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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy 10/28

Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits

by Ben Hogan

We are now halfway through the Fantasy Football season with the completion of Week 8, but for most of you the season will end in the next seven weeks. The end game is always to drink from that Championship Cup at the completion of the season, but if your team isn't one of the lucky ones to compete in the Playoffs, don't give up because others are counting on you to provide competition until you are eliminated. Suppose you were in the position of another owner and you were the one that needed the help, chances are you will be in the same league with the same guys next year and folks remember that stuff.

The bye week bonanza returns this week with six teams on bye, so roster depth is super important, here are some guys below that you may look to add to keep your momentum going.

Bye Weeks: Atlanta, Buffalo, Tennessee, Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit

Here they are below:

Pluck and Play

These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be counted on to make an impact all season long. Since the bye weeks start this week, I am also going to mix in players that are bye week players, in which you probably wouldn't start unless other guys get injured or you have a week in which a lot of players are on a bye.

  • Carson Palmer - Cardinals

Palmer is owned in barely over a third of the leagues, mainly because a lot of owners dropped him when he went down with the arm injury, not knowing when or even if he would see the field again. Since his return three weeks ago, Palmer has put up fantasy totals of 18, 16, and 21 in standard leagues. I could think of a lot worse bye week replacements for owners of Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, and Jay Cutler. Owners of Cutler and Ryan would be able to use Palmer as a plug and play for bad matchups.

  • Kenny Britt - Rams

I would be lying if I told you that I knew I would recommend somebody to pick up Kenny Britt in Fantasy Football. But, with the season ending injury to Brian Quick, the Rams now have to look elsewhere for their number one receiver. Enter Britt. He has shown himself capable as he had 52 yards last week and now with Quick out, he will be called upon to be their go-to-guy. Britt is someone that needs a second chance like this, no surprise it is coming from the man who drafted him in Jeff Fisher. He has the talent to succeed, it's just all about him getting his head right.

Streaming Defenses of the Week - Chiefs vs Jets; Bengals vs Jaguars

Others: Lorenzo Taliaferro - Ravens; Juwan Thompson - Broncos; Paul Richardson - Seahawks

Roster Regulars

It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers.

  • Jonas Gray - Patriots

I wrote about Jonas in the "Backfield Battles" segment of my article last week and said he is the guy to own in the Patriots backfield. Obviously, not enough owners picked him up because he is still available in over 95% of fantasy leagues. Two weeks ago people were talking about Brandon Bolden or James White taking over for the injured Stevan Ridley. Now, it's clear that job belongs to Gray as he had 17 carries for 86 yards. If Brady wasn't rolling like he was, Gray would have been used in goal line situations. Gray will be the lead back for the Patriots from here on out and if you need some help at the position, I recommend you pick him up.

  • Donte Moncrief - Colts

#FeedMoncrief. The Colts did that in their shootout with the Steelers and were rewarded with a seven catch, 133 yard effort from the rookie out of Ole Miss. Moncrief was filling in for the injured Reggie Wayne, and I think that his performance proved himself more than worthy of taking over that third receiver spot occupied by Hakeem Nicks once Wayne returns. Add Moncrief now and thank me later.

Others: Martavis Bryant - Steelers; Charles Sims - Bucs; John Brown - Cardinals

Cut Bait

All of these guys below are players that have underwhelmed so far this season and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.

  • Doug Martin - Bucs

Yes, it is that time, the Playoffs are coming around and you need to make sure you have a team that can position you to get the best draw in the playoffs. Rumors are swirling around the Tampa area that the Bucs are looking at activating rookie Charles Sims off of the IR and could be starting within the next two weeks. That doesn't bode well for Martin owners who expected a lot more from a guy in which they spent their first or second round pick on.

  • Dwayne Bowe - Chiefs

A guy who seemed to be on the cusp of stardom two years ago has yet to find the end zone once this season and hasn't hit the century mark either. Bowe may end up finding the end zone eventually, and if you want to roll the dice with him, go for it, but I don't think that's a good idea. Bowe may be the number one "receiver" in Kansas City, but Jamaal Charles is the man that will get the touches there.

Others: Wes Welker - Broncos; LeGarrette Blount - Steelers; Owen Daniels - Ravens


Backfield Battles

Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can be tough, so let me figure it out for you. Each week I will break down 2 running backs by committee.

  • Cleveland Browns - Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West

First thing is Ben Tate in the number one guy no matter what for the Browns, as neither Crowell nor West have shown much of anything that would cause Head Coach Mike Pettine to make the switch. But, at the beginning of the season, Crowell was good enough to be used as a bye week replacement, but now not so much. Word out of Cleveland is that they don't trust Crowell because of his fumbling problems, but are willing to give him a shot to show them something. Right now, Tate is the only one worth starting and unless he goes down with an injury or you are wanting to handcuff, the other two are droppable.

  • Denver Broncos - Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson, Montee Ball

Montee Ball will be returning to the Broncos in the next couple of weeks and with that, the running back situation becomes even cloudier than it is now. Three weeks ago Hillman was the guy and then this past Thursday night, Thompson the vulture swooped in and took two touchdowns from Hillman who did most of the leg work. Chances are, Ball will slowly start taking reps from Hillman, but depending on his performance, he may or may not reclaim that starting job. It will be worth watching on who is practicing with the first and second teams during practice over the next couple of weeks in Denver.

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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy 10/21

Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits

by Ben Hogan

The end of Week 7 has brought us to over the halfway point in most Fantasy Football leagues. If you aren't at the halfway point, you will be after this upcoming week and if you feel like your team is on the outside looking in, don't panic quite yet. The reason I say that is because this season has been so unpredictable that there could be that one guy you pick up that propels you up the standings, and he could be in one of the lists below.

Quick head's up also, Atlanta and Detroit will be playing in London and kicking off at 8:30 AM CT, so make sure you have the Falcons and Lions players ready to go in your lineup the night before.

