May 21, 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 15

Pickups - After Week 15

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Pickups - After Week 15




Jake Locker - Coach Mike Munchak might make the biggest mistake of his coaching career if he decides to stick with Matt Hasselbeck this weekend instead of turning to rookie Jake Locker, but our guess is he changes his mind by the end of the week. Locker has clearly outperformed the old man in each of the Titans last two games and if Munchak wasn't so stubborn and just let the more talented QB play, he might have spared Tennessee the embarrassment of losing to the winless Indianapolis Colts last weekend.

Kyle Orton - He's far from being one of the NFL's elite QBs, but he's efficient, doesn't turn the ball over, and has a pretty good group of wide receivers around him. With Kansas City going up against a miserable Oakland secondary this weekend that has allowed less than two TDs to opposing quarterbacks just TWICE the entire season, you might want to think about snatching up Captain Neckbeard before your opponent beats you to the punch.

Rex Grossman - Grossman is highly unlikely to be available at this point, but if he is, he has one of the best matchups of the week going up against a depleted Vikings defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.

Matt Moore - Moore is another guy who's probably sitting on somebody else's roster by now, but having one of the best QB matchups of the week, he should be snatched off of waiver wires immediately if available. The Patriots have allowed the most passing yards and the second-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this year, so the potential is obviously there. In addition, for those of you who don't remember, Miami's former QB, Chad Henne had the game of his life against the Pats earlier this season tossing up 416 yards and two TDs in a Week 1 loss.


Desperation Pickup:

Seneca Wallace


Kahlil Bell - It looks like there will be a changing of the guard in the Bears backfield this week as Marion Barber failed to impress for a second straight weekend. Bell, after relieving Barber of his duties mid-game last weekend, did extremely well with his opportunity combining for 108 total yards and a touchdown on 20 touches against a very tough Seattle defense. Even if Chicago stuck with Barber as their starter for some reason, Bell would likely still get the most playing time next week considering he's the team's passing-down RB and that the Bears will likely be playing from behind against the Packers.

Lance Ball - Ball should really only be picked up if it comes out that Willis McGahee can't play this weekend due to injury. The latest word is that McGahee will indeed play, but watch the news coming out of Denver in case something changes because the Broncos have a nice fantasy RB matchup going up against a Bills defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.


Desperation Pickups:

Chris Ivory - Atlanta has a super-tough rush D, but since Ivory has been playing well in Mark Ingram's absence, you might take a look if you absolutely need someone.

Sammy Morris - If Felix Jones can't play, Morris will start against a beatable Philadelphia rush D.



Steve Breaston - Breaston has averaged almost five catches a game in the Chiefs last seven contests, so even though he only has two touchdowns on the season, it hasn't been for lack of trying. This weekend, not only will he have Kyle Orton tossing him the rock again, but he'll be going up against an Oakland defense that has allowed the second-most TDs and fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. If you need a WR3/flex player that has a chance to score you some decent points, Breaston could be worth a look.

Andre Roberts - Roberts is finally putting up the type of numbers he was expected to before the season began. Over the last three weeks, Andre has 14 receptions on 21 targets for 179 yards and two touchdowns, numbers that would rank him 19th in the league and ahead of guys like Wes Welker, Steve Smith, Mike Wallace, Brandon Marshall, Victor Cruz and Jordy Nelson in that time.


Desperation Pickups:

Brian Hartline - Hartline had four catches on seven targets (both tied for his season highs) for 47 yards and his season's only touchdown against the Patriots back in Week 1. Maybe lightning strikes twice this weekend.

Harry Douglas - Granted he was taking over for an injured Julio Jones during the game, but in the Falcons first matchup with the Saints, Douglas turned in a career-performance catching eight balls on 14 targets for 133 yards. Jones will be playing in this one, so the upside obviously isn't as good, but maybe Matt Ryan remembers how well the kid did in the first game and tries to use him the same way again.

Dane Sanzenbacher - With Johnny Knox out for the season, Devin Hester playing mostly on special teams and Roy Williams being maybe the worst off-season acquisition in the league this year, Sanzenbacher will see a ton of targets against a Packers team he had five catches including a TD against back in Week 3.


These last four guys are HIGHLY unlikely to be available, but we feel it's better to throw their names out there just in case:

Jabar Gaffney
Demaryius Thomas
Darrius Heyward-Bey
Nate Burleson


Brent Celek - He might not be available at this point, but if he is, Celek has been a steady target for Michael Vick since the middle of the season and just put up the game of a lifetime last weekend catching five balls for 156 yards and a TD against the Jets. The first time the Eagles and Cowboys met back in Week 8, Brent had another great game catching seven balls for 94 yards and a touchdown. If you don't have a top-tier TE, Celek is definitely your man if you can get him.


Desperation Pickups:


Jared Cook
Todd Heap




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