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December 16, 2017
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Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade


Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.


12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com


Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business


The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.


12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo


Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.


12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload


Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.


12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com


Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention


Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.


12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It


The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.


12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action


Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.


12/15/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's


Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).


12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!


Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.


12/15/17, 05:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear


Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.


12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

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 Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

Fantasy Football Playoff Player Rankings - Week 1

Fantasy Football Playoff Player Rankings - Week 1

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2012 Fantasy Football Playoff Player Rankings

 

 

 

Player Rankings – Playoffs Week 1

 

Cincinnati @ Houston – Saturday, Jan. 5th – 4:30pm ET

Minnesota @ Green Bay – Saturday, Jan. 5th – 8:00pm ET

Indianapolis @ Baltimore – Sunday, Jan. 6th – 1:00pm ET

Seattle @ Washington – Sunday, Jan. 6th – 4:30pm ET

 

 

 

Quarterbacks

(Updated:  Thursday, Jan. 3 - 1:57PM CT)


 

Aaron Rodgers - Pyro Character  Russell Wilson - Pyro Character  Joe Flacco - Pyro Character  Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character  Andrew Luck - Pyro Character  Andy Dalton - Pyro Character  Matt Schaub - Pyro Character  Christian Ponder - Pyro Character

 

 

1.         Aaron Rodgers (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Aaron Rodgers averaged 325.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in the two games he faced off against the Vikings this season. Being the playoffs, however, this is the only game that counts, and Rodgers knows what to do when it counts. In six career playoff matches, Rodgers has averaged 296.8 yards and three total TDs per game, so with the Vikings maybe owning the worst defense in the 2012 post-season, you have to think Aaron puts up some big numbers here. Having a full complement of wide receivers to throw to certainly doesn’t hurt.


2.         Russell Wilson (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) Where would the Seahawks be without their rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson. The guy has been amazing during the second half of the season putting up 20 total touchdowns (just two interceptions) and a 7-1 record over the last eight games and actually climbed into the top ten fantasy QBs by season’s end. Against a mediocre Washington D, he should be good for at least one more game.


3.         Joe Flacco (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) He’s not flashy by any means, but Joseph Vincent Flacco gets the job done. He’s been to the playoffs every year since entering the league back in 2008 and though he’s only had a few good fantasy games in the post-season, this one should be added to the list. His statistics at home are far better than when he is away, as evidenced by his 18 total touchdowns in Baltimore versus just seven on the road. Indy can be beat both through the air and on the ground, though I expect the Colts to stack the line against Ray Rice so Flacco should have plenty of room to throw the ball.


4.         Robert Griffin III (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – The Redskins are going to need Griffin to step up in a big way if they want to beat the Seahawks this Sunday. His poise should be up to the challenge, though the overall fantasy numbers may lack a bit. Seattle takes care of the quarterback position as well as any defense in the league, but Griffin’s athleticism should be able to squeak out some decent fantasy points by the end of this one. Just don’t expect a monster effort here. 


5.         Andrew Luck (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Of the three rookie quarterbacks who made it to the playoffs, it would be tough to pick which one had the best season, but I’d probably choose Andrew Luck in the end. After going 2-14 last season, Luck turned the franchise around almost on his own as he led the Colts to an 11-5 record while putting together six fourth-quarter comebacks along the way. However, I’m not sure he has enough to overcome a Ravens defense that not only allowed the second-fewest passing TDs in 2012, but will be returning their defensive leader, Ray Lewis, to its lineup this Sunday. Indy will need to pass a bunch to win this game, so Luck’s final fantasy stats should inflate to the mid-range zone by the final whistle. 


6.         Andy Dalton (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Andy Dalton is one of those quarterbacks where it doesn’t really matter if he’s at home or on the road as he pretty much puts up the same numbers no matter where he is. However, the Bengals themselves tend to win more when Dalton passes less, so don’t be surprised to see them try to control the clock with their running game. In games where their opponent ran the ball 25 times or more, the Houston Texans went 2-4, with those two wins coming against the Titans and Jaguars. I expect the Bengals coaching staff to know this.  


