2017-18 NFL Week 6 Position Rankings

A few things to consider: 1. DeShaun Watson is going to absolutely light up the Browns. Not a huge prediction there, but he’s going to be fun to watch this Sunday. 2. Kansas City vs Pittsburgh is going to be the game of the week if the teams play to the best of their abilities. Big Ben has something to prove, but I don’t know if anyone can beat the Chiefs right now. 3. Let’s see if Cameron Brate can keep up his production. You all know how much I like this guy. Hopefully he keeps making me look good after the Bucs face the Cardinals this week in Arizona. With all that said, here are my position rankings for Week 6 of the 2017-18 NFL Season:

Week 6 Teams on Bye: Bills, Bengals, Cowboys, Seahawks

QB:

  1. Aaron Rodgers vs MIN
  2. Tom Brady vs NYJ
  3. DeShaun Watson vs CLE
  4. Drew Brees vs DET
  5. Jameis Winston vs ARI
  6. Matt Ryan vs MIA
  7. Derek Carr vs LAC
  8. Alex Smith vs PIT
  9. Carson Wentz vs CAR
  10. Carson Palmer vs TB
  11. Kirk Cousins vs SF
  12. Cam Newton vs PHI
  13. Matthew Stafford vs NO
  14. Marcus Mariota vs IND
  15. Ben Roethlisberger vs KC
  16. Jared Goff vs JAX
  17. Trevor Siemian vs NYG
  18. Philip Rivers vs OAK
  19. Joe Flacco vs CHI
  20. Eli Manning vs DEN

RB:

  1. Kareem Hunt vs PIT
  2. Le’Veon Bell vs KC
  3. Devonta Freeman vs MIA
  4. Todd Gurley vs JAX
  5. Melvin Gordon vs OAK
  6. Leonard Fournette vs LAR
  7. Jordan Howard vs BAL
  8. Lamar Miller vs CLE
  9. DeMarco Murray vs IND
  10. Doug Martin vs ARI
  11. Ty Montgomery vs MIN
  12. Carlos Hyde vs WSH
  13. Jay Ajayi vs ATL
  14. James White vs NYJ
  15. Christian McCaffrey vs PHI
  16. CJ Anderson vs NYG
  17. Javorius Allen vs CHI
  18. Ameer Abdullah vs NO
  19. Marshawn Lynch vs LAC
  20. Frank Gore vs TEN
  21. Chris Thompson vs SF
  22. Isaiah Crowell vs HOU
  23. Adrian Peterson vs TB

WR:

  1. Mike Evans vs ARI
  2. Jordy Nelson vs MIN
  3. Antonio Brown vs KC
  4. Julio Jones vs MIA
  5. TY Hilton vs TEN
  6. Brandin Cooks vs NYJ
  7. Michael Thomas vs DET
  8. DeAndre Hopkins vs CLE
  9. Larry Fitzgerald vs TB
  10. Tyreek Hill vs PIT
  11. Demaryius Thomas vs NYG
  12. Keenan Allen vs OAK
  13. Pierre Garcon vs WSH
  14. Adam Thielen vs GB
  15. Jarvis Landry vs ATL
  16. Amari Cooper vs LAC
  17. Emmanuel Sanders vs NYG
  18. Devin Funchess vs CAR
  19. Michael Crabtree vs LAC
  20. Golden Tate vs NO

TE:

  1. Travis Kelce vs PIT
  2. Rob Gronkowski vs NYJ
  3. Zach Ertz vs CAR
  4. Cameron Brate vs ARI
  5. Jordan Reed vs SF
  6. Delanie Walker vs IND
  7. Evan Engram vs DEN
  8. Hunter Henry vs OAK
  9. Kyle Rudolph vs GB
  10. Zach Miller vs CHI
  11. Austin Hooper vs MIA
  12. Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs NE
  13. Jared Cook vs LAC
  14. Coby Fleener vs DET
  15. Martellus Bennett vs MIN

K:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski vs NYJ
  2. Harrison Butker vs PIT
  3. Justin Tucker vs CHI
  4. Matt Prater vs NO
  5. Jake Elliott vs CAR
  6. Adam Vinatieri vs TEN
  7. Brandon McManus vs NYG
  8. Ka’imi Fairbairn vs CLE
  9. Graham Gano vs PHI
  10. Greg Zuerlein vs JAX
  11. Will Lutz vs DET
  12. Mason Crosby vs MIN
  13. Chris Boswell vs KC
  14. Giorgio Tavecchio vs LAC
  15. Nick Novak vs OAK

D/ST:

  1. Jaguars vs LAR
  2. Titans vs IND
  3. Ravens vs CHI
  4. Lions vs NO
  5. Texans vs CLE
  6. Chiefs vs PIT
  7. Broncos vs NYG
  8. Buccaneers vs ARI
  9. Packers vs MIN
  10. Redskins vs SF
  11. Rams vs JAX
  12. Raiders vs LAC
  13. Steelers vs KC
  14. Vikings vs GB
  15. Dolphins vs ATL

Check back tomorrow for my weekly “Start Em, Sit Em” and Game Picks!

