Fantasy Corner: Starts & Sits Week 12

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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.

Fantasy Corner: Starts & Sits Week 10

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Starts:

Jameis Winston – QB (TB)

After an up and down start to the season, Winston has become more consistent over the past few games, by at least hitting the 20 point mark in every contest. I expect another great performance from him this week as he faces a Bears defence who are weak against the pass and giving up over 20ppg to opposing QB’s

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

Mark Ingram (NO)

Ingram has been a little inconsistent so far this season, and 2 weeks ago looked to have fumbled his way out if a starting role. However he looked good last week despite sharing carries and I expect him to be good again this week. Some may be wary of him as he is going up against the Broncos, however as the Raiders shoed last week, the Broncos defence can be run on.

Other RB’s to Start: Darren Sproles (PHI), DeVante Booker (DEN), Jordan Howard (CHI)

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)

Fitzgerald is a mist start this week as I expect big things from him and most of the Cardinals. He has been having a decent season so far, and looking at his history  he has an amazing record against the 49ers. The 49ers are a mess at the moment and giving up big numbers to opposing WR’s. Get Fitzgerald in your lineups.

Other good WR starts: Brandin Cooks (NO), Kelvin Benjamin (CAR), Randall Cobb (GB)

Kyle Rudolph – TE (TBI)

I listed Rudolph here last week, and he was a bit disappointing (although a TD did save his day), but I would stick with him this week, as he gets a nice matchup against the Redskins. Their defence has been giving up a lot of points to opposing TE’s and Rudloph is getting a lot of targets.

Other good TE starts: Tyler Eifert (CIN), Antonio Gates (SD)

Sits:

Andy Dalton QB (CIN)

Dalton has been good enough so far this season, which may encourage you to think you can rely on him. However I would keep him benched this week, as he is going up against a much improved Giants D that has been tough on QB’s. He also has a history of bottling it in prime time games.

Other QB’s to sit: Blake Bortles (JAC), Kirk Cousins (WAS)

Ryan Matthews – RB (PHI)

Matthews has become a risky start due to the unpredictable snap count in Philidelphia, and while he still does perform well from time to time, it’s usually due to sneaking a TD (like the last few weeks, it saved his day). This week he faces an Atlanta D that gives up more points to RB’s though the air: this looks like a Sproles game

Other RB’s to sit: Christine Michael (SEA), Rashad Jennings (NYG)

Julian Edelman – WR (NE)

Edelman has been a big disappointment so far this season, and while his numbers did improve slightly before the bye, he just can’t be trusted. I especially wouldn’t trust him this week as he has a tough matchup against the Seahawks. Leave him on your bench.

Other WR’s to sit: Doug Baldwin (SEA), Allen Robinson (JAC)

Coby Fleener – TE (NO)

Fleener has been bitterly disappointing this season. He was expected to emerge into a top TE in the NO pass attack, but most weeks he has posted mediocre stat lines. This is another week to keep him bench in a tough matchup against the Broncos.

Other TE’s to sit: Greg Olsen (CAR), Gary Barnidge (CLE)

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 9

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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

There’s nothing like watching the worst team in the league try to keep up with one of the best.

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

The Jets’ season doesn’t look to be getting any better. A lot of changes should come in the off-season, starting with the quarterback position.

30 – San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 25) QB – 30 | Offense – 29 | Defense – 30

Colin Kaepernick finally had a decent game. However, he doesn’t have much of a chance to lead the team to a win if the defense gives up over 40 points. 

29 – Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 29) QB – 28 | Offense – 30 | Defense – 27

Making a change at offensive coordinator wasn’t nearly enough for the Jags to turn things around. What’s next?

28 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 28) QB – 21 | Offense – 26 | Defense – 29

The Bucs keep finding themselves in situations where they’re not in control of the game. That’s one thing that needs to change for them to start winning again.

