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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

Source: twitter.com


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

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap


Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.


01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action


Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.


01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength


Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.


01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy


LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.


01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down


DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.


01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone


Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.


01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar


In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.


12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut


Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.


12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing


Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.


12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation


Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.


12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream


Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.


12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk


Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.


12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying


James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.


12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting


The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.


12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

Play To Win The Game


Despite already being locked into the AFC's No. 3 seed, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in Sunday's game against the Titans. "Make no mistake about it, just so there is not a lot of talk during the week: When the players come in (Wednesday), we are talking about how we are going to play to win and do everything we possibly can to win this game, period," Marrone said. "I am not even thinking about what happens beyond that, and that is the way we are going to go about our business this week."

Fantasy Goo: I think it’s crazy of him to do, but I’m sure he has Tom Coughlin in his ear feeding him that old-school philosophy. Looks like Bortles, Fournette, Westbrook and Cole will be safe plays against a Titan’s team hoping to hold on to the sixth seed in the AFC.


12/26/17, 10:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Los Angeles Rams

Resting Starters


McVay hints that there will be Rams starters “who won’t play at all” on Sunday. The Rams are already locked into either the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game.

Fantasy Goo: Gurley, Goff, Woods, all sitting this week? That’s going to destroy so many hopes and dreams for teams that rode Gurley all year.


12/26/17, 09:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Grind It Out


Mike Mularkey said he's not ruling DeMarco Murray out just yet. He's day-to-day. The Titans are holding out hope to have him in limited role.

Fantasy Goo: They are really grinding him into the dirt if they play him this week. I didn’t see the injury, but it sounded pretty ugly from sources in the know. Keep away from him in whatever format you are playing this week, I’m giving Derick Henry a solid upgrade as the Titans are trying to hold on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.


12/26/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Philadelphia Eagles

All Locked Up


Pederson on playing Foles vs. Cowboys: “I’ve got to get him as many reps as he can and then be smart about it. Obviously, we have a lot of football left. Our season is really just beginning, quite honestly. We’ll be smart.”

Fantasy Goo: This is why you don’t play a championship game in week 17. I’m staying away from the Eagles regular starters, pretty much across the board, as they have a first round bye all locked up. Guys like Blount, Clement, and Nelson Agholor might have some DFS appeal, but we have to get closer to Sunday to see what they plan on doing.


12/26/17, 05:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.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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