2014 Fantasy Football: Week 12 QB and D/ST Streaming Options

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Defense/Special Teams streaming has been a popular option for a while now for fantasy owners. But quarterback streaming has begun being put into use just recently, it seems. As the demand grows we must meet it with a supply of fantasy articles. Each week I’ll highlight as many appealing quarterbacks and defenses fantasy owners can pick up for that week to stream in their starting lineups. As the season progresses, more options will appear as teams and players are dropped and we discover who’s real and who’s not. If you have any questions about these picks or fantasy football in general, hit me up on Twitter @44AMiller.

Ownership percentages listed are ESPN and Yahoo!

Quarterback (Notable quarterbacks on bye: Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton)

1. Josh McCown (14%, 30%) at Chicago – McCown has thrown for 589 yards, four scores and 47 rushing yards in his two games since taking over as starter in Tampa. Now he gets the easiest team to score against for quarterbacks, who’ve given up the second-most touchdowns and 11th-most yards on the season. It just gets worse for the Bears, though, because they’ve allowed 14 touchdowns and picked off just one pass in their last four games. Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson present mismatches for the Bears secondary, and as long as one of them dominates so will McCown.

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2014 Fantasy Football: Week 11 QB and D/ST Streaming Options

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Defense/Special Teams streaming has been a popular option for a while now for fantasy owners. But quarterback streaming has begun being put into use just recently, it seems. As the demand grows we must meet it with a supply of fantasy articles. Each week I’ll highlight as many appealing quarterbacks and defenses fantasy owners can pick up for that week to stream in their starting lineups. As the season progresses, more options will appear as teams and players are dropped and we discover who’s real and who’s not. If you have any questions about these picks or fantasy football in general, hit me up on Twitter @44AMiller.

Quarterback (Notable quarterbacks on bye: Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Michael Vick, Blake Bortles)

Robert Griffin III (51 percent owned ESPN, 60 percent owned Yahoo!) vs. Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year, including six multi-touchdown games to quarterbacks. Griffin looked just fine in his comeback two weeks ago, and he’s had a bye week to get even healthier. The Bucs have nothing to play for and have looked miserable in so many games this year that it’s hard to see Griffin not doing well this week.

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2013 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Monday Night Football – Cowboys at Bears

 

Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys - photo by: illegalshift

Tony Romo – QB – Dallas Cowboys
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Fantasy Football playoffs have arrived! Week 14 Monday Night Football has a lot of fantasy players in the mix, and there is no doubt owners will be glued to the screen for this one to see if they live or die in their matchups.  The Windy City will host some Cowboys Monday Night as Dallas heads to Chicago to take on the Bears.  This game has the makings of a shootout, with both defenses leaving much to be desired, and both with several impressive offensive weapons.  Although the cold will be a factor, there are must starts for both teams at all positions in your lineups this week with the exception of the team defenses which should be avoided like the plague.  I think the Cowboys will walk away with a close victory in a high scoring game.  Let’s take a look at the players that will close out week 14 for your fantasy teams!  You can safely start all of the likely owned players for both teams.  This should be an offensive heavy game from all angles. 

The quarterbacks this week are both excellent matchups against the opposing defenses. However the forecast in Chicago is 22 degrees, which will certainly affect both passers no matter how you slice it.  With that said, I still would have no problem starting either quarterback this week if they are your guy.  Josh McCown is likely a backup on your roster but even he is matched up as a QB-1 this week against the depleted Dallas defense.  Tony Romo has cooled off in November, as we have seen his QB rating fall by month from 105 in September, to 98 in October, to 84 in November.  Obviously this is not a good trend.  However the Bears defense has been so terrible that you can start Romo Monday night without hesitation.  He should reach his projected totals. 

I think the running game on both ends will be big play makers in this one.  The below freezing temperatures could lead the offenses to a stronger push with the ground game which will be huge payouts for fantasy owners of Matt Forte and Demarco Murray. Yes, Matt Forte hasn’t had a rushing touchdown in 5 games but he is an elite runner and a must start.  Demarco Murray feasted on the Raiders in the red zone on Thanksgiving.  He only averaged 3.7 yards on 17 carries but he caught 5 passes for just under 40 yards receiving, and had 3 touchdowns.  He is a must start against arguably the worst rushing defense in the NFL.  The Bears give up the most rushing yards per game, and most average yards per carry.  The stars are aligned for Murray to have a huge game Monday night.

