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Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It


The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.


12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action


Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.


12/15/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's


Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).


12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!


Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.


12/15/17, 05:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear


Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.


12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


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

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


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

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com

2014 - Week 1 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

2014 - Week 1 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 09/02/14

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2014 Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs

 

 

 

Running Back Player Rankings – Week 1

 

(BYE:  NONE)

 

 

QB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

 

Running Backs                 (Updated:  Friday, Sept. 5 - 7:01PM CT)

 

 

Jamaal Charles - Pyro Character

1.       Jamaal Charles (vs. Ten)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

The Titans trek into town to face KC on Sunday. Only two teams have a better strength of schedule at the running back position. The Titans are suspect against the run and it should be a fantasy field day for Jamaal. In three games against the Titans, Charles has averaged 5.32 yards per rush and has totaled 202 yards on the ground, another 103 yards receiving and has combined for 3 touchdowns. Playing at Arrowhead, Charles averages over 100 total yards per game. Look for that trend to continue on Sunday.



LeSean McCoy - Pyro Character

2.       LeSean McCoy (vs. Jac)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


The Jacksonville Jaguars have a little bit better of a rush defense than the numbers might show, but because their offense was so bad last year, opposing offenses chose to run the ball a ton against them, thus inflating the end-of-the-season numbers. That being said, none of that will affect LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles offense this Sunday.

 

Plain and simple, McCoy has the most upside of any fantasy running back in the league this year working within that Chip Kelly offense. I expect the Eagles to put up at least 30, possibly 40+ points this weekend and when they do, there’s no doubt LeSean will have played a major factor in the explosion.

 

Consider Shady and Jamaal Charles the 1A and 1B of fantasy RBs here in Week 1.

 

Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character

3.       Marshawn Lynch (vs. GB, Thursday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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



 

Adrian Peterson - Pyro Character

4.       Adrian Peterson (at StL)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


The last time Mr. Peterson faced the Rams was in St Louis back in 2012, where he proceeded to run for a whopping 212 yards and one TD. Obviously the 2014 version of the Rams defense isn’t the same as the one in ‘12, but they still gave up almost 2.5 MORE fantasy points per game last season than they did two years ago, so who’s to say they’ll be all that much better now? Whatever the case, AP is well rested and ready to roll after skipping all four of the Vikings preseason games, so a top-notch fantasy performance should be in the offing.

 

Looking at the past, in All Day’s seven career Week 1 games, he’s averaged 19 carries for 106.9 yards (5.62 YPC) while putting up 10 total TDs (8 rushing, 2 receiving). He’s also had two rushing TDs in each of the Vikes last two season-openers, a feat he could easily match in this, his eighth NFL season.

 

Frank Gore - Pyro Character

5.       Frank Gore (at Dal)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Frank Gore gets to be the first of many running backs you want to start against the Dallas Cowboys this season. While Gore’s numbers against the Cowboys have been less than stellar (41 carries for 115 yards and 1 TD) this week is going to be a whole different monster. The Cowboys were the worst team in the NFL against running backs last season giving up 24.5 fantasy points a game and Gore will get the first chance to gash them this season. The Cowboys defense got WORSE over the offseason due to cap casualties and an offseason injury to starting middle linebacker Sean Lee. Gore will get newly (re)signed Alex Boone back at guard and one of the best run blocking units in the game will get to maul over a weak Cowboy defensive line. Look for Gore to look like Frank the Tank to begin the season against the tastiest of matchups.

 

Matt Forte - Pyro Character

6.       Matt Forte (vs. Buf)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Matt Forte is facing a Bills defense that finished in the middle of the pack last season against running backs. The Bills were precisely average against opposing running backs last season and lost their leading tackler from a season ago, so there is no reason to believe they have greatly improved this offseason. Forte hasn’t faced Buffalo in four seasons so history is more unknown than anything. Forte is an asset in the passing game just as much as the run game, so he could have a nice receiving game in addition to his rushing prowess. Look for Forte to give you a nice return on investment in Week 1. His offensive line has been banged up this preseason but it looks like Forte will have his full offensive line in place for Week 1.

 

Montee Ball - Pyro Character

7.       Montee Ball (vs. Ind, Sunday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


This is a fantastic matchup for Sunday Night Football, as the Broncos and Peyton Manning face his former team, the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts defense is going to have their hands full tracking Peyton, which will allow Manning to do what he does best, and take what the defense gives him. Montee is coming off an appendectomy, and the Colts are going to force him to beat them, by trying to limit Peyton. Easier said than done. Ball should be presented with a number of great reads from Manning, and will be the main goal line back for the Broncos. Montee should hit pay dirt this week and is a solid start.

