Week 15
December 18, 2017


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Ted Ginn Jr

New Orleans Saints

Must Be Smokin' Snead

Per source with knowledge of the situation, Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr won't play today and will be ruled inactive. Expect WRs TommyLee Lewis and Willie Snead to play a bigger role.

Fantasy Goo: Snead has seen a huge uptick in first team practice snaps this week, he’s been a huge disappointment this season after a break-out year last season. I would not stream Snead for your playoff match-up, the offense is powerful, but unpredictable. Lewis and Brandon Coleman could vulture targets and TD’s at any moment.

12/17/17, 08:59 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade

Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.

12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com

Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business

The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.

12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo

Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.

12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.

12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com

Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.

12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It

The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.

12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action

Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.

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

Source: twitter.com

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).

12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!

Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.

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

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear

Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.

12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat

Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.

12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS

Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.

12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square

Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.

12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol

Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.

12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.

12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return

Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.

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

Source: twitter.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap

Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.

12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week

Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.

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

Source: twitter.com

Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere

Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.

12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

RB Player Rankings for Playoffs Week 2

RB Player Rankings for Playoffs Week 2

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 01/09/12

by   The Archer


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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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