Waiver Wire Week 4

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 4

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 4

Ahh the dreaded bye weeks are creeping upon us. This is like a family reunion, and the weirdo cousins showed up, and there’s more family on the way. This week’s weirdo cousins are the Patriots and Titans.

How to play the waiver wire. If you you lost, GET THE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE. It doesn’t matter if you need that position, you always need trade bait.

If your just looking for a fill in, play the match up. Well, what if there is no room on my bench? Drop the kicker. It leaves open space and kickers are only match up plays any way. That way, you get the best skills positions, and trim up before game time.

Hold on sir, if that is your real name.

Waiver Wire Week 4

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Chris Johnson RB– If your just deciding to pick up CJ2k, you missed the boat. It’s looking like Ellington will make his triumphant return Week 4. Yes, Mr. Johnson’s performance was great, but they were playing the 49’ers. Who, with the exception of Week 1, should be replaced with dyslexic 11 year old rabbits as that would drastically improve their performance.

Charles Sims RB– 11 points is intriguing, but he is only utilized on passing downs. He rushed 6 times for 11 yards. Plus, it’s the Bucs. That would be like an express pass to the front of the line to getting punched in the face. (I’m not sure of those lines exist, but stay with me on theses analagies). Nothing to see here.

 

Get ’em while they’re hot!

Tyrod Taylor QB– Another 20+ point week for Mr. Tyrod. For those of you who listen to the show know that I am very high on Tyrod. He is unstoppable. Yet, he is only owned in 44.8% of the leagues out there.

Andy Dalton QB– Dalton putting up a 30 burger. Has he just pissed too many people off in the playoffs? I just can’t figure out why the number 3 ranked QB is only owned in 39.6% of the leagues out there. Is it the ginger thing?

Derek Carr QB– I have been waiting to put this Mr Carr up here for a few weeks. Carr has thrown for 665 yards, 5 TDs, and just one interception. And, excluding the Broncos, have a pretty generous schedule in front of them. How about this week when the play Da Bears. A team that struck fear into the hearts of no one this year.

Devonta Freeman RB– Anyone who scores 37 points, makes the list. That being said, I don’t like Freeman long term. Due only to the fact that Tevin Coleman is very talented as well, and figures to see the field a lot. Worth a roll of the dice, but temper expectations.

Lorenzo Taliaferro RB– Strictly a speculative add here, but the Ravens are struggling. The Forsett magic has appeared to have worn off, and this team needs to figure out how to give their D a rest. They are facing a rival Steelers team sans Rothlisberger. For some reason, these game always seem to surprise in some way, shape, or form.

Waiver Wire Week 4

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) hands the ball to Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 41-14. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Karlos Williams RB– Williams is a playmaker. He has found a way to be consistent, and has outplayed McCoy by a landslide. Tough match-up this week, but a good pick up.

Rishard Matthews WR– The only positive on a terrible Dolphins team. Matthews is a must add in all leagues. Only owned in 16.4% of leagues.

Marvin Jones WR– Is Marvin back? Well, 25 points over the last 2 weeks. Definitely worth a pick up.

Ruben Randle WR– Finally found the end zone. Good matchup against the Bills this week. The Bills have given up the 2nd most receiving yards through Week 3. He would be a great fill in for you Amendola owners.

Charles Clay TE– Clay found the end zone! Hip hip, never mind. I think the reason for the slow start has been a chemistry issue, but that figures to get better. Especially, against a Giants team ranked 29th against TEs.

Gary Barnridge TE– Had a great game against the Raiders. One thing though, the Raiders are horrible at stopping tight ends. Worth a bench stash if you have the room.

Jordan Reed TE-Still here. Only owned in 61.8% of leagues. Would have a lot more points, but Cousins has struggled getting him the ball. Reed is constantly open, and figures to get the ball a lot more.

I’ve got my eye on you

Antonio Andrews RB (Bye Week), Chris Thompson RB, Thomas Rawls RB, Allen Hurns WR, Seth Roberts WR, Bennie Fowler WR, Devante Parker WR, Darren Fells TE and Anthony Fasano TE.

Well, that does it for me. Always remember, if you can’t play good, try to get lucky.

XOXO

Darnz

Fantasy Football:Bench, Trade, Stash Week 3

Fantasy Football:Bench, Trade, Stash Week 3

 

The only thing more frustrating than losing in fantasy, is when you could have won with one of your bench players. It’s like talking to a beautiful woman, buying her drinks all night, having the time of your life with her. Then, finally, when you’ve built up enough courage to make your move, she introduces you to her boyfriend. As you watch her leave, holding back tears, you glance over at your buddy who picked up a dashing young lass down the bar from you that was flashing you smiles earlier in the night. I may have digressed.

