Week 3 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins

I believe the Redskins passing attack gets back on track vs. the Raiders in a shootout on Sunday Night Football.

 

Seahawks RB Chris Carson

This 7th round rookie out of Oklahoma State led the team in rushing last week. Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise are often injured. Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch last week. Carson was the Seahawks best RB in training camp. Carson should be the lead back going forward.

 

*Bonus*

 

Bengals RB Joe Mixon

New OC Bill Lazor first priority should be to unleash this talented rookie.  Mixon’s speed and quickness could do some damage against a slower Packers defense. Mixon is worth a flex play to find out.

 

Browns WR Rashard Higgins

Game of the day bad on bad football in a road matchup with the Colts. Kenny Britt has been a nonfactor and Corey Coleman is hurt yet again. Higgins had 11 targets last week and should get plenty of looks this week.

 

Raiders TE Jared Cook

3rd in pecking order of Raiders receiving corps. This is more of a matchup play vs. the Redskins, who have allowed the most yards to Tight Ends this season.

 

Panthers K Graham Gano

Should be busy in a home matchup with the Saints

 

Patriots Defense

Home vs. the Texans. I don’t believe Deshaun Watson in his 3rd NFL game will figure out the Rocket Scientist’s defense.

 

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap

Yet to get a sack this season, but will this week against the Packers.

2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Breakouts

Atlanta Hawks Forward Taurean Prince

Former 1st rd pick that will get an opportunity to get some run on a rebuilding team.  Averaged 10.7 PPG in final 15 games. 3 and D player could be worth a late round flier.

 

Boston Celtics Shooting Guard Jaylen Brown

Top 3 pick last season will get to spread his wings this season. Shots could be tough to come by with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward added to the roster. Brown will average significantly more than the 17.2 MPG of last season.  If Danny Ainge refused to trade him and opened up playing time, Jaylen Brown should be on your radar.

 

Brooklyn Nets Forward Caris LeVert

Projections are Nets will start Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell in the backcourt.  Allen Crabbe was acquired this offseason in a trade. Following the money leads you to believe Crabbe will be a starter.  LeVert has significantly more talent than Crabbe and I believe will be the starter at some point.  LeVert is the highest upside stash on the rebuilding Nets.

 

Charlotte Bobcats Center Dwight Howard

Reunites with Steve Clifford in Charlotte.  It’s amazing D12 is only 31 years old.  Last season still averaged 13.5 PPG and 12.7 RPG.  Cody Zeller has 4 years and $54 million dollars coming to him so Howard’s minutes may be scaled back. Howard will kill your teams FT percentage, but last seasons 63.3 FG% certainly is worth rostering.  Howard may slide down draft boards a bit, but isn’t in the discard pile just yet.

 

Chicago Bulls Point Guard Kris Dunn

Looked lost and overmatched in 78 games with the Wolves in his rookie season. The Bulls are in a full rebuild mode led by the questionable duo of John Paxson and Gar Forman.  Dunn has little competition for minutes with Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne.  Usage rate should be fairly high despite playing next to Zach LaVine.  Dunn may hurt your percentages at the start of the season, but is worth patiently rostering.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Small Forward Jae Crowder

Will help fantasy owners in categories leagues with his percentages.  Shot 40% last season from downtown and 81% from the charity stripe along with averaging a Steal-per-game.

 

Dallas Mavericks Point Guard Dennis Smith Jr.

Many analysts project Smith Jr. to be the Rookie-Of-The-Year.  Fantasy owners should love the opportunity to run the show in Big D.  Go up and get Smith Jr. early in drafts. It’s better to reach for a player and have him breakout on your roster instead of waiting and missing out on the breakout.