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2017-18 NFL Week 5 Winners and Losers

Here’s a summary for this weekend: Dak Prescott and DeShaun Watson were amazing, Garbage Time reigned supreme, and what happened to Ben Roethlisberger exactly? Anyway, here are my Winners and Losers from Week 5 of the 2017-18 NFL season.

Winners

QB:

DeShaun Watson

Let’s start this one off with a bang! Five Touchdown passes against the Chiefs! What a game! Watson really deserved to win this one because he played his heart out. One thing I would like to point out is the fact that, although padding his stats, even when the Texans were down 2 scores with almost no time left, the rookie stayed as poised as he was all game and fired two strikes down the field, ending the game with his fifth TD of the night. It was impressive to see Watson lead his team down the field like they were about to win the Super Bowl even when scoring meant nothing. That is something to keep an eye on. This kid is a superstar.

Dak Prescott

The Cowboys loss on Sunday means two things: Dallas has the worst defense in the NFL, but it has one of the league’s best quarterbacks, too! Forget the end of the game for a second and think back to some of the plays Prescott made down the field. What Dak did this week was show us that even when being criticized, the kid can still step up and have the most points of any QB this week other than DeShaun Watson. I belive in Dak Prescott, and you should too. He is a great young man, a fantastic leader in the NFL, and one of my fantasy winners this week at QB.

RB:

Leonard Fournette

Garbage time is now becoming one of the best places for position players to elevate their fantasy status from good the great! Padding your stats is one thing, but running for a 90 yard TD when you’re already up 2 scores is another, and that’s what Leonard Fournette managed to pull of late this weekend vs the Steelers. In just one play, the rookie scroed 15 points, clinched a win for his team, and became my top RB for Week 5.

Melvin Gordon

I just want to start the debate out there about whether Melvin Gordon is a better RB than Todd Gurley. It seems like Gordon is blossoming into one of the most consistent RBs in the league, and this weekend, even when LA’s running game was shot, he managed to haul in 2 scores in the passing game against the Giants. Gordon’s consistency just isn’t matched by Gurley, so although I’m not ready to take a stance on who is better, Melvin Gordon made a pretty convincing case this week.

WR:

AJ Green

I’m not going to lie. I had to play against AJ Green this week, and it sucked. The receiver once again in his career put up close to 200 yards to go along with a series of long receptions and multiple red zone targets for scores. Like many people this week, I wish I wouldn’t have had to play against him, but what are you going to do? Still, Green stole the show this week, and he is an overwhelming pick for my top winner at WR for Week 5.

DeAndre Hopkins

Another garbage time, stat padding touchdown!  With DeShaun Watson leading the Texans down the field at the end of the game, Hopkins managed to haul in his second touchdown of the day, giving him his best performance of the season so far.  Hopkins looks like he has a real connection with Watson, and if that is so, then he will be seeing his name on this list many times in the weeks to come.

TE:

Cameron Brate

Did I tell you or did I tell you?  Cameron Brate is a top 5 fantasy tight end through the first 5 weeks of the season. Are you surprised? I certainly am not. If you haven’t figured out by now that Cameron Brate is in must start at tight end, then you clearly haven’t been paying attention to his last three games. Brate has been Jameis Winston’s favorite target all season in the passing game, and he just doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down. He had another amazing game vs New England on Thursday, where he put up over 15 points in a half PPR League. If you managed to score Brate in your draft, great pick! If not, shame on you. (Not really. It’s ok. I can’t speak for Cameron Brate though.)

George Kittle

Kittle is only making this list because of what he did on the 49ers game tying drive late in the fourth quarter. The 49ers suck, but it was still thrilling to see a rookie tight end basically carry a team on his back and send the game to overtime. I doubt that Kittle will magically turn into a solid fantasy tight end, but he sure did this week, so good for him. Here’s a golden star. Top Banana.