Allow me to use a phrase from the dearly departed Yogi Berra. Fantasy Football is 90% roster, the other half is setting your lineup. Well, have no fear, we are here to help.

Week 3 Benchwarmers

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, front, fumbles the ball as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kroy Biermann makes the hit during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, front, fumbles the ball as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kroy Biermann makes the hit during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Eli Manning QB– Chances are this is going to be a very boring game. That said, the Washington Redskins have allowed the second fewest passing yards, and only 2 TD receptions. They are going to ground and pound this game controlling the clock, and keeping the Giants O off the field.

Drew Brees/Sam Bradford QB– These two are combined as both of them will struggle throughout the season. Fact is, both head coaches are committed to plans that are simply not working. In the case of Bradford, this may be his last appearance. Chip Kelly appears to be to going down with the ship, but one more embarrassing loss and you will see his allegiance to Bradford will dissolve faster than fat kid chasing an ice cream truck.

Matthew Stafford QB– Denver’s D is tougher than a $2 steak right now.  The Vikings held the Lions to just 16 points. This is a game Lion fans might not want to see. Here are some friendly suggestions: see how far you can throw a bucket, challenge an infant to a thumb war, or try to lick your elbow. These are all fun activities, and will certainly guarantee more success than Stafford will have on Sunday.

Lamar Miller RB– First, Miller is banged up. Second, the Bills have allowed the second fewest rushing yards. Third, please see previous two points. This will not be pretty.

DeAngelo Williams RB– Le’Veon Bell is back. That fact is, Williams has played great, but he will be utilized as a change of pace back, and his production will reflect it. My gut tells me his numbers will be similar to Ben Tate when he was complimenting Foster in Houston. Might be worthy of a flex, but not much upside unless Bell goes down with an injury.

Calvin Johnson WR– Please see note about Stafford. Denver has allowed the fewest passing yards in the NFL. However, their offense has been mediocre at best. That means it’s not a given that they will have to turn to the passing game out of necessity.

Brandin Cooks WR– It has been a slow start for the chef, and it will not get any better against the Panthers on Sunday. Brees has had his struggles, and a shoulder injury to complicate matters further. I certainly wouldn’t drop Cooks, but he is certainly riding the pine in all fantasy formats until further notice.

Michael Crabtree WR– But Darnz, you had him on your waiver wire pick up. That is true. He is going to be a good match up play, or bye week fill-in. Going against one of the best secondaries in the league is not where we are going to see his production thrive. The only thing boding in his favor is the focus will be on Amari Cooper.

Jimmy Graham TE– I can’t for the life of me figure out why Seattle hasn’t gotten Graham involved. He always has the potential for a big game, but the Bears have been surprisingly effective against TEs this year. Couple that with the fact that they have a lousy Rush Defense, and Seattle is bound to run the score up quick allowing them to run the ball to kill the clock. Jimmy Graham is like a Lambo, but the owner still rides a bike to work.

Week 3 Tradeskis

Trade Away

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs upfield as San Diego Chargers defensive back Jahleel Addae defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs upfield as San Diego Chargers defensive back Jahleel Addae defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Calvin Johnson WR– Wheelie will have more future production than Megatron. Calvin will occasionally have some good games, i.e. Week 2, but it will not be consistent. He is still a big name coming off a decent week which will provide you some good value. Father time is ticking, and he is a mother shut your mouth.

Bishop Sankey RB– Making his second appearance, Mr. Sankey is still a chip. Now, he has a favorable match up against the Colts this week, He is a perfect candidate for a trade. You’re on the clock, 1 more week, and then, chance are, the best you’ll be able to get for him is the third string kicker for the Chicago Bears.

Alfred Morris RB– Jay Gruden is a damn good coach. And, as he did with RGIII, he is eventually going to start the better back, Matt Jones. You have a chance now to trade a #1 RB before he is relegated to his future home of change of pace.

Steve Smith Sr. WR– Smith had a great week 2. Bershad Perriman is coming back soon, and he has been known to outrun Rockets. Once he is a full go, it will be the Aiken/Perriman show in Baltimore. In addition, the WR crop is very deep.

DeAngelo Williams RB– Bell is back. Enough said.

Trade to Get

Stevie Johnson WR– Back to his old self, Johnson will be a valued commodity throughout the season. In addition, he has a very favorable schedule.

Carlos Hyde RB– Hyde didn’t have a good Week 2 which is exactly why you want to get him now. Buy low. He will finish the season with solid numbers

Brandon Marshall WR– Marshall has been playing well, and Eric Decker is going to miss time. This is one of those time where you have to remember 1 + 1 =2.

