May 27, 2018


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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck

Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.

04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek

Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.

04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush

49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.

04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving

Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.

04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons

Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)

04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.

04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy

Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.

04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged

Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.

04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls

Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.

04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson

Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.

03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack

Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.

03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That

Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.

03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case

Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.

03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount

The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.

03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler


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


Pickups After Week 13 - The Waivering Wire

Pickups After Week 13 - The Waivering Wire

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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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