Week 15
December 15, 2017


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Nick Foles

Kansas City Chiefs

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 Oakland 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

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors

Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.

12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.

12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity

Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.

12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet

To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.

12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder

Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.

12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

An Introduction to Pyropedia™

An Introduction to Pyropedia™

Posted by d-Rx on 11/09/12

by   The Archer


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an introduction to pyropedia





Like anything we do content-wise on Pyromaniac.com, we want (one of) our newest offerings, Pyropedia™, to be a journey of total awesomeness. Anything new that we introduce has to pass the Pyro® litmus test, it has to be something fresh and exciting, it needs to be different from anything already in existence, we need it to be smart, respectful, witty and most of all it needs to be extraordinarily entertaining for anyone that loves the NFL. Pyro® is definitely a fantasy football website first and foremost, but at it's core, the most important thread we weave here is the Nation Football League. Without the NFL, fantasy football couldn't exist, and without the amazing stories that have happened and personalities that have come along in the history of this league, there wouldn't be the same passion that fans feel for the World's most exciting sports league.

For starters, Pyropedia™ is an interesting look at the history of your favorite NFL team through remarkable individual "moments" that helped build (or in some cases destroy) the 32 franchises of the NFL. These moments can be of a visual nature, and be a video or an interesting photograph (we will have limited meme/gif animations here younglings); or it can be a insightful piece that breaks down the remarkable career of a legend like Earl Campbell. Some moments will be short and sweet, and others are among the longest (in word count) stories we have on our site. If we see an amazing shirt online that we think you should buy, we'll put it in Pyropedia™. If it's interesting and worth a minute or 10 of your time - it's going to be included within the prolific Pyropedia™ team and player pages that we have spending our waking moments to realize.


The Pyropedia™ Manifesto

Pyropedia™ will be an entertaining and robust growing document for NFL stories. Think of it as a approachable Frankenstein of the visual nature of ESPN the Magazine, the encyclopedia nature of any Wiki out there, story telling craftsmanship inspired by the likes of the late-great Steve Sabol or John Madden, all bundled with the respect and understanding of the sport that inspires so much emotion for so many people world-wide.  

Basically there are THREE reasons to have Pyropedia on pyromaniac.com:

First: We are totally football geeks and this is basically pigskin porn to us, we love the game of football (the NFL being it's highest form) so much that we want to supply you with the wonderful stories of football; hopefully allowing you a moment to have a good time. We want to create the place where you get the history of your team with all the nuances of being a fan of that team.

Second: There are a lot of great football stories out there that haven’t been told, or haven’t been told enough and we (d-Rx®, Dawgmaticå and Houdini) want to tell them to you. When we are talking about the NFL together, the 3 of us learn so many new nostalgic nuggets that each of us never knew about, we want to help spread the word, and let these stories be heard. Selfishly, to unearth this information is a part of the process for us and we feel that us and our Pyro writers will be even better suited to inform others such as yourself if we/they are omniscient about the farthest reaches of the NFL, that it will help our product elsewhere on the site.

Third: The fact that girls aren't usually attracted to guys in their mid to late 30’s that run fantasy football websites is not really worth it's own point here for “third”, but we’ll include it anyway… man, we should have started a band… ah, piss off!

Within Pyropedia all of our "Legends" articles will be housed, the greatest players for each Franchise will have cool write-ups shedding new light on interesting morsels of information. I mentioned the Earl Campbell Pyropedia player page above, but here is one that Houdini wrote up this week on the Cleveland Browns best player ever, Jim Brown (link to come). Wikipedia is cool and all, I use it daily - but instead of our Legends pieces being a Wikipedia copycat, Pyropedia Legends pieces are going to have the flavorful, and addictive Pyro® voice that makes readers want to keep coming back for more (see my Bo Jackson or Jerry Rice pieces). The more you read these pages, the more you will learn about your favorite teams. For you blowhard wanna know everything types, Pyropedia will have you at the top of your game in a conversation with any fan of any team.  Did that just sound like a Milton Parker commercial there for a moment? Good!