Week 3 Secret Stash Em

Tyler Lockett WR– The focus is on Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham. This is the Rookie’s opportunity to show Seattle why they traded up for him.

Dorial Green-Beckham WR– DGB got his first career catch, and it was a TD. He is adjusting to the speed of the NFL, but loaded with upside. Dare I say, he will be the favorite target of Mariota by week 6.

Rishard Matthews WR– The Dolphins are in desperate need of a spark, and Matthews is it. Rishard has quietly been putting up solid production. He is only owned in 11.3% of leagues.

Well that does it for me. Make sure to subscribe to The Benchwarmers on iTunes.

XOXO

Darnz

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 3

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 3

 

Well, week 2 has come and gone, and your team played horrible. For some reason, you started Andrew Luck, benched Tom Brady. You started Jeremy Hill to have a huge game only to have him disciplined for fumbling. Nothing went your way. Fear not, it was only one loss, and you have priority on the waiver wire my friend.

Who to choose from Darnz? Well, I’m glad you asked. Much like I would recommend for the draft, you want to go with the best player available. If, for some reason, I had Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Julian Edleman, I’m still picking up Travis Benjamin (who I’ll talk about shortly). Bye weeks are slowly creeping up, and you always want to have some trade bait.

Last bit of advice, don’t waste your priority on a Defense. Throughout the season, there are very few consistent defenses. Besides, someone has to play the Bears.

Hold on sir, if that is your real name.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) is carted off the field after being injured during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. (Wm. Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP) NO SALES

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) is carted off the field after being injured during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. (Wm. Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP) NO SALES

James Starks RB– Eddie Lacy is expected to miss some time, and Starks is going to fill in the starting position. Listen, Starks is a good backup, but the next 2 games are against Kansas City and San Francisco. I get it, San Francisco is the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde D of the NFL, but it’s certainly not worth the risk if your getting the Hyde version in week 4.

Rishard Matthews WR– He is a bench stash at best. He’s been a reliable target of Tannehill, but they have the Bills next week, and chances are they are going to terrorize the subphylum Vertebratas known as the Dolphins.

 

Get ’em while they’re hot!

Tyrod Taylor QB– I can’t believe I’m saying this 2 weeks in a row. Tyrod is the number 5 QB, only behind Brady, Roethlisberger, Palmer, and Rodgers respectively. Owned in just 17.9% of leagues. Get this man like he owes you money!

Andy Dalton QB– Dalton has been quietly throwing up some good numbers. With the emergence of Tyler Eifert, Dalton has been showing some consistency that he has been lacking. 6th ranked QB, and owned in 21.2% of leagues. When you get past the red hair, there’s a QB there. (unintentional rhyme, will not happen again)

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New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis (33) celebrates a touchdown as Buffalo Bills’ Ronald Darby (28) and Corey Graham (20) react during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Carson Palmer QB– Still, he is only owned in 67.4% of leagues. Carson Palmer  had an amazing week 2 with 4 TDs. Granted, it was against Chicago. This Cardinal team is very loaded at the skill positions.

Dion Lewis RB– I am only putting him here out of default. I don’t trust a Belichick RB. Ever. Yes, he’s a dynamic play maker. I remember last season when Jonas Gray runs for 200 yards only to be benched in favor of Blount. High risk, high reward.

David Johnson RB– Color me a believer. Johnson will never be more than a flex due to the depth of talent on the roster, but this kid is explosive. In dynasty leagues, he is a MUST add.

Matt Jones RB– This is the pick up for top priority. He has outplayed Alfred Morris, which is not an easy task. He is only owned in 16.4% of leagues. What are you still doing reading this, go pick him up! (That was just a joke. Please continue reading, then go pick him up).

Travis Benjamin WR– This is a great pick up. Granted, the majority of his points came off of 2 busted plays. He has great rapport with Manziel, and nothing but upside. Grab him quickly as he is only owned in 7% of leagues, and that miscreant in your league, who also steals your sandwich even though it’s properly labeled, will snag him even if it meant eternal damnation.

Stevie Johson/Donte Moncrief WR– On the list again this week, because they are only owned in 54.7% and 60.6% respectively. What are you waiting for? A date?

Michael Crabtree WR– How about this blast from the past. Becoming dangerously relevant again, Crabtree is only owned in 31.7% of leagues out there. Call him yoga, because he is your new flex. (get it…….never mind).

 

Crockett Gillmore TE– It is hard to ignore 88 yards and 2 TDs. I think the Ravens have found their solution at TE. Owned in 1.6% of leagues, chances are he is available in yours.

