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January 19, 2018
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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.


12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.


12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.


12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.


12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.


12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.


12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.


12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.


12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.


12/26/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.


12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Pyro Fantasy Football Power Rankings - Week 14 Power Rankings for all 32 NFL Teams

Pyro Fantasy Football Power Rankings - Week 14 Power Rankings for all 32 NFL Teams

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Pyro Fantasy Football Power Rankings

Week 14 Power Rankings for all 32 NFL Teams



Welcome to the Pyromaniac.com Fantasy Power Rankings. This weekly article is where you will find out which teams are dominating, or are being dominated, on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, in terms of Fantasy points. See below to see who the BEST team in the league is. These charts and our insight will help you visualize how the season has gone to this point, and give you a better feel for how the season will go week to week.  By using these charts you will have a better understanding of which matchups to exploit on a week-to-week basis, and DOMINATE your fantasy league.  This chart also includes averages at the bottom so you can compare a team’s score to the average and see exactly where they stand in evaluating the matchups.

 

 

TOTAL FANTASY POINTS PER GAME SCORED BY NFL TEAM OFFENSES 

most fantasy football points scored by position - week 14 chart

 

 

The Lions offense has really been clicking on all cylinders as of late and it has coincided with Megatron’s transformation into last seasons form. Mikel Leshoure has also been a hammer in the redzone in recent weeks, as he has scored 6 touchdowns in the last five games. This offense isn’t without its faults though as Ryan Broyles and Titus Young joined Nate Burleson on IR so they must find a receiver to step in and fill the void as the second pass catcher behind Megatron. As of now the Lions aren’t top five in any category but they are on the cusp in the QB and WR department.

 

 

The Panthers Offense has been on a climb in recent weeks as Cam Newton has begun to look like he is breaking out of his sophomore slump. On Sunday they were beaten by the lowly Chiefs but it was no fault of Cam’s as he was efficient with his arm, 15 of 27 for 232 and 3 scores, and legs, 7 rushes for 78 yards. With his performance in recent weeks he has climbed into a tie for 3rd ahead of notable quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning. The running game was also efficient for the first time in what feels like all season, averaging 7.5 yards a carry if you include Cam. This offense still has a lot of work to do to take that next step in becoming a top 10 offensive unit.

 


The Dallas Cowboys and the Indianapolis Colts both jumped 4 spots in our rankings this week as they both got into shoot outs. The Cowboys came up victorious against the Eagles 38-33 led by the Romo to Bryant connection and the return of Demarco Murray from injury. With Murray back in the lineup the Cowboys were a lot more balanced as Romo only attempted 27 passes. The Colts however were not as balanced as Andrew Luck attempted 54 passes to only 18 runs. The Colts are in desperate need of a running back to step up and take over the job in order to take this offense to the next level as the 5th worst production from the running backs just isn’t cutting it.

 

 

The Redskins and Chargers each fell three spots in the rankings but with much different results. The Chargers failed to score a touchdown yet again this season and look helpless most of the time, especially in the redzone. Antonio Gates hasn’t been much of a factor, Ryan Mathews continues to disappoint, and Philip Rivers looks colorblind as he has thrown 48 interceptions in his last 48 games. The “offensive guru” that apparently is Norv Turner leaves much to be desired and the only thing good that can come out of this season now is his firing. The Redskins however slowed the game down and did just enough to secure a victory. RG3 didn’t put up mind blowing numbers but he was efficient threw the air going 13 of 21 for 163 yards and a score and electric with his legs averaging 14.4 YPC on his 5 rushing attempts. Alfred Morris was the bell cow churning his 22 carries into 124 yards as the Redskins defeated the Giants on Monday Night to inch closer to the playoffs.


 

TOTAL FANTASY POINTS PER GAME ALLOWED BY NFL TEAM DEFENSES 

 

fantasy football points allowed by defenses per position - week 14 chart

 

 

The Atlanta Falcons turned in a valiant defensive effort as the held the second best offensive unit in check to the tune of 13 points. The Falcons were flying for revenge against the Saints, the only team to defeat them this season, and the defense did more than enough to get it on a night the offense was not clicking on all cylinders. The falcons defensive backs were able to force drew Brees into 5 interceptions without notable ballhawk Asante Samuel on the field for most of the game. When the Falcons defense can play like this they are an incredibly tough team to beat.


 

The Dallas Cowboys defense got torched by a pair of rookies, one in particular who has set the world on fire in Bryce Brown and another who is under a lot of scrutiny. Brown had another impressive day tallying 183 total yards and 2 scores. Nick Foles finally worked the ball down the field a bit more than in past games and was able to amass 251 passing yards and a score. If not for a big fumble recovery and score by rookie Morris Claiborne who knows how this game might have ended.

 


The Jets defense has had quite the roller coaster ride over the last two weeks. After being demolished by the Tom Brady led Patriots on Thanksgiving the defense was able to breathe a sigh of relief when the worst ranked offense came to town. Ryan Lindley is somehow still starting and the Jets defense licked their chops allowing him to complete under 33% of his passes for a ghastly 2.3 YPA and an INT. The defense was able to hold the entire Cardinals offense to just 137 yards and 2.5 yards per play. Luckily for fans of the NFL with the way this game went they didn’t pop up on your redzone channel very often. This dominating defensive performance allowed the Jets to jump a cool 10 spots in the points allowed ranking this week.

 


The Lions defense continues to fall as they have to face some of the best quarterbacks in the league. Andrew Luck did his best Peyton manning impression to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on a day in which he threw 3 INT’s. The bad for the Lions however was he was able to throw for 391 yards and 4 scores and get everyone from LaVon Brazil to Donnie Avery involved. He also threw effectively to his two tight ends that were able to compile 3 catches for 76 yards and a score. The Lions might have an elite offense but their defense is overrated and they continue to fall. This week the Lions fell 6 spots all the way to 20th.

 

 

 

THE DIFFERENTIAL FOR OFFENSIVE FANTASY POINTS SCORED

VS. FANTASY POINTS ALLOWED BY THE DEFENSE


 fantasy football points differential per team - week 14 chart

 

 

Last week if you would have used this chart to pick your games you would have gone 10-6. It does pretty well when looking at the top of the rankings but when a few teams that are bad get in a battle (i.e. Jets and Cardinals) it isn’t perfect. Only one game that was picked wrong might be considered a monumental upset and that is the 49ers falling to the Rams in OT, but as we all know divisional games are just tough to predict as they are always closer than the talent levels of each team might dictate because of familiarity.

 


As the weeks have gone on there is less and less movement in the differential chart. The teams at the top look like the cream of the crop in the NFL and the teams at the bottom are all fighting for scraps against each other. The biggest movers this week were only able to move up or down two spots. The more games that are played the more idea we have an idea of a team such as the Giants who are losing their grip on the reigns of the NFC East.

 


The two biggest gainers this week each made big strides in their quest for a playoff berth. The Bengals have been on fire since their bye week and the Colts are looking tougher and tougher to beat as the weeks go by and Andrew Luck gets more snaps. These two young single callers have been making strides all season long and when the playoffs come around they will be tough outs as no team will be vying to play them.

 


The biggest fallers this week were the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions defense has been playing weaker just as their offense has been picking up their play. The Arizona Cardinals have really been reeling since starting the season as one of the biggest surprises in the league and it all comes down to quarterback play. Ryan Lindley is flat out overmatched so bad that he makes Kevin Kolb and John Skelton look like a hall of famers.  


 

 

 

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