Bye Weeks: New York Giants and San Francisco

Here they are below:

Pluck and Play

These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be counted on to make an impact all season long. Since the bye weeks start this week, I am also going to mix in players that are bye week players, in which you probably wouldn't start unless other guys get injured or you have a week in which a lot of players are on a bye.

  • Bryce Brown - Bills

The Buffalo Bills may have come back and won last Sunday's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, but they also lost their top two running backs in a span of five minutes. CJ Spiller was lost for the year after he broke his collarbone and Fred Jackson will also be shelved for the foreseeable future. Anthony "Boobie" Dixon picked up where they left off gaining 51 yards on 13 carries. You may be asking yourself, "Why should I pick up a guy that hasn't been active all season?" in Bryce Brown. The reason is because he can break plays and Anthony Dixon can't. Dixon will still be used in short yardage situations, but I believe that Brown will be used more as a feature back at least for the next two to four weeks while Fred Jackson is out.

  • Travaris Cadet - Saints

Cadet is listed as a running back on the depth chart and considered a RB in fantasy football. He has three carries all season, the value in Cadet is his part in the passing game for the Saints. Even with Pierre Thomas in the lineup, Cadet has been targeted more often (20 times in the past 3 weeks), but now Thomas will miss up to three weeks, Cadet should see an uptick in targets to more than likely double digits. Cadet is especially valuable in PPR leagues and should be picked up in all of those.

Streaming Defenses of the Week - Dolphins @Jaguars; Vikings @Bucs

Others: Joseph Randle - Cowboys; Brandon LaFell - Patriots; Jonathan Stewart - Panthers

Roster Regulars

It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers.

  • Doug Baldwin - Seahawks

In a surprise to most people, Percy Harvin was traded from Seattle to the Jets last Friday afternoon, and because of that, Baldwin becomes their number on receiver. Baldwin did not disappoint in his first game as their primary receiver by hauling in seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Seattle feels pretty confident in what they have in their receiving corp (Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, and Kevin Norwood), but the most important thing in Russell Wilson's confidence and Baldwin has that. Seattle will rely on the run a little bit more, but Baldwin will be just fine as the go-to-guy in Seattle.

  • Denard Robinson - Jaguars

It was Toby Gerhart first, then it was Storm Johnson, and now it's Denard Robinson. The difference is that Robinson looked really good as the primary back for the Jaguars. It also didn't hurt that the Jaguars got their first win of the season. I know the running back pool is thin and Robinson is worth adding, so go ahead and do it without reservation.

Others: Tre Mason - Rams; Owen Daniels - Ravens; Ryan Tannehill - Dolphins

Cut Bait

All of these guys below are players that have underwhelmed so far this season and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.

  • Zac Stacy - Rams

All week leading up to last Sunday, fantasy football owners were well aware that Stacy would be losing carries to Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham. But, what they did not know was that Stacy would play just one snap and it appears that Mason has won the job as the Rams' running back. It's unfortunate because while Stacy's production had declined a bit, it was also because the Rams faced tough matchups early in the season. Whether or not Stacy gets out of Jeff Fisher's doghouse is anybody's guess, so go ahead and release him.

  • Jason Witten - Cowboys

He may just blow the second half of the season away, but Witten hasn't looked like an important part of this explosive Dallas offense so far. In fact, the other Tight End on the squad, Gavin Escobar had as many touchdowns (2) as Witten did catches in the Cowboys win over the Giants on Sunday. I am not saying go pick up Escobar, but do feel safe telling you to dump Witten.

Others: Jeremy Hill - Bengals; Khiry Robinson - Saints; Danny Amendola - Patriots


Backfield Battles

Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can be tough, so let me figure it out for you. Each week I will break down 2 running backs by committee.

  • Buffalo Bills - Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon, Fred Jackson

This one can get complicated as common sense and previous play, Bryce Brown should be the obvious answer, which I think actually will end up being the right answer. The wrench in all of this is Dixon played well in relief of Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller and felt like he earned the starting spot. Brown will get plenty of touches, but Dixon may end up being the one getting the touchdowns. Fred Jackson is the number one whenever he returns, no doubt about it.

  • New England Patriots - Shane Vereen, Jonas Gray, Brandon Bolden, James White

Most fantasy owners loathe Bill Belichick in the sense that you never know what he is thinking and usually the only two constants in the lineup are Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. The guessing game reared its' ugly head on Thursday as many thought Bolden would figure in the offense with Vereen. As Lee Corso would say "Not so fast!" Jonas Gray was pulled off the practice squad that day and got the second most carries behind Vereen. From what I've read, Vereen will be the guy, and Jonas Gray will play the Ridley role as many in the organization feel he is as close to a Ridley clone you can get, minus the fumbles. Vereen needs to be owned in every league, Gray should be rostered in deeper leagues.

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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy 10/14

Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits

by Ben Hogan

The longer the NFL season goes, the more important depth becomes not only on the field, but on your fantasy football team as well. This week was no different as two starting running backs were lost for the year (Stevan Ridley and Knowshon Moreno), while others were knocked out of their games and will be shelved for a few more weeks. When that happens, you have to make sure there is someone that can fill in with the least amount of drop off in production. Follow these tips below and good luck the rest of the way!

Bye Weeks: Philadelphia and Tampa Bay

Here they are below:

Pluck and Play

These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be counted on to make an impact all season long. Since the bye weeks start this week, I am also going to mix in players that are bye week players, in which you probably wouldn't start unless other guys get injured or you have a week in which a lot of players are on a bye.

  • Brandon Bolden - Patriots

I understand that this segment is usually for guys that are just injury replacements for a few weeks, but with Ridley going down, Shane Vereen is first in line to pick up the the touches since he was basically splitting them to begin with, but Belichick seems to rather use Vereen on passing downs more than an every down back. That is where Bolden fits in, as he will have the first crack at the starting job, with James White and even Jonas Gray waiting in the wings. Vereen's touches will increase, but Bolden is worth picking up if you are a Ridley owner, or are looking for a bye week fill in the next couple of weeks.

