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December 16, 2017
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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


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

Thanksgiving Night Fantasy Football - New England Patriots @ New York Jets

Thanksgiving Night Fantasy Football - New England Patriots @ New York Jets

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Thanksgiving Night Game – Week 12

 

New England Patriots @ New York Jets – 7:20pm CT on NBC

 


Quarterbacks

 

 

Tom Brady - Pyro Character

Tom BradyBrady is on another one of those accuracy tears right now as he hasn’t thrown an interception in his last 162 attempts going back to the fourth quarter of Week 6. Back in Week 7 in the Patriots 29-26 home win over the Jets, Brady attempted his second-most passes of the season (42) yet was only able to put up 259 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Fantasy Call – As it happens, the man who caught both those touchdowns, TE Rob Gronkowski, will be out for this game so the Stetson Man will have to find someone else to get his owners some nice fantasy points this Thursday. Brady has always enjoyed a nice challenge, however, so I expect him to pull through with QB1 numbers this Thanksgiving.

 

 

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Mark Sanchez - Pyro Character

Mark SanchezYou never quite know what you’re going to get out of the Sanchize from week to week, but you can usually bet on it being not so good. In his last two games, Sanchez has combined to throw for just one touchdown, one interception and a paltry 302 yards. His overall numbers are down near the bottom of the pack in nearly every category, but his saving grace this Thursday evening will be that he’s actually done pretty well playing at home against these New England Patriots throughout his career.

 

Fantasy Call – Not that it matters much in the fantasy world, but Sanchez is actually 2-1 at home versus the Pats. His numbers are actually pretty good, too, as he’s averaged 230 yards a game while throwing for a combined five TDs to just two INTs. In last year’s matchup, he actually threw for over 300 yards while adding both a passing AND rushing touchdown, so it’s certainly possible he has a nice game here. I wouldn’t trust it with my life by any means, but it wouldn’t shock me to see him put up low-end QB2 numbers this week.

 

Tim Tebow - Pyro Character

Tim TebowTebow has actually thrown four passes over the last two weeks and completed every one of them. He’s also run the ball six times as well.

 

Fantasy Call – Too bad those four completed passes and six rushes went for a combined 16 total yards.

 

 

Running Backs


 

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

Stevan Ridley Ridley has rushed for a touchdown in three straight games now and is tied for second in the league with seven on the year. His rushing yards, attempts and fantasy points per game are all up there in the top-10 as well, though his fantasy output each week has been a bit scattered throughout the season. Back when he faced the Jets in Week 7, Ridley had just 65 yards on 17 carries and no touchdowns, numbers which would add up to his third-lowest fantasy score in 2012.

 

Fantasy Call – However, there are a couple of bright spots for Ridley owners to look at here. First off, the Jets have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Second, the Jets defense has allowed seven different running backs to put up double-digit fantasy points against them but most importantly, five of those came with the Jets playing at home. Lastly, three of Stevan’s four 100-yard games and four of his seven rushing TDs have come on the road. I expect him to be right on the edge of RB1 status by the end of the weekend.

 

Shane Vereen - Pyro Character

Shane Vereen – Shane Vereen has slowly, but surely moved into the backup RB role for the Patriots this season. It’s easy to see why, too, as he consistently displays nice strength and shiftiness when out on the field.

 

Fantasy Call – Impressive as he’s been, it’s been impossible to predict when he (or any other RB for that matter) will go off, so keep him on the bench as a handcuff to Ridley this week.

 

Danny Woodhead - Pyro Character

Danny Woodhead – Woodhead doesn’t see enough time on the field to make much of a difference, though he still has the capability to go off here and there.

 

Fantasy Call – Seeing how Rex Ryan and the Jets let go of him a couple of years ago, the “revenge factor” is certainly in play, though I wouldn’t risk my fantasy week on it.

 

Brandon Bolden - Pyro Character

Brandon Bolden – Bolden is still serving out his four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

 

Fantasy Call – Feel free to drop him, though if you have an extra bench spot, he might be able to contribute late in the season.

 

 

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Shonn Greene - Pyro Character

Shonn GreeneGreene has actually been better than I expected this season, but with Bilal Powell finally coming through with a nice game of his own last week, you knew something had to change. For at least the foreseeable future, Greene will be stuck in a RBBC situation as it seems Rex Ryan has finally crossed over to the dark side. It began last week with Greene seeing a few less snaps than Powell in the game, though he did receive 18 carries to Powell’s 11.

 

Fantasy Call – Considering he only gains 3.7 yards per carry and was never much of a goal-line back in the first place, his fantasy arrow just shot downward in a big way. He’s really no more than a flex play this week, even though he does seem to have some of his better games against this Patriots team.

 

Bilal Powell - Pyro Character

Bilal Powell – Like I said with Greene, Powell will be a part of a RBBC for as long as he can stay healthy and might actually be on the field a touch more than his counterpart. After his two-touchdown performance against the Rams last weekend, he at least deserves a shot.

 

Fantasy Call – Powell might actually be the preferred flex play between he and Greene as Powell not only has more home-run hitting ability, but also seems to have secured at least a timeshare of the goal-line work.

 

Joe McKnight - Pyro Character

Joe McKnightEven when he’s healthy, which hasn’t been very often of late, he hardly sees enough touches to be considered worth a look.

 

Fantasy Call – Maybe in return-yardage leagues is he worth a play, but that’s about it.

 

 

Wide Receivers


 

Wes Welker - Pyro Character

Wes WelkerAfter putting up four straight 100-yard games in weeks three through six, Welker has decided to put up another four-game streak—though not quite the kind fantasy owners want to see. Welker had his most productive day in the last month against the Colts last week grabbing seven balls on 11 targets for a grand total of 80 yards.

