Week 15
December 15, 2017


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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 Oakland 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

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman

Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.

12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com

Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake

Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.

12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle

Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.

12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up

Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.

12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors

Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.

12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.

12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity

Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.

12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet

To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.

12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder

Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.

12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST 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.







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.





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