August 14, 2018


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Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams

Mr. Cooper's neighborhood

Cooper Kupp was 4th in the NFL last year in red-zone targets. Kupp and Goff have the most chemistry of all the receivers on the team as Goff targeted him more than anyone last year. Everyone is expecting Cooks to lead these receivers in points this year, but Kupp will be the receiver to own. Sammy Watkins had eight red-zone touchdowns last year. Cooks is not a red-zone target receiver, so Kupp should see more targets and could sneak into the WR2 with massive upside.

08/13/18, 09:39 PM CDT by C-wags


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

The Jet is set to take off!

Mckinnon has been a super divisive player this offseason. Especially after the first preseason game where he didn't amass many yards and the following day he injured himself in practice. I constantly hear people question his ability to carry the ball 200+ times or that he can’t run between the tackles, or he’s unproven in a lead role. This is all NONSENSE and you shouldn’t believe any of it. Shanahan had his pick of players that he could’ve signed instead of Mckinnon, including Dion Lewis, Carlos Hyde, or drafting a rookie. He chose Mckinnon cause he felt he fit his offensive system in the same way that Devante Freeman fit his scheme. The 49ers just signed Alfred Morris today as a safety net, but I’m taking all the Mckinnon I can this year. I see him carrying the ball 205car/950yds/6td while also amassing 60rec/500yds/5td making him an RB1 this year. Don't be scared, and steal him away from people that are.

08/13/18, 09:24 PM CDT by C-wags


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

Too good, too fast

Marquiae goodwin has been targeted like a number one in camp. With Pierre Garcon likely squaring off with one of the toughest schedules against number one DBs, Goodwin could break out even more than he did last year. I wouldn't put it past him to put up T.Y HIlton numbers this year. Pick him up in the 6th and 7th round and pile up the points.

08/13/18, 09:11 PM CDT by C-wags


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ready To Fly

In 2016 Ajayi racked up 1272 yards on 260 carries and 8 TD’s and finished as the RB11 in both standard and PPR scoring. Last year Miami ran him out of town when he struggled in an anemic offense. He was not heavily used when he got to Philly, but his touches did increase every week until the Superbowl. He was also hyper efficient gaining 5.8 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per reception. Despite the general perception Clements usage went down with Ajayi’s arrival, even with Smallwood going down with injury. The Eagles have the number 1 offensive line as graded by PFF, and 18 RB targets and 192 carries vacated. Ajayi is a safe pick in the fourth round and a steal in the fifth.

08/02/18, 06:08 PM CDT by Wheeler


Jimmy Graham

Green Bay Packers

Split Wide, Back in Stride

He is coming off a season that produced only 57 receptions for 520 yards, his fewest since his rookie season. With that said, Graham remains a big-time weapon in the red zone. He led the league last year with 27 targets in the region, which led to 10 touchdowns. You can bet Rodgers and play-caller Mike McCarthy will be utilizing his skills early and often when knocking on the door of the end zone.
Look for McCarthy to use a variety of personnel groupings with his new tight end group and expect to see Graham split out wide as a receiver much more than as a traditional in-line tight end.

This goes right along with what I was saying on Pyro podcast 308. I expect Graham to be used as a wide receiver and not a tight end. When Graham was negotiating his contract in his last season in New Orleans he wanted to be paid on scale with wide receivers because he rarely lined-up as an in-line tight end. When Seattle paid him, he did whatever they asked, and they asked him to block more. He was out for five games that year, but averaged one less reception per game and only scored two TD’s, after having at least nine TD’s in the previous four years. Overall Graham saw about 25% fewer targets while in Seattle compared to New Orleans and his fantasy numbers reflect it. I see Green Bay using him more like he was used in New Orleans, and even though he has obviously lost a step or two I see him as the major replacement for the Jordy Nelson targets.

07/22/18, 01:41 PM CDT by Wheeler


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

Cream Rises To The Top

Jones’ 5.55 YPC on first- and second-down carries trailed only Alvin Kamara (6.24) for best in the league last year. Jamaal Williams averaged 3.80 YPC on first- and second-down in 2017.

He’s slid two rounds since the announcement of his two game suspension, he is a screaming value if you can get him in the ninth round. We already knew he was going to be competing in a crowded backfield so missing two games really shouldn’t be a big hit to his overall production. The likelihood of either of the other two backs taking over the role is slim, Jones should be able to carve out 10 touches a game when he gets back with fresh legs. They are all high risk for injuries so I’m hoping this added rest will help Jones in the long run.

07/21/18, 06:51 PM CDT by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Solidified Role

In 2017, Nelson Agholor had 62 recs, 768 yds, 9 TDs and 7 games of WR2 or better. There is no reason he wouldn't maintain this output, even with additions in the offense. Agholor had to carve out a role for himself and beat out incumbent Jordan Matthews. This year he'll be the main slot receiver and have an established role from the start.