 

Fantasy Call – He hasn’t seen the endzone of late either, but my guess is that he’ll start to see a few more chances with TE Rob Gronkowski out for at least a few games. With his career against this Jets team being a mixed bag over the years, I’m not expecting much more than a WR2-type of day.

 

Brandon LloydI’m not entirely sure why, but Brandon Lloyd was demoted out of the Patriots two-wide sets last weekend against the Colts and only came in to play when three wide receivers were asked to line up. It’s possible it was simply because of the way the Colts were defending them, but I’m guessing there’s a little more to it.

 

Fantasy Call – Considering he only has three touchdowns on the season and has hit the 80-yard mark just twice, Lloyd was already a bit of a risk to play as anything more than a WR3. In the Week 7 game against the Jets, Antonio Cromartie shadowed Lloyd and held him to just one catch on eight targets for a measly six yards. Play him at your own risk, but don’t expect more than flex-like numbers at best.

 

Julian Edelman - Pyro Character

Julian Edelman Edelman was all over the field in Week 11. The former seventh-round pick out of Kent State played like a man possessed out there against the Colts picking up five catches (on seven targets) for 58 yards and a TD, as well as a 47-yard rush and a 68-yard punt return for a TD on special teams.

 

Fantasy Call – With TE Rob Gronkowski suffering a broken forearm in the game and likely to be out 4-6 weeks, I have no doubt the Patriots will give Edelman an increased role not only in this Thursday’s game against the Jets, but in the weeks ahead as well. He’s well worth starting on your fantasy team this week, but probably as no more than a flex—at least until it’s been figured out just how much the Pats plan on using him. By the way, an "increased role" in this New England Patriots offense is pretty much the equivalent to striking fantasy gold, so pick him up off the waiver wire if he’s still out there.

 

 

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Jeremy Kerley - Pyro Character

Jeremy KerleyKerley has certainly stepped up his game this year and has done so enough to become Mark Sanchez’s favorite target—for whatever that’s worth. Actually, what it’s precisely worth in terms of rankings at the wide receiver position is 30th in receiving yards, 38th in receptions, a tie for 50th in touchdowns and most importantly, a 51st ranking in fantasy points per game.

 

Fantasy Call – The sliver of light I see shining off of Kerley’s helmet this week is that Jeremy actually had his best game of the year against the Pats back in their Week 7 matchup. In that game, Kerley caught seven of his 11 targets for 120 yards, though he was kept out of the endzone as usual. He’s more of a flex play this week, but his upside could be somewhere in the low-end WR2 range with as bad as the Patriots pass defense is.

 

Stephen Hill - Pyro Character

Stephen HillStephen Hill could have a bright future ahead of him if he learns how to actually catch the ball before next season. The amount of easy drops he has this year is mind-numbing, but with his speed and height, he could turn into quite a player (as long as Mark Sanchez isn’t around, that is).

 

Fantasy Call – Just like Jeremy Kerley, Hill had one of his better games of the season against the Pats putting up 55 yards on four catches a little over a month ago. That being said, I still wouldn’t risk using a spot in my starting lineup on him this week.

 

Chaz Schilens - Pyro Character

Chaz SchilensSchilens actually has a touchdown in two of his last three games, but he wasn’t even targeted in that middle game and has been generally invisible the whole season.

 

Fantasy Call – Don’t even think about it.

 

 

Tight Ends


 

Rob Gronkowski - Pyro Character

Rob GronkowskiGronkowski broke his left forearm last week against the Colts and will be out anywhere from two to eight weeks, depending on which story you believe.

 

Fantasy Call – HUGE bummer for fantasy owners as Gronk was on a serious tear putting up seven TDs in his last four games. Stash him on your bench for now and hope he makes it back for your fantasy playoffs.

 

Aaron Hernandez - Pyro Character

Aaron HernandezHernandez has only played in three games this season and none since Week 7 against the Jets. Aaron caught five balls for 54 yards in that game, though if he comes back this week as he’s expected to, he should be able to do a lot better than that.

 

Fantasy Call – If Hernandez is cleared to play, then you have to consider him a top-tier fantasy tight end this week, if not THE top guy. With the amount of play Tom Brady gets his tight ends, Aaron should be in for a hell of a day without Gronkowski able to steal his thunder.

 

Visanthe Shiancoe / Daniel FellsAs for which of these guys (or even Michael Hoomanawanui) will be asked to take on the blocking part of Gronkowski’s role is anybody’s guess, but whoever it ends up being won’t be much of a factor in the offensive game-plan.

 

Fantasy Call – It certainly LOOKS like a good risk to take, seeing how much damage Gronk does on a weekly basis, but don’t be fooled here. Neither Shiancoe, Fells or Hoomanawanui have even a tenth of the offensive talent that Gronk has.

 

 

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Dustin Keller - Pyro Character

Dustin KellerDustin Keller has all the talent in the world, but can’t seem to get out of his own way to use it on a consistent basis. As has been the case throughout his career, Keller is nursing an up-and-down 2012 campaign with most of it being on the down side due to his early-season injury woes. His finest game, however, came against the Patriots back in Week 7 when he caught all seven of his targets for 93 yards and a touchdown.

 

Fantasy Call – If there’s one game to get his guy in for the rest of the season, it’s probably this one. The Patriots have allowed the most receiving yards, second-most receptions and third-most fantasy points per game to TEs this year, so if the trends continue; Keller should be able to put up TE1 fantasy stats this Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

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