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Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Bills replace Watkins with Jordan Matthews


“Bills acquired WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.” I’m not quite sure what the Bills are thinking here, they now have three (Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin) receivers that play predominantly out of the slot.

Fantasy Goo: For Matthews this is pretty much a lateral move, if he continues to play from the slot. He is far more successful from the slot compared to playing the outside receiver positions. Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/11/17, 07:38 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

Sammy to Rams


“Bills have acquired CB E.J. Gaines and Rams 2018 second round pick for WR Sammy Watkins and Bills 2018 sixth round pick.” This is a nice piece for Goff to show if he’s is worth the draft position. Rams GM has also stated publicly that he would like to sign Sammy to a long term deal.

Fantasy Goo: This is a slight downgrade for Sammy depending on how Goff is able to recover from a dismal rookie year. Sammy is currently going at the end of the third, I’m going to wait just a few picks to see if I can get him in the 4th now. This puts a hurting on all of the Robert Woods truther’s out there, Woods will only have value now if Sammy goes down again. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Rams skill players.


08/11/17, 07:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys

Six Game Suspension


NFL suspended Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Reports out of the Ezekiel Elliot camp say the player is considering sitting out all of the 2017 NFL season if suspended. Zeke will be appealing the decision with his lawyers in full force, the appeal will most likely be heard by Roger Goodell because the initial suspension was handed down by Todd Jones.

Fantasy Goo: Staggs projections have about a 100 point drop-off for Zeke in terms of year end points. He drops from RB3 to RB14 projections wise, his rank will be slightly higher because we can factor in replacement value with other RB's. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the serious goo on who to stream/handcuff Elliot with, and how this affects the value of the other Cowboys skill players.


08/11/17, 01:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Talking Speed


Fournette told NFL Network after his first preseason game that the step up in competition didn’t faze him at all. In fact, while many players say the speed of the game is difficult to get used to in the NFL, Fournette thought the opposite was true after he carried nine times for 31 yards and a touchdown in a preseason win over the Patriots.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. Impressive, but more talk like this and Fournette will run right into a brick wall week 1. If he thinks the Patriots team he saw last night was indicative of full-speed, first string, NFL game-day, he’s in for a rude awakening.


08/11/17, 09:13 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 9

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 9

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2012 fantasy football start'em sit'em Week 9

 

 

 

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em – Week 9

 

 

Bye Week Teams


New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams

 



START 'EM

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character

Robert Griffin III (vs. Car) – So the very week I proclaim my unwavering faith in Mr. Griffin III, the guy goes out and puts up his biggest fantasy stinker of the year. Go figure. It happens to the best of ‘em though, so I’m not too worried about it. This Sunday he’ll face off against a Carolina Panthers team that has actually been pretty good against QBs this season, but it’s really only because teams keep trying to run all over them. In fact, the Panthers D has allowed the second-highest passing percentage in the league right now at a whopping 68.4 percent! Because of their mediocre rush D, RGIII will gain a good 70-80 yards on the ground, but I still expect him to throw for around 250 yards as well so when you add all that to the three combined TDs he’ll have, you’re looking at a top-of-the-line fantasy day my friends.

 

Matthew Stafford - Pyro Character

Matthew Stafford (at Jax) They don’t call this guy “Second-Half Staff” for nothing! Against a Seattle defense he had no business dominating last week, Matthew Stafford proceeded to throw for 352 yards and three touchdowns while also running in a fourth TD for good measure. Hey, he didn’t throw for 5,000 yards last season because he was lucky! However, it’s no coincidence that his tide suddenly turned, either, as it’s plainly obvious how much Stafford and the Lions offense needed Titus Young to get more involved. This week, the Lions visit a Jaguars team that surprisingly kept Aaron Rodgers at bay last weekend—though I don’t believe they’ll do the same against Stafford. As a matter of fact, now that Matty has a taste of what it’s like to be elite again, I’m kind of expecting an explosion here.

 

Michael Vick - Pyro Character

Michael Vick (at NO, Monday night) – This is it for Michael Dwayne Vick. Either he puts together a good game against a league-worst Saints defense this Monday night, or he likely loses his starting job to a rookie. It’s that simple. Does he have enough magic left in the tank to pull it off? I believe he does, though that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Eagles will win the game. What it DOES mean, however, is that you should be starting him on your fantasy team this week as the Saints defense has allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this season. Again, it’s as simple as that.

