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December 16, 2017
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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


Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.


12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.


12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.


12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.


12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.


12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Thanksgiving Afternoon Fantasy Football - Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys

Thanksgiving Afternoon Fantasy Football - Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 11/20/12

by   The Archer


@TheArcher


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Thanksgiving Afternoon Game – Week 12

 

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys – 3:15pm CT on FOX

 


Quarterbacks

 

 

Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character

Robert Griffin IIIRGIII is coming off his best game as a professional.  He may have only thrown for 200 yards, but he threw four TD passes of 6, 17, 49, and 61 yards.  He completed 14 of 15 passes in the game and also ran for 84 yards and did not throw an interception.  RGIII has been having a very nice rookie campaign, but he seemed to be slowing down before his lights out performance last week.  It is also nice to see RGIII not taking as many big hits as of late.

 

Fantasy Call – RGIII will be facing the fifth-best defense against quarterbacks in Dallas who are only yielding 14.3 pts to quarterbacks.  DeMarcus Ware is going to be a factor that may limit the amount of running that RGIII will be able to do in this game.  Dallas seems to be in disarray this season and if they fall apart on Thanksgiving at the hands of RGIII Jerry Jones may just have to fire himself.

 

 

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Tony Romo - Pyro Character

Tony Romo As I’ve said for ages now, Tony Romo is NOT an elite quarterback, whether it be real life or otherwise. However, he is very very good at home and has the (fantasy) numbers to back it up. In the 41 games he’s played from start to finish since he became a starter for the Cowboys in the middle of 2006, Romo has had 19 300-yard games and 27 games where he’s thrown for at least two touchdown passes. I know we’re all used to fantasy studs like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady, but the numbers you just read are actually pretty rare otherwise and need to be considered when you’re talking about your starting fantasy QB down the stretch.

 

Fantasy Call – His record on Thursday’s is 6-1 and could easily be considered his favorite day of the week to play. In fact, in seven career Thursday games (which are mostly on Thanksgiving), Romo has thrown for 18 touchdowns (2.6 TDs per game) and just five INTs, so if you were ever going to think about starting this guy, Turkey Day might be the best time for you to do it. He’s a QB1 this week for sure this week, especially against a Redskins pass D that allows the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year.

 

 

Running Backs


 

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

Alfred Morris – Alfred Morris has been slowed over the past three games in which he has failed to rush for more than 76 yards and has been held without a TD over the past four games.  Morris has been effective this season, but he is having trouble finding the endzone as of late and is not an option in the passing game with only six receptions all season.

 

Fantasy Call – Morris will have a chance to break a couple of runs against a Dallas defense that is not as strong against the run with the absence of Sean Lee.  Morris still has the trouble of not being a part of the passing game and could be hitting the rookie wall, which could show itself in a short week following a game in which he had 20 carries, the most he has had in the past three weeks.

 

Evan Royster – Royster may be the backup running back in name, but you wouldn’t know it looking at his stats for the year.

 

Fantasy Call – Nope.

 

 

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Felix Jones - Pyro Character

Felix JonesFelix has been okay the past handful of weeks filling in for DeMarco Murray, but by no means has he been as dominant as Murray could have been. His current 3.6 yards-per-carry is FAR below what he put up over the first four years of his career and by no means is he even close to being able to handle 20 touches per game. At this point, Jones hasn't even practiced yet this week and is looking like he'll be a game-time decision, even though he's been given the QUESTIONABLE tag.

 

Fantasy Call – Throughout his career, Felix has actually been pretty darn good against the Redskins when they play in Dallas, so he could be worth a shot as a flex play with low-end RB2 upside for fantasy teams this week. Washington’s defense is obviously down in the bottom third of the league this year and continues to be decimated by injuries, so if Murray is ruled out again and Felix is deemed healthy enough to go, feel free to get “Fragile Felix” in there one last time.

 

DeMarco Murray - Pyro Character

DeMarco Murray – Will DeMarco Murray give his fantasy owners something to be thankful for and actually get back on the field this Thursday? “Doubtful” is the reigning call right now. Doubtful because the Cowboys want him completely healthy for the stretch run into the playoffs… if they can stay in contention at all, that is.

 

Fantasy Call – The latest word on DeMarco is that he’ll be held out at least one more week in order to make sure his foot is okay to face the Eagles on Sunday night in Week 13.

 

Lance Dunbar / Phillip Tanner – The third-string job here has been a revolving door all year, but neither guy has stepped up to make enough of a difference to be considered a legitimate backup just yet.

 

Fantasy Call – It looked like Phillip Tanner was going to be the backup RB this week with Dunbar going in for a minor procedure on his knee after the Week 11 game. However, Dunbar was actually splitting first-team reps with Tanner in practice this week and could end up starting if Felix Jones turns out to be inactive. Either way, neither is worth starting as more than a flex in larger leagues.

