March 21, 2018


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Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.

03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.

03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.

03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.

03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”

03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.

03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler


2014 - Week 1 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

2014 - Week 1 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

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2014 Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks




Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 1





RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings




Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Friday, Sep. 5 - 5:56PM CT)



Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

1.       Peyton Manning (vs. Ind, Sunday Night)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #21 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Peyton Manning LOVES playing on the big stage - at least during the regular season - so with the Broncos being set up with a Sunday Night game at home in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts, you know the fireworks will be spraying high and wide. In fact, Manning and the Broncos were given the opening game of the season on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens last year, where Peyton proceeded to throw for 462 yards and an insane SEVEN touchdowns.


I’m not expecting him to repeat that performance here, but in the Donkeys matchup against the Colts last season (at Indy), Peyton threw for 386 yards and three TDs, numbers that could easily be reached and possibly outdone. You see, Manning ALSO loves to administer serious forms of “payback” when he gets the chance, as he did against the Ravens in Week 1 last season after they bounced him from the playoffs in 2012. Denver took their first loss of the 2013 season to the Colts in what was also a nationally televised Sunday Night game, so you can bet Manning will be gunning for a little vengeance this this time around.


As far as the tools Manning will have, Wes Welker was just suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on PEDs, so obviously he won’t be around. However, Demaryius Thomas will of course be there, and even though Indy will likely stick CB Vontae Davis on him, I’m still expecting a huge game from him. With Eric Decker now a New York Jet, newcomer Emmanuel Sanders will have his first chance to show just how dangerous he can be as the team’s WR2 instead of where he was going to be slotted, at the WR3 position. The job will now go to the combination of Andre Caldwell and promising second-round rookie, Cody Latimer. TE Julius Thomas has now had a full off-season of working with Peyton under his belt, so his improvement is imminent, while Montee Ball takes over for Knowshon Moreno as the Broncos lead back, a move the guys here at Pyro see as a positive for everyone involved.


Drew Brees - Pyro Character

2.       Drew Brees (at Atl)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Brees opens up the season with a tasty matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Drew has faced the Falcons 30 times in his career with a 17-13 record against them. The best stat that Brees has going for him against the Dirty Birds is a 302 yards per game passing average. He has also tossed 34 touchdowns to only 19 interceptions against them. Last season Brees torched the Atlanta defense to the tune of 317 yards passing per game, with four touchdowns and only one interception. If you drafted Brees you should feel good about his week one matchup.


Nick Foles - Pyro Character

3.       Nick Foles (vs. Jac)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


The Eagles kick off the season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That gives Foles the 5th best strength of schedule this week. Last year, the Jags gave up 23.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. That gave them a ranking of 29 out of 32. That is exactly what you want to hear as a Foles owner. In 2013, Foles played in 13 games and only started 10. That was still good enough to give him the final fantasy QB ranking of number 11, and according to value based drafting, he was number 1. Foles had an incredible TD to interception ratio of 13.5 to 1. Certainly his interceptions will rise this year, but it will not start in game one. The Jags only had 11 INTs in all of 2013, that was tied for 4th fewest in the league. This is clearly a game the Eagles will win, and Foles likes to win. Since he came into the league in 2012, Foles completion percentage is 66.78% in games they win and has an even better TD to INT ratio of 25 to 1 in those tilts. Foles will be able to spread the wealth through the air, Philly wide receivers have the best strength of schedule in week 1, they will rip up the Jags secondary.


Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

4.       Andrew Luck (at Den, Sunday Night)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Andrew Luck had his second-best fantasy game of the season against the Denver Broncos last year when he threw for 228 yards and three TDs while rushing for another 29 yards and a touchdown. In what looks to be another shootout in the making (Indy won 39-33 last year), I’m expecting at least 40 passing attempts out of Luck which he should be able to turn into a boatload of fantasy points.


Denver made some nice improvements to their defense this past offseason, but the Colts may have improved their offense even more. Three players returning from injury, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Reggie Wayne and TE Dwayne Allen will definitely help Indy’s scoring potential, and while Hakeem Nicks may not be the same promising player from a few years back, he’ll still be a nice asset to the Colts aerial assault this season. If the Horseshoes want to win this game, it’ll be on the back of Mr. Luck, so look for a ton of fantasy action out of the third-year QB.


