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December 16, 2017
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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


Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.


12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.


12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.


12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.


12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.


12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM 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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