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Ted Ginn Jr

New Orleans Saints

Must Be Smokin' Snead


Per source with knowledge of the situation, Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr won't play today and will be ruled inactive. Expect WRs TommyLee Lewis and Willie Snead to play a bigger role.

Fantasy Goo: Snead has seen a huge uptick in first team practice snaps this week, he’s been a huge disappointment this season after a break-out year last season. I would not stream Snead for your playoff match-up, the offense is powerful, but unpredictable. Lewis and Brandon Coleman could vulture targets and TD’s at any moment.


12/17/17, 08:59 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade


Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.


12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com


Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business


The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.


12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo


Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.


12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload


Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.


12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com


Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention


Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.


12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


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

Thanksgiving Day Fantasy Football - Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions

Thanksgiving Day Fantasy Football - Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 11/20/12

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Thanksgiving Day Game – Week 12

 

Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions – 11:30am CT on CBS

 


Quarterbacks

 

 

Matt Schaub - Pyro Character

Matt SchaubSchaub is coming off of a career game last week in which he passed for 527 yards and 5 TD.  The most impressive stat on his day was his accuracy, as he completed 43 of 55 passes attempted.  This was the first game all season that Schaub has thrown for more than 300 yards.  Schaub has been having a disappointing season, but the fact is the Texans are a run first team and he does have the potential for these outbursts.

 

Fantasy Call – Schaub will be facing a Detroit defense that has been pretty tough on quarterbacks only yielding an average of 17.3 pts per game.  Schaub will try to ride the momentum of his last game into this match-up, but expect the Texans to try to emphasize Arian Foster more in this game.  Schaub will take some shots deep with Andre Johnson, and could very well connect on one of those.

 

 

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Matthew Stafford - Pyro Character

Matthew StaffordStafford has been very disappointing this season with only 2 multiple TD games, and has a horrible ratio of 12 TD to 10 INT.  These are not the numbers that owners were expecting of him when he went consistently in the first round of drafts.  Stafford has plenty of weapons to throw the ball to on offense, but he needs to be more precise with his passes of over 20 yards, as he flat out missed Calvin Johnson on 2 sure TD grabs against the Packers.

 

Fantasy Call – Stafford has a tough match-up to start off the Thanksgiving festivities.  The Texans have been a stingy defense, but they did allow Chad Henne to come in and scorch them for 4 TD at home last week.  Stafford will be without Titus Young, who was suspended by the team for this game, and Houston has a tough defense against quarterbacks.  Stafford should have to throw in this game, but the question is can he throw more than one TD?

 

 

Running Backs


 

Arian Foster - Pyro Character

Arian FosterFoster has been held without a rushing TD in each of the past 2 weeks.  In fact, Foster has had tough go over the past 3 games.  He has managed to have two 100 yard rushing games, but he did it with a 3.6 yards per rush average and a long run of 21 yards.  That has been the story all year in fact as he is averaging only 3.8 yards per carry on the season.

 

Fantasy Call – Foster is still a dominant player and he is also a viable option in the passing game.  The Texans should look to establish Foster early in the game to open up the play action, and Foster will be looking to bust one with a National audience watching.  Foster should see 22+ carries and have a chance to make an impact in the receiving game.

 

Justin Forsett – Forsett had his finest game as Foster’s backup last weekend running for 59 yards on just seven carries. Still, he’s without a touchdown on the season and isn’t likely to see one this week against a Lions team that has allowed the second-fewest rushing TDs (3) this year.

 

Fantasy Call – Not even as a flex.

 

Ben Tate - Pyro Character

Ben Tate – Tate hasn’t played since Week 7 and has been deemed a “game-time decision” this Thursday.

 

Fantasy Call – Even if he were to come back this week, you can’t risk playing him just yet. 

 

 

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Mikel Leshoure - Pyro Character

Mikel LeshoureLeShoure seems to have cemented himself as the lead back for the Lions and had 19 carries for 84 yards and TD last week against the Packers.  The TD run was the first since his 3 TD outburst in week 9 at Jacksonville.  LeShoure showed some good burst against the Packers, but failed to break a big run.  His longest run on the season to date is 16 yard run.

 

Fantasy Call – This looks like it is going to be a tough match-up for LeShoure.  The Texans boast the best Fantasy Defense against running backs and LeShoure does not get involved in the passing game to be effective.  LeShoure might steal a goal line TD, but I would not expect big numbers from him in this game.

 

Joique Bell – Bell has only had one carry in each of the last two games and looks like he is no longer a fantasy option.

 

Fantasy Call – Unsubscribe

 

Kevin Smith - Pyro Character

Kevin SmithIf the amount of snaps Kevin Smith played compared to Bell last week is any indication, then Smith has supplanted Bell as the third-down back in this offense. If that is indeed the case, then Smith will actually have a bit of fantasy juice left in him this season as Bell was putting up some decent fantasy points on a semi-regular basis in the role.

