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Odell Beckham Jr

New York Giants

OBJ Gonna Be OK


“An MRI of Beckham’s ankle confirmed that he has no more than a sprained ankle, although the severity of the injury has not been revealed… It appears this is a low left ankle sprain, given that Beckham said he ‘rolled’ the ankle and McAdoo said, ‘We’ll take it day by day.’”

Fantasy Goo: Beckham ranks in the top ten in practically every receiving category. He even has more room for upside too as he saw the 2nd highest Red Zone target share at 35.4% however he only converted 10 catches on such plays.


08/22/17, 08:36 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kareem Hunt

Kansas City Chiefs

Hunt Impressive


Kareem Hunt's preseason week 2 rendered him the nickname "cockroach" - he just doesn't go down. Excerpt from League Winners: “Pro Football Focus rated Hunt as the number one overall running back in this year’s draft class. Hunt generated 986 rushing yards after contact over his career and received the third highest FBS elusive rating in this class.”

Fantasy Goo: Hunt has an 8th round ADP and is a great candidate to break-out as a rookie. Ware may have bell-cow potential, but Hunt will almost certainly take over third-down/pass catching duties out of the backfield.


08/22/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Bills Reportedly Not Entertaining Trade Offers for McCoy


“Bills haven’t entertained traded offers for McCoy, the Bills currently aren’t entertaining offers for McCoy, and the Bills won’t be entertaining trade offers for McCoy. A trade would create only $1 million in net cap space for the Bills, and it would save $6.075 million in cash. But it also would leave the Bills without one of their best players, less than two weeks after trading receiver Sammy Watkins.”

Fantasy Goo: Since the Elliott news McCoy has been seen jumping up into the third spot in several drafts, but since the Watkins trade he’s slid to the mid-back of the first. This report makes it sound like the team wants to build around him, but I’m going to look for a steadier situation with my top of the first-round pick. Many things have changed quickly this off-season, don’t be surprised either way this goes, comments could be a smoke-screen.


08/22/17, 06:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


James Conner

Pittsburgh Steelers

Conner Solid in Debut


Steelers rookie RB James Conner rushed 20 times for 98 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards on his preseason debut Sunday night. This was his first preseason action after being out with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Conner is trying to earn himself the back-up role to LeVeon Bell, and he should have a role if Bell does go down at all, but duties will almost certainly be split between Conner and Fitzgerald Tousaint if that were to happen. Conner is a solid dynasty pick in the double digit rounds, especially if the Steelers don’t extend his deal prior to the start of the season.


08/20/17, 09:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Kamara Lives Up To Hype Today


“Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara rushed 5 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers. Kamara's first carry of the game was an explosive 50-yard touchdown run. He was also utilized in the passing game, catching a ball in the flat and scampering for a 20 yard gain.”

Fantasy Goo: This is all against the Chargers second and third string, so don’t get too excited, but it does appear that Kamara could contribute and make this backfield very difficult to predict from week-to-week. Kamara looks to be a very solid dynasty pick in the seventh round.


08/20/17, 09:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Anquan Boldin

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Charles Clay

Buffalo Bills

Boldin Retires... For Now...


Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring
This almost definitely allows Matthews to work from the slot/flanker role, not that it really changes the Bills plans. From the glimpse of the Bills preseason game I saw, they had Boldin working outside in the X-receiver position, formerly held by Watkins. I have little doubt that Boldin knows he no longer has the physical ability to fulfil the requirements of that position, so he left.

Fantasy Goo: I still think he ends up somewhere, and will vulture enough TD’s to devalue others, but not have enough value on his own to be fantasy viable. Zay Jones is back in play for the late round flyer, and Clay is looking like a good match-up streamer at TE.


08/20/17, 07:53 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed (toe) Activated from PUP List


Fantasy Goo: 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. Like Gronk, with Reed you have to assume that he will not play all 16 games, but don’t shy away from Reed because when he was active in 2016 he was a top 10 TE 75% of the time.


