May 23, 2018


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Pickups After Week 9 - 2013

Pickups After Week 9 - 2013

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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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