Fantasy Football Waiver Wire RotoAdvice: Week 4

NFL: Preseason-Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings

Speculation no longer, Bridgewater is taking over in Minnesota.

As always, let’s take a look at who’s below the 50 percent owned in CBS leagues.

The Quarterbacks:

Last Week: Cousins, Bridgewater, Manuel

Well, Cousins made it, for one week anyway, and he’s now well owned everywhere (73% and rising). So long, Kirk!

Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (12 percent)

From speculation to desperation, Bridgewater is in as the starting QB after Matt Cassel injured his ankle in Week 3. Bridgewater stepped in and averaged 7.5 yards per attempt and tacked on 27 yards rushing. He went from 13% owned to 12% during last week after our recommendation, but I won’t take it personally. He’ll be owned by a lot more after Week 4.

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (14 percent)

Bortles looks good at QB…at least compared to Chad Henne. Bortles has good zip on his fastball and touch on the necessary routes. He came into a blowout and made the most of it, averaging a whopping 9.29 yards per attempt. And this with a no-name group of receivers hauling in what Bortles is selling out there. Leagues that heavily penalize for INTs may want to skip out on the rookie, but 2-QB leagues that don’t deduct too much for turnovers should look at Bortles because there will be much passing in Jacksonville, no matter the anonymity of their receivers

But, but, what about?

Austin Davis, St. Louis Rams (2 percent)

We should all be so fortunate to get our first shots at QB versus Tampa Bay and Dallas, which is why the Rams aren’t overreacting and naming Davis the starter the rest of the way. But….I think that the Rams will see that Shaun Hill may not be as talented passing the ball as even Davis. The Rams have already stated Hill will be their starter when they come off their bye week in Week 4, so between the poor defenses and lack of opportunity, at the least in the short term, there are other places to go than Davis.

 

The Running Backs:

Last week: Rainey, Knile Davis, Khiry Robinson, Donald Brown

Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (37 percent)

Alfred Blue, Houston Texans (43 percent)

Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore Ravens (7 percent)

We touched on Crowell after Week 1 and said that Cleveland fans are reminded of the Earnest Byner/Kevin Mack backfield with Crowell playing the Mack role and Terrance West running as Byner. After two more weeks, nothing has changed. Ben Tate has still been hurt and West/Crowell have run very well. A bye week of rest may provide Tate the opportunity to get back in the lineup, but his availability issues previously as well as this year and the success of the West/Crowell backfield means that in deep leagues, Crowell is worth having as a 10 carry, 45-50 yards and short yardage TD guy.

Alfred Blue got his chance when Arian Foster’s hamstring caused him to be a late Sunday morning scratch. Blue had run well in the preseason and responded to his chance by getting 88 yards on his 14 touches. Foster has also had availability issues, so Blue is an obvious handcuff to Foster owners and a deep roster stash if Foster’s health problems cause long delays in production.

Bernard Pierce couldn’t go Week 3 so Lorenzo Taliaferro had his chance to play Crowell to Justin Forsett’s Terrance West in Baltimore. Taliaferro looked like a Brandon Jacobs redux as a really big back who is quick afoot and landed 18 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. Last year Pierce was not very impressive so it’s not a forgone conclusion that Pierce assumes full workload when he’s ready to go again, which makes Taliaferro a good pick as a RB4 or 5 in 12 team leagues based on the plays he can make with the opportunity, which he currently has at least a share of.

All those Reciever type fellows:

Last week: Douglas, James Jones, Quick

Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (39 percent)

Hartline is still a prime target in the Dolphins passing attack, having gotten eight and seven targets the last two weeks. He is not an upside pick, rather, a dependable source of receptions and a solid WR4.

Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (36 percent)

 Devonte Adams, Green Bay Packers (13 percent)

On the other hand, Matthews and Adams represent upside, in that Matthews is in a high powered offense, but at a WR3 level on a team with pass catching running backs and two good tight ends. However, should anything happen to oft-injured Jeremy Maclin, Matthews stands in a good place with his solid role production, including an eight-catch, two touchdown Week 3 performance.