  • Isaiah Crowell - Browns

This is more of a speculative add as the Browns' running back, Ben Tate never seems to stay healthy. The fact that Terrance West was a healthy scratch on Sunday made it obvious that Crowell is the backup in Cleveland. The Browns have already doubled their season total from last year in rushing touchdowns; went from four to eight. That also shows that there is plenty to go around. If Crowell is the only other back taking touches from Tate, then look for him to get 8 to 11 touches a game and with his averaging about five and half yards per carry and almost a touchdown a game, there is a strong possibility for a double digit fantasy performance. Again, one of those players that's more of a bye week replacement than anything.

Streaming Defenses of the Week - Browns @ Jaguars; Redskins v Titans

Others: Tre Mason - Rams; Josh Hill - Saints; Derek Carr - Raiders

Roster Regulars

It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers.

  • Odell Beckham Jr. - Giants

I was reluctant to put Beckham in here last week because he was the fifth option in a Giants offense that usually has at least one disappointment each week, whether it be Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, or Larry Donnell. This past week, they actually all disappointed by getting shut out in Philadelphia, and to make matters worse, Victor Cruz was lost for the year. Beckham moves into that number two receiver in New York and I feel that last week was a fluke for their offense and things will get back on track this week to make Beckham a must pick-up in every league.

  • Andre Holmes - Raiders

James Jones was the guy early on in the season in Oakland, but Holmes now has three touchdowns in his last two games. Holmes is big - 6'5" - has strong hands and catch jump over corners. Carr is improving every game as the Raiders' QB and will look to Holmes when he needs a big play. Jones is the security blanket and Holmes in the big play threat, so as crazy as it seems, there are two Oakland receivers worth owning in fantasy football.

Others: Mohamed Sanu - Bengals; Storm Johnson - Jaguars; Josh Gordon - Browns

Cut Bait

All of these guys below are players that have underwhelmed so far this season and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.

  • Shonn Greene - Titans

Now, I don't know if the time is now for Bishop Sankey, but it appears that Greene's time may be up in Tennessee. He sat this past week as Sankey took the lion's share of the carries, with Jackie Battle vulturing the goal line carries. The fact that most folks know the Titans will not be contending for the playoffs, Coach Whisenhunt will probably be more willing to see what the future holds in Sankey rather than to see how much Shonn Greene has left in the tank.

  • Matt Asiata - Vikings

In fantasy football, it's better to cut a guy loose a week over holding onto him a week too long. Asiata only had three touches in Sunday's loss to Detroit, while Jerick McKinnon took hold of that number one spot with 17 touches. McKinnon is the future in Minnesota is Asiata's fantasy value plummeted this past week, so pick up somebody you can start instead of waiting out this backfield battle.

Others: DeAngelo Williams - Panthers; Maurice Jones-Drew - Raiders; Carlos Hyde - 49ers


Backfield Battles

Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can be tough, so let me figure it out for you. Each week I will break down 2 running backs by committee.

  • Atlanta Falcons - Antone Smith and Steven Jackson

I was completely shocked at the lack of use of Steven Jackson this past week against the Chicago Bears. The Bears had been giving up over five yards a carry and Jackson looked primed for his breakout game of this year. Unfortunately, he had a season low six carries and Antone Smith once again had a big play. Atlanta needs Smith's big play ability more than Jackson's time control running game right now as they have struggled after blowing out Tampa Bay a few weeks back. Look for Smith to get more and more snaps while Jackson gets fewer.

  • Denver Broncos - Ronnie Hillman, CJ Anderson, Juwan Thompson

In a surprising move, John Fox actually used all three running backs like most thought he would in replacement of the injured Montee Ball. Hillman got 24 carries and hit the century mark to show there is life in the Denver backfield. Anderson didn't even see the field and Thompson got a few touches to give Hillman a breather. While Ball is out, Hillman is the guy to own in Denver's backfield.

Make sure you catch ESPN 790 Fantasy Kickoff Show on ESPN 790 every Sunday from 11 AM - Noon right up until kickoff so you are prepared for the week in Fantasy Football. I am the host and Bennett Doyle produces. Also, hit me up on Twitter @NotTheGolfer for all of your fantasy questions and hate.


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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy 10/07

Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits

by Ben Hogan

Much like Week 2, this past week in the NFL provided more questions than answers. While it is true that Tom Brady and Demaryius Thomas found their old form; guys like LeSean McCoy and Larry Fitzgerald are still trying to find theirs. Also, Calvin Johnson can't stay healthy and Montee Ball, who was struggling, ended up going down with an injury. Guys that I just mentioned were probably taken in your Top 4 rounds, and most were taken in the 1st or 2nd round. If you are an owner with one of these guys mentioned above, here is who you need to pick up to ensure you do not drop off like they have.

Bye Weeks: Kansas City and New Orleans

Here they are below:

Pluck and Play

These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be counted on to make an impact all season long. Since the bye weeks start this week, I am also going to mix in players that are bye week players, in which you probably wouldn't start unless other guys get injured or you have a week in which a lot of players are on a bye.

  • Ronnie Hillman - Broncos

The starter and the guy that was supposed to look like a RB1, Montee Ball, went down with an injury this past Sunday. Ball never showed the promise that he did at Wisconsin and at small bits last season, but he was the starting running back in the most explosive offense in the NFL. While it is unfortunate that Ball went down, that does open the door for Hillman, who always seems to be there to play backup. The other running back, CJ Anderson, was a healthy scratch this past week. That may have been by design as Manning threw the ball a bunch for over 450 yards and Hillman figures into the passing game more than Anderson. Anderson will play as long as Ball is out, but Hillman is the guy that will make more of an impact than Anderson.

  • Devin Hester - Falcons

Hester has finally found an offense that will showcase him in the right way. Harry Douglas has been on the shelf ever since that Thursday night shellacking of the Bucs in which he was injured. Enter Hester. In Week 4 he had five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown, and last week he narrowly missed another TD. Hester will have revenge on his mind when the Falcons take on the Bears and as we have seen with DeSean Jackson vs the Eagles and Steve Smith vs the Panthers, Hester should have a HUGE day vs the Bears.