Matthew Stafford - Pyro Character

5.       Matthew Stafford (vs. NYG, Monday Night)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


The G-men roll into Motown for the early Monday night game. The Giants have a tough defense against the pass. Pyro ranks them at #25, #1 being the easiest. The Giants only gave up 11 passing touchdowns last year.  While the Giants are tough defensively, they are most susceptible to the tight end position. The concern would be if Eli and the offense fail to get going, the Lions could play some ball control if they get out to an early lead. Although the Lions will most likely have little trouble dispatching the Giants, it could be a tougher fantasy game than most people think. One major plus for the Lions however is their new offensive coordinator. Joe Lombardi has been working with Stafford and his mechanics in the off season. Stafford is only two years removed from his 41 touchdown, 5,000 yard plus season. If Lombardi, who spent the last four years working in New Orleans, can do for Stafford what he did for Breeze, then this could be the beginning to something special. Stafford usually starts each season firing right out of the gates. In the month of September, Stafford enjoys his highest completion percentage of 63.54%. In three Monday night games, Stafford has put up 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Hopefully, Lombardi has worked his magic.


Jay Cutler - Pyro Character 

6.       Jay Cutler (vs. Buf)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jay Cutler gets to face one of the tougher defenses against quarterbacks last season, but as they say things have changed this offseason. With Kiko Alonso on the shelf and the corners getting toasted last season Cutler will have ample chances to throw the ball around this week. In his career Cutler has averaged over 280 passing yards a game against the Bills and that should continue this week. Cutler has also been much better at home in his career tossing 89 touchdown passes to just 53 interceptions. Cutlers two best weapons on the outside also have great matchups this week as the Bills secondary is below noteworthy, especially at the cornerback position.


Colin Kaepernick - Pyro Character

7.       Colin Kaepernick (at Dal)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


San Francisco is travelling to Dallas for week one. Dallas could quite possibly have the worst ranked defense in 2014 when all is said and done. There are going to be points a plenty in this performance. Kaepy gets the 2nd easiest strength of schedule at the position this week. According to our Power Rankings, the Cowboys are projected to give up an average of 20.9 points per game to opposing QBs, 2nd worst in the NFL. Kaepy finished as the 9th ranked fantasy QB in 2013. He is a must start against the Cowboys, what will put him over the top is the rushing. If Harbaugh take the leash of this dog, he is going to run all day against a very suspect defense. Last year, he scored 4 rushing TDs and averaged 32.8 rushing yards per game. In his three playoff games last year, he ran for a total of 243 yards and 1 TD. Kaepernick tends to start off the season hot. He had an incredible game right out of the gates last year and for his career, in the month of September, he averages more rushing yards per game than any other month.


Russell Wilson - Pyro Character

8.       Russell Wilson (vs. GB, Thursday Night)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Russell Wilson has played the Packers only once in his brief but accomplished career, in the infamous replacement referee game. Russell wasn’t great in the game completing under 50% of passes but he did find the endzone twice through the air, but that game was just the third of his career. The Packers allowed 17.7 points per game to opposing quarterbacks last season and the addition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dixon doesn’t move the needle enough to expect a bad game from Wilson this time around. Wilson has also been much better through the air when playing amongst the 12th man as he has thrown for 31 touchdowns against just 7 interceptions over 16 games. Wilson had a great preseason and looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and he will look to keep it going in the opening night of the season.


Carson Palmer - Pyro Character

9.       Carson Palmer (vs. SD, Monday Night)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

The Chargers head to Arizona for the late game on Monday night. Over his career, Palmer has done well against the Bolts. He has completed nearly 70% of his passes against San Diego.  In his 6 games against them, Palmer’s passer rating is a fantastic 116.4. He has thrown for 14 TDs and only 3 picks. While Arizona has the 10th best schedule this week for the quarterback, only four other teams have an easier schedule for the wide receiver position. Carson Palmer should come out of the gate slinging. His receivers looked fantastic in the preseason, including their #3, John Brown. The Chargers will be forced to cover each position honestly, as Palmer can look to Ellington out of the backfield as well. 


Matt Ryan - Pyro Character

10.     Matt Ryan (vs. NO)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Before Julio Jones went down for the season after Week 5, Matt Ryan was averaging 329.8 yards and two touchdowns per game - numbers that had him sitting firmly within the Top-5 fantasy QBs in the league. After Julio’s unfortunate departure, however, things started going downhill.


The good news is that Julio is back and looks as dominant as ever. The bad news is that the rapidly improving Saints defense from last year got even better during the offseason, though I don’t expect Ryan to have TOO much trouble with it this weekend. With both Julio and Roddy White back to full health and Harry Douglas earning Ryan’s trust during his reps as a starter last season, Matty Ice should put up good enough numbers to land him either in or just outside the Top-10 fantasy QBs this weekend.


