2017-18 NFL Week 16 Winners and Losers

Hey Everyone! There is only one spot left in the NFC playoffs after this week, but the AFC wild card round is WIDE OPEN. Last week was the end of the road for many teams, but with it came some remarkable performances, especially from guys like Todd Gurley. So with that said, here are my Winners and Losers for Week 16 of the 2017-18 NFL Season:

Winners

QB: Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, and Jimmy Garoppolo

RB: Todd Gurley, Dion Lewis, and Giovanni Bernard

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Jakeem Grant, and Ted Ginn

TE: Antonio Gates, Eric Ebron, and James O’Shaughnnessy

K: Harrison Butker and Randy Bullock

D/ST: Cardinals and Vikings

Losers

QB: Dak Prescott, Nick Foles, and Case Keenum

RB: Joe Mixon, Devonta Freeman, and Isaiah Crowell

WR: Brandin Cooks, Adam Theilen, and Devin Funchess

TE: Jared Cook and Evan Engram

K: Blair Walsh and Sam Ficken

D/ST: Ravens and Jaguars

Guys, that does it for my season tools to victory! I hope you all did well in your championships! It has been fun, but more on that later…

2017-18 NFL Week 15 Winners and Losers

Hey Everyone! The Packers are officially out of playoff contention, so that leaves the 6th seed in the NFC open to just a few teams. It looks as though both wild cards will be from the NFC South, although the Lions and Seahawks may still have a chance. Over on the AFC side, the Jags have clinched for the first time in about a century, and the Bills currently sit in the 6th spot. This is your time Buffalo! Two wins and you’re in! After almost 19 years! They’re gonna blow it, aren’t they? Well, last week we were spoiled with some great games and performances, so here are my Winners and Losers for Week 15 of the 2017-18 NFL Season:

Winners

QB: Cam Newton, Nick Foles, and Blake Bortles

RB: Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, and Christian McCaffrey

WR: Keelan Cole, Jaydon Mickens, and Tavarres King

TE: Greg Olsen, Richard Rodgers, and Benjamin Watson

K: Robbie Gould and Phil Dawson

D/ST: Ravens and Rams

Losers

QB: Russell Wilson, Jared Goff, and Philip Rivers

RB: Carlos Hyde, Jamaal Williams, and Lamar Miller

WR: Antonio Brown, Adam Theilen, and Devin Funchess

TE: Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis

K: Blair Walsh and Ka’imi Fairbairn

D/ST: Seahawks and Texans

Check back later for my Week 16 Position Rankings, Game Picks, and my Week 16 “Start Em, Sit Em” report.

2017-18 NFL Week 14 Winners and Losers

Hey Everyone! The 8th, 9th, and 10th seeds in the NFC are keeping it interesting, although I believe that only the Packers have a legitimate shot at making the postseason at this point out of those three. On the AFC side, we had a huge upset in New England with the Dolphins keeping their slim playoff hopes alive, but now, more importantly, the team that gets the top seed in the AFC will all come down to this week’s game in Pittsburgh with the Patriots taking on the Steelers. Overall, last week was definitely one to remember, so here are my Winners and Losers for Week 14 of the 2017-18 NFL Season:

Winners

QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Dak Prescott, and Jay Cutler (#cutlerchallenge)

RB: Rod Smith, Jonathan Stewart, and Jamaal Williams

WR: Davante Adams, Tyrell Williams, and Cooper Kupp

TE: Trey Burton and Jared Cook

K: Chris Boswell and Harrison Butker

D/ST: Broncos ans Lions

Losers

QB: Carson Wentz, Tom Brady, and Matt Ryan

RB: Alvin Kamara, Lamar Miller, and CJ Anderson

WR: Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, and TY Hilton

TE: Julius Thomas and Cameron Brate

K: Adam Vinatieri and Giorgio Tavecchio

D/ST: Steelers and Ravens

Check back later for my Week 15 Position Rankings, Game Picks, and my Week 15 “Start Em, Sit Em” report.