08/20/17, 05:45 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


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


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

Super Bowl XLVII Matchup - Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XLVII Matchup - Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

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Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

 

 

 

Player Rankings for Super Bowl XLVII

 

 

Baltimore vs. San Francisco



Baltimore Ravens (13-6; 7-2 at home, 6-4 on the road) 

 

 

2012 Offensive Ranks

Baltimore Rush Offense:  118.8 Yards/Game (11th)  ||  17 TDs (T-6th)

Baltimore Pass Offense:  233.7 Yards/Game (15th)  ||  22 TDs (T-18th)

 

Opponent 2012 Defensive Ranks

San Francisco Rush Defense:  94.2 Yards Allowed/Game (4th)  ||  7 TDs Allowed (4th)

San Francisco Pass Defense:  200.2 Yards Allowed/Game (4th)  ||  19 TDs Allowed (T-7th)

 

Baltimore Offensive Cast

Joe Flacco - Pyro Character  Ray Rice - Pyro Character  Bernard Pierce - Pyro Character  Torrey Smith - Pyro Character  Anquan Boldin - Pyro Character  Jacoby Jones - Pyro Character  Tandon Doss - Pyro Character  Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character  Ed Dickson - Pyro Character

 

 

Joe Flacco (QB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 1 of 2)

2012 Season:  317/531 for 3,817 Yards, 22 TDs and 10 INTs  ||  32 Carries for 22 Yards and 3 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  12/23 for 282 Yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs  ||  3 Carries for -3 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  18/34 for 331 Yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs  ||  2 Carries for 7 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  21/36 for 240 Yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs  ||  3 Carries for 12 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  51/93 (54.8%) for 853 Yards, 8 TDs and 0 INTs  ||  8 Carries for 16 Yards and 0 TDs

 

I put Joe Flacco ahead of Tom Brady in my Conference Championship rankings for a reason, and for most of those same reasons, I have Flacco ahead of Kaepernick this week as well (Flacco almost doubled Brady’s fantasy points).


Obviously, the head-to-head matchups won’t make much difference as the two have never faced off against each other. However, as it was against the Patriots, I believe the Ravens will depend on Flacco’s arm more than their running game as I have no doubt they’ll have a tough time running the ball with any consistency against the ‘Niners front seven.


The key number for Joe Cool this Super Bowl 47 Sunday will be 30 pass attempts, as threw the ball 30 or more times in 12 of 20 total games this season (including playoffs) putting up 300 yards in six of them and two or more touchdowns in six others as well. More importantly, in his last four games with 30-plus passes, Flacco hit the 300-yard mark twice while throwing for two or more TDs in each of the four games, so obviously he’s on a roll. If there are any holes in the 49ers defense, it’s within their secondary, and I fully expect Flacco and the rest of the Ravens offense to take advantage of it this Sunday.


The last determining factor will be Flacco’s experience under playoff pressure. He’s already established himself as one of the better playoff quarterbacks in the game today, and though I don’t believe the big lights will affect Kaepernick all that much, I think they will most definitely affect Joe Cool in a positive way.


 

Ray Rice (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 6)

2012 Season:  257 Carries for 1,143 Yards and 9 TDs  ||  61 Receptions for 478 Yards and 1 TD

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  15 Carries for 70 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 47 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  30 Carries for 131 Yards and 1 TD  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  19 Carries for 48 Yards and 1 TD  ||  3 Receptions for 22 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  64 Carries for 249 Yards (3.9 YPC) and 2 TDs  ||  4 Receptions for 69 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Ray Rice has been having a decent playoffs thus far averaging 106 total yards on almost 23 touches a game. The rushing touchdown he put up in each of the two away games were certainly an added bonus as well, especially when you consider that he’s never been much of a road-player throughout his career. Still, with as dominating as the 49ers can be against the rush, I just can’t see Rice putting together much of a fantasy stat-line this Sunday. His best bet to make an impact will be in the passing game, even though he hasn’t been all that involved in that area lately catching just four passes total in the Ravens three postseason games. All things considered, Ray is an extreme competitor and has the big-play ability to do some damage in this game. Don’t be surprised to see him take a draw or catch a screen pass for a large chunk of yardage (i.e. - 25-plus yards) at some point during this game.


