May 23, 2018


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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck

Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.

04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek

Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.

04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush

49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.

04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving

Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.

04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons

Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)

04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.

04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy

Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.

04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged

Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.

04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls

Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.

04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson

Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.

03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack

Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.

03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That

Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.

03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case

Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.

03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount

The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.

03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler


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


Player Rankings - Week 16

Player Rankings - Week 16

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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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