Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 7: Just another ho-hum week in Fantasyland

Brandon Marshall is screaming at BFF Jay Cutler.

Peyton Manning breaks the all-time touchdown record, but leaves Julius Thomas out of the fun.

DeMarco Murray one-ups the legendary Jim Brown.

And Bills running backs drop like flies.

What’s next, the Jaguars are going to win a football game?

It was that kind of weekend in Fantasyland. One of those quirky weeks when usually reliable studs like Marshawn Lynch, Giovani Bernard, Alshon Jeffery and Jimmy Graham are marginalized and fantasy scores are generally depressed across the board.

And what must Percy Harvin’s owners be thinking? Not only have they suffered through several exasperating performances, but Harvin’s trade to the Jets left him idle this week with a second bye upcoming in Week 11. Talk about adding insult to infamy.

I suppose it could be worse. You could be the guy that left Russell Wilson and Shane Vereen on your bench this week.

Right, Carl?

FREE AGENT PICKS AND PANS

To win a fantasy championship, it helps to start with a great draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents is also important. Here's a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup.

Catch ‘em while you can

Tre Mason, RB, Rams. Though Zac Stacy was active, he never touched the ball in the Rams’ victory over the Seahawks. Mason, instead, handled the bulk of the rushing, finishing with 85 yards and a TD. Stacy has clearly fallen out of favor in St. Louis, while the explosive rookie has leap-frogged over Benny Cunningham. Though he’s not much of a receiving threat, Mason has the look of a reliable RB2.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks. For one week, anyway, Harvin’s absence led to a starring role for Baldwin. The fourth-year wideout has shown flashes in the past, but has never been the alpha receiver in Seattle. He’ll get his chance now.

Don’t be fooled

Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, RBs, Bills. Brown had a fleeting moment in the spotlight in 2012 while subbing for the injured LeSean McCoy in Philly, but he’s been a healthy scratch for his entire tenure in Buffalo. Dixon arrived after four uninspired years in San Francisco. With C.J. Spiller (collarbone) likely done for the season and Fred Jackson (groin) sidelined for multiple games, Brown and Dixon should share the workload. Next week’s matchup with the Jets is not promising.

Denard Robinson, RB/WR, Jaguars. Repeat after me: “I will not pick up a Jaguar. Jaguar players won’t make my title dreams come true.”

Gavin Escobar, TE, Cowboys. Escobar’s two-touchdown performance is not a sign of things to come. He’s a bit player in the Cowboys’ passing game and doesn’t merit a roster spot as long as Jason Witten is on the field. That said, Escobar fits the mold of the modern-day massive, athletic tight end, so the long-term potential is there.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday morning updates -- Week 7

Good morning, Fools, from beautiful uptown Dallas -- where's only three out of 1.26 million people have contracted Ebola, so just relax, okay?

Lots of stuff brewing in the NFL today as we prepare to set our final, winning rosters. Let's get to it.

You know Percy Harvin is now a Jet. As I said via Twitter after the trade came down, I don't think this is going to have much of a fantasy impact at all. I suppose if you are really banking on Geno Smith, then you're encouraged. And if you thought Eric Decker was going to lead you to a title, then you might want to re-think that.

But the talented yet disgruntled Harvin was already terrible as a Seahawk (those 3 TDs in Week 5 never happened), so he can't do much worse as a Jet. Russell Wilson gets a slight down-tick, but perhaps not having to feed the ball to the temperamental WR/RB/KR will be a good thing. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse should see a few more passes their way, but not enough to change their overall fantasy value.

So, net-net, I see it as a non-event. Moving on…

Good news for Cam's owners…Kelvin Benjamin is expected to play today, now that he has cleared the concussion protocol. Given the depleted state of Green Bay's secondary, you have to like Newton's chances today as both a runner and passer.

And as covered in my Flier of Week yesterday, Jonathan Stewart is a very intriguing play as the only healthy veteran RB worth a damn playing today for the Panthers against the league-worst Packers run defense. Having Benjamin back on the field helps everybody wearing Carolina blue.

