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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.sacbee.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.denverpost.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com

RB Player Rankings - Week 15

RB Player Rankings - Week 15

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1.           Darren McFadden (vs Den) – McFadden is one of the more dynamic RBs in the league right now and will get to use all his various skills against this woeful Donkeys D on Sunday.  He’s not the biggest back around (6’2”, 210 pounds), but his work in the off-season learning how to stay on his feet after first contact seems to have done wonders.  It has allowed him to finally use his ridiculous 4.33 speed on a more regular basis and it’s really showing off in the stat column.  Play him as your RB1 with confidence against a Denver defense that just gave up 148 yards and two TDs to Tim Hightower last week.

 

2.           Arian Foster (@ Ten) – Foster continues to dominate for his fantasy owners and now gets to face a Titans team he put up his second highest rushing and highest receiving totals against earlier in the season (143 yards on 30 carries, nine catches for 75 yards).  Enjoy the love folks because it doesn’t get much better than this… until next week when he gets to play the Broncos of course.

 

3.           Maurice Jones-Drew (@ Ind) – MJD is on a freakin’ tear right now putting up over 100 yards on the ground in each of his last six games.  He’s only scored in three of them, but that shouldn’t be a worry against the Colts as he had two TDs against them the last time they played (Week 4).  In fact, in his nine career games against Indy, Jones-Drew has averaged 98.1 yards rushing and 1.2 total TDs while failing to cross the goal-line in just one of them.

 

4.           Michael Turner (@ Sea) – “The Centaur” has reestablished league-wide dominance this year as he’s put up five 100-yard games in his last seven while rushing for at least one TD in six of them.  Seattle’s defense is nothing special as they’re 20th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game while giving up exactly one rushing TD a game to their opponents as well.

 

5.           Peyton Hillis (@ Cin) – Two weeks in a row without a TD for The Big Twinkie?!?!  Unheard of!!!  Hillis will get back on track this weekend though as he faces off against a Bengals D ranked 24th in both rushing yards allowed and TDs per game.

 

6.           Chris Johnson (vs Hou) – CJ2K hasn’t had nearly the year he and his fantasy owners were expecting, but this matchup against a very beatable Texans D should make for some nice stats this Sunday.  Last week against the Colts, Johnson put up 179 total yards (111 rushing) with a TD.  The upward trend should continue this Sunday.

 

7.           Adrian Peterson (vs Chi) – Purple Jesus was stifled by the Giants in Week 14, but I doubt that will happen two weeks in a row.  Even though the Bears have been stellar in defending the run this season, AP loves to see them on the schedule as he’s averaged 112 yards and 1.6 TDs in his seven career games against them.

 

8.           Jamaal Charles (@ StL) – The Ostrich is the only running back in the top ten rushers this season to have fewer than 200 carries so far (192), and though the fact that he’s third in the league in rushing is astounding, his average of 6.1 yards/carry is even more insane.  Expect at least 20 touches against the Rams this Sunday, which should be all he needs to make his fantasy owners happy.

 

9.           Jonathan Stewart (vs Ari) – Stewart has been on a roll lately putting up an average of 107.7 rushing yards/game over the last three weeks, and now he gets to face off against the third worst defense in the league at defending the run.  He hasn’t done much yet this year, but you can expect a solid 100 yards and maybe a TD out of him right when you need it this week.

 

10.       Knowshon Moreno (@ Oak) – Moreno has his game-face on putting up six TDs in his last seven games while having either 100 rushing yards or a TD in each of his last five.  Oakland is one of the bottom-feeders against the run, so expect this streak of his to continue.

 

11.       LeGarrette Blount (vs Det) – What a great find this monster RB (6’0”, 247 pounds) has been for the Bucs this season.  Blount has averaged 5.2 yards/carry at home so far this season and has done well against the lesser rush Ds in the league, so have confidence playing him as an RB2 with upside on your fantasy team this week.

 

12.       Steven Jackson (vs KC) – The Beast went over 1,000 yards on the season last week for the sixth straight time in his career a feat not many running backs can lay claim to.  The Chiefs rush D is right in the middle of the pack, so with Sam ‘The Ram’ Bradford struggling a bit as of late, I expect a good 25-plus carries en route to a nice game out of the big fella this Sunday.

 

13.       Ray Rice (vs NO) – Rice has been a bit of a disappointment for fantasy owners this year, but he’s still eighth in the league in total yards averaging almost 106 per game.  Rice will be counted on quite a bit this Sunday in what could turn into quite a matchup between these two playoff-bound teams, so expect another 100-plus total yard day out of Ray Ray.

 

14.       LeSean McCoy (@ NYG) – I can’t say McCoy has been a complete surprise, but the numbers he’s putting up are pretty amazing.  Last game against the Giants he had 140 total yards (111 rushing) with a TD, and though it will be tough to repeat those stats against a powerful defense like New York has, you can be sure he’ll get around 20 touches to do it, a number that pretty much assures him of some nice fantasy points.

