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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.sacbee.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.denverpost.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

Pickups After Week 6 - 2014

Pickups After Week 6 - 2014

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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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