Week 15
December 15, 2017


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Nick Foles

Kansas City Chiefs

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 Oakland defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.

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

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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

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman

Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.

12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com

Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake

Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.

12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle

Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.

12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up

Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.

12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces

The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.

12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors

Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.

12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.

12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity

Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.

12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet

To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.

12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder

Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.

12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

RB Player Rankings for Week 9

RB Player Rankings for 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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