Big Jim's Starting Fantasy Lineup The answer to your pressing fantasy questions! 2015-10-08T14:42:17Z http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[Week 5 DFS Love List]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4406 2015-10-08T14:42:17Z 2015-10-08T14:40:57Z Well, Week 4 is in the books and I learned a lot about DFS this week.  What’s nice is that I still won a few bucks in the process.  I am still keeping my bets small, but I have upped the stakes a bit.  I also REALLY limited my long-odds formats.  It’s just so unlikely to win them, even when you have a good week, that I won’t spend more than $1 for these formats any longer.  I did do well in two out of three $25k Quarter Arcade lineups I entered with, but I’m still not cracking the elusive top 10 (where the real money is).  I have played in my last ever head-to-head game on Draft Kings, however.  Both of my lineups did GREAT, totaling over 150 points, only to be beaten by 2 or 3 points and I lose it all.  Quite a blow, when you perform so well.  I figure that I might as well just stick to 50/50′s and double ups, so I don’t lose any money to a minuscule margin of defeat.

As you may remember from last week, I went camping this weekend and as a result, it was very difficult to get good info over the course of the weekend.  I would check my sources and sometimes they were updating and other times they weren’t (thought I didn’t know it at the time).  This only created minimal confusion as I had a lineup with 2 bets placed on it where Ryan Mathews was in, because a week old report about Murray being inactive appeared as news on Sunday morning.  Thankfully I already had a few under-performers on this lineup (I’m looking at you, Steve Smith Sr. and Julio Jones) and I’m not sure that I would have had a chance to win here anyways as a result.  Well worth it for a great weekend with some old friends.

In general, a lot of the guys who were putting up surprising performances as of late came back down to earth this week.  None of these players were more soul crushing to me than Tyrod Taylor.  Not only did it limit my fantasy success, but as a Bills fan, it might have ruined my whole week.  I’m not going to panic about losing an out of division game, but it was alarming to see how little this offense was able to do without McCoy and Watkins on the field.  Especially considering neither player was very productive prior to their injury.  Taylor was kind-of the lone bright spot on offense for Buffalo, however, so you can still consider using him.  Charles Clay had a big game and Karlos Williams caught a nice TD pass late, but receivers weren’t helping Taylor by coming back to the ball on crossing routes.  They let the ball come to them, rather than attack it, and defenders were able to get a hand in there too often.  Taylor also had a 30 or so yard scramble for a TD get called back by not one but TWO chop blocks.  Neither looked particularly egregious to me, but I’m clearly biased.  Another TD pass was called back on a weak flag as well.

In other games this past week, Latavius Murray also was a notable disappointment.  I had him in my love list, though I ended up taking him out of every single lineup before Sunday (phew) and he averaged just 3.1 YPC, and failed to eclipse 50 yards in a good match-up.  Julio Jones finally had the stat line of a human being, this week.  He failed to hit double digit fantasy points and for a guy that costs close to a fifth of your total salary cap, it’s hard to justify trying to use him going forward.  Antonio Brown had a dismal outing with Michael Vick and can’t be trusted at the cost he carries until Ben returns.  Lastly, Todd Gurley tore the Cardinals run defense apart late in the game and with the match-up being so brutal, it’s hard not to consider him as a great potential value play, while the price catches up to his talent.  Seriously, he looked amazing in that game, but I’ll be talking about him more below.

QB

Carson Palmer @ DET $6,600: Palmer and the Cardinals passing attack has been the model of consistency for fantasy owners this season.   They are on the road this week, but it’s the Bears they face and last time Palmer was on the road, he had 4 TDs.  I plan to continue to ride Plamer until he is valued as a top 5 QB, because that’s how well he is playing.

Sam Bradford vs NO $6,000: Last week we saw the presence of the deep ball in the Eagles offense.  Multiple times the receivers were able to get deep and Brent Celek even hauled in a TD pass.  New Orleans has a suspect secondary and struggles with the deep ball.  Additionally, they are finding their stride on offense so the Eagles may find themselves in a high scoring game, which will benefit all of the Philly offense, for fantasy purposes.