 

Cam Newton - Pyro Character

Cam Newton (at Was) Is Cam Newton back? The Chicago Bears aren’t in the habit of allowing opposing QBs to look good throwing for 300 yards against them, but that’s exactly what Newton did this past Sunday. This week he’ll be looking at a Redskins defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season along with the most passing touchdowns in the league. That doesn’t necessarily mean Newton will prosper, as the Panthers will likely be without their WR2, Brandon LaFell, this weekend, but I still expect Cam to shine. Whatever happens, this is certainly one of the best games to watch in Week 9 with the 2011 rookie of the year (Newton) going up against the possible 2012 rookie of the year (RGIII). If anything, it will be fun to see which QB comes out on top.

 

 

Others with QB1 Potential:

 

Andrew Luck (vs. Mia)

 

Ben Roethlisberger (at NYG)

 

Matt Schaub (vs. Buf)

 

Carson Palmer (vs. TB)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Jay Cutler (at Ten)

Ryan Tannehill (at Ind)

Russell Wilson (vs. Min)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character

Marshawn Lynch (vs. Min) – Lynch has four 100-yard games on the season yet surprisingly, only one of them came at home. I mention this because last year he had six 100-yard games with only one of them coming on the road. Basically, Marshawn is due for another home 100-yarder; and its coming this week. The Vikings didn’t allow a single RB to put up double-digit fantasy points against them through the first five weeks of the season. However, Minnesota has allowed one in each of their last three games with all of them putting up at least one rushing touchdown and the last two going up over 100 yards as well. Lynch should be fed like crazy in this game which almost assuredly means RB1 fantasy numbers.

 

Willis McGahee - Pyro Character

Willis McGahee (at Cin) I think McGahee kind of likes this Peyton Manning-led offensive system. He’s currently ninth in the league in fantasy points per game, tenth in rushing yards and tied for eighth in rushing TDs, so what’s not to like. Some games have been better than others, but I fully expect this to be one of his better ones going up against a Cincinnati defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game and second-most rushing touchdowns in the league. Willis put up 101 yards and a TD against the Bengals last season, so with the Denver offense clicking the way it has been lately, there’s no reason not to expect the same this time around.

 

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

Alfred Morris (vs. Car) – Alfred Morris has put up double-digit fantasy points in six of the Redskins eight games this season and I have no doubt that he’ll make it a seventh this week. The kid also has five rushing TDs, which is tied for second in the league behind Arian Foster. Basically, The Butler is the real deal, folks, and there doesn’t seem to be a need to worry about him being in a Shanahan offense either.  This weekend he’ll be up against a Panthers rush D that was one of the worst in the league for a while there, but have somehow turned it around and done pretty well in their last few games. That being said, their focus will be mainly on Robert Griffin III this Sunday, so there should be plenty of open holes for Morris to barrel through and rack up the rushing yards.

 

Matt Forte - Pyro Character

Matt Forte (at Ten) Tennessee’s main problem with opposing running backs isn’t so much in defending the rush, but more so against multi-dimensional RBs that can do just as much damage through the air as they can on the ground. In fact, the Titans D has allowed the most receiving yards, most receiving touchdowns and second-most receptions to running backs this season. Basically, the things that the Titans are the worst at are the same things that Matt Forte happens to be best at. Because the Tennessee offense can actually be pretty lethal at times, the Bears will want to control the clock as well, so look for Forte to get a healthy amount of work this weekend en route to a low-end RB1 fantasy day. In PPR leagues, go ahead and change that “low-end” designation to “high-end”.

 

Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

Trent Richardson (vs. Bal) It turns out the scare fantasy owners had when Richardson exited the Indy game two weeks ago after re-injuring his ribs was really nothing at all. Obviously he was just fine after watching him run for 122 yards and a touchdown against a Chargers defense last week that hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 12 of last season. This Sunday, he takes on a decimated Baltimore D for the second time this season. Back in Week 4, Trent put up 104 total yards and a touchdown against them but that was WITH all of their defensive studs still healthy, so I’m expecting a much better turn-out this time around. There are a lot of classic matchups this weekend and I have no doubt that this one between Trent and Ray Rice will become one of the best over the next few years.

