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NFL FANTASY BOOM/BUST – WEEK 12

 Welp, I guess it’s a good thing that Peyton Manning decided to spit out that dud before the playoffs started. The downside is probably many fantasy owners were banking on him Sunday and possibly got them eliminated. That is the harsh reality to the game is that even the biggest stars can let you down. Then there’s Jonas Gray, the unknown running back that the Patriots used to single handedly steamroll the Colts to the tune of 200yrd and 4tds (I’m sure everyone could have used that). However, not many people were starting him and that is a perfect illustration to the unpredictablity of fantasy football.  Week 12 shall we………

CHIEFS vs RAIDERS

  • The only people watching this game will be Chiefs and Raiders fans (plus the crazed fantasy owners who have players playing). My BOOM player for this game is Jamaal Charles. I say if the Seahawks couldn’t stop him then how much faith can the Raiders defense really have? 
  • My BUST player in this game is James Jones.  Jones is not really a #1wr and his numbers support that in this anemic Raiders pass game.

BROWNS vs FALCONS

  • The Falcons are actually in the playoff hunt so high intensity is expected, as well as the much anticipated return of All-Pro wideout Josh Gordon. My BOOM player for this game is Matt Ryan. Ryan will be rejuvenated at home playing for their playoff lives, plus he tends to play well in the Georgia Dome. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Steven Jackson. The run game is in the dumps for the Falcons as they are one of the most pass heavy teams in the league. 

JETS vs BILLS

  • This game should be the snow bowl as the Buffalo area has gotten 7ft of snow! My BOOM player for this game is Fred Jackson. The run game will be pivotal in a game like this with adverse weather conditions which suits such a tough runner like F-Jax. 
  • My BUST player for this game will Mike Vick. Vick might actually get loose a bit in this snow with his running ability but neither qb will have big passing stats. Typically snow games amount to huge fantsy number for people that can run based on prior years. 

BUCS vs BEARS

  • A revenge game of some sorts for coach Lovie Smith and qb Josh McCown of the Bucs. My BOOM player for this game is Jay Cutler.  Cutler got on track last week and seem to have a connection with his receivers and I think that continues against a team that has one of the worst pass defenses in the league. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Bucs run game. Until someone takes that role by the horns it will forever be a bust play.

BENGALS vs TEXANS

  • Both teams need a win to continue their playoff hopes but each team needs good QB play. My BOOM player for this game is Arian Foster. He is “matchup-proof” and needs to be in your lineup if he plays as expected. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Giovanni Bernard. Gio won’t be bad but keep in mind that he isn’t neccesarily the bellcow for the Bengals anymore with the emergence of Jeremy Hill. His touches will be reduced which lowers his value.

JAGUARS vs COLTS

  • The Colts coming off a terrible home loss will e looking forward to this cushy matchup. My BOOM player for this game is TY Hilton (and Andrew Luck of course). Hilton won’t be looking at Revis when he lines up this week against a Jags secondary that gives up fantasy points to receivers in bunches. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Blake Bortles. As a rookie playing against a seasoned Colts defense that is upset won’t be a good recipe come Sunday.

PACKERS vs VIKINGS

  • The Packers have been scoring points like a college basketball team lately and this Sunday may be no different. My BOOM player for this game is Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers and this offense simply cannot be stopped but also look for Eddie Lacy to keep it rolling against this Vikings team. They had no answer for him last time as he went for over 100yds and 2 scores. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Teddy Bridgewater. Teddy still has some growing to do and the talented Packers secondary will make it tough for him all day.

LIONS vs PATRIOTS

  • The Lions having Matt Stafford are 0-15 in away games against opponents with winning records and here comes the Patriots. My BOOM player in the game is Tom Brady. Brady gets even better as the weather gets colder and although the Lions are have stout defense Brady will find the weakness (courtesy of Bill Belicick). 
  • My BUST player for this game is Matt Stafford. Belichick made it tough on Andrew Luck in his own house so surely he will force Stafford to somewhat play left handed (figuratively speaking) at Foxborough.

TITANS vs EAGLES

  • The Eagles should be furious after that flat performance in Green Bay so I actually feel sorry for the Titans coming into Philly. My BOOM player for this game is LeSean McCoy. I have no reason to believe he will great this Sunday other than the fact he is due. Media has been questioning his skills and it seems they want to lean on him more with that O-Line at it’s healthiest. Plus the Titans can’t stop the run. 
  • My BUST player in this game is Bishop Sankey.  The Titans can’t consistently move the ball and the Eagles do well at stopping the run so Sankey’s day will be held in check.

RAMS vs CHARGERS

  • The Rams seem to be having a late year surge and the Chargers seem to be regressing. My BOOM player for this game is Tre Mason. The tough run defenses haven’t slowed him down much and he looks to keep gaining steam on the lead back job.
  •  My BUST player for this game is Keenan Allen.  Allen is highly tagerted but his routes are fairly conservative and safe which basically makes him a possession receiver. That isn’t the type of receiver fantasy owners want to use every week.