 

Bernard Pierce (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 3 of 6)

2012 Season:  108 Carries for 532 Yards and 1 TD  ||  7 Receptions for 47 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  13 Carries for 103 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  5 Carries for 14 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  9 Carries for 52 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 8 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  27 Carries for 169 Yards (6.3 YPC) and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 8 Yards and 0 TDs

 

When Bernard Pierce is healthy; he’s an absolute menace with the ball in his hands. He’s bigger, stronger and maybe even faster than Ray Rice, but he’ll still only see 10 to 15 touches at most in this game with which he should be able to rack up 50 or so yards. Sometime in the near future, Pierce will be a man to be reckoned with, but in a do-or-die situation like this, I’m not expecting too much, especially against this 49ers defense.


 

Vonta Leach (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 5 of 6)

2012 Season:  9 Carries for 32 Yards and 1 TD  ||  21 Receptions for 143 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  1 Carry for 2 Yards and 1 TD  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  1 Carry for 3 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 1 Yard and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  2 Carries for 9 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  2 Receptions for 20 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  4 Carries for 14 Yards (3.5 YPC) and 1 TD  ||  3 Receptions for 21 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Fullbacks have been getting more goal line calls this postseason than you normally might see, but his real value to the team this Sunday will be as a blocker. For Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce to do anything against this strangling 49ers defense, Leach will be counted on to open up some holes for them; a job he happens to be very good at. Maybe he catches a pass or two for a dozen yards, but outside of a “reward” TD for his blocking services, he won’t do much.


 

Torrey Smith (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 3 of 8)

2012 Season:  49 Receptions for 855 Yards and 8 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  2 Receptions for 31 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  3 Receptions for 98 Yards and 2 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  4 Receptions for 69 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  9 Receptions for 198 Yards (22.0 YPC) and 2 TDs

 

Torrey Smith’s speed is undeniable and will no doubt change the way the 49ers secondary lines up this Sunday. However, if he continues to catch no more than one or two passes on intermediate routes per game as he has been, then his fantasy value can only be based on the less than 50/50 chance that he reels in a bomb. Since the Ravens will want to open up the middle of the field and force both the linebackers and secondary back into coverage, Smith’s role may be reduced to being a bit of a decoy in this one. Flacco will take a few chances deep as he normally does, so it wouldn’t shock me to see Torrey on the other end of a long TD this Sunday, but like I said—the ‘Niners will be ready for it. That’s not to say that he still can’t make it happen with that blazing speed of his, though.


 

Anquan Boldin (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 1 of 8)
2012 Season:  65 Receptions for 921 Yards and 4 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  5 Receptions for 145 Yards and 1 TD

Divisional Game at Den:  6 Receptions for 71 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  5 Receptions for 60 Yards and 2 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  16 Receptions for 276 Yards (17.3 YPC) and 3 TDs

 

Anquan Boldin’s veteran leadership is rising to the top in these playoffs, as shown by his becoming Joe Flacco’s go-to guy over the last couple of months. My guess is he’ll be filling the role once again this Sunday as I expect the Ravens to be passing the ball quite a bit on this ‘Niners defense. In 10 career postseason games, ‘Quan has averaged over 70 yards a game and caught six touchdowns, with three of them coming in these playoffs alone. Because I believe the 49ers will be guarding against Torrey Smith and his long-ball/big-play abilities, I expect Flacco to look Boldin’s way often and get him close to double-digit targets over the middle of the field. With that kind of action, Anquan should be able to come away with some top-notch numbers in the final box score.


 

Jacoby Jones (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 5 of 8)

2012 Season:  30 Receptions for 406 Yards and 1 TD

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  1 Reception for 8 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  2 Receptions for 77 Yards and 1 TD

Conference Championship Game at NE:  1 Reception for 6 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  4 Receptions for 91 Yards (22.8 YPC) and 1 TD

 

As usual, Jacoby has a chance to be a big-time X-factor this weekend, though the Ravens might actually be counting on Jacoby a bit more than they normally do. If the 49ers extend their defense a bit deeper to take away Torrey Smith and the big play, then Flacco will have to find other guys to toss the pill to. One of those guys will obviously be Jones, so if a few extra targets fly his way as I believe they will, he definitely has a chance to make an impact in this game.