7.          Matt Schaub (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) Schaub has his good games and his bad, though his best games usually come at home. That being said, I’m still not expecting much out of him this Saturday as Count Chuckula finished off the regular season about as poor as you could imagine. After tossing up just one touchdown and three interceptions in his last four games combined (three Texans losses), it would be fair to say that opposing defenses figured out how to stop them, so my guess is that a top-notch Bengals pass D will do the same.


8.         Christian Ponder (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Ponder had a few nice fantasy games this season, but the fact is, he had just as many games where he threw for less than 160 yards as he did for 200 yards or more. He also averaged just 169.3 yards and less than one passing touchdown per game on the road this season. The Vikings know that their key to victory starts with Adrian Peterson, a formula I don’t expect them to abandon now.

 

 

 

Running Backs

(Updated:  Friday, Jan. 4 - 7:24PM CT)

 


Adrian Peterson - Pyro Character  Ray Rice - Pyro Character  Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character  Arian Foster - Pyro Character  Alfred Morris - Pyro Character  Vick Ballard - Pyro Character  BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Pyro Character  DuJuan Harris - Pyro Character  Bernard Pierce - Pyro Character  Ryan Grant - Pyro Character


 

1.         Adrian Peterson (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – The world runs through Purple Jesus when it comes to the Vikings’ offensive strategy, and considering where it’s gotten them, I see no reason to change it now. If AP doesn’t get upwards of 30 touches and 150 yards in this game, I’d be shocked to the bejesus.


2.         Ray Rice (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Ray Rice absolutely loves playing in Baltimore as he’s scored a touchdown in 14 of his last 18 regular season home games. However, the playoffs are a whole different story, though I expect the outcome to stay the same. In six career post-season games as a starter, Rice has put up four total touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 receiving) while averaging 108.7 total yards per game. Against probably the worst rush defense to make it to the playoffs, Rice should be able to out-perform each of these past numbers, even if the Colts decide to stack the box against him.


3.         Marshawn Lynch (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) “Fugly McSkittles” didn’t break down the way some thought he would over the course of 2012 and in fact, was a gem for fantasy owners down the stretch against the league’s toughest second-half schedule versus the rush. It doesn’t get any easier this Sunday with the Redskins top ten rush D on tap, but Lynch is as fearless of a runner as the NFL has to offer, so don’t expect his fantasy stats to suffer too much, if at all.


4.         Arian Foster (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – You can’t really say a guy was a bad fantasy player when he had more touchdowns than games played in a season, though I wouldn’t blame fantasy owners for feeling that way with the way Arian Foster performed in the last half of 2012. Is it possible the Texans overused him in the first half? Absolutely, but the bright side heading into the playoffs is that Foster has seen 20 or more touches in a game just once in the last five weeks, so he should be ready for a full load this Saturday. Look for Houston to do what they do best against the Bengals, which is to wear the defense down with one of the league’s best rushing attacks until inevitably; they finally break. 


5.         Alfred Morris (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – If Alfred Morris can keep the momentum going from what he did in that regular season finale against the Cowboys, not even the hard-nosed Seahawks defense will be able to contain him. Considering Seattle’s top tier pass D will be back working at full capacity this Sunday, the Redskins will need a big game from Morris anyway if they want to win this game. Washington has won seven games in a row now and in each one of them, Morris carried the ball 20 or more times. I expect the same strategy to be used here, though his final fantasy numbers will hinge on whether or not he can get into the end zone.


6.         BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) I have no doubt BenJarvus Green-Ellis did better this season than was expected, especially during a five-week stretch in the second half of the season when he put up four 100-yard games, three touchdowns and five straight double-digit fantasy performances. However, the Law Firm didn’t play in the Bengals Week 17 game after coming down with a hamstring injury in warm-ups, so he’s a bit on the cold side going into Saturday’s matchup with the Texans. That being said, he’s been practicing on a limited basis this week and should be fine come game-time. The formula to beat the Texans seems to be to run the ball at least 25 times in the game, so if he’s healthy enough to take it on, I anticipate a heavy workload for Green-Ellis. 


7.         Vick Ballard (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Vick Ballard has been phenomenal of late putting up four double-digit fantasy performances in the last five weeks, including the first 100-yard game of his career. Baltimore hasn’t been the same run-stuffing machine they have been over the last decade or so, but despite Ballard’s recent hot streak, the return of Ray Lewis should have the defense amped up enough to slow down the Colts running game. If Andrew Luck and the Colts can keep the game close, Ballard will have a chance at another double-digit fantasy game. If not, then it’s doubtful he sees the ball enough to make a major impact.


