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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 14

Player Rankings for Week 14

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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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