 

Tandon Doss (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 6 of 8)

2012 Season:  7 Receptions for 123 Yards and 1 TD

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  0 Receptions for 0 Yards (0.0 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Doss may have been targeted four times in these playoffs, but the Ravens fourth receiver on the depth chart is still looking for his first postseason reception. That being said, because I expect the Ravens to pass the ball more than they usually do in this one, it wouldn’t shock me to see Tandon actually make that first catch, though I wouldn’t go making any bets on it either.


 

Dennis Pitta (TE Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 1 of 4)

2012 Season:  61 Receptions for 669 Yards and 7 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  2 Receptions for 27 Yards and 1 TD

Divisional Game at Den:  3 Receptions for 55 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  5 Receptions for 55 Yards and 1 TD

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  10 Receptions for 137 Yards (13.7 YPC) and 2 TDs

 

The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are two of the very best in the league at covering the tight end position. However, because the Ravens allowed both the fewest touchdowns and fantasy points to the position this year, I have to rank Dennis Pitta as my top tight end for this weekend. Regardless, Pitta has done very well this entire postseason catching 10 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in all, with his best game coming in the Conference Championship when he caught five passes for 55 yards and a TD. The 49ers allowed Tony Gonzalez to catch eight passes for 78 yards and a touchdown against them in their Conference Championship, and while I don’t believe Pitta matches those numbers, he should be able to come very close. In his lone career game against the ‘Niners back in 2011, Dennis caught two passes for 19 yards and a touchdown. Considering how the 49ers allowed an average of one touchdown every other game this season (including playoffs), another one could very well be in play for Pitta. Either way, with Baltimore expected to use the short passing game a bunch in this one, look for the Ravens top tight end to at least be moderately involved throughout the game.


 

Ed Dickson (TE Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 3 of 4)

2012 Season:  21 Receptions for 225 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. Ind:  1 Reception for 24 Yards and 0 TDs

Divisional Game at Den:  3 Receptions for 29 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at NE:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (3 Games):  4 Receptions for 53 Yards (13.3 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Ed Dickson normally isn’t on the field for more than 40 percent of the offensive snaps during a game. However, because the Ravens will likely need a little extra help with their blocking along the offensive line this Sunday, he could see a bit more time than usual. From an impact standpoint, in order to catch passes and make plays, you have to first be on the field, so things are looking up for Big Ed in that respect. At the same time, I doubt he runs more than just a few select routes over the course of the game, though it’s not out of the realm of possibility that one of those routes turns into the unheralded play of the game. Someone you don’t expect usually makes a big play in a game like this, and that one out-of-the-norm player could very well be Mr. Ed.




San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1; 7-1-1 at home, 6-3 on the road) 

 

 

2012 Offensive Ranks

San Francisco Rush Offense:  155.7 Yards/Game (4th)  ||  17 TDs (T-6th)

San Francisco Pass Offense:  205.9 Yards/Game (23rd)  ||  23 TDs (T-16th)

 

Opponent 2012 Defensive Ranks

Baltimore Rush Defense:  122.8 Yards Allowed/Game (20th)  ||  15 TDs Allowed (23rd)

Baltimore Pass Defense:  228.1 Yards Allowed/Game (17th)  ||  15 TDs Allowed (T-2nd)

 

San Francisco Offensive Cast

Colin Kaepernick - Pyro Character  Alex Smith - Pyro Character  Frank Gore - Pyro Character  LaMichael James - Pyro Character  Michael Crabtree - Pyro Character  Randy Moss - Pyro Character  A.J. Jenkins - Pyro Character  Ted Ginn - Pyro Character  Vernon Davis - Pyro Character  Delanie Walker - Pyro Character

 

 

Colin Kaepernick (QB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 2)

2012 Season:  136/218 for 1,814 Yards, 10 TDs and 3 INTs  ||  63 Carries for 415 Yards and 5 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  17/31 for 263 Yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT  ||  16 Carries for 181 Yards and 2 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  16/21 for 233 Yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs  ||  2 Carries for 21 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  33/52 (63.5%) for 496 Yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT  ||  18 Carries for 202 Yards and 2 TDs

 

Back in Week 8 of the regular season (or maybe it was Week 9), d-Rx®, the main man here at Pyro®, shouted out to the world in one of our podcasts that Colin Kaepernick would be the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII. Long shot as it was, the massive amount of confidence he had in the second-year quarterback after scouting/following him over the last couple of years was unwavered.


