Doug Pederson Looking for an Apology


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Does Doug Pederson finally deserve some respect? Did the Eagles make the right pick some 19 years later, ala Pederson/McNabb? Is Antonio Brown the best receiver in football? The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) continues to bring unique views and opinions to the forefront as the stage gets set for the Championship Round of the NFL Playoffs.

Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says WR’s have to stop being Divas and get back to going across the middle while John (@PGHJohn36) says he understands why teams don’t want to put their star receiver at risk. From Fantasy Playoff matchups to Game reviews and predictions, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23) for questions or some nice fantasy debates. My show The Heat Ratio can be heard weekly at Wildfire Radio Sports Wednesdays 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. LIVE (also available for download on the site and via iTunes), Tuesdays 8 P.M. on Phillyinfluencer.com (PiLive) and via the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00 P.M. EST for a weekend sports wrap.

 

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Will the Eagles Overcome the Odds?


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Can the Eagles beat the Falcons? Do people really think Nick Foles would get benched? Is Nick Saban the greatest NCAA coach ever? Did Tom Brady fear Jimmy Garoppolo? The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) continues to bring unique views and opinions to the forefront as the stage gets set for Round 2 of the NFL Playoffs.

Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says the Jaguars will upset the Steelers while (@PGHJohn36) says Atlanta will send the Eagles packing. From Fantasy match-ups and Running Back history to Playoff Predictions, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23) for questions or some nice fantasy debates. My show The Heat Ratio can be heard weekly at Wildfire Radio Sports Wednesdays 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. LIVE (also available for download on the site and via iTunes), Tuesdays 8 P.M. on Phillyinfluencer.com (PiLive) and via the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00 P.M. EST for a weekend sports wrap.

 

If the Eagles Lose, is this Season a Failure?


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Has your faith in the Eagles shifted after two lackluster performances? Will they be one and done? With all the NFL coaching vacancies, which job would you want? The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) continues to bring unique views and opinions to the forefront as we head straight into the NFL Postseason.

Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says Carson Wentz may have covered up Doug P’s deficiencies as a play caller while (@PGHJohn36) says he’s passing judgment way too early. False hopes, overblown expectations, all with a concern that 2018 will be a bust! It’s all here just waiting for your take……

http://wildfireradio.com/heat-ratio-episode-03/

As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23) for questions or some nice fantasy debates. My show “The Heat Ratio” can be heard weekly at Wildfire Radio Sports Wednesdays 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. LIVE (also available for download) and the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00 P.M. EST for a weekend sports wrap.

What NFL Players Are on Your Holiday Wishlist?


heatratiocropDid the Eagles do enough to ease your mind? What happened to Darby Island? When will the NFL finally do something about the catch rule? Can the Steelers win without Antonio Brown?

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) continues to bring unique views and opinions to the forefront as we head into the NFL/Fantasy Playoffs. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says Jimmy Garoppolo will be a Top 5 Fantasy QB selection next year while John (PGHJohn36) says he needs to lay off the Ricky Williams medicine.  Also don’t miss our Holiday “NFL” Wish list, which may be a surprise you won’t expect!

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As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23) for questions or some nice fantasy debates. My show “The Heat Ratio” can be heard weekly at Wildfire Radio Sports Wednesdays 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. LIVE (also available for download) and the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00 P.M. EST for a weekend sports wrap.

Is Nick Foles Enough?


heatratiocropListen in as The Heat Ratio makes its debut appearance and covers an array of topics in the world of sports. Tony and John give their take on the Eagles path now that Carson is out.

Should they give Colin Kaepernick a look? What’s the secret to beating the Patriots? Is Antonio Brown a credible MVP candidate? While debating all these issues, they even have time for some Matchup Madness Roulette. The unique picks and opinions are something you don’t want to miss!

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As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23) for questions or some nice fantasy debates. My show “The Heat Ratio” can be heard weekly at Wildfire Radio Sports Wednesdays 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. LIVE (also available for download) and the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00 P.M. EST for a weekend sports wrap.

