March 19, 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 6 - 2014

Pickups After Week 6 - 2014

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Pickups After Week 6 - Brandon LaFell



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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.



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