Week 20
January 18, 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 6 - 2014

Pickups After Week 6 - 2014

Posted by d-Rx on 10/13/14

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Pickups After Week 6 - Brandon LaFell



Waiver Wire Week 7



Brandon LaFell – WR – Patriots – Owned in 17% of CBS leagues – LaFell is cementing his role as the deep play receiver in the Patriots offense. This week he was targeted six times, and hauled in four passes for 97 yards with two big touchdowns. Tom Brady is starting to trust Brandon, and the reemergence of Rob Gronkowski is allowing him to consistently see one-on-one coverage. If you are looking for a receiver with some potential to produce, grab LaFell.


Malcom Floyd – WR – Chargers – Owned in 37% of CBS leagues – Floyd is quietly having a nice season, and this week he had his best game of the year. Malcom finished the game with five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. He is the deep threat for Philip Rivers, the Chargers always take a few shots downfield each game. Keenan Allen is getting all the attention from opposing defenses, and Floyd gets consistent one-on-one coverage. Rivers throws a great deep ball, and Floyd will be a consistent fantasy producer who can also pop nice games like this one.


Robert Woods – WR – Bills – Owned in 7% of CBS leagues – Woods had a nice game on Sunday with seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. I had mentioned Woods as a pickup back after Week 1, but he suffered with E.J. Manuel at quarterback. Now that Kyle Orton has control of the offense Woods is a viable option once again. Sammy Watkins will continue to draw the most attention of opposing defenses, and Orton is a quarterback that will take what the defense is giving him, which gives Woods plenty of chances.


Davante Adams – WR – Packers – Owned in 9% of CBS leagues – I have been mentioning Adams since Week 2, and he continues to see a good amount of targets. This week he was targeted eight times, and caught six passes for 77 yards. The Packers running game continues to be ineffective, and Rodgers is not afraid to throw to the rookie. Davante is going to continue to improve, so don’t sleep on this guy.


Allen Robinson – WR – Jaguars – Owned in 40% of CBS leagues – Robinson is another player that I have been telling you about since Week 2, and he continues to be one of the most targeted receivers. This week Bortles looked his way nine times, and they connected on eight of those for 68 yards. He was held out of the endzone, but it is clear that he is becoming Bortles favorite target. The two will continue to grow, and that high volume of targets will eventually lead to some touchdowns as well.


Andre Holmes – WR – Raiders – Owned in 6% of CBS leagues – Holmes is a big play receiver, and he made big plays this week. Andre was targeted eight times by Derek Carr, and hauled in four of them for 121 yards and two touchdowns, one of which went for 77 yards. Holmes is going to be an inconsistent fantasy receiver, but he has the ability to break these long plays, and if he continues to improve on his chemistry with Carr, could be worth taking a shot on. 


Jarvis Landry – WR – Dolphins – Owned in 1% of CBS leagues – The rookie had his best game of the season Sunday, finishing with 75 yards on six receptions with a touchdown. Tannehill looked his way eight times, and Jarvis showed nice playmaking ability. The result of his good play is that Brian Hartline was only targeted twice in this game. Landry is in line to take over as the second receiver for Miami, and is worth grabbing if you need a receiver.


Justin Hunter – WR – Titans – Owned in 45% of CBS leagues – Hunter continues to make this list, and while he only saw five targets this week, he caught three of them for 77 yards. Justin is a bang or bust fantasy player, but if you are in a league that rewards for long touchdowns Hunter is worth taking a flier on.


Mike Evans – WR – Buccaneers – Owned in 55% of CBS leagues – Evans returned to action, and caught four passes for 55 yards on eight targets. The big rookie did not have any real impressive plays in this game, but he is going to continue to see a lot of targets. It also does not hurt that the Buccaneers are not a good defense, and seem to always be playing from behind.


Louis Murphy – WR – Buccaneers – Owned in 6% of CBS leagues – Murphy continued to effective, even with Mike Evans returning to action. Louis had seven receptions for 72 yards with a touchdown on nine targets. I have been mentioning Murphy for the last three weeks, so if you are in a deep league and need a receiver with potential for targets and touchdowns, grab this guy.


Jerricho Cotchery – WR – Panthers – Owned in 12% of CBS leagues – Cotchery can provide your fantasy team with a veteran presence that can be counted on to score some points each week. This week he had 58 yards on four receptions, but was targeted 10 times. Jerricho is not going to single handily win you any fantasy weeks, but if you are in a deep league and need a consistent contributor, look no further.


Jace Amaro – TE – Jets – Owned in 10% of CBS leagues – The rookie had his coming out party Sunday, with 10 receptions for 68 yards with a touchdown on 12 targets. The Jets are looking for anyone to step up and produce on offense, and Amaro is going to get more opportunities after this performance. Normally you would not want to target a receiving option on the Jets, but Jace is worth taking a shot on if you need tight end help.