Sum of All Sports Report: NFL Free Agency Lift Off


NFL free agency is upon us and there are already numerous stories that are trending worldwide. Trades are still being talked about, releases are in the early stages, and contracts are being written all ahead of the Thursday unveiling. Who will go where and for how much is all that is left to sort out. Whether it be the Twitter GM’s, the passionate fans or the credible reporters, this continues to be one of the most exciting phases of the NFL offseason!

Fantasy Sports Expert and Real Sports Insider Tony Cutillo uses his expertise to answer the questions of who goes where and why. He offers his unique insight and opinion on what these moves all mean. Along with Free Agency, he gives us a wide variety of topics that will keep all the Fantasy Sports, Real Sports and Sports Entertainment Fans sparking up a debate.

 * NFL Free Agency….The legal tampering period is upon us and contracts will be signed in a few days. With all the players available, who do you think will sign the most surprising deal or offer the best story?

My money is on Adrian Peterson. At 32 years old and coming off an injury plagued year once again, he is already finding out the market isn’t what he expected. He will sign somewhere, but not for the money he was originally thought to receive.

* March Madness….Selection Sunday is coming up and championship week is in full swing. The NCAA tournament is the best contest in sports. From its unpredictability to its last second finishes, it reigns supreme in the world of sports.  While teams like Florida Gulf Coast and Iona are already in, who will be left on the bubble hoping for a miracle? Who is getting the (4) #1 seeds?

* FantasyBaseball….For those of you watching the Spring Training action have already noticed that Clayton Kershaw has been locked in. It’s not like he needed to give owners more of a reason why he should be the top pitcher selected, but he has decided to imprint it into their heads. He has only allowed 1 base runner this spring and still hasn’t given up a hit. Any questions? Do you take him #1?

* NBA…..Dirk Nowitzki adamantly silenced all the critics who labeled him as a jump shooter that avoids contact this week by becoming only the 6th player in NBA history to accumulate 30,000 points. After this achievement, his Mavs teammates and owner Mark Cuban mobbed him during a timeout. Is there any better owner in sports?

Kudos to Dirk for continuing to play stellar basketball for the better part of 19 seasons all with the same franchise.  In the days of the spoiled athlete and overpaid contracts, for a player to stay with one franchise for his entire career speaks volumes to the sacrifices made along the way.  Will this be his last year? Where does he fall on the all time list?

* WWE…The Undertaker has returned and looks to build on his match against Roman Reigns for WrestleMania 33. This was a scenario we all seen coming, especially with the way Roman kept eluding to the ring as his yard. We all know that is Taker’s line and it was just a matter of time before he appeared to take it back. With his documented hip issue, can the Undertaker still carry a match? Will this be his last WrestleMania? Now that the streak is over, does he offer the same appeal?

The Sum of All Sports Report has been running throughout the general media world and continues to be an integral part of this site. Its purpose is to utilize the various sports associations and bring them all into one specific theme. Debating and conversing the various opinions of the people continues to be the heart of sports media. Now it can all be done in one place.

Tony Cutillo has been using this report to gain traction all across the United States. From California to Colorado, his interviews, articles and weekly segments can be heard all across the media sector. He welcomes all opinions and debates. Now is your chance join in the fun!

 

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As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23) for questions or some nice fantasy debates. I can also be heard weekly via the internet stream live atWengRadio every Monday at 4:00pm EST for a weekend sports wrap.

Fantasy Football Analysis: If Brandin Cooks was a Philadelphia Eagle


It’s mid afternoon on the eve of the legal tampering phase of NFL Free Agency and the biggest question seems to be if Brandin Cooks will be bleeding green in 2017. Everyone who is in tune with the NFL has taken to social media to give their take on this odd, but fluid situation. We have seen players and draft picks thrown around in this supposed deal faster than a ping pong ball on a beer pong table. Whether or not it happens still hinges on the willingness for the Saints to dance with the perfect partner. There are several available with the Eagles being in the front of the line, but all with different visions. However, the situation still is in the building stages with a blueprint that still needs approval.