  • Streaming Defenses of the Week - Ravens @ Tampa Bay; Titans vs Jaguars

Others: Benny Cunningham - Rams; Antone Smith - Falcons; Marvin Jones - Bengals

Roster Regulars

It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers.

  • Andre Williams - Giants

The two guys that I will be writing about this week are in similar situations, but feel that Williams will be the guy you should go after first if he is available in your league. Just looking at the numbers, it appears Williams is available in just under ⅔ of the leagues. He is stepping in due to an injury to Rashad Jennings, who could be out anywhere from one week to four weeks. Williams was already getting carries not only in garbage time, but a change of pace back. Coughlin loves these types of guys (see: Brandon Jacobs, Andre Brown, Ron Dayne, etc.) and they get utilized a bunch; therefore will continue to get carries once Jennings does return.

  • Branden Oliver - Chargers

Fantasy owners and Jets fans got to know Brandon Oliver real quick this past Sunday as he stepped in for the injury depleted Chargers backfield and took the lead role. Ryan Mathews is expected to return in a week or two and will reclaim the starting position, but with Danny Woodhead done for the season, Donald Brown looking like a FA bust, and Mike McCoy liking to use different looks, Oliver should continue to get touches when Mathews returns. Oliver, at least for one game, looked like a Darren Sproles clone, right down to the number.

Others: Malcolm Floyd - Chargers; Austin Davis - Rams; Justin Hunter - Titans

Cut Bait

All of these guys below are players that have underwhelmed so far this season and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.

  • Chris Johnson - Jets

I hate to say this, as I thought Chris Johnson would be a good fit in the Jets offense, sharing carries with Chris Ivory. Looks like I was wrong as Ivory as been way better in the time he has seen the field. It seems every week there are two or three running backs that are hot tickets on the waiver wire and if you need to drop somebody, feel free to drop Johnson. Johnson's carries have decreased each week and is obviously playing second fiddle to Ivory.

  • Cecil Shorts III - Jaguars

Shorts is owned in almost 90 % of leagues and wide receiver is too deep for you to hang onto a guy that may play this week or he may not. Seems to be a guessing game each week with Shorts and as strange as it is to say, there are other weapons in Jacksonville that will take targets away from Shorts. Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, and Allen Hurns are guys that could each outperform Shorts on any given week.

Others: Terrance West - Browns; Donald Brown - Chargers; Dwayne Bowe - Chiefs


Backfield Battles

Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can be tough, so let me figure it out for you. Each week I will break down 2 running backs by committee.

  • Minnesota Vikings - Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon

Last week in this very article, I suggested that McKinnon should be your number one target on the waiver wire and I still believe if you picked up McKinnon, you will be rewarded. It's tough to base anything on last week's game as Christian Ponder was just horrendous. Teddy Bridgewater should return this week and that will benefit McKinnon. In the last two games the numbers on total touches look like this: Asiata - 23 (Week 4) & 15 (Week 5); McKinnon - 19 (Week 4) & 10 (Week 5). I think this week it will be closer to a 50/50 share than last week. Both are worth owning, Asiata safer start and McKinnon with higher upside.

  • Tennessee Titans - Shonn Greene and Bishop Sankey

One of the more frustrating things for fantasy owners is the promise of a rookie like Bishop Sankey breaking out. It looked as if Week 5 was the prime time for Sankey to do such that, as he got his first touchdown in a game in Week 4 and he was cutting into Shonn Greene's playing time. Not only that, but he gained the support of Coach Ken Whisenhunt. But, it was all smoke and mirrors as Sankey once again disappointed rushing eight times for 27 yards. I don't think Greene is worth holding onto if you can get something better for the future, but Sankey is worth a roster spot. Just don't expect big things in Week 6, let him prove that now is his time before you rely on him

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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy 9/30

Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits

by Ben Hogan

 

    The Fantasy Football season is now a quarter of the way over and hopefully most of you have gotten at least one win under your belt.  If not, still not time to panic, as in most leagues a 7-6 or 8-5 team may be the final seed in the playoff and you haven’t reached that magic number of losses.  Just make sure you pay attention this week and make the right moves to sneak into the playoffs.

 

Week 4 was the first week of byes, with a whopping six teams not playing, it made it a little more difficult to put together a lineup.  The next four weeks, only two teams will be on bye each week, then after that, things pick back up with four and six team bye weeks.  

 

Bye Weeks:  Oakland and Miami

 

Here they are below:

 

Pluck and Play

These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be counted on to make an impact all season long.  Since the bye weeks start this week, I am also going to mix in players that are bye week players, in which you probably wouldn’t start unless other guys get injured or you have a week in which a lot of players are on a bye.

 
  • Darrin Reaves - Panthers

The Carolina backfield is a minefield, it seems once you think a guy is good to go, he goes down with an injury.  Reaves is the fourth man up as DeAngelo Williams has become the latest casualty, joining Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert on the injured list.  Keep in mind though, the Panthers did just pick up Chris Ogbonnaya, but not sure if he takes away from Reaves this week.  Also another thing worth noting is Reaves’ longest carry last week was for five yards, remember, it’s a pluck and play, not a season saver.

  • Louis Murphy - Buccaneers

I never thought that I would put another Tampa Bay player in here, but with Mike Glennon at QB, it seems their offense found some life.  Unfortunately rookie Mike Evans got injured and appears to be out at least one, to maybe three weeks.  Murphy picked up the slack by hauling in eight catches for 99 yards.  Murphy is a pickup if you have Evans or in a PPR, could do much worse than him.  

  • Streaming Defenses of the Week - Browns @ Titans; Steelers @ Jaguars

 

Others:  Denard Robinson - Jaguars; Roy Helu - Redskins; Brandon LaFell - Patriots

Roster Regulars

It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers.