K:

Adam Vinatieri

The GOAT is back!  Vinatieri went 4 for 4 this week on field goals, and even nailed a 52-yarder. By hitting the game-winner, Adam Vinatieri showed that he is still clutch under pressure, and by nailing all four of those field goals, he showed no signs of any decline in talent. I love this guy, and he is an easy winner for this week.

Harrison Butker

2 games, two trips to the winner column!  This week, Harrison Butker added 5 more field goals to his stat line, and absolutely shredded the Houston Texans. It looks like the Chiefs won’t be needing Cairo Santos after all, and if Butker continues to make kicks, the Chiefs won’t need another kicker for a long time.

D/ST:

Jacksonville Jaguars

If you were smart, then you dropped the Jacksonville defense at the beginning of the week since they were playing the Steelers. Duh! Easy call, right? However, if you were even smarter, then you kept them in your starting lineup and got somewhere around 20 points, as they absolutely destroyed Pittsburgh.  This was one of the most improbable performances of the week, but credit the Jags. I think Jacksonville really is the best defense in the league, and if you don’t own them in your fantasy league, then find a way to. Not much more I can say here except that 5 picks off of a Hall of Famer is really something to be proud of. The Jaguars are easily my top winner for this week in fantasy.

Miami Dolphins

What a barn-burner this one was! Titans vs Dolphins!  the game of the year! No One expected this one to be high scoring, but if it was going to be, most people expected Tennessee to break out in Miami. This was not the case however, as the Dolphins had a very solid game defensively and shut down the ailing Matt Cassel.  Can the Dolphins find their groove and make a run at the AFC East title?  Only time will tell, but if their defense performs like they did this week, they might stand a chance.

Losers

QB:

Ben Roethlisberger

Five interceptions, no touchdowns, and 2 fantasy points. Oh my.

Eli Manning

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an entire receiving corps get hurt in one game, but as they say, there’s a first time for everything. Manning had absolutely no one to throw to on Sunday, and will likely have no one to throw to in the coming weeks. It’s going to be extremely hard for the Giants to get a win against anyone but the Browns now. Manning is a BIG loser this week, as his stats were well below average, and because they are unlikely to pick up anytime soon.

RB:

Carlos Hyde

I believe I had Carlos Hyde as my “Start Em” at running back this week.  Whoops.  If you were hoping for Carlos Hyde to play like a seventh-round rookie this week, then you got your wish, as he only put up four points vs Indianapolis.  I don’t really have an explanation for this one, as I just don’t see why Hyde didn’t have a career day. Either way though, his bad performance this week doomed him to be a loser.

Todd Gurley

Before his first quarter touchdown got called back, it looked like Todd Gurley was going to go off. Once it was however, Gurley played like he did all of last season: Like a bust. Gurley had his worst game of the season, putting up just 43 yards in a loss to the Seahawks. I expect that the talks of Gurley as MVP have died down. Good. The MVP shouldn’t be a loser.

WR:

Odell Beckham Jr.

Seeing OBJ cry while being carted off the field is an image I wish I could forget. Enough said. Get Well Soon from your friend at Dez-ed and Confused Fantasy Advice.

Doug Baldwin

Apparently Russell Wilson thought this would be a good week to start throwing the ball to Jimmy Graham. It’s great that Graham had a good game, but the Rams held Doug Baldwin to just 37 yards receiving, and if it hadn’t been for the strong Seahawks performance overall, Baldwin’s play could have plagued Seattle. Look for number 89 to pick up the pace this week against the 0-5 New York Giants.

TE:

Delanie Walker

I knew I had a bad feeling about Walker on Sunday. Matt Cassel had no interest in throwing the ball to his star TE, and if you followed my advice, your team was unaffected by Walker’s woes. If you didn’t though, then you were treated to the definition of a losing performance. Lackluster numbers from an otherwise great player. Walker better hope Mariota gets healthy soon.

Charles Clay

I still like Clay as a reliable fantasy TE, but Cincy took care of him very well during their upset over the Bills. The linebacking corps of Cincinnati really helped to slow Clay down, as he was held to just 31 yards on 2 receptions. Clay will look to put this game behind him, but although it’s in the past, he still gets a big L.

K:

Nick Folk

I think that’ll do it for Nick Folk’s career. It was a good run, but 3 missed FGs is just unacceptable. Some of those kicks made me wonder if Folk was even qualified to be out there. The Bucs have officially replaced the kicker by placing him on IR and signing Patrick Murray, so overall, great career, but just a terrible way to end it.

Mason Crosby

Prior to missing two against the Cowboys, Mason Crosby had never missed a PAT. Crosby looked really out of sync vs America’s team. A possible sign of things to come???

