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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

Source: www.sharpfootballanalysis.com


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

Source: www.sharpfootballanalysis.com

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

Source: www.sharpfootballanalysis.com


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

Source: www.numberfire.com


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

Source: www.rotoworld.com


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

Source: www.rotoworld.com


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

Source: www.numberfire.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 8

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 8

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2012 fantasy football start'em sit'em Week 8

 

 

 

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em – Week 8

 

 

Bye Week Teams


Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans

 

 


START 'EM

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

Peyton Manning (vs. NO - Sunday Night) – Wait a second here. Is Peyton Manning actually BETTER than he was before the neck surgery? It’s sure starting to look like it as he’s now put up four straight 300-yard games with three TD passes in each of the last three. The last time he had a streak like this was back in 2004 when he set the world on fire with 49 TDs. Coincidentally, 2004 was also the only other time he averaged this many fantasy points per game as he currently ranks fifth in the league with 19.9 a contest. I expect his average to go UP this week with the Broncos taking on a Saints defense that allows 22 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs—most in the NFL.

 

Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

Andrew Luck (@ Ten) – Andrew Luck hasn’t thrown a TD pass in two weeks now, but being the awesome athlete that he is, Luck was still able to put up top-10 fantasy points last week rushing in the Colts only two TDs on the day. The first few weeks of the season are always a huge rush for rookies, but now that he’s settled into the league a bit, the mistakes are starting to show. Luckily for Luck and thank goodness for fantasy owners, the Colts take on the lowly Tennessee Titans defense this Sunday. The Titans have allowed the most passing TDs, the fourth-most passing yards, the highest QB rating and the third-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. They also only have five interceptions on the year, so Luck’s rookie miscues should be kept to a minimum. The LEAST amount of QB fantasy points they’ve allowed to a team so far this year is 15.9, which is normally right around the edge of QB1 status. Andrew should do better than that.

 

Ben Roethlisberger - Pyro Character

Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Was) – Whether Rashard Mendenhall or Isaac Redman come back to play or not doesn’t really matter as they’ll both be at less than 100 percent even if they do. Jonathan Dwyer looked good last week, but do the Steelers really trust him to carry the load? Either way, the Redskins rush D is FAR better than what they trot out there against the pass, so I expect Roethlisberger to continue with his weekly aerial assault and come close to 40 passing attempts yet again. In seven games this season, the Redskins have allowed SIX 300-yard passers; and do you know what the seventh guy did? It was Josh Freeman, and he threw for 299 yards. Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller and even Emmanuel Sanders should all have their way out there, which can only mean big numbers for Big Ben this Sunday.

 

Philip Rivers - Pyro Character

Philip Rivers (@ Cle) – The last game Philip Rivers played (the Monday night collapse against the Broncos) was probably one of the more forgettable ones of his career, yet Rivers has had to think about it for two weeks now with the Chargers being on a bye this past weekend. On the bright side, Rivers has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of his last five games and actually has the highest completion percentage of his career right now (66.5%). On an even brighter side, his opponent this week, the Cleveland Browns, have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to QBs this season with no quarterback scoring less than 15.9 in a game. With Ryan Mathews back in full force and demanding attention, Rivers should be able to pick apart the Browns secondary for some pretty nice numbers this weekend.

 

 

Others with QB1 Potential:

 

Michael Vick (vs. Atl)

 

Carson Palmer (@ KC)

 

Matt Hasselbeck (vs. Ind)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Brandon Weeden (vs. SD)

Sam Bradford (vs. NE)

Alex Smith (@ Ari - Monday Night)

 


RUNNING BACKS

 


