March 19, 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


RB Player Rankings for Playoffs Week 2

RB Player Rankings for Playoffs Week 2

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 01/09/12

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RB Player Rankings Large - Playoff Week 2 - Arian Foster


(Rankings will be updated throughout the week)



RB Player Rankings – Playoffs Week 2


New Orleans @ San Francisco – Saturday, Jan. 14th – 4:30pm ET (FOX)

Denver @ New England – Saturday, Jan. 14th – 8:00pm ET (CBS)

Houston @ Baltimore – Sunday, Jan. 15th – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

New York Giants @ Green Bay – Sunday, Jan. 15th – 4:30pm ET (FOX)

QB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings


Running Backs                                   (Updated:  Wednesday, Jan. 11 - 03:51PM CT)





1.           Arian Foster (@ Bal – Sunday, 1:00pm ET) – Foster should be used to the utmost this Sunday—both in the running game and as a consistent receiver out of the backfield—with the Ravens being as good as they are in shutting down opposing quarterbacks. Not that they don’t sport a tremendous rush defense as well, but with Houston still trotting out rookie QB T.J. Yates, my guess is the Texans brain-trust will turn to a run-dominated game-plan for this weekend. Baltimore will undoubtedly be ready for it, but because Arian ran so dominantly against a Bengals team that was likely expecting it as well last weekend, it’s hard for me to go against him.

2.           Ray Rice (vs. Hou – Sunday, 1:00pm ET) – The top two running back spots are pretty interchangeable this weekend as either guy could go off and change the game on any given play. Houston, however, has as good of a rush defense as anyone in the league as evidenced by their complete domination of Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott last weekend (13 combined carries for 25 yards). Houston’s pass defense is ALSO one of the NFL’s best, so look for Baltimore to use their running game quite a bit this Sunday and bet on Rice touching the ball around 25 times. With that sort of play, he should be able to rack up some nice fantasy stats.

3.           Frank Gore (vs. NO – Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – If the 49ers want to win this game, Frank Gore is going to have to have the game of his life and I expect coach Jim Harbaugh will give him every chance in the world to do it. With the Saints high-flying offense in full swing right now, look for the ‘Niners to try and slow things down by streaming a steady dose of Gore right down New Orleans’ throats from the first series on. If San Fran’s defense can keep this game close, Gore should be able to come up with some real nice fantasy numbers by the time the final whistle blows.

4.           Willis McGahee (@ NE – Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Back in Week 15 when these two teams first met, Willis McGahee and Lance Ball combined for 134 rushing yards and one TD on just 18 carries. McGahee was forced from the game for a while after hurting his hamstring in the first quarter and ended up with just seven carries on the day, but he was well on his way to an outstanding performance rushing for 70 yards in his limited playing time. Even though QB Tim Tebow looked phenomenal in his first playoff game last weekend, the Broncos know they can’t solely depend on his arm to beat the Patriots. Because of this, Willis should see a good 20-25 touches out of the backfield, enough to get him 100-plus total yards and possibly a touchdown.

5.           Darren Sproles (@ SF – Saturday, 4:30pm ET) – It continues to amaze me that the NFL’s best 250-pound athletes usually have no problem bringing down the Adrian Petersons of the football world, but still can’t seem to get their arms around a 5’6”, 190-pound jitterbug named Darren Sproles. Since the Saints will likely be passing the ball more than they normally do against this suffocating 49ers rush defense, look for Sproles to be used much like he was last week against the Lions—which means plenty of targets out of the backfield with a handful of sneaky runs thrown in. I don’t see him putting up two touchdowns again, but 85 total yards and a score could be in the mix.

6.           Ahmad Bradshaw (@ GB – Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – Despite the fact that Bradshaw was outplayed by Brandon Jacobs in last week’s win over the Falcons, he should still see the bulk of the work against the Packers this Sunday. Because the Giants got out to a lead versus Atlanta, they were able to use Jacobs as both a punisher and a clock-killer. That won’t happen this time around. If the Packers get out to a lead, which is more likely than not, New York will have to pass the ball to get back in the game—a situation which means a whole lot more of Bradshaw and not so much of Jacobs.

7.           Stevan Ridley (vs. Den – Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – Denver has a stronger rush defense than most give them credit for as they allowed the fourth-least amount of rushing TDs to opposing running backs this season. They do, however, surrender quite a bit of yardage on the ground. This is exactly why I have Ridley ranked above both Green-Ellis and Woodhead this week—because Ridley gets New England the yards. Even though the rookie is pretty much surrounded by aging veterans (the Patriots were the eighth-oldest team coming into the season), Stevan saw the most action out of the backfield in each of the Pats last three games averaging 70 yards a game on 5.4 yards per carry.

8.           Brandon Jacobs (@ GB – Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – Jacobs looked like a beast out there in the game against the Falcons last weekend and I expect him to carry his angry play over into the divisional playoff game this Sunday. In their first matchup with the Packers back in Week 13, Brandon ran for 59 yards and a touchdown on only eight carries, numbers I could see repeating themselves this time around as well. Don’t expect much more, however, with Jacobs rarely seeing the field on passing downs and this game looking more like a shootout than anything else.

9.           BenJarvus Green–Ellis (vs. Den – Saturday, 8:00pm ET) – The Law Firm’s numbers have been trending downward for quite some time now and though he’s still the goal-line back in the Pats offense, he likely won’t see more than 10 or so touches this Saturday. In their first matchup about a month ago, BJGE ran for only 17 yards on 10 carries against the Broncos front seven, though he did make up for the poor stat-line with a one-yard TD plunge late in the fourth quarter.

10.       James Starks (vs. NYG – Sunday, 4:30pm ET) – The Packers have done well to give James Starks’ ankle injury time to heal as of late, and it seems the rest has done wonders for the young running back. He’s finally returned to practicing fully with the team this week and should be a full go for Green Bay on Sunday. With that being the case, I expect the coaching staff to use the superiorly-talented Starks over Ryan Grant for most of the game, especially in passing situations (which is pretty much every play with Aaron Rodgers under center).

11.       Pierre Thomas (@ SF – Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

12.       Danny Woodhead (vs. Den – Saturday, 8:00pm ET)

13.       Ben Tate (@ Bal – Sunday, 1:00pm ET)

14.       Chris Ivory (@ SF – Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

15.       Ryan Grant (vs. NYG – Sunday, 4:30pm ET)

16.       Kendall Hunter (vs. NO – Saturday, 4:30pm ET)

17.       John Kuhn (vs. NYG – Sunday, 4:30pm ET)


18.       Lance Ball (@ NE – Saturday, 8:00pm ET)

19.       Ricky Williams (vs. Hou – Sunday, 1:00pm ET)


20.       D.J. Ware (@ GB – Sunday, 4:30pm ET)

21.       Brandon Saine (vs. NYG – Sunday, 4:30pm ET)



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