OTIPodcast #238 – Chris Wesseling

 

 

 

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OTIPodcast #237 – Pat Daugherty

 

 

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Fantasy Corner: Starts & Sits Week 13

Each week I will be advising you on the best players to start and sit in order to help you win your league. If you have any start/sit questions that you need answered before your games please feel free to ask me on twitter @JamesMaguire21 and I’ll be happy to help

Starts:

Jameis Winston – QB (TB)

For most of this season Winston has been great and over the past few weeks hehas really emerged into a great fantasy option. This week he gets a fantastic matchup against a Saints D that has been week against opposing QB’s. Factor in that Winston has also been very good at home and he is a must start this week.

Other good QB starts: Eli Manning (NYG),  Philip Rivers (SD)

Thomas Rawls (SEA)

I listed Rawls here last week and he finally delivered, and I expect that success to continue as he helps you through the playoffs. The Packers D has been very weak over the past few weeks and they have been susceptible to the run with RB’s scoring almost 20ppg against them over the past few weeks. Start him with confidence.

Other RB’s to Start: Jeremy Hill (CLE), Todd Gurley (LA)

Sterling Sheperd (NYG)

Sheperd has been good at times this season but has disappeared in some games. This week I expect a good performance from him as he faces a Dallas D that has trouble stopping opposing slot receivers. Factor in that he has been scoring a lot of TD’s over the past few games and he is a good start this week.

Other good WR starts: Tyler Boyd (CIN), Taylor Gabriel (ATL)

Ladarius Green – TE (PIT)

Now that Green is back and fully healthy he is finally showing what he can do and the Steelers are finding ways to get him the ball. He has a good matchup this week against a Bills D who can give up big games to TE’s and I expect Roethlisberger to look for him often.

Other good TE starts: Cameron Brate (TB)

Sits:

Blake Bortles QB (JAC)

Bortles has been throwing a lot of picks this season and actually has more picks sixes than wins in his career. This doesn’t bode well for him this week as he faces a Vikings D that has been extremely tough on opposing QB’s. In fact they’ve only let 1 QB hit 20 points this year. I would keep him benched this week.

Other QB’s to sit: Blake Bortles (JAC)

TJ Yeldon (JAC)

Yeldon has been poor for most of this season, and with Ivory possibly back this week it makes him an even riskier play. He is facing a Vikings D that has been stuffing the run and allows very few TD’s. Keep him benched.

Other RB’s to sit: Theo Riddick (DET), Jerrick McKinnon (MIN)

Allen Robinson – WR (JAC)

I listed Robinson here last week and was proved right, and I expect him to have a tough game again this week. Robinson has been a disappointment this season, and I expect that disappointment to continue this week against a tough Vikings D. With Bortles playing bad and the Viking having good CB’s, if you have better options I would use them

Other WR’s to sit: Rishard Matthews (TEN)

Dwayne Allen – TE (IND)

Allen was fantastic last week, but for most of the season he has been mediocre or worse. It’s always possible that he will continue to be good, but I wouldn’t trust him. Especially this week as he faces a Texans D that is tough on opposing TE’s. In fact they have just given up 3 TD’s to TE’s all season.

Other TE’s to sit: Dennis Pitta (BAL)

This OTI Piece was written by James Maguire. James is a NY Giants fan from Westmeath, Ireland. He is a huge fan of the NFL and watches several games each weekend. He has been playing Fantasy Football for over 10 years with great success in all types of leagues. Most of his articles focus on Fantasy Football covering a range of topics relevant to both Dynasty and Redraft leagues. Check him out on twitter @JamesMaguire21 .

 

 

 

OTI Power Rankings: Post Week 13

To make the rankings a little less subjective, I will rank each team’s play at quarterback, offense, defense. All of those rankings will be combine, with more weight on some categories than others, to form the OTI Power Rankings.

32 – Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 32) QB – 32 | Offense – 31 | Defense – 32

Robert Griffin III is coming back. There’s finally some excitement with the Browns!

31 – New York Jets (Last Week: 31) QB – 31 | Offense – 32 | Defense – 31

Just like any other year, the off-season will be an interesting one for the Jets.

30 – San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 27) QB – 28 | Offense – 28 | Defense – 30

When a bad team gets crushed by another bad team, you know things are really bad.

29 – Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 30) QB – 30 | Offense – 30 | Defense – 27

Jared Goff is really struggling. The off-season will do him good, although the coaching situation may be affecting him.

28 – Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 29) QB – 29 | Offense – 29 | Defense – 28

At this point, the Jags might as well get the best draft pick possible.

27 – Chicago Bears (Last Week: 28) QB – 27 | Offense – 27 | Defense – 29

The Bears players are auditioning for next season. Many of them had huge games against the 49ers.

26 – Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 25) QB – 24 | Offense – 26 | Defense – 22

The Vikings put up a good fight against the Cowboys, but they couldn’t get the job done. They’re running out of chances to get back a playoff spot.

25 – Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 26) QB – 23 | Offense – 23 | Defense – 25

It’s been a while since the Bengals had a very good game. However, they decided to play well a little too late.

24 – Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 24) QB – 25 | Offense – 24 | Defense – 21

The Cardinals are playing better, but is it already too late for them?

