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January 19, 2018
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Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.


12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.


12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.


12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.


12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.


12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.


12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.


12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.


12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.


12/26/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.


12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Targets - From -&- Thru Week 15  (2012)

Targets - From -&- Thru Week 15 (2012)

Posted by d-Rx on 12/19/12

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TARGETS FROM -&- THRU WEEK 15

 

 

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 15 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 from week 15 - quarterbacks chart - tom brady leader

 

 

The Gravy Train…

Tom Brady tried to bring the Pats all the way back on Sunday night and with his running backs ineffective and fumble prone it was all on his shoulders as he had 68 looks this week. Brady attempted 65 passes and completed 36 of them. Tom wasn’t his usual flawless self as he threw 2 interceptions to only one touchdown through the air while also adding one on the ground.

 

 

Eating with the Big Dogs…

Sam Bradford found himself second this week in looks as he threw all over the vulnerable Minnesota Viking’s secondary trying to bring the Rams back from a 26 point deficit. He attempted 55 passes when he typical averages 30 pass attempts a game. He had a lot of junk time yardage and scores, but to fantasy owners each and every yard is important. Bradford threw 3 touchdowns to only 1 interception and put together one of his best fantasy days of the season.

 

 

Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Eli Manning had another of his head scratching performances on Sunday against Atlanta. He only had 25 looks as the Giants were blanketed by the Falcons 34-0. Manning failed to get the ball in his playmakers hands and also threw 2 interceptions. The Giants and Manning have fizzled lately and now must fight to get into the playoffs when a month ago they looked to have the stranglehold on the division. Manning needs to step up his performance over the next two weeks for both his team and fantasy owners a like.

 

 

 

Running Backs (Rushing Carries + Receiving Targets)

 

targets from week 15 - running backs chart - darren mcfadden leader

 

 

The Gravy Train…

 Arian Foster just continues to pile up the looks as he saw 29 on Sunday and leads Adrian Peterson by 41 on the season. Foster is a consistent fantasy producer and as long as the Texans are content to keep feeding him the ball he will remain a highly valuable commodity in today’s running back by committee NFL. Foster was also very efficient as he averaged over five yards a carry on his 27 carries and added 2 receptions for good measure. Foster and Peterson are now competing to be the number one pick next season and each has made his case so far this season.

 

 

Eating with the Big Dogs…

DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert both had some fantasy relevance this week for the first time in what seems like all season. DeAngelo got the lion’s share of the carries compiling 22 while Tolbert displayed his nose for the endzone scoring twice on his 9 carries. Both were more effective than they had been all season and helped Carolina to a 31-7 win over the Chargers. Both also showed their chops as pass catchers, especially Williams who caught both of his targets for 51 yards and a score.

 

 

Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Doug Martin was a disappointment in what looked to be a great matchup sure to bring home the next round of your fantasy playoffs. Martin got 14 looks but after a while the run game was abandoned as the Buc’s were down big. When he did get the looks he was also ineffective as he took his 9 carries for 16 yards. The only saving grace he might have had is if you were in a PPR league and his 3 receptions brought you a few points. Martin has been one of the best running backs to own so far this season and he must do more to bring you home that championship that all of us desire.

 

 

 

Wide Receivers (Receiving Targets) 

 

 

targets from week 15 - wide receivers chart - calvin johnson leader

 

 

 

The Gravy Train…

Andre Johnson really turned it on towards the midpoint of the season and hasn’t looked back since as he had another big game on Sunday. Johnson saw 13 passes thrown his way and caught 11 of them. He took those 11 catches for 151 yards and a score. Johnson has performed big for Fantasy owners who stuck with him after his lackluster first half performance. With opposing defenses focused on stopping Foster Andre can exploit the secondary for big games, and when he does it is to the delight of his fantasy owners.

 

 

Eating with the Big Dogs…

Michael Crabtree has shown a real chemistry with Colin Kaepernick and exploited the Patriots secondary on Sunday night. Crabtree has finally shown up to his talent level this season as he could break 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. On Sunday Crabtree saw 12 targets and caught 7 of them for 107 yards and 2 scores. The young Kaepernick seems to be looking his way more and more and Crabtree has been producing with all the added targets.

 


Dude Where’s my Pizza…

Kenny Britt after exploding for a big game was only targeted 3 times. The Jets stuck Chromartie on him pretty much all game as they are pretty evenly matched in terms of size and athleticism. Britt is a guy who needs the opportunities to make plays as he can use his size and strength to battle defenders for the ball. Britt must be chomping at the bit for more chances for him and his fantasy owners.

 

 

 

Tight Ends (Receiving Targets)

 

targets from week 15 - aaron hernandez

 


The Gravy Train…

Aaron Hernandez saw 20 passes thrown his way and made good work of them. You would like to see him catch a few more of his targets though as he only caught half of them. Hernandez surprisingly with all of his athleticism doesn’t gain a ton of yards and only amassed 91 on his ten catches this weekend. Hernandez has also been very good in the redzone since Gronk has gone down and added another touchdown to his tally Sunday night. A healthy Hernandez is a scary sight for any defense.

 

 

Eating with the Big Dogs…

Dallas Clark saw 12 passes thrown his way on Sunday and caught 8 of them. He didn’t gain very many yards but his 8 catches helped keep the offense on track until Freeman threw one of his 4 interceptions on the day. Clark has looked better as the season has gone on and may be reaching full stride in the final weeks of the season.  If Clark can constantly catch a good number of his targets he will be a nice safety blanket fro Freeman as he has two potential big play receivers on the outside.

 

 

Dude Where’s my Pizza…

The Bronco’s tight ends were left pretty much irrelevant on Sunday as Peyton hooked up with Eric Decker early and often. Dreessen was only targeted 3 times and Tamme wasn’t targeted at all as the Ravens held the tight ends in check all game long. Both of these tight ends must be asking for more than scraps as they have both been solid fantasy options this season and their quarterback has been absolutely on fire.

 

 

 

 

by Stagg Party