27 – Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 30) QB – 27 | Offense – 27 | Defense – 23

The Dolphins have found themselves a second life. After starting the season 1-4, they now sit at 4-4 in the heart of the AFC standings.

26 – Chicago Bears (Last Week: 27) QB – 26 | Offense – 24 | Defense – 26

The Bears haven’t looked good so far this season. At least they have Jay Cutler coming back from the bye and find themselves in a weak division.

25 – Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 26) QB – 25 | Offense – 25 | Defense – 24

The Titans had an excellent game, offensively. They just weren’t able to keep up with the Chargers. Cutting back on the turnovers, though, probably would’ve been enough to get them the win.

24 – Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 23) QB – 29 | Offense – 28 | Defense – 16

What is going on in Jeff Fisher’s head? Him team isn’t winning games anymore, even against the weak opponents. Yet, he still has Jared Goff sitting on the bench.

23 – Houston Texans (Last Week: 22) QB – 23 | Offense – 23 | Defense – 18

Brock Osweiler has not been good so far. Somehow, the Texans are sitting in first place of the AFC South. However, they can’t make too many mistakes with the Colts and Titans not far behind.

22 – Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 24) QB – 22 | Offense – 22 | Defense – 19

The Panthers have themselves a little winning streak going. However, they still haven’t done enough to convince anyone that they are back on track.

21 – Detroit Lions (Last Week: 20) QB – 10 | Offense – 16 | Defense – 21

The Lions don’t win pretty, but they find a way to get it done. There’s nothing pretty about the NFL North this season anyway.

20 – Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 19) QB – 14 | Offense – 11 | Defense – 25

The Colts are winning some and losing some. They have to be more consistent to win their division, which they are capable of doing.

19 – Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 16) QB – 17 | Offense – 21 | Defense – 12

The Ravens are back on top of their division. They aren’t the same team that started 3-0, and it won’t be easy for them to stay up there.

18 – New York Giants (Last Week: 21) QB – 15 | Offense – 19 | Defense – 14

The Giants have gotten by on offense solely behind the passing game. It’s barely been enough for them now, but can it last all season?

17 – Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 14) QB – 19 | Offense – 14 | Defense – 17

The Bengals haven’t been one of the better teams in the league, but no one in their division has really stepped up to take control just yet.

16 – Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 18) QB – 18 | Offense – 15 | Defense – 15

Nick Foles did a good job stepping in for the injured Alex Smith, leading the Chiefs to a win over the Jaguars on Sunday. Even though Foles got the win, he didn’t do enough to take Smith’s job and should revert to his backup role when Smith is healthy.

15 – New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 17) QB – 8 | Offense – 4 | Defense – 28

Drew Brees is leading this team in the right direction now. But, does giving up 23 points to the 49ers show that the Saints won’t be able to handle the better teams?

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

The Bills have had an average first half of the season. They need to kick it up a few notches, however, to have a shot at making the playoffs, because they won’t win their division with the way the Patriots are playing.

13 – San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 15) QB – 7 | Offense – 7 | Defense – 22

The way the Chargers are playing — an offense that scores a lot and a defense that gives up a lot of points — hasn’t changed since the beginning of the season. We’ll see whether or not it’ll be enough.

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

This season, Kirk Cousins hasn’t been playing as well as he has in the past. At least the rest of the team has been playing well to keep them in decent shape.

12 – Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 10) QB – 20 | Offense – 17 | Defense – 9

The Cardinals have been playing much lower than expectations. Is it too late for them to salvage their season?

10 – Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 8) QB – 12 | Offense – 20 | Defense – 5

The Vikings dropped another one. They aren’t the team that started 5-0, and it looks like they’ll have a tough time winning another game.

9 – Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 12) QB – 5 | Offense – 5 | Defense – 20

The Raiders have finally jumped into first place, and right now they’re looking like a more complete team.

8 – Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 6) QB – 13 | Offense – 9 | Defense – 8

The Eagles were once at the top of their division but have now dropped to the bottom. Carson Wentz has been forced to do too much by himself. The Eagles need to find a way to get him help.

