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Wk 16: WED Show

ARTICLE: The #17 Dynasty Player for 2015 and beyond is…

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Below is an early look at 2015, but from a dynasty perspective. So, not only am I predicting for the 2015 season and beyond, keep in mind that the assumption being made here is that if you owned one of these players in a dynasty league, you’d keep them for as long as you want, which changes ‘values’ quite a bit. The scoring assumed here is a standard PPR and the line-up requirements are assumed to be 1QB, 2RBs, 3WRs, 1Flex, 1DST and 1K. Enjoy!

Also, keep in mind this is NOT a Mock Draft, it is a list of 20 players I feel are the top dynasty players of the future. Meaning, I might have a guy ranked super-high and recognize that I wouldn’t draft him that high. Think of it like trying to be ahead of the curve in some cases. In other cases, the players will very much line-up with where you might draft them in a draft.

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ARTICLE: Week 16 Waiver Wire Grabs

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Wk 15: WED Show

ARTICLE: Strength of Schedule: Weeks 15, 16 and 17

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Folks, here is the Strength Of Schedule For Weeks 15-17. Both Passing and Rushing stats are included, along with average. I hope this helps you all take home your league’s championship. Good luck!

How To Read The Below Table: Everything is by ‘yards allowed’… the 3rd column are the three remaining matchups for each team listed in column 2. The Blue Columns are the ranks of those three opponents against the run… The Yellow Colums are the ranks of those three opponents against the pass… The final three columns are averages.

Examples: Pittsburgh has the easiest rushing schedule in Weeks 15-16 (avg. rank facing is 26th against the run); The Saints have the easiest passing schedule in Weeks 15-16 (avg. rank facing is 31st against the pass); Finally, the Saints have the easiest overall Weeks 15-16 schedule which can be seen by the last column (their average overall opponent rank for both weeks is 24.75).

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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 14)

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News: 12/7 – Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is active for Sunday’s contest against the Bills.
Take: If you waited, congrats. He is a strong play even if not fully healthy, as he can grab a TD or two even if limited a bit.


News: 12/7 – According to Adam Levitan on Twitter: “Not good. Torrey Smith has noticeable limp coming off field and is talking to team doctor when heading into locker room.”
Take: This is last-minute, as it’s about 20 minutes to kickoff of the morning games, but we wanted to blast this out. He could be fine, or this could be a big problem for those with Torrey Smith set to start. This is just another reason we call Steve Smith Sr. a solid start this week.


News: 12/7 – Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) reportedly passed his pregame warmup tests and will play Week 14 against TEN.
Take: This is a risky play this week, and it wouldn’t be shocking if Andre Williams still started (and that sounds like the case according to several reports), or at least took on way more work than usual. If Jennings produces out of the gate, though, it’s possible he continues to get fed carries. If you have a safer option, roll with it, but it’s tough to sit a player like Jennings. Get on our forums if you have a dilemma!!!


News: 12/7 – According to reports, the Broncos are leaving the decision to play Week 14 to Julius Thomas’ (ankle).
Take: So, nothing has changed here. The call will be made before this afternoon game, which means fantasy owners have to decide before the morning games whether they start him, or at least wait on him. Make sure you have an afternoon TE replacement if you wait on the guy, and Jacob Tamme is iffy for this one as well, which means you might not be able to even turn to him last-minute.


News: 12/7 – Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) is active for Week 14.
Take: Word is that he is quite stiff looking, though. Despite inconsistent play lately, we still like Steve Smith Sr. – at least as a WR3/flex. Torrey is clearly playing at WR2-type levels, and if starting, he needs to be played, but don’t overlook Smith Sr. at your flex spot unless your alternative is super strong.


News: 12/7 – Browns TE Jordan Cameron is active for Week 14 against Indy.
Take: He’s a risky play for sure, but whether you play him depends on your alternatives. Get on our Forums if you have dilemmas and need help!!!!