Coach Jim Harbaugh has shown to have an equal belief in Kaepernick, as he has allowed the athletic signal-caller do his thing freely over the last couple of months—and rightfully so as the ‘Niners have gone 7-2 (playoffs included) with Colin as their starting QB and reached the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995. Nevertheless, I can’t in right mind believe that the pressure-filled Super Bowl stage and veteran leadership of the Baltimore Ravens defense won’t take their toll on the play and mind-set of young Kaepernick. He may not have made many mistakes during his short course to stardom, and may not make many this coming Sunday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be able to rise above the spotlight and dominate this game, either.


The Ravens allowed the second fewest passing touchdowns in the league this past year, while also allowing the sixth fewest rushing yards to QBs as well. Because of this, I expect the Baltimore coaching staff to let their dominant offensive line and run-game lead the way, thus making Kaepernick less of a statistical fantasy threat.


He may be a top-10 fantasy QB heading into the 2013-14 season, but considering all the factors at play for this one game in particular, I’d have to go with Flacco.

 

 

Frank Gore (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 1 of 6)

2012 Season:  258 Carries for 1,214 Yards and 8 TDs  ||  28 Receptions for 234 Yards and 1 TD

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  23 Carries for 119 Yards and 1 TD  ||  2 Receptions for 48 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  21 Carries for 90 Yards and 2 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  44 Carries for 209 Yards (4.8 YPC) and 3 TDs  ||  2 Receptions for 48 Yards and 0 TDs

 

No matter what type of running back you are, if given the choice of facing the Baltimore Ravens’ rush defense or the 49ers’, you’d go with the Ravens nearly every time. Period. Regardless, the 49ers are going to run the ball a ton in this game, no doubt about it. During the regular season, the Ravens wound up near the bottom third of the league in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns allowed, and while they seem to have stepped up their intensity in the postseason, it won’t be enough to stop Frank Gore and his offensive line from trouncing all over them. Gore was kept fresh all year long for a strong run in the playoffs, a strategy that seems to have worked seeing how Gore has churned out 209 yards and three TDs in two postseason games. The only other time Baltimore saw an offense like the Pistol Read-Option offense the 49ers run was against the Redskins back in Week 14. In that game, running back Alfred Morris ran for 129 yards and a touchdown—numbers I could easily see Frank the Tank coming up with this Super Bowl Sunday.

 

 

LaMichael James (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 4 of 6)

2012 Season:  27 Carries for 125 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  3 Receptions for 29 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  3 Carries for 21 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  1 Reception for 7 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  5 Carries for 34 Yards and 1 TD  ||  1 Reception for 4 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  8 Carries for 55 Yards (6.9 YPC) and 1 TD  ||  2 Receptions for 11 Yards and 0 TDs

 

I have to admit that from what I saw in the ‘Niners—Falcons game last week, LaMichael James is maybe even quicker than I ever realized. He still doesn’t have the trust enough from Jim Harbaugh and the rest of the coaching staff to receive more than a handful of touches throughout a game, but with his speed, all it takes is one to make a difference. However, a game-breaking run is the only way he’ll give you fantasy value this weekend and the longest run against the Ravens defense this season was just 31 yards, so don’t get your hopes up. He’ll be in the game-plan this Sunday, but I don’t expect too much out of the rookie in this one.


 

Anthony Dixon (RB Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 6 of 6)

2012 Season:  21 Carries for 78 Yards and 2 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Divisional Game vs. GB:  1 Carry for 2 Yards and 1 TD  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  1 Carry for 4 Yards and 0 TDs  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  2 Carries for 6 Yards (3.0 YPC) and 1 TD  ||  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Dixon is a LOT better than he’s given credit for and might get some serious play on another team. However, he happens to be on a team with running backs much more suited to the offensive system right now, so the only way Dixon will see a carry or two is if the ‘Niners need a bulldozer on a short-yardage play.


