2013 Watch List #3

2012 fantasy football watch listWeek 3 finishes up tonight with a big AFC rivalry as OAK travels to DEN to take on Manning and that passing attack. It was a wacky week as we saw a number of upsets including SF and GB, while CLE, under Brian Hoyer and defeated MIN. Let’s not forget the Giants going 0-3 being waxed by CAR 38-0. Ouch! So much for Emily Manning and company. Enter the BYE weeks start in week 4 and if you drafted like many do without consideration for back ups at some position now is the time to start looking to fill those voids.

QUARTERBACKS
Geno Smith NYJ 16-29-331-2, 4-14-1: Smith could be a spot start as we head into BYE weeks depending on opponant. He put up career best numbers vs BUF and looks to have another good matchup vs TEN in week 4.

Brian Hoyer CLE 30-54-321-3: Got to give the kid some credit posting 300+ in his first game, but CLE didn’t have a running game to speak of attempting 54 passes! With no positive contribution on the ground, don’t be surprised to see 40-50 passing attempts moving forward.

RUNNING BACKS
LeGarrette Blount NEP 14-65/Brandon Bolden NEP 3-51, (6)5-49: With Ridley continuing to lose time and carries, Blount and Bolden combined for 116 yards on the ground. Logic dictates it will be Bolden who is the more versitile RB in the backfield.

Jonathan Franklin GBP 13-103-1, (3)3-27: He won’t be noted for the offense he contributed to the Packers, but the fumble that caused cost GB the name. He looked better running the ball than Starks did, faster and more ellusive. Numbers might be a bit skewed thanks in part to a 51 yard run. Bye in week 4, watch injuries to Lacy and Starks.

Isaiah Pead STL 7-21, 11(9)-61: Richardson lasted a single play as he reinjured his foot, which opened the door for Pead. While he wasn’t impressive on the ground he did contribute to the passing game. This week STL plays SF, watch Richardson’s situation, but Pead has the edge to take the majority of the snaps.

Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 18-86, (3)2-17: Mentioned him in Watch List #2 after Steven Jackson went down last week, but Rodgers posted a ground best 86 yards. Good chance Jackson misses week 4 providing Rodgers another start vs NEP.

Fred Jackson BUF 7-72, (5)4-37: Spiller left the game with a knee injury and Jackson took over backfield duties and led the team in rushing. BUF faces BAL next week, but watch the status of Spiller, which could make Jackson a flex start.

Bilal Powell NYJ 27-149, 2-9: Powell was another RB mentioned in the week 2 Watch List. he put in his best performance rushing for 149, averaging 5.5 YPC. Could be in line for a majority of the work next week at TEN.

Notables: Jason Snelling ATL 11-53, (5)4-58-1.

WIDE RECEIVERS
Donnie Avery KC (7)7-141: While the KC offensive with Smith isn’t impressive, he has been effective in the yardage department. This week it was Avery exploding for 141 yards and catching everything that came his way. With all the underneath routes Avery could play a bigger role.

Mike Williams TB (9)5-65: Not flashy, but the injury to Jackson could see an increase in production. Still getting a fair amount of targets from Freeman. Might be worth watching the VJ injury.

Josh Gordon CLE (19)10-146-1: Big game coming off a 2-game suspension for Gordon, who was targeted an amazing 19 times on Sunday. This with Brian Hoyer at QB and 54 pass attempts. Matchup seem favorable for CLE the next few weeks. He could be a viable WR2 or flex option in your team.

Notables: Jason Avant PHI (8)5-87-1, Ted Ginn CAR (4)3-71-1,  Kendall Wright TEN (6)6-71, Devone Best CLE (10)7-67.

2013 Watch List #2

2012 fantasy football watch listWeek 2 is nearly over and we saw some big games on Sunday, close scores and a few upsets. What about the injuries in week 2? If you were bit like I was losing Steven Jackson and Ray Rice then it’s time to look towards the wire. As I already mentioned after week 1 I am not a big fan of building a team from the wire. Never have been, but that doesn’t mean I don’t watch the wire for potential talent or that “diamond in the rough” (like Alfred Morris last year) who bursts onto the stage and carries a team to a potential championship.