News: 12/7 – Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for Week 14 against the Bucs.
Take: There wasn’t really a question with this one. He is gold as always and a top 1-4WR start. Reggie Bush is also active, but is a risky RB3 or flex play.


News: 12/7 – Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) is inactive for Week 14.
Take: This was expected, but get him out of lineups!


News: 12/7 – Browns RB Isaiah Crowell is active for Week 14 against the Colts.
Take: As we just recently reported, he is a strong bet for a TD.


News: 12/7 – According to Rotoworld, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Cardinals expect Larry Fitzgerald (knee) to play Week 14 against KC.
Take: Given how bad that AZ passing attack has been, Fitz is a risky play unless he is a WR3 in deeper leagues, especially since he isn’t quite 100 percent. Keep tabs on this one, as he is still technically ‘questionable’ for this one. We will Smart Alert out any changes before kickoff!


News: 12/7 – According to Rotoworld, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Browns expect Isaiah Crowell (hip) to play Week 14 against Indy.
Take: Definitely check back with us before kickoff, as setbacks happen all the time during warm-ups, but the runner appears to be a go for Week 14. He is a solid RB2 in larger leagues. He has very strong touchdown upside.


News: 12/7 – ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Ravens RB Justin Forsett (knee) “will play” against Miami in Week 14.
Take: This was expected, as we reported a bit ago on this. Forsett is a low-end RB1 whenever he is on the field. This may or may not be the case heading into 2015 and beyond, this will certainly be something we attack during the off-season for sure, but for the remainder of the 2014 fantasy football season, the guy will continue to be a fantasy horse.


News: 12/7 – As we have reported all week long, the playing status of Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) will truly be a last-minute decision, or a decision made hours before kickoff.
Take: This is a tough situation for fantasy owners entering Week 14, the first week of most everyone’s fantasy football playoffs. This is a late game, which means most fantasy owners have to make a big decision before the morning games, so it’s risky to wait on Julius Thomas. Last week, our advice was to consider grabbing and starting Coby Fleener, who went nuts in Week 13. Check waivers for him this week, as he is a sound alternative despite Dwayne Allen being back on the field in Week 14. An emergency option for JT owners could be snagging and holding Jacob Tamme, who would replace JT in this one, but even keep an eye on that, as Tamme is questionable for this game. If Thomas plays, it’s awfully tough not giving him the nod, as he is 2TD-capable any game he plays. Stay tuned, and get on our forums if you have dilemmas that need attention!


News: 12/7 – Ravens RB Justin Forsett (ankle) was limited in practice on Friday and remains questionable for Week 14.
Take: Unless he suffers a setback, and check back on this, Forsett is fully expected to go in Week 14, and he is a low-end RB1 given how well he has been playing as of late. Ride the rusher the rest of the way, he got you this far!


News: 12/7 – Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) is listed as probable for Week 14.
Take: He passed all concussion tests and is ready to return to action, although his coaching staff remains soft on their “he is our guy” stance. Nothing surprises us when it comes to Oakland. Mismanaging how they use their running back group, which has a rising star in Murray, is par for the course. Still, even if limited slightly, Murray is a strong flex-play for sure. He has upside for more, no question, but given the stance of the coaching staff, he has to be valued as a flex in line-ups.


News: 12/7 – All three Patriots, WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder), RB Shane Vereen (ankle), and WR Julian Edelman (thigh), are questionable for Week 14.
Take: Check back with us again, but all are expected to play this week. Vereen is a decent flex option in PPR formats, and LaFell maintains his super-sneaky WR3 value (as he can play like a WR2 when on fire). Edelman is a WR3.


News: 12/7 – Texans TE Garrett Graham (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 14.
Take: It looks like Ryan Griffin will start in his place, but don’t rule out seeing some J.J. Watt action near the goal-line!


News: 12/7 – Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) is questionable for Week 14 against GB.
Take: Be sure to check back with us all morning, but the receiver says he will play.


