Week 10 – Waiver Wire Pickups

Fantasy FootballAlright, no foreplay today.  Let’s get right to the action.

Cole Beasley, WR Cowboys (13% owned in Yahoo! leagues)



White slot receivers are en vogue this week, as the best one of all time was just signed by the Rams.  But you’re league probably doesn’t get points for concussions, so you should stay very far away from Wes Welker.  However, Cole Beasley is turning into a Welker clone, minus the brain injuries (for now).  Cole exploded last week, hauling in 9 passes for 112 yards and 2 scores.

Sure, he looks like a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd, but Cole can provide you with some value this week and down the stretch.  With Dez back, he commands a constant double team, which opens up the slot.  And, with Tony Romo coming back soon, his value will continue to increase.  The Cowboys have a great matchup against Tampa Bay this week.

Theo Riddick, RB Detroit (21%)

PPR stud.

PPR stud.

In a PPR league, Theo’s a no brainer.  He ranks #3 in receptions by a running back (and with Devonta Freeman and Danny Woodhead both on byes this week, he’ll be #1 again after tomorrow).  He’s averaging over 5 catches per game.  We like him to be above that tomorrow.  Also, his rushing attempts are on the rise, meaning Theo is being used more on 1st and 2nd downs.

Kirk Cousins, QB Washington (26%)

Operation: Start every QB that plays the Saints.

Operation: Start every QB that plays the Saints.

Why do we like Kirk Cousins this week?  It’s simple.  It’s all about the matchup.  The Redskins play the Saints this week.  Here are the stats of the last two QBs to play the Saints:

Marcus Mariota – 371 yards, 4 tds, 0 ints.

Eli Manning – 350 yards, 6 tds, 0 ints.

That’s really all you need to know.  Given the matchup, we think Kirk is a Top 10 QB this week.  That’s right.  Don’t say we didn’t tell you.

Week 8 – Waiver Wire Pickups

Fantasy FootballLast week we struck some fantasy gold and some fantasy coal.  Blake showed up and tossed 2 tds (now tied with Aaron Rodgers for 3rd overall), and Stefon Diggs looks to be the number 1 option in Minnesota, with another solid performance, going 6/108/1.  Let’s get right to this week’s top waiver wire pickups.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB Jets (36%)

Fear the Beard!

Fear the Beard!

You think Bill O’Brien wants a do over, having jettisoned Fitz-magic to the Jets in favor of Brain Hoyer and (recently released) Ryan Mallet?  Fitzpatrick has put together a consistent first half of the season…tossing a td in every game.  The Jets have a good matchup against the Raiders this week.  Fitz is a Top 10 fantasy qb this week, and should flirt with 250 and 2 tds.

Marvin Jones, WR Cincinnati (49%)

With Andy Dalton having a career year, and quickly moving up the ranks of Top Ginger Athlete (look out Shaun White) Marvin has become one of the biggest benefactors.  Yes, having a ginger around you will make you better.  With AJ Green getting constant double teams, Marvin has stepped up.  He’s coming off a bye and his last game posted a 9/95/1 performance.  The Bengals should be well rested and fired up to play the rival Steelers.  Marvin should have plenty of opportunities to reach double digit points on Sunday.

Michael Floyd, WR Arizona (49%)

Top 1-2 duo?

Top 1-2 duo?

Floyd is coming off of back to back td performances, and has established himself as a reliable fantasy option.  He’s not going to run past anyone, but he’s established himself in the Anquan Boldin role.  Solid possession receiver, and the Cards top redzone option.  Arizona has a great matchup against Cleveland this weekend.  Look for Floyd to continue his td streak.

Eric Ebron, TE Detroit (49%)

Ebron has quietly put together an impressive first half, and starting to live up to his first round draft pick status.  It’s surprising he’s only owned in 49% of leagues.  He’s tied (with Greg Olsen) for 5th in tds by tight ends, and has scored more than Jimmy Graham a.  His problem is he doesn’t get much yards per game, but he get a lot of redzone looks.  Stafford has had a bit of a resurgence the past couple weeks, and Ebron should get some looks this weekend against the struggling Chiefs.

Week 7 – Waiver Wire Pickups

Are you ready?!?