Adams had a bigger day in Week 2, but the Packers laid a huge egg in Detroit in Week 3 and Adams suffered the same. Adams, though, has emerged and with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb having some availability issues of their won, Adams is a nice speculation pick as a WR 4 or 5 moving forward, because he’ll immediately jump to WR2 status should anything happen to Nelson/Cobb.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball (Quick) Picks from RotoAdvice

Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers

Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where the picks are as quick as this guy.

Player Profiles links from RazzballWeather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders, stats by FanGraphs. 

Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

The Daily goes through the top pitchers and hitters, their values and discounts for tonight’s action. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

Get started on Fantasy Aces today. For an excellent DFS experience on mobile, get started on Swoopt.

Picks will be quick picks for the week of 9/22. 

The Slate (9/22):

 

Orioles Yankees 7:05 PM Chen (16-4) Pineda (3-5)  
Royals Indians 7:05 PM Duffy (8-11) Carrasco (8-5)  
Mariners Blue Jays 7:07 PM Paxton (6-3) Happ (9-11)  
White Sox Tigers 7:08 PM Bassitt (0-1) Lobstein (1-0)  
Pirates Braves 7:10 PM Liriano (6-10) Harang (11-11)  
Astros Rangers 8:05 PM Tropeano (1-1) Holland (1-0)  
Cardinals Cubs 8:05 PM Wainwright (19-9) Wood (8-12)  
D-backs Twins 8:10 PM Collmenter (10-8) Nolasco (5-11)  
Angels Athletics 10:05 PM Wilson (13-9) Samardzija (6-12)  
Rockies Padres 10:10 PM Matzek (6-10) Stults (7-17)  
Giants Dodgers 10:10 PM Peavy (7-13) Haren (13-11)

Weather Watch:

  • Cleveland @ Kansas City

The Pitchers (9/22):

Top $$$$ Pick:

Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates @ Atlanta

MID-TIER PICK:

Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Nick Tropeano, Houston Astros @ Texas

Again, be sure to check lineups and weather changes as well before locking down your rosters.

The Hitters: (9/22)

TOP THREE TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

  • Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox (Chris Bassitt)
  • Minnesota Twins vs. Arizona (Josh Collmenter)
  • Oakland A’s vs. Los Angeles Angels (C.J. Wilson)

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Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