As I mentioned before, the cold weather could impact the passing game, which then of course affects your receivers targets.  We can talk about that all day but there is no way you are not starting any of the fantasy relevant receivers in this game.  Dez Bryant is one of the best receivers in football and is your WR-1.  Brandon Marshall has had quiet games in 2 of the Bears last 3 contests, but with nearly one thousand yards receiving and 9 touchdowns, he is a top 5 fantasy receiver.  Those two guys are obviously in your lineups this week, but then there is Alshon Jeffery who went on a tear last week for just under 250 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He is just as much of a WR-1 as Bryant and Marshall, and is also a must start against the beat up Dallas secondary. 

As far as tight ends go, Jason Witten is a tier-1 tight end, especially against the Bears’ defense.  Martellus Bennett has flashed some great fantasy weeks, and can be considered a top 10 tight end.  Dallas gives up the fourth most points to the tight end position according to “Yahoo! Sports”, so by all means plug him in your lineup.

 All of the hype I have been giving to the offenses for this game says all I need to say about the defenses.  Neither defense should be touched this week, or in any week for that matter.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The bottom line is that you can safely start Romo, McCown, Forte, Murray, Marshall, Jeffery, Bryant, Witten, and Bennett and expect to at the very least hit the projected points.  I think Murray is going to have a monster game.  You are staying away from both team defenses.  Ultimately, the Cowboys are going to win because they have the better quarterback, and overall better team, but it should be a high scoring game on a frigid Chicago night.  Good luck to your fantasy squad, I know you’ll be watching this game to close out the fantasy playoff week!

2013 Fantasy Football, Week 13 Waiver Wire: Josh McCown To Feast On The Vikings

Welcome to TheFantasyFix.com’s week 13 fantasy football waiver wire. We’ll be looking at players like Josh McCown, Nate Burleson, Brandon Bolden and Benny Cunningham that could make a positive impact on your team in week 13 and beyond.

Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I indicate below each name what type of waiver priority I would use on said player as well as the amount of FAAB I’d be willing to use to acquire their services. Despite the lack of high profile names that may be available this late in the season, I continue to be aggressive, not only to build the depth of my own team for a playoff run, but to prevent other teams from adding crucial pieces where possible.

You may notice that a few of these names are making their second appearance on this list, but that’s because those players are not yet owned in as many leagues as they should be. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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2013 Fantasy Football, Week 9 Monday Night Football: Bears at Packers

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– Matt Forte – RB – Chicago Bears -
photo by: football-austria

Monday Night Football for week 9 has a classic rivalry touch to it with the Chicago Bears coming to Lambeau to face the Green Bay Packers.  The Bears on the road without their starting quarterback puts this one solidly in favor of the Packers.  Both teams have disappointing defenses, so this will be decided by offense, and I’m sorry but Josh McCown is not out-dueling Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.  The Packers are taking this one, although it might be a better game than we think.  Here are your fantasy football players by position for Monday Night’s game!
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2013 Fantasy Football: Gold Mine Week 9, Foles, Tolbert, McCulster, Miller

The NFL season is entering into the 3rd quarter of action and has been pretty hectic. I have never seen more up and down fantasy weeks from would be / should be first round talent. From Ray Rice (BAL) 245 yards rushing, to sophomore slumps by Doug Martin (TB) and Alfred Morris (WSH) among others.

But it hasn’t just been from the first rounders but a handful of 2nd and 3rd rounders have been just as pathetic on your season. Hakeem Nicks (NYG) has been an absolute bust, and a top 5 QB like Tom Brady (NE) is barely cracking the top 20.

It’s these players that are making the 2013 fantasy football season an extremely stressful year, and it has forced you to make some very hectic decisions week in and week out.

With the Broncos, Lions, Giants, and 9ers among others on their bye in week 9 scouring the waiver wire will be a critical step to keep your playoff hopes alive.

Check out these players owned in less than 25% of leagues that can step in for you as your superstars take a break.

Quarterbacks:

Nick Foles (PHI): Foles (11.2%) is making his way back onto the field after battling a concussion received at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys in week 7. Prior to being sidelined Foles, had two straight weeks of at least 19 fantasy points including nearly 500 yards passing a 5 scores combined. Foles certainly had a tough day against the Cowboys before going down but is now being resurrected as the starting QB for the Eagles week 9 match up vs. Oakland. Oakland comes in ranked 18th against opposing QBs and has given up at least 15 fantasy points in 5 of their 7 played games so far.

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Josh McCown (CHI): Much like Foles, McCown (0.7%) saw playing time when an injury occurred. In week 7, with the Bears battling the Redskins in a back and forth scoring juggernaut Jay Cutler (CHI) went down with a groin injury. In steps McCown who promptly threw for 204 yards and a score without a single turnover. What made McCown even better was his work on the ground as well grabbing 3 more fantasy points. In week 9, McCown and the Bears take on division rival Green Bay Packers who are ranked 20th against opposing QBs.