We’re at the halfway point for most fantasy leagues.  We were a mixed bag last week.  C-Kaep had the breakout game we expected, throwing for 340 yards, 2 tds, and 0 ints.  Reuben also turned in a respectable performance, catching 5 of 6 targets for 44 yards.  With some big names coming off the injury list soon (Big Ben, Dez, Romo) the waiver wire is still an important place to round out your squad.  Let’s take a look at our top picks for the week.

Blake Bortles, QB Jags (67% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Yeah, I'm kind of a big deal now.

Yeah, I’m kind of a big deal now.

When we started writing this post last night, Blake was owned in only 43% of leagues (thus meeting our 50% ownership rule).  Overnight, much like the Google image searches for his girlfriend, interest in Blake skyrocketed.  And for good reason.

Blake is the 6th highest fantasy scoring QB in the league, ahead of guys like Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, and Russell Wilson.  He ranks 5th in TDs, 6th in rushing yards, and 7th in passing yards.  He is a top 5 QB this week, playing across the pond against the Bills.  The Bills used to have a good defense, way back in Week 1, but recently they have (much like Rex) been exposed as frauds, giving up big games to Andy Dalton and Eli Manning.  Look for Blake to continue that success.

Blake is a legitimate starting QB for the rest of the season.  FWIT, Blake started his hot streak in Week 3, when he was only owned in 11% of leagues.  What could have jumped started his career, you ask?  Probably this.

Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota (58%)

Stefon DiggsDammit.  If only we were more motivated to finish this while watching the Royal/Blue Jays game last night.  Stefon was owned in only 2% of leagues last night.  He took a meteoric rise overnight and is now up to 58%.

You may ask yourself, who is Stefon Diggs?  Well, if you’re draft nerds like us, you’d know he’s a rookie 5th round pick out of Maryland.  We thought he could’ve gone as early as the third round, so the Vikings really got a steal.  And now he’s starting to prove us right.  Over the last two games, he’s become Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target, average 9.5 targets per game.  We expect a shoot-out on both sides against the Lions this week, and Stefon is in a good position to continue his stellar performance.  We like him as a WR3/Flex.

Theo Riddick, RB Detroit (29%)

PPR stud.

PPR stud.

For the reasons we like Stefon, we also like Theo.  The Lions/Vikings game is going to be pass early and often.  We expect 80 passes total.  That benefits Theo, who surprisingly leads all RBs in receptions.  He’s a low end RB2 but makes for a great Flex play, especially in PPR leagues.

Nick Foles, QB St. Louis (10%)

If you're desperate, Nick can help you out (for one week only).

If you’re desperate, Nick can help you out (for one week only).

With Andy Dalton, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rodgers on byes this week, and assuming Blake is not around, you may be in a pinch for a quarterback.  With names like Jameis Winston, Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater, and Nick Foles likely available, how do you know who to pick up?  Of those QBs, our money is on Foles this week.  But wait, isn’t Nick coming off a wretched 141 yards, 4 interception performance?  Well, yes, but that was on the road against Green Bay.  Foles has been solid at home this year, averaging nearly 250 yards.  We think he’ll hit that number at home against Cleveland tomorrow.

Week 6 – Waiver Wire Pickups

Fantasy Football IntroWelcome back for another exiting week of fantasy football.  If you listened to us in our RB heavy waiver wire last week…well, you’re welcome, as all three of our picks had banner weeks.  Thomas Rawls propelled us to victory last week, and all because we recommended him.  How about our boy Gary Barnidge?  A no name last week, owned in fewer than half of all leagues, we give him one shout out, now he’s owned in 76% of leagues, is a legitimate Top 10 TE, and is second only to Drew Carrey in popularity in Cleveland.  Like you needed more proof of The Machine’s bedroom fantasy prowess.  So let’s get right to the action.

This week, the waiver wire prize was Charcandrick West, as Jamaal Charles is out for the season.  Unless you had a ton of waiver wire bucks, you likely lost out on picking him up.  So let’s look at some people who may still be available.


Reuben Randle, WR Giants (47%)

Should see first receiver targets Monday night.

Should see first receiver targets Monday night.

Reuben has gotten over his early season yips and is starting to put together some consistent output.  Over the past 3 weeks, he’s caught 2 tds and has averaged 5 catches for 63 yards.  With Odell Beckham’s status uncertain for Monday Night, Reuben stands to see increased targets.  Even if ODB plays, he’s going to be limited.  Reuben’s had some monster games against Philly, including a 6 catch, 158 yard performance last December, and that was with a healthy Odell Beckham.  Look for (dreamboat) Eli Manning to find Reuben early and often.  He is a high upside WR2.

