Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 13:
In most Fantasy Football Leagues this is the last week of the regular season. This week could be the last week you play some meaningful Fantasy Football. So lets make sure to make it a good one. Here are your Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football Week 13:
DO Start Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions) this week. The lions face a New Orleans Saints team that puts up a lot of points and doesn’t stop other teams from scoring. After seeing Jared Goff throw 3 TDS last week against the Saints I am expecting a big day from Stafford.
DON’T Expect many points from the San Diego Chargers offense. They face a red hot Tampa Bay Buccaneer Defense. I don’t expect Phillip Rivers and company to do much in this game.
DO Go for it, pick up and start Quincy Enunwa (New York Jets). He has scored in double digits in three of his last five games, although in the two games he didn’t he had only one catch combined. Now even though he has been inconsistent, Enunwa goes up against a very weak Colts Defense. With Vontae Davis glued on Brandon Marshall this week, Enunwa and Fitzpatrick will pick apart the rest of the Colts secondary.
DON’T Sleep on Devontae Booker (Denver Broncos). I know he hasn’t been the fantasy sleeper everyone expected him to be, but this week he has major potential. Going up against a Jaguars Run Defense that allowed LeSean McCoy to bury them with three Rushing TDS. This week will be the week that Booker helps you push into the playoffs so start him.
DO Keep Spencer Ware (Kansas City Chiefs) as your #1 back. As enticing it is to trade him and receive some good players back this week is not the week to do that. Ware and the Chiefs go up against the Atlanta Falcons who have allowed 8.2 Receptions per game to Running Backs. Ware is one of the most active pass catchers out of the backfield in the NFL so expect a huge game from him on the ground and through the air.
DON’T Count on a big week from Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina Panthers). Any other offensive option is fine from this team but with Benjamin working on Richard Sherman, of the Seattle Seahawks, we can expect some lockdown play from the defensive side.
DO Lock in Jordan Howard (Chicago Bears) and Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers) for big games. These two Running Backs go up against each other this week and both defenses are really weak. Hyde will benefit from Kaepernick being able to move the ball efficiently and Howard on the other side will be the main option on offense with no Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffrey or Kevin White.
DON’T Expect a big game from Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins). Now I know you can’t just bench this guy but they face the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have faced six Tight Ends that average more than 5 points per game. They held all those Tight Ends to less than their season average. On top of that the Cardinals are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t allowed a touchdown to a Tight End.
DO Like these guys this week: Ladarius Green (Pittsburgh Steelers vs. NYG), Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders vs. BUF), Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons vs. KC) and LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills vs. OAK).
DON’T Like these guys this week: Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins vs. BAL), Jordan Matthews (Philadelphia Eagles vs. CIN), Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars vs. DEN) and Jamison Crowder (Washington Redskins vs. ARI)
DO Tweet me with any questions you have about your lineup @ChrisLosada13, and check in next Thursday for the Week 14 Installment of Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football
Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 11:
Week 11 is here and we are so close to the Fantasy Football Playoffs. As you try to will yourself into a playoff spot or are instead trying to cement your spot, here are your Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football Week 11.
DO Start Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars) this week against the Detroit Lions. This game will be a shootout and even though Bortles hasn’t been very good this year he is still getting many points in garbage time. Detroit has allowed 20 Passing TDs already so expect a big game from Bortles.
DON’T Count on Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins) this week. Ajayi and the much improved O-Line go up against the Los Angeles Rams and their tough Front 7. The Rams have only allowed one 100 Yard Rusher this season, and the guys who beat them on the Ground were usually Bruisers (Jonathan Stewart, Carlos Hyde, David Johnson and Matt Forte). Ajayi will struggle to make wholes to run through against this stout Rams Defense.
DO Start Legarrette Blount (New England Patriots) this week. I know I was terribly wrong about this one last week, but this week I won’t bet against him, Blount and the Patriots go up against the worst Run D in the league and might end up with a huge game, even bigger than last weeks.
DON’T Count on Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot (Dallas Cowboys) this week against the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore has only allowed 3.3 YPC, 642 YDs against the run, and 4 TDs. All of those stats lead the NFL. Baltimore’s Run Defense is no joke, I don’t think Zeke will have a good game, that leads us to the QB. Dak will face the 4th ranked Pass D and wont have much of a running game going, meaning that Dak will struggle as well. Dak and Zeke struggle which will lead to their second loss of the season.
DO give Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers) a chance this week. The Packers face the Washington Redskins on Sunday night as they look to force themselves into the NFC North lead. Josh Norman will likely shadow Jordy Nelson leaving Adams to do his work and make big plays. With no running game in Green Bay, Rodgers should look Adams’ way this weekend.
DON’T Stay on the Wentz Wagon. Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles have lost the wheels on the wagon. Wentz has struggled as of late and it doesn’t help to be heading into Seattle this weekend. Seattle has only allowed 6 TD passes this year and I don’t expect Wentz to throw one this weekend. Bench Wentz.
DO Look for a bounce back game from Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns) this week. Pittsburgh’s Run Defense has been okay allowing 4.3 YPC and 10 TDs on the year. Crowell has struggled as of late but the Brown shave not gone away from him this year. Crowell will get early carries and look to score a TD, if he can he will be a Top-10 RB play.
DON’T lock in Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) for a big game. Evans will be shadowed by Chiefs Cornerback Marcus Peters, who is one of the best in the game. Winston being young, may shy away from that matchup this weekend. That being said the volume of targets that Evans receives is crazy so Evans could see decent stats due to that high volume of targets.