23 – Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 23) QB – 12 | Offense – 16 | Defense – 26

The Colts had a convincing win on Monday night. Lucky for them, they still have a shot at winning the division.

22 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 22) QB – 17 | Offense – 19 | Defense – 20

The Bucs are now holding on to a wild card spot with a shot at winning their division. They started playing well at the right time.

20 – Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 15) QB – 21 | Offense – 20 | Defense – 17

It will be extremely difficult for the Panthers to make the playoffs this season — a year after making it to the Super Bowl. Teams figured them out very quickly.

21 – Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 16) QB – 19 | Offense – 22 | Defense – 16

The Eagles have really tumbled since the start of the season. It may be too late for them to come back. There is a big issue they need to get fixed, mainly at the wide receiver position.

19 – Houston Texans (Last Week: 19) QB – 26 | Offense – 25 | Defense – 9

The Texans are in danger of losing their division lead with the loss to the Packers. By the way they’ve been playing this season, they might not get it back if they lose it.

18 – Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 21) QB – 10 | Offense – 21 | Defense – 14

The Packers finally have a winning streak again. However, the Lions have already taken a command on the division, and it won’t be easy to knock them down.

17 – Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 18) QB – 18 | Offense – 14 | Defense – 19

The Titans have a real shot at winning their division. This late bye week will definitely give them an edge over the Texans and the Colts.

16 – San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 14) QB – 8 | Offense – 12 | Defense – 23

The Chargers are a good team that struggled this season. Hopefully, they can make the right changes next season and contend for the playoffs.

15 – Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 17) QB – 22 | Offense – 13 | Defense – 18

The Dolphins had a great streak going. This big loss to the Ravens will be a big test to see how they will bounce back.

14 – Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 20) QB – 15 | Offense – 17 | Defense – 15

The Ravens are leading their division, and with both them and the Steelers having up and down games, this should be a fun race.

13 – New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 13) QB – 5 | Offense – 6 | Defense – 24

Generally, the Saints have been playing well, but they’re running out of time to claim a playoff spot.

12 – Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 11) QB – 20 | Offense – 18 | Defense – 8

The Bills had their shot at beating the Raiders. They can’t afford to let wins slip through their fingers.

11 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 10) QB – 11 | Offense – 11 | Defense – 13

The Steelers have to keep winning. A loss may be one too many. Fortunately, thier schedule is pretty favorable.

10 – Denver Broncos (Last Week: 9) QB – 16 | Offense – 15 | Defense – 7

The Broncos don’t need to do much to keep their playoff spot. However, they have the toughest remaining schedule, facing the Patriots, Chiefs, and Raiders to close out the regular season.

9 – Detroit Lions (Last Week: 12) QB – 13 | Offense – 9 | Defense – 12

The Lions are starting to take a good lead on their division. They’ve been playing very well since Week Five, only losing one game since. Every game this season has been very close for the Lions. This week’s game against the Saints was the first decided by more than one score.

8 – Washington Redskins (Last Week: 8) QB – 9 | Offense – 7 | Defense – 11

The Redskins can’t afford to make mistakes. The division lead is out of reach, and now they’ve lost their wild card spot.

7 – Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 7) QB – 14 | Offense – 10 | Defense – 5

The Chiefs created a couple big turnovers, which were the difference in this game. They’ll still need to work really hard to overcome the Raiders. Next week’s big showdown is huge.

6 – Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 6) QB – 6 | Offense – 5 | Defense – 10

Matt Ryan hasn’t thrown many interceptions this season, but every time he has, they’ve been costly. The Falcons have had a solid lead in the NFC South all year. Now they’re close to falling behind.

5 – New York Giants (Last Week: 5) QB – 7 | Offense – 8 | Defense – 4

The Giants’ latest loss makes it very tough for them to win the division. Now they should focus on simply making the playoffs.

4 – Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 4) QB – 3 | Offense – 3 | Defense – 6

The Raiders have had plenty of narrow wins this season. At this point, they can’t afford to lose or else they’ll be a wild card team. In fact, they have been playing extremely well on the road, so that wouldn’t be too bad.

3 – Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 3) QB – 4 | Offense – 4 | Defense – 1

The Seahawks will be a very tough team to beat in the playoffs. They just need to Cowboys to lose to have a shot at the top seed in the NFC, which means a lot to them.

2 – Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 2) QB – 2 | Offense – 2 | Defense – 2

The Cowboys are the first team this season to clinch a playoff spot. Now it’s time for them to lock down the number-one seed and make the road to the Super Bowl go through Dallas.

1 – New England Patriots (Last Week: 1) QB – 1 | Offense – 1 | Defense – 3

The Patriots cruised against the Rams. They just need to win out to seal the number-one seed. That’s not a tall order for this team, even with Gronk out.

This OTI Piece was written by Eli Bookstaber. Eli, born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a huge follower of all things NFL and an avid fan of the Redskins. He writes the weekly Power Rankings as well as “Bookie’s Playbook”, where Eli breaks down the X’s and O’s of various plays and things of the sort. He welcomes all feedback on his articles, and you can always talk to him about anything NFL-related. You can follow him on Twitter @Ebookstaber, but be prepared. He never shuts up.