CARDINALS vs SEAHAWKS

  • This will be a low scoring battle in the Pacific Northwest this weekend.  My BOOM player for this game is Russell Wilson.  Russ’s constant threat as a runner makes him lethal regardless of the matchup, especially considering the Cards have an elite pass defense. 
  • My BUST player for this game will be Larry Fitzgerald.  Fitz has been pretty productive the last few weeks but with a MCL Sprain and playing against the Seahawks secondary I expect his day to be quiet.

DOLPHINS vs BRONCOS

  • The Broncos are walking wounded right now which is a perfect time for the Dolphins to see them. My BOOM player for this game is Peyton Manning. Manning will be relied upon to pull out this victory as I expect the run game to sputter versus the Dolphins defensive front. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Lamar Miller. Tre Mason ran well against the Broncos tough run defense last week, but I don’t expect the same from Miller in Denver.

WASHINGTON vs 49ERS

  • The Redskins are heading nowhere fast with all the internal turmoil and Frisco loves to feast on bad teams. My BOOM player for this game is Colin Kaepernick. I think Kaepernick should have a fairly easy time finding open receiver against this weak Redskins pass defense.
  • My BUST player for this game is Alfred Morris. Morris won’t find too many open lanes against this tough San Fran defense that seems to be gelling over the past few weeks.

COWBOYS vs GIANTS

  • This divisional matchup is always great theater and it will be no different come Sunday night. My BOOM player for this game is DeMarco Murray. Murray said he has fresh legs and ready to go which is great being that he faces the Giants porous run defense. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Reuben Randle. As a possession receiver who doesn’t get much opportunity down field it is hard to be excited about him in your lineup.

RAVENS vs SAINTS

  • If the Saints lose their 3rd home game in a row I believe their season is over. My BOOM player for this game is Drew Brees. Brees is the ultimate primetime football guy who loves the bright lights at home. Plus he is playing a middle of the pack pass defense. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Steve Smith. Smith has been very quiet over the last month as Torrey Smith has emerged back into the best option in the passing game.  He will also be facing off against Keenan Lewis which should slow him down a bit. All this means is that he will probably go off as Monday night always gives everyone a little extra juice.

 

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NFL FANTASY BOOM/BUST – WEEK 11

I know many of you are fighting for your fantasy playoff lives by either being 1 foot in or 1 foot out of the playoffs. These last 3 weeks will be crucial in terms of gaining a spot so keep believing even if your team doesn’t look promising. My fantasy season has sunk in our beloved (SportsCast) league due to my lack of productive RB’s and first season playing ppr (but that’s a whole other story). Quick story for you all though if you care to listen. I was down 75pts in my Barbershop league going into Monday night. I had Sanchez (yup you read that right, Shady, Eagles D, and Eagles kicker Cody Parkey. My opponent had Jeremy Maclin. Tall task here to say the least. Well, we all know the Eagles defense went bonkers and Sanchez had himself quite a night. So after 4 quarters of an emotional roller coaster I found myself tied up with my opponent after Cam’s last touchdown pass. Now because of the blowout they took out Sanchez and McCoy so I had no shot offensively to win. However, the defense got me one more sack to seal the victory! Biggest comeback ever as i came back form down 75 points! Moral of the story here my people…keep believing nd fighting for this season because you just never know…..

BILLS vs DOLPHINS

  • This is one of the least attractive games of the week but leverage in the AFC North is at stake. My BOOM player for this game is Mike Wallace. There won’t be a ton of fantasy appeal for this game but I think Mike has the best chance at a few big plays to help his value against a Bills secondary that can be suspect. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Lamar Miller. Miller won’t have much room to run against the Bills front and the loss of Brandon Albert on the O-Line will be huge.

FALCONS vs PANTHERS

  • There is still a chance to fight for the NFC South division crown for the Panthers so this home game is pivotal. My BOOM player for this game is Julio Jones. He is an elite option with an absurd usage rate.  Julio is highly targeted and ripe to feast on a bad Panthers secondary. 
  • My BUST player in this game is Steven Jackson. The Panthers are still solid against the run and capable of slowing down a guy that has already “slowed down.”

VIKINGS vs BEARS

  • If the Bears can’t find a way to put up a fight against the Vikings then Trestman needs to go immediately. My BOOM player in this game is Brandon Marshall. This is just a gut call because he seems to be the heartbeat of this team and has too much pride to not comeback with pride. He is also an elite talent that can’t be contained by the Vikings secondary. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Cordarrelle Patterson.  Patterson has big play ability and could get free against a porous Bears defense. However, I think he raw route running ability leaves him and fantasy owners empty in most cases.

TEXANS vs BROWNS

  • The Browns will have an excellent opportunity to tack on another win as the Texans will have qb Ryan Mallet making his first start at the “Dawg Pound.” My BOOM player for this game is Arian Foster.  That is under the assumption he is healthy enough to play with the tweaked groin. Foster has been almost as good as Demarco this season and falls in the “matchup proof” category especially facing a Browns defense that is vulnerable to the run. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Ben Tate. Ben’s touches are now uncertain with the three-headed platoon at rb for the Browns. This makes him a bad gamble going into this week.