DO Start these guys this week: Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers vs. NE) he has done well in the first half of games plus this will be a blowout allowing Kap to have a free reign over the offense. Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina Panthers vs. NO) Saints Pass D is awful, Cam should find Benjamin easily. Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans vs. IND) Colts defense is extremely bad, Mariota has played really well as of late, he will continue that.
DON’T play these guys this week: John Brown/Larry Fitzgerald/Michael Floyd (Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN), Mark Ingram/Tim Hightower (New Orleans Saints vs. CAR), Bears Offense (vs. Giants)
DO Tweet me with any questions you have about your lineup @ChrisLosada13, and check in next Thursday for the Week 12 Installment of Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football
Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 10:
Week 10 has arrived and things are starting to get intense. With just about 4 weeks left in your Fantasy Football Regular Season (Depending on how long your playoffs are) you should be battling out for playoff position right about now. In the NFL the same is happening. We see some tight races all along the AFC while the NFC Wild Card spots are open to anybody. I have got some bold predictions for you this week, here they are: Lions win the NFC North, Panthers snag a Wild Card Spot, 3 teams make the playoffs from the AFC West this year (Not that bold) and the Vikings fail to make the playoffs after starting off 5-0. I know pretty bold huh? Here are your Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football Week 10.
DO Start and expect a big game from Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears). With Jay Cutler back and taking deep shots, Alshon will benefit from his height which will allow him to win more of these 50-50 balls. When Brian Hoyer was QB we saw a more conservative attack which led to Alshon’s touches to decrease. This week against the Buccaneers look for Alshon to have a big game against a bad Pass Defense.
DON’T Sleep on the trio of Joe Flacco, Terrance West and Mike Wallace (Baltimore Ravens) this week. They go up against the Browns who have one of the worst Defenses in the league and just allowed major points to Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliot. I am calling the trio to all be Top-10 plays at their respective positions.
DO Think about replacing LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots) in your lineup this week. Blount is going up against the Seattle Seahawks who own a Top-10 Run Defense. Expect Blount to be TD or Bust this week. High Risk-High Reward.
DON’T Rely on a bounce back game for Spencer Ware (Kansas City Chiefs). Ware and the balanced Chiefs offense will have Alex Smith back this week but face the resurgent Carolina Panthers and that Third Ranked Run Defense. Ware is a dynamic back who can run and catch, but if the Panthers have been able to keep David Johnson and Todd Gurley I check in their last two games we should be in for more of the same.
DO Give Coby Fleener (New Orleans Saints) the start as your Tight End this week. Although Fleener has been a disappointment to date, this will be the week that he steps it up. The Saints face off against the Broncos who arguably have the best Pass Defense in the NFL. But I am sure that Drew Brees and Sean Payton have done their studying and know that using their Tight End will be the most effective way to open up this defense. Fleener will be targeted often and early in this matchup so lookout for a big game from him.
DON’T Start Brandin Cooks/Willie Snead (New Orleans Saints). We will stick with Saints here, I expect the Saints to score some points against this Broncos D but it won’t be from these two. Broncos DBs will shut these two down but will struggle to keep Fleener and Michael Thomas in check.
DO Believe in the new role Stefan Diggs (Minnesota Vikings) has received. 13 catches is a lot. Diggs had that last week and has excelled in his new role with the Vikings in a PPR Diggs is a no-brainer but I do expect him to have a big game in general. The Vikings O-line will protect Sam Bradford, giving Diggs more time to shine.
DON’T think Deandre Hopkins (Houston Texans) is an automatic start. Jaguars Corners, Prince Amukamara and Jalen Ramsey, have been extremely good as of late and will most likely shadow Hopkins and Will Fuller. Houston is also dead last in offensive touchdowns this year so that makes Hopkins a risky play this week.
DO Start Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals) against the 49ers this week. The 49ers are giving up 7.3 YPA and have allowed 18 passing touchdowns this year, which is tied for fourth most in the NFL this year. I am calling for a HUGE game here for Palmer as he will throw for over 300 YDS and 4 TDS.
DON’T expect much from Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks) this week. They face the New England Patriots and could be in for a shadow matchup against Logan Ryan. Add that with the emergence of Jimmy Graham, a heavy Run game and Baldwin’s rough season, now may be time to look for alternatives
DO Play Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina Panthers) as a WR1 this week. I know the matchup against the Chiefs Corner Marcus Peters may seem scary but he lines up on the left side of the field 93% of the time and does not shadow. Meanwhile Benjamin has only spent 30% of his time on that side so he will likely be matched up with Phillip Gaines instead. Start Benjamin as he is in line for big targets and a Top-5 play this week.
DON’T Ride Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns) this week. Crowell goes up against the Ravens, who will bring out the second best Run Defense in the NFL. The Ravens have only allowed 4 TDS, 3.4 YPC and have forced 6 Fumbles already on the year. Crowell is a very risky play this week.
DO Tweet me with any questions you have about your lineup @ChrisLosada13, and check in next Thursday for the Week 11 Installment of Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football
Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 9:
As we roll into Week 9 of the NFL, the sports world was gifted one of the greatest games in sports history. The Cubs and Indians faced off in a Game 7 and it was epic. The Cubbies ended up breaking the curse and winning their first world series since 1908. We can only hope that as the NFL season rolls along we get to see some great storylines and great games such as the one last night. In Week 9 we see some pivotal Divisional matchups such as Dolphins vs. Jets, Falcons vs. Buccaneers, Steelers vs. Ravens, Eagles vs. Giants, Lions vs. Vikings and a big Sunday night game between the Raiders and Broncos. With this week shaping up to be a great one here are your Do’s and Don’ts:
DO start everybody from the Dallas Cowboys this week (Ezekiel Elliot, Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley). They go up against the Cleveland Browns, who look more and more likely to go 0-16. Now the pick-up of Jamie Collins will help this terrible Defense but he can’t play all 11 positions. So Expect Zeke, Dak, Dez and Cole Beasley to all have great games this week.
