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Odell Beckham Jr

New York Giants

OBJ Gonna Be OK


“An MRI of Beckham’s ankle confirmed that he has no more than a sprained ankle, although the severity of the injury has not been revealed… It appears this is a low left ankle sprain, given that Beckham said he ‘rolled’ the ankle and McAdoo said, ‘We’ll take it day by day.’”

Fantasy Goo: Beckham ranks in the top ten in practically every receiving category. He even has more room for upside too as he saw the 2nd highest Red Zone target share at 35.4% however he only converted 10 catches on such plays.


08/22/17, 08:36 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kareem Hunt

Kansas City Chiefs

Hunt Impressive


Kareem Hunt's preseason week 2 rendered him the nickname "cockroach" - he just doesn't go down. Excerpt from League Winners: “Pro Football Focus rated Hunt as the number one overall running back in this year’s draft class. Hunt generated 986 rushing yards after contact over his career and received the third highest FBS elusive rating in this class.”

Fantasy Goo: Hunt has an 8th round ADP and is a great candidate to break-out as a rookie. Ware may have bell-cow potential, but Hunt will almost certainly take over third-down/pass catching duties out of the backfield.


08/22/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Bills Reportedly Not Entertaining Trade Offers for McCoy


“Bills haven’t entertained traded offers for McCoy, the Bills currently aren’t entertaining offers for McCoy, and the Bills won’t be entertaining trade offers for McCoy. A trade would create only $1 million in net cap space for the Bills, and it would save $6.075 million in cash. But it also would leave the Bills without one of their best players, less than two weeks after trading receiver Sammy Watkins.”

Fantasy Goo: Since the Elliott news McCoy has been seen jumping up into the third spot in several drafts, but since the Watkins trade he’s slid to the mid-back of the first. This report makes it sound like the team wants to build around him, but I’m going to look for a steadier situation with my top of the first-round pick. Many things have changed quickly this off-season, don’t be surprised either way this goes, comments could be a smoke-screen.


08/22/17, 06:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


James Conner

Pittsburgh Steelers

Conner Solid in Debut


Steelers rookie RB James Conner rushed 20 times for 98 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards on his preseason debut Sunday night. This was his first preseason action after being out with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Conner is trying to earn himself the back-up role to LeVeon Bell, and he should have a role if Bell does go down at all, but duties will almost certainly be split between Conner and Fitzgerald Tousaint if that were to happen. Conner is a solid dynasty pick in the double digit rounds, especially if the Steelers don’t extend his deal prior to the start of the season.


08/20/17, 09:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Kamara Lives Up To Hype Today


“Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara rushed 5 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers. Kamara's first carry of the game was an explosive 50-yard touchdown run. He was also utilized in the passing game, catching a ball in the flat and scampering for a 20 yard gain.”

Fantasy Goo: This is all against the Chargers second and third string, so don’t get too excited, but it does appear that Kamara could contribute and make this backfield very difficult to predict from week-to-week. Kamara looks to be a very solid dynasty pick in the seventh round.


08/20/17, 09:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Anquan Boldin

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Charles Clay

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed (toe) Activated from PUP List


Fantasy Goo: Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes. Like Gronk, with Reed you have to assume that he will not play all 16 games, but don’t shy away from Reed because when he was active in 2016 he was a top 10 TE 75% of the time.


08/20/17, 05:45 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Player Rankings for Week 10

Player Rankings for Week 10

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QB Player Rankings – Week 10

 

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RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

Quarterbacks

 

 

 

1.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. Min) – It seems to happen every 3-4 years nowadays, but it looks like Rodgers is on one of those rolls like Tom Brady was in 2007 and Peyton Manning in 2004 where he can do no wrong and simply cannot be stopped. Home or away, good team or bad, inter-division or not; it just doesn’t matter. With that being said, know that the Minnesota Vikings have absolutely no chance whatsoever to put an end to his domination. First of all, they allow the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Secondly, Rodgers absolutely owns them as he’s thrown for more yards and touchdowns against them than against any other team in the league. Third, just three weeks ago in Minnesota, Aaron had a near-perfect day going 24-for-30 (80 percent) for 335 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Oh, and he’s also rushed for more yards against them than any other team in the league as well.

 

2.           Drew Brees (@ Atl) – Brees may have been a little bit shaky the last couple of games, but he’ll be back to normal against the Falcons this Sunday. In six games over the last three seasons, Drew has averaged a whopping 320.5 passing yards, 2.2 touchdowns and 21.6 fantasy points against them, so confidence should be pretty high here. Atlanta’s pass D has done better of late, but that won’t matter on Sunday as this rivalry has been a shootout-fest over the last three seasons with the average number of combined points put up per game between these two teams being up over 50 points/game. Basically, expect a few fireworks, folks.

 

3.           Cam Newton (vs. Ten) – Cam has continued to get better throughout the season despite mostly learning on the go and it wouldn’t shock me in the slightest to see him come out of the bye week an even better QB than he was the week before. So far, only once has Newton put up less than 20 fantasy points in a game as he currently sits second in the league in that category to the only other man who can say the same, Mr. Aaron Rodgers. Tennessee’s defense isn’t bad, but if fellow rookie QB Andy Dalton can put up over 21 fantasy points and Curtis Painter can put up almost 18, you can bet that the Big Fig Newton will have himself quite a happy party this Sunday.

