March 21, 2018


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Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

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

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

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


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

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

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

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


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

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

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

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


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

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

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

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


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

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

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


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

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

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

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


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

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

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

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


New York Giants

Building Blocks

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

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

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


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

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

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


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

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

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


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

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

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


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

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

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


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

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

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


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

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

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


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

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

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


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

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

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


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

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

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


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

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

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


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

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

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


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

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

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

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


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

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

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

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


Designing the Perfect Fantasy QB

Designing the Perfect Fantasy QB

Posted by d-Rx on 11/09/12

by   The Archer


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designing the perfect fantasy QB



Designing the Perfect Fantasy QB



Have you ever wished you could be a mad scientist and create a football team of mutated supermen?  What if through some breakthrough in genetic engineering we were able to make the perfect player, for fantasy domination. This guy would be the unquestioned number one player at his position.  Every player in the league has strengths and weaknesses, and it is up to me to harness these strengths and put together a player, mutating the best features of each into the perfect Fantasy stud, albeit mutated.  The quarterback is the most important position on the football field so that is where our genetic experiment will begin.


The quarterback mutation will be built on 11 different criteria blended together to make the perfect player at the position.  These 11 genetic mutations are: Speed, Athleticism, Size, Arm Strength, Accuracy, Touch, Decision Making, Presence, Balls, Toughness, and Bravado.  He will also be surrounded with an offense that will make him impossible to stop. We must choose one player at his position to take an attribute from and each player can only be “harvested” once. Let us begin our experiment:


Speed – Like him or not Mike Vick is the fastest man to ever play the quarterback position. Mike Vick is one of those guys that are so fast he has two forty times, those that are rumored like a 4.25 and those that have been confirmed such as a 4.36 at a rookie minicamp for the Falcons or a 4.33 at his pro day. During his time in Atlanta Vick set records all the time with his running prowess including posting the most rushing yards ever by a quarterback in a season with 1,039 yards. There was also a game in 2002 where Vick was unreal against the Rams rushing 29 times for 289 yards and a score. Too bad Andy Reid refuses to run a few designed runs for Vick these days or we could get to see more of one of the most electric players in NFL history.


Athleticism – My quarterback will be given the athleticism of none other than the amazing Robert Griffin the Third. RG3 was a world class athlete not just in football but also in track and field. At the combine he was able to run a 4.4 forty, the fastest 40 of a quarterback in this years draft, put up a 10 foot broad jump, and post a 39” inch vertical.  This guy has receiver like athleticism as a quarterback and that is why he is the perfect specimen for our subject.  He not only has great peripheral numbers but he has been able to translate those into stats at the NFL level. In 7 games this year he has rushed 64 times for 478 yards, a tremendous 7.3 YPC number and also score 6 times. That means over the course of the season our quarterback will get you 100 extra points on his rushing yards and 72 more when he finds the end-zone at least 12 times.


Size – When talent evaluators talk about prototypical size for the quarterback position they are talking about Cam Newton.  He is massively big, the size of a tight end for most teams at 6’5” 250 pounds. At this size he is able to withstand those hits he is going to take through the course of the season. With just size and speed alone our quarterback might be the Billion Dollar Man. At this size, coupled with his speed he will be a wrecking ball through defenses into the end-zone, too big for defensive backs and too fast for anyone in the front seven.


Arm Strength – I am tempted to choose Jamarcus Russell as the candidate here, with the ability to launch a ball 80 yards from his knee, but it seems as if his blood has been laced with Nyquil.  My second choice would be Jay Cutler.  Cutler has a canon which allows him to make every NFL throw and launch it downfield when set in the pocket or on the run. He can throw from the opposite hash to the next sideline without even batting an eyelash. Our specimens ability to fit the ball into tight spaces will be a major force throughout the season, let’s hope those receivers have some strong hands.


Accuracy – This one might be the most obvious of all, there is no better choice than Drew Brees. Drew set the record for completion percentage in a season at 71.2% last season, making him the most accurate quarterback EVER. Our specimen will be able to find the open guy and have him catch it in the perfect spot all year long. He has innate ability to throw the ball where no one else can touch it and has great ball placement, it is a magical thing watching Drew put the ball on the back shoulder of a receiver whenever he wants to.