DON’T forget that it is most likely that Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) will play this weekend. Keep an eye on his status because you may want to have him in if he does end up playing.
DO pick up Chris Hogan (New England Patriots). I have been on this guys bandwagon since the season started, we finally saw the deep threat he can be with Tom Brady last week. Although the Patriots are on a bye this week Hogan could be a guy to keep an eye on throughout the rest of the season.
DON’T count on another 200 Yard game from Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins). Even though I do li9ke him as an RB 2 this week, he faces one of the best Run Defenses in the league. The New York Jets have only allowed 3.3 Yards Per Carry and only allowed 5 Rushing Touchdowns this season.
DO start Devante Freeman (Atlanta Falcons) and expect a big game from him. With Tevin Coleman being ruled out and no other fantasy relevant RB behind him Freeman will have a big game against a Tampa Bay Run D Ranked in the lower half of the NFL.
DON’T count on LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills) this week against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have a top 5 Run D and are on a roll right now. And this is even IF McCoy plays, he missed last week with a hamstring injury and is still yet to practice.
DO start Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers), I feel bad for you if you were benching him these last couple weeks. Even up against the Los Angeles Rams, J-Stew will score at least 1 touchdown and extend his TD streak to 3 games… and don’t count out a third straight 2 TD game.
DON’T sleep on Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions). The guy has elevated his play ever since he lost Megatron, Calvin Johnson, and he will continue that against the Minnesota Vikings Defense. The Vikings D has struggled the last two weeks and that’s an effect of the offense playing so poorly, the Lions will win this game behind 3 TDs from Stafford.
DO keep an eye on the RB situation in Kansas City. Spencer Ware is yet to pass the Concussion protocol and if he doesn’t by the end of the week Charcandrick West will be in line for big touches. Jamaal Charles was placed on the IR and West would be a sure start if Ware does not play.
DON’T start these guys this week: Rashad Jennings (New York Giants vs. PHI), Frank Gore (Indianapolis Colts vs. GB), Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams vs. CAR)
DO expect big games from: Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina Panthers vs. LA), Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers vs. NO), Drew Brees/Brandin Cooks/Willie Snead (New Orleans Saints vs. SF) and Demarco Murray (Tennessee Titans vs. SD).
DON’T catch another L, Tweet me with any questions you have about your lineup @ChrisLosada13 and DO check in next Thursday for the Week 9 Installment of Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football!
Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 8:
Week 8 of Football is here! It has been a great week with the World Series starting up and the NBA season tipping off. Week 8 features a lot of games that are critical to the NFL Landscape this year. Panthers vs. Cardinals is a big one, along with Bills vs. Patriots, Packers vs. Falcons, Eagles Cowboys and…. A Thursday Night game between the Jaguars and Titans. Here is my issue with the NFL (Going off topic here… Bare with me). We have heard there complaints about how Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the anthem causes people to not want to watch the primetime games. That’s just not true, if you want people to watch the primetime games make them worth watching. Last week we got a Sunday night game that ended in a 6-6 tie, while I enjoy watching those types of games not many more do. Then they schedule a game that includes Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler as the Starting QBs. And then you give me Jacksonville and Tennessee? The NFL has to do a better job of scheduling Primetime games. They must realize that people will watch 1:00 O’clock games no matter who plays, and not bury gems like an NFC Championship rematch to 1:00 O’clock duties. Sorry for taking up so much of your time, I just felt the need to get out my hot take. So without further ado, here are your Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football Week 8:
DO Keep starting Jacquizz Rodgers (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). I started off the list with him last week and we will keep rolling with him. The Bucs go up against the Oakland Raider,s who have given up the second most Yards Per Carry and 7 Rushing TDs this year. Sow with a combination of Rodgers getting a lot of touches and Oakland’s bad Run D Rodgers is a must start. (Keep an eye out on Doug Martin)
DON’T Sit Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) this week. Im staying local right now, and Jameis is going up against the worst Pass Defense in the NFL. Stick with Winston this week and enjoy a big outing.
DO Start… Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Read above. And add that Mike Evans is on a roll. (I’m not even a Bucs Fan)
DON’T Play Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns) this week. Crowell has been a pleasant surprise for most Fantasy Football teams this year. But going up against the stout New York Jets front seven makes Crowell a low Flex option for me.
DO pick up and start Devontae Booker (Denver Broncos). CJ Anderson somehow avoided an ACL tear but will now be out several weeks. That plus Booker emerging as a lead back gives him the upside play you should be looking for in a DFS (Daily Fantasy) or standard league.
DON’T start Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) this week. The cowboys are going up against a Eagles defense who has been built like no other. Eagles have a Top 5 defense and did what no other team was able to do this year. That is pick off Sam Bradford last week. The Eagles Defense is very opportunistic and against a rookie QB I can see them forcing turnovers. (This was also me telling you to start the Eagles Defense)
DO watch the RB matchup in New Orleans. The Saints do battle with the Seattle Seahawks this week which doesn’t bode well for Mark Ingram, I would try to stay away from him if possible. On the other side Christine Michael is a big start this week, he will score some touchdowns and see a lot of yards.
DON’T start these guys this week: Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears vs. MIN), Bills Defense (vs. NE), Matt Jones (vs. Cincinnati).
