March 23, 2018


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Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.

03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.

03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.

03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.

03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”

03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.

03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler


2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 17

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 17

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/27/12

by   The Archer


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2012 fantasy football start'em sit'em Week 17




Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em – Week 17



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.








Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character

Robert Griffin III (vs. Dal, Sunday night) – The second half of Griffin’s fantasy season hasn’t been as good as the first, but the Redskins have won six straight games now and are in a position to win the NFC East and enter the 2012 playoffs. What matters most here is that RGIII has something to play for this Sunday night and won’t ease off the pedal. Another consideration is that Griff has played well against the Cowboys before, tossing up 311 yards and four touchdowns against them back in Week 12. Basically, start him if you got him.


Tony Romo - Pyro Character

Tony Romo (at Was, Sunday night) – Though he started out slow, Tony Romo has put together a very nice season setting personal highs in passing attempts, completions, and yards. However, he’s still a good 10 touchdowns away from his career best yet just a few interceptions away from a career worst, so not all has been roses for the Cowboys’ QB. Dallas still has something to fight for, though, with the winner of their game against the Redskins this Sunday night taking home the NFC East crown and a playoff bid. Romo had one of his best fantasy performances against these guys back in Week 12 throwing for 441 yards and three TDs, so he’s definitely a top consideration to be your fantasy starter this week.


Cam Newton - Pyro Character

Cam Newton (at NO) – Though the Panthers have long since been eliminated from the playoff race, they haven’t given up as they’ve won three in a row now and four of their last five games. Their schedule may not have been the toughest during that time, but nothing like that has ever stopped Cam Newton’s incessant chase for glory. Newton has been one of the best fantasy players in the game over the second half of the season and should be able to come through with one last big showing for his owners this weekend against the Saints.


Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

Andrew Luck (vs. Hou) – The word I’m hearing at this point is that the Colts will play their starters regardless of the team being unable to move up or down from their playoff slot. When we receive definitive news on teams in similar situations—such as the Cincinnati Bengals, who coach Marvin Lewis already stated would be playing their starters despite having no reason to—then we’ll be sure to adjust our rankings accordingly. At this point, the only such news we’ve heard was from coach Chuck Pagano stating that “it’s not in our makeup” to rest anyone, so Luck needs to be considered a top ten fantasy guy this week. His prowess at home coupled with a nice game against the Texans just two weeks ago calls for it.


Russell Wilson - Pyro Character

Russell Wilson (vs. StL) – Russell Wilson has more to play for than some of the other quarterbacks this weekend, but the Seattle coaches know that the best way for the Seahawks to win this game against St. Louis will be to ram the ball down their throats. That being said, Wilson has been too good of late to ignore him—especially at home—so he definitely deserves a spot in the top ten this week. In fact, the rookie has ranked inside the top ten fantasy QBs during four of the last five weeks, so to have him here in a game the Seahawks are still aiming to win can almost go without explanation.



Others with QB1 Potential:


Michael Vick (at NYG)


Eli Manning (vs. Phi)


Colin Kaepernick (vs. Ari)





Matt Schaub (at Ind)

Matthew Stafford (vs. Chi)

Philip Rivers (vs. Oak) 

Josh Freeman (at Atl)

Mark Sanchez (at Buf)






C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

C.J. Spiller (vs. NYJ)


Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

Alfred Morris (vs. Dal, Sunday night)


Doug Martin - Pyro Character

Doug Martin (at Atl)


LeSean McCoy - Pyro Character

LeSean McCoy (at NYG)


DeMarco Murray - Pyro Character

DeMarco Murray (at Was, Sunday night)



Others with RB1 Potential:


Chris Johnson (vs. Jax)


Frank Gore (vs. Ari)


Ray Rice (at Cin)


Knowshon Moreno (vs. KC) 


Matt Forte (at Det)





Shonn Greene (at Buf)

Stevan Ridley (vs. Mia)

Jamaal Charles (at Den)

Darren Sproles (vs. Car)

Montell Owens (at Ten)

Vick Ballard (vs. Hou)






Brandon Marshall - Pyro Character

Brandon Marshall (at Det) 


Wes Welker - Pyro Character

Wes Welker (vs. Mia)


Pierre Garcon - Pyro Character

Pierre Garcon (vs. Dal, Sunday night)


Steve Smith - Pyro Character

Steve Smith (at NO)


Victor Cruz - Pyro Character

Victor Cruz (vs. Phi)



Others with WR1 Potential:


Danario Alexander (vs. Oak)


Marques Colston (vs. Car)


Vincent Jackson (at Atl)


Greg Jennings (at Min)


Reggie Wayne (vs. Hou)


Eric Decker (vs. KC)





T.Y. Hilton (vs. Hou)

Jordy Nelson (at Min)

Jeremy Maclin (at NYG)

Miles Austin (at Was, Sunday night)

Lance Moore (vs. Car)

Michael Crabtree (vs. Ari)

Antonio Brown (vs. Cle)

Justin Blackmon (at Ten)

Kenny Britt (vs. Jax)

Brandon LaFell (at NO)

Jason Avant (at NYG)

Jordan Shipley (at Ten)

Domenik Hixon (vs. Phi)






Antonio Gates - Pyro Character

Antonio Gates (vs. Oak)


Jermichael Finley - Pyro Character

Jermichael Finley (at Min)


Greg Olsen - Pyro Character

Greg Olsen (at NO)


Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character

Dennis Pitta (at Cin)

Kyle Rudolph - Pyro Character

Kyle Rudolph (vs. GB)



Others with TE1 Potential:


Owen Daniels (at Ind)


Dallas Clark (at Atl)


Tony Scheffler (vs. Chi)


Dwayne Allen (vs. Hou)





Brent Celek (at NYG)

Marcedes Lewis (at Ten)

Martellus Bennett (vs. Phi)

Jeff Cumberland (at Buf)

Vernon Davis (vs. Ari)

Anthony Fasano (at NE)

Dorin Dickerson (vs. NYJ)

Logan Paulsen (vs. Dal, Sunday night)



Matthew Stafford (vs. Chi)


Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Cle)


Matt Ryan (vs. TB)


Andy Dalton (vs. Bal)


Joe Flacco (at Cin)






Steven Jackson (at Sea)


Reggie Bush (at NE)


Darren McFadden (at SD)


Beanie Wells (at SF)


Michael Turner (vs. TB)


Jonathan Dwyer (vs. Cle)






Hakeem Nicks (vs. Phi)


Roddy White (vs. TB)


Larry Fitzgerald (at SF)


Stevie Johnson (vs. NYJ)


Josh Gordon (at Pit)


Torrey Smith (at Cin)


Denarius Moore (at SD)






Jermaine Gresham (vs. Bal)


Brandon Myers (at SD)


Delanie Walker (vs. Ari)


Ben Watson (at Pit)








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