Richard Rodgers, TE Green Bay (48%)

Aaron Rodgers' newest weapon

Aaron Rodgers’ newest weapon

Rodgers has seen his targets increase each game, with a season high 8 last week which he converted into 6 catches for 45 yards.  Again, what you’re looking for is someone who won’t be a complete dud and can weather the storm while your other players are out on bye or injury.  Ideally, you want someone to get you double digit points, and Rodgers has done exactly that, scoring double digit points in 3 of the last 4 weeks.  With Jordy Nelson out for the year, Rodgers has become the second option behind Randall Cobb.  Green Bay also has a great matchup at home against San Diego.  If you’re a Jason Witten owner and looking for a bye week replacement, Rodgers makes a ton of sense.  We like him as a Top 12 TE this week.

Colin Kaepernick, QB San Francisco (51%)

Don't worry brah, you still got that one time you beat out Alex Smith.

Don’t worry brah, you still got that one time you beat out Alex Smith.

It wasn’t that long ago that Roid Rage and I were debating the Kaepernick v Alex Smith duel.  Kaep won that battle, but he lost the war because he’s still on the Niners, which has turned into a complete shit show.  But Kaep offers some value this week for those in pinch for a quarterback.  Colin had a bounce back week last week against the Giants, going 262/2/0.  He also ran for 23 yards.  We like his chances again this week against Baltimore.  The Ravens are turning mediocre qbs into heroes.  Christ, Josh McCown threw for 457 yards and two touchdowns against them last week.  We think that streak continues.  I’m not going to go on a limb and say he’ll run for a touchdown…but he will.

Duke Johnson, Jr., RB Cleveland (51%)

PPR stud.

PPR stud.

Duke is quietly making some noise as Cleveland, as he’s worked his way up to the first team.  If you’re in a PPR league (let’s be honest, all the cool kids are) he makes a great play this week.  He’s averaged 7 catches over the past three weeks. Look for that to continue against the Broncos this week.


Week 5 – Waiver Wire Pickups

God damn right.

God damn right.

We’re a quarter of the way through the season…the only way you’re going to weather the storm of injuries (Dez, Big Ben, Shady McCoy) and disappointing players (CJ Anderson, Demarco Murray) is to master the art of the waiver wire.  We’ve been called a lot of things…mostly derogatory ginger-shaming things…but one loyal Machine reader referred to us as the Fantasy Whisperer.  We’ll take that shit, and if you followed us last week and started Coby Fleener, you know why.

Note:  Running back is by far the toughest position to gauge.  If you’re without a stud like Jamaal Charles or Leveon Bell, you’re likely in a week by week search for a quality starter.  Here are few running backs that could help fill that void.

Antonio Andrews, RB Tennessee (11%)

Starter by default.

Starter by default.

We don’t know what to make of Tennessee’s backfield, other than it’s a mess.  It’s the worst RBBC in the league, with disappointing running back (Bishop Sankey) after disappointing running back (Terrance West) after disappointing running back (Dexter McCluster).  The lone bright spot is Andrews, who by default moves to the top of the “depth chart.”  This is really a boom or bust pick.  Even if Andrews gets the bulk of the carries (which we think he will) he’ll still split lots of time.  Good news: He should take over goal line duties and has fresh legs coming off a bye week.

Charles Sims, RB Tampa Bay (18%)

On the rise.

On the rise.

Charles Sims makes sense for a lot of reasons.  First, he’s got a great match up this week against the Jags.  Second, he’s been getting more opportunities thanks to Doug Martin’s inconsistent play.  Third, he’s good for 3-5 catches, making him even more attractive in PPR leagues.

Thomas Rawls, RB Seattle (34%)

Beastmode's pain is his gain.

Beastmode’s pain is his gain.

Rawls is a must add this week.  Rawls will be the feature back this week against the Bengals.  Seattle loves to run the ball, and Rawls already has a 100 yard game under his belt.  Given that Marshawn Lynch has a bum hamstring (not a good sign) and Fred Jackson is 60, Rawls could be in line for more action going forward.  We like his chances to see the endzone this week.

Nelson Agholor, WE Philadelphia (47%)

Fly, Nelson, fly.

