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Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Carlos Henderson Impresses in Broncos OTA’s


"Carlos is a great route-runner," fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said during OTAs. "He keeps his arms running through the cuts. I’ve been watching film on him and just seeing how he is. He is a technique guy."

Fantasy Goo: This offense has been missing the short-game middle of the field presence in the passing game from a TE or slot receiver. It’s hard to say how many opportunities are there with the QB situation the way it is and two premier receivers on the outside, but this report sounds like they are looking to create opportunities for him, even if it’s on special teams. His metrics profile compares best to Stealing Sheppard.


07/20/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverbroncos.com


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Re-sign RB Chris Johnson to One-year Contract


This is the perfect situation for everyone involved. Johnson obviously knows the offense, the Cardinals have a solid back-up and can bring their rookie along slowly. Ellington has moved to WR and Kerwynn Williams is comfortable with the offense, but certainly not a solid No.2.

Fantasy Goo:
It doesn’t move the needle for anyone’s value, David Johnson is still the number one or two overall pick and there was no “handcuff” on the radar to begin with. In the four games Chris Johnson was active last year he only did more than spell David in one game, when Arizona crushed Tennessee 40-7.


07/20/17, 04:11 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers First Round Pick Might Need Surgery


Reports on Mike Williams are mixed on whether he’ll need surgery or not for the herniated disk in his back, either way it seems unlikely that he will have anything to contribute this year. It seems like Schefter and Rapoport are having a little pissing contest as to whether Williams will actually need surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Draft Tyrell Williams as your WR3, he’s going after the 10th round right now, but that won’t happen for much longer. Keep Dontrell Inman on your radar, he could be a late round flyer in PPR leagues, with Allen out last year Inman finished with more PPR points than Ginn, Cobb and DeVante Parker.


07/20/17, 03:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Gary Barnidge

Cleveland Browns

Jaguars Meet With Barnidge


“Barnidge was released by Cleveland following this year's NFL Draft. The Browns used a first-round pick on Miami tight end David Njoku, who is set to take on Barnidge's playing time. If the Jaguars were to sign Barnidge, it would be a homecoming for the veteran tight end.”

Fantasy Goo: This means nothing, Barnidge will not have a repeat of his 2015 season. Barnidge is a solid blocking TE that had a spectacular year when there were no other options in the offense. The Jaguars aren’t very adept at using the TE either, Julius Thomas did next to nothing in his two years with the team.


07/20/17, 03:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.firstcoastnews.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else


When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.


07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend


Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.


07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins

Deadline Set for Miami to Re-Sign Landry


Landry will not negotiate his contract after the season begins. I’m not so sure Landry is in Miami’s future plans. They surely won’t franchise him for $18 million next year and they just gave Kenny Stills a nice contract.

Fantasy Goo:I believe Miami has high hopes for DeVante Parker becoming the wide receiver one they drafted him to be. That may be a tall task with Tannehill running the show, but Parker appears to be far more committed to improving this year.


07/15/17, 08:55 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sun-sentinel.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers Backfield Community


Reports out of SF say that Hyde has to earn the starting job. SF drafted two running backs and signed several free agents in the off-season including Tim Hightower and Kyle Juszczyk. If Hyde stays healthy there’s little doubt he earns the job, but he’s in the last year of his contract so if SF has their expected slow start I expect them to turn to their other options quickly.

Fantasy Goo: There are also reports that Hyde doesn’t fit into the Shanahan system well, he’s a tremendous athlete, but this is the time of year to pay attention to the negative information when we usually see nothing but fluff.


07/15/17, 08:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.csnbayarea.com


Virgil Green

Denver Broncos

Denver Tight End Job Up for Grabs


The team did select tight end Jake Butt in the 2017 NFL draft, but a knee injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game may keep the talented rookie out of action for this entire season.

Fantasy Goo: Virgil Green is a blocker and AJ Derby is a natural athlete that converted to TE from QB, they believe he can be used in many ways and McCoy’s offense can use a third pass-catcher. Derby isn’t worth drafting, but we may want to keep an eye on him.


07/15/17, 08:42 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: 1043thefan.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Denver Receivers Excited for New Offense


“We’ve got this new offense with Mike McCoy. We’re going to be throwing the ball around so my conditioning has to be up and I’ve been working on that.’’
Sanders is working on a healthier lifestyle and getting ready for a high paced offense. Thomas is just happy to get his favorite play back in the rotation (WR screen).

Fantasy Goo: Thomas’ ADP is rising to the second round, while Sanders’ is hanging around in the late fifth. If you miss on Thomas keep an eye on Sanders slipping to you. While we’re not sure who the QB will be, these two should be just fine where they are being drafted.


07/15/17, 08:37 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.9news.com


Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McNichols Working on Pass Catching Skills


Jeremy McNichols has been working with the Bucs wide receivers. He's going basically undrafted, McNichols may be worth a late round flyer if you’re in a FFPC (28 round) draft, but we have to see what happens in camp before we can judge this one.