DO expect big games from: T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts vs. KC), DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans vs. JAX), Michael Crabtree/Amari Cooper/Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders vs. TB) and Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks vs. NO)
DON’T catch another L, Tweet me with any questions you have about your lineup @ChrisLosada13 and DO check in next Thursday for the Week 9 Installment of Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football!
Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 6:
HERE WE GO!!! Week 6 is here and we have already seen an upset! This week’s Thursday Night Football included the San Diego Chargers (1-4) visiting the Denver Broncos (4-1). Guess What? The Chargers scored and took the lead on the first Drive, held the lead and didn’t blow it, who would’ve thought. We saw the rookie Tight End, Hunter Henry have himself a night. He showed he is a guy to watch, not only this year but for years to come. Week 6 is full of favorable matchups, just look at the Pittsburgh Steelers getting ready to pounce on that weak Miami Dolphins Secondary. The Tennessee Titans high powered offense takes on the lowly Cleveland Browns. And the Panthers and Saints will battle in a high scoring affair. So to help you get your W this week, here are my Do’s and Don’ts:
DO Pick up Cameron Meredith (Chicago Bears) and Sammie Coates (Pittsburgh Steelers) if still available. Meredith is fresh off his coming out party against the Colts. In which he showed chemistry with Brian Hoyer by seeing seeing 12 targets, 9 Rec, 121 YDS and 1 TD. Coates too showed his chemistry with his quarterback. The Steelers WR has deep threat written all over him but can be a case of boom or bust.
DON’T Hold on to these guys. They are DROPPABLE: Tavon Austin(LA), Golden Tate (DET), Jeremy Langford (CHI)
DO Keep rolling with Terrance West (Baltimore Ravens). West had 11 Carries for 95 YDS last week, and could have had a breakout game if he could have garnered more carries. His OC, Marc Trestman, was fired because he wouldn’t call enough runs for West, so expect him to get a lot more touches against the New York Giants this week.
DON’T Count on the Atlanta Falcons RB duo of Tevin Coleman and Devonte Freeman to do much this week. The Falcons face the #1 Overall Defense in the Seattle Seahawks, so expectations for the two are dim. Start other RBs if possible this week.
DO Believe in the resurgences. LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills) vs. SF, he will have yet another huge game against a defense that has struggled throughout the year. DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans) vs CLE, Murray has returned to being the #1 RB in the NFL and he plays the worst team in the NFL.
DON’T start any Giants Running Backs, EVER, whoops I meant again. This week face the Baltimore Ravens, who will bring out the #1 Run Defense in the NFL.
DO Keep an eye on the backfield of Oakland. The Raiders face the staunch Kansas City Chiefs Defense. Latavius Murray is suffering from Turf Toe and has yet to practice. If he doesn’t play Oakland will go back to the Running Back by Committee of DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Jamize Olawale. If he does play don’t expect a full workload right away.
DON’T Count out anybody on the New England Patriots. Tom Brady is back and after a big game against the Browns, Brady and the boy’s face off with the Cincinnati Bengals. Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski are all viable starters this week while Legarette Blount is TD or Bust.
DO start Brian Hoyer (Chicago Bears) for a third straight week, he has been playing so well and going up against Jacksonville it should continue. He has 3 straight weeks of at least 22 points and it will be more of the same this week.
DON’T catch another L, Tweet me with any questions you have about your lineup @ChrisLosada13 and DO check in next Thursday for the Week 7 Installment of Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football!
Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 5:
Sunday is just around the corner! But for us Floridians, it may be a long couple of days as we prepare for Hurricane Matthew. On the bright side, you should have plenty of time to think and set the optimal line-up for this weekend. This season we have seen some surprise guys lead their position group in scoring and some not so suprising guys too. Matt Ryan (101 Points) leads the way for the QBs by a whopping 24 points, along with Demarco Murray (74) and Melvin Gordon (64) lead the RBs. Then we have the usual guys like Julio Jones (65), Antonio Brown (59), AJ Green (58) pacing the WRs. This week, we also have the return of a Legend, TOM BRADY! With that being said, let’s jump into the Do’s and Don’ts of fantasy Football Week 5:
DO start Tom Brady (New England Patriots)… OBVIOUSLY!! This Man is going to tear up the league, starting with the worst team in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns. Expect Brady to find Chris Hogan, who I said would be Brady’s deep threat when he got back, and Julian Edelman all day long versus this weak Browns secondary.
DON’T play Matt Jones over your other RBs. Jones and the Redskins go up against a stout Baltimore Ravens run defense. The Ravens have only allowed 5 runs over 10 yards in 4 games. The Former Gator isn’t the most explosive runner so don’t expect Jones to have a big game.
DO join the WENTZ WAGON! Give Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles) a shot as your starting QB this week. Wentz has not turned the ball over this season and is going up against the Detroit Lions. Detroit may not have their best pass rusher, Ezekiel Ansah and have allowed every opposing QB they have faced to post the best fantasy point total of their respective season.
DON’T look for Deandre Hopkins (Houston Texans) to do big things against this Minnesota Vikings Defense. Odell Beckham Jr. (2 Points) and Kelvin Benjamin (0 Points) scored very little against the Vikings so the same could happen to Hopkins.
DO have faith in the Carolina Panther Duo of Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen. They each scored a touchdown last week against the Falcons. As the Panthers did put up a lot of points. I am still high on these guys. Regardless of who is throwing the ball, whether it be Cam Newton or Derek Anderson, look for these two to take advantage of a weak Tampa Bay Defense.
DON’T start any Giants RBs this week. They face the Green Bay Packers, who have only allowed one rush over 10 yards in 3 games this season. Expect Eli to throw the ball a lot so OBJ, Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz are all viable plays.
