May 22, 2018


View all + 8529

Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck

Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.

04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek

Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.

04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush

49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.

04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving

Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.

04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons

Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)

04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.

04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy

Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.

04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged

Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.

04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls

Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.

04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson

Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.

03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack

Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.

03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That

Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.

03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case

Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.

03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount

The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.

03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler


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


RB Player Rankings for Week 9

RB Player Rankings for Week 9

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 11/01/11

by   The Archer


More Articals


RB Player Rankings Large - Week 9 - LeSean McCoy




RB Player Rankings – Week 9


(BYE:  Carolina, Detroit, Jacksonville, Minnesota)



QB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings


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)





QB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings




Listen & subscribe to our Pyro® Weekly Podcasts:

Follow Pyro® on Twitter: 

Like us on Facebook: