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December 16, 2017
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Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It


The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.


12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action


Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.


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

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's


Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).


12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!


Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.


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

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear


Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.


12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


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

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


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

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.


12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.


12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.


12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.


12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.


12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Player Rankings - Week 16

Player Rankings - Week 16

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/22/10

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QB Player Rankings – Week 16

 

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1.       Michael Vick (vs Min) – The guy is simply beyond description and comprehension.  He has the same amount of 100-yard rushing games this year as Ray Rice, Matt Forte and the entire NY Jets backfield while also leading the Eagles in rushing touchdowns.  Vick has all that plus one of the best arms in the game?!  My lord!  It doesn’t matter who he plays anymore.  He’s simply the surest fantasy bet there is.

 

2.       Drew Brees (@ Atl) – Brees is on a freaky tear right now and has multiple TD passes in nine of his last ten games.  Make no mistake about it, Cool Brees is running rampant right now and there’s no telling how many TDs he’ll throw up against the division-rival Falcons this Monday night.  In their first game against each other, Drew went off for 365 yards and three TDs.  The numbers can easily be had again with Atlanta’s pass D being mediocre at best.

 

3.       Tom Brady (@ Buf) – Brady’s streak of multi-TD, zero-INT games continued last weekend against the Packers, though it was his weakest fantasy performance since the streak first started back in Week 9 against the Browns.  Green Bay has a real tough pass D so there’s no reason to jump ship, especially against a middling Bills secondary that allowed him to throw for 252 yards and three TDs back in Week 3.

 

4.       Matt Schaub (@ Den) – Just start him for goodness sakes.  He’s averaging over 50 pass attempts the last three games along with over 350 yards and 2.3 TDs.  Against the Broncos, I’ve got to have my head examined for not making him the number one QB this week.

 

5.       Peyton Manning (@ Oak) – Despite his troubles with turning the ball over this season, Manning still leads the league in passing yards and sits in the top-4 in fantasy points.  Maybe this is a bit of a down year for him in real life, but fantasy-wise, he’s doing just fine.  The Colts need to win out to be secured of a playoff berth, and you know exactly who it will be who will get them there…

 

6.       Philip Rivers (@ Cin) – You gotta love yourself some Philip Rivers… at least when it comes to fantasy.  He’s easily one of the more despised players in the league, but you have to give him his props as a competitor, as a fantasy player, and as a genuine NFL quarterback.  With Cinci basically throwing in the towel, expect a nice little showing out of Big Mouth this weekend.

 

7.       Aaron Rodgers (vs NYG) – He’s not Michael Jordan, so I’m not going to say “He’s Baaaack”, but WOW do the Packers need him right now.  The Giants have a tough enough defense as is, so without Rodgers, they wouldn’t have stood a chance.  However, Aaron could have himself a nice game here in an inspirational effort to keep Green Bay in the hunt for a playoff berth.

 

8.       Jon Kitna (@ Ari) – Kitna has been amazing in relief of Tony Romo leading the Cowboys to a 4-2 record over the past six weeks while averaging 250.2 yards passing and putting up 11 TDs during that span.  Against the lowly Cardinals on Christmas Day, expect at least another 250-yard, two-TD effort.

 

9.       David Garrard (vs Was) – With the Jaguars fighting for their playoff lives, you can bet they’ll be doing everything in they can to get the win in this one.  MJD will shoulder a nice workload, but Garrard will have to do his part as well.  Expect two TDs at least, whether they be through the air, on the ground, or a combination of both.

 

10.     Matt Ryan (vs NO) – Ryan has quietly turned in a top-ten fantasy season while leading the Falcons to the best record in the NFL (tied with the Patriots).  His 25 TDs rank sixth in the league while his four separate three-TD games have his fantasy owners ecstatic.  What’s even better is that three of those four came in the comfort of the Falcons home dome (where he plays much better statistically).  In what could be a old-fashioned shootout, play this kid with confidence.

 

11.     Josh Freeman (vs Sea) – The only game Freeman didn’t throw for a touchdown pass in this year was against the Pittsburgh Steelers back in Week 3.  That said, he also hasn’t thrown for three TDs on the year, either.  If you start him, you’re taking a bit of a gamble, but playing down south in Tampa against the Seahawks awful pass D, you might do well in taking a chance on him.

 

12.     Joe Flacco (@ Cle) – Flacco went off for 262 yards and three TDs when these two teams hooked up back in Week 3.  Cleveland’s pass D can be beat, but I’m guessing the weather will keep Flacco from reaching those same numbers.  He’ll come close though.

