March 21, 2018


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Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

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

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

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


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

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

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

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


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

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

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

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


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

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

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

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


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

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

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


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

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

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

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


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

The Search Is On

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is visiting the Seahawks today, source says. Seattle is looking at all options to get that ground game going.

This would be an interesting landing spot for Stewart, but no RB available in free agency is going to do spit behind this Swiss-cheese O-line.

03/09/18, 09:13 PM CST by Wheeler


New York Giants

Building Blocks

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline says "belief" around the league is free agent OG Andrew Norwell signing with the Giants is "a done deal."
The top guard on the market, Norwell was one of ex-Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's most-prized discoveries as an undrafted free agent. Gettleman now runs the Giants, who have needs all over the line.

I like anything the Giants can do to repair this disheveled O-line. Building a line through free-agency is almost always a better option than through the draft, but I would still like to see them trade back in the draft and grab Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

03/09/18, 09:11 PM CST by Wheeler


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


James White

New England Patriots

Pass Catching Backs Set To Dominate

On first downs this year, the Eagles allow a 65% success rate on RB-passes. That ranks 29th in the league. Dion Lewis averaged 6.5 YPA and a 59% success rate, and James White averaged 7.7 YPA and a 58% success rate on first down passes this season.

02/04/18, 10:36 AM CST by Wheeler


Philadelphia Eagles

Attack With 11

The Patriots defense is particularly susceptible to runs out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs), allowing a 61% success rate and 6.0 YPC to offenses when rushing from this formation. The Eagles are one of the most run heavy teams from 11 personnel, recording nearly 60% of their total rushes from 11 formation. The Patriots haven’t faced teams like this often, the teams the Pats faced in the playoffs, Tennessee and Jacksonville were last and 5th lowest respectively rushing from 11 formation. This is a massive advantage for the Eagles if they recognize it and use it.

02/04/18, 10:32 AM CST by Wheeler


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

To The Left, To The Left

New England started the season off with one of the worst rush defenses in the entire league, but things have really shifted over the second half of the year. Prior to their Week 9 bye, the Patriots had allowed a 44.70% Success Rate to opposing running backs, the third-worst in the league. That's dropped to about 38% since, and they've had the fifth-best rush defense by Success Rate since Week 12. New England's especially been good at stopping runs to the left side of the field, which just so happens to be where Jay Ajayi has really made a mark since joining the Eagles in Week 9.
I don’t look for Ajayi to make his mark in this game. I know it’s a lazy narrative, but a Blount revenge game seems to really be in the cards here.

02/04/18, 10:30 AM CST by Wheeler


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Pats Could Hit'em Where It Ertz

Zach Ertz leads the Eagles in targets (39) with Foles under center, drawing at least eight in three of their four full games together. Keyed by FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, the Pats allowed the NFL’s tenth-fewest receiving yards to tight ends (720) this season, only four opposing tight ends have reached 50 yards through 18 Patriots games.
If Foles continues to pepper Ertz with targets we could see a big game for Chung or McCourty.

02/04/18, 10:25 AM CST by Wheeler


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Plenty Of Fluids

The Eagles’ biggest pass-catcher personnel mismatch is Nelson Agholor against Patriots slot corner Eric Rowe. Rowe can struggle with quick change of direction, Agholor’s foremost strength. Agholor runs 87% of his routes in the slot, and New England allowed solid games to Eric Decker (6/85/0) in the Divisional Round, and Allen Hurns (6/80/0) in the AFC title game. Agholor still ranks second behind Ertz in Foles targets (29), but has had a surprisingly quiet playoffs with just 7 targets.
This will have to change if the Eagles plan on moving the ball, but Agholor has been sick with the flu for the past few days. He received intravenous fluids Saturday and will play, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be 100%.

02/04/18, 10:22 AM CST by Wheeler


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Danny Playoffs

The Eagles finished second worst this season in percentage of passing yards allowed coming after the catch. Philadelphia struggled on short and intermediate throws this season, specifically to the middle of the field, where they allowed the third-most yards per passing play in the league. Brady was a top-five player in passer rating on these types of tosses. Amendola's been a monster in this year's playoffs for New England, grabbing hold of 22 targets in just two contests, accounting for over 24% of New England's targets. He should continue to play a role on Super Bowl Sunday.

02/04/18, 10:20 AM CST by Wheeler


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler


Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler


Thanksgiving 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





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.





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.





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.





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.





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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