 

Zac Stacy - Pyro Character

8.       Zac Stacy (vs. Min)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Stacy gets a tasty match-up in week one as the Rams host the Vikings. Last season Minnesota gave up over 20 points per game to opposing running backs. With the loss of Sam Bradford, the Rams should give Stacy a heavy dose of work in this game. Stacy is looking to build on his rookie season when he rushed for over 100 yards in two of his last three games. Shaun Hill should be able to provide enough from the quarterback position to give Stacy the room the run over the Vikes. 


 

Arian Foster Pyro Character

9.       Arian Foster (vs. Was)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Foster has yet to get on the field in the preseason, but he should have no trouble getting acclimated against Washington. Washington was 29th against running backs surrendering just less than 22 fantasy points per game. While he dealt with injuries during training camp Foster is ready for the start of the regular season. Arian should be able to find plenty of holes in the defense, and even without the preseason work be a workhorse for you in week one. 


 

DeMarco Murray - Pyro Character

10.     DeMarco Murray (vs. SF)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

DeMarco Murray takes on the once stout 49ers defense that allowed just 15.2 points (2.6 points below average) to opposing running backs last season.  The Cowboys offensive line improved even more this offseason and now figures to be one of the best in the league opening up holes for Murray and Co. More importantly the Oklahoma product will be taking on a 49ers defense that has had its share of injuries and guys missing week 1 due to suspensions. The game is also taking place in Jerry land where DeMarco had been much better in his career averaging 5.14 yards per carry at home compared to 4.74 on the road. He also adds an extra reception per game at home than on the road. The house that Jerry built has been the friendly confines for Murray and he will look to start the season off on the right foot. The Cowboys have made it clear that they intend to run the ball this season, and there is no better time to do it then Week 1.

 

Andre Ellington - Pyro Character

11.     Andre Ellington (vs. SD, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Foot) - Ellington aggravated his left foot in practice on Thursday and needed an MRI to assess the damage. Initial reports say he will NOT need surgery, but how much time he will miss (if any) is still in question.  PYRO's TAKE: We are generously listing him as "questionable" here because the Cardinals official injury report does not need to be issued until Saturday, but we believe he'll more likely be listed as either "Doubtful" or "Out". Even if he ends up playing, he will definitely be dropped down in our rankings tomorrow and possibly removed altogether. We love The Duke here at Pyro, so keep your fingers crossed.

 

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

 

The DUKE will open up his 2014 breakout campaign against the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers were a middle of the road defense against the run last season, and they did not add enough in the offseason to change that going into 2014. Ellington is going to be used in a variety of ways in this game, and will put a ton of pressure on the linebackers, Manti T’eo in particular, to keep up with him when he splits out as a receiver. The Cardinals have a solid offense, that is going to keep defenses on their heels, and The DUKE should be able to break at least one big run against this defense.

 

Eddie Lacy - Pyro Character

12.     Eddie Lacy (at Sea, Thursday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE for Next Sunday's Game Vs. NYJ (Concussion)

 

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

 

The Packers have a mean opener as they travel to Seattle. Last year, Seattle only gave up 2 rushing touchdowns in their building. In 2013, Seattle only gave up 4 rushing TDs all season. They only gave up 1 receiving TD to running backs all last year. In fact, no opposing quarterback threw more than 1 TD per game.  In week one, there are only two teams that have a tougher rushing schedule than the Packers. It is going to be difficult to put up point against the vaunted “Legion of Boom”. In fact, Pyro feels that no other team has a more difficult assignment at quarterback and wide receiver positions this week than the Packers. If Seattle gets up early, Lacy might get little use. This could one of the lowest ratings Lacy receives all season. Chances are, you need to look at your RB#3 and seriously consider putting him in your starting roster and save Lacy until Week 2.

