June 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 5 - Waiver Wire

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Alex Green - RB – Packers – Green saw his first major action of the season after Cedric Benson left with a foot injury.  Green looked pretty capable, carrying the ball 9 times for 55 yards and had a reception for another 8.  It is not known how bad the injury is to Cedric Benson, but it would appear that Green is ready step in as the starter if Benson can’t go.  Green has dynamic ability for a large back at 225 pounds.  He showed that ability with a 41 yard run in the 4th quarter of a tight game.  If Green gets the chance to start, he could be a decent flex option as he has value in the passing game.  Either way, with his performance he is going to see more attempts, especially if Benson is not 100%.


Rashard Mendenhall – RB – Steelers
– Mendenhall sure proved that he is back and ready to play football with his 101 total yard performance including a TD.  He looked quick and had a burst going through the line that we did not see out of him last season when he was healthy.  He also had 2 receptions, which shows he is ready to become a 3 down back for the Steelers.  Redman and Dwyer both showed that they are not ready for the lead role in this offense and Mendenhall just took it back with authority this week.


Kirk Cousins - QB – Redskins
– Cousins came in for RGIII after he was knocked out of the game on a hard hit along the sideline by Sean Weatherspoon.  RGIII was diagnosed with a concussion and also received stitches from the hit.  Cousins came in and hit Santana Moss on a huge 77 yard TD pass, but was not very effective after that play as he threw 2 INT.  The injury to RGIII is being called a mild concussion and the Redskins hope to have him back next week, but he will have to pass the baseline concussion tests before he will be allowed to play.  If RGIII is unable to go Cousins is an option if you are in a deep league, but he would have a tough match-up next week against the Vikings.


William Powell - RB – Cardinals
– Powell is the primary backup to Ryan Williams while Beanie Wells remains out until week 12.  Ryan Williams has not looked very good since he became the starter and showed again this past week with 33 yards on 14 carries.  Williams currently has a 2.8 yards per carry average and is going to start losing carries to Powell.  If Powell is able to step in and be effective with his opportunity, then he could steal the job away, especially if the Cardinals keep playing so well.


*** UPDATE ***    Ryan Williams needs surgery on his injured left shoulder and will be out for the remainder of the season!  Basically, Powell won't need to steal the job at all. It's already his. Grab him immediately.


Rueben Randle - WR – Giants
– Randle had a very nice game on Sunday in the shadow of Victor Cruz and his 3 TD grabs.  Randle ended up leading the Giants in receptions and yards with 6-82 and was targeted 9 times in the game.  The fact is that the Giants receiving corps is continually banged up and Randle has steadily made his way up the depth chart as the others continue to miss practice and game time.  After his performance this week he is going to gain the trust of the coaching staff and more importantly he has gained the trust of Eli. 


Robert Meachem - WR – Chargers –
Meachem finally arrived for the Chargers this week and all it took was a return to his former digs in the Superdome.  Meachem had 2 first half TD grabs including a 44 yard grab.  It appears that Meachem and Rivers are finally starting to gel, which is great news for both of these players’ fantasy prospects.  Meachem is still going to be an inconsistent fantasy player, but as he showed on Sunday Night he can go off for a big game.


Josh Gordon - WR – Browns
– Gordon made his presence known in Week 5 with TD receptions of 62 and 20 yards.  Those were the only 2 catches on the day for the rookie, but he took advantage of his first real opportunity this season.  Gordon has a ton of ability, but he is going to be a feast or famine type of a player.  He should continue to see more opportunities going forward and the Browns are going to be down in most of their games this season and will be in need of big plays on offense. 


Dwayne Allen - TE – Colts
– Allen is becoming the TE that Andrew Luck is targeting in the redzone, not Coby Fleener.  Allen had a TD on Sunday which is the 2nd in the past 3 weeks for the rookie.  Allen is not going to get you a lot of yards, but if you are in a TD league then Allen has a lot more value. 


Chris Givens & Brian Quick - WRs – Rams
– Danny Amendola is going to be out for 6-7 weeks with a separated clavicle so both Givens and Quick have an opportunity to step in and see a lot more targets.  Givens seems to be ahead of Quick on the depth chart and had a huge 51-yard TD grab last week.



Steve Smith - WR – Rams – Givens and Quick should certainly see an uptick in targets, as will Austin Pettis, but Steve Smith is the one likely to replace Amendola in the slot and could quickly become Bradford's new favorite target. In PPR leagues, Smith could be the one to grab here.



Jahvid Best - RB – Lions  & Vincent Brown - WR – Chargers – Both Best and Brown are going to be available very soon as Best can be activated after Week 6 and Brown after Week 8. Even better is that both are tentatively expected to be ready to go immediately.  These guys have a lot of skill and could be big factors once they return.  This is a foreshadowing to you to remember these players are out there and if you can stash the spot on your bench, then you may want to grab one of these guys before they come back and are in demand.



Jamie Harper - RB – Titans – Harper is long shot flyer if you are in a real deep league.  Javon Ringer went down with what looked to be a serious injury as he was carted off the field and as we have seen all season, Chris Johnson has been very ineffective.  Harper may get to see some chances and as I said, he is really only worth looking at in the deepest of leagues, but with Ringer now expected to be out for 4-6 weeks with a torn MCL, you never know.




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