7 – Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 9) QB – 9 | Offense – 12 | Defense – 4

The Packers have been playing well lately, they just aren’t getting the results they want. You have to wonder whether the source of the issue lies within the coaching staff.

6 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 4) QB – 11 | Offense – 8 | Defense – 6

Ben Roethlisberger has always been bad coming back from injury, now going 2-6 in his career. Now that he got this one out of the way, we’ll see if he can regain his form next week.

5 – Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 7) QB – 2 | Offense – 2 | Defense – 13

The Falcons offense doing its job is a given. When the defense does the same, the team has a very good chance of winning.

4 – Denver Broncos (Last Week: 2) QB – 6 | Offense – 10 | Defense – 3

The Broncos have held first place since the beginning of the season. Now they have to watch out for the Raiders and the Chiefs.

3 – Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 5) QB – 3 | Offense – 3 | Defense – 7

After eight games, it looks like the Cowboys are for real. They’re definitely the best team in the NFC right now by a wide margin.

2 – Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 3) QB – 4 | Offense – 6 | Defense – 1

The Seahawks struggled early in the season, but now they’re playing like the best team in their division, by far.

1 – New England Patriots (Last Week: 1) QB – 1 | Offense – 1 | Defense – 2

The Patriots have been unstoppable ever since Brady came back. The key, now, is to make sure everyone stays healthy for the playoffs.

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 9

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:

Eli Manning – QB (NYG)

The Giants offense has been a bit of a disappointment so far this season, but I expect a good performance from them this week and in particular Manning. He has a good record playing against the Eagles, and also is very good coming off a bye week. The Eagles defence has been giving up a large number of fantasy points to opposing QB’s over the past few games, and all of this makes Manning a good option this week.

Other good QB starts: Dak Prescott (DAL), Philip Rivers (SD), Colin Kaepernick (SF)

Christine Michael (SEA)

For most of the season Michael has been fantastic and is finally fulfilling his true potential. He was a decent enough last week, but I did expect better from him, however I would stick with him again this week, as the Bills have been giving up points to opposing runners.

Other RB’s to Start: Charcandrick West (KC), Carlos Hyde (SF), Frank Gore (IND)

Donte Moncrief (IND)

It looked like Moncrief could’ve been in for a breakout season before he was injured, however I haven’t given up hope for that yet, and now that he has returned he need to be in your lineups. He came back with a decent performance last week, and with Hilton carrying an injury, I think this could be the week that he explodes. He has a lovely matchup against the packers who have been giving up a ton of points to opposing WR’s. Start him with confidence.

Other good WR starts: Brandin Cooks (NO), Kenny Britt (LA), DaVante Adams (GB)

Kyle Rudolph – TE (TBI)

After getting off to a great start, Rudolph had been quiet over the past few games. I expect him to get back on track this week as he has a fantastic matchup against a Lions D who give up the most points to opposing TE’s.

Other good TE starts: Coby Fleener (NO), Dennis Pitta (BAL)

Sits:

Carson Wentz QB (PHI)

After his great start to the season , Wentz has cooled off over the past few weeks with a couple of mediocre fantasy performances. He has a tough matchup this week against a Giant D who have been decent against opposing QB’s/ He has also struggle more away from home and the Giants are coming off a bye. I would keep him benched this week.

Other QB’s to sit: Matthew Stafford (DET), Tyrod Taylor (BUF)

Ryan Matthews – RB (PHI)

Matthews has become a risky start due to the unpredictable snap count in Philidelphia, and while he still does perform well from time to time, it’s usually due to sneaking a TD (like last week, it saved his day). This week he faces a Giants D that has vastly improved and I would keep him benched if possible.

