Fantasy Football Championship Week Edition: NFL Week 16


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

16 New England
15 San Diego
14 Houston
13 Pittsburgh
12 Tennessee
11 Green Bay
10 New York Giants
9 Kansas City
8 Oakland
7 Buffalo
6 New Orleans
5 Seattle
4 Cowboys
3 Los Angeles
2 Atlanta
1 Chicago

D.Reed (Blue)

16 New England
15 Green Bay
14 Tennessee
13 New York Giants
12 Pittsburgh
11 San Diego
10 Cowboys
9 Kansas City
8 Washington
7 Oakland
6 Seattle
5 Miami
4 Los Angeles
3 Atlanta
2 New Orleans
1 Cincinnati

Championship Showdown (JGood)

Coincidentally in the week where the majority of fantasy football championships are taking place, I (Nino Brown) am going against D.Reed (Every Villian Is Lemons) in our league that we’ve been apart of since 2011. This is a chalk matchup of the first and second seed going at it. D.Reed is making his 4th consecutive finals appearance. Two years ago, we battled for the championship, but I came up short. I’ve been looking forward to this matchup since then. Good luck my friend.

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HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥

 

QB
Philip Rivers (San Diego @ Cleveland)
Philip Rivers is coming off a sub-par performance last week against Oakland throwing for 206 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT!! Rivers owners should rejoice because he has a week 16 matchup against the winless Cleveland Browns!!! The Browns have allowed the most touchdown passes to opposing QBs with 31!! Rivers is a safe bet at the QB1 position for championship week!!!

Derek Carr (Indianapolis @ Oakland)
Derek Carr has been downright awful as of late scoring a combined 14 points the past two weeks. This week, Carr and company play host to the Indianapolis Colts and their porous secondary!!! The Colts D surrendered 23 passing touchdowns with an average of 18 fantasy points a game to opposing signal callers!! Carr looks to be in for a “redemption week.”

RB
Todd Gurley (San Francisco @ Los Angeles)
Wait a second, is Todd Gurley on the hot list??!!! I know, I know…Gurley has been the ultimate fantasy “bust” this year, but before you disagree with the decision, just hear me out. The 49’ers are giving up an absurd average of 26 points per game to opposing RBs!!! Both teams in this matchup have problems moving the ball, therefore, I expect for it to be a close one with Gurley racking up a solid chunk of yardage!! All signs point to a productive outing for Gurley, and he is sure to find pay dirt in this one!!!

Bilal Powell (New York Jets @ New England)
Bilal Powell has been smoking hot over the past two weeks!! Powell was inserted into the starting lineup due to Matt Forte’s lingering knee injury!! It seems as if there is a new sheriff in the Jets’ backfield as Powell out-snapped Forte 137 to 19 the last two weeks!! While being heavily involved in both passing and running game, I love Powell’s upside this week, especially in PPR format!!!

WR
Julian Edelman (New York Jets @ New England)
I love Julian Edelman this week simply because of volume!!! Edelman has been targeted a whopping 50 times over the past 4 weeks!! With Rob Gronkowski out for the season, Julian Edelman has become Tom Brady’s “security blanket.” I expect Brady to look Edelman’s way early and often in this one!! Whether standard or PPR, I love Edelman as a solid WR1 this week!!

Michael Crabtree (Indianapolis @ Oakland)
Michael Crabtree is coming off a solid performance against the San Diego Chargers, catching 6 balls for 60 yards and a score!! Crabtree has a week 16 matchup against a beatable Colts secondary. Crabtree has been one of the most consistent WRs this year and still delivers even while playing alongside second-year standout, Amari Cooper. Crabtree makes a fine low-end WR1/high-end WR2 this week!!!

TE
Greg Olsen (Atlanta @ Carolina)
Over the past 2 weeks, Olsen is starting to warm up with 10 receptions for 172 yards! Although Olsen hasn’t found paydirt since week 9, I love Olsen and his week 16 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons!!! In Olsen’s week 4 meeting with Atlanta, he caught 6 passes for 76 yards and a score, therefore, I expect Olsen to find a way to duplicate his week 4 success and break his 6-week scoring drought!!

D/ST
New England (vs New York Jets)
The New England Patriots defense has been on a roll as of late, scoring double-digit points in 2 of their last 3 games!!! With inexperienced QB Bryce Petty coming to town, I see plenty of turnover opportunities in the works!!! New England makes for a top-tier defense this week which such a tasty matchup on the horizon!!
What’s Not❄

 

QB
Carson Wentz (Philadelphia @ New York Giants)
The Carson Wentz show was here today and gone tomorrow! I have no doubt that Wentz will be a great talent in the years to come, but the future won’t win your fantasy championship this week!!! You can’t afford many mistakes at any position so don’t get cute. Just stick with the sure thing and Wentz isn’t it!!!

RB
Matt Forte (New York Jets @ New England)
Matt Forte’s days may be numbered as the primary ball carrier in the Jets’ backfield! It seems as if Bilal Powell has all but relieved Forte of his backfield duties in both the passing and running game!! Over the past few weeks in Forte’s absence, Powell performed beautifully and with Powell’s recent emergence of “top dog” status, it would be wise to look elsewhere at the RB position!!

WR
Brandon Marshall (New York Jets @ New England)
Brandon Marshall has been a huge fantasy disappointment this season!!! Marshall’s poor play is due in part to the inconsistency at the QB position with both Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Yes, Marshall is a big name, but that doesn’t mean he deserves a spot in your lineup!! With the lack of consistent play at the QB position in New York, Marshall should remain on the bench if you want to keep your title shot intact!!!