Brandin Cooks is a 23 year old receiver, who has been an integral part of the high powered Saint’s offense led by Drew Brees and Sean Payton.  Cooks enters the final year of his four year rookie contract and is looking to cash in on a monster payday, one he doesn’t see in his future with the Saints.  He played 10 games as a rookie, but has put up some impressive stats over the last 3 years.

2014….10 games …..70/550/3     70 targets

2015….16 games…..84/1,138/9  129 targets

2016….16 games…..78/1,173/8   117 targets

The Oregon State product finished the 2016 season with 78 receptions for 1173 yards, but it was the game by game production that could be a cause for concern. In 2015, Cooks only had 1 game where he was held to under 4 receptions and never went catchless that year. However, in 2016 he had 5 games where he produced less than 4 receptions and even tallied a game where he didn’t catch a single pass. ESPN reported afterwards that Cooks was frustrated with his role in this 49-21 blowout win over the Los Angeles Rams and the downward trend begin to unravel from there.

Sure Michael Thomas’s stellar rookie campaign was the main reason for the difference in game by game production, but to tally numerous games with low production totals is enough to throw shade to any eventual deal.  As a fantasy football owner, you constantly look at game by game production in the hopes of gaining maximum consistency for the scoreboard.  If you look at the breakdown below, you will notice the difference between years……

2015….16 games….5.2 catches, 71 yards per game….7 games of 80+ receiving yards (4 w/120+)

2016….16 games….4.8 catches, 73 yards per game….4 games of 80+ receiving yards (3 w/ 140+)

These stats are pretty similar, but you can clearly see the difference in big games versus steady production. However, they are still fantastic numbers for any receiver on your team, which makes you wonder why he wants out.

Cooks would bring  an immediate upgrade over the inept group of receivers on the Eagles roster, as well as any rookie that is available. I know John Ross is being talked about as the best comparison, but Cooks has proved his worth on this level while Ross is still a prospect. Would you rather get an established receiver for at least two seasons or gamble in the draft to get a player who may be more established one day?

I personally think the ceiling has been set on Cooks and you know what type of ROI you are receiving in return. In the eyes of receptions, he has shown what he can do. His stats will not falter much up or down and leave you with a force on the field that has to be marked. A rookie may have a higher ceiling, but may never blossom into that potential. As the twitter wars start to unfold, I still think the jealousy factor and the attitude need to be looked at strongly in this situation, especially if you are willing to part with a high draft pick. However, if Brandin comes knocking on Howie’s door with a 2nd round proposition, you shouldn’t need David Copperfield to convince you to #DoTheDeal!

As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23) for questions or some nice fantasy debates. I can also be heard weekly via the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00pm EST for a weekend sports wrap.

Steroids in Cooperstown: Voters Begin to Back Down


The Softening Stance on Steroids in the MLB Hall of Fame continues to grow legs as players who admittedly took some sort of supplement or were connected to the PED scandal in any way are paving their way to Cooperstown. There are many opinions out there as to why, but it could simply be that Americans are changing their attitudes when pressed about MLB’s Juiced Era of Baseball.

I, for one, was always on the side of let them in since there were too many unknowns to keep them out. “Does it make them stronger? Does it help them hit the ball better? What about hand-eye coordination?” “How about the pitchers throwing the ball?” “If they both are users, doesn’t it make it an invalid argument?” I know the last one may be a stretch, but it definitely deserves some consideration.

We all remember vividly when the Baseball Writers decided to put an X over all eligibility in 2013 to deliver a clear message to the “Steroids Era.” It was a defining moment in Baseball and one that will probably never be recreated. However, here we are in 2017 and the writers are beginning to fold.

Three names synonymous with Steroid allegations – though never been proven – have been voted into the Hall of Fame. Mike Piazza, voted in last year, always carried rumors along with him and Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell saw their achievements tarnished by the suspicions that they were users. For example, Bagwell acknowledged taking androstenedione, a dietary supplement and steroid precursor, during his career, something Mr. Piazza also admitted to. This still didn’t stop them from being selected. You all know where this argument is heading.