First Name

Last Name

Team

VS

Pos

PPG

Sal

Miguel

Cabrera

DET

CWS @ DET

1B

3.76

5,750

Victor

Martinez

DET

CWS @ DET

DH

4.05

5,500

Josh

Donaldson

OAK

LAA @ OAK

3B

3.54

5,300

Dee

Gordon

LA

SF @ LA

2B

3.38

5,300

Danny

Santana

MIN

ARI @ MIN

SS

3.31

5,000

Drew

Stubbs

COL

COL @ SD

OF

2.55

4,900

Adam

Lind

TOR

SEA @ TOR

1B

2.62

4,850

Torii

Hunter

DET

CWS @ DET

OF

3.11

4,850

Adam

Eaton

CWS

CWS @ DET

OF

3.02

4,800

Oswaldo

Arcia

MIN

ARI @ MIN

OF

2.66

4,800

Brian

Dozier

MIN

ARI @ MIN

2B

3.57

4,800

Joe

Mauer

MIN

ARI @ MIN

1B

2.65

4,750

Yasiel

Puig

LA

SF @ LA

OF

3.38

4,750

Josh

Rutledge

COL

COL @ SD

2B

2.06

4,750

David

Peralta

ARI

ARI @ MIN

OF

2.93

4,700

Avisail

Garcia

CWS

CWS @ DET

OF

3.16

4,550

Yan

Gomes

CLE

KC @ CLE

C

2.82

4,500

Miguel

Montero

ARI

ARI @ MIN

C

2.53

4,500

Derek

Norris

OAK

LAA @ OAK

C

2.37

4,500

Mike

Zunino

SEA

SEA @ TOR

C

2.09

4,400

Luis

Valbuena

CHI

STL @ CHI

3B

2.41

4,400

Mike

Aviles

CLE

KC @ CLE

3B

2.08

4,250

Ender

Inciarte

ARI

ARI @ MIN

OF

2.35

4,250

Kennys

Vargas

MIN

ARI @ MIN

1B

3.15

4,250

Jonny

Gomes

OAK

LAA @ OAK

OF

1.52

4,250

Didi

Gregorius

ARI

ARI @ MIN

SS

2.23

4,150

Chris

Denorfia

SEA

SEA @ TOR

OF

1.46

4,050

Alex

Avila

DET

CWS @ DET

C

2.02

4,000

Adam

Rosales

TEX

HOU @ TEX

SS

2.29

3,950

Jake

Smolinski

TEX

HOU @ TEX

OF

2.92

3,650

Randal

Grichuk

STL

STL @ CHI

OF

1.36

3,500

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Deep Drivel: NFL Week 3 Recap and Commentary

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Week Three reinforced that there are no such things are garbage points in fantasy football.

Over the years, people have asked me why I play fantasy football.  The Thursday night tilt between the Falcons and Bucs was a perfect example as to why.  It was a horrible blowout that was over by halftime….that is, unless you have fantasy players in the game.  The great thing about fantasy sports is that garbage-time stats count just as much as any other, and it’s a golden opportunity to rack up some points.

With the Falcons leading 56-0 midway through the fourth quarter and the stadium cleared out, I found myself on the edge of my seat, cheering madly for the Bucs Bobby Rainey to rack up some cheap yards.  And the Bucs were obliging, feeding him the ball all over the place, giving him 60 yards on the drive.  Down 56-14 and with only a few seconds left in the game, I needed 3 more yards for another point.  So here I am, yelling at the TV to give the ball to Rainey on the last play of the game, and they did!  Another point for Bobby Rainey!  I’m actually standing and cheering as the clock hits double zero.

And that’s why I love fantasy football.

Falcons 56, Bucs 14:  So tell me again why the Bucs fired Greg Schiano?  Lovie Smith was brought in to bring some discipline and respect back to the franchise.  Oops.  Josh McCown was brought in to provide a stable veteran behind center.  Oops.   There’s absolute no reason for the Bucs not to roll with Mike Glennon for the rest of the year, as they need to know if he’s the future.  In the meantime, start whoever you can against their bumbling defense.

Cowboys 34, Rams 31:  The Rams got up to a 21-0 lead before they remembered they were a poorly-coached team.  Tony Romo is still throwing like he’s 60 years old, and I have my doubts it’s going to get much better.   Dallas continues to lean on Demarco Murray (24 carries), and it’s going to cost them later in the season.  And when Murray goes down, you can officially stick a fork in them.

On the Rams side, they at least got some signs of life out of the QB position, with Austin Davis throwing for 327 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Eagles 37, Redskins 34:  My boy Nick Foles is going to be sore after this one, taking shot after shot and lying writhing on the carpet a number of times.  Despite throwing for nearly zero yards in the first quarter, he still ended up with 325, another ho-hum day in this offense.  Kirk Cousins did his best Dan Marino impression with 427 yards on the other side, including an 81 yard TD to Desean Jackson, who showed how butthurt he was by taunting everyone in the stadium.  Cousins is in for a bigger year than RG3 could have dreamed of.  LeSean McCoy managed 22 yards on 19 carries, prompting ongoing mass panic to those souls who grabbed him so early in their drafts.

Giants 30, Texans 17:  There are signs of life in New York!  After a typical horrific start in which they fumbled the ball away inside the ten and blew a snap on a field goal attempt, they settled in and looked like an actual NFL football team.  Eli Manning went without an interception for the first time since Gerald Ford was in office, and Rashad Jennings was fed the rock 34 freaking times.  Hell, even Victor Cruz managed to catch the balls throw in his vicinity.  It was a performance that will temporarily get a large portion of their fan base to back away from the ledge of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Saints 20, Vikings 9:  Matt Cassel shattered his foot, opening the door for Teddy Bridgewater, who played a solid game for his first time out there.  The fantasy-juggernaut Saints continue to wallow in mediocrity, with Drew Brees only throwing 5 TD’s in 3 games.  When you give Khiry Robinson 18 carries, you’re lucky to win.