Here's another reason I'm anti-Zac Stacy this week. The Rams say they will stick with the "hot hand" approach when it comes to Stacy, Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason. Add that to his matchup against the Seahawks, and Stacy is a sitter in Week 7.

Shonn Greene won't play today, so Bishop Sankey gets another shot at the lead backfield role. He didn't set the world on fire against the lowly Jags, so I doubt he will in Washington either.

I picked up Carson Palmer last week as a bye-week sub for Nick Foles, and I think he's going to reward me handsomely. And if I'm right, it might make for a tough weekly decision going forward, given Foles' less-than-stellar performances thus far.

A.J. Green has been ruled out and, barring a miracle, Megatron will be too.

It looks like Jimmy Graham is going to give it a go today, but he may be restricted to situational snaps -- mostly in the red zone. That's all you need if you're a Graham owner. If you own him, you probably have to start him. And assuming he does suit up, most of the optimism surrounding Marques Colston picking up the slack fades away.

That's it, that's all. Off to Twitter, where I'll be fielding questions and tweeting the inactives and other late-breaking news.

Good luck to all Fools!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Week 7 Starters & Benchwarmers

Wondering whether or not to start Andrew Luck and Matt Forte, or to bench Jake Locker and Brian Hartline? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.

Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 7 of the 2014 season.

Watch ‘em roll

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals at Raiders. With a 250-yard, two-TD, zero-INT performance in his return under center last week, Palmer signaled that he can be trusted in your lineup. He’s a good spot start at the Raiders, who have been very generous to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens vs. Falcons. Operating mostly under the radar, Forsett has gained the fourth-most rushing yards in the league, with a whopping 6.4 yards-per-carry average. Though Bernard Pierce is sharing carries, Forsett is clearly the alpha back in Baltimore, and he’ll face an Atlanta run defense that has given up 12 rushing scores to date – the most, by far, in the NFL.

Reggie Bush, RB, Lions vs. Saints. He is expected to return from his ankle injury to face the team that drafted him, then let him go. With Calvin Johnson sitting out another game, Bush will get plenty of opportunities as a rusher and receiver to exact his revenge. Joique Bell is in the picture, too; but this should be Bush’s time to shine.

Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts vs. Bengals. Cincinnati’s defense has been lit up by Tom Brady and Cam Newton over the last two games, and here comes Andrew Luck. T.Y. Hilton was the receiving star last week, but Wayne will get plenty of opportunities to torch this reeling secondary as well.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars vs. Browns. No matter how bad Jacksonville’s passing game has been, a healthy Shorts usually manages to please his fantasy owners. Coming off a solid 10-reception, 103-yard outing against the Titans, Shorts is a solid bet to excel against Cleveland’s so-so secondary.

More thumbs up (excluding the no-brainers): QBs Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, Russell Wilson; RBs Alfred Morris, Le’Veon Bell, Ben Tate, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Ellington, Fred Jackson, Branden Oliver; WRs Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, Torrey Smith, Golden Tate, Steve Smith, Mike Wallace, T.Y. Hilton, DeSean Jackson, Terrance Williams, Reuben Randle, Malcom Floyd, Brandin Cooks, Mohamed Sanu, Andrew Hawkins.

Roll ‘em back

Eli Manning, QB, Giants at Cowboys. Normally, you’d love Eli’s chances in his home-away-from-home in AT&T Stadium. But he lost Victor Cruz, he’s coming off a shellacking in Philly and suddenly, out of nowhere, the Cowboys are energized, confident and playing solid pass defense.

Frank Gore, RB, 49ers at Broncos. He’s been up and down all season, but look for his second consecutive subpar performance against a Denver run defense that has imposed its will against recent opponents. It helps that teams are forced to abandon the run early to keep up with Peyton Manning & Co., which is what you can expect again on Sunday night.

Mark Ingram, RB, Saints at Lions. Though he is expected to return to action this week, don’t rush Ingram back into your starting lineup just yet. For starters, his snaps will likely be limited. He’ll also be sharing with Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas, and Detroit’s run defense is among the best in the business.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans at Steelers. After a torrid start to his sophomore season, Hopkins has cooled off in his last two outings. Andre Johnson finally got back into the end zone last week, but Houston’s offense has been dominated by Arian Foster of late. Hopkins can’t be trusted right now.