Fantasy Goo: Doug Martin’s ADP has risen to the point where he’s getting way too expensive. If he’s hanging around in the ninth or tenth he might be worth a shot, but there are probably better options to choose from before that point.


07/15/17, 08:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.buccaneers.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Opportunities in Colts Backfield


“As long as I’m healthy and my guys up front get me the opportunities, I’m going to be successful,’’ Gore said.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski remains squarely in Gore’s corner, but there figures to be more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. “You can go a lot of different directions in that you can feature more things or different things with different people,’’ he said. “Some of that will be personnel-driven.’’

Fantasy Goo: With no improvements to the O-line, Robert Turbin showing life in camp, and Marlon Mack being drafted, I don’t see how Gore improves on last year’s total. He keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny, but I think that cliff is close. I’ve been high on him every year until now.


07/15/17, 08:25 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: cbs4indy.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron to see more red-zone targets?


Ebron’s ADP has risen 2-3 rounds, depending on your scoring, in the past two months. Everyone seems to think that Ebron will see more red-zone looks this year with Boldin’s 22 RZ targets leaving town. He has a very safe floor so there’s no real downside to drafting him in the eighth round or later.

Fantasy Goo: I’m going to keep an eye on Boldin as well, he hasn’t signed with another team yet, and he’s not finished playing. Detroit is still on the list of places he could end up.


07/15/17, 08:06 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.freep.com


Gerald Everett

Los Angeles Rams

Higbee opens door for Everett


“Receiver Mike Thomas on Friday was suspended for the Rams’ first four games of the regular season because of a doping violation, and tight end Tyler Higbee entered into a plea agreement in connection with an incident that left a man hospitalized.”

Fantasy Goo: This could leave the door open for rookie Gerald Everett to get some major playing time right from the start. There will be plenty of hands in the pot for targets and we certainly aren’t looking for an explosive offense from the Rams, but this is something to keep an eye on as camps begin.


07/15/17, 07:52 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.latimes.com


George Kittle

San Francisco 49ers

Sleeper Alert: Kittle


Jon Lynch and the people in San Francisco have been raving about the performance of George Kittle in pre-season practices.

Fantasy Goo: As of now Kittle would still be behind Vance McDonald in the pecking order, but keep Kittle in the back of your mind as a potential sleeper at TE in 2017. But remember - he still is a rookie TE.


07/11/17, 01:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: www.49ers.com


Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers

Rookie Slow Your Role


"McCaffrey, while not nearly as big and strong as Stewart, could be effective as a ball-carrier in a power scheme – something he showed throughout his career at Stanford. It’ll be interesting to see how the carries are divvied out week to week."

Fantasy Goo: I expect McCaffery to have numbers comparable to the above-average pass-catching backs, maybe a ceiling of 2013 & 2015 Danny Woodhead (or 2011 Jonathan Stewart), he’s being drafted way too early for redraft with a MFL10 ADP of 35 overall/ RB15.


07/07/17, 11:27 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: www.panthers.com


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

Stewart Not Done Yet


"Everyone from head coach Ron Rivera to running backs coach Jim Skipper has insisted that Stewart’s role will not change. And Stewart himself has made it clear he’s not at all concerned. The punishing 240-pound runner will continue to see the bulk of the carries."

Fantasy Goo: Fantasy Goo: With a MFL10 ADP in the 12th round Stewart is a steal right now, although the news is getting out and his ADP has started to rise since this article was released.


07/07/17, 11:23 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: www.panthers.com


Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Get Money, Get Paid


The Raiders have locked up their QB for the future by giving him the richest contract in NFL history. Carr signed the extension for 5 years $125 million.

Fantasy Goo: We all expected Carr to be in Oakland for the foreseeable future, however there has been a history of players having down years right after inking big deals. Be on the look out for any news that implies Carr is getting complacent with his money. Otherwise, Carr is still a low end QB1 with some weekly upside.


06/22/17, 11:44 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Marquess Wilson

Chicago Bears

Jets Add Another Former Bear WR


After letting Brandon Marshall walk to the other locker room in NJ and releasing Decker, the Jets are starting to fill the void at WR with Marquess Wilson.

Fantasy Goo: Wilson isn't draft worthy as of now, but he has shown flashes in the pan with some big games. Keep him on your radar through the season as he could provide some strong weeks as bye week fill ins.


06/20/17, 01:19 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Christine Michael

Seattle Seahawks

The Asleepening: Michael to IR


Christine Michael will not be available for the Colts in 2017. He was placed on the IR.

Fantasy Goo: Robert Turbin has been getting hyped, as has their rookie Marlon Mack. With Michael out of the picture we will have a more clear idea on who will end up being the 34 year old running back's handcuff.


06/19/17, 01:46 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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

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

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 10/26/12

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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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