2017-18 NFL Week 13 Winners and Losers

Hey Everyone! Who would have thought that at this point in the season, we would have a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West…at 6-6?! I have to confess. I didn’t see any of the events of this season coming. The Giants are the second worst team in the league, the Chiefs were great and then not so great, and every supposedly good team in the NFC from last year sucks. Wow. One great thing to come out of all this chaos is the fact that both conferences have a tight race for top seed in the upcoming playoffs (only a little over a month away). We are in for a wild finish to this already great season. Anyway, here are my Winners and Losers for Week 13 of the 2017-18 NFL Season:

Winners

QB: Alex Smith, Josh McCown, and Blake Bortles

RB: Rex Burkhead, Alex Collins, and Kenyan Drake

WR: Tyreek Hill, Nelson Agholor, and Jermaine Kearse

TE: Cameron Brate and Stephen Anderson

K: Robbie Gould and Travis Coons

D/ST: Dolphins and Cowboys

Losers

QB: Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, and Tyrod Taylor

RB: DeMarco Murray, Joe Mixon, and Jordan Howard

WR: Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, and Julio Jones

TE: Zach Ertz and Vernon Davis

K: Matt Prater and Kai Forbath

D/ST: Chiefs and Lions

Check back later for my Week 14 Position Rankings, Game Picks, and my Week 14 “Start Em, Sit Em” report.

2017-18 NFL Week 12 Winners and Losers

Hey everyone! This week was thrilling for everyone except Cowboys fans. And Giants fans. Poor Eli. How do you bench a 2x Super Bowl MVP? But hey! At least they’re starting a relevant young stud, right? Oh, they’re starting Geno Smith? Ummm. Here are my Winners and Losers from Week 12 of the 2017-18 NFL Season:

Winners

QB: Philip Rivers and Josh McCown

RB: Alvin Kamara, Jamaal Williams, and Joe Mixon

WR: Robby Anderson, Marvin Jones, and Jamison Crowder

TE: Ricky Seals-Jones and Hunter Henry

K: Phil Dawson and Randy Bullock

D/ST: Chargers and Panthers

Losers

QB: Dak Prescott (AGAIN) and Eli “Mr. Backup” Manning

RB: Kareem Hunt, Mark Ingram, and Jay Ajayi

WR: Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Crabtree

TE: Greg Olsen and Jared Cook

K: Dan Bailey and Brandon McManus

D/ST: Texans and Lions

Check back tomorrow for my Week 13 Position Rankings, Game Picks, and later in the week for my Week 13 “Start Em, Sit Em” report.

2017-18 NFL Week 11 Winners and Losers

Hey everyone! I got really good feedback from you guys about the shorter Winners and Losers column, so I am writing a simplified version of “Winners and Losers” again this week, and I once again encourage you to let me know if you want more analysis. Thank you guys all for reading. Here are my Winners and Losers from Week 11 of the 2017-18 NFL Season:

Winners

QB: Ben Roethlisberger and Kirk Cousins

RB: LeSean McCoy, Mark Ingram, and Alvin Kamara

WR: Keenan Allen, Kenny Stills, and Brandin Cooks

TE: Ricky Seals-Jones and OJ Howard

K: Stephen Gostkowski and Chris Boswell

D/ST: Ravens and Chargers

Losers

QB: Nathan Peterman and Brock Osweiler

RB: Kareem Hunt and Isaiah Crowell

WR: Jordy Nelson and Emmanuel Sanders

TE: Rob Gronkowski and Jared Cook

K: Greg Zuerlein and Jake Elliott

D/ST: Saints and Titans

Check back tomorrow for my Week 12 Position Rankings and later in the week for my “Game Picks” and my Week 12 “Start Em, Sit Em” report.

2017-18 Week 10 Winners and Losers

Hey everyone! As always, I am trying to make this website and my columns as user-friendly as possible, so as of late, I have been experimenting with different formats throughout my website in terms of how much analysis I write if any at all. I have noticed that many of you like to take a quick glance in order to get all the info you need, so with that in mind, I am writing a simplified version of “Winners and Losers” this week, and I encourage you to let me know if you want more analysis. Thank you guys all for reading. Here are my Winners and Losers from Week 10 of the 2017-18 NFL Season:

Winners

QB: Cam Newton and Jared Goff

RB: Dion Lewis, Mark Ingram, and Alvin Kamara

WR: Robert Woods, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Devin Funchess

TE: Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas

K: Greg Zuerlein and Josh Lambo

D/ST: Lions and Sacksonville

Losers

QB: Marcus Mariota and Tyrod Taylor

RB: Adrian Peterson and Alfred Morris

WR: Dez Bryant and TY Hilton

TE: Cameron Brate and BASICALLY EVERYONE ELSE

K: Steven Hauschka and Phil Dawson

D/ST: Bills and Cowboys

Now that was really short and to the point. Please let me know what you think of the formatting and check back tomorrow for my Week 11 Position Rankings and later in the week for my “Game Picks” and my Week 11 “Start Em, Sit Em” report.

2017-18 NFL Week 9 Winners and Losers

Here’s a summary for this weekend: The Cowboys are rolling, the Saints have a better scoring defense than most offenses in the league, and DeShaun Watson’s injury is a real bummer. Get well soon, man.  Anyway, here are my Winners and Losers from Week 9 of the 2017-18 NFL season.