 
  • Jerick McKinnon - Vikings

Folks may be wondering why I am putting a guy on here that is a “backup” to a guy that scored three touchdowns this past Sunday.  Well, the answer is easy: this “backup” had 18 carries himself and averaged 7.5 yards per carry.  McKinnon won’t be the change of pace back or backup for long as he is too talented to keep touches from him.  It seems like the Vikings are ready to move on without AP (who may or may not return to NFL this season) and McKinnon is the future.

  • Travis Kelce - Chiefs

I mentioned Kelce in the others category below a few weeks ago and the reason I list him here now is because folks need to take notice.  Kelce is a big, strong, quick, Tight End who is a favorite target for Alex Smith.  His snap count continues to increase each week and he is no doubt a TE1 in every fantasy league.  He is on pace for over 1,000 yards receiving this season.

 

Others:  Larry Donnell - Giants; Eddie Royal - Chargers; Devin Hester - Falcons

 

Cut Bait

All of these guys below are players that have underwhelmed so far this season and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.

 
  • Harry Douglas - Falcons

In an unfortunate turn of events for Douglas, it appears he could be the guy that is the casualty thanks to the addition of Devin Hester.  Hester fits better in the Falcons pass game as a complement to Roddy White and Julio Jones than Douglas does.  I feel the Falcons may see it that way too and Douglas will lose reps to Hester and may only become useful to fantasy owners if White or Jones goes down.

  • EJ Manuel - Bills

Kyle Orton has been named the replacement for Manuel in Buffalo.  Chances are anyway that Manuel was used as a backup on your roster so you won’t be losing your starter.  I don’t know if Orton is worth a pickup, we will see what he still has come Sunday, but until then, a Buffalo QB is not recommended for your roster.

 

Others:  Geno Smith - Jets; Maurice Jones-Drew - Raiders; Ladarius Green - Chargers


Backfield Battles

Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can be tough, so let me figure it out for you.  Each week I will break down 2 running backs by committee.

 
  • Miami Dolphins - Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller

This past Sunday, Lamar Miller made his case to remain starter when Moreno returns after the Dolphins bye week.  Miller took advantage of facing a weak Raiders run defense and scored two touchdowns while averaging over 5 yards per carry.  The only thing that may keep him from being the workhorse is his fumbling as he lost one at the goal line.  I would wait on starting either one in Week 6 just to see how their workloads break down.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars - Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson

When the season started it looked as though Toby Gerhart would be great to own as a third or fourth running back because there wasn’t anybody threatening to take carries from him.  Now, we sit four weeks in and Robinson is already seeing more plays on the field than Gerhart.  To be fair, Gerhart got the goal line carries and will continue to do so, but if you have the space on your roster, add Robinson as he could continue to chip away at Gerhart’s playing time and become more and more valuable to your fantasy team.

 

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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy 9/23

Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits

by Ben Hogan

 

The first three weeks of the NFL season are in the books and now things become more difficult as a fantasy owner as bye weeks begin and continue through Week 12.  A whopping six teams on a bye this week means there is going to be plenty of pickups off the waiver wire in your league, make sure you get the right ones.

 

Bye Weeks:  Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, St. Louis, Arizona, Seattle

 

Here they are below:

 

Pluck and Play

These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be counted on to make an impact all season long.  Since the bye weeks start this week, I am also going to mix in players that are bye week players, in which you probably wouldn’t start unless other guys get injured or you have a week in which a lot of players are on a bye.

 
  • Lorenzo Taliaferro - Ravens  

The Baltimore Ravens are without the suspended Ray Rice for at least the whole season and this past Sunday, they were also without Bernard Pierce, who sat with an injury.  That left them with Justin Forsett, who has been a pretty solid fill-in; and the rookie Taliaferro.  He made the most of his debut as he racked up 91 yards on just 18 carries and also reached the end zone.  I keep him as just a spot start guy because: 1. Pierce will return to the top of the depth chart and 2. Forsett has done nothing to hurt his status as the number two in Baltimore.

  • Teddy Bridgewater - Vikings

Sunday saw the debut of two more rookie quarterbacks as Bridgewater entered for the Vikings due to an injury to Matt Cassel and Blake Bortles in Jacksonville due to ineffectiveness by Chad Henne.  I liked what I saw from both, but if I had to add one now, it would be Bridgewater.  He looked competent in the pocket and showed playmaking ability.  He won’t lead your team to a fantasy title, but could lead them to a victory if your team needs a bye week replacement.

  • Streaming Defense of the Week - Chargers vs Jaguars;  Steelers vs Buccaneers

 

Others:  Alfred Blue - Texans;  Allen Robinson - Jaguars;  Darrel Young - Redskins

Roster Regulars

It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers.

 
  • Kelvin Benjamin - Panthers

I have no clue why this guy isn’t owned in more leagues.  As of this writing, Benjamin is owned in a little over a third of leagues.  I guess it’s because he is a rookie who had a big Week 1, mediocre Week 2; but now with a huge Week 3, it’s time for fantasy owners to believe.  Benjamin is the real deal and behind Greg Olsen, he will be Cam Newton’s favorite target in Carolina.

  • Owen Daniels - Ravens

A somewhat under the radar signing in the offseason was thrust into the spotlight on the Ravens Thursday night throttling of Pittsburgh in Week 2 as Daniels, and not the Ravens starting TE Dennis Pitta caught two touchdown passes.  Now, it appears that Pitta is out for the season with a dislocated hip.  Daniels was the starter in Houston for the past eight seasons, even though last year, it was cut short due to injury in which he only played five games.  If you lost Pitta for the season or Kyle Rudolph for the next six weeks, then pick up Daniels.

 

Others:  Jordan Matthews - Eagles; Brian Quick - Rams;

 

Cut Bait

All of these guys below are players that have underwhelmed so far this season and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.

