March 18, 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 Week 9

RB Player Rankings for Week 9

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RB Player Rankings Large - Week 9 - LeSean McCoy




RB Player Rankings – Week 9


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Running Backs



1.       LeSean McCoy (vs. Chi) – Last Sunday, at 23 years, 110 days old, McCoy became the youngest RB ever to put up 700-plus yards and eight or more rushing TDs in his first seven games of the season (Emmitt Smith and Eric Dickerson were also 23, but both were older in days). Being the best cut-back/stop-and-go/change-of-direction runner since Barry Sanders, I like his chances to keep up his high level of play against a Bears defense with a tendency to over-pursue the runner due to their overall team speed. Plus, Chicago will likely keep their safeties deep this Monday night to guard against the big play, so all McCoy will have to do is get past the first wave of tacklers in order to break off a couple of big runs. Last year against the Bears, LeSean had 120 total yards, but I’m expecting much more than that on Monday with this one being played in Philly.


2.       Michael Turner (@ Ind) – Turner may not be the running back he used to be, but he still tears apart bad run defenses and believe me, Indy definitely has one of those. In his three games against bottom-tier rush D’s this season, The Centaur ran for 114 yards or more in each one of them while averaging a touchdown per contest. With six total TDs this year, he still finds the end zone with great regularity and should continue to do so this Sunday against the Colts. Book it.


3.       Arian Foster (vs. Cle) – Foster has been an absolute beast since recovering from his early-season injury woes. If not for that half-game he played back in week two, Arian would actually be leading the league in fantasy points per game again this season with a whopping 22.2 per contest. Cleveland’s rush D may have kept opposing runners out of the end zone this season, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been good as they allow the seventh-most rushing yards per game on the year (127.3). With Foster putting up three 100-yard rushing games, two 100-yard receiving games and five total TDs in the last five weeks, you really can’t go wrong with the guy here even if the Browns decide to stack the line with Andre Johnson likely to sit one more week.


4.       Steven Jackson (@ Ari) – Like I’ve said all season, Steven Jackson looks like a man on a mission this season. Last week he single-handedly manhandled the New Orleans Saints going off for 159 yards rushing (191 total yards) and two touchdowns. In the two weeks prior to that, S-Jax faced two top-of-the-line rushing defenses (Green Bay and Dallas) and put up double-digit fantasy points against both of them. Watching him play in those three games, not only does he look bigger than normal, but he also looks to be running with more purpose than I’ve ever seen him play with before. With Arizona being tied with a few other teams for allowing the most TDs to running backs this season, look for The Beast’s mission to continue.


5.       Fred Jackson (vs. NYJ) – The surprise running back of the first part of the season has been playing so consistently; it’s almost no longer a surprise! Fred Jackson now has five 100-yard games on the season, the only running back in the league to do so and has rushed for no less than 66 yards in any one contest. He also has no less than 168 total yards in each of his last three games. This week, Buffalo will quickly find out that they simply cannot pass on the New York Jets and will likely get F-Jax a good 25-30 carries/touches because of it. With that type of love, there’s no way he doesn’t have a strong fantasy outing with the Jets allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this year.


6.       Beanie Wells (vs. StL) – I gotta say, Beanie Wells is one gutsy cookie. Last week against a tough-as-nails Baltimore Ravens rush D, Wells decided to suit up and give it a go despite dealing with a sprained knee that was supposed to keep him out for at least one week, if not two or more. I would assume most fantasy owners didn’t even bother getting him in the lineup despite news of his starting, but what you missed was a nice 83-yard performance including a one-yard TD which put him in the top-ten for RBs on the week. Now that he’s past the Steelers and Ravens, the NFL set him up with a juicy St. Louis dream matchup that owners had better get him in for or else risk missing out on a show that could put you over the top for the week.


