Week 15
December 18, 2017


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Ted Ginn Jr

New Orleans Saints

Must Be Smokin' Snead

Per source with knowledge of the situation, Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr won't play today and will be ruled inactive. Expect WRs TommyLee Lewis and Willie Snead to play a bigger role.

Fantasy Goo: Snead has seen a huge uptick in first team practice snaps this week, he’s been a huge disappointment this season after a break-out year last season. I would not stream Snead for your playoff match-up, the offense is powerful, but unpredictable. Lewis and Brandon Coleman could vulture targets and TD’s at any moment.

12/17/17, 08:59 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade

Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.

12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com

Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business

The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.

12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo

Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.

12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload

Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.

12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com

Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.

12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It

The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.

12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action

Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.

12/15/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).

12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!

Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.

12/15/17, 05:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear

Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.

12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

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

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

Source: twitter.com

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

RB Player Rankings - Week 16

RB Player Rankings - Week 16

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/22/10

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RB Player Rankings – Week 16


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Running Backs


1.       Arian Foster (@ Den) – Foster got himself a bit banged up last weekend, but the word is he’s just fine.  To be honest, against this Denver defense, I would have had him as my top-ranked RB if he came out there with one leg and a live donkey strapped to his back.


2.       Rashard Mendenhall (vs Car) – Mendenhall has been dependable all year as he comes into this game as a top-eight RB in yards, attempts and TDs.  Against a bottom-feeding rush D like the Panthers have, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t put up over 100 yards and a TD or two.


3.       Darren McFadden (vs Ind) – The kid has a great game combining size, speed and power into one fluid body.  The Colts can be beat on the ground, and I expect a ton out of Run DMC this game, but as was shown last week, Bush still has a hold of the goal-line carries.


4.       Michael Turner (vs NO) – “The Centaur” has been a beast the second half of the season, and he just loves playing against these pesky Saints.  In fact, since he joined the Falcons back in 2008, he’s averaged 105.5 yards/game against them and hasn’t had a game where he didn’t rush for a TD (four games).


5.       Chris Johnson (@ KC) – CJ2K has been coming on lately averaging 120.5 yards and one TD over the last couple of games.  The return of Kenny Britt seems to have really opened up the running lanes for the Titans, so with Britt and Collins playing well, expect Johnson to keep producing at a high level.


6.       Ray Rice (@ Cle) – Rice is coming off of his best game this season and has a prime matchup to continue his roll.  The Ravens are starting to increase his touches as they approach the playoffs, so look for Rice to have another nice set of numbers when this one is over.


7.       Jamaal Charles (vs Ten) – Tennessee has been pretty stingy against the run this year so I’m not expecting one of Jamaal’s monster efforts, but he’s relatively fresh at this point of the season, so he’s likely to get a bunch of touches and end up with some real nice numbers.


8.       Rashad Jennings (vs Was) – Jennings was beginning to see a healthy amount of touches over recent weeks, and he’s about to get a whole lot more.  MJD missed practice for a third straight day on Friday and is now listed as ‘doubtful’ for the game on Sunday, which means there’s basically no chance of him playing.  Rashad has looked good enough to be a starter this season, but wasn’t ever going to get the chance unless Jones-Drew fell to injury.   Now’s his chance.  With a matchup against one of the bottom-tier defenses in the league, it wouldn’t surprise me to see numbers close to what MJD was sure to put up this Sunday.


9.       Peyton Hillis (vs Bal) – Hillis has definitely slowed down as the season has progressed, but this is also the team he first broke out against when he went for 144 yards and a TD during their first contest.  He won’t repeat those numbers, but at least you know he has the potential to.


10.     Adrian Peterson (@ Phi) – Purple Jesus sat out last game to rest up his various leg ailments, but my guess is he’ll give it a go this weekend.  He’s a warrior in the truest sense of the word and I can’t believe that he’ll let another game go by as he sits on the bench.  The Eagles rush D is pretty good, but if AP plays, he should be able to rattle off some nice fantasy numbers.