 

Denver Nuggets Point Guard/Shooting Guard Jamal Murray

Linked to quite a few trade rumors this offseason. Highlight of last season was winning Rookie Game MVP.  Murray at the helm of the up-tempo Nuggets offense could be fantasy gold.  Shot selection and getting teammates involved are aspects of the game this 2nd year player needs to work on.  Emmanuel Mudiay seems behind Murray in the eyes of the organization at this stage.  Worth it to spend the mid-round pick on Murray. I am strongly considering Murray as my keeper or a player I’ll have listed later on this list.

 

Detroit Pistons Small Forward Stanley Johnson

This 2015 first-round pick was drafted ahead of Justice Winslow, Myles Turner, and Devin Booker.  The Pistons under SVG have a habit of burying their draft choices and not developing them.  At some point that has to change, maybe it does in 2017-18.

Johnson is expected to play more Small Forward this season.  Johnson is worth a late round lottery ticket to see if he breaks thru this season.

 

Golden State Warriors Power Forward Jordan Bell

As a Bulls fan I wasn’t thrilled that GarPax sold Bell at the draft.  Bell has some work to do to crack into the rotation, but could be a player that contributes defensive stats to daily fantasy players.

 

Houston Rockets Center Clint Capela

Glue guy that will shoot a high percentage and grab rebounds.  Last years 64% from the field was stellar the 53% from the charity stripe not so much.  His 23.9 MPG last season should be able to go up a bit, but Nene Hilario will be there to steal some minutes. Capela’s overall value should increase a bit from last season.

 

Indiana Pacers Point Guard Darren Collison

Gets a 2nd tour of duty with the Pacers and returns as a much better 3-point shooter.  Cory Joseph could force this to more of a timeshare.  Categories league Fantasy Owners know what their getting with Collison’s percentages, but a move to Indiana could bump him up a bit.

 

Los Angeles Clippers Shooting Guard Austin Rivers

Did average 17.6 PPG and 4.5 APG in an extended run in January.  Rivers has more offensive upside than Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic.  Lou Williams will settle in as a Sixth Man.  Disregard the last name and spend a late round pick.

 

Los Angeles Lakers Small Forward Brandon Ingram

Looked overmatched in 79 games last season as a 19 year-old.  Effectiveness and efficiency should improve in Year 2.  Fighting Luol Deng for minutes should be a thing of the past.  Ingram has to grow into his body and is worth a later flier again this season in yearly leagues. Dynasty league owners will view Ingram differently.

 

Memphis Grizzles Power Forward JaMychal Green

Does a little bit of everything for the Grizzles.  Shot 50% from the field, 38% from downtown, and 80% at the charity stripe.  With Zach Randolph gone Green should get more run and provide more numbers for fantasy owners. Not a name brand player yet, but certainly helps fantasy owners.

 

Miami Heat Power Forward James Johnson

Significantly more valuable to categories leagues players due to his ability average a 3pt, STL, and BLK per game off the bench. Johnson averaged a career high 12.8 PPG last season.  After signing a 4-year deal, this under-rated player should be locked into a significant role in Miami.

 

Milwaukee Bucks Power Forward/Center Thon Maker

Showed flashes in his rookie season. Added muscle to his 7’1” frame this offseason. Maker is athletic and has a shooting touch to hit shots from outside. Maker has the makings of a late round flier with upside as a backup big man.  Dynasty league players will want to go after Maker sooner if available.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves Center Gorgui Dieng

10.7 PPG and 7.9 RPG last season.  Dieng playing with more playmakers in the backcourt this season could lead to more easy baskets.  Dieng shot 50% from the field and 81% at the free-throw line last season.  Dieng has more value in daily categories leagues more so than weekly points scoring.

 

New Orleans Pelicans Point Guard/Shooting Guard Jrue Holiday

I’m not fearful of Holiday’s assist totals going down with the addition of Rajon Rondo.  Holiday is the better player at this stage of their careers.  Holiday may also pick up added Shooting Guard eligibility.  Multiple position eligibility is something I consider a premium in fantasy basketball.