TE
Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis @ Oakland)
The only problem I have with this matchup is that there is no consistency at the TE position on the Colts’ roster!! Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope, and Dwayne Allen all get targeted in the passing game (with Doyle leading the pack as of late) and now is not the week to play TE musical chairs!! During championship week you always wanna go with the sure thing but there is no such thing at TE on the Colts as of right now!!! Stay away!!!

D/ST
Indianapolis (@ Oakland)
The Colts defense put out a stellar performance against the Vikings last week scoring an uncharacteristic 18 points!!! The Colts week 15 defensive performance will be short lived as they travel to Oakland to take on Derek Carr and their high scoring offense!!! Opposing defenses has averaged 3 points per game when facing Oakland!! Don’t even think twice about benching them in this one!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

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NFL Week 13: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

15 New England
14 Denver
13 Green Bay
12 Oakland
11 Philadelphia
10 Dallas
9 Atlanta
8 Seattle
7 Pittsburgh
6 New Orleans
5 Chicago
4 Baltimore
3 San Diego
2 New York Jets
1 Washington

D.Reed (Blue)

15 New England
14 Denver
13 Green Bay
12 Oakland
11 New Orleans
10 Pittsburgh
9 Dallas
8 Atlanta
7 Seattle
6 Indianapolis
5 San Diego
4 Washington
3 Cincinnati
2 San Francisco
1 Miami

Week 12 Points and Results
JGood: 116 pts (14-2) record; Overall: 856 pts (100-75)
D.Reed: 96 pts (11-5) record;  Overall: 885 pts (105-70)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥

QB
Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco @ Chicago)
How come no one isn’t talking about how well Colin Kaepernick has been in fantasy this year since he’s been named the starter over Blaine Gabbert!?  Seriously, Kaep has been an absolute stud scoring at least 23 fantasy points in the past 4 weeks!!! Be sure not overlook Kaep again this week as he travels to the Windy City to face an exploitable Bears defense!!! Even though reality hasn’t been great for Kaepernick and the Niners, Kaep has been “fantasy gold” at the QB1 position, and I expect week 13 to be no different!!
Philip Rivers (Tampa Bay @ San Diego)
Philip Rivers is coming off of a very solid road performance against a stingy Houston Texans secondary throwing for 242 yards, 3 scores, and one INT! Rivers had a tough matchup on paper last week, but he’ll have a much better matchup this week as the Chargers play host to the Buccaneers. In years past, it’s been difficult to trust Rivers late in the season, but I like this matchup enough to deem Rivers a fine week 13 QB1!!
RB
Spencer Ware (Kansas City @ Atlanta)
Spencer Ware didn’t have the most productive week against the Denver Broncos, carrying the ball 17 times for 64 yards and catching 2 passes for another 32 yards. I look for Ware to bounce back in full effect this week as he gets a great matchup against the Atlanta Falcons who are second-worst in the league against opposing runners. I expect there will be plenty of opportunities for Ware to find “pay dirt” in his week 13 matchup!!!
Melvin Gordon (Tampa Bay @ San Diego)
Melvin Gordon looks to be one of the top options at the running back position as he faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. Gordon carried the ball 17 times for 70 yards and added 4 catches for 19 yards en route to a win over the Texans last week!! Gordon has played well all season and has been particularly productive inside the red zone!!! Gordon has been money inside the 10-yard line, and I expect for Gordon to score on multiple occasions this week!!
WR
Michael Thomas (Detroit @ New Orleans)
Michael Thomas has been quite impactful during his rookie campaign catching 65 balls for 789 yards and 7 TDs!!! With injuries keeping Willie Snead on the sideline for a few weeks this year, Thomas has made the best of every opportunity to prove himself as a worthy pass catcher alongside the speedy Brandin Cooks. This week, Thomas has a home matchup in the Superdome against a porous Detroit Lions secondary!! Thomas makes for a fine WR 2 with great upside this week!!!
Sammy Watkins (Buffalo @ Oakland)
Sammy Watkins looks like he is back to his explosive ways after he snagged 3 balls for 80 yards in limited action in week 12! This week, Watkins is a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 against an Oakland Raiders secondary allowing the fifth most points to opposing wideouts! With Tyrod Taylor looking to get Watkins back into the mix, a big day could be in the works for Watkins!!!
TE
Kyle Rudolph (Dallas @ Minnesota)
Kyle Rudolph is coming off of a great game catching 9 balls for 64 yards against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving!! Rudolph has been one of the more reliable TE options in fantasy this season and he should be used as a TE1 going forward!! Up next is a week 13 matchup against Dallas who have given up an average of more than nine fantasy points a game to opposing TEs!! Give Rudolph the nod this week!!
D/ST
New England (vs Los Angeles)
The Patriots defense has been a huge disappointment these past few weeks but an upcoming matchup against rookie QB Jared Goff may be just what they need to get back on track defensively! Over the years, rookie QBs haven’t faired well in Foxborough averaging a 51.7 passer rating with four TDs and 14 INTs!!! New England’s D could be in for a huge outing!!!