Matt Forte - Pyro Character

Matt Forte (vs. Car) – I can almost see the question mark hovering over your head as you digest Matt Forte being my top-ranked running back for the week. Please, allow me to explain. First of all, the Carolina Panthers rush D has been one of the worst in the league for a few years running now. Since 2009, they’ve allowed no better than the ninth-most fantasy points per game to RBs with that being precisely where they sit right now in 2012. Second, the Panthers just lost their middle linebacker (Jon Beason) for the season so they’ll likely be in a bit of disarray in Week 8. Third, and probably the most important factor; Matt Forte OWNS the Carolina Panthers. Last year in Week 4, Forte rattled off 205 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries while in Week 5 of 2010, he put up 166 yards and two TDs on just 22 carries. Every season is different, I know, but the mind somehow forgets those things come game-time, so with the Bears likely to deploy another rushing onslaught this week, I fully expect Forte to come through with some monster numbers.

 

Willis McGahee - Pyro Character

Willis McGahee (vs. NO - Sunday Night) – McGahee has done very well this year putting up solid fantasy RB2 stats while transforming his game into a Peyton Manning-led offensive system. Some games have been better than others, but I expect this to be one of his best going up against a New Orleans Saints defense that has allowed RBs to run for 4.87 yards per carry and put up the second-most fantasy points per game in the league. I’d be shocked if 70 points weren’t scored in this game, which means there are five TDs on each side to be had. McGahee WILL get at least one of them and maybe even 130 total yards to boot.

 

Ryan Mathews - Pyro Character

Ryan Mathews (@ Cle) – More more more more more. That is the word San Diego should be in love with this week when it comes to Ryan Mathews. Use him more. Run him more. Pass to him out of the backfield on little screens and dump-offs more more more. The guy is simply the most athletic player on the team and needs to have the ball in his hands to make things happen. With the Chargers getting embarrassed on Monday night right before its bye week, you can bet they went back to the drawing board to see what works and I’ll guarantee you this; they saw that Ryan Mathews works. Against a Browns rush D that allows 4.84 yards per carry, it’s pretty much a no-brainer that Mathews will be getting the ball. If he doesn’t, their whole coaching staff should be fired within 10 minutes of the final whistle.

 

Chris Johnson - Pyro Character

Chris Johnson (vs. Ind) – Chris Johnson’s monster 195-yard output against the worst rushing defense in the league last week has him leading the NFL in rushing from Week 4 through Week 7. However, it cannot be overlooked that he STILL ranks 24th in the league in fantasy points per game. That’s how BAD he has been in four of his seven games this year and though he’s been awesome three of the last four weeks, I still have my reservations. This week, however, I can’t help but put him in the top-10 as he’s facing an Indianapolis Colts defense that allows 4.95 yards per carry and the fifth-most fantasy points per game to RBs this year. I know it’s scary to press “submit” when you see CJ2K in your lineup, but this is one of those weeks you kind of have to get him in there.

 

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

Alfred Morris (@ Pit) – Alfred Morris has the third-most rushing attempts in the NFL… and he’s in a Shanahan offense!!! Has the world gone bat$#!+ crazy?!?! Actually, if you’ve seen this kid in action, you’d understand. Besides the fact that he can supposedly squat almost 650 pounds, his motor is non-stop as he continues to run through the whistle better than anyone I’ve seen since Purple Jesus broke into the league in 2007. Whatever the case, defenses are focused in on Robert Griffin now so Morris will always have a chance to put up nice fantasy numbers. He’s actually fourth in the league right now in fantasy points per game and is running the ball at 4.8 yards per clip. Pittsburgh’s rush D isn’t what it used to be, either, so I’m expecting another RB1 day from the rookie monster this weekend.

