The Fantasy Forecaster: Week 8 Start/Sit

Ricky was joined by fellow TSS writer Doug Moore and they discussed their Must Start/Must Sit for week 8.

Here is the short version of the show just telling who we picked.

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Ricky’s Week 8 5-Pack Fantasy Sleepers

Each week, Ricky Valero will unleash his 5-pack of fantasy sleepers for the upcoming week. These players are going to make for great value plays while you construct your weekly DFS lineups.

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Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 8

The parade of injured stars continues as a few more linebackers have gone down for the year. It’s never a good thing when the injury list is larger than the waiver list:

IDP Injuries of note:

  • Chandler Jones (NE DE): Jones had another great game and all was just peachy until word came out early this week that Jones has a hip injury and could miss a month. There hasn’t been definitive word but make other plans for the immediate future.
  • Andre Branch (JAC DE): Branch was trying to play through a groin injury in week 7 but aggravated it to the point that he will likely be out a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • Justin Tuck (OAK DE): Tuck missed week 7 with a bad knee after being listed as questionable. I would look elsewhere at this point.
  • Da’Quan Bowers (TB DE): Bowers has been suspended for two games for PED use. You probably won’t even notice he is gone as he has only one sack on the year.
  • Ahtyba Rubin (CLE DE): Rubin has struggled this year and the injured ankle may need surgery. No need to worry about him moving forward for this year.
  • Paul Posluszny (JAC LB): He was his usual solid self this year but that came to an end in week 7. A torn pectoral will end his season. JT Thomas looks to fill in the middle for Poz, however there probably isn’t much IDP value. Telvin Smith would be the linebacker to take a chance on as he has started to improve and this may clear a way to more playing time.
  • Brian Orakpo (WAS LB): Stop me if you have heard this before. Orakpo is done for the year with a torn pectoral. No, this isn’t a repeat from previous seasons. He did it again. When healthy he is a big play option but that health part is beginning to be too much of an issue to overcome. Take a look at Trent Murphy, starting opposite Ryan Kerrigan. He may get a shot for some big plays.
  • Jon Beason (NYG LB): Beason is still suffering from his toe injury. He is getting opinions from all over and season ending surgery is very possible.
  • Jerrell Freeman (IND LB): Freeman has a hip pointer now. It caused him to miss some time in week 7 but he did return. It’s just something to monitor as the week moves along.
  • Vontaze Burfict (CIN LB): another week another upper body injury to Burfict.  This time it’s a strained neck.  I would just steer clear from this guy at this point.
  • Rey Maualuga (CIN LB): was inactive in Week #7 and is expected to miss a few more weeks with a hamstring injury.  The Bengals LB core is banged up with Burfict, Maualaga, & Emmanuel Lamur all are dinged.  This leaves Vincent Rey an intriguing play.
  • Kyle Fuller (CHI DB): left the game with a hip pointer and it was later discovered also broke his hand.  He is looking like he’ll play with a club on his hand so I would stay away since his value is highly tied to his ability to intercept passes.  Now he has to try with a club on his hand.
  • Brandon Flowers (SD DB): Flowers left last week’s game with a concussion and has been ruled out for this week’s game against Denver.
  • Jason Verrett (SD DB): Verrett is dealing with a shoulder injury and is looking doubtful for this week’s game against Denver. Richard Marshall and Shareece Wright are going to get all they can handle against the Broncos.
  • Darrelle Revis (NE DB): Revis was sent home from practice because he was late to a meeting. It doesn’t look like he will be disciplined any further so he should be fine this week against the Bears.
  • Usama Young (OAK DB): Young tore his ACL and MCL and is done for the year. Brandian Ross will replace him and will get plenty of opportunities. It just makes the poor Raiders defense even worse, which sometimes helps in the IDP world.
  • Eric Berry (KC DB): Berry was nearing a return last week and then suffered a setback. I wouldn’t plan on him for week 8.

Who’s on the wire?

