March 22, 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


Player Rankings for Week 14

Player Rankings for Week 14

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/06/11

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QB Player Rankings Large - Week 14 - Aaron Rodgers




QB Player Rankings – Week 14




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1.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. Oak) – If you were to double the amount of interceptions he’s thrown and cut his touchdowns in half, Aaron Rodgers would STILL rank within the top-10 fantasy QBs this season. That’s how dominant the guy has been. What’s even scarier is that Rodgers’ overall average numbers are better at home (317 yards, 3.4 TDs and 30.7 fantasy points per game), where the Packers have only played five times so far in 2011. And of course, the most unnerving fact of all for owners playing against him this week is that he’s facing an Oakland Raiders team that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Pretty intimidating stuff, to say the least.

2.           Matthew Stafford (vs. Min) – The first time Stafford faced Minnesota this season, he threw for a whopping 378 yards on almost 70 percent passing with two TDs back in Week 3—and that was before the Vikings secondary was completely decimated by injuries. The Lions will be playing at home in this one where Stafford has averaged 267 yards and 2.5 touchdowns—numbers he should easily surpass against a Minnesota defense that has allowed the most TDs, sixth-most yards and third-most fantasy points in 2011.

3.           Drew Brees (@ Ten) – Coming off three straight games of putting up 320-plus yards while averaging three TDs a game, Drew Brees is the hottest quarterback in the NFL right now not named Aaron Rodgers and might be the only man in the league able to steal an MVP vote from him once the season is over. This week, the Saints travel to Tennessee to face a high-quality Titans defense that has allowed the sixth-fewest points in the NFL. It certainly won’t be easy for Brees with the Titans eyeing the playoffs and in need of a win, but because he’s playing at such a high level right now, I’m not sure there’s anything they can do about it.

4.           Tom Brady (@ Was) – The Redskins haven’t allowed a 300-yard passer yet this season, but because the Stetson Man seems to thrive on such challenges, I expect Washington’s streak to come to an end on Sunday—especially with the injuries they’re dealing with on the defensive side of the ball. Brady also happens to be a better fantasy quarterback on the road where he’s averaged over 336 yards, three touchdowns and 26 fantasy points a game this season.

5.           Eli Manning (@ Dal – Sunday Night) – Manning ripped apart the Dallas secondary last year averaging 339.5 yards and three touchdowns against them in their two regular season games. He also happens to be clicking with his receivers right now throwing for five touchdowns and 753 yards over the last two weekends. The Cowboys have certainly stepped up their play on the defensive side of the ball this season, but in interdivisional rivalries such as these, things like this are usually tossed out the window. With that in mind, I expect this game to play out the way it has in their last five matchups where the two teams combine to average almost 60 points a game between them. With that amount of scoring, you can bet both Manning and Romo will account for a big part of it.

6.           Tony Romo (vs. NYG – Sunday Night) – Tony Romo hasn’t had the same amount of fantasy success in this rivalry as Eli Manning has, as evidenced by the season-ending injury he suffered against them in Week 7 last year. However, things like that can motivate a competitor like Romo more than us normal civilians realize, so you might actually consider his prior bad luck as a positive heading into this weekend. With Miles Austin returning to an already lethal WR corps and the Giants allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to QBs this season, look for Romo to put up numbers similar to Manning’s in what could end up being the game of the week.

7.           Cam Newton (vs. Atl) – Last weekend was a perfect example of why Cam Newton needs to be in your starting lineup each and every week. I mean, how often do you see a quarterback throw for just 200 yards and one touchdown, yet put up the most fantasy points during a week in which four other QBs throw for 340-plus yards with three or more TDs? NEVER would be the correct answer here. Cam has already faced Atlanta once in his rookie campaign and had one of his least explosive games of the year. However, expect him to turn it around in this one with this being his first game back home in nearly a month.

8.           Philip Rivers (vs. Buf) – Rivers finally seems to be hitting his stride putting up 19 or more fantasy points in four of his last five games while tossing zero interceptions in his last two. With WR Malcom Floyd’s return from injury last weekend against the Jags, the Chargers receiving corps became that much more lethal considering the ascension of rookie Vincent Brown in his absence along with the continued improvement of Antonio Gates’ mobility. Playing at home against a Buffalo team that has given up three or more passing TDs in three of their last four games, Rivers should have no problem continuing his recent hot streak.

9.           Carson Palmer (@ GB) – Palmer has had a little bit of trouble getting himself into a groove as of late, but with the amount of injuries the Raiders have had at wide receiver, his recent slide is certainly understandable. This week, however, he has a couple of things going for him. First, the Raiders are playing a Packers team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in 2011. Second, Palmer will likely have to toss the ball 40-45 times if they want a shot at winning this game. Combine those two little nuggets with the fact that the Packers defense is still a little banged up and you’re looking at a nice little turn-around for Carson this weekend

10.       Michael Vick (@ Mia) – Michael Vick is back, and none too soon for fantasy owners who were depending on him for their fantasy playoffs. Will he be a little bit rusty? More than likely, yes, but even a rusty Michael Vick is more athletic and lethal than most any other QB in the game. Just because he’s been out a few weeks doesn’t mean we should forget that Vick still ranks among the top guys in the league in fantasy points per game. The Miami team he’ll be facing is actually one of the hotter teams in the league right now, especially on the defensive side of the ball. That said, they’ve also allowed seven different quarterbacks to toss two or more TDs against them this year, so hot or not—they can still be had for some decent fantasy points. If Tim Tebow can put up 20-plus fantasy points against them (Week 7), Vick should be able to as well.

11.       Tim Tebow (vs. Chi)

12.       Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Cle – Thursday Night)

13.       Matt Ryan (@ Car)

14.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ SD)

15.       Rex Grossman (vs. NE)

16.       Matt Moore (vs. Phi)

17.       Mark Sanchez (vs. KC)

18.       Joe Flacco (vs. Ind)

19.       Andy Dalton (vs. Hou)

20.       Matt Hasselbeck (vs. NO)

21.       Kevin Kolb (vs. SF)

22.       Christian Ponder (@ Det)

23.       Josh Freeman (@ Jax)

24.       Alex Smith (@ Ari)

25.       Tarvaris Jackson (vs. StL – Monday Night)

26.       Caleb Hanie (@ Den)

27.       Sam Bradford (@ Sea – Monday Night)

28.       Colt McCoy (@ Pit – Thursday Night)

29.       Dan Orlovsky (@ Bal)

30.       Blaine Gabbert (vs. TB)

31.       T.J. Yates (@ Cin)

32.       Tyler Palko (@ NYJ)



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