May 27, 2018


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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 - Week 12 - Thanksgiving

RB Player Rankings - Week 12 - Thanksgiving

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RB Player Rankings – Week 12



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1.       Chris Johnson (@ Hou) – Chris Johnson went ballistic in his two games against the Texans last year to the tune of 174 yards and 1.5 TDs per game.  He may or may not repeat those numbers, but it’s hard to bet against arguably the best running back in the game today.


2.       Peyton Hillis (vs Car) – The Big Twinkie has become much more than just a yummy after-school treat for fantasy owners, and he’ll continue his rampage on the league this weekend against Carolina.  I’ll be incredibly surprised if he doesn’t put up a good 150 total yards (with at least 100 on the ground) and two TDs in this game.


3.       Adrian Peterson (@ Was) – Until these last two weeks, Peterson hadn’t gone two games in a row without a TD since back in 2008.  That trend will stop this weekend against the Redskins.  Add in 100 yards or so and you’ll have his day pretty well summed up.


4.       Darren McFadden (vs Mia) – If Matt Forte can go off for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins, I can’t wait to see what McFadden does!  Get him in there at all costs.


5.       Ray Rice (vs TB) – Rice will be given every chance in the world to rack up immense fantasy stats for your team this week as the Bucs boast the league’s fourth worst defense against the run.  150 total yards and a TD are possible here.


6.       Frank Gore (@ Ari) – Gore should be able to tear this defense apart on Monday night.  In his two games against Arizona last year, Gore averaged 98.5 yards and 1.5 TDs.  I can see him coming awfully close to those exact numbers in Week 12.


7.       Arian Foster (vs Ten) – Tennessee’s rush defense has been solid all year long, but Foster can beat you in a variety of ways.  I wouldn’t expect the world from him this weekend, but 125 total yards and a TD are well within his grasp.


8.       Rashard Mendenhall (@ Buf) – Mendenhall will be given the opportunity to go ballistic against the Bills 32nd-ranked rush D this weekend, but that doesn’t mean he will.  Just last weekend against the Raiders (25th against the run), he only managed to rush for 59 yards on 23 carries, though he did have a touchdown.  I expect better than that this weekend, but it’s not as much of a definite as it may seem.


9.       Steven Jackson (@ Den) – It almost looks like Denver doesn’t even enjoy stopping opposing teams from running all over them.  “The Beast” could be in line for a real nice game here, as in 100-plus yards and a TD.


10.     Jamaal Charles (@ Sea) – “The Ostrich” only has one TD in the past four games, but he’s also put up 100 total yards or more in each one of them as well.  With Seattle’s pass D being as bad as it is, the Chiefs will likely use Charles more than Jones in this game to try and take advantage of the Seahawks deficiency.


11.     BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Det) – The Lions have given up 11 rushing TDs so far this year (tied for 4th most in the league) while allowing opposing running backs to gain 4.6 YPC.  The Firm may not be the most dynamic or frightening of RBs, but he can rack up the stats on you if you don’t pay attention to him.


12.     LaDainian Tomlinson (vs Cin) – The Jets have been tapering down LT21’s carries the past handful of weeks, but that doesn’t mean he won’t rack up a whole bunch of total yards and probably a TD in this one.  Cinci allows the seventh most points in the league (26.2 points/game) with a good amount of them coming on the ground.  Look for LaDainian to snatch one up this Thanksgiving.


13.     Mike Tolbert (@ Ind) – Tolberticus Touchdownimust!  The guy just keeps on rolling along as he took yet another ball into the endzone last week against the Donkeys.  With Mathews likely out again this week, Tolbert may do even more damage against a Colts D that allows now only a ton of yardage on the ground, but a whole bunch of TDs as well.


14.     Brandon Jacobs (vs Jax) – Jacobs becomes the beneficiary of Bradshaw’s recent demise, and what a game to get a chance like this in.  The Jags allow opposing running backs to do pretty much whatever they want, so if Brandon wants to show his worth, now’s the time to do it.  I expect at least a TD in this one, and if he can get a good 20 carries or so, 100 yards should be had as well.


15.     Knowshon Moreno (vs StL) – Moreno visited the endzone yet again last weekend and is starting to look like a mid-level RB2 for fantasy teams at this point.  He won’t hit 100 yards on the ground, but he’ll put up that many in total yards and probably find his way to paydirt along the way.


16.     Maurice Jones-Drew (@ NYG) – Not only do the Giants have one of the best pass D’s in the league, but they also have a top-5 rush D as well.  If the Jags had a scary-good passing offense to take the heat off of MJD this game, I’d say roll with him as a RB1 this week.  But they don’t, so the Giants will likely crowd the line and pay extra-special attention to Jones-Drew in an effort to not let Jacksonville’s best player beat them.