Patriots 16, Raiders 9:  New England continues to sleepwalk through the season, squeaking by a team they would have normally demolished the last ten years.  Conservative, short passes were the name of the game again for Tom Brady, who appears hung over.  We’re a long, long way from the 50-TD, Randy Moss days.  Zzzzzzzzz.

Colts 44, Jaguars 17:  The Jags finally benched Chad Henne, hopefully for good.  The game of football is now in a better place, knowing we’ll never have to see him take another snap.  Andrew Luck destroyed the Jags, taking them to a 30-0 lead at halftime.  The Jaguars are a colossal embarrassment, and if they think their hotshot rookie QB is going to keep them from getting continually lynched, they are in for some disappointments.

Lions 19, Packers 7:  For the second time in 3 games, the Green Bay offense was completely stymied – Aaron Rodgers owners are on suicide watch.  And what’s with Eddie Lacy?  He suddenly looks 40 years old.  For a game loaded with so many fantasy superstars, this was one serious dud of a game.  Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson all had forgettable days.  What fun is that?

Ravens 23, Browns 21:  The Ravens make any football game a torturous experience, and this one was no exception.  Fortunately for them, Bernard Pierce was out with an injury, so they were forced to start rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, a guy with an awful name but a lot more talent, who rumbled for 91 yards.  The Browns were in control in the second half but in typical form gave the game away down the stretch.

Bengals 33, Titans 7:  Tennessee continued its awful play, led by the miserable Jake Locker.  Just like the last few years, the Bengals appear to be a team with very few weaknesses, yet can be counted on for a one-and-done come playoffs.  As for the Titans, when you allow Andy Dalton to catch a touchdown on you, it may not be your millennium.

Chargers 22, Bills 10:  The Chargers gave Donald Brown the ball 31 times.  31.  And still won.

Chiefs 34, Dolphins 15:  Well, reality has come crashing back in for the Dolphins since their opening week thrashing of the Patriots.  The Chiefs, despite missing seven starters to injury, waltz in to Miami and punk them.  The Ryan Tannehill experiment has to be nearing its conclusion.  Jamaal Charles owners are forced to sit back and watch Knile Davis light it up again.  Lucky us.

Cardinals 23, 49ers 14:  Another defensive battle that featured little scoring and plenty of yawns.  The 49ers defense was bested by Drew Stanton, perhaps their lowest point in the Harbaugh era.

Seahawks 26, Broncos 20:  Seattle dominated the game for 3.5 quarters, until turnovers let Peyton Manning and the boys back in the game.  Manning ended up with a miraculous 300 yards with a huge fourth quarter.  At the end, Marshawn Lynch was just too much to handle.

Overall, this was one of the most boring, dreadful fantasy days in recent memory.  A lot of defense, poor play, and few touchdowns.  Frankly, I’m just glad it’s over.

See you next week.

Aaron Bland is the founder of the Florida Gators Message Board GatorChatter.com. His Deep Drivel appears every Monday on RotoAdvice and you can reach him on Twitter @AaronBlandRoto

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Daily Fantasy Football Picks from RotoAdvice: Week Three

 

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Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Fantasy Football Picks where this guy keeps coming up a winner.

Weather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders. Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

Check sites directly for price accuracy.

The Daily goes through the top Teams, QBs, RBs and Receivers and gives you a three-tiered look at the best plays. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

Get started on Fantasy Aces today. Or for an excellent DFS experience on mobile, get started on Swoopt.

