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Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Bills replace Watkins with Jordan Matthews


“Bills acquired WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.” I’m not quite sure what the Bills are thinking here, they now have three (Zay Jones, Anquan Boldin) receivers that play predominantly out of the slot.

Fantasy Goo: For Matthews this is pretty much a lateral move, if he continues to play from the slot. He is far more successful from the slot compared to playing the outside receiver positions. Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/11/17, 07:38 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.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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