DO play DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans) in every league format. He is the best RB in fantasy football right now and I think he will continue that against the Miami Dolphins. Whether its catching some touchdowns or running for them he will find the end zone at least once this week.
DON’T sleep on Jerick McKinnon (Minnesota Vikings) he looked really good against the revamped Giants Defense. Even with a tough matchup against the Texans, he could get good looks due to his defense setting up the offense with good field position. McKinnon is a low end RB1 for me this week.
DO start Jordan Howard, Brian Hoyer, Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal (Chicago Bears). Hoyer, Jordan and Royal had themselves a great week against the Lions last Sunday. This weekend, they face the Indianapolis Colts and last week we saw what Blake Bortles and the Jaguars did to them. This week could be more of the same.
DON’T catch another L, Tweet me with any questions you have about your lineup @ChrisLosada13 and DO check in next Thursday for the Week 6 Installment of Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football!
Stay safe and be careful during Hurricane Matthew.
Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 4:
It’s almost time for another great Sunday! Last week was a tough one for Fantasy Football owners as a lot of guys who weren’t expected to have big weeks and might have been on your bench popped off. Jeremy Hill (21 Points), Christine Michael (22), and Emmanuel Sanders (23) all had great games last week and may have been sitting on your bench. With a lot of great games this week and a lot of teams looking to rebound after tough losses (Carolina and Pittsburgh) here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Fantasy Football Week 4:
DO Start Marvin Jones (Detroit Lions) in your flex this week. After a giant week against the Packers, he should do well in a favorable matchup against the Bears defense. Even though he won’t go out and get 205 YDS and 2 TDs again, he will still be effective against the Bears weak Secondary.
DON’T think too much about the terrible week the Panthers offense had. It was a tough matchup against one of the top 3 defenses in the league. Cam Newton, Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin will bounce back this week against a very shaky Falcons pass rush and secondary.
DO continue to keep an eye out on the running back situation in Kansas City. The Chiefs have Spencer Ware, who has done a good job, and are looking forward to Jamaal Charles returning from a knee injury. They could share snaps and touches this week, but even if Charles plays you should expect Ware to have more of an impact as we don’t know what the workload of Charles will be.
DON’T start Christine Michael (Seattle Seahawks) this week if you have other viable options. Even though he did have big week last week, and is finally becoming the primary ball carrier, Michael and the Seahawks face the toughest matchup for a RB against the Jets. The Jets defense have not allowed double digits to an RB yet. They made Gio Bernard (2), Jeremy Hill (9), Lesean McCoy (8) and Spencer Ware (5) look average.
DO keep an eye on Eric Decker (New York Jets). He is questionable with a shoulder injury, but if he does play he should be the main target. With Brandon Marshall being shadowed by the Seahawk CB Richard Sherman, Ryan Fitzpatrick could give a lot of looks to Decker. Now if Decker does not play Quincy Enunwa who has been solid this year could be in for a big day.
DON’T start Cameron Brate (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) right away. The Tight end has been a popular pick up after putting up 16 points while filling in for the released Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. But Brate has two consecutive tough matchups against the Broncos and Panthers that may limit his upside until Week 7 after the Bucs bye week.
DO pickup and start either Brian Hoyer (Chicago Bears) or Trevor Siemian (Denver Broncos) if your QB is on a bye week. Hoyer played well in his first week as the starter, and in a matchup against the Lions we could see this one turn into a shootout right away. Siemian is coming off a 4 TD against the Bengals and could have another big day versus the Bucs.
DON’T hesitate to start these defenses this week. Cardinals vs LA, Denver vs. TB, and Houston vs. TEN
DO think about starting Devante Parker (Miami Dolphins) in your flex this week. Parker has looked good after missing the first week of the season, he is a big target for Ryan Tannehill and has big play ability. The question for Parker and NO. 1 receiver Jarvis Landry this week is if the Dolphins O-Line can keep Tannehill upright. If they do both of the Dolphins receivers could have big nights.
DON’T be scared to go after Waiver Wire guys such as Jordan Howard, Cole Beasley and the Patriots Defense. These pickups could give you a big boost in the upcoming weeks.
DO check in next Thursday for the Week 5 installment of Do’s and Don’ts. And DON’T hesitate to tweet me @ChrisLosada13 with any questions you may have about your Line-up/Team.
Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 3
A great week of Football last week! Hopefully you ended Monday Night with victory. If you followed what I said last week, you started guys like Kelvin Benjamin and Gio Bernard, and stayed away from Todd Gurley, and Carlos Hyde then you had a good week. Going into Week 3 the story has been injuries. Injuries to top picks, Adrian Peterson and Keenan Allen, have them done for the year. Guys like Danny Woodhead, RG3, Arian Foster and Corey Coleman have had injuries take away their sleeper status. You might even be waiting for a guy to get back from injury like Jamaal Charles. Don’t panic though, there are plenty of guys to replace these studs and here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Week 3:
DO continue to start Melvin Gordon. Since Woodhead is out and there is no viable backup option to take his snaps, Gordon will continue to see touches in the running game and may start to see targets in the passing game. If he can continue to run the ball the way he has and put up a little production in the passing game he could be a top 5 RB by the end of the year.
DON’T start Jeremy Hill. He has struggled through the first two games and it wont get easier against the Denver Broncos, the best defense in the NFL. Just like last week I would avoid any players going up against this Denver defense but someone needs to score for the Bengals so you might want to keep an eye on A.J Green and Andy Dalton.
DO believe in Julius Thomas. He and Blake Bortles have developed a chemistry that has allowed Thomas to become his safety net. With two touchdowns already, I expect Thomas to finish up top 3 TE this year.