11.     Ryan Torain (@ Jax) – After his 172-yard outburst in Week 14, Torain came out to put up 101 total yards and a TD last weekend against the Cowboys.  The Jaguars have about as bad of a defense as Dallas does, so to expect any less would be uncivilized.


12.     LeGarrette Blount (vs Sea) – What a great find this monster RB (6’0”, 247 pounds) has been for the Bucs this season.  Blount averages 5.7 yards/carry at home so have confidence playing him as an RB2 with upside on your fantasy team this week.


13.     LeSean McCoy (vs Min) – McCoy has a variety of skills that he uses throughout a game and all he needs are enough touches to make them work for your fantasy team.  If he gets 20 touches in this one, which he should, you can expect a fine day from your RB2.


14.     BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Buf) – Buffalo has the worst rush D in the league, so expect some real nice numbers this week out of The Law Firm.  In their last match, Green-Ellis had one TD with 98 yards on 16 carries (6.1 YPC) if that’s any sort of gauge for you.  Danny Woodhead also had a TD in the game.


15.     Knowshon Moreno (vs Hou) – If Moreno’s rib injury is minor and he plays this weekend, he’ll do just fine as an RB2 for your fantasy team.  Be sure to check the news throughout the week to be sure though as you don’t want to be caught with him in your lineup while sitting on the Donkeys bench.


16.     Steven Jackson (vs SF) – One of The Beast’s five rushing touchdowns came against the ‘Niners earlier this season, but you can’t expect too much with San Fran not allowing a 100-yard rusher in their past 20 games straight.  He’ll have some decent numbers, but likely no more than an average RB2.


17.     Ahmad Bradshaw (@ GB) – The 5’9” Little Engine that could will be depended on to churn his wheels this weekend against one of the toughest defenses in the league.  His dynamic play will be a big difference in what could make or break the Giants season.  Bet on a solid RB2 performance.


18.     Fred Jackson (vs NE) – The Bills will need Freddy to perform well in this one if they expect to keep the game close.  He’s not a special back by any means, but he is the type who can do it all and will be asked to do so this Sunday.  100 total yards and a TD isn’t out of the question.


19.     Marshawn Lynch (@ TB) – I actually like Lynch a bit this week.  Tampa has a rush D that might not be able to stop my pet slug, so look for Seattle to get Fugly going in this one.


20.     Mike Tolbert (@ Cin) – A touchdown is a given this Sunday, though I expect Mathews to get himself quite a few carries as a warm-up for the post-season.


21.     Tashard Choice (@ Ari) – I have Choice ranked over Felix this week due to a couple of reasons.  First, being the goal-line back against a team giving up the fourth most rushing touchdowns gives him some nice value to begin with.  Second, with Felix being banged up yet again, Choice may actually get the majority of carries in this one.  If you’re looking for a big upside guy this week, Tashard fits the bill.


22.     Cedric Benson (vs SD) – Benson had his best game of the year against the Browns last weekend, but don’t expect that to continue.  The Bengals have decided to finally use a fullback, so Ceddy could do a little bit of damage this weekend, but the San Diego rush D is pretty formidable, so don’t expect more than flex numbers this Sunday.


23.     Donald Brown (@ Oak) – Addai might actually return this week, and if he does, Brown’s value is severely hampered.  Check the news throughout the week to see if he is worth the gamble or not because if he suits up, the carries will likely be split, thus giving Addai the better value seeing that he’s the better all-around RB.  If he doesn’t return, the Raiders are one of the lower-tier defenses against the run, so judging on what Donald did last week; you should probably be able to take a chance on him.


24.     Danny Woodhead (@ Buf) – I am going to repeat this statement until Danny Woodhead is 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 or not, this kid is special.  Beyond that, watch Brady use him extensively out of the backfield this week against a Buffalo defense that covers receivers fairly well—but not so much the quick little running backs.