 

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

13.     Alfred Morris (at Hou)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Washington travels to Houston for the NFL opener. Last year, under Kyle Shanahan, Morris ran the ball 276 times for 1,275 yards and 7 TDs. While it has been speculated that new head coach, Jay Gruden, will run a more pass heavy offense, that just may not be the case. For starters, RGIII has not found it as easy as 1,2,3 to get back in the saddle. They will have to rely on the run game with their quarterback playing the way he is. Plus, under Gruden last year, the Law Firm, a far inferior talent compared to Morris, ran the ball 220 times. Not to mention, Gruden also utilized Giovanni Bernard, giving him the rock on 170 occasions. If Washington wants to win, they will have to run.  If that is indeed the case, Morris has quietly become one of the best in that department. He has 2,888 yards the past 2 seasons and 20 touchdowns to boot. In that time, his rushing average per carry is a stout 4.73. The Texans are rated 19th against the rush according to Pyro’s 2014 projected Power Rankings. They have a couple of fierce defensive ends in J.J. Watt and this year’s number one draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney. That may make it more difficult for Morris. He is the type of back that seems to get better each month. September marks his lowest per game rushing average (84 yards per game). Statistically, each month, his average increases. While Washington will be running on Sunday, they do need RGIII to complete some third downs in order to keep drives alive. While I have faith in Morris, RGIII is a definite cause for worry at this point.

 

Le'Veon Bell - Pyro Character

14.     Le’Veon Bell (vs. Cle)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy


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

 

Le’Veon Bell takes on a Cleveland defense that was middle of the road last season against running backs so you should expect an average performance this week. Bell looks like a safe play as your RB2 this week. In two games last season Bell compiled 43 carries for 170 yards and 1 score. He didn’t have a ton of success through the air as he caught just three passes but that seems more fluky than a trend that should continue. The Steelers are planning to run the ball more this season and Bell should be on of the biggest benefactors of that, and it should start Week 1.


Cleveland RB - Pyro Character

 

15.     Ben Tate (at Pit)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Tate is going to be the focal point of the Browns offense, as they have no wide receivers. The Browns will look to establish the running game to take the pressure off of Brian Hoyer. The Steelers were a strong defense last season, but not against running backs, surrendering 19.3 points per game. Tate has looked great in the preseason, and is hungry for his chance to be the lead dog. Tate is strong play in week one. 


Pierre Thomas - Pyro Character

16.     Pierre Thomas (at Atl)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Pierre Thomas has a ton of factors working in his favor this week. The guy plays much better in domes than outside on grass fields. He kills it at home and at the Georgia Dome where he will be gashing the Falcons on Sunday. On the Road he is a much more effective receiver as he gets an extra catch a game for an additional 7 yards and he also tends to catch more touchdowns away from the Superdome. The guy has played 14 games against the Falcons and has gained more yards (50 per game) against them then any other team so far in his career. He has averaged over 5.14 yards per carry against the Falcons and scored 5 times on the ground. Through the air Pierre has caught 44 passes for 300 yards and 2 scores. All in all, big things look on the horizon for Thomas this week so get the guy in your lineup if you haven’t already.

 

Giovani Bernard - Pyro Character

17.     Giovani Bernard (at Bal)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Giovani has an extremely bright future ahead of him, both this year and beyond, but I wouldn’t expect too much out of the youngster in this opening game of the 2014 season. First of all, the Baltimore Ravens have one of the better rush defenses in the league, as they allowed just six rushing TDs to RBs last season and only 1,457 yards on 3.9 YPC. Now I know a bunch of Gio’s fantasy worth is going to come from his abilities as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, but the Ravens ALSO have one of the better defenses against RBs coming out of the backfield. Bernard did pretty well against them last season, averaging 11.4 FFPoints per game in their two meetings. But after a slow pre-season and with this first Bengals game being on the road, I wouldn’t look for him to go off just yet.

 

Fred Jackson - Pyro Character

18.     Fred Jackson (at Chi)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Fred Jackson is old reliable, and while healthy to start the season it could be a big week for the old dog as the bears were absolutely terrible last season on defense. The Bears allowed an insane 5.3 yards per rush last season and their defense doesn’t look immensely better even after a flurry of offseason moves. The Bears allowed 6.6 points more than the average team against running backs last season and Jackson, along with C.J. Spiller will look to continue gashing Bears defenders this season. Fred Jackson looks to be a safe bet this week as the Bears allowed 22 rushing touchdowns last season and Jackson looks primed to be the Bills goal line runner this season. With how bad Manuel has looked this preseason it looks like the Bills will need to run the rock if they have any chance for a victory in Week 1.

