March 22, 2018


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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


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
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
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


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


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


Pyro Fantasy Football Power Rankings - Week 16 Power Rankings for all 32 NFL Teams

Pyro Fantasy Football Power Rankings - Week 16 Power Rankings for all 32 NFL Teams

Posted by d-Rx on 12/20/12

by   The Archer


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Pyro Fantasy Football Power Rankings

Week 16 Power Rankings for all 32 NFL Teams





ff points for each NFL offense broken down by position for week 16



The Washington Redskins offense did not skip a beat without RG3 this weekend. They ran a different variation of their offense that leaned on more of a zone running scheme with Alfred Morris but they still kept their rank at 7th even without one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL. Morris carried the ball a bit more than usual, 27 times, and also scored 2 touchdowns. Cousins and Hankerson connected on a pair of touchdown passes to go along with Cousins’ 329 to round out another great fantasy performance by the Redskins as a whole.

The Chicago Bears offense was again anemic against the Packers for the second time this season. The packers flat out have the Bears number and paid a big blow to their playoff hopes. Cutler attempted the same number of throws as Ryan Lindley this week and if it weren’t for getting Marshall somewhat involved in the offense this time around he could have had his worst game of the year. Marshall continued his pace to set all of the Bears season receiving records and Matt Forte chipped in 133 total yards.

The Seattle Seahawks have been storming up the board with two straight 50 point games. Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson have been on fire in recent weeks as the Seahawks have been running teams into the ground as of late. The Seahawks jumped 3 spots in our rankings, tying with the St. Louis Rams for our biggest riser this week. The Rams were able to gain a lot of yards and add a few scores in garbage time but helped themselves in our rankings by doing so.

The New York Giants fell 5 spots in our offensive rankings after being blanketed by the Atlanta Falcons. Eli Manning struggled again and eventually the Giants were down so much that they couldn’t give David Wilson the carries to have another big day. The Giants offense has had a lot of ups and downs this season and has yet to hit their stride at the end of the season as we have been accustomed to seeing. The Raiders also fell 5 spots as they blanketed the Chiefs. The Raiders were unable to score an offensive touchdown as Seabass booted 5 field goals. Without the benefit of a touchdown to their score they were unable to maintain their 14th spot and fell to 19th.






fantasy football points allowed by NFL defenses for week 16



The Miami Dolphins gained 3 spots in the after playing the Jacksonville and holding them to just 3 points. The Dolphins were able to hold the running game in check and forced Chad Henne to take over the game which he failed to do. He was able to put up decent yardage as he compiled 221 yards. The Dolphins were able to get of the field as the held the jags to 6 of 15 on third down and stopped every drive after the first. The Dolphins defense was very good on Sunday as they hope to stay in the playoff chase.


The Carolina Panthers defense continues to improve and now find themselves on the cusp of top 10 status. The Panthers are much improved in pass defense and hold opposing quarterbacks, receivers, and tight ends under the average scores. If the Panthers can find a few run stuffers to support the improved pass defense the Panthers could be a team to reckon with going into next season.


The Kansas City Chiefs benefit in these rankings from not allowing a touchdown to the Raiders offense, as they jump 4 spots in the rankings. The Raiders jumped 3 points by keeping the Chiefs out of the scoring column completely in only their second shutout in franchise history. The Chiefs stuffed the Raiders all game once they reached the Chiefs side of the field.


The Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, and Cleveland Browns each fell 4 spots in the points allowed rankings as they allowed 24, 43, and 38 points respectively. The Cowboys suffered from the wrath of Big Ben as he threw for 339 yards and 2 scores. The Ravens got in the way of a hot Peyton Manning and Von Miller and gave up 38 points. The Browns got caught in the way of a Redskins team that is trying to force its way into the playoffs. Each of their counterparts were backed into a corner and the offenses performed admirably dealing the opposing defenses some painful body punches.






fantasy football differential for points scored on offense vs points allowed on defense



The Patriots were able to seize the top spot in a loss by scoring 31 points on one of the leagues most highly regarded defenses. They fell down big and threw the ball all over the field to almost complete a huge comeback. The Patriots are a very good team and just need their running backs to solve their fumbling issues to make another long playoff run with the Stetson Man at the helm.

The Falcons took a big stride in what can be seen as a statement game, as if a 12-2 team needed to make a statement. They shut out the Giants, a team who was a division leader going into Sunday and also put up 34 points on offense. Matt Ryan was amazing as he completed 23 of his 28 attempts for 270 yards and 3 scores. The running game was lackluster as they averaged 3.8 yards against a stingy run defense. The defense was also great as they held the Giants to 256 total yards. The Falcons have now positioned themselves well for the playoffs and they want to make a statement this time as they have floundered in previous trips.

The New Orleans Saints jumped 4 spots in the rankings after they walloped the Tampa bay Buccaneers 41-0. The defense has really gotten better after the horrid start to the season and they have strung together a couple of wins, just not enough to keep them in the playoff hunt. The Saints offense and Drew Brees were clicking on all cylinders yet again and their offensive effectiveness is second only to the New England Patriots.

The other side of the coin had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who fell five spots after being absolutely dismantled. Josh Freeman turned the ball over 5 times and the rookie sensation Doug Martin was held under 2 yards a carry. Things got so bad that the Bucs eventually turned to Dan Orlovsky as the game was so far out of reach and Freeman continued to be allergic to the football. The Bucs defense has been so bad against the passing game that it has brought them down to 31st in our defensive rankings even though they are one of the strongest run defenses around.



By Stagg Party


Welcome to the 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.