Wed Nov 6 6:01pm ET
Possum Town Oil Company team leads TFC
Greetings from Championship Headquarters and the desk of Commissioner Toe. Things are heating up now that we're through 9 weeks and have the playoffs looming in a few short weeks.
The Fantasy Championship
Currently in first overall is longtime RTSports player and overall great guy even though he's a fan of the 8-0 49ers, R.Cowart. He and his co-owner T.Yarborough's O'Possum Town Oil Company 17 team leads with 1618.25 points. They briefly fell out of first last week to Tip's The End team, but took it back over with a 183.6 point week. None of their top players from week 7's 180+ point effort (Waller, Ekeler, Robinson, Patriots D) were worth a squat this time, but they were carried by 83.2 out of Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett, plus a ho-hum average 37.6 outing from Christian McCaffery.
Current TFC Leaders
Realtime Fantasy Football Championship
The overall RTFFC leader is once again H.Frost's Team Batman in RTFFC White, who only lead second place by 1.75 points after putting up a paltry 104.15 points last week. Team Batman has been back in the winners circle the last 2 weeks now that McCaffery, Cubb, and Godwin are off their bye weeks. Their 7-2 league record puts them in third place in their league, but having nearly 200 points more than anyone else in their league should send them to the championship playoffs.
The Flying Purple People Eaters (FPPE) team from Purple 3 split their last 2 games and are now 5-4. Despite a winning record, their total points on the year are not great and their season is really stagnating with injuries, poor performers, and waiting on the ghosts of Melvin Gordon to turn into real players. Darren Waller, Matthew Stafford, Chris Carson, and Tyler Lockett are decent, but there's not much depth beyond that. Five wins is still five more than the consensus over/under after the draft, and the league office pucker factor remains at Defcon 1.
Current RTFFC League Leaders
|RTFFC White||1417.65||Team Batman||H.Frost|
|RTFFC Silver||1415.90||Vikes 103||R.Mogard|
|RTFFC Black||1404.00||Foos Black||B.Petri|
|RTFFC Red||1361.25||Cocktails & Dreams III||C.Schroeder|
|RTFFC Blue||1326.00||Stormtroopers of Death||M.Liedeka|
|RTFFC Green||1315.90||Green Duck 4||Chance|
|RTFFC Purple||1312.15||Tds and Beer II||R.Omelas|
Beastmode Red 1 is our new worst overall RTFFC team, with a paltry 856.9 points on the year. This team is so bad they are 50 point underdogs in week 10 against a 3-6 team. The all-disappointment team's Week 9 lineup was Josh Allen 19.2, Melvin Gordon 25.9, Ty Johnson 6.6, Danny Amendola 5.9, Alshon Jeffery 7.6, Phillip Dorsett 3.3, Eric Ebron 3.6, Justin Tucker 7.9, Panthers D 10.0. That's just brutal.
The TFC bottom-feeder remains the team named All Skill No Luck. Although they won their week 9 game, they are still abysmal. With a season total of 796.9 and averaging 88 points per week, there's not much going right for them this season. Fittingly, their week 9 points-leader Preston Williams heads to the IR this week.
Waiver Gems and Gaffs
The waiver wire remains pretty barren at this point in the season but a few decent options seem to pop up each week. In TFC, Josh Gordon went for $650 in a couple leagues. In RTFFC the high dollar pickups were Jaylen Samuels $517, DK Metcalf $507, and Tyrell Williams $399.
Three teams were able to pickup Josh Gordon for $1 and a couple teams added Noah Fant for $1 and played him and his 20.5 points in week 9.
Our favorite waiver gaff of the week is the 7 teams that paid over $300 for 2 practice days of Tra Carson before he headed to the IR. Followed closely by the team that dropped Mohamed Sanu just before his 24.1 point breakout so they could spend $525 to watch Jay Ajayi sit on his couch.ood luck and don't forget to get those waiver claims in before Wednesday and Friday night waivers this week. Also just a note that waivers run through the first week of the fantasy playoffs. So waivers run up through week 13 in the TFC and up through week 14 in the RTFFCs.
