Week 15
December 16, 2017


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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

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time

Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.

12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

RB Player Rankings for Week 16

RB Player Rankings for Week 16

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/20/11

by   The Archer


More Articals


RB Player Rankings Large - Week 16 - Arian Foster


(Rankings will be updated throughout the week)



RB Player Rankings – Week 16


(BYE:  Majority of the Games Are Played On Saturday, Dec. 24th)



QB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings



Running Backs                 (Updated:  Saturday, Dec. 24 - 11:54AM CT)



1.           Arian Foster (@ Ind – Thursday Night) – Due to injury, Foster didn’t get to play against Indianapolis in the Texans first game of the season—but backup Ben Tate did and racked up 116 rushing yards along with a goal-line TD. In 2010, however, Arian faced the Colts twice averaging 202.5 total yards (166.5 rushing) and two touchdowns in their two hard-fought matchups. Things have changed quite a bit this season with Peyton Manning sidelined for the year, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the atrocity that IS the Colts rush defense. 10 different running backs have put up 100-plus total yards against them this year as the Colts have allowed the third-most fantasy points to RBs this season. I fully expect a monster game out of last year’s fantasy MVP this Thursday.

2.           Ray Rice (vs. Cle) – With the way Ray Rice ate the Browns alive in their first matchup, it was very tough not to put him in my one-spot this week. However, for those of you keeping track, you might as well call Rice the 1B of Week 16 because he should be able to do some serious fantasy damage once again on Saturday. Part of the reason he’s not on top is because the Browns have played much tighter against the run since Rice’s first outburst allowing just 76 yards to Rashard Mendenhall two weeks ago and only 51 to Beanie Wells last weekend. Neither of those two have Ray’s make-you-miss capabilities, though, so I still believe Rice will come out golden in this one. But you better believe Cleveland will be bearing down on him all game long…I’m just not sure it will make a difference. Not after his 204-yard performance the first time around.

3.           LeSean McCoy (@ Dal) – Once thought to be too small to be an every-down back in this league, the 5’11”, 208-pound LeSean McCoy continues to proves the haters wrong on weekly basis as he now leads the NFL with 20 touchdowns (17 Rush, 3 Rec), four more than the next guy on the list (Rob Gronkowski). This week he’ll be facing a Cowboys team he absolutely tore apart back in Week 8 to the tune of 200 total yards (185 rushing) and two TDs. It will be different this time with both teams playing for their playoff lives and this one coming down in Dallas, but McCoy seems to have their number there too as he put up 149 rushing yards on 16 carries when they played there in 2010. There’s only been one week this year when LeSean didn’t score a TD and in that game, he ran for 113 yards. Basically, I can all but guarantee he does something for your fantasy team this weekend.

4.           Maurice Jones–Drew (@ Ten) – Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars faced the Titans back in Week 1 and came up with one of their four wins on the season, 16-14. Jones-Drew was a big part of that win scoring the Jags only touchdown while rushing for 97 yards on 24 carries and quite frankly, the kid hasn’t slowed down since. Only once in 14 games this year has MJD been held to less than 84 yards rushing and he still scored a touchdown in that game. You also might think that because the Jaguars are almost always playing from behind on the road that he might not get the carries necessary to do well but the fact is, three of his four 100-yard games have come away from home. Basically, against a Titans defense that has allowed six 100-yard rushers this season (most recently last weekend when Donald Brown went off for 161 yards) along with the tenth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs, you can bet on a nice fantasy performance out of the Wrecking Ball this Saturday.

5.           Michael Bush (@ KC) – Ever since Darren McFadden went out with an injury in Week 7, Michael Bush has quietly amassed 985 total yards (703 rushing) in eight games while crossing the goal-line on five different occasions. He also has four games with 96 or more yards (two 100-yard games) and now sits just outside the top-10 for fantasy RBs in a standard scoring system. Basically, he’s been awesome. The first time these two teams hooked up happened to be the game Run DMC went down and Bush came in to rush for 99 yards on just 17 carries. In fact, of Bush’s three 100-yard games from 2009-10, two of them came against these same Kansas City Chiefs. Considering the Chiefs have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season, I think fantasy owners will be very happy starting him this weekend when all is said and done.

6.           Ryan Mathews (@ Det)  

7.           Adrian Peterson (@ Was) 

8.           Chris Johnson (vs. Jax) 

9.           Reggie Bush (@ NE) 

10.       Willis McGahee (@ Buf) 

11.       Rashard Mendenhall (vs. StL)

12.       C.J. Spiller (vs. Den)

13.       Michael Turner (@ NO – Monday Night) 

14.       Frank Gore (@ Sea) 

15.       DeAngelo Williams (vs. TB) – TOP-5 SLEEPER CANDIDATE


16.       Kevin Smith (vs. SD)

17.       Ahmad Bradshaw (@ NYJ) 

18.       Evan Royster (vs. Min) 

19.       LeGarrette Blount (@ Car) 

20.       Shonn Greene (vs. NYG)


21.       Felix Jones (vs. Phi) – QUESTIONABLE TO PLAY

22.       Cedric Benson (vs. Ari) 

23.       Jonathan Stewart (vs. TB) 

24.       Marshawn Lynch (vs. SF) 

25.       Beanie Wells (@ Cin) 

26.       Kahlil Bell (@ GB – Sunday Night, Christmas) 

27.       Steven Jackson (@ Pit) 

28.       Ben Tate (@ Ind – Thursday Night) 

29.       Darren Sproles (vs. Atl – Monday Night) 

30.       Donald Brown (vs. Hou – Thursday Night) 

31.       Peyton Hillis (@ Bal) 

32.       Danny Woodhead (vs. Mia) 

33.       Pierre Thomas (vs. Atl – Monday Night) 

34.       Jackie Battle (vs. Oak) 

35.       Mike Tolbert (@ Det) 

36.       Lance Ball (@ Buf) 

37.       Chris Ivory (vs. Atl – Monday Night) 

38.       BenJarvus Green–Ellis (vs. Mia)

39.       Brandon Jacobs (@ NYJ) 

40.       James Starks (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas) 

41.       Ricky Williams (vs. Cle) 

42.       John Kuhn (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas) 


43.       Sammy Morris (vs. Phi)

44.       Thomas Jones (vs. Oak) 

45.       Stevan Ridley (vs. Mia)

46.       Jacquizz Rodgers (@ NO – Monday Night)

47.       LaDainian Tomlinson (vs. NYG)

48.       Ryan Grant (vs. Chi – Sunday Night, Christmas)

49.       Toby Gerhart (@ Was)

50.       Kregg Lumpkin (@ Car)




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