SRD Weekly Fantasy Football – Week 5 Advice

The first quarter of the season is through, and it has been an extremely strange yet exciting start to the fantasy season.

The busts of this year have been identified, but will they bounce back? Are they worth holding onto, or is a guy like Cooper, Crowder or Crowell better served on the waiver wire? The waiver wire/player claims after Week 4 are usually pretty crucial. We have a better sense of what teams have the favorable matchups, and what players are more involved than others.

Alex Smith, currently the No.2 QB behind Tom Brady, is the biggest surprise at the position. Cam Newton shook off a rough start against the Patriots, who look like one of the weakest defense of the years and ranks as such. Several different players have seen 20+ point games vs the Patriots, including Kareem Hunt’s coming out party, and a two-touchdown game from Devin Funchess this past weekend.

The leader of AFC East? The Bills. Their defense looks like a good one to stay away from overall. The Lions are also looking tough on that side of the ball, and have forced plenty of turnovers early on.

The Rams’ Todd Gurley continued his early-season rampage vs the Cowboys this past week, and Steelers running back LeVeon Bell gave you the kind of game you expect from a top-3 pick. It was a cold week for the position overall, but players like Alvin Kamara, Lamar Miller and Leonard Fournette were able to get it done.

Latavius Murray will take over lead-back duties in wake of the Viking’s Dalvin Cook’s torn ACL. The Seahawks running back situation is as clear as a magic 8-ball, and one that I am avoiding for now, as better options are available this week. Alex Collins is slowly taking over as the Ravens early-down runner, Andre Ellington is one of the most targeted RBs this year, and Giants’ Wayne Gallman, a sneaky pickup, may just become the G-Men’s starting back after this week.

Other notable pickups are Eli Manning, JaRon Brown, Danny Amendola. For those looking for some Tight-End solidarity, you could do a lot worse than Austin-Sefarian Jenkins. I think players such as Crowder, Terrance West and Paul Perkins are absolutely worth dropping at this point.

In Week 5, I really like Frank Gore vs the 49ers. He is a strong RB2 play and is due for a bigger, 15-point game. This matchup feels like a good time for the veteran to break out a little. I also think that Golden Tate vs the Panthers, Randall Cobb vs the Cowboys and Carson Wentz vs the Cardinals at home are good to as starters.

SRD Fantasy Football with J-Rose Week 4

There is a distinct difference between being 0-2 and 0-3.

To the owners out there without a win, I assure you that all hope is not lost. Several fantasy owners that I have known or given advice to, including myself, have made the playoffs after starting 0-3 or 0-4.

While fantasy football can be frustrating, it can also be really easy for a team to get hot. All you need is to rattle off two or three wins in a row, and you are back in the thick of it. Keep grinding out there. Week 3 was a pretty typical week for fantasy, but an emotionally charged one for the NFL.

President Trump’s recent remarks regarding players kneeling during the national anthem caused a huge ripple effect among teams this past Sunday. We will, however, let others discuss this topic, and instead focus on the fantasy lens. It was a typical week because you had a more normal breakdown of guys who went nuts, guys who played well, guys who scraped by, and those who did not.

A slew of WRs drafted in the second or third round was due for big games this week, and most of them delivered. AJ Green, TY Hilton, Brandin Cooks, and Doug Baldwin all did. Others, such as Terrelle Pryor and Amari Cooper, have their owners very worried.

The rookie ball-carriers proved that their hot starts were not a fluke. Kareem Hunt, Dalvin Cook and Leonard Fournette are all out-performing guys like Ezekiel Elliot, Le’Veon Bell, and LeSean McCoy after three weeks. The tight-end position continues to be a challenge for many owners. While Jimmy Graham finally had a decent game, Travis Kelce has put his owners on an early-season roller coaster ride and Kyle Rudolph is not getting it done. As a whole, the position has been even more touchdown-reliant than usual. Players such as Jared Cook, Charles Clay and Cameron Brate proved that point this past weekend.

It was a good week for QBs. Andy Dalton and Eli Manning bounced back, while Tyrod Taylor, Dak Prescott and Russell Wilson had great weeks thanks to their ability to run and pass effectively. I think Joe Mixon has been feeling left out of the rookie running back party and will break out against the Browns. I also like Carson Palmer, Chris Hogan, DeAndre Hopkins, Jared Cook and the Jaguars Defense in Week 4.

Weekly Fantasy Football SRD Week 3

Things heated up a bit in Week 2 as compared to the ice-cold Week 1, but not by too much. Several key players continued to disappoint, while others shook off their rough opening games.

The Dolphins and Buccaneers were glad to be back, as they combined to provide eight double-digit scoring players, including a 13-catch day for Jarvis Landry, and a great showing from the Tampa defense.

Despite suffering an injury, Rob Gronkowski returned to form in the big easy. Michael Crabtree had three scores vs the Jets and Emmanuel Sanders caught a pair of TDs vs the Cowboys. DeAndre Hopkins already has 29 targets this season, which leads all receivers. If Watson gets more comfortable as an NFL QB, he could elevate Hopkins even higher.

On the injury front, Jordy Nelson suffered a quad injury and is 50/50 for week 3. Greg Olsen will miss at least six weeks with a broken foot, and Andrew Luck may not be back until Week 7. TY Hilton will continue to be a low-end WR2, although his matchup vs the Browns is enticing for this week.

Speaking of the NFC North, the absence of Sam Bradford from last weeks Vikings game hurt every fantasy commodity involved, especially Stefon Diggs, who only hauled in two grabs vs the Steelers.

After two weeks, the Top-10 running backs are comprised of three rookies (Hunt, Fournette, Cohen) and the Redskins pass-catching back Chris Thompson. DeMarco Murray owners are worried, while Mike Gillislee owners are enjoying the touchdowns. But, can they be sustained? Zach Ertz and Coby Fleener continue to pace the Tight-end position, as both are Top-5 after Week 2. JJ Nelson, Samaje Perine and the Dolphins D/ST will be hot pickups this week.

This week, I like AJ Green to come to life against Green Bays depleted secondary. Green has faced the Ravens and Texans so far this season, and those could very well be two of the Top-5 defenses in the league. I also like DeVante Parker vs the Jets, Ameer Abdullah vs the Falcons, Hunter Henry vs. the Chiefs and Marshawn Lynch against Washington.

On the flip side, I expect poor showings from Ingram, Fournette, Evans and Maclin.