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Lead Fantasy Editor Jeff Paur comes to RealTime Fantasy Sports from the Sporting News where he worked on the Fantasy Source as a fantasy expert. Jeff also has experience working for various media outlets, including print, radio and television. If you have any questions or comments, please email Jeff at email@example.com.
Waivering: Week 4
A couple of rookie quarterbacks were named starters for this week. It is always exciting to see what a rookie quarterback can do, but please don't overvalue these guys when it comes to fantasy. There will be some rookie quarterbacks that hit every once in a while, but for the most part, it takes a season or two and the right situation for a quarterback to be really fantasy relevant. Remember, most teams that go to a rookie quarterback are doing so for a reason, mainly the team isn't very good. So just keep that in mind when figuring out your waiver acquisitions for the week.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins . Tannehill is off to a great start to his season. He has multiple touchdowns every game and topped 225 yards two of three. He has seven touchdowns to just two interceptions in three games. He isn't an every-week play but certainly a solid spot starter in a pass-first offense. Tannehill is still available in 80 percent of leagues. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 3
This week certainly seemed like a week of disappointment. Sure, we had some big fantasy performances once again, especially in the passing game. But there were a lot of players that seemed to have good matchups come up very short in their performance. You just expected better from several big-time fantasy players this week. Hopefully, the down performances of some top players didn't do you in too badly.
Browns 21, Jets 17
Fantasy Stud : Carlos Hyde . Hyde enjoyed his best game as a Brown, rushing 23 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two receptions for five yard, giving him 103 total yards and two scores. Hyde has touchdowns every game this season and is producing consistent numbers as the lead back for the Browns. He is a solid No. 2 fantasy back. [Full Story]
Injury Status: Week 3
Last week wasn't quite as terrible as the previous, but we still had our fair share of injuries. You'll see that this list is pretty full once again. There are some players returning to action, though, which is a good thing. Here are all the latest injury updates from around the league. Here is to hoping your team is on the mend.
Mike Wallace, WR, Eagles . Wallace was placed on Injured Reserve because of a broken leg. He could be back after eight weeks but his season is likely over. The Eagles are very thin at receiver right now, needing to sign Jordan Matthews this week. He could play immediately because of the injury to Wallace.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars . Fournette missed last week because of a hamstring strain. He is practicing this week and seems to have a good shot to return, especially with his backup, T.J. Yeldon, likely to miss because of a sprained ankle. Keep an eye on the practice reports for the latest but things are trending the right way for Fournette. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 3
If you haven't noticed, all the penalties called on the defense is leading to more points for offenses. This a trend that likely will continue all season as long as referees continues to call it very tight in the secondary and quarterbacks are nearly off limits for defenders. This is going to have fantasy scoring up, especially when it comes to passing games. We have been trending that way the last few years, but the way things have been called this year is ramping up offenses even more. Prepare for plenty of high scoring fantasy games.
Now for my random thoughts for the week. . . . .
I am tempering my expectations for Josh Gordon in New England. The upside is big if he keeps his act clean and finds his way into the starting lineup, but that is a pretty big "if." So if you want to trade for him, don't trade away the bank to get him. I think he is a huge risk. But with that said, I think it will be fun to see what he can do in this offense. He kind of has similar skill set to Randy Moss, a player that excelled with the Patriots. [Full Story]
Waivering: Week 3
The waiver wire should be a hot place this week, especially after a few starters were injured last week. Plus, some other options are out there that could help fantasy teams going forward. Now is the time to act on players that weren't drafted in your league. Here are some options to consider for your team. . . . .
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bucs . His track record doesn't suggest he'll keep his current pace but you can't ignore his huge performances these first two weeks of the season. And his second big game came against the defending Super Bowl champs. Fitzpatrick has two straight 400-yard games and four touchdown passes each of those games. As long as he is starting, Fitzpatrick is about a must play for fantasy teams, especially this week against the Steelers. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 2
That was quite the week of fantasy production, likely pleasing many, many fantasy owners. We had three 400-yard passers and another quarterback had six touchdowns passes. Huge passing games ruled the day once again in the NFL. There also were 14 players that had 100-receiving yards and nine had double-digit receptions. Running games suffered, though, with just three backs hitting the 100-yard rushing mark. This has been the norm after two weeks, though, and could be a trend much of the season. We'll see.