Fly, Nelson, fly.

A highly touted rookie out of USC, Agholor hasn’t had much to success thus far.  Granted, no one on the Eagles has had much success thus far.  That could change this week against the Saints.  We like his chances this week against a very giving New Orleans secondary.

Gary Barnidge, TE Cleveland (48%)

Quickly catching up to LeBron as Cleveland's most popular athlete.

Quickly catching up to LeBron as Cleveland’s most popular athlete.

We’re now believers in Gary.  His name screams accountant more than NFL player, but he’s averaged over 20 points over the past two weeks, with 12 catches and 2 tds over that span.  He has more points through four weeks than Jimmy Graham.  Those numbers don’t lie.  He’s a low end TE1 this week against Baltimore.

Week 4 – Waiver Wire Pickups

Are you ready?!?

Are you ready?!?

First, let’s get the self-congratulatory stuff out of the way.  Again, The Machine nailed last week’s waiver wire picks.  Rishard Matthews (whom everyone is telling you to get now) was only owned in 28% of the leagues last week.  He get a shout out from The Machine and boom, he’s now owned in 67% of leagues.  That’s the type power we have here.  Ok, maybe it’s the fact that Rishard had a monster week, going 6/113/2.  He has more yards and tds than Jarvis Landry.  Continue to ride that waive.  Also, Blake Bortles turned in a serviceable start last week, throwing for 242 yards, 2 tds and 1 int.  Don’t let those ESPN fools fool you…we tell you who to pick up before it’s obvious.  So let’s get to this week’s picks.

Robert Woods, WR Buffalo (2% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Beautiful feet.

Beautiful feet.

Listen up, because you haven’t heard this sentence used much, if ever:  The Buffalo Bills have fantasy worth players.  It’s true.  Two weeks ago, we recommended Tyrod Taylor, when he was only owned in 13% of leagues.  Tyrod is now owned in 70% of leagues, and is a legitimate Top 10 fantasy qb.  And this brings us to Robert.

Woods has seen his targets increase each week, which is a good sign.  Sammy Watkins is dinged up again (can we call him oft-injured now?) which means more opportunities for Woods.

Plus, don’t forget:  Rex Ryan is crazy.  Like the Patriots, he wants to beat the Giants so bad, in his never-ending quest to prove he’s no one’s whipping boy (ironic he’s making that stand in Buffalo).  Anyway, we expect the Bills to air it out this week.  Woods is a touchdown dependent WR4/FLEX.

Coby Fleener, TE Colts (23%)

Coby should see his targets increase.

Coby should see his targets increase.

Fleener gets a bump this week thanks to Dwayne Allen and his bum ankle.  With Allen out last week, Coby had six targets, and ended up with 4 catches for 51 yards.  Not bad for a fill in TE.  The goal of waiver wire pickups is either (a) weekly band-aid for your team, or (b) picking up a player for the long haul before everyone else does.  Coby fits the former.  If you’re looking for a stop-gap TE this week, Fleener’s your guy.

Brian Quick, WR St. Louis (24%)

Welcome back.

Welcome back.

Quick will make his season debut for the Rams this week.  He instantly becomes the Rams top option at receiver.  Although the match up isn’t great against the Cardinals, it’s not often you see a #1 WR sitting on waivers.  He’s definitely worth a spot on your bench, and if you’re desperate at receiver, plug him in but please temper expectations.

Bonus Pick

Antonio Gates, TE San Diego (52%)

Antonio will soon see the endzone again.

Antonio will soon see the endzone again.

We normally only focus on people who are owned in fewer than 50% of leagues (it’s stupid for us to tell you to pick up Karlos Williams when he’s owned in 80% of leagues).  Anyone that mentions him as a waiver wire pickup should be quickly met with a “no shit” comment.

But we will break from tradition slightly to tell you to look at your waiver wire, and if Antonio Gates is still there, pick him up immediately.  Gates tied for the league lead in tds by a TE with 12 last year, and was a Top 4 TE overall.  He’s finishing up his four game suspension, and next week will resume his place as a TE1.  By next week, he will be owned in 80% of leagues.  Get him now.

Week 3 – Waiver Wire Pickups


Giddy up!

Giddy up!

Happy football Sunday!  Not to toot our own horn, but last week The Machine crushed it with our Fantasy advice.  Tyrod Taylor threw for 3 tds (and rushed for 1), and both David Johnson and Larry Donnell scored.  You’re welcome, America.  Let’s look at who’s still out there that can help your team this week.