DON’T rush to pick up Jerick Mckinnon and start him right away. While Head Coach Mike Zimmer has announced Mckinnon will be the starter, it is unlikely he takes a workhorse role. In 2013, when AP missed time, Backup Matt Asiata (30) and Mckinnon (31) split snaps almost evenly. Add the signing of Ronnie Hillman and we may not see a starter worthy RB from the Vikings.
DO give big looks to Stefon Diggs. For Diggs the big thing is finally having a Quarterback who will take a deep shot. While Teddy Bridgewater is an accurate passer he is not known for throwing the deep ball. Sam Bradford on the other hand isn’t scared to sling it, so with AP out as well expect Diggs to have big games every week this year.
DON’T pass up on Travis Benjamin. The guy was breaking out last year in Cleveland. Now with a real QB (Phillip Rivers) and the absence of his go to WR (Keenan Allen), expect Benjamin to continue to get the looks he got last week especially against a banged up Colts secondary.
DO keep an eye on the Chiefs RB position. Reports are that Jamaal Charles wont play. If he doesn’t, Spencer Ware continues to be a great play even with a tough matchup against the Jets. But if Charles plays, I don’t see either of these guys coming away with big numbers this week.
DON’T hesitate to start these defenses this week. Houston Texans vs. NE, Miami Dolphins vs. CLE, Seattle Seahawks vs. SF, Carolina Panthers vs. MIN and New York Jets vs. KC.
DO start Isaiah Crowell. With a rookie QB starting and a Corey Coleman out, Crowell could see big time carries after a nice outing last week. Playing the Miami Defense might be tough but if he can get into the second level, he may be able to make the poor tackling DBs miss.
DON’T be scared to pull the trigger on a big trade. In one of my leagues, I saw a trade that sent AP, Emmanuel Sanders and Carlos Hyde to a team for Jordy Nelson, Doug Baldwin and Isaiah Crowell. Needless to say after Crowell’s big week paired with AP’s injury and Hyde’s step back the latter won the trade.
DO check in next Thursday for the Week 4 installment of Do’s and Don’ts. And DON’T hesitate to tweet me @ChrisLosada13 with any questions you may have about your Line-up/Team.
Do’s and Don’ts: Fantasy Football Week 2
Hey my name is Chris Losada, I have played Fantasy football since I was a kid. My Dad introduced it to me when I was 12 and I have been hooked ever since. Fantasy football is one of those things that brings you closer to the game and at times can make you either extremely happy or extremely upset. So here are a couple of things to keep in mind when trying to set up a lineup that will make you extremely happy:
DO: Start Kelvin Benjamin. He’s a WR1 this week going up against a young secondary in San Francisco. Coming off a loss where Benjamin looked strong, Cam Newton will look his way early and often.
DON’T: Look for Andrew Luck, Frank Gore and Co. to come away with big points this week against the Broncos. The combination of Indy’s bad O-Line and Denver’s great defensive pressure will create issues. Please do yourself a favor and stay away from the Colts players this week.
DO: Start Willie Snead in your Flex. 9 Rec, 172 YDS, 1 TD. Looks like we are finally beginning to see the chemistry that we caught a glimpse of in 2015 between Brees and Snead. Against the new look Giants defense he could have a big game.
DON’T: Give up on AP. Its Adrian Peterson and one bad game, leave him in and don’t trade him. They have another tough test this week against Green Bay but look for AP to have a good game if Sam Bradford does get the Start.
DO: Stay away from LeSean McCoy. With the Jets D-Line all back from Injuries/Suspensions, McCoy is going to have a tough time finding holes to run through.
DON’T: Choose Ryan Fitzpatrick over your other QB. Fitz came in late to training camp and isn’t fully ready for the season in my eyes. Also when playing against Rex Ryan as an opposing Coach/Coordinator Fitz has completed less than 50% of his passes.
DO: Pick up Chris Hogan of the Patriots. This guy will be the Go-To deep threat once Tom Brady returns, we saw the connection they had in the preseason. Scoop him up before it’s too late.
DON’T:Think that Carlos Hyde is going to break out. Hyde is injury prone and still very young. The talent is there no doubt, but staying on the field is an issue. Plus he is going up against the best Linebacker crew in the NFL (Carolina Panthers) so you are better off keeping him away from the lineup if you have other options.
DO: Think about starting Theo Riddick and Gio Bernard in PPR leagues. Jeremy Hill of the Bengals has been historically bad against the Steelers, so look for Bernard to come in and get some looks in the passing game in what should be a shootout. As for Riddick 2 Total TDs, 5 Rec with 108 Yds from the line of scrimmage. The dude does it all.
DON’T: Expect Todd Gurley to bounce back immediately. He had 709 Yds, 5 TDs in his first 7 games of his career. His last 7 games look like this, 447 Yds, 5 TDs. Playing on a team that gets blown out a lot makes it tough on a running back to get fantasy points.
DO: Check in next Thursday for the Week 3 version of Do’s and Don’ts.
