2013 Watch List #1

2012 fantasy football watch listThe Watch List is back for 2014. For those new to FFS, it’s just a snapshot of possible free agents you could potentially sign off the wire. Some of these names will be players who performed well over the weekend and are on wire in the leagues I compete in and some are pure speculation based on injuries or a gut feel. Please add to the list if you have a player you think might deserve to be on the list. The number in the () represents targets.

QUARTERBACKS
None

RUNNING BACKS
Joique Bell, DET 6-25-2, (6)5-67: Even with the injury to Bush, Bell put in a great game for DET scoring twice on the ground and adding 67 yards through the air. DET might have their short yardage back, but he’s to add for depth or keep an eye on.

Shane Vereen, NEP 14-101, (10)7-58: A player who was probably drafted in many leagues benefitted from Ridley’s inability to hold onto the ball on Sunday. Two Ridley fumbles and a benching resulted in Vereen taking a big step forward in getting more playing time.

Da’Rel Scott NYG 5-23, (8)5-51: The Dave Wilson experiment lasted only 2 fumbles before he was benched in favor of Scott, who turned in a nice performance. Wouldn’t hedge my bet on him lasting the season, but he is one to keep an eye on.

WIDE RECEIVERS
Doug Baldwin, SEA (8)7-91: On one of the worst passing teams in the NFL, Baldwin put up solid number on Sunday ith 91 yards. He led the team with 8 targets and with no true WR1 on the team (sorry I don’t believe the hype on Tate) Baldwin could turn around to put some good numbers up this season.

Julien Edelman, NEP (9)7-79-2: Could this be Edelman’s year? TE’s accounted for only 1 catch on Sunday as Brady only used 3 WRs. Amendola left with a minor injury, the rookie Thompkins was highly targeted, but it was Edelman who found the endzone. It is a very deep year for WRs, Julian is just one of many, but you gotta like the team he’s on.

Brian Hartline, MIA (15)9-114-1: Probably undrafted in many leagues for various reasons, but he continues to perform, especially for PPR leagues being targeted 15 times! He scored as well, might keep expectations in check, as they were only playing the Browns.

Jerome Simpson, MIN (8)7-140: Simpson was highly touted last year, but never really took flight. On Sunday he led all MIN receivers in receptions, targets and yards. Too bad Ponder found the DET defense 3 times. He’s the deep threat for Ponder as well.

Harry Douglas, ATL (6)4-93: With Roddy White dinged up Douglas might see more targets his way, as he led the Falcons in yards with 93, but missed out on the 2 TDPs.

Andre Roberts, ARI (9)8-97: Roberts made some good catches on Sunday to lead the Cards in yards with 97. His targets (9) were second only to Fitz.

Reuben Randle, NYG (6)5-101: Roberts had a strong showing as the WR3 for the Giants with 101 yards on 6 targets. This performance was good enough for the 3rd best WR on the Giants behind Cruz and Nicks. I still expect good stats from Randle as the team’s WR3.

TIGHT END
Martellus Bennett, CHI (6)3-49-1: Good game for the Black Unicorn, as he was targeted 6 times and found the endzone. CHI threw the ball 33 times, looks like they plan on using the TE.

Julius Thomas, DEN (7)5-110-2: What an impact game for the rookie, but it also helps to have Peyton Manning throwing he ball, setting a record with 7 TDs. Lots of hands wanting the ball in the aerial display. Thomas could be a legitimate red zone target.

2012 Watch List #5

2012 fantasy football watch listWere you an owner that rushed to the wire this week to pick up some of the hot talent from the past weeks. For example, all the tight ends I have been listing busted this week; Pitta, Bennett and Rudolph didn’t fair well at all. Some of the attention was on the return of Jerome Simpson off suspension or Ramses Barden starting with the injury to Hakeem Nicks. For the most part many of the players I talked up, flopped. That’s fantasy football for you. Sometimes you get all the breaks, other times it breaks you.

One week does not make a season and many have heard guys, like Russ Bliss say this repeatedly on Fantasy Football Starters. You put week 4 behind you and start preparing for week 5, no reason to sit and wallow in your lose or struggles, but try to put the best players together for the upcoming week.

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 5 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Ryan Tannehill MIA 26-41-431-1
Does it make you wonder if the Arizona defense is for real or not, as Tannehill put up good numbers on the road combining with Brian Hartline (see below). Unfortunately he is still turning the ball over too much, including a fumble and an INT yesterday. Given the match up be might be worthwhile for a BYE week cover, but not as a full time starter.