Tyrod Taylor @ TEN $5,800: I almost gave this last spot to Eli, but I’m nothing if I am not a billiever…  Seriously though, this isn’t even a homer pick.  The Titans were bad enough to get the 2nd overall pick just one season ago and while Mariotta is playing great, it’s fair to say that Rex can throw some looks at him he has never seen before.  I think the D gets a few turnovers, which leads to a lot of opportunity for Taylor.  Also, if Karlos Williams is out, the slack created by the injured RBs will be picked up by Taylor.  He didn’t really hurt ya too much last week AND there were two big scores called back on penalties, so I think you can still trust him.

RB

LeVeon Bell @ SD $8,500: Vick played well enough not to lose the game last week, but the kicker didn’t get the memo.  The plan was clear, use Bell.  He was on the field for 98% of the offensive snaps.  I can’t imagine any other RB in the league touches the ball more this week than Bell.  Oh, and did I mention that San Diego is 31st in the NFL for fantasy points allowed against Running Backs?

Devonta Freeman @ ATL $6,300: I would shy away if Coleman is back, but I don’t think he will be.  Freeman is setting an unbelievable pace when it comes to rushing TD’s.  It’s not all a fluke, either.  He seems to really have a nose for the goal line when they are inside the 20 and he certainly won the primary job, even when Coleman does come back.  Be careful here, though.  TD’s are very difficult to predict as well as re-produce, so wait for the right match-ups to use this guy.  Washington might not look like the right match-up, as they allow the LEAST fantasy points to opposing RBs, but that’s more about how bad the running games they have faced are and the fact that teams can CHOOSE how to beat these guys.  Atlanta will choose to use Freeman while he is hot.

Justin Forsett vs CLE $5,800: Cleveland is allowing an average of 141.5 yards per game on the ground.  Baltimore has a banged up receiving corps and is VERY unlikely to fall behind and be forced to pass.  Forsett hasn’t been great, but it sure feels like the perfect storm, coming off the heels of his best game so far this season (5.6 YPC).

Todd Gurley @ GB $4,300: We’ve been waiting to see what he can do and boy, did we.  I wouldn’t normally be so big on a guy after his first game in the league… but it was the CARDINALS defense that he carved up.  It was VERY impressive.  He also showed a high football IQ by dropping short of the goal line after running 50+ yards, to keep the clock rolling and secure the game.  I think the gloves are off this week and while the match-up isn’t great, the cost is.

WR

Travis Benjamin @ BAL $4,500: Last week is the first week that Benjamin hasn’t found his way to the end-zone.  We’ve seen it in the past with Josh Gordon… the Browns find a way to keep their deep threat relevant, despite their QB.  I would have him in every lineup if Manziel was at QB (those two really seemed to click), but the Raves secondary is their biggest weakness and I think with the game in Baltimore, Cleveland is likely to be playing from behind.  Duke Johnson might be a decent contrarian pick this week too, for long odds formats.

Jeremy Maclin vs CHI $6,000: His role in this offense has been increasing each week.  He has two straight weeks over 140 yards receiving and last week he ahd double digit catches.  Hard to believe it, but a KC wide receiver is actually averaging 20 fantasy points per game on the year.  Chicago is a secondary that can be beat, and my gut says the Chiefs want to keep getting Maclin involved to take some attention from Charles.

Jordan Matthews vs NO $6,400: See Sam Bradford section.

Keenan Allen vs PIT $7,200: Don’t forget that Draft Kings is a PPR format.  This could backfire, as Gates is back and likely to be the main red zone target again right away.  Allen has been boom or bust this season, but against a Steelers defense that has it’s weaknesses, I think he is likely to be featured in the passing game and get a really high reception total again.

TE

Owen Daniels @ OAK $2,700: Play the TE that faces the Raiders.

Charles Clay @ TEN $4,100: Clay has been improving in every statistical category in every game this season.  He is Taylor’s go-to receiver and with Watkins and McCoy still banged up, Buffalo has to find ways to exploit match-ups with Clay, which they have had little trouble doing thus far.