Dexter McCluster, RB Tennessee (5% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Tennessee, like most of the league, has a running back by committee approach, with Dexter sharing time with Bishop Sankey and Terrance West.  But Dexter has carved out a nice little niche as the pass catching running back.  In a PPR league, he makes a lot of sense this week.  He’s got a great match up against the Colts.  Sankey and West aren’t exactly lighting it up, which equals more opportunities for the shifty McCluster.  If you’re one of those teams already plagued with RB injuries (Andre Ellington) or on a team whose coach doesn’t like black people (Demarco Murray) Dexter could fill in.

Blake Bortles, QB Jacksonville (11%)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Jacksonville JaguarsFor the reasons we like Tyrod last week, we like Blake.  It’s all about matchups, and there is much to like about Bortles this week.  First, he’s going to be throwing a lot.  The Pat are 13.5 point favorites and will probably cover.  This means the Jags will abandon the run early and throw the ball.  Second, New England’s secondary is weak, which will allow Blake to rack up yards.  Third, Bortles is coming into his own.  He played great last week against Miami – a team with a much better defense than New England – throwing for 273 yards, 2 tds and 0 ints.  A repeat of those numbers this week isn’t out of the question.  We like him better than guys like Alex Smith, Joe Flacco, and Carson Palmer this week.  Fourth, see below.

Rishard Matthews, WR Miami (28%)

Tannehill's secret weapon.

Tannehill’s secret weapon.

Matthews has put together two solid weeks, and he’ll look to make it three today against Buffalo.  His problem is that he’s (at best) the #3 WR, behind Jarvis Landry and Devante Parker.  However, if he keeps balling like this, they’ll have to find room for him.  Devante Parker is still not 100%, which slides Matthews up to #2.  We like him as a 3WR/FLEX today against a Bills D that gave up 466 passing yards last week.

Crockett Gillmore, TE Baltimore (45%)

New kid on the block.

New kid on the block.

If you asked yourself, “who the fuck is Crockett Gillmore”, you’re not alone.  But he has established himself as a TE1 through two weeks.  Averaging 5 targets a week, Crockett has become a reliable passing option for Joe Flacco.  He grabbed 2 tds last week.  Jason Witten’s status is iffy this week, so you’re looking for another option at TE, Crockett’s a good play.


Rueben Randle, WR Giants (28%)

Rueben RandleHere’s a sneaky play.  Yes, the Giants already played this week, but if you got a spot on your bench, make room for Randle.  With Victor Cruz’s status still uncertain, and with Preston Parker cut (thank you), Reuben will see plenty of action as the #2 receiver behind Odell Beckham, Jr.  Rueben is streaky, but he pulled it together this week, catching all 7 of his targets for 116 yards and a touchdown.  He will quickly be added in leagues next week, but because you read The Machine, he’ll already be on your team.

Even when Blake loses, he wins.

Even when Blake loses, he wins.

Your 53-Man Roster Deadline Fantasy Football Ranking Update….

….because: BIG RED SPORTS MACHINE!! That’s why!

Pretty, pretty, pretty good!

Pretty, pretty, pretty good!

2015 Rankings: Quarterbacks
Composite Rage Ginger
1 Aaron Rodgers 1 1
2 Andrew Luck 2 2
3 Peyton Manning 3 3
4 Drew Brees 4 4
5 Tom Brady 6 5
6 Russell Wilson 7 6
7 Ben Roethlisberger 5 10
8 Matt Ryan 8 8
9 Matthew Stafford 11 7
10 Tony Romo 9 12
11 Eli Manning 12 9
12 Cam Newton 10 13
13 Philip Rivers 15 11
14 Ryan Tannehill 14 14
15 Colin Kaepernick 13 17
16 Jay Cutler 16 15
17 Andy Dalton 17 16
18 Carson Palmer 18 19
19 Joe Flacco 19 18
20 Alex Smith 20 20
21 Teddy Bridgewater 23 22
22 Nick Foles 25 21
23 Sam Bradford 21 25
24 Tyrod Taylor 22 29
25 Blake Bortles 24 28
26 Derek Carr 29 23
27 Marcus Mariota 27 27
28 Robert Griffin III 31 24
29 Johnny Manziel 30 26
30 Ryan Fitzpactrick 26 30
31 Jameis Winston 28 31

