March 23, 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


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


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Thanksgiving Afternoon Game – Week 12


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





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.





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.





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.





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.





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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