May 22, 2018


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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck

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

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

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


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek

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

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

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


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush

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

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

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

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


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving

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

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


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons

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

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

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


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch

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

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

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


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy

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

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

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


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged

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

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


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls

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

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


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson

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

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

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


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack

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

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

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


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That

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

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

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


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case

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

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

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


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount

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

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

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


Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

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

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

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


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

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

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

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


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

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

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

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


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

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

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

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


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

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

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


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

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

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

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


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





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.





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. 





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.





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.





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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