DL:

  • Jay Ratliff (CHI DT): Ratfliff had a huge week with 5 solos and 3.5 sacks. He hasn’t done much this year and missed a few games but the Chicago defensive line is playing quite well. I believe this was more of an aberration then a sign of things to come. Don’t waste your time on this part-time player.
  • Terrell Suggs (BAL DE): Suggs had a sack for a second straight week. This could be a sign he is heating up and the Ravens are playing well and getting leads. I don’t fully buy in but if you have a spot to stash a guy and Suggs is available he might be worth the flyer.
  • Charles Johnson (CAR DE): Johnson got off the a terrible start which may have led to impatient owners dropping him. If he is out there you need to go get him. He is heating up and had a sack (second straight week) and 5 solos. He has the pedigree and should be rostered.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul (NYG DE): I had him in this section last week and he went off for two more sacks and 6 solos. If you didn’t take my advice and JPP is still available you better get him now as he won’t be there next week.
  • Robert Quinn (STL DE): Quinn finally picked up a sack. It only took 7 weeks for last season’s sack leader. If he was dropped this could be the sign of him heating up.

LB:

  • Brandon Marshall (DEN LB): Marshall went back to his early season roll as the every down linebacker with Trevathan out indefinitely. Marshall is a must own if he’s out there.
  • Mychal Kendricks (PHI LB): Kendricks is starting to practice and if he was dropped and you have an open roster spot he is most definitely worth the stash. Get him if you can.
  • Trent Murphy (WAS LB): Murphy is a guy to just keep an eye on. He will be replacing Brian Orakpo and getting the opportunity across from Ryan Kerrigan so he should have the opportunity to make an impact.
  • Dont’a Hightower & Jamie Collins (NE LB): Both put up huge numbers last week but with the injury to Chandler Jones it remains to be seen how their usage will be impacted. I think both are worthy pickups but the high tackle numbers may go down on one or the other while the big play (rush LB) opportunity may increase. If I had to guess I would say Hightower remains inside and Collins gets shifted outside.

DB:

  • Brandian Ross (Oak DB): Ross will replace Usama Young and should start for the foreseeable future. Ross is nothing special but the Raiders will be on defense a lot so the opportunity will be there.
  • Richard Marshall (SD DB): With the Broncos on the slate for week 8 and the starting corners for the Chargers out with injury expect the new guys to get picked on. This is fantasy gold for IDP players. Marshall should get lots of tackle opportunities.
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (GB DB): He finally got the start and played in 100% of the snaps while tallying 8 solo tackles.His time has come and he has a great matchup against the Saints this week. Expect a big week and nearing a must start from here on out. If he is on the waiver wire, pick him up.

Shane Gallimore is a fantasy football contributor for The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Gally4!

The Extra Attacker: Emerging Power Play Quarterbacks

Early on in the ’14-’15 NHL season, fantasy owners are frantically searching their free agents pools, looking for that diamond in the rough. Whether it be a young goalie off to a strong start or a forward who has seen a jump to a more prominent role. What fake gamers shouldn’t forget is those defensemen! Not just any defensemen, but those who can put up 35 to 40 points. What is the primary path to d-men racking up points? The power play!

The man advantage is a fantasy goldmine for fantasy owners. No matter the league format, power play production is a hot commodity, especially from the blue line. In the season’s first two weeks, two under-the-radar, young defensemen have risen to the top of the fantasy must-have: Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie and Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen.

Brodie has 3 goals and 4 assists in the early going. He's currently the #4 fantasy option on defense
Brodie has 3 goals and 4 assists in the early going. He’s currently the #4 fantasy option on defense

TJ Brodie: With 7 points in his 1st 8 games, Brodie’s Y! availability has dwindled down to 28% in the last couple of days, as the majority of fantasy owners now understand just how good he is. At 24, Brodie has steadily developed into a fine offensive blue-liner for a couple years, as witnessed by his career-high 31 points in 81 games a year ago. What could be the biggest factor in him taking the leap from 30 points to the 50 range? Power play time/game. Last year, Brodie averaged 1:36/game. Thus far that time has risen to 2:17 in 8 games. Suddenly, his percentage of power play points from a year ago (22.6%) could rise into the 30-35% range (the golden standard is Erik Karlsson, who last year saw 41.9% of his points come on the power play). Additionally, Calgary is a much improved, hard-working team. More power play opportunities equal a strong possibility of production from Brodie.

The Flames’ front office predicted this rise from Brodie and recently signed him to a 5-year, $23.5 million contract extension. The Flames made a leap of faith, now it’s time for you, the fantasy owner to do the same thing.

Sami Vatanen: Vatanen is a young, offensive-minded blue liner playing for an excellent team. He’s seen a spike in power play time – on a line with Perry, Getzlaf and Kesler nonetheless. Label me interested! Vatanen is off to an exceptional start, as an injury to incumbent #1 defenseman Cam Fowler has opened the door. All he’s done with the opportunity is record 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games, all of which have come on the man advantage. The season is still young, but Vatanen is currently averaging 4:30/game on the man advantage, and with the names listed above as his linemates, the 23 year-old Finn could be on the verge of fantasy stardom. Currently owned in only 45% of Yahoo! leagues, Vatanen is a must own at this point, and a point total well into the 40’s is a reasonable prediction.

