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Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Jones to Compete for WR2

Zay Jones' and his 399 college reception record could make an immediate impact as he performed favorable to Sterling Shepard in college.

Fantasy Goo: Jones' is many fantasy analysts favorite among rookie WRs in 2017. With the 167 vacated targets among Woods, Goodwin and Hunter, Zay has upside as a fantasy WR3.

07/21/17, 12:35 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Will Tye

New York Giants

Coughlin May Bring Giants to JAX

The Giants have reportedly started shopping Will Tye and Tom Coughlin may be a suitor. If Tye is traded it would convey their plans to use Engram could be immediate.

Fantasy Goo: Although rookie TE's have historically lacked production, Engram is more of a big slot WR. If they move Tye Engram will likely split time in teh slot with Sterling Shepard and could be worth a late round flier after we saw Shepard score 8 TDs in the same position.

07/21/17, 12:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Geronimo Allison

Green Bay Packers

Geronimo Suspended For Opener

Geronimo Allison is suspended for Week 1 due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Goo: It is worth noting that Geronimo put up 4 catches for 91 yards and a score Week 17 when Jordy was being shadowed by Darrius Slay. He could be nice DFS play in games Jordy gets shadowed and Cobb or Adams are inactive.

07/21/17, 12:14 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


Braxton Miller

Houston Texans

Braxton A Breakout WR?

QB Guru George Whitfield thinks Braxton Miller could take a dramatic step forward as a WR

Fantasy Goo: September 7, 2015. That was when Braxton took a direct snap, scrambled left and then put a spin move on the Virginia Tech defense that froze in time and broke Twitter. Miller was an all around stud in college and has Julian Edelman type potential. He could be worth a very late round pick, but keep him on your radar.

07/21/17, 11:25 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley Could See More Targets in 2017

Sean McVay recently went on ESPN LA and talked about Jared Goff's development and how the Rams are looking to get Gurley more work in the passing game.

Fantasy Goo: Not known for his receiving skills, despite Dunbar coming to the Rams in the offseason, Sean McVay will travel by air to get Gurley into open space. McVay know's the O-Line is a work in progress, but Gurley is an animal in the open field.

07/21/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bellcow To Play On Franchise Tag

Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down the Steelers 5 year contract that averaged 12 million per year. That number is 50% higher than the next highest paid RB, LeSean McCoy.

Fantasy Goo: This was a ballsy move by Bell, he has stated that he wants to reset the RB market. Adrian Peterson's 2012 was one of the largest RB contracts as he amassed $20.1 million on his base + incentives. Le'Veon Bell is now the #1 player to have in 2017 playing on a contact year under the Franchise tag.

07/21/17, 10:08 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Dan Orlovsky

Detroit Lions

Rams Add Veteran QB

The Rams veteran journeyman Dan Orlovsky to backup their promising young QB Jared Goff. Orlovsky is rejoining his OC from his 2005 season in Detroit.

Fantasy Goo: Orlovsky's last effective game was in 2015 when he threw for 191 yards with a TD and an interception. Even if Goff goes down for an extended period of time Orlovsky has never shown the ability to have a fantasy presence.

07/21/17, 09:59 AM CDT by The Hartbeat


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Carlos Henderson Impresses in Broncos OTA’s

"Carlos is a great route-runner," fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said during OTAs. "He keeps his arms running through the cuts. I’ve been watching film on him and just seeing how he is. He is a technique guy."

Fantasy Goo: This offense has been missing the short-game middle of the field presence in the passing game from a TE or slot receiver. It’s hard to say how many opportunities are there with the QB situation the way it is and two premier receivers on the outside, but this report sounds like they are looking to create opportunities for him, even if it’s on special teams. His metrics profile compares best to Stealing Sheppard.

07/20/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Re-sign RB Chris Johnson to One-year Contract

This is the perfect situation for everyone involved. Johnson obviously knows the offense, the Cardinals have a solid back-up and can bring their rookie along slowly. Ellington has moved to WR and Kerwynn Williams is comfortable with the offense, but certainly not a solid No.2.