07/21/18, 06:49 PM CDT by Wheeler


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Buying The Slot Receiver in a Shurmur Offense

Sterling Shepard is currently 24 years old with a 124/1,414/10 career line, in two seasons. He finished 2017 as the WR42 in 11 games (WR22 in FP/G) with only a 13.9% target share. He finished 2016 as the WR36 as a rookie. He's currently being drafted as the WR42 in MFL10’s.

Shepard does see more targets (+2.7), get more receptions (+2.3), more yards (+28), and get about three more PPR points per game when Beckham is out. But he still averages over 11 PPR points per game when he is playing. Apparently Shepard is more open in the end-zone when Beckham is playing, as he averages three times as many TD’s when they are both playing.

07/21/18, 06:47 PM CDT by Wheeler


Allen Hurns

Jacksonville Jaguars

Plenty of Targets in Dallas

He’s been hampered by injuries over the past couple of years, but when he has stayed healthy and gotten the targets he has been successful. His best season was in 2015, he had 105 Targets for 64 Receptions at 1031 Yards for 10 TDs, that’s 16.11 Yards Per Reception and a 61% Catch Rate coming from Blake Bortles. He finished as the WR14 in Standard Scoring and WR18 in PPR.

He's an amazing value in the 11th round of current best-ball drafts.

07/21/18, 06:41 PM CDT by Wheeler


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Second Team Breath's New Life Into TE

Outside Brady, Luck is the only other QB to support 2 TE's, both Fleener and Allen had 8 TD's with Luck. Frank Reich runs 2 TE sets very successfully - see: 2018 Eagles. TE1's for Coach Reich have never finished worse than 12th. Yes, Doyle would seem like the obvious choice after last season, but that was with Brissett who needed a quick dump off outlet. Luck isn't a check-down machine.

Eric Ebron has lined up "everywhere" in the Colts offense. And the new tight end already is beginning to feel at home in Indianapolis. Without a strong WR2, Ebron could see a large number of targets. The Colt's line-up in two TE sets more than any other team in the NFL.

07/21/18, 06:36 PM CDT by Wheeler


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Filling Coleman Role

“One guy who stood out at Niners practice to me was RB Matt Breida. No one talks about him, but the dude is gonna get some run this year. Fast downhill player.”

This is just some more camp hype from a beat reporter, but if they don’t get another running back through trade or free-agency Brieda is going to see plenty of touches to pay off being picked in the 15th round of fantasy drafts. McKinnon has never had over 205 touches in a season, that leaves plenty of opportunity in a Shanahan offense.

07/21/18, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

McCoy starring down 30 with uncertainty

LeSean McCoy, despite ending the year as the #7 fantasy running back in standard leagues was a slight disappointment for fantasy owners last year. McCoy played in all 16 regular season games, but only cracked 100 yards rushing 4 times, and averaged 4.0 yards per rush, which was 23rd in the NFL. That all happened with a formidable QB with a scrambling ability that defenses had to respect, presumably allowing McCoy some more room before tacklers ascended.
The Bills have the least sexy QB situation in the entire NFL in my opinion. With Tyrod Taylor at the helm for most of the season last year, the bills had the 31st passing offense. None of the QBs on the Bills roster are considered mobile and without a wide receiver on their roster worthy of drafting in any fantasy formats, defenses can stack the box against McCoy. McCoy will be overused, underperform and probably get hurt because of it. McCoy’s ADP is in the second round, but wouldn’t touch him until the fourth or beginning of the fifth round.

06/29/18, 12:42 PM CDT by C-wags


Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs

Hill lookin' busty with chiefs new look.

Tyreek Hill had a great 2017, amounting 75 receptions for 1183 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 games. He’s currently being drafted in the middle of the third round in standard leagues, which would appear to be a great value. However, with promoted RB coach Eric Bieniemy presumably in-line to be the primary play caller, a new QB, Travis Kelce receiving the #1 target share and the addition of Sammy Watkins, I expect Hill’s numbers to decrease dramatically.
I believe Hill to be more of a boom or bust player this year. There’s no denying his break-away speed and ability to separate from defenders, and with Mahomes cannon of an arm, I expect them to connect deep on occasion. However, I believe Sammy Watkins to be the more complete receiver and likely to take more of the target share from Hill. Bundled with the change in offensive strategy toward the end of last year to run the ball more, the change to a young QB presumably resulting in a more conservative game plan, I see a major decline in the amount of touches Hill will get and see him as more of a 5-6 round flex play guy.

06/21/18, 10:54 AM CDT by C-wags


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


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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