 

Fantasy Call – Whatever the case, you can’t even think about it against this Texans defense.

 

 

Wide Receivers

 


Andre Johnson - Pyro Character

Andre JohnsonJohnson is coming off a career day; yeah you could call it that, in which he had 14 catches for 273 yards and a game winning 48 yard TD catch.  That gave Johnson his third 100-yard game of the season and his 3rd TD on the year.  The good news is that Johnson is has seen at least 10 targets over the past five games.  Johnson showed that he still has the game breaking ability and with the targets he is getting you would expect better numbers going forward.

 

Fantasy Call – Johnson will definitely see a lot of attention in this match-up after his performance last week.  Johnson should see a lot of coverage rolled over to his side of the field as the Lions will try to take away the big play.  In the two previous games following a 100 yard game for Johnson he has disappointed, with 3 catches for 21 yards and 4 catches for 35 yards in those games.  If you own him you are not going to bench him, but don’t expect a repeat performance of last week.

 

Kevin Walter - Pyro Character

Kevin WalterWalter saw the most targets that he has seen all season in week 11.  Walter has only had 3 games all season in which he has had more than 50 yards.

 

Fantasy Call – Walter is the fourth or fifth option for a run first team, and the Lions are a good defense against wide receivers.

 

Keshawn Martin - Pyro Character

Keshawn Martin Martin caught his first career touchdown last weekend against the Jaguars, but it was only his seventh catch on the season.

 

Fantasy Call – He’s a pretty good play in return-yardage leagues, but that’s about it.

 

 

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Calvin Johnson - Pyro Character

Calvin Johnson – Johnson has found the endzone in each of the last 2 weeks and he has been impressive with 17 catches for 350 yards over that span.  Then you can think about the 2 long TD catches he would have had against the Packers had Stafford not overthrown him badly both times.  Johnson is finally seeing more targets from Stafford and is the only reliable option in the passing game.

 

Fantasy Call – Joseph is iffy for the Texans and if he is not guarding him, then Calvin should be able to find openings to make some big plays.  Titus Young is suspended for this game and the only other options at WR will be Ryan Broyles and Mike Thomas.  Johnson should be busy in this game.

 

Titus Young - Pyro Character

Titus YoungYoung has been suspended for this game for behavior detrimental to the team.

 

Fantasy Call – At least his fantasy potential can’t hurt you this week.

 

Ryan Broyles - Pyro Character

Ryan BroylesBroyles has not been much of a fantasy factor over the past three weeks with just nine catches for 93 yards and no TDs. However, Ryan is going to be thrust into the spotlight this week with Titus Young suspended, so his production will almost certainly be in for an uptick.

 

Fantasy Call – Broyles has his best chance of the season to make an impact in this game. Megatron is going to get the attention from the safeties, so Broyles should see a lot of one-on-one coverage for most of the game. I wouldn’t risk more than a WR3 spot on him this week, but he certainly has the upside of a WR2 if Houston decides to triple-team Calvin.

 

Mike ThomasMike Thomas…remember me when I was on Jacksonville?  Thomas has been an underachieving wide receiver throughout his career, mostly due to his problem catching the ball.  However, with Young out for the game, Thomas will see his first action for Detroit and should actually line up as the starter in his place with Broyles handling the slot.

 

Fantasy Call – Despite his starter-status, Thomas is still not the greatest of options in this game. I expect him to be used as more of as a decoy and thus not worth playing as more than a desperation flex this week.

 

 

Tight Ends


 

Owen Daniels - Pyro Character

Owen DanielsDaniels has been pretty consistent all season averaging about 5 receptions, 60 yards and .5 TD per game.  Daniels is not going to break out and go for big yardage, but he is always a threat in the redzone and is a very reliable target for Schaub.

 

Fantasy Call – Daniels should be able to find room to work underneath the defense in this game and has a chance to finish with 5 catches for 60 yards and a TD.

 

Garrett GrahamGraham had a breakout game last week with 8 catches for 82 yards and 2 TD.  It will be interesting to see if he can carry this momentum going forward.

 

Fantasy Call – I would not expect to see a repeat performance from Graham and would not start him.

 

 

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Brandon PettigrewPettigrew has been pretty awful over the past 3 weeks, in which he has totaled 8 receptions for 65 yards, with a TD catch, which is his only saving grace.  Pettigrew is only averaging 9.5 yards per catch and his reception totals are down this season.

 

Fantasy Call – Pettigrew is not a game breaker and has only found the endzone 2 times all season.  This game presents a tough match-up with the Texans who are only giving up 7 pts a game to Tight Ends.

 

Tony Scheffler - Pyro Character

Tony Scheffler – After becoming known as a touchdown-vulture to Brandon Pettigrew owners last season, Scheffler has been relatively non-existent so far in 2012 catching just 19 passes and zero touchdowns on the year.

 

Fantasy Call – Don’t get sneaky here.

 

 

 

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