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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.sacbee.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.denverpost.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

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.  


 

 

 

By Stagg Party