March 21, 2018


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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


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
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
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


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


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


2017 NFL Draft and fantasy football - who should teams draft for #FF

Team needs from a fantasy perspective in the 2017 NFL Draft

Posted by d-Rx on 04/07/17

by   The Archer


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AFC North




RB – Although Harbaugh hyped Kenneth Dixon this offseason, he is on a 4-game suspension.  I think Woodhead will get enough scraps to maintain his weight but if they draft a RB they could be a situational flex play in a bye week.

WR – Mike Wallace is 30 and Perriman struggles to stay healthy.  If they add a WR this will be a big opportunity for fantasy play if they show commitment in the first couple rounds.

TE – Avoid any new players.  There are too many to fight to the top.





RB – The Bengals let 2 of their starting linemen go this offseason. If they don’t shore up this position, AVOID!

WR – Could stand to gain depth at the WR position.  If they get a vertical threat with this O-line, then it may be a release valve for Dalton.

TE – Odds are, Eifert will sustain an injury this year.  I’ve been burnt too many times.  With a poor O-line, this could be a savvy play.





QB – This is the $16M question, literally.  Browns could move Osweiler or bring in a rookie to compete for the starting position.

RB – Crowell was being shopped for a 2nd round pick earlier this offseason.  If that doesn’t show their hand, IDK what will.  I think they are content with Crowell but they could move on from Duke Johnson as the 3rd down back.

WR – Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman.  I know the industry are hype about these dudes but I want other options.  Please draft someone Browns and give me hope.

TE – There is talk the Browns will draft O.J. Howard.  While Hunter Henry is the most recent benchmark for a rookie tight end, I think Howard could be a red zone threat and a stick mover for this team.





QB – A personal fit I love is Patrick Mahomes as a developmental talent in Pittsburgh.  I think they move on from Landry Jones as the backup.  Big Ben has missed ~7 games in the past two seasons.  Be the first to the waiver wire if all of the above happens.

RB – Le’Veon Bell is a beast.  You know this but he has suffered suspensions the past two years, as well as injuries.  If he goes down, grab his back up.

WR – If Martavis Bryant gets reinstated before you draft, consider their 3rd WR but if not, I anticipate the Steelers may target Chris Godwin.  Speculative, I know but he’s a Penn St. guy.  If this happens; buy, buy, buy.

TE – Ladarius Green is a field stretched when healthy but he’s been a putz as of late.  I don’t see a rookie stepping in and taking Jesse James uninspiring role.



AFC East




QB – There is very little threat here.  I think they’ll bring someone in but I think this is Tyrod’s job


WR – They picked up Andre Holmes in free agency but I don’t think he’s WR2 and better suited as a WR3/4.  I expect them to pick a WR early in the draft


TE – In a deep class, they could use a TE.  Don’t forget there is a typical 3-year learning curve at this position until impact.





RB – Ajayi played extremely well last year with three games over 200 yards! I think they are pleased with their depth but if they get another running back for insurance, don’t be surprised


WR – If they draft one, he may be a late season waiver wire target.  I personally don’t like this WR corps but I think they could use reliability/depth.


TE – Julius Thomas rejoins Adam Gase but is often injured.





Flex – Anyone who is drafted here could see playing time but don’t stretch here.  This team is a headache because their HC is a maverick.





QB – If the Jets bring in a QB he could start depending on pedigree and talent.


RB – While I like Powell behind a depreciating Matt Forte, anyone here could compete for a job.


WR – Eric Decker may miss some time recovering and their WR corps is not menacing. There are a few guys; who may flash throughout the year but a rookie could step in and be a WR3 to WR2 from day 1.


TE – ASJ was the hot add middle of the season but the Jets, to this point, have failed to effectively use their tight end.  I wouldn’t jump on this position even if they get a premier TE in the draft.



AFC South





QB – Is Tom Savage real? The Texans will most likely draft a QB.


WR – I expect a late round WR but I believe there is plenty of talent and youth here.