Fantasy Corner: Starts & Sits Week 13

Each week I will be advising you on the best players to start and sit in order to help you win your league. If you have any start/sit questions that you need answered before your games please feel free to ask me on twitter @JamesMaguire21 and I’ll be happy to help

Starts:

Colin Kaepernick – QB (SF)

Kap has been a great fantasy QB over the past few weeks scoring through the air and on the ground. I expect another good performance from him this week as he faces a bad Bears defence. QB’s have generally been scoring over 20ppg against the Bears and I expect Kap to break that figure.

Other good QB starts: Derek Carr (OAK), Alex Smith (KC)

Thomas Rawls (SEA)

I listed Rawls here last week and he put in an awful performance, but that was more to do with the whole team playing bad. Therefore I expect a big bounce back game for Rawls this week. Don’t be afraid to start him because of last week, as this week he has a nice matchup against a Panthers team without Kuechly. Start him with confidence.

Other RB’s to Start: Theo Riddick (DET), Wendell Smallwood (PHI)
Brandin Cooks (NO)

Cooks was another disappointment in fantasy last week, however he is another player that should have a big bounce back game. He has been vocal this week about not receiving a target in last weeks game and that usually leads to a big game. Factor in that he has a fantastic matchup against a porous lions defence and that makes him and all of the Saints WR’s must starts.

Other good WR starts: Tyreek Hill (KC), Brandon Marshall (NYJ)

Antonio Gates – TE (SD)

Following a trend, Gates is another player who disappointed last week and should be in for a huge game this week. The Bucs have been vulnerable to opposing TE’s this season, and Gates has been very strong at home. I would expect a good game from him this week.

Other good TE starts: Eric Ebron (DET)

Sits:

Andy Dalton QB (CIN)

I suggested sitting Dalton here last week and that proved to be a good call. This week he has what looks like a good matchup on paper, however I am going to reiterate what I said last week and advise you to sit him. He hasn’t been good without Green in the lineup, and is also missing Bernard, factor in that he has been sacked so many times, and it makes him a risky start again.

Other QB’s to sit: Blake Bortles (JAC)

Jay Ajayi (MIA)

Ajayi has been one of the top RB’s in the league since mid season, however his production has started to slow down a little of late. I would advise you to temper your expectations of him this week, as he faces a tough Baltimore D that gives up the fewest ppg to opposing runners.

Other RB’s to sit: Jonathan Stewart (CAR), Terrance West (BAL)

Allen Robinson – WR (JAC)
Robinson has been a disappointment this season, and I expect that disappointment to continue this week against a tough Broncos D. In fact the Broncos give up the fewest ppg to opposing WR’s. I advised you to sit Bortles at QB, and I am advising you to sit his WR1 as this could be a tough game for the Jags.
Other WR’s to sit: Randall Cobb (GB)
Vernon Davis – TE (WAS)
With Reed out injured this week Davis is set to get the start, and while he has been productive this season, I would keep him benched this week. He has an extremely tough matchup against a Cardinals D that hasn’t let a TE score all season.
Other TE’s to sit: Dennis Pitta (BAL)

This OTI Piece was written by James Maguire. James is a NY Giants fan from Westmeath, Ireland. He is a huge fan of the NFL and watches several games each weekend. He has been playing Fantasy Football for over 10 years with great success in all types of leagues. Most of his articles focus on Fantasy Football covering a range of topics relevant to both Dynasty and Redraft leagues. Check him out on twitter @JamesMaguire21 .

OTI Power Rankings: Post Week 12

photo-1-300x178To make the rankings a little less subjective, I will rank each team’s play at quarterback, offense, defense. All of those rankings will be combine, with more weight on some categories than others, to form the OTI Power Rankings.

32 – Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 32) QB – 32 | Offense – 31 | Defense – 32

RG3 is getting prepared to play again. At least the Browns have a reason to look forward to the rest of the season.

31 – New York Jets (Last Week: 31) QB – 31 | Offense – 32 | Defense – 31

Jets-Patriots games are always interesting, but the Jets didn’t have much to play for.

30 – Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 27) QB – 30 | Offense – 30 | Defense – 27

Even with the quarterback change, the Rams haven’t improved. Hopefully, Jeff Fisher will be around next season to build the team around Jared God the way he envisioned.

29 – Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 30) QB – 29 | Offense – 29 | Defense – 28

The Jags weren’t far off from beating the Bills. They most probably won’t make the playoffs, so it’s for the best that they didn’t win.

28 – Chicago Bears (Last Week: 29) QB – 28 | Offense – 28 | Defense – 29

The Bears will find themselves with a high draft pick, and they’re a team that can make a fast turnaround next season.

27 – San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 28) QB – 27 | Offense – 27 | Defense – 30

Chip Kelly hasn’t turned around the 49ers as quickly as he did the Eagles, but maybe he’s learned from his mistakes.

26 – Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 26) QB – 24 | Offense – 23 | Defense – 25

The Bengals keep on losing. Based on the way they’ve been playing lately, it won’t be easy for them to get another win.

25 – Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 22) QB – 23 | Offense – 26 | Defense – 21

The Vikings went all out for the win on Thanksgiving against the Lions, but ultimately couldn’t get the job done. Now they lost any possession they had of first place. The team has a lot of work ahead of them to be in place for a playoff spot.

