March 21, 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 & Drops - Week 1 / '13

Pickups & Drops - Week 1 / '13

Posted by d-Rx on 09/09/13

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Pickups & Drops - Week 1 / '13 



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Julian Edleman – WR – Patriots

 The Patriots are looking for someone to step up in the receiving game and it was Julian Edleman who was the most impressive in week 1.  Edleman was targeted 9 times and finished with 7 catches for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns.  There is a lot of competition for targets in New England, but it seems that Edleman is a player that will be an integral part of this offense going forward.

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E.J. Manual – QB – Bills

 E.J Manuel did not light up the scoreboard in his first NFL game, but he showed some nice flashes of what is to come in his career.  Manuel threw two 18-yard touchdowns to Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson.  Manuel completed 66% of his passes, did not throw an interception and showed his ability to run with 23 yards on 3 carries.  This is an encouraging start for the rookie, and while he only threw for 150 yards, you can see the potential.

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Chad Henne – QB – Jaguars

 Chad Henne lost the starting job to Blaine Gabbert in the preseason, but he may have handed the job back to Henne with his week one performance.  Gabbert was awful; completing 16 of 35 passes for a putrid 121 yards and 2 interceptions.  Then to add injury to insult, Gabbert got injured and required 15 stiches on his right hand.  There is a good chance Henne will start next week and if he plays well be the starter the rest of the season.

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Robert Woods – WR – Bills

 Rookie Robert Woods only had one catch in his debut, but it was an 18-yard touchdown.  Woods is a player that has a lot potential, and is getting the chance to play as a rookie.  His chemistry with E.J. Manuel will continue to improve over the season and he will become a more viable threat in the coming weeks.


Kenbrell Thompkins – WR – Patriots

 Thompkins did not have the most productive game with only 4 catches for 42 yards in his first NFL game.  The big takeaway for Kenbrell is the fact that he was targeted 14 times in the game.  Obviously he is going to need to improve on his catch to target ratio, but a few more weeks working on chemistry with Tom Brady should lead to a breakout game real soon.

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Brian Hartline – WR – Dolphins

 Brian Hartline was targeted 15 times and had 9 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown.  There seems to be some chemistry issue between Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace and Hartline is the major beneficiary of this.  Wallace is going to draw more attention every week, and Hartline will have a chance to be a more consistent player this year with Tannehill feeling comfortable looking his way.

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Jerome Simpson – WR – Vikings

 Greg Jennings may have signed a big contract to come to Minnesota, but it was Jerome Simpson who stole the show in the receiving game for the Vikings.  Simpson hauled in 7 catches for 140 yards, and was the only receiver that was able to stretch the field for Christian Ponder.  Simpson is better known for his ability to do flips over defenders to score a touchdown, but this may be the year he is fantasy relevant.

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Terrelle Pryor – QB – Raiders

 Pryor was one of our deep deep sleepers, who then became a deep sleeper, but now he is a hot waiver wire commodity.  We had been all over Pryor who has the ability to run, which is so important when you quarterback the Raiders offense.  Pryor showed amazing ability to make plays through the air and on the ground.  Terrelle ran 13 times for a 112 yards, a day that Darren McFadden would love to have, and threw for 217 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.  Pryor is the next Tim Tebow, with better ability to throw the ball.

Kenny Stills – WR – Saints

 Kenny Stills is the new deep threat target for Drew Brees.  The Saints may have signed Robert Meachem back to the team, but rookie Kenny Stills is doing the job he used to have with the team.  Stills showed his big play ability with 2 catches for 86 yards, including a long catch for 67 yards.  Stills has a lot of upside and the Saints are always trying to pressure defenses and take shots downfield, and that means more opportunities await this rookie.


Kellen Winslow – TE – Jets

 Kellen Winslow has remerged in New York and looked good as the safety blanket for Geno Smith.  Winslow finished the game with 7 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.  Geno Smith is being forced into the starting role for the Jets and is in over his head right now.  Smith is going to check down a lot, and Kellen Winslow is going to be the beneficiary of this.


Jermaine Kearse – WR – Seahawks

 Jermaine Kearse was making plays all preseason and earned himself a role in the Seahawks offense.  He is a playmaker who showed that ability on Sunday with 2 catches for 49 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown.  Kearse is playing himself into more playing time and he and Russell Wilson are displaying nice chemistry.  Kearse should see his role increase in the coming weeks.


Andre Roberts – WR – Cardinals

 What difference a quarterback can make, and Andre Roberts took advantage of having Carson Palmer hauling in 8 catches for 97 yards.  Roberts was able to work the underneath routes extremely well, while Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd stretched the field.  Roberts should continue to be effective in the passing game, as Carson Palmer likes to spread the ball around.


Julius Thomas – TE – Broncos

 Julius Thomas burst onto the scene with his 5 catches for 110 yards and 2-touchdown performance against the Ravens. There is no doubt he will be the hottest commodity on the waiver wire, and will have a chance to have some more nice games, although probably not as good as this one.  The Broncos still have a ton of offensive weapons and Thomas just adds to that list now.