8.         DuJuan Harris (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) The undrafted kid out of Troy University is hardly the second coming of anything, but he’s looked pretty darn special playing within the Packers high-flying offense over the last couple of weeks—at least as good as any other Packers running back this season. His dwarfish stature makes him a tough target to get a bead on, especially since the Vikings should be worrying more about what Rodgers and his all-star receiving corps will be doing. I’m not expecting big numbers here by any means, but he could sneak up and give you more than 50 total yards.


9.         Bernard Pierce (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Pierce has done really well in a backup roll this season and proved his worth with 212 rushing yards over the Ravens last two games. However, he’s still a backup—and a rookie one at that—so don’t more than eight touches with this being a win-or-go-home game.


10.       Ryan Grant (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Being a veteran with playoff experience who obviously knows the Packers system, Grant could have the inside track to leading the Green Bay backfield in touches and snaps this Saturday night. The big question, however, is whether or not he still has the skills to do any fantasy damage with the opportunity. I wouldn’t be shocked to see 50-60 total yards out of him, but I’d be even less shocked to see 20-30.

 

11.       Cedric Peerman (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Here are a couple of things you might not know about Cedric Peerman. First, he’s one of the fastest running backs in the NFL and was once clocked at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Second, he’s an ordained minister. With the Houston Texans being possibly the best run-stuffing team in the NFL (unfortunately for Green-Ellis), the Bengals might do well to run outside a bit using a kid with both speed and God on his side.


12.       Ben Tate (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Injuries aside, I expected more from Ben Tate this season. His future is still bright and he may even become the Texans lead back some day, but as for this weekend, I don’t expect to see him spell Foster for more than five to eight carries.


13.       Alex Green (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Alex Green doesn’t have the same shiftiness as DuJuan Harris or the steady, veteran savvy of a Ryan Grant, but he could still make an impact in this game if he happen to get the hot hand at some point. The Packers use a full-out “hot hand” approach when it comes to their backfield, so it’s entirely possible for Green to come up with double-digit touches in this one. If so, he will end up with top ten fantasy numbers for the week.


14.       Delone Carter (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) – Delone Carter needs to be accounted for simply because of his goal line capabilities. He hasn’t played in almost a month due to an ankle injury, but if the Colts get down inside the three-yard line, Carter should resume his role as the short-yardage touchdown-maker.


15.       Robert Turbin (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – Turbin has played well enough in a backup role this season to earn a few looks this weekend, but when it comes to the playoffs, it’s hard for a coaching staff to trust a rookie with anything more than that.


16.       Toby Gerhart (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Gerhart gives it everything he’s got whenever he touches the ball, but he won’t be pettin’ pigskin more than just a couple of times in this one. His only chance at making an impact here is if Peterson gets tired from a 60-plus yard run and Gerhart comes in to vulture a TD from a couple of yards out.


17.       Evan Royster (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – If the Redskins get behind by more than a touchdown at some point, Royster could see a couple of targets out of the backfield and maybe a draw play or two. Even then, his impact would be negligible unless he happens to vulture a TD somehow.


18.       Brian Leonard (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Leonard has one touchdown in his six-year career and put up more than three fantasy points just once the entire season—in Week 17 when the Bengals sat Green-Ellis for the game. With the Law Firm back and Cedric Peerman also ready to go, Leonard’s chance of doing anything of significance is slim to none.


19.       John Kuhn (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Kuhn hasn’t seen nearly the same love this season as he has in the past, but he still catches a few balls out of the backfield and will always be a threat to punch it in on the goal line.


20.       Leon Washington (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – Washington is really only being mentioned here on the slight chance he takes one of his rare rushing attempts or punt/kickoff returns to the house.


21.       Justin Forsett (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – The only way I see Forsett getting any play in this one is if Foster or Tate go down to injury.


22.       Mewelde Moore (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) – With Delone Carter returning from his ankle injury, I doubt Moore even gets in the game. Maybe he’ll catch a pass for a few yards, but that’s about it.