Fantasy Goo:
It doesn’t move the needle for anyone’s value, David Johnson is still the number one or two overall pick and there was no “handcuff” on the radar to begin with. In the four games Chris Johnson was active last year he only did more than spell David in one game, when Arizona crushed Tennessee 40-7.

07/20/17, 04:11 PM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers First Round Pick Might Need Surgery

Reports on Mike Williams are mixed on whether he’ll need surgery or not for the herniated disk in his back, either way it seems unlikely that he will have anything to contribute this year. It seems like Schefter and Rapoport are having a little pissing contest as to whether Williams will actually need surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Draft Tyrell Williams as your WR3, he’s going after the 10th round right now, but that won’t happen for much longer. Keep Dontrell Inman on your radar, he could be a late round flyer in PPR leagues, with Allen out last year Inman finished with more PPR points than Ginn, Cobb and DeVante Parker.

07/20/17, 03:24 PM CDT by Wheeler


Gary Barnidge

Cleveland Browns

Jaguars Meet With Barnidge

“Barnidge was released by Cleveland following this year's NFL Draft. The Browns used a first-round pick on Miami tight end David Njoku, who is set to take on Barnidge's playing time. If the Jaguars were to sign Barnidge, it would be a homecoming for the veteran tight end.”

Fantasy Goo: This means nothing, Barnidge will not have a repeat of his 2015 season. Barnidge is a solid blocking TE that had a spectacular year when there were no other options in the offense. The Jaguars aren’t very adept at using the TE either, Julius Thomas did next to nothing in his two years with the team.

07/20/17, 03:21 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else

When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.

07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend

Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.

07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins

Deadline Set for Miami to Re-Sign Landry

Landry will not negotiate his contract after the season begins. I’m not so sure Landry is in Miami’s future plans. They surely won’t franchise him for $18 million next year and they just gave Kenny Stills a nice contract.

Fantasy Goo:I believe Miami has high hopes for DeVante Parker becoming the wide receiver one they drafted him to be. That may be a tall task with Tannehill running the show, but Parker appears to be far more committed to improving this year.

07/15/17, 08:55 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers Backfield Community

Reports out of SF say that Hyde has to earn the starting job. SF drafted two running backs and signed several free agents in the off-season including Tim Hightower and Kyle Juszczyk. If Hyde stays healthy there’s little doubt he earns the job, but he’s in the last year of his contract so if SF has their expected slow start I expect them to turn to their other options quickly.

Fantasy Goo: There are also reports that Hyde doesn’t fit into the Shanahan system well, he’s a tremendous athlete, but this is the time of year to pay attention to the negative information when we usually see nothing but fluff.

07/15/17, 08:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Virgil Green

Denver Broncos

Denver Tight End Job Up for Grabs

The team did select tight end Jake Butt in the 2017 NFL draft, but a knee injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game may keep the talented rookie out of action for this entire season.

Fantasy Goo: Virgil Green is a blocker and AJ Derby is a natural athlete that converted to TE from QB, they believe he can be used in many ways and McCoy’s offense can use a third pass-catcher. Derby isn’t worth drafting, but we may want to keep an eye on him.

07/15/17, 08:42 AM CDT by Wheeler


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Denver Receivers Excited for New Offense

“We’ve got this new offense with Mike McCoy. We’re going to be throwing the ball around so my conditioning has to be up and I’ve been working on that.’’
Sanders is working on a healthier lifestyle and getting ready for a high paced offense. Thomas is just happy to get his favorite play back in the rotation (WR screen).

Fantasy Goo: Thomas’ ADP is rising to the second round, while Sanders’ is hanging around in the late fifth. If you miss on Thomas keep an eye on Sanders slipping to you. While we’re not sure who the QB will be, these two should be just fine where they are being drafted.

