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January 19, 2018
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Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.


12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.


12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.


12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.


12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.


12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.


12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.


12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.


12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.


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

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.


12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Pickups After Week 10 - Waiver Wire

Pickups After Week 10 - Waiver Wire

Posted by d-Rx on 11/13/12

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 Pickups After Week 10

 

 

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Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks

 

Seems like we continually put Russell on this list, but he's still available in a lot of leagues out there. In the past 5 games this rookie has 10 TDs and 2 interceptions, pretty solid! Let's compare that to the rookie QB that everyone is going gaga over, Andrew Luck, who in his past 5 games has 3 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions. Luck has rushed for 4 TDs and had a 400 yard passing game over that span, which obviously boosts his stock, but passing-wise, Wilson is scoring through the air more than the NFL's #1 overall pick. On the season Wilson has 1 more TD that Andrew does, 15 passing TDs compaired to Luck's 10 passing TDs and 5 rushing TDs. Luck is a fantasy starter in 10 team leagues, maybe it's time to start considering Wilson as a guy you can start if you don't have a stud at the position, or have been hit by an injury (Big Ben owners).

 

 

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Colin Keapernick - QB - San Francisco 49ers

 

All signs point to Alex Smith playing against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. He's been a healthy QB, at least no head injury concerns the team has to worry about, I bet he plays. Which would make Colin K a wasted pickup... but if you have a deep bench, it's worth considering, because if Alex is out or gets labeled again, Colin is a prime fantasy football point machine because he can run so well. He has shown he's an explosive playmaker when under center, usually using his feet. He's an athletic specimen at 6'4" runs faster than Cam Newton (he has 3 TDs runs this season in super-limited action) and has some great playmakers around him. Deep sleeper pick still!

 

 

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Jake Locker - QB - Tennessee Titans

 

He didn't have a great game, but he's back! You know we like what this kid can do fantasy-wise, mostly because in standard scoring leagues he can provide points on the ground and has great receivers. While I must mention that he has zero TDs this year on the ground, we expect that to change this week… if he's available on your waiver wire and you need some depth at QB - this is the kind of player that can be your starting QB down the stretch if you don't have one of the horses or injury strikes your squad! Lot's of people dropped him when he got injured last, take a look.

 

 

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Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles

 

We've been singing this kid's praises for about weeks now. Mike was getting injured on every play… and now he actually has a "significant head injury", on a season that is a re-do for the franchise anyway. Add to that a contract that will not be played out by Vick, and fantasy football fans, welcome to the future - Nick Folk is going to be the starting QB for the Eagles for the rest of the year.

 

 

Marcel Reece - RB - Oakland Raiders

 

Looks like Mr. Injury Prone is back on the mend again for a while. Man he just can't stay healthy... Mike Goodson is not going to play this week either. Taiwan Jones is too small, so that leaves Marcel Reece as the RB most like to get fantasy points on an Oakland team that put the points on the board weekly. Good thing is Reece is more of the passing attack back, which is perfect, because no matter what with that Raiders defense being so pourous they will be behind and passing the ball.

 

 

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Chris Ivory - RB - New Orleans Saints

 

Did you see that 56 yard run by #29 last weekend? It was off the charts. Not sure how much longer Mark Ingram can keep getting the carries, Ivory has shown time and after time that he's a better runner than the Heisman Trophy winner. Remember that Ivory was signed a few weeks ago, and has a TD in each of the two weeks he's played on his old team. I really like the upside of this pickup.

 

 

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Danny Amendola - WR - St. Louis Rams

 

Danny boy hadn't played football in 5 weeks, but he's definitely back on his pass catching grind and the no brainer choice for a scantron test question asking who Sam Bradford's favorite target is. He posted 11 catches on 12 targets and had 102 yards this week, and that was against the best defense in the league. If he's available, especially in PPR (which would be amazing if he still is), then grab him. Crazy stat is that in 3 years in the league, the little white fella only has 6 TDs, so he's not that type of fantasy point scorer, just know that if you are in a TD heavy league - he's not that great.

 

 

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Golden Tate - WR - Seattle Seahawks

 

He does't have a 100 yard game yet this year, and only has 26 catches on the season, but he does have 3 TDs in the past 2 games (real TDs, not that Green Bay game type of TD). This makes him a wideout worth looking at. I know that Golden "Donut" Tate and Russell Wilson are good buddies of the field, so maybe that whole Romo/Witten thing starts happening in 12th man territory.

 

 

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Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers

 

Greg has been fairly consistent this season, marginal, but consistant. To land on this list yet again, it's really his targets (19) and catches (14) over the past 2 weeks that has us believing the ex-Bear may have a really nice second half of the season at a position a lot of teams are looking for points. 

 

 

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Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers

 

With Antonio being week-to-week with a mild ankle sprain, Emmanuel Sanders will get the start and most of the targets left behind. He had 7 targets this week, but was only able to haul in 2 of them. With Big Ben getting hurt it it's hard to say whether that hurts or helps his chances to put up serviceable fantasy points from Byron Leftwich. Sanders only has 1 TD on the season, so keep your expectations low regardless. This team is in a grey zone at the moment, eeking out a low scoring voctory over the worst team in the league in the Chiefs.

 

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Mohamed Sanu - WR - Cinncinati Bengals

 

Mohamed had his first TD catch as a pro on Sunday (he threw one earlier in the season to A.J.), and was drafted in the 3rd round of April's draft to be the Bengals WR2 alongside A.J. Green, but 9 catches on 12 targets is all he's shown thus far on the year. We put him on the list I suppose in the hopes that he totally turns it on down the stretch, but don't expect much from this rookie from Rutgers. 

 

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Riley Cooper - WR - Philadelphia Eagles

 

I like Damarius Johnson better as a sneaky pickup in the Eagles situation, but Riley is a big target in the Eric Decker mould that has been playing catch with Nick Foles with the second team for months. He could breakout! Stranger things have happened.

 

 

Damaris Johnson - WR - Philadelphia Eagles

 

Maclin out, Avant out, a fellow second teamer in Nick Foles in at QB, this kid could put up a nice few games in a row here. What do the Eagles have to lose?

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS PICKUP PIECES FROM THIS SEASON... SOME GUYS ARE STILL AVAILABLE:


 

Read our Pickups after Week 9:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-9-waiver-wire

 

Read our Pickups after Week 8:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-8-waiver-wire 

 

Read our Pickups after Week 7:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-7-waiver-wire 

 

Read our Pickups after Week 6:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-6-waiver-wire 

 

Read our Pickups after Week 4: 

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-4-waiver-wire

 

Read our Pickups after Week 3:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-drops-after-week-3-waiver-wire

  

Read our Pickups after Week 2:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-drops-week-2-waiver-wire 

 

Read our Pickups after Week 1:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/2012-fantasy-football-pickups-drops-after-week-1 


 

 

by d-Rx®