Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys- Week 15 Stats: 2 car, 13 rush yds

Randle skyrockets to the top of the week 16 waiver wire pecking order thanks to hand injury to fantasy MVP candidate DeMarco Murray. Murray is the league’s leading rusher by more than 400 yards, and if he misses Sunday’s tilt with the Colts Randle immediately becomes an RB1. That offense line is too good to fail, regardless of who is lining up in the backfield (though I’d love to see Trent Richardson try). Keep an eye on DeMarco’s availability at the week progresses.  

Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars- Week 15 Stats: 13 car, 54 rush yds, 2 rec, 9 rec yds

This play is strictly for the desperate for a variety of reasons. First, it’s a Jacksonville running back. But more importantly, it’s a dreaded Thursday night contest (vs. the lowly Titans). I have no problem swinging for the fences, but I literally could not think of anything worse than knowing you pissed away a starting slot during championship week by gambling on a Jags offensive player. If this game was on Sunday at 4:05 pm I could talk myself into it. But on a Thursday? Fat chance. I can’t deal with that type of regret on a work day.

Connor Barth, K, Broncos- Week 15 Stats: 5 FGs, 1 XP

Barth Vader sonned many opposing fantasy teams in week 15, kicking five field goals in the Broncos 22-10 week 15 win over Chargers. Manning’s numbers have been down in recent weeks, but that actually plays to Barth’s strengths. I also like the fact that Denver plays on Monday night this week. He’s the type of the player you can talk yourself into having a chance at winning even if you’re down 15 points after Sunday.

Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers- Week 15 Stats: 6 car, 55 rush yds

Both Hyde (ankle) and Gore (concussion) are questionable for week 16. There’s no guarantee that either of them play, but if you’re in desperate need of an RB2 and Hyde gets the nod, run with it!

Dan’s week 16 Defensive rankings-

You know what they say, defense wins championships. So if any of these options are still floating around on the wire, now is the time to pounce.

1. Bills (@Raiders)- You saw what they did to Aaron Rodgers, just wait until you see what they do to David Carr.

2.  Patriots (@Jets) - Revis Island’s return to the Meadowlands will not go unnoticed

3. Ravens (@Texans) - You’re either getting Tom Savage or Case Keenum.  There is no right answer.

4. Green Bay (@Buccs) - With Detroit hot their tails, there is no way the Pack don’t bounce back in a big way in week 16.  

5. Seattle (@Cardinals) – The reigning Super Bowl champs have finally hit their stripe. Another trip to Super Sunday may be in order.

Longshots that I like-  Giants at St. Louis, Eagles at Washington, Panthers vs. Browns

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

Kerwynn Williams, RB, Cardinals- Week 14 Stats: 19 car, 100 rush yds

When news broke that Andre Ellington was taking a trip to the IR list, fantasy owners flocked to the wires to scoop up Stepfan Taylor, Ellington's presumed heir. But it was Kerwynn Williams who ended up seeing the lion's share of the carries in the Cardinals backfield. Williams cracked the century mark on 19 carries, helped to ensure Arizona became the first team in the league to reach double digit wins. He has got a tough task ahead of head, and a short week of rest, but if you're happy with a starting someone who is guaranteed 12 touches, Williams is your guy. 

Charles Johnson, WR, Vikings- Week 14 Stats: 4 rec, 103 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Johnson earned the start Sunday over struggling second year wide out  Cordarrelle Patterson, and shined in his absence. The 6’2” speedster out of Grand Valley State caught four balls for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings overtime victory over the Jets Sunday. He’s now put up fantasy startable numbers in three of his last four games and appears to be Teddy Bridgewater’s most trusted target. I don’t like the week 15 matchup against the Lions stout defense, but if you are desperate, there are certainly worse options out there.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Bears- Week 14 Stats: 2 rec, 19 rec yds