What’s Not❄

QB
Jared Goff (Los Angeles @ New England)
Jared Goff had a solid outing against last week against the Saints throwing for 214 yds, 3 TDs, and 1 INT. Last week’s game was definitely a confidence builder for the first year signal caller, but the task will get much tougher this week as the Rams travel to Foxborough to take on the AFC-leading Patriots!!! The Pats have been brutal against rookie QBs at home so don’t even consider Goff in this one!!!
RB
Rob Kelley (Washington @ Arizona)
Rob Kelley, for the most part, has played well in the Washington Redskins backfield since becoming the primary ball carrier. With Kelley being so active in the ‘Skins offense, it’ll be difficult for most owners to bench him this week. However, with a matchup against a Cardinals defense that had allowed an average of 6.2 fantasy points per game with no rushing scores to opposing backs, it’ll be best if you would leave Kelley on the bench in this one!!!
WR
Jarvis Landry (Miami @ Baltimore)
Jarvis Landry has been quite the fantasy disappointment this season!! Landry is best served as bench depth more than an actual starter going forward until he breaks out of his “production slump” phase. Landry has even failed to take advantage of “golden” matchups like this past week against the San Francisco 49ers!! Leave Landry on the bench and keep him there until further notice!!!
TE
Jack Doyle (Indianapolis @ New York Jets)
Early on, it was looking as if Jack Doyle would be one of those “fantasy gems” that surface once or twice a year, but that production has fallen flat, tremendously!!! Doyle has only seen four targets the last two games and has now failed to score a touchdown in every game since week 7!!! With his recent slump in production and a week 13 matchup against a Jets defense that’s surrendered only 3 TDs to TEs all season, Doyle should have a spot deep on your bench!!!
D/ST
Minnesota (vs Dallas)
I know it’ll be tough to bench the highest scoring fantasy defense, but the Vikings play host to the high octane offense of the Dallas Cowboys in week 13! Early on in the year, the Vikings defense was dominant but as of late, they’ve been fairly mediocre!! The ‘Boys have surrendered the fewest points to opposing defenses this year, and they’ll make it very difficult for the Vikings defense to have a productive outing!! Minnesota’s D isn’t one of the better options this week!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 12: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

16 New York Giants
15 New England
14 Seattle
13 Pittsburgh
12 Baltimore
11 Miami
10 Buffalo
9 Tennesse
8 Atlanta
7 Sand Diego
6 Green Bay
5 Dallas
4 Denver
3 Oakland
2 Los Angeles
1 Detroit

D.Reed (Blue)

16 New England
15 Seattle
14 New York Giants
13 Pittsburgh
12 Tennessee
11 New Orleans
10 Buffalo
9 Denver
8 Houston
7 Philadelphia
6 Atlanta
5 Oakland
4 Detroit
3 Miami
2 Baltimore
1 Washington

Week 11 Points and Results
JGood: 78 pts (8-6) record; Overall: 740 pts (86-73)
D.Reed: 77 pts (9-5) record;  Overall: 789 pts (94-65)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥

 

QB
Kirk Cousins (Washington @ Dallas)
Kirk Cousins has been on a roll as of late, so why would you shy away from the hot hand?! Cousins has a tough road test this Thanksgiving against one of the leagues top offenses in the Dallas Cowboys!! Even though this matchup may seem like a tough task on paper, I still believe that Cousins will perform well enough to produce QB1 numbers this week!! With the Cowboys’ secondary slightly depleted, Cousins could very well be on his way to another top 10 QB week!!
Derek Carr (Carolina @ Oakland)
Derek Carr is coming off of a very solid performance,throwing for 295 yds, 3 TDs, and 1 INT against a surprisingly, stingy Houston Texans secondary! In week 12, Carr has a matchup against a Carolina Panther defense that has struggled all season long against opposing QBs! With one of the deadliest pass-catching duos in the league at his disposal in Amari Cooper and Micheal Crabtree, I like Carr at home this week against such a shaky secondary!!!
RB
Thomas Rawls (Seattle @ Tampa Bay)
Thomas Rawls was not listed on the injury report Wednesday, and with Christine Micheal recently departed to Green Bay and rookie C.J. Prosise (shoulder) out for the season, Rawls could be in for a huge bump in production! In his first game back from an injury that kept him sidelined since week 3, Rawls ran for 57 yards on 13 carries and caught 3 balls for another 31 yards! Rawls’ week 11 production was very encouraging seeing as how he split carries with Prosise. With Rawls being the clear cut guy in Seattle’s backfield, all signs are pointing towards a “coming out party” for Rawls against a beatable Tampa front!!!
Jay Ajayi (Miami @ San Francisco)
Jay Ajayi could be in for a huge game as he’s up against a 49ers defense that has surrendered the most rushing yards per game and well over 5 yards per carries to opposing running backs this season!!! Nothing more needs to be said. Plug Ajayi into your RB1 slot this week and enjoy!!!
WR
Steve Smith (Cincinnati @ Baltimore)
Steve Smith caught 8 balls for 99 yards and a score in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week and has now found pay dirt in the last two weeks!! It seems as if Smith is becoming Joe Flacco’s “security blanket” both in the red zone and on those crucial plays down the stretch. The “ageless wonder” should see his fair share of targets this week against a Cincinnati Bengals defense ranked 24th against the pass. I believe Smith makes it 3 straight games with a score!! Smith makes for a fine WR2 this week!!!
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona @ Atlanta)
If you have Larry Fitzgerald outside a PPR league, you’ve been fairly disappointed over the past 5 weeks because he’s failed to find the end zone since his week 5 matchup at San Francisco. Carson Palmer’s struggles have in part been the blame for Fitzgerald’s performance or lack thereof. I expect for Fitzgerald to get back on track this week against an Atlanta Falcons defense that has given up 14 TDs and the 5th most points to opposing pass catchers this season!!
TE
Eric Ebron (Minnesota @ Detroit)
Eric Ebron is starting to become a focal point in the Lions’ passing game!! In the last 3 games, Ebron has no less 70 receiving yards, and he even scored a rushing TD at home last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars! This week Ebron is up against the same Minnesota defense he burned for 7 catches and 92 yds in week 9!! Ebron has the upside of a top TE play against a Minnesota defense susceptible to TEs this year!!!
D/ST 
Buffalo (vs Jacksonville)
Buffalo has a great matchup at home this week against a lackluster, turnover prone Jaguars offense!! As long as Blake Bortles continues to turn the ball over at a high rate, opposing defenses will continue to  average 11.5 points per game. If they bring pressure to Bortles early, it could mean another double-digit defense allowed for Jacksonville!!!


