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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 16

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
If Eli Manning is available on the waiver wire in your fantasy league, he could be a strong pickup for Week 16. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

If Eli Manning is available on the waiver wire in your fantasy league, he could be a strong pickup for Week 16. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins (Owned in 31% of Yahoo! leagues): After Colt McCoy re-injured his neck, RGIII was called upon and did a serviceable job on Sunday against the New York Giants, throwing for 237 yards and a touchdown. He also had 46 rushing yards. Head coach Jay Gruden named Griffin the starting quarterback for Week 16. With Griffin’s ability to scramble and a rather easy matchup against a Philadelphia Eagles defense that got burned by Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, Griffin could be in for a good game. View him as a high-end QB2.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (Y!: 61%): Manning had a top five quarterback performance fantasy-wise this past weekend with 250 yards passing and three touchdowns (all to Odell Beckham Jr.). He had a great performance by Beckham in that game, who posted a stat line of 12 receptions, 143 yards and three touchdowns and was the go-to-guy for Manning. With OBJ, Manning has been able to put up better numbers as of late, despite losing Victor Cruz early on in the season. Manning has the St. Louis Rams in Week 16, who are known more for their pass-rush than pass defense. Especially with lead running back Rashad Jennings injured, Manning could be asked to throw more Sunday. He is a high-end QB2 this weekend.

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (Y!: 38%): With Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve and Adrian Peterson not coming back this season, the majority of duties at the running back position has been taken up by Asiata. He had a good game on Sunday, gaining 86 combined yards and a rushing touchdown against an extremely tough Detroit Lions defense. The Vikings continue to trust him far more than Ben Tate or Joe Banyard, so Asiata will continue to get the bulk of work going forward. Asiata has a matchup with the Dolphins in Week 16, who gave up 79 yards rushing and a touchdown to the Patriots on Sunday. Asiata is a mid-tier RB3/FLEX play.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 15

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Derek Carr is coming off his best game yet as a pro, and could be a strong late-season fantasy pickup. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

Derek Carr is coming off his best game yet as a pro, and could be a strong late-season fantasy pickup. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns, QB (Owned in 22% of Yahoo! Leagues): For some reason, Johnny Football was not named the Cleveland Browns’ starter for Week 14, but another poor performance by Brian Hoyer led to a quarterback change for Week 15, when he will play the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns’ first-round draft pick this past May, Manziel has an ability to run and throw proficiently, along with weapons such as Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, that makes him a low-end QB1 with a very high ceiling who is worth owning in leagues with the space and/or need at the quarterback position.

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders, QB (Y!: 7%): Another rookie quarterback, Derek Carr went up against a tough San Francisco 49ers defense and pulled out the upset victory while not throwing a single interception. He threw for three touchdowns and 254 yards in the effort, showing his vast improvement from the beginning of the season. Despite not having a good arsenal of weapons, Carr has made do with what has been given to him and made the most of it. He is building chemistry with tight end Mychal Rivera (see below) and also working with other targets like running back Marcel Reece. Carr has a very high ceiling and is a firm QB2 for this week despite another tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers, RB (Y!: 40%): Finally cut loose for a week from DeAngelo Williams, Stewart put up great numbers in an unexpected blowout of the New Orleans Saints. Running for 155 yards and a touchdown put him as one of the best performers at the running back position this past weekend. If Williams can’t suit up again with his finger injury, expect Stewart to be the bell-cow again and have the chance to put up a similar performance. He has a great matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is a strong FLEX play this week at the worst. Go get him if you need any help at the RB position.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: Week 14

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Kenny Stills has emerged as a valuable player to have on fantasy football rosters. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

Kenny Stills has emerged as a valuable player to have on fantasy football rosters. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns (Owned in 11% of Yahoo! Leagues): It finally happened. Manziel got his meaningful game action in place of Brian Hoyer on Sunday, throwing for 63 yards and also rushing for a touchdown in a loss to the Buffalo Bills. Head coach Mike Pettine has not named a starting quarterback for week 14, but it’s obvious that Manziel gives the Cleveland Browns the best chance of winning moving forward. Because of his dual-threat ability, Manziel should be seen as a high-end QB2/low-end QB2 moving forward and could be gold for fantasy owners in the playoffs.