Now onto possibly the greatest Hitter and Pitcher of all time (I can already feel the heat coming), Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Yes, both were indicted on charges for their alleged steroid use, but they still gave us memories that will never be recreated. In regards to Mr. Bonds we are not talking about Sammy Sosa and I for one take great offense to anyone who lumps him into the same category. Just being an avid MLB fan gives me enough knowledge to know the two players do not even come close when we are discussing individual talents. Was he wrong, sure he was. However, how is it right for guys that have fielded these same accusations to have their names in fame, including Bud Selig, the former commissioner who decided to do nothing about this issue while it was on his watch? Why are Barry and Roger bigger than the issue itself? It looks like I may not be the only one with questions.

Both of the marquee athletes of yesterday received a majority of votes for the first time in the five years since their names appeared on the ballot. In 2013, Bonds received 36.2 percent of the vote. Last year, he received 44.3 percent, while receiving 53.8 percent in 2017. Clemens saw his numbers rise from 45.2 percent last year to 54.1 percent this year. (Numbers courtesy of Baseballreference.com)

Some believe the selections of Piazza and Selig actually led many sports writers to reconsider their stances on Steroid Era players. It very well could be, but I think it has more to do with the changeover in the voting process than anything.

Over the last several years, the demographics of the baseball writers has shifted drastically with many of its newest voting members not being an integral part of the press generated from the Steroid Era. It seems this shift was magnified 18 months ago when the Hall of Fame restructured its voting requirements to phase out older members who haven’t covered the sport regularly within the past 10 years. (Courtesy of the Washington Post) This unprecedented move wiped 200 (mainly veteran) writers right off the map. The doors were now realigned with a younger vote and the changeover is evident.

If you read some reports floating around, some feel the voting results reveal how the younger society views drug use and illegal substance abuse among modern day athletes. This very well could be true, but I think this speaks more towards ignorance than actually understanding. We all know the athletes of our favorite pastime had their obvious flaws and bouts with addiction. Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb are two names that first come to mind. Do you think if social media was born back in their time, FB Live videos and IG posts would have them in hot water too?

I think this is a very valid statement that needs to be carefully considered. We constantly look and speak on “Eras” in sports, but never look at the whole picture. Hell, if cell phones were prominent during the years of the bash brothers, we would probably have concrete evidence of dates and time when injections were taking place.

At the end of that day, the statistics of guys like Clemens and Bonds should not be forgotten. Their accolades should live on in MLB and continue to be pushed for their ticket to Cooperstown. Times have changed and people need to get on board because their moment is coming, like it or not!

***The above article expresses my opinions only. As always, I stand behind my views and am interested to hear yours. I look forward to seeing your comments…………

***As always you can stop by my FB page (FantasySportsAddcition) or Tweet me @TCutillo23 for questions or some nice fantasy debates. I can also be heard weekly via the internet stream Live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00pm EST for a weekend sports wrap. But most importantly, you can catch me at Phillyinfluencer.com!

Fantasy: Week 6 Stars and Stiffs Report


The hits and misses keep on adding up through the first 5 weeks of the 2016 Fantasy season. We continue to have underperformers whose hope is slowly dying and overachievers whose confidence is flying high. It finally time to cut bait on the dead weight?

Remember, in most leagues there are only 7 regular season weeks left and the time to make moves is dwindling away. Fantasy Football is a “what have you done for me lately” activity and one constructed of streaks. We are high-powered place holders, with a zero investment vision for the future. In layman’s terms, tell those stiffs to take a hike!

The world of sports media can be a beautiful thing when all parties are involved and engulfed in a stern debate. As always, I look forward to your opinions and feedback. You can tweet with any questions (@TCutillo23) and leave your comments below. For my statistical hounds out there I will put last week’s stats in parentheses so you can see how I performed. Here are my picks for week 6………….

