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Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 15

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 15

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2012 fantasy football start'em sit'em Week 15

 

 

 

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em – Week 15

 

 

 

Every week, there are certain fantasy studs who you simply have to start no matter what. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson and A.J. Green fall into that category, to name a few. There are also a good number of players you should probably sit each week as well. But then, there are those players whom you have no idea whether to start or sit. Here are a few not-so-obvious guys at each major fantasy position who you might not know what to do with, but for whom the stats and other information dictates one way or the other.

 

 


START 'EM

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

Cam Newton - Pyro Character

Cam Newton (at SD) – There’s nothing like finding yourself in the fantasy playoffs with a running quarterback on a roll. Cam Newton put up the most fantasy points in the league over the last six weeks and has been the top point-getter in each of the last three. In that time, he’s thrown for 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions while also rushing for 330 yards and another four TDs. He’s averaged a massive 34.5 fantasy points (standard scoring) in his last three games and has all the confidence in the world right now. San Diego has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last five weeks so there’s no reason to believe Newton won’t be able to keep up his torrid pace.

 

Josh Freeman - Pyro Character

Josh Freeman (at NO) – Big Josh Freeman has come back down to Earth a bit lately tossing up just four TDs, one INT and an average of 229 yards in the last three weeks. His completion percentage has been awful as well throwing at just a 49.5 percent clip in that time, but he’s never been known for his accuracy anyway. This week, none of that will matter. Freeman had his best game of the season against the Saints back in Week 7, and though I don’t believe he’ll be able to match 420 yards and three touchdowns, he should be able to have a QB1 type of day anyway.

 

Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

Andy Dalton (at Phi, Thursday night) – Andy Dalton has not been as effective the last couple of games as he was before, but this prime-time matchup against a weak Eagles defense may be just the thing he needs to get his confidence and playoff hopes back on track. Over his last five games, Dalton has failed to throw for more than 230 yards but he does have 11 touchdowns compared to three interceptions during that time. However, all three of those INTs and just two of the TDs came in past two games. That being said, the Eagles have been very generous to opposing quarterbacks this year allowing two or more TD passes in 10 of their last 11 games, so this is a good opportunity for Dalton to get his mojo back up and running.

 

Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character

Robert Griffin III (at Cle) – Despite leaving the game in the fourth quarter last weekend, Griffin was still able to put up top ten fantasy numbers for the week and continues to lead all quarterbacks in fantasy points per game. The word at this point is that Griffin’s sprained right knee isn’t that bad and that he definitely plans to play this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Personally, I had no doubt that he would, and since he's been practicing all week without incident, it seems I was right. There should be no worries with him being on the road, either, as he’s actually averaged more points away from home so far this year. Cleveland’s defense has improved mightily over the course of the season, but they still allow some big games here and there and should do so this weekend as they won’t be able to contain the talent of RGIII.

 

Eli Manning - Pyro Character

Eli Manning (at Atl) – It looks like Eli is back playing with the big boys in the top ten on a permanent basis now after three high-quality games in a row. Last week against the Saints was one of his best this season, as he threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns in the Giants victory. Week 15 looks like it will be more of the same for Eli as he travels down to Atlanta to face yet another high-flying offensive team. If the Giants are going to keep up in this one, they’ll have to do so through the air, so look for Manning to be slinging it around quite a bit this Sunday.

 

 

Others with QB1 Potential:

 

Carson Palmer (vs. KC)

 

Matthew Stafford (at Ari)

 

Colin Kaepernick (at NE, Sunday night)

 

 

QB2s & SLEEPERS

 

Tony Romo (vs. Pit)

Ben Roethlisberger (at Dal)

Philip Rivers (vs. Car) 

Russell Wilson (at Buf)

Brandon Weeden (vs. Was)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

Doug Martin - Pyro Character

Doug Martin (at NO) – After a weak performance in Denver back in Week 13, the “Muscle Hamster” got back on track last Sunday rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown while touching the ball a whopping 31 times against the Philadelphia Eagles. This week I expect another grand showing for the youngster with the Buccaneers traveling to New Orleans for a rematch with the defensively-challenged Saints. The last time they met back in Week 7, Martin was able to put up 122 total yards and touchdown en route to one of his finer fantasy outputs of the season. I’ll be very surprised if the rookie doesn’t put up nearly the same exact numbers this Sunday.

