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Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else


When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.


07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend


Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.


07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins

Deadline Set for Miami to Re-Sign Landry


Landry will not negotiate his contract after the season begins. I’m not so sure Landry is in Miami’s future plans. They surely won’t franchise him for $18 million next year and they just gave Kenny Stills a nice contract.

Fantasy Goo:I believe Miami has high hopes for DeVante Parker becoming the wide receiver one they drafted him to be. That may be a tall task with Tannehill running the show, but Parker appears to be far more committed to improving this year.


07/15/17, 08:55 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sun-sentinel.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers Backfield Community


Reports out of SF say that Hyde has to earn the starting job. SF drafted two running backs and signed several free agents in the off-season including Tim Hightower and Kyle Juszczyk. If Hyde stays healthy there’s little doubt he earns the job, but he’s in the last year of his contract so if SF has their expected slow start I expect them to turn to their other options quickly.

Fantasy Goo: There are also reports that Hyde doesn’t fit into the Shanahan system well, he’s a tremendous athlete, but this is the time of year to pay attention to the negative information when we usually see nothing but fluff.


07/15/17, 08:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.csnbayarea.com


Virgil Green

Denver Broncos

Denver Tight End Job Up for Grabs


The team did select tight end Jake Butt in the 2017 NFL draft, but a knee injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game may keep the talented rookie out of action for this entire season.

Fantasy Goo: Virgil Green is a blocker and AJ Derby is a natural athlete that converted to TE from QB, they believe he can be used in many ways and McCoy’s offense can use a third pass-catcher. Derby isn’t worth drafting, but we may want to keep an eye on him.


07/15/17, 08:42 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: 1043thefan.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Denver Receivers Excited for New Offense


“We’ve got this new offense with Mike McCoy. We’re going to be throwing the ball around so my conditioning has to be up and I’ve been working on that.’’
Sanders is working on a healthier lifestyle and getting ready for a high paced offense. Thomas is just happy to get his favorite play back in the rotation (WR screen).

Fantasy Goo: Thomas’ ADP is rising to the second round, while Sanders’ is hanging around in the late fifth. If you miss on Thomas keep an eye on Sanders slipping to you. While we’re not sure who the QB will be, these two should be just fine where they are being drafted.


07/15/17, 08:37 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.9news.com


Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McNichols Working on Pass Catching Skills


Jeremy McNichols has been working with the Bucs wide receivers. He's going basically undrafted, McNichols may be worth a late round flyer if you’re in a FFPC (28 round) draft, but we have to see what happens in camp before we can judge this one.

Fantasy Goo: Doug Martin’s ADP has risen to the point where he’s getting way too expensive. If he’s hanging around in the ninth or tenth he might be worth a shot, but there are probably better options to choose from before that point.


07/15/17, 08:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.buccaneers.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Opportunities in Colts Backfield


“As long as I’m healthy and my guys up front get me the opportunities, I’m going to be successful,’’ Gore said.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski remains squarely in Gore’s corner, but there figures to be more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. “You can go a lot of different directions in that you can feature more things or different things with different people,’’ he said. “Some of that will be personnel-driven.’’

Fantasy Goo: With no improvements to the O-line, Robert Turbin showing life in camp, and Marlon Mack being drafted, I don’t see how Gore improves on last year’s total. He keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny, but I think that cliff is close. I’ve been high on him every year until now.


07/15/17, 08:25 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: cbs4indy.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron to see more red-zone targets?


Ebron’s ADP has risen 2-3 rounds, depending on your scoring, in the past two months. Everyone seems to think that Ebron will see more red-zone looks this year with Boldin’s 22 RZ targets leaving town. He has a very safe floor so there’s no real downside to drafting him in the eighth round or later.

Fantasy Goo: I’m going to keep an eye on Boldin as well, he hasn’t signed with another team yet, and he’s not finished playing. Detroit is still on the list of places he could end up.


07/15/17, 08:06 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.freep.com


Gerald Everett

Los Angeles Rams

Higbee opens door for Everett


“Receiver Mike Thomas on Friday was suspended for the Rams’ first four games of the regular season because of a doping violation, and tight end Tyler Higbee entered into a plea agreement in connection with an incident that left a man hospitalized.”

Fantasy Goo: This could leave the door open for rookie Gerald Everett to get some major playing time right from the start. There will be plenty of hands in the pot for targets and we certainly aren’t looking for an explosive offense from the Rams, but this is something to keep an eye on as camps begin.


07/15/17, 07:52 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.latimes.com


George Kittle

San Francisco 49ers

Sleeper Alert: Kittle


Jon Lynch and the people in San Francisco have been raving about the performance of George Kittle in pre-season practices.