Roddy White, WR, Falcons at Ravens. White likewise got off to a fine start, but recently has been M.I.A. in Atlanta’s passing game. In addition, Matt Ryan isn’t the same quarterback on the road, especially with that depleted offensive line “protecting” him; and the Ravens have been stingy against opposing receivers on their home turf.

More thumbs down: QBs Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kyle Orton; RBs Zac Stacy, Darren McFadden, Ronnie Hillman, Maurice Jones-Drew, Khiry Robinson, Steven Jackson, C.J. Spiller, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, Bishop Sankey; WRs Kendall Wright, Dwayne Bowe, Cordarrelle Patterson, Eddie Royal, Wes Welker, Kelvin Benjamin, Markus Wheaton, Percy Harvin, Marques Colston.

TAKING A FLIER

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers at Packers. Stewart (knee) is on track to return on Sunday, and he should get a heavy load given the depleted state of the Panthers’ backfield. With the Packers’ sorry run defense on tap, Stewart is a very sneaky start and he’s a free agent in about two-thirds of all leagues.

DON’T BE THE BONEHEAD WHO…throws in the towel this early in the season. Too many players that start off poorly mentally check out of the game, fail to mind their rosters and starting lineups and drop out of the waiver-wire action. First off, it’s not too late to turn things around. But for the integrity of the competition, finish what you started. Have some pride, man!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Week 6 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to start…

QBs
Joe Flacco, Ravens – Racked up 5 TDs and 306 yards, mostly in the first half, against the Bucs.
Tom Brady, Patriots – Had his best game of the season, with 461 yards and 4 TDs, without a blemish.
Peyton Manning, Broncos – Only 237 passing yards but connected on 3 TDs, without a turnover.
Andrew Luck, Colts – Passed for 370 yards and 3 TDs, and ran for 18 yards, but lost two turnovers.
Cam Newton, Panthers – Passed for 264 yards, 2 TDs and an INT, plus 107 rushing yards and a third TD.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers – Threw for 264 yards and 3 TDs and ran for 34 yards, with no turnovers.
Philip Rivers, Chargers – Had another efficient game, passing for 313 yards and 3 TDs, and ran for 13 yards, without a turnover.
Derek Carr, Raiders – Surprisingly, he had 282 yards and 4 TDs, with one INT.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers – Roasted the Rams with 343 passing yards and 3 TDs, plus 37 rushing yards, and no turnovers.

RBs
Arian Foster, Texans – Scored twice while running for 109 yards and catching 3 passes for 32 yards.
Matt Forte, Bears – Rushed for 80 yards and 2 TDs and added 10 catches for 77 yards.
Giovani Bernard, Bengals – Ran for 137 yards and a TD, and mixed in 4 receptions for 20 yards.
Ben Tate, Browns – Ran for 78 yards and a pair of TDs.

WRs
TY Hilton, Colts – Torched the Texans with 9 catches for 223 yards and a TD.
Andre Holmes, Raiders – Turned 4 passes into 121 yards and 2 TDs.
Brandon LaFell, Patriots – Reeled in 4 passes for 97 yards and 2 TDs.
Torrey Smith, Ravens – Collected 4 passes for 51 yards and 2 TDs.
Mohamed Sanu, Bengals – Soared in PPR leagues with 11 catches for 120 yards and a score.
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos – Another PPR star with 10 receptions for 124 yards and 1 TD.

TEs
Julius Thomas, Broncos – Collected 51 yards and 2 TDs on 4 catches.

D/STs
Eagles – Accumulated 8 sacks, a fumble and a shutout on Sunday night.

This was a great week to play against…

QBs
Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings – Picked off 3 times while passing for 188 yards.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks – Just 126 yards passing with an INT, and ran for 12 yards with 1 TD.
Eli Manning, Giants – Totally ineffective with 151 passing yards and no TDs.

