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Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Bills replace Watkins with Jordan Matthews


“Bills acquired WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.” I’m not quite sure what the Bills are thinking here, they now have three (Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin) receivers that play predominantly out of the slot.

Fantasy Goo: For Matthews this is pretty much a lateral move, if he continues to play from the slot. He is far more successful from the slot compared to playing the outside receiver positions. Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/11/17, 07:38 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

SHOCK AND AWE

SHOCK AND AWE

Posted by d-Rx on 12/22/12

by   The Archer


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There are players every year in Fantasy that are undervalued on draft day and become the biggest values of the draft.  If you were lucky enough to draft one of these players, or picked them up early off of waivers, then you probably enjoyed a nice regular season and could still be alive for your league’s championship game.  These players range from those that were top-notch talents that regained form, to veterans who finally broke out and some stellar rookies, but the common denominator is that they were all steals on draft day or off the waiver wire. 

 

In this article I am going to examine these players from where their average draft position (from FFToolbox) was to how they produced and won games for their owners in Fantasy.  The scoring system that I am using in this article is the standard scoring system from ESPN.  Hopefully in this discussion of these players it will shed some light on how you view players like this in next year’s draft.

 

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RG III (ADP 84)What can you say about RG III and the season he has had other than it has been an amazing ride for the rookie.  RG III is the 4th highest scoring quarterback on the season and he wasted no time in letting the world know he was taking it by storm.  RG III began the season scoring at least 20 points in 6 of his first 7 games.  RG III finished the season to this point with 8 games over 20 points, including 3 games in which he scored over 30 points.  For a quarterback that was going in the middle of the 8th round in drafts he was able to catapult those teams to fast starts with his amazing performance out of the gate.  RG III showed everyone that he can throw and run the ball with extreme effectiveness and showed the poise of a veteran with the performances he had in weeks 11-12 where he posted 32 and 28 points respectively.  The only problem that RG III had was no being on the field for his owners in week 15, which is disappointing, but the fact is you would not have gotten that far if it was not for RG III.

 

 peyton manning pyro character

Peyton Manning (ADP 59.5)Manning made everyone who passed him over on draft day pay the price in a big way.  Peyton Manning had not been drafted this low in a draft (when healthy) since his rookie season.  Manning had 7 games on the year where he posted more than 20 points.  Manning seemed to falter in week 2 where he scored 7 points, but he followed that up with 5 straight games over 20 points.  Manning had 7 games on the season where he threw for 3 TD passes and only had 3 games in which he threw for only 1 TD.  Manning was also a model of consistency for his owners with only one week in which he failed to score double digits and that was back in week 2.  Manning has let his owners down a bit here in the playoffs as his Broncos have mounted nice leads and the team was leaning on the run, but you had to be a happy owner if you had Peyton this season.

 

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Adrian Peterson (ADP 21.6)It is fitting that I discuss AP after Manning, as they will be duking it out for the MVP and Comeback Player of the Year awards.   Peterson was going in the early 3rd round and was the 9th running back taken based on ADP.  Peterson was coming off a bad injury and there was concern that he would have lost a step, and he may have for his first 5 games.  He averaged 10 points a game and had a high game of 20 points, which came in week 1.  Over his last 9 games Peterson has been insane with 6 games over 20 points and averaged 22 points a game during that span.  Then there is the fact that he has dominated the Fantasy playoffs with 83 points over his last 3 games.  He has scored 28, 28 and 27 points!!!  Peterson has been more dominant than he has ever been and still has a chance to get to 2,000 yards so expect him to close out strong in your Championship game.

 

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Doug Martin (ADP 42.8)The Muscle Hamster was the second running back taken in the NFL draft this season and in many rookie dynasty drafts, which just proves sometimes it is better to not have to make the tough decision.  Martin had a slow stat, which can now be attributed to his team figuring out their identity and finally realizing that LeGarrette Blount has no business carrying the ball.  Martin made his impact on the season in week 6, which started a 7-week double-digit scoring streak.  During that streak Martin flat out won you weeks 8 and 9 when he torched the Vikings for 32 points and the Raiders for 51 points.   Although, as happens to some rookies, he slowed down when you have needed him the most.  Over the past 3 weeks he has totaled 29 points with a 9, 18 and a 2 point performance, which was the only downside to this rookies impressive season.

 

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Alfred Morris (ADP Undrafted)That brings us to the most consistent rookie to tote the rock this year.  Alfred Morris truly beat all odds to become the 7th ranked Running Back this season.  Morris started the season behind Roy Helu and Evan Royster and with the fickle Mike Shanahan, most people in our business were warning against any of these running backs.  Then Roy Helu and went down with a season ending injury and Royster was not 100% and Morris took advantage of the opportunity and never looked back.  Morris has had 10 double-digit games on the season and had 2 games with more than 20 points.  The most impressive thing that Morris has done this year is avoid hitting the rookie wall and he looks even stronger now than he did at the beginning of the season.  Morris has not had less than 22 carries a game over his last 4 and has responded by scoring 63 points during that time.  Morris was undrafted and helped stabilize any team that picked him up.

