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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes


Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.


09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble


Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.


09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job


The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.


09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"


Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.


09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In


Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay


A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears


Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.


09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.


09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.


09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.


09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.


09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2


With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.


09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons


Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.


09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC


“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.


09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again


Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.


09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week


Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper


Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.


09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion


Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.


09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats


Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.


09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com


C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...


Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.


09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Thursday Night Fantasy Football - Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

Thursday Night Fantasy Football - Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

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Thursday Night Game – Week 4

 

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens – 7:20pm CT on NFL Network

 


Quarterbacks

 


Brandon WeedenWeeden hasn’t been all that bad as far as rookie QBs go, but he’s still a far cry from even being discussed as a fantasy option this season. The Browns are still pretty bad, though, which has Brandon passing the ball a ton (110 attempts, tied for 10th in the NFL), so the possibility of his having games like the 322-yard, 2-TD effort he had in Week 2 is always there. However, the chances of it happening are not only decreased by the Browns inept receiving corps, but are pretty much nil against a Ravens defense tied for the fewest passing TDs allowed (2) through three weeks of action.

 

Fantasy Call – The only way Brandon Weeden would ever crack your fantasy lineup this week is if you play in a 16-team, two-QB league… and even then I would think twice. The last time a Browns quarterback threw for more than 200 yards or a single TD against Baltimore was back in 2008 when Derek Anderson tossed up two TDs and 219 yards.

 

 

Joe FlaccoAfter three weeks of the 2012 NFL season, Joe Flacco ranks second in the league in passing yards with 913 and is tied for fifth with six touchdowns passes. Obviously, the Ravens new up-tempo offensive system is working wonders for Flacco’s fantasy stock as his Week 3 performance now sets him firmly within the top-10 fantasy QBs. Last week I begged for readers not to jump off the wagon with Joe Cool because of his poor Week 2 performance, and I hope you all listened. This week, though a short one, he’ll be facing a Browns defense that is one of only five teams to not allow a single rushing touchdown on the season. I mention this because they also happen to be tied for second-worst in the league allowing EIGHT passing TDs through three games (along with 281 passing yards/game).

 

Fantasy Call – I know it still sounds crazy, but Joe Flacco is a guy you really want to get in your starting lineup this week. Ray Rice will get his work in—no doubt about that—but the Browns ability to keep RUNNING BACKS out of the endzone is for real as they’ve been good in that area for a few years running. Basically, if the Ravens are going to score (I’m guessing at least 30 points as they’ve averaged 32.7 this season), Flacco will likely be the one doing it and should give his fantasy owners enough of a reason to feel good heading into the weekend’s games.

 

 

Running Backs

 

 

Trent RichardsonIf there’s one thing that remains constant in fantasy football, it’s that rookies, especially running backs, will have their ups and downs throughout their first NFL season. Even Cam Newton—who was possibly the best fantasy rookie ever—had a few off-games last season. Strange as it sounds, even though Richardson had just 27 rushing yards last weekend against the Bills and only 39 back in Week 1, he still ranks as a top-10 RB in both standard-scoring AND PPR leagues because he gets all the touches and scores you the touchdowns. In fact, the only other running back to receive a handoff this season was Chris Ogbonnaya who saw one carry for six yards last weekend.

 

Fantasy Call – Baltimore has been pretty stellar against the rush throughout the years and has allowed just 3.36 yards/carry so far this season, but they do seem to be susceptible to the rushing TD as they’ve already allowed four in 2012 after jumping into the double-digits last season for the first time since 2002. That being said, I’m betting the Ravens focus their energy on stopping Richardson and make Brandon Weeden beat them, so Trent may not be the soundest of plays this week. Look for a better option at your RB2 position this week and use him as a flex if your league allows for it.

 

Montario Hardesty/ Chris Ogbonnaya/Brandon Jackson Like I said above with Richardson, only one of these three backs has a carry this year and it’s Ogbonnaya with ONE.

 

Fantasy Call – I’m thinking soccer is more your sport if you’re even considering this option.

 

 

Ray RiceRice continued to do his normal fantasy damage last Sunday night putting up 150 total yards (101 rushing) along with a rushing TD and five receptions. His consistent high-end fantasy production is a dream for fantasy owners and won’t be thwarted this Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. In fact, back in Week 9 of his rookie 2008 season, Rice put up his first 100-yard game (154 yards on 21 carries) against the Browns and has enjoyed playing against them ever since. The Ravens new up-tempo offense has given Rice a little more room to do his stuff out there and while the Browns have been pretty good against the rush thus far, they’ll be in over their heads this week after allowing Tashard Choice to rush for the third-most yards in his career in only three quarters of the game.

 

Fantasy Call – Not only is he one of the more solid RB1 plays this week, he might just be the fantasy gem of the bunch.

 

Bernard Pierce – Pierce looks like a pretty good backup RB at this point and is getting in the game for an average of four touches per game, but won’t really be fantasy factor unless Rice gets hurt.

 

Fantasy Call – Unless you’re in a 16-team league and need about 20 yards and a remote chance at a TD, keep him stashed on your bench as a handcuff.

 

 

Wide Receivers


 

Greg LittleOnce again, Greg Little finds himself back in the doghouse due to his recurring bout with the dropsies. He’s been targeted 15 times so far, yet has only caught seven balls (with two drops) this season for a paltry 74 yards and one TD. Nothing else seems to have changed from last year either, as he continues to disappoint fantasy owners with bad games after every week in which he shows a little promise.