TE – Fiedorowicz flashed in the 2nd half of last season. C.J. is young.  I don’t expect a move here.





RB – Gore has defied age biases and the Colts have done nothing to shore up RB talent. This is a must in this offseason.


WR – I think the position could use more depth but I believe the Colts are happy with their situation.





RB – I doubt they’ll draft a RB but Ivory is 29 years old.  Yeldon was drafted in the 2nd round and this is why I don’t think they will.


WR – I like this WR corps and believe it’s in the top half of the NFL but it depends on Bortles.  If they get a WR, I’d like to see a go getter.


TE – Mercedes Lewis is 32, they acquired Mychal Rivera in FA, and traded Julius Thomas.  I could see them taking a TE.





WR – Titans are in desperate need of a WR1.  They have the draft pick they acquired last year and I would go here with their first pick.


TE – Delanie Walker is 32 years old and performing well for his age.  I’d like to see them get a developmental talent here.



AFC West





RB – Jalen Richard has potential to be a situational threat but I don’t believe he can be a three down back.  I don’t think Lynch is in their best interest but the hype is real.  I’d like to see them take a mid-round RB.


WR – Crabtree is my only concern in 2018.  I believe the Raiders may attempt to draft a late round WR.





QB – The buzz on Paxton Lynch is growing.  There are only 2 QBs on their roster and this offers an opportunity for a developmental QB. I don’t believe this QB will start though.


WR – Demaryius and Emmanuel are aging with the team.  The Broncos could use a strong WR3 talent.


TE – Virgil Green is a talented athlete but the depth of this class at TE may create an opportunity for a Jake Butt type TE to shore up that O-Line.





QB – I believe the Chiefs will attempt to add depth at the QB position.  Alex Smith is dependable and I wouldn’t worry if they do draft a QB, he will not start.


RB – The Chiefs have two situational backs but could stand to draft a 3 down back. Imagine the possibilities if the Chiefs took a multi-tool like Curtis Samuel to pair with Tyreek Hill and ran a RBBC approach for another year.


WR – While I believe Tyreek has won the impression of the coaches, I believe the Chiefs could use more depth at WR





QB – It is reported that the Chargers will draft a developmental QB.  Nothing to see here.


RB – The Chargers struggle with soft tissue injuries and a RB could see a fair amount of snaps. Melvin Gordon has draft pedigree though.


WR – The Chargers were successful in cultivating talent with early losses to their WR corps.  I think they will attempt to add depth here.



NFC North





RB – Ty Montgomery proved he could be a fantasy asset but I see them moving to a more traditional RB.


WR – If they add anyone, Aaron Rodgers will get them the ball.  Keep them on your radar.





RB – I like the players here but I’m not sure how the Vikings view their situation.  Latavius can get the job done and McKinnon/Asiata can serve as vital backups.


WR – This organization has struggled to cultivate WR talent.  I would look to replace WR talent to avoid risk.  C-Patterson signed with the Raiders this offseason.


TE – Kyle Rudolph has a long history of injury.  He bounced back last year and reminded us of his red zone ability.  I believe a TE here would be developmental.





WR – I like their ability to move within 20 yards in the passing offense but if John Ross slips to the Lions with Stafford’s arm, this could be deadly.


TE – There is talk the Lions may attempt to draft a TE early.  I am not so sure this happens.





QB – John Fox is not a proponent of starting rookies.  The Bears went after Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez in the offseason but could use a developmental talent.


WR – This WR corps is wide open at the present time.  Cameron Meredith should be a WR2/WR3 at best.  Kevin White needs to step up.  Royal is still there though.


TE – Zach Miller is ancient, 32 years old.  I believe the Bears could use a nontraditional talent to make up for their depleted WR corps.



NFC East





RB – I believe they are a prime candidate for a RB in the first couple rounds.  Sproles and Mathews are aging.  While there are 2 young backs behind these guys, they may attempt to replace explosiveness in this draft or the next.