DST

Bills @ TEN $3,400: Rex Ryan defense vs a rookie QB.  If the Bills can stiffen up vs the run this week and minimize penalties, Mariotta will struggle.

Chiefs vs CHI $2,800: They don’t cost much at all, so you won’t mind if they have an exceedingly regular day, but we haven’t really seen BAD Cutler too much this year.  KC has as good of a chance as anyone to have a defensive TD this week.  Don’t go out of your way to play them, but if you are just a little bit off a significant upgrade at a different position, there is a lot of upside potential here.

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Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[DFS Focused Re-launch and Week 4 Love List]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4402 2015-09-30T20:44:43Z 2015-09-30T20:44:43Z Welcome all of you, it has been a hell of a long time.  Most of you won’t remember me from my previous writings on this website, but if you do, I cannot thank you enough for coming back.  My name is Jim and I am a LONG time Fantasy Football fanatic.  I cannot get enough of watching Football and researching it and this has always translated to success on the fantasy gridiron.  I’m a football purist and an avid Buffalo Bills fan.  It’s been a LONG time since that didn’t get me laughed at, so forgive me if I get cocky.  I won’t be sorry about it, but you can feel free to forgive me anyways.

When I stopped writing for my blog here a couple of years ago, I was freelancing in the IT field and struggling to get by.  I made the decision so that I could focus my efforts on what was going to pay the bills and if needed, transition into a regular full-time job, like every other jackass in the world.  I am now that jackass, and work full time in the IT field here in Buffalo.  It’s a good job, great people, but I won’t be discussing it much going forward.  Just know that my rent is being paid and I can now afford to feed myself again.  I mention all this as a form of explanation for why I will only have time for a post or maybe two per week, as opposed to the daily posts AND 2 versions of rankings throughout the week.   For now, I will just post once a week and I will promise it by Wednesday night, though the times will vary and you may see it on Tuesday.  I am also going to be doing what I am right now; including a long-form portion to the post, where I rant about my personal life a bit or discuss how great or terrible I did on Draft Kings the previous week.  Sorry, Fan Duel players, I am not on your website yet, though that will probably change before long.  I hope you guys enjoy it!

Week 3 was a big week for sleeper picks and HUGE fantasy production.  I had a great week, in my second week of playing in Daily Fantasy, on the backs of Joseph Randle, AJ Green, Tyrod Taylor and James Jones.  I am still betting dollars, as opposed to tens or hundred of dollars, but I am still learning the format(s) and want to ease into it.  Nothing would kill my excitement for these daily games like going bust on my first deposit in two weeks.  Thankfully, I am slightly ahead after two weeks.  If you are wondering, my first week was terrible, I wasn’t stacking QBs and WRs like you need to in daily fantasy.  I nearly had an even bigger week, this week, with Sammy Watkins the recipient of a few deep throws early in the game.  I stacked Taylor and Watkins in a couple bets and they would have won, had he hauled in a TD before leaving the game with an injury.

This week should be interesting, though I have to set myself up to be immune to any game-time decisions that might crop up throughout the week.  I will be out of town camping with some college friends, one of who is the designer of this here website, and probably won’t be strolling in on Sunday until around kickoff time.  If you have all weekend to watch the news, you want to keep a close eye on Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy’s status going into a soft matchup vs the Giants at home.  Not because you should play them, but Karlos Williams goes from a flex consideration to the best bargain of the week, should McCoy sit.  And Percy Harvin is also establishing himself and Tyrod’s #1 target, getting involved on possession routes, rather than just the deep ball.  Lets look at who I am using in my lineups this week on Draft Kings:

QBs

Tyrod Taylor vs NYG $5,800: You can call me a homer if you want to.  And you’d be right.  But numbers don’t lie.  T-Mobile is 5th in the league in completion percentage (74.4%), 3rd in yards per attempt (9.15), 3rd in Passing TDs (7) and 5th in passer rating.  The Giants are coming to town and have the WORST pass defense in the NFL over the first three games.  Look to stack Tyrod with Harvin (if Watkins is out) or Charles Clay, as the Giants struggle vs the TE.  Because it is a little difficult to stack with Taylor, use him mostly in 50/50s and Double-Up formats.

