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Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Henry Begins Take-Over


Derrick Henry is expected to get a "significant workload" regardless of whether or not DeMarco Murray (questionable, hamstring) plays against the Seahawks in Week 3. Murray did get in a limited practice session on Friday, but even if he is active Henry out-touched him 14-10 in last week's win over the Jags while racking up a career-high 92 rushing yards.

Fantasy Goo: It's not a great match-up for Henry against Seattle, but his workload should be enough to consider starting him in all formats. If Murray is out Henry becomes a solid lock-it-in starter, that’s why he was going in the single-digit rounds in most drafts. If you have lazy owners in your league offer a trade for Henry and try to sell Murray while you have a chance.


09/22/17, 07:27 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Green Bay Packers

Targets Up for Grabs


Randall Cobb (chest) is listed as doubtful for Week 3 against the Bengals.
This should move Jordy Nelson into the slot with Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams as the Packers' outside receivers versus Cincinnati. Despite the Questionable tag, Nelson is fully expected to play against the Bengals after missing almost all of Week 2 with what he deemed a "charley horse." We can consider Cobb as "week to week."

Fantasy Goo: With the Packers target leader Randall Cobb (shoulder) listed as doubtful, Nelson should be locked and loaded into fantasy lineups as a WR1. Many DFS analysts are also eyeing Adams for a break-out game and I’ve seen Allison being scooped up in several dynasty/deep roster leagues.


09/22/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

Pats Injury Report Always a Long List


Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Week 3 against the Texans. Chris Hogan (knee) and Amendola are questionable. Hogan was limited by a knee injury at practice this week but his status for Sunday has never been in doubt.

Fantasy Goo: Looks like Gillislee and Hogan should be solid plays this week. With Burkhead out both are in line to benefit greatly, Amendola could cut into Hogan just enough to knock him out of flex range though if he ends up playing.


09/22/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys

At Least Two More Weeks of Zeke


The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set a date for a hearing in the Zeke Elliott case: Oct. 2.
It will be two weeks before the court of appeals even hears the arguments from both sides. This thing could certainly get strung out and the suspension could come next season.

Fantasy Goo: If you have him you’re going to have to ride this out all season. His schedule eases some after week 4 so if the court denies the plea from the NFL you are going to reap rewards that you expected when you drafted him. Something in my gut tells me that he will serve some sort of suspension this year though, either way you’ll never get fair value for him in a trade and my gut feeling could just be because I’m a Giants fan. I don’t get the sense that it’s worth handcuffing him at this point either, just because we can’t be sure who the handcuff is yet.


09/22/17, 06:26 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sam Bradford

Minnesota Vikings

Sam Bradford (knee) Out for Sunday


Sam Bradford‘s knee could be a real problem. The Vikings quarterback is not expected to play on Sunday. Bradford will get a second opinion on his left knee from Dr. James Andrews, on Friday. Whenever I hear Dr. Andrews name red flags go up, because it always seems to mean more surgery, but Andrews has performed Bradford’s first two ACL surgeries, so he’s quite familiar with his medical history.

Fantasy Goo: Bradford being out is definitely a down-grade for Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph with Keenum throwing the rock. Theilen gets the largest drop, averaging 9 more PPR points per game with Bradford in.


09/21/17, 08:09 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jimmy Graham

Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham (ankle) DNP Thursday.


That makes it two missed practices in a row and he's shaping up to be very questionable for Week 3 against the Titans. The Seahawks have listed him on the injury report with an ankle injury, but the team did say he banged his knee in Week 2. If Graham can't play, Luke Wilson would likely fill in while the Seahawks run with more three-wide sets.

Fantasy Goo: Whenever Graham is out you have to look for Tyler Locket to get more targets. It’s only a five game sample, but Lockett averages six more PPR points per game with Graham out.Pete Carroll came out Friday and said Graham, listed as questionable, should be fine for Sunday.


09/21/17, 07:37 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Johnson Back for Arizona


Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Chris Johnson's carries to increase in Week 3. Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 44 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts, out-playing Kerwynn Williams. It appears as though he is ready to run with starting duties during David Johnson's absence.

Fantasy Goo: We shouldn't expect more than an RB3 production, but he is worth scooping up in leagues where he remains un-owned (admittedly, probably not many). I’m looking to make some trades to clear roster space and grab him, bye weeks will be coming soon and he could end up with 15-20 carries some weeks.


09/21/17, 06:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com


Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes


Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.


09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble


Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.


09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job


The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.


09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"


Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.


09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In


Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay


A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears


Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.


09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.


09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.


09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.


09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.


09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2


With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.


09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons


Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.


09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pickups After Week 10 - Waiver Wire

Pickups After Week 10 - Waiver Wire

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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®