Other RB’s to sit: Jaguars RB’s (JAC), Rashad Jennings (NYG)

Jeremy Maclin – WR (KC)

Maclin has been poor so far this season, and just isn’t getting the targets to make him fantasy relevant. Factor in that Foles will be starting this week and Hill seems to be the new favoured WR, and it points to leaving him on your bench.

Other WR’s to sit: Golden Tate (DET), Allen Robinson (JAC)

Zach Ertz – TE (PHI)

Ertz has been awful so far this season, and his targets are dwindling. He also has a tough matchup this week against a Giants D that is tough on opposing TE’s. I would keep him benched this week and every week going forward until his targets show signs of increasing.

Other TE’s to sit: Jack Doyle (IND), Jason Witten (DAL)

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 8

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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

It looked as if the Browns would finally win a game, but leave it to them to find a way to give up their lead. The defense isn’t giving them much of a chance to win, nearly giving up 30 points per game.

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

Darrelle Revis continues to be a liability for the Jets defense. Luckily, they were facing the Browns on Sunday, so the team was able to pull a win out of the hat.

30 – Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 30) QB – 29 | Offense – 30 | Defense – 30

The Dolphins got their bye week just as the team was finally winning games. Hopefully they don’t los their momentum.

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

Everything keeps going downhill for the Jags. Head coach Gus Bradley is desperate to make things better. We’ll see if the firing of offensive coordinator Greg Olson will do that.

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

The Bucs still haven’t come up with a win this season on their home turf. Unfortunately, they have five games left at Raymond James Stadium.

27 – Chicago Bears (Last Week: 27) QB – 26 | Offense – 25 | Defense – 26

The Bears are sure happy to have Jay Cutler back. This is exactly the turnaround the coaching staff needed, with ownership questioning them.

26 – Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 28) QB – 25 | Offense – 27 | Defense – 24

The Titans have already matched their win total from last season, so things are definitely headed in the right direction. They might even have a chance to win their division this year.

25 – San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 25) QB – 30 | Offense – 26 | Defense – 23

So far, it hasn’t mattered which quarterback was playing for the 49ers. One of them needs to take a step forward.

24 – Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 24) QB – 22 | Offense – 21 | Defense – 19

The Panthers finally got to feel what it’s like to win again. However, they still have a lot of work to do to make up their lost ground in the NFL South.

23 – St. Louis Rams (Last Week: 23) QB – 28 | Offense – 24 | Defense – 14

Jared Goff has been getting increased reps during the bye week. Hopefully he does well enough to get the start next week.

22 – Houston Texans (Last Week: 22) QB – 23 | Offense – 23 | Defense – 16

If only the Texans could play every game at home, where they’re undefeated this season.

21 – New York Giants (Last Week: 21) QB – 17 | Offense – 22 | Defense – 18

The Giants are still very much in the race for their division, despite their struggles. The mid-season bye comes at a good time for them.

20 – Detroit Lions (Last Week: 19) QB – 13 | Offense – 18 | Defense – 20

The Lions continued the trend of their up-and-down season. What’s interesting is that there doesn’t seem to be a pattern to their losses.

19 – Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 20) QB – 15 | Offense – 12 | Defense – 25

The Colts haven’t shown any signs of fixing their issues, as this looks to be a season where they’ll finish third in their division at best.

18 – Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 18) QB – 20 | Offense – 17 | Defense – 17

For the Chiefs, it’s good to know that Nick Foles can come in and take care of things if Alex Smith goes down.

17 – New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 17) QB – 10 | Offense – 7 | Defense – 28

Leave it to the Saints defense to seal the win. They’ve been close all year, and the team really needed this win.

16 – Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 16) QB – 16 | Offense – 20 | Defense – 12

The Ravens really need to figure out what has gone wrong since their hot start. A couple more losses right now would really hamper them.

15 – San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 14) QB – 9 | Offense – 10 | Defense – 22

Two of the Chargers’ three wins this season have come at home. Fortunately for them, they have two straight games at home leading into their bye week.