Andy Dalton @ KC $5,900: Last week was quite a statistical show for Dalton, Green and Marvin Jones.  They beat up on a struggling Ravens secondary to improve to 3-0 on the year, taking an early lead in the division.  They will be motivated to capitalize on the weeks where Pittsburgh is without Big Ben, even if they are going into Arrowhead, to face one of the best home-field advantages in the league.  KC’s secondary was on display on Monday night and not in a good way.  They were sustaining more injuries than their roster could keep up with and played almost the entire 2nd half with 3 safeties on the field.  They rank 31st against the pass and I think the Bengals are going to attack these weaknesses early and often.

Aaron Rodgers @ SF $7,900: I may not have been playing Daily Fantasy for long, but I do know that you are generally rewarded for not spending big bucks on the QB position.  With that said, sometimes a match-up is too good to ignore.  On the road against San Fran, who has allowed an average of 284 yards per game in the air over the first 3 games, Rodgers looks to continue his elite level of play.  James Jones has been a BEAST for Rodgers, with a nose for the endzone.  Davante Adams might be hurting, but it hasn’t shown on the stat sheet thus far.  Look to stack Rodgers with Cobb or Jones and you should easily get the bang for your buck from the most expensive QB for the week.

RBs

Jamaal Charles vs CIN $7,600: I firmly believe in spending your money on studs at the RB position.  There are so few guys who you can rely on, that it is too risky to take a chance on someone sharing carries.  Cincinnati is going to put up points and the Chiefs have to find a way to keep up.  Despite breaking the absurd streak of ignoring their WR’s being broken, the best weapon on this team is Charles and they WILL use him.  Hell, Charles was good enough last week in what was a pretty thorough dismantling by the Packers.  They found their stride late and that bodes well for them going into this game.  Cinci’s D doesn’t scare you and even if this is a blow out for the Bengals, Charles will still get plenty of touches in the passing game.

Mark Ingram vs NO $6,600: The battle of the backups is on this week as the Romo-less Cowboys head to face the Brees-less Saints.  Ingram was a solid runner last week for New Orleans and is the best option in this game that is sure to feature the ground game from both teams.  Unlike Randle, who out performed Ingram last week, Mark Ingram is the unquestioned work-horse for his team.  CJ Spiller is being worked into the offense slowly and is going to be seeing most of his work on passing downs when he settles in.  Dallas can be run on.  Their defense is playing well, but still shouldn’t scare anyone.  Don’t expect a 30 point game, but I think Ingram tallies over 100 yards and finds the end zone this week.

Latavius Murray @ CHI $6,300: I have been a fan of Derek Carr from day 1, but I was not a fan of his surroundings for all of last year and leading up to this season.  Murray seemed like a quality back, but I didn’t expect the Raiders O-Line to open too many holes for him yet.  They shut me up last week, that’s for sure.  Murray totaled 139 yards on 26 carries and scored last week, leading to a very solid 25 point day.

Karlos Williams vs NYG $3,400: To be clear, I like this play whether McCoy is active or not.  If McCoy sits, he’s a steal and I think i’ll have him in literally every lineup for the week, but if not, he’s a solid flex play and a goal line threat.  1 TD in every game of his short career.  They will use him more and more each week, especially if he can keep up the 9.2 YPC he had last week.

WRs

AJ Green vs KC $7,600: I pretty much explained my reasoning in the Dalton section above.  I like Jones, too, but Green is just such a beast in the red zone.

Amari Cooper @ CHI $6,300: I’ve been impressed with Carr for a little bit now and while I loved Cooper’s skill-set as a rookie, I didn’t think the offensive line could hold up protection enough for Cooper to be consistent. My concerns are fading fast as the Raiders have looked good for a couple weeks now, found a running game and have a nice matchup vs a Bears team that is essentially tanking for the #1 pick at this point.  If he can beat Haden last week, he can carve up this Bears secondary.