17.     LeSean McCoy (@ Chi) – I actually don’t like this matchup for McCoy all that much as the Bears D gives up the second least amount of yards to RBs this year and have the speed to keep up with the young stud.  That said, McCoy can be effective in a multitude of ways and if he finds the slightest seem, he’s off to the races.  You never know, especially with Vick running the show.


18.     Michael Turner (vs GB) – “The Centaur” hasn’t had a lot of success against the better rush defenses in the league this year, and though the numbers may not show it, the Packers do have a good rush D.  I can maybe see a short-yardage TD coming in this game, but don’t expect more than 60 to 70 yards or so.


19.     Keiland Williams (vs Min) – Keiland will get the call once again as the head horse against the Vikings this Sunday.  He’s been a pretty productive rookie back these past couple of weeks, and though the Vikings rush D is tough, I expect at least 100 total yards and a few chances at a TD in this contest.


20.     Ahmad Bradshaw (vs Jax) – Bradshaw was demoted to second-string after coughing up the ball a league-high sixth time against the inner-division rival Eagles last week.  That doesn’t mean he won’t get his touches, because otherwise he’s been amazing this year, but you can’t expect more than a split with Jacobs this week as coach Coughlin teaches the kid a lesson.


21.     Matt Forte (vs Phi) – Forte had a sweet game against a pretty good Miami defense last week, but Philly’s D is even better than that, so don’t expect those same numbers this weekend.  Maybe 100 total yards is reachable with a less than average chance at a TD.


22.     Thomas Jones (@ Sea) – Seattle’s rush D is good at limiting yardage, but they do give up TDs on the ground pretty easily.  If the Chiefs get down around the goal-line, Jones will almost assuredly punch one in.


23.     Jonathan Stewart (@ Cle) – Stewart looks like he’ll be back from his concussion this week against the Browns, but you might want to hold off on using him until he proves himself a bit.  It’s not like he was tearing up the joint before he hit his head.


24.     Donald Brown (vs SD) – Brown will likely be getting another chance to prove himself this week, and any running back starting in the backfield for the Colts is a good enough play for me.  Granted, Donald hasn’t looked like the world-beater he did coming out of college, but Manning might have to use him quite a bit this game if the Colts want to get through this San Diego D.


25.     LeGarrette Blount (@ Bal) – Blount continues to impress the hell out of me.  Even though the yards were tough to come by against a stout San Fran rush defense last week, he was still able to tote the rock 26 times on the day without fumbling while keeping the ball in Tampa’s hands en route to a 21-0 win.  He may not be the greatest of plays against a hard-nosed Ravens D, but you could do worse for sure.


26.     Danny Woodhead (@ Det) – I am going to repeat this statement until he’s a household name:  The records this kid set at both his High School in North Platte, Wisconsin and at his D-II school at Chadron State College are simply staggering.  I mean Madden 2011-style staggering.  As in the kid averaged 183 rushing yards/game over FOUR YEARS at Chadron State (212.0 was his highest average – Junior Year) and had 109 total TDs during that time (38 was his most – Junior Year).  He rushed for more than 200 yards in a game 19 of his 39 appearances and scored in 37 straight contests, both NCAA records.  Just to top it all off, Woodhead also ran track in High School for one year and broke his school’s 100-meter record with a time of 10.5 seconds.  Undrafted in the NFL or not, this kid is special.


27.     Fred Jackson (vs Pit) – FJax will almost certainly be flying solo in the Bills backfield again this Sunday, but unless he does some damage in the receiving game, he’ll end up worthless for your fantasy team.


28.     Cedric Benson (@ NYJ) – What’s even worse for the Bengals in this game is that the Jets rush defense is even better than their pass D!  That said, Benson should get a heavy workload in an effort to control the game, so some decent stats could come as a result.


29.     Chris Ivory (@ Dal) – With Pierre Thomas out another week, Ivory will get the call once again as the main ball-handler against the Cowboys.  Dallas has been decent against the run this year, but the Saints will still use him to set up the pass enough to give him fantasy value this week.


30.     Shonn Greene (vs Cin) – The big, second-year back has been working his way back into the fold lately as he’s had more carries than LT21 in each of the last two games.  He may not be as dynamic as the old guy, but he’ll get the opportunity to run it down the Bengals throat when all’s said and done this Thursday night.


31.     Felix Jones (vs NO) – If Felix suits up on Thursday, I can envision him totaling a good 80-100 yards as both a runner and receiver.  TDs have been scarce with him, but he’s always a threat to break a long one so if you have no one else to turn to, you might as well take a chance.


32.     Ronnie Brown (@ Oak) – Ronnie has barely been worth using at all this year, but if you’re looking for one game to show him the field, this might be the one.  The Raiders can be beat on the ground, and with the Dolphins being sans Brandon Marshall, Brown could actually get enough work to do some damage.



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