WR – This team has struggled at the WR position in recent years.  Alshon is a dominant weapon for Wentz when healthy.  Torrey Smith was signed on a 2-year contract and it’s worth noting but I personally would look to draft a late round WR.





WR – The Cowboys resigned Terrence Williams and I was disappointed as a fantasy player.  I was looking forward to the Cowboys drafting a stud WR.  It is still a possibility but I believe the other positions on this team are etched in stone for this year.





QB – Although I don’t think a QB will take Cousin’s position via trade, I do expect them to draft someone.  There is no way they can sustain the projected pay in 2018 after franchise tagging Cousin two years in a row.


RB – I like Rob Kelley and Keith Marshall but I would not be surprised if they got a late round talent to compete for touches in the middle to late part of the season.


TE – There are a lot of years behind Jordan Reed.  I worry about his issues with concussions and fear the Redskins may fear an early retirement.  This is a position to watch in the draft for the Redskins.





RB – Paul Perkins looked above average from a rookie but this position could use some help.  The Giants have struggled in the recent past at sustaining RB talent.


TE – Will Tye could be a sleeper with Donnell gone but with the acquisition Marshall the Giants appear to be in an arms race with their divisional opponents.



NFC South





WR – A lot of weapons but could always use one more.





RB – Doug Martin is back and Sims just got resigned.  Martin is a risk at the end of the day and the Buccs may attempt to minimize this risk.


WR – Say it isn’t so but I like Humphries in his new role.  The team could use an upgrade though.





QB – The Saints need a QB to develop.  I am not awestruck by McCown or Grayson.


RB – The Saints could use a backup 3 down back.


WR – After Thomas and Snead you’ve got Ginn and it drops off


TE – Coby Fleener was added last year in free agency but his impact has not been noticed.





RB – If Fournette drops here; bye, bye, bye.  Understand soft tissue injuries are a frequent problem with him.


WR – The Panthers could use speed in their WR corps. Funchess may get a bump this year but both starters struggle to separate.


TE – Eventually the Panthers will need to replace Greg Olsen.  Look for them to make a move but will most certainly not start unless and injury occurs.



NFC West





QB – This will be an interesting situation to watch on draft day.  The Rams bought up for Goff but I could see him losing his job before week 6 if things go south.


WR – Robert Woods, Tavon Austin, and Pharoh Cooper.  Cooper may be a sleeper but I do not like this corps and I believe that they will attempt to solve this with mid rounds.  Goff can’t succeed unless he has weapons.


TE – If the Rams add any TE from this draft class they could get a big boost with a young QB.





QB – Palmer has showed signs of regression.  I don’t believe he’ll be fired but watch this situation in the draft.


WR – The Cardinals need to replace Larry Fitzgerald.  This is a tall task and I expect the Cardinals to draft a WR.  Mike Williams is the talk around draft boards.


TE – The Cardinals use in-line tight ends and could use a vertical threat.  This is one of the deepest positions in the draft, especially vertical tight ends.





RB – If you’re signing Eddie Lacy with his current weight issue and drafting RBs heavily in the 2016 draft, you probably haven’t found your guy.


WR – I have become a Doug Baldwin believer.  However, I believe their second best WR will miss half to most of the season.  The Seahawks will most likely draft a DT or OL first round but they need help desperately at WR.





QB- Hoyer is the 28-32nd best QB in the league.  He is a solid back up and can start and win games.  The only problem is that there is one “weapon” on the outside.


RB – Hyde has not rushed for 1000 yards once in his pro-career. *Thanks Hoidini! * Depth is definitely needed.


WR – Pierre Garcon decent threat with insulation but he’s not going to carry the team all by himself.  Goodwin has explosive speed but is a better athlete than a positional football player.  Much depth is needed at this position.


TE – Vance McDonald is getting older and his teammates fail to contribute. Blake Bell, a local hero, is not the answer.  This team is still feeling the fall out of the departure of Harbaugh.



By The Archer (aka @raiderbuchanon)



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