March 23, 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 9 - 2013

Pickups After Week 9 - 2013

Posted by d-Rx on 11/03/13

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Nick Foles – QB – Eagles – Owned in 40% of CBS leagues – Foles has just cemented himself as the starter for the Eagles, with his record setting performance on Sunday.  Nick completed 22 of 28 passes for 406 yards, and he threw an NFL record 7 touchdown passes, with zero interceptions.  This was a perfect game for Foles who also added 14 yards rushing.  If you were a Vick owner and have not grabbed Foles yet, you better hurry, because he is going to be owned in every league after this week.


Chris Ivory – RB – Jets – Owned in 68% of CBS leagues – You never exactly know who is going to be the main back for the Jets, but Ivory stepped up huge against his former team.  Ivory torched the Saints for 139 yards on 18 carries, including a touchdown.  With this strong performance, I would be surprised if Ivory does not continue to get a lion’s share of the carries from here on out. 


Riley Cooper – WR – Eagles – Owned in 22% of CBS leagues – Now that Nick Foles is the quarterback for the Eagles going forward, Cooper becomes a real nice pickup.  Cooper has thrived when Foles has been under center, and this week was no exception.  Riley had 5 catches on the day and finished with 139 yards, with 3 of those catches for going for scores.  DeSean Jackson will continue to see the double teams and Cooper will get plenty of targets to be viable for the rest of the season. 


Mike James – RB – Buccaneers – Owned in 76% of CBS leagues – James had himself quite a day in Seattle on Sunday.  The rookie said, “I’m Mike James BITCH!!!”  as he ran for 158 yards on 28 carries, while adding 8 yards receiving and by the way, he also threw a touchdown pass.  James will surely be owned in every league after this week, so if he is available in your league, do yourself a favor and grab him.


Aaron Dobson – WR – Patriots – Owned in 45% of CBS leagues – I told you over the past couple weeks that Dobson was taking over as the deep threat receiver for the Patriots over Kenbrell Thompkins, and this week’s performance put a stamp on that.  Dobson had 5 catches for 130 yards with 2 scores, including an 81-yard strike from Tom Brady.  Dobson is going to be gobbled up in free agency, so if you need help at receiver grab him.  Dobson has excelled with less pressure on him since the return of Gronk and Amendola. 


Jason Campbell – QB – Browns – Owned in 19% of CBS leagues – Campbell was on fire this week for the Browns, as he threw for 262 yards with 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions.  If you miss out on the Nick Foles sweepstakes, this should be your contingency plan.  The old veteran has been playing very well since taking over in Cleveland, and he has weapons to throw to.  The starting job is his for the rest of the season. 


Rashad Jennings – RB – Raiders – Owned in 12% of CBS leagues – Oops he did it again, McFadden that is.  Run DNP left this week’s game with another hamstring injury, and Rashad Jennings stepped in and stepped up.  In a game where Nick Foles crushed the Raiders, Jennings ran the ball 15 times for 102 yards and a touchdown.  Jennings was not done there, as he added another 74 yards on 7 receptions.  Expect Rashad to be the starter next week, but he depending on how bad the injury is to DNP it could be for a bit longer. 


Marlon Brown – WR – Ravens – Owned in 34% of CBS leagues – Brown continues to fly under the radar, but seems to be Flacco’s favorite target other than Torrey Smith.  Marlon had 5 catches for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday.  He had his first touchdown catch since week 4, but he now has 5 scores on the year.  If you are in a deeper league do not be afraid to grab Brown. 


Mario Manningham – WR – 49ers – Owned in 8% of CBS leagues – Manningham is set to return to the starting lineup for the 49ers next week.  Kaepernick has been looking for someone else to step up in the passing game other than Davis and Boldin.  Mario has proven to be a redzone target, as he showed in 2010 catching 9 touchdowns with the Giants.  If you need help at receiver grab him now, before he has a good game.


Michael Crabtree – WR – 49ers – Owned in 8% of CBS leagues – If you have the luxury of being able to play the futures market, then take a chance on Crabtree.  Crabtree will have a chance to return in week 12, but he could play a major factor for you in your fantasy playoffs. 


Andre Brown – RB – Giants – Owned in 65% of CBS leagues – Brown is coming back next week, and he should step in and take over for Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs.  Andre will be the load back for the Giants and will not be taken out near the goal line.  This is your last chance to get him.


Lance Moore – WR – Saints – Owned in 48% of CBS leagues – Moore had another good game this week against the Jets, with 70 yards on 6 catches.  Lance is working his way back into this offense, since returning to the starting lineup last week.  We have seen Marques Colston disappear as of late, and Moore is stepping up his game at the right time.  Moore is still not going to be the first or second option in the redzone, but in this high-flying Saints offense, he is going to get his chances.