RBs
Jets RBs named Chris – Johnson had 11 total yards, while Ivory had 21.
Matt Asiata, Vikings – Ran backwards for 5 yards and caught an 18-yard pass.
Darrin Reaves, Panthers – Rookie starter had just 15 rushing yards.
Stevan Ridley, Patriots – Before being lost for the season, he combined for only 29 yards, which was 22 more than Shane Vereen.
C.J. Spiller, Bills – Limited to 19 rushing yards without a reception, and lost a fumble.
Knowshon Moreno, Dolphins – Totaled just 18 yards against his old team before ripping up his ACL.
Steven Jackson, Rams – Held to 25 yards.
Frank Gore, 49ers – Surrendered the limelight to Kaep, rushing for just 38 yards.
Zac Stacy, Rams – Just 17 yards both as a rusher and receiver.
Eddie Lacy, Packers – Ran for just 40 yards in Miami.
Alfred Morris, Redskins – Combined for 55 total yards.
Doug Martin, Buccaneers – Disappointed again with a 45-yard rushing effort.
Andre Williams, Giants – Held to 58 yards and no receptions in his first start.
Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks – Only 61 rushing yards against the suddenly mighty Cowboys.

WRs
Brian Hartline, Dolphins – Shut out by the Packers.
Percy Harvin, Seahawks – Lost a yard on 3 rushes and got zippo on 3 receptions.
Kendall Wright, Titans – Only a 6-yard catch on the day.
Wes Welker, Broncos – Limited to an 8-yarder.
Brian Quick, Rams – 10 yards in the Monday nighter.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings – Held to 15 yards on 2 passes.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans – Caught a 12-yarder.
Victor Cruz, Giants – 16 yards and a season-ending knee injury.
Jeremy Maclin, Eagles – Also had 16 yards; but at least stayed healthy.
Odell Beckham, Giants – Stifled by the Eagles with 28 yards on 2 catches.
Sammy Watkins, Bills – Just 27 yards on 2 balls.
Keenan Allen, Chargers – He also had 27 yards, but on 3 receptions.
Reggie Wayne, Colts – Only 35 yards on 4 catches.
Roddy White, Falcons – Just 40 receiving yards on 3 balls.
Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos – 38 yards on 3 passes.
Golden Tate, Lions – Though Megatron was out, he only managed 44 yards on 7 receptions.

TEs
Larry Donnell, Giants – Had a TD pass overturned by penalty and ended with a 6-yarder.

Vernon Davis, 49ers – Returned to the lineup to contribute 3 receptions for 30 yards.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Some players just aren’t worth the headache

Last season, I declared Cam Newton the “Most Frustrating Player in Fantasy Football.” Perhaps exasperating is the better term, but whatever words you use to describe him, they probably aren’t consistently flattering.

Newton will drive you crazy because he can go for weeks at a time with mediocre performances, then he’ll put on a dazzling show as he did yesterday while sitting on your bench.

Not my bench, mind you. I learned my lesson with Cam a couple years ago.

But Newton has plenty of competition for the “MFP Award” this season.

Percy Harvin, anyone? Of course, he has yet to produce much of anything this season. But three-quarters of his owners continue to start him because they know what he’s capable of. Like three TDs in Week 5, all nullified by penalty. With that type of potential, you have to start Harvin the following week! Enjoy that big fat goose egg.

How about Joe Flacco? He’s so unreliable, he’s only owned in about a third of all leagues. But he’ll be a hot waiver wire pickup now, thanks to his five-TD frenzy in the first 16 minutes of Sunday’s game. You can bet he’ll remind you why he was available next week.

Torrey Smith can’t blame Flacco for his up-and-down track record. After all, Steve Smith has soared in his first few games as a Raven.

T.Y. Hilton arguably doesn’t belong on this list, since he at least contributes the yardage when held out of the end zone. But more than 70 percent of his owners were disappointed enough to bench him this weekend while he torched the Texans for 223 yards and a score.

Big Ben Roethlisberger can be a big tease. I just traded my way off the Reggie Bush rollercoaster. And anyone that ever took the bait on Eddie Royal knows all about frustration. 

There, I’m glad I got that off my chest.


FREE AGENT PICKS AND PANS

To win a fantasy championship, it helps to start with a great draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents is also important. Here's a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup.

