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Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Pickups After Week 13 - The Waivering Wire

Pickups After Week 13 - The Waivering Wire

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Pickups After Week 13

 


Chris Givens – WR – RamsOwned in 3% of ESPN Leagues – Givens has had 2 great weeks in a row, as he followed up his first 100-yard game with an 11 catch 92 yard performance against the 49ers.  He is becoming more and more involved in this offense.

 


Pierre Thomas – RB – SaintsOwned in 64% of ESPN Leagues – Thomas is still a risky play, as he is mired in a major backfield committee.  His 84 yards this week were the most rushing yards he has had since his 110-yard game in week 2.  He is still not the goal line back, so that works against him as well.

 


Montell Owens – RB – JaguarsOwned in 0% of ESPN Leagues – Owens is a deep option, but the only option right now for the Jaguars, as Rashad Jennings had to leave this weeks game.  This is a move if you are in a deep league and in a real bind.

 


Russell Wilson – QB – SeahawksOwned in18% of ESPN Leagues – Wilson has been pretty effective as of late with 11 TD to 1 INT over his last 5 games and threw 2 more this week against the Bears.  He is quietly having a very nice second half and his rushing yards have made him even more viable.

 


Golden Tate – WR – SeahawksOwned in10% of ESPN Leagues – Tate is coming off a 5 catch game for 96 yards with a score against the Bears, which is his high yardage total for a game on the season.  Tate now has a TD catch in 3 of his last 4 games and his ability to find the endzone makes him a threat in Fantasy.

 


Coby Fleener – TE – ColtsOwned in 12% of ESPN Leagues – Finally returned from injury and only had 1 catch this week for 26 yards, but it went for a TD.  Luck is on fire, so if Fleener can get in the flow of the offense he could score some points.

 


Donnie Avery – WR – ColtsOwned in 8% of ESPN Leagues – Avery was a beast this weak against the Lions with 5 catches for 91 yards and 2 TD.  What was even more impressive was that Avery had 14 targets in the game.  The TD marked his first since week 1, but with Luck playing as well as he is Avery could become more a threat down the road, but still somewhat inconsistent. 

 


Jonathan Dwyer – RB – SteelersOwned in 41% of ESPN Leagues – Dwyer was the lead back for the Steelers this week and answered the bell with 49 yards rushing with a TD and 3 receptions for 8 more yards.  Dwyer is the most consistent back for the Steelers and is the option in the redzone as well. 

 


James Starks – RB – PackersOwned in 1.5% of ESPN Leagues – Starks saw the most action he has seen this season as he split the carries with Alex Green this week, but finished with 15 carries for 66 yards and a TD.  He led the team in rushing and has fresh legs for the Fantasy playoffs. 

 


Jared Cook – TE – TitansOwned in 59% of ESPN Leagues – Cook had 4 catches for 51 yards on 12 targets from Jake Locker.  This was the first game in which he had double-digit targets, and only the 4th game in which he has had more than 50 yards receiving in a game.  The targets are encouraging and maybe Cook can catch fire at the end of the season like he did last year.

 


Michael Floyd – WR – CardinalsOwned in2% of ESPN Leagues – Floyd has not been good this season and has quarterback issues taboot, but he is the starter with the ankle injury to Andre Roberts.  He is a deep league option only.

 


Jacob Tamme – TE – BroncosOwned in 56% of ESPN Leagues – Tamme had 9 catches for 89 yards this week, and the chemistry with Manning is showing.  If you need a TE down the stretch feel good about this guy, if he is available in your league.

 


Ben Watson – TE – BrownsOwned in 6% of ESPN Leagues – Watson is coming off a big day with 6 catches for 80 yards against the Raiders, which are both season highs.  Watson is a hit or miss, with more misses, but 2 of his last 3 weeks have been pretty good, with the 2TD performance 2 weeks ago against Dallas.  Watson is a deep league option.

 


Josh Gordon – WR – Browns – Owned in 24% of ESPN Leagues – Gordon looked like a savvy veteran this week finishing with 6 catches for 116 yards and a 44-yard TD catch.  Gordon is the most dynamic receiver the Browns have and as they look to next year, they should be opening the playbook up the rest of the way and that benefits Gordon.

 


Danario Alexander – WR – ChargersOwned in 27% of ESPN Leagues – Alexander continues to impress since he burst on the scene in week 9 and had another good game this week against the Bengals with 6 catches for 102 yards on 10 targets from Rivers.  Alexander looks solid and is worth the pickup. 

 


Bryce Brown – RB – EaglesOwned in 68% of ESPN Leagues – Okay if he is available grab him now!!!  He had over 100 yards and 2 TD in the first half on the road against the Cowboys.  He shows great burst and even though he needs to be more secure with the ball, he definitely has skills. 


 

Knowshon Moreno – RB – BroncosOwned in 49% of ESPN Leagues – Moreno had a decent second week back with 69 yards on the ground and added 4 catches for 14 more yards.  Moreno was held out of the endzone again, but the amount of touches he is getting in this offense is very encouraging for the Fantasy playoffs.

 


Greg Olsen – TE – PanthersOwned in 54% of ESPN Leagues – Olsen hit paydirt again this week with a 47-yard TD catch.  That was his only catch on the day, but he showed great speed on the play and is a good option if you need help at Tight End.

 


Brandon Myers – TE – RaidersOwned in 22% of ESPN Leagues – Can you say breakout for the Iowa Grad???  Yes, you can with a 14 catch 130-yard and a TD performance this week.  It is clear that Palmer loves this guy and he should be available, so grab like we told you to do 7 weeks ago.

 


Dallas Clark – TE – BuccaneersOwned in 5% of ESPN Leagues – Clark only had 3 catches for 21 yards this week, but his first catch was an 11-yard TD.  Clark is targeted in the redzone and has been scoring more as of late.  If you miss out on Myers or Olsen, then Clark may be your guy.

 

 

 

SOME INJURIES TO INSPIRE SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

 

 

These situations open up opportunities in most cases, pay attention to the below and seek out some guys that could see an increase in looks.

 

 

Jordy Nelson - Hamstring; Rodgers seems to think he'll miss some time
Ryan Broyles - Knee; doesn't look great
Cecil Shorts - Possible concussion, but not sure yet
Stevie Johnson - Possible hamstring injury, but might not keep him out
Julian Edelman - On crutches and in a walking boot after the game

Brandon LaFell - Foot; in a walking boot on Monday
Rashad Jennings - Concussion
Dustin Keller - Left ankle or foot
Donald Brown - Ankle
Sidney Rice - Possible concussion, but not sure yet
Mario Manningham - Shoulder
Garrett Graham - Concussion
Earl Bennett - Concussion
Cedric Peerman - Ankle
Damian Williams - Hamstring

*** In my opinion (Dåwg), I believe the 49ers will activate and get LaMichael James involved next week (and from here on out) to give Frank Gore a REAL change-of-pace RB. Brandon Jacobs simply isn't the guy.


 

 

OUR PREVIOUS PICKUP PIECES FROM THIS SEASON... NO QUESTION, THAT MANY OF THESE GUYS ARE STILL AVAILABLE:

 

Read our Pickups after Week 12:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-12-waiver-wire


Read our Pickups after Week 11:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-11-waiver-wire

 

Read our Pickups after Week 10:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-10-waiver-wire


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 


 

 

 

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