What’s Not❄

QB
Blake Bortles (Jacksonville @ Buffalo)
Blake Bortles is dealing with a right shoulder injury and although he is expected to play, I’m predicting a subpar fantasy outing from Bortles on the road against a much-improved Buffalo defense. The only way Bortles could be productive in this one is if the Jags are down a ton early and Jacksonville is forced to chuck it the rest of the game, and even then, it’ll be a stretch for Bortles to become worthy of a start this week!!! Keep a spot for Bortles on your bench this week!!!
RB
Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland @ New York Giants)
With the Giants having surrendered the 6th fewest yards per carry to running backs this season, it’s safe to say that Isaiah Crowell deserves a spot on your bench this week!!! The Browns will most likely abandon the run early, and Crowell’s production will solely be based upon his ability to score on the goal line!!! In a week where there are no byes, I’m sure you can find loads of production at the RB position elsewhere!!!
WR
Marvin Jones (Minnesota @ Detroit)
The season seemed so promising early on for Marvin Jones as he grabbed 18 balls for 408 yards and 2 TDs in his first 3 games of the season. Since then, Jones has only 20 catches for 268 yards and 2 scores in 7 games!!! With his recently poor production and a stingy Minnesota secondary coming to town, it’ll be wise to bench Jones this week and maybe beyond until his production increases.
TE
Cameron Brate (Seattle @ Tampa Bay)
Cameron Brate posted a very disappointing stat line against Kansas City last week, catching only 2 passes for a measly 18 yds!!! Things don’t get any easier as Brate has another brutal matchup on deck for this week against a Seattle Seahawks defense that has allowed only two touchdowns and an average of 6.4 fantasy points per game to opposing TEs!!! Brate wouldn’t be the best TE to turn to in week 12!
D/ST
Indianapolis (vs Pittsburgh)
The Colts pass defense is ranked dead last in the NFL, and the Steelers offense is ranked 7th in passing yards per game. You do the math!!! Stay away from the Colts defense at all costs!!!

 

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 10: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

14 Arizona
13 San Diego
12 Pittsburgh
11 New Orleans
10 New York Giants
9 Philadelphia
8 Carolina
7 Tennessee
6 New York Jets
5 Minnesota
4 Chicago
3 Baltimore
2 Jacksonville
1 Seattle

D.Reed (Blue)

14 Arizona
13 Green Bay
12 San Diego
11 Houston
10 Atlanta
9 Baltimore
8 Denver
7 New York Jets
6 Washington
5 Cincinnati
4 Tampa Bay
3 Carolina
2 New England
1 Pittsburgh

Week 9 Points and Results
JGood: 75 pts (10-3) record; Overall: 618 pts (72-59)
D.Reed: 64 pts (8-5) record;  Overall: 658 pts (78-52)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥
QB
Ben Roethlisberger (Dallas @ Pittsburgh)
Roethlisberger played shaky in his first game back from injury against the Baltimore Ravens last week. “Big Ben” will be poised to get the Steelers offense rolling this week as they play host to a smoking hot Dallas Cowboys team. I expect for Roethlisberger to improve on his subpar performance from last week as he continues to get healthier. Roethlisberger has been a different animal at home, and it’ll be very difficult to bet against him there!!! Be sure to get “Big Ben” locked into your QB1 slot this week!!!
Carson Palmer (San Francisco @ Arizona)
Fresh off a bye week, Carson Palmer and company will be up against the dreadful secondary of the San Francisco 49ers who have surrendered multiple touchdowns to opposing QBs in all game but 1 this season!!! Before their week 9 bye, Palmer put up top notch numbers throwing for 363 yds and 3 scores and I foresee week 10 being another huge week for Palmer!!
RB
Jonathan Stewart (Kansas City @ Carolina)
In three games since returning from injury, Stewart has averaged 3.8 yards per carry and has also averaged 20 touches per contest with four total TDs over that span!!! This week, “J-Stew” is back at home against the Kanas City Chiefs, who were ran all over by both Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon for a total of 172 yards rushing and one TD!!! I see a huge opportunity for Stewart to be a top 10 RB play this week!!!
Jordan Howard (Chicago @ Tampa Bay)
In Howard’s outing last week, he ran wild against a very tough Minnesota Vikings defense for 153 yards and a score!!! With Howard dominating the touches over his backfield mates KaDeem Carey and Jeremy Langford, he could be in for one stellar outing against a poor Tampa Bay run defense!!! If the cards are played properly, Howard could find paydirt twice before the day’s end!!!
WR
Larry Fitzgerald (San Francisco @ Arizona)
Larry Fitzgerald was one of the hottest WRs at the beginning of the season, scoring 3 TDs in his first 2 games, but he has cooled off a bit since then. This week, I look for Fitzgerald to get back on track as he draws a matchup against a San Francisco defense that’s allowed 18 total passing touchdowns!! With injuries to Arizona’s receiving corp, Fitzgerald should be used heavily, especially in the red zone. I like “Fitz” to find the end zone this week!!!
Jordan Matthews (Atlanta @ Philadelphia)
I love Jordan Matthews for two reasons this week:  he is facing the Atlanta Falcons defense (who has allowed the second-most receiving TDs and the most receiving yards to opposing wideouts this season!!!) and the Eagles are going to have to score early and often to stay in the game against one of the leagues most potent offenses!! I see a land of opportunity for Matthews this week!!!
TE
Antonio Gates (Miami @ San Diego)
It’s good to see that “Ol Reliable” is still getting the job done in the sunshine state. Antonio Gates just continues to produce, tallying 28 targets, 14 receptions and 146 yards for two scores over the last three games!!! Gates has seen a tremendous target boost with the last few games, especially in the red zone!!! At home against the Dolphins this week, it’s safe to lock in future Hall of Famer as your TE1!!!
D/ST
Arizona (vs San Francisco)
Arizona is fresh off a bye week and hosts a very lackadaisical San Francisco 49ers team this week! I expect for Arizona to lead by a couple scores in this one, which would force San Fran to throw the ball often (resulting in multiple turnovers)!! This game is just what the doctor ordered for Arizona to get its inconsistent defense back on track!!! Expect a very solid stat line from the Arizona defense this week!!!