 

 

Wide Receivers

(Updated:  Friday, Jan. 4 - 9:18PM CT)

 

 

Andre Johnson - Pyro Character  Greg Jennings - Pyro Character  A.J. Green - Pyro Character  Torrey Smith - Pyro Character  Randall Cobb - Pyro Character  Jordy Nelson - Pyro Character  T.Y. Hilton - Pyro Character  Pierre Garcon - Pyro Character  Reggie Wayne - Pyro Character  Sidney Rice - Pyro Character

 

 

1.         Andre Johnson (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Old Man Johnson didn’t quite play his age this year, as it could easily be argued that despite his usual touchdown deficiency, Andre might very well have had the best season of his career in 2012. Cincinnati, however, has been one of the best at defending the pass all year long so ‘Dre will certainly have his work cut out for him this weekend. Last year when these two teams met in the first round of the playoffs, Johnson put up 90 yards and a touchdown on five catches (nine targets), numbers he may need to out-do if the Texans want to move on into the next round. I believe he will.


2.         Greg Jennings (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Sure is nice to see the old Greg Jennings back, isn’t Mr. Rodgers. The old Jennings, when healthy, is usually the quickest of the Packers outside receivers to get open. Basically what this means is that if the Vikings happen to go blitz-heavy again or if the Packers offensive line can’t hold their front four back, Jennings will likely see the most targets come his way. He’s also as sure-handed as they come, so he has the trust of Mr. Rodgers as well. I can’t promise another eight catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns again simply because Rodgers has too many other weapons at his disposal. However, I can tell you that Jennings has nine touchdowns in his last seven games against the Vikings, so at least one score looks pretty darn likely. 


3.         A.J. Green (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – For quite a while there, A.J. Green was the gold standard to which all other fantasy wide receivers were compared. He was targeted a ton, made plenty of catches, had 100-yard games and my ohhhhh my, those weekly touchdowns. Recently, however, things haven’t been the same with Green putting up one just 100-yard and one touchdown over the final five weeks of the season. Still, the 6’4” receiver is a caged beast who could explode at any moment—especially on the road where he averaged 106.8 yards while catching six of his 11 TDs this season. Houston’s pass defense isn’t nearly as dominant as it was last season, so even though I expect Green to be double- and sometimes triple-teamed, he should still pull through with some nice numbers this playoff weekend.  


4.         Torrey Smith (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Torrey Smith is one of the biggest feast-or-famine fantasy receivers in the game today, but when he does decide to roll up his sleeves and slap on the bib, it’s usually at home against a bottom tier pass defense. The Indianapolis Colts pass D is exactly that, especially when it comes to their coverage of opposing WR1s. Not only did they allow the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, but they also gave up 17 double-digit performances with 10 of them going for over 14 points. Basically, the Colts have a tendency to allow the big game, and Torrey Smith just loves these all-you-can-eat buffets. 


5.         Randall Cobb (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET)Randall Cobb wasn’t able to play against the Vikings last weekend due to ankle and knee injuries, but it looks like he’ll be 100 percent for the game this Saturday, which is bad news for the Vikings secondary. Minnesota had trouble with slot-type receivers all year long and Cobb might just be the best of the bunch. In their first matchup back in Week 13, Randall caught all six of his targets for 64 yards, though I could easily see more balls thrown his way this time around. When Rodgers really wants to get down to business, he can work those high-percentage throws with the best that ever played, and Cobb is definitely the highest percentage toss on the field catching an astounding 80 of his 104 targets this season.  


6.         Jordy Nelson (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Jordy Nelson’s big-play ability measures up to some of the best in the game, but strange as it is to say, within this Packer offense, he’s a bit of an afterthought… with an oomph. A 6’3” speed-demon of an afterthought, of course, but the point is that he doesn’t see enough targets to be ranked higher than this. I don’t even know if you could consider him second fiddle on the team with Greg Jennings and Randall Cobb back healthy, but one thing is for sure—Nelson has as much of a chance as anybody to put up a monster game this weekend.