The only two chinks in Vatanen’s armor moving forward? The return of Fowler, who is a slick, offensive-minded young defenseman who is the true power-play quarterback for the Ducks. Although it’s dreamy to think that all of his points will come on the power play, but regression in that area will be automatic in the long term. Having said that, Vatanen’s value right now is sky high; grab him while you can.

Neither one of these two young studs will give you much in the way of periphery categories (blocked shots, PIM or hits). But hey, who cares at this point?! Their power play production has them both at the top of the must-own fantasy list.

Statistical credits: NHL.com, calgarysun.com, ducks.nhl.com, capgeek.com
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Derek is The Sports Script’s resident fantasy hockey guru. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @Sons_of_Fuller!

The Weekly Stream: Defense; Week 8

All records are meant to be broken. On Sunday, Peyton Manning broke the record for the most passing touchdowns by any quarterback in NFL history. After the game Peyton was interviewed on NBC and gave one of the most selfless interviews I have ever seen. He spoke of his teammates and coaches that he has had over the years. He gave credit to everyone except himself. I have my own opinions on Peyton Manning that I will save for another article, but no one can deny the fact that he is great. Through neck surgery and beyond, Peyton has faced adversity and done so while succeeding on the field week after week.

Many of you probably don’t know this but something else ended in the NFL on Sunday. The Jacksonville Jaguars finally won a game. Not only that, the opposing defense failed to score double-digit fantasy points against them like it had done every week prior this season.

Overall, week 7 was crazy, but we are just getting started.

Last week’s results:

  • Cleveland Browns: 8 fantasy points. Eight. Against the Jaguars. I watched some of this game and the Browns defense actually looked pretty decent at times. Three interceptions and two sacks on Bortles made for an impressive showing. In the end though, the Jaguars racked up 24 points on the way to their first victory of the season.
  • Dallas Cowboys: America’s team played the struggling New York Giants at home and I thought for sure they would give us a better a performance. Although they only allowed 21 points, the only points they put up were two fumble recoveries. 3 fantasy points is all the Cowboys were worth. I thought they had a chance to finally hit double-digit fantasy points but while they got the win, the defense’s best weapon continues to be their explosive offense.

NOTE: The Cowboys do get Washington this upcoming week, so if you own them they may be worth another shot.

Week 8 Targets:

Denard Robinson was a big reason why an opposing defense failed to record double-digit fantasy points for the first time against the Jags in 2014
Denard Robinson was a big reason why an opposing defense failed to record double-digit fantasy points for the first time against the Jags in 2014

Cleveland Browns: If you read last week’s article you know how excited I was for the matchup against the Jaguars. Although I was a little disappointed by their performance, the matchup wasn’t the only reason that I picked up the Browns off the waiver wire. The Browns get to fly home and take on the Raiders this week. Although Oakland has kept opposing defenses away from huge point totals thus far, a home matchup still seems prime for the Browns. Pick ‘em up and use them.

NOTE: Cleveland takes on Tampa Bay in week 9 to close out their trio of great matchups for streaming!

Miami Dolphins: Miami’s defense is improving from week to week. The Dolphins have played six games and have scored double-digit fantasy points in four of them. Who do the Dolphins get in week 8? You guessed it, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The battle of Florida should be a great matchup for Miami on the defensive end of the ball. I believe the Dolphins take care of business in Jacksonville.

Buffalo Bills: The Buffalo Bills are owned in more leagues than the teams I usually include in this column. Still, Buffalo is unowned in 40% of leagues and should be streamed in week 8. The Bills have been playing really well, keeping opposing tailbacks out of the end zone, and putting up good fantasy numbers along the way. This week Buffalo gets the New York Jets. The Jets are wacky, but they are almost always good for a few sacks on Geno and a pick or two. I think this Bills unit is in for a big week.

Good luck in week 8!

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Jared “Minnesota Nice” Hines is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Jared_Hines27!

