Week 15
December 18, 2017


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Ted Ginn Jr

New Orleans Saints

Must Be Smokin' Snead

Per source with knowledge of the situation, Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr won't play today and will be ruled inactive. Expect WRs TommyLee Lewis and Willie Snead to play a bigger role.

Fantasy Goo: Snead has seen a huge uptick in first team practice snaps this week, he’s been a huge disappointment this season after a break-out year last season. I would not stream Snead for your playoff match-up, the offense is powerful, but unpredictable. Lewis and Brandon Coleman could vulture targets and TD’s at any moment.

12/17/17, 08:59 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade

Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.

12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com

Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business

The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.

12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo

Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.

12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.

12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com

Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.

12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It

The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.

12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action

Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.

12/15/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).

12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!

Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.

12/15/17, 05:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear

Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.

12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat

Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.

12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS

Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.

12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square

Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.

12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol

Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.

12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.

12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return

Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.

12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap

Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.

12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week

Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.

12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere

Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.

12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

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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