The door for potential is definitely open for Marquess Wilson. The second year receiver out of Washington State is expected to carry much of the burden left in the wake of Brandon Marshall’s season ending rib and lung injury. He’ll get the start alongside Alshon Jeffery Monday night versus New Orleans. And though it would be foolish to bank on the Marshall’s level of production, Wilson is still an intriguing flex/WR3 play for your semifinal matchup.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers- Week 14 Stats: 20 car, 155 rush yds, 1 rush TD

Stewart ran all over a pathetic Saints defense in the Superdome last weekend, carrying the rock 20 times for a season high 155 yards a score in the Panthers 41-10 win. The win snapped a six game losing streak and shows flashes of what could have been, if not for a constant committee backfield split between Stewart and the now-injured DeAngelo Williams (finger). If Williams sits out this week’s contest again the lowly Buccaneers, have fun riding Stewart all the way to your league’s championship game.

Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs- Week 14 Stats: 1 car, 4 rush yds

This is the ultimate lottery ticket play, as first string back and fantasy savior Jamaal Charles deals with a swollen knee and ankle issues. Charles is listed as questionable as of Tuesday, but should he miss this week’s game against the Raiders Davis will immediately become an unquestioned top 10 fantasy play in week 15. At this point in the season it’s better to look for long shots that can swing a game for you, rather than dead weight depth that you’re never going to play at the end of your bench.

-fresh (@danye33

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

Kenny Stills, WR, Saints- Week 13 Stats- 5 rec, 162 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Kenny is still the Saints receiver I’d trust the most to start as we enter the fantasy football playoffs. He leads the team in yards on the year (691) and has seen a nice uptick in targets since teammate Brandin Cooks went down with a season ending thumb injury in week 11. On Sunday the second year speedster torched veteran Ike Taylor for 162 yards and a score in the Saints 35-32 win over the Steelers. He’s a locked and loaded flex play the rest of the season with WR3 upside. For comparison, I’d feel more comfortable starting him than hit-or-miss guys like Percy Harvin, Mohamed Sanu, Michael Floyd and Michael Crabtree.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Texans- Week 13 Stats: 24 of 33 for 358 pass yds, 6 TDs, 147.5 passer rating

Ryan Six-Patrick returned from the dead Sunday, filling in for the injured quarterback who stole his job from three weeks ago. The Harvard grad had a near perfect game, throwing a franchise record 6 touchdowns as well as 358 yards in the Texans division win over the Titans. I’d be willing to bet my salary he doesn’t duplicate these numbers at any point over the final four games, but with another plus matchup versus the Jags on Sunday he’s an enticing daily fantasy option.

Stedman Bailey, WR, Rams- Week 13 Stats- 5 rec, 100 rec yds

This is admittedly a DEEP longshot, but Bailey had Steadily produced these past two weeks so it’s worth mentioning that he’s turned 15 targets into 12 catches for 189 yards and a score. You never want to let your fantasy fate rest of the arm of a QB like Austin Davis, but targets don’t lie. One of either Bailey or Kenny Britt are going to have startable fantasy days each week, it just depends how much of a gamble you are willing to take.  

Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts- Week 13 Stats- 3 rec, 134 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

Moncrief remains a boom or bust fantasy option, but when he goes off, like he did on Sunday for 134 yards and two scores, take cover. He's clearly the superior talent to an at this point in his career washed up Hakeem Nicks. The only question that remains is whether or not Chuck Pagano and company are ready to go all in on the rookie out of Ole Miss. At this point he's worth owning, but I think I'd need to see an injury to Reggie Wayne or Nicks before starting him with any semblance of confidence. 

Chris Johnson, RB, Jets- Week 13 Stats: 17 car, 105 rush yds

Granted the Jets were coddling quarterback Geno Smith to the fullest, but CJ2.0YPC looked like his old, explosive self in his season high 17 carry, 105 rushing yard performance under the lights at MetLife on Monday. This could be a sign of things to come, as the New York appears content with becoming fully one dimensional if it means minimizing the chances Geno Smith ends up on Sportscenter’s “Not Top 10.” He should see at least 15 touches per game the rest of the way, though the fact that he plays for such an anemic offense would worry to me to no end if I had to actually plug him in my starting lineup. 

