Week 20
January 19, 2018


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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

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com

Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap

Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.

01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action

Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.

01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength

Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.

01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy

LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.

01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down

DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.

01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone

Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.

01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar

In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.

12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut

Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.

12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing

Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.

12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.

12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream

Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.

12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk

Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.

12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying

James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.

12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting

The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.

12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game

Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.

12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters

McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.

12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out

Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.

12/26/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up

Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.

12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Player Rankings for Week 16

Player Rankings for Week 16

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/20/11

by   The Archer


More Articals


QB Player Rankings Large - Week 16 - Drew Brees


(Rankings will be updated throughout the week)



QB Player Rankings – Week 16


(Majority of the Games Are Played On Saturday, Dec. 24th)


RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings


Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Friday, Dec. 23 - 03:56PM CT)




1.           Drew Brees (vs. Atl – Monday Night) – Not only is Drew Brees the hottest quarterback in the league right now averaging over 30 fantasy points a game in his last four games, but he might also have the most motivation of the elite QBs to do well this weekend. Riding a six-game winning streak, the Saints have already clinched a spot in the 2011 playoffs, but on Monday night, they’ll have a chance to clinch the NFC South by beating the team that stole the division from them last year—the Atlanta Falcons. As if that wasn’t enough, with 272 career passing TDs, Brees also has a chance to move ahead of Joe Montana (273) and Vinny Testaverde (275) into ninth-place on the all-time TD passing list if he tosses four TDs. That may be a lot to ask of a QB in a heated interdivision rivalry game like this one, but maybe not. Cool Brees has averaged 314.1 yards and 2.2 TDs in his last 10 games against the Falcons while the Saints themselves have averaged 26.4 points and gone 8-2. I’m betting the over in all respects with Drew being as hot as he is right now.

2.           Tom Brady (vs. Mia) – There’s not much to say here as you’re obviously going to start Brady in your fantasy championship, but I’ll put in my two cents anyway. If you can remember, back in Week 1 of the season, Brady threw for the most passing yards of his career against these Dolphins scorching them for 517 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 38-24 win. It’s highly unlikely the Stetson Man comes anywhere close to those numbers this time around with Miami playing much better on defense nowadays, but I wouldn’t put anything past the future Hall-of-Famer. The big bonus for fantasy owners is that with New England still fighting for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, you can bet both Tommy and coach Belichick will keep the pedal to the metal the entire game regardless of the score.

3.           Cam Newton (vs. TB) – If you were to ask me who was averaging the second most fantasy points per game this season behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees would be my answer—and I’d be wrong. The answer is Cam Newton. Of course, this observation may change from league to league depending on your scoring system, but my point is that despite being a rookie and throwing for only half the number of TDs as the other elite QBs, his style of play makes up the difference and more in fantasyland. This weekend, Newton will face a rapidly declining Buccaneers defense that has not only allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to QBs, but just lost their best player in the secondary (CB Aqib Talib) for the season. Furthermore, Newton put up his best fantasy game of the year against this team just three weeks ago in Tampa Bay scoring 35.6 fantasy points. 

4.           Matthew Stafford (vs. SD) – Matthew Stafford has been absolutely phenomenal this season and after leading the Lions to an NFL record FOURTH comeback win from a 13-point deficit, he has without a doubt earned the nickname of “Second Half Staff”. Another of his many accomplishments this season includes becoming the second-youngest QB ever to throw for 4,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season (Dan Marino, 1984). This Saturday, the Lions will take on a Chargers team that has been as hot as any team in the league of late, but doesn’t play nearly as well away from home giving up an average of nearly 26 points a game on the road. With the Lions fighting for their first playoff berth since 1999 and Stafford’s obvious poise under pressure, I’m betting on a great showing from the comeback kid this weekend.

5.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas) – It looks like Aaron Rodgers is human after all—or at least some sort of half-human-like creature. Last weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs became the first team this season to hold Rodgers to less than two touchdown passes in a game, though he somewhat made up for it fantasy-wise by running in a score late in the game. This Sunday night, Aaron will face a Bears team that has not only held opposing QBs to one or fewer TD passes in six of their last seven games, but they’ve also held Rodge to an average of just 242 yards passing and 1.4 TDs in his seven career games as a starter against them. Basically, without his favorite wide receiver (Greg Jennings) in the lineup, don’t expect the same type of fantasy magic from Aaron that got you to the finals in the first place.

6.           Philip Rivers (@ Det)

7.           Tony Romo (vs. Phi)

8.           Tim Tebow (@ Buf)

9.           Rex Grossman (vs. Min) – TOP-5 SLEEPER CANDIDATE

10.       Michael Vick (@ Dal)

11.       Matt Ryan (@ NO – Monday Night)

12.       Eli Manning (@ NYJ) – POTENTIAL BUST

13.       Matt Moore (@ NE)

14.       Kyle Orton (vs. Oak)

15.       Mark Sanchez (vs. NYG)


16.       Carson Palmer (@ KC)

17.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Den)

18.       Andy Dalton (vs. Ari)

19.       John Skelton (@ Cin)

20.       T.J. Yates (@ Ind – Thursday Night)

21.       Matt Hasselbeck (vs. Jax)

22.       Josh Freeman (@ Car)

23.       Tarvaris Jackson (vs. SF)



24.       Charlie Batch (vs. StL)

25.       Joe Flacco (vs. Cle)

26.       Alex Smith (@ Sea)

27.       Christian Ponder (@ Was)

28.       Dan Orlovsky (vs. Hou – Thursday Night)

29.       Seneca Wallace (@ Bal)

30.       Josh McCown (@ GB – Sunday Night, Christmas)

31.       Blaine Gabbert (@ Ten)

32.       Kellen Clemens (@ Pit)



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