7.       Matt Forte (@ Phi) – Matt Forte has put up more than 150 total yards in five of seven games this season, with his lowest output otherwise being an 82-yard game against the Packers in week 3. When the Bears took on the Eagles in week 12 last season, Forte ran for 117 yards on 14 carries while adding another 22 yards on two catches. However, he couldn’t find the end zone, an ongoing deficiency that has been the only real downfall to his game since his 2008 rookie season. With the Eagles cornerbacks likely to have no problem with the Bears passing game, Forte should see a good 25 touches this Monday night and come out of the game with clear RB1 stats.


8.       Frank Gore (@ Was) – Last week, Gore became just the fourth running back in the modern era to rush for 125 yards or more and a TD in four straight games (O.J. Simpson, Terrell Davis and Larry Johnson). Can he do it for a fifth straight week? It’s possible as two of the last three RBs to face the Redskins went for over 100 yards with LeSean McCoy putting up 126 yards and a TD. Gore, however, tends to have his bigger games at home with 11 of his 16 100-yard games since 2008 coming in San Francisco.


9.       Ray Rice (@ Pit) – Rice only has two 100-yard games on the year, but one of them came at a crucial time way back in the first week of the season when the Ravens absolutely destroyed the Steelers 35-7 at home in Baltimore. Of course, being on the road is a whole different story in the NFL, so I’m not expecting the same type of output that he had in their first meeting, especially with three of his four worst fantasy games this season coming on the road. That said, Pittsburgh CAN be beat on the ground this year, and since the Ravens passing game is a bit shaky right now, you know the coaching staff is going to feed him the ball as much as possible.


10.     Shonn Greene (@ Buf) – Before last week’s bye, Greene put up his first 100-yard game of the season in a hard-fought 27-21 win against the Chargers. He failed to score a touchdown, which has been a major problem for him and his fantasy owners this year, but at least Rex Ryan is sticking to his guns and getting him 20 or more carries a game. With the Bills allowing a hefty 4.9 YPC this season, 20 carries should be enough to do some damage and possibly get him into the end zone as Buffalo has given up eight total TDs to opposing running backs as well.



11.       LeGarrette Blount (@ NO)


12.       Michael Bush (vs. Den)


13.       Cedric Benson (@ Ten)


14.       DeMarco Murray (vs. Sea)


15.       Mike Tolbert (vs. GB)


16.       Jackie Battle (vs. Mia)


17.       Darren Sproles (vs. TB)


18.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. NYG)


19.       Rashard Mendenhall (vs. Bal)


20.       Willis McGahee (@ Oak) – PROBABLE TO PLAY


21.       Pierre Thomas (vs. TB)


22.       Daniel Thomas (@ KC)


23.       Brandon Jacobs (@ NE)


24.       James Starks (@ SD)


25.       Delone Carter (vs. Atl)


26.       Reggie Bush (@ KC)


27.       Chris Ogbonnaya (@ Hou)


28.       Knowshon Moreno (@ Oak)


29.       Chris Johnson (vs. Cin)


30.       Ben Tate (vs. Cle)


31.       Javon Ringer (vs. Cin)


32.       Joseph Addai (vs. Atl)


33.       Marion Barber (@ Phi)


34.       Ryan Torain (vs. SF)


35.       Marshawn Lynch (@ Dal)


36.       Roy Helu (vs. SF)


37.       LaDainian Tomlinson (@ Buf)


38.       Kevin Faulk (vs. NYG)


39.       Kendall Hunter (@ Was)


40.       Ryan Grant (@ SD)


41.       Leon Washington (@ Dal)


42.       D.J. Ware (@ NE)


43.       Bernard Scott (@ Ten)


44.       Mewelde Moore (vs. Bal)


45.       Phillip Tanner (vs. Sea)


46.       Kregg Lumpkin (@ NO)


47.       LaRod Stephens-Howling (vs. StL)


48.       Jason Snelling (@ Ind)


49.       Ricky Williams (@ Pit)


50.       Chris Ivory (vs. TB)





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