May 27, 2018


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Designing The Perfect Fantasy Running Back

Designing The Perfect Fantasy Running Back

Posted by d-Rx on 12/12/12

by   The Archer


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Designing the Perfect Fantasy Running Back

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.  Here we are, back at the lab again for another experiment in genetic engineering this time to design the perfect fantasy running back.

The running back mutation will be built on 10 different criteria blended together to make the perfect player at the position.  These 10 genetic mutations are: Size, Speed, Vision, Hands, Elusiveness, Touchdown Prowess, Open Field Ability, Will, Versatility, and Ball Security. He will also be surrounded with an offensive line 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.  


Size – There are many different opinions on the perfect size for a running back, whether it be a short thick bowling ball like Maurice Jones Drew (5’8” 215 pounds) or a Scat back the size of C.J. Spiller (5’11” 200 pounds), it all depends on the scheme that the offense will typically run. No matter the scheme I know there is one guy every team would love to have on their team and that is Adrian Peterson. His size is remarkable at 6’1” 220 pounds, he is as big as some linebackers and no one wants to meet him one on one in the hole. Peterson isn’t the battering ram of Brandon Jacobs but at his size he can do all things well and that is why he is the perfect candidate to start with. 


Speed – Speed is relative when it comes to running backs at the NFL level. You can be one of the fastest to ever wear a jersey, but that will not make you the most effective. You must use your speed to your advantage and once there is space you must explode through the hole. Chris Johnson is one of the fastest players in the NFL without a doubt and the fact that he has a 2,000 yard rushing season under his belt shows that he can use his speed effectively. Johnson is so fast he ran a 4.24 forty at the NFL combine and absolutely wowed scouts, jumping himself to be selected in the first round. Chris Johnson can absolutely fly down the sideline and might have the best straight-line speed of anyone not named Usain Bolt. If you ask Johnson however he believes he could beat bolt in the forty.


Vision – Vision is an underrated aspect of a running backs game, but without it even the top guys would fail to average 4 yards a carry. A running play is always designed to hit one gap, offenses and defenses both know this, sometimes it is executed to perfection opening a seem any running back could go through. Other times the main hole is filled but a cutback lane is wide open, those with great vision find this lane and explode through it. Matt Forte isn’t the fastest or most elusive back in the league but he has great vision and finds seams in the defense. Forte can see a hole two lineman over, make a move and explode through the hole. Forte’s vision makes him fun to watch as he can consistently gash defenses for 10 yard chunks. With an offensive line as bad as the Bears it is a must for a back to have good vision, without it 2 yard gains would be the norm.  


Hands – Having good hands for a running back just used to be an added bonus for some of the best running backs in the league now it is a must in today’s pass heavy NFL. Ray Rice has a great set of hands for a running back in the NFL and constantly seems to be catching 70 passes year after year. His 70 catches would make for an adequate third receiver but this is on top of what he does running the ball, not to mention that he averages 10 yards a catch and add in a few scores in it is hard not to love the receiving element Rice’s hands bring to our players game. In today’s NFL it is super important for a back to be not only able to catch passes but to gain yardage after the catch. Last season there were 12 backs with over 400 yards receiving and as this league becomes ever more skewed toward the pass we can only expect this number to rise in future seasons.  


Elusiveness - Elusiveness is a big part of an NFL backs game; it is something that allows them to turn a 5 yard run into a 64 yard score. Most scat back types in the NFL are very elusive constantly breaking defenders ankles. C.J. Spiller is one of the most elusive runners in the game with quick hips and ability to shift his hips and leave defenders in the dust. CJ’s ability to make moves make him effective in tight areas, slide through small holes, and explode for long gainers. Most of the truly elusive backs in the NFL are used as change of pace backs as their size has been questioned as their ability to carry a full load of carries, given the chance I have no doubt in my mind that he could be a 25+ touch a game type of back because his elusiveness will keep him from being hit.  Spiller is currently 2nd in the league with 10 runs for 20 yards or more, while being slowed by injury, trailing only Adrian Peterson.  


