May 22, 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


Playoffs - WR Player Rankings - Week 1

Playoffs - WR Player Rankings - Week 1

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Wide Receivers



1.          Marques Colston (@ Sea) – Everyone knows Colston just had his knee scoped and might not be 100 percent in this game, but that’s not going to make a bit of difference for the big wide receiver.  In their first meeting, Marques had a season high 113 yards on eight catches to go along with his two TDs, numbers I could actually see him coming away with again this Saturday despite his gimpy knee.


2.          Pierre Garcon (vs NYJ) – Garcon, not Wayne, was the receiver doing the most damage in last year’s playoff meeting between these two teams.  I’m not expecting him to repeat his 11-catch, 151-yard with a TD performance, but if the Jets decide to put Revis Island on Reggie Wayne and Manning starts out hot, Garcon could easily surpass the 100-yard mark again with another possible TD.


3.          Dwayne Bowe (vs Bal) – Bowe has been nothing short of amazing this year putting up the second-most touchdowns in the league (first for WRs) and setting personal bests in every WR category besides receptions.  If there’s one part of the Ravens defense that’s suspect, it’s their pass D, and Bowe will be depended on by Cassel and the Chiefs to exploit it.  Expect at least double-digits in targets and every opportunity to shine this Sunday.


4.          Jeremy Maclin (vs GB) – Maclin has had his ups and downs this season, but his 10 touchdowns in 15 games can’t be ignored.  Packers CB Charles Woodson will likely have the pleasure of keeping up with DeSean Jackson on Sunday, so Maclin could be the one Vick looks to more often than not.  If so, expect some big numbers in his stat-line when all is said and done.


5.          Greg Jennings (@ Phi) – I would have ranked Jennings as the top wide receiver this week, but I don’t like his prospects as much with the possibility of Asante Samuel shadowing him all game long.  I’m sure he’ll still see a ton of targets from Rodgers regardless of Samuel, but the chance of him having the best WR game of the weekend is pretty low because of him.


6.          Reggie Wayne (vs NYJ) – If Wayne is shadowed by Darrelle Revis all game, he might be held to merely average numbers this weekend.  If not, he’ll get over 10 targets and come up big for the Colts.  It’s really that simple.


7.          DeSean Jackson (vs GB) – DeSean will have fits trying to get open this Sunday if Woodson shadows him all game as expected.  However, his ability to do damage both on reverses and as a punt returner make him different than most wide receivers, so even though he may be shut down in one respect of his game, there’s still two other aspects Green Bay will have to worry about.


8.          Robert Meachem (@ Sea) – Meachem is starting to see a lot more targets come his way and is always a threat for a long TD no matter who the Saints are playing.  However, this weekend Meach’s odds at grabbing a long one have got to be pretty good seeing that the Seahawks pass D sucks and that two of his five TDs came against them in their first matchup.


9.          Mike Williams – Sea (vs NO) – BMW had one of his three 100-yard games against the Saints earlier this year, and with Seattle likely to be passing the ball a bunch this game, he could very well end up with his fourth.


10.        Santonio Holmes (@ Ind) – When the Jets DO pass the ball, expect to see Holmes featured on a bunch of underneath routes for a couple of reasons.  First, Sanchez’s shoulder isn’t strong enough at this point to throw the ball deep with any sort of accuracy.  Second, the Colts pass rush can get to the QB in a hurry, so less risky plays like a quick slant or WR screen are more likely to be called than fly patterns.  This plays to Santonio’s strengths, so the opportunity should be there for the former Super Bowl MVP to shine.


11.        Anquan Boldin (@ KC) – Boldin’s play has been erratic this season, so I have no idea what to expect here.  If the Chiefs put their young stud cornerback (Brandon Flowers) on him, he might end up with some paltry numbers.  However, I’m guessing Flowers will be on Mason in this one and if so, Boldin’s chances of having a good game go up significantly.


12.        Donald Driver (@ Phi) – Veterans like Driver can’t be underestimated come playoff time, and you can bet Rodgers will use him accordingly.  Driver had a touchdown against the Eagles in the first game of the year, and with Samuel likely to be on Jennings all game, I could easily see another one come his way this Sunday.


