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James Conner

Pittsburgh Steelers

Conner Solid in Debut


Steelers rookie RB James Conner rushed 20 times for 98 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards on his preseason debut Sunday night. This was his first preseason action after being out with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Conner is trying to earn himself the back-up role to LeVeon Bell, and he should have a role if Bell does go down at all, but duties will almost certainly be split between Conner and Fitzgerald Tousaint if that were to happen. Conner is a solid dynasty pick in the double digit rounds, especially if the Steelers don’t extend his deal prior to the start of the season.


08/20/17, 09:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Kamara Lives Up To Hype Today


“Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara rushed 5 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers. Kamara's first carry of the game was an explosive 50-yard touchdown run. He was also utilized in the passing game, catching a ball in the flat and scampering for a 20 yard gain.”

Fantasy Goo: This is all against the Chargers second and third string, so don’t get too excited, but it does appear that Kamara could contribute and make this backfield very difficult to predict from week-to-week. Kamara looks to be a very solid dynasty pick in the seventh round.


08/20/17, 09:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Anquan Boldin

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Charles Clay

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed (toe) Activated from PUP List


Fantasy Goo: Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes. Like Gronk, with Reed you have to assume that he will not play all 16 games, but don’t shy away from Reed because when he was active in 2016 he was a top 10 TE 75% of the time.


08/20/17, 05:45 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


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

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


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

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


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

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


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

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


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

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


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

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com

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. 

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


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!