 

Reggie Bush - Pyro Character

19.     Reggie Bush (vs. NYG, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

The Lions are home to the Giants on Monday night. While Reggie was tops on the team last year, I think there is a shift to Bell this year. His looks may go down as well now that Theo Riddick is involved in the offense. The Lions hired Joe Lombardi in the off season. He was the master mind behind the high powered offense in New Orleans. Chances are, Bush will be taking on the Sproles.  He is a great play in PPR leagues. Pyro is expecting the Giants to give up more points to running backs this year as opposed to last year. While they are middle of the road against the rush, they are suseptable to backs catching passes out of the backfield. Last year, they gave up 46.7 yards a game to pass catching running backs. That is in the bottom five in the league, and that plays right into Bush’s wheel house. Traditionally, Bush does well against the G-men. In four games his rushing average is 5.28. Plus, it is a turf game. In the past, the Lions tend to lean on Reggie for turf games and Bell for grass games.

 

C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

20.     C.J. Spiller (at Chi)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Spiller is one of the most disappointing backs from last season. In 2013, nagging injuries hampered his performance all year. You have to have a short memory in fantasy. He has had the summer to regenerate and is in good health. Buffalo travels to Chicago this week. This is the city that could not stop a cow from torching the town, these days it’s apparently running backs they can’t stop from torching their defense. Last year, there was only one other team that gave up more fantasy points to opposing running backs than the Bears. Spiller is a decent RB#2 this week. Chicago can certainly be taken advantage of in the run game. Although Fred Jackson will likely get the goal line work, Spiller still has the talent to score from anywhere on the field. He has the ability to win you the week in leagues where you are rewarded for long touchdowns. Spiller averages just over 5 yards on the road and is at the very least, a flex play in Week 1.

 

Joique Bell - Pyro Character

21.     Joique Bell (vs. NYG, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

 

Jets RB - Pyro Character

22.     Chris Johnson (vs. Oak)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

CJ will open his career as a Jet at home against a Raiders defense that had a hard time stopping the run last season. Even though Johnson is going to be splitting carries, he will have a chance to hit a home run against Oakland. Chris Ivory is going to get the bulk of the carries running inside, while the Jets will look to get CJ in space to allow his speed to take over. This is a good match-up for Johnson. 

 

Jaguars RB - Pyro Character

23.     Toby Gerhart (at Phi)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

The Jaguars head to Philly to face Chip Kelly’s high-powered Eagles. Philly gave up 12 rushing touchdowns in 2013. The Eagles were a stingy run defense last year. They only allowed 3.8 yards per carry. Philly never gave up a run for more than 40 yards, and the longest rushing TD allowed in 2013 was only 35 yards. This is Gerhart’s first opportunity to show the league what he can do as the lead back. In his NFL career, he only has a total of 5 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 4.73 yards per carry behind the Vikings offensive line. It will be a far different view in the Jaguars backfield. In 2013, only two teams had more tackles behind the line of scrimmage for their running backs than Jacksonville. Collectively, only one running back group averaged less yards per carry than Jacksonville, whose backs averaged a measly3.43 yards per carry.

 

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

24.     Stevan Ridley (at Mia)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Stevan Ridley should actually be a good guy to start this week believe it or not, as the Dolphins are much better against the pass than they are the run. Miami gave up 19.5 points a game to opposing running backs last season and that looks to be on the rise after this offseason. Ridley has also scored more touchdowns (4) against the Dolphins than any other team so far in his career (6 games). Ridley has also shown well in openers over the last two seasons compiling 30 carries for 171 yards and a score. Ridley will look to continue those trends this week against a team that allowed nearly 2,000 rushing yards last season.


Doug "Muscle Hamster" Martin Pyro Character

25.     Doug Martin (vs. Car)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Doug Martin has a tough task in week 1 going up against one of the tougher run defenses in all of the NFL. The Panthers allowed just 86.9 rushing yards a game last season, making it tough sledding for any back who played Carolina. The Panthers also allowed just 4 rushing touchdowns all of last season! Last season Martin did not go up against the stingy version of the Panthers last season, but during his rookie season he took a torch to their defense. The muscle hamster gained 233 yards on 48 carries and caught an additional 8 passes. Martin doesn’t look to have such easy sledding against this version of the Panthers that allowed just 13.5 fantasy points a game to opposing running backs.

