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Top 50 Flex Rankings: Week 14

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Welcome to FY’s top-50 flex plays for the week. Rankings represent the order I would be most comfortable inserting each player into my lineup; tiers further separate our fantasy assets to help establish the probability of fantasy dominance. Keep player availability in mind as the week progresses. In these ranks you will only find players I feel have a good chance to play this week.


It’s playoff time! In the fantasy world anyway. Week 14 puts us just two weeks away from the fantasy Super Bowl, unless you’re in a league that goes to Week 17, which case, get out. Most owners who are still alive are pretty set on which players they like. But as the end of the season approaches, new challenges creep up that, for the unaware fantasy owner, can be the difference between winning and losing. The biggest issue is the resting of star players to get them fresh for the “real life” playoffs.

That could become an issue for Ezekiel Elliott owners as early as this week. The Cowboys have a playoff spot locked up and their rookie running back, who’s never played more than a 13-game season, already has 291 touches under his belt. One has to wonder if a lighter workload is in store. It may not happen this week, but with a loss ending your season, make sure you take all scenarios into consideration when setting your lineup.

Week 13 was fairly status quo when it came to the leaders. Running backs once again took top honors: David Johnson and Jordan Howard each had 29 points to pace the field, and RBs held seven of the top ten spots. The biggest surprises of the week were at tight end. Two heretofore disappointing TEs, Dwayne Allen and Dennis Pitta, both had monster games. But those were anomalies; don’t expect to see either in the top ten again.

Week 14 should be much of the same. The running back position will continue to be strong, while peaks and valleys make all but the top eight receivers hard to rely on.

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A Steady Seven Fantasy Tips for Week 13

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As I set out on my journey to compose this article, I was informed that you readers aren’t here to listen to me rant about the previous week; apparently you’re coming here for this week’s fantasy tips.

Fine, maybe I talk a little too much. I’ll keep the recaps short and sweet so we can get to the good stuff. (What you came for.) That said, I’m still going to poke fun at my buddy Nicholas’ fantasy team from time to time, even though his flex rankings are pretty sweet.

Here’s where I hit big last week…

Starts

  • Drew Brees – 32.50 points (QB2)
  • Tyrell Williams – 13.00 points (WR18)
  • Eli Manning – 19.56 points (QB19) – less than 1.5 points from being top-ten

Sits

  • Sam Bradford – 6.96 points (QB32)
  • Jameis Winston – 16.00 points (QB24)
  • Cameron Meredith – 1.90 points (WR93)
  • Tajae Sharpe and Kendall Wright – 1.10 points combined

Here’s where I busted…

Starts

  • Thomas Rawls – 3.80 points (RB45)
  • Rob Kelley – 4.20 points (RB42)

The rest of the advice was not good enough to boast about, but you can look back on it here. Now onto the week ahead. 

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Top 50 Flex Rankings: Week 13

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Welcome to the Week 13 edition of FY’s top-50 flex plays. Rankings represent the order I would be most comfortable inserting each player into my lineup; tiers further separate our fantasy assets to help establish the probability of fantasy dominance. Keep player availability in mind as the week progresses. In these ranks you will only find players I feel have a good chance to play this week.

Thanksgiving weekend was full of excitement with a great slate of primetime games. Unfortunately some of our fantasy players enjoyed too much turkey and took a weekend-long nap. With numerous fantasy studs looking a little lethargic, it opened the door for a few secondary players to fill the top 10. Some of the usual suspects managed to shake the weariness and provided owners with their usual output. Antonio Brown, Ezekiel Elliott, and Mike Evans still handed in top-10 performances. But for the second straight week, a surprise leader emerged. Mark Ingram popped off big play after big play, turning in a stellar 28 fantasy points to pace the field. The top 10 also included names such as Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Emmanuel Sanders, Michael Thomas, and Jonathan Stewart.

Week 13 ends the NFL bye weeks. Owners who are unfortunate enough to be relying on Titans or Browns will need to search a thin waiver wire for replacements.

Another thing hindering fantasy owners is the inability of the top two fantasy tight ends to stay on the field. With a wide receiver group that thins out considerably after the top 10, owners are searching for ways to fill out their line ups. My advice: rely on the guys that have been balling, not the ones you drafted high. The likes of Davante Adams or Jamison Crowder have provided owners with better options than bigger names like Allen Robinson, Larry Fitzgerald, and DeAndre Hopkins. Come crunch time, don’t be afraid to sit a big name for someone who is producing.

Week 13 marks the end of the regular season for many fantasy leagues. Whether you are fighting for first or just trying to crush someone’s playoff dreams, I hope you have enjoyed your season and learned a thing or two along the way. For those season-long owners missing the playoffs, check out daily fantasy and start feeling better about your General Manager abilities.

