March 22, 2018


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Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.

03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.

03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.

03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.

03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”

03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.

03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
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
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


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


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


Pickups After Week 11 - Waiver Wire

Pickups After Week 11 - Waiver Wire

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Pickups After Week 11




Chad Henne - Pyro Character

Chad Henne – QB – JaguarsHenne stepped in for an injured Blaine Gabbert and was able to finally get Justin Blackmon involved in the offense to a huge degree. He finished the game with 354 yards, four TD passes, no interceptions and had the offense moving against a very tough Texans defense on the road. In my opinion, Henne just took the starting job from Gabbert which is a boon to the owners of WRs Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon.


Bryce Brown - Pyro Character

Bryce Brown – RB – EaglesLeSean McCoy was carted off the field with what was confirmed after the game to be a concussion. Bryce Brown would be the replacement for McCoy if he misses any time and from the looks of the hit, he will probably miss next week’s Monday night game. McCoy hasn’t really been able to get off behind this offensive line, so don’t expect a ton of production out of Brown; though Brown did have five carries for 35 yards in relief against the Redskins.


Ronnie Hillman - Pyro Character

Ronnie Hillman – RB – Broncos – When Willis McGahee left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter, Ronnie Hillman stepped in and saw the most playing time he had seen all season finishing the game with 43 yards on 12 carries while adding another 16 yards on two catches. With reports coming back that McGahee both tore his MCL and fractured a bone in his lower right leg, Hillman suddenly becomes a sure-fire starting fantasy running back, so there's no doubt he'll be one of the best pickups of the week. It is still unclear how much time McGahee will miss, but if it turns out to be 6-8 weeks, then Hillman needs to be grabbed and can be used as a regular RB2 in this dynamic Broncos offense.



Jalen Parmele – RB – JaguarsSupposedly the Jaguars coaching staff got sick of Rashad Jennings’ ineffective play (i.e. – his one touchdown and 2.86 YPC on 77 carries), so they decided to go with backup Jalen Parmele instead. My guess would be that Jennings’ failure had as much to do with the rest of the NFL being completely unafraid of QB Blaine Gabbert, but now we’ll never know. Parmele, however, will not have to deal with the same disrespect for his QB as Jennings because it looks like Chad Henne will take over under center for the time being. If the rest of the RBs on this list are already taken and you need a flex option for the next week or two until Maurice Jones-Drew comes back, Parmele wouldn’t be the worst guy you could pickup this week as the Jags next two opponents (Tennessee and Buffalo) happen to give up the first- and second-most fantasy points to running backs this season.


Marcel Reece – RB – RaidersIt may have been a massive, lopsided defeat for his team, but Reece certainly made an impression on Fantasy owners after his explosion on Sunday. Not only did Marcel finish the day with a game-high 103 yards rushing, but he also added a game-high 90 yards on four catches as well. Granted this was the Saints defense he was putting these numbers up against, but the only better option for a fantasy player to face out there just might be the Raiders, so he can look forward to doing that in practice this week. Either way, after a performance like that, Reece is going to continue to be utilized in this offense for the rest of the season.



LaRod Stephens-Howling – RB – CardinalsLSH was very impressive running against the Falcons, touching them up for a ripe 127 rushing yards plus a TD. The Falcons may not have a very good run defense, but LSH still showed he can be explosive with two long runs of 40 and 52 yards. The bummer about snagging him is that Beanie Wells is eligible to return next week, so LaRod is undoubtedly going to lose some carries, but I still believe he is going to be a part of the Cardinals plans in the backfield.


Danario Alexander – WR – ChargersAlexander backed up his big game in Week 10 with a seven-catch, 96-yard, and two-TD performance on Sunday.  DX has quickly become Philip Rivers’ favorite receiver and has seemingly become the biggest playmaker on the team – as was evident on his one-handed, 21-yard TD catch this week. With Alexander looking like he will continue to see love from Rivers the rest of the way, he’s definitely one of the best adds of the week... if he’s still available.


Justin Blackmon - Pyro Character

Justin Blackmon – WR – JaguarsBlackmon finally made his mark on both the NFL and Fantasy with his earth-shattering performance in Week 11. The first-round rookie finished the game with 236 yards on seven receptions (including an 81-yard TD catch) and showed more speed than anyone ever thought he had… and did it all with Chad Henne under center! As long as he’s been mentioned, I believe Henne will be the starter from here on out which would definitely make Blackmon worth taking a shot on; especially with the rapport and he and Henne displayed against the Texans.


Julian Edelman - Pyro Character

Julian Edelman – WR – PatriotsEdelman was all over the field in Week 11. He had five catches (on seven targets) for 58 yards and a TD as well as a 47-yard run and a 68-yard punt return for a TD on special teams. With TE Rob Gronkowski suffering a broken forearm in the game and likely to be out 4-6 weeks, I expect Edelman to have an increased role in the weeks ahead.


T.Y. Hilton - Pyro Character

T.Y. Hilton – WR – ColtsWe’ve been mentioning this guy most of the season and yet again, Hilton showed again why he’ll continue to be a big hit-or-miss candidate as he hit again on Sunday. The Colts little speedster out of Florida International ended up with six catches for 100 yards and two TD grabs of 14 and 43 yards this time and if his fellow rookie QB has anything to say about it, it won’t be his last big game. T.Y. is still going to be hit-or-miss, but he is developing a nice rapport with Andrew Luck right now and has the skills to be a home run hitter for your fantasy team down the stretch.


Garrett Graham – TE – TexansGraham had a breakout game on Sunday with eight catches for 82 yards and two TDs. In fact, this was an absolute explosion of a game in general as we saw Matt Schaub throw for 527 yards (tied for second-most in modern NFL history) and the two teams combine for 80 points in a three-hour and 49-minute overtime marathon.  Graham is going to be a hot pick-up, but don’t expect this type of performance to happen again this season.


Tony Moeaki - Pyro Character

Tony Moeaki – TE – ChiefsMoeaki is finally starting to make an impact this season. He was coming off a three-catch, 68-yard game last week and did well to follow it up with 73 yards on another four catches on Sunday. Moeaki is a deep option at the position, but his performance over the last two weeks and the injury to Dwayne Bowe (head/neck) should keep him on his current pace.








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