 

Shane Vereen - Pyro Character

26.     Shane Vereen (at Mia)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Shane Vereen – There are reasons to like and not to like Shane Vereen this week. First off Ridley looks to get the first team carries as usual, and it is not a given he will fumble this week as Miami forced just five fumbles last season.  If Ridley doesn’t fumble it is hard to see Vereen getting more than 5 carries in the run game, he will get his usual work in the passing game, and that has big value, especially in PPR leagues. If Ridley does fumble however he could go off just like he did in the first game last season. Vereen is facing a Dolphins defense that struggles containing running backs, and he is on the road where he averages over a half yard more on his rushing attempts. Vereen looks like a safe flex play each and every week with extra value in PPR leagues.

 

Bernard Pierce Pyro Character

27.     Bernard Pierce (vs. Cin)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Concussion) - Pierce practiced in full each day this week, so all systems are go.

 

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

 

Pierce gets his chance to be the lead back for the Raven during the first two weeks of the season, while Ray Rice is suspended. Bernard did not draw an easy opponent in week one with the Bengals. The Bengals are a fierce defense that finished 3rd in the league at stopping running backs, surrendering only 13.7 points per game. So while Pierce has a lot of ability, this is not the type of defense that is going to give him a lot of room to run, and thus makes him a tough start this week. 

 

Steven Jackson - Pyro Character

28.     Steven Jackson (vs. NO)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Steven Jackson has put some of the best numbers of his career against the New Orleans Saints defense. In 8 games he had rushed for 714 yards on 138 carries (5.17 ypc) and scored 7 touchdowns. He has also averaged 4 catches a game against the Saints, and oddly enough the Saints are the only team Jackson has ever attempted or completed a pass against. The Saints ranked top 10 against running backs last season in fantasy points allowed but feel a bit optimistic as Jackson had two of the better games against New Orleans, posting 27 carries for 140 yards and a score while also catching 8 of his 12 targets for 61 yards. Jackson could have one of the under the radar nicer weeks among running backs.

 

Chris Ivory - Pyro Character

29.     Chris Ivory (vs. Oak)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 1 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

New York Giants - Pyro Character

30.     Rashad Jennings (at Det, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Jennings will begin his career with the Giants by facing a fearsome front four in Detroit on Monday Night. The Lions were sixth best at stopping running backs last season, and should make it very difficult on Rashad to run between the tackles. Jennings will most likely do most of his damage in the receiving game, as he saw a ton of screen passes in the preseason. 

 

Cincinnati Bengals Rookie - Pyro Character

31.     Jeremy Hill (at Bal)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

The Bengals coaching staff has gone on record to say Hill should receive 180-200 carries this season.  Last year Giovanni had a total of 170 carries and the Law Firm ended up with 220. Now that the Law Firm’s doors have officially been closed in Cincinnati, Hill owners can breathe easy. 180-200 carries seems very feasible. Green-Ellis was given the rock 32 times in the red zone last year. Now that Hugh Jackson is the OC, there will be even more of a focus on the run game. Hill is comfortable down around the goal line. In his final season at LSU, he scored in all but 2 games. He is a bruiser. He averaged 7.03 yards per carry. In fact, his yards per carry fell below 4 in only one game last year.  This week, the Bengals visit the Ravens.  According to the 2014 projections from Pyro’s Power Rankings, the Ravens are a top ten defense against the rush. We are projecting them to give up an average of 15.2 points per game to the position. Giovanni Bernard will get the bulk of the carries, but Hill will get the lion share of the goal line work. For this week, Hill’s value will be dependent on his ability to cross the end zone. In 2013, the Ravens were Top-5 in the red zone for TDs allowed.

 

Lamar Miller - Pyro Character

32.     Lamar Miller (vs. NE)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

The shine surround Miller has dimmed as the preseason progressed. Miller is still the number 1 back on Miami’s depth chart, but his hold is tenuous now that Moreno appears to back in game shape. The Patriot’s visit Miami in one of the early games on Sunday. Last year, the Pats gave up 19.3 points to the running back position. In 2014, Pyro’s projected Power Ranks show them tightening up a little bit. We are assigning 18.8 points allowed per game for this year, that gives them a ranking of 20th against the running back position. Miller has gone against the Pats four times in two years. Against them, he has a 4.29 yards per carry average and has failed to cross the end zone. His average against Belichick’s boys is an unimpressive 40.8 yards per game. The line has not looked good in preseason. The backs were often first contacted behind the line of scrimmage. Miller has seemed very tentative in his running. Miller only scored 2 TDs last season, his last coming in Week 4. He only had one game where he rushed for over 100 yards, and that was in Week 8. I would be hard pressed to start him in the opener this weekend.