 

Jamaal Charles - Pyro Character

Jamaal Charles (at Oak) – After last weekend’s 165-yard outburst against the Cleveland Browns, Jamaal Charles now has three straight 100-yard games, four in his last five games, and a total of six on the season. The bonus last week, however, was that Charles was able to find the end zone for the fifth time this season (four rushing, one receiving) on a delicious 80-yard, highlight speed-run on the first play of the game. This week he’ll be taking on the Oakland Raiders, a defense that has allowed the second most rushing touchdowns and second most fantasy points to running backs this season, as well as two 100-yard rushers in the last three weeks alone. He’s fun to watch as is, but you won’t want to miss the “Ostrich” this weekend.

 

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

Alfred Morris (at Cle) – Alfred Morris has put together an astounding rookie season as he currently has 1,228 yards, seven touchdowns and the tenth most fantasy points per game. He also has a string of three straight 100-yard performances right now and leads all rookies with six on the season. This week he takes on a Cleveland Browns rush defense that is getting better, though they just allowed Jamaal Charles to run for 165 yards against them last week. They’ve also been pretty porous against NFC East teams allowing a running back from each of the other squads (LeSean McCoy, Ahmad Bradshaw, Felix Jones) to put up double-digit fantasy points against them. A touchdown may be a bit hard to come by, but I expect his 100-yard game streak to increase to four in this one.

 

Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

Trent Richardson (vs. Was) – Trent Richardson continues to plod along at a very slow pace putting up his ninth game of the season with less than 3.7 yards per carry last week against the Chiefs. As usual, however, he was able to save his fantasy owners for the week by crossing the goal line twice to give him 10 total touchdowns on the season. This week he’ll be at home against a better than average Redskins rush D, even though they have given up two 100-yard rushers in the last two weekends. They’re also not very good at defending running backs that excel in the passing game, so Trent should be just fine for Week 15.

 

C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

C.J. Spiller (vs. Sea) – C.J. Spiller and his 6.6 yards per carry will FOR SURE have the backfield all to himself this weekend, which is something fantasy owners have been waiting for ever since the minor tease of it happening earlier in the season. This time, however, Jackson is on I.R., so there’s no chance Spiller doesn’t carry the load. The only reason I don’t have Spiller higher in the rankings is because the Seattle Seahawks have been one of the best teams against the run for most of the season. They did, however, allow five running backs in a four-game stretch recently to put up double-digit fantasy points against them, so there’s no reason to think an explosive player like C.J. won’t do the same.

 

Darren McFadden - Pyro Character

Darren McFadden (vs. KC) – For all intents and purposes, Darren McFadden has been a royal disappointment to millions of fantasy owners this year. The only thing I thought could prevent him from landing in the top-5 fantasy RBs this season were his normally injury-prone ways—and as it turned out, he stayed true to form and missed four full games when he was needed the most. You can be pissed as hell at him and tell yourself you’ll never waste a draft pick on Run DNP again, but this is the fantasy playoffs, folks. All emotions need to be put aside so that we can focus on the singular task at hand—winning the whole f’in thing. As it happens, McFadden has himself a nice matchup this weekend going up against a weak Kansas City defense. The Chiefs have allowed the sixth most rushing yards per game (131.2), seventh highest yards per carry (4.6 YPC) and ninth most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, so if you’re willing to put your anger on hold for a week, you might want to give Run DNP a chance.

 

 

Others with RB1 Potential:

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at Phi, Thursday night)

 

Bryce Brown (vs. Cin, Thursday night)

 

Frank Gore (at NE, Sunday night)

 

Ryan Mathews (vs. Car) 

 

Steven Jackson (vs. Min)

 

 

RB2s & SLEEPERS

 

Reggie Bush (vs. Jax)

Shonn Greene (at Ten, Monday night) 

Bilal Powell (at Ten, Monday night)

Matt Forte (vs. GB) 

Darren Sproles (vs. TB)

Mikel Leshoure (at Ari) 

David Wilson (at Atl)

Ben Tate (vs. Ind)

LaMichael James (at NE, Sunday night)

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Vincent Jackson - Pyro Character

Vincent Jackson (at NO) – Because it rang true again last week versus the Eagles decrepit pass D, I’ll say it one more time—if there’s one thing Vincent Jackson does super-duper well for his fantasy owners, it’s that he destroys poor pass defenses. The pass D he’ll be facing this week, the New Orleans Saints, had been progressing nicely over the last handful of games—that is, until they ran into Eli Manning and the Giants WR corps last weekend. Assuming he saw the game, V-Jax should be chomping at the bit to inflict his own damage on the Saints this Sunday, especially since he knows he can after putting up 216 yards and a touchdown against them in their first meeting. A repeat of those numbers isn’t likely, but I wouldn’t bet against it either. 

