Week 15
December 16, 2017


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Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade

Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.

12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com

Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business

The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.

12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo

Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.

12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.

12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com

Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.

12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It

The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.

12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action

Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.

12/15/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).

12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!

Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.

12/15/17, 05:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear

Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.

12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

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 Giants 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

Source: twitter.com

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

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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