Donte Moncrief vs JAX $5,000: He has all but nailed the coffin shut on Andre Johnson’s career by out-performing him this season.  And the fact that Johnson is on the roster still brings Moncrief’s salary cost a bit lower than it should be.  Luck finished last week’s game strong and got a big win for that team, look for them to continue to do pretty well this week as they beat up on Jacksonville, the division’s proverbial red-headed step child.

Randall Cobb @ SF $7,400: I usually shell out some big bucks on a stud WR or two per lineup and Cobb is getting the call this week in a few.  Not the best value, but after watching him abuse the Chief’s patchwork secondary on Monday night, I think he is in for a repeat performance this week in San Fran.  I loved the work he did in the red zone, especially.  More important than having Cobb on your lineup, is having someone in the Packers passing game.  Rodgers is using everyone, so don’t ignore it when he has a good matchup.

TEs

Jordan Reed vs PHI $4,500: The struggles of the Redskins and Kirk Cousins have not really impacted Reed’s output.  Draft Kings is a PPR format and Reed is averaging over 16 points per week with this scoring system.   There aren’t a ton of TEs that I am liking this week, so I want to play the most match-up proof guy possible.  But Gronk is on BYE, so…

Martellus Bennett vs OAK $4,500: The only thing I like here is the matchup.  You’ll never go wrong at TE if you play the guy that faces the Raiders, this season.  Unless the guy’s QB is Jimmy Clausen…  Who knows, the Josh McCown to Gary Barnidge connection was big for me last weekend, so why not Bennett, too?!

DSTs

Raiders @ CHI $2,600: Another play about the match-up.  The defense isn’t great, outside of their pass rushers, but if you can pressure Jimmy Clausen, you can turn the ball over… I hope.  Either way they are a cheap play and should at LEAST tally a good number of sacks in this game, if they can’t find a way to contribute on the scoreboard.

Cardinals vs STL $3,400: Nick Foles and the Rams offense have struggled so far this season and the Cards are on fire.  The offense is humming, which keeps the D well rested.  And the D is playing GREAT football thus far.  We’ve seen them tear up some bad offenses already this season and while St. Louis usually plays their divisional games tight, this is a clear Super Bowl contender they are facing.

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Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[Love and Hate Lists for Week 16]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4389 2012-12-21T01:22:03Z 2012-12-21T01:22:03Z Love

Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN – Moreno is averaging 20 fantasy points per game over the past two weeks against pretty good match-ups.  Speaking of good match-ups… The Broncos play against the Browns and the Chiefs to close out the season.  Cleveland this week and considering Joe Haden can actually cause some problems for opponents, I look for Denver to give the Browns a heavy helping of the run game.  He has a pretty good chance for 100 yards and a score here but he is only listed as an RB2 in my rankings because we haven’t seen enough tape for me to be too confident yet.

Wes Welker, WR, NE - The Patriots aren’t playing for a whole lot this week but come on… Brady vs the Jags? That’s a pretty great match-up for your Super Bowl week!  Welker is going to be free to roam around the line of scrimmage all game and Brady is going to use him to pick the defense apart.  I like Lloyd a lot too as a really good flex option but Welker is a must-start in almost any imaginable circumstance.

Tony Romo, QB, DAL – I hate to say it but for fantasy purposes, Romo has actually been decent.  If you were able to get two serviceable Quarterbacks and did a good job of deciding which to play, you could easily be in the Super Bowl right now.  If Romo is one of those guys, he is your choice this weekend against a soft Saints defense.  Hopefully Dez Bryant isn’t affected as severely by his finger injury but he was still a quality play for fantasy owners even with visible signs of pain.  The Cowboys are also benefiting from the work of DeMarco Murray once again and Romo is most effective in the play-action passing situations.

Alfred Morris, RB, WAS – Morris is a beast.  Last week, with Kirk Cousins at QB and the defense knowing that he was going to be a huge factor, he still got it done with 20 fantasy points.  RG3 is going to play this week and Philly, who is already weak to the run, will not even be able to bring an 8th man into the box very often.  Bottom line is that, in the Playoffs, you NEED consistency at every position and Morris is as close to a sure-thing as it gets for 100 yards rushing for players not named Arian Foster or Adrian Peterson.