 

Roddy White - Pyro Character

Roddy White (vs. NYG) – Roddy had himself a top ten fantasy day last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers grabbing nine of his 11 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown. This week he’ll take on the same Giants team that knocked him out of the playoffs last season, so a little payback could be in order for the Super Bowl ring-less 31 year old here. White has had either a touchdown or 100 yards (or both) in eight of his last ten home games, so against a Giants pass D that has allowed the third most touchdowns, fourth most yards and fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, it wouldn’t shock me to see both come his way this weekend.

 

Marques Colston - Pyro Character

Marques Colston (vs. TB) – Colston hasn’t posted a 100-yard game since Week 5 and only has one touchdown in his last four games, but there’s nothing like a little home cookin’ against a pass defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season to turn his fortunes around. In fact, the Buccaneers have allowed 12 different receivers to put up double-digit fantasy points against them in their last eight games alone, so the opportunity for a big game is obviously there. The last time these two teams met back in Week 7, Colston grabbed seven of his 10 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown, numbers he should at least be able to repeat in this one.

 

Josh Gordon - Pyro Character

Josh Gordon (vs. Was) – There was never a doubt about Josh Gordon’s talent, that’s for sure. However, it was a major question as to how long it would take for his understanding of the professional game to catch up to his dominating skills. Not very long at all is the answer. Gordon is in the top-15 in fantasy points over the last three weeks as well as the top 10 in both receiving yards and receptions. This week, fantasy owners have the joy of watching him face a bottom-three pass defense with the Browns welcoming the Redskins to town. Washington doesn’t have a single man in their secondary with either the size or speed to cover Gordon, so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to see the 21 year old phenom to put up his best fantasy numbers of the year here.

 

Victor Cruz - Pyro Character

Victor Cruz (at Atl) – As I thought he would, Victor Cruz came back last week to post top ten fantasy numbers catching eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints. Although the Atlanta Falcons pass D has been far superior to the Saints’ this season, I believe Cruz has another top tier performance this weekend. With the Falcons being amongst the highest scoring teams in the league this season, the Giants will need to pass the ball to stay in the game, which should mean plenty of targets for young Mr. Cruz. With Eli Manning on a roll and the Giants fighting to stay atop the NFC East, Victor should be able to contribute to what I believe will be a high scoring affair indoors at the dome in Atlanta.

 

 

Others with WR1 Potential:

 

Julio Jones (vs. NYG)

 

Danario Alexander (vs. Car)

 

Wes Welker (vs. SF, Sunday night)

 

Dez Bryant (vs. Pit) 

 

Steve Smith (at SD)

 

 

WR2s & SLEEPERS

 

Cecil Shorts (at Mia)

Denarius Moore (vs. KC)

Lance Moore (vs. TB)

Mike Wallace (at Dal)

Michael Crabtree (at NE, Sunday night)

Mike Williams (at NO)

T.Y. Hilton (at Hou)

Chris Givens (vs. Min)

Jeremy Kerley (at Ten, Monday night)

Marvin Jones (at Phi, Thursday night)

Alshon Jeffery (vs. GB)

Rod Streater (vs. KC)

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character

Dennis Pitta (vs. Den) –Dennis Pitta started the season out hot catching 18 balls and two touchdowns through the Ravens first three games. After a major lull between weeks four and nine, Pitta has gotten hot again nabbing three TDs in his last five games. This week might be a little strange with Baltimore firing their offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, but I believe this will actually be a good thing for Mr. Pitta. The team’s new OC, Jim Caldwell, has vowed to go back to the no-huddle offense which is precisely the scheme that put Dennis on the map early in the first place. He also happens to be going against a Broncos squad that has allowed the most touchdowns and second most fantasy points to tight ends this season, so things are looking pretty good for the Ravens’ TE in Week 15.