14 – Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 15) QB – 19 | Offense – 14 | Defense – 15

The Bengals have a window of opportunity to take control of their division with Ben Roethlisberger out for the Steelers and with the Ravens struggling. They just aren’t taking advantage of the situation.

13 – Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 11) QB – 14 | Offense – 19 | Defense – 10

The Bills are the only team to beat the Patriots this season, but facing Tom Brady they stood no chance.

12 – Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 13) QB – 12 | Offense – 8 | Defense – 21

Once again, the Raiders found themselves in a tight game. Although, they continue to come up with victories.

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

As in every game this season, the Redskins had opportunities to win but couldn’t finish the game. This time, however, it wasn’t the offense’s fault.

10 – Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 9) QB – 18 | Offense – 16 | Defense – 9

Nobody pictured the Cardinals’ season to go this badly. It doesn’t look like it’ll get any better with the offensive line and defense continuing to struggle.

9 – Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 10) QB – 11 | Offense – 15 | Defense – 5

This season, the Packers usually win when the offense is hot. However, this time they couldn’t do enough in a shootout against the Falcons.

8 – Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 2) QB – 7 | Offense – 11 | Defense – 3

The Vikings dropped two in a row after lasting to be the last undefeated team in the league. The  lackluster play of the offensive line has really burned Sam Bradford and the team.

7 – Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 8) QB – 2 | Offense – 2 | Defense – 13

This time Matt Ryan didn’t throw a game-losing interception. This win was important as two other teams in the division came up with wins on Sunday.

6 – Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 7) QB – 8 | Offense – 5 | Defense – 7

Carson Wentz can’t do too much by himself. With lack of help from his receivers, the Eagles can’t expect to win these big games.

5 – Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 6) QB – 3 | Offense – 3 | Defense – 8

Dak Prescott showed up big under pressure in a primetime game. That’s what poised and seasoned quarterbacks do.

4 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 5) QB – 6 | Offense – 4 | Defense – 6

The Steelers are fortunate they have their bye week when Ben Roethlisberger is on the mend. They really need him back.

3 – Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 4) QB – 5 | Offense – 9 | Defense – 1

The Seahawks have relied on big plays to help them win in the past. However, that didn’t work this week against the Saints. They really need to go back to their methodical play.

2 – Denver Broncos (Last Week: 3) QB – 4 | Offense – 6 | Defense – 4

The Broncos are sitting at 6-2 at the halfway point of the season, but they really need to finish strong to win the division with the Raiders and Chiefs pushing hard right next to them.

1 – New England Patriots (Last Week: 1) QB – 1 | Offense – 1 | Defense – 2

Tom Brady looks more locked on game by game. This division should get wrapped up quickly.

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 7

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)
Winston has been pretty good for most of the season (apart from one or two blips), but I expect another great performance from him this week, coming off the back of a great performance last week. The Raiders defence has been pretty porous for most of the season giving up an average of close to 20ppg to opposing QB’s. Start him with confidence.
Other good QB starts: Russell Wilson (SEA), Derek Carr (OAK), Alex Smith (KC)

Christine Michael (SEA)
For most of the season Michael has been fantastic and is finally fulfilling his true potential. He was a shade disappointing last week as the Cardinals held him in check, however stick with him this week, as he has a tasty matchup against a horrible Saints D.
Other RB’s to Start: Matt Forte (NYJ), Jacquizz Rodgers (TB), Frank Gore (IND)
Brandin Cooks (NO)
Cooks has been back to his best recently and even though he has a tough matchup against the Seahawks, I wouldn’t bench him or any of the Saints WR’s. The Saints have been on fire at home, and the Seahawks have been burned through the air a little more often recently. Keep your Saints active.
Other good WR starts: Doug Baldwin (SEA), Amari Cooper (OAK), Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)
Cameron Brate – TE (TBI)
Brate has been up and down with his fantasy production this season, but I expect a good game from him this week. He’s facing an awful Raiders defence who will be scored on a lot, and they have given up 3 TD’s to opposing TE’s in the last few games. He’s a good option this week.
Other good TE starts: Coby Fleener (NO), Tyler Eifert (CIN)