Richard Rodgers TE– Packers are expecting big things from Richard “not Aaron” Rodgers. I can’t wait for whatever clever name the pundits have for this, Rodgers squared maybe? Either way, Rodgers is only owned in 13.8% of leagues, and he is a very worthy pick up.

Jordan Reed TE-Here is another repeat. And while there is an injury risk, back to back good weeks, and has the trust of Cousins, you might want to grab this guy. He is owned in 44.8% of leagues.

I’ve got my eye on you

Damien Williams RB, Karlos Williams RB, Kamar Aiken WR, Dorial Green-Beckham WR, Louis Murphy WR, Corey Brown WR, Darren Fells TE and Gary Barnidge TE.

Well, that does it for me. Always remember, if you can’t play good, try to get lucky.

XOXO

Darnz

NFL Week 2, Settle down Pats Fans

NFL Week 2, here are the unspoken headlines

Settle down Pats fans

I get it, you’re 2-0, and Tom Brady is playing like a Greek Hero who should be chiseled out of marble. But there is one glaring issue, and that is your defense. You know the old saying. “Offense wins games, defense wins Championships.” The fact is, your defense has given up 53 points in 2 games. The first game, the Steelers were without the NFL’s most dynamic runner, and end zone wide out. And on Sunday, a QB with only his second start almost mounted a comeback. I know horseshoes and handgrenade, but these are large issues that need to be addressed. I’m not saying the Patriots aren’t a good team, they very much are. Just, wait until the Super Bowl is actually played before you give them the trophy.

Going to be a tough season for Who Dat

I’m not entirely sure if someone has told Sean Peyton, but here goes, YOU ARE NOW A RUNNING TEAM. Who doesn’t like to throw the ball? But when your backfield is stacked they yours is, you need to pound the rock. Furthermore, it should be led by Robinson. He clearly is the most explosive back on the team. Wear down some defenses, control the clock, and win some game. This division is anyone’s for the taking. If you don’t change your philosophy, and quick, it will slip away from you faster than using the line, “if I told you you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?”

Denver’s mysterious run game

All the scuttlebutt off season, Denver is going to pound the rock because Peyton Manning is old. First, never count Peyton out. Second, where is this fantastic run game? Now, Denver’s D is the reason they are 2-0 which keeps them with playoff hopes. However, a 65 yard/game average on the ground is not going to get you very far. It starts at the trenches boys!

Giants are better than their record

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, front, fumbles the ball as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kroy Biermann makes the hit during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, front, fumbles the ball as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kroy Biermann makes the hit during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

All the headlines you’ll read say, “Giants blow another lead.” The real story is that the Giants are getting a lead. All of this without one the NFL’s best receivers, and their defensive star. It goes without saying that the NFC East is more bizarre than Lady Gaga’s wardrobe closet. (side note: I don’t actually know what Lady Gaga’s wardrobe closet looks like, but go with me on the metaphor). Really, a flip of the coin could decide this division. Right now, this team needs to fix some sloppy mental errors, clock management, and get Victor Cruz on the field.

Seahawks: Here is a free accounting lesson

Today, we will be discussing ROI. That stands for Return on Investment. You can’t get a return if you DON’T THROW HIM THE BALL. I can at least grasp that your D is going through a midlife crisis, but I can’t fathom why Jimmy Graham doesn’t have 250 yards and 3 touch downs. You finally have a true receiving threat who has been nothing more than a Red Herring. Now, get your D out of the red convertible, and get the ball to one of your best play makers, or I will tell Mrs. Lynch. Your give-me game is next against Chicago.

The Redskins aren’t terrible

Clearly, starting Cousins was the right move. Hell, it was the right move 2 years ago. That being said, Matt Jones has been spectacular.  There is no question that he and Alfred Morris are the best RB tandem in the NFL. They Redskins are #1 in rushing, and this is allowing Cousins to just focus on not screwing up. Also, it is taking the focus off the outside stories, and giving Redskin fans reasons for optimism.

And finally, Chip Kelly

What makes a good coach is the ability to adapt to your surroundings. It is clear to a blind man that the Sam Bradford experiment is not working. Even with that wonderful second half against the Falcons, Bradford was still unable to get the ball down the field. The only thing that is giving you a fighting chance, is that your division is as predictable as an M Night Shyamalan movie. Lastly, you have 2 other RBs that would be potential starters on other teams. Ride the hot hand my friend. ride the hot hand.

Well that does it for me.

XOXO

Darnz

Fantasy Football:Bench, Trade, Stash

Fantasy Football:Bench, Trade, Stash

When setting your lineup, there are many factors to consider. What is the match up? Where are they ranked? What is the weather? Home or away? It can sometimes lead to analysis paralysis. Well have no fear, as I have the guide to help you with these incredibly difficult decisions. It is even more tough at the beginning of the season as you can’t tell if it is a result of a good offense, or a bad defense.

