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Nick Foles

Kansas City Chiefs

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Oakland defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

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Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.


12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.


12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.


12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.


12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.


12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors


Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.


12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family


According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.


12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity


Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.


12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet


To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.


12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder


Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.


12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cameron Meredith is coming on strong for the Chicago Bears since Kevin White went down in this week's pickups piece.

Pickups After Week 6 (2016)

Posted by d-Rx on 10/17/16

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ALL PLAYERS LISTED ARE AVAILABLE IN 30% OR MORE OF CBS LEAGUES

 

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

 

CAMERON MEREDITH – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

Meredith had another big game this week, catching 11 passes for 113 yards. Alshon got more looks than he has been seeing, but Cameron is the safety blanket for Brian Hoyer. As long as defenses continue to focus on Alshon, Meredith will continue to get good looks on a weekly basis.

 

HUNTER HENRY – TE – CHARGERS – AVAILABLE IN 37% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hopefully you picked up this kid last week, but if not grab him ASAP. He caught six passes for 83 yards, and has taken the starting job from Antonio Gates. He has everything you want, including a quarterback who is giving him targets.

 

JAY AJAYI – RB – DOLPHINS – AVAILABLE IN 45% OF CBS LEAGUES

Ajayi waited until Arian Foster returned to the lineup to put a stamp on his role as the lead back, rushing for 204 yards and two scores on 25 carries. The Dolphins are a mess and he could end up sharing carries with Foster, but this performance gives him the upper hand for the next two weeks.

 

EDDIE ROYAL – WR – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 57% OF CBS LEAGUES

Royal is getting looks as the third option in the Bears passing attack and caught four passes for 54 yards. Eddie is not a strong touchdown threat, but he can be effective with how much the Bears are passing these days. The emergence of Cameron Meredith has hurt his production.

 

BRIAN HOYER – QB – BEARS – AVAILABLE IN 62% OF CBS LEAGUES

Hoyer continues to throw the ball a lot as the quarterback for the Bears, and he just threw for more than 300 yards for his fourth consecutive game. He did not throw any touchdowns this week, but he is a nice streaming option as the Bears are playing more games from behind.

 

KENNY BRITT – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES   

Britt made a nice impression this week with seven catches for 136 yards and two scores. The Rams just don’t have a consistent enough threat with the passing game to count on this weekly, but Britt does have this potential, and his floor has been raised over through the first six weeks of the season.

 

 

PLAYERS WITH UPSIDE THAT ARE WORTH STASHING

 

 

JAMISON CROWDER – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 68% OF CBS LEAGUES

Crowder had another splash game this week, catching three passes for 52 yards with touchdown. The problem is you are not getting a lot of yards or a lot catches.

 

DEVONTAE BOOKER – RB – AVAILABLE IN 44% OF CBS LEAGUES

Booker keeps getting work, and this week his 46 yards on five carries, was much more impressive than C.J. Anderson’s 37 yards on 10 carries. He could get more work in the coming weeks as the Broncos offense looks for an identity.

 

TYLER BOYD – WR – BENGALS – AVAILABLE IN 83% OF CBS LEAGUES

Boyd finally had more catches than Brandon LaFell this week with four for 79 yards, but he was held out of the endzone while LaFell had a score on only two catches for 13 yards. Boyd will take this role over, and it may only be a week away from happening.

 

ADAM THIELEN – WR – VIKINGS – AVAILABLE IN 91% OF CBS LEAGUES

Coming off the bye don’t sleep on this guy. He is the second best receiver the Vikings have, and a decent grab for deeper PPR leagues.

 

PAUL PERKINS – RB – GIANTS – AVAILABLE IN 88% OF CBS LEAGUES

He is not getting a ton of looks on a weekly basis, but it should change in the coming weeks. Hold onto him in deeper PPR leagues.

 

CHARLES CLAY – TE – BILLS – AVAILABLE 50% OF CBS LEAGUES

Clay continues to get more involved in the offense, and this week he caught five passes for 52 yards, but was held out of the endzone. He has become the second best option in the passing game, but the Bills don’t throw enough to give him top end potential.

 

C.J. FIEDOROWICZ – TE – TEXANS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAGUES

Fiedorowicz continues to get more work in the passing game, and this week caught six passes for 85 yards with a touchdown. He is a big body who is used as a blocker in the running game, and he is now finding more work as a receiver. His size also makes him a nice target in the redzone.


JACK DOYLE – TE – COLTS – AVAILABLE IN 87% OF CBS LEAGUES

Doyle bounced back after two poor performances, catching four passes for 53 yards with a touchdown. His production increased after Dwayne Allen left the game with an ankle injury. If Allen misses time then Doyle is a better add, but limited with Allen on the field.


TY MONTGOMERY – WR – PACKERS – AVAILABLE IN 99% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was a coming out party for Montgomery with 10 catches for 98 yards and three carries for six yards. He did fumble twice, losing one, so that is a downside, but he is better than Davante Adams and should continue to get some looks going forward.

 

MARQISE LEE – WR – JAGUARS – AVAILABLE IN 98% OF CBS LEAGUES

Lee is not going to wow you, but he keeps being active for the Jags and caught six passes for 61 yards this week. He is worth grabbing if you own ARob as insurance with upside.

 

 

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET WITH THESE GUYS

 

 

COLIN KAEPERNICK – QB – 49ERS – AVAILABLE IN 84% OF CBS LEAGUES

Kap had a rough week with 187 yards passing, one touchdown and 66 rushing yards on eight carries. Colin will have better matchups than this one with the Bills, but he is going to have a hard time putting up monster fantasy numbers with the numb nuts he has as his receivers. Running for scores is the best bet for him, but don’t bet on it.

 

PIERRE GARCON – WR – REDSKINS – AVAILABLE IN 78% OF CBS LEAGUES

Garcon gave owners another solid performance, catching six passes for 77 yards. The veteran has given a nice floor the past few weeks, and could be a good add for a bye week replacement when the matchup is right.

 

ROBERT WOODS – WR – BILLS – AVAILABLE IN 56% OF CBS LEAGUES

It was a normal Woods week with catches and yards, five for 44, but he added a touchdown this week. About as good as it gets for Woods.

 

BRIAN QUICK – WR – RAMS – AVAILABLE IN 90% OF CBS LEAGUES

Quick caught five passes for 61 yards but was held out of the endzone. He is giving way to Kenny Britt in the offense, and still has horrible quarterback play that limits his effectiveness.

 

ANQUAN BOLDIN – WR – LIONS – AVAILABLE IN 70% OF CBS LEAGUES

Boldin had a solid week, catching eight passes for 60 yards with a touchdown. The scores are what makes him a solid play, otherwise he is a five for 50 type of a receiver.

 

 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – AVOID THESE GUYS ON THE WIRE

 

KENDALL WRIGHT – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 96% OF CBS LEAGUES

Wright finally showed up, catching eight passes for 133 yards with a touchdown. He has not been reliable all year and this is more of an anomaly. The Titans don’t throw enough, or well enough to warrant going crazy over this performance.

 

RISHARD MATTHEWS – WR – TITANS – AVAILABLE IN 93% OF CBS LEAGUES

See above and don’t be fooled by his three catches for 70 yards with a score this week.

 

KAMAR AIKEN – WR – RAVENS – AVAILABLE IN 92% OF CBS LEAGUES

Aiken finally showed up for the Ravens, catching four passes for 64 yards. You should not buy into this as Steve Smith was out and Aiken will be not worth owning once he returns to the field.

 


 

 

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