SEAHAWKS vs CHIEFS

  • The Seahawks are trying to stay afloat with the injuries to key players piling up, so a win here for them would be huge. My BOOM player in this game is Jamaal Charles. The Seahawks lost one of the top run stuffers in the NFL in Brandon Mebane for the year so that only helps Charles elite status. He was be used a ton to go along with that so I think he gets loose on the Seahawks defense. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Russell Wilson. Russ doesn’t have many weapons in the passing game and the Chiefs defend the pass well. The Chiefs can stuff the run too but this matchup basically comes down to Russ’s low ceiling. He won’t be awful but don’t expect big things in this road matchup where the Seahawks tend to struggle on some cases.

BENGALS vs SAINTS

  • I have a hard time believing the Saints could lose 2 games in a row at home, especially when you got Andy Dalton coming to town. My BOOM player for this game is Mark Ingram (Drew Brees is obvious).  Ingram has been a bellcow for the Saints and is running like a guy wanting to get paid (well this is his contract year). The Bengals have fallen off the map in stopping the run so Ingram should be great at home. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Mohammed Sanu. Sanu just simply doesn’t get the same volume of looks he did prior to AJ Green being injured. That can also be added the the fact that Dalton has been very erratic as of late.

49ERS vs GIANTS

  • The 49ers have every reason to lose this game as they are coming off a overtime road win, and also traveling all the way back east for a 1pm game but I doubt they lose. My BOOM player for this game is Frank Gore. The Giants are pathetic versus the run and now here comes the 49ers who are looking to re-establish the run game with Frank. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Michael Crabtree.  Crabtree’s role as the #1 wr on this team has almost completely dissolved and now he is unhappy (but so are his fantasy owners).

BRONCOS vs RAMS

  • The Rams are simply no match for the Broncos at all. My BOOM player for this week is ALL Broncos. The Rams defense can’t stop this juggernaut so feel free to start all the Denver guys including CJ Anderson at RB if he gets the nod (leave Welker out of this). 
  • My BUST player for this game is Tre Mason. Tre is going up against a Broncos defense that isn’t allowing anyone to run the football and it won’t start with the Rams either.

BUCS vs REDSKINS

  • This game is an absolute snoozer but I guess someone has to win right? My BOOM player for this game is Alfred Morris. I know he is practically a one trick pony as the Redskins don’t use him in the passing downs but I think they get him going against this Bucs defense that is bad everywhere. 
  • My BUST player in this game is the Bucs run game. None of the RB’s can be trusted right now and none have been consistently effective up to this point as they are playing a plethora of guys.

RAIDERS vs CHARGERS

  • The Chargers haven’t forgot about how the Raiders almost beat them last time and they also get some key guys back on defense so I think this game goes differently. My BOOM player for this game is Phillip Rivers. Rivers has had a rough past two weeks coming off a bye, at home against a hated rival will surely get home going again as the Raiders defense is bottoms in the league.
  • My BUST player for this game is James Jones. He has been the Raiders #1 receiver but that doesn’t say much these days.

LIONS vs CARDINALS

  • Winning with QB Drew Stanton will be a tough task for the Cards so this should be interesting. My BOOM player for this game is Megatron. He is matchup proof and facing Patrick Peterson isn’t intimidating at all as he routinely gives up td’s to lesser guys. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Andre Ellington. The Lions stop the the run all day, everyday now add the fact that they have a backup qb doesn’t help either.

EAGLES vs PACKERS

  • A game that has shootout all over it might not be what everyone is hoping as we have seen it happen in the past. My BOOM player for this game is Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is hot and I mean like Ghost pepper hot. Plus he is playing at home where he has thrown for multiple td’s in a game for over 12 games now. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the Eagles are bottom 10 in the league at defending the pass. 
  • My BUST player for this game is LeSean McCoy. He won’t be terrible but he just hasn’t run with the same juice this year. The Packers present a great opportunity for him to get going but don’t hold your breath.  Everyone is playing him but don’t get too excited.

PATRIOTS vs COLTS

  • Two AFC powerhouses with MVP caliber QB’s so this one should be fun (and not another nationally televised blowout). My BOOM player for this game is Andrew Luck. Pep Hamilton has completely catered this offense to Andrew Luck and as a result he is on pass to break the passing yardage record so of course he plays terrific. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Julian Edelman. Edelman hasn’t been a huge part of the passing game with the emergence of LaFell so his usage isn’t what is used to be. He will be average but not great.

STEELERS vs TITANS

  • This might be one of the worst MNF matchups in a long time. My BOOM player for this game is Big Ben. He should have a bounce back game against this awful Titans defense. Also, Ben usually plays great in primetime games. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Justin Hunter.  Anything is possible on Monday Night football but the big receiver for Tennessee has been a disappointment this season. Rookie QB Mettenberger is trying to figure things out and so is the entire Titans offense.

Thanks for reading you guys and goodluck in week 11! Almost Playoff time!

 

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NFL FANTASY BOOM/BUST – WEEK 10

This week the NFL doesn’t feature many intriguing matchups.  Nonetheless, it’s football Sunday so we will all be tuned in. The bloated bye week really puts a damper on the action around the league but the show must go on.  Here are my studs and duds for week 10……

BROWNS vs BENGALS

  • A huge divisional matchup as the Browns are actually making some noise. My BOOM player in this game is Jeremy Hill. The Browns can’t defense the run, and Hill loves to run straight down hill (see what I did there). The Bengals will feature him heavily as he comes off a monster game last week.
  • My BUST player in this game is Ben Tate. The Browns use 3 RB’s and Tate is no longer the workhorse from early in the year.