Tom Brady - Pyro Character

11.     Tom Brady (at Mia)


INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Calf) - Returned to practice on Friday after sitting out Thursday's session. He is fully expected to play


Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Tom Brady has faced the Miami Dolphins 24 times in his 14 year career, missing out on his rookie season, and the year he tore his ACL against Kansas City (2008). At both home and in Miami he has shown similar numbers, so he isn’t effected by the home crowd at Sun Life Stadium. Since, his first match-up in 2001, he has thrown 367 passes, completed 211 (57% completion rate) for 2,863 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has averaged an interception per game in that span throwing 13. The Dolphins were average against the pass last season allowing 234.5 yards per game, 16th in the NFL, and Brady exposed that, as he torched the Dolphins for 480 yards passing while completing 47 of 77 attempts and throwing three touchdowns, with two interceptions. He will have his usual corps of receivers in Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, and Rob Gronkowski. The run game will have its usual feel of Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley to take the pressure off.


Tony Romo - Pyro Character

12.     Tony Romo (vs. SF)


INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Back) - Practiced in full every day this week and is fully expected to play


Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #29 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Tony Romo is just one of those players that just doesn’t get the respect he deserves. He has had some big blunders in big games, but he is a quarterback stud. This week Romo will be facing the stout San Francisco 49ers defense, which is not a good thing. The 49ers finished second in passing defense allowing just 157 yards per game. Romo has taken the Cowboys above the .500 plateau as he has 35 wins and 30 losses on the road. In 1,883 passing attempts he has completed 1,215 for a 64.52% completion rate. Also, Tony Romo has 14,379 yards passing with 91 touchdowns and only 43 interceptions. Romo has played San Francisco six times (3-3) and has completed 43 of 72 passes for 686 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions. Even though the 49ers have a great defense, they will be missing Aldon Smith, because of violating NFL’s personal conduct and susbstance abuse policies, and Ray McDonald has been accused of domestic violence of his pregnant wife. At this point McDonald is maintaining innocence, but it’s a mess in that 49er locker room. The last time Romo faced San Francisco was in 2011, and he had a great day, throwing for 345 yards on 20 of 33 passing and two touchdowns with no interceptions.


Philip Rivers - Pyro Character

13.     Philip Rivers (at Ari, Monday Night)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Rivers has a tough matchup in week one in the desert against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals boast a strong defense, but the loss of Darnell Dockett takes the sting out of the defensive line, and will give Rivers more time to throw in this game. Arizona will look to shut the run down, and force Philip to beat them through the air. Rivers is coming off a resurgent season, where he threw for 34 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. He will need to protect the ball in this game from the dangerous Patrick Peterson, who should be shadowing River’s #1 target, Keenan Allen, all day long. Look for Philip to target his tight ends a lot in this game. This is not the best first week fantasy matchup.


Ryan Tannehill - Pyro Character

14.     Ryan Tannehill (vs. NE)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Tannehill is going to get an early test of his abilities as he faces off versus Bill Belichick and the stingy Patriots defense in week one. While the Patriots defense was not dominant against the pass last year, they should get a bump in that defense from Darrell Revis. Expect Tannehill’s top target, Mike Wallace to see a steady does of Revis Island, which will make it difficult for Ryan to hit big fantast numbers in this game. It would appear that this is going to a more ball control type of a game, and Tannehill is not going to put up monster numbers in this one.


Ben Roethlisberger - Pyro Character

15.     Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Cle)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Big Ben is entering his 11th year as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Even though he has had some issues with girls and the law, he has always maintained a good statistical season. He has taken the Steelers to six playoff appearances, and two Super Bowls, winning one in a dramatic comeback against the Arizona Cardinals. Roethlisberger is always comfortable at home winning 54 games and losing just 18. He has attempted 2,138 passes and completed 1,352 for a 63.2% passing completion percentage. He also has 114 touchdowns with only 56 interceptions. He has also been successful against Cleveland as he has gone 17-1 against them. “Big Ben” has thrown 478 times against the Browns and has completed 299 times for a 62.5% completion percentage. Those 478 completions has turned into 4,002 yards with 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. Even though these numbers are excellent, Cleveland has a strong defense, especially against the pass as they finished ninth overall. Last season, Roethlisberger was not his normal self against the “Brownies” as he only had 396 yards passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the two games played.

Aaron Rodgers Pyro Character

16.     Aaron Rodgers (at Sea, Thursday Night)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Aaron Rodgers was probably a very high pick for you and you are going to start him no matter what in week 1 because of it, but he has the worst matchup possible visiting the defending Superbowl Champs. Seattle was completely dominant last season against opposing quarterbacks, as they scored just 8.9 fantasy points a game against the Legion of Boom, that is 7.1 points below an average outing for a QB last season! While this season’s iteration of the Seahawks shouldn’t be as dominant, they will still be a very, very good unit. The last time these two teams faced off in 2012, Rodgers threw for just 223 yards and no touchdowns while adding 17 yards rushing. Seattle is a game changing defense and if you selected a backup you may want to consider starting him this week.