7.         T.Y. Hilton (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Make no mistake about it, T.Y. Hilton has been the best fantasy receiver, if not overall receiver on the Colts since just before the midway point of the 2012 season. He may not get as many targets or catch as many passes as Reggie Wayne, but because Wayne gets most of the attention from opposing defenses, Hilton has been able to make more big plays and catch more touchdowns than Reggie. I expect the Ravens to do what most defenses have done and try to take Wayne out of the equation this Sunday and if that happens, Hilton will be the Colts receiver you want on your fantasy team this weekend.


8.         Pierre Garcon (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) With Brandon Browner’s suspension in the rearview mirror, Seattle will have both of their top corners back in the lineup this weekend, so it won’t be easy for Pierre Garcon to put up big numbers this weekend. However, Garcon is one of the best at getting open when given the time to do so, even against the league’s top cornerbacks, and I have no doubt Robert Griffin will find him the time this weekend. A big play or two, which I believe he will make, is all it will take for Pierre to come up with top ten fantasy numbers on Sunday.


9.         Reggie Wayne (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)Reggie still ended up with the second most targets in the league, but most every other statistic fell off for Wayne in the second half of the season, though it’s hardly his fault as to why. Opposing defenses decided that throwing double-coverage on Wayne would be the best way to slow the Colts offense down, so even though he’s still one of the best in the league at age 34, he can’t beat two guys on every play. He’ll still get his targets regardless this Sunday and will likely put up pretty good numbers, but he rarely catches touchdowns away from home, so don’t expect too much here.


10.       Sidney Rice (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) Seattle won’t stray from being a run-first team this Sunday, but considering how bad the Redskins defense was against the pass all season, it will be tough not to let Russell Wilson toss the pill around a little more than usual. If that happens, Rice will be the one seeing most of the targets seeing how he’s easily the most talented receiver on the roster. Sidney also caught more than twice as many passes on the road this year, so if the Redskins happen to get up on the ‘Hawks in this game, look for Rice to get involved early.


11.       Anquan Boldin (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Anquan Boldin isn’t the same stud he used to be, but he’s still a pretty powerful force out there going for 78 or more yards in almost half of his games this season (7 out of 15 games). ‘Quan also came up with double-digit fantasy performances in each of the Ravens two playoff games last year, so it certainly wouldn’t be a shock to see him pull through with some top ten numbers this Sunday.


12.       James Jones (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Lest it be forgotten, I feel compelled to recapitulate how hard Aaron Rodgers lobbied for the Packers to re-sign James Jones this past summer. Rodgers even went so far as to say that “We don't win the Super Bowl without him and we need him.” Though Jones may be stuck as the team’s WR4 now that Jennings, Cobb and Nelson are all healthy, it should not go unnoticed that Jones led the team this year with 14 touchdowns while also placing second in receptions (64), targets (98) and yards (784). In addition, he gained the trust of Rodgers by ridding himself of the “dropsies”, so fourth receiver or not, he still has as good a shot as any to catch a touchdown this Saturday.


13.       Golden Tate (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET) It wouldn’t bowl me over in the slightest to see Golden Tate come up with a big game instead of Sidney Rice this Sunday. Actually, with the porous secondary the Redskins throw out there each week, there’s no reason why both receivers can’t have good games. Their numbers are nearly identical and might be precisely identical had Tate not missed the first game of the season with a knee injury. If I had to pick one, I’d probably go with Rice, but you say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to.


14.       Santana Moss (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)  Holy cow, am I reading this correctly? Santana Moss tied for 12th in the league with eight touchdowns on the seasons? I guess the 33 year old had a little more left than I thought he did. He’s also one of just three receivers in the top 50 to have more touchdowns than fantasy points per game (6.5; James Jones, 14 and 10.8; Eric Decker, 13 and 11.5). Seattle didn’t allow many passing touchdowns this season, but when they did, they almost exclusively went to slot receivers like Moss.


15.       Jarius Wright (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Jarius could, and probably should see the bulk of the wide receiver targets this Saturday after putting up his best fantasy game of the year against the Packers last weekend. However, targets don’t necessarily turn into much of anything in this Minnesota offense, but you never know. The Vikings may have to turn to the pass if Green Bay gets out to an early lead, so Wright could end up with some pretty good numbers by the time this one’s over.


