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 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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