 

15.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs GB) – The Firm has been outstanding for the Pats this season as he’s averaged a touchdown a game over his last 11.  He might even be the most automatic TD-producer in the league when his team gets around the goal-line, which seems to be a regular occurrence for New England lately.

 

16.       Matt Forte (@ Min) – Besides the Blizzard Bowl last week against the Patriots, Forte has been a steady force for Mike Martz and the Bears over the last month.  If he can garner a good 20 touches in this game, expect around 100 total yards with a possible TD against a Vikings squad that fell apart trying to handle Bradshaw and Jacobs last Monday night.

 

17.       Ahmad Bradshaw (vs Phi) – All 5’9”, 198 pounds of the Little Engine that Could has been nothing short of a fantasy dream for owners this year.  Though his fumbling problem demoted him to “second-string” a few weeks ago, he’s still getting more touches than Jacobs and seems to be making the most of them.  He’ll be a solid RB2 for you this week.

 

18.       Cedric Benson (vs Cle) – Benson has put up more bad games than good this year, but he’s been a much better back at home than on the road.  Against this Cleveland D in Cincinnati, I expect this to be one of his better ones.

 

19.       Ryan Torain (@ Dal) – Did you all catch what Ryan did to that poor Tampa rush D last week (24 carries, 172 yards)?  Holy crap!  Every time I looked, Torain was trucking through the defensive line and making the Bucs secondary have to pull him down.  He won’t beat the Cowboys front seven as easily, but you can bet the Redskins will be getting him the ball a ton this game.

 

20.       Brandon Jacobs (vs Phi) – Jacobs has been running downhill like a man possessed lately and now averages 6.1 yards/carry to go along with his eight TDs.  Bradshaw is still getting more touches than him each game, but the Juggernaut is making the most of every carry he gets.  It’s tough to depend on a guy who hasn’t had more than 14 touches in any single game this season, but you might have to ride his latest streak of two straight games with over 100 yards and a TD.

 

21.       Tim Hightower (@ Car) – After what Hightower did to the Broncos last game (18 carries, 148 yards, two TDs), Beanie Wells might have just become an afterthought for the Cardinals the rest of the year.  The Panthers have been beaten pretty badly on the ground this year, so even though he won’t do what he did last week, Tim should still have a nice game.

 

22.       Rashard Mendenhall (vs NYJ) – Mendenhall has been pretty darn dependable this year, but his last couple of games have been lackluster at best and I don’t expect the trend to change too much against a hard-nosed Jets defense this week.

 

23.       Felix Jones (vs Was) – Felix has averaged over 20 touches a game the last few weeks which has led to him putting up 95.7 total yards/game in that time.  These numbers look to continue on Sunday against a Redskins defense that has a tough time stopping, well, pretty much anything teams throw at them.

 

24.       Mike Tolbert (vs SF) – With Ryan Mathews back, you can’t expect 100 yards out of Tolberticus anymore, but you can still assume a trounce into the endzone.

 

25.       Fred Jackson (@ Mia) – Freddy went back up over 100 yards against the Browns last weekend, but the Dolphins defense is a whole different animal to contend with.  He’ll get his fair share of touches in this one, but temper your expectations of FJax against a seventh-ranked Miami rush D that’s allowed just six rushing TDs on the season.

 

26.       Mike Goodson (vs Ari) – Even with Stewart taking over the lead-back role, Goodson is still producing with his limited touches.  He’s now scored a TD in three straight games for the Panthers, and it could continue this Sunday against a soft Arizona D.

 

27.       Ronnie Brown (vs Buf) – Ronnie has been a huge bummer this year grabbing just three TDs and not once rushing for more than 85 yards or putting up 100 total yards in a game.  If he’s going to do it, however, it will be against this awful Bills rush D (165.8 rush yards/game, last in the NFL).  He might be worth a shot if you’re looking for the home run this fantasy playoff weekend.

 

28.       Javarris James / Joseph Addai (vs Jax) – If Addai plays, then he should be moved up a good five-to-ten slots in these rankings.  If he doesn’t, then Javarris should stay right here.  Either way, expect a TD out of one of these two guys come Sunday.

 

29.       Jahvid Best (@ TB) – Best has been looking better the last couple of games, and against a Bucs D that just got torched for 172 yards on the ground by Ryan Torain, he might be worth a shot if you’re looking for a good flex option.

 

30.       Tashard Choice (vs Was) – Choice didn’t get nearly the love fantasy owners were expecting last week after he proved his worth the week before against the Colts.  However, the Cowboys should have room enough to get him some good play this weekend against a poor Redskins front seven.

 

31.       Michael Bush (vs Den) – Bush should see his share of the action this week after McFadden blows the Donkeys up early and often.  If he can get around 15 carries, he might have himself a real nice game.

 

32.       Ryan Mathews (vs SF) – Mathews is back and looks to be running with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.  He hates being thought of as “injury-prone”, so when he gets the ball this Thursday night (which might not be more than 10 times), expect to see an angry runner on your television set.

 

 

 

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