 

13.     Rex Grossman (@ Jax) – The guy threw for how many TDs last weekend?!?!  Four?!  Now we all know that Rex "Screw it, I'm Going Deep" Grossman may be one of the most up-and-down quarterbacks to play in the NFL, but if you catch him on one of those "up" days, he can be a complete fantasy gem.  He’ll be working at home in Week 16 against a Jacksonville defense that has allowed 26 passing TDs on the year (27th in the NFL) and 256 passing yards a game (also 27th), so if you’re in a fix, Rex could do you well.

 

14.     Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs NE) – Ryan’s first game of the year was against these Patriots in Week 3, and after he put up 247 yards and two TDs against them, he hasn’t slowed down since.  I expect those same numbers to be right around what he puts up in this game as well.

 

15.     Kerry Collins (@ KC) – Collins has put together a couple of nice games now averaging 240.5 yards and 2.5 TDs the past two weeks.  The Chiefs pass D is decent, but they’re nothing much to worry about for a Titans team featuring four different wideouts who can get the job done.

 

16.     Ben Roethlisberger (vs Car) – Carolina has a tough pass D, but with the Steelers in need of a win as they go down to the wire with the Ravens for a divisional title, you can bet Roethlisberger will at least put up some decent stats.  The most comparable situation to this game was when Pitt played against the Raiders back in Week 11.  Both Oakland and Carolina have good pass defenses and below-average rush Ds, yet Big Ben was able to put up 275 yards with three TDs in that game.  I doubt he does that well, but a couple of TDs could be in the mix.

 

17.     Eli Manning (@ GB) – Coming off of a four-TD performance, I’d love to rank him higher, but I can’t.  The Packers held Brady to his worst week in half a season last Sunday night, so you really can’t expect Eli to do much better, can you?  The ceiling is around 200 yards and two TDs, so if you’re willing to take a chance on that being your QB output, go right ahead.

 

18.     Matt Cassel (vs Ten) – Cassel has been phenomenal this year in leading the Chiefs to a division-leading 9-5 record, and even though he missed a game this season, he’s still seventh in the league with 24 TD passes.  His job on Sunday will most likely be as a field general as opposed to being counted on to win the game himself, so despite his ascension through the ranks, don’t expect a great fantasy performance.

 

19.     Chad Henne (vs Det) – Henne won’t be too bad of a play this weekend against an average Lions pass defense if you’re looking for a QB2 to round out your squad.  Chad has always put up much better stats in the comfort of his own home than on the road, and with Brandon Marshall healthy and playing better lately, he might be worth a look.

 

20.     Jay Cutler (vs NYJ) – This game has the looks of coming down to the better harsh-condition field goal kicker, which doesn’t bode well for fantasy production.  Rex Ryan knows how Cutler freaks out when pressured, so I expect a ton of various blitz packages being thrown at him all game long.  The Jets’ cover-corners are good enough to keep a short passing game in check, so temper your expectations of Jay this weekend.

 

21.     Sam Bradford (vs SF) – Bradford has obviously hit a bit of a rookie wall, but against a lower-end 49ers pass D, Sam the Ram could find himself breaking out of it in no time.  He threw for 251 yards and a TD in their last matchup, which looks to be about right this time around as well.

 

22.     Tim Tebow (vs Hou) – The truth is, Tebow really didn't look all that good in his debut, but he did have a rushing TD and a passing TD, which is all you can realistically expect from a rookie with his skill-set.  He has a nice fantasy match-up this weekend as the Broncos take on a team with the worst pass D in the league, so take a chance in two-QB leagues and especially in leagues that count double for rushing TDs/yardage.

 

23.     Mark Sanchez (@ Chi) – Not only does Sanchez not play well in the cold (as evidenced by his 1-5 TD-to-INT ratio over the last four games), but he’s facing a tough Bears secondary that doesn’t allow much in the passing game anyway.  Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery always give him a shot to do well, but don’t count on it.

 

24.     Troy Smith (@ StL) – Troy has the ability to surprise every once in awhile due to his versatility.  In fact, his best game this season came against these same Rams back in Week 10 when he put up 356 passing yards along with one TD, so if your league starts two QBs, consider Smith an option with his running ability while playing in a dome.

 

25.     Shaun Hill (@ Mia) – Hill looks like he’s going to start this week.  With a lineup of Megatron, Burleson and Pettigrew in front of him, he might be worth a gamble, but only in the deepest of leagues.

 

 

 

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