Author: Chuck White

Week 5 fantasy football advice: Start ’em and sit ’em

Want to know how crazy we’ve gotten to with Week 5 of fantasy football in 2015?

Andy Dalton and Devonta Freeman are the two of the three highest scoring fantasy players this season. Carson Palmer and Tyrod Taylor are No. 5 and No. 7, respectively.

None of this is that unusual as it’s really how fantasy plays out each year. There are offenses on the rise, where players on that team are much more likely to score or breakout. The Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, and even Oakland Raiders to some extent could qualify. Then there are players who can’t be sat anymore. I’ve had Cam Newton on this list before, but he’s carried his whole offense and can’t be sat at any times now.

Here are our Week 5 fantasy football picks!

Start ‘Em

QB: Eli Manning

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via ibtimes.com

Eli was successful against that tough Buffalo Bills defense, even though he did throw a pick. Rueben Randle is coming on for him and this week he’s got the 9ers. I would even consider Rashad Jennings in some leagues because he’s catching a lot out of the backfield.

QB: Sam Bradford

He’s back on the list… again. I know he hasn’t done much when I put him here before, but last week was his best week fantasy wise, and he could have another nice game against the New Orleans Saints. There’s still that risk because he is Sam Bradford, but he could be worth the chance.

RB: T.J. Yeldon

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via bleacherreport.com

He had his first 100-yard game, now it’s time for his first touchdown of his career. The Buccaneers have allowed at least 23 points in fantasy three out of the four games, so he’s got that going for him. Yeldon gets a lot of touches and is in line for a good one.

RB: Todd Gurley

Get this guy in daily leagues and don’t think about benching him for season leagues. He shredded a nasty Cardinals defense last week. Against a decent Packers run defense, he’s gonna get touches and if he’s as good as he looked last week, he’ll rack up points.

WR: Jeremy Maclin

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via cbs.com

Maclin has almost 300 receiving yards over the last two weeks and 24 targets. It’s a stretch to think he’ll get into the end zone at this point, but he should get at least 70 or 80 yards. Great flex option and a touchdown would be a bonus.

WR: Mike Evans

At least 10 targets in his last two games after coming back from injury, Evans makes this list again with a match up with the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. Eventually he’ll start finding the end zone like last season.

TE: Charles Clay

He’s put up big numbers the last two weeks and been a staple on the Bill’s offense. Now he plays the Titans.

Sit ‘Em

QB: Andy Dalton

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via usatoday.com

Yes, the second-best fantasy player is in the “sit ’em” category. Seattle Seahawks. That’s who he’s playing and there’s no way he’ll have a giant day against them.

QB: Matt Stafford

He sits again, this time with a matchup against the Cardinals coming up. Even if he wasn’t facing all these tough opponents, he hasn’t looked good enough to start.

RB: Dion Lewis

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via foxsports.com

It’s just to hard to predict what the Patriots running back situation is going to be like. LeGarrette Blount has been getting the goalline carries but Lewis has stepped up into Shane Vereen’s old role as the pass catcher. I don’t think he scores more than eight to ten points per game the rest of the year, and Blount could be a better option.

RB: Joseph Randle

A goal-line fumble hurt him a lot last week and Darren McFadden had a bunch of second half carries. He’s slated to start this week against the Patriots but he might split carries with DeMarco Murrau. Also, all the catches out of the backfield go to Lance Dunbar, so that takes away a few points from him every week.

WR: Tavon Austin

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Don’t start Tavon Austin because he’s cheap and he had two scores last week. That’s all that needs to be said.

WR: Kendall Wright

Marcus Mariota’s favorite target plays the Buffalo Bills who just shut down Odell Beckham, Jr. last week. Delanie Walker isn’t a bad play, but Buffalo will likely try and take Wright out of the game.

TE: Jared Cook

After leading the Rams in yards and targets the first two weeks (and making the start ’em side!) he hasn’t done anything since.

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NFL first quarter awards: The best and worst everything

We’ve made it through the first four weeks of the NFL season.

(Hooray!)

A bunch of teams are 4-0 and a bunch are under .500, which is strange. A coach has been fired, upsets have happened and QBs have got hurt left and right. Here are some “special” achievements through Week 4 and our NFL first quarter awards banquet!