07/15/17, 08:37 AM CDT by Wheeler


Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McNichols Working on Pass Catching Skills

Jeremy McNichols has been working with the Bucs wide receivers. He's going basically undrafted, McNichols may be worth a late round flyer if you’re in a FFPC (28 round) draft, but we have to see what happens in camp before we can judge this one.

Fantasy Goo: Doug Martin’s ADP has risen to the point where he’s getting way too expensive. If he’s hanging around in the ninth or tenth he might be worth a shot, but there are probably better options to choose from before that point.

07/15/17, 08:30 AM CDT by Wheeler


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Opportunities in Colts Backfield

“As long as I’m healthy and my guys up front get me the opportunities, I’m going to be successful,’’ Gore said.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski remains squarely in Gore’s corner, but there figures to be more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. “You can go a lot of different directions in that you can feature more things or different things with different people,’’ he said. “Some of that will be personnel-driven.’’

Fantasy Goo: With no improvements to the O-line, Robert Turbin showing life in camp, and Marlon Mack being drafted, I don’t see how Gore improves on last year’s total. He keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny, but I think that cliff is close. I’ve been high on him every year until now.

07/15/17, 08:25 AM CDT by Wheeler


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron to see more red-zone targets?

Ebron’s ADP has risen 2-3 rounds, depending on your scoring, in the past two months. Everyone seems to think that Ebron will see more red-zone looks this year with Boldin’s 22 RZ targets leaving town. He has a very safe floor so there’s no real downside to drafting him in the eighth round or later.

Fantasy Goo: I’m going to keep an eye on Boldin as well, he hasn’t signed with another team yet, and he’s not finished playing. Detroit is still on the list of places he could end up.

07/15/17, 08:06 AM CDT by Wheeler


Player Rankings for Week 17

Player Rankings for Week 17

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/27/11

by   The Archer


More Articals


QB Player Rankings Large - Week 17 - Tom Brady


(Rankings will be updated throughout the week)



QB Player Rankings – Week 17


(All Games Are Played On Sunday, Jan. 1st)


RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings



Quarterbacks                                        (Updated:  Friday, Dec. 30 - 04:16PM CT)




1.           Tom Brady (vs. Buf) – Tom Brady and the Patriots will be playing in one of the few truly meaningful games this Sunday, which is only part of the reason why I have the Stetson Man as my top-ranked QB for the week. First of all, with a victory over the Bills, the Pats will secure the all-important home-field advantage throughout the playoffs—an asset both Brady and Bill Belichick know very well to be valuable. Second, though maybe slightly less important, is the NFL Passing Yards record. I guarantee both Tommy and his coach know how close he is to snatching that record away from Drew Brees and Dan Marino. At this moment, Brady is 186 yards behind Brees in passing yards this season which might seem like a lot to overcome, but if the Saints decide to sit their starters in the second half of their game, it might not be. Strangely enough, this record could come down to how the St. Louis Rams play against the 49ers because if the ‘Niners lose and the Saints win, New Orleans will have themselves a first-round bye. If San Fran wins, however, the Saints will be locked into the three-seed. Since the ‘Niners should win that game, I expect Drew Brees to sit the second half out which would give Brady a shot at the record if he can toss up about 350 yards. Believe me; he’ll be gunning for it.