Now, you’ll notice, I didn’t include who to start. Outside of the fact that I believe this to be an axiomatic subject, it would increase my workload, and quite frankly, I’m trying to get by with as little as possible. You know what they say; hard work never killed anyone, but why risk it.

And now, my specialty, who to bench this week.

Week 2 Benchwarmers

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) makes the tackle during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) makes the tackle during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Marcus Mariotta QB– But Darnz, he throw for 4 TDs; he broke a record; he is the new face of the franchise. Long hair, don’t care. He was up against the Bucs. A team that is trying to find it’s footing, and if you saw the game, struggling with it. This Browns D is not. Despite the losing season the Browns have had, their defense has always been consistent, and it will be much harder for the Tennessee savior.

Darren Sproles RB– This is more of a gut feeling than anything, but let’s look at the facts. It’s a crowded backfield, and they have their biggest free agent acquisition going against his former team. Now, you can listen to all of the media coverage and interviews you want, and you’ll hear the Head Coach and player say that it doesn’t matter, or we have a game plan, but the fact will always remain that there is a lot of pride in the NFL, and Murray is going to want to stick it to Big D.

Alfred Morris RB– Not sure what happened in Miami, but they are a much better defense than what they showed Washington last week. That being said, the Rams have a great defense, and showed it last week. They held Seattle to 2.9 YPC. And in goal line/short yardage situations, Gruden is going to give the rock to Matt Jones.

Bishop Sankey RB– Sankey is splitting carries with Terrence West. As the season goes on, and West learns the Offense better, you will see a shift in the favor of West and Cobb, when he gets off IR. Also, he is playing a much tougher front seven in Cleveland than the stellar Bucs D he saw last week. I have him in the trade section as well.

James Jones WR– The Seattle D is pissed off right now, and they will be taking it out on the Packers in a great NFC match up. Until the last few minutes of the game, Chicago was in it. I’m going to repeat that sentence for dramatic effect. Chicago was in it. Now, yes, the Packers won, but if a team like Chicago, who is devoid of so much defensive talent, can hang with the Packers, than I fear for the Packer receivers in this game. Side note, if I am starting any packer receiver, Adams would be ideal in the flex.

Julian Edelman WR– Edelman had a good game against a young mediocre defense at home. That will not be the case 1PM against the Bills. The Bills defense more loaded than grandpa at Christmas time. Plus, the defensive mastermind, Rex Ryan, has always made it his personal mission to beat Bill. At best, if you’re in a very deep PPR league, he maybe worthy of a flex, but I would steer clear this week.

Brandon Coleman WR– Had a great debut only due to the fact the Cooks was unable to get open. I know what your thinking, Tampa Bay gave up 4 TDs in the first half. Duly noted. While I agree the Saints will have a field day with the Bucs, those TDs will not be going to Coleman. Furthermore, look at the history of the Saints. Outside of the number 1 guy, formerly Colston and now Cooks, it has always been a carousel of who is going to have a good day as WR.

Martellus Bennett TE– This is going to be a long day for the Bears. Arizona only gave up 19 yards to New Orleans. Yes, Watson is no Bennett, I don’t think Cutler will have the time to get the ball to his dynamic TE.

Week 2 Tradeskis

This is where I suspect most people are going to get mad at me. Please keep in mind, I am undefeated in 1,136 counties in the continental United States.

Trade Away

Andre Johson WR, Frank Gore RB, Peyton Manning QB, Vernon Davis TE– I have lumped all of these players together as it would be the same description for all of them. They all have a more valuable name than they will fantasy production. Every fantasy league has between 1 and 3 rubes that will trade a good player for one listed here. The thing is they may have a big game from time to time, but that is a pretty high gamble when you can capitalize on them before they show that father time has got them by the throat.

Bishop Sankey RB– Thank your lucky stars that they played Tampa first. This has given him some Week 1 value that you need to capitalize on before it’s too late. The Titans have NO interest in Sankey. They drafted his replacement, and then brought in West while his replacement is on IR. The writing is on the wall for this one; you need to read it.

Danny Woodhead RB– Danny Woodhead had a great week 1. But, unless the Chargers are consistently down 3 scores his playing time will be limited. This team wants Gordon to be their work horse. If you are lacking a top WR, Woodhead has some great value right now.

AJ Green WR– Darnz, put the funny juice down. Hear me out. AJ Green was the only offensive weapon that CIN had for a while. That is no longer the case. Hill is a beast, Bernard is an amazing change of pace, Sanu has proven to be valuable, and now we are finally seeing the emergence of Tyler Eifert. Yes, AJ Green will have good games, but not like before. Sell high!

