of an NFL season and those rosters we once thought were flawless can look entirely different by December. There’s going to be players who emerge to win owners championships and there will also be those who highly disappoint. Let’s hop in our Delorean and gaze into our crystal to make some 2014 fantasy football predictions that will come true by season’s end. Continue reading 2014 Fantasy Football Predictions→
So you really wanted Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas or Rob Gronkowski on your fantasy team this season, but for one reason or another they were picked just before your turn in your snake draft, or you were outbid during your auction. You think, hmmmm, I can get Vernon Davis, Jason Witten or Dennis Pitta at a reasonable price/pick, but suddenly as you are drafting your flex and top bench players in rounds 5, 6 and 7, those tight ends have also been drafted just before you can select them. Before you panic and draft someone like LaDarius Green (only 3 targets this preseason) or Zach Ertz (still in a timeshare with Brent Celek), you have another option.
Welcome to the wonderful world of streaming. You can sit back and wait until your 3rd to last pick in your drafts (last 2 picks are for kickers and DSTs, duh) to target these tight ends for week 1 and throughout the remainder of the first half of the season. Continue reading Successful Streaming: Tight End Edition→
Last week we went over the guys to target in your draft that can help you strike it rich on draft day. The focus this week will be on those players that might have been fantasy gold last year or look like hidden nuggets this year, but none will be worth their weight in gold.
Keep in mind that my views on these players are weighted against their current ADP’s. It’s not to say that all these players will be worthless or has zero value; I’d just much rather get someone else with higher value around where these players are going in drafts. With that said, the same holds true on the other end of the spectrum, if these players fall TOO far in drafts then the value may be worth the risk. Heck, even Dwayne Bowe is a value at some point in a draft…isn’t he…anyone?
One thing we can all agree on is that the fantasy community has dissenting opinions on several players and the discussions can get intense. Isn’t that what makes this game so great? If you missed part 1, last week I annihilated my colleague debated my colleague on quarterbacks and running backs so this time around we’ll be tackling wide receivers and tight ends. Rob Gronkowski, DeSean Jackson, and Victor Cruz are all polarizing figures which some of us hate and love this year so stay tuned as me and Pete Neubacher engage in another fantasy rankings debate of epic proportions.