Touch – Touch is one of the more underrated aspects of an NFL passer, it is usually used to talk about guys with a lack of arm strength and therefore is sort of a castoff in making a great NFL passer. Touch is something that is also said about a lot of the shorter quarterbacks in the league as they have to throw over bigger lineman and defenders on every play. Matt Ryan might not be the shortest quarterback in the league but he displays great touch. Whether it is lofting over linebackers in the middle of the field to hit Gonzo or throwing it over the corner and safety to a streaking Julio Jones.


Decision Making – Our quarterback will be able to process decisions like the best in the business, Aaron Rodgers. Rodger’s is the best decision maker in the NFL, every quarterback in the league is going to throw a few interceptions but Aaron Rodgers has one of the best rates EVER! The specimen would be able to assess the situation and attack in the best way possible, hitting an open receiver and rarely being picked off for those negative points. A TD to INT ratio of 45:6 last season for Rodgers is amazing and it helps that last season this guy put up the BEST QB rating in a season of all time while also having the best QB rating for a career by almost 8 full points!


Presence – Presence is one of those things I can’t justify to you with numbers except for winning percentage, but the guy we will sample for this has a career winning percentage of 67.3, while not the best it certainly is right up there. Peyton Manning just has a commanding presence and you can tell by simply watching any game he has played in over the last ten years, he can make accurate checks at the line of scrimmage, demand respect from his teammates, and get more out of each and every one of them when they are on the field with him. This guy is a field general and he makes his presence felt so strongly that you can feel it resonate through your TV screen. With a presence like this no one will question our specimen about his disposition or leadership skills.


Balls – This guy is currently on a start streak of 137 games in the regular and post season, Eli Manning. He always seems to play well on the biggest stage, winning 2 Superbowl rings already and as the centerpiece of the Giants it is hard not to imagine him getting a few more. With the brass in between this guy’s legs we will be able to count on him being in the lineup every time the team takes the field, and no matter the score this guy will be in the game. If the team is down our quarterback will have the resiliency to fight and bring his team back. Eli already has 23 4th quarter comebacks and I am sure that no team wants to be up less than a touchdown in the fourth quarter with this guy at the helm. If nothing else, if our quarterback ever suffers a concussion no one will ever know because of Eli’s facial expressions already look concussed.


ToughnessBen Roethlisberger is one of the toughest dudes in the league, constantly getting slammed to the ground and consistently getting back up and leading his team into the endzone. The Steelers have always been known as the smash-mouth team around NFL circles and Big Ben is about as smash-mouth as you get from the Quarterback position, when you picture a blue collar grinder that plays the quarterback position is there anyone else you can think of then Roesthlisberger. His toughness always stands out when you watch Steelers games and his team looks like they will battle with him through anything.


Bravado – Finally our quarterback will have the bravado of Tom Brady. He will have so much swagger it’s contagious, making those around him feel up to the cause. His Bravado will be a blend of balls, toughness, presence, leadership, and probably some sweet endorsement deals, sorry Dodge Dart BMW’s only for this guy, to make him the baddest man on the planet.


There you have it the makings of a perfect fantasy QB, the speed of Mike Vick, athleticism of RG3, the size of Cam Newton, the arm strength of Jay Cutler, the accuracy of Drew Brees, the touch of Matt Ryan, the decision making of Aaron Rodgers, the presence of Peyton Manning, the balls of Eli Manning, the toughness of Big Ben, and finally the bravado of Tom Brady.


A projected stat line for the man, the myth, the legend: 440 completions, 600 attempts, for 5,500 yards 52 Touchdowns to 8 Interceptions. 125 rushes 1,000 yards and 16 Touchdowns and 4 fumbles lost.Total Fantasy Points: 600 Fantasy Points. Fantasy Points per Game: 37.5


To make best use out of this guy we will have to put him in a talented offense, so why not the Atlanta Falcons, here is what they possess a solid offensive line, a run game boosted by our QB’s rushing prowess, two great receivers, a great tight end and an underrated slot guy, with our QB at the helm this would be amazing to watch.



by: Stagg Party