Waiver Wire Wizardry: Pickups for Week 8

Quarterback:

Joe Flacco (63% Y!): Over the last two weeks, Flacco has thrown for 7 touchdowns compared just 2 interceptions. Yes, they were against weak defensive units (Tampa and Atlanta), but Flacco is showing that he has strong connections with his bevy of hands in Baltimore. Involving Torrey Smith more, along with using Steve Smith and Owen Daniels, Flacco definitely has options to utilize in the passing game. He also has a strong run game with a 3-headed monster led by Justin Forsett. He has a 14:5 TD:INT ratio on the season and is an upper-tier QB2 with potential to be a low-end QB1 on a weekly basis. He gets the Bengals, Steelers and Titans over the next three weeks, all of which are beatable. He’s a great bye-week filler in the near future.

Carson Palmer (42% Y!): Palmer seems nearly recovered from a shoulder issue that plagued him for most of the season. Since his return, he’s thrown 4 touchdowns to just 1 interception. He has done a nice job of spreading the ball around to his plethora of weapons and has been complimented nicely by stud running back Andre Ellington. Palmer should be owned in more leagues due to his matchups to come (Eagles, Cowboys, Rams) and the ability of his weapons to make plays. Palmer throws the ball down-field quite a bit, and that’s what we fake gamers want to see!

Running Back:

Tre Mason (17% Y!): The Auburn rookie has been inactive more often than he has been in uniform this season. Yet he’s now one of the most intriguing running back adds of the year. He had a breakout game on Sunday (18/85/1) against Seattle and is now likely the top tailback for the Rams. Last season’s surprise star Zac Stacy has just not been able to get it going this season and saw no touches on Sunday. The only other back in the mix is Benjamin Cunningham, who looks to have established a role as the change-of-pace option. Easily the most talented runner in the St. Louis backfield, the job should be Mason’s so long as he produces in the weeks to come. While Mason is not likely to be a PPR-maven, the Rams like to run the ball enough for him to be a weekly FLEX option should he succeed with the gig. Pick him up in all formats.

Ronnie Hillman (58% Y!): Last call! Add in all leagues. Hillman had a big game on Sunday, tallying 103 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against a stingy San Fransisco defense. Given the lack of burst with which Montee Ball played before his injury, Hillman is a candidate to keep this job for the remainder of the season. At the very least, he’s carved out a major role in this offense once the former returns. There is still no definitive timetable for Ball’s return, so continue to use Hillman with confidence in the weeks ahead.

With Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller out indefinitely, look for Bryce Brown to take over as Buffalo's lead back
With Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller out indefinitely, look for Bryce Brown to take over as Buffalo’s lead back

Bryce Brown (6% Y!): Both Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller are out indefinitely with injuries, leaving Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown to handle the backfield touches in their absence. Dixon has been active all year due to his special teams appeal but Brown is the more talented back and should be given a larger share of the touches between the 20’s. Brown is also the superior pass protector and that should only help to keep him on the field. Dixon will likely sub in when Buffalo gets close to the goal line. Brown has great stats in his young career, with over 4.6 YPC and 6 touchdowns. The only downside to Brown’s immediate future prospects are the tough matchups which Buffalo faces. Let all the noobs put in claims on Dixon, my money is on Bryce Brown taking the job and running with it.

Wide Receiver:

Doug Baldwin (23% Y!): With Percy Harvin out of the picture, many are predicting the ball distribution won’t change much since the former Viking wasn’t seeing many looks to begin with. The most logical beneficiary of the Harvin trade to the Jets is obviously Doug Baldwin. He’s been Russel Wilson’s favorite target all year long and Sunday it showed, as Baldwin broke out for a 7/123/1 line. Baldwin is now a clear-cut WR3 option in the coming weeks as he should be getting plenty of looks for a Seattle team that will be looking to get out of their funk. Fantasy owners in need of wide receiver help should put a considerable FAAB bid in on Baldwin this week.

Odell Beckham Jr. (50% Y!): After the Victor Cruz injury last week, the biggest beneficiary had to be Beckham, who slid right into the starting lineup. He posted a 4/34/2 line in week 7. Beckham is quickly becoming a favorite of Eli Manning and is arguably the best receiver on the team. His athletic ability and red zone use should help continue to lift his stock in the weeks ahead. He’s probably more of a WR3 right now, but upside remains. If he has another big game in week 9 (Giants are on a bye coming up), this is probably the last call to hop on the bandwagon.

Allen Robinson (15% Y!): As I stated last week, Robinson is Blake Bortles’ favorite target and considering how much the Jaguars are forced to throw the ball, he’s worth an add. The biggest problem with Robinson was that before Sunday, he hadn’t found pay dirt yet this season. I said he would find the end zone soon and voila! He finished with a healthy 7 targets and a touchdown as well and will continue to rack up the looks each week and can be safely deployed as a mid-tier WR3. He needs to be owned more than 15% of leagues. Anyone with a free spot on their bench needs to put Robinson there.