 

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Marshawn Lynch (ADP 26.3)Lynch was amazing down the stretch last season as he was in BEAST mode.  Then as this season approached there was a potential suspension for a DUI he was facing and was dealing with some minor injuries, but he slid all the down to the 12th running back taken according to ADP.  Lynch got off to a slow start with only 2 double-digit games in his 6.  Then Lynch hit his stride and has had double-digit points in 7 of his last 8 games.  Lynch has paid huge dividends for his owners over the past 3 weeks where he has posted 13, 30 and 18 points.  Lynch signed a big contract in the offseason and after a slow start he has not disappointed and it is clear that he will be on people’s radar next season. 

 

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Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis (ADP 66.7)The Law Firm was not high on anyone’s draft sheet this season and with good reason, as he had not had a 100-yard rushing game in his career with Patriots.  Green-Ellis was the 22nd running back taken according to ADP and is the 13th ranked running back at this time. The Law Firm had a strong start to the season with a 15 and 10 point performance the first 2 weeks, but followed that up with a mere 27 points over his next 5 games.  The Law Firm has collected double-digit points in 5 of his last 7 games and has managed to have four 100-yard rushing games this season.  While he was not as dominant as the other running backs on this list, The Law Firm has made me and many others pay attention and he will not slip this far next season.

 

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Brandon Marshall (ADP 30.9)Marshall was one of our big predictions heading into this season and Marshall did not disappoint.  Marshall has 9 double-digit point games on the season and topped 20 points 3 times on the year.  Marshall caught a TD in 8 games this season and scored even more points in PPR leagues.  Still in the standard format, with no bonus for receptions, Marshall is the #1 receiver on the year.  Marshall had some monster games this season with 4 games with 10 catches or more and 4 games with over 138 yards receiving.  Marshall was the most consistent receiver on the season from start to finish.

 

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Vincent Jackson (ADP 59.7)Vincent Jackson was one of the biggest surprises this season.  Jackson went from San Diego to Tampa Bay to a situation that most thought was going to be a Fantasy nightmare in the run happy and quarterback weak offense of the Buccaneers.  Instead, Jackson is having his best season as professional and already has surpassed his previous career high yardage total and is within 8 catches of reaching 70 for the first time in his career.  Jackson has had 7 games with double-digit games and is the 4th ranked wide receiver, although he has faltered down the stretch with 3 of his last 4 games going for less than 10 points.  Jackson has still truly outperformed his ADP and has made a believer out of me. 

 

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Reggie Wayne (ADP 77.9)Wayne was high on our draft boards this year and he backed us up and benefited his owners who grabbed him in the 8th round.  Wayne started the season very strong scoring 61 points in the first 4 games with a low score of 13.  Wayne was as hot as he could be and then he cooled off.  The problem for Wayne was the emergence of T.Y. Hilton, the development of Andrew Luck and seeing more double coverage after his fast start.  Wayne has had 2 double-digit games in his last 4, but laid a 1-point stinker in week 15.  The wide receiver position is one that is not a consistent point producer and Wayne produced more than he didn’t.   

 

 

Randall Cobb (ADP 144.2) – Cobb was a true draft steal going early in the 15th round of drafts.  Cobb truly led many teams to the playoffs after a slow start. The first 5 weeks of the season Cobb only scored 25 points and had a high game of 13 points in week 1.  Then Cobb was discovered in the Green Bay offense and he was dominating as a receiver posting 5 double-digit games in his next 6 totaling 70 points.  Cobb has posted 100-yard games the last 2 weeks.  Cobb has become the favorite target of Aaron Rodgers and is going to be a hot commodity next season.

 

 

Cecil Shorts (ADP Undrafted) – Shorts was undrafted in most leagues and was proving to be a boom or bust guy early in the season.  Shorts went for 13, 0, 14, 0 and 4 points in his first 5 games.  Shorts then had double-digit points in 7 of his next 9 games with 96 points scored.  Shorts was the only effective receiver in the first half of the season and he produced even better once Blaine Gabbert was replaced.  Shorts is the 17th ranked receiver on the season was a steady producer all season on a horrible team.  It will be interesting to see how well he performs next season with a healthy MJD and a quarterback who can throw the ball.