Randall Cobb, WR, GB – James Jones may lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns but he isn’t even close to the lead in targets or receptions on his own team.  Scores are fluky and not easy to do with consistency.  Cobb is a FAR safer option this week and Jones is more of a flex-option.

Hate

Chris Johnson, RB, TEN – There can’t be many of you left in the Super Bowl if you own this guy but maybe you capitalized on Alfred Morris and didn’t use CJ much until late in the season.  Either way, if you’ve got him, you may have to start him but try not to.  His value is almost entirely in the one big play he has been getting more often than not.  If he doesn’t get that play, he won’t have more than 5 points and you can’t take that chance.  Not with as bad as his o-line is, especially.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG – It’s a shame that the team is in disarray right now because this should be a really nice match-up.  Now it’s a complete crap-shoot because given how poor the entire team played last week, Coughlin could potentially do anything with his running backs this week.

Josh Freeman, QB, TB – Steer clear of Freeman this week against the Rams.  They are no slouch on defense and after the entire team imploded last week, if your still alive, you wan’t to stay away from them.

Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG – I have no choice but to play him in a Super Bowl match-up this week and I am really nervous about it.  Like I just said, this team is a mess and while they have a really good chance of rebounding VERY strong and blowing up the scoreboard, it’s a gamble and as I’ve said a thousand times so far this post-season… this is not the time for a gamble.

Anotonio Brown, WR, PIT – I loved seeing him rebound last week too but you CAN NOT forget how bad he was for the entire rest of the season, before his injury.  WAY too risky.