-fresh (@danye33)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The 2 Man Weave Podcast #16 with Miggs

In this special Black Friday edition of the 2 Man Weave Podcast, Miggs and I talk about our peers bizarre need to interject themselves into everything that is going on in the world via social media- in this case, the Ferguson riots. We also talk about the best redemption story of 2014, craft the perfect pizza slice and dish the dirt on some fantasy football drama we're both dealing with. 

@danye33 / @NickMiggs

Friday, November 28, 2014

Real World Star Ryan Knight Dead At 29

Ryan Knight, of The Real World Challenge and Real World New Orleans fame, died Thursday morning. The 29 year old reality star allegedly choked on his own vomit in his sleep following a night of partying with friends. TMZ is reporting that he had taken "some pills" earlier that night.

Knight rose to fame for his on again, off again tumultuous relationship with fellow cast mate Jemmye Carroll, and for knowing how to push the buttons of pretty much every person in the house.

One of those people was Frank Sweeney. The two nearly came to blows during their time together on Rivals II, culminating in an attack at the reunion show.

Jemmye claims drugs played a role in Knight's behavior that evening.

Prior to the reunion, the two headstrong rivals had gotten into a very heated back and forth exchange on twitter, that ended with Frank eerily predicting Knight's untimely death.

Knight is the second Real World cast member to pass this month. Diem Brown lost her battle with cancer on November 14th. They will both appear posthumously on Battle of the Exes II this January.

We'll all be watching with a heavy heart.

-fresh (@danye33)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers- Week 12 Stats: 12 car, 78 rush yds, 2 rush TDs

Talk about the tale of two weeks. Last week's waiver wire gem Jonas Gray followed up his 200 yard, 4 touchdown performance with a healthy DNP, and LeGarrette Blount goes from sulking on the Steelers sidelines to scoring twice for the hottest team in the league. As always, play Belichick running back roulette at your own risk, but Blount should be able to get your score high in the coming weeks.  

Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins- Week 12 Stats: 7 rec, 50 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

The league’s leading return man continues to show that he can affect a game on more than just special teams. The rookie out of LSU has 24 catches and 4 touchdowns in his last four games, nearly doubling WR1 Mike Wallace’s production over that same stretch. He’s a legitimate red zone threat and someone you can start with confidence at WR3 or Flex if you’re in a pickle heading into the playoffs.

Tim Wright, TE, Patriots- Week 12 Stats: 5 rec, 36 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

The Pats offense is clicking like Dorothy’s heels, which means there are plenty of points to be passed around. Wright has been inconsistent this season while working to get acclimated to a new system, but he’s still managed to find the end zone six times (6th best among all TE’s). Every eligible receiver has a chance to score every time Brady drops back. So If you’re tired of getting underwhelming results from Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Owen Daniels and the like, and feel like swinging for the fences, Wright may be your best bet.

Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles- Week 12 Stats: 30 of 43 for 307 pass yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 4 car, 4 rush yds

 Sanchez has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of his three starts and he's averaging more than 40 pass attempts per game over that stretch. So his pension for picks doesn't worry me quite as much as it would within a different offense. But the Eagles put up points (more than 35 a game with Mark under center) and you just aren't going to find this type of volume passer sitting on the wire this late in the season. At this stage of the season I would confidently start Sanchez over Matt Ryan, Phillip Rivers, Colin Kaepernick and Matt Stafford. 

Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders- Week 12 Stats: 4 car, 112 rush yds, 2 rush TDs

Here's what I wrote about Murray last week:
This move is purely speculative, but one would think that it would behoove the 0-10 Raiders to see what they’ve got in Latavius Murray, the second year back out of Central Florida. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Dew have both been hot messes this season, leaving Oakland with nothing to lose by looking to the future. Murray averaged more than 10 YPC in the Raiders 13-6 loss to the Chargers. They’ve got a brutal schedule coming up from a rushing perspective (K.C. twice, San Fran, St. Louis and Buffalo for the remainder of the fantasy season) but he is someone to keep an eye on in the event he catches lighting in a bottle as their pitiful year trots to a close.
Here's what Murray did last week: 4 carries, 112 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns

Assuming he gets cleared from his concussion, he is a top 25 play at running back this week.  