Stars for Week 6  (Last Week…5 out of 8…..62.5%)

QB: Carson Wentz (@WAS), Andrew Luck (@HOU), Russell Wilson (ATL)

RB: LeSean McCoy (SF), Giovani  Bernard (@NE), Matt Forte (@ARZ)

WR/TE: Will Fuller (IND), Brandon Marshall (@ARZ), Jeremy Maclin (@OAK)

 

Stiffs for Week 6  (Last Week….6 out of 6….100%)

QB: Ryan Tannehill (PIT)

RB: Theo Riddick (LA), Jeremy Hill (@NE)

WR/TE: Jeremy Kerley (@BUF), S. Shepard (BAL), D. Baldwin (ATL)

 

Sleepers: (Last Week…1 out of 3)

Colin Kaepernick (@BUF), Sammie Coates (@MIA), Justin Forsett (LA)

Bust Alert: (Last Week….0 out of 2)

Matt Ryan (@SEA), Ryan Matthews (@WAS)

 

Week 6 Triple Threat…….

Alex Smith (@OAK) I know Alex Smith is the king of Dink and Dunk, but this week he will polish off the rifle. There aren’t many games where the Chiefs decide to throw downfield on a consistent basis, but this week they are facing a secondary that Guerilla Glue couldn’t even hold together. This is my pick for shootout of the week and Smith will be on the winning side of it.

LeSean McCoy (SF) – Guess who’s back. Shady’s back. LeSean was thought to be dead and washed up in the eyes of Chip Kelly, but this year he is proving otherwise. LeSean showed flashes of the Shady we had come to expect, but not at a consistent level. This year he has that extra step back and the elusiveness he showed in his first years in the league is reborn. He continues to be a top Fantasy RB this year and with the rash of injuries we have witnessed, could very well finish in the top 5.

T.Y. Hilton (@HOU) – Hilton may very well be Fantasy Football’s #1 WR. He is the only player that has been targeted 10 times or more through the first 5 weeks of the season and his speed is second to none. The Colts haven’t necessarily been explosive on offense this year, but a matchup with a team that seems to be leaking oil is just another chance for T.Y. to shine.

***As always you can stop by my FB page (FantasySportsAddcition) or Tweet me @TCutillo23 for questions or some nice fantasy debates. I can also be heard weekly via the internet stream Live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00pm EST for a weekend sports wrap. But most importantly, you can catch me here at PI!

***For Fantasy Purposes, all my articles are predicated upon a PPR based system…

NFL Week 5 Fantasy Impact


To win a fantasy championship, you need to be active on the waiver wire.  You need to know which players are truly waiver wire gems and which ones are a flash in the pan that you should pass on.  There are a few fundamental questions you should ask yourself before making moves:

  • What are my positional needs?

If you already have 6 RBs on your roster, you probably don’t need to pick up another.  Be aware of your depth.  Look at your players’ upcoming bye weeks so you know how your lineup will shake out in those crucial weeks.

  • What do I need from this player addition?

Obviously, we need that player to perform, but you need to understand if you have a short term or long term need.  If you just need a bye week replacement at QB, Brian Hoyer may be better for Week 6.  If your QB goes down for the year and need someone more steady, you may want to look at Alex Smith.

  • Do I have any dead weight?

If you have players on your roster that aren’t performing, and you don’t expect them to turn it around, then cut them.  Take a flyer on a high potential player, someone coming back from injury in a few weeks, or a backup RB in case of injury.

Here is what I see on the Waiver Wire landscape going into Week 6…

Waiver Wire – Buy or Pass

Buy

Sammie Coates – Coates is usually good for a big play or two, but has problems with drops dating back to college.  He’s a decent add on a potent Steelers passing attack, but he’s not a PPR machine.

Chris Hogan – Now that Tom Brady is back, the whole offense gets an upgrade.  He won’t have big games every week, but in that passing attack you can never count one out.

Jacquizz Rodgers – He went over 100 yards without Doug Martin active and looks to get work whenever Martin is out.  I expect Rodgers to fill Sims role as the receiving back even when Martin plays.