Trade to Get

Tevin Coleman RB– This is the player to get. Had a good debut, but dripping with potential. Splitting carries with Freeman aside, this is someone you want to go after, and the price is only going up.

Ameer Abdullah RB– It looks like he is going to live up to the preseason hype. Abdullah is as explosive as it comes. This is who you want to target with the Frank Gore type trade.

Donte Moncrief WR– Whether TY is healthy or not, we have not scratched the surface on what Moncrief can do. He is a flex starter in all leagues.

Week 2 Secret Stash Em

Marqise Lee WR– Lee should be ready to go Week 2. However, it is a tough match up. I want to see how that hamstring is before I start him, but he is well worth a stash. Remember, this is an extremely gifted receiver, and when Thomas is healthy, will really stretch the field.

Darren Fells TE– Eifert, Gronk, and Kelce stole the headlines, but Fells came up with a pretty nice game. Keep an eye out on this kid.

Christine Michael RB– Again, not saying start, but someone has to emerge from that crowded Dallas backfield.

Well that does it for me. Make sure to subscribe to The Benchwarmers on iTunes.

XOXO

Darnz

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 1

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 1

As a seasoned Veteran, you know that your Fantasy Football success lives and dies with the waiver wire. If you are a beginner, or didn’t know that, please take this time to re-read that first sentence. Now, I don’t subscribe to the “handcuff” approach as it pertains to injuries. Well, wait a minute Darnz, what if your starter gets hurt, or is questionable, or doubtful? Let me ask you a question. What if their back up sucks? To me, it’s best player available. Period.

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

As with all NFL week ones, the injury bug reared it’s ugly head. Notable injuries: TY Hilton, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Josh McCown (kidding…that he’s notable….get it…never mind), Andre Ellington, Terrell Suggs, and as always Reggie Bush.

Well, my team doesn’t have injuries, so, I don’t need to worry about the waiver wire. If this is your thought process, then look in the mirror and repeat after me. “at least I’ll have a good draft pick next year.” You’ve heard of the ABCs? Always be closing. Well, you should Always Be Improving. The ABIs. I get it, not a clever acronym, but surprisingly accurate.

Next week we will cover when to give up on that sleeper pick. But, as for now, here is your Fantasy Footbal Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 1 edition.

Hold on sir, if that is your real name.

Marcus Mariota QB– While he is maybe worth a bench stash, unless you are in desperate need of a QB, you ought not waste your priority with this one just yet. Yes, his game was impressive. Yes, he broke the record for most TDs in the first half by a rookie QB. But, lets be honest, they were playing the Bucs. I want to see a little more sample size before I drink the Kool Aid.

Bishop Sankey RB– Again, very good game, but you were playing the Bucs. In addition, even if Sankey figures to be consistent, you have to wonder if Terrence West is going to vulture some of the Goal Line opportunities.

Marcel Reece RB– Ahh, Marcel. How often we have traveled this road you and I. While Marcel is an outstanding player, his production will always be feast or famine.

Darren Sproles RB– This is a very crowded backfield. Again, if you are absolutely desperate, maybe. Sorry, but that’s the best I can give. On the plus side, it seems that Bradford would rather dump the ball to his RBs than throw it downfield to a receiver. So, there’s that.

Get ’em while they’re hot!

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs past Indianapolis Colts safety Clayton Geathers (42) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs past Indianapolis Colts safety Clayton Geathers (42) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Tyrod Taylor QB– I have been singing Taylor’s praises since he was named the starter. While, yes, he did face a weak Colts defense, it was his

decision making that impressed me the most. Also, any time you have a QB who can run the ball, you can really see some good production.

Nick Foles QB– Needs to protect the football better, but to walk away with 18 point with 2 INTs, against a good defnese, without your number 1 and 2 RB, that’s saying something, and I’m listening.

Alex Smith QB– He is enjoying his new toy in Maclin. While he still has the moniker of “Game Manager” he was able to put up 22 with JJ Watt in pursuit. He is still available in 80% of ESPN leagues.

Carson Palmer QB– The only reason I am putting him here is that is available in 85.9% of ESPN leagues. That is insane. He is back. He is healthy, and he has all the weapons to have an amazing year.

Carlos Hyde RB– Believe the HYPE on this guy. Torched Minnesota for 29 points. Frank who?

Chris Ivory RB– Ivory has the skills/opportunity to have a phenomenal year. It will come down to 3 things: durability, durability, and durability. Only owned in 63.6% of ESPN leagues.