Catch ‘em while you can

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings. I recommended McKinnon after he racked up 152 total yards in Week 4, and I’m doing it again. The rookie started over Matt Asiata against the Lions and was clearly the superior talent. In addition to out-running Asiata, he reeled in six passes, making McKinnon especially valuable in PPR leagues.

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers. The veteran has been hampered by a series of injuries (neck, calf, groin) this year – after missing all but the first two games of 2013 – but he’s been a favorite target of Philip Rivers when healthy. Floyd had his best game of the season Sunday (103 yards, 1 TD) and has three scores to date. He isn’t every-week-starter material, but he’s a solid bye-week or injury sub.

Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, Giants. Here’s another rookie getting a second referral, this time in response to the season-ending knee injury to Victor Cruz. The Giants were manhandled on Sunday night, but there will be better days for the offense, and for Beckham.

Andre Holmes, WR, Raiders. The third-year wideout has collected nine passes (on 20 targets) for 195 yards and 3 TDs over the last two games. So what’s not to like? Well, he plays for the Raiders, and that’s reason enough to temper your expectations. Consider this an unenthusiastic recommendation for the most desperate of owners.

Don’t be fooled

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens. See above and save yourself the heartache.

Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots. Others will tell you to grab Bolden now that Stevan Ridley has gone down with a potentially severe knee injury. But Bolden was on the roster bubble in New England this preseason, nearly losing his job to rookie James White. White may be the better pickup, but I wouldn’t rush to invest in this frustrating backfield.

Storm Johnson, RB, Jaguars. It was hard enough for me to recommend a Raiders wideout; you can’t expect me to advocate a Jaguar runner, too! The rookie plunged in for a short TD on Sunday, but his 21 yards on 10 carries against the Titans tells you all you need to know. Let someone else claim him.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday morning updates - Week 7

Good morning, Fools. It's a cloudy, chilly day in Dallas, but it's perfect as always in Fantasyland.

Let's dive into the news that matters as we make our final starting lineup decisions for the day:

Looks like we might actually see Carson Palmer giving it a go today, after a series of conflicting reports throughout the week. I wouldn't put him in my starting lineup, but his presence sure makes it easier to start Fitz and Floyd. And if you need help at QB, Palmer could be a good last-minute pickup this morning, for future bye-week needs.

Knowshon Moreno is expected to make his return today, too. Don't expect a full complement of carries, so Lamar Miller is still a reasonable start against the woeful Packers run defenders.

Don't count on Reggie Bush suiting up today. It will be Joique Bell, backed up by Theo Riddick, against the Vikings.

I'll be very interested to see how the Broncos divvy up the carries among their RB committee. Assuming the Jets play solid rush defense (which they certainly didn't against the Chargers last week), it may be a long day for all of them. Ronnie Hillman is expected to get the start, but I'm staying away from all Denver RBs today.

It's hard to get a clear picture on Vernon Davis' (back) prospects for suiting up on Monday night, though optimism prevails since he has been practicing the last couple of days. Given the late start, he's probably not worth the risk; unless Jared Cook (Rams) is your other option.

No Rashad Jennings today. Look for a heavy dose of Andre Williams tonight at Philly.

And Branden Oliver should put on a show against the hapless Raiders, with both Donald Brown and Ryan Mathews still on the mend. Ronnie Brown will spell Oliver.

You know both A.J. Green (toe) and Calvin Johnson (ankle) are sitting out today's games.

Mike Evans should be back to line up opposite Vincent Jackson today. If you're hurting at QB, Glennon could make a nice sneaky start.

Cecil Shorts is also expected to play.

Jordan Reed will be a game-time decision. I'd like to see him get some reps this afternoon so we can consider starting him next weekend.

That's it for now. On to Twitter for the inactives and other late-breaking news. Good luck today, Fools!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Week 6 Starters & Benchwarmers

Wondering whether or not to start Aaron Rodgers and Demaryius Thomas, or to bench Derek Carr and Tavon Austin? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.

Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 6 of the 2014 season.