D/ST:

Arizona Cardinals

Woah this was a bad one! Carson Wentz went all MVP on Arizona, and Bird Gang gave up 34 points. Yeesh. This one is pretty straight forward. This was a true losing performance all around, and I don’t even think trading for Adrian Peterson can help the Cards at this point.

Houston Texans

42 points. That is how many the Texans gave up against the future Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. At home. Subtract JJ Watt from the mix for the rest of the season, and the Texans are in big trouble. Get Well Soon, JJ. Your defense needs you back at full strength for next season.

Check back tomorrow and Thursday for this week’s position rankings, my weekly “Start Em, Sit Em”, and this week’s game picks.

2017-18 NFL Week 5 Game Picks

Hi Guys! We were all treated to a bunch of great games last week, and there are some intriguing matchups this week, too. Last week’s picks went pretty well, so here are my game picks for Week 5 of the 2017-18 NFL Season.

Last Week’s Record: 10-6

Overall Record: 10-6

Thursday

Patriots 27 – Buccaneers 36

Sunday

49ers 19 – Colts 23

Jets 23 – Browns 17

Jaguars 20 – Steelers 26

Chargers 20 – Giants 24

Bills 33 – Bengals 21

Panthers 24 – Lions 26

Titans 21 – Dolphins 17

Cardinals 13 – Eagles 34

Ravens 28 – Raiders 17

Seahawks 31 – Rams 30

Packers 31 – Cowboys 23

Chiefs 27 – Texans 23

Monday 

Vikings 32 – Bears 19

Those are my game picks considering who the home team is, crowd strength, play so far this year, injuries, etc. Happy Watching!

2017-18 NFL Week 5 Start Em, Sit Em

The outcome of your Week 5 matchup can come down to a few tough decisions over who to put in your starting lineup. This list takes a look at who you should or should not take a risk on this week. A few notes for this week: 1. I’m banking on the Vikings against the Bears. Their passing game will be too much for Chicago, and I expect Stefon Diggs to have a great day, but more about that later. 2. I don’t trust anyone on the Dolphins this week. They just don’t look like a team that can score the ball, and I don’t think that will be any different against the Titans on Sunday. 3. Look for the Cowboys and the Packers to go at it big time in America’s Game of the Week on Sunday at 1:25. Plenty of storylines and big performances to see there. It should be a good one in Dallas. With that said, here is your Start Em, Sit Em report for Week 5 of the NFL season.

QB:

Start Em: Jameis Winston vs NE

It seems like every QB who has faced the Patriots this season has ended up posting career numbers. From Alex Smith to Cam Newton, the Patriots defense can not stop opposing quarterbacks. Winston is one of the hottest players in the NFL, and his unbelievably talented corps of wide-outs will ultimately lift him well over 300 yards this week vs New England. Winston’s success is not a guarantee, but this is the closest I can give to one this week.

Sit Em: Cam Newton vs DET

It doesn’t take a genius to know that Cam Newton has been very underwhelming so far this season. He took a break from his skid last week when he posted great numbers against the Patriots, but facing another 3-1 team this week in the Lions is going to be a challenge for Cam.  The Lions have a solid defense, and that is not something Cam Newton has faced so far this year. Also, the crowd will not be on his side after the comments he made yesterday during a presser, so sitting “Superman” this week looks like a smart route to take.

RB:

Start Em: Carlos Hyde vs IND

The NFL has to be kicking themselves after another terrible matchup like this one. Colts vs 49ers – Who’s ready? However, on a team as bad as the 49ers, Carlos Hyde still sticks out as a star. He’s been one of the most productive backs in the league so far this season, and against the Colts, I expect big numbers.  Indianapolis has a terrible defense. Hyde is primed for a 100 yard performance this week, so he is a must start at RB2 if not RB1.

Sit Em: Jay Ajayi vs TEN

Have you been wondering why you haven’t heard much about Ajayi the last two weeks? That’s because in the last two games, the Dolphins have combined for six points. That low point total means that Ajayi has failed to find the end zone in two consecutive weeks. The Dolphins are not a good team, and they’re placing too much strain on a Ajayi, a running back who seems to be pretty easy to shut down lately.  This might be a good time to trade Ajayi for a position your team needs more. Whatever you do, make sure Ajayi is sitting comfortably on your bench.