Running Backs:

James Starks (GB): It is clear the bell cow in Green Bay is Eddie Lacy (GB) but with how dynamic the Packers offense is both Starks (17.2%) and Jonathan Franklin (GB) are getting a piece of the pie. Starks took a carry for the first time since going down with an injury during his week 3 contest against the Bengals scoring a TD and gaining 57 yards on just 7 carries on Sunday. The Packers face the 26th ranked defense against the run in week 9 and despite how good the passing game is for the Packers they will continue to take advantage of the running game as well.

Mike Tolbert introduced during opening pre - game on  Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Mike Tolbert introduced during opening pre – game on Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Mike Tolbert (CAR): Tolbert is one of those TD vultures you want on your fantasy team during bye weeks where you need a filler. He isn’t very fast and he won’t gain you many yards with a high of 36 yards rushing thus far. But, Tolbert (23.4%) has had double-digit fantasy points in 2 of the last three weeks whilst scoring 5 touchdowns in the last 5 games both on the ground and through the air. The match up isn’t the best in the world with the 12th ranked defense against opposing HBs but the Falcons passing defense is terrible and the Panthers are going to move the ball and put Tolbert in the perfect position to grab a goal line TD or 2.

Wide Receivers:

Riley Cooper (PHI): I mentioned Riley Cooper (10.2%) last week and I was clearly wrong. His 2 catches for 13 yards didn’t add up to much of anything and if you took my advice I apologize. Unfortunately I didn’t predict that Michael Vick (PHI) was still injured but wasn’t saying anything, or that Matt Barkley (PHI) would come in and be just as bad if not worse. This week Cooper gets his QB back in Foles who I mentioned before. With Nick Foles at QB Cooper caught 10 passes for 208 yards and a TD. The Eagles have another favorable match up with the 22nd ranked defense against opposing WRs. With teams taking advantage of the double team on Jackson, Cooper should be in the right place to score big.

Dexter McCluster (KC): McCluster hasn’t been a world-beater thus far, but has been able to pour it on over the last few weeks with 30 total fantasy points. He has secured at least 4 passes and 67 yards in each of the last two with 7 for 67 and a score in week 8. The Chiefs are moving the ball both on the ground and in the air and the match up wasn’t nearly as favorable last week as it is this week. The Bills are currently ranked 2nd worst in the league against opposing WRs giving up multiple touchdowns in 6 of the 8 games and no less than 30 fantasy points to wide outs in 2013. With Dwyane Bowe (KC) not playing like we’d all have hoped he would, look for McCluster to continue to get the targets he has been.

Tight Ends:

Jermaine Gresham (CIN): Gresham (10%) hasn’t been the most impressive TE despite his size and athleticism that many people thought he would be coming out of Oklahoma (BOOOOMER!). However, he hasn’t been terrible either. Gresham has reeled in at least 4 receptions in 5 of the 8 games so far with at least 35 yards in 4 contests. He hasn’t found the end zone much but did record a TD in the dismantling of the Jets on Sunday. Gresham is big, strong, and athletic with all the makings of a very good TE but the Bengals offense has struggled at times to get him the ball in situations that would make him successful. In week 9 the Bengals face the 26th ranked defense against opposing tight ends in Miami. Miami has certainly played well against the TE over the last 3 games including stopping Gronk in week 8 but did give up double-digit fantasy points to tight ends in each of the first 4 games this year with at least one score in each.

Zach Miller (SEA): I really like Miller (12%) but I seem to be the only one. Miller has had a bit of an up and down career starting in Oakland where he had at least 44 receptions in each of the 4 seasons topping out at 66 in 2009. His three years in Seattle haven’t been nearly as promising but you can’t refute he has the talent to be a solid tight end option. Despite only having 15 receptions in 6 games he is averaging more than 8 yards per reception and is tied for the second most TDs of his career. The Seahawks love to move the ball and take chunks out of the air and the ground at a time. With Percy Harvin (SEA) still on the shelf and Sidney Rice (SEA) hitting the shelf with a season ending injury look for Russell Wilson (SEA) and company to get Miller involved. The Seahawks face the Bucs in week 9 whom haven’t given up a ton to opposing tight ends but have been susceptible to giving up TDs.

There are only a few more weeks left in your fantasy regular season and with the large number of high volume offenses on byes over the next few weeks its going to be the small moves that keep you relevant heading into the playoffs.

All stats and percentages re from ESPN.com

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