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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.sacbee.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.denverpost.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

Pickups & Drops - Week 1 / '13

Pickups & Drops - Week 1 / '13

Posted by d-Rx on 09/09/13

by   The Archer


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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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