Watch ‘em roll

Eli Manning, QB, Giants at Eagles. No secondary has surrendered more TD passes than Philly’s (13) and Manning comes into this primetime matchup en fuego. With first-round draft pick Odell Beckham finally in the fold, Manning is fully armed with a deep and explosive receiving corps.

Branden Oliver, RB, Chargers at Raiders. Congrats if you scooped him up off the waiver wire. Oliver may only get a week or two as San Diego’s lead horse, but this week’s matchup is as sweet as it gets. Lamar Miller had the best fantasy day of his career against Oakland two weeks ago, and Oliver just sliced and diced the Jets’ (formerly) league-best run defense.

Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins vs. Packers. This may be Miller’s last hurrah as a solid fantasy contributor. Green Bay sports the worst run defense in the NFL and Knowshon Moreno (elbow) will likely be limited, if he plays at all, on Sunday.

Wes Welker, WR, Broncos at Jets. He has yet to find the end zone or surpass 60 receiving yards since returning from suspension, but that should end Sunday. Given the uncertainty in Denver’s backfield and the Jets’ sieve-like passing defense, there will be plenty of balls to go around to all of Peyton Manning’s receivers.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins at Cardinals. Both Washington wideouts have been inconsistent this season, and Garcon has just four receptions for 51 yards to his credit over the last two games. Look for a nice rebound against an Arizona secondary that’s giving up an average of 302 net passing yards per game (31st in the league).

More thumbs up (excluding the no-brainers): QBs Jay Cutler, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger; RBs Frank Gore, Andre Ellington, Andre Williams, Fred Jackson, Bishop Sankey; WRs Percy Harvin, Steve Smith, Emmanuel Sanders, Kendall Wright, Roddy White, Brian Quick, Julian Edelman, Randall Cobb, Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Golden Tate, Mohamed Sanu.

Roll ‘em back

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals vs. Panthers. Carolina’s secondary is vulnerable, but Dalton is likely to be without both A.J. Green (toe) and Marvin Jones (ankle) in this contest. Though Mohamed Sanu will see plenty of targets, the Bengals will surely lean on their talented backfield tandem to compensate for the depleted WR corps.

Reggie Bush, RB, Lions at Vikings. He was forced from last week’s game with his latest ailment (an ankle), and Joique Bell is on track to return Sunday after recovering from a concussion. Whether or not Bush plays, don’t be surprised if Bell gets the majority of the workload in Minnesota.

Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots at Bills. Ridley is coming off his best game of the season, but he’ll be facing a Buffalo run defense that has yet to allow a rushing TD. It doesn’t help that he’s still sharing carries with Shane Vereen. The Patriots will focus on moving the ball through the air, and Ridley isn’t a factor in the passing game.

Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers at Rams. St. Louis boasts the league’s stingiest pass defense, in large part due to how generous they are to opposing rushers. Crabtree has been hobbled by a pesky foot injury; and though he’s expected to play, he’s unlikely to distinguish himself on Monday night.

James Jones, WR, Raiders vs. Chargers. Derek Carr (ankle, knee) is banged up, Oakland’s running game is the worst in the NFL and San Diego’s pass defense is on a roll. Jones has been the master of trash time stats, but I don’t like his chances in this one.

More thumbs down: QBs Matt Stafford, Colin Kaepernick, Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Tannehill, Austin Davis; RBs Steven Jackson, Zac Stacy, Alfred Morris, Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden, Doug Martin, Chris Johnson, Jerrick McKinnon, Toby Gerhart, Ronnie Hillman; WRs Eric Decker, Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson, Brian Hartline, Allen Hurns, Anquan Boldin, Markus Wheaton.

TAKING A FLIER

Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens at Buccaneers. He’s locked in a three-headed backfield committee, but Forsett is managing to separate himself from his sidekicks. He’s a better start in PPR leagues, but he’s a solid bet for big yardage and his fourth TD of the season against Tampa Bay’s depleted (and hospitable) defense.

DON’T BE THE BONEHEAD WHO…lets dead weight linger on your roster. Adrian Peterson isn’t coming back this season, folks. Nor is Ray Rice. And yet both players are still owned in a large majority of leagues. Unless you play in a keeper league, set them free and find a player that can help you win a title.