May 23, 2018


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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck

Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.

04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek

Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.

04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush

49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.

04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving

Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.

04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons

Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)

04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.

04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy

Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.

04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged

Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.

04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls

Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.

04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson

Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.

03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack

Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.

03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That

Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.

03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case

Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.

03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount

The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.

03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler


Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.

03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.

03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.

03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.

03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”

03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.

03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler


TE Player Rankings - Week 16

TE Player Rankings - Week 16

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Tight Ends



1.     Jason Witten (@ Ari) – Believe it or not, Jason Witten has more touchdown catches in the last three weeks than he had in all of 2006 and 2009 combined!  He and Kitna are on a serious roll right now and it doesn’t look to stop against a Cardinals defense ranking in the bottom half of the league against tight ends.


2.     Jacob Tamme (@ Oak) – With the Raiders being in the lower-third of the league against tight ends this season, Tamme will get his catches and targets no matter what.  There’s really no downside with this call.


3.     Rob Gronkowski (@ Buf) – Aaron Hernandez has been ruled out, so Big Rob could have the game of his life today.  Both tight ends did well in the last match-up (combined for nine catches, 108 yards and a TD), with Gronkowski walking away with the second TD of his career.  The Bills don’t have enough of a pass rush for the Pats to have to keep the big fella in to block, so I expect he’ll be out there hauling in passes with one of them going for another TD in this one.


4.     Kevin Boss (@ GB) – If anybody is going to make a splash in the passing game this week, Boss might be the most likely candidate.  The Packers are tied for fourth worst in the in defending tight ends, so with Kevin grabbing five TDs in the past seven weeks, you should be happy you grabbed him when you did.


5.     Vernon Davis (@ StL) – Vernon went for 79 yards on four catches the last time these two teams played, and you can bet your ass he’s pissed off about last week’s one-catch, four-yard performance.  The Rams normally do well against tight ends, but Davis won’t be denied in this one.


6.     Marcedes Lewis (vs Was) – Lewis is gigantic (6’6”, 275 pounds), even for a tight end, and becomes almost unguardable as one of the more fluid tight ends in the league.  The Redskins can’t cover tight ends worth a spit, so start Marcedes with confidence this weekend.


7.     Owen Daniels (@ Den) – Owen came back down to Earth last game, but the Broncos couldn’t defend his own mother if they tried, so have a little faith and let Daniels be a part of your Championship run this weekend.


8.     Chris Cooley (@ Jax) – Cooley had five catches for 62 yards and a TD with Rex as his QB last weekend.  In the 13 games prior, McNasty got him just two TDs.  With the Jags being one of the worst in the league at defending tight ends, I’d say go for it.


9.     Tony Gonzalez (vs NO) – The Saints sit in the middle of the pack in regards to covering tight ends.  Gonzo has had his worst statistical season since 1998 up to this point, but you can bet he’ll be ready to have himself a ball in what could turn out to be the game of the year this Monday night.


10.     Visanthe Shiancoe (@ Phi) – The Eagles are the worst team in the NFL at defending tight ends, so Shiancoe has a legitimate shot to produce this Sunday.  Webb got him the most catches he’s had all year last game, so at least he’s looking his way.


11.  Greg Olsen (vs NYJ) – The Jets have a soft spot for allowing tight ends to sneak into the endzone, so don’t be surprised if you see the one touchdown in this game end up in his hands.


12.  Jimmy Graham (@ Atl) – Graham has some serious skills for a tight end, and it looks like Brees is noticing it.  Last weekend he caught five passes and turned two of them into touchdowns.  With this game likely turning into a shootout, there will be plenty of stats to go around for everyone.


13.  Randy McMichael (@ Cin) – McMichael will likely get another start this weekend and could put up some decent numbers for you.  The Bengals are only so-so in defending tight ends this year, so unless you have a better option, go ahead and play Randy.


14.  Zach Miller - Oak (vs Ind) – Put this kid on a well-run team with a quarterback that isn’t out of an Archie Comic and you’ll have yourself a top-5 tight end.  Beyond that, he’s not worth you ruining your season on the hopes he’ll overcome the Raiders ineptitude.


15.  Ben Watson (vs SD) – Watson puts together a really nice game every once in awhile like he did last week, but he’s completely unreliable and has more of a chance of hurting your fantasy team than helping it.  The Ravens are one of the best in the league in holding down tight ends, so look elsewhere if you can.


16.  Kellen Winslow Jr. (vs Sea) – If there’s one thing the Seahawks are actually good at, it’s covering the opposing team’s tight end.  That’s not to say that Winslow won’t produce, but I’m not expecting more than a handful of catches for around 40-50 yards.


17.  Tony Moeaki (vs Ten) – The Titans allow the sixth most fantasy point to tight ends this year, so go ahead and take a chance on the promising rookie if you’re looking for a long-shot.


18.  Todd Heap (@ Cle) – Dickson has a great future and will eventually take over for Heap, but Todd will be back in the lineup today and has to be considered a decent play against a Browns defense that ranks near the bottom of the league in defending tight ends.


19.  Brent Celek (vs Min) – Celek pulled through with his second TD in the last four weeks last Sunday, but the occurrence has been far from the norm this year.  The Vikings are actually one of the better teams in the league in defending tight ends, so don’t expect too much here.


20.  Jermaine Gresham (vs SD) – Gresham could be Palmer’s savior this weekend with a heavy pass rush likely to be applied.  If the Chargers have a weakness, it’s in defending the tight end, so Jermaine might end up a decent play.


21.  Brandon Pettigrew (@ Mia) – Pettigrew has been exactly what the Lions drafted in the first round last year.  A big body who has the ability to catch and run with the ball like a giant wide receiver.  However, the last bunch of weeks have been fantasy duds.  Shaun Hill might be able to turn that around, but he also has the fourth-ranked Miami defense against tight ends working against him.


22.  Dustin Keller (@ Chi) – Keller hasn’t caught a touchdown pass or had a single game with more than four catches since Week 4.  With the Bears holding opposing tight ends to the fewest TD catches in the league this year, you might want to look elsewhere.


23.  Heath Miller (vs Car) – Miller will be back this week, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him split time with Spaeth as they ease him back into action.


24.  Jeremy Shockey (@ Atl) – Shockey may be a bit of a crapshoot, but like I said with Graham, there will be plenty of fantasy numbers to be had by all in this one.  Besides, Jeremy had easily his best game of the season when these two teams first met going for 78 yards and a TD on eight catches.


25.  Anthony Fasano (vs Det) – It's a rare occurrence to see Fasano break out for a ton of fantasy points, but you at least know it's possible after his 107-yard performance with a TD back in Week 10.  He's had over 30 yards in each of his last three games, which is more than most of the league can say in that time.





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