 

 

Wide Receivers


 

Pierre Garcon - Pyro Character

Pierre GarconGarcon made his return to action last week and was unimpressive with 3 catches for 5 yards.  Garcon has a ton of talent as he showed in the first quarter of the first game of the season before he was struck with turf toe.  The problem is that turf toe is an injury that always seems to linger and can resurface at any time.

 

Fantasy Call – Garcon is risk reward guy at this point.  He is still getting back into game shape as he was not able to run while he was recovering from the turf toe injury.  Garcon will get some passes thrown his way, but the amount of production he will produce will be limited, especially in a short week with less time to rest his foot.

 

Santana Moss - Pyro Character

Santana MossMoss only had one catch last week, but it was a 61-yard TD catch in which he out-dueled two Eagles defenders to score.  Moss has only seen a total of 3 targets in the past 2 games, and besides a 9 target game 3 weeks ago has not had more than 5 targets in a game.

 

Fantasy Call – Moss has had a lot of success in his career against the Cowboys and should see more targets in this game than he has seen in the past two weeks, but he is still not a strong play this week.

 

Josh Morgan - Pyro Character

Josh Morgan Morgan has actually caught 14 passes over his last three games, but his lack of playmaking ability has kept him to gaining just 117 yards on those receptions (8.4 YPC).

 

Fantasy Call – There’s not a single dependable WR you can play on this team right now, including Mr. Morgan.

 

Aldrick Robinson – Robinson may be fast as all hell, but this ain’t a track and field competition.

 

Fantasy Call – Wait until next year.

 

Leonard Hankerson - Pyro Character

Leonard Hankerson I can’t tell if Hankerson is the WR1 on this team or the WR5. Being a former third-round selection, you’d think he would have taken over some sort of role by now… but he hasn’t.

 

Fantasy Call – He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1 and is completely undependable.

 

 

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Dez Bryant - Pyro Character

Dez BryantDid Dez Bryant just make himself the most sought-after wide receiver in the league with his performance against Cleveland last week? Nah, but the kid is definitely better than he had been playing over the first half of the season. Grabbing 12 balls on 15 targets is nothing to sneeze at, but with no Joe Haden in the lineup for the Browns, be wary of what just happened.

 

Fantasy Call – He’s a dominant force when he wants to be, but the question is—when can fantasy owners count on him to be that guy? This week might be a good one going up against a Redskins defense that allows the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, but then again, Dez hasn’t shown up on Thanksgiving for a couple of years now, so which way do you go? I think he’s a must-start this week, especially with Washington’s defense being hit by the injury bug lately (and all year for that matter).

 

Miles Austin - Pyro Character

Miles AustinI’ve never been a big fan of Miles Austin—though from the hate-mail I’ve sent him over the years, I’m guessing he’s not the biggest fan of mine either. However, the fact that the kid has stayed healthy all year says a lot to me, as I didn’t expect it in the slightest. His big games have been a little too few and far between for my liking and I’m sure there are plenty of owners out there who agree with me, but at least he’s been healthy.

 

Fantasy Call – Like I said for Bryant, the Redskins defense can be scored upon, so when you combine the fact that Tony Romo loves these Thursday/Thanksgiving games with a decimated Washington defense, there’s no reason to think that Austin won’t be able to at least put up WR2 numbers.

Kevin OgletreeOgletree took all the first-time fantasy players for a ride earlier in the year, but I’m guessing most of them have smartened up since then. Anyway, it looks like Kevin might have himself a concussion, so if you were thinking about catching lightning in a bottle this week, think again.

 

Fantasy Call – Ogletree has now officially been ruled to be OUT for the Cowboys Thanksgiving game.

 

Cole Beasley / Dwayne HarrisEither one of these guys is capable of stepping into the WR3 role on this team, but how often Romo actually looks in their direction remains to be seen.

 

Fantasy Call – Keep an eye on these two guys because you never know when or who will step into the hole created by Laurent Robinson’s departure. This week it looks like Dwayne Harris will get the call, so if you're desperate for a flex play this week, he'd be the guy to take a chance on.

 

 

Tight Ends

 


Logan Paulsen – Paulsen had been quietly effective in his past 3 games before last week’s game against the Eagles.  In those 3 games he had 13 catches for 178 yards.  Last week Paulsen had 1 catch for 17 yards, but it was good for a TD.

 

Fantasy Call – Paulsen has a tough match-up this week as the Cowboys are limiting opposing Tight Ends to a mere 5.9 pts per game.  If you have a better option you might want to look elsewhere this week.

 

 

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Jason Witten - Pyro Character

Jason WittenDespite his early-season spleen-situation, Jason Witten currently leads all tight ends with 96 targets and 73 receptions. His 636 yards on the year isn’t what makes him tenth on the fantasy points per game list, though—it’s the lack of touchdowns; a problem he’s had throughout his entire career.

 

Fantasy Call – Lucky for Witten owners, the Redskins have allowed the second-most TDs to tight ends as well as the second-most fantasy points to them, so there’s no reason to think Witten won’t dominate this game. He seems to be very fond of the Thanksgiving Thursday game anyway, so make sure you have him inserted as your TE1 this week.

 

 

 

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