 

Fantasy Call – He’s still a massive man and a real nice talent, but until he cures his problem with catching the ball, he’s almost unplayable in fantasy leagues. If you need to take a chance with your WR3/flex position, go ahead, but don’t expect much as it took him two games to put up seven catches on 14 targets for 58 yards against the Ravens last year. Not good.

 

Mohamed MassaquoiAs usual, Massaquoi showed a little fantasy promise for the first couple of weeks of the season catching eight passes for 131 yards including a 90-yard effort in Week 2. However, there’s nothing more assured of in an NFL season than a Massaquoi injury, which is exactly what happened last week when Mohamed left the game in the third quarter with a bum hamstring.

 

Fantasy Call – If you were one of the few who fell for his quick start, you’ve learned your lesson and will never make the mistake again. Either way, he’s not worth your time against the Ravens this week.

 

Josh GordonGordon certainly has promise and might be the most talented wide receiver on the team, but he’s still a touch raw and will need at least 8-10 games before he becomes even remotely comfortable with the speed of the NFL.

 

Fantasy Call – If you have room on your bench, keep him stashed. Otherwise, there are better options out there to grab right now.

 

Travis BenjaminBenjamin is easily the best skitterbug of the bunch and most likely to create off a quick screen of some sort, but he hasn’t been involved enough yet to consider him even worth a pickup.

 

Fantasy Call – Sit him and stash him if you have him in a dynasty league.

 

Josh CribbsAt least as a receiver, you can put a fork in him…

 

Fantasy Call – …he’s done.

 

 

Torrey SmithI don’t think you can say enough about Torrey Smith and the circumstances in which he performed last Sunday night. Just to suit up was an accomplish in itself, but to grab six balls for 127 yards and TWO touchdowns in a win over your rival Patriots… well, that was pretty f’ing special. As for this week, he’s never the best PPR guy for your fantasy team, but with the Browns still without CB Joe Haden in the lineup, Cleveland can be thrown on all day long as they’ve already allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

 

Fantasy Call – He’s looking a LOT like a WR1 type of play this week as the Browns have had a crapload of trouble covering WRs with speed this season. Start him with confidence unless new breaks that he’ll be missing the game for any sort of personal reason.

 

Anquan BoldinBoldin has been consistent as a WR3 for fantasy teams, but hasn’t had that big game to make you want to take the chance on him each week. He’s still a viable threat within this offense, as shown by his Week 1 performance grabbing four balls for 63 yards and a TD, but it’s become quite obvious that he no longer possesses the BIG week ability to make anyone scared to face him. He’s also slowed down another notch this season, and because the players in the league have become so big, his size no longer makes a difference.

 

Fantasy Call – In 2010, Boldin had an eight-catch, 142-yard, three-TD game against the Browns, though last season, he was only available for one of their matchups and put up a stinker with two catches for 32 yards. Against a weak team like Cleveland, Boldin is worth a shot as your WR3/flex as the Browns will undoubtedly be paying more attention to Torrey Smith and Ray Rice throughout the game. Not the sexiest play here, but it could be worth it.

 

 

Tight Ends

 

 

Ben WatsonWatson is over the hill and being pushed out of the starting lineup by Mr. Jordan Cameron as we speak. His four catches on eight targets for 15 yards last week and seven catches for 51 yards on the season pretty much speak for themselves.


Fantasy Call – In a 16-team league? Maybe. Nah, probably not.


Jordan CameronCameron is going to be a tight end to be reckoned with this season as he finally got in the game last week and caught five balls for 45 yards on seven targets. He’s a far superior athlete than Ben Watson at this point in their careers and should continue to get looks from Weeden as the season rolls along.


Fantasy Call – Baltimore has experienced a bit of a problem with a more athletic tight end, so Cameron might actually put up some decent stats here IF the coaches have finally decided to move on from Watson. That said, I want to see it translate into fantasy points first before advocating his playing time. The Browns have a tough time scoring, so don’t expect this to be Jordan’s breakout game against a tough D like the Ravens.

 


Dennis PittaUmmmm, Dennis Pitta is kind of a beast, fellas. Like I said last week, he isn’t coming out of nowhere, but he’s certainly been one of the bigger surprises of this young 2012 season. He still leads the league in targets for tight ends (31, tied with Jimmy Graham) and is second in receptions with 18 (Gonzo has 21, Graham has 17). I’ll say it again as well—the reason behind his sudden ascension is two-fold:  The Ravens move to an up-tempo offense and Dennis Pitta’s role within that offense is the first reason. His role, quite simply, is what the New England Patriots did with Aaron Hernandez in that they move Pitta all over the field using him as a receiver both out wide and in the slot as opposed to lining him up next to the offensive tackle to block. The second reason is that he’s actually a really good receiver for the position and can make plays with his athleticism at 6’4”, 245-pounds. If they continue to deploy this type of tactic with him, Pitta could be a fixture as your TE1 for the remainder of the season.


Fantasy Call – The Browns have been decent against tight ends the past few seasons, but won’t be able to hang with him in the Ravens new scheme. He’s come up with TE1 numbers for two out of three weeks now (TE2 in the other week) and should be used as such. If you believe in Flacco the way I do, you’ll also believe in Pitta.


Ed DicksonDickson, though also considered a very athletic NFL tight end, has been relegated to blocking duties within the Ravens offense and has seen not even a third of the targets that Pitta has on the season. He’ll be worth a look if Pitta gets injured again, but probably isn’t even worth rostering at this point with so much talent at the position nowadays.


Fantasy Call – Don’t just sit him—drop him for someone else with a lot more breakout potential…at ANY position.

 

 


 

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