WR:

Start Em: Stefon Diggs vs CHI

Oh boy do I think Stefon Diggs going to have a great game!  I’m actually excited to watch the Vikings vs Bears game just because I think the Vikes are going to kill Chicago. Diggs has been the sleeper of the year so far,  and his production is no doubt going to continue against the terrible Bears defense.  Case Keenum will be taking advantage of him early on deep balls, and that is where points lie for a wide receiver. I have Diggs as my sixth ranked WR this week, so he is a must start in ALL leagues.

Sit Em: Jarvis Landry vs TEN

You know who else hasn’t been heard from lately on the Dolphins? Your friendly neighborhood Jarvis Landry!  We all know that Landry is normally deadly in PPR leagues, but all season, he has failed to rack up yards and even reach the end zone.  Until I see more production from him, I don’t know how he can even be considered for a starting role in your lineup. It’s too risky to play a guy who can only score between 3 and 10 points on a good day. Sit Em.

TE:

Start Em: Charles Clay vs CIN

This may surprise a lot of people, but as of the Rob Gronkowski injury on Thursday, Clay is ranked as my #3 TE this week vs Cincy. The Bengals defense is mediocre to say the least, and they clearly aren’t good enough to stop the surging Bills. Clay has been a consistent fantasy tight end over the last three weeks, and surprisingly, he is available on waivers in most leagues. I expect him to find the end zone again this week and rack up over 10 points in another great game for this newly reliable pass-catcher. He is one of my favorite players of the week, so he deserves a spot in your starting lineup.

Sit Em: Delanie Walker vs MIA

I don’t know why, but I just have a really bad feeling about Walker in this game. It’s not that he’s an unreliable TE, but with the position of QB in question for Tennessee, I just don’t see much production in Walker’s future. Also, without Marcus Mariota, it seems like the Titans can hardly move the ball, so as hard as it may be to do, I think it’s time to move Delanie Walker to your bench.

K:

Start Em: Jake Elliott vs ARI

Jake Elliott looks like the new version of Justin Tucker. His distance and ability to make kicks under pressure is what will end up making him successful in the future. For this week, the Eagles will have an easy time moving the ball vs the Cardinals, so more trips to the Cardinals side of the field equals more points for Elliott. Do the math. Elliott is going to rack up some major points this week.

Sit Em: Giorgio Tavecchio vs BAL

As I said in last week’s “Winners and Losers” article, Derek Carr’s injury hurts everyone on the Raiders. Since I’ve said this before, I’ll keep it simple. The Raiders will be lucky to score 17 points against the Ravens. Tavecchio will have next to no chances to put the ball through the uprights, so until Carr comes back, you need to find a new kicker.

D/ST:

Start Em: Vikings vs CHI

Mitchell Trubisky is making his first career start this Monday night vs Minnesota, but that doesn’t change who the Bears are. Every defense who plays them kills it in fantasy, and this week will be no different. This will be another example of a rookie QB vs an experienced defense, and the expected outcome looks great for the Vikings.

Sit Em: Buccaneers vs NE

Although I like the Bucs in a possible upset over the defending champs, we can’t forget New England’s identity. The Pats are a high scoring offense, and even though I like the Tampa Bay defense, no one can stop Tom Brady. Overall, the Bucs are a good defense to keep on your team for the season, but against the Pats this week, it’s best to keep them on your bench.

That does it for my Week 5 tools to victory. Good luck this week, everyone!

2017-18 NFL Week 5 Position Rankings

A few things to consider: 1. My obvious sleeper of the week is Stefon Diggs. Clearly I think that the Vikings are going to kill the Bears unless Trubisky comes out swinging. I like their Defense, Diggs, and Thielen in a FLEX spot. 2. If you’re looking for a high-scoring game to watch this weekend, look no further than Seahawks vs Rams on Sunday at 1:25. Gurley will have a good game, Russell Wilson will shine, and ultimately, the Seahawks will come out on top after their rebirth Sunday Night vs the Colts. 3. Jameis Winston vs the Pats defense on Thursday is going to be a shootout. Every QB to face New England through the first four weeks of the season has gone over 300 yards passing, and I expect Winston to continue that trend. I think I smell an upset on the horizon… With all that said, here are my position rankings for Week 5 of the 2017-18 NFL Season.