2.           Cam Newton (@ NO) – Though this game means absolutely nothing to the Panthers, you can bet your ass it means something to Cam Newton. When a player first comes into the NFL as a rookie, numbers tend to mean a little more to them than they do to the veterans. From what I’ve seen out of Newton this year, stats seem to mean a little more to him than they do for the usual rookie so I expect him to do everything he can to pad them a little bit more in his final game of 2011—especially since he was kept off the Pro Bowl team (even though he says he doesn’t care) 

3.           Eli Manning (vs. Dal – Sunday Night) – This one’s for all the marbles, as they say. In probably the biggest game of 2011’s final weekend and certainly the most meaningful game of the season for the Giants, I expect Manning to come out gunning and not stop until the final whistle blows. In their first matchup just a few weeks ago in Dallas, Eli threw for 400 yards and two TDs en route to a 37-34 win for New York. Though it would turn out to be one of his best fantasy outputs of the year, Manning is certainly no stranger to doing well against Dallas as two of his top-four fantasy games last season were against Dallas as well. With this game expected to be a shootout as usual (this rivalry has averaged a combined 63.8 points the last five games), look for a big fantasy performance out of the NFC Pro Bowler.

4.           Tony Romo (@ NYG – Sunday Night) – Everything usually gets tossed out the door when it comes to interdivisional rivalries like this, but you can’t ignore the fact that the Giants defense has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season, along with six 300-yard games and three four-TD games. One of those big games came just a few weeks ago when the Cowboys’ Tony Romo threw for 321 yards and four TDs against them. This should really be no shock at all to those who know Romo as out of six career games throwing for four or more TDs, three of them came against this same New York Giants team. In an excited end to the season for both teams, look for the baby-faced QB to have one last good one for his fantasy owners. Oh, and lastly, don’t worry about his bruised hand as most top athletes tend to play a little bit better when dealing with an injury.

5.           Michael Vick (vs. Was) – This game may not look like it means anything but believe me, to Michael Vick and the Eagles, it does. After being dubbed the “Dream Team” due to all their high-profile signings in the off-season, Philly came out and pretty much fell flat on their face starting off the year with a 1-4 record. It hasn’t gotten much better since, but they at least have a chance to save face this Sunday by beating the Redskins and pulling off an even 8-8 record. Vick, too, crash-landed in 2011 as he’s fallen off in every statistical category from last season while disappointing his fantasy owners to no end. Yes, it seems he’s gotten a bit back on track over the last couple of weekends, but it’s likely been a little too late for most. That said, Vick’s pride will force him to do everything he can to end his (rotten) season on high note and soothe the Eagles management for extending him that 100 million dollar contract.

6.           Matthew Stafford (@ GB)

7.           Drew Brees (vs. Car) – *RISKY PLAY* - COULD SEE LESS THAN A FULL GAME OF ACTION


9.           Philip Rivers (@ Oak)

10.       Tim Tebow (vs. KC)

11.       Carson Palmer (vs. SD) – SLEEPER CANDIDATE

12.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ NE) – SLEEPER CANDIDATE 

13.       Kyle Orton (@ Den)

14.       Dan Orlovsky (@ Jax)

15.       Joe Flacco (@ Cin)

16.       John Skelton (vs. Sea)

17.       Christian Ponder (vs. Chi)

18.       Andy Dalton (vs. Bal)

19.       Mark Sanchez (@ Mia)

20.       Ben Roethlisberger (@ Cle) – *RISKY PLAY* - COULD SEE A LITTLE MORE THAN ONE HALF OF ACTION

21.       Matt Hasselbeck (@ Hou)

22.       Matt Flynn (vs. Det) – SHOULD PLAY THREE QUARTERS OR MORE

23.       Rex Grossman (@ Phi)

24.       Josh Freeman (@ Atl)

25.       Alex Smith (@ StL)

26.       Matt Moore (vs. NYJ)

27.       T.J. Yates (vs. Ten)

28.       Tarvaris Jackson (@ Ari)

29.       Josh McCown (@ Min)

30.       Blaine Gabbert (vs. Ind)

31.       Seneca Wallace (vs. Pit)

32.       Aaron Rodgers (vs. Det) – LIKELY TO SEE NO MORE THAN ONE QUARTER OF ACTION

33.       Kellen Clemens (vs. SF)

34.       Joe Webb (vs. Chi)

35.       Charlie Batch (@ Cle) – LIKELY TO SEE LESS THAN ONE HALF OF ACTION



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