News: 12/7 – Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) remains questionable for Week 14, although he traveled with the team to Nashville.
Take: The thinking here was that if he made the trip with the team, he’d play, so unless he suffers a setback in warm-ups, it sounds like he is playing. Just use him with caution, given he isn’t likely near 100 percent. Have better options? Get on our Forums and get some advice/help!


News: 12/7 – Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (leg) is very questionable for Week 14, so much so that the team is planning as if he won’t be available.
Take: This is one of those cases where he is expected to be out and the warm-ups could change that, not the other way around. So, get him out of line-ups, and expect a small bump in targets/stats for all three of Andre Roberts, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed.


News: 12/7 – Vikings have placed RB Jerick McKinnon (back) on IR, ending his season.
Take: Both Matt Asiata and Ben Tate will split the work moving forward, but it’s tough to say which back is going to get more carries in Week 14, which makes both extremely risky plays in any league this time of year. Note: There is still a chance Adrian Peterson is active for Week 14. It’s no lock, but check waivers just in case! We have been talking about this all week, and you can bet we will have updates in the coming days! Stay tuned!


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Wk 14: WED Show

ARTICLE: Week 14 Waiver Wire Grabs

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SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 13)

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News: 11/30 – Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is inactive for Sunday night’s Week 13 contest against KC.
Take: Get ready for some double-dipping on both receptions and TDs for at least one of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Jacob Tamme is a decent emergency play if you did wait until the last second on JT, but hopefully some of you grabbed our TE recommendation this week in Coby Fleener, who had 120+ and 2TDs. Good luck with this Sunday night game, folks!


News: 11/30 – Both Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) and RB Shane Vereen (ankle) are active for Week 13 against the Packers.
Take: Both are decent plays, but both have their risks of doing very little some weeks, so be certain they are in a flex spot at most. LaFell, although hit and miss, can drop a big game on any given Sunday. As for Vereen, LeGarrette Blount has the momentum heading into this one and should be a good bet to score in Week 13.


News: 11/30 – Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is inactive for Sunday’s Week 13 game at ATL.
Take: We have adjusted our Analyzers accordingly, get him out of your line-ups if he is in there. Give both Michael Floyd and John Brown bumps due to this, both are decent WR3 plays in larger leagues.


News: 11/30 – UPDATE: Roddy White will not play Week 13
Take: This is an update on a previous report. Harry Douglas is an emergency WR play if you need one. Expect a big game for Julio Jones!
News: 11/30 – Previous Update: According to a few reports, Falcons Roddy White (ankle) remains a game-time decision for Sunday’s Week 11 battle against the Cardinals.
Take: This news just flew in and it’s our job to provide it even when it rolls in last-minute like this — Use a safer play if you have it!


News: 11/30 – According to Rotoworld, FOX’s Jay Glazer is reporting that the Broncos plan to “err on the side of caution” with Julius Thomas’ ankle.
Take: As we suggested all morning, since this game is Sunday night, fantasy owners have two moves here… make a different start early on, or pick-up Jacob Tamme and start whomever gets the nod on Sunday night. Thomas is truly a game-time call. Expect a ton of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders should JT sit.


News: 11/30 – According to Rotoworld, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora is reporting that Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is “making a push to play,” but would be “pretty limited” if active against the Falcons.
Take: This is an afternoon game, so unfortunately fantasy owners may have to make a decision now. If you have a safer option, roll with it, but get on our forums and get some last-minute help with your line-up! I know it’s tough to trust Michael Floyd, or John Brown, with Stanton under center in AZ, but both would get fantasy bumps if Fitz sat.


News: 11/30 – Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) is active for Week 13 against the Colts.
Take: Good news for Reed owners, but he is always a high-risk/high-reward play.


News: 11/30 – Colts TE Dwayne Allen is inactive for Week 13 against the Redskins.
Take: Coby Fleener is a sneaky play here even though he didn’t do much last week.