Fantasy Goo: As of now Kittle would still be behind Vance McDonald in the pecking order, but keep Kittle in the back of your mind as a potential sleeper at TE in 2017. But remember - he still is a rookie TE.


07/11/17, 01:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: www.49ers.com


Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers

Rookie Slow Your Role


"McCaffrey, while not nearly as big and strong as Stewart, could be effective as a ball-carrier in a power scheme – something he showed throughout his career at Stanford. It’ll be interesting to see how the carries are divvied out week to week."

Fantasy Goo: I expect McCaffery to have numbers comparable to the above-average pass-catching backs, maybe a ceiling of 2013 & 2015 Danny Woodhead (or 2011 Jonathan Stewart), he’s being drafted way too early for redraft with a MFL10 ADP of 35 overall/ RB15.


07/07/17, 11:27 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: www.panthers.com


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

Stewart Not Done Yet


"Everyone from head coach Ron Rivera to running backs coach Jim Skipper has insisted that Stewart’s role will not change. And Stewart himself has made it clear he’s not at all concerned. The punishing 240-pound runner will continue to see the bulk of the carries."

Fantasy Goo: Fantasy Goo: With a MFL10 ADP in the 12th round Stewart is a steal right now, although the news is getting out and his ADP has started to rise since this article was released.


07/07/17, 11:23 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: www.panthers.com


Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Get Money, Get Paid


The Raiders have locked up their QB for the future by giving him the richest contract in NFL history. Carr signed the extension for 5 years $125 million.

Fantasy Goo: We all expected Carr to be in Oakland for the foreseeable future, however there has been a history of players having down years right after inking big deals. Be on the look out for any news that implies Carr is getting complacent with his money. Otherwise, Carr is still a low end QB1 with some weekly upside.


06/22/17, 11:44 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Marquess Wilson

Chicago Bears

Jets Add Another Former Bear WR


After letting Brandon Marshall walk to the other locker room in NJ and releasing Decker, the Jets are starting to fill the void at WR with Marquess Wilson.

Fantasy Goo: Wilson isn't draft worthy as of now, but he has shown flashes in the pan with some big games. Keep him on your radar through the season as he could provide some strong weeks as bye week fill ins.


06/20/17, 01:19 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Christine Michael

Seattle Seahawks

The Asleepening: Michael to IR


Christine Michael will not be available for the Colts in 2017. He was placed on the IR.

Fantasy Goo: Robert Turbin has been getting hyped, as has their rookie Marlon Mack. With Michael out of the picture we will have a more clear idea on who will end up being the 34 year old running back's handcuff.


06/19/17, 01:46 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Eric Decker

New York Jets

Decker To Pursue Country Music Career


Nashville by far was the most exciting landing spot for the Decker's. Eric gets to play with the up and coming QB sensation, Marcus Mariota. And his wife, Jessie James gets to pursue her country music career.

Fantasy Goo: The Titans have turner their WR core from one of the worst in 2016 to potentially the best. Decker will likely play the slot and make his biggest contribution in the Red Zone, with a QB who is yet to throw a Red Zone pick in his career. Get your popcorn ready Nashville.


06/19/17, 01:39 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Eric Decker

New York Jets

Jets Release Decker


After trying to find a trade partner for Decker, the Jets have pulled the plug. Making Decker the most attractive free agent after the recent Maclin signing.

Fantasy Goo: The Jets passing attack could still be fantasy relevant as all signs point towards a season of tanking. Similar to the last few years in Jacksonville, expect the Jets to be passing heavily to Enunwa, Stewart and Anderson in negative game scripts.


06/13/17, 01:49 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Jeremy Maclin

Kansas City Chiefs

Maclin, Crab Cakes and Football


Crab cakes and football! Thanks what Jeremy Maclin is about for the next two years as he signs with the Ravens to add some depth at WR. Maclin will likely work out of the slot with Wallace an Perriman working the outsides.

Fantasy Goo: There will be plenty of balls to go around as the Ravens have led the NFL in pass attempts for the past two years, and the departures of Pitta and Smith leave another 223 vacated targets. Maclin will certainly benefit from the pass happy offense coming from a conservative KC offense that threw the ball 130 less times last season.


06/13/17, 01:40 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Uh Oh - Brown Tweaks Hammy


John Brown tweaked his hamstring in Cardinals mandatory camp. Soft tissue injuries tend to linger.

Fantasy Goo: Refer to Alshon Jeffrey for how bad soft tissue injuries can linger. If John Brown is limited by this expect another disappointing season from the speedy WR who also suffers from sickle cell conditions.


06/08/17, 11:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

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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