Worst Offseason Move

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It’s only been four weeks, but the Dolphins defensive line has been one of the worst in the league. They are not getting to the quarterback or stopping the run at all. Ndamukong Suh was brough it with a contract over $100 million dollars. The players don’t like their defensive coordinator’s schemes of read and reacting instead of attacking. which could be why Suh has been accused of freelancing and not following the plays.

Most Ridiculous Play (In A Bad Way)

It has to be the Brandon Marshall attempted lateral right into Philly linebacker Conner Barwin’s helmet. He even said it was the worst play in NFL history. It’s not even like there’s much upside to the play, as Eagles were all around.

Most Ridiculous Play (In A Good Way)

Breakout Star

It’s got to be Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. And here’s one reason why.

That’s just one of the many terrific plays he’s made this season. He already has three picks and two of them he returned for a touchdown. He’s a giant reason the Panthers are 4-0.

Fading Star

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Frank Gore. Sorry, Colts fans. He just doesn’t have the burst anymore, not to mention he’s fumbled a few times around the goal line this year. The Colt’s offensive line is bad, but even when he’s had space he hasn’t taken advantage of it.

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Jim Caldwell. This isn’t realistic because they are coming off a playoff season. But they are 0-4 after making the playoffs last year!

After blowing a lead against the Chargers the offense have looked terrible. Wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate have been close to useless. They have a pass rush but not much else. Caldwell should take the blame from the team getting so much worse over since last season.

the 1-3 Team that could sneak into the playoffs

The Ravens would need to go 8-4 to finish at 9-7, something that could sneak them in in the AFC. If the defense can figure things out it is possible. They get the Browns then the 49ers with a chance to get to 3-3.

THE 3-1 Team that could miss the playoffs

The New York Jets. They’ve had a nice start, but it all has to come down, right? The defense is real but they beat the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and Cleveland Browns, so… I don’t see them sticking around near the top.

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Top 5 worst NFL performances by a backup quarterback

This season, backup quarterbacks have fared pretty well. Luke McCown threw for over 300 yards, Michael Vick squeaked out a win before a loosing to the Ravens. Heck, even Brandon Weeden didn’t look absolutely terrible.

But that’s usually not the case.

When Mike Tomlin said Vick did his job against the St. Louis Rams just by getting them out of the door, he wasn’t lying. Keeping everything from going to hell is the most important thing a backup can do.

Here are the top five times a backup quarterback did the opposite of that.

5. Chad Henne: Jaguars vs. Raiders – October 21, 2012

October 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) is sacked by Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Miles Burris (56) in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

via: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

With the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders both 1-4, Chad Henne came into the game in the second quarter. Blaine Gabbert was having the game of his life going 8-for-12 for 110 yards and a touchdown, but was injured early. The Raiders seconanary was clearly a mess, but Henne was an even bigger one. He came in with a 17-6 lead only to go 9-for-20 for 71 yards and no scores, while taking three sacks and looking generally helpless.

The Raiders would come back in overtime and win and thankfully this was Henne’s worst showing of the season.

4. Josh Freeman: Vikings vs Giants – October 21, 2013

Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman looks to pass in the second half against the Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, on Monday, October 21, 2013. Giants won 23-7. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

via Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin

This was a Monday Night Football and Hosh Freeman was only a couple weeks removed from being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants won 23-17 and Freeman’s 20-for-53 performance with just 190 yards would be the last time he played a snap in the NFL.

The fact that it was a Monday night game and had so much publicity helps, but the fact it was literally Freeman’s last NFL action cements it.

3. Chris Weinke: Carolina vs. Atlanta – Both 2002 games

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Chris Weinke had lost 15 straight games in 2001, so it wasn’t a surprise he was made a backup the next year. He played the second half of one of the games against the Atlanta Falcons due to injury and some of the second and third quarter in the next game against them… before he was benched for the third string.

He went a combined 6-for-16 in all four quarters throwing for 52 yards. He wouldn’t see any real action again until 2005.