The Cincinnati Bengals were so sharp against Jacksonville that Andy Dalton and several teammates were done long before halftime. Dalton led the Bengals to two touchdowns in three possessions, earning him a little extra rest in a 26-21 loss to the Jaguars in the preseason Sunday night. "It was a good outing for us," Dalton said. "Two touchdowns in the first half of a preseason game is pretty good, and we got them both ways. ... It's a good feeling to do it both ways." The Bengals (1-2) felt good on both sides of the ball, too. Dalton found Giovani Bernard for a 19-yard score on a third-down play, and then Jeremy Hill capped a 9-minute drive with a 1-yard scramble to the pylon. Defensively, the Bengals held Jacksonville to just 90 yards in the first half. Jacksonville's first three drives: turnover, three-and-out and three-and-out. Cincy's only concern in the regular-season dress rehearsal was the health of three Pro Bowlers. Receiver A.J. Green left in the first quarter with a bruised right knee, but the team said it was nothing serious and he should be fine for the opener. Cornerback Adam Jones strained a calf in preseason warmups and did not play. And special teams ace Cedric Peerman broke his left forearm and could be sidelined for the season. Safety Tashaun Gipson (bruised knee) was Jacksonville's only injured starter. The Jaguars (1-2) had bigger problems - the offense and defense both failed to show - that raised questions about what's supposed to the franchise's most talented team in nearly a decade.
The Miami Marlins stayed in the wild card hunt by blanking Kansas City 3-0 as Jose Fernandez won his 13th game. That ends the nine-game winning streak for the defending World Series champion Royals. The Marlins acquired Jeff Francoeur from the Atlanta Braves in a three-team trade last night, hoping the well-traveled outfielder can provide a boost toward a playoff spot. Francoeur hit .249 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 99 games for the Braves.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses,
1. Alabama (33) 14-1 1,469 1
2. Clemson (16) 14-1 1,443 2
3. Oklahoma (4) 11-2 1,352 5
4. Florida St. (5) 10-3 1,325 14
5. LSU (1) 9-3 1,269 16
6. Ohio St. (1) 12-1 1,224 4
7. Michigan (1) 10-3 1,147 12
8. Stanford 12-2 1,029 3
9. Tennessee 9-4 1,021 22
10. Notre Dame 10-3 1,006 11
11. Mississippi 10-3 718 10
12. Michigan St. 12-2 710 6
13. TCU 11-2 707 11
14. Washington 7-6 651 NR
15. Houston 13-1 644 8
16. UCLA 8-5 496 NR
17. Iowa 12-2 484 9
18. Georgia 10-3 448 NR
19. Louisville 8-5 447 NR
20. Southern Cal 8-6 344 NR
21. Oklahoma St. 10-3 316 20
22. North Carolina 11-3 283 15
23. Baylor 10-3 280 13
24. Oregon 9-4 218 19
25. Florida 10-4 180 25
Others receiving votes: Miami 159, Texas A&M 81, Utah 74, Washington St. 68, Boise St. 49, San Diego St. 46, Wisconsin 42, Auburn 22, Pittsburgh 15, Arkansas 14, Texas 12, Nebraska 11, Navy 8, Northwestern 5, W. Kentucky 4, South Florida 2, Toledo 2.
The Hall of Fame game between Green Bay and Indianapolis has been canceled because of poor field conditions, hall President David Baker said Sunday. Representatives of the hall and both teams met several hours before the scheduled 8 p.m. kickoff to discuss the turf, and the Packers and Colts felt the field was not safe. Most noticeable were bare spots around midfield, and several players said painted areas were too hard. Packers players cleared the field as workers used a variety of equipment to smooth the artificial surface. Rubber pellets used in the turf came loose and were scattered in several spots and needed to be removed.
Martin Prado hit a solo homer in the 11th inning to lift the Miami Marlins to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. All-Star Jose Fernandez tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts and the Marlins rallied off Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth, scoring two runs with two outs. Christian Yelich hit an RBI double and scored on Marcell Ozuna's single. Prado hit his third homer of the season off Brett Oberholtzer (2-2). Kyle Barraclough (6-2) pitched one inning for the win. A.J. Ramos finished for his 30th save in 31 tries, retiring Maikel Franco on a fly ball to the warning track in left-center to end the game. Cody Asche prevented the Marlins from taking a lead in the 10th when he made a diving catch to rob J.T. Realmuto of a run-scoring hit with two outs and runners on first and second. Philadelphia's Aaron Nola pitched two-hit ball over six innings, striking out five. He got the final two outs in the sixth after Adeiny Hechavarria ripped a line drive off his right shoulder. After Edubray Ramos worked the seventh and Hector Neris pitched the eighth, Gomez blew his third save in 28 chances. Tommy Joseph hit Fernandez's first pitch in the seventh out to left for his 12th homer. Odubel Herrera hit a double to start the bottom of the first and later scored on Franco's groundout to second.
Four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Foster, who spent the past seven years with the Houston Texans, is trying to come back from a torn Achilles tendon that ended his 2015 season in late October. The injury happened against the Dolphins in Miami. The Dolphins were looking to add depth at running back after losing Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency. Jay Ajayi is expected to start after rushing for 187 yards as a rookie last year.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson claimed his first major championship by outlasting 46-year-old Phil Mickelson in the final round of the British Open. Stenson tied a major record with a 63 that included 10 birdies and two bogeys. The only other player to shoot a 63 in the final round of a major was Johnny Miller at Oakmont in 1973. Stenson closed the tournament with a 20-foot birdie putt that left him with a 20-under 264, breaking the total scoring record for a major tournament. David Toms had a 265 total at the 2001 PGA Championship, and Greg Norman was the previous Open scoring record-holder at 267 in 1993 at Royal St. George's. The turning point in the round was when Stenson sank a 50-foot birdie putt on 15 to take a two-shot lead. It helped Stenson shed the distinction of being the best current golfer without a major title. Mickelson was trying to become the second-oldest British Open champion in history, and the oldest since Tom Morris in 1867. He closed with a 65 for a 17-under total, three strokes back in his 11th runner-up finish at a major. American J.B. Holmes fired a 69 to finish third at minus-6, a whopping 14 shots back. Steve Stricker was fourth at 5 under, one stroke better than Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Tyrrell Hatton.
