June 21, 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 2

Playoffs - WR Player Rankings - Week 2

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WR Playoff Player Rankings - Week 2


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1.          Greg Jennings (@ Atl) – Greg had a ton of trouble breaking free from Asante Samuel last weekend and ended up with just one catch on five targets for eight yards because of it.  However, the Falcons don’t have anyone close to that caliber for him to deal with on Saturday, which means Jennings could have a field day under the dome and bust out 100-plus yards with a TD.


2.          Wes Welker (vs NYJ) – The Slot Machine grabbed all seven of his targets in their last game against the Jets and put up 80 yards and a touchdown with them.  If he goes for anything less than that this weekend, regardless of who the Jets stick on him, I’ll be surprised.


3.          Mike Wallace (vs Bal) – Wallace had the most targets and receptions in each of the first two contests and will probably do the same this weekend.  If Pittsburgh wants to beat this Baltimore D, they’ll need their speedy receiver to stretch the defense on a regular basis, so look for at least a couple of bombs floating his way.  Of all the wideouts still left in the playoffs, Wallace is no doubt the most likely to catch one and take it to the house.


4.          Roddy White (vs GB) – Roddy will be looking at a healthy dose of Charles Woodson come Saturday night, so I’m not expecting the world here.  He took him for five catches and 49 yards in their first matchup, numbers that could repeat themselves this weekend, but you never really know what will happen when two of the game’s best face off against each other.  Sparks will fly in this one.


5.          Anquan Boldin (@ Pit) – Just as they did in their two games during the season, Flacco and the Ravens will be depending on Boldin quite a bit this weekend.  ‘Quan led the team in both targets and receptions each game averaging 8.5 targets, six catches and 93 yards over the two (including one TD).  The Steelers are as physical a defense as there is in the league, so Boldin will need to use his size to gain separation.


6.          Santonio Holmes (@ NE) – New York looked Santonio’s way quite a bit in their last game against the Pats getting him seven catches for 72 yards on 12 targets.  When the Jets DO pass the ball this Sunday, I expect them to feature him in much of the same way.  Because Sanchez is still sporting a bum shoulder, Holmes should see a bunch of quick slants and screens to offset his lack of arm strength.  Holmes has always been a big-game player and will be one to watch this fantasy weekend.


7.          James Jones (@ Atl) – Jones 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.  The Pack will likely throw the ball more than they did last weekend, so Jones should be able to put up at least 50 yards with a possible TD against a very beatable Falcons secondary.


8.          Deion Branch (vs NYJ) – If the Jets put Revis Island on Branch in this game, Deion won’t be able to do a thing this weekend.  If Revis gets put on Welker like he was for most of their last game, then big-game Branch should be able to come up with a decent amount of catches and good numbers for Brady on Sunday.


9.          Johnny Knox (vs Sea) – Knox and his speed can beat this Seattle secondary deep without a problem, as he proved in their game earlier this year when he put up 120 yards on five catches.  Last week against the Saints, the receiver with the most yards and catches against them was speedster Devery Henderson, so it wouldn’t shock me to see Johnny do the same this weekend.


10.        Mike Williams – Sea (@ Chi) – BMW had three 100-yard games during the regular season; one against the Saints, one against the Cardinals, and one versus the Bears.  His encore effort against New Orleans last week went for 68 yards and a touchdown on five catches (eight targets).  I can easily see the same type of performance without the TD this weekend as the Bears don’t give up too many of those.


11.        Donald Driver (@ Atl) – Driver was used like the veteran he is last weekend hauling in five catches for 56 yards with four of them good for first downs.  Expect the same this Saturday with the Packers wanting to keep the ball out of Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and Roddy White’s hands.


12.        Derrick Mason (@ Pit) – Mason is as steady as it gets for a wide receiver.  He’s smart enough and been around long enough to find holes whatever defense he sees, but the problem is that he’s also old and beat up, a fact the Steelers will likely exploit.  His experience will be enough to put up some decent stats, but don’t expect much more than that.


13.        Braylon Edwards (@ NE) – Sanchez’s arm is too weak at this point to heave it downfield to Braylon like he normally does so unless he can actually catch a few balls on his crossing patterns, don’t expect too big of game here.