The Slate (Week Three):

 

SUN, SEP 21 TIME (ET) TV TICKETS LOCATION
Tennessee at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS Paul Brown Stadium
San Diego at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS Ralph Wilson Stadium
Dallas at St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX Edward Jones Dome
Washington at Philadelphia 1:00 PM FOX Lincoln Financial Field
Houston at NY Giants 1:00 PM CBS MetLife Stadium
Minnesota at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Baltimore at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS FirstEnergy Stadium
Green Bay at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX Ford Field
Indianapolis atJacksonville 1:00 PM CBS EverBank Field
Oakland at New England 1:00 PM CBS Gillette Stadium
San Francisco at Arizona 4:05 PM FOX U of Phoenix Stadium
Denver at Seattle 4:25 PM CBS CenturyLink Field
Kansas City at Miami 4:25 PM CBS Sun Life Stadium
Pittsburgh at Carolina 8:30 PM NBC Bank of America Stadium
MON, SEP 22 TIME (ET) TV LOCATION
Chicago at NY Jets 8:30 PM MetLife Stadium

 

Weather Watch:

  • NONE! (as of this posting)

 

Top Teams To Target:

  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
  • Green Bay Packers AND Detroit Lions (@ DET)
  • New England Patriots vs. Oakland
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota

 

REMINDER: Check sites directly for price accuracy.

 

The Three-Tiered Quarterbacks:

High $$$ QB:

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay

Stafford isn’t a safe top tier pick, but he is a high upside pick at a good price across the industry. Stafford averages almost 300 ypg at home and 310 against the Packers lifetime — and nearly two TDs per game as well. A 300 yards, 2 TD baseline is a nice place to start for about 1K less than every other top QB in the tier this week.

MID-TIER QB:

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City

 

I like the matchup against the Chiefs and that, without Knowshon Moreno back there, they might have to throw a little more.

DISCOUNT RACK QB:

Geno Smith, New York Jets vs. Chicago

 

Geno continues to be one of the lowest priced starting QBs, but he can produce and against the Bears bad defense, he may get a couple of chances to score on his own. Good DR play for sure.

The Three-Tiered Running Backs

High $$$ RB:

DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys @ St. Louis

 

The Cowboys are determined to run, run, run and Murray has been up to the task thus far and staying healthy. The Rams, on the other hand, has been gashed by the run two weeks in a row, even by Tampa Bay.

MID-TIER RB:

Joique Bell, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay

 

Bell has been a target in the passing game and the Packers have struggled against the run. This could be a 2-TD game for Bell given the potential for scoring at home against Green Bay.

DISCOUNT RACK RB:

Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota

Somebody is going to have to take the hard-nosed TD runs Mark ingram has cashed the last two weeks and the good money is on Robinson, who has shared those kind of carries with Ingram in the past. The Saints look good to score this week at home and Robinson should benefit for the price of a backup RB in most places.

The Three-Tiered Receivers (WR/TE):

High $$$ Receiver:

Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota

 

Three straight weeks with Graham, and he is worthy again, priced just below Calvin Johnson and just above Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. The Saints are fabulous at home and Drew Brees averaged 9.12 YPA last season and 10.42 AYPA. Staggering. His favorite target should benefit greatly.

MID-TIER Receiver:

Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver

 

Percy is relatively nicely priced for someone who scorched the Broncos in the biggest game imaginable. He’s likely to touch the ball even more in Week 3 and with the Broncos having to pay attention to Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson, Harvin should be able to run and run and run.

DISCOUNT RACK Receiver:

Larry Donnell, New York Giants vs. Houston

We’ve used Donnell the last two weeks and he has paid handsomely from the FLEX positions in most contests. Donnell has been a high target for Eli Manning and that figures to continue against the high pressure Texans.

More in the Rack (All Positions):

Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals (Nice volume so soon for the rookie RB – trusted to carry and even targeted a couple of times in the passing game)

Brent Celek, TE, Eagles (Ertz is THE tight end on the Eagles, but Celek gets his chances, too — dropped a TD last week, which is bad, but still had the chance and is very low priced in a hot offense)

Robert Woods, WR, Bills (Woods has been in on almost play this season and as many as Sammy Watkins. Six targets two weeks ago and three last week, but has been a solid safety play for EJ Manuel.)

Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints (Thomas is still the pass catching back for the Saints and Brees’ increased efficiency and proficiency at home should benefit the Saints vet.)

Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars (Someone is going to catch some passes from Chad Henne, and the Colts haven’t been too awesome against the pass this year. With Cecil Shorts hurt, Marquis Lee’s hammy acting up and Allen Hurns as inexperienced as he, Robinson has a chance to get a high production game in this week.)

Miles Austin, WR, Browns (Not a game breaker anymore, but will be targeted with no Josh Gordon or (likely) Jordan Cameron.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks from RotoAdvice

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Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where we are riding the streak in Houston.

Player Profiles links from RazzballWeather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders, stats by FanGraphs. 

Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

The Daily goes through the top pitchers and hitters, their values and discounts for tonight’s action. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

Get started on Fantasy Aces today. Or for an excellent DFS experience on mobile, get started on Swoopt.

The Slate (9/18):

 

Red Sox Pirates 7:05 PM Workman (1-9) Cole (9-5)  
Blue Jays Yankees 7:05 PM Dickey (13-12) Greene (5-3)
Nationals Marlins 7:10 PM Gonzalez (8-10) Hand (3-7)  
Dodgers Cubs 8:05 PM Greinke (15-8) Wada (4-3)  
Indians Astros 8:10 PM Salazar (6-7) Feldman (8-11)  
Brewers Cardinals 8:15 PM Lohse (12-9) Miller (10-9)  
D-backs Rockies 8:40 PM Nuno (2-11) Flande (0-5)  
Phillies Padres 9:10 PM Kendrick (9-12) Erlin (3-4)  
Mariners Angels 10:05 PM Hernandez (14-5) Weaver (17-8)

 

 

Weather Watch:

  • NONE! (as of this posting)

The Pitchers (9/18):

Top $$$$ Pick:

Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs

FanDuel

$9,900

DraftKings

$11,200

DraftDay

$20,050

Swoopt

$105,000

FantasyAces

$7,000

 

Going against the Cubs with Greinke, who has been good everywhere. The Cubs are bottom five in home production and are the 2nd most whiffy (K%) at home. Like Greinke to strike em out tonight.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians @ Houston Astros

 

FanDuel

$7,800

DraftKings

$7,600

DraftDay

$15,300

Swoopt

$79,000

FantasyAces

$7,500

 

 

Who’s has more strikeouts at home than the Cubs? Why, it’s the Houston Astros, who host Danny Salazar and his electric stuff tonight. Salazar stands to whiff a lot and the Astros have been making Cleveland pitchers look verrry good lately, hopefully the sand won’t run out of the hourglass before Salazar can get his whiffs in tonight.

 

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Robbie Erlin, San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia

 

FanDuel

$5,400

DraftKings

$6,600

DraftDay

$8,150

Swoopt

$65,000

FantasyAces

$5,000

 

 

We’ve gone on the Padres side two times and the Phillies side once during this matchup, but we’re not going to tie it up tonight. Instead, it’s Erlin, who has a nice K-rate in Petco Park and is the lone Vegas favorite to win in the discount rack tonight.

Again, be sure to check lineups and weather changes as well before locking down your rosters.

 

The Hitters: (9/18)

TOP FOUR TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

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Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

TOP FIVE $$$$ PICKS (5.2K and higher):

TOP TEN MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.15K)

TOP TEN(ish) DISCOUNT RACK PICKS (Below 4.6K):

The Best of MINIMUM SPECIAL(s) (3,500): 

 

Keep checking back as lineups are released for updated picks.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Trends: Week 3

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Scott Mitchell or Tom Brady? We’ll soon find out about Kirk Cousins.

We’ve given you some picks earlier in the week, now let’s look at what folks have done on the waiver wire this week by looking at the trends list from CBS Sports.