 

 

Others with RB1 Potential:

 

Darren McFadden (@ KC)

 

Darren Sproles (@ Den - Sunday Night)

 

Stevan Ridley (@ StL)

 

Jonathan Dwyer (vs. Was)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Rashad Jennings (@ GB)

Felix Jones (vs. NYG)

Alex Green (vs. Jax)

Pierre Thomas (@ Den - Sunday Night) 

Donald Brown (@ Ten)

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Demaryius Thomas - Pyro Character

Demaryius Thomas (vs. NO - Sunday Night) – Break out the balloons, kazoos and party shoes, fantasy folk; ‘cause there’s gonna be some dancin’ in Denver this Sunday night! Endzone dancing, that is. Demaryius Thomas currently has three touchdowns on the season, but I expect that number to rise against a Saints defense that couldn’t keep a Lingerie Football League team from scoring on them. Not only does the New Orleans defense allow the second-most fantasy points per game to WRs, but they also seem to have particular trouble with bigger/taller receivers like Jordy Nelson, Malcom Floyd and just last week, Vincent Jackson. With that being the case, I have no doubt Demaryius’ size and speed will be able to get him at least 125 yards and a touchdown or two.

 

Mike Wallace - Pyro Character

Mike Wallace (vs. Was) – Though he’s been a bit up and down in terms of yardage and catches this season, Wallace actually has a touchdown in four of the Steelers six games thus far and should be able to make it a fifth this Sunday. The Washington Redskins have pretty much given up the farm to wide receivers this year allowing at least one WR to put up double-digit fantasy points against them in each of their seven games. They’ve actually allowed TWO WRs to do it in four games as well, so if you’re scared that Antonio Brown will be the one stealing all the fantasy points here, don’t be. Wallace should have no problem giving his fantasy owners some top-flight numbers this week.

 

Marques Colston - Pyro Character

Marques Colston (@ Den - Sunday Night) – After a slow start to the season, Marques Colston has now averaged 8.3 receptions, 119 yards and 1.7 TDs over the last three weeks. Having the best fantasy QB on the planet (no offense Mr. Rodgers) certainly doesn’t hurt, but I’ve learned that after doubting Colston for the past couple of years, he’s actually become a much better receiver than I originally thought he would. His size and presence demands targets, of which he’s getting plenty, seeing 10 per game through the first seven weeks of the season. This week he’ll be facing off against the Denver Broncos in what should turn into a major shootout between Brees and Manning—as you might expect. Colston should have no problem whatsoever reeling in WR1 fantasy numbers this Sunday night.

 

Hakeem Nicks - Pyro Character

Hakeem Nicks (@ Dal) – So Nicks finally got in a full week of practice after being hampered pretty much all season long. According to Eli Manning, Nicks is showing “a different burst” than he has all season and when it comes to knowing whether a wide receiver is playing well or not, his quarterback is the one I trust the most. Dallas has had a lockdown secondary this season with CBs Brandon Carr and rookie Morris Claiborne out there, but with MLB Sean Lee just put on IR, I can easily see their defense being in a bit of disarray this week. Victor Cruz will demand a ton of attention with the way he’s been playing, so I expect Nicks to sneak under the radar a bit this Sunday and put up some of his best numbers of the year.

 

Randall Cobb - Pyro Character

Randall Cobb (vs. Jax) – Get ready for the onslaught, folks, because it’s coming whether you like it or not. We were singing his praises all offseason and had him ranked up in the top-25 WRs right as the season started—and now it seems our pre-season intuition will be coming to fruition. Randall Cobb has been putting on a clinic out there the last few weeks and just might be the most versatile player in the league other than Percy Harvin. With Greg Jennings unlikely to be back for at least a month and now Jordy Nelson a bit gimpy with a bum hamstring, Cobb will see even more action than he has been, which is quite a bit considering he’s in the top-five in fantasy points over the last three weeks. The Jaguars defense, though not terrible, won’t be able to contain this kid in Green Bay on Sunday.

