After this past week in sports I learned 2 big things. To break an 80+ year curse in baseball all you need to do is play a shortstop who once played in the state of Vermont. The Red Sox played Orlando Cabrera in 2004 who played single A baseball in Vermont in 1995 and they broke their 86 year curse. Fast-forward to this season the Cubs played Addison Russell at shortstop who also played single A baseball in Vermont in 2012 and the Cubs broke their 108 year curse. This does not seem like a coincidence to me, though this might just show my hubris for the state of Vermont. The second thing that I learned is that I truly do not know what will draw a roughing call and what will not. Like, seriously can someone explain to me why Richard Sherman was not called for roughing the kicker to close out the first half in the Monday night game? Alright, trying to move past that, lets talk some smart waiver wire adds for this week.
Joe Flacco – BAL (owned in 26.3% of ESPN leagues): Flacco has not had a great year, but he has been consistent. He has only failed to score 11 fantasy points in one week this season. He and the Ravens will play the Browns this week, and in an earlier meeting between these two teams Flacco went for 300 yards and 2 TDs. Additionally the Browns have given up the second most points to opposing QBs this season and has only held a QB under 2 passing TDs in one game this year. On average the Browns defense allows for opposing QBs to score 20.9 points, and even with Flacco having a down season, he will be able to take advantage of this poor defense.
Robert Kelley – WAS (owned in 26.4% of ESPN leagues): Robert Kelley is a rookie RB out of Tulane, he is more of a power back who has not seen much work in the NFL until week 8. During the week 8 game Kelley got 21 chances to show that he can be the running back of the future for the Redskins before they went into their bye week. Kelley did not disappoint during his small chance as he gained 87 yards and got a TD in the game. I could see the Redskins working Kelley into the game more and more if he can keep putting up a nice yards per carry average. Kelley is worth a roster spot in all dynasty leagues, and even some deeper single season leagues.
Kenny Britt – LA (owned in 50.3% of ESPN leagues): I talked about Britt last week, and he paid off so let’s talk about him again! The bottom line is he is the 18th ranked WR in PPR leagues, which means he is scoring what a low end WR2 is scoring; so, why is he not owned even if he is on your bench. Britt has been rather consistent as he has only scored less than 10 points one time this season. This week he and the Rams will play the Revis and the Jets, and Revis has struggled mightily recently. I really like Britt in this matchup this week, he should be started this week and at least owned in a bench role for the rest of the season.
Rishard Matthews – TEN (owned in 11.3% of ESPN leagues): Rishard Matthews, remember this guy? He was fantasy relevant with the Dolphins, then had a real slow start this year with the Titans; however, it is time to add him to your roster. Over the last 5 weeks Matthews has 5 TDs, additionally he has had at least 4 receptions, or 70 yards in each game over that stretch. Matthews will continue his stretch of success this week against an injured Packers secondary.
Richard Rodgers – GB (owned in 5.4% of ESPN leagues): I think that Tight Ends might be the toughest position to predict fantasy numbers for because if you do not have a top 5 tight end, then you likely have one that is TD dependent. Richard Rodgers broke onto the fantasy football scene, but kind of faded away during the offseason due to the signing of Jared Cook, and Jordy Nelson coming back from injury. Although, the Packers team has been depleted with injuries this year, and it seems like Rodgers is priming himself for another fantasy relevant second half of the season. Last week Rodgers was targeted 10 times and caught 6 for 62 yards. I think that this is a trend that will continue, especially if the Packers keep having issues with injuries.
Ravens D/ST (owned in 49% of ESPN leagues): It seems like I have either been talking about the Ravens, or the teams that the Browns play a lot recently, but that is because they are both good options, and this week you can do both options when starting the Ravens defense as they play the Browns. The Ravens defense is currently the number 5 defense in terms of most fantasy points scored, and they are coming off back to back games with double digit fantasy points. The Browns offense ranks 27th in terms of fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing defense. This seems like an easy option that does not need much explanation, pick up the Ravens defense and reap the rewards.
The scoring that I have used is based off of ESPN’s standard PPR scoring. Good luck on the waiver wire this week and in your upcoming match-ups. Remember to follow me on twitter and the Fantasy Life app @FantasySportGM and tweet me your start/sit or trade questions this week
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