TITANS vs RAVENS

  • The Ravens should will this game handedly as the Titans trot out rookie QB Zach Mettenberger. My BOOM player for this game is Torrey Smith. I think Torrey gets behind this Titans secondary a couple of times for big plays. He has actually been the better play at wr the last month for the Ravens but few people realize it. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Bishop Sankey. The Ravens don’t give up much on the ground and without a legit QB the Ravens will just crowd the line of scrimmage to force passes.

CHIEFS vs BILLS

  • Both of these teams look like playoff contenders in the AFC so it will be a big test for these guys. My BOOM player for this game is Kyle Orton. Orton has been cooking lately and a home game with an emerging Sammy Watkins should keep things rolling. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Alex Smith. Smith will have a rough day against that stout Bills front seven.

DOLPHINS vs DETROIT

  • Two of the better defenses will square off in this game which I believe puts a damper on the potential point being scored. My BOOM player for this game is Calvin Johnson. Megatron is close to 100% healthy whch means he is virtually matchup proof. The passing game may sputter but his high volume usage to go along with his tremendous talent should prevail. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Lamar Miller. Miller won’t have much room to run against the league’s #1 run defense.

COWBOYS vs JAGS

  • The big question for this game is “will Romo play” and “can they win with Weeden. I guess that is two questions… My BOOM player for this game is DeMarco Murray. Murray will have a much better day against the Jags as he gets two of his offensive linemen back for this game.  They will rely on him a ton regardless who plays QB. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Blake Bortles. As a rookie you go through rough patches and I believe the Cowboys defense will make it tough for him.

49ERS vs SAINTS

  • The Saints are ascending and the 49ers are descending, so this is basically a must win for Frisco. My BOOM player for this game is Drew Brees. Brees pretty much plays like a man possessed at home in most cases and this will be no different. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Frank Gore. Gore is not the focal point of the offense anymore and now he shares the backfield with a rookie. Plus the run game is inconsistent these days. Add the fact that the Saints are stingy versus the run.

STEELERS vs JETS

  • Hopefully this isn’t a trap game for the Steelers as they have been riding high the last couple games, and now they play a team with nothing to lose in the NY Jets. My BOOM player for this game is Antonio Brown. He is the #1 WR in fantasy football right now and matchup proof. However, the Jets don’t have any real cornerbacks anyway. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Chris Johnson. Last week was a fluke and Ivory still commands the backfield.

FALCONS vs BUCS

  • The Bucs have probably had this game circled on their calendars since they got embarrassed on TNF a few weeks back so expect a tighter game. My BOOM player for this game is Matt Ryan. Ryan will be in pass heavy mode again to test the lackluster Bucs scondary with his disposal of big weapons. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Josh McCown. An awful decision by Lovie Smit to revert back to a guy that gave you nothing before his injury.

BRONCOS vs RAIDERS

  • There should be a mercy rule installed just for this game as the Broncos will be steaming to get back on track after the rough Patriots game. My BOOM player for this game is Peyton Manning (mostly al Broncos too).  Peyton will wreak havok on the poor Raiders defense. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Darren McFadden. Broncos are stout vs the run so DMC will have to find other ways to be effective. 

RAMS vs CARDINALS

  • Rams played the 49ers tough because of their quirky inefficient offense. Bruce Arians offense will be a different story. My BOOM player for this game is Carson Palmer. Palmer is going to have a huge day against the Rams suspect secondary with the weapons to do it. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Tre Mason. The Cardinals have been stopping the run all year and they won’t cut the Rams any slack in this home game.

NYG vs SEATTLE

  • The Giants are simply undermanned for this battle but the Seahawks aren’t exactly clicking so we shall see. My BOOM player for this game is Russell Wilson. I think he should be able to find some success through the air against this decimated Giants secondary. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Eli Manning. The Seahawks are the grim reaper to opposing qb’s when they go to Seattle.

BEARS vs PACKERS

  • Jay Cutler never plays well at Lambeau field but if they want to hold onto their playoff hopes they need this win. MY BOOM player in this one is Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers loves torching the Bears and with all the injuries on the Bears defense he will do just that. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Jay Cutler. Cutler has career number across the board but the turnovers aren’t helping him. He also has a tough time getting going in Green Bay as I previously mentioned so I think he has a tough night.

PANTHERS vs EAGLES

  • Cam and company need more pieces if they want to truly compete.  My BOOM player for this game is LeSean McCoy (Maclin as well).  Shady always shines on primetime football and with the O-line back to full health he will look to get rolling early. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Cam Newton. He won’t be awful but the Eageles defense will be after him all night forcing him to make quicker decisions than he would like.

Goodluck to all the fantasy gm’s this week and let’s get through these rough bye weeks together.  I’m sure everyone is starting someone they don’t really care for……Ha!