 

Martellus Bennett - Pyro Character

Martellus Bennett (at Atl) – I’m stating this one for the record right now:  As Eli Manning goes, so go his tight ends. Whether it’s something he learned from his older brother throughout the years or something he developed on his own, Eli has made his tight end an integral part of the New York Giants offense over the years and it’s shown in Martellus Bennett’s stats this season. Bennett now has touchdowns in two straight games and the third most fantasy points in the league over the last three weeks. Considering the Falcons allow the seventh most fantasy points per game this season, Martellus looks to be a prime play for your Week 15 fantasy playoff matchup.

 

Vernon Davis - Pyro Character

Vernon Davis (at NE, Sunday night) – I know it’s strange to see his name up here since he’s been nearly invisible in the stat column for almost a month now, but things change quickly in this crazy game we call fantasy football. The tight end position has been the most fickle of them all this season seeing anyone from Brandon Myers to Garrett Graham go off in any given week. At this point, all you can do is play the matchup game, and Vernon Davis certainly has a good one to look at here in Week 15. The New England Patriots have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends this season, with the best fantasy scores coming to tight ends on teams with a great running game. Obviously, the 49ers are included in that category, so even though it might be hard to trust Davis at this point, this might be the time to take a chance on him again.

 

Brandon Myers - Pyro Character

Brandon Myers (vs. KC) – I would venture to say that Brandon Myers is the biggest surprise of this 2012 fantasy season. He’s at least in the top five, seeing how he only had 32 catches for 250 yards and zero touchdowns during his first three years in the league. Last week was certainly his worst fantasy performance of the season catching just one ball for a measly seven yards against the Broncos, but I don’t expect something like that to happen again this weekend. The Chiefs are in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed this season, but they haven’t fared well lately allowing two TDs and the eighth most fantasy points to tight ends over the last three weeks.


Jermaine Gresham - Pyro Character

Jermaine Gresham (at Phi, Thursday night) – Jermaine Gresham has established himself as a top ten fantasy tight end this season and though he was held to just 43 yards without a TD last week, he’s still found himself in the end zone three times in his five games. He’s also been one of the few consistent guys at his position this season and finds himself with a good matchup for fantasy owners this Thursday night. The Philadelphia Eagles have been atrocious on defense for quite awhile now and I highly doubt the trend ends here against the Bengals. I wouldn’t expect a 100-yard game because that’s not really his thing, but he should be able break 60 yards and has a good chance for a TD as well.

 

 

Others with TE1 Potential:

 

Jason Witten (vs. Pit)

 

Heath Miller (at Dal)

 

Greg Olsen (at SD)

 

Dallas Clark (at NO)

 

 

TE2s & SLEEPERS

 

Kyle Rudolph (at StL)

Tony Scheffler (at Ari)

Antonio Gates (vs. Car)

Jermichael Finley (at Chi)

Ben Watson (vs. Was)

Craig Stevens (vs. NYJ)

Clay Harbor (vs. Cin, Thursday night)

Jeff Cumberland (at Ten, Monday night)




SIT 'EM


QUARTERBACKS

 

 

Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

Andrew Luck (at Hou)

 

Joe Flacco - Pyro Character

Joe Flacco (vs. Den)

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick - Pyro Character

Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Sea)

 

Jay Cutler - Pyro Character

Jay Cutler (vs. GB)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

Stevan Ridley (vs. SF, Sunday night)

 

Michael Turner - Pyro Character

Michael Turner (vs. NYG)

 

 

jonathan dwyer pyro character

Jonathan Dwyer (at Dal)

 

Beanie Wells - Pyro Character

Beanie Wells (vs. Det)

 

 

Montell Owens (at Mia)

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Larry Fitzgerald - Pyro Character

Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Det)

 

Torrey Smith - Pyro Character

Torrey Smith (vs. Den)

 

Kenny Britt - Pyro Character

Kenny Britt (vs. NYJ, Monday night)

 

Antonio Brown - Pyro Character

Antonio Brown (at Dal)

 

Miles Austin - Pyro Character

Miles Austin (vs. Pit)

 

Jeremy Maclin - Pyro Character

Jeremy Maclin (vs. Cin, Thursday night)

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Scott Chandler - Pyro Character

Scott Chandler (vs. Sea)

 

Marcedes Lewis - Pyro Character

Marcedes Lewis (at Mia)

 

Dwayne Allen - Pyro Character

Dwayne Allen (at Hou)

 

 

 

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