Kevin Kolb ARI 29-48-324-3
Teams struggle to run against the MIA defense, but find success through the air. Even Kevin Kolb put up his best numbers since making the move to the desert. Kolb was playing for he injured Skelton, no idea what The Wiz does when Skelton is healthy. He does have Fitz, but it was Andre Roberts was the man of the afternoon for Kolb. He should post good numbers in the Thursday night game vs STL.

Other notables: Matt Hasselbeck TEN 17-25-193-2

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Brandon Bolden NEP 16-137-1 (1)1-11
I am sure many owners will rush to the wire to add Bolden this week. The rookie posted 137 yards and 1 TD. Remember this team is coached by The Hoodie and nothing is ever as it seems in the running game. Woodhead could make a strong showing next week for all we know, he had 15 touches in week 3, and none yesterday. So even though Bolden posted impressive numbers, I would not grab him for depth at this point. The Hoodie does like to run with multiple RBs, so this isn’t outside the norm for the Patriots.

Jackie Battle SDG 15-39-1 (4)4-42-1
Ryan Mathews still can’t hang on to the ball, thus the reason he found himself on the sidelines, as a spectator. Battle, who I have talk about before the season and mentioned in Watch List #3 came on in relief to score twice for San Diego. If Mathews continues to stumble, I see Battle as his replacement from here on out. He is a worthwhile addition to a roster, looks to be the piece of the running game SD lost when Tolbert moved to Carolina.

Other notables: Joique Bell DET 1-2 (8)6-72, Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 6-45 (4)4-40

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
Brian Hartline MIA (19)12-253-1
Mentioned after his week 2 performance, Hartline tops the list for WRs again this week with his 253 yard blow up vs Arizona. Targeted 19 times during the game by Tannehill he scored on an 80-yard TD pass. He is a viable starter in all formats as a WR3/4, should be available in many leagues.

Andre Roberts ARI (9)6-118-2
Roberts took center stage on Sunday as he caught 2 TDs vs Miami, including the TD that sent the game into overtime. Roberts has posted better games (4 TDs on the season) than receiving mate, Larry Fitzgerald. Not ready to put him on the same pedestal, but if Arizona’s passing game comes alive could be a worthwhile addition. He goes up against STL on Thursday.

Devone Bess MIA (12)7-123
When Marshall was in MIA, Bess was usually the recipient of good games, but now he is playing second fiddle to Hartline. Tannehill posted 400+ yards and both Bess and Hartline fared very well on Sunday. Bess is also worth owning at this point, posting over 200 yards the last few weeks.

Domenik Hixon NYG (11)6-114
With Nicks out, most of the attention was centered on Ramses Barden, after his performance in week 3. This week it was Hixon breaking out and putting together his second 100+ yard game and grabbing his 2nd TD of the season. Watch the Nicks news as we move into week 5, Hixon might be worth a flex option vs CLE.

Other notables: James Jones GBP (6)5-56-2, Donald Jones BUF (3)2-90-2

TIGHT END
Scott Chandler BUF (8)4-62-2
Another year, another hot start by Scott Chander who hauled in 2 TDs in Buffalo’s thumping at the hands of the Pats. On the season he now has 4 TDs and continues to receive a fair amount of targets through 4 games. Healthy, he is Fitzpatrick’s favorite target, especially in the red zone. Lots of TEs to chose from this year, he is just another young, hot player who is worth a look.

Other notables: None

KICKER
Greg Zuerlein STL (58,48,60,24)
The rookie out of Missouri Western State is perfect on the year, 12 for 12. This week he hit 4 field goals, including a 58 and 60 yarder. If you got hit with the late Kaeding scratch (groin), Zuerlein is one of the better options, he plays a majority of his games in a dome and should get plenty of field goal chances. This is the 4th week he has posted 2 or more field goals.

2012 Watch List #3

2012 fantasy football watch listIt’s funny how a watch list works, last week a player like Kevin Ogletree was probably one of the most picked up players after his opening season performance. Yesterday it was 1 catch for 26 yards. I am not the only one who said, told you so, but have some patience with your fantasy team. The players on this list don’t necessarily need to be picked up this week, but are players to watch in the coming weeks. Depending on the injury situation your team is in some of these players might be considered a worthwhile pick up immediately.