Ameer Abdullah RB– I have been talking about Ameer for months. Only owned in 35.4% of ESPN leagues. Get this man in your lineup if you can. I don’t care if he is listed 3rd on the depth chart. Why? Because he is 1st in carries, yards, and points.

Danny Woodhead RB– Early prediction, Comeback POTY. You can’t stop this man. Yes, Mel Gordon is number 1 out in SD, I still like Woodhead’s production over Gordon’s.

Kendall Wright WR– Putting him here, but typing with extreme caution. He had a big week against a poor defense, but his ability to separate from DBs is very intriguing.

Stevie Johnson WR– Welcome back Stevie. Having Keenen Allen pull the focus off of Johnson is going to lead to big things. Available in 93.9% of ESPN leagues.

Donte Moncrief WR– Even without TY Hilton being out 2-3 weeks, this is a great pick up here.

Terrance Williams WR– Only scored 6 points Sunday night, but with Dez out with a broken foot they have to throw it to someone, right?

John Brown WR– Targeted 7 times, and is the deep threat in AZ. Carson Palmer has shown even in Brown’s rookie season that he wants to feed him the rock, and John Brown is hungry.

James Jones WR– It’s like he never left. In fact, here is what I imagine as the ending of a conversation between Jones and Rodgers, eh hem, “no you hang up first, no you hang up first, no no no you hang up first…..”

Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE– There are 2 things in this world that I am absolutely sure of. It is impossible to lick your elbow, and Winston is going to need his safety valve all season long. Available in 90.6% of ESPN leagues.

Tyler Eifert TE– Finally receiving dividends on the 2013 first round pick, Andy Dalton finally has a reliable receiver, not named Green, in the end zone. Available in 75.8 % of ESPN leagues.

Jordan Reed TE– Injury risk warning, injury risk warning, injury risk warning. Did I mention there was an injury risk warning?

I’ve got my eye on you

David Johson RB, Karlos Williams RB, Tavon Austin WR, Travis Benjamin WR, Tyler Lockett WR, Brandon Coleman WR, Ladarius Green TE, Darren Fells TE and Eric Ebron TE.

Well, that does it for me. Always remember, if you can’t play good, try to get lucky.

XOXO

Darnz

Top 5 Playoff Sleepers

Top 5 Playoff Sleepers

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again. Football is finally back. And as with the tradition, there are the preseason predictions. Some might say bold, I would agree with them. Here are the top 5 playoff sleepers that could make it to the Dance.

5) Oakland Raiders

FILE - In this July 29, 2011, file photo, Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt, right, listens to assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson, left, during their NFL football training camp in Napa, Calif. The Oakland Raiders brought in 10 men with 102 years of playing experience, 15 Pro Bowl appearances, five All-Pro selections and one Hall of Famer this offseason. That's just on the coaching staff. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

FILE – In this July 29, 2011, file photo, Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt, right, listens to assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson, left, during their NFL football training camp in Napa, Calif. The Oakland Raiders brought in 10 men with 102 years of playing experience, 15 Pro Bowl appearances, five All-Pro selections and one Hall of Famer this offseason. That’s just on the coaching staff. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Full disclosure, I am a Raiders fan. However, that doesn’t blur the lines of impartiality in this decision. Additionally, I will note that I recently had a traumatic paper cut injury that has required powerful pain medication. That being said, let’s get into it.

The Good: This is one of the most improved Defenses in the league. Combined with a Defensive Minded Head Coach, Del Rio, the ingredients are definitely in place to cause havoc to opposing offenses. Khalil Mack is undeniably one of the most ferocious, physical, and versatile up and coming athletes the league has ever seen, 4 sacks in the prior year not withstanding. Also, the addition of Free Agents Malcolm Smith and Nate Allen has brought a lot of consistency and experience to the back 7.

Concerns: The passing game. While it was an amazing draft pick up in Amari Cooper, it will take some time to develop chemistry with Carr. Having a veteran like Michael Crabtree has absolutely improved the squad, it is another year or two before this unit operates on all cylinders.

Also, this will be a very difficult division to win.

4) Houston Texans

Are you crazy Darnz? The answer is yes. But this team has is going to surprise a lot of people. Now, Brad thinks I’ve drank the Kool Aide doled out by Hard Knocks, but he wears pink shirts. Not sure how that’s relevant, either way, here we go.

The Good: This defensive unit is downright scary. (noticing a theme?). JJ Watt is no question on of the best on either side of the ball, and with a healthy Clowney, I don’t know the other Offensive Lines of the AFC South. Now the QB situation. Yes, this is not in the concern category. I’m a bit befuddled as to why people are underestimating Brian Hoyer. Need I remind you, he won games on the Cleveland Browns, and that is no easy task. Sure he struggled last season when the Manziel Media frenzy came into town, but now he has a new scenery, a solid coaching staff, and a real opportunity to change some minds.