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Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[Week 16 Player Rankings: Quarterback]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4365 2012-12-19T22:29:44Z 2012-12-19T22:29:44Z Aaron Rodgers Vs TEN Tom Brady @ JAC Robert Griffen III @ PHI Drew Brees @ DAL Cam Newton Vs OAK Peyton Manning Vs CLE Matt Ryan @ DET Andrew Luck @ KC Colin Kaepernick @ SEA Tony Romo Vs NO Matthew Stafford Vs ATL Russell Wilson Vs SF Josh Freeman Vs STL Matt Schaub Vs MIN Ben Roethlisberger Vs CIN Eli Manning @ BAL Carson Palmer @ CAR Andy Dalton @ PIT Joe Flacco Vs NYG Ryan Fitzpatrick @ MIA Nick Foles Vs WAS Sam Bradford @ TB Jake Locker @ GB Ryan Tannehill Vs BUF Philip Rivers @ NYJ ]]> 1 Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[Week 16 Player Rankings: Running Back]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4367 2012-12-19T22:28:50Z 2012-12-19T22:28:50Z Adrian Peterson @ HOU Arian Foster Vs MIN Alfred Morris @ PHI Doug Martin Vs STL Jamaal Charles Vs IND Ray Rice Vs NYG Marshawn Lynch Vs SF CJ Spiller @ MIA DeMarco Murray Vs NO Frank Gore @ SEA Stevan Ridley @ JAC Trent Richardson @ DEN Matt Forte @ ARI LeSean McCoy Vs WAS Knowshon Moreno Vs CLE Chris Johnson @ GB Darren McFadden @ CAR Vick Ballard @ KC Darren Sproles @ DAL BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ PIT Mikel Leshoure Vs ATL Reggie Bush Vs BUF Steven Jackson @ TB Ahmad Bradshaw @ BAL Shonn Greene Vs SD DeAngelo Williams Vs OAK Bryce Brown Vs WAS David Wilson @ BAL Jonathan Dwyer Vs CIN Montell Owens Vs NE Curtis Brinkley @ NYJ Joique Bell Vs ATL Bilal Powell Vs SD Alex Green Vs TEN Beanie Wells Vs CHI Jacquizz Rodgers @ DET Danny Woodhead @ JAC Mark Ingram @ DAL Jackie Battle @ NYJ Isaac Redman Vs CIN Pierre Thomas @ DAL Mike Tolbert Vs OAK Shane Vereen @ JAC Ben Tate Vs MIN LaMichael James @ SEA Ronnie Hillman Vs CLE Felix Jones Vs NO Daryl Richardson @ TB Tashard Choice @ MIA Marcel Reece @ CAR ]]> 1 Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[Week 16 Player Rankings: Wide Receiver]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4369 2012-12-19T22:31:34Z 2012-12-19T22:27:19Z Calvin Johnson Vs ATL AJ Green @ PIT Brandon Marshall @ ARI Julio Jones @ DET Wes Welker @ JAC Vincent Jackson Vs STL Andre Johnson Vs MIN Demaryius Thomas Vs CLE Roddy White @ DET Victor Cruz @ BAL Dez Bryant Vs NO Randall Cobb Vs TEN Reggie Wayne @ DET Mike Wallace Vs CIN Steve Smith Vs OAK Eric Decker Vs CLE Steve Johnson @ MIA Marques Colston @ DAL Cecil Shorts Vs NE Pierre Garcon @ PHI Brandon Lloyd @ JAC Hakeem Nicks @ BAL Miles Austin Vs NO Hakeem Nicks @ BAL James Jones Vs TEN T.Y. Hilton @ KC Danario Alexander @ NYJ Lance Moore @ DAL Danny Amendola @ TB Torrey Smith Vs NYG Greg Jennings Vs TEN Antonio Brown Vs CIN Mike Williams Vs STL Michael Crabree @ SEA Kenny Britt @ GB Justin Blackmon Vs NE Jeremy Maclin Vs WAS Josh Gordon @ DEN Sidney Rice Vs SF Anquan Boldin Vs NYG Brandon Gibson @ TB Denarius Moore @ CAR Nate Washington @ GB Larry Fitzgerald Vs CHI Brian Hartline Vs BUF Donnie Avery @ KC Santana Moss @ PHI Golden Tate Vs SF Jeremy Kerley Vs SD Dexter McCluster Vs IND ]]> 0 Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[Week 16 Player Rankings: Tight End]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4371 2012-12-19T22:25:31Z 2012-12-19T22:25:31Z Jimmy Graham @ DAL Tony Gonzalez @ DET Aaron Hernandez @ JAC Jason Witten Vs NO Owen Daniels Vs MIN Heath Miller Vs CIN Jermaine Gresham @ PIT Greg Olsen Vs OAK Brandon Myers @ CAR Dennis Pitta Vs NYG Kyle Rudolph @ HOU Jermichael Finley Vs TEN Brandon Pettigrew Vs ATL Martellus Bennett @ BAL Antonio Gates @ NYJ Vernon Davis @ SEA Scott Chandler @ MIA Marcedes Lewis Vs NE Brent Celek Vs WAS Dallas Clark Vs STL Tony Scheffler Vs ATL Benjamin Watson @ DEN Dwayne Allen @ KC Anthony Fasano Vs BUF Jacob Tamme Vs CLE ]]> 0 Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[Week 16 Player Rankings: Kicker]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4373 2012-12-19T22:24:20Z 2012-12-19T22:24:20Z

Stephen Gostkowski

@ JAC

Matt Bryant

@ DET

Matt Prater

Vs CLE

Sebastian Janikowski

@ CAR

Lawrence Tynes

@ BAL

Jason Hanson

Vs ATL

Shayne Graham

Vs MIN

Blair Walsh

@ HOU

Shaun Suisham

Vs CIN

Connor Barth

Vs STL

Dan Bailey

Vs NO

Justin Tucker

Vs NYG

Kai Forbath

@ PHI

Greg Zurlein

@ TB

David Akers

@ SEA

Adam Vinatieri

@ KC

Steven Hauschka

Vs SF

Graham Gano

Vs OAK

Josh Brown

@ PIT

Alex Henery

Vs WAS

Stephen Gostkowski

@ JAC

Matt Bryant

@ DET

Matt Prater

Vs CLE

Sebastian Janikowski

@ CAR

Lawrence Tynes

@ BAL

Jason Hanson

Vs ATL

Shayne Graham

Vs MIN

Blair Walsh

@ HOU

Shaun Suisham

Vs CIN

Connor Barth

Vs STL

Dan Bailey

Vs NO

Justin Tucker

Vs NYG

Kai Forbath

@ PHI

Greg Zurlein

@ TB

David Akers

@ SEA

Adam Vinatieri

@ KC

Steven Hauschka

Vs SF

Graham Gano

Vs OAK

Josh Brown

@ PIT

Alex Henery

Vs WAS

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Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[Week 16 Player Rankings: Defense]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4375 2012-12-19T22:22:22Z 2012-12-19T22:22:22Z