Scott Chandler – TE – Bills – Owned in 14% of CBS leagues – Chandler’s game has improved since Kyle Orton has taken over at quarterback. This week Orton looked Chandler’s way nine times, and he caught six of those for 105 yards. Orton takes what the defense gives him, and he has faith in the big 6’7” tight end. If you are in a deep league and looking for a tight end option Chandler is worth picking up.


Ladarius Green – TE – Chargers – Owned in 32% of CBS leagues – Green finally had a decent game this week, with four catches for 60 yards on five targets. Green is still not the redzone option, as Antonio Gates once again scored a touchdown this week. Ladarius can make some big plays, but he is just not seeing enough targets to be a consistent source of fantasy production, and is more of a handcuff to Gates at this point.


Clay Harbor – TE – Jaguars – Owned in 12% of CBS leagues – Harbor was making big plays on Sunday, and finished with 91 yards on three catches, including a 20-yard touchdown, while being targeted four times. Clay also had a 59-yard catch and run in this game, and showed nice speed. Harbor is not going to give you consistent points, and needs more targets to be truly effective going forward.


Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Buccaneers – Owned in 10% of CBS leagues – ASF had four catches for 58 yards on five targets. This was his first game with over 50 receiving yards, and he has still yet to score a touchdown this season. Only consider him if you are a very deep leagues at this point. 


Jermain Gresham – TE – Bengals – Owned in 6% of CBS leagues – Gresham is not going to light the fantasy world on fire, but as long as Tyler Eifert is out he can give you some consistent production, but not a lot of touchdown production. Jermaine had six receptions for 68 yards on seven targets this week.


Jerick McKinnon – RB – Vikings – Owned in 57% of CBS leagues – McKinnon has been mentioned here many times already this season, and hopefully most of you have picked him up. This week he had 11 carries for 40 yards, and added another 42 yards on six receptions. The Vikings are realizing that he has much more potential than Matt Asiata, and he will continue to see his role increase in the coming weeks. If he is still available you should grab him now.


Antone Smith – RB – Falcons – Owned in 52% of CBS leagues – I have been telling you about Antone for a few weeks now, and he continues to be a home run hitter. This week he carried the ball twice for five yards, but he had 64 yards on four catches, including an awesome 41-yard touchdown catch and run. This kid makes plays every week, and if he is still available you need to grab him. His role will can only increase, so pick him up now before its too late.


Isaiah Crowell – RB – Browns – Owned in 33% of CBS leagues – The Browns went with Crowell as the backup to Ben Tate this week, with Terrance Williams inactive in this game. Isaiah responded with 77 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. I had Crowell as a pickup after Week 1, and he is still worth grabbing now. Ben Tate is always an injury risk, and with his performance this week, Isaiah is a good bet to be Tate’s primary backup again next week.


Theo Riddick – RB – Lions – Owned in 1% of CBS leagues – Riddick assumed the Reggie Bush role in the offense, with Reggie sitting this one out. Riddick was not very effective running the ball with only six yards on three carries, but he did a lot of damage as a receiver, with 75 yards on five receptions, including a touchdown. Once Reggie Bush returns Riddick will once again have limited exposure in this offense, and is only worth grabbing if you are a Bush or Joique Bell owner.


Storm Johnson – RB – Jaguars – Owned in 43% of CBS leagues – Storm got his first start this week, and if you used him as a spot starter, he did score you a touchdown, but that was about it. Johnson was not effective running the ball with only 21 yards on 10 carries. If it were not for his 1-yard touchdown run, he day would have been a total loss. He may continue to get chances in this offense, but he is not going to be a consistent fantasy producer.


Blake Bortles – QB – Jaguars – Owned in 27% of CBS leagues – The rookie had his first 300-yard game of his career on Sunday, completing 32 of 46 passes for 336 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Blake also showed his mobility, adding 38 yards on five carries. The Jaguars are consistently playing from behind, and they don’t have a consistent rush attack, which means Bortles will continue to air it out a lot in the coming weeks. Expect some ups and downs, but this kid has the most potential of the rookies.


Derek Carr – QB – Raiders – Owned in 8% of CBS leagues – Carr had his coming out party on Sunday with four touchdown passes. The rookie was still not very efficient, only completing 18 of 34 passes for 282 yards, but he connected on a lot of big plays with his receivers. The Raiders are still having issues stopping teams on defense, which means Carr should have to continue to air it out a lot the rest of this season. He does have players that can make big plays, but he does not have a proven threat at the receiver position. There is a lot upside for Carr after this performance.


Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Vikings – Owned in 38% of CBS leagues – Teddy did not have a good game on Sunday. He completed 23 of 37 passes for 188 yards, with no touchdowns and three interceptions. This was a forgettable day for Bridgewater, who was under constant pressure from the Lions defense. If you target Teddy you have to realize there are going to be a lot of ups and downs, and there will be games like this.



Week 5 Pickups - http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-5-2014 

Week 4 Pickups - http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-4-2014  

Week 3 Pickups - http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-3-2014 

Week 2 Pickups - http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-2-2014 

Week 1 Pickups - http://www.pyromaniac.com/op_eds/pickups-after-week-1-2014



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