Jeremy Kerley – I’ve never been a Kerley fan, but he’s getting utilized in San Francisco.  Kerley (8-102-1 on 14 targets) has scored in 2 straight games and seems to have decent chemistry with Blaine Gabbert.  The only problem is the 49ers are toying with the idea of bringing Colin Kaepernick back as the starter.

James Starks – Lacy went down with an ankle injury but it’s not believed to be serious.  If you’re a Lacy owner, this should be your reminder that you need to roster Starks no matter what.  When Lacy doesn’t play, Starks always gets the full workload.

Eddie Royal – Alshon Jeffery is struggling and Royal is benefiting.  Royal’s worth a look in PPR leagues.

Tyrell Williams – I like Williams if you need a steady WR4.  He’s had at least 60 yards in 4 of 5 games and 5+ catches in 3 of 5.

Brian Hoyer – Hoyer has been great in his short stint as the starter and Cutler may not get his job back.  I don’t trust Hoyer as my starter for the year, but I like Hoyer if you need a fill-in for a week or two.

Donte Moncrief – He was supposed to be the 2nd receiver on a potent Colts offense, but suffered shoulder injury in Week 2 with the initial prognosis of 4-6 weeks.  He’s now 3 weeks in and could be nearing a return shortly.  If you’re in need at WR and he’s unowned, keep him on your radar because you won’t want to miss out on his production come Week 8 through the fantasy playoffs.

Justin Forsett / Dwayne Washington – The Detroit Lions have Theo Riddick, but they don’t really want to use him as an every down back.  You can take a flyer on Washington hoping that he comes back from injury and takes the lead RB job.  The Lions also just signed veteran Justin Forsett which is intriguing.

Quincy Enunwa – Like Tyrell Williams, he’s a steady WR4.  He’s had at least 50 yards in 4 of 5 games and is averaging nearly 8 targets per game.

Tavon Austin – Austin has big play ability, but the Rams offense is a mess.  He’s seen at least 8 targets in 4 of 5 games and chipped in 20+ yards rushing in 2 of 5.  He’s not a great option, but you could do worse to round out your bench.

Pass

Cameron Meredith – He’ll have a decent game or two, but I’m not wasting my time.  Of everyone on the pass list, he at least has a shot to be decent.

Dontrelle Inman – Week 4’s “one week wonder” fell back to earth with 1 catch in Week 5.

Adam Thielen – And for the surprise of the week, Adam Thielen (7-127-1 on 8 targets) led the Vikings in receiving with Stefon Diggs absent.  Thielen isn’t worth your time; Diggs will be back soon enough.

Oakland RBs (Excluding L. Murray) – In Latavius Murray’s absence, the workload was split and nobody stepped up.  DeAndre Washington (9-23), Jalen Richard (8-31), and Jamize Olawale (6-22-1).  There’s too much uncertainty in this backfield outside of Murray.

Week 5 – Aerial Attack

Tom Brady / Martellus Bennett – Welcome back Tom Brady!  He looked in midseason form on Sunday going 28/40 for 406 yards and 3 TDs with no picks.  Brady loved his TEs in this one as Rob Gronkowski (5-109 on 7 targets) went over 100 yards and Martellus Bennett (6-67-3 on 8 targets) scored 3 TDs.  Chris Hogan (4-114 on 5 targets) also went over 100 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger / Sammie Coates – The weather is getting colder in Pittsburgh so Big Ben pulled out his Coates in this one.  Ben was 34/47 for 380 yards with 4 TDs.  Sammie Coates (6-139-2 on 11 targets) dropped a ton of crucial passes but managed to catch 2 TDs.  He better work on his drops if he wants Roethelisberger to continue to look his way.