Note – These Rankings are accurate as of Rob Gronkowski’s injury and announcement that he is out Thursday 10/5

Week 5 Teams on Bye: Falcons, Saints, Redskins, Broncos

QB:

  1. Aaron Rodgers vs DAL
  2. Tom Brady vs TB
  3. Jameis Winston vs NE
  4. Russell Wilson vs LAR
  5. Dak Prescott vs GB
  6. Alex Smith vs HOU
  7. Matthew Stafford vs CAR
  8. Carson Wentz vs ARI
  9. Cam Newton vs DET
  10. Carson Palmer vs PHI
  11. Ben Roethlisberger vs JAX
  12. DeShaun Watson vs KC
  13. Marcus Mariota vs MIA
  14. Philip Rivers vs NYG
  15. Jared Goff vs SEA
  16. Tyrod Taylor vs CIN
  17. Joe Flacco vs OAK
  18. Eli Manning vs LAC
  19. Case Keenum vs CHI
  20. Andy Dalton vs BUF

RB:

  1. Kareem Hunt vs HOU
  2. Le’Veon Bell vs JAX
  3. Ezekiel Elliott vs GB
  4. Todd Gurley vs SEA
  5. LeSean McCoy vs CIN
  6. Carlos Hyde vs IND
  7. Jordan Howard vs MIN
  8. DeMarco Murray vs MIA
  9. Jay Ajayi vs TEN
  10. Lamar Miller vs KC
  11. Melvin Gordon vs NYG
  12. Leonard Fournette vs PIT
  13. Ty Montgomery vs DAL (if he plays)
  14. Terrance West vs OAK
  15. Marshawn Lynch vs BAL
  16. Frank Gore vs SF
  17. Christian McCaffrey vs DET
  18. James White vs TB
  19. LeGarrette Blount vs ARI
  20. Isaiah Crowell vs NYJ

WR:

  1. Antonio Brown vs JAX
  2. Mike Evans vs NE
  3. Jordy Nelson vs DAL
  4. AJ Green vs BUF
  5. Odell Beckham Jr. vs LAC
  6. Stefon Diggs vs CHI
  7. Doug Baldwin vs LAR
  8. Larry Fitzgerald vs PHI
  9. Brandin Cooks vs TB
  10. TY Hilton vs SF
  11. Keenan Allen vs NYG
  12. Dez Bryant vs GB
  13. DeAndre Hopkins vs KC
  14. Tyreek Hill vs HOU
  15. Amari Cooper vs BAL
  16. Jarvis Landry vs TEN
  17. Michael Crabtree vs BAL
  18. Randall Cobb vs DAL
  19. Pierre Garcon vs IND
  20. Golden Tate vs CAR

TE:

  1. Travis Kelce vs HOU
  2. Zach Ertz vs ARI
  3. Charles Clay vs CIN
  4. Delanie Walker vs MIA
  5. Kyle Rudolph vs CHI
  6. Jimmy Graham vs LAR
  7. Hunter Henry vs NYG
  8. Cameron Brate vs NE
  9. Jared Cook vs BAL
  10. Benjamin Watson vs OAK
  11. Jason Witten vs GB
  12. Evan Engram vs LAC
  13. Martellus Bennett vs DAL
  14. Eric Ebron vs CAR
  15. Julius Thomas vs PIT

K:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski vs TB
  2. Justin Tucker vs OAK
  3. Matt Prater vs CAR
  4. Mason Crosby vs DAL
  5. Harrison Butker vs HOU
  6. Jake Elliott vs ARI
  7. Dan Bailey vs GB
  8. Greg Zuerlein vs SEA
  9. Steven Hauschka vs CIN
  10. Blair Walsh vs LAR
  11. Giorgio Tavecchio vs BAL
  12. Chris Boswell vs JAX
  13. Adam Vinatieri vs SF
  14. Ka’imi Fairbairn vs KC
  15. Graham Gano vs DET

D/ST:

  1. Bills vs CIN
  2. Vikings vs CHI
  3. Eagles vs ARI
  4. Chiefs vs HOU
  5. Jaguars vs PIT
  6. Seahawks vs LAR
  7. Titans vs MIA
  8. Jets vs CLE
  9. Steelers vs JAX
  10. Ravens vs OAK
  11. Rams vs SEA
  12. Buccaneers vs NE
  13. Packers vs DAL
  14. Detroit vs CAR
  15. Texans vs KC

Check back tomorrow for my weekly “Start Em, Sit Em” and Game Picks!

2017-18 NFL Week 4 Winners and Losers

I’ll be quick about this: TEs sucked again (seriously!), Brandin Cooks once again proved his unpredictability, and the Titans gave up 57 points to the Houston Texans (don’t worry – we’ll talk about that MUCH more later). Here are my Winners and Losers from Week 4 of the 2017-18 NFL season.