Some players who are free agents, might not even get a mention, for example Dante Rosario, TE in San Diego. He took advantage of Gates as a late scratch and was 4-48-3 TD, a career day for him. Look for him to fall back into fantasy irrelevance after yesterdays performance. I still subscribe to staying the course after nearly 2 weeks of football. Unless you injury ridden, no situation is too much to overcome at this point. Keep an eye on possibly acquisitions and play the best team you can, which isn’t always the easiest decision to make.

With that said, here is the watch list as we go into week 3 of the NFL.

QUARTERBACK
Russell Wilson SEA 15-20-151-1, 4-28
Wilson still not as impressive as he was in pre-season, but Wilson has been effective at QB for the Seahawks. He could be 2-0, but ends up 1-1 after 2 weeks. He posted a 112.7 QB rating on Sunday vs Dallas, but it was the rushing of Lynch that took away the opportunities for Wilson. Still, he is a worthwhile QB to own as a bench player or bye week cover.

RUNNING BACK (number in (#) represent targets)
Jackie Battle 14-69-2
It only took a game and a half, but Norv Turner might of found his true back up to injured RB, Ryan Mathews. The rushing game in San Diego has been pathetic, but Jackie Battle posted a 14-92 YPC and scored twice. This could be short lived success with Mathews due to return in week 3. If you are looking for the handcuff, Battle could be the RB to own.

Andre Brown NYG 13-73-1, (2) 2-19
With the injury to Bradshaw it was 3rd year player Brown, not Dave Wilson who picked up the slack and posted good numbers in the Giants comeback victory. He posted a 5.5 YPC and looked better than Bradshaw. If the neck injury continue, “What can Brown do for you?”

Bilal Powell NYJ 9-33, (2) 2-10
Greene departed the game with a head injury, but returned later in the game. Powell filled in, but being down in the second half the Jets had to go to the pass (unsuccessfully), which limited the number of touches Powell got. He is someone to watch as we go forward with the season.
Daryl Richardson STL 15-83, (3) 2-19
Steven Jackson came out of the game under mysterious circumstances, which then turned into a groin injury. Watch the week injury report and HC, Jeff Fisher has to say. If the injury lingers, Richardson might take over the RB1 in St. Louis. If you own Jackson, Richardson might be a wise pick up this week.

Other notables: None

WIDE RECEIVER (number in (#) represent targets)
Danny Amendola (16) 15-160-1
Amendola had a career game with 15 catches, which included 12 in the first half. His value comes more in PPR leagues, but if you are in need of a receiver, Amendola might be worth a look. Bradford has his go-to wide receiver, no reason this duo won’t continue to pile up positive numbers.

Brian Hartline MIA (12) 9-111
Hartline has seen 20 targets with Tannehill through 2 weeks and finished with 111 yards against Oakland on Sunday. Might be worth a look in PPR formats with the number of targets he is seeing, but could be a match up player only as Tannehill has struggled through 2 games.

Brandon LaFell CAR (8) 6-90
Led the Panthers in targets on Sunday, but could not find the end zone. He continues to impress and with the passing attack that Carolina has, he is a viable option. Look for big game against NYG in week 3. LaFell could benefit if Steve Smith’s knee issue continues.

Donnie Avery IND (10) 9-111
Avery has 18 targets through 2 weeks with rookie Andrew Luck at QB. Trailing as Indy will be most games, most of the year he could be a viable WR2 with concussion issues still a problem for Austin Collie. Probably a better PPR candidate than standard scoring pick up.

Other notables: Brandon Gibson STL (4) 2-53-1, Julian Edelman (6) 5-50

TIGHT END
Martellus Bennett NYG (10) 5-72-1
Another strong performance by “The Black Unicorn” in a Giants offense that is putting big points on the board and producing huge stats. You might as well get on board with Martellus, as he put up good numbers including 2 TDs in 2 weeks. With injuries and other TEs struggling, he is worth a shot.

Kyle Rudolph MIN (5) 3-35-1
Week 1 he put up modest yardage and yesterday scored a late TD including 35 yards. He is becoming a red zone option for Ponder. With Harvin and Peterson healthy, I like what I have seen in Rudolph through 2 weeks. Viable fantasy option with good upside.

Other notables: Scott Chandler BUF (4) 2-53-1, Todd Heap ARI (10) 5-72-1