Colt McCoy, QB, Washington Redskins (Y!: 5%): Moving onto another QB benching, Robert Griffin III was benched in favor of Colt McCoy in Week 13. McCoy did not lead the Redskins to a victory but had 393 yards passing and three passing touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. McCoy has a lot going for him: tight end Jordan Reed is finally healthy, Roy Helu Jr. is a reliable pass-catching running back out of the backfield and DeSean Jackson is not expected to miss any games with a leg injury, according to NBC4′s Dianna Marie Russini. McCoy is a reliable QB2 who could put up a lot of garbage time stats on a weekly basis.

Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints (Y!: 41%): The main beneficiary of Brandin Cooks’ season-ending injury, Stills has put up two straight great games to help pick up the slack for the loss of Cooks. Stills has caught 13 passes for 260 yards, and one touchdown in the past two weeks. As witnessed on Sunday, teams will make their coverages around Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, making Drew Brees have to look for someone like Stills to throw to. Don’t expect Stills to let up anytime soon, and expect him to keep having great games as the fantasy football playoffs start. He is a solid WR3 with a very high ceiling.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: Week 13

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Isaiah Crowell is worth picking up if he's available in your fantasy football league. (Photo: Jason Getz — USA Today Sports)

Isaiah Crowell is worth picking up if he’s available in your fantasy football league. (Photo: Jason Getz — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins (Owned in 66% of Yahoo! Leagues): Over the past four games for the Dolphins, Tannehill has been terrific. He has thrown for nine touchdowns and run for one touchdown as well while only having two interceptions. Despite having no good connection with Mike Wallace downfield, injuries on his offensive line and a stagnant running game, Tannehill has still put up great numbers. On Monday, he faces a New York Jets secondary that has struggled mightily in passing defense. Tannehill will be a low-end QB1 with the ceiling to be a top-10 QB play this week.

Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (52% Y!): Despite having six interceptions in the four games (three-and-a-half if you want to get technical) since taking over as the Eagles’ starting quarterback, he has also thrown seven touchdowns. In his last three games, Sanchez has thrown for two touchdowns in each. This week, he is up against a Cowboys’ defense that just got torched by Eli Manning for 338 yards and three touchdowns. Sanchez will be a mid-tier QB1 play this week.

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns (59% Y!): With Ben Tate out in Cleveland, the running back situation in Cleveland is more clear. Despite Terrance West out-touching Crowell 15 to 12, Crowell had two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and is showing that he is the more dynamic running back for the Browns. Cleveland is still one of the most run-happy offenses in the league and Crowell should get double-digit carries every week, and that might be all he needs to put up solid RB2 numbers on a weekly basis moving forward.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: Week 12

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
After a breakout performance Sunday night, Jonas Gray should be a priority addition in fantasy football. (Photo: Thomas J. Russo — USA Today Sports)

After a breakout performance Sunday night, Jonas Gray should be a priority addition in fantasy football. (Photo: Thomas J. Russo — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns (Owned in 14% of Yahoo! Leagues): Despite having a quite pedestrian game on Sunday (20-of-50 passing for 330 yards with one touchdown and one interception), Hoyer finally gets some relief as Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon returns from suspension is fully expected to play Sunday. The No. 1 WR in fantasy football last season will help pad Hoyer’s stats and give him a great target to throw to. Hoyer is definitely worth consideration as a high-end QB2 going forward.

Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (53% Y!): Throwing for 346 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, Sanchez’s stats from Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers look better than they really are. Most of it came in garbage time and the whole Eagles team did poorly overall. But because of the offensive scheme and the talent around him, Sanchez is still a low-end QB1 in fantasy football. He has a great matchup in Week 12 against the Titans that could put him right back on track.

Jonas Gray, RB, New England Patriots (19% Y!): The floodgates opened up last night as Gray ran for 199 yards and four TDs against the Indianapolis Colts. He ran on 38 attempts and absolutely controlled the touches in the New England backfield. The obvious replacement for Stevan Ridley (who is he again?) going forward, Gray has high-end RB3 appeal every week and makes for a great flex play as the top RB for the Patriots. He would be great to have with fantasy playoffs happening soon.

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