Without further ado, I present my top-50 for Week 13.

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A Solid Seven Fantasy Tips for Week 12

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As we prepare to load ourselves full of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy (make sure you get your greens), let’s not forget the true meaning of this glorious holiday: a day of football, which also means more fantasy decisions to be made early in the week.

Joking aside, make sure you take the time to give thanks to family, friends, and everyone else who has loved, cared, and helped you along the way, especially the guy who advised you to start Julian Edelman (WR8) and Russell Wilson (QB5) last week, while leaving Jason Witten’s 3.7 points on your bench and staying away from Tampa receivers not named Mike Evans.

I wouldn’t blame you for being bitter with the person who thought that starting Blake Bortles (QB20) and benching Derek Carr (QB7) was a good idea, though. (Sorry…)

While you’re at it, don’t forget my good friend Nicholas Ferris. Even after his own fantasy team takes a beating, he still takes the time to provide you with quality flex rankings.

If I could have a second, I’d love to give thanks to the rest of the squad here at FY, and of course, our loyal fan-base. Without you folks, I wouldn’t be able to afford all the calories I’m going to slam into this belly tomorrow; so, thank you for that!

Alright, enough of the sappy, emotional stuff. Let’s get back to why you’re here: fantasy football. (And possibly synonyms for the word “firm.”) Telling you to start guys like David Johnson and Antonio Brown would be about as obvious as whether you’re going to have seconds at dinner tomorrow, so I won’t do it. I’m here to help you with the tougher decisions of the week, like whether you should put cranberries on your plate.

Here are the tips I’m serving up this Thanksgiving weekend. I’ll apologize in advance for the Thanksgiving jokes that are coming up; hopefully they don’t ruffle your feathers too much.

As always, don’t hesitate to ask your specific fantasy questions in the comments section below.

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Top 50 Flex Rankings: Week 12

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Welcome to the Week 12 edition of FY’s top-50 flex plays. Rankings represent the order I would be most comfortable inserting each player into my lineup; tiers further separate our fantasy assets to help establish the probability of fantasy dominance. Keep player availability in mind as the week progresses. In these ranks, you will only find players I feel have a good chance to play Sunday.

Week 11 saw workhorse running backs dominate the scoreboard once again. However, there was a surprise at the top with an emerging Robert Kelley pacing the field with a week-leading 31 points. The running back position seems to be getting deeper as we enter Week 12 with at least 20 teams sporting a back who should see a lot of usage.

The bye weeks are on bye for a week so talent is plentiful for the Thanksgiving schedule. Unfortunately, the late game has lost some pizzazz as the Indianapolis Colts sound like they will be Andrew Luck-less when they host Pittsburgh. The first two games on tap – Minnesota at Detroit and Washington at Dallas – should more than make up for it, though; they’re both crucial matchups between division rivals that have huge playoff implications.

Who should you be starting in the Turkey Day football feast and the Sunday slate that follows? I present to you my top 50 flex plays for Week 12.

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An Unwavering Seven Fantasy Tips for Week 11

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I’m not going to sugarcoat it the way my friend Nicholas did in his Top-50 Flex Rankings for Week 11; my advice last week was unacceptable. If you listened to me about quarterbacks, then you probably started Eli Manning (QB14) or Matt Ryan (QB20) over Drew Brees (QB8) or Joe Flacco (QB7).

Although there were some gems in there, like starting Antonio Gates (TE5) over Jordan Reed (TE23) and putting your faith in Allen Robinson (WR3) while giving up on Christine Michael (RB47), I’m not satisfied with what I put on the table. If it makes you feel any better, Mr. Ferris also kindly pointed out that he beat me (by half-a-point) in fantasy this week; so know I suffered, too.

That’s enough talk, though. I have a relationship to repair and some trust to win back. I hope you can find it in your heart to accept this fantasy wisdom as an apology …

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Top 50 Flex Rankings: Week 11

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TOP 50 FLEX RANKINGS: WEEK 11

Welcome to the Week 11 edition of FY’s top-50 flex plays. Rankings represent the order I would be most comfortable inserting each player into my lineup; tiers further separate our fantasy assets to help establish the probability of fantasy dominance. Keep player availability in mind as the week progresses. In these ranks, you will only find players I feel have a good chance to play Sunday.

Week 10 saw its share of surprises. My friend Ty Worer had some hits and misses once again in his interestingly risky approach to fantasy football in his week 10 tips. But I’ll keep my latest assault in our ongoing war of words short and sweet: I won our Week 10 head-to-head fantasy match-up. BOOYAH! So as I stated last week, “check you in the playoffs.”