What’s Not❄
QB
Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco @ Arizona)
Colin Kaepernick had an awesome fantasy outing last week against the Saints, throwing for nearly 400 yds (398 passing yards) and two scores!! In just about every fantasy format, “Kaep” was surprisingly labeled a stud for the week. Kaepernick’s solid outing may very well be short-lived because this week I would bench him against a Cardinals defense that is allowing an average of 200 yards passing and one TD a game to opposing quarterbacks!!
RB
Christine Michael (Seattle @ New England)
Christine Michael was once a very reliable fantasy option, but it seems as if those days may be limited with C.J. Prosise cutting into his carries and Thomas Rawls nearing full strength. To make matters worse, Michael has a tough matchup on the road this week against the New England Patriots!! I’d keep Micheal on my bench this week until the Seattle backfield becomes less cloudy!!!
WR
Brandin Cooks (Denver @ New Orleans)
Brandin Cooks has been a boom or bust this year and very touchdown dependent as well. Cooks has a week 10 matchup with one of the best secondaries, and the number one ranked defense against wideouts in the Denver Broncos!!! Denver is fresh off shutting down one of the best duos in Oaklands Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper!! I would temper my expectations for both Brandin Cooks and Micheal Thomas this week!!!
TE 
Julius Thomas (Houston @ Jacksonville) 
Thomas has become TD or bust as of late, and I expect him to have a subpar performance in his matchup with the Texans this week! If Thomas doesn’t score this week, you could be looking at about 3 points in standard scoring!!! With Blake Bortles playing so terribly, I would avoid Thomas in most league this week if I could help it!!!
D/ST
Philadelphia (vs Atlanta)
If there was week to bench the third best defense in football, it’s Week 10!!! The Eagles are in line to face one of the most potent offenses out there in the Atlanta Falcons!!! Bench the Eagles D this week, and stream a team with an easier matchup!!! If Atlanta comes out with guns blazing, Philly could be in for a long day!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 9: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

13 New Orleans
12 Dallas
11 Kansas City
10 Seattle
9 Minnesota
8 Carolina
7 New York Giants
6 New York Jets
5 Indianapolis
4 San Diego
3 Baltimore
2 Oakland
1 Tampa Bay

D.Reed (Blue)

13 Dallas
12 Kansas City
11 Green Bay
10 Seattle
9 Carolina
8 New York Jets
7 Atlanta
6 San Diego
5 Minnesota
4 Miami
3 New York Giants
2 Denver
1 Pittsburgh

Week 8 Points and Results
JGood: 68 pts (9-3) record; Overall: 543 pts (62-56)
D.Reed: 61 pts (9-3) record;  Overall: 594 pts (70-47)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥
QB
Dak Prescott (Dallas @ Cleveland)
What’s not to love about Prescott’s week 9 matchup against a winless Cleveland Browns team!? Dallas is one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and Prescott is a huge part of their success!! Prescott is coming off of a huge game against a very tough Philadelphia Eagle defense scoring 27 pts!!! If Prescott had that great of a game against one of the better defenses in the league, what do you think he’ll do to one of the worst!!! Start the rookie of the year candidate with confidence!!!

Philip Rivers (Tennessee @ San Diego)
For three weeks in a row, the Tennessee Titans defense has allowed at least 25 pts to opposing quarterbacks which bode well for a struggling Philip Rivers. Over the last 3 games, Rivers is averaging only 13 pts, but he has faced a brutal Denver defense in two of the last 3. Bottom line is that Philip Rivers is due for a productive outing, and I expect for Rivers to bounce back in this one.

RB
Charcandrick West (Jacksonville @ Kansas City)
Charcandrick West is expected to start with Spencer Ware going through concussion protocol. In a week where a total of 6 teams are on bye, West makes a great waiver wire option and should be inserted as a fine RB2 option. With Alex Smith also out and Kansas City not wanting to rely heavily on backup Nick Foles, I expect West will receive a heavy workload and turn that workload into a very solid fantasy outing in week 9!!! Pick West up and get him into your lineups immediately!!!

Jonathan Stewart (Carolina @ Los Angeles)
Ever since Stewart has returned from injury, he’s been scorching hot, scoring 4 TDs in his last two starts!!! Carolina has been a better team with “J-Stew” in the lineup as Carolina gained a much-needed boost in the rushing department!! I expect that Stewart will be used heavily in attempt to keep QB Cam Newton upright and injury free!!! Newton is known to steal goal line carries from Stewart in the past, but with Carolina wanting to minimize the hits on Cam, I expect Stewart will handle majority of the touches up close and turn them into scores!!!