Knowshon Moreno – RB – Broncos

 While Peyton Manning was having a career day, the Broncos running game looked lost.  Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman both were unimpressive, while Knowshon Moreno made the most of his opportunities.  Moreno ended up with 9 carries, the most on the team, for 28 yards, but added another 37 yards on 3 catches.  Knowshown has a good chance to move up the depth chart, just like he did at the end of last season.  His ability to be effective in the passing game, and his willingness to be a blocker will earn him more playing time. 

Joique Bell – RB – Lions

 Joique Bell had the second most carries for this Lions in week 1 with 6 for 25 yards, but also ran 2 touchdowns.  Bell also added 5 catches for 67 yards and has secured himself the backup role to Reggie Bush.  The Lions seemed primed to move away from Mikel Leshoure, who did not have even 1 carry in the game.  Bell showed his ability to be effective in the passing game last season with 52 catches and is picking up where he left off.  Bell is going to continue to get opportunities in the Lions offense and should be the goal line back to keep Reggie Bush healthy all season. 

Pierre Thomas – RB – Saints

 Pierre is in a crowed backfield in New Orleans, but he was the most impressive one running the football in week 1.  Thomas had 9 carries for 43 yards, while Mark Ingram also had 9 carries that went for only 11 yards.  Pierre also added 4 catches, as he continues to be a part of the passing offense.  The Saints are still searching for who the running back will be to carry the ball inside the tackles and this the last chance Ingram had to hold onto the job and Pierre may be taking that away from him. 


Andre Ellington – RB – Cardinals

 Andre Ellington did not have a very big stat line in week 1 with only 1 catch for 13 yards, but his opportunity is going to come.  Rashard Mendenhall is still the starter and it was Alfonso Smith who drew backup duty on Sunday and was not impressive.  Smith had 10 carries for 26 yards and also fumbled the ball.  When Ellington had his catch he showed his speed and elusiveness and it will only be a matter of time before he starts getting carries. 


Le'Veon Bell – RB – Steelers

 Le’Veon Bell should be grabbed off the waiver wire if you need help at running back and can wait a few weeks.  The Steelers have nobody at running back, as La’Rod Stephens Howling led the team in rushing in week 1 with 19 yards on 6 carries, but he also tore his ACL and is out for the season.  The Steelers have brought back Jonathan Dwyer, so it is clear that as soon as Bell is healthy he will be the man.  


Marlon Brown – WR – Ravens

 The Ravens may have found the receiver to play opposite of Torrey Smith in Marlon Brown.  Brown had 4 catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in week 1, and the rookie from Georgia will look to continue this in week 2.  Brown has all the measurable to be a force to be reckoned with standing at 6’5” and 205 pounds.  Brown is also going to get more chances while Jacoby Jones is out for 4-6 weeks. 


Ace Sanders – WR – Jaguars

 Ace Sanders and the rest of the Jaguar receivers had a rough game in week 1, but this rookie slot receiver is going to be a bigger part of this offense as the season moves on. Blaine Gabbert, who looked good in preseason, looked horrible in week 1 and then injured his right hand and needed 15 stiches.  If Chad Henne gets the start next week, which looks to be the case, this will give a boost to the Jaguar receivers and Sanders may be able to show a lot more.  He is still worth a flier in deep leagues.  


Rod Streater – WR – Raiders

 Rod Streater was the leading receiver for the Raiders in week 1, hauling in 5 catches for 70 yards.  Terelle Pryor was effective in week 1 and Streater was his most consistent threat on the day.  With Pryor at quarterback you are not going to expect many, if any, 300-yard passing games which limits the impact that Streater will have over the season, as he may not many if any 100-yard receiving games, but he is going to be a favorite target of Pryor.


Nate Burleson – WR – Lions

Ryan Broyles was the name that being thrown around as the guy who will be the true second fiddle to Calvin Johnson, but it was the 11 year veteran receiver in Nate Burleson who still has something to say about that, and he had his chance as Broyles was inactive.  Burleson was the most effective receiver in week 1 with 6 catches for 78 yards.  The Lions are still a pass happy offense and Burleson is going to get opportunities each week.  Calvin is still the man, but Burleson should be a consistent threat for points, just not the monster games.

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Percy Harvin – WR – Seahawks

This is just another friendly reminder that if Percy Harvin is on our waiver wire you should grab him.  He is expected back around week 12 or 13, but he feels that he will be back even sooner.  There is not going to be another receiver on the waiver wire that will have the potential impact on your team that Harvin will when he comes back this season.  If he does come back around week 8, which Harvin is predicating, he will be the waiver wire pick up that wins championships for owners who were smart enough to grab him. 


Da’Rel Scott – RB – Giants

 David Wilson must really hate opening days and the Dallas Cowboys as it was a double repeat of last season where he fumbled on his second carry.  This time Wilson fumbled twice in 7 carries and was benched yet again.  This opened the door for Da’Rel Scott, who came in and was effective with 5 carries for 23 yards and 5 catches for 51 yards.  There is one thing that Tom Coughlin hates more than anything and that is fumbling.  If Andre Brown was still healthy he would have the job, but Scott is going to see a lot of those carries until he returns.  If Wilson does not fix the fumblitis then Scott will still see carries when Brown returns.   


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