24 – Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 24) QB – 25 | Offense – 24 | Defense – 22

Nothing the Cardinals  have done lately has yielding anything positive for them. Yet, they still technically have a shot at making the playoffs, and head coach Bruce Arians the guy who can make that happen.

23 – Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 20) QB – 12 | Offense – 17 | Defense – 26

The Colts can still win their division and make the playoffs. Regardless, they haven’t had a substantial season in terms of what their immediate future looks like.

22 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 25) QB – 19 | Offense – 21 | Defense – 20

The Bucs had a very impressive win against the Seahawks on Sunday. They showed they have what it takes to make the playoffs.

21 – Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 19) QB – 10 | Offense – 22 | Defense – 16

The Packers have struggled this season, but as long as they’re not mathematically eliminated, they can’t be counted out.

20 – Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 18) QB – 18 | Offense – 19 | Defense – 17

The Ravens beat the Bengals on Sunday, which earned them a first place tie. Their season has been bumpy, and now is the time to play like they did in the first three weeks.

19 – Houston Texans (Last Week: 17) QB – 26 | Offense – 25 | Defense – 8

The Texans haven’t been a very good football team, but they’ve found a way to stay in first place the entire season. Now they’re dangerously close to losing that position.

18 – Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 23) QB – 20 | Offense – 14 | Defense – 19

The Titans keep winning, and they’re looking good. All they need to do is win they’re games and wait for the Texans to falter like they did this week.

17 – Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 21) QB – 22 | Offense – 13 | Defense – 18

The Dolphins are in position to make the playoffs, but the remainder of their schedule isn’t easy.

16 – Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 12) QB – 14 | Offense – 20 | Defense – 10

The Eagles were one of the better teams in the NFC earlier in the season. They’re not much to fear anymore.

15 – Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 15) QB – 21 | Offense – 16 | Defense – 12

The Panthers have been capable of winning games, but every loss now hurts them a lot.

14 – San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 14) QB – 7 | Offense – 8 | Defense – 23

The Chargers are getting close to a wild card spot, but being in the AFC West, they have a very tough remaining schedule. If they make the playoffs, they really deserve it.

13 – New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 16) QB – 6 | Offense – 6 | Defense – 24

The Saints are keeping themselves in position to have a shot at a playoff spot, but they also need some help from teams to lose for that to happen.

12 – Detroit Lions (Last Week: 13) QB – 13 | Offense – 11 | Defense – 15

The Lions have done what it takes to put themselves in positions to win the division. It’s not a given, however, that it’s already theirs.

11 – Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 10) QB – 17 | Offense – 18 | Defense – 6

The Bills have a good shot at making the playoffs. However, based on how they played against the Jaguars, they won’t make it past the Wild Card Round.

10 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 9) QB – 11 | Offense – 10 | Defense – 14

The Steelers need to get back to the way they played to start the season. Back then, it looked like they would win their division for sure, and even have a shot at getting the number one seed in the AFC. Now, they need to fight for a spot at just getting in to the playoffs.

9 – Denver Broncos (Last Week: 4) QB – 15 | Offense – 15 | Defense – 7

At one point, the Broncos were in place to have a first round bye. Now, they’re not even sitting in a playoff spot. A season can flip itself on a team very quickly.

8 – Washington Redskins (Last Week: 8) QB – 9 | Offense – 7 | Defense – 13

The Redskins defense hasn’t been so bad this season, but they couldn’t find a way to slow down the Cowboys offense. The Redskins will need to work really hard to make the playoffs, and working on the defense is a big part of that.

7 – Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 11) QB – 16 | Offense – 12 | Defense – 5

The Chiefs had a big win against the Broncos on Sunday night. Next, they need to work on taking down the Raiders.

6 – Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 7) QB – 4 | Offense – 3 | Defense – 11

The Falcons offense has been dynamic enough that they can do different things every week that work. The defense however, has been up and down.

5 – New York Giants (Last Week: 6) QB – 8 | Offense – 9 | Defense – 4

The Giants are staying close enough to the Cowboys in the NFC East race. The moment of truth will come when they face each other again.

4 – Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 5) QB – 3 | Offense – 4 | Defense – 9

The Raiders won again, but what’s most important is that Derek Carr stays healthy for the playoffs.

3 – Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 3) QB – 5 | Offense – 5 | Defense – 1

The Seahawks haven’t struggled offensively since the start of the season. Now isn’t the time to do that again.

2 – Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 2) QB – 2 | Offense – 2 | Defense – 2

The Cowboys continue to prove why they have the best record in the league. Finishing out the season strong will send a big statement.

1 – New England Patriots (Last Week: 1) QB – 1 | Offense – 1 | Defense – 3

The Patriots had to work a little to beat the Jets. What is actually slightly worrying, however, is that Gronk injured his back again.

This OTI Piece was written by Eli Bookstaber. Eli, born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a huge follower of all things NFL and an avid fan of the Redskins. He writes the weekly Power Rankings as well as “Bookie’s Playbook”, where Eli breaks down the X’s and O’s of various plays and things of the sort. He welcomes all feedback on his articles, and you can always talk to him about anything NFL-related. You can follow him on Twitter @Ebookstaber, but be prepared. He never shuts up.