Derek Carr / Amari Cooper – Carr (25/40, 317 yards with 2 TDs / 1 Int) went over 300 yards against the Chargers and finally found his #1 WR for a solid game.  This was Amari Cooper’s (6-138-1 on 12 targets) best game of the year with his 1st TD and topping 100 yards for only the 2nd time.  Michael Crabtree (3-47-1 on 7 targets) also scored again.  I said last week to buy low on this guy; this week may be your last chance.

Brian Hoyer / Cameron Meredith – And just like last week, of course everyone expected this…  This time it was Cameron Meredith (9-130-1 on 12 targets), not Eddie Royal (7-43 on 9 targets) who shined for his QB.  Brian Hoyer may have won the QB job outright, even when Jay Cutler comes back from his thumb injury.  Hoyer was 33/43 for 397 yards with 2 TDs and no picks.  Hoyer has thrown for over 300 yards with 2 TDs and no Ints in his last three games!  He has a juicy matchup against Jacksonville this week, but then they are @GB and home against Min before his Week 9 bye.

Philip Rivers / Travis Benjamin / Tyrell Williams – Philip Rivers (21/30 for 359 yards with 4 TDs / 2 Ints) continues to impress and had his 3rd straight 300 yard game and has thrown 4 TDs in 2 of his last 4 games.  Travis Benjamin (7-117-0 on 11 targets) and Tyrell Williams (5-117-1 on 6 targets) both had 117 yards receiving with Williams also snagging a TD.  Rivers will spread the ball around and remain a QB1 for this year.  As for the WRs, you never know which one will put up stats.  Dontrelle Inman (1-3 on 3 targets) disappeared after last week’s 100 yard performance.

Andrew Luck / T.Y. Hilton – Andrew Luck abused the Chicago Bears secondary for 322 yards and 2 TDs.  T.Y. Hilton (10-171-1 on 11 targets) has scored in 3 straight games and received at least 10 targets in each game this year.

Brandon Marshall – Marshall (8-114-1) saw a whopping 15 targets against a subpar Steelers defense and scored a TD.  He’s now scored in back-to-back games and has seen his targets increase each week.  The recent spike is due to Eric Decker being sidelined, but he’s seen at least 8 targets in every game.

Greg Olsen – Greg Olsen (9-181-0 on 13 targets) helped Derek Anderson in the passing attack this week with Cam Newton out.  Olsen is without question a top 3 TE.

Larry Fitzgerald – With Drew Stanton under center, I didn’t expect a big game from Fitzgerald (6-81-2 on 8 targets) and boy was I wrong.  Fitz scored twice and now has 5 on the season.  On the downside, he’s yet to top 100 yards receiving.

Week 5 – Ground Breakers

David Johnson – On Thursday, David Johnson (27-157-2 and 3-28 on 6 targets) showed why he was such a high draft pick.  This was his first 100 yard game, but he does have 5 TDs on the season.

Ezekiel Elliott – This guy seems to be on this list every week!  Elliott (15-134-2 and 3-37) had another big game and now leads the NFL in carries and rushing yards.

Le’Veon Bell – Bell (20-66-0 and 9-88 on 11 targets) had a tough time in the running game, but showed up as a receiver.  Bell gets one of the biggest workloads in the leagues so he’ll always put up stats one way or another.

LeSean McCoy – McCoy (18-150-0 and 2-8) had a big game against a tough Rams defense.  The Bills are now hitting their stride; they have San Francisco at home and are at Miami the next two weeks.

Theo Riddick – Riddick (11-49 and 6-33-2 on 6 targets) was mediocre but did catch 2 TDs and led the team in carries.  Riddick is the only back making a fantasy impact right now, but Zack Zenner (7-9) did steal some carries.

Injury Report (And Replacements)

Trevor Siemian (Shoulder) – Siemian is expected to return for the Broncos Week 6 game at San Diego on Thursday.  I don’t think I can start him this week, but he does have a juicy matchup.

Tony Romo (Back) – Romo is undergoing another MRI on his back and it’s possible that he returns after the Cowboy’s Week 7 bye.  There’s also talk that he may not even get the starting gig back, but Jerry Jones denies those rumors.