This week two players stood out above all the rest. James Starks running in relief of the injured Eddie Lacy turned in a career performance. The other was Eddie Royal for San Diego. He now leads has 5 TDs in two games, equaling his career high. I am not high on either of these players, but I know for a fact these will be two of the most acquired players as we head towards week 3. Here’s a list of the other players to watch after week 2.

QUARTERBACKS
EJ Manuel, BUF 27-39-296-1: In spots starts Manuel might not be bad as a bye week filler. As a rookie, he will still have to overcome poor decisions and mistakes. In Week 3, BUF travels to NYJ.

Alex Smith, KCC 21-36-223-2, 8-57: Smith, now 2-0, was effective and managed the game well vs DAL. Unfortunately many of his passes were short and underneath, rarely looking down field. No INTs thru 2 games adn 4 TDPs. Next week a soft secondary vs PHI.

Philip Rivers, SDC 36-47-419-3: By all accounts Rivers shouldn’t be a FA, but I see him available in 2 leagues. This was a throwback game, as he posted his first 400 yard game since week 5 in 2010. With little in the running game, Rivers has to throw to be successful, but he boasted big numbers against a weak Philly secondary. Still, he lacks weapons in that offense to consistently post strong numbers. Week 3 SD plays TEN.

RUNNING BACKS
Bilal Powell, NYJ 12-52-1, (5)2-22: Powell shouldn’t be hanging around many leagues, but if he is, you might consider him. He out rushed and out carried Ivory and was part of the Jets passing attack. He is a more dynamic player than Ivory

Jaquizz Rodgers, ATL 11-17, (4)4-28: He didn’t really replace Jackson on the ground with a 1.5 YPC. If the injury to Jackson holds him out of Week 3, Rodgers might be a spot start at MIA.

James Starks, GBP 20-132-2, (5)4-36: I just can’t get excited for Starks, as he underperformed last season. I knock this game off to the poor run defense of WAS and the fact GB built a big lead. If Lacy continues to struggle with the concussion, Starks will start week 3 at CIN who held CHI to 81 yards rushing.

WIDE RECEIVERS
Aaron Dobson, NEP (10)3-56-1: With the issues at the WR and TE positions, NEP is still looking for reliable hands for Brady. In his NFL debut, he scored his first TD and while Dobson remains in the game plans for the Hoodie I do believe he is a player to continue watching.

Austin Pettis, STL (11)8-78-1: Rams played from behind much of the game and needed to throw, but it wasn’t Cook on the receiving end. Pettis put together a great game and was a reliable WR for Bradford. Like Dobson, I think Pettis is jsut one to watch right now. Better options out there on the wire.

Harry Douglas, ATL (5)4-43: As expected Douglas played a majority of the game (50 snaps) while White continued to be used as a decoy on Sunday. Douglas still has value moving forward until we see the high ankle of White’s improve.

Eddie Royal, SDC (8)7-90-3: Consider this a career day for Royal, who now has 5 TDs in 2 weeks, which equals his career best from 2009 in DEN. I don’t expect Royal to continue this sort of trend for the Chargers. The injuries to Floyd (yesterday) and Alexander have SD reaching to find consistency at the WR position.

DeAndre Hopkins HOU (13)7-117-1: The concussion of AJ opened the door the rookie Hopkins who was the top target for Schaub in the win over TEN. Caught the game winning TD in OT and posted 117 yards.

Notables: Robert Woods BUF (6)4-68, Santana Moss WAS (5)3-41-1, Marlon Brown BAL (6)4-45-1, Devone Bess CLE (8)5-38

TIGHT ENDS
Charles Clay, MIA 1-1-1 (7)5-109: Clay had 7 targets and broke 100 yards, while getting a 1 yard TD run in MIA’s victory. Don’t look at this to be the standard for Clay in short yardage situations. I still feel there are better options at TE, but Clay could emerge as a bye week filler.

2012 Watch List # 12

2012 fantasy football watch listFor many fantasy owners it comes down to one more toss of the proverbial dice as we look towards week 13. By now many owners know their fate. For many, week 13 signals the end of their fantasy football season. For others, this is when you look to hit your stride and hope that moves you have made through out the NFL season will pay off. For those on the bubble, you are looking to secure that one last win to get into the playoffs and worry about your playoff match up next week.