I see the Colts winning the division, but their other opponents are the Jags and Titans. This has Wild Card written all of it.

Concerns: Establishing the run game. I do believe Alfred Blue is a very talented back. He belongs in the change of pace role. I like the power of Polk, but there is a growth curve before he can take on the 3 down back role. Even when Arian comes back, there is a smaller injury risk on an Alaskan Crab Fishing Vessel that that in which has plagued Mr. Foster.

3) Jacksonville Jaguars

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2014, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars team owner Shad Khan watches players warm up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Jacksonville, Fla. Shad Khan expects to sign a long-term deal to continue playing annually in London. If Khan gets his way, it will be a 14-year commitment. Speaking at a kickoff luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, Khan said he’s “optimistic, obviously, that we’ll have a renewal on (London) and it will go for a long time.”(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2014, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars team owner Shad Khan watches players warm up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Jacksonville, Fla. Shad Khan expects to sign a long-term deal to continue playing annually in London. If Khan gets his way, it will be a 14-year commitment. Speaking at a kickoff luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, Khan said he’s “optimistic, obviously, that we’ll have a renewal on (London) and it will go for a long time.”(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Darnz, how much blood did you loose from that paper cut accident. Not that much, but I thank you for your concern. I know what your thinking. But but but Darnz, Julius Thomas needs finger surgery, and will be out for a month. I assure you that was taken into consideration.

The Good: Well I did it. Color me silly, but they have performed outstanding in preseason. Blake Bortles has showed incredible poise, and they have moved the ball effectively. Allen Hurns has big play ability, and Robinson has a very high consistency, and This is a very talented group of Running Backs as well.

(See note above) Outside of the Colts, there is a solid shot for the Jags to find their way into the wild card race.

Concerns: The trenches. It is imperative to keep Bortles jersey clean. Luke Joeckel has the ability to be an amazing tackle, and has improved, but needs to improve on the consistency. It was a very tough break to loose 1st Rounder, Dante Fowler Jr. right away, but this team has to find a way to get after the quarterback.

2) Buffalo Bills

Now you see where I’m going. No? Well hang tight because this team is going to shock some people.

The Good: Defense, defense, defense. Did I mention their defense? Now, they have been a pretty solid unit over the past few seasons, but now they have the Blitz Master himself, Rex Ryan. The words you will hear regarding this D will be: “Turnover”, “Sack”, “TFL”, and “Pressure.” Also worth noting, Charles Clay has drastically improved the TE position.

This is an extremely tough division sans Jets.

Concerns: QB. That’s not saying Tyrod doesn’t have talent, I think he is very good. Also, I think Taylor gives them the best possible chance of getting some Ws. His accuracy needs improvement which will force him to use his legs more increasing the chance of injury.

1) Miami Dolphins

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) as Falcons center James Stone (62) attempts to defend during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) as Falcons center James Stone (62) attempts to defend during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

While the Patriots are the favorite to win the AFC East, I think the Dolphins have a real shot at being the new powerhouse.

The Good: Everything. This is one of the most complete teams in the NFL right now. Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills figure to have an amazing year with Tannehill. And then, of all things, you take a great defense and add Suh to the mix, my good Lord in heaven. Philbin has done a great job with this team despite bullying scandals and misfires (looking at you Mike Wallace).

(See note above)

Concerns: Simply put, the Patriots.

Well that wraps up your top 5 Playoff Sleepers. Make sure to tune in Weekdays at noon.

 

Love,

 

Darnz

The Benchwarmers (9/3/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/3/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Tom Brady is Free
  • Learn Rugby terms like Scrum Half, Hooker, and prop
  • What’s smarter than Roger Goddell
  • Will the Olympics be in LA 2024?

And much more!

The Benchwarmers (9/2/2015)

The Benchwarmers (9/2/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Find Out about Brad’s tickle sick
  • Superfly Snuka arrested for third degree murder
  • US Open update
  • Demarco Murray hasn’t let go of Cowboys
  • Fred Jackson lied to by GM
  • Fact or Fiction

And much more!

The Benchwarmers (8/14/2015)

The Benchwarmers (8/14/2015)

The Benchwarmers Podcast

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On this edition of The Benchwarmers with Darnz and Brad

  • Preseason Recap
  • Tony Stewart sued for wrongful death
  • Orlando Predators-Rob Keefe interview
  • Anderson Silva suspended
  • Barry Bonds cleared of all legal charges
  • Orlando City soccer

And much more!