Robert Griffin III Pyro Character

17.     Robert Griffin III (at Hou)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Year three for RG III is upon us, and I am certain Griffin wants to put it all of last year behind him. He is going to want to show his athletic ability, and all the talk from Mike Shanahan was bogus. A new beginning for him, and what better way than to start with a team he has never faced before in the Houston Texans. The Texan defense, was solid against the pass last season finishing third against the pass allowing just 195 yards on average through the air. RG III has been able to be athletic on the road, but struggles to lead his team to victory, as he has a 5-8 record. Griffin has 415 pass attempts with 255 completions for a 61.45% pass completion percentage. Also, on the road he has thrown for 3,256 yards and 22 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.  He does damage to the defense with his legs as well. He has taken off and ran 90 times for 473 yards and has scored three times, but the Texans are getting real scary with J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.


Derek Carr Pyro Character

18.     Derek Carr (at NYJ)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


We have a West coast team, heading out to the other end of the continent, and they are starting a rookie.  I am talking about the Raiders making the cross country trek to face the Jets. Carr got the official nod just days ago. The move to Carr is understandable as he outperformed Schaub during the preseason. Carr competed 67% of his passes and tossed 4 TDs. While he has the talent, and most importantly the moxie to pull this off, this is a daunting task. Being that he was just named the starter on Monday, Carr will undoubtedly have to play through some shear greenhorn nervousness. He very well may be an integral part of the offensive plan. The Jets have the ability to stop the run, as there are only four teams that Pyro has ranked tougher against running backs. New York is far more susceptible to the passing game. Carr’s wide receivers are tied for the 8th-easiest schedule.  Last year, the Jets gave up a little more than 24 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. If you drew Cam Newton or Andy Dalton, then pulling a Kenny Rogers and gambling on Carr may just be the right move.


Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

 19.     Andy Dalton (at Bal)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


After signing a lucrative contract that told him he had no worries about being released, Andy Dalton will now have even more to prove on the field that he is worthy of such a deal. His first test will be against the Ravens, normally this has been a struggling point for Dalton. In six games, he is has only won two, and his passing has shown why they have lost. Andy Dalton has thrown 228 times and completed only 123 (53.9%) of them for 1,459 yards. He has averaged just one touchdown per game (six) and has thrown a gawdly 11 interceptions. Obviously, these are the type of numbers that will make anyone state the contract is well-undeserved. On the road, Andy Dalton has done better, he has won 14 and lost 10, and his passing numbers are reflected with 514 completions on 848 attempts (60.6%) for 5,913 yards and 37 touchdowns with 28 interceptions. Something in the Baltimore water that just makes his game look hideous. Last season in the two games played, Dalton threw for 555 yards with four touchdowns, and a horrible seven interceptions, just more reason why Dalton will most likely struggle in Week 1.

Cam Newton - Pyro Character

20.     Cam Newton (at TB)


INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Ribs) - After missing Wednesday's practice, Cam progressed throughout the week putting in a limited practice on Thursday and a full practice on Friday. Coach Ron Rivera called him a game-time decision, but said he would make his call before warm-ups.   PYRO's TAKE: Considering his game is at 4:25pm ET, we'd suggest going with your back-up plan if you have one.


Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


The banged up Cam Newton will start the season against division rival Tampa Bay in 2014, but this does not look like it will be as fruitful a matchup as it has been in years past. Cam is still dealing with a fractured rib, which is the biggest issue in this game if you are thinking about starting him. Newton has played the Buccaneers six times in his career, and has thrown for 10 touchdowns to only four interceptions, but more importantly has run for six touchdowns on 52 carries for 281 yards in his career against them. With the fractured rib you can count on his rushing attempts to be much less in this game, and he has only averaged throwing for 235 yards per game against the Bucs. Add to that the Bucs are going to be defensive minded under new coach Lovie Smith, which makes Cam a real risk in Week 1.