More injuries to deal with this week starting with Matt Forte and a reoccurring ankle injury. Andre Brown (NYG) broke his fibula, while Jalen Parmele (JAX) injured his leg. Brandon Weeden (CLE) and Lance Moore (NOS) both suffered concussions. This potentially opens the door for a few players to make their mark.

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 13 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Chad Henne JAX 17-26-261-2
Another strong performance by Henne as the starter this week, as he tossed a multi-TD game. The offense has been improved since Henne took over for the injured Gabbert. Not the strongest option at QB, but JAX plays BUF in week 13. For the playoffs Henne faces NYJ, @MIA and NEP.

Colin Kaepernick SF 16-25-231-1, 6-27-1
QB controversy in SF? Kap put up average passing numbers, with 1 INT. He did make it up on the ground with a rushing TD. It will be interesting to see who leads the 49ers onto the field in the coming weeks. Kaepernick is the future, but Smith has been playing well most of the year. He is worth a pick up from the wire (if he is still there). Week 13 vs @STL, followed by MIA, @NEP and @SEA for the playoff weeks.

Other notables: Ryan Tannehill MIA 18-26-253-1, Ryan Lindley ARI 31-52-312

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Beanie Wells ARI 17-48-2
He shouldn’t be on the wire, but if he happens to be available, his 2 TD vs STL might be the punch a team needs to carry them through the playoffs. Week 13 he faces NYJ and his playoff match ups feature @SEA, DET and CHI.

Knowshon Moreno DEN 20-85, (4)4-26
Could this be the last hoorah for Moreno? He stepped up on Sunday vs KC and ran for 85 yards (4.2 YPC). His start and performance was a huge surprise and with McGahee done for the year and Hillman unimpressive, Moreno could be another strong pick up going forward. Week 13 DEN plays TB. For the playoffs he plays @OAK, @BAL and CLE.

Bilal Powell NYJ 12-40-1, (3)2-13
Powell received a majority of the goal line looks and for a second week, he cashed in scoring on a 4-yard TD run. Powell finished with 12 carries (2 fewer than Greene). It looks as if the Jets will split carries between Powell and Greene going forward, but could continue to see the goal line carries. Week 13 NYJ play ARI. For the playoffs they are @JAX, @TEN and SD.

Dave Wilson NYG 6-13, (1)1-5
The Giants lost Andre Brown to a broken fibula, which leaves Wilson the backup to Bradshaw. As long as Wilson can hold on to the ball, he should see more reps on a weekly basis. He was a hot RB during the preseason, but lost some luster and Brown flourished. He could be a spot starter the rest of the way. Week 13 Giants at @WAS. During the playoffs the NYG play NOS, @ATL and @BAL.

Other notables: Justin Forsett HOU 5-87-1, Jacquizz Rodgers 10-49-1, (2)2-30

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
Chris Givens STL (6)5-115-1
Amendola was limited on Sunday with a foot injury, which provided Givens with a chance to showcase his talents. He is a big play WR, who ended with 6 targets (5 catches) with 115 yards and 1 TD. Watch the status of Amendola, as Givens will be the recipient if Amendola is limited or out. Week 13 the Rams host SF. For the playoffs they are @BUF, MIN and @TBB.

Ryan Broyles DET (12)6-126
With Titus Young benched, Broyles made himself a target for Stafford who targeted him 12 times. If Young continues to cause team problems, Broyles will continue to see a majority of the snaps and worth a look. Week 13 DET plays IND. For the playoffs DET is @GBP, @ARI and ATL.

Cole Beasley DAL (13)7-68
Described as the “Cowboy’s version of Wes Welker” Beasley came out of nowhere and took advantage of the Ogletree being out and the injury to Miles Austin. Romo targeted him 13 times in Thuanksgiving. He is speedy and could continue to steal looking if the other Dallas WRs can’t go. Week 13 Dallas faces PHI. During the playoff weeks DAL is @CIN, PIT and NOS.