News: 11/30 – Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is active for Week 13 game against the Titans.
Take: This was expected. He should be in line-ups and will be a RB1 this week. Be certain to check back just in case he suffers any last-minute setbacks, though.


News: 11/30 – Raiders WR Denarius Moore is scratch for Week 13.
Take: Get him out of line-ups. This makes both Andre Holmes and James Jones a bit more attractive plays this week.


News: 11/30 – According to several reports, things aren’t looking too good for Broncos TE Julius Thomas on Sunday night.
Take: He was limited in practice on Friday and remains very iffy for this one. Since the game is Sunday, you almost have to pick up Jacob Tamme and roll with whomever starts, or make the call early and sit Thomas. If you have a tough decision like this, get on our forums! If JT sits, expect huge bumps in targets for both Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.


News: 11/30 – Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is inactive for Week 13 against CAR.
Take: Matt Asiata, Ben Tate and Joe Banyard will all get touches now, but Asiata is the most likely to get the most work. All would be risky plays this week.


News: 11/30 – Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) is inactive for Week 13 against the Bengals.
Take: Get him out of line-ups if he is in there.


News: 11/30 – According to a few reports, NFL Network’s Albert Breer feels that the Browns will take the “reins off” Josh Gordon this week against the Bills.
Take: As I wrote earlier, anything less than 100 yards and a TD seems disappointing for Gordon, that’s how good this guy is. Keep in mind that there could be quite a bit of wind in this game, so that could limit some of the connections between Hoyer and Gordon. Many in fantasy are down on Hoyer right now, but these two, Gordon and Hoyer, will only get better rapport-wise as we head down the stretch. Hoyer is the best passer for Gordon owners, a QB change is the last thing Gordon owners want.


News: 11/30 – NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch might consider retirement after this season.
Take: A lot can happen between now and next season, but this kind of speculation is just one reason why owning Lynch in dynasty is a touch risky. Many, including us, feel that Seattle will cut Lynch in the off-season for both character and salary reasons, which should open the door for Christine Michael. Again, a lot can happen between now and then — talk about this on our forums! As for next week, Lynch is a Rb1… he isn’t much of a fantasy risk here in 2014, he is all beast. Dynasty owners with no shot to win this year should strongly consider selling high right now, though.


News: 11/30 – According to several reports, there is a feeling that Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray will split carries in Week 13.
Take: There is risk in starting either back, as the team could instantly lean on either one once they appear to be the ‘hot hand’ rusher of the moment. Blount has the momentum coming off last week, though, and he is a good bet to score in this one.


News: 11/30 – After being limited on Friday, and after no new updates on Saturday, Julius Thomas enters today very iffy to play Week 13.
Take: Keep checking with us all morning, and know that we will be Smart Alerting any updates out just as soon as we have the info! If you have dilemmas, get on our forums and get some last-minute advice! Post polls in your questions, though, as you will get more help that way with those tough start/bench questions!


News: 11/30 – Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) has been ruled out of Week 13.
Take: Given he didn’t pass the final stage of his concussion protocol, his Week 14 availability has to be at risk as well. Check back on this one for next week. As for Week 13, expect a ton of Josh Gordon. If Gordon doesn’t have 100 yards and at least 1TD against the Bills, I’ll be disappointed.


News: 11/30 – According to mypalmbeachpost.com, Dolphins WR Javaris Landry is the team’s go-to receiver already.
Take: This kid is for real, and he is just one of the many dominate up-and-coming receivers born from this 2014 NFL Draft class. He enters 2015 with some serious dynasty appeal! Buy-low now in dynasty if you can. As for Week 13, I’m thinking 60-70 yard receiving and a score sounds about right for the Dolphin on Monday night against the Jets!


News: 11/30 – Jets TE Jace Amaro (concussion) has been ruled out of Week 13.
Take: Jeff Cumberland will start and deserves a look in the deepest of leagues.


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