Sits:
Philip Rivers QB (SD)
Rivers is a risky start this week, and if you’re forced to start him I would temper expectation. The Broncos defence is extremely tough on opposing QB’s and I would keep him benched this week as there should be better options available on the WW or your bench.
Other QB’s to sit: Carson Wentz (PHI), Tyrod Taylor (BUF)
Ryan Matthews – RB (PHI)
Matthews has become a risky start due to the unpredictable snap count in Philidelphia, and while he still does perform well from time to time, this week is risky. He is facing a Dallas D that is good against the run, in fact only 2 runners have scored a TD against them.
Other RB’s to sit: Jordan Howard (CHI), Mark Ingram (NO)

DeSean Jackson (WAS)
Jackson has always been a bit of a boom or bust receiver, but has been more of a bust recently. This week he has a tough matchup against a Bengals D that has been tough on opposing WR’s. I would keep him benched this week.
Other WR’s to sit: Golden Tate (DET), Jeremy Maclin (KC)

Zach Miller (CHI)
Miller has been a decent start most weeks this season, and with Cutler back this week it might encourage you to start him. However I would keep him on the bench coming up against the Vikings D who have been shutting down opposing offences.
Other TE’s to sit: Zach Ertz (PHI), Jason Witten (DAL)

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 7

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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: 31) QB – 32 | Offense – 31 | Defense – 32

Cody Kessler has been the best quarterback for the Browns this season. It’s tough to see him bite the injury bug as well. Now they don’t really have much of a chance at winning a game.

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

Head coach Todd Bowles doesn’t seem to have control of the quarterback fate of the Jets. As soon as he plays Geno Smith he goes down with a season-ending injury. Surprisingly, though, Ryan Fitzpatrick was solid in relief. Maybe the Jets need to go back to the days when they played two quarterbacks in a game.

30 – Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 30) QB – 29 | Offense – 30 | Defense – 30

The Dolphins have seemed to get a second life, winning two games in a row against the Steelers and Bills. It’s a great time to go into their bye week, after which they face the ever-struggling Jets.

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

It’s been a while since the Bucs had an all-around good game. They’re certainly capable of playing like that every game.

28 – Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 28) QB – 26 | Offense – 28 | Defense – 26

Recently, the Titans have had some good games offensively. The defense just needs to follow suit. That won’t be easy for them, however.

27 – Chicago Bears (Last Week: 27) QB – 27 | Offense – 25 | Defense – 27

The Bears were miserable with Matt Barkley taking over at quarterback. All they can hope for is that Jay Cutler comes back very soon.

26 – Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 26) QB – 24 | Offense – 27 | Defense – 24

The Jags couldn’t even do much against the league’s worst defense, earning their lone touchdown in garbage time. It can’t get much worse than that.

25 – San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 25) QB – 30 | Offense – 26 | Defense – 23

Colin Kaepernick isn’t doing any better than Blaine Gabbert. Furthermore, their defense is just as abysmal as their quarterbacks.

24 – Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 20) QB – 23 | Offense – 21 | Defense – 19

The Panthers are a team with arguably the most to fix during their bye week. Let’s see if head coach Ron Rivera can start another magical turnaround.

23 – Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 21) QB – 28 | Offense – 24 | Defense – 14

Case Keenum is starting to throw more interceptions than Ryan Fitzpatrick. For some reason, head coach Jeff Fisher continues to emphasize that Jared Goff still isn’t ready.

22 – Houston Texans (Last Week: 19) QB – 22 | Offense – 23 | Defense – 16

The Texans keep playing more and more miserably. It’s not just because they played against their former head coach Gary Kubiak, but this is reminiscent of the Matt Schaub days.

