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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

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

 

 

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