Fantasy Corner: Starts & Sits Week 12

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Each week I will be advising you on the best players to start and sit in order to help you win your league. If you have any start/sit questions that you need answered before your games please feel free to ask me on twitter @JamesMaguire21 and I’ll be happy to help

Starts:

Russell Wilson – QB (SEA)

After a few down weeks, Wilson appears to be back to form and fully healthy, and ready to take your teams to glory. He has been great in the past couple of games, and has another nice matchup this week against a Buccaneers D that has been giving up over 20ppg to opposing QB’s. Start him with confidence

Other good QB starts: Marcus Mariota (TEN),  Eli Manning (NYG)

Thomas Rawls (SEA)

Wilson’s teammate Rawl’s should have a good game this week too. After being injured for most of the season he is finally back to full health and should be in your lineups this week as faces a weak Bucs D that have been given up big games to opposing runners.

Other RB’s to Start: Matt Forte (NYJ), Rashad Jennings (NYG)

Sterling Shepard (NYG)

Shepard has been on a roll when it comes to finding the endzone having scored in the past 3 games. I would expect that trend to continue this week as he has a lovely matchup against a Browns D that has trouble stopping slot receivers.

Other good WR starts: Steve Smith (BAL), Demaryius Thomas (DEN), Randall Cobb (GB)

Cameron Brate – TE (TB)

Brate has been up and down with his fantasy scores this season, so knowing when to start him has been crucial. I would recommend starting him this week as he faces a Seahawks D that has been vulnerable to TE’s and if you factor in the Evans should be covered by Sherman, then he could see increased targets.

Other good TE starts: Zach Ertz (PHI)

Sits:

Andy Dalton QB (CIN)

Dalton has been having an ok season and has been startable most weeks, however he lost 2 of his best receiving options to injury last week, and that really hurts his fantasy value. Dalton has especially been poor without Green, so it is very hard to trust him this week.

Other QB’s to sit: Blake Bortles (JAC)

Isaiah Crowell (CLE)

Over the past few games Crowell has been abysmal, and he has become unstartable. He had a good matchup last week and couldn’t exploit it. This week he has a tough matchup against a good Giants D. He should be kept benched until he shows signs of life.

Other RB’s to sit: Mark Ingram (NO), Jeremy Hill (CIN)

Tyrell Williams – WR (SD)

Williams has been a good breakout this season, but I would temper my expectations of him this week as he faces a tough Houston D. Benjamin is also returning to take some targets away from him, so he could be a risky play this week.

Other WR’s to sit: DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)

Coby Fleener – TE (NO)

Fleener had a nice game last week which might make you think it’s ok to start him. However I would keep him benched as for most of the season he has been a bust. He has generally been better at home but there are too many mouths to feed in the NO pass attack and Fleener has been poor overall.

Other TE’s to sit: Dennis Pitta (BAL)

This OTI Piece was written by James Maguire. James is a NY Giants fan from Westmeath, Ireland. He is a huge fan of the NFL and watches several games each weekend. He has been playing Fantasy Football for over 10 years with great success in all types of leagues. Most of his articles focus on Fantasy Football covering a range of topics relevant to both Dynasty and Redraft leagues. Check him out on twitter @JamesMaguire21 .

 

 

 

OTI Power Rankings: Post Week 11

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To make the rankings a little less subjective, I will rank each team’s play at quarterback, offense, defense. All of those rankings will be combine, with more weight on some categories than others, to form the OTI Power Rankings.

32 – Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 32) QB – 32 | Offense – 31 | Defense – 32

Hue Jackson can’t seem to find a way to get anything going for this team. The ownership must want to see at least a little spark to have some confidence moving forward with the head coach.

31 – New York Jets (Last Week: 31) QB – 31 | Offense – 32 | Defense – 31

The Jets are going back to Ryan Fitzpatrick after starting Bryce Petty for a week. This should be fun.

30 – Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 29) QB – 29 | Offense – 29 | Defense – 28

The Jags look broken. It looks like they have a lot to fix, which is odd given that there were high expectations for this team in the off-season.

29 – Chicago Bears (Last Week: 28) QB – 28 | Offense – 28 | Defense – 29

The Bears have had a rough season as any team. Now they’re looking at playing without another offensive start as Jay Cutler got injured again.

28 – San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 30) QB – 27 | Offense – 27 | Defense – 30

Colin Kaepernick isn’t doing such a bad job with what he has around him. Hopefully, next season he’ll get to continue where he left off.

27 – Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 26) QB – 30 | Offense – 30 | Defense – 26

Jared Goff didn’t have a great NFL debut, but at least he wasn’t as bad as Case Keenum has been.

26 – Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 23) QB – 20 | Offense – 23 | Defense – 22

The Bengals have had a lot of sloppy games this season, but losing AJ Green and Giovani Bernard for an extended period of time really puts a dagger in this year’s campaign.

25 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 27) QB – 21 | Offense – 21 | Defense – 23

The Chiefs have been stealing games at the end of regulation, but the Bucs didn’t let that happen to themselves. It’s interesting that their defense was the strong point of the team this week.

24 – Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 16) QB – 24 | Offense – 25 | Defense – 17

The Cardinals couldn’t even beat the struggling Vikings. You have to wonder what’s off about them this season and how long will it take for them to bounce back.