League winner

League winner

2015 Rankings: Running Backs
Composite Rage Ginger
1 Jamaal Charles 1 1
2 Le’Veon Bell 2 2
3 Marshawn Lynch 4 4
4 Eddie Lacy 3 5
5 Adrian Peterson 6 3
6 C.J. Anderson 5 7
7 DeMarco Murray 8 6
8 Matt Forte 7 8
9 Jeremy Hill 9 11
10 LeSean McCoy 11 9
11 Justin Forsett 10 10
12 Latavius Murray 15 12
13 Mark Ingram 13 14
14 Melvin Gordon 14 16
15 Lamar Miller 12 20
16 Andre Ellington 20 13
17 Alfred Morris 16 17
18 Carlos Hyde 17 18
19 Joseph Randle 18 19
20 Frank Gore 29 15
21 C.J. Spiller 21 23
22 Jonathan Stewart 19 28
23 Ameer Abdullah 24 24
24 Shane Vereen 28 21
25 T.J. Yeldon 23 27
26 Giovani Bernard 25 25
27 Rashad Jennings 31 22
28 Christopher Ivory 22 32
29 Ryan Mathews 26 29
30 Doug Martin 30 26
31 Joique Bell 27 35
32 Todd Gurley 32 31
33 LeGarrette Blount 33 33
34 Arian Foster 40 30
35 Danny Woodhead 37 34
36 Devonta Freeman 34 38
37 Tre Mason 39 36
38 Tevin Coleman 35 42
39 Alfred Blue 38 40
40 Bishop Sankey 36 42
41 Isaiah Crowell 42 39
42 Andre Williams 44 41
43 David Cobb 41 46
44 Reggie Bush 50 37
45 Duke Johnson 43 47
46 Roy Helu 46 45
47 Knile Davis 49 43
48 Charles Sims 45 50
49 DeAngelo Williams 53 44
50 David Johnson 47 51
51 Fred Jackson 51 48
52 Chris Polk 48 55
53 Darren McFadden 56 49
54 Jay Ajayi 55 54
55 Daniel Herron 52 57
56 Jonas Gray 54 56
57 Darren Sproles 57 53
58 James White 58 52
59 Jeremy Langford 59 58



2015 Rankings: Wide Receivers
Composite Rage Ginger
1 Antonio Brown 1 1
2 Demaryius Thomas 2 4
3 Odell Beckham Jr. 3 2
4 Dez Bryant 4 3
5 Julio Jones 5 5
6 Calvin Johnson 6 6
7 A.J. Green 7 7
8 Alshon Jeffery 8 8
9 Mike Evans 9 12
10 Randall Cobb 10 11
11 DeAndre Hopkins 11 10
12 Ty Hilton 12 9
13 Brandin Cooks 13 14
14 Jordan Matthews 14 16
15 Emmanuel Sanders 15 13
16 Golden Tate 16 20
17 DeSean Jackson 17 22
18 Sammy Watkins 18 19
19 Keenan Allen 19 18
20 Allen Robinson 20 35
21 Brandon Marshall 21 23
22 Julian Edelman 22 27
23 Steve Smith 23 26
24 Eric Decker 24 31
25 Amari Cooper 25 17
26 Andre Johnson 26 15
27 Martavis Bryant 27 21
28 Roddy White 28 29
29 Jeremy Maclin 29 25
30 Vincent Jackson 30 28
31 Larry Fitzgerald 31 33
32 Torrey Smith 32 39
33 Charles Johnson 33 38
34 Kendall Wright 34 49
35 Nelson Agholor 35 44
36 Brandon LaFell 36 30
37 John Brown 37 34
38 Pierre Garcon 38 40
39 Eddie Royal 39 50
40 Davante Adams 40 51
41 Mike Wallace 41 24
42 Anquan Boldin 42 37
43 Marques Colston 43 41
44 Breshad Perriman 44 47
45 Terrance Williams 45 52
46 Jarvis Landry 46 32
47 Victor Cruz 47 36
48 Michael Floyd 48 43
49 Kenny Stills 49 42
50 Marvin Jones 50 53
51 Steve Johnson 51 48
52 Percy Harvin 52 54
53 Devante Parker 53 56
54 Donte Moncrief 54 55
55 Rueben Randle 55 45
56 Dwayne Bowe 56 57
57 Brian Quick 57 46
58 Kevin White 58 58

Safe. Boring. Money.