25.     Matt Forte (vs NYJ) – Forte looks as good as he has in his entire career right now, and he’ll be counted on to produce some tough yards this Sunday.  He’s had a lot of trouble in the past against crushing rush defenses like the Jets have, but with enough touches, he could put up low-end RB2 fantasy numbers by the end of the game.


26.     Brian Westbrook (@ StL) – Is Westy a candidate to put up RB1 numbers?  No chance.  Will he put up solid numbers across the board while having the potential for a TD along the way?  Hell yeah!  If you’re looking for a steady option, Westy could work.


27.     Felix Jones (@ Ari) – Felix has been playing well lately and has a prime matchup with one of the worst rush Ds in the league this week, but due to his latest injury (bruised shin), there’s no guarantee he’ll get the majority of touches on Saturday… or to even play at all for that matter!  If he makes a go of it, he has a chance to put up over 100 total yards in this one, but he still loses some value with Choice being the goal-line back.


28.     Ronnie Brown (vs Det) – The Lions give up far too many yards and TDs to running backs not to consider Ronnie as an option here.  He has been a huge disappointment overall this season, but if you’re in need of a flex, take a shot.


29.     Michael Bush (vs Ind) – If/when the Raiders get down to the two-yard line, Bush will get a TD.  Otherwise, he’ll likely get a handful of carries to spell McFadden, but not a whole lot more than that.


30.     Jonathan Stewart (@ Pit) – A lot of people gave up on Stewart earlier in the year, and if you’re one of them, you’re likely pretty bummed you did.  Over his last four games, Stewart has averaged 115 yards on 5.9 yards per carry, and though he won’t come close to these numbers against the Steelers, with Troy Polamalu, he might be able to take one into the endzone.


31.     Brandon Jacobs (@ GB) – Jacobs won’t be able to do much against the Packers front seven so temper your expectations in this one.  10 carries might be his max in this one.


32.     Chris Ivory (@ Atl) – Ivory should be back this week and the Saints will need to use him.  The Falcons can be pretty hard-nosed against the run, so in order to get the tough first downs and keep the rest of the defense honest, Ivory will need to throw his power around a little bit.  Expect the red-zone carries to float his way as well.


33.     Ryan Mathews (@ Cin) – I can actually see the rookie getting 20 touches this weekend against a Bengals team that won’t be able to put up much of a fight.  How much that produces from a fantasy aspect, I’m not sure, but he’s definitely worth playing as a flex this Sunday.


34.     LaDainian Tomlinson (@ Chi) – Just stay away from the Jets' backfield for the rest of the season.  Neither LT21 nor Greene can get on a roll with the carries being split, and the trend is not likely to change against the third-ranked rush D in the league.


35.     Tim Hightower (vs Dal) – With this game possibly becoming a shootout, I’m not really expecting much from the Cards backfield in this one.  Hightower gets the nod over Wells not only because Beanie has sucked this year, but because he’s also the guy they use in passing situations.


36.     Pierre Thomas (@ Atl) – Pierre hasn’t looked like his old self yet, but the Saints will want to get him rolling a bit before the playoffs, so he’ll get his touches.  However, if Ivory returns this week (which he should), he might have to split carries.


37.     Maurice Morris (@ Mia) – Morris seems to have taken over as the lead back at this point in the year, though he’s not going to be worth any more than a flex play against a Miami defense that has given up just 12 points a game the last three weeks.


38.     Shonn Greene (@ Chi) – The Jets backfield hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 6 this season.  Just stay away unless one of them gets hurt.


39.     Thomas Jones (vs Ten) – Jones just isn’t getting enough touches anymore to do the type of fantasy damage you’re looking for at this point in the season.  With the Titans only giving up seven rushing TDs this season, which is the reason you’d be playing TJ anyway, you can’t very well depend on him this fantasy playoff week.


40.     Toby Gerhart (@ Phi) - Gerhart ran real well against the Bears last weekend in place of Peterson, but with AP back, he’s not going to be worth all that much.  He’ll likely get a good 10 carries or so to spell AP as the Vikings won’t want to risk overloading their injured back of the future, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility to see some decent stats.





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