 

New York Knicks Center Willy Hernangomez

Solid inside scorer that should get plenty of run in the starting lineup for the rebuilding Knickerbockers.  Averaged 11.4 and 9.2 RPG after the All-Star break.  Fantasy owners should expect to see more scoring from Willy this season.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder Center Steven Adams

In his 4th season Adams set career highs in MPG, PPG, RPG, APG, and SPG.  Adams at age 24 could take another step forward in 2017-18.  Blocked shots are still lower than other Center’s but Adam’s is worth going up for this year.

 

Orlando Magic Shooting Guard Terrence Ross

Field goal attempts and scoring average went up to 12.5 PPG in Orlando.  Ross looks to flourish in his first full season out of Toronto.  With a guaranteed contract in Orlando thru 2018-19 Ross is a piece to build around.  Fantasy owners looking for scoring in the later rounds may want to take a flier on Ross.

 

Philadelphia 76ers Power Forward Ben Simmons

His playing restrictions may be different than Joel Embiid went thru last season.  Simmons can contribute in all categories

 

Phoenix Suns Power Forward Marquese Chriss

I love the upside of Chriss and am strongly considering keeping him over Jamal Murray.  His percentages may hurt, but Chriss is certainly a player to target for his upside.  On a bad Suns team Chriss should be able to provide stats across the board.

 

Portland Trail Blazers Center Jusuf Nurkic

Flourished with 15.2 PPG and 10.4 RPG since moving to Rip City.  Nurkic is a stud on the upswing. Denver got fleeced in that deal. I view Nurkic as a top 7 Center in fantasy basketball, not sure casual fantasy basketball players do.

 

San Antonio Spurs PG Dejounte Murray

Should be able to get serious run with Tony Parker out to start the season. Murray struggled in Summer League and following training camp reports will be key to selecting Murray this season.

 

Sacramento Kings Center Willie Cauley-Stein

Started to turn the corner after DeMarcus Cousins trade. WCS plays a similar style to Clint Capela of the Rockets.  Playing on a rebuilding team the Kings have every reason to see if WCS is a franchise building block.

 

Toronto Raptors Power Forward/ Center Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poetl

Both young bigs have flashed potential in Summer League action. Siakam and Poetl are blocked for minutes by Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka as training camp approaches. Both are stashes until Valanciunas is moved.

 

Utah Jazz Shooting Guard Rodney Hood

A lot of shots are open with Gordon Hayward in Boston. Ricky Rubio is a pass first point guard which will create a lot of shot opportunities.  Hood looks to be past his knee injury of last season. 2015-16 saw Hood average 14.5 PPG. I would anticipate 17 PPG in this lineup.

 

Washington Wizards Small Forward Kelly Oubre

3rd year pro looks to take another step forward this season. His minutes doubled from Year 1 to Year 2.  Oubre could see even more minutes this season if the Wizards try to play more small ball.

Championship Week Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock

It’s about time Pollack got hot, better late than never. Pollack has a .391/.417/.739 slash rate in the last 7 days. Pollock has 3 games on the road vs. the Padres and 3 at home with the Marlins. A .455 average in San Diego and .291 at home this season along with recent hot streak means Pollock should be in your lineups this week. Pollock is available in roughly 9 percent of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

A’s 1B/OF Matt Olson

Dongs in 3 consecutive contests. Olson is available in 40 percent of fantasy baseball leagues. Quietly has hit 20 bombs in 188 plate appearances. This week its 3 road games with the Tigers and 3 at home against the Rangers. Olson is hitting .429 vs. the Rangers this season and Detroit is in full on tank mode at this point.  Don’t fear a power outage at home has Olson has hit 11 dongers in Oakland.

 

Diamondbacks SP Zach Godley

A Tuesday road matchup with the Padres this week. The Padres have scored the fewest runs in all of baseball by a wide margin.  Godley has gone 6 or more frames in 4 consecutive starts.  Godley is available 25% of fantasy baseball leagues.