Chad Henne - Pyro Character

21.     Chad Henne (at Phi)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


For now, Henne gets the start, but thanks to the preseason showcase put on by Bortles, ole Chad will be on a far shorter leash than expected. Last year, Henne competed 60% of his passes. He accumulated 3,241 yards, threw 13 TDs, and 14 INTs. In fact, Henne has never completed a season in which he tossed more TDs than INTs. This week, he goes up against the Philly defense and they can be thrown on. This week, Henne’s receivers have the best matchup of all 32 teams. Unfortunately, his #1, Cecil Shorts, may not be on the field to take advantage. As of Friday’s practice, he was listed as questionable for play on Sunday. Shorts left practice early on Thursday ue to a sore hamstring. Keep your eyes on this one. They are hurting at the position right now as second year man Ace Sanders is also out with a suspension. Mike Brown will be in the mix as well as the rookie, Marqise Lee. The Jags will not have much experience on the field against a porous Philly D. Last year, quarterbacks averaged almost 18.5 fantasy points against the Philly D. Only 6 teams gave up more points to the position. This should be a nice opportunity for Henne, however, if he is not getting the job done, the Jags may pull him in favor of the rookie.


Geno Smith - Pyro Character

22.     Geno Smith (vs. Oak)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)



The Jets are home to Oakland in week 1. Geno enjoys the 3rd best strength of schedule this week. His wide receivers have the 4th easiest schedule. Even his running backs are rated as having the 9th easiest schedule. Geno played Oakland once in his rookie season. He went 16 for 25 with 219 yards, 1 passing TD , 1 rushing TD, and 1 pick. Oakland does an average job against #1 pass catchers. But, Eric Decker is a fantastic red zone target.  Against #2s and #3s, they are one of the worst defenses in the league. In fact, 31 other teams guarded those two positions better than Oakland last year. 


Rams QB - Pyro Character

23.     Shaun Hill (vs. Min)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


When I did the write up for the Rams, I compared Hill’s last numbers of value to Bradford’s. True, I was using stats from 2010, but Hill actually had a better yards per game average, and a better touchdown ratio. In short, I think Hill is very comparable to Bradford. This week, the Rams are home to the Vikings. It could not be more of blessing for Hill. He has the easiest schedule this week for the quarterback position. His wide receivers have the 2nd-best matchup, and his tight ends have the 3rd-easiest schedule. Ideally, this will give Hill some confidence early in the game. The Vikings do a terrible job covering the 3rd receiver. In fact, for efficiency, they ranked the lowest against #3s. Look for a Rams receiver to have a big day as long as Hill can find the weak point and deliver.

Matt Cassel - Pyro Character

24.     Matt Cassel (at StL)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


The Vikings are visiting the Rams in Week 1. The Rams are most susceptible to the running back position, being tied for the 10th-easiest against that position. AP should see more passes come his way this season. Cassel is not known for the long ball. Last year he averaged 201 yards per game and a middle of the road 7.1yards per pass thrown. Because he usually looks for short passes, and the fact that the Rams are one of the best at covering the tight end position, look for him to get AP involved in the passing game. Last year, only two defenses gave up more passing yards to running backs than the Rams. In his two career games against St. Louis, Cassel passed for 225.5 yards per game. He has thrown2 TDs, and 3 picks against the Rams.

Joe Flacco - Pyro Character

25.     Joe Flacco (vs. Cin)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


The Bengals are visiting the Ravens in week 1. With Rice suspended, they may look to pass more often than not. Traditionally, Flacco has struggled against the Bengals fierce defense. In his 12 career games against them, his passer rating is one of the lowest versus any team, 71.9. He has thrown more picks than TD: 15 INTs versus 12 TDs. Flacco also has one of his lowest yardage outputs against them as well. His average is just 177.8 yards per game. Baltimore has the 24th-easiest schedule for wide receiver this week and only 2 teams have a harder schedule at the tight end position.


Houston QB - Pyro Character

26.     Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Was)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

Jake Locker Pyro Character

27.     Jake Locker (at KC)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

Eli Manning - Pyro Character

28.     Eli Manning (at Det, Monday Night)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Eli and the Giants have been slow to adapt to their new offense from OC Ben McAdoo. While they aimed to up Manning’s completion percentage to 70%, during the preseason, Eli did not even total 50%. He only tossed one touchdown and looked lost on more than one occasion. Chances are he will not find his bearings when the dominant defensive line of the Lions is unleashed on him come Monday night. Pyro ranks the Lions as the number 17th easiest team against the QB. It gets far better for the receivers. The Lions rank #3 against pass catchers. Manning has played 12 career games on Monday night.  He has a 61.73% completion percentage and has thrown 21 TDs and 15 INTs. Until further notice, look for another QB to get in your line up.

E.J. Manuel Pyro Character

29.     E.J. Manuel (at Chi)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

Brian Hoyer Pyro Character

30.     Brian Hoyer (at Pit)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

alex smith pyro character

31.     Alex Smith (vs. Ten)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

Tampa Bay QB - Pyro Character

32.     Josh McCown (vs. Car)




Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)




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