Winners

QB:

DeShaun Watson

Am I the only one who thinks that DeShaun Watson looks like an exact replica of Dak Prescott from last season? He is number 4, plays for a Texas team, is mobile, and can crush defenses he has no business in crushing. Watson is now my early pick for Rookie of the year behind only Kareem Hunt. The QB deserves a pat on the back for what he managed to do this week versus the Titans,  as he threw for close to 300 yards and four touchdowns.  Tom Savage is never getting his job back from this winner.

Alex Smith

MVP! MVP! MVP! Is this an overreaction? Probably. Look at the numbers though! Alex Smith is having an undeniably great start to his season, and his production continued vs Washington on Monday night, showing his true leadership skills on the Chiefs’ way to a HUGE win. The Chiefs are 4-0, and they have Alex Smith to thank! To quote Travis Kelce after Monday’s game, “That’s my quarterback!”. Unless the Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl in February, I think we’ll be seeing Smith at NFL honors this year.

RB:

Le’Veon Bell

Finally! Le’Veon Bell finally had the game many of his owners have been waiting for since they took him in the first round! With 144 yards and two touchdowns to go along with another solid game receiving wise, Bell earned a spot as my top running back of the week and my easiest pick as a winner on Sunday.

Bilal Powell

Powell set the Jets record for the longest run in franchise history, and while I don’t think that 75 yards is much of a record, it was just part of his huge day Sunday vs the Jaguars. Powell has surfaced as the Jets top running back, and he doesn’t look to be slowing down. If he is still available in your league, he’s a must add after all these solid and high-scoring performances. Winner!

WR:

Tyrell Williams

I bet you didn’t think Tyrell Williams would be one of my winners of the week before his game on Sunday. However, Williams had 115 yards and 1 TD versus the Eagles, so how could I refuse him a spot on this week’s list?  This is a surprise performance by all means, and I don’t expect the output to continue, but hats off to Williams for getting his first 100-yard game of the season on a reeling Los Angeles team.  Someone had to be my top winner of the week,  and Williams easily takes first prize.

Will Fuller V

I saw something interesting that said that if you had had a lineup this week of just Texans, then you would have scored 144 points. Fuller would clearly be a big part of that scoring output, as although he only had 34 yards (and I know that’s small),  the second-year receiver had two touchdowns versus the Titans! Watson clearly loves throwing to this guy, so that is something to keep an eye on following this week.

TE:

Cameron Brate

Cameron Brate is my top sleeper tight end, and he really gets no respect.  I love this guy, and Jameis Winston clearly does too, as Brate is his top target in the red zone. Let me say this one more time, don’t sleep on Brate!  He scored 16 points in 1/2 – PPR leagues this week with his 80 yards and a touchdown, and that should not be minimized. DON’T SLEEP ON BRATE!

Tyler Kroft

Kroft filled in very nicely for  Tyler Eifert this week, and although once again this week was filled with non-exciting tight end performances, Kroft still managed to stand out. 68 yards and 2 TDs is enough to get your team a win and more than enough to make yourself a winner for Week 4.

K:

Greg Zuerlein

“Greg The Leg”  hit 7 field goals vs the Cowboys this week. That’s three touchdowns (with PATs)  worth of points that a kicker scored this week. That is unheard of, and yet Greg Zuerlein managed to do it.  I normally like to make a comparison to a WR or RB when a kicker scores as many points as Zuerlein did Sunday, but I don’t really feel the need to. 23 fantasy points speaks for itself. Great game from a great kicker.

Harrison Butker

This week’s “Gruden Grinder” replaced Cairo Santos, who I still believe is one of the best kickers in the game.  It doesn’t look like the Chiefs will be needing Santos however, as Butker lit the Redskins up, hitting the game-winning FG in the process. Going from being on the Panthers’ practice squad last week to being a winner for Week 4 is a big step for the kicker, so a big congratulations to Harrison Butker on his performance this week!

D/ST:

Houston Texans

While the Titans were busy giving up 57 points on Sunday, the Texans only gave up 14 and also got (oh, I don’t know) 4 INTERCEPTIONS, 1 FR, 2 SACKS, and 1 TD! Need I say more? Definitely not.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills are legit. I don’t think I’ve ever said those 4 words in a sentence before, but it’s always a good time for firsts. The Falcons are no longer undefeated after facing this defense, and I’d like to point out Tre’Davious White for getting that long fumble recovery for a touchdown off of Matt Ryan early in the game. It was a smart, instinctive football play from the rookie, and it comes from a player who has already been playing out of his mind these first four weeks. DROY anyone?