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NFL FANTASY BOOM/BUST – WEEK 9

There were plenty fantasy fireworks around the league this weekend.  Thankfully the fireworks didn’t consist of players that nobody rostered (which is the worst). The stars were shining bright this weekend and many enjoyed or suffered the wrath of guys like Gronk, Big Ben, Andrew Luck, Manny Sanders, Arian Foster and a few others. There is no greater feeling than sitting back on a Sunday and watching your fantasy player rack up points.  Hopefully the powers that be are with you this weekend and as well and if you missed out then hopefully you can get in on the party. These be weeks are a killer though so plan accordingly…..

SAINTS vs PANTHERS

  • Huge NFC South matchup that will help determine the division leader. My BOOM player for this game is Cam Newton. I definitely believe Drew will ball, but Cam is starting to come around and Thursday night might kick things off. He looks healthier and the Saints defense isn’t intimidating for this elite talent QB. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Deangelo Williams.  He will get the start but I don’t think it matter much in this rb platoon he shares with Jonathan Stewart.

JAGUARS vs BENGALS

  • The Jags are horrible and this is a perfect practice type game for the Bengals (if they come ready and focused). My BOOM player in this game is Andy Dalton. Dalton should be able to flourish against this bottom ranked pass defense at home where he tends to play better in most cases. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Blake Bortles. Hopefully you don’t have to use him due to the bloated bye week schedule. The Bengals will force the rookie into many mistakes.

BUCS vs BROWNS

  • The Bucs could really use some good fortune and a win but I doubt it happens this week. My BOOM player for this game is Ben Tate. The Browns are a run heavy team led by Tate and the Bucs are terrible versus the run. 
  • My BUST for this game is Vincent Jackson. He won’t be a complete dud, but having to square off with Joe Haden combined with the struggling play of Glennon will make for a long day.

CARDINALS vs COWBOYS

  • This game might be even larger for the Cowboys being that they loss Monday night. My BOOM player for this game is DeMarco Murray (as usual) but I will include Michael Floyd too. Floyd was practically a ghost last week but he will have plenty opportunities against the Cowboys suspect pass defense that allowed Desean Jackson to get deep a few times. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Tony Romo.  Romo has a back contusion which will greatly hinder his playmaking ability “if” he plays. They will lean on the ground game even more which takes away from his stats.

EAGLES vs TEXANS

  • The Texans are very capable of winning this game because of the struggles by QB Nick Foles so we shall see. My BOOM player for this game is Arian Foster. Foster has outstanding and almost as dominant as DeMarco Murray yet it has been a bit under the radar. The Eagles are opportunistic on defense but not very sound. Foster should keep things rolling this weekend.
  • My BUST player for this game is LeSean McCoy. Shady will have a decent day but until teams start to respect Foles/Maclin more, he will have his hands full every time he has the ball.

JETS vs CHIEFS

  •  I’m not sure what direction the Jets are headed but hoepfully they atleast put up a fight against the Chiefs. My BOOM player for this game is Alex Smith. It isn’t often he gets the “boom” but he is very capable of having success against the Jets secondary. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Mike Vick (and Jamaal Charles). Vick looks like a guy that is either almost done or tired of being in New York but either way it is not good. Charles should be okay because they feature him in the passing game but his rushing totals will be down a bit against that stingy Jets D-line.

CHARGERS vs DOLPHINS

  • The Chargers have had a brutal skid of games lately and this Sunday gets no easier but they need a win. My BOOM player for this game is Phillip Rivers. I believe this game is a bit of a defensive struggle, but Rivers quick passing attack will help to negate some of the Dolphins pass rush. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Brandon Oliver. The Dolphins are solid against the run especially at home so I don’t see Oliver having a huge day.

WASHINGTON vs VIKINGS

  • This game will get interesting if RG3 is cleared to play but the Vikings won’t be an easy task. My BOOM player for this game is Teddy Bridgewater. Teddy seems to play a little better at home and I think he finds a few huge plays against Washington. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Pierre Garcon. Garcon has been almost invisible with the emergence of Desean Jackson in the passing game. I think that trend continues against this underrated Vikings defense.

RAMS vs 49ERS

  • Sadly for the Rams there season is spiraling down the tube and now they have to deal with a 49ers team fesh off a bye. My BOOM player for this game is Colin Kaepernick. Kaep will most likely do exactly what he did to them a few weeks ago when he eclipsed his career high in passing of over 300yds. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Austin Davis. Rams top wideout Brian Quick is down so Davis is quickly running out of weapons (see what I did there). Plus he loss LT Jake Long for the year. It won’t be a good day for Davis.

BRONCOS vs PATRIOTS

  • This might be the biggest game of the NFL Sunday as Manning vs Brady is always classic. Many guys can go off in this game but my main guy would have to be Rob Gronkowski. We all know Manning and Brady will be great but outside of those guys I think Gronk might have the biggest day. Now that he is healthy, he is quickly getting back to the absolute mismatch he is accustomed to being. Talib was torched by Jimmy Graham last season and I think Gronk poses similar problems to the Broncos secondary. 
  • My BUST player for this game would have to be Julian Edelman. Ever since Gronk has become more healthy combined with LaFell’s acclimation to the offense Edelman simply hasn’t been featured as much.