 

 

Others with WR1 Potential:

 

Antonio Brown (vs. Was)

 

Jeremy Maclin (vs. Atl)

 

Dez Bryant (vs. NYG)

 

Lance Moore (@ Den - Sunday Night)

 

Kenny Britt (vs. Ind)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Jeremy Kerley (vs. Mia)

Nate Washington (vs. Ind)

Brandon Gibson / Chris Givens (vs. NE) 

Josh Gordon (vs. SD)

Sidney Rice (@ Det)

Titus Young (vs. Sea)

Brandon Stokley (vs. NO - Sunday Night)

Mario Manningham (@ Ari - Monday Night)

Robert Meachem (@ Cle)

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Heath Miller - Pyro Character

Heath Miller (vs. Was) Big Ben Roethlisberger continues to dote on tight end Heath Miller, with his most recent editorial stating that Miller is the “best all-around tight end in the league… no doubt about it.” To those of us who live in a fantasy world, it doesn’t really matter whether he’s right or wrong. What matters is that Roethlisberger continues to target him like a top-tier tight end, particularly in the red-zone where Miller is at his best scoring five TDs in the Steelers six games this season. Heath currently ranks third in fantasy points per game and I have no doubt he’ll stay at LEAST that high after playing a Redskins defense that allows the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this weekend.

 

Brent Celek - Pyro Character

Brent Celek (vs. Atl) Celek isn’t having quite the year I thought he would, but he STILL ranks seventh in the league in fantasy points per game for tight ends. He’s getting the targets as well coming in at over seven per game, so you know the Eagles and Michael Vick know his worth to this offense. Still, a few more TDs and big-yardage games would be nice. This week he’ll take on a Falcons team that has allowed at least five receptions to a tight end in each of their last three games, with none of them being quite of Celek’s caliber (Greg Olsen, Fred Davis and Brandon Myers). The Eagles need a win in a big way here, so you can bet they’ll go to the players they know they can trust in this one. Brent is one of those guys and coincidentally, he also happens to be a much better fantasy player at home so if you’re an owner who’s been down on Celek lately, know that this is the week he turns it around for you.

 

Antonio Gates - Pyro Character

Antonio Gates (@ Cle) – Gates is being targeted enough at this point to have made more of a fantasy dent than he has. With his talent, seven passes thrown your way each game should equate to a top-5 fantasy status—which he isn’t at right now coming in with the ninth-most fantasy points per game this week. However, after a nice bye week to rejuvenate his bones, I believe we’ll see a different player from here on out. His last game against Denver was clearly his best of the year catching six passes for 81 yards and two TDs but more importantly, he looked REAL good doing it. Cleveland is normally real good against tight ends, but if both Brent Celek and Jermaine Gresham can do well against them (as they did earlier in the season), then I like Antonio to go a bit off in this one.

 

Coby Fleener - Pyro Character

Coby Fleener (@ Ten) Fleener was predicted to be one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets this season after being drafted out of the same school (Stanford) as him during the offseason, but he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations just yet. If there is one game on the schedule where he can finally fulfill the prophecy, this is it. The Titans have allowed not only the most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season, but also the most REAL points as well giving up almost a full five touchdowns per week (34 points/game). There’s not a lot to go on here besides the statistics in front of you, but the numbers sure do say a lot. His first touchdown of the year could be forthcoming.

 

 

Others with TE1 Potential:

 

Greg Olsen (@ Chi)

 

Jason Witten (vs. NYG)

 

Martellus Bennett (@ Dal)

 

Dustin Keller (vs. Mia)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Joel Dreessen (vs. NO - Sunday Night)

Dwayne Allen (@ Ten)

Anthony Fasano (@ NYJ)

Lance Kendricks (vs. NE)

 

 

 

SIT 'EM  

 

 

QUARTERBACKS



Jay Cutler (vs. Car)
 

 

Matthew Stafford (vs. Sea)

 

Cam Newton (@ Chi)

 

 

INJURIES


Jake Locker (vs. Ind) – Shoulder; could return in Week 9


Kevin Kolb (vs. SF - Monday Night) – Sternum, Ribs, Shoulder; out at least 6-8 weeks

 

 

BYE WEEK QBs

 

Baltimore – Joe Flacco

Buffalo – Ryan Fitzpatrick

Cincinnati – Andy Dalton

Houston – Matt Schaub

 