Bears

@ ARI

Broncos

Vs CLE

Texans

Vs MIN

Seahawks

Vs SF

Packers

Vs TEN

Patriots

@ JAC

Chargers

@ NYJ

Jets

Vs SD

49ers

@ SEA

Cardinals

Vs CHI

Colts

@ KC

Bengals

@ PIT

Panthers

Vs OAK

Steelers

Vs CIN

Rams

@ TB

Dolphins

Vs BUF

Falcons

@ DET

Cowboys

Vs NO

Redskins

@ PHI

Giants

@ BAL

Saints

@ DAL

Buccaneers

Vs STL

Lions

Vs ATL

Vikings

@ HOU

Chiefs

Vs IND

Bears

@ ARI

Broncos

Vs CLE

Texans

Vs MIN

Seahawks

Vs SF

Packers

Vs TEN

Patriots

@ JAC

Chargers

@ NYJ

Jets

Vs SD

49ers

@ SEA

Cardinals

Vs CHI

Colts

@ KC

Bengals

@ PIT

Panthers

Vs OAK

Steelers

Vs CIN

Rams

@ TB

Dolphins

Vs BUF

Falcons

@ DET

Cowboys

Vs NO

Redskins

@ PHI

Giants

@ BAL

Saints

@ DAL

Buccaneers

Vs STL

Lions

Vs ATL

Vikings

@ HOU

Chiefs

Vs IND

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Big Jim http://blog.startingfantasylineup.com <![CDATA[Week 16 One Liners]]> http://www.startingfantasylineup.com/?p=4362 2012-12-19T00:28:13Z 2012-12-19T00:28:13Z Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,105 yards rushing in a single season was set in 1984.

This record was believed by many to be unbreakable in the modern era of pass-first offense.

Adrian Peterson is just 294 yards away from that record with two games left to play.

The Vikings are still in the Playoff hunt.

They face Houston and Green Bay in these next two games and must win both.

Peterson is averaging over 160 rushing yards per game since week 7.

Eli Manning was drafted as a QB that was just outside the elite tier of guys at his position.

Many believed that he was going to take a step forward this season and join that elite class.

Eli is the 19th best QB in the NFL as far as fantasy points scored on the season.

In 4 of the last 7 games, Eli has 5 of fewer fantasy points.

Eli has only had THREE 300+ yard passing games on the season.

If you are still alive in the playoffs and Eli is your QB, you are incredibly lucky.

Eli is UNSTARTABLE the rest of the season.

Demaryius Thomas now has 5 straight games under 100 yards receiving.

He has not scored a TD in 2 straight games.

The Broncos offense has been just fine in these games.

Thomas will remain a top 10 fantasy WR on my rankings.

I hate Tony Romo.  He is an AWFUL NFL QB.

He makes incredibly stupid decisions at seemingly random times and I would not trust him to run my offense if I was an NFL head coach.

Tony Romo is a top 10 fantasy QB.

I surprised myself saying that, as I have been very critical of Romo all season long.

Tony has had double digit fantasy points every week since week 4.

Romo plays two BAD secondaries in his final two games. (New Orleans and Washington)

I would start Romo in the Super Bowl over Roethlisberger, Dalton, Stafford, Eli Manning, Freeman, Flacco and Schaub.

The NFL leader in touchdown receptions is James Jones.

Jones has just half the catches of Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Wes Welker.

Jones has a measly 622 receiving yards.

James Jones will not be my top ranked Packers wide receiver.

I wish you all the best of luck in your super bowl match-ups this weekend.

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