 

Top Adds:

As the photo graphic above suggests, we will get to know more about Kirk Cousins than we presumed before. The hot buzz all week has been that Cousins is a better fit for Jay Gruden’s offense than Robert Griffin III and that Gruden liked Cousins more, etc, etc, etc. We’ll see. What we do know is that even in the age of a majority of leagues going Start 1-QB, Cousins is getting rostered, just in case. Our RotoAdvice is that he is definitely worth rostering in Start 2-QB leagues, but he’s not a huge investment in Start-1 leagues.

We were a bit surprised that Knile Davis and Khiry Robinson were owned in as few CBS leagues as they were, but that has changed quickly in a week, as the appetite for RB carries is high. Davis is a no-brainer with Jamaal Charles out but while we like Robinson’s hard running, the Saints just don’t give their RBs a lot of snaps individually. Mark Ingram, for all of his production and hype this season, still was getting 20-30 snaps, so it’s easier to believe that Robinson will slide into Ingram’s quality snaps, but that Travaris Cadet will grab Robinson’s vacated second-stringer snaps.

Niles Paul is a good story out of Washington, but he is benefitting merely from the absence of Jordan Reed and since most leagues are Start 1-TE leagues (which should change like the QB position), there is no mad dash for Paul. A free pickup and streaming TE play is our RotoAdvice, but don’t spend your FAAB here for sure.

Somebody has to catch the myriad passes Derek Carr is throwing in Oakland, and we already outlined that James Jones, as long as he’s healthy, should be a good target for those catches.

Finally, a guy we streamed in DFS games last week, the Giants’ Larry Donnell has been getting the call. Much like our RotoAdvice on Niles Paul, Donnell isn’t worth a FAAB investment but with Eli Manning needing a big target to hit, Donnell’s 6’6, 265 frame is just right. Donnell has been the second most efficient tight end, according to Pro Football Focus, and is a perfect stream target and low end DFS buy, as long as he lasts out there.

 

PLAYER

PREVIOUS

CURRENT

CHANGE

Kirk Cousins

8

67

59

Knile Davis

35

85

50

Niles Paul

10

56

46

Donald Brown

17

61

44

Mohamed Sanu

14

54

40

Bobby Rainey

43

79

36

Colts

10

42

32

James Jones

35

67

32

Ahmad Bradshaw

58

83

25

Dan Carpenter

19

43

24

Ravens

40

64

24

Brian Quick

22

44

22

Larry Donnell

34

55

21

Khiry Robinson

45

65

20

 

Top Drops:

We know some roster sizes are tight, but come on, folks. We said don’t overreact to early season stuff, but here they go, cutting loose our cover boy for that same article, Bishop Sankey. Shonn Greene is there now and the Titans were playing from behind so Dexter McCluster was out there, but Sankey will be the guy, but you have to be patient to benefit.  11 percent fewer teams in CBS leagues are waiting.

35 percent aren’t going to wait and see if the RG3/Jay Gruden era will get a second chance this season, as teams presumably with no flexibility to roster an injured player, cut bait on Griffin this week. There was so much anticipation going into the season and it all seemed to end in that first preseason game featuring Griffin when he awkwardly slid. Since then, his stock dropped and now he’s being dropped. Sad to see.

Ladarius Green was supposed to take over from a slowing Antonio Gates in San Diego, but that baton passing is on hold as Gates turned back the clock for a vintage Rivers to Gates epic in Week Two. Green now falls victim to the TE stream, and rightly so for now, but if you can keep and stash him, he will provide value later in the year when Gates begins to tire, which he will.

Finally, Allen Hurns. Hey man, you know, it happens. You weren’t lightning in a bottle, but you came close. If you’d only caught that bomb this past week you likely wouldn’t have been dropped so suddenly by 20 percent of leagues. Now there’s an ankle issues and, well, there’s still a chance as long as Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee are still dinged up. Good luck, Allen.