We pride ourselves on uncovering many of the untold stories that make each Franchise unique and compelling.  We are giving you a different view of these Franchises in order to cover the history of the game we love! Some times a moment is portrayed in a fun way, others very serious, say like the passing of someone like Chris Henry, but always, at least mostly with a respectful approach to the tale. As mentioned, we believe that Pyropedia will act as a growing document that will continue to expand it's contents, the waters will run deeper and deeper for the stories that we are uncovering.  Pyropedia will be your go-to resource for to all things NFL. At a team and a player level, over time, Pyro will be the finest database of original content, and maybe one day soon, user-generated content. As Joe Biden said when Obamacare was passed into action, "This is a big fuckin' deal". This is a true passion of ours and something that we think is exceedingly absent on the internet today, we're going to rectify that! 

TO COME: A VEN DIAGRAM OF PYROPEDIA and it’s topics or maybe the ven of the inspiration like ESPNMAG/WIKI/ect  

We want you to come to pyromaniac.com when you are looking for information on the NFL, not Wikipedia.  We truly care about the content that we are producing and will give you all the history in one place with the seasoned analysis and fun that is the trademark of Pyromaniac.com.   This is the next big thing and something that we are extremely proud to bring to the marketplace.  We will have the entire Pyropedia up and running by the start of next season. Check out teams like the Chicago Bears (link to page here) and Green Bay Packers (link to page here), to see the starting point of what we have crafted for two of professional footballs oldest teams.

Over time we will make this a more interactive activity with our users and fans, but for the moment, we are in the lab experimenting and cooking up the dish… get ready to be blown away by Pyropedia. 



Here is a little Q&A that may help define what Pyropedia is now and what our steps will be to further it's reach and depth as the months march forward.

01: What inspired you to create Pyropedia?

There are many times when you are trying to look up interesting stories on your favorite team and have to go to 20 different places to find the story or fact you are looking for.  At Pyropedia you will be able to find all that you are looking for in one place.  We are all such huge fans of the NFL, that as we starting thinking about all the great stories we knew about the Bears, just from being fans, and then realizing that a lot of these stories are not found on the internet in any meaningful way.  Then when we wanted to dive deeper into other teams and we found it difficult at times to find any information on the stories that we knew happened in these Franchises.  Some teams have better coverage than other teams out there (Green Bay, Chicago, and Pittsburgh) as compared to (Tampa Bay, San Diego, and Detroit).  This is a major emphasis for us.  We want all the Franchises to get to the same attention and love that the big boys get.  That is our goal.

We are online scouring for NFL factdom and information more than most, and we have realized over the past 4 years that from a historic standpoint, there aren't many sites that tell the tale of the NFL well.

02: A lot of players have played in the NFL during it’s existence, how many players do you think you can really do solid Pyropedia™ player pages for?

This is not going to be ESPN.com or Pro Football Reference, as you say, there are just too many players in the league at any given time and to go back thru the 90+ years the NFL has existed, just not possible. For the time being this site will be less about the stats of the NFL, and more about the soul of it. We are telling a tell, not crunching the stats for you here on Pyropedia™… as things grow, that can change – hell there is no reason we shouldn’t buy pro-football-reference.com in the next few years – none, but for the moment, we want to tell the stories and pain the picture in a Bob Ross manner.


03: How do you guys decide what moments you want to cover?

Houdini, Dawgmaticå and myself are hanging out talking football all the time, sometimes when we are sick of work, we take out the notepad and start conversely mentioning moments for these franchises, we put them all in the mix, and the best ones go first. The goal for this is enormous, it’s a huge undertaking, we know that first hand when we spent February and March writing moments for our first 6 teams (Bears, Packers, Giants, Cowboys, Jets, Steelers).


04: What is your favorite thing about Pyropedia™?

Here is something great about Pyropedia content for us, and a real draw for us as a content provider. Each team will be accessible to read by our readers… forever! Truth is, a week after Dawg’s Player Rankings Week 10 piece is available on our site, its pretty much never read again. The shelf-life on a lot of our content is very short, and with Pyropedia we can have stories and moments that live in the content cycle longer, bloggers (this is not a blog) like to call this pillar pieces which is a term that is relevant to why Pyropedia was invented.

05: How can I submit a great NFL moment/story to you guys in hopes that you write about it on Pyropedia?

Please send any comments, ideas, missing credits, praise, hatred and NFL fandom to contact [at] pyromaniac.com



by d-Rx® but as usual, many contributed!