 

Michael Crabtree (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 8)

2012 Season:  85 Receptions for 1,105 Yards and 9 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  9 Receptions for 119 Yards and 2 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  6 Receptions for 57 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  15 Receptions for 176 Yards (11.7 YPC) and 2 TDs

 

Tragedy narrowly averted. The sexual assault allegations against Crabtree could have become a major distraction for both the wide receiver and the 49ers these past couple of weeks, but it turned out to be a bogus claim and is now firmly in the rearview mirror where it belongs. As for the big game this Sunday, Crabtree should play a pretty good role in moving the chains and put up a good chunk of yardage because of it, but his chances of getting into the end zone aren’t very high. Not only did the Ravens allow the second fewest passing TDs this season, but the touchdowns they did allow rarely went to the opposing team’s top receiver. Crabby has been on quite a roll during the past couple of months, but with the type of defense Baltimore plays, you’re more likely to see numbers like he had against Atlanta in the Conference Championship game (six catches, 57 yards) than what he did against the Packers in the Divisional game (nine catches, 119 yards, two TDs) this Sunday.


 

Randy Moss (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 4 of 8)
2012 Season:  28 Receptions for 434 Yards and 3 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  2 Receptions for 25 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  3 Receptions for 46 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  5 Receptions for 71 Yards (14.2 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Randy Moss—the self-proclaimed best wide receiver to ever play the game—was a relative afterthought in the 49ers offense this season. In fact, his finest performance might have been in Week 1 against the Packers when he caught a season-high four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. So far in two games this postseason, Randy has caught five balls on eight targets for 71 yards, though his best game could be coming up this Sunday. The Ravens may have allowed the second fewest passing touchdowns this season (15), but of the 13 that went to wide receivers, eight of them were caught by someone other than the opposing team’s top receiver. Baltimore also allowed the eighth most receptions to wide receivers this year, so it’s entirely possible Moss shows better in the Super Bowl than he has all season.


 

A.J. Jenkins (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 8 of 8)

2012 Season:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  0 Receptions for 0 Yards (0.0 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Jenkins was on the field for seven of 78 offensive snaps in the 49ers first playoff game against the Packers and zero out of 53 in the Conference Championship against the Falcons. I’m setting the over/under on his snap-count at 2.5 this Sunday.


 

Ted Ginn (WR Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 7 of 8)

2012 Season:  2 Receptions for 1 Yard and 0 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  1 Reception for 3 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  0 Receptions for 0 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  1 Reception for 3 Yards (3.0 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Ginn’s real value comes from his play on special teams where the chance he takes a punt to the house gets him ranked one higher than the bottom. He did, however, catch one pass on two targets against Green Bay in the Divisional game, so anything is possible, I suppose.


 

Vernon Davis (TE Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 2 of 4)

2012 Season:  41 Receptions for 548 Yards and 5 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  1 Reception for 44 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  5 Receptions for 106 Yards and 1 TD

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  6 Receptions for 150 Yards (25.0 YPC) and 1 TD

 

After a dominating performance against Atlanta in the NFC Conference Championship where he caught five of six targets for 106 yards and a touchdown, it seems Vernon Davis has popped back to life just when the 49ers need him the most. On the other hand, you can’t be too hasty in jumping back on his wagon as it was still just his first game with more than two catches in over two months of football (eight games). I definitely expect Vernon to catch a few passes this Sunday, but Baltimore has been dominant against opposing tight ends for years now, with this season being no exception. His athleticism is off the charts and could lead to a game-changing play at any moment, but the Ravens allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this year, so don’t expect too much out of the resurgent Davis.

 

 

Delanie Walker (TE Super Bowl Fantasy Ranking: 4 of 4)

2012 Season:  21 Receptions for 344 Yards and 3 TDs

 

Wildcard Game vs. GB:  1 Reception for 17 Yards and 0 TDs

Conference Championship Game at Atl:  1 Reception for 20 Yards and 0 TDs

 

Playoff Totals (2 Games):  2 Receptions for 37 Yards (18.5 YPC) and 0 TDs

 

Because of the way Vernon Davis has stepped up his game, Delanie Walker saw his time on the field decrease from 73 percent of the offensive snaps in the Divisional game to just 51 percent against the Falcons last week. Walker is hardly an integral part of the ‘Niners game-plan anyway, as he’s only caught two passes for 37 yards this postseason. He has, however, seen seven targets from Colin Kaepernick in that time, so he probably should be able to come up with at least a catch or two this Sunday.