 

Danny Woodhead - Pyro Character

33.     Danny Woodhead (at Ari, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Arizona took a HUGE hit to their rush defense when LDE Darnell Dockett went down for the season, but that doesn’t mean they will all of the sudden become a BAD rush D. I mention this because I believe the Cardinals will still be able to bottle Ryan Mathews up pretty well, which means the Chargers will have to utilize Danny Woodhead’s skills a bit more in this one. Does it make Woodhead anything more than a so-so FLEX play for the week? Hell no! But it wouldn’t shock me to see him outscore Mathews on the day while catching 5-6 balls in the process.


Shonn Greene - Pyro Character

34.     Shonn Greene (at KC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Carlos Hyde - Pyro Character

35.     Carlos Hyde (at Dal)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Carlos Hyde looks to be a factor this week against the weakest units in defending the running back position last season. Hyde will start his NFL career off nicely against a unit that allowed 128.5 rush yards a game last season. They also gave up 17 rushing touchdowns last season, but running backs absolutely decimated Dallas in the pass game en route to finishing dead last defending opponent running backs. Hyde should get looks on third down early and some run late as the 49ers offense will get to take on what looks like the worst defense in the NFL at the start of the season.

 

Philadelphia Eagles RB - Pyro Character

36.     Darren Sproles (vs. Jac)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Sproles is one of the bigger question marks as we head into the 2014 season. He was utilized perfectly when he arrived in New Orleans, but there was no LeSean McCoy on that team. McCoy does all the same things that Sproles can do in the passing game, so it will be interesting to see if he is able to get on the field with McCoy at the same time. Regardless, Darren is still going to be used by Chip Kelly as a splash player, but probably closer to the way he was used in San Diego before moving to New Orleans. Sproles is still much more recommended in PPR leagues, but a week one matchup against the Jaguars should give him opportunities to score in standard leagues as well. The Jags were 23rd against running backs in fantasy last season.


Ryan Mathews - Pyro Character

37.     Ryan Mathews (at Ari, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Mathews draws a difficult first week opponent in the Arizona Cardinals, although it would be worse if Darnell Dockett were still healthy. The Chargers have indicated that they want Mathews to be their main back, but with Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown in the mix it remains to be seen how many touches he gets. This is just not an ideal match-up for week one, and is best left to see how the carries are divided amongst the backs. Ryan will still be working uphill against a strong Cardinals D. 

 


Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

38.     Trent Richardson (at Den, Sunday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Chances are, you got Richardson on the cheap. For Week 1, the Colts head to Mile High Stadium for what should be a high scoring affair Sunday night. Let’s hope so, because if not, you may be faced with having to start him. Richardson ended up as the 34th best fantasy running back last year. That is not even flex worthy. He was starting to show small signs of improvement. During the last five games, he was ranked 29th. Last year, Denver ranked 13th for reception yards given to running backs. Surprisingly, this is where Richardson was starting to make some bones. During the last five weeks of the 2013 season, T. Rich. was ranked as the 11th best fantasy running back for reception yards out of the backfield. In 2013, Denver gave up 18.1 fantasy points to running backs. That gave them a ranking of 18. Dallas was the worst and they gave up 24.5. Hopefully the off season has given him time to learn the play book. His confusion in the run scheme was blamed for his poor performance. Last year, he averaged just 3 yards a carry. But in his rookie year, he only averaged 3.6. In his two previous encounters with the Broncos, he has averaged slightly better (3.92 yards per carry). However, he has yet to cross the end zone against Peyton’s posse. With Richardson, I will believe it when I see it. Last year, in his most productive game, he ran for a total of 64 yards. The opportunity will be there, he has little to no competition.  If he does not show me something after Weeks 3 and 4 (both weeks he draws a cake running schedule), I am sending him packing.