-fresh (@danye33)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos- Week 11 Stats: 9 car, 29 rush yds, 8 rec, 86 rec yds

This seemed almost unthinkable just two weeks ago, but C.J. Anderson is without question the Broncos starting running back for the foreseeable future. With Ronnie Hillman out 2-6 weeks with a foot injury, and Montee Ball sidelined indefinitely with a groin injury, the job is his to lose. Anderson was effective in the Denver’s shocking 22-7 loss to the Rams, catching eight balls for 86 yards out of the backfield, but sub 3 YPC rushing leaves lots of room for improvement. Aside from the aforementioned shelved running backs, the Broncos are banged up in the passing game too with Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders going down on Sunday, so look for Anderson to continue to play a prominent role in their week 12 showdown versus the Dolphins. C.J. is a sure fire RB2 with RB1 upside until his competition heals.  

Coby Fleener, TE, Colts- Week 11 Stats: 7 rec, 144 rec yds

Fleener had what was by far his most productive game of the season in Sunday’s 42-20 loss to the Patriots. The third year man out of Stanford served as Luck’s de facto check down option after running back Ahmad Bradshaw fractured his fibula and fellow tight end Dwayne Allen left the game with an ankle injury. Both Fleener and Allen are in the midst of respectable fantasy campaigns, and if one should miss any time (in this case Allen) the other should immediately sky rocket to TE1 production levels.

Jonas Gray, RB, Patriots- Week 11 Stats: 38 car, 199 rush yds, 4 TD

The Colts saw all 50 shades of Jonas Gray Sunday night. The undrafted rookie, and former standup comic, put up the best fantasy game of the 2014 season, carrying the ball 38 times for 199 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win. Starting a Belichick running back can be a dicy proposition, but if you strike gold on a night where that’s their game plan it can win the week for you. At this stage in the season Gray must be owned in all formats, though his low floor puts him more in the RB2/flex discussion until we start to see some consistency. 

Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders- Week 11 Stats: 4 car, 47 rush yds, 3 rec, 16 rec yds

This move is purely speculative, but one would think that it would behoove the 0-10 Raiders to see what they’ve got in Latavius Murray, the second year back out of Central Florida. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Dew have both been hot messes this season, leaving Oakland with nothing to lose by looking to the future. Murray averaged more than 10 YPC in the Raiders 13-6 loss to the Chargers. They’ve got a brutal schedule coming up from a rushing perspective (K.C. twice, San Fran, St. Louis and Buffalo for the remainder of the fantasy season) but he is someone to keep an eye on in the event he catches lighting in a bottle as their pitiful year trots to a close.

Daniel Herron, RB, Colts- Week 11 Stats: Did Not Record Any Offensive Stats

It's not going to be easy to replicate Ahmad Bradshaw's stellar production as a hybrid receiving-back in the Colts high octane offense, but Daniel Herron should at least get a crack at it to see if he is capable. If he can achieve 75% of Bradshaw's stats it would make him a serviceable start in PPR formats. Indy has a much needed cake matchup against the Jags in week 12, look for them to throw Herron the keys and see if he is up for the drive.  

Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins- Week 11 Stats: 5 rec, 46 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Landry has long been owned in all leagues that reward points for return yards (he leads the NFL with 798), but he's been slowly climbing his way up the Fins wide receiver depth chart. In recent weeks Jarvis has solidified himself as a top 3 option on the passing game- hauling in five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in their week 11 win over the Bills. There's no denying his boom or bust potential, but if you're feeling froggy, this is the guy to take a leap on. 

