March 19, 2018


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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


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler


RB Player Rankings - Week 16

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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