Bengals 34, Ravens 23
Fantasy Stud : A.J. Green . Despite the tough matchup, Green had a huge fantasy week. He scored three touchdowns, which all came in the first half. Green finished with five receptions for 69 yards and three scores. Green has four touchdowns in two games and 11 receptions to start the season. He is on his way to a huge fantasy season. [Full Story]
Injury Status: Week 2
Well, that was quick. This injury list certainly filled up quickly after just a week of action. Not good. Hopefully, this doesn't become the norm on a weekly basis. But injuries are a part of the game. This big list of injuries shouldn't be a huge surprise. You just never want to see it this early in the year. Hopefully, you can navigate the injury issues for Week 2. Here is the latest. . . . .
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Ravens . Dixon injured his knee in the opener and has already been placed on Injured Reserve. HIs season is over once again because of injury. This leaves Alex Collins and Javorius Allen to handle the running back duties going forward for the Ravens. Bump both up a few spots in your rankings.
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles . Wentz is going to miss another week of action as he recovers from his knee injuries. He is getting closer to a return, though, and might be back in the lineup Week 3. For now, Nick Foles starts for the Eagles. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 2
So the first week is in the books. Hopefully, things turned out well for you. But if they didn't, don't panic. It is a long season. Please don't overreact to Week 1. Some star players laid an egg. This doesn't mean you should drop or trade them for nothing. It happens. Remember, this stuff tends to even out in fantasy, especially with the superstar players. Don't do anything stupid because you had a terrible showing in Week 1.
With that said, here are my random thoughts for the week. . . . . .
I'm feeling pretty good about getting Jordan Howard in many of my leagues this year. He had a very encouraging start to his season. Howard had more receptions than third-down back Tarik Cohen, showing he is going to get used a lot more in the passing game this year. This will elevate his value even more for fantasy owners. Howard has a good chance to be a top-10 fantasy back if this trend continues. [Full Story]
Waivering: Week 2
You never want to overreact to just a week of football, but you also don't want to ignore what happened. Just keep everything in perspective and make educated moves based on what you witnessed. Here are some options for you to consider grabbing this week. There are lots of options out there this early in the season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bucs . Fitzpatrick was the biggest surprise of Week 1. He had a game that might not be matched all season. He was 21-of-28 for 417 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. He also ran in a score, giving him five total touchdowns. He starts two more weeks with Jameis Winston suspended. You can't expect Fitzpatrick to repeat this game but he might be worth using in the right matchup. The potential is there in a pass-first offense. [Full Story]
Studs and Duds: Week 1
Well, that was quite the start to the NFL season. There were some huge fantasy performances, which was a welcome sight for many, many fantasy owners. We actually had three 400-yard passers for the week. Passing attacks ruled once again with just two rushers hitting the 100-yard mark. There was a remarkable 17 players that hit the 100-yard receiving mark. We had four players with double-digit receptions and three that topped 160 yards. Needless to say, it was quite the week of fantasy scoring. Hopefully, things turned out well for your team in Week 1.
Eagles 18, Falcons 12
Fantasy Stud : Jay Ajayi . Ajayi probably didn't get the workload fantasy teams hoped, but he still produced big with his chances. He scored two touchdowns and converted a two-point try, giving him plenty of fantasy points. He also ran 15 times for 62 yards. The Eagles rotated backs like last season, but Ajayi had 10 more carries than the next back and was goal-line back, which was encouraging for his fantasy owners. [Full Story]
Injury Status: Week 1
The season is about to start and unfortunately, we already are dealing with injuries. There aren't a ton of players on this list, but enough to cause some issues for fantasy teams. As always, keep an eye on the player notes for the most up to date info. Also, we always post inactives before the games, which is another page you should take a look before officially setting your lineups. Here is the latest injury news from around the league. . . . .