Other notables: Devone Bess MIA (9)7-129, T.Y. Hilton IND (3)3-33-1, Danario Alexander SDG (8)5-74, Pierre Garcon WAS (7)5-93-1

TIGHT END
Rob Housler ARI (11)8-82
Housler received a team high 11 targets as the inexperienced Lindley looked to his TE often on Sunday. With Lindley poised to be the potential starter, Housler could see more involvement in the Cardinals offense. Still not too impressive as a full time starter. Week 13 ARI plays @NYJ. The playoff match ups are @SEA, DET and CHI.

Other notables: None

2012 Watch List #10

2012 fantasy football watch listThere comes a time in every season where you look at your team and wonder what COULD have been. Week 10 was that week for me. Looking over my team I believe it was a very well drafted team, but the big names are equating to big stats and more importantly…wins.

The wire is still a pertinent for many owners, as the moves continue at record breaking pace (in 3 leagues) and teams jockey for a playoff position with just 3 weeks of the regular season remaining (in many leagues). By now you have a very good idea if you will make the playoffs or miss out. For all teams, continuing to look ahead to the playoffs (weeks 14-16) could be rewarding depending on who’s available on the wire.

This week we see a few players returning to action. Danny Amendola, who was probably dropped in many leagues after his shoulder injury and some will be banking on Beanie Wells to inject a spark into the Arizona running game that has been dismay at best. More notable injuries this week that could pose problems in the weeks to come, Julio Jones (leg), Mike Vick (concussion), Alex Smith (concussion), Ahmad Bradshaw (head/neck) and Fred Jackson (concussion-like symptoms).

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 10 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Russell Wilson SEA 12-19-188-2, 7-34
Not a great option at QB, if you are in need of one he has tossed multiple TDs in the last 3 games (and last 4 of 5) and has what looks to be some good match ups going forward. Seems to be developing a nice rapport with Golden Tate.

Colin Kaepernick SF 11-17-117, 8-66-1
Kaepernick came into the game in relief of Smith who exited with an injury. After a rough start, Colin settled in and made plays for the 49ers. With Smith’s status questionable for week 11 vs CHI, Kapernick might be an option, thanks in part to his running abilities.

Other notables: None

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Chris Ivory NOS 7-72-1, 1-13
Ivory received only 7 carries, but the made the most of them with a 56-yard TD run. He has scored 2 TDs in 2 weeks now, but only managed 17 carries. It’s still an RBBC in the Saints backfield, but Ivory seems to carry some value with Sproles missing time. Looking at week 11 he could have a nice match up vs OAK.

Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 3-29, (4)4-33

Against one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL, Michael Turner only managed 15 yards on 13 carries. Rodgers fared a bit better, but still only had 3 carries. He is active in the Falcons passing game, but still inconsistent and may not see more than 8-10 touches a game if Turner continues to struggle. Rodgers and the Falcons play ARI in week 11.

Beanie Wells ARI
Wells practiced for the first time last Wednesday since hitting the IR in September. While he is still a few weeks away from starting, he might be worth adding if you lack depth at RB. Unfortunately he will be looking at some very tough match ups; SEA, STL, CHI and SF.

Other notables: Daryl Richardson STL 7-58, (2)1-0, Danny Woodhead NEP 1-15-1, (6)4-46-1

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
Danny Amendola STL (12)11-102
After missing 3 games, Amendola returned as the top target for Bradford and the Rams. While the shoulder isn’t 100%, he put up some great numbers on his return. If he is on the wire, he should be grabbed. Week 11 STL faces the NYJ.

Danario Alexander SDG (7)5-134-1

High expectations for this kid in STL, but nagging knee injuries saw him out of football until a few week ago. Yesterday was a career game for Alexander vs TBB. He’s a big body, which is what Rivers might have been missing at the WR position. He is healthy now and has played well as the WR2 in San Diego. Might be worth an add in the pass heavy offense.

Cecil Shorts JAX (13)6-105-1

Shorts makes the watch list again with his second 100-yard performance in 2 weeks. He received a team high 13 targets vs Indy on Thursday including a 4-yard TD reception. He has been the most consistent receiver for JAX, week 11 he faces a stingy HOU defense.