 

RUNNING BACKS 

 


Mikel Leshoure (vs. Sea)

 

Steven Jackson (vs. NE)

 

Jonathan Stewart (@ Chi)

 

Shonn Greene (vs. Mia)  

 

LaRod Stephens-Howling (vs. SF - Monday Night)

 

 

INJURIES


Maurice Jones-Drew (@ GB) – OUT – Foot; won’t need surgery, but should be sidelined for multiple games


DeMarco Murray (vs. NYG) – OUT – Foot; questionable to return in Week 9


Rashard Mendenhall (vs. Was) – OUT – Achilles; could return in Week 9


Isaac Redman (vs. Was) –QUESTIONABLE – Ankle


Brandon Bolden (@ StL) – OUT – Knee


Donald Brown (@ Ten) – QUESTIONABLEKnee; limited in practice all week and will be a game-time decision


Bilal Powell (vs. Mia) – DOUBTFUL – Shoulder; questionable to return in Week 9


Joe McKnight (vs. Mia) – QUESTIONABLEAnkle; hasn’t practiced all week but could still play Sunday

 

 

BYE WEEK RBs

 

Baltimore – Ray Rice / Bernard Pierce

Buffalo – Fred Jackson / C.J. Spiller

Cincinnati – BenJarvus Green-Ellis / Cedric Peerman / Brian Leonard

Houston – Arian Foster / Ben Tate / Justin Forsett

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 


Brandon Lloyd (@ StL)

 

Denarius Moore (@ KC)

 

Dwayne Bowe (vs. Oak)

 

Michael Crabtree (@ Ari - Monday Night)

 

Malcom Floyd (@ Cle)

 

Brian Hartline (@ NYJ)

 

 

INJURIES


Greg Jennings (vs. Jax) – OUT – Abdominal surgery; could be out 3-6 weeks


Jordy Nelson (vs. Jax) – QUESTIONABLE – Hamstring; will test it out either Saturday or Sunday


Pierre Garcon (@ Pit) – OUT – Foot; week-to-week


Danny Amendola (vs. NE) – QUESTIONABLE – Clavicle; limited in practice this week


Nate Burleson (vs. Sea) – OUT – Broken leg; placed on IR and will miss the remainder of the season


Laurent Robinson (@ Oak) – QUESTIONABLE – Concussion; will be a game-time decision


Alshon Jeffery (vs. Det - Monday Night) – OUT – Hand


Mohamed Massaquoi (vs. SD) – QUESTIONABLE - Hamstring


Doug Baldwin (@ Det) – OUT – Ankle; could miss some time with a high ankle sprain


Harry Douglas (@ Phi) – OUT – Ankle, knee


Joseph Morgan (@ Den - Sunday Night) – OUT – Chest

 

 

BYE WEEK WRs

 

Baltimore – Torrey Smith / Anquan Boldin / Jacoby Jones 

Buffalo – Stevie Johnson / Donald Jones / T.J. Graham

Cincinnati – A.J. Green / Andrew Hawkins / Armon Binns / Mohamed Sanu / Brandon Tate

Houston – Andre Johnson / Kevin Walter / Keshawn Martin / Lestar Jean

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Aaron Hernandez (@ StL)

 

Jared Cook (vs. Ind)

 

Brandon Myers (@ KC)

 

 

INJURIES


Jimmy Graham (@ Den - Sunday Night) – QUESTIONABLE – Ankle; limited in practice all week and will be a game-time decision


Aaron Hernandez (@ StL) – OUT – Ankle; late scratch traveling overseas, but should return in Week 10 after the bye


Fred Davis (@ Pit) – OUT – Achilles; was placed on IR and is done for the season

 

 

BYE WEEK TEs

 

Baltimore – Dennis Pitta / Ed Dickson

Buffalo – Scott Chandler

Cincinnati – Jermaine Gresham

Houston – Owen Daniels / Garrett Graham

 

 

 

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