13.        Derrick Mason (@ KC) – Mason had himself another solid season and turned back all the questions about his inclining age.  However, like I said with Boldin, what he does in this game could greatly depend on who the Chiefs have covering him.  His veteran savvy will get him some good looks regardless, but don’t expect too much here.


14.        Blair White (vs NYJ) – With Collie out for the playoffs, the door is open for the Blair White Project to walk through.  His potential as the third wide receiver on this team is for higher than those on other teams, especially when you look at what Collie did to the Jets in last year’s playoff game (seven catches, 123 yards, one TD).  He’s not as good as Austin is, but Manning loves to use his slot guys, particularly in the red-zone.


15.        Lance Moore (@ Sea) – Moore is nothing special as far as WRs go, but you can’t just ignore him either or else he’ll make you pay.  In fact, Lance led the team with eight TDs this season, so it’s possible he could come away with a nice game here.  You really never know who Brees will choose to throw to until it happens.


16.        James Jones (@ Phi) – Jones probably has a better chance to do some damage than Driver does, though you never quite know what you’re going to get from him on a week-to-week basis.  One thing’s for sure, the Pack will be throwing the ball a ton, so count on Jones to put up at least some sort of decent numbers this weekend.


17.        Braylon Edwards (@ Ind) – Mark Sanchez’s arm is too weak at this point to heave it downfield to Braylon, so unless a lucky pass falls into his lap, don’t expect a whole hell of a lot from the all-or-nothing type receiver this weekend.


18.        Jordy Nelson (@ Phi) – Nelson has carved out a nice little niche in this offense putting up career numbers across the board this year.  At 6’3”, 217 pounds, he’s the biggest receiver Green Bay has and could end up as a preferred target for Rodgers in the red-zone.


19.        Ben Obomanu (vs NO) – Obomanu is still the guy with the most upside in this WR corps, and like Big Mike Williams, he also had a great game the last time these two teams met.  I’m not expecting the world here, but Ben could surprise and burn the Saints deep in this one.


20.        Jerricho Cotchery (@ Ind) – Jerricho gets his targets by being the most dependable WR on the team, but with the Jets likely to employ a rush-heavy attack this Saturday night, he likely won’t do your fantasy team any favors.


21.        Jason Avant (vs GB) – Avant has his good and bad games with his best ones coming on the road.  If the Eagles get down early, Avant will have a chance to make a difference as the Eagles will have to turn to the pass.  Other than that, he’s merely another number on the field.


22.        Devery Henderson (@ Sea) – Henderson is a once-in-a-blue-moon type of player, as in he has one TD this season, one game with more than 65 yards, and one game with more than four catches.


23.        T.J. Houshmandzadeh (@ KC) – Housh is another one of the Ravens vets that could see a few tosses come his way this Sunday, but he’s barely been fantasy-worthy the entire year and I can’t see that changing now.


24.        Brandon Stokley (vs NO) – Like the others, Stokley also put up his best stats of the year against the Saints in Week 11 by catching all six of his targets and turning them into 76 yards.  As the oldest player on offense next to Hasselbeck, Matty may look his way a bit more this Saturday.


25.        Brad Smith (@ Ind) – Smith has been used in multiple fashions this year and will continue to take on the role of ‘Jack-of-all-Trades’ come Saturday.  Expect at least a couple of runs with maybe a pass and a catch sprinkled in, but his real value comes on special teams.


26.        Chris Chambers (vs Bal) – Five or six years ago?  Absolutely, but the only way he does anything in this game is if the Ravens triple-team Bowe… which I suppose is a possibility.


27.        Dexter McCluster (vs Bal) – McCluster is an electric piece for the future, but he hasn’t been the same since coming back from his ankle injury in Week 13.  He has the ability to break off a long one, but the chances of it happening are slim to none.


28.        Terrance Copper (vs Bal) – If the Chiefs get down early, Copper could get in there and see a few balls fly his way.  Other than that, he’s useless.





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