21 – New York Giants (Last Week: 24) QB – 17 | Offense – 22 | Defense – 18

The Giants finally have a winning streak again after losing their last three. They should’ve have been able to beat the Rams by more than seven, though, after forcing four turnovers.

20 – Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 23) QB – 15 | Offense – 12 | Defense – 25

This time, Andrew Luck and the offense were able to compensate for their faulty defense. That seems like it’s enough to propel them to win some games, assuming they can do so often.

19 – Detroit Lions (Last Week: 22) QB – 13 | Offense – 17 | Defense – 20

Matthew Stafford is playing with in good form again. This offense is very tough to top if that keeps up.

18 – Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 18) QB – 20 | Offense – 18 | Defense – 17

The Chiefs are an opportune team, and they win when the mistakes are made by the other team.

17 – New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 17) QB – 10 | Offense – 8 | Defense – 28

The Saints are close in every game. However, they continue to falter in some form, coming down with another loss.

16 – Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 13) QB – 16 | Offense – 20 | Defense – 12

Whatever the Ravens were doing in the beginning of the season to start 3-0 isn’t working anymore. It’s up to the coaching staff to fix it.

15 – Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 16) QB – 19 | Offense – 16 | Defense – 15

The Bengals are capable of having big games, they just need to do it against the good teams as well.

14 – San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 15) QB – 9 | Offense – 11 | Defense – 22

The Chargers have themselves quite the winning streak going. It’s good to see them finally win a road game.

13 – Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 14) QB – 12 | Offense – 9 | Defense – 21

The Raiders are capable of dominated the bad teams. Now they need to reciprocate that prowess against the good ones.

12 – Washington Redskins (Last Week: 11) QB – 25 | Offense – 13 | Defense – 11

The Redskins let another win slip away from them. Plus, as in every game so far this season, they’re leaving a lot of points on the field.

11 – Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 10) QB – 14 | Offense – 15 | Defense – 10

Something strange happened with the Bills; their defense completely failed them. Rex Ryan won’t allow that to happen again.

10 – Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 12) QB – 11 | Offense – 19 | Defense – 5

Offensively, these are the types of games Aaron Rodgers is used to having. Hopefully it won’t continue to happen once every few games.

9 – Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 9) QB – 18 | Offense – 14 | Defense – 6

You should be able to rely on kickers in shorter-than-extra-point situations.

8 – Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 7) QB – 2 | Offense – 22 | Defense – 13

Matt Ryan has to stop throwing interceptions late in the game when the Falcons have the lead. It might help if they stop throwing the ball in those situations.

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

Carson Wentz has struggled in the past two games. Lucky for him, the defense was able to recover the turnovers he had, which gave them enough to dethrone the Vikings from the undefeated throne.

6 – Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 6) QB – 3 | Offense – 3 | Defense – 9

As the Cowboys enjoy their bye week in very good shape in the NFC East, Tony Romo is nearing his health.

5 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 5) QB – 6 | Offense – 4 | Defense – 7

The Steelers weren’t statistically, bad with Landry Jones stepping in for the injured Ben Roethlisberger. However, Big Ben makes much bigger impact on the team, and they look different without him.

4 – Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 4) QB – 5 | Offense – 10 | Defense – 1

See “Arizona Cardinals”.

3 – Denver Broncos (Last Week: 3) QB – 4 | Offense – 7 | Defense – 4

It looks like the Broncos were right about picking Trevor Seimian over Brock Osweiler. They are finally back to their winning ways after a dominant win over the Texans.

2 – Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 2) QB – 7 | Offense – 6 | Defense – 3

The last unbeaten team has fallen. Being safe with the football has kept the Vikings ahead every game, but they didn’t take care of the ball against the Eagles and it cost them.

1 – New England Patriots (Last Week: 1) QB – 1 | Offense – 1 | Defense – 2

No team has been able to handle Tom Brady this season. When he plays so well it’s nearly impossible to beat the Patriots.

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.