WR
Davante Adams (Indianapolis @ Green Bay)
With Randall Cobb sidelined due to injury last week, Davante Adams stepped in and made the best of his opportunity, reeling in 12 catches on 14 targets for 73 yards. In the past two weeks, Adams has been targeted a whopping 30 times, turning that into 25 catches, 206 yards, and two scores!!! Adams has a great week 9 matchup against a poor Colts secondary that was gashed by the Chiefs last Sunday. With his recently gained rapport with QB Aaron Rodgers, I believe that Adams is in for another solid outing!!!

Dez Bryant (Dallas @ Cleveland)
He’s baaaack!! Dez Bryant wasted no time knocking the rust off from his 3 game absence, catching four passes for 114 yards and a score on whopping 14 targets!!! I like Bryant to continue his hot production against the winless Cleveland Browns. This is the matchup that fantasy owners dream of, and I believe that Bryant won’t disappoint. I’m sure that Bryant will have no problem posting top 5 WR numbers this week!!!

TE
Kyle Rudolph (Detroit @ Minnesota)
Kyle Rudolph has been pretty inconsistent this year but so has the entire Vikings offense. Even with Rudolph’s inconsistency, I love this weeks matchup against a Detroit defense who’s allowed 8 TDs total and the most points to TEs this season!!! With Rudolph being one of the better options in the passing game and a big red zone target, I expect that Rudolph will put together a very respectable stat line.

D/ST
Kansas City (vs Jacksonville)
Kansas City has been one of the hotter defenses in the league, scoring double-digit fantasy points in each of the last 3 games. With the turnover prone Jacksonville Jags coming to town, I like that trend to continue. It’s always very difficult to play in Arrowhead Stadium, let alone win there, and I expect for Marcus Peters and company to be too much for the Jags to overcome!!


What’s Not❄
QB
Blake Bortles (Jacksonville @ Kansas City)
The Jacksonville Jaguars has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments of the season, and Blake Bortles has been the main contributor to that disappointment. Bortles is coming off of a very solid performance at Tennessee throwing for 337 yds and 3 scores, but a huge chunk of his production came during “garbage time.” I don’t trust Bortles this week in such a hostile environment at Arrowhead Stadium. If you can help it, leave Bortles riding the pine this week.

RB
Latavius Murray (Denver @ Oakland)
Take away Murray’s TDs on the year and he’s fantasy irrelevant. It seems as if Murray’s success depends solely on his ability to find paydirt. It looks as if the Oakland offense is shifting towards being a pass first offense with Derek Carr passing the ball early and often, and that could cut into Murrays production!!! To make matters worse, Murray has a tough week 9 divisional matchup against the Denver Broncos!! Although I like Murrays chances on the goal line, I would still temper expectations for Murray until he proves himself to be more than TD dependent back!!!

WR
Marvin Jones (Detroit @ Minnesota)
Marvin Jones has been a fantasy diamond in the rough for the first few games of the season, but as of late, he’s seen a recent dip in production. Jones has been dealing with a foot injury which may have been the root of his unsatisfactory production. This week, Jones has a matchup against a pesky Vikings defense that has done a great job of shutting down opposing WRs!! The ceiling appears to be low for Marvin Jones this week!!!

TE
Julius Thomas (Jacksonville @ Kansas City)
The Jacksonville Jaguars offense is a mess, and Thomas has been ineffective in the passing attack. Jackson has scored in back to back games, but he’s caught no more than three passes in four consecutive starts. The Chiefs have allowed only one TD to opposing TEs all season and no one has more than 44 yards receiving yards. I expect Jacksonville to be down early in this one, therefore, I can only see Thomas finding paydirt in garbage time.

D/ST
Tennessee (@ San Diego)
Titans defense was a huge dissapointment in week 8 against Jacksonville with no INTS and just two sacks, and only scored 6 points last week in a game in which they let get out of hand late. As long as the Chargers can limit turnovers and sacks, I expect another subpar performance for the Titans defense!! Avoid the Titans D/ST this week if possible!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 8: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

13 New England
12 Denver
11 Houston
10 New York Jets
9 Minnesota
8 Carolina
7 Washington
6 Jacksonville
5 Dallas
4 Atlanta
3 Kansas City
2 Oakland
1 Seattle

D.Reed (Blue)

13 New England
12 Tennessee
11 New York Jets
10 Seattle
9 Minnesota
8 Cincinnati
7 Oakland
6 Dallas
5 Denver
4 Carolina
3 Detroit
2 Kansas City
1 Atlanta