RAIDERS vs SEAHAWKS

  • The Raiders are going to one of the worst places to try getting a win and Seattle is taking no prisoners right now. My BOOM player for this game is Russell Wilson. He will have his way with the Raiders awful defense, (as will Lynch). 
  • My BUST player for this game is Derek Carr. QB’s don’t play well in Seattle so this will be a horrific experience for the rookie qb.

RAVENS vs STEELERS

  • The low scoring brawls between these two get a little boring so hopefully they put some points on the board. My BOOM player for this game is Antonio Brown. Brown is essentially matchup proof and should put on a show against a Ravens secondary that will be without Jimmy Smith. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Torrey Smith. Torrey rarely plays well against the Steelers seemingly and as the second option this might not be his night. Banking on big plays is always a crapshoot.

COLTS vs GIANTS

  • The intriguing aspect of this game will be if Eli can muster some big plays against this Colts defense that might be missing CB Vontae Davis. My BOOM player for this game is Andrew Luck (plus TY Hilton). This combo has been lethal all year and should be able to get going against this 25th ranked pass defense. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Andre Williams. Andre is just a battering ram rb that lacks agility. That doesn’t bode well when you have an average offensive line.

 

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NFL FANTASY BOOM/BUST – WEEK 7

 I hope you all had a great fantasy Sunday as it seems the games are starting to ramp into high gear. As we start to get into the 2nd half of the year it is time to start noticing “trends.” When I say “trends” I’m speaking to how productive your players are becoming.  For instance, if you have Keenan Allen, it is easy to see that he isn’t a huge part of the offense right now. So don’t be afraid to sit Keenan and take a chance on a guy like Andre Holmes or Davante Adams who seem to be involved weekly. Fantasy Football is a weekly game that demands you to be savvy at all times. Welp that is my nugget of advice for this week now onto week 7 action…..

JETS vs PATRIOTS

  •  The Jets are just a sad bunch right now and I don’t even think they are looking forward to this game against a red hot Brady. My BOOM player for this game is Tom Brady. The Jets have no cb’s and thats not good when facing a Brady that has found weapons everywhere lately. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Chris Johnson. Hopefully you aren’t actually in need to play him because he is not a part of the Jets offense right now, nor does he look to still be a good player.

FALCONS vs RAVENS

  • The Falcons need a win in the worst way but that atrocious defense does them no favors. My BOOM players in this game is Steve Smith Sr.  “Smitty” has been reborn in this Kubiak offense and now he gets to face a Falcons secondary that is one of the league’s worst.
  • My BUST player for this game is Steven Jackson. This guy is clearly over the hill and they now play 4 RB’s.

VIKINGS vs BILLS

  • The BIlls want to win now and the Vikings are in complete rebuild mode.  My BOOM player for this game is Fred Jackson. He should be able to get rolling against a porous Vikings run defense.
  •  My BUST player for this game is Matt Asiata. The Vikings won’t find anywhere to run against the Bills front four and Asiata isn’t the most dynamic guy (C-Patt will disappoint too). 

DOLPHINS vs BEARS

  • The Bears have yet to win a game at home this year so this should be fun.  My BOOM player for this game is Brandon Marshall. I’m sure he wants to stick it to his former team just because and the Dolphins have nobody that can cover him. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Mike Wallace. I think Mike accumulates decent yardage but doesn’t get into the endzone.  Many people will be starting him so hope for the best.

SAINTS vs LIONS

  • Both of these teams will be missing it’s biggest offensive weapons so it will be interesting to see the adjustments. My BOOM player for this week is Joique Bell/Reggie Bush. I think the Lions backfield will be relied upon heavily and I think they do good work against a generous Saints run defense. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Drew Brees. I’m not saying Brees will be horrible, I’m just saying without Graham combined with playing away from home against the league’s top ranked defense don’t expect his usual greatness.

PANTHERS vs PACKERS

  • This might be one of the most exciting games of the weekend as both qb’s are on fire right now.  My BOOM player for this game is Aaron Rodgers. The Carolina defense has taken a major step back this year and that isn’t good playing against Aaron Rodgers who is flat out in a zone. 
  • My BUST  player for this game is Jonathan Stewart. He seems to be getting the starting nod for this game but don’t expect much from him running behind that below average O-Line. Plus Cam is getting his legs back.

BENGALS vs COLTS

  • The Colts are on a tear offensively and the Bengals defense can’t seem to stop anyone which isn’t good going to Indy facing Andrew Luck. My BOOM player for this game is Andrew Luck. Luck is playing some of the best football f his young carrer and the Bengals defense just gave up 37 points to the Panthers. The Panthers don’t have nearly as many weapons as the Colts. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Mohammed Sanu.  Sanu has been filling in admirably for AJ Green but he will have a tough outing going up against Vontae Davis. The Colts are top 10 versus the pass this season.

BROWNS vs JAGUARS

  • One of the worst games of the week….*barf*  My BOOM player for this game is Ben Tate. He will have a field day against the Jags defense.
  • MY BUST player for ths game is Toby Gerhart. They look to be getting Storm Johnson involved more and Toby isn’t playeing well anyway.