 

 

Others with RB1 Potential:

 

Reggie Bush (at Ind)

 

Darren McFadden (vs. TB)

 

Doug Martin (at Oak)

 

 

SLEEPERS


DeMarco Murray (at Atl, Sunday night) – IF ACTIVE

Jonathan Dwyer (at NYG)

Fred Jackson (at Hou)

Jonathan Stewart (at Was)

Daniel Thomas (at Ind)

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Denarius Moore - Pyro Character

Denarius Moore (vs. TB) Yes, Denarius Moore is sitting in my top-five wide receivers for the week. I mean, have you seen how much Carson Palmer loves him?!?! The kid has been targeted no less than eight times in his six games played this season and has now caught a touchdown in his last three straight. The kid is a weekly highlight reel to watch and to be honest; it wouldn’t shock me to hear Palmer say that he throws him the ball simply to see what the kid will do next. Moore wouldn’t make it this high in my rankings simply on aesthetics, obviously, so there must be some other reason. Well, there is. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense was pretty bad to begin with, but in this past week, not only have they traded their best, yet troubled cornerback Aqib Talib to the Patriots, but they also have their second-best CB, Eric Wright, dealing with some Achilles soreness and as a possible four-game suspension swirling around in his mind as well. Basically, the fantasy points are ripe for the pickin’ this week.

 

Julio Jones - Pyro Character

Julio Jones (vs. Dal, Sunday night) – The Dallas Cowboys secondary, particularly their cornerbacks, have been awesome at defending the pass this season. However, if they’ve had any sort of pinpointed trouble thus far, it’s been against taller/bigger receivers who can stretch the field. Julio Jones happens to be one of the best in the game in that exact problem-area for the ‘Boys. The Atlanta offense has quickly become one of the best in the game and can strike at any time with their new high-tempo offense, part of which is due to the big-play threat of Mr. Julio Jones. Considering how often Dallas turns the ball over and how good the Falcons are at taking it away, I can easily see a good five to seven red-zone drives in which Jones will have a chance to use his size for a TD. He may not put up awesome yardage in the end, but at least one touchdown should be forthcoming.

 

Randall Cobb - Pyro Character

Randall Cobb (vs. Ari) This kid is really something else, isn’t he. He’s pretty much the same type of player as Percy Harvin at this point, though he might actually have better juke moves than Percy though doesn’t NEARLY have the same type of size and power. With Jordy Nelson unlikely to suit up this Sunday, Cobb has to be considered the top target for Aaron Rodgers which can’t possibly translate to a ranking outside of the top-ten. Arizona hasn’t been bad against the pass this season, but their pass-rush has been pretty awesome as they’re currently tied for first in the league (WITH GREEN BAY) with 26 sacks on the season. I mention this because it looks like Rodgers will be under pressure all game and if so, he might have to get rid of the ball quickly. With Cobb being as dynamic as he is and more of an underneath guy than anything else, I have no doubt he’ll see the most targets of the Packers receivers in this game and with the ball in his hands, the kid is flat-out lethal.

 

Andre Johnson - Pyro Character

Andre Johnson (vs. Buf) – Andre Johnson has one 100-yard game and two touchdowns through seven games this season and caught three or fewer passes in four of them. By now, we all know that this isn’t the same Andre Johnson as in years past, but I have no doubt he still has some big games left in him. This week against the Buffalo Bills is going to be one of them. Strange as it sounds, ‘Dre is actually being targeted FAR more at home than he is on the road (9.5 to 4.7) and has obviously put up way better stats at home because of it. The Bills defense is bad enough against the run that the Texans would probably never need to pass the ball, but that’s exactly when they WILL pass the ball because it’s the direction the Bills would least expect them to go. Do I expect one of those insane 11-193-2 stat-lines Johnson used to put up? No, but he’ll definitely have himself a quiet low-end WR1 day while Arian Foster steals the show.

 

Steve Smith - Pyro Character

Steve Smith (at Was) – It’s been awhile since Stevie Fists found his way into my top-ten, but if there was any week of the season it would be for the old-timer, this would be it. Smitty showed last week against the Chicago Bears that he can still hang with the big fantasy boys when he caught seven passes for 118 yards against arguably the best defense in the league. Of course, I can’t go without mentioning his colossal F-up when he slipped on an out-route and allowed CB Tim Jennings to take a pick-six for the lead in the fourth quarter, but he still had an outstanding game otherwise. This week the Panthers travel to Washington where Smith will be aiming for his FIRST touchdown of the season against possibly the worst pass defense in the league. Last year against them he put up 143 yards on seven catches, but didn’t come away with a TD. This year I can see the touchdown happening, but maybe only around 100 yards as he might be double-covered from time to time with Brandon LaFell likely out due to a concussion.