Winners

QB:

Jared Goff

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Rams are actually the second best team in the NFC. Could we possibly see a Goff v. Wentz NFC Championship. I don’t know and I don’t think so, but Goff is clearly coming into his own in LA. He has Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods’ speed to thank for his big day Sunday, but none the less, his performance was huge (311 yards and 4 TDs). Maybe he was the right pick at #1 last year after all.

RB:

Alvin Kamara

Mark Ingram needs to legitimately watch out because the Saints coaching staff seems to be seeing what everyone else is seeing in the form of Alvin Kamara being a ridiculously crafty RB. The Bucs had no answer for the rookie, and that is all thanks to his tenacious running style. Congrats on the W this weekend, Alvin. Here’s another one.

WR:

TY Hilton

He’s still unpredictable. He’ll probably only get 2 receptions next week. He’s lucky the Texans defense didn’t touch him on that 80-yd TD. Still, 5 receptions for 175 yards and 2 TDs is about the best anyone can do, so TY had no trouble becoming my winner at WR this week.

TE:

Julius Thomas

I took a wild guess and said that Thomas would be good for a TD this week and I was right. Although Miami didn’t pull out a win, Thomas reestablished himself Sunday night as a legitimate offensive presence, and that is something to be proud of. At least he gets one win this week.

K:

Greg Zuerlein

If there was an award for the best kicker in the league through 9 weeks, it’d be Greg the Leg. Another 15 point performance and a dominant win by the Rams is more than enough to etch Zuerlein into the “Winner” column this week.

D/ST:

New Orleans Saints

The Saints score TDs on offense and defense almost weekly now. If these guys are available in your league, then pick them up. That’s all I can really say other than the Saints are my easy and obvious winners this week on D/ST.

Losers

QB:

Jameis Winston

Winston’s chance of being a solid fantasy QB this year came to an end this week vs the Saints, as he got injured and only managed 3 points. Since he’ll be out for a while, the Bucs’ season is over. There is no loss for Winston (fantasy-wise) bigger than that.

RB:

LeSean McCoy and Kareem Hunt

Both Hunt and McCoy were completely taken care of by their opposing defenses, and neither managed to find the endzone. They were both ranked in my top 5 this week respectively, but there is no staying out of the “Loser” column when you only gain enough yards for 8 fantasy points or less. Sorry guys.

WR:

Will Fuller V

Tom Savage apparently hates throwing to Will Fuller, or he at least makes it seem that way. With DeShaun Watson out for the season, Fuller showed signs this week of returning to mediocrity. Too bad. Major loss.

TE:

Cameron Brate

Winston’s injury is bad news for Brate since he only seems to get targets when his normal QB is on the field. Brate only hauled in one catch this week which is abnormal since he has been so productive as of late. Don’t expect his output to become any better with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm for an extended period of time.

K:

Harrison Butker

Having your offense get halted is a good way to blow it in fantasy. Butker nailed every opportunity he got this week, but there just weren’t enough of them vs the Cowboys as Alex Smith and company got defeated. 5 points isn’t enough to carry a team, so Butker winds up on the Losers’ list this week.

D/ST:

Buffalo Bills

As my “Sit Em” last week, I didn’t expect much from the Bills D against a mighty Jets offense, and my doubts were proved valid, as New York took it to Buffalo on Thursday night. There was little energy shown by the Bills team as a whole on TNF, but due to a lack of big plays and an average total of 0 points in fantasy leagues this week, the Bills are my defensive loser.

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 8 Winners and Losers Special Edition – Mid-Season Awards

Hi Everyone! This week for my “Winners and Losers” column, I wanted to treat you all to a special article about my mid-season picks for MVP, OROY, etc., and I’m excited to give my opinion on who the best players have been in the NFL through the first 8 weeks of the season. With no further ado, here are my Mid-Season Awards for the 2017-18 NFL Season.

Most Valuable Player: Carson Wentz (7-1 record, phenominal play)

Coach of the Year: Sean McVay (unlikely success, young coach, young team)

Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Gurley (comeback from a bad year, very versatile)

Defensive Player of the Year: DeMarcus Lawrence (mad dog on D, averaging 1.5 spg)

Offensive Rookie of the Year: DeShaun Watson (more consistent than Hunt, elite QB)

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jamal Adams (lock-down player in secondary for NYJ)

Comeback Player of the Year: Derek Carr (putting up great numbers after a broken leg)

Walter Payton Man of the Year Award: JJ Watt ($37 million raised in hurricane relief)

NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Kareem Hunt (averaging 19.38 ppg in 1/2 PPR)

Let me know who you all think of for your Mid-Season awards. You can find my information in the “Contact”. This has been a great season so far, and I look forward to the rest of it!