Losers

QB:

Derek Carr

Carr has made this list now in two straight weeks! The Raiders QB is going to be out for 2 to 6 weeks, and that fantasy impact is going to be killer for his owners. Derek Carr had no luck putting up fantasy points before he hurt his back vs the Broncos, so if you started him, your team really took a hit. It might be time to look for a better option on the waiver wire and put Carr on your bench while he recovers from his spinal fracture. Big loser this week.

Ben Roethlisberger

Isn’t it funny how two of the 3 B’s are losers on this week’s list?  The Steelers killed the Ravens on Sunday, and yet two of their stars failed to shine in the victory.  Ben Roethlisberger is far from the reliable fantasy quarterback he used to be, and that showed through how even in a dominant win, he managed such low numbers. Most of his struggle came because Le’Veon Bell had such a great game, but that doesn’t save Big Ben from being a loser this week.

RB:

Jay Ajayi

The Dolphins look terrible. Clearly Jay Cutler isn’t the answer in Miami, and it isn’t just the passing game taking a hit. In fact, with the passing game as a consistent struggle, defenses have been focusing more on shutting down Ajayi, much to his fantasy owners’ chagrin. This week was no different with the Saints holding Ajayi to just 46 yards in a Dolphins shutout. This is Ajayi’s second straight week as a loser, something that better change, or he might just be the fantasy bust of the year.

Melvin Gordon

Gordon’s injury is clearly lingering, as on 10 attempts vs the Eagles on Sunday, “Flash” only managed 22 yards in an extremely sub-par performance. The injury is going to be a problem going forward, and I just don’t see how through it, Melvin Gordon is going to be anything but a loser.

WR:

Antonio Brown

Brown was screaming on the Pittsburgh sideline on Sunday when another one of my losers, Ben Roethlisberger failed to find him wide-open down the field. This was a trend Sunday, as Brown was held to just 5 fantasy points, a total that is rare for the average #3 overall pick in most drafts. I never thought Brown would make this list as a loser, but the way he performed on Sunday was detrimental to fantasy teams everywhere. So as they say in “IT”, “Welcome to the Loser’s club”.

Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks deserves the award for most unpredictable player of the season.  That’s not a good thing, as has been the case the last 3 weeks. This week, Cooks had his third bad game of the season, landing him once again on this list as a loser. There’s nothing I can really say about his future because he is so unpredictable with Tom Brady throwing him, so I’ll say this, “ Wake up Brandin! Your fantasy owners need you!”

TE:

Jordan Reed

When reports came out saying that Reed was going to play against the Chiefs on Sunday night, I thought Kirk Cousins was going to have a fun time throwing to his favorite target in the Red Zone. I was wrong however, as Reed only managed 5 fantasy points with just 21 yards on three receptions. Horrible game from a guy I have high expectations for. Even with his injury, Reed really surprised me with his performance, so he is my top loser at TE for Week 4.

Coby Fleener

I actually expected some pretty good things from Fleener this week, but even though the Saints won against the Dolphins, Fleener had a relatively slow day. The big man only hauled in two catches for 21 yards against a pretty bad Dolphins D. Many other experts are saying that Fleener is a good tight end to have on your team, but I haven’t seen any production from him that shows me that that is true.

K:

Justin Tucker

Second straight week that my top ranked kicker has made this list as a loser. Tucker made one FG and missed another. Wait! Justin Tucker missed a Field Goal?! Unacceptable. Just kidding, but that is actually pretty rare for the Raven’s star. Anyway, his small point output needs to get better or he will be on this list next week too.

Giorgio Tavecchio

A kicker’s fantasy output pretty much depends on his offense’s ability to move the ball downfield. The Broncos halted the Raiders’ offense even before Derek Carr went down, and things got much easier once he did. Imagine what Tavecchio’s numbers are going to look like with EJ Manuel running the offense. He only scored 4 points this week, and if that number stays steady, he is not going to be a worthwhile fantasy kicker.

D/ST:

Tennessee Titans

I’ll be honest. I thought the Titans were going to crush the Texans, but DeShaun Watson put on a show! They gave up 57 points. 57.  I’ll say it again. FIFTY SEVEN!  Just that point total alone is way more than enough to make any team a loser.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If you still had the Buccaneers in your lineup from when they played the Bears, then you were treated to a 0 point performance this week against the Giants. Not to say that the Bucs didn’t play well against the New York, but this is about fantasy output, and the points were just not there this week. I guess this list is the only L the Buccaneers took in Week 4.

Check back tomorrow and Thursday for this week’s position rankings, my weekly “Start Em, Sit Em”, and this week’s game picks.