PLAYER

PREVIOUS

CURRENT

CHANGE

Robert Griffin III

91

56

-35

Buccaneers

71

47

-24

Packers

75

55

-20

Allen Hurns

65

45

-20

Nate Freese

46

29

-17

Ladarius Green

63

48

-15

Rams

88

76

-12

Dwayne Allen

66

54

-12

Jarrett Boykin

55

43

-12

Steelers

54

42

-12

Heath Miller

81

70

-11

Riley Cooper

85

74

-11

Bishop Sankey

80

69

-11

Andre Williams

61

50

-11

Shonn Greene

70

59

-11

 

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks from RotoAdvice

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Check out the Daily RotoAdvice Top Picks where hitting looks hard to come by tonight.

Player Profiles links from RazzballWeather and schedules courtesy of RotoGrinders, stats by FanGraphs. 

Dollar values found on Fantasy Alarm and on related game-specific sites.

The Daily goes through the top pitchers and hitters, their values and discounts for tonight’s action. As always, check weather and lineups before games.

The Slate (9/17):

 

Red Sox Pirates 7:05 PM Buchholz (8-8) Liriano (5-10)  
Blue Jays Orioles 7:05 PM Happ (9-10) Norris (13-8)
Marlins Mets 7:10 PM Alvarez (10-6) Gee (7-7)
Yankees Rays 7:10 PM McCarthy (9-14) Cobb (9-7)  
Nationals Braves 7:10 PM Treinen (2-3) Wood (10-10)
Reds Cubs 8:05 PM Corcino (0-0) Hendricks (6-2)
White Sox Royals 8:10 PM Sale (12-3) Ventura (12-10)
Indians Astros 8:10 PM Carrasco (7-5) Oberholtzer (5-11)  
Tigers Twins 8:10 PM Price (14-11) Gibson (11-11)  
Brewers Cardinals 8:15 PM Fiers (6-2) Wainwright (18-9)  
Mariners Angels 10:05 PM Paxton (6-2) Wilson (12-9)
Rangers Athletics 10:05 PM Holland (1-0) Samardzija (6-12)  
Phillies Padres 10:10 PM Hamels (8-7) Stults (7-16)

 

 

 

Weather Watch:

  • Texas @ Oakland

The Pitchers (9/17):

Top $$$$ Pick:

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies @ San Diego

FanDuel $9,600
DraftKings $10,600
DraftDay $19,950
FantasyFeud $107,700
FantasyAces $6,750
Swoopt $99,000

Picking a road ace tonight due to being at Petco and the strikeout potential for Hamels there. To be clear, the Phillies are not good and we’ve won against them twice in the mid-tier the past two nights, but with the Hamels v. Stults matchup I think PHL gets enough to win and Hamels to cash in some good points.

 

MID-TIER PICK:

Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston

 

FanDuel $8,700
DraftKings $9,600
DraftDay $15,750
FantasyFeud $111,200
FantasyAces $6,500
Swoopt $91,000

Liriano is better on the road, actually, but the Red Sox are bottom five on the road and strike out quite a bit. Boston’s starter, Clay Buchholz, is not bad on the road as he is at home, coincidentally, but the Pirates are the second best home hitting team in the league.

 

DISCOUNT RACK (IF YOU DARE): 

Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati

FanDuel $6,500
DraftKings $7,000
DraftDay $13,400
FantasyFeud $76,500
FantasyAces $5,700
Swoopt $68,000

This is an anti-Reds pick, as much as that hurts a Big Red Machine lover such as myself, but the Reds continue to drag along the bottom on the league on the road and has an unproven pitcher (Corcino) in the Friendly Confines tonight.

Again, be sure to check lineups and weather changes as well before locking down your rosters.

 

The Hitters: (9/17)

TOP FOUR TEAMS TO TARGET FOR BATS:

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Top Hitters on Fantasy Aces :

TOP FIVE $$$$ PICKS (5.2K and higher):

TOP TEN MID-TIER PICKS (4.6K-5.15K)

TOP TEN(ish) DISCOUNT RACK PICKS (Below 4.6K):

The Best of MINIMUM SPECIAL(s) (3,500): 

 

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