Week 15
December 15, 2017


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Nick Foles

Kansas City Chiefs

Not Skipping a Beat

Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Oakland defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.

12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

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Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS

Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.

12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square

Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.

12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol

Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.

12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

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Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.

12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

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Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return

Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.

12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

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Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap

Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.

12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

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Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week

Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.

12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

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Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere

Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.

12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

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Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time

Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.

12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

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Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman

Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.

12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com

Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake

Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.

12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

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Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle

Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.

12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

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Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up

Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.

12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

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Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

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Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

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Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors

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

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

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

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Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family

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

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

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

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Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity

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

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

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

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Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet

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

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

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

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Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder

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

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

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

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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