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 17

Player Rankings for Week 17

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/27/11

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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


8.           Matt Ryan (vs. TB) – *RISKY PLAY* - IF DETROIT WINS, THE FALCONS MAY TAKE HIM OUT EARLY


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

 

 

RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings



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