Week 20
January 21, 2018


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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

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com

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

RB Player Rankings for Week 15

RB Player Rankings for Week 15

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/13/11

by   The Archer


More Articals


RB Player Rankings Large - Week 15 - Arian Foster


(Rankings will be updated throughout the week)



RB Player Rankings – Week 15





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Running Backs




1.           Arian Foster (vs. Car) – Ever since T.J. Yates took over at quarterback for the Texans, Foster has had a tough time finding holes to run through with opposing defenses stacking up against the run. However, that won’t be the case this Sunday against the Panthers. Not only will he be playing at home where Arian has put up ten 100-yard games and 13 rushing touchdowns in his last 13 games, but the Carolina defense also allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Carolina might also lay off the line a bit now after seeing Yates throw for 300 yards and two TDs against the Bengals last weekend, so it seems everything is in line for Foster to have one of those huge fantasy games of his.

2.           Ray Rice (@ SD – Sunday Night) – In Week 10, Ravens coach John Harbaugh made a monumental mistake by giving Ray Rice just five carries in a loss to the Seahawks. Since then, Rice has gone four straight games with 20 or more rushing attempts in which he put up three 100-yard games and four rushing TDs. Oh, and the Ravens also won each of those four games. Basically, at his point it’s pretty safe to say that Harbaugh clearly understands that in order for his team to win, he has to get the ball in the little guy’s hands. In a tough road game against a hot San Diego team, Rice will be needed more than ever and should end up with around 25 touches—which should be enough to get him 150-plus total yards. Two weeks ago, MJD put up 188 total yards and a touchdown with 26 touches. I expect about the same out of Rice with that sort of play.

3.           Maurice Jones–Drew (@ Atl – Thursday Night) – The Wrecking Ball still leads the league in both carries and yards at this point and doesn’t seem to be slowing down in the slightest. In fact, MJD’s two biggest fantasy days have come in the last two weeks accumulating a combined 182 rushing yards, 12 catches, 142 receiving yards and five touchdowns! Granted, Atlanta has one of the tougher defenses in the league to run on, but seeing that Maurice ran for a combined 300 yards against Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Houston, there’s no reason to believe he can’t do it against the Falcons. Since the Jaguars aren’t going stop riding him until the final snap of the season, neither should you.

4.           Adrian Peterson (vs. NO) – PROBABLE TO PLAY – Putting Peterson this high up in the rankings after missing the last three games with an ankle injury may be a bit risky, but it’s also warranted. First of all, the Vikings will be at home where AP28 absolutely loves to play. In fact, in five home games this season (actually four; Peterson left after one quarter in Week 11), not only has Peterson averaged over 100 rushing yards a game with three 100-yard games, but he’s also accumulated eight TDs on the ground. Secondly, the Saints have allowed opposing RBs to rush for over five yards a carry and let guys like DeAngelo Williams and Earnest Graham to each go for over 100 yards on them. Basically, even if he’s only 85 percent right now, Purple Jesus is still a good bet to roll on Sunday.

5.           LeSean McCoy (vs. NYJ) – The Jets rush D has been up-and-down this season, but dynamic, speedy backs like McCoy can usually get the job done against them. To be honest, with the way he’s been putting the ball in the endzone this year, I don’t think it matters too much which team LeSean faces at this point, the guy simply gets the job done. Last week against a Miami defense that had allowed only two TDs to opposing RBs on the season, McCoy decided to double that number and rush in two more of his own. Granted, the Dolphins pretty much stuffed him for the rest of the game, but I can’t see the Jets doing the same seeing as how they’ve allowed six different guys to put up over 100 total yards against them this season.

6.           Michael Bush (vs. Det)

7.           Beanie Wells (vs. Cle)

8.           Chris Johnson (@ Ind)

9.           Reggie Bush (@ Buf)

10.       Roy Helu (@ NYG)

11.       Felix Jones (@ TB – Saturday Night)

12.       Cedric Benson (@ StL)

13.       Marshawn Lynch (@ Chi)

14.       Shonn Greene (@ Phi) 

15.       Michael Turner (vs. Jax – Thursday Night)

16.       Kevin Smith (@ Oak) 

17.       Willis McGahee (vs. NE)

18.       Steven Jackson (vs. Cin)

19.       LeGarrette Blount (vs. Dal – Saturday Night)

20.       Darren Sproles (@ Min)

21.       Ryan Mathews (vs. Bal – Sunday Night) 

22.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Was)

23.       C.J. Spiller (vs. Mia)

24.       Ben Tate (vs. Car)

25.       Marion Barber (vs. Sea)

26.       Brandon Jacobs (vs. Was)

27.       Donald Brown (vs. Ten)

28.       Ryan Grant (@ KC)

29.       Frank Gore (vs. Pit – Monday Night)

30.       Jonathan Stewart (@ Hou)

31.       Chris Ivory (@ Min)

32.       Peyton Hillis (@ Ari)

33.       Rashard Mendenhall (@ SF – Monday Night)

34.       DeAngelo Williams (@ Hou)

35.       Pierre Thomas (@ Min)

36.       Daniel Thomas (@ Buf)

37.       Mike Tolbert (vs. Bal – Sunday Night)

38.       John Kuhn (@ KC)

39.       BenJarvus Green–Ellis (@ Den)

40.       LaDainian Tomlinson (@ Phi)

41.       Kahlil Bell (vs. Sea)

42.       Kendall Hunter (vs. Pit – Monday Night)

43.       Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. Jax – Thursday Night)

44.       Danny Woodhead (@ Den)

45.       Marcel Reece (vs. Det)

46.       Montario Hardesty (@ Ari)

47.       Toby Gerhart (vs. NO)

48.       Keiland Williams (@ Oak)

49.       Jackie Battle (vs. GB)

50.       Maurice Morris (@ Oak)




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