 
  • Hakeem Nicks - Colts

Surprised he hasn’t caught on quicker in Indianapolis, TY Hilton and Reggie Wayne appear to be the receivers to own in Indy.  There also seems to be too many mouths to feed as Pep Hamilton wants to use both Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw in the run and pass game, as well as both Tight Ends (Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener) in the pass game.  Nicks may just be the odd man out some games and if you are looking for consistency in your receivers then Nicks is a player you want to drop.

  • Bishop Sankey - Titans

If you are lucky enough to have the depth or are able to space out your bye weeks on your roster without having to dump Sankey, then more power to you.  Sankey is basically a victim of bye weeks on most teams.  Sankey will be the starter in Tennessee by the end of the season, but he isn’t going to do your squad any good right now.  The Titans offense has been abysmal the last two weeks and in order to get Sankey going, you need to establish something in the passing game again.  It may be a while before Sankey becomes a fantasy factor, so advance with caution.

 

Others:  Dennis Pitta - Ravens; Jordan Reed - Redskins


Backfield Battles

Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can be tough, so let me figure it out for you.  Each week I will break down 2 running backs by committee.

 
  • Kansas City Chiefs - Knile Davis and Jamaal Charles

Davis filled in admirably for the injured Jamaal Charles by carrying the ball 32 times for 132 yards and a touchdown.  Plan on Charles returning this week for the Chiefs Monday night tilt vs New England.  I think Andy Reid may rely more on Davis when Charles returns than he planned on doing this season.  Davis has shown he can be a factor when given the chance and if Kansas City can turn more into a running team, it could benefit their playoff chances.  Hold onto Davis when Charles returns to see what they do with him, as it’s possible both could become fantasy starters while both are healthy.

  • San Francisco 49ers - Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde

The amount of carries these two guys have combined has decreased each game as in Week 1 they had 23, then Week 2 it was 17, and finally this past week, Gore and Hyde combined for nine total carries.  San Francisco lost the last two and to me, it’s easy to see why.  They need to get these guys more involved if they want to win games and Jim Harbaugh isn’t dumb, so look for them to try and establish a run game in Week 4.  Keep both of these guys on your roster, but I wouldn’t blame you keeping them on your bench until the situation is figured out.

 

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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy 9/16

Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits
by Ben Hogan

Well, Week 2 in the NFL proved that we know nothing about Fantasy Football after just one week. It was also a tumultuous two weeks for the NFL for stuff off the field as we saw Ray Rice get an indefinite suspension from the league and Adrian Peterson turn himself in to authorities in Texas on child abuse charges. I am not going to get into all of that, but rather give you guys to pick up off the waiver wire to help achieve success in Week 3 and beyond.

DISCLAIMER: If you are 0-2 and you have some key guys go down, do not give up, plenty of 
season left and there are always guys that come out of nowhere to finish as a Top-10 fantasy 
guy.

Now, to the picks.

Pluck and Play
These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be counted on to make an impact all season long.

● Knile Davis - Chiefs
If the guy in your league did not handcuff Davis to Jamaal Charles and he is on the waiver wire, he needs to be your number one target. Charles is dealing with a high ankle sprain, which is an injury that could linger all season, but will at least keep him out a game or two. Insert Davis. He came into the game after Charles went down and rushed for 79 yards and 2 TDs; last season he started Week 17 in place of Charles and had 2 TDs as well. I am not guaranteeing 2 TDs for Davis, but he will be the guy in KC as long as Charles is out, so get him now if you can.

● Kirk Cousins - Redskins
It is the moment that everyone expected to happen eventually, but it wasn’t the way everyone expected and that is RGIII went down with an injury… without contact. Yes, RGIII may not be out for the whole season, but Cousins has shined every time he has stepped in to replace Griffin. He is a serviceable QB and with bye weeks starting next week, he is a guy you need to go ahead and pick up.

● Streaming Defense of the Week - Texans D/ST vs NYG 

Others: Khiry Robinson - Saints; Donald Brown - Chargers; Niles Paul - Redskins

Roster Regulars
It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers.

● Ahmad Bradshaw - Colts
In a league that uses and gets rid of running backs so frequently, it’s strange to be writing about Bradshaw because this is a guy that a lot of folks thought was done. But, after two weeks, he looks like the Colts’ best option in the backfield. Plus,with Trent Richardson fumbling twice on Monday Night Football Richardson’s leash is getting shorter and shorter, which should increase 
Bradshaw’s touches. 

● James Jones - Raiders
It may in fact be true that the Oakland Raiders are the worst team in the NFL, but Jones is certainly a guy you need to look at if you need help at the receiver position. Jones is just two years removed from leading the league in touchdown receptions. While Derek Carr is certainly no Aaron Rodgers, Carr has found a favorite target in Jones, who already has a hundred yard game and 2 TDs this season. Couple that with Rod Streater being hampered by an injury and James Jones could post big numbers for a bad team that will be playing catch-up in most games.
Others: Davante Adams - Packers; Travis Kelce - Chiefs

Cut Bait
All of these guys below are players that have underwhelmed so far this season and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.

● Ladarius Green - Chargers
This is a guy that I was really high on coming into the season because I was banking on Antonio Gates being in and out of lineups with injuries. Instead, Gates is catching 3 TDs in a game and Green is not getting any looks. Cut him now and prepare for bye weeks with better options.

● Jake Locker - Titans
Maybe he bounces back after an abysmal performance against the terrible Cowboys defense, but in the end, it’s what you are going to get. Good week and then a bad week, inconsistency is the name of the game with Locker and if you have the patience to deal with it, then props to you; 
but me, I’m looking for other options.

Others: James Starks - Packers; Danny Amendola - Patriots

Backfield Battles
Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can be tough, so let me figure it out for you. Each week I will break down 2 running backs by committee.

● Buffalo Bills - Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller
The 2-0 Buffalo Bills have a good problem on their hands, but for fantasy owners it can be rather frustrating. While the Bills have no problem switching these guys in and out, you are not so lucky. I wouldn’t be alarmed with the drop in touches for Jackson from Week 1 to Week 2, but Spiller is the #1 guy. I would use Jackson as a Flex/bye week replacement, whereas with Spiller I would keep him in my lineup every week.