Safe. Boring. Money.

2015 Rankings: Tight Ends
Composite Rage Ginger
1 Rob Gronkowski 1 1
2 Jimmy Graham 2 3
3 Travis Kelce 3 2
4 Greg Olsen 4 6
5 Martellus Bennett 7 4
6 Jason Witten 6 7
7 Julius Thomas 5 8
8 Tyler Eifert 8 12
9 Zach Ertz 12 9
10 Delanie Walker 11 11
11 Jordan Cameron 18 5
12 Kyle Rudolph 13 10
13 Owen Daniels 9 17
14 Austin Seferian-Jenkins 14 15
15 Dwayne Allen 15 14
16 Larry Donnell 17 13
17 Josh Hill 10 23
18 Jordan Reed 16 20
19 Heath Miller 21 16
20 Ladarius Green 19 19
21 Antonio Gates 24 18
22 Charles Clay 20 22
23 Vernon Davis 23 21
24 Eric Ebron 22 25
25 Coby Fleener 25 24
26 Benjamin Watson 26 27
27 Jacob Tamme 27 26
28 Mychal Rivera 28 28
29 Rob Housler 29 29
30 Richard Rodgers 30 30
2015 Rankings: Defense & Special Teams
Composite Rage Ginger
1 Seattle Seahawks 1 1
2 Buffalo Bills 2 3
3 St. Louis Rams 3 4
4 Houston Texans 5 2
5 Arizona Cardinals 4 5
6 Kansas City Chiefs 6 8
7 Denver Broncos 9 6
8 Carolina Panthers 10 9
9 New England Patriots 13 7
10 Baltimore Ravens 7 14
11 Cincinnati Bengals 11 12
12 San Francisco 49ers 14 11
13 Green Bay Packers 12 13
14 Pittsburgh Steelers 18 10
15 New York Jets 8 21
16 Philadelphia Eagles 17 16
17 Chicago Bears 19 15
18 Detroit Lions 16 18
19 Miami Dolphins 15 22
20 New Orleans Saints 23 17
21 New York Giants 22 19
22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 20
23 Cleveland Browns 20 24
24 Tennessee Titans 21 26
25 Indianapolis Colts 25 23
26 Washington Redskins 26 25
27 Jacksonville Jaguars 27 27

Week 13 – Waiver Wire Pickups

Happy Thanksgiving fantasy fans.  Here at the Big Red Sports Machine, we have a lot to be thankful for.  We’ve qualified for the playoffs in each of our three fantasy leagues (real men play in multiple fantasy leagues) and we’re past the halfway point to the ’15 Draft Party…err, I mean we’re thankful for our family and friends.   But being thankful isn’t going to be enough to get you in the playoffs.  That’s why we’re here.  So let’s get right to it.

Daniel Herron, RB Colts (44%)

Meet the Colts newest starting back, just in time for (your fantasy) playoffs.

Meet the Colts newest starting back, just in time for (your fantasy) playoffs.

With Ahmad Bradshaw out, Herron steps up as the next Colts running back to outplay Trent Richardson.  He’s in line for at least a 50/50 split, and could see more action as he’ll be starting.  Last week he had 12 rushing attempts to go along with 5 receptions.  Look for those numbers to increase this week.

The Colts play a high octane brand of football, are unstoppable at home, and are playing the forever-dysfunctional Washington Redskins.

Herron offers great upside as a flex/RB2.

Jarvis Landry, WR Miami (36%)

Tannehille's newest weapon.

Tannehille’s newest weapon.

In any other year, Jarvis would be getting much more attention for his play as a rookie receiver.  But with Sammy, Mike Evans, and ODB making headlines, it’s easy to see how Jarvis got lost in the shuffle.  But his play over the last few weeks has not gone unnoticed by The Machine.

Jarvis has had 4 straight double digit games, including an impressive 2 touchdown performance against Denver last week.  His role in the offense is increasing daily, and he has established great rapport with (the vastly improved) Ryan Tannehill.  Also working in Jarvis’ favor is the Dolphins opponent this week, the forever-dysfunctional New York Jets.  Jarvis has scored in three of the past four games.  Look for that streak to continue Monday night.