Good luck and don't forget to get those waiver claims in before Wednesday and Friday night waivers this week. Also just a note that waivers run through the first week of the fantasy playoffs. So waivers run up through week 13 in the TFC and up through week 14 in the RTFFCs.
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Detroit Lions running back Bo Scarbrough has a tough Week 15 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming to town. While the Bucs pass defense sits last in the league, their run defense sits near the top, and with rookie quarterback David Blough unable to consistently get scoring opportunities, Scarbrough's value gets seriously capped. Scarbrough has taken full control of the Lions backfield over the last three weeks, but he will be hard to trust this week, especially in PPR leagues. Fantasy owners can slot Scarbrough in as an RB3 for this matchup.
Detroit Lions quarterback David Blough came crashing back down to earth in Week 14 after an impressive debut in Week 13 against a tough Chicago squad. Week 15 will offer up the easiest test for Blough yet in the form of the Tampa Buccaneers swiss-cheese secondary, but it's extremely hard to trust a rookie making only his third career start with fantasy owners heading into the fantasy semi-finals. Those who do need a quarterback this week can do better. Blough will slot in as a mid-range QB2 for this matchup.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola will have a chance to make some noise this week with Marvin Jones (ankle) placed on the injured reserve. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their swiss-cheese secondary are coming to town in Week 15. The Bucs secondary has given up the most points to wide receivers so far this season, meaning Amendola will likely get his chances in this one. Amendola has seen 16 targets over the last two weeks with Jones in the lineup and third-string quarterback David Blough under center, so volume shouldn't be the problem. Relying on a third-string quarterback in the fantasy semi-finals might give fantasy owners nightmares until game day though. Amendola will slot in as a boom-or-bust WR3 for this matchup.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is in a prime spot heading into the fantasy semi-finals with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming to town in Week 15. The Bucs defense has allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season, and with Marvin Jones (ankle) no longer around to poach targets, Golladay should be in for a monster day. The third-year wide receiver will slot in as WR1 for this matchup.
The Carolina Panthers designated wide receiver Chris Hogan (knee) to return from Injured Reserve. Hogan practiced on Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 27. The former Patriot injured his knee in Week 4 against the Texans on a special teams play and underwent arthroscopic surgery. Hogan has just three catches for 24 yards this year. If he is able to make it back in the final three games, his role will mostly be on special teams, so he won't have any relevance for fantasy owners playing for a championship.
Seattle Seahawks TE Luke Willson (hamstring) might return for the Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers after missing the past three games. 'He's champing at the bit to play this week,' head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, Dec. 11. 'He's politicking. Like those guys in Washington D.C., he's working it. Give him credit, he wants to play in the worst way. He ran well (Wednesday). He was really pumped up about it. He told me at least four times how well he looked in his workouts.'
Fantasy Spin: Willson would be a big addition to the offense, which can be tight-end friendly. Still, there is just too much risk for fantasy owners to invest a roster spot on Willson at this late and critical juncture.
Seattle Seahawks DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) was listed as 'questionable' in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11 by head coach Pete Carroll, who indicated the defensive end is likely a game-time decision for Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers.
Seattle Seahawk WR Tyler Lockett (shin) is back to full health after dealing a shin contusion. 'Yeah, I think he's really back,' head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, Dec. 11. 'He felt really good last week and he's going into this week raring to go. He's fine.'
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy owners have gotten just five grabs for 81 yards and no scores in three games since he suffered an injury in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers. He is a risky fantasy play based on his recent production, but a solid option when 100 percent.
Seattle Seahawks LB Jadeveon Clowney (flu) is battling the flu and head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, Dec. 11 that the linebacker is 'hurting. He's going to have to work his way through the week to make it for game day.'
