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 - 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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