SEAHAWKS vs RAMS

  • This is probably the worst possible Sunday for the Rams to meet the Hawks who are fresh off a excruciating loss at home to Dallas. My BOOM player for this game is Marshawn Lynch/Russell Wilson.  These two in tandem will wreak havok on a very leaky Rams defense. Both of these guys played well below their elite levels last week and the Rams are the perfect opponent to get back on track.  The Rams have 1 sack on the year and can’t defend the pass.
  • My BUST player for this game is Zac Stacy. He is now in a full blown RBBC and facing a Seahawks defense that doesn’t give up big yardage (except to Dallas).

TITANS vs WASHINGTON

  • Both of these teams are searching for a win so I expect this to be a fairly decent game. My BOOM player for this game is Jordan Reed.  He was highly targeted last week (11 targets 8rec/92 yds). He will be going up against a Titans defense that struggles against tight ends. 
  • My BOOM player for this game is Bishop Sankey. I know he is getting more carries but he will be rather quiet against the Redskins defense that plays the run well.

CHIEFS vs CHARGERS

  • Andy Reid is always great after bye weeks so this rivalry game will be a good test for both teams. My BOOM player for this game is Phillip Rivers. Rivers is in rare form and I think the Chiefs will have a tough time defending Rivers and his assortment of weapons. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Dwayne Bowe. Bowe doesn’t even look like hecares anymore.  He is not even a big part of the offense at this point.

GIANTS vs COWBOYS

  • Dallas could e set up for a trap game as most people have heaped plenty praise on them this week. Eli hasn’t loss a game in Jerry’s new stadium so there’s that. My BOOM player for this game is Demarco Murray.  Murray will have similar success to what Shady did last week. The gashing on the ground is ineveitable for the Giants.  Dallas’s ground game is too dominant.
  •  My BUST player for this game is Andre Williams. Andre got exposed a bit last week as a guy who lacks the ability to make defenders miss. Dallas isn’t as bad on defense as people want to believe and the Giants offense susceptible to 3 and outs.  Andre’s skill set limits himself and that offense.

CARDINALS vs RAIDERS

  • The Cards are one of the surprise teams in the NFL this season but I wonder if they can keep it up. My BOOM player for this game is Michael Floyd. Palmer being back in the lineup is huge for a guy who is blossoming right before our eyes. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Darren McFadden. The Cards play the run well and McFadden isn’t as explosive as he once was in this league. He could be decent but don’t expect much.

49ERS vs BRONCOS

  • This game wil surely be a more true test to how good the 49ers really are as they aren’t playing Austin Davis this week. My BOOM player for this game is Peyton Manning.  Peyton can’t really be stopped but he can be slowed down by a good pass rush. However, the 49ers lack in that department, plus they are decimated by injuries to key players defensively. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Michael Crabtree. Crabtree isn’t the only show in town anymore as they are featuring 3 legit wr’s plus Vernon Davis. His opportunities these days are slim. He simply doesn’t get enough volume to be productive consistently.

TEXANS vs STEELERS

  • I’m not sure who needs this win more but the pressure surely seems  to be all on the Steelers. My BOOM player for this game is Arian Foster.  The Steelers had trouble with the Browns ground game last week…. Well now they get Arian Foster who is one of the league’s top 3 rushers. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Andre Johnson. Andre has ben inconsistent this season and while he migh accumulate some yardage I wouldn’t expect a big day.

Thank you all for reading and goodluck to you in week 7!

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NFL FANTASY BOOM/BUST – WEEK 5

 How many people wish we could turn back the clock to the draft?  There has been many booms and many busts this season.  Some have been highly rewarding/disappointing but hopefully you hit the jackpot on a couple of picks.  As we get going past the quarter mark of the season some people might just be who they are going to be which means we all have choices to make.  Good luck this week with whatever direction you choose to take….

VIKINGS vs PACKERS

  • This should be a fairly entertaining game and hopefully Teddy plays.  My fantasy BOOM player for this week is Jordy Nelson. He is on fire right now and Rodgers is looking for him close to 50% pct of the time.  He is an elite option virtually every week. (Bonus BOOM Matt Asiata based on the fact the Packers struggle against the run so he should do well). 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game is Cordarrelle Patterson. C-Patt isn’t producing like many thought he would this season and it is partly do to the added attention (plus AP being gone) this season. Bench him until he start to get rolling in this offense.

BEARS vs PANTHERS

  • The Panthers are going to have to rely on Cam more than ever right now, which should make this Panthers team interesting. My fantasy BOOM player for thisgame is Alshonn Jeffrey. Alshonn will have a huge day against a secondary that has no answers for anyone (Bonus BOOM Kelvin Benjamin). 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game is Cam Newton. Cam’s ability to run is what seperates him from the pack and he simply cannot do that on his bum ankle.

TEXANS vs COWBOYS

  • Two of the most surprising teams in the league right now. Should be a “measuring stick” game for both clubs. My fantasy BOOM player for this game is DeMarco Murray obviously but look out for a big day from Dez Bryant because of all the attention given to Murray. 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game is Arian Foster. Foster is trying desperately to play on that bad hammy which is hampering is his overall play.