● New England Patriots - Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen
This is probably the most frustrating backfield battle for fantasy owners because in Week 1, Vereen was used prominently in the passing game as he had five receptions for 35 yards and even recorded a TD on the ground. As for Ridley, he carried the ball only eight times on the ground. Move ahead to Week 2, Vereen wasn’t used that much and Ridley carried it 25 times because that is the way the game went for New England. I would put more stock in Vereen for the season, but in the end it really is a guessing game in New England and start em if you got em, but if you don’t, be happy you don’t have to ponder over the decision.

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Ben Hogan's Fantasy Philanthropy

Fantasy Football Tuesday Tidbits
by Ben Hogan

It’s just one week into the football season and already so many things have gone down both on and off the field that affect fantasy football. Each Tuesday, I will be giving out guys that impressed enough to pick up; disappointed enough to drop; and backfield battles so you know the best one to start.

Let’s get right into it.

Pluck and Play
These are guys that are the cure for your guys that may be out a week or two, but should not be 
counted on to make an impact all season long.

Terrance West - Browns
West started the game as Ben Tate’s backup for Cleveland and finished as the starter, but that is due to Tate leaving the game with an injury. Right now, it is unknown whether or not Tate will be available for Week 2, so go ahead and pick up West now, start him if Tate’s out, stash if he isn’t because West will not make an impact every week, but may be worth stashing on your bench if you have room.

Santonio Holmes - Bears
Talk about a blast from the past, Holmes is good to hold onto with the fact that both Bears’ receivers (Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall) dealt with in-game injuries. Holmes is next in line if either of those guys can’t go and if you are in need for a third receiver, I could think of plenty of guys Holmes is a better option than.
Others: Isaiah Crowell - Browns; Bobby Rainey - Buccaneers 

Roster Regulars
It seems every week, whether due to injuries, off-the-field incidents, or just playing better than the guy in front of them, there are two or three guys worth picking up off the waiver wire that could be season savers. 
Justin Forsett - Ravens
This guy actually qualifies for two of the three examples above as Ray Rice is no longer in the NFL and he looked like a better fit in the Ravens offense than Bernard Pierce did. Don’t be surprised if Forsett is the starter in Baltimore from here on out.
Markus Wheaton - Steelers
I mentioned this guy as a potential sleeper on my fantasy radio show (ESPN 790 Fantasy Kickoff Show) and the reason is because of lack of depth in Pittsburgh and injury woes for the rest of the depth chart besides Antonio Brown. Wheaton is the number two guy in a potentially explosive offense.Others: Kelvin Benjamin - Panthers; Jake Locker - Titans 
 
Cut Bait
All of these guys below are players that underwhelmed in the first week and if you need to pick up somebody else, feel free to drop these guys.

Darren McFadden - Raiders
As much as it pains me to write this, McFadden is the second running back in Oakland behind MJD and the run game didn’t impress this past Sunday. Sure, McFadden may be good for a 60 yard game here and there, but his best days seem to be behind him.

Eli Manning - Giants
Talking about not impressing, the Giants offense looked horrific in their Monday night tilt vs the Lions. Cruz seemed checked out and Manning couldn’t get anything going on offense. There are better options at QB than Eli right now.

Others: Chiefs D; Tavon Austin - Rams

Backfield Battles
Predicting which running back is going to get the majority of the carries in a timeshare can 
be tough, so let me figure it out for you. Each week I will break down 2 running backs by 
committee.

● New Orleans Saints - Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson
All three of these guys will be worth starting once the bye weeks starts as in that explosive offense of New Orleans there is plenty to go around. Start Thomas and Ingram, but Robinson is still a work in progress. All three need to be owned though.

● Miami Dolphins - Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller
When the season started, Lamar Miller was the guy flying off draft boards first, but it was Moreno that actually led the NFL in rushing yards in Week 1. Miller didn’t play too shabby himself though and both are worth starting until one establishes himself as “the guy.” Moreno proved he still has plenty left in the tank.

Make sure you catch ESPN 790 Fantasy Kickoff Show on ESPN 790 every Sunday from 11 AM-Noon right up until kickoff so you are prepared for the week in Fantasy Football. I am the host and Bennett Doyle produces. Last week was the first episode and plenty of great advice was given, check it out for yourself below.

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Ben Hogan gets you ready for (fantasy) football season

By Ben Hogan
Producer, The Eric Hasseltine Show

The NFL season is right around the corner, right around two weeks away until the Seattle 
Seahawks and Green Bay Packers kick off for real in the season opener. What that means is 
millions and millions of people around the country, even the world, are getting ready to draft his/
her fantasy football team.

Below are top rankings for all of the basic positions in fantasy football; some leagues use 
individual defensive players (IDP), but for the most part a roster consists of a QB, 2 RBs, 2 or 3 
WRs, a TE, a K, and a team defense.

Quarterbacks
1. Peyton Manning - DEN // 11. Tom Brady - NE
2. Drew Brees - NO // 12. Robert Griffin III - WAS
3. Aaron Rodgers - GB //  13. Russell Wilson - SEA
4. Matthew Stafford - DET // 14. Matt Ryan - ATL
5. Andrew Luck - IND  // 15. Andy Dalton - CIN
6. Cam Newton - CAR // 16. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT
7. Colin Kaepernick - SF // 17. Philip Rivers - SD
8. Jay Cutler - CHI // 18. Carson Palmer - ARI
9. Nick Foles - PHI // 19. Eli Manning - NYG
10. Tony Romo - DAL  // 20. Ryan Tannehill - MIA
Sleepers: Johnny Manziel - CLE; Jake Locker - TEN; Josh McCown - TB

Quick Take: The top three (Manning, Brees, and Rodgers) are the cream of the crop and 
should be taken in the first two rounds; after that Stafford through Brady could end being a top 
five QB by the end of the season. Don’t reach for a QB, there are plenty of decent options.


