March 21, 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 8

Player Rankings for Week 8

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 10/25/11

by   The Archer


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QB Player Rankings – Week 8


(BYE:  Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, NY Jets, Oakland, Tampa Bay)



RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings






1.           Drew Brees (@ StL) – In case you were wondering, last Sunday night was not the biggest fantasy game Brees has ever had (he had two larger ones in 2009 alone), but it might have been the most uncalled for with the game well in hand after just one quarter. Cool Brees has now thrown for five or more TDs in a game five different times in his career, one off the record shared by Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. This week he’ll face a Rams team that gives passing TDs away like they’re Halloween candy allowing more than two per game to opposing QBs. If you were bombarded by him last week, I feel for you, but look at the bright side and be glad you don’t have to face him two weeks in a row.


2.           Michael Vick (vs. Dal) – As a whole, the Cowboys have a very solid defense, but their pass D leaves a little something to be desired. In his lone game against them last season, Vick threw for 270 yards and two TDs while running a third one in from a yard out. As far as the Eagles are concerned, they finally showed some urgency two weeks ago in Washington and should continue their all-out play with Andy Reid breathing down their necks. Since Philly is just 2-4 right now and need wins to make the playoffs, I expect Vick and the rest of the guys to pour it on any chance they get.


3.           Tom Brady (@ Pit) – It’s strange to think of any player dominating the Pittsburgh Steelers and their vaunted defense, but that’s exactly what Tom Brady has done throughout his career. In five games against them, Brady has thrown for 12 TDs to just three INTs while averaging 337 yards a game on over 68 percent passing. Sure, four of those games were played before 2008, but last year he went into Pittsburgh and ruled the field as well going off for 350 yards and three TDs along with a rushing TD to boot! The Steelers may own the top pass D in the league right now, but stuff like that doesn’t really matter to Brady and might actually egg him on that much more.


4.           Ben Roethlisberger (vs. NE) – Basically, when you play against Tom Brady and the Patriots, you need to keep up in the scoring column if you want a shot at winning. Big Ben will do just that this coming weekend. Last year, both Brady and Roethlisberger went nuts with Ben throwing for three touchdowns and 387 yards as the Steelers lost 39-26. I expect the same type of showdown on Sunday with it basically being a toss-up as to who ends up doing better. With the Pats D giving up the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season (actually tied with Denver), Roethlisberger just might come out on top.


5.           Cam Newton (vs. Min) – It absolutely does not matter who the Panthers play or how good/bad their defense might be; Cam Newton stays the same ass-kicker that he is. The guy is averaging one rushing touchdown a game this season and has only one game in which he failed to put up over 20 fantasy points. His throwing accuracy even seems to be on the upswing right now as he completed 18 of 23 passes last weekend against the Redskins. Cam is getting smarter…and better…and scarier to face as a fantasy opponent because of it.


6.           Matthew Stafford (@ Den) – Stafford obviously needs to be healthy and in the lineup for this ranking to stick, but I’m guessing he takes it easy in practice this week and comes out roaring this Sunday. The Broncos are tied with the Patriots in allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, so with Jahvid Best being out again and “Second Half Staff” already attempting the third most passes in the league this year, you can bet on seeing some fireworks in Mile High Stadium (Sports Authority Field) this Sunday.


7.           Tim Tebow (vs. Det) – Ohhhh Mr. Tebow, you are just as dirty as they come, aren’t you. After pretty much a full game of doing absolutely nothing for both the Broncos and fantasy owners, all it took was a little more than five minutes at the end of regulation for Timmy to accumulate top-five QB fantasy stats for the week. That’s kind of sick and wrong, my friends. Now even though the Lions defense is better than the Miami D he faced last Sunday, they’ve certainly been softened up as of late, especially against the run…which happens to be Tebow’s bread and butter.


8.           Eli Manning (vs. Mia) – Besides that first game of the season against Tom Brady, the Dolphins pass D has played pretty decent ball and isn’t nearly as bad as their stats might look. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t give up some serious fantasy points to Manning this weekend. The Giants coming off their bye week is good news for Eli owners on two fronts. First, the team will be well rested and as healthy as they’ve been maybe all season. Second, Eli loves playing in the game after the bye week as he’s averaged 314 yards and thrown eight TDs (only one INT) in post-bye-week games over the last three seasons.


9.           Philip Rivers (@ KC) – Rivers has been a bit of a mystery this season after putting up top-five fantasy numbers in 2010. He hasn’t thrown three TDs in a single game yet and has actually put up one or less in four straight games now after having just six such games total last year. That said, Rivers normally has good numbers against the Chiefs and since Gates is back and ready to dominate again, I expect the side-armed slinger to get back to his old ways.


10.       Tony Romo (@ Phi) – The Eagles may have the league’s best looking pass defense on paper, but games aren’t played in the books…they’re played on the field. Especially in divisional rivalries such as this one, you can expect all the norms (and sometimes a few players) to be thrown out the window as things tend to get just a little bit messy.  Even though Philly’s pass D was torched by another inter-division QB earlier in the season when Eli Manning lit them up for four touchdowns in their own place, they seem to be getting better by the week, so I wouldn’t expect the world from Romo in this one. Then again, in the NFC East, you just never know.



11.       Joe Flacco (vs. Ari) –


12.       Matt Hasselbeck (vs. Ind) –


13.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Was) –


14.       Matt Schaub (vs. Jax) –


15.       John Beck (@ Buf) –


16.       Andy Dalton (@ Sea) –


17.       Matt Cassel (vs. SD) –


18.       Colt McCoy (@ SF) –


19.       Christian Ponder (@ Car) –


20.       Tarvaris Jackson (vs. Cin) –


21.       Curtis Painter (@ Ten) –


22.       Matt Moore (@ NYG) –


23.       A.J. Feeley (vs. NO) –


24.       Kevin Kolb (@ Bal) –


25.       Alex Smith (vs. Cle) –


26.       Blaine Gabbert (@ Hou) –




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