2017-18 NFL Week 7 Winners and Losers

Here’s a quick summary for this weekend: My “Start Em”s killed it, my “Sit Em”s did not. Who could have seen that coming? Anyway, here are my Winners and Losers from Week 7 of the 2017-18 NFL season.

Winners

QB:

Derek Carr

What a turnaround for Derek Carr! I was nervous about how he would perform in this game, but the former Fresno State QB saved his team from near irrelevance Thursday vs the Chiefs. This game could have made Carr’s season forgettable, but by posting 417 yards and 3 TDs along with the upset over KC, the QB got it done this week and earned my pick for this week’s winner at quarterback.

RB:

Ezekiel Elliott

Zeke’s previous career best game came last year against the Steelers when he put up 209 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. Sunday against the 49ers, Zeke had a nearly identical performance with 219 yards and three more scores. His output was so close to that of his one against the Steelers that he even hauled in another screen pass that he took for more than 70 yards and a touchdown from Dak Prescott. Ezekiel Elliott showed that he will not be phased by his uncertain status from week to week. Huge performance for the kid. He is a true winner.

WR:

Amari Cooper

Talk about a guy who needed to play well this week. As I had said, Cooper has been the bust of the year so far in fantasy, but that all changed this week when he put up over 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs. Do I think this output will continue? No. Are you automatically a winner in this column if you have the type of game that Cooper did against a team like Kansas City? Absolutely.

TE:

OJ Howard

It’s official. The Buccaneers have the best tight end corps in the league. Find me anyone who disagrees, and I will explain to them that even when Cameron Brate can’t manage to score touchdown, the Bucs can rely on performances such as the one on Sunday from OJ Howard. Howard was the top Tight End in fantasy this week after managing 98 yards and 2 TDs. He and Brate are such great compliments to Jameis Winston. By far the best performance by a rookie TE so far this year.

K:

Kai Forbath

Even I can’t believe that my “Start Em” at kicker this week managed to put up the most points of any kicker in fantasy, but what do you know? Honestly, I’ll just take what I can get. The Vikings beat the Ravens in large part due to Forbath. Winner.

D/ST:

Chicago Bears

What a boring game this was. The only person this game wasn’t hard to watch for was Eddie Jackson who became the first player in NFL history to record two defensive touchdowns of 75 yards or more. That basically sums up this game and the utter dominance by the Chicago Bears defense against the Carolina Panthers. They’re double winners this week.

Losers

QB:

Carson Palmer and his owners

I hope this injury doesn’t end Palmer’s career, but I’m afraid breaking his arm could be a fatal blow. Not only did the Cardinals get destroyed by the Rams, but they may have lost their quarterback until about Week 15. If you barely squeezed by with Palmer as your starter, it’s time to hit up the waiver wire.

RB:

Jordan Howard

In the midst of a boring game, the Bears had no offense. Since Jordan Howard was a starter in almost every fantasy league this week, his 65 yards were a major disappointment. Not sure there’s much else to say other than that. Howard’s performance was enough to take over Marshawn Lynch’s spot as my top loser of week 7.

WR:

AJ Green

Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati was actually a decent game, but where was AJ Green? Just three receptions? 41 yards? He almost had as bad a game as TY Hilton. Don’t even get me started on him. This one isn’t necessarily Green’s fault, but it really doesn’t matter whose fault it is when it comes to putting up fantasy points. *cough cough* Loser.

TE:

Rob Gronkowski

This one is going to surprise a lot of people who didn’t realize that Gronkowski was even eligible to be on the losing side of this list, but think about it. As the Patriots were putting a beating on the Falcons, how many highlights did Gronkowski have? He didn’t have any touchdowns, and he only had three receptions for 51 yards. This performance was not normal for Gronk, but a losing performance is a losing performance. Gronk, if you’re reading this, sorry bro.

K:

Dan Bailey

Jeff Heath had the same amount of point this week as Dan Bailey. 2 XP, no FGA. That’s it. Oh! And a pulled groin! Welcome to America’s Team, Mike Nugent. Let’s hope Dan Bailey heals up quickly, otherwise he might just lose his job… JK.

D/ST:

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs scored negative points this week, and that is one thing you definitely don’t want to do in fantasy. At least they didn’t do as bad as the 49ers points-wise, but that shouldn’t really be what they’re aiming for overall. The 3 holding penalties at the end of the TNF game were questionable for sure. Should they have been called? You be the judge.

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