 

 

Others with WR1 Potential:

 

Mike Wallace (at NYG)

 

Jeremy Maclin (at NO, Monday night)

 

Eric Decker (at Cin)

 

DeSean Jackson (at NO, Monday night)

 

Marques Colston (vs. Phi, Monday night)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Titus Young (at Jax)

Darrius Heyward-Bey (vs. TB)

Anquan Boldin (at Cle) 

Brian Hartline (at Ind)

Sidney Rice (vs. Min)

Mike Williams (at Oak)

Brandon LaFell (at Was)

Kevin Walter (vs. Buf)

Greg Little (vs. Bal)

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 


Heath Miller - Pyro Character

Heath Miller (at NYG)

 

Jason Witten - Pyro Character

Jason Witten (at Atl, Sunday night)

 

Owen Daniels - Pyro Character

Owen Daniels (vs. Buf)

 

Greg Olsen - Pyro Character

Greg Olsen (at Was)

 

 

Others with TE1 Potential:

 

Antonio Gates (vs. KC, Thursday night)

 

Brent Celek (at NO, Monday night)

 

Jermaine Gresham (vs. Den)

 

Kyle Rudolph (at Sea)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Joel Dreessen (at Cin)

Jared Cook (vs. Chi)

Dwayne Allen (vs. Mia)

Kellen Davis (at Ten)

Jordan Cameron (vs. Bal)

 

 

 

SIT 'EM  

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

Tony Romo (at Atl, Sunday night)  

 

Andy Dalton (vs. Den)

 

Christian Ponder (at Sea)

 

 

INJURIES


Jake Locker (vs. Chi) – OUT – Shoulder; may not return until after Week 11 bye


Kevin Kolb (at GB)OUT – Sternum, Ribs, Shoulder; out at least 6-8 weeks


Brady Quinn (at SD, Thursday night) OUT – Head; possible concussion

 

 

BYE WEEK QBs

 

New England – Tom Brady 

New York Jets – Mark Sanchez / Tim Tebow

San Francisco – Alex Smith / Colin Kaepernick

St. Louis – Sam Bradford

 

 

RUNNING BACKS 

 


Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Pit)

 

Chris Johnson (vs. Chi)

 

Michael Turner (vs. Dal, Sunday night)

 

Donald Brown (vs. Mia)

 

Alex Green (vs. Ari)

 

 

INJURIES


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


DeMarco Murray (vs. NYG) – QUESTIONABLE – Foot; could return in Week 9


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


Isaac Redman (vs. Was) – PROBABLE – Ankle


Ben Tate (vs. Buf) – DOUBTFUL – Hamstring; may not be able to play for a couple of weeks

 

 

BYE WEEK RBs

 

New England – Stevan Ridley / Danny Woodhead / Shane Vereen / Brandon Bolden

New York Jets – Shonn Greene / Bilal Powell / Joe McKnight

San Francisco – Frank Gore / Kendall Hunter / Brandon Jacobs / LaMichael James

St. Louis – Steven Jackson / Daryl Richardson / Isaiah Pead

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 


Torrey Smith (at Cle)

 

Stevie Johnson (at Hou)

 

Kenny Britt (vs. Chi)

 

Malcom Floyd (vs. KC, Thursday night)

 

Leonard Hankerson (vs. Car)

 

 

INJURIES


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


Jordy Nelson (vs. Ari) – QUESTIONABLE – Hamstring


Pierre Garcon (vs. Car) – OUT – Foot; week-to-week


Nate Burleson (at Jax) – OUT – Broken leg; placed on IR and will miss the remainder of the season


Alshon Jeffery (at Ten) – OUT – Hand


Mohamed Massaquoi (vs. SD) – QUESTIONABLE - Hamstring


Doug Baldwin (vs. Min) – OUT – Ankle; could miss some time with a high ankle sprain


Harry Douglas (vs. Dal, Sunday night) – QUESTIONABLE – Ankle, knee


Joseph Morgan (vs. Phi, Monday night) – QUESTIONABLE – Chest

 

 

BYE WEEK WRs

 

New England – Wes Welker / Brandon Lloyd / Julian Edelman / Deion Branch

New York Jets – Jeremy Kerley / Stephen Hill / Chaz Schilens

San Francisco – Michael Crabtree / Mario Manningham / Randy Moss / Kyle Williams

St. Louis – Danny Amendola / Brandon Gibson / Chris Givens / Steve Smith / Brian Quick / Austin Pettis

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 


Dennis Pitta (at Cle)

 

Jermichael Finley (vs. Ari)

 

Coby Fleener (vs. Mia)

 

 

INJURIES


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


Coby Fleener (vs. Mia) – OUT – Shoulder; out at least two weeks with partial dislocation of left shoulder

 

 

BYE WEEK TEs

 

New England – Rob Gronkowski / Aaron Hernandez 

New York Jets – Dustin Keller

San Francisco – Vernon Davis / Delanie Walker

St. Louis – Lance Kendricks

 

 

 

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