2. Bruce Gradkowski: Browns vs. Steelers – December 28, 2008

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski #7 of the Cleveland Browns looks to pass the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 28, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

via: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Bruce Gradkowski’s actually had some decent moments as a backup throughout his career, but needless to say this day wasn’t one of them. He put up a blistering 5-for-16 for 18 yards and two picks. Josh Cribbs even threw an 8-yard pass in that 31-0 nothing blowout.

He was facing a Steelers team that would go on to win the Super Bowl but there’s not much to say about those numbers.

Honorable Mention: Curtis Painter – The entire 2011 season

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Curtis Painter was forced to start nine games due to Peyton Manning’s neck surgery… and they went 0-9. He finished with around 1,500 yards and six touchdowns to nine interceptions. If the backup’s job is to make sure everything doesn’t go to hell, he helped contribute to the whole season going that way.

Which of course worked out great for the Colts and got them Andrew Luck and they made the playoffs the next year. F*ck me and every other Jaguars fan.

  1. Ryan Lindley: Cardinals vs. Panthers – January 3, 2015 (NFC Wild Card)

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Ryan Lindley was forced to end the season and start this divisional game due to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton being knocked out. The worst part is the Arizona Cardinals were still are a good team. Yes, Lindley was the third-string, but it shouldn’t have been this bad.

This game could have been won with any form of “not the worst thing ever” type of quarterback play. Instead, he went 16-for-28 for just 82 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the 27-16 loss. I actually fell asleep during an NFL playoff game because it was so ridiculous, only to wake up to Jon Gruden yelling when the Cardinals last-ditch effort at a lateral play lost them 20 or so yards meaning Lindley just set the record for lowest passing yards in a playoff game.

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Week 4 fantasy football picks: Start ’em and sit ’em

Here are your Week 4 fantasy football picks. You’ll see some familiar faces from Week 3. Enjoy!

Start ‘Em

QB: Tyrod Taylor

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via bills.com

Yes, we are on the #TyrodTrain. He’s been a top-five quarterback through the first three weeks of the season. We knew he’d get it done on the ground but he has been just as good through the air. This week he faces a Giant’s defense that allows over 18 points per game to opposing quarterbacks.

QB: Derrick Carr

TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS OF DERRICK CARR! Making this list for a second straight week due to a second straight 300-yard game. He’s got real targets and Amari Cooper has started off great. Carr and Taylor are the biggest surprises of this young season. Now after shredding the Browns defense, he faces a Bears team that isn’t much of a defensive factor.

RB: Karlos Williams

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via sportingworldreport.com

Williams is average an insane 7.8 yards-per-carry and while that’s not sustainable, LeSean McCoy looks like he’s going to sit out this weeks game. They play the Giants, who also allow backs to put up back fantasy numbers. With Williams emergence it makes sense to why the Bills moved on from Fred Jackson.

RB: Mark Ingram

Ingram’s had a solid start to the season and now matches up with a Cowboys team that allowed Devonta Freeman to run all over them. New Orleans needs to stress the running game as well, even with Drew Brees back.

WR: James Jones

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via newsday.com

Cobb is the clear start from the Packers receiving corps but Jones does have four touchdowns and is on pace for 1,000 yards this season. The play the 49ers who allow the fourth most points to opposing wide receivers.

WR: Donte Moncrief

He has a touchdown in each game and is the clear No. 2 receiving option on the Colts so far. This week they play a Jaguars team that has a depleted secondary. Expect another score at least.

TE: Jason Witten

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via rantsports.com

Weeden looked to Witten early and often last week and nothing should change this week. They play the Saints, who just allowed tight end Greg Olsen to go crazy on them last week.

Sit ‘Em

QB: Ryan Tannehill

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via rantsports.com

Tannehill did not have any success against one of the league’s better defenses in the Bills, and there’s not much to think that ill change with their matchup against the Jets this week. He hasn’t lived up to his fantasy hype and won’t this week.

QB: Eli Manning

Just like Tannehill, Manning won’t have much success against the Bills this Sunday. A couple of picks are likely, don’t expect much from him fantasy wise.

RB: Jeremy Hill

November 02 2014: Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill celebrates his 60-yard touchdown run during the Bengals 33-23 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After a good opening week, Hill’s been off to a slow start to the season. Now the Bengals face a Chiefs team that is tough against the run.