Jonathan Stewart – RB – Panthers – Owned in 41% of CBS leagues – Stewart returned to action, and was pretty effective with 43 yards on 9 carries, while adding another 22 yards on 3 catches.  J-Stew definitely has fresh legs, and you can expect him to see even more touches next week.  The only issue for owners that go after Stewart is that he is still in a very crowded backfield, and he is not going to post any monster games sharing carries with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert. 


Tim Wright – TE – Buccaneers – Owned in 34% of CBS leagues – Wright stepped up again for Bucs, and is starting to develop a nice rapport with Mike Glennon.  The rookie had 58 yards on 4 catches with a score this week.  Now that Mike Williams is out for the season, Wright is going to be counted on to pick up the slack, and he has shown nice receiving ability.  If you need help at tight end do not overlook this rookie.


Greg Little – WR – Browns – Owned in 6% of CBS leagues – Little has been a disappointing player in Cleveland, but he knows that he is basically auditioning for other teams for the rest of the season.  His resume will look a lot better after this week where he caught 7 passes for 122 yards.  The issue for Little has been dropped passes, but he made some great catches in this game.  There are still going to be a lot of ups and downs with Little, but if he continues to see targets from Campbell he will be worth a shot in 14 and 16 team leagues.


Cole Beasley – WR – Cowboys – Owned in 1% of CBS leagues – Miles Austin is a forgotten man in Big D, and Cole Beasley is doing a nice job working in the slot.  This week Cole had 68 yards on 6 catches.  Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams are going to draw the attention of defenses, and that will allow Beasley to continue to exploit mismatches in the middle of the field.  If you are in a 14 or 16 team league I recommend taking a shot on Cole. 


Marquise Goodwin – WR – Bills – Owned in 1% of CBS leagues – I mentioned this speedster last week, and his struck pay dirt again this week.  Goodwin only had 2 catches, but they went for 64 yards including a 59-yard bomb.  This kid is not going to see a ton of targets each week, but he has sub 4.3 speed and the Bills are using him correctly.  He is going to continue to see deep targets each week, and if you are in a 14 or 16 team league or a league that rewards for long touchdowns take a flier on this guy.


Zach Ertz – TE – Eagles – Owned in 3% of CBS leagues – The rookie has stepped up his game as of late, and he continued that trend against the Raiders.  Ertz finished the game with 5 catches for 42 yards, including catching one of Nick Foles 7 touchdown passes.  Foles is doing a nice job of distributing the ball around the offense, and Zach should continue to improve, as he feels more comfortable in the offense, and with a pocket passer.  Ertz is worth a look in deeper leagues. 


Shonn Greene – RB – Titans – Owned in 1% of CBS leagues – Greene is the backup to Chris Johnson, but that also means he is the goal line back, and he proved that this week.  The Iowa product had 38 yards on 9 carries with a touchdown, while adding another 28 yards on a nice catch and run.  Johnson had 2 rushing touchdowns this week, which were his first 2 of the season, but he is still not getting the carries inside the 10-yard line.  If you are in a 14 or 16 team league where touchdowns are the key, take a chance on Shonn.


Doug Baldwin – WR – Seahawks – Owned in 12% of CBS leagues – Baldwin continues to play well for the Seahawks, but had his best game of the season on Sunday.  Against the Buccaneers Baldwin had 75 yards and a touchdown on 6 catches.  Percy Harvin is going to be coming back to the Seahawks after their bye week, but Baldwin is a veteran who is probably going to continue to see playing time, while Jermaine Kearse is the player likely to lose snaps.  Baldwin is not going to have games better than this, but if you are in a 14 or 16 team league he can help.


Andrew Hawkins – WR – Bengals – Owned in 2% of CBS leagues – Hawkins has returned to the Bengals, and he will have a chance to take over the slot duties for the team.  Hawkins has amazing speed and can create mismatches for defenses by being moved all over the field.  He should continue to see his role in the offense increase in the coming weeks, and is worth taking a flier on 14 and 16 team leagues. 


Darrel Young – RB – Redskins – Owned in 0% of CBS leagues – Young, is a fullback, and had a hell of a game on Sunday with 3 touchdowns.  Young only had 5 carries for 12 yards in the game, which is why I am placing him on this list as a warning to those who only look at fantasy points.  DO NOT go running after this guy.  This was a one-week vulture who is not worth adding onto any fantasy team. 



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