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead led all wide receivers with 13 yards on three receptions and a touchdown in Week 14's win over the Buffalo Bills. Snead hasn't had a game in which he's caught over 20 receiving yards since Week 5. Baltimore faces a Jets Defense on Thursday Night that has been generous to opposing wideouts in 2019, but it's hard to trust Snead in the matchup with his lack of volume. Snead shouldn't see your lineups in Week 15, but could be viable as a streamer if you're desperate in deeper leagues.
Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards rushed for 20 yards on four attempts in Week 14's win over the Buffalo Bills. Baltimore matches up against a Jets Defense on Thursday Night that's been stiff against opposing running backs in 2019. Edwards remains as nothing more than a quality handcuff to Mark Ingram in Week 15.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown caught all three of his targets for a loss of two yards in Week 14's win over the Buffalo Bills. Brown's performance was disappointing and it was his second ineffective game in a row, as he caught only one ball for two yards against the 49ers in Week 13. Hollywood has a good opportunity to bounce back on Thursday Night in Baltimore's matchup with the New York Jets. The Jets Defense is allowing an average of 167 receiving yards in 2019, which is more than quarterback Lamar Jackson has thrown for in the last two weeks. Even with the good matchup, Brown should be seen as nothing more than a high-end WR3 in an offense that targets its tight ends more than its receivers.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Nick Boyle caught 2-of-3 targets for 10 yards and a three-yard touchdown in Week 14's win over the Buffalo Bills. Boyle was able to capitalize on his opportunity to score shortly after Mark Andrews exited the game with a knee injury. If Andrews is unable to go, it's hard to tell whether Boyle or Hayden Hurst will see an expanded role at the tight end position. Boyle and Hurst have put up similar numbers up to this point in the season as they are both close to 300 yards in receiving and have two touchdowns each. Boyle could be a viable streaming option in deeper leagues if Andrews is unable to go, but it's probably best to keep him on the bench Thursday Night against a Jets Defense that has allowed only two touchdowns to opposing tight ends in 2019.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst caught all three of his targets for a season-high 73 yards and his second touchdown of the season in Week 14's win over the Buffalo Bills. Hurst was able to step up for quarterback Lamar Jackson after Mark Andrews exited the game with a knee injury. If Andrews is unable to go on Thursday Night, Hurst is a viable play in an offense that relies heavily on its tight ends. Baltimore hosts a Jets Defense in Week 15 that has only allowed two touchdowns and an average of 40 receiving yards to opposing tight ends in 2019.
Arizona Cardinals S Budda Baker (hamstring), C Mason Cole (knee), DT Corey Peters (non-injury), OG Justin Pugh (back), LB Terrell Suggs (back, illness) and OG J.R. Sweezy (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11. WR Andy Isabella (shoulder), CB Byron Murphy (calf), CB Kevin Peterson (shoulder) and LB Joseph Walker (ribs) was limited during practice.
Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram rushed to 50 yards on 15 attempts and caught all three of his targets in Week 14's win over the Buffalo Bills. Baltimore matches up against a Jets Defense that has only allowed multiple touchdowns to opposing running backs twice this season. The Bills Defense has also held opposing running backs to under 100 rushing yards in all games but one in 2019. Ingram has failed to get in the end zone for the last two games and is a touchdown-dependent RB2/RB3 play in Week 15.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzgerald has been targeted at least seven times in three of the last four games but has been held to 40 yards or less in two of the last three games. He could be a possible flex option in some deeper leagues but could be avoided in a majority of leagues.
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Fantasy Spin: Kirk is coming off one of his better games of the season and has been targeted at least seven times in five of the last six games. He can be considered a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he plays.
Kansas City Chiefs DE Frank Clark (illness, shoulder), CB Rashad Fenton (hamstring), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder) and LB Darron Lee (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11. OG Andrew Wylie (shoulder) was limited during practice. OT Eric Fisher (groin), CB Kendall Fuller (thumb), DT Derrick Nnadi (elbow) and DE Alex Okafor (ankle) fully participated in practice.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Fantasy Spin: Williams has missed the last few games but appears to have a chance to play in the Week 15 game. He can be a No. 2 running back or flex option in fantasy leagues if he is active for the game.