Other notables: Golden Tate SEA (2)2-51-1, Donald Jones BUF (10)6-74-1, Jarius Wright MIN (5)3-65-1

TIGHT END
Scott Chandler BUF (8)5-65-1
Chandler has been irrelevant since week 4, posting 4 TDs to start the season. He returned to the endzone this weekend, which might be the start of another steak. Good match up vs MIA in week 11.

Other notables: Brandon Myers (7)5-57

2012 Watch List #8

2012 fantasy football watch listIt’s mid-season as we are on the verge of MNF that will draw an end to week 8. For my teams, it’s been a season of mediocrity at it’s finest. I have gone to the wire and picked up players at an alarming rate. This tells me I did not draft as well as I once anticipated early in the season. Between leagues leagues I used used the wire 35 times (15-ESPN, 14-Yahoo, 6-CBS). No matter how I examine it, it’s too much, especially the 6 transactions in the CBS league, since each move is $10. I rarely spend more than $20 a year. I am still a big believer in building a successful team during the draft, not through FA and the waiver wire.

With only 5 weeks remaining until H2H playoffs begin, it’s time to take a good, hard look at your team and decide if you have enough to bring home a championship. I have already done this and believe I could be done very early (again) this season. For those owners who still believe then it’s time to make the most of those wire moves.

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 9 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Blaine Gabbert JAX 27-49-303-1
Gabbert had his first 300 yard performance vs GB. Still not a intended to be a strong starter, he continues to struggle finding the endzone with multi-TD games this season. Considering JAX will usually be trailing, he could end up posting decent yardage and a TD a week.

Russell Wilson SEA 25-35-236-2-1, 1-9
Wilson put up good numbers versus a strong Lions pass defense completing 75% of his passes and 2 TD passes. Much like Gabbert, you might have to pick starts if you decided to grab Russell. He has skill and talent, but still just a rookie starting his 9th game.

Other notables: None

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Ronnie Brown SDG 4-17, (8)7-85
There are no bright spots in San Diego these days, but Ronnie Brown continues to be a factor in the passing game. It seems he has taken on a Sproles-like role for the Chargers. Consider Rivers passed 11 times on Sunday with 7 catches by Brown. He has more value in a PPR format, but if you are in dire need of a RB you might look at Brown.

Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 8-60, (5)5-20
Rodgers is the change of pace back in the ATL who combined for 13 touches on Sunday vs Philly. This was his best game of the season and it’s still difficult to predict just how much he will be used on any given weekend. Still better to have Rodgers if you own Turner rather than as a starter in your line up.

Other notables: Joique Bell DET 7-25, (4)4-33,

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
Titus Young DET (9)9-100-1
Young was dropped by many owners early in the year as his numbers were weak. The injury to Burleson has given Young the chance to contribute to the Lions offense. Young caught all 9 balls his way and scored on a 1-yard TD pass. Megatron should continue to draw heavy coverage, hopefully Young is able to step up after back to back good games. He should be added and could be a good start in JAX in week 9.

Clyde Gates NYJ (11)7-82
Gates led the Jets in receiving, but that wasn’t saying much Sunday vs MIA. Most of these catches were garbage time, as the Jets were out of the game. He was targeted 11 times finishing with 7 catches. Only a viable WR is deeper leagues, as there should be better WRs to grab off the wire at this time.

Cecil Shorts JAX (12)8-116
Games of 74, 80, 79 and now 116 have made Shorts a good option off the wire. This week was his fist 100 yard effort, in which he also found the endzone. Shorts has been more involved in the offense and Gabbert seems to be looking his way more often. In week JAX played DET and is worth a spot start.

Danny Amendola STL
STL is on a bye in week 9, but watch the news about Amendola’s return. he was posting good numbers again before a shoulder injury knocked him out. He could return in week 10 vs SF. He should be available after week 9.

Other notables: Josh Gordon CLE (5)3-46, Ryan Broyles DET (5)3-37-1

TIGHT END
Dustin Keller NYJ (11)7-67
Keller, now healthy has posted back to back 7 catch games and saw a season high 11 targets vs MIA. Keller is a viable starter, even with all the issues the Jets are having. He could lose a bit of value if Tebow takes over as starter out of the bye week.

Other notables: None