23 – Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 24) QB – 23 | Offense – 20 | Defense – 21

The Titans have been playing very good football lately, but this divisional loss agains the Colts is a big one.

22 – Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 20) QB – 16 | Offense – 26 | Defense – 16

The Vikings finally got a win after losing four straight. Maybe they aren’t done for just yet.

21 – Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 25) QB – 26 | Offense – 18 | Defense – 20

The Dolphins, after starting out as one of the worst teams in the league, are now in the thick of the AFC playoff race. They’re looking much better as a team too.

20 – Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 18) QB – 13 | Offense – 14 | Defense – 25

The Colts needed something to get themselves going. Getting a divisional win may do the trick.

19 – Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 11) QB – 8 | Offense – 22 | Defense – 15

The Packers defense has really let them down in the past few games. They seem to be nothing without it.

18 – Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 17) QB – 18 | Offense – 16 | Defense – 18

The Ravens had no answer for the Cowboys. They aren’t going to get anywhere in the AFC if that’s how they play agains the big boys.

17 – Houston Texans (Last Week: 22) QB – 25 | Offense – 24 | Defense – 8

We don’t need laser pointers to tell us who hasn’t been playing well for the Texans this season. The team can’t hang on much longer if they don’t step it up even a little bit.

16 – New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 15) QB – 6 | Offense – 6 | Defense – 27

The Saints are used to scoring a lot of points each game. In Week Eleven, however, Drew Brees was only able to start scoring in the fourth quarter, in comeback that fell short. The Saints haven’t shown that they can definitely beat anybody.

15 – Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 21) QB – 22 | Offense – 19 | Defense – 10

The Panthers won on Thursday night, but they lost many key players in the process. The team was already struggling, and it won’t be easier with former All-Pro center Ryan Kalil and former Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly out.

14 – San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 14) QB – 7 | Offense – 8 | Defense – 24

The Chargers have shown that they’re capable of winning games, but is it too late for them this season?

13 – Detroit Lions (Last Week: 19) QB – 10 | Offense – 12 | Defense – 19

The Lions are currently sitting in first place of the NFC North, but by no means do they have control of the division. It’ll take a lot of work to stay on top.

12 – Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 5) QB – 12 | Offense – 13 | Defense – 12

Once Carson Wentz gets a good supporting cast, the Eagles will be able to handle themselves against teams like the Seahawks. Until then, there will be many frustrating games like Sunday’s.

11 – Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 10) QB – 19 | Offense – 17 | Defense – 6

In the tight AFC West, every loss can be detrimental.

10 – Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 13) QB – 17 | Offense – 15 | Defense – 7

The Bills didn’t have a solid game, but the Bengals were even worse. Nonetheless, the Bills will take the win and move on to next week.

9 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 6) QB – 11 | Offense – 10 | Defense – 13

It took a while for the Steelers to gain steam in their win versus the Browns. Pittsburgh will take the win, but they have to start getting more consistent or else they won’t last a week in the playoffs.

8 – Washington Redskins (Last Week: 12) QB – 15 | Offense – 7 | Defense – 9

When everything clicks for the Redskins, they can be a dark-horse team. However, that doesn’t happen on a consistent enough basis.

7 – Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 9) QB – 4 | Offense – 3 | Defense – 14

The rest of the division is catching up to the Falcons. They’re late bye week, however, is a big advantage that they have over the other three teams.

6 – New York Giants (Last Week: 7) QB – 14 | Offense – 11 | Defense – 5

The Giants find themselves in good shape in the NFC, but if they start slow, like they did gains the Bears, against better teams they may have a tougher time staying ahead.

5 – Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 8) QB – 5 | Offense – 4 | Defense – 11

The Raiders are the only AFC West team to win in Week Eleven. Now they just need to keep winning to finally take this division. They haven’t shown any signs of letting down.

4 – Denver Broncos (Last Week: 4) QB – 9 | Offense – 9 | Defense – 2

Hopefully, this late bye week will give the Broncos some extra juice to regain the AFC West lead.

3 – Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 3) QB – 3 | Offense – 5 | Defense – 1

The Seahawks have complete control of their division. The only question now is will they be able to take over as the number one seed of the NFC.

2 – Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 2) QB – 2 | Offense – 2 | Defense – 3

Dak Prescott has been solid throughout the season, but it’’l be interesting to see how he does on his first short week.

1 – New England Patriots (Last Week: 1) QB – 1 | Offense – 1 | Defense – 4

The Patriots decided to have fun and take their sweet time to take a big lead against eh 49ers on Sunday. Tom Brady is just as good without Gronk. You never know, he may end up having to play without him at some point later in the season.

This OTI Piece was written by Eli Bookstaber. Eli, born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a huge follower of all things NFL and an avid fan of the Redskins. He writes the weekly Power Rankings as well as “Bookie’s Playbook”, where Eli breaks down the X’s and O’s of various plays and things of the sort. He welcomes all feedback on his articles, and you can always talk to him about anything NFL-related. You can follow him on Twitter @Ebookstaber, but be prepared. He never shuts up.