 

4.           Michael Vick (vs. Ari) – Vick had his second real stinker of the year in last Monday night’s loss to the Chicago Bears, but he should more than make up for it in this one. The Cardinals defense can be beaten in a bunch of different ways and I expect Vick will do his best to take advantage of them all on Sunday. Donovan McNabb and Tarvaris Jackson are the only two QBs out of eight not to have thrown for at least 250 yards on Arizona, but each of them made up for it in the fantasy column by rushing in a TD. Four others threw for 320-plus yards while rookie Cam Newton tossed for 422 yards, two touchdowns and ran another one in for good measure. Basically, Vick will have the fantasy world at his feet this weekend.

 

5.           Eli Manning (@ SF) – Even if Manning doesn’t get Hakeem Nicks back for this game (which he should), I’m expecting at least 300 yards and a couple of TDs. The Giants will find out real fast how hard it is to run against this 49ers front seven and when they do, look for the playbook to open up and the running game to be thrown out the door. By the end of this game, don’t be surprised to see that Eli has thrown the ball around 50 times and comes close to a good 350 yards or so.

 

6.           Matthew Stafford (@ Chi) – The Bears pass D has played a lot better of late, as evidenced by their domination of the dynamic Philadelphia Eagles receivers last Monday night, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still susceptible to a bad game here and there. I don’t think Stafford will go completely off this Sunday, but he had a pretty good day against them in their first meeting this year throwing for a couple of TDs while completing 73 percent of his passes. My guess is that the Lions will be throwing the ball more often than not with the Bears rush D playing well, so 250 yards and a couple of TDs could be in store. Oh, and Calvin Johnson absolutely LOVES playing in these inter-division games, so Staff has that going for him as well.

 

7.           Tim Tebow (@ KC) – I hope people realize by now that you don’t necessarily have to be good at passing the ball to be a great fantasy quarterback. Look at what Michael Vick has done throughout the years and what Cam Newton is doing right now! Tim Tebow can’t even complete 50 percent of his passes, yet is still averaging over 20 fantasy points a game as a starter because he’s so good at running the ball. In fact, his 20.8 fantasy points/game is tied for sixth-most with Matthew Stafford at this point. Kansas City has a middle-of-the-pack pass defense, but they looked pretty bad last weekend when they allowed Matt Moore to throw three touchdowns against them. If Moore can go for over 20 fantasy points on them, you better believe Tebow will as well.

 

8.           Ben Roethlisberger (@ Cin) – The stats say that the Bengals pass defense allows the sixth-least amount of fantasy points to opposing QBs this year, which is pretty darn impressive until you realize who they’ve played: Colt McCoy, Kyle Orton, Alex Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Blaine Gabbert, Curtis Painter, Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Hasselbeck. Big Ben will be the first stud quarterback they’ve faced and I’m expecting him to serve up a rather rude awakening. Mike Wallace is simply awesome and can get deep on ANY defense, while second-year guy, Antonio Brown, is showing some elite skills himself. Strangely, Cincinnati is probably the team Roethlisberger has had the toughest time with in the past, but he might not have ever had this much talent to throw to either.

 

9.           Tom Brady (@ NYJ) – Which Tom Brady will come out to play this weekend in probably the biggest showdown of the week? The one who averaged 287 yards and three touchdowns against the Jets last season, or the one who has thrown five interceptions and averaged less than 19 fantasy points/game over his last five games? The Patriots themselves are also hitting a bit of a rough patch losing their last two games and their first at home since 2008, but like all great teams and players, they find a way to turn it around. I don’t expect Brady to throw for 400 yards and four TDs (though he might), but he should be able to put up numbers like he did in their first game this season, which was 321 yards and a TD.

 

10.       Tony Romo (vs. Buf) – Romo will again be without his (probably) best receiver in Miles Austin this Sunday, but that should hurt him too much. The Cowboys did well to find their answer at the WR3 position when they grabbed Laurent Robinson earlier in the year, so they should be fine throwing him into the starting lineup opposite Dez Bryant again. The last time they did that back in Week 4, Laurent responded with seven catches for 116 yards. Basically, Romo doesn’t lose a lot with Austin out and should be able to put up some good numbers with the Bills defense allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.

 

 

11.       Matt Ryan (vs. NO)

 

12.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ Dal)

 

13.       Mark Sanchez (vs. NE)

 

14.       Matt Schaub (@ TB)

 

15.       Jay Cutler (vs. Det)

 

16.       Matt Cassel (vs. Den)

 

17.       Joe Flacco (@ Sea)

 

18.       Josh Freeman (vs. Hou)

 

19.       Matt Hasselbeck (@ Car)

 

20.       Matt Moore (vs. Was)

 

21.       Christian Ponder (@ GB)

 

22.       Colt McCoy (vs. StL)

 

23.       Blaine Gabbert (@ Ind)

 

24.       Tarvaris Jackson (vs. Bal)

 

25.       Andy Dalton (vs. Pit)

 

26.       Alex Smith (vs. NYG)

 

27.       Sam Bradford (@ Cle)

 

28.       Curtis Painter (vs. Jax)

 

29.       John Beck (@ Mia)

 

30.       John Skelton (@ Phi)

 


 

99.       Philip Rivers (vs. Oak – Thursday Night) – 23/47, 274 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

99.       Carson Palmer (@ SD – Thursday Night) – 14/20, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

 

 

 

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