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January 19, 2018
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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.


12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.


12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.


12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.


12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.


12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.


12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.


12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.


12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.


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

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.


12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Pickups After Week 14 - The Waiver Wire

Pickups After Week 14 - The Waiver Wire

Posted by d-Rx on 12/10/12

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Pickups After Week 14

 


Montell Owens - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars - Owned in 8.8% of ESPN Leagues - 14 carries for 91 yards and a TD, I like it… But, Owens plays against the Dolphins who are solid against the run in week 15 and goes against the Patriots in a game that the Jaguars won't be running much, they'll be trying to score as much as possible to keep up with Tom Brady and Co. Maybe he gets you some points next week, but Week 16 he'll be useless.



Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles - Owned in 3.9% of ESPN Leagues - Nick had his best game as a pro yesterday, but the team is in shambles and he is a rookie. There are better QB situations out there, including another rookie in Brandon Weeden or Kirk Cousins.



Bilal Powell - RB - New York Jets - Owned in 8.8% of ESPN Leagues - Bilal Powell is entrenched in a RBBC situation with Shonn Greene, and had a nice game that essentially mirrored Greene's yesterday. As with anyone you are going to pickup at this point, there isn't much upside, especially because he is splitting the load - but if you are desperate at the RB position, he's an option.



Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins - Owned in 0.2% of ESPN Leagues - If RGIII is out with his knee injury, this kid is capable and you have to like his schedule playing against the Browns in week 15 and Philadelphia in week 16. I think RGIII will play.



Clay Harbor - TE - Philadelphia Eagles - Owned in 00.1% of ESPN Leagues - How is this guy on even 1 team on ESPN, must have been his family members drafting him. Brent Celek suffered a concussion in yesterday's game, so who knows. Maybe just stay away, but if you really need a TE or have Celek and he remains out next week, this is your guy.



Danario Alexander - WR - San Diego Chargers - Owned in 27.2% of ESPN Leagues - He's scored 2 TDs in a game twice now, and is unquestionably Philip's favorite wide out. He's got two great match-ups, seeing the Panthers next week and then the Jets in Week 16. If you need help at WR, and this fella is available on the wire, it's a no brainer to grab him.



Brandon Gibson - WR - St. Louis Rams - Owned in 12.3% of ESPN Leagues - Hugely inconsistent, he had gooses on catches the previous two weeks (vs. Cardinals & 49ers) but breaks out with a 100 yards and a TD this week against… of course Buffalo. This is not a guy you want to have to play in your fantasy football playoffs. He'll burn you when you need him to show up most.



Rob Housler - TE - Arizona Cardinals - Owned in 00.1% of ESPN Leagues - I know, it's hard for me to tell you to pickup someone on a team that started 4-0 and has lost 9 games since. But Rob has some talent and he had 10 targets this week. I guess I'm just listing guys here for that 65 player bench 20 man league that I heard about.



LeMichael James - RB - San Francisco 49ers - Owned in 1.0% of ESPN Leagues - This is really just if you have Frank Gore or think Frank Gore could get injured this week. No other reason to grab this rookie out of Oregon unless you have some bench space for a "what-if an injury strikes" player for week 16.



Jason Avant - WR - Philadelphia Eagles - Owned in 0.5% of ESPN Leagues - With DeSean Jackson gone, it looks like Nick Foles is going to be tossing it to Avant plenty. Jeremy Maclin had a great game as well, so that shouldn't eat into Jason's chances.



David Wilson - RB - New York Giants - Owned in 40.3% of ESPN Leagues - No one liked Davis Wilson more than I did heading into the season. He fumbled his second carry ever and after we saw what (what we knew) this kid is capable of, it's pretty obvious that Tom Coughlin fumbled by not using this rookie throughout the season. David was as explosive a back as the Giants have ever had, and went on to get his first career 100 yard game. 



Louis Murphy - WR - Carolina Panthers - Owned in 00.2% of ESPN Leagues - Louis had 9 targets yesterday, which I like. That's really about all I can say about this one. I see Murphy in all of Cam's Microsoft commercials and ads, maybe now it appears that we'll start seeing him in the passing attack.



DeAngelo Williams - RB - Carolina Panthers - Owned in 69.6% of ESPN Leagues - I'm friends with Williams on Facebook, and he's a really nice guy! But nice doesn't win you championships in fantasy football, so I stay away from Carolina RBs at all costs. DeAngelo is here on this list solely because he ripped off that 53 yard catch for a TD, but he only had 3 TDs before that, and he hasn't run for more than 70 yards in a game once this season. Don't expect much from him.



Kenny Britt - WR - Tennessee Titans - Owned in 72.7% of ESPN Leagues - I feel like Kenny Britt has been on our list here 5 times, so I find it hard to believe he could still be available. If he is, make sure to grab him.



Dwayne Harris - WR - Dallas Cowboys - Owned in 00.2% of ESPN Leagues - As I write this the news around is that Dez Bryant will see a hand specialist tomorrow. Dez has had a rough start to his career, and is finally playing up to his potential, I don't see him having surgery now and bringing this positive energy to a halt. Now, if I am wrong, Dwayne Harris will benefit greatly from #88's departure.


 

 

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

 

Read our Pickups after Week 13:

http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-13-the-waivering-wire

 

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 


 

 

 

by d-Rx®