The Chicago Bulls have pried Dwyane Wade away from the Miami Heat by working out a two-year, $47 million contract with the 12-time All-Star. Wade had spent his entire 13-year career with the Heat after being selected fifth overall in the 2003 draft, averaging 23.7 points and 5.8 assists. The Chicago native scored 19 points a game while appearing in 74 games for the Heat last season.
Steven Stamkos is staying put in Tampa Bay. The two-time Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer re-signed with the Lightning for eight years Wednesday, foregoing an opportunity to test free agency. The team announced the deal, which The Associated Press learned is worth $68 million, an average of $8.5 million per season. The agreement was reached two days before Stamkos would have a chance to test free agency, where the four-time All-Star star with 312 goals was expected to command far more lucrative offers from bidders expected to include his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings. Instead, he chose to stay with the team that made him the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft.
A frustrated Orlando City SC crashed out of the US Open Cup at home to the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers after falling victim to a classic smash and grab raid in extratime of a game they totally dominated for long periods. Victor ‘PC’ Giro scored a stunning solo goal from 20 yards in the very last minute of the extra period to leave the Lions stymied by their own poor finishing and some inspired goalkeeping by Diego Restrepo. The game’s big flashpoint arrived in the 65th minute, though, as City goalscorer Kevin Molino clashed with Victor ‘PC’ Giro, with Fort Lauderdale’s Maicon Santos stepping in to add to the flare-up. After all the dust from an angry melee had settled, both Molino and Santos were shown straight red cards and the game became increasingly chippy. Orlando did everything but score in the final 20 minutes of regulation as they laid siege to the Strikers' goal, with Hadji Barry curling a shot off the bar and late substitute Cyle Larin heading just over as the visitors seemed content to hold out for the extra period. Early on, a much-changed City were distinctly subdued, and it showed as they fell behind to Jose Angulo’s 12th-minute goal, latching onto a simple ball over the top and beating goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. with ease. That stirred the Lions – who were minus seven regular starters – into action and Molino replied with a superb individual effort, winning the ball mid-way inside the Strikers' half and then running through the heart of the defense before slotting the ball home just three minutes later. The Strikers now go on to visit the Chicago Fire for the US Open Cup quarterfinals, on July 19 or 20.
Rick Porcello pitched six strong innings, Travis Shaw homered and drove in five runs for the third time this season and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak. Porcello (9-2) retired the last nine batters he faced after giving up a bases-loaded walk to Nick Franklin in the fourth. That was the only run the right-hander allowed while also yielding five hits. Shaw had a solo homer, a two-run double and a two-run single for the Red Sox, who broke a close game open with a three-run seventh. David Ortiz continued to climb the career RBI list with a third-inning double, and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez also drove in runs for Boston. Ortiz's hit gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead against Chris Archer (4-11), who's gone from being an All-Star a year ago to leading the major leagues in losses this season.
Connor Owings' bloop RBI single sparked a three-run eighth inning, and Coastal Carolina beat Arizona 5-4 on Tuesday night to send the College World Series finals to a deciding Game 3. Mike Morrison was sensational in his first start of the season, helping the Chanticleers rebound from a 3-0 loss to the Wildcats in the opener. The teams meet again Wednesday night to decide the national championship. Owings was batting .125 (3 for 24) in the CWS when he stepped to the plate against Cameron Ming in the eighth. The Big South player of the year fought off a high inside pitch, sending it into short left field to drive in Anthony Marks from second base with the go-ahead run.
Eric Lindros is finally a Hockey Hall of Famer. Lindros was elected Monday as part of 2016 class that also features Soviet star Sergei Makarov and goaltender Rogie Vachon. The late Pat Quinn made it, too. Because concussions and other injuries cut his career short, Lindros was passed over for the Hall of Fame six previous times. But his Hart Trophy season as NHL MVP with Philadelphia in 1995 and his 865 points in 760 games ended up being too much to keep him out. Makarov was more than a point-a-game scorer for the Soviet national team and he won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year with Calgary in 1991. Vachon won the Vezina Trophy and was part of two Stanley Cup winners in Montreal.
Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are among the 12 players who have been selected to represent the U.S. men's basketball team at the Rio Olympics. The U.S. roster includes Warriors starters Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, along with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors. Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, Indiana's Paul George and Chicago's Jimmy Butler also made the team, as did Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers.
The U.S. Men’s national soccer teams finishes fourth after falling to Colombia for the second time in the same tournament, this time it was 1-0 thanks to a Carlos Bacca 31st minute goal. But the real show was in the final where Argentina falls in a major tournament final for the third time in a row, and Chile comes out on top in back to back Copa Americas. Chile and Argentina played to a 0-0 draw through regulation and extra time, forcing penalty kicks in back-to-back tournaments. Both teams were down a man after a 28th minute red card for Chile’s Marcelo Diaz and in the 43rd Marcos Rojo was sent packing after a straight red card for what the ref deemed a malicious challenge.
Though Argentina was not able to find the back of the net during regulation and extra time they took 18 shots compared to Chile’s 4. In PKs Chile prevailed 4-2, after 5-time Ballon d’or winner Lionel Messi sailed one well above the crossbar and into the stands, again failing to bring a title home. In the wake of Messi’s 4th finals lost for Argentina, he retired from the Argentine national team, saying, "My thinking right now and thinking about it in the locker room, I'm done playing with the national team"
Messi, 29, still would be the focal point of the squad coming up in the next world cup in 2018 and many believe that he will come out of retirement then. Only time will tell if the disappointment from 4 finals losses for the senior Argentine team will be enough to keep Messi away from his 4th world cup appearance in Russia.