Week 2 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Bucs QB Jameis Winston

Carves up Bears weak secondary with weapons new and old.

 

Bears RB Tarik Cohen

PPR Flex play vs. the Bucs. Cohen is on tape now and opposing defenses will adjust. Jordan Howard and the Bears receivers are banged up, so expect Cohen to be involved in the passing game.

 

Patriots WR Chris Hogan

With Amendola Out, Hogan should be a factor vs. the Saints in a high scoring affair. I doubt Hogan goes for just 1 catch 8 yards again.

 

Eagles TE Zach Ertz

Chiefs defense isn’t the same without Eric Berry manning the middle. Ertz should be able to do some damage.

 

Raiders Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio vs. the Jets.

 

Ravens Defense gets to face DeShon Kizer, who happens to be the 3rd youngest QB to start an opener since the merger. Ravens Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees should be able to disguise some blitzes to get Kizer to turn the ball over.

 

Vikings Defensive End Danielle Hunter

I believe Hunter gets to Big Ben this week.

Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust Round 2

Astros OF Josh Reddick

Hitting .563 in the last 7 days.  3 games on the road vs. the Angels and 3 at home with the Mariners.  Great matchups this week as Reddick is hitting .438 this season against the Angels and only .327 vs. the Mariners.  Reddick is available in 32% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury

Batting .429 with 5 RBI in last 7 days.  Ellsbury plays 3 games on the road with the Rays and 4 at home against the Orioles.  Daily players should take notice of Ellsbury’s slash rate vs. the Rays.324/.375/.568, while in Tampa .391/.417/.696. His .344 OBP vs. the Orioles makes Ellsbury worth a play all week. Ellsbury is available in nearly 80% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Indians SP Mike Clevinger

3 straight scoreless starts of 6 frames including a win vs. this Wednesday’s opponent the Tigers.  The road hasn’t been kind to the Tigers as they’ve hit to just a .242 clip.  Clevinger is available in over 50% of fantasy baseball leagues.

Week 1 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer

I anticipate a lot of points thru the air in this game. Palmer is a pickup for Andrew Luck or Jameis Winston owners.

 

Ravens RB Danny Woodhead

Didn’t play much in the preseason, but is a smart veteran player. PPR owners should feel comfortable using Woodhead as a flex.

 

Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr.

Should benefit from Willie Snead suspension, worth a flex this week vs. the Vikings.

 

Chargers TE Hunter Henry

One of my favorite breakout players this season. Once Antonio Gates breaks the receiving TD record, I anticipate Henry to take the majority of the snaps at TE.

 

Chargers K Younghoe Koo

Name of the year. Was in running for Lou Groza award last season.

 

Falcons Defense

Pissed off after Super Bowl debacle with a dream matchup vs. Mike Glennon and the offensively challenged Bears.

 

Lions MLB Jarrad Davis

Rookie in the middle that should be on the field for all 3 downs.

 

 

10-Team PPR Draft

10-Team PPR Snake Draft starting with pick 7. Had connection problem just as it was my turn to pick as Theo Riddick was auto-picked instead of Jimmy Graham.  Here’s my team no Tight End is required in the lineup. Feel free to comment on this roster. If you’ve read my other posts you’ll notice I have 5 teams and all have Pierre Garcon.

FALL GUY STUNTMAN ASSC.
7 Jordy Nelson, GB WR
14 Jordan Howard, Chi RB
27 Kareem Hunt, KC RB
34 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari WR
47 Russell Wilson, Sea QB
54 Carlos Hyde, SF RB
67 Tyreek Hill, KC WR
74 Marcus Mariota, Ten QB
87 Pierre Garcon, SF WR
94 Theo Riddick, Det RB
107 Paul Perkins, NYG RB
114 Texans D/ST D/ST
127 Corey Coleman, Cle WR
134 Giants D/ST D/ST
147 Mason Crosby, GB K
154 Rex Burkhead, NE RB

Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust Round 1

Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar

.360/.360/.600 slash rate the last 7 days.  3 on the road vs. the Red Sox and 3 at home with the Tigers.  Batting .280 vs. the Red Sox this year and .286 in Boston.  While the Tigers are in free fall mode.  .370 OBP this season vs. Left-handed pitchers and gets to face lefties on Tuesday and Saturday.  Available in over 75% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Braves SS Dansby Swanson

7 home games this week 3 with the Rangers and 4 against the Marlins. Swanson was sent down earlier this summer to regroup and has done just that. A .329/.429/.447 slash rate for the last 28 days. Swanson is available in nearly 87% of fantasy baseball leagues.

 

Red Sox SP Doug Fister

Takes on the Blue Jays at home on Wednesday. In his last 3 starts has gone 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 0.652 WHIP.  One of the feel good stories of the season as Fister opted out of a minor league deal with the Angels and was placed on waivers. The Red Sox picked him up and have reaped the benefits. The Angels are still looking for solid starters. Available in over 84% of fantasy baseball leagues.

10-Team Dynasty IDP Draft Result

10 team Dynasty league in which you can keep up to 10 players and have 1 franchise tag. This is a PPR/IDP scoring format. I picked out of the 3rd spot in a snake draft. Feel free to comment on how I did.

1   WR Julio Jones Falcons

2   RB Leonard Fournette Jaguars

3   WR Demaryius Thomas Broncos

4   TE Jimmy Graham Seahawks

5   WR Pierre Garcon 49ers

6   WR Eric Decker Titans

7   RB Danny Woodhead Ravens

8   WR Chris Hogan Patriots

9   TE Kyle Rudolph Vikings

9   RB Thomas Rawls Seahawks

10 WR Jeremy Maclin Ravens

11 QB Carson Palmer Cardinals

12 RB Paul Perkins Giants (keeper)

13 WR Will Fuller Texans (keeper)

14 RB David Johnson Cardinals (keeper)

15 DL Aaron Donald Rams

16 LB Jamie Collins Sr. Browns

17 WR Jordan Matthews Bills (keeper)

18 WR Tyler Lockett (keeper)

19 RB Tevin Coleman Falcons (keeper)

20 QB Jay Cutler Dolphins (keeper)

21 LB Deion Jones Falcons (keeper)

22 DL Brandon Graham Eagles

22 QB Carson Wentz Eagles (keeper)

23 LB Myles Jack Jaguars

24 DB Karl Joseph Raiders

25 LB Jarrad Davis Lions

25 DB Jamaal Adams Jets

26 no pick traded away

27 DL Robert Quinn Rams

28 DB Jahleel Addae Chargers

29 DL Mario Addison Panthers

30 LB B.J. Goodson Giants

31 RB Kenneth Dixon Ravens

WR Martavis Bryant Steelers (franchise tag)

10-Team PPR Draft

10-Team PPR Draft. Had the 3rd pick in a snake draft.  Feel free to comment on how I did.

Fall Guy Stuntman Association
1. (3) Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB)
2. (18) Aaron Rodgers (GB – QB)
3. (23) Leonard Fournette (Jax – RB)
4. (38) Jordan Reed (Was – TE)
5. (43) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari – WR)
6. (58) Eric Decker (Ten – WR)
7. (63) Pierre Garcon (SF – WR)
8. (78) Rob Kelley (Was – RB)
9. (83) Mike Gillislee (NE – RB)
10. (98) Hunter Henry (LAC – TE)
11. (103) Chris Hogan (NE – WR)
12. (118) Jordan Matthews (Buf – WR)
13. (123) Jonathan Stewart (Car – RB)
14. (138) Robby Anderson (NYJ – WR)
15. (143) Matthew Stafford (Det – QB)
16. (158) Atlanta (Atl – DEF)
17. (163) Mason Crosby (GB – K)