RB: Matt Jones

Jones was a popular week three start after a big Week 2, but he’s not yet the lead back on Washington and can’t be counted on for a good amount of touches each week.

WR: Travis Benjamin

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via fansided.com

Benjamin managed to find the end zone last week with Josh McCown leading the way, but he only had four catches for 46 yards besides that. I don’t trust him even though he’s scored at least one touchdown in each of the games this season.

WR: Jarvis Landry

The Dolphins most reliable receiver hasn’t had a huge fantasy impact, thanks to lack of red zone targets. but this week will be even more tough on him against the Jets.

TE: Heath Miller

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Without Big Ben and their long time chemistry, it looks like a stretch to say he’s going to have an impact with Michael Vick at the helm.

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Week 3 fantasy football picks: Start ’em and sit ’em!

Injuries are pilling up and so are big performances by the unexpected. Travis Benjamin and David Johnson are just a couple of players that blew up recently. Here are some under-the-radar Week 3 fantasy football picks.

Start ‘Em

QB: Derrick Carr

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via abc.com

Why not? Carr just went off for 350+ and a couple scores against the Ravens. The Browns have a good secondary but the second-year QB just tore up a sound Ravens defense. He’s a great fill-in for Romo or a struggling quarterback.

QB: Blake Bortles

Coming off what may have been his best day as a pro, he’ll be facing a defense that’s No. 1 in picks and sacks. Chances are he’ll throw the ball a lot to keep up with Brady and the Patriots did allow Tyrod Taylor to have a big fantasy day and put up points.

RB: James Starks

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via foxsports.com

If Eddie Lacy is unable to play in the Monday night game Starks should be your option. The longtime Packer has been a consistent backup and finds room when in the game. He’ll get his goal-line chances as well.

RB: Jonathan Stewart

This could be the week Stewart finally gets into the end zone against the Saints. Doug Martin had 98 yards against them but failed to score. Stewart is a great flex option even just based off the number of carries he gets per game.

WR: Allen Robinson

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via fansided.com

Allen Robinson burst onto the fantasy scene last week with 155 yards and two scores. Bortles may have to throw a lot up in New England and he should keep going deep to Robinson. Even garbage time points are a possibility for those two.

WR: Michael Crabtree

One of my fantasy sleepers coming into the year, Crabtree went off for 100 plus and a score. Against the Browns Joe Haden should guard Amari Cooper, leaving Crabtree with a lot of targets.

TE: Jared Cook

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Cook is leading the Rams in yards and targets and will face a Steelers team that is giving up scores and yards to tight ends. Foles will continue to look his way.

Sit ‘Em

QB: Matt Stafford

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via freep.com

Stafford faces a tough Denver team and hasn’t looked that impressive yet this season. He’s banged up anyways but should play, so it’s not a good recipe for a big game this weekend.

QB: Sam Bradford

After being on the start side that last two weeks and disappointing, he falls down here mostly due to the matchup. Well, sort of. Maybe against a weaker defense Bradfor could get things on track but not against the Jets.

RB: Lamar Miller

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via sportsworldreport.com

Miller has only 67 yards through two games and this won’t be his breakout week against the Bills. His backup even scored on a pass last week and the Dolphins running game is nonexistent.

RB: Justin Forsett

Last year’s fantasy breakout star hasn’t came through with much yet this season. I think he’ll get around 60 or 70 yards again but no scores. He is not getting goal line touches as they are going to Lorenzo Taliaferro.

WR: Golden Tate

via USAtoday.com
via USAtoday.com

Just like Matt Stafford, Tate suffers from the same matchup and the same unimpressive start to the season. Even last year with Megatron in the lineup he didn’t produce near as much as he did without.

WR: Jeremy Maclin

Maclin will go as far as his quarterback’s arm takes him, which is about 10 yards down the field. He gets a lot of targets but nothing else besides that warrants a start.

TE: Martellus Bennett

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via thebiglead.com

Bennett will face a Seahawks defense with Chancellor back and possibly a backup quarterback. Leave him on the bench.

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