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RealTime Fantasy Sports Mailbag

2016-12-15 11:28:29
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Have both Marcus Mariota and Russell Wilson on my roster. Don't like Mariota's match-up at Kansas City, and I'm completely done with Wilson and don't expect he'll be called upon to do much against the hapless Rams. What do you think about rolling with either Joe Flacco (hosting the Eagles) or Carson Palmer (hosting the Saints)? Colin Kaepernick (at Atlanta) and Sam Bradford (hosting Indy) are also available. Flacco has been the hottest quarterback over the past three weeks.

Picked up the Falcons last week and reaped the benefits of going against the Rams! This week they host San Francisco. What do you think about subbing for the Texans (hosting Jacksonville), Dolphins (at Jets), Packers (at Bears), or Jaguars (at Houston) instead?

Dave

Dave: That is a tough call at quarterback, but if available, I think I go with Flacco. I love his numbers of late and he gets a reeling Eagles defense. I think he'll do well again in Week 15. I do like Mariota to rebound too, though. The Chiefs have allowed some big passing games this season.

As for the defense, I think I stick with the Falcons. I like their chances to get some turnovers and sacks. They might allow some yards on the ground but still think they are a good bet to post pretty good fantasy numbers for a second straight week.

Am I crazy for even entertaining the idea of starting Jamies Winston over Drew Brees this week? Also, I need to start two more receivers alongside Dez Bryant this week. I have the following to choose from, Demaryius Thomas (tough matchup), Sammy Watkins, Steve Smith or Tyrell Williams?

Shawn

Shawn: I don't think either quarterback has a super matchup this week. I still give Brees a slight, slight edge over Winston. Winston has one or fewer scores three of four games, cooling off a little in recent weeks. Brees has been erratic as well but I think he is more capable of the huge game at this point - even in a tough matchup.

I like Thomas despite the matchup. He had a tough matchup last week and still produced huge. After him, that is a tough call. After Thomas, I go with Williams. I like his chances in a game that should be a shootout.

I have Mike Wallace and A.J. Green on my squad. There is talk that Green may be back this week, but it's not certain at this point. Wallace looks to have a good matchup, so if Green plays would you go with him or stick with Wallace?

Todd

Todd: I think if Green plays, which is possible, I would go with him. He would not play unless he is healthy enough to make plays on the field. He won't be a decoy with the Bengals out of the playoff hunt. So I think if Green is active, he will be heavily involved in the game. I would go with him over Wallace. I think Green has more potential for that huge game.

Player Notes
Cole Beasley Jul 24 5:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (hamstring) has been cleared for training camp. He's been out for offseason programs, but is ready for a full workload to start camp. Beasley is starting his age-28 season, looking to improve on his career highs from last season (98 targets and 75 catches). He's a solid depth WR with a high floor but a low ceiling.

Willie Snead Jul 24 1:53pm ET

New Orleans Saints exclusive rights free-agent WR Willie Snead said he'll report to camp Thursday, July 27, despite his desire for a new contract.

Clayton Geathers Jul 24 1:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts S Clayton Geathers (neck) will be on the Physically Unable to Perform list to open the season and miss at least the first six weeks, according to general manager Chris Ballard.

Andrew Luck Jul 24 1:13pm ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to general manager Chris Ballard. The team expects Luck to come off before the beginning of the season.

Latavius Murray Jul 24 12:13pm ET

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 24.

Sharrif Floyd Jul 24 12:13pm ET

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, quadriceps) was placed on the active/non-football injury list Monday, July 24. LB Shaan Washington (undisclosed) was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list.

Keenan Allen Jul 24 10:43am ET

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) looked quick and explosive in offseason work. He's due for a monster season, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams.

Giovani Bernard Jul 24 10:03am ET

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) is likely to be cleared for the beginning of training camp. Bernard is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Tyler Eifert Jul 24 10:03am ET

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.

DeAngelo Hall Jul 24 9:23am ET

Washington Redskins FS DeAngelo Hall (knee) and LB Houston Bates (knee) will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Latavius Murray Jul 23 10:33pm ET

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) was one of the veterans to show up with the rookies for an early start to training camp Sunday, July 23. 'It'll be helpful for me just being here,' Murray said. 'I'm happy to be able to dive back into the playbook, and again, I want to learn it as much as I can, inside and out, so when I'm back on the field I'm able to play fast.'

Odell Beckham Jr. Jul 23 10:13pm ET

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is the only player in NFL history with at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.

Jeff Janis Jul 23 9:23pm ET

Green Bay Packers WR Jeff Janis should make the 53-man roster this season but will likely be limited to a role on special teams, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Aaron Jones Jul 23 9:23pm ET

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones could emerge as the third-down back this year, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Jordan Matthews Jul 23 7:03pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) may receive limited snaps during training camp since he missed some offseason workouts because of knee tendinitis, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Dwayne Gratz Jul 23 6:13pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles CB Dwayne Gratz was released Sunday, July 23.

Beau Allen Jul 23 6:13pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles DT Beau Allen (pectoral) and CB Sidney Jones (Achilles') were placed on the Non-Football injury list Sunday, July 23.

Ryan Mathews Jul 23 4:03pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (neck) has yet to be medically cleared from offseason neck surgery, and his surgeon doesn't want to revisit the matter until sometime in August, according to a source.

Robert Griffin III Jul 23 2:33am ET

Free-agent QB Robert Griffin III (Browns) has started to attract 'mild interest' from NFL clubs, four months following his March release from Cleveland.

Marquise Goodwin Jul 22 11:03pm ET

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin is more than just a deep threat, according to WR Jeremy Kerley. 'Working with him for the last two or three months, he's an all-around receiver and he knows what he's doing,' Kerley said.