Fantasy Corner: Starts & Sits Week 11

 

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Each week I will be advising you on the best players to start and sit in order to help you win your league. If you have any start/sit questions that you need answered before your games please feel free to ask me on twitter @JamesMaguire21 and I’ll be happy to help

Starts:

Marcus Mariota – QB (TEN)

Mariota has been unstoppable over the past few games, and I expect that trend to continue this week. He is up against a weak Colts pass defence and should be able to exploit their defence on his way to another stellar performance. He also has a good history against the Colts putting up 2 solid performances in their previous meetings.

Other good QB starts: Kirk Cousins (WAS),  Eli Manning (NYG)

Doug Martin (TB)

Martin returned from injury last week to put up a decent performance in what was a tough matchup and whilst being on a snapcount. He should be back to full speed this week and ready to exploit a Chiefs defence that has been vulnerable to the run. He should be back in your lineups and ready to push you into the playoffs.

Other RB’s to Start: Darren Sproles (PHI), Frank Gore (IND), Isaiah Crowell (CLE)

Donte Moncrief (IND)

Another player just back from injury who can seriously help your playoff chances is Moncrief. Since his return he has put up a nice stat line, and I expect a great game from him this week against the Titans. In fact the Titans have been giving up an average of almost 30ppg to WR’s over the past few weeks.

Other good WR starts: Julian Edelman (NE), Eli Rogers (PIT), Randall Cobb (GB)

Tyler Eifert – TE (CIN)

Following a trend this week: Eifert is yet another player recently back from an injury who should be started in all leagues and can help you in your playoff push. He has had 2 fantastic stat lines since returning from injury, and that success should continue this week against a Bills defence that have been vulnerable to TE’s.

Other good TE starts: Zach Miller (CHI), Eric Ebron (DET)

Sits:

Carson Palmer QB (ARI)

Palmer’s stats have been down a little this season and he has been prone to more turnovers. Even though he still puts up ok numbers, this is a week where you need to temper your expectations of him. He is facing a Vikings defence that is tough on opposing QB’s.

Other QB’s to sit: Joe Flacco (BAL), Jay Cutler (CHI)

Jaguars RB’s – RB (JAC)

Ivory and Yeldon have showed increased points totals over the past couple of games, but it is still hard to trust them when they are sharing the workload. They also have a very tough matchup against a Lions defence that is one of the best in the league at stopping the run. Keep them benched

Other RB’s to sit: Ryan Matthewa (PHI), Rashad Jennings (NYG)

Stefon Diggs – WR (MIN)

Diggs has been great over the past few games, and this is more of a temper your expectations sit, as he still could catch a decent amount of balls. If I had a better option I would use it though, as he is facing a Cardinals defence with Patrick Peterson and he could lock in and shut down Diggs. Be Careful.

Other WR’s to sit: Marvin Jones (DET), Jordan Matthews (PHI)

Kyle Rudolph – TE (MIN)

I listed Rudolph as a start here last week and he delivered with a nice stat line. However this week I have to recommend benching him based on his matchup with the Cardinals defence. They have been extremely tough on TE’s, allowing the fewest points and no TD’s to them so far this season. Knowing all of this it is hard to start him with any confidence.

Other TE’s to sit: Zach Ertz (PHI), Dennis Pitta (BAL)

This OTI Piece was written by James Maguire. James is a NY Giants fan from Westmeath, Ireland. He is a huge fan of the NFL and watches several games each weekend. He has been playing Fantasy Football for over 10 years with great success in all types of leagues. Most of his articles focus on Fantasy Football covering a range of topics relevant to both Dynasty and Redraft leagues. Check him out on twitter @JamesMaguire21 .

OTI Power Rankings: Post Week 10

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To make the rankings a little less subjective, I will rank each team’s play at quarterback, offense, defense. All of those rankings will be combine, with more weight on some categories than others, to form the OTI Power Rankings.

32 – Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 32) QB – 32 | Offense – 31 | Defense – 32

The Browns still can’t find a way to win. To at least make things interesting, RG3 is getting healthy.

31 – New York Jets (Last Week: 31) QB – 31 | Offense – 32 | Defense – 31

Apparently it doesn’t matter who plays quarterback for the Jets. None of them can do enough to get the team a win a this point.

30 – San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 30) QB – 30 | Offense – 29 | Defense – 30

Chip Kelley has had a very rough first season with the 49ers. He hasn’t made any improvements throughout the season.

29 – Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 29) QB – 28 | Offense – 28 | Defense – 27

The Jaguars aren’t playing hard for their coach, and it looks like their just riding out the season to get it over with.

28 – Chicago Bears (Last Week: 26) QB – 27 | Offense – 27 | Defense – 28

The Bears are now missing so many key players. This season is a lost cause. Hopefully the coaches and front office will stick around and find a way to turn this team around, especially with the high draft pick they’ll get.

27 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 28) QB – 21 | Offense – 24 | Defense – 29

The Bucs weren’t flashy in their win over the Bears, but they got the job done. They key thing is that they still have a shot at making the playoffs, granted, the team has to play more dominant.

26 – Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 24) QB – 29 | Offense – 30 | Defense – 20

The Rams beat the Jets but impressed no one in the process. Thanks to that, it’s finally time for Jared Goff’s NFL debut.

25 – Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 27) QB – 26 | Offense – 25 | Defense – 22

The Dolphins have been impressive. Watching them in the beginning of the season, no one would’ve guessed that they would have a shot at making the playoffs right now.