Tight End:

Owen Daniels (49% Y!): Overall, Daniels has disappointed fantasy owners ever since becoming the starting tight end for the Ravens after Dennis Pitta’s season-ending hip injury. He scored his first touchdown since his 2-score performance in week 2 and was targeted 9 times as well. Joe Flacco has been above average this season and in such a tight end-friendly scheme, Daniels is going to be a threat to provide gamers a healthy dose of points weekly. Don’t mistake Daniels for a game-changer, but he is more than serviceable considering the current pool of available tight ends.

Charles Clay (40% Y!): Whether it was a struggling offense or being hurt, Clay has been an utter disappointment so far after his breakout 2013. He finally had a good game on Sunday (4/58/1) and given his talent, this could be all Clay needs to get back on track. The key to his success is the progression of Ryan Tannehill. After Mike Wallace, Clay could easily become Tannehill’s #2 target with Miami’s lack of depth at the running back position. The Dolphins are forced to rely on their passing attack a lot and that could help Clay get back to last season’s form. If you need a tight end this week, he is definitely worth a look.

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Doug Moore is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @DMM0822!

The Fantasy Forecaster: Week 7 Start/Sit

Ricky was joined by fellow TSS writer Doug Moore and they discussed their Must Start/Must Sit for week 7

Here is the short version of the show just telling who we picked.

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Ricky’s Week 7 5-Pack Fantasy Sleepers

Each week, Ricky Valero will unleash his 5-pack of fantasy sleepers for the upcoming week. These players are going to make for great value plays while you construct your weekly DFS lineups.

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The Weekly Stream: Defense; Week 7

Have you ever watched a horse race? Unless you are hardcore fan of the “Sport of Kings” you don’t watch most of the race. You wait until the horses come around the final turn and then watch for your horse to pull ahead and hopefully cross the finish line ahead of the others. You look at your ticket and depending on what you bet, you head to the cashier and collect your winnings. Over the last couple years I have met some people on Twitter who love horse racing. You might even say they obsess over it. They dedicate hours looking at past performance sheets, watch race replays, and look for anything that might get them an advantage against the other players. I have been on Twitter long enough to know that the horse racing community is maybe the nicest group of people on the internet. Some people I have barely met have become good friends, while others I enjoy following for their insight and humor that stretches beyond the track.

Why am I talking about horse races? On Twitter, the community of horse handicappers has a universal tweet that comes out when someone hits big. It might be an exacta, a trifecta, a superfecta, a big win bet, or a pick 4 or pick 6 win. The tweet is simple, the tweet is beautiful.

BOOOOOOOM!

If I see that word come up on my Twitter timeline I know something good happened to one of my horse betting buddies. Sometimes the person might have won $50, while other times, (no kidding), it might be a 50k hit on a pick 4 or pick 6 ticket. This terminology might not mean much to you, but I promise, it will all come full circle quickly.

I have been writing this article for a 6 weeks now, and I finally had my BOOOOOM moment over the weekend. Below you will find the three defenses I said were worth streaming this weekend. In horse racing, when you pick three horses and they come 1st, 2nd and 3rd, you have hit the trifecta. While my three defenses weren’t the three highest scoring defenses this weekend, they were up there. Going 3/3 for the first time is close enough to a trifecta for me, so I am going to call it a big win.

Last week’s results:

  • Tennessee Titans: The Titans were my sleeper pick of the week and showed once again why facing the Jacksonville Jaguars is fantasy gold! The Titans were owned in 1.1% of leagues when last week’s article went live. On Sunday they held the Jags to 14 points, while recording a fumble recovery and an interception. They also sacked Bortles six times, giving them 12 fantasy points in ESPN standard scoring. If you were lucky enough to grab the Titans last week, they have another great matchup ahead when they travel to Washington this weekend. I wouldn’t drop them yet.
  • Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens were unreal this weekend. One minute into the 2nd quarter and they were up 35-0 against the Buccaneers, once again proving that Tampa Bay might want to bring in more CFL competition if they want to see any wins in 2014. The Bucs did score 17 points, mostly in garbage time, as Baltimore recorded an interception and 5 sacks en route to a 7 point showing. Not bad.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: 14, 4, 1, 23, 18 and 17. No, these are not tonight’s lottery numbers. Instead, this is the number of fantasy points that the Eagles have scored from week to week in 2014. Currently ranked as the number 1 fantasy defense, the ownership of the Eagles D/ST is only 22.8%. Amazing, to be honest, especially after their primetime beating of the Giants on Sunday night. The Eagles are on bye this week, and face a much tougher schedule after the week off. That being said, it is hard to stay away from a defense that has 7 touchdowns in 6 games.