 

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T.Y. Hilton (ADP Undrafted) – Hilton falls into 2 categories as an undrafted rookie who burst on the scene and helped owners steal some victories this season.  Hilton is the 25th ranked receiver on the season and he did most of his damage from week 9 on.  Hilton had to work his way into more playing time early with the Colts and was making some early splashes, but was not heavily targeted.  Hilton then blew up with 5 double-digit games in his last 7.  The biggest improvement in Hilton’s performance was the fact that he was being targeted for TD passes as he has had 5 in his last 7 games, including one last week in the all important semi-final games.  Hilton is a receiver that I am really a big fan of and is the new prototypical slot receiver who can be moved all over the field and can stretch the defense as well.  He could break out even more next year.

 

 

 

Heath Miller (ADP Undrafted) – Miller is the 3rd ranked tight end in standard scoring leagues and he went undrafted in most drafts.  It is not surprising that he went undrafted as the tight end position has gotten better and better over the years and Miller seemed to have already hit his ceiling and then he bursts back onto the scene this year in a big way.  Miller has been a streaky player with flashes of greatness, like his first 3 weeks scoring 36 points, and streaks of shit, like weeks 9-12 scoring 16 points.  If you were smart enough to ride out that poor streak then you benefited over the last 3 weeks with 36 points including a 15-point performance in weeks 13 and 15.  It will be interesting to see how this year’s performance effects his draft position next season. 

 

 

Tony Gonzalez (ADP 96.8) – The ageless one, Tony G, continues to impress and is just a flat out old school football player.  Gonzalez is the #1 ranked tight end on the season because he can stay healthy and puts up points at home and on the road.  Gonzalez started out the season with 4 double-digit games in his first 5 scoring 62 points.  Then Gonzalez went into a funk with only 1 double-digit game in his next 6, but he did probably win you week 10 when he put up 24 points.  Down the stretch when you need him he has not let you down with 27 points over the last 3 weeks and double-digit games in weeks 13 and 15. 

 

 

Brandon Myers (ADP Undrafted) – Myers is the 9th ranked tight end on the season and he did it by being a consistent threat throughout the year.  Myers was making a steady 5 catches for about 65 yards through the first 7 weeks, but he was not finding the endzone.  Then Myers and Palmer seemed to be in each other’s heads for the next five games where he posted 4 TD catches. The problem for Myers was the inconsistent offense of the Raiders and he really let his owners down the last 2 weeks posting 1 measly point.  You have to remember that he was undrafted and he really helped your team if you picked him up, and there is a bright upside for him next season and he will still fall in drafts, is my prediction. 

 

 

Greg Olsen (ADP 135.3) – Olsen showed everyone this season why he was drafted in the first round by the Bears back in 2007. Olsen is easily enjoying his best season in the NFL and has been a more of a bigger threat this season.  Olsen posted 4 double-digit games on the season and each of those happen to be the games in which he caught a TD pass.  Those big performances led him to be the 6th ranked tight end on the season.  Olsen has the ability to make a game out of one catch, which he did in week 13 with his only catch being a 47-yard TD.  Olsen will be moving up draft charts next season and it will be interesting to see if they increase his targets in Cam Newton’s third season. 

 

 

Dennis Pitta (ADP Undrafted) – Pitta was projected to finish behind Ed Dickson, the other tight end in Baltimore, before the season, but Pitta is the man now.  Pitta was undrafted this year and started the season hot with a 13-point game.  Those who jumped to picked him up were not burned by the early good game, like those who picked up Kevin Ogletree were, even though it seemed like it from weeks 4-9 when he totaled a mere 11 points.  Then when you needed him most he has gotten 4 double-digit games over his last 6, including a 24-point performance last week in your semi-final games, which probably put you over the top, and you have a good match-up for your Championship game against a Giants defense that has had problems against tight ends. 

 

 

Jason Witten (ADP 77.4) – My final player is one that fell in drafts, which was to be expected, due to having his spleen removed weeks before the season started.  Witten weathered the storm of the first 3 weeks, where he posted 6 points before breaking out in week 4 with 17 points against the Chicago Bears.  From that point on Witten became his consistent self, getting a lot of targets, receptions and yards; including an 18 catch 167-yard game against the Giants in week 8.  The biggest problem for Witten was the lack of TD production with 2 on the year, although he helped you out last week with his second. 

 

 

All of these players helped you make a big run this year if you were lucky enough to grab one of them.  If you grabbed 2 or more then you may just want to contact us about a potential job, unless the league you were in was filled with morons.  This is the key to any Fantasy season, and the undrafted players are the reason why your season is never over and you just need to stay active and be ready to make a move.  This list included a wide range of players, from young to old and high draft picks to undrafted players, which proves that in order to win in Fantasy you need to have a plan from the start of the draft to the end and then another for when shit goes wrong. 

 

 

 

By Houdini