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 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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