Week 7 Points and Results
JGood: 81 pts (8-6) record; Overall: 475 pts (53-53)
D.Reed: 78 pts (9-5) record;  Overall: 533 pts (61-44)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥
QB
Jameis Winston (Oakland @ Tampa Bay)
“Famous Jameis” is fresh off of a solid outing on the road against San Francisco, tossing 3 scores and 1 INT!! I expect for Winston to duplicate his solid performance this week against a very exploitable Oakland secondary. The Oakland defense has allowed 13 touchdown passes this season, therefore, the “Winston to Evans” connection will be in full effect!!! In a week where a total of 6 teams are on bye, Winston is a great streaming option at QB!!!
Matt Ryan (Green Bay @ Atlanta)
Last week against San Diego, Ryan posted a subpar stat line of 273 yards through the air for 1 TD and also threw 1 INT, but I expect for Ryan to bounce back against Green Bay at home. “Matty Ice” has been one of the most consistent and productive fantasy QBs this season, and I expect that production to continue against an injury-ridden Packers secondary!!! If this game turns out to be the shootout, and I think it will be, Ryan may very well be in for one of his best games of the year!!!
RB
Jacquizz Rodgers (Tampa Bay @ Oakland)
In the two games since taking over the starting backfield in Tampa, “Quizz” has a whopping 62 total touches for 292 total yards (255 rushing, 37 receiving)!!! With that type of usage, Rodgers is a must-start this week against an Oakland defense allowing 5 yards a carry to opposing running backs!! With Doug Martin listed as doubtful for yet another week due to hamstring injury, all signs are pointing to another solid outing for Rodgers!!!
Christine Michael (Seattle @ New Orleans)
Christine Michael was in an old-fashioned defensive battle on the road last week against Arizona where he managed only 52 yards on 16 carries!!! It was a tough week not only for Michael, but majority of the Seahawk offense!! This week Michael is matched up against a Saints defense that has been awful against the run this season. With such a favorable matchup this week, Michael could be in for a very productive day!!!
WR
Brandon Marshall (New York Jets @ Cleveland)
What’s not to love about Marshall’s week 8 matchup against an 0-7 Browns team!!!?? For the past two weeks, Marshall has been in a mini slump, but with Ryan Fitzpatrick back under center, I expect Marshall’s production, or lack thereof, to make a full recovery!! Plug Marshall in at the WR1 spot this week with confidence!!!
Randall Cobb (Green Bay @ Atlanta)
Cobb is coming off of his best fantasy game of the season with 11 grabs for 95 yards and a score! Cobb also tallied 5 rushes for 21 yards!! Cobb gets an Atlanta defense who has been far from stellar this year, therefore, I predict that Cobb will have a very productive day on the road in week 8!! All receivers in the Packers’ receiving corp could be in for a fantastic outing, but I believe that Cobb will be the most productive since he does most of his damage out of the slot!!!
TE
Jimmy Graham (Seattle @ New Orleans)
Jimmy Graham has been targeted at least 8 times in four games, and with Russell Wilson looking his way early and often, Graham could be in for a productive day on the road against the Saints. I’m thinking that Jimmy Graham would love nothing more than to get into the end zone against his former team and do his signature slam dunk on the goal posts!!! Graham could be in for his best game of the season!!!
D/ST
New York Jets (vs Cleveland)
Last week, the Jets defense posted their best defensive game of the season against Baltimore, forcing 2 INTS and forcing a fumble!!! Five D/ST units have scored at least 10 fantasy points against the Browns this year, therefore, I expect for the Jets defense to build off their performance from last week and log in another solid defensive outing!!!

What’s Not❄
QB
Tyrod Taylor (New England @ Buffalo)
Even though Taylor faired well (17 pts) against the Pats in Foxborough, I expect it to be different this time around! With injuries to his top play makers LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins, that could lead to New England putting all the pressure on Taylor and his group of unproven skilled position players (not to mention Tom Brady off suspension this time around)!!! Taylor looks to be in for a rough day against the Pats who looks to avenge their week 4 loss!!!
RB
T.J. Yeldon (Jacksonville @ Tennessee)
The Jacksonville backfield has been in disarray as both T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory failed to make a fantasy impact over to the last few weeks. It’s tough to start a player on a team that uses the dreaded “running back by committee”, and to add more insult to injury, the Jags have a tough matchup on the road against a tough Tennessee Titans defense that’s been stingy against opposing RBs. If you can help it, stay away from both RBs in the Jags backfield this
week!!!
WR
Alshon Jeffery (Minnesota @ Chicago)
Alshon Jeffery is having a very disappointing fantasy season so far, and things don’t seem to lighten up for him as he gets a brutal week 8 matchup against a Vikings defense that has held every WR they’ve faced in check this year!!! Jeffery may get a slight bump if Cutler plays this week, but I don’t believe it will be enough to overcome such a stout defense!!! Temper your expectations with Alshon this week!!!
TE 
Coby Fleener (Seattle @ New Orleans)
This week, Fleener gets a Seattle defense that currently allows only five fantasy points per game to opposing TEs and has yielded just one TD all season!!! Fleener put up a stinker last week (4 pts) against Kansas City and could be in for the same, as he looks to rebound against a top notch defense. Fleener should be avoided if possible!!!
D/ST
Buffalo (vs New England)
The last time Buffalo played New England in week 4, the Bills scored 15 fantasy points, but they played against a Tom Brady-less Patriots team!!! With Brady back under center, it will be a long day for the Buffalo Bills defense as Brady will look to keep his hot streak alive in this divisional showdown!!! I’m sure you can find better options at D/ST this week!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 7: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

15 New England
14 Cincinnati
13 Minnesota
12 Denver
11 Atlanta
10 Kansas City
9 Green Bay
8 Oakland
7 New York Giants
6 Tampa Bay
5 Tennessee
4 Baltimore
3 Buffalo
2 Washington
1 Arizona

D.Reed (Blue)

15 Green Bay
14 Cincinnati
13 Denver
12 New England
11 Baltimore
10 Buffalo
9 Atlanta
8 Oakland
7 New York Giants
6 Kansas City
5 Arizona
4 Minnesota
3 San Francisco
2 Detroit
1 Indianapolis