Running Backs
1. Jamaal Charles - KC // 13. Doug Martin - TB
2. LeSean McCoy - PHI // 14. Andre Ellington - ARI3. Matt Forte - CHI 15. CJ Spiller - BUF
4. Adrian Peterson - MIN // 16. Reggie Bush - DET
5. Eddie Lacy - GB // 17. Le’Veon Bell - PIT
6. DeMarco Murray - DAL // 18. Toby Gerhart - JAX
7. Marshawn Lynch - SEA // 19. Ray Rice - BAL
8. Zac Stacy - STL //  20. Frank Gore - SF
9. Montee Ball - DEN // 21. Ryan Mathews - SD
10. Alfred Morris - WAS // 22. Shane Vereen - NE
11. Arian Foster - HOU // 23. Trent Richardson - IND
12. Giovani Bernard - CIN // 24. Shonn Greene - TEN
Sleepers: Devonta Freeman - ATL; Lamar Miller - MIA; Christine Michael - SEA

Quick Take: Charles, McCoy, Forte, and Peterson should be the first four picks in any draft, 
after that I can understand taking Megatron, Manning, or Graham. Lacy through Ball are decent 
options to have as a RB1, after that the pool seems flooded with guys you have to bank on their 
upside or hope they bounce back. Pick 2 RBs in the first four rounds, at least by then, or you 
will be stuck with slim pickings.


Wide Receivers
1. Calvin Johnson - DET // 13. Andre Johnson - HOU
2. Dez Bryant - DAL // 14. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI
3. AJ Green - CIN // 15. Pierre Garcon - WAS
4. Demaryius Thomas - DEN // 16. Keenan Allen - SD
5. Brandon Marshall - CHI // 17. Roddy White - ATL
6. Julio Jones - ATL // 18. Cordarrelle Patterson - MIN
7. Jordy Nelson - GB // 19. Victor Cruz - NYG
8. Antonio Brown - PIT // 20. Michael Floyd - ARI
9. Michael Crabtree - SF // 21. Torrey Smith - BAL
10. Randall Cobb - GB // 22. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN
11. Alshon Jeffrey - CHI // 23. Percy Harvin - SEA
12. Vincent Jackson - TB // 24. Wes Welker - DEN
Sleepers: Brandin Cooks - NO; Justin Hunter - TEN; Rueben Randle - NYG 

Quick Take: Wide Receiver is the deepest position in Fantasy Football, but Calvin Johnson is 
head and shoulders above the rest. AJ Green, Demaryius Thomas, and Dez Bryant are worth 
taking in the second round though, but if you are hoping to nab Brandon Marshall or Julio Jones 
in the third round neither may be there.


Tight Ends
1. Jimmy Graham - NO // 7. Jordan Cameron - CLE
2. Rob Gronkowski - NE // 8. Greg Olsen - CAR
3. Julius Thomas - DEN // 9. Zach Ertz - PHI
4. Jason Witten - DAL // 10. Kyle Rudolph - MIN
5. Dennis Pitta - BAL // 11. Martellus Bennett - CHI
6. Vernon Davis - SF // 12. Jordan Reed - WAS
Sleepers: Ladarius Green - SD; Delanie Walker - TEN; Eric Ebron - DET

Quick Take: There is no need to talk about the top two, as they speak for themselves, but you 
may notice that Vernon Davis is probably a little lower than expected. If you look when Crabtree 
returned last year Davis’ targets dropped and Crabtree is healthy to start the season so that 
could hurt Vernon Davis. Chances are after the first three are taken, there may be a couple of 
rounds without a TE taken and then there will a run on them; make sure you can nab a Top Ten.


Defenses
1. Seattle // 7. Kansas City
2. Carolina // 8. Arizona
3. San Francisco // 9. Cincinnati
4. New England // 10. Pittsburgh
5. St. Louis // 11. Houston
6. Denver // 12. New Orleans
Sleepers: Buffalo; Tampa Bay; Green BayQuick Take: Seattle is the best defense in the league and should be the first taken in the draft. 

Most defenses should not be taken outside of the last three rounds, but understandable if you 
think you may get stuck with one that could be hit or miss and you reach outside that to take 
one.


Kickers
1. Stephen Gostkowski - NE // 7. Blair Walsh - MIN
2. Matt Prater - DEN // 8. Mason Crosby - GB
3. Justin Tucker - BAL // 9. Nick Novak - SD
4. Phil Dawson - SF // 10. Robbie Gould - CHI
5. Steven Hauschka - SEA // 11. Shayne Graham - NO
6. Dan Bailey - DAL // 12. Adam Vinatieri - IND

Quick Take: Do not take a Kicker before the final round, there is a reason I did not list sleepers 
at this position because there are none.


Final Take: Do not go into a draft with one strategy, as one pick by someone else could change 
your whole strategy. Also, drafts are usually won in the first two round as well as the final three, 
besides kicker as they determine your anchors and your depth. Good luck and enjoy yourself.
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Draft Night from FedExForum

9:51 p.m. -- The first round just ended, with the San Antonio Spurs selecting UCLA forward/guard Kyle Anderson with the 30th pick. (Of course.) 

There are still tons of potential Grizz targets available, though. Clemson swingman K.J. McDaniels, Tennessee big man Jarnell Stokes, Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early, and Michigan wing Glenn Robinson III. With the logjam on the perimeter now with the pick of Jordan Adams, the Grizzlies need to find a way to get into the second. Too many players that can help this team are still out there.

8:57 p.m. -- The Grizzlies selected Jordan Adams of UCLA. The media room went silent, until an incredulous, "I can't believe this!" broke it up.

More later, as Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger prepares to meet with the media and, apparently, explain the pick.



I'm live from FedExForum, where we're all huddled into the media room in the bowels of the arena watching the draft on tube televisions.

I'll update the blog throughout the night when news develops (or whenever I feel like it). 

Here's the scene, currently, just after the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick.

The Grizzlies are scheduled to pick 22nd overall, which will obviously be a while. But keep checking back anyway.

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