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December 18, 2017
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Ted Ginn Jr

New Orleans Saints

Must Be Smokin' Snead


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade


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

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


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

Source: www.philly.com


Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload


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

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


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

Source: www.myajc.com


Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!


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

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


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

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


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

Source: twitter.com


Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Targets - From -&- Thru Week 14  (2012)

Targets - From -&- Thru Week 14 (2012)

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TARGETS FROM -&- THRU WEEK 14

 

 

Every week Pyro® takes a look at who was fed the ball the most in the previous week and who was starved from fantasy football opportunity. This is our week 14 edition, we tell you how many targets each player got this week and even break down the season total!



We’ve added a twist to the PYRO Targets Report.  You see in the RB and QB charts, I’ve included a new column – LOOKS.  For RB’s, LOOKS = Carries + Targets.  For QB’s, LOOKS = Pass Attempts + Carries.  The purpose of the report is to show overall involvement in the offense, and we agreed at PYRO HQ to add this wrinkle in, as it is a better indicator of the data we’re after.   



If you’re a first timer just checking in for this weekly report, here’s how we break it down…

 

 

The Gravy Train…

The Gravy Train showcase is to “target” the guys who will be regulars at the top of the list throughout the season.  Rain or shine, this crew will find a way to be here most weeks.  These are your work horses that you can ride to your league’s playoff door.

 


Eating with the Big Dogs…

This section showcases guys who had a great feeding by their offensive coordinators this week but who will see the top of the list infrequently.  Or, a fresh face on the rise that has shown he just may belong with the Big Dogs.

 

 

Dude, Where’s my Pizza…

Here’s where we highlight this week’s batch of players that normally should be fed but we’re starved out over the weekend.

 

 

 

Quarterbacks (Pass Attemps + Carries)

 

targets week 14 for QBs - fantasy football

 

 


The Gravy Train…

Big Ben returned from injury with a vengeance throwing for 285 yards and 3 scores. He made sure to get his favorite target involved as well in helping Mike Wallace to the biggest fantasy receiver day of the week. The Steelers however were not as fortunate as their defense allowed 34 points to the San Diego Chargers. Big Ben was having an incredible year until his injury and his return provided a big boost for the entire Steelers offensive unit.

 

 

Eating with the Big Dogs…

Nick Foles notched the first win of his career over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The entire offense was on his shoulders after Bryce Brown managed .5 (yes that is point five) yards per carry against the stout Buc’s run defense. Foles finally worked the ball downfield a bit more, showing off the big arm he possesses for the first time this season. His day wasn’t extraordinary but he put up big fantasy numbers in the form of 381 yards passing and 3 total touchdowns. He also got his best receiver involved for the first time in weeks targeting Jeremy Maclin 13 times.

 

 

Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Aaron Rodgers put up a less than stellar fantasy day and may have well gotten your team knocked from the playoff ranks. He only had 24 pass attempts in some sloppy weather and if it weren’t for his legs his fantasy day would have been a complete waste as he totaled only 173 passing yards and no touchdowns. However his 34 yards and a score running the ball was a nice boost to get his to a lackluster 15 points.

 

 

 

 

Running Backs (Rushing Carries + Receiving Targets)

 

running backs targets from and thru week 14

 

 

The Gravy Train…

The Muscle Hamster has been running in his little exercise ball the last few weeks, but against the Eagles he slammed that thing into the wall and broke out. He saw 33 looks on Sunday tied for second most in the league this week and made good use of his 31 total touches. He rushed 28 times for 128 yards and a score while also catching 3 passes for 4 yards. Doug Martin looks to maintain his roll into a tasty matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend.

 


Eating with the Big Dogs…

Knowshon Moreno led the league in looks this past week after setting the table Thursday night with a nice fantasy performance. He had 37 looks, one of the highest totals in the league this year and since he has spent the majority of the year riding the pine he is the freshest running back in the league at this point. He ran 32 times for 119 yards and a score but his versatility is his best asset in this Peyton Manning led offense as he is a very capable receiver who caught 4 of his 5 targets for 48 yards. It looks like John Fox trusts him more than any other back currently active and with his fresh legs, watch out.

 

 

Dude Where’s my Pizza…

If you’re looking for C.J. Spiller you can find him languishing all the way down at 43 in this week’s rankings even though he was clearly more effective than his counterpart Fred Jackson on Sunday. Jackson saw 14 touches while Spiller only had 8. Jackson had 30 combined while Spiller had 52. Sometimes you just scratch your head and wonder why a coach beats a dead horse that ended up averaging 1.5 yards per carry over the more dynamic Spiller who was averaging 5.3 on the game and over 6 yards per carry on the season.

 

 

 

 

Wide Receivers (Receiving Targets)

 

targets thru week 14 for wide receivers

 

 

The Gravy Train…

Brandon Marshall continues his pursuit to catch Reggie Wayne in targets and his 19 on Sunday really helped his cause and gave him the highest total this week. He also turned his targets into production catching 10 passes for 160 yards and a score. When you watch Marshall play you feel like he has the ability to catch 15 passes every game as he is just that dominating of a presence on the field. Marshall looks poised to make a big push in the fantasy playoffs as his team will need the same push to find themselves in the postseason after a rough few weeks.

 

 

Eating with the Big Dogs…

A lot of 2nd tier wide receivers had big days. Whether it was the 143 yards put up by Kenny Britt, the 133 by Jason Avant, the 9 catches by Maclin and Crabtree, or the two touchdowns scored by Wallace and Alexander. These guys were all heavily involved in the passing game and look to be gaining favor in their quarterback’s hearts.

 

 

Dude Where’s my Pizza…

A.J. Green saw 8 targets on Sunday and so did his teammate Andrew Hawkins. A guy of his caliber should be in double digits targets every single week. The Cowboys game plan was to take him away and force the ball to go to the other targets but Green didn’t produce with the 8 targets he got either catching only 3 of them for 44 yards. At this time of the year you really need your studs to step up and produce but Green just didn’t do that on Sunday.

 

Tight Ends (Receiving Targets)

 

targets thru week 14 tight ends - fantasy football chart

 

 

The Gravy Train…

Jimmy Graham saw another 10 targets on Sunday but did not have his usual outburst that he typically has when seeing double digit targets. He caught only half of them for 56 yards and was kept out of the endzone. Graham has been a constant producer all season long but nowhere near the incredible numbers he put up last year. He must step up in the coming weeks in order for your faith in him to pay off.

 

 

Eating with the Big Dogs…

Aaron Hernandez led the league in targets this week with 11 and also had the best fantasy day of all tight ends. Hernandez showed on Monday night why he is a matchup nightmare running a variety of routes from a variety of different positions on the field. His final stat line of 8 catches for 58 yards and 2 scores wasn’t overpowering but his use in the Patriots offense was absolutely crucial and very fun to watch.

 

 

Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Jason Witten is the leader in tight end targets on the season yet he only saw 4 of them this week. It’s not like he was having a bad day as he caught all 4 for 62 yards but he could have done much more for his team and for fantasy owners. Fantasy owners count on a high volume of targets for Witten because he catches pretty much everything thrown his way and will pick up nice yardage. Without the consistent double digit targets that we are accustomed to seeing it is tough to count on Witten as he has never been a monster in the redzone in the mold of many tight ends.

 

 

 

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Quarterbacks (Pass Attempts + Carries)