Touchdown Prowess – One of the biggest things NFL backs are asked to do is find the endzone when the team is in the red-zone, some vultures (Tommy Vardell Brandon Jacobs, Michael Bush, and Mike Tolbert just to name a few) have made an NFL and fantasy career out of being able to do just that. There are a few runners today that have a knack for finding the endzone, but the best candidate to harvest would have to be Arian Foster. In his 43 career games he has scored 44 total touchdowns, hard to complain about a running back that is going to score once a game. Arian Foster is a threat to score from anywhere on the field but he excels at punching it in within the five yard line. Scores are always a big if for players today, but with Arian they are almost guaranteed, which makes him the most sought after commodity in Fantasy today.  


Open Field Ability – A back who is deadly out in space is a great resource because he can score from anywhere on the field. Whether it is a handoff, a screen, or a simple dump off, no one wants to see a guy like Jamaal Charles sprinting towards them. Charles has an array of moves that can leave defenders in the dust. He can use speed, jukes, spin, stiff arms and other moves to take it to the house and that is a great thing. You can check your stats all game long and then suddenly you see one rush for 80 yards and a TD, that is a good day for most backs but guys who can do it on one carry in this league are truly special.  


Will Power – There are some running backs out there that just refuse to be denied, whether it is fighting for an extra yard or leaving his body exposed to try and get in the endzone. Maurice Jones-Drew has always been doubted as a running back because he is no taller than I (5’6”) and this is an impressive feat in itself, and yet he uses this as motivation. This guy has been under-recruited, under-drafted, and under-paid for mush of his career and he just uses that as fire to keep the train that is MJD rolling through ball carriers. If I has to choose one ball carrier in the league to get me one yard, MJD would be my first choice because he will never quit fighting for it, and that is all one can ask for. The Jags offense is so atrocious that it feels like MJD must fight for every yard on every play or this team would be 3 and out every series. As they say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.   


Versatility - Sometimes versatile backs can get pigeonholed into being a 3rd down guy, a slot receiver or a return specialist, but versatility can be a huge asset when used properly. Reggie Bush is one of the most versatile backs out there when healthy. For starters, in a collegiate game against Fresno State he posted over 500 total yards, an absolutely insane number for someone other than a quarterback. In his rookie year, he was lined up in so many different spots and he caught 88 passes, which was top 10 in the league. Not to mention he has 4 career punt returns for touchdowns, and also had a 1,000 yard rushing season. With the NFL game ever evolving it is important that we can use our back in a multitude of roles including splitting him out side and letting him dominate those who try to cover him down the field. With the versatility of Reggie Bush our back would also be able to do anything we need him to do and play ever skill position on the field and special teams.  


Ball Security – The Lawfirm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis is the obvious choice for ball security. Before this season he had never fumbled once in his 4 year NFL career, this is unique as he has had 400+ carries over the last two seasons. Feature Backs are just prone to fumbling, even the best in the league through their careers average about 3 a season. The Lawfirm has three this season, but if you average those out, it is still 1 fumble every 20 games, a number any back in this league will gladly take. Ball security will be a huge asset to our back as he can be trusted for almost never giving it to the opposing defense, and with his array of skills we can’t get our back into the doghouse with fumbling issues.


Our experiment is now complete, we have just created the perfect fantasy running back by fusing the Size of Adrian Peterson, Speed of Chris Johnson, Vision of Matt Forte, Hands of Ray Rice, Elusiveness of C.J. Spiller, Touchdown Prowess of Arian Foster, Open Field Ability of Jamaal Charles, Will Power of Maurice Jones-Drew, Versatility of Reggie Bush, and the Ball Security of BenJarvus Green-Ellis.


To put our player in the best situation we will put him in a Rex Ryan offense, give him the workload of Trent Richardson, and line him up behind the zone blocking scheme of the Houston Texans offensive line. With a great back like ours Rex will allow him to run all day, with his ground and pound style. The workload will give him a great mix of running plays as well as opportunities in the passing game. The zone scheme of the Texans O-Line will open up holes for him to exploit.

A projected stat line: 350 Attempts for 2,200 Yards 20 Touchdowns. 100 catches for 800 yards and 10 Touchdowns. Total Fantasy Points: 480 Fantasy Points. Fantasy Points per Game: 30.0

Next Up: The Perfect Fantasy Receiver


by: Stagg Party