14.        Emmanuel Sanders (vs Bal) – The electric third-round pick out of LSU looks to have taken over as Roethlisberger’s No. 2 receiver in the offense as his speed and play-making ability are simply too awesome to ignore.  Look for a good 6-7 targets to come his way and a handful of catches to come out of them.


15.        Devin Hester (vs Sea) – Hester is still one of the most electrifying players in the league, and since Seattle coach, Pete Carroll, already stated that the Seahawks plan on kicking to him, he’ll be that much more of an intriguing fantasy force on Sunday.  His punt return duties combined with a good five to six targets on offense will make him a nice sleeper option this playoff weekend.


16.        Jordy Nelson (@ Atl) – It was Nelson who actually caught the lone TD pass from Rodgers in the Packers-Falcons first meeting as he ended up the contest catching all five of his targets for 61 yards.  He wasn’t a factor at all against the Eagles, but I can easily see the Pack getting him in there against Atlanta for a few three/four-WR sets.


17.        Earl Bennett (vs Sea) – Bennett is a nice possession receiver and should be able to haul in around five passes this weekend, but his lack of size (6’0”) doesn’t make him much of a red-zone target, so his fantasy upside is minimal outside of PPR leagues.


18.        Ben Obomanu (@ Chi) – Obomanu is the receiver with the most upside on the Seahawks roster, and Hasselbeck knows it.  Last week he got Ben the most targets on the team (11) and even though they only turned into five catches for 43 yards, Seattle will need his speed to break this Chicago D, so look for the same sort of treatment this Sunday.


19.        Hines Ward (vs Bal) – Ward’s speed and skills have diminished to the point where he’s having a tough time getting open in space, so don’t expect too much out of the seasoned vet in this one.  His best remaining qualities are his overall toughness and blocking ability, of which both will be on display come Saturday.


20.        Michael Jenkins (vs GB) – Jenkins had two TDs and no games with more than five catches this season.  Against Green Bay, he put up just 24 yards on three catches (four targets).  Basically, Jenkins is as average as it gets and is really more of a WR3 than a WR2.  Three or four catches for around 35 yards sounds about right.


21.        Brandon Tate (vs NYJ) – Tate has had more than one catch in a game just seven times this year and isn’t getting enough targets to do much damage, even with a streaking Mr. Bundchen tossing him the pill.


22.        Jerricho Cotchery (@ NE) – Jerricho gets his targets by being the most dependable wide receiver on the team.  With the Jets wanting to control the clock this Sunday, Cotchery could see a few more balls than normal flying his way, but the likelihood of him causing a fantasy stir is still pretty close to zero.


23.        T.J. Houshmandzadeh (@ Pit) – Housh is another veteran with a good head for the game, but his skills have eroded to the point that anything more than just a few targets and a catch or two is all that can be expected.


24.        Brandon Stokley (@ Chi) – Brandon is the oldest player on the Seahawks offense next to Hasselbeck, a tidbit that shouldn’t be overlooked.  QBs love their veteran receivers in pressure situations as was shown last weekend with Stokley going off for 73 yards and a TD on four catches that were all either in the red-zone or for first downs.  However, don’t expect too much from the 34-year old vet as he’s still just the third or fourth option in this offense.


25.        Brad Smith (@ NE) – Smith’s groin is still a bit banged up so he’s not expected to be used very often this weekend.  If he’s able to return kickoffs, he’ll have a slight chance to create some havoc, but don’t expect him to do much out of the Wildcat formation.


26.        Brian Finneran (vs GB) – Finneran’s 6’5” frame gets him a few red-zone targets here and there, which actually gives him a bit of an edge over Douglas in the rankings department. 


27.        Antwaan Randle El (vs Bal) – Randle El isn’t used as a receiver very much in this offense, but if Pitt decides to run a trick play or two, you can be sure Antwaan and his variety of skills will be involved.


28.        Harry Douglas (vs GB) – Douglas has a ton of talent but sits behind Jenkins on the depth chart due to his inconsistency.  If the Falcons get behind, they may use him for his big-play potential, but other than that, he’s useless. 


29.        Devin Aromashodu (vs Sea) – Aromashodu was a huge disappointment this season and the only chance he has of doing anything in this game is if the Bears end up needing his size in the red-zone.




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