Oakland Raiders - Pyro Character

39.     Maurice Jones-Drew (at NYJ)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Maurice Jones-Drew has looked noticeably quicker this preseason, due to shedding some pounds in the offseason and hopefully it will carry over to success on the field. While losing weight may have been a good thing for his career, it is not going to make a difference this week against one of the stingiest run defenses in all of football. The Jets were third in the league in rushing yards allowed, giving up just 88 yards a game. Better yet the Jets allowed just 3.4 yards per carry last season which was .3 yards less than anyone else in the league. The Jets were also very good against running backs in our power rankings, coming in as top 5 and allowing 4.2 points per game less then the average defense last season. Jones-Drew is also going to be a targeted man with a rookie quarterback starting in front of him. If you drafted Jones-Drew this is a week to let him ride the pine.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers - Pyro Character

40.     LeGarrette Blount (vs. Cle)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

DeAngelo Williams - Pyro Character

41.     DeAngelo Williams (at TB)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Mark Ingram - Pyro Character

42.     Mark Ingram (at Atl)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Mark Ingram isn’t the best running back play on the Saints this week as Pierre Thomas has dominated against the Falcons in his career. Ingram has also been much better at home than he has on the road, so the Georgia Dome shouldn’t be a friendly place for Ingram this weekend. In five games against the Falcons Ingram has been atrocious, averaging 2.79 yards a carry on 48 touts. He has scored just 1 touchdown in those five games and has caught just 2 passes for 2 yards. Even with the weak defense of the Falcons last season Ingram still struggled. Look for Ingram to try and get himself on track another week.


Miami Dolphins - Pyro Character

43.     Knowshon Moreno (vs. NE)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

Once Moreno got onto the field in the preseason, he was able to show Lamar Miller, the Dolphins and their fans what a real number one running back looks like. While he was the much more impressive back in the preseason, Knowshon does not have an easy test in week one against the Patriots. The Patriots have improved their defense, and their linebackers, which were once a weakness, are now a strength. That makes it tough for opposing running backs, and Moreno is still getting acclimated with his new team, and still getting into regular season game shape. It will be interesting to see how many carries he gets in this one, but it will most likely be closer to 15 than 25 carries, which makes him a tough start this week.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw Pyro Character

44.     Ahmad Bradshaw (at Den, Sunday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Bishop Sankey Pyro Character

45.     Bishop Sankey (at KC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

The rookie has been labeled as a fumbler this preseason, which obviously hurts his chances. He has the ability to be the number one back, and a good one, in this offense if he can prove to the coaching staff he can be trusted with the ball. In week one he will be facing the Chiefs, whose defense struggled down the stretch last season, but they have revamped it and should be better in 2014. Sankey could exploit this defense, but with him being a rookie and having the issues with ball control, he has become a risky start in week one. It will be interesting to see how much they use Bishop this week, but he is better left on the bench until his role in the offense becomes crystal clear.


St. Louis Rams - Pyro Character

46.     Benny Cunningham (vs. Min)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Cleveland Browns Rookie - Pyro Character

47.     Terrance West (at Pit)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

While the Browns are going to do a lot of running in this game, Ben Tate is the back that is going to be the more active and better play in this game. West will be hard pressed to see 10 touches in this game. If you own West, the key will be how effective he is when he touches the ball. 

 

New Orleans Saints - Pyro Character

48.     Khiry Robinson (at Atl)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Houston Texans RB - Pyro Character

49.     Jonathan Grimes (vs. Was)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

New York Giants Rookie - Pyro Character

50.     Andre Williams (at Det, Monday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Ronnie Hillman - Pyro Character

51.     Ronnie Hillman (vs. Ind, Sunday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Darren McFadden - Pyro Character

52.     Darren McFadden (at NYJ)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Dallas Cowboys RB - Pyro Character

53.     Lance Dunbar (vs. SF)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Roy Helu - Pyro Character

54.     Roy Helu (at Hou)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Mike Tolbert - Pyro Character

55.     Mike Tolbert (at TB)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Tampa Bay RB - Pyro Character

56.     Bobby Rainey  (vs. Car)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Baltimore Ravens RB - Pyro Character

57.     Justin Forsett (vs. Cin)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Robert Turbin - Pyro Character

58.     Robert Turbin (vs. GB, Thursday Night)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


Tennessee Titans RB - Pyro Character

59.     Dexter McCluster (at KC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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


New England Patriots Rookie - Pyro Character

60.     James White (at Mia)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

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

 

James White could be one of the biggest sleepers this Sunday, and it is all about a bet on whether or not you think Ridley will hold on to the ball this week. If Ridley holds on to the ball White could see just 3 or 4 carries, if Ridley ends up in the doghouse then he could see 10-15 touches. White is a reliable back, but he is still a rookie who has to prove it at the NFL level. Belicheck is the type of guy who would rouse the entire NFL though by proclaiming Ridley the starter, then giving White 25 carries Week 1. The smart advice, however, says to let things play out for a few weeks before inputting White into your lineup.


 

 

 

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