Devante Parker, WR, Dolphins . Parker has already been ruled out for Week 1 because of his broken finger. He is nearing a return but isn't going be healthy enough to play this week. Both Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant will get more playing time in is absence. Neither is a great fantasy play unless you are desperate for options.
Marlon Mack, RB, Colts . Mack is still not practicing because of his hamstring injury. He has not been ruled out yet but Mack is expected to miss the game. Rookie Jordan Wilkins is likely to get the start for the Colts with Christine Michael serving as the top backup. Wilkins has some fantasy value in a starting role. [Full Story]
Lineup Prep: Week 1
I think I say the same thing every year but after the draft, this is the best week to be a fantasy football owner. We are all 0-0 and ready to put our hard work to use towards a championship. Will our targets shine in Week 1? How will all our sleepers do in the opener? Are our early-round picks going to live up to expectations? It is just a week of action, but we will have a better idea of all these questions and more after Week 1. Here is to hoping all your hard work paid off to success. This is a great time of the year. Enjoy.
Here are my random thoughts for the week. . . . .
If I had to choose one 49ers back going forward, give me Matt Breida. Morris might get the early down work and few more carries, but Breida will be playing a lot because of his pass-catching ability. Morris has less than double-digit receptions three times in his career, including a season he ran for more than 1,000 yards. Breida is the better overall fantasy back and comes at a cheaper price tag. He could be worth a few spot starts in his current role. [Full Story]
Last Preseason Injury Update
We thought it would be a good idea to give one last injury update before many of you draft your teams this weekend. As always, keep an eye on the player notes for the latest, but this report gives you a good idea of the important injury news with several key players. You might want to adjust your rankings some after reading this update. Here is the latest. . . . . .
Sony Michel, RB, Patriots . Michel finally returned to practice after missing a lot of time after having minor knee surgery. Initial reports were positive on Michel but there remains concern he won't be ready for Week 1. The Patriots are likely to ease their rookie back into action, meaning he might not play a ton early in the year. There is a legit chance Michel emerges as the starter at some point during the season, though. He is the most talented back on the Patriots roster.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks .Penny is trending the right way in his return from a broken finger. His cast was removed Wednesday and expectations are he should be ready for Week 1, pending a setback. Chris Carson has earned the starting job, though. Penny has to work his way back into the mix, which isn't certain at this point. His role for the coming season is up in the air. [Full Story]
Preseason News and Notes: Week 3
So this past weekend was the dress rehearsal for the regular season for most NFL teams. It was an important weekend of games for fantasy owners, seeing the players that are likely starting for their prospective teams or trying to earn starting roles. There was much to take about from this past weekend of games. Here is all the latest news and notes from around the league. . . . .
This isn't a huge surprise but receiver Eric Decker announced his retirement over the weekend. Decker was fighting for a roster spot with the Patriots but wasn't showing particularly well. He had a fine career but his play regressed in recent seasons, leading to his retirement at age 31. The emergence of Cordarrelle Patterson for the Patriots this camp and preseason will help fill the void left by Decker. Patterson had five receptions for 37 yards this past weekend and seems to be on his way to a role with the team on a weekly basis.
It wasn't all his fault but rookie quarterback Josh Allen was a mess in his first start this preseason. The offensive line gave him little to no time throughout the game, having Allen run for his life. Allen was 6-of-12 for 34 yards and was sacked five times. It won't matter who is starting at quarterback for the Bills if the line can't do a better job blocking. It could be a long season in Buffalo this year. At this point, Allen might still be the favorite to start but don't discount Nathan Peterman , who has been the most consistent quarterback for Buffalo. The Bills might not want to damage their rookie quarterback in what could be a bad offensive situation. [Full Story]
Axe Elf Analyzes High Stakes Auction
Following the success of ArbourPro.com's "DraftCast" of a snake draft hosted at RT Sports on Sunday, August 19th, a follow-up DraftCast of an RT Sports $250 High Stakes managed league auction draft took place on Thursday, August 23rd. The following teams were put together in the course of that auction based on a $200 budget. Click [Full Story]