Week 6 Points and Results
JGood: 78 pts (9-6) record; Overall: 394 pts (45-47)
D.Reed: 51 pts (7-7) record;  Overall: 455 pts (52-39)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥
QB
Andy Dalton (Cleveland @ Cincinnati)
Dalton gets a golden matchup in week 7 against a Cleveland Browns defense, allowing 16 touchdown passes in their first 6 games!! In the two games against the Browns last season, Dalton was phenomenal, scoring 27 points in both meetings!! Andy Dalton may be set up to have his best statistical game of the year by far!!! Lock Dalton in for QB 1 numbers this week!!!
Kirk Cousins (Washington @ Detroit)
Kirk Cousins and company will travel to the Motor City to face a very inviting Lions secondary who were aired out by Case Keenum and the Rams last week!! In the first six games, no one has given up more points to opposing QBs than the Lions!!! This matchup has all the makings of an old-fashioned shootout. Therefore, I expect Cousins to put up major numbers this week!!! Beam “Captain Kirk” into your QB1 slot with confidence!!!
RB
Spencer Ware/Jamaal Charles (New Orleans @ Kansas City)
Kansas City head coach Andy Reid wants to put a cap on Jamaal Charles workload by splitting carries with Spencer Ware. Although Ware had a monster game and dominated Charles in touches last week, I expect things to even up between them both as Charles works his way back to rare form. The Saints rank 30th in the league against the rush, therefore you can’t go wrong with either RB in the Kanas City backfield this week!!!
Devonta Freeman (San Diego @ Atlanta)
Freeman had a poor outing last week on the road against a tough Seattle defense, rushing for 40 yds on 12 carries and catching 3 passes for a measly 10 yds. This week, he has a more favorable matchup against a San Diego defense allowing 9 TDs to running backs this season!!! Even while ceding carries to backfield mate Tevin Coleman, I look for Freeman to make a strong rebound at home this week!!!
WR 
Allen Robinson (Oakland @ Jacksonville)
Robinson is coming off his worse game of the season on the road against Chicago, catching 3 balls for only 49 yards!!! Many owners who drafted Robinson are somewhat displeased with his production thus far, as he’s failed to eclipse the 100-yard mark in any game this season. However, a date with Oakland at home this week may be just what the doctor ordered!!! I foresee Robinson getting back to WR1 numbers, while gaining over 100 yds this week against a poor Oakland secondary!!!
Amari Cooper (Oakland @ Jacksonville)
Early on, Cooper’s fellow wideout Michael Crabtree seemed to have more rapport with QB Derek Carr, but the tables have turned in the last few weeks where Cooper has been on fire with 267 yards and a score!! Crabtree seems to be more reliable in the redone but Cooper is still the clear cut number one guy in Oakland’s pass attack!! Up next is a meeting on the road against a porous Jags secondary where I see Cooper adding beautifully to his stellar stretch!!
TE
Hunter Henry (SanDiego @ Atlanta)
Since joining the lineup 4 games ago, Henry has caught 18 of 24 targets for 290 yards and 3 scores!!! At this point, we’ve seen enough from Henry to label his as a true TE 1!!! It seems as if Henry locked up the starting TE job over future Hall of Famer, Antonio Gates. Henry is up against an Atlanta defense who’s already surrendered 5 scores to TEs already this year!!! If you have Henry, play him and feel confident in doing so!!!
D/ST 
Baltimore (@ New York Jets)
The Jets have turned the ball over at least one time every game this season and that stat alone makes the Baltimore defense a very attractive stream in week 7!!!! Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched in favor of Geno Smith last week, but both QBs still had at least one turnover!!! If the Jets offense continues to struggle and turn the ball over, Baltimore could be a legit top 5 play this week!!!
What’s Not❄
QB 
Brock Osweiler (Houston @ Denver)
Statistics show that Osweiler performs terribly when blitzed this season, and guess who’s one of the highest ranked blitzing defenses. . .yup that’s it, the Denver Broncos!! Not many QBs have faired well @ Mile High stadium, and I’m adding Osweiler to that list!!! I expect for Denver to suffocate Osweiler and force him into making a bad decision or two. If you can help it, bench Brock as he faces his former team this week!!!
RB
Matt Forte (Baltimore @ New York Jets)
I know it’s tough to sit a name as big as Matt Forte’s, especially since he was a top RB in the first 3 games of the season. At this point, the Jets offense is a joke!!! During the 4 game skid, Forte is averaging 41 yards and no TDs per contest!!!  This week, Forte gets matched up against a top Baltimore run defense looking to bottle him up on all accounts!!! If I have better options, I’m playing it safe and benching Forte this week until the Jets offense decides to show up!!!
WR
Jordan Matthews (Minnesota @ Philadelphia)
Matthews has been solid all year, either scoring a TD or 65 receiving yards in every game, but his targets have taken a slight dip in the last 3 games (only being targeted 14 times)!! This week Matthews draws a matchup against a suffocating Vikings secondary that shut down the likes of Odell Beckham, Kelvin Benjamin, and DeAndre Hopkins!!! This isn’t a great matchup for any wideout so it’ll be best to bench Matthews if you have better options!!!
TE
Zach Ertz (Minnesota @ Philadelphia)
Ertz has one toughest matchups this week against the Vikings, who have yet to allow a TD to a TE all year!!! Ertz hasn’t been particularly productive since coming back from injury, and this game will be far from a coming out party!! This matchup is much too dangerous for Ertz owners!!!
D/ST
Pittsburgh (vs New England)
The Steelers are coming off of the worst defensive performance of the season on the road against Miami where they allowed a 200-yard rusher in Jay Ajayi!! Even though the Pittsburgh D plays much better at home, this week they play host to Tom Brady and company, and they have the tough task of stopping their dual TE tandem of Gronk and Martellus Bennett!! It’s going to be long afternoon for the Steelers D!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)