24 – Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 25) QB – 25 | Offense – 21 | Defense – 23

It’s fun to watch the Titans contending this year. The team and quarterback Marcus Mariota are also improving as the season goes along.

23 – Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 17) QB – 19 | Offense – 22 | Defense – 19

The Bengals have had a rough season, and they’re in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time behind Andy Dalton.

22 – Houston Texans (Last Week: 23) QB – 23 | Offense – 23 | Defense – 15

The Texans are living on the edge. They continue to barely win their games, even against weak teams. Their real test will come when they face their division rivals.

21 – Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 22) QB – 22 | Offense – 20 | Defense – 16

Just as the Panthers get a win streak going they give away a victory. They don’t have much more time to get back into contention in their division.

20 – Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 10) QB – 15 | Offense – 26 | Defense – 11

Another week, another loss. What will it take for the Vikings to win another game. Oh yeah, they also lost their backup left tackle to a season-ending injury.

19 – Detroit Lions (Last Week: 21) QB – 10 | Offense – 16 | Defense – 21

The Lions have been playing up and down all season. The bye week gives them a chance to straighten things out before a playoff push.

18 – Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 20) QB – 13 | Offense – 11 | Defense – 25

The bye week may not really help the Colts: not much will at this point.

17 – Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 19) QB – 17 | Offense – 19 | Defense – 14

As long as the Ravens win, they’ll be in good shape, because the other teams in their division keep losing.

16 – Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 12) QB – 20 | Offense – 17 | Defense – 12

The Cardinals are still far off from contending for the playoffs. Sunday’s win, though, against the hapless 49ers should help their ego.

15 – New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 15) QB – 6 | Offense – 6 | Defense – 26

The Saints worked really hard to beat the Broncos, and they did everything right until the last play of the game. They need to take every win they can get because they aren’t far behind the Falcons for the division lead.

14 – San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 13) QB – 7 | Offense – 7 | Defense – 24

The Chargers need to start making a push for the playoffs now. However, they’re still stuck in their ways of losing close games.

13 – Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 14) QB – 16 | Offense – 18 | Defense – 10

The Bills can benefit from their late bye week. They’re getting rest when other teams who are tight in the playoff race with them are getting banged up.

12 – Washington Redskins (Last Week: 11) QB – 24 | Offense – 13 | Defense – 13

The Redskins are fighting hard. They aren’t a great team, but they’re contending in every game they play.

11 – Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 7) QB – 8 | Offense – 15 | Defense – 9

The Packers just can’t figure it out. Aaron Rodgers’ “are you kidding me?!” face is being showcased a lot.

10 – Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 16) QB – 18 | Offense – 14 | Defense – 7

The Chiefs seem to find a way to win no matter what, but will that be enough by the end of the season?

9 – Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 5) QB – 4 | Offense – 3 | Defense – 18

Someone finally figured out how to slow down the Falcons offense. We’ll see if offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan can rewrite the script so other teams don’t do what the Eagles did. It will help, though, when Tevin Coleman comes back from injury.

8 – Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 9) QB – 5 | Offense – 4 | Defense – 17

The Raiders enjoyed a nice bye week with a good record. However, it couldn’t have been easy watching the Broncos and Chiefs narrowly winning at the end of their respective games.

7 – New York Giants (Last Week: 18) QB – 14 | Offense – 12 | Defense – 6

The Giants are winning the tough games to stay in position to make the playoffs, and that’s exactly what they’ll have to do in the finishing stretch of division games, being how close the standings are in the NFC East.

6 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 6) QB – 11 | Offense – 8 | Defense – 8

The Steelers have to stop getting fancy in their games and go back to what they were doing in the beginning of the season. They’re not playing like the same team as they were then.

5 – Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 8) QB – 12 | Offense – 9 | Defense – 5

The Eagles got back to their winning ways after beating the Falcons on Sunday with a well-rounded effort. It was almost too late, because they started to fall behind the rest of the division.

4 – Denver Broncos (Last Week: 4) QB – 9 | Offense – 10 | Defense – 2

The Broncos luckily, and fortunately, escaped New Orleans with a victory. Losing one game will hit them hard, because the Chiefs and the Raiders are making them work for the division title.

3 – Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 2) QB – 3 | Offense – 5 | Defense – 1

The Seahawks’ win against the Patriots on Sunday night was huge! Teams are rarely able to beat the Patriots in Foxboro, not to mention how well they’ve been playing this season.

2 – Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 3) QB – 2 | Offense – 2 | Defense – 3

The Cowboys now own the best record i the NFL, and the should be very proud about it.

1 – New England Patriots (Last Week: 1) QB – 1 | Offense – 1 | Defense – 4

The Patriots got a big slap to the face in their loss to the Seahawks. However, that shouldn’t whither Tom Brady one bit.

This OTI Piece was written by Eli Bookstaber. Eli, born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a huge follower of all things NFL and an avid fan of the Redskins. He writes the weekly Power Rankings as well as “Bookie’s Playbook”, where Eli breaks down the X’s and O’s of various plays and things of the sort. He welcomes all feedback on his articles, and you can always talk to him about anything NFL-related. You can follow him on Twitter @Ebookstaber, but be prepared. He never shuts up.