16.       Donnie Avery (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)


17.       Marvin Jones (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)


18.       Doug Baldwin (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)


19.       Jacoby Jones (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)


20.       Michael Jenkins (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET)


21.       Andrew Hawkins (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)


22.       Kevin Walter (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)


23.       Jerome Simpson (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET)


24.       Josh Morgan (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)


25.       DeVier Posey (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)


26.       Leonard Hankerson (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)


27.       LaVon Brazill (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)


28.       Donald Driver (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) 


29.       Keshawn Martin (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) 


30.       Brandon Tate (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)


31.       Lestar Jean (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)


32.       Aldrick Robinson (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)

 

 

 

Tight Ends

(Updated:  Friday, Jan. 4 - 1:03PM CT)

 

 

Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character  Jermichael Finley - Pyro Character  Jermaine Gresham - Pyro Character  Kyle Rudolph - Pyro Character  Owen Daniels - Pyro Character

 

 

1.         Dennis Pitta (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET) Dennis Pitta may not be the end-all be-all of tight ends, but he sure has been looking good since the Ravens got rid of offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. In fact, he’s been a top-five fantasy player over the last eight weeks, so you at least have to like his consistency. The Colts are usually very good at defending tight ends and don’t often give up big fantasy points to the position, but the top players can do some damage against them, so we’ll see if Pitta is up to the task. If Baltimore runs a bit of the no-huddle offense at them on Sunday, his chances to do so will go up.


2.         Jermichael Finley (vs. Min; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) People can say what they want about Jermichael Finley—and it might very well be deserved (he really has been an ass)—but in this last half of the Packers 2012 season, the guy has come through. Finley has now put up five or more catches for 60-plus yards in four of his last five games, and while the touchdowns haven’t quite been there, he’s certainly due to get in the end zone sooner than later. In two games with Minnesota this season, Jermichael has averaged eight targets, seven catches, and 66 yards a game. Combine those lofty numbers with the amount Green Bay will be passing the ball this Saturday, and suddenly Finley looks like a real good fantasy play, doesn’t he?


3.         Jermaine Gresham (at Hou; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) Jermaine Gresham’s overall play this year has inched him into the top ten fantasy discussion heading into next season, though for myself, I’m still not completely convinced. He has most of you could ever want in a tight end, but a trend I’m finding to be quite bothersome so far in his career is his poor play down the stretch of a season, particularly over his team’s last five games. It’s as if his body never got past playing the shortened college schedule. Be that as it may, Gresham has a great matchup this playoff weekend going up against a Texans defense that allowed the most touchdowns and fourth most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Cinci will need him to step up if they want to win this game, so hopefully Jermaine can step it up for them. 


4.         Kyle Rudolph (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET) Kyle Rudolph is no model of consistency, but his red zone play and super-glue hands give him as good a chance to score as any tight end in the league. Period. Last week against the Pack, Rudolph put up a stinker catching just two passes for a measly 20 yards. However, up in Green Bay back in Week 13, Kyle caught six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown—numbers any guy would love to have on their fantasy team this week. It’s tough to predict which Rudolph you’re going to get, seeing how he plays equally both on the road or at home and against good teams or bad, but that’s a chance you have to take when the talent pool is this thin.


5.         Owen Daniels (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – Owen Daniels has hit the skids as of late averaging just three catches for 32.2 yards with NO touchdowns over the last five weeks of the season. Some of it can be attributed to nagging injuries taking their toll, but the Texans offense as a whole hasn’t played very well either, and you can’t blame it all on Owen. Cincinnati can be had for a decent amount of catches and yardage, but a tight end hasn’t scored on them since Week 9, so don’t expect a slumping Daniels to suddenly pull a 180 here.


6.         Zach Miller (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)


7.         Logan Paulsen (vs. Sea; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)


8.         Dwayne Allen (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)


9.         Anthony McCoy (at Was; Sunday, 4:30pm ET)


10.       James Casey (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)


11.       Coby Fleener (at Bal; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)


12.       Garrett Graham (vs. Cin; Saturday, 4:30pm ET)


13.       Ed Dickson (vs. Ind; Sunday, 1:00pm ET)


14.       John Carlson (@ GB; Saturday, 8:00pm ET)

 

 

 

 

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