Owen Daniels, TE Baltimore (45%)

Meet your starting tight end and accountant.

Meet your starting tight end and accountant.

If you’re in a pinch at TE (perhaps you need a replacement for Dwayne Allen) Owen could serve as a serviceable stop gap.  He only has 3 tds on the year, but is still involved in the offense, getting between 4-9 targets each week.  With defenses having to focus more on the ageless wonder that is Steve Smith, that opens some lanes for Owen.

Alex Smith, QB Chiefs (38%)

Great matchup at home.

Great matchup at home.

If you’re a Phillip Rivers/Cam Newton/Andy Dalton/Eli Manning owner, you may want to hand the rains over to Alex this weekend.  KC is home against Denver in what would be the game of the week (but for Green Bay/New England).  Anyway, lost in all the Peyton Manning fawning is that Denver’s defense sucks.  They have given up the fantasy points to quarterbacks.  The Dolphins exposed them last week (in Denver), as Tannehille threw for 3 tds and ran for 1.  Smith is equally shifty, and we like his chances to gain a few points on the ground.

Bonus Advice:

Fool's gold

Fool’s gold

Do not pick up any of the following New England Patriots:  Jonas Gray, Legarrate Blount, Tim Wright.  Don’t believe the hype, but believe this:  Bill Belichick hates fantasy football, and he will fuck with you just because he can.  Two weeks ago, everyone rushed to the waiver wire to pick up Jonas Gray, fresh off his 201 yards (37 attempts), 4 touchdown performance.  How did he follow that up:  0 yards on 0 attempts.

It's a Belichick trap!

It’s a Belichick trap!

Tim Wright (the other TE) had 2 touchdowns last week, as did newly signed LeGarrette Blount.  However, don’t be fooled.  Belichick wants you to waste a roster spot on them this week, just to show you that he doesn’t need to use them on his roster.  It’s too unpredictable to know which Patriot (not named Brady or Gronk) will be a regular contributor.  Consider yourself warned.

Week 6 – Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups

To be clear, the intent of this end-of-the-week waiver wire report is to help you if you’re in a bye week/injury jam.  If you’re in any sort of competitive league the likes Brandon Oliver, Andre Williams and Ronnie Hillman are long gone (and if they aren’t than stop reading and go scoop them up!).  Here are some guys that are worth rolling the dice on for your flex spot:

Storm Johnson, RB, Jacksonville (14%Y!) –

Button down the hatches, the Storm is coming!  Okay, just needed to get the cheesy name reference out-of-the-way.  Unbelievably, the big, white, slow oafy running back experiment has failed in Jacksonville.  It might be time to shitcan that “cutting edge” analytics department Shad, just saying.  While Toby Gerhart sits this week to chisel the concrete off his feet, rookie Storm Johnson is poised to handle a bulk of the carries against a Tennessee Titans defense that just got gashed to the tune 176 yards by Cleveland.  Johnson is no Ben Tate, but 70ish all-purpose yards, a few catches and a TD are within reach.



Mohammed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (56%Y!) –

This recommendation is quite simple, see if you can find the pattern: AJ Green (Out), Marvin Jones (Out), Tyler Eifert (Out).  Sanu becomes the de facto #1 receiver for the Red-Rifle.  I fully expect Hue Jackson to kick it old school and run the snot out of Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill (50%Y! – I’d recommend him but I’m a little biased as I’m firing him up in a few leagues this week), but Sanu should see enough targets to be useful.

I’d start him over the likes of Brian Quick, Terrance Williams, Eddie Royal and Markus Wheaton.

Owen Daniels, TE, Baltimore Ravens (55%Y!) –

Since Pitta went down earlier this year, Daniels (a Gary Kubiak import) has developed a nice rapport with Joe Flacco.  I think Daniels finishes this week as a Top 12 TE.  For those dealing with a dreaded bye week (Graham, Kelce), stream Daniels with confidence.

A Top-12 TE or Your Accountant?

A Top-12 TE or Your Accountant?

Everyone loves a good Stash –

I’m not suggesting you start any of the guys I’m about to list, but if you’ve got a  roster spot to burn here are some deep sleeping lottery ticket players (ie, the next ‘Brandon Oliver) to consider stashing:

Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers (30%)

Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos (2%)

Antone Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons (25%)

Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams (3%)

Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders (3%)

Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns (15%)

This guy!

This guy!