BILLS vs LIONS

  • Buffalo switching quarterbacks will make this game intriguing from the standpoint of seeing if the passing game picks up. My BOOM player for this game is Matt Stafford. Stafford tends to play well at home even though they seemingly struggle to win.  He has the weapons to take advantage of the Bills opportunistic secondary. 
  • My fantasy BUST for this game is Reggie Bush. He will be decent but don’t expect a big day against the Bills front 7, especially when you add the fact that Bush isn’t too fond of running the tough yards.

RAVENS vs COLTS

  • Andrew Luck has had a few cupcake matches to date but this Ravens defense will be one of his true tests of the early year.  My fantasy BOOM player for this game is Reggie Wayne. When playing a rough rugged defense like the Ravens you need a guy who can just constantly win his matchup. Reggie Wayne will be a reliable weapon for Luck all game to give him a sense of comfort. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Joe Flacco. Flacco is suspect away from home and I think that rowdy Indy crowd will rattle him to some extent. He will make plays but they will come with blunders as well.

STEELERS vs JAGUARS

  • This game shouldn’t be anything to see but I’m sure the Steelers will make is suspenseful. My fantasy BOOM player for this game is LeVeon Bell. Bell had a rather quiet day last week but I think he gets going quickly against this porous Jags defense. 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game is Toby Gerhart. Hopefully you aren’t playing him because he just hasn’t looked explosive enough to be a playmaker for the Jags. Denard Robinson could be getting more carries as well.

BUCS vs SAINTS

  • Neither of these teams are playing well which means this might be a good NFC South game. My fantasy BOOM player for this game is Jimmy Graham. Jimmy will dominate the middle of the field against a team who were having a hard time stopping Heath Miller last week. 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game is Mike Glennon. He will be decent but the absence of Mike Evans puts a damper on the QB play.

FALCONS vs GIANTS

  • NYG is on a roll right now and the Falcons have to do some soul searching after the embarrassing play of last week. My fantasy BOOM player for this game will be Rashad Jennings. The Vikings ran all over the Falcons last week and they give up the most rushing td’s in the NFL. Jennings should have a multiple score day. 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game is Matt Ryan. Matt seems to have real issues away from home and outside in the elements.  It happened last week in Minnesota and I see the same happening in New York.

RAMS vs EAGLES

  • Philly has to find a way to establish the run and this may be a good week against the Rams. My fantasy BOOM for this game is Nick Foles.  I think he bounces back this week at home to against an average Rams defense. Plus he welcome back much needed help on the offensive line in RT Lane Johnson. 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game is Zac Stacy. This looks like a good matchup for him against a very giving Eagles defense but I think they get down early to make the Rams abandon the run game.

BROWNS vs TITANS

  • Nobody will be paying attention to this game outside of local fans and fantasy owners. My fantasy BOOM player for thi game is (Browns run game). Whoever gets the lion’s share of the totes will benefit well. 
  • My fantasy BUST player is Kendall Wright. Limited offense and now he gets Joe Haden coming to guard him.

CARDINALS vs BRONCOS

  • This game has all the makings of high scoring so watch out. My fantasy BOOM player for this game is Andre Ellington. Andre has been nursing a bad foot issue but it has slowly gotten better and the bye week helped immensely. I see him playing big in this game on the ground and through the air.
  • My fantasy BUST for this game is Demaryius Thomas. DT will be locked up with Patrick Peterson on day long which is never fun for the opposing receiver.

JETS vs CHARGERS

  • Phillip Rivers is torching every defense out there and the Jets are in for a long day. My fantasy BOOM player for this game is Phillip Rivers.  Rex Ryan is a great defensive mind but his secondary handicaps him a bit. I think Rivers finds matchups he can exploit all day against the leagues’s 3rd worst coverage team. 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game is Chris Johnson. CJ has all but lost his job to Chris Ivory and we all know he hasn’t been the same guy for a couple of years now.

CHIEFS vs 49ERS

  • I wouldn’t be surpsised if the Chiefs get crushed after such a huge Monday night win at home over the Patriots. My BOOM player for this game is Colin Kaepernick. Colin’s mobility will be an issue for the Chiefs who don’t really have a ton playmakers on defense. 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game will be Vernon Davis. Vernon is deling with several nagging injuries and the mergence of Stevie Johnson is hurting his current stock.

BENGALS vs PATRIOTS

  • If the Patriots play like they did Monday night they will lose this game by 30+ points versus the Bengals as the best team in the AFC. My fantasy BOOM player for this game is AJ Green.  Revis struggles with Dwayne Bowe last week so I can only imagine what is going to happen when he sees one of the top 3 receivers in the league Sunday night. 
  • My fantasy BUST player for this game is Julian Edelman. Edelman is Brady’s main weapon while Gronk continues to get back at full tilt.  The only problem is Leon Hall will be defending Edelman which means we won’t hear much from him Sunday night.

SEAHAWKS vs REDSKINS

  • The Redskins were embarrased last time they took the field and i think the Seahawks keeps that same story going. My fantasy BOOM player for this game is   Russell Wilson. The Redskins cannot defend the pass, they have to stop Marshawn, which leaves the worst part of their defense open. Russell is going to have a field day with this defense. 
  • My fantasy BUST player is DeSean Jackson. D-Jax will struggle to get open all night as a primary deep threat. The Seahawks don’t give up big plays over the top which leaves DeSean very limited with his impact on this game.
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