Week 7 Targets:

Joe Haden and the Browns get the lowly Jaguars this week. Stream city!
Joe Haden and the Browns get the lowly Jaguars this week. Stream city!

Cleveland Browns: I apologize if you are a Jaguars fan, I really do. Each week I feel like I am picking on you because I always recommend the defense that plays against your squad. It isn’t personal, I promise. Let’s look at the fantasy totals of the defenses that have played the Jaguars so far, shall we?

  1. Week 1: Eagles; 15 fantasy points
  2. Week 2: Washington; 18 fantasy points
  3. Week 3: Colts; 17 fantasy points
  4. Week 4: Chargers; 10 fantasy points
  5. Week 5: Steelers; 16 fantasy points
  6. Week 6: Titans; 12 fantasy points

This gives us a grand total of 88 fantasy points. That is eleven more points than the leading fantasy defense in ESPN standard scoring right now. The stats don’t need to get more complex than that. Find the defense that plays the Jaguars and start them. They allow sack after sack, and struggle to get anything going as an offense. This week the Browns are the lucky team that gets to face the Jaguars. Currently 4.8% owned on ESPN, the Browns have a prime schedule for the next three weeks. They start with Jacksonville but then get the Raiders and Buccaneers at home in back to back weeks. Picking up the Browns defense this week can keep your team set at the position for the next three weeks!

NOTE: In case you want to think ahead, the Dolphins face a tough Bears team this week but then get the Jaguars next!

Dallas Cowboys: Which Giants team are we going to see? Which Eli Manning shows up? Victor Cruz is one of my favorite players, but from the recent reports, it doesn’t look like 2014 is going to be one to remember for him. What will that do to the Giants offense? While no one can be quite sure, I do believe that the Cruz injury does help out any defense who is playing against them. This week that is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys came into the year ranked potentially as one of worst defenses in the league. Injuries mixed with lack of depth brought about many questions. The Cowboys have proven that they deserve much more credit, currently 5-1 with a nice schedule ahead of them. After the Giants come into town, Washington and Arizona follow. Dallas then heads to Jacksonville before their bye, giving the Cowboys four straight fantasy match ups that make my mouth water. Currently 4.6% owned, I would consider them a must add with a schedule that is juicer than the first watermelon of summer.

Before we go: Two defenses that should be picked up this week (for this week and for future weeks) are listed above, but what about those defenses that are 85%+ owned? The ones that you had to waste a draft pick on early in your draft. The defenses that you picked before DeAndre Hopkins or Brian Quick? Currently on ESPN there are 6 units that are 85% owned or higher. How do they rank amongst the 32 teams in fantasy points?

  • Carolina Panthers are 85.7% owned and currently are the 7th highest scoring fantasy defense. Not bad at all!
  • Arizona Cardinals are usually hyped up and their defense usually lets people down. Currently ranked 25th in fantasy scoring.
  • Denver Broncos are currently 93.2% owned on ESPN and rank next to the Cardinals at 26th in fantasy points! Why are you starting them every week?
  • Cincinnati Bengals are 95.9% owned and currently rank 18th in the league in fantasy points. The top three fantasy defenses combined aren’t even owned in that many leagues.
  • San Francisco 49ers are 81.8% started and 98.2% owned right now in fantasy leagues. They currently rank number 15 and are a middle of the pack fantasy defense in 2014. 15th is also inflated because of their week one performance against the Cowboys. They have also scored single digit fantasy points three weeks this year as well.
  • Seattle Seahawks are still 81.8% started and 100% owned. The “Legion of Boom” currently rank 29th out of 32 teams in fantasy scoring this year. While you assume they will pick it up eventually, it is hard to start a defense that might get you single digit fantasy points and the Seahawks have helped you accomplish that 3 times. If you own them you are just holding them and hoping for their BOOOOOOM moment soon. Pick up another unit until the Seahawks prove to you that they are willing to start again.

Good luck in week 7!

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Jared “Minnesota Nice” Hines is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Jared_Hines27!