-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups


Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles- Week 9 Stats: 15 of 22 for 202 pass yds, 2 pass TDs, 2 INTs

I honestly never thought I’d write these words, but Mark Sanchez is worthy of a roster spot on your fantasy team. After Nick Foles went down broken collarbone early in the Eagles 31-21 win over the Texans, Sanchez came in and got dirty, throwing for 200+ yards and a pair of scores. The fact of the matter is he has never been surrounded by this caliber of weapons, and he’s never had an offensive coach worthy of shining Chip Kelly’s shoes. Sanchez has the talent, and now he has the opportunity to redeem himself from the “butt fumble.” A perfect plug and play for Brady, Luck and Rivers owners dealing with byes in week 10.  

Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers- Week 9 Stats: 3 rec, 44 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

In case you skipped last week’s column, here’s what I had to say about the 6’5” rookie from Clemson:
Anytime your quarterback throws 6 touchdowns and passes for more than 500 yards his receivers stats are bound to be inflated. But don’t let Sunday’s once-in-a-season (if you’re lucky) outburst scare for you from dropping some serious waiver budget on Bryant, the rookie out of Clemson. He’s now scored three times in the last two games, emerging as a big time red zone threat.
Bryant followed up his breakout performance by catching two more touchdown passes in the Steelers Sunday night bashing of Baltimore. He’s now got five scores in his last three games, and is not-so-quietly surpassing Markus Wheaton on Pittsburgh’s WR depth chart. Until proven otherwise, I’d happily move Martavis to my WR3 slot and not look back. This is only the beginning of what is sure to be a bright fantasy career.

Terrance West, RB, Browns- Week 9 Stats: 15 car, 48 rush yds, 1 rec, 2 rec yds, 1 rec TD

Look, I’m not going to sugar coat this. I would be lying if I even pretended to know the rhyme or reason behind Mike Pettine’s bipolar backfield. But with that being said, Ben Tate has looked broken down and decrepit in recent weeks, Isaiah Crowell has been missing in action, and Terreance West has been slightly above average, so in this case I say ride the lukewarm hand. He out-touched Tate 16-14 in their win over the Bucs and his role should continue to grow. I don’t think West is a guy who is going to win you your league, but a flex fill in during the heart of bye weeks? Sure, why not.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars- Week 9 Stats: 7 rec, 112 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

It’s hard to trust anyone whose fantasy production rests solely on the arm of Blake Bortles, but Hurns production does not deserve to go unrecognized. He was targeted a team high nine times in the Jags 33-23 loss to the Bengals, hauling in seven passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. This was the rookie’s second multi-score game of the season. I know it’s not saying much, but he’s got a much higher ceiling than Cecil Shorts at this stage of their careers.

Mychal Rivera, TE, Raiders- Week 9 Stats: 8 rec, 38 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

Gronk owners rejoice! Your savior is here and his name is Mychal Rivera (assuming you don’t already own Travis Kelce or Heath Miller). Rivera flowed into the end zone twice in the Raiders closer-than-expected 30-24 loss to the Seahawks. He was targeted a team high 11 times and should continue to be heavily utilized while playing from behind against the Broncos this at Mile High. It’s no secret that bad quarterbacks rely heavily on their tight ends as safety blankets, and I fully intend on wrapping myself up in some Mychal come Sunday. 

-fresh (@danye33)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Cowboys Fan Handles Loss to Redskins With Class and Elegance... Just Kidding, He Destroyed Everything In Sight Including The TV and Fish Tank

Why the hell would anyone voluntarily chose to live with this guy? I get if it's your brother and you grew up in the same house, or if you got assigned as roommates in the dorms at college, but as an adult you've got to be kidding me. I don't feel bad for anyone in this video. This is what they signed up for. They brought the tornado upon themselves. If this nutcase is smashing TV's, TiVo's and fish tanks over a week 8 game, I can only imagine the shit he's pulled over the course of their friendship. 

There's literally a 0% chance he hasn't punched a hole in the wall at some point in his life over a lost beer pong game. 

-fresh (@danye33)