Cam Newton (Concussion) – Cam is questionable for Week 6 with a concussion.

Carson Palmer (Concussion) – As of now, Palmer is still listed as questionable for Week 6 with a concussion, but he’s expected to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol on Tuesday.

Eddie Lacy (Ankle) – Lacy was having a good game before he injured his ankle in the 3rd quarter; he’s questionable for Week 6 vs. Dallas.  The injury is not serious, but James Starks is always a must have for Lacy owners.

Jeremy Hill (Chest) – Hill reinjured his shoulder/chest and did not finish the game on Sunday.  He’s questionable for Week 6 at New England but initial reports are that he’s expected to play.  Bump up Giovani Bernard a few spots.

Latavius Murray (Turf Toe) – Murray missed Week 5’s game and the work was split between DeAndre Washington (9-23 and 5-29), Jalen Richard (8-31 and 6-66), and Jamize Olawale (6-22-1).  Murray is questionable for Week 6 vs. Kansas City but the team is hopeful he can play.

Doug Martin (Hamstring) / Charles Sims (IR – Knee) – Both Doug Martin and Charles Sims missed Monday night’s game against Carolina and Sims was placed on IR.  Jacquizz Rodgers (30-101-0 and 5-28 on 6 targets) led the way in Week 6.  Rodgers is the new Sims.

Rashad Jennings (Thumb) – Jennings is still questionable to play this week.  In his absence in Week 5, Orleans Darkwa got 7 carries, Bobby Rainey got 5, and Paul Perkins got 2.  Rainey also caught 6 balls and has become the new Shane Vereen.

Jonathan Stewart (Hamstring) – Questionable for Week 6.  In Week 5, Cameron Artis-Payne (18-85-2) and Fozzy Whittaker (5-45) shared the workload.

Arian Foster (Hamstring) – Questionable for Week 6.

Jeremy Langford (Ankle) – Langford has missed the past 2 weeks and may not have a job when he gets back.  Jordan Howard has back-to-back 100 yard games and has been giving the Bears a chance to win.

Thomas Rawls (Lower Leg) – Rawls is out for Week 6 vs. Atlanta.  Christine Michael will continue to fill in.

Randall Cobb (Neck) – Cobb took a nasty hit to his head/neck on Sunday.  He’s listed as questionable, but appears to be okay and expects to play Week 6 vs. Dallas.

Steve Smith (Ankle) – Smith left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.  He’s questionable for week 6.

Dez Bryant (Knee) – Bryant is questionable for Week 6, but there’s a good possibility he sits this one out.  Dallas has a Week 7 bye and they do not want to rush back their star receiver.  Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, and Brice Butler will need to fill in if he’s out again.

Eric Decker (Shoulder) – Decker is questionable for Week 6.  Quincy Enunwa would get the start opposite Brandon Marshall.

Stefon Diggs (Groin) – Diggs missed Week 5 but will hopefully be recovered from his groin injury after his Week 6 bye.

Mike Wallace (Undisclosed) – Wallace got crumpled on the last play of the game on Sunday.  He’s questionable for Week 6.

Terrance Williams (Shoulder) – It’s believed that Williams suffered a sprained AC joint.  He’s optimistic that he won’t miss any time, but we’ll have to see how he progresses at practice this week.

Gary Barnidge (Ankle) – Barnidge suffered an ankle injury, but it doesn’t appear to be serious.  He’s questionable for Week 6.

Tyler Eifert (Back) – Eifert is questionable to make his season debut in Week 6 at New England.

Words of Wisdom

When it comes to lineup decisions, play your studs.  You should only utilize matchups and surrounding circumstances when comparing two players on a similar tier.  I’m not starting Terrance West @NYG over Mark Ingram vs. Carolina.  West may still put up better stats at the end of the day, but you drafted Ingram for a reason.  I’d rather lose with my studs than take a chance on a lesser player having a good day because of matchup.

Week 6 is right around the corner with the San Diego Chargers hosting the Denver Broncos on Thursday.  It should be a good one!

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