Week 10 was the most entertaining slate of games so far this year with some insane closing moments in more than a few contests. With the NFL as unpredictable as ever, Week 11 brings ample questions for owners entering the stretch drive. Most trade deadlines have passed and waiver wire pick’ens are pretty thin. Workhorse running backs are ruling the roost so far this year as the position is responsible for occupying the top-five scoring spots and seven out of the top ten. A handful of receivers are worthy of centering a lineup around, but if you want higher floors and explosive ceilings, the top running backs are your go-to guys.

Without further ado, I present the top-50 flex plays for Week 11.

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A Secure Seven Fantasy Tips for Week 10

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As my esteemed colleague Nicholas Ferris has already pointed out in his top-50 flex rankings, I took a big cut in telling you to bench Frank Gore (RB5) last week. It did not pay off; Gore racked up 19.10 fantasy points. Mr. Ferris also took me to task for telling you to start Randall Cobb (WR34) and Ty Montgomery (WR28). Neither had the day I was expecting, and my prediction that both would be top-20 wide receiver plays was wrong. But Cobb was only 3.3 points away, and Montgomery was just one. (If you lost your matchup by less than 3.3 points, please speak up and I will issue you a formal apology for the gaffe.)

Alright, Sammie Coates was blanked on the day as well, but I have already taken the necessary measures to atone for that.

In my view, the most pertinent piece of information jolly old St. Nicholas notes is that I’m 8-1 in our fantasy league – BOOM! – so rest assured that I have at least some sage suggestions. Even last week, the aforementioned misses were drowned out by a chorus of gilded fantasy angels.

Case in point: benching Derek Carr (QB27 – only 26 teams played last week) for the incompetent Colin Kaepernick (QB8).

I could continue boasting about the rest – benching Marvin Jones (WR94) and running with Tim Hightower (RB8) – but instead I’m putting every second I have into this week to make amends for the embarrassing strikeout on Gore.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to cop-out and tell you to start David Johnson or Ezekiel Elliott. If you want the top of the board, Nicholas is your man. As always, I’m looking deeper than that.

As we approach the end of the fantasy regular season, losses become even harder to swallow. I understand that your roster situation is slightly different than everyone else’s. So I am happy to answer any specific fantasy questions you may have, just post them in the comments section below.

For now, here’s the advice you need to follow in order to win your match-up in Week 10. 

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Top 50 Flex Rankings: Week 10

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TOP 50 FLEX RANKINGS: WEEK 10

Welcome to the Week 10 edition of FY’s top-50 flex plays. As always, rankings represent the order I would be most comfortable inserting each player into my lineup; tiers further separate our fantasy assets to help establish the probability of fantasy dominance. Also keep in mind player availability changes as the week progresses. In these ranks, you will only find players I feel have a good chance to play Sunday.

Now, before I get to much into fantasy this week, I feel I should address some in-house business. It seems my colleague Ty Worer is feeling pretty good about himself these days. In his article Seven Fantasy Tips For Week 9, he drops the metaphorical mic after telling you he leads me in our fantasy pool. He is indeed 8-1. Not bad. However, he is third in points scored and I happen to be one of the owners he is trailing. In fact, I am the owner everyone is trailing, so I will take my 6-3 record, keep grinding it out, and check you in the playoffs.

Pick your mic back up junior.

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A Stable Seven Fantasy Tips for Week 9

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Last week, I admitted that I failed to foresee Geno Smith tearing his ACL, leaving the door open for Ryan Fitzpatrick to come in and save the day. But I took what I learned from that experience and became a better man: a man so great that I was able to tip you off to the injury that would occur to Alex Smith (QB24), a man so intelligent that I was able to foretell Mark Ingram’s negative fantasy output in Week 8.

Ok, maybe I didn’t predict Smith’s injury or negative points for Ingram, but I did tell you to put both guys on the bench, which is all that matters.

The rest of my advice was pretty accurate as well, as long as you stuck with your gut and didn’t take my advice to play Brock Osweiler. I promise I won’t lobby for you to start another bum at quarterback this week. But I will give you some quality players to look to with a lot of fantasy studs enjoying their bye weeks.

As you know, I’m not here to give you the obvious advice (i.e. start Matt Ryan and Devontae Booker). I’m focusing on the less obvious plays that will win you the week. (Spoiler alert: I am telling you to start another incompetent quarterback this week. This time it’ll pay off, though. I swear.)

If you’re the type of person who needs to be reassured that Ezekiel Elliott will have a big day against the Browns, you can check out Nicholas’ Top-50 Flex Players for Week 9; he even has a new fancy guarantee. “But for your sake, you might want to think about buying a quality product from me” – the guy who leads Mr. Ferris in our fantasy pool. [mic drop]

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